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breaking news tonight. urgent warning amid reports of smartphones bursting into flames. users of one popular phone are being told to stop using it. nuclear alarm as north korea tests yet. hour close is their capability of hitting the u.s.? shocking photos. putting a face on an exploding drug epidemic in ohio. adults overdosed in an suv. a child in the back seat. nbc news exclusive. who killed jonbenet ramsey? new revelations from the 911 operator. what she heard when patsy ramsey thought she had hung up the call. and 11 words. my conversation with a man who whispered in president bush's ear
america was under attack. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we start tonight with two urgent government warnings about the fire risk from samsung's new he is smartphone which is already under recall. the latest came this afternoon from a the consumer product safety commission and from samsung itself, galaxy note 7 phones to stop using them after a series of fires linked to the phone's lithium ion batteries. the alert comes on the heels of a warning from the faa against using the samsung phones on board planes, where the consequences of a burning or exploding phone could be catastrophic. tom costello with what
million phones under recall, the faa is telling consumers to turn off their phones and don't use them. >> this happened with my note 7. >> reporter: the lithium ion batteries can explode and catch fire. the owners of this jeep say the fire started when they left the phone charging inside. tonight's new warning from the consumer products safety commission: power them down, stop charging or using them. quote, when these batteries overheat and burst, the results can be serious. the new after the faa warned anyone who flies, keep the phone turned off in flight, don't charge the batteries on board, and don't put it in a checked bag. >> the fear is that this thing may catch fire. and trying to put out a lithium battery fire on an aircraft is very, very difficult. >> reporter: this faa test demonstrated how quickly a lithium ion fire can spread. responsible for a cat traffic fire on board a cargo plane in philadelphia and the
dubai. last year, hoverboards were banned on planes because of the fire risk. lithium ion batteries are everywhere, from correctly phones to laptops to tablets. >> there are more batteries. there has to be a rising risk here. >> reporter: the consumer product safety commission is working to elevate the recall. when that happens, the faa would go one step further and actually ban the galaxy note 7 on all commercial planes. is a top priority. it's rushing replacement phones to market. lester? >> tom, thank you. tonight, condemnation and concern around the world as north korea claims it just conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet. moving toward its goal of developing a long range nuclear warhead, perhaps capable of hitting the u.s. nbc's bill neely has details on the test and the swift reaction. >> reporter: he's done it again. kim jong un has carried out his second
ever, triggering a 5.3 earthquake, drawing global condemnation. there's anger at the u.n. >> i condemn in the strongest possible terms. >> reporter: and fear in the u.s. that he's edging towards a nuclear missile that can hit america. >> probably by the end of the first term of the person we're electing this november, they are going to have the ability to put nuclear warheads on missiles that can reach the west coast of the united states. >> reporter: so how underground nuclear sites is risky and unlikely. a cyberattack is an option. tougher sanctions are possible too. but they didn't stop this test. more isolation? north korea is already isolated. only allied china could punish it more. but south korea says it shows he's mentally under control, struggling to keep
>> the nuclear program is all about power and regime stability. with the purges that have happened over the past two years, the regime doesn't feel fully secure. >> reporter: president obama says there must be serious consequences for this test. but kim jong un seems not to care, projecting power, provoking, and so far paying no price. bill neely, nbc news. there's breaking news tonight from geneva where the u.s. and russia are announcing a pla syria. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is there at the talks. richard, this is all happening right now. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good evening, lester. secretary kerry called it a possible turning point in the five-year war in syria. he along with his russian counterpart made this announcement here in geneva. and he said that syrians are now facing a choice between war and peace. specifically, he called starting on september 12th for all
a nationwide cease-fire. he said the russians would work on the regime so that they would stop their indiscriminate bombings on civilian areas, and the united states would work with opposition groups to prevent them from attacking regime forces. that this cease-fire nationwide, if it were to last for a test period of seven days, secretary kerry said it would lead to even coordination with the u.s. and russia fighting against isis and an al qaeda affiliate together, lester. >> richard engel in geneva, thank you. now to shocking photos released by an ohio police department that show the impact of the exploding heroin epidemic on children. earlier this week we told you about hundreds of overdoses in a couple of weeks in the cincinnati area. now these photos from the other side of the state. adults unconscious and incoherent in the front seat with a child in the back. nbc's blake mccoy has
>> reporter: the images are horrifying and heartbreaking. a couple, unconscious from a suspected drug overdose, while the woman's 4-year-old grandson sits helpless in the back seat. officers in east liverpool, ohio, want the photos to be a wake-up call. >> when you see that, the shock factor, you get that lump in the throat. it's sad, especially when you have children of your >> reporter: james accord and rhonda pacic have been arrested. the child taken into protective custody. >> when you see something like that, you put a face to it. it's just an addiction. it's terrible. >> reporter: all across ohio, heroin overdoses are spiking. over the past two days in cincinnati alone, 76 overdoses. every month, 92 on average, double the rate from last year.
