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wouldn't come until the end of next week. >> but it's growing stronger. >> it is a powerful storm. >> and you'll be watching it. >> thank you for watching right now. good night. tonight, trump's tirade. donald trump lashes out in a middle of the night rant, attacking a former beauty queen again with sex tape allegations. now she and hillary clinton are firing back. crash cause. the ntsb begins questioning crew members in the aftermath of that train disaster, as the black box is pulled from the twisted wreckage. caught on camera. police release video showing a fatal officer encounter with an unarmed man. sex abuse scandal. dozens of disturbing allegations against the doctor who treated top olympic athletes. and hurricane threat. matthew strengthens to a powerful category 4 in the caribbean. some forecasts tracking it to impact
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the u.s. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a sleepless night for donald trump has breathed new life into a testy exchange from monday's presidential debate. one his campaign would prefer to move on from, and it's providing fresh fodder for his critics. trump when on a social media rant against some of his favorite targets, including the former beauty queen he's been battling with ever since hillary clinton brought her name up in the debate. nbc's hallie jackson with the story. >> reporter: intensifying tonight, the feud between donald trump and a former miss universe winner, after an early morning twitter tirade, starting at 3:20 from trump, aimed at the media and alicia machado, calling her disgusting, accusing her of having a sex tape. machado today calling
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the attacks cheap lies with bad intentions. >> he's trying to distraction. he's not the person that can be a president of this country. that is another truth. >> reporter: trump later making light of his 3:00 a.m. tweet storm. quote, at least you know i'll be there to answer the call. but again unable to resist taking hillary clinton's bait. >> reporter: now concern his remarks could haunt him with women voters. >> we're in an era where it's not okay to shame a woman about her looks. it's a throwback to the misogynistic era that donald trump seems to be wallowing in all week long. >> picking fights that have nothing to do with election day itself is time wasted and time donald trump can't get back. >> reporter: trump's rhetoric highlighted in new video of a deposition in d.c. this summer.
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trump unapologetic when asked about his comments on mexicans and other immigrants. >> did it cause you any concern that all of these entities wanted to apparently distance themselves from you in the wake of your comments? >> i'm a big boy. i understand. >> reporter: usa today taking sides for the first time ever, asking its readers to vote against trump. >> not much of a newspaper, as far as i'm concerned. you know, i really don't know. nobody called me. all i know is, we're leading in the polls. >> reporter: only trump is not leading in new polls out today in florida, new hampshire, and michigan. at this rally, trump pointed to a bad mike at monday night's debate and now he's getting some backup from the debate commission, confirming there were audio issues that affected the sound in the debate hall. lester? >> thank you. both hillary clinton and that former miss universe are firing back after trump's attacks and clinton is also seizing on a new report any trump's alleged business ties with cuba. we get more on that
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from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: hillary clinton in brauld florida tont responding to donald trump's tweet storm about alicia machado. >> i mean, really? who gets up at 3:00 in the morning to engage in a twitter attack against a former miss universe? >> reporter: clinton clearly enjoying trump's fixation on machado, now in its fourth day. >> his latest twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him. >> reporter: clinton calling machado today to thank her for speaking up. also seizing on a "newsweek" report that trump's company allegedly violated the u.s. embargo against cuba in 1998. citing documents, including this bill for more than $68,000, paid to drum up future business in havana. only months before trump promised cuban americans he'd never spent a dime in cuba while fidel castro is in charge. >> he's a killer. he's a bad guy in every respect.
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>> reporter: trump responding to the report thursday. >> no, i never did anything in cuba. i never did a deal in cuba. >> reporter: but just spending money to explore a business deal was illegal at the time. >> you can't go to cuba and buy a bottle of soda. you have to get a license. >> reporter: clinton also responding to her own shortcomings, criticism that she's not authentic, appearing with mary j. blige. >> maybe i'm not communicating clearly enough what i care about and what i do. >> reporter: writing a small post debate pump tonight, clinton is improving in those battleground states, including florida, where a new poll has her up by four points and any suggestion that trump violated that cuban embargo, could cost him votes, especially with older cuban americans. lester? >> thank you. turning now to new developments in a deadly police shooting near san diego. police late today releasing video of the incident, saying officers had little choice in their fatal
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encounter with an unarmed african american man. and the release comes after nights of violent protests. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: the surveillance video captures the chaotic confrontation between police and alfred aluongo. an unarmed black man. a intense stand-off, also seen on cell phone, followed by a fatal shooting. [ gun shots and screaming ]. >> investigators in suburban san diego say aluongo took this shooting stance, rapidly drawing an object from his picture, grasping his hands together before officers shot and tased the father of two. >> this was done to count on this information and correct a misperception that was being perp pettuated. >> the newly released video comes after violent overnight protests in el cajon. for four days, crowds have demanded the officers involved be fired after police confirmed aluongo was
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unarmed and the object in his hand was a smoking device. >> it's been -- everybody is going through this, officers, they cannot give them a chance. >> reporter: a refugee from uganda, aluongo had a lengthy criminal history. authorities had tried to deport him twice. >> full disclosure to the public builds trust. and it demonstrates respect. >> reporter: tonight aluongo's family said they're glad this video has finally been released. a shooting death that has sparked outrage and protest for nearly a week. miguel almaguer, nbc news. there is late word that the ntsb has begun talking to crew members after the deadly commuter train crash in new jersey yesterday. but they've yet to interview the engineer, who was at the controls. investigators have also been working to download critical data from the train's black box, but so far with no success.
