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to some homes in a campbell neighborhood. dozens of people without power. we will have a full report tonight at 6:00. . tonight, nuclear ed escalation, north korea can put a nuke on a missile as president trump makes a jarring threat in return. >> as i said, they will be met with irefire, fury, and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. >> tonight, what are the u.s. options? an alarming rise in colon cancer deaths among younger people. doctors baffled about what's behind it. hollywood in fear as a major hack attack gets bigger. big names wondering who's next. and glen campbell. the rhinestone cowboy
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is gone after a brave public battle. tonight we remember a country music legend. nightly news begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening to our viewers in the west. thank you for being here tonight. the crisis with north korea reaching an unsettling new level today, with news of a possible weapons capability and the most provocative statement yet from president trump, who met north korea's recent verbal threats with this chilling threat of his own. >> north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury, like
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the world has never seen. as i said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. >> the president painting a dark and ominous image on the same day nbc news learned u.s. intelligence has reason to believe north korea has managed to create a nuclear warhead small enough to be launched aboard an intercontinental ballistic missile. our andrea mitchell begins our coverage. >> reporter: the alarming warning tonight from u.s. officials briefed on the defense intelligence agency assessment, telling nbc news kim jong-un has developed a warhead small enough to fit inside a missile that could reach the u.s. mainland. a major line crossed. the dictator has before shown off what he claims to be a miniaturized nuclear weapon. now he may have built one. >> doesn't appear there is a threat to the homeland, the
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problem is, he's beginning to perfect all of the elements of the ability to deliver a nuclear device to the homeland. >> reporter: the speed of the regime's nuclear progress grez is stunning. 1 1 days ago, north korea is stunning. 1 1 days ago, north korea launched a missile test that could reach chicago. how did u.s. intelligence miss it? >> the underestimation of the pace of this program represents a real blind spot as well as a danger for the united states. >> reporter: there are still big hurdles for north korea, crafting a warhead that can survive reentry into the atmosphere and testing its accuracy to hit a target. recent west coast missile defense tests have successfully shot down a missile over the pacific. but the system cannot be counted on to be 100% accurate. while this is just one intelligence assessment, fear is north korea is on track to solve the technical challenges sooner rather than later. >> the north koreans, if they proceed on their nuclear program, will figure out how to miniaturize the
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nuclear device. which they have shown they know how to detonate. minu miniturizie it. >> reporter: tonight north korea threatened guam while some lawmakers are slamming the president's comments. dianne feinstein recommending diplomacy. republican john mccain said he can't think of any other president who would have used that kind of rhetoric. >> whether president trump is prepared to back up his vow to meet with fire and fury, the statement certainly reflects the narrow and risky options the united states has to try and halt north korea's nuclear advances. our national correspondent peter alexander takes a closer look. >> reporter: locked in an escalating standoff in a regime and its erratic dictator. tonight president trump is facing the first foreign policy showdown of his young administration. >> i think the united states has to be very careful in describing its own objectives. the united states has military options on the korean peninsula, but none of them are risk-free.
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>> reporter: among the options, stay the course. emphasizing diplomacy, following strict new u.n. sanctions with the support of russia and china. a strategy that likely acre cements the reality north korea to secure the capability of hitting a u.s. city with a nuclear weapon. another option, military action with limited strikes aimed at north korean military targets. with american missiles firing from bombers, destroyers, submarines or even ground launched weapons. just last week national security adviser h.r. mcmaster not ruling out preventive war. >> if they had nuclear weapons threatening the united states, it's intolerable from the president's perspective. >> reporter: but in south korea the consequences could be catastrophic. home to 28,000 american troops and 25 million civilians in seoul alone. >> probably hundreds of thousands of deaths in south korea, including many americans. >> reporter: for president trump, a defining decision looms. >> the white house is doing a lot of talking
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about the military option, so it's clearly their intention to convey to north korea that they're not afraid to use it. but the reality is, no one's ever used it before because it's such a grim reality. >> reporter: tonight for this unconventional president often criticized for being impulsive, one official described to me requires a steady hand and clear strategy, a crisis with implications that could affect millions overseas, and here at home. lester? >> peter alexander tonight, thank you. now we turn to another major story, president trump today vowing to win the battle against the deadly opioid epidemic in this country. though he stopped short of taking his commission's recommendation to declare a national emergency over it. tonight nbc's blake mccoy takes us inside a community in ohio where this crisis is truly hitting home. >> reporter: beneath cincinnati's scenic beauty is an epidemic.
