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that's our news. thanks for watching. i'm jim rosenfield. >> i'm jacqueline london. we'll see you back here at 11:00 tonight. "nightly news" is next. breaking news tonight. hurricane watches and warnings just issued. a triple threat up and down the eastern seaboard and all the way to hawaii, bracing for impact. also breaking, isis says a leader at the top of america's kill list is dead. did the u.s. just take out the major strategy it is at the top of so many attacks. and under fire for a profanity laced attack. and a case that grips the nation, reveals herself publicly for the first time. the mission she is on. and amazing rescue. a heart stopping pileup caught on camera. a woman trapped, her
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car engulfed in flames. we hear from the heroes who saved her. "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 tonight. make no mistake, we are in the fall throes of hurricane season now. and if you're looking at the u.s. weather map tonight, there's a lot to keep your eye on. three storms threatening the u.s. coastline. parts of florida just placed under a hurricane watch braced for up to 10 inches of rain. a tropical storm warning for sections of south carolina. and hawaii gearing up for a possible one-two punch. gabe
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ga ga gabe. >> reporter: massive hurricanes swirling across the grove. hurricane madeleine in the pacific, threatening hawaii, it's followed by hurricane lester, in the atlantic, hurricane gaston, not expected to affect the u.s. >> this storm is an uncertainty, but we are preparing for it. >> reporter: in florida, tropical depression number 9 is poised in the gulf. >> everybody has to be careful. we don't want anybody to be injured and we don't want any loss of life. >> reporter: in north carolina's outer banks, a tropical storm warning is in effect. rip current warnings, swimmers are pulled out to sea, in panic. >> rip currents are dangerous, they have taken three lives here in the outer banks just this past summer. >> reporter: young payton waller got
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caught up in one and managed to escape. other tourists are taking the offshore storms in stride. the storms closest to the eastern u.s. are expected to strengthen into major hurricanes, it has suddenly become a busy season in the tropics. >> don't focus so much on the strength or the category, because the water hazard ends up being the most dangerous. >> reporter: as florida prepares for flooding, there is dangerous rip currents up and down the eastern seaboard as far north as new england, possibly extending into the holiday weekend. >> thank you. lets turn to our meteorologi meteorologist dylan dryer. >> that tropical depression 8 is taking it's turn to the north northeast.
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we still could see one to three inches of rain and gusty winds overnight and rip currents remain a threat through tomorrow. now to the gulf, tropical depression 9 is forecast to become a strong tropical storm before it makes landfall. but the whole track has shifted a little bit farther north. now charleston, south carolina could see the effects of a strong tropical storm. we could see 10 to 15 inches of rain in and around tampa. out in the pacific, we have two category 3 hurricanes, madeleine and lester. madeleine is going to stay to the south of hawaii while lester is going to stay to the north of hawaii but we still could see 10 to 15 inches of rain on the big island and that could lead to flooding and mudslides. a lot to keep an eye on. as voters go to the polls in some high profile primary races
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tonight, election officials are worried about how -- nbc news has learned the u.s. intelligence community has now launched a top secret review. our justice correspondent pete williams with the details tonight. >> reporter: as the nation prepares to vote 69 days from now, nbc news has learneded that a top secret u.s. intelligence group has already been tasked with russia related hacking. today the fbi director suggested his agency is also on the case. >> those kinds of things are something we take very, very seriously. and work very, very hard to understand. so that we can equip the rest of our government with options for how to deal with it. >> reporter: u.s. officials say after trying and failing to get into arizona's online voter registration system russian hackers p penetrated a similar
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system in illinois. but state election officials say it would be much harder for any outsider to hack into the completely separate individual devices that count the fall votes. >> if it's not on the internet and you're not voting via the internet, the only way to hack into anything would be machine by machine. >> reporter: states that use optical scanners still have the paper ballots as a backup. even so security experts warn that security systems with no paper backups still in use are much more vulnerable especially to an insider hack. >> i think it's negligence for a secretary of state anywhere in the country now not to have a paper trail for their votes, not to have some backup system because the risks are just too great in this cyber wild west. >> reporter: democrats in congress asked the fbi to look into whether russian hacks into the democratic national committee were an attempt to help donald trump's a campaign. tonight officials say
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they doubt the russians are trying to help trump, but they might might -- there are reports tonight that one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world has been killed. the brutal number two in command of isis, systemed of playing a role in one of the most vicious attacks in the u.s. we have seen. >> reporter: he's not a house hold name in the united states, but for isis supporters, he is a major player. both the group's chief spokesmen, also its second in command. significantly it was al-adnani who called throughout the world for lone wolfs to carry out attacks around the world.
