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tonight, hand them over, growing bipartisan calls for president trump to give congress the tapes if he secretly recorded comey as new questions arise about the timeline and what was discuss the a that dinner. a massive cyberattack crippling companies around the world. new fears in the u.s., is your family protect today. a deadly plane crash outside new york city, a jet goes down, a massive fire, multiple buildings and cars in flames. a family's anguish. the parents of a penn state student that died during hazing speaking out saying their son was treated like road kill by frat members what waited 12 hours to call for help. and how much caffeine is too much for kids? a startling new warning. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. whether he was we begin tonight with multiple reports say g president trump's tweet hinting at the possibility he recorded a conversation with "the washington post" broke the story siting unnamed u.s. officials who say the president went off script during his meeting with the russians, sharing classified details about isis capabilities that are so closely held they have not been shared with even close allies. our chief white house correspondent hallie jackson has the developing details for us, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight there is new push back from the white house on this bombshell post report. also confirmed by other outlets which says the president shared highly classified information with the
the post siting current and former u.s. officials saying this information came from an ally that provided it under an intelligence sharing agreement. one official tells the post the president revealed more information to the russian ambassador that we shared with our own allies. tonight, the white house is flatly insisting this story is false, the national security advisor saying the president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation at no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly. lester? >> and i know that on capitol hill there has been a lot of talk about tapes the president may or may not have had, but how has this story hit capitol hill? >> reporter: almost instantly we're getting reaction from senators from both parties told by reporters about what is happening and you're hearing from them. i want you to listen to a little bit of that response. >> suggestion that he might have shared highly classified
inappropriately with the russian foreign minister is deeply troubling. >> it's disturbing and let's find out what the details are and whether or not it happened. we just have an initial report so it's very difficult to comment until we get all the facts here. >> i don't know if it's accurate to be troubling. no idea. >> reporter: so to summarize, lester what we're hearing from the hill concern but also calls for more information about what is is really happening. the white house scrambling to provide the response. we're hearing from the secretary of state, as well and other white house aids, too. >> hallie jackson, thank you. to the massive cyber attack spreading around the world now. 150 countries affected, 300,000 computers as more companies were locked out of the systems today prompting new fears here in the u.s. perhaps the most startling part this ransomware attack is hardly unique. the fbi says in 2016, there were more than 4,000 attacks every day leaving companies and private citizens
[000:03:58;00] or family records. nbc's tom costello has more on what you can do to protect yourself. >> reporter: surprisingly, it doesn't take much expertise to launch a ransomware attack. >> how to avoid suspension. >> reporter: as james line showed us, hackers advertised do it yourself ransomware kits on the dark web. >> it's incredibly detailed guide that allows you to customize every aspect of the ransomware without having to write any code yourself. >> reporter: there is no way to know who this person is and where they are? >> that's correct. >> reporter: the rand someware thieves demand bit coins because you can't track them. losses totalled $1
billion in 2015. fast forward to 2016, operating 16 years old. now microsoft is pushing an urgent patch. >> the most important thing is to immediately download this security patch and make sure your system is secure. >> reporter: to protect yourself from an attack, experts advice keep your operating system and security software up to date. back up your data on the cloud or external hard drive. never click on a suspicious e-mail or link and limit the number of employees who have user control access. if your computer is held hostage, should you pay the ransom? >> people decided they have to pay the ransom because the cost of potentially losing that data forever or not having access to the data is too great. >> reporter: it's a gamble but perhaps the only way to reclaim your digital life. tonight another major development, disney ceo bob iker said hackers may have
st a and demanding money or they will release chunks of the movie. disney is is not releasing the anymore of the movie but says so far it's not paying. lester? >> tom costello, thank you. to the threat from north korea after another provocative action condemned by the u.n. security counsel late today. a missile launch unlike any they have tried before and there are fears it could reach a u.s. territory. we get late details from our chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: for the north korean regime, it was a big success. the leader kim jong-un shown supervising the missile launch and celebrating when it flew 1200 miles in the air and didn't blow up. north korea claimed the missile could carry a nuclear war head. no proof it can, but it could potentially put u.s. territory in range. guam, home to a u.s. military base and american bombers.
>> kim jong-un is aggressive. i think the answer is we have to engage. there has to be some diplomacy. china has to help us more than they have. >> reporter: vladimir putin said it's dangerous but advised against intimidating . >> he looks forward to having the conversation with the president. >> reporter: and president trump in his interview with lester holt seemed to be dialing down his rhetoric. >> you warned north korea that all options are on the table. >> sure, all options are on the table. >> that's what i'm getting out. the same options remain on the table. >> i would say yes, all options are on the table. that i can say. >> reporter: this missile flew very
high, extraordinarily high and the pentagon officials are concerned about this new capability and specifically they are trying to figure out about the reentry. it can crash to the hand. that's a big step in the development. >> thank you very much. the fiery crash of a plane on approach to one of america's busy's airports today killed two people after it plummeted into a building. the private jet came down at new jersey's airport this afternoon. as horrified witnesses watched in disbelief. kristen dahlgren reports from the scene. >> reporter: the thick black smoke could be scene for miles. >> jet crashed. >> airport is closed. >> reporter: pieces of the jet in flames. scattered through the streets. witnesses say the plane appeared to miss it's landing.
