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on this sunday night, under fire. yet more problems tonight for the new health care system as the official in charge of it all prepares to go before congress. man hunt. it's happened again. four inmates escaped from jail and are on the run tonight. just how did they do it? growing protest. days after police shoot and kill a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica gun, the fbi steps in. playing by the rules. the call heard around the world series suddenly ending it all in st. louis tonight. and scaring up business. halloween's high tech haunted houses raking in millions.
good evening. the government system for getting americans signed up for health insurance under obama care has faced a new setback tonight. the latest technical glitch has tripped up the sign-up process. it comes as the head of the department of health and human services, the government agency in charge of rolling out the program prepares to appear before a congressional panel ready to demand answers. nbc's kristen welker is at the white house with late details. kristen? >> reporter: lester, good evening. an administration official says caremark which operates the data center for health care.gov is experiencing an outage that started today. that could impact parts of the application process in all 50 states. meanwhile today, fresh debates. president obama didn't want to talk about the troubled health
care website today while walking to church with the first family. >> sir, do you think november 30th is the realistic date? >> come on, guys. we're going to church. >> reporter: there was no shortage of debates. >> everybody needs to chill out. it will work. >> obama care doesn't control costs. >> the rollout has been a disaster. >> reporter: senator jeanne shaheen and nine other democrats, seven of whom facing tough re-elections want to extend the deadline for re-enrollment. >> i don't want them to feel they will be penalized if they can't enroll. >> reporter: shane jansen is one of thousands of americans getting letters like this. we are automatically moving you to a new plan that meets the new requirements. his new plan covers services now mandatory like maternity and mental health care. his premiums will go up $90 a month. is it worth it to pay more to get extra services covered? >> i would say no.
i purposely wanted an inexpensive monthly plan that covered the things i was worried about. >> reporter: some american wills pay more but insurance company officials say many will get subsidies through the new program. >> people who are subsidized will have the opportunity to the pay less. it really is an viindividualize issue. >> reporter: meanwhile, kathleen sebelius will testify before a congressional committee on wednesday. many republicans still calling for her to resign. >> she shouldn't be there. right now when she says she didn't know, why didn't she know the president's signature legislation was, in fact, in trouble? >> i think it is too early to start placing blame. >> reporter: as for the data failure, an hhs official says they are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. hhs is urging anyone experiencing trouble applying on the health care website to call into a call center. president obama will travel to boston on wednesday to talk
about health care and the enrollment process. lester? >> thank you. for more on the continuing challenges for the administration we are joined by cnbc's chief washington correspondent john harwood. secretary sebelius to go before the congressional panel likely to defend the process of people signing on and signing up to health care. will she have to defend the law itself? will it turn to that? >> there is no question she'll have to defend the law. she'll have to explain how the law will function if they can get past the technical challenges. she has support from the administration, the president. she can survive this. this is a moment for her and the white house team to step up and demonstrate that they can manage a crisis, show competence and governance. they have time, but uh not a lot of time. the most important thing she can tell the committee is try to explain in clearer terms than they have so far what the source of the problems were and how they are going to meet that
november 30 deadline for making the website work right. >> john, thanks for your insight. more fallout regarding the united states surveillance overseas. michael isikoff reports it involves the mass collection of phone calls in spain by the nsa. the story will be on tomorrow's front page of the spanish newspaper "el mundo" and it comes again from edward snowden. newly released records show 60 million phone calls were collected in spain in just one month last december. a manhunt is under way tonight after another jailbreak in the news. this one in oklahoma. officials say four inmates are on the run after pulling off an escape that reads like a movie plot. charles hadlock is outside the jail in oklahoma tonight. charles? >> reporter: good evening, lester. while authorities are searching a large part of western oklahoma for the four escapees, there are questions tonight about how they got out of a brand new jail.
