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weekend, and the big headline will be the rain returning sunday morning. it looks like the strongest rain will arrive by 10:00 a.m. and push to the south bay by 1:00 p.m. >> enjoy your friday night. thank you. . a mystery gap in the terror time line and a fire bomb. prod or the cop. a shocking abuse of power. a police officer found guilty of attacking women. tonight the woman who brought him down. and richard engel investigates how easy it is to get fake american passport overseas. concerns isis fighters could slip into the country. ban on board. a major announcement from the airlines about one of the seasons must have items. and fighting back amid a surge of thieves swiping packages off
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front porches. how law enforcement is setting the bait at catching them in the act. nightly news begins right now. >> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lest er holt. >> trying to understand the full intentions of the san bernardino terrorists the fbi is focused on those anxious four and a half hours between the office park massacre and the shootout that ended the killers' lives. did they ditch critical evidence in those missing hours? questions that for the second day have divers searching a small like few miles from the scene of the crime. and now amid the tense climate surrounding the attacks comes word of a possible fire bomb attack on a mosque less than ninth ninety minutes away. miguel alma gary has details. >> late today a possible hate crime.
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investigators at a mosque lit on friday during friday prayer. >> somebody tried to blow up the mosque. why? for what reason? we're peaceful people. >> this as fbi dive team scoured the shallow murky lake looking for a hard drive and other electronics that may hold critical information dumped behind by terrorists farook and malik. investigators are also looking at traffic and surveillance cameras like this, from nearby businesses next to the crime scene. >> to get in the suv. that is when they started screaming that is them, that's then. >> the fbi building a timeline. shots fired inside the inland regional center. the gunmen than on the move. 3:30, the shooters killed by police. what did they do for four and a half hours. the lake search, 2.6
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miles away. the home in the neighboring community. the investigators can't get past a security code to open the device. and we now know pipe bombs didn't explode because officials say they left behind a critical component at the home. in the meantime enrique marquez, the long time friend of farook who bought the assault rifles used in the shooting is still being questioned. marquez is not a suspect in the shooting. today nine days after the bloodshed, more funerals. murdered in a shooting investigators are still piecing together. less than an hour and a half away a from here in the meantime the fbi and atf are
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responding to that mosque fire. from protect ter predator. facing the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of raping several women while on duty. a horrible abuse of power that went on for months until one of them refused to be silent. we have the story tonight from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> defendant is guilty of the crime -- >> it is verdict was read daniel holtzclaw sobbed. the jury finding him guilty on 18 of 36 counts. >> i like to think that he was going to shoot me. he was going to kill me. >> one of the 13 women who testified against him. saying he pulled her over one night in june of 2014 and sexual assaulted her. >> he just picked the wrong lady to stop that night.
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>> prosecutors say holtzclaw had been using the power of the badge to prey on low income black women, threatening to arrest them if they didn't submit in an area known for high crime. detectives later used the gps from his patrol car to corroborate the weems stories. when holtzclaw was fired the chief wrote it was the greatest abuse of authority i've witnessed. >> he knew they were less likely to report it. >> holtzclaw never took the stand. the accusers ranged in age from 17 to 57. the defense questioned their credibility arguing he was an honest cop trying to help drug addicts and prostitutes. >> i don't care what they look like where they go to church, what god they worship or how much money they make, we stand up for people in this
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community. >> holtzclaw would face the rest-his life in prison. >> the verdict on his 29th birthday. the jury recommended a sentence of more than 260 years. a judge will decide that next month. a new fight is emerging at the top of the republican race for president. after months after attacking his rivalings but steering clear in one in particular donald trump is now taking aim at senator ted cruz after cruz was heard on tape questioning trump's judgment. and that is not the only fight that erupted today. >> reporter: protesters clashing with security in new york at the private trump event. anger spilling into the violence have. >> what is wrong with you? >> as trump continues to take heat for his muslim band, senator cruz is joining the trump critics. >> the american people are looking with gre greatgrea greater seriousness and gravity at a commander in chief.
