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call geico and see how easy it is to switch and save on homeowners insurance. tonight all eyes on this major hurricane bearing down on texas. evacuations underway. warnings to get out now. emergency preparations and fears that harvey will hit as a ferocious category 3. blame game. president trump turns his fire on the republican leaders of the house and senate. as the threat of a government shutdown looms over money to pay for his border wall. the winner is, the massachusetts mom claims one of the largest jackpots in history. one lucky ticket, $758 million. a priest's kkk past, a confession sends shock waves through the community. cheerleading outrage over video of a coach holding down a girl who cries out in pain, pleading with
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and an accidental icon, taking the fashion world by storm. "nightly news" begins right now. goodd evening, everyone. thanks for being here tonight. the warning from officials is an ominous as it is blunt, get out now. tens of thousands living along the texas gulf coast under a hurricane warning right now, as harvey whips itself into a major hurricane. a lumbering but dangerous storm that could come a shore a little over 24 hours from now, and dump some truly unbelievable amounts of flooding rains over the next several days. already sustained winds are at 85 miles an hour, they could be over 100 when the storm comes ashore near corpus christi late tomorrow or early saturday. that's where jacob rascon begins our reporting tonight. >> reporter: tonight the fore
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and distressing. >> this is a very, very bad scenario for us here. >> reporter: hurricane harvey intensifying rapidly expecting to slam into texas as a category 3. >> we're going to, in the strongest possible terms, encourage the residents in the low lying areas, as they say, get out of dodge. >> harvey would be the first hurricane to make landfall in texas since 2008 when hurricane ike killed 21 people in texas, arkansas and louisiana, and caused billions of dollars in damage. in 2005, hurricane katrina and hurricane rita also made landfall as category 3 storms. devastating texas and louisiana, more than 1,000 people killed and more than $100 billion in damage. from beaumont to san antonio, the preparations are urgent. >> it's getting more and more serious as time goes by. >> reporter: a rush on gas, water, food and flashlights. e
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largest city, houston bracing for catastrophic flooding throughout. expecting more than 15 inches of rain over the next five days. here in corpus christi, boards are coming up and sales are coming down. as chuck griffin prepares his boat, he remembers the last time a storm this strong hit here. >> 47 years ago. >> reporter: wow! and what did that do to the town? >> decimated it, it was a disaster. >> reporter: so what do you think now? >> i'm concerned we're going to have some of the same damage if we get a category 3 or 4 here. >> reporter: the national hurricane center says get out, issuing a storm warning for the first time, up to 10 feet. >> we need people to get out of those areas where they can potentially drown because of the life threatening storm surge. >> we're standing outside what would normally be a busy restaurant. now like so many others it's boarded up. this would be a busy marina, like so many
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evacuated. the governor has declared a disaster, 30 schools in the region are now cancelled. >> jacob rascon, thank you. dylan dreyer is here with us, map out the latest forecast and who should be concerned right now? >> well, definitely the middle coast of texas right now. winds up to 85 miles an hour, it's a category 1 storm. it's moving into favorable conditions for strengthening. it's forecast to become a major hurricane by friday afternoon with winds up to 125 miles an hour, it could maintain that strength as it makes landfall near corpus christi overnight friday night into saturday morning. after that, it meanders, it weakens but meanders across eastern texas, that's why we could see devastating flooding because of the amount of rain we're expecting over the next several days. san antonio over to houston 10 to 15 inches, with up to 345 inches possible in low lying areas.
