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on our broadcast tonight, ebola in the u.s. the breaking news, the cdc confirming the very first case has been diagnosed here in this country, and tonight dr. nancy snyderman takes us inside the hot zone. under fire. the secret service director grilled in front of congress over stunning lapses in white house security. but what she revealed may only further damage confidence in her agency. paper or plastic. a big move to retire that question forever. plus are supermarkets near you next in line? and our unscripted conversation with ben affleck on his latest film role and his role at home as husband, father and devoted fan of all boston sports teams. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york,
this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. and as we come on the air tonight, we're covering a major development in the ebola outbreak. until now, until just a short time ago, in fact, americans could at least take comfort in the knowledge that all the thousands of cases of this deadly virus were discovered outside of our borders, but a late announcement tonight from the cdc just changed that. the first case has been confirmed here in the u.s. kate snow is here with us with late details on this. kate? >> brian, good evening. there have been many suspected cases of ebola over the past weeks that turned out to be false alarms, but this man is the first case of ebola confirmed to be diagnosed at a hospital on u.s. soil. it was confirmed this afternoon in dallas. at a late afternoon news conference, the centers for disease control director dr. tom frieden sought to reassure americans that a case of ebola discovered here in the u.s. is
not cause for alarm. >> the bottom line here is that i have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country. >> reporter: frieden said the patient, who is not being identified, left liberia in west africa on september 19th, arriving in the u.s. on the 20th. the patient had no symptoms when he left liberia or when landing stateside, but four or five days later he started feeling sick. he sought care last friday, but then went home. then two days ago he was admitted to texas health presbyterian hospital in dallas. since the man was not symptomatic on the airline, he would not have been contagious at that time, frieden said. the cdc does not believe anyone who was on the flight with him was exposed. >> it is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual, a family member or other individual, could develop ebola in the coming weeks, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.
>> reporter: now, the cdc will try to piece together who did come into contact with the man and when. >> we identify all people who may have had contact with the patient while he could have been infectious. and remember, ebola does not spread from someone who is not infectious. >> reporter: the patient was visiting family here in the u.s. doctors say he is critically ill, in intensive care and in isolation. a hospital official said just a week before this patient came in they were preparing for eb a ebola. they say they know how to isolate infectious diseases. they've had the training, brian. >> our national correspondent kate snow starting us off with this breaking story tonight. kate, thanks. a bit later on we'll have reporting on the source of this. dr. nancy snyderman has traveled to the west coast of africa. we will hear from her in what is now referred to as the hot zone of ebola cases. to another major story tonight. this was another bad day for the u.s. secret service. while there were no new security
breaches today, it's what happened today in congress and the new details we learned today about other breaches that didn't reflect well on the organization and its ability to maintain a protective ring around the president, the first family and the people's house in which they live. the head of the secret service who was brought in after all as a reformer after the last prostitution scandal got a rough treatment today and didn't say much in her own defense. as we learned still more about the fence jumper who made it across the front lawn, into the front door and well into the interior of the mansion, which is where we begin again tonight with our white house correspondent kristen welker. good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. there aren't a whole lot of things that republicans and democrats agree on these days, but today a congressional committee was unified in its outrage about security breaches here at the white house. after 11 days of mounting controversy and damaging leaks, secret service director julia pierson faced hostile questions on capitol hill.
