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dueling terrorist attacks. 12 dead in germany, where police say a driver intentionally ran a truck into a crowded christmas market filled with tourists and locals. then a brazen assassination. an ambassador shot in the back. vladmir putin is vowing to find out who ordered the killing. new nbc polling on where americans stand following the electoral college's vote for president-elect trump. >> why americans are skipping over 650 million vacation days each year. >> and a notre dame homecoming of a very different sort. "early today" starts right now.
thank you for being with me. i'm frances rivera. >> terror reigned across europe and the middle east after a lone gunman assassinated russia's ambassador to turkey in what appears to be a cold, calculated murder. turkish police neutralized another man hours later as he attempted to walk into the u.s. embassy in ankara. but we begin with the tragedy in berlin that has left at least 12 dead and 50 injures after a man rammed a truck into a crowded christmas market. angela merkel is vowing retribution against the person or persons responsible saying the country cannot live in fear. a man is in custody as police call this an intentional attack and they're working tharnd clock to piece together what they could have missed. we go to foreign correspondent lucy kafanov in london. do we know more about the driver who carried out the attack?
>> reporter: german authorities this morning saying there is no doubt it was an intentional act. suspected as a terror attack. germany's interior minister said the suspect arrested after the truck attack about a mile and a half away from the christmas market comes from pakistan and had apparently applied for asylum in germany. there was also a passenger in the cab, a man who died on the scene. authorities this morning raiding a refugee center in berlin where the suspect is believed to have been staying. no details as to whether there's been any arrests or any information gathered in that raid. there has, of course, been fear of an incident like this for quite some time now. germany has seen a series of both lone wolf and terror attacks over the past year. nothing as large as this. it does, of course, bring to mind the attack in nice in july where more than 80 people were killed by a similar truck plowing through the crowd there. and of course, isis has repeatedly urged followers to
carry out attacked by driving cars and truckinize to crowds. a big concern because it's so difficult to prevent. german authorities are saying there's no evidence at this point of any links to isis. but obviously, that investigation is going to be continuing throughout the days. >> even with that warning from the state department even before we saw the attacks. lucy, thank you. this morning, investigators search for answers in the disturbing political assassination that rocked turkey yesterday, and it was all caught on camera. andrei karlov, russia's ambassador to turkey was at a photography exhibit, and then there was a gunman standing right behind the ambassador moments before he shot him in the back. that moment was captured on tape. we want to warn you, this video is graphic. with the ambassador down, the killer shouted in arabic and then turkish. he was killed by security
forces. richard engle jones us now from istanbul with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning. moscow has dispatched a team to investigate this incident. that team is already on its way here. and there is a small mourning service taking place at the airport in this country, as the body of the ambassador is expected to leave and be repatriated to moscow. this is being described by russia as a terrorist attack. vladimir putin has already spoken out. said the bandits responsible will be punished. what we know about the attacker is that he was an off-duty police officer. that he was part of the riot police unit, a young man, 22 years old. that he used his police credentials, dressed in the uniform of a private security officer, went to this photography exhibit, was apparently not noticed. was thought to be part of the security detail that was supposed to be there.
and then he pulled out his pistol, gunned down the ambassador, and then gave a statement saying that this was revenge for russia's involvement in the war in syria. the u.s. embassy in ankara not far away is closed today, as is the u.s. consulate here in istanbul due to heightened security concerns. >> thank you so much for the update. this morning, a u.s. drone snatched by the chinese navy has been returned. the chinese defense military says that after friendly negotiations, the drone was handed over near where it had been seized last week. the pentagon says the underwater glider you see like the one here was conducting research in international waters near the philippines before being taken and it was not surveying chinese military as may have been suspected, but beijing said the incident was hyped up by washington when they were simply checking on whether the device posed a threat to passing ships. this after president-elect trump
tweeted about the issue, encouraging china to keep it. he tweaked chinese nerves after taining a phone call with the leader of taiwan. this morning, donald trump wakes up as the official 45th president of the united states after getting enough electoral college votes to finalize the 2016 race. that as more than half of registered voters in a new marist poll says the electoral college should be abandoned. despite trump's win, a majority of americans, 54%, say they're pessimistic and worried about how trump will do or they're uncertain and wondering. according to our latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. a combined 45% say they're optimistic and confident. that's more than 20 points below president obama around the same time in his transition and 14 points lower than george w. bush in his transition as well. a majority claim to be more optimistic about trump when it comes to change and jobs. 44% say they are negative and worried about his temperament. but that didn't stop trump from
