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on this saturday night, back on the trail of hillary clinton's e-mails. who she personally maintained to maintain her private server >> thousands of refugrefus refugees back it to the west. outbreak. it's deadly. hundreds are sickened by salmonella across two dozen states. tonight, how you can protect yourself. price is right. gas hasn't been this cheap since 2004. how americans are saving a billion dollar this holiday weekend. and under threat. these majestic sequoias survived thousands of years. we climb up to show you how the historic california drought is putting them in
danger. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news". reporting tonight, thomas roberts. good evening. we begin tonight with a new campaign confession from hillary clinton concerning her private server, and e-mails during her time as secretary of state. we're learning tonight the clintons paid a state department staffer with their own money to oversee her personal e-mail system during her cabinet level tenure. that staffer was the same aide who invoked his fifth amendment rights and refused to testify before the house benghazi committee. today clinton discussed this new detail on the trail in 2345678 nasp where at the same time she picked up a much coveted endorse. . kelly o'donnell is in the granite state with more. >> reporter: today there were two tracks. out in public facing voters, clinton made i fiery appeal to women and organized labor, key parts of her base.
with reporters she again answered questions about the fallout of her handling over official e-mail. a sun-drenched day in portsmouth, new hampshire. >> women for hillary, i really like the sound of that. >> reporter: hillary clinton called labor day weekend a turn toward the finish line. but the saga over her private e-mail sevener remains a drag on her campaign. >> i feel strongly that, you know, the facts are the facts. >> reporter: for the first time today, clinton said publicly that her family personally paid a state department aide, brian pagliano to set up and maintain the clinton's home server in new york while she was secretary of state. >> we obviously paid for those services and did so because during a period of time we continued to need his technical assistance. and i think that's in the public record. >> reporter: aides say he is no longer on the clinton's payroll.
pagly ano frustrated her campaign by taking the fifth, refuse to go testify before the house benghazi committee that interviewed other clinton aides. in an exclusive interview with andrea mitchell. >> i'm sorry this has been confusing is and has raised a lot of questions. >> reporter: clinton picked up the endorsement of new hampshire senator jean sheheen who says clinton can weather this controversy. >> this campaign will continue to see partisan attacks. that's what being hillary clinton is about. i think they underestimate how tough she is. >> reporter: she turned her fire to mr. trump. >> i wish you would start cherishing women and start respecting women. >> reporter: clinton said today she is focused on republicans
and not bernie sanders, who is overtaking her in some polls. sanders in iowa today. >> i think the secretary's people are getting very nervous about the energy and enthusiasm our campaign is bringing forth. >> reporter: clinton tried to down play sanders's momentum, saying she always expected a competitive race. and donald trump, as you might imagine, took to twitter to criticize her remarks today. thomas. >> kelly o'donnell report anything portsmouth today. thank you. chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press". chuck, there are so many layers to the e-mail controversy. it seemed that the campaign was back on track, moving forward. however, as we peel this back, it seems to get harder for her. how can clinton better control the narrative? >> the thing that hurts the most for this story and for the campaign is when you continue to get in decremental new information. like today, we find
out the person that took the fifth took the fifth because he didn't want to talk about the arrangement, that the clintons paid a state department i.t. professional to maintain the accounts. you hear get all the facts out. get everything out so there are no new surprises, no new information so it looks like you're withholding things. that's the problem, thomas. we thought we had a very exhaustive interview between andrea mitchell is and hillary clinton and the next day there is a new piece of information about the e-mail server. i think if they are going to get around this, they need ma make sure they get everything out. >> chuck todd, thanks very much. be sure to watch the interview with colin powell tomorrow morning on "meet the press". overseas, a dramatic journey today for thousands of refugees escaping their war-torn homes in search of a better life. late word from junior
man police that 4,300 people have arrived at munich train station tonight. thousands more are behind them in austria and as far south as greece. we get the latest from nbc's bill neely. >> reporter: they made it. cheered by german crowds, the my grants's long march is over. from war in syria to freedom in germany. and food. they reached western europe in torrential rain but celebrating. >> now we are free. >> reporter: running across the border into austria, 6,000 of them after days trapped in hungary. hungary's government tried to put them in camps, wouldn't let them leave for days. then under pressure, bust them out of the country. they were exhausted after weeks on the road. finally tonight, tasting victory. but in greece, they keep coming. so far europe has proved completely incapable of solving
