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tonight, the historic price surges are costs rising across the country and so many things we buy every day. inflation soaring 6.8% in november, the fastest pace in nearly 40 years costs skyrocketing for rent, food, gas, clothing and so much more president biden maintaining the crisis has hit its peak what's causing it and how long longer will it last? also tonight, the key supreme court ruling delivering a partial victory to challengers of texas' strict abortion law, but leaving the law in place for now where the battle goes next the omicron variant now in at least half of the u.s. the new cdc report, what it found regarding omicron symptoms and the strict new mask mandate in new york, one of several states facing a potential winter surge the major winter storm on the move and 35 million under threat of severe weather and potential tornados. the delta flight diverted after an unruly passenger allegedly attacked a flight attendant at an air marshall the video from inside the airplane honoring bob dole. president biden and tom hanks among those paying final tributes at services today. from trees to t-shirts inside the fashion industry's role in
harming the rain forest. and celebrating the singer/songwriter who also starred in a classic nbc sitcom. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening we got one of those government reports today that tells you, it's not just you. things are getting more expensive inflation hitting consumers hard, smack in the middle of a holiday buying season. consumer prices rose in november compared to a year ago by almost 7%. that's the highest annual inflation jump since june of 1982 gasoline led the way, up 58% but virtually everything was up from cars to food, electricity and housing. the trend is forcing some pretty tough conversations in many american households about making ends meet president biden offering vague reassurances that things will right themselves soon. it is where we start tonight with chief white house correspondent kristen welker
>> reporter: tonight americans already slammed by soaring prices now getting hit even harder. new numbers showing inflation surging to its fastest pace in 30 years. up 6.8%, up from a year ago >> i feel like there is never enough money. >> reporter: telling us she's struggling to pay higher rent. plus $150 more a month for groceries, buy winter clothes for her kids and now they need a new car. what's the toughest part for you about dealing with these increased prices every day? >> i think it's telling my kids that they can't do things that they want to do. >> reporter: prices rising across the board, including gas prices up 58% over last year. fuel oil up 59%. beef up 21%. and used cars up 31% all of it during the holidays dion king says his family has cut out restaurants and vacations and will celebrate christmas without gifts this year because they cannot afford them.
>> the prices has gone up dramatically. it's just not in our budget to even go out and do anything for the holiday season of this christmas. >> reporter: and the spiking prices not only affecting families. >> our tomatoes were up 40% two, three, weeks ago. our red onions up 35%. and our guacamole and avocado was up 30%, 35%. >> reporter: at louie's restaurant, higher cost and the supply chain crisis forcing him to take items off the menu when you look at these increasing prices, what is your biggest fear >> my main concern is the customer coming. the gas prices rising and everything else across the board, are they going to make time to have tacos and margaritas >> reporter: tonight blasting democrats for more borrowing, more printing, more reckless spending saying inflation is out of control on the democrats' watch but with gas prices
down eight cents in the last month, president biden today touting progress. >> it is a real bump in the road. it does affect families it matters to peel when you are paying more for gas although in some states we have got the price down below $3 a gallon but it's not gone down quickly enough, but i think it will. >> and, kristin, the president today saying he thinks this is the peak of the crisis. >> reporter: well, lester, while that may be the president's view, white house officials acknowledge they cannot predict how long this inflation will last. though today they said they are going to apply pressure to some industries including meatpackers to try to lower prices >> kristin welker at the white house, thank you. another major story we're following tonight, the partial victory for opponents of the texas law banning most abortions. the supreme court saying abortion providers can challenge the law in federal court but for now leaving it in effect here's pete williams with more. >> reporter: it is a modest victory for supporters of abortion
rights and minor setback for texas which tried to make sba impossible to challenge. the law bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy state officials don't enforce it, so who can be sued? the supreme court ruled unanimously that challenges of the law cannot sue state court judges since they don't enforce anything with chief justice roberts and the court's three liberals dissenting, it ruled 5-4 that they cannot sue state clerks or the the texas attorney general. but it voted 8-1 with clarence thomas dissenting that the challengers can sue members of the state medical board just enough to let the lawsuits go ahead. even so, the court says the state can keep enforcing the law while the legal challenges play out. >> i think this will go down as one of the most disgraceful decisions in supreme court history. it has allowed the state of texas right now to nullify the supreme court's decisions that there is a constitutional right to abortion. >> reporter: so abortion providers can still challenge the law in federal court,
