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right now. >> like a bad hair day. >> for sure. >> we'll be back at 6:00. >> thanks for watching. > plane in seattle terrig people on the ground, as he flew erratically, talking all the way with air traffic control. >> just a broken guy. got a few screws loose i guess. never really knew it until now. >> he later died in a fiery crash. the question now, how did he do it and why. the first trump supporter in congress suspends his re-election campaign amid scandal and a trump agitator explores a white house run as the president gives his reaction to a former aide's tell-all book. one year after the deadly day in charlottesville, a memorial for the woman who died as the injured victims struggle on. heading to the movies, why you may encounter a lot of frustrated fans.
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and how one man turned heart break and an unused engagement ring in a social media quest to help others. this is nbc "nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening. the scene in the skies over puget sound, washington, last night, made people stop in their tracks and point cell phone cameras at the sky. authorities say a ground service agent at seattle tacoma international airport stole an empty passenger plane and took it for a dangerous ride. in a rambling conversation with air traffic control, the man showed a range of emotions, at one point calling himself broken. after more than an hour in the air, the plane crashed on an identified. investigators are trying to solve two mysteries. one on the ground and one in the air. >> oh, my god. what is happening right now? >> reporter: how did a ramp worker commandeer an aircraf
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and fly for more than an hour before a fiery crash? >> very unusual. it's not like we get this every day. >> reporter: government officials familiar with the investigation say 29-year-old richard russell was at the controls, taking off from sea-tac airport 8:00 p.m. last night. residents here were shocked by the turbo prop's aerial acrobatics. but russell seemed unfazed. >> he just needs some help controlling his aircraft. >> very good. nah, i mean, i don't need that much help. i've played video games before. >> reporter: the 76 seat turbo prop is owned by horizon air. the company said russell was 3 1/2 fence and so no security violations were committed. >> i've got a lot of people that care about me. and it's gonna disappoint them.
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to hear that i did this. i would like to apologize to each and every one of them. just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, i guess. >> reporter: he was followed by a pair of f-15s, scrambled from portland, oregon. the plane was running low on fuel. >> hey, you think if i land this successfully, alaska will give me a job as a pilot? >> reporter: the plane crashed on a small island about 30 miles from the airport. aviation experts say getting a large plane like this in the air is no easy task. >> starting a turbin engine airplane is not like starting your car. it's a complex process. >> reporter: airline security expert jeff price says airlines might need to further restrict access to planes. >> there might need to be a procedure in place where if you're not a pilot or flight attendant, you're not allowed on the plane unless there is someone there that is responsible for the aircraft. >> reporter: investigators are e
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cockpit recording device. they're trying to find out whether or not richard russell was talking to himself as well as air traffic control. they want to gain a better understanding of his mental state. kate. >> hans, thank you. a tragic story. turning to politics now. president trump is still on his working vacation at his new jersey golf course. today, meeting with a group of supporters at the private club. and commenting on his detractors. including a former west wing aide with a new book coming out. white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has more on that. >> reporter: revving up his own campaign today. >> let's hear those engines now. >> reporter: with a photo op at his new jersey private club. president trump greeted about 180 supporters known as bikers for trump. crowded inside, asked if he felt betrayed by former white house aide and "apprentice" star omarosa manigauld newman who accuses mr. trump of being racist in her new book.
