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breaking news tonight. police attacked. two officers assaulted by a man wielding a cleaver. the attacker shot at the scene, the fbi trying to determine, tm. don't use them. a new federal recall on the samsung phone blamed on sparking dozens of fires and now growing fears about other samsung models as well. back on the trail, hillary clinton returns after her health scare, to a virtual dead heat in a new poll. and a new call for donald trump to release his taxes from the leader of the gop. desperate 911 call. an abducted woman leads police right to her captor. tonight the shocking discovery made at the scene. and sniffing out danger. an nbc news investigation revealing k-9 units at major airports missing
right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, we beginning with a story breaking here in new york city this evening. a horrific attack during the height of the rush in mid town manhattan that sparked fears initially it might have been terrorism. it involved a man with a meat cleaver who attacked two police offirs police. as you can imagine, it all sparked panic on the crowded streets, sending hoards of people running from the scene near madison square garden and pen station. rehema ellis has the latest. >> reporter: during tonight's crowded rush hour, just blocks from new york's pen station. >> you can see a lot of police activity going on down here. >> reporter: officials say two police officers were attacked by what's
the officers fired at the suspect near the bustling commuter hub, wounding him. the two officers and the suspect were transported to a hospital, one in serious to critical condition. and the other two with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. according to one law enforcement official, the fbi is sending agents from the joint terrorism task force to the scene as a precaution. this incident eerily mirrors an october 2014 attack on an nypd officer in queens. thompson attacked four officers with a hatchet, striking one in the head. thompson was shot dead by police and all of the officers survived. still, this most recent incident once again triggers fears about lone-wolf attackers. >> the primary concern of the government is going to be the motivation behind the individual. was he inspired, was he motivated, was he working with anyone else?
identified the suspect as a man from queens named akram joudah. law enforcement is investigating his record and his motive for the attack. lester? >> rehema, thank you. now to a major development in the samsung phones that the company says they can spontaneously catch fire. the consumer product safety commission says the fire risk is so great, it is ordering an official recall of one million samsung galaxy note 7 smartphones. this turns up the company previously issued a recall of its own. nbc's tom costello has late details. >> reporter: now under official recall, the phone blamed for dozens of fires, destroying a garage in south carolina, gutting a jeep in florida. >> they present a pretty serious risk of fire and especially if that phone ends up near something combustible, you can have death or serious injury. >> reporter: in the nation's skies -- >> it has been known to cause fires and we're trying to avoid any possibility of that happening on the aircraft.
will likely ban the use of the phones on board planes. it was two weeks ago samsung issued its own recall. which critics blame for causing consumer confusion. >> samsung did something that no company that is selling products in america should ever do. they did a product recall without the cooperation of the consumer product safety commission. >> reporter: even today nbc news found several galaxy note 7s for sale online. >> we apologize, especially to those of you who were personally affected by this. already bought back 130,000 phones. replacements should start arriving wednesday. the danger comes from the phone's lithium ion batteries that operate at a very high four volts. if they're overcharged, or if there's a short due to a manufacturing defect, it can generate tremendous heat. >> if it gets warm enough, you'll engage into what's called thermal runaway. meaning there's nothing you can do. that battery's going to go off.
