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0 0.5 of rain. lester holt is next. >> we'll see you at 6:00. breaking news tonight. the powerful nor'easter striking as we come on the air the dangerous storm blasting the northeast after sweeping coast to coast tens of millions under winter weather alerts from tennessee to maine. heavy snow, up to 30 inches falling in some parts. the roads treacherous. hundreds of crashes, states of emergency declared as travelers arstill stranded in airports struggling to get home and a deadly plane crash in blizzard conditions nine members of the same family killed what we've nowlearned. also breakin shooting scare at another american high school the 17-year-old student accused of aiming a gun at officers >> he has the gun pointed. he won't take his hands out of his pocket. >> a school resource officer opening fire,
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injuring the suspect the quick action police say saved lives. t t the deadly discovery at a top children's hospital. former patients saying they were exposed to mold found in the hospital operating rooms that's led to six child deaths speaking out prince andrew's accuser. that much-anticipated interview. >> there's only one of us telling the truth, and i know that's me >> what she says about the night this photo with the queen's son was taken, and growing calls for him to tell all to u.s. authorities about jeffrey epstein. and the price you pay this cyber monday, shattering records where you can still score some amazing deals. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> the post thanksgiving day has been anything but a holiday with all of the snowfall the height of the evening rush with more to come, paro
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maine, delaying and stranding returning thanksgiving weekend travelers, burying many communities in snow and leaving several people dead. our team is in place to cover it all, starting with gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: tonight a major snowstorm is slamming the northeast. >> glad i'm out of work because i wouldn't be prepared for this. >> reporter: thousands are bracing for more snow overnight in massachusetts and connecticut, the powerful system blamed for at least seven deaths nationwide. >> last year we had a good winter, so take it as it goes, i guess. >> reporter: seven counties in new york are under a state of emergency. 300 national guard members deployed, 42,000 snowplow operators are on alert for a treacherous evening rush hour. >> get ready for this weather. take it seriously. >> reporter: police have already responded to more than 700 crashes statewide. some parts have seen well over 20 inches of snow >> i'm kathy park in albany, new york,
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where the snow intensified again this afternoon. and with more snow expected tonight, the digging out has been nonstop. >> reporter: among the highest snowfall totals in the midwest, 23 inches in minnesota, 12 in michigan, and 6 in wisconsin. the storm overturning semis from north dakota to connecticut. and in pennsylvania, one driver was killed when his suv spun out of control authorities urging drivers to be careful with more snow on the way. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, morristown, new jersey. >> reporter: this is tom costello in a snow-covered cornfield in south dakota, the tragic weekend hunting trip of 12 family members aboard, only 3 survived the ntsb now inspecting the remains of the single-engine pc-12 near the small town of chamberlain. sources say the plane had beensitting for more than 24 hours before attempting a takeoff around 12:35 saturday on an icy runway the plane went down airport in terrible
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weather. >> it started out as rain, which then turned to ice, which then turned to snow mixed with incredibly high wind conditions >> reporter: on board, a prominent idaho falls family returning home they had also worked to alleviate hunter overseas jim hansen jr. and kirk hansen, the founders of the kyani nutritional supplement company, were killed along with their father, sons, sons-in-law and a grandson, including two minors rescuers managed to pull three surviving members from the wreckage >> they wanted to make the world better and when you have citizens like that, it's just -- it's a tragedy to see them gone because all the good work that they did goes with them. >> reporter: a horrific accident during one of the year's busiest travel weekends a record-breaking 3 million air travelers on sunday alone navigating through the massive winter storm with dozens of delays and cancellations continuing on through today. so far today, we've
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had 50 -- make that 5,300 delays, 775 flight cancellations and aside from the west coast and san francisco, most of that is centered between philadelphia up to boston delays in some cases, lester, up to three hours tonight. back to you. >> all right, tom costello at reagan airport tonight. meteorologist dylan dreyer is tracking it all. dylan, we're in the middle of it here now. what are we in for tonight and tomorrow >> reporter: well, lester, through the night, we are going to continue to see heavy bands of snow spinning off the ocean. 42 million people are under winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings now, the storm will still produce snow through the mid-atlantic tonight, tomorrow morning across southern new england we'll see bands of heavier snow, then it moves up across maine into tuesday evening. we are looking for an additional widespread 1 to 2 inches of snowfall with as much as 8 inches through down east maine, especially as we go through the day tomorrow now, even though the snow winds down tomorrow, lester, the winds will still be gusty, so we could still see some delays at the airport.