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>> low life. she's a low life. >> reporter: more controversy today as the president's first ally on capitol hill quit his race. days after congressman chris collins said this. >> i will remain on the ballot running for re-election this november. >> reporter: the new york republican was charged wednesday with securities fraud and pleaded not guilty. but collins said he's getting out to protect the president. democrats would like nothing more than to elect an impeached trump democrat in this district. which is something that neither our country, nor our party, can afford. now democrats see an unexpected opportunity. today, democratic candidate nate mcmurray called on collins to resign his seat immediately. looking beyond this november to 2020. lawyer for adult film star stormy daniels -- >> i'm not just some tv lawyer. >> reporter: michael avenatti in iowa friday night at a
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democratic showcase, flirted with making a presidential run himself. >> we have a tendency to bring nail clippers to a gunfight. the democratic party must be a party that fights fire with fire. >> reporter: avenatti even said democrats should give up michelle obama's 2016 advice. >> our motto is when they go low, we go high. >> when they go low, i say we hit harder. >> reporter: avenatti says he feels called to be involved politically but made no announcements. for that new york house seat, getting collins' name off the ballot isn't that easy. deadlines have already passed. the state party could take the local office and then choosing a different republican to run for kate. >> kelly o'donnell with the president in new jersey, thank you. a programming note here. omarosa manigault newman sits down for an exclusive interview with chuck todd. that's tomorrow on "meet the
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press." president trump also took to twitter today to mark one year since those deadly protests in charlottesville, virginia. the president calling for the nation to come together and saying he condemns all types of racism and violence. in the city itself, residents honored heather heyer, who was killed when a driver rammed into a group of counterprotesters. hand-made memorials were left where heyer was hit. her mother saying her daughter's death is a call to action. so many of the people injured in that charlottesville car crash are still struggling with agonizing physical pain from that day. but there's also more. many carry emotional and financial burdens as well. we partnered with our digital documentary unit nbc left field to bring you an update on some of their stories. >> reporter: tay washington goes to physical therapy three times a week and is in constant agony. >> i can't pay a bill. i can't work. i can't drive for too long.
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i need help taking care of my 9-year-old child. >> reporter: after the charlottesville attack, she was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, symptoms include spasms, swelling and tremors. last august 12th washington was in a car running errands when she was rear ended by the man accused of deliberately driving into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring dozens more. >> all i remember is the noise and people sliding down my window. >> reporter: tay is relying on medicaid and community support to help relieve the enormous financial burden of her medical bills. what's not an option, collecting on the car insurance of the man who hit her. why? most auto insurance plans cover car accidents. no >> he used a car as a weapon, but the auto insurance policy isn't meant to cover using your car as a weapon. >> when i was hit, i felt like i was whipped into a tornado. >> reporter: lisa was standing in the crowd of counterprotesters and also got hit. breaking several bones.
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but beyond her physical injuries, she's also terrified neo-nazis will track her down. could you explain why you've asked me not to show your face in this interview? >> primarily because people who are known to the white supremacists have been targeted. they've been doxed online, meaning their personal information has been put out. >> reporter: a year later, she's still negotiating with insurance companies and state compensation agencies for support. >> until that gets resolved, it's hanging over me. >> reporter: the community has largely embraced and helped these and other victims. gretchen manages a fund called survivors pay for things like rent and food. though she's worried because even they are stretched thin. >> don't think many people are aware of how very seriously injured some of the victims were. they continue to have ongoing >> reporter: but for many charlottesville survivors a year later, the way forward still seems uncertain. katie engelhart, nbc news, charlottesville.
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some breaking news from new jersey today. a school bus with approximately 20 children on board flipped on to its side. fortunately, many of children do not appear to be seriously injured. nearby drivers stopped their cars and rushed to see what happened. several ambulances are also on the scene. the bus was traveling -- one of two buses traveling together. there is severe weather this weekend in the northeast as well. where drivers navigated flooded streets today. more than 50 million people are under a flash flood watch in effect from virginia all the way to massachusetts. and we're not done with the wet weather yet. additional downpours are expected across a large part of the eastern u.s. over the next two days. this week, the trump osed nuclear deal. decision to pull out of the iran tonight, nbc's ali orousi is on the ground in tehran and takes a look at how those sanctions are adding to an already volatile situation. >> reporter: protests are breaking out across iran.
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one major cause, the country's economic tailspin.ri. shortages of basic goods is rampant. and its currency losing around 80% of its value. the dire situation only made worse by the trump administration's recent renewal of sanctions and the american president's fiery rhetoric. but the economy isn't the only sore subject. the demonstrations have grown to encompass a wider range of popular anger against iran's strict social rules. cyrus, who owns iran's biggest foreign investment consulting firm, thinheful. >> we have to say basically no to three out of four clients. and now a days it's the other way around. two out of three are leaving the country or at least freezing their projects. >> reporter: there's a palpable sense of fatigue, frustration and anger, compounded by uncertainty. it's a country on the edge. and in iran, you never know where that edge is until you've gone over it.
