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breaking news tonight. a police officer charged with murder in a shocking con frontation caught on camera. a teen-ager shot 16 times. video being released in chicago tonight bracing for fallout. shot down. a russian fighter jet blown out of the sky near the syrian-turkey border. vladimir putin lashes ouhile the president of france comes to the white house. a high-stakes escalation against isis. and new alerts, an fbi bulletin to law enforcement across the country as the major holiday travel rush begins. as seen on tv, what a sharp-eyed viewer saw that may have saved a popular host's life. and from steelberg
to streisand. in the white house. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. there are urge ept calls for calm being issued by officials and community leaders in chicago as that city braces tonight for the public release of video showing the police shooting of a 17-year-old. the police officer was charged today with first-degree murder and a judge has ordered the release of the dash cam video which is said to show the officer repeatedly shooting the teen, including twice in the back as he walked away with a small knife had his hand. the officer is white and the teen is black. the case is awash in controversy, because it has taken more than a year for charges to be filed. stephanie gosk has late details. >> jason van dyke was the only chicago police officer of eight on the scene to
fire his gun at 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. >> the defendant's actions were not justified and not a proper use of deadly force by police officer. >> reporter: mcdonald died on his way to the hospital. today, over a year since the shooting, van dyke was charged with first-degree murder and held without bail. while the city of chicago braces for the release of graphic dash cam video, and possible protests. >> it is graphic. it is violent. it is chilling. >> reporter: a judge ordered the public release of the video by november 25th. after a local journalist sued the city. the whole shooting is caught on camera. mcdonald took pc p that night and carrying a three-inch blade when he was confronted here by police. the prosecutor said officer van dyke fired 16 rounds, roughly a bullet a second. and that for 13 seconds during the shooting, the teen-ager had already fallen to the ground. the coroner's report shows the gun shot
wounds. two were in the back. officer van dyke's attorney said the cop feared for his life. >> it is truly not a murder case. and we feel that we're going to be very successful in defending this case. >> reporter: six months ago, the city paid mcdonald's family a $5 million settlement without agreeing to any wrongdoing. even though there was never a lawsuit filed. now the city of chicago is bracing for protests. the victim's family did not want the video released and today in a statement urged calm. if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful. >> will we use this episode and this moment to build bridges that bring us together as a city or will we allow it become a way that erects barriers that tear us apart as a city. >> reporter: authorities anticipate that there will be protests. we just don't know when or where. and some local leaders are worried about violence. we spoke to a pastor of one of the largest
congregations in chicago. he said there is already anger in communities here and worries a video like this will add fuel to the fire. >> stephanie tonight, thank you. in minneapolis, two people are your arrest. they arrested a 23-year-old white man and a 32-year-old hispanic man and looking for more suspects. all five victims suffered nonlife-threatening injuries last night while protesting the shooting of jamar clark. police say it is too early to comment on protests claims they were attacked by white accept rama sifts. a fight above the syrian border has ratcheted up tensions between russia and an important nato ally. the u.s. is calling for calm and warning against an escalation after turkey shot down a russian plane it claims violated turkish air space. it is a claim russia strongly rejects tonight. nbc's richard engel is in turkey and has the
latest. >> reporter: the fire ball over syria's sky threatens to ignite the entire region. a russian su-25, supersonic bomber shot down by a turkish f-16. the two russian pilots did manage to eject but floated down into hostile territory. ground held by the very syrian fighters the pilots have allegedly been bombing. the so-ed moderate rebels posted a video. cheering, assaulting russia and the fallen pilot. >> why were they celebrating. >> because the downed plane was firing on civilians and cams on people. russia said they are fighting isis but there is no isis in this area, he said. russia, which has based in syria, scrambled search and rescue helicopters desperate to save the other pilot. but the rebels claimed they fired on the rescue helicopters with an american-made missile. russia confirmed a chopper was hit.
