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tonight, a massive terror manhunt. after an explosion on the london subway, dozens wounded and it could have been far worse. isis claims responsibility as the uk raises the threat level to critical. the prime minister warning another attack may be eminent. city on edge, protesters stormed the streets in st. louis after a white former copp is acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black man. a new flash point in missouri haunted by memories of ferguson. a new hurricane threat getting too close for comfort. al roker has the new forecast track. hazing investigation, a deadly incident involving a fraternity pledge rocks another big american university. and the final plunge, after a 20 year mission capturing some of the most
our time. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. and thank you for being with us. isis is now claiming credit for a bomb attack on a london subway today as the uk braces for yet another possible hit. late this evening the threat level there'll advocated to critical. it's highest level meaning another attack is considered eminent. more than two dozen people were injured in britain's fifth terror attack of the year when the homemade device only partially detonated. tonight there is an all out effort under way to find who did it nbc's kelly cobiella has late details from london. >> reporter: tonight a massive manhunt is on for the person who sent a wall of fire and panic through the london subway and multiple senior law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation say a
[000:01:59;00] identified. >> the fire ball just engulfed the whole jeep carriage, the whole carriage was orange, like coming towards us. >> reporter: it happened at 8:20 in the morning in a quiet suburb west of the city. the train packed with commuters and children on their way to school. >> there were a lot of people who had burns around their face and upper parts of their body. >> reporter: afterward the device sitting in the subway car by the train doors still in flames. authorities quickly calling it a terror attack. homes near the tracks evacuated. ian saw the s.w.a.t. team from his balcony. >> i heard a bang at the door and we were told to evacuate. it was quite serious and we had to leave. >> reporter: did you smell anything? >> i did, yes. i smelled a chemical burning. >> reporter: and it could have been worse. the homemade bomb did not fully explode which could help authorities track down suspects. >> though the attack
was relatively in effective it is part of a series of that not only worries official in london in the uk but also in europe and in the united states. >> reporter: it's now the fifth time this year britain has been a target for terror. including the suicide booming at an air rihanna grande concert and stabbing in the parliament. the prime minister defiant. >> the threat of terrorism that we face is severe but together by working together we will defeat them. >> reporter: and tonight those same u.s. law enforcement officials briefed on this say there was a timer on that device and it didn't detonate properly. isis has claimed responsibility for this but police here say there's no evidence of a direct link. lester. >> thank you. meantime, this evening, president trump is facing fresh scrutiny after firing off a series of messages on twitter after the london attack, including one
that took a swipe at uk authorities. he then turned his [000:03:58;00] travel plan. we get details from our chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. >> reporter: hours after the explosion in london an eruption of tweets online from president trump blaming a loser terrorist for the subway attack, adding these are sick and demented people who were in the sights of scotland yard, that reference to the london law enforcement agency raising questions. >> does he know something we don't? >> i never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ien going speculation. >> reporter: the prime minister polite by pointed. >> did the president share information that he wasn't supposed to and if not, why was he speculative. >> i think what the president was communicating is -- is that obviously all of our law enforcement efforts are focused on this terrorist threat from -- for years. he means generally
that this kind of activity is what we're trying to prevent. >> reporter: it all came up in theresa which the u.s. promised close collaboration with the uk. >> our absolute commitment to eradicating the terrorists from our planet. >> reporter: that fight against terror is why the administration says it's taking its fight for the travel ban to the supreme court next month which will hear arguments on the order that restricts people from six mostly muslim countries. critics call it religious profiling, insisting it wouldn't make this country any safer but the president wants to go even further, tweeting today after the london attack the u.s. ban should be far larger, tougher and more specific. >> reporter: why is is he fighting for it if it's, in fact, too small, not tough enough and. >> reporter: the current restrictions on refugees stay in place but the administration also gave up the fight over keeping out
