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coming back. it will feel like summer next week. i'm look ahead towards the weekend. tonight, caught in a lie. a bizarre bombshell. as old tapes emerge of donald trump, apparently posing as his own publicist, bragging about his business success and his relationships with famous women. trump angrily denying it's him even though he previously admitted it. bathroom fight. the obama administration sends a sweeping message to schools across the country. let transgender kids use the bathroom of their choice, or else. alarming rise in murders in some big american cities. what the fbi director thinks might be behind it. emergency room shocker. first, a medical crisis. then a crisis from the bill. how to protect yourself from a painful surprise. and a dream come true for a woman and her seven children. claiming a $430 million jackpot, and wait until you hear how she picked those
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winning numbers. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm thomas roberts in tonight for lester. in a campaign season at times full of bizarre twists and turns, tonight may be one of the strangest developments yet centering on a 25-year-old audiotape. on it, a man claiming to represent donald trump, talking to a "people" magazine reporter bragging about the billionaire's business dealings and dating life with famous women. but was it actually trump himself? the "washington post" released the audio and this morning trump emphatically denied it was his voice on the "today" show. but it turns out he's spoken about it before, and given a very different answer. we get new details tonight from cynthia mcfadden. >> reporter: tonight donald trump raising eyebrows again. >> i don't think it was me. it doesn't sound like
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me. >> reporter: the controversy not about something he said, but about something he claims he did not say. >> is it you? >> no, i don't think -- i don't know anything about it. i have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice. you can imagine that. and this sounds like one of these scams, one of the many scams. it doesn't sound like me. >> reporter: at issue whether a man claiming to be donald trump's publicist was actually donald trump himself. the audiotape posted this morning by the "washington post." >> what's your name again? >> john miller. >> what is your position? >> it's absolutely donald trump. >> no doubt in your mind? >> no doubt in my mind. >> reporter: the audiotape was recorded in 1991 by then "people" magazine reporter sue carswell. she says she called mr. donald trump initially to ask about his relationship with marla maples. instead she got mr. miller. mr. miller knew a lot about mr. trump's personal life.
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>> he's living with marla and he has three other girlfriends. >> reporter: including french fashion model carla bruney who would later become the first lady of france. at the time, carswell suspected john miller was in fact trump himself. and she says marla maples confirmed it. >> i called marla and played it for her, and she started to cry. >> reporter: in fact, that's the story "people" published at the time. it's the same thing carswell told "entertainment tonight" back then. >> she started to cry. she was absolutely devastated. >> reporter: a few weeks later, she said trump called her and apologized for pretending to be john miller. >> he told me that he was sorry that he had done this. it was at marla's expense. >> reporter: "people" published his apology for pretending to be mr. miller soon after. i'm very sorry, donald trump said. so does the denial of a prank donald trump is alleged to have played long ago reveal anything important about trump, the presidential
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candidate? why is this important? >> it's one thing to punk me about his love life, but to punk the nation is another thing. >> we asked the trump campaign if they would introduce us to mr. miller. no reply to that. though they did say once again the voice heard on the recording was, quote, a bad imitation. no explanation why someone who sounded a lot like donald trump would call a reporter pretending to be someone named john miller. thomas? >> that's a very good question. cynthia, thanks very much. push back is coming fast and furious tonight to president baltimore's historic new directive to the nation's public schools. it is a sweeping policy change to accommodate transgender students which would allow kids to use the bathroom and facilities of the gender they identify with. the guidance is not legally binding, but could lead to a cut in federal funding to districts that don't comply. more now from nbc's kate snow. >> reporter: for kids like jacob lamay, the guidance that students should use the bathroom of their gender identity isn't just some abstract policy.
