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maybe another chance once we hit friday. >> we will enjoy it. thanks so much. nightly news is next. >> we'll be back at 6:00, we'll see you then. >> bye. breaking news tonight, prosecutors come down hard on michael cohen asking for substantial jail time despite his cooperation in the russia probe. tonight robert mueller revealing what cohen told him and what mueller told the court today about paul manafort's ripped up plea deal. major shakeups, the president's pick for the new attorney general overseeing the russia probe. the former fox news host he wants at the u.n. and word his chief of staff may be out at any moment. judgment day, the man that drove into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally in charlottesville found guilty of murder. >> stocks plummet again, the dow down another 550 points
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capping off a wild week on wall street. the monster winter storm sweeping the country. 47 million in the path of snow, ice and torrential rain. we're tracking the threat. wild chase, suspects fleeing police at speeds over 100 piles an hour. the dramatic end caught on camera. and the woman who came back to life after she was declared nearly brain-dead. >> i made the hardest decision i ever had to make, and decided to take her off of life support. >> her family calls it a medical miracle. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. special counsel robert mueller tonight says former trump lawyer michael cohen has been helpful to his investigation but federal prosecutors in new york say he should be sentenced to prison including making illegal hush money payments he claims
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were on behalf of mr. trump. in the meantime, a much anticipated court filing in the case of former trump campaign chairman paul manafort could open a window into this investigation. our pete williams has late details. pete, good evening. >> reporter: lester, prosecutors are urging the judge to impose a substantial prison term for michael cohen, and robert mueller is keeping under wraps much of his claim that paul manafort lied after agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel investigation. mueller says paul manafort, the former trump campaign chairman violated his agreement by lying to them after he pleaded guilty, but court documents filed today giving specifics of what they say he lied about were heavily redacted. >> that means that there are ongoing investigations, sensitive information that the mueller team does not want to make public right now. >> reporter: the documents say manafort lied when he denied having contacts this year with the trump administration but they don't say what it was about. in new york, prosecutors recommended a single sentence for michael cohen's two guilty
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pleas, lying to congress about dealings with russia to build a trump tower in moscow and fraud and campaign finance violations for hush money payments to stormy daniels and another woman that claimed they had sexual encounters with trump and cohen argued against any prison sentence but says he has a rose colored view of the seriousness of the crimes and says he should get at least three years in prison and meanwhile, james comey was interviewed by house republicans in a closed session for about seventh hours today. they say the fbi went easy on hillary clinton but extra tough on president trump. >> we could have done this in open setting, and two, when you read the transcript, you will see that we're talking again about hillary clinton's e-mails for heaven's sakes, so i'm not sure we needed to do this at all.
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>> reporter: george papadopoulos was released after 12 days in a federal prison camp. his sentence for lying to mueller's investigators about contacts with russians promising to provide dirt on clinton. cohen will be sentenced next week, manafort will have to wait until march. pete williams, nbc news, washington. i'm kristen welker at the white house where president trump anticipating more disclosures from robert mueller lashed out in a barrage of early morning tweets, accusing mueller of big time conflicts of interest and arguing robert mueller and leaking lying james mueller are friends. cohen was deputy attorney general and mueller was the fbi director but no indication they are best friends. comey laughed off that suggestion on capitol hill today. for mueller, he was appointed by former president george w. bush a republican, while mueller and his team work on their report, the president says his lawyers are working on their version, we will be doing a major counter report to the mueller report, they should never again be allowed to happen to a future president of the united states.
