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lester holt is next. >> hope to see you back here at 6:00. bye, folks. breaking news tonight, it's an nbc news exclusive. russian revenge. nbc news has learned the cia is poised for a major unprecedented operation, targeting putin. tonight inside the covert plan to embarrass the russians. also breaking, more accusers say they were sexually assaulted by donald trump, including a contestant from "the apprentice." >> he then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me very aggressively. >> trump calling his accusers liars looking for fame. also a doctor's outrage. an onbarred emergency. why an african-american physician says a delta attendant barred her from helping a sick passenger. and manhunt for a possible serial kidnapper on the loose. young girls attacked in their beds. the fbi urging parents, lock your doors. "nightly news" begins
right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. there will be no troop movements or a single shot fired, but nbc news has learned exclusively that the united states is poised for an unprecedented retaliatory assault against russia, in response to its interference in the u.s. election. tonight, high level u.s. intelligence sources are describing to us details of a cia-led cyber retaliation against russian computer systems. and it could get personal, targeting the russian leadership from vladimir putin on down, who the u.s. accuses of sponsoring a series of cyber attacks meant to undermine confidence in the american election. nbc's senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden has details. >> reporter: nbc news has learned the cia is in the initial phase of a wide-ranging cyber retaliation,
designed to be both clandestine and embarrassing. sources with direct knowledge of the operation tell us the target, the kremlin leadership, particularly vladimir putin. if ordered by the white house, the cia could manipulate things as specific as the banking accounts and personal phones of the kremlin leadership. >> there's a great deal of offshore money that has moved out of russia through the hands of oligarchs. it would be extremely embarrassing if that were revealed, and doing so would be a way to have a proportional response to what we have seen. >> reporter: the covert operation, the sources tell nbc news, is being run by a super secret group inside the cia. top secret documents indicate they have a staff of hundreds and a budget in the hundreds of millions. the covert operation is designed to send russia a signal to back off. how does it work? u.s. cyber operatives have long been active inside russia itself, trying to unlock the
cyber doors the russians work hard to secure. feeding information back to cia headquarters at langley. inside langley, cia super hackers use that information to direct drones and specialize low-flying satellites over russia, and even submarines positioned off the russian coast. a former senior intelligence official tells nbc news, he believes the u.s. response to the russian hack should be overt, for everybody to see. and that it should include a persuasion campaign designed to inform the russian people about putin. >> if you publicly accuse someone and don't follow it up with a response action, that may weaken the credible threat of your response capability. >> sean kanuck was, until this spring, the senior u.s. intelligence official responsible for analyzing russian cyber capabilities. >> you're seeing it play out between two long-time chess players in this field. we've seen it in past decades in the nuclear era, now
we're seeing it in the cyber era. >> unless we stand up to this kind of cyber attack from russia, we'll only see more and more of it in the future. >> but tonight while the cia continues to lay the technical groundwork, we're being told that there are deep divisions at the top of the obama administration about whether to proceed and there are other options being considered. this mission cannot go forward without an order from the president. lester? >> cynthia mcfadden tonight, thank you. more breaking news this evening and more accusers coming forward to say they were sexually assaulted by donald trump. one of them a former contestant on "the apprentice." and trump lashing out again today, continuing to allege a conspiracy, calling his accusers liars, even appearing to question one of their looks. we want to warn parents, some of the language in this report is of an adult nature. let's get details starting with nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: today, crying and emotional, summer
