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NBC News 8 Feb 2020

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - February 8th, 2020

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At least 20 killed in a shooting rampage at a Thailand mall, first American dies from coronavirus in Wuhan, China, and multiple U.S. troops killed and wounded in Afghanistan.


Coronavirus patient could be first case of ‘community spread' in U.S., police search for answers in deadly Milwaukee brewery mass shooting, and 2020 Democrats fight to the finish in South Carolina.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

1:29 First U.S. Coronavirus Case From 'Unknown' Source
3:30 Whistleblower: Coronavirus Workers Lacked Proper Training
3:49 New Concerns Coronavirus May Be Spreading In U.S.
4:15 Dow Plunges Nearly 1,200 Points AMID Coronavirus Fears
4:42 Pence Leads Response After Days Of Mixed Messages
6:11 Wall Street Headed For Worst Week Since 2008 Crisis
7:09 Coronavirus Spreads To 47 Countries Around World
9:11 Biden Opens Wide Lead In South Carolina In New Poll
9:39 Buttigieg Facing Tough Battle In South Carolina
9:58 Sanders: 'Don't Tell Me Bernie Can't Beat Trump'
10:10 Bloomberg Vows To Stay In Race Until 'Bitter End'
10:55 Car Crashes Into Day Care And Injures Children
11:56 Massive Water Main Break Floods Houston Highway
12:12 Blizzards Warning As Major Winter Strom Strikes
13:03 Gunman's Motive A Mystery In Brewery Mass Shooting
14:51 Lori Loughlin's Trial Date Set For October
16:58 Clooney 'Saddened' By Child Labor Claims Involving Nespresso
U.S. charges four Chinese military hackers with massive Equifax breach, Walmart shootout leaves two officers injured in Arkansas and number of coronavirus cases soars to over 40,000 in China.

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1:25 Feds: China Behind Massive Hack Attack
1:37 U.S. Chargers Chinese Military hackers For Equifax Breach
3:49 Police Officers Injured In Deadly Walmart Shootout
4:21 Suspected Gunman In NYPD Ambushes Appears in Court
6:09 Deadliest Day of Coronavirus Outbreak In China ( 5:54 Deadliest day )
7:52 Candidates Step Up Attacks On New Hemisphere Primary Eve
9:52 Trump Holds New Hampshire Rally Ahead Of Primary
10:49 Tibute To Chopper Crash Victims At Angel Stadium
11:53 Vanessa Bryant: 'My Brain Refuses To Accept' Kobe & Gianna Loss
12:36 Shocking Testimony In Harvey Weinstein Rape Trial
14:10 $338 Million Cocaine Busts At Sea
14:39 Lori Loughlin Daughter's Alleged Fake Resume Revealed
16:04 Malcolm x Assassination Re-Examined After New Documentary
Two Baltimore officers wounded in shootout with ex-corrections officer, Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar finish strongly in New Hampshire, and growing number of hospitals sue patients to collect debts.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).
Attorney General Barr says Trump's Justice Department tweets make it ‘impossible' to do his job, Michael Bloomberg, under fire for past policies, trades attacks with Trump, and new video shows China's ‘wartime controls' to fight coronavirus outbreak.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

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>>> BREAKING NEWS
TONIGHT.
A DEADLY RAMPAGE AT A
MALL IN THAILAND.
A SOLDIER GOES ROGUE,
KILLING MORE THAN 20
PEOPLE.
THE DESPERATE
HOURS-LONG STANDOFF TO
CAPTURE THE GUNMAN.
>>> THE FIRST AMERICAN
DEATH IN THE
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.
A SHOCKING VIDEO
EMERGES IN CHINA.
RESIDENTS DRAGGED FROM
THEIR HOMES.
DOZENS MORE DIAGNOSED
ON CRUISE SHIPS.
WE HEAR FROM THOSE
TRAPPED ON BOARD.
>>> THE ATTACK IN
AFGHANISTAN.
MULTIPLE U.S. TROOPS
KILLED AND WOUNDED.
WE HAVE LATE-BREAKING
DETAILS.
>>> THE FIGHT TO THE
FINISH.
THREE DAYS UNTIL THE
FIRST PRIMARY OF 2020.