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that could lead to devastating flooding. combine that with the storm surge of up to 6 to 12 feet, that could lead to major coastal flooding. there are a lot of details to iron out within the next 12 to 24 hours, they are all serious right now. >> anything that goes over water and fires up again is trouble. >> that's right, louisiana needs to watch the forecast. if it moves back over the gulf it could restrengthen. >> dylan, thank you very much. now to the battle in the republican party, president trump's threatening to shut down the government if he doesn't get funding for the border wall he once insisted mexico would pay for. the gop's leaders in congress are resistant to funding the project. and today the president took to social media to escalate his feud with them. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest. >> reporter: don't a clash of the political tightens. president trump is digging in on his threat to congressional leaders, fund the
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government shutdown. a warning he unleashed earlier this week. >> we have to close down our government, we're building that wall. >> the president attacking gop leaders by name. takings direct aim at house speaker paul ryan and mitch mcconnell on twitter. the white house publicly downplaying the tensions. >> i think the relationships are fine. >> reporter: but behind the scenes some white house officials privately worry the attacks could hurt the president's agenda, one top republican senator calling the ultimatum disruptive. one senior administration official says mr. trump sees his tough tweets as a tactic to hold lawmakers feet to the fire. now, republicans are firing back. >> i don't think a government shutdown is necessary, and i don't think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included. >> shutting down the government would be a terrible mistake. completely counter productive. >> reporter: and tonight, more tough questions for the white house, after the president promised mexico will pay for the wall. >> who's going to pay for the wall? >> mexico. >> who? >> mexico. >> reporter: so will mexico still foot the bill? >> how is that not a concession from this white house that mexico isn't going to pay for this wall and
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will? >> again, this is something the president's committed to. >> reporter: in border states they're watching the battle closely, texas republican congressman will hurd's district is along the border. he insists the wall is the wrong move. >> we should be using technology and manpower in order to secure the 2,000 miles of our border. that's a fraction of the cost of building a concrete structure. >> reporter: a fierce debate among landowners and ranchers. weapon rising concerns about drugs and crime. >> if we can stop it, if we can do a partial stoppage with a wall, why not? >> it's a very misguided use of taxpayer money, of resources. >> reporter: white house officials say they're working with congress on a compromised short term funding bill that would keep the government open for a few months without funding the wall, delaying a showdown that's sure to come. lester? >> kristen welker at the white house, thank you, kristen. the navy says it's suspending search
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recovery efforts in the pacific to find nine missing sailors. divers will continue to search the flooded compartments inside the ship itself. the body of a tenth sailor has been recovered, all ten have now been publicly identified. now to a hostage drama that played out for hours today in charleston. authorities say it starts when a fired dishwasher shot and killed a chef in a crowded restaurant filled with tourists. he locked the door to the restaurant and told diners to get down on the floor. all but one managed to run out another exit. after a three-hour negotiation, the suspect was shot and wounded by police, and the lone hostage was freed. a massachusetts mom has come forward to claim one of the largest jackpots in american history. one ticket worth a whopping $758 million. nbc's rehema ellis has the lucky winner and what she plans to do now.
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>> reporter: marv is couldn't believe her own eyes when she checked her powerball ticket after leaving work. >> i go, hey, i have that number, i have that. i have that. he goes, let me see that ticket. he goes, you just won. >> your winning powerball number tonight -- >> reporter: her picks a combination of birthdays and special numbers opinion >> today as i'm driving here, i'm still like, this isn't true, this can't be. and then now, it's like, uh, i am a winner. >> reporter: the 53-year-old bought her ticket yesterday afternoon here at this convenience store in chicopee massachusetts not far from her home. the store is also a winner. it gets a cool $50,000 for selling the record breaking ticket. do you remember selling her the ticket? >> yes, i remember. >> you've seen her before? >> i've seen her before, that's why i remember. she's a regular here. >> nothing here?
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owr, 80 miles away. overnight the state lotto commission told the handy variety store just outside of boston it sold the winning ticket. but officials later had to take that back. saying, they announced the wrong store. >> this was the result of a human error. >> reporter: mavis, the mother of two grown children says now after 32 years of working at a hospital, she's calling it quits. >> i called them and told them i will not be coming back. >> rehema ellis, nbc news, chicopee massachusetts. amazon's takeover of whole foods will be finalized on monday. it will immediately slash prices and soon offer in store deals to amazon prime customers. the move could help refocus whole foods image with critics who long nicknamed the chain whole paycheck. over prices being too high. tonight with the
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weeks away, the nfl is under pressure and facing problems, a high profile quarterback can't find a team that will sign him. it comes after a season of controversy in which colin kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem in protest. >> give a job. >> give a job. >> to kaepernick. >> reporter: the protests outside nfl headquarters in new york, among the largest the league has seen. more than 1,000 fans advocates, athletes and the naacp standing by the quarterback who took a knee. after a season in which colin kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem, the talented quarterback who took the 49ers to the super bowl in 2012 has not been signed by a pro team. pay back for protests say his supporters. >> we are all standing with colin, it is time for the nfl to put up or shut up. >> reporter: kaepernick's protests over race relations
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turned the popular star into a polarizing figure. some joined his movement, a backlash of anger followed him to every game. released by the 49ers, kaepernick is no longer in the spotlight on the field. but he's widely considered better than many quarterbacks in the league playing today. >> the nfl may well look back and say, hey, we missed something at a crucial moment. >> reporter: tonight kaepernick tweeted thanks to his fans, but the nfl says it's up to the league's 32 teams to decide if kaepernick should ever play again. a decision over the player who took a knee to stand up for what he believes in. miguel almaguer, nbc news. still ahead, the shocking confession from a priest, his parishioners stunned after he admitted to a past with the kkk. a family he victimized says his apology doesn't go far enough.
