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tonight, bill cosby ordered to stand trial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman. what prosecutors are revealing and what his defense is saying about his accuser. tsa shakeup. outrage grows over long lines and his big money bonus. a widely debunked conspiracy tory. about the death of one of the clintons' closest friends. trump attacks bill clinton's history with women, what we found in the archives. out of line. the va secretary compares veterans waiting for care to people waiting on line to disneyland. tonight, calls for him to resign. living with a mystery illness. not knowing what's wrong. tonight, celiac disease and the test
[000:00:59;00] "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. for years, he made america laugh. whether as the jell-o pitchman or as the patriarch of the huxtable family. bill cosby's fall from grace among sexual allegations took a more serious turn today. cosby ordered to stand trial on criminal sexual assault charges. the comic icon facing the possibility of a ten-year prison sentence if convicted of a crime that allegedly occurred more than a decade ago. today cosby's lawyers previewed just how they plan to discredit his accuser. nbc's stephanie gosk reports from the courthouse in pennsylvania. >> reporter: once america's dad, now turned defendant. bill cosby needed assistance walking
into court today. despite his lawyers' judge ruled there was enough evidence to go to trial. >> we're going to move forward on the case. look forward to getting a trial date. >> reporter: cosby is fighting criminal charges that he sexually assaulted former temple university employee andrea compton more than a decade ago in his pennsylvania home. in court, a former detective read a statement she gave police in 2005. detailing what she said happened the night of the alleged assault. cosby invited her over for dinner, according to the statement. offering her wine and unspecified pills. he urged me to take them. she told detectives the pills made her dizzy. i got scared. i thought i was having a bad reaction to something. i had no strength in my legs. in compton's account, cosby started inappropriately touching her under her shirt and pants as she slipped in and out of consciousness. she told detectives when she came to, my bra was over my breasts, up by my
neck. in a statement cosby gave to police referenced in court today, he admitted sexual contact occurred, but said it was consensual. today his defense attorney calls compton's story inconsistent and said it lacks credibility. >> the evidence presented today in a montgomery county courtroom confirms william cosby is not guilty. >> reporter: it is the only criminal case against cosby. but there are multiple ongoing lawsuits. more than 55 women have come forward accusing cosby of sexual misconduct. cosby has repeatedly denied them all. some of those accusers could potentially be called to testify in the andrea compton case. >> this case could be won or lost based on whether other women are allowed to speak at this trial. >> reporter: heidi thomas could be one of them. >> this is our case. i don't get a chance to face him in court for me. so andrea compton is doing for all of us, myself included. >> reporter: andrea
did not testify herself today. this goes to trial. the judge set an arraignment date for july 20th and turned to cosby and said, good luck. lester? >> stephanie gosk tonight. thank you. now to the big shakeup at the tsa, just days before the memorial day kickoff to the summer travel season. the man in charge of airport security operations nationwide has been removed from his post. with the agency under fire for those hours-long checkpoints lines, and also questions about his hefty bonus, and why he was reassigned rather than being fired. tom costello has the story tonight. >> reporter: relieved of duty tonight, assistant tsa administrator kelly hogan, the man in charge of checkpoint security operations, who was also paid $90,000 in merit bonuses, while screeners failed multiple tests involving undercover
agents who smuggled mock weapons through checkpoints. >> at the same time that the agency was failing its security tests. it makes no sense the guy still works at the tsa. we've got to figure out what his new job is. >> reporter: hogan has been reassigned, not fired. it turns out few executives at the tsa are rarely fired. nbc news.com has obtained employment data from the office of personnel management. while 1,300 tsa employees are fired on average each year, often for criminal acts, only one executive was terminated between 2011 and 2015. tsa whistleblowers say the agency's problems run deep. >> we're mismanaging our resources. it's a lack of leadership, holding people accountable. we shattered trust between management and tsos. >> reporter: today the tsa chief admitted there have been failings at multiple levels. >> i think it is a case that we had an institutional failure, and not a failure of any one individual. >> reporter: among
those failings, cutting thousands of positions, just before a record surge in passengers. leading to long lines and thousands of passengers missing their flights. >> i think it's ridiculous. >> it's unnecessary. >> reporter: the tsa leadership at chicago o'hare has been replaced after last week's two and three-hour lines. one of our teams went through o'hare today and found just a 20-minute wait. all of the major airlines are telling their customers, don't cut it short. if you go to the airport for a flight, get there two hours before a domestic flight, three hours before international. once the kids are out of school and vacation season begins, expect a big surge in holiday traffic. lester? >> all right, tom. of course, it's all about keeping us safe when we fly. on that subject, scary moments today at the nation's second largest airport. a flight threat against an inbound flight triggered a large scale heavily armed response by police and s.w.a.t. officers. military jets scrambled and some passengers left terrified. nbc's miguel almaguer has details.
>> they received some type of threat -- >> reporter: the [000:06:59;00] regional jet taxied to a remote end of l.a.x. and was immediately met by an armored vehicle and s.w.a.t. team. police methodically moving in. responding to a very specific threat. a caller saying two armed men were aboard. officers and a bomb-sniffing dog boarding the plane, passengers ordered to show their hands. the search took 20 minutes. >> and then on the chair, in the headrest in front of us. we couldn't move or touch anything. >> reporter: american eagle flight 5931 departed houston just after 7:00 a.m. with 71 people aboard, two f-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane and its passengers. a small army waiting on the ground. >> when we got here, we saw the tire tracks. we thought it was something else. we didn't know. they said it was a bomb. >> a bomb threat. >> yeah.