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his mom says it's protection for him at school. and validation that his rights matter. >> when i send jacob off to school, i want to make sure he's treated the same way as any other student, that he can use the facilities he's comfortable with. this means a lot to us. >> reporter: we first met jacob a year ago, just after he transitioned to living as a boy at 4 years old. >> i wanted to be a boy. >> you wanted to be a boy? did you feel that on the inside? did you feel inside like you wanted to be a boy? >> yeah. >> what did you say to your mom and dad? >> i want to be a boy. >> reporter: in jacob's home state of massachusetts, the state legislature just yesterday passed a bill banning discrimination against transgender people. but in other states across the country today, there was backlash against the federal government. arkansas, mississippi, and texas telling schools to disregard the guidance. >> while in texas, he can keep his 30 pieces of silver. we will not yield to
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blackmail. >> reporter: outside chicago, 51 families are suing a school district for allowing a transgender student to use a girls' bathroom. >> these parents and students feel intimidated by their school districts. >> reporter: the white house said the new directives were issued after a growing number of school districts asked for guidance. but advocates for lgbt rights say what happened today goes far beyond bathrooms. >> it was just last june we won marriage equality at the supreme court. this week is another part of that long march toward equality. >> reporter: for jacob who's now 6, it could be a turning point that shapes how he's treated for the rest of his life. kate snow, nbc news, new york. now to new developments in the worsening situation at the nation's airports as we've been covering with tsa security lines stretching for hours in certain cases, and passengers missing their flights. today citing the economic impact, the u.s. travel association called the
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situation a national crisis. the tsa announced an action plan. but it may not go far enough, fast enough. more with nbc's tom costello. okay, here's the start. let's see how long this thing is. >> reporter: the cell phone video from midway airport says it all. a security line stretching for hours. we'll move midway aside as similar scenes play out across the country. adding insult to injury, this, 3,000 bags at phoenix missed their flights thursday because of a tsa computer glitch involving explosive screeners. and today confirmation that some tsa security officers have signed security from members of the senate and congress. the homeland security secretary today promised change. >> we will not compromise the security of aviation or the american people.
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>> reporter: the new action plan includes reducing the size and number of allowable carry-ons at checkpoints, using airline employees to handle some tsa jobs like moving bins and authorizing more overtime. but among travelers, aggravation is mounting with many posting their frustrations and photos on twitter. the #i hate the wait created by the airlines to pressure the tsa. from pittsburgh, to atlanta, jfk, even portland, oregon. in detroit, the tweet was simple, north terminal gridlocked. i hate the wait. making matters worse, the tsa continues to confiscate a record number of weapons at the checkpoints, loaded guns, ammunition, even a smoke grenade. >> this is still just the beginning here. >> reporter: back to midway and fast forward to the end of the line near the parking garage. >> are you [ bleep ] me tsa? >> reporter: the summer travel season hasn't even started. some members of congress want the airlines to drop their baggage fees to encourage mo passengers to check bags, but the airlines say that is misguided since most customers have special deals and don't pay the baggage fees. tom costello, nbc news, washington.
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alarming new numbers out today show a dramatic rise in murders in more than 20 major cities across the country. the fbi director said he's not sure what's behind the increase, but is worried about the so-called viral video effect, officers being les aggressive for fear of being caught on camera. our national correspondent miguel almaguer has the details. >> reporter: in chicago, where 141 people were murdered in just three months, the murder rate is soaring. but today a new report raising alarms nationwide. in more than 20 cities, from los angeles to dallas to jacksonville, the murder rate spiked. most of the victims, black and latino. fbi director james comey said something is happening, but doesn't know what it is. and worries a viral video effect like this alleged beating in san francisco when police are caught on tape may make officers less aggressive for fear of ending up on video. >> officers realize
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anything they do, within an instant, within seconds is broadcast worldwide and they're going to be held accountable. would that have a chilling effect on officers? you bet you. >> reporter: while the murder rate has dropped in some major cities, it's like this video of the death of laquan mcdonald in chicago that the fbi director fears are making officers reluctant to get out of their squad cars and engage with people in the streets. but the white house is firing back. >> there's still no evidence to substantiate the claim that the increase in violent crime is related to an unwillingness of police officers to do their job. >> reporter: tonight debate over why the murder rate is on the rise, while in some of the country's biggest cities, the streets are no longer as safe as they used to be. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. an enormous outpouring of emotion today in southern california for a fallen hero. huge crowds lined the streets for the funeral procession of navy s.e.a.l. charles keating iv.
