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tonight, campus murder shock. a runaway teen arrested in the killing of a young dance student that triggered a frantic manhunt. how police say they solved a mystery. a dramatic terror takedown caught on camera. it's one, the nefarious man in the hatho escaped after the attack in brussels. love, marriage and divorce, the pope gets personal. signalling a top-down change from the church about the very private issues. springsteen takes a stand. the boss cancels a concert this weekend in north carolina as a battle pages over that so-called bathroom law being labeled by some as bigotry. and getting paid to sleep. why a major company says it's actually giving its employees a raise for getting enough zs.
will your company follow suit. "nightly news" follows right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. police say grainy images we showed you here last night have helped solve the murder of a young dance student that traumatized the university of texas this week, one of the largest schools in the nation. the barely recognizable face in that video is believed to be that of a homeless teenage boy who police are convinced is their killer. the victim just a teen herself from oregon was found dead on tuesday sparking fear and anguish on the sprawling austin campus, and that's where we start this evening with nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> tonight 17-year-old emkreiner is in jail charged with first-degree murder in the death of haruka weiser. an emotional austin police chief said he had just spoken to her family who had this message.
>> go home and hug your children, not once but twice. >> reporter: 18 years old weiser was a freshman dance major, her body found tuesday in a creek on the main campus of the university of texas. authorities have not revealed a cause of death, but a police affidavit released today alleges the suspect pulled out what appeared to be a shiny rigid object and followed weiser. what do you think is the motive mere? >> you know what, it's hard to know. >> reporter: police say austin firefighters provided a crucial tip after seeing this surveillance video released thursday of a person of interest walking with a bike shortly after weiser disappeared sunday night. they remembered that on monday a woman had seen criner lighting a fire in an abandoned building. when firefighters arrived, police took criner to the shelter for homeless youth. once police connected the dots that's where police found him. >> the common denominator for our youth is they have been through situations and sometimes lifetime of trauma. >> reporter: according to a high school magazine profile in
texarkana, tecumseh, he had a troubled child hood in and out of foster care. he was under the agency's care and had just run away. the agency said he did not know where he was until after police brought him to the homeless shelter. today on the ut campus, relief and sadness. >> it's been a nightmare. >> reporter: charles anderson was weiser's dance professor. >> she was ferocious, but she was a brilliant, powerful, amazingly sweet young woman. >> reporter: tonight she was supposed to be part of the stage crew for a new performance. the show will go on. her fellow students here on campus now performing in her honor. leverett, a key piece of evidence here. police say they were able to find some of the victim's belongings in the suspect's room at that homeless shelter. >> all right. gabe guite reds, thank you. let's turn now to the panic take at lackland air base in san antonio. reports of an active shooter as the base was flooded with first
responders. two people are dead, and authorities are calling it a deadly incident of workplace violence. nbc's kerry sanders with late details there. >> reporter: this time it was lackland air force base on lockdown, 8:40 this morning, military and civilian, running for safety when the pre-recorded alert was broadcast. military police and bexar county deputies brought to the scene and on this huge base popular 82,000 where kids also go to school immediate fairs of a terrorist attack. >> the first thing that comes into mind terrorism, you know. everything that's going on in the world. it's not safe these days, it's not. >> reporter: shot and killed today, two americans an officer and an airmen, but it would take hours before investigators figured out it was a murder-suicide. >> our initial assessment is that this is not an act of terrorism. >> reporter: training forever an active shooter is now a fact of life on military
bases. >> as a result of that training, we were on scene and we were in the facility within three minutes of that initial call. >> reporter: even with training videos produced by the air force, active shooting situations become panicked moments. >> i was scared. i mean, it's very close to home. it's literally, you know, a bloc away. >> reporter: tonight on base at lackland a question. how did anyone get two loaded pistols on base when the only people allowed to carry are military police? kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. he was most wanted, an alleged participant in the terrorist attacks taken down today in a series of raids caught on video. the big question this evening is he also the suspect known as the man in the hat seen just before the airport suicide bombing in brussels, belgium. we get more tonight from nbc's bill neely. >> reporter: dramatic daytime arrests on brussels streets today. five in all, two of them isis suspects wanted for mass
