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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 evagszuations as wildfires explode smoke blanketing big cities sending people rushing to the er. up in the air. 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 emergency. and attention poll holiday shoppers.
nightly news begins right now. >> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly news with lester holt. >> good evening. in a year of several high profile shootings by police officers, few have stood out or generated more shock than the live image streamed across social media or sas till moments after a traffic stoas july. we begin tonight with a major development on that case. that saint paul minnesota officer has now been criminally charged after prosecutors determined kas still did everything write complying with officers before he was fatally shot and key evidence in the case is that disturbing video captured by his girlfriend. nbc blake mccoy has details. >> oh, my god please don't tell me he's dead.
seen around the world. tonight the officer who fired the fielt fatal shots is being charged. charged with second degree manslaughter carrying up to ten years in jail plus who counts of dangerously discharging a firearm. each carrying up to five years. previously said he thought he was reaching for a gun. he had a permit to carry and warned the officer. >> i told him not to reach for it. i told him to get his hand off it. >> you told him to get his id sir, hi >> said he was calm and complying with officers commands. >> his dying words were in protest that he wasn't reaching for his gun. there simply was no objective threat posed to officer ganez. >> the july shooting sparked violent protests with the police. camped outside the minnesota governors mansion for weeks and the girlfriend gave several passions and please.
>> it was god that made sure those bullets didn't ricochet. it could have been all three of us. >> the police union yan says it's disappointed with the charges adding no one can speak to what he encountered. with a not guilty plea expected, his mother warns it's just the beginning. >> it's a beginning to a different chapter and we all hope and pray the right thing is done. >> reporter: she hopes the outcome will be felt nationwide. wildfires impacting half a dozen states. air quality alerts as smoke blankets big cities sending people to the hospital. we get the latest from nbc carry standers. >> in north carolina a heavy aerosol on the flames. water dumped as new mandatory evacuations
all my valuables. >> reporter: with his wedding photo in hand, david benson like hundreds of others now on the move. more than 80,000 acres ablaze. 5,000 firefighters from as far as alaska on the frontline. investigators still searching for what started the dozens of major fires. in tennessee two men charged in separate arson cases police say that suspect admitted he set the fires to get more facebook likes. >> why would do you that? it's just sad. >> this part is hard. >> reporter: in athens alabama 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
even parking off road for fear of igniing dry leaves below. >> there is a cold front coming. could bring gusty winds this weekend that might make matters worse. >> reporter: with that forecast, fears tonight these fires will only grow. across the south tonight, air quality levels are at a level red. that is unhealthy. it means anybody in the impacted area could be susceptible to breathing ob meanwhile firefighters plan to bottle the blazes overnight. hoping lack of wind giving them an upper hand, lester. now to drama surrounding white house transition of power. donald trump in a early morning series of tweets denying reports of turmoil inside his team as they race to fill key rolls. more on that and surprise name being considered to join the new administration.
