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>> we have more pics on our website. >> he's at the top length like ac taking a map. tonight, is president trump's personal lawyer preparing to flip michael cohen's legal shake-up, stoking specification he may cooperate with the feds. what does he know? a growing wildfire emergency spreading across several states. >> the fire just exploded and created a vortex which was throwing flames down the mountain. >> thousands evacuated in colorado. homes burned to the ground in utah. in california, flames getting way too close in beverly hills. the price you pay for your home. the cost of borrowing just got more expensive. is it a better time to rent than buy? >> alarming news about the serious side effects in some of the popular prescription drugs in america, for everything from high
reflux. are they increasing your risk of depression? and our nbc news exclusive. kim kardashian and the great grandmother she helped set free. >> when she said that, i went into full-fledged pentecostal holy dance. >> we're there when they meet for the first time. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening from los angeles as we welcome our viewers here in the west. we begin with news that president trump's former personal lawyer, michael cohen, is looking for new lawyers, amidts or his loyalty to the president is being put to the test. a source close to cohen tells nbc news he is expected to split with his attorneys as federal investigators dig into his business dealings, raising speculation that he will flip and come a government witness. correspondent krien welker has the latest. >> reporter: is michael cohen ready to cooperate with federal investigators?
that's the question looming over the white house tonight, after abc news reported cohen, the president's long time fix and her person -- fixer and personal attorney, is likely to strike a deal with prosecutors. so far cohen isn't charged and has not even spoken with prosecutors. still adding fuel, cohensoong to shake up hisal team, according t sources close to the situation. it comes as prosecutors are poring over documents they seized from cohen's offices and residencies in a dramatic april raid. investigators are focusing on the $130,000 payment to porn star stormy daniels just before the 2016 election. hael should absolutely be concerned about being charged. the fbi executed a search warrant on his residence and his office. they don't do that lightly. and they don't do that without cause. >> reporter: the cohen case came out of robert mueller's russia probe, w referred t investigators in new york. that april raid sparking fury from
president trump. >> it was frankly a real disgrace. it's an attack on try in a true sense. it's an attack on what we all stand for. >> reporter: mr. trump later tweeting, most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble. sorry, i don't see michael doing that. >> the danger to the president is that mr. cohen, if he cooperates, will be required to cooperate broadly. he'll have to tell everything he knows to anyone who asks. >> reporter: tonight the president's attorney, rudy giuliani, tells nbc news he's not concerned about michael cohen flipping, adding he has no information suggesting cohen is going to flip. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. now here in the west, where there are wildfires on multiple fronts, drought conditions, hot temperatures, and powerful winds fanning flames in several states and fli growing sense of ams. women leading they're facing a tempo they normally see at the height of fire season, with homes threatened and
evacuations ordered. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: from california to colorado. tonight this is what firefighters face and fear. 21 large, uncontained wildfires ripping across the west. the so-called ir durango burning nearly two weeks now, with plenty of fuel in its path. >> it's like a really slow monster chasing you in a dream. you know it's coming, but you don't kw really when to run. reporr: tonight, thousands are evacuated and hundreds of homes are threatened. >> that fire just exploded and created a vortex, which was throwing flames down the mountain, which then went up the mountain, all at the same time. it was scary. >> reporter: in utah, where the trail mountain fire is raging, flames are compromising a water supply. moab, eight homes are now gone. in beverly hills,
disaster averted. this explosive blaze threatened glitzy hillside homes. difficult to reach and easy to lose. >> it's very complex, heavy brush. these areas have not been burned for many, many years. >> reporter: tonight, conditions are ripe for disaster, as crews face multiple fire storms. miguel almaguer, nbc news. meantime tonight, president trums back at thehite e aft a long journey home from that historic summit in singapore with kim jong-un. now comes the hard part. secretary of state mike pompeo still overseas today, saying negotiations with the north koreans will begin next week after their commitment to denuclearizehekorean peninsula. he says there could be major disarmament in north korea by 2020, the end of the president's first term. now to the fallout from the trump administration's controversial move on immigration. after announcing a
zero tolerance policy that's led to migrant families being separated at the border, attorney general jeff sessions this week said the u.s. will no longer grant asylum to victims who are fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence. nbc's gadi schwartz is near the border and >> reporter: today a massive f a migrants including thousands locked away at detention centers along the u.s./mexico border. concerns over the new zero tolerance directive playing out in real life. for years, migrants from central america made their way to the u.s. to plead for refuge from gang violence in their homeland. in 2014, a family like this one saw loved ones gunned down. this mother said she escaped after her father was torture and decapitated. she says that the only thin that awaits her in el salvador is death.
