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bear. >> people wearing masks. >> nbc nightly news is next. more local news on next. see you then. on this sunday night, triple threat. heavy snow, 60 mile an hour wind gusts, and now temperatures that will feel like 25 below. in new england, roofs collapsing from the weight of all that snow. and word that yet another system is on its way. behind the attacks, police shoot and kill a terror suspect they believe is responsible for two deadly attacks. was it part of a wider plot? tonight, the hunt for answers. flight plan. the faa proposes new rules to finally open the skies up for commercial use of drones. who will be able to fly them, and where? and, second summit. three years after coaching legend pat summit retired because of alzheimer's, another summit steps on and steps up on the court.
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from nbc news world headquarters in new york this is nbc nightly news with lester holt. good evening, parts of new england are staggering from the punishing blow of another blizzard. the fourth major snowstorm in three weeks. this one leaving as much as 20 inches of snow in some places. enough fell to make this the snowiest month on record in the city of boston where there is plenty to shovel, just no good place to put it. snow driven by gusty winds caused whiteout conditions, collapsed roofs and paralyzed travel. now the arctic cold, dangerous below zero windchills, extend from the midwest across much of the northeast. our team remains in place, in the storm zone. miguel almaguer leads us off tonight from boston. miguel? >> reporter: lester, good evening. this is what many boston neighborhoods look like tonight.
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snow piles are on every street corner in this city. to give you some perspective, this one is 15, 20 feet in the air, at the level of streetlights. for now, the snow has finally stopped falling, this frigid cold is far from over. this was the triple threat nearly 100 million braced for, the blinding snow, whipping winds and bitter cold. >> miserable. it's just getting really old. getting really depressing. >> reporter: much of new england blasted with whiteout conditions, from sunrise to sundown. boston buried again. today 13 inches of powder on top of six feet that's fallen over the last month. the city getting more snow in three weeks than chicago has ever seen in an entire winter. >> this is storms of historic proportion. i know that people are frustrated, people just want this to end. >> reporter: the region paralyzed in this blizzard blast. power knocked out to at least 6,000. at least four roofs crushed in after relentless heavy snowfall.
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>> it's amazing this is even worse than the blizzard of '78 and i was here for that blizzard. >> reporter: along the coast, it was wicked winds doing the damage. the surging surf pounding, threatening to flood marshfield, massachusetts again. in plymouth, rare blasts of thunder snow. the weather channel's jim cantore there for the wild ride. >> we are in the full force of this blizzard, no question about it. winds are gusting over 50 miles per hour, we've had -- now we can't even see the water. >> reporter: similar conditions turn the roads deadly. this weekend, well over 100 accidents from buffalo to toledo. at least six killed, including a pregnant mother on the ohio turnpike. tonight, the snow has slowed, but the arctic cold is just blasting in. in some regions it will feel like negative 25. >> insane, more snow than i've ever seen. we're both transplants from iowa, and i've never seen snow like this. >> reporter: while they're bundling up for what could be
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record snow overnight. cities like boston are scrambling to heat up the cleanup. this sidewalk is extremely clean. snow mounds like this are common, this one 10, 15 feet high. come tomorrow morning this will be a solid block of ice. >> it's really remarkable, miguel, thanks very much. what we can expect in the coming days, let's bring in dylan dreyer, who is in boston right now. dylan, good evening to you. >> good evening, lester, the windchill is 10 degrees below zero, it's only going to get colder through the night. by tomorrow morning, from the great lakes to the mid-atlantic, up to new england, we are looking at windchills to be 15 to 25 degrees below zero, and as we go into monday afternoon, it's never going to feel like it's above zero at all across new england. now, we've got another storm to talk about, this time around, it's going to affect the midwest and eventually spread to the east into the carolinas, that's where we have our winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings in effect. this could be a major ice event.
