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and we need to provide access to affordable healthcare for all virginians, not take it away. tonight, a nursing home tragedy in the wake of hurricane irma. at least eight people are dead, over a hundred more evacuated. what went on overnight in sweltering heat? a criminal investigation is under way. deadly high school horror. it's happened again. police say a student opened fire as classmates run for eir lives. frantic parents rushing to the scene. nbc news exclusive. the special counsel investigating ousted national security adviser michael flynn's son. a new twist in the federal probe. are prosecutors putting the squeeze on the father to turn on other targets? credit chaos. agencies overwhelmed as a flood of consumers move to freeze their credit amid a breach hitting half of americans. and holy discovery
"nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. and thank you for being with us tonight. in florida, struggling in the aftermath of hurricane irma, a grim tragedy unfolded today at a nursing home. eight residents are dead, possibly overcome by the heat. more than 100 people were evacuated from the sweltering hot rehabilitation center in hollywood. one of many areas that suffered power outages because of the storm. tonight there are some hard questions about how it happened and why help wasn't summoned earlier. nbc's gabe gutierrez is there and has late details. >> reporter: they were the most vulnerable. >> i'm dealing with well over a hundred people being evacuated from a nursing facility. >> reporter: today 115 patients evacuated in wheelchairs and stretchers from a
[000:01:59;00] police now opening a criminal investigation after at least eight others died. >> it's a sad state of affairs, you know. we all have elderly people in facilities, and we know that we depend on those people in those facilities to care for our most vulnerable elderly population. >> reporter: today frantic relatives tried to find answers. >> my wife, they couldn't find her mom. >> reporter: it all comes during the aftermath of hurricane irma which has been deadly. in orlando three people died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator. 20 others injured near naples. though the storm knocked out power to 50 million people in florida, the state's largest electric company says at least part of the rehabilitation center in hollywood hills did have power. and late today the governor's office said the facility had told state officials it had power and access to fans. >> we are concerned,
and we need to find out what happened to questioning why the residents weren't evacuated sooner. even at 3:00 a.m., the heat index in the area was 87 degrees. >> now, why the facility should have transferred people yesterday. >> reporter: the victims range in age from 71 to 99. the oldest albertina vega. carmen fernandez considers her her second mother, and wants to know why the nursing home allowed this to happen. >> she was my mom. i love her like my mom. >> reporter: tonight dozens of residents have been evacuated from another nursing home in north miami beach as precaution. here in hollywood, the administration of this nursing home says it's cooperating with authorities and blamed hurricane irma for knocking out a transformer that powered an ac system. but lester, the main question remains, why would it take so long to evacuate these residents when there was a hospital literally across the street? >> gabe gutierrez in hollywood, florida, thank you. meantime, this evening, it's an increasingly dire situation from the
keys to the caribbean. ma many people with nothing less. virtually entire islands obliterated by the storm. we have all of it covered starting with nbc's gadi schwartz in hard-hit big pine key, florida. gadi, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the death toll from hurricane irma is expected to rise as search crews inspect homes and inspect boats around the florida keys. meanwhile, rescuers are out rushing to get aid to those who have been cut off from power and water in dangerous heat. the sound of military choppers touching down at this key west strip mall brings relief. those who survived hurricane irma are desperate for supplies. >> i'm so thirsty. thank god for the army. >> reporter: days after the storm, power, water and cell phone service are still cut off to most of the island chain. >> everything's down and gone. everything's blocked. the telephone poles are down. >> reporter: national guard crews now rolling in to clear
out roads. so we're taking it street by street. >> reporter: while the navy is bringing in ships and helicopters to reach remote areas still looking for aid. from up above we see a lot of boats shipwrecked on some of these keys and capsized upside down. >> thank you. >> reporter: along the highway, neighbors feeding neighbors. tuned in to the only station that broadcast here throughout the storm. >> this has been our lifeline the whole time. if we didn't have the radio station, we would go crazy. >> the florida keys radio station. 104.1. >> reporter: these men have been manning the mikes almost nonstop since irma hit. >> there's no other tv, radio, news. we're it. >> the stories we're hearing are just heartbreaking. >> reporter: their voices bringing comfort throughout the storm, now telling a community to hold on. help is on the way. gadi schwartz, nbc news, big pine key. this is ron mott on st. thomas where weary survivors lined up for ready-to-eat
