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coming. >> no help at all. >> we need the rain but it's not coming. thank you for watching i am rachel. >> thank you i am jim. the news continues on nbc nightly news. on this monday night, breaking news. harsh punishment for tom brady and the super bowl champion patriots. the star quarterback suspended as the nfl comes down hard on deflategate. bob costas is here. deadly tornadoes. a ferocious outbreak tearing across the country, carving a path of destruction. 49 million americans on high alert. what's behind this extreme weather? in cold blood. charges including capital murder for suspects accused of gunning down two police officers. the bin laden raid. an explosive report accuses the u.s. government of not telling the truth about what happened. tonight the white house hits back hard. and getting personal. michelle obama like we have rarely heard her before deeply candid about race and the
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private pain she's endured. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. the other shoe has dropped in pro football's deflategate scandal. the nfl late today announcing super bowl-winning new england patriots quarterback tom brady will bes is pended for four gamesgame s s. it takes place at the start of the fedex season a quarter of the nfl schedule. the team is facing substantial punishment along with two patriots employees. this comes after a report commission ped eded by the nfl found team personnel probably swengs intentionally deflated footballs and suggested tom brady was at least aware. >> reporter: for days it's been the most discussed topic in
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sport. what punishment would be handed down for reigning super bowl mvp tom brady? late this afternoon the league announced a four-game suspension for brady, citing substantial and credible evidence from an independent investigator's report that brady was at least generally aware that the locker room attendants were deflating footballs. it faults him for failing to cooperate with the investigation by not turning over e-mails or text messages. your actions clearly constitute conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football said troy vincent in a statement. in brady's only public comments he said he hoped to respond to the investigation soon. >> i dealt with a lot of adversity over my career. life is so much about the ups and downs. certainly i accept my role are and responsibility as a public figure. i think a lot of it you take the good with the bad. >> reporter: in addition the nfl
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is punishing the patriots with a $1 million fine and the loss of the first round draft pick in 2016 and fourth round pick in 2017. as for the two locker room attendants both are indefinitely suspended without pay. tonight tom brady's camp tells me brady learned of of the punishment from his agent at the same time the rest of the world did. the suspension will cost hem close to $2 million. also tonight brady's camp says he'll appeal through the nfl players' union. lester? >> peter alexanderer, thanks. bob costas is here from nbc sports. why this punishment? >> it's a product of the behavior and brady's unwillingness to cooperate with the nfl which they resented but the time frame in which it took place. the nfl has been under a lot of heat for player misbehavior, team misbehavior, unrelated to this type of defense. it creates an atmosphere and there's been heaten on rogerer
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goodell goodell. in that sense the patriots and are brady are victims of the atmosphere around the league and their own status. if the league appeared to be soft on brady there would be h ell to pay. >> peter alexanderer mentioned an 'peel. how does that work and what's the likelihood of it being reduced? >> goodell, according to the by laws can hear the appeal himself. he could refer it to an independent ash traitor. he could be in effect saying see, look let spn else verify for you that i have been thorough and fair. that's up to goodell. the four-game suspension gives them a little bit of a pad. say under whatever process the appeal results in some reduction of the penalty. at least then it wouldn't go from two games to one. it would be four to three or two and there would be teeth in it is. >> you have done a little math with the calendar and figurered out if he serve it is four games -- walk pe through it.
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>> if he serves the four games the patriots have their bye early in the season. the fifth game is week six. he would return on a sunday night against the indianapolis colts, the very team that blew the whistle on him in that afc championship game. the very team that started the whole deflategate thing. also get used to the idea jimmy garoppolo. he's the backup quarterback, second round pick a year are ago from eastern illinois where he broke all of tony romo's records. the early schedule is tough for the patriots. they open against pittsburgh. they are at buffalo and buffalo is pretty good. they should beat jackson really at hope. . then dallas. by the time tom brady gets back they could be 11-3. >> bob, good to have you here. thank you very much. now to tornado watches this evening for parts of indiana, michigan and ohio. a remarkable 25 tornadoes broke out of the south yesterday, killing at least six people and triggered flash floods.
