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20 years? >> it has. >> 20 years. here's to 20 more. >> we're getting old. >> we are getting old. >> but you look great. >> i am grateful to work here. >> we'll be back at 6:00. tonight, wild ride on wall street. whiplash as the market plunges over 700 point today before clawing back up after the u.s. has a high-powered chinese tech executive arrested. is trump's trade war truce falling apart? urgent search. the race against time to find five marines still missing at sea after a midr collision off the coast of japan. the final farewell for george h.w. bush, a 21-jet flyover. thousands lining the tracks as his casket travels by train to the president's final resting place after one last emotional funeral service. mudslides shutting down a major highway. a plane skidding off a wet runway. the monster storm set to sweep from coast to coast. al roker is tracking the danger. deadly highway
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crash, the school bus carrying a high school basketball team hit head-on by a semi truck going the wrong way. the family making a desperate plea, their daughter in need of a life-saving gift. >> we just, you know, can say please help. she's my life. she's my everything. she's my only child. >> tonight, the worldwide search and how you can help. buried treasure, how one man found a piece of hollywood history, a beloved star lost 50 years ago. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. it was another day to look away, at least for the faint of heart as the stock market took investors on another stomach-churning ride following tuesday's 800-point loss, the dow jones average lost close to another 800 today before final rebounding. the volatile swing spelling nervous times for americans whose nest eggs are in the market driving by tensions with china. a chinese corporate
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executive arrested in canada on behalf of the u.s. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: day two of wild volatility on wall street as trade tensions with china spooked investors. today reaction to the arrest in canada of an influential executive of a chinese telecom giant. the u.s. requested the arrest in the midst of a trade war truce. >> stocks falling sharply again on more trade tensions with china and growing fears of a slowing u.s. economy. >> reporter: at its worst today, the dow jones industrials were town 784 points. then a stunning rebound. the market coming back 700 points to close down just 79. the whiplash weighing on american's 401(k)s, pension funds and college saving plans. >> if you look at it every day, you're going to be really crazy. you'll need a therapist and maybe some alcohol. >> i think we have to be careful at going too far down the
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tariff road and doing too much with tariffs. >> reporter: but market pros urgent investors not to panic, insisting the u.s. economy remains strong. >> unless you're in it professionally like i am, getting in and out of the market is a fool's game. >> reporter: amid the volatility, a keen focus on a simmer trade between the world's two biggest economies. tom costello, nbc news. >> reporter: this is richard engel. china is demanding the immediate release of one of the most powerful test executives. although huawei's ceo was detained in canada at u.s. request, allegedly for transferring american technology to iran in violation of u.s. sanctions, washington has broader concerns about her company and another chinese tech giant. >> as we've seen in the past, i.t. security threats. >> reporter: concerned echoed when i sat down for a wide ranging
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interview with the cia's top china analyst. he said china is trying to gain influence and intelligence through its tech companies. >> the chinese have laws within their own country that require companies, if called upon, to have to respond to the government's call for data for access that would create a vulnerability to anybody who has access to that. >> reporter: she was arrested the same day president trump met with china's president xi at the g20 summit to discuss resolving their trade war. today her company said it compiles with all u.s. laws and regulations. richard engel, nbc news, london. let's turn now to a race against time. the search entering a second day for five u.s. marines after their planes crashed in midair off japan. two marines were rescued from the ocean but tragically, one died. here is pentagon correspondent hans nichols. >> reporter: in choppy waters off the coast of japan, time is running out. five u.s. marines are still missing at sea
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after their kc-130 collided with an f-18 fighter jet more than 24 hours ago. the two marines in the f-18 ejected and rescued at sea, but one died overnight according to the pentagon. the planes took off from japan and crashed at 2:00 a.m. 200 miles from the coast. the accident happened during a training exercise in midair refueling. a complicated but routine procedure. the seas have been rough for the massive search and rescue effort with the japanese navy and u.s. ships and planes scanning the water for debris or any signs of life. it's been a dangerous two years for the kc-130. one crashed in mississippi last w when a corroded propeller blade spun off slicing into the fuselage and a crash in georgia killing all bett part more hour support. we need new airports. we've got to improve our procedures.>> reporter:
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overnight, the temperatures dropped into the 30s, so if those marines survived the crash, they're in danger of hypothermia. there is political drama, more than a month after the midterms, the house race remains uncalled and under investigation and today the democrat with drew his concession to mark harris. a redo in this election is possible. nbc's catie beck is there. >> a young lady came to the door. >> reporter: this woman recalls a knock at the door in october. a woman there to collect her absentee ballot. >> i signed it and gave it to her. it was not sealed. >> reporter: but it was never turned in. investigators now collecting accounts like hers. in the state of north carolina it's illegal for anyone other than a close relative or the postman to collect an absentee ballot, but neighbors say when they got a knock on the door, they handed theirs over assuming it was part of process. at the center of the probe, the operations of republican
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consultant mcrae dallas to collect them. harris. harris won by 905 votes. investigators were looking into irregularities but after initial results, more concerns ballots may have been tampered with and counted or thrown out. the state board of elections confirms dallas and an associate requested 775 absentee ballot applications where montgomery lives in bladen county. 61% of absentee ballots were cast for harris, though only 19% of them by registered republicans. no comment from dallas e. >> reporter: now an election hangs in the balance. catie beck, nbc news, elizabethtown, north carolina. as president, president trump continues his tough talk about controlling the flow of migrants into the u.s. two housekeepers who worked at the new jersey golf club he owns and often visits
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say they are undocumented. our kate snow sat down with him today. >> reporter: it's one of the president's favorite retreats, trump national golf club in bedminster, new jersey. morales worked there since 2013. >> translator: i liked working for him but when i saw how he talked about us when he started his presidency, i felt humiliated. >> reporter: she came into this country illegally from guatemala. >> how did you get the job without documentation? >> translator: i total them i don't have papers, i don't speech english and i was a immigrant and they said, no, it doesn't matter. >> reporter: sandra diaz worked there without legal documentation from 2010 to 2013. president trump said his companies never hired people who were undocumented. >> we didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job. cornerstone issue, threatening a possible government shutdown in immigration his two weeks if his border wall isn't funded but these women say they weren't the only undocumented workers at bedminster.
