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NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – January 3rd, 2020 | NBC Nightly News

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>>> BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT, THE SHOCK WAVES FROM THE US

STRIKE IN IRAQ THAT KILLED IRAN'S TOP COMMANDER PRESIDENT TRUMP ACCUSING IRAN OF PLANNING IMMINENT ATTACKS ON AMERICAN DIPLOMATS AND SERVICE MEMBERS >> WE TOOK ACTION LAST NIGHT TO STOP A WAR WE DID NOT TAKE ACTION TO START A WAR >> TONIGHT, THOUSANDS MORE U

S TROOPS BEING DEPLOYED TO THE MIDDLE EAST IRAN VOWING REVENGE, ANGRY PROTESTERS BURNING AMERICAN FLAGS AMERICAN CITIZENS WARN GET OUT OF IRAQ NOW SECURITY STEPPED UP HERE AT HOME AND TOP OFFICIALS I INTERVIEWED INSIDE IRAQ

THEIR WARNINGS TO THE US OUR TEAM INSIDE IRAQ AND IRAN TONIGHT >>> JUST IN, THE HOSTAGE STAND OFF AT A BANK AN ARMED SUSPECT BARRICADED INSIDE

POLICE AND SWAT TEAMS SWARMING THE SCENE >>> THE DEADLY WILDFIRE DISASTER SPREADING IN AUSTRALIA HUNDREDS OF EVACUEES TRAPPED ON A BEACH RESCUED WE'RE IN THE FIRE ZONE >>> THE DEADLY RAMPAGE A MAN STABBING APPARENTLY AT RANDOM

THE SUSPECT CLIMBING TO A ROOF AND THE SHOCKING THING THAT HAPPENED NEXT >> INSIDE THE DARING ESCAPE, THE FORMER AUTO COMPANY CHIEF FLEEING CHARGES TONIGHT THE BOMBSHELL NEW REPORT ON HOW HE WAS SMUGGLED TO FREEDOM >>> AND THE MASSIVE LINE OF RAIN STRETCHES 1500 MILES FROM THE GULF COSTA NEW ENGLAND AL ROKER WITH THE LATEST TRACK

>> Announcer: THIS IS "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" WITH LESTER HOLT >>> GOOD EVENING NEARLY 3,000 ADDITIONAL AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO THE MIDDLE EAST TONIGHT AMID A DANGEROUS ESCALATION IN THE US SHOWDOWN WITH IRAN

IRAN THREATENING HASH RETALIATION FOR THE KILLING OF ITS TOP GENERAL BY AMERICAN FORCES THE US SAYS QASEM SOLEIMANI STOKED VIOLENCE AGAINST AMERICANS OVERSEAS FOR YEARS HE WAS KILLED IN AN AERIAL AMBUSH AT BAGHDAD'S AIRPORT AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT TELLING AMERICANS TO LEAVE IRAQ FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY

RICHARD ENGEL IS THERE AND HAS THE LATEST >> Reporter: THE AFTERMATH SHOWS AN ATTACK THAT WAS DELIBERATE AND SUSTAINED WITH AROUND A HALF DOZEN EXPLOSIONS, THE AMERICANS FIRING WITH DRONES CLEARLY DIDN'T WANT TO MISS THEIR TARGET IRAN'S GENERAL QASEM SOLEIMANI HE REPORTEDLY JUST GOT INTO IRAQ FROM BEIRUT AND WAS KILLED IN A CONVEY OF VEHICLES ALONG WITH A TOP IRAQI MILITIA LEADER PRESIDENT TRUMP TONIGHT

>> SOLEIMANI WAS PLOTTING IMMINENT AND SINISTER ATTACKS ON AMERICAN DIPLOMATS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL, BUT WE CAUGHT HIM IN THE ACT, AND TERMINATED HIM >> Reporter: THE IMMINENT ATTACKS TARGETED US DIPLOMATS, US

