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tonight, horror at the supermarket. edeople have been shot and ki at a kroger store. we'll have details ng con now. a flood of reaction to megyn kelly's on air apology a for her commenut black face that set off a major backlash. a threatening message from a stranger and tonight a mom being hailed for helping to stop a potential school massacre hundreds of miles away. >> the first new flu drug in nearly 20 years approved by the fda. what every family should know. and it's not even halloween but the stmas shopping wars have begun. stores fighting for your money. how you can save. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone from outside th in new york city, one of several addresses here on the east coast targeted by a string of packages that appear to be working pipe bombs. the mar calling it an act of terrorism. the mailings received in washington
d.c., florida and new york sent to addresses atncluding prominent demo president obama, the clintons and former attorney general eric holder and here at cnn's new york city studios evacuated for several hours today. at least five of the potentially dangerous packages have been discovered since yesterday. no one thankfully has been injured. our justice te correspondent williams has late details. l > reporter: in severaates tonight, an urgent nd search to fi whoever is responsible for sending packages with a frightening looking bomb inside. >> theull weight of ou government is conducting an investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable as to justice. threats of political violence of any kind taave no place in the uniteds of america. >> reporter: just m. after 10:00 a., police took the extraordinary step of ordering an evacuation cnn's headquarters in midtown manhattan.
>> there is a fire alar>> ou may have heard it. >> we'll be right back. >> reporter: it was a pipe bomb wrapped in black tape with some kind of device attached to it sent cnn but addressed to john brennan the former cia director wo who has neveed there. >> responding officers identified a device that appeared toe a ve explosive device. deypd bomb squad resp secured the device and removed it for investigation. >> repter: in all now, five confirmed devices possibly six said to be similar some nearly identical all sent to critics of president trump. prominent democrats and brennan who criticism led the president to cancel his security clearance. another one was found last night addressed to hillary clinton at her home in westchester county, new york es and another add to former president barack obama at his house in washington but neither of those packages g anywhere near the clintons or obamas. both were intercepted at secret service mail
screening facilities far away from their houses. her said to be somewhat similar was intercepted today at a federal facility in maryland that screens mail addressed to members of congress. it was addressed to maxine waters. it was never delivered pa apntly because of a faulty address, instead it was sent back to the return address on the package. the florida officef congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz. whoever mailed them used her address. the first of the device was found monday in the neyork state mailbox of george soros. >> it's strictly speculative at this time as to whether ere intended to be able to explode or whether the intent was just to create fear, which it certainly
has. >> reporter: while all the packages had stamps, the ones sent to cnn and soros were mailed but not delivered. the others went through mail. those postmarks are an impoant clue. >> the postal inspection service can e package back to the united states post office that first received the package. then you want to go grab all the cameras ndnear there you can see if you can get a picture of the bomber. >> pete, judging from the reaction today, first responders were sort certainly treating these as livecertainly treating thes livecertainly treating these a live treating these as live bombs but do they know how the devices are supposed to work to be triggered? >> no, they don't have a good idea. all of tve been sent to the lab outside of washington. the process of analyzing them is just getting unrway. so it's not clear if they were fully functional but lester, we're getting indications now that the mbs were fortunately poorly made and that may be why they didn't go off, lester. >> pete williams, thank you, pete. in a moment we'l go to our ron allen at the clinton's home
in chappaqua about 30 miles north of us here in new t, york, but firs a closer look at the bomb that prompted theac tion at the cnn burro behind me here. nbc's rehema ellis has more on the terrifying moments. hema, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the day began with cnn journalists here. they werreporting on the breaking news when suddenly they became part of the story. an emergency today inside cnn's new york headquarters. >> excuse me, that sounds like a re arm here. we'll keep you posted on that. >> reporter: alarms rang out live on the air. minutes later, the timewarner center evacuated as the bomb squad moved in. >> clearly is an act of terror, attempting ur to undermineree press and leaders of this country through acts of violence. >> reporter: a chaotic scene outside as cnn anchors tonight reporting. >> the lhts shut off.
