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bernardino killer arrested and charged and now we are learning of at least two other attacks he's accused of helping to plot. ceo arrested. he's been called the most hated man in america for jacking up 500%. fraud. >> the secretary of defense admits using his private e-mail for official business, evenenhile hillary clinton came under fire for doing the same. guarding theme parks. major changes for visitors to disney, universal, seaworld and more. security is stepped up amid heightened fears of terrorism. and stopping cancer cold. the quick freeze therapy that can prevent the of ncer. "nightly news" begins right now.
kate snow in for lester tonight. there is breaking news as we come on the r. the first a aest after the terror attack in san bernardino. a friend of the attackers who bought the assault weapons used in the massacre has now been charged with terror-related crimes. we are learning about plans for previous attackck that man and farook spotted together, including plans to hit a community college with pipe bombs. our justice correspondent pete williams has all the details. >> reporter: after the shooting attack that left 14 people dead and injured 22, federal prosecutors filed charges against 24-year-old enrique marquez. in late 2011, the two men plotted to attack riverside community college where both had been students with
the fbi talked about throwing pipe bombs to stop traffic on a crowded section of a state highway during rushshour then to shoot at people stuck in their cars. marquez is charged with violating firearms laws when he bought the assault rifles in 2011 and 2012. it's'sllegal to buy a gun knowing it's foror someone else. you cannot acquire a firearm for another person. the karnlgers filed today say marquez and farook went to firing ranges, but the two stopped plotting together in late 2012 after some unrelated terror arrest in sosh california. he's charged with defrauding the government with a sham marriage. officials say farook's brother also called syed is married to a ukrainian woman whose
fbi agents questioned marquez a week after the shooting. they say he answerere ququtions v vuntarily d did not request a president obama was briefed on the national threat national center. he urged people to get on with the holidays. >> we cannot give in to fear or change how we live our lives because that's what terrorists want. that's the only leverage they have. >> earlier this week the bies of syed farook and his wife tashfeen malik were buried in an undisclosed accept undisclosed cemetery. farooq was strongly influenced by al qaeda and he radicalized his friend enrique marquez. these demonstrate the threat of homegrown terrorism. two people plotting attack years ago and the fbi says because neither was on anyone's radar, there was no way for the government to know
>> pete williams in washington tonight. thanks. the last time you heard the name martin shkreli on this broadcast because of an uproar over his decision to drastically raise the race of a life-saving drug. he is a brash, self-promoter who called himself the world's most eligible bachelor, but this pornography, he was in handcuffs, accused of duping investors out of millions of dollars. what the feds called a web of lies and deceit that could land him in prison for 20 years. shkreli pleaded not guilty and stephanie gosk has details. >> reporter: just before his arrest, 32-year-old martin shkreli broadcast live for three hours on youtube playing chess, the guitar and searching okcupid. hours later, the fbi would be at his door. the pharmaceutical exec dubbed by some as the most hated man in america for wildly
a life-saving drug now stands accused of a laundry list of secucuties fraud charges. >> these charge is highlight the brazenness and outrageous web of lies and dece. >> reporter: the charges have nothing to do with shkreli's decision in september to hike the price of daraprim 5,000% to $750 a pill. he argued it would fund important research and development. >> are you going to change the price? >> no. >> reporter: later his company said some hospitals and patients would be eligible for discounts. now shkreli is accused of creating an elaborate ponzi scheme, stealing more than $11 million from his former pharmaceutical company to pay off investors in another one of his businesses, a failed hedge fund. shkreli is already so widely despised, he united hillary clinton and donald trump in a
>> he is nothing. he ought to be asasmed of himself. >> i'm announcing a detailededlan to crack down on these abuses. >> shkreli is the son of eastern european immigrants raised in brooklyn. his parents worked as janitors. he spent $2 million for the only copy of a hip-hop album and told the magazine, i'm the most successful being to walk the face of this earth. nono he's well on his way to becoming the most infamous, as well. stephanie%gosk, nbc news, new york. secretary of defense ash carter under fire tonight after he admitted using a private e-mail account for some official business. carter says he made a mistake, though as pentagon correspondent jim m klazewski reports, carter continued to doo it even while hillary clinton's use of private e-mails made headlines. >> reporter: consider the pentagon's champion of private secretary ash carter admitted he violated
>> this is a mistake i made withh r rpect to e-mail, entirely my mistake. entirely on me. >> reporter: carter used his personal unsecured e-mail account for official government business. >> someone in my position and with the sensitivities about this issue should have known better. >> reporter: he didn't. carter started using his personal e-mails from the time he was sworn in as defense seseetary in februaryry just a month later, the scandal over hillary clinton's exclusive use of personal e-mails when she was secretary of state some exploded on capitol hill. with accusations she destroyed some of those e-mails. >> was it a mistake for the four years that you had that e-mail arrangement? >> i did the best i could during those four years and thought that everything that i was e-mailing that was work-related was being preserved. >> reporter: despite the public uproar, carter continued to use personal e-mail for seven months.
