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side of you. >> i love it. so much fun. perfect. >> no lines, either, so much fun. >> we'll see you at 6:00. >> bye. tonight the bombshell new report blasting former fbi director james comey branding him as insubordinate over his handling of the clinton e-mail investigation, but finds no evidence that comey was biased. nbc goes inside the largest detention center on the border where undocumented children are locked inside. >> it's 10 to 17-year-olds, boys that are without their family. >> theuproar for the hidden salute used as propaganda on north korea state tv. reducing your risk of one of the common forms of cancer by harnessing the power of skriet minute d. is this the solution to beating the traffic? would you like to speed up your commute and get there four times
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faster? and tag, you're it, a game so epic this group of friends kept it going 30 years. they even got me. >> how are you? >> tag, you are it. >> i'm tagged? tonight the hollywood stars bringing it to the big screen. >> this is nbc nightly news with lester holt. >> good evening and welcome to our viewers in the west. a bombshell new report into the fbi's handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation is out tonight blasting then fbi director james comey for insubordination in his handling of the case. while providing plenty of ammo for all sides in the partisan war over the integrity of the fbi. e department's inspector general dinged comey for breaching protocol but cleared him of political motivations, but it did bring to light evidence of some fbi investigators did have politics on their minds. our veteran justice correspondent pete williams has details.
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>> reporter: the inspector general says james comey broke long-standing rules in handling the e-mail case, but concluded that the fbi had no political motive to help or hurt hillary clinton or donald trump. as for comey's july 2016 statement, announcing no charges but severely criticizing clinton and her staff -- >> they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information. >> reporter: the report says it was extraordinary and insubordinate for comey to do it without telling attorney general loretta lynch beforehand. the report found no good reason for why after more clinton e-mails were found on the laptop of anthony weiner in late september 2016 it took the fbi a month to start examining them. there's no evidence the fbi was biased in its slow response, the report says, but it reveals that in august fbi lawyer lisa page texted about trump. he's not ever going to become president, right? right? and peter strzok, a senior agen no. no, he's not. we'll stop it.
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strzok chose to put more priority at the time on investigating russia's election meddling. the report says, we did not have confidence that strzok's decision was free from bias. >> this is really a black mark for the department of justice and for the top levels of the fbi, not the 99% of the people who do a great job. >> reporter: the current fbi director acknowledges that mistakes were made. >> we're going to adhere to the appropriate disciplinary process and once that process is complete, we won't hesitate to hold people accountable for their actions. >> reporter: democrats praised the report. >> anyone who is hoping to use this report to undermine the mueller probe or prove the existence of a deep state disappointed. >> reporter: one other reason why the fbi may have been slow to move on those e-mails found on anthony weiner's laptop, comey told the inspector general he didn't know that weiner was married to yuma aberdeen, hillary clinton's closest aid.
