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wall. >> tom brokaw celebrating 50 years. sunday night we have a two-hour special. news tonight. cheers, controversy and condemnation as president trump signs an order temporarily restricting entry to the u.s. from several muslim countries. amid a firestorm. what's in the plan? critical divide -- is the president about to ease sanctions on russia and putin? britain's prime minister says don't. and tonight powerful republican senators issue a warning to mr. trump. flu outbreak, now widespread in 37 states. worse than this time last year. a mean season hitting american families and schools hard. the price you pay to keep your pets happy and healthy. are you paying too much? and celebrating 50
years. as tom brokaw marks half a century at nbc news. tonight some of the big names turning the tables on him. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. and a good friday evening to our viewers in the west. in a nod to what many saw as one of the most controversial positions of his campaign, president trump moved today to narrow or even close the door for entry into the u.s. by some of those predominantly muslim countries. the president late today signing an order for what he calls extreme vetting. tighter screening for would-be immigrants for preventing foreign terrorists from entering the u.s. the order stops short of a temporary muslim ban he first floated on the campaign trail, but it's close enough to strike a deep nerve among some immigration activists. nbc's white house
correspondent kristen welker has details. president donald trump green-lighting a campaign promise, signing an executive action to what he calls extreme vetting. >> to keep islamic terrorists out of the united states. >> the administration has yet to release specifics. but early drafts show the order called for banning refugees from seven predominantly muslim-populated countries. >> we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people. >> tonight, civil rights groups and muslim communities expressing concern. >> that is unacceptable. it is targeting a muslim. >> but the move was broadly popular among trump's supporters during the campaign. >> i'm not so sure that it's a bad idea, but i don't know that it's a great idea, either. >> trump initially proposed the inflammatory policy on the campaign trail in december. >> donald j. trump is
calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> word that sparked condemnation and critics arguing a ban on a religion in unconstitutional. mr. trump changed his tone in the general election, aiming to broaden his appeal. but tonight outrage and claims his executive order amounts to a muslim ban by another name. the aclu saying extreme vetting is just a euphemism for discriminating against muslims. the council on american islamic relations also weighing in. >> he's sowing seeds of hatred and division >> in an interview, the president saying the focus will be on helping christian refugees. >> they've been horribly treated. if you were in a christian in syria, it was impossible, at least very, very tough to get into the united states. >> if you read the fine print of the executive order, it says mr. trump is
banning muslims for 90 days in syria, yemen, and other islamic countries. but tonight the republican head of congress's homeland committee says the ban on syrian refugees is indefinite. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. we turn to a high-stakes meeting at the white house. president trump and british prime minister theresa may both facing tough questions as a critical divide was exposed over whether to lift sanctions on russia. and vladimir putin. tonight powerful republican senators are warning the president not to do it. our white house correspondent hallie jackson has details. >> on full friendly display today, the relationship with the uk. donald trump and theresa may hand in hand. though not eye to eye on several key issues like russia. president trump today refusing to say whether he'll lift sanctions against moscow. >> we'll see what happens, as far as the sanctions, very early to be talking about that. >> fault lines drawn,
with british prime minister theresa may making it clear she thinks those punishments should stay. >> we believe the sanctions should continue until we see the minsk agreement fully implemented. >> house speaker paul ryan also supporting sanctions. >> i think sanctions are overdue. i think obama was late in putting them in place. i think they should stay. >> the british leader not addressing the president's stunning state. he believes torture works. while deferring to his defense secretary, who says it does not. >> i don't necessarily agree, but i would tell you that he will override because i'm giving him that power. >> may going further than the president himself has, about his commitment to nato. >> mr. president, i think you said you confirmed that you're 100% behind nato. >> the president warm with his british counterpart at one point ribbing her for a question he didn't like from the british press. >> what do you say to our viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming the leader of the free world? >> this was your choice of a question? there goes that relationship.
>> that relationship still developing as president trump works to do damage control with a different leader. mexican president pena nieto. president trump spending an hour on the phone with him today, after backlash over the border wall. >> it was a very, very friendly call. >> the mexican government says both leaders agreed to stop talking publicly about the wall. an apparent attempt to try to turn down the temperature. the president will have more talks with foreign leaders tomorrow. set to hold calls with the heads of france, germany and russia. that one in particular highly anticipated. given the relationship president trump has indicated he wants with vladimir putin. saying today he hopes it's fantastic. but adding it's possible it may not be. lester? >> hallie jackson also at the white house, thank you. it's part of a very busy day in washington where thousands turned out on the national mall for the annual march for life, rallying against abortion. and this year, they
were addressed by vice president mike pence. the first sitting vp to attend. nbc news national correspondent peter alexander was there. >> marching on the mall today, a movement with new life. thousands of abortion rights opponents like peggy carroll of maryland, here with 40 family members, optimistic about this moment. >> is there a new energy? >> there is a new energy. people are starting to realize that abortion is murder. >> speaking out today, vice president mike pence, making history as the first vice president ever to address the march for life. >> life is winning again in america. >> emboldened by republicans gaining control of congress and the white house, activists are unfazed by reservations about president trump's evolving position on abortion. >> are you confident as president he's seen this cause? >> we've seen his commitment to the life cause in his first
week of office in a way we've never seen in another president. >> in his first week, president trump delivering on their first demand. vowing he'll appoint an anti-abortion justice to the supreme court within days. among those making a pilgrimage, katrina gallic and her classmates traveling 1400 miles from bismarck, north dakota to lead today's march. >> why make the commitment to come this far? >> we love life. >> 44 years after roe v. wade they're still marching here. americans remain deeply divided on abortion. 59% say it should be legal in all or most cases. 37% oppose it. >> when you make abortion illegal or harder to access, the number of abortions do not go down. but the number of deaths and injuries to women go up. >> peggy carroll rejected having an abortion 24 years ago. her son, shawn, joined her today. >> he's the biggest blessing in my life. i don't understand abortion. >> today on twitter, president trump said he fully supports the march for life.
