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if you're just walking through the lobby an see that? that's insane. >> cracksh the back of the photo. >> good night, folks. ght, breaking news. harsh punishment for tom brady and the super bowl champion patriots. the star quarterback suspended as the nfl cops down hard on deflategate. bob costas is here. deadly tornadoes. a ferocious outbreak tearing across the country carving a path of destruction. 49 million americans on high alert. what's behind the extreme weather? in cold blood. charges including capital murder for suspects accused of gunning down two police officers. the bin laden raid. an explosive report accuses the u.s. government of not telling the truth about what happened. tonight the white house hits back hard. and getting personal. michelle obama like we have rarely heard her before. deeply candid about race and the
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private pain she's endured. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. the other shoe has just dropped in pro football's deflategate scandal. the nfl late today announcing super bowl-winning new england patriots quarterback tom brady will be suspended for four games. >> reporter: for days it's been the most debated, discussed and
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dissected topic if court. what punishment would the nfl hand down for reigning super bowl mvp tom brady. late this afternoon the league announced a four-game suspension for brady, citing substantial and credible evidence from an independent report that brady was at least generally aware that two patriots locker room attendants were deflating footballs. it also faults the star for failing to cooperate with the investigation by not turning over e-mails or text messages. your actions as set forth in the report constitute conduct detrimental to the public confidence of the game of professional football, said nfl executive president troy vincent in a statement. in brady's only public comments since the report's release he said he hoped to respond to the investigation soon. >> i have dealt with adversity over my career. life is about the ups and downs. i accept my role and responsibility as a public figure. i think a lot of it, you take the good with the bad.
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>> reporter: in addition the nfl is punishing the patriots with a $1 million fine and the loss of first round draft pick in 2016 and fourth round pick in 2017. as for the locker room attendants, tonight both are indefinitely suspended without pay. tonight tom brady's camp says brady learned about the punishment from his agent. at the same time the rest of the world did. the suspension costs him close to $2 million. brady will appeal this punishment through the nfl players' union. lester? >> bob costas of nbc sports is here. why this punishment? >> it's a product of the behavior and brady's unwillingness oh to fully cooperate with the nfl which they resented. also the time frame in which it took place. the nfl has been under a lot of heat for player misbehavior, team miss behavior, unrelated to this type of offense. it creates an
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atmosphere and there's been heat on roger goodell. in that sense the patriots and brady are victims of the atmosphere surrounding the league and of their own status. if they appear -- the league appeared to be soft on brady there would be hell to pay, i think. >> peter alexander mentioned an appeal. how would that work and what's the likelihood of it being reduced? >> goodell can hear the appeal himself. he could also decide to refer it to an independent arbitrator. that might play well in the court of public opinion. he could be saying, see? look. let someone else verify for you i have been thorough and fair. that's up to goodell. the four-game suspension gives them a pad. say under whatever process is appeal results in a reduction of the penalty. at least then it wouldn't go from two games to one. it would go four to three or two and it would have teeth in
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it. >> you have done math with the calendar. >> i have. >> if he serves four games, walk me through it. >> the patriots have a bye early in the season. the fifth game for them is week six. he would return on a sunday night against the indianapolis colts, the very team that blew the whistle on him in that afc championship game, the very team that started the whole deflategate thing. also, get used to the name jimmie garoppolo. he's the backup quarterback, second round pick a year ago out of eastern illinois. he broke all of tony romo's records and the early schedule is tough. they open against pittsburgh. then at buffalo and buffalo is pretty good. they should beat jacksonville at home. then dallas. by the time tom brady gets back they could be 1-3. >> bob costas, good to have you here. thank you very much. now to our other big story. tornado watches this evening for parts of indiana, michigan, and ohio. a remarkable 25 tornadoes broke out of the south yesterday, killing at least six people and triggered flash floods. the town of van in north texas took a direct hit from a
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tornado. spinning winds up to 140 miles per hour. that's where kerry sanders is tonight. >> reporter: van, texas, a town torn apart by at least one tornado as drones flown by search and rescue teams revealed today. >> tornado just hit our town. >> reporter: with little warning people were trapped in their homes. >> it was crazy loud. my kids were scared. i was scared to death. just praying we made it through. >> reporter: now the desperate search is on for the missing. >> the twister spun our car around, lifted it up, flipped it over about three or four times. a tree landed on us sb. >> reporter: andy and his daughter bailey had ten seconds to jump into a pickup truck. a hundred homes and buildings, more than a third of the town now destroyed. two of the town's schools so badly damaged they may never re-open.
