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bread house. it's a house. it's an actual house. it stands at 25 feet high. 35 feet wide. took more than a few gum drops to build it, a thousand pieces of ginger bread, a ton of icing. > i could live there, by the way. tonight a major policy change on migrants seeking asylum in the united states. as a humanitarian crisis worsens in a mexican border city, where thousands now wait. the cost of climate change. a dire new report from the government says without action the consequences will get much worse. as the trump administration tries to play down the warning. imagine coming head-to-head with this. >> shark, shark, shark! >> the man who survived a shark attack while speer fishing, as a friend records the whole thing on video. a stash they couldn't dream of. what they found inside a storage locker that was auctioned off for just a few hundred dollars.
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and the cosmic controversy over a work of art due to be launched into space. just who should have access to the heavens? good evening, the thousands of migrants now at the u.s./mexico border in tijuana of the focus of a potential new policy that could up end the way asylum seekers enter the united states. nbc news has confirmed with two trump administration sources that a deal with mexico's incoming president would keep migrants in mexico while their asylum claims are decided. while mexican authorities tonight deny the deal exists, if it comes to be, it would be a major change in the way the u.s. deals with those trying to enter its southern border. hans nichols is in tijuana tonight. >> reporter: thousands of central american migrants are stalled at the tijuana border. another possible road block. a new deal between mexico and the u.s. that would keep these
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migrants in mexico. a flausz process that could take months, even years. president trump tonight tweeting migrants at the southern border will not be allowed into the united states until their claims are individually approved in court. all will stay in mexico. meanwhile, conditions in tijuana are getting worse. the city's mayor saying his city is facing a humanitarian crisis. sanitation conditions, dire. childrens sleeping on the ground. families in crowded tents made of tarp and twigs, showering outdoors. daily life here, dense and difficult. inside this sports stadium, which was always meant to be a temporary makeshift shelter, these people may have to stay here indefinitely, just within eye shot of the u.s. border. but evelyn martinez, eight months pregnant and traveling with her 7-year-old son, said she would wait as long as it takes. not all migrants may
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be as patient with reports that some may try to storm the border. these men rallying the group for an attempted crossing at 5:00 a.m. across the southwest, the border is now fortified with barbed wire, backed up with some 6,000 troops authorized to use lethals for, and trump earlier in the week threatening to shut down the border altogether. >> we're either going to have a border or we're not. when they lose control of the border on the mexico side, we just close the border. >> reporter: that proposed asylum deal wouldn't take until debt 1st, giving these people just six days to cross the border and file an asylum claim in the person on u.s. soil. jose? >> hans nichols, thank you. the trump administration is pushing back tonight after the federal government released a stark new report on climate change that predicts increasingly dire consequences in the years to come. white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has that story. >> reporter: a dire new forecast. more frequent and more devastating weather
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crises on the horizon as average temperatures rise. 13 federal agencies produced a 1,600 page report, required by congress called the national climate assessment. a major finding. the evidence of human caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen. the report projects staggering long-term economic consequences. rising sea level costs as high as $118 billion. an infrastructure damage of $32 billion. with drought and heat expected to reduce u.s. agricultural productivity. while president trump gets his own closeup look at destruction from weather and fire disasters, his policies and views are at odds with the science. >> we do have an impact, but i don't believe the impact is nearly what some say. >> reporter: the holiday weekend timing of this report's
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release drew heat. environmental advocates like al gore accuse the administration of trying to bury the assessment. house democrats who take control in january pledge to tackle climate change head-on with an aggressive agenda. the white house responded that the report is largely based on the most extreme scenario. and argued the u.s. is leading the world in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. the president's agenda touts fossil fuels and deregulation that can increase emissions. he said seeing fire damage did not alter his views. >> i want -- a great climate. >> reporter: beyond the unsettling predictions, the national climate assessment says action is needed urgently. among the recommendations, new investments in clean energy and even assessing prices on carbon emissions through taxes and fees. jose? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. the military says a u.s. service member was killed today in
