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and drizzle eventually, yes, the return of rain thursday morning. very excited about that. >> like weren't all of a sudden. >> all over again. >> lester holt is next. thanks for joining us. glmpblths glmpblths glmpblths campaigns are preparing to deploy. smashed by hail the size of softballs, millions run for cover as violent storms slam the south. the danger far from over. new video of the moments leading up to an nfl star being gunned down in the street. more twists and a tragic mystery as a witness breaks his silence. the women leading the charge, demanding equal pay for equal work. on the field, in the office, and in hollywood. asking why women are still making 79 cents for every dollar a man gets. and warhol heist. tonight the fbi on the hunt as those iconic
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soup cans are stolen in a brazen grab. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. you know it's a strange presidential election year when a man not even a candidate in the race had to come forward today to say count me out. speaker of the house paul ryan tried to stick a fork in some growing speculation, saying he won't accept the republican nomination. donald trump is best positioned to win the delegates needed for the nomination, especially when he wins big in new york next week. but the math is still challenging, and the path uncertain. which is why the republican establishment has been talking up speaker ryan as its potential white knight. with late details, here's nbc's peter alexander. >> i do not want, nor will i accept the nomination for our party. >> reporter: house
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speaker paul ryan today tried to put unrelenting 2016 speculation to bed. >> to be the president, you should actually run for it. i chose not to do this. therefore, i should not be considered, period, end of story. >> reporter: ryan has insisted he is not a candidate before. >> i'm not running for president. i made that decision consciously not to. >> reporter: still for months as the volatile 2016 race has dragged on, many mainstream republicans have cast ryan as the ant dote, hoping he'll be the unifier in chief, an acceptable nominee who could satisfy all sides in a deadlocked convention if neither donald trump or ted cruz clinches the nomination outright. >> if no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, i believe that you should only choose from a person who has actually participated in the primary. count me out. >> reporter: and ryan aides point out it would be nearly impossible for him to win over trump and cruz delegates. ryan's appeal, his policy chops. the photogenic young
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family and midwestern roots. his words say no, but his political actions say maybe. evidence, a glossy video just days ago. a statesman like trip overseas and a history of public denials that he's angling for higher office before accepting it. first as mitt romney's running mate. >> not my plan. my plan is to be a good chairman of the house budget committee. >> reporter: then last fall, as speaker john boehner's successor. >> i don't want to be speaker. >> who do you think will be -- >> paul ryan. >> reporter: as the highest ranking official in the house, paul ryan will chair this summer's republican convention, meaning one way or another, he'll take the stage in cleveland. talk of a contested convention notwithstanding, donald trump is looking past next week's new york primary and is busy planning his campaign for the general election. nbc news is learning from sources inside his campaign details of how he plans to define and attack hillary clinton. clinton meantime isn't standing still, and we've dug up some
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insight into her battle plan against him. nbc's hallie jackson tells us more. >> reporter: tonight from the front-runners, an inside look at their playbooks, neither taking the nomination for granted but previewing their strategies in case of a match-up this fall. >> her whole life has been a big, fat, beautiful lie. >> reporter: donald trump now hitting hillary clinton's personal life, would pivot to more policy in a general election, nbc has learned from a top campaign aide, who reveals trump would go after clinton for not he crediting jobs, pointing to a lack of private sector experience. watch for attacks on benghazi, to paint her as weak on terror, and on her e-mail controversy. >> now you look at this horrible scandal with e-mails. >> reporter: a campaign source even crediting bernie sanders for moving clinton to the left, something trump would want to exploit to rally republicans. clinton's camp ready to take on trump. >> there has to be some form of punishment. already already out with ads against him.
