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>> thank you for watching. i'm jacqueline london for sheena par convenient and all of us. "nbc nightly news" is next. see you back here tonight at 11:00. tonight, holiday storm warnings. millions still at risk as powerful winds and life threatening rip currents from hermine close beaches on much of the east coast. and the new hurricane threat forming tonight. close encounter, donald trump and hillary clinton's planes within yards of each other as they blitz a key battle ground and kick off a new homestretch of the campaign. speaking out. the parents of a toddler speaking out after their child was killed at disney world. president obama wo warns of a potential arms race amid allegations russian hackers are trying to undermine the u.s.
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election. and so long summer, one last thrill ride on the world's fastest wooden roller coaster. "nightly news" begins next. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt." >> good evening, i'm kate snow in for lester. for millions up and down the east coast, the holiday not what they expected. high winds from hermine closed down beaches and forced a lot of people to leave the water on this labor day. the effect on businesses that rely on summer tourist dollars are still being tallied. gabe gutierrez is on new york's long island. >> reporter: tonight the stubborn storn is off the east coast, bringing fierce waves and rip currents.
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>> the winds's coming from the north and when you're out on the beach, it's hard to keep your head up and look. >> reporter: the storm is two miles offshore, but a tropical storm is under effect. >> i had taken the 9:30 ferry over and it was cancelled. >> reporter: after hermine made landfall in florida on friday, it's been blamed for two deaths, hundreds of thousands of people are left without power. >> on its way to personally, the cruz ship anthem of the seas rocked by hermine's waves. >> i ate in the restaurant, dishes going all over the place, it was pretty whiting. >> reporter: the choppy water kept people out of the water. >> when they start giving out the warnings, but montock people are different, they go out anyway.
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>> reporter: several cancellations at this hotel on this last summer holiday weekend. >> this is our last hurrah, so to speak s this is our last big weekend to really make lasting memories. >> reporter: some in seaside heights say their business was slashed in half. >> everybody was on stand by, going back to their home and stay in town and it hurt business a whole lot. >> reporter: this might be the last breath of hermine's tower. treacherous rip currents are expected along with beach erosion in the next few days. >> meteorologist dillon dryer is joining us with more on where this stubborn storm is going next and the new hurricane that's out there now. >> let's start with hermine which has been producing some heavier bands of rain across southeastern massachusetts. it still has winds right now of 70 miles
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an hour. and it is still moving to the west/northwest. it will take a turn to the northeast tomorrow. we are looking at sustained winds across eastern long island and nantucket. tomorrow sustained winds around 30 miles an hour with even higher gusts, that will lead to more coastal flooding around high tide and beach erosion and those dangerous rip currents. out in the pacific, we have hurricane newton making landfall along baja california tomorrow. to presidential politics now, neither canni candidate took today off with labor day the unofficial homestretch of the race, as donald trump and hillary clinton blitzed ohio today, their planes were parked just across from each other on the tarmac. >> reporter: good
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evening, kate. hillary clinton flying with her traveling press corps for the first time since she first ran for the white house eight years ago, answering questions about that fbi interview and the e-mail controversy that's been shadowing her for the last 16 months. tonight hillary clinton finally boarding an official campaign plane and coming face to face with reporters. >> i'm so happy to have all of you with me. i was just waiting for this moment. >> reporter: on the plane, clinton blasting russia and vladimir putin after national security officials raised concerns about cyber attacks and possibly interference with the u.s. elections. >> when putin was asked about it, he could barely muster the energy to deny it. >> reporter: she was also asked about her e-mails and the fbi. does that to critics indicate a casual attitude towards classification and towards the way secrets were kept and protected when you were secretary of state. >> i take classi classifications
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seriously, the fact that i couldn't remember certain meetings whether or not they had occurred doesn't in any way affect the commitment that i have and still have to the treatment of classified material. >> reporter: clinton kicking off labor day in the final stretch of the campaign, with a rally in battle ground ohio and a near encounter with donald trump on the tarmac, their campaign planes parked only 100 yards apart. her surrogates go all out today. >> they look at it like they're not we're equal, i'm sick of it. >> reporter: bill clinton at a labor day parade in detroit. and for the first time in a solo rally for clinton, former rival bernie sanders in ohio. >> hill clinton is the superior candidate, hands down. >> reporter: and from ohio on to illinois, to the border with
