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ney center at or call 1-833-kidney3. breakingews night, a gunman fire at a e at ire at a hospital in chicago multiple people shot in the aack including a police officer. a massive response underway right now. d.he hospital being evac we're there live. a war of words thetween president trume u.s. commander of the raid that killed ama bin laden. the president blaming the decorated navy admiral for not capturing him sooner. tonight the growing backlash. judgment day for e colorado father who confessed to killing his family. edchris watts confront in court. >> i trusted you to take care of them. knotl them. >> prosecutors layout a motive. a major outbreak e'f chickenpox, one statworst in 20 years. the epicenter a school where ma kids aren't being vaccinated.
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the first store selling recreational president in eastern u.s. about to open their doors. we'll take you inside. the price you pay for the mecine you need and a drug company about to raise prices on dozens of prescriptions, is yours one of them? a terrifying crash caught on camera, a oiaarce ng g c 71 flying through the air. how the driver amazingly survived. what she is saying tonight. >> announcer: this is bc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. we start with breaking news from chicago niwh ire inside a pstened f hospital late this afternoon. earlreports describing multiple victims including a police officer. it happened at thety mercy hospital just south of downtown chicago.
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nbc's kathy park is there with late details. >> reporter: tonight, panic on chicago's south side. >> just turned and started running. security was trying to direct us into rooms k and told us to l the doors behind us. it was chaos. r >>eporter: dozens of first responders flocking to mercy hospital. reports of multiple victims shot. >> the shots was coming so strong, so closely. i thought i was going to be hit by a bullet. >> more shots fired. more shots fired. >> they have the shharmacy barricaded. ten s so far from inside. >> reporter: police met with gunfire at the scene. one officer shot rushed to a neighboring hospital, now in critical condition. >> inside mercy spital. look what is going on. active shooter. >> reporter: the hospital partially evacuated and placed on lockdown, residents sheltering nearby. >> there shootout. they all on they needs. >> reporter: the first shots fired outside the hospital at 3:28
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p.m. >> gentleman turned e around and shot th times in her chest and when she fell to the ground, he stood over her and shot her three more times. >> reporter: and tonight, officials are confirming at least four people are in crical condition including the suspect the hospital is secure lester?ents are safe. >> kathy park in chicago for us tonight. thank you. a dramatic showdown in court as a colorado man received three life sentences for murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters in a case that shocked the nation. the prosecutor lsrevealed new det including a motive. miguel almaguer has followed this story from the beginning and has more. >> i trusted you to take care of them, not t kim. >> reporter: confessed killer chris watts faced his father and mother-in-law in court toda >> i have no idea who gave you the right to take their lives. reporter: the colorado husband and father given tee life sentences for the murders of pregnant wife shanann,
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3-year-old celeste, and 4-year-old bella. >> and they also trusted you, the heartless monster and then you take them out like trash. you disgust me. >> reporter: in a courtroom where two families openly wept, watts became emotional h wh mother spoke to him as only a mother can. >> we love you and we forgive you, son. [crying] >> reporter: the motive for murder says the d.a. watts desired to start a new life with his girlfriend. in court, horrific new revelations, shanann was strangled, daughter celeste and bella smothered. >> imagine the horror in bella's mind as her father took her last breaths ay. understand clearly, bella fought back for her life. >> reporter: the little girl's bodies were dumped in oil tanks and shanann's in a shallow grave. >> your faithful wife
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trusted you, your children adored you and also trusted you. >> reporter: a family killed at the hands of the man they loved most. >> my daddy is a hero. >> reporter: miguel almaguer, nbc news. president trump is facing new controversy in his attacks today against a retired navy seal who oversaw the raid on osama bin laden. nbc news chief white house correspondent hallie jackson has the story. >> reporter: after a verbal attack on aer an commander, new backlash against the commander in chief. >> bill mcran, retired admiral, 37 years. >> hillary clinton fan. >> special operations -- >> excuse me, hillary clinton fan. >> a navy seal. >> wouldt it be nice if we got osama bin laden sooner than 'that? wouldnhat be nice? >> reporter: he over saw the raid that killed osama bla n. >> something like this is not about republicans or
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democrats erica. admiral mcraven is the reason my seal team got in and president obama approved it. that's as simple as it gets. >> reporter: the comes after he called it the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime. even now he stands by that, quote, i admire all presidents regardless of political party who uphold the dignityf the office. mcraven called for his anown security cle to be revoked in solidarity with john brennan who had his clearance pulled bymi stration this summer. >> his integrity, his courage, again, his lifelong commitment to country's defense is something that i think even donald trump should hold up and revere and respect. >> reporter: it's not the first time the president insulted members of the military or their families. he criticid a gold star family after they opposed him in 2016. during a condolence de call, he offthe widow of a sergeant killed and last week did not visit arlington national cemetery on veterans