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since last wednesday preliminary reports show 131 tornadoes touched down from south dakota to texas. >> there goes the school. there goes the school. >> reporter: in lake city, iowa, a tornado ripped the roof right off the high school. in nashville, arkansas, a tornado killed a couple in their mobile home. the only survivor? their daughter, a toddler. punishing rain and hail struck several parts of the south. in texas, four inches an hour caused flash floods, trapping residents, including a 76-year-old whose home washed away. >> i don't have no clothes. i'm dressed in hospital garb. >> reporter: everything's gone? >> everything's gone. >> reporter: today in texas communities are coming together to clean up what they can. meantime in cambridge city, indiana, 70 miles per hour winds knocked over two semis. the wind speeds here in van, texas, were twice that that caused the this damage. tonight for at least
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texans there is a little bit of a breather. the national weather service says the conditions for more tornadoes won't return until friday. lester? >> kerry sanders for us tonight. al roker is here watching the threat for tonight. where should we be looking now? >> the big place is in the upper midwest and great lakes. we've got a thunderstorm watch and a tornado watch until 8:00 into parts of ohio. we are watching heavy rain through southern texas. so we have flood watches in effect for tuesday and wednesday. one to three inches of rainfall. more on top of ground that's saturated. there is nowhere for it to go. through friday, some areas may pick up to five to six inches of rain. we're not done yet. the atmosphere is reloading. temperatures will be well above normal both here and then as you get behind the system we'll see cooler than normal temperatures. big potent upper level low from california, causing much needed
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rain there. as we get into thursday and friday, more severe weather for the central and southern plains. >> al roker, thank you. tonight, shock and sadness is rippling through a city that hadn't seen an officer killed in the line of duty in 30 years. now mourning the loss of two officers as four suspects are facing charges including capital murder. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in mississippi. >> reporter: in hattiesburg, mississippi tonight, a heavy sadness. two police officers killed in the line of duty. >> they made the ultimate sacrifice to protect feel of this city. some they did not and would not ever know. >> reporter: 34-year-old-year-old benjamin dean and lacory tate graduated from the police academy less than a year ago. >> i'm devastated. >> reporter: his mother has this message for her son's killer. >> the hurt is
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unbearable. but i forgive you. >> reporter: tate wanted to be a police officer since he was 4. saturday night police say officer dean stopped a car for speeding. when tate arrived shots were fired. both officers were hit. the suspects fled in a police cruiser. after a brief man hunt. >> curtis, did you do it? >> no, sir. i didn't do it. >> reporter: police arrested curtis banks and charged hip and joanie callaway with being accessories to the killings. cornelius clark is accused of helping banks escape capture. banks is charged with two counts of capital murder. his mother in tears. >> he's just out of his mind on drugs. i tried to get him some help. >> reporter: the deaths bring to 42 the number of officers killed in the line of duty this year. >> we have police officers in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> reporter: late today their bodies were escorted to their hometowns as the city mourns its first fallen police officers in three decades. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, hattiesburg, mississippi.
