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breaking news tonight, donald trump's furious tirade as a number of women accuse him of sexual assault. >> they're pure fiction, and they're outright lies. >> trump lashing out him, as michelle obama declares enough is enough. >> it has shaken me to my core in a way that i couldn't have predicted. >> the first lady like we've never heard her before. america strikes back after iranian-backed rebels open fire on a u.s. destroyer, an alarming provocation. exploding danger, we go inside the lab exploring what can happen to cell phones when they're overcharged.
for an american legend as the poet laureate of rock makes history. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, facing a host of women accusing him of unwanted physical contact, donald trump launched into an angry tirade today, lashing out at his accusers, the media, the what he calls a conspiracy to undermine the will of the voters. after saying in sunday's debate he's not done the lewd things to women that he described in that infamous audio recording, several women have stepped forward to say he, in fact, had, to them. adding further turmoil to his troubled campaign. nbc's katy tur joins us from philadelphia with the latest. katy, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester.
of behavior that he bragged about both in private and on howard stern. now he's pointing to a vast clinton machine that's working behind the scenes to keep him from office. donald trump is going nuclear. >> these claims are all fabricated. they're pure fiction and they're outright lies. >> reporter: facing down his accusers with an angry denial. >> we already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies. and it will be made public in an appropriate way. coming out to say trump behaved inappropriately, groping, kissing, or forcing himself on them. accusations nbc news has not been able to independently verify. with no clue what could come next, trump is accusing the media, the democrats and the establishment of working together to tear the country down. >> this is a conspiracy against you the american people
>> reporter: a vision of social apocalypse that starts with hillary clinton in the white house. >> anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe, and morally deformed. >> reporter: trump is in full crisis mode. as confidants like newt gingrich and chris christie distance them. daughter ivanka avoided reporters, descri p >> reporter: today the republican leadership is silent, "time" magazine is calling it a total meltdown. >> he just appears to me to be a candidate that has come completely unhinged. he's somebody that seems to have lost his grip on reality, which is that this campaign is improceloding. >> reporter: a new poll shows trump isn't teflon, down five points in north carolina, and now tied with clinton in ohio. this, as sources tell
virginia. trump's path to washington is narrowing, as more accusers threaten to come forward. katy tur, nbc news, philadelphia. >> reporter: i'm hallie jackson in cincinnati. donald trump's accusers all say he did what he's bragged about before. >> when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. you can do anything. >> so when he started putting his hand up my skirt, that was that was it. i was out of there. >> reporter: jessica leeds tells "the new york times" trump groped her on an airplane more than three decades ago. >> he was like an octopus, with six arms. he was all over the place. >> reporter: more recently after the taping of access hollywood, a show owned by nbc universal, also said this. >> i'm automatically attracted to beautiful
>> reporter: natasha stoynoff describes trump forcing his tongue down her throat during an interview. while melania was upstairs. and then there's temple tag art who says trump kissed her without asking twice. >> yeah t made me feel comfortable. definitely made me feel uncomfortable, but i shoed it off and went along. you know. >> reporter: trump's campaign says that isn't true. trump himself denying all the which nbc has not independently verified. >> these claims are all fabricated. they're pure fiction and they're outright lies. >> reporter: trump taking aim at his accusers like the "people" magazine writer. >> look at her, look at her words. you tell me what you think. i don't think so. >> reporter: some supporters like in his evangelical base, still back trump. >> back in the primaries, that wouldn't have been my pick. but that's what i'm given now.
hickey who's never voted for a democrat, will this year. >> the fact that republicans and even evangelical christians can still stand behind him when he's so clearly not a good man, much less a godly man, is just beyond me. >> reporter: trump and his campaign are now demanding "the new york times" retract its article. the newspaper today says it won't. all but daring trump to take it to court. >> reporte >> hallie jackson, thanks. we heard from first lady michelle obama, campaigning for hillary clinton in new hampshire and condemning trump's commepts about women in a raw and powerful takedown, declaring, enough is enough. we get her message tonight from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: the first lady speaking with emotion and moral outrage about donald trump's language on that tape. >> i have to tell you
it has shaken me to my core in a way that i couldn't have predicted. >> reporter: michelle obama pointedly refusing to use trump's name. >> and i can't believe that i'm saying that a candidate for president of the united states has bragged about sexually assaulting women. >> reporter: perhaps the toughest political attack from a first lady. >> it wasn't just locker room banter. this was a powerful individual speaking freely and predatory behavior. >> reporter: mrs. obama exposing an anger rare and personal. >> the shameful comment about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is cruel. it's frightening. and the truth is, it hurts. >> reporter: a case
>> here we are 2016, and we're hearing these exact same things every day on the campaign trail. we are drowning in it. >> now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough. this has got to stop right now. to dismiss this as everyday locker room >> reporter: as she was at the democratic convention, michelle obama once again, hillary clinton's most powerful advocate. >> i'm with her. >> reporter: especially with millenials. >> i think she's the best messenger you can have for this, and she put it in such personal terms. >> reporter: hillary clinton has struggled to make that connection with millenials, tweeting tonight to michelle obama, i'm in awe. thanks for putting into words what's ino many of our hearts.
