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tonight, going nuclear, hillary clinton tears into donald trump like never before. warning his quote thin skin could lead the country to war as trump finally gets the support of the nation's most powerful republican. kill list, investigators looking into that murder at ucla make a stunning find and a murder trail that leads them across the country. sudden crash emergencies involving the military's elite. the air force's thunderbirds and the navy's blue angels. president obama right there when one of the planes went down. what killed prince? confirmation tonight it was an overdose of a painkiller 100 times more powerful than morphine and the feds say it's killing too many americans. and muhammad ali hospitalized. a healthre
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right now. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. hillary clinton minced no words and took no prisoners today in a speech built as a major foreign policy address she dropped the hammer on donald trump sometimes mocking, sometimes pummelling the nominee for position she says endangers the country, frighten allies and embolden enemies. clinton still faces a democratic primary opponent with diehard supporters not ready to give up and a razor tight primary race in california but tonight in san diego, she had her eye on the general election and her sights trained on trump. nbc's andrea mitchell was there. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, savannah. hillary clinton unleashing h
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on donald trump's qualifications to be commander in chief and she didn't hold anything back. it was a 33-minute takedown of donald trump. >> donald trump's ideas aren't just different, they are dangerously incoherent. they aren't even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal skews and outright lies. [ cheers ] >> reporter: hillary clinton blasting trump as tempermentally unfit to hold office. >> this isn't someone that should ever have the nuclear code because it's not hard to imagine donald trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin. >> reporter: the speech a point by point rebuttal of trump's proposal. on nuclear weapons where trump suggested letting japan, south korea and saudi arabi
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about nuclear war. >> reporter: on trump's temporary muslim ban and the wall with mexico. >> remember, that plenty of muslims and immigrants serve and fight in our armed forces. >> reporter: and even predicting how trump would react to her speech. >> bragging, mocking, composing nasty tweets. i'm willing to bet he's writing a few right now. [ laughter ] >> reporter: in fact, he was. tweeting bad performance by crooked hillary clinton. reading poorly from the teleprompter she doesn't look presidential. it's the case against trump many democrats have been pressuring clinton to make with polls showing a tight race nationally. >> don't let anyone tell you america isn't great. donald trump has america all wrong. >> reporter: clinton's foreign policy experience once considered her calling card against trump but one recent poll showing voters are nearly split. clinton barely beating trump on who would make the country more
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libya and her iraq vote and now she's trying to say you know what? donald trump is not fit to be in charge of our nuclear arsenal. >> reporter: clinton hoping she made that case today. >> there is no risk of people losing their lives if you blow up a golf course deal, but it doesn't work like that in world affairs. >> she's talking to people who haven't been convinced by donald trump, but who have their own doubts about hillary clinton. >> reporter: a speech aimed as much at republicans and independents as democrats. andrea mitchell, nbc news, san diego. i'm hallie jackson in san jose. overshadowed by today's foreign policy fight, house speaker paul ryan finally endorsing donald trump tweeting he'll vote for trump and telling the a.p. >> i just wanted to have a good comfort level that these policies, these principles and policies are something we would be able to work with him on. >> reporter: the backing from congress' highest ranking republican comes 29
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days after trump became the nominee and 22 days after the pair first met on capitol hill a circus then, for some a celebration now. >> the two teams have been able to get together and talk about where each person stood on the commitment to policy agendas that make us republicans. >> reporter: while policy divisions remain over trade, entitlement reforms, trump's proposed temporary muslim ban, ryan today writes it's no secret he and i have differences adding we have more common ground than disagreement. why does ryan's support matter? it's a signal for the rest of the party to get behind the billionaire businessman, yet high-profiles remain. the bush family, several key senators and governors. >> it's an important day to not have the speaker of the house in opposition of the nominee, that would be unprecedented. >> reporter: ahead of his rally in san jose, trump is tweeting it's so great to have ryan's endorsement. a top source close to the speaker says he
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too soon to say if ryan will campaign with trump or raise money with him. savannah? >> hallie jackson, thank you. for more let's bring in chuck todd, moderator of "meet the press." chuck, two big events today. clinton takes off the gloves with trump as we've yet to see and trump gets the prized endorsement of the house speaker. >> well, look, let's start with hillary clinton. i think as a performance, as a candidate, you could argue that this was the single best performance she's had as a candidate this cycle. she delivered that speech very well, but it was not a foreign policy speech. this was a trump takedown speech under the umbrella of international affairs but clear it was about trump and temperament and what a break for hillary clinton. any other opponent and her foreign policy speech would have been a lot more defensive. she would have had to defend libya and iraq vote and things like that. thanks to trump she didn't have to do that. for paul ryan, this is the leader -- when you're speaker of the house, he really had