addiction specialist for four years. why ohio? >> we have a long history with the opiate crisis, the kind of pill mill industry was very big in southeastern ohio. >> reporter: addicts are increasingly ending up on this doctor's autopsy tables. heroin now being laced with deadly synthetics. >> it's very concern that people are pushing the nenvelope to the next high, the biggest high, the maximum recorders a >> reporter: and as these photos show, children are living through the horror of dictation too. tonight, there are calls for ohio's governor to declare a public health emergency and quadruple the number of treatment options. right now those seeking help are often put on wait lists, lester. >> blake mccoy, thank you, blake. to presidential politics now, hillary clinton meeting with her national security advisers today, launching an effort to redefine her image to voters.
continued embrace of adir t time on russian-owned tv. we've got it all covered starting with nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton trying to act presidential. a photo op with national security experts on what she calls her top priority, defeating isis. republicans like george bush's homeland security secretary michael chertoff. by videoconference, former cia director david petraeus. >> when it comes to questions of war, peace, and the safety of our country, we affiliation stand between us. >> reporter: a deliberate contrast to donald trump. but with the polls tightening, a new ad portraying clinton as a problem-solver. >> it takes democrats and republicans working together. >> reporter: and another attempt to reintroduce the softer side of clinton. trying to fix a problem first identity in this white house memo when her husband was president, advising the first lady, you can show more flashes of humor and reveal more about yourself. now decades later,
students when taking her law school aptitude test at harvard. i know i can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional, but i had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. plus last night a speech on faith. >> i've made my share of mistakes. i don't know anyone who hasn't. >> her next challenge, i think, is to connect with voters. it's to let them see her and come to feel that she's a likeable person. >> reporter: a two-pronged strategy hillary clinton, and, and the campaign hopes, a credible christmas d commander in chief. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >> reporter: i'm hallie jackson in washington. today donald trump tried to turn out evan v evangelicals. >> he's been a leader far more than our president. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton pouncing. >> it's not a serious
>> my hope is that he'll change his opinion in his views, with regards to it. >> reporter: but trump's campaign manager insisting what sounds like praise for putin, wasn't. >> not so much praising him as saying he'll work with people. >> reporter: the g giving him cover. you think he's a better leader for russians than americans? does that not give you cause for concern? >> it's still russia, i don't deny that. >> reporter: trump raising more eyebrows, appearing on russian tv. the candidate thought that interview was for larry king's podcast, his campaign says, not the kremlin-backed network. through it all, trump is keeping it close in new polls out of florida and ohio. >> for most voters, this is not something that's going to rise to keeping them up at night. >> reporter: still
americans view him favorably, perhaps putting trump at odds with those he wants to win over. hallie jackson, nbc news, washington. still ahead, tonight the infamous murder mystery that's baffled the country for two decades now, the killing of jonbenet ramsey. newly revealed details, including what the 911 operator
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we're back now with a nbc news exclusive about one of the country's most infamous murder mysteries. the death of jonbenet ramsey inside her parents' home in boulder, colorado, the day after christmas 1996. now 20 years later we're hearing from the 911 operator who answered the call about what she says she heard when patsy ramsey thought she hung up the phone. here is nbc's josh mankiewicz. >> reporter: just hours after the 911 call, jonbenet was found beaten and strangled to death in the basement of her family's home. kimberly was the 911 operator who answered patsy ramsey's call on december 26th, 1996. this is the first time she's speaking on
