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breaking news tonight. banks bombshell. thousands of employees caught opening over a million accounts and credit cards without customers' consent. some charged fees they didn't even know they had. wells fargo with a historic punishment. a consumer after donald trump's stuing comments about his classified intelligence briefings, what sources say happened behind closed doors. manhunt in chicago. an elderly man shot in broad daylight while watering his lawn. his struggle for help caught on camera. outrage in a city caught in the grips of a shooting epidemic. and paying the price. new fallout for ryan lochte after a scandal that rocked rio.
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. wells fargo one of the nation's largest banks is in serious trouble tonight admitting that for years it signed up customers for credit cards and online banking services without their knowledge, even creating fake e-mail addresses for enrollment. the company says it has fired thousands of employees who were involved in the scream but its admission raises questions about tonight regulators are hitting wells fargo with massive fines. tom costello starts us off with what customers should know. >> reporter: it was fraud on a scale that matched the size and innuns of the world's largest bank. wells fargo employees opened roughly 1.5 million bank accounts and applied more than half a million credit cards that in many cases the customers never requested for agreed to. thousands of employees
compensation for generating new business. >> money might be moved from your account into some of these accounts without your knowledge. that might have cost you fees, late fees, rewards fees, overdraft charges and the like. >> reporter: now wells fargo has been hit with $185 million in total fines. including the biggest ever by the consumer financial protection bureau. it was the city of los angeles that originally sued wells fargo. now wells is paying l.a. $50 million in >> if i were a consumer in this case, i would be outraged if my bank opened an account for me using my personal data and never told me. >> reporter: today wells fargo told nbc news it has fired 5300 employees over the past five years. in a statement saying, we regret and take responsibility for any instances where customers may have received a product that they did not request. the takeaway for all bank customers? >> regardless of where you bank, wells fargo
your bank account, watch for unauthorized transfers and unauthorized withdrawals from your account or payments that you have not authorized. >> reporter: tonight wells tells me it will refund an average of $25 to every affected customer. it says it's already identified those people and will put that money automatically in their account, no action required. we asked wells fargo do they have a problem with ethics or training at their bank. they insist no, but they concede s the employees fired. lester? >> tom costello. tom, thng. to presidential politics now. and donald trump under fire for several comments he made last night in our nbc news commander in chief forum. including what he claims happened in his classified intelligence briefings. hillary clinton coming out swinging on that front, but also playing defense herself. we have it all covered for you starting with nbc's hallie jackson. >> i was opposed to the war from the beginning. >> reporter: clinging
donald trump at his education speech trying to school his audience after this last night. >> i was totally against the war in iraq. >> reporter: but there's no evidence trump opposed from it the start. here he is before the war began. >> are you for invading iraq? >> yeah, i guess so. >> reporter: for trump, more fallout after just 24 minutes in our forum, multiple controversies like this comment about the intelligence officials who recently briefed him. >> i am pretty good with the body not happy. our leaders did not follow what they were recommending. >> reporter: juan zarate participated in intelligence briefings under george w. bush. >> i find it hard to believe that the body language of the briefers was revealing policy discomfort in part because the analyst's job is not to even worry about that. it's to lay out the analysis. >> reporter: tonight two intelligence officials briefed on what went on inside the room tell nbc news
general mike flynn interrupted repeatedly and governor chris christie intervened. governor christie saying that's categorically false. general flynn calling the report, quote, total b.s. telling nbc news, these are anonymous sources and they're lying. trump also under fire for this praise of russian president vladimir putin. >> in that system he's been a leader far more than our president has been a leader. >> reporter: gop senator lindsey graham late today. >> this is the biggest people thought hitler was a good guy. >> reporter: on u.s. military leadership, trump calling the nation's generals reduced to rubble. >> they have been reduced to a point where it's embarrassing for our country. >> trump critics will say his performance wasn't specific, it wasn't serious. his supporters will say this is the real trump. >> reporter: but his controversies, trump closing in. hallie jackson, nbc news, new york. this is andrea
even wait to board her plane this morning to blast donald trump for saying vladimir putin is a better leader than president obama. >> that is not just unpatriotic and insulting to the people of our country as well as to our commander in chief, it is scary. >> reporter: and trump saying he have left troops in iraq to seize their oil. >> we don't send our brave men and women around the world to steal oil. >> reporter: this new shot at trump saying isas israeli television. >> they are saying, oh, please, allah, make trump president of america. >> reporter: that had paul ryan firing away. >> that's fearmongering, that's demagogic fear tactics. >> reporter: clinton today saying she was citing this article from matt olson former cia counterterrorism head. >> that's a gift for isis. and that's what matt olson, who knows more about this than the republicans trying to somehow muddy the waters, very clearly
