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tonight holiday travel chaos at airports nationwide. southwest airlines forced to cancel nearly 2,000 flights on this busy holiday weekend. long lines stretching through airports. passengers stranded. >> they said you can get it on tuesday. today is sunday. >> accusations between the airline and faa on who is to blame. more signs of hope in the fight against covid. dr. fauci's prediction the deaths will soon go down but as winter approaches a new warning. the states where temperatures have dropped already starting to see an increase in cases. the deadly mass shooting in minnesota
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in a bar. 14 wounded and one woman killed. >> this is nothing short of a tragedy. >> three suspects just captured. delayed. william shatner's ride into space pushed back due to weather. when will he finally blast off to the final frontier? the nightmare before halloween. major shortages on everything from costumes to candy. stock up now. and the hero who rescued the 3-year-old boy lost in the woods speaks out. how what he learned in bible study may have saved the young boy's life. good evening. on this holiday weekend, a chaotic scene playing out in airports across america. the mass cancellation of flights by one airline has stranded tens of thousands. this is denver airport. look at all the people on the second floor. the lines to rebook flights are seemingly endless. southwest airlines canceled nearly 2,000
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flights this weekend. they blamed weather and air traffic control issues but there is more to the story. >> reporter: tonight southwest airlines is scrambling to control a travel fiasco from dallas -- >> unbelievable. people are frustrated and aggravated. >> reporter: -- to denver where long lines stretch through the airport. >> the soonest they can put me on a flight is wednesday. >> then they said they can get us out on tuesday. today is sunday. we have kids. we have a daughter in high school. >> reporter: passengers desperate to get rebooked on new flights. southwest canceled at least 1800 flights this weekend. sunday alone 27% of its fleet grounded. frustration taking flights. if the long lines weren't bad enough passengers faced as much as an eight-hour wait to reach someone on the phone. these travelers in las vegas resorting to sleeping on the bare floor. in a statement southwest blamed air traffic control issues and bad weather in florida from friday but the faa says its traffic control issues were long resolved.
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southwest then released another statement saying after cutting back flights during the pandemic recovering during operational challenges is more difficult and prolonged. >> no it is not a good day to be a southwest airlines passenger. >> reporter: some experts blamed shortages. >> what is going on is southwest scheduled too many flights. they are struggling with pilot recruitment. >> reporter: the airline saying tonight we are working diligently to accommodate our customers as quickly as possible. this all comes just hours after the airline's pilots association filed suit over its vaccine mandate for employees which takes effect in two months. tonight the pilots union saying this isn't their fault. they're there and ready to fly. >> joining us from laguardia airport, when will they be able to get back up to speed? >> reporter: i tell you, with an estimated 120,000 passengers impacted by the cancellations, it could be a while before things are normal. >> thank you. now to minnesota and one of the worst mass shootings the
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twin cities has ever seen. we are getting new video of the moments inside a bar when shots rang out. >> 7th street west, shots fired. multiple callers. >> copy. three shots inside the bar. >> reporter: a horrifying scene unfolding inside a packed bar in st. paul, minnesota. >> copy. starting at least four medics. >> i got one fading here. >> reporter: police calling it one of the worst shootings the city has seen >> i heard the gunshots and i went to ground and i could see four or five people had been hit. >> this is not the place to be right now. this is chaos. >> reporter: multiple suspects opening fire in this bar just after midnight. cell phone video capturing some of the chaos unfolding inside. >> there were gunshot wound victims lying in the street outside the bar. there were victims lying outside on the sidewalk and inside on the floor. >> people are laid out. >> reporter: good
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samaritans jumping in to help officers render aid. a total of 15 people shot. 14 rushed to the hospital. a 20-year-old woman tragically dying inside. >> this is nothing short of a tragedy. our hearts break for the young woman who died and her loved ones. >> reporter: a grieving family joined by an entire community the chief of police taking to twitter to say, hearts are broken. victims, families, community, and officers. we will bring justice to the victims. earlier today police arresting three suspects connected to the shooting as multiple law enforcement agencies worked with st. paul police to answer lingering questions, how did this happen and why? >> do we know anything more about the 20-year-old victim? >> reporter: jose, police say they will release her name tomorrow with the other victims inside the bar. but tonight this is a community that is grieving and anxiously awaiting answers. >> thank you. there is some encouragement tonight about the dip in covid cases particularly in