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nbc's tom costello has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, engineers are still trying to shore up structural damage and contain falling asbestos that is delaying investigators access to the scene. federal investigators had hoped to interview the engineer today. 48-year-old tommy gallagher, but instead were only able to talk to other crew members on board. >> our investigators are in touch with the engineer. unfortunately, as you may know, he was injured, so we're scheduling the interview with him. >> reporter: investigators are still trying to download data from one of two black boxes which should have recorded the train's sfeed and if and when the brakes were applied. the only person killed was standing on the platform at the time. the 34-year-old had left her only child at a daycare. >> her whole life changed a minute ago, or a few hours ago. >> reporter: new jersey transit and state government are under fire tonight for not yet equipping its
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trains with positive train control. >> they're the third largest transit system in the world. so they have a very good safety record, but no accident is acceptable. and so we have to get to the bottom of what happened and i promise you that we will. >> reporter: lawmakers and the governor fighting over a statewide transportation budget. >> it shouldn't take losing a young mom and another tragedy to get us in gear on this. >> it says you're going too fast. it just took over control of the train for me. >> at amtrak, in delaware, we saw how positive train control works. amtrak's entire northeast corridor is now ptc equipped, but not new jersey transit. investigators have also sent blood and urine samples to the lab for a toxicology screening, standard practice in all investigations. and they're also trying to gather together all the personal electronic devices, cell phones, that belong to crew
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members, to see if any of them was in use at the time of the crash and might have proven to be some sort of distraction. lester? >> tom, thank you. powerful hurricane is churning in the caribbean and may have parts of the u.s. in its sights. late word that hurricane matthew is now a category 4 storm with winds at 140 miles per hour. dylan dreyer is tracking matthew for us. where's it going? >> it is going too move through the caribbean over the next several days. this storm has been intensifying at twice the normal rate. winds are up to 140 miles per hour right now. and while it is expected to weaken, to a category 3 hurricane before it makes possible landfall in eastern jamaica, by the time we get into monday, it's expected to be a very strong category 3 storm. we're already hearing of long lines at gas stations in kingston. because people are preparing for a major hurricane. then it moves through cuba, and then weakens to a category 2 storm before it makes its way to the bam hamas
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possibly on wednesday. after that, there are a lot of question marks. the america model is closer and brings it closer to north carolina. the european model is slower and brings it more out to sea. so there's a lot to watch this weekend and into next week. >> thank you. a 14-year-old suspect in a school shooting in south carolina this week has been charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder. a teacher and two young students were injured. one of those students, 6-year-old jacob hall, is on life support after being shot in the leg. overseas, president obama was among the world leaders who attended the funeral today for former israeli prime minister shimon peres. mr. obama said although peres never saw his dream of mid east peace fulfilled, he did not stop working for it. today, a handshake between israel's current prime minister and the palestinian president. although the peace process remains
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stalled. shimon peres died on wednesday at age 93. in syria, thousands of government troops are said to be amassing around the rebel-held city of aleppo tonight. and senior u.s. officials tell nbc news, they are expecting a major government assault there. and as the bombing of aleppo and other cities continues, a dramatic rescue of a baby girl once again focuses us on the civilian lives at stake. >> reporter: rescue workers from the white helmets dig through the debris of a building destroyed they say by a russian attack in syria. pulling out a tiny, dust-covered baby in yellow from the rubble of a four-story building. they rush to a nearby ambulance where, with a tiny gurgel and a cry, the newborn stirs to life. it's too much, even for this hardened member of the white helmets.