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her adviser telling kristen welker tonight the candidate won't respond tit for tat to everyone insult but will hit trump's business practices. the campaign would target immigration and women's issues, and some analysts see clinton's attacks against sanders on gun control -- >> my opponent voted against the brady bill five times. >> reporter: -- as a possible preview of her style against trump, more subtle. >> a very sober, serious, and compelling message that i think is designed to go straight to the heart of independent and maybe swing voters. >> reporter: bill clinton's presidential library today dumping 400-plus pages of documents related to trump. more evidence of the front-runner's friendly past. maybe in their future, a fight both parties are preparing for. with an eye on the white house, trump's already previewing possible running mates, mentioning scott walker, john kasich, and marco
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rubio in an interview with "usa today." all three current or former rivals of trump, all of them dismissing talk of the job. lester. >> hallie, long road ahead. seven months to the general election. let's turn now to breaking developments regarding the killing of former nfl star will smith. there's late word that police have found a loaded gun inside smith's car, leading to more questions about the circumstances surrounding his death. new surveillance video shed light on the moments leading up to the deadly encounter. nbc's gabe gutierrez has late details for us. >> reporter: this surveillance video from a restaurant blocks away from the shooting appears to shed new light on former nfl star will smith's final moments. police have said that smith was driving a mercedes suv, and the man now charged with his murder, cardell hayes, was driving a hummer. in this new video, a hummer matching that description suddenly stops and is bumped by a mercedes suv. the hummer pulls over, but the suv appears to speed away. seconds later, the
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hummer follows. video from another business shows both vehicles driving by. just down that block, police have said a hummer rear-ended smith's suv. investigators say smith and hayes then exchanged words, leading to the gunfire. the defense says hayes was not the initial aggressor. this cell phone video taken moments after the shooting shows a witness describing how the argument escalated. late today, police said they found another two fully loaded guns, one inside hayes' vehicle and another inside smith's, in addition to the weapon they previously confiscated the night of the shooting. >> i'm still in disbelief. >> reporter: smith's father is devastated. >> did he kill my child? yes, he did. can i forgive him? yes, i can. but am i going to forget him? i'll never forget him. >> reporter: tonight smith's former teammate, pierre thomas, who was with him that night, speaking out for the
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first time, writing on social media, i witnessed a close friend i thought of as one of my big brothers in the nfl shot to death over a fender bender. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, new orleans. there is widespread damage across parts of the south after a ferocious line of storms drops hail bigger than a fist, smashing homes and cars, sending people running for cover. nbc's blake mccoy on the violent path of destruction. >> reporter: pounding hail as big as softballs, battering north texas. crashing through windows, destroying cars, and ripping holes in the siding of homes. >> they were way bigger than this. >> an that martin saved the hail that fell on her house. >> what did you say it sounded like? >> a machine gun. >> next door, the driving rain brought down denise davis' kreelgs. a creaking noise woke her up. she got out of bed to turn on the light.
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>> as soon as i moved out of my bed, my kreelg in my bedroom fell on me. >> reporter: today, wiley schools are closed as residents assess the damage. almost 150 homes battered by the larger than normal hail. these storms had unusually strong updrafts, building the hail in the clouds for longer. some reaching the size of softballs before they were heavy enough to fall, leaving a wave of destruction. destruction in arkansas, too, where lightning is the probable cause of a church fire. and one woman was killed in a car accident. >> went right through the windshield. >> reporter: back in texas, carlos espinoza, a roofer, was in the direct line of those hail storms. his truck is destroyed, but it doesn't matter. >> i'll be here a while fixing these roofs. >> reporter: residents say all of this damage happened in a matter of minutes. this is some of that hail. the cleanup work here is happening quickly because another round of severe weather is expected to hit on friday. lester. >> all right. blake, thank you. let's turn now to
