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birthday december 1stwatchful. >> i looks great. >> as a reminder, savannah guthrie is next. breaking news tonight, the terrifying plot to bomb a synagogue. a man the fbi calls a white supremacist arrested for domestic terrorism his hate on social media and the undercover sting that caught him. tonight, secret impeachment testimony revealed democrats reveal what witnesses said behind closed doors the former ambassador to ukraine saying she was the victim of a smear campaign invol indicted giuliani associate is ready to cooperate. horrifying attack caught on surveillance, a u.s. citizen from latin america scalded with battery acid thrown on his face. >> started screaming because it was burning really, really bad. >> officials call it a hate crime.
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y are to hack without alexa and something you'd never expect and one thing experts say we can do now to stop it. dramatic rescue, a man falls on to a subway track with a train barrelling toward him. the heart-stopping last-second save just ahead. and brutal blast, millions in for the coldest temperatures of the season and here comes the snow >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everybody. i'm savannah guthrie in for lesternit, the fbi says it stopd a disturbing plot in its tracks arresting a man officials say wanted to bomb a synagogue in colorado taken into custody at the very moment he believed he had bombs in hand. instead, it was an fbi sting and tonight, he is charg w hate crime part of a growing trend the fbi says of white supremacist
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inspired terrorism nbc's pete williams leading us off. >> reporter: the fbi says this was the intended target, temple emanuel, a synagogue used by three dozen families in pueblo, colorado 27-year-old richard holzer was arrested after he was handed what he thought were real pipe bombs that he wanted to use to blow it up. >> mr. holzer also stated he was not concerned about any loss of life from the attack because such victims would be jews. >> reporter: court documents say holzer attracted the fbi's attention with white supremacist facebook postings like i wish the hole cast really did happen, they need to die he met with people he thought were like-minded and said he once paid somebody to put arsenic in the synagogue's water pipes but that apparently never happened after visiting the synagogue, prosecutors say he talked about bombing it and was arrested after the undercover agents gave him what he thought were working bombs.
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the fbi said acts of domestic terrorism are mostly driven by white extremists. >> the majority of the racially motivated violent extremists domestic terrorism, the majority of that is at the hands of what i would call white supremacist. >> reporter: after he was arrested, holzer said he wanted to bomb the synagogue late at night when nobody would be inside he appeared in court to face the charges and is asking for a court-appointed lawyer he faces a maximum of 20 years if convicted. also breaking tonight, for the first time the public is getting a look at what a string of witnesses were saying behind closed doors over the last few weeks in the house's impeachment investigation including the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine revealing how she says she really lost her job. here is nbc's kristen welker. >> tonight the newly released tranri
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ukraine telling lawmakers she was the target of a smear campaign by the president's allies including his outside attorney rudy giuliani, at issue he raised concerns about giuliani investigating the 2016 election and the bidens in ukraine and citing ukrainian officials telling her to watch her back because of giuliani she was ultimately recalled months ahead of her scheduled departure. the president pressed late today. was maria yovanovitch the target of a smear campaign? >> he did not say glowing things about her. i'm sure she's a very fine woman. i just don'tw >> reporter: on that july 25th phone call with ukraine's president,re called her bad news and when
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asked if she felt threatened, her answer yes she should tweet out praise of president trump she was told if she wanted to save her job adding, quote, you need to go back or go home. another transcript released today shows michael mckinley, the former top advisor to secretary of state mike pompeo said he resigned because of a puzzling and lack of support for yovanovitch and saying he repeatedly urged officials including secretary of state mike pompeo to publicly support yovanovitch but they wouldn't. mckinley left his post telling pompeo this is unacceptable, he testified. meanwhile on capitol hill today, investigators subpoenaed four more administration officials but all of them refused to show up at the order of the white house. house intelligence committee chairman adam schiff with a stern warning. >> this will only further add to the body of evidence on a potential obstruction of
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congress charge against the president. >> reporter: schiff said tomorrow they will release the testimony of two other top diplomats. gordon sunland and curt willker. >> there is news tonight about another key figure that says he's willing to testify. what can you tell us >> reporter: that's right. this is significant. one of rudy giuliani's top associates in ukraine is willing to compile with congressional investigators. his attorney tells nbc news. he was recently indicted and helped look into the bidens in ukraine. he could provide key details. as we begin the new week, much of the country is in for some of the coldest weather of the season and snow. al roker is tracking it all. at tomorrow temperatures between 20 and 30 below average buffalo down to texas and on friday atlanta, memphis and louisville get involved and this
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storm system developing onid snow breaking out from the northeast all the way back into the midwest and by the time it's over friday night, new england is involved. we're talking about the possibility of some very heavy snow in interior new england savannah, we'll have more details tomorrow morning on "today." savannah. >> thank you. an urgent manhunt for two murder suspects after a jailbreak. authorities in california revealing details late today on a daring and brazen escape here is nbc's morgan chesky. >> reporter: tonight, a manhunt and a mystery. >> bol for escaped prisoner from county jail. >> to the right with six windows, on the other side of the wall they worked on the escape. >> reporter: the manhunt for the 21-year-olds began sunday morning after they were discovered missing during a cell
