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thank you for watching. i'm jim rosenfield. >> up next "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. tonight, doubling down. president trump invokes his chief of staff's fallen son to take another swipe at barack obama and threatens to strike back in a war of words with war hero john mccain. record high on wall street. a hot streak fueling your retirement funds. is there still time to get in on the action? forced out. harvey weinstein resigns from the company he founded as another powerful head rolls in hollywood. isis capital falls. a major victory in the fight. raqqah reclaimed. is the terror group on the ropes? dangerous water crisis in puerto rico where some are so desperate they're breaking into contaminated wells. toxic suv warning. safety advocates issue a call to action after reports of drivers passing out behind the wheel.
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and good chemistry. [ cheers ] and a teacher on a mission to ignite a love of science. also tonight, the wild chase that captivated the web. >> this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, and thank you for being here tonight. for a second day, president trump ventured into the solemn territory of military service and sacrifice, raising more questions about whether his predecessor properly honored the families of fallen warriors. mr. trump invoking the combat death of the son of his own chief of staff, general john kelly, during a radio interview while appearing to try and one-up barack obama's actions as commander in chief. nbc's peter alexander has details. >> reporter: tonight as the body of one of the american soldiers killed this month returns home to florida and the white house confirms president trump spoke to all four families of the fallen, the president's taking another swing at barack obama on the gravest of presidential obligations.
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>> i think i've called every family of somebody that's died, and it's the hardest call to make. as far as other representers, i don't know. you could ask general kelly did he get a call from obama. >> reporter: the president invoking the memory of his chief of staff's son, robert kelly, a marine killed in 2010. one of nearly 500 american troops who lost their lives in afghanistan that year. a white house official telling nbc news president obama never called kelly. it comes a day after mr. trump volunteered this claim. >> if you look at president obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls. >> reporter: but the same day president obama visited arlington national cemetery in 2011, the kellys attended a white house breakfast for families of the fallenme efalle. according to those in attendance, the kellys sat at then-first lady michelle obama's table. he's gone to great efforts not
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to be singled out. noticeably absent at today's news conference. president trump is critical of another war hero, john mccain. >> i'm being very nice. very nice. at some point, i fight back, and it won't be pretty. >> reporter: that threat following this veiled swipe monday night. >> some half-baked spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as -- is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past. >> reporter: mccain today not blaming the president but a broken system. >> it's a version to the 1930s. the isolationism that brought on world war ii. >> and peter joining us live. peter, it also appears there's some movement on negotiations over health care today. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: yeah, that's right. this is a bipartisan deal that's been reached on capitol hill that would save the obamacare subsidy payments that president trump canceled just last week. of course the president's repeatedly insisted obamacare is dead, but tonight he appears to
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be signaling an openness to this deal, a short-term fix, he says, that nearly six million low-income americans rely on to make their insurance affordable. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house tonight, thank you. it was another record-setting day on wall street today as the dow crossed over 23,000 during the trading dade for the -- trading day for the first time. by the close, it was up 40 points, just shy of the 34,000 ma -- of the 23,000 mark. there's a good chance you've made money this year. the question at moments like this is whether the market is getting close to topping out or if there's still time to get in. here's nbc's tom costello with that. [ cheers ] [ bell ] >> reporter: it happened only 90 minutes into the trading day. >> we are watching the dow which just hit 23,000 for first time -- >> reporter: that milestone coming just over two months since the dow crossed over 22,000. this has been the year of records day after day.
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since january 1st, the dow jones index of 30 leading stocks is up a whopping 16%. if a family had invested $10,000 in the index then, it would be worth $11,600 today. what's driving the market higher? an improving global economy, low interest rates that make bonds less attractive than stocks, and strong corps earnings. a-- corporate earnings. among the big stocks, boeing, caterpillar, amazon, and visa. >> t >> the stock market hit an all-time record high. >> reporter: since president trump's election the market has climbed a stagger 28% partial oh his moves to deregulate business. but ignoring north korea, iran, and russia. >> i think there remains a hope among investors that there will be progress on tax reform, corporate tax cut, perhaps an individual tax cut. >> reporter: the question tonight -- is the market due for a pullback? >> i would characterize it as slightly dangerous.
