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controversy, donal trump appears to put blame from 9/11 on former president george w. bush and sparks a furious response from brother, jeb. >> thanks for joining us. good night. tonight, extreme danger coast to coast. mudslides bury a california highway, trapping drivers in cars. a massive wildfire torches homes in texas. and the first freeze of the season, maybe evenec snow, is coming dfor millions in the noift. > 9/11 controversy. donald trump putting part of the lame on former president george w. bush. and t dight the reaction from brother jeb. and reports tonight that lamar odom is awake and breathing on his own and even spoke following days of uncertainty after his collapse. and flu season is coming. the major push from
the cdc to get everyone vaccinated. but how effective will the shots be this year? "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. we begin tonight from just above our los angeles newsroom. a large part of southern california and nevada are for a second evening under flash flood watches after thunderstorms trergere a massive torth slide burying cars and trucks under five feet of floods. hundreds left stranded. some trapped in cars after heavy rains in the deserts outside of l.a. turned the ground to a boulder filled soup and closed down 40 miles of the busy interstate 5 which connects northern and southern california. miguel almaguer is about an hour north of us in lake hughes where people are trying to dig out before the next rain
comes. rep ter: this was the moment of impact. torrential rain,s pounding hail, waves of water. panic nd chaos for hundreds stranded on the road as flash flooding triggered fast-moving mudslides. many in a desperate scramble to stay alive. >> help! >> it is just the mosten frightening thing to e. a mountain of mud just comes barreling down on you. >> reporter: in just one hour, six inches of hammering rain. the duluth hampering homes and highways. interstate 5, one of the busiest and most vital freeways shut down. portions buried under five feet of mud. i must have pulled out 10, 15 cars, pulled out another 15-20 today. >> reporter: the gridlock snaking for miles just as school was letting out. 120 fourth graders rescued from their
gym, no place to go. other children were trapped at school. >> it is pretty scary. and then all of the water just flooding the streets. >> reporter: today, after the mayhem, mis buried on the highway, cars sone. it is still too early to know the true scent of the damage. yesterday many left vehicles on the side of the road when the floodwater was just rising and this is what it looks like today. bulldozer mov ito clear blocked roads. firefighters going door-to-door checking on the stranded, assessing the damage. >> it is all the way through. >> reporter: kelly coleman is cleaning up three feet of mud. >> how bad is the damage. >> you have to ask my land lady. i think it is a complete loss. >> reporter: tonight while the storm system is not connected to el nino, the swift damage is such a short wend is what is headed our way this winter say forecasts. a developing store
rain. when you see elizabeth lake road which turned into a lake, it is incredible to realize no one was injured or killed in this area. the mud here is still cked 12 teet high in me areas thx vehicle s pushed off the road. and adding insult to injure, lester, this a flood warning tonight and could be hit with round two. leetster. >> miguel almaguer in lake hughes. to the east of there in texas, a growing disaster of a different kind. a ferocious wildfire that has burned dozens of homes and other buildings to the ground. and again today hot and dry weather conditions fanning the flames. nbc's kerry sanders is on the fire lines where hundreds of firefighters are now on the attack >> reporter: on day three, no let-up. but now a clear picture of the ll devastation. gone, more than 40 homes. incinerated in this fast-moving fire.
those among the last to evacuate could hear the blaze hitting >> som ereople have do, and could you hear off and it sounded st like fireworks. so you know they were burning houses then. >> reporter: today, th 30 volunteer firefighters on the ground and the national guard overhead, a d.c. ten that can drop 12,000 gallons of fire retred and. we joined this deputy in the hardest hit areas. he said most evacuates, but not all. >> people are lucky. >> lucky because? >> they actually survived the fire and everything. but it is not over. >> reporter: this community knows what it is to lose everything in a horrific wildfire. four years go bastrop texas was hit by the worst fires in the state history. more than 1600 homes destroyed and three people died.
