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tonight, officer charged after a fatal shooting caught on camera. a diver killed while his girlfriend pleaded in the passenger seat. the four-year-old in the car. the aftermath streamed live on facebook. new emergency evacwakes as wildfires explode across seven states. smoke blankets big cities sending people rushing to the er. up in the air, high drama inside trump tower as the president elect denies reports of chaos as a surprise name emerges for a powerful post. surprise medical bills. when a hospital takes your insurance, but the doctor who is treating you doesn't. a staggering one out of five patients paying the price in an emergency. attention holiday shoppers. best way to save on gifts might be how you
nightly news begins right now. goovrnl good evening. in a year of several high profile shootings, but police officers few have generated as 34u67 shock. taking his dying breath moments after an officer opened fire on h a we begin tonight with a major development on that case. that saint paul minnesota officer has now been criminally charged after prosecutors determined castile did everything right. kplaing with officer's order before he was fatally shot. key evidence is the disturbing video captured by his girlfriend. nbc blake mccoy has details. >> oh, my god please don't tell me he's dead.
castile's killing by police was seen around the world. tonight the officer is being charged. jeronimo yanez charged with second degree manslaughter carrying up to ten years in jail. plus two counts of dangerously discharging a firearm. previous e previously said he thought he was reaching for a gun. had a permtd to carry and warned the officer. i told him not to reach for it. i told him get his hand off it. >> you told him get hi said castile was calm and complying with the officer's commands. >> his dying words were in protest that he wasn't reaching for his gun. there simply was no objective threat posed to officer jeronimo yanez. the july shooting sparked sometimes dangerous protests with police. camped out the government for weeks. gave several passionate pleas.
made sure those bullets did not ricochet. it could have been all three of us. >> minnesota's police union said it's dispointed for the charges. no one can speak to officer for what he encountered. >> it's the beginning to a different chapter. and we all hope and pray that the prright thing is done. >> reporter: she hopes e felt nationwide. blake mccoy, nbc news. let's turn to wildfire emergency impacting more than half a dozen states. there are new evacuations underway and air quality alerts as smoke blankets big cities sending people to the hospital. get the latest from nbc carry sanders. >> reporter: in north carolina today, a heavy aerosol on the flames.
>> make sure i got any valuables. >> reporter: with his wedding photo in hand, david benson now on the move like hundreds of others. more than 80,000 acres ablaze across seven southern states. 5,000 from as far away as alaska on the frontlines. hundreds hospitalized due to dangerous smoke conditions. still searching for what started the dozens of major fires. in tennessee, two men charged with separate arson another arrest in kentucky. police say that suspect admitted he set the fires to get more facebook likes. >> why would you do that? it's just sad. >> this mart is hard. >> reporter: in athens the cracked earth painful evidence of the record drought feeding the flames. 60 days without a drop of rain. >> we've been living here almost 37 years and the ponds have never been dry. >> reporter: across the south, park
parking offroad for fear of igniting the dry leaves blow. >> there's a cold front moving in. not bring beneficial rain. could bring gusty winds this weekend that might make matters worse. >> with that forecast, fears tonight these fires will only grow. >> reporter: across the south tonight, air quality levels at a level read. that is unhealthy. anybody in the impacted area could be susceptible to breathing problems. plan to battle the blazes overnight. hoping a lack of wind at least for the moment gives them an upper hand. >> thank you. now to drama surrounding white house transition of power. president elect donald trump in an early morning series of tweets denying reports of turmoil inside his team as they race to fill key rolls. more on that and the surprise name being considered to join the new administration. >> reporter: tonight,
count down to cabinet selections. another name now in the mix for secretary of state. sources familiar with the discussions siting south carolina governor, nick hi haley, who begrungingly backed trump even after he said her constituents are embarrassed by her. >> governor, are you going to support trump. >> great to be in cleveland. >> so far no response from the governor's office. eight days in, president elect trump looking a lot like candidate trump did. much of what happened during his campaign. internal jockeying, leadership changes, complaints privately and publicly, no one really knows who is in charge. >> i think there is confusion going on about a chain of command coming out of new york. vice president elect mike pence, the new transition team leader, touring his soon to be home today with vice president joe biden. trump's team blames the griping on sour grapes from people forced out as they
up there. i was in d.c. yesterday at both transition offices. very engaged. full on energy. >> reporter: while both president bushes made cabinet nominations within days of potents conceding. took president obama two weeks. parking light clinton, more than a month. by that timeline, president elect trump is on pace. >> every transition goes through chaos: every transition goes through turnover. >> reporter: trump is insisting his is going attacking the media like he did his who campaign one day after dining with his family. >> hi mr. president elect. >> reporter: but ditching the roeporters assigned to follow him. >> i find it frankly admirable. what he is saying there's a new way of doing things. there's a new sheriff in town. >> reporter: the white house correspondent's association called the move unacceptable. the point of that small group of press
emergency. without that on a day like september 11, bush would not have been able to address the nation if the florida school. >> midtown, manhattan thank you. turning overseas where a three week reprieve deadly air strikes have been launched on aleppo syria. among the sites hit, an underground hospital built to care for the children of the war torn city. nbc news has exclusive access into the hospital. for more on the tack i attack, we richard engel. >> reporter: the only hospital was bombed witnesses say by helicopters. served 4,000 patient as much. no more. one of the doctors filmed the aftermath for us. hospitals are targets in syria and the regime has been bombing them ruthlessly. from the basement, a doctor spoke to us over skype. asked us not to show
attacks. there are more than 90,000 children. these children are not terrorists. we are not terrorists. >> reporter: nbc news has been filming at the children's hospital for two months. it had the only relatively advanced maternity ward in the rebel held aleppo. now out of commission. the regime has launched offensive to take back the city. people there are not expecting help from the outside. >> what do you think the change of aleppo. >> for me, personal i'm not worried because of trump because mr. obama didn't do anything for the people. >> reporter: the bombs are still falling there. rescue workers pulled a girl from under rubble. she survived, but the offensive is gearing up for what some fear is a final push on the city. richard engel, nbc news, new york.