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>> reporter: most financial advisers suggest taking money out of the market only if you anticipate big expenses in the next year. >> stick with your investment plan. stick with your investment allocation. and that's the way you avoid missing out on the returns. >> reporter: there are plenty of people who say, listen, the market has had a good bull run, eight years, and it is time for a pullback. for the superstitious, this week marks the 30th anniversary of black monday when the market lost 23%. lester? >> tom costello, thank you, tom. president trump says his nominee to be the next u.s. drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job. the move by congressman tom morino to pull his name comes after an explosive report that he played a key role in passing a bill that weakened the ability of federal authorities to stop the distribution of opioids, potentially exacerbating that epidemic. and a new crackdown in the opioid crisis today. the justice department has charged two men in china with shipping tons of illegal opioids
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to the u.s., drugs that prosecutors say led directly to death here. and the trail that led to one of them began with a death in the heartland. here's nbc news justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: for first responders in grand forks, north dakota, it was an all-too-common call -- drug overdose. they found 18-year-old bailey henke dead of an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. police discovered that henke got it from a man in grand forks who bought his from a supplier in oregon that came from canada and was made and shipped from china by a 38-year-old man named john jiang. prosecutors revealed today that he and another chinese man have been charged with making tons of fentanyl at labs and plants they controlled in china, then selling it to distributors on the internet who paid in bit coins. of the 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, 20,000 are blamed on fentanyl.
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american investigators say nearly all of it in the u.s. comes from china. either the finished product or the chemicals used to make it. so far, neither chinese man is in custody. the u.s. says china needs to do more. >> these cases reflect a new and disturbing trend of part of the opioid crisis that we fates here in the united states. -- we face here in the united states. more and more of our citizens are being killed by fentanyl. >> reporter: hoping to stem a chinese connection that's killing americans like bailey henke. >> and pete, while we have you here, there's late word of a court ruling on president trump's latest travel ban. what do we know about this? >> reporter: the same judge in hawaii who blocked an earlier verg version of the travel ban today stopped the enforcement of the latest one. it was to take effect at midnight restricting travel from eight countries that the trump administration said failed to meet new standards for vetting these applicants. here we go again. there's another challenge pending in maryland, and both undoubtedly will ultimately wind up before the supreme court, lester.
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>> pete williams in our washington newsroom. thank you. there's new fallout tonight for harvey weinstein. the movie mogul now officially forced out of the company that he founded. that news comes as another major power player in the movie business is out. the head of amazon studios stepping down while facing sexual harassment allegations of his own. nbc's anne thompson has more on the new developments and the women speaking out far beyond hollywood. >> reporter: it is the top of hollywood's red carpet. >> 99% of the women in this room have been -- you know, harassed. >> reporter: including academy award-winning actress reese witherspoon telling a star-studded room in los angeles she's endured multiple incidents of sexual harassment and assault. >> disgust at the director who assaulted me when i was 16 years old. >> reporter: more and more women now telling their stories. the hash tag #metoo dominating social media as women reveal what they've endured. at the national women's law instructions complaints of
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sexual harassment doubling since the harvey weinstein scandal broke. >> i don't think we can put the volume of women who have been coming forward demanding change back into a box. if employers aren't ready for this, they better get ready for this. >> reporter: tonight the head of amazon studios also accused, resigning in disgrace. more than 50 women accusing harvey weinstein alone. and now an allegation against his brother, bob. executive producer amanda seigel telling "variety" bob weinstein harassed her for three months last year while they made the show "the mist," pursuing a romantic relationship. his attorney says the story is riddled with false and misleading assertions, and "we have the emails to prove it." as for harvey, he left the company's board meeting saying nothing. >> no comment. not at this time. >> reporter: as the voices of victims grow stronger and louder. what makes the scandal different from the ones before is that so
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many women -- especially prominent women -- are speaking out, raising hopes for real change. as one advocate said today, you should never have to choose between your work and your dignity. lester? >> all right, anne thompson. thanks for bringing us that. an update now on the incident aboard a united plane that sparked national outrage. captured on video, dr. david dao getting dragged off an overbooked flight at chicago's o'hare airport in april when he refused to give up his seat. airport officials now say two of the security officers involved were fired this summer. a third has quit, and a fourth was suspended for five days. a startling revelation today from the investigation into the deadliest hot air balloon crash in u.s. history. ntsb investigators say the texas pilot was likely impaired by a dangerous combination of valium, opioids, and cold and allergy medicine when he flew into a power line near austin last year. all 16 people aboard were killed. tonight a major victory in the fight against isis. kurdish forces backed by u.s.