put out before thatserecord is challenged. lester. >> kerry sanders. >> thank you. more weather whiplash on way. including more rain here in the west and the first real cold blast of the season in thnae east. al roker is monitoring it all for us in new york. al, lay it out for us. >> lester, here you go. you can see on the radar, heavy thunderstorms firing in southern california and spreading to arizocena and new mexico and that is what we're tching over the next 48 hours. through sunday, all of the pacific moisture, flash flooding is likely and the threat now includes arizona and nevada. we have flash flooding watches from california all the way into colorado. we're going to be watching this very closely. rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour. this includes phoenix, tucson and las vegas. plus we have a big change coming. big massive arctic air dropping out of canada. 57 million people under some sort of
frost freeze advisory. temperatures from 10-20 degrees below average through sunday morning and to add insult to injure y, lee:ster, snow into new england and parts of go state new york. some areas could be looking by sunday morning, 1-3 inches, lester. >> al, thank you very much. he back insid with other news. including the scary scene in houston whenr a massive scaffolding sllapsed at an apartment com ex under construction. at least six workers were rescued and placed on stretchers and rushed to the hospital. none of the injuries are considered life-threatening. no word yet on what caused the collapse. > with one controversia seemingly settled, detroit has ignited a new fire storm. the front-runner minced no words when he suggested that former president george w. bush is partlyano blame for the 9/11 attacks, something that did not sit well with his rival jeb bush. nbc's katy tur has late details. >> reporter: donald
trump once again speaking his mind, taking on george bush over 9/11. in an interview with bloomberg news. >> when you talk about george bush, say what you want, the world trade center came down during that time. >> hold on. you can't blame him. >> he was president. the world trade center came down during his rairn. >> the front-runner using the president to needle jeb bush in the past calling the iraq invasion a mistake. this afternoon, jeb id back, tweeting paetic ndt is brother kept us safe. peun i o the mogul's financials. >> i'm much richer. >> reporter: of the leading candidates, he spent the least between july and september at 4.2 million, compared $25.8 million. and half a million for the make america great again hats and shirts. but perhaps the lost notably, despite what
>> i'm self-funding my campaign. okay.hi'm the only one. >> reporter: detroit >> reporter detroit is spending more money than others. he hasn't put any cash in his campaign since june. bringing in 3.9 million from donors averaging $50. >> he's speaking for me. that is my money. i want him to spend my money. >> the only candidate with the higher percentage of cash from small donors is bernie sanders. jeb bush continues to struggle pulling in a disappointing $13 million. katy tur, nbc news, new york. >> on the democratic side, sources say vice president joe biden wants breathing room to make his decision on running even as his team appeals to supporters not to give up on him. but hillary clinton's latest poll numbers have many asking did biden wait too long to make up his mind. we get our report from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: has the
window closed for joe biden? he was camera shy today but does he owe it to fellow democrats to decide soon? >> i think you can direct those questions to my very able vice president. >> reporter: but biden sent a personal message to former aide ted kaufman who wrote he is determined to take and give his family as much time as possible to work this through. he signed off,ksf he decides to rub, we will need each and ev 5ery one of you yesterday. s signal to supporters is the door is not closed. to rivals, stop the pressure and back off. hillary clinton in new hampshire today was ked by biden by cnn. >> tgore does come a point where a decision has to be made but i'm not in any way suggesting or recommending that the vi kace president accept any time table other thhean the one that is clicking inside of him. late? after her debate has inched ahead in a
new hampshire poll. and in an nbc survey monkey online poll nationally, clinten has a doue-digit lead. help her. >> we celebrated our 40th anniversary on uld com and keep me crmpa y and keep my so-rits up and drill me on some of hthe thia!s he thought were important meant a great deal to me. >> reporter: to jake tapper? >> i'm not going to sit here and tell you and your viewers that it has been a path filled with rose ossoms blossoms, it is but looking back at the 40 years, i'm so grateful that after he asked me twice finally said yes and have spent these years with him. >> reporter: some supporters argue that biden is better off waiting since once he declare for president he has to pay for air force two and with the crew a wroping $43,000 an hour on political trip, a huge burden lester. >> thank you. breaking developments
nba and reality tv star lamar odom. after days in a coma fighting for life, word is that he is awake. jacob rascon is at the hospital. tell us what you've learned? >> reporter: sources close to odom sell our sistera etwork he is off of life support an ad breathing on his own. he woke up and spoke three days. on tuesday, odom was found unresponsive at a brothel in nevada after an apparent drug overdose. family and friends rushed to his wife, includ aning his reanged wif khloe kardashi and kobe bryant. doctors found melt pull drugs in his system and he suffered a stroke and brain damage and was in a coma. while many are calling the improvement in his condition remarkable, his mother-in-law kris jenner released a statement saying he is still in very, very critical condition. lester. le jabock, thank you.
has filed a federal lawsuit over a traffic stop gone wrong. a teen-ager was pulled overtand defied she orders. it was caught by cameras until he was shot dead. we get our report from rehema ellis. >> reporter: it was a routine traffic stop. 17-year-old devon ouldllford wto stopped by sergeant frost. it was recorded on frost's body cam. >> i was going to crash. you had your brights on, sir, i'm not lying to you. >> frost aed repeatedly for gillford's documents. reporter: eventually gillford admitted he didn't have he license and when he refused to get out of the car, t a officer arrested him. g
>> get your hands behind your back. >> frost fires his stun gun. they fought. frost shot the unarmed teen-ager seven times and killed him. the deputy was treated for facial injuries. after an investigation, the county prosecutor decided not to file charges against frost and determines that e sergeant used his firearm within the limits of michigan self-defense law. but this week, gillford's parents fi d a feder!l civil lawsuit against frost and the county saying the officer's action was illegal and in violation of devon's constitutional rights. >> it would have been more appropriate for the facts to be brought in front of a jury to ultimately decide. >> a motorist, when stopped by a police officer, should comply with the police officers' question and should definitely not beasme argumentat e. >> today the sheriff's office called it a agedy for everyone involved. this case once again
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