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you can't afford it. >> no way! that's nuts. >> it's right off university avenue. thanks for joining us at 5:00. >> bye, folks. breaking news tonight. school bus horror. several students killed, many injured, when the bus slammed into a house and wrapped around a tree, splitting it in half. we have a late report. manhunt for a killer. police officer ambushed and assassinated, a deadly stretch for law enforcement. four officers shot across three states in just 24 hours. holiday week storm blanketing a big part of the country threatening to make a travel nightmare for millions. beating black friday, skipping the crowds but not the savings. how those in the know are already getting big deals right now. and glory days, our monday inspiring america. the 55-year-old father who just made college football history proving it's never too late to live your dream. "nightly news" begins
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right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening on a very busy monday we begin with breaking news, a terrible story developing out of chattanooga, tennessee, where a school bus carrying 35 elementary students has crashed, and it has killed some of those on board. hospitals were put on alert to receive patients this afternoon as rescuers worked to extricate victims after the bus went out of control, wound up split in two around a tree. let's get the very latest now from nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: photos on twitter taken by the chattanooga fire department show rescue teams at work. one firefighter perched on top of the crumpled bus, tipped on its side wedged between two trees. the emergency call went out about 3:30 this afternoon. >> it is occupied with children. they believe there is ejections.
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>> reporter: on board 35 children, kindergartners through fifth graders. >> i can see an arm moving but i don't know if anybody can get to it. >> reporter: 13 children were transported to the hospital. >> a bus crash involving schoolchildren is every public safety professional's worst nightmare. >> reporter: 8-year-old darrion griffith escaped with only bumps and bruises. >> glad you're safe, buddy. >> reporter: it's unclear why the driver lost control of the bus. tonight parents in chattanooga are gathering at woodmoore school, gathering anxiously praying for their young children. tonight in chattanooga the authorities tell nbc news there are six like so many as to school buses in this country there were no seat belts. >> thank you, kerry. there are late-breaking developments for a hunt in the suspect in
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the ambush shooting style death of a texas police officer. the 50-year-old san antonio pd detective was one of four law men gunned town in three states in a 24-hour period. it has been an exceptionally deadly year for the nation's law enforcement officers. jacob rascon is in san antonio with the latest. >> reporter: tonight after a two-day manhunt police have captured the man they say executed one of their own. we arrested otis tyrone mccain. >> reporter: the suspect seen in new surveillance video pacing nervously outside san antonio police headquarters sunday morning, walking inside at 7:45 for just 20 seconds. >> he asked a question, the clerk said that they would help him with that and he said nevermind and walked out. >> reporter: four hours later detective ben marconi was shot twice in the head. >> i have an officer down in front of headquarters. i need ems right now in front of headquarters. >> his killer taking off in the black mitsubishi sedan. >> this was nothing short of an assassination of a
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police officer. >> reporter: marconi was the fourth law enforcement officer shot in 24 hours. an ambush in st. louis, missouri, a drive-by shooting in sanibel, florida, another officer shot in gladstone, missouri. so far this year 58 officers across the u.s. have been killed by gunfire, compared to 36 such killings all of last year. detective marconi graduated from the san antonio police academy 20 years ago, retired detective roy naylor was right there with him and worked alongside s marconi for 20 years >> it was tough. because it wasn't the way somebody should go, especially somebody that was respected as well as he was. >> reporter: ambushes like this one have a chilling effect, naylor says. >> people see this, and they're like, why do i want to be a cop if i'm going to get shot for no reason? >> reporter: minutes ago the san antonio police chief confirmed they arrested 31-year-old otis tyrone mccain, about a half hour from here. s.w.a.t. team members
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took him into custody without incident. he was with a woman and a 2-year-old child. he was arrested, as i said, without incident for what they called a cold and calculated murder. the mayor said we can all breathe a little easier tonight. lester? >> jacob, thank you. to the winter wallop hitting in the middle of fall, a big snowstorm blanketing part of the country right now and it could mark just the beginning of lingering travel nightmares as we head into this very busy holiday travel week. al roker will be here in a moment, but first the latest from nbc's blake mccoy out in the thick of it. >> reporter: whipping winds and whiteout conditions as the first major snowstorm of the season is now hammering the northeast. more than two feet of snow has fallen in parts of upstate new york, crippling cities at the start of this busy thanksgiving travel week. >> we woke up with all this. i'm like whoa! >> she likes it but mommy is not really feeling it. >> reporter: here in syracuse new york, they're used to snow but not this much this
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early. keep in mind none of this was here 24 hours. are you surprised how much snow you're getting out of here? >> it's outrageous. >> reporter: mark's snow blower is on the forint, and not quite ready for the snow, either. it's making a mess of the roads. near marathon, new york, a bus slid onto its side while swerving to avoid a spunout car. eight students suffered minor injuries. tonight driving remains treacherous into connecticut and the rest of new england. in new hampshire two deaths are being blamed on icy roads. air travel being impacted as well, high winds at new york's laguardia airport causing delays, just three days before thanksgiving. >> try to get out before everything gets crazy. >> reporter: this year, 1 million more americans will be traveling for thanksgiving compared to last year, with the travel rush just beginning, tonight many find themselves going nowhere fast. >> here in syracuse tonight the snow continues to fall.
