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tonight, ten minutes of terror. dramatic new tape and a no timeline of attack. >> run, keep your head down. >> did the killer plan to target other cities before taking aim at las vegas? and tonight, is the nra opening the door to a ban on bump stocks? nbc news exclusive. sources say president trump was furious at his secretary of state after our report about rex tillerson referring to the president as a moron. a showdown inside the white house. american ambush. overwhelmed by islamic militants, three green berets killed. what happened? resigning in scandal. word from an anti-abortion congressman who allegedly urged his mistress to get an
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abortion. and eyes off the road. a startling new warning about all that technology behind the wheel. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. thank you for being with us tonight. the horror and intensity of last sunday night's attack in las vegas seen in snippets of video up to this point is coming into sharper focus tonight as yet another new video emerges, this time capturing the entire attack start to finish. it's ten minutes long but watching it, you can understand why those in the line of fire felt like it went on forever. >> go, go! everybody go! >> we'll take you through more of that video in a moment and what it tells investigators, but first new information about the shooter, stephen paddock, and why police suspect he had also considered attacks on crowds at big events in chicago and boston. our justice correspondent pete williams joins us now th
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pete? >> reporter: lester, good evening. investigators say this new information comes from what authorities hope will be one of the most productive searches now under way of his electronic trail from the half dozen phones and computers he left behind. officials say stephen paddock did internet research earlier this year on lollapalooza, the summer music festival in chicago's grant park. they say he even reserved rooms in a hotel that overlooks the park for a few days during the event, though he never actually showed up. he also researched events at boston's fenway park and nearby hotels, officials say. according to fbi searches of electronic devices found in his homes and his internet browsing history. a sign, they say, that paddock was thinking about attacking large crowds months before the las vegas shooting rampage. but so far investigators are stumped over how stephen paddock went from being a varsity tennis player and
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to the anti-social former accountant who became a mass murderer. his brother eric says he knows of no serious health problems that would have made such a profound change. >> something happened in his head that the steve i knew two weeks ago is no longer the guy who did that. >> reporter: and officials say his girlfriend, marilou danl danley, told authorities that paddock had some mental health issues and would sometimes lie in bed crying out, oh, my god. but investigators say they have yet to find any health problems physical or mental grave enough to push him into becoming a killer. as for police saying he might have had an escape plan, investigators say they found no hard evidence of that or of help from anyone else in planning or carrying out the attack. and despite tips that paddock was with a woman the day of the shooting, no such person has yet been found. pete williams, nbc news, washington. i'm miguel almaguer. tonight this new perspective. >> run!
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carnage and chaos on the vegas strip. >> you were shot? >> i need 911. >> reporter: for ten minutes county employee raymond page records this heart-pounding scene, concert goers running for their lives. >> get down! >> reporter: today a new look at the crime scene and a timeline of the bloodshed. 10:05 p.m., from his deadly perch, stephen paddock unleashes a fury of gunfire. 10:15, the shots are over, but panic overwhelms the streets and first responders. >> it was just mass chaos. there was victims who were rolling up to us in trucks, in the beds of the trucks just loaded up. >> reporter: 10:18, paddock fires 200 rounds at a security guard who approaches his room. shot in the leg, the guard still leads police to the scene where at 11:20 they find paddock dead. >> he meticulously
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domestic attack in united states history. >> reporter: investigators discover paddock's car loaded with 1600 rounds of ammunition and 50 pounds of explosives. tonight investigators question did he have an escape plan and possibly help? >> you got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point. >> reporter: in these harrowing moments after the massacre, raymond page began loading the wounded into his truck. >> anybody else? >> there's one more. >> reporter: he rescued at least half a dozen. >> let's go. let's go. let's go. >> reporter: but four days after the massacre, did they survive? tonight, there's so much uncertainty and pain. >> gunshot wound to the chest here. >> reporter: miguel almaguer, nbc news, las vegas. we will take a turn now to new fallout from our exclusive report on the feud between president trump and secretary of state rex tillerson. new
