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little bit. to try to make it a little bit my own. >> he has cool hair. captured tonight on the voice at 8:00 and nbc tonight, a tv icon accused of sexual misconduct facing suspension after eight women say charlie rose engaged in inappropriate and lewd behavior over two decades. we have late details and a flood of accusations and how he's responding. also our nbc news exclusive. first woman to accuse roy moore, her first television interview. >> roy moore denies these allegations and furthermore denies he even knows you. >> i wonder how many mes he doesn't know. >> the u.s. designates north korea a state sponsor of terror. what it means in the fight to contain the nuclear threat. the u.s. navy joining a race against time to find a missing submarine with dozens trapped on board. tonight word of sounds detected
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from the deep. black friday now. the deals have already started, but some days are better than others. tonight, when to get the most for your money. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. welcome to our viewers in the west. late today just a short time ago, both cbs news and pbs announced suspensions of veteran broadcast journalist charlie rose in the wake of an explosive "washington post" report detailing the stories of eight women who say he made improper sexual advances toward them. the co-anchor of "cbs this morning" and host of a long-running talk show on pbs, rose is accused of behavior ranging from groping and exposing himself to lewd phone calls with female employees. tonight rose is apologizing after becoming the latest high profile man to be named in a societal reckoning over sexual misconduct. nbc's anne thompson has details. >> welcome to "cbs this morning". >> reporter: america knows him
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as co-anchor on "cbs this morning" and a contributor to "60 minutes." but it's at pbs where charlie rose honed his image. now women say off the air that charlie rose sexually harassed them. it comes from women who were 21 to 37 all working for his production company distributing his show on pbs. associate producer reah bravo telling "the washington post" he was a sexual predator and i was his victim describing unwanted advances while working with him in cars, hotels, in planes and at his home. irin carmon is one of the authors. >> one was called the shower trick where mr. rose would expose himself while coming out of the shower. many of the women described the initial move being a hand on the leg often the midthigh. >> reporter: confirmed to nbc that rose fired her when she
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told a mutual friend about rose walking nude in front of her while working at his home. several of the women complained to rose's executive producer yvette vega who told the "post" i should have stood up for them. i failed. it is crushing. i deeply regret not helping them. though he said not all the descriptions were accurate, in a statement rose wrote, it is essential that these women know i hear them and that i deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. i am greatly embarrassed. i have behaved insensitively at times, and i accept responsibility for that. i always felt that i was pursuing shared feelings even though now i realize i was mistaken. lester, of the eight women who spoke to the "post" five requested anonymity citing rose's stature in the industry. we can tell you tonight that two of the women have confirmed to nbc news the stories they told the "post." >> anne thompson, thank you. we turn to an nbc
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news exclusive. the first woman to publicly accuse alabama senate candidate roy moore of sexual misconduct is telling her story in her first television interview. leigh corfman doubling down on her claim that moore fondled her when she was 14 years old and hitting back at moore's denials. gabe gutierrez has that story. >> reporter: leigh corfman says the encounter when she was just 14 haunted her for years. >> i feel like a weight's been lifted. >> reporter: she tells savannah guthrie that she first met 32-year-old roy moore in 1979. he was an assistant district attorney. >> my mother did not know. and he took me to his home after arriving at his home, on the second occasion that i went with him, he basically laid out some blankets on the floor of his living room and proceeded to seduce me. he removed my clothing.