the my grant problem. it can't cope with those who have already come and can't stop these people arriving. this boat load, one teenager collapsing, afraid she had drown at sea. they left everything behind. mohammad couldn't pay smugglers enough to take his five children. >> now we need to go to germany. >> reporter: tasnin fled after her home was bombed. >> whether you're in the war or not. junior you just have to get out? >> exactly. >> reporter: they start a 40-mile walk to chaos. refugees desperate to keep moving. greek police trying to stop them from boarding ships from this island to the mainland, firing tear gas. it is a picture of europe's failure to cope with this crisis. some refugees stuck
here for a week. >> no food. no toilet. no water. >> reporter: but escaped war. one 5-year-old beginning his new life. the other celebrating the end of a road in germany. back in this country, a salmonella outbreak spread to two dozen states, killing one, and leaving hundreds sick, mostly children. the cause, health officials say cucumbers grown in mexico and distributed by a california company are making people sick. hallie jackson has the latest. >> reporter: the bacteria more commonly associated with raw meat or eggs now linked to cucumbers in a salmonella outbreak affecting 285 people. one person has died, 53 others hospitalized. more than half the illnesses reported in children, who are especially vulnerable. symptoms could diarrhea, vomiting,
fever. the cd traced them back to their suspected source, a farm in mexico. the produce distributed by a san diego-based company, which is voluntarily recalling what are called slicer cucumbers. they have a thicker skin and more seeds than a common english cue coupler. in arizona, where 60 cases have been reported, health officials recommend asking your grocery store where they buy the cue couplers. >> if they came from the united states or locally in arizona, they are safe. if you don't know where they are from, you should throw them away. >> reporter: cthe bacteria sickens a million people in the u.s. every year. to kill it, experts recommend cooking foods thoroughly. while that's not something many do with cucumbers, washing them and other produce could minimize risk, keeping people safe and healthy.
hallie jackson, nbc, washington. supporters of a county clerk jailed chanted her name today and encouraged others to pray for her release. lawyers for kim davis compared her to a civil rights leader. others say civil rights is exactly what she violated. a federal judge jailed davis as willful disobedient. sarah dollof has our report. >> reporter: outside the detention center hundreds praised the controversial stance the county clerk has taken, choosing jail over issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. >> do you think kim davis is doing the right thing? >> i do. she's honoring god's word. >> reporter: bagpipes paying patriotic music. >> we pray it becomes a movement that spreads throughout this nation. >> reporter: and he
led the proud in prayer. >> god is going to continue to bless davis. >> she said for everybody to hold their heads-up high. she has her head held high. the only one who show bow their head is when they are bowing to god. >> it was found odd separation of church and state. to deny someone a civil right based on religious tenet is not acceptable to me. >> reporter: not all christians are on the same side. >> seeing people on a street corner shouting at others who don't see or feel the same way they do doesn't really connect with what i read in the bible about love. >> a pastor at a local church made of main line protestants. >> we support kim
davis's right to believe homosexuality is is sinful and people should not be able to get married as same-sex couples. what we don't support is her right to impose that right on others through the power of her office. >> reporter: the county clerk is now preparing for a third night behind bars. some relief now, welcomed relief for tens of millions of americans hitting the road this holiday weekend. gas prices are at their lowest in more than a decade. it's adding up. americans will save a million dollars by the time the barbecue is over monday evening. kerry sanders hit the road and has our report tonight. >> reporter: if you're among those in traffic this labor day weekend, then you already know gas prices have not been this low since 2004. >> it's a whole lot better for everybody. gas prices are cheap. >> reporter: the national average is now $2.41 with the lowest in sbg outh carolina averaging
1.99. the 35 million motorists will save $1 billion when compared to last year when on average gas cost a dollar more a gallon. why the price drop? thank china's slowing economy. >> it's just old-fashion said supply and demand. there is ample oil supply. >> to give some context on how cheap a gallon of gas is today, in the early 1970s, some stations sold a gallon for 33 cents. in some parts you could have it for $1.85. if you add for inflation, some are paying less today than they did back then >> we found four friends on u.s. 27 in the florida everglades. they made a 16-hour spur of the moment drive from maherville, tennessee, just to pose with an alligator at holiday park. and then take an air
boat ride. >> we wanted a vacation so we got in the car and went. >> 900 miles. and the price of the gas didn't even cost much. >> reporter: friends told robert to buy a subcompact. instead he bought a pickup and a suburban. >> i'm laughing at them for buying such a small vehicle. >> reporter: racking up the miles and the savings on this last blast before summer ends. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. had "nightly news" continues on this saturday, a rare climb up the iconic sequoias of california. plus, why these of california. plus, why these west point cadets wer rheumatoid arthritis like me... and you're talking to a rheumatologist about a biologic, this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage.
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