NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – February 26th, 2020 | NBC Nightly News

>>> BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT, THE DEADLY WORKPLACE SHOOTING AT A MAJOR BEER COMPANY MULTIPLE PEOPLE KILLED AT THE MOLSON COOR COMPLEX IN MILWAUKEE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAY THE GUNMAN, A FIRED EMPLOYEE WENT ON A RAMPAGE THE MASSIVE POLICE RESPONSE EMPLOYEES ON LOCKDOWN

THE IMAGES JUST COMING IN >>> ALSO, THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, PRESIDENT TRUMP COMING BEFORE THE CAMERAS TONIGHT TO ADDRESS THE NATION HIS ADMINISTRATION UNDER FIRE FOR ITS RESPONSE AFTER DAYS OF MIXED MESSAGING >>> PLUS, WE GO INSIDE THE HIGH SECURITY LAB >> INSIDE THIS LAB HERE IS WHERE WE KEEP THE LIVE VIRUS >> Reporter: THE LIVE VIRUS? >> THE LIVE VIRUS, YES >> Reporter: THE FIRST HUMAN TRIAL FOR A TREATMENT AS THE OUTBREAK SPREADS

>>> THE CRITICAL BATTLE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA, BERNIE SANDERS FACING NEW ATTACKS AFTER THAT FIERY DEBATE AND WHAT NANCY PELOSI SAID ABOUT SOME DEMOCRATS' FEARS A SANDERS' NOMINATION COULD COST THEM THE HOUSE >>> A MAJOR WINTER STORM ON THE MOVE FROM THE MIDWEST TO THE NORTHEAST A NUMBER OF BLIZZARD WARNINGS ISSUED SOME COULD GET A FOOT OF SAS REVEALED ABOUT HIS FUTURE ON THE ICEE PRICE YOU PAY THIS TAX SEASON THE SCAMS >>> THE PRICE YOU PAY THIS TAX SEASON

THE SCAMS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR >> Announcer: THIS IS "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" WITH LESTER HOLT >>> GOOD EVENING BREAKING TONIGHT, A MASS SHOOTING IN MILWAUKEE HAS LEFT MULTIPLE PEOPLE DEAD THE DREADED ALERT WE'VE COME TO KNOW, ACTIVE SHOOTER SENDING POLICE TACTICAL TEAMS RACING TO THE MOLSON COORS BEVERAGE CAMPU AND SCHOOLS AND NEARBY BUSINESSES PLACED INTO LOCKDOWN DURING A GUNMAN'S DEADLY RAMPAGE NBC'S KATHY PARK HAS MADE HER WAY TO THE SCENE AND STARTS US OFF WITH THE LATEST KATHY, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? >> Reporter: LESTER, SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED INCLUDING THE GUNMAN THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT THE GUNFIRE ERUPTED AT THE MOLSON COORS BEVERAGE COMPANY IN MILWAUKEE

>> SHOOTER STILL AT LARGE >> Reporter: POLICE RESPONDED TO CALLS OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAY THE GUNMAN WAS RECENTLY FIRED, FIVE EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY WERE KILLED IN THE BLOODSHED POLICE FOUND THE SHOOTER DEAD OF A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND >> FIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO WENT TO WORK TODAY JUST LIKE EVERYBODY THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO GO TO WORK, FINISH THEIR DAY AND RETURN TO THEIR FAMILIES THEY DIDN'T AND TRAGICALLY THEY NEVER WILL >> Reporter: WITH HEAVILY ARMED TACTICAL TEAMS FLOODING THE AREA, OFFICERS WITH LONG GUNS STORMED BUILDINGS, EMPLOYEES ON LOCKDOWN TOLD TO HIDE ANYWHERE THEY COULD, ALERTED OF WHAT POLICE CALL A CRITICAL INCIDENT AS OTHERS NEARBY WERE TOLD TO SHELTER IN PLACE INCLUDING SEVERAL SCHOOLS

