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hot inland for the tri-valley with low 90 s as well. >> thanks for joining us. nightly news is next. remember, you can always find us online at bye. on our broadcast tonight, rescue mission. another american with ebola back in the u.s. tonight, and there are new questions about this country's emergency response as we get late word new screening measures are on the way. the surprise move at the supreme court that just cleared the way for gay marriage in a lot more states, and weddings are already under way. american isis. a teenager grabbed by the feds at o'hare in chicago minutes before they say he was to board a flight overseas to fight for the enemy. and opening day. on the playground, our "making a difference" report about bringing smiles to a lot of kids and parents, because we could all use one right about now. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams.
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good evening. as the latest american ebola victim has arrived in this country for treatment, a young man who happens to be a member of our extended nbc news family. late today the president said the u.s. is considering adding additional screening measures at some u.s. airports. major ports of entry for travelers arriving from west africa. nbc news has learned those efforts would likely include cdc personnel at newark, jfk, chicago and washington dulles airports, asking passengers about their travel history and taking temperatures. first tonight and out of immediate concern, the latest american to arrive, the second ebola patient now taken to nebraska for treatment. tonight, our national correspondent, kate snow, is there to start us off. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. ashoka mukpo was working with dr. nancy snyderman's team on the ground as a freelance cameraman in liberia. doctors said his symptoms do seem to be getting worse, with that said he's also in the early stages of what is a very
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dangerous disease. the plane touched down in nebraska at dawn, a more than 16-hour journey on a especially equipped jet. ashoka mukpo walked off the plane and got onto a gurney. wearing a white protective suit and mask that covered all but his eyes. paramedics in hazmat gear rode with him to the nearby nebraska medical center. how is he feeling? >> i think he's doing pretty good. i think he was thinking about something he might like to eat for lunch. >> reporter: real food? >> real food. >> reporter: his parents and girlfriend of four years were thrilled to see ashoka through a video chat, but they can't get close. >> heart wrenching. i mean, when you have a loved one who is as sick as he is, you want to curl up next to them and tell them you're going to be okay and be close to them and obviously you can't do that. so it's definitely a little bit
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hard. >> reporter: helen lived with him in liberia for two years. ashoka returned on his own this fall to do human rights work and journalism on the side. his parents begged him not to return. >> he said, mom, i'm going tomorrow. >> reporter: what did he say? >> i said, please don't go, i'm so worried you're going to get ebola. >> reporter: no one knows how or when he became infected, but given what he witnessed in liberia, his family says he's afraid. >> he knows how bad it can get, which is making him very scared i think. >> do you think he's scared he might die? >> yes, he is. he's see people die from this. many, many people die, so his mind goes there. >> reporter: his father says ashoka will receive an experimental treatment. but they're still determining which one. in dallas the hospital treating ebola patient thomas eric duncan announced today he's already receiving an experimental drug. duncan remains in critical condition. of the 48 people the cdc is watching in dallas, none have exhibited symptoms. >> we take temperatures two times every day and we've got zero symptoms out there. okay. zero.
