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>> good evening, lester. at miami airport cuban-americans are lined up to go to cuba or greet relatives visiting from the island. no place in america has been as affected by fidel castro's nearly 50-year reign as south florida. he's revealed by many exiled during his reign. nevin his heyday he was admired by many around the world. to his followers, he was just fidel. to his enemies a feared dictator. one of the world's last communists. the legendary fire brand began life simply. the ill legitimate class of a landowner. he graduated with a law degree and doctorate. tried running for the national assembly in 1952 until batista ceased power and cancelled elections. in 1953 castro lead a rebel group and failed. castro ended up in jail for two years. until an amnesty when he went into exile. in mexico, castro regrouped with his brother raul, and fellow revolutionary.
on new year's day 1959 they toppled batista. they marched into havana. he told the u.s. he was not a communist. "meet the press" in april of 1959. >> i am not a communist. >> reporter: almost from the start castro confiscated the property of the wealthy, silenced newspapers, nationalized u.s. oil refinery and signed a pact with the soviet union. in 1961 president john f kennedy ordered the cia to inveigh cuba at the bay of pigs. >> at 3:45 p.m. wednesday, april 19th -- >> reporter: the resulting debacle helped castro consolidate power. by then declared a socialist he dramatically improved health care and literacy. also accepted soviet missiles bringing the super
powers to the brink of nuclear war. >> requiring a full retaliatory response from the soviet union. >> reporter: until jfk's hard line and back-channel diplomacy got the russians to pull back. for 25 years, moscow helped castro arm insurgents throughout latin america. but with the end of the soviet union, cuba's economy imploded. on makeshift boats, thousands of cubans fled the oppressive regime. in 1999, a custody battle over 6-year-old elian gonzalez became the symbol of america's struggle with castro. in the summer of 2006, under ingoing surgery fidel castro temporarily turned over power to his brother raul. two years later he stepped down and succeeded by his brother. he spent years writing columns about his life's experiences. emerging publicly for pope benedict's visit in 2012 and
vladmir putin and china's president xi in 2014. this past march fidel castro was nowhere to be scene during president obama's meeting with raul castro. days later, fidel wrote an editorial criticizing the u.s. and obama saying we don't need the empire to give us anything. fidel castro never tolerated free election or dissent but gave his people better health care and education. still, his real legacy may beholding power for nearly half a century. longer than any other modern leader. i first went to cuba in 1999, to cover the anti-u.s. protest for nbc news during the fight over elian gonzalez, the custody fight over the 6-year-old boy. in my first interview with fidel castro and over the years in many interviews, he was argumentative, he would talk all night, he would debate. he was on the internet even though his people could not, for the most part, be on the internet. he followed our newscast. he told me what he didn't like. and we had a lot of
arguments over politics, in fact, continued for many years. his final newspaper column was against the u.s. election only two weeks ago. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. back in the u.s. the news of fidel castro's death was largely met with celebration. it was a festival-like atmosphere in miami's little havana neighborhood with an eruption of joy pouring into the streets. kerry sanders has been there for all of it. ♪ >> reporter: celebrations cuban style. >> it's opportunity! we're free! >> reporter: more than three people in miami is cuban-american. more than a million people waited for fidel castro's death. >> i would call him a dictator. thug. murder. he's our version of hitler. >> reporter: the party began in the early morning hours on little havana's famed
calle ocho. even miami's mayor born in cuba himself showed up. >> they came because they want to celebrate. not the death of a human being but the death of a dictator. >> reporter: she fled cuba in 1961. she was 5 years old. her father and mother died in the united states in exile. >> those are tears of -- >> joy and sadness at the same time. >> reporter: cubans continue to escape the communist island more than 46,000 coming to the united states in just the last 12 months. it is the oldest cuban-americans who best remember what they lost when fidel castro rose to power. dr. garcia's father lost his farm and future. >> they took everything. they took everything from my father. >> reporter: the question now? what happens next? >> hopefully we'll have a future democracy in cuba and i'll be able to go back and visit the land of my birth. >> reporter: tonight
here in little havana is filled with thousands of people. it'll be a party that will go on for hours. most people here found out about fidel castro's death on social media. but in a nod to the old school, "the miami herald" rehab -- ran a special edition. it brought to the forefront the difficult relationship with cuba. president-elect trump seems to have a different view. ron allen has more from the white house. >> reporter: today vastly different responses from the president and president-elect. in a statement, mr. obama extending a handle of friendship to cuba. avoiding any mention of fidel castro's humanitarian abuses. >> between our two countries. >> reporter: mr. obama offering condolences to castro's family.
