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>> lunar eclipse moon. >> yes, you get it. >> we'll have pictures. developing news tonight, the deputy director of the fbi is out after months of public attacks by president trump. andrew mccabe abruptly steps down. also an nbc news exclusive, when trump berated mccabe after firing james comey and the president called mccabe's wife a loser. doctors are sounding the alarm. it is not too late to get your flu shot as this deadly season gets worse. tonight a reality check and a big reason some people aren't getting vaccinated. tax season is officially under way and scammers are looking to steal your money. >> they try to file the tax returns before you so they can collect on your money before you can. can. >> our team looks at the number one thing you can do to protect what's yours. a major league move tonight over
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one of the most controversial symbols in all of sports. and the backlash tonight after the grammys. only one woman taking one of the top awards. now the recording academy's president raises eyebrows by saying women need to step up. ♪ this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. welcome to our viewers on the west. on a very busy monday night. it has been a day of stunning developments starting with the abrupt announcement by the number two official at the fbi, department director andrew mccabe is out, stepping down after months of public attacks on him by the president of the united states. and then there's this. nbc news exclusive details about a phone call between president trump and mccabe in which the president berated mccabe and included a personal swipe at mccabe's wife. all of it coming as the mystery swirls over a secret memo which house republicans say reveals potential abuses during an early stage of the russia investigation. democrats say it is deeply misleading.
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we have it all covered starting with our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: friends and co-workers tonight tell nbc news two factors are behind andrew mccabe's abrupt move to step down at deputy director. first, wariness at steady criticism from president trump. nbc news learned those tensions flared the night the president fired james comey who was out of town. he watched comey return to washington on a government plane. >> the president called, fuming that comey would be allowed to take this plane home after being fired. then he suggested to mccabe that he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser and hung up. >> reporter: he was talking about mccabe's wife jill who ran for virginia state senate as a democrat and accepted a nearly $500,000 contribution from a pac run by virginia's governor, a close friend of hillary clinton's. after his wife lost, mccabe became deputy fbi director and played a role in the clinton e-mail investigation. >> no wonder they found nothing wrong. how does that look?
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how does that look? so dishonest. >> reporter: that was followed by frequent attacks on twitter from the president as recently as december. but friends say perhaps the biggest reason for mccabe's leaving now is that the justice department inspector general will soon issue a report expected to strongly criticize how the fbi handled the clinton e-mail investigation, including his role. a mccabe legal adviser and an fbi agent working on the e-mail case exchanged hundreds of text messages, often harshly critical of trump, calling him loathsome and an idiot. mccabe became acting fbi director after firing of james comey and was widely praised for saying the russia investigation would not be derailed. >> quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the fbi from doing the right thing. >> reporter: mccabe's departure means christopher wray has his own team in place, but several official also insist mccabe left on his own.
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pete williams, nbc news, washington. this is peter alexander at the white house. tonight the mystery over a secret republican memo, the latest partisan flash point. so what's in the memo? only a few lawmakers know for sure. >> transparency is a good thing. sun light is a good thing. let's let the american people see. >> reporter: republicans say the memo, compiled by house intelligence committee head, devin nunez and his staff, details alleged abuse by the fbi and justice department, that the agencies acted inappropriately when requesting surveillance warrants for members of the president's campaign team. evidence republicans say the russia investigation was tainted from the start. but democrats are dismissing the document, one calling it a brainwashing memo that picks and chooses its facts. >> this document they put together is as false, misleading, misrepresenting. >> reporter: why does the memo matter? it is another effort to discredit the russia inquiry. just as special counsel robert mueller is eyeing an interview with president trump.
