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the other half. >> not hot. >> not too hot. >> i'm jim rosenfield. >> i'm jacqueline london. tonight an emergency on campus. a deadly shooting at ucla. police on full tactical alert. students barricading themselves in classrooms hodding doors closed with belts and cords as panic spreads. a mother's desperate plea for help. her son plunged into the gorilla enclosure at the zoo. 911 calls shedding new light on a national firestorm. trump university bombshell. former employees calling it a fraudulent scheme that pushed staffers to prey upon the struggling and the elderly, taking their money and, quote, selling false hopes and lies. potentially defective air bags the same kind linked to a string of deaths. the largest recall in
history. why are they still being put in brand-new cars. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. there were moments of terror and fear today on a major college campus in the nation's second largest city. ucla under lockdown for several tense hours this morning, with reports of a shooter on the loose on campus. thousands of students running for safety. in the end, two people were killed. a professor and a student. in a murder/suicide. police are still trying to unravel. it had an entire city on edge and on high alert. >> reporter: police streaming from across los angeles. a huge response to reports of a shooting
on ucla campus. from above, the sights of tactical teams spreading will out, looking for the shooter, and extracting students to safety. >> i was just on my way to class. two police officers came running towards me. they screamed get out of the hallway! >> reporter: while inside the locked-down buildings, social media showing classrooms students taking cover. >> in the lockdown site that i was at some of the students were calling their parents, telling them that they loved them. >> reporter: after nearly two hours of uncertainty -- >> the murder victim and the suspect appear to be at the scene. the pistol is at scene. we think it's entirely contained within the office that it occurred in. >> reporter: lapd now says the shooting happened inside an engineering building. a professor killed before the gunman took his own life. the motive still being
investigated. the shooting scare coming right before finals for the 43,000 students on campus. how do you concentrate on finals after something like this? >> that's exactly what i was thinking. my brain just can't go back to that now. >> reporter: how to reassure a student body at another university locked down by a shooting on campus. tonight several law enforcement sources tell nbc news that the shooter appears to have been a student who had a grudge against a professor. classes are scheduled to resume tomorrow morning. savannah? >> gadi schwartz on campus for us thank you. tonight we're hearing audio of the moment a terrified mother called 911 to report her toddler had fallen into the gorilla enclosure at the cincinnati zoo. the child was rescued unharmed after zoo officials made the decision to shoot the gorilla. a controversial call still being debated nationwide. nbc's joe fryer now with the tapes and the latest on the investigation.
>> reporter: 911 calls capture a mother's frantic moments after her 3-year-old son fell into the gorilla enclosure at the cincinnati zoo. at times the 420-pound silverback gorilla could be seen pulling the boy across the moat. eventually zoo officials decided to shoot and kill the gorilla. today the boy's family released a new statement saying the child had a checkup with his doctor and is still doing well. we continue to be thankful to the cincinnati zoo for their actions taken to protect our child. zoo officials say it appears the boy went over a 3-foot barrier and through several bushes before falling 15 feet into the moat. cincinnati police say they'll review the actions of the boy's family leading up to the incident. the family has reportedly received death threats, and online nearly half a
million people called for a petition for the boy's mother to be charged. police will not be investigating the zoo, but the association of zoos and aquariums which accredits of zoos will look into the incident. >> these enclosures not only have to protect the animals on the inside but they have to protect the public on the outside. >> reporter: tonight the cincinnati enquirer reports the police have wrapped up their investigation, and the prosecutor could make a decision on whether anyone will be charged by week's end. joe fryer, nbc news cincinnati. stunning news about the biggest recall in american history. upwards of 69 million cars with potentially explosive air bags. there's word that at least four automakers are still selling new cars with those same kind of potentially faulty air bags. nbc's tom costello now with a consumer alert. >> reporter: it's terrifying news for anyone considering a new car. some of those cars
come with potentially defective air bags that will likely be recalled in just two to three years. but sold legally now, because investigators believe they won't go bad for at least six years. >> i have this scar here on my arm. i have this one down here where they removed a chunk of metal. >> reporter: already ex ploeting takata air bags have injured more than 100 people and killed ten. most recently 17-year-old huma in texas. >> it's absolutely ridiculous that the american consumer buys a new car only to find out in two years that it's going to be recalled. >> reporter: among the new models currently being sold with suspect air bags the 2016 and '17 mitsubishi and volkswagen cc and 2016 audi and r 8. toyota and fiat chrysler are also selling vehicles with the potentially defective air bags although they insist they're not under recall. fiat chrysler tells
nbc new they meet or exceed all applicable safety requirements. but car dealer steve says vw isn't telling its customers about the air bags. he is and won't sell the affected model. >> if we know its-a poisonous issue like the air bags we're not going to sell it. we're not going to put our customers at risk. >> reporter: the problem? there simply aren't enough replacement air bags for the cars already under recall. are you comfortable with how quickly these takata air bags are being replaced? >> absolutely not. that's the worst lesson from the last young woman who lost her life. >> reporter: buyer beware the car may be new, but it may be coming with a defect and looming recall. politics now. there are new questions being raised about donald trump's business history, which he has repeatedly offered as a key credential in his run for president. newly unsealed testimony, former employees of trump university accuse trump of running a fraudulent scheme.