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tonight comey says he disagrees with parts of the report but finds its overall conclusions reasonable. lester? >> pete williams tonight, thanks. we'll turn now to the nbc news report making a lot of headlines as thousands of people protest the trump administration's zero tolerance policies that separate families illegally crossing the boarder. tonight we're taking you inside america's largest detention facility for migrant children holding 1400 kids apart from their parents. nbc's jacob soboroff was one of the first reporters granted access and joins us now from brownsville, texas with your first look inside. jacob, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, lester. i have to tell you it was a shocking and frankly overwhelming experience to go inside this former walmart called the casa padre shelter. it is more like a jail or a prison inside because these kids are incarcerated 22 hours a day they're inside, they get to go outside for only two hours. we were not allowed to bring our cameras inside this facility but
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we were provided with handout video from the department of health and human services. these kids are controlled by the government 24 hours a day. everything that they do in there is an increasing number of them inside this facility that have been separated from their parents at the southern border as a result of that trump administration policy. one official when we went inside asked us literally to smile at the children because they feel like they are animals locked up in gauges. those are the words she used. there are no cages. there are no fences inside. in fact conditions are relatively good given the circumstances. but these kids, it is an unbelievable experience that separatedoing through and only from their parents. >> jacob, there is news tonight about a new bill that would actually address these separations. what do we know about it? >> reporter: so, house speaker paul ryan came out today and said that he did not approve of this separation policy, that the president and the attorney general are putting forward to the house republicans put forward a bill that includes daca legislation. but also sayscannot be separate
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parents along the border while in the custody of the department of homeland security. they are going to vote on that next week. of course, nothing is guaranteed and in the meantime those separations continue, lester. >> all right. jacob soboroff for us tonight, thank you. there are new legal troubles tonight not just for president trump, but also his family and their charitable foundation. new york's attorney general filing a lawsuit that accuses the trumps of using their charity like their own personal piggy bank. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker tells us more. >> reporter: in a blistering lawsuit, the new york attorney general says president trump and three of his adult children, ivanka, donald junior, and eric, used his private foundation for personal and political gain for over a decade, calling the trump family actions, quote, extensive and unlawful. comparing the foundation to a checkbook for mr. trump. >> this is a straightforward case of violation of the laws governing charitable foundations and nonprofit corporations in new york. >> reporter: the suit says
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foundation donations were used to boost the campaign. >> i'm not going to do the debate out of respect for myself. >> reporter: citing an iowa fund-raiser that then candidate trump threw instead of attending a 2016 debate. $100,000 in grants from the event awarded to groups in the state just days before the iowa caucuses. the suit also alleges the president spent $10,000 on a portrait of himself that hung in one of his golf clubs. the trump foundation called the suit politics at its very worst and president trump lashed out on twitter saying he won't settle this case, blaming it all on the sleazy new york democrats, noting it all started under disgraced former new york attorney general eric bu which he who resigned amid denies. press secretary sarah sanders pushing back today. >> the foundation raised $18 million while giving $19 million to charity while virtually having zero expenses. >> a charitable organization that gives away more money than it takes in can still violate
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the law if it's not run properly. for example, if its members use it as a personal piggy bank. >> reporter: the lawsuit is seeking $18 million from the foundation calling for it to be resolved which the president says he'll do and seeking a ban against the president and his three adult children from operating any nonprofit in new york. lester? >> kristen welker from new york, thank you. now the salute in singapore hidden from u.s. cameras, president trump saluting a north korean general, and that moment is now being used as propaganda on north korean state tv. our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has the tape and explains why it is now the center of controversy. >> reporter: the salute now seen around the world out of range of u.s. cameras at the summit, but now looping on north korean state tv, the president of the united states saluting a fully uniformed north korean general. the white house calling it a common courtesy, but a clear
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propaganda victory for pyongyang. >> the political optics of it were bad. this is a murderous brutal regime. he should have just nodded his head and shaken his hand. >> reporter: but donald trump b deal for years afterward of president obama bowing to the saudi king in 2009. all this after president trump downplayed kim jong-un's notorious brutality on fox news. >> he's a very smart guy. he's a great negotiator, but i think we understand each other. >> but he's done some bad things. >> yeah, but so have a lot of people done some bad things. >> reporter: arriving home the president tweeting north korea is no longer a nuclear threat. that was news to admiral harry harris, the administration's long awaited nominee to the ambassador of south korea. >> no, senator, i think we must continue to worry about the nuclear threat. >> reporter: to many observers, all this flattery is alarming. >> does this really send a signal to the world that it's
