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i like breaking news tonight, a roller coaster plunge on wall street. global shock waves from a market meltdown in china. why is it hitting us here? sinking 401(k)s, millions of americans nervous about their money. relentless, donald trump unleashes perhaps his most personal attack on the clintons yet. trapped underground. an all-night rescue mission to save 17 miners, hundreds of feet beneath the earth after something went very wrong. what yo eat. controversy tonight over what's in and what's not. red meat, eggs, now okay? not with everyone. and the can opener, a nickname for a bridge that's seen crash after crash caught on camera. an internet sensation. why aren't drivers getting the heads-up?
now. good evening. it is a small world. no one knows that better than knows who watch the value of their savings and retirement accounts take another steep drop today. all because of china's economic problems. the dow's 392-point drop today brings losses for the first four trading days of the new year to 911 points or more than 5%. if it has us asking if china's woes can trigger those kin of losses in this country, what does it say about the health of our economy? nbc's anne thompson finds out. >> reporter: another bungee jump for the nation's stock market. the dow plummeting more than 300 points at the open, bouncing back in the late plunge again by early afternoon. what has traders and investors grabbing stfuls is the slowing growth in china, the world's second largest
china's stock market halted for the second time this week after a major sell-off. >> i think it's premature to be overly concerned. financial markets are fickle. i think in the end, fundamentals are really what matters for the u.s. economy. our fundamentalssre rock solid. >> reporter: onomists point to the improving jobs and housing market. still the chaos in china is fueling the u.s.'s markets to the worst year ever shrinking the 401(k) by 2% today, losing about $4,000 this week. january is a prombarometer for the future. predicting with 87% accuracy what the market will do the rest of the year. one more reason main street needs to watch wall street. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. jim cramer is the hope of cn's "mad money." markets go up and down. people feeling nervous right now. what do you tell them? >> panic never made
i totally understand why people would be concerned. china is a huge economy. a lot of the united states is good but our companies that do a lot of business in china, particularly manufacturing aren't doing well. i think there are some stocks that are not good to have. i'm not in a hurry to this market. thanks. we'll see you for cnbc's special coverage "markets in turmoil." turmoil. "7:00 p.m. eastern time. donald trump unleashed an attack on hillary and bill clinton. tonight tens of thousands are expected at a trump rally at a venue that can only hold 400,000. >> donald trump flexing his muscle in the unlike lest of places, burlington, vermont. bernie sanders' country. giving out 20,000 free tickets to a 1,400
steps away from sanders' own campaign headquarters. if this was a different event -- >> like a phish concert -- >> we would cancel it. >> reporter: trying to prove his crossover appeal while atabbing the democratic front-runner. >> i want to start focusing on hillary. >> john: releasing thisisnstagram ad insinuating hillary clinton isn't a supporter of women. >> women's rights are human rights. >> reporter: kristen welker was on the trail today with bill clinton in iowa. >> donald trump is again today making an issue of your past transgressions. do you want to respond? are you worried your past could hurt your wife's campaign? >> i don't have any response. if he wins the nomination, we'll have plenty of time to talk about it. >> reporter: trump kept raising birther doubts about ted cruz' eligibility. free legal advice to get a declare try judgment. john mccain is 4& agreeing. >> i think there is a question. i'm not a constitutional scholar
but i think it's worth looking into. >> reporter: cruz responded, mccain's comments came as no surprise. >> i'm not going to take legal advice from donald trump. >> reporter: in vermont, the trump show is drawing a big crowd, but not necessarily a loyal one. >> we want trump out of our town. >> reporter: first in line at 4:30 this morning when it was only@ 15 degrees out, mark conrad, a supporter of, you guessed it, bernie sanders. only in vermont would a democrat be the first in line to see donald trump. >> i expected people to be here. >> reporter: so why is donald trump here? the state votes on march 1st. you can say look at the massive crowd i can draw here right nose. vermont used to be a reliably red state, only voting for a democrat once since the 1850s. in 1992, they voted for bill clinton and it's been blue ever since. >> katy, thank you. tonight families across theountry sit
over the american diet. the government is out with new guidelines, the first update in fiveears over what we should eat and what we should avoi this year there is a big push for all of us to cut back on america's sugar addiction. as tom costello reports, not everyone is happy about surprises left off the warning list. >> reporter: with a registered dietician in the home, they are already focused on eating the right foods. >> a little bit of beans. >> reporter: today the government's top health experts said most americans can do better. among the dietary recommendations, cut way back on sugar. hidden in everything from pre-packaged soups to salad dressing to pasta sauce. one jar of pasta sauce can contain the equivalent of a candy bar in sugar. >> when you're cooking at home, you can control sodium and sugar. it is important to help reduce sugar intake as much as possible. >> reporter: the new dietary guidelines