MILITARY PERSONNEL AND FACILITIES THAT HOUSE AMERICANS IN IRAQ, SYRIA, LEBANON AND THE REGION OF THE MIDDLE EAST A SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TOLD REPORTERS TODAY QASEM SOLEIMANI WAS NO ORDINARY GENERAL THE US

CLASSIFIED HIM AS A TERRORIST BUT IN IRAN, HE WAS A NATIONAL HERO HE WAS IN CHARGE OF SPREADING IRANIAN INFLUENCE AROUND THE WORLD, AND HE WAS EXTREMELY GOOD AT IT SMART, CHARISMATIC, RUTHLESS AND BOLD HE KNIT TOGETHER A LOYAL NETWORK OF ARMED GROUPS FROM IRAQ TO SYRIA, LEBANON TO AFGHANISTAN ANY TIME IRAN ATTACKED OIL TANKERS IN THE PERSIAN GULF F AND DENIED IT OR OIL FACILITIES IN SAUDI ARABIA AND DENIED THAT, TOO U

S OFFICIALS SAW SOLEIMANI'S HANDY WORK HIS POWER MADE IRANIANS PROUD TODAY IRANIANS IN THE THOUSANDS CAME OUT TO SHOW THEIR LOVE AND THEIR ANGER SOLEIMANI WAS ARGUABLY IRAN'S MOST POPULAR LEADER

FOR YEARS SOLEIMANI OPERATED IN THE SHADOWS AND SPILLED A LOT OF AMERICAN BLOOD HE WAS THE SECRET ARCHITECT OF A LONG CAMPAIGN AGAINST US TROOPS IN IRAQ AFTER THE 2003 INVASION KILLING HUNDREDS BACK THEN, HIS FACE WAS BARELY KNOWN

BUT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, SOLEIMANI HAS GOTTEN BOLDER SHOWING PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIMSELF ON BATTLE FIELDS AROUND THE MIDDLE EAST ISSUING STATEMENTS, HIS PRIDE AND INCREASING PROFILE MAY HAVE MADE HIM EASIER TO TRACK DOWN AND KILL THERE WAS TALK IN IRAN SOLEIMANI MIGHT BE A FUTURE PRESIDENT OR PERHAPS EVEN A SUPREME LEADER TODAY, THE MAN WHO HAS THAT ROLE IRAN'S TOP I VISITED SOLEIMANI'S FAMILY AND PROMISED REVENGE THE MOST IMMEDIATE CONCERN IS IN BAGHDAD WHERE SHIITE LEADERS LOYAL TO SOLEIMANI, THE SAME MILITIA THAT ATTACKED THE US

EMBASSY WILL TAKE TO THE STREETS TOMORROW TO SHOW THEIR RAGE >> RICHARD JOINS US FROM IRAQ WHERE OUR TEAM IS HEARING LATE WORD OF ANOTHER AIR STRIKE RICHARD, WHAT DO WE KNOW? >> Reporter: AN IRAQI SECURITY OFFICIAL SAID ANOTHER CONVEY HAS BEEN TARGETED BY AN AMERICAN AIR STRIKE THIS CONVOY CARRYING LEADERS FROM THE IRAQI SHIITE MILITIA, THE SAME PROTESTERS TOMORROW, ANGRY PROTESTS IN BAGHDAD NOT FAR FROM THE US

EMBASSY SO THIS COULD ESCALATE, IT COULD LEAD TO A CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IT JUST GOT MORE DANGEROUS TONIGHT >> RICHARD ENGEL WITH THAT BREAKING NEWS FROM IRAQ THANK YOU

>>> PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARED SOLEIMANI'S RAID OF TERROR IS OVER AND SAID THE US OPERATION THAT KILLED HIM SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LONG AGO HALLIE JACKSON HAS MORE ON THE PRESIDENT'S RESPONSE AND REACTION FROM CONGRESS >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP TONIGHT DEFENDING HIS ORDER TO TARGET QASEM SOLEIMANI

