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crisp and cool in the south bay with 57. thanks for joining us here. lester holt is next with nightly news. >> we're back at 6:00. tonight, the death toll rising in the carolinas after 11 trillion gallons of rain fell in a matter of days. >> rivers and dams at record levels and homeowners returning to utter devastation. striking admission. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan changing the military story yet again by revealing u.s. forces did in fact attack a hospital by mistake. verdict overturned. in the courtroom when a man convicted for a murder in the new york subway learns he is going free after 24 years. tonight our prison interview with him. and fantasy scandal. the popular world of online fantasy sports rocked by accusations that big pay days may be going to insiders rigging the game. "nightly news" begins right now.
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good evening. the death toll has reached at least 17 amid historic flood emergencies in the carolinas today. first rays of sunshine there could not put a bright light on the perilous landscape as dams remained threatened and river banks swollen. officials warn that more evacuations could be ordered before the crisis is over. to put this record rainfall in perspective, today" put it. in the past week 11 trillion gallons, enough to end the drought in california. nbc's kerry sanders reports on the ground in columbia, south carolina. >> reporter: water levels are still at record highs tonight with ten dams already breached. >> we're not close to being out of the woods. >> reporter: officials say more than a half dozen dams tonight are in danger of giving way. >> with these type of national disasters it does require the entire nation to come together to make sure
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that we come back. >> reporter: too much water, but not enough clean water to drink. today contaminated city lines were drained. with a boil water alert in effect. >> there is no water, nowhere around there. i looked all morning. >> reporter: the toll from the still ongoing crisis seen across the state. dozens of rescues, hundreds of impassable roads and 911 inundated with more than 2400 calls. in a charleston cemetery, a pastor retrieved a casket. >> if that was my mom or dad, i would walk through hell or high water. and today it is high water. >> reporter: back in columbia, after huddling, high school football players started helping. >> i think the lesson is that there are things way more important than football. people. and i think that we have an opportunity here to teach our kids something that transcends the sport. >> reporter: within minutes they were in the house of the
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athletic director from their cross town nemesis, heathwood. >> this is the archrival to your team and here you are doing this. >> we are all from columbia, even though they are rivals their still family members and our brothers and sisters and we can help any way we can. >> reporter: the clean-up is not without danger and the threat of more flooding not yet over. we've had sunny blue skies here all day. that is the first time in columbia that they've had no rain in 11 days. still officials say there could be emergency evacuations tonight if another dam breaks. lester. >> kerry sanders tonight. thank you. the search is intensifying to uncover what happened to the boomed cargo ship that vanished during hurricane wa. the ntsb joining the investigation looking for the ship's data recorder which could reveal the fate of the 33 people on board. most of them americans. rehema ellis has the
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report. >> reporter: a week after the cargo ship left port, more debris spotted in the search for evidence and answers to why this happened. >> the crew had no reason to have to be in this situation. >> reporter: kenneth benton, a merchant marine for eight years worked on the ship last month. >> i feel that the company and the captain will decide what is their best interest money wise. >> but the owners of the vessel say safety always comes first. >> i can assure you that there is no schedule that is more important to keep than that would in any way endanger the lives of the crew members or employees. >> reporter: the 790 foot cargo ship was at 65% capacity. carrying 391 containers, filled with groceries, retail products and vehicles. el faro made it through tropical storm erika in august.
