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on is this saturday night, state of disaster, the rising toll in california in lives and property. the wildfires forcing 100,000 to evacuate, destroying almost 6,000 homes and businesses. breaking news, the motion picture academy overwhelmingly votes to expel harvey weinstein. hostages' ordeal, the harrowing exclusive new details of years in captivity for an american woman and her family. season of war, the declaration for former white house adviser, steve bannon as he steps up his attacks on the republican establishment. cold case arrests, five people charged in connection with a murder 34 years ago. flying high, a program that helps
and in life. nightly news begins now. today more than 100,000 californians have evacuating their homes. fire has been burning since last sunday are likely to continue spreading. 50 mile per hour wind gusts whipping the flames this afternoon. so far, at least 38 people have been confirmed dead. the weather forecast suggesting mother nature will not help tamp down the 16 fires burning from mendocino to south of los angeles and anaheim. no relief expected until thursday or
>> jose, this is the evacuation zone, looks like a ghost town, you can see this entire area has been leveled, cars gutted out and hollowed out by fire, with more winds expected tonight, this fire may become even more deadly. >> sheriff's office. >> 100,000 californians under evacuation, as first responders go door to door. >> sir, you got to go. >> body cam footage released over night, shows them pulling victims from their homes. >> where are you at? >> she's disabled. >> let me get her feet, let me get her feet. >> for david jocelyn. >> there are no houses, nothing left. >> there was no warning. this is the first time he's seen his home since the flames erupted while he was sleeping. his family narrowly escaped with their lives. >> my wife woke me up, it was a firestorm. >> their once cherished home reduced to rubble. >> i
kind of extravagance, we don't travel, we drive old cars. but we had a beautiful house that we couldn't afford when we moved into it. >> reporter: theirs just one of the more than 5700 structures scorched across the state. people are going door to door, combing through ash. >> we're not out of the woods and have work to do. >> as winds threaten to reignite the very winds that threatened to destroy the acres. firefighters scrambled to save what's left. families like the jocelyns spend another night away from home. >> okay, so it's a house, but we're alive. >> morgan ratford, nbc news, santa rosa, california. the expulsion of harvey weinstein from the motion picture of arts and sciences. the board voted to remove him late today as
sexual harassment emerged. we get the latest from anne thompson. >> reporter: few courted and coveted oscars like harvey weinstein, today the academy kicked him out. the board of governors voting overwhelmingly to expel the once powerful and feared producer. saying the willful ignorance and predatory behavior in our industry is over. >> was there an element of pay back that's possible here? >> there is a huge element of pay back for the years of -- not only the sexual abuse against women which is horrible, but also the emotional abuse that he sort of yielded willie nilly on this industry. >> the latest actress eva green. she claims weinstein was inappropriate during a business meeting in paris. telling "variety" i had to push him off. i got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted.
the hollywood reporter, bob weinstein, estranged brother and business partner said he would cooperate with any police investigation of harvey, my brother is the one that should pay with everything, and i mean literally whether it's criminal or otherwise, i will be supportive of all that. >> bob weinstein says he's talked to harvey twice since the scandal broke, and says harvey has no remorse whatsoever. he insists the weinstein company board didn't know the extent of harvey's actions, if harvey plans to challenge his fire, he can fight, it will be a losing fight. after a major defeat today. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. former white house senior strategist steve bannon renewed his assault on the republican party establishment today. attacking some of them by name, and vowing to help defeat them in the next election. his audience was a group of conservative
trump was out playing golf and playing nice today, with republican senator lindsey graham, a member of the gop establishment. just as trump's former chief strategist steve bannon played with fire. >> right now, it's a season of war against a gop establishment. >> reporter: stoking passions of christian conservatives at today's voters value summit. the economic national forced out of his white house post in august, threatens to drive top republicans out of power. sieging contempt toward mitch mcconnell. >> yeah, mitch, the donors are not happy, they've all left you. we've cut your oxygen off, mitch, okay? >> he challenged the field of republicans who criticize president trump, like bob corker, who publicly questioned the president's competence, and after being attacked by trump, corker called the white house adult day care. >> bob corker has trashed the commander and chief of our arm
forces while we have young men and women in harm's way. >> bannon demanded these gop senators up for re-election denounced that criticism of president trump or face the ire of conservative voters. >> guys like corker and mitch mcconnell need to go. >> they need a wakeup call. they're not representing our values. >> grassroots conservatives are ready to tear down the republican party. >> these folks are coming for you. the day of taking a few nice conservative votes and hiding is over. >> reporter: bannon expressed his support for president trump and claims to still have insider knowledge here. the reality is, the trump white house is trying to work with some of the republic republicans bannon called out. president trump even has a lunch scheduled with mitch mcconnell monday. disturbing new details emerged today about what it was like for an american woman, her canadian husband d
