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memories for a lifetime. >> we'll see you at 11:00. good night. tonight, shockwaves as hillary clinton's closest aid huma abedin says she's separating from her husband anthony weiner. airport chaos. all out panic amid widespread rumors of an active shooter. what's going on? bracing for impact. florida on high alert as the tropical threat closes in. too little, too late. a prize move from the pharma giant over the cost of a life saving medicine, why critics say it's not enough. and a beloved
comedian is gone, we remember the legendary gene wilder. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nightly news with lester holt." >> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie in for lester on the. it has happened tonight. former congressman anthony wiener splashed all over the newspapers, caught in yet another tawdry sexting scandal. it appears to be the last straw for his wife huma abedin. abedin is one of hillary clinton's top advisors and donald trump was quick to seize on the news to attack clinton's judgment. >> reporter: huma abedin in the hamptons
as hillary clinton at -- now after a third sexting scandal by her husband, anthony weaver, abedin acknowledging, after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, i have made the decision to separate from my husband. but the "new york post" claims wiener was sending an inappropriate picture of himself to a woman while their young son was in his bed. wiener told the post he and the woman have been friends for some time and says their communications were always appropriate. clinton has said if she had another daughter, it would be huma. >> huma is like family not only to clinton, but to the whole campaign. >> reporter: she a traditional muslim, he a former congressman. then the sexting
scandal that drove him out of congress in 2011 s two years later, he re-entered politics running for mayor of new york. >> i know i have let a lot of people down, but i have also learned some tough lessons. then another sexting scandal, their reactions caught by the filmmaker. >> we decided to move forward with our lives. and we have put everything behind us. >> reporter: still she stood by him. >> what i want to say, i love him, i have forgiven him. >> you are no longer engaging in that kind of behavior. >> did you tell me that? >> yes, i did tell you that? >> is that correct? >> yes, it is correct. >> reporter: last month he visz silted the dnc. friends now claim they're already living separate lives. donald trump issuing a statement today that huma is making a very wise decision, i know
anthony wiener and she would be far better without him. and there's no evidence that wiener could have accessed classified information from his wife. he doesn't mention that he cricketed to we wiener's campaign. meantime another controversy exploding around donald trump tonight as he plans a major speech on immigration this week. now an african-american pastor in charge of wooing minority voters for the trump campaign is being accused of waging a firestorm on social media. >> reporter: tonight, another controversial tweet, not from donald trump, but a past supporter pastor mark burns, the pastor leading trump's efforts to reach out to african-american voters. >> we put a black face on the democrat party, but the system that's behind the democrat
party is still designed to not raise up america to the highest level that there can be. >> reporter: another trump surrogate echoing part of that message. >> the image is not appropriate, but the message is that pastor burn s and a lot of other african-american pastors across the country are sick and tired of being talked down to. >> reporter: trump makes a push for minority voters including hispanics as he gets set to deliver a major immigration set in arizona. trump will hit clinton for unprecedented policies on amnesty on wednesday, and it will be a unity rally. though there may be no display of it. home state senator john mccain, not committed to attending yet, a day before his primary. >> reporter: is it harmful to have kind of a muddled message from the top of the
ticket when it comes to immigration? >> people judge me, i'm john mccain. >> reporter: one of the biggest questions about trump's immigration policy has been whether he's now letting up on that deportation force he's been talking about for months. trump's referring to the immigration authority that already exists, but a link trump himself hasn't explicitly made clear. moments of chaos and fear last night at los angeles international airport. a false alarm that had passengers running away from the tarmac. migu ing . >> reporter: the sprint to the exit nearly became a stampede, thousands of passengers at l.a.x., racing into the streets, even rushing the tarmac after reports of shots fired. the panic and fear
cascading like a wave across the nation's second busiest airport. just before 9:00 p.m., a loud noise mistaken for gun fire inside terminal 8. then terminals 4 and 7, more 911 calls, with guns drawn, police swept the airport. >> reports of shots fired. >> reporter: traveling on vacation, lester was at l.a.x. reporting live on facebook as the drama unfolded. >> people started flooding out, security people were saying shots fired when we saw two police cars coming down the taxi way at a very, very high rate of speed. >> reporter: in an unrelated incident, just before the reported gun fire, officers took a man dressed in zoro into custody, fearing his plastic sword was real, shutting down l.a.x. for more than an hour, gridlock on the road, more than 300 flights were
cancelled. the incident, the second scare in just two weeks. officers at jfk stormed a terminal there after false reports of gun fire. >> we don't want people to hesitate, we want them to call us if they believe there is something suspicious. >> reporter: tonight at l.a.x., business as usual. but only after a scene many here will never forget. airport police say they are still investigating what that loud bang was that was heard by so many people late yesterday. tonight, florida is bracing for impact as a tropical threat we have been telling you about closes in. there are concerns about a flooding nightmare and meteorologist dylan dryer is here. >> we have hurricane gaston, which is a category 2 storm that's moved out to sea, so we want to focus on tropical depression 8 and 9. 9 as already dropped
