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lester holt joins us next. >> hope to see you back here at 6:00. a big health alert tonight. do processed meats cause cancer. an unprecedented warning aboutiting -- eating hot dogs, bacon, sausage and cold cuts. the world health organization putting them in the same risk category as smoking and asbestos. homecoming horror, four killed including a toddler. so many more badly injured when a car plows through a crowd. what the driver's family is revealing about her. a mystery at sea. a dream vacation suddenly turned into a deadly nightmare as a whale watching ship sinks. rescuers scramble to pull people from the frigid waters. what happened. too many tests. american kids under a mountain of standardized exams and frustrated parents and teachers now saying enough is enough. "nightly news" begins right now.
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good evening, the news hit around breakfast time as americans are sitting down in front of a plate of bacon or sausage. the alarming warning from the world health organization cancer research arm that goes like this -- processed meats cause cancer and red meat probably does too. of course, the potential risk of processed meat has been suggested before but never in such blunt terms. and in our meat loving country this is causing a stir among worried consumers and meat producers. nbc's anne thompson lays it out for us. >> reporter: they have the sizzle so many people love. bacon, sausage, the all american hot dog. today part of the processed meat labelled cancer causers by an agency of the world health organization. the same group said red meat, beef, lamb and pork are probably carcinogens.
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the risk, cole ore -- colorectal cancer. underscoring what the american cancer society said it has been recommending for more than a decade. >> limiting the consumption is really important. because the risk increases with the amount of red meat and processed meat consumed. >> processed meat is any meat, ham or bologna that is altered by salting or curing. most have meat or pork but can contain poultry. the report said it is said it causes cancer. about two slices of bacon increases the risk for colon cancer 18%. red meat which probably causes cancer, 100 grams a day, a piece the size of a deck of cards, raises the risk 17%. the report puts processed meats in the same category as cigarettes and asbestos. but the danger is not even close. the cdc said smoking increases your cancer risk by 2,000%. the $134 billion meat
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industry called the 800 studies the w.h.o. report looked at unconvincing. >> scientific evidence doesn't support a causal link between meat and any type of cancer. >> there is meat in amy's grocery basket but not a lot for her three-year-old son noah. >> we try to be mindful of what we give him. >> this nutritionist said lean red meat can be a good choice. >> reporter: are there red meats that are good for you? >> red meats can be healthy again in moderation. it is protein and concentrated and it has b-12 and iron, these are particularly important. >> reporter: the question now is this new report enough to change the all american diet. anne thompson, nbc news, wayne, new jersey. >> we know the news will spur questions. let's bring in doctor roshiny raj. from the nyu medical center. doctor, a lot of viewers out there saying what am i supposed to do now. one option is stop eating meat and that
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is not likely. >> the occasional hot dog or salami is not going to make an impact. but we're talking about daily use increasing colorectal cancer which is the third leading cause of death in this country. so minimize your meats and occasionally is fine. but if you are doing it daily, it is time to change the habit. it is not the same category as cigarettes but it is shown to be a carcinogen based on 800 studies and thousands of people involved and they reviewed the evidence and made a stand here. >> doctor, thank you for being here. >> thank you. a psychological evaluation has been ordered for the woman accused of plower her car into the oklahoma state homecoming parade this weekend, killing four people, including a two-year-old boy and a popular retired professor. eight people are still hospitalized and three in critical conditions.
