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tonight, missed warnings. new revelations about what the fbi knew about the bombing rampage suspect two years ago from his own father, and the anti-american sentiments found in his bullet-pierced journal. skittles outrage. donald trump's son getting comparing refugees to poisoned candy and new allegations of misused charity money by trump's foundation. hot seat. the ceo of wells fargo grilled over millions of fake accounts opened in customers' names. what he said today that outraged congress. police shooting uproar, as anger grows over the fatal shooting of an unarmed father of four. tonight we hear the officer's side. and self-driving dangers. with more and more hitting the roads, the feds urge new rules to
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from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we've learned new details about the man suspected of carrying out bombings in new york and new jersey. some of those details from his own writings which may shed light on a possible motive. ahmad rahami was captured 48 hours after he planted the first of four devices, including one that injured more than two dozen people. now wii -- we've learned this is not the first time rahami came to the attention of the feds. a 2014 fbi inquiry triggered by comments made by his father and the recovery of the suspect's journal are beginning to fill in some of the troubling blanks in this case. nbc's miguel almaguer leads off our coverage. >> reporter: after ahmad rahami was shot by police on monday, investigators say they found a journal on him, pierced by a bullet, filled with anti-american
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officials call it a rambling series of references to past events. noted inside, the ft. hood shooting. and a mention about al qaeda propagandist anwar al-awlaki. >> we don't know about a path to radicalization, but we do know about his path around the world. >> reporter: with investigators diving deeper into rahami's repeated and lengthy visits to pakistan and afghanistan, today his father confirmed he had spoken to the fast -- past to the fbi. >> you talked to the fbi two years ago. what did you tell them? >> reporter: in 2014, after a trip overseas, federal law enforcement officials were called to his home for a domestic dispute, where rahami stabbed his brother in the leg and a neighbor heard his father yell, you're a terrorist! his father later told the fbi he was just angry and he had no reason to think his son was a terrorist. >> the fbi's extensive investigation into his activities at this
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intent to commit nefarious activities. >> reporter: tonight investigators are also seeking answers from rahami's wife. asia bibi rahami. the two were married in 2011, she was living in pakistan and applied for a u.s. visa. >> they found out she was pregnant, and then they told us she couldn't come in until she had the baby. >> reporter: the visa was later granted and but federal officials say she was not in the u.s. during last week's bombings. sedated, rahami hasn't been talkative. the two officers he injured have been released from the hospital. >> i'm glad to be alive, glad to be home. it's been a long 24 hours. >> reporter: this as federal investigators say they have connected rahami to four explosive devices. two pressure cooker bombs in new york
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jersey, a backpack loaded with explosives, inadvertently triggered by the bomb squad. it was first discovered by two homeless men. >> i said, we need to go to the police station right now. i said, what's wrong? he said, that's a bomb. >> reporter: tonight here outside the family home, federal investigators say there's no indication the suspect may have built his bombs inside the home, or that more may be placed throughout this community. the suspect is expected in court next week. lester? >> miguel, thank you. turning now to nbc news justice correspondent pete williams. given what the fbi knew two years ago, why wasn't rahami on a watch list? >> the fbi insists tonight it did a thorough assessment two years ago, that it checked government databases, did interviews, but turned up no suggestion of any terror connection. under the government's rules for putting a u.s. citizen in the terrorism database, there must be reasonable suspicion that someone is a known or suspected terrorist.
