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critical seconds in the timeline. the judge and prosecutor clashing again today, and the new charges the state wants the jury to consider. >> also tonight, the rising toll in the astroworld concert tragedy. vert tragedy. a 22-year-old college student now the ninth person to die. you will hear dramatic new police audio as the chaos unfolded. covid cases on the case in 17 states. are we at the beginning of a new winter surge plus, the states defying the fda and opening up boosters for all adults. the surveillance video and 911 calls played for jurors today in the ahmaud arbery death trial what they reveal the first blizzard warnings of the season the powerful coast to coast storm we're tracking. soaring gas and heating prices can the white house bring them back down rising tensions with china our nbc news exclusive inside the u.s. base for a major show of military might. and honoring those who serve on this veterans day the place where
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veterans battling ptsd forge new bonds. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening as it turns out kyle rittenhouse's dramatic testimony was not the last word in his defense. with no ruling yet on a mistrial, his lawyers resting their case tonight, closing with witnesses meant to reinforce rittenhouse's testimony that he killed two people and wounded a third in acts of self-defense at the heart of the case was rittenhouse acting as a hero or looking for trouble when he headed into a volatile racial justice protest in kenosha, wisconsin last year with his ar-style rifle one defense witness today painting the first person he shot as an aggressor who charged rittenhouse from behind. the prosecution, which calls the killings intentional again today feeling the impatience of the judge. gabe gutierrez is in kenosha tonight. >> ready for the jury. >> reporter: tonight the kyle rittenhouse homicide trial is
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barrelling towards conclusion >> we will rest. >> reporter: the defense team resting its case today after use of force experts video analyst testified less than three seconds elapsed between when a protester fired a shot into the air and rittenhouse first opened fire with his ar-15 style rifle, killing joseph rosenbaum. >> i didn't do anything wrong i defended myself. >> reporter: the now 18-year-old faces six charges including intentional homicide after shooting and killing two men and wounding another during last summer's protest in kenosha, following the police shooting of jacob blake. his emotional testimony backed up yesterday by another eye witness today who recorded video that night. he testified that rosenbaum was pushing a dumpster that was on fire into police vehicles. >> as the first firearm goes off, rosenbaum is already charging kyle from behind attempts to throw a bag at him and rosenbaum is lunging toward him
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very clearly and kyle fires. >> reporter: no ruling yet on the defense team's request for a mistrial after the judge yesterday admonished the prosecutor for out-of-bounds questioning. today the prosecutor butted heads with the judge again over exactly what video an expert can discuss. >> go ahead. say what you want to say. >> i have to say, your honor, yesterday i was the target of your ire for disregarding your orders today defense is disregarding your order. >> reporter: we have been out here every day. >> every day >> jacob blake's uncle justin said he did not think rittenhouse's testimony was genuine. >> what we saw yesterday was ridiculous he should have been at home playing xbox or playing a game at home instead he was out in the streets carrying a military style gun that he subsequently murdered two people with. >> gabe, now we learn prosecutors want the jury to consider some lesser charges what can you tell us about that >> reporter: yes, lester they indicated late
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today they want to include jury instructions on lesser charges related to two of the men rittenhouse shot in addition to the more serious counts closing arguments are now set for monday, lester. >> all right gabe gutierrez starting us off. thank you. in houston tonight, a college student has become the ninth person to die from injuries suffered in that crushing crowd surge at a concert six days ago we're hearing for the first time urgent police audio from that chaotic night. morgan chesky is there with late details. >> reporter: tonight a mother's tears marking another family torn apart by the deadly astroworld festival. >> this was not concert. i don't know what it was. but this was not concert. you know because my baby didn't come back. >> reporter: bharti shahani died late wednesday. the 22-year-old had been on a ventilator since friday night's travis scott concert when her cousin watched her disappear when the crowd surged.
