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what you're looking at now is a live picture from james lick high school in san jose. this is one of the two evacuation centers. you see the supplies are being drop off. there are approximately 14,000 employees. many of them don't have anywhere to go so these shelters are very important. james lick high school and ever green. >> fortunately, some of them allowed to return home.
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that's good news. >> and of course we'll have more at 6:00. more on when people can go back into their homes. see you then. tonight fiery act of defiance. protesters set the camp a blaze as authorities move in. hostile homecoming. angry crowds erupt confronting republican members of congress all across the country. amazing discovery. a stunning announcement from nasa. seven earth-like planets. are we the closest yet to finding life beyond earth? was a killer caught on camera? two teenage girls found dead, and police say what's on their phone could help catch their murderer. burn notice. a new warning about heartburn and acid reflux medicine. dangero dangerous outcomes when people don't
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follow the directions. at the palace. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> reporter: good evening to our viewers in the west. a fiery and maybe final act of defiance in the frozen north dakota encampment where protesters who have held their ground for months to stop a disputed oil pipeline are being removed tonight. police moved in late this afternoon, peacefully arresting some of the last holdouts, a dramatic force to close the encampment for good, but not before protesters set massive fires in a parting act of rebellion. nbc's blake mccoy is there tonight and has the latest. >> reporter: tonight law enforcement in north dakota moving in, beginning to arrest the remaining protesters refusing to clear the dakota pipeline camp ahead of today's deadline.
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earlier protesters set fire to tepees and dwellings, some before asked to leave. the camp has been occupied since last summer protesting the controversial multi-billion-dollar pipeline running nearly 1200 miles from north dakota to illinois and could be complete as early as next month. state officials set today's deadline to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding. >> we want to prevent any environmental or ecological disaster occurring from everything we see behind us here washing away in the missouri river. >> reporter: opponents argue an oil spill would cause an even bigger environmental disaster, contaminating water supply from the missouri river and destroying sacred burial sites. tonight as they're forced out -- >> the world is waking up into seeing what's going on here. >> reporter: -- they are not conceding defeat. with nightfall now here, police have
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pulled back to regroup. they said 22 fires were set at that campsite today and there were two injuries, two children, a 17-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl both taken to the hospital with burn injuries. lester? tonight the hostile homecoming continues for republican members of congress being confronted by angry constituents at town halls all across the country. americans who are worried and venting their frustrations at times in pretty dramatic fashion. the white house, however, is accusing them of being infiltrated by so-called protesters. nbc's peter alexander has details. >> reporter: tonight an uproar in arkansas. the latest in a series of fiery in-your-face confrontations. for many republican town hall members, outrage over
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immigration and taxes. the top republican mitch mcconnell dismissing the outcry. >> i always remind people, winners seek policy, losers go home. >> now these people don't have the insurance they need because they're poor. >> reporter: in rural virginia -- >> what are you talking about? you're insane. >> reporter: -- backlash from dave bratt who rode a wave of opposition and now acting it out. democrats rallying outside. >> you got people yelling and jeanne moosing -- jeanne moosing -- screaming at you. >> we need to relieve the anxiety. part of what will relieve the anxiety is when you get the economy growing. >> these protesters
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dispute that anyone was paid. still the tension is gaining traction. the pressure now mounting on other lawmakers to show up. in california, activists attacking republican paul cook, slapping "missing" stickers on milk cartons. lawmakers running the gauntlet, wondering if this is an isolated moment or the start of a movement. peter alexander, plaqueston blackstone, virginia. changing course from president obama's position is whether they're protected by federal law. it could have far-reaching consequences, including the fight over transgender kids and the bathrooms they use in schools. our justice correspondent pete williams explains. >> reporter: it's a big reversal slowing the push for transgender rights that zoomed ahead under president obama. the federal government today took back a directive issued just
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last may that told public schools to let children use bathrooms that match their gender identity. today's move is a blow to mimi le may of suburban boston who has a transgender child. >> as a formative child, he deserves to go to school and feel safe and be affirmed of who he is. >> reporter: now there is a federal law called title 9 that bans sex discrimination in public schools doesn't follow transgender children. it has sued to block the obama order. >> you don't want to be admitting sexes of boys and girls on school trips to school showers. that's clearly a violation of privacy. >> the government will probably also drop its challe ledge challenge to north carolina's law that cost the state billions in business.