from president-elect trump, first a blunt tweet. "fidel castro is dead"! then a statement recalling a brutal tick they or it with a legacy of firing squads. >> we'll cancel obama's one-sided cuban deal. >> reporter: mr. trump threatened to undo obama's orders. and allow more travel and trade between cuba and america. steps taken by the obama administration as congress refuses to lift a 50-year embargo on cuba. top republicans calling on mr. trump who vowed to repeal mr. obama's policies to take a hard line because the castro family remains in charge. >> don't expect fidel's death to usher a new chapter, a happy chapter of freedom. >> reporter: around the world, the communist revolutionary allies weighing in on his death. putin calling castro a true and reliable friend of russia. here in washington, congress has
no intention of lifting the sanctions while the obama administration and the final weeks continues trying to deepen america's new relationships with cuba we fidel castro's death, cuba higher on president-elect trump's agenda. >> ron allen at the white house. thank you. stay with nbc news and msnbc for continuing coverage for death of fidel castro. our team will be on the ground in cuba starting tomorrow morning and through the week leading to the funeral next weekend. if you thought the presidential election was behind us, word came today from the hillary clinton campaign that it will back the state-wide election recount effort put on by third party candidate jill stein in three key battle ground states. kristin welker has more. >> reporter: good evening. it started when a group of computer scientists, including a voting rights lawyer, said they found voting irregularities in
three states and that's what is prompting this. and the three states donald trump has a combined margin of victory of about 100,000 votes. today, on medium secretary clinton's lawyer posted that the campaign has received hundreds of messages, e-mails, and calls urging her to do something, anything to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage secretary clinton. clinton's campaign lawyer also stressed they have not found any evidence of hacking, but some democrats are skeptical after u.s. officials said they uncovered evidence of russia hacking the e-mails during the campaign. president trump vacationing here in florida. noting that secretary clinton conceded on election night. you may recall in the weeks leading up to the election, it was donald trump who said the entire system is rigged. that is why this is getting so much attention and one of the reasons why democrats so frustrated because right now
secretary clinton leads donald trump by more than 2 million votes in the popular vote. >> kristin welker, thank you very much. a quick programming note. much more on that recount plus a look at the trump promises tomorrow on "meet the press." the army corps. of engineers ordered activists at the site of the dakota access pipeline to shut down one of the camps. increased violence between protesters and police combined with harsh winter conditions means the area will be closed, according to the federal agency. in a statement a triable chairman expressed disappointment but insisted, "our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever." the long holiday weekend comes to a close tomorrow. for many americans it means time to start packing for the drive or flight home. dylan dreyer has us covered on travel conditions across the country and the potential trouble spots. >> we're keeping an eye on spots around the country for travelers on sunday. a storm system will make the way on to the west coast.
we're looking at heavier rain up-and-down the coast. that stretches from seattle to l.a. also, snow through the mountains. mountain passes could be tricky, too. a cold front will bring heavier downpours from minneapolis to st. louis. it's not until late in the day on sunday. hopefully if you're traveling early you shouldn't have too much trouble. that will be an area through the midwest we're watching sunday. it's out through the rockies and extending over into salt lake city where we could see minor delays with the snow coming down. minneapolis we could see some delays later in the afternoon. if that front moves in a little bit sooner. also, l.a. we could see some isolated delays. mostly because of the occasional showers and gusty winds we're expecting. it you're driving, we could be slow going on i-80 and i-70 and i-15 in the pacific northwest as the storm system continues to make the way on shore. >> dylan dreyer, thank you. still ahead tonight, google versus isis.
from bernardino to orlando recent terror attacks raised concerns about americans being radicalized. not in war zones but online. one tech giant gave us an exclusive look at how they're responding. nbc's ronan farrow has the story. >> reporter: it may not look in the latest front in the fight against terrorism but here at google, researchers
believe they could be on to a new way to confront isis. >> the islamic state has a new era. >> reporter: jasmine green is the head and research development at jigsaw. it's latest challenge? reaching a new generation of radicals. people drawn into violent extremism online. like many of the estimated 30,000 foreigners who have joined isis from around the world. >> we believe there was an opportunity to use the internet to get to those potential recruits before isis. >> reporter: they call it redirect. >> we have the experience of searching for something like a pair of sneakers and then finding an ad for the sneakers pop up later. we have used that same principle instead to find potential consumers of isis' messages online. >> reporter: if i'm a young person out there somewhere maybe sympathetic to joining isis, what is the process i go through? >> so you would likely
search, for example, for a term like let's say it's "martydom valor" and you would enter that. we would show you a ad directly relevant to your search. you click on the ad and would be taken to, for example, a video like this. >> reporter: videos of religious scholars potentially credible to isis sympathizers but preaching against isis. not supporting it. >> anything is worth trying. at least make it harder. making harder for them to save -- making it harder for them. to save our children. >> reporter: sally evans grew up in a london suburb. >> he was just a normal little boy. he was on his computer. >> reporter: like many online recruits, he drifted away from family and friends. eventually joining the terrorist group al shabaab. he was killed in this terrorist attack. the group used video of his death as propaganda. >> no mother should have to see that.
