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>> thanks for joining us here. hope to see you at 6:00. "nbc nightly news" is next. >> see you then, folks. with private information from over a billion people. u.s. intelligence has directly linked voip voip, to the -- the russian president himself actively directing the use of hacked material. the price you pay. the fed hikes interest rates and your credit cards bills, mortgages, and student loans are about to get more expensive. wry uber-under fire, a former employees accusing unauthorized access to the movement. line of duty. a supermarket surprise for an amazing mom,
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and we remember a beloved tv dad. "nightly news" begins right now energy from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with lester holt." good even there's late word tonight from yahoo of a massive and stunning security breach, the company revealing that hackers may have stolen the personal information for more than a billion yahoo workers. what's more, the eye-popping breach is apparently separate from the major attack announced by the company a few months ago. miguel almaguer has late details. >> today yahoo confirms data from more than 1 billion user accounts was sold in 2013. private names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, even encrypted security questions and
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answers have been exposed. >> the scale of this attack is something we have never seen before, but we're going to keep seeing these things, now the internet has been around a long time. scrambling to identify the person or group who ben traited the firewalls tonight the internet giant says "we're working closely with law enforcement. but this isn't the first attack. three months ago yahoo revealed another massive breach, when at least 500 million -- that hack is still under investigation tonight. >> once a hacker gets your informationy yahoo, they can use that to get into other things that will make money for the hacker. >> though it's believe for credit card or bank information, but the other kds that use the same passwords could not be at serious risk, so yahoo says changes all your
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passwords now. tonight at least 1 billion users are vulnerable, so is their private information. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. now an nbc news exclusive. what intelligence officials say is evidence the russian effort to disrupt the u.s. election went all the way to the top, naming president putin as aactive player in the cyberoperation that targeted democrats and the hillary clinton campaign. tonight wech also learned about what new details motivated the plot. cynthia mcfadden tells us more. >> reporter: tonight nbc news can report voip voip was personally involved in the russian attempt to disrupt the u.s. eye lex. two senior intelligence officials with direction access to all the information tell nbc news the new intelligence is derived from diplomat ib sources and others, including spies working for america's allies.
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specifically a high-level intelligence officials tells nbc news putin's role was directing the use of the hacked material. it morphed into an effort to show corruption in american politics, and to split off key american allies by creating the images that other countries couldn't depend on the u.s. to be a credible global leader anymore. >> he's had a vendetta against hillary clinton, that's been known for long time. he wants to diskret american democracy and make us weaker. so tonight the -- will the u.s. retaliate against mr. putin directly? as part of its contingency planning, u.s. intelligence dug into mr. putin's
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personal empire and concluded that his network krord in $85 billion worth of assets. lester. all right, cynthia, thank you. paying more for anything is rare will i good news, but those who track the economy, that it's raising a key interest rates after years of historic lows is yet another sign that the economy is on the upswing. for only the second time since the great recession, the federal reserve bumped up the rates banks charge each other, but as tom costello tells us, it will have an effect on all of us and what we may for a lot of things. >> the federal reserve raises overnight lending rates. >> reporter: today's hike, a vote of confidence that the economic recovery is real. while raising rates slowly, the fed is also giving itself room to lower rates again should the economy stumble. >> we expect the economy will continue to perform well. with the job market
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strengthening further and inflation rising to 2% over the next couple years. >> reporter: high other rates will become modestly more expensive. a federal student loans, and new car loans. also affected mortgage rates, which for years have been sitting near record lows. >> dor even's realtor told her to expect a rate hike, so he and her family just closed on thash first house in new york. >> our interest rate was 3.75. as of friday, the interest rates are 4.75. that's a $200 a month difference. >> reporter: if you took out a pop ullr adjustable rate mortgages, experts say now is the time to refinance into a fixed rate. >> you want to insulate your vf from the water torture of reg hear increases you've likely to see as interest rates go up. >> reporter: higher rates could be good news for senior citizens on income dependent on interest