AND THE DEMOCRATS
CANDIDATES AREN'T
HOLDING BACK.
>> HE'S A GOOD GUY.
HE'S A GREAT MAYOR.
BUT GUESS WHAT?
HE WAS A MAYOR.
>> THE NEW ATTACKS
TODAY.
>>> THE HIDDEN CHARGES
YOU'RE PAYING AT
HOTELS.
>> ISN'T THAT WHAT
THEY CALL BAIT AND
SWITCH?
>> HOW PEOPLE ARE NOW
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST
SO-CALLED RESORT FEES.
>>> AND THERE'S GOOD
NEWS TONIGHT.
THE REUNION THREE
YEARS IN THE MAKING.
HOW A CAN OF BEER
BROUGHT A MISSING DOG
HOME.
>> Announcer: THIS IS
NBC "NIGHTLY NEWS"
WITH JOSE DIAZ-BALART.
>>> GOOD EVENING.
WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING
NEWS OF A DEADLY
SHOOTING RAMPAGE AT A
MALL IN THAILAND.
[ GUNFIRE ]
AT LEAST 20 ARE DEAD
AND DOZENS MORE
INJURED.
THE SHOTS AND
TERRIFIED CUSTOMERS
FLEEING ALL CAUGHT ON
CAMERA.
AND THE SUSPECTED
SHOOTER, A THAI
SOLDIER, EVEN
LIVE-STREAMED PART OF
IT.
IT HAPPENED IN A MAJOR
CITY NORTHEAST OF
BANGKOK.
MATT BRADLEY HAS THE
VERY LATEST.
>> Reporter: IN
THAILAND TONIGHT A
STANDOFF WITH AN
ALLEGED MASS MURDERER
ACCUSED OF KILLING AT
LEAST 20 PEOPLE AND
INJURING MORE THAN 30.
MOST OF THEM AT A BUSY
SHOPPING MALL.
VIDEOS CAPTURE
SHOPPERS AND EMPLOYEES
SCRAMBLING FOR SAFETY,
JOSTLING DOWN
STAIRWELLS TO ESCAPE.
AN INTENSE EXCHANGE
CAPTURED ON A CELL
PHONE YOU CAN HEAR
YELLING AND GUNSHOTS
INSIDE THE MALL.
OFFICIALS IDENTIFIED
THE GUNMAN AT SERGEANT
JAKRAPANTH THOMMA.
POLICE SAY THOMMA
STARTED HIS SPREE AT A
MILITARY BASE NEAR THE
CITY OF NAKHON
RATCHASIMA, KILLING
HIS COMMANDING OFFICER
AND TWO OTHERS.
STEALING WEAPONS AND A
MURLT HUMVEE, THEN
DRIVING THROUGH THE
STREE, FIRING AT A
BUDDHIST TEMPLE,
POLICE SAID, BEFORE
MAKING HIS WAY
O'TERMINAL 21 MALL.
THROUGHOUT HIS
MASSACRE THOMMA
APPEARING TO LEAVE
UPDATES ON HIS SOCIAL
MEDIA WRITING EARLIER
TODAY "IT'S TIME TO
GET EXCITED" AND
"DEATH IS INEVITABLE
FOR EVERYONE."
HE THEN ASKED, "SHOULD
I GIVE UP" BEFORE
FACEBOOK CLOSED HIS
ACCOUNT ACCORDING TO
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
EVEN POSTING A PICTURE
OF HIMSELF INSIDE THE
MALL WEARING A MASK
AND HOLDING A MACHINE
GUN.
THAI POLICE ALSO
TAKING TO FACEBOOK,
POSTING PICTURES OF
HEAVILY ARMED OFFICERS
CLEARING THE MALL
FLOOR BY FLOOR AND
MESSAGES URGING THOSE
STILL INSIDE TO "LIFT
YOUR HANDS UP, GET OUT
OF THE PLACE YOU ARE
SHEL
SHELTERED, AND SLOWLY
APPROACH THE POLICE."
AT LEAST ONE POLICE
OFFICER HAS BEEN
KILLED.
DOZENS OF SHOPPERS
ESCAPING THE MALL.
BUT FOR THE KILLER
HIMSELF THE STANDOFF
CONTINUES.
