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7:14 tomorrow as we lose the hour's sleep. >> thank you, nbc nightly news is next. >> see you then. on this saturday night, white house intruder. the suspect now in custody after scaling the fence while the president was there. just the latest breach of white house security. winter blast. ten days before spring, snow in the midwest and south followed by what could be the biggest storm of the season in the northeast. house of horrors. eight women held captive in a georgia mansion until one of themanaged to call the police. suspect charged with human trafficking. seniors and pot. the unlikely substance in pill form helping the elderly reduce pain and their use of addictive opioid drugs. and baby steps. as you've never seen them. the hot new dance for new moms, dads and their babies. the videos viewed by millions. "nightly news" begins now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening. it happened again, this time to president trump. late last night a man scaled the fence that surrounds the white house complex. the secret service intercepted him before he got into the building where the president was spending the night. according to court documents, the suspect was carrying two cans of mace in addition to a letter to the president. nbc's kelly o'donnell is at the white house with more tonight. >> reporter: 20 minutes before midnight friday, a frigid 33 degrees outside the white house and president trump was home. when officials say a backpack-wearing intruder scaled a security fence between the white house and the treasury building on pennsylvania avenue. but the suspect was not stopped until he reached the south grounds of the white house. according to the police report, the suspect identified as
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26-year-old jonathan tran told a secret service officer, i am a friend of the president, i have an appointment. officials say he had no criminal history and was arrested without incident. today, at a working lunch with cabinet members, president trump talked about the incident as reporters were ushered out. >> secret service did a fantastic job. it was a troubled person. very sad. >> reporter: in january at a white house reception, the president praised then secret service director joe clancy who retired last week. >> what a job. from day one, i have felt safe. >> reporter: experts say the danger is real and persistent. >> it's going to happen again. this is going to happen again and the president right now is not safe in the white house. >> reporter: back in 2014, fence jumper omar gonzalez armed with a knife overpowered officers and ran around inside the white house. since then, temporary fencing keeps passersby away from the
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main fence. after years of debate, last month the federal agency approved plans for a taller, harder to climb fence that will top 13 feet. >> it's in the interest of the country for our executive to be protected. we need to fix this. >> reporter: and court documents tonight also reveal that the intruder was stopped close to the south portico entrance. he did not get inside the white house. they also say the man had a book written by donald trump and a letter he wrote to the president in that he made claims about russian hacking. the man was also described as schizophrenic. jose. the firing of one of the prominent u.s. attorneys. >> that's right jose. the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york, manhattan, one of the most profile attorneys in the country says he was forced out today. this is part of a sweeping move to remove 46 u.s. attorneys appointed by the obama
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administration, political appointees. that in and of itself is not unusual. but the abruptness makes this stand out. another had been told by the transition the president would likely keep him on. adding to the surprise with this. at this point, he says he was fired. tonight officials say he is no longer a u.s. attorney. jose. >> kelly o'donnell thank you. the vice president and others were pushing the republican health care plan today. nbc's steve patterson from california tonight on the hard sell. >> reporter: 2700 miles from washing. >> hold on. >> congressman darrell issa faces angry constituents. >> you deserve good health care. >> he's just one of the republican leaders attempting to ease fears about changes that could affect millions. >> we want him to please protect the aca. >> vice president mike pence
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took the stage in louisville, kentucky, today to make a pitch pumping up the administration's plan by putting down obamacare. >> obamacare has failed the people of kentucky, it's failed the people of america and obamacare must go. >> pence is here to win over a state where the number of uninsured fell from 20% to just 7.5% in 2015 under obamacare. >> we need every republican in congress and we're counting on kentucky. >> it's a balancing act. pence as salesman in chief is also having to reassure conservative critics who say the plan is too similar to obamacare. >> there's enough conservatives that they can't pass obamacare-lite. what's going on is a charm care offensive. >> the gop wants to end additional medicaid funding before 2020 and repeal the mandate that people must have health coverage. the brookings institution estimates 15 million americans could lose coverage over the next decade. a back and forth battle now
