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tonight, nuclear escalation. u.s. intelligence now says north korea can now put a miniaturized nuke on a missile. a dangerous milestone as president trump makes a jarring threat in return. >> as i said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. >> tonight, what are the u.s. options. an alarming rise in colon cancer deaths among younger people. doctors baffled about what's behind it. hollywood in fear as a major hack attack gets bigger. big names wondering who's next. and glen campbell, the rhinestone cowboy is gone after a brave
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tonight we remember a country music legend. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. thank you for being here tonight. the crisis with north korea reached an unsettling new level today with news of a possible major break-through in kim jong-un's nuclear weapons capability, and the most provocative statement yet from president trump, who met north korea's recent verbal threats with this chilling threat of his own. >> north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen. he has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement. and as i said,
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fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. >> the president painting a dark and ominous image of the same day nbc news learned u.s. intelligence now believes north korea has managed to create a nuclear warhead small enough to be launched aboard an intercontinental ballistic missile. our andrea mitchell begins our coverage. >> reporter: the alarming warning in a u.s. official briefed on the intelligence agency assessment, telling news news kim jong-un has now constructed a miniature nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside one of its new long-range missiles, one that could reach the u.s. mainland. the dictator has before shown off what he claims to be a miniaturized nuclear weapon. now he may have built one. >> it doesn't appear there's immediate threat to the homeland. but the problem is, he's beginning to perfect all of the elements of the
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nuclear device to the homeland. >> reporter: the speed of the regime's nuclear progress is stunning. u.s. intelligence thought it would take years to get this far. but just 11 days ago, north korea launched a missile test that could reach all the way to chicago. and now they may have a miniaturized weapon as well. how did u.s. intelligence miss the timing? >> the underestimation of the pace of this program represents a real blind spot as well as a danger for the united states. >> reporter: there are still big hurdles for north korea. crafting a warhead that can survive reentry into the atmosphere, and testing its accuracy to hit a target. west coast missile defense tests have successfully shot down a missile over the pacific. but the system cannot be counted on to be 100% accurate. while this is just one intelligence assessment, the fear is, north korea is on track to solve the technical challenges sooner rather than later. >> the north koreans, if they proceed on their nuclear program, will figure out how to
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nuclear device which they have shown that they know how to detonate, miniaturize it and put it on top of an icbm. >> reporter: tonight north korea threatened guam. some are slamming the president's comments, recommending diplomacy. republican john mccain saying he can't think of any other president who would have used that kind of rhetoric. >> andrea, whether president trump is prepared to back up his vow to meet north korean threats with fire and fury, the statement certainly reflects the narrow and risky options. the united states has to try and hamt north korea's nuclear advances. our national correspondent, peter alexander, takes a closer look. >> reporter: locked in an escalating standoff and the erratic dictator. president trump is facing the first foreign policy showdown of his young administration. >> i think the united states has to be very careful in describing its own objectives. the united states has many military options on the korean penins b
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them are risk-free. >> reporter: among the options, stay the course. emphasizing diplomacy, following strict new u.n. sanctions with the support of russia and china. a strategy that likely is a reality to north korea, who will secure the capability to hit a u.s. city with a nuclear weapon. another option, military action, with limited strikes aimed at north korean military targets. with american missiles firing from bombers, destroyers, saab marines or even ground launched weapons. just last week, national security adviser h.r. mcmarter not ruling out preventive war. >> it's intolerable from the president's perspective. >> reporter: in south korea, the consequences could be catastrophic, home to 28,000 american troops, and 25 million civilians in seoul alone. >> bad option, because it would lead to war in the korean peninsula, and probably hundreds of thousands of deaths in south korea, including many americans. >> reporter: for president trump, a defining decision looms. >> the whiou
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about the military option. so it's clearly their intention to convey to north korea that they're not afraid to use it. but the reality is, no one's ever used it before because it's such a grim reality. >> reporter: and tonight for this unconventional president often criticized for being impulsive, as one national security official described to me, it requires a steady hand and clear strategy that could affect millions overseas, and here at home. lester? >> peter alexander tonight, thank you. now we turn to another major story. president trump today vowing to win the battle against the deadly opioid epidemic in this country. though he stopped short of taking his commission's recommendation to declare a national emergency over it. tonight nbc's blake mccoy takes us inside a community in ohio where this crisis is truly hitting home. >> reporter: beneath cincinnati's scenic beauty lies an
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epidemic that is rotting away at this community. this past saturday, hamilton county saw 22 suspected overdoses in 24 hours, issuing a community wide alert. >> we're yelling as loudly as we can and nobody's listening. the ones that don't listen end up here. >> reporter: the coroner here said she's already seen 313 overdose deaths this year, the county easily on track to pass last year's record, 403 deaths. >> the epidemic is literally culling this community. >> absolutely. we do autopsies until about noon usually. now we're well into the afternoon doing autopsies. >> reporter: the powerful synthetic fentanyl, up to 100 times stronger than heroin, is often to blame. it's now found cut into other drugs like cocaine. christina is a recovering di