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day, r promptinge admission of regret. >> i should have done that. i was extremely busy on calls for the tr co >> reporter: the president has not personally visited a combat zone yet but says he plans to. president bush went to baghdad eight months after he started the presidency and president obama within three months. president trump acknowledged the u.s. has the recording of the journalist jamal khashoggi in turkey but says he hasn't listen to it and casts doubt on the saudi prince's involvement despite the cia's concluons. here is richard engel. >> reporter: in turkey, supporters of washington post columnist jamal khashoggi held a funeral for him without his body, which tonight has not been found. presidentrump telling fox news, the u.s. has turkey's secret recording of khashoggi's brutal murder
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by saudi agents but he won't listen to it. >> it's a suffering tai'. been briefed on it. o here is no reason for me tar it. in fact, i said to the people, i? i said shoul they said you shouldn't, there is no reason. >> reporter: the cia concluded saudi crown prince ordered the killing inside the saudi consulate in istanbul, a person briefed on the assessment says the crown ince has been central to the president's mideast policy andhe president seems reluctant to acre cement the cia's analysis. ed> they haven't assenything yet. it's too early. that's a premature haeport. we'l a report on tuesday that will be complete. >> reporter: president trump seems to be sticking wh the crown prince betting he'll survive this crisis. he might. today the saudi king praised his son for helping the economy. no mention of khasholei. er? >> richard engel, thanks.
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the holiday travel rush underway could be one of the busiest . ev the roads and airports are packed and a storm is brewing that could affect your plans. we get more from nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: from the highways to the skyways, get ready for a record-breakinofyear oliday travel. the most people on the move since 2005. about 48.5 million americans hitting the road, up 5% from last year. thanks to a strong economy and falling gas prices. but with so many travelers, trihtrip totrip t t to your turkey dinner could take four times heonger than normal duringush and another storm system moving through the midwest and east could make things more difficult. >> it's better if i go early and give myself the time. >> reporter: at chicago's o'hare airport today, holiday travel in full swing. 30 million passengers s taking to the sk over 12 days. >> we're going to spend thanksgiving with our grandpa. a> reporter: as what could eek of travel headaches is just getting started. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york.
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the number of people missing or unaccounted for in the fornia wildfires is now nearly 1,000. so many families waiting for word are their loved ones in the hospital, in a shelter without access to a phone or were they unable to make it out alive? steve patterson is there for us tonight. >> reporter: it's painfully slow work that gets modi icult with each passing day. search crews combing through ruins of paradise looking for remains of loved ones lost in the fire. t re are a lot of people that want some answers. they are depending on us to find their loved one. >> reporter: with the death toll rising daily, close to 1,000 are unaccounted for. >> it's all gone. >> reporter: firefighter paramedic dave smith responded in the first few hours as flames raged through town>> ou can see -- >> reporter: the fire h' personal, sm sister and nephew barely escaped before their home was consumed. >> it's tough. it's tough. so looking forward,
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i'm very thankful. looking forward to thanksgiving, and getting everybody together. >> reporter: others st ill desperate to find friends and family. ou >>ave reached the voice mailbox of 530 -- >> let us know you're okay, buddy. >> reporter: with the ni fire still b, the holidays will be bittersweet. officials are worried rain in the forecast will complicatsearch efforts on the ground. it's a race against time for thousands holding out hope their loved ones are still alive. steve patterson, nbc news, paradise, california. let's turn to the major outbreak of chickenpox, the worst north carolina seen in 20 yearsfficials there say the epicenter of the outbreak is a school where many children have not vaccinated. we get the latest from nbc's ann thompson. >> reporter: tonight in north carolina, so far 36 students at ashville waldorf school have come down with chickenpox. one of the highest exception rates in the
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state. 110 of the 152 students do not have the chickenpox vaccin >> vaccines work and prevent the spread of illnesses. when we lack the protection of vaccines, we see >> reporter: while vaccines are required in north carolina, st ents can be exempt for religious and medical reasons. >> we have a lot of people, a lot of elderly people that go to church that cou be contaminated due to the outbreak. >> reporter: experts say the new outbreak shows why es are critical. >> when you see chickenpox spread through a community because of low vaccinatios, that's the canary in a coal mine saying other diseases could spread, as well. ep >>ter: the school is closed this week. in atatement to blue ridge public radio, the school says it zaollows state immuon requirements but recognizes a parents' decision to immunize a child happens before school> night, massachusetts is just hours away from
