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breaking news tonight. monster holiday storms, states of emergency as hermine batters the southeast. torrential rain, flooding, powerful winds, 30 million on alert, all the way up to connecticut. and just i labor day. soap crackdown, a bombshell from the fda, why it's banning anti-bacterial soap used by millions. >> clinton's fbi files, what she didn't understand about handling classified material and how a concussion impacted her answers. outrage over a former stanford university swimmer now free after serving just three months for sexual assault.
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the dangerous flaw triggering an unprecedented recall by the world's largest cell phone maker. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nightly news with lester holt." >> good evening, i'm thomas roberts in for lester tonight. we begin with states of emergency and the havoc of hermine. after slamming florida as a category 1 hurricane, the deadly to a tropical storm could potentially ruin the labor day weekend plans of 30 million americans, with tropical storm watches and warnings in place along the eastern seaboard from georgia to connecticut, heavy rain, flash floods, dangerous winds, rip currents all expected to cause chaos over the next few days. warnings in west virginia, north carolina and florida.
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residents are cleaning up from their first hurricane in 11 years. >> reporter: in the florida panhandle, destruction and heart ache in the wake of hermine. >> the dock is under water as well. >> reporter: where the eyewall with 80-mile-per-hour winds crossed through st. marks at 1:30 a.m. >> unbelievable, look at this stuff. >> reporter: the storm surge of more than 9 fe than 30 inches of rain have some homes flooded. the first hurricane in more than a decade to make landfall in florida hammered the state's west coast from tampa bay to tallahassee. >> whoa, we're going to lose something. >> reporter: more than a quarter million homes in florida lost power, at least one man killed when a tree limb fell on him. >> trees are down, power lines are down, the most important
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don't touch a power line. >> reporter: tropical storm hermine moving north at 29 miles an hour. >> we haven't had any flooding in the house, but the wind's kind of scary. >> reporter: millions now changing their holiday plans with tropical storm watches and warnings in effect as far north as connecticut. most airlines have wavers for affected airports. on the jersey shore this afternoon, a pretty start to what could turn into an ugly labor day weekend. >> it's too rough for me. just here to grab a last beach day. >> reporter: dangerous rip currents already keeping many out of the water. this weather we're skiing in north carolina some along the coast have already announced beach closure this is weekend. >> al roker is here
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this evening to fill us in on where hermine is going next. what have you got? >> we have been talking about this things for 16 days now. we have tropical storm warnings and watches, 900 mile stretching from georgia all the way into new york right now. and we have tornado watches all the way into the carolinas. we're going to watch as this system pushes to the east. it's located 30 miles charleston, north carolina, 50-mile-per-hour winds, it's moving northeast at 20-mile-per-hour. it comes out into the ocean by sunday afternoon, it starts to intensify to 70-mile-per-hour winds, and look at this, monday it regains 75-mile-per-hour wind strength, that's hurricane strength. we have got storm surges from north carolina all the way up into connecticut and new england. rainfall amounts that will equal anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of rain for virginia
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northeast, but we're going to be talking about this for a long time to come with beach erosion. >> appreciate it. we turn now to a major announcement that could impact millions of american house holds. the fda banning more than a dozen common ingreed yents in anti bacterial soap, saying there's no evidence that they actually stop the spread of germs. in fact as tom costello reports they risks. >> reporter: more than 2,100 products. >> because it's so hyped an marketed, people think this is what you have to do. >> reporter: the concern, 19 dangerous ingredients found in anti-bacterial products. >> there's little evidence or no evidence in some cases that adding these chemicals to plain soap and water does any better in preventing ineffectation through
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>> reporter: surprising news at the blank home in virginia, anti-bacterial soaps are always close at hand. >> i thought it was better than the alternative and it would make their hands cleaner and prevent germs and therefore i bought it. >> reporter: but experts now believe that anti-bacterial soaps could actually pose a list. ingredients suggest could resistant bacterbacteria. >> these drugs can be endokrin disrupters. >> reporter: the american cleaning institute insists anti-bacterial soaps are safe and washing your hands with an anti-bacterial soap can reduce infection better than washing hands with nonanti-bacterial soap and water. but many companies are
