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sensitive groups. i think a bigger change this weekend and possibly next week with some rain. >> thanks for joining us, lester holt is next with nightly news. >> bye. tonight -- the deadliest fire if california history. hundreds of people unaccounted for. new evacuations tonight as the hills explode around malibu. an extraordinary power struggle bursting into the open. nbc news breaking the story of clashes between melania trump and john kelly. why the chief of staff may be on his way out as the first lady makes a stunning move late today to oust a top national security official. saying she no longer deserves the honor of serving the white house. a surprise twist at the start of the el chapo trial. why two jurors were dismissed as the notorious drug lord faces justice in new york. did boeing fail to warn pilots about the newest change, after a fatal crash experts say the pilots might not have understood why their
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aircraft was going down. monica lewinsky opening up about the clinton affair. like we've never heard before. >> i was mortified and afraid of what this was going to do to my family. >> tonight, what an apology from bill clinton, what she would say to hillary clinton and why she's speaking out now? parents behaving badly. a wild brawl caught on camera. and the adorable best friends bonding for life and inspiring america. the little girls we can't wait for you to meet. >> this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. we begin if california where they're seeing the destructive fire. 42 people have been killed in the northern part of the state. there is a desperate search for people still unaccounted for. new evacuations in the south as fires
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explode. we start off in california. >> reporter: tonight as a volcano of fire explodes in the hills outside malibu, the orders to evacuate came immediately. >> i didn't think it was coming back this way. looks like it's going to head -- >> reporter: police clearing a subdivisi subdivision. >> it's right there. >> reporter: with santa ana winds fueling dangerous new flare-ups, crews on the ground desperately need help from above. have bee of water hese to make drops. owe has no home to return to. >> it's like an apocalyp apocalypse. god is on vacation and not taking care of this. >> reporter: with air quality already dangerous. tonight new concerns
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over toxic smoke. the woolsey fire fueling this area. footage captured by knbc yesterday shows smoke still rising from the fire lines on the property. state officials say the fumes likely pose no health risk, but residents are demanding independent health and safety tests. in northern california the death toll has now reached 42. families are living a nightmare in the town of paradise adding the names of the missing. >> i went to 11 different shelters. >>eporter: one family's incredible reunion while so many others cling to hope. the damage and destruction across northern and southern california is being measured one family at a time. more than 7,000 homes across the state look like this one. the fire in the los angeles area is bigger than the size the city
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of denver and it's growing. lester so many neighborhoods look like this one. >> such unbelievable loss there. miguel, thank you. in an unheard of move by a sitting first lady melania trump is publicly call for the firing of a top white house adviser. the object of her scorn the deputy national security adviser the first lady's called for her ouster after she reportedly clashed with mrs. trump's staff. as well as others in the west wing. the call to fire her may be unmasking a >> reporter: tonight the first lady is flexing her muscles. melania trump taking the unprecedented step of publicly calling for the firing of one of her husband's top advisers, mira ricardel. amid other clashes with john kelly that are so significant it could lead to kelly's departure. several people familiar with the situation says that kelly has tangled with first lady's team
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over everything from staffing issues to travel requests. one white house official telling nbc there have been instances where the east wing staff were not treated as equals to the male dominated decision makers in chief kelly's office. in a statement the first lady's spokesperson called the relationship with kelly's staff very positive. melania trump said that the white house can be a challenging environment. >> we always need to watch our back. >> reporter: late today, the first lady blasted the deputy to john bolton. spotted at a white when the first lady spokesperson released a statement saying it's the position of the office of the first lady she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this white house. multiple sources say ricardel infuriated the first lady by interfering in her first solo africa. white house veterans say so much discord can be damaging. >> you don't want the staff at the white house to be
