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on this tuesday night, fixing it. bowing to pressure, indiana's governor promising to rework the law ensuring religious freedom. viewed by many as a life to discriminate as backlash hits the state's bottom line. how a prisoner got awaynd evaded capture. what if someone is hiding in the trunk of your car and starts kicking his way to the back seat. no secret, turns out the airline was previously told about the co-pilot's treatment for severe de preparation. and treating back pain. the pain reliever many go to first and why it may not be the right pill for your aching back. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york this from nbc news world headquarters in new york this is "nbc nightly news." reporting tonight, lester holt. facing a growing opposition from inside and outside the state and a threat to its economy, indiana's governor with glaring headlines like this in the indianapolis star called for a change to the controversial law that opens the door to legalized discrimination. governor mike pence says he wants legislation on his desk this week that clearly spells out the religious freedom law does not allow businesses to discriminate. as indiana rushes to calm the uproar tonight, another state may be about to step into the fray with its own law. nbc's gabe gutierrez is on that story for us again tonight. >> reporter: mike pence blasted his critics saying indiana's new law is about religious freedom, not discrimination. >> this law has been smeared. >> reporter: the front page of
the indianapolis "star," fix this now. the governor said he's working with a lawmakers to clarify the intent of the law by the end of the week. >> under this law, as it's written, is it legal for a florist to deny services to a same-sex couple citing their religious beliefs? >> this law does not give anyone a license to deny services to gay and lesbian couples. >> reporter: that's a different interpretation from eric miller, one of the bill's proponents who stood next to the governor at thursday's bill signing. the bill would help christian bakers, florists and photographers who should not be punished for refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage. since then -- >> was i expecting this kind of backlash? heavens no. >> reporter: nine ceos have sent a letter to state officials demanding the law be changed. >> the notion that you can tell businesses somehow that they are
free to discriminate against people based on who they are is madness, it's bad for business. >> reporter: indianapolis's republican mayor wants the law repealed. unless protections for sexual orientation are added to state law. >> indianapolis will not be defined by this. indianapolis welcomes everybody. >> reporter: other states now considering similar bills. >> eight states, please do not discriminate. >> reporter: late today the state house passed its own religious freedom bill. >> my bill is designed to protect people's civil liberties when it comes to religion. >> reporter: now on its way to the governor's desk. tonight the debate also heating up in georgia and north carolina. so why did the law pass in indiana now? the governor says it was on the heels of the recent hobby lobby supreme court decision that strengthened religious protections. but critics of the bill say the timing was due to indiana's
same-sex marriage ban being overturned last year. >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. a major development tonight in the investigation into the crash of that germanwings plane in the mountains of france. germanwings parent company lufthansa said it knew six years ago that the co-pilot who investigators say deliberately crashed the plane had suffered from severe depression. nbc's bill neely has details. >> reporter: in a statement entitled lufthansa helps investigation progress, the airline confirmed for the first time that andreas lubitz had a previous episode of severe depression. it says he wrote this in a 2009 e-mail to the flight training pilot school, so he could resume his training after dropping out for several months. lufthansa said it has now given this e-mail to prosecutors after further internal investigations. the key question is, when did it know about the e-mail. once lubitz revealed his
depression as a past issue, he resumed training and qualified as a pilot with lufthansa. the statement doesn't address how the airline followed up his past severe depression. two days ago a lufthansa spokesman told nbc news the airline, quote, had no knowledge of medical problems during lubitz's employment. for days, lufthansa and its subsidiary germanwings has tried to leave no room for doubt about its pilots and its procedures, saying this two days after the crash. >> we have complete confidence in our pilots. we have a well-known flight school which all of our pilots go through. >> reporter: lufthansa's boss repeating the same 100% assurance about lubitz. 100% fit to fly without any restrictions, he says. lufthansa faces a risk of multimillion dollar lawsuits of compensation over the crash. the fact that its officials were aware that lubitz had suffered
from serious depression, then later certified him to fly passenger jets, will come under intense scrutiny. tonight, french authorities are dismissing the claims of a french magazine and a german tabloid newspaper that a reporter has seen a cell phone video of the final seconds of the flight, a video that somehow it's claimed was recovered from the debris. a french police spokesman tells nbc news tonight, this is false. it is a fake. back to you, lester. >> bill neely in france, thank you. to a wild manhunt and a day of high anxiety in the virginia suburbs of washington, d.c. for the better part of nine hours, hundreds of police and federal agents chased an armed bank robbery suspect. the chase included two carjackings, and put a hospital on lockdown. then in the middle of that pursuit, another dramatic chase that shut down some of d.c. area's busiest highways during rush hour. nbc's tom costello was there.
