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on this sunday night, winter blast. the snow and ice in a big part of the country causing thousands of canceled flights and some scary moments with a deep freeze still on the way. pushing back. president-elect trump called cia findings that russia interfered with the election ridiculous, blaming the reports on embarrassed democrats. deadly church bombings, dozens dead, many more wounded on the biggest christian attack in years. gentle giants. they roam majestically through it all. why they're near extinction.
good evening. millions of americans have sent today welcoming winter. or not. here's a shot of our front yard at rockefeller center. snow stretching from the eastern dakotas all the way to new york, some areas picking up 10 inches. and that, as you might imagine, has created some treacherous conditions and thousands of flight cancellations all across the bone-chilling temperatures coming this week. we've been on the front line all day. >> reporter: a scary moment for passengers, sliding off a snow-covered runway in detroit. delta flight 724 struggling to brake. skidding into the grass, the 70 people on board unharmed but adding to the chaos of the airport. thousands of flights canceled or delayed across the country, with
of here today. >> reporter: how has this entire experience been, getting canceled and rebooked? >> expensive. >> reporter: they're expecting many inches of snow with more on the way. the midwest and northeast in some places dropping below zero. in wisconsin, crews clearing the gridiron for the green bay packers. while in neighboring minnesota, icy roads mak for travelers fighting through 7 inches of snow. out west this massive pine tree crashing into four lanes of an oakland highway, mashing a car and trapping its driver inside. >> i feel blessed to be able to walk away from this collision today. >> reporter: people in oregon stuck at the airport for three days driving through ice. >> i've been driving a truck for
seen. >> reporter: it's just the beginning. almost 4,000 flights delayed or canceled all across the country, nearly half of them right here in chicago. this as nearly 60 million americans remain under a winter weather advisory. kate? president-elect donald trump weighed in about russian interference in the election saying he didn't believe it and suggesting it was another example of democrats being sore losers. and that is drawing a strong reaction by some intelligence community. here is peter alexander. >> reporter: donald trump defiant, today lashing out at the cia's analysis that russia intervened in the election to help him win. >> i don't believe it. i think it's just another excuse. >> reporter: the president-elect only attended a handful of daily briefings. >> i'm a smart person. i don't have to be told the same
single day for the next eight years. >> reporter: intelligence experts dispute that explanation. >> it's not like every piece of intelligence or every report is the same sort of type of assessment. >> reporter: tonight trump is also touting his expected pick of ceo rex tillerson as secretary of state. >> he's more than just an ex-businessman. he's a world class player. he does massive deals in russia. he does massive deals for the company. not for himself, for the company. contention, even from some republicans. marco rubio tweeting being a friend of vladimir is not an attribute i'm hoping for for secretary of state. new tonight, a $16 billion blockbuster, boeing selling 80 commercials airplanes to iran, made possible after last year's controversial agreement which trump has denounced. this the biggest sale by a u.s.
