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there is breaking news tonight.a passenger plane has just crashed in mexico. the plane going down shortly after takeoff. over 100 people on board, smoke and flames coming fr the cabin. emergency crews racing to reach the scene right now. an urgent last minute fight to stop so-called ghost guns, made of plastic, 3d, printed atand instructions how to make them could be legally posted online. lawmakers and law enforcement sounding the alarm. it's a killer's i dream,s a hitman's dream, a terrorist's dream, a highjacker's dream. o somebody who wants somebody who wants to hurt you can make their own guns. facebook blowing the lid off e efforts to affect the next election less than 100
daysaway, is russia behind it a woman went to police with allegations of sexual abuse against cbs chief les moonves with a bombshell report and why ities decline to file charges. and alan alda going public with a private bate. how his parkinson's battle could help thers. going public with a privateattle. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>ood evening. there's breaking news as we come on the air tonight. a passenger plane has ashed near durango, mexico today, lane headed to mexico city. bl k smoke marks the spot of a wreckage where aeromexico says was the site of an accident. it apparently went down just after takeoff om rthwest mexico, with over 100 people on board. tammy leitner has late breaking details. >> reporter: tonight, emergency crews rushing to the scene of a plancrash in northwest mexico. the plane, 9 holding passengers and four
crew crashed because the wind was too strong accordg to local reports which said they ran out of nway. the crash happened in durango, mexico. it's unknown if there are fatalities but officials say being e injured and rushed to hospitals near the scene.me aeco saying we are working to gather additional information and will provide more details as b thome available and confirmed. our priority is to guarantee is safety of the clients and crew. lester, this just in, initial reports from the u.s. government say there were no americans on board and so far the mexican rn gont has said there are no reported fatalities. >> tammy litner tonight, thank you. let's tu to the latest development what some say this is the next gure at. 3d knockoffs hard to detect. the technology is accessible and so are the guns. tonight, a federal judge has just blocked a release of blueprints f the guns after several states took legal action to stop
their release. tom costello hasate teails. >> rep they almost look like plastic toys but experts insist so-called ghost guns are very lethal. nine have tried to stop this man, wilson, from putting the 3d instructions online. a federal agreed to an injunction. >> make no mistake about it, this is the doing of the trump administration, part of a long pattern letting the gun lobby get whatever they want. >> reporter: this morning, president trump tweed i am looking into 3d plastic guns being sold to the public. already spoke to the nra. doesn't make much sense but that trump administration ougreed cody post instructions. >> as long as you have the right to bear arms you have the right to make them >> reporter: after the obama administration sued to block him. safety of nges the americans forever if this is allowed to happen. >> reporter: fred guttberg's 14-year-old daughter
jamie was one of 17 people killed on parkland, florida in february. it will mean even more senseless killings. >> now, every american in the homeland is at risk. terrorists want to home produce guns in this land, they can. wilson and : cody other gun enthusiasts claim they have first an second amendment protections. >> gun control is undead.te >> various 3d instructions are online already. the tsa already confiscated four 3d guns at airports since 2016. >> it's a ist's dream, hitman's dream, hijacker's dream. somebody who wants to hurt you can make their own guns. >> reporter: 3d printers range in price from several million dollars down to several thousand sand dollars. the better quality the printing the better quality the gun. this oneoesn't make guns. cody wilson says it doesn't matter what the judge decides he's already put the information online. the cat's out of theg.