continuing her takedown of trump. >> what would ronald reagan say about a republican nominee who attacks america's generals as and heaps praise on russia's president? >> reporter: the e-mail still giving her the biggest problems. colin powell. although clinton told the fbi she did not take powell's advice. her behavior an issue for this veteran >> had i communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, i would have been prosecuted and imprisoned. >> i communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system. i took it very seriously. >> reporter: clinton also explaining her promise last night never to deploy ground troops to iraq or syria meant large forces not the troops already there. tomorrow she meets with bipartisan experts on defeating isis. >> andrea mitchell,
forum last night, a panel of voters nbc news has pulled together in the key battleground state of ohio. we're following them from now until election day as they decide how to cast their votes. they're comprised of various ages and political affiliations. and we invited them to watch together along with nbc's katy tur and kristen welker. and many were unimpressed with the candidates' answers. now for the first part in our new series "we the people, battleground ohio." trump looked like a commander in chief tonight? just one. who thought hillary clinton looked more like a commander in chief tonight? so still a lot of undecideds. >> we're not putting ground troops into iraq ever again. >> that seems to be her response militarily, tactically, strategically. >> i've number the military and i can't see her to make a blanket statement. >> isis cannot be beat without ground troops. look how many years we've been fighting them now. >> and the battle
clinton is better suited to fight it than donald trump? >> she is very knowledgeable about the region and his approach of saying, well, i do have my ideas but i can't tell anybody or i'm going to have generals come up in 30 days with a suggestion is not presidential at all. >> do you think that you can trust him to listen to the generals when they disagree with him? >> i think i can. i believe that he's demonstrated that with his own company. he knows thou identify places. >> what did you make of donald trump's comments, his tweets? >> 26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military. only 238 convictions. what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together? >> i grew up military. before anybody throws a rock at me, no, i don't think all women are fit for all jobs within the military. is a sexual assault right on any level? absolutely not. >> what was your reaction?
disgusting. >> they're going to enter into a relationship and that's fine. but this is really different between a relationship and sexual assault. >> did you hear anything tonight that made you less concerned about secretary clinton's use of a private e-mail server? >> no. it's hard to trust her on the e-mail issue after she's changed her story so many times. >> one word to describe donald trump? and one word to describe hillary >> donald trump unorthodox. hillary clinton, staged? >> donald trump, incorrigib incorrigible. hillary clinton, questionable. >> donald trump, difficult. hillary clinton, better. >> i'm extremely worrieded about the future of this country and very disappointed that out of 330 million people these are our two leading
voters weighing in tonight. now to the moment on live television this morning that left so many stunned including the hosts thepss. governor gary johnson, the libertarian candidate for president who is hoping to be an alternative for voters unsatisfied by clinton and trump was asked a question about a major humanitarian crisis that has dominated news headlines for years now. it was johnson's response that caught everyone off guard. here's nbc's peter alexander. >> governor, good to >> reporter: before this moment on msnbc today, the question most people were likely asking, who is gary johnson. >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo? >> about? >> aleppo. >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> no. >> reporter: a stunning political stumble for the former new mexico governor and libertarian party presidential nominee. the video immediately going viral with the hashtag what is aleppo. on twitter, dear gary
aleppo. another comparing his blunder to the titanic. adding i'm human, i blanked. it happens. appearing soon after on "the view." >> no excuse. i was thinking in terms of acronym, aleppo. >> i think it's a disquaffing statement. >> fair enough. >> his flub couldn't come at a worse time. he needs 15% support to squeeze on to the debate stage. right now polls have him just below 10. pushed for him. and mitch daniels gave johnson a pass. >> is a moment like this in effect disqualifying? >> if we were to guess qualify candidates for one comment it would be a small debate. >> at least now everybody knows johnson's name. peter alexander, new york. overseas tonight, a dramatic rescue mission under way in the french alps. as many as 45 people trapped in cable cars stuck and left hanging
