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family of a toddler who plunged to her death on a cruise ship. >> there's no way you ever can move on. i think it's just a matter of finding how to get through the day. >> the grandfather charged in her death but the family says the company could have prevented it. the chilling video, a family's ring camera taken over by a hacker, watching their 8-year-old daughter. >> who is that >> i'm your best friend. i'm santa claus. >> how to protect your family. our correspondent revealing her own battle with breast cancer. the symptoms many missed that she spotted thanks to a story she reported on. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everyone was it a hate crime after all? riveting surveillance video shining light on yesterday's deadly new jersey gun battle the shooter is appearing to target a kosher grocery store in jersey city where they staged the shootout as dozens of children huddled in fear at a synagogue next door.
a detective and three bystanders were killed. tonight the evidence raising questions about the motive our gabe gutierrez has details. >> reporter: the stunning moments before a rampage a white van parks on a bus street when a man calmly gets out with a long gun. his passenger follows. people desperately start to run but the suspects don't shoot, instead, they head directly into a kosher grocery store, only one person appears to make it out. >> i think it hurts each and every jew all around the world. >> reporter: police identify the two people that stormed the store as david anderson and francine gram. authorities say they also had a pipe bomb in their van three law enforcement sources tell wnbc anderson was a one-time follower of the black hebrew israelite movement. which has been labeled anti-semitic by analysts that track hate groups. there was a note with religious writings in the van and online postings connected to anderson's
social media page with anti-police and anti-jewish writings investigators are trying to determine whether he posted them. >> we're not in the position at this time to say definitively why the suspects decided to stop in front of the supermarket and began firing immediately. >> reporter: but jersey city's mayor says it's a hate crime. >> it's hard to argue anything other than this person or thes people being motivated by anger and hate towards jews. >> reporter: the president weighing in late today. >> with one heart, america weeps for the lives lost with one voice, we vow to crush the monstrous evil of anti-semitism. >> this is the synagogue and community center next to the grocery store. dozens of children were huddled on the second floor of this building as the gun battle erupted. this man was inside that synagogue. >> the kids were very terrified. it was not easy for them it's scary it sounded like a war zone, like when you see clips from afghanistan, that's exactly how it sounded [ gunshots ].
>> reporter: those suspects were killed and three bystanders died inside the store before the massacre at a nearby cemetery police say the suspects shot and killed veteran detective joe seals. >> detective joe seals, husband, a married father of five children was a stellar police officer >> reporter: tonight, this is still a community on edge found by faith united by heartbreak. there is now stepped up security at synagogues across the region but still no official motive here investigators consider the pair that shot up this grocery store also as prime suspects in the weekend murder of an uber driver >> a story that becomes more chilling with each detail. thank you. also breaking tonight a bombshell report about harvey weinstein and dozens of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct word of a huge settlement taking shape. kate snow has late details on that. >> reporter: on the same day harvey weinstein used a walker to enter the court where he's facing criminal charges, a potential $25 million settlement
with the more than 30 actresses and other accusers who filed civil suits against the former movie producer according to the "new york times. "the times" saying weinstein would not admit wrongdoing and wouldn't pay accusers but insurance companies for his former studio which filed for bankruptcy would make the payout >> he'll be able to basicall walk away from almost all of those cases without paying any of his own money to those victims. >> reporter: a quarter of the overall settlement according to "the times" would pay lawyers for weinstein and his former company. accuser zoe brock tells nbc news this settlement breaks any heart and i signed it because i have explored every other legal option and at this point have found no alternative the advocacy group times u panning the deal as too little if this is the best the survivors can get, the system is broken. >> there are women relieved who feel like listen, there was as legal negotiations went on and the pot of money that was going to go towards them got smaller and smaller, there were concerns whether or not there would be
any civil settlement reached. >> reporter: "the new york times" reports several high-profile accusers would not be part of the settlement. weinstein's attorneys decline to comment on the potential settlement he has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges earlier today, a judge raised his bail after criminal prosecutors said he tampered with his electronic ankle monitor more than 50 times a weinstein attorney told th criminal court he's having back surgery tomorrow and they insist he'll show up for trial on january 6th. >> kate, this is a settlement in the works meaning it's not a done deal? >> it's not a done deal yet. "the new york times" reporting it would have to be approved by judges and with some lawyers for accusers objecting, it's possible it could fall apart. >> thank you, kate. our next story overseas but hitting here at home americans confirmed among the dead in that volcano disaster in new zealand. two teenage brothers from chicago were killed and their parents are still missing. janis mackey frayer is there with a new warning tonight.
