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nbc 10, thanks for watching. i'm renee chenault-fattah. the news tonight continues with "nbc nightly news." on our broadcast tonight, boots on the ground. did the nation's top military officer just open the door to the possibility of american combat troops in this fight against isis despite what the president told the nation? without warning. wildfires explode in california engulfing entire neighborhoods as some families escape only with what they were wearing. money talks but will the nfl listen? along with their customers, now some of the game's biggest advertisers starting to weigh in. and legal weed in colorado where they can't grow it fast enough to keep up with demand, but there have been some scarce along the way that other states are now watching. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york,
this is "nbc "nightly news"" with brian williams. >> we begin with men and women in the u.s. military being sent off to serve overseas on two big fronts. today the president said he's sending up to 3,000 americans into africa to join in the fight against ebola, an enemy they cannot see. but first to an enemy operating out in the open. this fight against isis and the debate that broke out again today was whether or not the u.s. can truly avoid putting troops on the ground. it's where we begin tonight with our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: is this the beginning of mission creep? the president's top general today opening the door to requesting american boots on the ground against isis. >> if we reach the point where i believe our advisers should accompany iraq troops on attacks against specific isil targets, i'll recommend that to the president. >> reporter: and this. >> if there are threats to the united states, then i, of course, would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include
the use of u.s. military ground forces. >> reporter: but the president has repeatedly promised no boots on the ground. >> these american forces will not have a combat mission. we will not get dragged into another ground war in iraq. >> reporter: and telling chuck todd on "meet the press" -- >> the notion that the united states should be putting boots on the ground i think would be a profound mistake. >> reporter: general dempsey even told congress u.s. troops could be embedded with iraqis on complex missions like retaking mosul. and he said it could take a year to train only 5,000 syrian forces to go up against isis in syria. something critics in both parties say should have been done two years ago. >> was the president right in 2012 when he overruled his secretary of defense, secretary of state and director of the cia and refused to train and equip the modern opposition forces in syria, which, according to your testimony, we're doing today? >> senator, you know that i recommended that we train them.
>> reporter: isis isn't waiting. today in a propaganda video claiming it shot down a syrian war plane, a claim nbc news cannot verify, and two branches of al qaeda tweeted a rare joint message. urging warring militants in iraq and syria to stop the infighting between you and stand as one rank against america's campaign. even as the u.s. escalated its air war, striking isis targets near baghdad. the white house quickly said that general dempsey's comments were only hypothetical. and under pressure from the white house, tonight dempsey's spokesman said american combat forces are not required now, but he repeated if the situation calls for combat troops, he will ask for them. >> andrea mitchell starting us off tonight. thanks. now to the second front, this fight against ebola, which as of today became a military matter. as we said, up to 3,000 american military personnel will be deployed into this hot zone in africa at a starting cost of
$600 million, all of it to combat an outbreak the world health organization called today, quote, unparalleled in modern times. we get our report tonight from our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman. >> reporter: the images from west africa are searing. children alone in the streets, men collapse and left to die. with ebola now spiraling beyond a health crisis and into a global security threat, president obama said the united states must do more. >> ebola is now an epidemic of the lines we've not seen before. >> reporter: and so the administration announced today operation united assistance, sending 3,000 troops including medical, engineering and security forces. building 17 treatment centers in liberia, shipping 10,000 sets of protective equipment and supplies. training healthcare workers and assisting with security. >> we've done it in haiti several times. we've done it in south america, we've done it in africa before,
we've done it in southeast asia. >> reporter: but this is an infectious hot zone. >> that is unprecedented. i can't remember a time when we sent troops to do this particular mission. >> reporter: u.s. forces will not have any direct contact with ebola patients, but they will be dealing with people who are scared and suspicious of outsiders offering to help. so the question remains -- who's really in charge? >> the russians the cubans, japanese, chinese, ugandans, canadians, europeans all working on this issue. who will take control? >> reporter: the virus is spreading much faster than efforts to contain it. researchers suspect the epidemic started last december with one case in guinea. now there are nearly 5,000 cases in five african countries. some experts predict that if we don't get control of the virus, the number of infections could mushroom to nearly 55,000 by next month. today ebola survivor and missionary dr. kent brantly met with the president before
testifying before congress. >> i witnessed the horror that this disease visits upon its victims. this is not simply a matter of providing humanitarian aide, it is very much a national security concern. >> reporter: the death toll has climbed to over 2500 cases. if there is a silver lining in this epidemic, it may be that we're finally talking about a real commitment to improving fragile healthcare systems in africa and around the world. >> a national security concern. that's a takeaway quote. now to a state of emergency in california where a dozen wildfires are exploding including one so ferocious it torched half of a town turning neighborhoods into ashes. our own miguel algagger is in the community of weed, california, north of reading, prepared to show us the accident of the devastation there. >> reporter: good evening. this is the biggest neighborhood in weed. we are just off of oak street. it's an eerie example of what we
saw over and over again today. just yesterday children were playing in this front lawn, their toys are still tossed everywhere. now home after home obliterated. 45-mile-an-hour winds. 100 structures, nearly a quarter of this small town, was damaged or destroyed. 1500 people scrambled to get out. >> horrendous. absolutely just devastating. >> reporter: tammy gonzalez ran to evacuate children from a nearby school. as flames barreled down on them. did you think you were going to make it out alive? >> at one point, no. >> reporter: with smoke choking this community of 3,000, it wasn't until today that the full scope of the damage became clear. the holy family catholic church is where corey rodriguez was baptized. >> it's like out of a movie, mm-hmm. sprnl a church where i used to come like every sunday, yeah.