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preoccupied with infighting. you want them instead doing their job to help the president make the tough decisions and implement them. >> reporter: and lester, we are following another story out of the white house tonight. cnn has filed a lawsuit against the trump administration after one of the reporters had his press credential pulled following a heated exchange with the president. the white house referred to the suit as grand standing while cnn says they're simply standing up for the first amendment. >> kristen, thank you very much. we're watching the drama unfold in florida. counties have until thursday to finish and president trump implied fraud without any evidence that two counties are trying to steal the election. meantime in arizona, democrat kristen cinema has prevailed over martha mcsally. the hotly anticipated trial of alleged mexican drug kin el chapo got off to the unexpected
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start today. opening statements were made, but only after a sudden shakeup on the jury. our stephanie gosk explains. >> reporter: this morning defense attorneys ready to kick off their case. >> opening statements. >> reporter: instead a surprising delay in the trial of joaquin "el chapo" guzman. two jurors replaced. one suffering from anxiety. the judge is keeping the jurors anonymous. fears their lives could be at risk. el chapo has pleaded not guilty. in the opening statement, prosecutors said he controlled a vast narcotics empire. the defense argued there's another side to this story. and an american law enforcement officials can be corrupt. to get him to the courthouse, police have been shutng down the brooklyn bridge. law enforcement officials tell nbc news one possibility is housing el chapo here at the brooklyn federal courthouse monday to friday. limit the time on the road, limit the risk. of el chapo's prison breaks in mexico. there are worries he might try again. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new
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york. amazon has made it official, the online giant announced it's splitting the new headquarters into two locations. long island city in new york and arlington, virginia, outside of washington. but as jo ling kent reports not everyone is happy that amazon is coming to town. >> reporter: tonight the celebrations have begun. >> amazon has found the next home. >> reporter: after a much hyped competition, taking bids from 238 cities, it will be split between the washington suburb of arlington, virginia and queens, new york. each location promised 25,000 jobs. >> i think it's awesome. >> reporter: but now critics are questioning whether the city's are giving up too much. the tech giant led by jeff bezos, the richest man in the world, will receive more than $1.5 billion in corporate subsidies in new york and more than half a billion
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dollars worth in virginia. new york congresswoman elect alexandria cortez twting the idea it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time our subways are crumbling and a time our communities need more investment, not less, is extremely concerning. >> it's already expensive here. >> critics do not like that amazon is getting $2 billion in subsidies here because you're one of the most valuable companies in the world. what do you say to that? the kind of revenue these communities will see exceed what they're making upfront. >> reporter: amazon is primed to start hiring next year. tonight, some of the airlines and top pilots say boeing failed to tell them about a change to the brand-new plane an expert says it's an oversight that could have proven in the crash of the lion air 737 max in indonesia that killed
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everyone on board. now, airlines are urgently telling the pilots what to look for. here's tom costello with more. >> reporter: tonight, top aviation experts say the lion air pilots may not have understood why their new 737 max was suddenly in a nosedive or how to get out of it. investigators believe the plane sensors or computers had bad data suggesting a potential stall. but many veteran pilots didn't know the 737 max computers can force the nose down to avoid a stall, even when pilots are flying manually. boeing's operator's manual does not highlight the change you're upset because boeing didn't inform the pilots. >> right. that information was not disclosed to our company or our pilots. that that system existed. >> reporter: now southwest, united and american airlines are issuing urgent bulletins to get the word out. there is a fix. simply flipping a switch should have turned the automatic system off. >> as you can see it stopped the trip. >> reporter: not knowing the problem, the lion air pilots
