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Military reviewing foreign training program after mass shooting at Florida naval base, American student freed in prisoner swap after spending three years in Iranian jail, and family of UPS driver killed in police shootout with hostage takers speaks out.Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” a...

Breaking news tonight, the investigation into the saudi national who opened fire on the u. s. navy base the new information about the dinner party, where he showed mass shooting videos plus the hero who gave his life to save others. The new report, just out from house democrats laying out their case for impeachment prisoner, swap the american grad student held captive in iran for three years now, ...
eading home. An exclusive interview with the mother of the ups driver killed in the crossfire after his truck, was hijacked by armed robbers, who she blames for his death outbreak. This flu season, hitting harder earlier than it has in more than 15 years who this strain is hitting hardest. Andthe great paper straw, debate, they're leaving a bad taste in americans mouths, definitely one of the worst inventions. Ever we take you to the biggest paper straw factory in america. Will the product get better? This is nbc nightly news with jose diaz-balart good evening. We come on the air tonight with breaking news: late developments in the deadly naval air station shooting in pensacola florida. Three people were gunned down in yesterday's attacked by a saudi trainee secretary of defense, marquez for today saying it's too early to call it a terrorist attack, but tonight new details about what the gunman did before the shooting the unusual way. He got the weapon and news about a recent tripto, saudi arabia.

We get the very latest from blaine alexander in pensacola tonight, as we get our first look at the building where the rampage unfolded. Chilling new details about the man, investigators believe carried it out. Law enforcement officials tell nbc news. In the past week, the shooter muhammad saeed al sham rani, a saudi national, invited three other saudis to his home for dinner, where he showed them. Videos of mass shootings officials say he regularly socialized with the three. But after a recent trip to saudi arabia, he returned more pious and was no longer interested in hanging out with them. Officials do not believe they were involved and say al sham ronnie acted alone. Thosesame officials confirm the handgun used in friday's attack, was legally purchased from a gun dealer in pensacola, typically illegal for a non citizen, but al sham ronnie exploited a loophole that allowed him to buy it because he has a hunting license. Officials are not confirming this as an act of terrorism, but believe a social media post declaring america's love for israel and hatred for islam, was written by al sham ronnie sources. Tell nbc. After the attack, a number of al sham ronnie's, fellow saudi classmates, were questioned, but officials say there's no concern. They were involved as the pensacola community embraces its members in uniform, we're learning more about those in the gunman's path among themryan blackwell, an assistant wrestling coach and charles hogge, a police officer on bass, both recovering tonight and 23 year-old joshua caleb watson, who never made it Home in a touching facebook post, his brother describes watson's final moments after being shot multiple times.

He made it outside and told the first response team, where the shooter was those details were invaluable. He died a hero blames, so many families live on that military base. What do we know about them? Are they allowed to go back home well jose? They are allowed to go back home tonight, but, right now and through the weekend the base is under restricted access, meaning that it's only open to essential personnel andresidents but close to everyone else for now jose blaine alexander in pensacola. Thank you. Friday'S shooting in pensacola is also raising questions about the screening of foreign military students as they train and work alongside us troops. Nbc'S kathy park takes a closer look at the decades-old practice that is now under review tonight. Defense secretary mark esper declaring a safety review after friday's deadly shooting at naval air station pensacola. We look at our security precautions across the services in all of our installations and bases and facilities to make sure that we're got the appropriate degree of security to protect our servicemembers and their families and our communities. The announcement at a national defense forum in californiathis afternoon comes after growing scrutiny over the screening process of foreign military students. Anybody that comes to united states to train is or should be, is vetted by the department of state the department of homeland security and then, ultimately us. So we need to relook all that. According to the pentagon, nearly 5200 foreign students from more than 150 countries are in the u.

s. for military training. Part of that group includes 852 saudis. It'S a powerful training tool, sort of the mechanical level for teaching people how to fly aircraft, teaching people how to lead patrols, but it goes all the way to our most senior educational institutes. Some military leaders, stressing the importance of the programmy biggest concern, would be that we would walk away from those key relationships from folks that we know we need when we go into combat it's an enormous ly, important us military program and outreach to allies, and so the Program, this is one of the vital ways in which we stay engaged in saudi arabia, jackie, whatever officials saying tonight about the u. s. relationship with saudi arabia yeah. So the defense secretary said that we have a long-standing relationship with saudi arabia. We are there in the region to support them. He also added that we share mutual security interests, especially when it comes to iran kathy park. Thank you very much. We turn to politics.

Now. Thehouse judiciary committee on saturday released a report explaining the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of president trump house. Nichols is at the white house and has this report president trump today, not commenting on a new report by the house judiciary committee that calls impeachment the constitution's final answer to a president who mistakes himself for a monarch. The report criticizes the president for not cooperating with the impeachment inquiry in a search fit. No president is entitled to persist in office after committing high crimes and misdemeanors, and no one who voted for him in the last election is entitled to expect. He will do so who judiciary report the latest step in a process that may leadto a house vote on articles of impeachment as early as this week, but the president claiming that he is gaining support in the states he'll need to win in 2020. They don't want to see impeachment, especially in the swing states along the way. I'Ve never seen a swing like this, because people realize it's a total hoax and a new revelation. Today, president trump says he's awaiting a readout from rudy giuliani about his trip to ukraine. She says he has a lot of good information, suggesting that the former mayor in the country, at the center of the impeachment scandal for a conservative documentary, may share his findings on capitol hill. I think he wants to gobefore congress and say, and also to the attorney general and the department of justice. I hear he's found plenty giuliani's documentary promises to invest ukraine's role in the 2016 us presidential election, a theory already debunked giuliani, telling nbc news that he will reveal his strategy when he's ready, adding if this doesn't shake up a swamp.

