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sunday. but rain from nate monday and tuesday. >> we'll be watching for that. thanks for watching. i'm jim rosenfield. "nbc nightly news" is next. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. thank you for being with us tonight. the horror and intensity of last sunday night's attack in las vegas seen in snippets of video up to this point is coming into sharper focus tonight as yet another new video emerges, this time capturing the entire attack start to finish. it's ten minutes long but watching it, you can understand why those in the line of fire felt like it went on forever. >> go, go! everybody go! >> we'll take you through more of that video in a moment and what it tells investigators, but first new information about the shooter, stephen paddock, and why police suspect he
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had also considered attacks on crowds at big events in chicago and boston. our justice correspondent pete williams joins us now with late details. pete? >> lester, good evening. investigators say this new information comes from what authorities hope will be one of the most productive searches under way of his electronic trail from the half dozen phones and computers he left behind. officials say stephen paddock did internet research earlier this year on lollapalooza, the summer music festival in chicago's grant park. he even reserved rooms in a hotel that overlooks the park for a few days though he never actually showed up. he also researched events at fenway park and nearby hotels. according to fbi searches of electronic devices found in his homes and his internet browsing hit. a sign, they say, that paddock was thinking about attacking large crowds months before the las vegas shooting rampage.
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but so far investigators are stumped over how stephen paddock went from being a varsity tennis player and socialable high school student in california to the anti-social former accountant who became a mass murderer. his brother eric says he knows of no serious health problems that would have made such a profound change. >> something happened in his head that the steve i knew two weeks ago is no longer the guy who did that. >> reporter: and officials say his girlfriend, i marilou danley, told authorities that paddock would sometimes lie in bed cry kg out, oh, my god. but investigators say they have yet to find any health problems physical or mental grave enough to push him into becoming a killer. as for police saying he might have had an escape plan, investigators say they found no hard evidence of that or of help from anyone else in planning or carrying out the attack. and despite tips that paddock was with a woman the day of the shooting, no such person has yet been found. pete williams, nbc
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news, washington. i'm miguel almaguer. tonight this new perspective. >> run! >> reporter: of the carnage and chaos on the vegas strip. >> you were shot? >> i need 911. >> reporter: for ten minutes county employee raymond page records this heart pounding scene. concert goers running for their lives. >> get down! >> reporter: today a new look at the crime scene and a timeline of the bloodshed. 10:05 p.m., from his deadly perch, stephen paddock unleashes a flurry of gunfire. 10:15, the shots are over, but panic overwhelms the streets and first responders. >> it was just mass chaos. there was victims who were rolling up to us in trucks, in the beds of the trucks just loaded up. >> reporter: 10:18 paddock fires 200 rounds at a security guard who approaches his room. shot in the leg, the
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guard still leads police to the scene where at 11:20 they find paddock dead. >> he meticulously planned on the worst domestic attack in united states history. >> reporter: investigators discover paddock's car loaded with 1600 rounds of ammunition and 50 pounds of explosives. tonight investigators question did he have an escape plan and possibly help? >> you got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point. >> reporter: in these harrowing moments after the massacre raymond page began loading the wounded into his truck. >> anybody else? >> there's one more. >> reporter: he rescued at least half a dozen. >> let's go. >> reporter: but four days after the massacre, did they survive? tonight, there's so much uncertainty and pain. >> gunshot wound to the chest here. >> reporter: miguel almaguer, nbc news, las vegas.
