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move at 6:00. >> thanks for joining us at 5:00. >> see you back at 6:00. tonight, state of emergency in paradise, hawaii's kilauea volcano violently erupts, spewing lava through giant cracks in the earth on the roadways, multiple homes damaged. mandatory evacuations tonight and the race to escape the volcano's fury. rudy giuliani in damage control, now walking back some of his claims about president trump reimbursing the hush money payment to stormy daniels after the president said giuliani didn't have his facts straight. and new in the russia probe, why a federal judge is blasting mueller's pursuit of the president. high drama in the courtroom. >> that is my child. i am your mother. >> a mother face to face with the woman who stole her baby from the hospital 20
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years ago. urgent manhunt, the search for a gunman after an atf agent is shot on the street. and the new warning about fast food. why you may want to give it a pass if you're trying to get pregnant. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening from los angeles once again. welcome to our viewers in the west. we start with the beauty and brutality of one of nature's most powerful displays, sending over a thousand people fleeing for safety tonight in hawaii. the kilauea volcano is erupting on hawaii's big island. tourists and residents alike have been ordered to leave. some homes already damaged by the fiery flow of lava, others at grave risk. miguel almaguer with the latest. >> reporter: the state of emergency on mount kilauea on hawaii's big aye land comes as
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molten lava spewed 125 feet into the air and covered roads in rivers of red. >> we have an eruption, about six blocks away from our house right now. >> reporter: with rock, soot, and ash exploding out of the earth, 1500 locals and tourists ordered to immediate evacuate. >> oh, my god! >> oh, my gosh! it's -- >> oh, my god. it's, like, big. >> reporter: after multiple eruptions, some overnight, lava flowed toward these estates, disaster brewing here for days. nearly 500 earthquakes rattling the island before the first eruption. now streets are cracking open as this curtain of fire sweeps towards homes and sulfuric gas fills the air. >> we had to evacuate, my mother was out of portable oxygen. >> reporter: with multiple properties damaged just four years ago, lava oozed down
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kilauea, burning homes to the ground. tonight, another unstoppable slow motion disaster. >> this could be just the end of a community. a good retirement community. >> reporter: one of the most active volcanos in the world, tonight there's trouble in paradise, nature's fury amid all of its beauty. miguel almaguer, nbc news. tonight, president trump's new lawyer rudy giuliani is backtracking after the president contradicted the bombshell revelation giuliani made just 48 hours ago when he said the president repaid his personal lawyer michael cohen for that $130,000 payment to porn star stormy daniels. we get new details on this from nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: president trump tonight overruling his new lawyer. >> rudy is a great guy but he just started a day ago. >> reporter: undercutting rudy giuliani, who joined his team two weeks ago. >> rudy knows it's a witch-hunt. he started yesterday. he'll get his facts straight. >> reporter: the president trying to rewrite the last 48
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hours since giuliani revealed mr. trump reimbursed his personal lawyer, michael cohen, for that hush money payment to porn star stormy daniels. >> virtually everything he said has been said incorrectly and it's been said wrong and i say you know what? learn before you speak, it's a lot easier. >> reporter: but the president's only complicated matters, speaking again before border air force one. >> reporter: why did you change your story on stormy daniels? >> we're not changing any story. you go back and take a look at what i said. >> reporter: we did. here he is last month. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no. >> reporter: giuliani who last night told nbc news there won't be any daylight between him and the president tonight issuing a clarification on his suggestion the payment to daniels was politically motivated. >> imagine if that came out on october 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with hillary clinton. >> reporter: now insisting it would have been paid whether he was a candidate or not to protect the president's family from a false allegation.
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as for when president trump became aware of the payment, giuliani's less clear saying he could only speak about his own understanding of these matters. the president again today saying he's open to an interview with special counsel robert mueller. >> if i thought it was fair, i would override my lawyers. >> reporter: attacking mueller and his team, claiming the russia investigation is run by angry democrats. in fact, mueller's a republican. and tonight, a federal judge is fiercely criticizing mueller's team for its case against former trump campaign chairman paul manafort, arguing prosecutors really care about getting information from manafort that would lead to the impeachment of president trump. the president today also speaking at the nra convention, renewing his controversial call to arm some properly trained teachers and promising to back gun owners. a bear hug to the gun lobby just a few months after the parkland school shooting where he said he was willing to take on the nra.