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iowa, another clinton battle ground. she says she's more than ready for a mad dash to the finish line. >> reporter: i'm katie tur, two months left and both candidates are trying to one up the other, today their battleground was battle ground ohio. on board his 757 trump obliged a long standing media request to fly with him. but while his democratic rival has vowed to travel full-time with reporters, the trump ticket was just a one way affair. on the ground, trump grazed through the buckeye state, both at a state fair outside of youngston and with union workers in cleveland, where he put on a good face. citing a poll nbc news could not identify. >> i was just handed this. the polls just out, ohio, trump is leading 46-43. >> reporter: in almost every doesn't poll,
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trump is still trailing. >> the whole primary season identifies him as somebody who is vulgar and crude and really doesn't stand for anything and that's a pretty terrible indictment of a major party presidential nominee. >> reporter: now he's facing renewed questions about the trump foundation. last week t"the washington post" reported that trump was fined $25,000 for violation of tax law. the money came as bupdy's office -- though never opened one. >> she's a fine person, never spoke to her about anything, never. >> reporter: the trump foundation told us the donation was the result of a series of mistakes and that donald trump has reimbursed the foundation the full $25,000. next up for donald trump, north carolina where he's currently down four points. kate? >> katie tur, thanks so much. a programming note,
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this wednesday, nbc news along with iraq and afghanistan veterans of america will host hillary clinton and donald trump back to back for a live prime time forum focused exclusively on issues the next commander in chief will have to address. turning overseas now where president obama held what could be his last ever meeting with his russian counterpart, vladimir putin, during a tense face to face on the sidelines of the g-20 summit in china, the two clashed over the issues of syria and cyber security. ron allen is in laos with more. >> reporter: for 90 intense minutes two of the world's most powerful men face to face for perhaps the last time. president obama his time in office ticking down, and president put putin, on the line a measure of peace and relieve for the horror that are syria. >> typically our meetings are candid, blunt and business like, and this one was no different.
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>> reporter: over the years, the two unable to hide their contempt. >> given the gaps of trust that exist, that's a tough negotiation. >> reporter: but putin emerged predicting a deal that could come in the next thank you days. president obama also confronted putin about cyber hacking u.s. websites and called for clear rules for all nations to follow. >> what we cannot do is have a situation in which suddenly this becomes the wild, wide west. >> reporter: mr. putin left for moscow, mr. obama moved on to his last stop in asia, laos. here he becomes the first u.s. president to visit since they were bombed so heavily during the vietnam war. unclear how he will try to end the present nightmare he faces every day in syria and whether he'll ever
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face one of his toughest adversaries again. now an update on a story that shocked the country this summer. it's been three months singsz that deadly accident in florida where a toddler was killed by an al gator. the toddler's parents have broken their silence to honor their son on what would have been his birthday. >> reporter: lane graves would have been 3 years old on saturday. >> happy birthday, lany, you are in our hearts today and every second of every other day. >> reporter: in his hometown, elk horn, nebraska, people gathered to celebrate his life, eating cookies and forming a heart for his parents and big sister ella. >> when we were apart, you would tell us i missed you as we came in the door, you would always come running to
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give us a hug and kiss. we miss you buddy, and we misthose hugs and kisses. >> reporter: lane was building a sand castle when a 7-foot alligator grabbed him. there was no fence but today there is a protective bare yir and signs warning of the dangerous. >> i often speak of how lucky we were to have spent two years 11 months and nine days as a complete family. my wife would tell you those were the happiest days of her life. and i couldn't agree more. >> reporter: the families received more than 25,000 cards and donations from around the world, inspiring them to start the lane graves foundation. it will support families who have lost a child suddenly and promote awareness of organ donation. >> lane and ella used to say to their mommy and daddy that they loved them up to the sky and down to the grass. lane, ella, we love you up to heaven and down to the grass. happy birthday, buddy. we miss you.