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it was my soul mate. >> reporter: addicted to pain pills at 19, heroin by 27. >> it's a total bankruptcy. like, mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, bankrupt. like the walking dead. >> reporter: as the crisis drags on, there's growing concern about heroin fatigue. >> we can't say we're not overwhelmed. we are. it is frustrating to know that you want to help people but you don't have the tools and resources to do it. >> reporter: first responders, responding again and again in a community ravaged by addiction. blake mccoy, nbc news, cincinnati. not only are americans already feeling the effects of climate change, but there's no doubt that human activity is causing it, according to a draft report from federal and university scientists. but will the trump administration which pulled the u.s. out of the paris climate deal two months ago approve that report's
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from nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: just last week, torrential rains in new orleans, a triple-digit heat wave in the northwest, and tidal flooding in miami beach. previews of the future, in a united states that will keep getting warmer according to the climate change special report. the draft first obtained by "the new york times" blames man-made greenhouse gases. there are no alternative explanations, the scientists write, and no naufrl cycles that can explain the changes in the climate. >> a thermometer isn't a democrat or republican. it doesn't give us a different answer depending on how we vote. climate is changing, humans are responsible, the impacts are serious, but there are solutions if we act now. >> reporter: but the trump administration which must approve the report pulled out of the international paris climate accord, and is filled with skeptics like epa administrator scott pruitt. >> i would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the
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see. >> there are fears that this administration will suppress the science. >> i think there's a fear first that they won't support it, they won't pay for it, and if it comes out and says things they don't like, they will pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: under president trump, climate change has been scrubbed from government websites. whistleblower and scientist joel clemmons of the interior department worked on climate change in alaska and said he was reassigned to the accounting department. >> this isn't just a policy debate or scientific paper, these are people in peril. >> reporter: the white house said they will withhold comment until the report is final. in the south tonight, some 5 million people are under flash flood watches after as much as seven inches of rain slammed the houston area over the last 24 hours. the deluge flooded many roads, forcing about two dozen high-water rescues. the flash flood watches last tgh
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there's growing concern this evening about a high-profile cyber attack on hbo, and now new questions over just how big it could get. the cable giant admits its cybersecurity systems were penetrated, and now it appears hackers may have released unreleased scripts, sensitive e-mails and financial records, a threat much bigger than previously believed. here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: tonight a second data dump. hbo cyber attack getting bigger. some of the cable channel's most popular assets targeted. hit shows like "game of thrones." and "ballers." now hackers calling themselves mr. smith releasing this ransom message, along with e-mails from an hbo executive. claiming to have damaging information and several new script summaries. >> hollywood is absolutely on edge about this. i talked to executives
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say that this is the worst case scenario. they're flashing back to the sony hack. and all of the damage that was done. >> reporter: the hollywood reporter received the documents by e-mail. it comes nearly three years after cyber crooks released embarrassing e-mails, personal information, even the salaries of thousands of sony employees. >> the wakeup call is over. the alarm bells are ringing loud and clear. companies need to be proactive and make sure they take strong postures to protect their environment. >> reporter: experts say it could take weeks to figure out exactly what was stolen from hbo. the company says they have no reason to believe their entire e-mail system was compromised, but tonight all of hollywood is taking notice. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. overseas now, and word the u.s. could escalate its role in the battle against isis on a new front we showed you on this broadcast last night. the pentagon now considering introducing more
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the philippines, according to two defense officials. nbc's bill nealy continues with his rare access inside the fight and has the latest details. >> reporter: the isis fighters holding marawi have been bombed for three months by philippine forces, guided by american spy planes. but now the u.s. may be poised to strike directly with predator drones, ready at a u.s. base nearby. a mission possible against a common enemy. >> an enemy that fights in ways that is not like most people have ever had to deal with. >> reporter: the u.s. is also sending more planes. philippine troops already getting help from u.s. special forces. and facing isis fighters, some of them trained in saudi arabia. the troops have retaken this area from isis, but more than 140 of them have been killed here so far. by an isis
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planned in syria. >> directly ordered from syria. not only directly ordered, but directly announced. >> reporter: it's opening a new front. >> the isis message is we're not just confined to one geographical area, that it's all over the world. >> reporter: their attack caused nearly half a million people to flee, many angry at the air strikes. >> our house is burning. >> your house is burning and you don't like it? >> we don't like it. >> reporter: american firepower may join this battle soon, for a city isis still holds, and for a region in shock. bill nealy, nbc news, marawi. cancer warning, the startling rise in a deadly form among some younger americans. what you need to know about when to get screened. we'll be right back. one laugh, and hello sensitive bladder. ring a bell? then you have to try always discreet. i didn't think protection this thin could work. but the super absorbent core turns liquid to gel.