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continued to fight to pull the nose up. >> literally in a matter of seconds, i'm in a nosedive. airplane is basically out of control. >> reporter: boeing says it's working to fully understand all aspects of the incident and it's confident in the safety of the 737 max. meanwhile pilots are warning each other how to recover from a potentially hidden danger. tom costello, nbc news, washington. the tools that a saudi hit squad carried when they allegedly killed journalist jamal khashoggi last month. as new details emerge about the audio recording. here is richard engel. >> reporter: these are the torture tools turkish media say saudi assassins smuggled in to make sure journalist jamal khashoggi's final moments were just awful. taser, a defibrillator and radio jamming equipment. the baggage x-rays leaked to a pro government turkish newspaper. khashoggi's murder was captured on a graphic audio recording shared with countries
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like canada. >> canada has been fully briefed up on what turkey had to share. >> reporter: and "the new york times" is now reporting citing three people familiar with the recording that a bodyguard of saudi arabia's crown prince, seen here outside the consulate, called home to report the deed had been done. and quote, tell your boss. but president trump's national security adviser john bolton said today evidence he's familiar with does not implicate the crown prince. saudi arabia strongly denies the prince's involvement. lester? >> all right, thanks. now to the growing mystery, an american teacher sight seeing in mexico suddenly vanished without a trace. his family piecing to answers. nbc's ron mott has late details. >> reporter: this is one of the last known photographs of patrick braxton andrew. the north carolina teacher was last seen two weeks ago in a small mexican village
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popular with hikers. he and his brother were planning to meet up in mexico city all part of a long planned trip but patrick never made it there. >> that's when i started to panic. i know patrick and he sticks to his plans. this was completely out of character for him to not be there waiting for me. >> reporter: his family raced to mexico to find him and have been piecing his movements. searchers checked out the cabins and rappelled down the ravines to no avail. >> it's time to come home, honey. >> reporter: pri is a beloved teacher and the community is praying for his safe return. >> we're going to find you and bring you home. and we love you very much. >> reporter: a desperate search for patrick far from home. ron mott, nbc news. for a third year in a row reports of hate crimes have risen in the u.s. surging about 17% in 2017 according to the fbi. nearly three out of five motivated by race and ethnicity. about 1,000 more agencies also contributed data for
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the report compared to 2016. and there's new fallout tonight over that prom photo showing dozens of young men giving an apparently nazi salute as a wisconsin school district investigates, the man who took the picture is speaking out. here is joe fryer. >> reporter: the photographer behind the lens when this controversial photo was taken says the picture has been taken out of context. >> i go get your hands up and you're going to wave. you're waving good-bye to your parents. >> reporter: peter gust said he snapped the photo last spring before baraboo's high hool prom. the image sparked outrage from those who say the students appear to be performing a nazi salute. gust a retired teacher is adamant that was not his intention. >> it's not an idea that came across my mind at all that there was any kind of nazi sign. >> reporter: some students who witnessed the photo say in the chaos there was confusion over the photographer's directions. but across the community there's anger. last night's school board meeting, the residents
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sounded off. >> they need to apologize to other students in the school. >> reporter: with the district investigating a group gathered in front of the courthouse where the photo was taken using a new image, using their hands to form hearts. joe fryer, nbc news. also tonight, monica lewinsky's new interview about her affair with president clinton and what she would say today to hillary clinton. and then caught on camera, parents and coaches in a brawl. and the unbreakable bond between four best friends inspiring america. friends ins throughout.) (sou of typing) (sound of drilling) jimmy (shouting): james! brand vo: the world's largest workforce works for themselves. we work for them. quickbooks. backing you.
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next tonight, monica lewinsky opening up about her experience with former president clinton at his impeachment trial like we've never heard before. it's part of a docuseries airing on a&e that begins sunday. here's senior national correspondent kate snow with more. >> i don't think my heart had ever beat as fast. unbeknownst to me i was on the precipice of the rabbit hole.
