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>> that's going to do it for us here at 5:00. lester holt joins us next with nightly news. tonight, breaking news. the massive gas explosion killing at least one, shaking a whole downtown. buildings in flames, emergency evacuations, over a dozen sent to the hospital. among them, a firefighter. tonight the latest from the scene. a powerful spring storm on the move now. 50 million under weather alerts. al roker is tracking the threat. the new bombshell from attorney general william barr clobama administration. democrats firing back, accusing barr of spreading conspiracy theories and president trump blasting the russia investigation as an attempted coup. cruise ship dangers, what happens if you have a medical emergency at sea? the passenger unable to find
advanced help after suffering a stroke. >> people have an unreasonable expectation as to what these cruise ships can actually provide. >> what you should ask before booking that cruise. the price you pay. just five days left to file your taxes, and with many surprised by smaller returns, the irs planning more changes to your paycheck. what you need to know tonight. the spectacular sight in space, the very first photo ever captured of one of the universe's greatest mysteries. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. it began with the smell of gas quickly followed by hurried evacuation minutes before a thunderous explosion rocked downtown durham, north carolina, today leveling a building and showering the streets with debris. but not everyone made it to safety in time. at least one person is dead, and many more are hospitalized tonight. our gabe gutierrez is in durham and has late details.
>> reporter: the blast shook downtown durham just after 10:00 this morning. >> we got a big gas explosion. >> reporter: thick smoke billowing into the air. >> need at least a couple blocks closed down. >> reporter: witnesses not only saw it but felt it. >> the whole apartment shook. debris from the ceilings fell down. the windows blew out. >> reporter: listen closely. this security camera nearby captured the moment of impact. >> it was a really loud boom and you could hear the explosion all the way on the other side of town. >> reporter: at least one person was killed and 17 others injured, including a firefighter. >> it was under the sidewalk with a two-inch gas line. an explosion occurred that caused a partial building collapse. >> reporter: it the latest gas explosion to rip through a populated area. in february, a blast in san francisco damaged five buildings and shot a tower of flames into the sky.
last year, dozens of explosions erupted in three towns north of boston. in 2013, at least 14 people were hurt when several buildings ignited in kansas city. experts say any time you smell gas, evacuate and call 911 immediately. also, you can buy a methane gas detector at home improvement stores. >> there will be hot spots for a while. we'll have smoke and steam for quite a while. >> reporter: tonight in durham, authorities are searching for survivors and say parts of downtown will be closed for days. this is still a very active scene. lester, what's incredible is it could have been more deadly. authorities first got the call about the gas leak around 9:30 but the actual explosion didn't happen until about a half hour later. authorities were able to quickly evacuate people during those crucial minutes. >> all right. gabe gutierrez, thank you. we're following more breaking news tonight. the monster spring storm on the move. 50 million under weather alerts tonight. at this hour, blizzard
conditions hitting the central u.s., the south is under an extreme fire risk. nbc's morgan chesky is in minneapolis tonight. >> reporter: tonight a spring storm so fierce, it promises fire and ice. right now blizzard warnings cover six states including south dakota where plows were out. the first wave of the storm even bringing thundersnow. in colorado, up to two feet are expected in a potential whiteout with wind gusts that could hit 60 miles an hour. the governor already activating the national guard to help with rescues. travel op tn the roads and in t air, a nightmare. >> we have 200 pieces of snow equipment to clear six runways. >> reporter: the winds posing the national weather service to issue an extremely critical fire risk, its highest level. the storm, coming from the northwest where heavy rains have already caused widespread flooding. rising waters cut off a town outside of boise, prompting first responders to call in rescue helicopters.