I might then agree with those who say it's hopeless and hans. The white house has said that the president would be more willing to participate in a senate impeachment hearing. Well, the president today said that he doesn't know if he'll testify before the senate, but he appeared to be considering it before, adding that the entire impeachment inquiry is ahoax, jose house nichols at the white house. Thank you and we will be covering all the news out of the hearings on monday right here on nbc, starting at 9:00 a. m. eastern time. An american graduate student is on in his way home tonight, after being held in an iranian prison for more than three years. His release, part of a high-profile prisoner, swap alia, russia, is in tehran with the latest. This was the moment. Americans shiwei wong became a free man hugging an american diplomat on a tarmac in switzerland. After being held in an iranian prison. Since 2016 the chinese-american had been charged with espionage.

His family said he was there for graduate studies, work onthat same tarmac. The iranians got back a scientist massoud soleimani arrested in the u. s. last year, accused of violating us sanctions by attempting to export biological materials from the u. s. to iran. Returning today to a hero's welcome the exchange brokered by the swiss in 2017 long faced those espionage charges on iranian tv, his response delivered under apparent duress, the more knowledge do another states possess about iran, the better for it for its policy towards era. Today, his family overjoyed tweeting, our family, is complete. Once again, our son shall found - and i have waited three long years for this day at least four other americans remain detained or missing in iran, some of their families todayexpressing extreme disappointment, but clinging on to hope that their loved ones may be next. All rosy joins us now from tehran ali. Where is hwang right now well, jose tonight, wang is said to be in good condition being treated at an american military base in landstuhl germany, ali eruzione tehran. Thank you very much.

We know more tonight about the three national guard soldiers killed this week in a helicopter crash. Their blackhawk went down on thursday near saint cloud minnesota the cause under investigation and today the guard remembering the men with this social media, tribute naming them chief warrant officer to charles nord sergeant, corp, lautenberg and chief warrant officer to james rogers jr. The soldierswere part of a unit that had recently returned from a deployment in the middle east. This year's flu season is off to its most intense start in 15 years, already deadly and spreading quickly now raising concerns that it could be an especially dangerous flu season ever seen, whose medical contributor, dr. aneta liaison jones us this evening. Good to see you doctor what is a cdc say about this early start right so jose the cdc is estimating right now that at least 1. 7 million people have been diagnosed with the flu there have been 16,000 hospitalizations and over 900 deaths, but the issue is not So much an early starch this season, but rather having a lotof activity for a long period of time, particularly with a virulent strain. The strain is predominating right now the victoria b tends to be milder and older folks, a little tougher on with people under the age of 50 or children, but it may not be the one that circulate the entire season. Is there a certain part of the country? That'S getting hit harder right so right now the virus is we're, seeing it mostly in the southern states, from texas to georgia in total 12 states plus puerto rico, but the flu doesn't discriminate, it can start anywhere, it can circulate anywhere, and we just don't know where It'S going to go for the rest of theseason. Is it too late to get a flu shot? Now it's definitely not too late. It takes about two weeks to develop your antibodies and the flu season can last well until may, and it's important to remember that if you do catch the flu, but you've had the flu vaccine you're less likely to have severe illness and end up in the hospital.

With complications like pneumonia, so important, dr. , nathalie azar, thank you very much for being here when we come back. My interview with the mother of the ups driver gunned down this week, who she blames for his death and the problem with paper straw. So many americans hate them. We take you. Where they'remade will they ever get any better tonight, we're remembering frank ordonez? He was the ups driver killed in a miami carjacking shootout this week in an exclusive interview. His mother opened up her home and heart to us sharing stories about her son and sharing anger as well about who the family believes is responsible for his death. These christmas decorations set up just days ago by their son. What should be a joyful time in this family home now marred by tears and tragedy? They killed my son. She says her son was 27 year-old, frank ordonez. The ups driver taken hostage during a police chase and killed in the crossfire with police and robbers in miami thursdayi spoke to frank's mother loose apolinario. Yesterday my son was a good boy, a family man.

How could they have killed him? Why didn't they give him the opportunity, questions and concerns of the police handling echoed by other members of the family, frank's sister jenny taking to social media sharing tribute videos of the father of two, along with tough criticism of the police. Today i lost my brother because of the negligence and stupidity of the police. Instead of negotiating with a hostage situation, they just shot everyone our job and our mission. That day was to prevent further injuries, further casualties from occurring, and the worst case scenario happened, and now we have law-enforcement personnel. Andour communities are gon na, have to carry this weight with them for the rest of their lives. It'S all devastating for frank's, mother and her family who faced their first christmas without their son. He looked forward to christmas. He said mom we're all going to be together this time. My life is gone with him. Frank will be laid to rest on monday. Please stay with us when we come back a climate crisis. The big change is happening at this world-famous waterfall, a solemn memorial at pearl harbor.

