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issuing in the team from the dressing room. tonight, storming the gates. payoff as trump protesters block traffic, breaching barricades and clashing with police. some forced to pull over on the highway, rush through a field swarmed by security. developing news. the first u.s. death from zika. new concerns, and a new zika test just approved. new tornado warnings. as another violent outbreak targets tens of millions. giant hail and life-threatening floods. up in smoke. a gas mask, a bong, and the tale of the tape that ended with millions of dollars lost in a matter of minutes. high drama on live tv. and no laughing matter. is there anything funny about a hollywood comedy about ronald reagan in the grip of alzheimer's. his family sure doesn't think so. and a big star is under fire.
"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm thomas roberts in for lester tonight. we begin in california, where for the second day in a row, police and protesters clashed over the appearance of donald trump. just south of san francisco, in burlingame, dozens of protesters stormed barricades confronting police in riot gear outside of a hotel where trump was scheduled to speak at the state's republican convention. the clashes captured on live tv, forcing trump's security detail to an alternate route. eventually putting the candidate on foot for a not so grand entrance through the back door. halle jackson has the late details. >> reporter: busting down barricades -- >> they're breaking through the barrier, rushing into the front of the hyatt regency. >> reporter: protesters mobbing the hotel where donald trump appeared late this afternoon.
swarming the entrance, clashing with police in full riot gear. a scuffle with one trump backer trying to get in. >> it's a revolution. it's come to violence. that's just the way it goes. >> reporter: trump and his security detail forced to ditch their cars and hop a highway barrier over a berm into the back. >> that was not the easiest entrance i've ever made. felt like i was crossing the border, actually. i was crossing the border. but i got here. >> reporter: more chaos in california, after this, less than 24 hours ago in orange county. a demonstrator stomping a police car, a trump supporter bloodied after reporters witness a confrontation. nearly 20 people arrested. the controversial candidate today unfazed by the protest outside, snapping pictures inside with california republicans. >> so here's the "washington post" today. the time has come to admit that republican voters want donald
trump. >> reporter: the tense protests, not unusual at trump events, probably won't stop if he ends up in a fight this fall with hillary clinton. and in california, trump could wrap up the nomination june 7th in the liberal-leaning state, he's unsurprisingly unpopular overall, but among conservatives, a slim majority view him favorably. >> when i focus on hillary, she'll go down easier than any of the people we just beat. >> reporter: his remarks over, trump ready to leave the same way he came in. ted cruz, meanwhile, making his case for the nomination in indiana. a make-or-break state for him. today picking up a kind of endorsement from governor mike pence. but pence went out of his way to praise trump, too, another sign the never-trump movement may not have the power it needs to stop the front-runner. >> halle, thanks so much. and much more on the
president race, sunday on "meet the press," chuck todd sits down with senator ted cruz and his game plan 48 hours from what could be his last stand in indiana. there is developing news tonight from the cdc, the first death linked to the zika virus on u.s. territory in puerto rico. the victim was an elderly man. raising new concerns as we learn of a new test to detect it. nbc's tom costello has the details. >> reporter: it's ground zero in america's fight against zika. now the first death reported in puerto rico. a 70-year-old man who died from internal bleeding, but he also had underlying complications. a new development, zika is most commonly connected to guillain-barre and microseverely in babies. since november, 707 confirmed zika cases in puerto rico, 89 of them pregnant women. thousands more are expected to become infected there, and potentially on the u.s. mainland. but congress still not approving zika
funding. >> if you look at the continental united states, we're still getting more and more what we call travel related cases, people who are infected elsewhere, south america, central america, or the caribbean, who get infected there and then come back to the united states. >> reporter: babies born with microcephaly have unusually small heads and brains. in seattle, stephanie and andre silva decided not to take a chance, after becoming pregnant while living in brazil, they returned home, then waited for weeks for a zika blood test to come back from the cdc. >> it was very scary. it was very scary, and your mind goes everywhere, to all the worst case scenarios, and you just -- you think way too much. >> reporter: it took a full month before she learned she was zika-free. today the fda approved local labs to run zika tests, to reduce the backlog and anxiety. in new york, ob/gyn is
telling pregnant patients to not travel to zika zones and to get tested if they've already returned. >> i'm telling them to if they are having intercourse with somebody who may have been infected, either not to have intercourse with those people or to use condoms. very, very important. >> reporter: the good news? even if a pregnant woman contracts zika, her unborn baby may not. once again, today researchers stress that for women who contract zika and are not pregnant, and don't get pregnant for eight weeks, future pregnancies should not be at risk. thomas? >> we continue to learn more. tom costello. tom, thank you. we turn our attention now to the severe threats for tens of millions as we head into this weekend. we have new tornadoes already tonight firing up, and hail the size of softballs. it is a dangerous mix. miguel almaguer is in one of the target areas for us tonight in dallas. >> reporter: battered. and tonight in oklahoma, yet another round. lightning, hail, and possible tornadoes.