>> THIS HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING I THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN AROUND HERE >> Reporter: NOT FAR FROM MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, MOLSON COORS COMPANY SITS ON A SPRAWLING CAMPUS WITH MORE THAN 1,000 EMPLOYEES >> WE SHOULD NEVER GROW COMFORTABLE WITH THESE TRAGEDIES >> Reporter: TONIGHT ANOTHER ACTIVE SHOOTER TERRORIZING A COMMUNE AND MORE LIVES LOST IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL HOURS FOR THEM TO COMPLETE THEIR ROLL CALL EXECUTIVES WITH MOLSON COORS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE SKENE LESTER >>> NOW TO BREAKING NEWS TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD IN THE US PRESIDENT TRUMP HOLDING A NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

JEFF BENNETT IS THERE WITH DETAILS WHAT DO WE KNOW? >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT CLEARLY WANTED TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HIS ADMINISTRATION IS IN CONTROL PROPERLY HANDLING HIS RESPONSE AFTER DAYS OF MIXED MESSAGES THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED THE COUNTRY FROM THE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM JOINED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT AND FLANKED BY THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THE RISK POSED BY THE VIRUS REMAINS LOW AND THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION IS FULLY PREPARED TO HANDLE THE THREAT >> WE'RE VERY, VERY READY FOR THIS FOR ANYTHING, WHETHER IT'S GOING TO BE A BREAKOUT OF LARGER PROPORTIONS OR WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE AT THAT VERY LOW LEVEL AND WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT VIC PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE WILL TAKE OVER ADMINISTRATION'S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE AND THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD ADD ADDITIONAL STAFF PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO EASE PUBLIC CONCERN OVER THE RISKS OF CORONAVIRUS AND STEM A STOCK MARKET SLIDE AS THE DISEASE CONTINUES TO SPREAD AROUND THE GLOBE LESTER >> JEFF BENNETT AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT, THANK YOU

>>> MEANWHILE, THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES WORLDWIDE REACHED NEARLY 81,000 WITH ROUGHLY 3,000 DEATHS HERE IN THE US OFFICIALS CONFIRMED A NEW CASE AS CITIES MAKE PREPARATIONS TO STOP THE VIRUS FROM SPREADING HERE IS TOM COSTELLO >> Reporter: AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER, THE FIRST HUMAN TRIAL FOR A CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT IS UNDERWAY

THE FIRST PATIENT, ONE OF 14 CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS FROM JAPAN NOW UNDERGOING TREATMENT IN OMAHA EVENTUALLY 400 PATIENTS WILL BE IN THE TRIAL WORLDWIDE >> THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WILL POTENTIALLY HAVE A MORE SEVERE DISEASE, POTENTIALLY EVEN BE A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION >> Reporter: THOUGH, THE NATION'S HEALTH EXPERTS CAUTION A VACCINE MAY NOT BE WIDELY AVAILABLE FOR 12 TO 18 MONTHS >> IF THIS CYCLES AND COMES BACK NEXT YEAR, THEN HAVING A VACCINE A YEAR AND A YEAR A AND A HALF FROM NOW WILL BE VERY APPLICABLE >> Reporter: THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM THE CDC, 60 KNOWN CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U

S, THOUGH THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO GROW THE HHS SECRETARY ON CAPITOL HILL >> THE RISK RIGHT NOW IS VERY LOW TO AMERICANS FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, WE TECHNICALLY ARE IN A STATE OF CONTAINMENT IN THE UNITED STATES >> Reporter: AT HOLY MAY MEDICAL CENTER IN NEW JERSEY, THE MEDICAL STAFF IS ALREADY PREPARING >> WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE PULLING THE CUFF OF THE GLOVE UP OVER THE ENTIRE SLEEVE

>> Reporter: REVIEWING PROTOCOLS FOR KEEPING A CONTAGIOUS VIRUS FROM SPREADING INCLUDING AIR SEALED TREATMENT ROOMS >> ANY STAFF THAT WENT INTO THAT ROOM WOULD WEAR APPROPRIATE GLOVES, GOGGLES, MASKS AND GOWNS WITH APPROPRIATE HAND WASHING >> Reporter: WHILE SAN FRANCISCO HAS NO REPORTS OF CORONAVIRUS YET, THE MAYOR HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY TO FREE UP RESOURCES OTHER BIG CITY MAYORS TRYING TO REASSURE THE PUBLIC

>> RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 1,200 HOSPITAL BED THAT WE CAN MAKE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO IS IN THE TESTING PROCESS OR WHO TESTS POSITIVE OR NEEDS ISOLATION IN A HOSPITAL SETTING >> IN THE EVENT THAT WE NEED TO RAMP UP QUARANTINING, WE'RE ABSOLUTELY PREPARED TO DO THAT >> Reporter: UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE SUSPENDING THEIR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS IN HARD-HIT ITALY AND ASIA UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS CARLY AND GRACE HAVE LEFT ITALY AND ARE NOW IN VIENNA NOT SURE WHERE THEY ARE GOING NEXT >> SO I'M ACTUALLY REALLY FREAKED OUT THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FELT LIKE I DON'T KNOW WHERE I'M GOING TO BE NEXT WEEK

>> Reporter: THE CORONAVIRUS THREAT STILL LOOMING LARGE >> TOM THERE HAS BEE CONFUSION WHETHER OR NOT THERE ARE ENOUGH PROTECTIVE MASKS AND GOWNS IN THE EVENT OF AN OUTBREAK WHAT'S THE REALITY CHECK ON THAT? >> Reporter: NEW YORK CITY TODAY SAID IT'S ASKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GET MORE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SO THAT IT'S PREPARED THE FDA SAYS THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF MASKS, OF GOWNS, OF GLOVES RIGHT NOW IT HAS 30 MILLION STOCKPILED BUT IF THERE WERE A TRUE PANDEMIC, IT MIGHT NEED TEN TIMES THAT MANY RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, IT IS NOT SOUNDING THE ALARM BELL ON THAT

>> WE DON'T WANT TO SOUND FEARFUL BUT NEED TO BE PREPARED THANK YOU, TOM >>> WE'RE GAINING NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE EVOLUTION OF THE CORONAVIRUS THANKS TO THE WORK OF A LEADING SCIENTIST STUDYING THE VIRUS AND THE ANIMALS THAT PROBABLY TRANSMITTED IT RICHARD ENGEL SPOKE WITH HER EXCLUSIVELY TODAY IN SINGAPORE >> Reporter: OUTSIDE CENTRAL SINGAPORE IS AN ANIMAL RESEARCH LAB WHERE SCIENTISTS HAVE ISOLATED THE PUREST FORM OF THE CORONAVIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19 AND KEEP IT LOCKED UNDER THE STRICTEST OF SECURITY >> SO NOW WE'RE GOING INTO THE MAIN LAB AND INSIDE THIS LAB HERE IS WHERE WE KEEP THE LIVE VIRUS >> Reporter: THE LIVE VIRUS? >> THE LIVE VIRUS >> Reporter: THE MOST DANGEROUS THING YOU HAVE AT THIS FACILITY? >> EXACTLY THIS IS THE VIRUS ISOLATED FROM THE SICK PATIENTS AND NOW IT'S HOUSED HERE >> Reporter: AUSTRALIAN DR DANIELLE ANDERSON IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP VIRALOGISTS

WITH 20 YEARS WORKED IN THE FIELD AT PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT THIS VIRUS >> THE SPREAD OF THIS IS REALLY, REALLY SURPRISING WE'VE SEEN OUTBREAKS IN THE PAST WE THINK WE KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING, AND SO FOR ME IT'S A REALLY, REALLY BIG SURPRISE >> Reporter: WHY IS IT SPREADING SO QUICKLY >> SO IT SEEMS THAT IT'S EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS AND IT'S NOT AIRBORNE BUT IT IS CONTAGIOUS >> Reporter: DR ANDERSON TOOK ME TO ANOTHER PART OF THE FACILITY TO SHOW ME WHERE THE VIRUS CAME FROM BATS, BATS GATHERED IN CHINA FOR FOOD A VET HERE CAPTURED ONE AND IN A CONTAINMENT CAGE, SHE SHOWED IT TO ME

