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welker explains, hillary clinton appears to have an early edge. >> tonight hillary clinton in colorado, trying to capitalize on chaos in the republican party. hitting donald trump for what she called his scorched earth policy. >> it's all they have left. pure negativity. pessimism. and we're not going to let donald trump get away with it, are we? >> now exclusive nbc news analysis of early voting shows promising news for clinton in seven critil states. in five states, more democratic affiliated voters have cast ballots so far. in florida and georgia, more republicans have voted. party afl yags is a strong predictor of voter choice, but not a certainty. today the clinton campaign out with this tough new web ad. >> this was locker room talk. >> john mccain who has probably the dirtiest mouth in all of the senate. >> here in colorado, clinton has a double-digit lead, a convincing victory in battleground states like this could help provide an
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election day. but the campaign still facing fallout from the continuing release of hacked campaign emails by wikileaks. messages not verified by nbc news, today new emails fueling the narrative that clinton is not transparent, avoiding the press. last year campaign chairman john podesta writing, if she thinks we can get to labor day without taking press questions, i think it's suicidal. trump pouncing. >> wikileaks is amazing, the stuff that's coming out, show s she's a real liar. >> a bitter battle. kristen welker, nbc news. a shocking turn of events in a small plane crash in a connecticut neighborhood. federal investigators say the evidence shows it was crashed intentionally. so far, senior law enforcement sources say no link to terror has been found. our tom costello has more. >> it happened right on main street in east hartford. >> report of an aircraft crash.
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in flames and smoke. on board a flight instructor who told investigators his student pilot intentionally crashed the plane. local and federal authorities say the leading theory is suicide. and the two had been arguing when the student said he no longer wanted to fly the plane. >> either one of the two occupants could have at any time the ability to control the plane. the instructor of the american flight academy was seriously burned. now in fair condition. the student, 28-year-old he had earned his pilot's license a year ago. his name was the not on any terror database. the two were on final approach to the airport when the plane went down near the plat and whitney aircraft engine plant. >> it was way too low. as i looked out my side mirror, i saw him clip the power line and hit a pole. >> a mother and three kids in a minivan escaped unharmed. >> it was like a movie scene. like who would have thought that
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searching both the student pilot's apartment and the flight academy offices, but sources say there's no link so far of terrorism. it's not clear what the argument in the cockpit was about or why the student might have used the flight as a way to end his life. lester? >> tom costello. thank you. late word of the embattled ceo of wells fargo is stepping down effective immediately after a scandal involving millions of unauthorized accounts opened by wells fargo pressure to meet sales goals. compensation analysts estimate john stumpf will walk away with more than $137 million. across north carolina this evening, floodwaters have that destroyed so many homes after hurricane matthew are remarkably now rising and threatening even more communities. nbc's miguel almaguer is in the disaster zone tonight. >> tonight in kingston, the
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this unfolding disaster is playing out more than 100 miles inland. a network of bloated rivers gushing water that has nowhere to go. stress dams like this one are crumbling in sections. >> a lot of water around here. >> the coast guard showed us some of the thousands of homes believed to be damaged. what could be a $10 billion loss. for communities like princeville, it's back to the future. th hurricane floyd 17 years ago. the devastation is widespread. but is measured one home at a time. >> i look at how the water line is. >> the smith family is living in their driveway. their picture-perfect home of 21 years is now standing in nearly 21 inches of water. >> no matter how hard we worked to get it where it is. i know what it's going to take to get it back. we'll get it back. >> tonight where there is so
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firefighters in lumberton reach a pack of puppies stranded for days in floodwaters. one small victory in a sea of so much loss. while the damage in this community is bad, it's only going to get worse. rivers all across this area won't crest until this weekend. meantime, the death toll here in u.s. from hurricane matthew now stands at 39, lester? >> the suspect in the ambush killing of two police officers in palm springs, california was just charged with murder. today police revealed disturbing details about the suspect's massive arsenal and apparently vicious intent. nbc's steve patterson. >> home surveillance video capturing the sounds of the gun battle. the officers thought they were responding to a domestic disturbance call. >> i would describe this as an ambush. >> 26-year-old john felix.
