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tonight it's war. trump versus clinton. the start of a general election for the ages. can he overcome fears in his own party, can she get sanders to finally back down. i'll talk to the democratic presumptive nominee. terror attack in tel aviv. gunmen opened fire in a crowded market, killing and wounding peop all around. police make a dramatic takedown. bicycle crash horror. a pickup truck plows into cyclists. nine dead or injured, tonight warnings of an erratic driver and why authorities couldn't stop him. maria sharapova, banned, slammed with a punishment that could effectively end her career. why she says it isn't fair. the hero mom who saved her daughter as a man tried to drag her away.
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abduction caught on camera. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. fresh off a big primary night that cemented her new status as presumptive democratic presidential nominee, hillary clinton is tonight still navigating around the delicate matter of her democratic opponent, bernie sanders. even as clinton moves past the primaries, and begins the full pivot toward donald trump, sanders backed by enthusiastic supporters is not throwing in the towel. in a moment, some of my conversation with secretary clinton. but first, andrea mitchell with the latest. >> reporter: tonight all eyes on hillary clinton and bernie sanders after clinton's historic milestone. >> first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party nominee.
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>> reporter: after clinton's big win in california, sanders heading back home to vermont today, to reassess and plan for a political summit with president obama at the white house tomorrow. but is sanders ready to drop out. the vice president telling nbc news -- >> be a little graceful. >> reporter: sanders moderating his tone but still vowing to fight on. >> we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate. >> reporter: hillary clinton knows what it feels like to lose. eight years ago it was a youthful senator obama recruiting clinton to endorse him. >> hello unity! >> reporter: all set up during a secret meeting in senator dieann feinstein's living room, just obama and clinton one on one. feinstein said with time, clinton and sanders can also heal their wounds. >> those feelings will diminish, and they will. i will say let a week, ten days go by, and then really beto
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>> reporter: clinton has already tried to break the ice, calling sanders last night. the first time they've chatted except for debates in months. >> tonight i had a very gracious call from secretary clinton, and congratulated her on her victories tonight. >> reporter: those boos from sanders supporters is what worries democratic insiders. >> it's going to take work on the part of hillary clinton, barack obama, and most of all, bernie sanders to bring them around. >> reporter: at tomorrow's meeting, the president will nudge sanders to come around. but to avoid riling him, he will likely not endorse clinton until after next week's final primary in washington, d.c., and then later on the campaign trail. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thank you. we're joined now by the former secretary of state hillary clinton. secretary clinton, first of all, congratulations. >> thank you so much, lester. it was quite an evening last night. >> we heard a little bit about your phone call with se
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he described it in glowing terms. how would you describe it? >> i was very happy that we connected. i called him to really congratulate him on the extraordinary campaign he's run. >> you gave him kudos in your speech last night for igniting a part of the party, a part of the electorate out there. what ideas -- can you name one idea that he's put forward that you want to embrace, that he's really changed your position on? >> it's not that so much as the passion that he brought to the goals that his campaign set. i share the goals. we have different approaches about how to get there, but we are going to get to universal health care coverage. we are going to raise the national minimum wage. we are going to make college affordable. and we're going to crack down on abuses in the financial markets that might harm main street again. >> did you talk about at what point that you would want him and expect his support? >> no, we didn't talk in those specifics.
