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tonight, an extraordinary warning in the white house, the top national security and intelligence officials in america joining together to sound the alarm that russia is coming again. >> our democracy itself is in the cross hairs. >> a strikingly different scene than president trump siding with vladimir putin. u.s. officials warning the threat is real and the u.s. could strike back in secret ways. in the meantime, ivanka trump breaking with her father in a very public way. a star football coach under fire now sidelined. explosive allegations he knew about alleged domestic abuse and turned a blind eye. a growing disaster in some of the most popular beaches in the country, deserted at the height of summer. why tourists are staying away and
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businesses are suffering. a sudden fire on board a packed plane, as a battery bursts into flames. passengers scrambling to get out. a frightening new reminder of the danger posed by the kind of batteries in everything from cell phones to laptops. and a major milestone from apple, started in a garage by steve jobs, the visionary whose iphone changed the world now the first u.s. public company to be valued at a trillion dollars. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and thanks for being here. the country's national security chief stood shoulder to shoulder today promising to defend against interference in the fall election by russia or any other potential players. in a surprise appearance at the white house briefing room, those top officials are in the same mind russia is the prime threat warning russians are still at it. the officials today expressing the threat in terms for more certain and urgent than anything we have heard to date from president trump
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himself. revealing almost parallel universes within administration. our peter alexander was at today's briefing. peter, we don't see briefings much like this one. >> reporter: that's exactly right. the best way to describe this, a show of force, a lineup we haven't seen since president trump took office. a white house advisor telling me the president instructed the officials to tell the american people what they are doing to defend u.s. elections but raising the question why he hasn't said all this himself. tonight from america's top national security and intelligence officials, a united front vowing to protect u.s. elections against a round of threats from russia and adversaries adversaries.or. >> we acknowledge the threat. it is real and continuing and we're doing everything we can to have a legitimate election that the american people can have trust in. >> reporter: three months ahead of the midterms, officials detailing a russian campaign to try to
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weaken and divide the u.s. >> make no mistake the scope of this foreign influence threat is both broad and deep. >> reporter: our democracy itself is in the cross hairs. >> reporter: the officials note russia's efforts are not as robust as 2016, the response under president trump they say will be stronger. >> we have subsequently made the determination to make this a top priority that doesn't happen again and we're throwing everything at it. >> reporter: noticeably absent, the commander in chief who two weeks ago was casting doubt on russia meddling. >> is russia still targeting the u.s., mr. president? >> thank you. >> reporter: standing with vladimir putin seeming to reject the conclusions russia interfered in 2016. >> i will tell you president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. >> reporter: the head of the fbi asked how americans should
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square today's intel warning with the president who has repeatedly attacked his agency. >> you can assure the american people the men and women of the fbi starting from the director down will follow our oaths and do our jobs. >> reporter: they signalled a new strategy to conduct secret cyber operations against adversaries trying to interfere in u.s. elections. >> i won't discuss specifics but to state our forces are well-trained, ready and very capable. >> reporter: >> peter, what can you tell us about the letter kim jong-un apparently sent to the president? >> reporter: the president thanking kim jong-un. the president sent a response. all of this coming after a moving ceremony overnight. the remains of u.s. soldiers that died during the korean war finally home. their caskets as you see draped in american flags arriving in hawaii. the vice president there to receive them. it will likely take months or perhaps years to identify them. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house, thank you. in the meantime, across washington the president's daughter and senior advisor ivanka trump was making waves of her
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own today publicly breaking with her father's policy of separating families at the border calling it a low point. she also said she disagreed with her father's inflammatory charge the media is the enemy of the people. our chief white house correspondent hallie jackson has details on a rare public family divide. >> reporter: from a family focused first daughter, a red line on family separations at the border. >> that was a low point for me, as well and i am very against family separation. and the separation of parents and children. >> reporter: it was the policy of ivanka trump's flat ther trump's flat therather that
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triggered more separations in the first place but she never pushed back publicly until that had been reversed. now she's making her view clear on that and on something else. >> sorry? >> is the enemy the people? >> no, i do not. i have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and -- but no, i do not feel the media is the enemy of the people. >> reporter: late today backup from her boss with the president tweeting she correctly said no. it is the fake news a large percent of the media that's the enemy of the people. >> i call the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. >> reporter: his press secretary pressed on whether the media is the enemy repeatedly dodged. >> repeatedly the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other to insight anger. i'm the first press secretary in the united states that required secret service protection. >> you did not say in the course of those remarks that you just made that the press is not the enemy of the people. >> i'm here to speak on behalf of the president. he's made his comments clear. >> reporter: as for what is happening on the policy front. this administration always focused on ending obama era regulations with another example today, the epa is rolling out the plan to rollback certain fuel economy
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standards, consistent with the pattern we've seen from president trump. undoing what his predecessor did, lester, a promise kept. >> hallie jackson, thank you. one of the biggest names in college football, ohio state star coach urban meyer is on paid leave as investigators look into allegations he knew about but did not report accusations of domestic abuse against a former assistant coach. meyer denies that but the alleged victim of the abuse is stepping forward and says there is no way he didn't know. our miguel almaguer has all the details. >> reporter: the face of ohio state football legendary coach urban meyer out of the game placed on administrative leave, the university huddling with investigators. did he know of abuse
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allegations against zech smith involving courtney smith. >> i do believe he knew and instead, he chose to help the abuser. >> reporter: speaking to watch, smith filed multiple police reports including this one. the defendant grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into the bedroom wall. the victim is pregnant with the defendant's child. smith says she also shared these photos with meyers wife shelley. nbc news has not verified those messages. >> she said she would talk to urban. i said that's fine. you should tell him. >> reporter: meyer who fired smith last week. >> i was never told about anything. >> reporter: says in a statement i agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facility its completion. zech smith's attorney says he wants to be as transparent and honest as possible. smith has not been charged with a crime.
