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on our broadcast this monday night, making a statement. from the players on the field to the protesters in the streets, the fallout from ferguson continues. now it involves a slew of military equipment local police are using. tonight, our nbc news exclusive, ray rice and his wife, the couple at the center of the storm over domestic violence in the nfl, speaking out for the first time. hollywood hacked. a big studio gets hit. blockbusters have been leaked online, most of them before they hit theaters. tonight, the unusual suspect they're looking at. and out the door and around the parking lot, the tsa line that stretched for a mile and the holiday travel season is just getting started. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams.
good evening. after an eruption and flames and violence televised around the world, it was a thanksgiving weekend of relative calm in ferguson, missouri. but tonight it is very clear ferguson is far from over. from city streets far from the state of missouri, to an nfl football game this weekend, to the president in washington late today, the impact of this goes on. and in some cases has intensified since that initial explosion of violence over the findings of a grand jury. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we've still not seen more of the violence that flared after the grand jury cleared darren wilson in the death of michael brown, but there's still a resistant feeling among here and across the country that justice was not done, and worry about whether the relative calm here will prevail. from new york to los angeles and washington, d.c., every day in
the streets, cries of protest still demanding justice for michael brown. >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> reporter: and yesterday this hands-up movement by several st. louis rams mimicking protesters who claim brown was surrendering, has st. louis police angry. >> this hands up, don't shoot gesture represents the idea that our fellow officer darren wilson gunned down michael brown in cold blood. that's not what the grand jury said happened. >> reporter: the reaction is widespread. on msnbc, the host said players actions were the last straw. >> we are doing such a grave disservice to police officers in this country by pushing a narrative. they're just going around looking to shoot and kill black people. >> reporter: the players said they weren't criticizing the police. >> we want to let the community know we support them. >> reporter: blistering back and forth as president obama met with civil rights leaders in washington. >> try to determine what the
problems are, and most importantly, try to come up with concrete solutions that can move the ball forward. >> reporter: back in ferguson members of the commission tasked by missouri's governor, with finding solutions to the community's problems for the first time. and emotions were raw. >> don't waste our time with the same innuendos and the same rhetoric. >> reporter: all of this following the resignation of darren wilson over the weekend amid warnings being on the police force was putting his fellow officers and the entire community still struggling with the aftermath of his fatal encounter with michael brown at risk. ron allen, nbc news, ferguson. >> reporter: this is chris jansing. the fallout from ferguson is extending well beyond its borders. after armored personnel carriers rolled on the streets of ferguson, missouri in august, critics said the militarization of police escalated the tension and violence after the shooting of michael brown. now a 16-page review concludes that the problem is not equipping local law enforcement,
but when local police lack adequate training, make poor choices or improperly use equipment, these programs can facilitate excessive use of force. those programs provide police with everything from machine guns, ammunition magazines and silencers to armored cars and aircraft. much of it military surplus. so vehicles designed to sustain explosions in iraq are used by s.w.a.t. teams in ft. myers and cape cod. after a series of meetings today, the president promised programs to bring police and communities together. >> part of the reason this time will be different is because the president of the united states is deeply invested in making sure that this time is different. >> reporter: the president is also asking for $263 million for community policing, including $75 million for body-worn cameras. a year-long test in california showed dramatic results. far fewer complaints of police abuse and use of force was way down. so what's next? attorney general eric holder is