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furious the president was after our report yesterday, according to senior officials. here's nbc's andrea mitchell with that. >> reporter: all the president's men in damage control today. the secretary of state and the vice president making a public display of playing nice. >> secretary of state rex tillerson. >> reporter: but new details tonight about an angry showdown in the white house wednesday over the nbc news report. the president, according to five senior administration officials, furious at his secretary of state. chief of staff john kelly then abruptly scrapping plans to travel to las vegas with the president so he could try to contain his boss' fury and manage the fallout. vice president mike pence also fuming, according to seven senior officials. he and tillerson talked, leading to tillerson's extraordinary news conference. >> the vice president has never had to persuade me to remain secretary of state because i had never considered leaving this post. >>
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tillerson and james mattis to the white house according to three officials, where they huddled to discuss how to go forward. today the white house press secretary rejecting the idea that the president has undercut his top diplomat by repeatedly contradicting him. >> the premise of that question is absolutely ridiculous. the president can't undercut his own cabinet. the president is the leader of the cabinet. >> reporter: but critics say that leaves the secretary of state mortally weakened with foreign leaders. >> our secretary of state has to be able to go into the kremlin and meet one on one with vladimir putin or go to beijing, as secretary tillerson did last week, and meet with xi jinping. those people are not going to take him seriously if he doesn't appear to have the confidence of the president of the united states. >> reporter: asked to respond today, white house officials downplaying kelly's decision to stay behind saying he decided not to go to las vegas in order to manage day-to-day needs at the white house. lester? >> andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. overseas this evening, an active u.s. military operation is under way in west africa after
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berets were killed in an ambush and firefight with islamic militants in niger. nbc pentagon correspondent hans nichols has the latest. >> reporter: pentagon officials tell nbc news isis may have been behind the deadly ambush of u.s. special forces. tonight american troops are still on the ground. >> last night we did lose three service members, and it was a very dynamic situation, and we still have ongoing operations. >> reporter: it happened in the west african nation niger. the americans were on a training mission described as routine. less than a dozen u.s. and nigerien forces were on foot when they were ambushed by a larger group of islamic militants. according to military officials, the green berets and nigeriens were overwhelmed but began to return fire. french helicopters arriving to rescue them. in addition to the three americans killed two were injured.
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bases. the mission, to keep eyes on terrorist groups from isis to boko haram. are these force, u.s. forces looking to engage islamic militants? >> no. we're there on a security assistance advise mission. >> reporter: the brazen ambush could mark a new chapter in the battle against isis in africa as isis fighters lose territory in syria and iraq. lester? >> hans nichols tonight, thank you. in washington this evening signs the door may be opening slightly from republicans in congress and possibly from the nra to new restrictions on bump stocks, the devices used by the las vegas killer to turn his semiautomatic weapons into automatic machine guns. nbc's hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: after decades of republican resistance on gun control, tonight a new narrow opening on bump stocks, which let semiautomatic guns fire faster. >> apparently this allows you to take a semiautomatic turn it into fully automatic
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>> reporter: it's not just house speaker paul ryan but one of the highest ranking gop senators, john cornyn. >> i think it's worth our serious consideration. >> reporter: and the president himself willing to consider new regulations. >> we're open to having that conversation. we think that we should have that conversation, and we want to be part of it moving forward. >> reporter: the wild card through all this has been the nra, silent since sunday's shooting, today surprisingly supporting stricter rules. in a statement saying, quote, devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations, asking the atf to review bump stocks. but in 2010, that agency determined the devices are allowed based on federal law, meaning it would be up to congress to change that law from capitol hill. that's where steve scalise is just back to work after getting shot this summer at a congressional baseball practice, talking now with nbc's chalk todd.