>> this is unacceptable, and i take full responsibility. and i will make sure that it does not happen again. >> americans know that the next attempt to take the white house could well be a planned attack from a terrorist organization. >> this recent incident, unfortunately, causes many people to ask whether there's a much broader problem with the secret service. >> reporter: among the most persistent questions, how omar gonzalez got deep inside the executive mansion while the first family was away, with a 3 1/2-inch knife in his pocket and why dogs weren't released or shots fired. >> tremendous restraint is not what we're looking for. the message should be overwhelming force. >> reporter: gonzalez, who was indicted by a grand jury today on weapons an unlawful entry charges, ran across the north lawn after leaping the fence. in her testimony today director pierson confirmed that gonzalez then entered the unlocked front door of the executive mansion, pushing a guard and going past stairs that lead to the family's residence. he then turned left and ran
through the red carpeted hallway that leads to the east room where he was confronted, pushed back and finally tackled by a heavily armed agent near an entrance to the green room. she also admitted she allowed a press release to go out which inaccurately suggested gonzalez was tackled immediately after he entered the white house. were you lying to the american people or were you misled by your own people? >> the secret service is conducting an ongoing. >> reporter: few were satisfied with her answers about the latest breach or a 2011 incident when it took agents four days to realize the executive mansion had been shot. republicans and democrats alike repeatedly accused pierson of being unresponsive and evasive. >> ma'am, i want a short answer. i have very little time. >> i wish to god you -- you protected the white house like you're protecting your reputation here today. >> reporter: pierson said she was investigating and promised changes. >> we all are outraged within the secret service of how this incident came to pass. and that is why i have asked for
a full review. >> reporter: and she insisted the president is safe, a sentiment echoed at the white house today. >> the president does continue to have confidence in the men and women of the secret service. >> reporter: despite that endorsement, there's a late report that the secret service allowed an armed security contractor with a criminal record into an elevator with the president on a recent trip to the centers for disease control in atlanta. congressman issa said he plans to ask the administration for an independent investigation about all of this. one more point, the agent who helped tackle the white house intruder 11 days ago was off duty and about to head home. brian. >> kristen welker again tonight in front of that now-famous door on the north lawn. thanks. elsewhere in the country tonight some scary moments at two schools in two different states today. in louisville police caught a teenager on the run after he allegedly shot a student at a high school. in north carolina, one student in custody for allegedly shooting another at a high school about an hour outside of
charlotte. in both shootings the victims are said to be in stable condition, thankfully. there are concerns tonight that a mysterious illness severely affecting children may be spreading. now, a boston hospital is treating four children with this muscle weakness or symptoms of paralysis similar to what a number of cases appeared that so far have started in this country in colorado. health officials are investigating now whether these cases are linked to the enterovirus. the question, paper or plastic, at the checkout will soon become a thing of the past in the state of california after the governor there, jerry brown, today signed a ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery stores, convenience stores, drugstores. it's the first ban of its kind in this country. it's controversial. it's designed to change our behavior. we get our report on it tonight from nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: in a state famous
for its gorgeous views, a permanent part of the landscape is disposable. with plastic bags littering beaches and beyond. >> the plastic bags don't stay put. it blew out of the garbage truck or it blew off the landfill which is some 400 yards away from us. >> reporter: already dozens of towns and cities have outlawed plastic bags outright, part of that west coast bring your own bag culture you see skewered on tv. >> oh, i forgot my bag for the groceries. >> when i wake up in the morning, my eyes don't forget to open, my heart doesn't forget to beat. >> reporter: but under this new law, if you forget your bag in california, you'll have to pay up for the paper or reusable kind. >> one paper bag. ten cents. >> reporter: several other states are considering a fee on single-use plastic bags or phasing them out altogether. >> you think of the impact, what we're leaving behind. plastic bags don't break down. that's just a fact. >> reporter: but this man likes these plastic bags so much he brings his own. >> the trouble is california
