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>> the news continues now. developing news tonight. a state of emergency declared after gunfire erupts in ferguson. police critically wound one of the shooters as peaceful protests are overshadowed by violence in a city back on edge. clinton versus trump. the democratic front-runner comes out swinging at the man leading the republican pack over what he said about women. dangerously tired. a startling government warning about air traffic controllers reporting for work on as little as three hours of sleep. blown away by a tornado. ripping cars off the roads, picking up everything in its path. the power and fury caught on camera. and swiped. rare access as the world's super hackers come together, revealing their tricks. how easy it is to steal your stuff. "nightly news" begins right now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with lester holt." good evening. as nightfall nears, the citizens of ferguson, missouri find themselves in an all too familiar place. anxious, worried, and uncertain. one year after the killing of an unarmed black man there by police, a state of emergency was declared in st. louis county today after calls for racial justice last night were drowned out by the sounds of gunfire. pleez say they came under attack not from demonstrators but from criminal elements and that they fired back, severely wounding an 18-year-old suspect. ron allen has been on the ferguson story from the very start. he's back tonight with the latest. >> reporter: after scenes like this one. >> back up. >> reporter: when violence broke out after demonstrations marking one year since the death of michael brown. >> anybody hit? >> reporter: st. louis county officials have declared a state of emergency in ferguson
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to allow for a better response tonight if that violence is repeated. a barrage of gunfire erupted in the heart of the city. police say it was feuding gunmen, not protesters who first fired dozens of rounds at each other and then targeted police. >> it was very scary. it was coming from so many different directions. we did not know should you duck, do you run, do you stay put. >> reporter: a barrage of bullets, bottles and bricks. several stores robbed and vandalized. the suspect identified by authorities as 18-year-old tyrone harris, has been charged with ten felonies. he's still in critical condition. >> there is a small group of people out there that are intent on making sure we don't have peace that prevails. >> reporter: some say much has changed in ferguson, including new leaders who are african-americans. but they're calling for an end to what they say is racially
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biased policing here and across the country. mass arrests outside the federal courthouse. for dalita jones the anniversary marks the second time her salon has been caught in the crossfire. we first met her last august. >> i've had a lot of cancellations. >> reporter: now after years of struggling with heavy debt and about half the number of clients she's picking up the pieces again. >> i'm staying positive. you can't crumble. >> with more protests possible this evening it's unclear how police will respond under this new state of emergency but the message seems clear tonight that violence will not be tolerated in a city still struggling to recover and rebuild. les ter? >> ron allen tonight, thank you. hillary clinton is weighing in on donald 2ru78 p's comments on women and the woman who moderated last week's debate. trump offers no apologies for his remarks but hillary clinton isn't biting her tongue either as she unloaded on the gop front-runner today. here's and rea
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mitchell. >> reporter: donald trump today, still unrepentant about his attacks on megyn kelly. >> the fact is she asked me a very inappropriate question. she should really be apologizing to me, you want to know the truth. >> he's having the time of his life. >> reporter: in new hampshire hillary clinton slammed trump. along with the other republican candidates for their pogs on women's health. >> and while what donald trump said about megyn kelly is outrageous, what the rest of the republicans are saying about all women is also outrageous. megyn kelly is a strong woman and more than capable of defending herself against donald trump. i'm worried about what republican policies would do to the rest of america's women. >> reporter: and clinton said marco rubio's opposition to abortion even in cases of rape or incest is worst than the way donald trump talks about women. >> i said it was offensive. i said it was outrageous. i stand by that. i know it makes great tv. i think the guy went wait overboard. offensi