the department of crashing into buildings including the department of public works. >> everything back there is just like a disaster. there is like a dozen cars that are going into fire and the building going into fire and it's just shocking. it's really shocking. >> reporter: authorities say two crew members were killed. there were no passengers on board and they don't believe anyone on the ground was injured. >> usually, all this right here is all industry, factories and stuff like that. it's just really a shocking. once i heard the big boom, i didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: the plane was registered to a montana aviation company. there were strong winds as it made it's way from philadelphia. out of the new york area. aol founder steve case posted this picture and hours after performing on "the today show" new kids on the block jonathan knight wrote our plane is grounded until the scene is cleared, scary. as you can see, it is windy out here tonight, lester. at this hour, they
bee the building is accounted for and since cars were hit, they are making sure there are no additional casualties. the ntsb and faa are going to investigate. >> kristen dahlgren, thank you. to new developments in the scandal at penn state. a family of a pledge who was fatally injured during a hazing ritual speaking out to nbc's matt lauer about his final hours, their pain and the blame they place on those who allegedly waited far too long to get him help. >> it was horrific. this wasn't boys being boys, matt. this was men who intended to force feed lethal amounts of alcohol into other young men. >> reporter: jim and evelyn say their son tim was not a big drinker but pledging a
fraternity and part of that meant participating in what [000:10:59;00] gauntlet. surveillance video shows pledges shotgunning beers and drinking from vodka bottles. after more than an hour, prosecutors say he's seen severely staggering drunkingly toward the basement steps. the brothers hear him fall and carry him back to the couch. because of how inebriated tim was, he fell a number of times. he was severely injured, and for 12 hours. >> they slapped him, they threw water on his face. they sat on him. >> they did a sternum rub. >> they knew what that was and if he didn't react there was a significant issue. they did nothing about it. >> nearly 12 hours after timothy fell, someone did finally call 911. timothy's older brother michael also a student at penn state was the first to learn
that something was wrong. >> one of his roommates called me to see ifne so i called the hospital just to see and the woman on the phone told me he was in the emergency room, and when i got there, i found out pretty quickly how serious it was. >> did you ask any of the surgeons or the doctors had he been brought to you -- >> yes. >> -- an hour, two hours, four hours, six hours, would the outcome been different? >> i said those exact words and the doctors said yeah. >> so those 12 hours, that is what made the difference? >> yes. >> yeah. >> they killed him. >> reporter: in a statement, the university says this is heart-wrenching for the family and our community. 18 young men are facing charges to date. do you see them all as being equally
culpable? >> i think it's up to the jury to decide. >> what about in y heart? >> in my heart, they were all morally culpable. >> matt lauer with that powerful interview. still ahead, a 16-year-old collapses in class and later dies after officials say he had too many of the beverages millions consume every day. how much caffeine is too much for your child? also, something
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perplexed. why would an otherwise healthy teenager drop fr diet mountain dew, cafe latte and energy drink. >> it was so much caffeine at the time of his death it causes arrhythmia. >> reporter: his father said davis routinely avoided alcohol and drugs. >> it wasn't a car crash that took his life, instead an energy drink. >> reporter: according to the mayo clinic, an average eight-ounce coffee contains 165 milligrams of caffeine. caffeine is a natural stimula stimulant, it's found in coffee beans, tea and coco but pediatrics say
adolescents not consume more than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day. the answer, moderation. this cardiologist did not treat him but says moderation. >> very dangerous and since the caffeinated drinks emerged on the market several years ago, there has been an increase in the incidents of sudden cardiac death. >> reporter: >> i stand before you as a broken hearted >> i stand before you as a broken hearted father and hope something good can come from this. >> reporter: a senseless death from a seemingly harmless product. kerry sanders, nbc news, tampa. we're back in a moment with the new battle breaking out over a controversial symbol of the past. stop, stop, stop! sorry. you make it sense what's coming. watch, watch, watch! mom. relax! i'm relaxed. you make it for 16-year olds... whoa-whoa-whoa!!! and the parents who worry about them. you saw him, right? going further to help make drivers, better drivers. don't freak out on me.
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getting jumped or robbed, no, i don't gang bang, i just play football. >> football gave us life. [000:27:58;00] way. >> we may live in the hood, but the hood doesn't live in us. i envision the unlimited places that my children can go. >> reporter: injuries limited playing time so he tackled the books big time. a student, full bright scholarship, motivational speaker. now freshly graduated from tcu. >> that's my son. >> reporter: another great adventure awaits, oxford university in england. road scholar. >> this is a long way from -- >> yeah. for real. it really is. >> reporter: his future unlike his past rich with possibilities. >> i know i'll make something out of myself and striving towards that. >> reporter: perfect sense really, even on paper. ron mott, fort worth, texas. >> that's going to do it for us on a monday
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