in atlanta tonight, the first stop on a nationwide tour addressing the issues raised in ferguson. and one 20-year-old who met with the president today told me, and he was emotional, that in 2014 young people shouldn't have to feel their lives don't matter. brian? >> chris jansing at the white house. ron allen before that in ferguson starting us off tonight. thanks to you both. tonight, the fbi and homeland security have issued a bulletin to u.s. military families and former service members about the threat of isis. while the feds say they're not aware of any specific plot, military families are being told to scrub their contacts and what they've posted of a more personal nature on social media, and avoid identifying themselves on facebook, twitter, or anywhere else online as being u.s. military. the main fear here is some sort of lone wolf inspired by isis propaganda could target military families here in this country. tonight, the fbi is on the case and they are warning big companies in america to protect
their data, after a big hollywood studio got hit by hackers and several blockbuster movies ended up online. most of them before they've even hit theaters. millions have already watched them online, now the feds are focusing in on an unlikely suspect. we get our report tonight from nbc's jacob rascon in los angeles. >> hello, north korea! >> reporter: the movie "the interview" was supposed to make people laugh. it's about a tv host and his producer landing an interview with kim jong-un and then being recruited by the cia to take him out. >> take him out? for drinks? >> dinner? >> take him out. >> you want us to kill the leader of north korea? >> yes. >> what? >> reporter: north korea called the movie an act of war and promised a merciless counter measure after the trailer's release in june. now someone has hacked into sony pictures. the studio that produced the movie. >> sony is actively investigating a north korean link to this hacking attack
that was carried out last monday. as technology site re/code first reported, hackers attacked in waves, first crippling sony's internal systems, then leaking five sony movies online. four of which like "annie" have not been released. together the pirated sony movies have been downloaded more than 2 million times. >> this hack attack is hugely embarrassing for sony because sony is the only movie studio that's owned by a technology company. >> reporter: sony pictures acknowledges the hack, saying in part we're working closely with law enforcement to address it. that includes the fbi and according to a senior u.s. official, several additional law enforcement agencies all looking at a possible north korea link. >> depending on how many people download and see a movie like "annie" which is due out for release december 19th, we'll see how much that hurts the box office. >> reporter: more than sony bargained for with a comedy. jacob rascon, nbc news, los angeles.
today is known as cyber monday. it's become a major online shopping event in the country. but the numbers are expected to be down overall this year. about 127 million people expected to shop online by the end of the day. that's 4 million fewer than last year. buyers may be experiencing some sales fatigue. spending over the black friday weekend fell a projected 11% from last year. with the conclusion of thanksgiving comes the end of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. this year already everyone's worst fear has already come true at chicago's midway airport. the tsa line there had people backed up out of the airport terminal and into the parking garage. we get our report on all of it tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: the photos and videos from midway airport tell the story on the busiest air travel day in six years the security line stretched a mile long. some of the 30,000 passengers turned to social media.
as a 20-plus year business traveler, this is the longest line i've ever seen. back of the line? i don't think i'm at the airport anymore. are you kidding me? asked another. it took seasoned traveler carol dunn an hour just to get through even with her tsa pre-check clearance. >> my first thought was, there is something terribly wrong. there was just a sea of people. i couldn't see any kind of line. >> reporter: the tsa admits it made several mistakes, opening a checkpoint late, failing to staff for the morning rush, and struggling to catch up. aggravating matters midway's very narrow checkpoints. dozens of passengers missed their flights. in a statement tsa says, it is currently reviewing the causes of yesterday's longer than usual wait times. the airport says the backup was cleared by 9:30 a.m. meanwhile sunday and today brought clear skies and few delays for nearly 4.5 million americans flying back to school and back to work. tom costello, nbc news, washington.