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offensive, outrageous, pick your adjective. but what marco rubio said has as much of an impact in terms of where the republican party is today as anybody else on that stage. >> reporter: why single out rubio? the clinton campaign sees the young florida senator, a standout in the debate, as a real political threat. but first she has to deal with a challenge in her own party. vermont senator bernie sanders is drawing huge crowds. 25,000 people in portland, oregon last night. in new hampshire sanders now trails clinton by just six points. even some democrats at clinton's event today r are undecided. >> i think that she is worth considering. but i haven't made up my mind. >> i wouldn't say i'm 100% already set. i warrant to hear whaefrt everyone has to say. >> reporter: and how did clinton explain going to donald trump's most recent wedding? she said she happened to be in florida, thought it would be
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fun and narnging but now that he's running for president, now in her words it's a little more troubling. lester in. >> andrea mitchell on the trail in new hampshire. thank you. the epa tonight is in a race to contain that toxic spill in colorado which the agency itself is responsible for. at least 3 million gallons of mining waste turning the animus river yellow. now the pollution is make its way past communities and even into other states. our national correspondent miguel almaguer is there. >> reporter: along the animas river a state of emergency. 3 million gallons of toxic sludge has spewed from the gold king mine in cole college. for six days the mustard glow winding, working its way 100 miles down stream, slowly clearing. >> tell us what's in the water. tell us what's in the water. >> reporter: anger and frustration boiling over at community meetings because the epa, the very agency tasked with protecting the environment, triggered the breach during a cleanup. many get their
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drinking and irrigation water from the river. >> i have a place in the valley. i live about 100 yards away from the river. >> reporter: the soupy sludge contains lead levels 3500 times higher than normal. copper, zinc, arsenic also found. the epa still conducting tests as three ponds have been built to hold back the tainted wastewater. >> you're lying to everyone about what's going on. you really don't know what's going on at all. >> reporter: though these yellow ribbons are fading, pollutants are moving down stream, headed toward arizona and the grand canyon. >> somebody will be held responsible for the spill? >> sure. yes. >> thank you for bringing a sample this morning. >> reporter: many are bringing their tap water to be tested. while colorado's parks and wildlife department says fish in test traps are still alive, one good sign among a sea of worry. >> it makes me sick to my stomach. it's horrid. you know, it's a tragedy. >> reporter: they now
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hope to reopen this river next week. but the long-term damage here, that remains unclear. in communities like durango they have shut off the intake valves that lead watt grert river into the steep and while it looks fairly clear at the surface i want to show you just below the water what it looks like. dip your hand down just an inch or so and you will see that gold mustard colored silt. this is the reason why officials are concerned. it's safe to touch with a plastic glove but officials don't want the public getting in this water. lester? >> all right, miguel, thanks very much. now to an eye-opening report that surfaced today about air traffic controllers, lack of sleep and some frightening mistakes. the report sitting in government files for years was released today and points to changing work schedules as a cause of fatigue and says more than half of the people who guide the planes we fly on report not getting enough sleep. pete williams tells us what's at stake. >> reporter: when a commuter airplane turned onto the wrong runway in lexington,
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kentucky for takeoff in 2006, the air traffic controller failed to notice. the plane crashed, killing 49 people on board. the government blamed pilot error but noted the controller had worked all night with only two hours of sleep before his shift. that devastating accident led to a study of controller fatigue, done three years ago but not released nm today. 2 out of 10 said they've made significant mistakes on the job like letting planes get too close, and over half of them blame those errors on fatigue. most said they were getting less than six hours of sleep a night before their shift, some less than three. safety experts have warned that changing work schedules can also be a big factor. >> those backwards roh tai rotating shifts where people are having to get up earlier and earlier each day actually makes it harder for them to get the sleep that they need. >> reporter: it's been a chronic problem with controllers even asleep on the job. a huge embarrassment five years ago at washington's reagan national airport when
