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tonight on one of the busiest travel days of the year, tens of millions under winter weather alerts in a big part of the country. roads closed, hundreds of flights cancelled, and it's going to get worse. chaotic scenes as hundreds of migrants in mexico rush towards the u.s. border. the american officials respond by closing a busy border crossing. a family's plea for answers and justice. >> release the video, all video, body cam, mall video. >> after a police officer shoots and killed a 21-year-old man in alabama, and police admit he was likely the wrong man. e the extreme diet that has people counting every calorie
and could be adding years to their lives. and an unlikely friendship between a man who spent decades in prison for a murder he did not commit and the man who helped him get out. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening. across a good section of the middle of the country, it is not easy going tonight for people trying to get home after the holiday. 15 million americans under blizzard warnings from kansas through iowa and mize mirksz all the way up to chicago, with whiteout conditions reported. there's still more snow expected overnight as the storm makes its way north and east, disrupting travel across the great lakes and northeast tomorrow. no surprise it has all led to flight cancellations and delays. we begin tonight with matt bradley in chicago. >> reporter: the massive storm hit as more than 50 million americans are headed home after the thanksgiving holiday. wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, feet of snow. >> it was real bad,
and at some point there was no visibility, huge buses stuck on the roads. >> reporter: all overwhelming cars and cancelling and delaying hundreds of flights. kansas, one of the hardest hit areas, declared a state of emergency. >> it is very bad conditions. in my 19 years as a trooper this might be the top five worst i've ever seen across in area. >> reporter: mill and her brother eric shared their view of whiteout conditions on twit gler this is so scarey. >> this is ridiculous. >> reporter: they sought shelter in this gas station until the storm passed. >> you can't see anything. you couldn't even see not even a foot in front of you. it felt like were you in a hurricane but with snow. >> reporter: the national weather service put chicago under a blizzard warning tonight. at o'hare airport veteran travelers cut thanksgiving short to avoid delays. >> are you worried about the travel delays because of the impending snow storm? >> yes. >> reporter: did you make any travel changes? >> i did. i was supposed to go home tomorrow but i changed it to today, and the airlines were really great because
you could change without any fee. >> reporter: a shortened thanksgiving served with an early taste of winter. well, here in chicago, that blizzard warning is a promise of things to come. there's no snow yet but there's plenty of wind, and folks here are expecting to start the workweek with a few inches of snow on the ground, and all the problems that that entails. kate in is. >> matt bradley, thank you. let's bring in nbc meteorologist dylan dreier who has been tracking this storm. >> good evening, kate. this is a powerful and strong storm. heavy snow is expected to move in overnight and winds to cost to 30 to 40 miles per hour which will lead to whiteout conditions as well, and visibility will be greatly reduced on the road rand we could see some residual flights delays late tonight and no tomorrow morning. most of the east coast will see heavy rain, but it's another round of he have rain that could lead to brief flooding. central and northern new england, we'll see colder air she will lead to some snow. we're looking at i would say a widespread
four to six inches of snow with that little strip of red there northwest of chicago including davenport up to six to eight inches of snow and central and northern new england and higher elevations woe could end up with six to eight inches of snow as well. kait? >> thanks. u.s. authorities closed the busy border crossing between tijuana, mexico and san ysidro. tonight the homeland security security said some of the migrants tried to breach the fence and threw projectiles at customs and border protection agents. mess conow vowing to deport many of those involved. hans nichols was there when it happened. >> reporter: drastic measures, the u.s. has shut down a major point of entry with mexico after hundreds of migrants desperate for entrance rushed the wall between tijuana and san diego today. jorge said he and many others are worried president donald trump
will make them stay in mexico while they want to get to the u.s. >> we don't want to the live in cages. >> reporter: others are from us trade by living in camps and makeshift shelters. >> the migrants are fed up and hear toweding to the san ysidro point entry and plan to sundayer in person and file for asylum before it's too laid. >> reporter: but many broke through the police line crossing under the bridge over a river filled with raw sewage. on the other side of the border, some san diego residents rallying in support of the migrants. >> they are not criminals. these are people who are seeking to protect their lives and to rebuild theirhoods. >> reporter: others protesting the military might at the border. does it feel like a war zone? >> it does and i feel like it's just intimidation. >> reporter: tonight the migrants are shuttered out of options now and having nowhere else to go. hans nichols, nbc news, tijuana, mexico. in alabama, an
emotional plea for justice today from the family of a young man who was shot and killed at a mall on thanksgiving by a police officer. the police say he was likely the wrong man, and family members called his killing an assassination. we get more from nbc's tammy lightner and warning that this story contains video that may be found disturbing. >> release the video. >> reporter: a family demanding answers. >> my son is gone. i can't get him back, but you -- but you vilify my son like he's a straight criminal. >> reporter: distraught and confused overpolice shooting and killing the young man. >> we weren't contact. i had to on facebook and see a video of him shot, bleeding. >> reporter: the 21 yearly shot dead thanksgiving night by a uniformed police officer working security at an alabama mall. police initially fingering bradford as a suspect saying he shot an 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl during a fight and was seen pointing a gun.
