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5:00. lester holt is next with nightly news. >> we'll see you at 6:00. bye. tonight, bracing for mueller. anticipation hitting a fever pitch. the attorney general spotted at the white house. tonight a surprise from james comey. what the former fbi director says he hopes won't happen. new concerns over what's in the air after that toxic inferno near houston. after officials said everything was safe, residents suddenly told to shelter inside. it's being called the third wave in the opioid epidemic, an alarming rise in our correspondent on the front lines of the fight. >> it's only 11:00. our third overdose call in the last hour. the biggest dr cugor. the new look at evidence in one of the most famous killing sprees in america. the cold case that prompted the question, do you know where your children are, still unresolved. new video of a frightening plunge, a high-wire act going
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terribly wrong. a u.s. figure skating star accused by south korea of deliberately injuring an opponent during a warmup at the world championships. nbc news obtaining video of the incident. what it reveals. tonight skating officials pushing back. a star of "game of thrones" revealing her secret and terrifying health scares. what she calls a battle for her life. >> this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evenin the anticipation is most two years into an investigation that moved under a virtual airtight cloak of secrecy, impervious to political arrows. there's a growing belief the mueller report is all but complete. reporters and official washington soaking up every potential clue today, from images of robert mueller driving himself to work this morning, to the movements of the attorney general who by law will receive the report. weighing in tonight, the whe ring precipitated the investigation, james comey.
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our kristen welker has details. >> reporter: tonight, with expectations growing that special counsel robert mueller will soon submit his long-awaited report to attorney general william barr, all eyes are on the key players. barr spotted arriving at the white house for an unrelated meeting. mueller this morning seen driving himself to work. and now the president's legal team is preparing a counter report but has not yet decided whether to release it. the mueller investigation will answer the central question, did the trump campaign help the russians meddle in the 2016 election? in an op-ed today, former fbi director james comey, fired by mr. trump, said he has no idea what mueller will find, adding, i hope that mr. trump is not impeached and removed from office. a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup. just yesterday the president again unleashing a fiery defense. >> there was no collusion. there was no obstruction. there was no nothing.
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>> kristen joins us now from the w have been askingludeul final round of indictments? >> reporter: lester, people close to the president say they would actually be surprised if there were more indictments. still, there are other investigations happening besides mueller's, and as far as whether the report will be made public, well, that is up to the attorney general. but president trump said yesterday he thinks it should be released. lester? >> all right. kristen, thank you. president trump today making a dramatic move, breaking with decades of u.s. policy, saying in a tweet the u.s. should recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights, one of the most disputed territories in the world. nbc's andrea mitchell is in israel fors president's tweet coming just as secretary of state mike pompeo was visiting israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the prime minister elated. >> president trump has just made history. i called him. i thanked him on behalf of the people of israel.
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he did it again. >> reporter: the u.s. recognizing israel's sovereignty over the golan heights, captured by israel from syria in 1967, becoming a bigger threat in the last year as iranian-backed militants have infiltrated, firing rockets at israel below. president trump has been showering netanyahu with diplomatic gifts. moving the u.s. embassy to jerusalem and withdrawing from the iran nuclear deal. critics say he's freezing out the palestinians, giving netanyahu too much. tonight on "fox business," mr. trump denied he is trying to help netanyahu win re-election. >> i wouldn't even know about that. i wouldn't even know about that. i hao >> reporter: the president'vebe pop already her where netanyahu is facing a tough election. in a few days he'll get another gift, a white house visit. lester? >> andrea mitchell in israel, thank you. tonight a week after 50 people were massacred, the new zealand government has announced a ban on military-style