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>> i like and respect both donald and ben. who am i comfortable having their finger on the button? that is a question of strength. it is also a question of judgment. and i think that is a challenging question for both of them. >> and cruz's poll numbers have shot up. >> he clearly has the ability to organize grassroots activists. he has the ability to raise money and he has the ability to convey a message. >> and now trump is itching for a fight with the texas senator, tweeting he should not make statements behind closed doors but bring them out into the open. more ton fun that way. >> i'm a big fan of donald trump. i think he's been very approxima beneficial for our campaign. >> and cruz says he won't attack back. at least not publicly. treating donald trump is terrific. #deal with it. other candidates aren't holding back. the lizard brain tends
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to make snap judgments ben carson right in a proposed newspaper. >> donald trump will be taking the podium here in a few minutes but it's 52 days until the state caucuses and with the things so up in the air republican insiders telling us they are preparing for a battle on the convention floor should there be no clear nominee. >> katie, thank you. new developments about the dangers of those wildly popular hover boards. the nation's biggest airlines are now banning them. nbc east tom costello shows us why. >> those popular hover boards now a top safety concern. >> the hover board, it exploded under my feet. >> at least ten fires linked to the volatile lithium ion batteries inside. some actually burned down entire homes. just as passengers start carrying holiday
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gifts on boards, airlines are banning them in checked luggage and carry ones. >> we're seeing regular events worldwide where batteries are overheating and that causes me concern. >> lithium batteries are in almost every cell phone laptop and tablgt. airlines limit them as cargo. in an faa test a cargo container packed with 5 thousand batteries suddenly catches fire and then a thunderous explosion. just such a fire was blamed for the 2010 crash of ups cargo plane carrying 80 thousand batteries. two pilots were killed. another barely made to it philadelphia after a fire on board. both pilots did manage to escape that time. and both are adding oxygen systems to the planes so pilots can see through the smoke. >> there are billions of these lithium ion
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batteries being carried and they all have the potential to catch fire. >> they are building on coming down harder what on what many believe is a growing e threat to aviation. >> fbi director james coma my has raised a new concern about isis saying they may now have the ability to print authentic looking counterfit syrian looking passports. what if they were able too get their hands on u.s. passport, doct doctored freely to enter the united states. we investigate with some chilling findings. >> reporter: migrates from the middle east can buy whatever they need. including a new identity? july greek police arrested a syrian who was part of a document forging ring. they released this picture of the contents of a lab where genuine stolen passports were doctored. an nbc news
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investigation reveals he also supplied forged american passports to a man he believes was working for isis. it was a sting. the buyer was a u.s. federal agent. these pictures are from the surveillance video of their meetings. >> the agent said he wanted to buy four american passport asks provided four photographs explaining they were of isis members. the transaction took place here and for little more than $11 thousand the forger agreed. >> that was may 29th. five days later he handed the agent the forged passports. but before the u.s. could have him arrested, he was picked up by greek police on other charges. from his lawyer's office i ask him, now at a greek jail, about his meeting with that undercover agent. >> did he tell you that he wanted the passports for members of isis? >> yes. he said that. >> so you don't care
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who you sell the passport to? or for what reason? >> i don't ask anybody for what you want to do by passport. >> he was indicted by a washington d.c. grand jury in august on charges for conspiracy to commit passport forgery, identity theft and fraud. but it could be be years before he's extradi extradicted. his lawyer says he doesn't understand all the fuss. >> how many others are out there? has he already been replaced? >> of course. of course. hundreds of people. >> so getting a fake passport on the streets of athens is just a matter of price, even for those who say they are shopping for isis. u.s. passports in the hands of isis fighters is a nightmare scenario. these forgeries were
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probably not good enough to get through an american airport but the reality is they are good enough to get through weaker controls. gaps heard by something said by justice scalia, making a remark about a case of affirmative action. we have the audio recording so allow you do hear for yourself. >> the university of texas at austin says to achieve a level of campus diversity that includes learning race must be a factor in admissions. but could it be justice scalia asks that affirmative action harms some students. >> there are those contend it does not benefit african americans to get them into the university of texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less advanced school -- a less -- a
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slower track schooling where they do well. >> he says a study shows that most black scientists do not come from state universities. >> where they do not feel they are being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them. >> that produced a few gaps in the courtroom. some called the comments racist. others said he was just plain wrong. >> i think it was the lesser slower schools that stung. all the evidence shows black students like most students fair best when they go to the best school they can get into because they are challenged in that environment. >> some opponents say scalia had a point despite how he said it. >> do bring people into universities where they are not nearly as well prepared academically, grades, test scores, anything else, as their classmate, they are likely to struggle academically. >> it is hard to predict how the court
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will rule but there is no mystery about justice scalia. he has voted against affirmative action in the past and almost certainly will do it again. >> they call them porch pirates caught on camera during their best grinch impressions. taking gifts right in front of homes. what police can do and what you can do to stop them from stealing your holiday cheer. also why this weekday's warm weather is shaping up to be a record breaker.
