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for the . tonight, guilty verdict for the so-called pharma bro who sparked a national furor by raising the price of a life saving aides drug 5,000%. martin shkreli now convicted of defrauding investors, facing potentially decades in prison. trump defiant. >> are there any russians here tonight? any russians? the president in fight mode as nbc news learns there are multiple grand juries working the russia investigation. caught on camera, a heart stopping crash and out of control pickup truck slams into a bus stop full of people. how everyone made it out alive. towering inferno, a skyscraper in flames in dubai, another believe covered in the same kind of siding as that awfuon
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and oh, baby. the little girl who beat the odds. now so many fans can't get enough of fee owna. nightly news begins right now. good evening and thanks for being with us on this friday evening. the verdict is in for the brash young former ceo who became the poster image for everything americans don't like about big farm a. you may not remember the name martin shkreli but you'll likely recall his breezy dismissal of the outrage when his pharmaceutical company raised the price of an aides drug from around $13 a pill to $7.50 a pill overnight in 2015. that wasn't a crime. but defrauding investors is as shkreli learned today in a brooklyn federal courtroom. our an thompson has the story. >> reporter: a bad day for the
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pharmaceutical industry. martin shkreli gained infamiliary raising the price of an aides drug 5,000% two years ago. >> are you going to change the price? >> no. >> reporter: becoming the ceo americans loved to hate. >> i intend to use the advice of my counsel, not yours. >> reporter: but that's not why pefs convicted in federal court today. the 34 yrd found guilty on three of eight counts related to securities fraud. from when shkreli ran a couple of hedge funds. >> no questions from cnbc. i'm sorry. >> this was a witch-hunt of epic proportions and maybe they found one or two broomsticks, bt at the end of the day we've been acquitted of the most important charges of this case. >> reporter: the prosecution team, who shkreli cast i gated as junior varsity took the high road. >> justice has been served. >> reporter: defense attorney benjamin brak manly acknowledged his persol
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made his job and the jury's more difficult. >> and if you're asking me did that factor into the decision whether or not to bring this lawsuit, i think it did. >> reporter: the four-wook trial was unusual. shkreli never put on a defense, in part because none of the victims lost money. they actually made money, even though shkreli lied about the fund's performance and assets. >> my investors made three to five times their money without any aid of any settlement agreement. >> reporter: brock man thinks that will help at sentencing. however, shkreli's youtube performance after the verdict may not. >> big rolls. big rolls. that's my rap name now. no. that's my prison name, big rolls. >> reporter: he faces up to 20 years and is expected to appeal. an thompson, nbc news new york. this evening president trump is at his new jersey golf club kicking off a 17-day working vacation. hours after his administration vowed a major crack down on leakers. one of the president's biggest
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russia investigation as the president is making clear he's defiant. our white house correspondent kristen weller has it all covered. >> reporter: the trump administration escalating its war on leakers with the doj saying they're pursuing three times as many leak investigations as the last administration. >> i have this warning for would-be leakers. don't do it. >> reporter: attorney general jeff sessions, who endured withering criticism from the president for recusing himself in the russia investigation, now doing the one thing the president is demanding, cracking down, creating a new unit inside the fbi to p find leakers. and even ordering a review of the department's policy on subpoenaing records from reporters. >> anyone who engages in these criminal acts is betraying the intelligence community and the american people. >> reporter: the announcement against leakers has been long planned, but comes a day after the "washington post" published transcripts of the president's ph
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leaders. mr. trump is also aiming to shift focus away from the russia probe, which is now entering a new phase. >> we didn't win because of russia. we won because of you. >> reporter: nbc news has confirmed special counsel robert mueller has multiple grand juries working on the investigation, including in washington, d.c. and virginia. the president's legal team insisting they haven't been made aware of the grand jury, and say he's not under investigation. >> reporter: is there any concern that that is has changed that the president could be under investigation. >> we've not been told that. he's not been informed that. his lawyer ty cobb has very specifically said that we learned of the grand jury investigation, everyone did yesterday, and that he is has not been asked to produce any information at this time. >> reporter: former watergate prosecutor in this case aker man. >> he is clearly within the purview of this grand jury's investigation, whether it's for obstruction of justice or whether it's for actually violating laws in ec
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colluding with the russians. >> reporter: the president in fight mode last night. >> the russia story is a total fabrication. >> reporter: even reviving one of his most popular lines from the campaign. >> what the prosecutors should be looking at are hillary clinton's 33,000 deleted e-mails. >> reporter: mr. trump's tirade came in front of a fired up west virginia crowd, where he won almost 70% of the vote. >> are there any russians here tonight? any russians? >> reporter: the president's legal team is trying to turn down the temperature, saying he's not considering firing special counsel robert mueller. for his part, mr. trump will spend the next two weeks at his resort here in new jersey on a working vacation while the white house undergoes renovations. lester. >> all right. kristen welker. thank you. we want to turn now to the shocking surveillance video of a violent crash in michigan. it shows a pickup truck plowing through a bus stop filled with
