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. breaking news tonight. olympic bombshell, questions swirling around ryan lochte and the u.s. swimmers who say they were robbed at gunpoint in rio. a judge orders two of their passports seize as a court says that gave contradictory accounts to police. what really happened? raing inferno explodes, devastation and a landmark destroyed by one of the most powerful fires in recent memories. campaign shake-up, trailing in the polls, donald trump makes a dramatic move hiing the head of a conservative website known for inflammatory remarks. an alarming new
diagnosis in the country. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt, reporting tonight from the olympic summer games in rio. >> good evening. our top story is developing here in rio de janeiro tonight, where big questions are suddenly being raised about the alleged armed robbery of american swimmer, ryan lochtnd the streets of rio last weekend. a judge has ordered a seizure of passport from lochte and fellow american, jimmie feigen over alleged inconsistencies of their story over what happened and what was seen in a piece of surveillance video tat recorded the athletes that night. late details. >> reporter: the surveillance video obtained by daily mail.com shows the american swimmers,
fegan clearing the athletes village sunday morning after a long night out. lochte shaing this video from a party. hours later, he told "today's" show, billy bush on the way back from the athletes village they were robbed by men poing as cops. >> we got pulled over in our taxi. these guys came out with a police badge, no lights or nothing, ju they pulled us over and pulled out their guns. >> reporter: saying the men on the video appeared to be joing and not shaken up physically or psych logically and a judge ordering the passports to be seized and not allowed to leave the country and the judge pointed out differences in the accounts of the swimmers. lochte, they were approached by one
feigen, a few surprised the athletes. police tell us their surveillance video of the athletes leaving the club. these two never gave formal statements. a judge has not asked for their passport. police are investigating lochte's claim. >> the guy took out his gun, cocked it, put to it my forehead and said, get down. i put my hands up and said whatever. he took my money and my wallet. >> reporter: today, te in the u.s. on social media poing with a flight attendant. his lawyer says the swimmer was not told to stay in brazil and lochte is still the victim. while it's unclear where the other americans are the u.s. olympic committee says we do not make athlete travel plans public and we will continue to cooperate with brazilian authorities. tonight, two american medalists in the pool are now cauing waves out of it.
here in brazil. the swimmers could be charged with false communication of a crime. a lawyer tells us the maximum sentence is six months in jail and more likely penalty would be community service or possible fine. lester. >> all right, miguel almaguer at olympic park tonight. another major story we're covering tonight, wildfires in california spreading out of control, and saying they have not seen anything like the conditions they are seeing now. nbc's jolene kent is taking us to the front line to stop the fire's relentless advance. >> reporter: up in smoke in an instant. flames feeding off bone dry brush, gusty winds and high temperatures, the five year drought adding fuel to the fire. >> nothing and all of a sudden, boom. >> reporter: shocking even to veteran
fighting fire i have never seen fire behavior so extreme. >> reporter: a wall of destruction rushing through san bernardino county, smoke visible 60 miles away in los angeles, haitian and rail ways shut down. the flames cut across 46 square miles in just 21 hours cloing interstate 15 and rail traffic leaving los angeles. >> we've advocated advocated -- advocated nearly 35,000 homes in the affected area and includes some 80 >> reporter: today, we got a first hand look at the devastation. >> there is no way to safely engage a fire that has that much anger and energy. >> reporter: the fire created its own weather system. homes and vehicles burned, the golden arches melted. >> it hit hard, it hit fast. >> reporter: one casualty, the famous route 66 summit inn, a landmark and favorite
hospice patient and evacuees rushing to get out. >> grabbed what we could. >> reporter: for evacuees given a moment's notice, the question is what to take. >> medicine, clothes, paper, pictures. >> reporter: carol hill lived here for 20 years and knew exactly what needed to be saved. >> my son passed away a couple years ago, so i grabbed his flag. still very dynamic and moving fast at zero percent containment. you can see it behind me moving, the smoke and flames moving to a residential area giving firefight ears new battle and this fire showing no signs of stopping any time soon. lester. >> a frightening scene behind you, jo ling, thank you. >> donald trump faing
bringing on the head of a conservative website to right the ship. trump getting his first classified intelligence briefing. today, we have it all covered starting with nbc's katy tur at trump tower. what a day. >> reporter: hey, lester, some in the gop are descriing this as trump's last ditch effort faing what could be a withering loss in november turning towards what could be a stark message. new faces who will let him campaign the way he wants. now the ceo of breitbart and kellyanne conway, campaign manager. he dumped corey lewandowski for manafort. it didn't work and trump wasn't happy. >> i don't want too pivot. you have to be you. if you start pivoting
with people. rocketing to fame during the tea party revolution, he is no friend to establishment republicans or the rnc. >> we're also not telling them how to think. we're not telling them who to vote for. we put the stories up and you come to your own conclusions. >> reporter: breitbart has often taken on trump's battles. >> bannon at breitbart have made a living attacking other ns conservatives, this is their modus operandi and vilify those they disagree with. >> and kelly arne is a calming influence who can tell trump no and travel with him. >> talking about a shake-up, it doesn't feel that way. >> reporter: trump is trailing in the polls and hillary clinton in battleground ohio seiing on the news. >> donald trump has shown us who he is. he can fire and fire anybody he wants from
