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on this sunday night, trail of terror. from family and friends, new insights about the san bernardino shooters, his father in california saying his son shared isis' ideology. her family in pakistan describing an innocent girl who was always smiling. and tonight, the president addresses the nation about what he's doing to keep americans safe. the good news from former president jimmy carter. his encouraging update about his cancer more than three months after his diagnosis. women in combat. the start of a new era in the u.s. military as the pentagon ends all restrictions on women in combat roles. and season of kindness. we stop by for a good meal at a place where people pay whatever they can. "nightly news" begins now.
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>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. four days after the trauma of san bernardino, we're beginning to get a fuller picture now of the young married couple who walked into that conference center and opened fire. tashfeen malik's friends and relatives describe her as private and conservative, but that she never appeared extreme in her beliefs. the father of syed farook says his son was obedient, a mama's boy, what was also deeply religious. he said his son supported isis ideology. tonight there are questions about those who knew the couple, particularly farook's mother, who lived with them. later this evening, the president will address the nation from the oval office to update americans on the investigation, but also to try and calm fears. we're following many developments tonight. we begin with national correspondent miguel almaguer
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once more in san bernardino. miguel? >> reporter: kate, good evening. the shooter's family home has been a focal point for investigators. federal agents have swept through every room in this property looking for every piece of information and detail they can find. they have interviewed neighbors. they have interviewed family members. tonight for the first time, we're hearing from the gunman's father. syed farook, the man whose shooting spree left 14 dead and 21 wounded, was described as an angel but a shy conservative young man by his father. speaking to an italian newspaper, syed farook sr. said his son, born in chicago to pakistani parents, later in life became obsessed against israel. and, quote, shared isis leader al baghdadi's ideology. he said, one time i saw him with a gun. i got angry. 45 years in the united states. i yelled at him. i've never had a gun. syed shrugged his shoulders and
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answered, your loss. estranged from his son, farook sr. says he can't come to peace with what has happened. my life here is over. >> we have at least 20 victims. >> reporter: farook carried out the attack with his pakistani wife, tashfeen malik. the couple lived with their 6-month-old daughter and his mother in a home loaded with bombs, weapons, and ammunition. attorney general loretta lynch pressed by chuck todd on what farook's mother may have known. >> i can't speak to that fact of the investigation. obviously it's something we're looking at very, very closely. >> reporter: an overnight raid in southern california, the fbi storming the home of syed farook's childhood friend enrique marquez. agents ripping open a garage door, walking away with evidence, but unable to interview marquez, who bought the assault rifles used in the massacre years ago and were later obtained by farook. marquez is not a suspect. he was farook's neighbor. tonight the fbi also focusing on the digital footprint the
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shooters tried to destroy. >> investigators are looking at major social media platforms like facebook and twitter, as well as where jihadis could c congregate online to see whether or not these folks had accounts on there. >> reporter: today marks four days since the shooting. those of all faiths remember the victims. >> we pray for the family of sierra clayborn. >> reporter: sierra clayborn was just 27. her parents dreamed of her wedding. today they're planning her funeral. >> she was my sunshine. she always made me happy in times when i should have been crying. she made me laugh. >> reporter: after raiding the family home, the fbi interviewed several members of farook's family, including his mother, for several hours. she has obtained an attorney. her attorney says she's working with investigators and will likely be questioned again. tomorrow there will be a custody hearing for their 6-month-old baby daughter. farook's family is looking for
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custody of that child. kate, we should footnote tonight, there are still seven people in the hospital being treated for their injuries. kate? >> important to remember that. miguel almaguer reporting from san bernardino. meanwhile from pakistan, people are gaining more insight tonight into the female shooting suspect, tashfeen malik, who spent years living in that country and studying there. nbc's bill neely is in islamabad tonight with that part of the story. >> reporter: from the home where she once lived, to the college where she earned a pharmacy degree, there is no hint that tashfeen malik would end her life as a gun-wielding terrorist. investigators in pakistan have drawn a blank. there is no link, says its interior minister, between her and extremists in pakistan. malik was private and religious. her pakistani identity card has one of her few public photographs. reports say she destroyed other photos that showed her without a veil. at college, she was devoutly
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muslim but no supporter of islamist violence. >> anyone who knows her can't expect that she can do such a thing. we were like, no, it can't be true. >> reporter: she spent five years at college in pakistan after growing up in saudi arabia. the university spokesman is adamant, malik was not radicalized there. >> radical approach or radical-minded culture. there is nothing like that. >> reporter: tashfeen malik is a complete mystery to intelligence agencies here in pakistan. she wasn't on any government watch list. she'd never done anything wrong, either here or in saudi arabia. she was from here, but as a terrorist, she sprang from nowhere. her family in pakistan is shocked. i can't believe it, says a relative, she must have been influenced by someone. malik pledged allegiance to the leader of isis on facebook just before the massacre.