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okay to engage now with the north koreans? >> reporter: especially given the failure to win any obvious concessions from kim jong-un on his weapons. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >> tonight the big clean-up is underway after a tornado slammed through parts of northeastern pennsylvania, leaving a path of severe damage in wilkes-barr. meantime as we head west they are bracing for tropical storm bud forecast to move across the southern end of baja, california sur lashing the with high winds and surf. now to what could be the future of travel and solution to beating the traffic, billionaire entrepreneur elon musk is back in the headlines not for spacex company or car company, instead the mayor of chicago unveiled a plan to help solve theitproblem. will ire? and could it work where you live? here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: in a city notorious
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for traffic congestion and gridlock, elon musk's boring company got the mayoral nod to dig deep. a tunnel for high speed trip from chicago to o'hare airport called the express loop, the design is similar for musk's plan for los angeles. using electric pods built by tesla to carry 16 people at up to 150 miles per hour. travel time, 12 minutes. four times faster than the current 17-mile trip. ticket price, 25 bucks. >> we're super excited to do what i think is going to be a groundbreaking technology in one of the greatest cities of the cost to the city. maintain and run it. >> this to me city council and regulatory agencies would have to agree. musk has a track record of success. his tesla car brand has been revolutionary though struggled recently laying off 9% of the work force. now chicago is wondering whether musk's boring company can bore its way through obstacles above
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ground and below. tom costello, nbc news. >> as the world focuses this week on north korea and president trump's meeting with kim jong-un, a major new military offensive is launched in one of the world's poorest and most beleaguered countries. this escalation in yemen, civil war could make a humanitarian crisis much worse and put millions of people at greatereries you can of starvation and desk. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more for us. >> reporter: what may be the world's worst and least-known humanitarian crisis tonight is on the verge of becoming a catastrophe. at least 2000 fighters backed by saudi arabia and the united ara ground and from the sea and air on the port city of hudada. this is day two of a long planned and potentially device i have battle to drive out rebels from the port.
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this is one of the remaining life lines for the country after three years of civil war. an estimated 8 million people are at risk of starving and 70% of humanitarian supplies come in through this now nearly impassable war zone. >> 8 million people, even before this morning were already for starvation. if the port closes today these people will die. >> reporter: food and water are in chronic short supply. more than 1 moutbreaks. the united states has some responsibility for all this. while the pentagon says it is not involved in the offensive, the u.s. has quietly backed saudi and emirate forces battling to drive out the rebels, supplying intelligence and arms. tonight the pentagon has called for maximum efforts to avoid civilian casualties and for all sides to engage in negotiations. richard engel, nbc news. >> there is more ahead including the question, do you want to lower your risk for one of the
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deadliest forms of cancer? experts say there is something you need to make sure is in your diet. we'll tell you more on that. also we tag along with a real-life friends who have been playing the same school yard game for more than 30 years. their hilarious story and studio visit now a big hollywood movie.
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we're back now with important news in the fight against one of the deadlyest types of cancer. researchers found vitamin d could play a key role in lowering your risk of colorectal cancer diagnosed in more than 140,000 americans a year. nbc's kristen dahlgren has details. >> reporter: vitamin d may be important for more than your bones. in one of the largest studies of its kind, the american cancer society and more than 20 other medical organizations found having higher vitamin d levels than are currently recommended reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 22%. while having lower levels of vitamin d increased risk by more than 30%. >> the evidence is certainly
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building that this may be another risk factor for colorectal cancer. >> reporter: increasing vitamin d won't erase other risk factors like obesity or family history, but researchers agree it's enough evidence to reexamining current vitamin d recommendations. >> this study is not saying that everybody should run out and get screened for vitamin d. the levels that we found that were associated with the lowest risk are achievable without high-dose supplements. >> reporter: vitamin d is found in foods like fatty fish and those fortified including cereals and milk. your body produces it during sun exposure. they recommend 600 international units per day. that's one serving of salmon and a glass of milk or what's found. what could be a new path to prevention for one of the deadliest cancers. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. >> coming up here tonight, no more s.a.t.s.
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higher education. and back in the game, a triumphant return to the diamond exactly one year after tragedy struck.
