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tonight, the deadly ambush mystery hp a police officer executed in cold blood while pumping gas, shot 14 times from behind. the suspect charged with capital murder. a community in shock and the question everyone's asking is why. the shake-up rocking the race for president. donald trump and hillary clinton suddenly fng the heat from a pair of surging challengers. also, a landmark battle erupting over the sudden renaming of an american icon. unstoppable. a sea of desperate families flooding into europe by any means possible. one country now building a 100-mile fence to stop them. richard engel on the front lines of this widening humanitarian crisis. and fighting peanut allergies. as the number of kids suffering from them soars, the surprising
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new action doctors are recommending to prevent them. "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 learned some awful new details today in the ambush murder of a houston-area sheriff's deputy but none of them help explain why he was gunned down in cold blood friday, shot in the back of the head. today as the suspected killer appeared in court for the first time since his arrest, prosecutors revealed the shooter emptied his gun, fired every bullet at the deputy in an attack that so far defies explanation, and it has sparked an outpouring of support for those who carry a badge. from houston here's nbc's janet shamlian. >> reporter: in handcuffs and shackles the man charged with the capital murder of a texas deputy appeared in a courtroom packed with law enforcement officers. the d.a. telling a judge how surveillance video shows shannon j.
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miles shoot darren goforth in the head from behind and keep shooting, long after the deputy lay dying on the ground. detectives found 15 shell casings at the scene they say matched the .40-caliber handgun found in miles' garage. >> he unloaded the entire weapon into deputy goforth. when the deputies recovered the pistol in the garage, it was loaded again. >> reporter: it happened late friday as the officer pumped gas. authorities say it was unprovoked, with no apparent motive. without warning attacks on police used to be rare, but the numbers are climbing. in 2014, 15 officers were shot and killed in ambush attacks. triple the number from just a year earlier. this crime, its senseless nature has shocked the community and provoked a groundswell of support for law enforcement. more than 1,000 people filled the streets around the gas station sunday night for a walk in the deputy's honor. and opening their wallets. $70,000 donated since saturday. >> thank you. every penny's going to
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the family. >> reporter: an online drive has topped $100,000. >> this crime is not going to divide us. this crime is going to unite us. >> reporter: miles has two public defenders representing him against prosecutors who will not have to offer an explanation for why the shooting happened. >> the why of an offense isn't an element of the crime. so prosecutors aren't obligated to prove it. >> reporter: deputy darren goforth was a ten-year veteran of the sheriff's department, a husband and father to a 5-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl, who will lay him to rest on friday. tonight the suspect is being held without bond. this case will go to a grand jury, which is expected to indict him. and if convicted miles could face the death penalty. lester? >> all right, janet, thank you. now to the news that could turn the race for president on its head. new poll numbers showing that the front-runners in both parties, donald trump and hillary clinton, have fresh reasons to be nervous, especially in the all-important state of iowa. nbc news national
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correspondent peter alexander reports. >> reporter: suddenly donald trump's the one looking over his shoulder. ben carson surging in iowa, tying trump according to a just released poll of likely republican caucusgoers. >> i will never go and lick the boots of rich people and special interest groups. >> reporter: the retired neurosurgeon's never been in elected politics before, like trump a washington outsider. and while carson has jumped up 15 points since mid july, wisconsin governor scott walker's dropped dramatically, now buried in fifth place just ahead of another establishment favorite, jeb bush. this has been the summer of political discontent. overwhelmingly, iowa caucusgoers say they're unsatisfied or mad as hell about fligss politicians in general. amok those feeling the heat hillary clinton with a new des moines register poll showing vermont senator bernie sanders rapidly closing the gap. now just seven points compared to 40 points just three months
