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mexico's goalie was spectacular. 0-0, both teams looking good. >> had it on at the car wash today. i on our broadcast tonight, captured. a surprise takedown as u.s. special forces grab the suspected ring leader of the benghazi attack. now on his way here to face justice. tonight we'll have the raid and the reaction. direct hit. an entire town wiped out by those twin tornados caught on video. storm chasers say they've never seen anything quite like it. and the threat continues tonight for tens of millions. hot seat, dr. oz and his tv show get something of a public scolding over diet products used by so many people so desperate to lose weight. and to the rescue. the driver who jumped into action after spotting a baby crawling along the side of the highway. "nightly news" begins now.
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good evening. just when the eyes of the world were diverted to this changing situation in iraq, u.s. special operations forces swooped in and apprehended the libyan militant alleged to be the ring leader of the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he was captured over this past weekend by u.s. troops working for months in conjunction with the fbi. it's being called a victory for the obama administration's efforts to bring those responsible to justice. four americans were killed on that night, including the u.s. ambassador. once again, u.s. special forces have pulled off a raid without incident and in a dangerous place. and now this story comes here, along with the suspect. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: nearly two years after the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans, the president in pittsburgh today took a victory lap. >> it's important for us to send
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a message to the world. when americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice. >> reporter: the operation planned for months, was carried out late sunday night near benghazi by u.s. special forces aided by the fbi. officials say abu khatallah is now on a navy ship being questioned by a specialized intelligence team, on his way to the u.s. to face prosecution. >> the message is, we will shrink the world to find you, to bring you to justice. and this is a good example of that. >> reporter: but what took so long? only weeks after the attack, the new york times and cnn interviewed abu khatallah in benghazi. >> he's not that difficult to find. >> we met with abu khatallah in public at a coffee shop of a well-known hotel here in benghazi for around two hours. >> reporter: and tonight, the administration's leading critics
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still want answers about how nghazi happened. >> we knew where he was, he's been doing television interviews, we certainly could have taken him any time, even six months ago. >> reporter: keeping the pressure on hillary clinton who can't seem to shake the controversy. tonight criticized by the distraught mother of sean smith, one of the men who died in benghazi. >> my son is dead. she can stand the up and say, it was my fault, i blew it. i'm sorry, i blew it, i made the wrong decision. and that is the kind of person i do not want to be president ever. >> reporter: tonight clinton responded on cnn. >> i can see why she and others are inconsolable. there have been a number of investigations, including the independent one that the state department commissioned as well as many in congress. there are answers, not all of them. not enough, frankly. i'm still looking for answers, because it was a confusing and difficult time. >> reporter: officials tell nbc news that abu khatallah was caught at a beach resort on the run from both the u.s. and libyan officials. the u.s. did not trust the
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libyans. they did not tell them about the operation until it was all over. brian? >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom starting us off tonight. andrea, thank you. as we said, the suspect abu khatallah , is now on his way to the u.s. our justice correspondent pete williams is at the federal courthouse in washington with more on this. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. a few days from now, he'll be brought here, to the u.s. courthouse at the foot of capitol hill, where he'll be formally charged. prosecutors secretly filed charges against him last july. killing people in a federal facility, providing material support to terrorists that results in death, and using a firearm in a violent crime. if convicted he could face the death penalty. in spite of calls that the u.s. take him to guantanamo bay for more questioning, u.s. officials say tonight that will not happen. the white house says not a single person has been sent there since president obama took office. when the questioning is over on that navy ship by the intelligence officials, the fbi
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will give him a miranda warning and begin interrogating him to build a criminal case, one that will be presented in this courthouse. brian? >> pete williams in washington for us tonight. pete, thanks. it was just as we came on the air last night, we showed you the video of an extraordinarily powerful storm system in the upper plains, including dual tornado funnels touching down at the same time. after a long night and the first light of day today, we learned the extent of the destruction. the number of dead and injured. nbc's john yang is in what is left of things in pilger, nebraska. john, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. this is what three quarters of the buildings here in pilger look like tonight -- absolutely flattened. two people died, including a 5-year-old girl and more than a dozen people were injured, all because of a devastating hit by a rare and deadly tornado. captured on camera, a twin tornado, sometimes called sisters. two funnels descending from a
