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tonight, cia shockwaves as wikileaks julian assange says the loss of spy secrets are more devastating than we know. have we lost control of our weapons arsenal. millions of wireless callers unable to get through including a mom trying to get help for her kids. ax attack. four at a train station in germany. is it terrorism? oxycontin lawsuit. a small american city caught in an epidemic accusing a drug eye of turning a blind eye. meals on wheels. robots delivering dinner to your door. "nightly news" begins
the man who spilled the goods online about some of america's most sensitive cyber spy tools is taunting the cia. the founder says there's more bombshells to come. he is suggesting the cia is playing catch up and is offering a broad hint as to who may have stolen the data and what we learned may be one of most damaging intelligence breaches in modern history. we get details from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight julian assange claiming it's more devastating than they acknowledge. >> the central intelligence agency lost control of its entire cyber weapons arsenal.
of devastating incompetence. >> reporter: warning he has a lot more to release. saying he got the stolen documents from a former government contractor working for the cia. >> the material has been spread around contractors and former american computer hackers for hire. >> reporter: tonight the fbi and cia working on an urgent mission. tracing a digital trail to track down the culprit. >> there are tools so we can be able to pinpoint who might have been responsible. if i was the individual involved, i'd worry a great deal about the fact that ultimately, they're going to be found out. >> reporter: the cia relies on dozens of contracting firms for its cyber operations. plus help from the national security agency and british intelligence partners.
u.s. officials say the majority of the cyber force are contractors who undergo less grueling background checks than government employees. >> you do take a chance with contractors. they are people who are not working in the inside. they may or may not have the same loyalty to the mission of that organization. >> reporter: now the cia under pressure and again under fire from the president. >> he believes that the systems at the cia are outdated and need to be updated. >> reporter: assange is taunting them saying he will help fix holes in their tech ware. >> we have decided to help them to give them access. >> reporter: tonight the cia slamming assange. terrorists and enemy spies know many of its deepest secrets. lester. >> andrea mitchell. thank you. now
washington. millions of americans wonder what will happen to their insurance. paul ryan rolled up his sleeves trying to beat back a revolt from within his own party. hallie jackson shows us. >> reporter: tonight, after two days long debates on changes that could effect millions of americans, the republican replacement for obamacare moves two steps closer to reality. >> this is the once in a lifetime opportunity. this is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing obamacare. >> reporter: the determined house speaker underscoring the urgency. today armed with charts aim add at an audience of skeptics inside his own party. the powerpoint pitch plastered all over tv with the perhaps watching tweeting at the same time, despite what you hear in the press, health care is coming along great. we're talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture. that picture looks grim for now as opposition builds. >> isn't that a sign
not coming along great? >> i think anybody who has been in washington for a few days or longer recognizes any major piece of legislation takes explanation. >> reporter: the white house insists this bill will pass, but some are wondering why the rush. >> we have lots of time to get this right. i'd rather get it right than fast. >> reporter: that's a similar argument they used against democrats back in 2009 when obamacare originally passed. >> we're being told we must rush to pass this legislation. >> like mom used to say, you rush and you make mistakes. >> reporter: one outside group estimates as many as 15 million americans could lose coverage over the next decade under this health care plan. now, potentially on life support. also today, the president is facing new legal challenges on his revised controversial travel ban. the state of washington now suing along with several others. the white house says it's confident in how this executive order was crafted. lester. >> hallie jackson, thanks.
elsewhere at the capital, our cameras captured james comey leaving a private meeting with senators. a congressional source says the director was there to provide an update on the subject of trump tower. it comes after trump accused president obama of having trump tower wiretapped. neither president trump or his white house team have provided any evidence. mr. obama has issued a denial. president trump has been hit with another lawsuit over his business empire. this time a washington, d.c. restaurant claims his hotel operation unfairly competes for local customers because of its ties to the president. our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: collin and diane say in a company town like washington where government is the big market, the new hotel is competing unfairly taking business away from them. >> there's been a decrease in the number
of events that we've had at the restaurant. >> reporter: the two active in liberal causes are suing the president saying the restaurant and his hotel lures away customers because lobbyists and diplomats want to impress the president by patronizing it. >> this is about access to him to curry favor with him and his administration. we think that unfair. >> reporter: political organizations have rush to put on events at the hotel. some cabinet members are living there. eric trump dropped by to promote a sporting event. the day before the inauguration the incoming white house press secretary was touting it. >> i encourage you to go there if you haven't been by. >> reporter: the hotel building is owned by the federal government and leased by trump's company. it says mr. trump is violating the lease terms that say no government official shall be admitted to any share or part of the lease. the lawyers call it a wild pubty
it's the latest example of a continuing legal problem. his worldwide business operations have led to claims he's violating a ban on accepting foreign gifts. the owners want the president to divest himself from ownership of the hotel. pete williams, nbc news, washington. now to the nationwide outage that left millions of at&t customers unable to call 911 for hours last night. this disruption leaving many cord cutters who don't have landline vulnerable. like a mom who said she couldn't reach authorities during a terrifying situation for her family. >> reporter: for sandra payne, every second in a 911 call matters especially with a burglar in the neighborhood. >> i called and called. a good seven to eight nine times.