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check. >> subjects should be on foot wearing an orange and white jump suit. >> reporter: a space big enough to crawl outside the door. they scaled a fence to freedom >> once they were able to compromise and get through the door, they were able to leave the county jail and grounds. >> reporter: authoritys warning the community posting escape from monterrey county jail. both were in custody for murder. tonight, officials are searching for a duo they say is extremely dangerous. morgan chesky, nbc news. tonight, we're hearing firsthand from a milwaukee man cottery acid in his face, and what fi repter captured on security camera. the victim on the left says the man in the hood asked him why he invaded this country angry.efore battery acid was really mad, back to your country, you come invade my
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country. >> reporter: he suffered second degree burns in what milwaukee officials are calling a hate crime. >> start screaming because that was burning really bad. >> reporter: he says he was first confronted by a white man about how he parked his truck outside a mexican restaurant and was then accused of being in the country illegally. police later arresting a 61-year-old suspect. >> there are people that are willing to hurt another one for no reason just for the color of skin or how you talk i'm a u.s. citizen i have my rights, too. >> reporter: with the mayor calling the attack a hate crime. >> what i saw was horrific with a 17% increase in 2017, but tonight, he says he's more than a number. america. that's not right we need to stop this. >> reporter: he says this is the face of a u.s. citizen, attacked in his own country miguel almaguer, nbc news. there's a new warning about those voice assistant devices
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like amazon alexa that so many of us have in our homes. it turns out they can be hacked quite easily and wait until you hear how nbc's jo ling kent explains. >> reporter: tonight, the smart speaker in your home may not be as secure as you think researchers discovering amazon's alexa, apple siri and google home can be hacked by laser pointers and flashlights. >> the light is impersonating the voice of a person. >> reporter: scientists from the university of michigan say by mimicking sound waves, they were able to hijack the voice controlled assistance opening garage doors >> we need to be aware that these voice control assistants are not just listening to us. >> reporter: they can control a google home device from as far away as the length of a football field. >> a smart teenager with $1,000 spare in their basement might be able to pull this off. >> reporter: researchers could obtain full control over major popular smart
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home devices 200 million are expected to be in use this year amazon and google did not deny the flaw, telling nbc news they prioritize security for users and reviewing the research apple declined to comment. >> if you have a smart speaker at home, what's the first thing you should do? >> first, move it away from the window look at the privacy settings and security settings and understand if there is ways to narrow the scope of what it collects, what it sends and the things that you can do with it. >> reporter: new security flaws making consumers think twice jo ling kent, nbc news, los there is new fallout after the ceo of mcdonald's was fired after a consensual relationship with an employee one day after the ceo was ousted, there is word that the fast food giant's human resources executive also left the company. this was a historic day for hundreds of inmates in oklahoma. non-violent offenders freed in whatelison release in u.s. history.
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ron mott with the story now. >> reporter: moving day in oklahoma in more ways than one hundreds of state prisoners walking into loved one's arms today. for laurie scott, a day to behold. >> i don't want to never put him down. >> reporter: meeting her grandson jasper for the first time is there new hope you can make it this time >> yes, yes, god is not done yet. he's doing -- he's giving us the chance to be able to do something different with our stt is just one of more than 400 inmates let out early. she served less than a year of a 12-year sentence for repeated drug possession violations, oncs in 2016. until today, oklahoma had the nation's highest lockup rate with 1 in 100 residents confined at any given time. in all, more than 500 non-violent offenders had their sentences reduced. >> this is the first day of the rest of your life. [ applause ]
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>> reporter: inmates were given help finding housing and jobs. >> i'm just so glad that the governor gave us this opportunity to be able to go home to our families. >> just great. >> reporter: heading home from behind bars, eyeing a better future ron exclmott, ive on a re-emergg threat while the president said that isis has been defeated, nbc news learned that the terrorist group found a safe haven in wl inside iraq. >> reporter: isis is far from defeated, instead rebuilding in northern iraq. so isis basically has free reign to move along here. >> exactly, yeah. >> reporter: in 2014 isis controlled vast areas of land across syria and iraq with more than 34,000 square miles and 10 million people living under their control. this spring, they lost the last of their territory in syria focussing on iraq, general commands the kurdish unit that
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controls this area. >> they have some tunnels. they have some caves you can say the isis are there, they are living there and they are moving especially at night, they are free. >> reporter: isis is right here on the other side of that ridge. they come out mainly at night surge of new foreign fighters, many coming across from syria. area at night, let's say >> reporter: isis aims to retake those rural areas, determined to survive and destroy. just ahead for us tonight, the secret score tracking your purchasing habits way beyond your credit score and you won't believe what they are looking at. the incredible rescue after a man falls onto the tracks, pulled to safety with no time to spare. and tainted food, our exclusive look at a potentially life-saving technology that can trace the source almost
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instantly. i hope you stay with us.