a fear of gang in the u.s.s central to critics say the new zero tolance policy is wrong. >> america is better than this. inhumane, callous indifference and lnjuryo children must stop. >> reporter: religious leaders also speaking out. the bishop of tucson asking if border bishop should take away communion from enforcement. franklin graham says it's a disgrace. >> it's terrible to e families ripped apart. it's a result of lawmakers in washin ogtonr generations ignoring this. >> reporter: meanwhile in washington, d.c., lawmakers protesting the separation of chance fr parents from their children. on the border, immigrants who are still being detainted now neither worst. a new republican immigration bill is ing drafted for vote earl next week could allow for a provision that prevent families
being separated at the border and also call for $25 billion for ditional border security testing. lester? >> gadi schwartz in sao night, thank you. now to the price you pay and the cost of borrowing getting mo expensive tonight. the federal reserve raising a key interest rate by a quarter point that could put new pressure on potential buyers looking to purchase a financlace or th cos going , some younger buyers and retirees are choosing to skip buying in favor of renting. what's right for you? here is nbc news business correspondent >> so come on in. >> reporr: newlywed dominica reed was feeling the pressure to buy a home. >> my parents especially are like, you have to buy now that you're married, there's no excuse. >> reporter: with the key interest rate now rising a quarter point and relatively few homes on the market, she and her husband is choosing to rent instead. >> we're trying to figure out if we want to stay in the city, like housing costs are really, really expensive.
>> reporter: it's a dilemma foromebuyers nationwide. gage alications have dropped dramatically,ow more than 15% since last year, as the average mortgage rate rises to 4.8% just this week. >> there is a trend fo more people choosing to rent rsus buy. >> reporter: the booming economy is also driving home prices up in big cities. >> prices are increang in those markets much faster than incomes, which means down payments are going to b higher. that's going to lead to additl frustrations other than just finding a house. >> reporter: there could soon be even potential hypotheticomebuyers to rent instead. today the federal reserve indicating it plans to raise interest rates two more times this year. en could it be better to rent instead experts say if you plan to move within five years, if you cannot put down between 10 and 20%, and if you have low credit score. finding the right deal at the right time, making home sweet home a little sweeter. >> this is so!
>> rorter: jo ling kent, nbc news. the results are in after voters cast ballots in primary a fiv states on tuesday. and there are some very big lessons take away, especially for republicans who dare to defy president trump. like south carolina congressman mark sanford, a trump critic who lost his first race ever. nbc news capitol hill correspondent kasie hunt has that story. >> reporter: tonight a wake-up call for republ cross president trump at your own peril. mark sanford's political career survived anital hike thalachian trail. but not criticizing the president. >> i think i'll end up losing this election. >> reporter: he did lose his primary last night, to state senator katie ar arrington. >> i'm run to go get things done, not to go on cnn to bash trump. >> reporter: san
said trump has fanned the flames of intolerance. >> it may have cost me the election, but i stand by every one of those decisions. >> reporter: the president tweeting sol closed that sanford has been very tter off in d argentin argentina. >> every cycle, people lose primaries. it happens. >> reporter: for many republicans, the message is critical clear. >> it's usually a good thing not to be at odds with the most important elected official in your party. >> reporter: it helps explain why republican leaders are shying away from confronting president, scrambling to arrived confrontation inhe house and senate. >> it's a good place for any party to end up in a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be performed of the same party. >> reporter: that may be easy for corker to say. he's not running for reelection. kasie hunt, nbcews, the capitol. now to an nbc news exclusive. you've seen the headlines about them. now kim kardashian west and the woman
whose cause she took all the way to the white ho alice johnson, are sitting down for their first joint interview with "today." johnson was freed from prison last week when president trump commuted her life sentence on drug offences after a plea from the reality tv star. johnson and kardashian tell our hoda kotb be the moment they got the big news. >> you are about to do something that's going to change this woman's life. you've been in that prison for 21 1/2 years. and someone pages you and says you have a phone call. >> mm-hmm. yes. i thoughtwa an attorney call. when my case manager was waiting on me. and it was. but i didn't know that kim was coming in. and when she tol me -- >> what did she say? >> i believe she said u ca go home >> mm-hmm. >> that you can go home. >> you can go home? >> you can go home now, are you ready to go home. when she sd that, i went into full-fledged
pentecostal holy nce. i started screaming and jumping. people were listening. i'm telling you, i was dancing, i was jumping, i was screaming, i was doing everything. >> kim, what did it sound like from your >> i jus --ell, at first i thought she knew, because the news wasingrto break. and we had to get her on the phone. she was kind of quiet on the phone. and i know her personality enough to know that she would have been screaming or something. and i said, wait, you don't know? and she was know what? i was like, you're going home. and screams and cries and we all just cried on the phone. >> and there will be much more of hoda's exclusive interview tomorrow morning on > still ahead here tonight, side effects warning. the new alert about hundreds of common medications linked to depression. are your prescriptions raising yourout you even in also the wild dal wse
there is concerning news tot a possible connection between rising levels of depression and some of the medications most often found in americans' medicine cabinets. researchers today report that more than one in three adults is on at least one medication that could put them at risk. nbc's tom costello has the new warning. >> reporter: the warning tonight, some of the medications americans most commonly take could have serious side effects. depression, even suicidal symptoms. >> you are in a black hole. you can't get out. you can't move. you can't call for help. >> reporter: mary has battled depression and survived two suicide attempts. while her reasons were many, she's convinced her medication may have contributed. >> i felt lonely. and suicide seemed like the best option for me at the time. >> reporter: now new research published in the journal of the
american medical association finds 38% of adults use a medication that can have depression as a side effect. 0 medications. not just antidepressants, beta-blockers and opioids already linked to deession, but gabapentin, prednisone, ibuprofen, and over the counter acid reflux medications. >> the more medications you're on, the greater the likelihood of having side effect from the medication, including depression. >> reporter: psychiatrist joshua winer. >> are we simply an overmedicated society and we don't know how these medications interact? >> i think so. we are looking for the quick fix. we turn to mid-before we turn to lifestyle. >> reporter: the advice, tell your doctor about all your medicine. diet, sleep, and exercise can also help. >> i meditate, i do yoga, i help people in the community. >> reporter: searching for balance and quality of life. tom costello, nbc news, washington. still to come here tonight, a big score for the u.s.