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"the new york times" reports the document shows deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, the man overseeing mueller's investigation, approved an application to extend surveillance of a former trump campaign aide according to three people familiar with the memo. rosenstein tonight ignoring questions. asked whether the president has confidence in rosenstein, the white house deflecting. >> when the president no longer has confidence in someone, you'll know. >> reporter: fbi agents fear the mysterious memos already damaging the public's trust. >> what we're seeing here is politicization, weaponization of a classified memo that our own department of justice has said would be extraordinarily reckless to release. >> reporter: the house intelligence committee's top democrat says late tonight republicans voted to release that gop memo, but that they blocked release of a counter memo put together by the democrats. the white house says president trump has not seen the memo but he now has five days to review it before deciding whether americans should be able to see it for themselves. lester. >> peter alexander at the white house tonight. thank you. all of this coming as
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president trump prepares to deliver his first state of the union address to congress. our live network coverage begins tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern time, 6:00 pacific. here on nbc. now to the deadly flu emergency sweeping the country and an urgent plea from doctors. get your flu shot, it is not too late. it is worth it, they say, and also getting the vaccine will not make you sick. there's increasingly high demand for the vaccine at pharmacies, and while some are reporting a shortage the cdc says there's enough supply to go around. we get the latest from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: near indianapolis 37-year-old carley slaven died just three days after being diagnosed with the flu. >> things just went downhill so fast. >> reporter: even though her kids had gotten a flu shot, she had not. >> we were all there holding her when she died. >> reporter: in san jose, california, maria also didn't have the vaccine. when she fell critically ill she
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lost her unborn baby. the cdc reports two-thirds of pregnant women have not gotten a flu shot, but the message is spreading. over the weekend lines stretched out the door in connecticut for free or low cost vaccines. >> i thought now was the time to be more proactive. >> reporter: nationwide, the cdc says there is enough supply, but the skyrocketing demand has prompted some urgent care centers to scramble. >> typically during this time in january you see health care organizations are returning unused flu vaccines, and for us to be on our third order just speaks to the demand. >> reporter: doctors say it is a myth that the shot itself will give you the flu. >> when you get the flu shot you might actually feel a little under the weather, body aches, low grade fevers, arm soreness. that's because your immune system is starting to get activated to fight the flu. >> reporter: karl igg can't help but wonder if getting the vaccine might have saved his daughter. >> this is not just a news report where somebody else died of the flu. there's a whole family, little kids that there is no normal for
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them. it is the only thing that we can can do for her now, is to tell people, and it is not too late. it might save you. >> reporter: perhaps because people are starting to listen to that message, pharmacies like this one are telling us of extremely high demand for this year's flu shot. as a reminder, the cdc says it takes about two weeks to kick in and even if you end up getting the flu the symptoms won't be as severe. lester. >> a powerful and important message tonight. all right. thank you very much, gabe. tonight, tax season is officially under way. i know hearing those words is enough to make you groan, but it is important to know why security experts are encouraging you to file as soon as possible before thieves try to steal your refund. with that warning and how to protect yourselves. >> these are the letters my parents received from the irs. >> reporter: for nine months julianne mclaughlin tried to set the record straight with the irs
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after her elderly parents identities were stolen and their $1,900 refund was filed before they could. their social security number, both of theirs are floating around and these are two elderly people with no ability to protect themselves. >> reporter: tax-related scams jumped 400% last year. now the irs is cautioning it could be worse this year, after 145 million americans personal information was lost after equifax hack was lost alone. >> this potentially could be someone's identity involved in a tax scheme. >> exactly, they create fake tax rereturn. >> reporter: at the ibm cyber command center took us into the dark web where fraudulently prepared tax documents sell for $40 to $60 each. >> they try to file the tax returns before you so they can collect on your money before you can. >> reporter: this advice, establish a six-digit pin with the irs to ensure your data is
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safe. and beware of e-mails or phone calls from the irs. they're almost always fake. >> reporter: so one of the big things you can do is file early because once you filed, it is going to be nearly impossible for them to submit a fraudulent claim. >> reporter: this year it is race to file your return before cyber thieves can. tom costello, nbc news, boston troubling new revelations about the technology million also of americans use to help stay fit. could the same kind of app you use to track runs, walks or bike rides end up compromising the safety of america's troops? let's get more on this from nbc news pentagon correspondent hans nichols. >> reporter: zoom into war zones and a fun workout heat map using gps technology to track where athletes use fitness devices becomes a potentially dangerous road map to u.s. military bases. today the pentagon announcing it will review guidelines for use of all wireless and technological devices on military facilities. after "the washington post"
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reported that a curious 20-year-old student discovered they could reveal the locations of u.s. soldiers or spies. >> in certain areas you can see a regular place where someone starts and stops their runs and often that's their house. >> reporter: in afghanistan the roads of the canned har air field lit up by soldiers working in running routes. in a statement the company behind the technology says we take the safety of our community seriously and are committed to working with military and government officials to address sensitive areas that might appear. but the heat map may cause anyone who uses gps technology not just those in uniform to question who is monitoring their workout habits or daily routines. >> in the age of connected devices we have much more greater vulnerabilities than we realize. ironically, the most advanced militaries in the world may be the most vulnerable. >> reporter: here at the pentagon military personnel as well as reporters are required to take off fitbits and put smartphones into special boxes outside certain classified rooms.