zervos became the latest donald trump accuser. >> he grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast. >> reporter: in 2007, she said she was looking for a job after competing in season 5 of "the apprentice." she first met with trump in new york. >> as i was about to leave, he again kissed me on the lips. this made me feel nervous and embarrassed. >> reporter: later, zervos agreed to meet trump again in california. >> he put me in an embrace and i tried to push him away. i pushed his chest to put space between us and i said, come on, man, get real. he repeated my words back to me, "get real," as he began thrusting his genitals. >> reporter: the former reality tv contestant said she felt she had to come forward after hearing trump on that hot mike from 2005, which is also why kristin anderson says she told "the washington post" her story. she said she was
groped by trump in the early '90s in a new york city club. the person on my right, who unbeknownst to me at the time, was donald trump, put their hands up my skirt. he did touch my vagina through my underwear. >> reporter: campaign spokesperson hope hicks responded. "mr. trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. it is totally ridiculous." nbc news has not been able to independently verify either accusation. and late tonight, trump responded to zervos saying "i never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. in fact, miss zervos continues to contact me for help, e-mailing my office on april 14th of this year, asking that i visit her restaurant in california." stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> reporter: this is katy tur. >> they just come out. some are doing it for probably a little fame. >> reporter: in greensboro, north carolina, donald trump
tried to brush off the flood of accusers, spending ten minutes denying. >> they are all false. they're totally invented, fiction. all 100% totally and completely fabricated. >> reporter: and insulting. >> believe me, she would not be my first choice, that i can tell you. man! you don't know. that would not be my first choice. >> reporter: now he's suggesting someone accuse president obama of sexual assault. >> and why doesn't some woman maybe come up and say what they say falsely about me, they could say about him. i'll tell you what, he better be careful, because they could say it about anybody. >> reporter: the republican nominee promised evidence to prove his innocence. his running mate, even saying it would come today. >> it's coming in, frankly, probably in a matter of hours. >> reporter: but so far nothing, except another unsubstantiated claim. this time involving carlos slim. a mexican billionaire who has donated to the clinton foundation and owns a minority
share in "the new york times." >> carlos slim, as you know, comes from mexico. he's given many millions of dollars to the clintons and their initiative. reporters at "the new york times," they're not journalists, they're corporate lobbyists for carlos slim and hillary clinton. >> reporter: trump diving head first into the politics of fear, warning of a shadowy global network involving the government, the banks, and the media. rhetoric historically been used against jews, tweeted the leader of the anti-defamation league. at his rallies, his supporters are buying in. today, putting a protester in a head lock, and growing increasingly angry at the press. meanwhile, president obama was on the stump for hillary clinton earlier today, criticizing trump for his populist overtones. >> suddenly he's going to be the champion of working people? come on! come on, man! >> reporter: that evidence that donald trump promised has just come out, according to the campaign.
a man who says he was on the flight with jessica leeds and trump, and that that assault never happened. he says he knows this because he has a photographic memory. meanwhile, the campaign provided no other credible evidence to back up his claims. lester? >> katy tur, tonight, thank you. there's late word this evening from the faa issuing an emergency order banning all samsung galaxy note 7 phones from all u.s. flights. the fear is the note 7, which is under recall and no longer being produced by samsung, poses an urgent fire risk on board planes. nbc's tom costello has the developing details for us. >> reporter: the emergency action takes effect tomorrow morning. the galaxy note 7, banned on all flights. no carrying one on board, not in checked luggage and not in a carry-on bag. airlines must deny boarding to any passenger who has one. and passengers who try to smuggle a note 7 on board could face a
fine. >> it has been known to cause fires. >> reporter: until today, passengers only had been told to keep the note 7 turned off. >> the root problem with lithium ion batteries is that there's a lot of energy stored inside a tiny little device. >> reporter: researchers at underwriters laboratory recently demonstrated to nbc news the risk posed by exploding batteries. so far more than a hundred fires involving the note 7, including a fire on this southwest plane last week. an on-board fire could take out critical flight systems. >> if you have a substantial fire, you can actually cause a catastrophic situation for the crew who may not be able to control the airplane. >> reporter: now with some airlines adding fire bags to smother battery fires and u.p.s. and fedex refusing to ship the note 7 by air, an emergency order banning the phone on all u.s. flights. tom costello, nbc news, washington. in the pacific northwest a powerful one-two punch pounding
