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on this saturday night, immigration crackdown. refugees and other travelers haulgted, detained. interest in limbo. president trump's executive order takes effect causing chaos, confusion and protest while others are in favor of the move. and a tax on imrts from mexico. americans worrying about higher prices on all kinds of products. and when people get divorced pets feel it, too. one state is considering their well-being in divorce court. and for the aging. senior citizens of the game. they didn't stop one sister today from becoming the greatest of all-time. and the fishermen. they helped so many refugees make it to safety. tonight, their inspiring stories and the obstacles they had
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to overcome. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. the gracian crackdown has begun as we go on the air tonight president trump's executive action is causing some people enters the u.s. to be detained. others sent back. some stopped boo they get on flights. protests have broken out at several airports, they've become a backdrop for politicians and lawyers calling for people to be released, but many of president trump's supporters applaud him for keeping a key campaign promise. at the white house, in the past few hours, the president said this -- >> not a muslim ban but we are totally prepared to work it out very nicely. you see it at the airports. you see it all over. >> we have full coverage at the evening unfolds. we begin with anne thompson at jfk airport in new york. anne?
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[ chanting ] [ applause ] >> reporter: caught in the confusion over president trump's extreme vetting order, the iraqi interpreter for the u.s. military detained for some 18 hours at jfk even though he had a valid visa. released only after he got a waiver from the executive order. >> what do you think of america? >> america is the greatest nation. the greatest people in the world. [ applause ] [ chanting ] >> reporter: one of more 245r7b a dozen people held at new york's international airport sparking a loud and boisterous protest. >> the executive order is a gross violation of our standards, our norms, i think the spirit of our constitution. >> reporter: the nation's impacted by the order so far, sudan, somalia, libya, iraq, iran, yemen and syria. refugees from syria are indefinitely banned. people from the other six nations, stopped for 90 days.
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>> big stuff. >> reporter: the aclu file add lawsuit challenging the order and more are expected. but by signing it, president trump keeps a controversial campaign promise. popular with his supporters. this man's father planned to visit his american son in california today. he was turned around in qatar. >> now he is -- back in baghdad. put him on an airplane to go back to baghdad. >> reporter: the impact rippling across campuses and corporations. princeton university warning affected students not to leave the country, and google recalls traveling staff. as some targeted nations fight back. >> the iranian government called the ban an insult to the islamic world and a gift to extremists today taking reciprocal measures banning americans from iran. ord nairian iraniansy extremely anxious. >> reporter: finally able to rejoin his wife and three children, kind words for the country that initially banned his
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entrance and president trump who ordered it. >> i like him. but i don't know. this is a policy, i don't know. he's the president. not a normal person. [ chanting ] >> reporter: here at jfk, the protest looks to have grown to about 1,000 people, and there are similar protests at airports across the country as dozens of people are detained while officials try to figure out just what the rules are. jose? >> anne thompson in new york. thank you. already legal challenges in the works. pete williams? >> reporter: one lawsuit filed and more coming arguing both the constitution and existing immigration laws don't allow the president to order this kind of restriction. first they sap the executive order violates the constitution's ban on discrimination by treating people differently based on where they're from. their country of orig origin. second lay federal law on the books more than 60 years says no one
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can be "discriminated against because of the person's race, sex, nationality place of birth or place of residence." the challengers say the president can't do this on his own, that it would take an act of congress, which is just what the republicans said about president obama's order blocked by the courts. >> as this plays out, the trump administration was dealing with the repercussions today's and much more. kasie hunt is at the white house with that. >> reporter: a busy working saturday at the white house for president donald trump. >> big stuff. >> reporter: behind the scenes, his team scrambling over fallout from the seven predominantly muslim countries. reports broke overnight of people detained at the airport, a senior official on the phone to government agencies to try to clear them on a "case-by-case basis." >> immigration executive order that
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you received yesterday. >> reporter: since friday, an uneasy reaction from republican leaders. house speaker paul ryan praising stronger vetting insists he supports refugees resettling and republican senator lindsey graham wary of a religious test i. think most americans support a time-out, but a complete ban forever is not in our national security interests. >> reporter: the president today -- is it a muslim ban? >> it's not a muslim ban, but it will work out very nicely. you see it at the airports, all over. it's working out very nicely. >> reporter: allies watching closely. to those fleeing persecution, terror and war, canadians will welcome you regardless of your faith. as the president held a string of calls to other u.s. allies, inviting the japanese prime minister to the white house. and accepting an invitation from the german leader to attend the g-20. but he also spoke by phone with russian president vladimir putin, accused of meddling in the u.s. election. all part of the
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frenetic new normal at the white house where in just the first week 18 executive actions, 11 conversations with foreign leaders, and 1 formal visit. with week two just beginning. and tonight some late details about that nearly hour-long apparently congratulatory phone call from president vladimir putin and president trump. the white house calling the call positive, and saying it represents "a significant start to fixing a relationship that needs repair." jose? >> kasie hunt at the white house. thank you. and chuck todd will have much more on all this tomorrow morning at plooe"meet the press." among his guests, senator tim kaine of virginia. and building a wall, financing it with imports from mexico. imports worth hundreds of billions are dollar as year. the tax could mean price hikes for consumers on all kinds
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of 3r0products mexico ships here. tom costello has more. >> reporter: a 20% tax on mexican imports could mean americans will pay 20% more fon a long list of items. a $17,000 car suddenly $24,500. imported machinery, food and alcohol, all more expensive. >> it's sad. at the beginning. not everybody can afford it. >> reporter: at a grocery store in maryland, concern. >> a lot of people won't be able to afford food, and -- i just don't understand the concept. >> reporter: mexico is america's third biggest trades partner, jobs depending on the relationship. in florida, a small business that grows produce in mexico during the winter. then imports 20 truckloads a week to u.s. grocery stores. >> if this tax comes to fruition, then tomatoes will be selling for $2.49 a pound instead of $1.99 on your retail shelf.
