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breaking news tonight. dely tornado outbreaks across the south. alabama and georgia s the third storm in a week sweeps across a big part of the country, cutting a path of destruction, and more severe y.weather is on the wa we'll have a live forecast. hitting its mark.e first commercial spacecraft designed to carry humans reaches another mil setting the stage for a revolution in space travel. five years after the mysterious disappearance of a malaysian airliner, wiamilies gather to mourn th key clues still missing. empowering survivors of sexual assaulthe high-tech tools trying to make a difference. as dollar stores become a dime a dozen, why some want to slow their th. and we'll take you on ameide in classic cars ge inga
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second act, thanks to what lies beneath. >> announcer: this is ""n with kate snow." good evening. there is a major winter storm moving acrosshe country right now. 61 million americans under threat of severe ther tonight. just within the last few hours, we've seen tornadoes in the deep sou, and at the same time, snow is moving through the midwest and heading quickly toward the east cst tonight. that could mean a rough morning commute in places like boston and hartford on monday. tbc'smmy leitner is in smith station, alabama, tonight, joins us with more. tamm good evening. >> reporter: good eveningkate. emergency officials now say at least two people are dead, there are numerous injuries and extensive damage from the tornado that touched down here earlier today. it hit midafternoon in eastern alabama, part of a of severe storms sweeping through the south.
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forecasters warning: take shelter. the sky turned dark and the tornado touched down, damaging homes and bunesses near smith station, alabama. trees down, debris blown for miles. another just a few minutes later ne macon, georgia. the so-called tornado tbreak moved east after strong downpours throughout the day. a dramatic rescue in la birmingham, ma, where rising floodwaters trapped a woman in her car. inas you county, mississippi, floodwars swallow entire roads, officials closing 20 roads across three counties. residents forced to evacuate in central mississippi as the lake spilled into the town. in o st. louis, cn congested roads, where two tractor-trailers jack-knifed, cars spinning out of control. nearby, the st. louis gateway arch disappears behind a flurry of winter ashite. in kacity, major highways deserted under a blanket of
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snow. as much of the northeast prepares for much of the same, withph adelphia, new york, and boston gearing up for the worst yet this winter. back here in alabama, as it starts tget dark, it will be a long, difficult night for those who lost sheir homes and those who all searching for loved ones. kate? >> that's for sure. ou tammy, thank and this storm is not finished yet. wnbc's dave price is here with mor on the forecast. dave, what are we looking at? >> well, kate, let's f,ick up where tammy left n the deep south. our concerns now stretch to central georgia and all the i wao the carolinas as night falls, particularly dangerous becausple tend to disconnect from media, and of course, it's hard to visually track those storms, so we'll watch tha t meantime, you talked about 61 million people at risk, some of the highest population areas in the country from baltimore all the way up to boston. new york public schools with 1.1 million children already canceling. boston doing the same
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we could see upwards of 8 inches or more ofno keep an eye on particularly sections of new england. anas we wake up to rush hour from philadelphia to new york, it's going to be a mess. that snow extends thhrough the afternoon in nrn new england. and then after that, winter cold, bitter cold air continues to stretch down and work its way towards the eastern seaboard as we head to midweek with windchil 20 to 40 degrees below zero in some locations in the northern plains. kat> spring weather in sight yet, dave. thank you. another landmark in space exploration today dragon capsule made it to the international space station. our kathy park report on today's high achievement. ng> crew no longer sencommands. dragon doing everything on its own. >> reporter: 250 miles aboearth. the first commercial spacecraft designed to carry humans hitting its mark. >> we have confirmation of a soft capture of the dragon spacecraft to the international space station.
