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tonight the confirmation cliffhanger, as the fbi begins its new investigation of brett kavanaugh, what will they be looking at? who will they interview, and how far will they go? a terrifying day at a beach in california. as a boy is attacked by an 11 foot shark, the desperate effort to save him. the rising toll after a powerful earthquake and tsunami leave hundreds dead and many more missing. tonight, a region shaken and suffering. the tourist attraction that may one day play a key role in keeping the world safe from a nuclear threat deep inside the mountains of tennessee. they've lost the use of their hands, but that hasn't stopped them from
getting back in the game. good good evening. tonight the fbi has already started its work on the new background check for brett kavanaugh. witnesses already contacted, just hours after the president ordered the investigation. at stake, a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, and it's ideological balance. the white house is limiting who agents can talk to, leaving out one of the three women who had come forward before this week's dramatic senate hearing. kelly o'donnell is traveling with the president tonight. >> reporter: president trump left the white house late this afternoon, on day one of the new fbi background check he ordered on brett kavanaugh. >> i think it's going very well. the fbi, as you know, is all over talking to everybody.
>> reporter: jeff flake and chris coons up ended the confirmation process friday when they negotiated a last minute demand to investigate sexual misconduct claims against kavanaugh. the senate judiciary committee urged the president to authorize a one week fbi investigation of current credible allegations. multiple sources tell nbc news, the bureau is limited by the white house to pursue claims made by christine blasey ford and debra ramirez, but not allegations from julie swetnick. who is represented by michael avenatti. the fbi can follow its own leads. >> they have free reign, they're going to do whatever they have to do. >> reporter: today amy klobuchar expressed concern. >> the white house is going to have to give some guidance. >> reporter: the new probe of kavanaugh is not a criminal investigation, and that limits agents' authority. >> i could imagine
that the fbi is in a box, if they were only asked to interview x number of people. and remember, those interviews are voluntary. >> reporter: judge kavanaugh has denied any wrongdoing and says he will continue to cooperate. the president is bringing the fight over the supreme court and all the controversy around brett kavanaugh right here to wheeling, of where have. making the supreme court nomination a midterm election issue, in a place with a very tight senate race. the president is backing joe morrissey against joe manchin. tonight in new york city at the global citizen festival, the two senators that were at the heart of bringing on this new investigation, jeff flake and chris coons, saying they made this action because they believe it's right for democracy. jose? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. the issue of sexual assault is playing out this fall
on the campus of the large public university. ohio university has found itself dealing with a string of reported assaults. we get more from rehema ellis. >> reporter: a rally on campus. >> we will be silent no longer. >> reporter: supporting women on campus outraged and afraid because more than a dozen sexual assault claims have been reported to police in just the first month of school. >> i mean, i'm scared. >> i don't walk home any more, i keep pepper spray on me wherever i go at night. >> reporter: two young women started a group chat called safe walk home. now numbering 1,000. >> we wanted a place for women to come together and be able to support each other. >> reporter: if a young woman feels unsafe, she posts on the group chat her location. >> within a few minutes we had someone say, yep, we got her, walking her home safe now. >> reporter: in the year of the me too movement, ohio
university women are now calling out fraternities that they say have routinely demeaned women, with messages too graphic to show. female students are fighting back with banners of their own. the police say they're investigating and the university is offering support. >> we can disrupt perpetrators, we can disrupt these things from happening on the first place. we're actively teaching our students. >> reporter: a rough start to the semester which could result in change. rehema ellis, nbc news. it was a terrifying morning on a beach in southern california where a 13-year-old boy was attacked by a shark. he's in critical condition and undergoing surgery for his injuries. one of the men who helped him is giving graphic details on just how bad it was. we get more from kathy park. >> reporter: a day diving for lobsters turn into a frantic rescue mission at beacon's beach near san diego.