doesn't necessarily lead the attitudes of the real people. that's not the kind of government we need. that's meddling. >> reporter: at a nearby plastic bag plant, two manufacturing lines have stopped production. the shutdown blamed on the bag ban. >> jeopardizing our jobs. we need our jobs. >> reporter: other factories are already adapting by making bags you can reuse. >> this is the beginning of the end of the plastic bag. >> reporter: the hope now, change at the checkout line. >> do you have any bags? >> reporter: creates a new view on the coastline. hallie jackson, nbc news, los angeles. the most decorated olympian in history has picked up his second dui. early this morning in baltimore, michael phelps then tweeted an apology today which reads in, quote, i understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. i know these words may not mean much right now, but i am deeply sorry to everyone i have let down. still ahead for us tonight, more as promised on our top story. dr. nancy snyderman on the front
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africa, specifically in the west african nation of liberia, where over half of the more than 3,000 deaths have taken place. the pentagon said today nearly 200 american workers are already on the ground there with more than 3,000 u.s. troops to arrive soon. they will join in what could be a very long fight to contain the outbreak. our own dr. nancy snyderman has made her way there and reports tonight from liberia's capital of monrovia. >> reporter: dying of ebola is a brutal process and, for this man, a lonely one as fearful onlookers keep their distance and ambulances refuse to pick him up until he is dead. today we watched as a 17-year-old girl named jane was brought to redemption hospital and left in a wheelbarrow looking near death. but seconds later she bolted up and tried to run away. she was stopped by her mother who walked her back toward hospital staff who were dressed
in their protective equipment. fear of a virus few have ever seen up close and one i have never encountered in my career as a physician until today. nurses trained in the protocol of suiting up for ebola helped me into the layers of protective clothing. it's very hot. it's very intense. and invite me into a place that is off limits to most outsiders. we're completely suited up. the ebola isolation unit. every precaution is taken before i can go inside. no short-cuts allowed. this used to be the labor ward. but now it's being used as a transition center. after walking through the hospital halls, we find the young girl and her mother. this is the young woman we saw brought in earlier who tried to get away. still on the sidewalk being questioned and screened. how long has she been ill? >> two weeks. >> reporter: two weeks? both are admitted to the hospital. she's obviously extraordinarily
weak. they're going to bring her in here to evaluate her further. the mother is now considered at risk for ebola and she'll be evaluated, too. doctors say they're fighting a war against a deadly and unpredictable enemy. dr. john sanko is the hospital medical director. >> this is a disease that's beyond boundaries. it's a disease that is irrespective of who you are. it is a disease that comes to kill. >> reporter: health care workers are determined to prevent that. trying to save lives one solitary patient at a time. dr. nancy snyderman, nbc news, monrovia, liberia. up next tonight, lifting the veil on one of the most closely guarded secrets of this past weekend. an answer millions of people wanted to know. answer millions wanted to know.
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gritty, very boston gem called "the town." then came his signature piece "argo." golden globe for best director. academy award for best picture, and his status in hollywood was cemented. >> i'm responsible. i'm taking them through. >> his life was cemented at home as well. in "gone girl," which like the book, contains a lot of plot twists, he plays a twisted guy. he says it helped to go home at night to a fellow veteran of the craft, his wife jennifer garner. >> it's good to be married to someone who is an actor as well. it's like swimming in the muck every day. and it's hard to wash off when you get home sometimes. >> the couple have three beautiful children not shown here out of courtesy. the afflecks are stalked each day of their lives by paparazzi. rides to school, to karate, for ice cream. the parents realize they made a bargain to be in the public eye, but they have fought for legislation in california to keep their kids out of the picture. >> there's now a law on the
books that you can't stalk children. you would think that law already exists, but it's as such it makes it more difficult to take pictures the of people's children. there are media outlets that have agreed we're not going to run those pictures. >> back on the set these days he's filming the new batman on location in detroit. sadly, the city was chosen in large part because so much of the former architectural marvels there now have that post-apocalyptic batman look, which he sees as an opportunity to point out where we've been and where we might be headed as a country. >> it's really, frankly, i think quite disgraceful that we've allowed a great american city that we leaned none the second world war to produce our tanks and planes and help us in the war effort to lie fallow in the way that it does. we get invested in nation building elsewhere. i think sometimes for good or ill, but we have nation building to do at home for sure. >> the 42-year-old actor says what makes him feel best these days is philanthropy, especially his efforts in africa, the