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in boston the defense rested its case today in the penalty phase of the marathon bombing trial with dramatic testimony from a final witness. the real life nun from the movie "dead man walking" revealing what tsarnaev told her about how he feels about his crimes. pete williams was back in the courtroom. >> reporter: she was the star witness for the defense both because of who she is and what she said. sister helen prejean, a roman catholic nun and one of the leading opponents of the death penalty. >> let's talk about that night. >> i don't want to talk about it. >> i want to help you die with dignity. >> reporter: her story was the inspiration for the 1995 movie "dead man walking." in court today sister helen said she met five times since march with dzhokhar tsarnaev talking about religion, asked if he ever expressed his feelings about what happened to the bombing victims. she answered he said, no one deserves to suffer like they did. she said he lowered
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his eyes with pain in his voice. she added, i believe he was genuinely sorry for what he did. it was the first statement in this entire trial that tsarnaev has shown any regret for his crimes. he has spent nearly every moment in court staring ahead impassively, even when victims of the bombing have had many in court, including jurors, in tears. >> there must be a unanimous verdict to support a death penalty. the testimony could sway one juror and that's all the defense needs. >> reporter: sister helen said the death penalty is never appropriate no matter the crime and conceded her anti-death penalty view may have influenced her perception of tsarnaev. she said she would never say he was remorseful if she didn't believe it. no court tomorrow as lawyers prepare for closing arguments on wednesday. later that day the jury begins deliberating, choosing life without parole or death by lethal injection.
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george zimmerman is back in the news injured in a shooting incident on the road in florida. another altercation involving the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the killing of trayvon martin. authorities say zimmerman wasn't the shooter in this case and suffered a minor facial injury when a bullet was fired through the window of his car. police say the incident involved the same man zimmerman had a road rage encounter with last year. no one has been charged. the obama administration insisted today it is not a snub but they expected saudi arabia's new king to attend a summit of gulf leaders at camp david this week. the white house announced a one on one meeting with the king but the saudis said yesterday the king is not coming, sending deputies instead. it's being seen as a sign of saudi displeasure with the u.s. over the growing relationship with iran, saudi arabia's adversary. still ahead, new questions about the raid in pakistan that killed osama bin laden. an explosive new
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report accuses the obama administration of not telling the whole truth as the white house pushes back hard.
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the white house is hitting back hard after a report that accuses the obama administration of not being totally truthful about the u.s. military raid on osama bin laden's compound in pakistan.
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specifically what the pakistanis knew about the operation. our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: this is the hollywood version of the hunt for osama bin laden, scripted in cooperation with the cia. [ chanting ] >> reporter: the white house claimed it was a u.s. operation, under the radar so pakistan wouldn't know. >> tonight, i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. >> reporter: now investigative reporter see mower hirsch writes the white house was lying claiming pakistan knew where are bin laden was hiding all along. news s.e.a.l. team six was choppering to his hideout so no need for stealth helicopters to avoid radar and that the s.e.a.l.s threw bin laden's body parts out of the helicopter on the way out. no islamic burial at sea as the u.s. claimed. flat wrong said the white house and former officials today. >> the story is riddled with
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inaccuracies and falsehoods. >> reporter: admiral mike mullen said the head of pakistan's military knew nothing. >> he had the worst week of his military career the week after that. it was embarrassing for lots of reason >> reporter: leon panetta last fall explaining why they kept pakistan in the dark. >> the pakistanis would usually tip off the people we were going after. and they were gone. so we decided we can't trust them. >> reporter: today one of the president's frequent republican critics disputes hirsch's account. >> i have never heard of anything like this. i have been briefed several types. this is a great success on the part of the administration and something that we all admire the president's decision to do. >> reporter: nbc news independently learned from two intelligence source that is a pakistani officer told the u.s. where bin laden was hiding a year before the raid, something the white house disputes. that doesn't
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necessarily conflict with the white house claim that the u.s. acted alone. lester? >> andrea, thank you. we are back in a moment with michelle obama's powerful message to graduates. the first lady like we have never, or rarely heard her before.