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he left the room and came back in wearing his white underwear, and he touched me over my clothing, what was left of it. and he tried to get me to touch him as well. >> reporter: eight other women have come forward publicly with allegations against moore ranging from inappropriate flirting to sexual assault. >> roy moore denies these allegations and further says he does not even know you. >> i wonder how many mes he doesn't know? >> reporter: today moore's campaign did not respond to corfman's comments. the former judge once again blamed democrats and the republican establishment for trying to sway the election. >> never happened. never would have happened. and never would have been brought up but to detract this campaign from arguing the issues. >> reporter: watching today's interview was patti spradlin who says she heard of her friend leigh's encounter with
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moore decades ago. >> it changed her. leigh morphed into something i had not seen before. >> reporter: though spradlin stresses that moore never harassed her, she remembered him hanging out at the local mall. what was his reputation there? >> creepy. >> reporter: for years corfman said she thought about going public but didn't. >> my children were small. so i didn't do it. >> for those who might be watching thinking, what are your politics? >> well, i've voted as a republican for years and years and years. but this isn't political for me. this is personal. >> reporter: with 22 days to go until the special election -- with 22 days to go until the special election, roy moore held no campaign events today. the campaign -- roy moore held no campaign events today. he says that he did not sexually assault anyone and the
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question now, lester, is what will happen when voters go to the polls next month. >> gabe gutierrez, gabe, thank you. a second woman has now come forward to accuse senator al franken of inappropriate touching. she says the democrat grabbed her behind while they took a photo together at the minnesota state fair. this time while he was a sitting senator in 2010. franken has not responded to the latest allegation. a number of his senate colleagues have called for an ethics investigation which franken has vowed to cooperate with. let's turn to a major reversal in u.s. policy. the trump administration once again designating north korea as a state sponsor of terror, rolling back a move by the bush administration that removed north korea from the list, as the white house tries to ratchet up the fight to contain kim jong-un's nuclear threats. our white house correspondent kristen welker has details. >> should have happened a long time ago. should have happened years ago. >> reporter: tonight president trump trying to further isolate north korea. the president designating the country a state sponsor of terror. mr. trump citing the death of otto warmbier.
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and -- >> in addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, north korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil. >> reporter: the move is a reversal of a george w. bush policy which lifted the terror designation to foster diplomatic talks over its nuclear program. that effort failed. so will this attempt work or is it purely a symbolic move? >> practical effects may be limited, but we hopefully were closing off a few loopholes with this. >> reporter: also front and center at the cabinet meeting, the president pushing for tax reform. >> we're going to give the american people a huge tax cut for christmas. >> reporter: at the same time, the white house expressing a willingness to give up one of the president's priorities, a controversial provision in the senate bill to repeal the obamacare individual mandate, which could result in millions losing their coverage. >> if leaving that in there makes it less likely that bill passes by christmas,
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then we'd be okay with it coming down. >> reporter: but with a razor thin majority in the senate, the president could be emperilling the tax bill by waging wars with his fellow republicans. on twitter. can he afford to fight with members of his own party? >> the president's style is the president's style. what will sell the tax plan are the actual merits of the tax plan. >> reporter: at least five republican senators have expressed skepticism about the tax plan. republicans can only afford to lose two votes to pass the legislation. a senior official says the president will work the phones to try to win over votes. lester? >> kristen welker at the white house. thank you, kristen. tonight a race against time to find a submarine off the coast of argentina with dozens on board. it's a growing mystery in the deep, and now there's late word from searchers that they've detected sounds that could be from the sub. nbc's keir simmons has details. >> reporter: tonight rescuers
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battling rough seas, waves two stories high. a race against time to find the missing submarine. and now hopes raised. a u.s. military official telling nbc news the argentine navy hearing hammer-like noises from the ocean, perhaps banging from inside the missing submarine. the search area, once larger than california, now narrowing. the sub had been heading north before it disappeared wednesday with 44 crew on board. but today news it reported a battery failure five days ago and was told to turn back. since then, nothing. the search expanding to include seven countries, among them the u.s. with the u.s. navy's sophisticated poseidon aircraft known as a submarine hunter. american sailors set to deploy unmanned underwater vex capable of diving the 5,000 feet for 30 hours. >> if they've lost propulsion, there's little else they can do but to knock on the submarine and make noise. >> reporter: this man's wife
