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Storms on both coasts bring holiday travel troubles, Boeing fires its CEO ‘to restore confidence’ amid 737 Max crisis and Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for Khashoggi murder. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). 1:28 Fla...

Tonight'S storms, on both coasts, snarling holiday, travel up to eight inches of rain, causing serious delays as millions travel home flooding, shutting down a major airport with hundreds of flights delayed as investigators trying to figure out what caused this massive pileup. Also, breaking tonight, boeing ceo out over his handling of two deadly plane crashes and the grounding of the 737 max the ...
normous challenges boeing faces as it tries to get the max back in the air. A new measles alert after an infected passenger travels through several us airports, potentially infecting others. Why one city is especially concerned. It might spread the new warning about dna testing. The pentagon now concerned about security risks involving thosepopular at home, genetic tests telling military personnel to avoid them the threat that keeps these search-and-rescue teams up at night. This is something we train for there's something realistic. We have to be ready for, as we go inside a new training exercise to help first responders deal with a potential underground terrorist attack beneath our cities, plus there's still time tips to get those last-minute gifts under the tree. This is nbc nightly news with lester holt good evening, millions of americans on the move, or at least trying to tonight at the start of this christmas week, bad weather in the southeast, a deluge of rain, got things off to a bad start for some air travelersin Florida with a record 115 million americans expected to travel over this holiday stretch, airports across the country are bracing for a crush of passengers and highway travel will likely be a challenge to kerry. Sanders is in florida for us tonight, fort lauderdale's airport back in business tonight. I'Ve never seen on one of the busiest days of the year. The airport closed a rare 4 inches of rain falling in just an hour over eight inches total within five hours area roads and one of the airport's runways shut down 155 flights delayed 20 diverted 6 canceled problems that cascaded throughout the day and for katherine tala a Hopefully, understanding family in detroit, i'm supposed to bebaking cookies, with a record number of travelers packing airports today, just walking the terminal in obstacle course it's insane.

We have four suitcases and two a stroller which is two pieces and two car seats, so anna partridge in a pear tree near williamsburg, virginia interstate 64 back open today, after a 69 vehicle pileup sunday, dozens injured two seriously. The chain reaction accident likely caused by extremely heavy fog and black ice. My foot was actually caught between the steering wheel and the door with six million expected to travel out of lax this week today, smooth sailing after a recent problem with rideshare pickups was solved today. Most passengers arriving early and for everybody's still traveling tonighta reminder. The return trip will be much the same, lester all right, kerry sanders. Thank you. Let'S bring an nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer dylan. What are we looking at for tomorrow and christmas is so many you're trying to be someplace good evening lester, the heavy rain we've been seeing down across the southeast will come to an end by tomorrow, but winds will increase on the backside of this storm system. They could get a bit gusty, especially across the carolinas tomorrow elsewhere, on christmas eve, we're looking for some mountain snow, especially in the higher elevations heavy rain in the southwest, but it is going to really warm up through the middle of the country. We'Re lookingat temperatures well above average, well above freezing too so that really limits our chance of a white christmas and on christmas day itself we could see some snow showers out in the rockies more rain in california than near record high temperatures elsewhere, all right dylan. Thank you. None of the other major story were following the turmoil at boeing, which has fired at ceo over his handling of two deadly crashes involving the 737 max aircraft and the grounding of nearly 400 of those jets nationwide worldwide, we get more from nbc's tom costello, with the Global 737 max lead, grounded since march and losing billions of dollars.

Boeing'S board of directors decided late sunday. The company needsnew leadership now firing ceo dennis muhlenberg and immediately replacing him with board chairman david calhoun. The biggest issue for dennis muhlenberg is the fact that boeing's relationship with the faa has broken down completely. Muhlenberg had tried to pressure the faa into fast-tracking approval of the 737 max fixes after two fatal crashes killed 346 people, but now approval may not come until february or later forcing boeing to temporarily shut down the mac's production line. It was only in october that muhlenberg met with the families of those who died. We are sorry deeply and truly sorry, but anger only intensified over revelations. Boeing had not been fully transparent about the plane's problems. The world's airlines are demandingcompensation, michael stu moe, whose daughter, sonia rose died in the ethiopian crash is demanding a change in boeing's executive culture. I can't help my daughter anymore, but this is what we can do is try to make aviation saved here for everyone else. Boeing says it needs to repair damaged relationships with the airlines and the faa, and today the new boeing ceo reached out to the faa chief promising transparency and cooperation luster tom costello, thanks in saudi arabia. Today, a court sentence: five men to death for the killing of washington, post journalist jamal khashoggi, the decision seen as a positive move of the white house, but denounced by those who claim the saudi royal family wasbehind, the killing keir simmons, has more tonight the white house Describing death sentences for the murderers of washington, post journalist, jamal kesaji as an important step, the saudi public prosecutor, announcing capital punishment for five individuals for committing and directly participating in the murder. Another three men sentenced to a total of 24 years in prison for covering it up, but this man, formerly as senior advisor to the crown prince, was cleared because of insufficient evidence.

