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♪ on this sunday night, damage control. the white house intensifies its efforts to combat revelations about the russia investigation as the president says many white house leaks are fabricated lies made up by what he calls the fake news media. deadly ram pain. a man is in custody tonight after eight people are killed in a small town in mississippi. the suspect caught on camera talking about the shooting. neighborhood reprove. how the police in one city reach out to the community to build the ranks and build trust. no more pain. the remarkable treatment discovered by accident that tricks the brain with no drugs involved. and brothers in arms, our salute on this memorial day weekend
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all three brothers graduating from west point, now serving their country. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening. with so many public revelations over the past week about the investigation into links between trump officials and russia, the white house is now stepping up efforts to combat critical story lines after a nine-day overseas trip the president billed as a great success, the administration is hoping this week to get back to legislative priorities and promises made during the election like health care reform. but the shadow of that investigation and nearly daily staff shakeup rumors loom large. we begin tonight with hans nichols at the white house. >> president donald trump returning home late last night and raisingo
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it is my opinion that many of the leaks, he says, coming out of the white house are fabricated lies made up by the fake news media. the white house is preparing a war room to push back on the russia investigations which have his son-in-law and senior adviser as a focus as first reported by nbc news. "the washington post" on friday saying kushner asked the russian ambassador for a secret communications channel in december. kushner's lawyers saying he's willing to talk with investigators. homeland security secretary john kelly insisting kushner did nothing wrong with russia. >> i don't see a big issue here relative to jared. think any time you can open lines of communication with anyone, whether they're good friends or not so good friends, is a smart thing to do. >> reporter: former director of national intelligence james clapper asked on "meet the press" about kushner's reported contacts with the russians. >> just from the theoretical stand point i will tell you that
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clearly on and i think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community. >> reporter: the white house now bracing for long-term legal and media battles. today the president's attorney marc kasowitz who will represent him in the russia probe was at the white house, seen talking to ivanka trump. and the president is reportedly considering a staff shakeup, stripping press secretary sean spicer of his on camera briefing duties and giving them to sarah huckabee sanders or perhaps cancelling daily briefings. the trump team on offense about the classified leaks including the name of the manchester. >> when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leak, high level of classification, it is darn close to treason. >> reporter: trump still facing a decision on who to name as a replacement for james comey to run the fbi and whether to withdraw america from the
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would further unsettle european allies. president trump has already cancelled a previously planned trip to iowa this week, hunkering down to focus on his agenda and sharpen his defense to growing legal and political peril. kate. >> haunls nichols as the white house. thank you. police in central mississippi are investigating what appears to be a deadly family tragedy that played out last night and early this morning, and a suspect is in custody tonight. we get detailsrom nbc's morgan radford. >> reporter: a massacre in a tiny town of 500. eight people including a deputy killed in cold blood. when police say a mississippi man went on a three-part shooting spree. one woman in tears, saying she's related to the victims. >> this here my daughter. >> i'm so sorry. >> my sister and my niece. >> reporter: the suspect, 35-year-old corey godbold, seen here in cellphone video captured by a local reporter moments
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>> not after what i done. >> reporter: teress april is the ledger reporter who took the video and says the suspect got in an argument with his wife over their kids. >> reporter: he said he was there to discuss picking up the kids, taking them to his house i think. that's when some kind of fight started and a neighbor had called the police, and then that's with the deputy was sent and everything went south. >> reporter: authorities say the shooter targeted three separate homes at 11:30 saturday night. first, a home in bogue chitto where he killed three women and 36-year-old deputy durr, a husband and father responding to a domestic call and who godbold says got in the way. >> my pain wasn't designed for him. he was just there. >> reporter: vincent mitchell was in that house during the shooting spree. his stepdaughter was married to godbold. >> i honest believe he came to kill everybody in the house, i honestly believe. >> reporter: that godbold then allegedly drove 16 miles north to a
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found the bodies of two under age boys. finally he went to a home near a truck stop two miles south where he killed one man and one woman and was arrested nearby just before 7:00 a.m. >> this is unbelievable. a nightmare, just unreal. >> according to our local affiliate, the suspect is being held on one count of capital murder and seven counts of first degree murder. at one point in the video he actually says he wanted to die and that his goal had been for a police officer to kill him. >> morgan, thank you. a tragedy during a demonstration by the u.s. navy parachute team. it happened during fleet week festivities in new york harbor and tonight one of the sky divers has died. nbc's richie louie has more. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a highlight of new york's fleet week, a demonstration by the elite u.s. navy seal parachute team called the leap frogs, descending in formation near the
