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association. first lady michelle obama along with dogs bo and sunny came up to welcome the tree. almost 19 feet. >> beautiful. >> we'll see you at 6:00. tonight, breaking news. multiple people shot at a planned parenthood clinic. several officers among the injured. police try to corner the shooter as he makes a desperate stance. anger in the streets. hundreds disrupt black friday in chicago, protesting a fatal police shooting, and a suspect is charged in another crime that shocked the city -- the execution of a 9-year-old boy. travel nightmare. rain, snow, and ice, scores of accidents on slippery roads, and tens of millions still in the path of dangerous weather just before the post-holiday rush home. black friday letdown? the rush is on, but crowds seem smaller this year. are online sales making the annual post-thanksgiving sales frenzy obsolete? and saving you money, how one hospital is
charging less and helping patients recover faster, even in a time of soaring health care costs. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. reporting tonight from los angeles. good evening. as we kwcome on the air, breaking developments in a shooting and standoff at a colorado planned parenthood clining this afternoon. the gunman taken into custody, but not before at least two people were killed including a police officer. at least 11 people were taken to hospitals. many others who had taken shelter were led to safety any a series of dramatic rescues, while a s.w.a.t. team faced withering gunfire from the shooter. nbc's leanne gregg is at the scene in colorado springs. >> attention all units, porki iworking an
active shooter. >> reporter: a man said to be dressed in a trench coat barricaded himself inside the planned parenthood in colorado springs, shooting at civilians and officers. >> he's shooting. stop there. he's shooting at you >> reporter: lieutenant catherine buckley describing the chaos with the shooting still ongoing. >> we have an unknown number of civilians that are injured. >> reporter: s.w.a.t. officers entering the building extracting the wounded and other s searching for the gunman. gunfire on and off for hours. >> reporter: this man's sister is inside the clinic. >> she called me, and she was screaming that there was shooting. i heard the shooting, and -- she couldn't say too much because she w
afraid of those guys. >> reporter: locked down a two to three-mile area, and told to shelter in place. >> there are over a dozen police vehicles including s.w.a.t. there are officers with guns drawn and shields. >> reporter: ambulances were seen shuttling victims to local hospitals. officers say they don't know if the clinic was targeted. in a statement, planned parenthood said, our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement. >> we have our suspect right now. he's saying she is alone. >> reporter: after more than five hours the gunman surrendered saying, okay, you win. >> the situation resolved. there's no continuing peril to the citizens of colorado spring, but there's a huge crime scene that has to be processed. >> reporter: 11 people have been taken to local hospitals. again, two people have died, including one police officer.
police are still working with a bomb squad inside the building analyzing material that the gunman brought. it's a complicated crime scene. officials say it could take hours, possibly days to finish. lester? >> all right, leanne gregg tonight in colorado. thank you. in chicago, anger over a video showing the police shooting of a teenager spilled into the streets during black friday in the city's famed magnificent mile shopping district. the protests came as charges were filed in another unrelated shooting that has also shake been that city to its core. john yang with the story now. >> reporter: four weeks after the gang related shooting of a 9-year-old boy stunned an already violence weary chicago, today, police announced charges in the case. >> corey morgan is a documented gang member, a convicted felon. and as you know, we picked him up just a couple weeks ago with yet another firearm. >> reporter: police are also seeking 22-year-old kevin edwards on a murder charge.
a third suspect is in custody on unrelated charges. police say tyshawn lee was lured from a basketball game with friends and taken to an alley where he was murdered. targeted because of his father's alleged gang ties. investigators say they got lots of tips despite fears. >> if you have a monster who's willing to assassinate a 9-year-old what is that person likely to do if they know that someone is cooperating with the case? >> reporter: less than an hour later and five miles away, hundreds of marchers converged on the city's magnificent mile. the dozen blocks of historic michigan avenue where high-end retailers opened their doors to black friday shoppers. their focus was another case, the 2014 fatal police shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald, shot 16 times by a police officer, charged this week with first-degree murder. >> i think that more people should be held accountable for this.