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possession of a firearm charged this afternoon with the killing two of palm springs police officers. >> he put on a vest. so that he would be protected so he could kill police officers. that's the motive. >> police say without warning, felix opened fire. armed with an ar-15 assault-style rifle and armor piercing rounds. officers 63-year-old jose vega and 26-year-old lesscy zerevni were killed. after a standoff with tear and police robots, felix surrendered. vega was a 35-year veteran and father of eight two months away from retirement. zerebne recently returned to duty after giving birth to a baby girl. >> rfr i day will be hard. >> the the the shooting comes after targeted police killings in dallas and baton rouge. >> there's an element in our society that's bent on killing police officers. >> prosecutors say felix is eligible for the death penalty
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memorial services next week, steve patterson, nbc news, palm springs, california. and still ahead, help wanted -- hundreds of thousands of job openings for the holidays. who's hiring and the special incentives offered to workers. and are your kids consumed
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it may be hard to believe, but holiday shopping season will be here before we know it. americans are expected to spend $656 billion this year, up more than 3% over last year.
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retailers are in a rush and pulling out the stops to hire holiday help. >> it's not even halloween and shoppers already seeing christmas all over the country. and unlike last year, seasonal job hunt verse their pick of where to work. 0% of employers plan on hiring this season. that's up 10% from last year. target hiring 78,000 people. macy's, 83,000 and u.p.s., at 95,000 job openings. retail jobs paid $9.70 an hour last year this year's average, $13.90 an hour. the. >> the good news is the economy is better. the bad news, it makes it more difficult to find people looking for a part-time seasonal position. >> sandy is looking to work at sheryl's cookies, for the money and 40% holiday discount. >> the discounts and perks are very important to me during the holidays. >> attracting workers in this
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tougher than ever. retailers rolling out other perks like cash tore houhours. >> toys r us is holding its first-ever national hiring day. >> retails season is like the super bowl for us, with the economy being so strong and frankly the job market being tight we know it's a really competitive environment for seasonal hires. >> some stores are opening their doors to candidates with no retail work history to fill >> my resum? isn't for retail, it's for customer service. >> and the opportunities will not end after the holidays. nearly 90% of employers plan to hire holiday workers full-time in the new year. joyln kent, nbc news, brooklyn, new york. in a moment, how would you feel if the person next to you on a plane brought along an uncaged dog, a cat or even a
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are investigating the apparent suicide of a los angeles police detective who was among those investigating sexual assault allegations against new york knicks star derrick rose. detective nay dean hernandez had argued to protect the anonymity of rose's accuser. police say there's no indication her case work had any connection to her death. new focus tonight on so-called comfort animals from dogs to pigs that are becoming a growing part of air travel. at a meeting hosted by the feds limitations on the types of animals allowed to fly, here's nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> turtles, turkeys, even pigs that fly, the debate over emotional support animals on airplanes has become a dog fight. 100,000 animals fly in airline cabins every year. >> flying is already not super fun. now you add a great dane sitting there beside you.
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little unnerving. >> maggie does travel with her dog. but says she pays to have him in a carrier at her feet. >> i don't like to see how people are abusing it. >> for as little as $69 it seems anyone can fill out a form and get a letter making almost any animal a service animal. in washington today, a department of transportation meeting, airlines asking to restrict the definition of service animals. to train dogs and miniature horses. but heidi pagano says she needs her dog, >> toby helps to alleviate anxiety especially in situations where i feel uncomfortable such as plane rides where i have no control. >> advocates point out emotional support animals may be used for unseen disorders like ptsd. the committee expected to vote this week on which animals may no longer find friendly skies. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. when we come back, the growing trend at our nation's
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finally tonight, for every kid who spent hours on homework and for the parents who helped them, this might be music to your ears. a growing number of elementary schools are doing away with
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some experts worry it could have a negative impact on learning. here's joe friar. >> for families at cherry park elementary in portland, homework is now history. a new school policy that surprised the campbell family and their three kids. >> i was a little nervous at first. >> it's an experiment. but so far, so good. >> the principal says teachers delved into the research and found little evidence that students. >> our children have the rest of their lives to work. we want to focus on positive play and give the evenings back to our families. >> let's go, buddy. >> parents and kids are encouraged to spend more time playing outside and bonding as a family. >> amen. >> it's safe to say most kids are not complaining. >> we do enough work at school, so we shouldn't have to do any at home. >> and they're still finding time to read without logging the
