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breaking news tonight, a massive wave of cyber attacks hits major websites and internet services like twitter, netflix, and amazon. outages affecting consumers across the country. tonight the fbi trying to find out who's behind it. p punchlines. new attacks from donald trump after being booed on stage, as he came fac to face with hillary clinton. and as trump decries a so-called rigged system, brand-new numbers about how many voters might not accept the outcome. screen time. what's the right amount for modern kids? all those devices, always connected. tonight doctors throwing out the book on what we've been told about kids in the digital era. unsung hero.
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campus janitor, breaking down walls and making dreams come true. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, a major attack on the internet is under way at this hour, the fbi and homeland security are urgently trying to find out who targeting a company that acts as an internet switch board. the intermittent outages began this morning primarily on the east coast, but follow-up attacks have been felt across the country. it all comes amid heightened anxieties over cyber attacks, leading up to the u.s. election. nbc's miguel almaguer has late details for us. >> the powerful and
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after wave. internet users in at least six countries, but mostly here in the u.s., unable to load popular websites like twitter, netflix, amazon, paypal, and a long list of others. >> what we know is that a cyber criminal group or a group of people created the opportunity where they had web traffic and they funneled all of that traffic at a particular comp dyn. >> the attack was aimed at dyn, an attack company based in new hampshire that serves as an internet switch board and allows people to connect to websites. it crippled domain name servers, the address book for the internet, essentially overloading it. the hack will cost major corporations dearly. it's too early to tell who's responsible. some say based on the methods and magnitude of the attack, it may
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intelligence official and other cyber experts tell nbc news, this is a classic case of internet vandalism, and likely not state-sponsored. >> there are a host of adversaries that can launch these types of attacks, and we've got to make sure that we have a rezil gent network that is able to withstand these types of probes. >> reporter: with the largest outage in the northeast, a second wave spread west. tens of millions couldn't check their log on to local news. in los angeles, epic interactive sent employees home. with paypal and twitter down, nobody could work. >> i think we should be concerned. it's one thing when there's an attack. it's another thing when an entire day goes by and the company involved can't fix it. >> reporter: the case of cyber warfare comes just before our election. tonight experts say we are in uncharted
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not target individuals, it brought down websites temporarily that millions of us use every day. it appears no critical, personal or financial information was lost, but it shows how vulnerable servers can be. experts say every time security firms make a fix, thieves find another way in. >> joining us now, nbc's cyber security expert, president and chief security officer of crowd strike. where this is coming from, or what it could be related to. but with our election just two weeks away, would there be anything to prevent an attack like this on election day? >> this appears to be a complex botnet, made up of hundreds of thousands of computers, like i p. connected security cameras. it's difficult to detect these types of attacks.
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type of weapon could use it as it relates to our election process. i think the distributed nature of our system doesn't render that specifically susceptible, but attackers will continue to use this device inevitably, or until they're detected and stopped, or the botnet itself can be disrupted. >> all right, shaun henry, thank you very much. now to the campaign trail, new attacks being launched tonight on both sides, and new fall-out after an uncomfortable scene in new york last night hillary clinton shared the stage and traded barbs. barely concealed by comedy. tonight as trump continues to push his message about a so-called rigged system, we have new numbers to show how that's resonating with his supporters. we have it all covered starting with nbc's hallie jackson. hallie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. at that event, donald trump shared a player with hillary clinton, a polite pause, a short one in the attacks, about you now some critics are wondering about
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strategy. with just over two weeks to go, he's promising an all-out push. a battleground blitz for donald trump today with new reflective, real talk. >> win, lose, or draw and i'm almost sure, if the people come out, we're going to win. but i will be -- i will be happy with myself. >> reporter: his comments capping a 24-hour stretch in which many see a series of strategic mistakes, like bringing michelle obama into the mix as >> we have a president, all he wants to do is campaign. his wife, all she wants to do is campaign. >> reporter: but the first lady is the most popular political figure in the country, potentially risky for trump to take her on. and he's still talking about a rigged system. our new nbc news/survey monkey online tracking poll also shows more than 4 in 10 republicans do side with trump and may not accept the results of this election. >> i imagine that on certain issues, if he's elected, you're
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going to be pushing the country potentially in a different direction than the republican president. >> reporter: and for trump, what many see as another misstep at a political roast in new york, where his rival landed some punches with her punchlines. >> it is great also to see mayor bloomberg here. it's a shame he's not speaking tonight. i'm curious to hear what a billionaire has to say. >> reporter: and while not everybody laughed, it was trump who struggled more. despite starting >> michelle obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it. my wife melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case. >> reporter: a few lines later, much more partisan. >> hillary is so corrupt -- >> reporter: the