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the shaded area in pink and purple, that's where we will see a long duration ice storm. all throughout the day on monday. we'll see snow move into washington, d.c., by tuesday morning, even up into new york city and possibly grazing southern new england as we go into tuesday afternoon. as for snowfall totals kentucky will be the hardest hit. that's where we could see a foot or more of snow. washington, d.c., 4 to 8 inches possible. maybe even another four inches across southeastern massachusetts. as for ice, a half inch of ice is possible from little rock to memphis. where that ice accumulates, we are looking at power outages likely. and also, very dangerous road conditions throughout the entire day on monday. >> dylan, thanks. tonight the suspect is dead and officials are investigating what led him to open fire. first at a free speech event and later at a synagogue, the entire city of copenhagen remains on high alert. that's where we get our report
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from keir simmons. hi, keir. >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight, there are reports of arrests. the detectives have not found evidence yet that their suspect worked with anyone else. candles on a cold night in denmark. for two more victims, of two more attacks in another european city. as detectives investigating the killings raid an internet cafe searching for clues. this morning amid panic, they confronted the 22-year-old lone suspect and shot him dead. after he opened fire on them. his body lying in the streets. just over 12 hours earlier, the shooter had burst into a cafe, firing 30 times. leaving more than 20 bullet holes in just the front window. there he left one dead and wounded three police officers. inside an event was promoting free speech.
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>> i could hear the gunshots approaching. i could hear arabic and shouts. >> reporter: the possible target, one of the event organizers lars vilks, sketching a dog as mohammed. last month, "charlie hebdo" was targeted. it printed similar cartoons. >> it's possible this individual was a copycat. knew how to handle a weapon and knew how to kill. we don't know if there are other people behind him. >> reporter: like in paris, the next target was copenhagen's jewish community. a 37-year-old guarding a bar mitzvah celebration was fatally shot. another two police officers wounded. jews here say they will not be frightened. >> i'm born here and i will stay here all of my life. >> our thoughts go to the whole
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of the jewish community today. they belong in denmark. they are a strong part of our community. >> reporter: israel's prime minister says jews have been murdered again on european soil. israel is your home, he told them. while in france, outside the danish embassy in paris, another vigil was held today. in solidarity. police say their suspect was known to intelligence services, but there's no indication he traveled to iraq or syria to fight as a jihadist as the paris killers did. lester? >> keir simmons, thank you. isis has released a chilling new video purportedly showing the beheading of 21 egyptian christians kidnapped in libya. it's the first time they've released such a video outside the territory it controls in syria and iraq. in it, a masked fighter delivers a message threatening christian populations, making the war more religiously driven than political.
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the faa unveiled a proposal to open the nation's skies to unmanned commercial drones. dozens of industries have been pushing for permission to fly drones from movie studios to oil exploration firms. currently banned, they're one step closer to getting permission to fly now. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: it's the beginning of what may turn out to be something of a drone invasion, from realtors hoping to sell million dollar properties, to farmland surveys, tv tower inspections, news gathering and movie chase scenes. the faa released its proposed rules for commercial unmanned aircraft systems, or drones 55 pounds or lighter. they would only be permitted to fly during daylight hours. under 500 feet at 100 miles per hour or less and five miles away from airports. pilots would have to maintain constant visual contact with their drones and be required to hold a new faa flight certificate. >> we have a responsibility to
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ensure that the national airspace system is safe for all users, as well as for people on the ground. >> all right, nice and stable. >> reporter: already, the nation's top aviation schools are teaching a new generation of pilots starting small -- >> we're about two miles south. >> reporter: -- then getting into military sized drones. >> when you're first learning how to fly this thing, what is the biggest challenge? >> the biggest challenge is the positional awareness of the aircraft. whether it's flying toward you or away from you. >> reporter: the faa is also concerned about the number of close calls between drones and passenger planes. including this one last weekend at lax. >> one of those radio control helicopter things went right over the top of us at 4,000. >> over the top of you at 4,000? roger that. >> yes. >> just last month an unmanned drone crashed on to the white house lawn. today the unmanned aircraft industry said the faa's proposed rules make sense. >> we're going to keep them under 500 feet, we're going to keep them line of sight, we're