that was awful. the final moments. at the moment there was nothing i could have done. >> i could have done worse. >> reporter: also falling into radicalism online. >> people need to know that anyone can become radicalized. >> reporter: he was considering a bomb attack in london but pulled back. >> what pulled me back was kind of listening to more relatively more moderate scholars. >> reporter: he was not a part of redirect but thinks it could discourage others. it appears some may be listening. in an eight-week pilot program jigsaw said redirect watched half a million people. -- minutes of video. all aimed at undermining isis. we're back in a moment with black friday numbers. record-breaking online spending in the u.s. and a make-or-break day for many brick and mortar retailers.
back with new numbers tonight with the black friday shopping blitz. americans spent a record amount scooping up sales online yesterday. it's still a make or break weekend for those brick and mortar stores. >> reporter: thanksgiving discounts driving huge numbers of shoppers to open their wallets this holiday weekend. >> we tried to save about $500. >> you get out early and get the best deals. >> reporter: online americans shelled out $3.34 billion on black friday. up more than 11% from last year. $1.2 billion worth of merchandise purchased on tablets.
>> wall to wall traffic. you see in every store window there's a great sale taking place. it means the economy is headed in a better direction. >> reporter: the deals did not necessarily mean more people heading to stores. retail data firm shopper track said visits to brick and mortar retailers were down 1% from last year. today shoppers skipped big box stores in favor for the little guy of small business saturday. >> you want them to stick around. it gives the neighborhood personality. >> reporter: the deals won't stop this weekend. consumers turn their attention to cyber monday said to be the biggest online shopping day in history. >> we're able to get to something that is 40% off you normally can't. >> reporter: retailers like amazon hocking at least 75,000 deep discounts. analyst forecasts shoppers will shell out this weekend. >> you'll see more retailers
a new migrant work force is filling many of the jobs. janet shamlian has more on the group called work campers. ♪ >> reporter: when dollywood turns on 4 million lights for the holidays, it's transformative for more than the guests. betty gill, a former bank vice president runs a cash register. >> sign that for me, please. >> pork tenderloin and smoked turkey. >> we'll get you fixed up. >> reporter: her husband mike a retired executive is boss of the buffet. >> we got the gravy. it goes on top of it. >> reporter: after their six-hour shift they head home. a 38-foot rv currently parked in the shadow of the smokey mountains. >> i've got gypsy in my blood. >> reporter: they're mostly baby boomers who had it with the 9:00 to 5:00. traded lucrative
careers for low-paying seasonal jobs for a lifestyle change. >> we were both in corporate 60 to 80 hours a week. when we leave dolly wood, they close it up. >> reporter: they are embracing the work campers. some are retired. >> so far we've been up the east coast from florida to maine and back. >> reporter: now in texas the leonard family is camping until christmas. david makes $11.25 an hour at amazon warehouse and daniel home schools their children and blogs about frugal living. >> reporter: how long do you think you'll keep doing it? >> as long as we can. as long as life lets us. >> reporter: at dollywood the part-time jobs end next month. their income enough to make their next stop time off in florida. >> we're living on 20% and we haven't starved yet. we haven't gone to bed hungry. >> reporter: a craving for something different as work camps trade money for memories. [ laughter ] janet shamlian news.
good evening, thanks for joining us. peggy bunker, i'm terry mcsweeney. >> let's take a look at highway 101 in san jose. as you can see, definitely still coming down. traffic is responsible here, slowing it down because of slick roads. rob, how does it look now? >> 44/ 100ths of an inch of rain in woodside, danville about 4/10ths of an inch of rain. you see san francisco, about a half inch, still adding to that now. scattered showers are moving through the bay area. light rain over downtown san jose. the second storm arriving here, dropping down the coast as we head into tonight.