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single storm cell, cutting a doubly broad path of destruction across northeastern nebraska. >> do you see the tornado? >> oh, gosh. >> reporter: veteran storm chaser ben mcmillan thought he had seen everything. >> either of them would be a dangerous and violent thing by themselves. to have both of them together was shocking. the power and the motion when it was over the city and around the city was really incredible. >> reporter: and so was the devastation in this town, less than one square mile, and home to some 370 residents. >> the business district is gone. city hall is gone, the fire department's destroyed. public library's received severe damage. >> this was the bedroom. >> reporter: the tornado leveled larry nelson's home of 22 years. he took shelter in a neighbor's basement as the giant storm slowly rumbled toward him. >> you know, it was a wicked looking -- i never seen one like that before. >> in the blink of an eye, gone. >> reporter: the twister wiped
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out five generations of work at this family-owned farm and livestock feed lot. owner jeff dinklage says it will take millions of dollars and more than a year to rebuild. >> the elevators have to be rebuilt. most of the buildings have to be rebuilt. i would say almost 100% of our equipment is heavily damaged. the feed yard is basically a teardown and a rebuild. >> reporter: tonight many are contemplating their next move, like larry nelson. so what do you do now? >> pick up and see what my insurance does and what help i can get. >> reporter: but you're here. >> yeah, i'm grateful. i don't know if i've ever said that before, but i am. >> reporter: when pilger celebrated the centennial a few years back the city fathers picked a slogan. nowadays they can't quite
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remember why they picked the one they did. today it's taking on a rallying cry. the tough little town too tough to die. brian? >> well, they'll need every bit of that spirit in pilger, nebraska. john yang starting off our reporting from there. john, thanks. this system, of course, is hitting beyond nebraska, there's damage in parts of minnesota, wisconsin. the worry is flooding in parts of iowa, south dakota where roads and farmlands were with swamped, trees and power lines taken down by strong winds and the threat of this weather continues now including people in nebraska. mike seidel on the ground in pilger tonight. hey, mike. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. here in pilger, the national weather service surveyed the damage today, they found some areas of ef-4 damage. that's not surprising when you look at houses like this one behind me. they're completely off their foundations.
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now, we're still waiting on the specifics, how long was the tornado on the ground? how wide was the damage path. an ef-4 rating puts those wind gusts between 166 and 200 miles an hour. more than 54 million americans back in the danger zone tonight. we have another storm coming out of the plains, this is going to increase the threat. from montana to minnesota. right now we have a severe weather watch in south dakota. buffalo, cleveland watch out for straight line wind damage gusts, up to 70 miles an hour and large mail. for the people back east, these storms will bring a temporary relief from the heat. in washington today, a record high of 97. tomorrow in philadelphia, their heat advisory of the season. heat index values, brian, headed to steamy values of around 100. >> three time zones worth of potentially severe weather tonight. mike seidel, part of our coverage. mike, thanks. tonight president obama continues to deliberate over possible u.s. actions in iraq, with no real good options at his disposal. tomorrow they'll brief congressional leaders at the white house, talk about the way forward, as the situation in
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baghdad remains tense. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel reports from there again for us tonight. >> reporter: iraqi government planes continue an air campaign against the sunni radicals of isis. but the militants' war is far more up close and personal. this video not verified by nbc news appears to show isis radicals stopping trucks between iraq and syria. a militant asked the drivers if they're shiite. they say no. they're sunni. just like the gunmen. he tests them, asking how sunnis pray specifically. he's unconvinced and the drivers are executed. at the huge u.s. embassy in baghdad, they're making preparations in case this vicious war comes to the capitol. bringing in 170 additional american troops with 100 more stationed in the region to set
