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the forecast. >> yep. >> that's the news at 6:00. i am jim rosenfield. >> i'm jacqueline london. next is lester holt with "nbc nightly news." we'll see you tonight at 11:00. in the wake of hurricane irma at least eight people are dead, over a hundred more evacuated. what went on overnight in sweltering heat? ariminal investigation is under way. deadly high school horror. it's happened again. police say a student opened fire as classmates run for their lives, frantic parents rushing to the scene. nbc news exclusive. a special counsel investigating ousted national security adviser michael flynn's son. a new twist in the federal probe. are prosecutors putting the squeeze on the father to turn on other targets? credit chaos.
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agencies overwhelmed as a flood of consumers move to freeze their credit amid a breach hitting half of americans. and holy discovery. after 2,000 years "nightly news" begins right now. more than 100 people were evacuated from the sweltering hot rehabilitation center in hollywood. one of many areas that suffered power outages because of the storm. tonight there are some hard questions about how it happened and why help wasn't summoned earlier. nbc's gabe gutierrez is there and has late details. >> reporter: they were the most vulnerable. >> i'm dealing with well over a hundred people being evacuated from a nursing facility. >> reporter: today 115 patients evacuated in wheelchairs and
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stretchers from a sweltering nursing home in hollywood, florida. police now opening a criminal investigation after at least eight others died. >> it's a sad state of affairs, you know. we all have elderly people in facilities, and we know that we depend on those people in those facilities to care for our most vulnerable elderly population. >> reporter: today frantic relatives tried to find answers. >> my wife, they couldn't find her mom. >> reporter: it all comes during the aftermath of hurricane irma which has been deadly. in orlando plrlorlando three people died from carbon monoxide from a generator. the state's largest electric company says at least part of the rehabilitation center at hollywood hills did have power. and late today the governor's office said the facility had told state officials it had power and access to fans. >> we are concerned, and we need to find out what happened to her. >> reporter: many are questioning why the
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residents weren't evacuated sooner, even at 3:00 a.m., the heat index in the area was 87 degrees. >> now, why the facility should have transferred people yesterday. >> reporter: the victims range in age from 71 to 99. the oldest albertina vega. she considered her her second mother and wants to know why the nursing home allowed this to happen. >> she was my mom. i love her like my mom. >> reporter: today dozens of patients have been evacuated from another nursing home as a precaution. the administration of this nursing home says it's cooperating with authorities and blamed hurricane irma for knocking out a transformer that powered an ac system. the main question is why would it take so long to evacuate these residents when there was a hospital literally across the street? >> gabe gutierrez in hollywood, florida, thank you. it's an increasingly dire situation from the keys to the caribbean. a massive emergency operation to help so
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many people with nothing less. virtually entire islands obliterated by the storm. we have all of it covered starting with gadi schwartz in hard-hit big pine key, florida. gadi, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the death toll from hurricane irma is expected to rise as search crews inspect homes and inspect boats around the florida keys. meanwhile, rescuers are out rushing to get aid to those who have been cut off from power and water in dangerous heat. the sound of military choppers touching down at this key west strip mall brings relief. those who survived hurricane irma are desperate for supplies. >> i'm so thirsty. thank god for the army. >> reporter: days after the storm, power, water and cell phone service are still cut off to most of the island chain. >> everything's down and gone. everything's blocked. the telephone poles are down. >> reporter: national guard crews now rolling in to clear out roads. >> devastation out
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here. so we're taking it street by street. >> reporter: while the navy is bringing in ships and helicopters to reach remote areas still looking for aid. from up above we see a lot of boats shipwrecked and capsized upside down. >> thank you. >> reporter: along the highway, neighbors feeding neighbors. tuned in to the only station that broadcasts here throughout the storm. >> this has been our lifeline the whole time. if we didn't have the radio station, we would go crazy. >> the florida keys radio station. >> reporter: these men have been manning the mikes almost nonstop since irma hit. there's no other tv, radio, news, we're it. >> the stories we're hearing are just heartbreaking. >> reporter: their voices bringing comfort throughout the storm, now telling a community to hold on. help is on the way. gadi schwartz, nbc news, big pine key. this is ron mott on st. thomas where weary survivors lined up for ready-to-eat meals handed out by
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the national guard. how long will this last you? >> all this food here? two days. >> reporter: basics still hard to come by. power mostly out. debris everywhere. and a sense by some the local government wasn't quite ready. >> it's in pretty bad shape. >> reporter: andrew's room with a view both stunning and harrowing, thankful for his survival. on antigua and barbuda, clear destruction. families struggling to find supplies and strength. nothing left, this woman cries. animals left to wander. on tortola, 90% of homes and businesses gone. for some, it may be gone for good. >> i don't know if we'll ever make it back to live on st. john again, and that breaks our heart because it was a wonderful place. >> reporter: tonight this cruise ship behind me will set sail for san juan, puerto rico, with yet another group of tourists and evacuees off st. thomas before heading back to