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but that heat map clearly illuminates a path to the bike racks which are just outside the gym. hans nichols, nbc news, pentagon a major change announced today by major league baseball after decades on the diamond the cleveland indians are dropping their logo which has become one of the most controversial images in sports. we get the story from nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: while the team has been called the indians for more than a century, cleveland baseball is parting ways with its logo chief wahoo. >> i honestly never thought it was going to change. >> reporter: the chief, a uniform mainstay since the late 1940s, has in recent years become the target of controversy. many saying the logo is racist. >> it is time for it to be gone. >> reporter: the team will no longer wear the logo or display it on signs or banners beginning in 2019 when cleveland hosts the all-star game. commissioner rob manfred in a statement said major league baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the
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game. >> racism is a tradition, it has been a tradition in this country for a long time and it is about time tradition end. >> reporter: while native american nicknames or mass cots have been removed from many college teams, some remain in pro sports. debate continues over the washington redskins' name in the nfl. the atlanta braves changed their logo years ago. coincidence or not, the indians have not won the world series since 1948, about the same time chief wahoo adorned their uniforms. kevin tibble, nbc news. more to come tonight. still ahead, falling apart. the danger you may be driving over or under every day. a new warning about tens of thousands of bridges across the country. also, the backlash erupting over the grammys and what the academy president said about female artists that has so many outraged.
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we're back now with a dire new warning about america's bridges. tens of thousands of them are in such disrepair they're literally falling apart, putting us all at risk. a report out today reveals disturbing details about how dangerous the situation is. nbc news national investigative correspondent jeff rossen shows us in tonight's rossen reports. >> reporter: across the country bridges crumbling, even collapsing. in utah the driver of this car could have been killed when this piece of a bridge smashed through his windshield. >> another six or eight inches, might not have been talking to me today. >> reporter: in fact, there are dangerous new cases from florida to georgia to michigan, and tonight this new report from a road builders association showing just how bad it is. according to government data, 54,259 bridges deemed structurally deficient. americans driving on them, 174 million times a day.
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so many bridges in need of repair, if placed end to end they would stretch nearly the distance between new york city and miami. >> it really comes down to a failure of leadership in congress to address some of these issues and provide additional funding. >> reporter: officials have been sounding the alarm for years. in 2016 i visited this bridge in washington, d.c. look at this right up here. this is the roadway and there's metal literally peeling right off of it. look at this flange right here, paper thin. this is all that's left. this is what is holding up the roadway. this beam is holding the bridge up. >> reporter: and this bridge is on the list again this year, the repairs still haven't been made. >> this is the support for the entire bridge, just completely rusting away. look at this, jeff, completely gone. >> reporter: you can put your hand through that. >> yeah, all of this, rusting from the inside out. >> reporter: late today, federal transportation officials telling
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nbc news this new report just underscores the need for investment in our nation's infrastructure. jeff rossen, nbc news, washington coming up here tonight, it was music's biggest night, but many are feeling left out of the celebration. the growing uproar over the grammys. and, woops, why tickets to tomorrow night's state of the union have to be reprinted.