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instead something went wrong. diver down in the water. >> reporter: one of the seals was killed when his chute apparently malfunctioned. >> the navy seal's parachute failed to open properly and he landed in the water adjacent to liberty state park. he was retrieved immediately by u.s. coast guard personnel and the jersey city fire department marine unit. >> reporter: the seal was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. a piece of the broken chute apparently cut lose during the fall, rofrd after dropping into a parking lot nearby. a celebration of service turning to tragedy on a weekend when the nation honors its military. richie louie, nbc news. six days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in manchester england, the city came toug in a spirit of unit as investigators continued to target those who may have been linked with the attacker. lucy cavanaugh in manchester. >> reporten
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arrests, as police continue to dismantle the suspected network linked to suicide bomber salman abeddy. the total number in custody, 13. armed police patrolling today's great manchester run where tens of thousands turned out to race and to remember. it began in silence. a minute to honor the 22 lives cut short. followed by applause for the first responders to monday's attack. and then they were off. >> this is the spirit of manchester at its very best. nearly 40,000 people running for different causes, united in response to one attack, standing strong in the face of terror. >> it wasn't a question of if the event would go ahead. it was a question of how do we do it, and we're doing it. >> we thought about coming here, whether we should honor today, but we want to show them that terrorists won't win. >> reporter: it is an event that brought the city together
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olympic athletes and those simply trying their best. >> this is our first time. >> reporter: your first time. are you excited? >> after last week we wanted to be here, we want to say that we are not scared. >> reporter: not scared, but still emotional. >> we all did this for manchester. so -- >> reporter: this is a city changed forever by monday's violence, changed but unbowed. lucy cavanaugh, nbc news, manchester. north korea has conducted two more military tests in as many days including the launch of a new anti-aircraft weapons system. the test was supervised by north korea's leader kim jong-un. the country's news agency said he ordered the mass production of the new system. for its part the u.s. is hoping that china will exert its influence over north korea to t
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encourage china the u.s. has put on hold a big delivery of weapons to china's biggest rival, taiwan. was in taiwan. >> reporter: taiwan's military is testing its fire power against the threat of invasion by china. most of the weaponry here is american-made, under a long-standing deal that makes the u.s. the island's sole supplier. >> reporter: this is a drill, but the threat tie waysigh juan sees as real. despite early signals including a controversial phone wall can taiwan's leader, the trump administration has stalled on delivering a billion dollar arms deal for jets, anti-ship weapons and missile systems. a u.s. official told nbc news holding back arms for
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discussed as a way to improve ties with china at a time when president trump wants chinese help to reign in north korea. >> every single administration since bill clinton has eventually realized that beijing will not deliver on north korea because beijing sees no interest in the interest being resolved completely. >> reporter: since the president's april summit with chinese president, criticism has waned. only this week did the u.s. resume freedom of navigation operations, sailing a u.s. navy ship near miss chief reef. on taiwan, washington is steering clear. a state department official said u.s. arms sale tolls taiwan are based on an assessment of taiwan's defeens needs. as it stands, taiwan can't keep pace with the $146 billion china will spend on defense this year. wi
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and an arms deal in limbo. janis mackey frayer, nbc news, taiwan. here in this country, an innovative program aims to reduce tension between police and the community by engaging students still in school with an eye toward becoming police officers themselves. it is happening in washington d.c., in an area that's seen its share of crime. we sent anne thompson to take a look. >> reporter: this is not your typical field trip. high school students at washington d.c.'s department of forensic science lab, learning how to investigate crimes and looking for clues to their future. they are students at anna cost ya' high school public safety academy, an area where 20% of the city's violent crime occurred last year. >> my mom pushes me hard. she always told me, just because you come from the hood doesn't mean you have to stay in the hood. >> reporter: along with a high school degree, andre davis and his classmates get six
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to become a metropolitan police cadet. >> i want to be an fbi agent. >> reporter: and the cadet program is the first step? >> yes. >> reporter: a cadet earns $32,000 a year and an associates degree paid for by the department. >> everything is on the same page with the packet. >> reporter: perry runs the program grounded in reality. >> some have been stopped by police officers getting off the metro, walking home, so we try to tackle what they believe the issues are. >> reporter: police shootings nationally and in her own neighborhood made her suspicious. >> i felt annoyed by their presence but i understand why they do the things they do. >> you get a sense of what some of the things these young kids are struggling with. any time we can create better with our kids here in the city it is good for both of us. >> reporter: nuwsham wants future officers from the neighborhood t