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little bit early for people to say they know what to do to fix this problem. >> reporter: in the house a new bipartisan bill would ban bump stocks. >> if i keep a constant forward pressure on this, it simulates full auto. >> reporter: until this week they've been seen mostly as a target practice novelty, legal now but maybe not for long. hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. now to late word that congressman tim murphy, a republican from pennsylvania, is resigning after he was caught up in a sex scandal and reportedly urged his mistress to have an abortion when he thought she was pregnant despite his well-known anti-abortion views. here's nbc ap kasie hunt. >> reporter: republican congressman tim murphy resigning in disgrace in the wake of a bombshell report he asked a mistress to terminate a suspected pregnancy even as he pushed anti-abortion legislation in congress. >> i saw say what we ought to do is let these children live so they have a chance f a
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>> reporter: after the story broke tuesday, murphy voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: just hours later he said he wouldn't run for re-election in 2018, but under pressure from republican leaders murphy resigned today effective october 21st. >> i think it's appropriate that he moves on to the next chapter of his life. >> reporter: he acknowledged his affair with shannon edwards weeks ago but it's the text messages about her pregnancy scare that exposed him to charges of hypocrisy. you have zero issue posting your pro life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child, she wrote, according to text messages obtained by the "pittsburgh post gazette." the congressman allegedly wrote back denying that he wrote the anti-abortion messages. >> i've never written them. staff does them. i read them and winced. making it worse, a leaked memo from his chief of staff accusing the congressman of creating a hostile work environment
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[000:12:58;00] behavior as erratic, unstable, abusive. the office hasn't denied the authenticity of the texts or the memo. kasie hunt, nbc news, the capitol. tonight tropical storm nate barrels towards the gulf coast and could hit as a hurricane. al roker is here with the new forecast. what's the latest on this one? >> this is the latest. right now we've got tropical storm nate 40 miles south-southwest and move north-northwest at 10 miles per hour. here's what we thought we'd see own sunday. as we get the latest in, you can see the european model on top of new orleans, the usa model to the west and the new orleans model for the national hurricane center right there as well. here's what we look for as far as the latest potential impablgt pact, heavy
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systems to text e-mailing. but with someone dying every 2 1/2 hours in distracted driving accidents, new research from aaa suggests all those high-tech bells and whistles could make matters worse. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: from salt lake city police, dashcam video of a head-on crash. the other driver allegedly distracted. now new research suggests the newest in-car technology may only greating greater distractions. >> speak an address in the united states. >> reporter: no more simple buttons and knobs. today it's touch screens, voice commands, talk-to-text, e-mail, music, navigation, phone calls and wifi. aaa and the university of utah studied 120 drivers trying to use the technology in 2017 models like this driver tuning his radio. >> tune a.m. 830. >> reporter: then weaving to avoid a woman in the crosswalk. and this one who nearly runs a stop
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wards. >> cam made a mistake. i understand he had a conversation where he pretty much said he shouldn't have said what he said. >> reporter: but rodrigue who has covered the team for the past year said he did not apologize. adding his comments in private were even worse. in 2012, newton called another female reporter sweetheart. >> the only thing i control, sweetheart, is myself. >> it's not funny. it's our job. and you know, it's going to have to be his job to get used to it because we're not going anywhere. >> reporter: but now rodrigue's own words under fire for old tweets some describe as racist. today tweeting she's deeply sorry. newton remains silent but one sponsor speaking out. dannon severing ties with the star. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. an all-star lineup battling it out on the ballot for induction into the rock and roll hall of fame. among the nominees, radiohead, rage against the machine, bon jovi, depeche mode and ll cool j. also judas priest, nina simone, moody blues, dire straits, eurythmics, the cars
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across the country and called california home. angie gomez of riverside loved theater and making people laugh. >> she was so humble and just so unassuming. >> reporter: at least two teachers died. sandy casey and jenny parks. >> miss parks was the best teacher ever was. >> reporter: just 22 years old chrissie duarte worked with the l.a. kings. tonight players will wear a sticker with her initials on the backs of their helmets. >> it's important for us to honor and to tell the world how great of a person she was. >> reporter: the memories of the victims, like brennan stewart's performance, live on. joe fryer, nbc news, las vegas. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. nbc news, thank you for watching and good
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night. ralpand as a doctor, nobody ever asked if i'm a democrat or republican. they just want my help. so if donald trump is helping virginia i'll work with him. but donald trump proposed cutting virginia's school funding, rolling back our clean air and water protections, and taking away health care from thousands of virginians.
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as a candidate for governor, on all of it. ed gillespie refuses to stand up to him at all. this is a super group. >> where was ryan? did kelly ripa really demand he skip the "gma" "idol" unveiling due to her problems with michael strahan? funny to hear a female talk about routes. >> those sexist words ignite a firestorm for nfl superstar cam newton. do you ever see yourself

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