>> SOLEIMANI MADE THE DEATH OF INNOCENT PEOPLE HIS SICK PASSION WE TOOK ACTION LAST NIGHT TO STOP A WAR WE DID NOT TAKE ACTION TO START A WAR >> Reporter: AND WHILE THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE US

DOES NOT WANT REGIME CHANGE, HE'S READY TO RETALIATE IF IRAN SEEKS REVENGE >> IF AMERICANS ANYWHERE ARE THREATENED, WE HAVE ALL OF THOSE TARGETS ALREADY FULLY IDENTIFIED AND I AM READY AND PREPARED TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION IS NECESSARY >> Reporter: NOW, NEW FALLOUT HERE AT HOME >> THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF THE IRANIANS ASSASSINATING THE US

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE >> Reporter: DEMOCRATS DEMANDING DETAILS ABOUT THE STRIKE SLAMMED BY SOME AS RECKLESS WITH CONCERN TO PRESIDENTS OVER STEPPING HIS AUTHORITY DESPITE ADMINISTRATION SITING AN IMMINENT THREAT TO AMERICANS IN THE REGION >> A JUSTIFICATION ENOUGH IN YOUR VIEW FOR THE STRIKE TO HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT? >> WELL, HALLIE, I WANT TO SEE WHAT IS THE INTELLIGENCE BEHIND THAT >> Reporter: NANCY PELOSI SAID THE HOUSE DID NOT NOTIFY KEY CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN ADVANCE EVEN THOUGH ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S GOP ALLIES GOT AHEAD OF IT >> I WAS BRIEFED DOWN IN FLORIDA

I APPRECIATE BEING BROUGHT INTO THE OR BIT >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT'S PARTY PRAISING THE STRIKE ARGUING THE WORLD IS LESS DANGEROUS NOW AFTER THE DEATH OF THE LEADER OF AN ORGANIZATION BRANDED TERRORIST BY THE ORGANIZATION >> THIS TERRORIST LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN ENDED >> THE PRESIDENT TOOK A DECISIVE ACTION, HE TOOK THE RIGHT ACTION AND CANDIDLY IT'S ONE THAT WILL SAVE AMERICAN LIVES >> Reporter: AND LATE TONIGHT HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, THE PRESIDENT SAID HE BELIEVES THAT SOLEIMANI HAD BEEN PLANNING WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS A VERY MAJOR ATTACK

I'M TOLD BY SOURCES CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT HE IS CONFIDENT IN HIS DECISION TO CARRY OUT THIS STRIKE AND IN HIS AUTHORITY TO DO SO LESTER? >> HALLIE JACKSON, THANK YOU >>> AS IRAN VOWS REVENGE, AMERICANS ARE ON HEIGHTENED ALERT OVERSEAS AND HERE AT HOME THE ATTACK HAVING A RIPPLE EFFECT MORE FROM ANDREA MITCHELL

>> Reporter: CROWDS BURN MOCK US COFFINS CELEBRATIONS IN SYRIA AS PRESIDENT ASSAD SUPPORTERS EXPRESS JOY OVER THEIR ENEMY'S DEATH AND AMERICAN OIL WORKERS OBEYING AN ORDER TO GET OUT NOW AND EXTREME CAUTION IN ISRAEL, WHICH DEPLOYED TANKS OF THE GOLDEN HEIGHTS BORDERING SYRIA WHILE UN

PEACE KEEPERS BEEFED UP PATROLS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND LEBANON 3500 MORE US TROOPERS ARE BEING ORDERED TO THE REGION FROM FORT BRAGG THE REST OF THE GLOBAL RESPONSE FORCE CONTINUING THE BUILDUP IN KUWAIT AND BAGHDAD

AROUND THE WORLD, US EMBASSIES ARE ON HIGH ALERT STARTING IN BAGHDAD FOLLOWING THE SIEGE THAT HELPED TRIGGERED THE TARGETED KILLING OF THE IRANIAN COMMANDER HERE AT HOME IN NEW YORK POLICE ARE ON HEIGHTENED VEHICLE VIGILANCE >> IT IS GREATER THAN ANYTHING WE'VE FACED PREVIOUSLY

