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tonight, a stuning courtroom surprise. former trump national security adviser michael flynn expecting no prison me instead gets slammed by the judge, who told him you sold your country out. the judge even asking prosecutor it is flynn rsommitted treason. lawycrambling in a dramatic turn of events. also tonight, president trump agrees to shut down his charity amid legations he used the money to benefit himself. it was the device used in the deadliest shooting in modern american history, wump stocks, officially banned. how long owners have to turn them in or destroy them. tributes pouring in for a hollywood trailblazer. ♪ from making us laugh on "lavern and
shirley," to big hits like "big" and "a league of their own." we're remembering the great penny marshall. and the new forecast for that big storm threatening to snarl christmas travel for millions. al roker is here. mo>> and a family's babytor nightmare. the couple startled byth voice of a stranger watching them. >> he turned that camera on, and told us i'm going to kidnap your baby, i'm in your baby's room. >> awarning for everyone, how it could happen to you. and the graduate, pa th of best friends both getting their diplomas and inspiring america. >> this is "nbc nitly news with lester holt." good evening, everyone. disgrac former national security adviser michael flynn, who admitted he lied to the fbi, got more or maybless than he counted on when he appeared in court f sentencing today. the more coming in the form of a blistering rebuke from a judge who at one point wondered why he wasn't facing treason charges.
but then a surprise, the judge allowing flynn to delay his sentencing and continue his cooperation with the government. our pete williams has details. >> reporter: michael flynn arrived at the washington with every reason he would be sentenced only to probation with no prison time that's would be appropriate. and robert mueller's prosecutors agreed. saying he's been cooperating with them extensively. 19 separate meetings in the past year. but in a stunng ist, those hopes ran into a buzz saw named judge emmitt sullivan who said he couldn't de his disgust for what flynn admitted doing. >> flynn was smiling dung the earlier portion of the hearing, and he got a serious look on his face in a hurry. >> reporter: sullivan said it's a very serious offense for a senior government thofficial to lie t fbi and the white house, something flynn pleaded guilty to doing he's also admitted he did work as a paid lobbyist for the government of turkey without disclosing it. that was while he was acting as a foreign trump campaign.o the >> the next president of the united states.
>> reporter: judge y,ullivan said, arguaou sold your country out, and he even asked if mueller's prosecutors considered charging flynn with treason. the judge suggested if he went ahead with thse ntencing today, flynn would probably get prison time. after a recess, his lawyers tk the hint and formally asked the judge to postpone the sentencing. >> i think it's possible dge gave flynn a little bit of a break today. if he had imposed nt ence today, he may have given flynn some prison time. >> reporter: in an tweet, orni president trump wished flynn good luck at the sentencing. this afternoon, the white hoid whatever crimes flynn comm ted he did them on his own. >> maybe he dido those things. but that doesn't have anything to do with the president >> reporter: flynn's best prison time is continuing to cooperate with prosecutors before he comes back for another hearing. nghe judge set a new hearor march 13th, and flynn remains out on bail.
now the question, can he enough in the next three months to convince the judge that he does not deserve prison time? lester? >> pete williams, thank you. d it was announ that president trump's charitable foundation will shut down as a result of aawsuit alleging that president trp used it to promote his businesses and campaign. here's nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: donald trump's charity acted more like a checkbook for his campaign according to the new york attorney general, who announced an agreement today with the presids attorney to dissolve the controversial trump foundation. barbara underwood blasting a ocking pattern of illegality. the foundation, she hargues, used top the president politically. the lawsuit points to 2016 appearances like this one. >> we just cracked $6 million. rt >> e giving out donations to veterans right before the iowa caucuses. is "washington post" investigation revealed other donations benefited the trumps. the biggest one helped restore a fountain outside otrump hotel in 1989.