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area alone. we have reported often on the families confronting the devastation of addiction, but tonight we want to take a moment to tell you a positive story, to revisit a family i first met more than two years ago who now have a powerful message of recovery. >> i have two needless for each kid. >> we first met denise two years ago, her sons ban and ryan were both living in their childhood bedrooms both heroin addicts, on the day we were filming, ryan showed up to one of our interviews high on heroin. you been using? >> no, i didn't use heroin. >> just drinking? >> i did take a xanax too. >> are you more worried about him than you were this morning? >> ryan, you look totally different. >> hello. >> how are you? >> i'm good, how are you doing? >> reporter: this is
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what 15 months of sobriety looks like, ryan is living with roommates at faith farm ministries an addiction recovery ram in ft. lauderdale, florida. do you feel good? >> i do feel good. >> reporter: ryan is a straight a student studying computer net working he knows his addiction could have killed him. >> it could have gone that way. >> why didn't it. >> god? dumb luck maybe? >> two years ago, dennis took this family photo thinking it would be their last. >> i just didn't think they would live. for ten years i thought they would be dead every day. >> reporter: ben took a different road to recovery, through court ordered treatment after being in jail for five months, now he's working with his dad, in construction. >> all the different things i did in order to get better. >> you guys are all doing good.
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>> reporter: the family wants people to know the disease of addiction can be overcome. >> there's a life outside of drugs, it's actually a lot better. it may seem like it's going to be miserable and tedious, but it's not, it's great. >> reporter: it's still day by day, but for the first time in years, denise has hope. >> i can actually brag about them now, it's a wonderful feeling. >> denise tells us ryan is on track to graduate from technical school about a month from now at the top of his class. when we come back, cyber sky games, richard engel on the track of russian richard engel on the your car insurance policy is 22 pages long. did you read every word? no, only lawyers do that. so when you got rear-ended and needed a tow, your insurance company told you to look at page five on your policy. did it say "great news. you're covered!" on page five? no. it said, "blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah..." the liberty mutual app with coverage compass™ makes it easy to know what you're covered for
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u.s. officials say they might be trying to undermine confidence in america's election. >> reporter: even if hillary clinton took to the stage of the democratic convention, party officials were scrambling with a major security breach, they had been hacked. investigators now say it was a cyber attack, launched from russia. who are these hackers? >> basically they are coming from the russia underground. >> reporter: former hacker is now a leading expert on the rush shasian hackers. they do services for the russian state and in exchange they get protection? >> yes. >> reporter: the hack on -- last year, one of them hacked its way into the servers of germany's parliament, penetrating the very heart of the german political system. in germany cyber crimes are investigated by the equivalent of our nsa,
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andreas conan oversees its work. >> what you see here on this typical kind of attack, those are the ones with the origins there. and you see they are clear cut. >> reporter: there meaning russia? >> there meaning russia. >> reporter: and right there is the direct link between the german parliament hack and the dnc. experts believe the same russian hackers are the ones who recently penetrated the unclassified computers of the white house, state department, and the office of the chairman of the joint chiefs. why are we seeing so much activity from russia now? >> i think this is because russia has discovered the power we have. >> reporter: so russia is doing it because it learned it can? >> yes. >> reporter: russia has denied any involvement in the attacks on the u.s. and president putin called the accusations an attempt to distract the public's
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. finally tonight, one last bit of summer fun as the season unofficially comes to a close, we sent our kevin tibbles to dollywood to brave what is billed as the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, as kevin found, it's a real scream. >> reporter: there's just something nostalgic about those old wooden roller coasters. the cyclone at coney island has been providing thrills and chills for nearly 90 years. these days, everything old is new again. except way faster. it's called the lightning rod. and the fearless are lining up at dolly parton's dollywood in tennessee. >> i'm ready. let's do it. >> i got to see this. >> it looks really fun and i brought an extra pair of pants. >> reporter: maybe i should have thought of that.
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♪ what a way to make a livi living snechbd. >> reporter: after climbing a mere 20 stories, it then plummets, top speed 73 miles an hour. more twists and turns than a bucking bronc, more horsepower too. and something like 20 seconds of air time. what does that mean? >> you're coming off the seat and you're floating to some degree. >> reporter: lightning rod lasts just under two minutes, which for some is just under two minutes too long. but for others -- >> my heart rate was beating so fast. >> nonstop thrills. >> reporter: if that makes sense, it's the ride for you, yes the wooden roller coaster ain't getting older, it's just getting wilder, can't you
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tell? kevin tibbles, nbc news, dollywood. >> sign me up, i'm totally in. that will do it for us on this monday night, i'm kate snow, for all of us here
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