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al adnani has long been linked to violence, he spent six years in u.s. custody in iraq until he was released. there remains a $5 million bounty on its head. u.s. officials have confirmed to nbc news that there was an air strike in syria earlier today, that adnani was targeted and that a car was struck, but u.s. officials aren't sure if adnani was actually in the vehicle. there were reports that he skied from wounds he received a week or two weeks ago. . >> it is fight night in two key states as two big names in the gop battle for their political lives. it is also a major first test of how donald trump may impact races for his fellow republicans. in the meantime, an
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african-american trump surrogate is apologizing now for something critics called racist on social media. >> reporter: when donald trump isn't mired in his own controversies, his surrogates stir it up for him. pastor mark burns apologizing for posting a cartoon of hillary clinton in black face. after 14 months of firestorms like that, tonight trump's affect on congressional races will be tested as voters cast their ballots. >> cindy and i voted, we're looking for a good turnout on the vote today. >> reporter: both senators walking a tight rope trying to support their nominee without alienating hispanics. at stake gop majorities especially in the senate. if hillary clinton wins, democrats only need four more seats to retake control, making it easier to push through decisions
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like supreme court nominees. >> holding the senate, i think is a extremely important goal for republicans and frankly the house of representatives is probably if things were not to go where we would like is our real last line of defense. >> reporter: democrats linking them to trump's dif vieive rhetoric. >> i have said that i'm going to be voting for our nominee, but. >> reporter: as the gop wins the house and senate, they could still hold the house, essentially leaving congress in gridlock. >> we won't be looking at large reforms such as immigration or tax codes. we' we'll. >> reporter: in instead of campaigning for downballot republicans, donald trump is here in deep blue washington states. tonight all eyes are
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on arizona where trump is expected to clarify his murky position on immigration. governor paul la page is apologizing today for leaving a profanity laced -- his political future is up in the air. >> you don't like me, and i don't like you. >> reporter: two term republican governor paul lapage kicked it up a notch in recent days. last thursday, lapage insisted 90% of drug dealers are black or hispanic and the governor left this voicemail. >> i have spent my life helping black people and you little s son of a [ bleep ] socialist [ bleep ] i want you to record
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this and make it public because i am after you. >> lapage apologized today on main radio, sending a cryptic message about the rest of his term. >> i'm not going to say that i'm not going to finish it or am going to finish. >> reporter: he had this message for the naacp in 2011. >> tell them to kiss my butt. >> what appeals to voters about paul lapage, is his combativeness to where it can be all out battle at times. >> absolutely crossed the line. >> i feel like maine is way better than this. >> reporter: the governor embraces comparisons to another outspoken politician, donald trump, the two campaigned together in june. >> many people say we're a lot alike. he's a little bit shy, but i'm working on him. >> reporter: this afternoon, governor lapage had this to say about resigninging.