>> MATT, DO WE KNOW
THE MOTIVE BEHIND THIS
KILLING SPREE?
>> Reporter: NO,
ACTUALLY, THEY DON'T,
JOSE.
IT'S ONE OF THOSE
CRUCIAL MISSING
QUESTIONS THAT POLICE
ARE REALLY TRYING TO
FIGURE OUT.
AND IT'S A QUESTION
THAT'S ON THE MINDS OF
A LOT OF THAI PEOPLE
BECAUSE YOU KNOW,
THESE SORTS OF MASS
SHOOTINGS, THEY'RE
VERY RARE IN THAILAND.
>> MATT BRADLEY, THANK
YOU VERY MUCH.
>>> THE FIRST AMERICAN
HAS DIED IN CHINA FROM
THE RAPIDLY SPREADING
CORONAVIRUS.
THE DEATH TOLL NOW AT
LEAST 780.
AND AS THE NUMBER OF
CASES SKYROCKETS,
WE'RE GETTING A FIRST
LOOK AT THE AGGRESSIVE
AND DRASTIC MEAS TERRIFYING.
AND PERSONALLY, YOU
KNOW, WE REALIZED
WE'RE AT PRETTY HIGH
RISK.
>> AND MOLLY JOINS US
NOW FROM HONG KONG.
MOLLY, HOW MANY PEOPLE
HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN
TESTED ON THAT CRUISE
SHIP OFF THE COAST OF
TOKYO?
>> Reporter: RIGHT,
JOSE.
SO THERE ARE 3,700
PEOPLE ON BOARD.
THEY'VE ONLY TESTED
ABOUT 300.
OF THOSE A QUARTER
HAVE TESTED POSITIVE,
INCLUDING 13
AMERICANS.
SO WE REALLY HAVE NO
SENSE HOW MANY PEOPLE
MIGHT ACTUALLY BE
SICK.
JOSE?
>> MOLLY HUNTER IN
HONG KONG.
THANK YOU.
>>> IT HAS BEEN A
DEADLY DAY FOR U.S.
FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN.
SEVERAL TROOPS ARE
BELIEVED DEAD IN A
SHOOTOUT THAT TOOK
PLACE IN THE EASTERN
PART OF THE COUNTRY.
COURTNEY KUBE HAS THE
LATE-BREAKING DETAILS.
>> Reporter: TONIGHT
FOUR U.S. MILITARY
OFFICIALS TELLING NBC
NEWS THAT MULTIPLE
U.S. TROOPS HAVE BEEN
KILLED AND WOUNDED IN
EASTERN AFGHANISTAN.
A U.S. MILITARY
SPOKESPERSON IN KABUL
RELEASING THIS
STATEMENT.
"A COMBINED U.S. AND
AFGHAN FORCE
CONDUCTING AN
OPERATION IN NANGARHAR
PROVINCE WAS ENGAGED
BY DIRECT FIRE ON
FEBRUARY 8.
WE ARE ASSESSING THE
SITUATION AND WILL
PROVIDE FURTHER
UPDATES AS THEY BECOME
AVAILABLE."
BOTH THE TALIBAN AND
ISIS OPERATE IN
NANGAHAR PROVINCE,
WHICH SITS ALONG THE
BORDER WITH PAKISTAN.
THIS ATTACK COMES AS
THE U.S. TRIES TO END
THE NEARLY
TWO-DECADE-LONG WAR IN
AFGHANISTAN.
AT HIS STATE OF THE
UNION ADDRESS LAST
WEEK PRESIDENT TRUMP
SAID PEACE TALKS ARE
UNDER WAY.
>> WE ARE WORKING TO
FINALLY END AMERICA'S
LONGEST WAR AND BRING
OUR TROOPS BACK HOME.
>> Reporter: THERE ARE
NEARLY 13,000 U.S.
TROOPS DEPLOYED TO
AFGHANISTAN.
BUT MILITARY LEADERS
HAVE SAID THEY CAN
DECREASE TO 8,600
WITHOUT IMPACTING
COUNTERTERROR
OPERATIONS.
LAST YEAR 22 AMERICAN
SERVICE MEMBERS WERE
KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN.
FOUR U.S. SERVICE
MEMBERS HAVE DIED
ALREADY IN 2020, NOT
INCLUDING TODAY'S
ATTACK.