one crew member killed. the rest saved. in moscow, president vladimir putin was furious. >> this was a stab in the back by the associates of terrorists, he said. but turkey told a different story. releasing what it says was the russian jet's flight path and insisting it was targeted only after it crossed into turkish air space and after multiple warnings. >> the downing of the russian jet fighter basically really punctures a hole in the likelihood of the possibility of integrating russia into the western alliance. >> and the harder it is to get russia and nato together, the better it is for isis. which is only too happy to see its enemies shooting each other down. >> reporter: russia said it will not retaliate militarily against turkey but warned it will shoot down anything that threatens one of its aircraft again. lester. >> and the incident with the russian jet managed to overshadow
a crucial meeting at the white house today. french president hollande came to washington before going on to moscow to push for a united response against isis for at packs in paris. but as our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell explains, the mission did not go as planned. >> reporter: president obama widely criticized for not condemning the paris attacks strongly enough. tried to make up for it today. pledging to escalate the war against isis. >> it cannot be tolerated. it must be destroyed. and we must do it together. >> reporter: france's president said we must act. but the hopes of drawing obama and putin into a new coalition against isis were derailed by turkish shoot down of the russian plane. >> turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and air space. >> reporter: and obama sharply criticized putin would he said is fighting a different
>> the challenge has been russia's focus on propping up assad rather than focusing on isil. russia right now is a coalition of two. iran and russia supporting assad. >> reporter: obama is calling on russia not to escalate with turkey despite putin's threats. >> putin will respond. there is no doubt in my mind. i think it is highly unlikely that he would attack turkey and nato ally, but i think you could see a response inside of syria. >> reporter: france is ramping up air-strikes against isis from a carrier in the mediterranean. >> make no mistake, we will win and groups like isil will lose. >> reporter: but after all of the intelligence failures in france and belgium, obama demanded better intelligence cooperation with france an the rest of europe, especially the names of passengers flying to the u.s. in order to identify foreign fighters trying to attack the u.s. homeland. lester. >> thanks. chilling new details about the terror attacks in paris and the next plot, the ringleader
of that cell, intended to carry out days later. before authorities closed in, stopping it just in time. nbc's gabe guiterrez has the latest from paris. >> reporter: lester, good evening. authorities said today his plan wasn't over. abdelhamid abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the paris attacks, was allegedly plotting another suicide bombing. this one in paris' business district last wednesday or thursday. foiled when he died in this police raid in a norern paris suburb hours before the deadly attack would be carried out. cell phone records shows he returned to the scene of the carnage. today towards in belgium issued arrest warrant for abrini seen in a car with suspect the terrorist abdeslam who is also on the run. since the attacks, french authorities have conducted more than 1200 searches and taken 165 people into custody. lester. >> reporter: gabe
guiterrez in paris. also tonight, isis out with a new propaganda video taunting the u.s. among other things, saying our military lacks resolve after recent operations overseas. and a new bulletin from the fbi and homeland security urging the nation's police to remain vigilant for isis threats right before the holiday travel rush begins. our justice correspond ebt pete williams has late details. >> reporter: isis taunts the u.s. in the latest propaganda video saying american operations in iraq and afghanistan have left theitary demoralized, struggling with suicide. no threats in that video, but here at home holiday travelers are finding more security at airports and on mass transit. as a new fbi and homeland security bulletin urging local police to stay vigilant. isis may expand efforts to conduct attacks against soft targets. but said the biggest threat of a paris-style attack is still overseas, while the top concern in the u.s. remains home-grown extremists.
the bulletin said police here at home should encourage people what they consider suspicious and there is an app of that. you could take a picture or something suspicious and send it in with the address and the police check it out. the app is called see something, send something. worked in six states, colorado, louisiana, ohio, pennsylvania and virginia and new york. that message, if you see something say something, has produced a dramatic response since the paris attacks. in arlington county, virginia, police chief said the number of such calls is way up. >> we're chasing some leads that may never pan out. however, occasionally they do. and for the ones that do, it is worth its weight in gold to us. >> >> reporter: the fbi bulletin urges local police to review training for responding to active shooters. the subject of this recently released fbi training video. >> reporter: the fbi said the discarded cell phone found in paris that likely
belonged to one of the attackers did contain encryption software after all but it is still not clear how or even if it was used to conceal their communications from the french police. lester. >> pete williams, thank you. as a thfrpgs travel rush begins, several potential weather headaches to be aware of. tomorrow the worst in areas like salt lake city, billings, montana and boise as a storm system moved through. by thursday travel could be very hazardous, from chicago to dallas, with snow and ice possible. by friday, the system moves further into the midwest and south with possible icing in texas and oklahoma. a once in a lifetime moment at the white house today brought together some of the country's most remarkable people. as our hallie jackson tells us, some of the biggest names in movies, music, sports and more gathered to receive the nation's highest civilian honor. the medal of freedom. >> reporter: you might not recognize every face. but every one is an
today filling the east room, 17 honorees in all. from the director of jaws, steven spielberg, to steven hanheim, member of the most memorable lyrics. among the presidential freedom for service to country, culture and communities. >> they represent what is best in us. and we are very, very proud. >> reporter: the highest honor any civilian could receive. even ones who already have a grammy. or seven, or an oscar. recognized today, not just the funny girl, but the ground-breaking women. shirley chisolm, the first african-american woman in congress, nasa's katherine hampton, so good at imagine before john glenn piloted, he insisted she double check the computerment honorees range from those who pray --
beautifully, to those who played beautifully. willie mays at the white house, yogi berra's family accepting his award for him. the baseball great died just before discovering he received the medal of freedom. but as he might have said, if the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. hallie jackson, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, avoid these at all costs if you are loading up the car this thanksgiving. the worst traffic bottlenecks in the country. you might be surprised when you hear where some of them are. also dogs on demand. the new service that could instantly brighten your day this bale of hay cannot be controlled. when a wildfire raged through elkhorn ranch, the sudden loss of pasture became a serious problem for a family business. faced with horses that needed feeding and a texas drought that sent hay prices soaring, the owners had to act fast.