basically barbecue in your pocket. >> reporter: now investigators are looking at other fires allegedly involving different samsung models. a child burned handling a galaxy cord. a car gutted tuesday after a different galaxy 7 caught fire. today's official recall means it's illegal to sell the note 7 even second hand. samsung is offering replacement phones with certified batteries or full refunds. customers can go to samsung.com, type in your serial number for details. lester? thank you. to presidential politics and hillary clinton back on the campaign trail today after she was sidelined with pneumonia for four days. she's returning to a tightening race with a new poll showing her now leading donald trump nationally by just two points, within the margin of error. for more, we turn to nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton, appearing for the first time in public since sunday. >> how are you doing? how are you feeling? >> i'm doing great,
>> reporter: on the trail in battleground north carolina. >> it's great to be back on the campaign trail. >> even i had to admit that maybe a few days of rest would do me good. >> reporter: clinton, who revealed her pneumonia diagnosis after that near collapse on sunday, now appearing fine. no coughing spells during her 23-minute speech. and taking shots at donald trump's new childcare plan. >> we don't need a president who thinks only married people deserve paid leave, and only mothers ever stay home with the kids. >> reporter: but later her running mate about her pneumonia diagnosis for two days. >> can you expand on how often you talk. >> i communicated with tim, i talked to him again last night. >> reporter: clinton is returning to a race where her big lead over the summer has now disappeared. a new national poll showing among likely voters, clinton is up by just two points in a two-way race. in a four-way race, clinton and trump are tied. earlier today, clinton making a pitch to
donald trump on the tom joyner radio show. >> he has incited violence and he has been more than willing to align himself with the so-called alt-right. >> reporter: and getting back up today with a sharp attack from the top senate democrat. >> trump is a human leach who will bleed the country and sit at his golf resort laughing at the money he's made. >> reporter: now some democrats wondering how much her time off the trail has cost her. >> any time you're off the campaign trail for four days, it's having said that, she's back on today, she looks strong. >> reporter: they say in the home stretch, every day matters. that's why she'll be blanketing battleground states like north carolina, pennsylvania, and ohio. lester? >> andrea, thank you. donald trump meanwhile is facing new pressure from inside his own party after the most powerful republican in congress, house speaker paul ryan, joined the chorus of those calling for trump to release his taxes. this as one of trump's
-- defends himself over remarks some jewish groups found offensive. let's get more from nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: a renewed call for trump to release his tax returns, this time by the head of the republican party. >> i released mine, i think we should release ours. i'll leave it to him when to do it. >> reporter: paul ryan responding to questions after donald trump jr offered yet another explanation for why trump isn't releasing those returns. >> because he's got a 12,000-page tax return. that would create probably 300 million auditors out of every person in the country asking questions that are going to distract from his main message. >> reporter: a new poll shows 75% of likely voters say trump should release his tax returns, including 60% of republicans. later in the day, don jr caused an entirely different distraction when he said this about the media giving hillary clinton a pass on what he called lies. >> if republicans were doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now. >> reporter: the
holocaust and gas chambers is never okay. trump jr said he wasn't talking about the holocaust and said he also makes the same point, usually using the electric chair. all while donald trump was in his own controversy over this. a pastor interrupted him at a church in flint, michigan, yesterday. >> now hillary clinton -- >> mr. trump, i invited you here to thank us -- political speech. >> that's good. >> reporter: now trump is suggesting the pastor had it out for him. >> she was so nervous. she was like a nervous mess. so i figured something -- i figured something was up, really. >> reporter: hillary clinton seizing on it. >> she deserves better than that, and flint deserves better. >> reporter: it all overshadowed trump's economic speech today where he predicted a 4% growth rate, touting his tax plan, but neglecting to mention two major changes. adding a cap to
corporations. >> we cannot grow at 4% unless there's huge productivity improvements, but nobody's expecting that right now. so we certainly can't count on it. >> reporter: donald trump is trying to lay out policy, but his plans keep getting drowned out by daily if not hourly controversies. often crass fights with individuals. now he's telling jimmy fallon that he is trying to stop saying shocking things. lester? >> katy tur, thank you. tonight, au after an officer responding to reports of an armed robbery, shot and killed a 13-year-old african american suspect. investigators say during a chase, the boy pulled a bb gun that looked very much like a real gun. ron mott has more. >> reporter: a 911 call detailed the drama, an armed robbery on wednesday night. >> this man just had a
to authorities, a responding officer opened fire on one of the suspects when he reached for a gun. today police confirmed that 13-year-old tyre king was shot at the scene and killed. and that weapon authorities recovered was a bb gun, similar to this one. bearing close resemblance to real service weapons used by columbus police. a second suspect confirmed to local media that king was involved with the robbery. the officer involved who is white, has been identified as brian mason, a nine-year veteran on the force. he was cleared of wrongdoing in another fatal shooting from history of following policy. that's why he was out there. because he still has that great record. this is not something that we're going to take lightly with regard to his future. >> reporter: tyre king's death generated immediate comparisons to that of 12-year-old tamir rice, killed by cleveland police while also carrying a toy gun, setting off nationwide protests. according to "the washington post," since the start of 2015, police across
60 deadly shootings of people with toy guns. >> why is it that a 13-year-old would have nearly an exact replica of a police firearm? >> reporter: columbus officials say they've reached out to community leaders, urging for calm and patience while the investigation continues. meantime, king's family has retained a law firm to conduct a separate probe. >> it's about actually making sure that we have transparency in these investigations and that we find out the truth. >> reporter: ron mott, nbc news, columbus. revealing a major security concern at airports across the nation. the tsa relies on k-9 units as one of its best lines of defense to keep explosives from getting on planes. but as scott freedman from kxas found out, there are dozens of k-9 teams with troubling failures on their records. >> reporter: at big airports, security officials count on k-9s to sniff out explosives, checking bags, cargo, even
explosive detection. so when you're considered the best, you better be the best. >> reporter: but tsa records obtained by nbc news, show more than 50 times tsa-funded dog teams failed certification tests at ten u.s. large airports from january 2013 to june 2015. the most recent numbers available for those cities. at washington dulles airport, records show k-9 teams failed ten times in that period. at love field, four tests failed. 21 tests failed at l.a.x. in los angeles. the records show some teams failed to find explosives. others had too many false alarms that could lead to unnecessary airport evacuations. teams that fail are not allowed to work in airports again until they can pass. in l.a., airport officials say all teams passed more recent tests. >> humans are fallible. k-9s are fallible.
