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breaking news tonight. one of america's most infamous cold case mysteries solved, a little boy vanished without a trace. a disappearance that gripped the nation. tonight a shocking confession finally answers for his anguished family. typing polls and triggering attacks, and donald trump saying that hillary clinton doesn't have a, quote, presidential look. $20 million settlement in a sexual harassment case that rocked fox news and triggered the downfall of its leader roger ailes. fighting the flu, a big change from doctors. parents listen up, it affects the way millions of kids get vabs natured. and national outrageous, a treasure that stood for a million years is destroyed in seconds, a hunt for the vandals caught on camera. "nightly news" begins
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>> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt" reporting tonight from washington. good evening. a stunning cold case confession today in minnesota appears to bring a 27-year-old murder mystery that gripped the nation to an end, as a family that has lived with decades of anguish and uncertainty, finally learn what happened to their little boy. jacob wetterling was he was kidnapped and killed. today with jacob's parents inside a packed courtroom, the man who said he did it, described in graphic detail what happened that october day in 1989. what you're about to hear is disturbing. nbc's stephanie gosk has the story. >> jacob, i'm so sorry, it's incredibly painful to know his last days. >> reporter: today after 27 years, patty wetterling finally learned what happened to her son, jacob, who
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leaving their small town in minnesota shell shocked and the rest of the country horrified. >> one more day of agony for st. joseph, minnesota, population 3,200. >> reporter: danny heinrich described in detail how he kidnapped and sexualably abused the young boy. heinrich told the judge, i was driving on a dead end road, i on their bicycles with a flashlight. jacob's brother described to us how hei heinrich. >> he told us to put our bikes in the ditch and lay down. >> reporter: heinrich said he drove away from jacob, hand cuffing him. jacob asking what did i do wrong? investigators did question heinrich at the time, but there was never an arrest. it would take nearly three decades for a
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discovered on the sweatshirt of another victim abducted around the same time. police searched his home, convicting him on child pornography charges. >> after almost 27 years, danny heinrich was ready to talk and we had to grab the moment. >> reporter: the 53-year-old told police where he buried jacob's body in exchange for not being charged with the murder. heinrich faces 20 more years in prison after pleading guilty on the the wetterlings approved the detail to bring their search to an end. >> for us, jacob was alive until we found him. >> reporter: now they have excruciating answers to the tragedy that has consumed their lives, along with fresh grief, even after all this time. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. in chicago, tonight, a tragic milestone as that city has reached 500 homicides so farris this year, that's more
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in fact august was chicago's deadliest month in two decades, far outpacing larger cities, as even violent crime has fallen sharply in other parts of the koic country over the last two decades. >> reporter: even for a city sadly accustomed to violence, the bloodshed was staggering. shooting after shooting, mostly on chicago's south and west side. 31 people shot since monday morning, 13 killed over labor day weekend. >> a family, like anybody, they're panicking, they're screaming they're crying. >> reporter: the city hitting a grim milestone, the 500 homicides are morning new york and los angeles combined. crime rates nationwide are far below what they were 25 years ago, so why is chicago so different? poor and segregated neighborhoods prone to gang violence. officials also citing illegal gun violence.
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the penalty for having an illegal gun in chicago is one year, while in new york it's three years. >> if we had the siame gun laws that new york has, we could see a drop in gun violence. >> reporter: well known activist father michael sleigher says that chicago is a war zone that needs federal help. >> call for a state of emergency and get some federal resources to the cross fire children, a 10-year-old was killed while sitting on a porch with his twin sister, a bullet is now lodged in his back. >> when it hits home, that's when you really got to wake up, like everyone has to wake up. like these are our babies that's not being able to grow up anymore. >> reporter: she is one of many family members keeping vigil at this hospital. mayor rahm emanuel's office declined to comment and it will be two weeks before he will detail his plans to combat violence
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2016 race enters the post labor day homestretch. and in a battle that has seen no shortage of insults, today it got even nastier, as trump and hillary clinton traded attacks. we have got it all covered including some brand-new poll numbers. let's begin with nbc's kristen welker. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: lester, tonight some democrats tell me privatyly they're concerned about polls that show a tightening race, the clinton campaign the strategy now, making secretary clinton more accessible and getting back on offense. hillary clinton entering the final fall sprint with an advantage. the new nbc news battleground map shows clinton today would likely have the 270 electoral votes needed to win the white house and our new survey monkey online poll shows clinton's lead is steady at six points. but a poll of likely voters out today, has
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her attacks. >> he clearly has something to hide, we don't know exactly what it is, but we're getting better guesses about what it probably is. >> reporter: clinton taking trump to task for saying this about releasing his taxes. >> i think people don't care. >> i just think he's dead wrong. >> reporter: but democrats are wondering why after a summer in which trump saw two campaign shake-ups and was largely under fire, she isn't running away with the race. >> worried democrats would there not just tearing down donald trump, but selling herself to the american people. >> reporter: michelle obama, president obama, chelsea clinton and vice president biden gearing up to help clinton make her case on the trail. biden offering this advice. >> let them see your heart a little bit more. >> reporter: the house oversight committee asking the u.s. attorney to review evidence about whether secretary clinton and her employees obstructed justice by deleting some e-mails
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them. asked if she's concerned about the evidence or the accusations? >> of course not, i have no concern on either count, none. and neither do the fbi. >> reporter: clinton still batting an ongoing challenge, making voters trust her. kristen welker, nbc news, brooklyn. >> reporter: i'm a katie tur. today donald trump is taking a new shot at hillary clinton, this time about her appearance. >> i don't think she has a presidential look. and you need a presiden l done. >> reporter: but it's the questions about the appearance and timing of the political donations that are now surrounding trump. in 2013, the donald j. trump association donated $20,000 to the campaign of florida attorney general pam bondi. the timing and political donations that are now surrounding donald trump. pam bondi's office was considering a fraud investigation into donald trump university. that investigation was never opened.