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[000:06:58;00] it is a tepid endorsement but important the biggest reason it's important right now, it's financial. there were some donors still sitting on the sidelines because of ryan, savannah. >> chuck todd in washington for us, thank you. there is a tragic breaking story out of texas tonight where an all out search is underway after a military vehicle carrying numerous soldiers was caught in high flood waters near fort hood and after days of disaster, even more heavy rain is moving in tonight. let's go to gabe gutierrez in texas for us. gabe, good evening. >> savannah, good evening. yes, breaking news out of fort hood where officials are confirming three soldiers are dead, three others are hospitalized in stable condition and an all out search is on for six other soldiers who are unaccounted for at this hour. there is an active search and rescue operation underway. this comes after a devastating few days for texas.
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the deluge lasted for days and the governor has declared 31 counties states of disaster. here in fort bend county there are 150 high-water rescues. the brazos record crested at 55 feet. there is a threat in the weekend and several inches of more rain. but again, the breaking news out of fort hood, three are dead and three others hospitalized in stable condition and the search is on for six more who are missing at this hour. savannah? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. another awful tragedy for the military today after a pair of terrifying incidents in the sky. two jets flown by elite pilots with a crash landing in two separate states. one a thunderbird that had just flown over a graduation attended by president obama. the pilot managed to eject to safety and the other, a blue
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angel erupting in a fire ball and killing that pilot. [000:08:59;00] thunderbirds had just soared over the u.s. air force academy's graduation. president obama among the digniatires watching as cadets tossed their caps but then one of the six jets goes down dropping out of the clear blue sky in colorado springs. >> numerous callers reporting aircraft is down. pilot ejected. >> reporter: the highly-trained pilot in the f-16 fighting falcon like this one safely ejecting. his plane appearing largely in tact. spotted in an open field, no serious injuries. before heading back to air force 1, the president stopped to meet with the pilot thanking him for his service and first responders for rushing to the scene. >> we've got a fire ball at the rec park. it's on the golf course. >> reporter: today another crash, a fire ball in tennessee.
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a blue angel's jet going down during a practice run. the navy plane an fa-18 hornet crashed near a golf course in smyrna. the elite highly experienced squad like this one was prepping for an air show this weekend. tonight, the navy confirms no parachute deployed. the pilot feared dead. two military planes going down in the same day as authorities began their investigation. miguel almaguer, nbc news. there are stunning new twists tonight in the deadly shooting of a professor on the ucla campus. police now believe the shooter also murdered a woman he was once married to halfway across the country. and found in his home a quote kill list according to police with the name of yet another professor shaken but alive tonight. nbc's gadi schwartz. >> reporter: it was all hands on deck over 500 police, more than 60,000 students and staff. >> there is a shootout
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going on if you guys can hear that. >> reporter: frantic parents trying to reach their children. >> i don't know what's [000:10:58;00] >> reporter: today police identified the shooter, two guns, loads of ammo and tactical gear. lapd's chief say s it could have been a lot worse. >> he was certainly prepared to engage multiple victims. >> reporter: police believe the shooter, former phd student mainak sarkar came on campus to kill professor william klug police looking into a blog that appeared to be posted by sarkar saying the professor stole a computer code writing your enemy is your enemy but your friend can do a lot more harm. lapd chief charlie beck saying ucla dismissed the claims. >> this was a making of his own imagination. >> reporter: at the ucla campus shooting scene a cryptic note sarkar mentioning his cat in minnesota leading investigators to his home in st. paul. there they found what's described as a
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kill list with a name of a woman, klug and another professor that woman once married to sarkar found murdered in her deceased prior to the ucla shooting. >> reporter: the other ucla professor arrive and terrified now speaking with police. a source who knew sarkar and klug tell nbc news he came across as unstable but they did not think him dangerous. police asking for the public's help to find sarkar's car as the campus tries to recover before finals, students returning to some of the same classrooms they barricaded to keep themselves safe. gadi schwartz, nbc news los angeles. tonight, confirmation from the medical examiner of what many had suspected since he was found unresponsive in his home back in april. prince died from an overdose of a powerful painkiller called fentanyl 100 times more powerful than morphine. and the feds say it's killing hundreds of americans.