25 million people in the plains facing a severe weather warning. parts of oklahoma, louisiana, texas, and arkansas on the alert for flash flooding. tonight in northern texas, a series of storms developing. the forecast predicting even more this weekend. >> severe storms today could bring hail, damaging wind and tornadoes. tomorrow we watch a lot of the same areas and heavy rain could bring flooding. >> reporter: in houston, where earlier this month more than 1,000 homes were flooded, tonight they're getting ready for more water rescues. and in colorado, they're not done with the snow. six inches in the forecast. a guarantee for slick roads. from central california, to indiana, this week 27 tornadoes in 10 states. now a new weekend warning for the south, getting ready for dangerous days ahead. tonight, here in
dallas, where it's warm, humid, we have seen some rain. the sky looks ominous. in this area, there have been reports of golf ball-sized hail and tornado warnings. it's the start of what could be a dangerous few days ahead. thomas? >> miguel almaguer reporting in dallas for us. miguel, thank you. we turn our attention into the developments in the death of singer spring. as police follow the trail to track down the source of the powerful painkillers that were found as nbc news has reported on the singer. and on his property. nbc's stephanie gosk has the very latest. >> reporter: within hours of prince's death, the carver county sheriff's office filed a search warrant for paisley park. they say prescription painkillers were found on prince's body, and in the house. where the drugs came from, and who prescribed them, are a key part of this case. a source connected to the family tells nbc news that one of prince's doctors was a close family friend. records released by the sheriff's office show that the 911 call
on april 21st was not the first call for help. two times last year, august and september, authorities were contacted for unspecified medical reasons. still waiting for answers about his death, prince's family has already started to discuss the estate. with no will, spouse or children, the estimated $300 million will be split among siblings, including his half-brother alfred jackson who hadn't seen prince in years. how was it to see everybody? >> pretty good. it made me feel a lot better. >> reporter: outside paisley park, a painter touches up a portrait, more interested in paying tribute to prince's life than in the investigation of his death. stephanie gosk, nbc news, minnesota. it's unlike anything nfl fans have seen before. right before the draft began last night, someone posted an incriminating video of laramie tunsill, a player many thought would be one of the top picks. and it came from his own account. he said he was hacked.
as blake mccoy reports, it sent his fortunes tumbling on live tv. >> the first picks in the 2016 nfl draft. >> reporter: just minutes before the nfl draft last night, a stunning revelation that cost a top prospect millions. this video showing laramie smoking a bong with a gas mask, posted to his own twitter account. the draft night drama sending him tumbling to the number 13 pick, well below what had been expected, costing him at least $8 million. fans surprised. tunsill forced to apologize. >> i made a huge mistake. things happen. i can't control things, who gets in my phone and hacking my instagram, twitter. >> the miami dolphins select laramie tusill. >> reporter: the dolphins claim they already knew about the 2-year-old video and are willing to look past it.