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trying to gin up outrage. >> she was saying he was under investigation by my office at the time and i knew about it, none of which is true. >> reporter: despite bragging during the primary, he knew how to work the system. >> i've got to give it to them, because when i want something i get it. when i call, they kiss my [ bleep ]. >> reporter: both bondi and trump say there was no impropriety. and the campaign says donald trump paid the irs fine. going into the final stretch, trump is hoping to focus on national security will bury the distraction. today unveiling the endorsement of 88 retired generals and admirals. >> putin looks at hillary clinton and he smiles. boy, would he like to see her? that would be easy. because just look at her decisions. look how bad her decisions have been. >> reporter: more challenging news for donald trump, "the dallas morning news" is withholding it's endorsement of him, it's the first time the paper has refused to endorse a gop candidate since 1964. the editorial board writing it shouldn't reflect the gop future and does not deserve your vote. a program note, both hillary clinton
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aboard the intrepid in new york city, and our nz commander in chief forum, that's 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central on nbc and msnbc. turning overseas now as president obama announced $90 million to remove unexploded bombs from the vietnam war in laos ages ago. he has been met with insulting and in some cases down right rude behavior. >> reporter: president obama on an historic trip to laos tonight after an asia trip that's been a series of stumbles and snubs. to believe a stare down between president obama and vladimir putin. he said i do not know
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hackers these days. china piling on too. when air force one landed, no stairs for the formal arrival, instead they had to lower the stairs in the belly of the plane and the white house press corps blocked from covering. a u.s. official arguing this is our plane. the chinese response? >> donald trump seizing on that. >> they wouldn't even give him stairs to come out of air force one. >> reporter: most stunning, the president of a major ally, the philippines, insulting mr. obama, calling him a son of a whore. mr. obama then canceling their meeting. >> i have never heard a serious head of state or government describe an ally head of state or government in that regard. >> reporter: is america less respected or as some day did the president lose credibility three years ago, threatening to attack syria and then backing down? >> when president obama didn't deliver on his promise to use military forces as pledged, something
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>> reporter: a triumphant last visit to asia that so far is anything but. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. there's a new extreme weather threat charging toward the u.s., hurricane newton made landfall in mechanical coe mexico earlier this morning as a category 1 storm. it's expected to reach the u.s. by midday tomorrow as a tropical storm. flash flood watches mexico. meanwhile the remnants of hermine are expected to die out along the east coast by thursday. it was back to school for millions of kids across the country today and as flu season approaches, there are new recommendations from the american academy of pediatrics tonight that children should not be vaccinated with nasal spray, instead they should be given shots. it's a big change from previous years. dr. john torres joins us to explain. why did this change? >> health officials
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nasal spray, the flu mist because over the mast couple of years, it's only been 3% effective. compare that to the shot that's 63% effective. in the past this nasal spray did work, we don't know why it lost its effectiveness, experts are trying to figure that out. but the experience among us doctors is that children might not be getting their flu vaccines at all, but the problem is they're one of the most vulnerable groups affected by the flu. those affects can go all the the mist is available now and is recommended by everyone over the ages of six months, but again, lester, like most years, we don't know when it's going to start or how bad it's going to be so it's best to get protected early on. $20 million, the massive amount being paid to former a news anchor's sexual harassment lewis against ousted fox news roger ailes, why he won't have to pay a dime of it.
