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"nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester hoflt. good evening. exactly two weeks from election day, the center of gravity in this contest tonight rests in florida, where both hillary clinton and donald trump battled for votes today. for trump, behind in virtually every poll, the path to victory starts ands a must-win. the latest florida poll released over the weekend has clinton ahead by three points. today clinton tried to force her advantage by targeting early voters there, while trump tried to pounce on a potential new clinton vulnerability. let's begin with nbc's hallie jackson in tallahassee. hali, good evening. >> reporter: hi there, lester. this is donald trump's fourth rally in this state in less than 48 hours, as he turns
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focus on mobilization and messaging. trump hitting obamacare in an attempt to sharpen that message, but today still stepping on it. today donald trump's acknowledging political reality. >> i believe florida is a must-win. >> reporter: so to win florida like he says he has to, he's going after hillary clinton hard on the affordable care act. pouncing on news that premiums will rise double digits on some consumers. >> all of my employees with obamacare. >> reporter: but even trying to stay on message, he went off-course during a photo op at his trump branded property. >> reporter: with just two weeks until election day, it's another misstep and missed opportunity for a candidate with his own alternate political reality. >> we're going to win florida. >> reporter: but the most recent polling shows, that's not a sure thing. while trump's now hitting clinton on her syria policy, arguing it will lead to world
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her as corrupt, that's not what he said eight years ago. >> i think she's a wonderful woman. i think she's a little misunderstood. >> reporter: trump's world view different now than it used to be, with new audio release. >> i don't like to analyze myself because i might not like what i see. i don't like to analyze myself. >> reporter: the tape recorded by a trump biographer in 2014, who now opposes his candidacy, paints a picture of a man anathema. >> reporter: for him, failure is not an option. so how does he avoid it in two weeks? first, keep hitting the affordable care act. second, trump will have to prove he can defend himself from increasingly tough attacks like this one. a democratic super pac in ohio out with this new ad, arguing
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daunting. >> reporter: his path to the white house, not non-existent, just narrow, with battleground florida make or break. hallie jackson, nbc news, tallahassee. >> reporter: i'm andrea mitchell in florida, where hillary clinton is spending two precious days on donald trump's turf out of the final 14 days. >> hello! it is so great to be back in florida. >> reporter: because without florida, her campaign says, trump has no path to the white house. clinton going after concede if he loses. >> americans are coming together. at the very moment when donald trump is making an unprecedented attack on our democracy. >> reporter: clinton's biggest challenge. complacency. aides fearing her narrow lead in most florida polls, just a few points ahead, could mean people stay home. >> this is bigger than me, it's bigger than any of us. it's even bigger than donald trump.
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going to states where early voting is starting. >> don't forget to vote. >> reporter: so far, nearly twice as many have voted early in florida than four years ago. >> why did you vote early? >> because it's my first time, so i wanted to get it out of the way. >> i made up my mind a long time ago, the decision was made. it was, why wait? now i feel relieved and relaxed for the first time in months. >> voters are seeing the difference between these two candidates and they're setg >> reporter: but two nagging problems for clinton tonight. another stolen e-mail from clinton's campaign chairman, released by wikileaks about when president obama first learned about her private e-mails. when the story first broke, he said he had just learned about it. >> the same time everybody else learned it through news reports. >> reporter: but in the e-mail released tonight, sheryl mills writes, we need to clean this up.
