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Just in the late word from the president's white house council what they're refusing to do ahead of a critical new impeachment hearing the major coast-to-coast storm threat, beginning to sweep across the country, heavy rain, wind and snow, the new track tonight, the new warning is holiday, travel Heats up why an alarming number of tsa screening checkpoints may not be able to detect a bomb and the ...
rritation for amazon customers why your holiday packages may not be arriving on time. This is nbc nightly news with lester holt. We are learning much more about that. Saudi airmen officials say carried out today's shooting and hearing the reaction from saudi arabia's king salman. We get that from petewilliams military and law enforcement officials say tonight that mohammed saeed al sham ronnie was a second lieutenant in the saudi arabian air force in pensacola for flight training. The pentagon says he arrived two years ago for basic pilot training and was scheduled to finish it next august. Officials say they don't yet know why he fired on his fellow flight students, whether this was the result of some personal grievance or an act of terrorism. But the fbi is now in charge of the investigation. King salman of saudi arabia immediately condemned the shooting, according to president trump, the king said that the saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter and that thisperson in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the saudi people. The u. s. has trained pilots from other countries for decades, so they can work more closely with the us military in combat, and the navy was still commending that program today.

It'S important, but the cross-pollination across training that we do with our allies is something that's that we've done for a long time. A former us intelligence official says foreign military personnel who come to the u. s. for all kinds of training are carefully screened anytime. An issue like this crops up or an event like this crops up. You have to look at your systems and ask what could we have done to preventit? What could we do better to engage in more effective screening of people coming to the united states tonight? Investigators are scouring through all some ronnie's electronic devices talking to his instructors and fellow students looking for clues about what led up to today's shooting. If was an act of terrorism, it would be the first one in the us by a saudi national since 9/11 lester pete williams. Tonight. Thank you and the two deadly attacks on us military bases this week are shining a spotlight on potential insider threats to american servicemembers. At facilities where they should feel safe, we get more on that from nbc's kerry sanders. It'S a nightmare becoming all too familiar for ourarmed forces, a gunman opening fire at a military base. Today'S deadly shooting in pensacola follows an incident at pearl harbor naval shipyard on wednesday, where an active duty sailors killed two people and himself.

In the past 10 years there have been 19 shootings at military bases, much of the violence carried out by an inside threat, including at fort hood in 2009, when major nidal hasan gunned down 13 people and in 2013 a contractor shot and killed 12 people at washington Naval yard, after that incident, an independent review warned security was too focused on threats from outside, instead of inside the base and recommended reducing the number of security clearances. Now, authorities are investigating another massshooting on a military base. The second, in just three days whenever you have two shootings on military bases, naval bases in proximity time, the naval commanders need to tighten up and they will until they can get the full scope of what might have happened earlier today at patrick air force base. Also here in florida and a media evacuation because of a bomb threat, authorities found nothing tonight after what happened here in pensacola all threats taken seriously: lester, no, no carrie! Thank you! We'Re tracking a massive storm sweeping coast to coast. This weekend it's blasting ashore on the west coast with heavy rain and snow. By sunday it heads into the rockies and the southwest andcome monday. Heavy rain will hit the west east coast. There'S late word tonight from president trump's white house counsel indicating to house democrats that they will not take part in further impeachment proceedings. Peter alexander has details tonight the white house rejecting how democrats invitation for the president to participate in their impeachment proceedings. White house counsel, pat cipollone ii, in a blistering letter, calling the investigation completely baseless, adding you should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings. Tonight'S decision, no surprise for president trump cooperating with the process he's repeatedly attacked, would undercut his rallying cry and they're pushing that impeachment witch hunt. Instead, tonight the president and his allies arepreparing to mount an aggressive defense in a likely impeachment trial early next year, with the president's confident he would be acquitted.

The president violated the constitution house speaker nancy pelosi, defending her decision to move forward. If we were not to proceed, they would say to any president any future president that our democracy is gone. The president is king. It can do whatever he wants, so peter where's. This go next yeah lester house democrats plan to work through this weekend. Drawing up those articles of impeachment, with lawyers from both parties scheduled to make presentations during a public hearing on monday, all right peter, thank you and we'll have coverage of that hearing on monday, right, hereon nbc. Meantime, president trump is touting more strong economic numbers today, with the jobs report exceeding expectations, the economy, adding another two hundred, sixty-six thousand jobs in november, part of that coming from nearly 50,000 gm workers. Returning from after a strike, unemployment also dropped back down to the lowest rate in 50 years, 3. 5 % now shocking surveillance, video capturing the death of a teenage migrant in a holding cell outrage is growing over the handling of his death, while in us custody, because if What'S on the tape and what isn't gabe gutierrez has the story, and we have to warn you here. The video is disturbing. These are the final moments of carlos vasquez's life. Tonightthis newly obtained video is sparking outrage about how he died in a border patrol cell.

In may, nbc news obtained the video from the wesley co, texas police department, which investigated the death. His family in guatemala is still devastated. More than 2000 people turned out for his funeral. The sixteen-year-old can be seen crossing into the u. s. nearly a week earlier. He was diagnosed with the flu at this texas processing center and sent to a quarantine facility in a cell mater seen sleeping on concrete, with mylar blankets for almost a half hour. Vasquez appears to be doubling over in pain after falling to the floor. He then walks to the toilet where he collapses. Then afour-hour gap in the video records obtained by propublica show an agent logged welfare checks, but the gap in the video raises questions about whether that actually happened when the video comes back. Vasquez is, in the same spot. The cellmate is then seen calling the guards who realize he's dead.