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moving from capitol hill to main streets across the nation. steve patterson, nbc news. and for more on the republican health plan, tom price, the secretary of health and human services will join chuck todd tomorrow morning on "meet the press." we're ten days from spring but there's a lot of winter to go. bismarck, north dakota were hit by frigid cold and snow today. millions are paying close attention on the east coast tonight. more from nbc meteorologist indra petersons. >> millions could be effected. now we have blizzard watches issued. affecting portions of long island and rhode island and massachusetts. a major storm headed our way in just a few days. keep in mind, there are several models. this is still days away. uncertainty with how much snow we are expecting. the american model bring heavy amounts of snow through
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philadelphia. but now take a look at the european model. it's pushed a little farther off the coastline bringing the heaviest amounts of snow in through new england. we'll be monitoring this closely but easy enough to say there's potential for a foot of snow possible. >> indra petersons. a story in harrisburg, pennsylvania. a house fire was sparked when a recharging hoverboard exploded. a 3-year-old girl died of her injuries, two others in critical conditions. a firefighter was also critically injured when his vehicle was hit at an intersection. the issue of human trafficking a man in georgia charged withholding eight young women in a suburb of atlanta. this came to light after one of the women was able to call police. nbc's morgan radford with the details. >> reporter: a chilling 911 call. >> i'm in a very bad situation and i need to get out. >> the voice altered here to protect the woman. a 20-year-old who tells the operator she's being held captive and she isn't alone. >> wait. did you say you're in a house full of girls?
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>> uh-huh. >> and somebody threatened to kill you if you leave? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: when police arrived, they found eight women, ages 19 to 22, held inside this rented million dollar home just outside of atlanta. they also found this man. 33-year-old kendric roberts charged friday with false imprisonment and the trafficking of persons for labor. >> we believe he's been making promises to some of these ladies for modeling careers, financial assistance. >> reporter: here he is on instagram counting money, holding a gun and showing off tattoos. the 911 caller says he required the women to get. all while allegedly forcing them to work at strip clubs and threatening to hurt them if they left. the 911 caller told police she met the suspect on a website for mutually beneficial relationships. oftentimes sexual. >> you can raise your children up in the right setting, but they get in the hands with the
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wrong guy at the right time and they can be lured into this lifestyle. >> more than 20 million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. 55% women and girls. for one woman in atlanta, one phone call might have saved her life. >> i'm scared to leave. >> morgan, what happened to these young ladies. >> all eight of the women found inside have been brought to families or placed in safe houses. meanwhile, that man, the suspect, he's being held without bond with another hearing planned for later this month and he could even face federal charges. morgan radford, thank you very much. as president trump cracks down on illegal immigration, the future of thousand of asylum seekers hangs in the balance. a closer look at a court system that is drastically inconsistent. gabe gutierrez has a story of a syrian immigrant who is now in limbo. >> this is the moment this man broke down. >> how hard is it to look at that picture? >> too much. >> she's beautiful.
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>> the instant he saw a picture of his newborn niece for the first time. she and his sister live in california. but for the last nine months he has been here at the stewart immigration detention center in georgia, the largest in the u.s. >> i don't know my future. i don't know. >> after being drafted into the syrian army, he and several of his friends fled to the u.s. paying a smuggler to sneak them into mexico. they turned themselves into immigration officers at the u.s. border in california. his friends were sent to detention centers in california but have since been released while a judge considers their asylum. one of them who asked us not to reveal his face showed us his ankle monitor. by chance, he was sent to georgia and is still locked up. >> i don't see the cases as different. i think they share the same
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basis for asylum. >> the system has dramatic disparities. in 2015, the immigration court at stewart granted asylum in 5% of cases. in new york city, 84% of the time it was granted. in san francisco, 74%. nationwide, the average was 48%. >> the primary driver of asylum grant rates is whether or not someone has an attorney to help them represent. >> a spokesperson that oversees immigration courts wouldn't comment on individual cases but says judges undergo training to assure unbiased decision-making. she said that immigration courts like stewart typically had lower grant rates because more of the detainees have criminal records. but his attorney says he has no criminal history and would be killed if he returned to syria. >> i would do nothing wrong.
