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on this sunday night, moment of terror. the airport horror, new video of the gunman opening fire in ft. lauderdale, as the suspect's brother says the system failed him and the debate grows over carrying guns at airports. deadly attack, a man rams a truck into a crowd of people, who had just arrived for a tour of jerusalem, killing four soldiers, wounding many more. on alert, tens of millions watching severe weather, heavy rains, flood warnings, mountains snow. the president's a-list party, the glittering white house all-nighter. and inspiring america, how an engineering student's college project is helping kids experience the world in a whole new way. "nightly news" begins now.
>> good evening, with surveillance cameras all over airports it was only a matter of time before we would see exactly what happened friday afternoon, when a man opened fire in an airport baggage claim, and we're learning more about the suspect's background from his own family. gabe gutierrez begins tonight in ft. lauderdale. >> reporter: tonight, this video obtained by tmz reveals the first moments of horror inside ft. lauderdale's airport. as travelers stroll by baggage claim a man calmly walks down the terminal, pulls a gun from his waistband and opens fire. terrified bystanders duck for cover. how come was he? >> completely calm. completely calm and qualify department. >> reporter: steve his ace backpack saved his life. >> a bullet
ricochetted and went in my backpack through the small opening, hit my laptop, and went through my backpack. >> reporter: court documents allege 26-year-old esteban santiago told investigators he planned the attack, buying a one-way ticket from anchorage, though it's not clear why he chose ft. lauderdale. in november, the iraq war veteran was admitted to a mental health center in alaska after telling fbi agents he was hearing voices and that the government was controlling his mind, making him watch isis videos. santiago's brother in puerto rico says the system failed him. today on "meet the press" defense secretary ash carter said the u.s. has not done enough to help veterans deal with mental health issues. >> we keep learning more about how to deal with this kind of illness. we are going to learn more and we need to do more as we learn more, absolutely. >> reporter: at ft. lauderdale's airport today, long lines and
a swarm of security, as cleanup crews work to reopen the area, with t where the rampage unfolded. federal law enforcement sources tell nbc news they believe the gun used in the shooting here was the same one the authorities in alaska had held on and then returned to santiago after he visited the fbi offices there. he now faces the death penalty if convicted and he's due in court tomorrow morning. kate? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. the airport attack in ft. lauderdale comes just as florida's legislature is considering a new law that would allow people to carry guns in the public areas at airports in florida. many states already allow that, but there is vigorous debate over whether it could prevent the kind of attack we saw on friday. jacob rascon has more on that tonight. >> reporter: before any shots were fired at ft. lauderdale-hollywood international, florida lawmakers had a plan they said would make airports safer. more guns. republican state
senator greg stuby proposed senate bill 140 to get rid of so-called gun free zones in his state, including at airports. federal law prohibits firearms within security checkpoints but states decide what is allowed in other areas of airports. sheriff scott israel, whose department oversees the airport just attacked says florida's rules should not change. >> you have what we call a lone wolf assassin that's ready to conduct some cowardly, heinous act, there's not much law enforcement or anybody else can do about it. >> reporter: lawmakers should focus on keeping guns away from people with mental illness, the sheriff added. the proposal to allow more guns at airports is divisive as the entire debate over guns. >> it's too unpredictable, too many uncertainties. could end up in the wrong hands. >> if we're going to stop this kind of thing we've got to be protected. >> reporter: different ideas with few proven solutions, as america copes with another mass shooting. jacob rascon, nbc
news, ft. lauderdale. authorities in israel say a palestinian man drove a truck into a crowd of soldiers today, killing four of them, injuring 17 more. it happened at a popular area of gentlemen russ leem and tonight israel's prime minister says there are signs the driver supported isis. lucy cavanaugh has our report which we warn you may be disturbing. >> reporter: the terrifying attack was captured on a security camera. pictured here young israeli soldiers lining up for a cultural tour, dozens more stepping off a bus in the background when the truck plows into the crowd and doesn't stop. the driver pulls forward briefly haults and then throws the gear into reverse, terrified people run for their lives as the truck skids to a halt, at sailathe assailant shot dead. this lucky survivor. >> translator: i stood in front of him and started shooting my entire magazine," he
