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biden's vaccine mandate. new fall-out from that deadly school shooting in michigan the threats that led 60 schools to close today. the arrest in the deadly shooting of a music legend's wife at their beverly hills home nfl star antonio brown suspended. the league saying he wasn't honest about his vaccination status. the race to deliver for the holidays our exclusive inside amazon's new state-of-the-art air hub. and bet your bottom dollar she's going to shine tonight. the 12-year-old star of nbc's musical "annie live". this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. the drum beat for booster shots for over 100 million eligible americans grows louder tonight as more omicron cases emerge here in the u.s. and around the world the latest u.s. cases include colorado, minnesota and new york but health officials reminding us it is still the dominant delta variant driving
a rise in new covid infections with signs more americans are rolling up their sleeves, president biden rolling out a series of new strategies today to combat the covid spread and meet the still unspecified omicron threat including an expanded booster campaign family vaccination clinics, free at home testing and new testing rules for travelers arriving from abroad. kelly o'donnell leads us off tonight from the white house. >> reporter: tonight, expected but still unnerving. more cases of the omicron variant detected inside the u.s. new york officials calling a news conference this evening to announce omicron is there add colorado to california and minnesota. today officials identified omicron in a denver area woman who returned after a tour in southern africa she was fully vaccinated but had not received a booster. >> she is experiencing mild symptoms and is isolating at home.
>> reporter: today in minnesota, governor tim walls trying to offer reassurance. >> it is not surprising that it showed up. >> reporter: that case involves a minneapolis area man, vaccinated and boosted who had traveled to new york city where he attended an anime convention last month held at the javits center, the very place that had once served as a covid field hospital convention goers urged to get tested. new york governor kathy hochul. >> we do anticipate there will be more cases, but to the extent they are mild we will address them this is not cause for alarm. >> reporter: from the president today, a visit to the national institutes of health to reboot his plan for winter covid. >> we're going to fight this variance with science and speed, not chaos and confusion. >> reporter: one new benefit, the cost of in home covid tests will be reimbursable through your private health insurance expect it to begin in late january plus, 50 million free
tests will be distributed to community sites and rural areas. a change in travel requirements all passengers flying to the u.s. from foreign countries must have a negative covid test within 24 hours, down from three days establishing new family vaccination clinics so children, adults and seniors can get their shots together a milestone today, the white house says nearly 2.2 million doses went into arms, including more than one million booster shots. the largest 24-hour total in more than six months as science learns more about the risks of the omicron variant, doctors warn the winter season is already a dangerous time >> i'm very worried. we're very much in the thick of this. we haven't gotten done with the delta surge we're going to lose 10,000 americans week over week well into the early spring. >> kelly, what more have you learned about the omicron cases that
popped up in new york? >> reporter: well, new york's city mayor and governor have appeared together saying they have five cases. they believe they are all mild some connected to travel and a white house official tells me that the new requirement for a test that is negative for foreign travel for those flying into the united states from abroad will go into effect on monday, december 6th you must have that within 24 hours of getting on a plane lester >> kelly o'donnell at the white house, thank you. tonight congress approving a plan to avoid a government shutdown >> reporter: tonight congress lurching toward the government shutdown. the leaders of both parties now scrambling to avoid >> first of all, they shut down government, and then they shut down science. >> we don't want to create chaos and uncertainty. >> reporter: federal government funding runs out friday at midnight