The deputy head of intelligence also acquitted that, despite the cia, believing crown prince mohammed bin salman, ordered the killing, the crown prince denying leadership in a september cbs interview. Absolutely not. This was a heinous crime and many questions remain unansweredmr. kershaw geez body is still missing after he entered the saudi consulate in istanbul in october last year and was dismembered the sentences welcome tonight by one of jamal kesaji sons, but criticized by many around the world. The washington post and a senior un investigator calling it a travesty of justice laughter. I keir simmons thanks in afghanistan, a us service member was killed during combat operations. Today, the taliban has taken responsibility. 20. American troops have been killed in combat there this year. A deepening divide tonight on next steps for president trump's senate impeachment trial, as republican and democratic leaders argue over witnesses and documents. Hallie jackson has more how they hold on impeachment proceedings. Askey leaders dig in today.

We can't take up a matter. We don't have, and so hopefully it'll be on the way over at some point republican leader mitch, mcconnell waiting on house speaker nancy pelosi to send him those two articles of impeachment, so a senate trial can begin, but pelosi today insists. She won't take the next step in the process until we know what sort of trial the senate will conduct the president tonight on twitter, responding. She is trying to take over the senate and cry and chuck is trying to take over the trial no way. But democrats say they just want what's fair, with senator chuck schumer today, making the case in a newletter to colleagues pushing not just for witnesses in a trial like acting chief of staff, mick mulvaney and former national security adviser john bolton, but documents about the president's request. For investigations in ukraine that could have helped him politically, even as military aid to the country was on hold, we say president trump released the emails. Let your aides testify. We say to leader mcconnell a fair trial with the facts. Only the facts and hallie joins me right now, while this senate trial timing is in limbo, i know they're also in washington, watching a new potential north korean threat. What can you tell us about that? Hallie lester! That'S because north korea has beenhinting ominously about a so-called christmas gift, which is partly why us officials are worried that kim jong-un is preparing to conduct a new missile test, maybe over the holidays. And now a new analysis of satellite photos provided to nbc news showed the country has expanded a factory linked to the production of long-range nuclear missiles. Something to watch this week for sir lester all right.

Hallie jackson, thanks in texas authorities, are warning that a traveler with measles may have unknowingly exposed others across the country and that alert comes amid an increase in measles cases. Nationwide sam brock is in austin with the latest tonight an urgent health alert from texas. After a passenger infected with measlespassed through the austin airport last week after traveling in europe, it's travis county's first detected case in 20 years. We'Re trying to get on top of this share as much information as we can to try to really contain this. The passenger left from austin international airport on december 17th, but then proceeded to go to airports in chicago and virginia meaning that other passengers, and not one not two but three different airports, were potentially exposed this after separate cases at lax and denver international airports. Earlier this month, but health experts say austin, is it greater risk because of low vaccination rates of children? Austin, unfortunately, is one of the epicenters of the anti-vaccine movement in americaa startling study. Earlier this year estimates one infected person could lead to an outbreak of more than 400 cases in austin, with nearly 1300 confirmed cases of the measles nationwide. This year, more than three times the number last year, the highly contagious virus can linger in the air for hours. Symptoms include cough fever and sore eyes. Tonight doctors say it's another stark reminder to get vaccinated. Sam brown, nbc news austin tonight with one full day ahead of us until christmas. The rush is on and for those who have holiday shopping still left to do our erin mclaughlin has what you need to know in tonight's price.

You pay it's the eve before christmas. Eveand for those who've left shopping until the very last minute. Perfect no need to panic. Plenty of stores are open through tomorrow, and you can always buy online, though prices for overnight shipping and same-day delivery are getting steep. So picking up those online purchases in store may be your best bet. While there may be long lines for the pick ups, there are less distractions. If i get distracted in the aisles and then i end up buying other things that i probably need for those trying to avoid, the in-store holiday crush, consider a gift and we love a little freedom to shop for ourselves. Many big retailers, along with websites like gift card granny, sell giftcards for restaurants, spa services and getaways at a discount. So a $ 50 gift card in some cases could cost you less than 40 bucks. Looking ahead december 26 is the biggest day of the year for return. That inventory bump will push prices down even more so this late into the holiday season. The smartest play just be to wait for old, saint nick to make his rounds and then go shopping for those post.