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rates. the increase you're going to see is very minimal. >> reporter: in the meantime they say their mortgage now le cheaper than the rent they were paying. >> it's an amazing feeling. >> reporter: the days of cheap money may be coming to an end. the consensus at the fed is they will raise rates three more times in 2017. meantime much of that could depends on the trump administration's plans for the economy. if the economy grows too quickly. they would have to raise rates faster to keep inflation under control. >> thanks, tom. tonight federal prosecutors have rested their case against dylann roof, the man charged with killing nine african-american worshippers in south carolina. they ended their case with emotion ol testimony and the dramatic 911 call from one of the few survivors. gabe gutierrez was inside the courtroom. >> reporter: after jurors saul these chilling videos of
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dylann roof taking target practice -- >> but there's so many people dead, i think. oh, my god. >> reporter: today they heard the horrifying 911 call from one of the church's massacre's three survivors. he shot the past ore. please come right away. >> reporter: she dove under a table. she she had did i shoot you? no, he responded. he said, ij gm to leave you here to tell the story. then came more gunshots. after his arrest. fbi agents asked roof about the woman he spared. do you remember telling that lady i'm going to let you live so i can tell my story. >> yeah i remember saying that. >> reporter: but investigators say there's a long story that roof carefully planned out his racist rampage. >> those who died that night simply died because they were there and they were black. >> reporter: malcolm graham is the brother
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of cynthia hurd, one of the charleston nine who was shot at least seven times. how difficult was it to listen to that 911 call? >> chilling and heartbreaking, but it was necessary pain. i think we have a moral obligation to put racism and discrimination and hatred on trial. >> reporter: today roof's lawyer did not crocks polly shepard, telling her i'm so sorry. sitting inside that courtroom, her resilience and strength seemed incredible. meanwhile, dylann roof said he would not testify. closing arguments are set for tomorrow. i can imagine how painful that was. gabe, thank you. late word from syria of urgened -- reports that a cease-fire may be going back into effect less than a day after the original deal collapsed. it could allow evacuations to resume, while the u.n. is
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saying tonight that the bombing is likely a war crime. our bill kneely has the latest. >> reporter: no cease-fire, no mercy, as the baumgs rain down again on what's left of rebel-held aleppo. explosions caught live on camera. some in aleppo now seem resigned to their fate. so death will be a peace for us. >> reporter: the apparent cease-fire deal between rebels and regimes collapsed quickly. these 47 orphans hit ujd ground in this video posted by an arare human rights group. i'm yasmin and i'm 10, she says. we're scared. we can't leave because of the bombing, please get us out of here. the u.n. says 50,000 civilians are still trapped, and in trouble.
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. the president assad says he won't stop the assault. even if the city falls soon, it doesn't mean the end of the war. isis still controls sw swaths of eastern syria. rebels still hold large areas in the north and south, and kurds control strips on the border with turkey. assad wants them all back. with no evacuation, aleppo's civilians tonight fear a massacre. they are powerless to stop it. bill neely, nbc news. high drama today at trump tower, titans of the tech industry, meeting with the president-elect, making amends, laying the groundwork for the future. we get details from peter alexander. >> reporter: inside trump tower, a clash of the titans, president-elect, vice president-elect, and at the end of the tame donald trump's adult
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children all greeting tech leaders, including executiveses from facebook, apple and google. >> this is a truly amazing group of people. i won't tell you the hundreds of calls we've had asking to come to this meeting. >> reporter: it hasn't always been that way. take candidate trump with apple's refusal to unlock a terrorist's phone calls. >> boycott apple. >> reporter: the tech giants returned the favor. jeff besoz jokily offering to send trump to space. >> i have a rocket company, so the capable is there. >> but tonight bezos calling the meeting productive. among the flar points prif certains, jobs where tech products should be built. >> the tech companies want to bring in high-skilled workers, right, from china, india, russia. trump wants to curb immigration, so that's clearly a point at which there's a lot of contention. >> reporter: and trump's team revealing that the
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president-elect is getting formal intelligence briefings three days a week, plus a daily briefing from lt. general mike flynn, himself under fire tonight. a 2010 investigation showed that he inappropriately shared information, his claim was that he had permission. and flynn was never disciplined. not invited here today, a representative from donald trump's favorite megaphone, twitter, that clashed with trump's team during the campaign over its refusal to create an emeteorologyi for krookt hillary. a transition official tells us tonight there was simply only so much face. thank you. still ahead, uber uproar, our exclusive with a former employee accusing workers by tracking everyone in their exs to celebrities. also a look back at the life and career of
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a beloved tv father
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. back now with an nbc news exclusive. uber is now facing sharp criticism after a lawsuit by a former employee accuses uber of allowing workers to access private information to spy on customers. tonight he's speaking out in a tv exclusive with northbound's jo ling kent.
