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tonight. snow in colorado leading to a 100 car pileup. we're tracking it all. twitter laying off as many as half its employees under new owner elon musk. and why musk says twitter has seen a massive drop in revenue. rising tensions with north korea. the threat that led south korea to scramble fighter jets. the highest flu hospitalization rate in the u.s. in more than a decade. and new hope for treating rsv in infants. crime on the ballot. my report on cashless bail. is there really a link to increased crime? and 100 years after its discovery, archaeologists are still unlocking the secrets of king tut's tomb. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. we're heading into the final weekend of campaign 2022. now four days before the election that will decide which party
will control the levers of power in washington. down the stretch, democrats who have faced headwinds over a fragile economy got a brief reprieve in the form of strong jobs numbers. 261,000 jobs added last month. while the drama builds in those key georgia races. warnock versus walker. and pennsylvania, fetterman versus oz. oprah winfrey offering a late endorsement in that contest today. the importance of that state to both parties made clear as presidents biden, trump and obama hit the ground in pa over the weekend on behalf of their candidates. peter alexander is there tonight. >> reporter: tonight the political power players, presidents past and present prepared to converge on pennsylvania. as republicans blame democrats for rising prices, president biden today welcoming a better than expected jobs report. 261,000 new hires last month. even as the federal reserve tries to slow the economy and tame inflation. >> folks, our economy continues to grow and
add jobs even as gas prices continue to come down. we got a lot more to do. >> reporter: but fears of a recession still linger with companies like amazon and apple freezing hiring. and lyft planning to lay off 13% of its staff. republicans seizing on the slight uptick in the unemployment rate. the rnc saying it is the worst jobs report this year. here in pennsylvania's tight senate race, a surprise endorsement overnight. oprah winfrey who gave dr. mehml et oz his tv start nearly two decades ago publically backing his opponent, john fetterman. >> i will tell you all this, if i lived in pennsylvania, i would have already cast my vote for john fetterman for many reasons. >> reporter: the oz campaign responding in a statement doctor oz loves oprah and respects the fact they have different politics. the state will host dueling visits tomorrow with president biden and former president obama and biden stumping together for fetterman in philadelphia. while former president trump will rally
his supporters for oz across the state near pittsburgh. the senate race could be decided by the suburbs of philadelphia that propelled trump in 2016 but proved key for joe biden four years later. democrat jess brown, a mother of two, is concerned about the rhetoric she hears from republicans. >> i'm scared. i don't -- i don't align with their values. i don't align with the hate. >> reporter: on tuesday she's voting for fetterman who is still recovering from a stroke. are you personally concerned about john fetterman's health? >> i am not. in terms of his ability to get the job done and to do a good job and to represent the issues that i care about i'm not worried. he has my vote on tuesday. >> reporter: an hour away, this republican home schools two of her three children. what is at stake in these midterms? >> i think honestly the future of the nation. >> reporter: for her the republicans' messaging on crime has hit close to home. >> i'm worried about my children's safety.
you know, and that's a big concern for a lot of the other moms in the area, is the safety of our kids and our families. >> peter, mr. trump is sending his strongest signal yet that he plans to run in 2024. >> reporter: lester, at a rally last night in iowa, mr. trump repeated the lie that he won the election in 2020 and said that he, quote, will very, very, very probably run again in 2024. he is likely to make it official this month according to two sources familiar with his thinking, but they say that timing could slide. lester? peter, thank you. also tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi breaking her silence about the brutal attack of her husband at their home. paul pelosi was released on thursday after nearly a week in the hospital. speaker pelosi telling supporters during a virtual meeting today that he still has a long road ahead, but the family is hopeful for his recovery. >> it's going to be a long haul, but he will be well. and it's just so
tragic how it happened. but, nonetheless, we have to be optimistic. he's surrounded by family, so that's a wonderful thing. >> the suspect in the attack pleaded not guilty. the court today set his next hearing for november 28th. we're tracking severe weather on the move tonight. tornado watches up in parts of texas and oklahoma. 27 million people on alert in the southern plains and mississippi valley for threats including wind gusts higher than 70 miles an hour as well as very large hail and flooding downpours. in colorado, several inches of snow falling across the state, the slick conditioned blamed for a 100-car pileup that closed down a major highway in denver for hours. police say there were no reports of deaths and the injuries appear to be minor. we'll turn now to the turmoil at twitter. the social media giant appearing to be in disarray after as many as half of its employees were laid off under new owner elon musk. now several advertisers are
fleeing the platform. here's tom costello. >> reporter: it started late thursday. as now former twitter employees started learning they're being laid off. looks like i'm unemployed, y'all. tweeted one. eight months pregnant and have a nine-month-old. just got cutoff from laptop access, said another. musk changed his twitter bio to twitter complaint hotline operator. class action attorneys are reminding musk he must give employees 60 days layoff notice under california and federal law. >> our recommendation is that employees be very careful about signing away their rights under the law. >> reporter: among those let go today, content and misinformation monitors just days before the midterm elections. musk insists he's a free speech absolutist. but amid an uptick in anti-semitic and racist tweets, some big advertisers have pulled back, including gm, audi, volkswagon,
general mills, reportedly pfizer and ad firm ipg, prompting musk to tweet twitter has had a massive drop in revenue due to activist groups pressuring advertisers even though nothing has changed with content moderation. and we did everything we could to appease the activists. extremely messed up, he said. they're trying to destroy free speech in america. musk is expected to soon charge $8 for a verified check next to users names, potentially authenticity check. >> it means that the blue checks are a verification device. the blue check will just mean that you have $8 and will not mean that you are who you say you are. >> tom, musk says activist groups are pressuring advertisers to leave twitter. who is he talking about? >> reporter: several groups. glad, the adl, color for change, that's one of the largest online civil rights groups. they say there is too much hate speech on twitter. they are urging advertisers to disassociate themselves from the platform. lester?