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hope is threadbare at this small family-run clothing factory. the owner worries about his business. and his workers fear they won't be able to make ends meet. he said, we are trying our best to keep our head above water, not to lay off staff. but if things don't improve in the next month, we're going to have to let about 70% of our staff go. with the nuclear deal collapsing and president hassan rouhani's popularity all but evaporating as a result, there is little confidence he can stop the bleeding. and many fear the future holds even tougher times ahead. ali arouzi, nbc news, tehran. this week marks four years since a police officer shot and killed michael brown, an unarmed teenager in ferguson, missouri. the killing sparked rounds of protest, some directed at the prosecutor who presided over a grand jury that did not charge the officer. but this week, members of the community there voiced their outrage at the ballot box,
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electing a political underdog who's made social justice his main mission. ron allen has that story. >> -- said that freedom is never won, you earn it. >> reporter: for wesley bell, becoming the first african-american top prosecutor in st. louis county will be another step on a journey launched after the killing of michael brown in ferguson four years ago. bell defeated robert mccaul la, nationally known for presiding over the grand jury that choose not to prosecute then police officer darren wilson who said he shot and killed brown in self-defense. a decision that reignited violence in ferguson. national symbol of everything wrong between police and minority communities. >> that's not what we want our community to be about. >> reporter: propelled by the moment, bell ran for city council in michael brown's district. a lawyer, professor and judge, raised in st. louis county. the son of a police officer. committed to criminal justice reform. we met him during his first campaign. how important is it that there be more diversity on the council? >> i think it's very important.
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i think when we work together, when we get to know one another, we reach better understandings. >> reporter: he won then and now the prosecutor's race. unseating mccollough, a seven-term incumbent. backed by community leaders, bell saw a wave of new voters coming out to support him. >> i think we'll see not only him being held accountable, we'll see the community being evolved in the process of how we keep our community safe. >> reporter: after his double digit win in the democratic primary, bell will run unopposed in november. >> it was just that power of the people, getting the word out, having conversations. >> reporter: bell's priorities now, push harder for reforms like community-based policing. ending a bail system that he says puts too many nonviolent offenders in prison. and appointing special prosecutors in cases like michael brown's, when police use deadly force. beyond that, he said, we must recognize the power of the ballot box to bring about change. ron allen, nbc news. still ahead tonight, too good to be true, big trouble for a movie subscription service that's left frustrated fans in a
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kind of cliffhanger. also, talk about a sinking feeling. imagine walking out of a store and seeing your car like that.
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movie pass seemed like a great pay just $10 a month to see a movie every day. as its popularity surged, the company's finances took a hit. leaving customers angry as it now scrambles to find new ways to stay afloat. >> reporter: this weekend, moviegoers lining up to see hollywood's latest blockbusters. >> who doesn't like to go to the
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movies. >> reporter: may leave disappointed. >> i'm disappointed because it started out to be a very good thing. >> reporter: movie pass, the popular movie ticket app, once hailed as an industry game changer. now facing its own explosion of angry customers. the cash-strapped service crashed last night for a third weekend in a row. some vented on twitter. using #movie pass death watch. one person saying, i'm simply throwing money in the garbage. >> none of the movies are available and i'm, like what am i paying for? subscribers to sne day for just $9.99 a month. >> really it's netflix for the movie theaters. >> reporter: racking up 3 million members. in a plot twist, its fortunes have reversed. at one point, losing roughly $20 million a month. next week, movie pass will employ yet another money-saving strategy. capping users at just three movies a month. the company did not respond to our request for comment. but in a statement, ceo mitch lowe said the move is intended to stabilize our business model.
