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thank you for watching. up next nbc nightly news with lester holt. we will see you back here tonight at 11:00. have a good evening. tonight, north korea vowing revenge, threatening the u.s. will pay dearly as the world forms an unprecedented united front, hitting kim jong-un's nuclear arm regime with a billion-dollar punishment. dramatic emergency rescues as flash floods and tornadoes strike from north to south. tossing cars like toys. firefighters save a driver trapped in raging waters. violent flight. new images from an american airlines jet. extreme turbulence tossing people throughout the cabin. isis island terror. we're on the front lines not in iraq or syria. in fact, not in the middle east at all. there's a new battleground in the fight. and targeting depression by using your own genes to find a treatment that works for you. doctors helping patients finally turn
a corner. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, it's nice to have you with us on this monday. with the world standing against him in a way that it hasn't before, north korea's unpredictable leader is lashing out at a new round of international sanctions that are now facing his country and threatening thousands-fold revenge against the united states. kim jong-un's bellicose statements are set against the backdrop of north korea's two recent test launches of ballistic missiles, including troubling activity beneath the ocean as the trump administration weighs a grave set of actions if diplomacy fails to halt north korea's actions. andrea mitchell with details. >> reporter: north koreans lining up to watch state-owned tv,
threatening the u.s. with a thousands' fold reverchlg for villainous sanctions, warning it's a mistake for americans to think they're safe. president trump talking for an hour to his secretary of state at an asian summit today. after rex tillerson delivered a message to north korea -- stop testing missiles, then we can negotiate. >> the best signal that north korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. >> reporter: north korea's shocking breakthrough in a test ten days ago. a missile able to reach as far as chicago has alarmed the world. that plus what u.s. officials call unusual and unprecedented submarine activity by north korea which hopes to develop sea-launch missiles, as well. producing a diplomatic win for the white house, a unanimous u.n. vote for a billion dollars in sanctions against kim jong-un. both china and russia voting yes. in washington, talk of the potential need to plan for military options. >> there's nothing like the threat of a
ballistic missile landing on your homeland to claire grify your thinking. the united states has to take prudent military planning into account. >> reporter: while at the asia summit, tillerson warning russia's foreign minister the election hacking has seriously damaged relations. >> this had created serious mistrust between our two countries. >> reporter: vladimir putin spear fishing in siberia does not appear to be worried. in separate meegsz with russia and china -- meetings with russia and china at the summit, the secretary of state pressing them to enforce the sanctions instead of cheating, to avoid a military conflict all sides agree would be catastrophic. >> andrea mitchell in washington. thanks. to another big story -- violent weather striking across the country from the south all the way up through the northeast. nearly 40 million people under flash flood watches today. dramatic images out of texas. emergency workers racing to rescue a man trapped by the rushing waters. and tonight the talent is far from over.
nbc's anne thompson has the latest. >> reporter: destruction in salisbury, maryland. evidence of what witnesses say was a possible tornado in the eastern shores' largest city. a storm with ferocious winds flipping cars and closing streets. but so far no injuries among the 30,000 residents. >> ooh, ooh! >> reporter: all part of a dangerous day of weather across the country. [ thunder ] >> oh [ bleep ]! did i get that? >> reporter: lightning strikes and more than three inches of rain made a morning drive a heart stopping experience on san antonio's highway 151. >> you could see the headlights of the truck. as you can see now, water's already above the hood. >> reporter: the low-lying roadway flooded leading a man to the top of his suv. to reach him, firemen extended a ladder truck and hand carried another ladder to cover the gap, finally rescuing the motorist. >> it was very
difficult, as y'all could tell from what we were doing. >> reporter: residents in new orleans spent the day recovering after up to ten inches of rain fell this weekend, overwhelming the city's pumps and flooding streets. officials confirm three tornadoes in tulsa sunday. the most serious injuring 30 people. a series of sudden summer storms reminding us of the frightening power of nature. anne thompson, nbc news. now to the intense manhunt for a police officer's suspected killer. investigators in missouri believe the man is on the run tonight after fatally gunning down a rookie cop during a traffic stop. nbc's blake mccoy has the latest. >> reporter: an urgent manhunt tonight in missouri to find an accused cop killer. 39-year-old ian mccarthy has been on the run since opening fire last night on a police officer who pulled him over for a traffic violation. >> shots fired. officer down. officer down. get an ambulance here immediately. >> reporter: police say officer gary michael of clinton,