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earlier. >> this campaign i am running, let me reiterate, is not against hillary clinton or anyone else. it is for an american people who are sick and tired of seeing the middle class disappear and huge numbers of people living in poverty. >> reporter: and while these candy bars, more democrats are ridin request biden. the vice president showing up at a local party event this weekend in delaware and today announcing a labor day trip to pittsburgh. in iowa biden's in third place even though he's not a candidate, and he has at least one republican supporter -- dick cheney. today on cnn. >> i'd love to see joe get in the race. >> reporter: he analysts say it could be deja vu for clinton, who was heavily favored in 2007 before losing to barack obama in 2008. sanders, like obama, is winning people who say they're going to caucus for the first time and young voters. and just to show you how powerful the anti-washington forces are this summer, the top three spots in iowa are now held by the three republican candidates who have never been elected to office -- trump, carson, and carly
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fiorina. put them together, lester, their support adds up to more than 50% of the vote. >> peter alexander, thank you. more potential headaches for hillary clinton. the state department now says that 150 more e-mails from her private server have been found to contain information that was later classified. the state says it was not classified at the time she sent or received it. the messages are part of 7,000 pages of e-mails the department's releasing tonight under court order. president obama has arrived in alaska for a three-day visit where he will push for new action on climate change. but a decision he made before he left to rename the highest peak in north america has created a whole other mountain of controversy. our senior white house correspondent chris jansing is in anchorage for us tonight. chris, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. and it's official. tonight mt. mckinley has a new name. president obama settling a decades-long dispute between the alaska congressional delegation and the politically powerful ohio delegation in
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president mckinley's home state. for generations alaskans have called mt. mckinley the great one. and tonight that's its official name, translated in a native language as denali. >> it's like when you realize something is more appropriate or when you can right a historic injustice, it's important for us to do those things. >> reporter: for many alaskans it rights a wrong dating back to 1896, when a gold prospector renamed the continent's tallest peak after then presidential candidate william mckinley. today karen johnson put a thank you sign outside her anchorage cafe. >> it didn't seem right to name something that had already been named by the native people that lived there after someone who had not set foot in alaska. >> reporter: the park surrounding the mountain was renamed denali back in 1980. denali was even sarah palin's secret service name when she ran for vice president. but one current presidential candidate is defending his state's native son. >> in ohio we felt that it was appropriate. a guy saw that mountain when he was
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first up there and named it after the president. no reason to change it. >> reporter: mckinley's presidential library, though, doesn't even mention mt. mckinley. >> it's really outside of what president mckinley's legacy is. >> reporter: already the park service has started changing its maps. tour operators will have to reprint brochures. and mckinley t-shirts may soon end up on ebay. last year only about a third of the climbers who tried successfully scaled denali. tonight the new name represents a different kind of hard-won victory. >> it will forever be known as denali now. and through that the first people that were here will forever be known. >> reporter: and a couple of other notes on president obama. tomorrow he's going to hike a glacier, and another first, he'll tape a segment for that adventure show "running wild with bear grylls" that will a air on this network. and there's a lot of speculation about what he'll do when he leaves the white house. today the president of his alma mater, columbia, suggested that he'll be with
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that school in some capacity in 2017. what exactly that is, he didn't say. lester? >> all right. chris jansing tonight in anchorage. thank you. we're monitoring extreme weather flaring up in several regions across the country including the remnants of tropical storm erika dumping torrential rains in the southeast, leaving some neighborhoods underwater. nbc's kerry sanders has the latest for us. >> reporter: a monster mudslide in southern utah. billions of gallons of water and debris moving an estimated 35 miles an hour. set off by heavy rains this weekend. 60-mile-an-hour winds in the pacific northwest led to unusually large waves in lake washington. in seattle those winds are blamed for two deaths including a 10-year-old girl crushed by a falling tree branch. from the plains to the northeast. what could be the season's last heat wave is coming. temperatures across the region will hit temperatures upwards
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of 09 degre of 90 degrees this week. meanwhile, three hurricanes near hawaii none expected to make landfall. and in the southeast the problem isn't heat. it's rain. tropical storm erika left a trail of wreckage in the caribbean. 20 confirmed dead in dominica. reports that dozens are still unaccounted for. in florida sandbagging operations are under way. >> it's going to be coming for a couple weeks straight now. so we'd better be prepared. >> reporter: the tampa bay region's already saturated with 27 1/2 inches of rain over the last two months. the tropical moisture associated with erika has aeady led to some minor road flooding like is the case here in arcadia, florida. you can see a teenager out there on his paddleboard. the authorities say it looks like this is from the flood stage of about two feet above where it should be along the peace river. their fear is it could hit three feet and that might lead to evacuations tonight. lester? >> all right, kerry,