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>> yeah, we're certainly feeling them here dylan, thank you. also developing, a potential disaster averted today when an officer shot a student who had pulled out a gun in his high school west of milwaukee. molly hunter is there tonight. >> reporter: today at waukesha south high school, that same terrifying scene and then relief. just after 10:00 a.m., a student reported that another student had a gun. a school resource officer responded. within minutes, additional officers arrived on scene. >> we have him at gunpoint he won't take his hands out of his pocket. >> reporter: according to police, the student repeatedly ignored officers' commands. >> the suspect removed the handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. >> reporter: police say that's when an officer was forced to fire >> shots fired, shots fired. >> reporter: for students locked down in their classrooms, fear and confusion. >> all of a sudden, you hear gunshots outside your classroom, and then a scream. >> didn't know if the shots were fake or real, so the whole time i was just didn't know -- i didn't want
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to believe if it was real or not. >> reporter: just totally confusing, the whole thing? >> exactly never been in anything like this before. >> reporter: the 17-year-old male suspect now at the hospital in stable condition. the police chief says the officer, an 11-year veteran, acted within protocol and there were no other injuries. >> when something like this happens, it hits home, and you re-evaluate everything and the love for somebody, it really shines. >> reporter: so many parents feeling that kind of relief tonight, knowing today could have ended very differently. and all of the kids i spoke with here told me that the lockdown drills they've been through really helped. and today that training kicked in tomorrow they'll be back in school lester >> all right, molly hunter, thank you. back inside now, and at this hour in new orleans, an intense manhunt is t and wounded ten people near the famed french newly released surveillance video shows the moment of the shootings and a
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crowd of people running. one person was detained but later released. for the first time, the american woman who says she was directed to have sexual encounters with prince andrew is appealing to the british public to believe her side of the story, saying she was trafficked to london by convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. stephanie gosk has details. >> it was a really scary time in my life. i had just been abused by a member of the royal family. >> reporter: tonight, virginia dgiuffre in prime time taking her story to the bbc she says she was directed to have sexual encounters with prince andrew three times, first at age 17 the first time was in london, when this photo was taken. allegedly, they went to a nightclub with epstein associate ghislaine maxwell. >> he is the most hideous dancer i have ever seen in my life i mean, it was horrible, and this guy was sweating all over me, but i knew i had to keep him happy because that's what
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jeffrey and ghislaine would have expected from me. >> reporter: prince andrew denies having sex with giuffre and denies ever meeting her. the queen's second son casts doubt on the authenticity of the now-infamous photo. >> that's me, but whether that's my hand or whether that's the position that -- i, i -- but i don't -- i have simply no recollection of a photograph ever being taken. >> people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses, like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored i mean, come on. i'm calling bs on this because that's what it is >> reporter: giuffre's sit-down with the bbc was taped prior to andrew's interview, which was considered disastrous and led to the prince stepping down from his official royal duties. >> i implore the people in the uk to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being okay. >> reporter: giuffre in demanding prince andrew testify under oath in the u.s. about his friendship with jeffrey epstein.