>> all right. tom costello, thank you. tensions are rising tonight after north korea's record barrage of missile launches this week. south korea scrambling its fighter jets today after another major show of force by the north. raf sanchez is in seoul. >> reporter: south korea tonight scrambling 80 of its fighter jets including s-30s, including a swarm of military aircrafts from the north. american pilots here for a joint u.s./south korean training exercise also put on high alert. kim jong-un's regime demanding a halt to the drills warning the u.s. should not act rashly. those threats now a part of daily life in seoul. >> south korea is doing fine. >> reporter: people here tell us despite the threats from north korea, they're just trying to get on with their lives, but they have been trained in the event of an actual attack, to flee to subway stations like this one. this young man starts military service next year. are you worried you
may have to fight? >> yes, a little bit. very scared. >> reporter: at the un security council, the u.s. accusing china and russia of protecting north korea diplomatically. >> these members have bent over backwards to justify the dprk's repeated violations, and in turn they have enabled the dprk and made a mockery of this council. >> reporter: but the u.s. has deep disagreements with russia and china over ukraine and taiwan, meaning there is not much room for cooperation between the big powers, and so the community council is likely paralyzed. lester? >> thank you. turning to the shockwaves from the war in ukraine, russia again this week threatening to put the squeeze on ukraine's food exports. that could worsen the hunger crisis in other parts of the world. keir simmons is in kenya for us tonight. >> reporter: these children and their mothers in east africa are thousands of miles from ukraine, but the conflict has reached even there.
now in the hospital because he's so sick and underfed. russia's president putin this week again threatened to stop ships full of staple food bound for africa from passing through a russian blockade of the black sea. we flew to northern kenya and visited this unicef-supported hospital where we met leya. and severely malnourished sara. leya says all of her livestock which she relied on to feed her family died in the worsening drought here. how many meals a day do you have at home? just one, she says. mary from sudan is here with her four-month-old son. she told me she had no milk for her baby. she says life is much harder than it ever was. she has to decide which of her children get food. as groups like the world food program fight to feed 22 million facing starvation here, primarily caused by
drought now in its fifth year. food from ukraine will be crucial. every time a young patient dies, this man tells me -- >> i feel like i've lost -- like i'm the one who has lost a child. >> reporter: that here is escalating. lester? >> all right, kier. the new alert by the cdc. why this flu season is off to its worst start in a decade. and as cases of rsv surge, the new drug providing promise for protecting infants. could progress to dialysis is important. b is for belief that there may be more you can do. just remember that k is for kidneys and kerendia. for adults living with ckd in type 2 diabetes, kerendia is proven to reduce the risk of kidney failure, which can lead to dialysis. kerendia is a once-daily tablet that treats ckd differently than type 2 diabetes medications to help slow the progression of kidney damage
and reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks. do not take kerendia if you have problems with your adrenal glands or take certain medications called cyp3a4 inhibitors. kerendia can cause hyperkalemia, which is high potassium levels in your blood. ask your doctor before taking products containing potassium. kerendia can also cause low blood pressure and low sodium levels. so now that you know your abcs, remember, k is for kidneys, and if you need help slowing kidney damage, ask your doctor about kerendia. the cdc is warning this year's flu season is getting much worse as the u.s. sees a resurgence in respiratory illnesses. tonight some promising news about an rsv treatment for babies. here's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: tonight the cdc says the u.s. is seeing the highest flu hospitalization rates in a decade and fewer flu vaccines have been administered compared to last year.
>> i think what is so concerning to us right now is the rates of our increases in positivity rates. >> reporter: as for other illnesses, today health officials in europe approved a new shot that must go through the regulatory process here in the u.s. and would not be available in time for this season's surge. right now more than three-fourths of all pediatric hospital beds are occupied nationwide. >> one of the most challenging aspects about treating patients with rsv is knowing that they are going to get worse before they get better. >> reporter: typically rsv only results in mild cold-like symptoms but can be serious in very young children or older adults. the cdc estimates that over 500 die each year from complications. this week a six-year-old passed away in michigan. in florida, this three-year-old caught rsv and now pneumonia. his mom spoke with us from the icu at johns
hopkins all children's hospital in st. petersburg. >> now that i know this virus is no joke. >> reporter: the cdc says the latest data shows that rsv is up nationally but decreasing in the south as the flu begins to surge there, part of a cycle of viruses expected to continue through the winter. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. we're back in a moment. faced with suspension. what nba star kyrie irving is saying now about his anti-semitic firestorm. plus, crime is a rising campaign trail issue. but what do the statistics really show? weathertech gift cards have the power to wow everyone on your holiday list. offering a variety of american made products. weathertech! nice! like floorliners... cargo liner... tablet holder... boot tray... cupfone... sink mat... pet feeding system... anti-fatigue comfortmat and more. order the weathertech gift card instantly for the perfect gift at weathertech.com
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