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breaking news tonight, the president-elect donald trump agrees to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits accusing his trump university of fraud. a stunning reversal on a day we learn major new picks for trump administration. tonight, battle lines are drawn. blizzard warning, a deadly winter blast sweeping across nearly half a den states and more trouble ahead for the holiday rush. hits to the head. surprising news from doctors tonight about treating confusions. the new approach parents and kids should hear. foam mystery. a massive blob creeps through streets sending firefighters scrambling, captivating the web. what authorities say it is. and food fights.
thanksgiving table. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening, what had been the headline of the day -- president-elect trump naming his picks for attorney general, national security advisor and cia director was eclipsed by mr. trump himself. with a surprising turnaround in a high-profile legal showdown. the soon to be president agreeing to pay $25 million to settle a fraud case against his now-defunct trump university, something candidate trump declared he would never do. word of the deal comes ten days before the start of a trial that could have seen a president-elect testifying as a defendant. there's a lot to cover tonight, including the faces behind those big job announcements. but first, nbc's hallie jackson on that stunning legal
hallie, good evening. >> reporter: remember, this is a case that led donald trump to attack the mexican heritage of the federal judge overseeing it with former students of the for-profit university accusing the president-elect of scamming them with false promises of a real estate education. now this case appears to be part of the past. tonight, donald trump's team reversing course, trying to tie up loose ends on a legal headache that dogged him for years -- a new sut se lawsuit against him from former students of trump university who claim he defrauded them. the president-elect agreeing to pay $25 million even though on the campaign trail he insisted that would never happen. >> i don't want to settle cases when we're right. i don't believe in it. and when you start settling cases, you know what happens? everybody sues you because you get known as a settler. the people that took the course all signed -- many, many -- signed report cards saying it was
york attorney general's office says the president-elect is not admitting wrongdoing with the attorney general, a democrat saying "the victims of trump university have waited years for today's result." a spokesperson for the trump organization says "we have no doubt trump university would have prevailed at trial" but added "the resolution lets the president-elect devote his full attention to the important issues facing our great nation. donald trump avoiding the possibility of having to take the stand, closing one of the highest-profile cases against him, one that became an attack rivals. >> he really tricked vulnerable americans, veterans, widows of veterans, people who were trying to get ahead. >> what it suggests is either because he's president-elect or because that was a bluff the whole time, he doesn't actually want to defend himself in court, he would rather pay to make this go away. this is, now, going away. >> reporter: a "usa today" analysis finds the president-elect still has more than 70 open lawsuits against him.
inauguration day. the president-elect trying to move past one campaign controversy but stepping in another. after ivanka trump joined her father for his first private meeting with a foreign leader, a move now raising new conflict of interest questions since it's trump's children set to take over his business and not get involved in governing. >> people think you're going to be part of the administration, ivanka. >> i'm -- no, i'm going to be a daughter. >> reporter: the president-elect el first time in eight days for a working weekend here in bedminster. a top aide tells nbc news donald trump is meeting every hour or so all weekend with potential prospects for cabinet members, for cabinet positions, all coming to visit. lester? >> hallie jackson tonight, thank you. now to the other big story involving the president-elect today, his choices for three key positions, national security advisor, attorney general, and director of the cia. andrea mitchell tonight on the vital
fill them. >> reporter: donald trump campaigned on shaking up washington. his first foreign policy hires live up to that promise. for national security advisor, a job that does not require senate approval, retired three-star lieutenant general mike flynn, a decorated combat veteran who rose to the top of military intelligence before being fired by president obama two years ago, criticized for ruffling too many feathers. a life long democrat drawing attention for his strident takedown of hillary clinton a convention. >> lock her up, that's right. yeah, that's right. lock her up. >> reporter: stunning former colleagues by cozying up to vladimir putin at a lavish dinner moscow for putin's propaganda arm, flynn is outspoken against radical islam. >> there is a disease inside of this islamic body, it's like cancer. >> reporter: he'll be the last person talking to the president about national security decisions, running an office that has exploded to 400