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>> i would say that's a bit exaggerated. >> leaving the people of maine wondering what he'll say next. and still ahead here tonight, breaking her silence. the victim of a sexual assault at an elite private school, a case that grips the nation is talking exclusively to nbc news. also moment of impact. caught on camera, a tractor trailer smashing through cars, strangers frantically smashing through cars, strangers frantically i wodon't know where i'd be without itre so when i heard about con-artists committing medicare fraud... it made me so mad i wanted to give them the old one-two one, never give your medicare number to get a free offer or gift two, always check your medicare statements for errors these crooks think we're clueless, they don't have a clue it's your medicare, protect it see more ways to fight fraud at medicare.gov/fraud
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tonight we are seeing and hear for the first time from a young woman in a trial that captivated the nation because it took place at one of the moist storied prep schools. he was tried with rape and ultimately convicted of sexual assaulting a 15-year-old girl. chelsea prout is 18 and ready to tell her story. >> this is the first time you've come out and said publicly what happened? >> yes. yes. >> why did you want to do that? >> well, i feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me. >> reporter: on a spring evening in 2014, 15-year-old jesse proud went on a date with then senior owen labrie.
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>> i was raped. i was violated in so many ways. >> it's been more than two years since the incident took place and a year since he was acquitted of felony rap charges but found guilty of a lesser felony and four misdemeanors including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. he was sentenced to a year in jail but is out on bail, appealing his conviction. >> they said that they didn't believe that he did it knowingly. and that frustrated me a lot because he definitely did do it knowingly. >> throughout the trial he maintained the encounter was consensu consensual. >> what happened when you tried to go back to school and i guess it seemed like everyone knew? >> everyone pretty much knew and none of my old friends who were boys would talk to me. and nobody was talking about the issue
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itself. >> the school came under fire for its handling of the situation and for what some said allowed this to occur. what do you hope happens to him now? do you ever think about that? >> i don't, i hope he learns, i hope he gets help. because if he doesn't learn, he will do it to another young woman. >> reporter: she chooses not to talk in detail about that night. >> i have been trying so, so hard to move forward. >> reporter: and says it's her family's support that has helped her the most. >> even when i get my panic attacks and i lock myself in my closet because i don't want my little sister to see me like that and she'll come into my closet when i'm rocking on the floor. and punching my legs trying to get myself to calm down. and she'll try and
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give me the big els hug and she'll say, chelsea, you're okay, chelsea, you're okay. and i just can't imagine how scary it is for other people to have to do this alone and i don't want anybody else to be alone anymore. i don't. >> chelsea prout ultimately left the school. the school denied the culture or tradition of assault ever existed but says chelsea's case caused us to look at the issue anew. we are back in a issue anew. we are back in a moment with a tenthif you havee to severe rheumatoid arthritis, and you're talking to your doctor about your medication... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helping me go further. humira works for many adults. it targets and helps to block a specific source of inflammation
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dash cam video capturing a pileup in new york. it happened in the city of binghamton and now the mayor of that city is thanking motorists for saving the life of one driver. >> reporter: like an out of control missile shooting down route 17 in new york, a tractor trailer slams into traffic, leaving a car engulfed in flames and a debris field a quarter mile long. >> there was just cars scattered everywhere. pieces of cars all over the place. >> reporter: through the mangled mess of cars, ed staff spotted one vehicle on fire, smoke and flames pouring from the sedan and elderly woman trapped inside. >> the doors wouldn't open. the windows wouldn't go down and she was screaming to help her get out. >> reporter: staff ran to find a fire extinguish extinguisher, chris white stepped in to help.
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>> she was trying to get out of her vehicle, the doors were stuck shut from the collision. >> reporter: soon two more join the rescue. but the inferno grows. >> it must have been very scary for her to be in a care that was on fire like that. >> reporter: together the men carried the elderly woman through her passenger window to safety, incredibly, her injuries only minor. >> it was unique, because the four of us had never met each other before, in fact this was the first time we had ever even seen each other, but we were able to come together by some unknown force and work together as a team and pull it all together. >> reporter: today for the first time since their harrowing rescue, these four together once again, the mayor of binghamton calling them heroes, for reasons we can all clearly see. and that's going to do it for us on a
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