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tonight, honoring the fallen. president obama, president bush and the dallas police chief unite in a powerful tribute to the officers slain by a cold-blooded sniper. tonight the president's speech on division. he's with her. bernie sande finally makes it official endorsing hillary clinton in rousing fashion. but will his supporters go along? plus breaking news about donald trump's vp selection rollout. headline warning about many of the most popular suv's on the road, perhaps yours. the alarming new findings and the safety concerns may raise for drivers. and case closed on one of the most baffling american mysteries of all time, a surprise announcement from the fbi. "n
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt." good evening. for a president who by his own acknowledgement has comforted far too many grieving communities, president obama faced an even more difficult challenge in dallas today, paying tribute to the five policemen murdered in thursday's ambush, praising the courage of law enforcement while at the same time speaking frankly about racial bias and invoking the names of african-american men killed by police. it was a delicate walk along the fault lines that the president believes are not as deep and wide as we may think. >> reporter: in a wide ranging speech, president obama seemed frustrated but hopeful. >> i'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem.
know america. i know how far we have come against impossible odds. >> reporter: this the 11th time he's traveled to comfort a city after a mass shooting. >> i have seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about adequate change. joined by vice president biden and former president george w. bush, the five fallen officers represented by five chairs with folded flags. >> the vicious killer of these police officers, they won't be the last person who tries to make us turn on one another. we know there is evil in this world. that's why we need police departments. >> reporter: the president balanced praise for police officers with a blunt acknowledge of racial bias in the criminal justice system. >> we can't simply dismiss it as a symptom of political correctness or amidst racism. >> reporteom
his comments drew mixed reactions from an audience of law enforcement. >> reporter: also receiving mixed reactions online, the president's comments on guns during the speech. >> it's easier for a teenager to buy a glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book. >> reporter: former president bush a glass dlaz resident spoke earlier in the memorial. dallas police chief david brown quoted stevie wonder. >> i've got to say, always, i'll be loving you always. and there's no greater love than this. that these five men gave their lives for all of us. >> reporter: as he introduced the president. >> i'm so glad i met michelle first because she loves stevie wonder. >> reporter: the service drawing officers from around the country, the president acknowledging their challenges.
to do too much and we ask too little of ourselves. >> reporter: if words seemed inadequate today, music spoke volumes. ♪ >> reporter: more of downtown dallas is slowly starting to reopen as investigators clear out that huge crime scene, this exhausted police force is now getting some help from neighboring departments, as funerals for the fallen begin tomorrow. lester? and a newly surfaced audiotape is raising questions about the death of philando castile in minnesota and why he was pulled over by police in the first place. did the officer have reason to suspect castile of a crime? blake mccoy has the tape. >> oh, my god, please don't tell me he's dead. >> reporter: in this video streamed live to facebook after philando castile was killed by police, his girlfriend said they were pulled
broken taillight. >> we were pull over f but a new audio of scanner traffic obtained by our affiliate care tv but not authenticated by nbc news. >> i'm going to check ids. i have reason to pull it over. the two occupants look just like people that were involved in our robbery. >> it is not just this family's loss. >> reporter: the castile family attorney is tv judge glenda hatchet. >> what does that tell you? >> that tells me that i'll see you in court. you pull somebody over because they have a wide set nose. i have a wide set nose. i mean, come on. and how does it change from a busted taillight at one point to a wide set nose? >> reporter: these pictures from a convenience store robbery two miles away from the shooting scene, show the suspects police were looking for. this is castile. the attorney representing officer geronimo
confirmed the details in the audio recording but says his client shot coastile because he had a gun, not because of his race. castile's girlfriend said they informed the officer of the gun and a license to carry. when the officer opened fire, her 4-year-old was in the back seat. castile's mother valerie now plans to file a civil lawsuit. >> my son abided by the law and he was killed by the law. >> reporter: today president obama called to offer his condolences. police will not comment on these audio recordings or any aspect of their investigation, but an attorney for the officer tells nbc news his client saw castile's gun before opening fire at this intersection. lester? >> blake mccoy tonight in minnesota. thank you. to presidential politics now and 36 days since hillary clinton became the democratic presumptive nominee for president, she finally gained the endorsement of her primary rival, senator bernie sanders. it comes as