meals delivered by the army national guard. >> all this food here? >> reporter: yeah. >> two days. >> reporter: basics still hard to come by. power mostly out. debris everywhere. and a sense by some the local government wasn't quite ready. >> it's in pretty bad shape. >> reporter: this man's room with a view both stunning and harrowing, thankful for his survival. on antigua and barbuda, clear destruction. families struggling to find supplies and strength. nothing left, this woman cries. animals left to wander. on tortola, 90% of homes and businesses gone. for some, it may be gone for good. >> i don't know if we'll ever make it back to live on st. john again, and that breaks our heart because it was a wonderful place. >> reporter: tonight this cruise ship behind me will set sail for san juan, puerto rico, with yet another group of tourists and evacuees off st. thomas before turning back to
hard-hit st. martin to it's all hands on deck in this recovery, lester. >> ron mott, thank you. it's happened again in another american school. police say a student opened fire on fellow classmates, killing one and wounding several others. it happened at freeman high school south of spokane, washington. and nbc's joe fryer has late details on what happened inside. >> reporter: this school day was just getting started when the sound of gunshots filled the air at freeman high near spokane. >> i just hear this loud bang. it sounded like someone popped something. >> the thing that kept going through my head was run, just go. >> reporter: students quickly took cover as news of the shooting spread across rockford, washington. >> i have a mother who says her daughter was shot in the leg. >> reporter: the sheriff says an armed student showed up at school today. his first weapon jammed. >> he went to his next weapon. a student walked up to him, engaged him and that student was shot. >> reporter: authorities say four students were shot. this girl says her
cousin was hit in the side. it's lodged in her spine or her colon we don't know yet. >> reporter: one student died, three more were wounded. >> they're stable at this point. one will be requiring some surgery later this afternoon. >> the shooter may be on the second level. suspect in his teens. >> reporter: before the gunman was arrested, the sheriff says he was stopped by a courageous school staff member. authorities have not named the alleged shooter but a friend tells reporters he had been watching documentaries about school shootings. it was an emotional day that played out in realtime on live television. >> even if you know your kid's okay, you still know they went through something today. you still know their friends might not be okay. >> reporter: before long, students and parents were reunited. relief for hundreds of families after gunfire tore through another american school. joe fryer, nbc news. now to an nbc news exclusive. a new twist in the special counsel investigation into the trump campaign. nbc news has learned robert mueller is investigating the son of ousted national
security adver michael flynn, and the question tonight, is it a sign that prosecutors are turning up the heat on the son to get the father to flip? kristen welker has the intriguing details. >> reporter: tonight, nbc news has learned the son of ousted national security adviser michael flynn is a subject in the special counsel investigation into russia's meddling in the u.s. election. according to multiple current and former government officials. those sources say the inquiry into michael g. flynn is focused in part on his work for his father's lobbying firm, flynn intel group. >> the younger flynn is essentially his father's right-hand man. he was often seen with him. he worked very closely with him. he served as his chief of staff. he would travel with him. >> reporter: the younger flynn, who was known for retweeting conspiracy theories during the campaign, accompanied his father to moscow in 2015 when the elder flynn sat next to russian president vladimir
putin during a gala and delivered a paid russian television network. under pentagon rules, flynn needed permission before accepting payments from anyone linked with a foreign government. special counsel robert mueller's team is digging into the fact that flynn intel group was paid half a million dollars last year during the campaign for work that benefited the turkish government but flynn failed to register as a foreign lobbyist at the time. legal experts say prosecutors could be using the younger flynn to pressure his father into divulging evidence about other high-level targets, including the president. >> when someone's child is designated the subject of an investigation, that can put a lot of pressure on the ultimate target -- the parent -- to cooperate and to keep that child out of harm's way. >> reporter: the younger michael flynn on twitter tonight appeared to dismiss the story as fake news. an attorney for his father declined to comment. the president's
special counsel, ty cobb, tells nbc ne this does not impact the white house to any extent with regard to its cooperation with the special counsel. >> kristen welker at the white house, thanks. president trump is reaching across the aisle inviting congressional democratic leaders to join him for dinner at the white house this evening. they'll have a lot on their plates from taxes to healthcare, but not getting a spot at the table, top republican leaders. let's get more from chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. >> reporter: president trump working to woo democrats with an open door and open arms. >> i will tell you, i'm not skeptical. and i think that if we can do things in a bipartisan manner, that will be great. >> reporter: the president also hosting democratic leaders nancy pelosi and chuck schumer for dinner. on the menu? tax reform, protecting so-called dreamers and healthcare. notably not in the room? the republican senate majority leader and speaker of the house. why not also inslight mitch mcconnell and paul ryan? >> look, you've got the leader of the republican party sitting at the table.