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and reviving his attacks against his own deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein asking isn't rod totally conflicted? a dramatic difference from mr. trump's playful tone last night when rosenstein was at the white house for a hanukkah event. >> attorney general rod rosenstein. where is rod. rod, where are you? why? he's entitled to a much better location than that. thank you, rod, very much. >> reporter: president trump tweeted about the new filings late tonight totally clears the president thank you but those filings say mr. trump directed his lawyer to commit two felonies. >> kristen welker, thank you. the president also making some big announcements today revealing his nominees for attorney general and u.n. ambassador as reports swirl his chief of staff is heading for the exit. with more, here is peter alexander. >> reporter: president trump tonight tapping his pick to be america's top law enforcement official,
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long-time washington lawyer william barr. >> he was my first choice from day one, respected by republicans and democrats. >> reporter: if confirmed, barr would return to a position he held under president george h.w. bush and replace matt whitaker under fire for attacking the russia investigation. republicans tonight quick to praise the pick but democrats are demanding barr that would oversee the russia inquiry commit to protecting robert mueller after barr's criticism of members of mueller's team. >> in this case, he wants somebody as attorney general who is going to basically protect him and not question what he's doing. >> reporter: also tonight, four sources familiar with the matter say chief of staff john kelly is expected to depart been days after a tenure, with policy clashes. the president last month noncommittal when asked about kelly's future. >> people leave. people leave. >> reporter: kelly's
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likely replacement, vice president pence's chief of staff an ambitious 36-year-old political strategist. peter alexander, nbc news. i'm andrea mitchell, president trump's choice to replace nikki haley at the u.n., a former "fox and friends" anchor with no prior government experience. >> she's very talented, very smart. very quick and i think she's going to be respected by all. >> reporter: if confirmed, heather nauert will go against veteran diplomats like russia's u.n. ambassador and following in the footsteps of high powered figures like george h.w. bush and madeleine al bright. >> we don't need a broadcaster, we need a diplomat. someone that will go to work on behalf of the united states of america. >> reporter: hauert >> reporter: nauert has had her missteps seeming to praise germany's role in world war ii. >> tomorrow is the anniversary of the d-day invasion. we have a long history with the government of germany. >> reporter: the u.n. job will be downgraded.
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former secretary of state rex tillerson describing how he lost clout with the president. >> the president says here is what i want to do and how. i would have to say mr. president, i understand what you want to do but you can't do it that way. it violates the law. it violates the treaty. >> reporter: tonight the president tweeting he couldn't get rid of tillerson fast enough because he was quote dumb as a rock and lazy as hell. there is more breaking news tonight, a jury found a man guilty for killing a woman when he drove into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally in charlottesville last year. here is nbc stephanie gosk. >> reporter: the crowd in charlottesville showed up to protest a white supremacist rally, despite the anger, nobody expected this. the verdict reached today, james fields deliberately plowed into the protesters killing one and
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injuring dozens of others. he was found guilty of first-degree murder. he could spend the rest of his life in prison. the jury shown photos of fields' car before, during and after he drove it into the crowd of protesters. among the most dramatic pieces of evidence, a video taken moments after the incident not yet released publicly. fields can be heard asking police are they okay and sobbed when he learned hire had died and the jury heard a prison phone call between fields and his mother. he became upset with her for sympathizing for heyer's mother. there is also this, a post fields made on instagram, an image that looked similar to the real scene that day.
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fields' attorneys argued he felt threatened by the crowd and acted in self-defense he says, an argument the jury ultimately did not believe. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> it was another rough and troubling day on wall street. the dow dropping over 550 points over a weaker than expected jobs report. with more, here is nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: an end to a week of angst, volatility and heavy selling on wall street. the dow jones losing 1,436 over three trading sessions, for the week, the broader market index, the s&p 500 down more than 4% and now, negative for the year. >> worries over what is to come in this u.s. china trade truce. >> reporter: the uncertainty about a trade war with china a big factor as well as concern about the potential for a future recession. the housing market already slowing and opec moving to hike oil prices. still many average investors seem to be taking it all in stride. >> it's going to take a dip but we are in it for the long haul, you know. you've got to look at it in years of growth.
