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dinosaur is pixar's second movie of the year. toic them five years to make. >> looks like a great holiday movie. >> thanks for joining us. breaking news tonight, a police officer charged with murder and a shocking confrontation caught on camera. a teen-ager shot 16 times. the video now being released as chicago tonight braces for fallout. shot down, a russian fighter jet blown out of the sky near the syrian-turkey border. president putin lashes out and the president of france comes to the white house. a high staked escalation threatening the global fight against isis. new alerts. an fbi bulletin for law enforcement as the major holiday travel rush begins. as seen on tv. what a sharp-eye viewer saw that may have saved a popular tv host's life.
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also from spielberg to streisand, we're inside an all-star gathering at the white house. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening, urgent calls for calm issued by community leaders in chicago as the city braces after the public release of video showing the police shooting of a 17-year-old. the police officer was charged today with first-degree murder. a judge ordered the release of the dash cam video said to show the officer repeatedly shooting the teen, including twice in the back as he walked away with a small knife in his hand. and now we are seeing it for ourselves. the officer is white, the teen is black. the case has been awash in controversy, especially because it has taken more than a year for charges to be filed. nbc's stephanie gosk has breaking details. and a warning, what you are about to see is disturbing. >> reporter: this dash
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cam video captures the scene last october when chicago police officer jason van dyke fired his 9 millimeter handgun at 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. >> this defendant's actions were not justify and they were not a proper use of deadly force by this police officer. >> reporter: mcdonald died on his way to the hospital. today, more than a year later, van dike was charged with first-degree murder and held without bail. and the graphic dash cam video of the shooting was made public. >> it is graphic. it is violent. it is chilling. >> reporter: mcdonald took pc p that night and was carrying a 3 inch blade when he was confronted here by police. the prosecutor says officer van dyke fired 16 rounds, roughly a bullet a second. and that for 13 seconds during the shooting, the teen-ager had already fallen to the ground. the coroner's report
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shows mcdonald's gunshot wounds. at least two were in the back. the officer's attorney said the cop feared for his life. >> it is truly not a murder case. and we feel that we're going to be very successful in defending this case. >> reporter: six months ago the city paid mcdonald's a family a $5 million settlement without agreeing to any wrongdoing. even though there was never a lawsuit filed. now the city of chicago is bracing for protests. the victim's family did not want the video released and today in a statement urged calm. if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful. >> will we use this episode and this moment to build bridges that bring us together as a city, or will we allow it to become a way that erects barriers that tear us apart as a city? >> reporter: authorities anticipate there will be protests, we just don't know when or where. and some local leaders are worried about violence. we spoke to a pastor of one of the largest congregations in chicago. he said there is already anger in some communities here and he worries that a video like this will just add fuel to the fire. lester.
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>> stephanie gosk tonight, thank you. in minneapolis, two men are under arrest after a black lives matter protest. police arrested a 23-year-old white man and a 32-year-old hispanic man and are looking for more suspects. all five victims suffered nonlife-threatening injuries last night while protesting the fatal police shooting of jamar clark. police say it is too early to comment on protesters' claims they were attacked by white supremacists. a fatal encounter between russian and turkish war planes in skies above the syrian board have ratcheted up tensions between russia and a nato ally. the u.s. is calling for calm and warning of escalation after turkey shot down a russian plane it claims violated air space. it is a claim that russia rejects tonight. richard engel is in turkey with the latest. >> reporter: the fire ball over syria's sky, ball over syria's sky,
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threatens to ignite the entire region. a russian su-24, supersonic bomber shot down by a turkish f-16. the two russian pilots did manage to eject but they floated down into hostile territory. ground held by the very syrian fighters the pilots had allegedly been bombing. these so-called moderate rebels quickly posted a video cheering, insulting russia and the fallen pilot. >> why were they celebrating? >> because the downed plane was firing on civilians, on camps, on people. russia said it is fighting isis, but there is no isis in this area, he said. russia, which has bases in syria, scrambled search and rescue helicopters, desperate to save the other pilot. but the rebels claimed they fired on the rescue helicopters with an american-made missile. russia confirmed a chopper was hit. one crew member killed, the rest saved. in moscow, president vladimir putin was furious. >> this was a stab in the back by the