>> reporter: high drama in a northern virginia neighborhood this morning. a suspect considered armed and dangerous, bare foot and wearing a hospital gown. it started just before 3:00 a.m. hospital patients and nurses hid in their rooms as s.w.a.t. team members searched for an escape prisoner. 42-year-old assai had allegedly overpowered a female guard at the hospital taken her gun and fled. suddenly adding to the confusion, police were pulled into another high-speed chase during rush hour. it was a female suspect in a pickup wanted for credit card and identity theft, crashing over a median and into ensuing police cruisers before they were able to box her in and smash the window before they arrested her. then they were back searching for the first suspect. he allegedly hid in a woman's trunk, then kicked out the back seat when she got in.
she then crashed the car. >> heard a big slam. and i heard a lady screaming like crazy. >> reporter: but he took off and dumped the first car and changed clothes. suddenly the suspect came running out of the woods. he found a car with a key in it right there, then took off right down the street. >> crazy. it was wild. i've never seen nothing like that. >> reporter: after nine hours police arrested him without incident in southeast washington. with a long rap sheet, dubbed the suspected bicycle bandit, for 12 area bank robberies. tonight, back in the custody of federal marshals. tom costello, nbc news. tonight after just two days of testimony, the defense has rested its case in the boston marathon bombing trial. the case will soon be in the hands of a jury. but as our justice correspondent pete williams reports, the final witnesses brought some surprises. >> reporter: the jury learned today that after the fbi scoured the scene for all the bits and
pieces of the two pressure cooker bombs set off at the marathon, 500 separate pieces in all, fingerprints were found on only two. a remnant of cardboard from the first bomb, and a portion of the backpack that held the second. and all the fingerprints on those parts belonged to dzhokhar tsarnaev tsarnaev's older brother, tamerlan tamerlan. and six other prints on it were tamerlan's. defense lawyers claim the major steps in preparing for the bomb attacks were taken by the older brother. but the government says it's not surprising so few prints were found on bomb pieces, and a former senior atf investigator agrees. >> fingerprints are fragile. when a bomb detonates, heat, flame and blast pressure can all destroy the fingerprints. >> reporter: also today a defense computer analyst said the al qaeda online magazine with bomb-making instructions was transferred from tamerlan's computer to south carolina har's.
the younger brother never went hunting for it online the expert said. that's it for this week. on monday, the lawyers give their closing arguments and the jury starts deliberating. then once there's a verdict, a second trial will begin a short time later on the penalty. lester? >> pete, thank you. the initial deadline has come and gone to nail down a framework for a nuclear deal with iran. but the talks among the u.s. iran and five other countries are going into overtime. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has more from the site of the talks in luzan, switzerland. >> reporter: they had the weary look of college students pulling an all-nighter. the world's top diplomats missing their own midnight deadline. but making enough progress, they said, to justify keeping at it until tomorrow. president obama had said they wouldn't go past march 31st. now they are. >> if we are making progress toward the finish line, then we should keep going. >> reporter: iran said it's in no hurry to quit. >> we do not have any official deadline.