more than a foot of rain on parts of cuba. it should become a tropical storm sometime tomorrow and take this turn towards florida by the end of the week. that could produce tornadoes and flooding rain, we also have tropical depression 8 off the coast of north carolina, it should also become a tropical stormy at some point tomorrow. producing rip currents across the carolinas as well up to five inches of rain are possible. but savannah, we could see up to ten inches of rain and that could lead to flooding by the end of the week. after days of ever growing outrageous, the drug company that manufactures the epipen made a surprise announcement today. mylan pharmaceuticals says it will now offer a generic version of the drug. people say the generic epipen is still too costly and too much for a drug that can
mean the difference between life and death. tom costello with our report. >> reporter: the announcement follows weeks of backlash and outrageous over price hikes for a drug used most often to save children's lives. over 10 years the epipen has gone from $100 to $600. the two generic two pack will cost half that, $300, but consumer advocates say it's too little too late. >> mylan should cut it's price at least down to the 2007 level of $200. >> mylan's generic version will be more than what -- mylan is just essentially changing the label. >> it is an identical product, and they're calling it an authorized generic. mylan still has the whole market of the generic and the whole
market of the branded. >> reporter: the company has spent millions of dollars on product development. >> you need the right amount of epinephrine injected in seconds. and that's what our auto injector does. >> reporter: but the drug itself epinephrine has been around for 100 years and costs only $3. epipen has earned the company more than a billion dollars a year. in may, a statement i think you'll see opportunities for us to have the price for the pen increase. concern among consumer advocates, people will stick with the more expensive brand name they know. harry, there's late word tonight that the fbi is warning security officials -- our justice corporate pete williams is on the story tonight from washington.
pete, what can you tell us? >> reporter: this comes after an attempt to hack into two election systems this summer urjs -- in july, hackers got successfully into the computer system that illinois uses for online voter registration, copping some files that apparently didn't change anything and they apparently tried and failed to do the same thing in arizona. officials say the russians seem to have been behind both attacks. so far no sign that any of those have been compromised, but the fbi says states should be on guard to protect against computer attacks that could jeopardize the integrity of their elections. >> pete williams in our washington newsroom. thank you. a grim milestone to tell you about in chicago where august is now the most violent month there in 20 years. the city has seen 84 homicide this month
alone. as nbc's kevin tibbles tells us what suspects in that case. >> reporter: the sound of a broken heart. >> all this senseless killing to stop. what is it doing to us? >> reporter: diane aldridge lost her daughter friday, 32-year-old nikea aldridge caught in the cross fire while pushing her newborn in a stroller. she was the cousin of nba superstar dwyane wade who took to social media. four kids lost their mom for no reason. unreal, enough is enough. two brothers who police say are convicted felons out on parole learned today of their murders. 459, compared to 308 this time last year. >> how tired are you of hear the phrase, enough is enough? >> i'm sick of it.
>> reporter: chicago's police superintendent wants the courts to come down harder on gun crimes. >> you spend more time in jail for retail theft than you do for a gun offense. >> shoplifting? >> a guy shoplifting hot dogs because he's hungry. >> reporter: donald trump weighed in today, african-americans know i will stop the slaughter going on. >> sif he has a magic potion that can solve the violent crimes, i say share it with us. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. still ahead tonight, playing defense, the star nfl quarterback gets blitzed with criticism after refusing ting to stand for the national anthem before a game. and we're going anthem before a game. and we're going co-have a look back at
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comedians of all time. his family says he passed away peacefully at the age of 83. nbc's harry smith with a look back. ♪ there is no life i know to compare with your imagination ♪ >> reporter: gene wilder was an unlikely leading man, sweet, hill larrious. >> you've got to remember that these aren't just simple farmers, these are people of the land. you know? >> reporter: and through a span of several decades, he starred in big and small and brought to the screen performances that were unforgettable. >> it's alive! it's alive!
>> reporter: from "young frankenstein." he starred with richard prior in a series of buddy movies including "silver streak." and while it was a failure at the boxes office. the role wilder was most identified with and beloved for was willy wonka. >> we are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams. >> reporter: after his third wife gilda radner lost her battle with cancer, wilder was a pillar of the cancer support group gilda's club. wilder who knew he wanted to be an actor from childhood, he said i like the show, but i don't like the business. >> don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted? >> what happened? >> he lived happily ever after.
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