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>> reporter: then, another dramatic moment. astronau the iss make their way into the unmanned vessel. >> there he is, inside theag . human beings inside the dragon spacecraft. >> reporter: floating inside, they met a mannequin passenger t siting in the corner, giving everyone back raome a look at this spac of the future. >> welcome to the crew dragon. >> reporter: it all followed a spectaculun from the kennedy space center just 27 hours before. >> in live view of theon fa rocket as it ascends through the atmosphere. >> reporter: there is a lot riding on the six-day demo before the dragon capsule heads home friday. if all goes well, the unnext test will two astronauts as early as july. >> we may push a button or two to demonstrate that we enave the capability to inteif we need to, but the vehicle's pretty much going to do the work autonomously, just like it did today. >> reporter: boeing isn' far behind with its own unmanned launch planned for next month, as a new space race sets off.
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>> right now dragon -- >> reporter: kathy park, nb york. ew after a summit with the north korean leader ended without an agreement and his former attorney testified on capitol hill last week, some tonight for president trump. a new nbc news/"wall street jo poll has his approval rating at 46%. that is up three points from january. ti but there is a chorus of criticism of that failed summit in vietnam, and today one keof the president' advisers tried to contain the fallout from a bruising week. white house correspondent geoff bennett has more. >> reporter: the president's national security adviser defending the dramatic collapse of second ump's summit with kim jong-un. >> well, i don' consider the summit a failure. i consider it a success. >> reporter: john bolton downplaying concerns that the ed president walway empty-handed. >> he's not desperate for a deal, not with north korea, not with anybody. if it's contrary to american national interests. >> reporter: hoping to ease tensions, the u.s. now abandoning its annual spring
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joint military h exercises with sou korea. the democratic chairman of the house intelligence committee calling a major concession. >> of course, the president did give up a great dby going to that summit, by kim ncing jong-un's prestige on the world stage, by giving up those military exercise in the last summit, and getting nothing for it. >> reporter: and bolton brushing off the bipartisan backlash after president trump appeared to hold kim hblameless in the de of otto warmbier. >> he tells me that he didn't know about it, and i will take him at his word. >> en he says i'm going to take him at his word, it doesn't mean that he accepts nst as reality. it mehat he accepts that's what kim jong-un said. >> reporter: warmbieras returned to the u.s. in a coma and died after 17 months in a north korean prison. urmr. trump on satday said warmbier's death made the nuclear negotiations uncomfortable. >> i'm in such a horrible posion, because in one way, i have to negotiate. in the other way, i
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love mr. and mrs. warmbier, and i love otto, and it's a very, ve delicate balance. >> reporter: the warmbier family contacted today by nbc news chose not to comment on the ksresident's latest rem now, tomorrow, president trump faces more heat as house demoats say they plan to request documents from more than 60 people and organizationsn cted to him. democrats say it's an opening salvo in new and wide-ranging investigatns. kate. >> geoff bennett at the white house. geoff, thank you. in malaysiatoday, families held a solemn ceremony to remember the passengers and crew aboard malaysia airlines flight 370. it has now been five yearssince that plane disappeared. nbc's sarah harman reports tonight on the sceremony and the sta of the search. >> reporter: flight mh-370 disappeared from radar just 38 minutes afteraking off from kuala lumpur, en route to beijing. the boeing 777 with
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239 people on board vanished without a trace. today, their families demanded answers again. >> i can't help but wonder, where is my mother? why did i have to travel all the way to africa to look at beaches to look for small pieces of debris? why haven't we found the plane? and it invokes a lot of emotions and a lot of questions. >> reporter: debris believe to be from mh-370 has been found as far away as the stern indian ocean. flap and wing fragments were displayed for the first time atod's commemoration event. but the plane's black itoxes, which could hold clues for investigators, are still missing. there is no ongoing search, but the malaysian government says it's open to resuming the hunt. the official search lasted two years and was calledff in 2017. a second search led by u.s. techlogy firm ocean infinity also ended unsuccessfully. >> our eation is
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for the government to say, yes, let's start searching again. that's what we want to happen. >> repoer: days before the fifth anniversary this friday, families are at still hopi one day they will finally learn what brought flight mh-370 down. sarah harman, nbc news, london. back in the u.s., ikif it seems there is a dollar store on every corner, it's not youimagination. and in oklahoma, one official is trying to slow down their growth. nbc's ron mott explains why. ol> reporter: in north tulsa,ar stores are easy to find. drive or walk a short oudistance in just any direction, and you're likely to run into one. >> dollar general n wanted to gowhere? >> wanted to go in right behind, right over here. tt would have been a stoneow away. >> reporter: what's harder to spot, especially in city counseloranessa hall-harper's district, are places selling fresh food and meat, healthier fair than what is typically found at dollar stores. d i shop acount dollar stores when i need something that they provide.