down ohe t region. the first blast left the trail of destruction, now round two is on the way. let's get more from nbc's steve patterson. >> look right there. >> oh, my gosh! >> reporter: tornado touchdown in coastal oregon. residents scrambling after spotting a funnel cloud tearing through manzanita, leaving damage and devastation in its wake. >> there is downed power lines, downed trees everywhere. >> reporter: today's twister just one disaster in a series of wild weather events rampaging across the pacific northwest. in washington, powerful winds and surging rain, sending waves crashing into morning rush hour traffic. the opening salvo and a series of storms expected to pumble parts of the west coast. the national weather service warning of a one-two punch, remnants of a typhoon, putting 9 million people at risk from british columbia to northern california. >> this has the possibility of being a fatal storm if people do not take the proper precautions and stay
indoors. >> reporter: in seattle the mayor warning residents to brace for the worst been. >> please exercise extreme caution. it looks like it will have a direct hit on the city of seattle. >> reporter: tonight preparation under way across the storm zone. hurricane-force winds that could force power outages, mudslides and dangerous winds crashing across the coast. dangerous winter storm system hitting the west expected to get worse. steve patterson, nbc news. delta airlines is hit with accusations of discrimination after a medical emergency aboard a flight. a doctor, who is african american, offered her help, but says a flight attendant refused to believe she was a physician. the doctor turned to social media where the outrage is only growing. nbc's rehema ellis has details for us. >> reporter: tamika cross, a 28-year-old houston doctor, was midway through her delta flight from detroit to minneapolis when she says she heard someone screaming for help for a sick passenger. she offered
assistance, but she said the flight attendant's surprising response prompted her to write a facebook post that has since gone viral. >> she immediately replied, you know, saying, "oh, no, sweetie, put your hand down, you know, we're looking for physicians, or nurses." >> reporter: dr. cross claimed the flight attendant asked her several questions and wanted to see her credentials, but when an older white male doctor approached, dr. cross says his help was immediately accepted. she wrote, "i'm sure many of my fellow young corporate america working women of color can all understand my frustration when i say, i'm sick of being disrespected." delta says they are troubled by any accusations of discrimination. the experience dr. cross described is not reflective of delta's culture or of the values our employees live out every day." tonight, delta says a full investigation is under way. rehema ellis, nbc news. still ahead, as we
and the fbi is widening its search tonight. as nbc's kevin tibbles tells us. >> reporter: a mother's plea for the return of her 6-year-old daughter. >> i would give my life if they can find her. >> reporter: snatched from her own home in cleveland last may. found 17 hours later after having been assaulted. >> he made her ride in the floorboard of the car, so she was not able to see where they were going. >> reporter: now the fbi says it fears a serial child abductor may be on the prowl and are circulating these surveillance videos of the suspect. months earlier, just miles away, another ohio girl, aged 10, managed to escape her attacker. >> it's the worst feeling in the world having your daughter scream at you at 3:00 in the morning that someone's trying to take her out of her bed. >> reporter: investigators say forensic evidence in each case matches. and are intensifying their search for the driver of this chevy malibu. note, it has a different colored front fender. they also say the
suspect may have had contact with each family through social media and urged parents to take precautions. >> it's really important for parents to know who their kids are talking to, know what information is being posted. we lock our doors at night, but we sure do put a lot of information on the computer. >> reporter: soliciting the public's help in the hunt for a predator before another child is harmed. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. we're back in a moment with the new passport rule for americans. what you're no longer allowed to wear in your photo.
a heads-up tonight for anyone getting a passport. no glasses allowed under a new rule which goes into effect november 1st, all new passport applicants will be required to take their glasses off before taking passport photos. that's because the state department says more than 200,000 customers submitted poor quality photos last year, most of them due to glares and shadows, you guessed it, caused by the glasses.