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up air fields, should an emergency evacuation be needed. here in baghdad life goes on, but in sunni neighborhoods like this one, there is real fear. fear of the government, fear of the sectarian militias. and fear even of their own army. sunnis are especially worried about all the new shiite recruits joining the army. we met some of them today. it was eye opening and disturbing. "we will kill the isis terrorists," said achmed jared, "we will crush them." so i asked them why they're fighting, they quickly began cheering. they're cheering for their religious leaders. there is a sectarian side to this, they think they're fighting iraq and also for their shiite faith. this was not the army the united states spent so many lives and dollars to build. battle lines are drawn. and the u.s., if it gets involved, will be entering a
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religious war. and, brian, we've been told of a very troubling development tonight. a senior police official tells us, sunnis are being forced from their neighborhoods. shiite militias spray painting x's on their homes, slipping notes under their doors, telling them they must leave the city. brian? >> richard engel in baghdad rounding out our foreign coverage tonight. richard, thanks. and back in this country, here we are, what used to be called the dinner hour, a big and ongoing story that affects just about every american family. consumer prices up for just about everything, especially groceries. new numbers from the labor department show the price of chicken breasts up 19 cents in a month. bacon up 36 cents. ground chuck has risen 39 cents since this time last year. eggs up 13 cents. it all adds up, and as many families prepare for summer vacations, gas prices are up 35 cents a gallon since january. if you need to fly, airline tickets jumped an average of
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about 6% in just a month. overall, this is the largest increase in consumer prices in three years. still ahead for us tonight, dr. oz gets grilled over diet products, as he and his tv show are accused of being a part of the problem. and later, where were you 20 years ago tonight?
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we are back with the grilling on capitol hill today of dr. mehmet oz, one of the best known physicians on tv and otherwise. he went to washington to ask for help fighting internet marketers who use his likeness to sell dubious weight loss products. but instead, senators started replaying clips are from his own tv show where he uses words like miracle and magic weight loss pill and suggested he just may be part of the problem here. we get our report tonight from nbc's tom costello.
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>> reporter: for millions of americans, if dr. oz says it, it must be true about. so respected, marketers of weight loss products have been quick to steal clips from dr. oz's syndicated talk show. >> you may think magic is make believe, but this little bean says this can burn fat fast. >> reporter: today on capitol hill, senators were asking why a respected cardiac surgeon would use words like miracle and magic pill when talking about green coffee beans. >> why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that? >> in an attempt to engage viewers, i use flowery language, language that was passionate. it ended up not being helpful but incendiary. >> i don't get why you need to say this stuff, you know it's not true. >> reporter: dr. oz insists says he believes in what he discusses on tv. he's never endorsed a brand name, and yet internet marketers have used his words to sell diet products. with 70% of the adult population overweight or obese, americans spent $2.4 billion on weight
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loss products and services last year. but the federal trade commission says many of the products are bogus, the advertising often false and deceptive. >> consumers should really use skepticism when they hear these extravagant claims. don't be fooled, the only thing you're going to lose is your money. >> reporter: the supplement industry says consumers should use common sense when deciding whether a product sounds too good to be true. >> i realize to my colleagues of the fdc that i have made their jobs more difficult. that's why i came today. >> reporter: dr. oz says he's already toning down the passionate language. >> you have admitted making mistakes and how you described a few things, i think you have a duty to correct that record and then be careful going forward. >> as for losing weight. >> the basis of long term well being is diet and exercise, it always has been. and it probably always will be. >> reporter: no magic and no miracle pill. tom costello, nbc news, washington. and we are back in a moment with something you may not realize about a household item that is a big part of the
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american lech are trielectric b.
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this is a.c., i have o.j. in the car. >> okay, where are you? >> please, i'm coming up the 5 freeway. >> it was 20 years ago tonight early evening on the east coast late afternoon in l.a., when o.j. simpson got into a white ford bronco driven by his friend a.c. -- al cowlings. and simpson pointed a .357 magnum at his own head. tv audiences had gathered for game five of the 1994 nba finals between the rockets and knicks. interrupted by word of this so called slow speed chase on the freeway. in the end a national viewing audience of 95 million people found themselves transfixed by the drama that resulted in the arrest of simpson who was later found not guilty at trial. for team usa and the world cup, ghana has been the spoiler in the past two world cups. not this year. last night in brazil, the u.s. struck early within the first minute and held on to win 2-1. the u.s. plays again on sunday when they will face portugal.