is the most pivotal because it plays the role of quarterback for national security policy. general flynn is a good and important choice to have given his experience and background. >> reporter: some are questioning whether flynn can be an honest broker inside the cabinet. >> can general flynn make that leap to understand the diplomatic side of things? i think those are some of the questions being asked. >> reporter: then there's president-elect trump's pick for attorney general, veteran alabama senator a hard-liner on immigration, rejected by the senate 30 years ago for a federal judgeship after accusations he made racist comments. >> i am not a racist, i am not insensitive to blacks. >> reporter: decades later, after ferguson and black lives matter, tonight civil rights lawyers are speaking out. >> he has demonstrated hostility towards our nation's civil rights and equality. and that is cause for concern. >> reporter: but supporters point to sessions' vote to extend the voting
and trump's choice for cia director, kansas republican mike pompeo, west point graduate, army veteran, lawyer and tea party republican who took on hillary clinton over benghazi. >> how come no one has been held account to believe date? >> they could not find a breach of duty. >> ma'am, i'm not asking what the arb did, i'm asking what you did. >> reporter: pompeo helped mike pence with the debates and said edward snowden deserves the death >> he's hardworking, he understands the agency very well. he's a solid pick. >> reporter: with republicans running the senate, donald trump's aides believe these nominees will get confirmed because democrats won't be able to challenge a new president so early in the administration. lester? >> andrea, thank you. as we head into the weekend, millions are watching the weather. a deadly blizzard sweeping across the upper midwest, a big winter blast in the middle of fall, and there's more trouble on the way that could impact holiday travelers. we have it all covered
>> reporter: today in minnesota, blizzard conditions sweeping across large swathes of the state, wind gusts over 70 miles per hour as many are getting their first dose of winter weather. >> we're not talking about the light fluffy stuff. we're talking about what they call the back-breaking snow. >> reporter: road conditions are treacherous. >> i'm expecting a two hour and fifteen minute drive to turn into a five-hour drive. >> reporter: already today, more than 300 crashes and two deaths in minnesota blamed on >> if you get blasted by these strong winds -- >> reporter: in sioux falls, south dakota, people woke up to this and warnings to stay indoors as long as possible, school canceled. in colorado, the storm wreaked havoc with a 20-car pileup thursday shutting down part of i-70. two people killed in that state. the storm has intensified as it moves east. 52.million americans currently under some sort of warning or advisory. more than a foot of
country, this is expected to be a colder and snowier winter than we've seen recently. here in chicago, this is one of 19 massive salt piles placed throughout the city. they've been stocking up. >> it is payback for last year. it was a very mild winter last year, we had below-normal snow. not this season. >> reporter: this winter storm brings behind it a burst of cold air. and a message -- winter is coming. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. nbc meteorologist with us keeping an eye on the blizzard and the next wave to come. what's it looking like? >> well, they're likely to continue across minnesota with some areas picking up 20 inches of snow. as the storm moves eastward we are going to see cold air cross over the relatively warmer great lakes. that's going to turn on the lake-effect snow machine. first across michigan on saturday, then through the eastern great lakes as we go into sunday and monday where we could see some significant
especially across upstate new york. so while we're looking at just an additional one to three inches through the upper midwest, the focus will shift to upstate new york where we could see more than a foot of or a foot and a half of snow, especially in syracuse and watertown. that will kick off what will be a very tricky travel week leading up to thanksgiving. another storm system develops across the rockies on monday. as this moves eastward we are looking for heavy snow through the upper midwest on stretching through the plains and wednesday we could see several delays at airports through the midwest down through the gulf coast with heavy rain and strong storms. so a lot to keep in mind for those traveling for their thanksgiving holiday, lester. >> dylan, thanks very much. in tennessee, scary moments today when a school bus crashed and rolled over on a highway off ramp near nashville. students were evacuated through the bus's emergency exits. 23 were taken to the hospital, thankfully none with life-threatening