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what i am concerned about is the proliferation of them and the ultimate effects th they have on communities. >> reporter: still, dollar store parking lots are often busy. >> it's cheap, it's en cont. it saves me from going to walmart. >> reporter: the two largest chains, dollar l and family dollar, which also operates dollar tree, declined our request for an on-camera interview, but in arate statements, both companies told nbc news they help customers save time and money. yi dollar generang it has added fresh fruits and vegetables to one of its north tulsa locations. there are ten dollar stores in hall-harper's district, more than any other part of town. so when dollar general to open a few hundred yards from this family dollar, she protested, winng enough support for a six-month delay with restrictions on how far apart they must be. around the country, similar concentrations, particularly in urban areas. dollar stores often serve as the only option in ameri's food deserts. >> freezer's good. >> reporter: katie hasbe
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driving that point home with a mobile grocery store. >> we gave away over $45,000 worth of free fruits and vegetables last year. , that tells me th people do want to eat healthy. >> reporter: the work is paying off. a newbrick-and-mortar grocery store now on the way. ron mott, nbc news, tulsa. he> now to decision by prosecutors in twacramento not to charge police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year. and a correction here. last night we incorrectly reported that stephon clark was running away fom police when they shot him. yesterday the district attorney said an investigation concluded that clark was advancing toward the officers in a shooting stance. the officers said they thought he was pointing a gun at them. clark was found to be holding a cell phone. his fiancee told reporters the decision not to charge the officers broke her family's heartagain. now to new thinking about how to report the crime of exual assault. about every three minutes, someone in
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this country is sexually assaulte d many of those attacks go unreported. but now, somes vivors are finding the strength to begin a search for justice on their own terms using high-tech tools. >> reporter: growing up in connecticut, ryan scioscia loved playing soccer and e, but he had a secret it would take years to share. what happened to you? >> so, i was ex essentially sually abused by one of my best friends' older brothers when i was in elementary school. >> reporter: like so many abuse survivors, ryan keiet. >> and when i brought this up years later with my friend, the mysponse i got was, brother would never do that to anyone. so, i ultimately, you kn >> reporter: it's all too common, survivors afraid of being shamed or not believed at all. but years later, when ryan found out a group of his friends had also been abused, he decided to do something. he crea an app called jdoe. sit lets surviv post anonymous reports and
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links them to lawyers so civil litigation. it also matches reports nst the same alleged offender. >> each one of these erircles represents a cluf reports. >> reporter: it's funded in part by lawyers who pay $1,000or or per year to sign up and take on cases. people might wonder whether this would alse reports or people being accused who really didn't do anything wrong. o>> when people c to pursue action, lawyers are going v et their claims. we're not a decision-maker in who's true and who's false. >> reporter: jdoe is one of a growing number of tech tools designed to let users confidentially document or reporse xual assault. the website callisto has been around longer and partners with universities. this survivor created the non-profit in ng018. >> bble to go to an anonymous website at the time and place fwhaest for you, that atwon't judge you, will believe you, that will just give you information about what to do. >> reporter: now in use at 13 universities, lsto lets users save a
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time-stamped report or actually send that report to the school's title nine office, which leads investitions into campus assaults. callisto's database also recognizes against one person. callisto says more than 9,000 reportha been filed so far. >> our goal is to aventually be able to dete serial sexual predator in the country and connect their victims with one another and with their taking for action. >> both companies say they encrypt the data tered by someone reporting an assault to protect their privacy, and the person making the trallegation has conol over who sees their information. still ahead tonight, new economic realities in america's heartland threatening the family farm. also, a cmunity shaken by a massive ♪ limu emu & doug look limu. a civilian buying a new car. let's go. limu's right. liberty mutual can save you money
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what was it like saying good-bye to them? >> like losing a member of your family. >> you get very connected to them from birth on. there's an emptiness in my heart. >> reporter: the tullmans tried hang on, tried doing with less, tried working harder, never took vacations. >> i know we did verything that we could to survive. >> reporter: years of hrecord-low milk prices meant could no longer make a go of i t. >> i said i never wanted to get rich. all i wanted to do was pay my bils and have a little left over. >> reporter: paul mitchell, who teaches at the university of wisconsin, says the pace of farmers getting out is increasing. >> w've lost 7.5% o our dairy farmers in the state of wisconsin -- >> reporter: in one >> in one year. that's over double our average. >> reporter: roughly half of dairy farmers here have left the business in the last 15 years. with higher production and lower demand, the numbers just don't work anymore.