6:00, 7:00, 9:00. for us, the whole day can end in the next morning. >> reporter: russia's foreign minister left the talks yesterday, saying he would only return if there were progress. tonight he came back. in this final phase, the u.s. and iran are leaning heavily on their nuclear experts. energy secretary ernest moniz, and union's nuclear chief, both from m.i.t. but it may take more than two nuclear physicists to solve these problems. what kind of nuclear research will iran be allowed after the first ten years of an agreement? will the u.n. sanctions be lifted in june as iran demands or just suspended so they can be slapped back on if iran cheats? john kerry doesn't give up easily. but if he doesn't get a nuclear deal, he has made his mark here. a local restaurant has named a pizza after him, arugula, chicken, onion and bacon to go. even if there is a deal
tomorrow, the u.s. will not get the specific commitments that it once hoped to get from iran. that will make it harder for critics who fear the administration is making too many concessions just to get a deal. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thank you. a big headline in the fight against isis in iraq. that country's prime minister says iraqi forces have reached the center of tikrit as they move to retake control of saddam hussein's hometown north of baghdad. the white house pointed out today iraqi forces have been able to make that progress with the help of u.s. air strikes. republican-led committee investigating the benghazi attacks is now requesting a private interview with hillary clinton about the personal e-mail account she used exclusively as secretary of state. her spokesman says she is ready to speak out, but only at a public hearing. clinton has claimed she only used one account for both personal and work e-mails, because she only wanted to carry one device. but it was reported today that she e-mailed from at least two
devices, her blackberry and an ipad. many people just learned the name trevor noah yesterday. the fresh face picked to take over for jon stewart of the "daily show." but already noah has ignited a backlash online over comments he made before all eyes were on him. nbc's kevin tibbles has more on the controversy. >> reporter: a social media smackdown, just 24 hours after comedy central announced south african comedian trevor noah has jon stewart's replacement on the daily show. his past use of twitter as far back as 2009 has made him the target of critics who claim his humor is inappropriate and even offensive, to jews, women and gays. this angry message later deleted from fellow comedian roseanne barr. you should cease sexist and anti-semitic humor about jewish women and israel. and a statement wishing noah success, adding we hope he will
not cross the line from legitimate satire into offensiveness with jokes calling up anti-semitic stereotypes and ma soj my soblg soj any. in his defense, others have tweeted, trevor noah is a maverick, deal with it. >> i think it's way too soon to decide whether or not this will have any lasting impact on the show. there are much more risks involved for comedy central in replacing jon stewart with an unknown guy to american viewers. >> reporter: comedy central today stood by their new host saying his comedy spares no one, himself included. late today the subject of all this controversy tweeted to reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land, is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. a lot more news ahead on a busy tuesday night, including a surprising new finding about treating back pain. tens of millions of americans suffer through it every day.
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people reach for first might not be as effective for back pain as they've been told. nbc's anne thompson reports. >> reporter: susan fox is on a mission to stay healthy. one of 31 million americans suffering with low back pain. she runs through the streets of boston. stretches with a trainer at upward spiral studio. and takes acetaminophen every day for the piece of surgery never removed. >> i take it because it's kind of what they tell you to do. >> reporter: advice that's now called into question. a study today in the british medical journal bmj said acetaminophen is no more effective than a placebo and offers only small benefits for those with knee and hip pain. >> at some point everybody has back pain in their lifetime. >> reporter: if it's not acetaminophen, what should i choose? >> if i had a muscle spasm
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fast. >> if you have something good for five years, but in a year or so you need to replace it, why spend so much. >> reporter: here engineers design a mockup and send that blueprint to a 3-d printer, that builds a hand by plastic, layer by layer, all of it assembled for about $200. >> they're more cost effective, especially on a child as wild as faith. >> reporter: today with her new hand fresh off the printer, faith tries it on -- >> good job. >> reporter: -- and tests it out. two hands make it easier to ride, but you still only need one to high five. >> it's really awesome. >> she's so inspiring to us. we're blown away every day that we get to be her parents. >> reporter: faith's always had plenty of heart, and today she's showing just how big it really is. halle jackson, nbc news, los angeles. that will do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night.