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forecast model data. so 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch possible friday and saturday. we'll know more through the next 24 hours. >> thanks for joining us. lester holt is next. developing news tonight. a massive teacher revolt. a major turn in a growing wave of protests nationwide over money. >> it's not about the pay raise. it's about the kids. we need funding for our schools, books, facilities, everything from our kids. >> from west virginia and arizona, now oklahoma and kentucky. teachers again rising up. walking out. declaring enough is enough. stocks plunge again as china strikes back triggering new fears of a trade war. could you end up paying more for many of the things you buy? a stunning revelation from the kremlin about an offer from president trump. is vladimir putin headed for a summit at the white house? millions of shoppers at saka and lord & taylor hit by hackers.
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as more people use the new chip cards, why do these kinds of breaches keep happening? and an amazing rescue. a teenager plunges 25 feet underground, found alive after being trapped for 12 hours. they're calling him a miracle survivor. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening from lossage loss a angeles as we welcome our viewers in the west. another state, another flashpoint in a widening teachers movement that is pulling back the curtain on what we really spend on classroom learning in this country, and on the people who teach our kids. today it was oklahoma where tens of thousands of teachers walked out on strike and walked to the state capitol in protest. protest over a decade without a pay raise, over per student spending ranking 47th in the nation. a situation that forced schools to move to four-day weeks to save money. we saw it in west virginia and most recently in arizona. teachers organizing and saying, enough. our blake mccoy has the story.
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[ chanting ] >> reporter: thousands of teachers and students marching out of the classroom to the steps of oklahoma's capitol. >> we need textbooks, we need more teachers. >> reporter: jennifer thornton is a third grade teacher in tulsa taking home just $1,952 a month after taxes, accepting help from family hen her 19-year-old son and recalls passing students while driving to a food bank for the first time. >> they waved smiling at me and i thought, i can't -- i'm so embefore rased. embarrassed. i should not have do this. i have two degrees. >> reporter: a walkout lawmakers tried to i void passing a pay raise for teachers last week, the largest in state history. you got a big pay raise last week. why is that not about? >> it's not about the pay raise. it's about the kids. we need funding for our kids. >> reporter: this student brought what's left of her textbook >> it is from 2006. >> every single day
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you'll see a teacher come in early, stay late. all for us. this is all for us. >> 55 strong! >> reporter: this teacher revolt began in west virginia a month ago, spreading to arizona, and kentucky where teachers today flooded the state capitol protesting pensions. >> we are not going to let the new majority bully our kids' teachers! >> reporter: educators in oklahoma appreciate the raise but think the state has a long way to go toward earning a passing grade. >> when we don't have the resources we need in the classroom, the kids aren't getting their best. we're all being robbed by the state of oklahoma right now. >> reporter: there was little movement from lawmakers today. the govern says the state can only do so much at one time while balancing other needs. meanwhile, teachers plan to walk out tomorrow for a second day. lester? >> they're certainly getting the nation's attention. blake, thank you very much. on wall street today, another market plunge. the dow finishing down
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about 458 points off almost 2% after being even further down earlier in the day, and weighing on the market, a series of presidential actions and tweets, from a potential trade war with china to a without showdown with amazon. nbc's tom costello explains. [ bell ringing ] >> reporter: the closing bell on wall street brought relief that the market did manage to claw its way back from the lowest levels of the day, when the dow was down 3%. 758 points. >> a big sell-off today for the first trading day of the quarter. >> reporter: fear of an expanding trade war with china helped drive stocks lower. last month, president trump tweeted, "trade wars are good, and easy to win." and today china announced tariffs on 128 products after the u.s. imposed tariffs on chinese steel. u.s. exports of aircraft, pork, soybeans, fruit, all targeted by china. that's got american farmers concerned a trade war will cost they will.
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>> one of every three gets exported to china. which is a big number. >> reporter: also falling hard today, tech stocks. down 5%, targeted by president trump in a series of tweets. facebook down 20% from its highs amid its privacy scandals. with today's selling, the dow, nasdaq and s&p all entered so-called correction territory falling at least 10% from their highs set in february. for average investors, though, today's selling could be an opportunity. >> if you're a long-term investor, which most 401(k) investors are, opportunities like this don't come along often. >> reporter: if the trump administration hits china for intellectual property theft this week, chinese-made cell phones, computers and clothing could suddenly get much more expensive here in america. lester? >> all right, tom costello, thank you. and now to the controversy playing out on tv screens across the nation it concerns sinclair broadcast group. that may not be a household name. sinclair is the country's largest
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local broad caster which owns or operates more than 190 stations. sinclair is under fire for requiring local news anchors in dozens of markets to read an identical protoad script criticizing "false news and fake stories." nbc's hallie jackson tells us sinclair is fighting back. >> reporter: a synchronized script. >> some media outlets published the same fake stories. >> reporter: on dozens of local news station. same words, same message -- >> -- to push their own personal bias. >> reporter: mandated by the same station owner, sinclair broadcasting group. tonight the corporation behind that commentary defiant and digging in after this video posted by deadspin went viral. in an internal memo obtained by nbc news, a sinclair executive lists its journalism awards and in a statement to reporters writes, "we find it curious that we would be attacked for asking
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our news people to remind their audiences that unsubstantiated stories exist on social media." some critics see it differently. >> it's odd to see all of these anchors saying the same thing at the same time with the words that have come out of one central location in baltimore, maryland. that's not our tradition in the united states. it's maximum propaganda. >> reporter: the broadcast group which skews conservative owns or operates more than 190 stations including 15 nbc affiliates. two-thirds of those stations are in trump country. the company wants to buy "tribune" a merger that would put its stations in three of every four households in the u.s., but it needs approval from the fcc first. the president, seeming supportive, tweeting today "it's so funny to watch fake news networks criticize sinclair broadcasting," calling the company far superior to fake nbc. promo blasting fake news creating very real headlines. hallie jackson, nbc news, washington.