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nbc's stephanie gosk has the details. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: what had been the fear for weeks appears to be true. music le p 57. at the time of his death, the music legend weighed merely 112 pounds. the medical examiner found high levels of fentanyl in prince's blood stream official recalling his drug an accident. fentanyl is 100 times fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 100 time s more potent than morphine typically prescribed in the hospital for pain. >> it's a time bomb. patients are playing with death if they are using it out of the hospital settling. >> reporter: it has ing. >> reporter: it has become increasingly available illegally in the streets. hundreds overdose fatally annually. in the days leading up to his death, there were signs prince was struggling with an addiction. >> unresponsive passenger. >> reporter: the pop star's plane made an
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emergency landing in illinois for unspecified medical reasons and the day before he died, a close associate called addiction specialist dr. howard kornfeld in california for help according to the doctor's attorney but dr. kornfeld never directly treated prince. a search warrant said he was getting care locally from dr. schulenberg. a source with knowledge of the treatment says the doctor never prescribed opioids. the question now becomes will there be criminal charges? where did the fentyn fentyanol come from and was there any criminal negligence? savannah? >> a lot of questions, stephanie gosk, thank you. there is word boxing legend muhammad ali is hospitalized with a respiratory issue. the 74 ali who suffers from parkinson's disease is in fair condition now and expected to stay in the hospital for only a brief time.
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kerry sanders is at ground zero in the fight to protect american tourists this season. >> reporter: few is that's already underway here. >> i'm going to put this over here on the edge of the trees. >> reporter: mosquito control mostly out of sight. >> this should be a good spot. >> reporter: on and off theme park properties. at the fun spot theme park in orlando today, amisha lee eight months pregnant. >> the worry is here. i'm concerned for the child and myself. >> reporter: she's taking precautions but florida officials are asking for more federal funds and soon. >> it's no different than having a hurricane. they are part of a national disaster, what this could be if we don't get ahead of it. >> reporter: on the front lines, terry torrez. her team of four plus six part-timers fights the mosquito war on 1500 square miles that borders disneyworld.
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she's worried that not enough manpower for the zika threat. >> that federal money is -- >> absolutely needed. >> reporter: killing the mosquitos now is critical say health officials because the mosquitos here in florida don't have zika but they're likely to get it by biting a tourists that has the tourist and that mosquito can transmit it to an unsuspected pregnant woman. visitors in florida strongly encouraged go on the defensive. >> come prepared like any theme park day. water, sunscreen and insect repellant. >> reporter: the state expects a record number of tourists this summer from all over the world. kerry sanders, nbc
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dinner table. >> cold or hot, smalpam hits the spot. >> when i eat it, it reminds me of home. >> spam is part of america. >> spam is simple ingredients, pork, salt, sodium nitrate. >> reporter: it's up to you what you do with it. spom spam orient l bites spam bites, spam cheesecake. it's sold in more than 40 countries. >> we're spamming the globe is what we like to say here in austin, minnesota. >> reporter: british funny guys immortalize the stuff. all this talk of spam has made us a tad peckish. >> sam fries and a spam burger. >> reporter: so it's across the street for a bite of deep fried spam. >> it's a spamful. >> reporter: back at the museum, samples to the faithfully. proof this spam is no flash in the pan. kevin tibbles, nbc news, austin, minnesota. and that will do it for us on this thursday night. i'm savannah guthrie
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in for lester. i'll see you tomorrow morning for "the today show." for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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watching and have a for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and have a great night.


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