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>> that's hot like a 25 degree difference. >> big. >> nightly news is next. >> see you at 6:00. bye. tonight, hand them over. growing bipartisan calls for president trump to give congress the tapes, if he secretly recorded comey. as new questions arise about the time line and what was discussed at that dinner. a massive cyber attack spreads, crippling companies around the world. new fears in the u.s., is your famil protected. a deadly plane crash outside no. a jet goes down, mult i will buildings and cars in flames. the parents of a ben state student who died during hazing speaking out. saying their son was treated like roadkill by frat members who waited 12 hours to equal for help. how much caffeine is too much for kids? a startling new
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warning. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening to our viewers in the west. we begin tonight with multiple reports saying president trump disclosed closely guarded classified information about isis to russia's foreign minister during a meeting last week. potentially jeopardizing a valuable source of intel about isis. the washington post broke the story. the president went off script during his meeting with the russians, sharing class 1235ified details about isis capabilities that are so closely held they are not shared with even the closest allies. hallie jackson has the developing details. >> reporter: tonight new push back from the white house on a bombshell washington post report, also confirmed by other outllts. it says president trump shared highly
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classified information with the russian foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, citing current and former u.s. officials. it's information that came from an ally that provided it under an intelligence sharing agreement. the president revealed more information to the russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies. >> this country, whatever it is, will have second thoughts in the future before sharing threat information of this kind. >> the white house flatley insisting this story is false. >> at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. they're on the record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources. i was in the room, it didn't happen. >> the discussion that he might have shared
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highly classified information inappropriately with the russian foreign minister is deeply troubling. >> it's disturbing and let's find out what the details are, whether it actually happened or not. we just have an initial report, so it's very difficult to comments until we get all the facts here. >> i don't know if it's accurate. it would be troubling. i have no idea. >> reporter: it's worth noting some are denying something that was never reported. that the president didn't reveal sources and methods, despite no indication from the post that actually occurred. it's unclear whether key members of congress were briefed on any of this prior to the news breaking late tonight. meaning all but certain fallout tomorrow on capitol hill. lester? >> hallie jackson at the white house, thank you. now to the massive cyber attack spreading around the world. now 150 countries affected, 300,000 computers as more companies were locked out of their systems today, prompting new
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fears here in the u.s. perhaps the most startling part is that this ransomware attack is hardly unique. in 2016 there were more than 4,000 attacks every day. leaving companies and private citizens with a permanent loss of private, financial or family records. >> reporter: it doesn't take much expertise to launch a ransomware attack. >> how to avoid suspicion. >> reporter: as james line showed us, hackers advertise do it yourself ransomware kits on the dark web. >> it allows you to customize avenue aspect of the ransomware without having to write any code yourself. >> there's no way to know who this person is or where they are? >> that's correct about. >> it's impossible to trace. the problem is growing by the day.
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losses totaled a billion in 2015. fast forward to 2016 an ibm security study found ransomware e-mails spiked 6,000%. microsoft is pushing an urgent patch. >> the most important thing is to immediately download the security patch and make sure your system is secure. >> to protect yourself from an attack, keep your operating system and security software up to date. back up your data on the cloud orrin external hard drive. never click on a suspicious e-mail or link. and limit the number of employees who have user control access. if your computer is held hostage, should you pay the ransom? >> some some cases, people have decided they have to pay the ransom. the cost of losing that data forever or not having access to that data is too great. >> it's a gamble, but perhaps the only way to reclaim your
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digital life. another major development. disney ceo bob iger has reportedly told employees that hackers may have stolen a yet to be released disney movie and are demanding money or they will start releasing chunks of the movie. disney is not releasing the name of the movie, but says so far it's not paying. lester? >> tom costello, thank you. now to the threat from north korea after another provocative action condemned by the u.n. security council late today. a missile launch unlike any they've tried before. there are fears it could reach a u.s. territory. we get late details from our chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: for the north korean regime, it was a big success. the leader, kim jong-un shown on state tv supervising the missile launch. and celebrating when this one unlike the last two they tested, flew 1200 miles in the air and didn't blow up. north korea claimed the missile can carry a nuclear warhead.