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afghanistan. the second to die this month. so far this year 10 u.s. service members have been killed. since the war in afghanistan began 17 years ago, more than 2,400 americans have died. a terrifying story of survival emerged this week with video of a shark attack that happened while a man from south carolina was speer fishing in the bahamas. we get more from nbc's lucy kafanov. >> reporter: this newly released video shows the terrifying moment when will krause nearly died. he was speer fishing, in the bahamas this summer. a friend recording their adventure, when a shark heads directly toward krause. charging at the back of his head and neck. >> shark, shark, shark! >> it must have been a terrifying experience? >> i felt a huge impact on my head and my neck. and so i didn't process that it was a shark bite until i got to the surface. >> you all right? >> shark, shark,
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shark. >> friends finally got him to safety. he was out of danger, but in shock, and bleeding. >> i could see a lot of blood around me, that was starting to pool up. so i was nervous that my time was up. >> krause shared the video on thanksgiving, saying this holiday he's more grateful than ever. >> it reminds me that god's in control, that you can't plan for something like this. i think it's given me a new perspective on how i want to live the rest of my life. >> gratitude for surviving a life changing encounter, living to tell his tale. lucy kafanov, nbc news. it's gotten little attention, but one of the season's major hurricanes is taking a toll on an industry playing a big part on holiday tables across the country. maybe even yours. kerry sanders with that story from georgia. >> check and see if it's ready. >> reporter: this holiday season -- >> ooh that looks perfect. >> reporter: -- that slice of pecan pie comes with a heart breaking back story. one third of the
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pecans are normally grown in southern georgia, but now the orchards look like this, destroyed when hurricane michael hit in october. >> i knew it was going to be rough. >> reporter: third generation miley adams. >> devastated. >> reporter: among the farmers in the region who collectively lost more than 740,000 trees. 50% of the nuts about to be harvested gone. a $100 million loss. >> and what happened when the winds came through? >> it was like a parachute, it caught it and crumpled them over. >> reporter: a double whammy. president trump's tariffs jumped up the export price of pecans by 40%'s. most other countries unwilling to pay the price. here in georgia, it will take seven years before new trees begin producing. still farmers say, there's reason to give thanks. >> i appreciate the freedoms we have, and the love of this country and just the people of this country. we are blessed beyond measure. >> and you're saying that in this holiday season. >> absolutely. >> with this disaster? >> absolutely.
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>> reporter: something to talk about over dessert at the holiday table. kerry sanders, nbc news, pellam, georgia. in alabama today, dozens of people protested the fatal police shooting of the man originally thought to be the gunman who shot and wounded two people at a mall on thanksgiving night. it all happened after a fight at the mall outside birmingham. last night, the police issued a statement saying new evidence showed that the man shot by police was likely not the suspect. the search for the shooter continues. this was a violent day in the heart of paris as about 5,000 demonstrators converged on the champs-elysees. the protest was sparked by a plan to raise gas prices and the rising costs of living in france. protesters lit fires, set up barricades, the police responded with tear gas and water cannons. 18 people were arrested. at least 19 were reported injured. here in the u.s. there could be major travel problems tomorrow for millions of people as the long holiday weekend comes
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to a close. already the weather contributed to a 20-car pileup in colorado. more winter weather is expected. especially in parts of the plains and the midwest as a big storm sweeps through those regions. meteorologist dylan dreyer is following it all for us. >> reporter: good evening. this is a small storm, but it really packs a punch. it's going to move through the plains tonight with heavy snow in northern nebraska. this is also going to bring heavy snow through southern iowa, and parts of illinois and southern wisconsin. we are looking at the possibility of winds to gust up near 40 miles per hour. see that will create blowing snow, and it could reduce visibility quickly on roadways. we're looking at as much as four to six inches of snow. we could see isolated areas of eight inches. chicago is right on the line, more of a wintery mix expected on the front end of that storm. as you travel sunday,
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delays at the airports. the east coast, though, looks nice with warmer terps. temperatures. chilly across the western half of the country. jose? >> dylan dreyer, thank you very much. now to our nbc news investigation of medical devices and the dangers some of them may pose. it's part of a global reporting effort with the international consortium of international journalists. we look at devices that are made here in the u.s. but are approved for sale and use only overseas. katie beck reports on one patient and what he went through as he battled excruciating pain. >> reporter: wolfgang nespor was thrilled to find a state-of-the-art solution to his failing shoulder. >> i thought i was really going to get something out of it. >> reporter: he had surgery in australia where he lives to replace a damaged shoulder joint with a new one maybe of carbon fiber. two months later, the 36-year-old's condition had gone from bad to worse. >> it was a stupid amount of pain. >> reporter: his doctor removed the device and found it had cracked. >> underneath in the