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semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. such firearms were used in a pair of mosque attacks in christchurch. the bill will be voted on by parliament next month. in the suburbs of houston this evening, there are new concerns about what's in the air after that raging inferno at a petrochemical plant. officials said the air was safe, then residents today were ordered to shelter inside. kerry sanders is there. >> reporter: for four days, local authorities and intercontinental terminals company insisted there were no health concerns as tanks at the itc chemical plant burned, creating an enormous plume of smoke. but today on day five, after the fire was extinguished and after repeated reassurances the air was safe, an emergency order. the city of deer park telling residents to shelter in place for hours. >> this ain't normal. >> reporter: with the tanks' tops burned away, attempts to trap cancer-causing benzene with a coat of foam failed, releasing the chemical's dangerous vapors. sandecosnt
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from her yard and had soot rain down on her property. the cdc says exposure can cause headaches, irregular heartbeats, drowsiness. you and the kids, any of that? >> no, no. we haven't yet, no. >> is that a fear? >> well, yeah. >> reporter: the epa has been monitoring air quality, using a specialized mobile app and from above in airplanes. >> we have not detected any hazardous conditions. they're continuous. >> reporter: today the owners of the plant apologizing once again. >> we will fix it, and we will make it right. i can't tell you an exact timeframe. >> reporter: but that's not enough for many residents. schools gun to sign up lawsuits. lester? with them for >> kerry sanders for us there tonight, thank you. tonight amid several federal investigations into the faa approval process for boeing's 737 max, we're learning that the two airliners that
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crashed killing everyone on board, did not have optional safety upgrades in the cockpit that boeing charges extra for. here's tom costello. >> reporter: the extra safety features were not standard on the 737 max, and neither lion air nor ethiopian air paid for the upgrade. they include an angle of attack indicator that reads two exterior sensors to tell pilots the angle of their plane. and a disagreement alert if those sensors provide conflicting information so the pilot can take action. but the basic 737 max computer relies on investigators in indonesia believe one faulty sensor fed bad data to the plane's computer, putting it into a nosedive. now boeing says that disagreement alert will become standard and included in the new software update. >> had the pilots had the aoa disagreement sensor and the training as to how to respond to a light on that sensor, they would have been able to manipulate their way out of the
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situation. >> reporter: meanwhile, most airlines do not have a simulator for max pilot training. but ethiopian airlines does. though the captain of the plane that crashed last week had reportedly not yet used it. the airline says he did complete boeing and faa max training and was briefed on avoiding a repeat of the indonesian crash. in the u.s., southwest airlines has the most maxes in its fleet. it's waiting on a simulator. the pilots union, known as swapa, wants more training before they fly the max again. >> swapa pilots are defense for our passengers and we're an impartial advocate for them. we won't fly an aircraft unless we feel it's safe. >> reporter: also tonight, the ntsb and french investigators are on the ground in ethiopia to help get an accurate readout on the black boxes. boeing promising to push through that software upgrade with safety enhancements in the coming weeks. but again, with so many investigations worldwide, lester, it is highly unlikely this plane flies for weeks if not months. lester?
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>> tom costello, thank you. in new york today a florida man pleaded guilty to mailing a series of pipe bombs to prominent critics of president trump as well as cnn. cesar sayoc was arrested in october after the explosive packages caused a panic shortly before the midterm elections. sayoc faces up to life in prison. now to an alarming new turn in the opioid epidemic after soaring overdoses from prescription pain meds, then heroin, now it's a synthetic opioid, fentanyl, on a rapid rise. the cdc reporting deaths from fentanyl have soared over 1,000% since 2011, taking 18,000 lives in african-americans suffering the most dramatic increase. our jacob soboroff is on the front lines in baltimore. >> reporter: it's only 11:00. we're on our way to our third overdose call in the last hour. >> what's your name, ma'am? >> reporter: a young woman in this park has been revived with
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naloxone, the overdose antidote. >> yes, i co! i don't want to go! >> reporter: dr. algandi said this is the third overdose he's treated this morning. >> i've been doing this for a while now. maybe 80% of the patients i see is an opioid overdose. >> reporter: 80%? >> at least. >> reporter: until now african-americans have not been so affected by the overdose epidemic. but today's report shows the african-american death rate from fentanyl has soared 141% every single year from 2011 through 2016. this synthetic opioid, 50 times more powerful than heroin, now flooding big cities like baltimore from the supply chain in mexico and china. william miller jr. used to deal drugs. >> that's how we give it away free. >> reporter: now deals you guys are on the street actively passing out something that helps people reverse an overdose? >> reverse overdose.