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as more and more consumers make the switch to buying online that is triggering a record number of packages being delivered and presenting increased opportunity for thieves lying in wait. stealing those boxes from right outside homes. tonight a warning with how law enforcement is fighting back. ♪ you are mean one mr. grinch ♪ >> the grinch isn't the only heartless soul trying to steal christmas. these security cams have captured real life grinches plucking packages from porches. >> i felt really scared actually. pause that means somebody actually took my house and is going to take something. >> going to steal my two packages. >> didn't seem to notice the warning sign posted on the garage. >> i couldn't believe something like this was really happening. >> estimated 23 million people have had packages stolen
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from their homes. this year ups expects to deliver 630 million packages between black friday and new year's, up 10% from last year. in ranchocor cordova police officers are dropping off decoy packages. >> the more people know we're doing this, the less likely they are to do it. >> set your own delivery time. and if you are not going to be home use the shipping company's app to have the package redirected. >> ups also has a program called "access point" to drop the packages off at the designated spot in the neighborhood and you can pick them up there. >> what was in the boxes? a 12 back of baking soda and a 24 inch
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metal ruler. >> we're back in a moment with a long time member of the nbc news family ready to say goodbye after 65 years. thousands of people
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came out today to run the race for retirement. so we asked them... are you completely prepared for retirement? okay, mostly prepared? could you save 1% more of your income?
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it doesn't sound like much, but saving an additional 1% now, could make a big difference over time. i'm going to be even better about saving. you can do it, it helps in the long run. prudential bring your challenges this season of weather extremes takes another turn this weekend as much of the country will feel record warmth. 60s and 70s, initially high for december. and state of oregon, state of emergency, as torrential rains continuing and more storms are in the forecast. and it is the end of an era here at 30 rock. and with a lot of viewers, with announcement from willard scott who's retiring from nbc. the last 35 years doing the weather and all those schmuckers
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birthdays of the today show. he'll cap a legendary career on tuesday morning. willard we love you back. and when we come back, a mission to heal a community that's been through so much. suspicious powder and a
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threatening note sent to a bay area islamic outreach center. =raj/take vo= next at 6 an exclsuive interview w/ the man who opened the envelope... that prompted an evacuation. =next close= the news is next.
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every year an anonymous private donor becomes the ultimate secret santa, handing out tens of thousand s of cash to strangers. amy holly from hour affiliate in kansas city has tonight's season of kindness story. >> our mission today is to go in to ferguson and commit random acts of kindness. >> armed with crisp $100 bill, santa is heading out to spread holiday cheer in ferguson, missouri. >> my job is to make tough cops cry. i've never missed. >> officers pull over two young men not far from where 18-year-old michael brown was killed last year and surprise them with $100 bills. >> it was unexpected for real. >> over a year ago we would have pulled up
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and those two men would have ran away. >> ferguson is still healing from the violence of last fall. but small steps officers say sometimes makes the biggest progress. few need kindness right now more than debra harris. three years ago she lost her house, her car and her son. >> oh my god. >> this ferguson class needed a smile too. >> you get 20 dollars and it's got secret santa stamped on it. >> it isn't about the money. kindness truly is the bridge between all people. >> a gift all people can give for free. >> and that will do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc
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news, thank you for watching and good night. >> been getting a lot of hate mail, so i figured it was another letter from someone who doesn't like muslims. s more threats than ever before, that's what the national cair office now says. today we're learning that an incident here isn't the only act of aggression in the past days. thanks for joining us. >> as they feared, there is a
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backlash against muslims across the country. the latest possible hate crime? a mosque on fire just a few hours ago at the islamic center of palm springs. people described hearing a loud boom and then seeing flames at this mosque. ankfully no one was injured. the fbi is on the case. the fbi is also investigating last night's scare at the cair office in santa clara. we brought to you as breaking news during the 5:00 newscast. the entire building had to be evacuated and employees quarantined after one worker opened an envelope where a suspicious powdery substance inside. today that employee spoke exclusively with nbc bay area. >> reporter: just shy of a month after the paris attacks and week after the san bernardino shootings, the backlash against muslims is spiking. >> we get threats in the office all the time that people telling us they want us to die,

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