>> we're very comfortable with the player and the person. >> reporter: tensill said he doesn't know who hacked his account just before the draft here in chicago last night. but speculation is swirling around his stepfather. the two have been involved in a nasty legal battle, that stepfather telling tmz today it wasn't him. on his instagram, another post. text messages of tunsill asking athletic officials at his alma mater old miss for rent money, money he admits receiving, a violation of ncaa rules. the school is investigating. >> by 9:00 last night, he was the most famous college football player in america. it just happened to be for all the wrong reasons. >> reporter: down, but not out. >> i'm drafted in the nfl. so i'm happy. >> reporter: the miami dolphins giving him a second chance. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. another dangerously close encounter between the u.s. and russian forces over the baltic sea. and it comes just weeks after russian jets were caught on this video buzzing a u.s. warship. in the latest incident, for the second time this month, military officials say a russian jet did a barrel roll over a
u.s. plane coming within 25 feet. 16 u.s. military personnel have been disciplined for the deadly air strike on a doctors without borders hospital in afghanistan. but the pentagon says it was not a war crime. and none involved face criminal charges for the october 3rd attack. when a u.s. gun ship fired 211 shells for 30 minutes, it killed dozens of doctors and patients there. investigators are now blaming human errors, fatigue and equipment failure for the mistaken attack. a meeting at the vatican today between vice president biden and pope francis. the vice president was there to speak at a conference about the cancer moon shot plan he's leading in a search for a cure. the pope and vice president took a few moments to greet each other, as the people there looked on. still ahead for you tonight, the new will ferrell movie about president reagan's battle with alzheimer's, sparking a firestorm before the cameras even roll.
back now with the major backlash over a hollywood comedy planned about ronald reagan in the grip of alzheimer's with the actor will ferrell, portraying the former president. reagan's family is outraged saying it is no laughing matter. chances are the families of the more than 5 million americans who suffer from this disease might agree. we get details from nbc's cynthia mcfadden.
>> reporter: there's no denying will ferrell is a funny guy. >> i'm entering the race for president of the united states of america. >> reporter: and he has mocked presidents before. >> you've got to admit it's a pretty good plot twist that i turned out to be the smart one. >> reporter: but is it going too far to play president ronald reagan with alzheimer's in a new comedy. ronald and nancy reagan's daughter, patty davis, said emphatically yes. davis, in an open letter to ferrell thursday wrote, i watched as fear invaded my father's eyes, this man who was never afraid of anything. i heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, i don't know where i am. the film's premise is this. that reagan suffers dementia symptoms in his second term, and a white house intern has to convince reagan he is an actor playing the president. in 1995, president reagan was wildly lauded when he helped teach the nation about alzheimer's, in his open letter to the american people.
i now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. i know that for america, there will always be a bright dawn ahead. >> people aren't flocking to the movie theaters to watch something funny on alzheimer's. >> reporter: joe is the new director of the hollywood reporter. >> if you combine alzheimer's which isn't a funny topic, and then combine the president of the united states that the republican party adores so much, ronald reagan, it's really a recipe for disaster. >> reporter: in her letter, davis suggested ferrell visit a dementia facility as she has. i didn't find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you're a decent human being, you wouldn't either. and tonight will ferrell backing out. his representative saying, he is not pursuing this project. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. we'll be back in a moment with what sparked a social media feud today between the obamas and the royals.
this weekend marks the end of an era for the ringling brothers and barnum & bailey circus. after nearly a century and a half of the show for all ages, it's retiring its famous elephant act and sending them to a florida conservation. nbc's kerry sanders explains why this show must not go on. >> reporter: kids are still captivated at the sight of an elephant. but now after 145 years, performing at the ringling brothers and barnum and bailey service, the tradition is coming to an end. animal rights activists waged an aggressive campaign saying it was cruel to force elephants to perform and changed local laws. >> it's very hard to operate when we're touring week in and week out, and in every city the rules and the regulations and the guidelines are different. you're a good looking girl. >> reporter: in all, 40 performing elephants will retire
