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last wind event. we'll see you at 6:00. up next is lester holt with nightly news. >> good night. breaking news tonight, the dangerous new fire emergency. the fast-moving inferno erupting in los angeles homes destroyed in minutes. flames threatening multimillion houses now evacuations, thousands are fleeing among them nba super star lebron james. the country's busiest highway gridlocked with families trying >> we knew we had to evacuate but had no idea where to go. >> in northern california 200,000 evacuated. we're on the front line of the fight. the rave that killed the most-wanted terrorist. dramatic new details the secret informant in the isis leader's inner circle driven by revenge. the source stealing al
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baghdadi's underwear and a blood sample to match dna and the hero military dog injured in the take down the newly declassified photo. what we learned about the dog's condition. the downfall of a rising democratic star. the congress woman resigning after accusations of an affair with a staffer she said she's the victim of abuse. and revenge porn the case of a college student leaping to his death on graduation day his girlfriend charged in his suicide. the cruel text messages authorities say she sent him. the gender reveal party gone horribly wrong the explosive accident that left a grandmother dead have these stunts gone too far? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. these stunts gone good evening, everyone a statewide emergency is in effect across several areas of california tonight leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced. dangerous winds have fanned flames in wine country for days and early this morning, fire ripped across hillside homes on the west side of los angeles.
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a lot of residents awakened from their sleep and ordered to get out fast predawn commuters watching in horror as flames crept close to one of the busiest highways in the nation national correspondent miguel almaguer is there. >> reporter: before sunrise, fire exploded across the hills of southern california a blow torch in the mountains as a wall of flames tore into hillside neighborhoods. on this block alone, several homes incinerated in minutes. a miracle firefighters say everyone got out alive. >> just looks like the sky is burning, so i was full blown panicking. >> reporter: erupting near the getti center, the fire threatened much of west l.a. forcing 20,000 people from their homes, including this exclusive community of brentwood. >> a lot more agencies in here to protect this community. >> reporter: with multi
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million-dollar homes nestled in these hills, the inferno spread as many were sleeping. >> probably the last time i'm going to see this neighborhood. >> reporter: investigators are looking at electrical equipment as a potential cause for the blaze that sprea to the edge of the 405 creating chaos and gridlock on the nation's busiest interstate. >> oh my god. >> reporter: with 10,000 homes threatened, among those forced to evacuate, nba super star lebron james, actress kate hudson and former governor arnold schwarzenegger. one refused to leave fighting the flames to the end. >> if you're in the mandatory evacuation zone and still there watching this, you're an idiot get the hell out. >> reporter: with smoke choking the region -- >> you have several hundred teenage kids that have no way of getting out. >> reporter: -- students at mount st. mary's were rattled out of bed. >> i woke up at like 2:00 i was banging on the door my suite mate, we
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grabbed everything and walked out and the whole sky was red. >> reporter: nearby frightening moments as 75 retired nuns sheltered in place with little containment and more than 1,000 firefighters on the frontlines, crews ar facing an uphill battle. >> the wind here is really whipping out of control and hampering the fight fight house to house crews are having a tough time keeping water on the roof losing home after home. >> reporter: it took aerial assaults to beat back the flames a steady drop of retardant and water as some took in the view of southern california like they have never seen before tonight the front lines of a grim reality, fire season is just starting to explode. >> miguel, you covered a lot of these fires in the past what stands out about this one to you >> reporter: lester, it's the speed and intensity we never seen them move so fast before that's our new
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reality. we should point out the mayor held a press conference and said it's going to be too dangerous to repopulate the area. people have to stay out for the next few days good news the 405 has now reopened lester >> yeah, this isn't over yet, miguel, thank you. more than 400 miles away in northern california tonight firefighters are trying to gain control of another massive fire raging for four days and five nights gadi schwartz is on the battle lines. >> reporter: the fire the largest in the state doubling, the blaze larger than boston. >> it's hard to get ahead of the fire because behind the fire we have all these homes we need to be protecting. >> reporter: today a break in the wind, firefighters flooding the front lines still struggling to protect homes. >> we saw this fire pop up within the last few minutes. this is the first time the firefighters are actually putting water on it. we have helicopters above that are also making water drops here, but the big concern is these two, three other houses down the way.
