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maller portions, less sugar. balanceus.org breaking news tonight. r. kelly back in police custody and taken to jail hours after erupting in an explosive off the rails interview.id >> it do this stuff! this is not me! i'm fighting for my [ bleep ] li! >> why he's behind bars again. > michael cohen's new evidence. back before congress and what he brought with him to back up one of his most potent claims. "jeopardy!" host alex trebek going public with a devaating >> i'm going to fight this >> the iconic host's message to fans. r senad survivor. a barrier-breaking combat pilot, now member of congss, making a stunning personal revelation about her past. an nbc news exclusive, our
journey to the most dangerous place for children o a remote region that americans rarely see. the future of facebook. how mark zuckerberg's new announcement may affect you. good evening, everyone. there is late word tonight of mounng legal troubles for r& music star r. kelly, back in a chicago jail tonight s afr speaking out about de unrage sex claims against him in an unsettling and explosive tv interview. a tearful and angry kelly forcefully claimed his innocence against the sexual abuse chargea he faces aearing later today at a court hearing in a case.te child suppo kelly was ordered back behind bars. our stephanie gosk has the breaking details. >> reporter: tonight r. kelly is back icustody. this time over failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support payments. as a storm of reaction swirls around his stunning interview
wi cbs news. >> i'm not lucifer. i'm a man. i make mistakes. but i'm not a devil. by no means am i a monster. >> reporter: the three-time grammy winner lashing out angrily when asked about s allegations ual misconduct with minors. >> i didn't do this stuff! this is not me! i'm fighng for my [ bleep ] life! y'all killing me with this [ bleep ]! i got 30 years -- >> robert -- >> 30 years of my career! y'all trying to kill m you're killing me here! >> reporter: rumors of sexual abuse and relationships with teenage girls have followed r. kelly for more than a decade. av >>you ever had sex -- >> no. >> -- with anyone under the age of 17? >> no. >> never? >> no. >> have you broken any laws when it comes to women? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: last month r. kell pleaded ilty to 10 charges of sexual abuse involving four
women, three of them minors. his arrest came soon after the release of a docuseries "surviving r. kelly." seven womewere interviewed, all accuse the 52-year-old ofex some form ofl misconduct. tim and jonda savage say r. kelly isolding their 23 -year-old daughter joycelin against her will. >> wt i saw on tv this morning, the way he acted when he got upset, i can only imagine what he does behind closed doors. >> reporte joycelin savage says she wants to live with r. kelly. today she called her family for the first time in two years. >> i'm very happy. py how do we know you're h we don't hear from you in two years?av >> ito go now. >> i love you, joycelin! >> i have to go now. >> lester, a publicist for r. kelly says that the singer went to court today prepareay about half what was he owed in ch d support, adding that t
judge told kelly he would be behind bars until he paid it owl. >> a lot of people tt might have been a risk for him to talk in that situation today, but obviously he has a forceful denial. nl >> he certdoes. >> stephanie, thank you. a week after his public do of president trump we've learned michael cohen has delivered congress a bombshell follow up, documents e t to back up his claim that the president's lawyers had a hand in crafting his statement to congress in which he lied.n krislker has details. >> reporter: tay michael cohen was supposed to report to prison. instead, with his sentence delayed, he was behind closed doors testifying again in front of congress. >> i'm here to coope will continue to cooperate. thank you all very muc >> reporter: according that a source familiar with the matter, cohen giving lawyers new documents aimed at backing up his explosive claim last week, that the president's lyers made changes to his previous testimony about that scrapped trump tower project in moscow. >> there were changes made, additions. jay sekulow for one. there were several changes made,
including how we were going to handle that message. the message, of course, being the length of time that the trump tower/moscow project stayed and remained alive. >> reporter: nbc news has not d viewed the alleged documents. cohen has pleadeguilty to tax and financial crimes and lying to congress, and republicans have attacked cohen's credibility. tonight the president's attorney, jay sekulow, firing back, saying testimony by michael cohen that attorneys for the president edited or changed atement to congress to alter the duration of the trump tower/mosc negotiations is completely false. and tonight the white house is pointing us back to its previous comment on cohen's testimony saying iis quote laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like .hen at his wo lester? >> all right, kristen welker at the white house, thank you. as that plays out, back at the white house president trump is reacting tonight to t alarming images broken by nbc news showing apparent rapid
rebuilding of a launch site in north korea. andrea mitchell is in our washington newsroom. andrea, what is the reaction to all this?rd >> lester, yes we showed these satellite pictures that north korea was rebuding that key missile launch site within days of the failed summit. asked if kim jong-un was breaking a promise to r. trump held his fire today. >> we have to solve a problem. threlationship is good. i would be very disappointed if that were happening. i would be very, ver disappointed in chairman kim. and i don't think i will be, but we'll see what happens. >> but national security a john bolton is taking a much harder line, warning that if kim does not dismantle his weapons as promised, the u.s. might ramp up sanctions on the regime. lester? >> all right, andrea, thank you. north korea just one of p' president trmajor policy initiatives in trouble tonight. there's also stunning news of the prident's trade war. the u.s. posting the largest trade deficit in history. jumping 10% in one year. that despite how the president has chosen to take on china.
nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: at the last stainless steel cutlery maker the country, the cutthroat competition is cheap, subsidized foreign imports. the trouble? the dollar is so strong it makes liberty tabletop's forks, spoonm and knive expensive at home and abroad. >> it cut into the business nd model basically destroyed the industry in the united states. we're hanging on, like i say, thanks to a lot loyal people who search for "made in america." >> reporter: the strong dollar means foign-made products are cheaper for americans to buy, everything from tvs to cell phones to computers. but american goods sold abroad are more expensive. a big reason the tra deficit has skyrocketed to $891 billion, the highest ever. the president's trade war was meant to correct the imbalance. last week he incorrectly insisted the deficit was going down, not up. >> you saw trade deficits went down last month, everyone was
trying to find out why. we're taking in a lot of tariff money. >> reporter: so fa though, little evidence that's true. with the trade war heating up last year, u.s. exports to china dropped dramatically.ev as we imported even more, cheaper inese-made goods, threatening u.s. business and jobs. tster? >> all right, tonk you. among the u.s. companies that have criticized president trump's tariffs is general to which rolled its last chevy cruze off a line at its lordstown, ohio, plant today after 50 years in operation because of high demand for suvs. the ant is one of five the automaker plans to close in north america this year, eliminating 14,000 jobs. those in a senate he washington today had to be stunned to hear a deeply personal revelation from a frhman senator who also happens to be one of the most celebrated female combat veterans in u.s. history. nbc's kae hunt has the story. >> i stayed silent for many years --
>> reporter: senator martha mcsally made the emotional and persal revelation during a hearing featuring survivors of >> like you, i am also a itary. military sexuaassault survivor. i was preyed upon and then raped by a supior officer. ep ter: mcsally was the first woman to fly a fighter j in combat, retiring from the air force as a colonel. she didn't name the perpetrato the hearing. >> i didn't report being sexually assaulted. like so many women and men, i didn't trust the system at the time. i blamed myself. i was ashamed and confused. >> reporter: later she says she tried to come forward to her superior >> like many victims, i felt t system was raping me all over again. >> reporter: nearly 7,000 servicmembers reported being assaulted in 2017. but advocates believe there are many who aren't coming forward. >> i am grateful for her courage. it took enormous courage to speak that truth. >> reporter: and tonight the aip forcogizing to mcsally,
saying they're appalled by what happened to her, and insisting they're committed to eliminating sexual assault from the ranks. lester? a right, kacie, thank you. overseas to new exclusive reporting from our richard engel inside syria tonight as he speaks to the yog victims of isis now getting their first taste of freedom as u.s.-led forces close in on the last remaining isis fighters in that country. >> reporter: when hundreds of isis fighters surrenred today, from the last crumbling speck of the islamic state, it meant some of their youngest victims were finally free. these boys had been kidnapped by isis and held as slaves. they're yazidis, a religious minority isis considered subhuman. u.s.-backed kurdish forces gavet them their fireal in days. 7-year-old farhat told us what d happhen isis men came to his village.e "they tookd my brother from our house in a car.