>> reporter: just across the street, the lumber mill, a major employer for the town was fuel for the fire. >> like a firestorm. >> reporter: the bernstein family lost the home their children grew up in. >> a lot of this, you know, just the sentimental stuff is what can't be replaced. >> reporter: at 4,000 feet we can still see hot spots on the ground. this fire is still very active. it could change direction and attack homes at any moment. tonight california's fire season is in full swing. near sacramento, tense moments when a crew of 12 deployed their fire shelters as flames overran their position. >> we'll need to give them support to get out of there. >> reporter: the crew rescued, no injuries, but a close call. but in this small town, the damage is done. everyone knows someone who lost something. >> people's lives are ruined. this town, i don't know if they're going to be able to recover from this.
>> reporter: recovering is hard to imagine when you see so much destruction in such a small place, so many people we spoke to tonight say they're not sure if or when they will rebuild. if there's any good news, this place is roughly 20% contained, but brian, it will cost tens of millions of dollars to clean up and rebuild. >> what an incredible scene there in weed, california, there tonight. well to the south of you in the baja peninsula tonight, herculean effort to clean up after hurricane odile turned places like cabo san lucas into disaster areas. tonight as the remnants of odile move into the continental u.s. millions in the american southwest are bracing for more dangerous flash floods now. weather channel meteorologist jim cantore is in tucson for us tonight. hey, jim, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the loss that you see behind me here was three-quarters full and flowing rapidly as a result of last week's flood, and they're hoping for not a repeat of that
with this one. unfortunately, all signs is of the atmosphere point to that. as a matter of fact even today in mesa they were handing out sandbags, something they rarely do in the desert where you get less than ten inches of rain. and that's hoping to avoid, obviously, situations like we had last monday in mesa. i mean, we're talking about tremendous flooding. tucson, phoenix, record rainfall there. as you can see, water rescues all over the place. the track brings the remnants right up into arizona. very rare we're in the cone here. roswell, albut keerky, four to ten inches, something they would normally see in a half year. >> jim cantore, tucson, amazing situation, jim, thanks. we turn to trouble in the nfl and some new voices joining in this nonstop criticism of the league, its players, policy and management. while it's true the commissioner roger goodell works for the owners, increasingly the customers and the advertisers are being heard as more details
in this scandal come out every day. we get the very latest tonight from our national correspondent peter alexander. >> reporter: challenging ray rice's indefinite suspension, the nfl players union is filing an appeal tonight on behalf of rice. a union representative tells nbc news they believe there was not a fair and impartial process before the decision to suspend rice indefinitely and they'll ask commissioner roger goodell to recuse himself from overseeing the appeal. >> he has enormous power, enormous discretion, so the very fact that the union is asking him to step aside is a fairly direct challenge. >> reporter: today the minnesota vikings adrian peterson returned home from the team's facility telling nbc news he plans to practice with his teammates again tomorrow. while the star running back disputing charges that he recklessly injured his 4-year-old son while disciplining him, vikings hall of famer fran tarkenton said he was embarrassed by the team's decision the allow peterson to resume playing. >> we're trying to do the right thing. >> reporter: hours after its
logo appeared behind the vikings gem manager, radisson suspended its sponsorship of the team. first sign of erosion from the corporate sponsor spending 1 billion a year. the league's response, we're taking action. >> it is like an aircraft carrier hitting a mine, yes, it blows a hole in the hull but it keeps on sailing and in a few months you won't notice that the hole was there. >> days after cbs sports yanked a rihanna song from its broadcast, the singer blasted the network tweeting, you all are sad for penalizing me for this. cbs responded, pulling rihanna's song permanently. the nfl deciding the best defense is a good offense today drafted another woman to head up its response. her name is cynthia hogan. she's a former aide to then-senator joe biden who helped spearhead the violence against women act. >> so it goes in the world of
professional football tonight. veteran nascar driver tony stewart has returned to the track since that accident that claimed the life of another driver kevin ward jr., in that dirt track race in upstate new york, but he learned today his legal troubles are hardly over and may indeed just be starting. the local d.a. said he will give the case over to a grand jury to decide if stewart should be charged. the prosecutor there could have dropped the charges on his own, could have dropped the case entirely but chose to let it proceed. still ahead for us tonight, edible weed. as the pot business booms in colorado, one particular part of the industry has other states keeping close watch. and later, fresh confirmation of what some veteran married couples have known for years. there may indeed be a secret to wedded bliss. so i can reach ally bank 24/7, but there are no branches?
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finally tonight, while no two marriages are alike, you would have thought they didn't need a study to confirm the secret to a happy marriage. but they have done it. turns out there's proof of what a lot of married men have been saying for years. we get our report tonight from nbc's kate snow. >> reporter: the saying has been around so long it's hard to know who started it. >> happy wife is a happy life. >> happy wife, happy life. >> happy wife, happy life. remember that. >> reporter: the whole theme immortalized in movies. >> the man is the head, but the woman is the neck. and she can turn the head any way she wants. >> reporter: but actual science? that's the new part. researchers at rutgers and the university of michigan looked at 394 older couples married an average of 39 years. turns out husbands get an extra special lift in life satisfaction when their wives are happy in the marriage. >> even those men who in their
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