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bone there was black powdery fragments. which is obviously the disintegrating carbon from the implant. >> reporter: the shoulder joint called the pyrotitan is made in new jersey by integra life sciences. while it is made in the usa, the fda won't allow it to be sold here. it's classified as export only. meaning it can be sold only in foreign countries. a practice questioned by consumer health experts. >> why should any medical device that isn't good enough, approvable enough in this country to be sold, be sold to other people in other countries? >> reporter: this device is one of 4,600 medical devices with the designation, which some say can be registered faster for less money and with less oversight. export-only products are just part of the $41 billion industry of u.s. medical devices sold overseas. >> and the device industry is growing. >> reporter: an nbc news investigation found more than a
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dozen expert-only -- export-only devices with concerning records. the fda says it does not have the authority to take action on export only devices marketed in other countries, because they do not meet the agency's requirements for marketing in the united states. australian authorities ordered a recall in 2016, and 19 patients needed to have the pyrotitan removed. the device never lost fda approval for sale outside the u.s. the maker says, today the pyrotitan meets all the regulatory safety and performance requirements. meanwhile, this man says it forced him to have a complete shoulder replacement. a tough prescription to swallow for a father of six. >> you sit here in my library and you can't do the things that you want to do. >> reporter: he trusted an american product and assumed its safety had u.s. approval. katie beck, nbc news. stay with us for more on medical device dangers. our nbc news broadcast exclusive global investigation spanning 36 countries.
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visit nbc news.com and watch "nbc nightly news" tomorrow and monday. one of this country's trailblazers has died. olivia hooker was one of the last survivors of the 1921 race massacre in tulsa, oklahoma. as many as 300 people were killed. hooker witnessed the violence as a 6-year-old girl. in 1945 she became the first african-american woman to enlist in the u.s. coast guard. she earned a doctorate in psychology and was a professor at fordham university for more than two decades. olivia hooker was 103 years old. still ahead tonight, we'll go to a town where the problem of erosion isn't a nuisance, it's an existential threat.
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tonight we take to you a coastal town in washington state that is living on the edge, literally. entire neighborhoods have been wiped out by waves and extreme erosion over the years but now there may be a solution. nbc's kathy park has more. >> reporter: each fall, 2 1/2 hours west of southeast seattle, the coastal community of north cove comes alive for cranberries. >> harvest is when you make your entire year's income. >> reporter: these bogs have been in david's family for three generations. he works hard to keep out the winter waves. >> just one big event of saltwater infiltration could take out the whole community. >> reporter: and all
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that's protecting the cranberries, this one road. now in danger of being washed away. the state of washington calls this area the fastest eroding spot on the west coast shaped by geology and strong tides. on this stretch of shore line alone, 76 feet per year swallowed by the pacific since 1945, a school, post office, a lighthouse and 60 homes like this one from 2014 are now at sea. >> it is really sad. there's a lot of memories lost. >> reporter: janey peterson is one of the few homeowners still holding on. >> this is beautiful. can't go anywhere. i want to grow old here. >> for the first time, >> reporter: for the first time, hope, the residents of north cove think they found a solution. the community is hauling cobble to the shore line, mixing it with driftwood and other materials, they're creating a barrier neighbors hope will preserve the land they love. >> the waves melt, lose the energy and
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instead of a collision, you get a gradual dissipation of the energy. >> reporter: it also helps the beach build up with sand where there would normally be sand loss. ultimately slowing the erosion, and keeping property in place for now. >> it's not fighting mother nature. no. fighting mother nature is a losing battle. helping her out, that one we can win. >> reporter: meantime, residents are riding out this wave living on the edge. >> i feel hopeful with this new project. i was feeling pretty insecure. >> reporter: now a fight against time as storm season approaches, putting a small solution to a big test. kathy park, nbc news, north cove washington. still ahead, a secret in the storage unit. it was sold off for hundreds, but you won't believe what they found inside.