Christmas deals, lester, erin, mclaughlin and chicago of thanks and here in new york and other big cities of beefed up police presence is keeping watch over. All those shoppers, the threat of holiday time, terror attacks never far from mine. I recently joineda unique group of first responders learning to confront an especially challenging scenario. What these first responders are walking into a smoke-filled subway tunnel. The screams of people trapped in the aftermath of a bombing and collapse is not a what-if scenario. It'S happened in madrid in london and remains a deep-seated fear for millions of urban commuters. The men and women in this frightening exercise are new york, city, police and firefighters, but today they are working as teammates for u. s. homeland security, one of fema's, 28 bourbon search-and-rescue task force teams across the country. In the last five years. I think we've deployed a total of seven times and that's just new york task force one, but thesystem is active every year we see them at natural disasters at home and abroad, from hurricanes to earthquakes, ready to deploy on life-saving missions within hours in haiti, where we Had we made a couple rescues of children that would transfer over seven days to be part of that is just an amazing experience, but we were granted rare access to see them trained for a non natural disaster. A terror attack below ground in a mock, fdny subway tunnel to help them develop critical new capabilities, we're building the model really for a mission ready package tunnel task force has never been done.

[ music, ]. One of the points of this exercise is to incorporate a different breathing technologyinstead of the normal 20 minute or so tank they're wearing a device that allows them to spend not just minutes but hours on seeing in the thick of it. We'Re normally used to having setting up in front of a building where there's a collapse. Now we have to figure out a way and that long distance to 3,000 feet into a tunnel. These rebreathers recycle the rescuers own air and flush out carbon dioxide, buying critical time to locate and triage the injured, in this case, role, players deciding who they can save and who they can't it's the kind of thing that keeps you awake at night, new york city Has one of the biggest bull's-eyes onit in the country realistically at multiple attempts? So this is something we've trained for. This is something realistic. Aliy, we have to be ready for these fema team is funded by homeland security, are based in nineteen states all ready to deploy to disasters within six hours, just ahead, they're wildly popular, but now the pentagon is warning servicemembers not to use those at home. Dna testing kits we're gon na tell you why also we put some unusual holiday flavors to the test with some discerning experts would you eat a pizza, candy cane about kale [ music ] we're back now with a new warning from the pentagon, which is urging members Of the military not to use those popularhome dna testing kits saying they present a security risk beat williams, has details, did the best dna gift there? One of this year's hottest christmas gifts, home dna testing kits that help trace a person's ancestry or flag potential vulnerability to disease. The companies have long said they carefully guard the data they gather. But now the defense department is warning us military personnel not to use them. A memo co-signed by the top pentagon intelligence official says the kids could expose personal and genetic information and potentially create unintended security consequences and risk. The kits are hugely popular with over 26 million people having submitted their dna to trace their lineage privacy concerns have grown along with theirpopularity, given how revealing dna can be one things about dna is it's almost always unique, and therefore you can why you can change your Id you can change your password, it's really difficult to change your dna ancestry.

com says it does not share dna data with insurance companies or employers. 23Andme says its customers choose how their information will be used and shared they'll. Both acknowledge that federal agents and local police can get access to the data with a subpoena or court order. Consumer advocates say these kits can help people manage their health and learn their genealogy. Their advice read the fine print about how the dna will be shared lester. All right, pete, thanks and nextthe reviews are in on some far-out flavors of christmas [ music, ] tis the season of indulging, but tonight there is a twist on one of the most popular holiday, treats here's gary schwartz on christmas trees around the world, candy canes have Been sweet and minty since the 1920s, until a company named archie mcphee stepped in, we entered the flavored candy cane business through bacon yeah. You heard that right and from there their annual creative meetings have gotten even more twisted. We have ham de cannes gravy wasabi. So if you were the kind of parent looking for a stocking stuffer somewhere in between naughty and nice, we've assembled this panel of experts in sugar, anxious to giveus an honest review. What do you think this tastes like? Yes, you? Who is that a delicious pizza? No really good caesar salad, green spinach kale at the beginning. What do you think banana mac and cheese, their verdict? All flavors, still a lot more interesting than a lump of coal gotti schwartz, nbc news, new york, any review that starts with ooh can't end well up. Next, we catch up with a boy and his best friend, [ music ], we'll be ending our broadcast this week with the latest on some of our favorite stories.

Tonight we catch up with a little boy from portland oregon who, along with his best friend, is still warming hearts around the worldit's been a couple of years. Since we've seen little buddy and his furry pal regan, there was an instant bond. You can see the love between the two of them. Both continue to grow in front of our eyes, as does their family buddies. Real name is sawyer. He now has a little sister stella, who, just like her big brother, was a foster child adopted into the family. She especially loves regan, so it's fun for the three of them to kind of get together. Pictures their adventures in friendship are a popular instagram feed with photos taken by the kids grandmother sandy. I would have never thought that an instagram account for a dog could turn intosomething, so big and so helpful to other people. Inspired by her growing family. Grandma sandy has written books, [ music, ], and an annual calendar has now raised more than sixty thousand dollars to help other children in foster care, and you aren't seeing double there's another doodle now in the picture. Lincoln is my son's dog making it reagan, get to play together a lot.

What began as a story about a boy and his best friend turns out to be the perfect message for the season? There'S something really special about having a companion that wants you exactly. As you are so great to see their growing family and yay doodles, that's nightly news for this monday, i'm lesterholt! Thank you for watching everyone and good night. Hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.

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