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breaking news tonight. bombshell allegations against u.s. senate candidate roy moore. the alabama republican accused of fondling a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. other women saying moore pursued them when they were teenagers. there are loud and growing calls for moore to drop out of a critical race. also breaking tonight, star comedian louis ck accused by five women of sexual misconduct. his movie premiere canceled. another scandal rocking hollywood as the avalanche of allegations against notable men continues. news tonight about your taxes as senate republicans unveil their own sweeping plan. what it means for your money. the big chill on the way across a huge part of the country. it's about to get dangerously cold. al roker is here with
the dramatic drop. new warnings about the hidden dangers of popular vacation resorts. tripadvisor now sounding the alarm after coming under fire. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening and welcome. just a month away, the u.s. senate special election in alabama has been thrown into turmoil tonight by an explosive report. republican candidate roy moore accused of fondling an underaged girl. the former alabama supreme court justice is best known nationally for defying a court order to remove a ten commandments monument from a public building. tonight many of moore's fellow republicans are calling for him to step aside if the claim against him revealed that a "washington post" story is true, that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he was 32. tonight moore is firing back. our anne thompson has details. >> i believe in the second amendment. >> reporter: roy moore, the combative gop senate candidate and conservative
christian, tonight the target of sexual misconduct allegations. the former judge accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl almost 40 years ago and dating other teenagers 18 and younger when he was in his 30s. the age of consent in alabama was and is 16. though moore says the allegations are completely false, his would-be senate colleagues offered little support. >> if that's true, i don't believe there'd be any place for him in the u.s. senate. >> if these allegations are true, roy moore should step aside for all the obvious reasons. >> reporter: the most serious claims come from leigh corfman. in a report from "the washington post." when she was 14 corfman says moore, then an assistant district attorney, drove her to his house in the woods. she claims he kissed her on the first visit. the second time she says he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. she says he touched her and guided her hand to touch him. i wanted it over with. i wanted out, corfman
tells "the post." corfman says she asked moore to take her home and he did. tonight a cautious response from the white house. >> we need to listen to both sides, but at the same time that hypothetical would be disqualifying for anyone in public office. >> reporter: with an 11-point lead in the senate race, moore's campaign calls the story garbage and the very definition of fake news and a desperate political attack, pointing out the paper endorsed moore's opponent. officials say it's too late to take his name off the ballot for next month's special election even if moore steps down, but moore has never shied away from a fight, most notably removed from the bench for refusing to take down a monument of the ten commandments. now fighting for his place in a critical contest that could impact the republican senate majority. anne thompson, nbc news. there are also new allegations of sexual misconduct in the world of entertainment. a report of multiple women coming forward with accusations against louis ck, one of the biggest stars in comedy.
now the premiere of louis ck's new film and a late night tv appearance, both scheduled for tonight, have abruptly been canceled. nbc's kate snow has the details. >> reporter: louis ck's new film in jeopardy after "the new york times" quoted five women accusing the celebrated comedian of sexual misconduct. ♪ louie louie louie >> louis ck is considered a comedy god. he's the comedian that many other comedians look up to. >> reporter: dana min goodman and julia wolov told "the new york times" they went to louis ck's hotel room for a nightcap after their show in 2002. he proceeded to take all of his clothes off and get completely naked and started masturbating. we were paralyzed. rebecca corry told "the times" she was working with louis ck when he asked if he could do the same thing in front of her. when she declined, his face got red and he told me he had issues. another accuser said
she allowed it to happen because of the culture. he abused his power. >> what came out in "the new york times" article today has been public knowledge to people in the comedy community for years. >> reporter: nbc news reached out to louis ck's representatives and got no response. "the times" said a publicist for louis ck wrote in an e-mail, louis is not going to answer any questions. the new allegations following so many in just the last month. >> we've never seen a time in our history where sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment has been discussed in mainstream media and pop culture the way we see now. >> reporter: his new film "i love you, daddy" was already controversial. >> everybody is a pervert. i'm a pervert. who cares? >> reporter: even contains a scene similar to the allegations now being made. >> every day it seems a new figure in hollywood is accused of just really disgusting behavior. it does seem like things are somewhat coming apart at the seams. >> reporter: lester, there is such a flood of allegations right now that we've just
learned that the los angeles district attorney is forming a task force of veteran prosecutors just to deal with any allegations or cases potentially against hollywood stars. >> you feel like this is a watershed moment we're witnessing right now? >> it does feel like that, a pivotal moment. >> kate snow, thank you. after two days of high stakes diplomacy in china, president trump leaves this evening for vietnam. during his time in china, the president took a much softer tone about that country than we've heard from him in the past, heaping praise on china and its leader. nbc news chief white house correspondent hallie jackson is in beijing. >> reporter: a kinder, gentler donald trump on display in china, praising the pageantry, feeling the flattery, and, instead of blaming beijing for the trade imbalance he hates, the president's pointing at his predecessors. >> it's too bad that past administrations allowed it to get so far out of kilter. >> reporter: that softer stance a far cry from the campaign.
>> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country. china cheats us. >> reporter: now? >> i don't blame china. who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? i give china great credit. >> reporter: on perhaps the most important stop of his asia trip, the president wanted to tackle trade and the threat from north korea, but it's not clear what, if anything, concrete came from the talks. the u.s. touts $250 billion in business deals announced on this visit between companies from the two countries. but those will take years to go into effect. and while both leaders agree north korea can't become a nuclear power, china did not commit to new sanctions to pressure pyongyang. >> you're a very special man. >> reporter: in a chinese charm offensive, president trump's hoping a personal relationship will pay off on the policy front. >> president trump is trying a honey strategy. whether that will draw the bees or draw a sting is not clear yet. >> reporter: it's been
nearly two months since north korea test-fired a missile. and that country will be at the top of the agenda if the president meets with vladimir putin at his next stop in vietnam. the kremlin has already announced the two will talk, but here in beijing officials are still being cagey about whether that's a done deal. lester? >> hallie jackson tonight, thank you. now to the news tonight on your taxes. first the house now senate republicans unveiling their own sweeping plan to overhaul the tax system. lots of families asking the question how might it affect what we pay. nbc news capitol hill correspondent kasie hunt takes a look. >> reporter: senate republicans today unveiling what they say is the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code since "top gun" was in theaters. >> i feel the need. >> the need for speed. >> reporter: racing to pass the plan before the end of the year or face a drubbing at the ballot box. >> the party fractures. most incumbents in 2018 will get a severe primary challenge. a lot of them will probably lose. >> reporter: but the senate's reforms don't
seem to be as sweeping as the house's version of the plan. it would cut corporate taxes to 20%. double the standard deduction for families and eliminate the deduction for all state and local taxes. but the corporate rate cuts won't go into effect right away. there will be seven individual brackets instead of the four in the house bill. and the home mortgage deduction remains untouched. does this bill hurt any middle class families or do you think it helps them? >> i think it helps. i do. but nobody's going to be helped if we just balloon the deficit and don't have an honest bill. >> reporter: democrats already attacking the bill as a huge tax break for wealthy americans. >> this is not a good plan for middle class families. >> reporter: but experts say it's not that clear-cut. >> if the tax plan grows the economy and if it does, if that translates into middle class workers through higher wages, and those are big ifs. there's no guarantee there. >> reporter: still, republicans are full speed ahead. the house planning to vote as soon as next week. kasie hunt, nbc news, the capitol. let's turn now to the deep freeze taking
hold across a big part of the country. unlike the past couple of years with a mild november, this year arctic air is about to move in with the potential for record low temperatures. al roker is here with us with the forecast. al, it looks like it will be a weekend to stay inside. >> absolutely. you'll see that cold air emanate and starts up in the arctic circle. then the temperatures by friday morning, wind chills single digits in chicago, 10 in detroit, it will feel like 22 in new york city. as we get into the evening on friday, wind chills still in the mid-teens to the mid-20s, but the coldest air gets in here saturday morning. records possible for pittsburgh, d.c., atlantic city, new york, binghamton, boston and buffalo by the time we get to the afternoon on saturday. temperatures still anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees below average. but lester, the good news is once we get through sunday, temperatures start moderating to the beginning of next week. >> all right, al, thanks very much. good to have you here. appearing in court today the neighbor accused of attacking rand paul at the senator's own kentucky home.
