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that off. >> showers tomorrow. looking good this weekend. a bit warmer. lester holt is next with nightly news. >> see you at 6:00. breaking news tonight. breaking news tonight. the new tropical storm striking. the rapidly intensifying storm making landfall in texas millions under alert potential life-threatening flash floods houston in the danger zone al roker has the new track also breaking, the new headline in the devastating attack on the world's oil supply u.s. intelligence indicating cruise missiles that hit saudi arabia were fired from iran. the growing questions tonight. how will president trump respond? the new death linked to vaping, seven now across the country. tonight the battle to kick the habit especially tough for teens. experts say it's harder than quitting smoking growing fallout for antonio brown. the new report of shady business deals, the ex-trainer accusing
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him of rape, meeting with the nfl in a marathon session. and tonight what patriots owner robert kraft reportedly said about his decision to hire the controversial star the american swimmer who made history crossing the english channel four times, over 130 miles, without stopping. >> you don't have to give up and let it define your entire life >> the health battle she overcame and the tributes pouring in tonight for a legendary journalist >> this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt >> good evening. that disturbance in the gulf of mexico we told you about last night quickly spun up into a tropical storm today, and within an hour, made landfall in texas. tonight the pop-up storm is sitting at houston's doorstep, where forecasters are warning of life-threatening flash flooding along parts of the upper texas coast. let's get right to al roker now with the very latest
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al, who's in the danger zone here >> right now, lester, everyone from texas right on into louisiana has to worry about this it's 30 miles west of galveston. 40-mile-per-hour winds the flash flood watches extend into louisiana imelda with he rain and thunderstorms. rainfall rates up to 1 to 3 inches per hour, and that could be life-threatening flash flooding rainfall amounts generally from 6 to 12 inches of rain, but 18 inches are possible, lester, so this flash flooding is going to be our biggest concern lester >> al, thanks very much. we'll have more from you shortly ahead in our series "climate in crisis." right now let's turn to that attack on those oil facilities in saudi arabia and mounting evidence that iran was responsible for the strikes that sent shockwaves through the global oil market. andrea mitchell tonight with the new developments >> reporter: tonight, u.s. intelligence indicates the
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unprecedented attack on saudi oil fields originated from iran. using a combination of low altitude cruise missiles and drones to evade radar, two u.s. officials tell nbc news. they say the missiles were fired from at least one location in western iran now secretary of state pompeo is traveling to saudi arabia, which u.s. officials say could retaliate against iran with u.s. support, but without the u.s. firing a shot. after earlier tweeting he was locked and loaded, president trump monday said he wants to avoid military conflict. >> i don't want war with anybody. >> reporter: and the military is also cautioning against striking iran, though it is revisiting a list of possible targets, including oil facilities or revolutionary guard missile launch sites the intelligence is now being shared with senators >> i think the president needs to act now and needs to act with partners in a fashion so the iranians will not do this ever again. >> if the president starts a war against iran to protect the saudis, i will tell you this we will file a motion
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immediately to force this to the floor of the senate and force there to be a vote. >> reporter: tonight saudi arabia says it has restored half of its oil production, much faster than expected so u.s. analysts are reducing their predictions of a possible 25-cent per gallon rise in gas prices down to 20 cents. lester >> andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. there is a real cliff-hanger tonight for israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, facing voters today with exit polls showing no clear winner. nbc's bill neely is there tonight. >> reporter: israel's election tonight too close to call. tv exit polls predicting a dead heat, and putting benjamin netanyahu's political future in doubt. he campaigned furiously today to remain israel's prime minister, but his main opponent matched him. benny gantz, who once took orders from netanyahu as his military chief believes he will replace him.