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two commercial planes had to land on their own. >> the tower is apparently unmanned. called on the phone, nobody's answering. so that aircraft went in just as an uncontrolled. >> reporter: the ffa has since required more than one controller on overnight shifts and limited consecutive nights of duty. the nine hours between shifts and says controllers are more alert than ever. but the report says even a nine-hour break may not be enough. pete williams, nbc news, washington. and still on the subject of dangers in the sky, crews reported seeing a drone flying near four different planes on approach to new jersey's newark airport yesterday. each plane was flying between 2,0003,000 feet when pilots spot the drone. it's against federal law to fly a drone within five miles of an airport. however, none of the planes had to take evasive action. all landed safely. overseas a major cleanup effort is under way after parts of china and taiwan got clobbered by a
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powerful typhoon with winds over 120 miles an hour. dozens of people were killed and tonight we are seeing the power of that storm up close. spawning a tornado, flinging cars like toys. as nbc's janet shamlian shows us. >> reporter: ominous skies in the typhoon's aftermath, and then out of nowhere debris flying as what appears to be a tornado is caught on dashcam video. reported yesterday but with an incorrect time stamp. a car is picked up and folded into the funnel cloud. then an injured woman can be seen tossed like a toy on the side of the road. it's among the haunting images from taiwan and china, where the typhoon triggered mudslides, heavy rain, and flooding, crushing houses and washing away roads. in taiwan a record 4 million homes lost power. and with people feared swept out to sea, the human toll is likely to rise. 25 inches of rain, the most in a century, in
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parts of eastern china. a quarter of a million people were evacuated. many had to be rescued. days after landfall, waves, mud, and wind. the typhoon has left chaos in its wake. janet shamlian, nbc news, london. in turkey a wave of violence has many on edge. a number of attacks including one on the u.s. consulate in istanbul are raising fears tonight in that country, which the u.s. is relying upon to play a bigger role in the battle against isis. we get more from nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: it was a small-scale attack on the u.s. consulate. but it could be a sign of worse to come. a woman perhaps with an accomplice fired at least two shots near the u.s. consulate until she was cornered by police, who shot at her. finally wounding her and taking her into custody.
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it wasn't the day's only violence. a police station was bombed in istanbul, followed by an ambush in broad daylight in this normally safe city. as turkish police hunted the attackers, more gunfire. and in the south four turkish police were killed by a roadside bomb. this wave of violence worries u.s. officials because it comes just as turkey has joined the fight against isis and finally allowed u.s. jets to use turkish bases to launch attacks against isis. but turkey has simultaneously launched its own war against its internal enemies including those behind today's attacks, leftist radicals and turkey's old rival the kurds, who happen to also be american allies. fighting isis too. as turkey strikes its own enemies, they will fight back as they did today, potentially destabilizing
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washington's newest, most important ally in the fight against oasis. richard engel, nbc news, istanbul. back in this country, nbc news has learned through obtaining a top secret document that chinese cyber spies have been reading the private e-mails of many top officials in the obama administration. it was first detected in april 2010 and still going on according to a senior u.s. intelligence official. not clear whether hillary clinton was targeted while using private e-mail as secretary of state. and it's not just government officials getting hit. your e-mails, your car, even your home security system controlled by a hacker and you don't even know it. coming up next, the world's super hackers are revealing to us how they're doing it. what you should be doing to lock them out. also the family running for their also the family running for their you pay your auto insurance premium also the family running for their every month on the dot. you're like the poster child for paying on time. and then one day you tap the bumper of a station wagon. no big deal...