but they cannot sue anyone who actually has the power to stop enforcing it. >> i'm not sure that the supreme court decision today provides them with the relief that they're seeking because it doesn't provide them with an avenue to have this law stopped on the ground >> reporter: today's ruling was about the structure of the law, not about abortion rights a ruling about that in a separate case from mississippi probably won't come for several more months. lester >> all right pete, thank you. now to the covid crisis the cdc saying today the omicron variant has been found in at least 25 states and that the first cases were mostly mild and overwhelmingly among the vaccinated also, new york imposing a new statewide mask mandate as fears grow of a winter surge miguel almaguer has more >> reporter: as a new wave of covid infections cascades across the country, the u.s. is now barrelling toward unprecedented benchmarks in the coming days, our nation will top 50 million cases as hospitalizations soar a staggering 40%
the grimace milestone, 800,000 american deaths is now near >> covid pneumonia. >> covid pneumonia. >> are they proned >> they are proned >> reporter: tonight one of the greatest threats is in new hampshire, the state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region now has the highest number of cases per capita. >> our emergency rooms often have 50 to 60 people waiting we often have upwards of 20 people waiting for admission in the emergency room. >> reporter: as the national guard deploys to maine, today new york's governor re-implementing an indoor new york mask mandate with exceptions. >> we're entering a time of uncertainty where our cases could escalate beyond control. >> reporter: all of this comes as our nation battles delta and learns more about omicron. today the cdc releasing new details about the 43 cases in 25 states. most of those with confirmed infections are young. nearly 80% were fully vaccinated, some with
boosters and with no deaths among the most promising sign symptoms were reported as cough, fatigue, congestion or a runny nose. >> do what we know works against this virus. vaccines work. boosting works testing works. masking works. physical distancing works. washing our hands work and proper ventilation works. >> reporter: tonight new insight into omicron as delta still devastates pockets of the nation miguel almaguer, nbc news a horrific accident has killed dozens of migrants packed inside a semitruck in mexico, part of the ongoing flood of people making the dangerous journey to cross the u.s. border we get more from guad venegas. >> reporter: a chaotic and deadly scene in the mexican state of chiaapa. at least 55 people and over 100 injured when the truck they were crammed into crashed on its side.
survivors say it happened on a sharp curve. today mexican officials say victims are migrants from several latin american countries. mexico's president asking the u.s. to offer more legal opportunities for migrants this as thousands risk their life traveling to the u.s. border, overwhelming border patrol agents. in arizona, the mayor now declaring a local emergency with thousands of migrants streaming into the city. >> it became a situation that wasn't containable. >> reporter: this week under court order, the biden administration re-starting the remain in mexico policy, which mandates asylum speakers weight in mexico mexican officials tell us that move mistakenly led many asylum-seeking migrants to think it benefits them. >> for some people it sort of sends a message that the u.s. is going to receive people.
>> reporter: and tonight federal and state authorities are searching for the driver of the truck who fled the scene. lester >> guad venegas at the border tonight thank you. this evening a pair of federal air marshals are being credited with stopping the latest in a series of dangerous in flight incidents after breaking their cover and intervening aboard a delta flight we get more now from tom costello >> reporter: it happened onboard delta flight 342, d.c. to lax. the fbi says two air marshals broke their cover to detain an unruly passenger after he allegedly assaulted a flight attendant, then one of the air marshalls who handcuffed him the plane diverted to oklahoma city where police arrested 35-year-old ariel pennington after a year of unruly, even dangerous behavior onboard planes, the faa says bad behavior is to declining, but they have 5,500 reports so far this year alone. the attorney general ordered federal prosecutors to prioritize crimes that
occur onboard planes and air marshals are teaching flight attendants self-defense tactics but when they're undercover and witness bad behavior, they face a difficult choice air marshals who train at mockups like this must decide whether that disturbance might really be meant to distract them from a hijacking attempt. tsa chief, when should an air marshall get involved and intervene to stop this kind of activity >> we have protocols for air marshals breaking cover and intervening in a situation like this. these are well exercised protocols. between the captain, the crew, the flight attendants and the air marshalls. >> interfering with a flight crew can bring up to 20 years in prison and fines up to a quarter million dollars. over oklahoma, a pair of air marshals decided they had to intervene. tom costello, nbc news chicago.