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prevents their next move, who stops them getting arrested again. >> reporter: making their neighborhood a better place to live and career for themselves. anne thompson, nbc news washington. still ahead tonight, a promising new technique for controlling chronic pain with no drugs involved. hi, i'm paul and i used to ask if you could hear me now, with verizon, but i switched to sprint. hey... are you happy that you switched? yes - their network reliability is within 1% of verizon and our unlimited plan is half what you pay with verizon for a family of four. half? that's right - it's half. you could save over $1000 in the first year! they've been ripping us off! just think what you could do with that money. i'd buy a new set of golf clubs. vacation. (vo) unlimited! $22.50 per month per line. that's 50% off verizon unlimited rates. for people with hearing loss, don't let a 1% difference cost you twice as much. visit
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accident while studying virtual reality for conditions of anxiety. a welcome side effect, that chronic pain die appeared. >> they had pain relief for at least a week, and for many for months. >> reporter: what are patients doing in the virtual world? >> for pierre he is moving his pain free arm. when he looks through the goggle also he sees the injured arm doing the case, in this case trying to pop balloons floating around him. he says after five sessions his pain disappear zbled t. >> the cost to me was minimum. it was a little bit of time and no side effects. >> reporter: dr. sean mackey, one of the nation's top experts says the treatment works by tricking the brain. >> and that's where the excitement for vr comes in, is the opportunity to rewire our brains into a more normal state so that we're not experiencing as much pain. is this the future of pain management? ihi
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killed in action for more than 40 years was given a full military burial in sunday. deborah crosby was only six years old when she received the news her father was presumed dead, likely shot down during a recon mission in north vietnam in 1965, but his body wasn't located, haunting the family for years. >> it was such a sad story that my dad was still in vietnam and not recovered. >> reporter: she made a vow to her grandmother to one day bring his remains home. >> she lit a fire underneath me, and it was helpful to actually take some steps towards doing something. >> reporter: the u.s. military actively searches for missing service members involved in conflicts. deborah never gave up, tracking her father's case regularly even after her mother and grandmother passed away, until a breakthrough just two years ago when military investigators drained a
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discovering his wedding band among the remains. >> i just burst out into tears. i was like overwhelmed. >> reporter: lieutenant commander crosby finally returning home. >> instead of being filled with pain, we're filled with pride and we're just so happy that he's home. >> reporter: his daughter fulfilling that once far away promise as the country honoris his service and sacrifice. steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. and when we come back, graduation day at west point, and one family's extraordinary achievement. got it. rumor confirmed. they're playing. -what? -we gotta go. -where? -san francisco. -when? -friday. we gotta go. [ tires screech ] any airline. any hotel. any time. go where you want, when you want with no blackout dates. [ muffled music coming from club. "blue monday" by new order. cheers. ]
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on this memorial day weekend, we end tonight with a story about service to country and the contribution of one remarkable family. among those graduating this weekend from the u.s. military academy at west point, three brothers, a rare accomplishment that hasn't been seen at west point in decades. maya rodriguez was there. >> reporter: it's graduation time at america's oldest military academy. west point's class of 2017 preparing to leave school to serve their country as army officers. among the new second lieutenants, the three o'gresiak, noah, and twins cohl and sumner, ought graduating together. >>
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our own thing after high school. >> reporter: but that's not how it turned out. each brother deciding on his own to apply to and attend west point. surprising their non-military older brother and their mom and dad, both of whom served in the coast guard. >> it was their decision to go there, not pressure from us. i'm proud as heck that they are. >> it is an honor and we're tickled. >> reporter: it is also a rarity. the last time three siblings graduated from west point at the same time? more than 30 years ago. >> they made it through this 47-month crucible. i think everyone has realized how special that is since it really does not happen very often. >> reporter: for these brothers -- >> i would think friday night pizza night, that's kind of our thing. >> reporter: -- that meant relying on each other through the grueling years here. >> we all go through our individual trials like every cadet does here, but it is nice when we get some down time. i can reach out to them. >> reporter: now the trio preparor
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aware of the potential risk ahead. >> whether you're in training or deployed in a combat scenario, there's always a chance something could go wrong, but we accept that risk. >> reporter: but before that, one final west point task together, a pinning ceremony. their coast guard captain father getting their first salute as newly commissioned officers. >> welcome? >> not everyone gets this opportunity, especially siblings, so very fortunate. >> reporter: a gratitude shared among this band of brothers. maya rodriguez, nbc news, west point, new york. and we thank them and all members of the armed services. that is nbc "nightly news" for this sunday night. i'm kate snow reporting from new york. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. ♪
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