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upcoming weekend. >> up next, lester holt with an exclusive sit-down interview with president obama. >> hope to see you back here at 6:00. good night, folks. tonight, a growing air disaster mystery. what caused a passenger jet to suddenly fall out of the sky, the sky, killing everyone on board? was it terrorism or a tragic accident and could a previous crash hold the clue to solving what happened. commanding lead. our brand new poll numbers out tonight showing ben carson surging nationally. the highest for any gop candidate all year. and also, our nbc news exclusive. i go one-on-one with president obama on his new mission. whiz kids clicking and swiping and surfing the web before they can walk and talk. a eye opening new look at toddlers and text. and coping with cancer. brad and angelina, a rare interview together opening up to tom brokaw about her health scare and how they are doing now.
"nightly news" begins right now. good evening. we wrapped up a pair of interviews with president obama here in newark a short time ago and we'll have our exclusive conversation shortly. but we do want to start with a deeply troubling mystery of a packed commercial airliner that we know broke up in flight. it killed all 224 people on board. the russian airbus filled with mostly vacationers went down on saturday over the egypt sinai desert avoided tonight by many other airlines. there is no evidence of terrorism, data gathered by u.s. intelligence satellite is raising new concerns. our coverage begins with bill neely in cairo. >> reporter: the wreckage tells a
story. of a plane that broke apart in mid-air, scattered so far a satellite was used to find debris. each piece, a clue in this mystery. investigators worked on the two flight recorders today. extracting information but releasing none. the airline metro jet claims a technical fault couldn't have caused the crash, blaming an external impact. russian officials insist that isn't based on fact. one fact we know is that the doomed plane was involved in a previous accident. its tail hitting the ground, landing here in cairo, 14 years ago. and nobody is ruling out terrorism. isis, which operates in the area, claims it downed the plane. egypt and russia discounting that, the u.s. is not. >> we don't have any direct evidence of any terrorist involvement yet. >> reporter: the bodies of nearly 200 people are back in russia now. among the dead, the sheen family, pictured leaving for egypt. and the youngest victim, 10-month-old dorina, waiting to go
home, lost in a disaster, still to be explained. bill neely, nbc news, cairo. >> reporter: this is tom costello. with a tail of the plane found several miles from the rest of the wreckage, the evidence of what went wrong would be found in explosive residue or a hairline facture in the fuselage. the airbus a-321 was 18 years old with 56,000 flight hours it should have been considered mid aged. for a well maintained airbus jet. but there was the 2001 tail strike in cairo. and they will look at repair job and follow up inspections checking for cracks in the metal. each time a plane takes off or lands the skin of the aircraft contracts and expands. if a crack develops, the results can be catastrophic. >> after many cycles, ups and downs, the cracks will reach a critical point and break open. >> it happened before in 1985, a japan airlines 747 came
apart in flight killing 520 people. a faulty repair performed seven years earlier was blamed. 1988, the top of a aloha airline flight killed a flight attendant swept out of the plane. the salt air was blamed for the corrosion. and in 2002, 225 people were killed from a china airlines 747 disintegrated in mid air. they blamed the faulty repair made 22 years earlier. spotting metal fatigue can be challenging. >> it could be covered up by dirt, oil and grime and not visible to the naked eye during an inspection. >> and there is the late development tonight. tonight a senior defense official tells nbc news that an american infrared satellite detected a heat flash at the same time over the sinai where the plane crashed. u.s. analysts believe it could be an explosion on the aircraft itself. either a fuel tank or a bomb. but there is no indication that a
surface to air missile brought down this plane. lester. >> tom costello tonight, thank you. now to the results of the brand new nbc news "wall street journal" poll showing ben carson out in front in a major way. he has surged to 29%. the highest for any republican candidate so far in our polls. carson is also the first candidate to have a combined 50% of republican voters say he is either the first or second choice. our hallie jackson takes a look as carson seems to be solidifying his place as front-runner. >> reporter: received like a rock star, today in florida. one of the quietest candidates, ben carson, greeted fired-up fans. [ singing ] >> i continue to do what i've been doing and that is to tell the truth and talk about the issues that are important to the people. >> reporter: carson now the first or second choice for fully half of the people we polled.