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and crewman roosevelt bootsy clark boasts on facebook. no rough weather can stop us from getting the cargo here. he is one of the 33 missing. >> so is this woman's son lewis. having just lost her husband, also a merchant marine, she is praying she hasn't lost her son too. >> the only two men i ever loved in my entire life and i have to still have one of them. i have to. >> reporter: tonight nbc news has learned the coast guard is now considering when to suspend the search. rehema ellis, nbc news, jacksonville, florida. now to the race for president. the office of vice president joe biden has come out swinging at a report that biden himself leaked word of his son's deathbed wish for him to run. but if he's going to fulfill the wish, time is running out to launch a campaign. nbc news national correspondent peter alexander reports. >> his flirtations with the presidential
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bid now in the third month. today a report accusing him of being calculating while in mourning. that he leaked to the new york times his son's beau's deathbed plea he run for president. he placed an ad in "the new york times" politico charges and his aides pushing back calling it offensive and the report false. insisting he spoke with many people during the grieving process. including an appearance with stephen colbert last month. >> i would be lying if i said that i knew i was there. >> but not being >> but not being there may be may be costly. a long time friend of his lamenting to nbc news that he might be already a day late and a dollar short. and the clinton and sander's campaigns have raised $115. and biden zero. >> if you are going to run for president at some point, you have to run for president and that point is coming in the next few weeks otherwise you are not on the ballot. >> it is a delicate decision with pros and
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cons. pro, recent polls show that he draws more support from clinton than sanders. con, the prospect of running against potentially the first female president. clinton delivering a warning this week to stay out of the race. >> everybody begins to ask you questions and you are being pushed and pulled in many different directions. he knows that very well. >> reporter: but biden supporters argue with clinton damaged, he is the best hope to retain the white house. peter alexander, nbc news, washington. on the republican side of the race, senator marco rubio's star seems to be rising along with his poll numbers. but that is also making him a bigger target for his rivals who are aiming their attacks at his record in the senate. hallie jackson has more on that. >> reporter: this political prank isn't quite dry humor. donald trump's team sending bottled water and towels to marco rubio since they say he seems sweaty. >> apparently the water is high quality water. >> rubio laughing it off but the stunt
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another sign trump may be seriously concerned about this marco moment with nbc news polls showing more republicans can see themselves supporting rubio than any other republican candidate. a big upside, if he can capitalize on it. >> as more light is placed on his campaign and on his message, more scrutiny will come with that. >> reporter: scrutiny, like from former mentor jeb bush taking jabs. >> marco was a member of the house of the representatives when i was governor and he followed my lead and i'm proud of that. >> bush proposing to dock pay for legislators that miss votes and since the start of his campaign, rubio has missed 29, including one today as he campaigned in new hampshire. a no-show for 42% of senate votes since announcing his candidacy, more than rand paul who announced the same week, but less than john mccain in 2007. >> majority of the job of being a senator is not walking on the senate floor and lifting your finger on
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a controversial issue and saying how you will vote. the majority of the work of the senator is constituent service. >> reporter: but earlier this year -- the senator now on defense against multiple lines of attack. >> he is a light weight. he is weak on immigration. >> but it is rubio's rise that may leave the current front-runner sweating it out. the senator is seen as someone that can appeal to different factions in the gop, both the base and the anti-establishment crowd and that is similar to what people said about scott walker over the summer. he is now out of the race, lester. a reminder, we still have many months to go. >> hallie jackson, thank you. a top u.s. general today called it a mistake. that u.s. air strike in afghanistan that struck a hospital on saturday, killing 22 people, including doctors and patients. but the pentagon has not yet explained how the mistake was made. three separate investigations are underway and a charity that ran the hospital is demanding more. we get the story from our chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: it was an attack with serious legal and moral
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repercussions and today the top american general in afghanistan admitted it was a mistake. >> a hospital was mistakenly struck. we would never intentionally target a protected medical facility. >> reporter: the military is investigating. so is nato and the afghan government. but doctors without borders, the nobel prize winning charity that ran the hospital and lost 12 of its own said that isn't enough. it calls the attack a war crime. wants an independent investigation and took to the internet in protest, refusing to be included in that catch-all of war. collateral damage. the pentagon said afghan forces asked for the air strike but today took responsibility. >> to be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a u.s. decision, made within the u.s. chain of command. >> reporter: the general said u.s. special forces were in close vicinity, talking to the ac-130 gun ship that opened fire.