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schools are adopting no homework policies. but some experts worry they're an overreaction arguing a little homework can help elementary students develop study habits. >> the important thing is that the homework for young children be short, simple and lead to success. >> so far, teachers and parents at cherry park are on board, though on occasion a few kids long for the old days. >> i miss it a lot. >> a lot of other students who have homework might l and think, i'm jealous, i wish i doesn't have homework. >> yeah. >> what would you say to them? >> i would say that you're lucky you still have homework. >> no worries, they'll have plenty of homework down the road. joe fryer, nbc news. portland. that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank
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. it was a real shock when all of a sudden his hands were all over me. he started encroaching on my space. >> talk about your october surprise, bombshell reports from donald trump touched them inappropriately t. trump campaign comes out firing denying all allegations. we have late breaking details on the u.s. military strike in yemen. developing overnight, two boston cops shot, both in critical condition. we have new information from the police chief. a powerful hurricane 4 churning, "early today" starts
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i'm ayman mohyeldin. >> i'm frances rivera. sometimes you wake up, donald trump finds himself in a fire storms at least four women have come forward with allegations against the millionaire candidate, accusing him of advances, groping and more him it comes after the presidential nominee insisted he had never engaged in such behavior. the "new york times" interviewed two women a public encounters in which trump grabbed or groped them inappropriately. here's jessica lee's account. >> it was a real shock when all of a sudden his hand were all over me. he started encroaching on my space and i hesitate to use this expression but i'm going to and that is, he was like an octopus, it was like he had six articles. he was all over the place. if he had stuck with the upper
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have gotten -- i might not have gotten that upset. it's when he started putting his hands up my skirt and that was it. >> a trump camp ve hemally fought back against the "times" article, demanding a retraction with this letter. >> that wasn't the only accusation brought against trump him the palm beach post claims he groped her 13 years ago at his mar-a-largo a staff writer wrote of her experience, while interviewing trump at his resort, he quote shut the door behind us and within second he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat. a former miss america says one involved trump walking into her dressing room at will. >> our first introduction was when we were at the dress rehearsal, half naked changing
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to have the owner waltzing in when we're make the or half naked in a physically vulnerable position and then to have the pressure of you know the people work for him telling us to go fond all over him, walk up to him, talk to him. >> that is behaior that trump, himself,ing a knowledged in an interview with howard stern. n interview with howard stern. >> and nbc news spoke exclusively to a former miss utah. she says when she met donald trump, he kiss her. she stressed it did not feel like an assault but it did catch
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my dad was really confident. he admired donald trump. he introduced himself first him then he introduced me. it was at that time where he turned to me, embraced me and gave mae kiss on the lips. i remember being shocked and because i would have just thought to shake somebody's hand. but that was his first response with me and i remember i you know i was very young and feeling kind of embarrassed, almost turn and bite what just happen. >> meanwhile, four former contestants in the miss teen panel exhibit, he routinely walked in the rooms where contestants were faked in 1991 when he owned the pageant. nbc news has not confirmed any of these allegations, this morning, the trump campaign is firing back saying they are drafting a big lawsuit condemning the flurry of
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in a statement, trump said -- zblmpl tatement, trump said -- zblmpl . and now, hillary clinton is hitting trump for the new onslaught of allegations. >> we now know, we've we heard for months what he thinks about people, how he treats people. you know, this latest incident about you know how he treats well, he doubled down. i think he has shown us who he is. now the question for all of us is who we are. >> and she's attacking him for his current scorched earth strategy. one the "wall street journal" says is a ploy to depres voter turn out. >> it's important to me to stay positive and stay confident and stay optimistic, because that's
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has taken a very different toevenl we've we heard it in both debates and his campaign has said today that he's going to and i quote run a scorched earth strategy, whatever that means. that's how desperate they have. >> and clinton's remarks come as her campaign also find itself with its own distraction, facing the latest batch of hacked e-mails released by wikileaks. in all, 1700 new stolen e-mails were thousands already made public. and the u.s. deposit says russia is behind the attacks. he agree, also floating a possible trump tie clinging to gop operative roger stone. >> mr. stone had advanced warning in the trump company of what assange was going to do. >> reporter: stone tells nbc, that's not true, saying he never
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wikileaks founder julian assange. he did admit he had prior indications with wikileaks. >> i have a back channel communications with wikileaks. they don't clear or tell me in advance what they're going to do. >> a clinton spokesperson says the e-mail hack istant is tantament to watergate. what did donald trump know and breaking i don't have night, two police officers are in critical condition after being shot late last night. authorities say they were investigating a call involving a man with a gun who was having a dispute with his roommate when police arrived, the man allegedly fired on the officers with an assault rifle. >> at that time they were able to neutralize the subject, who was armed with some sort of

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