every single day for a hundred percent compliance. >> reporter: nationwide, tsa says newer numbers show improvement. a 93% passing rate in the last six months of 2015. right now just eight failed teams are on the sidelines. experts tell us k-9 teams are more likely to fail if they neglect training time. >> it's conditioning. you can't tell them how to do it. it's just repetition to them. >> reporter: a 2013 congressional investigation found some k-9 teams were monthly training requirement. since then, tsa has launched a new program to hold teams more accountable. trying to keep the top dogs at the top of their game. >> you don't get a do-over in real life. if that team misses a explosive device, that's a device that can end up on an airplane. >> reporter: scott freedman, nbc news, dallas. still ahead tonight, how a young woman kidnapped was able to lead police to the house where she was being held, and the shocking discovery
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>> 911 what is the address to your emergency? >> reporter: the 911 call came in just before 7:00 a.m. a chilling cry for help that could only be a whisper. >> who abducted you? >> shawn grate. >> reporter: the unidentified kidnapping victim knew her captor. the suspect, 40-year-old shawn grate, asleep in the same room within earshot of the caller. >> where is he sleeping at? >> in the bedroom. i'm in the bedroom with him. >> reporter: the victim able to guide police toward this abandoned home in ashland county, ohio. >> you don't know what color the house is? >> no. please hurry. >> reporter: the victim feared she was running out of time. >> are you tied up now? >> well, i, yeah, but i kind of freed myself. >> reporter: for 18 harrowing minutes, she stayed on the line.
officers outside? >> no. >> okay, they're in the area. >> police would find the home just in time. >> oh, [ bleep ], woke him up. >> reporter: officers storming in. >> come on out, come on out. >> reporter: the bodies of two other women were later found inside. a third discovered at another abandoned property. relief for neighbors. >> i am so happy that he's caught. >> reporter: tonight grate is facing multiple counts of murder, because of one brave woman making the most important call of her life. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> absolutely chilling. when we come back, follow the bouncing ball. how this giant menace caught on camera got loose in the streets. a wild "what-if." so scientists went to work. they examined 87 different protein structures
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just like it in croatia. >> this is really different than anything i've ever seen. it's very powerful. >> reporter: he's found plenty of donors. these wedding cake toppers came from alison bennett after her six-year marriage crumbled. >> i was like, oh, finally there's a place where all of my sad broken memories can have a happy home. >> reporter: she even visited the museum with her new boyfriend. >> ah, it's cute. >> reporter: that's right, some visitors drag their dates here. trying to tell me something. >> about a quarter of the way through, it's like holding hands a little bit more tightly, then it's arms. by the time they're leaving, they're making out, or they're like complete pretzels. >> reporter: turns out, it might be the perfect place for unbroken relationships. joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> a real heartbreaker. that's going to do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt.
goodnight. i'm lester holt. thank you for watching and goodnight. here is the deal, 53 days until election day and it looks like colorado is still going to matter. the race is tightening here, the candidateerize still coming here, so, if we are all in this together for another 53 days, lets at least consider a plea for civility from a very thoughtful next viewer, she is from jefferson county, the county most likely to swing the
follow politics but jefferson county made a list of 10 battleground counties to watch. republican political consultingfirm and remington research group put together the 10 county list. republicans hold voter registration engine in jeffco, clinton is 41-39. our floyd rr says those days are gone. here are the candidates and backers, donald trump in do vice president joe biden is in colorado today and tomorrow. actually, our political guy, brandon rittiman is sitting down with joe biden tonight and it is not too late to raise an issue you think brandon should bring up, you can get our attention with the hashtag, #heynext. a word on how we are using words in the nasty mrit skl season. hillary clinton's health has been the subject of all kinds of speculation and online rumor mongering, some conspiracy