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that's the sound of a football rivalry gone right in last night's apple cup game. the washington state marching band played the fight song of its archrival, the university of washington. a remarkable display of sportsmanship after one of udub's buses overturned on thanksgiving day, forcing the band to miss the game. fortunately, none of the injuries were life threatening. if you've ever watch the reality tv series "storage wars" then you know how the excitement builds as the new owner of a storage unit opens up to see what's inside. it's often dusty old stuff. sometimes, well, you've got to hear
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what an auctioneer says one southern california couple found. >> how much? >> call it a modern day treasure hunt? >> 145. >> bidding on abandon storage units without knowing what's inside. dan dodson an auctioneer on the popular show recalled on facebook being at an event earlier this month when a woman approached him. >> she says, i want to tell you this story. my husband works for a guy, and he bought a unit from you, and it had a safe in it. >> reporter: but it wasn't just any safe. >> inside the safe, normally they're empty. this time it wasn't empty, it had $7.5 million. >> reporter: 7.5 million in cold, hard cash, but the story has another twist. dodson says the new owners got a call from an attorney representing the safe's original owners requesting their money back. >> they offered >> $600,000 and then doubled it to $1.2 million.
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i guess they gave them back $6.3 million. >> dodson asked viewers what they would do. one wrote, i would feel too guilty if i kept it. for one lucky treasure another said, if they had that much money why didn't they pay for the storage unit? for one lucky treasure hunter, the find of a lifetime. tammy leitner, nbc news. when we come back, the controversy over one person's artistic vision for space.
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timely tonight, we
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look at a work of art that's going to be out of this world. it's scheduled to be sent into orbit to draw attention to how space is being used. but already it's causing controversy here on earth. >> reporter: when it's launched into space, this sculpture will shine as brightly as a star. it's mission -- >> a mirror in the sky. >> reporter: the artist developed his orbital reflector with no commercial or military purpose. >> the project is a provocation. let's think about what's going on in space. let's think about what the world's corporations are doing in space. >> reporter: art in space. not everyone is looking at it in awe. for this astronomer, there's already enough to see. >> the nighttime sky is filled with natural wonder and beauty. so we need to be very careful how we treat this, the sky. >> reporter: and there's important work to do. >> anything that's between my telescope and that distant
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object is contamination. it's a problem. >> reporter: the problem is big. nasa says today around 1,700 spacecraft currently orbit the earth, along with hundreds of millions of pieces of space debris. >> my satellite keep in mind is designed to be extremely temporary. >> reporter: he says orbiter reflector will burn up harmlessly as it enters earth's atmosphere just a few weeks after it begins to sparkle but fertsy skeptical. >> anytime you launch something into low earth orbit, it will leave an imprint. >> reporter: at the nevada museum of art, they insist the sculpture is environmentally responsible, and will engage millions of people to look deeply into the night sky. >> we believe this project would draw more positive attention to this demise of our dark skies, the negative. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. tomorrow on nightly news with kate
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snow. what some consider the secret to a longer, healthier life, it's all about extreme calorie counting. i'm jose diaz balart reporting from new york. thank you for the privilege of your time. good night. a confusing day for passengers... after that dramatic crash a confusing day for passengers after that dramatic crash involving a golden gate ferry. the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening, thank you for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> crews spent the day repairing a dock and inspecting a golden
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gate ferry that crashed into it. >> with repairs and safety inspections under way, ferry riders also dealt with some changes. nbc bay area's christie smith is live in san francisco with those details. >> reporter: that's right. repairs to the railing were under way pretty much most of the day. those were temporary repairs while passengers who were used to go right down there and getting on this gate found they had to go to the other side of the building to get onto that quick trip to vallejo. the cause of this crash is still under investigation. near gate "b," repair work under way this afternoon. temporary fencing going up. structural engineers inspected the pier. >> that was a big hole. >> reporter: the damage attracted a crowd before the ferry was towed away. the garfield family was across the street when they saw a commotion yesterday. >> a whole line

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