including the top people who knew about this. they should lose their jobs. >> reporter: this protest may be loud and raucous, but it is peaceful, just like most of the demonstrations over the past several days. blocking store entrances on one of the biggest shopping days of the year was meant to send a message. >> nothing else is working. now we got to shut down what matters in the country, money. when we shut down money, people make a difference. >> i'm very concerned about the future of our city. >> reporter: this woman brought her 12-year-old son. >> a lot of bad things are happening out there. >> reporter: michigan avenue is back open to traffic. police report just three arrests during the march. meanwhile, jason van dyke, the officer charged in the laquan mcdonald shooting, is in custody, held without bail until a court hearing on monday. his attorney says he acted in self-defense. lester. >> john yang, thank you. we're learning more now about the man who breached security surrounding the white house yesterday by jumping over the spiked fence.
as nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker tells us, eyewitnesses could hardly believe their eyes as it was happening. >> reporter: the secret service is digging deeper tonight, into why joseph caputo, a 23-year-old connecticut man, jumped over the nearly 8-foot-high spiked white house fence on thanksgiving day while the first family celebrated inside. seconds after his jump, the secret service had him in custody. >> it's just so crazy for us to think like, it would happen when we were here. >> today, witnesses are recounting the stunning moments, capitol hill intern vanessa pena was giving her sister and friend a tour when the fence jumper suddenly lurched behind her. >> he got an american flag and wrapped it around himself. we were all able to hear him say, take a deep breath and just all right. let's do this, and within ten seconds, he was over the fence. >> reporter: pena immediately started
taking photos. >> i took out my phone to video, and you could tell from the video that i took that i was shaking a little bit. kind of like really surprising. you know, when all this chaos is happening around the world, like being on your toes -- >> reporter: today, caputo appeared in a washington courthouse, charged with illegal entry. court documents said he told the secret service officer, i love my country. i knew i would be locked up. this latest incident comes after a series of embarrassing security breaches at the white house, including last september when a man with a knife jumped the fence and made it all the way inside the executive mansion. that prompted the secret service to install new spikes at the top of the fence and a lower bicycle rack as another buffer. >> they need to put in another robust fence just inside of that one. they need a much better defense at the white house, given the world's situation. >> reporter: caputo is held for mental health evaluation, and has another court appearance on monday. while there is praise for the secret service stopping the intruder quickly, they're asking to meet with secret service
leadership early next week. lester. >> kristen welker at the white house. thank you. as we mentioned, it's black friday, the annual shopping rush after thanksgiving. retailers have it circled on their calendars every year, but many shoppers are saying the stores aren't quite as frenetic as we have seen in recent years. nbc's olivia sterns explains why. >> reporter: long before dawn -- and even late last night -- shoppers bursting through doors. >> 50% off the entire store. you can't really beat that. >> everything is half off. >> reporter: no shortage of deals this black friday, but not quite the same crowd. >> not too stressful. >> no long lines. >> right. >> it's pretty good. >> reporter: the reason -- the internet. >> they're at home, using their desktops and mobile devices to take advantage of the offers that the retailers are giving. >> reporter: adobe, which tracks those online el is as, said shoppers spent a record $2.7 billion just today. that's a 14% increase
over last year. >> yeah. the deals are here. >> reporter: but for tens of millions, last night and today, shopping still meant hitting the stores. >> electronics are still very popular. a great response to xbox, cds. >> reporter: while there are deals everywhere this black friday, this year, you might have a tougher time finding a bargain on some of the hottest toys. this drone will set you back about $60, and this quad cam will run you about $120. according to one estimate, prices for what are expected to be the top 20 toys of this year are up 36%. the average price tag, $65. >> you like r2d2? >> yeah. >> reporter: the "star wars" robot would set his parents back $180. from now through christmas eve, consumers are expected to spend some $630 billion on holiday items, and an increase of almost 4% from last year. the black friday frenzy may be fading,
but still one in three americans plan to shop at some point this weekend. if you miss the deals today, don't worry. many retailers will start rolling out their cyber monday discounts already tomorrow. lester. >> olivia, looks pretty busy. thanks. could be a treacherous journey back home for some of the tens of millions of americans traveling over this thanksgiving weekend. a dangerous wintry mix has already caused chaos on roads across the central u.s. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer has more on this nasty weather and where it's moving next. dylan? >> reporter: tonight, 20 million americans in the path of the first major winter blast of the season. rain, snow, and ice making travel in some areas downright dangerous. from the great lakes all the way down to the southern plains, if you're anywhere in its path, there's likely to be some kind of nasty weather in your forecast. everybody is dealing with the rain right now. everybody at this point. in dallas, the heavy storms brought downpours making 2015 the wettest year on record.