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climb by itself, officials say, is not enough. as for rahami's travel to pakistan and afghanistan, including areas where taliban influence is strong, he was questioned by u.s. border officials when he returned about the purpose of his travel there. american citizens aren't put in terrorism databases for traveling to trouble spots, though their travel plans are monitored. tonight federal officials are charging him with the bomb, and attempts in and seaside park, and elizabeth, new jersey. he'll be charged with using a weapons of mass destruction and bombing public places. >> pete williams, thank you. to presidential politics where donald trump is facing new scrutiny over his charity foundation spending, while his son donald jr is under fire for comparing refugees to poisoned skittles. our latest polling shows hillary clinton leading donald trump by five points. we get more on all
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weeks, more questions about several donations from donald trump's foundation which today the new york attorney general, a democrat, confirming he's looking into whether trump paid his own legal settlements with money from his own charity. at issue, payments like the $100,000 trump gave to a veterans group after a legal dispute. a check cut, not from a business or personal account, but from his charitable foundation. as first reported by "the washington post." >> it's clearly unethical to use charitable dollars t one ought to be paying for out of their own pocket. >> reporter: the trump camp not commenting as today in north carolina trump again talks tough on immigration. >> immigration security is national security. >> reporter: but it's his son under fire for an analogy critics find in poor taste, against the backdrop of the syrian refugee
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a bowl of skittles and a metaphor he's made before on camera. >> if we had a bowl of skittles on the table and three of the thousand in there were poisonous, would you take from the bowl? you wouldn't, until you could find out which ones are bad. >> reporter: the parent company responding, skittles are candy. refugees are people. people like the young syrian refugee whose photo went viral again from those outraged. vp nominee mike pence responding tonight with nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> i think what's insensitive is to turn a blind eye to policies that are very the safety and security of the american people. >> reporter: trump's team calling the candidate's son a tremendous asset, blaming political correctness for the uproar. and in an ironic twist, the person who took the photograph of that bowl of skittles trump jr tweeted tells the bbc he himself is a refugee. watching it all, hillary clinton off the campaign trail today, preparing for next week's debate, and huddling with her national security team. lester? >> hallie jackson,
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new details emerging about that deadly police shooting in tulsa, oklahoma, that has ignited nationwide outrage. dramatic video shows a white officer fatally shooting an unarmed african american father of four. for the first time tonight, we're hearing the officer's side of the story. our gabe gutierrez is in tulsa with that. >> reporter: with terence crutcher's suv stopped in the middle of this two-lane road, a 911 caller wasn't sure what to make of him. >> i think he's smoking something. >> okay. >> reporter: officers responding to an unrelated call spotted him. >> i've got a subject who won't show me his hands. >> reporter: but said he ignored their commands for more than a minute. video from the police helicopter shows crutcher had his hands up as he walked back to his vehicle. an officer in the chopper who can't be heard by the officers on the ground makes this observation. >> that looks like a bad dude too. looks on something. seconds later one officer fires his taser and another fires her gun.
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shelby is on paid leave. she joined the tulsa police department five years ago. >> she said she was never this scared ever in her entire life. >> reporter: her lawyer says crutcher was acting erratically and was thought to be reaching inside the suv for a weapon. >> she clearly believed him to be under the influence of some type of narcotic, possibly pcp, because she's a drug recognition expert. >> reporter: the tulsa world reports, citing the lead investigator in the case, that a vial of pcp was in the suv. still toxicology reports are not finished and no weapon was found. today his family shows the video shows he wasn't reaching inside the vehicle because his window was up. >> it shows that this police department, like many police departments around america see people of color as criminals, as suspects, but not as american citizens. >> reporter: the district attorney is now reviewing the case to see if any criminal charges should be filed. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, tulsa, oklahoma. we turn now to new
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country's biggest bank. the ceo of wells fargo on the hot seat before congress today and getting an earful from both sides of the aisle over the millions of fake accounts opened in customers' names. we get more on this from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: called before congress, the ceo of wells fargo quickly fell on his sword. >> i accept full responsibility for all unethical sales practices in our re >> reporter: but he faced bipartisan condemnation. >> so you haven't resigned, you haven't returned a single nickel of your personal earnings, you haven't fired a single senior executive. >> reporter: the scale of the fraud, stunning. wells fargo admits, its employees fraudulently opened more than two million bank and credit card accounts, forging applications to boost sales figures. frank noticed he was being charged 15 to $20 a month for accounts he never opened.
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accounts at once. >> reporter: the bank opened unauthorized accounts in the name of linda and kate edwards when kate turned 18, she says, ruining her credit rating. >> that's one heck of a birthday present from one of the world's largest financial institutions. >> reporter: the chief of retail banking, carrie tolstedt, left in july with a $125 million parachute. the bank has fired 5,300 employees for the fraud. the common practice of cross-selling, taken to an extreme. >> failing to notify customers about these sham accounts opened -- this isn't cross-selling. this is fraud. >> reporter: the ceo john stumpf insisting it was not an orchestrated practice. >> we never directed or wanted or team members to provide products and services to customers that they did not want. >> the only way that wall street will change is if executives face jail time when they preside over massive frauds. >> reporter: in fact,
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already been slapped with $185 million in fines. and that executive who walked away with $125 million this summer, she could still get an end of the year bonus. lester? >> tom costello tonight, thank you. an air force pilot was killed today when a spy plane crashed in northern california. a second crew member was injured when both ejected after something went wrong during a training mission aboard the surveillance plane. it crashed some 50 miles north of sacramento. the cause remains under investigation. turning overseas to the growing anger over the attack on humanitarian aid trucks that killed more than 20 people in syria. late tonight, a white house spokesperson saying the u.s. is holding russia responsible. and today the u.n. suspending all aid convoys in that country after that attack west of aleppo. we get more from nbc's bill neely inside syria. >> reporter: in a brutal war, a new low.