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the attorney general, lo loret loretta, had -- today's move could also cut the case of a transgender student, gavin grim, coming to the administration next month. back in boston, minnie le may says she's worried. >> we can't get equal access for children in schools, what's going to happen to the public access out there. >> reporter: president trump's executive order restricting travel to seven countries won't come out until next week. the earlier one has blocked the court for 19 days. lester ". in the suburbs of st. louis today, vice president pence visited a historic cemetary that was desecrated by vandals. the vice president took to the megaphone
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declaring there was no place in america for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-semitism. many of the gravestones have already been repaired and a muslim group as given nearly $100,000 for the cemetary and jewish centers nationwide. with the battle still raging over the president's immigration plans, house speaker paul ryan took fellow republicans on horseback on a fact-finding tour with homeland security officials in texas. rex tillerson arrived in mexico. he'll meet with mexico's president who last month canceled the meeting with president trump after he insisted mexico would pay for a border wall. president trump has said that proposed border wall will help stop the skyrocketing overdose raid of the u.s. driven in large part of an increase in narcotics coming in from mexico. as nbc's jacob soboroff found out, in a section of the border that already has high security,
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smugglers are putting u.s. authorities to the test every day. >> reporter: this is the san ysidro port of entry. it is the busiest border crossing in the entire world. every day 50,000 vehicles, around 20,000 pedestrians and untold loads of narcotics make their way to the other side. and while president trump said he wants to build a border wall where there isn't one to keep drugs out, this is actually the front line. that's one of your agents that stands out here specialized to look for suspicious activity? >> correct. once he sees something he'll initiate contact with this driver. >> reporter: the dea says most narcotics entering the u.s. are driven in, hidden in vehicles. through what drug cartels call plazas. legal border crossings like m erexicala, and this one with tijuana. they're all at the border wall. >> so what you're saying is this came in
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here and it got a positive hit with a k-9, with a dog. it appears in the dash are some of the narcotics hidden in the vehicle. they started to pull out bags of -- i guess we don't know what they are yet -- one, two, three, four, five of them so far. six, seven, eight. it just keeps coming. do you know what you've got there? >> yes. >> reporter: what do you got? >> methamphetamine. >> reporter: methamphetamine. is that a normal load? >> i would say we could get another five to six loads today and that wouldn't be abnormal for us. >> reporter: why if you're a cartel would you want to send drugs here? >> they think they can blend in with the general population. >> reporter: a reality check for the president on one of his signature proposals. jacob soboroff, nbc news, san ysidro, california. today nasa made a stunning announcement that captivated so many people around the
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globe. the space agency says seven planets have been discovered for the first time around a single star. they're similar to earth and that means they could all contain life beyond our planet. here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the discovery is out of this world. seven earth-size planets that could all harbor life and may help answer the age-old question, are we alone? >> in my opinion, this is the most exciting discovery we've had yet. >> reporter: it's the first time outside our solar system that we found so many planets similar in size to earth around the same star known as trappist-1. using telescopes in space and around the world, scientists discovered the planets all capable of holding water, a key ingredient to life. >> these questions about are we alone are being answered as we speak in this decade into next decades. >> reporter: less than a tenth the size of the sun, trappist-1 is close and warm enough to heat the seven
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planets. three of them could have conditions similar to our world. this is what they could look like. >> some of them could potentially be rocky and some of them could have water envelopes, but at this point we simply don't know. >> reporter: sounds a little bit like earth. >> it could be. >> reporter: 225 trillion miles or 40 light years away from earth, it's too far to reach using the space travel of today. >> what if we found evidence of life? i'm not saying there's any alive, but this is how you start looking. >> reporter: we may not reach trappist-1 any time soon, but we are getting closer and learning more about a new planetary system that tonight is leaving many imagining, what will we find next? miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> it does stoke the imagination. back on this planet in the west, a flood emergency has placed thousands on
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orders. the mayor failed to keep residents properly informed of the mounting emergency. some said they didn't receive notice until they got a knock on the door from firefighters. police in indiana are pleading for help to solve a double murder mystery. investigators found the bodies of two teenage girls last week near a scenic hiking trail. today they revealed new clues. one of the girls now being called a hero for recording the voice of a suspect. let's get the latest from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: this abandoned railway bridge near delphi, indiana is where 14-year-old liberty german and 13-year-old abigail williams disappeared. tonight investigators are hoping three words will help lead them to the girl's killer. a man's voice saying "down the hill." today police played that clip publicly for the first time revealing it came from liberty's cell phone. the device also captured an image of a man walking near the hiking trail and other
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evidence that hasn't been released. >> this young lady is a hero, there's no doubt, to have enough presence of mind to activate the video on her cell phone. >> reporter: police aren't sure if this is the same man in the audio recording, but they're now calling him a suspect. the teenagers went missing last week after going hiking with their parents' permission. one of the last pictures of abigail was posted by libby on snapchat. their bodies were discovered the next day. this community shaken. ron logan owns the property where the girls were found. >> it's just so mind-boggling. it hasn't caught up with me yet. >> reporter: authorities are now offering a $41,000 reward for any information. >> as poor as this picture is, somebody knows. and if you're watching, we'll find you. >> reporter: they're hoping one of a young girl's final acts can help solve a chilling mystery. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. still ahead here
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for us tonight, silent side effects. a new warning about some of the most popular heartburn medications. how taking them too often could be damaging your body without you knowing until it's too late. also caught on camera. new video of actor harrison ford's dangerous close call at the airport.