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but how the mistake was made, the u.s. military isn't saying. u.s. troops were operating in kunduz in the first place because afghan forces had lost to the cithe city to the taliban. if they held their ground, this would probably have never happened. richard engel, nbc news, istanbul. the ads you see during pro-football games promise big prize money and millions have signed on to play. but tonight there is a controversy in the world of fantasy sports after one employee cashed in big himself. nbc's ron mott with the story. >> reporter: it is a lure millions have found too good to pass up. but is the contest fair. it is a question dominated the sports world after an employee of draft kings admitted releasing confidential
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data before winning $350,000 on rival site fan duel. >> knowledge is power. you need to know more than the next guy to win. >> this man started playing with hesitation. >> the employees of the company are winning the contests and that needs to be disclosed because to me that is a conflict of interest. >> here is how it works. a contestant picks a roster of players each carrying monetary value based on their perceived ability to score points. after the games are played, the scores are totaled and top finishers earn prize money, topping a million dollars or more. they cannot see opponents' lineups so none -- an employee has an advantage. nbc's parent comcast and nbc sports have invested in fan duel. new york city based fan duel and draft kings here in boston issued a joint statement saying nothing is more important than the integrity of the games we offer and since barred employees from entering for money. today in a separate statement draft kings said internal review showed
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because of timing the employee could not have used the information in question to make decisions about his fan duel lineup. still the controversy is poised to linger with billions of dollars and now credibility at risk. ron mott, nbc news, boston. there is a lot more ahead today. a stunning day in court. a murder that shocked the nation and led to major change now 25 years later. new witnesses, new evidence and a conviction over turned. and kennedy family secrets, patrick sharing his private heartache and that of his parents. why he is doing it publicly and why not everyone in the family is happy about it.
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the 1990 murder of a utah tourist on a new york city subway platform was emblematic of a city out of control. that year more than 2200 people were murdered and new yorkers were fed up and scared. several teenagers were arrested and later convicted of crime. today one of them now 43 appeared in a new york city courtroom and got the stunning news his conviction was overturned. it is a story we've been following for an upcoming dateline for more than a year. the ruling was swift. >> the court is going to set aside the conviction. and the court is going to order a new trial. >> the reaction emotional. >> the court will allow him -- [ cheering and applause ] >> 25 years after he was sent away for a notorious new york city murder, today a judge told the man he
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could go free, to possibly face a new trial. for a crime that proved to be the tipping point in a 1990 new york city fed up with violence. >> good evening. one young man is dead and eight others staring at serious jail time. after a new york city tragedy. >> labor day weekend of that year, brian watkins, a tourist from utah, visiting from utah, was stabbed and killed at subway platform while being robbed by a group of teenagers. within 24 hours, seven teens, including the 18-year-old confessed on tape to taking part in the robbery. >> [ inaudible ]. >> though he didn't have or use a weapon himself, because he was part of the group, he and the others were convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. >> if you're going to do the crime on transit system, we're coming to get you. >> nypd commissioner bill bratton was in charge of the transit
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police back then. >> it was a seminole case for me. it allowed us to have a tipping point impact. >> among the changes, thousands of new cops, followed by a 25-year reduction in crime. but questions arose. was justice served? >> did you have any idea what was happening on the platform. >> no. >> he said he left the group on the platform before the robbery and his confession was coerced by an abusive detective. >> he slapped me in my face, and he pulled my hair and kicked me down to the floor. he just said, listen, if you really, really want to go home, all you have to do is just memorize the story that i want you to say. i'll have you driven home immediately. >> you believed him? >> yes, i did. >> finally last year he was granted a new hearing and this spring the court heard from new witnesses who supported his account. >> did you see him go on to the platform? >> no. >> the d.a. argued he made up the story about police abuse and
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coercion and challenged the credibility of new witnesses. >> and we just got in some video, of johnny campea. walking out of the court for the first time in 25 years. family and well wishers there to visit greet him. they are reviewing whether to retry him and a decision will come within a month. we'll take a break and come back in a moment with the stuff dreams are made of. one minute a this woman was working a night shift in a factory and the next minute worth a massive fortune.