murder. mohammed abrini is the last known suspect from the paris massacres. he was arrested in a brussels suburb after five months as one of europe's most wanted, renting rooms for killers. >> some of the suicide bombers stated in this rented flat just before the attacks in paris. >> reporter: but he may be tied to a second atrocity. investigators saying they are trying to prove if this is abrini, the man in the hat with two suicide bombers at brussels airport. just yesterday police released these new pictures of him walking away from the bombing, and they asked for help to find him. >> i think abrini is very important, connects the brussels attacks and paris attacks and dna all over the paris attacks. >> reporter: police are still searching the area which isn't far from the isis bomb factory where mohammed abryny's dna was found. in november abryny was filmed at a gas
station near paris two days before the killings. with his boyhood friend salam abdeslam who also fleld the attacks. next day the two men were seen with a suicide bomber in a car used in the massacres. police say they are breaking this deadly isis cell. salam abdeslam will soon be sent for trial in paris. now his accomplice, abrini, joins him behind bars. and investigators say one other man arrested today osama kay, brought the bags used in the airport bombings and may have been with the suicide bomber at the metro so they believe they bought two men at the very heart of the terror here. lester? >> bill neely in europe, thank you. now to tempers flaring and strategies shifting tonight on the campaign trail here at home as pressure builds on both hillary clinton and bernie sanders to win new york, and on republican side donald trump is making moves
hoping to avoid a contested convention as ted cruz proves a powerful force in the race for delegates. a lot to cover. we have it starting with nbc's andrea mitchell in washington. andrea, very busy friday here. >> indeed it was. good evening, lester. bernie sanders tonight telling a brooklyn crowd if they win in new york they could win the nomination, making it clear just how critical this new york showdown is for both sides. hillary clinton not letting up on bernie sanders today. >> seriously, i've been called a lot of things over the years, but unqualified has not been one of them. >> reporter: even as sanders visiting his old brooklyn neighborhood. >> i spent the first 18 years of my life in apartment 2c. >> reporter: spent much of the day trying to smooth things over. >> i respect hillary clinton. we were colleagues in the senate and on her worst day show would be an infinitely better president than either of the republican candidates. >> she's qualified?
>> of course. >> reporter: and jane sanders with rachel maddow. >> he has said, okay, let's -- let's not use the word unqualified. >> okay. >> let's use the word contrast. why do i think i'm better than her? >> reporter: some clinton supporters saw sexism in the comment. >> calling hillary clinton not qualified is like fingernails on a blackboard for many women across the country. >> reporter: and bill clinton asked if that would happen to a man with the same resume. >> of course it wouldn't. >> reporter: meanwhile, he was trying to clean up his own controversy after yelling at black lives matters hecklers protesting hillary for calling drug dealers super predators in the '90s. >> you are defending the people who kill the riots you say matter. tell the trout. >> i almost want to apologize for it. i rather vigorously defended my wife as i'm want to do, but that doesn't mean i was most effective in answering. >> reporter: late today hillary clinton finally saying she thinks bernie sanders is qualified. >> as i said, i would
take him over donald trump or ted cruz any day. >> reporter: and tonight leading democrats worrying this dustup might end up helping the very republicans in the fall. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >> reporter: i'm hallie jackson and today colorado looks more like cleveland, the state picking its gop delegates previewing what a contested convention this sumner ohio could look like. and if ted cruz heads there in second place, he'll need to have his support shored up starting now. the campaign deploying what an aide tells nbc news is their secret weapon, a delegate strategy designed to outmaneuver donald trump. >> for ted cruz. >> reporter: in colorado cruz's top volunteer has been on the job eight months. >> the cruz campaign knows what they are doing and they are organizing well. >> reporter: trump's counterpart only started wednesday. >> it's been like drinking from a fire hose. >> reporter: front-runner hunkered down at home now playing catchup, but his team argues that doesn't matter. >> this convention process will be over with sometime in june. it will be apparent to
the world that trump is over the 1,237 number. >> reporter: that's the public spin from paul manifort, a longtime delegate wrangler and privately his recent hiring shows trump team is more worried than they are letting on, predictions of an outright win, but by less than they once thought. all of it an opening for cruz, considered by some one of the most hated men in washington and now with a new headline, maybe "likable enough?" sill, a different congressman, congressman paul ryan can't shake speculation that he would swoop in at a contested convention. >> what really bothers me the most in politics these days -- >> reporter: videos like this not helping to squash the savior talk. ryan insisting he doesn't want to be the nominee. the candidates who do, duking it out delegate by delegate. apparently conscious of questions about why he's not out on the