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>> they had us packed in on all three sides of barricades. they suffocated us they did this to her they suffocated her. >> reporter: the star texas a&m student now the ninth life lost at the event facing new lawsuits by the day. >> we want to make sure that the people who decided to put profit over the safety of the lives of children and youth are held accountable. >> there is a lot of people trampled and they're passed out at the front stage. >> reporter: police radio traffic from the friday night concert obtained by the houston chronicle captures the moment the concert took a deadly turn. this transmission at 9:21 p.m. >> folks are coming out of the crowd complaining of difficulty breathing, crushing type injuries it seems like the crowd is compressing. >> reporter: a mass casualty event was declared at 9:30 p.m
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some in the crowd pleading for the show to end scott did not stop performing until 10:10. his representatives say he was unaware of what was happening and tonight the family says the spirit of their daughter will live on by being an organ donor after going to her very first concert. lester >> all right morgan, thanks very much is it a case of here we go again as we turn to the pandemic, a troubling rise in new covid infections tonight in a growing number of states after months of declines now some states are announcing their own rules when it comes to boosters miguel almaguer now with the latest. >> reporter: tonight what's unfolding in hospitals from california to colorado is now our clearest sign of a winter surge with covid cases climbing in 17 states. our national plateau is giving way to a steady rise in infections. >> we need every single bed that is in our state. >> reporter: already at a breaking point, colorado is now implementing crisis standards of care, prioritizing staff in their overwhelmed
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hospitals. >> you may have a different level of care had you not come in today versus maybe six months ago. >> reporter: declaring the entire state high risk for exposure, today colorado's governor signing an executive order allowing all adults regardless of age to immediately qualify for boosters nationwide, only a third of eligible seniors have gotten the added dose of protection in california, doctors fear the low demand for boosters correlates directly with the rising climb in cases flooded ers in cities like fresno perhaps the canary in the coal mine. >> this is just a taste of what the winter surge is going to be like >> reporter: while the unvaccinated are filling hospital beds in account for the nearly 1,300 dying every day, massachusetts says breakthrough cases are up 44% with 60,000
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fully vaccinated testing positive for covid. why are we seeing so many break-through infections? >> the coronavirus comes back in waves, and we do see that protection does wane over time. but having that vaccination, having that protection is the best way to protect yourself. >> reporter: with some older americans facing waning immunity, there is also growing concern over the young. a federal court in texas just ruled the governor's ban on mask mandates in schools violates the rights of students with disabilities, who may be more vulnerable to illness. >> all i want is my child to be able to get a proper education without having to wear a mask. >> reporter: but across the country, just over half of all states have no rule on masks in schools tonight just as some regions relax restrictions, others are seeing a dangerous trend in new cases >> and, miguel, put it in perspective for us. there's always been this concern of another winter surge, but would it look like last year? >> experts don't think so, lester, because roughly 70% of adults
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are fully vaccinated even with break-through infections, hospitals and deaths should be significantly lower. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. i'll have much more on kids in vaccines in the new episode of "nightly news" kids edition streaming right now on and youtube. tonight a federal appeals court put on hold the imminent release of former president trump's white house records related to the deadly capitol riot the national archives was expected to turn those records to the select committee investigating the attack tomorrow. the court scheduled an oral argument at the end of the month. at arlington national cemetery on this veterans day, president biden visited the tomb of the unknown soldier on the 100th anniversary of the monument. the president said being a veteran is a badge of courage that unites across all ages regardless of background. in just 60 seconds, a surveillance video shown today in the trial of the man accused of killing ahmaud arbery. and with energy prices through the roof, what
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can be done to bring them down.
