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with tamron hall. we'll see you back again at 6:00. >> good night. developing news tonight -- cop killer manhunt. officer shot in a deadly confrontation, the assailant on the run. a university community in fear students being warned to stay inside behind locked doors. arctic blast -- snow hitting several states and look out, the dreaded polar vortex is set to plunge much of the country into a deep freeze. mystery device -- being used to break into cars without even touching them. a new warning for drivers, how thieves can make a copy of your keys just by standing near you. and the greatest generation -- returns to pearl harbor, our team is there tonight. tom brokaw on the 75th anniversary of a date which will live in infamy. "nightly news" begins right now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm tam ron hall, in for lester. we begin in georgia, where a manhunt is under way after a shootout involving police. two officers were shot, one killed. the suspect with a criminal record is now on the loose and tonight a community is on lockdown as authorities admit they have no idea where the gunman is. nbc's kerry sanders has the latest. tonight an urgent manhunt under way in americus, georgia, the suspect gunman accused of shooting two police officers. >> this is a very dangerous individual. we need to have him off the streets. >> reporter: 9:40 a.m., the officers responded to a dispute at an apartment complex were shots were fired. the officers hit and minguell lembrick took
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off. a nearby golf course, area schools and georgia southwest university on lockdown. a digital message sent to those on campus as gsw, please secure all doors and windows. >> within minutes of the call our campus was on lockdown. >> killed today, officer nicholas ryan smarr. 24 years old, four years on americus police force. the other officer, jody smith, tonight fighting for his life. this has been a deadly year for law enforcement, 63 officers shot and killed in the line of duty. a 66% increase over last year. georgia, among the top five most deadly for those who wear blue. >> it's a tragedy beyond words. it's one of our family members, has been taken from us. >> reporter: tonight please say the suspect was already wanted for kidnapping. his family saying when they saw him today after the shooting, he said he expected police to kill him. kerry sanders, nbc news. now to a shocking
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moment caught on camera today at a high school in nevada. video posted online shows a teenager armed with a knife in a fight with another student. when a campus police officer stepped in and opened fire. the school went into lockdown, and nbc's rehema ellis has the details. >> a disturbing scene at a reno, nevada high school this morning form the dramatic video posted online shows a teenager waving two large knives and lunging at a crowd of students. a second clip shows an armed officer and the same young man on the ground, clutching his neck. >> he just shot the kid. >> we have an all units bdw. with shots fired with a student down at hug high school. >> authorities later confirmed that a teenager was shot by a campus police officer at the school. the student was taken to a nearby hospital, with unknown injuries. according to one student it began when two other male
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students got into a fight outside of the school library. >> it's terrifying to think that we drop our kids off so somebody else can teach them and somebody can just walk on to campus and hurt one of our kids. >> the school was on lockdown for a while and students were told to shelter in place. there were no other injuries. the school police officer involved will be placed on administrative leave. tonight, authorities are asking people with video of the incident to turn it over to police. rehema ellis, nbc news. a very busy day in the presidential transition. early this morning, we learned donald trump has been named "time" magazine's person of the year. and we heard from the president-elect hi himself moments after. mr. trump speaking with the "today" show on a range of issues. and throughout the day, a flurry of cabinet picks including another general. this time, to lead homeland security. nbc's hallie jackson has it all covered.
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>> with the transition clock ticking, more picks for the president-elect. including as head of the epa, the man who's currently suing it. over power plant emissions regulations. a top transition source tells nbc news scott pruitt has been picked to lead that agency with push-back already from those who fear he'll keep fighting to dismantle president obama's climate change initiatives. less controversy surrounds another selection, transition sources tell nbc news retired general john kelly will be tapped to head homeland security. kelly spent four decades in the marine corps, ultimately leading u.s. southern command. his son, who also served in the military, was killed in 2010 in afghanistan. to lead the small business administration, former wwe head linda mcmahon. >> you're right, he is scared. >> though trump's wrestlemania days are long behind him, mcmahon was an early supporter of his campaign. all of it adding to an administration filled with multimillionaires and billionaires. including mcmahon, and former generals, including kelly.