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>> reporter: the u.s. also xportexports $240 million in food. one out of every three wakers of corn and soybeans is exported to mexico and farmers fear trade war. >> we need access to those markets. they're growing economy, growing markets, we don't want to do anything to jeopardize any trade. >> reporter: among trump supporters mixed reaction from pittsburgh -- >> politicians always hit you with taxes. it doesn't matter what they say. >> reporter: to texas -- >> personally if i have to pay a 20% import tax to build this wall that will slow down illegal immigration, then i see it as a win-win. >> reporter: by one estimate, a $15 billion wall could cost each u.s. household $120. tom costello, nbc news, rockville, maryland. there are concerns as well about a trade war with china. this country second largest trading
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partner after president trump talked about hitting them. that country mark the start of a lunar new year. out on of the streets of beijing, people there were celebrating the holiday. >> reporter: jose, china shuts down a full week during lunar new year celebrations. this is the year of the fire rooster. courage and ambition are supposed to rule. many are expecting a year of uncertainty with the change in the american administration. president trump has been provocative calling out china over trade and currency issues offending over taiwan in the south china sea. sensitive issues of sovereignty, beijing is pushing back. the chinese believe a trade war is likely, military confrontation not impossible. u.s. allies in the region, japan and south korea are getting nervous, too with the decline in influence in asia pointing to a new dwleer could bring tremendous change. >> reporter: thank you. in this country a
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lawsuit filed against baylor university in texas raises new questions about its football team, including many more rape allegations than previously reported. we get 0 more on this tonight from nbc's jacob rascon. >> reporter: a new lawsuit against baylor university alleges a culture of sexual violence at the football program far worse than school officials have acknowledged. a baylor graduate identified in the suit named elizabeth doe alleges she was raped by two football players in 2013. the lawsuit claims without names she is aware of at least 52 acts of rape between 2011 and 2014. by not less than 31 different football players. last year baylor fired coach art briles and removed president ken starr after an internal investigation determined football staff mishandled or ignored reports of sexual misconduct. the university issued a statement in response to the new suit citing unprecedented actions to part and alleged sexual assaults. we've made great
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progress in implementing 105 recommendations to strengthen the safety and security of all students and restore faith in the university. baylor, the latest university athletic program, embroiled in controversy. the university of minnesota holding hearings for suspended football players accused 6 sexual assault. princeton suspended its male swim team, harvard, soccer team and while those universities investigate allegations of offensive and inappropriate communication. >> most universities have taken steps to be prevent cultures of violence, but we still see it happen. and we still see lawsuits surrounding it, and it's a topic that will need to be addressed with much greater scrutiny in the years ahead. >> reporter: some baylor graduates defended it on social media and nbc news has not verified the k4r5i78s. from scandal now back on the ropes.
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for joint custody. animal rights attorneys say it's a groundbreaking step. >> part of a trend of states recognizing animals are not like a couch, a car that can be divvied up in a divorce nap they are unique and interests should be considered earth lurches her pets. >> reporter: a quick visit to the pet hotel and day spa how much some are willing to splung on their pets. around $60 billion from pet services to checkups in 2016. while nick and anna don't like to think about divorce, because of their love for nala, they've actually discussed how they'd take care of her in a split. >> i would like to think that she would just always be with me. >> no. she's part of our family. definitely we'd want joint custody. like having a kid. >> reporter: steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. and up next, a family affair and the showdown you will not want to miss. earning your cash back shouldn't be this complicated.