our parents went in truck," he says. that was five years ago, the ndst time he saw his mom a dad. isis propaganda videos showed what happened to most yazidi women. fighters laughing about buying them as sex slaves. uein 2014, a u.s. airlift d many yazidis facing an isis slaughter. but it was too late for farhat. i asked if he was beaten. "every day, with a stick and a cable," he says. now the tides are turned. yazidi slaves freed, and isis prisoners under interrogation by u.s. special forces. isis fighters and families are now burning their documents and cell phones. we saw them melted in fire pits. they're claiming they're just civilian lester? >> an uncertain future there, richard, thank you. an nbc news exclusive, we unnt to take you to where another crisis ilding, a virtually lawless nation, the central african republic. no u.s. network has reported
from c.a.r. for the past five years. but cynthia mcfadden takes us to a report of 1.5 million children at risk of starvation and the major geopolitical battle brewing there. >> reporter: making our way into a nation in tatters, the central african republic where the civil war has left the children in desperate shape. >> this is the most dangerous place in the world for children. >> harder than syria? >> the most dangerous. two of every three children in this country are in need of humanitarian assistance. >> reporter: unicef is on the front lines of the crisis. we travel with their usa ceo, carol stern. >> we are in the only pediatric hospital in the country. >> reporter: we're greeted by ann young jebay. she's the head nurse and has worked here for 25 years. do you ever turn a child away? >> no. >> reporter: there is simply nowhere else for them to go.
like many children here, colette is an orphan. >> this 7-year-old weighs how much? >> she weighs 14 kilos, which is like 28 pounds. >> reporter: we meet little maja lee, who's only 6, and on the brink. >> no intervention, you will lose this child. >> reporter: we're headed outside the capital where we're told it's even worse. over the past six years over 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes. what did you bring with you? >> they couldn't take anything, only the clothes they had. nothing. nothing. >> reporter: tonight, in addition to the humanitarian crisis, experts are concerned that the america-first foreign policy of president trump may lead the u.s. to pull back on funding here. until now the u.s. has been the yergest provider of aid. $120 million last ar. >> it's a weak country in an incredibly strong spot. it behooves us to maintain a strategic alliance and strategic presence in c.a.r. because of where it is and the resources there.
>> reporter: those resources, a wealth of diamonds, gold, anium, have drawn the attention of both china and russia. in fact, the country's top security adviser is now a ia ru and the russians are investing avily, sending weapons a military advisers to train s. government f there are other concerns as well.si >>takes advantage of security vacuums, governance vacuums. they can potentially move into c.a.r. we have to fill all the vacuums if we want peace in east africa, we need peace in c.a.r. >> reporter: there is no peace here yet despite a deal signed a few weeks ago. there is a miracle in a little silver packet at work. >> this is life or death. >> reporter: it's called plumpy nut, a paste that tastes like peanut butter but is filled with a day's worth of nutrients. >> no refrigeration, no preparation. the moms can rip it open and the babies feed themselves. as you can see, they're thoroughly enjoying this.
>> reporter: last year unicef struggled to raise half what was they say is needed for them to help the people here. what happens if you can't raise the money? >> children die. that's the answer. unicef will stretch and do as much as it can in every corner of this country. but we can only do what we are funded to do. >> reporter: take a glimpse at what the money is alady doing. remember maja lee? plumpy nut has made a of difference in just three days. >> she sitting up and she's eating by herself. >> these kids would die if you, this hospital, unicef, wasn't here? >> translator: in the morning when we have the staff meeting and they tell us no baby die overnight, thank god. >> reporter: so many children yet to save.d lester, some gws. maja lee is now home from the hospital. for more on the central african republic, go to our website. if you want to help the kids, here's a way to do that too. nbcnews.com.
>> overall it's a grim picture. one the world needs to know about. >> absolutely. >> thank you cynthia. eporting, breaking news just ahead. beloved "jeopardy!" host alex trebek revealing a major health battle today and making a vow tonight to hisfans,e'll have it for you. police scrambling to solve a murder mystery after a tragic discovery on a hiking trail. hope you can stay with us. -ah, the old crew!
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eaar, this week i was diagnosed with stage 4 panc cancer. >> reporter: this means the cancer has spread to other parts of trebek's body. only 3% of people with this five sis live more th years. >> i'm going to fight this. and i'm going to keep working. i plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. >> repter: trebek has been a fixture in american living rooms for 35 years. tonight "wheel of fortune" host t sajak tweets he would never bet against trebek. trebek himself says he's counting on three mo years, the number left on his contract. anne thompson, nbc news. >> and we are all sending him our very best tonight. up next, facebook's new privacy promise. at walgreens, we want you, to keep doing you... and we'll take care of medicare part d.
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