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more than 20 inches so far. people are being advised to stay home until this lets up tomorrow morning. lester? >> all right, blake, thanks very much. let's turn to al roker. where is the storm going and what are we looking at as we head closer to the holiday? >> we have problems, lester. on the radar we are starting to see this tapering off, another one to three, maybe six inches in some of the higher elevations. as far as travel we're going to see a parade of storms coming across and here's what we're looking at, as far as the air travel, on wednesday chicago's going to be a problem, periods of rain throughout the day, improving conditions in the evening. minneapolis a problem, detroit as well, with again, more rain, possible delays, mixture of rain and snow, heaviest rain in the evening. as far as travel i-94, i-65, i-70 problems as well, st. louis to pittsburgh, rainy travel, ponding and problems there, and then as we move out west, i-5 going to be the big problem from sacramento to seattle, rain and snow over the mountain passes. lester, of course we'll continue to track it. >> al, thanks very much. a developing story
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tonight in japan, where it is early morning now. all eyes there have been locked on the sea after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of fukushima, setting off tsunami warnings and evacuation orders. this is the same area where a nuclear power plant was destroyed by a tsunami after a devastating quake five years ago. we get the latest from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the quake jolted japan as the sun was coming up triggering a serious and immediate warning. >> tsunami warning for the coastal areas of fukushima. >> reporter: local television urged viewers to find higher ground quickly. the powerful quake sending a shock wave through the region and fear a powerful tsunami could be even more dangerous than the tremor. with tsunami sirens blaring, the shallow quake hit at 6:01 a.m. local time off the coast of fukushima prefecture, with a warning reverberating
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across a region at rattled before. >> translator: please evacuate. >> reporter: in 2011 a 9.1 earthquake brought japan to its knees, but it was the 25-foot wall of water, a massive tsunami, that killed thousands and destroys nuclear power plants. tonight in japan, another quake, and now the shock wave of fear that comes with tsunami warnings. a tsunami warning has just been lifted, though smaller waves hit the region. other good news, there is no reported damage to any nuclear facilities, miguel, thanks. president-elect donald trump met today with more prospective members of his administration as his team released a video of trump talking about his legislative priorities. at the same time, questions remained about how trump will separate the work of his businesses from his work on the nation's business. we get more tonight from nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: late tonight a new video from the president-elect.
