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back. next time, sarah. go get the president donald trump was correct, there is no evidence that mr. manafort or the trump campaign colluded with the russian government. >> former trump campaign manager paul manafort and his protege rick gates face 12 charges including money laundering and conspiracy plus details where the money was sent and how the president is reacting today. >> white house chief of staff general john kelly defends confederate monuments. a lack of compromise led to the civil war. >> new fallout over the spacey scandal. he had sexual misconduct with a broadway star then just 14 years old. >> forbes is out with the highest earning dead celebrities. >> a man managed to turn into a
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college degree. great being with you. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. we begin with a bombshell news that has rocked american politics. making history and setting up what could be a legal showdown. bob mueller announced the first charges in his investigation into russia's interference in the 2016 election and it's possible coordination with the trump campaign. donald trump's campaign chair and his top deputy indicted, another campaign advisor already pleaded guilty about lying to investigators. it is all part of mueller's sprawling and intensifying russia probe which now enters a new phase with the indictments sending shudders through d.c.'s corridors of power. >> nbc justice correspondent pete williams has the details. >> reporter: paul manafort former trump campaign chairman is now a criminal defendant, accused of hiding millions in foreign consulting fees to avoid paying taxes and failing to register as a foreign lobbyist. robert mueller's prosecutors say manafort and his business part er? and right hand man in the
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campaign rick gates ernds more than $75 million from 2006 to 2015, lobbying for victor yanakovich, the former president of ukraine vladimir putin's man in that position. but put the money in banks on island nations outside the u.s. to hide it from the government. but the indictment says nothing about manafort's role in the trump campaign. his lawyer angrily calls the charges ridiculous. >> i think you all saw it today that president donald trump was correct. there is no evidence that mr. manafort or the trump campaign colluded with the russian government. >> reporter: manafort and gates pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance. the judge set their bail and ordered them to remain in home detention. prosecutors say manafort spent some of his millions on four homes in manhattan, brooklyn, long island as well as in suburban washington, d.c. and accused him of spending $900,000 for antique rugs, nearly 1.4 million on clothes, and more than 7.6 million in home
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improvements. legal experts say the charges could persuade both men to help with mueller's investigation of russian interference in the election. >> these defendants are looking at decades in prison. so, there is a tremendous incentive for them to come to prosecutors and say, we'd like to cooperate. >> reporter: and in a surprise potentially more important, we learned that a trump campaign volunteer advisor george papadopoulos has admitted that he was in touch with russians during the campaign who said they had kremlin contacts and could offer, quote, dirt on hillary clinton including thousands of e-mails. >> it reveals that the trump campaign advisor was communicating with well connected russians who were offering him dirt on hillary clinton including e-mails as far back as april 2016. that's well before we knew that the russians had hacked the democrats. >> prosecutors revealed that he was arrested three months ago at dulles airport and has been cooperating with mueller's investigators ever since. he pleaded guilty three weeks ago admitting he lied to the fbi by denying that he was involved with the campaign when he communicated with the russians
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who wanted to set up a meeting between trump and vladimir putin during the campaign which never happened. court documents say a campaign official forwarded one of his e-mails indicating that the campaign was aware of what he was doing. law enforcement officials say that campaign official was paul manafort. a spokesman for rick gates says he welcomes the opportunity to confront these charges in court. lawyers for both men will be back before the judge on thursday trying to revisit the conditions of their home confinement which now allow them to leave the house only to go to court, go to worship, or see their lawyers or doctors. frances? >> all right, pete, thanks for the breakdown. >> for more on how the white house and congress are reacting to these momentous charges from bob mueller we go to nbc's tracie potts. good morning, tracy. >> reporter: good morning. the white house says george papadopoulos, the campaign advisor who pleaded guilty, that he had a limited role in the campaign. the president much more forceful on twitter questioning why democrats have not been
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questioned in this, saying that these charges were years ago, that these allegations were years ago and adding that there is no collusion. behind the scenes, the washington post reporting that the president was fuming over these charges and the fact that they may or may not be connected to the campaign, saying upstairs at home with the tv on, he was fuming, that he digested the news with exasperation and disgust, calling his lawyers, listening to cable news with rising irritation. the president's attorney responding that they communicated several times during the day and he was not irritated, but the president's chief of staff in an interview last night says he thinks this may not be the beginning, it may be the end of the investigation. >> it should wrap up soon. i mean, it would seem that they're towards the end of the witness pile. and i don't know how much longer it could possibly go on, but
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we're in great hopes it wraps up. it is very distracting to the president as it would be to any citizen to be investigated for something while at the same time trying to carry the weight of what -- being president of the united states means on his shoulder. >> reporter: meantime here on capitol hill, democrats pointing fingers, republicans have little to say. philip? >> all right, tracy, thank you. >> john kelly, the white house chief of staff is addressing his comments about frederica wilson. he claimed the florida democrat boasted about securing $20 million in funding for a new fbi field office. however, wilson denied taking credit for the funding and video of the office's dedication event backed up her story. on fox news kelly is now insisting he doesn't owe the congresswoman an apology. >> do you feel like you have something to apologize? >> do i? oh, no. no. never. i'll apologize if i need to, but for something like this, absolutely not. i stand by my comments. >> according to the u.s. coast
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guard, the two hawaii women who were lost at sea for five months never activated the emergency beacon on their sailboat. a u.s. coast guard spokesman said the review of the incident said the survivors had an emergency position indicating a radio of beacon aboard. it was never turned on. when questioned by authorities, they said they chose not to activate the device because they never believed their lives were in danger. their review of the incident is ongoing, however there is no criminal investigation at this time. >> ohio attorney general mike da wine is demanding five drug companies pay for the battle against the state's opioid epidemic. his office sued these drug makers in may saying they promoted the use of opioids and played down the risk. he sent them a letter they have 30 days to begin settlement talks. he stressed the urgency in a news conference monday. >> do you see them coming forward with a huge education plan that they can roll out, that helps people in the state of ohio, helps kids from becoming addicted in the future? no, you don't see them doing any
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of this. i want to make them do it. >> mexico city came alive on monday as residents celebrated the day of the dead in the city's main square. the annual event included offerings of food and flowers, sugar skulls and paper ma shea skeletons. the day of the dead is a tradition in which families remember their deceased loved ones and celebrate the continuance of life. and for those celebrating halloween today, turns out wearing a costume to work could make you a happier employee. the workplace culture survey found that 73% of adults who were allowed to dress up at work were motivated to contribute to the company's success. and in 65% say they'd recommend their company as a good place to work. >> we're going to have two contribute to our company success. there will be a little bit distracting if we're bringing the news. >> with a wig. >> all that good stuff, too. if you're planning to wear the costumes today, bill, they're going to bundle up or layer up. >> umbrellas, too. you've heard of lake effect snow, but sometimes with warmed up, you get lake effect rain,
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too. numerous bands of lake effect rain are out there. even one very heavy band south of before luffalo this morning. lake effect rain doesn't happen often. streamers continue to come off the lake. down wind of the lakes we'll have some rain showers out there. that will be about it. we'll watch for rain later today. east texas heading up there from houston, back up, evening showers towards dallas for the trick or treaters. ú inventor.