says. in mere seconds this busy promenade was transformed into a crime scene. paramedics rushing to help the victims, tending to injured colleagues. when it was over more than a dozen people were wounded and at least four israeli soldiers were killed. this tour guide witnessed the carnage. >> i hear my soldiers shouting and screaming and i didn't understand and i am looking behind my soldiers and just seeing a truck that went on the side. >> reporter: israel's prime minister on the scene within hours, was quick to link the palestinian driver to isis, suggesting without revealing evidence he may have been inspired by recent attacks in europe. most recently in berlin, where an isis-linked jihadist rammed his truck into a christmas market, killing a dozen people, and nice, over the summer, which left 86 dead. there's been no claim of responsibility by isis or any other terrorist organization as of yet, but
palestinians without any known links to isis have carried out vehicle assaults in the past. tonight, heightened security across jerusalem in response to this deadly incident. kate? >> lucy kafanov in our london bureau, thank you. we are watching severe weather tonight especially in the west where a combination of heavy rain and heavy snow has created the potential for dangerous flooding in the coming days, while parts of the east are still dealing with headaches from a storm there. steve patterson is following all of it and has our report. >> reporter: the west coast storm predicted to be the worst in a decade, massive rains on top of a mountain of snow all leading to this. this swollen river in reno like so many rivers up and down the west coast still rising. residents scrambling to prepare for the possibility of massive floods. >> i was concerned enough to go get sandbags. i will be sandbagging my home. >> reporter: mercedes whitty lives alongside the river, the sandbags meant to hold back the waters even as the fear of losing
everything watches over her. >> i'm hopeful but scared. this is real. this is not something to lightly panic over. >> reporter: the river is expected to crest well above flood stage later tonight. further south it's snow wreaking half acon traffic along the sierra, nevada. mammoth mountain pelted with 48 inches of fresh powder forcing the ski resort to close chair lifts for the day. the storm under way with flash flood warnings all over the region, the worst to come. >> take a look at the fire hose of moisture pointed still directly right at california. the napa river already at major flooding stage, more rivers are expected to flood as we head through the week because there's not just one storm out there but a series of storms behind them and we could still be talking about rain next week. >> reporter: and in the southeast? >> i'm tammy leitnor, knorr follnorfolk, virginia, the storm crippling the south an area not used to this type of weather. today people are
digging out trying to make the most of it, but the danger is not over. frigid temperatures are turning the roads to ice. >> reporter: back west tonight it's preparation around the clock as the storm bears down and the rivers rise. you can see the danger right here in downtown reno. the truckee river rising several feet in just the last few hours. the national weather service saying the amount of damage this storm could do all depends on how high the river rises tonight. kate? >> dramatic, steve patterson thank you. this will be a big week for president-elect donald trump, and the people he has named to his cabinet, many of them preparing for tough questioning at their confirmation hearings this week. we get more on that from ron allen. >> reporter: starting tuesday, marathon confirmation hearings, a parade of noment knows, some with billions in wealth, democrats probing for explosive revelations. >> the american public must make sure there are no serious conflicts of interest that will undermine us
overall. >> reporter: jeff sessions from alabama for attorney general, tough views on civil rights and immigration. on wednesday rex chillerson former exxon mobil chief up for secretary of state, once honored by vladimir putin for his corporate oil deals. election hacking likely on at gen ka. top trump aides still clarifying the boss' position. >> he's not denying that entities in russia were behind this particular hacking campaign. >> reporter: democrats charging mr. trump with ramming his cabinet picks through congress, as government ethics watchdogs express great concern about incomplete background checks, ongoing tensions since november revealed an email obtained by msnbc and the james madison contract. the ethics chief complains to the president-elect's team. >> the office of government ethics which is nonpartisan has always done a thorough vetting of cabinet nominees before they've had a hearing. >> reporter: republicans rejecting calls to slow down. >> we need to sort of grow up here and get
past that. we need to have the president's national security team in place on day one. >> reporter: mr. trump is going to hold a press conference wednesday his first since he was elected saying he'll take questions on his businesses, hadis presidency and perhaps so much more. ron allen, nbc news, new york. and once donald trump takes office, 12 days from now, he will have the power to instantly undo many of the policies president obama put in place through executive orders, actions that don't require approval from congress. pete williams has more on that tonight. >> my first christmas. >> reporter: when claudia quiknowns was 11 she and her mother came to the u.s. as tourists from bolivia, but never went back, remaining illegal he will. now a student at the university of maryland she worries she might have to leave. >> i worked hard since i was 11 years old to could well and succeed and achieve my american dream. >> reporter: she's among the 740,000 young people who came here under age 16 and were allowed to stay because of an order signed by president