congressional leaders have a deal in place to extend it until mid-february but a small group of senate republicans say they will derail that deal unless they get a vote on defunding president biden's vaccine and testing mandate for businesses currently blocked by federal courts. >> i don't want to shut down the government the only thing i want to shut down is congress funding enforcement of an immoral, unconstitutional vaccine mandate. >> i'll be doggone if i'm going to get rolled on this right now without a fight. >> reporter: the group's stalling strategy frustrating their fellow republican lawmakers who have slammed the plan as highly unlikely to work. >> ultimately, we're going to fund the government, and i don't see this hostage as one we should take. >> reporter: but late tonight republicans agreeing to the democrats their vote now headed to president biden's desk lawmakers still have to raise the debt
ceiling and democrats hope to pass the president's massive climate and social spending bill. >> garrett haake, thank you. there are alarming new developments after that michigan school shooting that left four students dead threats of more violence leading some 60 schools to shut down megan fitzgerald is there. megan, what do we know >> reporter: lester, on the heels of tuesday's shooting, school districts across this state have received hundreds of threats. out of an abundance of caution, they closed for the rest of the week but the county sheriff is being very clear tonight saying so far they have not received any credible threats the prosecutors here announcing that within the next 24 hours she is expected to make an announcement on whether or not the suspect's parents will also be facing charges. lester >> megan, thank you. in california tonight, a suspect had been arrested in the murder of a philanthropist who was the wife of music executive clarence avant. police in beverly hills say the suspect
is a 29-year-old parolee who accidentally shot himself in the foot during a burglary. six weeks after that deadly shooting on a movie set in new mexico, actor alec baldwin is speaking out about it in an interview. with more on that, here's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: though the official investigation into the deadly shooting on the set of "rust" is likely weeks from completion, tonight alec baldwin with a surprising claim speaking to abc news. >> well, the trigger wasn't pulled. i didn't pull the trigger. >> so you never pulled the trigger? >> no, no, no. i would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. never. >> reporter: clips of the interview do not include baldwin's explanation for how the gun went off, but the revelation seems to contradict witness statements and what the actor himself told responding officers. >> i think back, and i think of what could i have done. >> reporter: baldwin was in costume preparing for a scene like this one, pulling the colt .45 from his holster when the fatal shot was fired because this is a two-step process to fire this weapon, how difficult is it to
accidentally discharge it >> it's nearly impossible the fact that i would accidentally be able to cock this gun followed by accidentally pressing the trigger, you know, this is starting to build up to be statistically very unlikely. >> reporter: with no charges filed yet, investigators told us during closed door briefings de to the set will be critical. >> someone put a live bullet in a gun, that bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property. >> reporter: search warrants have been executed as one supplier who provided ammunition used on the set. the fbi is also helping to trace where the live round came from that wounded the film's director joel souza and killed cinematographer halyna hutchins. >> she was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone who worked with and admired. >> reporter: tonight baldwin breaks his silence with questions still swirling miguel almaguer, nbc news. tonight one of the nfl's biggest stars
antonio brown has been suspended. accused of faking his covid vaccine status, the tampa bay wide receiver was suspended without pay for three games, along with buccaneers safety mike edwards. free agent wide receiver john franklin iii was also disciplined. baseball season is still months away, but there is a major league showdown tonight between the players and owners a lockout that could affect the game next spring morgan chesky has more. >> reporter: tonight america's past time out of time to keep the big leagues running smoothly. >> effective at 12:01 a.m. this morning, we instituted a lockout of major league players. >> reporter: a baseball lockout for the first time in more than 25 years. pitting the players union against team owners who left dallas after days of failed negotiations >> it was worthwhile in terms of the process moving forward. >> reporter: part of that process, the lockout, stopping any team from signing or