>> thank you. toanother major we're following with less than 100 days before the mid-terms, facebook sounding the alarm to what appears to be covert efforts on its platform to influence u.s. elections. the new threat and oiwhat facebook is dng about it. >> reporter: tonight, says it's happening again. the social media giant announcing it removed 32 pages and accounts from facebook and instagram, an apparent political influence campaign 'shead of novembidterm. the bogus pages stirring up divisive es isone called resist storespr oting a counter protest against an upcoming white nationalist rally and one that activists unwittingly helped build interests in the event and the campaign to abolish i.c.e., part of a growing political firestorm. >> the democrats want to abandon i.c.e. they want to end i.c.e. >> reporter: the pages
created between march of last year and this picking up 290,000 followers. who's responsible? facebook says it doesn't know. on capitol hill lawmakers are again pointing the finger at russia. one republican vowing more sanctions. >> that has everything but the kitchen sink in it, the hell.ions bill from >> reporter: new revelations after congress recently grilled ceo markuckerberg over facebook's handling of russian interference in 2016. >> unfortunately the enforcement isn't perfect and we do need to make it more proactive and i'm committed to doing that. >> facebook wants to get it right to restore trust in users and investors. >> reporter: facebook has been working with the fbi and others. the white house tells us president trump is aware of this latest disinformation campaian they applaud the actions facebook is taking. >> peter alexander at the white amouse, thanks. ic back and forth today in a virginia courtroom as the trial is officially under an way for paulort, the first case brought by special counsel robert mueller to go
before a jury and could sen president trump's former campaign chairman to prison. our justice correspondent, pete williams was in the courtroom. >> rorter: though paul manafort was the campaign chairman for three months, this trial is not aboat . for nearly a decade, robert ut mueller's pross told the jury today manafort made millions representing russia's neighbor, ukraine and vict victor yanokovic, an ally and stashed 15 million in ovseas banks to avoid taxes and lied to banks get $25 million in loans for his houses. told the jury the man who hid it from the irs was manafort's business partner, rick gates who pleaded guilty and will testify. waanafort said the lobb promoting democracy. >> we were trying to help ukraine get into europe and we succeeded.
trump's : president name wasn't even mentioned in court today and he has distanced himself from manafort in recent months. >> he worked forfoe what, 49 days or something, a very short period of time. >> reporter: today, he again attackedt mueller tweeting collusion is not a crime but doesn't matter because there was no collusion. >> reporter: paul manafort is 69 and if convicted could get up to 10 years in prison. in the scand surrounding cbs network chief les moonves, we learned a woman went to los angeles police last year with sexual abuse allegations against moonves dating back to the 1980s. facing nves is not charges in that case. nbc's morgan ratford explains why. >> reporter: tonight, what may be a sevoman accusing cbs ceo les moonves of sexual misconduct. prosecutors in los angeles declined to pursue chargestemming from the claims earlier this year because they say the statute of limitations expired. the unidentified woman went to lice last year reporting one
incident from 1986 and two others fro. according to an official document obtained by nbc news. >> if the statute of limitations has expired thersis ly no way to bring a case, no matter st horong the evidence is. >> reporter: this, following the sh bol "new yorker" report last week. the article details six women's accounts tclude accusations ranging from forceable touching to kissing to physicalntimidation from the 1980s to 2000s. stephen colbert speaking out. from his cbs show. >> les moonves is my guy and i like working for him. but accountability is meaningless unless odt's for ever >> reporter: moonves saying in part i recognize there were me decades ago i may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. and i regret takes them immensely and i never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career. in a statement last friday, cbs said we do not believe however
that the picture of our company created in "the new yorker" represents our attemptre to our employees with dignity and respect. moonves, who is staying in place during the independein stigation is expected to speak at a cbs earnings call on thursday nbc news, new york. new developments in north korea, despite kim jongn's agreement to ht all missile and nuclear testing, his regime is secretlyuilding ballistic missiles capable of reaching the u.s. andrea he mi with that story. >> reporter: tonight, generals from north and south korea meeting at the dmz to ease tensions, now stunning ence kim jong-un is secretly building new long range missiles that could reach new york or washington coming just days after president trump was bragging about his success at the
singapore summit w had a fantastic meeting with chairman kim and it seems to be ing very well. >> reporter: arms control experts say a july 7th s satellite photo three heavy duty trucks indicating north korea is building long range missiles at a plant outside pyongyang often visited by kim. >> we look at satellite photographs and when we look at the country's propaganda, it's been business as usual all year before and after the summ>>. eporter: the secretary of state acknowledged they are still reproducing nuclear weapons fuel as first reported by nbc news last month. >> north korea continues to produce missile and nuclear bomb correct?, is that >> yes. they continue to produce missile material. ig> reporter: the intece community has been warning north korea cheats. >> i'm not surprised the north koreans might be trying to hide some things a try to be deceptive. >> reporter: critics saying thepr ident relies too much on personal diplomacy. >> not just how to express what he believes or wants people to believe is happening,