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this is graduation season which means commencement speeches. and michelle obama gave one over the weekend that's getting a lot of attention. the first lady's speech was candid, personal, heartfelt, even blunt on the issue of oh race. more tonight from our white house correspondent chris jansing. >> mrs. michelle obama. >> reporter: at historically black tuskegee university michelle obama didn't hold back, speaking in passionate terms about the daily slights of being black in america. >> the clerks who kept a close eye on us in those department stores. the people at formal events who assumed we were the help. and those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country. >> reporter: she recounted her reaction to a magazine cover showing her with an
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afro and machine gun. >> yeah now it was satire, but if i'm being honest, that knocked me back a bit. >> reporter: twitter users called the address riveting and amazing. >> the first lady's speech was historic. >> reporter: georgetown professor paul butler among those arguing the president could take a cue from his wife system when the president talks about race he loses some of his famous swagger, the self-confidence. that's a shape. this is a moment where african-americans especially need his leadership. >> reporter: in 2013 the president spoke at another black college about the motivation to break stereotypes. >> i might have been in prison. i might have been unemployed. >> reporter: that was after trayvon martin but before the deaths of eric garner, mike brown, tamir rice and freddie gray forced a new and blunt conversation. >> talking about inequities that still exist in our country can only strengthen america. it doesn't tear america down. >> reporter: a
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challenge and a reality check for the class of 2015. chris jansing, nbc news, the white house. when we come back, grown-ups taking a page out of child's play. a new trend among adults drawing a lot of attention.
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finally tonight a story about something that's an intricate part of a child's world. you could put it in the same category as play-doh and jungle gyms. this story isn't about kids. it's about how some grown ups are recapturing part of the past and a little bit of what it means to be a kid. here's nbc's rehema ellis. ♪ >> reporter: it's good old fashioned child's play, filling spaces with color. >> you need crayons and something to color. and just go with it. >> reporter: adults now have their own coloring books. different and more complex than the traditional books for kids, but the effects are the same. >> the tree can be pink. don't get too critical of yourself. just have fun. thanks for coming to the coloring party. >> reporter: shila janice says it's a
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stress reliever. she's now hosting coloring parties at her home outside of checking with shades of book club appeal. >> i used colored pencils. >> reporter: her facebook group has more than 11,000 members. >> coloring is almost meditative to me. i forget everything else and live in the moment. >> reporter: color this a success. in france, coloring books for grown-ups outselling cookbooks. has more than 2,000 different types for sale. among the most popular, "secret garden," has sold nearly one and a half million copies. in oregon, artist lisa comden designs coloring books with grown-ups in mind. >> they allow people to color and be creative without being intimidated by a blank page. >> reporter: so it's okay if i go outside of the lines? >> it's okay if you go outside of the lines. it's okay if you color your moon purple. >> reporter: grown-ups taking a page from kids' books, enjoying coloring again. who would have thought
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you would grow up and go backwards? rehema ellis, nbc news, chicago. >> that will do it for us on this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. primary emotion that i felt. >> right now at 6:00 he claim he was pulled over repeatedly because of the color of his skin. now new numbers appear to back up his claim. >> good evening. thank you for joining us. >> is sjpd pulling over blacks and latinos at a higher rate? a troubling report says yes. san jose's mayor is taking action as one man launches a legal attack against sjpd.
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robert has the exclusive interview and is joining us this evening. >> reporter: the young man who filed the civil rights lawsuit has a compelling story. a story he says starts with personal humiliation, one he hopes will lead to unity. >> what you go through and how -- >> reporter: shauncey burt says his civil rights lawsuit is a last resort. he said he wasn't surprised by the statistics released last week that show while black and latinos make unone third of the san jose population they make up two thirds of the police stops with 6% resulting in arrest. burt who didn't want his face shown, says he has been stopped five times for minor traffic violations handcuffed put in a vehicle or on the curb and had his car searched. >> i feel embarrassment as a person. i feel restrained from expressing my rights and authority. because you are concerned if you