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lester? >> peter, the president made news about that summit with north korea. what did he say? >> president trump today said the u.s. and north korea have now agreed to a time and place for that historic summit with kim jong-un. of the president would not say where and when it will happen but he said it will be soon and late tonight the white house announced that later this month president trump will host south korea's president fresh off his meeting with kim jong-un to discuss that trump/kim summit. lester? >> peter, thank you. emotions were running high today in a jacksonville, florida, courtroom where a woman who admitted abducting a newborn 20 years ago came face to face with the victim's biological mother. these dramatic moments coming as the judge decides how long the kidnapper should spend in prison. nbc's gabe gutierrez with the story. >> the court calls the case of the state versus ms. gloria williams. >> reporter: for nearly 20 years, gloria williams lived with a horrible secret. >> but nothing could take away for what i took from you. >> she's not sorry. >> reporter: she faced the biological mother of the baby
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she kidnapped in 1998. >> she was so beautiful. >> reporter: the mother broke down, describing how williams dressed up as a nurse and snatched kamiyah hours after she gave birth. >> that's my baby. where was my baby? >> reporter: she said she kept frozen birthday cake every year for her long lost daughter. >> i want you to bring my child back. >> reporter: the rage had been building for two decades. >> i am your mother, kamiyah. i am your mother. >> reporter: williams took the child south carolina and renamed her alexis. it wasn't until alexis applied for a job the teenager noticed she didn't have a valid birth certificate. now reunited with her biological family she is torn between two mothers. >> i love her still. >> reporter: she asked the judge for leniency after williams pleaded guilty to first degree kidnapping.
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>> i'm not a bad person. i did a wrong thing. >> reporter: but her biological mom told the court williams deserves a harsher punishment. >> i would say death. >> reporter: the judge now plans to sentence williams next month. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. there is a new twist in the infamous murder mystery involving a kennedy family cousin. michael skakel's conviction for the 1975 murder of martha moxley has been overturned by the connecticut supreme court. moxley was beaten to death with a golf club in the wealthy greenwich neighborhood where she and skakel both lived. they were both 15 at the time. skakel, the nephew of ethel kennedy, was convicted for the crime 27 years later. but today the court ruled his lawyer was so ineffective his right to a fair trial was violated. skakel has been free on appeal since 2014. today the court ordered a new trial, but it's unclear whether prosecutors will pursue that. an urgent manhunt is you should way tonight in chicago
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where an atf agent was ambushed and shot early this morning in the city's gun violence plagued south side. that agent, hospitalized this evening, and the suspect is on the loose. nbc's blake mccoy has details. >> reporter: tonight, a massive manhunt in chicago after an atf officer was shot in the face in an ambush. >> urgency, we have shots fired on 45th and hermitage. >> reporter: the federal agent rushes to the hospital in critical condition, now said to be improving. >> you think we're going to take this lying down? this is the fourth law enforcement in a year that's been shot in that area. do you think that escapes us? it doesn't. we're coming for you. >> reporter: the atf has been working with chicago police, forming a strike force to crack down on illegal guns, particularly high-powered rifles gangs use to boost their firepower. >> it's unusual to have those
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types of weapons in an urban environment and then when they're in the hands of violent gang members who have absolutely no respect for human life, it's a combination that is deadly. >> reporter: the effort has seen success. over 2500 illegal guns confiscated so far this year. shootings are down, but still far too common. a four-year-old was caught in the cross fire just this week. >> it's heart wrenching. it's heart wrenching. >> a baby. my heart go out to that baby and the family. it does. >> reporter: tonight, hundreds of officers searching the streets for the person who targeted one of their own. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. the nation's strictest abortion law has now been signed by iowa's republican governor. the so-called heart beat law bans most abortions once a heart beat is detected which is usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. critics say some women don't even know they're pregnant by
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the sixth week mark. abortion rights activists have vowed to sue over the new law. good news in the latest jobs report. 164,000 jobs were added last month, lower than expected, but the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9%. that's the lowest level since 2000. and with the booming economy, more cities are competing against each other over workers. now some smaller cities are going to extremes to try to get you to move in. nbc business correspondent jo ling dent explains. >> reporter: when liz hayden moves to hamilton, ohio, a former paper mill boom town, she wasn't sure what to expect. >> i thought i was going to get some great experience, learn some things and then go on to a bigger city. >> reporter: she chose hamilton because of lucrative benefits the city is rolling out to attract new workers they desperately need -- a paid fellowship, a free place to live, and up to $5,000 in