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even though movie pass is hurting financially, was it successful in bringing more people to theaters? >> the short answer is yes. movie pass has been very successful in bringing more people to theaters. >> do you think the customers are going to stick with the company? >> think long-term movie pass probably won't exist in a year but what it's done is it's disrupted the industry. >> reporter: insiders say movie pass's losses are a win for tinseltown with theater chains like amc launching similar subscription services.ons for m. the new study on work e-mails that will make you want to put down your phone right now. and the nighttime stroll that caused a stir on an american highway.
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we're back with this scene from a shopping mall in pennsylvania where customers walked out of an outlet store to find their cars trapped in a sinkhole. one woman was inside her car when she said the ground started shaking like an were injured. here's something you may want to share with your boss. a new study from virginia tech shows not only could checking work e-mails after hours be bad for your health, it also found that just the expectation of monitoring e-mail at home is hazardous for their employees and for families. in a study titled killing me softly, researchers say flexible work boundaries often turn into
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work without boundaries. it was the incredible sight in alaska that had drivers reversing their cars. they wanted a closer look at this. a large moose just out for a walk down the median. the animal seemed oblivious to all the attention. the average male alaskan moose, we looked it up, is over 7 feet tall and weighs more than 1,400 pounds. when we come back, how one man overcame his broken heart to make a stranger's wedding wish come true.
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finally tonight, a heartwarming love story that began with a relationship gone bad. a man devastated by rejection turned his loss around by reaching out on social media to others in need. our katie beck has more on the overwhelming response and what happened next. >> reporter: when steven crocker's relationship ended last year, he was heart broken. >> i didn't know what to do with myself. my whole world just flipped upside down. >> reporter: he planned to propose to his girlfriend, even bought a ring. >> love has no monetary figure. >> no price tag. >> right. >> reporter: in his despair, this romantic wondered, could it have value for someone else. this was the actual post? so this was the actual post? >> yes. >> reporter: he posted an ad on facebook asking people to send in their own love stories. the winner would get the ring. >> i didn't expect more than 50 e-mails to come in. >> reporter: and you got? >> between 1,800 and 2,000. >> reporter: the rush of
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romantic tales. >> she is my soul mate. >> reporter: flooded his inbox. and with help from his friend, he finally chose this lucky winner. >> i had to meet the extremely hard decision to use the money i was saving for her ring to help cover my medical and other bills. >> reporter: shawn, from illinois, recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. >> she's the reason i smile every day. >> reporter: madly in love with his girlfriend natalie. >> i wear my heart on my sleeve and i could tell that he does the same. >> shawn sullin?hi. ce to meet . i got something for you. >> are you serious? >> i picked you. >> reporter: just one last thing to do. >> it's up to you to propose. >> yes, i guess so. >> reporter: last month, shawn slid the ring on natalie's finger. >> i had to stop a couple times so i didn't cry. >> i cried. i did.
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>> reporter: with wedding plans in the works, shawn and natalie are grateful for an even better love story thanks to steven. >> he turned this negative, you know, experience into a positive one to make somebody else's life better. >> reporter: as for steven, his heart feels different too. are you more hopeful reading all these wonderful love stories that maybe love's out there for you too? >> oh, yeah, for sure. i definitely know that my time is going to come. >> reporter: his story of heartbreak now ringing with hope. katie beck, nbc news. >> maybe somebody watching right now. that is nbc "nightly news" on a saturday. join us tomorrow night for a look at the new movie trying to shatter stereotypes and bring more diversity to hollywood. we sit down with the cast of the film "crazy rich asians." i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, i'll see you tomorrow. have a great night. right now at
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a rogue flight above seattle. we )re learning more about the airline worker who stole a commercial jet.... as we talk to experts... about what could . >> we're learning more about the airline worker who stole a commercial jet as we talk to experts about what could change because of the terrifying episode.
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>> kristin smith spoke with the aviation expert. christy. >> well, terry, that wild situation in seattle had a ripple effect. we're told that there are delays. there are big questions tonight about how he managed to pull it off and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. >> the gentleman had clear access to the ramp. he had a ramp pass. >> aviation expert mike mccarron is watching closely. the investigation is underway after that horizon air worker took an unauthorized flight from sea-tac airport in an empty plane. >>be


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