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we're back now with startling news from journal of the american medical association, death rates from colon cancer are on the rise among younger white americans. and doctors are trying to find out why. nbc news medical correspondent dr. john torres has the new warning tonight. >> reporter: katy rich just had her third child, a boy named brady. when weeks later, she got a terrifying call from her doctor. >> he said it's cancer. and he said it wasn't good. >> reporter: the 33-year-old had stage
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>> it was devastating. >> reporter: a life-long athlete, she had no family history of the disease. her only symptom? pain in her ribs. the new report shows katy is one of a growing number of younger people getting colorectal cancer. studying all races, researchers found deaths in white people under age 55 are on the rise. and it's not only the result of more screening. >> this increase in incidence is real. and it's scary. because we don't know what's causing it. >> reporter: colonoscopy is currently recommended beginning at age 50 for most people, and repeated every 10 years until age 75 for those with no risk factors. every five years, for other screening tests, or when colonoscopy finds small polyps. but today's startling report has some doctors rethinking those rules. should we be screening at an earlier age? >> for a patient with a family history, you should be screening ten years earlier than when the loved one got
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>> reporter: people should also know the symptoms, including changes in bowel habits, pain, cramps or unexplained weight loss. now age 38, katy rich is cancer-free. after years of grueling treatment, she and husband will had another baby they named hope. dr. john torres, nbc news, new york. plenty more ahead tonight. the ritzy neighborhood where mansion owners are outraged after something was bought right out from under them. the first person to survive alzheimer's disease is out there. and the alzheimer's association is going to make it happen by funding scientific breakthroughs, advancing public policy, and providing local support to those living with the disease and their caregivers. but we won't get there without you. visit to join the fight. bburning of diabetic nerve pain
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tonight broadway is mourning the loss of acclaimed actress and singer barbara cook, a soaring soprano whose career spanned more than 60 years, from starring roles in musicals like candid and music man and later as a performer in soldout cabaret and concert halls, continuing to perform nearly right until the end. barbara cook was 89 years old. in a wealthy san francisco neighborhood, a street
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[000:22:58;00] they were shocked to learn the private street they live on had been sold for $90,000. the city auctioned it off after the homeowners association hadn't allegedly paid the $14-per-year tax in decades. residents who may be forced to pay for parking now are petitioning to rescind the sale. a photo that made us laugh that a lot of moms and dads can probably relate to this time of year. that's alabama mom jenna willingham celebrating the first day of school. her three kids clearly not sharing in the excitement. they actually snapped the photo on sunday, and it's been shared thousands of times. mom says it's the first time in 11 years she hasn't had a kid home during the day. we say cheers to jenna and all the moms and dads out there who could use a little "me" time. remembering the legendary glen campbell. the legendar the ford summer sales event is in full swing. i'll jump out and guide you back.
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public battle with alzheimer's inspired a lot of fams disease. campbell was 81 years old, and nbc's cynthia mcfadden looks back at his life and legacy. >> reporter: for 40 years it was his signature song. though he never learned to read music, his rich tenor voice and extraordinary gift as a guitarist led to more than 70 albums, and a staggering 21 top 40 hits. born dirt poor during the depression to a share cropping family in rural arkansas, he was one of 12 kids. his personal path was not always so gentle. he battled alcohol and cocaine addictions and was married four times. but he kept on singing. in 2011, he received
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devastating news. >> this indicates that an -- [000:27:58;00] despite the memory loss, he made a brave decision. >> i ain't done yet. tell them that. >> reporter: to go on tour as planned, hitting the road for 151-stop farewell tour with three of his six kids. >> who are these people up here? oh, yeah, there they are. >> reporter: the resulting documentary, an intimate portrait of the toll the disease takes. ♪ i'm still here but yet i'm gone ♪ >> reporter: the film's song "not going to miss you" was nominated for an oscar. her final public appearance was our visit. his disease had reached stage six. stage seven is the end of the road. but still the music was in the man. ♪ i've been walking these streets so long ♪ >> reporter: as we've seen a few years earlier when he was honored with a grammy for lifetime achievement.
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he brought the crowd to its feet. a celebration of his music, and his cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. >> quite a legacy. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that's "nightly news" for this tuesday. i'm lester holt.
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for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching, and good night. the breakup with you and peter. had he given you what you wanted, would this have played out a little differently? >> that is the key question. how close was rachel to picking peter instead of bryan? this is "access hollywood," and is bryan really okay with how it all went down? >> you heard her say to another


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