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tonight, chaos and confusion as president trump makes new waves and neclaims on his way out, again angerin our closest world allies. and tonight protests as they roll out the red carpet in london. fireworks as a top fbi agent who sent anti-trump text messagess grilled before congress. r!> mr. chairman, orde stormy daniels arrested after a strip show that police said went too far. s but the charge already dropped. uper attorney says she was se. hate crime charges for a man caught on camera berating a woman over a puerto rican flag on her shirt. >> you should not be wearing that in the united states of america. >> okay. >> a police officer who stood by and didn't step in to help now off the force. an american tourist celebrating
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her wedding anniversary murdered in mexico. new concerns tonight about violence on summer vacation. > and a sale so popular it triggered mayhem. lines wrapped around malls. thousands of disappointed kids turned away. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and thank you for being here. president trump is in london tonight with the dust still swirling in his wa back in brussels over what was and wasn't agreed to at this week's nato meetings. to hear the prident tell it, it was mission accomplished, that he successfully squeezed his european counterparts to spd even more on defense. but some of those allies are offering a tonight.erent account this evening the president and first lady are being hosted by britain's prime minister theresa may and her husband. as the two leaders tarepare for their own tougs amidst the uk's political turmoil. nbc's kristen welker is in london tonight kristen, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. president trump may be
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e ere in britain, but there ill ripple effects from the nato summit. with some key allies expressing concerns their tensions with mr. trumd be playing right into vladimir putin's hands. in a hastily arranged news conference this morning the president tried to claim victory, saying nato allies have reed to his demand for a big increase in military spending. >> they've raised an additional $33 billion that's been put up by the various countries,in nocluding the united states. >> reporter: but moments french president macron denied mr. trump's claim and reaffirmed all allies are still committed to paying 2% over the next decade, targets that were previously agreed amid the confusion and chaos mr. trump reaffirming his commitment. >> believe in nato. nato now is really a fine-tuned machine. people are paying money that they never paid before. >> reporter: tough talk that may also be aimed at showing strength ahead of his one-on-one with
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russian president vladimir putin. the president under pressure to press putin on election meddling, something mr. trump says he'll do. >> all i can do is saydi you and don't do it again, but he may deny it. >> reporter: but the president may ha only added to concerns by seeming to leave the door open to recogning russia's 2014 annexation of crimea, a move western allies say violates international law. >> they just opened a started years ago.s they built i think a submarine port, substantially added billions of dollars. >> reporter: and when asked if he caget ong with putin -- >> oh, he's a competitor. he's been very nice to me the times i've met n im. i've bnice to him. he's a competitor. >> reporter: that prompting a sharp rebuke. >> he's not a competitor. he's our adversary. he's our enemy. >> reporter: all setting the table for face to face.a fiery kristen welker, nbc news, london. i'm hallie jackson in london, where pomp and protests are
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greeting president trump before a queen's tea tomorrow as the uk rolls out the red et caiterally in front of blenham palace. but outside it -- >> i don't think he quite realizes that people are against him. >> i think that those people, they like me a lot. >> reporter: a fire thrower now stepping into a political tinder box with theresa may's government disintegrating. a she's pushin controversial path forward for brexit. but if may hoped for a hand to sell her plan shs not quite getting it. late tonight the president telling the "sun" newspaper -- >> i actually told theresa may how to do it. but she didn't agree. 't listen to me. >> reporter: foreign secretary jeremy hunt replaced boris johnson, who resigned in protest over brexit this week. >> does president trump need to come out and issue a more strong statement in support of prime minister may? e'>> well, i think h already said lots of thingshat are very strong and very supportive. >> you're satisfied with what he said today on brexit, then? >> well, he has beene
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ader who right from the start said that brexit presents great opportunities for this country. >> the statef the special relationship is? >> i think is a very healthy one. >> reporter: and that was on full display tonight. two alliesin hand. hallie jackson, nbc news, london. on another front tonight north korean officials did not show up for a meeting with the u.s. at the dmz today to discuss returning u.s. soldiers' remains from the korean war. that's accordi to uth korean media. that meeting is now rescheduled for sunday. but president trumre ased a letter from kim jong un dated july 6th, hailing their singapore summit. but the letter is dated before kim declined to see secretary of state mike pompeo during hist vi north korea last week. it was a fiery day on capitol hill as an fbi agent who sent text messages critical of president trump testified before congress. face attacks from republicans, who see ncthe texts as evi of political bias, he defended his role in
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the russia investigation and the clinton e-mail pbe. e tensions boiling over in a bitter battle. here's nbc's kasie nt >> you swear the testimony -- >> reporter: the intense fireworks starting just moments after fbi agent peter strzok was sworn in. >> mr. chairman, order! >> reporter: lawmakers shouting over each other while strzok, who investigated hillary clinton's e e-mails and led probe into possible russian collusion testified about his .anti-trump text messag >> not once in my 26 dears of defending our nati my personal opinions impact any official action i took. r: but for republicans it's proof of bias. forcing strzok to read some of his anti-trump messages with fbi lawyer lisa page, with whom he was having an affair. >> miss page said, "not ever going to become president, right?" >> "no, no, he's not. we'll stop i" >> reporter: strzok trying to explain. >> it was in response ve to a series ofs that included then candidate trump insulting the gr imt family of a fallen war hero.