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we call it help saving a life. >> reporter: this community now fighting on the new front lines of the deadliest overdose epidemic in american history. jacob soboroff, nbc news, baltimore. in other health news tonight, the nation's largest pharmacy chain, cvs, is jumping into the popular market for products infused with cbd, an extract of cannabis that proponents see as a cure-all for aches and pains. but is there evidence they really work? with more here's nbc's kate snow. jumping on the cbd bandwagon. more than 800 stores in eight states selling creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions, and salves that contain the ingredient derived from hemp plants. >> we're going to walk slowly, but we think this is something the customers are going to be looking for as part of the health offering. >> reporter: cvs will not sell cbd supplements or food beauty products. cbd creams are wildly popular, sold everywhere from neiman marcus to sephora, claiming to improve skin or reduce inflammation.
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at cannabis massage in hermosa beach, california, customers pay $90 for a massage using cbd topical oil. >> they come in for pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety. and those are the things that cbd combats. >> reporter: though cbd comes from a type of cannabis plant, it does not induce a high. >> you just feel calm. it's like taking a big chill pill. >> reporter: but there's no scientific evidence yet proving it works, or if creams even get absorbed deep into the skin. >> just buyer beware. you know. wait -- know going into it that there is no evidence for it, but if you're going to walk out feeling better, i'm not going to say that's a terrible thing. but let's get the real evidence. >> reporter: scientific or not, a mainstream pharmacy is banking on the latest trend related to marijuana, and customers seem buzzed to try it. kate snow, nbc news, new york. if you were a tv watcher in the early '80s you might remember the ominous question, do you know where your children are?
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that was referring to a horrifying murder mystery in atlanta. black children were disappearing over and over again. tonight, officials announced they're going to review evidence in those cases. gabe gutierrez with the story. >> reporter: 40 years ago, the gruesome crime spree terrorized atlanta. >> do you know where your children are? >> reporter: at least 29 black children and young adults murdered, their bodies found in rtis he was a loving child. >> reporter: katherine leach bell's son curtis was just 13 years old when he went to the grocery store and never came home. when did you first start getting scared that he might be the next child? >> when i went looking for him. i couldn't find him. i was just crying and praying, lord, please don't let them have got my son. >> reporter: authorities attributed most of the child murders to wayne williams, though he was never charged, instead convicted of murdering two other adults. he denies killing anyone. do you think these
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kids have been forgotten? >> yes. >> reporter: today atlanta's mayor announced police will begin reviewing evidence using more advanced dna technology. >> we owe it to these families to make sure that we've done everything imaginable. >> reporter: this weekend a docuseries will premiere on "investigation discovery" questioning whether williams really was the killer. >> this is one of the great american tragedies. >> reporter: will packer is one of the executive producers. >> i'm also hopeful that people will see this and that the impact will be, we can never let this happen again.>> reporter: for katherine leach bell, a search that has lasted decades. justice for my child. >> reporter: now has a glimmer of hope. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. tonight, we are getting our first look plunge caught on camera. a high-wire stunt that turned terribly wrong. miguel almaguer has the dramatic scene. it can be tough to watch. >> reporter: the eight high-wire performers
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were halfway across the steel cable when it happened. plunging up to 40 feet down, 5 were injured. the newly released video captures luwanna wallenda toppling over, sending everyone crashing to the ground, where there was no safety net. tonight, the sheriff's department releasing video of the 2017 accident at circus sarasota for the first time. luwanna of the famed wallenda family spoke to nbc news. >> my mouth is wired shut.i broke every bone in promises they'll keep performing. despite this dramatic fall, tonight the show goes on. miguel almaguer, nbc news. as we continue tonight, the u.s. figure skating star accused of attacking a rival on the ice. then the "game of thrones" star revealing a terrifying health battle. a major milestone for an american icon. stay with us.
