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in the car. >> yeah. untreated surfaces. >> for all of us here at nbc 10, i'm jim rosenfield. thanks for joining us. . on the broadcast tonight, firing back. the head of the cia calls reporters to the inner sank tum and defends his people for what they did at war. monster storms turning roads into rivers. knocking out power. a dangerous ride in the west. and a major crisis in the hollywood studio, a full-on hackihac hacking for anyone with using e-mail. a frightening encounter with bill cosby, this time a well-known supermodel. more confusion after this newest study that says many women are getting a lot more radiation treatments than they need so what are women in the middle of the fight supposed to do now? "nightly news" begins now.
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. it's not oft the director of the cia invites reporters and cameras inside that fortress just outside washington. then again it's not often the cia's own people are accused of torturing prisoners even if it was in the days after an attack on our nation that killed thousands of innocent people. while he criticized those who went outside the bounds, the director today wouldn't talk about torture. and he had no answer for the larger question, are we better off? it's where we begin again tonight with our chief foreign affas correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: the cia is fighting ba. going public in an unprecedented live press conference from the agency's secretive headquarters. cia john brennan envoeking 9/11. >> this agency did a lot of things right ding this diicult time to keep this
country strong and secure. >> reporter: while acknowledging some of the tactics since abandoned were abhorrent, he challenged the report's conclusion that harsh terrogations did not help find osama bin laden. do y thi the bin laden case can be attributed in some part to enhanced interrogation techniques with torture? >> -- provided information that was useful and used in the ultimate operation to go against bin laden. >> reporter: brennan says it's impossible to know whether the cia could have gotten key intellence without the harsh techniques. >> it's an unnoble fact. >> reporter: senator dianne festein watching from capitol hill live tweeted in part, sud di shows it is knowable. cia had info before torture, #readthereport. while president obama calls torture. >> as i'v said before
constitutes torture in my mind. >> reporter: his cia director would only call it eits, short for enhanced interrogation te techniqu techniques. >> waterboarding, slamming people against the wall. >> we are not contemplating at all getting back into the detention program using any of those eits. >> reporter: morale is a problem here after the cia report. the senate acknowledged concern and dismay among the workforce but says they remain focused on their mission. obama is standing firmly by his cia director, one of his closest advise advisers. >> the president wakes up every morning pleased to know that john brennan and the men and women of the cia are at work. >> reporter: brennan admits that the cia w unprepared to run the interrogation program. and that some officers went too far. tonight, that has given adversaries like russia the chance to crow. moscow is saying it is shocked by gross human rights violations by the american authorities. brian. >> andrea mitchell back in our
d.c. newsroom to start us off tonight. andrea, thanks. again tonight we turn to this huge storm crippling parts of the west coast. after months of zero relief from severe drought, californians are getting hit hard by the kind of rain they haven't seen in years. hundreds of thousands are without power right now. nbc's miguel almaguer has been out in it all day. tonight he's in hard-hit san francisco. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. for the past 12 hours we have seen steady rain here in san francisco,he city by the bay in some parts is under water. this storm delivering a vicious one-two punch. not just the rain but also the wind. chaos this morning on the streets of san francisco. a transformer explosion leading to widespread power outages. mass gridlock shutting down the nation's fifth biggest city. downtown shut down with no traffic signals.
