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backup. the person in critical condition involved in this vehicle fire which has down i-95. the latest tonight at 11:00. thanks for watching. on our broadcast tonight, executed by isis. another american has been killed in brutal fashion by the terrorist group with a message for the u.s. and president obama. our nbc news exclusive, dr. kent brantley once near death with ebola. when we watched him walk into that atlanta hospital. tonight his first interview since leaving the hospital. fighting for her life, confirmation from her family on the condition of joan rivers. what her daughter melissa has now revealed. and going the distance. what one family found was the pathway into their son with autism. now if they could just get him to slow down. "nightly news" begins now.
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good evening as the last days of summer wore down, wherever americans gathered over this past holiday weekend on beaches, boats, blankets, front porches, and when the conversation turned serious, it's about the sensation that our world is falling apart. the number of hotspots around the world right now is bracing. a lot of them, but not all in the middle east. a lot of them but not all have to do with radical islam. and tonight the u.s. is forced to react to the execution of yet another american. while we will not air it here tonight, it took place on camera. the radical group isis has killed another prisoner, another american journalist. after his mother delivered a public plea to spare her son's life. it's where we begin on this tuesday night with our chief foreign correspondent richard engle on the syrian border with turkey tonight, richard, good evening opinion.
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>> reporter: good evening, brian. isis released a video, it is very disturbing, it hasn't yet been verified by u.s. intelligence, but it does appear to show the execution of journalist steven sotloff. the video shows sotloff begging for his life, reading a statement, and i must say, he appears very brave right until the end. steven sotloff sat calmly as he waited to die. the 31-year-old reporter's voice never broke, as he read a statement, a knife held by his throat. his executioner apeered to be the same mill tan the who beheaded james foley two weeks ago. this is james wright foley. >> reporter: the same voice, the same heavy british accent. today's video suggested a british hostage could be the next to die. just last week, sotloff's mother
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begged for this not to happen. >> bring him home safe and sound and to hug him. >> reporter: she appealed politely, even respectfully to the isis leaders to have mercy on her son. >> i ask you to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over. >> reporter: they showed no mercy. now the video is evidence. u.s. intelligence will break down all of the tactical elements of this video to try to understand who's behind this execution, where they might have been located, what the timing was. all of these pieces fit in to create a broader intelligence picture of what isis is doing. >> reporter: the militants still hold at least two other americans, their fate unknown. sotloff was a freelance journalist from florida, he worked for a variety of publications, including time magazine, these videos are meant to be gruesome, they are meant to be terrifying, they also attract recruits. brian? >> richard everything emstarting
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us off tonight from the syrian border. the debate is now raging over what to do, how to reresponded to the threat of isis, say nothing of those other hotspots in the rest of the world. and the news overnight that u.s. forces carried out a military operation on yet another terrorist battleground. that part of the story tonight from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: terrorists attacking this shopping mall in nairobi last september, killing 67 people. a somali based affiliate. monday their leader was targeted near mogadishu. intelligence can't say whether they got him. jihadi social media sites say he was injured not killed. beyond somalia, islamic extremists are posing a global threat. isis militants in iraq and syria gaining ground. libbals two years after
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benghazi. militants kidnapping hundreds of girls in nigeria, a cautious president obama asking advisers in he takes military action, what happens the day after. >> the president's got a real dilemma, it's hard to imagine he's going to solve this complex problem with u.s. military air power. >> the white house is expected to announce the president is sending up to 300 more troops to iraq, to protect the u.s. embassy and the baghdad airport. all of these threats don't approve the one -- he could take kiev in two weeks if he wanted to, even as the president heads to europe. facing global threats on all sides, brian. >> nbc news andrea mitchell, thanks. the cdc has issued a desire new warning about the ebola epidemic. it's now spreading faster than all efforts to stop it. in a moment, we'll show you the first interview with the american physician who survived
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ebola and is now telling his story for the first time. as we learn another doctor is overseas. our report tonight from our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman. >> this latest american missionary was treating pregnant women in a liberian hospital. >> we need action now to -- >> reporter: this morning on today, strong words from centers for disease control director dr. tom frieden, who just returned from liberia. >> we have the world's first epidemic of ebola, and it's spiraling out of control. the situation is bad and it looks like it's going to get worse quickly. >> reporter: 10 far this outbreak has killed 1500 people. more than 3,000 have been infected and the world health organization estimates that number may top out at as many as 20,000. in liberia 90 doctors care for
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over 4 million people, and the already fragile medical center is in trouble. this man carried through a market in search of food. health workers had to chase him down and force him back into an ambulance to return him to the hospital. the fear is so great, president obama today sent a message directly to the people of west africa. >> along with our partners around the world, the united states is working with your government to help stop this disease. >> reporter: u.s. health officials continue to say ebola is not a threat to this country's sophisticated health system, this rapidly spreading disease requires a global response now. today the first three of 20 healthy american volunteers were reported to have been given the first dose of an experimental vaccine you can the kind of vaccine that will prevent ebola. this is the first test of its kind in human beings. this is not going away any time fast, brian.