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student loan repayments. hamilton is like a lot of smaller towns nationwide, losing younger workers in this booming economy to bigger cities, leaving them with a labor shortage. >> the mills shut down and the large manufacturing pretty much left. we are going through a down time. >> reporter: it's not the only town now dangling tempting incentives. grant county, indiana, will put $5,000 towards the purchase of a new home. north platte, offering $10,000 and a cash bonus. if you move to downtown niagra falls, new york, you'll get nearly $7,000 to pay off your student loans over two years. it is a sustainable solution? >> one would think it's not, it takes tax dollars to do this and small towns have limited resources. >> reporter: hayden says she's staying in hamilton. she bought a house and started a family. >> the charm and sense of community here is what keeps you here and i always joke that hamilton just gets its hooks in you and keeps you. >> reporter: an unexpected new
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home sweet home. jo ling kent, nbc news. philadelphia rapper meek mill is speaking out on criminal justice reform less than two weeks after he was freed on bail for from prison where he was held for a probation violation. his long journey through the probation system for more than a decade after his drug and weapons conviction made him a symbol in the fight for justice reform among those who believe the system unfairly entraps minorities. a topic he speaks to me about exclusively for a special "dateline" this sunday. just 11 days after his release from prison, meek mill has hit the ground running. the rap star, now the new face in a fight for criminal justice reform. >> i feel like god has given me a great platform to help many others. >> reporter: a joint press conference with pennsylvania's governor about new legislation. >> i believe we can improve the criminal justice system so that we can protect the victims of crime. but we can do that while also ending the cycle of
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incarceration. >> reporter: mill's release on bail celebrated by stars like jay-z and comedian kevin hart, but tonight he's still under court supervision, nearly ten years after his convictions at age 19 on weapons and drug charges. >> i always feel like i could be -- my freedom could be taken. >> reporter: like last year when he violated that probation when he was caught popping a wheelie on a motorcycle. he was also involved in a separate altercation. both charges were dismissed, yet a judge sentenced him to two to four years in prison for violating his probation. a sentence many saw as unduly harsh, like mill's close friend and co-owner of the philadelphia 76ers, billionaire michael rubin. >> i came down here and started with my family more often. >> reporter: yesterday, the two went back to the south philly stoop where mill was arrested in 2007. how do you explain why your case has become so important? >> i was a public figure. this is the same thing that thousands of other minorities are going through on a daily basis. they don't have the platform to have anybody speak on their
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behalf. >> you can see more of our conversation in a "dateline" special, dreams and nightmares, the meek mill story, sunday night at 7:00, 6:00 central. there's more ahead this evening. we'll talk about a new warning about frost food and the effect it could have on women who want to get pregnant. also, the scary moments aboard a carnival cruise liner as part of the ship began to fill with water.
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we're back with a new warning about fast food and pregnancy. an eye opening new study finds eating too much fast food can make it more difficult to conceive. nbc's kristen dahlgren has the story. >> reporter: the new alert tonight -- fast food could be slowing down how quickly some women become pregnant while fruit could mean quicker conception. researchers analyzed the pre-conception diets of more than 5,000 pregnant women and found those who ate fast food
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four or more times a week took more than a month longer to get pregnant and doubled their risk of infertility, defined as not being able to conceive after one year. women who ate fruit three or more times a day increased their chances of becoming pregnant quickly. >> early on this information is just critical. more fruit, more vegetables, more vitamins, that's going to top any fast food that is full of lots of unhealthy fats. >> reporter: researchers were surprised that eating green leafy vegetables and fish did not seem to affect how long it took the women to conceive. the study doesn't look at the diets of dads and researchers say more studies are needed to make a definitive link but doctors have long advocated a healthy diet for women trying to get pregnant. >> you need a healthy life-style, healthy nutrition to support the hormones to make this egg mature and develop. >> reporter: more advice that a healthy diet could help women start eating for two. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. when we come back in a
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moment, a prisoner decides to make a run for it. his dramatic leap of faith and how it ended.