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through our campaigns, to his campaign, and i've made it clear that i'm going to do everything i can to make it possible for him to be a good partner in our joint efforts to, you know, pursue these goals that i mentioned, and to defeat donald trump. >> well, let's talk about donald trump. one by one, he's picked off all the republican challengers. what did you learn from his primary race as you go forward and face him one on one? >> well, i think that there are several lessons from his primary race. number one, a lot of his primary opponents never took him on over issues, because they were somewhat close to what he was saying. and when it came to the personal attacks, because they didn't have any strong issue position to contrast with him, they really couldn't come back on the personal side either. >> is this going to be the nastiest campaign ever? will you respond
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>> no, absolutely not. he can run a campaign of insults, i'm running a campaign of issues that are going to produce results for the american people. i'm going to talk about why he's unqualified to be president based on his own words and his deeds. and i'm going to continue to make the case. he is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief. >> madam secretary, we thank you so much for your time. good to talk to you. >> good to talk to you, lester. thank you. >> as hillary clinton takes aim at trump, so are members of his own party with new calls for him to walk back his attacks on a federal judge. trump may have tried to quiet those concerns last night reading from a teleprompter. as nbc's hallie jackson tells us, it doesn't appear to have worked. >> reporter: with help from a prompter, sounding more presidential, donald trump trying to prove he can stay on message and on attack. >> the clintons have turned the politics of
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into an art form for themselves. >> reporter: in what's now effectively the general election, a new type of trump, more crafted, more careful, at least for now. the candidate republicans have been asking to see. >> the tone was much better. but the fact is that donald trump still needs to apologize for his comments. >> reporter: trump still facing fallout after attacks on the mexican heritage of an indiana-born federal judge. >> can he walk it back? >> i hope so. he needs to keep walking a little. >> reporter: but one of trump's closest allies, jeff sessions, the first senator to endorse him, telling nbc news -- >> well, it would have been nice if that had not been said for sure. but he's explained that. and he really feels strongly about this lawsuit. >> reporter: a new online poll shows most republicans don't think trump's comments about the judge were racist. but 44% of independents do. the very voterum
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will need to beat hillary clinton. and now, growing gop anger that despite trump's head start over her, he's scrambling to get past a slow start on campaign cash, and organization. >> this is a wasted five weeks. he sewed up the nomination on may 3rd. and here we are on june 7th, june 8th, and the only thing we're talking about is the judge that no one knows in a case that they don't give a damn about. >> reporter: on monday, trump plans to focus on what he calls a major speech, hitting hillary clinton's values, her foreign policies, s campaign manager telling nbc news he plans to go after donations to the clinton foundation. trump promising the remarks will be interesting, informative and aimed squarely at his democratic democratic rival. lester? >> hallie jackson, thank you. overseas tonight, a horrible scene in tel aviv. a terror attack in a crowded marketplace, people having dinner as a pair of gunmen suddenly open fire killing and wounding people all around them.
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police moved in for a dramatic takedown. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has late details. >> reporter: a security camera video broadcast on israeli tv showed ambush style terrorism up close. two gunmen in dark suits leap up from their seats, and start firing at random in a restaurant. shooting point-blank, and triggering a stampede for the exits. >> i saw him. he looked like he was sitting in the chair at the cafe. he got up with a rifle in his hand and he was just shooting point-blank at people sitting down. >> reporter: it didn't take long for israeli forces to fire back. they shot and wounded one of the gunmen, and arrested both. they are now being questioned. the gunmen's target was a new high-end open-air shopping and dining mall right across the street from military headquarters. israel's version of the pentagon. officials said the deadly spray killed at least four israelis, injured half a dozen.
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identified as palestinians, relatives from the west bank. palestinian militants have been attacking israelis for decades, but their recent attacks have been largely unorganized, generally ineffective. but this jack in the box style ambush seemed well planned and was deadly. richard engel, nbc news, istanbul. here in this country, it was a tragic scene near kalamazoo, michigan, last night after a pickup truck plowed into a group of people riding their bicycles, killing five and seriously injuring four. there were several 911 calls leading up to the crash. but those warnings fell short. gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> reporter: the nine cyclists were riding as a group when authorities say they were blindsided by a pickup truck. among the five who were killed, susan, who worked for michigan state university. tony nelson, larry pollack andbi
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parishioners from kalamazoo, and melissa hughes, a loving mother. you knew three of the victims? >> yeah. >> reporter: sheila woods said the cycling community here is devastated. >> these were people who were very active and well-known in the community. they were loving people. >> reporter: there were frantic calls to agencies and confusion as police tried to find the truck. at 6:08, calls about an erratic driver made to the department of public safety. at 6:13, more calls to another agency, the sheriff's department. at 6:21, more to cooper township police. then came the dreaded call at 6:36, reporting the horrible crash. >> what we're talking about here is essentially a moving target. we're looking for the same described vehicle, but we're looking for it in three different places at three different times, and moving through the community. >> reporter: investigators are now looking into whether drugs or alcoh
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tonight nbc station wood tv citing a source close to the investigation is identifying the suspect. charges could come as early as tomorrow. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, cooper township, michigan. one of the biggest names in sports, tennis superstar maria sharapova, was suspended for two years today for violating doping rules after failing a drug test. the ruling said she should have taken steps to check on whether the substance she was taking was permitted. as miguel almaguer reports, sharapova intends to appeal. >> reporter: a five time grand slam champion, maria sharapova, one of the biggest names in tennis, now suspended two years for doping. the ruling says sharapova didn't intend to cheat, but bears sole responsibility and significant fault for for using meldonium added to the
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january. this drug made in latvia is used to treat heart conditions and can also improve stamina and energy. >> the report makes abundantly plain that maria sharapova knew she was taking meldonium, that she was hiding it. and that her manager had no clue what the prohibitive list is. that's inexcusable for someone who's making $29 million a year. >> reporter: sharapova tested positive at the australian open in january. and in march was temporarily suspended. >> i made a huge mistake. >> reporter: she admitted to taking the drug for ten years for medical reasons, and claims she didn't know the rules had changed. today sharapova said she's appealing. nike said it will continue to partner with the tennis star. sharapova, who is 29, had hoped to join her russian teammates in rio, but now as ruia faces accusations of widespread doping, one of the world's greatest will be left on the sidelines. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles.