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>> i know more about isis than the generals do, believe me. >> now he's relying on them to fill key roles. three so far, with more in the mix. president bush had four, president obama five. both men have been named "time" magazine's person of the year. and today so was trump, four months after calling his candidacy a meltdown, then total meltdown, now calling him president of the divided states of america. on the "today" show, trump pressed on why he's now sharing that he sold all his stocks this summer. >> i don't think it's appropriate for me to be owning stocks when i'm making deals for this country that maybe will affect one company positively and one company negatively. >> but one big unresolved question, how will those deals affect his own company? the president-elect says today he wants to avoid conflicts of interest. he plans to explain how at a news conference here next week. tam ron? >> hallie jackson, thank you very much. now for the arctic blast about to hit a
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big part of the country. yes, it's december, it's supposed to be cold. but just wait for the return of the dreaded polar vortex. nbc's kevin tibbles has the chilling details. >> a treacherous trek across the plains. a second day of snow stalled the morning commute in grand forks, north dakota, closing many schools. near minot, a snow-smothered front door makes for a precarious trip outside. more snow in the forecast for idaho, too. some 40 accidents blamed on old man winter. all part of a frigid arctic front. >> the chilly air that has invaded the plains is now making a march across the country. by the weekend, everywhere from minneapolis to dallas to boston, 10 to 20 degrees below average. >> in the last 24 hours, a 23-degree drop in duluth, down 20 degrees in denver and 13 in chicago. >> i was not prepared for this. i just bought these gloves five minutes ago.
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>> this week's big chill could just be the beginning. the polar vortex could plunge much of the country in a deeper freeze next week. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. authorities in tennessee say they have charged two juveniles with starting that massive wildfire that killed 14 people in the great smoky mountains and damaged or destroyed over 1700 buildings. the unidentified suspects face aggravated arson charges. authorities say the investigation is ongoing and more charges could follow. recovery efforts have now ended at the site of the deadly inferno in oakland, california. the number of people killed stands at 36 from a massive fire at a warehouse last friday. investigators are still examining potential causes, including possible electrical problems. but today they said there's no evidence of arson. 75 years ago today, the course of history was changed when the japanese
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launched a surprise attack on the u.s. naval base in pearl harbor, drawing the u.s. in world war ii. today our nation marked the 75th anniversary of that day that will live in infamy. though their numbers are now dwindling, dozens of survivors returned to the site today for the commemoration. nbc's miguel almaguer is there for us tonight. ♪ >> reporter: marking the moment that changed the course of history, with silence. today the nation remembers what these men will never forget. >> shooting up the planes. >> reporter: alfred rodriguez back at pearl harbor, 75 years after firing a 30-caliber machine gun at japanese war planes. >> when the alarm sounded, he said man your battle stations this is not a drill. >> reporter: only dozens of survivors in attendance this year. their numbers may be fading, but not their memories from that day.
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jimmy lee was 11 when from this very shore he watched what no boy should. >> here come these planes. never saw anything like that, with the noise, you know, the roar of the planes. and that's where i tell you the 11-year-old boy just grew up all of a sudden. it was fierce, so scared. >> reporter: the surprise attack on a sunny sunday morning killed 2,403 americans. propelling the u.s. into world war ii. >> a date which will live in infamy. >> reporter: jake anderson was killed on the "uss arizona." his twin brother, john, narrowly escaped. he lived until the age of 98. today his ashes will be buried under water, in the remnants of the "arizona" so he can join his brother. in new york city aboard the "intrepid" in san diego on the "midway" and in washington, d.c., at the world war ii memorial, tributes from a nation for those who fought for it.