but organizers here want to see results, including the defunding of planned parenthood, within the new president's first year. lester? >> peter alexander on capitol hill tonight, thanks. it's been an intense first week in office for president trump, with a torrent of executive orders, significant u.s. policy shifts and public feuding as he moves rapidly to put his agenda into action. in arizona today, nbc's gadi schwartz sat down with supporters to get their reaction. >> in the county that gave president donald trump his most votes, his supporters are giving him rave reviews. >> as a small business owner i've been impressed with his desire to reduce regulations. >> i like everything he's doing. going for the wall. i like pro life. >> in his whirlwind first week in office, trump is set to work with a flurry of executive orders, including his first, setting the repeal of obamacare into motion. >> currently we have very few providers, very few options. so the whole affordable side of it is just not there.
>> what's the most important promise that you've heard from trump that you want him to keep? >> the safety of my children comes first. so extreme vetting. there's too many people coming in that don't like us, don't want to assimilate. want to bring their culture. and no. we are americans first. >> on homeland security, janet says she already feels safer. >> one of the most important things to me is to get rid of isis. i do not want my children and my little grandchildren to have to live in fear. >> and in arizona, immigration is an everyday issue. >> i think he's got a great plan. we need that wall. >> out of all the controversies that the president has stirred among his critics, among this panel there were only two concerns. the length of trump's tie. >> he could tie his tie a little shorter. >> and trade proposals. >> he said he was going to make mexico pay for the wall, and i don't know if i necessarily agree with the tariffs. >> as for the rest of
the country -- >> ron, what's your advice for the other side? >> the other side? >> give the guy a chance. >> gadi schwartz, nbc news, gilbert, arizona. this evening important news from the cdc, flu season is far worse than this time last year. most states are dealing with widespread outbreaks and even with the vaccine that doctors say is a pretty good match, the flu is approaching epidemic levels in parts of the country. nbc's rehema ellis has more. >> charles johnson was so sick from the flu doctors put him in the isolation ward at a seattle hospital. tonight the cdc says washington is one of 37 states with widespread flu outbreaks. with more than 25,000 cases reported nationwide. up from last year, at this time. emergency rooms are inundated. some schools closed in hard-hit areas. people are worried. doctors say it hasn't peaked yet. the flu can be very dangerous, even deadly, and spreads easily.
>> it is very contagious because it's an airborne virus. so even someone sneezing in your vicinity can aerosolize the droplets and you can pick it up that way. >> what makes the flu different from a bad cold? high fever, intense headache and profound body aches. doctors say this vaccine is a good match for this year's flu and it's not too late to get your shot. which takes about two weeks for the protection to kick in. at new beginnings barber shop in baltimore -- >> a safe environment. warm welcome. >> the owner has teamed up with a local clinic offering flu shots for free. >> i got a flu shot today because i forgot to get one in october when i had planned on it. >> tonight taking precautions. and practicing some of the best prevention. old-fashioned hand washing to keep the virus from spreading any further. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. we're back with
>> this family's beloved finley has always gone to a local vet in norman, oklahoma. >> she's a huge part of our family. >> but now there's a new big business model for pet care. mars the candy and pet food company recently bought a chain of 900 pet hospitals, adding to its empire of 800. critics say corporate vet clinics could cost more than you need to spend because they sell wellness subscription packages with services your pet may not need. >> you shouldn't feel pressured to sign one before you've really connected with the veterinarian or the veterinary practice that you're considering. >> you're so good. >> branning took finley comparison shopping and we covered the cost. first up the independently run mcgee street animal hospital. >> they explained everything, gave me price sheets and did not make me fee obligated at all. >> mcghee recommended finley get an annual exam, plus several vaccines. >> we're going to the vet. >> next up, the
banfield clinic inside petsmart. >> they were pushing a lot for getting vaccinations today. >> this clinic recommended a $300 yearly subscription program. but that includes vaccines, unlimited office visits, and extra bloodwork. in a statement to nbc news, banfield said we deeply believe preventive care is critical to the health of a pet. and subscription plans make it an affordable and accessible option. >> who ends up being the more affordable option for your family? >> for me, the mom and pop because i have a healthy dog. >> making a choice that's right for finley and encouraging every pet owner to shop around. jolyn kent, nbc news, norman, oklahoma. we'll take a short break here. when we come back, a city trying to atone for a terrible injustice nearly 80 years ago.
