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xxxx. tonight, nuclear war of words. new details behind president trump's fire and fury threat. now the defense secretary puts north korea on notice as nbc news learns some of the options being prepared for the president. fbi raid. a surprise predawn search at the home of former trump campaign chairman paul manafort. whathe feds were looking for. a mother's loss. the mayor of nashville opens up about the death of her son from an overdose just 11 days ago. sharing their final messages and her message for every mom and dad. sounding the alarm after far too many tragedies, kids being forgotten in the back seat s locked in hot cars. tonight, life saving new technology. and pickupy love connection.
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technology to find that perfect match. nightly news begins right now. flrp match. nightly news begins right . good evening and welcome, everyone. if the stakes weren't so potentially grave, it might otherwise sound like a school yard squabble. the war of words escalating tonight between the united states and north korea over nothing less than nuclear weapons. president trump's fire and fury remarks met with north korea's threat to attack a vital u.s. territory. and now today secretary of defense mattis with his own more artfully worded but no less threatening message warning north korea against actions that could lead to, quote, the destruction of its people. our bill neely is in south korea tonight with the latest developments. >> reporter: on the streets of north korea today, a show
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defiance. the u.s. the enemy, kim jong-un and nuclear weapons their defense, they said, against the threat from president trump. >> fire and fury, like the world has never seen. >> reporter: and from the island of guam, now directly threatened by north korea, secretary of state rex tillerson turning down the temperature. >> the american people should sleep well at night. >> reporter: and defending the president. >> what the president is doing is sending a strong message to north korea in language that kim jong-un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language. >> reporter: that message reinforced today in another stark warning from defense secretary jim mattis that north korea should stop considering actions that would lead to the end of regime and the destruction of its people. it would, he said, lose any conflict it initiates. mattis' comments followed a
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korea, that it's preparing military plans to strike the american pacific island of guam. it's a sovereign u.s. territory, the size of chicago, home to 160,000 u.s. citizens and much closer to north korea than to the u.s. mainland. the threat was unusualel specific, mentioning the b one bombers stationed there at andersen air force base. the island's governor dismissed north korea's threat. >> there is no threat to our island. >> reporter: not everyone is convinced. >> it is scary. >> reporter: anxiety too in hawaii. >> if a ballistic missile was launched from north korea, it could reach this state in less than 20e minutes. officials here in ohio say they are working onnen aemergency plan. they say the threat is real, but the risk is low. >> reporter: it's a crisis growing fast. in just five weeks north korea ha
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missiles that u.s. officials now believe could reach as far as chicago. >> this is the highest tension i've ever seen in the korean peninsula. it's a very grave situation, close to being a crisis. >> reporter: well, here in seoul, south korea's president is trying to calm nerves saying there is no imminent crisis. but from north korea in the last hour, more provocation. the military calling president trump's threat a load of nonsense and saying only absolute force can work on him. lester. >> all right r. bill neely in seoul tonight. thank you. north korea's threat against guam further complicates the u.s. options to halt north korea's women's program. just over 2,000 miles southeast of the korean peninsula, guam reads like a dot on the map over my shoulder, but of course, it's home to tens of thousands of americans. and as nbc news has learned would likely play a c
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military preemptive attack against north korean targets. our senior investigative correspondent cynthia yoo mcfad den has details. >> reporter: tonight nbc news can report the pentagon has prepared a specific strike plan for a preemptive attack on north korea should the president order one. key to that plan, two senior military officials and two senior retired officers tell us, the battle tested b. one bomber. seen here in a military video training for such a mission. the b. one recently updated, has been a work force in afghanistan and iraq. since the end of may the b-once have accelerated their training, conducted lesson practice runs, including one on monday. six b. ones are positioned in guam. they are not nuclear capable. here is what they're training for. pairs of b once supported overhead by satellites and drones surrounded by fighter jets, as well as refueling and elec
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flown round trips, refueling multiple times to practice what a real operation against north korean missile sites might look like. the highly sophisticated strike package is designed to be largely invisible to facilitate a sneak attack. the targets, multiple sources say, approximately two dozen north korean missile launch sites and support facilities which intelligence officials tell nbc news they feel confident they have accurately identified. the b-one's can carry a mix of weapons, as many as 168 bombs or more likely the new jassmer, a highly accurate missile that can be fired hundreds of miles outside north korean air space. >> of all the military options you could consider, this would be one of the two or three that would be at least have a possibility of not escalating the sitti