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state.gov. clinton telling a miami radio show tonight -- >> the costs have gone up too much. so we're going to really tackle that. >> reporter: and clinton did get an endorsement from a republican, general colin powell who served under reagan and both bushes. he had in a hacked eemp mail called donald trump a national disgrace, tonight saying that hillary clinton is fully qualified to serve as president. lester? >> andrea mitchell in florida tonight, thank you. criticism over obam obamacare, the insurance program meant for people who do not get iurance through their employers. the new announcement of a 25% increase in premiums with fewer choices has many wondering what it will mean for them. we get details from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: occupational therapist
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middle. she needs the obamacare coverage offered, but her insurer is losing money in the state and pulling out. now she has to choose a new plan and her premiums are sure to rise above her $340 monthly payment. it's called the affordable care act, however, it's not affordable for individuals such as myself. either premiums are going to have to come down, or i'm not going to have health insurance. >> reporter: it's happening nationwide. come january, customers will find one insurer offering coverage. and premiums are rising fast. on average, up 25%. down 3% in indiana, but up 116% in arizona. pushing premiums up 50 to $300 per month in some cases. the reasons? 11.4 million americans will be on obamacare in january, most are sicker than expected. younger healthier adults are choosing to opt out of coverage and pay the tax penalty instead,
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>> and what that means is that the insurance pool is smaller and it gets a higher percentage of older and sicker people who are signing up. >> reporter: the white house says nearly all obamacare customers will receive tax credits to offset the higher premiums, and most could even find plans for less than a hundred dollars per moh. >> in fact, most of the people who have enrolled are low income people who are benefitting from significant subsidies. insurance premiums also projected to rise 3 to 7%. tom costello, nbc news, washington. now to a mystery illness that struck a cabin crew in the air. dozens falling ill on a transatlantic flight that left san francisco. the pilot forced to divert and get the plane on the ground, crew members rushed to hospitals. now the question tonight, what caused the emergency? let's get the latest from nbc's morgan radford. >> clear to land.
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the tarmac after a mystery illness forced this plane to make an emergency landing. 22 cabin crew members and three pilots becoming sick mid-air. british airways flight 286 left san francisco at 7:15 monday night with 400 passengers on board, headed for london. when suddenly the pilot diverted the airbus a-380 to vancouver. crew members buffed to the hospital or checkeut while passengers were largely kept in the dark. >> what irritated us, part one, is, if you've got a ship, you make sure your people get off, your passengers. not the crew first. >> british airways apologized to passengers, offering hotels and alternative flights while telling nbc news, they are investigating the incident. the illness, still a mystery. morgan radford, nbc news, los angeles. police are on the hunt this evening for a woman caught on camera committing a
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shows her opening fire on three cousins right on a miami street. incredibly all three survived. now they're telling their harrowing story to nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> gunshot, multiple patients. >> reporter: the gun shots rang out near a miami park. surveillance video showing three people scrambling for cover after a brazen robbery. 20-year-old heidi martinez shot in the le and 12-year-old cousins when a woman rushes up behind them, demanding martinez hand over her purse and phone. she does, but the woman fires one shot anyway. her cousins then toss their phones and she fires at least seven more shots. all happening in less than a minute. bystanders were in the chaotic aftermath. the three cousins, all immigrants, were rushed to the hospital.
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there in stable condition after being shot in the stomach. no arrests so far, but investigators hope this video will bring new leads. >> we don't believe they were targeted. >> reporter: as she watched it for the first time, martinez told us she believes the shooter, who hopped in a get-away car, could be part of a gang, but she says she has no idea why what started as a robbery turned so violent so quickly. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, miami. now let's turn to the growing outrage over tho california, ordered to repay bonuses from the iraq and afghanistan wars. congress is launching an investigation amid bipartisan outcry. the government is also examining when this happened in other states. and for the first time, we're hearing from both the white house and the secretary of defense speaking out on the controversy. nbc's anne thompson has more. >> reporter: the demand california national guard members pay back enlistment
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online. it's a disgrace the way we treat our he heroes. iraq and afghanistan veterans of america starting a petition, calling on the defense department to forgive this error, building support with the hash tag, pay them back. >> if our government can bail out banks and so many other folks that have done wrong, it seems mind-boggling that they can't bail out some service members who put their life on the line in defense of this country. >> they needed my skills. >> reporter: robert, one of 10,000 soldiers iraq. >> we did our duty, and now they're slapping us in the face for it. >> reporter: the california national guard improperly paid bonuses as it tried to boost its ranks during the height of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. that led to a fraud investigation resulting in seven convictions. today, president obama requested an expedited appeals process for soldiers. the white house says while not supporting blanket forgiveness, the soldiers will not