>> AND KOURTNEY JOINS
US NOW.
COURTNEY, YOU SAID
THIS WAS A JOINT
OPERATION.
WERE THERE ANY AFGHAN
CASUALTIES?
>> Reporter: U.S.
OFFICIALS SAY THERE
WERE AFGHAN CASUALTIES
BUT RIGHT NOW WE JUST
DON'T KNOW HOW MANY
AFGHAN FORCES MAY HAVE
BEEN KILLED OR WOUNDED
IN THE ATTACK.
NOW DO WE KNOW WHO MAY
BE BEHIND IT.
JOSE?
>> COURTNEY KUBE,
THANK YOU.
>>> WE ARE JUST THREE
DAYS FROM THE FIRST
PRIMARY OF THE 2020
ELECTION CYCLE.
AND AS THE RACE HEATS
UP THE TONE ON THE
TRAIL HAS TAKEN A TURN
WITH FRONT-RUNNERS
COMING UNDER HEAVY
ATTACKS.
STEPHANIE RUHLE IS IN
NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR US
TONIGHT.
>> Reporter: ACROSS
NEW HAMPSHIRE TODAY A
MAYOR PETE PILE-ON.
>> HE'S A GOOD GUY.
HE'S A GREAT MAYOR.
BUT GUESS WHAT.
HE WAS A MAYOR.
>> HAVING EXPERIENCE
OF GETTING THINGS DONE
MATTERS.
>> CHANGE IS NOT GOING
TO BE COMING FROM
SOMEBODY WHO GETS A
LOT OF MONEY FROM THE
CEOs OF THE
PHARMACEUTICAL
INDUSTRY.
>> Reporter: MAYOR
PETE BUTTIGIEG COMING
OFF A VIRTUAL TIE FOR
FIRST IN IOWA NOW
CLEARLY IN HIS
OPPONENTS' CROSSHAIRS.
>> UNDER THREAT OF A
NUCLEAR IRAN JOE BIDEN
HELPED TO NEGOTIATE
THE IRAN DEAL.
>> Reporter: THIS NEW
DIGITAL AD FROM JOE
BIDEN MOCKINGLY
COMPARES THE VICE
PRESIDENT'S RECORD
WITH THE FORMER SMALL
CITY MAYOR'S.
>> BUTTIGIEG
NEGOTIATED LIGHTER
LICENSING REGULATIONS
ON PET CHIP SCANNERS.
>> Reporter: BIDEN
SUGGESTING HE'LL DO
WHATEVER IT TAKES TO
GET THE NOMINATION.
>> I'LL BE DAMNED IF
I'M GOING TO STAND BY
AND LOSE MY COUNTRY
TOO.
I'M NOT GOING TO LET
IT HAPPEN.
>> Reporter: ALL THIS
JUST HOURS AFTER THE
PRIMETIME DEBATE WHERE
BOTH BUTTIGIEG AND NEW
HAMPSHIRE FRONT-RUNNER
SENATOR SANDERS CAME
UNDER FIRE.
>> BERNIE'S LABELED
HIMSELF, NOT ME, A
DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST.
>> IT DOESN'T COUNT.
A POLITICS THAT SAYS
IT'S MY WAY OR THE
HIGHWAY.
>> ARE YOU TALKING
ABOUT SENATOR SANDERS?
>> YES.
>> WE HAVE A NEWCOMER
IN THE WHITE HOUSE,
AND LOOK WHERE IT GOT
US.
>> SENATOR KLOBUCHAR
AND OTHERS SAID LOOK
WHAT A NEW GUY IN THE
WHITE HOUSE GOT US.
>> YEAH, THE PROBLEM
WITH DONALD TRUMP IS
NOT THAT HE'S A
NEWCOMER.
THE PROBLEM WITH
DONALD TRUMP IS HE'S A
DIVIDER IN CHIEF.
I'VE GOT A TRACK
RECORD WITH REAL
MEASURABLE RESULTS,
GOVERNING AS AN
EXECUTIVE IN AMY HOME
HOUN.
>> Reporter: FOR HER
PART SENATOR AMY
KLOBUCHAR IS TRYING TO
TURN HER WELL-RECEIVED
DEBATE PERFORMANCE
LAST NIGHT INTO
SOMETHING BIGGER.