firefighters rescuing this woman from flood water. across the country, it was a day of record extremes. record lows in montana, record snow in wyoming. record rain in missouri. and record high temperatures in new york. but at least skiers had something to be thankful for. up to 20 inches of new snow in california. nearly a foot in oregon, and some ten inches in parts of colorado. on the eve of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, airlines already cancelling or delaying hundreds of flights at the nation's biggest hubs. heavy rain is falling from the great lakes down through texas with freezing rain continuing through parts of the southern plains. now, the biggest threat for dangerous icing will occur tonight from texas up into parts of central oklahoma that will last through early saturday morning. then the focus shifts to the heavy potentially flooding rains through eastern texas, oklahoma, and into arkansas. then it all moves east as we go into sunday. now, arkansas could
end up with about 5 to 7 inches of rain, especially through central arkansas, with dallas seeing another 3 to 4 inches. as for additional ice accumulations, northern texas and central oklahoma, another half an inch of ice is possible. that could lead to very dangerous conditions. lester. >> all right, dylan dreyer tonight, thanks. still ahead tonight, containing the skyrocketing price of in-patient health care. one hospital has found a way to make costs lower and recovery times shorter. and now others are eager to know its secret.
we're back with a deeper look now at a problem plaguing our health care system. many hospitals admit they can barely keep track of their own operating costs. and those costs get passed on to us. in-patient hospital care accounts for a whopping 30% of medical bills in this country, but nbc's tom costello takes us to a utah hospital that figured a way to get a handle on the problem, and others are anxious to follow its lead. >> reporter: early morning at the university of utah med center, and robert garner is headed to the o.r. to have his knee replaced. a routine surgery performed every day in the country, but here, the surgery will cost less, and he should recover faefter. same true for the new mom having a c-section in o.r. five. dr. vivian lee runs the university of utah health care system. >> when you compare us to other university hospitals across the country, while their costs have gone up, we have seen our costs go
down. >> reporter: you've gone down? down a lot. 30%, through a software tool they developed to identify every penny spent. every bandage, aspirin, scalpel, iv, x-ray, how much it costs to treat patients down to the second. by drilling down on the costs, the university determined that patient care here in the e.r. cost 82 cents per minute. $1.43 per minute in the surgical icu. the biggest surprise came in the o.r. take, for example, dr. a, who performs hernia repairs. his choice of instruments and meds put his o.r. costs 23% below other surgeons. and his patients spent 14% less time in the hospital. >> what we found is that more often than not, lower costs come with better outcomes. >> reporter: really? lower costs come with better outcomes? >> absolutely. >> reporter: so the hospital went about standardizing procedures, meds, and instruments. it turns out the most expensive hip
replacement wasn't the best, and 90% of the surgical instruments in the o.r. were rarely used. >> that way, we went from a tray of say 100 instruments to a tray of 15 instruments without compromising on performance at all. >> reporter: in the two-month pilot program, already $5 million to $7 million in savings. >> we don't want to just chase the dollar. we want to make sure our patients have great outcomes at low cost. >> reporter: great outcomes the university is now sharing with other hospitals also trying to get health care spending under control. tom costello, nbc news, salt lake city. we're back in a moment with a day of remembrance in paris, just as the city is about to face another major test of its security.
