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>> they really need dolls this year. >> okay. >> love those donations. >> thanks for joining us. lester holt joins us next from washington, d.c. tonight, the extraordinary farewell in washington for george h.w. bush. presidents, princes, and prime ministers packing the national cathedral for a moving goodbye. >> the best father a son or daughter could have. and in our grief, i just smile knowing that dad is hugging robin and holding mom's hand again. >> the 43rd president's emotional salute to his father, the 41st. breaking news, an intense search for after two military haid of gm confronted by our correspondent over those massive job cuts and plant closures. the mystery investigations by
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mueller. what does mike flynn know? a deadly crash between a truck and school bus. students on their way to a christmas play. the amazing gift of life for a woman born without a uterus, able to give birth to a baby of her own. an incredible story. and steven spielberg's mission. >> i think this is maybe the most important time to rerelease this film. possibly now, an even more important time. >> a hollywood legend on making sure the world never forget. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. the whirl of washington politics took a rare pause in honor of president george herbert walker bush today, on this national day of mourning. royalty, every living president, and even the most bitter of political rivals gathered at the national cathedral to pay tribute to him. the tears flowed and
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the laughter resonated as speakers remembered the friend, the leader, and for george w. bush, the father. our peter alexander has details. >> reporter: tonight marking the end of an era. george h.w. bush remembered as the nation's last great soldier statesman, who put service before self. the late president's hours pa hearse passing his home. his arrival at the national cathedral with the highest of honors. the bush family looking on. inside, partisan politics taking a pause. a rare moment of unity. president trump greeting president and mrs. obama, face-to-face with his predecessor and his clintons for the first time since taking office. then george w. bush taking a visit, handing candy to michelle obama. every living president together, to remember 41. he was the last commander in chief from the greatest generation. the world war ii fighter pilot shot down over the pacific. >> president bush
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would frequently ask, "why me? why was i spared?" and in a sense, the rest of his life was a perennial effort to prove himself worthy of his salvation on that distant morning. >> reporter: biographer and friend jon meacham recalling bush's sense of humor. >> he grabbed the hand of a department storeman he kin asking for votes. when he realized his mistake, he said, "never know, gotta ask." you can hear the voice, can't you? as dana carvey said, the key to a bush 41 impersonation is mr. rogers trying to be john wayne. >> reporter: long time friend senator allen simpson reminding americans of the values bush lived by,
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now in short supply. >> hatred corrodes the container it's carried in. the most decent and honorable men i knew was george bush, one of nature's noble men. >> reporter: today's ceremony both powerful and poignant. the most personal tribute from a son about his father. >> we tested his patience. i know i did. but he always responded with the great gift of unconditional love. last friday, when i was told he had minutes to live, i called him. i said, dad, i love you, and you've been a wonderful father. and the last words he would ever say on earth were, i love you too. >> reporter: w. recalling his dad's
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signature adventurous spirit. >> at age 90, george h.w. bush parachuted out of an aircraft and landed on the grounds of st. ann's by the sea in kennebunkport, maine, the church where his mom was married and where he worshipped often. mother liked to say he chose the location just in case the chute didn't open. >> reporter: an eternal bond with barbara, his beloved wife of 73 years. >> in his old age, dad enjoyed watching police show reruns, the volume on high. all the while holding mom's hand. after mom died, dad was strong. wasold mom's hand again. >> reporter: tonight celebrating his father's extraordinaryfamily, loyalty. >> well, dad, we're going to remember you for exactly that and much more. and we're going to
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miss you. your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. so through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man. the best father a son or daughter could have. and in our grief, by this smile knowing that dad is hugging robin and holding mom's hand again. >> reporter: those powerful words punctuated by the entire cathedral applause.down he touched down in his home state of texas where he will be buried on the grounds of his presidential library tomorrow, lester. >> we learned a lot about the 41st president today. peter alexander, thank you. we're joined by andrea mitchell. andrea, your thoughts on this farewell to
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41. >> reporter: it was extraordinary, to see the former presidents paying tribute to him, whose humility is so difference from today's politics. the emotional core was the unique bond between the two different president bushs who are connected forever by that unconditional love. watching george w. bush boarding that plane he had flown so often, bringing his father home. i was thinking of him, having lost both mother and father in just seven months and now the leader of this unique american >> day. nice to have you with us today, andrea. breaking news, u.s. marin went down off the coast of japan. a major operation under way right now. han -- hans nichols, what do you have? >> reporter: lester, the crash occurred around 2:00 a.m. in the morning during a refueling operation between a marine
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kc-130 andf/a-18. both planes crashed into the water. it's now light out there and japanese search and rescue continue to look for the missing crew. the kc-130 has been a staple of marine aviation. recently it's had some deadly accident. in 2017, one crashed in mississippi, killing 16. >> hans nichols, thank you. the ceo of gm is in full damage control mode, face-to-face with members congress today about those massive layoffs and plant closures. nbc's tom costello was there. fire, gm's ceo mary barra making the rounds on capitol hill today, defending her decision to lay off thousands of workers and close plants in ohio, michigan, and maryland, but making no promises. would you consider using those plants for new production lines? >> it's incredibly difficult to make these types of discussions. our focus is on the gm team members that are impacted.