nbc's katy tur has been digging into the testimony. katy good evening. what have you found? >> reporter: good evening, savannah. 3,500 legal actions in the past three decades, donald trump is officially the mostly tijous presidential nominee in u.s. history. the class action lawsuit against him has many wondering if he may have made millions off the backs of struggling americans. donald trump selling the american dream on the campaign trail. >> i will give you everything. >> reporter: but is now defunct for-profit university is accused of crushing that dream, scamming hopeful students with aggressive sales tactics and false promises. >> success, it's going to happen to you. >> reporter: trump's secret to selling unsealed by a federal judge. hundreds of documents, including testimony from one former sales manager. saying trump university was a fraudulent scheme. that preyed upon the elderly and uneducated
to separate them from their money. another sales executive saying it was just selling false hopes and lies. the candidate facing trial in november is now calling out the ethnicity of the case's indiana-born judge. >> the judge, who happens to be we believe, mexican, which is great. what he's doing is a total disgrace. >> reporter: trump's lawyer denies fraud and points nbc news to this campaign video. >> i must tell you that the courses that i took were outstanding. >> reporter: the university seminars at first free were aggressively sold from $1,500 to $35,000. students allegedly encouraged to max out their credit cards. >> i was highly deceived. >> reporter: plaintiff george hannah said he drained his retirement to pay for trump university. >> i get this sick feeling in my stomach to not only see that you know from my own personal experience but i see him playing those same exact cards with this whole country. >> if it looks like these businesses were not well run, it could
cut a real hole into his case that he is the best person to run this country and make it great again. >> reporter: katy tur, nbc news, sacramento. i'm kristen welker in new jersey where hillary clinton wasted no time on going after donald trump on trump university. >> this is just more evidence that donald trump himself is a fraud. >> reporter: the clinton team hoping they finally found a message that sticks painting the billionaire businessman as a con artist. >> he is trying to scam america the way he scammed all those people at trump u. >> reporter: but it's not the first time trump's rivals have tried this strategy. >> this man is a pathological liar. >> a con artist. >> reporter: will it work for hillary clinton? >> the clinton campaign is counting on research surrogate, and hillary clinton herself driving a message that none of donald trump's previous opponents were able to do. >> reporter: and late today, the current commander in chief broadening the attack
arguing trump's tax plan will hurt the middle class. >> that is not going to make your lives better. that will help people like him. >> reporter: but clinton's attempts to focus solely on trump complicated by her ongoing primary battle. tonight our news nbc poll is showing bernie sanders is now just two points down in california. sanders still drawing huge crowds crisscrossing the state. >> i saw hillary clinton racing to california. bill clinton racing to california. maybe they think this campaign is not quite over. >> reporter: to sanders' point, clinton has rearranged her clinton to head out to california tomorrow sooner than expected and she'll deliver a speech on foreign policy. again attacking trump. >> kristen welker on the trail for us thank you. there is little relief in sight tonight in south texas where historic floodwaters have overwhelmed entire
communities. triggering more water rescues today. and there are new concerns that one of the hardest hit areas may never fully recover. exhausted residents brace for more. nbc's gabe gut ez is on the brazos river for us tonight. >> reporter: its home is where the heart is. tonight more of texas is heart broken. >> just total devastation. >> reporter: before the farming community looked like this. now authorities estimate about 80% of it is either damaged or destroyed. including 300 homes in this subdivision. the sheriff showed us the division where some 300 homes are underwater. >> this town has never seen anything like this. >> no they haven't. now the real question will be for the 800 or so citizens out here are you going to rebuild. >> reporter: the historic floods crippling the state. this jeep swept away by the raging waters. today near dallas even more heavy rain. first responders rushing to rescue drivers.