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next tonight, drama on the ice. an american figure skater accused by a south korean rival of
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injuring her with a skate blade during warmups at the world championships. now skating officials are pushing back. here's nbc's stephanie gosk with the story. >> reporter: when the music for her routine began, etiquette gave 22-year-old u.s. skater mariah bell the right-of-way on the ice. warming up during a practice session at the world championships in obtained by nbc news shows bell skating past 16-year-old lim team accused bell of deliberately hurting lim according to the international skating union which said in a statement, there is no evidence that miss bell intended any harm to miss lim. but according to a korean news article, lim's agency called the incident premeditated, adding that bell had been bullying lim for months, for some triggering memories of tonya harding whose husband planned an attack against her rival nancy kerrigan.
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but today, u.s. olympic skater adam rippon jumped to bell's defense. this article is clickbait. i've been to the rink multiple times and no one has been bullying anyone. what happened in the warmup was an accident. both skaters also share the same now dealing with skating'mo stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. up next, the "game of thrones" star who says she cheated death twice.
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all right. we're back now to tell you about that major health scare for a star of "game of thrones," which she calls a battle for her life. cheating death not once but twice. here's joe fryer. ♪ >> reporter: on the hbo show "game of thrones," she's known as the mother of dragons, but emilia clarke is revealing a real-life battle. in an essay in "the new yorker," clarke says she suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms. the first in 2011 when she was 24 started with a headache. the pain she says
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shooting, stabbing, constricting pain was getting worse. at some level i knew what was happening. my brain was damaged. after life-saving surgery, she initially struggled with her memory. i am an actor. >> reporter: but she did recover, returning to work for season 2 of "game of thrones" before needing surgery again a couple years later. brain aneurysms are most common in adults age 30 to 60 and are more common in women than men. ruptured aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. >> i thought i was going to die every day. so i just feel more aware of what -- of the smorgasbord of things that life has to offer you. >> reporter: today clarke says she's 100%, and as her hit show comes to a close, the actress is ready for her next adventure. joe fryer, nbc news. up next here tonight, the new era for an american classic. not on our streets.
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the bay area neighborhood tired of thieves using their street as a dumping ground for stolen cars. and if you )re looking to buy a home, start saving. the outrageous amount you )d need just for a down payment in the south bay...
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that )s next. in tonight's "snapshot," a big day for an iconic american fashion company that's managed to stay cool for over a century now. maybe it's in their jeans. here's gadi schwartz. on the trading floor that's usually suit and ties, a relaxed look on wall street as levi's strauss goes public. opening shares surging 32% to over $22. that's a lot more money than the 3 bucks it cost for the first pair of 501 jeans almost 150 years ago. these days 501s are still around, these cost about 60 bucks. for over a century, levi's have woven themselves into the fabric of american life. starting in 1873 when levi strauss came up with a riveting new way of working denim that took off in san francisco among the working class of the west. decades of advertising turning levi's into an icon. and soon no article of clothing said americana like blue
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jeans. maryn to michael j., embodying generations of youth. and who could forget the sisterhood of the traveling pants? the 2000s brought stiff competition from designer jeans. recently the company retooling their marketing with a more inclusive approach. >> authentic self-expression what is the levi's brand is all about. >> reporter: levi's now hoping for a public future with a modern take on its past. gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. >> everything old is new again. that's "nightly news." i'm lester holt. for all of us, thank right now at 6: an executive order prompted by the violent attack on the if a college or university doesn't allow you to speak, we will not give them money. it's very simple. >> right now at 6:00, an executive order prompted by the violent attack on the cal campus. ll you how a san
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fighting back. but first. >> no, i couldn't do that. >> the mind-blowing amount of cash it now takes for a down payment on the average home in san jose. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, and thanks for being with us, i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. just when you thought local numbers couldn't get any more outrageous, the newest numbers come out. it's how much you need to put down on a standard mortgage. >> scott budman joins us with discouraging news for people looking to buy a home. >> reporter: they'll have to think very big. conventional wisdom says we shouldn't put more than 30% of our monthly salary toward our monthly mortgage. but now zillow says if you want to do that and buy a typical home here in san jose you'll need a down payment of more than
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half a million dollars. it's expected to make housing prices soar even higher. on the kind of day that makes people want to live here in san


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