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nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: at saint leo the great catholic church in fairfax, virginia, the revelations have been draw dropping. father william confessed he had been a member of the kkk in the 1970s, writing, my actions were despicable. the images from charlottesville brought back memories of a bleak period of my life that i would have preferred to forget. in maryland, the butler family has been unable to erase the night of terror when he left a burning cross on their front yard. >> i will never ever forget that. we didn't deserve this. no one deserves this. >> reporter: he was convicted of multiple cross burnings, making homemade bombs and sending these letters to martin luther king's widow. threatening death by lynching. he said he was the exhausted cyclops of the robert e. lee lodge. he never apologized or paid $23,000 of restitution. in
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of their story, president reagan visited the butlers. >> i thought maybe we might just call attention to how reprehensible something of this kind is. >> reporter: now, 35 years later word that he's been a priest in nearby northern virginia since 1993. >> i feel like he has changed, since he's in the catholic church religion for so many years. >> reporter: the butlers say he should pay the restitution and reveal the other kkk members he was with. he only came forward after a reporter started asking questions. the diocese says they knew of his criminal history but there were no accusations of racism here. tom costello, nbc news, fairfax, virginia. more to come, we're back in a moment, with not one, not two, but three bench clearing incidents in a single game. ...they're not all the same. turns out, they're really... ...different. who knew? i had no idea. so, she said look for...
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[000:21:58;00] >> please stop, please stop. >> reporter: ali wakefield begs her coach to stop 9 times. the video given to kusa shows ally and teammates struggling to do painful splits. >> i just didn't expect to have to do elevated splits and be forced into it. >> he was pushing with his other knee on my back to try to keep my posture straight. >> reporter: wakefield's mother said she contacted the school back in june after her daughter tore muscle and damaged ligaments. >> this is a grown man pushing my 13-year-old girl so hard against her will that he's ripping tissues in her body. >> reporter: at denver's east high school this morning, turmoil. five top school officials have been placed on leave, including the principal and the coach. standard procedure during an
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investigation. denver public schools saying, we will not which a student is forced to perform an activity beyond the point at which they express their desire to stop. denver police also launching an investigation, after the kusa story aired. known for his tumbling stunts, this was the coach's first year at the school. he's not commenting now, his methods are in question, as investigators decide how much is too much when it comes to pushing aspiring athletes to be their best. tensions exploded on the baseball field today, again and again and again between the yankees and tigers. it started when a pitch went behind detroit's miguel cabrera who threw punches at the yankee's catcher strig triggering an all out brawl. later the benches were cleared twice more. in all, eight players and coaches were ejected. when we come back, how a twist of fate led this 60 something grandmother to become
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it all started with an accidental cynthia mcfadden has the story. ♪ >> reporter: looks can be deceiving. you're a lot of things. >> i am. >> reporter: a full professor, ph.d. a former child advocate and a fashion icon. meet 64-year-old lynn slater. two years ago during new york fashion week, the impeccably dressed fordham university professor was waiting outside lincoln center for a friend, when suddenly she was swarmed by photographers who mistook her for a fashion icon. >> my friend comes upon the scene and she's laughing, of course. you're an accidental icon. >> reporter: the accidental icon became the name of her fashion blog and instagram account. it landed her a modelling contract and turned her into a true fashion influencer. more than the clothes, it's the attitude. no apologies for being a woman of a certain
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age. >> i want people to know that you do have to accept the box that society puts you in. reinvent yourself the way you want to be. >> reporter: her nearly quarter of a million online followers, predominantly young people by the way, can't get enough of her irreverent fashion sense. >> i love some of the comments on the blog. slay my life, lynn. >> look. >> reporter: she is slaying it. she's still a professor, but now she also travels the world for fashion shoots. if you could do it all over again, would you still get the ph.d. in social work or would you go into fashion? >> regret is not in my vocabulary, it's all about what i do in this moment and from here on in. >> reporter: in this moment, it's the joy of striking a pose on a new york city rooftop. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. >> we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is nightly news
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