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haunting new details of a horrific shooting at planned parenthood in colorado springs that left three people dead and many more injured. the attack, of course, happened months ago, but now newly released court documents are providing a disturbing glimpse into the mind of the accused killer. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer covered the shootings and has details. >> attention all unites, attention all unites. >> reporter: the november shootings at planned parenthood in colorado springs left three dead and 12 wounded. robert dear admitted he was the gunman, though he hasn't entered a plea. now in court documents, new chilling details. in the parking lot, prosecutors say dear told the woman she, quote, shouldn't have come, shot her multiple times, then stormed the clinic. from inside the documents say dear fired at propane tanks he left in the parking lot, hoping they would explode. he had an arsenal, six rifles, two handguns and a shotgun, while wearing a home made
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ballistic vest. the standoff lasted five terrifying hours. police officer garrett swayze, jennifer marcozy, and key air stewart were killed. we spoke to stewart's brother after the shooting. >> that's the only brother that i have, and he took that away from me. >> reporter: when dear was arrested, officers say he was happy and yelled about the killing of babies. >> this is unheard of. >> reporter: in court, he asked to represent himself. investigators say dear idolized paul hill, the minister who killed an abortion provider and his bodyguard and was later executed in florida. tonight, new insight into the man who says he killed three and has shown no remorse in public. miguel almaguer, nbc news. a major unveiling in our nation's capital hasn't obama dedicated a new monument for a battle
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generations have fought. it comes on what's dubbed equal payday. on average, men make 21% less than men. for those that say it's past time to change that, andrea mitchell explains why this day is so important. >> reporter: aline rizzo made the stunning realization four years ago. a male colleague in the same job at the fresno county office of education was making $12,000 a year more. >> i was speechless. i didn't even know how to grapple with that information. >> reporter: in fact, the average woman makes 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. from the world cup winning u.s. women's soccer team, paid 40% of what the men's team earned. >> it's like what do we have to do in order to close that gap. >> reporter: to hollywood star patricia arquette and that moment at the oscars. >> it's our time to have wage equality once and for all. >> what do you hope to accomplish? >> there has to be concrete changes made.
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>> reporter: equal payday marking how much longer women have to work this year to catch up to what men made last year. working moms have to work until june 4th. african-american women must work until august 23rd. latinas, until november 1st. the state with the biggest pay gap for women, louisiana. the smallest, right here in new york, where experts say women have greater access to high-paying jobs. >> in addition to equal pay for equal work for men and women, women are really concerned about fully paid maternity leave, child care, and time off. >> reporter: the industry is giving women the best chance at a pay rise, financial services, and health care. education, teachers, ranking worse. meanwhile, aline finally makes as much as her male colleague but is still suing for back pay. >> the story we will tell our girls is that when there was injustice, we stood up to it. >> reporter: at the current rate, women will not close that
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pay gap until 2059. still ahead tonight, art heist manhunt. how thieves made off in the night with some of the most famous artwork in the world. and the fbi now asking for help to catch them. also troubling new crash test results. what you need to know before hitting the road.
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welcome back. the fbi is trying to solve a mystery in missouri after a museum heist there. the question, who made off with most of a set of andy warhol prints
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of those iconic campbell's soup cans, worth big money? nbc's kevin tibbles has details. >> reporter: the most recognizable cans of soup in the world are also the most precious. so much so, that seven, part of a set of ten, valued at just under half a million dollars, were snatched from the walls of missouri's springfield art museum. >> the theft of these iconic warhol prints feels like the loss of a family member. >> reporter: created in 1968 by that pop star of pop artists, andy warhol, the prints were part of a series entitled campbell's soup 1. >> when people say andy warhol, they think of the soup cans. >> reporter: the fbi says it's a big-time crime, adding between four and six billion dollars' worth of art is stolen each year. these thieves were picked up by video surveillance in norway, grabbing a 4,000-year-old chinese vase in 2013. and just last month,
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13 suspects were arrested for the november theft of 17 paintings from an italian art museum valued at around $16 million. pilfering picassos has even become a staple in hollywood action flicks. it took pierce brosnan just seconds to elude museum security in "the thomas crown affair." the springfield art museum does not have security staff afterhours when the paintings were allegedly stolen. tonight, a $25,000 reward is being offered to anyone who might help lead the authorities to seven very cherished tins of soup. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. we're back in a moment with a major milestone for one of the world's most beloved children's authors.