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>> reporter: with so much uncertainty, december is looking like a rough month on wall street. >> we may have to put santa claus' picture on a milk carton because so far it doesn't look like he's coming around too readily. >> reporter: so far, more grinch than santa. among tech stocks taking a hit was apple facing criticism over the latest apple watch about a warning about a health feature that may not be what it was cracked up to be. steve patterson explains. >> reporter: it's being marketed as a potential lifesaver. >> apple watch has become an intelligent guardian for your health. >> reporter: apple's hot ticket holiday gadget, the latest smart watch is advertising health features as a first of its kind wearable ekg and heart sensor designed to monitor afib but critics are pointing out apple's fine print.
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it's for users of no prior history of afib and is not accurate enough to detect heart attacks or stroke. it can lead to false positives in healthy consumers. >> they don't have the disease but think they might, we start running into problems. >> reporter: for now, the latest watch can't replace time with a doctor. nbc news, los angeles. let's get the latest on the coast-to-coast storm affecting millions tonight. it's taking aim at texas right now swamping much of that state with heavy rain. our meteorologist dylan dreyer is tracking this monster storm, dylan. >> reporter: good evening, lester. there is a lot of moisture with this storm. we're expecting torrential downpours across texas tonight, up to six inches of rain is possible. flooding is a possibility all throughout the south as it moves into the southeast by saturday and on the northern edge of this storm, there is just enough cold air that we will see snow and ice as an issue, especially across north carolina
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and virginia where four to eight inches of snow is possible up to a foot in the mountains. so this is certainly not very typical for this part of the country this early in the season, lester? >> thanks. tracking it all for us tonight. there was a wild high-speed chase in oklahoma today when police tried to pull a car over in oklahoma city. it took off reaching speeds up to 100 miles an hour and it ended dramatically police hit that forced the car into the air. the people survived that, hard to believe and were taken into custody. damaging allegations about sexual misconduct and secrecy at cbs news involving don huet, the man behind "60 minutes." >> reporter: don hewitt created "60 minutes." ratings dominance and now allegedly sexual harassment. "the new york times" reporting in the '90s, cbs settled with a female employee who
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claimed hewitt sexual assaulted her several times and ruined her career, according to a draft investigative report looking into cbs' culture. the original settlement was $450,000 and has been amended and exceeds $5 million and exceeds $75,000 a year. he died in 2009. why is cbs still paying this money? >> clearly, cbs wants to keep this woman quiet and the payments they agreed to stretch until the end of her life. >> reporter: cbs had no response. investigators reportedly say the misconduct of hewitt's successor was less severe. haguer was fired after sending a threatening text message to a reporter covering allegations against him. according to the "times", investigators say the firing was justified, he said he was only demanding fairness in coverage and regrets how he did
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it. unknown who will be the next leader of cbs' legendary broadcast. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. just days after he was announced as the host of the oscars, comedian kevin hart stepped down after homophobic tweets from his past surfaced. he was initially defiant when he said the academy issued an ultramateum but he later apologized. >> the miracle of families brought their mom back to life. a driver trapped in a burning truck, the deputy making a dramatic rescue. and the boy who tried to write to santa but the devil is in the details.
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all right. we're back with what a family is calling a medical miracle, a woman considered brain-dead recovers after the gut wrenching decision to remove life support. >> reporter: he was there last august when wife michelle collapsed. it was massive heart attack. doctors said there was no hope. >> they said she only
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has 5% brain function. >> reporter: he knew she wouldn't want to live like that. >> the hardest decision i ever had to make, i decided to take her off of life support. >> reporter: he and their two children planned her funeral and said good-bye. two days later, she opened her eyes. two days after that -- >> she told the nurse she was hungry. the doctor said what should we do? i said feed her. >> reporter: today she's almost fully recovered, still grappling with what she and her family went through. >> the decisions that he had to make, that's just. >> reporter: every day, there are reminders. >> one day i put on a pair of shoes that my husband was going to bury me in. he starts crying and i'm like what's wrong with you? >> reporter: carl calls it a miracle. >> here she is. it can't get more miraculous than that. >> reporter: a miracle and a reminder. >> make sure you remember the people
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you have with you now because you never know what is going to happen. >> we really found a new love for each other. >> reporter: a family given a second chance and not taking anything for granted. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. >> what on ordeal and what an ending. we'll be back and one officer's heroic effort to save a man trapped in his truck. it's all caught on camera. we'll be right back.