>> YOU WANT SOMEONE
THAT WILL BRING PEOPLE
IN INSTEAD OF SHUTTING
THEM OUT, THAT'S ME.
AND I WANT THEIR
SUPPORT.
>> STEPHANIE, HOW IS
MAYOR BUTTIGIEG
PUSHING BACK AGAINST
THESE NEW ATTACKS?
>> Reporter: WELL,
JOSE, THE BUTTIGIEG
TEAM IS ALREADY
HIGHLIGHTING A NUMBER
OF MAYORS ACROSS THE
COUNTRY DEFENDING THE
FORMER MAYOR.
MEANWHILE, FORMER VICE
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN,
HE'S GOT HIS OWN SET
OF MAYORS BACKING HIM
UP.
>> STEPHANIE RUHLE IN
MANCHESTER, NEW
HAMPSHIRE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>> AND TO THE WHITE
HOUSE NOW AND
PRESIDENT TRUMP'S
DECISION TO REMOVE
SEVERAL HIGH-LEVEL
STAFFERS WHO TESTIFIED
AT HIS IMPEACHMENT
HEARINGS.
TODAY THE COMMANDER IN
CHIEF CLAIMS THEY
DESERVED IT.
WHILE OTHERS SAY IT'S
BLATANT RETALIATION.
THAT HAS MANY
WONDERING WHO'S NEXT.
HANS NICHOLS REPORTS.
>> Reporter: TONIGHT
PRESIDENT TRUMP
DEFENDING HIS
DISMISSAL OF
LIEUTENANT COLONEL
ALEXANDER VINDMAN FROM
HIS NATIONAL SECURITY
COUNCIL, CALLING HIM
VERY INSUBORDINATE,
CLAIMING HE HAD
PROBLEMS WITH
JUDGMENT, ADHERING TO
THE CHAIN OF COMMAND,
AND LEAKING
INFORMATION.
IN OTHER WORDS, OUT.
VINDMAN'S ATTORNEY
CALLING THE
PRESIDENT'S TWEETS
"FALSE STATEMENTS" AND
ACCUSING HIM OF A
CAMPAIGN OF
INTIMIDATION.
NEARLY ECHOING SENATOR
ELIZABETH WARREN.
>> THIS IS ABOUT
RETRI
RETRIBUTION.
THIS IS ABOUT PAYBACK.
>> Reporter: WHEN
VINDMAN TESTIFIED IN
THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT
INQUIRY THE PURPLE
HEART RECIPIENT TOLD
HIS SOVIET-BORN FATHER
NOT TO WORRY ABOUT
RETALIATION IN
AMERICA.
>> DO NOT WORRY.
I WILL BE FINE FOR
TELLING THE TRUTH.
>> Reporter: NOW
VINDMAN ALONG WITH HIS
TWIN BROTHER, WHO ALSO
WORKED AT THE NSC,
FORCED FROM THEIR
PRESTIGIOUS WHITE
HOUSE POSTINGS,
RETURNING TO THE
PENTAGON.
STRU
TRUMP ALSO RECALLING
HIS AMBASSADOR TO THE
EU GORDON SONDLAND, A
BIG REPUBLICAN DONOR
WHO TESTIFIED THERE
WAS A QUID PRO QUO FOR
UKRAINIAN MILITARY AID
AND INVESTIGATING THE
BIDENS.
>> EVERYONE WAS IN THE
LOOP.
>> Reporter: OTHER
ADMINISTRATION
OFFICIALS WHO
TESTIFIED AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT'S WISHES
HAVE RESIGNED,
INCLUDING TIM MORRISON
AND AMBASSADOR MARIE
YOVANOVITCH, WHO TRUMP
ATTACKED WHILE SHE WAS
TESTIFYING.
>> IT'S VERY
INTIMIDATING.
>> Reporter: WITH THE
FATE OF OTHER STATE
DEPARTMENT DIPLOMATS
LIKE DAVID HOLMES AND
GEORGE KENT AS WELL AS
THE ORIGINAL
WHISTLE-BLOWER STILL
UNCLEAR.
>> AND HANS JOINS US
NOW FROM THE WHITE
HOUSE.