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and that is a good sign. >> reporter: meantime, dr. nancy snyderman and her team are also monitoring themselves. and they so far are feeling fine. plans are underway for their return to the u.s. brian? >> kate snow starting us off from omaha tonight. kate, thanks. all of this concern about ebola has served as a wakeup call to hospitals, health departments across this country determined not to repeat any of the mistakes we saw made in dallas. we get that end of the story now from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: on the front lines of the nation's emergency medical system, from ambulances to hospitals, clinics to laboratories, ebola has suddenly taken on added urgency. in new york 911 dispatchers are now asking if they've been to west africa. para medics given extra training. >> this will allow us to get a heads up if someone possibly has been exposed to the ebola virus. >> reporter: in metro chicago, cook county health and hospitals have sent this notice to ers,
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emts and labs on evaluating patients for ebola. for months the cdc has been sending ebola symptom flowcharts to 5,000 hospitals nationwide. now with the dallas case in the news, ebola is suddenly very real. >> we are hearing from, for example, different clinical groups this week that they don't really feel prepared. they have more questions. they have concerns. >> reporter: there is confusion at newark airport this weekend as passengers on a united flight from brussels were kept on board for two hours as the cdc responded to a man with ebola-like symptoms. >> they clearly were frankly made it up as they went along. >> reporter: were you concerned at any point this was something more serious? >> no. just thought it was incompetent. >> reporter: thankfully no ebola. but the cdc is watching several cities with large west african populations. los angeles, dallas, minneapolis, providence, new york, philly, and washington. including a patient at howard university hospital last week who was quickly assessed and
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cleared. the chief medical officer says she's more worried about flu season than ebola. >> there are thousands of patients who die every year of influenza. but we don't have the same kind of concerns about the influenza that we have about ebola. >> reporter: since july 14th hospitals nationwide have reported 135 instances to the cdc of people thought to be potential ebola patients because of their symptoms and their travel histories. 40 of those in just the last week. but so far only the dallas case has proven to be the real thing, brian? >> tom costello from our d.c. newsroom tonight. tom, thanks. now to another big story we're covering, the surprise decision at the supreme court where the justices declined to hear any of the challenges before them regarding individual state bans on same-sex marriage. this paves the way for same-sex marriage in a lot more states while the court refused to settle the issue for the entire country once and for all. we get our report tonight from
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our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> dearly beloved, we have gathered together to join this woman and this woman -- >> reporter: less than four hours after word came from the supreme court, gay couples were getting marriage licenses in virginia. >> you may kiss your bride. >> came up crying and said i think we can get married today. >> a new day has dawned. and the rights guaranteed by our constitution are shining through. >> reporter: similar scenes in four other states where federal courts had struck down bans on same-sex marriage. oklahoma, indiana, wisconsin, and utah. those rulings had been on hold until the supreme court said today it would not rule on those lawsuits. >> it's almost shocking. everyone expected given the importance of the issues that the justices would step in and hear these cases now. >> reporter: same-sex marriage was already legal in 19 states. today's supreme court action lifts the holds on lower court rulings that had struck down gay marriage bans in the five states that appealed. those same appeals court rulings were also binding on six other
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states in the affected federal circuits. colorado, kansas, wyoming, north and south carolina and west virginia. so now same-sex marriage is or very soon will be legal in 30 states. opponents of same-sex marriage were disappointed and said they hope the justices will eventually take up the issue. >> the supreme court should continue to respect the right of the people and the right of the states to affirm marriage as they so choose. >> reporter: but gay rights advocates say as more states permit same-sex marriages, it becomes harder for the court to later put a stop to them. >> i don't think this supreme court -- any supreme court is willing to say to people who are married, sorry, you're not married anymore. just kidding. >> reporter: the issue could come back here if a federal appeals court rules that states can ban same-sex marriage. but that would push the issue off for at least another year while in the meantime the supreme court lets those marriages continue. brian? >> pete williams at the supreme court for us tonight. pete, thanks. we turn now to the battle against isis overseas.
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an american citizen is under arrest tonight here, accused of wanting to travel to syria to join isis. this just days after isis threatened to kill an american hostage. authorities stopped this young man, a teenager, in chicago as he prepared to board a plane to istanbul. our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, is there tonight and has our report. >> reporter: he's the latest american accused of trying to join isis. 19-year-old mohammed hamzah khan from suburban chicago in federal court today. he was arrested saturday at o'hare about to board a flight to istanbul. according to a federal criminal complaint his residence was searched after his arrest and authorities found documents that express support for isil and disgust at western society describing it as filth. also found, a three-page letter to his parents saying he was on
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his way to syria to join isis. first and foremost, please make sure to not tell the authorities, he wrote, according to the complaint. already in syria now is another american, a hostage isis is threatening to kill. peter kassig, a former soldier who went to syria to help victims of war, converted to islam and changed his name. his parents offered a desperate plea for his release. >> we implore those who are holding you to show mercy and use their power to let you go. >> reporter: but isis is showing no mercy. they want to escalate this conflict and draw in other nations, especially turkey. after days of fighting, isis militants stormed into the syrian city of kobani. so close to the turkish border that when they wave their black flag, turkish troops could see it. today, turkey sent more tanks and troops to reinforce the
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border. so far the turkey troops have not crossed into syria. isis wants to widen this war, hoping it will become a quagmire that will swallow its enemies. and late word, brian, that kobani is falling to isis. this is a big gain for isis. and it's an enormous problem for this country because already tonight clashes and riots have broken out with protesters saying turkey didn't do enough to save kobani. brian? >> richard engel watching it all from turkey tonight. richard, thanks. in this country the u.s. secret service has a new boss, at least for now. joe clancy was sworn-in today as interim director five days after julia pierson stepped down as the head of the agency after a series of security lapses. this is a return engagement for clancy who was a ubiquitous presence at the president's side as head of the presidential protection detail before his retirement in 2011.