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a town in north texas took a direct hit spinning winds up to 140 miles per hour. that's where kerry sanders is tonight. >> reporter: a town torn apart by at least one tornado as drones flown by search and rescue teams revealed today. >> tornado just hit our town. >> reporter: with little warning, people were trapped in their homes. >> it was crazy loud. pi kids were scared. i was scared to death, just praying we made it through. >> reporter: now the desperate search is on for the missing. >> the twister started spinning our car around lifted it up flipped it threer or four times. a tree landed on us. >> reporter: andy and his 2-week-old daughter bailey had ten seconds to jump into a pickup truck. a hundred hops and buildings, more than a third of the town now destroyed. two of the town's schools so badly damaged they may never re-open. since last wednesday preliminary
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reports show 131 tornadoes touched down from south dakota to texas. >> there goes the school. there go it is schooles the school. >> reporter: in lake city iowa a tornado ripped the roof off a high school. a couple was killed in their mobile home. the only survivor their daughter a toddler. punishing rain and hail struck the south. in crum texas, residents were with trapped including a 76-year-old whose home washed away. >> i don't have the no clothes. i'm dressed in hospital garb. >> reporter: everything's gone? >> everything's gone. >> reporter: today in texas communities are coming together to clean up what they can. meantime in cambridge city indiana, 70 miles per hour winds knocked over two s isemis. the wind speeds here in texas were twice what caused this
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damage. tonight for at least texans there is a little bit of a breather. the national weather service says the conditions for more tornadoes will not return until friday. lester? >> kerry sanders for us thank you. al roker is here watching the threat for tonight. al where should we be looking? >> the big place is in the upper midwest and great lakes. we've got a thunderstorm watch for a good portion of the midwest and still a tornado watch until 8:00 this evening into parts of ohio. we are also watching heavy rain down through southern texas. so we have flood watches in effect for tuesday and wednesday. one to three inches of rainfall more on top of ground that's already saturate ared. there is nowhere for it to go. through friday some areas pick up five to six inches of rain. we're not done yet. the atmosphere is reloading. temperatures will be well above normal both here and then as you get behind the system we'll see cooler than normal temperatures
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potent upper level low coming from california. causing much needed rain there. as we get into thursday and friday more severe weather at the central and southern plains. >> al thank you. tonight shock and sadness is rippling through a city that had n't seen an officer killed in the line of oh duty in 30 years. now mourning the loss of two officers as four suspects face charges including capital murder. gabe gutierrez is in mississippi. ♪ >> reporter: in hattiesburg, mississippi tonight a heavy sadness. two police officers killed in the line of duty. >> they made the ultimate sacrifice to protect people of this city. some they did not and would not ever know. >> reporter: 34-year-old benjamin dean once officer of the year and lacory tate a rookie graduated from are the academy less than a year ago. >> just devastated. >> reporter: his mother has this message for her son's killer.
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>> i the hurt is unbearable. but i forgive you. >> reporter: tate wanted to be a police officer since he was 4. officer dean stopped the car for speeding when tate arrived to back him up shots were fired. both officers were hit. the suspects fled in one of the police cruisers. after a brief manhunt -- >> did you do it? >> no, sir. >> reporter: police arrested curtis banks and jonie calloway. banks is charged with two counts of capital murder. outside court his mother this tears. >> he just out of his mind ond drugs and i tried to get him help. >> reporter: the deaths bring to 42 the number of officers killed in the line of duty this year. >> we have police officers in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> reporter: late today their bodies were escorted to their hometowns as the city mourns its first fallen police officers in three decades. gabe gutierrez, nbc news
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hattiesburg, mississippi. in boston the defense rested its case today in the penalty phase of the marathon bombing trial with dramatic testimony from a final witness. the real life nun from the movie "dead man walking" revealing what tsarnaev told her about how he feels about his crimes. pete williams was back ifn the courtroom are. >> reporter: she was the star witness for the defense, both because of who she is and what she said. sister helen, a roman catholic nun and an opponent of the death penalty. >> let's talk about that night. >> i don't want to talk about it. >> i want to help you die with dignity. >> reporter: her story inspired the movie "dead man walking" with susan sarandon. helen has met five times since march with dzhokhar tsarnaev talking about religion, asked if he ex pressed his feelings about what happened to the bombing vips she answered he said it emphatically though one
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deserves to suffer like they did. he lowered his eyes when he spoke the words with pain in his voice. she added, i believe he was genuinely sorry for what he did. it was the first statement in this trial that tsarnaev has shown any regret for his crimes. he's spent every moment in court stare ing ahead impassively even when victims of the bombing had many including jurors in tears. >> there must be a unanimous verdict here. i imagine the testimony could sway at least one juror. that's all the confidence needs. >> reporter: sister helen believes capital punishment is never appropriate, no matter the crime and conceded her anti-death penalty view may have influenced her perception offer tsarnaev. she would never say he was remorseful if she didn't believe it. no court tomorrow as lawyers prepare for closing arguments on wednesday. the jury then begins deliberating choosing between life without parole or oh death by lethal injx.