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and my presumption based on that horrible, disgusting behavior, that the american population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the united states. >> reporter: in one of the most heated exchanges strzok insistinas not removed from the mueller investigation over bias. >> i don't appreciate what was origilly id being changed. >> i don't give a damn what you appreciate, agent strzok. i don't appreciate having an fbi agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major in stigations in 2016. >> reporter: democrats blasting the hearing as a show trial, defending strzok and the legitimacy of the r investigation. >> here are the individuals who already admitted their guilt. >> reporter: next in the hot seat, lisa page testifying tomorrow behind closed doors. kasie hunt, nbc news, the capitol.> turn now to the arrest of porn star stormy daniels in the midst of her legal battle with president trump. daniels charged after that police officers said went too far.
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l but just houer those charges have already been dropped and her lawyer says she was set up. here's nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: it's not th glamour pic that propelled stormy daniels to porn prominence. this mug shot taken overnight. the adult film star booked after allegedly fondling female customers d pressing three undercover vice detectives into her chest at this columbus, ohio strip club according to police, daniels, topless and wearing a g-string, ctrabbed each of the deteives' heads, two of them women, before she ben smacking their face with her bare breasts. in ohio it can be illegal at a strip club for dancers to touch patrons. police say they were at the club investigating allegations of human trafficking and prostitution. >> my attorney and i are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth. >> reporter: daniels is locked in a legal battle over the hush money she received during the campaign for her alleged sexual encounter wi donald trump, allegations he's denied. daniels' attorney blasting her arrest as a setup and va politically mod, arguing it reeks of
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desperation. >> i can state unequivocally that i believe that but for her notoriety and but r the fact that she has taken on one of the most powerful men in the world she would not ve been arrested.>> eporter: after posting $6,000 in bail, daniels was releed. the prosecutor hours later dismissing the charges. peter alexander, nbc ws. tonight prosecutors in chicago have announced hate crime charges against a man who was caught on camera over a puerto rican flag he shirt. the video seen by millions. there's been anger over that confrontation and the police officer seen standi by not stepping in to help. tonight that officer is off the force. we get the lates from nbc's ron mott. >> why are you wearing that? r >>eporter: tonight the man in this now viral video charged two counts of felony hate crimes. >> you should not be wearing in the united states of america. >> okay. >> reporter: 62-year-old timothy trybus captured on video berating a woman
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in an illinois park for wearing a t-shirt with a puerto rican flag on it. >> are you a citizen? citizen.i am a >> are you a united stes citizen? >> can you please get away from me? >> reporter: the woman telling a nearby police officer -- >> officer, i am renting this area, and he's harassing me about the t that i'm wearing. >> reporut the officer failing to intervene. >> officer, i feel highly uomfortable. can you please grab him? >> reporter: despite her pleas for help. >> as you can see, the police are not even -- he's not even grabbing him. >> reporter: that officer has resigned. puerto rico's governor pasaying he was aped and shocked by the incident. puerto rico, a u.s. territory. its sidents american citizens. >> can youlease step away from me, sir? >> reporter: mia, the woman in the video, says she hopes it helps educate people about racism in america. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. now to some shocking new g allegations be leveled against nfl star lesean mccoy. the running back and pro bowler denying that he attacked an ex-girlfriend who was inallegedly injure home invasion at a property that mccoy owns.
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nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story. we want to waryou at some of the images in this story are disturbing. >> reporter: tonight, newl released 911 calls reveal the panic after a break-in at this home in suburban atlanta owned by buffalo bills star running back lesean mccoy. >> were weapons involved or mentio'ad, m? >> yes. a gun. i got hit in the face. oh, my god. >> reporter: the brutal attack by an unknown assailant left mccoy's ex-girlfriend, o delicia cordon, was living there, severely beaten and hospitalized. >> he took my jewelry off my -- i mean my diamond bracelet off my wrist.he anust kept asking for jewelry. i think it has something to do with my ex-boyfend. reporter: in an instagram post since deleted cordon's friend blames mccoy calling him the devil and an animal. "for the record," mccoy fired back, "the totally baseless and offensive claims made against me are
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completealse. furthermore, i have not had any directac t with any of the people involved in months." court records show mccoy had been trying to evi cordon from his home for more than a year. police aren't saying whether they believe he may have somehow been involved in t break-in. cordon's lawyer tells us that her client is now out of the hospital. flin a statement the says it is reviewing the case. the players association had no comment. be gutierrez, nbc news, milton, georgia. tonight swift fallout for papa john. the man who built a pizza empireesigning from his own company after admitting to using a racial slur. his apology not enough to save his position as chairman and the face of the wildly successful chain he started. we get more now from nbc's kerry sanders. >> i'm john schnatter, papa john. >> reporter: tonight papa john is gone. john schnaer epping down as chairman of the company he started three decades ago in a broom closet at his father's indiana vern. the controversy stemming from racial slurs he used during a conference call two months ago.