to the shock so many americans must deal with after a health crisis. new report shows over 1-5 patients getting hit with surprise medical bills after being treat ed -- >> how you can prevent it. >> reporter: a trip to the emergency room is fraught with worry, but outdoors man tracey davis didn't anticipa ankle. >> never was i thinking about out of network doctors. i just needed help. >> got a bill for even though the insurance was in their network. >> in network hospital with an out of network er doctor. makes no sense. >> reporter: in today's health care maize, not unusual say as new study in new england journal of medicine. get surprise bills. costing an average of
payment. it's rent. it's food. >> reporter: the reason some er doctors contract independently and not always with the same insurers as the hospitals they work. >> we have to get out of bizarre world where they don't match. at the end of the day it's causing huge distress for the patients. the american college of emergency physicians blames insurers who they say don't offer reasonable reimbursements. while insurance companies say encourage doctors to sign on with same insurers they use. >> so what is a patient to do? >> best advice i have for a patient is do your homework beforehand. >> reporter: nbc doctor john torres an er doctor himself and others suggest know your in network hospital. find out if er doctors are covered. if you get a surprise bill, negotiate. that cut $200 off davis's bill, but like
trying to heel. we turn now to troubling findings. the first half of the year, highway deaths climbed more than 10% compared to last year. after years of decline, experts say the rising rate of fatales could be linked to apps. apps designed to make your life easier behind the wheel, but may be putting you in danger. nbc explains. >> reporter: in corpus on the freeway. in minnesota a teenager kills a father and daughter. from florida to california, nearly 18,000 people have died on highways in the first six months of this year. a startling 10% spike compared to last year. experts say apps may be driving the troubling trend, taking away our attention from the road like never before. >> i knew she was gone, but you know, you don't want to accept it. >> reporter: bonnie
driving. >> so tempting to just let me check facebook status or let me send a tweet or check my e-mail. it can end in the blink of animal eye. >> reporter: popular apps like snapchat let you post photos in current speeds. games like pokemon go allow users to search for creaturing on the highway. gps app waze asks commuters to report accidents. >> trying to listen, watch for traffic and drive and maneuver and >> all of the app companies stress there are safe ways to use them. take waze, for example, which encourages drivers to use hands free with voice commands and put down their phones. still experts worry it isn't enough. >> we know hands free is not risk free. it's not your hand that's distracted, it's your brain. >> reporter: tonight commuters may be losing sight of what's important. very apps designed to
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get the story from gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: at his day job, phil is a school resource officer, but in moralton, an hour outside little rock, he's become a bit of a rock star. on duty not just to protect and serve, but also sing ? ? >> reporter: he calls it cop car karaoke. inspired by james winning car pool karaoke. >> you started lip singing in the beginning. >> yes, two years ago, three years ago. >> now you actually do sing. >> i try to sing. >> pretty or not, his videos have racked up tens of thousands of views on social media. now other officers around arkansas are providing backup. it's become a weekly
on community policing. >> shows how music can bring people together. >> he's at every ball game, every events. goes above and beyond to be a presence for the kids. >> a positive presence after he noticed growing mistrust of police officers nationwide. >> my fair part of connecting with the kids is showing them just because we have a gun and a badge, we're people. we're just like them. >> reporter: and for this father of two, the job can get personal. >> love you. >> we have kids we need to reach out to that haven't been given their fair share and these kids mean more than anything to me. >> reporter: it is that responsibility he says that keeps him singing. maybe off key, but on duty. gabe gutder resident, nbc news. i don't know about you, but that leaves me with a smile on my face. that's going do it for
from all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. this looks like the work of hate filled vandals, please let them be watching tonight so they can see the victim is anything but. >> it is fear that is driving you. we all have fear. denver mayor pledgeathize city will be-- pledges the city
here illegally for sanctuary. whether trump can pull millions of funding inden rr chooses to-- denver chooses to ignore the law. these denver police officers hope to make a bigger point. a first thanksgiving for some in colorado. the mystery message that can only be seen from the sky. who is marty? we will find out, next. 2 men, 2 promises, president elect donald trump says he will cities that ignore immigration law and deport people in the country illegally. mayor hancock says this is a welcoming city safe for people who are here illegally. here is the conflict and the question. for people here who illegally who live outside denver? perhaps where local leaders would welcome deportations, is mayor hancock telling them to come to denver for sanctuary?