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michael phelps, the most decorated olympian in history, will not be able to swim competitively until march of next year. he's been suspended from the sport for six months after a second arrest for dui in baltimore last week. over the weekend phelps announced he would enter a six-week treatment program. still ahead for us on a monday night, news about a mysterious virus striking so many children. it's now taken the life of a 4-year-old boy. tonight, the advice for parents. and later, an unbelievable crash and equally unbelievable outcome.
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it's a virus raising concern throughout the nation, but it's not ebola. it may in fact pose an even larger threat in the u.s. it's called enterovirus d-68 and has put hundreds of children in the hospital. it's effects are mysterious, but it has not proven deadly until now. we get the details tonight from nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: 4-year-old eli waller was adorable. his father described him as a little boy full of unconditional love. he missed a day of school in hamilton township, new jersey, two weeks ago for pink eye, but died suddenly in his sleep that night. this weekend officials ruled eli's cause of death enterovirus d-68. it's the first death directly linked to the virus that has infected more than 500 patients in 43 states and d.c. since august. several clusters of children have been hospitalized with
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symptoms of the virus that cause respiratory difficulties. today in colorado authorities reported a 12th patient with symptoms that include partial paralysis. doctors don't know if it's temporary or permanent. in eli's hometown concern is growing. tabitha is worried about her 4-year-old son, tested for the enterovirus, he's been out of school for three weeks. >> we're working on getting better. still on rounds of steroids. >> reporter: today at eli's school, some parents said precautions are being taken. >> i've seen him sanitized. we were at both meetings and i'm confident that everybody's going to be okay. >> reporter: while there's no vaccine against the virus, health officials urge families to get the flu shot to prevent the risks. having two viruses at the same time may be cause for concern. sometimes it makes it hard in terms of diagnostics in identifying what is actually causing the symptoms. >> reporter: this hamilton pediatrics office has been
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flooded with calls from parents who are being extra cautious. >> in the area now. before it was, you know, a little further away. but now it's a reality. >> reporter: experts say a top concern is trying to figure out what's making these children sick. and doctors point out, we're in the middle of flu season, so it's important to thoroughly wash your hands often. and if your children appear sick, keep them home. brian? >> a sad story to be covering. rehema ellis in suburban, new jersey tonight. thanks. we're back in a moment with the amazing thing a police officer did after pulling over a woman and her child as opposed to writing them a ticket.