>> i'm not leaving the house. >> reporter: a rescue mission of his own. the floodwaters already claimed his house in richmond. but after living in texas all his life no soaking would stop this cowboy from checking on his neighbors. >> that's what we do around here. we've always helped each other. don't fall down. >> reporter: it isn't long before he finds nancy gonzalez and her son trapped. the water had just crept into their home. ever seen a flood like this? >> never. >> reporter: tonight this family is safe. finally on dry land. but the toll in texas is mounting with more storms predicted through the weekend. gabe gutierrez, nbc news richmond texas. troubling news tonight concerning the zika virus. a baby has been born in new jersey with a severe birth defect linked to zika. the health officials are quick to point out the baby's mother did not contract the virus
in this country. nbc's anne thompson now with the details. >> reporter: this new jersey hospital is where a 31-year-old woman from honduras delivered a baby girl afflicted with microselfy caused by the zika virus. doctors say the mother contracted the virus in honduras and then came to the united states specifically for care. >> quite frankly, it's catastrophic for a young, healthy patient who's seeking to get pregnant or is pregnant to counter this. >> reporter: the cdc is currently following 300 pregnant women in the u.s. and its territories who contracted zika. new york mother-to-be andrea osbourn traveled to jamaica while she was pregnant and is now closely monitored. >> it is pretty scary. because everyone wants to have a healthy child. and to know a mosquito can cause all this is crazy. >> reporter: pregnant women exposed to the zika have a 1 to 13% chance to giving birth
to a baby with microcephaly. women who could become pregnant are told to avoid traveling to central and south america, and parts of the caribbean, including puerto rico. the infected mosquitoes are not in the u.s. yet, but officials are on alert. >> i wouldn't be surprised if we have a small local outbreak of people who actually get infected while in the continental united states without leaving it. >> reporter: trying to protect americans against an epidemic still unfolding in other parts of the world. anne thompson, nbc news. still ahead tonight, a major new fda alert about all the salt we may be eating without even knowing it. what the government is doing to drastically cut the sodium hidden in our diets. also a startling new warning about the top distraction for teens behind the wheel, and surprise it's not cell phones.
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it's dinnertime and you may be reaching for that salt shaker but the fda is hoping this next story will give you pause. the agency is out with dramatic new guidelines sharply reducing how much salt is recommended, saying americans are consuming too much sodium and getting it from foods where they may least expect it. nbc's rehema ellis has the story. >> reporter: in a sweeping proposal years in the making today the fda called for a sharp reduction in the sodium found in 150 categories of processed and restaurant food.
why? americans consume on average 3,400 mill i grams of sodium a day, about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. the proposed guidelines would cut that by one-third over the next decade. a major effort because more than 70% of sodium consumed is already in food before it reaches the table. some surprising culprits? salad dressing, bread and cereal. medical experts today saying limiting sodium is important for america's health. one out of three americans suffers from high blood pressure even one out of ten children. >> if you have high blood pressure try to reduce your salt intake. if you're otherwise healthy, and have a low blood pressure you may not need to worry about salt. >> reporter: today the grocery manufacturers association called for more research into the acceptable range of sodium intake for operate mal health. if you're taking the salt out what can you
put in food so it still tastes good? >> there's a lot of different ways to flavor food that doesn't require salt. you can do fried herbs or fresh herbed or onions or gab lick is really good. >> reporter: all part of an effort to cut america's craving for salt. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. up next searchers may have gotten the break they were hoping
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finally tonight, a hollywood legend who would have celebrated her 90th birthday today. marilyn monroe the blond bombshell who lit up the silver screen in the '50s and '60s is still just as famous as ever. nbc's cynthia mcfadden looks at why marilyn's memory lives on all these years later. ♪ >> reporter: marilyn monroe played the dumb blond so well a lot of people thought it was who she was. >> i always say a kiss on the hand might feel very good but a diamond tiara lasts forever. >> reporter: it would have been the actress'
90th birthday. which raises the question why, why does she endure. in part perhaps she perfectly represents the conflicting attitudes about women and sex in the 1950s. sometimes bold and brassy, sometimes sweet and vulnerable. perhaps, too, because while she's been copied and parodied over the years, she has never been matched. born in 1926 she grew up with foster families wedding for the first time at 16. married to dimaggio and playwright arthur miller. at age 36 she made one of her most famous personal appearances. ♪ happy birthday mr. president ♪ ♪ -- >> reporter: her vulnerability not an act. she would be dead three months later for a drug overdose. she believed she was
not taken seriously as an actress. in her last interview two days before her death, she pleads please don't make me look like a joke. her fans have made sure of that. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news new york. that will do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for of violence. the new photos she just unleashed claiming a pattern of abuse. >> now on "extra." ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ amber heard on the cover of "people" with a bloody lip
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