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. back now with a new health warning. more than 15 million americans suffering acid reflux, heartburn
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have ppis and many take them over the counter like nexxium without a doctor's supervision. there may be side effects you may not recognize if you don't follow the directions. here's nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> when her doctor told her to take a pill for acid reflux -- >> he just said take it once a day and i'll see in you six months to a year. >> reporter: -- she had no idea her kidneys would be slowly shutting down. ppis sold over the counter under brand names like pred va sin and prilosec, more than half of them who develop kidney problems show no obvious warning signs. >> if the kidneys get bad enough, it can shorten your life and increase risk for heart attacks and strokes, so we definitely don't want
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kidney function to go unnoticed. >> reporter: kim lucked out. a routine bloodwork picked up a change in her kidney function. >> i had no symptoms and that's the sdariesda scariest part of this. this could have gone into something even more serious. >> reporter: the makers of the drugs only looked at prescription strength doses and said they were effective when used correctly. prevacid is only recommended for eight weeks. the over the counter version only for 14 days. >> if you do need to stay on them, maybe we should consider checking kidney function periodically. >> reporter: kim now takes a different type of acid reducer and is considering diet change to control her reflux. for her, a second chance after a silent danger that could have been much worse. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. up next here tonight, the new major league baseball rule aimed at speeding up
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the game.
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a new bombshell in the sex abuse investigation against the former head doctor for usa gymnastics. 22 new counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct were filed in michigan today against dr. larry nasser on behalf of nine alleged victims. nasser, who has treated many olympic athletes in the last 20 years, was ordered to stand trial on previously filed charges. police say 80 women, including at least one olympic athlete, have come forward to accuse him and more charges are expected. nasser has denied any wrongdoing. tonight we're getting a close call of harrison ford on that flight in california. he came right over the top of a united airlines jet, mistakenly landing on a taxiway instead of
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the runway. ford could receive a warning to possibly having his license suspended. the league and the players union reportedly agreed to a new rule on intentional walks. instead of making the pitcher go through the motions of throwing four times, the new rule would allow an intentional walk with a simple dugout signal. up next, diana's dresses. remembering a princess and fashion icon.
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finally tonight she was a royal, a humanitarian and also a symbol of style. this year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of princess diana. kensington palace is telling the story of her life through her fashion. nbc has an inside look. >> reporter: she was the most glamorous, the most photographed, the fashion icon. but before all of that, she was lady di in ruffles. >> she was a teenager when she wore this. >> reporter: now an exhibit displayed in her old home, kensington palace. 25 dresses over two decades. like this, elegant in all black. >> a slit that almost goes to the hip. >> yes. very daring for a princess.
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but she carried it off with such style. >> reporter: she wore midnight velvet for that white house visit and dance with john travolta. she called this one the elvis dress, one of 79 auctioned for aids and cancer charities. >> i'm so proud. >> reporter: from her early days as a princess, diana was shaping her own image through her clothes, looking at sketches with designers and making notes on the ones she liked. >> reporter: a handwritten "please" for a special occasion. prince william's christening. and this one for hospital visits. but she didn't want the hat. >> she said you can't cuddle a child in a hat. >> reporter: the few william and harry have seen before, with tiny marks on the knee. >> they could be seen with hot little hands clutching onto the skirt. >> reporter: the story in every dress of a mother, a
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humanitarian, and 20 years after her death, still the people's princess. nbc news, london. that's going to do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm lester holt for all of us. thank you for watching and good night. there will be people allowed in their homes tonight. >> we're following breaking news, as you just heard, some of the flood victims will be allowed to return to their homes and apartments within the hour. we have the new details as we're waiting for the waters to recede here in san jose. >> we're coming to you live from the flood zone next to downtown san jose. >> thanks for joining us, everyone. >> let's give you a bird's eye view from sky ranger. floodwaters are starting to
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recede in this neighborhood. this is by center and phalen. thousands of people remain out of their homes in san jose tonight. there is good news to report. in fact, let's show you this, some people living near the downtown area will be allowed home tonight. let's show you this map, the area in green is no longer under evacuation. the orange area there, that does remain evacuated. >> we have a team of reporters ready to bring you the latest late breaking details. let's begin with raj mathai. >> we are here near happy hol w hollow. to give you an idea of where we are. this is not a rural part of san jose. this is the heart and capital of silicon

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