>> i'm asking for a helicopter, we need to airlift someone out for a shark attack. >> reporter: help came quickly, emergency responders trying to save a 13-year-old boy, airlifting him to the hospital. >> we heard this kid scream. >> reporter: chad hamill, kayaking nearby, helped the teen get away. >> i started paddling toward him and there's a big old wake of blood behind him. >> reporter: the boys wounds showing the big bite on his body. >> ripped open everything on the back, and the top teeth came down and got his cheek. >> reporter: the shark was 11 feet long. one incident near cape cod earlier this month turned deadly. this california beach now closed warning signs up, have people seeking safety on the shore. kathy park, nbc news. a day after that major earthquake and tsunami in indonesia, authorities are beginning to address the horrific devastation left behind. the death toll 384, it's expected to rise. more than 16,000
displaced. nbc's ron allen has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, rescuers warning the death toll expected to rise. the devastation from the tsunami and earthquake spread over a wide area. so much destruction, buildings, roads, phones, power lines, only one big city reached so far. today new powerful after shocks rattled nerves. a makeshift mark overwhelmed with hundreds possibly missing, some desperate residents searched there for lost loved ones. >> there's people that are traumatized, they're in the streets, not wanting to go into their houses. food may be scarce. >> reporter: the quake's magnitude 7.5. the tsunami's waves some 10 feet tall. still no contact of some 275,000 close to the epicenter. the military mobilizing for a huge search and rescue operation. a nation in a region prone to earthquakes,
again facing unspeakable loss. ron allen, nbc news. hot car tragedies are back in the news tonight after a 4-year-old boy and a baby girl only 1-year-old died in separate incidents in florida just hours apart. already this year, 48 children have died in hot cars, making this one of the deadliest years ever. you may think cooler temperatures in the fall decrease the threat. but as tammy leitner reports, parents need to be an alert all year long. >> reporter: a florida mother is facing negligent manslaughter charges after leaving her 1-year-old daughter in the car all day. >> cardiac arrest at the wawa. >> kalan polar told police she usually drops her daughter at day care before work. but friday she forgot. she left her daughter in her car seat for about seven hours while she went to work and picked up dinner. medics pronounced her dead at the scene.
polar's attorney says it was just an accident. a terrible accident. >> do you have any patient information? >> reporter: just hours earlier, police found a 4-year-old boy locked inside a hot car about a half hour away in orlando. where temperatures soured to 94 degrees. >> the child was in the car for quite some time. the child was obviously in distress. >> reporter: the boy later died. fall may be here, but experts say fatalities have occurred even when temperatures dip to the low 60s. >> i know it's the end of september, but children die in vehicles every month of the year. >> reporter: a sobering reminder for parents all year round. tammy leitner, nbc news. late today the sec reached a settlement with tesla and its ceo, elon musk. musk and the company will pay $20 million to settle the case. the sec accused musk of making false and misleading statements this summer about taking his company private.
he will step down as chairman, but will remain the ceo. we turn to climate change. as you may have heard, discussion of the issue is often about the kind of planet we want to leave our children. with that in mind, 21 young people concerned about the world they're going to be inheriting are trying a novel approach to protect their future. our chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson has more. >> reporter: the foothills of the rockies are sacred to environmentalists. >> we used to get lost up in the mountains, me and my friends. >> reporter: the wild fire is one more urgent prompt for the 18-year-old's most audacious yet. >> addressing the climate chris sis one of the most important things we have to do. ♪ >> reporter: a hip-hop artist whose music has a green theme. martinez is one of 21 young people suing the federal government over inaction on climate change. you're trying to do that in federal court? >> that's true. politicians aren't doing the best job of
representing our future. >> reporter: filed during the obama administration, the suit sponsored by our children's trust seeks to phase out fossil fuels that cause climate change. >> our constitutional rights to life, liberty and property are being violated because of our government's inability to act. >> reporter: opening arguments are scheduled next month in federal court. having survived multiple pretrial challenges. >> the plaintiffs are essentially asking the judge to order the complete restructuring of the u.s. economy. and the chances of them prevailing in court, i think is zero. >> reporter: the justice department tells nbc news, the suit is unconstitutional, and says policies should be decided by the elected branches, not the courts. so what if you lose, what then? >> we will appeal. and if we lose that again, we will file a suit with a stronger claim. >> reporter: to protect the planet and their future.