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survived and today the man behind the wheel appeared in court charged with driving while intoxicated. nbc's blake mccoy has more for us tonight. >> reporter: surveillance video shows the harrowing moments an out of control car ka reasons off a road and into a bus stop full of people. clarence wilson left the stop just seconds earlier. >> and he jumped the curb and wiped out the whole bus stop. that was like the most devastating thing i've seen. >> reporter: another look shows six people inside the warren, michigan bus stop wednesday trying to stay out of the rain. four of them were pinned under the pickup truck in the aftermath. >> weaver got four trapped under a vehicle. multiple victims examine mum ambulances. i need a supervisor. >> reporter: firefighter kevin follow cow ski helped pry them free. >> i've seen some horrific accidents and things like that, but nothing of this magnitude. >> reporter: police arrested the drive, gather did he layo, 55 years old, charged with reckless driving and
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his first court appearance today. surveillance video shows him get out of his truck unharm, appearing stunned. he does not help the victims. instead, walking away into a restaurant. >> he just walked in, used the rest room and then walked right out. that was it. >> everybody just asking, keep an open mind because he's just a normal guy with no criminal record that just had an unfortunate accident. >> reporter: six people are now recovering from a litany of broken bones. tonight, five remain hospitalized, but are expected to survive. blake mccoy, nbc news. now to a summer of extremes. wild weather from coast to coast, fire and rain, flash floods and relentless heat making life miserable for a whole lot of people as we head into the weekend. nbc's joe fryer has all the details. >> reporter: with little notice the streets of after ton california became arteries for swifting is moving rivers of muddy water. in
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triggered flash floods nasty enough to stop a train in its tracks and trap several cars. at least three drivers had to be rescued by helicopter. >> i think now i'll take hooed of flash food warnings a little better. >> they're also cleaning up in arizona after getting walloped by monsoon storms. while in chicago, rain and lightning brought the loc lollapalooza music festival to a halt last night with singer lord apologizing to the crowd. today 19 million are at risk of severe weather, with new york drenched by sheets of rain that turned stairs into waterfalls. last night in maryland powerful winds top he would trooez. one landed on a car killing a 14-year-old girl. meanwhile, the northwest is baking for a fourth straight day, forcing athletes to exercise caution. >> it's like cooking a brisket in your smoker. >> on top much that, the skies are fd
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wildfires to the north. >> hiem tom kogs tell low in vancouver, canada. burning across western canada. >> reporter: it's so hot out west for the first time ever the oakland zoo called on firefighters to hose down the elephants. extreme measures when the heat is not easily beat. joe fryer, nbc news. there is encouraging news tonight on the american economy. employers added 209,000 jobs last month, topping expect fagsz and the unemployment ticked down to 4.3% which matches a. it marks the 82nd straight month of job growth. despite a relatively strong economy, president trump's national approval rating is at a low point. a gallop tracking poll out this week shows that just 36% of americans approve of the job he's doing, while 58% disapprove. however, the president gets considerably more support in some states, among them wyoming, which votedvi
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all the turbulence in the trump presidency senior correspondent tom brokaw spoke with voters in wyoming in our series across america. >> reporter: powell in north central wyoming is a pictureesque and prosperous community where main street is real, not just a figure of speech. church is a fixed part of life. so is the county fair with prize winning turkeys and kids showing off their goats. a deeply red community in a very republican state. this area went 70% for donald trump. now, six months into his presidency, what are they thinking here? president trump's style and background are a long way from powell. >> we don't appreciate all the tweeting. >> reporter: dave bone ner is a town father, publisher of the newspaper, former state legislature, lifelong republican. >> get off that dog gone phone. and end those public bullying,
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there are people now that don't trust him. >> reporter: but the president has lots of support here, and the national news media do not. >> i don't think we've really gotten a clear picture of what he's accomplished. all we've heard is just the bad press. >> we haven't really heard both sides as to what he's doing. >> his mouth is -- runs off, but if he can get past that, he is -- he seems to be, for me, getting things done. >> it is a little bit of a conflicting message -- >> reporter: in washington and on cable news, the trump presidency and capital chaos is 24/7, a legendary wyoming politician, senator alsimpson, is embarrassed by it all. >> this is a nut house. and it's -- the sad thing is -- people don't like to win any more. they want to rub the other guy's nose in it. >> reporter: but in powell president trump remains
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popular figure. the voters here made their choice and they're sticking with him. tom brokaw reporting from wyoming. this was a solemn day at dover air force base in delaware as two fallen american soldiers came home. sergeant jonathan mike wal hunter of columbus, indiana and specialist christopher michael harris of jackson springs, north carolina. vice president mike pence was among those in attendance. killed this week in southern afghanistan when their con invoice was attacked. there's more to come tonight. towering inferno, how everyone was able to survive this high-rise fire when so many were lost in that fire in london just two months ago. also, it will be the biggest sky show in years. how some americans are cashing in already during the solar eclipse.