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thank you. turning overseas tonight, where the surge of migrants has now reached epic levels across central europe. several countries there intensifying security at their borders as the displaced seek entry and many die trying. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins us tonight from the hungarian border. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. this is one of the government camps set up to house migrants in hungary. but many trying not to come here, preferring to push on to wealthier countries in europe. they say where there's a will there's a way. and the migrants fleeing the muslim world's failed states, syria, iraq, and afghanistan, seem to have an unstoppable will to enter europe. claiming to be the safeguard against a migrant invasion, hungary is building a 100-mile-long fence along its southern border. next door, austria stepped up vehicle checks, backing up trucks today nearly 20
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mil miles. yet the underground railroad continues. europe is tightening its borders to stop this massive march of migration. so people here are rushing to get in while they still can and already thinking of new ways around the obstacles. >> reporter: ibrahim and his friend, known as cato, plan to go to finland because they don't think many refugees havesyria. his dream -- >> building a new life. >> what kind of life. what do you want to do? >> peace. >> reporter: cato says he worked as a u.s. army contractor in iraq and was threatened because of it. >> somebody sent me some message. a terrorist, not somebody. you work with american army. go out. >> reporter: the young men took what is now the well-trodden refugee route, from syria to turkey. greece, macedonia, and up through serbia until the hungarian border. it's a long and dangerous trip. but for cato, ibrahim, and countless others
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there's no choice but to keep moving. this evening we saw afghans searching for holes where hungary's fence isn't up yet. police kept a close watch. but they have too much border to cover with too many trying to come in. there are real demographic implications to all of this, and already, lester, we're seeing the rise of right-wing parties here in hungary and other parts of europe. >> richard engel, thank you. ukraine's capital saw some of the worst violence in more than a year today with at least one officer killed and about 100 other people injured according to the government. an object described in reports as a grenade exploded amid clashes outside the parliament. protesters are angry over a vote to give more power to regions controlled by russian-backed separatists. in this country the roller coaster continues on wall street as the dow closed out its worst month in three years. down 115 points for the day and over 1,100 since the start of august.
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the nasdaq and s&p were down as well. no deal in the settlement talks over deflategate and tom brady's four-game suspension with brady and nfl commissioner roger goodell looking on in court today. lawyers told the judge they were unable to come to an agreement, which means the judge will now decide. his ruling could come as soon as tomorrow. still ahead here tonight, fighting back against the surge of children suffering from peanut allergies. new recommendations from doctors tonight. what could be the secret to stopping them. also, the game of hide and seek that so many people can't get enough of today. toenail fungus? (crowd cheers) don't hide it... tackle it with fda-approved jublia! jublia is a prescription medicine proven to treat toenail fungus. use jublia as instructed by your doctor. once applied, jublia gets to the site of infection by going under... and around the nail. most common side effects include ingrown toenail, application-site redness, itching, swelling, burning or stinging, blisters, and pain. tackle it! ask your doctor if jublia is right for you.
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we're back with a new report out tonight that every parent with a young child needs to hear. over the past 10 to 15 years peanut allergies have more than tripled in this country. but now there's new advice from doctors on what you should be doing to reduce your child's risk of developing them. we get the details from nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: as 2-year-old cole shore tries to figure out the puzzles of the busted tractor, his father brian is trying to solve the puzzles of allergy. as a doctor at cleveland clinic's children's hospital. food allergies run in the family, and shore and his wife karin know the warning signs. >> cole also did have eczema skin. so he had an itchy red rash. >> reporter: that puts cole at high risk for peanut allergy. high-risk kids have either severe eczema or an egg allergy.