WHY BATS HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU THAT THE CORONAVIRUS CAME FROM BATS >> PROBABLY 90% CONFIDENT THE NEW CORONAVIRUS CAME FROM BATS >> Reporter: THE INITIAL CONTAMINATION SHE SAYS LIKELY HAPPENED HERE AT A FILTHY ANIMAL MARKET IN WUHAN, CHINA SOMEONE THERE SHE BELIEVES BUTCHERED A BAT, CAME INTO CONTACT WITH ITS BLOOD OR URINE AND THEN TOUCHED HIS OR HER MOUTH OR NOSE WE KNOW THE REST OUTBREAKS STILL SPREADING AROUND THE WORLD IN SOUTH KOREA, THEY'RE DISINFECTING PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN CHINA, AUTHORITIES PROMISE TO CRACK DOW HARD ON THE WILDLIFE TRADE AND THEY'RE PREPARING TO TAKE CONTAINMENT TO A NEW LEVEL THIS VIDEO SHOWS SECURITY FORCES TRAINING TO CAPTURE A SUSPECTED INFECTED PERSON, A SIGN OF WHAT COULD BE COMING

DO YOU THINK IT'S GOING TO KEEP SPREADING? >> I THINK THAT IT IS HEADING TOWARDS BECOMING A PANDEMIC, YES WE HAVE TO WORK HARD FOR A VACCINE AND LEARN TO LIVE WITH THE VIRUS AND I THINK IT'S JUST GOING TO BECOME PART OF OUR LIFE >> Reporter: RICHARD ENGEL, NBC NEWS, SINGAPORE >>> JUST THREE DAYS NOW UNTIL THE CRITICAL SHOWDOWN FOR DEMOCRATS IN SOUTH CAROLINA BERNIE SANDERS TRYING TO BUILD ON HIS MOMENTUM AS THE FRONT-RUNNER AFTER A FIERY DEBATE WHERE HE WAS THE TOP TARGET OUR KRISTEN WELKER IS THERE TONIGHT

>> Reporter: TODAY A SURGING BERNIE SANDERS MAKING HIS PITCH TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN SOUTH CAROLINA >> WE'RE GOING TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER >> Reporter: IT COMES AFTER SANDERS GOT THE FRONT-RUNNER TREATMENT IN TUESDAY'S RUCKUS DEBATE, RIVALS PILING ON INCLUDING OVER HIS CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS ABOUT FIDEL CASTRO >> WHAT I SAID IS WHAT BARACK OBAMA SAID IN TERMS OF CUBA THAT CUBA MADE PROGRESS ON EDUCATION >> WE'RE NOT GOING TO WIN THESE CRITICAL, CRITICAL HOUSE AND SENATE RACES IF PEOPLE IN THOSE RACES HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY THE NOMINEE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS TELLING PEOPLE TO LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THE CASTRO REGIME

>> Reporter: TODAY, SANDERS GETTING BACKUP FROM HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI >> WILL YOU BE OKAY IF BERNIE SANDERS IS THE NOMINEE? >> YES >> DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS YOU COULD LOSE THE MAJORITY? >> NO >> Reporter: MEANWHILE, SOUTH CAROLINA COULD BE MAKE OR BREAK FOR JOE BIDEN WHO IS LEADING HERE AND TODAY GETTING A PROMINENT ENDORSEMENT FROM TOP DEMOCRAT CONGRESSMAN JIM CLYBURN >> WE KNOW JIM AND JIM KNOWS US

>> Reporter: LATER BIDEN GOING AFTER SANDERS WITH NBC'S CRAIG MELVIN >> HE'S NOT GOING TO COME ANYWHERE NEAR GENERATING THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG FOLKS THAT BARACK DID IN 2008 >> Reporter: BILLIONAIRE FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG BLASTED BY ELIZABETH WARREN OVER AN EX-BLOOMBER EMPLOYEE ACCUSATION WHEN SHE ANNOUNCED SHE WAS PREGNANT, BLOOMBERG SAID TO GET AN ABORTION, SOMETHING HE HAS DENIED UNDER OATH >> AT LEAST I DIDN'T HAVE A BOSS WHO SAID TO ME, KILL IT >> NEVER SAID IT, PERIOD, END OF STORY >> Reporter: TONIGHT, DEMOCRATS WEIGHING IN ON THE INTENSE ATTACKS