an incident long remembered as one of that community's most shameful moments. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story. >> there are pictures on the walls of the legrange, georgia police department, but no sign of its troubled past. >> there's no record of the discovery of his body. >> so last night, chief lewis deckmarr did something extremely rare. >> i'm profoundly sorry. it should never have happened. >> he apologized for the lynching of a black teenager named austin calloway in 1940. >> the police department failed austin calloway, failing to bring those people responsible to justice. >> calloway had been accused of assaulting a white woman here. and was locked up in jail overnight. then a group of masked white men kidnapped him. took him to the edge of town and shot him. >> no one was ever prosecuted. a grand jury's only recommendation was that the jail needed better locks. the equal justice initiative found there
were more than 4,000 racial lynchings from 1877 to 1950. >> you have to forgive. >> debra tatum is austin calloway's distant cousin. she accepts the chief's apology. >> a lot of times actions speak louder than words. but words, they're a start. >> tonight, a town once in the jim crow south is trying to heal. >> can you erase that history? >> you're never going to erase the history. you try to interrupt that history. >> proving sometimes it's never too late to right a wrong. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. legrange, georgia. turning now to syracuse, new york and a terrifying scene caught on camera. surveillance video captured the moment when a pickup truck crashed into the side of a public bus. moments before passengers can be seen bracing for impact and some are simply sent flying. six people were treated for injuries. the driver of the pickup was ticketed by police. when we come back, we're celebrating 50 years of tom brokaw at nbc.
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colleague, tom brokaw, who used to occupy this place each night for decades. he's celebrating 50 years at nbc news. and as part of a special primetime broadcast airing this sunday, tom speaks with some big names of business, politics and culture who get to interview him for a change. tonight, tom offers us a preview. >> 1966, i was just starting at nbc news. and the golden state was where change of every kind, political, cultural, social, played out all day, every day. >> mutually suspicious. afraid and reluctant to shoulder any of the blame for their crisis in los angeles. this is tom brokaw reporting. but in no time, the most challenging year of my professional life. >> these feel like really tumultuous times. but we have lived through even more
difficult and more tumultuous times. you've had the opportunity to sit in the seat of it. i mean was there a more tumultuous time than 1968? i remember it was a horrible, horrible year. >> vietnam. the deaths of martin luther king jr. and rfk. but some of the best stories were there all along. they just needed to be told. >> is there a tangible strategy, a philosophy, a lesson that we can take from the greatest generation and what they went through? >> a very big difference between then and now. >> i think what troubles me most of all is that the combatants in uniform represent less than 1% of the population. >> there's no draft. >> and the rest of us sit back and say, well here's a sign at the airport. welcome home. >> thank you for your service, we need to say somehow, now, watch me do my service. the service needs to go both ways.
>> it always strikes me that as we cover these things, we are missing the shared experience of families sitting on their sofa, glued to the television. from resignation of nixon to the challenger disaster, to 9/11. to me those moments demonstrate there's still a relevance that this is where people come home to. >> i didn't see television until i was 15 and i realized how important it was to america to see the same thing at the same time. look, i grew up not unlike you did, i never thought i'd have these opportunities. i always wanted to see what was around the bend. what was over the hill. and to have someone pay for me to do that was beyond my wildest dreams. >> you can see more remarkable moments like those on tom brokaw at nbc news, the first 50 years, sunday night, at 9:00, 8:00 central on nbc. on a personal note, i want to say i'm honored to call tom a friend and colleague and honored he remains
an important voice on this broadcast. that's going to do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. a chaotic scene...unfold chasing and arresting a bank right now at 6:00, a chaotic scene unfolding on live tv. police were surrounding, chasing and arresting a bank robbery suspect and his accomplice. this ends for what we're being told a tense manhunt which started yesterday near scots valley. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. a massive police presence. i want to show you what it
looked like an hour ago. a man believed to be the accomplice of the alleged back robber running from officers and ditching into a building. he was finally arrested. we have team coverage for you this evening. we begin with michelle roberts. it's been chaotic, lots of information coming in initially if this was the suspect and now find out he's the accomplice. >> reporter: three people have been arrested. they were arrested all in this general vicinity, downtown san jose. we're in japan town. we know this started at 2:30 this afternoon when the san jose police officer saw the stolen vehicle. that vehicle was linked to the bank robbery in scots valley. police then tracked that car to an apartment complex on mission street downtown san jose. one person in that car took off running. that's that incredible video that you saw from the helicopter overhead as police had to use a taser on the suspect to apprehend one of the men who was in the