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against the nuclear program, a cyber offensive would be the second. those are the only two military options that ought to be in serious consideration. >> reporter: nonetheless, admirable stra vee dis, who is the supreme allied commander of nato, says he would counsel the president against the use of the u.s. military at this point. >> kim jong-un would be compelled to respond. he would lash out militarily at a minimum against south korea and potentially at longer range targets. perhaps including guam. that's a bad set of outcomes from where we sit today. >> cynthia, as you know last spring we took this broadcast to south korea and what we saw were u.s. and south korean troops and forces working hand in hand. could the u.s. do this alone? would it do this alone. >> well, could, yes. would, is a different question, lester. the south koreans have been full partners in these practice runs, but while the u.s. would be obliged to give the south koreans
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of missions, in this particular case, since the planes would launch from guam and the missiles could be fired from outside korean air space, the u.s. could act unilaterally. whether they would is a different matter. >> all right. thank you. as the president faces perhaps his greatest test of leadership yet, he's also spawned a backlash among some who feel his fiery threat to the north was out of bounds. but while his choice of words may have taken some within his administration by surprise, the white house says it's underlying message did not. here is kristen welker. >> reporter: when president trump unleashed that heated warning to north korea. >> they will be met fire and fury. >> reporter: those words were his according to the white house, who said the president didn't discuss specific language with his top advisors, but had previewed the tone, including with chief of staff john kelly. still, the president's combative remarks starngd a backlash from some lawmakers. >> teddy
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walk softly but carry a big stick. and that's not what's being employed here. >> reporter: privately administration officials acknowledge they've spent the day trying to turn down the heat, but the president may have added to the mixed messaging, tweeting my first order as president was to reign oh vat and modernize our nuclear arsenal. it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. while it's true mr. trump ordered a review of the nuclear arsenal in january, former president obama had already launched an effort to upgrade the stock pile and it's a prompt that will take at least 30 years to complete, making it impossible for there to have been any significant changes this year. are the president sent a second tweet today saying hopefully we will never have to use this power. tonight, some supporters say mr. trump's unconventional tough foreign policy talk shows strength. >> this is how north korea talks, so why not give it a shot to say, hey, we've got some fire and fury for you too if you want to play
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>> but critics warn. >> this is the kind of thing you would company to hear from the north koreans, not from the president of the united states and frankly it's not the kind of rhetoric that will reassure our allies. >> the president's leadership facing its fierceist test yet. dramatic stand office since the cuban missile crisis. >> every president over the last 70 years has essentially felt that what matters in a cries like this is not tough talk but tough action. >> reporter: the president spoke to his secretary of state for an hour today and tomorrow vice president mike pence will meet with the president here in new jersey. north korea will undoubtedly be the key focus. >> thank you. we're learning more tonight about how intensely special counsel robert mueller is looking at former oeflszful trump campaign. turns out one of their homes was recently searched by the fbi. tchsz a surprise predawn raid on paul manafort. our justice correspondent pete williams has details and what they were looking for. >> reporter: with absolutely no
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before dawn to search the suburban washington, d.c. apartment of paul manafort, a donald trump confident ant who played a central role in his presidential campaign for six months. the search two weeks ago at this building in alexandria virginia came as a surprise. manafort's spokesman says he has, quote, consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did on this occasion as well. but a former federal prosecutor says the surprise search is a sign that robert mueller's investigators don't trust him. >> the execution of a search warrant means that there is a concern that the individual has documents that are harmful to him that he may not turn over cooperatively. >> reporter: while mueller's main task is investigating meddling by the russians in the election and whether anyone in the u.s. helped them do it, law enforcement officials say mueller has alternatives been looking intensely at manafort's foreign business dealings. the officials say fbi acts who searched his home were looking for tax and banking records from his
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ukraine and cyprus. to get a warrant for that kind of search fbi agents must persuade a federal judge that there's probable cause to believe a crime has been commit. manafort has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong and has met with and provided documents to congressional investigators looking at russian meddling. now the search, a clear sign that his legal problems are getting worse. pete williams, nbc news, washington. np france today an hours' long man hunted came to an end in a high-speed chase on a highway. the driver of a bmw arrested after police say that car was used to ram into a group of soldiers outside paris. six injured in all. french counterterrorism officials have opened an investigation. authorities searching for anyone else who may have been involved. back home, a deeply personal warning to moms and dads from the mayor of nashville, who lost her only child a little more than a week ago to the opioid crisis grimg our
