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we'll be back at 6:00. hope you can join us then. >> see you then. tonight a show of force, with migrant caravans, at least 700 miles away, the first wave of u.s. troops arrives at the texas border. is their presence a much needed help or a political ploy ahead of the midterm elections just three days away. a week after the killing of 11 jews in pittsburgh. people of all faiths come together around the world in solidarity. shocking video of a teacher repeatedly punching a student in a california classroom? what led up to this brutal beating? forget black friday, retailers are rolling out some of their best discounts right now. how you can save big om
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tvs to toys. >> it's a game that requires intense focus and skill. good evening, just three days from the midterm elections, president trump is highlighting immigration to energize his supporters. it comes as thousands of troops he ordered to the border are putting up barbed wire and fencing. an effort to keep migrants out. meanwhile, those who walked hundreds of miles are trying to catch a ride any way they can as the caravans and continuing north, the presence of troops in the north is causing concern. gabe gutierrez has this report.
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>> reporter: at state governor pulling an offer to provide buses. the closest group still some 700 miles away from the u.s. border. but the military is already fanning out across southern texas. >> a lot of people talk about there's a caravan coming, in this area, we see a caravan a week. >> reporter: this region has seen a surge in undocumented migrants, now up to 5,000 a week. >> you believe these troops will help? >> i believe they will help, but i do not believe it is the final solution. i think it's more of a patch, but we need to get that final solution, and that needs to be done through congress. 15,000, that president trump says will keep the migrants out. >> an enormous fraud is being perpetrated on the american people. >> reporter: this resident mariana trevino says she's a
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registered republican who voted for president trump, but strongly disagrees with his show of force in her own backyard. why do you think it's happening now? >> it's happening now because of the midterms. >> reporter: the u.s. department of homeland security says half of the migrants are single men and at least 270 have criminal histories. many are women and children who say they're fleeing rampant gang violence in central america. this woman so desperate, she's planning to rejoin the caravan tonight, just a day after giving birth. estimates of the caravan sizes vary widely. according to mexican and salvadorian officials, they include about 8,000 people. here at the texas border, we expect more troops over the coming days, even though those caravans are away. jose? >> gabe gutierrez thank you. and tonight president trump continues to campaign hard for republican candidates, criss-crossing the country, from montana to florida. using these last days before what could be a historic midterm election to drive home his two big issues. immigration and the booming economy.
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hallie jackson is with the president tonight. >> reporter: in front of a crowd who waited hours for the headliner, president trump delivering his greatest hits with a twist. a beefed up emphasis on the economy. >> you can only say so many times that we just created 250,000 jobs last month, right? >> reporter: the president teeing off on those who wonder why his closing argument ahead of the midterms is more centered on immigration than strong jobs numbers. >> networks may criticize me by saying, why doesn't he talk about the great economy? and i just did. t problems that we want to fix. >> reporter: to the president, those problems revolve around the issue of illegal immigration. a point he's hammered home again -- >> unvetted illegal aliens trying to flood into our country. >> reporter: -- and again. >> overwhelming your schools, depleting your resources. and endangering your communities. >> reporter: nbc's kelly o'donnell in montana.
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>> would you rather he talk more about the economy? >> i don't really care what he talks about. the numbers are there, the proof's there, the jobs are there. >> reporter: the president sending a signal, not just with what he says, but where he goes. in 11 rallies in 8 states picking places that are whiter, less educated and less wealthy than the rest of the country, according to the associated press in other words, his 2016 strategy all over again. if it worked then, why not now? the answer from democrats, because things are different today. a hoarse joe biden in ohio? >> we have to reset the moral compass of this nation. and we do that on tuesday. >> reporter: both parties are emphasizing a get out the vote message. so expect to hear that from president trump here in pensacola, florida, tonight. nationwide, nearly 33 million people have voted early already. blowing past last totals, less than 72 hours to go now until election day.