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at this normally civil dinner. >> he's not behaving in a way that suggests he's even trying to win the election. he's doing everything to the opposite of what a seasoned strategist would recommend he do. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news, newtown, pennsylvania. >> reporter: i'm kristen welker in cleveland where early voting is already under way. tonight hillary clinton rallying the base. >> i have now spent four and a half hours on stage with donald, proving once again i have the stamina to be president. >> reporter: and going after trump's comments about a rigged election. >> he is threatening our democracy. >> reporter: a new poll showing ohio is a jump ball. clinton and donald trump tied. but good news for clinton in our new nbc news analysis. more democrats have voted so far in ohio than republicans. campaign sources tell nbc news clinton is not just thinking about election day,
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laying the ground work for leading a divided country, if she wins, like reaching out to her opponent in a private moment last night. >> she said to him, and donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterwards. >> reporter: and clinton increasing her outreach to republicans and independents too. this new ad featuring kaiser khan, a gold star family member, once again going after trump. and joe biden taking shoots too. high school, i could take him behind the gym. >> right now, she's killing time, just run the clock out. >> reporter: but tonight, more fall-out from the stolen e-mails from her campaign chairman. a new e-mail showing clinton's top aides disagreed with her push to hold a clinton global initiative meeting in morocco in return for a $12 million pledge from the moroccan government. huma abedin writing,
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>> she tried to get $12 million from the king of morocco for an appearance. more pay for play. >> reporter: tonight the clinton campaign saying ultimately clinton decided not to attend that meeting and they're accusing russia of weaponizing wikileaks. meanwhile, clinton is getting ready for a major swing through brauld states from now until election day. lester? let's turn overseas now, where iraqi forces say they're within four miles of mosul. isis is fighting back, launching a deadly counterattack in another city over a hundred miles away. our richard engel is on the front lines inside iraq with a look at the american role in the offensive. >> reporter: american jets launching in the mediterranean from the uss eisenhower. they're headed for mosul, to attack isis. but once they get to mosul, the mission is extremely difficult.
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million civilians. >> it's a bustling city, just like we would have back home. it just show happens that the city is run by isis. >> reporter: and this is not just a ground war. for the first time today, we saw american soldiers in full combat gear, clearing a bomb. one of the most dangerous jobs in a war zone. it's the same job 34-year-old chief petty officer jason finnan had, he was mosul when an i.e.d. went off by his vehicle. we traveled with them to one of their forward positions east of mosul. the closer iraqi troops get to the center of mosul, the harder isis has been fighting back. there's been fighting in this front line village today. isis has been using mortars and snipers, and car bombs like this one. as a vehicle approached the soldiers, they drew down on the driver and
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one of their own. isis may be losing ground around mosul, but today, the militants hit back with coordinated attacks in the relatively far away city of kirkuk. more than 20 people were killed. this could be how isis plans to fight, digging in to protect its stronghold city of mosul and key towns around it, while at the same time, launching terrorist attacks on soft targets and civilians. lester? iraq tonight, thank you. back in this country, to the weather extremes in the northeast, flash floods triggered by heavy rains, downpours so many have been hoping for. with many areas hit hard by a terrible drought, but this was far too much rain too soon. we get details from nbc's tammy leitner. >> reporter: in the northeast, a much needed soaking has turned fatal. today flash flooding in central pennsylvania left at least one dead and
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and in new york, a steady pounding from mother nature, but all this rain won't be enough to reverse a drought that has been building for months. below normal precipitation has created the worst drought across the northeast in more than a decade. conditions that could last through the winter. just the latest part of the country to be hit with water shortages. in upstate new york, existing residential wells are dry. leaving some ow >> without the dug wells, they have no water source. so their only option is for us to come in and drill them a well. >> reporter: in connecticut, where 89% of the state is under severe drought conditions, an emergency pipeline is being built to pump in water. in massachusetts, the situation is so serious, farmers are being forced to pick cranberries by hand. >> we probably are down about four feet. so it's been difficult
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year. >> reporter: more than half the northeast is under some sort of drought, with areas in red under extreme drought. the good news is, those are the two areas that will see the heaviest rain going into this weekend. water that may put a small dent in the problem, but won't be enough to quench this historic drought. tammy leitner, nbc news, new york. still ahead, some critical news you need to hear tonight if you're worried about how much time your children spend in front of electronic screens perform. also, this might spark a lot of who h ?? before it became a medicine, it was an idea. a wild "what-if." so scientists went to work. they examined 87 different protein structures and worked for 12 long years. there were thousands of patient volunteers and the hope of millions. and so after it became a medicine, someone who couldn't be cured, could be.