the escape happened in the overnight hours at the brand new caddo county detention center in oklahoma. they were housed together in a jail pod with 16 inmates and two showers. the men climbed through a small trap door above one of the two showerheads, crawled 30 feet through the plumbing, a small area housing plumbing pipes to a room that houses the jail plums and escaped through a door. >> they are still at large. we set a perimeter around and kept until an hour ago all over town. checking every vehicle that went in or came out. >> reporter: they are serving the time for charges involving drugs, probation violations and escaping from a police officer. three were awaiting transfer to the oklahoma department of kregss. it is believed they are still wearing orange jail jumpsuits. >> anybody in prison would have to be considered armed and
dangerous. they department have anything when they got out as far as arms. we don't know what they got as they got out. >> reporter: this follows the high profile escape of two men if in florida. charles walker and joseph jenkins were serving life sentences but walked out of a prison using fake documents. the two men were finally captured by armed marshalls last weekend at a motel in panama city beach with, florida. >> i'm very thankful these individuals are back in custody. >> reporter: those escapes have authority hs in florida reviewing the prison system's protocol. now after an overnight escape jail officials will be looking at what went wrong inside this detention center. authorities are focusing on the plumbing trap doors. they were supposed to be we would welded shut but workers apparently missed two of them. >> in northern california the fbi is now investigating the
fatal shoot iing by a 13-year-o boy carrying a replica gun instead of a high powered rifle. we get the story tonight from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the call for action has grown louder every day. >> there is no justice that can compare to a little boy dying. >> reporter: hundreds of parents and children protesting outside the sonoma county sheriff's department in santa rosa, california. they are here for 13-year-old andy lopez. >> he wanted to go to college and have a career. he wanted to do something more and better with his life. >> reporter: last week, lopez was walking through his neighborhood with what sheriff's deputies said they thought was an assault rifle. one neighbor spotted lopez before officers did. >> i saw a boy with the rifle in the left hand. i'm telling him, throw that thing away. the police is behind.
>> reporter: investigators say two deputies ordered the teen to drop the gun. seconds later, an officer opened fire. >> the deputy described it as the suspect turned to him, the barrel was rising up and turning in his direction. >> reporter: andy lopez was shot seven times. only after did officers realize the gun was a replica. at a news conference they displayed the toy gun side by side with the real one. >> as a father of two boys about this age i can't imagine the grief this family is going through. >> reporter: what the sheriff calls a tragic incident, lopez's mother calls a brutal assassination of her little boy. >> he was not a gang member. he was not a criminal. but yet he's dead. couldn't something else have been done? >> reporter: tonight, a call for justice and a federal investigation under way for a teenager shot and killed on the very block he grew up on. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los
angeles. overseas more than 60 people were killed in iraq. most of the victims died when 11 vehicles blew up within 40 minutes in and around baghdad. about 7,000 siecivilians have b killed this year in iraq. in afghanistan, at least 18 people were killed today by a roadside bomb in the eastern part of the country. the victims were in a small bus traveling from one village to another after a wedding. most of the dead were women and children. back in this country, an arrest this weekend after injur carnival in north carolina when the vortex ride malfunctioned as riders were getting off. authorities say the critical safety devices were tampered with. the operator of the ride was arrested and will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting serious
bodily injury. it's game four of the world series tonight with the talk going into it about the call that brought last night's game to an abrupt and bizarre finish. it gave st. louis a win over boston. it also had a lot of fans wondering about a certain baseball rule. nbc's ron mott has more tonight. >> john jay could end game three. >> reporter: bottom of the ninth. score tied at four. winning run on third for st. louis when this happened. st. louis outfielder john jay hits a grounder up uh the middle. the throw home by the boston second base man easily nabs the runner at the plate but the red sox catcher makes a wild throw the to third. craig beelines for home, stumbles and he's out -- or is he? >> they will say he's safe. >> reporter: seeing craig trip the third base umpire called obstruction ruling the third baseman blocked the base path. game over. the run counts and the card values win. >> one of the craziest plays i
have been a part of. to finish a world series like that, crazy. >> reporter: middlebrooks was called for obstruction. the first in history to decide a world series game. >> i was excited because we nailed the guy at home. i wasn't sure why he was safe. >> reporter: the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball impede it is progress of a runner. after the game the vice president clutched the rule book while joyce explained the call. >> with the defensive player on the ground without intent or intent it's still obstruction. >> the obstruction call was gutsy by the umpire crew but it was correct. >> reporter: outside fenway park in boston fans were both teams largely i support the call. >> i think he would have scored had he not tripped over middlebrooks, whether it was intentional or not. >> not a fair call, but if you read rule, i guess the right call. >> reporter: the red sox hope to even the series in tonight's