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we're back now with troubling results in new crash tests on some of the most popular vehicles on the road. out of several full-size pickup trucks tested, only one earned the highest safety rating. but as nbc's ron mott reports, all the
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others fell short of that mark. >> reporter: just one full-size pickup, the 2016 ford f-150 passed muster in 40-mile-per-hour crash tests, designed to expose weak spots that put passengers at risk. >> the ford f 150 did an excellent job of controlling the amount of intrusion into the occupant space. the others just did not. >> reporter: crew cab and extended cab pickups were tested in front corner impact crashes, the deadliest type of collision. the f-150 came out on top, earning the insurance institute for highway safety's highest or good rating. three others judged acceptable, and every truck except the f-150 red-flagged for lower leg and foot injuries to crash dummies. these new results are welcome news for ford, especially after its aluminum body was criticized by some competitors. ironically, as a safety concern. >> these crash tests show that when you look at the entire group and you look at it closely, the ford
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f.-150 is head and shoulders much safer than the competitors. >> reporter: one competitor, gm, reacted to the test with a no comment. chrysler and toyota both said their trucks meet or exceed all applicable motor vehicle safety standards. at ford dealers and on the street, even more thumbs up. >> there will be people that are persuaded to look at ford now that would not have looked before this. >> reporter: america's best-selling vehicle now among the safest. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. and a happy 100th birthday tonight to legendary author beverly cleary who has inspired generations of readers with characters lycra mona and beez us, and henry hug ngz. when she w she celebrated today with a slice of carrot cake. she's still going strong and still obviously with that great sense of humor. when we come back, at 96 years old, this veteran still feels the need for speed, and he just made a life-long dream come
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finally tonight, a story that reminds us it's never too late for your dreams to take flight. a veteran military pilot, who at age 96, still had a lifelong wish that he never fulfilled. but we were there when it finally came true. now as our kristen dahlgren tells us, his spirits are soaring. >> jack is the type of guy that leaves people in awe. >> what do you mean you still fly an airplane? at your age? >> reporter: at almost 97 years old, he still flies almost every weekend. he's spent much of his life in a cockpit, from world war 2 through korea and vietnam. jack piloted massive transport planes and bombers. but there's one plane he's never flown in until now. thanks to a partnership between wish of a life tooim and the nationwide communities of brookdale senior living, jack is getting his wish. with his daughter and
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grandson looking on, he finally takes off. >> all right, up we go. >> reporter: on the adventure of a lifetime. >> oh, yeah. oh, yeah. beautiful roll. >> reporter: there's all the speed and acrobatics jack hoped for. >> there's 2 gs, how do you feel, jack? >> not too bad. >> reporter: but there's one more thing on his wish list. >> are you ready to fly, jack? you got the controls. >> thank you, sir. >> reporter: and for a little while at least, he is jack dorshoff, top gun. >> it's guys like you that opened up the doors for guys like me. >> reporter: no surprise, it's tough to get him back on the ground. >> i felt a little pressure on ott stick. i said, jack, i got this one. >> reporter: the man who for so many years fought for his country, living his american dream. >> doesn't get any better. >> reporter: kristen pb >> felt like we were
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kind of along for the ride there for a moment. that's going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and have a eggy bunker. i consider this to be a very safe community. so it is disturbing to me. >> right now at 6:00, a brutal beating in a normally quiet and safe neighborhood. detectives say this man was wanted in two states on violent crimes. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. want to show you video here. the man in utah pulling a gun on a convenience store clerk. but he eluded police for over a year until investigators say the turned up in orinda and attacked a man at a party. nbc bay area's elyce kirschner,
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this news comes as city leaders are trying to meet to decide about banning online house rentals in that city. >> reporter: yeah, and jess, the meeting was prompted by the brutal beating that occurred in front of an online rental property. the suspect, we've learned, was also wanted in a violent home invasion and a robbery in utah. and it was all caught on camera. he calmly walks in, points his gun, and prepares to fire shots. this is surveillance video from december 2015 of falala maka shortly after he held a father and son at gunpoint during a home invasion in utah. >> fast forward to today we have a suspect in custody. >> reporter: authorities finally caught up with maka in san leandro last week after police say he nearly beat a fellow party goer to death outside a house party in orinda in february. >> he's still in the hospital

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