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special ops taking back raqqah, the so-called capital of the islamic state. the terror group losing key ground, but is it a turning point? here's nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: today the black isis flag was replaced by the banner of u.s.-backed forces in the city of raqqah. isis filmed itself celebrating when it rolled into raqqah three years agoago. today the table was turned. u.s.-backed forces in the same spot. [ cheers ] there was some public cheering, too, but most people in this battered city are long gone. this was perhaps the most feared place on earth with frequent public executions. it was a base for isis to plot terrorist attacks including, intelligence services say, the attack on the bataclan theater
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in paris a. the city was freed by mostly kurdish forces helped by u.s. special ops and coalition air strikes. now with the loss of raqqah and the iraqi city of mosul this summer, isis' territory has shrunk from the size of virginia to a few scattered areas. >> isis still maintains an ability to launch smaller scale terrorist attacks. but i think their future as a large-scale fighting force will largely end with the fall of raqqah. >> reporter: raqqah actually fell a little sooner than expected, sources tell me, with the surrender of hundreds of low-level fighters. analysts say isis remains dangerous but is now less effective without a safe haven to plot and train. lester? >> richard engel, thanks, richard. now to the deaning and dangerous water -- deepening and dangerous water crisis in puerto rico in the aftermath of hurricane maria. the number of people with
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running water dropped following more heavy rains and floods. now the epa says the desperate are breaking into water wells that may actually be contaminated. nbc's gabe gutierrez is there and has more for us. >> reporter: this helmet camera shows the urgent mission. the military in remote parts of puerto rico. children waiting for water. now people are getting so desperate, the epa says they're breaking into sealed off wells in the town of durado, in an area on the u.s. superfund list. sites so polluted the government considers their cleanup a priority. even though there's a clearly marked danger sign, people were willing to risk it, ripping off this fence. this man from chicago helping with the relief efforts comes here at night to find water. >> we're drenched in sweat. we need to cool off some kind of way. there's no electricity. >> reporter: luis ortiz is filling up at a well the epa has deemed safe. >> this is the water that i drink for me and my wife and my -- my kids. >> aqua is needed.
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water is life. our main goal is to make sure that public health is protected. >> reporter: adding to the frustration, an investigation is underway in another town where puerto rico's secretary of state says supplies were wasted, left out in heavy rain. >> and see that in a dump full of rats, i just got angry. >> reporter: tonight only 17% of the island has power, making it hard to pump and treat water as this crisis deepens. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, puerto rico. still ahead as we continue here tonight, toxic vehicles. the top automaker facing demands to recall one of the most popular suvs on the road over fears of poisoning. also protests erupting as nfl owners and players meet face to face. what happened inside the room amid the "take a (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything so we know how to cover almost anything. even a swing set standoff.
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safety, a consumer advocacy group, is calling for a recall of 1.3 million vehicles built between 2011 and 2017. it follows at least 2,700 complaints of exhaust odors leaking into explorers. susan sezetsky says she passed out behind the wheel. >> i could have either hit the tree, or i could have hit the oncoming traffic. it was by the grace of god that my son and i did not die. >> reporter: ford maintains their suvs are safe and there is no need for a recall. our investigation, they contend, has not found carbon monoxide levels that exceed what people are exposed to every day. it comes after several high-profile incidents nationwide involving police officers and their explorers. after some officers tested positive for unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, many departments put the brakes on the suvs.
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change your mind. [ cheers ] to her the science is explosively fun. [ cheers ] igniting curiosity with her magnetic personality. >> i like what has a little bit more of kinetic energy so it's kind of like this, right? dancing around a little bit. >> reporter: a stunning bag of tricks and an energy that even science can't explain. >> she makes you like science, and she wants you to do it later in life. >> reporter: and she's got the credentials behind the performance. a real chemist and a lecturer at the university of texas. we know that you're teaching chemistry, but you look like you're having such a good time. >> i am. i mean, this is purely selfish, let's be honest. i love doing this. >> reporter: when the kids get hands on, on go the gloves, goggles, and lab coats, safety made part of the lesson. and part of dr. kate's mission to change how people think about her field. >> it's just in wonderful subject that is intimidating for some reason. it doesn't need to be. it's just awesome. >> reporter: sometimes learning
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from experience -- >> do you like science? [ cheers ] >> reporter: -- is an experiment worth trying. katy beck, nbc news, austin, texas. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. fo now on "extra." reese witherspoon's sexual assault secret. the oscar winner goes public about getting attacked at 16. to jennifer lawrence revealing she was once put in a naked line up. >> we stood side by side with
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covering our privates. >> hollywood a-list joining the #me too movement on the heels of the harvey weinstein scandal. >> we need to make a community. >> "extra." >> is selena gomez to the rescue. >> how she jumped into action to save a star. >> chip and joanna gains did they end their show to save their marriage. cheating death. >> did a summersault. >> and the first words about the motorcycle crash and how he's doing. then a.j. is hitting the tables with michael weatherly dropping hints about a prime time surprise. >> what about the rumor you might return to ncis. plus a crazy night of dancing in the stars. getting in a head lock with ni


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