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netanyahu ran as if president trump was s nng mate, boasting of his unique relationship and being king bibi to a deeply divided electorate. >> we don't need change. >> reporter: netanyahu promised voters he would make more palestinian land part of israel. president trump reluctant to back that. >> no, i don't want to be talking about that it's too soon. >> reporter: too soon, too close. >> it's a 50-50 election a lot of people, if you look at the polls and everything else, it's going to be very close. >> reporter: neither man appears to have a clear path to victory. so it's up to israel's president to decide who has the best chance of forming a government, and that could take days lester >> all right, bill neely in tel aviv tonight, thank you. there is breaking health news this evening. the death of another patient from a serious illness related to vaping. and late today, new york became the second state in the nation the ban all flavored
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e-cigarettes nbc's stephanie gosk has more on the vaping epidemic. >> reporter: the 40-year-old california man died from what health officials there called severe pulmonary injury. it's the seventh death, together with hundreds of illnesses recently linked to vaping. the cdc is investigating 380 cases across 36 states and has activated its emergency operation center, directing more staff and resources to the problem. while health experts and parents increasingly ask the same question, how can kids kick the habit. >> nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man. >> reporter: dr. sharon levy runs an addiction program for children. >> vaping can be more addictive than cigarettes, and the way we see a lot of kids use them, it's clear that they're getting very high doses. >> reporter: for now, she is relying on medication and counseling >> there is no research on how to do it. >> i was using four a day at one point. >> reporter: lucas canard was getting a daily dose of nicotine equal to four packs of cigarettes his best option to quit, rehab
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>> we're seeing kids coming into the clinic with their lives falling apart around them. >> reporter: racing to find the best way to break the addiction. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york the pentagon today identified an american green beret killed in afghanistan. army sergeant first class jeremy griffin of greenbrier, tennessee, was on his fourth combat deployment when he was killed by small arms fire yesterday. sergeant griffin was 41 years old. tonight police here in california and oklahoma are crediting tips in the public with possibly stopping school shootings in those states. three of those arrested are just 14 years old pete williams has the details. >> reporter: in southeastern oklahoma, 18-year-old alexis wilson is charged tonight with making a terrorist threat, accused of telling a coworker she wanted to shoot up mcalester high school, which she once attended court documents she recently bought an ak-47 assault rifle and said she was going to quote, shoot 400 people for fun she later said she didn't mean
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it, but the county sheriff is taking no chances with people who threaten schools. >> we're going charge them and the judiciary is going to prosecute them to the fullest effect this is something we can have zero tolerance on. >> reporter: in desert hot springs, california, three 14-year-olds, two boys and a girl, are charged with threatening on social media to shoot their high school. police say the teens had access to a semiautomatic pistol and a revolver, as well as this pellet gun that looked exactly like an ar-15 assault rifle. if they had brought it to school, police say it could have easily been mistaken for the real thing. >> our officers would have no way to make that discernment in a quick second and it could have ended in a very, very different manner. >> reporter: tonight officials are praising the people who took both threats seriously and tipped off police in this era of mass shootings lester >> pete, thank you there were fireworks on capitol hill today with house democrats holding their first official impeachment hearing the sole witness, corey lewandowski, the former trump
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campaign manager who clashed with democrats in several heated exchanges. controversy erupted before lewandowski was even sworn in. the white house directing him not to answer questis about conversations with president trump beyond what's in the mueller report the president praising lewandowski on twitter, calling his opening statement, quote, beautiful. tonight one of the country's biggest employers has put out the help wanted sign amazon holding job fairs in six u.s. cities, looking to fill tens of thousands of positions nbc's tom costello was there with the massive crowds. >> reporter: the lines were so long, they stretched down city blocks and into a tent thousands of people drawn by the promise of an interview. >> you have your resume? >> yes. >> reporter: with a 21st century giant. what draws you to amazon >> honestly, it is so cool, at this point it's a very cool name and it's growing. >> reporter: today is amazon career day held in six cities. arlington, virginia, the future