missouri, returned fire, but mccarthy got away. >> his instinct was to return fire when he was struck. and you know, it just shows that he was heroic to the end. >> reporter: officer michael joined the force last year. his brother says he had never been happier and was buying a new house with his wife, cindy. >> one man's bad decision, and our family member that we love so much was standing in the way of that decision. >> reporter: clinton, missouri, is about an hour outside kansas city. nearby communities tonight are on high alert. >> the search for the suspect intensifies. >> reporter: authorities spent the day searching mccarthy's home and say he has a criminal history that includes possession of a dangerous weapon, reckless and disorderly conduct and first-degree assault. he has an arrest warrant in new hampshire and is now charged with first-degree murder. tonight as a family grieves -- >> he's my hero today. yeah. he was a hero to other
people. man, he had a lot of love. >> reporter: the desperate search to find this man considered armed and dangerous. blake mccoy, nbc news. tonight the u.s. marine corps is considering a temporary standdown of flight operations to refocus all military pilots and crews on training following a series of accidents involving military aircraft. the most recent tragedy this weekend off the coast of australia. today officials there said the wreckage of a u.s. osprey has been found in the water after it crashed saturday. the military has declared three marines missing after the crash deceased. tonight we're getting a look on board after extreme turbulence rocked an american airlines flight so strong that it tossed people in the cabin. it sent cans and bottles flying and passengers and crew members to the hospital. tom costello has the high drama. >> reporter: the turbulence on american flight 759 was so severe, even the fly crew was caught
offguard. >> really apologize for the unexpected bumpiness. >> reporter: the aftermath captured in these photographs. splattered coffee on the ceiling and overhead bins. the aisles littered with cans, wine bottle, spilled juice, and soda. in all, ten people were injured. thrown about the cabin. >> there was more than a second or two where i did think the plane might go down. the thought that went in my mind is when a plane goes down, this is what it feels like. >> the cabin to make an assessment -- >> reporter: flying from athens to philadelphia, the plane was only 30 minutes from landing when it suddenly hit a pocket of violently unstable air. >> for all the chaos and debris in the cabin, i think the flight crew at the back had it a lot worse. >> reporter: clear air turbulence is extremely difficult to predict, and reports of turbulence-related injuries are on the rise. in may, 27 were severely injured on a flight from moscow to bangk bangkok. in june, passengers in houston were carried off on stretchers. some researchers
believe climate change is a factor, causing the jet stream to shift dramatically. an unpredictable force of nature in the final weeks of the summer travel season. tom costello, nbc news, washington. police are searching for suspects in a pair of separate disturbing road-rage incidents. in texas, authorities are looking for a man caught on camera pointing a gun at another driver. in ohio, a child is hospitalized after someone opened fire on the car he was in, wounding him in the head. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the details. >> reporter: tonight police in lancaster, texas, have identified a possible suspect who investigators say pointed a gun at a passing car. driving on i-35 near dallas, the woman who recorded the video denies provoking the man but said he appeared to think she was tailgating. in nearby arlington, witnesses came forward and identified a man police say fired this gun five times into the air, angry after a woman blared her horn at hem. >> ems just got a call
for a 4-year-old shot. >> reporter: in ohio overnight, cleveland police say a 4-year-old boy was shot in the head after his mother honked at another car. north of los angeles, this confrontation -- a motorcyclist kicking a car on a busy freeway, leading to a chain-reaction crash. according to a trip triple-a study, 90% of people have experienced violence behind the wheel, and eight million have engaged in an extreme incident of road rage including ramming a car or confronting another driver. one of the reasons -- >> as the economy improves, we have more drivers on the road. obviously more traffic, can be stressful for drivers. >> reporter: to put the brakes on road rage, arlington police recently started their own campaign following the shooting death of 19-year-old dylan spade. >> we're seeing more cases involving firearms, either displaying them or brandsishing them. >> reporter: why do you think that is? >> we don't know. >> reporter: marked and unmarked cruisers watch for unnecessary
honking, tailgate, and aggressive hand gestures. the department has issued almost 700 citations in just six weeks as it tries to prevent another deadly outburst on the road. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, arlington, texas. this evening, federal investigators are still trying to determine if a weekend blast at a minnesota mosque was a hate crime. the explosion happened on saturday at the islamic center in bloomington outside minneapolis. it shattered windows and damaged the imam's office. no one was hurt. the governor is calling it an act of terrorism as the fbi works to identify who could be behind it. overseas now. nbc news is on the front lines of a new battleground in the fight against isis. it has moved beyond the middle east to the philippines where militants have taken control of a city under a reign of terror, and american forces are among those trying to help get it back. nbc's bill neely has a rare look inside the fight.