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we're back now with that high-rise apartment fire that could have been a huge tragedy, but wasn't. it happened as people slept either this morning in dubai, but everyone was able to make it out alive, unlike in another high-rise apartment fire in london in june. so what made the difference in dubai? here is nbc's kelly cobea. >> reporter: tonight, questions about what turned this skyscraper into a towering inferno, lighting up the night sky overdue bye. the fire alarms went off just before 1:00 a.m. >> it was just complete day os. >> reporter:
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waterfront district. it has nearly 700 apartments spanning 86 stories. 40 stories were engulfed in flames. officials say more than a thousand residents got out alive in less than a half-hour. >> the power was going in and out. when i got to around the 25th floor that you could start smelling the smoke. >> reporter: the smam building caught fire in 2015, and investigators blamed the exterior cladding or siding for accident arating those flames, sparking restrictions on new construction. london fire safety expert says the material is cheap and widely used, though banned for high rises in the u.s. that siding covered the gren fill tower in west london when it caught fire in june. at least 80 people were killed. with no sprinklers and a smoke filled staircase, residents were trapped. >> it still gets me now. these people should never have died. >> reporter: but in dubai, sprinklers helped control
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tonight a scramble is underway for the best viewing spots for the event of a lifetime that will blanket states across the country, a solar eclipse turning day into night for atrom measures and even just the curious the total eclipse is a rare opportunity to catch one of nature's greatest fen nons and a lot of folks are making big plans to be in the best spot to see it. our national correspondent has details.
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central oregon there will be madness in mad dris. >> there we go. step over. >> reporter: christina carpal terr is getting the farm ready for a festival. on august 21st the solar eclipse will drop darkness over her fields. 400 spectators paying a premium, some 15 hundreds a couple to camp on her 80 acres. >> it's definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity that was handed to this tiny little community. we'll be serving people farm to feast style right in the fields where we're growing the food. i'm really excited. >> reporter: this town of 6,000 bracing for a hundred thousand visitors. liquor sales are booming. legal pot sales could hit an all-time high. >> we've been planning for all these years to be ready for the big great american eclipse. >> reporter: john broougser has been planning for decades. even building his home i
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path of the eclipse. >> all of this work for two minutes. i'm like yes, of course. >> reporter: as the moon passes in front of the sun, a ribbon of darkness, 70 miles wide, known as the path of totality will move from oregon to south carolina, taking just under two hours. each town going dark for roughly two minutes. at grand teton national park, rescue teams are preparing for the largest crowds ever. and across the country kids big and small are launching science experiments. >> reporter: for those that don'ts fall in the path of complete darkness, tense of millions will still experience a partial eclipse. you won't need a fancy telescope, just a pair of protective glasses like these, if you can find them. miguel nbc news los angeles. >> a lot of excitement building for that. believe it or not, for some kids school is already back in session and what a pretty cool way for one young man in texas. showing up wit
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with a story we can all feel good about. her name is fiona and since she was born prematurely at the cincinnati zoo, millions have been following the progress of the baby hippo. >> reporter: the giddy aren't for beyonce or bieber. but for a demure little 400 pound hippopotamus by the name of fiona. >> shoos a little miracle baby. i would say so. >> reporter: she's the only known hippo to survive after being born six weeks premature. she weighed a mere 29 pounds. as the staff at the cincinnati zoo worked around the clock cokesing the newborn back from the brink. >> she has nine bottles total. she's getting about four gallons a day. >> reporter: every s
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from playing in her own wading pool to nap time. this little girl is so popular, she's been viewed more than a hundred dollar million times on the zoo's facebook page. the fiona fan club waits with nose pressed against the glass. why a little hippo? >> she's adorable. she stole our hearts. >> she's really nice ask she's really smile like me. >> reporter: local businesses have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for her upkeep by selling everything from cookies to feena beer and chg t-shirts. >> if there's somebody that needs help, with he all try to rally around for it, even when it's a hippo. >> reporter: at pool side feena paddle z about with mom and dad who don't seem to mind the attention too much. a book is now in the works celebrating this little pip poe's unique story of survival. >> of course was routing for feena and they just wanted to be part of her story and show their love and support for
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zoo. >> reporter: yes, mr. did he mill, baby feena is ready for her close up. p kevin tibls, nbc news cincinnati. all right. something to smile about. we appreciated you p spending part of your evening with us. that is nightly news for this friday night. i'm lester holt for all of us at nbc news. thanks for watching and
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is it easy because oprah says it? that sort of backlash that i've received myself. >> support for oprah after her controversial weight comment. this is "access hollywood," and as the "this is us" gain celebrates slide joining the somehow who is the ultimate guest star for the new "will & grace"? >> that's so .

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