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a sad note tonight. british actor john hurt has died. a familiar presence on the big screen playing memorable roles for so many years. >> i wondered when i'd be seeing you, mr. potter. >> reporter: for fans of harry potter, he'll be remembered as the wand merchant. but the british actor career's spent six decades -- twice
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nominated for an oscar for his role as a heroin addict and also in "the elephant man." in 1979, a creature burst ouch his chest in this unforget scene from the sci-fi classic "alien." in 2012, hurt was honored by the british academy of film and television arts. >> to all those directors that have given me the opportunity to play some of the most wonderful parts that i would never in a million years have thought of for myself, i thank them all from the bottom of my heart. >> reporter: most recently he played a priest consoling a widows first lady in the oscar nominated "jackie." legendary john hurt, remembered around the world. >> it's been an honor and a privilege. >> to some of his so many memorable scenes. john hurt was 77 years old. in australia today, one for the
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ages. serena williams, 35, emerged victorious beating her big sister venus williams. for serena, a record 23rd grand slam title and seems her place is one of the greatest in tennis history. we have more tonight. >> reporter: the moment serena williams became world number one. [ cheers ] knocking off big sister venus in straight sets -- a tough match full of tension, and passion. serena taking home the sterling trophy and making history. >> winner for 2017. >> reporter: with her 23rd grand slam title surpassing steffi graf's wins beaming with pride. >> your win has always been my win. y i think you knee. >> reporter: setting a record at 36, oldest australian open finalist. the teenage prodigies went head to head on the same court for the first time at the '98 australian open.
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venus won that match. >> my inspiration, the only reason i'm standing here and the only reason the williams sister are exist. thank you, venus, for inspiring me. >> reporter: and serena's victory inspiring kids at the prospect tennis park in brooklyn. >> shows if you work at something really hard you can be the best at it. >> reporter: an historic day and match pint for the williams' sisters. nbc news, london. when we come back, re wurn to a place where syrian refugees re wurn to a place where syrian refugees you totanobody's hurt, new car. but there will still be pain. it comes when your insurance company says they'll only pay three-quarters of what it takes to replace it. what are you supposed to do? drive three-quarters of a car? now if you had liberty mutual new car replacement™, you'd get your whole car back. i guess they don't want you driving around on three wheels. smart. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, we'll replace the full value of your car. liberty stands with you™.
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finally tonight, a different view of the issue we began with this evening. refugees and mig grathts, specifically those from syria. while president trump's executive order bars them from entering the u.s. definitely, it's worth rec how the people of yore country, greece, helped hundreds of thousands of them cross to sea to safety. the fishermen who now need help themselves. >> reporter: when refugees risked it all crossing these dangerous waters between greece and turkey -- the greek fishermen of the island of lesbos came to their rescue. 17 children on this boat. for months gave up work to pull souls from the aegean sea. >> translator: in would fall overboard. their boats would break apart. >> translator: they would yell and cry.
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>> reporter: mothers, pregnant women and children, he says. half a million people pleaing war and violence, landed on this greek island in 2015 alone. these mountains of orange are life jackets worn by the refugees and migrants this island saved. hundreds, sometimes thousands, in a single day. the islands residents opened their arms and hearts giving clothes, food, a place to sleep and to play. >> we are humans. simple. we are humans. >> reporter: that embrace of refugees, children like mustafa from syria, won praise and a humanitarian prize worth $10,000 to the split among the islanders until this. a devastating winter storm covered europe, its vulnerable refugees and the fishing boats on lesbos in heavy snow.
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two boats that saved so. went under. they were under water for three days. electronics and engines ruined. the repair, in the thousands. which is why the prize money will now go towards getting these boats back in the water. it won't cover the weeks of lost income, but costas isn't worried. prayer beads, gifts from refugees he saved. we helped thousands of people, he says. someone will come to help us. for nbc news, lesbos, greece. >> part of "our world" tonight. that's "nbc nightly news" for tonight. a program note, "tom brokaw's 50th anniversary special" will air tonight on nbc. thank you for the privilege of your time. good night.
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what made joining the eagles appealing to me was the opportunity to come back to a place that i knew well. a place that i played. a city that i played in. the fans, the organization itself. just a great fit for me and my family to come back to the philadelphia eagles. >> i understand the culture and the passion of philadelphia. you get it. i experienced it as a quarterback in 1999. i experienced that firsthand. and now, coming back, i understand what it feels like to win in this city. the city has not won and this organization has not won in quite some time. it's my job to turn that around. >> it's rare for us t

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