anne thompson, nbc news, boulder, colorado. monday will mark a year since a sniper in a las vegas hotel room changes hundreds of lives forever. for many who survived the mass shooting at a country music concert, recovery is far from complete. kate snow met with some of their survivors who shared their journey of healing forgiveness and their struggle to move forward. >> reporter: a tiny fence offers few reminders anything ever happened here. for the melanson family, there's no forgetting. stephanie and paige were with their mom sending happy photos to their dad one minute. >> she texted me again and said mom's hit. mom's dad. >> people ran my mom over, that's when she was shot in the chest. >> reporter: just shy of a year later, spending time together meant visiting rose marie in the hospital. earlier this year she was walking. and this summer she seemed to be improving. >> next stop, home. >> she really started to show sides of her that we haven't seen in a long time.
>> your mom was back? >> my mom was back. >> after what doctors hoped would be her 12th and final surgery in september, another setback. >> it consumes our family. but we're all very hopeful. and with faith, we keep looking up and keep looking to the brighter side. >> for the last year, her husband steve has barely been home, sleeping at the hospital whenever she's there and heading to work. >> it's my second home. >> he's a rock star. >> everybody knows who i am. >> in the hospital? >> the hospital's been great. >> reporter: trauma surgeon chris fisher treated the critically wounded the night of the shooting. more than 400 injuries from gunshots or shrapnel, injuries that often meant an uncertain recovery. >> our job is to get them as close to their baseline as they were before the incident happened. hopefully we can get them 99% there. >> that first day when they brought the wheelchair in, that was like a prison sentence to me. i didn't want to look
at it, i didn't want anything to do with the wheelchair. >> jason mcmillan has spent the year away from the active duty he loves, shot in the chest, the bullet stopped against his spine, paralyzing him. in rehab, he found freedom in the very wheels he first resented. >> you get fed at a certain time, if i could get myself up and get dressed and get in the wheelchair and take myself to the cafeteria, i could eat whenever i wanted to. >> reporter: doctors tell jason there's a chance he could walk again. >> that's whey think about all the time. getting my body back in shape to where i could go back to work. >> reporter: early next year, he'll marry the woman who dragged him to safety last fall. his fiancee. >> i'm very grateful to have been given a second chance and to have jason here with me. i feel like we're meant to be after all this has happened. >> reporter: in las vegas, sunrise hospital recently hosted a survivor's luncheon, reuniting patients with doctors and nurses. rose marie's strength
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a family owned tourist site in eastern tennessee may look like another roadside attraction, but it's a listening post for nuclear activity on the other side of the world. it's unique rock formations allow scientists to conduct underground nuclear tests anywhere around the world, including north korea. hans nichols went there to look and listen. >> reporter: underneath tennessee's smoky mountains lies a natural wonder and a national asset. >> the tuckaleechee caverns may be off the beaten path. sensors buried in their crevices can hear nuclear tests in north korea. how long would it take for the waves to reach here? >> maximum a few minutes, for the waves to reach here. and for it to show up on our data displays. >> reporter: the caves can here waves
crashing on the coast 500 miles away. earthquakes across the globe. and picked up north korea's hydrogen bomb blast last september, the data then sent by satellite to the treaty organization in vienna. the caverns are part of its global network of stations. >> the data we get from caverns is in a quiet environment, it's like getting your ear right into the inside of the earth. >> benjamin's family has owned the caverns for more than 50 years. after coming home from world war ii, his grandfather decided to turn his former playground into a tourist attraction. but national security officials were also interested. >> well, the seismic station has been in here since the cuban missile crisis and cold war. so they've been monitoring it ever since then. >> reporter: because the limestone is so dense and goes down thousands of feet, the caves are an acoustic
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welcome to the us bank nbc sports report. >> mike: good evening, live on a saturday night and the first one of autumn and it feels like fall here in south bend. 55 degrees, a big game feel in the air. top ten matchup, nre dame and stanford. the irish are 4-0. a different quarterback but a big thing starting to groove. stanford brings in the heisman runner up, bryce love. can they get another win against a ranked team on the road.