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under meyer's $7.6 million a year contract, he's required to report any violation of ohio state sexual misconduct policy. failure to do so could cost him his job. facing a blitz of pressure, ohio state's football coach sidelined. miguel almaguer, nbc news. let's turn to the milestone for apple, the company started by a pair of steves in a california garage. it went on to change the way we live, perhaps the way you're watching our broadcast right now on an iphone or macbook. it's valued at a trillion with a t and if you bought at the bottom, it would be worth an eye-popping amount now. >> reporter: it's the company that promised to change the world. today, it's iphones and other products the center of life on the go. apple makes history as the first trillion dollar company. >> it just fortifies the fact they have been hitting on all cylinders for a long time and continues to do so. >> reporter: it's a
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remarkable turn around from 22 years ago when they were on the brink of bankruptcy. he turned around to fix the company. >> the question is where is apple relevant? >> reporter: it paid off. a $1,000 investment back then worth $450,000 today. apple is now led by ceo tim cook that talked to lester in november. >> you may soon be head of a trillion dollar company. when you think about that, what goes through your mind? >> the truth is i don't think about it to be really honest. what i view a stock price to be a result of doing other things well. >> reporter: potential tariffs on china where most of apple's products are made, could give apple and cook a significant challenge. >> jo ling kent, thanks. in a major about
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face, pope francis is officially changing the church teaching's on the death penalty calling for it to be abolished before the world. they accepted capital punishment as a last resort but the pope says it's wrong no matter the crime. the mysterious disappearance of mollie tibbetts. >> reporter: a mother's emotional plea to bring her daughter home. >> we believe mollie is alive and if someone has abducted her, we're pleading with you to release her. >> reporter: the family and boyfriend of mollie tibbetts coming together at a press conference announcing the award for her safe return is up to $172,000. the university of iowa student has been missing for more than two weeks, last seen on her nightly run in brooklyn, iowa, a
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small town of 1500 surrounded by corn fields. molly was dog sitting for her boyfriend dolton jack. >> if something were to happen, she would put up a fight. >> reporter: dolton was the last to hear from molly in a snapchat message. he was working a construction job 100 miles away and has been ruled out as a suspect. >> it gets harder day by day because she's still not here. you miss her. >> reporter: possible sightings including one at this missouri truck stop have been investigated and dismissed by officials releasing very few details. molly's family isn't giving up. >> we wake up every day at 2:00, 3:00 in the morning to fight. everybody in this community is fighting to get her back. >> reporter: with searches here so far producing no sign of mollie, tonight, hope that money will. lester? >> blake mccoy in iowa, thank you. turning overseas where isis is claiming responsibility for a vicious attack that killed a young american couple. they were tourists who
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quit their jobs to go on a journey around the world. heartbroken friends are speaking out matt bradley has their story. >> reporter: americans were 29 and on the trip of a lifetime. biking around the world, jay describing why. >> the more you see in the world, the more you want to put that back into the world. >> reporter: but it was in the 25th country where the trip turned into a nightmare. this video showing the attack, the pair with two other cyclists when a car swerves into them and stabbing them. isis claiming responsibility. >> i was completely broken hearted. >> reporter: the couple quit their jobs in washington d.c. chronicing their journey. aing their journeyling their journey. ling their
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journey. >> they believed in the beauty and good in the world so while it's, you know, heartbreaking that that is something so terrible was how they met their end. >> reporter: in each place, lauren and jay marvelled at the beauty, the sights they saw and people they met. badness exists sure, but even that's quite rare. by in large humans are kind they wrote in their blog. no greater revelation has come, a journey of innocence cut short matt bradley, nbc news. there is more to tell you about as we continue including the toxic invasion of some of your top vacation spots ruining summer for tourists and killing wildlife. caught on camera, terrifying moments when flames erupt inside an airplane. stay with us. gher risk of stroe due to afib not caused by a heart valve problem. so if there's a better treatment than warfarin, i'm up for that. eliquis. eliquis is proven to reduce stroke risk better than warfarin. plus has significantly less major bleeding than warfarin. eliquis is fda-approved and has both. so what's next? seeing these guys. don't stop taking eliquis unless your doctor tells you to, as stopping increases your risk of having a stroke.
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will go to lgbtq organizations across the country. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this thursday night. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.california read, again. this time over the air right now at 4:30. california ready to fight again. over the air with e breathe. the new move from the white house that not only has governor brown but former governor taking off the gloves, plus. a woman watched her house go up in flames on soeshlt media. one of many heartbreaking stories coming from the wild fires tonight. >> an uber driver found guilty
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for hitting and killing a six year-old girl. the news starts right now. good afternoon thanks for joining us. >> we're on early because football starts tonight. that uber crash also injured the girls brother and mother back in 2013. today some justice for the family. >> live in san francisco where the driver was just convicted. >> that's right the district attorney just wrapped up speaking with reporters here at the hall of justice. he said not only is this verdict critical for the family. it's very important when talking about inattentive driving and how important that is not doing it when you consider how busy skb crowded the streets are here in san francisco. now the crash happened new years eve 2013. at the corner of poke street. he was driving his suv and made a right turn


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