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saying on facebook she's heading to the base to wait for him. another, eliana krawczyk, argentina's first female submarine officer. on the fence surrounding the submarine's base, handwritten messages. and a flag, strength for argentina, it reads. we trust in god. we're waiting for you. keir simmons, nbc news. now to the death of one of this country's most notorious criminals. charles manson. the cult leader orchestrated a gruesome killing spree including the murder of pregnant actress sharon tate. after decades in prison manson died of natural causes at a california hospital. tonight we're getting reaction to his death from sharon tate's sister. nbc's gadi schwartz has more. >> reporter: with a swastika on his forehead and eyes wild with violence, charles manson was the face of evil. >> i take this book and beat you to death with it and i wouldn't feel a thing. it would be just like walking to
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the drugstore. >> reporter: and tonight, as news of manson's death spreads, we're learning that up until his dying days manson continued to have support from followers outside of prison walls. he was selling autographs in jail. >> yes. >> reporter: manson threatened to kill prosecutor steven kay three times and decades after the murders, kay says manson was still receiving fan mail and requests to join his cult. >> devil worshipers in the united states view him as the devil incarnate. >> reporter: at the root of manson's depravity, his plan to spark a race war in 1969 with the murders of seven people. among those killed actress sharon tate, the pregnant wife of director roman polanski. today her sister debra tate said she was expecting manson's death but still worries about the other manson killers in prison trying to get out on parole. >> i consider them extremely dangerous. you know, i get several death threats every single parole hearing. they are all shock collars and can implement horror at any
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given moment. >> reporter: one of them leslie van houten. she's been recommended for release. the decision now up to california's governor. but the man who claimed to be the devil and made claims of immortality is finally dead at age 83. gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. a pair of explosions rocked a cosmetics factory in new york state today injuring at least 33 people including seven firefighters who responded to the initial blast. one worker is unaccounted for. and an update on that inferno at a pennsylvania nursing home. four elderly residents are still unaccounted for after thursday night's fire. authorities today shared new surveillance video showing firefighters evacuating residents. turning overseas now where the u.s. is launching a new strategy against the taliban in afghanistan, cutting off the terror group's funding with air strike on their drug production facilities that generate millions. nbc pentagon correspondent hans nichols is in kabul and brings us the dramatic
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images. >> reporter: for the first time hitting the taliban where it hurts, targeting the drug labs that double as money machines for the insurgency. f-22 stealth fighters drop 2,000-pound bombs to obliterate heroin refinery, one cooking 50 barrels of drugs. according to the pentagon. john nicholson says the air strikes deep in taliban territory were only the beginning. >> so now we're going to strike them in these areas, then work with the afghan army as they go on their offensive operations in the spring to expand control into these areas. >> reporter: it's all part of president trump's new afghanistan strategy including an additional 3,000 troops. before their arrival america's longest war was at a stalemate. the new goal bolster the democratically elected government. and bomb the taliban to the negotiating table. the taliban didn't make any significant gain last year but the group still controls 40% of the country. afghanistan had a bumper opium harvest this year, an increase
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of 87%, leading to potentially cheaper heroin on america's streets. hans nichols, kabul, afghanistan. still ahead, black friday deals are already here. we're going to tell you the best times to buy electronics, clothing, toys and more for everyone on your list. we'll be back.
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we're back now with a closer look at the price you pay for all those holiday gifts. while black friday is almost upon us, in many ways it's already here. stores rolling out deals to compete with online competition. an nbc news business correspondent jo ling kent tells us how to get the most bang for your buck. >> it's here! >> reporter: to fend off online giant amazon big name stores are already pushing some of their best deals. >> it's black friday at jcpenney and the challenge is on. >> get 50% off your entire purchase. >> some things we bought today and some things we're going to wait. >> reporter: when should you check the items off your list? experts say thanksgiving day will feature the
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deepest discounts online for video games, computers and sporting goods. on black friday it's tablets and tvs online and in stores look for cookware and beauty products. cyber monday is the best day to buy toys online. but for purchasing toys in person wait until december. that's also when you'll find the best deals on winter clothing and fitness equipment. on average the top retailers will drop prices 37% on black friday and some even more. kohl's and jcpenney are slashing prices by 66%, sears offering deals 50% off. and macy's cutting prices by 46%. >> the 2017 holiday shopping season should be huge. consumers are expected to spend up to $680 billion. which is about 3 to 4% more than they spent last year. >> reporter: and shopping strategically to spend the least but give the most. jo ling kent, nbc news, new york. coming up, 25 years of sports history gone in a flash. but why some live tv viewers missed the big moment.