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the white house referred nbc news to the trump organization. and the trump organization said we have tens of thousands of employees across the properties and have strict hiring practices. if any employee submitted false documentation to circumvent the law, they will be terminated. these women came forward knowing they're risking deportation. kate snow, nbc news, new york. one last emotional farewell for george h.w. bush. late today 21 jets flying in the missing man formation over his final resting place and his library in texas. after thousands lined the tracks to wave good-bye to the train carrying his casket. nbc's gabe gutierrez now with his final journey. >> reporter: tonight, george herbert walker bush reaching his final resting place. the president and patriot laid to rest surrounded by family. the burial following a heartfelt funeral at the houston church where he worshipped
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for more than half a century. james baker, his close personal friend and secretary of state, recall the blunt way that 41 let him know that a conversation was over. you're so smart, why am i president and you're not? >> reporter: but most of all, he remembered his partner of more than 60 years as a truly incredible human being. >> we rejoice, mr. president, that you are safely tucked in now and through the ages with god's loving arms around you because i glory george was to have had you as our president and as such a friend. >> reporter: then an embrace. ♪ amazing grace, how sweet the sound ♪ >> reporter: asolemnthenatched father leave his adopted hometown for
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the last time. the casket weaving through the streets of houston arriving to a special train painted to resemble air force a nod to the president's love of locomotives and an opportunity to say good-bye. texans lining up along the 80-mile route to hi presidential library where he's being buried alongside his beloved wife barbara and daughter robin. after a week of tributes, a final farewell. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, houston. a powerful storm is hammering parts of california tonight, triggering mudslides, flash flooding and river rescues and her is heightened concern in some of thetial correspondent miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: tonight, a wave of mud washing down roads in southern california, a powerful storm turning city streets into rushing rivers as flash flooding left drivers under water. >> all the drains are
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filled and everything's full of mud. >> reporter: with snowfall forcing the closure of busy interstate 5 outside l.a., a mudslide shut down the pacific coast highway in malibu. >> it started coming down and basketball size rocked. >> reporter: as drenching rain turned roads deadly a southwest plane in burbank skidded off the runway. no injuries after grinding to a halt in an area designed to stop runaway aircraft. now after river rescues in los angeles, authorities are warning hills just scorched by fire could crumble after so much rain. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> those conditions in california part of a huge coast-to-coast storm that is gathering strength tonight. al roker has been following it all for us. al? >> reporter: lester, we're watching the low pressure get together as it pushes out of texas, it's bringing heavy rain there. flooding possible. a wintery mix from new mexico to oklahoma. as we move to tomorrow, the system pushes through the gulf with a heavy rain risk in the southeast
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and snow and ice from texas into missouri and then sunday heavy snow for north carolina and virginia and that rain and snow lasts into monday and snowfall amountains generally light as you get back through texas and oklahoma, but as we make our way to virginia and north carolina, upwards of eight inches of snow are possible. lester? >> thank you. an atlanta area police officer is fighting for his life after a struggle inside a dentist's office. the officer responded to a 911 call after a man making a disturbance. during the struggle a single shot was fired which injured the officer and killed the suspect. in illinois, two people are dead after a school bus collided on the highway with a semi that had been as our ron mott deadly crashes involving buses and students this week. >> it happened right in front of me. yeah, this driver almost hit me. >> reporter: the wreckage gut-wrenching, the school bus unrecognizable after colliding head on driving the wrong way
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down an illinois highway two hours southwest of chicago. the bus was carrying a high schoolgirls' basketball team home from a game. the 34-year-old semi driver was killed, charles crabtree, a 72-year-old volunteer with the team also died. >> charlie was a bus driver for unified for many years, and just had a special way of connecting with students. >> reporter: eight of the players were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. police are investigating why the tractor trailer ended up on the wrong side of interstate 74. >> it's a sad day today but it's also a thankful day. a crash of that magnitude could certainly have much worse outcomes. >> reporter: it's at least the second fatal school bus accident this week. tonight the team intends to play their game. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. >> michigan is the first state in the midwest to allow recreational marijuana under a new law that took effect today. it's now legal to possess pot there if you're 21 or older but it will take a year or
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more before commercial sales are allowed. there is a recall with a popular pain reliever and fever reducer for babies. three batches of infants ibuprofen oral suspension may have higher concentrations than what's on the label. the medicine was sold at walmart, cvs pharmacy and family dollar stores. you can visit our facebook page for more details. also tonight, searching for a lifesaving gift. a family's desperate plea for a 2-year-old girl and she lost it 50 years ago, the big surprise for a hollywood legend. the winner that brought down the house at a sweet holiday battle.