campaign trail trump tweeting that he runs a major business at home now in new york and catching up. >> hallie jackson in new york tonight, thank you. the theme was love, sex and marriage. pope francis issuing his thoughts on those subjects today, not a blueprint but a series of observations about family life, the document also notable for how approachable it is. let's get more on that from nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: pope francis, the massive of the gesture. ♪ >> reporter: today dispensing advice for families. in his document "the joy of love," he's both family and marriage counsellor, surprising some by acknowledging in long-term marriages, sexual desire will change, writing finding the inner beauty in your partner will get you through even when they are no longer physically appealing but intries and annoying. to young couples he said developing routines that could include a morning kiss, an evening blessing, waiting at the door to welcome each other home, and he turns to pop culture, the
oscar-winning film. and to illustrate the importance of joy and gratitude in family life. >> he speaks plainly because he's speaking as a pastor. >> reporter: monsignor tom sandy leads the parishoners at new york city's trinh try church where colleen and mark glaser belong. >> to realize we're more about caring than we are about judging, and i think that's a really important takeaway. >> reporter: on thorny issue of divorce and remarried catholics the pope says they should be part of church life, but when it comes to receiving communion, that should be addressed case by case. >> he's not saying that the rules are not important. what he's saying is it that there are rules and then there are people. >> reporter: while making it clear same-sex unions are not marriage in the eyes of the church he called for greater respect for gays and lesbians. francis trying to put a less judgmental and more welcoming face on the church. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. we're tracking another bitter blast as this frigid start
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we're back now with with a wake-up call for big business and the millions of sleep-deprived workers in america. the cdc says one in three adults isn't getting enough sleep, and more and more companies are realizing that's bad to the bottom line. one big company is even going so far as to pay workers for getting enough r & r amid calls for change in the american corporate culture. here's nbc's morgan radford. >> reporter: we've all been there. that alarm goes off, and it's like you haven't slept at all, but what if you were paid to sleep? >> definitely. >> oh, yeah. we'd totally do it. >> yes. >> you're going to sleep anyway, might as we'll get paid for it. >> reporter: that's exactly what insurance giant aetna is doing saying more sleep for his workers means more money for his business. >> being present in the workplace and making better decisions has a lot to do with business
fundamentals. >> reporter: at aetna employees can track their sleep with a diary or digital device and fitbit and for every 20 ninkts they sleep seven hours or more the employee gets $25 earning more than $300 a year. >> that would be a dream come true. >> reporter: a harvard study found one hour of extra hour of sleep increases wages by 5% because you're more productive and that's why arianna huffington says it's time to change the culture. >> there's the illusion that if you're going to succeed and be effective that you need to forego enough sleep. >> reporter: huffington post and google and zappio's offered nap room. studies show 20 minutes can boost memory. >> like if you took an hour's lunch break. >> reporter: the break pays off. companies like aetna using a corporate campaign showing america better sleep is better business. morgan radford, nbc news, new york.
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can't sit still, a good thing, too, considering she stands for hours serving her kids at meal time. >> i'm going to town, baby, i'm going to town. just watch me. >> reporter: and does it all to make sure they graduate because, you see, angelina can neither read nor write. growing up on a farm in a french-speaking cajun family miles from any school. you didn't go to school? >> i didn't. >> reporter: when did you stop going to school? >> i couldn't stop because i didn't start. i can't ride the school bus because i was black. >> reporter: but she is wise beyond words, with a phd in positive thinking. >> she reminds me of my grandma. i feel back at home. >> just want to make her proud and eat peas just for miss angie. >> reporter: even the big burley football players are no match when mom's wielding the spoon. >> i'll take some peas. >> reporter: now that's nutrition for the soul. >> all right, my baby. >> kevin tibbles, nbc
news, lafayette. >> and that's going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt in los angeles. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and god night. simon, j-lo, carrie. our new interviews at the star packed "american idol" finale. >> the b blowout performances, e reunions, and simon's late night after party, now on "extra."
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