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>> at the blank home tonight. >> you're just trying to keep your kids clean and healthy. >> reporter: it's back to basics, soap and water. the fda is not suggesting throw out your anti bacterials, just don't buy anymore. the rule of thumb about washing your hands, 20 seconds with soap and water, that's enough time they say to hum happy birthday twice, we're not talking about hand sanitizers, we're only talking about anti bacterial soaps. f unusual step today releasing its notes from hillary clinton's lengthy recent interview with agents about how she handled her emails while secretary of state. the release is certain to fuel the controversy that has hounded clinton for a year and a half. we get more this evening from andrea mitche mitchell. >> reporter: hillary clinton's interview a
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fbi notes reveal there are things she actually didn't know about classified information. didn't recall being trained on how to handle it. relied on staff to use their judgment when emailing her, telling the fbi she didn't know the letter c on an email meant confidential. the lowest leveling of classification. donald trump pouncing. >> that's a lye, unless she's not an intelligent . >> reporter: the fbi has said her emails had classified information, but she said she doesn't recall receiving any emails. hillary clinton says she does not remember preserving her emails when she left office, but she had just
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critical. >> she was careless in her handling of highly classified information. >> reporter: when you can't find any ed of intent to do wrong, there's no way to go forward with the case. >> reporter: she's acknowledged using a private server was a mistake. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. as for donald trump, he was in washington reaching out to a group he really needs, african-american voters who give him ry at all. it was on the heels that some controversial comments that trump surrogates made regarding minorities. halle jackson has the details. >> reporter: in the city of brotherly love, donald trump finding some, surrounded by african-american supporters. afterwards, attendees, peppered by protesters. a similar reaction expected in detroit tomorrow with trump's
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carefully choreographed with presubmitted questions from the pastor, the "new york times" publishing a leaked memo of trump's scripted memos targeted to an african-american audience. >> we're going to make things so good, we're going to help with crime and improve the schools. >> we have always said we need some light savier to come >> reporter: it may be intended for another audience. >> sit may be to prove to college educated white voters that he is able to relate better than he has to the african-american community. >> reporter: as he tries to win over more minorities, including hispanics, trump's getting help from supporters mike marco gutierrez, defending trump's immigration plan. >> if you don't do something about it,
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>> reporter: our recent nbc polling shows 14% support among latino, about half of what mitt romney received is in 2012, and trump now has just 1% of support. >> halle jackson in new york. the world's largest smart phone maker has announced a massive recall on millions of its top rated phones for a potentially very dangerous flaw. samsung says the batteries on the explode and catch fire. it's already happened dozens of times. >> reporter: burning and melting. samsung issuing an unprecidented recall of millions of new galaxy note smart phones. >> i wanted to post this and share what happened to my note 7. >> reporter: in this youtube video, ariel gonzalez says his phone went up in
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charging. so far at least 35 devices have burned or exploded soon after charging. 2.5 million have been sold worldwide. the problem, the lithium ion battery. the company saying we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue, samsung immediately halting sales in ten countries. the explosions are a string of lithium ion battery dangers. the recall is a major set back for the tech world has called the samsung note galaxy 7 one of the best phones out there. samsung's sales starting to turn around after two years. >> if it takes a while for those phones to come back on the market, people might just buy a different phone. and that's going to have an affect, especialliry with apple coming online with it's own phone next month. >> reporter: samsung
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there is new public outrage after a former stanford university swimmer convicted of sexual assault was freed from jail. brock turner was freed after only serving three months of a six-month sentence that drew wide criticism when the judge first imposed it. we get the very latest this evening. >> reporter: with a hard push of the jailhouse door, former stanford swimmer brock turner was met by a crush of cameras. he spent only 90 days in jail for sexual assault. nbc news was given exclusive access to evidence in turner's case file, turner shown in a torn shirt, after another student saw him on top of another student. a calm turner responding to questions from a detective, saying my intentions were not to
