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help trump, but they might might -- there are reports tonight that one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world has been killed. the brutal number two in command of isis, systemed of playing a role in one of the most vicious attacks in the u.s. we have seen. >> reporter: he's not a house hold name in the united states, but for isis su both the group's chief spokesmen, also its second in command. significantly it was al-adnani who called throughout the world for lone wolfs to carry out attacks around the world.
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violence, he spent six years in u.s. custody in iraq until he was released. there remains a $5 million bounty on its head. u.s. officials have confirmed to nbc news that there was an air strike in syria earlier today, that adnani was targeted and that a car was struck, but u.s. officials aren't sure if in the vehicle. there were reports that he skied from wounds he received a week or two weeks ago. . >> it is fight night in two key states as two big names in the gop battle for their political lives. it is also a major first test of how donald trump may impact races for his fellow republicans. in the meantime, an african-american trump surrogate is
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called racist on social media. >> reporter: when donald trump isn't mired in his own controversies, his surrogates stir it up for him. pastor mark burns apologizing for posting a cartoon of hillary clinton in black face. after 14 months of firestorms like that, tonight trump's affect on congressional races will be tested as voters cast their ballots. >> cindy and i voted, we're looking for a good turnout on the vote today. >> reporter: both senators walking a tight rope trying to support their nominee without alienating hispanics. at stake gop majorities especially in the senate. if hillary clinton wins, democrats only need four more seats to retake control, making it easier to push through decisions like supreme court nominees. >> holding the senate,
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important goal for republicans and frankly the house of representatives is probably if things were not to go where we would like is our real last line of defense. >> reporter: democrats linking them to trump's dif vieive rhetoric. >> i have said that i'm going to be voting for our nominee, but. >> reporter: as the gop wins the house and senate, they could essentially leaving congress in gridlock. >> we won't be looking at large reforms such as immigration or tax codes. we'll. >> reporter: in instead of campaigning for downballot republicans, donald trump is here in deep blue washington states. tonight all eyes are on arizona where trump
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immigration. governor paul la page is apologizing today for leaving a profanity laced -- his political future is up in the air. >> you don't like me, and i don't like you. >> reporter: two term republican governor paul up a notch in recent days. last thursday, lapage insisted 90% of drug dealers are black or hispanic and the governor left this voicemail. >> i have spent my life helping black people and you little son of a [ bleep ] socialist [ bleep ] i want you to record this and make it public because i am after you.
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today on main radio, sending a cryptic message about the rest of his term. >> i'm not going to say that i'm not going to finish it or am going to finish. >> reporter: he had this message for the naacp in 2011. >> tell them to kiss my butt. >> what appeals to voters about paul lapage, is his it can be all out battle at times. >> absolutely crossed the line. >> i feel like maine is way better than this. >> reporter: the governor embraces comparisons to another outspoken politician, donald trump, the two campaigned together in june. >> many people say we're a lot alike. he's a little bit shy, but i'm working on him. >> reporter: this afternoon, governor lapage had this to say about resigninging. >> i would say that's a bit exaggerated.
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what he'll say next. and still ahead here tonight, breaking her silence. the victim of a sexual assault at an elite private school, a case that grips the nation is talking exclusively to nbc news. also moment of impact. caught on camera, a tractor trailer smashing through cars, strangers frantically
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tonight we are seeing and hear for the first time from a young woman in a trial that captivated the nation because it took place at one of the moist storied prep schools. he was tried with rape and ultimately convicted of sexual assaulting a 15-year-old girl. chelsea prout is 18 story. >> this is the first time you've come out and said publicly what happened? >> yes. yes. >> why did you want to do that? >> well, i feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me. >> reporter: on a spring evening in 2014, 15-year-old jesse proud went on a date with then senior owen labrie.
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i was violated in so many ways. >> it's been more than two years since the incident took place and a year since he was acquitted of felony rap charges but found guilty of a lesser felony and four misdemeanors including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. he was sentenced to a year in jail but is out on bail, appealing his conviction. >> they said that they 't did it knowingly. and that frustrated me a lot because he definitely did do it knowingly. >> throughout the trial he maintained the encounter was consensual. >> what happened when you tried to go back to school and i guess it seemed like everyone knew? >> everyone pretty much knew and none of my old friends who were boys would talk to me. and nobody was talking
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>> the school came under fire for its handling of the situation and for what some said allowed this to occur. what do you hope happens to him now? do you ever think about that? >> i don't, i hope he learns, i hope he gets help. because if he doesn't learn, he will do it to another young woman. >> reporter: she chooses not to talk in detail about that night. >> i have been so, so hard to move forward. >> reporter: and says it's her family's support that has helped her the most. >> even when i get my panic attacks and i lock myself in my closet because i don't want my little sister to see me like that and she'll come into my closet when i'm rocking on the floor. and punching my legs trying to get myself to calm down. and she'll try and give me the big els
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chelsea, you're okay, chelsea, you're okay. and i just can't imagine how scary it is for other people to have to do this alone and i don't want anybody else to be alone anymore. i don't. >> chelsea prout ultimately left the school. the school denied the culture or tradition of assault ever chelsea's case caused us to look at the issue anew. we are back in a moment with a tenth
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we are back with an all-day drama in southern california today. police at the l.a. mansion of music star chris brown after a woman told police brown pulled a gun on her at a party, which he denies. brown who previously pleaded guilty to felony assault against his then girlfriend rihanna in 2009 had refused to come out and talk with officers for a time today. sources telling nbc news that other
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a terrifying incident caught on camera at a connecticut gas station. an elderly driver accidentally backs into a pump knocking it over on to another car that has two children inside. within seconds, both cars catch fire. but a quick thinking woman was able to get those two kids to safety. there are still three weeks of summer left, but the plows are out in colorado springs. not to get snow, but to clean up hail, after a powerful srm it left piles of hail around town and flooded roadways too. at least eight people had to be rescued when cars got trapped in those high waters. when we come back, dramatic video of
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and semifinally -- finally tonight, that dash cam video capturing a pileup in new york. it happened in the city of binghamton and
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motorists for saving the life of one driver. >> reporter: like an out of control missile shooting down route 17 in new york, a tractor trailer slams into traffic, leaving a car engulfed in flames and a debris field a quarter mile long. >> there was just cars scattered everywhere. pieces of cars all over the place. >> reporter: through the mangled mess of cars, ed staff spotted one vehicle on fire, smoke and flames pouring from the sedan trapped inside. >> the doors wouldn't open. the windows wouldn't go down and she was screaming to help her get out. >> reporter: staff ran to find a fire extinguisher, chris white stepped in to help. >> she was trying to get out of her vehicle, the doors were stuck shut from the collision. >> reporter: soon two more join the rescue.