grandparents of citizens who want visas. arguments on allhi >> hallie jackson at the white house, thanks. the trump administration and leaders from around the world condemn north korea's latest missile launch today. the president's national security adviser said there are military options to stop north korea, but said those are not the preferred options. we get more on the simmering tensions tonight from our chief foreign correspondent richard engle. >> reporter: kim jong-un's latest missile launch set off alarms and cell phone alerts in japan. urging people to find shelter, including this american tourist. >> that's a nice wakeup call. my phone translated as a north korean missile launch. >> reporter: it was a ballistic missile launched around 6:30 a.m. local time. it traveled 2,300 miles over northern japan landing in the pacific ocean. the u.s. military said it posed no threat to american territory,
kwaum is far to the south which kim jong-un has threatened before. south korea responded firing two missiles of its own, into the sea but at the same distance they'd have to travel to hit the north korean launch site. the u.n. convened an emergency session just days after posing new sanctions watered down by russia and china. but president trump today again talking up the military option. >> after seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, i am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming. >> kim jong-un has learned from his father and grandfather that military provocations to the united states and south korea, we never actually respond to. i fear he is misjudged the current situation. >> reporter: two weeks ago kim jong-un detonated what is widely believed to have been a hydrogen
bomb, the young kim jong-un is carried out more missile tests than his predecessor there are mounting signs he may be preparing for a new nuclear test. kim jong-un tonight vowed to complete his country's nuclear weapons program despite the sanctions. the goal to quote, reach an equill limb brum with the united states. it seems u.s. sanctions are still not deterring the regime. lester. >> richard engle, thank you. in this country it was a tense day in st. louis after a judge found a former white police officer not guilty of murder in the shooting deng of a black man after a is high speed car chase six years ago. the police were on high alert for the verdict and this evening there are protests that are still ongoing. nbc blake mccoy is there. >> reporter: things got ugly early as protesters clashed with police on the streets of st. louis. >> no justice! >> no peace! >> reporter: some promising more unrest. >> we are going to
shut this city down. >> reporter: police have responded with a show of force t after a judge's decision to acquit former st. louis police officer jason stockily in the shooting death of anthony lamar smith. smith was shot dead after a police hayes in 11. stockily claimed he saw the suspected drug dealer reach for a gun but only the officer's dna was found on the weapon leading to allegations that it was planted. officer stockily can be heard on dash cam during the chase say he's going to kill smith. in issuing his decision today the judge said he couldn't say that the state had proved every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt. >> the verdict has created frustration and anger for many in our community. >> reporter: smith leaves behind a young daughter. his family spoke through an attorney. >> they were shocked. >> reporter: the case has echos of the 2014
unrest in nearby ferguson, following the fatal shooting of michael brown by a white police officer, brown's family has [000:09:59;00] the smiths. >> i'm reliving, i'm reliving, right now, what this family going through. >> reporter: tonight concern that protests will grow forcing this community to relive ferguson as well. many businesses here in downtown st. louis closed early today. you can see barricades in front of the courthouse and schools have canceled afterschool activities. the governor has even placed the national guard on standby should things escalate. >> thank you. as we head into the weekend we're monitoring a new hurricane threat swirling in the atlantic. jose has been meandering around the atlantic for more than a week but now the new forecast tracks take it a bit too close for comfort for folks on the east coast. al roker is here, where it's headed? >> it's going to be running parallel to the u.s. coast currently it's 640
miles southeast of cape hat truss, ape-miles-per-hour wind moving northwest at ten. cape hat truss is within that cone of it, we'll see dangerous surf this weekend. monday we're looking for rain and wind in the north carolina outer banks it continues up and within the cone of uncertainty, coastal new jersey, new york, boston, tropical storm winds near shore potential for coastal flooding by wednesday down to a tropical storm but it's got plenty of warm water to start to really intensify but as it gets closer to the northeast, colder water so it may weaken but we'll have to continue to watch this right through the weekend. >> thank you. five days after hurricane irma smashed into florida, utility companies say they have now restored power to almost 80% of homes and businesses that lost it. however, officials say almost 2 million are still without electricity. we learned that another person died and at least seven were injured when carbon monoxide from