since the revolution in 1979. the president-elect yet to comment, instead taking a second swipe at boeing's contract for air force i. >> i want to make good deals for this country. i don't need a $4.2 billion airplane to fly around in, okay? i don't need that. >> as for donald trump dismissal of the cia's assessment about russia, tonight a former cia intelligence official says, quote, it's confusing how someone who refuseso decided he doesn't agree with the analysis contained in them. >> peter alexander in washington. peter, thanks. in egypt a bombing at cairo's largest christian cathedral left at least 25 people dead and injured almost 50, all of them women and children attending sunday mass. it comes with increasing
sectarians. >> grief turns into outrage. a bombing in a sunday morning mass in cairo left at least 200 dead, dozens more injured and the symbol is not lost on anyone. this is the most important church complex for the largest christian minority. and with christians across the region, many claim to be claimed to protect them. this is a second such attack in three days. a blast at a security checkpoint on friday killed three police officers. jihad has claimed responsibility. today's bombing has gone unclaimed. the islamist's group opposed in 2013. a rally shortly after the attack, the crowd chanted
they want a president to rise to power on the exact same slogan. mark bradley, nbc news. new allegations tonight involving one of this country's biggest banks, wells fargo. you may recall back in september, federal regulators said wells fargo had set up millions of bank and credit card accounts that customers never requested. now new allegations are about life insurance policies that wells fargo offered in a partnership with prudential. we get more from >> reporter: it was the biggest case of fraud abuse in recent history. many wells fargo employees fired after a lawsuit alleged they signed up accounts for customers to meet new sales quotas. now this time aimed at prudential where internal
accounts tied to certain banks. >> they signed up people on accounts without their knowledge or consent. >> reporter: they found evidence that spanish-speaking customers or others may have been pushed into policies by wells fargo bankers, and when they took what they found to their prudential managers, those decided to go to wells fargo rather than their own customers. >> perhaps they could sweep is under the rug and not even report it or let i the public. i strongly believe that we were terminated because we were raising the red flags to senior management. >> reporter: prudentprudential d a statement saying the myterm product through wells fargo will be reimbursed in some cases. wells fargo releasing a statement saying, if we identify
ask for, we will make it right. now more accounts under review. the lawyer for the whistle blower saying she will seek a class action lawsuit for consumers expected to be filed next week. nbc news, los angeles. this is the last week to enroll for next year in another kind of insurance, obamacare, which has been targeted by president-elect donald trump. and now with so many questions about the future of the affordable care act, some patients wonder whether signing up for obamacare some perspective tonight from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: following a cancer scare and a kidney infection, part-time teacher lisa ernstrom is a strong proponent for obamacare, especially for preexisting conditions. >> my premium isn't bad. i'm paying $180 a month. >> reporter: she plans to renew her policy this week, but
president-elect trump takes office. >> it makes me nervous. >> reporter: trump has said he plans to repeal obamacare but plans to keep coverage for people with preexisting conditions. >> there is no reason to worry about january 2018 or january 2019 when there is a greater chance that there will be programs dismantled. >> reporter: today more than 20 million people rely on the affordable care act for health insurance. but premiums are set to rise 25% on average next year, though sof more subsidies. in your view has obamacare hurt patient care? >> absolutely, no doubt about it. >> reporter: this doctor in ohio is more eager for obamacare to be gutted. >> the policies of obamacare have made it very difficult for us in private practice to stay in private practice. >> reporter: but the two main trade groups are warning that
and trigger public health crises. in miami-dade, a stred did i -- steady stream of patients are still signing up. >> any changes in the future would have to consider preexisting. if not emergency room costs would skyrocket across the country. >> reporter: for now patients like lisa ernstrom are in limbo. >> i don't know what this means for the future. >> reporter: wondering whether obamacare is on life support for how long. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, warren, ohio. six months ago tonight, hundreds of people packed into a gay nightclub in orlando, florida. hours later, 49 people were massacred at the hands of a gunman who had pledged allegiance to isis. tonight family members are still dealing with that tragedy as new images emerge from the crime scene. scott cohen has our report.
anger of the horror before and after the deadliest mass shooting in recent history. 49 lives taken from a place they thought was safe from bullying and judgment. video at the pulse nightclub shows the gunman parking underneath a canopy on june 4. two minutes later after the first shots were fired, police arrived. some patrons ran for their lives. others lay wounded inhe 2:35. martin calls 911 from inside the club and announces his allegiance to isis. >> i want you to know i'm in orlando and i did the shooting. >> reporter: the standoff lasts three hours before martin is finally taken down. six months later, people still come to this shuttered nightclub to pay their respects. >> it's heartwarming to see all the messages knowing that thousands of people are coming from all over to leave their
jessica silva is opening a more permanent memorial. her brother and his partner of 16 years before the shooting at pulse. >> reporter: it feels like a bad dream, but it's a reality. >> reporter: official remembrances begin later tonight, including a candlelight vij is -- vigil at the exact time the rge the moment people live with every day. >> now it's my dream to complete all that he wanted. >> reporter: scott cohen, nbc news. many who saw their treasures destroyed by isis. we take a look at what might be saved. also giants so, mr. harris, we have your fingerprints on the safe. a photo of you opening the safe.