meanwhile, in minnesota, a heavy, white snow causing a messy commute. a reality check for crews battling a brutal winter. >> we just want it to be gone. >> reporter: tonight, here in minneapolis we learned two of the three runways had to be shut down due to snow. meanwhile nationwide. more than 2500 delays and 1,000 cancellations. those numbers likely to go up as this storm moves in. lester? >> all right. morgan, thank you. let's turn now to al roker, who is tracking all these threats. al, what are you watching tonight? >> reporter: we're watching this snow get ramped up. we have snow from the rockies to the midwest and as we get through the evening hours, we'll see more blizzard conditions develop. 19 million people from the whole region, from the midwest back to the rockies, and as far as the winds are concerned, dangerous winds. 37 million people at risk from southern california into the midwest. as far as the snow impacts,
heavy snow, blizzard conditions, snowfall rates one to two inches per hour. extremely dangerous travel conditions and by friday it's rain along the east coast. lester? >> a wild spring, thanks very much. we're monitoring new developments in the nationwide measles outbreak. eight new cases confirmed outside new york city among hundreds of cases spreading in 19 states linked to unvaccinated children. nbc's ann thompson has more on the story for us. >> reporter: new york's westchester county, home to the latest measles outbreak. eight cases including six siblings from 6 months to 14 years old. two requiring hospitalization. >> i've had people tell me there is no measles here. why should i vaccinate? well, hello, now we have measles. >> reporter: it's spread by droplets, the virus can live in a room for up to two hours after the infected person has left. that person is contagious four days before the red rash appears and four days after. nine out of ten people that are not immune and exposed will get
the disease. what would you say to a reluctant parent? >> your child's risk is getting measles if not vaccinated and i can guarantee you if they get the measles, they are going to be quite ill. there is also a small chance that their brain could start to swell and a chance that they could die. >> reporter: teresa ward was one of those parents refusing to vaccinate her two youngest children until a trip to indiana changed her mind, seeing so many so sick with preventable diseases. >> we don't want to suffer. we don't want disease. it's a step in that direction. >> reporter: a dangerous uptick in a disease science already conquered. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. president trump lashed out today with harsh new criticism of the russia investigation, calling it an attempted coup,
as his attorney general made his beliefs known that the trump campaign was spied on. white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, with the expected release of the mueller report just days away, president trump taking perhaps his strongest shots yet at the origins of the russia investigation. >> this was an attempted coup. this was an attempted takedown of a president, and we beat them. we beat them. every single thing about it. there were dirty cops. these were bad people. >> reporter: we asked, has the report been sent to him? have you seen it? >> i have not seen the mueller report. i have not read the mueller report. i won. as far as i'm concerned, i don't care about the mueller report. >> reporter: for months the president and supporters have argued the russia probe began with illegal surveillance during his campaign. >> they spied on me. they spied on our campaign. who would think that's possible? >> reporter: now, in a remarkable moment, this from his attorney general today who says he'll review how it all started. >> i think spying did occur. >> well, let me -- >> but the question is whether it was predicated, adequately
predicated and i'm not suggested that it wasn't adequately predicated but i need to explore that. >> reporter: it comes as republicans questioned the fbi leadership in 2016 as biased against candidate trump, and the justice department inspector general is looking into how surveillance warrants were obtained against a firmer campaign adviser, but democrats taking aim at barr's comments. >> that sets off red flags everywhere. >> it was deeply disturbing to see the attorney general make such a cavalier allegation that there was spying on the trump campaign. >> kristen welker joins us. the president said this when asked who might take over at the department of homeland security. >> frankly, there is only one person running it, you know what that is? that's me. >> kristen, now we learned that there is another vacancy at the agency? >> reporter: that's right,
lester. the deputy dhs secretary just resigned overnight. she was working with kirsten nielsen pushed out on sunday. the president again suggested he'll call it more military as he promised a tougher direction on immigration. >> kristen welker, thank you. in israel tonight benjamin netanyahu heads for an historical fifth term as his rooifbl was defeated. he is said to become the longest serving prime minister in israel's history. tonight, a tragic end to a mystery in paradise. two weeks after an american couple disappeared on vacation in the dominican republic, nbc's ron allen has the latest. >> reporter: tonight investigators say they believe a body recovered in the caribbean sea is orlando moore, missing nearly two weeks along with his girlfriend, porsche ravenell. the couple disappeared the day eyy me. authorities now confirm that ravenell was found by fishermen, unconscious by the side of a road leading to the airport. at a hospital. a vehicle submerged in the sea found nearby. >> reporter: the evidence
suggests there was a traffic accident, he says. back in new york, friends devastated. >> porsche is a vibrant energy. so yeah, i'm going to miss her. >> reporter: 13 days ago they checked out of their hotel. relatives frantically calling the u.s. and dominican officials for help, and traveling there to search. >> i'm scared. i don't know what is going on. i'm saddened. >> reporter: investigators saying no foul play is suspected while the families demand to know exactly what happened. ron allen, nbc news. if you're planning a vacation, there is something to consider before you set sail on a cruise. if you suffer a medical emergency at sea, many ships may not be able to provide the level of care you need when every second counts. nbc's kerry sanders has what you need to know before you board. >> reporter: john and lisa gale in happier times. now, lisa struggles. >> who do i love? >> me. >> reporter: the victim of a stroke on a cruise ship last year. >> all of a sudden she put her hand and was struck.