the new republican front-runner also at the front of a fight to shake-up gop debates. his advisers part of a huddle of campaigns unhappy with the last debate. on stage all adversaries around the table accomplices angry and looking for these demands. 30 seconds for opening and closing statements. control over on screen graphic and no lightning rounds and room temperature below 67. no sweat for them. but there is the heat as the campaigns cut out party leaders to deal directly with tv networks. >> this is similar to what the campaigns did in the previous two cycles. >> to hell with the press. >> but now a curveball with trump negotiating separate negotiations himself. >> what you are seeing right now is the conservative and the outsider wing has taken charge of the energy of the party. >> in this landscape reshaped by anti-establishment forces, jeb bush stuck at 8% in the poll is trying to find new footing with the
reboot. and the new slogan and embraced by this energized crowd, looking for a fighter and finding one. bush, taking a dig at his former protege, marco rubio. >> the challenges we face as a nation are too great to roll the dice on another presidential experiment. >> both looking ahead to the next showdown eight days away. who will come out on top, still up for debate. one bush aide warned on twitter today, comebacks take time and polls won't change overnight. lester. >> hallie jackson, thanks. a big health scare for chipolte, which te, whicle has shut down dozens of restaurants amid news of an e. coli outbreak. people sickened and hospitalized after eating at the
restaurant. and investigators are warning there could be a spike in cases. nbc's miguel almaguer with late details. >> reporter: the e. coli outbreak linked to chipotle, the popular chain that promoted the mexican food made from fresh, healthy ingredients has hospitalized at least eight people with 22 reported sick in washington state and oregon, a number expected to rise. >> the day i went to the e.r. is when i started to feel it. >> ashley became violently ill three days after she ate at this portland area chipotle. >> i was terrified that i was going to go to bed and not wake up. >> the very young and the elderly are the most vulnerable to becoming sick from e. coli. with no cause for the outbreak identified, chipotle says up to eight of the kitchens may be connected to the contamination. over the weekend, chipotle voluntarily shut down every location, 43 of them in washington state and the portland, oregon, area. we immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution, even though the vast
majority of the restaurants have no reported problems. tonight health officials are talking to patients and testing ingredients. >> the food product at chipotle may be the source of their infection. we could potentially have more severe cases. >> reporter: health officials warn other restaurants and distributors could also be effected. tonight chipotle is working with state health departments and federal investigators to pinpoint the contaminated ingredient as the popular chain remains closed in two western states. on wednesday health officials hope to know the exact source and strain of the e. coli outbreak. they say by then they will have an updated number of people who have been effected by the illness. lester. >> miguel, thank you. late today, at least a dozen cars collided in a giant pile-up in a massive dust storm known as a haboob that wiped out visibility in a highway south of bakersfield, california. at least five people were injured, and the southeast has a potential tornado outbreak from a danger thunderstorm system.
in the atlanta area relentless rain has caused widespread flooding stranding drivers on the roadways. now to our exclusive interview with president obama. the president's push for sweeping criminal justice reform brought in here to newark, this afternoon. where he met with clients at an addiction recovery house. the president who has been calling for reduced prison sentences and diversion programs for nonviolent drug offenders visited integrity house to highlight their work in helping formerly jailed offenders re-enter society. criminal justice reform enjoys rare bipartisan support in washington. after his visit he sat down with me to talk about what is at stake. >> you take out one of the underpinning of justice which is deterrent when you say no jail or diversion or shorter sentences. are you afraid it could send the wrong message? >> actually, nobody is talking about no jail in all circumstances. the question is just how do we go through the various levels of the criminal justice
system and tailor it so we are getting the best results which is safe streets and a reduced incarceration that results in us as a society spending $80 billion a year. and some of it is necessary. i've said repeatedly. if you have violent criminals out there, they need to be incapacitated and taken off the streets. nobody is more invested than i am in continuing the trend toward reduced crime. >> almost every time you speak about criminal justice reform you ultimately note that the system is unfair to black and hispanic boys and men. and i wonder if you could explain a bit more specifically. you talking about the point of arrest, the interactions with police or within the court system? >> pretty much up and down the line what we see is disparities in how white, black, hispanic suspects are treated.
higher arrest rates, tougher sentencing, longer sentences. where it is happening, you can't always isolate within the system. there may be subtle biases that take place. there may be predispositions that end up resulting in these disparities but we know they are happening. >> your own fbi director has raised this idea, the ferguson effect, that police officers may be laying back a bit, they don't want to end up on somebody's cam corder and as a result we're seeing a spike in homicides in some cities. do you fear that could undermine or derail what you are trying to do right now? >> what is absolutely true is that we've seen some spikes in violent crime in some cities. overall, the violent crime rate is still near the historic lows. we've seen a spike in some cities this year but it is still close
to the historic lows. >> but is it something that you think that police officers are feeling? >> we have not seen any evidence of that. and i think the fbi director would be the first to say that he's heard anecdotal suggestions that may be happening on selective sites but we don't know. >> so many hopes and aspirations were placed on you as the first african-american president. as you approach this area of criminal justice reform, is this in your mind your defining moment, that would seal the legacy of what we would expect from the first african-american president? >> you know, this is something that is important to me. you know, one of the things that i've consistently said, as president, is that i'm the president of all people. i am very proud that my presidency can help to galvanize and mobilize america on behalf of issues of racial disparity and racial justice.
