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34-13 and this three-pointer just before the half made it a 30-point game. it wasn't much better after that. the commodores role 92-55. you can't win them all. it's a young team with a new coach. >> all right, thank you much. up next on nbc "nightly news" a warning about scammers at the gas pump. >> thanks so much for joining us. we'll see you back here at 11:00.
stadiums, theaters and market aviation. it is a worldwide alert with terror attacks in france, turkey and nigeria and on a russian airliner. u.s. citizens should exercise when using transportation and avoid big crowds at holiday festivals. there is no credible threat of a paris-style attack. there is a heightened level of awareness. new york over the weekend contracted a terror response drill modified to apply lessoned learned for the attack. so homeland security security advice for people tonight here at home, travel, attend public events, celebrate the season, but be vigilant. seventier. >> peter. and the shock waves continue. ten days after militants massacred
130 people. another suicide vest has been found outside of paris tonight. and in neighboring bem jum, the capital is on high alert with more arrested and ongoing manhunt and the prime minister warning of a, quote, imminent threat. the latest from nbc's bill neely in brussels. >> reporter: another city in virtual lockdown for a third day. troops patrolling the streets. police arrested 21 people. among them, a man they've charmed with taking part in the paris massacres. he wasn't identified, but police say he's not the fugitive salah abdeslam who fled to brussels after the attacks. tonight police found a discarded suicide vest in a trash can, similar to those used by seven of the terrorists. he drove two of them. police now want help identifying them. his brother suggested he may have pulled out of the attacks. >> it is more than my hope, he said, it is
salah is, quote, clever. to find him, police searched a brussel suburb, from where many men have joined isis. they found no explosives and no weapons in the raids. and even though he's being hunted by thousands of troops and police, the main target is still free. asked why, one government minister said, he must have a lot of support here. fears of a paris-style attack in brussels saw schools close, the metro system shut. nato headquarters told staff to stay home. the u.s. embassy closed. americans advice, stay indoors. in paris, the french president visited the concert hall, scene of the deadliest attack. the american band that was playing that night has spoken for the first time in n interview with vice. >> people were playing dead and they were scared. a great reason why so many were killed because so many people
wouldn't leave their friends. >> one of them was buried today, caroline was just 24. the search for her killers intensifying. >> reporter: so in total, four men have been charged here in belgium with taking part in the paris attacks. these scenes, armored vehicles and troops on the street haven't been seen here since world war ii and it will stay like this for a few days at least, or until they catch the fugitive. lester. >> bill, thank you. new questions raised in the aftermath of the paris attacks, about president obama's strategy to fight isis. critics have long accused him of not having a strong enough plan of attack. now as our andrea mitchell tells us, investigators are looking into whether intelligence was manipulated to make the strategy appear more successful. >> reporter: president obama, elected in part for opposing the iraq war. committed to bringing troops home from conflict, not sending them in. even after the paris attacks, down playing
the isis threat. >> they are a bunch of killers. with good social media. >> reporter: as did john kerry on the "today" show. >> i believe isis going to be defeated. isis is not ten feet tall. >> reporter: now the pentagon is investigating whether crucial military intelligence was altered, to give rosier progress reports on the war against isis. echoed of cooked intelligence during vietnam or the hyping of intelligence about wmd, to justify the invasion of iraq. >> i don't want intelligence shaded by politics. i don't want it shaded by the desire to tell a feel-good story. >> reporter: but after paris, beirut and the bombing of a russian airline, the isis advance has spread well beyond iraq and syria and now into europe. some leading democrats say the president's rhetoric doesn't match the reality. >> the united states has to provide stronger leadership, in trying to unify the forces that are there. >> we need to be
aggressive now. because isil is a quasistate. >> the president's reputation as a reluctant worrier was forged two years ago. he threatened strikes against president assad if he used chemical weapons against his people. he did use chemicals, but obama did not retaliate. arab leaders haven't trusted him since. and why proof he will go after isis now. >> show that we are serious about leading from the front, militar little militar militarily, by taking risks to degrade, defeat and ultimately destroy isis as a state now, in the next 12 months. >> reporter: france's president will be at the white house tomorrow. and nbc that's learned he'll ask for more special forces in syria. for his part, president obama wants france to get better passenger lists from european countries on flights coming to the u.s. holland heads to moscow next to see vladimir putin.
fact checkers working over time for what he said about the 9/11 attacks. the claim there were thousands and thousands people across the hudson river from manhattan cheering when the trade center came down has left a lot of us who covered that horrible day scratching our heads and digging into news archives d. that really happen. we get the story tonight from katy tur. >> reporter: after kicking up controversy about supporting a muslim data base. donald trump riled up voters in alabama with tales of the 9/11 attacks and terrorist sympathizers in america. >> i watched in jersey city, new york, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. >> reporter: confronted with the facts that there is no video of that ever happening, trump held his ground. >> it was well covered at the time. there were people over in new jersey that were watching it, a heavy arab population that were cheering as the buildings came down.