up no more than 10% of our daily calories. all of us have to pay attention to labels. the government's my plate nutrition guide sounds familiar, me fruits and veggies, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy. a lot less salt. >> you should think about what you should do to eat and prevent diseases and also to save health care costs. >> reporter: critics say the guidelines don't go far enough. based on new science, the government is dropping its recommendation to limit egg consumption and declined to steer people away from red meat. the american institute for cancer research saying it was dismayed that lobbying efforts superseded scientific evidence. has the food lobby had an oversized role setting these guidelines? >> i think we have a strong set of recommendations that are not impacted in any undue way but listened to all the voices. >> reporter: the sugar industry criticized the recommendations to cut sugar consumption. >> what is your
>> reporter: a healthier diet, one plate at a time. tom costello, nbc news, washington. a state of emergency h h been did he claired in a los angeles suburb where a natural gas leak has been releasing tons of methane gas into the air every day for months now. it could be months more until it's finally fixed. as joe fryar reports, the danger has driven thousands of people from their homes. >> reporter: it's an affluent los angeles neighborhood, but it looks like a ghosttown. 2,500 people moved lives and health disrupted by a gas october. >> my eyes were burning and it was watering and itching. it was to the point that my vision was getting bad. >> reporter: this family has been living in a hotel for four weeks now. >> the first week i would be crying every single day because it was such a hard experience on me.
homeowners, some wearing gas masks held protd protests. the southern gas company says there are no long-term health effects. >> there are clearly short-term impacts for some people sensitive to odors. >> reporter: the company is drilling relief wells hoping to stop the leak. now california's governor is declaring a state of emergency, stepping up inspections and saying the company should cover all costs. >> we'll do whatever it takes to protect the people from underground gas storage. >> reporter: two schools recently relocated. the faa ordered a no-fly zone over the neighborhood and famous environmental activist erin brock vich is holding community meeting. >> this is the biggest air contamination i've ever seen. the magnitude is almost overwhelming. >> reporter: last month lawyers suing the gas company released time-lapsed
ranch saying it is releasing 7,600 tons of methane gas into the airedaly, about 25% of the methane emitted in all of california each month. an invisible invader with a visible impact. so cal gas is paying to relocate people and say it reduced the amount of gas and hopes to have the leak stopped by late february or march. in paris on the anniversary of the terror attack on charlie hebdo, a man wielding a butcher knife was shot and killed outside a police station. he had a fake explosive device and a piece of paper with an image of the isis claim and he claimed responsibility for the attack hes trying to carry out. the war in syria has been raging for nearly five years now, but it has n lost its power to shock.
of this drowned 3-year-old boy focused international attention on the syrian refugee crisis and its young victims. now new if you are sayses emerged from inside syria. they are difficult to watch. scenes of ptarvation. many of the victims are children. richard engel reports on this latest atrocity. >> reporter: these are not images from a concentration camp. they are from this week in syria. mohammed says he hasn't eaten for seven days. he was filmed by a nurse from the village who smuggled out many images and finally got the world's attention. we spoke to the nurse by phone today. he said he's also hungry and that 40 of his neighbors starved to death since december because the syrian government won't allow people out or food in. it was once a summer resort, now it's one
villages in syria besieged and starving. its people forced to eat leaves and grass, but even that's hard to come by in winter. both sides in this war are using starvation, both guilty of war crimes. >> against international humanitarian law, starvation has been used as a tactic of war. >> reporter: the hospital is out of medicine. some children haven't eaten for two weeks. >> you can just look at the pictures. as a doctor, i'm looking at children with sunken eyes, all the telltale signs of malnutrition. >> reporter: the syrian government is starving maddia because the revels siege twod pro-government villages. the u.n. said today an agreement had been reached to allow some aid into all three,
could be too late for some of these children. richard angel, nbc news, london. still ahead tonight, we are flying with a chopper crew on alert to the most dangerous kind of rescue, pulling people out of the raging flood waters from el nino. also, heads-up, the infamous bridge in one american city sheering the tops off trucks. woman: it's been a j jrney to get where i am. and i didn't get here alone. there were people who listened along the way. people who gave me options. kept me on track. and through it all, my retirement never got left behind. sosooday, i'm prepared for anything we may want tomorrow to be. every someday needs a plan.