the next day hoover police admitted they shot the wrong person saying in part new evidence now suggests that while mr. bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim. this information indicates that there is at least one gunman still at large. >> no justice. >> reporter: amid protests the officer involved is now on administrative leave. bradford's father says his son had a concealed handgun license, but hoover police and the alabama law enforcement agency now leading the investigation have released little information about the shooting or the suspects still at large. leaving this grief-stricken family to wonder >> no family should have to ever go through this. >> reporter: when they will get answers. tommy leitner, nbc news. president trump will hit the 2018 campaign trail one last time tomorrow in support of the republican senate candidate in mississippi's still undecide election. nbc's kelly o'donnell
reports on what's at stake. >> the last act of 2018's mid-term drama. mississippi's senate runoff tuesday. >> mississippi is at a crossroads. >> reporter: democratic challenger mike espy. >> i want tonight senator of the future. >> reporter: taking on republican incumbent cindi hyde smith. >> i want to be the senator that you're very proud that you supported. >> reporter: scorn quickly followed after she used public hanging as a punch line. heaping salt on historic wounds of racial violence. >> the ways of the old south need to stay in the past. >> reporter: democrats emboldened by their national house takeover see an unlikely southern opening. >> how embarrassing is cindi hyde-smith. >> espy says he can reach beyond party and race. >> we want black votes but we can't win with black votes alone. i know that. >> reporter: while
hyde-smith tried to reparrot damage. >> any time i've said anything that somebody got offended i want to apologize. >> reporter: under fire to give back corporate donations and hold on to her base. >> really i think it's a lot of political mud-slinging for lack of a better term. >> reporter: president trump who won the state by 18 points -- >> i think she's going to win. >> reporter: today tweeted more support calling her an outstanding person needed in d.c. motivating voter turnout is everything. for democrats espy could become the first black senator from there in nearly 140 years. for republicans, president trump heads there tomorrow headlining two campaign rallies putting his own political capital on the line. kait? >> kelly o'donnell tonight, thanks, kelly. >> reporter: there is new tension tonight between russia and ukraine after ukraine's navy said russian special forces seized three of its ships in the black sea. this latest crisis started when russia accused the ukrainian ships of entering its waters illegally.
ukraine said russian forces opened fire on the ships wounding two crew members before seizing them. a milestone today in great britain's plan to leave the european union as the eu overwhelmingly approved britain's plan for a divorce in less than 40 minutes, but even though the rest of europe voted to go along, brexit is still not a done deal. lucy kavanof reports. >> reporter: the terms of britain's split from europe got a green light in brussels today. the treaty requires the uk to pay $50 billion to the eu, allow citizens in newly divided zones to live and work where they are and keep northern ireland's bothered open, but this is just the first step. now comes the hard part. primes theresa may has to get this brexit deal through a skeptical british parliament, a deal in which all sides find something to dislike.