revolving door, a countdown to cabinet selections. another name now in the mix for secretary of state. sources familiar with the discussion citing south carolina who backed trump even after constituents are embarrassed by her. >> governor, are you going to support donald trump. >> reporter: so far, no response from the governor's office. eight days in. president elect trump is looking like candidate trump did. inside much of what happened during his campaign, internal joiking, leadership changes, complaints privately and publicly. no one really knows who is in charge. >> there is some confusion going on about a chain of command coming out of new york. >> reporter: vice president elect, mike pence, the new transition team leader touring soon to be home today with vice president joe biden. trump's team blames the griping on sour grammys from people forced out as they
up there. i was at d.c. yesterday at boast transition offices. very engaged. >> reporter: made first cabinet nominations within a few days of potents conceding, it took president obama two weeks. president clint more than a month by that timeline president trump is on pace. >> every transition goes through chaos and turnover. >> reporter: trump is insisting his is g snoothly in a tweet attacking the media. one day after dining with his family, but ditching the reporters assigned to follow him. breaking decades of protocol. his supporters slugging it off. >> i find it 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 association calls the move unacceptable. the point of the small
of national emergency. without that on a day like 9/11 president bush would not have been able to address the nation from the florida school. >> thank you. turning overseas where after a three-week reprieve, deadly new air strikes have been launched on aleppo syria. among the sites hit, an underground hospital built to care for children of war torn city. nbc news has gotten exclusive access into the hospital and for more on the attack, turn to richard. >> reporter: the only children's hospital was bombed by syrian helicopters. served 4,000 patients a month. 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. the doctor spoke to us over skype. asked us not to show
are more than 90,000 children. these children are not terrorists. we are not terrorists. >> reporter: nbc news has been filming at the hospital for two months. had the only relatively advanced maternity ward in the rebel held section of aleppo. now it's out of commission. relaunched to take back the city. people there are not expecting help from the outside. what do you think the change of power mean for you and for aleppo? >> for me, 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 this offensive is gearing up for what some near is a final push on the city. richard engel, nbc news, new york. back home turn
so many americans deal with after a health crisis. new report shows over 1-5 patients getting hit with surprise medical bills. after being treated in emergency rooms. why it's happening so often and how you can prevent it. >> reporter: a trip to the emergency room is fraught with worry. out doors man did not anticipate this when he shattered his ankle. >> never in my wildest dreams was i about out of network doctors. i just needed help. >> reporter: he and his wife got a bill for almost $800 even though the hospital was in insurance network. >> in network hospital with an out of network doctor. makes no sense. >> reporter: in today's health care maize it's not unusual says a new study in the new england journal of medicine: finding patients get surprise bills costing an average of $623.
it's rent. it's food. the reason some er doctors contract independently and not the same hospital they work. >> we have to get out of the bizarre world where the network of hospitals and physicians don't match. at the end of the day, it's causing huge distress for the patients. >> patients are paying more and more. >> the american college of emergency physicians blames insurers who don't offer reasonable reimbursements. while insurance encourage doctors to sign on with the same insurers they use. >> so what is a patient 20 do? >> best advice is do your homework beforehand. >> er doctor himself and others suggest know your network hospital. that cut $200 off davis's bill, but like many, he's whethering
trying to heal. we turn now to troubling new findings in the national highway traffic safety administration. in the first half of the year, climbed more than 10% compared to last year. after years of decline the rising rates could be linked to apps. apps designed to make your life easier behind the wheel, but 345i be putting your in danger. >> reporter: in corpus christi, three killed on the freeway, in minnesota a 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. >> turn left. >> experts say apping 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 lost her daughter
driving. >> so temps to just check my facebook status or let me send a tweet or check my e-mail. it can end in the blink of an eye. >> reporter: popular apps like snapchat let you post photos in current speeds. pokemon go let you search for create yours on the highway. and waze asks commuters to report accidents. >> you're trying to listen, watch for traffic and drive and maneuver and look your device. >> reporter: all of the app companies stress there are safe ways to use them. take waze which encourages drivers to easy them hand free with voice commands and put down phones. still experts worry it isn't enough. >> we know hands free is not risk free. it's not your hand that is distracted. it's your brain. >> reporter: commuters across the country may be losing sight of
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>> 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. he calls it cop car karaoke. inspired by james emmy awarding car pool karaoke ? oh, i love the way you ? >> so you started lip singing in the beginning. >> yes, two, three years ago. >> now you 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
music can bring people together. >> he's at every ball game, every event. goes above and beyond to be a presence for these kids. >> reporter: a positive presence after he noticed growing mistrust of police officers nationwide. >> my favorite part of connecting with these kids are showing them just because we have a gun and badge that we're people. we're just like them. >> reporter: and for this father of two, the job can get personal. >> love you too. >> we have kids we need to reach out to that haven't been given a 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 gutierrez, nbc news. arkansas. >> i don't know about you, but that leaves me with a smile on my
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