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as nbc's kerry sanders tells us the suspect's friends and family are baffled over what may have led up to this horrific crash. >> reporter: tonight stillwater, oklahoma is a community in mourning. the family of the accused in shock. why did 25-year-old adacia chambers drive her car into a crowd at the osu homecoming parade, killing four and injuring 47. police say she was driving under the influence and her family says she has mental problem. >> do you believe your daughter deliberately drove into that parade. >> no. >> why? >> she is not that kind of person. >> during an afternoon bond hearing, prosecutors say she purposely drove into the crowd. that at this hearing she is presumed guilty. the judge set a $1 million bond. prosecutors said they will formally file in two weeks. the day before the incident, chambers spent the day with her aunt. >> and i kind of have my mind around -- if
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she was in such a bad state, why didn't i see that. >> killed on saturday, a student from india, and a professor and his wife and 2-year-old nash lucas. his father posting today, i'll never stop loving my son. at nash's daycare center today, stunned disbelief. >> i was constantly smiling at the things that he said. >> reporter: on the campus at osu, sadness, again. in 2001 a plane carrying the school's basketball team crashed killing ten and in 2011 two coaches were killed in another plane crash in arkansas. >> it kind of just makes you wonder how much heartbreak can one university take. >> reporter: tonight chambers remains in jail on suicide watch. as the memorial here continues to grow, chambers' lawyer is anxious to see the toxicology reports himself because he believes they'll show she was not under the influence of any substances.
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he said she has a history of suicide attempts and that when he spoke to her in jail, she didn't even know she had driven a car into a crowd. lester. >> kerry sanders, thank you. search and rescue crews still looking for one person missing in the cold waters off of british colombia after a whale watching tour boat sank, killing five people. as nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer tells us, investigators have arrived at the scene to determine what went so terribly wrong. >> reporter: fishermen were the first to reach the ship. only the bow of the boat was above the water. witnesses say bodies were visible and survivors were struggling in the frigid waters. >> a disturbing site. there was only about 20 feet of it sticking out of the water and it looked like it was standing on end. >> reporter: 27 people were aboard the tour boat when it began to sink. the desperate search by rescue came by boat and air. one by one the victims pulled from the 50
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degree water by first responders and volunteers. tonight five dead, identified as british nationals. one is still missing. the rest rushed to the hospital by ambulance. many injured and hypothermic. >> we did manage to rescue a lot of people. it could have been a lot worse. >> reporter: the boat. 65 feet long with three decks, can take tourists in or outdoors. it is large enough you don't have to wear a life vest. shoving off in good weather, the mayday call came in the late afternoon, nine miles off the coast in the choppy sound where conditions can be unpredictable and rocks are jagged and reefs are dangerous. >> there are areas you can go in between rocks and see sea lions and you have enough space but you have to keep an eye on things. >> reporter: the tour boat owner is working with investigators to determine the cause. >> this particular
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boat has done this trip twice a day. there was no indication yesterday that would say it was any different than any other tour. >> reporter: tonight, some of t survivors have been discharged, as the unpredictable waters are again the site of a terrible loss. and this isn't the first time for the same whale watching company, in 1998 two were killed when a much smaller raft capsized. meantime, late tonight, the canada transportation safety board is on scene. the investigation, lester, is just beginning. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. millions of americans across several states of the south and south central u.s. are dealing with a punishing mix of torrential rain and flooding and the threat of tornados. part of a one-two punch that lasted for days. and then the remnants of hurricane patricia on top with no break in between. nbc's janet shamlian is in the storm zone tonight. >> reporter: high waves, heavy rain and tropical depression force winds pounding
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pensacola beach. days after hurricane patricia made landfall in mexico, the punishing aftermath. all along the gulf coast, remnants of the storm. a tornado touched down south of new orleans. baton rouge battered by more than ten inches where 20 children had to be rescued from a school bus stuck on a flooded bridge. in mobile, a tropical swell packed 46 mile-per-hour wind gusts. and this expanding sinkhole at the university of south alabama swallowed a white pickup. >> i grabbed a few things out of the back and went out the passenger side window. >> reporter: there are flash flood watches and tornado warnings from louisiana to florida. >> roads that run parallel to the beaches are under water right now. >> in texas they are trying to dry out from after three days of rain from two separate systems. a train derailed south of dallas and drivers became trapped in cars. the worst of the storm