they're young, many have never voted before and they may hold the outcome of the 2016 election in their hands. tonight nbc's jacob soboroff looks at whether millenials will be drawn to the polls by some marijuana motivation in our new series, red, white, and you. >> this is a voter registration booth. normally you'd see one at a college campus at the dmv, but this is a medical marijuana dispensary in las vegas. have you seen a lot of people registering to vote at this dispensary? >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: with medical pot legal in nevada, the state's question two, a law that would legalize recreational marijuana is on the ballot this november. you get a sense that people are registering because they want to vote for marijuana, for president, or both. >> i feel like if people aren't interested in the presidential election, they're interested in making sure question two passes. >> so i know i'm going for donald trump this year, he's republican, right? so that's one thing at least i know. >> reporter: first time registering? >> first time i actually feel like it
matters. >> reporter: according to pew, a majority of young voters from both parties support marijuana legalization. and that has david goldwater seeing multiple shades of green. >> very walter white. >> breaking green. >> breaking green. >> reporter: all of this marijuana, everything around us, under this medical marijuana laws of nevada currently, is completely legal. >> it's legal in the state of nevada. >> reporter: if recreational marijuana is legalized in november, all this stuff could be sold to anybody under those rules too? >> hopefully. >> reporter: but it's not just would-be marijuana millionaires hoping voters come out. in a state where the presidential vote is neck and neck, clinton and trump are hoping for a share of the weed vote. you're voting for weed. are you going to vote for president this time around? >> i'm unsure. >> reporter: are you going to vote for the legalization measure in november? >> yes, i am. >> reporter: are you going to vote for president? >> yes. >> reporter: who are
you going to vote for? >> gary johnson. my mother is very adamant about me voting for hillary clinton. >> reporter: which candidate wins the weed vote and whether it makes a difference in nevada will remain hazy until election day. jacob soboroff, nbc news, las vegas. when we come back here tonight, dylan, mccartney, the stones and more. the music festival where you don't have to be young to rock out. >> red, white, and you is sponsored by amazon.
who says young people should have all the fun at rock concerts? it's a new music festival this weekend that's a smash hit with the older crowd. the line-up, including six legendary acts proving they still know how to rock, and so do their fans. here's joe fryer. ♪ >> reporter: if all the world really is a stage, then california's desert must be the grandstand. ♪ start me up >> reporter: this weekend, just like last weekend, the arid air will be filled with sounds from the rolling stones -- ♪ can't buy me love >> paul mccartney. ♪ >> reporter: and the who. music legends joining forces for a festival officially called desert trip but better known -- >> we're the young ones. >> reporter: as old cehla.
>> i believe this is the biggest concert since woodstock. >> reporter: in fact for many, this is their woodstock. >> i was 10 years old when woodstock occurred and i was fascinated by that whole concept. >> reporter: neil young, roger waters and nobel prize winner bob dylan round out the line-up, just six acts powering a party projecting to gross $150 million. >> they raised the bar on what a festival can be. it doesn't have to be 75 acts, three days, 13 hours a day. >> reporter: and for all the jokes about rockers with walkers, this is actually a show for baby and boomer. >> we saw everything from 8 months old to 80-plus. >> reporter: lillian brought her daughter and granddaughter. >> every song brings me great memories. >> reporter: this music helped her learn english and now it's helping her family as she battles cancer. >> the world around us just melted away, and we just have the freedom to rock. >> reporter: it's the who, who famously sang "i hope i die before i get old."
yet here at oldchella, music fans have found heaven right here on earth. joe fryer, nbc news. that's going to do it for us. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. have a good night. we've deployed our storm ranger equipped with a specialize radar. you can note this is red band of the storm tracking the activity as it moves the to the south bay. the news at 6:00, starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us on this friday. >> this is round one of two, so
get ready for a wet weekend. we have a team of reporters across the bay area. rob. >> reporter: top ranked huddles in from the north bay and east bay bay. and done town san francisco, almost 3/4s an inch of rain and oakland more than an inch. dan vill, more than a half inch of rain and some of the wettest weather has been near the grade and looking off towards fremont, you can see the last batch of showers moving through. pretty good down pours into fremont. you see them approaching our stormranger mobile radar in the south bay and as this begins to wind down, what is winding up off shore is a powerful storm system that will bring widespread damage to the pacific northwest and increase the winds during the day tomorrow so you have a wind