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associates of terrorists, he said. but turkey told a different story. releasing what it says was the russian jet's flight path and insisting it was targeted only after it crossed into turkish air space and after multiple warnings. >> the downing of the russian jet fighter basically really punctures a hole in the likelihood of the possibility of integrated russia into the western and american led alliance. >> and the harder it is to get russia and nato together, the better it is for isis, which is only too happy to see its enemies shooting each other down. >> reporter: russia said it will not retaliate militarily against turkey but warned it will shoot down anything that threatens one of its aircraft again. lester. >> and the incident with that russian jet manages to overshadow a crucial meeting at the white house today. the french president hollande came to washington before going on to
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moscow to push for a united response against isis for the attacks in paris. but as our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell explains, his mission did not go as planned. >> reporter: president obama widely criticized for not condemning the paris attacks strongly enough. tried to make up for it today, pledging to escalate the war against isis. >> it cannot be tolerated. it must be destroyed. and we must do it together. >> reporter: france's president said we must act. but his hopes of drawing obama and vladimir putin into a new coalition against isis were derailed by turkey's shoot down of a russian plane. >> turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and air space. >> reporter: and obama sharply criticized putin who he said is fighting a different enemy than the u.s. and france. >> the challenge has been russia's focus on propping up assad rather than focusing on isil.
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russia right now is a coalition of two. iran and russia supporting assad. >> reporter: obama is calling on russia not to escalate with turkey, despite putin's threats. >> putin will respond. there is no doubt in my mind. i think it is highly unlikely he would attack turkey, a nato ally, but i think you could see a response inside of syria. >> reporter: france is ramping up attacks on isis from a carrier in the mediterranean. >> make no mistake. we will win and groups like isis will lose. >> but after the intelligence failures in france and belgium, obama offers better cooperation with france and the rest of europe, especially the names of passengers flying to the u.s. in order to identify foreign fighters trying to attack the u.s. homeland. lester. >> andrea, thanks. we're learning chilling new details about the terror attacks in paris and the next plot the ringleader of that cell intended to carry out just days later. before authorities closed in stopping it just in time. nbc's gabe guiterrez has the latest from paris.
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>> reporter: lester, good evening. authorities said today his plan wasn't over. abdelhamid abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the paris attacks, was allegedly plotting another suicide bombing. this one in paris' business district last wednesday or thursday. spoiled when he died in this paris raid in a northern paris suburb, hours before the deadly attack would have been carried out. cell phone records show he returned to the scene's carnage. today authorities in belgium issued a new international arrest warrant for muhammed abrini seen before the attacks with the suspected terrorist abdeslam, who is also on the run. since the attacks, french authorities have conducted more than 1200 searches and taken more than 165 people into custody. lester. >> gabe guiterrez in paris. also tonight, isis out with a propaganda video, taunting u.s., saying our military locks resolve after
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recent operations overseas. and there is a new bulletin from the fbi and homeland security urging the nation's police to remain vigilant for isis threats right before the holiday travel rush begins. our justice correspondent pete williams has late details. >> reporter: isis taunts the u.s. in t latest propaganda video, saying american operations in iraq and afghanistan have left the military demoralized, struggling with suicide. no threats in that video. but here at home holiday travellers are finding more security at airports and on mass transit. as a new fbi and homeland security bulletin urges local police to stay vigilant. isis, it says, may expand efforts to conduct attacks against soft targets. but said the biggest threat of a paris-style attack is still overseas, while the top concern in the u.s. remains home-grown extremists. the bulletin said police here at home should encourage people to report what they consider suspicious and now there is an app for that. you could take a picture of something or someone suspicious