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next tonight, the dramatic rescue led by a sheriff's deputy in texas as he responded to a man in a burning pickup truck. all of it recorded on the deputy's body cam. tammy leitner with details. >> reporter: a desperate dash to save a stranger. deputy conner martin running towards this terrifying accident near dallas, a pickup truck billowing with smoke, the driver trapped inside. >> when i first showed up, i felt useless. we're not firemen. >> reporter: martin's body cam rolling as he claimed into the
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smoke-filled cab. >> this is the dash. is the dash holding your leg in? >> yeah. >> reporter: inside, michael pierce. his legs pinned and flames at his feet. >> i just played it out, lord, don't let me burn to death in this truck. >> reporter: pierce had been rushing to the hospital to visit his son when he was slammed into a semi. more than a dozen people stopped to help. martin nearly overcome by the smoke had to catch his breath several times. finally, managing to pull pierce from the burning truck. >> another gentleman was out and i looked at the vehicle and the front seat was destroyed. >> he saved my life. >> reporter: tonight, pierce thankful to be alive. >> they all risked their lives to save me. >> reporter: especially deputy martin who pierce says is his guardian angel. nbc news. >> one word, wow. a followup tonight from the 9-year-old
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girl with a passion for basketball when riley morrison wrote steph curry disappointed his shoes were not offered in girls' sizes, curry wrote her back and said he'd send her a pair. riley has her new kicks and an invitation to a golden state game. when we come back, a letter to santa and a spelling mistake that will make you laugh. away with more than 20 g
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then investigators discover a connection between the accused thief and the teller. backlash over a new video by concord pd. because of how much it cost, and where they got the money. next. finally tonight, it's that time of year when countless kids are writing letters to santa but for one 4-year-old boy in southern california, the letters took a devilish turn. here is kevin tibbles. >> reporter: what's in a name? ask these 4-year-old twins, noah for instance has some down
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pat. >> how do you spell your name? >> n-o-a-h. >> good job. >> reporter: but the letter to santa went a little south this year, way south because aside from saying he had been nice and asking for a new toy, noah got a few letters mixed-up and addressed his note to the naughtiest fellow of all, not the grinch but the guy with the horns. >> you did it by yourself? >> uh-huh. >> what does this say? >> santa. >> santa, huh? >> mom jennifer's response says it all. >> well, i'm a therapist so my first thought is we got to get this kid into therapy. >> reporter: oh, and santa, if you're watching, noah wasn't being devilish, he did mean you. >> what do you want santa to get you? >> a helicopter and train. >> a helicopter and train. >> kevin tibbles, nbc news. >> ho, ho, ho, merry christmas. >> and merry christmas to you, too, noah. that's "nightly news"
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for this friday. from all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. you're not listening to me. >> right now, that's rubin foster being roarecorded on a police body cam. plus, check this out. that's a woman, holding a knife, a mistake she made in the holdup. but first. ♪ this lip synch challenge cost tens of thousands of dollars to produce. the police department in contra
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costa county is defending the money it spent on this video. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good friday evening. thanks for joining us, i'm janelle wang sitting in for raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. local police departments poke fun at themselves by filming police officers lip synching. 77,000 have watched the concord police department's latest lip synch video. but critics are questioning whether it's worth the money spent. it cost $34,000. melissa colorado joins us where some of that video was shot. >> reporter: well, the social media video was practically shot like a real music video. there were different locations, backup dancers. there was even a drone. but some are now wondering, was it money well spent? ♪ it's not often someone asks the wo

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