Today it is the 70th anniversary of the japanese attack on the hawaii naval base. Thousands attended the event, including a handful of survivors. From that day, in 1941, morethan 2,000 americans died and fled to the us entry into world war. Two and now to the great straw to be paper versus plastic. If you've tried paper straws, you know some can feel well just plain weird. Turning into like a mushy mess, so we sent molly hunter dan, the biggest paper straw factory in america, to find out how they're trying to make them better. It was a terribly disgusting experience. Paper gets soggy when you put it in liquids. It'S one of the most divisive paper. Straws are evil most controversial issues in america today. Definitely one of the worst inventions ever paper, straws, love them or hate them grow more prevalent every day, businesses andlocal governments across the country are trying to cut down on the environmental impact of the non-degradable plastic versions. Back in 2018, seattle became the first city to ban the use of plastic straws, then came california and dc and oregon.

Now more than three dozen bills pending in 22 states. Aardvark straws in fort wayne, indiana is america's biggest producer of paper. Straws store them here and then we deliver them to the machines. Here they say paper. Straws aren't bad, but you have to use them differently. Working don't jam, it don't stir your ice around, don't bend it over the top because they can't go back to its original format. So how do you wage the prbattle against paper straw, haters out in the world, educating them that it's a slightly different experience and you have to educate them that they're gon na have a bad experience if they use a bad product. The bat products aardvark says are cheap foreign made straws flooding the market, giving them a bad rap and the bad taste letting consumers mouse has led to accusations of government overreach as more bands coming to affect the president's re-election campaign. Even taking aside now, selling trump and blazing plastic straws claiming liberal paper, straws don't work still, many consumers remain a bit confused. I just wonder if it's less good for the environment to use seven papers draws per drink versus oneplastic straw. This doesn't make any sense city for environmentalists. Going paper is a positive step.

However, imperfect paper will degrade in in soil or in water or it's plastic. It just breaks. Apart into smaller and smaller pieces, last year, aardvark increased its production moving to a facility triple the size to meet demand and they're working to make their product even better. We'Ve spent 10 years getting the paper straw as strong as it is today and strongest in the world. We know that there's a next generation out there that has a stronger, even longer-lasting experience as well. As you know that one of the main complaints of consumers is they don't like the papery taste ontheir lips, because they're used to plastic, which has no taste aardvarks message to the haters, their straws, don't suck molly hunter nbc news fort wayne indiana. There has been an alarming changed for one of our world wonders often called the largest waterfall on earth. Victoria falls in southern africa typically looks like this, but now it looks a whole lot different. The water is dried up to barely a trickle because of the worst drought in decades. You know that controversial peloton, commercial, that's been trending all week. It'S one where a man gives this woman an exercise bike as a gift. It was widely panned for being sexist.

Well, now, a bit of humor the same actressis it a new ad for a brand of gin posted on twitter by actor ryan, reynolds, you're, safe here to new beginnings to new beginnings. The peloton ladies friends seem to be helping her celebrate a night out after a rough week. I'M good news about how a little girl is making a big difference for our troops, far from home this holiday season. There'S good news tonight for our troops, this holiday season. It'S been a tough week for so many of them, but a ten-year-old girl is making sure they get a little christmas, no matter how far they are from home. At a small workshop in ludington michigan there's something special going on this small armyof elves is hard at work stuffing stockings for our troops. All over the world. Rice krispies treat a candy cane assorted, candy and then strike first and like little coffee powder, packets, ten-year-old sawyer hendrickson is in charge. It'S a cause very close to her heart. Her brother kyler joined the marines when she was just six and when he was overseas and couldn't come home for the holidays, sawyer and her mom heather sent christmas to him and his company. We decided that while he was gone, we were gon na figure out a way to do something. You know so that every day you're thinking about him remembering them and they haven't stopped since each year.

Shipping offthousands of stockings stuffed with goodies something a few hundred and then turned into a few thousand, and now the goal is 10,000. This year, sawyer's dedication to our military heroes has become a nonprofit called miss sawyer's kids, with a cause she's now sending care packages year-round. You have no idea how much this means to me and to everybody serving you're just doing such a great job for all of us, and i just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart messages of hope for those far from their loved ones. At home a true inspiration to army veteran rick rowe part of sawyer's fundraising squad, since she was 8 9 10 years old, hasdone more for veterans than millions of people combined while do in their lifetime. So we got a bright future in this country and we have a generation that she can be a model for moving forward for sawyer, already a busy fifth grader, her mission service to our military well underway. I'Ll help them in every single way that i can bright future. Indeed - and that's nbc nightly news for this saturday - kate snow is here with you tomorrow with a consumer story. You don't want to miss about. What'S driving up the cost of orange juice, i'm jose diaz. Velar reporting from new york. Thank you for the privilege of your time and good night. [ music, ], hey nbcnews 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.

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