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did you know you have a secret score companies tracking everything from merchandise returns to your takeout ordersu need to know.
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>> reporter: think of everything you've ever done online or in a store, your personal information, shopping habits, travel destinations, merchandise returns, yelp reviews and takeout food orders. all of it tracked and sold more than a credit score, a kind of secret score on all of us when "new york times" reporter cashmere hill asked for her score, she got back 400 pages of activity. >> i mean, i just didn't know there would be this third party company that would have all of my airbnb messages and yelp orders and how often i'd opened an app. >> reporter: nearly a dozen companies are in the data collection game selling mountains of information to businesses that want to know if a customer may be a renter is trustworthy. san francisco based sift collects data and sells it to clients that want to identify good customers, trouble
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customers and fraudsters. >> it's like sherlock holms solva orough and looking at evie to make the correct and accurate judgment. >> reporter: while a new california law will require data collectors to provide californians with the information collected on them, many already provided it if you ask. >> in today's world, you really can't do anything online without a click pattern or some sort of record of your activity being tracked. >> reporter: a data miner's dream growing with every key stroke tom costello, nbc news, washington. coming up next for us, an exclusive look at a way to protect your family from food poisoning. announcer: 5 million kids use e-cigarettes. it's an
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epidemic fueled by juul with their kid-friendly flavors. san francisco voters stopped the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. but then juul, backed by big tobacco, wrote prop c to weaken e-cigarette protections. the san francisco chronicle reports prop c is an audacious overreach, threatening to overturn the ban on flavored products approved by voters. prop c means more kids vaping. that's a dangerous idea. vote no on juul. no on big tobacco. no on prop c. watch the incredible scene a man falls and pulled up by a transit employee in the right place at the right time. afterward their emotional embrace and that worker being hailed as a hero tonight.
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at least ten people have gotten sick and one died from salmonella linked to ground beef find the source but john torres has a look at new technology that can cut that down to >> reporter: it's one of the nation's most wide spread and serious health problems. >> an alert from the cdc about romaine lettuce. >> reporter: 48 million americans sickened by tainted food every year. more than 100,000 hospitalized. >> my view is one food-born illness is one too many. >> reporter: frank oversees food safety for the fda he blames an old-fashioned system that relies on paper invoices to track down the source of an outbreak. >> i'm envisioning people going through an army of paperwork. >> it's largely a paper-based exercise that takes a lot of rheource of co
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now the fda pushing new technology so typically any of these vegetables, how long does it take to track them >> we're an industry leader and takes us almost seven days. >> reporter: walmart is testing ibm computer software to speed up the tracking process. >> i'm going to start with tracing these artichokes on here. >> reporter: show me the farms it came from. >> in a matter of seconds, we discovered this box of artichokes came from three farms in mexico and was shipped to three stores a system like this, will it save lives? >> i have no doubt the ability to identify contaminated goods quickly is a life saving measure. >> reporter: a system to keep our food supply safe dr. john torres, nbc news, silver spring maryland. a milestone in space with the sweet taste of home.
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the international space rocket a rye with sweet cargo. here is gadi schwartz. >> reporter: it's one small step for man, one giant leap for cookie kind. in addition to the high-tech science experiments aboard the i.s.s. for the first time, astronauts can bake thanks to these two scientists. >> spaces will become more delicious. >> reporter: their creation can be described as a high-tech easy bake oven. for years, most food is straight out of a freeze dried bag. from thanksgiving. >> we got everything from turkey to candied yams to stuffing. >> reporter: to pizza night because of pretty important missing ingredients.rtcookie do
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flour, sugar, eggs, maybe chocolate chips but turns out gravity is just as crucial. >> we have no idea how the cookies will bake up they could be a spear. the chocolate chips could drift. nobody knows. >> reporter: astronauts get ready to boldly bake where no cookie has been baked before gadi schwartz, nbc news, planet earth. >> nice assignment that's "nightly news" for tonight. i'm savannah guthrie, see you tomorrow on "today." from all of us at nbc news, good i saw the headlights and i saw him. and it was like -- >> a life saving move. the quick thinking a b.a.r.t. employee made. and he pulled that man right off the tracks. also a line out the door, why victims of the sonoma a $ f
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area's housing crisis. the news at 6 starts right now. good monday. i'm janelle wang in for jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathie. apple will recruit more than $2 billion to help the housing crisis in the bay area. our business and tech reporter scott budman broke the news this morning for us on twitter. tonight he shows us where else that money is going. >> reporter: it is the most valuable company in the world, and now apple has earmarked $2.5 billion to help ease the california housing crunch. >> it could be a little stressing at times. >> reporter: stressful for the agholor family of san jose. they're renters soon to have their third child. shopping at walmart to save
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money so they can someday own a. we lived in arkansas for two years and it was affordable here.

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