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that is rotting away at this community.that is rott at this community. this past saturday hamilton county saw 22 suspected overdoses in 24 hours, prompting public health officials to issue a communitywide alert. >> we're yelling as loudly as we can, and nobody's listening. and the ones that don't listen, end up here. >> reporter: the coroner here said she's already seen 313 overdose deaths this year. the county, easily on track to surpass last year's record, 403 deaths. this epidemic is literally killing this community. >> absolutely, it is. we have -- we used to do autopsies until about noon. now we're well into the afternoon doing autopsies. >> reporter: the powerful synthetic fentanyl up to 100 times stronger than heroin is often to blame. it's laced in heroin for a stronger high, but is now being found
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cut into other drugs like cocaine. >> heroin was my love. it was my soul mate. >> reporter: addicted to pain pills at 19, heroin by 27. >> it's a total bankruptcy. mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually bankruptcy. like the walking dead. >> reporter: as the crisis drags on, there's growing concern about heroin fatigue. >> we're overwhelmed. it is frustrating to know that you want to help people, but you don't have the tools and resources to do it. >> reporter: first responders responding again and again in a community ravaged by addiction. blake mccoy, nbc news, cincinnati. not only are americans already feeling the effects of climate change, but there's no doubt that human activity is causing it, according to a draft report from federal and university scientists. but will the trump administration which pulled the u.s. out of the paris climate deal two months ago
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approve that report's findings. let's get more from nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: just last week, torrential rains in new orleans. a triple-digit heat wave in the northwest. and tidal flooding in miami beach. previews of the future, in a united states that will keep getting warmer according to the climate change special report. there are no the draft first obtained by "the new york times" blames man made greenhouse gases. there are no alternative slangss, the scientists write, and no natural cycles that can explain the changes in the climate. >> the thermometer isn't a democrat or republican. it doesn't give us a different answer depending how we vote. climate is changing. humans are responsible. the impacts are serious but there are solutions if we act now. >> reporter: the trump administration which must approve the report pulled out of the international paris climate accord, and is filled with skeptics like epa administrator scott pruitt. >> i would not agree that it's a primary
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contributor to the global warming. >> is there a fear it will sursurpress the science? >> i think that the fear first that they won't support it, they won't pay for it, and if it comes out and does things they don't like, they will pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: under president trump, climate change has been scrubbed from government in the interior department, work on climate change in alaska and said he was reassigned to the accounting department. >> this isn't just a policy de base ob ora ort ore scientific paper, these are people in peril. >> reporter: the white house said it will withhold comment until the report is final. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. in the south tonight, some 5 million people are under flash flood watches after as much as 7 inches of rain slammed the area over houstonarea ovehouston area over the past 24 hours. it flooded many roads forcing about two dozen high-water rescues according to fire officials. the flash flood
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watches last through tomorrow morning. in hollywood, there's growing concern this evening about a high-profile cyber attack on hbo, and now new questions over just how big it could get. the cable giant admits its cybersecurity systems were penetrated, and now it appears hackers may have gotten into e-mails and financial records, a threat much bigger than previously believed. here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: tonight a second data dump, an hbo cyber attack getting bigger, some of the cable channel's most popular assets targeted. hit shows like ""game of thrones." and "ballers" hackers calling themselves mr. smith releasing this ransom message along with e-mails from an hbo executive. the cyber thieves demanding millions, claiming to have damaging information and several new script summaries. >> hollywood is absolutely on edge about this. i talked to executives across the board who
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say that this is the worst-case scenario, they're flashing back to the sony hack and all of the damage that was done. >> reporter: the hollywood reporter received the documents by e-mail. it comes nearly three years after cyber crooks released embarrassing e-mails, personal information, even the salaries of thousands of sony employees. >> the wakeup call is over. the alarm bells are ringing loud and clear. companies need to be proactive and make sure they take strong postures to protect their environment. >> reporter: experts say it could take weeks to figure out exactly what was stolen from hbo. the company says they have no reason to believe their entire e-mail system was compromised, but tonight all of hollywood is taking notice. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. overseas now and word that the u.s. could escalate its role in the battle against isis on a new front we showed you on the broadcast last night. the pentagon now considering introducing more air
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power against isis in the philippines, according to two defense officials. nbc's bill nealy continues with his rare access inside the fight, and has the latest details. >> reporter: the isis fighters holding a rally of being bombed for three months by philippine forces, guided by american spy planes. but now the u.s. may be poised to strike directly. with predator drones, ready at a u.s. base nearby. a new mission possible against a common enemy. >> an enemy that fights in ways that most people have never had to deal with. >> reporter: the u.s. is also sending more planes. philippine troops already getting help from u.s. special forces. and facing isis fighters, some of them trained in saudi arabia. troops have retaken this area from isis, but more than 140 of them have been killed here so far. by an isis attack planned in syria.
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>> directly ordered from syria, not only directly ordered, but directly from syria. >> reporter: as isis crumbles in syria and iraq, it's opening a new front. >> the isis message is we're not just confined to one geographical area, we have ten -- tenticles all over the world. >> reporter: their attack caused half a million people to flee. many angry at the air strikes. >> it's bad. our house is burning. >> your house is burning? >> we don't like it. >> reporter: american firepower may join this battle soon for a city isis still holds, and for a region in shock. bill nealy, nbc news. still ahead here tonight, cancer warning, the startling rise in a deadly form among some younger americans. what you need to know about when to get screened. we'll be right back.