the smallest, $7 to thboy scouts, the enrollment fee when donald trump, jr. was 11. $10,000 spent on a trump portrait that became a punchline for political opponents. >> the other candidate foundation took money other people gave to his charity and then fo bought a si tall painting of himself. >> reporter: tonight, the attorney for the trump oanization defended the foundation and the $19 million he sa it's distributed to more than 700 charities. the statement, accusing the new york attorney general, a democrat, of an attempt to politicize the agreeme and pointing out the foundation has been trying to dissolve ever since nald trump won the 2016 election, something new york state prevented as it pursued its investigation. so what happens to the maining money in the foundation? itill be distributed only to charities the state deems reputable? >> hally jackson at the white house, thank you. tonight, the clock
is ticking from the white house to th capitol, with the country staring down the possibility of a government shutdown. it's a fit over funding for the border wall, and families are caught in the middle. families that could be left without ychecks before christmas. let's get late details from nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: tonight, as the shutdown showdown deepens, president trump not giving any public assurances. >> we'll see what happens. too early to say. thank you. >> reporter: even as the top senate republican tried to calm fears, telling e asie hunt -- >> aru convinced we will not shu down over christmas? >> i am. >> reportile there's no teeal yet, the president seems to be treating for his demand of $5 billion for a border wall. today, sarah sanders the ali president's softening stance. he >> we have otr ways to get to that $5 billion that we will work with congress. >> reporter: earlier today, republicans offered a compromised proposal, but democrats rejected it, saying ld amount
to a slush fund for the president's immigration policies. >> i caeader mcconnell and told him we would not accept n their $1 billush fund. >> reporter: republicans worried about the >> it would definitely hurt the republican party politically. we would be blamed for this. >> reporter: as concerns intensified for federal employees, with some 400,000 who would have to work without getting paid, right before the holidays. >> it would affect my whole family. i'm the only one that worksn my family. >> make a deal. make a deal now. don't wait.>> eporter: and there seems to be a growing push tonight on capitol hill for a short-term deal that would fund the vernment for at least the next few weeks. but the white house won't say wther the president would support that. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. is>> the trump admination has followed through on a vow to ban bump stocks used by the gman in the 2017 that is shooting inasegas that left 58 people
dead. our joe friar was in las vegas and has our report to >> reporter: the trump administration's move to ban controversial es bump stocks c4 months after the las vegas massacre. the devices allow a semiautomatic gun to fire fast. almost like an automatic weapon. says bump stocks fall within the definition of a machine gun under federal law, a move foreshadowed by the pre in october. >> we're knocking out bump stocks. i've told the nra. bump stocks are gone. >> reporter: police nsay 14 of vegas gun steven paddock's 22 semiautomatic rifles were equipped with lo bump stockswing him to fire more than 1,000 rounds in ten minutes. people were killed. jured.eds >> you could hear the bullets hitting right next to me. >> reporter: attorney brian claypool survived the shooting and rep3re7bresents other survivors. what is your reaction to the bump stock ban? >> huge relief.
this is a monumental move. there is no social utility for bump stocks in a civilized societypo rter: the ban means owners must destroy or surrender them by late march, drawing criticism from the nra, saying we are disappointed this final rule fails to address the thousands of law-abiding americans who legally to acquired bumps. the ban now expected to face legal challenges. joe friar, nbc news. toornlt, tributes are pouring in for a woman who blazed a trail in hollywood. penny marshall, the beloved star of "lavern and shirley," turned power house c dir behind hits like "big" died today at the age of 75. the cause was complications from diabetes. nbc's cynthia mcfadden remembers her extraordinary life. ♪ >> reporter: there was no taking the bronx out of penny marshall. and who would want to? ♪ one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ♪
>> reporter: marshall starred for seven years as lavern in the hit 1970s sitcom "lavern and shirley." receiving three golden globe nominations. and while those awards eluded her, the audience adored her worki class sense, and sensibilities. at 43, marshall debuted in a new role, director. ♪ >> reporter: if her first film "jumping jack flash" was only moderately successful, her next three films were blockbusters. the first, "big." ♪ [ applause ] >> reporter: that film, remembered not just for this dance number, but for another one. $100 million. with "big," marshall became the first female to direct a movie that hit the extraordinary benchmark. awakening followe garnering three oscar
