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astra zeneca may be able to help. tonight, money trail. a hacked memo raises new questions about how the clintons struck it rich as hillary clinton hits the trail with her not-so-secret weapon. plus, the trump campaign's plan to win by making voters want to stay home. the secret service agents for the extra hours? calls for congress to fix it. dramatic standoff. armed soldiers and police in riot gear clash with protesters at a tense pipeline standoff. tonight, word of arrests. and scammers busted. cameras capture the raid as authorities move in on a massive crime ring. callers posing as irs workers, their threats tricking americans into paying debts that didn't exist.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. 12 days to go until election day. and the latest drip, drip of stolen e-mails has produced a fresh stain on the clinton campaign tonight. this one written by a top aide to bill clinton that reveals the former president personally earned millions of dollars from donors and contacts made through the clinton charitable foundation. while the e-mail doesn't suggest anything illegal or name hillary clinton, it has quickly been seized on by donald trump. the clinton campaign, however, continues to resist engaging on the e-mail hacks instead making this a day about a joint appearance with her most powerful advocate. we have it all covered with andrea mitchell. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. hillary clinton's long-awaited
as the campaign is trying to shake off one of the most damaging stolen e-mails released by wikileaks so far. an unprecedented moment, two first ladies, current and former campaigning together for the first time. seriously, is there anyone more inspiring than michelle obama? >> reporter: and putting to rest any echos of past rivalries. >> if people wonder, yes, hillary clinton is my friend. she is absolutely ready to be commander-in-chief on day one. and yes, she happens to be a woman. first ladies, we rock. >> reporter: reaching out to women, young people, minorities, with an emotional appeal for them to vote against donald trump. >> when you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy, and saying that this election is rigged, understand that they are trying to get you to stay home.
are we going to do this? but their joint appearance competing for headlines with the latest stolen e-mail leaked by wikileaks, not verified by nbc news. describing how bill clinton personally profited, receiving millions of dollars in speaking and consulting fees from clinton foundation donors. former bill clinton aide doug band wright a 2011 memo calling it bill clinton, inc. "we have dedicated ourselves to helping the president secure and engage in for profit activities including speeches, books and advisory service engagements." in all, band says he secured more than $50 million for the former president. but no indication hillary clinton ever did anything for those donors when she was secretary of state. still, reinforcing suspicions long held about the clintons. >> i think they should have disassociated themselves from the clinton foundation the minute she became secretary of state. i don't think it is a smoking
>> reporter: the clinton campaign hope, it's not the hacked memo but michelle obama's message that will drive people to the polls. andrea mitchell, nbc news, north carolina. >> reporter: i'm halley jackson in ohio where donald trump is pouncing on new stolen e-mails released by wikileaks. >> mr. band called the arrangement, "unorthodox." the rest of us call it outright corrupt. >> reporter: the hits on the clintons -- >> we should just cancel the election, and just give it to trump, right? what are we even having it for? what are we having it for? her policies are so bad. >> reporter: part of trump's final stretch strategy includes trying to tamp down turnout. sources in and around the campaign describe discouragement tactics to demotivate specific groups who might otherwise vote for clinton. like african-americans and the bernie block of younger white progressives. >> the trump campaign has given
we don't have any evidence that that works. >> reporter: sasha eisenberg in "bloomberg business week" says that strategy includes using targeted facebook attack ads, pointing out recognition trump's movement isn't big enough to win a majority. publicly trump's campaign insists there is no voter suppression happening, pointing to his new urban renewal plan adding we want everyone who can legally vote to show up. privately, gop sources familiar with the strategy acknowledge if they can keep the other side from a strong showing it g them a shot. but it won't work if their own base doesn't turn out. that's partly why trump is getting his wife more involved with melania trump sounding surprised to hear it. >> she is actually going to make two or three speeches. >> oh. >> it is. she is amazing. when she speaks. >> reporter: clinton still has the easier electoral path. trump within the margin of error in key battle grounds. but no room for error.