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some of the states hardest hit by the pandemic. but there are new signs that cold weather may create more problems. here's sam brock. >> reporter: for the first time in months, americans are feeling a fresh sense of optimism about covid numbers on the decline. do you feel any better hearing that? >> yeah, i feel a little more relieved that the cases are going down. >> hopefully by the holidays we'll have numbers even lower. >> reporter: infections have dropped around 40% since peak levels a month ago but deaths have largely lagged. now dr. anthony fauci predicting that could soon change. >> i strongly suspect that you're going to start seeing the deaths go down similar to the hospitalizations. how quickly they go down and how thoroughly they go down is going to depend a lot on a number of circumstances which will be influenced by things like the colder weather, people doing things indoors, how well they go by the
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cdc guidelines of when you have a lot of infection in the community. exposes a split reality in trends. the four largest states for covid are all dropping, taking the u.s. case average with them, which has dipped almost 12%. parts of the upper midwest and great plains from north dakota to michigan are all seeing double digit jumps. >> in our entire region every hospital is either full or near full at any given time anywhere from two to a half dozen people waiting in emergency departments, rooms waiting for ambulances to transfer them elsewhere. >> reporter: this doctor is an e.r. physician in a rural part of west michigan. do you think cold weather states as the temperatures come down are now seeing more people going inside? >> i am honestly in no hyperbole terrified of what might come to pass december, january, february around here because, truly, that is when we see people all heading inside and getting together. >> reporter: there's
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also good news on hospitalizations. new daily admissions are down by almost a thousand for the seven-day average. in florida a state where they had 17,000 people hospitalized with covid in august we're now down to under 4,000. >> sam brock in miami, thank you. now to news overseas and the growing high stakes tension between china and taiwan. the two in a fierce tug of war over the future of the island's independence that some fear could grow into a larger conflict. >> reporter: taiwan marked its national day with flags, fanfare, and defiance. the island's president vowing taiwan will not be forced to bow to china. taiwan is standing on the front line of defending democracy, show said. china has long viewed taiwan as its own national territory. china's president xi jinping on saturday all but declaring it policy. the complete reunification of our countries must be and
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will be realized he said. china has been pushing that point and tension to historic new highs. in the past week, sending nearly 150 war planes into taiwan's air defense zone forcing taiwan's fighter jets to scramble, missile systems to deploy. >> at some point there is going to be a miscalculation and it would be dangerous for the entire region. >> reporter: u.s. officials say they're concerned by the provocation here and warn china against hostile pressure. >> this is about china increasingly challenging american supremacy in part of the world. >> reporter: officially the u.s. doesn't take sides in the dispute over taiwan but just approved a $750 million arm sale to the island and reports of training, too. with american troops including a special operations unit and u.s. toirns said to be stationed on taiwan for over a year. taiwan is now seen as a central issue for
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president biden who will meet with xi jinping in a virtual summit before the end of the year. for now military confrontation over taiwan probably isn't imminent but it is also not impossible. jose? >> thank you. back in the u.s. the launch that is to send william shatner who played captain kirk on star trek into space has been postponed. >> reporter: tonight the blue origin new shepherd launch is delayed. a forecast of high winds pushing take-off to wednesday though astronauts still move forward with training today. on the flight, 90-year-old william shatner making science fiction a reality. >> beam me up, mr. spock. >> reporter: after a long career playing star trek's captain kirk, shatner is now set to bring his on screen persona to life. >> things i've only played as an actor i am going to see first hand. >> reporter: he will make history as the oldest person in
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space. shatner will be the fourth passenger flying as a guest. joining him, two paying customers and a member of the blue origin team. the aircraft will ascend approximately 66 miles into space where the crew will enjoy four minutes floating in micro gravity. space tourism now picking up steam after a summer of launches including by billionaires jeff bezos, richard branson, and elon musk. yet this week all eyes on the galactic star trek recruit. >> i'm thrilled. and anxious and a little nervous and a little frightened about this whole new adventure. >> reporter: never too late for captain kirk to remind himself. >> risk is our business. that's what the star ship is all about. >> reporter: nbc news, los angeles. when we come back one of the biggest health care challenges
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own clinic serving the latino community and sees patients like francisco all the time. does having health insurance affect the time patients come in to see you? >> absolutely. i take care of people that have concern over the financial implications. >> reporter: it is not just financial concerns keeping some latinos from seeking health care. many are concerned about their immigration status or fear of language barrier >> i see it every day and i have been seeing it for decades. it is not getting better. it is getting worse. >> reporter: in fact latinos have the highest uninsured rates of any race or ethnic group in the u.s. in california latinos are three times more likely to be uninsured than whites. one group there is trying to change that. community health workers spend nearly every day going door to door in hard hit communities and stationing at food banks to physically sign people up for government run health insurance. >> it all comes down to education. what do they know have access to.