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fraud. in paris, the secretary of defense promised action. >> we are going to look into it and resolve it. >> reporter: even in this caustic campaign season, democrats and republicans united in calls to stop collection efforts. now robert is fighting again, appealing to keep his $20,000 bonus. >> i upheld my end of the bargain. >> reporter: having already paid with his service. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. turning now to that large-scale u.s.-backed offensive, targeting isis in iraq. on the march to mosul, iraqi troops freed what was the largest christian city in that country from isis control. joining that victory, christian militia men who fled the city two years ago. our richard engel inside iraq shows us the destruction they found when they returned. >> reporter: this wasteland is what's left of the town of cara kosh. once home to 50,000 iraqi christians. father amar escaped,
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else, two and a half years ago, when isis started closing in. now he's back for a brief and dangerous visit. >> we want to see the city, and we want to be sure that the people can return back. >> reporter: the offensive against isis has made that possible, but father amin first wants to see his church. or what's left of it. >> what was here. >> reporter: this church was the largest in all of iraq where christians have lived for as long as there have been christians. iraqi fighters used the pews for fuel to spread the flames. and the courtyard for target practice. >> i want to hurt them, but to pray of course. >> reporter: for now, the only christians staying in town are
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unit, volunteers who have taken up arms, like jamil, a poet. this is one of the proudest moments of my life, he said. proud, because jamil and his men were among the first to arrive, driving in sunday, initially celebrating. then battling isis snipers. christians have survived previous so-called caliphates. now they're coming back to rebuild their churches and defend them. would. richard engel, nbc news, cara kosh, iraq. still ahead, a new consumer warning, how those credit card chips may actually be leading to more fraud online. how to stop scammers
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we're back now with the growing threat against your credit card and the dramatic rise in fraud, despite new technology designed to better protect you. by now, most americans are usinghe specialized chips, making them more secure, when you use them in face-to-face transactions. but the increased security is giving way to a rise in online fraud. as nbc's miguel almaguer shows us. >> reporter: like millions of americans, cassie sefier does her shopping online. once a victim of credit card fraud, sefier thought she was protected when her replacement card came with a security chip. a few months later,
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that technology is going to protect me and keep my information safe, i would expect better. >> reporter: experts say it's part of a troubling and costly new trend. these specialized chips do make your card tougher for thieves to use inside brick and mortar stores. so crooks are turning to the internet where security chips don't protect you. >> they're a physical element. and online is a virtual environment. so it only works when you have a terminal to use the c >> reporter: the so-called card not present fraud will rise to $4 billion this year. the cost is often funneled down to consumers. >> i feel kind of helpless, but there's not a whole lot i can do. >> reporter: there are ways to protect yourself when shopping online now. don't save your credit card numbers on store websites. sign out and log off
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wi-fi. use password protected wi-fi like at home. for cassie and millions of americans, new rules to shop by. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. up next here tonight, instead of going to get a flu shot, how about a flu
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a federal judge has approved the largest settlement for an auto scandal in u.s. history. volkswagen has admitted that 475,000 vws and audis with certain diesel engines were programmed to cheat on emission tests. the settlement totals about $15 billion, nearly a half million volkswagen owners and leasede sell their cars back or have them repaired. and news from the vatican tonight. new guidelines for catholics who want to be cremated. they should be kept at a sacred place like a cemetery or church in order to allow the christian community as a whole a way of remembering the dead. have you been too busy to get a flu shot? in many cities
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shot. uber offered to send over a nurse to give up to five shots for free. up next to cleveland we go, where
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a look from the third be line at progressive field where tonight the cleveland indians are taking on the chicago cubs in game one of an already historic world series. the two teams haven't had a championship between them in a combined 176 years. so no matter what, somebody's drought is about to end. here's ron mott. >> reporter: call it the cleveland the republican national convention, and now the world series. >> yeah! >> reporter: what a few months it's been. how do you top all this? >> i think the world is seeing cleveland in a different light. i think clevelanders have come to appreciate cleveland in a different light. >> reporter: the indians and visiting chicago cubs, baseball's cherished, shall we say, perennial c students, are chasing history, and it just may be what the doctor ordered for a nation going battie over
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always appreciated her city and her beloved indians. which team is better, the '48 team or this year? >> this year. >> reporter: the country might find picking sides tough, but potential tv ratings gold. >> doesn't matter who you're rooting for, whether it's cleveland, chicago, or neither team, it's just fun. >> reporter: fans from each have sob stories of previous disappointments, though someone's happy this year. >> i'm ready. i've been ready. >> we're here to make sure we keep the curse alive. >> reporter: for nana, two years older than wrigley field, her t-shirt spells out what's on the line. >> i want them to win one before i die. >> reporter: a win at any cost, please. ron mott, nbc news, cleveland. and that's going to do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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