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>> reporter: uber has become a nearly $70 billion business by offering a convenient way to order up a ride on your smartphone. a former employ crease says the company's lacks security allowed thousands of employees who had no need to track customers' trips without their knowledge. >> what i witnessed there were real problems associated with the safety of the protection of that data. i would say you have to stop. >> reporter: a former security german alleges that between march 2015 and february 2016 workers were, yoet,ible to protile politicians, celebrities, even personal acquaintances of employ crease, inclusion ex-boyfriends, girl friends and ex-spouses. >> i could put it on a spreadsheet. >> reporter: he was fired after 11 months, he said, for raising these privacy concerns. uber says he was terminated for inappropriately
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accessing data himself. >> i wouldn't tolerate data abuse at uber. i've helped build out systems that will help detect access. >> reporter: in a statement to nbc news, uber says -- it's absolutely untrue that all or nearly all employees have access to customer data, with or without prior approval. we have built entire temperatures on implement technical and administrative controls that limit access to customer data, all potential violations are quickly and thoroughly investigated uber tells nbc news it was adding controls vangenber worked at uber. >> i want people to be conscious that we are allowing ourselves to be tracked. >> reporter: if you're worried about protecting your where abouts, uber is still an option. simply turn off the location services puck and inpull manually
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your address and destination. jo ling kent, nbc news, new york. how low will it go? the brutal windchill that so many americans are about to wake up to.
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tonight 48 million people are under advisories from a biting blast of arctic cold. tomorrow morning much of the midwest will wake up to temperatures in the teens with windchills that will make it feel 20 below. the cold will then barrel into the east. tonight remembrances are pouring in for alan thicke, the beloved tv dad, after he suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. the family is paying tribute to the hollywood veteran, and we get nor. >> reporter: fatherhood wasn't just a role for alan thicke. it was the theme of his life. >> wanna play barbies? on camera as dr. jason
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seaver, the advice struck a chord. >> that was sort of it for him. >> reporter: off camera he dispensed advice, too. his son robin, the singer, saying he was the best man i ever knew, the best friend i ever have. and from 19-year-old carter -- you're a legend, i love you pops. even hi tv son is speaking out, quoting the "growing pains" theme. tv songs were familiar territory for thicke, when wrote the open music for "the facts of life" and other popular songs like "different stroke." >> that's your vote. >> that's me. >> how come you didn't do more singing? >> listen to it again. >> thicke remained a familiar face on the small screen. appears this year on netflix's "fuller house" and nbc's "this
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is us." and he'll always be known best as the dad who helped a nation soothe its growing pains. >> bye, ben -- >> if i'm only known or remembered for one thing and on the tombstone it says requesting growing pains." i can live with that. and up next here tonight, the police mom, feeding the force for the holidays.
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finally, how many people come to your house for holiday dinner? for one mom the guest list includes nearly 400, all of them cops. our pete williams has tonight's "inspiring america" report. >> welcome to my house. >> shirley gibson is serving an early christmas dinner, opening her home for honor washington, d.c. police officers. she and her husband harrison do it in tribute to their son, 27-year-old brian gibson was killed in 1997, an ambush shooting as he sat in his patrol car. after his funeral she tried to figure out how she would get through the holidays. her solution, cook all her son's favorite dishes and invite his fellow officer. >> it makes the holiday great for us.
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>> reporter: she cooks three days in advance. she decided at age 70, this year's dinner will be the last. >> oh, my goodness. when she arrived to start shopping for the final time, a big surprise -- dozens of police officers met her, forming an honor corden at the store's entrance. inside washington's mare yor muriel bouzer with an early christmas gift, xwokt tickets to get to the hottest attraction. >> we want to provide us and your family with 15 tickets to go to the african-american museum of history and culture. god bless you. >> thank you so much. >> we just have to thank her for all good meals and fell oship she's provided. >> all of these officers come into my house, and hugs miss gibson. you feel that they're on your side. when they hug me, it
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feels like my brian. >> reporter: 20 years of honoring a son's memory and serving comfort and love. pete williams, nbc news washington. and that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night, i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. get ready for a wet 24 hours, this storm is likely to cause some problems across the bay area. >> the news at 6:00 starts right now. get your umbrellas ready, because you will need them. we have team coverage making sure you're ready for tomorrow's storm. >> as we get a look at the storm system. it normally would be a system that would produce a quarter to a half inch, there's something different about this wet weather
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that's moving our way. as we get a look at the weather boards, what you'll find here is this sub tropical moisture streaming into the storm. and that's what's going to amplify it, and provide this extra rainfall here across the bay area. we're going to show you right now when the initial impacts are expected to arrive, 6:00 thursday morning, moderate to heavier areas of rain from middletown down toward santa rosa, we start to see it gradually start to push to the south by 9:00 a.m. it's all about the north bay in the morning. once we hit the afternoon it hits the east bay and south bay. there will be a major flooding concern for the santa cruz mountains, especially with the loma fire burn, we could see mud and debris slides as that rainfall moves in. we'll take you through the full time line.


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