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schnatter acknowledging trying to justify previous boegative comments he made nfl players taking a knee, saying, "colonel sanders called blacks the n word" and complaining that the kfc founder never faced public backlash. ironically, the call's intent was to prevent future pr disasters. schnatter apologizing, saying "simply stated, racism has no place in our society." >> i don't think there's no coming back from a comment like that. it's been said. you're awa you're gone. >> reporter: others upset schnatter remains on the board of a company that took a $2.93 billion slice pi of the nation'a market last year. >> and so if he uses the n word, ethically he embarrasses everyone in that company. >> reporter: the challeng his face and name are synonymous with the company. >> this could be a major setback for the brand. >> reporter: now papa john's will need to move forward without papa john. kerry sanders, nbc news, west palm beach, florida. one of the mosrr ic murder cases
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in our nation's history has been reopened a decade after it was closed. federal prosecutors are relaunching the investigation into the 1955 killing of emmett till, a crime so disturbing it galvaned the civil rights movement. nbc's rehema ellis on the new effort to find justice for till. >> reporter: it was one mothightmare she insisted the world had to see. her 14-year-old n emmett till's tortured body was found in a mississippi river after he was accused of flirting with a white woman. now 63 years later the justice dertment is reopening the case after receiving unspecified new information.e' thspeculation it's connected to a book published a year ago. >> i cooperated fully with the fbi's investigation, and i was happy to do so, and i gave them all my research materials including my interview with caroline bryant. >> here we go. >> reporter: in his book timothy tyson revealed that caroline bryant, who testified that emmett whistled
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at her, admitted it was a lie. >> she said that nothing that boy did could ever justify what hpened to him. >> reporter: bryant's husband and brother-in-law were charged and acquitted back in 1955 by an all-white jury. later they confessed to a reporter knowing they couldn't be retried. both are now dead. emmett's cousin, who was with him the night he was kidnapped, told me last year the family wanted the case reopened. >> can you forgive? >> oh, yes. i can't afford to hate. e hate destroys hater. i can't carry that. >> reporter: regardless of whether charges are ever filed, the new investigation means tt till has not been forgotten. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. we'll take a short break here. anstill ahead, vacation horror. an american tourist wedding anniversary in mexico when tragedy struck. also, the toy store frenzy that led to some truly unbearable lines.
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>> reporter: mexico has a murder rate nearly four times that of the u.s. this may a homicide every 15 minutes. even at popular beach destinations americans have been warned of s.iolence. the overnment has issued do not travel advisories for five mexican states. many crimes connected to gun violence. l >>e in chicago. you know, we're sensized to this. this is the worst experience a parent can ever have. >> reporter: tonight during the height of summer vacation the murder of an american in a country where the af government i it's se. miguel almaguer, nbc news. there is much more to tell you about tonight, including ts rrifying mom when a shopping mall suddenly comes crashing down. also the emmy nominations are out. did your favorites make the cut? it's the ford summer sales event and now is the best time to buy. preparing classic campfire trout. say what? trout. trout. all right. you don't think i need both? why does he have that axe?
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finally tonight, we're shining our spotlight on the smash hit video game that has 100 million people across the gloob ssed. you're either playing it or you probably know someone who is. and with the eagerly awaited new chapter rolling out today our gadi schwartz takes us bl inside the ie virtual world of fortnite. >> reporter: fortnite, a video game so popular some of its features are starting to pop up in the real world. a giant hamburger in california. llamas in london.e thdances everyone seems to be doing like this o at the world cup. call fortnite. the game's object,
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outshoot opponents to be the last person standing on this island. along the way, skydive out of a bus, chop s.own trees, have dance partie >> sometimes it's hard to stop. it's different every time you play. ng>> reporter: amohe 125 million players worldwide, the sandsy brothers who say thelo it because it connects them to their friends no matter where they're at. they're in rhode island and i'm in the uk. >> since i'm by the tower of london we should drop in the tilted towers. >> reporter: and as we build forts and take cover they state the obvious. the game can get addicting. how much fortnite do you think is too much fortnite? >> threeours. >> yeah, three hours a day. >> reporter: their mom says she has a -hate relationship with their playing. >> fortnite is a guaranteed way for my kids to be entertaithd. down side is it's also a guaranteed way for them to argue. >> reporter: another family where the world of fortnite has collided with real life. gadi schwart nbc news, london. >> all right. before you reach for your phones, let me say we areciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this thursday
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night. of'm lester holt. for al us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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