nbc news survey monkey online poll shows clinton's lead over donald trump has increased to three points. so that makes whether sanders supporters will join the cam campaign all that much more important. >> reporter: it was a forced political marriage, bernie sanders' embrace of hillarclinton. >> i intend to do anything i can to make certain she will be the next president of the united states. >> reporter: happening more than a month after she clinched the nomination. >> i can't help but reflect how much more enjoyable this election is going to be now that we're on the same side. >> reporter: at times clinton, a spectator at what seemed like a sanders rally. >> we have begun a political revolution to transform america. >> reporter: but gone are the bitter clashes over issues like wall street banks. >> i called them out on their mortgage behavior. >> was that before or after re
huge sums of money by giving speaking engagements for them. >> reporter: sanders holding out on clinton until she moved left. on a $15 an hour minimum wage, a public option for obama care, free public college tuition. >> we have produced by far the most progressive platform in the history of democratic party. >> reporter: our polls showing 78% of sanders supporters will vote for her. but today we found mixed emotions. >> a little heart broken but i nye knew it was coming. >> and will you vote for her? >> i'm going to wait until after the convention to make a decision. >> reporter: younger voters still not sure either. so you're not persuaded yet? >> not yet. >> reporter: and there's the u.s. factor. >> the reason i gravitate towards bernie is that i knew he did not have the amount of baggage that hillary had. >> this is the biggest political problem that hillary clinton needs s
does she get enough enthusiasm from the kind of people that supported bernie sanders. >> reporter: tonight clinton still does not have sanders list of millions of small donors, he won't give that list to her yet. so she is raising money with a very different crowd, people paying up to $100,000 a couple to see her and the broadway hit "hamilton." lester? >> already, andrea mitchell, thank you. hillary clinton's e-mails remain in the news as attorney general loretta lynch testified before the republican house judiciary committee, defending the justice department's decision not to prosecute clinton. republicans were reportedly frustrated when lynch refused to go into detail about the investigation. she said career prosecutors accepted the recommendation of the fbi director on the matter. meantime donald trump continues to stir up speculation about his vice presidential pick. expected later this week, appearing with another of the major contenders tonight, as nbc news learns
details about the rollout, here's nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: donald trump is spending the evening in the hoosier state trying to lure bernie sanders supporters on twitter. while testing indiana governor mike presence, stumping with trump in indiana tonight in the final scheduled vp tryout. >> how will you deal with disagreements you might have with donald trump. >> i haven't agreed with my republican colleagues on every issue. i'm supporting donald trump because we need change in this country. >> reporter: a social conservative and former congressman, pence has friends in high places, including house speaker paul ryan. pence could solidify the base in some swing states. what pence doesn't have is widespread support, accused of di
conservatives when he backed away from it. >> a presidential election is not like a gubernatorial race. if mike pence is the choice of our nominee donald trump, then those issues fall away. >> reporter: then there's his personality. people who favor trump say that personalities won't mix. >> i want somebody where there's good chemistry, i want somebody with great experience. >> reporter: opinions range, after all eight years ago the candidate was praising hillary clinton on radio stations across america. >> i know her and she would make a good president or a good vice president. >> reporter: campaign sources tell nbc news that donald trump will hold an event with his pick on friday. but already newt gingrich saying the announcement could come as early as tomorrow. lester? >> katy tur, thank you. in the superheated climate of presidential politicians, one place in which we don't normally expect to hear partisan remarks is within the u.s. supreme court. but it's happened. and recent comments by justice ruth