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opening the doors of the first retail store g recreational pot on the east coast. nbc's stephanie gosk is skipping the line getting an inside look. >> reporter: smoke it, eat it, vape it. starting tomorrow in massachusetts anyone it over 21 can buor fun. >> what a ment. we're so excited to be here today. >> repter: the state voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use two ars ago. since then a commission has been working out details. >> it's not going to be in every city and town and state and every street corne but it's going to be accessible. to>> reporter: the is one of two licensed to sell so far. more will be approved in the coming weeks but there are rules. >> the number is 28 on the scale here. >> reporter: and that's the massachusetts law, that you c 28 grams in a single day >> correct. nal use? >> reporter: jake is a
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veteran with ptsd. his connection to pot is personal. , >> with the cannab i'm able to kind of take a deep breath, calm down, go about my day without looking over my shoulder. >> reporter: the business will be a wind fall, a $215 million increase in hetax revenue in t first two years and sales in the billions. even as marijuana e emains a schedule one substader federal law alongside heroin and cocaine. veterans are making the first two purchases, it'the jor here in north hampton says he'll buy a chocolate bar and not try it himself. he wants to preserve a piece of history. lester? >> stephanie gosk, thank you. a teenage race car driver is recovering surviving a horrifying crash. it was caught on tape. there it is. nbc use be gutierrez has more of the dramatic details now. >> reporter: if you blink, you might miss
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it. this race car going airborne and slamming into a tra fence. here it is slowed ivown. the loses control flying above other cars before land income a tangled mess. it happened so fast onlookers at the formulthree grand prix don't seem to realize what happened at first and then horror as emergency crews rush in trying to save the 17-year-old driver. incredibly, she survived. experts say that's because the car hit d the soft wall t the concrete barrier below it. sofia flores from germany was hospitalized with a spinal fracture and tweeted i want to let everyone know i'm anne will be going into surgery. there is word the seven-hour procedure was succ. racing fans around the world stunned but grateful that this terrying crash didn't end up much worse. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. >> pretty remarkable. the clevelind ans will have a new look next season. the team unveiled new uniforms today without the controversial mascot they had over 70 years. critics long called the logo racist and insensite to native
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americans. also tonight, is the cost of your prescription about to go up? then, trapped in an elevator plunging 80 floors downnside the intense rescue. and the nurse rom tragedy to care for others like her.
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we're back with the price you pay fo the medicines you need and an announcement from the pharmaceutical giant pfizer that it's raising on 10% of the medicines including dozens of prcription drugs. nbc's tom costel and what it means for your family. ep >>ter: months after sayingt would defer raising prices, the world's biggest drug maker says it will hike prices by 5% on 41 prescription drugs effective january 15th. though, pfizer says most customers won't pay more because the price hikes will be offset by higher rebates and discounts paid to insurance ph companies and macy benefit managers. memphis pharmacist
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phil baker says the uninsured and underinsured could be mpardest hit. >> thet is people die at the end of the day. people can't afford their medicine. they leave it at the counter and die. >> reporter: in recent weeks, president trump claimed credit for convincing pfizer and other drug companies to hold the line on prices. >> we've taken bold action to reduce the price of prescription drugs. we called them and said you got to reduce the price of your drugs and they did you're going to sedr pricing going down. ea> reporter: so far thisdrug companies raised prices on 263 medications but an average of nearly a percent with many choosing to go without. >> it is an epidemic in our country that's unaddressed. r orter: pfizer said only 10% are affected but won't say which drugs will cost aore and what could be a ha expensive pill so swallow. tom costello, nbc news, washington. up next, the terrifying eletor plunge. 84 floors and the dramatic rescue after a cable snapped.
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in tonight's those l who serve, he was changed forever in an instant but after tragedy struck, she rose again to become a nurse at the very same hospital that saved her. threyears ago, nicole gren suddenly collapsed from a rare genetic heart condition. >> i coded 40 times and then beep, beep. i come back and it was just over and over and over again. >> only 24, she'd always been healthy and active, but with
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her heart now struggling to pump, uk doctors at mil's hospital had to do something drastic. they amputated both nicole's legs above the knee. >> and then i remember my mom removing the blankets and i looked down and i just tears, just, they just flowed. >> use your hips. >> here is nicole ten months later at a boot camp run by the prosthetics company hanger, learning to walk, even dance again. a year later, she was studying to be a nurse. today, she works in the very hospital alongside the very ucpeople that took s good care of her. >> want the head of your bed up a bit more? >> caring for ampute. >> pretty cool, huh? omeone came to you now and said nicole, i'll give you your legs back but you have to sacrifice all you've had over the la three years, i
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would say no, i would never take my legs . ack for what i have gain >> what an amazing lesson. that is "nbc nightly news" for this monday. ster holt, for all of us, thank you for watching and good night. that is "nbc nightly that is "nbc nightly news" for this on thousands of giftss this weekend at ross. most stores are open thanksgiving, six p.m. to midnight. reopening friday at seven a.m. with extended hours saturday and sunday. yes for less.
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