HANS, WHAT DO WE KNOW
ABOUT THAT
WHISTLE-BLOWER WHO
STARTED IT ALL?
>> Reporter: WELL, THE
PRESIDENT SAID
REPEATEDLY THAT HE
WANTS TO HEAR FROM THE
WHISTLE-BLOWER.
BUT HIS ABILITY TO
RETALIATE MAY BE
LIMITED BECAUSE THE
WHISTLE-BLOWER IS A
CIA EMPLOYEE AND IS NO
LONGER ASSIGNED TO THE
WHITE HOUSE.
JOSE?
>> HANS NICHOLS AT THE
WHITE HOUSE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
TONIGHT WE ARE
REMEMBERING THE ACTOR
ROBERT CONRAD.
HE WAS A MAINSTAY IN
HOLLYWOOD STARTING IN
THE LATE 1950s AND
KNOWN FOR DOING MANY
OF HIS OWN STUNTS.
HE STARRED IN TV SHOWS
LIKE "THE WILD, WILD
WEST," "HAWAIIAN EYE,"
AND "SERIES
CENTENNIAL."
ROBERT CONRAD WAS 84.
>>> STILL TO COME THE
CONTROVERSY OVER KOBE
BRYANT'S LEGACY AND
THE NEWS ANCHOR NOW
GETTING DEATH THREATS
FOR HER QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE BASKETBALL
PLAYER'S PAST.
>>> ALSO SHOCKING
HIDDEN HOTEL FEES.
FROM TOWELS TO U
>>> TV NEWS ANCHOR
GAYLE KING IS FACING
BACKLASH, EVEN DEATH
THREATS, FOLLOWING HER
QUESTIONS ABOUT KOBE
BRYANT'S LEGACY.
NOW OPRAH IS DEFENDING
>> WHAT I LOVE ABOUT
GIGI IS HER CURIOSITY
ABOUT THE GAME.
>> AND SARAH, THE CITY
OF LOS ANGELES IS
PREPARING FOR A PUBLIC
MEMORIAL.
>> Reporter: THAT'S
RIGHT.
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
WILL BE HELD FOR KOBE
AND GIGI AT THE
STAPLES CENTER.
THE EXACT DATE, 2-24,
A TRIBUTE TO THEIR
VERESIES.
JOSE?
>> SARAH HARMAN, THANK
YOU SO MUCH.
>>> UP NEXT, THE PRICE
YOU PAY.
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST
THOSE HIDDEN CHARGES
ON YOUR HOTEL BILL.
>>> PLUS A MIRACLE
REUNION FOR A DOG
>>> A RARE WINTER
STORM HIT PARTS OF THE
SOUTH TODAY.
ATLANTA GOT ITS FIRST
MEASURABLE SNOW IN TWO
YEARS.
IT WASN'T MUCH.
ABOUT AN INCH IN THE
METRO AREA.
BUT IT DIDN'T STICK
AROUND FOR TOO LONG.
CAME ON STRONGER
ELSEWHERE IN THE
STATE.
REALLY MAKING IT FEEL
LIKE WINTER.
>>> AND NOW TO THE
PRICE YOU PAY.
EVER TAKE A CLOSE LOOK
AT YOUR HOTEL BILL?
MAYBE YOU NOTICED A
CHARGE FOR SO-CALLED
RESORT OR FACILITIES
FEES.
THOSE MANDATORY
CHARGES THAT WEREN'T
OBVIOUS WHEN YOU
BOOKED THE ROOM.
NOW SOME CUSTOMERS ARE
FIGHTING BACK.
KERRY SANDERS HAS
MORE.
>> Reporter: IT'S
BECOME A FACT OF LIFE.
HOTELS ADDING CHARGES
TO THE FINAL BILL.
THE SO-CALLED RESORT
FEE.
THE CHAVES FAMILY
BOOKED A $35 A NIGHT
LAS VEGAS HOTEL.
BUT THEN THE FINAL
BILL INCLUDED A $32
RESORT FEE.
>> ISN'T THAT WHAT
THEY CALL BAIT AND
SWITCH?
>> Reporter: CHAVEZ
SAYS HE QUESTIONED THE
FEE, RETELLING US HIS
BACK AND FORTH WITH
THE HOTEL CLERK.