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the food for 78,000 people targeted. aid workers, then rescuers, killed. it was hit near aleppo, just 30 minutes after the ceasefire ended. this rescuer blaming regime helicopters. the u.n. says the convoy was clearly marked. >> if this attack was well account -- it could well amount to a war crime. >> reporter: russia says it didn't do it, nor did syrian aircraft. it blames rebel fire. the u.s. blames russia or syria. >> we think it was an air strike. it wasn't us. so that leaves only two candidates. >> reporter: the president addressing an angry u.n. >> we're going to have to pursue the hard work of diplomacy that aims to stop the
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aid deliveries in syria have now been stopped, leefrg the desperate like those in aleppo even more at the mercy of war. john kerry says the ceasefire is not dead. i've been in aleppo today, and it's certainly dead there. and this attack is surely another nail in its coffin. lester? >> bill neely in syria, thank you, bill. still ahead, dangerous crashes in self-driving cars, what the government is doing about the serious safety concerns over these vehicles as more and more hit the roadways. also, how will this former president cast his vote in
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back now with the potential dangers on the road from self-driving cars. there's already been at least one fatal accident involving these kinds of vehicles here in the u.s. today the feds jumped into the fray urging new rules to keep this rapidly expanding technology as safe as possible. we get details from nbc's jo ling kent. of the road are changing just months after a man died at the wheel while driving his tesla on auto pilot. last week, we test drove uber's self-driving car and for a second, there was a malfunction during a right turn and i had to grab a hold of the wheel, which is exactly what federal regulators are doing today, rolling out new guidelines for driverless cars. >> the policy is about establishing safety as a cornerstone of
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>> reporter: the transportation department recommending a 15-point compliance plan, requiring carmakers to report on a range of issues, including data sharing, cyber security and how passengers will be protected in the event of a crash. plus, federal authorities may require carmakers to submit driverless cars for safety inspections before they hit the market. president obama said, if a self-driving car isn't safe, we have the authority to pull it off the road. until now, autonomous vehicle rules have been set state by state. walk, and then run when it comes to autonomous vehicles. it can't be the wild west out there. >> reporter: the self-driving coalition for safer streets, which includes ford, google and uber, saying today they're on board with the new guidelines, no matter who or what is behind the wheel. jo ling kent, nbc news, detroit. we're back in a moment with hollywood heartbreak, the famous couple shocking fans by calling it quits. thoughts
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finally, an ambitious goal announced today by president obama before the u.n. more than 50 countries vowing to double the number of refugees taken in around the world by year's end. we followed the journey that one such family has made from to a new life here in the usa. our richard engel now with their story. >> reporter: we first met the kiwan family in jordan. they were refugees from the war in neighboring syria. poor and desperate. samir had to pull his teenage sons from school to work odd jobs. but what caused the kiwans to apply for refugee status in the u.s. was mainly the hope that daughter hala could get life-saving treatment
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packed up and arrived here in marietta, georgia, safe and sound. all the kids are in school now. >> how's school? >> so good. >> reporter: and samir works shifts at a local restaurant. hala is learning english quickly, and earning straight as. but her heart isn't as strong as her spirit. she's not supposed to run. when she does, she tires quickly. >> you have an operation coming up. are you nervous? >> reporter: america has been good to the kiwans, but they're worried when they hear that many americans consider syrian refugees like them to be a security threat. >> we have our incompetent government people letting them in by the thousands. and who knows, who knows, maybe it's isis. >> reporter: the kiwans went through 40 hours of interviews, and like all the 10,000 syrian refugees
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passed multiple background checks by the u.n., fbi, and other agencies. which is good enough for members of a local church group, who are helping the refugees settle in. >> the true story is, they're not all isis. >> so those who say, we have no idea who these people are, they don't know what they're talking about? >> they don't. >> reporter: at a recent church picnic, the kiwans and six other refugee families from syria joined their american born neighbors. middle eastern foods fixed with american standards. >> very good, here. ? ? >> reporter: hala is about to go through a series of scary heart operations. but she's not afraid. she's grateful. richard engel, nbc news, marietta, georgia. and that will do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and
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there is a call tonight for a federal investigation of the denver va. listen to the chain of events here, a whistle blower went to congress with information on wait list s for denver, colorado springs, and golden, claimed the 26-year-old army ranger killed himself waiting for mental health care, claims the va falsified records after the
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senator cory gardener, and so did wefelt >> it is against the law to fire somebody for contacting their member of congress. >> republican senator gourdner says the va went after the whistle blower. >> we know he was taken into questioning for some sort of disciplinary action. >> the va has been here before but this time the accusation is being made about the va system in colorado. >> the last thing we want to do is repeat what the nation went through in 2014, across the exmroez around the nation-- explode around the nation, we want to get on top of it before it is an issue. >> the va responded saying "we will work with the senator office and office of inspector general to determine the facts and take appropriate action should any wrong doing be uncovered." senator gardener wouldn't say if the whistle blower provided dockiumation of falsified records but he said the va


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