through. >> reporter: she's an at&t wireless customer who couldn't connect to 911 despite being able to make regular phone calls. she was affected by an outage that lasted three hours in some areas. at&t declined to explain what caused the outage only saying service has been restored for wireless customers affected by an issue connecting to 911. we apologize to those affected. the federal communications commission is now investigating saying in a statement, every call to 911 must go through. we will fully investigate this outage and determine the root cause and its impact. >> how many people are calling 911 from their cell phones today? >> nowadays about 75% of the people in los angeles call in from their cell phones. >> reporter: los angeles police captain has multiple contingency plans in place for an outage of this kind. >> we're the primary answering point for fire emergencies and police emergencies. for us to go down would have been a disaster. >> reporter:yo
phone, safety advocates recommend look up and save local emergency numbers ahead of time. find if your 911 dispatcher accepts text messages and install landline at home. the family is safe but unsettled. >> we're in a time of life where we don't carry around landlines. we depend on that phone and they let us down. >> reporter: service now restored but a wake up call for the future. nbc news, los angeles. authorities say a man wielding an ax entered a train station in germany wounded several people before placed under arrest. was this terror related? we get late details on this. >> reporter: a chaotic scene at the train station after a man with an ax went on the attack. the injured being treated on the station floor. in all five were hurt, one serisl
station evacuating stores and searching for suspects. at one point saying several could be on the run. late tonight german police confirm they arrested one man who jumped off a bridge and injured himself trying to get away. last july a 17-year-old afghan asylum seeker armed with a knife attacked passengers on a train injurying four. police shot and killed him. isis claimed responsibility. the motive for this latest attack remains unclear. now to the deadly opioid crisis. in the true david versus goliath, everett has filed a lawsuit for oxycontin saying they are largely to blame for the number of drug addicts dying on the streets. >> reporter: everett, washington, a proud working class town. like to so many places this city is being crushed.
homeless add dikt -- addicts in door ways. overdoses in bars. fed up and desperate for more resources the mayor and his city have launched an unprecedented fight against the company that has made billions off oxycontin. >> they need to be held accountable for not taking the action that they should have taken that allowed their drugs to hit the streets and make addicts of many of my citizens. >> reporter: one mayor taking action after reading a los angeles times investigation. the lawsuit said they supplied oxycontin to obviously suspicious physicians. a purdue employee raises flags about a clinic in l.a. snout down -- now shut down. the line was out the door with people who looked like gang members.
i feel certain this is an organized drug ring. the lawsuit claims the pills were then illegally trafficked up to washington state and the company never notified the dea, which it is required to do by allow. >> is it your sense this was a problem that could have been avoided? >> it is. >> everybody's a dealer. everybody has it. >> reporter: recovering heroin addict is describing everett 15 years ago when she got hooked. >> children don't have their mothers because of this. there's people that are dying every day over because of what they have done. >> reporter: in statement to nbc news, purdue says it's a leader in abuse deterrent medications adding we are deeply troubled by the abuse and misuse of our medication. our products account for less than 2% of all opioid prescriptions. this lawsuit paints a flawed and inaccurate portrayal of events in everett. legal experts say if
everett wins the case, it will just be the beginning. >> this could lead to an avalanche from every city and state that needs money. >> are you getting calls from other mayors? >> yes. >> a lot of them? >> a fair amount. >> reporter: the kinds of services richards needs to ensure she doesn't end up homeless again. >> how scared are you that you could end up back here? >> very scared because it's happened so many times. >> reporter: taking care of the addicts and streets seems never ending. this dump truck is here three times a week. now it's time for a drug company to come pay for the clean up. still ahead, the future of food delivery is here and it could change everything about the way so many americans eat. also, powerful winds knocking over tractor trailers. a train trapped by snow and more wild
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virginia is the state became the first to allow delivery. florida and idaho are considering similar laws. there's concern such technology could steal jobs, door dash says it's to complement the work force with the robots tackling shorter trips. >> it allows us to free up our human dashers to take on the complex, longer deliveries. >> reporter: some day a 40-pound robot might show up at your door. redwood city, california. >> wonder if you have to tip. we're back with a heated moment during a fiery defense that left a courtroom completely shocked. they rebounded because a decision was made to protect them. making the right decisions today for your long-term financial future can protect you and your family, and preserve your legacy.
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in north dakota, an amtrak train got stuck in a snow bank 22 feet long. tonight we're also tracking a storm expected to bring up to six inches of snow to the northeast. a big change in the american diet to note tonight. one industry tracker said today that bottled water has overtaken soda as the number one drink in the u.s. by sales volume. americans drank an average of about 39 and a half gallons of water last year and about 38 and a half gallons of carbonated soft drinks. talk about a trial by fire quite literally. a defense attorney said his pants caught fire in the middle of a arson case of all things. he said the heat came from an e cigarette battery in his pocket. it's danger we have covered several times. police are investigating the incident. the lawyer was unharmed. his client not quite as lucky. convicted of second-degree arson in that case. when we come back, celebrating a century
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cookies? >> reporter: there's away for the girls. >> never give up. >> reporter: the all time cookie selling champ is 15-year-old katie francis of oklahoma city. 22,200 boxes in one season. that's more than $88,000 worth of cookies. her secret recipe, a spreadsheet of past customers, working be phones and neighborhoods neighborhoods after school and on weekends and always with a smile. then there's the singing sales pitch. ♪ do you want to buy a cookie ♪ >> reporter: now she's pulling out all the stops. >> thank you. this year i'm working towards the career record of 100,100 ♪ start buying those cookies ♪ >> reporter: buy a box or i will keep singing. selling cookies to serve your community. an idea as fresh today as it was 100 years ago. kevin tibbles, oklahoma city. >> that's going to do
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