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>> sadly it is not. dr. nancy snyderman starting off our coverage on this tonight, thanks. as promised, the american doctor who was reported to be near death with ebola, when we watched him walk into that atlanta hospital. his first interview about his incredible story, which he once thought he might not live to tell, and matt lauer tells us tonight about this extraordinary conversation. >> reporter: brian, good evening, i'm here in asheville, north carolina, this is where dr. kent brantley and his wife have been in seclusion since he was released a short time ago. we sat down for an exclusive interview. it was together that we learned one of his dearest friends, another doctor serving where he was serving in liberia, has now contracted the virus. >> i was notified about that this morning. and spent a good long while in
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tearful prayer. >> you have become an expert in recognizing the symptoms. you had become extremely familiar with the progression of those symptoms, which takes us to july 23rd. july 23rd, you wake up, take me through the day. >> i woke up that morning, and really i just felt a little off. a little warm, a little under the weather. i took my temperature and it was 100.0 i think. >> and your family was thousands of miles away. and you knew they couldn't come back? >> i was so thankful that amber and the kids were not there. that would have been an overwhelming mental burden if i had woken up sick laying in bed next to my wife with one of my children snuggled up next to me.
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>> fortunately for the doctor, his wife and two children had left liberia three days earlier to attend a wedding in texas. >> when he did call to tell me he had ebola, i don't know if i can describe that. i was -- i knew what was coming, i had seen him treat these people who had already been diagnosed, i knew how it ends. i knew how everyone had ended up so far. so i had the disadvantage of having the knowledge of the course of the disease. and i was scared. >> there was a time during those days in liberia, where you were really sick that doctors didn't think you would make it through one of those nights. were you aware of that? >> yeah. >> did they talk to you about
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it? >> i don't think they ever said kent i think you're about to die. but i felt like i was about to die. and i said to the nurse who was taking care of me, i'm sick, i have no reserve, and i don't know how long i can keep this up. i thought, i'm not going to be able to continue breathing this way. and they had no way to breathe for me if i had quit breathing. >> reporter: dr. brantley says he's still weak but he's improving every day. he wants to tell his story so americans won't forget the terrible situation that is taking place in liberia. will he go back? that's a decision they'll make down the road. >> remarkable recovery indeed, much more of matt's interview with dr. brantley tomorrow morning on today and a special hour from nbc news friday night
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10:00 eastern time. here in new york tonight, confirmation from the family regarding the condition of joan rivers who's been reported to be in a medically induced coma following an out patient procedure last week. stephanie gosk has more for us. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: the legendary comedian has been here at mt. sinai for the last five days with her family not releasing a lot of detail until today her daughter melissa rivers confirming that the situation remains very serious. in a statement, she wrote. we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received. at this time she does remain on life support. i know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness, and i want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers. since she arrived here, social media has completely lit up with messages from fans, friends and fellow comedians. all hoping brian that some of
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that tenacious spirit that joan rivers is known for, helps her pull through this. >> stephanie gosk, outside the hospital in manhattan. thanks. when first responders can't respond in time to save a life. a growing problem on roadways across this country. protecting my future. thank you for being my hero and my dad. military families are uniquely thankful for many things, the legacy of usaa auto insurance could be one of them. if you're a current or former military member or their family, get an auto insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life. so factors like diet can negatively impact good bacteria? even if you're healthy and active. phillips digestive health support is a duo-probiotic that helps supplement good bacteria found in two parts of your digestive tract.
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finally here tonight we mentioned at the top of the broadcast, considering the world is falling apart or seems to be these days. let's end on a terrific story. for so many parents who have children with autism, it's about finding a way to open them up. just like what happened to the young man you're about to meet. we get tonight's story from kate snow. >> reporter: for mike bran began running has been as natural as breathing. >> he stood up and started running. >> reporter: something wasn't right. >> he would run into the walls and fall and not put his hands down. >> reporter: diagnosed with autism, he wouldn't talk unless prompted. one day on the monkey bars a
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breakthrough. >> he was hanging there and he said, help me. and i fell to my knees. i started crying in the car. i knew that everything was going to be okay. >> reporter: a couple years later, his father brought him to a running club and mike took off. >> the coach came up to me and said, this guy can run. >> i always want to go faster. >> now a senior, mike brahney began is ranked one of the top ten runners in the country. >> i have to do some things to slow him down. >> he wants to go faster. >> go mike go. >> reporter: this june he ran a 4:07 mile. the sport has transformed his academics and given him confidence. >> are you friends with your teammates? >> yeah, i'm friends with them. we have a good time. >> zhou think autism makes you a better runner? >> a better person. >> reporter: a better person? >> every time i brought him to a race or practice, he was just a
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regular kid. all the other stuff that goes on, everything goes away when he's running track. >> a few hundred colleges have reached out. >> georgetown, syracuse, wisconsin. >> reporter: to succeed, he'll need academic support, but mike has even bigger dreams. >> the olympics. >> you think you can do it? >> i can do it. >> how cool would that be? >> that would be awesome. >> reporter: kate snow, nbc news, north port, new york. >> that is our broadcast for this post labor day tuesday night. thank you for being here with us as we begin a new week and a new season. i'm brian williams we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night.
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celebrity marriage palooza. the first photos now on "extra." mr. and mrs. pitts' first kiss as husband and wife.
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who made angie's gown and why brad had to wear his son's tie. why donny wahlberg brother missed the wedding. plus the i dos to wade. who was the super star wedding singer. and joan rivers eerie joke about her health just hours before her surgery. >> we have the latest from new york as the stars pray for joan. >> i believe in the power of prayer. then jennifer lawrence, kate upton, the stars fighting back over their stolen sexy selfies. whose are real and whose are fake. plus diane's sawyer's successor of world news tonight. now on "extra" from universal studios hollywood, the entertainment capital of

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