>> the terrorists used hijacked airlines. >> nbc news found no instance of cheering in jersey city. and the truth ometer gave him a pants on fire not true rating. still today, trump's opponent ben carson claimed he saw the cheering too. >> i saw the film of of it, yes. >> so you saw the film. what film are you referring to? >> the news reels. >> today the carson campaign said he doesn't stand behind those comments. that he was thinking of the middle east, not new jersey. and chris christie saying if it had happened, i would remember it. but there could be things i forget to. marco rubio was not demuring to the donald. >> it is not true and there is plenty of fact checks to prove it is not. >> reporter: donald trump has not backed down because so far he hasn't had to. >> what do you like about him so much? >> i like about trump, he is a business man.
he knows how to get things done. i'm tired of politicians who do nothing. >> it is not hurting him at all. people thought that donald trump would go away in july and august and here we are, it is almost thanksgiving and donald trump is here and still commanding in the polls. >> reporter: now donald trump will be speaking here in just a few minutes. he called me late today to once again defend his claims, telling me that although he doesn't remember where exactly he saw the video, he does know he saw it. because he has, quote, the world's greatest memory. lester. >> katy tur, thank you. tonight, authorities in new orleans are hunting for the person who opened fire in a crowded park, a mass shooting with 17 people wounded. they are asking for help from the community to identify the gunman who was firing when many were gathered for a block party filming a music video. the mayor said today one of the victims will likely never walk again. another shocking crime in that city. police say they've got their man tonight after a chilling encounter caught on camera.
a medical student coming to the rescue of a woman being dragged down the street. that man then shot in the chest. his life saved when the shooter's gun suddenly jammed. kerry sanders has new details. >> reporter: not a single shot was fired as new orleans police and federal marshals ended the manhunt and descended on the house where ureic cain was holed up. he is the 21-year-old captured in the shocking surveillance video on friday. that is when peter gold, a fourth year medical student at tulane, saw something that just wasn't right. a man dragging a woman down the sidewalk, gold confronted the man who released the woman and then demanded gold hand over money. gold said he didn't have any. >> and within moments, he found himself up against the wall at gunpoint. and it was all captured on that security camera right there. the suspect shoots gold the belly and he falls to the sidewalk. and what follows next is horrifying.
it appears that the 21-year-old gunman tries to shoot gold twice. but the gun jams. tonight, a family spokesperson said peter continues to improve and remains in guarded condition. >> he didn't make a full confession that he was in fact the person who committed that offense. >> and now he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail. as he should. >> reporter: police offered more than $12,000 as a reward to find the suspect but some residents in the neighborhood want peter gold to get his own reward. >> we want a reward for the heroes. they need to be celebrated in today's culture. the suspect and his 17-year-old girlfriend are in custody. he is charged with robbery, kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder. kerry sanders, nbc news, new orleans. a controversial new deal would create the biggest drug maker if approved, under the $106 billion agreement, pfizer makes of drugs will acquire allergan which
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a hidden scam. the next time you swipe your card at the pump, your personal information could be stolen. >> reporter: in michigan, authorities on the hunt for a device secretly plan planted in gas pumps, stealing credit card information from thousands of consumers. >> how big of a problem is it? >> this is a huge problem. >> they are called skimmers. the criminals breaking into the pumps with master keys they buy online. look at this man secretly attaching a skimmer in less than a minute. >> your transaction goes through as normal. at the same time it is capturing all of your credit card information. >> criminals so brazen in this video, pointing they are headlights at the security camera to void detection. >> this is happening so often. >> it is raisy. >> in texas, shirley lost nearly $3,000. >> it was a tremendous nightmare it. puts your life on hold. you can't pay bills or buy groceries. >> last year the device cost consumers $2 billion and it is
that are vulnerable. major retailers are also on alert. >> if you have low-level employees maybe gang affiliates or coerced by gangs to bring skimmers in place of employment. >> watch a cashier swiping a credit card at the register and then on a skimmer that is out of sight as she grabs the receipt. >> the technology is eeky to acquire and smaller than you could think. >> and could you find it right online. >> that is correct. >> so protect yourself, experts say avoid gas pumps furtherer from the attendant's view and pay inside or use your cash and monitor your bank account often. >> it is blowing our mind how many there are. >> a fraud now spreading with credit cards in high demand this holiday season. gabe guiterrez, nbc news, michigan. we're back in a moment with a new nfl controversy. a quarterback visibly stun bid a brutal hit to the head. new protocol say he should have been i have asthma... ...one of many pieces in my life. so when my asthma symptoms kept
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in just a few days, many of us will gather to give thanks. and one little boy knows exactly what he is grateful for. the police who protect his city. he is on a mission to tell them so, one by one, with over 30,000 thank you cards. rehema ellis has the first of our series season of kindness. >> zachary loves superheroes and his room is a shrine to his favorite. the real life men and women in blue. >> what does this say in. >> police department. city of new york. >> reporter: zachary cares about them so much, he's determined to hand deliver thank you cards to all of the city's more than 34,000 officers. superhero cards of course. today he is visiting a precinct in queens, giving each officer a card and a handshake. his mother, a single mom, dedicated her only day off every week to help zachary accomplish his
mission. they've been at it for nearly a year, precincts. >> this is what he as a mother. we try to help our them. >> reporter: this all started last december after two new york city police officers were gunned down. >> we went to where it happened and he actually started to cry. so he was like, mom, i want to do something. >> reporter: first stop, last winter, was the precinct in their neighborhood. now a frequent visitor, zachary gets special hands-on time with the inspector. >> he is comfortable here. >> you could tell. >> reporter: at precincts citywide, his visits are highly anticipated. >> he does come to us and i'm glad i was. >> back in queens, he gets rare access. even a visit from a canine. it is their thank you to a boy who dreams of becoming an officer himself.