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show but first lawsuits filed. were warning signs ignored? all the victims now identified the youngest just 14 the family of a 27-year-old man speaking out after he died shielding his fiancée. also tonight the u.s. reopening its borders to vaccinated travelers. after 20 months families reunited plus, the biden administration responding to the court blocking its employer vaccine mandate. and the vaccine firestorm for aaron rodgers. what a top sponsor now says. the lone survivor of the kyle rittenhouse shooting telling the jury he thought he was going to die and what he acknowledged doing with his own firearm. the new subpoenas from the january 6th committee. the top trump allies facing demands to testify. president biden today celebrating his infrastructure victory. now the next hurdle: can he get his massive social spending bill passed. the supply chain crisis can your favorite small businesses survive this holiday
shopping season? and the 9/11 hero and a stranger's life saving gift. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. we are learning so much more tonight about how an outdoor rap concert in houston on friday became a death trap for some in the audience cell phone video capturing the horror at astroworld music fest an already tightly packed crowd surging toward the stage and concert headliner travis scott at least eight people died and hundreds were treated. victims falling and swept beneath the feet of a solid human wave. some concert goers desperately scaling the stage itself to escape, pleading it appears in vain for help and for the concert to stop. the crush of people costing first responders precious minutes as they made their way to the victims. tonight we're hearing from those who were there as well as families of victims as the first lawsuits are being filed. morgan chesky is there with late details.
>> reporter: from packed concerts to pandemonium. the fbi now joining a massive investigation into how travis scott's astroworld's music festival turned deadly friday night. eight victims killed under the age of 30. the youngest just 14 years old. all caught in a sea of nearly 50,000 fans pushing towards scott. >> you couldn't breathe. i'm talking about everybody was so crushed up on you. >> reporter: the crowd surge so crushing witnesses say it knocked fans unconscious before being trampled. >> everyone was pushing to the front you had no room to walk. >> reporter: some so desperate they climbed on to the stage shouting for help. >> we need somebody's help. somebody is passed out right here. >> reporter: despite several pauses, authorities worked to shut the show down for 45 minutes before it ended. scott and organizers criticized for not stopping sooner. crews rushed 25 people to hospitals at the scene, hundreds
overwhelmed the medical staff. some fans even appearing to dance on top of rescue vehicles today houston's police chief saying he met with both scott and security moments before he took the stage, quote, to share his concerns regarding public safety. after the show scott sharing this to instagram. >> i'm honestly just devastated and i could never imagine anything like this just happening. >> reporter: scott's partner kylie jenner who was at the concert says they weren't aware of any deaths until later. and now pledging to pay for all the funerals, some of which have already begun. >> you go to a concert to have fun. you don't go to a concert to die >> reporter: the family of a 27-year-old died saving his fiance from being crushed. >> my brother was trying to save her and he did he saved her, and it cost him his life. >> reporter: this afternoon, the family demanding large concerts be made safer.
>> i wish i could have gone with him, and i pray that he's okay and he's in a better place. >> morgan, with shaky video, it is really hard to understand how this all happened. i know lawsuits have already been filed what's next as to finding answers as to how this unfolded? >> reporter: lester, both scott and live nation have pledged to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. right now nbc news is aware of 17 lawsuits that have already been filed. one attorney telling me he has 35 plaintiffs, all of whom were injured at this concert, and he expects that number to only go up lester >> morgan chesky, thank you. across the country today, emotional reunions as the u.s. re-opened its borders for the first time in almost two years to foreigners who were fully vaccinated here's tom costello. >> reporter: at airports nationwide today hugs, tears and laughter as americans reunited with family and friends. a two-year wait for jill and mark chambers in london.
>> now it is christmas selection boxes that english people get. >> reporter: who spent the weekend packing for today's flight to see her sister in connecticut. >> absolutely been the most hardest thing i have ever done i miss my sister so much and her children and her husband, and it's just been devastating. >> reporter: it was january 2020 when president trump shut down most flights from china to contain covid. the travel ban then quickly expanded but with vaccination rates rising, the white house today reopened u.s. borders to nationals from 33 countries. but to travel to the u.s., most adult travelers must provide proof to the airlines they are fully vaccinated and provide a negative covid test taken within three days of departure. starting early this morning, heavy traffic at both the canadian and mexican borders. vaccines required but no tests overseas today airlines reported mostly full flights to the u.s. >> we have seen surges increase 340% for travel to the u.s., which is absolutely massive.