generators seeped into their homes. that raises the death toll to 25. parts of the caribbean remain at a much more dire situation tonight in tiny the properties had been destroyed. barbuda's ambassador to the u.s. says the entire island has been evacuated and as civilization that has existed for over 300 years has been extinguished the u.s. virgin islands were also hard hit. stephanie ruehl has more from st. john tonight. >> reporter: today we got a first hand look at irma's wrath on st. john. you cannot go anywhere on this island without hearing incredible stories of survival. >> i was underneath my house, i could listen to my house fall apart upstairs but i had my kids and my wife there with me and so i have to be strong. >> reporter: so much of st. louis john is destroyed. school could be closed for a year. one of the thing
that's most stunning, vegetation gone. now it looks completely burn the out. it truly looks like a war zone and tonight many are left without a livelihood o island where turchl is critical. >> i work at the weston and that was destroyed so i don't have a job right now. >> reporter: he runs the chateau bordeaux restaurant. once famous for its picturesque views now completely flattened. >> reporter: how long does it take to rebuild? will you rebuild? >> this is a resilient community and we will rebuild. >> reporter: people here told us they are determined to help each other rebuild. an island living up to nickname love city, stephanie ruehl, nbc news, st. john. >> reporter: a prominent sports caster on espn. this all began monday when jemele hill called the president a white supremacist and today on twitter he demanded an apology.
let's get more from peter alexander. >> reporter: president trump whose long made the news media a target. >> fake news, fake news. sports network espn. >> we'll see a lot of teams off to slower starts. >> reporter: after african-american jemele hill tweeted, donald trump is a white supremacist. hill is coanchor of flagship sports center. in a series of tweets monday hill called mr. trump the most ignorant offensive president of my lifetime. today without naming hill president trump demanded an apology tweeted. espn is paying a really big price for its politics. apologize for untruth. this from a president who if ever apologizes. the press secretary wednesday suggested the sports caster should lose her job. >> i think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that i think is fireable offense by espn. >> reporter: today sanders was asked whether the network should fire hill. >> that's not a decision that i'm going to make. that's something for espn to decide. >> reporter: the
national association of black journalists says it supports hill's first amendment rights. the sports anchor has deleted theen comments express my personal belief. espn president sending out a companywide statement reiterating its social media policies that comments should not be inflammatory or personal, adding our handling of this is a private matter. peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. >> there's more ahead here this evening coming up. a big university suspends all fraternities after a student dies, possibly because of hazing. we'll be right back. even a swing set standoff. and we covered it, july first, twenty-fifteen. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two.
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groover had a highly elevated blood alcohol level, plus the presence of thc found in marijuana. no arrests have been made on a campus overcome with shock >> i didn't even really know what to think because it's so just sad. >> reporter: with the national chapter investigating the lsu house, charters across the country have racked up dozens of violations for breaking rules. the investigation at lsu follows the high profile hazing death of penn state student timothy pea az-a. >> one death is too much but recently we've had several not with penn state and lsu and whose next? >> reporter: greek life is again at the center of a criminalcal investigation this time for a student who was a freshman for only 24 days. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> and a program note on monday, nbc news is going to examine the issue of hazing on
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place where cassini took its final plunge. >> reporter: cassini first arrived in 2004 after a seven year journey. ever since we've all had a sort of ringside the solar system, the night side of saturn, those radiant rings that have so captured or imaginations, raging hurricanes and images that forced a sign timpg rethink. the moon tighten looks like mars rather than frozen ice. could something be alive down there. >> this is truly been beyond my wildest dreams. >> reporter: then just four months ago, cassini took all of us on a series of deep dives between saturn's rings. >> you feel like you're there and you could reach out and touch the rings. >> reporter: but after 20 years and 5 billion miles, cassini was out of fuel and nasa feared crashing it into a moon could contaminate any