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there are reports tonight fr toured the ancient city of palmyra, one of the jewels isis had destroyed. another one was in northern iraq where we saw heartbreaking images last year of isis smashing irreplaceable artifacts. that was recently taken by forces and we go there to see what remains. >> reporter: last year destroyed
it lies in ruins. half man, half beast guarded palace door ways. now they're gone, symbols of an ancient empire destroyed by isis. these ruins are all that remains. >> reporter: history obliterated and isis wanted the world to watch. with sledgehammers and power tools, what they didn't blow up, they tore down by hand. lala watched the video dozens of times but it didn't make it any less painful. she would like to be an archeologist. she spent years excavating the site. hard to imagine now, but it was one of the richest archeological sites in the world. today this trove of treasures lies unprotected, open to looters. generations have shane the family that looked after the site.
this cultural heritage destroyed? >> it's like when your mother is killed or your father is killed and your history is killed at the same time. >> reporter: but this teenager is fighting back with art. 17-year-old mina sabit has been commemorating some of the best pieces. a lot of work. figuring out what is good and what might one day be rebuilt. nbc news, imrud, iraq. >> such a shame. >> such a shame. up next, why scientists say >> such a shame. up next, why scientists say the first person to survive alzheimer's disease is out there. and the alzheimer's association is going to make it happen by funding scientific breakthroughs,
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we grow up with them in storybooks and real life. who doesn't love to be around a giraffe? so it was jolt to go hear we might be losing them. scientists warned this past week that the number of giraffes has plunged and the species is now at risk of extinction. we get more from our chief of environmental affairs, ann thompson. >> reporter: gira. the center of african africa. their population dropping by 40% the last few years, giraffes are listed as vulnerable, living what one might call a silent extinction.
"giraffe's flight," killed by poachers for their meat, hide and tail. >> these animals are in the consciousness of all of us. they're in the consciousness of basically the whole planet from childhood. >> reporter: at places like the bronx zoo, these improbable and inquisitive creatures spark wonder in schoolchildren. >> he opens his mouth a little bit. >> can you imitate them? >> reporter: up close, adults can't help but be awed. animated versions sell toys and moving pictures. beyond the fascination, if giraffes no longer roamed africa's grasslands, how would their disappearance impact nature? the director of the bronx zoo says giraffes stimulate growth on the acacia trees in which they feed.
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something most kids look forward to. but these days, the idea might be more palatable thanks to parents and the company they started to make glasses for kids a little more cool. as steve patterson reports, the idea was started by their son, and it's now helping children all over the world. >> reporter: if you asked three-year-old jonas, he would say there's no better time of day -- >> elephant! >> reporter: -- than a little morning study session. all the things jonas knows is how determined he has to be to see what he's describing. ben and laura harris' son is severely visually impaired, having a condition called peter's anomaly. >> it's a condition where children are born with a cloudy cornea. >> it was so painful because it felt like my life had just flipped completely. >> reporter: what followed a medical odyssey, 21 eye
know from being around jonas. >> oh, yeah, baby, oh, yeah. >> reporter: mostly because of who he is but partly because of how he looks. >> when the doctor said he had some potential for sight, if he's in glasses, he's going to look like a little stud muffin. >> reporter: but ben's search for style was a little from us tragts. >> the options out there were options i was embarrassed to be seen in in the >> reporter: so his parents opened a business in his name, jonas' eyewear. for every pair purchased, they donate to provide supplements and eyeglasses to kids around the world. so far the program has helped more than 22,000 families in 64 countries. >> it's been neat, especially with our business, to feel like, hey, you can make an impact and
>> reporter: as for jonas, the little guy is a daily inspiration, a reminder of how beautiful life can be from even the smallest point of view. steve patterson, nbc news, grand rapids, michigan. that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday night. up next, football night in america. the dallas cowboys taking on the new york giants. lester holt will be back in tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from new york. i'll see you tomorrow on 3:00 eastern. from all of us here at nbc new,
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