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home of hq2 as well as nashville, boston, dallas, seattle, and chicago amazon's goal, hire 30,000 employees by early next year from $15 an hour warehouse to computer programmers and execs earning $125,000 and up. what are you looking for in an employee >> people who want to roll up their sleeves, experiment, and create things that haven't been invented yet >> reporter: she just graduated from college with a computer iee gree. >> this is the future. it would be exciting to work here. >> reporter: it comes in a very tight labor market unemployment at a 50-year low with amazon struggling to find qualified employees, and it's not just amazon. >> the greatest demand is for health care workers, technology workers, education employees those areas of the economy that demand higher skills than average. >> reporter: even though many already have a job, thousands drawn by the lure of working for amazon
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tom costello, nbc news, arlington, virginia. some sad news tonight about one of the best in our business. cokie roberts, the celebrated correspondent and analyst for npr and abc news has died. she was 75 anne thompson tonight on her long and memorable career. >> reporter: for so many years, cokie roberts was a sunday morning staple, offering savvy insights and wit >> but other states if they nominate yahoo, the democrats likely to win. >> reporter: co-anchored with sam donaldson and covering every major political event on television and radio. >> commentator and columnist cokie roberts. the feature is call ask cokie. >> reporter: a trusted familiar voice on npr, her coworkers call roberts one of the network's founding mothers what you didn't see or hear is how she reached out to other women journalists, offering her hard won advice. >> just do your work and get it on the air
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and then people will see that you're good. >> reporter: the daughter of two louisiana congressmen, politics was in her dna her father democrat hale boggs. >> the search continued for hale boggs. >> after he died in a plane crash, her mom lindy winning that seat. >> growing up in the capital was wonderful. >> reporter: she married steve roberts, raising two children, co-authoring columns, book, and a life together. >> i'd like to be remembered as a mother and a wife and friend of people that i love very, very much >> reporter: her family today saying we will miss cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness, as will we all anne thompson, nbc news. >> i admire cokie's work and her passion for journalism she will be missed with that tropical storm bearing down in texas tonight, the signs of our rapidly changing climate are everywhere. tonight al roker focuses on the
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warming waters on the east coast threatening communities and jobs from florida to new england. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine hurricanes more powerful and devastating than this, but that's the future communities along our southeastern coast are staring down because as our oceans warm, experts say storms are becoming stronger, slower, and more damaging >> we're starting to see more category 3, 4, and 5 storms. we're seeing the rapidly intensifying, and we're seeing them rain out a lot more. >> reporter: it's just one of the ways warming waters are impacting the eastern seaboard tiny tangier island sits off the coast of virginia. a vulnerable sliver of land that's sinking into the chesapeake bay >> where we are now, there was a community right here. >> reporter: james eskridge is the mayor. the population here, less than 500 and declining. >> and all of it's just underwater now, completely gone. >> reporter: since 1850, two-thirds of the island has
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been swallowed by the bay. many folks here point to erosion as the cause, but scientists say it's also rising sea levels due to warming waters. >> getting protection for the island is first and foremost on everybody's mind here. when you go to bed, you think about it when you wake up, you think about it >> reporter: eskridge is pushing to build a seawall around the entire island, but that will cost millions. he fears without it, the only place he has ever called home could soon disappear. >> i'm not just talking about a piece of land. coast in rhode i'm talking about a community, a way of life. >> reporter: up the coast in rhode island, lobsterman greg mataronas is also worried about his future his family has made a living on the water here for more than 50 years. would you say the water is warming up rapidly >> i'm only 38 years old and to notice to water is warming in my adult lifetime, i would call that rapidly.waters a >> reporter: a scary shift, because as waters have warmed, the lobster haul here has plunged, down from 8 million
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pounds 20 years ago to just 2 million in 2017. >> the lobsters, everything they do is temperature-related. so mating, feeding, migrations. >> reporter: there are now aggressive measures in place to protect the industry mataronas d but with a young family to support, mataronas is concerned that won't be enough. >> i don't want to think about having to do somethi else. believe me, i do think about it. >> reporter: do you really think about it >> i do. i still have a lot of work career left, and i just wonder if 20 years from now if i'm going to be struggling >> reporter: greg and so many others now racing to adapt before it's too late al roker, nbc news, little compton, rhode island. there is more we want to tell you about tonight where are the missing millions the fbi raids the home of the ceo at the center of a growing payroll scandal. also new developments in the scandal swirling around nfl superstar antonio brown. what we have learned about talks between his accuser and the league stay with us y.