there are not multiple paths. if there is a path it is a very messy one. and in a very narrow one. >> reporter: trump late tonight in ohio called inner cities ghettos before seeming to catch and correct himself. bernie sanders caught heat for something similar in the primaries. for trump another potential misstep in messaging to african-americans. lester. >> halley jackson tonight, thank you. now to the dramatic standoff unfolding this evening in north dakota on the ground and in the air. armed soldiers and police in clashing with protesters refusing to clear private land. and determined to stop the construction of a pipeline. it's been a very tense day, fires set, tires slashed, highways blocked, and now there is word of arrests. we get late details from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: tonight near cannonball, north dakota, a tense face-off between army of
protesters blocking highway 1806 trying to shut down construction of a controversial oil pipeline on private land. officers in armored vehicles wearing riot gear are pouring in with air support. battle lines drawn, now making arrests. >> we are trying to avoid the confrontation. they drew the line in the sand today. >> reporter: after setting fires and blocking the bridge in the path of the pipeline, months of tension have escalated. some promise a fight to the end. >> there is no fear here. we know we have the moral high ground. and that we are doing what's right. >> reporter: the nearly complete dakota access oil pipeline will cross four states. connecting north dakota and illinois, with some 1,200 miles of pipe. a 3.8 billion project capable of transporting 570,000 barrels of oil a day. >> we are going to take our stand. we are staying here. >> reporter: the pipeline runs
americans say the project is destroying sacred sites and could pollute the missouri river, a clean water source for millions. >> this is about protecting water. and that's a good thing. and it needs to be protected. >> reporter: with nearly 300 arrests since august, the protest has become a movement. said to be the largest gathering of native americans in modern history. tonight, no comment from the oil company. as celebrities and activists to fight on while facing arrests and a growing army of police. miguel almaguer, nbc news. now to the sexual assault allegations rocking one of the nation's top colleges. today, prosecutors filed more charges against a student at the university of wisconsin. we are hearing from his attorney for the first time about what police call a disturbing discovery in his apartment. nbc's gabe gutierrez has details
>> reporter: 20-year-old alec cook walked into a wisconsin courtroom facing new charges. now 15 counts involving five women including sexual assault, strangulation, and false imprisonment. his attorney denies them all and says the encounters were consensual. >> our client has been essentially slaughtered by the social media, image of him, people. >> chris van wagner revealed a what he says is a page from the black book police found at cook's apartment with names of women he met. the search warrant said it included disturbing statements of kill and sexual desire. but van wagner argues that is a stretch and the scribbled word "killed" is no proof his client stalked anyone. >> you tell me what it means? it doesn't appear to mean anything. >> reporter: the allegations date back to march of last year. the first woman who went to police said cook choked and assaulted her for more than two hours at his apartment on october 12th. then, as news of his arrest
forward, one claiming cook inappropriately touched her repeatedly in a ballroom dance class. >> what is most disturbing about this case? >> i think it is probably the sheer number of victims. >> reporter: this woman runs dane county rape crisis center which is counseling at least one of the women. >> he individually got to know the women for the purpose of sexually assaulting them. >> reporter: in high school in minnesota cook played the guitar and voted class clown. he had no criminal record other th >> he has been painted as the face of evil in madison and now across the entire nation, across the globe. that's wrong. >> reporter: the judge here today set cook's bail at $200,000. he remains banned from campus. lester. >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. an unusually taxing year for the u.s. secret service. so many candidates. so many events. so much provocative speech.
agents is this -- many of them are not getting paid for all of the overtime they're putting in. there are calls for congress to fix it. we get the story from our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: it is not a 9:00 to 5:00 job safe-guarding presidential candidates on the road. and keeping alert for potential trouble in boisterous crowds. not to mention the core mission of protecting a sitting president. unlike most federal employees, secret service agents do get overtime. but a third of them maxed out months ago at about $160,000. because of salary caps, they have been putting in brutally long hours with no extra pay. >> there is no reward to the family. you are not seeing any income coming in out of it. all of the thing that are broken in the house aren't getting fixed. so there is a major morale issue for that. >> reporter: the numbers are staggering. agents are now protecting 26 people, the current president, the candidates and their families, four former presidents, and some other top u.s. officials. and they have provided security
screening more than 8 million people. this year's been especially taxing -- the political conventions, the u.n. general assembly and year of unusually harsh rhetoric with threatening images displayed openly, some seeming to advocate violence. and hiring freeze limiting the number of agents. >> as many of them have told me they will take a bullet for the president. if they will take a bullet for the president, we ought to be able to properly compensate them. >> some in congress now working on a fix so secret service agents won't have to work pete williams, nbc news, washington. still ahead here this evening -- caught on camera. the takedown on a massive phone scam. thousands of americans ripped off to the tune of $300 million. how you can avoid the same kind of fate? the tune of $300 milli. how you can avoid the same kind of fate. also it also, it's long been considered an easy way to treat a common illness. but some conventional wisdom about women's health has the just been debunked. about women's health has the just b just ??