told us to sit still and put our hands up. >> reporter: with no explosives and no weapons found, were rescreened and bused to a nearby terminal. finally the all-clear, after some very tense moments. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. the flying public growing anxious to know what brought down egyptair flight 804. was it an accident or terrorism. there are conflicting accounts of the plane's final moments. one member of the team examining the victims' remains, now reportedly said burns suggest an explosion occurred onboard. but the head of egypt's forensic agency said that's totally false. the cause of the crash remains a frustrating mystery. the head of the department of veterans affair is facing a growing controversy after he compared long wait times at veterans hospitals to standing in line at disneyland. now, amid calls for his resignation, robert mcdonald is expressing deep regrets. nbc news national correspondent peter
alexander has more on this for us. >> reporter: tonight the firestan make-believe. this is not disneyland. veterans have died waiting in line for their care. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan saying he was dumbfounded after va secretary mcdonald compared veterans waits for health care to waits at a theme park. >> at disney do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? what's important? what's important is what's your satisfaction of the experience. >> reporter: mcdonald, a former army ranger and retired proctor & gamble ceo, today tried to walk back his comments. >> if i said the wrong thing, i'm glad that i've corrected it. i'm focused on one thing, and that's better care for veterans. >> reporter: republican senator roy blunt demanding mcdonald's resignation. tammy duckworth calling the comments tone deaf. >> i just thought, what a stupid thing to say. >> reporter: in the wake of the va scandal two years ago --
>> delayed care is denied care. and it's just not fair. agency says its wait times have improved in many places. still, despite the va's hiring thousands more doctors and nurses, this recent government watchdog report criticizes the agency for its piecemeal approach, insisting veterans may continue to experience delays in accessing care. late today mcdonald releasing this statement, expressing deep regrets for his comments. but for many veterans, frustration remains. >> i feel like i was treated like we're just expendable. >> reporter: a renewed fight for those depending on the va. peter alexander, nbc news, washington. tonight donald trump, the presumptive republican nominee for president, is drudging up a false conspiracy theory about the death of a close friend of bill and hillary clinton. vince foster committed suicide in 1993, yet for years rumors have persisted on the fringes that maybe he was murdered. multiple investigations have found that's not true.
but that didn't stop trump from insisting there's something fi >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton with a new video accusing donald trump of wanting to profit from the housing collapse. >> if there is a bubble burst as they call it, you know, you can make a lot of money. >> he thought he could take advantage of it to make some money for himself. >> reporter: trump once again taking more personal shots, bringing up old conspiracy theories about the death of close clinton friend and aide, vince foster, telling the "washington post," he knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide. trump calling his death very fishy. an independent counsel's investigation ruled foster's death was a suicide. bill clinton on friday. >> you think the stuff i said about her is bad? they accuse me of murder. >> reporter: trump taking shots are counterpunches. >> i don't like doing that.
but i have no choice. >> reporter: it's all very different from what he was saying back in the '90s, >> paula jones is a loser. >> can you imagine how controversial that would be? think about him with the women. how about me with the women? >> reporter: and the vince foster conspiracy theory is just trump's latest, including the obama birther controversy. >> i was born in hawaii. >> i thought he was born in this country. right now i have real doubts. >> reporter: clinton refusing to respond to trump's new attacks. >> trump is a human wrecking ball. he's going to hurt himself with some voters with these attacks for sure. he's also going to hurt hillary clinton. both of these candidates know this is going to be a slugfest. >> reporter: a risky strategy for two historically unpopular candidates. our new nbc survey monkey online poll show 6 in 10 americans dislike both. tonight trump responding to that clinton attack about the housing collapse saying, he knows how to make a lot of money by making good situations out of bad situations. lester? >> andrea mitchell in california this evening, thank you.
a new warning from a top cdc official. there could be thound cases in the u.s. than the 544 already reported. because most people with the virus don't show symptoms. still, as we've been reporting, the risk of contracting it can be high. so with summer approaching, what's the best defense against zika-carrying mosquitoes? nbc's kerry sanders looks at which bug sprays are the best bets. >> reporter: factories that make mosquito repellant are in overdrive tonight. even before summer begins. none more concerned about zika and potential birth defects than pregnant women, like alana. >> i try to make sure i don't use a mosquito repellant that has a lot of chemicals in it. >> reporter: while avoiding chemicals is a good idea for mothers-to-be, new tests of 16 repellants by "consumer reports," shows one natural product was the top three against mosquitoes. the other products don't last as long. >> people tend to
think the natural products are safer. but the three ingredients deet, pacardin and oil from eucalyptus. they're safe for everybody. for children, for pregnant women, for everyone. >> reporter: concentrations matter. for instance, with deet, "consumer reports" recommends 15% to 30%. top medical groups agree the chemicals are safe. "consumer reports" says sprays are better than lotions, and no need to oversaturate. the spray lasts up to seven hours. and in some cases, spray over your clothes, so mosquitoes can't bite through. >> we still can't counsel a patient with complete precision about what are her risks if she gets bitten. what are the risks to the baby. and how bad may the consequences be. >> reporter: doctors say bug spray now a crucial part of prenatal care. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami.
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awareness about what had happened in our town. but also for manufacturers across the u.s. >> reporter: her proposal? start making high-end kind that sell for $14 a pair. what did he say? >> he said, um, no. >> reporter: but gina per veiled. machines that once made plain white socks now spit out colorful organic designs. in the past few years her brands have caught the eye of top fashion labels. and even martha stewart. are you making some money? >> yes, a little. we are, yes. >> socks! a feeling of satisfaction. >> exactly. >> reporter: even more satisfying? putting 25 people back to work. nearly twice that during the busy season. then hugh started in the mill when he was just 14. >> in gina's mind, she had a dream.
and it's come true. and it's fantastic. >> reporter: and what about her once skeptical dad? do you wear the socks? >> i do. >> you got them on? >> i do. >> reporter: those socks helping a town get back on its feet. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, ft. payne, alabama. >> what a great american comeback story.