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we're back now with a major settlement in the sexual harassment case that rocked fox news and cost roger ailes, one of the most powerful men in media and republican politics his job. former anchor gretchen carlson went public accusing ailes of inappropriate behavior which he denies, but tonight, she's victorious.
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fox anchor who sued fox ceo roger ailes for sexual harassment today got a $20 million settlement and an apology. we sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all our colleagues deserve. carlson released her own statement, saying she was ready to move on to the next chapter. how big a deal is this settlement today? >> it's a big forced out roger ailes, the head of fox news, she got her money, she got her apology and the man who allegedly harassed her is out. so for her its a great day. >> reporter: it's a stunning turn around for the company who initially backed ailes, but changed course after an investigation disclosed that other women claimed they too
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the biggest discussions in the settlement discussion is that gretchen carlson and some of the other women had taped inappropriate conversations with ailes. >> reporter: ailes himself paid none of it. fox picked up the entire tab and ailes paid twice that amount to walk away this summer. we learned a long time fox host, get that van sustren abruptly resigned, saying fox has not felt like home to me for a few years. say it came down as a financial disagreement, some see it as an indication of things to come. >> this is the slow dismantling of the machine and the roster that roger ailes has built over the last 20 years. this is not the last, we're going to see over the next few months more and more people leaving because roger ailes is the glue that held this group together. >> reporter: and word today from sources that two other sexual harassment cases besides carlson's have also been settled by
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in arizona today, a wild high speed police pursuit caught on camera, robbery suspects taking off, authorities giving chase and viewers watching it all play out including a dramatic ending with police opening fire on the suspect's suv. nbc's miguel almaguer has details from arizona. police pursuit lasted 45 minutes. after a bank robbery in avondale, arizona. >> they just did a maneuver on him. >> reporter: the suspect's vehicle hemmed in by officers, giving chase, jumping from unmarked cars and unloading round after round into the suv. >> breaking news this afternoon of a bank
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web. shocking viewers across the phoenix area. >> he already shot at police officers, he's endangered the public for half an hour now as he's driven throughout the city recklessly. >> reporter: police say the driver was pronounced dead on scene, two other suspects detained close to where the pursuit began. no officers or civilians hit or injured. tonight it's still unclear how many shots were fired, the wi intended to escape at all costs and put anybody in danger. >> reporter: a high speed pursuit ending in a hail of gun fire, all captured on live tv. miguel almaguer, nbc news, arizona. turning to something a bit more uplifting now, an epic wedding photo has turned a newlywed couple into a viral sensation, but nobody seems to know who they are, standing on the
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finally tonight, want to tell you about a mystery along the picturesque oregon coast line. authorities are hunting for the suspects caught on camera destroying a famed national land mark. it stood for a millennia, as our k scs toppd in me rocked it back and forth, then a crash. this six-second video clip proved that the popular rock formation called the duck bill pictured in hundreds of posts did not topple naturally as park rangers first suspected. >> they knocked something so beautiful down that will never be there ever again, it's just heart breaking. >> david callus took the video and tried talking to the group that pushed the rock over. >> they were all being rowdy, laughing about it, you know, it was a
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getting to the rock formation is a hazard, a sign has been posted for years telling people to keep out. >> reporter: online, the search is just beginning for the people in the video and it's not the first time the internet has taken vandals of mother nature to task. a woman who made drawings of creepy things ended with her banishment from national parks. and this case very similar rock toppling in utah that led to a year's probation and several thousands dollars in fines for these two boy scouts. now on the picturesque coast of the pacific northwest, rock that once served as a pedestal for people, the latest to be brought down by man. >> a real shame. that's going to do it for us on this tuesday night, i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. thank you for watching
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each year there is a push to ban red light cameras in colorado. this year, denver is looking to expand its program and lock it in place for another 5 yearsfelt if we are going to have red light cameras, whitney wild wondered why they aren't at least at the most dangerous intersections. >> reporter: according to the
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effective red light cameras is questionable. do they really make us safer? or do they make money? a december paper points different studies draw different conclusions so the cdc says it is premature to say they are a good thing. in denver, city council is deciding whether to sign a new contract for 5 more years of red light cameras and possibly expand the program. denver police captain mark chuck likes that idea. >> we are trying to change behavior. >> reporter: are these the denver public works data shows red light cameras are not at the sites with the most crashes, of the 4 intersections with red light cameras, only 1, 8th and speer boulevard is in the top 10. the other 3 intersections don't even crack the top 25. >> we would agree with you that, and that is part of the new contract is we would like to be able to use that technology where it is needed best. >> we know these, when they put


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