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we will take a turn now to new fallout from our exclusive report on the feud between president trump and secretary of state rex tillerson. new revelations tonight about just how furious the president was after our report yesterday according to senior officials. here's nbc's andrea mitchell with that. >> reporter: all the president's men in damage control today. the secretary of state and the vice president making a public display of playing nice. >> secretary of state rex tillerson. >> reporter: but new details tonight about an angry showdown in the white house wednesday over the nbc news report. the president, according to five senior administration officials, furious at his secretary of state. kelly then abruptly scrapping plans to travel to las vegas with the president so he could try to contain his boss' fury and manage the fallout. vice president mike pence also fuming, according to seven senior officials. he and tillerson talked, leading to tillerson's extraordinary news conference. >> the vice president
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has never had to persuade me to remain secretary of state because i had never considered leaving this post. >> reporter: summoning tillererson and james mat toys the white house. they huddled to discuss how to go forward. today the white house press secretary rejecting the idea that the president has undercut his top diplomat and repeatedly contradicting him. >> the premise of that question is absolutely ridiculous. the president can't undercut his own cabinet. the president is the leader of the cabinet. >> reporter: but critics say that leaves the secretary of state mortally weakened with foreign leaders. >> our secretary of state has to be able to go into the kremlin and meet one on one with vladimir putin or go to beijing as secretary tillerson did last week and meet with xi jinping. those people are not going to take him seriously if he doesn't appear to have the confidence of the president of the united states. >> reporter: asked to respond today, white house officials downplaying kelly's decision to stay behind saying he decided not to go to las vegas in order to manage day-to-day needs at the white
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house. >> andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. overseas this evening, an active u.s. military operation is under way in west africa after three elite green berets were killed in an ambush and firefight with islamic militants in niger. hans nichols has the latest. >> reporter: pentagon officials tell nbc news isis may have been behind the deadly ambush of u.s. special forces. tonight american troops are still on the ground. >> last night we did lose three service members, and it was a very dynamic situation, and we still have ongoing operations. >> reporter: it happened in the west african nation niger. the americans were on a training mission described as routine. less than a dozen u.s. and nigerian forces were ambushed by islamic militants. the green berets were overwhelmed but began to return foir. french helicopters
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arriving to rescue them. in addition to the three americans killed two were injured. niger home to some 800 u.s. troops and drone bases. the mission, to keep eyes on terrorist groups from isis to boko haram. >> are these u.s. forces looking to engage islamic militants? >> no, we're there on a security assistance advise mission. >> reporter: the brazen ambush could mark a new chapter in the battle against isis in africa as isis fighters lose territory in syria and iraq. lest are? >> hans nichols tonight, thank you. in washington this evening signs the door may be opening slightly from republicans in congress and possibly from the nra to new restrictions on bump stocks, the devices used by the las vegas killer to turn his semiautomatic weapons into automatic machine guns. nbc's hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: after decades of republican resistance on gun control, tonight a new narrow opening on bump stocks, which let
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semiautomatic guns fire faster. >> apparently this allows you to take a semiautomatic turn it into fully automatic so clearly that's something we need the look into. >> reporter: it's not just house speaker paul ryan but the highest ranking gop senators. john cornyn. >> i think it's worth our serious consideration. >> reporter: and the president himself willing to consider new regulations. >> we're open to having that conversation. we think we should have that conversation and we want to be part of it moving forward. >> reporter: the wild card through all this has been the nra, silent since sunday's shooting, today surprisingly supporting stricter rules. in a statement saying, quote, devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations asking the atf to review bump stocks. but in 2010, that agency determined the devices are allowed based on federal law, meaning it would be up to congress to change that law from capitol hill. after steve scalise is
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just back to work after getting shot this summer at a congressional baseball practice talking now with nbc's chuck todd. >> i do think it's a little bit early for people to say they know what to do to fix this problem. >> reporter: in the house a new bipartisan bill would ban bump stocks. >> if i keep a constant forward pressure on this it simulates full auto. >> reporter: until this week they've been seen mostly as a target practice novelty, legal now but maybe not for long. hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. now to late word that congressman tim murphy, a republican from pennsylvania, is resigning after he was caught up in a sex scandal and reportedly urged his miss centetress to have an abortion despite his well known anti-abortion views. >> reporter: republican congressman tim murphy resigning in disgrace in the wake of a bombshell report he asked a mistress to terminate a pregnancy even as he
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pushed anti-abortion legislation in congress. >> i think we ought to let these children live so they have a chance for a better future. >> reporter: murphy voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: just hours later he said he wouldn't run for re-election in 2018 but under pressure from republican leaders murphy resigned today effective october 21st. >> ij it's appropriate that he moves on o the next chapter with his life. >> reporter: he acknowledged his affair withen shaen edwards weeks ago but it's the text messages about her pregnancy scare that exposed him to charges of hypocrisy. you have zero issue posting your pro life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child, she wrote, according to text messages obtained by the "pittsburgh post gazette." the congressman wrote back denying that he wrote the anti-abortion messages. i have never read them. i read them and winced. making it worse a leaked memo from his
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chief of staff accusing the congressman of creating a hostile work environment describing his behavior as erratic, abusive. the office hasn't denied the authenticity of the texts or the memo. kasie hunt, the capitol. tonight tropical storm nate barrels towards the gulf coast and could hit as a hurricane. al roker is here with the latest forecast. >> it's very interesting because we're worried about intensification just before landfall in the u.s. it's moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour. now if you were with us yesterday, this is where we thought everything would be at 7:00 a.m. on sunday, usa model here, here's the european model and the national hurricane center model. this is the latest just in from the national hurricane center, the usa model right around central louisiana. both the nhc model and the european model right on top of new orleans sunday morning
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at 7:00 a.m. and then continues on into the southeast. here's what we look for as far as impact starting sunday. potential gulf coast impacts of heavy rain, flash flooding, tropical storm winds, storm surge and rough surf. this is going to stretch from the texas/louisiana border all the way to the panhandle of florida. and again right before it makes landfall, we have a swath of 80-degree plus temperatures in the water. that's where we could see rapid intensification, lester. so we really have to watch this even as a category 1 storm this could still do quite a bit of damage especially if it's just to the west of new orleans. >> we know you'll keep an eye on it, al, thank you. still ahead tonight dashboard dangers. a new warning about the risk of so-called infotainment systems, what they pose when you're behind the wheel. also out of bounds. the firestorm erupting over what an nfl with my moderate to severe crohn's disease,... ...i was always searching for ways to manage my symptoms. i thought i had it covered.