>> STOP THE FIGHTING AND LET'S ALL COME TOGETHER IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL, WHICH IS TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP >> THERE NEEDS TO BE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FISTICUFFS TO A DEGREE TO SEE WHO CAN TAKE ON TRUMP >> Reporter: THE LATEST POLL SHOWS 9% OF DEMOCRATS ARE UNDECIDED WITH SATURDAY'S CONTEST THE LAST CHANCE TO GRAB MOMENTUM BEFORE SUPER TUESDAY LESTER >> KRISTEN, THANKS >>> WE'LL BE BACK IN 60 SECONDS WITH THE SURPRISE TURN OF A TRAGIC DEATH OF A TODDLER THAT FELL TO HER DEATH ON A CRUISE SHIP >>> ALSO, THE BIG WINTER WEATHER ALERT BLIZZARD WARNINGS ISSUED TONIG >>> SEVERAL SUSPECTED MEMBERS OF A WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP ARE UNDERSTAND ARREST TONIGHT FOUR MEN FROM FOUR STATES, ARIZONA, TEXAS AND WASHINGTON ARE ACCUSED OF BEING RACIALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENT EXTREMISTS

THE JUSTICE DEPUTY SAYS THEY CONSPIRED TO INTIMIDATE JOURNALISTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WERE JEWISH OR PEOPLE OF COLOR >>> WE'RE TRACKING A MAJOR WINTER STORM TONIGHT MILLIONS UNDER ALERTS AND BLIZZARD WARNINGS FOR PARTS OF NEW YORK AL ROKER IS HERE AL, WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING? >> LESTER, WE RIGHT NOW HAVE 20 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER SOME SORT OF WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY OR WARNING AND AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE RAIN MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY AND SNOW BACK BEHIND IT

WE EXPECT HEAVY SNOW AROUND THE GREAT LAKES AND RAIN OR STORMS TOMORROW TOMORROW DRIFTING SNOW IN NEW ENGLAND WITH STRONG WINDS, POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES AND EIGHT INCHES TO A FOOT FROM WESTERN NEW YORK TO NEW ENGLAND AND LOOK AT CLEVELAND, PORTLAND, PHILLY, BURLINGTON LESTER, A DANGEROUS SITUATION OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS >>> WE KNOW YOU'LL KEEP US POSTED, THANKS >>> HERE IN NEW YORK HARVEY WEINSTEIN IS STILL IN A HOSPITAL TWO DAYS AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF FELONY SEX CRIMES

THERE IS NO WORD ON WHEN HE'LL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE RIKERS ISLAND JAIL TO AWAIT SENTENCING NEXT MONTH >>> A HEARTBREAKING TRAGEDY, A TODDLER FALLING TO HER DEATH FROM A CRUISE SHIP WINDOW LAST SUMMER IN PUERTO RICO AS HER GRANDFATHER WAS HOLDING HER TODAY WORD THAT HE PLANS TO PLEAD GUILTY IN A DEAL WITH PROSECUTORS KERRY SANDERS IS FOLLOWING THE CASE >> Reporter: SINCE THE DAY 18 MONTH OLD CHLOE WIEGAND PLUNGED 11 STORIES TO HER DEATH LAST JULY, HER GRAND FATHER CARING FOR HER AT THE TIME HAS SAID THE FALL OUT AN OPEN WINDOW ON A ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIP WAS AN ACCIDENT

SAM ANELLO PLANS TO FORMALLY PLEAD GUILTY TO NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE, HIS LAWYER SAYS HE'S REACHED A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH PROSECUTORS IN PUERTO RICO WHERE CHLOE DIED, IT'S A MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON ANELLO HOPING FOR PROBATION RELEASING A STATEMENT I WAS PLACED IN CHARGE OF KEEPING MY BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER SAFE AND I FAILED ADDING HE'S CHANGING HIS PLEA TO GUILTY TO TRY TO HELP END PART OF THIS NIGHTMARE FOR MY FAMILY >> IT REALLY WAS A FEELING THAT IF YOU COULD GET A FAIR JURY AND GO ALL THE WAY THROUGH THAT HE WOULD BE EXONERATED >> IT'S VERY HARD TO LOVE SOMEONE WHO IS GONE