The video contradicts customs and border protection's earlier statements that vasquez was found unresponsive during a welfare check. This child should have been transported to a medical facility or had a doctor come and visit and give proper treatment. Cbp says it has significantly increased a number of medical personnel in the southwest border in the last six months and that it's still investigating this case. So it can'tdiscuss details leaving many unanswered questions about how this teenager died in custody. Gabe gutierrez, nbc news, new york. We have a follow-up now there, the story we broke last night here about uber in the thousands of sexual assaults reported by passengers and drivers, the company giving us an inside look at how it feels those reports as it pushes for transparency across the industry. Let'S get more from stephanie gosk four million trips a day. That'S forty! Five rides every second convenient yes, but is uber safe new fallout at uber, uber has taken a lot of heat every riders worst fear. Recent safety concerns pushed over to launch a first-of-its-kind study spearheaded by tony west, the company'schief legal officer. It'S only by really being honest with ourselves about what the data says that we can begin to develop best practices. According to the findings, there were nearly six thousand reported sexual assaults during or after an uber ride over a two-year period, ranging from groping to rape. What happens when that complaint is made? It is sent to a special unit, in essence, an investigative arm there.

Well, it's an investigative arm. How is a tech company qualified to have that kind of investigative arm? Well, i think inherently, a no company is is probably qualified to have that arm. That is why you have to reach out to experts in the field. West says thoseexperts train uber employees in this phoenix support center. We have a series report that there was some physical touching that happened fielding the most severe complaints. Is there any indication from the data that sexual assault is more prevalent during overrides than in other public places? I think the answer is no it's difficult to make comparisons to other modes of transportation, because we we've not seen this kind of data before today. Survivor advocate organizations applauding uber for its transparency. Lyft tells nbc news in part. It remains committed to releasing its own safety. Transparency report and working to share information about drivers who don't pass its background checks or are deactivated from the platform. The most importantthing that we can that we can do is to ensure that we're being honest with ourselves about what's going on uber trying to take the lead on driving change across the industry. Stephanie gosk nbc news coming up next for us tonight.

A new warning for air travelers, the updated security screening equipment that could be putting your safety at risk, also, if you're planning to order something from amazon, we have the latest and what's already causing some delivery delays and the trip of a lifetime. How a tiny town became famous for its big plunging adventure with just two weeks until the holiday travel crushed? A new report is warning. The tsa is realigning on some outdatedsecurity equipment and may not even be able to detect explosives. Here'S tom costello, the weekly photos of weapons confiscated at tsa checkpoints underscore the everyday threat. Now a gao watchdog investigation finds the tsa screening technology is often years old and not updated to meet new detection requirements. As of august bottled liquid scanners only met standards approved in two thousand. Six x-ray units met 2010 standards, while explosive trace detection units were up to 2012 standards. The government appropriations process just takes years, and we face an enemy that is adaptive, they're, patient and they're. Very agile, the tsa now transitioning to 3d scanners to search through bags and highlight any potential threats and with one finger, isimply rotate the image and any axis that i want. The tsa tells nbc news. It concurs with gao s, recommendations and we'll assess screening technologies, detection performance over time gao investigators found it can take tsa two to seven years to approve and roll out new technology. It'S urging headquarters to take immediate steps to maintain and update technology to meet the evolving threat, lustre all right tom.

Thanks still to come here tonight. Delivery delays what's been holding up all those amazon amazon technologies, its struggling to keep up with on-time deliveries. Our joleen kent has the latest to ensure your package makes it on time tonight. Record online shopping is already bogging down deliveries, amazon, customers, soundingoff on shipping delays on social media, saying they should just relay belit same month. Shipping for prime members to day, prime shipping is more of a when we feel like it than a guarantee. Amazon first pointed to order volume for delays, then later saying in a statement. Some deliveries were briefly impacted by weather earlier in the week, but we worked quickly to rebalance capacity. Major carriers are expected to deliver two billion packages. This season, as deadlines loom. There are just three days left to ship with: fedex is smart post service. The last day for ups ground is next friday, and the post office recommends getting ground shipments out by next saturday to arrive in timefor christmas strolling, tent nbc news, los angeles all right up. Next, we're going to take you to a place where daredevils are taking adventure to noon.

Finally, tonight we're jumping into the weekend with a world famous festival, taking adventure to incredible nail-biting new heights. Here'S gotti schwartz, they lined up by the hundreds, i'm so excited parachutes on their backs, but no plane in sight. What fun you can have your clothes on honey instead, leaping into the great beyond the seat. Up from a platform, this is west virginia's famed bridge day. The only legal day base jumpers are allowed to hurl themselves into the new river gorge. The crowd fired up at the sight of aclown. I think they want you to jump while above a man dressed as he or it's stoked when he spots his mom [ music. ] [ applause, ], [ laughter, ], [ music, ] around 900 feet below bindings range from spot-on to little rocky and some soaking wet a few bumps and bruises and footage galore. And if you're curious, here's a little taste what it would be like if humans can fly daddy, schwartz, nbc news, west virginia, you got to be kidding me i'll. Take the stairs thanks. That'S nightly news for this friday, i'm lester holt. Thank you for watching everyone.

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