if you've been anywhere near the internet over the past 24 hours, you've no doubt heard about the raccoon and captured international attention after scaling the side of a tall office tower in minnesota,t tim taking breaks for grooming and a little snooze. onlookers holding their breath that gravity wouldn't eventually get the upper hand. nbc's ron mott picks up the wild climb. >> reporter: move over, spider-man. meet the world's latest daredevil. minnesota, capturing the attention of worrdfans. >> poor little guy. >> reporter: mak afor grooming nap.
because when you scale a 300-foot building on a windy day, everybody's watching. >> oh, god, oh, god! >> reporter: minnesota public radio started trailing her public journey. soon the raccoon was a worldwide force of unity. she reached the roof safely at 2:30 the morning. >> aedevil raccoon has become an internet sensation. >> reporter: instant stardom. she's fueled inspiration, t-shirts, memes, reenactments. in the end, wha goes up must come down. npr raccoon released at an undisclosed location, with far more than 25 stories to tell. ron mott, nbc news. with the world cup about to begin, half a world away soccer fans rejoiced. the eve isoming to north america. the u.s., canada, and mexico will host the tournament in 2026, beating a bid from morocco and returning the men's event to the u.s. for the first time since 1994. when we come back, his dreams of servi
the housing crisis in one peninsula city is about to get worse... thanks to a new hotel. plus, fixing one of the most dangerous places in the south bay for animals. the new plan to protect wildlife. next. finally tonight, those who serve, and the story of a young man who was practically born to serve his country. his dream to join the military, however, was cut short by something he never saw coming. but now his spirits are soaring again thanks to some elite warriors who took him beneath their wings. >> reporter: matthew pierce was born of a 9/11 generation. the images of the falling towers that stood here seared into his memory. that day he was 5 years old. n aarine base in hawaii. his mother says she knew early on he would serve. >> he would dress up
in every military uniform possible that i could find at a store to buy, and just loved all of it. >> repter: those days a 9/11 cemented his desire. >> the marines were onee standg around our schoond thatme. >> reporter: had he set his sights on becoming a marine officer, enrolling at a private military college. but the summer of his freshmyear, bump on the back of his head turned out to be a rare type of bone cancer. >> no one is prepared forhe kinof diagnosis that you got. but tell me how you dealt with it. >> you just push yourself through it and get through it the best way you can. >> reporter: the man endured a ten-hour surgeryo remove part of his skull. 14 round keep knchemo. 8 radiation treatments. it would end his dream. >> you must have been devastated to find out that military service wa'to happen. >> oh, yeah. it was second to being told i had cancer, the worst day of my life, pretty much. >> how did you bounce back from that disappointment? >> you have to pick
yourself up and figure out how to fix the problem or find a different solution. >> reporter: matt has a new goal now, to serve by becoming a federal law enforcement officer. >> he has no limits. and that he should pursue everything in his life without restriction. >> reporter: matt's doctors at boston's brigham and women's hospital are so impressed by him, they arranged a skydive with the all veterans group. if only for a day, matt would live his dream of being a member of the military, soaring through the sky attached to michael i don't tell -- elliott, a veteran of 13,000 jumps including three with president bush 41. a young man who didn't let illness stop him from finding another way to serve. >> the doctor is right, he has no limit. coming up at the end of our broadcast, a new movie based on a true story. how a childhood game tag elped keep a friendship alive for
30 years. that is "nightly news this wednesday night. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. now: good eveving and thanks for joining us. i )m raj mathai. the news at '6:00 starts now. police say the tow truck driver was towing a car when that car broke loose and hit a worker that was ohe side of the street. here's a view from nbc's skyranger, this is at 28th and diamond. that worker that got hit didn't have anything to do with the tow
truck. >> reporter: nothing whatsoever. she's been identified as 34-year-old, liliana pressiano. she has been with the water department for since six years. take a look at video that we have of the scene from earlier this afternoon, about 2:00 i when this happened. the tow truck was lifting a car onto its bed. the car wasn't on the bed yet. the car broke loose. for some reason, rled o a ditch where cy workers were doing pipe work. the owner of the car that ran he moment of impact. >> slid backwards, and out of