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news. also in britain, more heartbreak as the two victims of friday's terrorist attack on london bridge were remembered, and new video and eyewitness accounts emerge. nbc's bill neely is there tonight. >> reporter: grief at vigils today the girlfriend of one of the murdered breaking down. the two victims of friday's rampage had tried to help the man who killed them, hoping to rehabilitate convicted terrorist usman khan he might have killed more, but a group of heroes using a fire extinguisher and a whale tusk tackled him before police opened fire a california professional saw the killer strike. >> i saw people die and i saw things that i'm never going to be able to unsee. >> reporter: the killer's own lawyer says he fooled people that he'd reformed, even a decade ago. >> i ain't no terrorist. >> reporter: but he was convicted of plotting to bomb the u.s. embassy, then released early britain's leader now
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using this as an election weapon. >> i campaigned against early release and against short sentences for many years. >> reporter: one victim's father hitting back at support for this, tweeting, "don't use my son's death to promote your vial propaganda." in this shocked city tonight comes president trump. he's been critical before of london's response to terror and insulted the mayor in london tonight, brace for more lester the president is in the uk for the nato summit tonight as the impeachment inquiry enters a new phase here at home the trip comes after his legal team rejected an invitation to take part in the new hearings here's hallie jackson. >> reporter: landing in london late tonight, the president set for a split-screen week, meeting with nato leaders overseas while a new phase of the impeachment inquiry ramps up back home. >> the whole thing is a hoax everybody knows it >> reporter: the white house is choosing not to participate in a key public hearing
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wednesday, blasting a, quote, irretrievably broken process with the top democrat now calling that decision unfortunate, republicans defending the president with new fallout today after an explosive moment on "meet the press. republicansenator john kennedy now standing by his comments, citing several news articles when asked about the criticism he's been pushing a kremlin talking point by suggesting ukraine interfered with the 2016 election. that's despite widespread consensus russia was behind it >> the fact that russia was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that president poroshenko actively worked for secretary clinton. now, if i'm wrong and -- >> actively worked for secretary -- you now have a president of ukraine saying he actively worked for the democratic nominee for president. now, come on i've got to put up -- you realize, the only other person selling this argument outside the united states is this man, vladimir putin. you have done exactly what the russian operation is trying to get american politicians to do. are you at all
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concerned that you've been duped >> no, because just read the articles. >> reporter: there's no evidence to support kennedy's claim. and new tonight, a report from republicans on key committees backs the president, saying last month's public hearings showed no evidence of wrongdoing democrats are set to release their report tomorrow before the judiciary committee takes over lester >> all right, hallie jackson, thanks. a surprise shake-up for the chicago police department superintendent eddie johnson fired after what mayor lori lightfoot called a series of ethical lapses, coming a month before his planned retirement lightfoot accused johnson of lying about an incident in october when he was found asleep at the wheel. johnson blamed it on medication, but lightfoot said he admitted to drinking that night. a major reversal for a lawmaker accused of campaign finance violations republican congressman duncan hunter is now set to change his plea to guilty after his wife agreed to testify against him. let's get more from nbc's pete williams. >> good morning. >> reporter: after spending more than a
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year fighting the federal charges and insisting they were politically motivated -- >> i've done nothing wrong and i say bring the trial now. >> reporter: -- congressman duncan hunter now says he's agreed to plead guilty at a hearing scheduled for tuesday in san diego. federal prosecutors charged him and his wife, margaret, who was also his campaign treasurer, with spending $200,000 they received in campaign contributions on themselves -- dental bills, exotic vacations, video games and home repairs, and more than $500 to fly their pet rabbit across the country prosecutors said the couple joked that his purchase of hawaiian shorts could be described in campaign reports as golf balls for wounded warriors prosecutors said hunter also used campaign money to facilitate affairs with five women. margaret hunter pleaded guilty five months ago, adding to the pressure on him, but he tried to blame her, saying she's the one who managed the money. he told san diego television station kusi today why he will no longer fight the charges. >> i think it's important not to have
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a public trial for three reasons, and those three reasons are my kids. >> reporter: hunter is running for re-election after 11 years in the house, but the county republican party no longer supports him and he faces a tough primary. once he pleads guilty, he'll be a convicted felon, assuming he gets no long prison sentence he can continue to serve in congress, unless he's ousted by a vote of his colleagues or the people back home lester >> pete williams thank you, pete. a beloved hollywood star has died shelley morrison was best known for playing rosario salazar, the maid on nbc's "will & grace. she became an instant hit with the wise-cracking role shelley morrison was 83. just ahead as we continue tonight, the hidden killer inside a children's hospital. it went on for years how did the hospital not know what was hiding inside the operating room, striking children? a major, new class-action lawsuit to tell you about tonight. also on this cyber monday, the major deals still left we'll tell you about the hottest items and the deepest discounts in the days ahead.
