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breaking news tonight. a new terror scare. thousands of fans rush out of a soccer stadium and a sudden evacuation after what officials call a concrete threat. fears of another bomb plot thx time in germany. and in paris, the new manhunt for a fugitive. a ninth suspect on the run. unknown until now as the brother of one of the suspects goes on tv to tell him and the world, turn yourself in. tonight for the first time, nbc news takes you inside of the terrorists' hotel room where they plotted to kill and the possible clues left behind. and as isis threatens to attack america, the fbi is intensifying surveillance of
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potential terror suspects already in the u.s. being tracked. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. the anxiety level here in paris and across much of europe showing no sign of abating with authorities now saying there may be still another suspect in friday's attack on the loose. jitters other further amplified this evening when a german soccer stadium was evacuated in the face of what was called a concrete threat. and tonight we're getting a fascinating look inside of the hotel room where the paris attackers apparently prepared for their murderous rampage. what they left behind, posing puzzling questions. once again correspondent bill coverage. [ sirens ] >> reporter: tens ever thousands evacuated,
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this time it is germany. police say they have concrete information someone was planning to bomb this soccer game. the german leader angela merkel was due to attend. police found nothing but the game was canceled. a concert hall was evacuated too. paris was on everyone's mind. on friday, the french leader was at this soccer game when an explosion began. the horrifying attacks. today french police said they are now looking for a second fugitive. a man, quote, directly involved in the massacres. still on the run, this man, who booked two hotel rooms for the gang in his own name. police believe they used this hotel outside of paris just before the killings. inside one room, discarded syringes and tubing. it is unclear what they are for. >> the images are representative of an iv tube and drip system. but it does not
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actually look like the sort of improvised laboratory equipment you would see if we were looking for improvised explosives being manufactured. >> reporter: police found a car today, seen near the hole where 89 people were murdered. isis chose this target very deliberately. and not just because it was an american band playing to a full house. it is now clear this concert hall wasn't attacked by isis at random. it was until very recently jewish owned and been threatened many times in the past for hosting jewish cultural events. six years ago before isis even existed, a group of men filmed themselves threatening the owners. you will pay the consequences, the man said. next time we won't be here just to talk. tonight another soccer game and a show of defiance.
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crowd sang the french national anthem, this, the first game since the massacres that country. continent. it is clear that german police were taking no chances tonight with information about possible attacks. and they are not letting their guard down here either. one very senior former french official telling me, we're still waiting for our 9/11, but they are getting closer. and we're expecting lester. >> bill, thank you. and with isis threatening to attack the u.s. in washington, police in and around d.c. are ratcheting up security in ways we can see and in many ways we can't. we went right to the top to get answers from the police chief in charge. also tonight, the feds are closely monitoring who is flying into u.s. airports. while the fbiin tensefies surveillance of potential terrorism suspects already on american soil. our justice correspondent pete williams has details.
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>> reporter: beefed up security on washington's metro subway system, around monuments and memorials, big tourist attractions. at the u.s. capitol, police are urging members and staff to use underground passage ways as much as possible. washington, d.c. police say officers are well aware of the isis threat. >> we really are changing what we're doing and how we position ourselves, change as things unfolded on friday. the addition of the isis video really just reinforces what we were already doing. >> reporter: nbc news learned that french authorities provides the u.s. 20 fingerprints and no matches were found. air flights from u.s. to paris and back but the u.s. is scrutinize scrutinizing passenger lists on inbound flights. u.s. terror daisa based contain 2800 names with connections to france. 800 of them tied to syria. those names are getting extra
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attention for any attempts to travel. and fbi agents are stepping up their surveillance on known terror suspects in the u.s. roughly 50 are getting the closest attention, a senior official says. the isis video threat against the u.s. in washington is leading to some jitters. a school district in maryland today canceled its planned field trips to the city. and four people were removed from a spirit airlines flight this morning preparing to take off from baltimore after a passenger said one of them appeared to be watching an isis video on a cell phone. no arrests. washington is a city with nearly 30 police agencies, all of them told to be more vigilant. one of them, the secret service, is preparing to protect the french president when he arrives here next week. lester. >> thank you. as we mentioned, the manhunt continues for the terror suspect whose brother was killed during the terrorist attacks. now a third brother detained and later released is publicly