>> we have heard last friday when the decision was announced to put a small number of u.s. operation forces on the ground in northern syria. many will look at that and say you've broken your promise about boots on ground. have you? >> well keep in mind we have run special ops already. and this is just an extension of what we are continuing to do. we are not putting u.s. troops on front lines fighting fire fights with isil. i've been consistent throughout that we are not going to be fighting like we did in iraq with a battalions and occupations. that doesn't solve the problem. >> tomorrow night part two of our interview with the president. a year out from the election of his replacement, our conversation about the 2016 race and what he thought about republican reaction to last week's debate on cnbc. coming up tomorrow
our stephanie gosk looks at a new study how technology is radically changing childhood. >> reporter: as a society, we are sucked into our digital devices. adults, teenagers, and now even babies. when the journal of pediatrics looked at a small sample of low income parents in philadelphia, it found nearly half of children less than a year old use a mobile device every day. by the age of two, that percentage jumps up to nearly 80%. the parents in the study relied heavily on digital distraction while doing housework, in public, and at bed time. >> children adopted these devices early on. they use them frequently. and by age four, most of them owned their own personal device. >> reporter: recent research suggests the numbers are high nationwide as well. >> you are in a restaurant and she's crying and you are just trying to eat, what do you do? >> that is exactly when i take it out.
and she actually eats if she is watching it. >> reporter: the reality is that smartphones and tablets are now nearly unavoidable. but the american academy of pediatrics does recommend moderation. discourage screen time in children under two. set limits. don't use technology to calm toddlers. and if you do download apps, choose wisely. there are 80,000 advertised as educational. but no matter how good the content, pediatricians say healthy child development requires face-to-face time and free play. so don't forget to unplug, power down, and let them entertain themselves. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with a mystery. a massive crack opening in the earth and a warning to everyone, keep away.
identified the wreckage of the missing ship el faro. the cargo ship that disappeared during hurricane joaquin with 33 people on board. many of them americans. it was found in 15,000 feet of water in the atlantic. it landed upright which could help crews in the search for the black box. >> a mystery site in wyoming, a giant crack is opening in a hillside. it is longer than seven football fields, 150 feet wide and growing. why this is happening is not clear but it is believed that a landslide caused it after a rainy spring. experts say folks should keep their distance. and an incredible sight caught on dash cam in bangkok. cars on a highway at night when suddenly night turned into day as a huge fireball streaks across the sky. they believe it was a meteor putting on a show for everyone there. when we come back tonight, one of the biggest power couples in hollywood, brad pitt and angelina jolie. talking about what they have survived together, including cancer. the first significant storm of
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tom brokaw about her cancer scares. how they have been privately coping as a couple and the new movie they star in together. >> i don't want to give away too much about the film "by the sea" but i think fans and other moviegoers will be surprised by some things. here you have the most secure marriages in hollywood and this is about the two of you in a deeply troubled marriage. was this a big risk on your part. >> i'm counting on the audience to know if it was close to us at all, we could never make this film. it is because we are very stable and aren't these issues. >> "by the sea", a film produced by our sister company universal pictures was inspired by her own bereavement and grief after dealing with her mother's eight-year battle with cancer. a few years ago a blood tested revealed that angelina carried a mutation of t brca1 gene. so in 2013 she had both breasted remove and underwent reconstructive surgery.
in march, of this year, while editing by the sea, her doctor called with news that mother blood test shows she could have signed of early s of early ovarian cancer. she called brad right away. >> i was out in france and angie called me and i got straight on the plane to return, seeing my wife have to be her strongest and knowing that it is the scariest of news is terribly moving. >> together they faced the crisis. and although it ended up she does not have a full-blown tumor, she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. for brad, the past few years have been inspirational. >> how do you see your role in all of that? >> support, whatever has got to be done to keep the family together and keep the family together as long as possible is going to be done. she was doing it for her kids and her family. >> he made it very clear what he loved and what was a woman to him was somebody who was smart and
capable and cares about her family, that it wasn't about your physical body. >> tom brokaw with brad pitt and angelina jolie. that will do it for us on this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good nirain, thunder and hail. our first significant storm of the right now at 6:00, rain, thunder and hail, our first significant storm of the season. it's delivering a lot of this. snow in the sierra. good evening. thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. i'm jessica aguirre. we certainly got a taste of winter. it started with rain late last night. this morning, we had a slick and dangerous commute. after a brief break, showers, hail and lightning and thunder tonight. want to show you video in the last hour. you can see the rain coming down hard in concord. earlier today in san jose,
drenching rainfall as well. in sonoma, it was hail. in the sierra, some ski resorts are expecting more than a foot of snow. we have reporters all across the bay area and in the sierra as well. we begin with chief meteorologist jeff ranieri spearheading our team coverage. jeff, it's a good storm. >> it's a strong and significant storm heading through november. you can see the doppler radar. a lot of the activity is pushing towards the south. the number one spot this afternoon that got hit and hard with the hail, lightning and thunder, was contra costa, alameda counties. we zoom in on the corridor. this is getting pummeled about 45 minutes ago. right now a few spotty showers. walnut creek, down to san ramon. the worse is to the east of livermore as you get to the altamont pass, a notoriously windy location. if you're headed towards tracy, at least the next 30 to