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federal prosecutors today charged 61 people in this country and overseas with running a scam that featured callers pretending to be from the irs demanding money. authorities say it was wildly successful, tricking more than 15,000 people out of hundreds of millions of dollars. we get the story from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> hi. >> reporter: marci ralph of brookville, maryland vividly remembers the call. a message saying she owed money and threatening legal action.
scary. >> reporter: investigators say hers was one of millions like this one. >> this call is officially a final notice from irs, internal revenue service. the reason of this call is to inform you that the irs is filing a lawsuit against you. >> reporter: this southern california woman who didn't want to be identified said she paid up after being told she would be and that i was -- going to have law enforcement dispatched to my place of business. >> this criminal network used a variety of schemes to trick, frightened individuals, over the phone, by tapping into their worst fears. >> the calls came, investigators say from a call center in india. on the other end they say two dozen people in eight states arrested today and charged with collecting the money and sending it back to the scammers in india. in all, the justice department says the scheme victimized 15,000 people in the u.s. and took in more than 300
>> the scammers in this case and in so many cases like this, are convincing. they are menacing and ruthless in their pursuit of their victims. >> india is cracking down too, arresting dozens earlier this month. accused of running a nearly identical scam. the important things say federal officials is that the government will never call you on your phone asking for cash. if you get a call like that, just hang up. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. what your laptop has been missing. the new feature apple unveiled that has the a lot of people talking. lot of people talking. impressive linda. it seems age isn't slowing you down. but your immune system weakens as you get older increasing the risk for me, the shingles virus. i've been lurking inside you since you had chickenpox. i could surface anytime as a painful, blistering rash.
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>> i honestly believe that he would work for everybody. every race. >> but just how many african-american millenials will show up to vote could have an impact even with clinton's dominance with black voters. over 25% of african-americans are between 18 and 34. >> i'm hoping that, that some where we can spark enthusiasm in that gap. >> reporter: the clinton campaign struggled to connect with voters under 30 and it has been tougher to reach young african-americans whose turn out spiked with election of barack obama in 2008 but dipped in 2012. >> our vot >> reporter: and clinton's use of the word "super predators" when she was first lady in 1996. >> they are often the kind of kids that are called super predators. still stings though she has retracted it and apologized. st. louis, activist britney packnit had reservations about hillary clinton but recently endorsed her. >> it will be critically important that we hold her accountable to issues of police violence, mass incarceration, really ending that cycle. >> reporter: you are not going
donald trump would gain, gain the seat. >> reporter: they have settled on clinton largely out of opposition to donald trump. and acknowledge the history that will be made if she wins. kristen welker, nbc news. more interesting changes from apple tonight after that big announcement that the new iphone would not have a headphone jack. now the new mac book is losing something as well. the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard will be replaced by a touch bar that adapts to whichever app you are speeding up certain tasks. there is even an emoji tool bar for when sending messages. for some, a sight they have been waiting for. for others it is too early. parts of the northeast saw they first snow of the season today. the cold snap brought flakes to parts of connecticut, massachusetts and new york today. though most didn't see much accumulation. still it isn't even halloween yet. speaking of halloween, when we come back, how the spooky holiday and the race for president are colliding in
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around the corner, many neighbors are decorating their homes this year to make a political statement. and it is giving a whole new meaning to election scare tactics. here is kevin tibbles. >> reporter: watch out kids. halloween is going to be very scary. while you trick-or-treat, politicians have their hands out for votes. from montana to michigan. the bone yard at nina horowitz's los angeles home is filled with >> trump is scary. it is halloween. >> reporter: in ohio, hillary is the speaky one at least on one front lawn. the trump train derails the clinton platform. in connecticut there is the wall. >> my big goal in this is to get people to think. >> reporter: matt worshire is doing that. this professor of american history so fed up his annual
so in order to get to the candy -- >> you got to have a passport. do you have your passport, kevin? >> reporter: to get the candy. >> to get the candy. >> reporter: he featured bernie behind bars, hillary riding a donkey. and his personal nemesis, donald trump, blowing smoke. is this the scariest halloween house you have ever seen? >> he is the scariest presidential candidate i have ever seen. >> what's scarier for you, halloween or politics? >> politics. this year, carving up pumpkins and politicians. kevin tibbles, nbc news, west hartford, connecticut. that's going to do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank