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captured. the search for suspects in the new york and no one bombings ends with one man in custody. but the investigation still isn't over. we'll tell you what we've learned about the accused bomber. so much for the cease-fire in syria. the truce to stop the violence ends, so has hope of getting humanitarian aid to those who need it. opening statement in the bridgegate scandal gets off to a stunning start with prosecutors saying governor chris christie knew about it all along. ♪ ♪
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good morning. it is tuesday, september 20th. we start with that wild shoot-out in linden, no one that brought an end to the manhunt for the suspect in this weekend's explosions in new york city and new jersey. ahmad khan rahami is still being treated for injuries after being shot yesterday by police. rahami was officially charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer along with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon. the two officers shot by rahami, peter hammer and angel padilla, are recovering from their injuries this the shoot-out. linden police found rahami after they got a call about a person sleeping in the doorway of a local bar. let's bring in gadi schwartz standing outside the new york/new jersey hospital where rahami is being kept. can you tell us about that business owner discovering rahami and how that situation
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quickly escalated once police arrived? >> reporter: good morning, alex. the business owner is actually a bar owner. he saw rahami sleeping under his stoop. this was a time when it was very rainy outside, early in the morning. he went over, tried to get rahami to move, then when he got close enough he recognized raha rahami. this was a time also when shortly after everybody's cell phone, millions of cell phones were going off with this alert. he called police and when police got there the first officer that started to approach him, angel padilla, recognized him as well. so he ordered him to put his hands out and immediately we're told rahami pulled out a gun and shot the officer, almost at a point-blank range. fortunately that officer was somewhat protected by a bullet-proof vest. the shot went to the abdomen but did not penetrate the bullet-proof vest. there are some injuries there. at that point we understand that there was a running gun battle
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that went on for several blocks. police pursuing rahami and finally shooting him and taking him down, taking him into custody. he was shot several times, brought to the hospital. two officers were injured, hammer and padilla. we're told hammer suffered a wound to the head. he may have been grazed by a bullet or possibly a piece of shrapnel as a bullet entered his car, entered his windshield. he was brought to the hospital. same hospital as rahami. he has been released and he's expected to make a full recovery. >> that is great. these brave officers, they got lucky yesterday. thank you so much, gadi schwarts. we're learning new details about the suspect's past including multiple trips to the middle east and evidence that he may have been radicalized. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel reports. >> reporter: born in afghanistan, ahmed khan rahami lived in elizabeth, new jersey, a working class, ethnically mixed city outside of new york. he graduated from edison high
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school. classmates say he didn't make much of an impression. he went on to middlesex county college, studied criminal justice, but dropped out. the rahamis own a fried chicken restaurant. ahmed worked the fryer, according to moses carnub. >> when you say he looked mad, he had an angry expression? or he was quick to get into fights or arguments? >> no, he kind of had that face that he always looked mad. >> reporter: the restaurant not popular with some neighbors who complained it was too loud, open too late. the police were often called in. the family filed a federal lawsuit five years ago alleging they were being harassed. muslims make too much trouble in this country, they claimed a neighbor said. >> they claimed in that lawsuit that they were being persecuted because they were muslims. >> this lawsuit had nothing to do with ethnicities or anything to do with religion or religious beliefs. >> reporter: but was it a dispute over the family business that enraged ahmed? or something else? u.s. intelligence officials tell
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nbc news ahmed, his father, and brother traveled to pakistan and afghanistan multiple times over the last decade. a senior u.s. intelligence official said ahmed and other members of his family had become "radicalized" and that social media accounts under pseudonyms praised the american-born extremist cleric anwar al aleckey, killed by u.s. drone strike in yemen in 2011. ahmed was mostly unknown and not on a watch list. richard engel reporting. the politics of counterterrorism dominated the race for the white house yesterday as hillary clinton and donald trump contrasted their approaches to combating domestic threats. trump said he believes profiling may be necessarily though he'd prefer not to do it. >> you have to hit them much harder over there, we're going to have to find out -- our police are amazing. our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. they're afraid to do anything
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about it because they don't want to be accused of profiling. but israel has done an unbelievable job. and they'll profile. they profile. they see somebody that's suspicious, they will profile. they will take that person and they'll check out, do we have a choice? look what's going on, do we really have a choice? we're trying to be so politically correct in our country. and this is only going to get worse. >> i've been very clear. we're going after the bad guys and we're going to get them. but we're not going to go after an entire religion and give isis exactly what it's wanting in order for them to enhance their position. we know that donald trump's comments have been used online for recruitment of terrorists. we've heard that from former cia director michael hayden. who made it a very clear point when he said, donald trump is being used as a recruiting sergeant for the terrorists.
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we also know from the former head of our counterterrorism center, matt olsen, that the kinds of rhetoric and language that mr. trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries. >> they claim my opposition to radical islamic terrorism is a -- you know, this was something she said today, that it's my strong opposition to these people that's a recruiting tool and it demonstrates a level of ignorance about the terror threat and its motivations -- now let me just tell you, she is not the right person to solve a problem that left armly her and obama gave us. in another major terror investigation following a stabbing attack in mann mall over the weekend, the ten people injured have all been released from the hospital. now the focus turns to the
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attacker identified by family and friends as 22-year-old dahir adan, a somali-american immigrant, college student, and part-time private security officer. according to police adan reportedly made at least one reference to allah and asked a victim if he or she was muslim before attacking. an isis-affiliated media outlet claim adan is an isis supporter but there's no evidence the terror group had any hand in the attack. the united nations is in session here in new york which means in addition to being traffic horrible, the city is the center of the planet for world leaders. yesterday both hillary clinton and donald trump met with the president of egypt to discuss counterterrorism in the two nations' relationship. clinton met with the prime minister of japan and the president of ukraine as well. looming over the session is a global diplomatic crisis. the fighting in syria has continued after the syrian military declared the
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u.s./russian-brokered cease-fire over. just moments later an aid convoy of 31 trucks intended for tens of thousands of people was itself hit by air strikes. at least 13 people were killed in the bombings. now the u.n. humanitarian aid agency suspending all convoys into syria in the wake of that attack. joining us from london, nbc news foreign correspondent matt bradley. some in the military are thinking this process hasn't been completely derailed but is there a sense we're back at square one now if. >> yes, that's right, it seems as though this peace treaty is not going to be moving forward at all. if it seemed dead in the water yesterday, it's definitely gone now. the united nations has just announced as you mentioned that it is suspending all aid convoys into syria. that's going to come as devastating news for the hundreds of thousands of civilians who are now living under siege across the country. the u.n.'s emergency relief coordinator, steven o'brien, this morning described shock and disgust over the attack. he said that this was "a very,
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very dark day" for humanitarians in syria and across the world. all this is coming as world leaders gather in new york for united nations meeting. that's going to be dominated by talk of the war in syria. so not only is this cease-fire over but the desperately needed aid that the cease-fire was supposed to help has also come under fire. we don't know who launched the attack but official suspicion has fallen squarely on the syrian government. at least 12 people are dead, most of them volunteers and aid workers for the syrian arab red crescent. the strike destroyed 18 of 31 trucks that had been heading to the rebel areas in this northern city of aleppo. >> it is just heartbreaking this news. okay, thank you matt bradley from london. in north korea, the state-run media says the country has successfully tested a new rocket engine designed to launch satellites. leader kim jong-un has also reportedly ordered the country's scientists and engineers to make "preparations for launching the satellite as soon as possible." however, the launch is widely viewed as a test of a new engine
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system designed for prohibited long-distance missiles. a few more political headlines. the first debate is just a week away, hosted by nbc's lester holt. last night donald trump reflected on the approach he would take with hillary clinton eventually. >> if she comes after you for example on the women's card, would you go into her marital history and things like that? is that going to happen? >> you know, the "new york times" wrote a story about me and women. and it turned out that it was a false story. and honestly, we're going to take that up with them at a little bit later date. the women called the office, we never said that about donald trump, we really like him, he's really good. >> i remember that. >> they quoted women and they never even said it. there's nobody that respects women more than donald trump, that i can tell you. i'll help women because we have the women's health problems, we have a lot of problems. >> all right. >> i will help a lot more than hillary can, that i can tell you. >> i've skillfully dodged that question. that was really a good dodge. would you go into the marital
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arena if she hits you with the women thing? >> i don't think i'm looking to do that, bill. i don't know what i'm going to do exactly. you know, it depends on what level she hits you with, if it's fair, if it's unfair. but certainly i'm not looking to do that. >> some of the most high-profile republican donors are getting off the bench to support donald trump. according to the "wall street journal," sheldon adelson will reportedly spend $drive million to back republicans down the stretch, including some $5 million to groups supporting trump. this news was first reported by cnn. perhaps more shocking though is that joe rickets, founder of td ameritrade, will reportedly give $1 million of his own money to a super pac backing trump. at one point he and his wife whose family owns the chicago cubs put $6 million in a super pac to stop trump and produce tough ads against him like this one. >> bimbo. >> dog. >> fat pig. >> real quotes from donald trump about women. >> a person who is very
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flat-chested is very hard to b a 10. >> i'd like her right in that fat ugly face of hers. >> look at that face. would anyone vote for that? >> at the time, trump responded by saying, "they better watch out." in an interview with "the washington post," trump clarified that comment by saying, "well, it means that i'll start spending on them, i'll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they're doing with the chicago cubs, i mean, they're spending on me, me, i mean so i'm allowed to say that, i'll start doing ads about their baseball team that it's not properly run or they haven't done a good job in the brokerage business lately." on a side note the cubs just won the n.l. central and their hunt for the world series title, think they they're doing okay. still ahead what did governor christie know about the george washington bridge lane closures and when did he know it? the potentially damaging accusations that came out in court yesterday. plus disturbing new video of another police shooting. this time from tulsa, oklahoma.
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ask your doctor about it by name. a major accusation against no one governor chris christie in federal court yesterday as prosecutors say jurors will hear testimony that christie was aware of the traffic jam orchestrated by high-ranking appointees in his government at the foot of the george washington bridge as it was happening. two former aides to christie are on trial in the political retribution scheme known as bridgegate against a democrat who declined to endorse christie's re-election bid. as the town was gridlocked for three money lgtss, including the first day of school, and calls for help to the state going unanswered, a third aide will testify he and one of the accused told christie what was happening. a federal prosecutor says, the evidence will show they bragged about the fact that there were traffic problems and may the
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mayor mass not getting his calls returned." christie has denied any knowledge and he has not been charged with a crime. bill karins with weather. >> we're watching east north carolina line that, virginia beach area, some squally type weather. this isn't a tropical storm, it's what was left of julia from last week. it is going to bring unsettled wet tore the coastal areas. this is how it looks like 5:00 p.m. the heaviest rains over virginia beach, norfolk. d.c., you look okay. new york, you look okay. d.c., new york, philly, baltimore, boston areas in and out of the clouds today. humidity will be on the higher side. the other story is where's fall? we're seeing incredible warmth across the country. the only big changes are going to be in the west the next couple of days. no heat relief throughout areas of the midwest, the southeast. maybe in the north. the northeast this weekend will get some relief. everybody else will not. the temperatures are going to be very warm today. 84 in cleveland. 80 in boston. 85 in charlotte. all these temperatures are almost midsummer heat.