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>> reporter: gm is shifting truck and suv production in mexico, focusing on production of new vehicles and ending production on the chevy volt and cruz. >> we were really blindsided by this. we didn't expect it at all. >> reporter: it comes the same year that gm benefitted from president trump's corporate tax cut. congress now considering new laws that would remove corporate tax incentives for moving jobs overseas. >> we're asking for the opportunity to once again let our workforce shoha >> reporter: many analysts say gm's decision has provided some rare bipartisanship in washington. widespread condemnation with both republicans and democrats considering ways to punish the company. tom costello, nbc news, capitol hill. now to those mystery investigations just revealed by robert mueller, the special counsel
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representing no prison time for michael flynn, president trump's former national security adviser. we're learning more tonight about why. here is nbc news justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: new court documents say retired army general michael flynn, who campaigned for donald trump, worked on the transition, and served briefly as the first trump national security adviser, actually helped robert mueller with at least three investigations. one into russian election meddling and two more. a second is a criminal investigation. its description blacked out. and even the nature of the third investigation is totally blacked out. >> i think it's quite possible that it is an investigation into the obstruction of justice which has never been confirmed by the special counsel, notwithstanding lots of reports. >> reporter: mueller says flynn cooperated extensively, meeting with prosecutors 19 times, likely encouraging other witnesses to come forward, and providing firsthand information about interactions that others in the trump transition had with russian government officials. flynn pleaded guilty
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to lying a year ago, denying he had his own interactions with russia's ambassador to the u.s. during the transition in hopes of improving relations. one of president trump's lawyers, rudy giuliani, tells nbc news flynn isn't a worry for the white house. if he had information to share with mueller that hurt the president, you would know it by now, he said. but it's doubtful team trump knows everything that michael flynn said. pete williams, nbc news, washington. now to new allegations against former cbs chairman les moonves, including shocking claims of sexual misconduct with more than a dozen women, and reports he may have lied to investigators for cbs, destroying key idce. with more, here's gadi schwartz. >> reporter: it's an explosive report, detailing not just a pattern of sexual misconduct, but an elaborate coverup. the leak draft investigation into former cbs chief les moonves obtained by "the new york times" reveals the disgraced
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mogul may not get millions. the report says moonves engaged in multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct involving 17 women including four cbs employees. a lawyer for moonves responded, saying he denies have any nonconsensual sexual relation and cooperated extensively and fully with investigators. but according to "the times," moonves deleted text messages and turned over his son's ipad to investigators instead of his own. now more women are speaking out. >> he just stuck his tongue in my mouth. >> reporter: she says she has a traumatic encounter with moonves 20 years ago when he was a development head at 20th century fox. >> i was really shocked. it was gross. it was very unappealing. >> reporter: tonight cbs responding, saying in part, our work is still evolving. anyone who may have disclosed draft information to "the new york times" did so in violation of their obligations. cbs's board is scheduled to meet with
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investigators next week. if moonves is found in violation of his contract, he stands to lose a severance package worth $20 million. al, what are we looking at? >> lester, it's a coast to coast storm. we'll start feeling impacts on friday, high cutting across texas, high pressure bringing in air. a wintry mix for the texas panhandle and oklahoma. saturday, the low brings a wintry mix from oklahoma to arkansas. then as we move into wre looking at really heavy snow for parts of the appalachians with high impact snow into the mid-atlantic and heavy rain down to the southeast, lester. >> al rocker tonight, thank you. the man who brought us so many blockbuster films, from "e.t." to "saving private ryan," is opening up about the film that was most
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personal to him, "schindler's list." it left audiences emotionally drained with a true and hopeful story from the ashes of the holocaust. now 25 years later, the film is being re-released, shining a light on its enduring impact. >> they say that no one dies here. roes >> reporter: the true story of a nazi businessman saving the lives of polish jews during the holocaust was not one director steven spielberg expected to be a commercial success. >> i couldn't imagine, based on the story that we told, that an audience would tolerate just the amount of violence, you know, human against human, or inhuman against human. >> the list is an absolute good. the list is life. >> reporter: yet "schindler's list" became both a box office hit and an historical touchstone. >> 1,100 people are alive because of you. >> reporter: shot in poland, where oscar
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schindler first employed jews to run his factory, saving them from death campsen, the film pulled no punches as it showed a brutal reality. >> the scene were women are led into the shower and looked at those nozzles, i felt that i was feeling their fear. how difficult was that scene to shoot? >> there was no acting. we were very quiet. we led them toward the showers. and there was a massive kind of, you know, traumatic reaction. one reaction inspired the next reaction. it was kind of a virtual panic that really happened in that very dark space. >> spielberg insisted the film be shot in black and white. >> i don't know the holocaust in color. i wasn't around then. but i've seen documentaries on the holocaust. they're all shot in black and white. it's my only reference point. >> you wanted it to feel real. toeel >> real for the audience and actual survivors. >> god bless the one schindler survivor who came over to me and said, i want to tell my story. i said, i'm telling
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the story. she said, that's nothing, it was a tiny part of my life. >> spielberg founded a foundation creating an indelible history of the holocaust and other genocides including a visual history archive, featuring more than 55,000 testimonies. >> i never had a chance to say goodbye to my mother. i never had a chance to say goodbye to my sister. >> today the archives part of school crimin curriculums. >> oscar schindler. what does it say about him? >> and so does "schindler's list." >> this is something everyone should see at least once in your life. it gives you perspective, and that's everything in an, we all know about what happened inis this time to rerelease this film. >> possi n rerelease "schindler's list" than 1993-'94 when it was initially
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released. i think there's more at stake today than even back then. >> there's much more of my conversation with steven spielberg on the nbc news app for roku, apple tv or amazon fire. universal pictures of course is owned by our parent company, nbc universal. also tonight, the amazing breakthrough. new hope for women struggling with infertility. we'll be right back.