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hard-hit st. martin to do the same. it's happened again in another american school. a student opened fire on fellow classmates, killing one and wounding several others. it happened at freeman high school south of spokane, washington. and nbc's joe fryer has late details on what happened inside. >> reporter: this school day was just getting started when the sound of gunshots filled the air at freeman high spenear spokane. >> i thought somebody popped something. >> in my head was just run, just go. >> reporter: across rockford, washington. >> i have a mother who says her daughter was shot in the leg. >> reporter: the sheriff says an armed student showed up at school today. his first weapon jammed. >> he went to his next weapon. a student walked up to him, engaged him and that student was shot. >> reporter: authorities say four students were shot. this girl says her
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cousin was hit in the side. >> withy don't know if it's lodged in her spine or her colon yet. >> they're stable at this point. one will be requiring some surgery later this afternoon. >> the shooter may be on the second level. suspect in his teens. >> reporter: before the gunman was arrested, the sheriff says he was stopped by a courageous school staff member. authorities have not named the allege shooter but a friend says he was watching documentaries about school shootings. it played out in realtime on television. >> even if you know your kid's okay, you still know they went through something today. you still know their friends might not be okay. >> reporter: before long, students and parents were reunited. relief for hundreds of families after gunfire tore through another american school. joe fryer, nbc news. now to an nbc news exclusive. a new twist in the special counsel investigation into the trump campaign. nbc news has learned robert mueller is investigating the son of ousted national security adviser
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michael flynn, and the question tonight, is it a sign that prosecutors are turning up the heat on the son to get the father to flip? kristen welker has the intriguing details. >> reporter: tonight, nbc news has learned the son of ousted national security adviser michael flynn is a subject in the special counsel investigation into russia's meddling in the u.s. election. those sources say the inquiry into michael g. flynn is focused in part on his work for his father's lobbying firm, flynn intel group. >> the younger flynn is essentially his father's right-hand man. he was often seen with him. he worked very closely with him. he served as his chief of staff. he would travel with him. >> reporter: the younger flynn, who was known for retweeting conspiracy theories during the campaign, accompanied his father to moscow in 2015 when the elder flynn sat next to russian president vladimir putin during a gala
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and delivered a paid speech for the state-sponsored russian television network. under pentagon rules, flynn needed per mission before accepting payments from anyone with a foreign government. robert mueller's team is digging into the fact that flynn intel group was paid half a million dollars last year during the campaign for work that benefited the turkish government but flynn failed to register as a foreign lobbyist at the time. legal experts say prosecutors could be using the younger flynn to pressure his father into divulging evidence about other high-level targets, including the president. >> when someone's child is designated the subject of an investigation, that can put a lot of pressure on the ultimate target -- the parent -- to cooperate and to keep that child out of harm's way. >> reporter: the younger michael flynn on twitter tonight appeared to dismiss the story as fake news. an attorney for his father declined to comment. the president's special counsel ty cobb tells nbc news this does not impact the white house to any extent with regard to
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its cooperation with the special counsel. >> kristen welker at the white house, thanks. president trump is reaching across the aisle inviting congressional democratic leaders to join him for dinner at the white house this evening. they'll have a lot on their plates, from taxes to healthcare, but not getting a spot at the table, top republican leaders. let's get more from chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. >> reporter: president trump working to woo democrats with an open door and open arms. >> i will tell you, i'm not skeptical. and i think that if we can do things in a bipartisan manner, that will be great. >> reporter: the president hosting nancy pelosi and chuck schumer for dinner. on the menu? tax reform, protecting so-called dreamers and healthcare. notably not in the room, the republican senate majority leader and speaker of the house. >> why not also invite mitch mcconnell and paul ryan? >> look, you've got the leader of the republican party sitting at the table. >> reporter: the president frustrated with the failure of
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healthcare reform now trying something new as he looks for a win and looks past the partisanship of the last eight months. remember this about pelosi? >> i think she's incompetent, actually. >> reporter: he once called schumer cryin' chuck and the head clown. the president's using different names now. >> chuck and nancy would like to see something happen, and so do i. >> reporter: the president today talking taxes sounded the same note as democrats. >> the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. >> reporter: still, inside the administration, questions about whether democrats really want to meet the president halfway or whether they're playing politics. >> this president's done more for bipartisan in the last eight days than obama did in eight years. >> reporter: former president obama did cut several big deals across the aisle, and now it seems the self-styled dealmaker in chief wants one of his own. hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. back in the spotlight tonight, hillary clinton. her new memoir "what happened," an account of her unself-2016 presidential campaign
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is hitting shelves, and while clinton does take some responsibility for her loss, in the book she also points blame at a number of other parties, chief among them former fbi director james comey. nbc's andrea mitchell with more on that. >> reporter: hillary clinton acknowledging her own flaws. >> people will say, well, hey, you know, there's all this noise around her all the time. and some of it is of my own doing. >> reporter: but in her first live tv interview since election day, blaming her loss squarely on former fbi director james comey. with savannah guthrie and matt lauer. >> did you make enough mistakes yourself to lose the election without any of the other things you talk about? >> well, i will say no, matt. i don't think that will surprise you. >> reporter: in her new book she writes about a lack of passion, failing to connect with angry voters, running a status quo campaign against a reality tv star. but on "today" she said she would have won if not for comey especially reopening the e-mail investigation only 11 days before the election. >> absent that, i
