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tonight, the capitol on edge. a man arrested for allegedly trying to enter a secure area with unauthorized credentials, a loaded gun and 500 rounds of ammunition. as extreme security measures ramp up in washington and cities nationwide amid fears of more violence. the new investigation into how the capitol was attacked. and new arrests today, including this man, who allegedly beat police with an american flag. mass vaccination sites opening up. stadiums and even disneyland. one state promising to vaccinate an additional million people by this
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weekend. as anger over shortages boils over. the new warning about vaccine scams. how to know if you're signing up for the shot or getting ripped off. what joe biden will sign on day one. a mask mandate ending the so-called muslim ban, and a dozen more. inside an nfl outbreak. multiple players and coaches benched for covid. the team doctor takes us inside their effort to stop the spread. plus, the powerful moment this adopted son made his and his family's dreams come true. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening. the country is on edge tonight. state capitols are on lockdown amid threats of more violence. windows are boarded up. fences raised. and police and national guard are on patrol. and washington, d.c. resembles a military occupation. in the coming days there will be four
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afghanistan and iraq combined. and tonight we're learning of the arrest of an armed man near the capitol. our teams are spread out across the country, and we begin with vaughn hillyard in washington. >> reporter: tonight a possible threat at the capitol. according to police, a man tried to enter the secure area o wednesday's inaugution in a pickup truck with, quote, unauthorized credentials. when police searched his vehicle, they found a loaded gun and 500 rounds of ammunition. the man, identified by police, was arrested and charged. the police did not comment on his possible intentions. it comes as the core of the nation's capitol enters a near total lockdown, with more than 9,500 national guardsmen now in d.c. >> it looks like a war zone. >> reporter: empty streets as the district shuts down. this after the fatal law enforcement failures on january 6th. federal authorities have now arrested more
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than 100 individuals accused of being nifld in the insurrection >> reporter: steger according to the fbi shown beating an officer with an american flag. and jenna ryan, a texas real estate agent, charged after storming the capitol, telling cbs news -- >> i was displaying my patriotism when i was there and i was just protesting. >> reporter: authorities are still working to identify even more of the insurrectionists. including this man. in new photos released today the fbi believes he is involved in this video in which officer daniel hodges is pinned into a doorjamb. [ screaming ] >> they ripped my mask off, beat me up, sprayed me with everything. >> reporter: multiple u.s. house committees today announcing a congressional review, writing in a letter to the fbi, and director l intelligence, "this still emerging story is one of apparent and
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high-level failures, in particular with respect to intelligence and security preparedness." >> and vaughn, we're learning new details about that man arrested for carrying a gun near the capitol? >> reporter: that's right. the man told authorities he was working in the area as private security. jose? >> vaughn hillyard in washington. thank you. across the country there are real fears that there may be violence at state capitols this weekend, prompting extreme security measures on the ground but also in the air. blayne alexander reports. >> reporter: tonight in nearly every corner of the country capitol buildings barricaded, boarded up and bracing for the worst. >> taking this very, very seriously. >> reporter: the national guard is at the ready deployed to at least 13 state capitols, including massachusetts and ohio. where the state capitol is closed through inauguration day. here in michigan months after armed protesters stormed the
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capitol openly carrying firearms now banned inside the capitol. >> here in sacramento 1,000 members of the national guard have joined california highway patrol in forming a defensive barrier around the capitol building. >> reporter: at airports the tsa is cracking down, upping the number of federal marshals on flights and adding more random gate screenings and k-9 teams. this as the fbi director urges anyone planning to cause trouble to stay at home. >> we've got to disrupt any attempt or attack. our posture is aggressive. it's going to stay that way through the inauguration. >> reporter: in florida authorities have already arrested a man for allegedly inciting violence are prepared.sters i >> reporter: and in georgia a political lightning rod during the election, governor brian kemp says the threat level is low but he is taking no chances. >> we are taking nothing for granted. i think you can see what happens when you do that. looking back to last week. >> and blayne joins us
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now from atlanta. blayne, how are officials there preparing? >> reporter: well, jose, law enforcement officials are understandably hesitant to go into specific details, but here at the state capitol you can already see the changes. in addition to these armored vehicles we're seeing barricades like this on every side of the building, not just here at the capitol but city hall just a few blocks away. the governor says he is ready to deploy the national guard if needed. jose? >> blayne alexander in atlanta. thank you. to the covid crisis, which is now taking the lives of nearly 4,000 americans each day, the death tolls are pushing 400,000 and the distribution of the vaccine can't keep up with the overwhelming demand. new mass vaccination sites are coming online to help get the shots out. meagan fitzgerald reports from los angeles. >> reporter: tonight, from dodger stadium to disneyland to gillette stadium in boston, mass vaccination sites across the country are ramping up.