he rlly needs to make progress on these very thornnational security issues. >> lester, tonight, iran's leaders are rejecting president trump's offer this week to meet with them as worthless only a week after president trump on threatened the twitter, contradictory signals that confused friends and foes alike. all right, andrea. you don't get to leave before wacknowledge 40 years at nbc. this is your anniversary. congratus. >> it's been a privilege. >> we are all proud to call you our colleague. you're the best. no relief in sight for fighters battling the massive inferno in california.ities 12,000 more homes now being threatened by flames of control and miguel almaguer on the front lines. >> reporter: with flames ng across homes in wine country, this is what mendocino's fire complex looks like on the front line this blaze is moving too quickly.th al homes behind
me are gone. with 1200 structures lit up, most in the city of redding. michelle woods is a nurse at dignity health, one of 40 employees who lost their homes but still showed up to care for the terminally ill. >> there is a greater cause than this immediate thing that's going on with me a family. it's not all about that. >> reporter: tonight, two other large fires, the mendocino complex threatening to nverge into one monster blaze. fire is really outrunning us. >> reporter: you can see flames have been racing down this hillsideast several minutes. this tree is going up. everything here is going to burn. osith 44,000 evacuated, infe are showing no mercy, taking homes and lives. , iguel almaguer, nbc newslake county, california. we're going to turn to the public revelation from the beloved star of "mash," alan
alda revealing his parkinson's disease. the latest celebrity to r a parkinson's diagnosis after neil diamond and linda ronstadt and said he's hoping it can help others. da>> reporter: alan al soared to a fa"hawkeye", the quick-witted surgeon in the tv series, "mash." played a politician on the west wing. was an oscar nominee for "the aviator." now, his most dramatic turn, revealing on cbs he was diagnosed more than three years ago with parkinson's. >> i've had a full life since then. >> reporter: alda said his first symptoms were acting out in his >> i was having a dream someone was attacking me and threw a sack of potatoes at them. y what i was rea doing was throwing a pillow at my wife. >> reporter: the disease of the nervost causes tremors, stiffness, poor balance and difficulty speaking. in his most recent
screen, alda has been an advocate for better communication about science and speaking why he's out now. >> in the very beginning, to be immobilized by fear and think the worst thing has happened to you, it hasn't happened to you. you still have things you can do. >> reporter: today, alda posted f this video of himsel juggling saying he will maintain a busy schedule with his podcast, acting, playing tennis, enjoying his life. nbc news, new york. still ahead as we continue ght, a vietnam veteran is shot and killed by police while protecting his own age ak medtyho . we more ll ou about it. a parking garage collapsing and crushing cars below. hope you can stay with us. you're turning onto the street when you barely clip a passing car. minor accident - no big deal, right? wrong. your insurance company is gonna raise your rate after the other car got a scratch so small you coulda fixed it with a pen. maybe you should take that pen and use it to sign up with a different insurance company. for drivers with accident forgiveness
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we have to be connected all the time, summer camp is keeping the handwritten tradition alive an kids are loving it. every summer, mlions of kids leave their parents behind and their cell phones, too. at camp, they're forced to communicate the old-fashioned way, with handwritten letters. guess what, they like it. >> i write miami almost every day and especially on letter writing days. i have a lot to say. >> i think it's better than text ag meg or e-mailing because you can express yourself more through a letter, what stationary you use and how you're feeling at the moment. >> reporter: at the camp tucked in the pocono s mountains, k write letters home at least three times a week. >> it's one of the camp things to do. that's sort of what camp is all about, the small things. >> dear mod dad, i miss you soo much. >> camp for the past three weeks have been amazing. >> i'm having a great
time at camp. today, i'm going to kneeboard. >> then, there are some letters that make parents cringe and laugh. >> they're forcing me to write but they can't make me tell you anything. viva la resistance. >> i'm only 9, and you think i'm no having fun, i't. >> my counselors are making me do this. >> free expression at its best. isn't th what camp is about? h e at camp, we want them to get lost in the world of who they are, what they can be and the friendships they can make here. >> dear mom d dad -- >> you definitely miss me more than i miss you. >> absolutely priceles nothing better than a handwritten letter from your kids no matter what as always, we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that i"nightly news" for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. news, thank you for oo watching and g night.