something went terribly wrong with a small plane trying to land at an airport in the bay area. the plane crashed into a house north of the half moon bay airport, killing one person and injuring another. the cause not yet known. some startling numbers tonight from the cdc about the number of sports injuries. there are more than eight and a half million every year, mostly with people under 25. concussions are among the most dangerous and tonight we're learning about a new approach to treating them that challenge what is we've always works best. >> reporter: as a catcher, elijah fitch is used to getting hit by foul balls, but when the 16-year-old took a baseball to the head -- twice in one game -- he couldn't shake the dizziness and headaches. were you scared when it happened? >> is this going to be, like, the rest of my life? am i going to go back to normal? >> reporter: turns out elijah had a concussion, the type that affects balance. >> for that type of concussion, the way to get better is by movement. >> reporter: doctors
concussions. they can affect your concentration, your balance, your sight, cause ongoing headaches, nausea, and even affect your mood. the type of concussion dictates the type of recovery. >> having some form of activity is going to be important in probably at least four or five out of those six different types of injuries. >> reporter: new research finds physical exercises as well as brain exercises can help patients recover faster. one study found children who exercised getting a concussion reported 50% fewer symptoms a month later compared with those who rested. when dr. collins prescribed elijah active recovery for six weeks, his mother was initially skeptical. >> it's going to work. >> i thought just the opposite of it. i wanted him to rest and get his strength. >> keep your head still. >> reporter: but vision exercises helped the teen's eyes and head work in sync again as well as
his headaches and dizziness disappeared thanks to a game-changer approach to treating young athletes. >> good luck, okay? take care. >> reporter: nbc news, pittsburgh. still ahead tonight, putting her hopes in the future. the teenaged girl who gets her dying wish to be frozen in time in the hope of one day waking up and being cured. also, the strange massive sight that appeared in california massive sight that appeared in california ? go paperless, don't stress, girl ? ? safe driver ? ? accident-free ? ? everybody put your flaps in the air for me ? ? go paperless, don't stress, girl ? ? i got the discounts that you need ? ? safe driver ? ? accident-free ? ? everybody put your flaps in the air for me ? i can't lip-synch in these conditions. ? savings ? ? oh, yeah ?
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next.. tracking winter weather.. john malan times out when we'll see a few snow flakes and some strong winds.. plus. the unique treatment for epileptic seizur wisconsin doctors are seei . fair to say there's likely to be a little more tension than usual at some dinner tables this thanksgiving after the election. with that in mind, kevin tibbles tonight on how some families are going to extremes-to-keep the turkey and the politics separate. >> reporter: surrounded by loved
oops. >> if i had a make americ hat i'd wear it in. ldeeou on but i'd wear it in. >> then he'd be standing around saying "why hasn't anybody offered me a drink >> w do to get a drink? take your hat off. >> reporter: meet the stangfaly of kansas city. son and host mark with parents. on tuesday they'll be edy 3 o opinionat retive which is put n uhit a no and no politics today. >> followi an intense and divisive election, passing the politics with the gravy just won't do. it used to be a battle between potatoes and stove top stuffing at turkey time. not this year. >> talk about other things like the brad an angelina divorce. >> yes, we should keep ca and carve the turkey.
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?? right now, from milwaukee, this is today's tmj4, live at 6:00. >> weather shake-up. you can see from the variety there, to start your weekend, the strong winds, and temperatures take a dive. temperatures are falling near freezing, and our entire area is under a wind advisory have. >> snowflakes of the season to start the weekend. >> let's go straight to chief meteorologist john malan with when flurries could start to fly. >> john: it doesn't sound pleasant. wind advisories until 6:00 tomorrow evening. that's all of southeastern wisconsin. gale warnings out over lake michigan. earlier today, we had a couple isolated thunder showers, a couple isolated showers. you see tho isolated showers rolling through, clouds are
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