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next, the family desperate to save their 2-year-old girl. tonight a worldwide search is on for a rare blood type she needs for transfusions. nbc's crawl nbc's kristen dahlgren with her story and how you might be able to
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help. >> reporter: tonight a mother's plea. >> we can say please help. she's my life. she's my everything. she's my only child. >> reporter: but now only strangers can save 2-year-old zaneb who has an aggressive cancer and a blood type so rare, not even her family is a match. >> actually lacks a particular antinen the majority of the population has. >> reporter: donors must have type o or a blood and be of indian or pakistan descent. in those populations, fewer than 4% have the antigen that matches zenab. >> i've been doing this over 20 years and this is the first time i encountered this antibody. >> reporter: florida group one is working with the program and only found three matches, two in the u.s. and one in the uk. zenab will need many more transfusions. >> ideally, we would like to have seven to ten identified donors that we knew would be
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compatible for zenab. >> reporter: you can go to if you think you might be a match. >> she means everything to us. she's the princess of the family. >> reporter: a family counting on the kindness of strangers to save their little girl. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. >> we hope they find that donor. we'll take a break. coming up, the hollywood buried treasure found coming after 50 years.
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tonight, a story of lost and found with a real hollywood ending. gadi schwartz has the tale. >> reporter: it didn't look like much at first, a forgotten torage locker he won in an auction. >> a time capsule. that's what it was. >> reporter: but then he saw this face. >> i'm looking through the pictures and the pictures kind of look familiar. >> reporter: he thought he recognized it from "the godfather" but the name diane hall didn't ring any bells until he dug further and found this, the actor
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equity card with the name diane keaton. >> if it has my name on it, i guess it's mine. >> reporter: he tried reaching out to the star but no luck until keaton spotted the story and tweeted, "this is the craziest story. thank you." >> i'm glad you're getting your wallet back. don't lose it. >> reporter: a story of lost and found reminding us of forgotten days. gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. the golden globe nominations are out. "vice" starring christian bale as dick cheney. that doesn't open it until christmas. right behind it is "a star is born" including acting nods for bradley cooper and lady gaga. also hits like "black panther" and "crazy rich asians." the southwest jetf
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runway, but a safety pit stopped it. we investigate which bay area airports have it, and the one that doesn )t. plus, from alerts you get to evacuations - how the camp fire has cal- fire rethinking
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everything. next. right now at 6: not let's end tonight with a story that will get you into the holiday spirit, if you're not there already. it's one of the sweetest competitions we've ever seen. kevin tibbles has our nightly snapshot. >> reporter: to take the cake, a winning house must be 75% gingerbread and 100% edible. >> they've got to build their entries at their homes and then drive them here. >> reporter: they come from across the country and they are serious. >> i'm here to win. not here to make friends. >> reporter: welcome to the national n in asheville, north carolina. >> this is so cute. look at the outhouse. >> look at the penguin. >> reporter: the grand prize, some dough, $5,000 and a year's display on the wall of fame. home sweet homes carefully inspected by the judges drilling to make sure there is no
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filler. >> it is totally edible. >> reporter: nervous contestants await the decision. >> i spent about 425 hours this year. >> at least 300 years. >> at least two months. at least. >> in the last four weeks, it was almost 500 hours alone. >> reporter: finally, the ginger tension snaps. >> the grand prize winner, julie and michael. >> reporter: a holiday house carved with an industrial laser and a recipe for life. >> you're going to break things. things are not going to work. do it again it it works. >> reporter: now whose grandma could argue with that? kevin tibbles, nbc news. >> they look too good to eat. that's "nightly news" for this thursday night. for all of use at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. santa clara county )s d-a
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explains why he won )t charge . right now at 6:00, not pursuing charges. santa clara county's district attorney explains why he won't charge rubin foster's ex-girlfriend with perjury, even though she lied under oath. oakland to burbank with a major problem. take a look. this southwest jet skidding off thataved this plane from crashing and if it's available at our local airport. plus, rethinking the evacuation plan, the lessons firefighters are learning from the recent fires in california, especially the camp fire in butte county. i'm janelle wang sitting in for jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai.
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85 people died in the butte county fire. from the text alerts, cal fire is looking for answers to make things better. robert handa was at the first meeting that local cal fire leaders had to talk about their reevaluation thin this process. >> reporter: that's right. it could be a major undertaking. communities with a mix of urban and rural conditions face the highest risk. and today was the day they met to discuss evaluating and possibly improving the current wildfire responses. a drive through the santa clara county area shows the danger the wild land and urban areas faces.


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