>> reporter: the ship diverted to freeport where they rushed to a local hospital. >> they dumped her like luggage. >> reporter: there were no neurosurge neurosurgeons there and they didn't have a functioning cat scanner. they paid $15,000 out of pocket for an air ambulance back to florida. while rare, it's a cautionary tale with doctors on board as long as man navigated the seas, it's been up to the captain to make the choice of the best course to take. a decision the captain makes in the best interest of the entire vessel. spencer aaronfeld represents people suing cruise lines. >> people have an unreasonable expectation as to what these cruise ships can provide. >> reporter: while there are guidelines for medical care on cruise ships, there are no requirements what must be on board. >> they self-monitor and crue ships don't
typically take insurance, nor do foreign lands. travel insurance cost as little as $99 and can provide coverage for medical emergencies and an air ambulance. >> we had elderly people disembark medically and take taxis from mexico back to the united states. >> reporter: the gales are suing holland america for negligence arguing the 15-hour delay in receiving care caused devastating irreversible injury. holland america declined to comment but answering the lawsuit denied allegations. >> thank you for your prayers. >> reporter: the gales hope their story is a warning for others. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. in maryland today, a crash turned deadly when a tractor trailer slammed into a school bus. a car smashed between them. one woman was killed and six people, including two students and the bus driver, were rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. the cause is under investigation. tonight, scientists and space enthusiasts around the world are ecstatic over a discovery that for the first time, we're
getting a glimpse of a real black hole deep in the galaxy. here is tom costello. >> reporter: look closely. until today, no one had seen this before, some 55 million light years away. what albert einstein predicted 100 years ago is in fact true. >> there are real monsters. they are real beasts. it's the one place in the universe where we can go but not come back. that's terrifying. >> reporter: surrounding the black hole is a swirling disk of super hot plasma. the blackness is a point of no return where gas, stars and even light are sucked inside and no one knows what lies beyond. to find m87 scientists linked telescopes around the world to portray a massive array the size of earth itself. the black hole nearly the entire size of the solar system. their findings part of a
smithsonian documentary friday night. >> it was an astonishment and a wonder. a distant part of the universe once science fiction, now fact. >> reporter: now science fact. >> tom, forgive me, a lot of my perspective on this is from the movies. it's hard to comprehend what happens inside a black hole. how do experts break it down? >> yeah. we think of "star trek" and "star wars." they say everything collapses into nothingness including all matters and time itself. nothing survives, which is what einstein theorized. it's really difficult to comprehend. >> hard to wrap your head around it. thank you, tom. still ahead tonight, the price you pay in the big new changes that could affect your taxes. and game time as a tv blockbuster returns for its final season. i'll have that for you. stay with us.