>> WHAT IS THAT FOR?
OH, FOR THE POOL.
I DON'T USE THE POOL.
HE SAYS, WELL, IT'S
FOR THE OTHER THINGS.
THE OTHER AMENITIES.
WHAT AMENITIES?
IF YOU WANTED TO GO
OUT AND PLAY TENNIS.
THE TOWELS.
>> Reporter: THE
TOWELS?
>> YES.
I SAID NO.
>> Reporter: A NEW
YORK UNIVERSITY STUDY
ESTIMATES HOTELS HERE
IN THE U.S. COLLECT
MORE THAN A BILLION
DOLLARS A YEAR IN
THESE FEES.
EXPERTS SAY
THIRD-PARTY BOOKING
SITES SELL ROOMS SO
LOW THAT HOTELS THEN
DRIVE PRICES BACK UP
WITH NON-NEGOTIABLE
RESORT FEES.
THE HOTEL AND LODGING
ASSOCIATION SAYS
RESORT FEES ARE
CLEARLY AND
PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED
BY HOTEL WEBSITES
PRIOR TO THE END OF
THE BOOKING PROCESS.
ONLINE BOOKING SITES,
THEY SAY, SHOULD BE
HELD TO THE SAME
STANDARDS OF
TRANSPARENCY.
WHILE THE HOTEL
INDUSTRY APPEARS
UNWILLING TO BUDGE ON
RESORT FEES, IT MAY
SOON HAVE NO CHOICE.
AND THAT'S BECAUSE
HERE IN WASHINGTON
THERE IS NOW PENDING
LEGISLATION THAT WOULD
MAKE THESE SURPRISE
RESORT FEES ILLEGAL.
>> RESORT FEES ARE
DECEPTIVE.
IT'S UNFAIR AND IT'S
WRONG.
>> Reporter: U.S.
REPRESENTATIVE JEFF
THORNTONBERRY NOW
PUSHING A FEDERAL LAW,
TREAT HOTELS LIKE
AIRLINES WHERE A
TICKET GUARANTEES YOU
A SEAT ON THE PLANE.
>> IT'S A PERFECT
ANALOGY.
JUST TELL US WHAT THE
PRICE IS, PERIOD.
AND AGAIN, THIS
CREATES A LEVEL
PLAYING FIELD SO THAT
PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY
COMPARE WHEN THEY'RE
SHOPPING, PARTICULARLY
ONLINE.
>> Reporter: FROM HER
KITCHEN ATTORNEY
LAUREN WOLFE LAUNCHED
KILL RESORT FEES.COM.
AFTER CONTESTING A $20
ADDITIONAL RESORT FEE
WHEN SHE STRTRAVELED TO
KEY WEST.
SHE SAYS SOME HOTELS
EVEN HIDE RESORT FEES.
FOR EXAMPLE, IN NEW
YORK ONE LABELS A NEW
YORK CITY MANDATORY
FACILITY HOTEL FEE.
>> SOUNDS LIKE A
GOVERNMENT COST.
>> EXACTLY.
>> BUT IT IS NOT?
>> IT IS NOT.
IT'S PART OF THE ROOM
RATE THAT THEY'RE
BREAKING OUT INTO A
FEE AND MAKING IT LOOK
LIKE A TAX.
>> SCAM?
>> I THINK SO.
>> Reporter: RESORT
FEES, THAT TINY PRINT
YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT
BEFORE YOU CHECK IN.
KERRY SANDERS, NBC
NEWS, LAS VEGAS.
>>> THERE HAS BEEN AN
UNUSUAL TWIST IN THE
STORY OF A LOTTERY
PRIZE IN MEXICO.
THE PRESIDENT OF THAT
COUNTRY HAD AN IDEA TO
RAFFLE OFF HIS LUXURY
PLANE.
HE WON'T USE IT.
HE GOES COMMERCIAL.
IT'S A BOEING
DREAMLINER WORTH ABOUT
$130 MILLION.
THE PRESIDENT SAID IT
WAS SIMPLY TOO
EXPENSIVE TO KEEP.
SO HE REALIZED NO ONE
WOULD HAVE A PLACE TO
PARK IT, LET ALONE PAY
FOR REPAIRS.
