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on this saturday night, the big chill. it's only october, but here comes the snow and the season's first deep freeze. millions facing a weekend of extreme weather, while in southern california, they're still digging out from mountains of mud. days of rage. new clashes and more bloodshed in the middle east as the deadly conflict between palestinians and israelis shows no sign of ending. still on the run but now wounded after a gun battle with mexican marines. the latest tonight on the drug kingpin el chapo, who remains one of the most wanted men in the world. and the comeback of a very funny man after a devastating accident. comedian tracy morgan returns to his saturday night home live from new york. "nightly news" begins now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news". reporting tonight, thomas roberts. good evening. tonight millions of americans are bracing for winter weather from mother nature and only four weeks into fall. in fact, some parts of michigan have already reported more than 5 1/2 inches of snow. from the midwest to the northeast and far south to alabama, there are freeze warnings and watches. out west, more rain is in the forecast, which could add insult to injury if more mudslides are triggered where waist-deep mud already shut down roads and trapped drivers this week. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer starts us off. >> reporter: a winter blast across the northeast and parts of the midwest today, from new york to michigan and pennsylvania. snow has arrived, and it's only october. >> i woke up this morning, and i said, "happy birthday" to my
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husband, "i got you a gift." there's snow outside, two inches of snow, and he goes, you've got to be kidding me. >> reporter: virginhave. vermont's resort isn't scheduled to open, but the trails are covered in snow. >> the trail is covered in white. it almost looks like the resort is open. >> reporter: at mt. washington in new hampshire, temperatures there plunged to 20 degrees this morning, winds between 60 and 70 miles per hour. hikers are being reminded to stay alert. >> it's very dangerous conditions out there today. visibility is very low, borderline whiteout conditions. there's a lot of thick fog in addition to all the snow. >> reporter: meanwhile, in southern california, the cleanup continues after flash floods triggered massive mudslides late this week. abandoned cars still stuck in the mud. and today, homeowners are digging out. >> we're going to have to replace all the flooring and cabinets. >> reporter: wade has lived in lake hughes for 50 years. >> it's everywhere, too. i mean, we've cleaned our house probably 15 times and can't seem
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to keep the mud out. >> reporter: now it's the southwest bracing for rain, while new england bundles up. we are looking at the coldest air so far this season as this polar blast surges down from canada, and it is going to settle in across the midwest and the northeast, where we do have freeze warnings and freeze watches in effect that extend all the way down into tennessee. st. louis is included in that, where tomorrow morning, temperatures will be close to freezing. even lexington, kentucky, starting off the day at 29 degrees. now, sunday afternoon not much of a rebound. temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s. cleveland about 48 degrees, new york city 51. portland, maine, 48 degrees. that's about ten degrees below average. now, because of this colder air crossing over the relatively warmer waters of the great lakes, that's going to trigger lake-effect snow in northwestern pennsylvania, up near erie. could end up with one to three inches of snow. in the meantime, we're looking at about one to three inches of rain out in the southwest. this is going to trigger flash flooding and also the potential of mudslides. keep in mind, there is
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ample pacific moisture streaming in from the south. and we will see a widespread half an inch up to two inches. some of the downpours could produce up to two to three inches of rain in a short period of time, so flash flooding and mudslides will be a big concern, especially as we go through tonight and throughout the day on sunday. thomas? >> dylan, thank you. we have some more progress to report from texas tonight in the battle against a big and devastating wildfire. authorities say the so-called hidden pines fire east of austin is now about 40% contained. it has burned about 4,600 acres and destroyed more than 50 homes and other buildings. officials say it will take several more days to get it under control. about 200 firefighters are currently battling that blaze. in arizona, this is how it looked as a large dust storm swept through the phoenix area. it was caused by a flow of warm, moist air from the same system that brought all that rain and flooding to southern california this week. the dust and sand were whipped up by winds that gusted to more than 60 miles per hour.