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>> thank you. george zimmerman is in the news injured in a shooting incident on the road in florida. another altercation involving the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the killing of trayvon martin. authorities say he was not the shooter in this case. he suffered a minor facial jerry when a bullet was fired through the window of his car. police say this incident involved the same man zimmerman had a road rage encounter with last year. no one has been charged. the obama administration insisted today it's not a snub but they expected saudi arabia's new king to attend a summit of gulf leaders at camp david this the week. the white house announced a one-on-one meeting with the king but the saudi said the king is not coming sending deputies instead. it's seen as a sign of saudi displeasure with the u.s. over the growing relationship with iran. saudi arabia's chief adverse sar. still ahead, new questions about the u.s. raid inside pack p stan that killed osama bin
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knew about the operation. andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: this is the hollywood version of the hunt for osama bin laden, scripted in cooperation with the cia. [ chanting "usa" ] >> reporter: the white house claimed it was a u.s. operation, under the radar so pakistan wouldn't know. >> tonight i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. >> reporter: now reporter seymour hirsch says the white house was laying and says pakistan knew where bin laden was all the type. no need for stealth helicopters to avoid radar. and the navy s.e.a.l.s threw bin laden's body parts out of the helicopter on the way out. no islamic p burial at sea by the u.s.s. vincent as was claimed. wrong says the white house and former oh fishes today. >> the story is riddled with
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inaccuracies seasoned falsehoods. >> reporter: last summer admiral mike mullen said the head of pakistan's military knew nothing. >> he had the worst week of mismilitary keer the week after. it was embarrassing for lots of reasons. >> reporter: and leon panetta saying why they kept pakistan in the dark. >> they would usually tip off the people we were going after and they were gone. we decided we can't trust them. >> reporter: today one of the president's frequent republican critics dispute it is account. >> i have never heard of anything like the this. i have been briefed several times. this was a great success on the part of the administration and something we all admire the president's decision to do. >> reporter: nbc news has learned from two intelligence source that is a pakistan officer told the u.s. where bin laden was hiding a year before the raid something the white house disputes. that doesn't necessarily
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love of country. >> reporter: she recounted a magazine cover showing her with an afro and machine gun. >> that knocked me back a bit. >> reporter: twitter called it riveting and amazing. >> the first lady's speech was historic sthrks paul butler among those arguing the president could take a cue from his wife. >> when the president talks about race he loses sop of his famous swagger, the self-confidence. that's a shame. this is a moment when african-americans especially need his leadership. >> reporter: in 2013 the president spoke at another black college about the motivation to break stereotypes. >> i might have been in prison. i might have been unemployed. >> reporter: that was after trayvon martin but before the deaths of eric garner tamir rice freddie gray forced a new conversation. >> talking about inequityies in our country cannen only strengthen america. it doesn't tear america down.
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finally tonight a story about something that's an intricate part of a child's world. you can put it in the category with play-doh and jungle jip sgyms. this story isn't about kids. it's about how grown-ups are recapturing the past and what it means to be a kid. here's rehema ellis. ♪ >> reporter: et's good old fashioned child's play filling spaces with color. >> you need crayons and something to color. just go with it. >> reporter: adults now have their own coloring books. different and more complex than the traditional books for kids, but the effects are the same. >> the tree can be pink. don't get too critical of yourself. just have fun. >> reporter: shilah said it is a great stress reliever. she's hosting coloring parties at her home outside of chicago with shades of book club appeal.
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>> i used colored pencils. >> reporter: her facebook group hasser more than 1,000 members. >> coloring is almost meditative to me. i forget everything else and live in the moment. >> reporter: color this a success. in france coloring books for grown-ups outselling cookbooks. amazon.com has more than 2,000 different types for sale. among the most popular, secret garden has sold nearly one and a half million copies. in oregon artist lisa comeden designs coloring books with grown-ups if mind. >> it allows grown ups to be creative without being intimidated by a blank page. >> reporter: it's okay if i go outside of the lines? >> it's okay. it's okay if you color your lovely moon purple. >> reporter: grown-up s taking a page from kids' books, enjoying coloring again. >> who would have thought you would grow up and go backwards?
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>> reporter: rehema ellis, nbc news, chicago. >> tall do it for us on this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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