now to the story that continues to make headlines in the sports world and well beyond. matt lauer's exclusive interview with ray and janay rice. tonight, you will hear ray rice break his silence in this very first television interview since the nation last saw him in that video, beating the woman who is now his wife. our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: ray rice can play again, but will an nfl team sign him? the former running back for the baltimore ravens spoke about his uncertain future with matt lauer. >> wha>> what do you think it w take for another owner and another group of fans to put the images of that video behind and say, we'll take a chance on ray rice? >> one thing i think that, you know, they would have to be, you know, willing to, you know, look deeper into who i am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night. and i took full responsibility for it. and one thing about my
punishment and everything going along with anything that happened is that i've accepted it. i went fully forward with it. i've never complained. i never did anything like that. i took full responsibility for everything that i did. only thing i can hope for and wish for is a second chance. >> reporter: but signing rice now is complicated. >> teams are going to have to weigh the sort of pr hit that they'll take in signing ray rice, against what he might contribute on the field. >> reporter: in july commissioner roger goodell originally suspended the running back for two games, after learning rice assaulted his then fiancee in an atlantic city casino. but in september after tmz sports posted this graphic video, goodell suspended rice indefinitely. his wife, janay rice, and her mother, speaking with matt lauer. >> was there ever any incident of violence in your relationship with ray, or has there been any incident of violence since that elevator incident? >> no. >> no. >> no. there's no way. >> reporter: but despite his wife's support and being
reinstated in the league, there's still no clear sign the former baltimore raven will ever get back on the field. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> matt lauer's full interview with ray rice airs tomorrow morning on "today." more fallout tonight for bill cosby. the long-time benefactor and booster of temple university in philadelphia has resigned from his own alma mater's board of trustees, as the sexual assault scandal surrounding him continues to grow. now more than 20 women have publicly accused him of sexually assaulting them in incidents that now date back to the late 1960s. still ahead for us on a monday evening, is there something wrong with this picture? a huge uproar tonight over a gop staffer's message to the obama daughters. and later, looking for love in wide open spaces. it might just be the most popular dating site that city folks don't know about.
it is one of the few rules that the news media and the mob usually both adhere to, leave families out of the fight. however, tonight a republican staffer is out of a job after something she wrote on social media about the first daughters. we get our report tonight from white house correspondent kristen welker. >> reporter: it's an annual tradition, the pardoning of the white house turkey. but this year some people thought teenager sasha and malia seemed less than impressed. some parents thought they were acting their age.
>> maybe there is a teeny bit of eye rolling at their dad. excuse me, what parent of a teenager hasn't experienced that? >> reporter: but then a republican congressman's communications director, elizabeth lauten, took aim at the president through his daughters, posting on facebook, you're a part of the first family. try showing a little class. then again your mother and father don't respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter. so i'm guessing you're coming up a little short in the good role model department. act like being in the white house matters to you. dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. the blowback was swift and brutal. the #fireelizabethlauten started trending online. lauten took down the post and apologized, writing, after many hours of prayer, i can see how clearly just how hurtful my words were. she resigned today without further comment. republicans said it was the right move, but -- >> while her comments were inappropriate and insensitive and exhibited a lack of judgment, there's no question
that the media reaction is out of proportion to what this is. this is a mid-level staffer for a rank and mifile member. >> reporter: there's an unwritten rule that first children should be off limits when a teenage chelsea clinton was teased or bush twins were scrutinized, there was a backlash. >> we don't have royalty in our country, but we do have our first families. and we do feel that they're part of the, you know, the fabric of our nation. so we might feel a little bit of protection over them. >> reporter: it's a rule that still holds true even in these highly partisan times. kristen welker, nbc news, capitol hill. another break. we're back in a moment with a big mystery in the sky. what was that sound so many millions of people heard oceans apart?
about sids and how easily the risk can be controlled. a new study in the journal of pediatrics finds over half of infants are still being put to bed with soft blankets, comforters, quilts, bean bags or pillows in the crib. they remind us there should be nothing but crib. an infant sleeping face down on soft bedding increases the risk of sudden infant death by a factor of 21-fold. people heard noises on saturday from new york up to canada, cape cod and so did people in the uk. some thought it was a transformer that blew or an m-80 going off in the neighborhood. many turned to social media and some experts formed a theory it was caused by a new hypersonic jet in development in the u.s. code named aurora. they claim the bangs people heard are consistent with a rumored new type of engine called pulse detonation, the kind of thing that will be confirmed five years from now.