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more anxious moments in the sky today. this time a united airlines flight from houston to san francisco forced to divert to albuquerque when the co-pilot passed out mid-flight. the plane landed safely and he did later regain consciousness. a day after an american airlines captain died while in flight, forcing the co-pilot to make an emergency landing.
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she was having a bad night working the third shift in a fiber glass factory. but in the drive-thru line while on a break, michigan grandmother julie leach realized she would never have to work again. she is the sole winner of a $310 million powerball jackpot. she took the lump sum of $140 million after taxes and not too shabby. and yes, she did quit her job. this friday would have been john lennon's 75th birthday and his widow gathers people in central park to form a human peace sign in a tribute. she was aiming for the biggest peace sign and imagine you need to record the break. this is 5814 people. >> when we come back, the tell-all about the kennedys by a kennedy putting strain on family ties. with a 300-million dollar
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hospital project in the south bay. now, the changes underway. =raj/take vo= plus: a hiker killed while walking his dog. we have the new clues in the case. ===next close=== the news is next. ==raj//take vo== right now at 6. turning the page on finally tonight, family secrets revealed in a rare peak behind the kennedy curtain.
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patrick, the youngest of ted kennedy's three children is going public with private heartache to help so many others who may be struggling, raising awareness about issues many families don't talk about. here is nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: they were members of america's royal family. camelot. repeatedly struck by public tragedy. and now an insider's account of the private toll. alcoholism and other addictions, mental health disorders. >> we're all held hostage by the code of silence by the stigma and shame that pervades these issues. the only way to treat that shame is by talking about it. >> in his new book, teddy and joan kennedy's younger son tells of an alcoholic mother isolated in shame. >> and no one talked about it and they blamed her for the illness. that has to change. and that is the reason i wrote this book. >> patrick writes his father suffered from ptsd after his brother's assassination. he writes, my father
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went on in silent desperation for much of his life, self-medicating and unwittingly passing his unprocessed trauma onto my sister and brother and me. >> what he faced, dealing with his drinking is not unlike what other families deal with and that is no one wants to talk about it. >> reporter: after being elected to congress, his bipolar disease and addiction and drinking binges on air force one were exposed when he crashed his car on capitol hill. >> i do know enough that i know that i need help. >> reporter: leading to recovery, a mental health co-sponsor with his dad and now four years of sobriety. but the candor that helped heal patrick has torn apart his family. his brother ted calling it inaccurate and unfair. >> the uplifting part of patrick's story is he faces his demons every day and he's grown some strength from writing the book. >> exposing family secrets hoping to help others. andrea mitchell, nbc
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news, washington. and that is going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. turning the page on a mult-million dollar debacle. tonight -- santa clara county hires a new contrio . right now at 6:00, turning the page on a multimillion dollar debacle. santa clara county hires a new construction firm for botched hospital project. good evening, thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. that new facility at san antonio saah clara valley was supposed to be open a week ago. turner is out and bolt is in. after a series of construction mishaps, delays and public fighting, they picked a new
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construction company to take over that embattled job. we're live at the hospital site. robert, this new construction company had taken over for turner at another job as well? >> reporter: that's right. they don't know if the pattern is the same. but they do know that this company has experience this taking over a project. of course, that is all much to the relief of county officials. because it has been a very expensive wait trying to get this hospital project going again. officials say the turner divorce could also be costly. as you can see, the site here is still under construction. turner said they left it about 80% to 90% completed, which is true. however, the county officials point out that the last 10% or 20% is wiring and technical things, something that bolt will have to deal with. today the bolt construction company is at the valley medical center site trying to figure out the best


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