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the ceremonies here in pearl harbor will continue through the evening, but for those survivors, they say today is not about them, it's about remembering all those who aren't here any more. tam ron? >> miguel, thank you. the attack on pearl harbor would become a defining moment for this country. when brave americans stood up to fight and put their lives on the line. lester holt talks with our tom brokaw about how pearl harbor shaped the greatest generation. >> the japanese have attacked pearl harbor from the air. >> something happened that day, the whole country woke up. and suddenly was producing airplanes and ships. what was it that, that turned america so quickly? >> you know, so much of america had been isolationist before pearl harbor. they didn't want to get involved in european war. that was someone else's war. when that happened, the country became one. they went to war overnight. >> is it typical that they kind of closed the book on the experience?
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>> for a lot of them, it was too painful to talk about, quite honestly. you have to remember the survivors at pearl harbor went on to serve the rest of the war on ships and on airplanes and in other areas, they had a long war. they were there at the beginning. now they are beginning to talk about it, because it's been permissible for them and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to them and saying what happened? what do you remember about that time? >> what's the common thread about the greatest generation, the guys that stormed the beach at normandy, who fought at pearl harbor? >> i think the common thread, quite honestly, they had survived the depression, they had been through such hard times. were used to sacrifice, they were used to working together, they were used to going without. when i would talk to them about what it was like going through basic training, they said i never had a new pair of trousers until i got into the army. they had different expectations and they were tougher, frankly. they had a strong sense of this is what we need to do and this is how we're going to get it done. >> the nation rallied
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after pearl harbor. there was that investment. we saw some of that in 9/11. people did go enlist. was something missing? >> you know, in so many ways, pearl harbor and 9/11 had parallel traits to them. we had some warnings about 9/11. and then it was a shock when it happened. i think what we did not learn from 9/11 is that this is a common obligation that we have, and that we've got to find a way, whoever is our president, to link our arms together and find a way to a higher ground. that's what america has always been about. lester holt with our tom brokaw. still ahead, it can take just a matter of seconds, a new warning to drivers about a mysterious high-tech device thieves can use to easily break in and steal your car. also, the best man and dog for the job. the store where care of new hires are making hearts melt.
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we're back now with a new warning for drivers about a mysterious device being used to break into cars, without even touching them. thieves are using 21st-century technology to copy your keys just by standing near you, without you ever knowing it's even happening. we get the alert and details in tonight's rossen reports, from national investigative correspondent jeff rossen.
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>> in california, this suspect is using a mystery device to break into this suv. stealing an expensive bike. in seattle, another suspect holding his backpack close to the car door, and boom, he's in. and it's happening across the country. but now officials at the national insurance crime bureau say they may have solved the mystery. this device that fits in a small bag could be what thieves are using. showing us how it works. >> we're going to demonstrate this. by the way, this is a two-person job, because the device comes in two different pieces, your piece and my piece. my producer is going to play the victim. basically any one of you who park at a mall parking lot, any big parking lot. here's what happened. you and i are going to play the suspects. we come over here and we would be in a parking lot, talking, nothing suspicious. meanwhile, you would park your car and here's what would happen. >> okay, getting out of my car. locking my door like i normally would and just walking away. >> what she doesn't see, our suspect trailing behind her with the device.
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cloning the signal of her car's key fob. in just seconds. >> i got the green light. i've got a signal from the fob, and i'm backing off. >> his device just automatically sent the signal to my smaller device. this device is basically the key to the car. remember, the door is completely locked, when i hold this up to the door, look, i open the door right up. and that's not all with this device, watch this, yes, i just started the car. so now i'm a thief, in your car, driving away within seconds, all because of this little device. it's terrifying how fast this is. and it's not just this car. our experts using the device to break into and start 17 different makes and models. the alliance of automobile manufacturers telling nbc news, automakers have been working on multiple fronts to address security and then enhance it calling it a top priority. what can we do? >> park in a crowded area at least so it lessens the chance. if you see somebody suspicious around there, have sect thoughts
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and maybe alert the police. >> a new warning just in time for your holiday shopping. jeff rossen, nbc news, chicago. >> we're back in a moment with some troubling news about a legendary american.