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jose, it's all about energy and enthusiasm. >> hallie jackson in pensacola, florida, thank you. it's been less than a year since the horrific shooting at the marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. now the young people of that community are making themselves heard once again by getting out the vote. nbc's kerry sanders has the story. >> are you registered to vote here? >> i am. >> reporter: they are a wild card in tuesday's midterms. with their insta stories, snapchat. >> we're going to get that #youthvote. hav not. >> reporter: 18 to 28-year-olds who could be voting for the first time in a national election. >> a horrific sc >> reporter: unified by gun violence after 17 students and staff were gunned down in february, some familiar faces. >> they say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence.
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we call, b.s.! >> where is the energy that we saw there now. >> it is in more of a positive angle. you have to use the light side and have that anger, like contribute to goodness. >> reporter: to that end the students from florida joined others, criss-crossing the nation, registering 50,000 young voters. >> let's go. >> reporter: this week in sarasota, they took the newly registered to early vote. >> which issue drives you? >> gun violence >> reporter:studsays on tuesday, more 18 to 28-year-olds are expected to vote. 40%. the highest number in 19 years. >> have you voted yet? >> yeah. >> awesome. >> reporter: but there's no guarantee until they actually enter the voting booths. >> what if the numbers don't show up? will it be a failure? >> no, we'll continue with our generation. sadly, until action is
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taken these things are not going to end. >> reporter: ally is the first in her family to ever vote. >> you have a big smile on your face? >> yeah, i just voted. >> reporter: when you're young and excited, you want to tell the world. >> we're trying to get young people to vote so the politicians care about us. >> that's what they >> reporter: that's what they did on the beach in siesta key. kerry sanders, nbc news, sarasota in florida. reminder, join lester holt, savannah guthrie and chuck todd for "the vote," america's future, nbc's election coverage starts at 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central on tuesday night. authorities in tallahassee florida tonight are searching for a motive after a shooting last night at a yoga studio. police say the gunman entered the studio by pongomer and then opening fire, killing two women, a doctor and a student at florida state university. five others were injured before the shooter killed himself. next, to another community dealing with the aftermath of a
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deadly shooting. today was the first jewish sabbath since 11 people were killed at the tree of life synagogue one week ago in pittsburgh. that horrific event has given birth to a movement, bringing people of all faiths together, in synagogues across the globe. here's matt bradley. ♪ >> reporter: jews have celebrated shabbat, the sabbath, every weekend for thousands of years. this shabbat was different. >> it's very painful. it's healing. it's a sad shabbat, but i remember them with joy. >> reporter: one week after the attack jews and gentiles in pittsburgh across the country, around the world coming together to observe shabbat last night and today. >> i came because i can't think of anything more important than all joining together and making a big deal about what's happened. >> reporter: rallying around the social media #showupfor shabbat.
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started by the american jewish committee. >> now we're feeling there's a solidarity. there's a sense we are all in this together. >> reporter: the tree of life synagogue remains a crime scene. so the faithful and their friends gathered outside for morning prayers. the rabbi saying a special prayer for two brothers among the dead. >> they were such a joy and a gift to our community. angels given to us full of love and joy. >> for many non-jews, the services were as much an expression of spirituality as solidarity. >> i just warranted to show that i care. >> reporter: the kind of carstroer and brings us together. love. shabbat. shalom. ♪ shalom >> reporter: just by showing up for shabbat. matt bradley, nbc news, new york. a teacher at a california high school faces criminal charges
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tonight, after beating a student as other kids watched. the whole confrontation recorded by someone else in the classroom. what caused that teacher to snap? nbc's kathy park has the story. >> reporter: it was a violent classroom confront nation a los angeles high school. music teacher riley and a student throwing punches nonstop. [ screaming ] one student at maywood academy says he believes it started with racial slurs directed at riley before the first punch was thrown. >> you better see me, i'm right here. [ bleep ]. >> reporter: then the student throws his basketball at riley. >> the kid was being a him, and that's what >> reporter: they moved around the room as students watched and recorded the brawl. halfway into the fight, the 14-year-old student ends up on the ground. as a teacher keeps punching with what appears to be a phone in his hand. a classmate briefly joins in, hitting