he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault, but now he could face more serious charges. and the motive for the attack is still surrounded in mystery. nbc's blake mccoy has the latest. >> good morning. >> reporter: silence as he entered the courthouse today, rene boucher pleading not guilty to fourth degree assault against kentucky senator rand paul. now a new dispute over what prompted the dispute inside this gated bowling green community. the men, both doctors, have lived next door to each other for 17 years, separated by grass but no fence. a neighbor says paul called her immediately after being tackled from behind friday while mowing the lawn and said it was over landscaping. >> when he got up, rene was just screaming something about i've been trying to sell my house for ten years. and, you know, your trees are in the way. >> reporter: rene boucher's attorney backs that up. so this really is about a messy yard. >> it's a messy yard. >> reporter: but senator paul has retweeted two articles
quoting neighbors calling that fake news. and in a statement tonight says, as to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the pauls have had no conversations with him in many years. this was not a fight. it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. >> senator paul's statement is really important because it shows that the senator is not backing down. the senator wants this prosecution to go on. >> reporter: senator paul is recovering from six broken ribs, injuries more serious than initially thought. due to the severity of senator paul's injuries, prosecutors are weighing whether to elevate the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. state police tell me tonight they're waiting to see the senator's medical records before handing over their investigation. lester? >> blake mccoy, thank you. turning overseas mow to the palace intrigue for a major u.s. ally in the middle east. saudi arabia's young crown prince arresting hundreds of his own cousins in a power
grab, and it comes at a time when the risk of military conflict is growing between the saudis and iran. nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell explains. >> reporter: tonight 200 of the saudi royal family remain in the kingdom's version of prison. a five-star riyadh ritz carlton arrested by the new crown prince mohammed bin salman. their bank accounts frozen, sleeping on the floor, literally going to the mattresses. one of those detained the billionaire prince al waleed bin talal, part of the group that bought the plaza from donald trump and bought donald trump's yacht. a major investor in citigroup, apple and twitter. the crown prince, known as mbs, an early visitor to the trump white house. >> very nice people. >> we hope so. >> reporter: the 32-year-old prince a close ally of jared kushner who was strategizing with him in riyadh just two weeks ago. mbs claiming his crackdown is aimed at royal corruption and radical clerics, appealing to a younger generation by promising women they
can drive. wearing western dress, visiting facebook last year. president trump cheering the arrests, tweeting some of those they are harshly treating have been milking their country for years. >> it's a big mistake for the president to be praising what is an internal power grab that potentially could destabilize one of the most heretofore stable conditions in the middle east. >> reporter: trump and the saudis sharing a mutual enemy -- iran. the saudis today accusing iran of helping launch a missile from yemen towards saudi arabia, calling it an act of war. tonight ordering saudi citizens out of lebanon which is virtually controlled by iran. as surging oil prices tell the story of global fears of another gulf war. andrea mitchelbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, if you're like many americans, you've used tripadvisor, the world's largest travel site now making a major chgeanft aer it was accused of deleting customer warnings about hotel safety. also, holy smokes. the pope laying down the law today at the vatican.
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we're back now with warnings about hidden dangers at popular resorts. after public allegations of sexual assault at hotels in mexico, tripadvisor is now taking action to warn users about potential threats to their personal safety while on vacation. the move comes after the site came under fire accused of deleting reviews that contain some of these very warnings. nbc news business
correspondent jo ling kent has the details. >> reporter: tonight, hotel review website tripadvisor is rolling out these new warning badges that will appear in red above hotels reported to have issues like sexual assault, rape, discrimination and theft. reading in part, you may wish to perform additional research for information about this property when making your travel plans. the change comes after the website has been under fire for deleting negative reviews including about crimes at hotels. >> the badges add an extra level where, in cases that were not actually showing something in the reviews or a review might be a little bit old but it's still relevant to the traveler today, we wanted to make sure that was highlighted. >> reporter: the hotels with the first four badges are in mexico including the resort where christy love said she was raped by a hotel security guard. her post deleted by tripadvisor for not having family friendly language. >> first few days it
would be deleted, and i would repost it immediately. i would post it up to two to three times a day. >> i'm genuinely and tripadvisor is genuinely sorry because we want that type of information on our site. >> reporter: tripadvisor says the badges are based on user reviews. and will remain posted for three months. >> this is another data point, but travelers shouldn't make a decision just based on user reviews or an icon. they should look at the full picture. >> reporter: a full picture that may not always be clear online. jo ling kent, nbc news, washington. want to know the big news about some of america's favorite toys and games? then here's a clue. coaching means making tough choices.
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thing to tell kids to eat healthy, it's another thing to actually show them how. that's what one doctor is doing in her practice, and her young patients are simply eating it up. here's kristen dahlgren. >> you've got a smile. >> reporter: at dr. nimali fernando's office in spotsylvania, virginia, patients still say ah but they also say mm. every day the pediatrician trades her white coat for an apron and enters her fully functional teaching kitchen. where did this idea come from? >> of frustration of seeing so many children with pediatric obesity. >> reporter: instead of lecturing patients on the benefits of good nutrition, she now shows them. smoothies, salads, how to get even the pickiest eater to celebrate spinach. >> i love it. >> i had to really show them how fun food can be and show them how to prepare the food. >> reporter: fernando also started the dr. yum project, bringing nutrition to schools and camps.
kids tend to the garden, then turn the fruits of their labor into delicious dishes. it's working. 15-year-old michelle castro was prediabetic. >> getting more fruits and vegetables in your diet. >> reporter: now she's lost more than ten pounds and has fewer health problems. >> it's a great day for me if i give more recipes out than prescriptions. >> reporter: cooking up a new take on medicine. >> they're very crunchy. >> reporter: just what the doctor ordered. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, spotsylvania, virginia. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. thursday night football returns to nbc tonight at 7:30 eastern when the seattle seahawks take on the arizona cardinals. that "nightly news" on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. s at nbc
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