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>> reporter: the frantic scramble playing over the region sparking new fires >> oh, my god. >> embers were falling and we were fighting off on both sides looks like we held it off just in time for this and the firefighters to come. >> reporter: after a weekend of hurricane-force wind gusts fanning the flames, frank is still wearing his melted boots he shows us what is left of his 1,000-acre ranch. >> you couldn't have stopped it with 100 fire trucks that night. >> reporter: among the 200,000 evacuees, growing frustration. >> it was rough sleeping out here last night. >> reporter: so far over 100 homes like this have burned and power is shut off to millions of people in an effort to prevent fires from happening in high winds. meanwhile, investigators are looking into reports that a pg&e equipment problem happened in the same area as where this fire started. lester >> gadi schwartz in northern california tonight, thanks. now to a stunning new detail or new details of the death of the world's most-wanted terrorist killed in
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syria this weekend in a raid by u.s. commandos. richard engel reports inside syria on the big assist the americans got to track down the leader of isis. >> reporter: this rubble is all that's left of isis leader abu bakr al-baghdadi's last hide out. as of tonight, we're learning about the spy story that led u.s. troops to compound the commander in syria general said they had an informant in al-baghdadi's inner circle why was he doing this? he said his relatives faced very harsh treatment from isis and wanted revenge from isis and baghdadi but baghdadi was not an easy target. the general used no communication equipment and trusted only a small circle of people including the informant, passing information to the kurds who passed it to the cia. he was we can say a personal security official for baghdadi
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the informant, the general said, tracke baghdadi for five months providing a floor plan he'd memorized of baghdadi's last hideout, the number of guards, locations of tunnels and stealing a pair of baghdadi's used underwear and a sample of blood to prove to the cia the source had the access he claimed. so far, president trump has been down playing the kurds' role. >> they gave us some information that turned out to be helpful. >> reporter: the pentagon has video of the raid and may release it soon. it began with eight helicopters taking off from a base in iraq. delta force come man dos on point flying low across syria blowing a hole in the wall of the compound sending in dogs during the fire fight, baghdadi hid in a tunnel with no way out as u.s. troops moved in, al baghdadi's suicide vest detonated and that tunnel collapsed. >> he died after running into a dead end tunnel
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whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. >> reporter: president trump is being praised for the raid. >> he was a sick and depraved man and now he's dead. trump >> reporter: abu bakr al-baghdadi founded isis which at its peak controlled large parts of iraq and syria. it killed hundreds in terrorist attacks and killed and abused western hostages including american aid worker kayla mueller. the mission to kill al-baghdadi was named after her. her mother overnight. >> that made me cry. gosh, what a gift for kayla and for us it also lets us know that this administration did not forget about kayla. >> richard joining us from syria. richard, what are we learning about what happened to that secret source? >> reporter: lester, it's hard to imagine how dangerous it was for this informant providing intelligence on all of
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all people the isis leader the general says he was working right to the end. he was at the compound when the raid took place and left with american special ops lester >> richard, thank you. there is breaking news in the impeachment investigation with house democrats planning their first formal vote and a path for ward later this week. peter alexander has the latest. >> reporter: president trump tonight defending his decision not to notify top democrats before the al baghdadi raid fuming about the impeachment inquiry. >> they were talking about why didn't i give the information to adam schiff and his committee? and the answer is because i think adam schiff is the biggest leaker in washington. >> reporter: presidents typically alert congressional leaders regardless of their party when a major the answer is because i think adam schiff is the biggest military operation takes place. but on sunday the president suggested without evidence house speaker nancy pelosi could not be trusted with national security secrets it comes as house democrats announce they will vote on a resolution outlining the path forward and their investigation but not the vote on impeachment that republicans had
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demandedpeac today charles kupperman defied a subpoena to testify waiting for a federal judge to decide whether he has to show up >> this is the deeply regrettable. he was compelled to appear by a lawful congressional subpoena >> reporter: democrats argue the president's efforts to block key witnesses only bolster their case for impeachment. but president trump again today said democrats have no case, urging republicans to change their defense. >> i'd rather go into the details of the case rather than process. process is good, but i think you ought to look at the case. >> reporter: the president overnight getting an earful from a sell-out world series crowd at the nation's capital where over 90% of the voters voted for hillary clinton in 2016 some chanting lock him up late tonight adam schiff announced that part of the democrats' resolution would be to set up the first
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public hearings in their impeachment inquiry. it comes after republicans blasted democrats for holding those sessions behind closed doors. lester >> all right peter alexander, thanks. tonight the emotional message from a california congresswoman resigning after an alleged affair with a staffer. democrat katie hill speaking out and accusing her estranged husband of spreading revenge porn here is nbc's jeff bennett. >> reporter: a dramatic downfall for a freshman lawmaker once seen as a rising star in the democratic party elected to congress as part of the 2018 blue wave, california congresswoman katie hill set to resign. >> i will not allow myself to be a distraction. >> reporter: hill making the announcement after the house ethics committee said it would look into allegations she had a sexual relationship with one of her congressional staffers hill who identifies as bisexual denies the claim but admits she did have a relationship with a female staffer of her