>> you could hear the phone go to the cradle. you could hear it didn't hang up. >> patsy? >> reporter: she could still hear patsy ramsey talking but not to her. >> there's three different voices. >> reporter: the ramciram cies ramseys were home with their son boulder pd detectives suspected the ramseys were lying about jonbenet's death. when questioned by investigators, burke admitted to being awake but said he never went downstairs. >> i was afraid. >> reporter: a grand jury heard all of this and in 1999 recommended indictments for child abuse resulting in death and accessory to first degree murder, and named both parents. >> it literally took
>> reporter: jane harmer was one of the original case detectives. this is her first tv interview. >> the grand jurors heard the evidence and came up with that conclusion. and i would agree with their conclusion. >> reporter: but the da at the time decided not to file charges, believing there was not enough evidence to go to trial. the ramseys have always maintained their innocence and said that dna from the crime scene proved an intruder killed their 2006. two years later, the new da, mary lacey, wrote a letter exonerating john and patsy ramsey. the question of who killed jonbenet is still unanswered. >> we'll have more on a special hour of "dateline: who killed jonbenet," tonight, 9:00, 8:00 central here on nbc. when we come back, a shocking moment caught by a gas
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pennsylvania countryside were struck by hijacked passenger planes. 2,996 people died in the attacks. now looking back we can reflect on how much our country has been reshaped by the events of that horrible day. it's a question we still ask. where are you that day? javier was 13 and at home in new york when america was attacked. >> it made me feel afraid to go out. >> now 28 and in the army, he's about to deploy to afghanistan, 15 years after the war on terror began. >> it's a little nerve-wracking. but i'm confident it's going to be a good experience for me. i can go there and help out with the mission. >> the continuing u.s. mission in afghanistan is just one of the
september 11th. >> that day changed all of us. it changed america. and it changed the world. >> andy card was chief of staff for president george w. bush at the time and was the one who whispered 11 words which would change the course of history. >> and i leaned over and whispered in his here, "a second plane hit the second tower. america is under attack." >> president bush, after brief stops in louisiana and nebraska, returned to washington that evening. what was it like when you got back to the night? >> the fog of war was still real. there was a high degree of concern. and were there other attacks coming. he would do what the primary job of the president is to do, to protect us. >> the white house tapped pennsylvania governor tom ridge to fundamentally reimagine the nation's security. did you have any sense what that would entail? >> candidly, there was no blueprint, no architecture, no design. >> agencies like the
others were born, like the tsa. the department of homeland security was formed with secretary ridge at the helm. americans came to learn the color coded terror alert system. phrases like "see something, say something" became part of our vernacular. >> i think 9/11 elevated the role and responsibility of literally hundreds of thousands of americans who go to work every day in the government. their job prior to 9/ safe, but there was a new level of alert and commitment in a post-9/11 world. >> that world included fighter jets patrolling our skies, long airport security lines, pat-downs to enter stadiums. today osama bin laden is dead. and we speak of the isis threat, not al qaeda. and americans like javier are still deploying to afghanistan. >> my biggest motivation is my wife and my family.
protect them. my predecessors risked so much for me to be here now. >> yes, we still talk about where we were that september day. we also ask, are we safer? you were there at the beginning. 15 years later you look around you. do you feel like we all are still living the lessons of 9/11 or have moved past it? >> i would like to think we have convinced ourselves that we resilient as advertised. we're not going to sacrifice our civil liberties, not sacrifice our privacy because we're afraid. what the terrorists have any understood and will never understand is america is not going to surrender their freedom because we just don't live in fear. >> 15 years. it's been a long time but the pain still as fresh as the day it happened. that will do it on friday night. i'm lester hold.