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>> our transition team is working very smoothly. >> reporter: donald trump listing off his ten-point plan. >> on immigration, i will direct the department of labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the american worker. >> reporter: a tape produced by his own team. the press not invited. his aides today forced to fend off new questions about how the president-elect can juggle both his business dealings and the business of the country. >> by the time he takes office, as president of the united states, everything, every law will be complied with, every i and t will be done. >> reporter: the focus, his new d.c. hotel and a recent reception complete with trump wine, meant to woo foreign diplomats. >> they spent a lot of time talking about the property and how they hope that this would be a property that the diplomats would use. >> reporter: the sales pitch, raising concerns overseas customers might stay there to win brownie points with the next president. meanwhile, the foreign bank that financed trump's acquisition of
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that property and these others is under investigation by the justice department, a department trump will oversee come january. trump's name not just on hotels here at home but around the world, 15 properties internationally, with a lucrative deal in turkey, and business ties in saudi arabia, even he assailed the clinton foundation for its links to the foreign government. >> why don't you give back the money you've taken from certain countries -- >> reporter: some of trump's biggest deals coming from india, pictures now surfacing of some indian business partners visiting last week, despite the president-elect in the thick of transition talks at trump tower. >> the conflicts that are going to follow from his ownership of the trump organization while serving as president are pervasive. they're obvious. they're foreseeable. >> separately, late tonight different video is surfacing that's raising some concerns. it shows an alt-right conference in washington where one of the speakers praised donald trump with language similar to that in nazi germany. >> for us as europeans it is only normal
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again when we are great again. hail trump! hail our people! hail victory! >> people in the crowd responding with straight armed salutes. that speaker richard spencer telling nbc news he intended his words to be ironic and exuberant insisting the alt-right is not an neo-nazi movement. adding trump has good for them. a spokesman for the conference says president-elect trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind and he was elected because he will be a leader for every american. lester? >> hallie jackson, thank you. there is urgent new concern tonight about the situation in syria, after government forces bombed yet even more hospitals in the rebel-held part of aleppo, leaving 250,000 people with severely limited access to critical care. the u.n. humanitarian chief say the situation has gone from terrible to terrifying, and now barely survivable.
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our latest now from chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: cameras captured the moment bombs hit what was one of just two hospitals left in eastern aleppo. team from al jazeera television was filming inside. patients didn't know where to run. nurses faced a heartbreaking choice, taking babies out of the incubators keeping them alive, or leaving them in a hospital that had become a target. now, there's only one hospital left. tonight we spoke to a member of the aleppo medical council. >> we're so worried for the final hospital. >> reporter: if this final hospital is bombed what will it mean for the people in eastern aleppo? >> it will surely be a disaster for all of us in medical. >> reporter: by almost any measure, this part of aleppo under attack by the syrian regime is already a disaster. >> there is no food completely. >> reporter: food is
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running out. >> okay. there's something now. >> reporter: if you need to go with me, you just hang up. okay? the 250,000 civilians in eastern aleppo are trapped, bombed, and now have almost no access to medical care. richard engel, nbc news, new york. >> we need to take a break here. in a moment we'll look at the holiday week ahead for the black friday shopping craze, could it be coming to an end? how to get those deals online now. also, some good news out tonight about dementia. we'll be right back.
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glue now with news on the big day coming up this week. not thanksgiving, we're talking about the day after, black friday. companies competing for your dollars but this year the holiday deals are already here and as jo ling kent explains, it could be the end of black friday as we know it. >> reporter: if shopping like this makes you cringe, good news -- experts say black friday madness could be a thing of the past. >> it's five days of savings where you're
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able to save money on everything under the sun. >> reporter: sales in stores on black friday were down 12% last year, and this year shoppers plan to spend half their holiday budget online. in fact, many retailers have already kicked off their online black friday sales. here's how to take advantage of deep discounts right from your couch, starting now. fill up your shopping cart, and as the black friday deals come out, sign out of the site all together. stores want to you complete the sale so when you log back in you may get new discounts or free shipping. outsmart retailers searching for better deals on different devices. shop on your phone, tablet and computer. prices may change by device because retailers tracking your search history and past shopping habits. don't ignore the live chat option on a re tailer's website. use it to ask for a coupon or free shipping or a discount. >> you can actually ask them, hey, is there anything you can offer me today? and they might say not today but we have a secret flash sale from 10:00 to 11:00
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a.m., so log back on. >> reporter: join the club, if you spend a lot on amazon it probably pays to sign up for prime and many stores have programs for loyal shoppers that offer deeper discounts and points to make free purchases. quick and easy ways to skip the crowds but not the savings. we're back in a moment with a scary moment caught on camera involving a popular toy this coming holiday season.