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thick of the woods and i found him. >> reporter: the man says the little boy was calm and adds it's a lesson to never give up hope. after having to cancel halloween celebrations last year due to covid families are going all in on the holiday this year. the problem is now there is a major shortage of decorations, costumes, even candy. stephanie ruhle tells us why and what you can do to make sure you get what you need this holiday. >> halloween is back with a vengeance. >> i think it's great everybody can be up and running like normal. >> my favorite part of halloween is trick or treating. >> reporter: business is booming at halloween adventure where loyal shoppers and fans bought gift cards to keep the lights on during the pandemic. >> when things were shut down were you worried the store might not survive? >> to see it come back was amazing. we were all so psyched. >> oh, my god, man. look at you, man. >> reporter: some shoppers getting in the spirit early. home depot's 12-foot
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skeleton a social media sensation sold out almost immediately in july. in salem, massachusetts the halloween capital of the world, ghosts and goblins have already started creeping in. >> salem in october is craziness. >> this family home has been a local atrack. >> it brings us a lot of joy. decorating brings -- people can come. it doesn't matter who you are. if you love halloween just come look, take pictures, and it's just a lot of fun for the kids. >> reporter: nationwide shoppers are expected to spend a record $10 billion this year. that is over a billion dollars more than pre-pandemic levels. after a year off halloween is back in a big way but decorating our homes might not be so easy. supply chain backups are haunting u.s. retailers. shipping delays, trucker shortages, and port congestion all causing a slowdown on inventory. >> historically we would have delivered probably 90 plus percent of our merchandise to our stores. today we are probably at 80%.
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>> reporter: experts say if you are getting witchy this year shop early for the best selection. prepare for higher price tags on everything from costumes to candy and even pumpkins. and be flexible if you can't find exactly what you're looking for. >> we definitely wanted another 12-foot skeleton but we couldn't find it so went with a smaller one. >> reporter: nothing can scare off the halloween spirit. stephanie ruhle, nbc news. still ahead stories of hope and the unique way these two friends are helping kids through difficult times. hi, my name is cherrie. i'm 76 and i live on the oregon coast. my husband, sam, we've been married 53 years. we love to walk on the beach. i have two daughters and then two granddaughters. i noticed that memories were not there like they were when i was much younger. since taking prevagen, my memory has gotten better and it's like the puzzle pieces have all been [click] put together. prevagen. healthier brain. better life.
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tragedy into a teachable moment. and the little girl who started a movement to honor her friend and educate others. these two children have been buddies for five years in their home towns near milwaukee. >> my favorite thing about nadia is she is kind and caring. >> reporter: in 2017 when lincoln got a frightening diagnosis of brain cancer she was by his side. how did you feel when you found out that your friend lincoln had cancer? >> i didn't understand cancer that much. i had a lot of questions. i asked my mom. and some of my teachers. nadia decided to take action writing a book to help other kids understand the disease and selling a thousand copies to raise money for lincoln's medical bills. >> lincoln, talk to me about when you found out that your friend had written a book about you.
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>> i felt like i was very special. >> it was amazing because it wasn't just a story that she was telling about lincoln. it was a bond they were creating together. >> that bond grew into a nonprofit they started, called my friend linkin. their mission? to educate and inspire through a series of books written by other children who had cancer. >> every child who is part of the my friend linkin process after they're done having a book written about them then they can choose to write a book about someone else as well. >> together they've raised nearly $30,000 for research for families impacted by pediatric cancer. nadia, why do you think it is important that other kids know what happened to kids with cancer? >> because someone they might know might have it so when they read the book they can know maybe what
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they're feeling. >> the pair's efforts to help others now also celebrated in this month's "people" magazine, girls changing the world issue. two friends creating stories of hope. >> they are lighting someone else's way and they're making someone else happy and i hope one day they see how much impact they've had. >> linkin is doing well and his condition is stable. he wants to be a nurse. naudia wants to be a doctor. i'm hoping they can work together. that is nbc "nicely news" for this sunday. join me tomorrow for my show on nbc. thank you for the privilege of your time. good night.
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