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♪ tonight, trump versus the cia, an unprecedented attack by the president-elect against u.s. intelligence, trump refusing to accept russia was behind election-related hacks. tonight what we learned about the evidence as leaders from both parties back calls for an investigation. winter's wrath, mother nature roars dangerous mix triggers highway crashes and flight delay, another knockout blow on the a. aleppo's last stand, the war-torn syrian city on at brink of falling. families trapped trying to escape before it's too late. fake sales? big named stores accused of making you think you're getting a deal when you're not. photos with santa, our monday inspiring america. the big guy in red
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going above and beyond. "nightly news" begins right now. >> this "nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from washington. >> good evening, washington is spinning tonight over the war of words between donald trump and the cia over russian hacking efforts against the u.s. election. trump has called the cia's assessment of russian interference and reports it was designed to help him win the election was ridiculous. here on capitol a bipartisan investigation into russian influns and the cia findings. tonight what we know and don't know about russ russia's role in the election and their intent and the broader concerns over a soon to be president publicly at odds with his intelligence experts. nbc's andrea mitchell has the latest. >> tonight the fallout
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growing after the unprecedented attack against the president-elect against the cia. >> they have no idea if it's russia or china or somebody, it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. they have no idea. >> reporter: now a call for congressional investigations into what the intelligence agencies said russia did and why. republican leaders pointedly backing the cia over the president-ele president-elect. >> i have the highest confidence in the intelligence community and the intelligence agencies. >> reporter: president obama spokesman first time since election sharply criticizing trump. >> you didn't need a security clearance to figure out who benefited from malicious russian cyber activity. >> reporter: no unanimous conclusion from the agency's about russia's motive. john mccain saying he does not think russia was trying to help trump. >> i do not and this he's the reason why we need a full
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investigation but i have seen no evidence of that. >> reporter: trump escalating his war with the cia dismissing the agency's crowned julds, the presidential daily brief. >> i don't have to be told, i'm like a smart person. i don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years. could be eight years, but i don't need that. >> reporter: all of that shocking intelligence veterans. >> in 48 hours he said the intelligence community on which he will rely is incompetent, politicized and frankly he didn't have a lot of time for them. >> reporter: how solid is the proof that russia was behind the hacking? the cia says it has high confidence, an intelligence term meaning you can take it to the bank. >> that convinces me there was strong beyond circumstantial evidence to justify the claim that the russians were doing something in our election. >> reporter: will the political uproar about the suspected russian spying derail trump's top choice to be
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secretary of secretary of state? rex tillerson has deep business ties with vladimir putin. >> it's not as if they're intimate friends or godfathers to each other's children. this is getting blown way out of proportion. >> the l fbi is less certain than the cia why russia hacked so many democratic groups but agrees russia was trying to interfere in the u.s. election. officials in both agencies say probably to unsettle the voters and most likely to damage hillary clinton, long a credit inof vladimir putin's. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. big news in russia as you might suspect where they're watching with fassation the partisan fallout over the cia report. richle engel has made his way to moscow where he's been talking to russian officials. what are they telling you? >> reporter: he denied involvement saying he
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in no way hacked the u.s. lerkss. he said russia simply wouldn't do it and if any russians were involved they were acting individually, but that said, it's clear that russia is enjoying this, even relishing it. after all they're not getting hillary clinton who president vladimir putin personally hated. instead they're getting donald trump, who many in the kremlin feel they can do business with, no questions asked. so the reaction here is mostly smiles. lester? >> richard engel in moscow tonight thanks. another day, another tweet and another american company knocked on its heels by the president-elect. this time it's another about the price of a military program, specifically the cost of a fighter jet he says is out of control. nbc's peter alexander has more. >> reporter: notice the joint strike fighter, the f-35 designed to be largely invisible to fly but today it couldn't avoid landing on donald trump's radar. the president-elect on twitter blasting the fighter jet program's cost as out of
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control, insisting billions of dollars can and will be saved. that tweet taking its toll on the f-35's prime contractor hock heed martin, illustrates share price plummeting more than 4%, market value briefly dropping $4 billion. his fierce claim cams athe israeli air force delivered its first f-35s delivered by secretary of defense ash carter. >> israel is our first and only in the region flying f-35. >> reporter: dominating the f-35 doesn't come cheap an estimated cost of nearly $400 billion. the company today said it's worked aggressively to slash its price tag. >> lockheed martin and its industry partner understand the importance of affordable for the f-35 program and since the beginning we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to reduce the price of the airplane. >> reporter: just days after bashing boeing for the cost of a new air force one today's tweet represents the
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latest example of trump using his twitter feed as a negotiating tool. there's late word tonight from the trump transition team after the president-elect promised this week he would outline how he'll separate his own business interests with the country's interest with a news conference supposed to happen thursday. that's been abruptly postponed. tonight a senior transition official tells me trump's announcement will not happen until next month, january, as well as that news conference that will be his first since the election. lester, so far, no explanation for the delay. >> peter alexander in washington, thank you. now to the wicked weather pushing across the country, dumping a mix of ice and snow, triggering highway crashes and flight delays, after consecutive mild winters, mother nature is roaring and bitter cold is biting. in a moment al roker will be here with the forecast. first we get the latest from nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: digging out, blowing it off, before another blast of snow and cold later