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after weeks of websites crashing and confusion on how and who can get vaccinated next, now a solution for people like esperanza maldonado. >> 12 family members got covid-19. two of them were hospitalized for three weeks. so it was very real for me to be about to lose my sister. >> reporter: this site at disneyland in orange county, california set up in just one week hoping to inoculate 8,000 people a day by monday. the issue -- supply. do you have enough? >> we have enough to certainly go through this week, and we expect to be able to have enough to do all of next week. >> reporter: california setting up more mass vaccination sites like this one after the bulk of the state's 2.8 million doses sat unused. the governor pledging to complete a million additional vaccinations by the end of the weekend. >> we don't want any doses going to waste. it becomes a much more challenging logistical operation than a traditional flu shot. and that's the burden
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we have now with the ultra and cold storage. >> reporter: and this week 30 million americans become eligible for the shot as 18 states offer vaccinations to seniors 65 and older, putting pressure on a system already pushed to the brink. >> it's mind-boggling that it wasn't plett better planned. >> reporter: after another blow friday-w when the country learned the federal government never had the stockpile of vaccines states were counting on. many governors angry, saying planned vaccinations are now in jeopardy. >> we're certainly demanding answers from the trump administration. their empty promises are literally playing with people's lives. >> reporter: people like anau faram, whose elderly parents live with her, eager for their shot of hope. >> always fearful of bringing home something and giving it to them. i feel safer now. >> and meagan joins us now from dodger stadium, which just opened up as a vaccination site. meagan, how many people do they hope to
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vaccinate there? >> reporter: officials here tell us that by next week they'll be able to vaccinate 12,000 people a day. right now they're still administering shots to frontline health care workers. jose? >> meagan fitzgerald in los angeles, thank you. increasing vaccine supply tops president-elect joe biden's ambitious plan to fight covid. sam brock now with a reality check on how his plan could work and how quickly. >> reporter: operating with the mindset there's not a second to spare, president-elect biden is aiming for 100 million vaccinated in 100 days. >> let me be clear. i'm convinced we can get it done. >> reporter: his plan includes using the defense production act to churn out supply, pushing states to vaccinate more groups, leveraging fema and the national guard to build sites, and reaching marginalized communities. let's start with the supply. how quickly can the defense production act create more doses? dr. scott gottlieb is
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the former fda commissioner and currently sits on the board of pfizer. >> i think anything we do now to try to increase the supply probably is going to take weeks to a couple of months to have some kind of impact. >> reporter: the answer to that question directly influences the next part of the plan, pushing states to reach a larger swath of people. >> the biden plan is a breath of fresh air. >> reporter: dr. marcus plesha represents state and local health departments and is optimistic but also realistic it could take weeks to get production to scale. >> people over 65, people with medical conditions that put them at risk, people who are essential frontline workers, all of those people need to get the vaccine as soon as possible. but we can't give vaccine doses that we don't have. >> reporter: and when it comes to reaching disadvantaged in often minority communities, the biden plan includes more sites and an educational campaign. plescia points out the issue of trust must be >> we've got to be attentive to that. what states and locals can do is work with those communities they
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have trusted relationships with, organizations like faith-based communities, where they can go and really try to help build people's confidence and, you know, really address some of the vaccine hesitancy that we're already starting to see. >> reporter: and the national guard and fema will lend federal muscle to add new locations for vaccination. >> i think what they're going to do is try to expand the existing sites initially. and we could see the results of that pretty quickly. getting new sites up and running, that could be a matter of weeks. >> and sam joins us from miami. sam, the biden administration wants to distribute the vaccine through many different channels. >> reporter: yeah, look, jose, the president-elect wants vaccines in pharmacies, big box stores, grocery stores, but right now this park behind me in miami has paused distribution for next week because they don't have enough doses. a game changer in all this could be the approval of another vaccine like johnson & johnson, potentially in the coming weeks. jose? >> sam brock, thank you. president-elect biden's team said today that on day one he'll roll back some
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of the previous administration'sed most controversial decisions kelly o'donnell is at the white house. kelly, what comes immediately after wednesday's swearing in? >> reporter: well, jose, they want a running start. and they put that on paper today. whil troduced members of their scienceief of staff ro klain released a memo outlining a ten-day schedule of actions including executive orders. some will reverse trump policies like ending the travel ban on mostly muslim countries and rejoining the paris climate agreement. others are steps about biden promises. immigration reform followed by covid actions including a federal mask mandate. and on a very separate transition that happened today, mike and karen pence made their last official trip, visiting navy aviators in lemoore, california. vice president pence gave his farewell, mentioning president trump only once as he carried out the kind of duties you'd expect if the commander in
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chief in these final days. but president trump remains out of sight. jose? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house, thank you. when we come back, the new covid vaccine scams. how to protect your money and private health information. also, a i have an idea for a trade. oh yeah, you going to place it? not until i'm sure. why don't you call td ameritrade for a strategy gut check? what's that? you run it by an expert, you talk about the risk and potential profit and loss. could've used that before i hired my interior decorator. voila! maybe a couple throw pillows would help. get a strategy gut check from our trade desk. ♪♪ cranky-pated: a bad mood related to a sluggish gut. miralax is different. it works naturally with the water in your body to unblock your gut. free your gut, and your mood will follow.