house warning last may. >> the white house chief of staff did ask the council's office here at the white house to contact senior officials at the pentagon to alert them to concerns about e-mail use. >> reporter: republicans like senator john mccain calling for an investigation. >> i wonder what planet that ash carter was residing on when this whoho thing broke about hillary clinton. wouldn't a normal person say, hey, she's in trouble for doing what i'm doing. >> reporter: pentagon officials insist there were no secrets or classify information in any of those personal e-mails. but critics already raising questions about secretary carter's judgment. kate. >> jim miklazewski at theepentagon, thanks. immigration is one of the dominant issues of the republican race for president. now two rising candidates, senators ted cruz and marco rubio are locked in a heated feud and
donald trump continues to lead with his hard line on immigration. we get more from hallie jackson.n. >>eporter: for donaldguage he might like. russian from vladimir putin and poetry from jimmy kimmel. >> there are two kinds of people which one will you be, a loser like them or a winner -- >> like me. >> trump could be headed for a storybook ending. the race's leader for months. now facing fresh competition with ted cruz solidly in second place. but he's playing defense today after attacks from marco rubio over what to do with the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. rubio wants to eventually make some cruz does not. and says he doesn't status. that's more politically palatable to conservative primary voters. now he's havin to explain why he said this, proposing an amendment back in
>> they would still be eligible for legal status. >> sounded like he wanted the bill to pass. >> of course i wanted the bill to pass. my amendment to pass. >> you said the bill. >> it would take citizenship off the table. >> reporter: cruz says he was trying to make a political point to prove the bill's supporters would budge. >> it laid naked. the partisanship, the hop hypocrisy and lies behind the proponents of rubio schumer and this plan. >> reporter: rubio should be on the ropes for that reform bill, unpopular with most republicans. ru is pouncing. >> he's going to have a hard time. he's not told the truth about his position in the pass on legalization. >> reporter: a rubio versus cruz immigration battle leaves the front-runner untouched on top. cruz often talks about immigration out on the campaign trail, but it's trump who originally pushed the issue into the
his tough stance pulling other republicans to the right with him. that could hurt the gop in the general election if it alienates hispanic voters. >> hallie jackson, thanks so much. the war against isis mostly fought from the air got an important boost on the ground here in new york at the united nations. the u.s. joined with other members, notably russia, to target isis' finances. richard engel follows the money >> reporter: it's a wave of terror fueled by cash. isis raises and spends billions, but today, a rare moment of international consensus. resolution has been adopted unanimously. >> reporter: the u.n. security council agreed to cooperate on tracking isis money and punishing those who profit from it. critically, the resolution was sponsored by both the united states and russia, long at odds over syria. perhaps now gettivg
rces to stop isis. today president putin said he's open to more cooperation. isis remains the richest terrorist group in history, pulling in an estimated $480 million a year selling black market oil mostly to syrians who have no other source. $100 million from stolen antiquities and $600 million in taxes, imposed on those unfortunate enough to live under isis occupation. in total, $1.2 billion of annual income plus about $2 billion in reserves. but money could be isis' achilles' heel. >> it cannot run its war, it cannot act as a state, it cannot engage in terrorism abroad if it cannot finance those activities. >> reporter: isis thinks of itself as a state with 7 million people. and an army with about 80,000 fighters. if the world can put a squeeze on the flow of
start to shrink. cracking down on isis money won't be he'sy. today's agreement is encouraging because it could form the basis for far greater cooperation between washington and russia, cooperation which experts say is the key to defeating isis. kate? >> richard engle, thanks so much. still ahead tonight, the fastest growing type of cancer, but there's an innovative prevention that puts the deep freeze on cells that whatcha doin? just prepping for my boss's party in a couple weeks. what are those? crest whitestrips. they whiten way better than paste. crest 3d white whitestrips whiten 25 times better than a leading whitening toothpaste. someone's making quite an impression. this holiday season, select crest whitestrips are buy one, get one free. start the interview with a firm handshake. ay,no! don't do that! try head & shoulders instant relief. it cools on contact, and also keeps you 100% flake free. try head & shoulders instant relief. for cooling relief in a snap. think your heartburn pill works fast? take the zantac it challenge!
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otherwise go without presents get a shoe box filled with gifts and sometimes a giver. that is naveen, a syrian refugee. that is faith russell from tennessee. faith is on a mission. how many did you do this year? >> we did 503. wow. >> i'm hoping i get to do 20,000 overr the years. >> reporter: how could she possibly fill that many shoe boxes? every month faith runs a 5k and invites everyone. the price of admission, shoe box supplies. >> feels good to finally finish that race. >> reporter: her 22nd race in two years. extraordinary for any 10-year-old. especially one with spina bifida. >> i'll never forget
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