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here we are turning the page, in two days fall begins. >> keep the heat coming. >> but there was snow in montana. it's probably melted by now. last week you had those pictures. >> wyoming's going to get a bit of snow in the next couple of days. >> cool for jackson hole. >> fly out there, alex. >> no, i have to work. business, kmart's going to close another 64 locations across the united states. cnbc's nancy hunger ford is joining us live from london. whatthis does ean for the future of theretailer? >> good morning. well, it's no secret that brick and mortar retailers have been struggling. you look at the dominance of amazon and walmart. what this means for sears holding, parent company of kmart, they are reportedly due to close 68 additional stores. this comes -- 64 stores, she say -- coming in addition to a previously announced 68 stores already set to close. the closures will be across 28 states. stay tuned for more details on exactly how that plays out.
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again, a sign of losing out here for what was once the world's largest retailer out of sears. i want to bring you up to speed on driverless cars. there's been a lot of hype recently when you look at ford getting involved, uber testing driverless cars. some concerns that regulators are not keeping up with the technology. today federal officials are trying to offset that criticism unveiling new guidance about a 15-point plan for safety and also some more guidance for the automakers themselves, the manufacturers. how they should comply with these new safety standards. look out for those details as well. back to you. >> nancy hungerford live from london, thank you. stories we are not covering today. the house where harry potter lived under the stairs is on market in england. we love harry potter but we'll not have time for that story today. you catch the emmys sunday? if not, don't feel bad, a lot of people didn't. the show's ratings hit a new low. since america isn't interested, neither are we.
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welcome back. there's growing outrage this morning following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police in tulsa, oklahoma. newly released footage shows the moments leading up to the deadly confrontation. tulsa's chief of police is asking the justice department to get involved. nbc's gabe gutierrez has details. >> reporter: the shooting friday evening seen from multiple angles. tulsa police officers responding to an unrelated call when they spot terrence crutcher's stalled suv. police say crutcher approaches officers but refuses to follow their commands. >> i've got a subject who won't show me his hands. >> reporter: aerial video shows crutcher has his hands up as he walks back to his vehicle. one officer deploys his taser. another fires her weapon, killing crutcher. >> shots fired! >> we saw that terrence did not have a weapon. we saw that terrence did not make any sudden movements. >> reporter: the 40-year-old
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crutcher was a father of four. his twin sister is devastated. >> his life matters. his life mattered. >> reporter: esthe officer who fired, betty shelby, is on paid administrative leave. >> we will achieve skuls advertise in this case. >> reporter: the department of justice has also opened a separate civil rights investigation. >> gabe gutierrez reporting. a texas man is behind bars this morning charged with capital murder in connection with a young woman's death. last week police in grapevine, texas, discovered a burned and dismembered body in a heavily wooded park. authorities now identify the victim as 24-year-old jacqueline van der griff, a student at texas women's university. police say interviews and video from a bar where van der griff was last seen led them to 30-year-old charles bryant. bryant was arrested on sunday being held on $1 million bond. according "the dallas morning news" it is unclear how they knew open other but police are investigating the possibility the two had arranged a meeting online. when we come back, we'll get
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here. before we get it over to "morning joe" a check on the stories you'll be hearing about. singer chris brown is scheduled to appear in court on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon accused of pointing a gun at a woman inside his california home last month. brown's attorney has called the allegations demonstrably false. president obama will address the united nations general assembly for the last time as president today. we're told he'll ask the world to do more for refugees displaced by war and persecution. on the campaign trail, donald trump holds two events in battleground north carolina. his running mate mike pence rallies in virginia. hillary clinton off the trail today, however, her running mate is in los angeles taping appearances on "ellen" and "jimmy kimmel live." that does it for us on this tuesday. "morning joe" starts -- "morning joe," go.
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welcome, welcome, welcome so much. it's great to have you here. let's talk about everything -- thank you so much for being here. >> i am not contagious. just for your information. >> you are feeling much better, is that correct? >> absolutely. nothing like a little rest when your doctor tells you to do that. good morning. it's tuesday september 20th. welcome to "morning joe." >> she was healthy. looking fine, right? >> willie is here. >> welcome back. >> we missed you. >> where are you been? >> upstairs, across the street. >> they run you ragged. >> i come in and they tell me to go. >> mike barnicle is here. the

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