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>> reporter: monica lewinsky describing her encounters with president bill clinton. t as if it wh me that he was the president. obviously it did. i think it meant more to me that someone who other people desired desired me. >> reporter: the world shorthanded it as the lewinsky scandal, but 20 years later in the era of me too, a&e calls it the clinton affair. lieu win ski details the day fbi agents contacted her. >> i remember looking out the window and thinking that the only way to fix this was to kill myself. it was to jump out the window. and i just -- i felt terrible. i was scared. and i just -- i was mortified and afraid of what this was going to do to my family. >> reporter: in june, nbc's craig melvin asked the former president if he ever apologized to lewinsky. >> i thought -- >> do you feel like you owe her an
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apology? >> no, i do not. i never talked to her. but i did say publicly on more than one occasion i was sorry. >> reporter: in a new essay for "vanity fair" lewinsky says clinton should want to offer her a personal apology. i'm less disappointed by him and more disappointed for him. he would be a better man for it. bill clinton had no comment today. lewinsky writes if she ran into hillary clinton, she would acknowledge to her sincerely how very sorry i am. kate snow, nbc news. we'll take a short break and shocking video. parents and coaches fighting it out. news. we'll take a short break. parents and the coaches are fighting it out. there's little rest for a single dad,
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we are back with another case of parents behaving badly. the latest in what seems like a growing trend at kids' sporting events. at least a trend ending up on tape more often. adults making the sideline look like a side show. gutierrez. >> reporter: the kids were shaking hands after the game when the adults started throwing punches. the brawl between coaches and
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parents at a youth football game near atlanta captured on cell phone video. two weeks ago in georgia another violent fight, two people rushed to the hospital. >> we're going to hold people accountable. adults need to act like adults, when they step out of line then we'll take the necessary measures. >> reporter: parents behaving badly. caught on camera. it's a trend not just here in georgia. but across the country it seems. this angry mother kicks a ball straight at the team ref before storming off. this coach attacks this official at a basketball game. >> oh! >> reporter: tonig geora investigating this latest brawl. no charges yet. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. all right. we'll take another break. up next, four best friends rallying together as one of them faces a new battle. break. up next four best friends rallying together as one of them faces a new battle. s out of nowhere. you do, too, but not in time. hey, no big deal. you've got a good record and liberty mutual won't hold a grudge by raising your rates over one mistake. you hear that, karen?
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moved so many. two years ago four little girls made stories with a friendship that got them through tough times. as one of them faces a new battle, they're rally around each other again and inspiring america. >> reporter: lauren glenn is only 5 years old but she's made three best friends for life. but this friendship didn't start on the playground. it happened while lauren was bottling leukemia at johns hopkins hospital where she quickly bonded with other patients. chloe, eva and mckinley. >> our blood was sick. >> reporter: their mothers formed a sisterhood too. together they faced the unimaginable. >> i was really, really brave. >> reporter: in 2016 the girls posed to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. a few months ago, they recreated that moment to mark a major milestone. all of the girls were
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in remission. then unfortunately a few weeks ago lauren relapsed. >> i was always afraid of this and my worst nightmare came true. >> reporter: but just like before, lauren is not facing this battle alone. >> i love you, lauren. >> i hope you file -- feel better. >> i love you. >> reporter: eva, mckinley and chloe are right by her side. and lauren's mom shauna is finding strength in her friends. >> shawna, we love you. your fight is our fight. >> keep fighting. stay positive. >> you know we're always here. we love you. >> reporter: she has families sharing the hope that the girls will grow up with cancer a distant memory and a friendship that lasts forever. all -- >> never ever give up. >> friendship will be a powerful medicine. i hope lauren gets well soon.fallout from a fight
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court. the punishment handed down to draymond green after his verba right now at 6:00, fallout from a fight on the courts. the punishment handed down to draymond green after a verbal altercation with kevin durant. also, could the fire be prevented by pg&e. the moments before the flames erupted. we're awaiting fire crews to give an update any minute now. n: good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m jessica aguirre >> the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, and thanks for joining us, i'm jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai. the search and rescue, the investigation and the containment of the flames. we are expecting updates i ma crews on foot and in bulldozers south of paradise trying to contain the fire. they believe they have done enough to stop the flames from reaching the oroville dam. >> we have dramatic new images. check this out. emerging out of the smoke, you
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can see it there, that's a woman in a wheelchair, and she's got her dog in her lap. this footage was taken on thursday. that's the day that the fire sparked. the firefighter driving on pence road ended up giving her a ride to the hospital. a woman in a wheelchair. >> another image showing how dangerous and perilous the conditions firefighters had to work through. smo smoke, virally no visibility and with embers growing across the road. >> these numbers will change, because we are awaiting t conference from cal fire. since itke


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