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we're back with a warning now wiabout all the infotainment technology that comes with new cars from gps systems to text messaging and e-mailing. but with someone dying every 2 1/2 hours in distracted driving accidents, new research from aaa suggests all those high-tech bells and whistles could make matters worse. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: from salt lake city police, dashcam video of a head-on crash. the other driver allegedly distracted. now new research
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tried to tune the radio. >> much of that technology has nothing to do with the task of driving. >> reporter: the car industry says the technology is meant to replace portable devices that can be a greater distraction. hands on the wheel and eyes on the road continue to be critical to safe driving. >> send jeannette a text message. >> i didn't get that. >> reporter: the concern, the technology may simply be too tempting to ignore. tom costello, nbc news, washington. still to come tonight, it's already cost him one sponsor. what nfl star cam newton said to a what nfl star cam newton said to a when you're close to the people you love, does psoriasis ever get in the way of a touching moment? if you have moderate to severe psoriasis, you can embrace the chance of completely clear skin with taltz. taltz is proven to give you a chance at completely clear skin. with taltz, up to 90% of patients had a significant improvement of their psoriasis plaques. in fact, 4 out of 10 even achieved completely clear skin.
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more. >> reporter: today cam newton taking hard hits off the field for his reaction when asked about the play of one of his teammates by a reporter. >> seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes. >> i's funny to hear a female talk about routes like -- >> reporter: unlike newton, rodrigue wasn't amused. i don't think it's funny to talk about routes. i think it's my job. just plain wrong and disrespectful. today the coach said they spoke to newton afterwa afterwards. >> cam made a mistake. i understand he had a conversation where he said he shouldn't have said what he said. >> reporter: but rodrigue who has covered the team for the past year said he did not apologize. adding his comments in private were even worse. in 2012, newton called another female reporter sweetheart. >> the only thing i control, sweetheart, is myself. >> it's not funny. it's our job.
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and the emotional tributes of the lives lost in the tragedy in las vegas. so many moms and dads, sons and daughters, friends and loved ones gone now but never forgotten. here's joe fryer. ♪ you should be here >> reporter: you can hear brennan stewart's love for country music in this performance of the song "you should be here," a cover that went viral after he was killed shielding his girlfriend. >> our thoughts and prayers are with you. >> reporter: this week vegas radio station the coyote has been playing it in stewart's honor. >> it breaks my heart that brennan's not around to hear us play his music, but we know that his family and his friends were able to hear that. >> reporter: the coroner now says that all 58 victims have been identified and it's clear the impact of this tragedy reaches far beyond vegas. the 58 victims who lost their lives in vegas came from all across the country and canada. at least 30 of them called california home. angie gomez of riverside loved
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theater and making people laugh. >> she was so humbled and just so unassuming. >> reporter: at least two teachers died. sandy casey and jenny parks. >> miss parks was the best teacher ever was. >> reporter: just 22 years old chrissie duarte worked with the l.a. kings. tonight players will wear a sticker with her initials on the backs of their helmets. >> it's important for us to honor and to tell the world how great of a person she was. >> reporter: the memories of the victims like brennan stewart's performance, live on. joe fryer, nbc news, las vegas. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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