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we're back with our special series "the hacking of america." on this broadcast we've reported time and time again on massive computer hacks, everything from government secrets to data stolen from millions of retail customers. tonight nbc news is getting rare access into the hacking world, where we learned their tricks and how vulnerable your privacy really is. here's nbc's national investigative correspondent jeff rossen. >> reporter: welcome to the def con hacking convention. at paris and bally's in las vegas. >> what have you guys
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hacked? >> refrigerators. >> home automation and home security devices. >> home security? >> yep. >> baby monitors. >> you've hacked into baby monitors. >> yes. >> oy. >> some of the world's best hackers all in this hotel all at the same time showing off. in fact, right now this guy is hacking my rental car. you can see the doors of the car are locked up. it is locked up tight. but you're saying you can just hit a button here and it will unlock. >> sure. we can hit this, this, and it's unlocked. >> i see, it's already popped. it opens right up. and you don't have the keys. >> i don't have the keys. >> so how much does that device cost? >> the device is about $32 in parts. >> are you worried criminals can get this? >> i believe criminals have been using this for years. >> many hackers aren't criminals. >> we built an app that kills robo calls on your phone once and for all. >> reporter: companies are r. here too hiring hackers for cyber security jobs. >> these people together are frying to figure out how it all works whark we can actually do with the technology. >> reporter: but the frightening reality is we're all vulnerable. experts say especially on open wi-fi networks
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and say you should never use one. hackers actually set up free wi-fis as a way to get access to your information. >> i just hacked into your phone. i'm looking at your g mail. >> you're looking at my g mail? >> yeah. and i don't even have that up. what's the last e-mail i sent? >> i see something to josh davis. hey, still shooting this story. >> i haven't even sent that e-mail yet. it's literally -- it's in my drafts. i haven't hit send yet. >> g mail saves drafts every few seconds. >> and it still goes here? >> anything you send to the server. >> you plug in the usb that comes with it. >> hacker fun in the desert sun. but what happens when they retreat? back into the shadows. jeff rossen, nbc news, las vegas. >> frightening, isn't it? we're back in a moment with the harsh message and the sentence tonight for those base jumpers who pulled off a shocking those base jumpers who pulled off a shocking stunt at toenail fungus? seriously? smash it with jublia! jublia is a prescription medicine proven to treat toenail fungus. use jublia as instructed by your doctor.
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booth at "monday night football." frank gifford, the nfl hall of famer and husband of our friend and colleague kathie lee gifford, passed away suddenly yesterday of natural causes at their home in connecticut. tonight he's being remembered by so many, friends and fans alike. he was a football giant, a force on the field and later in the broadcast booth. frank gifford passed away from natural causes on sunday at his home in connecticut. he was 84. "we rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live," his family said in a statement. a california native, gifford was a star at usc. as a pro he spent his entire career with the giants, becoming one of the most beloved athletes to ever play in new york. a supremely talented athlete on both offense and defense, he was the nfl's mvp in 1956 and was later elected to the league's hall of fame. he moved on to
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broadcasting, becoming the voice of "monday night football" in 1971. >> glad you're with us. this should be a good one. >> reporter: gifford was also known for his nearly 30-year marriage to "today" co-host kathie lee. >> you know what i love about him so much is he's -- he's a very giving person. >> yeah. >> frank is a really generous, sweet person. and he's a good man. and i'm very grateful for him. >> reporter: he stopped by the show many times and was part of our nbc family. >> this has been such a shock. and frank will be remembered with love today by family and friends. >> reporter: in a 2006 interview gifford was asked how he would like to be remembered. >> first and foremost, a good father. somebody who cared passionately about playing the game, reporting it properly. i never believed i was something i wasn't. and really believed i was what i was. >> our thoughts are with kathie lee and all of frank's family. that's going to do it for us on this monday night.
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i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. donald trump. >> why their ugly war of words just made megyn tv's most wanted woman now on "extra." ♪ ♪ ♪ megyn versus donald. round two.
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>> blood coming out of her -- wherever. >> if you can't get past me how are you going to handle vladimir putin? >> the new network raced to steel the jewel in fox's crown. from high school cheerleader to lawyer to the next barbara walter, we track the making of megyn. >> new jen and justin wedding secrets. howard stern today, how he roasted the newlyweds. >> most of your speech was complaints. >> yes. >> about their wedding. >> kris jenner and caitlyn jenner. kylie bleached blond on her 18th birthday. >> who bought her a $180,000 per ary? >> hoda kotb nearly in tears over the death of kathie lee's husband frank gifford. >> we remember the new york giant great. >> kick the dust up. >> now, on "extra" from universal studios hollywood, the

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