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and send it in with the address and police could check it out. the app is called see something, send something. it is now working in six states. colorado, louisiana, new york, pennsylvania, ohio and virginia with more to come. that message, if you see something say something, has produced a dramatic response since the paris attacks. an arlington county virginia, the police chief jay far said the number of such calls is way up. >> we're chasing some leads that may never pan out. however, occasionally they do. and for the ones that do, it may be worth its weight in gold to us. >> the bulletin urging local police to review training for responding to active shooters. the subject of this recently released fbi training video. >> reporter: the fbi also said a discarded cell phone found in paris that likely belonged to one of the attackers did contain
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encryption software after all but it is not clear how or if it was used to conceal communications from the french police. lester. >> pete williams, thank you. as a thanksgiving travel rush begins, several potential weather headaches to be aware of. tomorrow the worst will be in areas like salt lake city, billings, montana and boise as a storm system moves through. by thursday travel could be very hazardous, from chicago to dallas with snow and ice possible. by friday, the system moves further to the midwest and south with possible icing in texas and oklahoma. a once in a lifetime moment at the white house today brought together some of our country's most remarkable people. as our hallie jackson tells us, some of the biggest names in movies, music, sports and more gathered to receive the nation's highest civilian honor. the medal of freedom. >> reporter: you might not recognize every face. but every one is an american icon. today filling the east room. 17 honorees in all. from the director of jaws, steven spielberg, to steven
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san heim, maker of the most memorable lyrics. among the newest recipients of the presidential medal of freedom, picked by the president for exceptional service to their country, culture and communities. >> they represent what is best in us. and we are very, very proud. >> reporter: the highest honor any civilian could receive, even ones who already have a grammy. or seven. or an oscar. recognized today, not just the funny girl, but the ground-breaking women. shirley chism, the first african-american woman in congress, katherine hamilton, so good at math before john glenn piloted seven he insisted she double check the computer. honorees range from those who play beautifully, to those who played beautifully.
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willie mays at the white house. yogi berra's family accepting his award for him. the baseball great died just before discovering he received the medal of freedom, but as he might have said, if the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. hallie jackson, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, avoid these at all costs if you are loading up the car this thanksgiving. the worst traffic bottlenecks in the country. you might be surprised when you hear where some of them are. also dogs on demand. the service that could instantly brighten your day with adorable four-begged friends. egged frie.
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friends. we're back now. with the holiday travel rush underway, 47 million americans going 50 miles or more from home this thanksgiving week. 90% of them driving to their destination. perhaps your family is among them. but they are headed out on to a highway system that is quite literally falling apart, contributing to some of the most clogged choke points across the country. nbc's tom costello has the new list which traffic nightmares are the worst. >> reporter: early morning in chicago, and the worst bottleneck in the country already living up to its name. a 12-mile stretch of i-90 that mark tear drives every day on
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his way into downtown. >> starting at 6:30 in the morning, that is when things get really congested here. >> reporter: the sun reflecting off the snow only aggravated the commute. while in southern california -- yet another day with record traffic levels now pounding the crumbling roads. at the top of the list on the nation's worst bottlenecks behind chicago's kennedy expressway, the 405, i-10, 110 and the 101 in los angeles. the lincoln tunnel on i-95 in new york and i-35 in austin, texas, and the top 30 choke points in the country cost commuters 91 million hours of lost time, 10,000 car crashes each year. and hundreds of millions of gallons of gasoline. the secretary of transportation said it is time for congress to spend the money to fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges. >> what america is getting is a preview of what we can expect to occur over the next 30 years if things go unchecked. >> reporter: it has been ten years since congress passed a long-term highway funding plan. ten years. now they have just until december 4th to get it done. meanwhile, cheap gas prices are fuelling the surge in traffic. gasbuddy.com predicted
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the national avera could drop below $2 a gallon, the first time in six years. just in time for the holiday rush. tom costello, nbc news, washington. we're back in a moment with a viewer at home who spotted something everyone else missed on the air and may have saved the life of a tv host.