>> reporter: hopper.com reports the most in demand u.s. destinations for foreigners, new york, miami and los angeles. domestic airline ticket prices expected to move higher in the weeks an months ahead. at jfk airport this afternoon, mark and jill chambers finally reunited with their american family. >> i can't explain because i knew i was going to see my sister, and it's been absolutely overwhelming, a whirlwind for weeks. and when they announced -- i love you so much. >> reporter: happiness replacing heartache as america reopens to the world. tom costello, nbc news at denver international airport. new tonight the biden administration standing its ground after a federal appeals court blocked that new vaccine requirement for large businesses this comes as los angeles implemented a similar measure today. with more, here's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: tonight the white house is trying to fight off a legal challenge
threatening the nation's most aggressive vaccine mandate, responding to a federal appeals panel that temporarily halted the new rule. the justice department says it will vigorously defend osha's plan to require businesses with 100 or more employees, ensure workers are vaccinated or wear a mask and face weekly testing. >> the department of labor has a responsibility to keep workers safe and the legal authority to do so. >> reporter: with enforcement set for early next year, the rule would impact roughly 1 in 4 americans. >> this is an incredible overreach by the executive branch of the government and we have never seen it is unprecedented. >> reporter: the owner of ralph's market that employs some 500 people is a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits. >> this is not a lawsuit that is anti-vaccine this is a lawsuit that is anti-mandate. >> reporter: with vaccine mandates quickly becoming a focal point for national
divisiveness -- >> i know you don't offer it to just anyone okay. >> reporter: -- today state farm stood behind pitch man and quarterback aaron rodgers who said he was immunized. later caught covid and said the woke mob tried to cancel him after he chose not to get vaccinated we don't support some of the statements that he has made, says state farm, but we respect his right to have his own personal point of view. >> can i go ahead and check your vaccination card. >> reporter: meantime, today in los angeles, restaurants, gyms and hair salons were told to start verifying vaccination status the nation's second largest city with some of the country's toughest rules. >> this is mandatory you know what i'm saying i want to be protected. >> it is unfortunate that in america we do not have a choice. >> reporter: tonight the fight not just to vaccinate but to mandate. >> miguel, let's circle back to that vaccine mandate for large businesses what happens next? >> reporter: well, lester, the white house is waiting to hear back from the appeals panel. this case in theory
could go all the way up to the supreme court. the stakes are that high it impacts 85 million workers nationwide lester >> miguel almaguer, thank you. in kenosha, wisconsin critical testimony in the trial of kyle rittenhouse, the teenager who shot three people during a racial justice protest, killing two of them. today the survivor described the harrowing confrontation. gabe gutierrez is there. >> to be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you god. >> reporter: as the sole survivor of the shooting that left two other men dead, today gaige grosskreutz described his fateful encounter with kyle rittenhouse. >> i thought that the defendant was an active shooter. >> reporter: he said he had gone to the racial justice protest in kenosha, wisconsin last august to serve as a volunteer medic he testified he confronted rittenhouse after seeing the then 17-year-old shoot a man just feet away with an ar-15 style rifle. >> the defendant had re-racked his weapon with the rifle still aimed at me. >> reporter: he had a
gun in his hands with his armed raised >> what was going through your mind at this particular moment >> that i was going to die. >> reporter: rittenhouse fired shooting him at the bicep. throughout the trial, prosecutors have showed the jury videos from multiple angles painting rittenhouse as a vigilante. looking for trouble. >> part of my job is if there is somebody hurt i'm running into harm's way. >> reporter: but today during cross-examination, the defense ripped into grosskreutz arguing he chased rittenhouse. >> you had said that you were looking for a non-lethal way to end this interaction >> that is correct, yes. >> yet, you pulled your gun out and began -- i'm going to use the word chase you began chasing or running after a man who was running away from you, correct? >> that's correct. >> reporter: the defense also pointed out that grosskreutz was suing the city and could benefit financially if rittenhouse is convicted. rittenhouse faces
seven charges, including first degree intentional homicide his lawyers insist he acted in self-defense. the prosecution is expected to rest its case as early as tomorrow rittenhouse himself could testify later this week. >> all right, gabe thank you. in just 60 seconds, former president's obama's rallying call on climate change, which countries he's pointing the finger at and alec baldwin speaking out again after that deadly movie set shooting what he is calling for on all movie sets.
demanding their testimony and records. at the white house today, president biden taking a victory lap after the passage of his bipartisan trillion dollar infrastructure bill. but there are daunting new battles just around the corner. garrett haake is on capitol hill >> reporter: president biden tonight celebrating two victories at the white house. the milwaukee bucks nba championship and the bipartisan infrastructure bill he hopes will be a political slam dunk. >> are you feeling momentum >> i'm always optimistic it's going to be a tough fight, and it ain't over yet as they say. the old expression goes but i feel good. >> the motion is adopted. >> reporter: the late friday vote a possible turning point for the president who saw democrats lose the governorship in virginia last week and his own approval slide to a new low, 38% in a poll out today democrats trying to bounce out of a week they hope was rock bottom with a packed month ahead in congress the house plans to
vote on the president's $1.75 trillion climate and family care bill the week of november 15th. sending it to the senate both chambers must pass bills to avoid a shutdown by december 3rd and congress expects to have to raise the debt ceiling again before year's end or face default. republicans focus on opposing the larger spending bill. >> the american people basically said last tuesday, stop. enough is enough >> reporter: that bill now the democrats top priority with no margin for error left. how concerned are you or what's your feeling about the political prognosis there? >> i am so confident and i'm excited, quite frankly, the democrats when we're in the majority, this is what we do. we deliver for the american people. >> reporter: the president looking to capitalize on his political momentum with a trip to baltimore's port on wednesday and a bipartisan signing ceremony likely next week lester >> garrett haake on the hill, thank you. and as president biden looks to cement his agenda here at home, one of his predecessors was on the world stage.