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>>. >> it's being described as the godzilla el nino. it's fueling storms in the west coast. massive waves, 27 to 40 feet high in some areas. a rock slide closed an entrance to yosemite park. high flood level trapped cars. >> emergency crews swift water rescues are some of the most dangerous rescue missions. one brave chopper crew ready to be put to the test by the waters of el nino. >> reporter: high above every calamity, a different kind of first responder. in l.a. county, they call this the fire hawk, a military blackhawk with upgrades.
made to go in harm's way and come back. when these are going somewhere, they are goinggo help man. >> reporter: marty martin and his teammate ready for their next assignment, a threat not seen here in nearly two decades. >> hold on to the ropes! >> reporter: the deadly 1997/97 el nino event cost half a billion dollars in damage. >> once those waterways fill up especially on t t front end of the el nino, people are not acclimated to the dangers involved with water. >> reporter: los angeles county has eight helicopters, largely for fighting fires. the most difficult thing they do is this. swift water rescues. the target is moving, the channel is narrow. but this is a drill. the actual rescue far more complicated. >> the thing about these swift water rescues is the water is releleless. >> reporter: el nino
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we are back now with a nail-biting drama that played out for 11 hours hundreds of feet below ground. 17 miners trapped in an elevator shaft and a major operation to save them. rehema ellis takes us to the scene of the rescue in upstate new york. >> reporter: after ten hours trapped below ground, the ordeal ended as everyone had hoped. 17 workers in an upstate new york salt mine were rescued after huddling together in an elevator shaft in freezing temperatures. >> they did what they
other warm and spirits up. >> reporter: overnight, blankets, water, heating pads and food were lowered to the men and shared with rescue workers in this tight-knit community. >> everyone knows someone working there. >> reporter: working in the deepest salt mine in north america, 2,300 feet into the earth. they were stuck in the elevator 900 feet down. more than the height of the world famous 30 rockefeller center. a special crane with a basket was brought in and pulled the miners to safety. here at the lansing fire department just across the street from the mine, firefighters are specifically trained for just this type of crisis. >> everybody went home safe. it was a huge success. >> reporter: tonight, the nearly 100-year-old mine remains closed as investigators try to figure out what caused the accident. rehema ellis, nbc news, lansing, new york. a hollywood passing to note tonight. pat harrington jr died.
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finally tonight, you know what people say. it's like a car crash where you can't take your eyes off it? we mean it literally. millions glued to videos of truck after truck slamming into the same small bridge in north carolina. now over 100 of them caught on camera, including one today while our team was there why does it keep happening?
gutierrez went to find out. >> reporter: they call it the can opener. >> it's insane. >> reporter: in durham, north carolina -- >> i've seen as many as three in one day. >> reporter: at gregson and peabody, it's perhaps the most unforgiving bridge in america. more than 100 crashes here since 2008. no major injuries, just wins-worthy frustration over and over and over again. all captured on webcams. all thanks to this man. >> i sit at my desk working peacefully. all of a sudden there is this massive crash out there. i almost fall out of my chair. >> reporter: his videos draw millions of hits on youtubes. even collects the debris and sells it as crash art. sure enough, just $& after we finished speaking with him, hard to believe, but this happened.
okay. >> i thought i had enough clear. >> reporter: the bridge was built for trains 75 yrs ago, the clearance 11'8", about two feet lower than usual. locals know that, but many rental druk drivers don't. the state's put in lights and signs, but drivers either don't see them or ignore them. why not raise the bridge? >> you would be looking at significant costs to lower the road or raise the grade of the railroad. >> reporter: instead the state is planning to install more sophisticated warning sensors. they hope it might make these crashes a thing of the past. or better yet, water under the bridge. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, durham, north carolina. >> it's true. you c't look away. that's going to do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us here at nbc news, thank you