>> Reporter: WE SPOKE WITH CHLOE'S PARENTS IN DECEMBER HAVE YOU HAD A VOICE HERE? >> WE ADVISED THEM WE DID NOT WANT ANY CHARGES BROUGHT ON HIM AND THEY WENT AHEAD WITH IT ANYWAYS >> Reporter: PROSECUTORS SAY KEY TO THE CRIMINAL CASE, SHIPBOARD SECURITY FOOTAGE THE FAMILY IS SUING THE CRUISE LINE IN CIVIL COURT FOR NEGLIGENCE ROYAL CARIBBEAN SAID IT WAS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRAGEDY, WHICH ANELLO SAYS WILL ALWAYS BE A CONSTANT NIGHTMARE EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE

ADDING I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU CHLOE, BEYOND MEASURE KERRY SANDERS, NBC NEWS >>> SCARY MOMENTS IN THE AIR WHEN A CELL PHONE CHARGER CAUGHT FIRE IN A PASSENGER'S BAG ABOARD A UNITED AIRLINES PLANE TODAY THE FLIGHT FROM NEWARK TO THE BAHAMAS MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED AND THE PLANE WAS INSPECTED AND TOOK OFF AGAIN ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO LATER

>>> IN MASSACHUSETTS A UTILITY COMPANY BLAMED FOR A SERIES OF DEADLY GAS EXPLOSIONS AGREED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO VIOLATING A FEDERAL PIPELINE SAFETY LAW COLOMBIA GAS OF MASSACHUSETTS AGREED TO PAY A RECORD $53 MILLION FINE THE EXPLOSIONS RIPPED THROUGH THREE TOWNS IN 2018 KILLING ONE PERSON AND INJURING 22 OTHERS >>> COMING UP HERE >>> COMING UP HERE TONIGHT, TAXPAYERS BE >>> A WARNING TONIGHT AS TAX TIME IS HERE ABOUT SCAMMERS WHO SAY THEY WANT TO HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR TAXES BUT ARE REALLY OUT TO GET YOUR MONEY VICKI NGUYEN ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR, THE PRICE YOU PAY, YOUR TAXES

>> Reporter: TAX SEASON IS IN FULL SWING AND SO ARE THE SCAMMERS OUT FOR YOUR MONEY >> THEY'RE TRYING TO STEAL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, FINANCIAL DATA >> Reporter: THE IRS' JONATHAN LARSON SAYS IF THE IRS NEEDS TO CONTACT YOU, IT WILL REACH OUT BY MAIL FIRST, NOT EMAIL, SOCIAL MEDIA OR TELEPHONE >> IF YOU RECEIVE A TELEPHONE CALL AND THEN IF THEY'RE THREATENING YOU, REQUESTING IMMEDIATE PAYMENT, THAT'S NOT THE WAY THE IRS OPERATES DON'T TAKE THE BAIT

>> Reporter: IF AN EMAIL LOOKS TO COME FROM THE IRS, DON'T CLICK LINKS OR OPEN ATTACHMENTS A DANGEROUS SOFTWARE COULD INFECT YOUR COMPUTER IF YOU HIRE SOMEONE TO DO YOUR TAXES, CHECK THEIR REFERENCES FAKE PREPARERS CAN STEAL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND DISAPPEAR WHAT EXACTLY IS A GHOST TAX PREPARER? >> THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BEING PAID TO PREPARE TAX RETURNS BUT THEY ARE NOT SIGNING THEIR NAME AS PREPARING THE RETURN >> Reporter: BY THE TIME YOU REALIZE, THE IRS HAS NO WAY TO TRACK THEM DOWN AND WHEN YOUR RETURN IS >> GREAT TO KNOW JAY IS DOING WELL NOW

>>> THAT'S "NIGHTLY NEWS" FOR THIS WEDNESDAY I'M LESTER HOLT, FOR ALL OF US AT NBC NEWS, ALL OF US AT NBC NEWS, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND GOOD NIGHT

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