>> Reporter: THERE IS INCREASED SECURITY AT ISRAEL'S EMBASSY VOWING WHERE AND WHEN THEY WOULD RETALIATE >> THE NEXT STEP UP WOULD BE TO GO DIRECTLY AFTER US FORCES THEY HAVE A HUGE CAPACITY TO ABSORB PUNISHMENT

THERE WERE A MILLION DEAD DURING THE IRAN, IRAQ EIGHT-YEAR WAR >> Reporter: THOSE DROVE UP CRUDE OIL PRICES BY 3% WITH A BIGGER STRIKE EXPECTED IF TEHRAN RETAIL TALL YATES >> I'M NOT IN A POSITION TO TELL YOU THE ACTIONS WE FOLLOW BUT WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THERE WILL BE, YOU KNOW, A RETALIATION >> Reporter: THE AMBASSADOR SAID THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SENT A LETTER TO IRAN LAST NIGHT AND IRAN HAS RESPONDED BUT NEITHER SIDE WILL PROVIDE DETAILS ABOUT THE LETTERS ADMINISTRATION SAID THE ASSASSINATION WAS LEGAL BECAUSE IT WAS DEFENSIVE

IF SO, WAS IT THE RIGHT STRATEGY? GEORGE W BUSH AND BARACK OBAMA HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO KILL SOLEIMANI BUT DID NOT FEARING IT WOULD LEAD TO WAR WITH IRAN LESTER? >> ANDREA MITCHELL, THANK YOU >>> TENSIONS WITH IRAN WEATHERED SEVERAL DANGEROUS FLARE-UPS SINCE LAST SPRING INCLUDING MAJOR PROVOCATIONS IN AND NEAR THE STRAIGHT OR HORMUZ I GOT INSIGHT INTO HOW IRAN MIGHT APPROACH CONFLICT WITH THE U

S IN TEHRAN TODAY, THE AMERICAN FLAG BURNED IN THE STREETS ANGRY REACTION TO THE AMERICAN ASSASSINATION OF IRAN'S TOP MILITARY COMMANDER IRAN'S NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSEL TONIGHT ISSUING NEW THREATS SAYING A VERY GRAVE REVENGE IS AWAITING THE CRIMINALS WHO BLOODIED THEIR HANDS WITH THE BLOOD OF SOLEIMANI MONTHS AGO, WE TRAVELED INSIDE IRAN SPEAKING TO PEOPLE ON THE STREET AND IN THEIR HOMES AND TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE HEAD OF IRAN'S NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSEL, A VISIT DURING ANOTHER MOMENT OF INFLAMED TENSIONS FOLLOWING SUSPECTED IRANIAN ATTACKS ON OIL TANKERS

AND IRAN SHOOTDOWN OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY DRONE BACK THEN, HE SHARED WITH ME THIS WARNING >> Translator: IN THE CASE OF WAR, THE US WILL BE IN A VERY TERRIBLE SITUATION

>> Reporter: WILL IRAN USE ASYMMETRIC WARFARE? >> IRAN HAS MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS AT HAND INCLUDING THE PROXY WAR >> Reporter: A REFERENCE TO MILITIAS ACROSS THE REGION TO TERROR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE HAMAS AND HASBALLAH RAISING THE STAKES FOR AMERICAN MILITARY PLANNERS >> MILITARY TO MILITARY, HOW WOULD YOU EXPECT THE IRANIANS WOULD FAIR AGAINST THE US? >> THEY WOULD FAIR BADLY

THEY CANNOT MATCH US IN CONVENTIONAL FORCES, BUT THEY ARE MASTERS OF ASYMMETRIC WARFARE THE IRANIANS MAY TURN AROUND AND ATTEMPT THE SAME KIND OF ACTIVITY AGAINST THE US AM — AMBASSADOR AND SAY AMBASSADOR AND SAY THIS WAS A PROPORTIONAL RETALIATION >> Reporter: NO INDICATION WHAT THEY WILL DO NEXT