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believe -- and i think the evidence shows -- i would have won. but the role that he played historically was determinative. >> reporter: also today clinton's first reaction to donald trump jr. and his controversial campaign meeting with the russians. >> he now says he was trying to learn about your fitness for office. >> it's another absurd lie to cover up what really was going on. >> reporter: in her book, clinton also settles scores with the press, joe biden and bernie sanders. and today accuses president trump of not being a president for all americans. >> frankly, a misunderstanding of what he's been doing is exactly one of the reasons that hillary clinton is not the president. >> reporter: and if clinton got a do-over? if the election were held today, donald trump, hillary clinton on the ballot, would you win? >> oh, i don't know. i think there's at least a 50-50 chance i would. still ahead, credit chaos, huge headaches for consumers, trying to freeze their credit reports after that
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their exposure by freezing their credit reports, as experts advise. meantime, congress is now calling for the ceo of equifax to testify on capitol hill. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: tonight more trouble for equifax with seven state attorneys general now launching investigations or suing over its massive data breach. >> this company needs to make sure that it is footing the bill, that it is paying, and that we are not paying for their failures. >> reporter: equifax ceo rick smith still hasn't responded to nbc's request for comment. but in a "usa today" editorial, smith writes, we are devoting extraordinary resources to make sure this kind of incident doesn't happen again. every adult should assume their personal data is now in the hands of criminals, says veteran cyber security consultant teresa payton. >> you got to freeze your credit because otherwise someone could masquerade as you, ruin your credit rating and that day you go to buy a car or a house, you find out you've been ruined by cyber criminals. >> reporter: to freeze
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your credit go online or call all three agencies, equifax, experian and transunion. you can temporarily lift the freeze if you apply for a loan or credit card, though it could take three days and some agencies charge $5 to $10. but today all three agencies appeared overwhelmed with heavy traffic and phone calls. >> thank you for calling equifax global business services. >> reporter: like millions of americans ann marie mills has been unable to get through to equifax. >> it's different when the company being hacked is the company that's supposed to be protecting you, and then to feel like they're not even taking steps to correct it is a little frustrating. >> reporter: you may be wondering if you can change your social security number. yes, but only in certain circumstances and your old number may still be linked to your new one. all the more reason to freeze your credit report now. lester? >> tom costello, thanks. we're back with a with my moderate to severe crohn's disease,... ...i was always searching for ways to manage my symptoms.
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great tough guys has died. frank vincent, the prolific character actor who made dozens of movie and tv appearances perhaps best known for playing billy batz in "good fellas" and on the sopranos on hbo. frank vincent was 78 years old. a significant change is coming for restaurant customers in one major american city. seattle has decided to plan all plastic straws and plastic utensils from businesses that serve food and drinks beginning in july 2018. instead they will have to offer compostable alternatives to lower plastic waste. the olympics are coming back to america today. the international olympic committee announced los angeles will host the 2028 summer games. the first time since 1996 the summer games will be held in the u.s. and the third time l.a. will host them. also today paris was officially awarded the
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hidden away in one of rome's ancient churches. some believe it's part of an intriguing mystery involving none other than the catholic church's first pope, st. peter himself. nbc's keir simmons has the story. >> reporter: 2,000 years in the making, close to st. peters basilica, a discovery that traces back to ancient rome and early christianity. in a church closed for 35 years, what may be bone fragments of st. peter himself, unearthed by a worker and known on italian tv perhaps placed here by an early pope to assert his authority at a time of division within catholicism. how could something so historically important just be forgotten? >> this is really a mystery. >> reporter: st. peter was one of jesus' 12 apostles. his spirit, catholics believe, now guards the gates of heaven. thiz body entombed at st. peter's basilica.
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yet inside this small, forgotten church, the priest shows us where bone fragments were found, scratched into the lid the names of saints including peter. >> the first name written is petros. >> reporter: petros. the relics found here now closely guarded by the vatican. can we see the bones? >> we can see not. >> when pope francis decides to open an investigation, this could become a place of worship, a place of great pilgrimage. >> reporter: perhaps these relics of st. peter were hiding in plain sight. a plaque at the entrance says they are here. and tonight many are beginning to believe it. keir simmons, nbc news, rome. you can see more of keir's reporting tomorrow on "today." we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this wednesday
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night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. the selfie cam with jamie foxx. oprah's video sneak attack on the stars. >> stevie wonder backstage. >> the candid moments, the star collisions you didn't see on the a-list telethon now on "extra." ♪ extra extra >> sofia planting her face in oprah's hair.
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