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>> it must have been very scary for her to be in a care that was on fire like that. >> reporter: together the men carried the elderly woman through her passenger window to safety, incredibly, her injuries only minor. >> it was unique, because the four of us had never met each other before, in fact this was the first time we had ever even seen each other, but we were able to come together by some unknown force and work together as a pull it all together. >> reporter: today for the first time since their harrowing rescue, these four together once again, the mayor of binghamton calling them heroes, for reasons we can all clearly see. and that's going to do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester, i'll see you bright and early tomorrow on "today." from all of us here at nbc news, thank you
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breaking news overnight, donald trump heads south of the border to meet mexico's president. just hours before he gives one of the most important speeches of his presidential run. isis confirms one of its top syria. and singer chr brown arrested after a nearly 14-hour standoff with police. >> plus, we're going to have storm search, we're going to have coastal flooding, inland flooding. >> parts of the southeast under hurricane and tropical storm watches while hawaii gears up with a possible one two punch ahead of the weekend. "early today" starts right now. >> good to be with you.
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is heading to mexico. the billionaire nominee tweeting overnight quote, i have accepted the invitation of the president of mexico and very much look forward to meeting him tomorrow. the mexican president confirmed the visit. that face to face meeting comings as the republican presidential nominee is said to give one of his most anticipated speeches of his presidential run the clinton campaign responded to trump's scheduled visit with a statement that read in part, what ultimately matters is what donald trump says to voters in arizona, not mexico and whether he remains committed to the splitting up of families and the deportation of millions. we're joined by tracie potts and what more with can you tell us? >> reporter: both of these
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visit. the clinton campaign confirming that they got a letter as well. they don't seem to have any immediate plans for her to go down there. when they face off what will donald trump have to say to the president of mexico who has repeatedly said he's not paying for that wall that donald trump wants him to pay for. he's accused donald trump of isolation of policy, at one point comparing him to hitler, but then the wall seems to be a big issue here. the other big part of today is trump's arizona speech which really was the big news until we learned about mexico overnight. he's expected to unveil his policy and try to draw some contrast. the big thing we're watching for is of course, will he clearly explain what he wants to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here and by the way, we understand as he's
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probably will stay on tell prompter tonight. >> thank you so much. trump's international visit comes as hillary clinton faces renewed e-mail questions after the fbi recovered up to 30 e-mails off clinton's server that may be related to the benghazi attacks. the discovery makes you wonder what's contained in the other server. trump followed that up with this. >> the only way to learn the full depth of her public corruption is to read the 33,000 e-mails that she deleted. she bleached which somebody said they never heard of in a very expensive fashion. used chemical so that nobody will ever be able to see them. who does this?
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e-mails were part of a larger cache of 15,000 e-mails. the state department sas it would need until the end of september to review and redact potentially classified information from the e-mails before they are released and as trump campaigned through washington bashing clinton for the controversy, clinton stayed off the trail dancing the night away with clinton heads to ohio. her running mate tours through battleground pennsylvania while mike pence stumps in florida and trump makes his much anticipated immigration speech in arizona following his visit to mexico. now to syria where isis says one of the world's most wanted terrorists, the second in
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abu mohammad al adnani had was in a vehicle hit. what does this loss mean for isis on an operational and even symbolic level. >> reporter: if it's confirmed by the u.s. coalition a is indeed a big win, he was more than just a senior spokesman. he was thought to be a senior strategist and may have been something like the top deputy to the group's leader and he was also thought to be the master mind behind the group's operations in the west including in europe and other places further afield. he appeared almost obsessed with encouraging individual attackers
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wherever they could be found. after all, islamic states still acts more like a conventional army than a traditional terrorist group in its main role of al qaeda. he used to be one of the main members of al qaeda in iraq. it has leaders prepped and waiting in the wings ready to take up leadership in the event of these strikes. those who study islamic states, while they say these strikes that take out top leaders is helpful, the only way is to roll back their forces in syria. singer chris brown sout on
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after a nearly 14-hour standoff with police. the woman who made an early morning call to police told tmz that brown pointed a gun at her because she was admiring a man's diamond necklace. she made a run for it after the necklace. after spending hours outside his estate waiting for a search warrant police scoured his home. but brown denied any wrong doing on social media against police. >> when i call the police for stalker people that are endangering my life, they don't come till the next day. let somebody make a [ bleep ] allegation about me and the whole [ bleep ] team. >> the artist has had numerous run-ins with the law. the most high profile of which was in 2009 when he pleaded


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