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next tonight, a medical milestone. the very first baby born through a method that's never been successful until now. here's catie beck. >> reporter: this baby is the first one in history born to a mother with a transplanted uterus that came from a deceased donor. >> this is a huge step forward. >> reporter: the landmark birth in brazil published as part of a study in the "lancet" medical nal. >> until this study there have only been live births in living donor transplants. >> reporter: so far only a dozen women
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have had such births, usually from living relatives. in 2016, the procedure failed. the new study results, a ray of hope for the one in 1 -- one in 500 women with fertility problems. >> that's thousands and thousands of women in the united states and abroad. >> reporter: their pool of potential donors grew much larger. in the brazilian study, the outcome was a 6-pound baby girl, now just two weeks from her first birthday. >> women with infertility sometimes feel their options are limited. so this is really, really exciting for us. >> reporter: the cleveland clinic will continue to try to give women in the u.s. the same miraculous gift. catie beck, nbc news. next for us tonight,he drastic new move by usa gymnastics rocked by scandal.
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usa gymnastics has filed for bankruptcy, a move it says will
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help resolve lawsuits over the sex abuse scandal involving a former team doctor. the organization says it faces 100 suits from over 350 survivors. in indiana, one student was killed, others injured when police say a school bus on a field trip was rear-ended by a truck at a railroad crossing. we'll take a break and be back with more from washington right after this. about teslas.
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how some tesla drivers are manipulating the auto pilot feature on their cars. plus, porch pirates strike in the north bay. and this time it cost a military man a priceless possession he mailed home. next. right at a time when our country feels so divided, we've seen so many put differences aside to celebrate the life of george h.w. bush. here's harry smith. >> they came by the thousands and waited in line for hours. that it was cold outside was not an
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issue. their purpose was to pay respects. a respect that all who came felt george bush had earned over and over again in his lifetime of service. the crowd, the throng, looked like america. beautifully diverse. a quilt of many colors, of beliefs and political persuasions. we chatted amongst ourselves. all had stories to tell. few had met the man but all felt like they knew him. to be at the capitol, to stand for a moment or two in silence, was not an act of obligation. it was an act of gratitude. these last two days, it's felt like the nation has stopped to catch its breath and feel again that maybe there really is more that unites us than believed that with all his heart. remembering him is helping us remember
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that too. harry smith, nbc news, >> a true moment of national reflection. that's "nbc nightly news" for this right now at 6:00, is it a google takeover or makeover? we break down google's expansion plans that just cleared a major hurdle in san jose. plus -- >> the ability to rebuild our lives. >> they thought they were fully covered. how fire insurance was ripped away from some who lost everything in the butte county zpierks who's help them. but first, a dangerous drive. tesla owners manipulating the autopilot feature, and it has the chp raising a red flag. the news at 6:00 starts right now.
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good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. gaming the tesla safety system to keep their hands off the wheel. some drivers have found a loophole in the autopilot technology, and the chp is warning that it is extremely dangerous and they're on to it. >>? tesla drivers are even posting online tutorials showing these dangerous driving techniques. let's bring in nbc bay area's anoushah rasta who's at the supercharging station in mountain view with the details. anoushah. >> raj, that's right. the video you're about to see does involve a tesla driver, but of course we do know there are other car companies out there that offer some type of driver assist technology. chp says you will be citeed if you're caught using one of those tricks to manipulate the technology and you're driving carelessly. but even if you aren't caught, it could be deadly. california highway patrol has a warning for drivers about a different kind of distracted

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