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in the week. >> overnight it has definitely compacted and turned into ice, and it's hard to get off of your cars. it's hard to get off the streets. >> reporter: across the midwest, the northeast and new england, loads of snow and sheets of ice. >> delta 724, we we, uh, just went into the grass. >> reporter: day dangerous combination that sent this dale ta jet sliding off the runway in detroit and cars crashing into one another in a series of pile-ups, a dozen injured near flint, michigan. >> i got hit from the front and the back about four times and got hit from the side. that is a bad feeling. >> reporter: in iowa two brothers were killed, more than 3,000 flights canceled over the weekend, another 1,000 today. airports now playing catchup. >> my original flight was canceled so i had to rebook with a different airline. >> colder air is headed this way. >> reporter: this season, already very different from last year. in december 2015 the amount of snow in new england was minimal. this year a near whiteout and it's also much colder. new york has had three days with below
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average temperatures so far this december. minuneapolis 6, chicago 7. next up, a plunge into the deep freezer for 28 million americans, temperatures 10 to 30 degrees below normal. and another snowstorm sweeping across the country reminding americans of winter's swift approach. and the chicago area, the temperatures should fall to about 10 degrees tonight and after a slight warmup overnight it will turn colder in the morning with temperatures falling all day on tuesday. we expect it to be raw around here the rest of the week. lepser? >> ron mott thank you. al roker joins us again tonight monitoring it all. what are we looking at here? >> lester, here we go again. the polar vortex it's weakened so what that means is cold air comes from siberia down into canada and into our northern tier of states, by mid to late week it is going to be brutal. look at temperatures, 16 below for morning lows in fargo thursday, 3 below chicago, 3 above in columbus, new york city, 11 above by
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friday, and then we've got a vigorous storm system making its way across the coast, and look at what it does. by thursday, snow in billings, friday it continues moving to the east, and bringing snow into minneapolis, chicago, detroit, and then by saturday, the eastern third of the country is blanketed with a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet. it's going to make for a very messy travel weekend as we head toward the holidays. lester? >> all right, al, thank you. there is breaking news tonight in the war in syria. what could be the last stand for families trapped in aleppo, as government forces close in on capturing a city long under siege. the fighting is fierce and there are reports of new horrors from inside aleppo, as rebel forces lose their grip. nbc's kelly cobiella has late details for u.s. >> reporter: this is what the end looks like in eastern aleppo, dangerous, desperate, families trying to flee as bombs fall around them. syrian soldiers
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hunting down the last holdouts, and just a few hours ago, 7-year-old bann banna alabed's twitter account active again, the tweet "final message, people are dying since last night." then "my dad is injured now. i am crying." former student salad joined the rebellion five years ago. >> today is monday, december 1th. we are still here under siege. >> reporter: and overnight bombardment has pushed the rebels to the brink of collapse. "it's all but over" this lieutenant general says. 98% of the east once held by rebels is now under government control. thousands have fled, thousands more still trapped. among them according to the united nations, at least 500 children, 100 doctors and nurses, and 300 seriously wounded, all in desperate need of evacuation. russian and american talks to get them out or get them help have gone nowhere.
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"there is no outside help" this fighter said, "no air drops of aid, no support. we put our trust in god." tonight assad supporters in aleppo are celebrating. his enemies are being warned. you're out of time, surrender or die. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. there is more ahead. still ahead an alert for holiday shoppers, major store chains accused of faking sales to trick unsuspecting customers how to know whether you're actually getting a deal. also who made the list for this year's golden globes nominations, after so much controversy over diversity in tinseltown?
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back now a warning for shopper this is holiday season. when you're hunting for a deal what if the so-called bargains your he finding aren't bargains at all? four major store chains are being sued for allegedly offering fake sales. nbc news national investigative correspondent jeff rossen how the fake sales work even how you can spot them in tonight's "rossen reports." >> reporter: this holiday season you're looking for amazing sales, but tonight, pressure is mounting against macy's, sears, kohl's, and jcpenney. the los angeles city attorney saying they're cheating you. in new lawsuits accusing the retailers of fraudulent business practice, misleading consumers on thousands of products, by
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creating fake sales, like this dress at kohl's, original price $50. on sale for less, but the lawsuit claims it was never sold at the original price, a false discount. at macy's, this necklace original price $120. on sale for 30 bucks, but the lawsuit says it was never sold at the original price. >> we have sought a court order to put a stop to this practice, and to order these stores to pay penalties now. >> reporter: in 2013, nbc news first uncovered this at jcpenney, two former employees blowing the whistle. >> all of a sudden the rack of $7 shorts became $14 and then they were 50% off. >> they wouldn't always go on sale for 50% off. not only was it a fake sale but they're paying more than they would have previously. >> reporter: jcpenney and kohl's have settled class action lawsuits paying customers back more than $50 million. those stores, sears
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and macy's, declining to comment tonight, citing pending litigation. so how can you tell if it's a real sale next time you're shopping? experts say right there in the store hop on your phone and go on the manufacturer's website, check out the suggested retail price of that item you want to buy. if the sale price isn't any less than that, you're not getting a real sale. here's another piece of advice from experts. you can download a free app right now called shopsavvy, it gives you instant price comparisons to other stores in the area. you type in the product and get all those comparisons on the spot. tips to protect all of us this holiday season. jeff rossen, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with the danger forcing the public to stay away from a popular attraction.