ALI IS THERE >> SOLEIMANI WAS A COLT FIGURE THERE IS A REAL SENSE OF SHOCK HERE STATE TV IS COMMEMORATING HIM ON A LOOP AND ONE GENERAL EVEN WEPT AFTER THE NEWS OF HIS DEATH >> Reporter: IN THE MEANTIME, LAST NIGHT'S BRAZEN U

S AIR STRIKE MAY REPRESENT A MISCALCULATIONS OF IRAN'S PART IN A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS DURING OUR TIME ON THE GROUND THIS SUMMER, TOP OFFICIALS QUESTIONED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S STOMACH FOR CONFLICT >> Translator: I THINK A BRIEF GLIMPSE INTO THE HISTORY OF AMERICA'S PAST BEHAVIOR SHOWS THEY CANNOT SIMPLY MAKE SUCH MISTAKES >> Reporter: A COUNTRY WEEKS AGO WAS IN BLOODY UNREST, A GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN TO END PROTESTS OVER SOARING GAS PRICES TONIGHT IS REFOCUSSING ITS RAGE ON AMERICA

ANOTHER POSSIBLE RESPONSE BY IRAN COULD BE A CYBER ATTACK AGAINST THE US >>> A LOT OF OTHER NEWS BREAKING RIGHT NOW INCLUDING A HOSTAGE STAND OFF AT A BANK IN ILLINOIS RON MOTT IS IN CHICAGO RON, WHAT DO WE KNOW? >> Reporter: HEY, LESTER, THIS STARTED AROUND 2:30 THIS AFTERNOON LOCAL TIME

OFFICIALS GOT A CALL FROM THE HERITAGE CREDIT UNION ABOUT A MAN ARMED WITH A GUN WHO DEMANDED PEOPLE LEAVE THE BUSINESS BUT NOT EVERYONE WAS ABLE TO GET OUT SO IT'S UNCLEAR ON THE NUMBER OF HOSTAGES, AT LEAST ONE PERSON IS CONFIRMED INSIDE BUT AUTHORITIES WARN THERE MAY BE MULTIPLE OTHERS CRISIS NEGOTIATORS ARE ON SCENE LOCAL POLICE, SWAT, FBI SO FAR NO REPORTS OF GUNFIRE OR ANY INJURIES

THERE ARE NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES AROUND THIS BANK AS OFFICIALS TRY TONIGHT TO BRING THIS INCIDENT TO A PEACEFUL ENDING NO WORD ON THE IDENTITY OF THE SUSPECT LESTER? >> FRIGHTENING SITUATION THERE RON MOTT, THANK YOU >>> THOSE DEVASTATING WILDFIRES IN AUSTRALIA ARE ONLY GETTING WORSE TONIGHT IN AT LEAST 19 PEOPLE ARE NOW REPORTED DEAD

JANIS MACKEY FRAYER IS IN THE FIRE ZONE >> Reporter: TONIGHT, INSIDE THE MASSIVE FIRE ZONE, FEARS ARE GROWING OFFICIALS WARNING FLAMES ARE FAST MOVING AND CONDITIONS ARE GETTING WORSE >> BEFORE I CAME THROUGH >> Reporter: WE MADE IT TO THIS NATURE RESERVED, CHARRED, SMOLDERING AND AT RISK OF IGNITING AGAIN

ARE YOU NERVOUS? >> YEAH, AT THE MOMENT IT'S A CASE OF EVERYONE IS NERVOUS GETTING THEMSELVES PREPARED >> Reporter: DAYS AGO, THAT SAME MIX OF WIND AND HEAT CAUSING CHAOS AND CATCHING MANY BY SURPRISE THIS FAMILY WAS OUT ON THEIR BOAT AND WITHIN MINUTES WERE SURE SURROUNDED BY FIRE >> MOST OF THE VALLEY WAS ON FIRE