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between 2013 and 2018, only 9% were women. going back even further, "glamour" magazine found since 1959 women made up 21% of the nominees and 23% of the winners in gender neutral categories. the male grammy president after the show said the change must come from women. >> i think it has to begin with women to step up, because i think they would be welcome. >> reporter: during the awards, a powerful show of solidarity. keshia backed up by cyndi lauper, camilo cabello and others singing "praise." keshia's first single since a male producer she says raped her. she and the three other female nominees lost to ed sheeran for best pop solo performance. his song, "the shape of you."
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♪ i'm in love with your body >> harmony for men and women, still elusive in music. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. a bit of a hiccup on the way to tom's night's state of the union address. perhaps senator marco rubio illustrated the point best when he tweeted, looking forward to tomorrow's state of the uniom. that's right, uniom, with an m. a typo from the sergeant in arms office. the tickets are being reprinted and will be ready to go for the invited guests. happens to the best of us. when we come back, it is a tiny ski spot but where so many olympic dreams are born. "inspiring america" is next. nex
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breaking news - trying to uncover what went on 90 minutes ago at this south bay home. s plus - one house - in the burned landscape in santa rosa. why it could be the last for some time. that )s next right now at 6: we
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inspiring america is brought to you by alka seltzer. >> finally, less than two weeks until the winter olympics kick off in pyeongchang. skiing for team usa, a member of an american dynasty. generations of athletes who got their start not out a fancy resort but on a small hill with a big legacy. nbc's kristen dahlgren has our inspiring america report. >> reporter: hidden deep in vermont's green mountains, a tiny hill you've probably never heard of. >> if you blink you'll miss it. >> reporter: the dream of former school teacher mickey cochran in the 1960s. >> he always wanted to build a rope tow in the backyard. >> reporter: every day mickey's kids and whoever else wanted to ski were out there. it was more about fun than being the fastest. >> he also wanted us to be the best we could be at whatever it was we did. >> reporter: it just so happened their best was the world's best, all four of mickey's kids made
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the olympics. barbara ann won gold. since then, six of their kids have been on the u.s. ski team. including ryan cochran siegel. >> this is a super special place to me. >> reporter: about to race in south korea. >> what's in the water up here? [ laughter ] >> i don't know, but we're trying to figure out how to sell it. >> reporter: kidding aside, it has nothing to do with making money. cochran's is a nonprofit, something their parents, who have since passed, would be proud of. >> they wanted to provide skiing, an opportunity for families to ski at an affordable price. >> reporter: on friday nights lift tickets are still only $5, making sure future generations can dream. >> you can do jumps and you can go super fast. >> reporter: more than a dozen skiers who aren't part of the cochran family but learn their skills here have also made the u.s. ski team. >> we get a lot done on our little hill. >> reporter: a little hill with a big heart. kristen dahlgren , nbc news,
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richmond, vermont. >> we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you and good night. a woman -- h police officers in san jose. right now at 6:00, we're following breaking news. a woman has been shot by police officers in san jose. sky ranger is overhead as the s.w.a.t. team brings her into custody. we're live on the scene. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. we've been tracking this news for the past two hours. let's tell you what's happening. a swarm of police with guns drawn in east san jose. sky ranger, as you can see there, overhead as they descended on that house. then they took a woman into
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custody. all of this unfolding on feller avenue not far from the elementary school. sources tell us this is where officers shot a woman who was holding a gun. we're joineded with the very latest. what do we know? >> reporter: right now there's still a heavy police presence here, but the actual shooting took place up the road on feller avenue. now, let's take a look at the video we shot from sky ranger at around 3:30 this afternoon. it shows the woman being arrested by san jose police. she is the victim of an officer-involved shooting. we're told her injuries are nonlife threatening. now, sources are telling us tonight that neighbors called police when they saw the woman wielding a shotgun. when police arrived, she went inside the home. it's unclear why the officer felt it was necessary to fire his or her weapon. i spoke to neighbors here tonight. and they'reur


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