freeways were a mess. so much fog and rain drivers could barely see. 140 flights canceled at sfo. the weather too dangerous for ferries to alcatraz. those iconic cable cars grounded across the city. overnight the bay area was pounded. the rain flooding streets, the wind snapping power lines. by sun up 226,000 were in the dark without power. >> a lot of damage down there. >> reporter: no lights, no heat, no school or work. >> it would have been much better if i had known i didn't need to come to work. >> reporter: smashing waves battered the pacific coast all day long. monster swells topped 20 feet. hurricane-force winds powered surfers on lake tahoe. they were kayaking in wine country. some vineyards are under water. flash flooding threatened to sweep drivers off the road. blame it on the pineapple express. >> the pineapple express is a nickname for an atmospheric
river of moisture that develops down near the hawaiian islands and it carries heavy precipitation up to the pacific coast. >> reporter: in washington state a bridge collapse. others are threatened tonight. erosion washed away two homes. a third teeters on the edge. >> this is incredible. and this was wind-driven waves over the top of my deck. >> reporter: in part what has made this storm so destructive is how slowly it is moving. overnight in some areas it dropped up to 12 inches of rain. now all of it is headed south in los angeles where there were fires last month there could be mudslides tomorrow. brian. >> miguel almaguer in san francisco for us again tonight. miguel, thanks. we turn now to this massive electronic attack against sony pictures. just today even more embarrassing, and make no mistake, stolen internal documents were put out there for all the world to see. but this raises concern that
goes well beyond a movie studio in hollywood. it goes to every user of e-mail. we get our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> you want us to kill the leader of north korea? what? >> reporter: seth rogen and james franco hit the red carpet, they won't be interviews themselves. 30 pictures isn't inviting tv and print reporters to an event that is supposed to be all about publicity. in the wake of the cyber attack the hollywood giant is in damage control. every day facing new revelations. like the e-mail exchange between sony exec amy pascal and movie producer scott rudin reported by buzz feed. in it racially tense speculation about president obama's taste in movies. today amy pascal issued an apology saying in part, the content of my e-mails to scott were insensitive and inappropriate, but are not an accurate reflection of who i am. rudin apologized as well.
private e-mails written in haste can result in offense where none was intended. i am deeply sorry. across hollywood e-mails are drying up. and the phones are ringing again. >> they know if there's anything sensitive or anything that they don't want to be read by the whole world, they're shifting those conversations to the phone. >> reporter: but this hack is not just e-mail. ed lee is the managing editor of the tech website recode which partners with nbc news. they have access to the docum t documen documents. >> the hackers they claim they downloaded almost 100 terabytes of data. reams and reams of it. >> reporter: 100 terabytes are equal to roughly amount of data stored in 781 of the most expensive new iphones. it's kind of the wikileaks of hollywood right now, isn't it? >> it's a little bit like that. the difference is they are clearly out to damage sony and it's going to hurt the company in ways we haven't seen yet. >> reporter: whether it's a media giant or any other
business, privacy is vital. now sony pictures and hollywood itself are exposed. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. another woman has come forward to accuse bill cosby of drugging her. this time the allegations are in "vanity fair" magazine. this time it's a woman who grew to prominence as a history making supermodel. we get our report on the this tonight from national correspondent kate snow. >> reporter: beverly johnson was a ground breaking figure, a supermodel in the 1970s. now she's joining more than two dozen women who publicly accuse bill cosby. >> she was a supermodel, she was the first black woman to appear on the cover of "vogue." she does not have anything to gain by coming out and making an accusation. in fact, she probably has a lot to lose. >> reporter: johnson says she thought she was auditioning for a part on the cosby show when she went to cosby's new york brownstone in the mid-80s. she says cosby insisted she should drink a cappuccino.