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the shooting came 26 days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern history in las vegas where a gunman opened fire at an outdoor music festival while alal aldean was performing killing 58 people. >> he says he didn't kill her, peter manson now tells them kim died of carbon monoxide poisoning while inside his homemade vessel while he stood on the deck. he dismembered her tore sew in august. he changed his story about the circumstances around her death. he maintains her death was an accident. sexual assault charges were charged against manson in addition to a previous murder charge. >> find out what miley cyrus and larry david are doing this weekend. new fall out from the latest allegations of celebrity sexual misconduct.
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14. his response including coming out as a gay man is sparking backlash with bad news for his netflix show as well. nbc's kate snow has the details. >> i will not -- >> reporter: the show kevin spacey is best known for, house of cards, will end after a 6th season. the two companies behind the hit show said in a statement they are deeply troubled by the new allegations against spacey and that executives met this afternoon with cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. kevin spacey was a 26-year-old on broadway when a 14-year-old boy also appearing on broadway told buzz feed, spacey invited him to a party at his apartment. he picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold, actor anthony rapp said and then he lays down on top of me. rapp who is best known for rent and now on star trek discovery, told nbc news he came forward now standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out. spacey responded on social media, i'm beyond horrified to
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all right. >> ouch. faster. faster. >> oh, man. >> that was shaquille o'neal filling in for jimmy kimmel last night. he'll be out the entire week for his unscheduled heart surgery and a minor cold. the lineup includes jennifer lawrence in there. so, you missed jimmy, but when you have somebody like shack filling in and those kind of antics. >> that's funny. he asked for it, though. he got it right in the forehead. all right. these celebrities we're going to tell you about, they're earning money from beyond the gave. in the spirit of halloween, forbes has released their list of 13 highest paid dead celebrities the 5th year in a row. iconic musician michael jackson no surprise tops the list with the earnings of $75 million. golf legend arnold palmer comes in with $40 million. charles shuts who created the
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peanuts $30 million. and fourth place was elvis presley $35 million. nil of those surprise you? which surprised you the most? >> probably arnold palmer. >> arnold paul mlmer, he has ale arizona iced tea. >> from iced tea to beer, samuel adams is releasing its tenth limited edition utopia beer. it's craft beer made every two years. 13,000 bottles will be sold. look at the bottles. the alcohol content is so high they're illegal in 12 states. the beer has an abb of 28% compared to boston lagger of 25%. it comes with a price tag of almost $200. it will be available next month. how angry would you be if somebody reaches in your fridge for one of those? >> fancy, though. >> this is "early today." even if it means being the back half of a unicorn.
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good morning, this is "nbc10 news today" first look at 4. i'm tracy davidson. >> i'm via sikahema. we'll get to meteorologist bill henley with the most accurate neighborhood weather forecast. how's it looking? >> looking chilly outside. the suburbs now 39 degrees. and still falling at this hour. there's still time for neighborhoods in new jersey and
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the lehigh valley to also drop into the 30s this morning. right now, 46 degrees in the lehigh valley. a little breeze. it's at five miles per hour. the winds will be lighter than yesterday. but we'll still see a nice breeze as the day goes on. we'll get a lot of sunshine, no shine of showers. a bright halloween. 58 degrees in philadelphia. now to jessica boyington and first alert traffic. >> thanks. cameras on the vine. this direction here eastbound from this point around the vine street expressway to south street, until 5:00. about another hour or so.
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we're watching the cloverly and the p.a. turnpike. both directions from route 1 to valley forge, not bad. 23 minutes at the most. speeds into the 60s. back to you. in just hours, trick-or-treaters will be filling the streets for halloween, and there are certain things parents and drivers need ton to keep everyone -- need to know to keep everyone safe. katy zachry with more. what do parents and kids need to know as they walk house to house? >> reporter: as they get ready for the fun and festivities, here's a scary fact that may have you stopped in your tracks. kids are four times as likely tonight to get hit by a car than any other night of the year. that's jaw-dropping for a lot of parents. we are talking safety this morning. whether you're walking on a sidewalk like where i am in the city or you're walking your neighborhood in the suburbs, you need to think about safety. here are some tips


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