is now back to his way. kitty tur, nbc news, new york. katy tur. >> reporter: i'm hallie jackson in new york. it may be trump's most presidential moment yet, his first classified presidential briefing. not inside trump tower but an office in an phish building especially designed to prevent eavesdropping. intelligence sources tell nbc news it's career officers not political appointees le the candidate today, combative. >> reporter: do you trust intelligence? >> not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. >> reporter: at the table with trump, his top advisors with top secret clearance, new jersey governor, chris christie and retired general mike flynn. saying trump is getting more details than the public knows about global threats but still not shaing major spy sesecrets,
operations. and it's intended to be a tool to prepare each candidate, lately more of a political hammer, each side accuing the other of being too qualified to hear the sensitive information. >> no doubt there will be a conversation ensuing the candidate understands what is being said and heard in that setting, in a classified setting is not the kind of thing that can be repeated. >> reporter: trump's meeting, which just wrapped up here, lasted less than two hours. it may bhe nominee. who ever wins in november will receive many more with much more detailed and sensitive information. lester. >> hallie jackson in new york tonight, thank you, hallie. now to the flooding disaster still impacting tense of,000 sainced the south. that tropical system that devastated louisiana is bringing new flashflood watches in texas this as the scope of destruction grows across the
gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: tonight in arcadia parish, more rain and a riing river. he grew up in this home and now hopes sandbags can save it. >> my jaw dropped and said, wow, i've never seen anything like this before. the river is not fished climbing yet. >> reporter: among the latest communities slammed by the powerful surge of water. louisiana's record rainfall started friday, further north near baton rouge, and e south to the gulf of mexico and lake pontchartrain caring a path of destruction. tonight, nearly 11 million people in texas are under flashflood watches. in louisiana, the water is finally gone. for neil mccleary and his son, the pain is not. >> it's hard to see them because that's what they've done. my dad. >> reporter: down
crests tomorrow. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, louisiana. important news now about the fastest rising cancer diagnosis in the nation, thyroid cancer cases have tripled in the last three decades, but a surpriing new report claims most cases don't need to be treated right away because they are not life-threatening. nbc's dr. john torres explains, tens of thousands could be spared painful surgery and treatment. >> reporter: megan was told two years ago she had thyroid cancer. it may seem hard to believe, even risky, but she and her doctor decided not to treat it for now. >> because it's so slow growing, i figured it can't hurt to do the watchful observation and see what happens. >> reporter: that's the approach a report in today's new england journal of medicine suggests may be best. researchers found doctors overdiagnosed thyroid cancer about
technology is picking up small growths that are slow growing and unlikely to cause symptoms or death. what happens to these lesions if nothing is done? >> the vast majority of patients don't need treatment for these small thyroid cancers. >> reporter: most often diagnosed in women, thyroid cancer treatments can be harsh involing surgery, radiation and medication for life. because megan's cancer was small, her doctor hospital recommended careful monitoring knowing if it starts to grow, it's still treatable. >> they know they have the option to do surgery any time they want it. but it's not an emergency. the barn's not on fire. they have some time to think about this. this is an example of one of those overdiagnod thyroid cancers. >> reporter: a new way of responding to a cancer diagnosis, sometimes it's better not to rush into aggressive treatment, dr. john torres, nbc news, new york.
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thanks for watching. good night from rio. >> this is breaking news now from today's tmj4. >> charles: police responding to an incident at a residential area. we're told they are on guard for some particular reason. we do not have all that much right now. we will give you any particular updates as we learn as they come into the newsroom, but we want to let you know there is a large police presence in brown deer. at 6:00, police meeting with neighbors in the sherman park neighborhood for the first time since this weekend's violence. >> shannon: jonah kaplan is live with the latest. >> reporter: shannon and charles, mpd officers also sheriff's deputies meeting with
they've had, and it's not just about the riots. these meetings have happened every wednesday since july july 1st. that's when sherman park saw its first melee of the summer. the focus won't change. >> it's about how can we better service young people that are in our community that are not already being served by youth serving organization or some other organization and companies in the city of milwaukee at this time. date for these meetings. the sheriff allowing this meeting to go on until 7:00 tonight. but again, there will be a strict closure of the park here. sherman park and, of course, the curfew 10:00 for teenagers here in the city of milwaukee. we're live here at sherman park. jonah kaplan today's tmj4. >> shannon: all right. hopefully everything works out. >> charles: police report nod new incidents in the last 24 hours stemming from the deadly police shooting near