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breaking news tonight. immigration compromise. a bomb shell from the white house. president trump may be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. we have late details on tonight's address to congress. they lost ryan. the president's new eye opening comments about who is to blame for the death of a navy seal in that u.s. raid gone wrong in yemen. deadly plane disaster. in a heavily populated neighborhood. incredible rescues, survivors pulled from a home. a jewelry store giants. cancer striking younger. one of the most lethal
kind. a dramatic rise among millenials and generation x. inspiring america. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. just over five weeks after decrying what he called american carnage during his inauguration address, president trump returns to capitol hill for a primetime speech before a joint session of congress where he's planned to deliver a speech of unity. the president is expected to strike some familiar themes on jobs, obamacare and protecting the country from terrorism. late today, the president dropped this surprise. he's thinking about issuing a call for an immigration bill during his remarks tonight. is he open to compromise on the issue? our coverage turns to hallie jackson. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. this was the president's signature issue as a candidate. something 's
biggest wedge issues in the administration and now on immigration, president trump's signaling he may be open to more negotiation than he used to be. it's something that could earn him new allies and maybe new enemies on capitol hill as the president leaves for the last minute whether he will call for the compromise. tonight, reality show style suspense as the president hints he may call on congress to work on an immigration reform bill. the time, right for one if both sides are willing to compromise. in what would be a dramatic reversal, he said he is open to legal status for undocumented who have not committed serious crimes. that's not what the president proposed before. >> people will know that you can't just smuggle in, honker down and wait to be legalized. >> reporter: he's been
[000:02:59;00] fix a broken system which some lawmakers tried to do almost four years ago in a bipartisan comprehensive bill. he slammed repeatedly on the campaign trail. now his shift could win over republicans initially alarmed at the tough talk. former president george w. bush weighing on what he thinks would be realistic in an interview to air on sunday today. >> do you think it's practical to go in and deport millions and millions of people who are here legally? >> i don't see how that would work. i'm not sure that's the intention of our government. it's -- i think people who are charged with doing that, if that is the charge. i'm not sure it is. it's going to be hard to do. >> reporter: democrats putting in the audience immigration advocates like oscar juarez, a dreamer, brought here by his parents when he was young. >> what i hope to see is the diversity when he looks up at the balcony and in the
room for the people >> reporter: he says he wants to look the president in the eye. the rest of the nation watching with him. hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. >> reporter: this is kristen welker, president trump holding a flurry of meetings. >> i guess tonight will be a busy night. >> reporter: the theme tonight, renewal of the american spirit. the president looking to strike a note of optimism and unity after delivering a divisive inaugural address. >> this american carnage stops right here and stops right now. >> reporter: senior administration officials tell nbc news expect the president to tout what he calls promises kept on jobs and trade, and he'll speak broadly about health care. >> all i can do is speak from the heart and say what i want to do. >> reporter: the other big focus, national security. after rolling out a
budget blueprint that boost defense spending by slashing domestic programs and foreign aid. that sparking a fierce backlash. 124 generals and admirals saying now is not the time to retreat from diplomacy and development. >> it would be a disaster. >> reporter: some democrats boycotting the address. other women lawmakers wearing white, the color of suffrages. the president said he's working to improve his messaging. >> i give myself an a plus for effort. in terms of messaging, a c or c plus. maybe i change it during the speech. >> reporter: he's facing questions about whether the trump campaign had contact with russian officials. it's unlikely he will address that tonight. paul ryan said today. >> we need to get answers. we need to make sure that nothing happened that shouldn't have happened. >> reporter: across the country, high expectations. >> he will say
something and promises something, i think the public deserves him to follow through with that. >> i think it's in becoming change and bringing about change that we bring unity and we bring healing. >> reporter: also today, behind closed doors the president signed a bill that weakens background checks for gun buyers, reversing an obama era law after the sandy hook massacre. all infuriating democrats who say they are bracing for big battles ahead. lester. thank you. another major issue a lot of people will be looking for, more details on president trump's pledge to repeal and replace obamacare. with polls showing growing support for the law, the white house and congress must determine which elements to keep and which to cut. that uncertainty has many health care professionals and families very nervous. here is tom costello. >> reporter: finding a replacement for the obamacare act is fraught with
challenges. >> it's a complex subject. affects nine different things. if you do that, it affects 15 different things. >> reporter: the question is will the new plan be about revising obamacare than replacing it? will fewer people be covered and how to pay for it? some popular elements of the law appear safe. >> our whole purpose is to improve access to affordable health care coverage regardless whether you have a pre-existing condition. >> reporter: it requires all insurance to cover a long list of preventive measures for everyone, not just obamacare users including blood pressure and cholesterol screening, mental health and addiction care. critics say it's one reason insurance has gotten so expense. at holy cross hospital in maryland, the medical director says it keeps people healthy. >> they save lives and same money. it keeps people out of e.r. and they get treatment earlier in their disease.