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is right over us in pensacola beach right now. a dangerous combination of punishing rains and winds that at times have been tropical storm force. back to you. >> janet, thank you very much. tonight in south asia, more than 260 people are dead and hundreds more injured after a massive 7.5 earthquake triggered rock slides and collapsed buildings. most of the dead were in pakistan but the quake was centered in remote northeast afghanistan. a country already torn by war. at least a dozen afghan school girls were killed in a stampede to get out of their building. tonight 48 hours until a pivotal gop debate and a shake up with ben carson's surge in iowa, blowing past donald trump who is taking shots at carson. and jeb bush's campaign after cutting back on staff and salaries looking to rally supporters before they lose hope. nbc's katy tur is on the trail. >> reporter: donald trump feeling the squeeze. behind ben carson in
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three iowa polls but refusing to acknowledge it this morning with matt lauer. >> i don't believe i did fall behind. there was a poll and a second poll. >> have you ever been told no. >> my whole life has really been a no. and i fought through it. i started off in brooklyn. my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. >> reporter: trump dodges and weaving and attacking and taking every opportunity to target carson, even questioning his religious affiliation. >> i'm presbyterian. boy, if that sounds the middle of the road folks in, all fairness. seventh day adventist, i don't know about. >> reporter: carson comparing abortion to slavery on "meet the press." >> what if the abolitionist said i don't believe in slavery, i think it is wrong. but you guys do whatever you want to do. where would we be? >> donald trump is starting to receive real scrutiny and not
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just attention. that is why we'll see his numbers continue to fall. >> despite carson's surge, trump isn't letting up on bush, ridiculing the nominee for meeting in houston with his family, including his brother and father, two former presidents to rethink his struggling campaign. >> he's meeting today with mommy and daddy -- >> as bush's frustration becomes increasingly evident. >> i have a lot of really cool things that i could do other than sit around and being miserable listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. that is a joke. elect trump if you want that. >> reporter: the bush family meeting stretched into today where george w. declared his brother would win because of his fierce competitiveness. jeb will have a chance to prove that on wednesday night for the republican debate. the question is will donald trump find another way to get under his skin. katy tur, nbc news, new hampshire. and a program note. you can see the gop debate on wednesday
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night at 8:00 on cnbc. still ahead here tonight, are kids taking too many of those nerve-wracking standardized tests. they are eating up more time in the classroom and changes could be coming that you and your children need to know about. and you may have noticed prices plunging again at the pump and may have even further to fall. we'll tell you more after this.
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too many tests. that is the clear message from a lot of frustrated parents and teachers across the country. who have been saying
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for years that american kids are way too bogged down under a mountain of standardized exams. now a study is backing them up. they conclude that all of the testing isn't making students smarter, it is stressing them out. as senior white house correspondent chris jansing reports, lawmakers are joining the call for change. >> reporter: ethan hughes had testing anxiety when he was only in third grade. he is 15 now but his memories are vivid. >> i would feel so, i guess anxious, that i ran out of the classroom because i felt like i was going to throw up because there is so much pressure they put on you. >> reporter: since then, the pressure of tests has been unrelenting. a study found that from pre-k to 12th grade they take an average of 112 standardized tests spending 25 hours a year just testing. but it isn't helping kids learn. >> more testing did not yield better results. >> it doesn't have any particular strategy to it. and it doesn't necessarily do what any of those want --
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we want our tests to. >> reporter: so the obama administration is saying enough. calling on schools to cut back testing to no more than 2% of class time. it is a major reversal to fix a problem they admit they helped create. in new york city last year parents got fed up and 20% let their children opt out of the tests and teachers are frustrated too. >> it keeps you from giving them what you know they need because you give them what the test says they have to have. >> reporter: some critics including civil rights groups argued that schools in poor neighborhoods need the tests to help level the educational playing field. so under the white house plan, annual standardized testing will stay as an assessment tool but fewer overall tests with more local control. for ethan hughes, the changes can't come soon enough. >> how do you feel about taking fewer tests. >> i think that would be fantastic. >> a new lesson plan aimed at giving kids the best chance to learn. chris jansing, nbc news.