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there's word late today from ohio that an american hero has been hospitalized. john glenn, the first u.s. astronaut to orbit the earth and later a four-term u.s. senator was admitted over a week ago with an undisclosed condition. the 95-year-old suffered a stroke two years ago, and we're all pulling for him tonight. with just about six weeks left in office, vice president joe biden got a bipartisan good-bye today on the senate floor. senators including republicans like mitch mcconnell and john mccain gave biden a moving and often very funny tribute, along with a send-off, the senate overwhelmingly passed massive medical research bill that includes nearly $2 billion for the cancer moonshot initiative overseen by biden. meet the popular
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new pair hired by human resources at a texas lowe's store. though only one of them is a human. a disabled air force veteran was having a hard time finding a job because he needs his service dog, charlotte, with him, but when he took her to an interview, lowe's decided to hire them both. complete with charlotte's very own vest. now they're a big hit with customers and the viral sensation and i feel like we're all smiling together looking at charlotte. when we come back he survived that day 75 years ago and now a veteran is returning to pearl harbor for the first time since the attack. >> announcer: "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by pacific life. helping generations of families achieve long-term financial security for over 145 years. next at 6: we investigate
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converted warehouses in the bay area. ==raj/take vo== and talk to a man about his experience trying to do it the right way. ===peggy/vo=== plus ... an arsonist sets a south bay building on fire. and police officers say they know who did it. ===peggy/next close=== next. the view of pearl harbor on the 75th anniversary of the attack there. and we want to end tonight with a story of one of the servicemen who survived that day. and the seven decades plus since then he never went back to the site. but now in his 90s, he's finally decided to make his return. our joe fryer takes us along with him.
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>> reporter: at 95 years old, beverly clyde willborn, better nonas b.c., still owns a race horse. here in his family's stable. he finds peace. 75 years after his life was suddenly plunged into war. willborn was just 20 years old that day, serving aboard the "uss maryland" when the bombing at pearl harbor started. >> battleship "maryland" on fire. >> you went ahead and done what you was trying to do. the fear wasn't there, but you could see what was going on. the bodies in the water. >> reporter: he's still hasn'ted by what he saw and only recently started talking about the war. that's why the survivor, a decorated navy veteran, never went back to pearl harbor until now. encouraged by his family, willborn is finally returned to hawaii. he makes his way to the heart of pearl harbor, in awe of the
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massive "uss missouri" and all the tributes to those who lost their lives. >> over the years, it just seemed too sad to get here. >> reporter: even after 75 years, it's still not easy, is it? >> no. gosh, no. you can't -- get it out of your mind. >> hey, how are you? >> reporter: with these veterans now in their 90s or even older, this is considered the last major gathering of pearl harbor survivors. >> it's quite an honor. >> yeah, for me. >> something not lost on the current commander of the u.s. pacific fleet. >> people talk about once in a lifetime opportunities, this in many ways is a last of a lifetime opportunity. >> reporter: so for the admiral, it's important to spend as much time as possible with these humble survivors. >> you woke up the morning of december 7th, just like every day sailors but you retired that night as heroes. >> reporter: different generations, bonded by their common service and unwavering
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respect. joe fryer, nbc news, honolulu. that will do it for us, on this wednesday night, i'm tamron hall in for lester. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today" and for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. a new series of storms wk much of the bay area -- beginning right now at 6:00, the rain is here. a lot of green on that radar. a new series of storms will soak much of the bay area beginning tonight. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm peggy bunker. take a look at what is expected to be several days of wet weather. >> our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri is tracking the timeline of all of this and really the impact. what are the details? >> the way we see it, there are going to be periods of wet
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weather moving in. the doppler is starting to pick up anywhere from light to moderate rainfall from the north bay down to the south bay. most widespread coverage here in marin, napa, sonoma counties from santa rosa down towards novato. in san francisco, a pocket of heavier rainfall now approaching the embarcadero that moves over towards oakland. not much in the south bay yet. just a few areas of spotty showers by 11:30, we expect the rain into san jose and for tomorrow morning, areas of scattered rain that continues. things that i'm keying in on with the wet weather lasting until friday morning is pockets of heavy rain, winds up to 30 miles per hour and anybody heading to lake tahoe not only dealing with snow but a potential of freezing rain as

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