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>> he remains on lockdown in limbo and alone. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, lump kin, georgia. good economic news with 235,000 jobs added last month and unemployment down to 4.7%, we're taking a look tonight at how jobs of the future are changing. take long-haul trucking for example. we sent nbc's stephanie ruel on the road. >> trucks in america. it's more than a slogan. some 3.5 million americans drive big rigs and delivery trucks. long-haul truckdrivers earn an average of $40,000 a year for the hard work and long hours and it doesn't require a college degree. >> i always wanted to be a truck driver. >> going to pull up. >> students like these are learning the trade at a moment of change in the industry. revolutionary driverless technology means more than half of the country's truckdrivers could lose their jobs to automation.
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>> we think the autonomous trucks go on sale in 2020. i would be surprised in ten years, the largest truck carriers aren't significantly autonomous across their fleet. >> daimler showed off the technology in las vegas in 2015. their goal is to assist drivers as they plan to keep them at the helm. other companies are rolling out programs that could put technology in the driver's seat. >> is technology the future, the partner or the enemy to the trucker? >>. >> i mean, certainly it's the future. you're not going to stop the technology. >> what was once a low-skilled trade becoming a profession driven by code and computers. >> the truck driver will also kind of be a technical engineer. if there's a problem with the hardware or the software, they're going to have to figure it out. >> new jobs for everyone in society. the highly skilled, the highly
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educated. but the ones, the individuals that are not so educated or skilled, where are the jobs for them? that would be the downside. >> for some, there's no substitute for a human driver. >> there may be a computer that can drive a truck from a to b on a straight line. but there will never be a computer that will be able to navigate a truck in the heart of manhattan. never. >> but those who want to stay in trucking for the long haul should expect a changing industry. stephanie ruel, nbc news new york. still ahead tonight, they never imagined they'd be using it to control their pain. these seniors say a certain drug does wonders. clm
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as marijuana becomes more mainstream in this country, both recreational and medical use, it appears to have a benefit for an unlikely group, a growing number of elderly people taking it in pill form to relieve pain. harry smith has more on this tonight. >> hi everybody. >> reporter: for this group of elderly americans, using marijuana was definitely not on their bucket list. >> i have never smoked in my life. i'm 100. >> what's in each dose? >> reporter: dr. zachary palace of the hebrew home in new york thinks maybe it's time for a change. >> this is uncharted territory. >> you ready to go have lunch. >> 98-year-old ruth brawn is in constant and extreme pain from neuropathy. she started using medical marijuana three months ago. >> well, i do know that since i'm using it and taking it that i have less pain, that i'm more relaxed.
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>> reporter: less pain, less stress and a reduction in her daily dosage of a powerful opioid. >> do you see a difference? >> i see a big difference. she has several doses of morphine but we were able to back it off one so far? >> real? . adults in their 80s and 90s grew up where marijuana was really viewed as an illicit drug. >> right. >> the evil weed. >> marijuana, the burning weed with its roots in hell. >> yet, we find that they're very open to anything that's going to reduce pain. >> we always have to be careful. >> dr. palace is impressed with the results in a handful of patients, but -- >> we need to rethink our current policies in terms of medical research on medical cannabis. >> in terms of the stigma, the evil weed. >> i see no reason why it wouldn't work.
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god gave us the herbs of the earth and marijuana is one of them. >> harry smith, nbc news, new york. when we come back, the urgent call for a doctor on the plane and the remarkable thing that followed.