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we're back in a moment with a party animal from outer space. why scientists are calling this the happy hour comet.
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great news at the gas pump as we head into the holiday travel season. drivers are saving a dollar a gallon compared to a year ago with the average price at now $2.25 a gallon, down ten cents this month. the lowest price is 1 boyne -- 1.85 in south carolina and the highest, $2.87 in los angeles. today the american academy of pediatrics called for raising the national minimum age to buy tobacco products including e cigarettes to 21. they call out e-cigarettes for, quote, threatening to
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addict a new generation to nicotine by one estimate, raising the age to 21 would save over four million years total in the life spans of today's kids. in our galaxy, it is not a party until the lovejoy comet shows up. at peak activity, lovejoy was releasing the same amount of alcohol as in 500 bottles of wine every second. according to experts, it is the first time ethanol alcohol and a certain kind of sugar have been observed in a comet. that is why lovejoy has been nicknamed the happy hour comet. and hollywood better hold on tight because after three years away to make room for tina and amy, ricky gervais will return to host the golden globes next year. he hosted from 2010 to 2012. taking delight in skewering celebrities. the announcement comes less than a week after the oscars announced they are getting chris rock to return as their host. when we come back, once it was the hottest ticket for hollywood's biggest stars but now a piece of american history needs a big help to stay afloat. fighting back against el nino --
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before it strikes. ===take vo raj=== crews are moving 800 pound boulders. what this giant rock wall is designed to protect. ===vo jess=== plus, how you can go to the super bowl... without buying a ticket. ===next close=== the news is next. finally tonight, once upon a time it was the grandest ship in the land. the ss united states, still the fastest passenger ship ever made. but that was a decade in the past. and now, as rehema ellis explains, if
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something isn't done by october 31st, hopes for its future are sinking fast. >> reporter: driving into philadelphia, you catch a glimpse of the famous smokestacks. get closer and the massive ss united states, the length of three football fields comes into full view. but tied to a pier for 18 years, weather has taken a terrible toll. now the ship that broke the transatlantic speed record is in a race against time and money. >> we have never been closer to saving the ship and we have never been closer to losing her. >> reporter: it costs $60,000 a month to keep her afloat. and the funds just aren't there any more. susan gibes is spearheading the effort to save it. >> she is a soaring national symbol and the only one left. >> reporter: with all of the peeling paint and rusty portals it is hard to imagine now, but in the 1950s the ss united states was the ultimate of
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what a luxury ocean liner could be. joe roda was the ship's photographer. >> what was this room? >> this was the ballroom. this is where the beautiful people congregated in the evening. >> reporter: among them, presidents. royalty and hollywood stars. >> memories are so vivid. marlon brando and salvador dally sitting in a corner on a couch talking. >> but airlines put ocean liners out of the business. now the ships owners are looking for a developer to give the ss united states a new life, possibly as a museum with retail and office space. >> as you can see, she is dark. it is high time to turn the lights back on. >> recalling one ship's magnificent past in order to give her a future. rehema ellis, nbc news, philadelphia. >> and that will do it for us on this monday night.
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i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. a race against time.. shoring up the banks of this south bay creek - before el nino comes pouring in. a race against time. shoring up the banks of this south bay creek before el nino. thanks for being with us on this monday. >> get ready for rain in a not so dry winter. this week's rain arrived wednesday. flood prevention construction that's going on in the south bay. chief meteorologist is watching the radar for us.
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we start with nbc bay area marian. there's a lot of work being done there. >> reporter: there certainly is. crews are working on a $600,000 dollar project to shore up the banks and prevent flooding. without this project homes could be in jeopardy when an el nino storm hits. consider this the construction before the storm. crews are using e ining excavat line the bank. >> our goal is to repair as well as the bank over there. we're repairing it by placing rocks as well as adding soil on top of the rocks to hopefully prevent it from happening again. >> reporter: they're spending nearly $90 million on flood projection projects in the south bay. crews aro

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