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here we go the first blizzard warnings of the season are in effect across parts of the plains and upper midwest tonight. up to eight inches of snow is expected with wind gusts higher than 55 miles per hour. the storm then moves east. one to two inches of rain expected from d.c. to boston. it was a dramatic day in the trial of three white men charged with killing ahmaud arbery, a black man in georgia the jury hearing 911 calls and seeing video the defense says shows arbery previously visiting the neighborhood where he died ron allen is at the court. >> i got a trespasser there. he's a colored guy. >> reporter: the homeowner's 911 call after seeing someone on his security camera in the neighborhood where ahmaud arbery was killed the video from five months before the fatal encounter. >> he's tattooed down both forearms. >> reporter: attorneys for the three men accused of murder say
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it was arbery. one of at least four times he was seen in the house under construction as the defense tries to convince the jury arbery was not an innocent jogger, but rather a suspicious figure the defendants were trying to place under citizen's arrest and who defended travis mcmichael had already come face to face with. the jury hearing mcmichael's 911 call 12 days before he shot and killed arbery in self-defense. >> when i turned around and saw him and backed up, he reached into his pocket and ran into the house so i don't know if he's armed or not. >> reporter: arbery's family said he stopped at the construction site because he wanted to learn how to build a home for his parents. prosecutors showed the jury video of several other people at the location while questioning the owner about whether arbery ever stole anything. >> to your knowledge, was anything ever taken? >> reporter: prosecutors say the defendants had no reason to chase arbery on the day in question while asking a police officer to read part of one of the defendant's first interviews.
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>> what does greg mcmichael say on lines 3 through 6? >> he was trapped like a rat. >> reporter: testimony expected to continue with more police officers quoting their interrogations of the defendants prosecutors try to use their own words to convict. lester >> ron allen, thank you. we'll turn now to the skyrockets prices for gas and heating your home. with inflation hitting a 31-year high, president biden is under pressure to take action tom costello now on what he can do to reverse the surge. >> reporter: from americans gas tanks to their winter heating bills, the dollar signs just keep adding up pump prices up 60% in a year natural gas up 130%. heating oil up 59% it is all about supply and demand >> seems like the price is hiking every day. >> reporter: unleaded now averaging $3.41 a gallon, a seven-year high up from $2.12 last year. but last year the country was in the grips of a pandemic. employees worked remotely, schools
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online, sporting events canceled. with fewer cars on the roads, fuel prices sank what a difference a year makes today the economy is surging. more vehicles on the roads worldwide paying more for fuel which then drives up prices for what's inside those trucks and oil companies are struggling to meet demand. >> oil is sold on a global market and that market is controlled by a cartel, and that cartel is opex >> reporter: opex produces 40% of the world's oil and it's not producing more. but republicans blame president biden. >> we have watched our own president, madam chair, shut down keystone pipe loans, open up two pipe loans, shut down domestic energy production. >> reporter: but the keystone pipeline was never opened both republicans and democrats often call on a sitting president to tap the strategic petroleum reserve. holding about 610 million barrels. but that's only meant for short-term disruptions. >> in fact, the entire strategic petroleum reserve would only cover six days of global consumption
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so when you think about the big picture, there is not that much crude oil in there. >> reporter: the white house released billions of dollars in low-income heating assistance for the winter but experts say the country is very much at the mercy of the international oil markets. >> thank you. up next, our exclusive look at a place where the u.s. and chinese military are just miles apart in a race for global dominance.