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how much money do you think you'll need in retirement? then we found out how many years that money would last them. how long do you think we'll keep -- oooooohhh! you stopped! you're gonna leave me back here at year 9? how did this happen? it turned out, a lot of people fell short, of even the average length of retirement. we have to think about not when we expect to live to, but when we could live to. let's plan for income that lasts all our years in retirement.
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prudential. bring your challenges. is mourning the death of beloved actress and singer della reese. she was perhaps best known for her role in the long-running tv drama "touched by an angel," but she began her career as a singer scoring several top 20 hits before making the move to acting in a string of guest roles on tv. even guest hosting "the tonight show with johnny carson" and later movie roles including "harlem nights." the great della reese was 86 years old. a major piece of sports history is no more. atlanta's 25-year-old georgia dome was imploded this morning. it was the only facility ever to host the olympics, super bowl and final four and was home to the atlanta falcons who moved to a new stadium this season. but if you happened to be watching live on the weather channel's feed you may have missed it when a city
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bus pulled up just as the fireworks began in a moment that, as you guessed it, went viral. almost time for that annual custom. the white house turkey pardon. this year's candidates named drumstick and wishbone have been living it up at a luxury hotel in washington, d.c. traditionally only one gets an official pardon but both are spared from the thanksgiving table. the president will make the decision tomorrow. up next here tonight, there are those who serve in more ways than one. how these firefighters are giving many a happy thanksgiving. after president trump takes a
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shot at raider )s marshawn lync. the mayor - the coach - even the coach )s wife - all firing back at the president. and new red flags about the steal used in the bay bridge. we investigate. next right now at 6: president trumps )s newest finally tonight, thanks to the generosity of so many people and organizations across this country, many americans who might not otherwise have a thanksgiving meal to gather
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around won't go hungry, including some folks facing hard times in the boston area, in their case because a group of firefighters who give added meaning to those who serve. when the call comes, the firefighters at station 1 in marlboro, mass, are ready to serve. >> engines off. 264 men. >> reporter: but for the past three years they've answered a different call, a call to help their community. >> we'll put 24 milk in here. >> reporter: providing the turkey and the trimmings to those who might otherwise go without. bob dolan, the 28-year-old veteran who runs the program, says the department's slogan says it all. >> our family helping your family. that's on the side of our fire truck. we deal with families in our community on a daily basis, and we wanted to help them in a positive way. >> reporter: with money gathered through fund-raisers, the firefighters shop for the staples and other special touches. >> those containers can go right
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on top. >> reporter: returning to the station to sort and separate. and after a 24-hour shift, the firefighters and their families load up and deliver some holiday cheer to two dozen families in need. >> we brought you guys a thanksgiving meal here. >> reporter: like the riveras, who until recently, were living in a shelter. >> it's peace of mind, you know, that we get to be happy about the holidays. >> potatoes! >> reporter: for single mother jasmine coyle, the special delivery is a weight off her shoulders is. >> i can do it without having to dip into my budget and without having to stress out about it and we can actually enjoy it. >> reporter: little haley thankful, too. and in apartment 412 -- >> there's a little holiday cheer here. >> reporter: the deleons and these firefighters grateful for the blessing of community. >> happy thanksgiving. >> and you can bet they'll be back at it over the christmas holiday. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news"
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for this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. president trumps ) : raiders star marshawn lynch. the neis right now at 6:00, president trump newest target raiders star marshawn lynch, the new twist in the national anthem controversy. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us. >> jessica aguirre. president trump now taking on beast mode over the national anthem. tonight the raiders head coach finds himself at the center of the twitter wars too. now it started with a tweet from the president saying the nfl should suspend runningback marshawn lynch the rest of the season if he sits out national
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anthem again as did he yesterday. and then the coaches wife weighed in. nbc bay area jodi hernandez joins us live at alameda at the headquarters. this is a lot of tweets going back and forth. >> it's a tweet storm. lind aire del rio taking on the president's tweet as she first tweeted saying take more time being president of the united states and less time trying to shame. now in her second tweet she said that she regretted -- regretted voting for donald trump. and then she appears to have deleted her account entirely. tonight she is not the only one taking issue with the president's words. >> i'm tired of the bully in chief not doing his job. and picking on people. >> oakland mayor libby schaff says she is outraged for presiden

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