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going to keep them away from airports and essentially away from people. there's a lot of value that can be created with that alone, we think this is a good way to get started. >> all these proposed rules would apply to commercially flown drones. hobbyists who fly them are to stay five miles away from airports. also president obama laid out more rules how and when government agencies can use drones. laying out first amendment privacy protections. lester? >> tom costello in washington tonight. thanks. to a problem hitting home for many of the men and women who served our country. on any given night, nearly 50,000 veterans find themselves homeless on the streets of america. now, the secretary of the va is taking a new proactive approach in dealing with the issue. tom brokaw has that story for us tonight from southern california. >> reporter: every two years an army of volunteers fan across greater los angeles. >> we're out doing the count
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tonight. >> reporter: to count the homeless. and more than one in ten is a veteran. los angeles long has had the largest population of homeless veterans in the country, even though many get a cool reception. it wasn't always that way. in 1888, 300 acres of land were given to the federal government to be permanently maintained as a national home for disabled volunteer soldiers. the va facility was established, but much of what became 387 acres released to outside interests, having nothing to do with the veterans. the land became some of the priciest and most coveted in california, neighborhoods such as brentwood and westwood closed in. veterans like james carr see a raw deal. >> they don't care about any of this. they want to take this property and turn it into what they want. >> reporter: in 2011 a class action lawsuit was filed to force the government to honor the original deed. the vets had a powerful ally and attorney ron olsen. >> when you have politicians going around the country saying,
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it's not right for these young men and women to go abroad and fight for their country, and then have to come home and fight for a roof over their head, and yet these same politicians don't make something happen, that's hypocrisy. >> reporter: olsen and his coalition felt they had a slam dunk case but the department of justice disagreed. arguing the agency was within its rights to lease out land meant for the veterans. bobby shriver found many of his wealthy and powerful neighbors turned against him when he advocated housing homeless veterans here. >> i thought, these are empty buildings. let's put them in the empty buildings. who could be against that. i found many people who were. >> reporter: just two weeks ago, a breakthrough. >> we're moving forward together designing a plan to end homelessness among veterans in los angeles county. >> reporter: the new va secretary announced an agreement
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to settle the lawsuit. the two sides moving from adversaries to potential partners in a matter of weeks. veterans like robert malone, formerly homeless himself, saying it's about time. >> for crying out loud, we're americans, let's help our guys since the minutemen, we've been protecting our country. let's protect them now. >> that was tom brokaw reporting from los angeles. when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday. how one state leads the way in protecting people against the growing measles outbreak.
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we're back now with a growing concern over measles. the outbreak has spread to at least 18 states.
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surprisingly one corner of the country, usually considered among the least healthy, has led the way in fighting measles, mumps and rubella. we get our report tonight from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: despite 1-year-old's skylar thompson's protests, her mom says she knew what she had to do. how important was it to bring her for these shots today? >> it's very important, i don't want her to be sick. >> reporter: here in mississippi, they have the nation's highest infant mortality rate. and the second highest level of childhood poverty. when it comes to vaccines for school aged children the state leads the nation. and so far, not a single case of measles. >> i'm grateful, really grateful that we have it, and hope it can continue. >> reporter: last year, 99.7% of kindergartners here were fully vaccinated. compare that to some other states, pennsylvania just 85%, and california, 92%. what's mississippi's secret?
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decades ago, the legislature passed a strict mandatory vaccination law for kids, without some of the loopholes found in other states. here there are no exemptions for religious or philosophical reasons. only rare medical exemptions are allowed. >> the bottom line is, if we don't vaccinate our children, we stand the potential for a public health crisis. >> reporter: yet not everyone believes the state is taking the best approach. mary jo perry is not against immunizations. her own kids are vaccinated. she argues government mandates in mississippi go too far. >> we feel like, parents should be able to do the research on vaccines and be able to discuss these things with their doctors, and they ought to have the liberty to have vaccine choice. >> reporter: she wants lawmakers to make it easier for doctors to grant exemptions. state health officials are fighting back. >> this choice of not vaccinating your children actually affects the people around your child, not just your
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child. >> she's a trooper. >> reporter: skylar's mom considers it an easy choice. >> i do whatever i have to do to make sure she's okay. >> reporter: to stop the measles outbreak, before it hits home. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, jackson, mississippi. when we come back in a moment, some of the biggest names in comedy together for one night only.