>> reporter: in indianapolis the care for autism will be hurt. it costs $50,000 a year. now covered under the obamacare law. >> we can't go without the therapy. it's been life changing for chris and our families. >> reporter: many republican governors insist any replacement must be workable. >> we're talking about people's lives. we can improve those lives. >> reporter: the challenge now finding a compromise on what to cover and how to pay for it. tom costello, nbc news, silver spring, maryland. meantime the president, the commander in chief of armed forces, is raising eyebrows with his new comments about who is to blame for the u.s. raid gone wrong in yemen that resulted in the death of a navy seal. william ryan owens. it was a mission the president approved. andrea mitchell has the details. >> reporter: tonight the president responding for the first time to the father of the navy
seal killed in that yemen raid. his father refusing to meet with mr. trump. >> this was a mission that was started before i got here. this was something that was just, they wanted to do. they came to see me. they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. my generals are the most respected that we've had in many decades, i believe. they lost ryan. >> reporter: those comments raising eyebrows. first the president not taking full responsibility for the mission he approved bringing up his generals, defense secretary mattis and joints chief chairman dunford and suggesting the decision to launch was made by the obama white house. top obama officials tell nbc news they did not approve the raid. from all of our reporting from former military officials it was never green lighted by the obama administration. >> with responsibility comes accountability. the president authorized that mission and it did not go well. i think that's fairly
clear at this point. >> reporter: and >> it was a very successful mission. they had a lot of information, a lot of different things that they really wanted to get. >> reporter: nbc news has reported senior officials say the raid has not yet produced intelligence of value. >> you have to understand whether you can do it better, literally, so that the sacrifice of this brave young man does not go in vain. >> reporter: new questions about the president's first test as commander in chief. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. tonight federal investigators have arrived at the scene of a small plane crash in southern california in a heavily populated neighborhood. the tragic accident was caught on camera. there are survivors. miguel almaguer is there. >> reporter: surveillance video captures the cessna 310 plummeting into two homes and sending a fire ball and chaos on the ground. >> on fire.