trading a player until a deal is done the mlb even taking measures online by removing player head shots on every team's website. the players association responding stating, this drastic and unnecessary measure will not affect the players' resolve to reach a fair contract. now, both sides disagree on plenty, but there are three main sticking points free agency. players want to qualify for it sooner. expanded playoffs in an effort by the league to generate more revenue and higher minimum salaries for players who can get cut before renegotiating. >> we would love to see the guys out we love the entertainment. and it's a shame money gets in the way of these things. >> reporter: the baseball halt now the first since the 1994 strike when the playoffs and world series were canceled for now, all eyes go to spring training in february, which could be delayed if an agreement isn't reached. >> i just hope that everybody can get their egos and in some cases their greed to the side and just agree on something because, like i said, it really affects the fans more than anybody
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off ramp to the emerging crisis between ukraine and russia with tens of thousands of russian troops massing on ukraine's border blinken says vladimir putin could quickly invade ukraine for the first time since 2014. if he does, the u.s. and its nato allies warn moscow will face drastic economic and political sanctions. >> it's now on russia to de-escalate the current tensions by reversing the recent troop buildup, returning forces to normal peacetime positions and refraining from further intimidation and attempts to destabilize ukraine. >> reporter: the u.s. wants russia to back off the border and return to a 2015 cease fire agreement they accuse russia of violating. russia demands that nato stop expanding toward ukraine, including taking steps to accepting russia as a new member claiming ukraine is threatening russia's national security, an idea blinken calls laughable. so far, the two sides are talking past each other. blinken says it is likely president biden and putin will hold a
virtual meeting in the coming days looking for a way out of the crisis the secretary of state also heard from israel's prime minister today asking the u.s. to quit the iran nuclear talks blinken says the u.s. will know in a day or two whether iran is serious but will not let iran continue to build its nuclear program and drag its feet on negotiations lester >> andrea mitchell in stockholm tonight, thanks growing concern about the safety and whereabouts of a chinese tennis star has prompted drastic action against china by the women's tennis association. janis mackey frayer is in china tonight. >> reporter: tonight citing fears over the safety of chinese tennis player, peng shuai, a dramatic move by the women's tennis association, suspending its tournaments in china. >> this is about what's right for women, especially around the issues of sexual assault. >> reporter: tennis star novak djokovic praising the decision as bold and courageous.
>> i support it. >> reporter: as the international olympic committee reveals they had a second phone call yesterday saying they're using quiet diplomacy with china for weeks peng has been out of public view since a letter was posted to her social media account accusing a former chinese communist official of sexual assault. serena williams among those who demanded an investigation. the grand slam doubles champion then re-appeared in videos linked to state media twitter accounts where she is seen but not heard. chinese officials tonight hitting back, criticizing the wta for politicizing sports wta players have plenty to lose the prize money from the past nine tournaments totalled more than $30 million. >> i hope that the chinese authorities will do the right thing. >> reporter: the wta says it expects an investigation into peng shuai's allegations. though chinese
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finally, she's the newcomer, sure to wow audiences tonight in "annie live" right here on nbc. here's joe fryer ♪ the sun will come out tomorrow. >> reporter: it takes more than a great voice to play little orphan annie you need a perpetually positive attitude. >> i want to spread the message of hope. >> celina smith has no shortage of optimism. or enthusiasm. >> it's just a blessing, and i'm so excited for you guys to see the finished product. >> reporter: she promises she won't get her words twisted during tonight's live performance of the iconic musical we caught up with celina while
rehearsing on the bustling stage. >> when the orchestra swells up like this, it sounds so beautiful. >> reporter: this 12-year-old is no stranger to show biz roaring on stage in the lion king and on tv in the nickelodeon series "young dylan," where she was picked to play annie after a nationwide search. >> and i freaked you would have sworn there was a kangaroo in the house i was like up and down the walls. >> reporter: what does it mean to be annie? >> i want to be able to represent proud little black girls out there. i want to make others feel hopeful and i want to make them proud. >> reporter: she will say her seasoned costars, bet your bottom dollar. >> she owns annie. i genuinely just love her. ♪ tomorrow tomorrow i love ya tomorrow tomorrow. >> reporter: a bright tomorrow that starts tonight.