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all right, back now with a hidden killer at a seattle children's hospital. families of patients who died are filing a class-action lawsuit, claiming they were infected by mold here's steve patterson. >> reporter: tonight, attorneys announcing a class-action lawsuit against seattle children's hospital, claiming young patients were infected by mold due to negligent maintenance of its air handling system the hospital acknowledging last month at least 14 patients were sickened by mold since 2001, including aiden wills, diagnosed with aspergillus fungal infection in 2009 after undergoing a procedure. he died two months later. >> simply put, we failed. >> reporter: in all, six patients died after becoming >> looking back, we should have made the connection sooner. >> reporter: the hospital has since taken several of its operating rooms out of service after detecting dangerous levels of aspergillus in the air filtration
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system, forcing them to postpone services for patients it's inhaled by millions every day in dust. >> for most of us, getting exposed on a daily basis to this mold is not a big issue. >> reporter: but for those with vulnerable immune systems, it can be harmful. >> one ofthe most dangerous places for this mold to be present are in operating rooms, especially in children's hospitals, because during and after the surgery, their immune system is compromised. they cannot fight it off. >> reporter: the hospital refused a request for comment but said last month it is in the process of installing new air filtration systems in the operating rooms that have been shut down lester >> steve patterson, thanks. next, cyber monday is almost over, but there are still big deals to be had. we'll tell you where
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technically, just a few hours left on this cyber monday, but here's the deal -- the deals don't stop at midnight this year here's jo ling kent. >> don't miss out on cyber monday savings >> reporter: tonight, cyber monday is set to
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shatter records. american shoppers on pace to spend more than $9 billion in just 24 hours online amazon shifting into overdrive as rivals walmart and target move in on its territory. amazon tells us they're packing and shipping millions of orders as customers take advantage of thousands of discounts, all of this expected to propel amazon to have its best day in company history. ♪ the most talked-about items this season, lol surprise dolls, madden 20 and "frozen ii" toys and some of the best cyber monday discounts -- hertz offering 40% off future car rentals if you pay up front, jetblue hocking $40 fares on some routes and many price cuts extend through cyber week rei is slashing 50% off online and in store through december 8th and target rolling out deep discounts every day from bedding to beauty. but tonight, the
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shopping sprint will peak just before midnight consumers estimated to spend $11 million a minute in the final hour of the day, capitalizing on deals before they disappear. jo ling kent, nbc news, rialto, california. up next, a surprise wedding guest at her incredible bond with the bride after a life-saving match.
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in tonight's "inspiring america," the bride and the wedding guest she'd never met after a life-saving gift here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: an extra special celebration on sarah russell's wedding day with someone she'd never met. >> all i said to her, i think, was "i love you so much," and i think that's all she said to me, too. >> reporter: sarah is a nurse in the
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nation's capital eight years ago, she enrolled in an international bone marrow registry. >> it started with a simple cheek swab from myself. >> reporter: and look where it's gone. >> and look where it's gone. >> reporter: far away in ohio, kinlee stroll had been losing her fight with leukemia. sarah was her miracle match for a bone marrow transplant. >> i feel like i'm a part of her and i feel like she's a part of me. >> and thank you will never be enough. >> reporter: kinlee's mom, michelle, wanted to know who saved her daughter's life. she sent sarah an email with a photo of kinlee. >> the generosity of someone like you is truly amazing. >> if i can be one person that helped her beat cancer and fulfill all of her dreams and hopes, i want to be that person for her. [ applause ] >> reporter: kinlee, now 14 and cancer-free, was invited to sarah's wedding. >> she gave me something from her, and so, i feel like we're just bonded together forever now
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>> reporter: and kinlee presented sarah with a special guest. >> then it says "because of you i live." >> reporter: a simple, painful test can provide a gift of life and a bond forever >> save someone's life like she saved mine. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, arlington, virginia. >> and we understand they talk practically ever >> announcer: right now at 6:00, take a look. those are large logs lining the streets of an oakland neighborhood in an effort to keep homeless people out. who's behind it? >> plus a holiday tradition left in the dark by our bad weather. but now a famed christmas display is getting to shine again. we're going to take you there live. >> first a break in the rain for now, but more is on the way. we're going to show you when that next storm arrives. >> good evening and thanks for being with us on this monday.
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>> we begin with a live look outside during this evening commute. guess what. little dryer to want. we're getting a break in that rain. don't get too comfortable though. meteorologist jeff ranie joins us now. >> i think once we hit wednesday and thursday, that next storm system is going to be developing out there in the pacific. right now you'll see a look at the radar loop over the past three days, and it was all about that atmospheric river and where that pointed, we saw some of the highest totals especially for the north bay and the south bay. i wanted to get a closer look at this. over windsor, 6 inches, that's just a three-day total. 5.25 in santa rosa. over notice to the south w had a little bit less rain. not as much for the peninsula or east bay as well. but the atmospheric river pointed to the mountains, five


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