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>> reporter: >> if it keeps going this wa will be done, the family farm. >> reporter: the economic fallout is felt across the region arfrom groceries t sales. >> we feed the world, and they can never take thatty was from us, thatd feed the world for as long as we did. >> here. >> reporter: the only heifer wendy refused to give up was they areeloved baby mural. the tullmans were there for the birth of every animal in their herd, gave them all names and raishem. >> in my heart, they're still mine. >> they're always going to be yours. >> they will always be mine. >> reporter: the new owner says guy and wendy can visit any time, but the next time they come, it won't be as farmers. kevin tibbles, nbc news, moello, wisconsin. when we come back, remembering a historic that rocking chair would look great in our new house. ahh, new house, eh? well, you should definitely see how geico could help you save on homeowners insurance. nice tip. i'll give you two bucks for the chair. two?! that's a victorian antique! all right, how much for the recliner, then? wait wait... how did that get out here?
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their cars, but with growing concerns about the environment, early a million americans are now driving electric vehicles with sales skyrocketing 81% last year now there's a new twist on the electric caraze. here's harry smith. om >> reporter: sething like 70 years ago, this wasen volkswag's idea of a pickup truck. . >> punch >> punch it, let's go! ooh! noisy.orter: fast, but this humble, rusted hulk has been given a new life as an ev, electric vehicle. >> i have to confess, i haven't stopped smiling since i got -- i've gotten behind the wheel of this thing. go>> oh, the great confession. >> reporter: michael breen is a man who embraces both the pa and the future. he loves classic cars,
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but onl to apoint. so he retrofits them to connect to the 21st century. so, a 1954 volkswagen now with this electric motor? >> yeah. >> what kind of top speed are we talking about? >> this will do over h 100 miles anr. >> reporter: he has a hot rod shop with not a piston or carburetor in sight. wrecked teslas often provide the batteries and motors. and while gearheads and grease junkies may find thisheretical, the results are remarkable. >> we're not here to e car environmentally friendly. we're here to make it drivable. ewe're actually her to save the cars. environmentalism is just a cool by-product. >> reporter: the ectric motors give a giant power kick to whatever they are put in. like this dune buggy. the reporter on board, while aware that his life was in jeopardy, could not contain his glee. unbelievable!
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breen has garage full of cars to convert and a backlog he figures will take him five years to work through.e >>just like to have fun, you know, and take care of things that have taken care of us for so many years. >> reporter: gas is dead, breen likes to say, and green, while nice, also ppens to mean go. it really feels cool. harry smith, nbc news, san marcos, california. smith have fun. harry that is "nbc nightly news" on a sunday a programming note for you. tomorrow morning on "today," ben affleck will be on live to talk about his new film, his road to recovery, and his life now. i'm kate snow. lester holt will be back with youm row. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. [phone ringing]
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