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some good news to report in health news about dementia. study from the university of michigan found the rate of dementia in seniors has dropped by 24% since 2000. there's no cure for dementia, but researchers say the drop may be due to more education keeping minds active, and more effective treatments for diabetes and heart disease, which are also linked to memory problems. sabra is issuing a voluntary recall for
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some of its popular hummus products. the reason? listeria was found at one of the company's manufacturing facilities but not in any tested finished product. the recall is specific to containers with a best before date of january 23rd, 2017, or earlier. and four days to black friday, toys "r" us is pulling a tonka truck model off the shelves, one of the 12-volt ride-on dump trucks burst into the flames in the back of that adult-sized pickup you see there, and then it caught fire again when the owners returned it. toys "r" us said it was an isolated incident and they're working with the toy company to find out exactly what happened. when we come back, inspiring america, and running the play of his life, 55 years in the making. a plan to raise acceptable
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radiation levels in drinking water... ===take vo=== the epa reacts to what we uncovered. ===jan cam 156=== and clear skies are moving out... the new blast of wet weather coming our way 24 hours from now. ===next close=== the news is next. sot he's finally tonight, living proof that you're never too old to pursue your dreams, and this one is like something right out of the movies. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story of a guy inspiring mark and oh, by the way, inspiring a lot of us in our 50s by turning back the hands of father time and making history on the field. >> reporter: don't let the backpack or the
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ball cap fool you. joe thomas sr. is not your typical college student. >> going to work every day, coming to class five days a week, it's very tough. >> reporter: the 55-year-old at south carolina state university is now believed to be the oldest player ever in division one football. so what's your secret? >> just eating and working out. >> reporter: near the end of the first quarter against savannah state thomas took this handoff for a three-yard gain but yard sticks could not fully measure the impact of this carry. how badly did he want this shot? >> he wanted it a bunch. he's been wanting it for years. the guy comes in my office and says i want to play. >> reporter: thomas played ball in high school but a speech impediment made him think college wasn't for him. decades later after the economy tanked and his construction business crumbled, he needed a new start. >> i needed a college education. >> reporter: majoring in engineering, he started practicing with the same squad where his son, current green bay packer joe thomas jr., had played just a few years ago.
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>> at first everybody took it as a little joke but after a while when he actually was out there working out, coming in the weight room and do the conditioning, we accepted him as one of the regular players. >> reporter: he was serious. >> oh, dead serious. >> reporter: and since his collegiate debut he's brushed off comparisons to rudy. >> rudy? >> reporter: yeah. >> rudy was a smaller guy, wasn't he? >> reporter: but he calls it the happiest moment of his life. >> i reached my goal. >> reporter: a goal now a life lesson. >> just never give up. always stay focused. >> reporter: so what's next? graduation, a new career, and maybe he'll even try wrestling, he says. after all, at 55, he's just getting started. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, orangeburg, south carolina. >> there was a lot of grim news in this newscast but a great story to end on, and we invite you to submit your own "inspiring america" stories on our facebook page. that's going to do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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watching and good night. breaking news trt: 6 ==jan/contvo== right now at 6: an east bay couple sent to the hospital after they are hit bay a car, involved in a rolling gun battle. tonight -- an exclusive interview with the family. ==jan/2-shot== the news at 6 starts now. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang -- in for jessica aguirre. ==raj/2-shot== and i'm raj mathai. they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. raj/cu a husband and wife are in the hospital -- fighting to recover from a vicious head-on crash. their family is also fighting a husband and wife are in the hospital fighting to recover from that vicious head on crash. their family is also fighting the insurance company. all of this while new evidence has been released hoping to
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catch that suspect. a 2015 dodge caravan seen right there was involved in this crash. investigators think it could be a rental car. nbc bay area's jodi hernandez sat down exclusively with the victims' families. >> they were good people. >> reporter: but she said her in-law's lives changed in an instant. they were on their way to the store when a car involved in a running gun battle hit the couple's prius head on. >> there was a car going 80 miles per hour right at him. >> reporter: the it crash left susan with multiple broken bones and paul with internal injuries that have him fighting for his life. >> paul, he's a rock. he's solid. when we're sitting in the room with susan we didn't expect he would be the one to come in and tell

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