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campaign, which she called consensual but inappropriate. >> i never claimed to be perfect, but i never thought my imperfections would be weaponized and used to destroy me and the community i've loved. >> reporter: tabloids publishing nude pictures of hill and the campaign staffer online >> some call this electric assault, digital exploitation and some call it revenge porn never thought my hill blames blit political operativese call thi electric assault, digital exploitation and some call it enabling around perpetuating her husband's abuse by providing him a platform is disgusting and unforgivable. >> reporter: her husband's attorney did not respond to nbc's request for comment. hill the first female member of congress to resign in the me too era. >> i'm so incredibly sorry. >> reporter: katie hill stepping down and vowing to take up the fight against online exploitation lester. >> jeff bennett, thanks. news about the deadly shooting at a homecoming party in texas police arresting a suspect for the rampage that left two dead and 12 others injured near texas a&m university commerce police say they don't know the
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motive at this time. and a disturbing case in massachusetts, a former boston college student charged with involuntary manslaughter after authorities say she drove her boyfriend to suicide nbc's stephanie gosk on what she was texting him. >> reporter: massachusetts prosecutors say texting him. >> reporter: massachusetts prosecutors say former a former boston college student repeatedly sent the same messages to her boyfriend alexander, go kill yourself and go die. >> she was aware of his spiraling depression and suicidal thoughts brought on by her abuse, yet, she persisted continuing to encourage him to take his own life. >> reporter: on the morning of his graduation according to the d.a., yu tracked his phone to a parking garage where the college senior took his own life. >> she went to the garage and in fact, was present when he jumped to his death. >> reporter: yu who is at home in south korea is charged with involuntarily manslaughter prosecutors say family and friends knew she abused urtula
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physically and psychological, including 75,000 texts shared between the couple in the two months leading up to urtula's suicide averaging more than 1,200 a day. the case reminding many of michelle carter serving a 15-month sentence for urging her boyfriend conrad roy to take his life convincing him to return to a carbon monoxide-filled car even though he was rethinking suicide. his sister's tearful plea for a tough sentence >> not a day goes by without him being my first thought waking up and last thought going to bed. >> reporter: the d.a. acknowledged there are similarities in the cases hoping yu will voluntarily return from south korea to face the charges. if not, authorities will pursue extradition. stephanie gosk, nbc news new york. one of the biggest names behind the scenes in hollywood has died robert evans who produced classics like the "godfather,"
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and "china town," was as colorful as some of his films rising from a job in the family clothing business to become one of the most powerful figures in hollywood. robert evans was 89 years old. former senator kay hagan of north carolina has died a former bank executive she became the state's first female democratic senator serving one term former president obama calling her a terrific public servant eager to find common ground hagan died of encephalitis caused by a rare virus from ticks. kay hagan was 66 years old. just ahead tonight the new warnings after a family's gender reveal celebration turns tragic a grandmother killed have these stunts gone too far? also, what in the world? the dramatic scene, a city bus swallowed by the road during rush hour what we're learning about the hero dog who chased down the most-wanted
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now the celebration that went horribly wrong. gender reveal videos are popular on social media, but one family's party took a tragic turn that left a grandmother dead here is blayne alexander. is blayne alexander. >> it's a colorful way to make the big announcement. . >> reporter: it's a colorful way to make the big announcement -- boy or girl but as these gender reveals become more popular, they're also becoming more outlandish and sometimes dangerous.metimes dangerous. this weekend, a this weekend, a 56-year-old used gun powder and was killed at a gender reveal in iowa the family was trying to make the announcement with color powder but officials say they used gun powder and metal tubing to set up the surprise inadvertently creating a pipe bomb. >> it blew apart and one of the pieces unfortunately hit the victim and caused death. >> reporter: in 2017, an arizona man shooting at a powder-filled target sparked the saw mill wildfire burning 47,000 acres
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costing millions in damage and this reveal of a baby boy sent passengers scrambling to safety. >> there is plenty of other methods to do this the volatility of any type of explosive device is just -- it's not worth it. >> reporter: an important reminder to prevent a joyous moment from turning tragic blayne alexander, nbc news. an american hero in the daring raid on the top terrorist. do you have concerns about mild memory loss related to aging?
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finally the world series play that everyone's talking about. a great stop in the stands steve patterson now with the play-by-play. >> reporter: in a world series, showcasing the best athletes in baseball making some of the game's biggest plays, one show stealing highlight is likely to go down as the most legendary moment of this year's fall classic >> i think he had a beer in each hand and let the ball hit him right in the chest or gut. >> reporter: that's washington national's fan jeff adams making a split-second
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harrowing decision to body block the 107 mile per hour bullet into the stands preserving every precious swig of the budlights he was double fisting the moment instantly viral because at $12 a pop, who could blame him? and bud light dubbing him a hero a champion of the every man willing to take a hit all for the delicious satisfaction of a cold brew steve . right now at 6:00, get ready for another round of outages. pg&e revealing when it will cut off power for a third time in less than a week. plus smoky skies, the problems for air quality causing problems across the bay area. there is progress across the fire lines but more danger lies ahead. we're live in sonoma county. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for being with us on this monday. >> a positive sign amid the
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destruction. within the past few hours the sheriff lifted an evacuation order for the western part of sonoma county. >> we are expecting an update from cal fire in about 30 minutes, but here are the fun hads we're working with right now. the kincade fire has burned more than 66,000 acres. that's more than 100 square miles, twice the size of san francisco. at least 112 structures are damaged or destroyed. 40 of them are homes. 80,000 structures are still threatened. containment is at 5%. as we mentioned people living in the western part sonoma county are allowed to go home including guerneville and bodega bay. >> we have teams covering the fire and smoke. let's begin with tom jen son who joins us live in windsor. >> reporter: we're just outside windsor in in

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