game four, obstruction-free. ron mott, nbc news, boston. >> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, fields of dreams. how some parents are spending a fortune to give their kids a chance at the big leagues. later, the big business of high tech haunted houses. [ tires screech ] ♪ [ male announcer ] 1.21 gigawatts. today, that's easy. ge is revolutionizing power. supercharging turbines with advanced hardware and innovative software. using data predictively to help power entire cities. so the turbines of today... will power us all... into the future. ♪
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and spending major money to increase the chances of making the fantasy come true of. our report from nbc's craig melvin. >> reporter: 16-year-old eric wants to hit hoemeruns and make headlines and highlights. >> i would love to be one of the all-stars you see on sportscenter every night. >> reporter: his 16-year-old brother michael also has big dreams. >> i picture the announcement saying michael feliz is up to bat for the yankees. >> reporter: they picked up bats at age two. then little league, trainers and elite camps. >> it's a big sacrifice. >> reporter: now kayla and her husband shuttle between new jersey and florida every few weeks so they can work and visit thirs sons who are in their third year at img academy, an elite boarding school and athletic training compound. roughly $48,000 for baseball tuition, $18,000 for school tuition. $10,000 for summer league and
travel. total price tag for each son, more than $70,000. academics, while important, take a backseat. eric and michael spend nearly five hours a day on a field or in a weight room. all of the money doesn't just buy you private coaching or strength and agility training. you get access to cutting edge sports performance technology. like this device adapted from air force fighter pilot training to help young athletes strengthen eye muscles. it's designed to give kids an edge at ap early age. some here are as young as 8. >> we don't wanten children's identities to be wrapped up in one specific activity. >> reporter: some parents push their kids to chase their dreams with little guarantee. according to the n krrcaa, justf of 1% of high school baseball players ever put on a professional uniform. the feliz family knew the odds before spending hundreds of
thousands but see it as an investment. >> if the ultimate goal is to play for a wonderful college team and have a great experience and get their degree it will have paid off. if there is something more after that, so be it. >> reporter: perhaps wearing the pinstripes at yankee stadium. craig melvin, nbc news, bradenton, florida. up next tonight, storm stories. one year after sandy, a photographic journal of lives interrupted. she's always had a playful side.
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finally tonight as we head for halloween this thursday we thought we'd take you on a house tour -- as in haunted houses. turns out they are big business. a growing industry that plays on our fears and has millions of people willing to pay money to feel scared. our story from nbc's joe fryer. [ screaming ] >> reporter: this may not sound like a holiday. but these screams signal success for one holiday that's bigger than ever. >> that's the thing to do on halloween. get scared. >> things are swinging down at you. the walls are moving. >> reporter: ben armstrong runs the next time haupted house in which welcomes 7500 guests a year. >> it's a date thiegt, family event, something for kids and older people. >> reporter: the production value is something out of hollywood with sophisticated
masks and makeup for the 300 actors hired to haunt the home. more than a thousand of the large scale attractions can be found across the country. >> reporter: why do people come to haunted houses? >> i think people love the adrenaline rush of being scared. halloween is the perfect excuse to live out that fun fantasy. >> reporter: josh simon used his movie production background to turn an old los angeles theater into the setting based on the movie "the purge". >> we are trying to make it feel like you are in a horror movie living that out in real life. >> reporter: the american retail federation expect ps 30 million americans to visit a haunted house. some spend up to $75 to walk alone through the blackout where visitors sign a waiver and are given a safe word to say if they want to leave.
>> people do pay a lot of money. we think they pay because they can be in their own movie. >> reporter: like christmas, halloween is starting earlier with many fright houses opening in september. a billion dollar industry that's growing at a frightening pace. [ screaming ] >> reporter: joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> such fun. that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. brian williams will be here tomorrow. up next, football night in america followed by the packers versus the vikings. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. for all of us here at b nbc news, good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
mall of america field in downtown minneapolis, where tonight sunday night football features a pair of nfc north rivals trending in opposite directions, as the 4-2 green bay packers visit the 1-5 minnesota vikings. the vikings' record has a lot to do with inconsistency at quarterback where three different men have been on the hook for losses this season. christian ponder shall the once and now once again starter will have a chance to turn things around tonight. there has been no such concern about the quarterbacking in