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back now with a manhunt in a brazen shooting caught on camera. police are searching for two suspects after a 71-year-old man was shot and injured watering his lawn on chicago's southwest side. in a city that's already had over 500 murders this year, this latest incident turns up the heat on city hall to do more to stop the violence. nbc's kevin tibbles with more. >> 7100 south california. male just got shot, bleeding. >> reporter: chicago police dispatch relays news of yet another shooting. >> people are taking him to a hospital in a white pickup truck. >> reporter: security video shows a 71-year-old man robbed while watering his lawn by two suspects riding bicycles. there's a struggle. >> she was saying that the guy was wrestling with him. he shot him, took his wallet. then he went
70s street. >> reporter: all in broad daylight. the suspects still at large. >> i did 20 years in the military. more people get killed in the city of chicago than they do in a combat zone. >> reporter: close to 3,000 people were shot in chicago. that's almost as many as were shot in all of last year. as shooting statistics rise, approval ratings for chicago mayor rahm emanuel plummet. recent polling showed him with just a 25% approval rating. him, i think, because he hasn't been candid. because he's been slow to deliver information. >> reporter: the mayor refused to take questions on chicago violence today. he has called for tougher gun sentencing laws. >> i'm going to be really clear. more cops on the streets. kids, guns and gangs off the street. >> reporter: despite the violence chicago has not increased the size of its police force. although officers are working substantial
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as we fall out tonight for ryan lochte after he admitted to exaggerating a story about being robbed at gunpoint at a rio gas station. suspended for competitive swimming for ten months and stripped of his
gold medal bonus, some $100,000. the three other team usa swimmers with him were each suspended four months. lochte has admitted he vandalized a sign at the gas station. brazilian authorities say he was confronted by security guards, not criminals. a major milestone for a science fiction saga has lived long and prospered. "star trek," the original series, premiered on this very
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? finally tonight, anticipation is growing in advance of long-awaited smithsonian national museum of african-american history and culture. it has been a dream of generations, but for so long political and financial challenges, even the lack of a collection, stood in its way. i toured the museum this week with the man who has spent the last 11 years trying to make it into a reality. the african-american story is the american story, yet as the planners of this
would discover, it is one not easily told. i think a lot of people wonder to themselves, what took so long. >> i think part of it was that, candidly n order to tell this story, we had to be comfortable looking at america and all its faults. i'm not always sure americans are ready for that. >> reporter: the starting point of this journey is slavery, from the iron shackles that bound captives during the long ocean crossings, to a slave cabin from south carolina. a guiding principle at the museum of african-american history and culture says its director lonnie bunch, is to tell the unvarnished truth. >> we're standing in front of a statue of thomas jefferson. behind jefferson are bricks that represent the 600 people that he owned during his life. >> reporter: so i see names. those are the names of slaves that jefferson owned? >> what we wanted to do in this museum is humanize people. >> reporter: the sprawling museum began construction 4 1/2 years ago costing $500 million. it tells an uneven
'60s -- >> we thought that 1968 was so transformative in terms of the black power movement, the assassination of martin luther king, resurrection city, the fight against vietnam. >> reporter: to the first african-american president, to today's racial tensions over police use of force. >> this is not a linear march to progress. what we wanted to do was to say the struggle to help america be america will continue as long as there is an america. >> reporter: the influence on sports, music and culture is seen throughout the museum. muhammad ali's head gear from the fifth street gym. chuck berry's cadillac. look at that. >> this is the mothership from george clinton that was really important to many people. i think i got more questions about this than anything else. >> reporter: one piece of the tv exhibit posed a particular challenge to the curators. how to recognize bill cosby.
allegations have damaged his legacy and so that's what we wanted to do. >> reporter: you included that down here in the last sentence. >> that his career has been severely damaged and this has damaged his reputation. >> reporter: this museum offered a prominent vantage point along the washington mall. >> we'll tell the fact that there were slave pens not too far from here. >> reporter: but the view of an often untold american story that curators hope will open eyes. >> if you're interested in american spirituality or our notions of liberty, this is the place to look. >> reporter: the museum opens its doors september 24th. that will do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good
>> now at 7 new developments in a deadly restaurant crash in newton. tonight why it took months for the driver to be charged. >> anchor: cameras roll when a robber whips out a knife in revere. >> reporter: a few showers overnight tonight. and then 90 degree heat to finish the week. >> to help out the team. >> reporter: gronk's status up in the air for the season opener. >> anchor: and a texting trap. local police cracking down. >> anchor: and sending a strong message. >> anchor: first at 7:00 breaking news a british air ways flight has been diverted to boston's logan airport. >> anchor: live on the phone at logan with the latest with what's going on.