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it's going to feel as warm as 30 degrees with the wind, bundle up. >> "nightly news" is next, see you back here at 11:00 tonight. breaking news tonight, the president-elect donald trump agrees to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits accusing his trump university of fraud. a stunning reversal on a day we learn major new picks for the trump administration. tonight, battle lines are drawn. blizzard warning, a deadly winter blast sweeping across nearly half a dozen states and more trouble ahead for the holiday rush. hits to the head. surprising news from doctors tonight about treating confusions. the new approach parents and kids should hear. foam mystery. a massive blob creeps through streets sending firefighters scrambling, captivating the web. what authorities say it is. and food fights. families bracing to talk turkey and politics at the thanksgiving table. "nightly news" begins right now.
good evening, what had been the headline of the day -- president-elect trump naming his picks for attorney general, national security advisor and cia director was eclipsed by mr. trump himself. with a surprising turnaround in a high-profile legal showdown. the soon to be president agreeing to pay $25 million to settle a fraud case against his now-defunct trump university, something candidate trump declared he would never do. word of the deal comes ten days before the start of a trial that could have seen a president-elect testifying as a defendant. there's a lot to cover tonight, including the faces behind those big job announcements. but first, nbc's hallie jackson on that stunning legal settlement. hallie, good evening. >> reporter: remember, this is a case that
led donald trump to attack the mexican heritage of the federal judge overseeing it with former students of the for-profit university accusing the president-elect of scamming them with false promises of a real estate education. now this case appears to be part of the past. tonight, donald trump's team reversing course, trying to tie up loose ends on a legal headache that dogged him for years -- a new subtt settl settlement in the lawsuit against him from former students of trump university who claim he defrauded them. the president-elect agreeing to pay $25 million even though on the campaign trail he insisted that would never happen. >> i don't want to settle cases when we're right. i don't believe in it. and when you start settling cases, you know what happens? everybody sues you because you get known as a settler. the people that took the kwoucourse all signed -- many, many -- signed report cards saying it was fantastic, wonderful, beautiful. >> reporter: the new york attorney general's office says the president-elect is not admitting
wrongdoing with the attorney general, a democrat saying "the victims of trump university have waited years for today's result." a spokesperson for the trump organization says "we have no doubt trump university would have prevailed at trial" but added "the resolution lets the president-elect devote his full attention to the important issues facing our great nation. donald trump avoiding the possibility of having to take the stand, closing one of the highest-profile cases against him, one that became an attack line for his political rivals. >> he really tricked vulnerable americans, veterans, widows of veterans, people who were trying to get ahead. >> what it suggests is either because he's president-elect or because that was a bluff the whole time, he doesn't actually want to defend himself in court, he would rather pay to make this go away. this is, now, going away. >> reporter: a "usa today" analysis finds the president-elect still has more than 70 open lawsuits against him. unfinished business two months before inauguration day. the president-elect trying to move past
one campaign controversy but stepping in another. after ivanka trump joined her father for his first private meeting with a foreign leader, a move now raising new conflict of interest questions since it's trump's children set to take over his business and not get involved in governing. >> people think you're going to be part of the administration, ivanka. >> i'm -- no, i'm going to be a daughter. >> reporter: the president-elect himself is now out of new york city for the first time in eight days for a working weekend here in bedminster. a top aide tells nbc news donald trump is meeting every hour or so all weekend with potential prospects for cabinet members, for cabinet positions, all coming to visit. lester? >> hallie jackson tonight, thank you. now to the other big story involving the president-elect today, his choices for three key positions, national security advisor, attorney general, and director of the cia. andrea mitchell tonight on the vital roles and the men trump has tapped to fill them. >> reporter: donald