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we're watching the threat of severe storms and possible tornados tonight in the northeast. 26 million people potentially at risk from ohio to maine, pittsburgh and parts of vermont. the biggest threat is from damaging winds which have already caused power outages in some areas in that region. caught on camera, a courtroom escape attempt. a defendant bolted from a utah courtroom then flipped head first there the second-floor railing on to the floor below. authorities say he was there monday for failing on his court-ordered drug treatment. the defendant fractured his skull among other injuries. what must have been a scary evening on a carnival cruise ship. look at this. a hallway in about 50 staterooms flooded last night while the carnival dream was on a week
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long cruise in the western caribbean. the company said the flooding was caused by a broken pipe and cleanup began immediately. carnival says affected passengers will receive a full refund. when we come back here tonight, i'll have a new look at the woman known as notorious rbj, the supreme court justice with rock star status.hundreds .
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our chief meterologists is tracking the seismic activity in hawaii. plus, a gun and badge stolen in the southbay. but it )s the high profile officer it belongs to... that has everyone talking. next. the news at 6 starts right now: finally tonight, while we know the u.s. supreme court has a lasting influence on this country's direction, many may not appreciate how one justice in particular has had a lasting influence on american pop culture and beyond. and now to mark the 25th anniversary of ruth bader ginsburg's nomination to the court, a new documentary explores the woman sometimes known as rbj. she may be an octogenarian but ruth bader ginsburg is nothing short of a pop culture icon.
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>> i am nearly 84 years old and everyone wants to take a picture with me. [ laughter ] >> reporter: there are mugs, t-shirts, halloween costumes for tiny jurists and "snl" sketches. but her daughter and granddaughter say there's a lot more to the woman known as the notorious rbj. >> she's very quick and funny and doesn't miss a beat. >> she's incredibly sentimental. she cries at movies and at the opera. >> reporter: a new documentary called "rbj" follows her life long fight for women's rights. >> i did see myself as kind of a kindergarten teacher in those days because the judges didn't think sex discrimination existed. >> and her life beyond the law. >> she doesn't know how to turn on the tv. in some ways she's just like your grandmother. >> from the love story between ginsburg and her gregarious husband marty to her famously
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gruelling workouts. >> i've heard she does 20 pushups three times a week or something. we can't even get off the floor. we can't even get down to the floor. >> reporter: at 85, ginsburg isn't slowing down and her commitment to equality and justice remain as strong as ever. >> when she graduated at the very top of her class from columbia law school she couldn't get a job whereas i have graduated and almost every opportunity was open to me and i know that she is one of the many pioneers that allowed that transition to happen. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that's "nightly news" for this friday night. don't forget, you can catch all the kentucky derby action tomorrow starting at 2:30 eastern right here on nbc.
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i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. r joining us. i )m raj mathai. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for with being us on this friday. busted for stealing an officer's gun and badge. it's the gilroy police chief. the suspect has been arrested. could the police chief be in trouble, too? >> a couple questions. where is the gun? what happens to the chief? >> reporter: they haven't found the gun. it's unclear what will happen to the police chief. the chief said he violated a law that requires police officers to lock up their guns in an unattended vehicle.
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this man isn't accused of stealing from just anyone. >> i'm sure they didn't know who i was or who was in the truck. >> reporter: he allegedly stole a truck that belongs to the gilroy police chief. also in the check, the chief's badge, work laptop and gun. >> i drove over to attend a family member's graduation. >> reporter: there was security at the venue, checking bags and purses. >> my concern was if i get challenged at the gate and they make me go back to my car, then they're going to basically -- other people will hear i have a gun. so i dug my stuff out, put it in the bottom of the console, my gun and my badge. i locked my vehicle, turned my alarm on and went to the venue. >> reporter: police arrested the man three days later. he is facing a number of charges. the chief admits he didn't properly put away his gun in his

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