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information and promising appointments for doses that simply don't exist. jo ling kent reports. >> reporter: in sarasota, florida 88-year-old jack conway couldn't believe his luck. >> i called my daughter after my excitement and said i have tickets now for the vaccination. >> reporter: he thought he signed himself and his wife up online forever a vaccine appointment he found on eventbrite, entering his personal information. but his eagle-eyed doctor stepped in. >> she said it's a scam. no date, no time. no place. just two names with an order number. >> reporter: conway is one of many americans eligible for the vaccine and targeted by a growing number of scams through social media, e-mail, phone calls and texts. the department of health and human services says cases are rising with scammers chasing your social security number, bank information and medical identity. >> unfortunately, they've been very successful. >> reporter: what are
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some of the examples that you're seeing? >> we have had people say that they signed up for that vaccine trial, they gave their bank account information, and that money was taken out of their bank account. >> reporter: in pasco county, florida health department official mike napier says nearly 200 people showed up at official vaccination sites with fake tickets. >> they were very frustrated and thought they had their golden ticket, if you would, to get their vaccine and we had to turn them away. >> reporter: the problem, some counties do use eventbrite to organize legitimate vaccination appointments. 65-year-old retired nurse meg bourbonier immediately reported one to her county health department. >> i was really angry because people have been trying to take advantage of older adults who are especially vulnerable. >> reporter: eventbrite tells nbc news "any unofficial eventual listings are likely a result of user error but a team is looking into the suspected fraud cases and anyone charged was refunded." if you sense it may be a scam, what should
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family. >> reporter: nathan found his forever family at age 12, when wendy and tripp waynick brought him home to join their family. >> our goal is to help one person and he turned out helping us a lot more. >> we thought we were a content family of five and the good lord made us a family of six. >> reporter: nathan bonding with the waynick family over their love of football. >> he's a great athlete but he's got a heart as big as any human being that's ever been. >> reporter: his passion on the playing field and character off it catching the eye of south carolina gamecocks coach shane beamer. >> i started doing my research and talking to his high school coaches. and the more i found out the more i liked. >> reporter: coach beamer offering nathan a preferred walk-on spot on the team. nathan achieving his dreams. with his biggest fans cheering him on. what do they mean to you, nathan? >> they mean everything to me because i know they're behind me through whatever i do. >> life is a marathon. and you have ups and downs. but when you've got a
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family like we do, it's we, it's us. there's no i in team. >> and nathan plans to major in exercise science. i'd like to invite you to check out my digital series "american dreaming" and my conversation with grammy award winner gloria estefan, who dreams big and lives in gratitude. it's at films and in the "nightly news" podcast feed. i'm jose diaz-balart. thank you for th e >> thanks for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> we are on early because of the nfl playoffs which airs
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after "nbc bay area" next. >> troops sacramento. >> that's right, it mirrors the scene in washington, d.c., where security is also intensifying, more fencing is going up, and troops continue to move in. meanwhile, police have arrested a man who they say tried to get into the inauguration area with a fake pass, a loaded gun, and lots of ammunition. for the latest on the situation in sacramento, let's go live to nbc bay area's thom jensen, outside the state capitol. hi, thom. >> reporter: good afternoon. it has been very peaceful out here. we saw no violence here today, and everybody's hoping that it stays that way. but you can still expect a strong military and police force out here, at least through wednesday inauguration day, according to state police and the governor's office. there are national guard troops and police protecting not just the state's majestic capitol building and every state office in the city here in


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