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2014 attack on an nypd officer in queens. a man 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 ti working with anyone else? >> and late this evening, law enforcement officials 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 can can spontaneously catch fire. the consumer product safety commission says the fire risk is so great it's ordering an official recall of one
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note 7 smart phones. this turns up the pressure after 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 k we're trying to avoid any possibility of that happening on the aircraft. >> reporter: the recall means the faa will likely ban the use of the phones on board planes. it was two weeks ago samsung issued its own recall. >> 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
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>> we apologize, especially to those of you who were personally affected by this. >> reporter: today samsung said it's 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 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 thma meaning there's nothing you can do. that battery's going to go off. and you have a fire and barbecue in your pocket. >> now investigators are looking at fires with different models. a child burnt, 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
2:18 am, type in your serial number for details. lester? thank you. hillary clinton back on the campaign trail today after being 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? thank you so much. ? i feel nice ? >> 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
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deserve paid leave, and only mothers ever stay home with the kids. >> reporter: but later facing questions over why she did not notify her running mate about her pneumonia diagnosis for two days. >> can you expand on how often you communicate. >> i talked to him again last night. >> reporter: 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 earlier today, clinton making a pitch to african american voters going after 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.
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the trail has cost her. >> any time you're off the trail for your days, you wish it hadn't happened. >> 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 in inside his own party after the most powerful republican in congress, house speaker paul ryan, joined the chorus of for trump to release his taxes. this as one of trump's son defends his father over controversial remarks. >> reporter: a renewed call for trump to release his tax returns, this time by the head of the republican party. >> reporter: paul ryan responding to questions after donald trump jr offered yet another explanation for why trump isn't
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12,000-page tax return. that would create probably 300 million independent financial 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. >> doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now. >> reporter: the anti-defamation league tweeting trivialization of the holocaust and gas chambers is never okay. trump jr said he wasn't talking about the holocaust and said he usually makes the same point using the electric chair. all while donald trump was in a controversy over this. a pastor interrupted him at a church in flint, michigan, yesterday. >> now hillary
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to thank us for -- >> oh, okay, 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 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 changes. adding a cap to personal deductions and limiting the 15% tax rate 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 controversies, often crass fights with individuals. now he's telling jimmy
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shocking things. lester? >> katy tur, thank you. tonight, authorities in ohio are pleading for calm after officers respond to reports of an armed robbery, shot and killed a 13-year-old african american suspect. they say the boy pulled a bb gun, which looked like a real gun. ron mott has more. >> reporter: a 911 call detailed the night. >> this man had a gun on a white dude on the street. >> reporter: according 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 weps used by columbus police. a second suspect confirmed king was involved with the robbery. the officer involved
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veteran on the force. he was cleared of wrongdoing in another fatal shooting from 2012. >> he does have a 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 comparisons to that of tamir rice, killed by cleveland police while also carrying a toy gun, setting off nationwide protests. according to washington post," since the start of 2015, police across the country have been involved in at least 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
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the truth. >> reporter: ron mott, nbc news, columbus. now to an nbc news investigation, revealing a major security concern at airports across the nation. the tsa relies on k-9 units as one of his 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 official k-9s to sniff out explosives, checking bags, cargo, even passengers. >> dogs have always been considered the gold standard in 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
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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 >> humans are fallible. k-9s are fallible. but we gotta work every day for a hundred percent compliance. >> reporter: nationwide, tsa says newer numbers show improvement. 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
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>> reporter: a 2013 congressional investigation found some k-9 teams were repeatedly not in compliance with tsa's 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 doover 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 able to lead police to the house where she was being held, and the shocking discovery police then made. also, symbols of happier times. before relationships
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we're back now with the harrowing story of a young woman who was abducted in ohio and was able to call for help as her kidnapper lay sleeping next to her. that call captured on a 911 recording. and as miguel almaguer reports, what police found when they got there was even more shocking. call came in just before 7:00 a.m. a chilling cry for help that could only be a whisper. >> who abducted you? >> reporter: the unidentified kidnapping victim knew her captor. the suspect, 40-year-old shaun gray, asleep in the same room withineer shot of the caller. >> where is he sleeping at?