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closeup show why scientist say it looks like a floetd floating why space. has the diameter about 20 miles. small for a moon. medical emergency on a southwest plight from atlanta to houston. if you're going to be sick on a plane. stht the one to be. tom mckay is anything but a nervous flyer. a retired air force pilot who served in vietnam, he always figured there was trouble aboard a commercial jet like the one he and wife maggie were on this past week, he would jump into action. >> if one of the pilots passed out, maybe i could go up and help. it turns out, somebody passed out, but it was me. >> the couple were on the final leg of their trip home from a cruise when tom began feeling clammy and lightheaded. >> i started yelling, i need help, i need a doctor. within seconds, the response was unbelievable. >> but there wasn't just one doctor aboard southwest flight 1833.
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>> i told him not to worry, he had 25 medical center doctors surrounding him. >> nearly 15% of of the passengers were doctors headed home from the same medical conference in atlanta. five treated tom, noting a very slow pulse and heartbeat. they cleared the crowd and comforted maggie. >> it was amazing with all these docs how naturally everybody fell into their own specific tasks. >> southwest airlines released a statement saying they are beyond grateful for the doctors' aid. back home in texas -- >> he's my world. >> likewise. let's go sit outside, baby. >> savoring their time together as tom under goes medical tests to find out what caused the episode. they were lucky to be on the right flight at a critical moment sarah dallof, nbc news. up next, dance partners, the new rage in bonding with your baby.
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xxxx finally tonight, from california, one of the hottest new crazes when it comes to parents bonding with their babies. it's a kind of dancing with your child and it's spreading well beyond california. nbc's joe fryer went to california to get in the groove. >> does that feel good? yeah. >> they might be too young to walk. >> if you're happy and you know it clap your hands ♪ but these babies are not too young to groove.
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this is san diego's latest dance craze. something known as groove-a-roo. it's a community of moms and dads coming together and bonding with their babies through dance. for these babies, it's a perfect marriage. he's a dance instructor, she's a certified expert in baby wearing and nine months ago they welcomed their first child. >> let's kick it! >> the idea started small but quickly grew and videos of their classes went viral. they're training new teachers and building communities around the world. >> it bonds us together a little more. >> recent studies show dance can help babies in many ways through space and body awareness through vision, hearing and touch. the goal is to get families to embrace dance, make it just as normal as a game of catch. >> it's fun but hard. harder than it looks. >> so it's important to include dads.
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>> if someone told you not that long ago that you'd be dancing with your kids like this, what would you say? >> not a chance. >> you could say even the parents are taking baby steps. >> don't really need toys or things. just be, be there with your kid. hold your kid. >> yeah. >> move with your kid. pretty simple. >> in the end, they say dancing is not about perfection. it's about connection. joe fryer, nbc news, san diego. and that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. tomorrow with kate snow, reducing the toll from s.i.d.s., sudden infant death syndrome, with nothing more than a cardboard box and one final reminder. daylight savings time begins early tomorrow. be sure to set your clocks and watches ahead one hour. i'm jose diaz-balart. thank you for the privilege of your time. good night. on this saturday night, a hiker missing on e peninsulaf
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>>. right now at six a hiker missing on the peninsula for nearly two days found safe tonight. how her dog played a key role in mer rescue? >> here from the driver attacked by dirt bikers on 101. the news at six starts right now. good evening everybody. thank you for joining us.
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a disturbing cell phone video capturing violence the driver who was tacked by a biker gang speaks exclusively to nbc bay area news. >> christie smith at san francisco general. this driver still has a long road to recovery? >> reporter: that's right. we spoke with alex king and he said he suffered a broken nose and broken leg in the attack as you can imagine. he felt like his life was in danger while all of this was happening and he said this has left him feeling vulnerable but the 35-year-old fro mow december ta says he's speaking out because he wants the people responsible caught and he doesn't want this to happen to anyone else. he's had one surgery and has a good fund me account set up. cell phone videos shows what happened on 101 as he was surrounded. he said he had just let a lift passenger off and he was heading south. he said

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