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we're back now with some brand-new research and recommendations that will be of high interest to parents and grandparents worried about how much kids should be expose said to modern-day electronic media. cell phones, laptops, tablets, and yes, tv. the american academy of pediatrics has new recommendations that relax some previous guidance to give fa flexibility while setting limits. here's nbc's tom costello. >> hello. >> reporter: in virginia this afternoon, 3-year-old ari and 18-month-old emmaery were face timing grandma and grandpa. >> you want to have a wel rounded kid. >> reporter: pediatricians have recommended no screen
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phones, tablets, computers and tvs, the academy is adjusting guidelines. for children under 18 months, video chatting is fine, but no other screen time. >> if you want to start introducing media as young as 18 months, that's fine, but use it together with your child and choose really good media. >> reporter: here's why. researchers at lafayette college have found that starting at 17 months, children can start recognizing faces and learning over video chats. >> toddlers learn meaningful interaction with people who are in social relationships with them. >> reporter: for 2 to 5-year-olds, the academy recommends no more than an hour a day of screen time. children 6 and older can have more, but they need an hour of exercise. families should establish media-free time together, like dinner. and no devices within an hour before bed. >> when kids consume media, even infants, late into the hours of the day, they have a later sleep onset and
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per night. >> reporter: the bottom line, screen time should not be a babysitter. used wisely, it can actually bring families together. >> she's trying to give him a kiss. >> reporter: tom costello, nbc news, ashburn, virginia. we're back in a moment with a special guest who crashed the white house briefing today. i use what's already inside me to reach my goals. so i liked when my doctor told me i may reach my blood sugar and a1c goals by activating what's within me... with once-weekly trulicity. trulicity is not insulin. it helps activate my body to do what it's supposed to do... release its own insulin. trulicity responds when my blood sugar rises. i take it once a week, and it works 24/7. it comes in an easy-to-use pen and i may even lose a little weight. trulicity is a once-weekly injectable prescription medicine
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i'm lester holt. ?? >> announcer: right now, from milwaukee, this is today's tmj4, "live at 6:00." >> breaking at 6:00, a brown deer officer facing criminal charges for shooting an unarmed man. it marks the first time in ten years a police officer in the milwaukee area has been charged with intentionally shooting a citizen. >> brown deer police officer aggravated battery with use of a dangerous weapon. coreen zell is live with more. >> reporter: the attorney and client have been waiting on charges since march. that's when the shooting happened. the criminal complaint says manual burnley and a bus driver got into a verbal argument. the driver flagged down two officers to help. burnley wouldn't get off the bus, so officers escorted him outside.
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forced him on the ground. she shot burnley when she couldn't get control of him and feared for her life. burnley's lawyer said his client is suffering permanent injuries from that shooting. >> he wants this process to be over, and i think he wants to get some kind of closure. but, he is quite -- i wouldn't say happy, but at least relieved to the point where he believes that there's some accountability. >> officer kraemer is on paid administrative leave, she'll appear in court nt reporting live downtown, coreen zell, today's tmj4. >> coreen, thanks. the milwaukee police officer who shot and killed sylville smith is still behind bars tonight. >> jails on sexual assault charges unrelated to the smith case. eric ross spoke with the attorney representing smith's family, he's now live downtown. eric, what did he have to say? >> reporter: good evening, attorney david owens says this is a step in the right direction towards holding officers more


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