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we turn our attention overseas to another violent day in israel, where at least five palestinians were shot and killed after carrying out attacks with knives. the unrest has prompted increasing numbers of israelis to arm themselves, and we get more tonight from nbc's bill neely. >> reporter: filmed by an onlooker, an israeli civilian in white holding the gun he's just used to kill an 18-year-old palestinian who police say attacked him with a knife. another palestinian, aged 16, tried to stab a policeman checking his i.d. he was shot and killed. so, too, a 16-year-old girl, shot by a policewoman she tried to stab. attempted murders, dead attackers and more funerals, this one for a fourth palestinian whose attack was caught on camera. the man chasing and stabbing a soldier before he was shot and killed. most of the attackers are from east jerusalem, and most are palestinian
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teenagers with israeli i.d. cards, free to move around with no criminal or terrorist record. and so far, neither israeli checkpoints nor police nor intelligence can stop these attacks. for their families, the young attackers are heroes. on t-shirts, the photograph of a 15-year-old who tried to stab two civilians and was killed. his 13-year-old cousin also had a knife and was injured. >> he's not innocent. he tried to kill, murder, knife to death an innocent israeli youngster. >> reporter: israel says they're terrorists. >> they are 13 years and 15 years terrorists. i don't know what to say. they are children. >> now i carry this thing around just in case. >> reporter: many israeli civilians are now arming themselves. today, more clashes. they've been growing for weeks. palestinians convinced israel wants to remove more of their rights.
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their fury and the daily stabbings mean israel is spiraling further into conflict no one seems able to stop. bill neely, nbc news, jerusalem. he is most wanted in both mexico and the united states, and tonight we are learning more about the recent close encounter authorities had with joaquin "el chapo" guzman, whose sinaloa cartel is the biggest elicit drug supplier to the u.s. nbc's mark potter was the first to report that el chapo was injured and now has new details about the fugitive. >> reporter: with mexican troops still on their manhunt, the mexican security ministry issued a statement confirming the nbc news exclusive report that fugitive kingpin joaquin "el chapo" guzman is now injured, having suffered leg and facial wounds while moving quickly to avoid recapture. three sources tell nbc news that american agents recently intercepted phone calls indicating chapo was hiding on a ranch in the rugged sierra
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madre mountains near the tiny town of cosala. mexican marines raided the ranch but faces heavy gunfire, and sources suspect chapo and his security team may have escaped on all-terrain vehicles. agents say chapo grew up in the mountains and knows where to hide and is protected by local residents, including officials he pays as lookouts. >> get the word out, hey, there's something different going on here in the area, and that word spreads. >> reporter: chapo boosted his legendary reputation in july, when for the second time he escaped from a maximum security prison. on video from his cell, with audio released for the first time, loud hammering can be heard over the sound of a video player. right before he drops down a hole into a tunnel. the tape also reveals it took 37 minutes after his escape before guards entered the cell to examine the escape hatch, giving chapo a huge lead. the sophisticated, mile-long tunnel had lights and ventilation, and as we
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found, a motorcycle on tracks with a cart in front. >> chapo guzman himself may have used the cart a little bit to come through the tunnel to escape. >> reporter: officials from that prison and a pilot are now charged with helping chapo escape. u.s. authorities are confident they'll eventually get him. >> today he is a dead man walking. there is -- it's only a matter of time. >> reporter: for now, though, chapo remains on the run, his trail once again gone cold. mark potter, nbc news, miami. it is the biggest unanswered question in washington and beyond this weekend, will he or won't he? we're talking, of course, about a possible white house run by vice president joe biden. we get the very latest tonight from white house correspondent kristen welker. >> reporter: today, vice president joe biden focused on family with his grandkids at sporting events in delaware. behind the scenes, those close to him say a decision on a presidential run is imminent. today, nbc news learned that on friday, biden spoke
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with harold shapeburger, the president of the international association of firefighters, for 20 minutes. according to a source familiar with the phone conversation, biden told schaitberger he is strongly considering running for president. the union is one of the most influential labor groups in the u.s., and their support could be key, if biden runs. the vice president was introduced by schaitberger while speaking at an event for the union earlier this year. >> he's one of the few in washington, d.c., who always remember that we had his back. >> reporter: the clinton campaign has been actively courting labor groups and has not received the endorsement of the firefighters union. a late biden entrance could upend the democratic race and shake up the clinton campaign. today, secretary clinton in alabama trying to build on the momentum of this past week, her strong debate performance and rising poll numbers. emboldened, she again took aim at the republican front-runner. >> donald trump and the koch brothers, for all their money, they only get one vote
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each. >> reporter: and while secretary clinton said the vice president should have space to make up his mind -- >> there does come a point where a decision has to be made, but certainly, i'm not in any way suggesting or recommending that the vice president accept any timetable other than the one that is clicking inside of him. he has to make this decision. >> reporter: her surrogates are trying to pressure him to stay out. >> i don't see that we're lacking anything in the field, you know what i'm saying? i think the field is a good field, and i don't see that there's a space. >> reporter: biden is watching all of it as he nears a decision, including clinton, who faces a critical test on thursday when she testifies before the congressional committee investigating the benghazi attack. she'll undoubtedly also face tough questions about her e-mails. the stakes are so high, clinton is leaving the trail to prepare. thomas. >> kristen welker at the white house. kristen, thanks. and chuck todd will have much more on the 2016 presidential race tomorrow morning on "meet the press."