we wked down six flights of stairs. we're out here. they are moving us. >> reporter: jim tweeting a live picture of the package. after 11:30 a.m. the device was removed and taken to a secure location. >> i livn the block and it's frightening. >> this is not the first time this has happened. >> reportelose call with many questions still unanswer rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. this is ron allen in chappaqua, new york where security is on high alert at the clinton home of 18 years. after secret service intercepted a package at an off side mais maili mait pacility. formsident bill clinton was at the house and secretary of state hillary clinton was away in florida when the pipe bomb was discovered. >> we are fine thanks w to the men aen of the secret service who intercepted the package addressed to us long bet made its way to our home. >> reporter: bill clinton tweeting, he thank you to secret service and all
law enforcement agencies. they worked tirelessly untry and communities safe. the law enforcement s said the couple not at risk in town. in town in towin town concern after the other devi found at george soros' estate. >> nobody should live r for your life, democrat or republican. >> insanity. >> reporter: ron allen, nbc news, new york t ight, the fbi hunts down who sent the bombs. no matter who sent them, there are growing calls shut down the heated political dyhetoric before someets hurt. blasting the white house and president today, we get detail from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: just this week, another fiery speech attacking his favorite targets, democrats. >> democrat immigration policies allow poisonous drugs and ms-13 to pour into our country. >> reporr: going
after hillary clinton and the media especially cnn. >> if you want the a fake news medito finally investigate, but if you want the fake news to finally investigate hillary clinton -- oc>> lk r heup! >> reporter: last week praising a republican congressman for attacking a reporter. >> any guy that can do a bodily slam, he's my candidate. >> reporter: while there are no answers yet on what led to today's incidents, president ump has the biggest megaphone and there are growing questions about how he is using it. cnn worldwide esident jeff zucker saying there is total and complete lack of understanding at the f white house their seriousness continued attacks on the media. words matter. anger spreading in all directions. a republican candidate in sacramento fighting off an anti trump knife attacker. >> he's scaming i'm
going to kill you. >> reporter: ted cruz and his wife chased out of a d.c. restaurant and a republican candidate in pennsylvania threatening the democratic governor in a video. >> i'll stomp all over your face with golf spikes. >> reporter: raising thquestion is politics becoming dangerous. >> it's a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bur country together. >> reporter: tonight, republican congressman eve scalise almost dying after a political shooting targeting republicans at a softball practice last year tweeting we must agree that this is a dangerous path, and it cannot become the new normal. n andrea mitchel news. tonight, just 13 days until the midterm elections, a fac check in the fight over health care. roles reversed from several years ago, now democrats see it as a winning issue with republans making defense and claims who eally working to protect people with
preexisting conditions. here is nbc's peter alexander. ter: president trump tonight touting the progress against the opioid epidemic. the raid of overdose deaths slowing down but another health care claim under te of overdos deaths slowing down but anotheth care claim under scrutiny tonight claiming republicans are totally protect people with xi pring conditions. >> republicans will always protect americans with preexisting conditions. we protect you. >> reporter: in fact, republicans and the trump administration are aggressively trying to undercut obacare that guarantees protections to people with sting conditions but you wouldn't know it from watching these republican candidaads' >> earlier this year, we learned our oldest has a rare chronic disease, preexisting condion. know what that's like. >> i support forcing insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions. >> in wisconsin, preexisting conditions are covered and as long as i'm governor,
they always will be. ter: but there is where among 20 states that signed on to a republican backed federal lawsuit arguing obamacare including the popular preexisting condition provision is unconstitutional. republican congressional candidates have embraced the issue, as well. >> everyone agrees we'll protect preexisting conditions. >> i'm fighting to protect preexisting conditions. >> that's why i'm taking on both parties and fighting for those with preexisting conditions. b >> reporter:ut all three of those baepublicans voted to repealcare. in response, 15 republican senators are co-sponsoring a bill to prohibit insurers from turning away people with preexisting conditions but insurers could exclude treatments for them. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house, thanks. breaking news in the louisville, kentucky area where a shooting at a kroger shopping market left at least twoead. e suspect in custody tonight. our joe fryer has late details. >> reporter: witnesses say they first heard
gunfire inside this kroger grocery store in jefferson town, kentucky. >> i heard boom, boom, boom. >> there was glass and you could hear the screaming going on outside the door. >> reporter: police say the suspect shot and killed one man inside the store, then ngran into the par lot where he shot a woman, who also died >> at the kroger store. it appears somebody has been shot. >> i looked at her and look, fella, she's gone. there is -- there's nothing i can do. >> reporter: at one point,olice say the suspect encountered an armed citizen. >> the citizen engaged the suspec additional gunfire back and forth out here in the parking lot that gunfire resulted in noju es. >> reporter: eventually the gunman was arrested but tonight his motive is unclear. joe frye news. tonight, the fda approved the first new drug to fight the flu in nearly two decades. afluza is for 12 and older. patientsnly need one dose to reduce symptoms.
an estimated 80 thousand americans died of the flu last winter, the worst in four decades. a story that concerns this network. nbc's megyn kelly issuing an apology for comments she made tuesday about black face. remarks that were met thwior m. remarks ere met with major backlash.face. remarks that were met with major backlash. our morganrd has more. >> i'm megyn kelly and i want to begin with two words, i'm sorry. >> reporter: megyn kelly apologizing for her controversial ra remarks abou during a panel discussion about halloween costumes. >> i learned given the hi ory of blackface being used in awful ways by racist in this country, it is not okay for that to be part of any costum halloween or otherwise. >> reporter: kelly coming after she defended the use of black face. >> no, stupid. >> reporter: a once popular form of entertaiused to mock african americans. >> but what is racist? because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who
fa puts on black ce for halloween or a black person that pu on ite face for halloween? when i was a kid that was okay if you were dressing up as a character. >> reporter: her comments receiving fice backlash among critics and colleagues. >> she apologized to the set. she owes ar apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 30s, shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn't right. >> reporter: today in a prescheduled town hall, andy lack said i condemn those remarks. there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. today, two black panelist addressed the controversy on hsh . >> for african americans, we know the history and too many n'white americans know or won't accept it. thety realis, it is american history, yours and mine. >> reporter: with the hope of progress. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. th>> also tonight, how
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