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we are following breaking news tonight near denver. our affiliate kusa is reporting that several people have been shot at a dentist's office,uahe hospital. there is no word yet on their conditions. police say there is a suspect at large. they are working to get ascptio. we'll take a turn now to beautiful night for baseball in our nation' capital and look now at nationals park where the annual congressional baseball game is taking place. tonight marks one year since a gunman opened fire on the republican team as they practiced for the charity team, injuring four people including steve scalise. 12 surgeries later, he's back on
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the field on second base. a big change from one of the top ranked universities in the country, university of chicago is joining a growing trend becoming the first major research university to stop requiring undergrad applicants to submit s.a.t.s or a.c.t. scores. the school said the move is designed to level the playing field from students from low-income or under represented communities. when we come back, tag, you're it. they have been playing the same game for more than 30 years now. now their story hitting the big screen and we get in on the action. one listened.
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now it may have cost her everything. the hazard one woman claims burned down her house... and what south bay deputies dug up today... that could be evidence of a turf war on the open range. finally in our spotlight tonight, prepare to step back into your childhood. a new movie hits theaters this weekend drama advertising the
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true story of childhood friends from spokane, washington and how rekindling the carefree silliness of their youth with a game we all played, they managed to grow closer as adults. >> oh, no way. are you it? >> are you it? >> are you it? >> every february -- >> we're going to tag billy ache inright now. >> no one is safe. >> you're pretty paranoid. you're checking around corners, making sure all the windows are locked. >> you're it. this high school has evolved into something epic. >> you're it! >> complete with a nine-page themselves are simple. no tag backs. we play during the month of february. and if you are asked if you're it, you have to answer honestly and promptly. >> now their story is coming to the big screen. tag stars ed, jeremy and john. >> our group of friends has been playing the same game of tag for 30 years. >> what? >> did you have the same reaction i did when you heard there was a movie about tag of kind of, really?
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>> yes. >> absolutely. it's a premise that is inherently ridiculous, so much so that i don't think you could even make this movie except the fact that it is -- it's a true story. >> i was so compelled by like the depth of these guy's friendship, i was kind of like, i want to be friends with those guys. >> i saw some home videos they would do and it's like, wow, i like these guys. >> one of the things that struck me, it is a positive story about men. >> absolutely. >> it's what resonates w people is the bond. >> you can see it. >> and these guys admit to going the distance for the ultimate tag. >> i got kicked out of the pool by the lifeguard, but it was worth it. >> i flew from seattle to los angeles just to get into the trunk of a car. >> you got a job at my company so you could try to tag me? >> some of those tags making it into the actual movie. >> i think your dad would have really wanted you to be it.
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>> he came by and put his shoulder on pat and said, you're it. sorry about your father. >> for the record, bill, you're it right now. >> yeah, i think yes. thank you. >> i'm going to tag lester holt. >> and just a few hours later. >> tag, you are it. >> i'm tagged? >> you're it. >> i got a glimpse into your world. >> when we get a chance to be together, it's priceless. >> memo to self, locks for the studiof their world. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is nbc nightly news this thursday night. i'm lester holt for all of us at nbc news. thank you for watching and good night. now:
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thanks for joining us. i )m janelle wang, in f the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. thanks for joining us on this thursday. i'm janelle wang in for raj mathai. >> i'm jessica ageary. long before silicon valley and chip wars there was cattle wrestling and range wars in santa clara county. the parent slaughtering of cows found in makeshift grays. nbc bay area's robert handa broke this story and joins us with more on what may be a deadly dispute, robert. >> reporter: well, that's right started all the activity out here does sound like the plot o the center of the fight. there are still parts of the south bay that remind you of its past and the connection between those that raise cattle and land owners with room for grazing. today the santa clara county sheriff's office is investigating whether a dispute between cattle owners and a land owner had anything to do with
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numerous dead cows apparently killed and buried near henry state park. sheriff's officers say the two sides got into a bitter argument last week, but when the cattle owners wanted to take back their 60 head of cattle, the property owner refused to unlock his gate. a fairly common situation in the >> santa clara county is much more rural than it was now. it's something that happens in this county. it doesn't happen often. >> when the cattle were released, the cattle owners claimed about 26 cows were missing. st


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