surrounding trump grows, campaign sources say it's narrowing its focus on ohio, north carolina, florida, and pennsylvania, which is one of the states where there are now concerns about the machines voters will cast their ballots on should there be a very close vote. nbc news senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden explains. >> hello, pittsburgh! >> we love the state of pennsylvania. >> reporter: polling critical to this year's election. >> both the trump campaign and the clinton campaign know, if donald trump wins pennsylvania, he's almost certainly going to be the next president of the united states. >> reporter: clinton is currently leading in the state, but donald trump has not given up. campaigning there this week thea a massive rally. >> we have to make sure this election is not stolen from us and is not taken away from us. >> reporter: the seeds of doubt he started spreading this summer,
fraud. >> the only way we can lose pennsylvania is if cheating goes on. >> reporter: experts say large-scale fraud is unlikely. but if there are claims of cheating or other irregularities in pennsylvania, that could be a big problem. because pennsylvania is one of 15 states that uses some electronic voting machines, without a paper record of the vote. which means if challenges are raised, there's no way to do a recount by hand. >> ink negligence for a secretary of state anywhere in the country now not to have a paper trail for their votes, not to have some backup system. >> reporter: marian sh snyder is in charge of pennsylvania voting. she says she's not been told of any specific threat by homeland security. >> if donald trump does raise concerns about the vote in pennsylvania, what are you gonna do? you can't go back and recount in two-thirds of the state. >> i think that he
some evidence. i think that those concerns would be unfounded. because the risk of that happening is very low, as i've described. >> reporter: is that a satisfactory answer to you? these machines need to be swapped out at some point, don't they? >> there's a lot of legacy systems in use in the united states, and they will all probably reach the end of their useful life at about the same time. that's why we need to invest in the so i still think that voters can have confidence in the outcome of the election. >> that's not what she said to the private lawyer a decade ago, when she sued the state of pennsylvania on behalf of a group of citizens, claiming machines without paper backup, violated the pennsylvania constitution. the pennsylvania supreme court disagreed. >> at the risk of being gloomy and doomy, if you end up in a close election and you have a jurisdiction where there is no paper ballot of record, what
going to count that jurisdiction? i don't think that's going to go over very well. >> reporter: no one would disagree about that. 60 cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, harrisburg, pennsylvania. in north carolina tonight, a state of emergency remains in place, the threat of more massive flooding will peak over the next 24 hours. officials fear thousands of homes have already been damaged as the death toll in the state has risen to 22. nbc's miguel almaguer is in the >> reporter: tonight as north carolina's tar river rises, so does the threat of catastrophic flooding. showing us a community under water, losing more ground every hour. >> get in there. >> reporter: in griston, bobby bowen lends a hand as his home is threatened. sandy langston leaves her dogs on dry ground. >> if the water keeps rising, i'm coming
believed to be water logged, the next wave of destruction is coming. hurricane matthew's deluge is pouring downstream. alice suggs expects to lose her home by tomorrow. >> the water's coming. >> i'll lose everything. >> reporter: the governor said it will crest by tomorrow, but when the water recedes, the clean-up will just begin. miguel almaguer, nbc news, along river in north carolina. over seas now to a dangerous escalation between the u.s. and iranian-backed rebels in yemen. the military launching a counterattack after a pair of incidents this week in which missiles were fired at u.s. navy ships in international waters. >> reporter: a u.s. strike came at 4:00 a.m. tomahawk cruise missiles launched at
afterward showing the impact. retaliation after iranian-backed rebels unsuccessfully fired missiles twice within four days at a united states destroyer in international waters. >> what's to prevent this from becoming a tit for tat situation? >> reporter: all in a part of the world where u.s. ships face real danger. 16 years ago, the uss cole was bombed while it was refueling in yemen. 17 american sailors, resurgent iran. >> we see tehran pushing all around the middle east and we have to be responsive. >> reporter: the question u.s. officials are asking, will the rebels seek to provoke the nafery and its ships of war yet again and drag america deeper into their conflict? still ahead, the new headache for owners of samsung phones. in a look inside a testing lab, a
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test going. let's hit it. >> do you see the flames there? >> all this from a small phone battery. >> did you ever realize you had that much energy in your pocket? >> reporter: then comes the over-charging test. >> we're deliberately overcharging this battery, which is something you can do if you use the wrong chargeer. >> reporter: this is the reported cause of many samsung phone fires. within minutes, you can see the heat and and then -- >> that frightened me and i knew it was coming. >> reporter: watch it again in slow motion. powerful explosion and fireball. >> this is a rare occurrence. remember, we overcharged that battery on purpose. >> reporter: what should consumers do to avoid that happening. >> use the proper charger with that battery and charge it in an open area. >> reporter: simple tips to prevent this
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finally tonight, he's won several grammys, an academy award and the presidential medal of freedom. but for a singer called the voice of a generation, this one came as a surprise. bob dylan was awarded the nobel prize for literature. the first musician to win it in the price's history. here's harry ? ? like a rolling stone ? >> reporter: the announcement that bob dylan was awarded the nobel prize in literature, touched a nerve on the internet. there was celebration. president obama, congratulations to one of my favorite poets. >> and jody picoult tweeted, i'm happy for bob dylan, but does this mean i can win a
stand up. ? ? >> i wrote the songs to perform the songs, and i needed to sing in that language. which is the language that i hadn't heard before. ? come in she said i'll give you shelter from the storm ? >> reporter: dylan wrote and writes injustice. ? ? >> reporter: of war and yearning. ? ? for the times they are a changing ? >> reporter: of loss and love. ? ? >> roger mcgrim once said, working with bob dylan was like knowing shakespeare. ? the answer is blowing in the wind ? >> reporter: bob dylan, a bard for the
>> congratulations to bob dylan. that's going to do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. >> coming up on 8 at 7:00, fren land. a bomb threat so serious, the park shut down. plus, after seven years, pasco county detectives get new information in a cold case to help solve a murder.