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these are cola nuts. they grow here. they're used to make cola flavored soft things. these on the other hand are uncola nuts. the great geoffrey holder,
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pitchman for 7-up back in the 70s. it's how millions of us knew him but he was so much more. born in trinidad, he grew to 6'6", and grew into a multifaceted artist. actor, choreographer, painter, sculptor, he won a tony for the whiz, his paintings were shown at the guggenheim. jeffrey holder was 84. around the time we were watching him we were listening to paul revere and the raiders. he has died in his home in idaho at the age of 76. as theme bands go they were ahead of their time. only one original member now survives. a jewel of new york city is being sold to the chinese, the waldorf-astoria, just under $2 billion. the park avenue landmark has always been the place where presidents stay when in new york. herbert hoover and general macarthur lived there through old age. it's still home to the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. conrad hilton himself used to call it
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the greatest of all. the people who track charitable giving in this country say the rich are giving less and the poor and middle class are giving more as a percentage of their overall income. wealthy americans are giving on average almost 5% less in these past few years. and from michigan comes a great story of charitable giving. police officer ben hall pulled a car over, found a child seat belted inside but not in a car seat. the young mom said she couldn't afford one. rather than write a ticket, officer hall escorted her to the nearby walmart where he bought them a car seat. before you see these next pictures, it's important to know there were no injuries, it happened in italy where they love road rallies and where spectators go see them because they can be on top of the action. this time they came very close to winding up beneath a car. again, miraculously no injuries to those spectators. both driver and passenger in the
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rally car were hospitalized without serious injuries. when we come back tonight, we visit places of unbridled joy, this one born out of tragedy.
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as of this past weekend there are now 26 new playgrounds in this part of the country, each one built in the memory of each of the 26 victims of the sandy hook elementary school shootings in newtown, connecticut. we previewed the newest one here on friday night. and tonight's "making a difference" report is about opening day and charity that was done for fun. on a startlingly beautiful october day, happy children swarmed all over the brand new playground in connecticut dedicated to dawn lafferty hochsprung, the principal who died trying to protect her students at sandy hook elementary school nearly two years ago now. after the ceremony and the flyover and the honor guard, there was raw emotion. a reading from a book that dawn loved to read to the children, it was read by one of her daughters. the young children don't understand why this playground was built, but their faces
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remind us what it's meant for. >> it is amazing. she would be so, so happy. >> all 26 of the memorial sandy hook playgrounds are now happy places. they're all scattered around the new york area in towns that also suffered damage from hurricane sandy. and at each one the family members pitched in. >> put my hand in the sand. >> what is your favorite job to watch and favorite job to do yourself? >> my favorite job to do myself is probably the sidewalk. and my favorite job to watch is probably the panels that they put on the actual gate. >> for the other families who lost someone at sandy hook, this project has held so much meaning. >> we became a family with all the firefighters. >> our little daniel loved to go to playgrounds. it's a beautiful tribute. >> they are angels looking down
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at us like, wow, this final one it's beautiful. >> the group behind this is a foundation called "where angels play." they plan to keep doing this across the country in places where there's been tragedy, like boston, aurora, colorado and moore, oklahoma. bill laven is the founder of this concept. he's a retired new jersey firefighter who told me on the jobsite last week, it doesn't get more personal for him. if you close your eyes, can you see all 26? do they have all a special meaning for you? >> every single one has a miracle that has happened. think of the moms and dads who have inspired this group here who will work from dawn to dusk and then thank me for allowing them to do all that. you know? they'll thank us, but quite frankly this is our blessing and privilege. >> some very good people have done a very good thing. that is our broadcast on a monday night as we start off a new week. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams.
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and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. goodnight. right now at 6:00, too cozy. new questions about the relationship between the 49ers and the san jose police department following the ray mcdonald arrest. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm janell wang. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. only on nbc bay area tonight, we've learned that the top brass in the san jose police department is taking a new look at its policy when it comes to dealing with the 49ers. it stems from the conduct of one of its officers in the ray mcdonald domestic violence case. roy honda joins us live and
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could this lead to police changes and how the department deals with the team? >> reporter: it's possible. they have a unit that oversees secondary employment and we said they try really hard to avoid the appearance and conflict of interest especially when it involves a high-profile case and high-profile employer such as the 49ers. the san francisco 49ers employ a number of san jose police officers as off-duty security, secondary employment guidelines are followed. now the department's top cops are reviewing those policies after finding out 49ers ray mcdonald apparently called one of those security officers in the midst of the alleged domestic violence incident at his home august 31st. scoreses say that overs, who we are not naming, showed up and was not part of the unit called to the scene by the 911 call. >> the chief and his officers are actually reviewing that while we speak, and, again, there'sea


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