a major winter storm is on the move tonight across much of the country. winter weather alerts up across 17 states, stretching for nearly 1,500 miles. up to a foot of snow expected in the upper midwest. to the south, 35 million under the risk tonight of severe weather with the potential for tornados now to our series rescuing the rain forest tonight in partnership with the rain forest investigations network, we look into a fabric you have probably never heard of, but it is in many of the clothes we wear it is often billed as ecofriendly. but critics say it is putting the environment at risk. stephanie gosk investigates >> reporter: it's sleek, silky and most importantly cheap. viscose rayon, one of the fastest growing fabrics in fashion in t-shirts, sportswear and dresses. marketed as ecofriendly because it comes from renewable trees. but this environmental
geographer explains that to make way for the tree farms that provide much of the world's viscose, vast stretches of rain forest were cut down. >> if you fly over, say, southeast asia, you will see these vast, vast plantations that have one single tree species in them and that's very, very different from a diverse rain forest which has millions of species and habitat for different kinds of plants and animals. >> reporter: these images show how the indonesian rain forest was decimated since early 2000 to help produce paper and viscose. >> ide is an 18 million group of companies. >> reporter: one of the biggest players is royal golden eagle, rge. a global industrial group. they supplied viscose to a host of companies including adidas, abercrombie & fitch and espre. according to an nbc review of corporate disclosures. none of those retailers commented for our story. >> the renewable plantations that underpin its core fiber businesses >> reporter: back in
2015, rge pledged to halt deforestation and has made significant progress but according to experts in norway and indonesia who track deforestation, these satellite images show some clearing of the rain forest may have continued. edward is a physicist and co-founder of the environmental research ngo earth rise he analyzed images for an area totaling 4,200 square miles controlled by companies that supply wood for rge's viscose. he estimates at least 30 square miles of rain forest have been cleared since late 2015. >> we can get imagery from 2015 where we can see a healthy rain forest we look again at 2016 or '17, some later year and we see signs that that forest has been destroyed looking later still, we can see the plantations for the pulp wood being put in place. you have gone from one of the most biorich places in the world to what's essentially like a biological desert. >> reporter: april
said in a statement to nbc news, the vast majority of the land identified had no deforestation, but rather normal legal plantation harvesting and replanting and small scale community agriculture. the company acknowledged a small amount of deforestation on land that it said had been encroached or damaged by third parties johnny lives next to a large viscose plantation that supplies rge and says there have been fires and flooding ever since the surrounding rain forest was destroyed in the years leading up to 2015 it used to be they easy to hunt pigs for food, he told us not anymore. back in the u.s. concerns about the environment have driven some fashion brands to find alternatives to viscose. >> they made a decision to move away. >> move away from viscose? >> yeah. >> reporter: the vice president of sustainability for the designer mora hoffmann. >> this is made from 100% recycled cotton >> reporter: so this
was something else before it became these pants? >> exactly the reality is for most shoppers there is an enormous disconnect from grabbing something off the rack to the rain forest in indonesia. >> yeah. i think that's with most things people do. right? they don't stop to really think through where that might come from. >> reporter: where it comes from the impact on the rain forest and the people who live there stephanie gosk, nbc news. all right. we're back in a moment with the moving tributes to bob dole how he was remembered today.
an emotional tribute today for bob dole president biden and both parties coming together for the funeral. the long-time senator and former gop presidential nominee and moving words from tom hanks and our own savannah guthrie here's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: at washington's national cathedral, a celebration to honor the long life of robert j dole. >> god, what courage bob dole had >> reporter: grievously wounded in battle but resilient a political warrior who believed in compromise, mentor to a freshman democrat named joe biden. >> we disagreed, but we were never disagreeable with one another. i found bob to be a man of principal, pragmatism and enormous integrity. >> reporter: his wife of nearly 46 years, former senator and cabinet member elizabeth dole, and a
storied love affair for the ages and daughter from a previous marriage, robin. >> i love you, dad i promise you will never walk alone ♪ that you never walk alone. >> reporter: his casket then driven to the world war ii memorial he helped create. a memorial to peace, he said. and to the half million soldiers unlike him who did not return >> he was never able again to button his shirt or sign his name as he had. he saluted, and he made your acquaintance with his left hand. >> reporter: family friend savannah guthrie. >> he stood for principal. he stood for dignity and even when he couldn't stand any longer, at the casket of an old friend, who could forget, still he stood out of respect and out of honor >> taps is now sounding for this soldier of america but we know, as long as we see each other not as enemies but as
neighbors and colleagues, then taps will never sound for bob dole. >> reporter: tonight an american patriot flying home for kansas andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington and the music world is remembering monkeys' singer song writer michael nesmith. whose death was announced by his manager today. the band exploded in popularity in the 1960s, starring in the monkeys hit comedy series on nbc from 1966 to 1968 ♪ cheer up sleepy jean >> the band was known for hits like "daydream believer" and hits like "last train to clarksville." nesmith was 78 when we come back, why city officials in california tried to pull the plug on one fan's light show tribute to a holiday classic.
finally, the holiday lights display inspired by a classic christmas movie. how the fight that erupted over it ended up bringing a town together here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: when the hap-hap- happiest holidays hit california, out come all things grizwald. >> my reaction was, oh, my god this is awesome. he did a fabulous job. >> reporter: lights, cameras, lots of action as folks celebrate one neighbor's love for national lampoon's christmas vacation from the cop car to the motor home >> i'm actually probably one of the biggest collectors of the planet of this movie, so i have a lot of memorabilia
♪ hallelujah. >> reporter: this year's display was almost unplugged by the city as norton seeking to recreate the grizwald house, built this false second floor without a permit. >> i mean, it's a christmas display. it's a facade. it's not real. >> reporter: visitors started leaving donations to help battle the supposed scrooge of christmas present. >> they should definitely make an exception. >> reporter: a happy ending, though the spirit of christmas prevails when the two sides reached an agreement, and his $100,000 display can light up the holidays until january 1st. >> and we're going to have the hap-hap-happiest christmas. kevin tibbles, nbc news. >> honoring a classic. that's "nightly news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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