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one of the
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♪ i see trees of green ♪ ♪ red roses too ♪ ♪ i see them bloom for me and you ♪ (music) ♪ so i think to myself ♪ ♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪ one of the transformative figures in south africa's history has died
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f.w. de klerk. the last president under apartheid who helped pave the way for the end of that repressive system after years of violent protests in 1990, de klerk freed nelson mandela from priso after 27 years the two men shared the nobel peace prize in 1993, f.w. de klerk was 85 now to an nbc news exclusive. rare access inside the only u.s. military base in africa tensions with china are rising the chinese have their own base right nearby. our keir simmons takes us there. >> reporter: u.s. 31 bomber, flanked by u.s., british and french fighter jets. followed by japanese air force p-3 flying over djibouti where china has its only overseas military base with an estimated 400 to 500 troops. one of its nearby neighbors, a u.s. military base, camp lemonnier, home to 5,000 u.s. troops
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>> everything here -- >> reporter: meet the most senior u.s. officer in africa. >> this is the only example of the chinese base so close to a u.s. base. >> certainly and whenever i hear that, i always say it's china's first base i believe there will be others. >> reporter: camp lemonnier is located in the horn of africa near countries battling islamic extremism and close to crucial shipping lanes. the chinese have now completed the construction of a pier close to here. do you expect to see a chinese aircraft carrier docked there, chinese submarines >> i think the pier the chinese have constructed will be capable of hosting just about any vessel within the chinese inventory. we have not seen chinese vessels at that pier yet. i think that's only a matter of time. >> reporter: earlier this month, after china's reported tests of a hypersonic missile, the chairman of the joint chiefs told lester about the
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growing threat from china. >> we're witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed. >> reporter: we drive across djibouti. signs of china's economic dominance everywhere even the bank of china. and just six miles from america's base, we turn into an isolated road to find a people's liberation army camp. so the chinese base is right here, and they are going to be watching us as we are watching them. this is a fort, really it is a kind of chinese fort it was opened only four years ago time to turn around. i think that's as close as we really want to get. they clearly don't want attention contrast that with u.s. forces training local troops but a statement to nbc news from the chinese embassy in washington suggests they're still developing the base. the completion and commissioning of the base will help china better fulfill the
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international obligations of the united nations and help china make new contributions to africa and the world peace and stability. the statement ends, we urge the u.s. to stop slandering and smearing china and china is considering more military bases around the globe, according to the pentagon. across asia and africa in talks to build a military port on the atlantic. >> we should be very concerned about china's base interest for having african ports and land bases and what that would mean for our country i think that's consequential. >> reporter: china has been facing a backlash from many africans but today's china's leaders reaffirming support for president xi and his international approach lester >> keir simmons in djibouti tonight thank you. up next on this veterans day, helping those who served forge ahead.
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finally on this veterans day, i want to take you inside a program making a big difference in the lives of vets and others dealing with stress and for some helping to safe lives. inside this small virginia shop, the banging, the shaping and the crafting are helping veterans deal with the twists and turns of civilian life. >> yes that's what i'm nervous about. >> reporter: this is black horse forge, a non-profit for vets, active duty and first
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responders. >> our mission is healing and building a community and a family. >> army sergeant steve holtz who served in operation desert storm founded the forge. >> you come in here. you can be yourself. >> the goal is to help vets, many of whom like holtz suffer from ptsd and traumatic brain injury so far more than 11,000 people have participated more than 100 say it saved their lives. >> when you go back out into the world, you know, that's all put behind you. >> holtz says focussing on creating something tangible helps take the focus away from anxieties and troubles in part because they become part of a community of people with shared experiences. >> the commodity i experienced when i was in the military, i actually find it here at the forge. >> they make and sell
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knives, jewelry and decorative pieces, and all profits go back into the forge, helping people like marine sergeant justin du priest who lost his 12-year-old daughter jordan to brain cancer. >> i have a piece of steel in my hand i have a hammer, and i'm just working through it by the time i'm done, my arm hurts, but we have been cracking jokes for the last hour. >> his wife kimberly sees a difference. >> many of them know similar experiences and pains and heartaches they just build this comradeship and it's been really good for him. >> good for him and for thousands of others changing and saving lives and that's "nightly news" for this thursday thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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>> good evening. this is nbc bay area news tonight. i'm raj mathai. we start with breaking news on the golden gate bridge. this is a store we've been covering for about three hours now, but within the past 45 minutes, major developments. a crash at the scene of this protest injured two chp officers and three golden gate bridge personnel. let's show you what's happening. our sky ranger is live overhead right now. the crowd of about 300 to 400 people has disbursed. you're looking at the san francisco side of the golden gate bridge heading into marin county. within the past hour, this is what we were seeing, 300 to 400 people not necessarily on the


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