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it seems no one suspected. >> she was like the girl next door. you know, the sweet, innocent kind. the kind that's always smiling. you know, nice to you. you would never, ever guess that that girl would have ties to isis. >> reporter: there's no evidence isis directed her or even knew who she was. pakistan's most radical mosque, where other women pledged allegiance to isis, denies any links with her. it's not clear whether she radicalized her husband or the other way around. either way, both took up arms and became mass murderers together. well, her background here tells us who she was but not how or why she went from a softly spoken suburban mom with a 6-month-old daughter to a massed killer dressed in black. her life is such a mystery. we may never know all the answers. kate? >> bill neely in pakistan tonight. as we said at the top of the show, president obama will address the nation in a rare
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primetime address a little over one hour from now about how he plans to keep the country safe from terrorists. a new msnbc telemundo poll taken before the attack illustrates some of that fear that exists. 36% of americans said their biggest worry was a terrorist attack. 31% said it was gun violence. nbc's ron allen is at the white house tonight with more on the president's address. ron? >> reporter: good evening, kate. this may be a defining moment for the president. widely criticized for underestimating the threat of terrorism. the president will try to reassure the public that everything is being done to keep america safe. that the u.s. and its coalition partners are stepping up the fight against isis in iraq and syria. we expect the president to tell us the latest about what happened in san bernardino, what he knows about any connection to isis, and how this latest attack fits into the overall fight of global terrorism. earlier today, the attorney general spoke about that on "meet the press." >> this indicates the evolving
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nature of the threat that we are seeing. we have come from a time of the large-scale planned al qaeda-style attacks to the encouragement of lone wolves, to the encouragement of people to act on their own. >> reporter: the administration especially concerned about extremists using social media. they expect the president to talk about tightening the visa process getting into this country. finally, we believe the president will push for tougher gun laws, something he was criticized for following san bernardino when he was reluctant to call the tragedy that happened there terrorism. kate? >> all right, ron allen. thanks. you can watch the president's address here on nbc tonight at 8:00 eastern time. there are security concerns as well tonight in london, where counterterrorism police are investigating a stabbing attack in which two people were wounded by a man with a knife. it happened at a subway station, and a suspect is in custody. we get more tonight from nbc's keir simmons. >> reporter: two police officers take down an assailant with a
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knife who had just attacked an apparently random victim in a subway station. video of the dramatic moment posted on social media. >> the victim was shouting and screams, please, somebody help me, somebody help me. >> reporter: with britain on high alert for terrorism, there was panic. the words witnesses say the attacker used spreading fear. >> i heard him say, this is for syria. >> reporter: just last week, britain's lawmakers voted to join the u.s.-led air campaign against isis in syria. as the attacker was led away, members of the public shouted, you're not muslim. the slogan that today began trending on social media. we are treating this as a terrorist incident, a police commander said in a statement. >> this subject has been arrested, in custody. we need to examine the evidence. >> reporter: if it was terrorism, it appears to have been another lone wolf attack just days after san bernardino. the 56-year-old commuter suffered serious knife wounds.