cruising to an electoral college victory despite defections and protests, as members met in all 50 states and the district of columbia to certify november's election. among the electoral college members voting yesterday, this man, president bill clinton who tearfully vote for his wife, calling it his proudest vote. >> this morning we're hearing more from michelle obama while she reveeals her feelings about her time in the white house and preparing to step down as first lady. she called it a caustic and painful election outcome and batted away chatter about her possibly running for office and talk td about the difficulty of living at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> would you ever run for office? >> no, no. >> no kind of office? >> no. look, that's one thing i don't do. i don't make stuff up. i'm not coy. i have proven that. i'm pretty direct. but it also speaks to the fact that people don't really understand how hard this is. and it's not something that you
cavalierly just sort of ask a family to do again. let me just tell america, this is hard. it's a hard job. i said it on the campaign trail. it requires a lot of sacrifice. it is a weighty thing. and it's not something that you even look to one family to take on at that level. >> the often somber interview is expected to be michelle obama's final one as first lady. >> we all know traveling for the holiday season is stressful. worried about the weather, delays, packing everything, especially christmas gifts for the family. just imagine finally landing at your destination to find out your airline didn't even load your valuable luggage. that's what happened to these unhappy passengers flying from los angeles to detroit. spirit airlines says baggage crews were unable to load much of the luggage onto the plane because of a power outage at l.a.x. frustrated passengers were not told about the issue until they arrived. they tried to head to baggage claim and they find absolutely
nothing. just ahead, the reward is raised as officials turn up the heat on the manhunt for the road rage suspect who shot and killed that 3-year-old passenger. but first, much of the country is facing a polar plunge. in chicago, officials even used fire to warm commuter rail tracks to keep trains running. and the midsection of the nation has endured temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal. and roads are still treacherous, including this scene from kansas. a traffic camera caught an suv losing control before it smashed into a police suv. the officer sitting inside the fec when it happened, rirt okay, but pretty shaken up and pretty sore too after something like that. >> nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with the details of the storm being felt in high elevations of the pacific northwest and northern rockies. >> that's the only storm on the map. ee have polar air that covers from the rockies to the east coast. a lot of single digits and very cold temperatures. the actual storm is in the
northwest. actually, we have seen one. this is two. now on thursday is storm three of this week. we picked up significant rainfall around portland overnight, almost about an inch of rainfall there. going to be moving out quickly during the day. that's the good thing about this storm. a fast moving system, and by 8:00 p.m. this evening, everything is cleared out. then we have to deal with the next storm system thursday. doesn't look as big, but we have to deal with wet going, ending there in the afternoon. still looks like we're going to deal with a pretty decent sized storm on friday coming on to the west coast and that could cause problems over the haul die weekend. >> these storms seem to be coming back to back to back. let's see if there's a stop in the future. thank you. just ahead, a new holiday
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the kids are dreaming of a white christmas. maybe you too. here's the forecasted snow totals from now until christmas night. and you'll notice that the biggest areas that really jump out are the mountainous yare yeas of colorado, idaho mountains through montana, cascades look to get significant snow. as far as many other areas that don't typically have white christmases, doesn't look like a chance. for the big friday getaway day, we watch a storm moving to the west coast. could be difficult travel through california with rain. >> those going skiing for christmas have to love that. >> this morning, some eye popping new stats that you may have never thought about when it comes to medical care. researchers looked at more than 1 million medicare patients and
they found those treated by female physicians are less likely to die and less likely to be readmitted. the same researchers suggested if male doctors had the same result, it would save about 32,000 lives a yer. women may be better at communicating, providing preventative care and sticking to clinical guidelines. relatives of the orlando shooting victims are suing facebook, twitter, and google, saying the explosive growth of isis over the last few years would not have been possible without them. families of three of the victims believe the tech giants provided the terrorist group the material support needed to radicalize gunman omar mateen who killed 49 people in june. they also say little has been done to stop isis from spreading propaganda and attracting new recruits. >> travelers are getting for their holiday flights and the tsa has a strange reminder of what not to bring. they're releasing a list of the top ten things they found in 2016. you have a golden hand grenade,
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with police in the german capital now investigating a 23-year-old migrant from pakistan... a stinging attack in berlin with police in the german capital investigating a 23-year-old migrant from pakistan who could be at the center of yet another attack on a western european city. the reason firefighters were taken aback by not just who but what they found inside the school. "today in the bay" starts right now. very good tuesday morning to you. thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm sam brock. you've got to figure we had freeze warnings yesterday. anything has to be warmer than yesterday. >> it's just a little bit, not much. it's still cold, but yes, we'll take it as improvement. it will be much warmer this afternoon. you'll notice