years of captivity in afghanistan. they were held by a group linked to the taliban. the husband is describing their ordeal. nbc's lucy cakafanov has the story. >> reporter: until this week, the only life he and his two siblings knew was captivity in afghanistan. his father speaking out about the hoos taj ordeal publicly for the first time. telling nbc news exclusively they had lived in an underground dungeon, just 66 square feet. dripping water and their beds covered in thick mold. >> the stupidity and evil of the hakani networks, kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife was eclipsed by the stupidity and
murdering my infant daughter and the subsequent rape of my wife. >> reporter: the pakistani military released new video of the family being freed. kaitlyn's father slamming his son in law for bringing her to afghanistan. >> taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, it's unconscionable. >> there are many unanswered questions about the family's harrowing experience. tonight joshua tells nbc news they're grateful for going from death row to a new lease on life, lucy kafanov, nbc news. tense moments this morning at laguardia airport. a disgruntled customer told an airport employee that he had a bomb. a threat prompted a partial shut down of one of the terminals. no bomb was found, the man was arrested. at another airport, this one inth
found recently. and police say it was set to explode. nbc's ron allen has more on the plot and the suspect. >> reporter: friday morning, one of the busiest times at asheville wreath analogy airport, exactly when authorities say michael christopher estes planted a homemade bomb, saying he was getting ready to fight a war on u.s. soil. an explosive backed in a mason jar, ammonium nitrate used by terrorists worldwide, sterno gel for fuel. items he bought nearby at walmart and loews. >> he had explosives, a detonator, timer, shrapnel and intent, and he had all the ingredients for agony, misery and death. >> security footage shows the suspect entering the airport at 12:39 a.m., carrying a bag and soon after, leaving without it the bomb was set to explode at 00
police discovered the device an hour later at 7:00 a.m. the suspect was arelated the next day. the fear, attacks like the brussels airport, outside security screening. three suitcase sized bombs detonated. 40 killed. ft. lauderdale in january, five people killed when a gunman opened fire in the baggage claim area. >> airports and transportation hubs are targets. they've ramped up their security after attacks like at the ft. lauderdale airport, they're conscious of their perimeter. >> in asheville, disaster averted. a reminder of the security challenges ahead. ron allen, nbc news. there is growing concern tonight about violent attacks against journalists in mexico, the committee to protect journalists says mexico has become the deadliest country for journalists in the western hemisphere. one of the latest victims, a pho photojournalist found dead last week. >> dozens of protesters, mostly journalists, gathered id
building, demanding justice for the 23-year-old freelance journalist, killed in a mexican state last week. his body found near an airport with multiple gunshot wounds and signs of tore tour. >> one of his colleagues saying, journalists are being murdered and we demand justice. his family says he was abducted from his home by gunmen wearing police uniforms. today the attorney general told nbc news, we cannot confirm who the suspects are, it is still part of the investigation. a few months ago, he told authorities he had been threatened by investigators over photos he had taken at the scene of a shooting opinion mexico's federal agency responsible for protecting journalists says he reported two incidents in july, where police and detectives had confronted him, but according to the agency, he declined protection. >> what are the kinds
take in mexico, simply for doing their job. >> when you're covering tremendous violence, you can't cover them without being exposed to the violence yourself. >> the committee to protect journalists found that since 1992, at least 41 journalists in mexico have been killed in connection to their work. drug cartels are expected in more than half of those cases. 51 others have been killed in cases where the motive is unclear. >> level of impunity for all crimes in mexico is very high. and if it's a political murder carried out bray bauerful forces, there's almost no possibility -- >> at his funeral, his father said he always wanted to make us happy. his family is devastated. and tonight there are growing questions about freedom of the press in mexico. and the deadly price many pay pursuing the truth. >> he's being remembered not only for his journalism, but his work as
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♪ ♪ time has come for the "redskins coach's show." this is the coach and that is chris coolly, back to work after the bye. right off the top you talk about some injuries. who is officially outgoing in tomorrow's game. can you talk about that? >> ty is officially out. >> josh norman is officially out. there are only two officially out. we'll find out who might be playing. who might be. we have an eye on san francisco. >> we have an eye on trent williams and we'll leave that up in the air, i guess. >> we'll see if he plays. maybe he