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no proof that it can, but it could potentially put u.s. territory in range, guam home to a u.s. military base and american bombers. >> kim jong-un is aggressive, he's unpredictable. i think the answer is, we have to engage. there has to be some diplomacy. china has to help us more than they have. >> vladimir putin called the missile test dangerous. but advised against intimidating pyongyang. at the white house today, no talk of sending armada's this time, instead about south korea's new president who favors talks with north korea. zblat president looks forward to having a conversation with the new president and discussing the way forward, but i'm not going to get ahead of that discussion. >> reporter: president trump in his interview with lester holt, seemed to be dialing down his rhetoric. >> you've warned north korea that all options are on the table many. >> sure, all options are on the table. >> that's what i'm getting at, in that
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sense -- >> yes, all options are on the table. that i can say. >> reporter: this missile flew very high, over 1,000 miles high, and officials are concerned about this new capability, and specifically they're trying to figure out about its reentry, was it a controlled reentry, or did it crash to the ground. if it was a controlled reentry, that would be a significant step. >> very worrying. >> yes. the fiery crash of a plane on approach to one of the new york area's busiest airports late today killed two people after the plane plummeted into a building. the private learjet came down in clear but windy weather just a quarter mile from the runway at teterboro airport this afternoon, as horrified witnesses watched in belief. kristen dahlgren reports from the scene. >> the thick black smoke could be seen for miles. >> airport's closed pp. >> pieces of the learjet in flames, scattered through the
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streets. >> surrounding towns responding. let me know what additional you'll need. >> the plane appeared to miss its landing. crashing into at least two buildings, including the department of public works. >> everything back there is just a disaster, there's like a dozen cars that are just -- got into fire, the building got into fire, and it's just shocking. it's really shocking. >> two crew members were killed. there were no passengers on board, and they don't believe anyone on the ground was injured. >> usually all this right here is all industry, factories and stuff like that. it's just really shocking, once i heard the big boom, i didn't know what was going on. >> the plane was registered to a montana aviation company. there were strong winds in the area as it made its way from philadelphia to tig teterboro. just hours after
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performing on the "today" show, new kids on the block, jonathan knight wrote, our plane is grounded until the scene is cleared. scary. as you can see, it is windy out here tonight, at this hour, they believe everybody in the buildings have been accounted for. since some cars were hit, they're making sure there are no additional casualties. the ntsb and faa are enroute to investigate. >> kristen dahlgren tonight, thank you. now to new developments in the deadly fraternity scandal at penn state. a family of the pledge speaking out to nbc's matt lauer about his final hours, their pain and the blame they place on those who allegedly waited far too long to get him help. >> it was horrific. this wasn't boys being boys, matt. this was men who intended to force feed lethal amounts of alcohol into other
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young men. >> reporter: jim and evelyn say their son tim was not a big drinker, but he was pledging a fraternity, and part of that meant participating in what was known as the gauntlet. surveillance video shows pledges shotguning beers and drinking from vodka bottles. after more than an hour, he's seen severely staggering, drunkenly toward the basement steps. the brothers hear him fall and carry him back to the couch. >> because of how ineastbound reated tim was. he fell a number of times. >> he was severely injured. and for 12 hours. >> they slapped him, they threw water in his face, they sat on him. >> they did a sternum rub. >> somebody knew what a sternum rub was, and knew if he didn't react to it, there's a significant issue. they did nothing about it. >> nearly 12 hours after timothy piazza
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fell, someone finally did call 911. timothy's older brother michael was the first to learn that something was wrong. >> one of his roommates called me to see if i knew where he was, because he hadn't come home. so i called the hospital just to see. and the woman on the phone told me he was in the emergency room, and when i got there, i found out pretty quickly how serious it was. >> did you ask any of the surgeons or the doctors had he been brought to you -- >> yes. >> an hour, two hours, four hours, six hours, would the outcome have been different? >> i said those exact words? and the doctor said yeah. >> so those 12 hours, that is what made the difference? >> yes. >> yeah. >> they killed him. >> in a statement, the university said this is heart wrenching for the family, and our community. >> 18 young men are
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facing charges to date. do you see them all as being equally culpable? >> i think it's up to the jury to decide. >> what about in your heart? >> in my heart they're all morally culpable. >> that's matt lauer with that powerful interview. still ahead tonight, a 16-year-old collapses in class, and later dies after officials say he had too many of the beverages millions consume every day. how much caffeine is too much for your child? also something new at the airport that could make checking your bag so much faster. stay with us.