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was just trying to hook up with a girl. when pressing turner about the victim, the detective asked, if you saw her again, would you recognize her? turner response, probably not. turner faced up to 14 years in prison for felony sexual assault, but the judge sentenced turner to only six months in jail, which in california meant only three months for good behavior. today protesters took to the jailhouse steps after outrage over what they called a lenient sentence. the judge sayiing justice is -- in front of the county jail, an excon, just out of lockup offered this perspective. >> i stole a purse from a shop in the mall and i got more time than he did. >> reporter: turner returns to his home state of ohio where he will serve out three years of probation, his name is already on the sex offender
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we are back now with a pair of scary accidents caught on camera involving school kids in austin, texas. now in one incident, a truck hit a middle schooler who was in the crosswalk, and in the other, a teen was street. both victims had just gotten off of their busses. now neither victim was seriously injured, both drivers were cited and police released the videos as a back to school warning for drivers out there to pay attention. now to the controversy growing around san francisco 49ers' quarterback colin kaepernick in his final preseason game he once again refused to stand for the national anthem in protest over racial
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it provoked boos from the crowd. but as miguel almaguer reports, others are now following his lead. ? and the rockets' red glare ? >> reporter: as the national anthem filled the stadium, colin kaepernick took a knee and got an earful. but this time he was joined by teammate jeremy kaepernick says he's protesting racial injustice and police brutality. >> we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. we have a lot of people that are oppressed. >> reporter: in san diego, kaepernick's protests came on salute to the military night, a stadium filled with veterans and their families. >> honestly, in my opinion, i think
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>> kaepernick says he supports the military, that his protest is aimed at rogue cops. after an open letter to the army times, capper nick and boyer were side by side in the games. >> the right to stand or to sit, as much as people may hate that, that is what that flag is supposed to represent. >> reporter: tonight kaepernick says he'll donate a million dollars to organizations. the presidential debate commission announced today the moderators for a series of debates leading up to the fwhov election and our own lester holt is going to moderate the first debate between hillary clinton and donald trump. two additional presidential debates will be moderated by abc's martha raddatz,
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finally tonight, as we head into this last unofficial weekend of summer, we meet a man who's been making a big difference in the lives of kids in buffalo, new york. while it begins with a cool treat, it really is about kindness and appreciation. >> reporter: on a hot day, this is the sound of a cool treat. >> this one. thank you. >> reporter: james is an ice cream man, pedalling around buffalo, charging just a dollar for anything you want. and for kids in neighborhoods where there's not much pocket change to spare, james gives the ice cream away for free. >> what's up guys? i really remember not having a dollar sometimes, it's not a good feeling. >> can i get the watermelon bomb pop?
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not a good business plan. you needed some help? >> we had a problem and we needed to find a solution. >> reporter: so james went online to raise donations, in just one month, he collected more than $34,000. >> we have had donations from all around the world. >> reporter: but the kids have to work too. >> wh what did you have to do to get the ice cream? >> i had to write a thank you card. >> 500 cards have been written and mailed to donors. >> a lot of other people like to come by the projects. he's a good guy. >> reporter: for james, it's not just about the bottom line. >> you can see it in their face that it really made their day. and by making their day, it makes my day. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: and that's the sweetest treat of all.
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new york. >> i'm thomas roberts in for lester, for all of us at nbc news, have a safe holiday weekend.
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>> now at 7 tracking hermine. the tropical storm barreling up the coast. >> anchor: when we can expect to feel it's effects for the holiday weekend. >> reporter: breaking news in quinsy a woman is killed in her driveway. hit by a car driven by her husband. >> reporter: defensive fall in foxborough. >> anchor: notorious gang leominster indicted on murder charges. >> reporter: and laser danger at logan. pilots say they were targeted. >> anchor: the faa is on this case. >> 7 news at 7 starts now. >> anchor: and we begin tonight. >> and now at 7 hermine churning north. >> you see the most intense rip


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