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we're back now with startling news from journal of the american medical association, death rates. doctors are trying to find out why. nbc news medical correspondent dr. john torres has the new warning tonight. >> reporter: katy rich just had her third child, a boy named brady. when weeks later she got a terrifying call from her doctor. >> he said, it's cancer. and he said it wasn't good. >> reporter: the 33-year-old had stage 4 colon cancer. >> it was devastating.
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>> reporter: a life-long athlete, she had no family history of the disease. her only symptom? pain in her ribs. the new report shows katy is one of a growing number of younger people getting colorectal cancer. researchers found deaths in white people under age 55 are on the rise. and it's not only the result of more screening. >> this increase in incidence is real. and it's scary. because we don't know what's causing it. >> reporter: colonoscopy is currently recommended beginning at age 50 for most people, and repeated every ten years until age 75 for those with no risk factors. every five years for other screening tests or when colonoscopy finds small polyps. but today's startling report has some doctors rethinking those rules. >> should we be screening at an earlier age? >> for a patient with a family history, you should begin ten years earlier. and when the loved one got their colon cancer. >> reporter: people
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should also know the symptoms, including changes in bowel habits, pain, cramps, or unexplained weight loss. now age 38, katy rich is cancer-free. after years of grueling treatment, she and husband, will, had another baby they named hope. dr. torres, nbc news, new york. plenty more ahead. coming up next, the ritzy neighborhood where mansion owners are outraged after something was bought right out from under them.
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tonight broadway is mourning the loss of acclaimed actress and singer barbara cook, whose career spanned more than 60 years from starring roles in musicals like kandidentification and music man and later as a performer, continuing to perform nearly right until the end. barbara cook was 89 years old. in a san francisco neighborhood, a street fight has broken out, quite literally. mansion owners say they were shocked to learn the private street they live on
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had been sold for $90,000. the city auctioned it off after the homeowners association hadn't allegedly paid the $14 per year tax in decades. residents who may be forced to pay for parking now are petitioning to rescind the sale. a photo made us laugh today, that a lot of moms and dads can probably relate to around this time. that's alabama mom jenna willingham celebrating the first day of school. her three kids clearly not sharing in the excitement. they actually snapped a photo on sunday, and it's been shared thousands of times. mom says it's the first time in 11 years she hasn't had a kid home during the day. we say cheers to jenna and all the other moms and dads out there who could use a little "me" time. up next, remembering the voice behind so many country music hits, the legendary glen campbell. ==take sotvo==
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"a lot yelling and a huge crash!" ===raj/vo== a freak accident in the south bay. a giant crane toppled onto several homes. we )re live in the neighborhood w/ some answers. ===janelle/vo=== and: we go behind the scenes with a new bart patrol to help regain the publics trust. ===next close=== next. sot a lot of yel finally tonight, the loss of a country music icon. glen campbell has died. his legendary career produced dozens of hits as well as starring roles in the movies and his own tv show. later, his brave public battle with alzheimer's inspired a lot of families in the grip of a cruel disease.
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campbell was 81 years old, and nbc's cynthia mcfadden looks back at his life and legacy. >> reporter: for 40 years it was his signature song. though he never learned to read music, his rich tenor voice and extraordinary gift as a guitarist led to more than 70 albums, and a staggering 21 top 40 hits. born dirt poor during the depression to a share cropping family in rural arkansas, he was one of 12 kids. his personal path was not always so gentle. he battled alcohol and cocaine addictions and was married four times. but he kept on singing. in 2011, he received devastating news. >> this indicates -- >> reporter: he had alzheimer's disease. despite the memory
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loss, he made a brave decision. >> i ain't done yet. tell them that. >> reporter: to go on tour as planned, hitting the road for 151-stop farewell tour with three of his six kids. >> who are these people up here. oh, yeah, there they are. >> reporter: the resulting documentary, an intimate portrait of the toll the disease takes. ♪ i'm still here but yet i'm gone ♪ >> reporter: the film's song "not going to miss you" was nominated for an oscar. her final public appearance was our visit. his disease had reached stage six. stage seven is the end of the road. but still the music was in the man. ♪ i've been walking these streets so long ♪ >> reporter: as we've seen a few years earlier when he received a grammy for lifetime achievement. he brought the crowd to its feet. a celebration of his music, and his courage. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. >> quite a legacy.
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we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that's "nightly news" for this tuesday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching, and good night. . a lot of yelling and then a huge crash. >> right now at 6:00 a crashing crane. the news at 6:00 starts right now. i am janelle wang sitting in for jessica aguirre. >> and i am raj mathai. remarkably, there are no injuries in all of this. here is what we are seeing, a developing story in campbell. a giant crane crashes down right in the middle of this
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neighborhood. this was on saunder way in campbell. this is a live look now from our nbc bay area sky ranger. nbc bay area's ian cull. where are you now? >> reporter: yeah, well we actually moved into the backyard of joseph ford's house. that shed that we showed you. this is the massive crane that crews are trying to remove and get back up. just over the fence, that is a shed. it is not a home. it is a shed that was smashed. you can see some of the damage right here. this is a homeowner we


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