>> reporter: after scrambling to escape th help. >> i couldn't imagine anybody coming out of that. it was a horrific scene. >> reporter: three of the five passengers, including a teenager killed. the group flying home after a cheerleading competition at disneyland. two adults pulled from the wreckage survived and are in critical condition. the ntsb now leading the investigation to determine the cause. >> the surveillance video i've seen it a couple of times. it needs to be further examined. >> reporter: the two engine plane that had just taken offer slammed into david swinford's home. that's him, scrambling to escape. >> i saw the flames or whatever and i go well, this isn't good. i'm getting out of here before i die. >> reporter: monday's accident is the second deadly crash in two years within a mile of the riverside airport. tonight a community is looking for answers
after another fiery crash that took three miguel almaguer, nbc news, riverside, california. in gulf shores, alabama today, a terrible accident when police say a car in city's fat tuesday parade plowed into a high school marching band injuring 12 students, including three in critical condition. this crash comes after another car rammed into a crowd this weekend in new orleans. police say that driver was legally drunk. in today's incident it appears to be a horrible accident. now to the avalanche of accusations with a giant in the jewelry business. sterling jewelers of kay and jared facing stunning allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination from some 250 former employees. nbc news business correspondent has the story. ♪ every kiss begins with kay ♪ >> reporter: tonight
the sparkling image of kay jewele a tarnished as they face allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination just made public. >> the corporate culture was a boy's club. >> reporter: heather blue worked at kay jewelers from 2000 to 2009. first at entry level and then as a manager. she alleged her supervisor pressured her to have sex for a new opportunity. >> i wanted to get back home, and i was pinned in a corner and, so, i did what i had to do to get back home. >> reporter: she's 1 of 250 former employees in a class action lawsuit alleging wage and promotion discrimination. the lawsuit representing 69,000 people. >> i'm humiliated. i'm humiliated that i had to do that. >> reporter: in statement to nbc news
parent company signet said the accusations never included claims of sexual harassment. it only relates to alleged gender pay and promotions discrimination. the company calls the allegations distorted and inaccurate saying the small number of complaints of 84,000 were investigated and appropriate action was taken.iof 84,000 were investigated and appropriate action was taken.nof 84,000 were investigated and appropriate action was taken. of 84,000 were investigated and appropriate action was taken.were investigated and appropriate action was taken. >> we have approximately 250 sworn statements from women as well as men who have provided accounts of ways in which women were demeaned and truly fundamental and troubling ways. >> the reason i came forward and told my story is i don't want this to happen to anyone else. >> reporter: blue was fired for improperly closing a store. she's now studying to be a nurse. nbc news, atlanta. still ahead tonight, warning about one of the deadliest kinds of cancer. screening isn't recommend until you're 50, but now dramatic rise in cases among younger people. tracking possible tornadoes.
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colon and rectal cancer have increased dramatic by among gen x adults. kristen dahlgren has details. >> reporter: mother of three was stunned when at just 32 a doctor told her she has colon cancer. >> it's considered to be an older man's disease. i think i'm here to tell you otherwise. >> reporter: researchers report someone born in 1990 now has double the risk of early colon cancer and quadruple the risk of early rectal cancer compared to someone born in 1950. >> an important part of the studies is doctors have to recognize that younger patients could have colorectal cancer. >> reporter: researchers aren't sure what is causing the spike but theories include poor diet, increased obesity or inactivity. another problem, colonoscopies aren't recommended until age 50, but this study is prompting discussion. >> even though you had symptoms? >> i had symptoms but it wasn't covered
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finally tonight, learning doesn't stop outse work of the educator you're about to meet. she's on a mission to connect with students and families one home at a time. we meet a principal who is inspiring america. >> have a good day. >> reporter: before sunrise principal elizabeth mcwilliams is on the move. >> how are you? >> reporter: connecting with students at carol magnet middle school in raleigh, north carolina. even after the last bell rings. >> how are you? >> reporter: that connection continues. she's making house calls. >> i'm so proud of her. >> reporter: it's a practice she started back when she was teaching. startled after her first parent-teacher open house at school. >> nobody came. >> reporter: it was a teaching moment. >> sometimes we mistake hard working parents. we mistake their absence for lack of interest. i found that's not the case.
>> reporter: so instead of asking parents to com more than 900 families in all. her students progress is proof it's making a difference. >> you going to come to mom? >> reporter: at first she doubted the visit could help her daughter who had been struggling in school. >> to have her get to know us on a personal level empowers her to do better in school because she feels supported. >> this is my honor roll certificate. >> congratulations. thank you. >> reporter: it's her first honor roll ever. she's joined cheerleading and excited about high school and beyond. >> she's helped me. >> reporter: a principal's personal touch helping more students focus on the future. >> i really want to be a lawyer or fbi agent. >> so proud of you. >> reporter: nbc news, raleigh, north carolina. >> that's going to do it for us on this
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