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keating was killed in a firefight with isis in iraq last week. he was posthumously awarded the silver star and the purple heart. an intense manhunt is now over. coming to an end in new hampshire where two police officers were shot. police helicopters and search dogs fanned out in pursuit, and late today officials revealing they did catch the suspect. nbc's joe fryer is in manchester with details. >> reporter: the gunman who opened fire wounding two police officers is sparking a manhunt across new hampshire's largest city is now behind bars, officials say. >> while this remains an active investigation, there is no danger to the public. >> reporter: police say it all happened around 2:00 a.m. when an officer approached ian mcphearson who matched the description of an armed robbery suspect, then the man opened fire. even though officer ryan hardy was shot in the face and torso, he called in a description.
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>> where are you? >> second and ferry. the man was wearing a trench coat. >> officer hardy's reaction to being shot is beyond courageous. it's remarkable. >> reporter: 20 minutes later at another location a mile away, officer matthew o'connor was shot in the leg. the gunfire alarmed neighbors. >> we heard gunshots out our window. >> reporter: schools canceled classes and neighbors took shelter as police searched for the gunman. >> it's a little chaotic, you know. mostly my worry's are for my children because my windows are on the first floor. >> reporter: within three hours of the shooting, mcpherson was finally arrested. as for the officers, both of them will survive. and tonight, one is already out of the hospital. joe fryer, nbc news, manchester, new hampshire. now to a mystery solved in new jersey. the winners of one of the biggest powerball jackpots in history have come forward. and it turns out this jackpot is all in the family. a woman and her seven children splitting those winnings. here's rehema ellis with more. >> divine intervention
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gave us the numbers. >> reporter: the winning numbers came to a member of the smith family in a dream. after 70-year-old pearly smith played the numbers at her local 7-eleven in trenton, new jersey, that dream came true. >> it was a big shock when we first learned that we were powerball winners. it was a bigger shock when we learned that we were the only ticket holder. >> reporter: the prize, $429 million, to be shared by pearly and her seven adult children. >> they'll be calling or texting me every day saying, is it real? >> reporter: the lucky eight will split the sixth largest powerball lottery jackpot ever by choosing the one-time lump sum worth $284, each family member will take home more than $25 million after taxes. what have they told their friends and employers? >> are we live? they're finding out right now. >> reporter: valerie, the oldest daughter, retired from her job as a prison
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administrator a year ago. she does have loans to pay off. how big was your student loan? >> i'm getting it on friday. >> reporter: their brother stephen is determined to be practical. >> i have a family. i'm planning for my family. >> reporter: to help them make the most of their winnings, they say they've already hired some help. two attorneys, an accountant and money manager. >> i guess you all are thinking you wish you were me right now, right? >> reporter: a winning family who say the money won't change them, it will only make life better. rehema ellis, nbc news, new jersey. >> lucky eight indeed. still ahead tonight, how one family ended up with a bill for $100,000 for a trip to the emergency room. what to look out for so you don't get ambushed with bills you thought insurance would cover. also, the 96-year-old veteran who made history with an achievement nearly seven decades in the making.
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we are back with more on the shock in store for so many americans from surprise medical bills. when emergency strikes, there's often no time to sort out what insurance will or won't cover. nbc's olivia sterns talks to a family who found out the hard way and has what you need to know to protect yourself. >> reporter: when sienna was just 2 months old, she needed emergency heart surgery. fortunately it was a success. but then came another shock. the bill. >> we couldn't afford it. we knew there was months and months of bills still coming. >> reporter: in total,
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more than $100,000 worth. many a complete surprise. >> we had to pay for a hospital bed, and for this doctor who looked over this, and -- i mean, it ran the gamut. >> did you worry you might have to go bankrupt? >> of course. >> reporter: the family had insurance, but was told it didn't cover everything in the e.r. and they had to pay for hospital supplies, assistant surgeons, even x-ray technicians. >> i think it's deeply unfair to consumers. this becomes really problematic in an emergency situation. >> reporter: it's an all-too-common problem. in texas, for example, more than 20% of hospitals considered in network by the top three insurers had no in-network e.r. doctors on staff. >> hospitals have to function differently. i think ultimately they should be responsible for making sure everybody's on the same insurance, and that customers get one simple bill. >> reporter: who's to blame? the hospital industry says it's up to insurers to make sure they cover enough
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doctors, and clearly communicate who they are. the insurance industry points a finger at doctors who don't accept enough plans. >> quite honestly, it's better for providers and insurance company, take it outside in the hallway and work it out without us in the middle. >> reporter: that's now the law in new york and florida. and more than 20 other states are considering similar legislation. luckily for raquel, her mom stepped in, quitting her job to negotiate the bills. in the end, paying just $10,000. as for sienna, she's now a thriving 3-year-old. olivia sterns, nbc news. we are back in a moment with the feds giving you another big reason to be very careful about what you post online.