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republican candidate ted cruz will be among his guests. some positive signs are being reported tonight about lamar odom. the former nba star who remains in critical condition after being found unresponsive at a brothel in nevada earlier this week. we get the latest tonight from nbc's jacob rascon. >> reporter: when lamar odom woke up from his coma and spoke for the first time, his mother-in-law, kris jenner, said on instagram, "it was an answer to prayer." his estranged wife, khloe kardashian, by his side since entering the hospital on tuesday, keeping uncharacteristically quiet, only asking the owner of the brothel where odom was found unresponsive to respect his privacy. >> like they ran the world and i'm supposed to just fall in line with the kardashians' wishes. no, i'm not going to do that at all. tell khloe to go to hell. >> reporter: we met dennis hoff late last night at one of his other nevada brothels, telling us he put lamar in his vip suite on one condition -- >> you can't bring drugs in here.
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and he agreed to that. >> reporter: hoff says after already spending $75,000, odom was planning to extend his stay when they found him unconscious on tuesday. >> they need to hurry, please, because he's got blood hanging out of his nose. >> one of the girls said, he said he was doing cocaine before he got there on saturday. >> reporter: sources close to odom telling our sister network," e!" doctors found multiple drugs in his system and that odom suffered a stroke and brain damage. >> the doctors had been warning and indicating to the family that, look, this could go on for weeks, months. we can't predict it. >> reporter: the extent of odom's brain damage is still unclear. kris jenner telling "access hollywood," he is still "very, very critical." the former nba champion on the court turned reality tv star improving but far from recovered. jacob rascon, nbc news, las vegas. >> reporte when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, it is a
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did. >> reporter: that group has more than 20,000 members with varying complaints. so, a device that women chose to avoid surgery may actually create a surgical need for them? >> absolutely. >> reporter: now a new study led by dr. art sedrakian of new york's medicine, says planting the essure in the fallopian tubes can lead to more complications than traditional surgery, a risk that he says is ten times greater with essure. >> in many instances, we believe this is a reflection of the device failure, and these procedures are done to correct the failure of the device. >> reporter: bayer, the manufacturer, says over a decade of experience supports the safety of essure and that the single study has a number of limitations and makes several assumptions that require clarification. dr. sedrakian says he does not want the device banned. he wants women to have more information about potential problems. >> we asked the fda to take steps towards obtaining more high-quality data.
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>> reporter: the fda is taking a second look at essure, listening last month to women and their doctors. the agency says it will review the study, calling the issue a high priority. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. in a moment, he is back and ready to make us laugh once again from a very famili ♪ every insurance policy has a number. but not every insurance company understands the life behind it. for those who've served and the families who've supported them, we offer our best service in return. ♪ usaa. we know what it means to serve. get an insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life. ♪
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give it a pop. nbc bay area news, starts now. >> a long road to recovery down south. a massive cleanup under way, as mud and debris continues to swarm over roads. the efforts by homeowners and drivers to get out of this mess. plus, 26 years later, preparations for the next big one. today is the anniversary of the 1989 loma prieta earthquake today. first, evacuated out of their home. at a moment's notice, people at a bay area retirement home forced to leave yesterday. and now, they are finally being allowed back

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