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riley from the back. the school system responded with the statement saying, we take this matter very seriously, and do not condone violence or intolerance of any kind. the teacher was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, released on bail, and has not commented on the incident. the student went to the hospital and was treated for his injuries. kathy park, nbc news, los angeles. now to michigan where tonight the fight is once again over water. the state just approved a new permit that would nearly double the amount that one global food giant is allowed to bottle and sell each year. meanwhile, some residents say their water levels are dropping as never before. stephanie go learned about from our detroit affiliate wdiv. >> reporter: nestle has been bottling spring water outside of grand rapids for almost 20 years. today the company pumps nearly 360,000 gallons a day from this one well in the
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town of evert. now the state of michigan approved a new permit that would allow them to nearly double it. and people here got angry. >> they are taking the water that should not be owned by anybody. water is essential to life. nobody can own it. >> reporter: the cost of the permit, just $200 a year. when you applied for that permit, were you surprised by the public reaction to it? >> you know, people are very emotional, water is a very emotional issue. >> reporter: it was only a few years ago, the entire city of flint was exposed to lead contaminated water. it's not surprising there were 80,000 comments about this stleeal with only 75 in favor. been no damage to water levels here since the company started pumping. >> nestle is invested in evaporations to preserve the ecosystems, to operate sustainably. our business depends on it. >> reporter:
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michigan's department of environmental quality approved the permit request. >> it's unprecedented the level of analysis that went into this permit. >> reporter: but that's the same agency that told the people of flint their water was safe. and few trust what they have to say. >> you're seeing the change right out your window? >> oh, gosh. very much so. >> reporter: this house has been in marian's family since she was a child. she says she sees the water levels dropping. >> you know, i used to be able to stand up here and hear that creek run. and i don't hear that any more. >> reporter: the residents we spoke with say support for t nestle comes from across the state. >> do people in michigan careore about their water now than they did before that? >> how could you help but not? you know, with ppened>> reporter: it's like nestle says, water is an emotional issue, especially now, especially in michigan. stephanie gosk, nbc news, evert, michigan. still ahead tonight, the sales,
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the steals, the deals. those black friday deep discounts are already here. we'll show you who's got them.
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christmas is 52 many holiday shopper black friday. rethe tailerscounts they previously saved for correspondent joe lee kent reports on why the deals are coming earlier than ever.
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>> 3, 2, 1. >> reporter: the crowds rushing in on black friday may soon be a ghost of christmas past. because the biggest retailers are already hocking some of their big discounts right now. >> when it comes to black friday, there's a lot of deals happening already. a lot of them will be the best deal you're going to find. >> reporter: kohl's looking to kick off the season with a 20% discount now until tuesday. walmart is slashing prices on electronics and toys. amazon already cutting prices on its popular echo speakers and fire tablets. with toys "r" us gone, other retailers are competing to fill that void. adding new toy sections in stores and more selection online. it's all in anticipation of a record-breaking holiday season. americans are expected to spend an average of $1,250 each. that is if they can find what they want. >> if consumers see a sale they are interested in, they shouldn't wait. some of this inventory will run out early. when it comes down to black friday, there may be a few products left in stock. >> reporter: so you
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can make your list, but you may not have time to check it twice. jo ling kent, nbc news, los angeles. when we come back, we'll let you in on a dirty little secret about paris, and it's actually not so little.