trump campaigned on shaking up washington. his first foreign policy hires live up to that promise. for national security advisor, a job that does not require senate approval, retired three-star lieutenant general mike flynn, a decorated combat veteran who rose to the top of military intelligence before being fired by president obama two years ago, criticized for ruffling too many feathers. a life long democrat drawing attention for his strident takedown of hillary clinton at the republican convention. >> lock her up, that's right. yeah, that's right. lock her up. >> reporter: stunning former colleagues by cozying up to vladimir putin at a lavish dinner moscow for putin's propaganda arm, flynn is outspoken against radical islam. >> there is a disease inside of this islamic body, it's like cancer. >> reporter: he'll be the last person talking to the president about national security decisions, running an office that has exploded to 400 staffers. >> the national security advisor role is the most pivotal because it plays the role of quarterback
for national security policy. general flynn is a good and important choice to have given his experience and background. >> reporter: some are questioning whether flynn can be an honest broker inside the cabinet. >> can general flynn make that leap to understand the diplomatic side of things? i think those are some of the questions being asked. >> reporter: then there's president-elect trump's pick for attorney general, veteran alabama senator jeff sessions, a hard-liner on immigration, rejected by the senate 30 years ago for a federal judgeship after accusations he made racist comments. >> i am not a racist, i am not insensitive to blacks. >> reporter: decades later, after ferguson and black lives matter, tonight civil rights lawyers are speaking out. >> he has demonstrated hostility towards our nation's civil rights and equality. and that is cause for concern. >> reporter: but supporters point to sessions' vote to extend the voting rights act and to confirm eric holder and trump's choice for cia director, kansas
republican mike pompeo, west point graduate, army veteran, lawyer and tea party republican who took on hillary clinton over benghazi. >> how come no one has been held account to believe date? >> they could not find a breach of duty. >> ma'am, i'm not asking what the arb did, i'm asking what you did. >> reporter: pompeo helped mike pence with the debates and said edward snowden deserves the death penalties. >> he's hardworking, he understands the agency very well. he's a solid pick. >> reporter: with republicans running the senate, donald trump's aides believe these nominees will get confirmed because democrats won't be able to challenge a new president so early in the administration. lester? >> andrea, thank you. as we head into the weekend, millions are watching the weather. a deadly blizzard sweeping across the upper midwest, a big winter blast in the middle of fall, and there's more trouble on the way that could impact holiday travelers. we have it all covered starting with nbc's blake mccoy. >> reporter: today in minnesota, blizzard
conditions sweeping across large swathes of the state, wind gusts over 70 miles per hour as many are getting their first dose of winter weather. >> we're not talking about the light fluffy stuff. we're talking about what they call the back-breaking snow. >> reporter: road conditions are treacherous. >> i'm expecting a two hour and fifteen minute drive to turn into a five-hour drive. >> reporter: already today, more than 300 crashes and two deaths in minnesota blamed on the storm. >> if you get blasted by these strong winds -- >> reporter: in sioux falls, south dakota, people woke up to this and warnings to stay indoors as long as possible, school canceled. in colorado, the storm wreaked havoc with a 20-car pileup thursday shutting down part of i-70. two people killed in that state. the storm has intensified as it moves east. 52.million americans currently under some sort of warning or advisory. more than a foot of snow in some areas. for much of the country, this is expected to be a colder and snowier winter than we've seen
recently. here in chicago, this is one of 19 massive salt piles placed throughout the city. they've been stocking up. >> it is payback for last year. it was a very mild winter last year, we had below-normal snow. not this season. >> reporter: this winter storm brings behind it a burst of cold air. and a message -- winter is coming. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. nbc meteorologist dylan dryer is here with us keeping an eye on the blizzard and the next wave to come. what's it looking like? >> well, they're likely to continue across minnesota with some areas picking up 20 inches of snow. as the storm moves eastward we are going to see cold air cross over the relatively warmer great lakes. that's going to turn on the lake-effect snow machine. first across michigan on saturday, then through the eastern great lakes as we go into sunday and monday where we could see some significant snowfall totals, especially across upstate new york. so while we're looking at just an additional