trump have even some of our supporters wondering if she went too far. justice correspondent pete williams explains. >> reporter: ruth bader ginsburg is the court's most outspoken justice on the bench. but she has legal experts saying she went too far. saying i don't flow what this country would be if trump was elected president. sayings, quote, i something her husband martin who died in 12010 would have said, it's time to move to new zealand. >> he is a faker, he says whatever comes into his head at the moment, how has he gotten away with not turning in his tax returns. asked by the ap about a trump victory, he said, quote, i don't want to think about that possibility. trump himself calls her remarks a disgrace and says she should apologize to her colleagues, adding i would hope she would get off the court as soon as possible. >> reporter: supreme court justices are appointed for life. ng
untouchable, but but justice ginsburg is violating a rule that judges should stay out of politics. >> no matter how strongly she feels, part of a job of a judge is to keep her feelings to herself on these public issues and candidates for public office. >> reporter: one of her defenders asked tonight, doesn't everyone have an outspoken jewish grandmother? justice ginsburg is on a planned trip overseas. though not to new zealand. pete williams, nbc news. overseas, a terrible disaster on the tracks in southern italy. at least 23 people are dead, dozens more are injured after two trains collided head on. a devastating scene, italy's prime minister says they are still working to determine what caused that crash. still ahead tonight, are your headlights putting you at risk on the road? a troubling new warning and a dim view of some of the most popular vehicles in the country. also it's got millions of players hooked, but now this
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on what some say are a problem with headlights. 21 small suvs tested but not a single one earned a good rating >> i'm looking for a small suv. >> reporter: bob boyd is kicking the tires and flipping the headlights at the ford dealership today where he got a lesson in headlight safety. >> i just assumed that they were all pretty equal. you don't want the doctor who has the minimum standards to operate on you when you have open heart surgery. >> reporter: studies show nearly half of all vehicle fatalities take place in the dark. the iihs looked at 47 different headlight combinations. the vehicles are some of the most popular on the road, but research shows even if the suvs have led, hid or curb adaptive headlights, that doesn't guarantee good performance. in the test group, four suvs were deemed acceptable, including the ford escape. five vehicles came in as marginal, the toyota rav 4 among them. but two
the honda suv on the bottom of the list. the top ranking car and the lowest, a clear difference. >> some manufacturers are concerned about the styling of the headlights and the branding of the vehicle than necessarily how much light is being put on the road. >> reporter: tonight several manufacturers are critical of the new tests and all say they meet or meet or exceed u.s. government standards, still for many, the test results highlight what some consumers may never see coming. we're back in a moment with a boy who went fishing with his family and reeled in a big surprise. before i had the shooting, burning of diabetic nerve pain, these feet learned the horn from my dad and played gigs from new york to miami. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain any longer. so i talked to my doctor and he prescribed lyrica. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worsening depression, or unusual changes in mood or behavior. or swelling, trouble breathing, rash, hives, blisters, muscle pain with fever, tired feeling or blurry vision.
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u.s. history. jumped out of a plan with a parachute and a bag of ransom money and advantage initiate -- vanished. the fbi is closing the case because of a lack of credible leads. cynthia mcfadden has more on the mystery still baffling investigators. >> reporter: 45 years ago, d.b. cooper bailed of a 727 with a $200,000 strapped to his test. >> the plane landed in reno and he hasn't been seen since. >> reporter: inge spiring a 1981 movie and dozens of armchair detectives. what the case has not had is a resolution. despite the fbi's pursuing thousands of leads and nearly as many suspects, the hijackers true identity was never uncovered and now he's not likely to be. the fbi officially ending what it called one of its longest and most exhaustive investigations.
it was the day before thanksgiving in 1971, tie, identified himself as dan cooper. he passed a note to a flight attendant claiming he had a bomb. the plane landed in seattle, where he exchanged the passengers for that $200,000 and four parachutes. >> you saw the exchange of money? >> we saw him bring the money aboard. >> reporter: he then demanded to be flown to mexico, 45 minutes later, the rear door opened and he jumped 10,000 feet into a rainstorm. hurling himself into history as the perpetrator of america's only unsolved hijacking. >> he was not nervous, he seemed rather nice, other than he wanted certain things to be done. >> reporter: ralph hemmelsbach was the fbi's point man on the case for years. >> i think of him as being just another sleazy, rotten criminal. >> reporter: but the one who got away. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york.