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this building, 30 rock is abuzz tonight for the 40th anniversary of "saturday night live." the show launched the careers of some of the biggest names in comedy. and later this evening, many of them will return to the stage that gave them their big break. here's nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> the three amigos. >> reporter: it's kind of like a high school reunion, with everyone a class clown. 40 years of funny, together in one place. >> live from new york -- >> it's saturday night. >> since october '75, saturday night live has been turning
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little known comedians into box office big shots. >> now are the foxes. >> reporter: like bill murray dan aykroyd, kristen wiig and will ferrell all expected on stage tonight. >> we don't have wine. >> that's okay, i brought my own. >> reporter: eddie murphy will be back for the first time in 30 years. we'll see tina fey and amy poehler. >> it's time for a woman to make it to the white house. >> no mice. >> the real sarah palin will also be there, part of a guest list that includes pop culture's biggest names. former hosts like justin timberlake. ♪ and musical favorites like paul mccartney and paul simon. lorne michaels spoke to matt lauer. >> in every sense it's kind of a reunion, you want to make sure that you capture the feeling of what it was like, and also why
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it's important. >> reporter: there's someone else who's been there through much of the show's run. you may not see walley the cue card guy, but over the past 25 years, you've probably heard him laugh. >> it's craziness sometimes. but that's the best part of it. >> reporter: tonight's show likely to be no different. it's live, so anything could happen. and probably will. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. >> you can catch snl's 40th anniversary special tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central, right here on nbc. the son of a coaching legend who's living up to the family name.
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finally tonight, she's a legend of the hardwood as coach of the tennessee lady vols. pat summit racked up more career wins than any other college basketball coach in history. now, three years after alzheimer's forced her to retire, one of her team's fiercest rivals is being led by someone with a familiar last name. here's jacob rascon. >> reporter: he may not be much older than his players, but on the sidelines, tyler summit feels right at home. >> instead of growing up and slumber parties at your friend's house, i was in locker rooms, hotel rooms, i was on the bench. >> reporter: such was the life of the only child of college basketball legend pat summit. >> all the public saw was this lady on the sideline who looked like a dictator screaming at her players and staring them down.
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behind closed doors, she was a loving caring person. >> reporter: for most of pat's 1100 wins and eight national championships, tyler was right there. until three years ago, when pat stepped down, facing a new opponent. >> it was a hard couple days when she got diagnosed with alzheimer's, and at first she said, why me? and it took a while for us to say, you know what, this is god's plan, and we have to figure out what our next step is. >> reporter: in 2012, she received the presidential medal of freedom. >> anyone who feels sorry for pat, will find themselves on the receiving end of that famous glare or she might punch you. >> reporter: tyler's next step felt natural to both summits. until pat heard the job offer. >> i mentioned louisiana tech. she stopped and said, louisiana tech, i used to have some battles down there. >> reporter: last year at 23, he became the youngest head coach
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ever hired at the university. the ladies have jumped from 14th in their conference to third. attendance at home games is more than double. for the summits, it's not just about basketball. >> in jesus name, amen. >> it's way beyond basketball, it actually -- almost the basketball is just like a side effect. >> it's about life. and we use basketball as a metaphor to prepare our players for life. >> reporter: the dawn of another summit two decades in the making. jacob rascon, nbc news, louisiana. that's nbc nightly news for this sunday, we hope you'll join us back here tomorrow night. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. for all of us here at nbc news, good night.
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right now at 6:00 a bay area pilot was only in the air for a few minutes before his plane lost power and needed to land. luck oo for him, there was golf course nearby. hear from the pilot who hit that fair way. good evening, everyone. >> this something you certainly don't expect to see while golf awning a beautiful sunday. a small plane crashing at an east bay golf course. the pilot luckily is not hurt. the crash happened at the sky west golf course near 880 and 280 interchanges. anannette, you say you talked