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pleading with the funeralive to give himself up. our keir simmons has more from belgium, a hot zone of police activity in the wake of the attacks here. >> reporter: four days after the paris massacre, the eighth suspect, salah abdeslam, is still being hunted by police. his brother mohammed today urged him to turn himself in. two days before the attacks, a neighbor spoke to salah and another brother ibrahim and said nothing seemed amiss. >> he was really calm. >> reporter: on friday, abe rahim blue himself up outside of the volt air cafe in paris. his neighbor said he never showed any sign of religious fanaticism. >> no, never. >> reporter: he told us he owned his own cafe in brussels where drugs were sold. >> people stop the car here for two or three minutes, the time to buy. >> reporter: another woman confirmed the story. the police did nothing, she says. the killers who came
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from here are part of a shadowing underworld, of fertile ground for isis recruiting. criminal gangs sell illegal weapons from here, the area of brussels. it is known that the man who attacked the paris magazine charlie hebdo bought their kalashnikovs from such an arms dealer. the young people are being brain washed, this man told me. and then eggs were thrown in this sense neighborhood, we were not welcome. well somewhere here others that could be involved in the murders of 129 people may be hiding. keir simmons, nbc news, brussels. >> sect of state john kerry here in paris today, expressed his support to french president francois hollande and offered his condolences. i got a chance to sit down with secretary kerry and asked him in the wake of the attacks heres and the russian plane where underestimated the growing capabilities of isis.
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they have gained great expertise over a period of time and they have some people in isis who have been fighting in the terror network for a period of time. so they have access to c-4 and they have access to explosives. everybody knows that. they make ieds every day. >> you weren't surprised by what we saw in paris. >> i was shocked by it, not surprised. >> and with the growing expertise comes a growing reach the the ability to strike far from the strong holds in syria and iraq. deadly bombings in paris, beirut and in sinai, confirmation it was a bomb that brought down the russian plane killing all 224 people on board. so the question remains how can isis be defeated. here is our chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: russia said it now knows unequivocally that a two-pound home-made bomb brought down the plane over sinai late last month. president putin prommed a harsh response. >> wherever they are
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hiding, we will find them on any spot on the planet and punish them. he said. and russia started the punishment against isis who claimed responsibility for the attack by bombing the capital in syria, the city of raqqa. raqqa is now in the cross-hairs of three different air forces, the russians who stepped up attacks today, and the french with ten aircraft carrying out air-strikes today in the u.s. which has year. last week to kill isis executioner jihadi but will these combined air-strikes bring isis down? >> everybody in the world now is bombing one side or another. but the bottom line is, you can't use air power with restrictive rules of engagement and nobody on the ground to great effect. >> reporter: so it is air-strikes alone won't work, how can isis be defeated. some say send in american troops. but that would be a new iraq-style war, something the public is unlikely to accept.
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other says say leave it to the arab states, but despite promises and a wave of air-strikes early in the fight, arab participation has dropped off. so the white house is sticking to its strategy, trying to develop what it calls reliable allies on the ground. but so far those allies have been in short supply and divided. the white house says its current strategy of air-strikes combined with a few allies on the ground is the only feasible option. but it is leaving isis with a base and a growing list of terrorist attacks to its credit. lester. >> richard engel, thanks. the political battle is heating up back at home. as more than half of the governors in the country are now protesting syrian refugees entering their states. and some in congress want to change the process of allowing them in. secretary kerry in our conversation today told me the u.s. must remain vigilant in screening refugees.
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but we shouldn't automatically shut them out. and hallie jackson has faces of the crisis who did find refuge in america. >> reporter: beaten in syria, not just kamal, his 6-year-old son too. police men broke his arm, kamal said, before the family escaped to find a houston. >> i miss my mother and my father and my >> reporter: like him, half of the 2,000 syrian refugees in the u.s. are kids. fewer than 50 are single males of combat age. but it is that group that is most alarming for some. >> we cannot let terrorists take advantage of our >> reporter: republican leaders are hoping to press pause on ledding syrians into the u.s. with the white house doing damage control today as more than half of the nation's governors so worried about security, say they are refusing, opposing or suspending syrian refugee resettlement. the states don't really have the authority to do that. but congress does. >> i this is it is absolute lunacy.