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we're back now with the holiday travel rush underway. 47 million americans going 50 miles or month from home this thanksgiving week. 90% of them driving to their destination. perhaps your family is among them. but they are headed out on to a highway system that is literally falling apart, contributing to the most clogged choke points across the country. nbc's tom costello has the new list which traffic nightmares are the worst. >> reporter: early morning in chicago, and the worst bottleneck in the country already living up to its name. a 12-mile stretch of i-90 that mark tear drives every day on his way into downtown.
>> starting at 6:30 in the morning, that is when things get congested here. >> reporter: the sun reflecting off the snow only aggravated the commute. in southern california -- yet another day with record traffic levels now pounding the crumbling roads. at the top of the list on the nation's worst bottlenecks behind kennedy expressway, the 405, 50i 10, 110 and the 101 in los angeles. the lincoln tunnel on i-95 in new york and i-35 in austin, texas, and the top 30 choke points in the country cost commuters 91 million hours of lost time, 10,000 car crashes each year. and hundreds of millions of gallons of gasoline. the secretary of transportation said it is time for congress to spend the money to fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges. >> what america is getting is a preview of what we can expect to occur over the next 30 years if things go unchecked. >> reporter: it has been ten years since congress passed a long-term highway funding plan.
now they have just until december 4th to get it done. meanwhile, cheap gas prices are fuelling the surge in traffic. gas buddy.com predicted the national average could dop below $2 a gallon, the first time in six years. just in time for the holiday rush. tom costello, nbc news, washington. we're back in a moment with a viewer at home who spotted something everyone else missed on the air and may have saved the woman: it's been a journey to get where i am. and i didn't get here alone. there were people who listened along the way. people who gave me options. kept me on track. and through it all, my retirement never got left behind. so today, i'm prepared for anything we may want tomorrow to be. every someday needs a plan.
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flip or flop is watched by more than 4 million people. but it was one sharp-eyed viewer who may have saved this host's life. >> ryan reed, a registered nurse who works near dallas was watching a flip or flop marathon when she noticed the lump on his neck. >> i paused it and rewound it and watched it again to see if i was seeing what i thought i was seeing. >> reed sent this e-mail to show producers, urging him to have his thyroid checked. saying she could see a nod you'll at the base of his neck. >> it is not something might be wrong. something is wrong. someone from texas reached out to us, it has to be important. >> reporter: the young father was diagnosed with stage two thyroid cancer. after surge ray and radiation in 2013, he is in remission. >> cancer most often shows up as just a lump in the neck. oftentimes blood tests will be normal and the patient will feel fine.
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thanksgiving holiday what's behind a rise in car thefts in sioux city? and norfolk catholic was trying to finish an undefeated season at the state finals in lincoln. finally tonight, we live in a time when we can get just about anything with the push of a button. now that includes a potential new best friend delivered right to your office. as janet shamlian asks, instead of a coffee break, how about taking a puppy break. >> reporter: it is a different kind of happy hour. at an austin advertising agency, the tonic for a rough day. does it get any better? puppies delivered to the office. all of the love, none of the house breaking. >> does it release the stress of work today. >> absolutely, it does. >> welcome to uber
puppies. the ride sharing app's latest charm. >> i'm calling to confirm you requested uber pups. >> they have 15 minutes of cuddle time, if you could get them. >> demand for uber in general is high and for puppies it pretty much breaked the internet. >> reporter: one request from a college >> you signed off on this? >> i did. i mean, it's fun. they all wanted to do it. that is fine. i like puppies. >> reporter: and a different pair of pups visit a high tech firm. the calls come in nonstop. partners with shelters in a dozen cities, it started as a campaign to increase dog adoption. >> this is like delivering christmas, isn't it? >> reporter: it has become much more. with holidays looming and work beckoning,
play dates, a prescription for whatever ails. janet shamlian, nbc news, austin. now there is a great idea. that will do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm al joens, in for matt breen. and i'm sheila brummer. an estimated 42 million people are expected to travel by car over the thanksgiving holiday. the bulk of that travel starts tomorrow. and experts say lower gas prices are a big part of the reason. ktiv's sam curtiss is live on gordon drive with the story. sam... a lot of folks hittin' the road. al and sheila, more americans are hitting the road because they are saving more. so much more in fact, the last