to florida, at ringling's center for elephant conservation, a 200-acre preserve that is not an attraction open to the public. what is an elephant retirement? >> this, trees, people, relationships, other elephants, plenty to eat, pedicures. really, it's pretty much going to be like their life on the show but without traveling. >> reporter: the elephants won't be performing anymore, but they'll still be working. >> we have cells -- >> reporter: researchers at the huntsman center for research in utah are searching for clues in the circus elephant's blood. they want to know why elephants rarely get cancer, and if that could help pediatric patients. this weekend, a final curtain call at the greatest show on earth. kerry sanders, nbc news, providence, rhode island. it's one of the most powerful machines on the planet. a 17-mile-long super conductor worth $7
billion designed to slam particles together at nearly the speed of light. and tonight it's been knocked out of commission by a tiny animal officials at the lab in switzerland say they are experiencing severe electrical problems, and they're pretty sure it's because a weasel chewed through some of the wires. and it could take weeks to fix. >> now to the moment that sent fans of the "west wing" into a frenzy today. a big surprise in the real west wing when actress allison beloved in her role on the long-running hit tv show actually appeared in the white house briefing room, in character. she was there to discuss a serious issue, the opioid epidemic in america and those helping to fight it. you don't see this every day, queen elizabeth trash talking the president and first lady. it was all in jest, of course. the obamas first got it started. they tweeted a video teasing prince harry about the u.s. getting ready to bring it to the invictis game, a
competition for wounded americans. harry tweeted back with some help from grandma. mike drop for mike drop. >> careful what you wish for. >> oh, really? please. >> boom. >> i think harry wins. we're going to see who wins those bragging rights when the invictis games happen in florida. they begin on may the 8th. when we come back, it's a house divided. a couple married for 35 great years, then along came donald trump the politician. ===jess/2shot===
next at 6: the rocky start to the california g-o-p convention. ===jess/vo=== the chaos donald trump faced during today's campaign swing just as his rivals head our way. ===raj/vo=== plus, reining in the rising costs of meds for the entire family. the plan to cut costs for pet prescriptions. ===next close=== the news is next. finally tonight, probably happening in your home this political season, as dinner heats up, so does the debate. kevin tibbles takes us to one american household where they just might knee a referee. >> reporter: meet the hinmans of sunny fresno, california, usa, married 35 wonderful years. >> want some wine? >> reporter: she's a lawyer, john a doctor. two peas in a pod. except when it comes to one presidential candidate, donald trump. >> doesn't mince words. >> i don't get the interrupting. >> he handles a lot of criticism. >> thin skinned. >> reporter: you may have gathered john is committed.
>> he's serious. he wants to get things done. >> reporter: janine hasn't picked a candidate, but said it ain't going to be the donald. >> i don't know who he really is politically. >> reporter: things were heating up. >> we have different reactions when donald trump is talking. >> reporter: new rules were needed and fast. separate political viewing on two tvs. and only in the living room. >> no donald in the bedroom? >> no donald in the bedroom. >> reporter: a safe word to stop the sniping when things boiled over. >> foliage. >> foliage, yeah. >> foliage? >> sometimes you want to say it after i've said five other things. >> reporter: i think he said earlier, i think she's coming around to my point of view. >> really? really? what would you base that on? >> your intelligence. i think my points are better. >> i'm waiting for him to say, she gets emotional. >> i'm going to say foliage right now. >> reporter: still, with the election 27 weeks away, the hinmans vow they won't let politics interfere
with the state of their union. kevin tibbles, nbc news, fresno. >> referees have a lot of work this season. that's going to do it for us tonight. i'm thomas roberts here in new york in for lester. for all of us here at "nbc nightly news," thanks==jess/take vo== right now at six: clashes at the convention. donald trump drops in on the bay area... and right now at 6:00, clashes at the convention. donald trump drops in on the bay area and chaos erupts. thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai. a brief and volatile visit a lot of layers to this visit. outside the hotel you can see protesters clashing with police. at times it was a rowdy situation. >> and then this. a bizarre arrival by donald trump himself. trump avoided protesters by taking an unconventional route to the hyatt hotel.
first his motorcade stopped on 101 and parked on the shoulder, he walked through a freeway wall, hopped down and made his way into the hotel. >> let's start with nbc bay area's robert honda. a tactical game plan by police. how well did it work? >> reporter: it worked really. it's quiet here because as you can imagine the emotional atmosphere and tension were directly related to the presence of donald trump. protesters arriving early to the hyatt hotel in burlingame to greet or block the arrival of donald trump to the gop convention. they immediately lined up in clusters on the usual entrance old bay shore highway and started a cat and mouse game between the demonstrators and the candidate. the crowd crew blocking the street and hotel and tensions escalated. at one point a