kilauea, but this eruption is currently not a threat to any homes or businesses. exactly two weeks to the day from those horrific attacks in paris the french came together for a national day of remembrance, as the international manhunt continues for at least two suspected terrorists. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more from paris. >> reporter: they were young, most under 35. today france remembered the 130 victims in the deadliest attack in its history. some survivors still in wheelchairs. this man was having coffee that night and can't forget the faces of the attackers. >> translator: there aim kill as many as possible. >> reporter: although he was shot twice, he was lucky. >> translator: i had
my passport over my heart protecting it, and my passport made the bulis ricochet. >> reporter: today belgian prosecutors announced an unidentified man had been arrested and charged with terrorist activities in connection with the paris attack but his role remains unclear. much of europe still on edge. so the french of banding together, the tricolor now draped from windows across france. flagmakers can't keep up with demand. >> not quite like the united states when it comes to the flag. where we cannot get the flag out apart from very big occasions, big football games and even then it's quite rare. >> reporter: now security will tighten even further as some 140 heads of state arrive in paris next week for a massive u.n. climate conference. france remains in a state of emergency, and yasser benceala in a state of shock. one of his friends did not survive. his grief, like that
finally tonight, a big celebration for a national treasure. nashville's grand ole opry marking its 90th birthday tomorrow at a time when healy produced tech-heavy shows are filling stadiums, the simple opry is thriving. janet shamlian has more. >> reporter: it's not a church. ♪ but by any definition, the grand ole opry is the cathedral of country music. an american icon, the nation's longest running live radio show. ♪ i fell into a burning ring of fire ♪ >> reporter: from johnny cash to brad paisley, country music royalty is crowned here. superstars like reba mcentire. ♪ is there life her first performance in 1977, a career highlight. >> reporter: you have butterflies? >> butterflies? oh, i had ten million butterflies. i was scared to death, very nervous. my husband at the time charlie battles, was
at a rodeo in texas, and he stopped on the side of the road to listen to me, and it was just a huge, huge moment for me. >> reporter: the radio show has had six homes in its 90er crews. none more thames than the ryman auditorium. >> the radio show has the bedrock of country music, really. >> reporter: 20 years ago, a young hopeful named dierks bentley would sneak in to watch the show. now, the multiplatinum artist is among just 211 stars to become opry members, country's crowning achievement. >> probably the most nervous of any stage i'm ever on is the opry stage. >> reporter: it's history at every turn. from the themed dressing room and artist mailboxes to opry's most treasured real estate. the famous six-foot circle of wood at center stage. does that circle have a special place? >> sure. absolutely. patsy cline, loretta lynn, barbara mandrell, dolly parton, tammy wynette,
stood on that circle, and they're my heroes, the people that i learned from. >> reporter: in the nine decades, it was every show, celebrating history while writing a brand-new page. janet shamlian, nbc news, nashville. nbc bay area news starts now. >> we will do everything within our legal authority to make sure that he doesn't stay at dixon. >> a sex offender chased out of town. this isn't the first time it's happened. we're looking to where he could be headed to next. thanks for joining us. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. but first, breaking news out of colorado. there's been a tragic skrup date to the shooting rampage at that planned parenthood in colorado springs. about a half hour ago, an
officer died in that gun battle. the officer, one of two victims killed in that standoff. the gunman entered the clinic in colorado springs about 60 miles south of denver at 11:30 this morning and immediately began to open fire. >> the police shootout that followed lasted for hours. officers were able to make contact with the suspect and convinced him to give himself up. investigators are not released his identity or do they have a motive. at least 11 people, including five police officers, were taken to the hospital and two of the victims have died. we'll have an update coming up in the next half hour. not welcome in our town. the chilly reception for newly released sexually violent predator frazier smith. smith arrived in dixon earlier this week after getting the boot from a