[ gunfire ] >> reporter: it could be the middle east, a city under siege, under isis rule, and under ferocious air strikes. this isn't iraq or syria. it's marawi in the philippines, and isis captured it three months ago. in spite of these air strikes and attacks by 3,000 troops with american help, isis still holds this city. american spy planes and special forces helping an army in trouble. the main danger here is from isis snipers. and they're just across that bridge. they've killed more than 100 of these soldiers. it really is street by street and house by house? >> house by house, street by street, we have to push them. >> reporter: local islamists took the city. dozens still dug in. >> their snipers are very good.
they do head shot all the time. >> reporter: they make grisly videos, destroy churches, behead hostages. their leaders trained in the middle east, says this former militant. in saudi arabia, 12 men have been train thursday to make bombs? -- trained there to make bombs? >> yeah. >> reporter: the danger here, is isis using this as a springboard into asia opening a totally new battleground as it loses ground in the middle east. tonight rex tillerson pledged more help to philippines' president duterte to fight isis. more planes and drones. isis is holding hostages here and holding out a dark warning to the world. bill neely, nbc news, the philippines. still ahead as we continue tonight, new hope for fighting depression. the breakthrough that doctors are using to personalize treatments. also, superstar taylor swift in court today.
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report, here's more. >> reporter: mother of three sarah ellis will never forget her darkest days battling depression. >> i was at several points like this is it, i can't do this anymore. >> reporter: she tried anti-depressants, more than a dozen. attempting to stay on each for the six-week trial doctors recommend. the side effects were debilitating. >> i was very sluggish, very fatigued. my sleep was disordered. >> reporter: like so many battling depression, years passed, trying drug after drug. >> that particular drug -- >> reporter: until dr. matthew stanley recommended a genetic test to see why her body wasn't responding. >> it can tell me if you're going to have difficulty with metabolizing a drug i might prescribe. >> reporter: avera institute for human genetics in sioux falls, south dakota, is among those at the cutting edge of pharacogenomics, looking at how genetics influence the
way we process medications. >> we'll hone in and look at the medications. maybe it's four to six that are more effective to you. >> reporter: the test costs $179 and is often covered by insurance. >> one anti-depressants -- >> reporter: sarah found her genetics made her overly sensitive to many of the newer medications, so dr. stanley prescribed an older class of anti-depressants and experimented with lower doses. >> it gave me hope. it gave me the will to keep fighting. >> reporter: in depression patients, that can be lifesaving. finally, sarah found the right combination and is now the mom she wants to be. >> come on, buddy. >> reporter: thanks to a new field of medicine with a very personal touch. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, sioux falls, south dakota. and there's more to tell you about here tonight. coming up next, the emotional return of something lost but emotional return of something lost but found again for when you're close to the people you love, does psoriasis ever get in the way of a touching moment? if you have moderate to severe psoriasis, you can embrace
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hannah's stomach. one she can't bike or live without. >> a lot of people don't have any clue. they don't have any idea what she's been through. >> reporter: diagnosed with a growth disorder, then mitochondrial disease, hannah was 9 years old when doctors thought she'd live only a few months. she'd sleep 20 hours a day, but her mom wanted to get her moving. >> there's times in life where you don't get a second chance, you know. >> reporter: hannah's second chance has been the ride of her life. the girl who was bullied for that ever-present backpack would soon be getting medals and sponsorship deals. her eyes fix on the olympics. what emotion would you say you feel the most? >> i'd say freedom. freedom would definitely be it. >> her head overrides what her body says she's capable of doing. >> her mind becomes beast mode, and she just doesn't give up. >> reporter: between races, hannah talks to others with growth disorders about her journey. >> everybody has a place in life. you just have to choose to take the road. >> reporter: even when it's a rough one.
katy beck, nbc news, tulsa, oklahoma. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nbc nightly news" for this monday night. i'm lester holt. . surprise celebrity split. why chris pratt and anna fairs are pulling the prug on their eight-year marriage. who went wrong? >> this is the coolest couple right here in hollywood. >> headed for a $50 million divorce. did his movie superstardom play a roll? her confessions about the
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