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to introduce a bill to block refugees. now the subject of political ads, the refugees a top issue for presidential candidates, jeb bush middle ground. >> we have a noble tradition of accepting refugees. case, given the circumstances, i think there ought to be thorough vetting. >> reporter: critics worry about how to vet someone with no papers, but the toughest way to get into the u.s. is as a the obama administration says refugees are screened at the highest level. overseas interviewed, background checks for multiple agencies, more scrutiny on syrians. a pain-staking process as kamal discovered two years after he applied, he finally arrived. unable to speak english. now he knows enough to speak out. >> i want to send a message for the american people. we are human. we are human. >> reporter: tonight here on capitol hill, republican leadership is finishing up a bill to make sure screenings so tough it
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would take significantly longer for syrian refugees to states. that vote likely to happen thursday. >> hallie, thank you. still ahead tonight, we'll shift from paris to an nbs news exclusive interview. actor charlie sheen reveals for the first time publicly to matt lauer that he is living with h avenue iv and paid out millions in hush money to keep it a secret until now. and also how to talk to your kids about the terror attacks in paris. the touching viral video of a dad here in paris helping his little boy make sense cannot be controlled. when a wildfire raged through elkhorn ranch, the sudden loss of pasture for a family business. faced with horses that needed feeding and a texas drought that sent hay prices soaring, the owners had to act fast. thankfully, mary miller banks with chase for business. and with greater financial clarity for the unexpected, she could control her cash flow, and keep the ranch running.
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back now from paris with some of the other news of the day. starting with the revealing interview that has so many people talking. there are more than a million americans living with hiv and some morning charlie sheen added his name to the list. the hollywood star admitting he paid out $10 million in hush money to keep it secret. he sat down exclusively with nbc's matt lauer on "today" to tell the world his diagnosis and why he is speaking out now. >> i'm here to admit that i am in fact hiv positive. >> by his own account, charlie sheen has lived on the wild side. ant the diagnosis four years ago of hiv would be a life-changing moment. >> it is a hard three letters to absorb, you know. it's a turning point in one's life. >> charlie said he has
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decided to tell his story now because he was facing betrayal and extortion from people who found out the truth. >> are you still paying some of these people? >> um, not after today, i'm not. >> have you had unprotected sex on any objection since your diagnosis? >> yes. but the two people that i did that with were under the care of my doctor and they were completely warned ahead of time. >> have you knowingly or even perhaps unknowingly transmitted the hiv virus to someone else since your diagnosis? >> possible. >> sheen said before anti-retro viral drugs he takes every day have lowered the level of hiv in his blood to undetectible amounts. his personal >> it is a very, very low number. >> do you know how you contracted the virus? >> sitting here today, not entirely, no. >> charlie sheen understands that some of the reckless things he done up until now
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are partly why he's where he is today. >> there is a lot i'm not proud of. you could only hear winning in the streets so many times. >> the stigma that is attached to this diagnosis is one of the worst parts about it. people don't take action, they don't get help because of that stigma. do you still feel that stigma? >> not any more, i don't. no. no, i don't. i have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people. >> for mow of matt's full full interview with charlie sheen, visit our website. we're back in a moment with a scare in the sty. a passenger on a u.s.-bound plane trying to open the exit door mid-fl believe it. at&t and directv are now one. which means you can watch in the house, in a treehouse, or even in miss pepperpie's house. pause in your pjs and hit playr during a pb&j. nice!
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finally tonight, it has been a rough several days here in paris. of course, we grown-ups find ways to work through our grief and sadness but it's hard for kids, to explain all of this to kids. but kelly shows us a posting on facebook, it has been seen 11 million times and gone viral. it is about a father who found the perfect way to explain this to his child. >> reporter: as paris tried to heal, it is hard enough for adults to figure out why it happened but what if
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you are seeing it from down here. like this little boy would told a french reporter he was afraid. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> 10-year-old alexander lost his teacher in the attacks. >> he doesn't feel safe. >> even the youngest seem to know. >> she told me, okay, this time france lost the fight. i mean, and i said yes, it is true. but it will never happen again. >> reporter: those words of reassurance just helped. [ speaking in a foreign language ] .
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>> reporter: trying to make sense of the world at a time of so much change. kelly cobiella, nbc news, paris. all of us try to make sense of us. that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you for being with us. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc


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