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we're back now with a jarring warning from a south carolina coroner after the death of a teenager being blamed on an overdose of caffeine. too much consumed in way too short a time having an espect on his heart. a message from his grieving parents to others. we get the details from nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: when
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16-year-old davis collapsed and died last month, medical teams were perplexed. why would an otherwise healthy teenager drop dead of a heart attack. a large diet mountain due, a cafe latte from mcdonalds and some type of energy drink. >> it was so much caffeine at the time of his death that it caused his arrhythmia. >> the teenager's parents devastated. that something so readily available like caffeine, could have caused his death. his father said davis routinely avoided alcohol and drugs. >> it wasn't a car crash that took his life, instead it was an energy drink. >> according to the mayo clinic, an average 8 ounce coffee con sans up to 165 milligrams of caffeine. a natural stimulant found in coffee beans, tea and cocoa. an american academy of pediatrics recommends add less ants not
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consume more than 100 milligrams of caffeine per day. caffeine can trigger an underlying undetected heart problem. >> it's that dangerous? >> it's very dangerous. since the caffeinated drinks have emerged on the market several years ago, there's been an increase of incidence of sudden cardiac death. >> tonight the family is shattered. >> i stand before you as a broken hearted father and hope that something good can come from this. >> a senseless death from a seemingly harmless product. kerry sanders, nbc news tampa. we're back in a moment with the new battle breaking out over a controversial symbol of the past.
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we're back now with a fierce battle erupting in virginia over one city's plan to remove a confederate statue. it's part of a fight across the south that some say is about eliminating symbols of
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racism, while others see it as preserving history. gabe gutierrez has the story. carrying torches, demonstrators in virginia rallied against plans to remove this statue of robert e. lee. >> we are simply just white people who love our heritage, our culture. >> reporter: the founder of the so-called alt right movement. >> i'm here to take part in this great celebration. >> slavery is dead, and we need everyone to realize and recognize that very fact. >> it's the latest battle across the south to remove confederate symbols following the 2015 massacre of nine black church goers in south carolina. workers in new orleans have taken down several monuments. in virginia, the issue is creeping into the race for governor, and has become a rallying cry against political correctness for republican candidate
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cory stewart. >> wes bellamy is charlotteville's mayor. >> what i saw was reminiscent of the 1940s and 1930s as a kkk community. how can we say we are a welcoming city for all, with one of the most divisive and ignore an the statues you will find in the country. >> reporter: tonight a court injunction blocking the statue's removal for six months. as the tension between the country's past and present becomes a monumental fight. gabe gutierrez nbc news, charlottesville. delta plans to test new technology at minneapolis/st. paul, that would allow people to check their bags by scanning their faces. no agent necessary. if the pilot program goes well, the airline plans to roll it out across the country. when we come back, he rose from poverty
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to play college football. perhaps his most amazing achievement happened off the field. inspiring america is next. the reason bay area lawyers say
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low income drivers are unfairly punished. ===jess/take vo=== plus: a familiar face at practice. but when can we expect steve kerr back on the bench for the warriors? ===next close=== the news is next. ==jess/take vo== right now at 6: finally tonight, a remarkable story of
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perseverance. the young man you're about to meet concurred every obstacle in his path to achieve the dream of playing college football. nbc's ron mott has more in our inspiring america report. >> kylan lewis moore. >> reporter: the way he reads it, his life doesn't make much sense on paper, but it's unfolding as planned. >> i like to dream dreams so big, so unfathomable, that without divine intervention from god, they're destined to fail. >> growing up in the compton carson california area, no hot water, hardly any food some days, for all he lacked, he literally pushed that much harder, and football changed everything. >> the only alternative to get a shot is to get a jump,
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no, i don't gang bang, i just play football. >> football gave us life. >> his mom helped point the way. >> we may live in the 'hood, but the 'hood doesn't live in us. i envision the unlimited places that my children can go. >> reporter: injuries limited playing time, so he tackled the books big time. a student, fulling bright scholarship, motivational speaker. now freshly graduated from tcu. >> that's my son. >> reporter: another great adventure awaits. oxford university in england. road scholar. >> this is a long way from east compton. >> for real, it really is. >> his future unlike his past, rich with possibilities. >> i want to make something out of myself, i'm starting toward that. >> perfect sense really, even on paper. >> ron mott, ft. worth texas. that's going to do it on a monday night, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. and good night. run the red light -- pay the
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price. and in some cases --- go to jail. the bay area lawyers who accuse the system of being unfair to some drivers. ==jess/2-shot== the news at 6 starts now. thanks for joining us. i )m jessica aguirre. ==jan/2-shot== and i )m janelle wang -- in for raj mathai. does the punishment fit the crime? ==jan/rail== a newreport finds the high price for speeding and running red lights ... too steep for many in the bay area, and now there )s a fight to change it. n-b-c bay area )s michelle roberts joins us live from san jose with more. michelle, it could even lead to jail time. jess/hset denials tonight from the trump white house--which is
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