one to three inches through the upper midwest, the focus will shift to upstate new york where we could see more than a foot of or a foot and a half of snow, especially in syracuse and watertown. that will kick off what will be a very tricky travel week leading up to thanksgiving. another storm system develops across the rockies on monday. as this moves eastward we are looking for heavy snow through the upper midwest on tuesday with storms stretching through the plains and wednesday we could see several delays at airports through the midwest down through the gulf coast with heavy rain and strong storms. so a lot to keep in mind for those traveling for their thanksgiving holiday, lester. >> dylan, thanks very much. in tennessee, scary moments today when a school bus crashed and rolled over on a highway off ramp near nashville. students were evacuated through the bus's emergency exits. 23 were taken to the hospital, thankfully none with life-threatening injuries. in california, something went terribly wrong with a small plane trying to land at an airport in
the bay area. the plane crashed into a house north of the half moon bay airport, killing one person and injuring another. the cause not yet known. some startling numbers tonight from the cdc about the number of sports injuries. there are more than eight and a half million every year, mostly with people under 25. concussions are among the most dangerous and tonight we're learning about a new approach to treating them that challenge what is we've always told works best. >> reporter: as a catcher, elijah fitch is used to getting hit by foul balls, but when the 16-year-old took a baseball to the head -- twice in one game -- he couldn't shake the dizziness and headaches. were you scared when it happened? >> is this going to be, like, the rest of my life? am i going to go back to normal? >> reporter: turns out elijah had a concussion, the type that affects balance. >> for that type of concussion, the way to get better is by movement. >> reporter: doctors say there are actually six different types of concussions. they can affect your
concentration, your balance, your sight, cause ongoing headaches, nausea, and even affect your mood. the type of concussion dictates the type of recovery. >> having some form of activity is going to be important in probably at least four or five out of those six different types of injuries. >> reporter: new research finds physical exercises as well as brain exercises can help patients recover faster. one study found children who exercised within a week of getting a concussion reported 50% fewer symptoms a month later compared with those who rested. when dr. collins prescribed elijah active recovery for six weeks, his mother was initially skeptical. >> it's going to work. >> i thought just the opposite of it. i wanted him to rest and get his strength. >> keep your head still. >> reporter: but vision exercises helped the teen's eyes and head work in sync again as well as physical exercises. his headaches and dizziness disappeared
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. fair to say there's likely to be a little more tension than usual at some dinner tables this thanksgiving after the election. with that in mind, kevin tibbles tonight on how some families are going to extremes-to-keep the turkey and the politics separate. >> reporter: surrounded by loved ones at thanksgiving. oops. >> if i had a make
america hat i'd wear it in. i wouldn't keep it on but i'd wear it in. >> then he'd be standing around saying "why hasn't anybody offered me a drink yet?" >> what do i have to do to get a drink? take your hat off. >> reporter: meet the stang stam family of kansas city. son and host mark with parents. on tuesday they'll be joined by 30 other equally opinionated relative which is calls for new rules around the table. >> put a sign up with a no and no politics today. >> following an intense and divisive election, passing the politics with the gravy just won't do. it used to be a battle between potatoes and stove top stuffing at turkey time. not this year. >> talk about other things like the brad and angelina divorce. >> yes, we should keep calm and carve the turkey. >> reporter: here ee's this psychologist's
recipe. >> recognize these battles aren't winning so don't engage. >> reporter: she says you should shift for the discussion, ask for the krcranberry sauce and nod knowingly. otherwise you might end up like the cast in "home for the holidays." >> into the house, everyone, before we're in the evening news. >> reporter: there's one in every family and you know who you are. >> her. >> reporter: remember, freedom of speech is a good thing. >> we're thankful that we are in a country that we can have differences and view them and not be persecuted for them. >> reporter: and that's what it's all about. oh, and this, too. nbc news, chicago. and that's going to do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, have a great weekend and good night.
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