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with him. >> reporter: the victim able to guide police toward this abandoned home in ashlyn 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. >> how much longer? >> do you hear any officers outside? >> no. >> police would find the home just in time. >> oh, [ bleep ], woke him up. >> reporter: officers storming in. >> get out of here. >> 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. >> caller: tonight he's facing multiple counts of murder because of one brave
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important call of her life. miguel almaguer, nbc news. absolutely chilging. when we come back, follow the bouncing ball.
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here's something you have to see to believe. what is that giant thing rolling over streets and cars in the middle of a city? it's actually a huge balloon replica of the moon that was on display at a festival in china. but high winds from typhoon meranti fortunately no balloon-related injuries are reported. something you might want to keep in mind before you book your next flight, for the second year in a row, alaska airlines was ranked the best domestic airlines by consumer advocates. it's based on mishandled bags and on-time arrivals. delta and jetblue round out the top three. former house speaker john boehner is a smoker is made no
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is fitting. he's joined the board of tobacco giant reynolds american. his company is trying to speed the decline in tobacco use by young people, a goal boehner supports. when we come back, we'll stop by a most unusual museum that tells stories of what might have been. "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by pacific life.
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if you're visiting los angeles, you can do what many tourists do -- check out hollywood, let's say, or sunset boulevard. or you can stop by a museum in which art reallys including the parts that some of us would rather forget. our guide tonight is joe fryer. >> reporter: as far as museums go, this could be the smithsonian of sorrow. the louvre of loss. they call it the museum of broken relationships. >> about how many items do you have here? >> we have 105 items on display in the museum currently. >> reporter: each one tells a story. sure you'll find the standards, love notes, and poems and fluffy
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there's more. >> this is like your mona lisa, right? >> i think so. >> reporter: like the wedding dress from a failed marriage, stuffed inside a pickle jar, or the envelope of leaves shipped from a boy in canada to a girl in california. >> being a california girl myself, i also didn't have fall and he wanted to bring fall to her, to enjoy in southern california. >> i think people find it very, very engaging. >> reporter: john quinn opened this museum in hollywood after seeing something just like it in croatia. >> this is different than 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. >> yeah, i was wondering if she was
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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 complete pretzels. >> reporter: turns out, it might be the perfect place for unbroken relationships. joe fryer, nbss nbc news, los angeles. >> a real heartbreaker. that's going to do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. thank you for watching
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>> zika makes its way into the u.s.. you don't believe what some are doing to prey on your pocketbook. the zika scams you need to know about.
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addiction? >> announcer: plus the undereye treatment. and speaking of explosions. and the real reason miley cyrus red carpet again! >> dr. travis: how's everyone feeling? thanks so much for being with us! [ cheers and applause ] ? ? >> exciting show today. we have help topics. mike dow, and dr. sonia batra join us! please [ applause ] >> we brought the help team in here, dr. travis. ? >> we will be talking about a 4-letter word. >> dr. travis: you may be more troubled by this word "zika". [ audience oohs ] >> dr. travis: we will not talk about it in the way you are hearing from most news sources. there are a lot of products
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mosquito repellants that are quite frankly fos. [ laughter ] >> there are so many scams out there. >> dr. travis: gadgets, jewelry being sold claiming to keep people safe. the truth is, most of these products probably offer no zika protection whatsoever. and sadly, this statistic shocked me. as the threat of the virus spreads, sales are up 650% from last year. [ audience oohs ] >> crazy. >> d where the new york attorney general's office issued a cease and desist letters to companies that claim to provide zika protection via their products. these claim to work with various methods. one of them is a bug repellant bracelet, creating an insect-fr. >> this is not covering skin. there's no way two create a protective bubble. and one of the most concerning
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into the ob's office in florida, wearing these bracelets. >> dr. travis: this is where i am troubled. it says 360 hours of protection. and there's all of these buzz words you will hear. "safe" for kids. "safe for adults". fine, but if it offers zero protection, it's the opposite of safe. you will then put yourself at risk. you are out and about with mosquitoes and you think you are protected and you are not. it's the opsirt of safe. and there are vitamin b patches and essential oil stickers people are talking about. >> completely bogus >> >> is that the happy face? >> happy for the freaking moskeetose who are beat -- mosquitoes who are eating on you. >> what kinda people would prey on your fears and push something. >> marketers. there are a lot of inexpensive products and things you can do that do make sense. but, you know, people are


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