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tonight she is opening up and revealing the deadly combination of drugs that took her son's life. the mayor spoke to our gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: this is megan barry's family during better times. ten days ago the nashville mayor got a knock on her door at three apple. >> your first thought is that you had a police officer who has been injured and you need to get dressed, you need to go to the hospital, you need to confront a family. >> reporter: instead it was she who would need comforting. her son max had just died of a drug overdose. did it come as an absolute shock? >> yeah. totally. >> reporter: you didn't see it coming at all. >> i didn't see it coming. >> reporter: she said machad been to rehab once before but he had recently graduated from college and moved to colorado. and he was your only child? >> he was our only child. yeah. our only. >> reporter: today the mayor revealed he had a lethal combination rf drugs in his system, including xanax, cocaine, the opioids methadone
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>> i want to just shake him and say what were you thinking? >> it is a tremendous problem in our country -- >> reporter: on tuesday president trump stopped short of declaring a national emergency. he pledged to ramp up law enforcement to combat the opioid crisis. is that must have? >> no. we're not going to arrest our way out of this problem. you need to have access to beds and treatment. >> reporter: has it sunk in yet? >> i don't think so. you know, i think that this hole that i have in my heart will never be filled. see, right here. >> reporter: she shared with us their final texts. >> i'm so grateful that the last words we said and the last texts we sent said i love you. >> reporter: max barry was it 22. gabe gu tear rez, nbc news, nashville. we're going to take a short break. when we come back, stopping hot car deaths. a new technology that could save children's lives follo
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tonight charges are pending against the driver of a day care van in orlando who alexanderel forgot a three-year-old boy. investigators say the boy died after being trapped inside the hot van for hours. it's the latest tragedy in a year that has seen dozens of children die in hot cars. but now there is potentially life saving technology on the way. nbc news national investigative
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exclusive look for tonight's rossen reports. >> reporter: this summer police officers breaking car windows, desperately trying to rescue young kids trapped inside hot cars, and it's been a tragic year. 32 children already killed in hot cars where temperatures can spike fast, even when it's just 70 degrees outside, it can reach nearly 90 inside the car in just ten minutes. but now new technology to prevent these tragedies. i'm in michigan where researchers have developed a new product that would actually alert you if you walk away from your car and there's a baby still in the back seat. this is david brink who is seed leading the deep. how does this work. >> well, we've installed a very sophisticated electric sensor in the ceiling of this vehicle that detects a child sleeping anywhere in the back seat of this vehicle. >> reporter: that sense or uses special radiofrequency weaves to detect even the smallest breaths and chest movements
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car? what happens. >> you get flashing lights an audible sound and text message. >> how fast? >> in lets than a minute. >> time to try it out. we put a baby mannequin that actually mimics breathing in the car and i drive around the brock to park. all right. out of the car. let's see how long it takes for the alert to actually go off and how far you get away from the car. it's only been a few seconds here. >> attention. >> there it goes. >> an unattended child has been detected. >> that fast. and the lights are blinking. and i'm going to keep an eye on my screen here. yep. there it is. there is the text message right there. child is forgotten. i'd know that fast. the company says the sensor could be rolled out by some car manufacturers as soon as next year. hopefully making this a thing of the past. jeff rossen, nbc news auburn hills, michigan. up next tonight,
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finally tonight, match making apps and websites have certainly revolution iced the way people find dates these days. now technology is also changing the way people find now best friends of the four-legged variety. nbc's joe fryer shows us how rsht in so cal silicon beach technology has gone to the dogs. and cats. and even rabbits. this is the wallace an enberg pet space where they've decided if humans can have dating profiles, then these guys should have adoption profiles, advertised on really big touchscreens. >> so we touch on here and we learn about collide and his bio poms up. he's four years old. he's 68 poupds. >> reporter: that info can be quickly shared. >> i like the sharing ability that you can text a friend or a boyfriend when you find the pet that you like rrts pet space also has an ann with all those profiles, an interactive approach to adoption. >> you know, we just
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we want people to meet the dog and fall in love. >> reporter: the pets come from la county she woulders, but instead of cages or kenlsz they leave in swooets with tv's that broadcast pet friendly shows. grooming sessions are open for all to see. curious spectators can simply touch the glass to ask a question. >> do the dogs ever try to bite you? >> no. >> reporter: it's want just clicks and cuddles. researchers here are working to better understand the connection between pets and people. >> the goal here is really to celebrate and strengthen the human animal bonds. >> reporter: astel is adopting picksy the process is completed online. the connection is quite real. >> oh, my goodness. she's amazing. she's so cute. i love her. rfrt as great as this place is, they know the best pet space is a home. joe fryer, nbc news california. two minutes of pure cuteness. we appreat
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that is nightly news for this wednesday night. i'm lester holt for all of us at nbc news. thank you for watching and good night. u for watching and good night.
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