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it was a big day for american gym gist simone biles. a big week actually. the olympic gold medalist competed at the world gymnastics championships in qatar, and came away with gold and bronze medals, making her the
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most decorated female gymnast in world championship's even as she deals with pain from kidney stones. and here's a story that's bound to give some of you the willys. it turns out that paris has a problem. something we might know a thing or two about here in new york. lucy kafanov went to paris to see what the city is doing about its own rat race. >> reporter: ah, paris, city of light. city of -- rats? the eiffel tower overrun by hungry rodents. rats nibbling outside notre dame. snacking along the exrts estim there's two rats for every parisian. that's around four million rats. >> disgusting. >> gross. >> reporter: at frances oldest
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exterminator shop, business is booming. a lot of rats, means a lot of business for you? the owner says construction projects and flooding have forced rats above ground. prompting a campaign to rid the streets of rodents. setting traps and encouraging parisians to rat out litter bugs. but for this district mayor, that's not enough. frustrated with what he says is the city's slow response, he's launched an app to report rat infestations. >> it's a very big problem. a huge problem. >> reporter: a single pair of rats can make dozens of pups a year. multiplying into a colony of hundreds. >> i think that rats in paris have a bum rap. >> reporter: an american writer living in paris, say rats may be doing more good than harm. >> ty eat the tras that we make, they eat what's left over from picnics that people won't pick up themselves. >> reporter: some parisians love their furry neighbors. animal rights activist
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groups say extermination is plain wrong. rats and humans, she says, have to find a way to live together. lucy kafanov, nbc, paris. still ahead, the maestros of mini-golf. if you think it's not a serious sport, we'll introduce you to a few people setting the record straight.
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for most people, mini-golf is something you play on vacation people who take the game far more seriously. nbc's garrett haake is with the mini-golf masters. >> reporter: the other masters may claim it,
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but truly this is a tradition unlike any other. no carts, no caddies, just players and putters, battling it out on astroturf for a chance as a coveted green jacket and a share of 20 grand. >> on hole number one. >> reporter: bob detwiler first launched the tournament in 1997. called hawaii rumble. it's now the home of the u.s. pro mini-golf association. >> so we said the masters had a good ring to it and that's what we did. we started the masters. >> reporter: how did usta feel about that? >> they had a few words to say to me. >> reporter: the game's godfather is an unapologetic champion for the game here. who wins between your champion here and tigers woods on a course like this? >> my champion would beat tiger woods to a pulp. >> reporter: an overstatement? maybe. but these guys are good. >> how many times have you played this course already? >> 13 years i've been playing this course. >> i spend 10 hours a day out here.
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>> 10 hours a day? >> yeah, between here and the other course. >> reporter: much of that practice focuses on the unforgiving 17th hole. where anything short of a hole in one, can leave the golfer's ball stuck at the bottom of a rocky gully. we watched this hole destroy more than a fur golfers' weekends. there are only two options, either a hole in one or complete embarrassment. you can fit me for my green jacket right now. that shot took me about ten attempts. cruising to tournament victory and his second green jacket. which he'll proudly wear back to his day job as a shipping associate in indiana, a champion of the short game on miniature golf's biggest stage. garrett haake, nbc news, myrtle beach, south carolina. and that's nbc nightly news for this saturday. don't forget, daylight savings time begins early tomorrow.so don't forget turn your clocks back one hour. i'm jose diaz-balart, reporting from new york, thank you for the privilege of your time and good night. we are und
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weather alert. dangerous fire conditions in right now at 6:00, we are under a the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm anoushah rasta. >> and i'm terry mc tonight. crews in wine country already forced into action. let's get right to meteorologist rob mayeda with a look at conditions and the concerns. >> microclimate weather alert for the hilltops of the north bay and east bay elevations above 1,000 feet through 6:00
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a.m. tomorrow morning. still under that flag warning due to wind speeds that are actually pretty strong on some of the mountaintops up toward mt. diabolo 50 miles an hour this afternoon. mt. st. helena about 40 miles per hour. but closer to ground level not so much. not too gusty around the bay area. we are seeing a few high clouds moving from north to south for you this evening. but those rain-producing clouds that should really help bring down fire danger still staying here well off the north. coming up in our full forecast we'll let you know if there are any rain chance as head over the next seven to ten days and how long these almost summer-like temperatures could last as we did see highs today as much as 17 degrees above average today. a look at your sunday forecast coming up tay few minutes. >> that's crazy, rob. thanks very much. you can check the conditions at your own co nbc bay area app. and know what to expect in your own neighborhood. well, this was a troubling sight for people in the north bay. a

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