storm preparations underway in california tonight. a monster of a coastal storm will bring the biggest rain since this past spring. while it's good for the drought, it's bad for mudslides and the like. and this one is shaping up to be way too much of a good thing. and out west, cody, wyoming is recovering from hurricane-force winds. along the front range they are called the chinook winds and they blew out windows, knocked out trees, knocked out power when they hit 87 miles an hour on friday. nearby clark, wyoming recorded a single gust of 117 miles per hour. a sign of our times tonight in the form of a change to something that's been an american tradition for nearly a century now, girl scouts going door-to-door selling cookies. they're getting a chance to instead find customers using the web. as long as their local scout councils approve, they'll be allowed to sell the cookies via
mobile apps or personalized websites, along with, of course, the usual in-person, sash-wearing saleswomanship. when we come back, a new dating website that gives playing the field a whole new meaning. "nbc nightly news" with brian williams brought to you by pacific life. for insurance, annuities and investment, choose pacific life. the power to help you succeed.
finally tonight, how many americans this thanksgiving paused right before digging in the stuffing to think about where the wheat came from to make the bread to make the stuffing. the answer is, a farm in america where someone cares about that crop. someone turns in at night before dark and gets up the next morning before sunrise to care for that crop. and that's during a good year. farming life isn't for everyone and cultivating a meaningful relationship can be tough. that is where a new website comes in as we hear tonight from bona fide mid-westerner harry smith. >> reporter: adrift in a sea of soybeans, home alone on the range when your next door neighbor might be miles away, where do you turn for companionship?
>> we're country grown. >> farmers only.com boasts more than two million members. ♪ you don't have to be lonely at farmersonly.com ♪ >> let's go to the truck. >> reporter: dawn and kyle admit they were looking for love in all the wrong places until they found farmers only. >> i saw a commercial in the middle of the night. i was up. it said, what's that catch phrase, city folks just don't get it. >> reporter: kyle agrees. he went out with the girls from town. >> maybe they don't understand my way of living. i explain it to them and, you do what? that was my grandparents house originally. >> reporter: kyle's family has farmed in northern ohio for generations. while dawn grew up around cattle and 4-h, she worked in the corporate world. when they fell in love, kyle had some doubts. >> you wonder does she really going to accept this or understand this. >> reporter: what's to understand? even if you work from dawn to dusk, you can't control markets or mother nature.
dawn got it from day one. >> i knew this is where my heart is. >> reporter: dawn and kyle got married last december. and like other middle-aged marriages, there are families to blend. and that's going well too. as for passion on the prairie. >> this time the romance is there and other times you better get your butt in that tractor and get moving. >> reporter: things slow down when the snow flies, there's time to take stock of the season past. for dawn and kyle, it was a bountiful harvest. >> i love it. i do love it. it's a good life. actually, it's a wonderful life. >> reporter: and, oh by the way, you don't have to be a farmer to sign up. harry smith, nbc news, finlay, ohio. 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. we, of course, hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. goodnight.
one after the other. here comes the next storm. a live satellite showing the rain moving in. let's take you outside for a live picture of at&t park. it is dark and roads are slick during this monday night commute. we'll tell you how much rain we can all expect. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. the top story, right outside your window, we have team coverage. nbc bay area's marianne favro is live in the santa cruz mountains. first chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. it's still raining from the last storm and the other one's a few hours away.
>> exactly right. quickly on the heels of what we dealt with this weekend with .5 to 1 inch of rain on saturday and also sunday. we have that next storm system, much more powerful, holding a lot more water, wind, and also the potential of thunderstorms. you can see the cove of the storm system circulating right this. once that moves on top of california we'll see a rainfall increase over the next 12 hours. and take a look down here, that's subtropical moisture that's going to feed into our storm system helping to amplify those totals. it's going to be a one-two punch as we head throughout the next 48-hour period. on the future cast, you'll see through 8:00 tonight a bit of shower activity. but we're not going to really see things ramp up till late tonight with showers developing and then by 4:00 and 5:00 a.m., areas of widespread rainfall from santa rosa to san jose. as that system initially arrives, the winds will pick up as well. midnight, 10 to 15 miles per hour. but check this out. for your morning commute all the way from 6:00 through 10:00