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award season is in full swing as this year's golden globe nominations have been announced. "lalaland" leads with seven and "moonlight" scored six nods. it's a diverse line-up getting attention especially after last year's uproar over the oscars. as joe friar reports analysts say it could be a sign of what's to come. >> reporter: a year that started with another oscar so white controversy is ending with a diverse list of golden globe nominees, is enof the 30 film acting nods. >> i got 18 years of my life to stand in the same spot as you! >> reporter: from viola davis and denzel washington in the movie "fences." to naomi harris in "moonlight." >> i think it's been a very strong year for movies that reflect the black experience. >> reporter: april rain created
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"oscarssowhite in 2015 when all nominees are were white. the same thing happened in 2016 and a searing monologue from host chris rock. the academy pushed to diversify its membership inviting more than 600 new members, 46% women, 41% people of color hoping to avoid an oscars so white trilogy. >> i think we will not be seeing a repeat and if we do there's going to be more controversy than there has been in the past. >> women do some things mr. charleson. >> reporter: the movies earning praise were in the works well before oscars so white so far rain, one strong year does not mean the hashtag is going away. she hopes hollywood st yos will make more movies about all underrepresented industries. >> it's not a black and whitish u. it's a representation issue for all those who should see themselves on the screen as they pay their money to watch from the audience.
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>> reporter: a push for more diversity in front of the camera and behind it. joe friar, nbc news, los angeles. a popular california beach is blows closed off to the public after a dangerous sink hole appeared in the side of a cliff over the weekend duting off the access path to pacifica beach south of san francisco. it may have been caused by an occurrence known as king tides which brings some of the biggest waves of the year. when we come back here tonight, santa claus is coming to town and making sure that kids who might otherwise miss out get to share in the christmas fun. >> "nightly news" is brought to you by amazon prime. students shared by students.
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===janelle/vo=== the sexting investigation south bay parents are just learning about. ===jess/vo=== plus you paid off the loan but the bank says you still owe. nbc bay area responds. ===jessica/next close=== the documents that can prove your case. every monday we like to end our broadcast with something inspiring. tonight it's the moment so many kids wait for all year. visiting santa claus is not a pleasant experience for children with autism. kristen dahlgren explains how old st. nick is making the holiday right for them, too, in our latest "inspiring america" report. >> reporter: for many families, a picture with santa is rite of passage. >> good job, get
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ex-siex excit excited. >> reporter: for anna bordone it was faced with anxiety. >> trying to find a place that could actually deal with him, him having autism is difficult. >> reporter: for autistic children like her son, aidan, music, lights and crowds can be too much stimulation. but this year aidan is checking it all out on his own time. >> it's not like we're being rushed and he's actually being socialable, which is great. >> reporter: autism speaks is partnered with malls across the country to offer special sensory friendly visits for kids like aidan, before stores open. >> we might not be able to participate in a regular santa claus picture. so coming early before the hectic christmas season it's nice. >> reporter: santa has special training. no booming ho-ho-hos here. >> you can't do anything harsh or loud or reach out for them. you wait until they respond to you. >> reporter: and the big guy doesn't just go above and beyond. sometimes he gets down on the kids' level. this video of santa on the floor with a child went viral. >> look up there and
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smile real big. >> cheese. >> reporter: for a moment, they aren't defined by their disorder. they're just kids. >> thank you. >> reporter: how excited are you for christmas? that excited? >> yeah. >> reporter: for parents, it's the best gift in the world. >> warms my heart. makes me extremely happy to see my boy interacting. >> bye-bye. >> reporter: the magic of christmas for everyone. kris ten dahlgren, nbc news, yonkers, new york. >> and we invite you to submit your own "inspiring america" stories on our facebook page. that's going to 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 night. a sexting investigation in the
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silicon valley. the schools involved -- and how it changed today's lesson plan. ==jan/2-shot== the news at 6 starts now. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang -- in for raj mathai. ==jess/2-shot== and i'm jessica aguirre. ==jess/rail== an online dropbox full of sexually explicit pictures... photos of students... allegedly shared by other students. that's what mountain view police say their agency, and others,re allegedly shared by other students. mountain view police say their agency and others are investigating tonight. this began over the summer and includes several area high schools. live in mountain view with the
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new development. and this is shocking to many parents. >> reporter: it certainly is. we spoke to a lot of them who wish they had been informed of this investigation. mountain view police tell us they're very close to wrapping up this investigation and forwarding the case to the district attorney's office who will then decide whether to press charges against the students involved. mountain view police say they began their investigation after the principal here alerted them. >> in august, wearyceived a call about a drop box that contained images, some sexually explicit in nature. >> reporter: an investigation police say that led them to other area schools. students say today in mountain view high school, some teachers mi

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