HOUSES GONE PEOPLE WERE JUMPING INTO THE WATER TO SAVE THEIR LIVES BECAUSE THERE WAS NO GOING BACK OUT >> Reporter: THEY RETREATED TO THE BEACH WAITING DAYS TO ESCAPE BY ROAD THEIR SEASIDE TOWN DEVASTATED AUSTRALIA'S NAVY RESCUING HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE STUCK AT THE SHORE

THE WIND IS PICKING UP A LITTLE BIT AND REALLY FEEDING THOSE FLAMES THERMAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE FIRES, AN OMINOUS PICTURE OF THE THREAT STILL, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DEFIED WARNINGS TO LEAVE, BUT HAVE FEW SUPPLIES AND NO GUARANTEE OF HELP EVEN PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE FIRE ZONE ARE FEELING THE IMPACT THE ENTIRE COAST IS CHOKED WITH THIS THICK SMOKE MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO BREATHE AND THE TEMPERATURE IS SET TO HIT 107 DEGREES TODAY

LESTER >> THEY SO BADLY NEED A BREAK, THANK YOU >>> BACK HOME A DEADLY STABBING ATTACK IN AUSTIN, TEXAS POLICE SAW THE SUSPECT GOT INTO AN ALTERCATION AT A COFFEE SHOP THEN FLED TO A NEARBY RESTAURANT INSIDE, HE ALLEGEDLY STABBED TWO PEOPLE APPARENTLY AT RANDOM KILLING ONE OF THEM

THE SUSPECT THEN CLIMBED TO A ROOF AND JUMPED AND WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH INJURIES >>> JUST AHEAD AS WE CONTINUE TONIGHT, THE DRAMATIC ESCAPE HOW AN AUTO EXECUTIVE GOT AWAY WITH THE HELP OF A BIG BOX AND A PRIVATE JET >>> ALSO, RAIN AND SNOW AFFECTING WEEKEND PLANS FOR MILLIONS AL ROKER HAS THAT

>>> WHY THE GROUP LEADING ONE FIRE HOUSE IS SO UNIQUE YOU'LL MEET THEM IN >>> ALL RIGHT NEXT UP FOR US TONIGHT INSIDE THAT DARING ESCAPE BY A FORMER TOP AUTO EXECUTIVE FACING CHARGES IN JAPAN THERE ARE NEW DETAILS ON WHAT HE MAY HAVE HIDDEN INSIDE TO SNEAK OUT OF THAT COUNTRY TO BOARD A PRIVATE PLANE HERE IS TOM COSTELLO

>> Reporter: IT HAS THE SUSPENSE OF A HOLLYWOOD THRILLER CARLOS HOLD UP IN BEIRUT, SAYING IN A STATEMENT I HAVE NOT FLED JUSTICE, I HAVE ESCAPED INJUSTICE AND POLITICAL PERSECUTION HE HAD BEEN UNDER HOUSE ARREST IN TOKYO FOR MONTHS AFTER BEING CHARGED IN 2018 WITH FINANCIAL CRIMES >> THE FORMER BOSS >> IS ACCUSED OF FINANCIAL MISCONDUCT

>> Reporter: FOR DAYS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SPECULATED HOW HE MAY HAVE ESCAPED SITING SOURCES TO FAMILIAR WITH A TURKISH INVESTIGATION REPORT TWO AMERICAN SECURITY CONTRACTORS HID HIM IN A LARGE BLACK BOX AND LOADED IT INTO A PRIVATE PLANE >> THERE IS A LARGE BLACK INSTRUMENT BOX, MUSICAL INSTRUMENT BOX JAMMED INTO THE BACK ISLE OF THE AIRPLANE AND THE BOX HAD HOLES DRILLED AT THE BOTTOM FOR SOMEBODY, PRESUMABLY MR GHOSN TO BREATHE >> Reporter: A PRIVATE JET COMPANY FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE ILLEGAL USE OF THE JET CHARTER SERVICES IN RELATION TO CARLOS GHOSN'S ESCAPE