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>> gratifying if you can use your knowledge with your own family members. >> reporter: she's created one of the nation's first clinics focused solely on the brca mutation. her mission at the ucsf cancer center in san francisco, to provide one-stop shopping for families, screening prevention and treatment of any cancers linked to brca. lauren tested positive for the mutation after her sister's breast cancer diagnosis. >> it terrified me. >> reporter: now lauren meets regularly with a team of specialists. >> processing all of the information -- >> reporter: she's made the tough decision to minimize her risks and will have her breasts and ovaries removed. >> finding out gave me the answer that i needed. it wasn't the answer i wanted. but then i now feel better about where i'm heading. >> reporter: when cancer is in your genes, it does not necessarily mean it's in your future. anne thompson, nbc news. up next here
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get her daughter free. the man keeps dragging. he finally gives up and runs out of the store. the suspect, 30-year-old craig bonello is in custody tonight, charged with kidnapping and child abuse. he was captured because just moments after he ran out the front door of the dollar store here, in walked off-duty deputy john bennett. >> started yelling at me, john, he just tried to kidnap a girl. >> reporter: a bystander shot this video on her cell phone, as almost a dozen deputies arrived. by then deputy bennett had already pulled his patrol car around back blocking the suspect's car. >> i started banging on the glass with my firearm. >> reporter: attempted kidnapping by somebody the child or family does not know is very rare. less than 1% of abductions are by a complete stranger. about 66% of victims of those nonfamily child abductions are girls. >> if it hadn't been fo
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finally tonight, if you've been to niagara falls, you know firsthand the sheer power of the spectacular force of nature. but did you know all that power lies in the hands of one man who has two countries watching his every move. we get his story tonight from harry smith. >> reporter: niagara falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. every day, hordes of plastic ponchoed tourists purposely get as close as they can get. spoiler alert, they get really wet. how much water is coming over the edge here? >> over the canadian falls, we have 100,000 cubic feet per second. >> reporter: peter kowalski should know. he controls that flow. really. he's in charge of how much water comes over niagara falls. down to the nearest half of an inch. >> that's crazy. >> absolutely. >> reporter: the nia
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states and canada. peter is the ultimate middleman, the man on the dam. this is like a neutral zone. >> it is, it is a neutral zone. liken it to switzerland, a country to itself. >> reporter: peter's domain, a concrete pier of power, where massive gates move on his orders to provide the falls their oomph. >> this is how we control the flow of water over the falls. >> reporter: only a fraction of the river's waters go over the falls. hydroelectric power stations downriver in new york and ontario get most of the rest. peter's the guy who decides who gets what. >> the u.s. says, give me more of this, and canada says, give me less of that. >> it does sometimes take a bit of negotiating. and collaboration. and we do what's fair and equitable. >> reporter: responsible to millions of power customers, two countries, and a world-famous tourist attraction, peter kowalski is that guy. unafraid to get his feet wet.
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harry smith, nbc news, niagara falls. and that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. man: life gets so busy with work, and it's really hard to just kind of put that all aside and sort of focus on having fun or playing, even. hey, playing is a lot of fun. ♪
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