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it has taken years, but now it's official government policy to include social media when conducting security clearance checks. it might shock you to know there was no directive to check
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public posts on facebook, twitter or other forums before the policy was signed today. critics say it's about time the government caught up with technology. think about this for a moment. it's estimated there are about 7.4 billion people on earth. and as of today, it's believed there's only one person left who was born in the 1800s. the death of 116-year-old american suzanna jones leaves only italy's emma, born in the 19th century on november 29th, 1899. she still lives on her own. credits her longevity to a daily glass of brandy. and speaking of longevity, a 96-year-old world war ii vet just made history becoming the oldest graduate of the university of southern california. alfonso gonzalez thought he had graduated in 1953. but when his family tried to get a copy of his diploma, he was shocked to find he was just one credit short. so they tailored a course for him to get the last requirement. now has that diploma. when we come back, moms on a mission.
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they found joy after tragedy. now they're helping children do the same.
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finally tonight, a touching story about learning to smile again, after suffering a loss. a group of moms
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banding together to help children through tragedy because they understand exactly what these kids are going through. nbc's kevin tibbles has more in our series "inspiring america." >> reporter: smiles and joy. something you wouldn't expect to see from those who share the pain of losing a loved one. each year some 30 children and teens are lost to gun violence in miami. >> we just received a call saying she was shot. >> reporter: they all leave someone who loved them behind. >> i felt like someone just snatched my heart out of my body. >> are you a beautiful princess? >> reporter: they call it restore joy and trust. founded by mothers who share the loss of a child to gun violence. like denise brown. >> instead of being angry, and allowing that to fester, fill yourself with compassion and joy. >> reporter: their mission? jump-start the healing for kids who have lost someone.
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with after-school programs, learning to shed the fear. how about an orange one? there are field trips, places they've never been before. opening up a world of possibility. 11-year-old arc -- anea ford now wants to be a dancer. >> i feel free whenever i'm dancing. it makes me feel like everything's okay. >> it's priceless. you know, that joy, that's what we try to do. it's just to build them up. you don't have to continue that cycle. >> reporter: sharon sees the positive change in her granddaughter. >> she's smiling again. she's more bubbly now. >> it's healing for me. i don't concentrate so much on my pain. there's hope. you can rebuild your trust. >> reporter: coming together, laughing together, healing together. kevin tibbles, nbc news, miami. if you have a story about an organization, or a community that's inspiring america through their work, tell us about it on our facebook page.
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that's going to do it for us on this friday night. be sure to watch our new special series "on assignment," exclusive reporting on americans fighting with isis, sunday night on nbc. i'm thomas reports. for all of us here at nbc news, thanks for watching, and have a great night. . right now at 6:00, responding to a police sex scandal. minutes ago, oakland's mayor and police chief spoke publicly for the first time about this investigation. good evening, everyone thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. i'm raj mathai. we're just now getting more details about the scandal involving several oakland police officers. it also involves the late wife of an officer and a teenage girl. nbc bay area's jodi hernandez
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joins us from city hall. jodi, you talked with the mayor and the police chief. what's their response? >> reporter: raj, the mayor and the police chief say that a police officer must be held to the highest standard. they call the allegations of that three oakland police officers engaged in sexual misconduct highly troubling. now, the chief and the mayor promise a thorough investigation. the chief concern, the allegations came to light last september when officer brendan o'brien committed suicide. a source told us a suicide note he left behind alluded to the sexual misconduct. but the chief also said the three officers were just recently placed on administrative leave. now, the mayor says the district attorney is now conducting parallel investigations. she says she has just issued a new executive directive requiring the opd to immediately

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