nods. and perhaps the most successful of all, "a league of their own." >> are you crying? there's no crying. there's no crying in baseball. >> reporter: it became one of the biggest grossing baseball movies of all time. as well as an empowering one, to little girls of all ages. expressing their heartbreak, her family issued a statement today. penny was a girl from the bronx who came out west, put a cursive l on her sweater and transformed herself into a hollywood success story. penny marshall was 75. cynth mcfadden, nbc news, new york. >> what an incredible legacy she leaves behind. we're going to look at the holiday rush about to get under way, and a massive storm hitting at the worst possibti for a lot of folks. al roker joins us with the latest forecast. al, where is this heade >> reporter: we've got severe weather coming into the east coast. a look at florida, you're going to look at severe storms on
thursday. this wet weather races up the east coa, using heavy rain, flooding. it's going to be a real mess, into friday. course, the teeth of the travel season. we're looking at airport dfrom miami into the northeast.e oads are going to be a mess. i-75, i-85, i-95 a real mess. heavy rain, flooding and high winds. a real travel nightmare, lester. >> al roker, thanks bad news if you're nighing. but if you're driving, the news is somewhat better. gas prices are plummeting and many places now under $2 a gallon. with more, here's nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: it's a blast from the past. gas prices under $2 a gallon. from $15 in texas to $1.99 in georgia. >> i'm very happy. >> reporter: nae onal average is $2.37 a gallon. 26 cents less than a month ago. 28 states have atle ast one station with a deal less than $2.
why the drop? one of the reasons, oil prices have been plummeting globally. that's due to high production. >> it comes as somewhat of a christmas present. gas prices have been dropping amidst a plunge in the price of a oil that's se barrel go from $76 a w barrel all t down to $48 a barrel. >> reporter: it's a far cry from the highest national average, $4.11 a gallon ten years ago. >> i can't believe this, $40 to fill this beruck up. it's tiful. >> reporter: tonight, more than half the gas stations are already under $2.25 and still dropping, an early gift this holiday seas. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. tomorrow is the deadline to order gifts through amazo if you want to get them in time for christmas with standard shipping. but prime members havun l saturday to get free two-day shipping. the u.s. postal edservice, and u.p.s. have various two-day and overnight services still availa>>e. now to a remarkable friendship and a touching phone call revealed late s today that halot of people talking.
"snl" star pete davidson, after making an alarming post on social media, is getting a boost from an unkely place. the new congressman he once mocked on the show. nbc's kristen dahlgre with that story. >> reporter: in all the concern overco dian pete davidson's personal struggles this week, few expected this helping hand. >> it was devastating. >> reporter: reongressman elect dan crenvealing to nbc affiliate knbc that he reached out personally to vidson, after the comedian's now deleted post. davidson writing in part, i really don't want to be on this earth anymore i actually don't know how much longer i can last. eb> you don't want to see sy in that kind of position to the point where they're actually putting out a cry for help on social media. >> reporter: their relationship started uproar.e are you davidson under fire for making fun of the then candidate's eye patch. >> i know he lost his eye in war or whatever. >> reporter: davidson apologized and crenshaw made a
nsurprise appearance "snl." >> thank you so much for coming. >> thanks for making a repulican look good. [ laughter ] >> reporter: crenshaw admits he and davidson respect close, but stilt wanted to offsp ring words to the star who admitted to struggling with mental illness. >> know that you have value.and that you may do more good than you realize for people. >> reporter: sometimes help comes from where you least expect it. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. also awe head tonight, a family's nightmare. a hacker takes over their baby monitor d reatens to kidnap their child. n then hit and run caughtcamera. the alleged driver, a police officer. and the dog with the diploma and his inspiring story hope you can stay with us. smoking with chantix. smoking. it dictates your day. i didn't like something having control.r ome o i wantedop. the thing is i didn't know how. chantix, along with support, helps you quit smoking. chantix reduced my urge to smoke
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there is video out of houston tonight capturing a disturbing hit and run accident. the man who was allegedly behind the wheel is a police officer. nbc's kerry sanders has the story. it >> reporter the shocking incident caught on camera, a police patrol car from a local schoo district, hits a homeless woman crossing a housto street and leaves the scene. behind the wheel police say off duty independent school district officer omario gothright. on t e ground, alison moon. she told our houston
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