i knew by the second drink i'd been drugged and drugged good. she fought back. he yanked her down the stairs, she says, and shoved her into a cab. an attorney for cosby had no comment on these latest allegations. johnson says even when she heard other women come forward she still struggled with whether to tell her story. a voice in my head kept whispering, black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don't need someone like you, an african-american and a familiar face fanning the flames." she says she thought about trayvon martin, michael brown and eric garner. >> we're living in an era where those young men were seen as thugs. so she wanted to combat the skepticism of black males on one hand while holding a horrible secret on the other. >> reporter: i reached the conclusion that the current attack on african-american men had absolutely nothing to do with bill cosby. he brought this on himself. >> finally established -- >> reporter: johnson's story
comes one day after a defamation lawsuit against cosby. cosby's attorney respond today that suit saying we are very confident we will prevail in this proceeding. but the court of public opinion is already judging him. kate snow, nbc news, new york. we turn now to what's going on in washington. you might call it tonight's chapter of your congress at work. congress has a midnight deadline to pass a giant spending bill to keep the government funded and avert another shutdown. in plain english it's a massive mess, an attempt to get enough votes to pass something that may now anger too many lawmakers to pass anything. we get the very latest from capitol hill tonight from nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: as a gentle snow fell on the capitol, house speaker john boehner was in no mood for any threat to the $1 trillion government funding deal. >> and i do expect it to pass. but, listen, if we don't get finished today, we're going to be here until christmas. >> reporter: but a democratic
revolt was on. >> this is a ransom. this is blackmail. you won't get a bill unless wall street gets its taxpayer coverage. >> reporter: the outrages over proposed changes to financial reforms that would permit big banks to take high risk investments using bank deposits insured by taxpayers. a last-minute addition that surprised many democrats. who are angry not only at republicans but their own president too. >> and i'm enormously disappointed that the white house feels that the only way they can get a bill is to go along with this. >> reporter: but president obama was already calling lawmakers and dispatched his chief of staff to capitol hill to lobby for the 1600-page bill. pelosi fired off an e-mail to colleagues claiming they had the leverage to fight to make late changes to this huge package. a deal that would keep the government running for a year. hammered out by both democrat and republican negotiators.
>> it does fulfill some of the -- many of the top line priorities that the president himself has long identified -- >> reporter: but the liberal wings newest star, senator elizabeth warren, was pushing back too. >> this is not about partisanship. this is about fairness. >> reporter: democratic votes are so essential because a block of house conservatives already said they wouldn't support it either. now, tonight both parties say they have a backup plan, passing a kind of short-term band-aid that would keep the lights on beyond the midnight deadline. brian. >> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. thanks. still ahead for us tonight, a lot of understandable questions from women who are in the thick of the fight after this new breast cancer study that says a lot of patients are getting radiation treatment longer than they need. my name is michael. i'm 55 years old and i have diabetic nerve pain. the pain was terrible. my feet hurt so bad. it felt like hot pins and needles coming from the inside out of my skin. when i did go see the doctor, and he prescribed lyrica,
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near atlanta today, volunteer rebecca single remembers her experience with radiotherapy for early stage breast cancer was grueling. >> we're too tired to do anything after. >> reporter: her experience is typical, but need not be. a new study finds a shorter course of treatment is not being used despite being just as effective. this shorter treatment delivers a higher daily dose but over just three to four weeks. it's more convenient, has no more side effects and is less expensive than the longer course of treatment. at this san antonio breast cancer symposium today, experts say despite strong evidence doctors have been slow to change how they treat patients. >> we are going to believe longer is better and more is better when it comes to cancer treatment. but the evidence tells us for some women less is actually more. >> reporter: today at nyu's cancer center, 57-year-old arlene shaner is happy to be getting the shorter course. what questions should a woman ask her physician about
radiation options? >> so definitely a patient should ask about the possibility of shortening the classical six or seven weeks of regular therapy and ask would she be eligible for a shorter program. >> reporter: so when you thought three to four weeks versus six to seven weeks, what does that mean? >> it means that there's a much closer end point. that i will be able to go back to thinking about my real life, my not-cancer life. >> doctors say the study shouldn't confuse women but should in fact enlighten them and give them the courage to ask their doctors, can a shorter course of radiation treatments work for me. we're talking about individualization. and this makes sense. >> important story tonight. nancy, thank you as always. we're back after a break. in a moment with an amazing story tonight hundreds of years
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could take back. >> i've been working 27 years to right the wrongs i've done. >> the >> the man he beat upcoming forward today. does his victim forgive him? bill cosby's new celebrity accuser, beverly johnson, with a shocking casting nightmare. juliana versus viola. >> get ready for another golden globes. >> we're coast to coast with the nominees. ariana grande fires back about bratty behavior. >> she insists of being carried about like a baby is the story. >> i could get used to this. >> brian is our special co-host, and we have another special guest. >> keith urban. >> now on extra from universal studios hollywood, the entertainment capital of