former president barack obama making an urgent call to action at the un climate summit anne thompson is in scotland tonight. >> reporter: like the football coach at halftime. >> hello, glasgow. >> reporter: former president barack obama rallying the climate change conference. now in its final week. >> we are nowhere near where we need to be at. >> reporter: calling out china and russia for not doing more to cut greenhouse gases then the democrat aiming his fire at the trump administration and republicans. >> one of our two major parties has decided not only to sit on the sidelines but express active hostility toward climate science. >> reporter: but now system some republicans are here to work on solutions >> my name is john curtis, and i'm a republican and i'm at cop. how cool is that? >> reporter: the head of the congressional conservative caucus came >> we know we must reduce emissions now let's have a thoughtful conversation about how we do that. >> reporter: also in scotland, republican senator lisa murkowski from oil rich alaska,
conforming twice as fast as the rest of the world. >> there is an expression if you are not at the table, you are on the menu. >> reporter: murkowski part of a bipartisan delegation led by democratic senator christ koonz to reassure those who doubt americans resolve. >> i'm trying to deliver a partial answer to that question, will we stay the course >> reporter: murkowski says to move forward on climate change whether it is tax incentives or carbon tax, the two parties must work together as they did on the infrastructure bill. >> the only way that we are going to put in place policies that will be enduring and thus policies that will be effective is when they are bipartisan >> reporter: so the nation has climate policies that can survive no matter which party is in power. lester >> anne thompson, thank you. alec baldwin is speaking out again after his involvement in that accidental shooting death on a movie set in new mexico the actor said on social media that
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have a stroke compared to those who ate the least amount of those fats those who ate the most animal fat were 16% more likely to have a stroke. fat from dairy was not associated with stroke risk let's turn now to the price you pay. those supply chain problems we have been telling you about, well, they're really hitting home for small businesses who find it hard to compete with the big stores stephanie ruhle has more on their struggle to keep up >> reporter: a normally busy holiday shopping season is in danger of collapse for small business owners, feeling the brunt of the supply chain problem. >> i'm scared about what's going to happen this holiday season. >> reporter: jessica is a third generation owner of klem's. >> we have seen supply chain shortages all over the store in pretty much every defendant. >> reporter: items she needs to run her business like lawnmowers and footwear are not getting delivered. >> we normally sell about 70 push mowers a year this year we were able to receive five.
normally these shelves would be completely full. >> reporter: 50% of businesses across the u.s. say supply chain issues are affecting their business and 70% believe these problems will continue for six months in new orleans, candace owned this book shop. shortages have forced her to turn a page on how they operate the online book seller, they can get those books to customers. >> yeah, they absolutely can you know, i may be losing some customers, but i'm gaining new customers every day because of my expertise in books. >> reporter: candace is usually able to give recommendations for other books if a customer can't find what they're looking for. >> i am cautiously optimistic about the future. >> reporter: why cautiously optimistic? what gives you a reason to be optimistic at all. >> people love books i do believe the supply chain issues will work themselves out eventually. >> reporter: but in the meantime, they'll
zero. >> my strength comes from the fact that i got 20 years on top of the brothers that -- 345 guys didn't make it home. >> reporter: it was a brotherhood that was there for brian when he started battling nonhodgkin's lymphoma when no treatment seemed to work. >> unfortunately for brian, the disease has come back a few times. >> reporter: so his doctors recommended one of the last lines of defense, a blood stem cell transplant if brian could find a stranger who was a match. again, the fdny jumped in with donor drives as far away as los vegas. >> brother fireman he served the city of new york. >> reporter: and then the news they had been waiting for. a match. someone already in the system. >> everything is confirmed. the donor collected, so we have the cells. >> reporter: a donor brian doesn't know. >> who is this kid that stepped up to the plate? i look forward to the day i get to meet him and thank him. >> reporter: last
thursday he got his transplant today he's home recovering. >> reporter: brian, it is so good to see you. how are you feeling? >> for the most part, i'm feeling really good >> reporter: already embracing his new mission, encouraging others to join a bone marrow registry. >> you could change someone's life like someone changed mine >> reporter: he may no longer wear the uniform, but there is still a hero inside. kristen dahlgren, nbc news new york. and that's "nightly news" for this monday. thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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