>> reporter: tonight a family devastated, matthew hollander just 13 and his 16-year-old brother baron are the first americaned confirmed dead from the volcanic eruption here their parents martin and barbara still missing. it's unclear if they made it off the island. >> we're living with a growing sense of desperation to bring home those that we know are there. >> reporter: it's still too dangerous for rescue teams to reach there. satellite images before and after the eruption show the crater smothered with ash and tonight, a warning from authorities. >> the situation remains highly volatile. >> reporter: it could erupt again within 24 hours. seven australians are confirmed dead even identifying survivors has been a struggle. their burns so extensive that skin needed for grafting has been ordered from the u.s. to treat them. hours. >> hi, mom i just want to let you know this isn't a joke
>> reporter: american matthew left a voicemail telling his mother that he and his wife lauren needed surgery. their conditions remain critical. >> my hands are burned so i can't use my phone. >> reporter: the island sits on the pacific ring of fire and the most active in years now it's a 40-60% chance of another eruption, the pressure inside the volcano is rising lester >> janis mackey frayer, thank you. >> reporter: here at home, what is certain to be a tense showdown as the house committee begins debating articles of impeachment against president trump. our hallie jackson is following it all what is happening now? >> reporter: the countdown clock has now started on the debate over articles of impeachment against president trump. the house judiciary committee working late tonight the night to hash out the abuse of power and obstruction of congres charges after democrats accused him of trying to trade military aid to ukraine in exchange for investigations into political rivals president trump in pennsylvania overnight at a rally dismissed the articles as weak and impeachment-lite insisting there is no crime.
after debate starts tonight, the committee is expected to vote tomorrow to advance the impeachment proceedings to the full house lester >> you don't have to look far for political fireworks in washington tonight the justice department's inspector general is done now being grilled by a senate committee on hi conclusions about the fbi's investigation of the trump campaign as democrats and republicans zeroed in on different parts of his report. here is pete williams. >> reporter: inspector general michael horowitz offered this stinging assessment of the investigation of the trump campaign when asked if his report is a vindication of the fbi. >> i think the activities we found here don't vindicate anybody who touched this >> reporter: democrats stressed they had a reason for launching the investigation and not motivated by politics. >> you didn't find a deep state conspiracy against candidate or president trump. >> as to the opening we found no bias, no testimony on documentary evidence on that >> reporter: no evidence horowitz found that peter strzok
and lisa page who shared anti-trump text messages played a decisive role. >> the opening of the investigation we found was not connected to any of the biassed texts we identified. >> reporter: republicans concentrated on the report's conclusion that the fbi made serious mistakes in seeking permission under the foreign intelligence surveillance act or fisa to eavesdrop on carter page, a former trump campaign advisor. horowitz said the fbi repeatedly misled the court about evidence against him. >> do you feel like mr. page was treated fairly by the department of justice and the fbi >> i don't think the department of justice fairly treated these fisas and he was on the receiving end. >> reporter: and he said fbi confidential human sources, undercover operatives, secretly recorded their conversationsmp advisors, paul manafort and george papadopoulos and suggested the fbi ought to require higher he feel permission to do that in a campaign >> the fbi could have at the supervisory agent level, one level from a line agent authorized a confidential human source to have a conversation
with either of the presidential candidates. >> reporter: the fbi's current director christopher wray says he has already ordered changes in how his agents operate. pete williams, nbc news, washington. the revelations keep coming about the boeing 737 max the faa facing criticism about its oversight of a plane after a just-released faa document warned last year that 15 of the planes could crash over their life span. here is tom costello. >> reporter: after first speaking with the families of victims from two 737 max crashes, the new faa chief quickly came under congressional fire. >> did the faa at some point in this process make a mistake? >> yes. >> thank you. >> yes. >> reporter: among them, failing to properly oversee th design and production of boeing 737 mad the plane between crashes when faa managers warned another max could crash every two to three years. >> the faa rolled the dice on the safety of the traveling public and let the max continue to fly. >> my highest priority is to
make sure that nothing like this happens again. >> reporter: former boeing manager ed pearson who first talked to nbc's cynthia mcfadden repeatedly warned boeing executives of safety lapses. >> i believe production problems at the factory may have contributed to these two tragic crashes. >> reporter: boeing says the suggestion of a link between his concerns and the recent max accidents is completely unfounded no plane in history has ever been grounded for as long as the 737 max. getting these planes flying again will not happen overnight. worldwide 387 maxes are grounded american has 24. >> we'll make sure this airplane is safe and air worthy before anyone flies on it. >> reporter: today the faa chief dixon said he will not recertify the max until january or later and the faa is revoking boeing's ability to self-certify work on the plane. >> boeing's plan is not the faa's plan. >> reporter: the faa also promising tougher oversight to come tom costello, nbc news, tulsa.