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now to the eagle-eyed viewer who may have saved a popular tv show host's life. the story went viral. she is a nurse and spotted something on his neck and alerted his producers. as miguel almaguer reports, what happened next is, well, something straight out of a tv show. >> reporter: the popular hgtv show "flip or flop" is watched by more than 4 million people. but it was one sharp-eyed viewer who may have saved this host's life.
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>> ryan reed, a registered nurse who works near dallas, was watching a "flip or flop" marathon when she noticed the lump on his neck. >> i paused it and rewound it and watched it again to see if i was seeing what i thought i was seeing. >> reed sent this e-mail to show producers, urging him to have his thyroid checked. saying she could see a nodule at the base of his neck. >> it is not something might be wrong. something is wrong. if someone from texas reached out to us, it has to be important. >> reporter: the young father was diagnosed with stage two thyroid cancer. after surgery and radiation in 2013, he is in remission. >> the interesting thing about thyroid cancer, is it most often shows up as just a lump in the neck. oftentimes blood tests will be normal and the patient will feel fine. >> on an episode of "the doctors."
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"the doctors." met nurse ryan yet, have you? >> not not. >> do you want to meet her? >> absolutely. >> the host finally met the viewer who saved his life. [ applause ] >> reporter: a happy ending made for tv. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. when we come back tonight, forget ordering lunch. if you want to be the hit of your office, maybe you should order puppies instead. over a massive price hike on a
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drug . ===jess/take vo=== only on nbc bay area: this c-e-o reveals why the controversy didn't bother him. ===raj/take vo=== also -- this is part of the aftermath of today's storm. and
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there's more rain and wind -- coming tonight. we have the timeline. finally tonight, we live in a time when we can get just about anything with the push of a button. now that includes a potential new best friend delivered right to your office. as janet shamlian asks, instead of a coffee break, how about taking a puppy break. >> reporter: it is a different kind of happy hour. at an austin advertising agency, the tonic for a rough day. does it get any better? puppies delivered to the office. all of the love, none of the house breaking. >> does it release the stress of work today. >> absolutely, it does. >> welcome to uber puppies. the ride sharing app's latest charm. >> i'm calling to confirm you requested
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uber puppies. $30 buys 30 minutes of cuddle time. if you could get them. >> demand for uber in general is high and for puppies it pretty much breaks the internet. >> reporter: one request from a college photography class. >> you signed off on this? >> i did. i mean, it's fun. they all wanted to do it. that is fine. i like puppies. >> reporter: and a different pair of pups visit a high tech firm. the calls come in nonstop. partnering with shelters in a dozen cities, it started as a campaign to increase dog adoption. >> this is like delivering christmas, isn't it? >> reporter: it has become much more. with holidays looming and work beckoning, this affect of puppy play dates, a prescription for whatever ails. janet shamlian, nbc news, austin.
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>> now there is a great idea. that will do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. heavy rain, strong winds, and maybe even snow coming to the bay area. we're tracking right now at 6:00, heavy rain, strong winds and maybe even some snow coming here to the bay area. we're tracking all the changes right before thanksgiving. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. we are in the break between a with one-two punch. that new storm is hours away. but take a look at what this morning's storm left behind, brought down a tree in the south bay and the sierra getting a nice fresh coat of powder. chief meteorologist jeff ranieri is tracking the storm, but we begin with robert honda live in morgan hill where that tree came
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crashing into a home. quite a surprise. >> reporter: quite a bit, jessica, and jeff will be able to tell us how long it will last. as long as we have a break in the storm, it's time for people to clean up, make repairs and assess damage. but here in morgan hill one family will be doing all three. the storm swept into morgan hill and brought down a piece of town history, a huge limb cracked off this 60-foot, 350-year-old valley oak crashing into the 1904 historic house underneath owned by the jensen family. >> the whole house shook, i heard crashing, and i thought it was an earthquake, so i went to a safe place, ducked and covered, and then i realized, hmm, something more happened. >> reporter: the family says the oak had been weakened by the drought. what's the future of the tree? >> i think it's not good, as hard as that is to say. >> reportehe

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