>> reporter: the president frustrated with the failure of [000:11:59;00] as he looks for a win and looks past the partisanship of the last eight months. remember this about pelosi? >> i think she's incompetent, actually. >> reporter: while he once called schumer cryin' chuck and the head clown. the president's using different names now. >> chuck and nancy would like to see something happen, and so do i. >> reporter: the president today talking taxes sounded the same note as democrats. >> the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. >> reporter: still, inside the administration, questions about whether democrats really want to meet the president halfway or whether they're playing politics. >> this president's done more for bipartisan in the last eight days than obama did in eight years. >> reporter: former president obama did cut several big deals across the aisle, and now it seems the self-styled dealmaker in chief wants one of his own. hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. back in the
spotlight tonight, hillary clinton. her new memoir "what happened," an account of 2016 presidential campaign is hitting shelves. and while clinton does take some responsibility for her loss, in the book she also points blame at a number of other parties, chief among them former fbi director james comey. nbc's andrea mitchell with more on that. >> reporter: hillary clinton acknowledging her own flaws. >> people will say, well, hey, you know, there's all this noise around her all the time. and some of it is of my own doing. >> reporter: but in her first live tv interview since election day, blaming her loss squarely on former fbi director james comey, with savannah guthrie and matt lauer. >> did you make enough mistakes yourself to lose the election without any of the other things you talk about? >> well, i will say no, matt. i don't think that will surprise you. >> reporter: in her new book she writes about a lack of passion, failing to connect with angry voters, running a status quo campaign against a reality tv star. but on "today" she said she would have won if not for comey especially reopening the e-mail
investigation only 11 days before the election. >> absent that, believe -- and i think the evidence shows -- i would have won. were their headwinds? yes. but the role that he played historically was determinative. >> reporter: also today clinton's first reaction to donald trump jr. and his controversial campaign meeting with the russians. >> he now says he was trying to learn about your fitness for office. >> it's another absurd lie to cover up what really was going on. >> reporter: in her book, clinton also settles scores with the press, joe biden and bernie sanders. and today accuses president trump of not being a president for all americans. >> frankly, a misunderstanding of what he's been doing is exactly one of the reasons that hillary clinton is not the president. >> reporter: and if clinton got a do-over? if the election were held today, donald trump, hillary clinton on the ballot again, would you win? >> oh, i don't know. i think there's at least a 50-50 chance i would. >> reporter: andrea mitchell, nbc news,
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apostles. his spirit, catholics believe, now guards the gates of heaven. his body entombed at st. peter's basilica. holiest shrines. yet inside this small, forgotten church, the priest shows us a roman era part where bone fragments were found, scratched into the lid the names of the saints including peter. >> the first name written is petros. >> reporter: petros. the relics found here now closely guarded by the vatican. can we see the bones? >> we can't see, no. >> if pope francis decides to open an investigation, this could become a place of worship, a place of great pilgrimage. >> reporter: perhaps these relics of st. peter were hiding in plain sight. a plaque at the entrance says they are here. and tonight many are beginning to believe it. keir simmons, nbc news, rome. you can see more of keir's reporting tomorrow on "today."