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doctors say his injuries are not life threatening, but in these anxious times, one man with a knife caused terror. keir simmons, nbc news, london. here in this country, a new protest in chicago today following the release of hundreds of pages of police reports on the shooting death of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. the reports filed by officers who witnessed the shooting more than a year ago contradict what is seen in a recently released police dash cam video. officer jason van dyk has pleaded not guilty to murder in this case. tonight law enforcement officials say the justice department plans to open an investigation into the chicago police department, looking at whether there's a pattern of civil rights violations. some highly encouraging news tonight from former president jimmy carter 3 1/2 months after he revealed he was being treated for cancer that had spread to his brain. today he announced he's cancer free. we get more on this from nbc's
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gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: jimmy carter had not let his stage four cancer diagnosis stop him from teaching sunday school in georgia, but today he stunned the congregation when he mentioned his latest mri. >> when i went this week, they didn't find any cancer at all. so good news. >> reporter: that good news traveled fast. carter's grandson tweeted, victory. >> it was a early, wonderful christmas present. my grin was bigger than president carter's famous grin. >> reporter: this summer, the former president had a small cancerous mass removed from his liver. then they found a mass in his brain, leading to this announcement in august. >> they're very small spots. >> reporter: still, that discovery often comes with a poor prognosis. but experts say president carter benefitted from early detection. he began rigorous treatment that included highly targeted
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radiation and a new drug. >> they had developed a new medicine. i want all of you to remember that name, if you will. >> reporter: it's better known as its brand name, keytruda. the fda approved it last year for patients with advanced melanoma. >> it's difficult to say which treatment was the real effective one here. i think in combination, for president carter, they've been a great success. this is actually very positive news that this good of an outcome as someone with advanced mel know that can hope for. >> reporter: carter never let up, recently finishing a bookstore and working with habitat for humanity. while doctors stress it's difficult to label someone completely cancer free, carter's hometown is grateful. jan williams taught his daughter in class. >> he's used his cancer as a
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teaching tool that we all need check ups. >> reporter: they came expecting a sunday school lesson and left with so much more. officials say the former president will continue his drug treatments, but the sentiment here is probably best summed up by the former white house communications director. he told "the washington post" today that from the very beginning, i've said that in any battle between cancer and carter's brain, carter's brain will win. kate? >> gabe gutierrez, nice to have some good news tonight. thanks, gabe. when "nightly news" continues on this sunday, a game changer for the u.s. military as all restrictions are lifted on women serving in combat. and later, the big concert in paris tonight. three weeks after the terrorist attacks in that city. ♪ ♪ it's the final countdown! ♪
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carter has opened up all combat positions to women. >> they'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. >> reporter: but only if they meet the same physical and performance standards applied to male soldiers and marines. >> there will be no exceptions. >> reporter: if women qualify, they can even train for elite special operations forces like the navy s.e.a.l.s and army rangers. last summer, first lieutenant shay haver was one of the first women to pass the torturous ranger training school, limited to male soldiers only. >> it's definitely awesome to be part of the history. >> reporter: but she was still barred from combat. not anymore. ranger instructor said he'd proudly serve alongside qualified women in combat. >> they've already done it. i've seen it, and i went on missions right alongside women in afghanistan. >> reporter: the decision does not stop here. it could also impact women outside the military. the white house now considering
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whether to make all young women eligible for the draft. defense officials predict it will take years before women are actively engaged in all areas of ground combat operations, but for the first time, the military is now under orders to make it happen. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, the pentagon. we're back in a moment, and we'll tell you why so many people were wearing ear muffs. yes, ear muffs, at one parade this weekend. (dramatic music)
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finally tonight in this season of kindness, a restaurant in florida is doing its part to help those in need, offering customers a good meal and for those who can use it, a very good deal. nbc's kerry sanders stopped by for a visit. >> reporter: in barto, florida, a restaurant with a history. at first glance, it looks like any other, except for what's on the menu. prices are a suggested donation. can't afford a meal? pay what you can. or for one hour, lend a hand. >> money is a little tight. it does help me. >> reporter: how does it all add up? 60% of diners pay the suggested price. 20% actually pay more. while 20% get a free meal. >> that works, that you can actually keep the books
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balanced? >> it actually does. >> how is everything? >> reporter: libby, a one-time meth addict, runs the restaurant with only three full-time employees. those who cannot afford a meal are not turned away. they just have to volunteer, doing something like washing dishes. >> half and half, right? >> reporter: melody knows the struggle. >> what it means to be hungry would be digging out of the garbage cans, looking in dumper it -- dumpsters, hoping someone has thrown something out you can eat. >> you've done that? >> yes. >> reporter: by design, no one knows who's volunteering or an employee. it's all a purposeful mystery. >> amazing things happen at the table when people start breaking bread together. they start getting to know one another because we're so busy being busy that we don't even know our neighbors anymore. >> reporter: and those who pay
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extra say their meal fills their stomach and their heart. >> it makes me feel good. i've been fortunate. bet somebody else get what they need. >> reporter: the mosaic cafe, where dignity is served with every free meal. for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news, barto, florida. what a great idea. that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. up next "football night in america." the indianapolis colts take on the pittsburgh steelers. a reminder, lester holt will be back in an hour with the president's address. i'm kate snow reporting from new york. i'll see you every afternoon this week on msnbc. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. news reporters: it's a fish, but it's been changed.
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