>> this is not what the people of the united kingdom voted for. >> reporter: brexitiers slammed the deal for not completely break with the eu and those who want to remain say it isolates britain too much. >> it's the best possible and only possible deal. >> reporter: theresa may's parliament will vote before christmas loafing a stark choice, her plan or the chaos of the unknown. the fate of bris britain and imay's political career hanging in the balance. >> two and a half weeks after it began the camp fire in northern california has been finally been contained. the fire killed more than 85 people and destroyed more than 18,000 structures including homes and businesses. officials say 249 people are still unaccounted for after california's deadliest and most destructive fire. and in texas last night what, had to be the wildest college football game of the season with lsu leading, texas a&m was
able to tie it up in the last seconds so it went into the overtime, not just once but a total of seven overtimes, tying a division record. texas a&m finally wrong it 74-72, making it the highest scoring game in league history. still to come, fans say it's the key to the longer life, the extreme diet where every calorie literally counts. also, our investigation of a medical device for back pain that tens of thousand of patients back pain that tens of thousand of patients receive every yea
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now to our nbc news investigation of medical devices in partnership with the international consortium. tonight we look at devices designed to control back pain instead of having to take opioid drugs that can be addictive, the devices are called spinal cord stimulators and about 60,000 americans have them implanted every year, but are they safe, and this very been sufficiently tested? here's nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: a career as a hollywood sturnt man left corbiy with debilitating chronic pain. >> i had to keep a flafrk of jack daniels and pact of oxy to keep me going. >> reporter: but today he can tend to his horses thanks to a
device called a spinal cord stimulator. >> it saved my life, literally. >> reporter: the device is implanted under the skin, send a mild electrical current to the spinal cord to relieve chronic pain. spinal cord stimulators are being touted by the medical device as a safe non-opioid option for some patients. >> they kept pushing it, you know what i mean. >> reporter: jim taft had high hopes when he met representatives from a company that manufacturers the device at a doctor's visit. >> you're going to see a dramatic decrease in your pain medicine. i was like that's great. >> reporter: but it didn't work out that way, he says. >> it was a sensation of being electrocuted. it was very painful. >> reporter: and he says it left him worse off than before. >> i walked with a cane before this, i was able to go do things, and now i'm stuck in a bed. >> reporter: an nbc news investigation in partnership with the associated press found more than 80,000 spinal cord stimulator injury reports filed with the fda over the
last decade, the third highest of any medical device category on the market. the reports include device malfunctions, shocks, infections and in rare cases paralysis. advocates say the approval process for devices should be much more rigorous. >> i think most americans assume if the fda approves it, it's proven to work, but that's not always the case. it's not always the case, and too often with medical devices we don't know whether it works or not. >> the fda says injury reports are not a reliable source of data and conclusions about a device's safety or role in at verse event cannot be drawn from the data alone and in a spinal cord stimulators go through the most rigorous device approval process. in terms human testing fda approval for jim taft's device was based on one clinical study in which 26 patients had the device implanted hand included a review of
existing studies involving nearly 1,000 patients with similar devices. >> there isn't a much really good information in the medical literature to tell us which patients in particular the device is likely to be helpful in. >> reporter: boston scientific manufactured taft's device and told nbc news that technology has been used for over 40 years and has helped hundreds of thousands of people according to its internal quality assessment over 59% of the injury reports were temporary or reversible but that's cold comfort for jim taft. >> hi know what i know now about it, i wouldn't have one put in. >> reporter: stephanie gosk, nbc news, washington. >> as our team was report on medical devices, the fda issued a statement last week announcing new goals for medical device safety and promising to better monitor concerns that emerge once device is on the market. our series, it by the way, this week on
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mike's helping craig adjust to life out of prison. he's gotten a driver's license, a car, a bank account and he's even learning how to use a smartphone. >> your point of reference now is still in the '70s because, my gosh, he missed so much in between. >> the little bird on this one and big bird on that one. >> yeah. >> reporter: on thursday craig hosted thanksgiving for the first time in his new home. >> hot mess coming through. >> to me there's a house and a home. the shome what you make of it, the blessings you give others when they are in your home. >> thank you lord god for all the bless national here. >> reporter: thankful and finally free to build a new life. steve patterson, nbc news, carlsbad, california. >> that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. lester holt will be back here tomorrow. i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, hope you had
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