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the cable and satellite industry recently agreed to reduce the power used by the set top boxes. and here's why. there's an estimated 224 million of them in the u.s. according to a report in the l.a. times, they're the second biggest energy users in a lot of homes, consuming as much total electricity as could be produced by four giant nuclear reactors running around the clock. in a lot of homes, only air conditioners use up more power than these boxes. according to one estimate in california, the boxes alone can cost a household up to $8 a month, even when they are turned off. speaking of cable companies, comcast, the company that owns nbc universal, received permission today from new york's landmark preservation commission to rebrand this building, 30 rockefeller plaza. comcast bought the company along with real estate holdings from ge. the ge sign has been up top since 1988.
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comcast intends to change the iconography of midtown manhattan, there it is atop the 39th tallest building in the country -- from ge to comcast along with the iconic peacock. ralph lauren was today presented with the james smithson bicentennial medal at the smithsonian. hillary clinton on hand for the honors. lauren donated $10 million plus toward the restoration of the original star spangled banner. the citation that was read today calls ralph lauren, "the embodiment of the american experience through fashion, design and philanthropy." when we come back, the shocking sight on the side of a highway as a driver jumps to the rescue.
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we are going to end tonight on a compelling story that comes to us from our nbc station in atlanta. it's about an extraordinary discovery on the side of a local road by a man who happened to be in the right place at the right time, and he did the right thing. we get our report tonight from the reporter who originally covered this as a local news
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story there. here is matt pearl of wxia-tv in atlanta. >> reporter: long ago, brian collins learned the value of choosing the right path. >> i've been in a lot of bad situations, but i've never seen that. >> reporter: last friday he found on the side of a road, a chance to save a life. >> i saw something moving in the ditch. when i got out, it was a baby, almost right here. almost in the highway. >> reporter: 15-month-old emily pickens had crawled through the woods, down an embankment, ending up 300 yards from home. >> there was a baby crawling on the bridge? >> a baby on the highway? >> what was your reaction? >> the same as yours would have been? what's going on, a baby? >> reporter: for two hours, collins comforted the child. >> the baby started crying then, i turned my phone on, let the baby listen to some gospel music. >> reporter: amazingly, baby emily was unharmed.
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>> almost a miracle that a 15-month-old can go that far from the house, through the woods, end up on a major highway, and really not get hurt that bad. >> baby came down this bank. >> reporter: on this day he is a hero. but collins never could have saved the life of this baby if he had not, long ago, saved his own. >> i did ten years for manufacturing cocaine. while i was in prison, i made a very conscientious effort to change. >> reporter: he's been free and clean for five years. and it's in his new job as an auto repairman that he found himself here on the side of the road, a baby's life literally in his hands. baby emily is back with her parents. though her father was arrested yesterday, they say it was all a mistake. >> one of the boys left the front door open and apparently she had gotten loose. >> it made me feel good that i could be in society and do good. just as well as you can do bad, you can do good. >> reporter: matt pearl, nbc news, atlanta. that is our broadcast on a tuesday night.
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thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. we, of course, hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. right back here tomorrow evening. good night. -- captions by vitac -- nbc bay area news starts now. it is very overwhelming, you know, it's really over the top. >> right now at 6:00, helping ease the pain that comes with a housing boom. one south bay city considering a plan that could mean thousands of dollars in cash for residents who are evicted. good evening, and thanks for joining us, i'm jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai. it's happening all over the area, people turning their
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complexes into luxury complexes. michelle is at city hall. >> reporter: for the last few years, mountain view has given thousands of dollars to low-income families who have essentially been pushed out of their apartments when the landlords decide to renovate and raise prices. the people say they're grateful for the money, but it's just not enough. and tonight city council is discussing just that. angelina is packing up. her family recently received a 90-day notice to move out. rents are increasing by 50%, and she can't afford it. >> we want to stay here. my daughter is in school here. and it's very expensive. >> reporter: angelina and her husband have two kids, and she's been battling breast cancer for nearly a year. facing an eviction in an apartment out of