IS NOW MEXICO'S AIR
FORCE IS GOING TO TAKE
IT.
THE LOTTERY WILL GO
ON, THOUGH, WITH THE
WINNERS SPLITTING THE
$100 MILLION POT.
BUT NO AIRPLANE.
>>> COMING UP, SAVED
BY THE BEER.
THE INCREDIBLE WAY A
LOST DOG AND HER
>>> THERE'S GOOD NEWS
TONIGHT ABOUT A DOG
LOST, NOW FOUND, AND
THE SURPRISING WAY THE
REUNION CAME ABOUT.
IT ALL STARTED WITH A
CAN OF BEER.
A FLORIDA BREWERY
PUTTING SHELTER DOGS
ON THEIR CANS TO RAISE
AWARENESS OF ADOPTAL
PETS.
THE STORY ON IT WENT
VIRAL.
>> A COMPANY DOING SML
REALLY COOL.
THEY'RE HELPING DOGS
GET RESCUED BY PUTTING
PICTURES OF THEM ON
THEIR BEER CANS.
>> HALFWAY ACROSS THE
COUNTRY IN MINNESOTA
MONICA MATHIS SAW IT
ON FACEBOOK AND
RECOGNIZED A FAMILIAR
FACE.
>> GOSH, THIS LOOKS
LIKE MY DOG.
I REALLY THINK THIS
MIGHT BE MY DOG.
>> Reporter: HER
BELOVED DOG HAZEL, WHO
SHE'D RAISED AS A
PUPPY, HAD GONE
MISSING THREE YEARS
EARLIER.
MONICA THOUGHT SHE WAS
GONE FOREVER.
>> IT WAS DEVASTATING
TO NOT KNOW WHERE YOUR
PET IS OR WHAT'S
HAPPENED TO THEM.
>> Reporter: SHE
IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE
MANATEE COUNTY ANIMAL
SHELTER TO INQUIRE
ABOUT THE DOG THEY
CALLED DAY-DAY.
THEY CONFIRMED DAY-DAY
WAS MONICA'S HAZEL.
>> YOU'RE SO CUTE AND
HAPPY.
>> I WAS CRYING.
I WAS ECSTATIC.
I WAS SHAKING.
>> YOU WANT TO GO ON A
TRIP?
>> Reporter: SO THIS
WEEK SHELTER EMPLOYEE
HANS WEGELFARD LEFT
FLORIDA TO MAKE THE
1600-MILE JOURNEY TO
REUNITE HAZEL WITH
MONICA IN ST. PAUL.
>> WE HAVE JUST
STARTED OUR TRIP.
>> HAPPY TO BE OFF THE
ROAD A LITTLE.
WE'RE GOING TO GO HOME
TO YOUR MOM.
YEAH.
WE'VE HAD A LONG DAY
ON THE ROAD.
WE ARE GOING TO BE
REUNITING HAZEL WITH
HER MAMA TOMORROW.
>> SPENDING THIS TIME
WITH HAZEL WAS A GREAT
WAY TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO
HER BEFORE WE TAKE HER
TO HER FAMILY.
>> YOU GUYS, SHE'S
PULLING UP.
>> HAZEL, YOU'RE HOME.
YEAH.
>> Reporter: AND AFTER
THREE DAYS ON THE ROAD
THE REUNION THREE
YEARS --
>> PRETTY GIRL.
HI, BABY.
HI, BABY.
>> Reporter: --
RETURNS TO THE FAMILY
WHO THOUGHT THEY LOST
HER BUT NEVER STOPPED
LOVING HER.
>> THANK YOU, HANS, SO
MUCH.
>> YOU'RE WELCOME.
>> Reporter: BROUGHT
TOGETHER BY A CARING
STRANGER, GOOD LUCK,
AND THAT CAN OF BEER.
>> I'VE GOTTEN THE
GREATEST GIFT IN THE
WORLD, TO HAVE HER
HOME.
HUH.
>> GREATEST GIFT
INDEED.
FOR A BEER.
THAT'S NBC "NIGHTLY
NEWS" FOR THIS
SATURDAY.
I'M JOSE DIAZ-BALART
REPORTING FROM NEW
YORK

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