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what may seem counterintuitive is what his parents did. >> we did feed our children early nuts. >> reporter: that is now the interim recommendation of the american academy of pediatrics. today it recommends feeding high-risk infants between 4 and 11 months peanut products to prevent peanut allergies. the guidance is based on a study showing high-risk babies who are fed tiny amounts of peanut products at least three times a week after five years reduce their risk of peanut allergies by a phenomenal 80%. >> do those peanuts essentially act like a vaccine against the allergy? >> this is a little bit like a vaccine. it's a way to introduce the protein into the person early on and let the body become immune, if you will, to it. >> reporter: dr. dorris's middle child, andi, has a peanut allergy. at 1 year old she showed the classic symptoms. hives, itching, and lip swelling. with school under way, dr. dorris says teachers and parents of classmates must know the signs and the
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risks. >> the children who really die of food allergy in america often have delayed treatment, meaning that they don't get access to epinephrine quickly. >> reporter: some high-risk infants may benefit from seeing an alarogist before eating peanut products. an early start prevents the deadliest food allergy. >> reporter: anne thompson, nbc news, new york. up next here tonight, surprising news about kids, alcohol, and the right age to have the booze talk. it's probably not what you think. a number. but not every insurance company understands the life behind it. those who have served our nation. have earned the very best service in return. ♪ usaa. we know what it means to serve. get an auto insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life. daddy! lets play!
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the man who a man n who not once but twice reinvented the horror genre in hollywood and scared the wits out of generations of moviegoers has died. wes craven was the force behind "a nightmare on elm street" in the 1980s bringing the new ike onic freddie krueger to the big screen to haunt your dreams. in the '90s he did it again with the smash success of "scream," the slasher film that was in on the joke. robert englund, the
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actor who played freddie krueger said today "it's a sad day on elm street and everywhere." wes craven passed away of brain cancer at his home in los angeles. he was 76 years old. there's a warning out for parents that you should talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol as early as age 9. that's the new guidance from the american academy of pediatrics citing surveys that show kids begin to think positively about alcohol between ages 9 and 13. and 21% of kids admit trying alcohol before the age of 13. now to the video that the internet is going bananas for. i don't know if you've seen it, but you can see it again. a pair of 2-year-olds playing hide and seek. and one of them happens to be a gorilla at the columbus zoo. every time the little boy thinks he's got him, the gorilla gives him the slip behind the glass. this, by the way, goes on for several minutes. until the new friends were all tired out. i don't know who was having more fun. when we come back, an end of summer treat. how an ice cream man landed himself in the guinness book of world records. ady to quit.
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here's ron mott with the scoop. >> reporter: if summer has a signature sound -- ♪ -- allan ganz is its conductor. >> here you go, pal. >> reporter: the ice cream maestro of suburban boston. serving up happy childhood memories that get kids of all ages screaming like three generations of derosas. >> he's just part of our family. they grew up with him. >> allan's absolutely the best ice cream man ever. >> reporter: allan started 68 years ago, riding shotgun with his old man when he was just 10. begin's in says no one on the planet's done it longer. >> i'm so glad they see me and they say we know winter is over, allan's back. >> reporter: though he works just part of the year, the 78-year-old puts in full-time effort. seven days a week from sunup to sundown. >> reporter: what keeps you going every day? why not take a day or two off during the summers? >> because it's a short season, it's seasonal and the kids
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expect me there. if i'm not there they say allan, we were worried about you, where were you? >> reporter: while there are 66 flavors on his truck plus slushes, candy and sodas to fulfill just about every sweet tooth -- >> minion, oreo. >> reporter: -- the biggest treat for many of these beaming facesize allan himself. >> is he your favorite ice cream guy? >> yeah. >> on a scale from 1 to 10 he'd be a 12. >> so hot out. and he's in that hot ice cream truck every day. and i just like think that's awesome. >> i do it for one reason. you see the smile on the kids' faces, that's worth a million dollars. >> reporter: a drive to keep delivering million-dollar smiles with ice-cold goodies still melting his heart even after so many years. ron mott, nbc news, peabody, massachusetts. that's going to do it for us on this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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