obama, one that donald trump has said he will revoke. exactly what he'll do isn't he will clear. he told "time" magazine he'll "work something out that's going to make people happy and proud." he'll likely undo another obama order yet to be enforced that would allow adults to remain if they have children who are u.s. citizens. >> we will immediately terminate president obama's two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution. >> reporter: mr. trump will probably end or vastly scale back the program for admitting refugees from syria, citing security concerns. other likely reversals? ending the obama plan to close the u.s. detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba. that would keep it open for detaining suspected terrorists, to help the coaltry, revoking or ending support for obama orders on climate change, including tougher pollution limits. on the transgender issue, withdrawing an
education department letter that advised the nation's public schools to let students use bathrooms matching their gender identity. the trump administration could also pull the plug on the federal government's lawsuit against north carolina over its bathroom law, which has cost the state millions in lost revenue because of boycotts. mr. trump also says he will immediately require those who work in his administration to agree that they will not lobby the government for five years after leaving public service. pete williams, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, dealing with the growing crisis within a crisis. the growing crisis within a crisis. babies born the growing crisis within a crisis. why pause an spontaneous moment? cialis for daily use treats ed and the urinary symptoms of bph. tell your doctor about your medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, or adempas® for pulmonary hypertension, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess. to avoid long-term injury, get medical help right away for an erection lasting more than four hours. if you have a sudden decrease or loss of hearing or vision, or an allergic reaction, stop taking cialis
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that's one in every hub american babies, a number that's grown 500% in 12 years especially noticeable in rural areas. west virginia is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. in fact the number of babies born here addicted to drugs is almost five times the national average. the local hospital even had to open an infant detox ward. so you've got 22 babies in need but you only have 15 beds? >> that's correct. >> reporter: the problem is so bad the community opened a separate center where mothers, mostly addi addicted to heroin, can send their babies to detox after giving birth. >> they're mostly babies from rural areas and they're typically white babies that just their parents have, for whatever reason they have gotten into the addiction that they are in. >> reporter: danielle utt brought her baby here, after a friend turned her on to heroin. >> she was like hey, yeah i've got heroin, it's the same thing as a pain pill. just cheaper.
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night for what was no doubt the hottest ticket of the year, everyone from chris rock to jerry seinfeld to kelly rowland showed up to toast the obamas and part of the wee hours as part of the festivities the white house showed a video celebrating moments from the past eight years. montage of memories, from all sorts of americans who interacted with this president. >> my favorite president obama moment was when he was elected president because in 2008 was when i was born. >> i never cried from an election result. >> reporter: celebrities sharing stories. >> oh, yeah. >> knocking on the oval office window, i would say that was probably the peak of my entire existence. >> dancing with barack at his birthday party. >> reporter: and highlighting policies the white house hopes are part of obama's legacies. >> he just changed all the rules on the table with regards to cuba. >> when obama came out and spoke for same-sex marriage. >> he's my role model,
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so happy to be here. >> it's completely surreal. >> i'm taking it all in. >> biggest names in movies and television come together tonight for the season's most exciting red carpet. >> there's nothing like a good party in hollywood. >> it's a real roller coaster ride. >> from the beverly hilton in beverly hills, you're watching "1st look live on the red carpet." >> hello and welcome to "1st look live on the red carpet" of the 74th annual golden globe awards. i'm sara gore. we've got a great show coming up, from the fashion, to your favorite stars, we'll be bringing you all the action live from right here at the beverly hilton hotel. jacque reid is down on the red carpet with a first look a