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our camera caught up with former construction worker mohammed hours later. he says the baby he rescued is a girl named hamida. we saved a woman and she told us, her two daughters were still buried. we went back and found the baby, he said. over the past week, the syrian regime and its russian backers have been bombing rebel-held areas of syria relentlessly. in audio leaked to "the new york times" secretary of state john kerry appears to apologize to the syrian opposition, that the u.s. isn't doing more. >> i think you're looking at three people, four people in the administration who have all argued for use of force. and i've -- >> kerry acknowledging that u.s. diplomacy hasn't stopped the bombings. richard engel, nbc news. still ahead tonight, an nbc news investigation. explosive allegations of sexual abuse
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of sexual abuse including one from a former olympian. a law enforcement source said the fbi is investigating along with local authorities in michigan where the doctor has his practice. our report tonight in nbc's stephanie gosk. >> former gymnast first met larry lassar after suffering a back injury. she was 15. >> he was very charismat charismatic. >> reporter: dr. nassar practiced medicine at michigan state university, but he was famous for being usa gymnastics team doctor. treating the highest profile team olympians. >> i was struggling between feeling like i should be grateful for seeing him, but being very confuse said because something seemed very off. >> reporter: den holdander who first went public with the indianapolis star alleges he sexually abused her. >> dr. nassar is a very sophisticated
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predator. >> reporter: this attorney represents a bronze medal winner from the sydney games. in a lawsuit filed in california, the gymnast alleges that during exams, nassar would digitally penetrate her, in order to adjust the bones in her hips. performing the procedure without gloves and/or a chaperone, and it was done for nassar's own sexual gratification. the alleged incident sometimes took place when the team was on the road, including a trip to china, outside the view of any adults. manly said he now has 12 clients. >> the idea that you would put your hand in the private parts of a prepubescent child because they have a sore back is laughable and it's sexual assault. >> reporter: the lawsuit accuses usa gymnastics of ignoring warning signs, but the organization denies the accusation, saying it first became aware of a problem in the summer of 2015 and fired him. according to a statement, when usa gymnastics learned of
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athlete concerns, they reported their nassar to the fbi. usa gymnastics is not commenting further due to the ongoing investigation. since the initial allegations became public this month, the michigan state university police have received two dozen complaints of sexual abuse against nassar, dating back to the '90s, according to a source familiar with the investigation. as the complaints came in this month, nassar was fired from msu, he's the subject of a criminal investigation but he has not been charged with a crime. in a statement, dr. nassar's lawyers say his techniques are medically accepted and appropriate. and any allegations that thigh were performed for any purpose other than proper medical treatment are patently untrue. >> i'm scared but i know if justice is done and his ability to prey on women will be worth it. >> reporter: with allegations mounting, the question s are there still more
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finally tonight, some thoughts on what it has all come down to. where we are at the end of a week that began with the presidential debate that only amplified the differences and divisions we face. tom brokaw now has some thoughts on where the country has been and the challenges ahead just over five weeks before the election. >> this is ground zero in new york, the elegant memorial to the thousands of people who died on 9/11. and on that day, here in new york, the pentagon, and washington, in pennsylvania, we were all united in our sorrow, our grief, our determination, and our anger about what had happened. we were a whole country. but that didn't last. it was followed by a long disastrous war in
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the middle east. a great recession at home, the housing crisis, the divisions in this country over the haves and the have nots, and the divisions over race. so when the primaries of this year came, many people were still very angry. they had lost faith in their country. and donald trump tapped into that anger, often with coarse and demeaning remarks for anyone who didn't agree with him. but those are the primaries. now he's competing for the big prize. as for hillary clinton, her advisers still are concerned that she has not completely made the case that she is best equipped to put this country back together again and just how she would do it. so with 38 days to go, the single most important issue in this country that has not been examined is, how do you put the country back together again? who is best equipped to do that? that is the issue that will define the election of 2016 more
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than all the others. >> tom brokaw, framing where this country stands. that's going to do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and approve this message. i'd look her right in that fat ugly face of hers. she's a slob. she ate like a pig. a person who's flat chested is very hard to be a 10. does she have a good body? no. does she have a fat [expletive]? absolutely. do you treat women with respect? i can't say that either.
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angelina turning to the real life olivia pope. >> why she just hired the crisis manager who inspired tv scandal now on "extra." >> the key new player in the half billion dollar divorce. why angelina just hired judy smith, the real life spin doctor kerry washington plays on scandal. >> i'm always very interested to see how judy smith handles stuff. >> did brad and angie make a deal? plus breaking couples news. kaley cuoco's red carpet debut with her new boyfriend. who is he? donald trump's new twitter tirade. >> all out attack on beauty queen alicia machado's past and why it could backfire. >> and alec baldwin's sneaky


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