we're going to turn now to a story that is frankly very personal for all of us here at nbc news our correspondent kristen dahlgren sharing her own battle with breast cancer and how one of her own reports helped her discover the signs many women miss. >> hi! i wasn't thinking about breast cancer at all. i had just had a mammogram that was negative, and then a story i had done a few years ago really saved my life. >> nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> i thought it was just a routine assignment a new breast cancer study. >> 1 in 6 patients have symptoms over than a lump. >> i remember at the time thinking this story is going to save lives and i just had no idea the life it would save would be mine. fast forward to this summer, and i noticed a dent in my breast. it was more like a thickening, it just felt different than everywhere else. i thought back to that story and i knew that i needed to see a
doctor and within a few days, i was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer ugh, it's like a kick in the gut. i have a 3-year-old. i have a lot to live for, and it's definitely been the hardest thing i've ever been through here we are at chemo, just been feeling a little tired the hair is gone, but seems that the tumors are shrinking, so doing its job. i think without that story, i may have waited and i can't even think what would have happened if i had waited. >> oh my gosh, hi. >> i went back to the mayo clinic to see dr. debra rhodes, the breast cance researcher i interviewed for that story i'm here because of you. if this story saved me, how many other women are out there? >> in almost every case in a patient who has found her own breast cancer, she'll tell me a
similar story. i didn't exactly know what i was looking for but when i noticed it, i knew it was important. >> dr. rhodes says pay attention to any change, dimples, thickening, discharge, and get it checked out it may be nothing but for some like me, it could be life-saving. >> let's go, mom >> i hope tonight, lester, tha sharing my story helps others know how important it is to pay attention to your body >> i know it's not easy turning the camera on our personal lives. first of all, i'm so glad you did. how are you doing? >> i'm doing well. i have great doctors they are optimistic and so am i. >> that's what we want to hear thank you. ahead, the new lawsu and emotional new interview with a family whose toddle tragically died in a cruise ship fall her grandfather charged but tonight, why the family says the cruise line is at fault. also, ahead, a hacker tapping into a security camera in the bedroom of an 8-year-old
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next up for us, the lawsuit against royal caribbean whose family's toddler fell to her death from a ship as the young girl's grandfather faces criminal charges the family spoke to kerry sanders. >> reporter: this is the last photo taken of chloe before her death. the 18-month-old's grandfather sam had hoisted her near a window on a cruise ship, unaware the window was open. chloe leaned forward and fell out. 11 stories. today her parents filed a civil lawsuit claiming royal caribbean was neidgligent adequately mark open windows so they are apparent to passengers the ship, "freedom of the seas" launched in 2006 has windows on the upper deck near the kid's
play area that slide wide open the lawsuit says industry standards established since then requires windows prop open and only 4 inches. royal caribbean says it has no comment on the civil filing. in the meantime, chloe's grandfather is charged in puerto rico with negligent homicide. >> i just wanted to express how sorry i am any of us have to be here today i sit here broken. >> reporter: chloe's parents tell me they oppose those criminal charges >> it's very hard to love someone who's gone >> the prosecution continues which makes it that much harder. >> it's hard for us to just kind of step back from everythi thinf finding how to get through the day. you're never going to forget or get over it. >> reporter: friday will be an especially difficult day for the family that would have been chloe's second birthday. kerry sanders, indiana.
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we're back now with a horror for one family who had just bought a security camera for their children's bedroom when it was hacked the stranger watching their daughter miguel almaguer has the warning first reported by our memphis station wmc. >> reporter: 8-year-old alyssa heard the sound coming from her bedroom. >> hello there. >> reporter: a strange voice talking to her. >> i was like who is that? >> reporter: the sound was coming from the family's newly installed ring camera and microphone, the popular home security device bought by the family to watch their children but was instead being used by a stranger to watch them. >> who is that >> i'm your best friend. i'm santa claus. >> mommy >> i'm santa claus
don't you want to be my best friend >> i watched the video and i mean, like they could watch them sleeping, could have watched them changing. they could have seen all kinds of things. >> reporter: hacked by a cyber spy, the chilling voice watching the bedroom belonging to three little girls taunted alyssa before her father unplugged the device tonight ring saying their security was not breached, adding hackers often reuse credentials stolen or leaked from one service on other services experts say use strong passwords, change them often and enable two-factor authentication to make sure what is private stays that way lester. >> miguel, thank you. up next, the richest pitching contract ever wait until you hear what he'll make each >> announcer: "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by pacific life, a reliable income that lets you retire without retiring from life. that's the power of pacific.at'
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finally, the baseball star getting paid more than anyone to pitch in the big leagues here is kevin tibbles. >> reporter: talk about money ball. >> $344 million is hard to imagine. >> reporter: you heard right $324 million over nine years for garrett cole reportedly the richest contract ever for a pitcher. just the day after washington set the record resigning pitcher steven strasburg for a mere $245 million. peanuts. cole hinted he would move on from the astros when he was wearing his agent's cap just minutes after losing the world series >> i'm going to have some friends from this clubhouse for the rest of my life. >> reporter: the 29-year-old could be making about $1 million a game. >> i'm very excited.
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