♪ slide down the hallway in your socks ♪ ♪ when you undress do you leave a path ♪ ♪ then sink to your nose in a bubble bath ♪ ♪ my oh my you're so good-looking ♪ ♪ hold yourself together like a pair of bookends ♪ ♪ but i've not tasted all your cooking ♪ ♪ who are you when i'm not looking ♪ ♪ who are you when i'm not around ♪ ♪ when the door is locked and the shades are down ♪
♪ do you listen to your music quietly ♪ ♪ and when it feels just right are you thinking of me ♪ ♪ i want to know ♪ ♪ i want to know ♪ ♪ i want to know ♪ ♪ my oh my you're so good-looking ♪ ♪ but who are you when i'm not looking ♪♪ [cheers and applause] >> kelly: all right, welcome to "the kelly clarkson show," give it up for my band y'all! that was "who you are when i'm
not looking," so danny and her audience requested it, why do you want to hear that song, what's up? >> so i am a big country music fan, and i have always loved that song, because it reminds me of when i met my husband, and it was one of her first dates, and i came out looking hot, dressed to impress and i find out he is taking me to the beach to go stand up paddle boarding, so a few minutes in i am in the water, makeup is off, my hair is all deranged good and feeling like a hot mess express, but i remember him looking up at me and i was just thinking, this is who i am when no one's looking. but he was looking up at me like i was the one. >> kelly: that sweet! that's cool. you know, most guys i know like it, they like seeing the natural look. i mean most guys i know, there obviously some out there -- but boy are you surprised the next
morning. glasses, hair, spanx, it all comes out. i did not realize it was joe nichols, he sang it, and then blake did it a few years later. i only knew blake's version, but joe nichols has a version. it's such a beautiful song and so well written. thank you so much! >> thank you so much. >> kelly: we are all music all our today, celebrating all impressive genres, tonight she debuts as the one and only annie in "annie live" on nbc. we have a very talented celina smith in the house! [cheers and applause] so cute! that one of the most renowned modern day artists in the world of classical music, he is incredibly gifted. pianist lang lang is here! but before all of that coming our first guest for many things, but the show "empire" movies like "hustle and flow" "the curious case of benjamin button." she has been in so many things,
you can see her tonight in "annie live" on nbc. please everyone, welcome taraji p. henson! [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ you look so beautiful! >> taraji: you are too! thank you! hello, everybody! oh, my goodness! >> kelly: i am still taking it in. you look so beautiful. >> taraji: thank you. we had to pick a special dress for you, kelly. it's beyond you look like this every day? i hate you. >> taraji: no, not at all. >> kelly: i know that you have a salon in your house, you love hair and makeup, nails all that stuff? >> taraji: i do, and i almost missed out by one year, i did not get accepted into high school performing arts in d.c. -- >> kelly: who is laughing now,
high school. >> taraji: i went back to speak to the students. >> kelly: never mind, you're great. >> taraji: they love that story, because at the end it was just a no from that place. i had to learn that at a very young age. and i did not know how to process it. i thought that meant i could not act. so i went on and try to enroll in a school of cosmetology, but i needed to enroll in the ninth grade. and i was already in my tenth grade year, so i missed it, but it was always in me, because when i was in college i used to do $20 set acrylics. >> kelly: you can do acrylics? >> taraji: i taught myself, i don't have a license. but it's okay. it's fun. and i think i credit that to me being a creative person. i'm just very creative and i like to create. >> kelly: it's art definitely. i'm not that kind of art. i am the opposite of you. i am like no makeup, jeans.
i don't know if it's that either. >> taraji: yes, you are! [cheers and applause] >> kelly: i have a friend who loves her wigs and she names them. i actually started naming my weave, i have a weave-mcintyre. and oh weave-i.e. wonder. and weave-i.e. next. you wear wigs, right coming and name them? >> taraji: i just called them her, she, girl. there's too many. >> kelly: i'm more personal, but whatever. >> taraji: on her today, i will do her. >> kelly: it does kind of change whatever personality you are having, you are like this is me today. i love that. >> taraji: for me it's a color too, i was switch a color really quick. >> kelly: christmas is three weeks away, do you like decorating? maybe you like decorating a room? >> taraji: chris