THIS FLIGHT AWARE TRACK SHOWS THE JET LEAVING JAPAN JUST AFTER 11:00 PM SUNDAY FLYING THROUGH RUSSIAN AIR SPACE AND ON TO TURKEY A SECOND PLANE THEN FLEW TO LEBANON WHICH HAS NO EXTRADITION TREATY WITH JAPAN HE INSISTS I ALONE >>> TONIGHT, WE'RE TRACKING A 1500 MILE LINE OF RAIN FROM THE GULF COAST TO NEW ENGLAND

>> WE'RE WATCHING THIS HEAVY RAINMAKING ITS WAY FROM THE GULF COAST AND HEAVIER ACTIVITY AS IT PUSHES TO THE EAST WITH SNOW DEVELOPING BEHIND IT FOR TONIGHT'S STRONG STORM FOR THE GULF COAST, THE RAIN WILL MOVE OVERNIGHT TOMORROW, PERIODS OF RAIN INTO THE NORTHEAST WITH ACCUMULATING SNOW, A DOUBLE BARREL LOW PUSHES THROUGH BY SUNDAY IT'S OFF THE COAST WE'RE LOOKING AT THE HEAVIER ACCUMULATIONS ALONG THE SOUTHEAST WITH SNOW STRETCHING FROM WESTERN NEW YORK INTO NEW ENGLAND AIRPORT DELAYS TOMORROW FROM CLEVELAND DOWN TO RALEIGH AND UP INTO BOSTON BUT IT'S OUT OF HERE QUICK

>> LIKE THAT AL ROKER, THANK YOU >>> NEXT HOW THESE >>> FINALLY, OUR VISIT TO A REMARKABLE FIRE HOUSE IN GEORGIA HERE IS BLAYNE ALEXANDER WITH THOSE WHO SERVE >> Reporter: AT FIRE HOUSE ONE IN DECATUR, GEORGIA, YOU MAY NOTICE SOMETHING DIFFERENT

IN A FIELD DOMINATED BY MEN, TONY WASHINGTON, VERA MORRISON AND ANNETTE LEAD THE ONLY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THE TOP THREE POSITIONS ARE HELD BY WOMEN >> I OFTEN GET QUESTIONS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THREE WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER >> Reporter: FOR YEARS, THEY WORKED SEPARATELY, EACH THE ONLY WOMAN IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIRE HOUSE ON THE LINE, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT A TALL ORDER WHEN EVEN YOUR CLOTHES ARE WORKING AGAINST YOU >> I WAS OFTEN IN HAND ME DOWN CLOTHES OR HAND ME DOWN GEAR THAT WAS LIKE FOR A 5'10" MALE

>> RIGHT >> Reporter: SO YOU'RE DOING THIS IN GEAR MADE FOR MEN? >> YES >> THAT GEAR ADDS ABOUT 45 TO 55 POUNDS TO YOUR BODY WEIGHT >> Reporter: EVEN HEAVIER, THE WEIGHT OF BEING FIRST >> WE REPRESENT EVERY FEMALE FIREFIGHTER THAT'S OUT THERE

>> Reporter: AND THEIRS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL FIRE STATION WITH A RELAXATION POD, YOGA CLASSES AND COMRADERY THAT SETS IT APART AND THE COMMUNITY IS TAKING NOTICE TAKE A RECENT CAREER DAY VISIT >> CHIEF MORRISON SAID CAN FEMALES BE FIREFIGHTERS? THE ONE LITTLE GIRL RAISED HER HAND AND SAID NO, BUT THEY CAN BE CHIEFS >> I THINK MORE IMPORTANT FOR THEM IS TO JUST SEE THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE AND AS LONG AS I'M HERE, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SHATTER THE GLASS

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