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next tonight, the next tonight, the major new development in the story we've been following, the fbi raiding the home of a ceo after business owners say his payroll company suddenly vanished, taking millions of dollars from the paychecks of american workers along with it. here is nbc's jo ling kent >> reporter: tonight the fbi is pursuing exactly what happened to the hard earned money of thousands of american workers. in this video from, agents are seen at the upstate new york home of michael mann, the former head of mypayrollhr. the fbi telling nbc news it's investigating after the payroll processing firm abruptly shut down earlier this month. business owners say they were given no warning and no explanation, and that some employees have the equivalent of a paycheck or more withdrawn from their personal accounts cachet, the company that works with mypayrollhr estimates the closure left more than 8,000 workers without $26 million in
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pay. among them, mother of two brooks heaney, who managed the cafe in new york and lost an entire paycheck >> we all felt violated. they didn't work for that money. we worked for that money and they took it back. >> reporter: she says about 30 cafe employees were out $25,000. thousands of workers are left wondering if they'll ever get their money. michael mann and mypayrollhr have not responded to our multiple requests for comment, and there is no sign where the millions of dollars actually went, and the fbi is now asking any affected worker to speak up to help investigators. lester >> all right, jo ling, thank you. we're back with the new fallout for nfl star antonio brown and what the owner of his new team is reportedly saying.
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now been accused of shady business deals and is word the patriots may have regrets about hiring him here is nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: with antonio brown expected to play sunday for new england, the woman who accuses him of rape spent some ten hours with nfl executives. britney taylor outlined three alleged incidents of sexual assault filed in civil court brown, who faces no criminal charges, denies the allegations. patriots owner robert kraft, seen talking to brown's agent sunday, reportedly said he would not have hired brown had he known. >> as long as he is eligible from the nfl standards, then the patriots are going to continue playing him. >> reporter: after a second woman accused brown of sexual misconduct, which he also denies, "sports illustrated" highlights what it called his disturbing pattern of history with women and business partners documenting a series of domestic incidents, brown is also named in multiple financial disputes >> antonio brown seems to have a
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and six hours since sarah thomas felt land beneath her feet the ultra marathon swimmer cold and exhausted, with skin raw from saltwater and jellyfish stings for 130 miles, hearing the sound of her own strokes, taking nourishment from a support boat. >> i thought i was going to quit but my husband said keep going >> reporter: she kept going and made history, the first woman ever to swim the english channel four times without stopping. the colorado native recovering in england today with her husband. >> i am definitely looking forward to a good night's sleep. >> reporter: her iron endurance was also tested in 2017 when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. open water swimming had been her life >> the thought of not being able to do it anymore makes me just cry. >> reporter: just one year after finishing successful treatment, thomas back in the water to inspire other cancer patients.
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>> but you don't have to give up and let it define your entire life. >> reporter: days before her swim, sarah posted that no matter what, she knew she made it, writing cancer tried to break me i won. catie beck, nbc news >> what an achievement congratulations, sarah that's "nightly news." i'm lester holt. thanks for watching, everyone and good night down on the emotional court hearing for the woman attacked outside her condo in san francisco. >> it's expensive to live in the bay area, but we have the new number that is highlight the housing crisis. >> in and out in four hours, president trump's quick fundraising trip othe peninsula. and he's not done raising money in california just yet. >> the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us. >> much like president obama,
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president trump making a quick visit to the silicon valley to make quick money. but for president trump, this was his first stop in the bay area as commander in chief. >> right now the president is getting ready for a second fund-raiser of the day. you can see there the police presence outside of the home in beverly hills where police officers are keeping people away before the fund-raiser. >> earlier today he landed about 11:00. he waved to a crowd of dozens of supporters as he got off air force one. from there his motorcade was quickly on the move to the multimillion dollar estate of scott mcneally. he was greeted by a small group of protesters hoping to catch his attention. >> nbc bay area ally wolf with new information about what happened inside the fund-raiser here in the bay area.


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