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russia with love. donald trump's comment about putin. record rush. over 100 million americans in biggest holiday escape ever. gas pricing plunging, roads and airports packed. center where the airlines are bracing. on the run, the texas teen who kill the people while driving drunk and stayed out of jail with an affluenza defense and tonight he is gone and the fbi is on the hunt. and the tanning bed fight against skin cancer. millions of americans wouldn't be allowed to use them. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. there is breaking news tonight from the campaign trail. bernie sanders campaign has just filed a federal lawsuit against the democratic national
presidential campaign goes to war with its own party. it erupted when the dollars dnc accused massive data breached from the hillary clinton campaign. the two get set to clash in tomorrow night as debate and hillary clinton's campaign saying our data was stolen. andrea mitchell has the late details. >> reporter: bernie sanders campaign caught fire online today got caught snooping on hillary clinton's campaign research. admitting that a low-level staffer and perhaps others took advantage of a computer breach in democratic party data files to access clinton's secret voter's list. but bernie sanders fought back, accusing them of sabotaging them. >> we're running a clean campaign. >> reporter: bernie sanders campaign fired the staff member who
trying to prove that the system was vulnerable. >> i did not download any voter file data. i did look -- the only thing i looked at was making sure it was not our data. >> reporter: but documented obtained by nbc news show the damage. for 40 minutes they search key party voters. the party chair sut off sander's access to his own voter profile, potentially crippling his campaign. >> i shoe were on the other foot and clinton had accessed sander's campaign, sanders would expect me to react in the same way. >> reporter: today sanders filed an in junction saying it is ham strung without access to its own voter data. sanders supporters exploded online. it is a classic showdown. the outside versus the establishment. sanders a loaner with
and no entourage, firing up millennials. attracting huge crowds. now closing in on clinton in iowa. and slightly ahead in new hampshire. tonight the clinton campaign accused the sanders' campaign of stealing data in a nasty rivalry between two that have been civil and 24 hours from now they have to face each other in a debate. lester. >> andrea, thanks. and donald trump again. with eye-brow raising new comments about vladimir putin. as a mutual admiration grows between the front-runner and the russian leader who has been a major thorn in the side of the u.s. nbc's katy tur has >> reporter: from russia with love. vladimir putin famous online for his afaction for topless activize is praising the american
saying he has a bright personality, a talented person. and donald trump is returning the flattery. >> when people call you brilliant, it's always good. especially when the person heads up russia. >> reporter: but putin is accused of ordering murder. of opponents and journalists. >> he's running the country at least he's a leader, you know, unlike what we have in this country. >> again, he kills journalists that don't agree with him. >> well, i think our country does plenty of killing also, joe. >> reporter: since 2,000, 25 journalists have died under many circumstances, including one known of criteria and the annexing of crimea. putin claims crimea belonged to russia. today's donald trump defense that america killed people too
some well. mitt romney said important distinct. after being pressed, donald trump did condemn the killing of journalists. but his supporters stand by him, seemingly no matter what he says or who he praises. katy tur, new york. president obama gave what is likely his final news conference of the year and he sought to reassure americans that the strategy to battle isis is working. he also announced he is commuting the sentences of 95 nonviolent drug offenders. the most he's ever commuted at once. and thanked congress for passing a package. the fbi has joined in the search for a texas teen who killed four people while driving drunk and made national headlines when he stayed out of jail with an in famous affluenza defense. his lawyers arguing he
consequences growing up wealthy. and failing to check in with a probation officer, he and his mother are missing. gabe guiterrez reports from texas. >> reporter: tonight the manhunt for ethan couch is expanding. the fib and -- the fbi and the marshal joining the search after he missed a mandatory meeting with his probation officer. >> i believe he ran after his last visit with the probation officer. it makes sense he would want as much head they could get. >> he drove drunk and cashed near fort worth in 2014. >> there is another child in the ditch. oh, my god. >> reporter: four people were killed and nine injured. his blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. during sentencing they argued the teen didn't innocence the consequences of his action due to his affluent upbringing. that drew outrage on social media.
disease, defect or disorder. it is a little bit of voodoo and smoke and mirrors that were used by couch's attorney at the sentencing hearing. >> this woman and her daughter died in the crash. >> he has not been held accountable for his mistakes. >> reporter: couch is believed to be on the run with his mother. today his attorney said we have not been provided with any additional information concerning ethan's situation. because of the obvious uncertainty surrounding this matter it would not be appropriate for us to make any additional public statements at this time. the local sheriff called couch his most wanted fugitive. >> do you have any idea where he could be. >> no. i don't have any specific idea where he could be. i fear he has gone a long way and i won't be shocked if he's out of the country. >> reporter: the sheriff said that couch has already violated his probation by failing to check in. if caught he could face up to ten years in prison.
offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest. lester. >> gabe, thank you. tonight president obama and the first family are embarking for a two-week vacation in hawaii. on the way, he will stop in california to meet with families of victims of the san bernardino terror attack. and we're learning chilling new details about other terror plots that were aborted before that attack from the only person charged in the investigation. we get more from nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer. >> reporter: it is at this quiet campus, riverside city college, where according to a 36-page criminal complaint enrique marquez and sigh yesterday farook planned an attack in 2011. the plot to attack this busy library and a packed cafeteria. marquez told investigators he and farook would drop pipe bombs from the second floor down below. as students rab out of the -- ran out of the
cafeteria, they would the plots were designed to, quote, maximize the number of casualties. >> it is crazy you would want to hurt so know. >> reporter: the complaint alleges the two also targeted the riverside freeway at rush hour. farook was to throw pipe bombs on the to the freeway and walk along stalled cars shooting into them. marquez would fire from a hillside. >> i think it is plenty dangerous enough without maniacs shooting and bombing you on it. >> fiesing a judge for the first time, marquez has been charged with three felonies. prosecutors say there is no evidence he participated in the attack that left 14 dead. but the assault rifles marquez bought were used in the shooting. after learning of the shooting, marquez called 911 telling the operator, they could trace all of the gun back to me. the operateog at one point asking, you said he used your gun.
tonight the shock is gone. but not the grief. miguel almaguer, nbc news, san bernardino. a lot on the minds of americans as they prepare for the holidays which for many of us includes travel plans. a holiday travel surge like this one in new york city tonight underway across the country. unlike anything we've seen before with more than 100 million people expected to be heading out of town driven by cheap gas and mild weather in many places. as nbc's tom costello tells us, the folks who get us there are bracing for the holiday crush. >> reporter: on the ramp at dfw in dallas, the morning push, as the busiest travel day going into the winter holidays kicks into high gear. american airlines, the nation's biggest, moving 650,000 passengers today alone. the only weather hangup today on the west coast. at the new state-of-the-art command center, they track every one of the planes, watch the weather, even monitor social media for
issues. 7,000 conversations a day. scott ramsey is in charge. >> if we are passengers issuing a complaint, thael deal with them realtime. >> if somebody said my flight is delayed or miss my connection, how will they start. >> start an in stand conversation with the people on board. >> reporter: all airlines will carry 38 million passengers over the next two weeks. many customers taking advantage of low airfares. >> for the timing, i think the price is okay. >> reporter: but it is not just ticket prices that are low. gas is hovering near $2 a gallon. a seven-year low. cheapner bigger cities. a reason 91 million americans are hitting the road this year. >> we do expect to see more people. >> they are silly if they don't take advantage of it. >> a 50-car pile-up in white-out conditions. 3.4 million are traveling by train and bus. back in dallas tonight, they are just getting started. hoping the mild weather lasted until everyone is back home safely.
american airlines tells me they are dealing with a million checked bags today alone, lester. the busiest travel day of this entire holiday period is january 3rd. everybody rushing to get home. the least busy travel day, christmas eve, christmas day, new year's eve and new year's day. back to you. >> tom chovt, thanks for the tour. a revere treasure in the catholic church, mother teresa will be made a saint after pope francis recognized the second of two miracles attributed to her. she will most likely be canonized in november around the 19th anniversary of her death. still ahead tonight, some say it is as bad as the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. the synthetic drug that triggered another day, and i'm still struggling with my diabetes. i do my best to manage. but it's hard to keep up with it.
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i'm sheila brummer. matt breen has the night off. presidential hopeful dr. ben carson is in northwest iowa tonight. it's all part of a three-day campaign swing throughout the hawkeye state. he started this morning in storm lake at buena vista university. much of his focus was on his faith and how it has affected his life. he also talked about things he believes threatens the country. "we've allowed the purveyors of hatred and division to hold sway among us, to convince us that there's a war on women, that there's race wars," said dr. ben carson, republican presidential candidate. " carson also discussed putting health care in the hands of individuals and health care providers as well as common core education. carson is be holding a rally at stoney creek in sioux city tonight at seven. carson's stop at buena vista university is just one example of college visits by candidates. ktiv's tiffany lane spoke with young voters today about hearing presidential