to eliminate big payments due. what it means for you and the price you pay. >> reporter: with tax day looming and many americans receiving less than they wanted or paying back more than expected, tonight comes word taxes in 2020 could get even more complicated. karen says more change is the last thing she needs. >> my refund was about half of what it normally is. >> reporter: the proposed changes for 2020, still a work in progress, are aimed at making your returns more accurate and predictable by making sure the amount with held is more exact. that means taxpayers would need to review their withholdings again and fill out the new w-4. they could be asked to provide more information, like additional jobs, spousal income, even mortgage details. >> there's lots of reasons why an employee might not want their employer to know everything about their tax situation that the irs does. a lot of employees might be concerned their employers might
use that information in ways that are adverse to them. >> reporter: they plan to release a draft in may opening it up to public comment and hoping to finalize the changes by the end of the year. experts say taxpayers should be ready with old returns and plan to talk to an accountant or your payroll department before the end of the year. >> lester? >> all right. miguel, thank you. up next, the surprise announcement from an nba legend.
now to that basketball bombshell. the big announcement from magic johnson before the lakers' game in los angeles last night. with more, here is steve patterson. >> reporter: it was a complete shock. >> today i'm going to step down as the president. >> reporter: magic johnson suddenly quitting as the lakers' president of basketball operations. >> i want to go back being who i was before taking on this job. >> reporter: without warning, johnson announced his departure to a gaggle of reporters, before notifying his boss, ending the latest chapter in the decade's
long legacy as a laker. the 12-time all-star becoming an advocate for hiv awareness after revealing he had the virus in 1991. in his playing days, johnson built a multi-million dollar business empire. >> we need his leadership. why is he leaving us right now? >> reporter: johnson's two years as lakers' president have been anything but magic. >> what i didn't like is the backstabbing. >> reporter: unable to rebound from seasons even after recruiting lebron james. >> this isn't a job he was good at or seemed to enjoy. >> reporter: leaving lakers' fans wondering what happened. steve patterson, nbc news los angeles. up next, in our nightly spotlight, ready to get fired up? fans worldwide buzzing about "game of thrones" final season. d
to make his classmates vote for him. next. in our spotlight tonight, the wait is almost over. the final season of "game of thrones" is set to premiere this weekend and fans everywhere, including me, couldn't be more excited to see who will finally sit on the iron throne. >> when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. >> it's game on this sunday. >> how excited can a human being be about anything? >> the final season of the blockbuster fantasy "game of thne between powerful dynasties at war for the throne and the undead army that threatens it all. >> i think it's the best thing ever. >> the show operates on a mammoth scale. there are giants, dragons, ice dragons and the knight king. >> i'm not revealing how the
show ends. >> could you just give us a general sense? >> at the tower of london, guards broke out in song, dragons took over the fountains in las vegas and fans trekked to the arctic in a global scavenger hunt. and recently, that mania landed on our doorstep here on rockefeller plaza, this oversized iron throne. what die-hard fans want to know is, in the end, which characters live or die, and which one takes their seat as the ruler of wes techlt ros? the series is notorious for smashing convention, killing of the first season. and in the final season, anything could happen. >> i think it might be kind of exciting if the white walkers win. >> after all -- >> all men must die. >> let the guessing begin. that's "nbc nightly news" for this wednesday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. .
the reason it )s not going down anytime soon. i feel like it is jumping up pretty bad. >> all new at 6:00, $4 gas, the reason it's not going down any time soon. >> and more than $12 billion. the new number showing how costly the homeless problem is for the bay area. >> first he rigged the election. the student who cheated his way to become school president and his quick thinking peer that uncovered how he did it. the news at 6:00 starts right now, thank you for joining us. >> that rigged election happened at one of the most notable high
schools in the area. inintense pressure to get into college may be why he rigged the vote. he used classmates e-mail addresses to cast hundreds of votes for himself. we have a reporter on campus at berkeley high. how did they catch him? >> all thanks to this report that came out. it is very detailed, there is charts, you don't think a high school student wrote this, you would think a prosecutor wrote it. you would not think that a high school election would have cyber security threats, voter fraud, berkeley high school gh. committed to crowning himself the next stay tuned body president. >> if you're willing to fake around 500 votes for it,