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there's a big question swirling tonight. will vladimir putin be welcomed inside the white house after russia's meddling in the 2016 elections? that question sending shock waves through washington after it was revealed the trump administration is considering a summit with putin in washington. we get details from nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: the president today welcoming thousands of families to the annual easter egg roll here at the white house. >> we call it tip hi-top shape and it's a great, great place. >> reporter: and the white house could be the venue for a blockbuster summit between president trump and vladimir putin. the kremlin today revealing mr. trump suggested it during his congratulatory call with putin last month. >> we will probably get together in the not too distant future so that we can discuss arms. >> reporter: press secretary sarah sanders confirming the president's discuss to sit down at a number of potential venues including the white house. tonight putin's aides say there haven't been concrete discussions
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since, but russia's ambassador with nbc news embraced the idea. >> i consider this a very positive signal from the united states that it's high time for two presidents to sit together. >> reporter: it would be a stunning sight, hosting the leader of the country accused of meddling in the 2016 election. despite deteriorating ties between the u.s. and russia, president trump remains reluctant to criticize putin, and during that recent call, avoided condemning russia for the poisoning of a former spy in britain even as his administrations expelled dozens of russian diplomats last week. the president's last meeting sparked its own controversy when he shared classified information. appearing to jeopardize a critical ally's intelligence source on isis. >> and peter, the president, i know, stirring up a contentious debate about the future of so call dreamers. what's he saying? >> reporter: that's right. the president on twitter declaring daca dead. daca is the program
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that protects nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants and the president, again, blamed democrats, but remember, it was president trump who ended the program. for now, the status of those dooeme erer erers dreamers is in the hands of the courts. lester? >> all right. peter alexander at the white house this evening. thank you. troubling new details in the case of a washington state family whose suv plunged off a cliff in northern california. police now believe the parents of six may have sent their vehicle plummeting intentionally. nbc's steve patterson has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, new evidence suggesting that this was no accident. >> preliminary investigation indicates to us that this incident may have been an intentional act and not the result of a traffic collision. >> reporter: police believe jennifer and sara hart may have stopped think suv 70 feet from the edge of this cliff in northern california and then accelerated, plunging 100 feet to the coast below. their adopted children trapped inside. >> this is a very confusing scene, because there was no skid marks, no brake marks.
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>> reporter: crews recovered the bodies of the married couple along with three of their six children. an active search for the three missing is under way. among them, 15-year-old devonte hart, famously photographed in 2014 hugging a police officer during a protest in portland. investigators now looking into the family's history, executing a search warrant combing through phone and bank records. >> it was upsetting. >> reporter: neighbors bruce dek kalb and his wife, dana, called child protective services, reporting devonte was asking them for food to share with siblings. cps describing the children at potential victims of abuse and neglect. >> devonte coming over here, telling us he's being starved to death and they're mean, and -- you know, he doesn't like it. >> reporter: red flags police say may point to a criminal act along the cliffside. steve patterson, nbc news. there's new fallout tonight after a series of high-profile hack attacks at stores. the latest, millions of customers at saks
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fifth avenue and lord & taylor getting hit. it might have you wondering what the new credit cards with the chips installed were supposed to help prevent this. nbc news business correspondent jo ling kent takes a look at why it keeps happening. >> reporter: tonight 5 million credit and debit card numbers stolen from three popular retailers. the cyber research firm which discovered the breach says 125,000 accounts are already for sale on the dark web. the card numbers stolen when shoppers bought items in person. there's no evidence the breach hit online shoppers. the hudson bay company which owns sak fifth avenue, saks on fifth and lord & taylor says it's taken steps to contain the breach and believes it no longer pose as risk to customers shopping at their stores but as consumers use new credit cards to increase security, why do breaches like this continue to happen? >> the problem is these retailers are still storing the basic credit card data in a back-end
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database which basically negates or takes away any of the security protection that are in that chip or chip and p.i.n. >> reporter: consumer experts recommend set up extra security measures on your card. for example ask for your credit card provider to text you before a purchase goes through so you can approve it. all three stores are offering free identity protection services for affected customers and those hit with fraudulent charges will not be held responsible. jo ling kent, nbc news, los angeles. in south africa, a state funeral is planned for winnie mandela. the wife of former president nelson mandela. winnie mandela earned her own police as a tireless activist in the long struggle for black majority rule and against the apartheid government. she died today after a long illness. winnie macadezela mandela was married for 38 years to nelson mandela, spanning his
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journey from prisoner on robben island to becoming south africa's first black president, fighting for justice and keeping his memory alive during his 27-year public absence. >> the country itself is in prison for oppressed people. there is hardly a darker hour than the other, because your very life is determined by apartheid. >> reporter: nelson mandela was released from prison in 1990 and the two walked hand in hand top a changing political environment, but winnie mandela's legacy is not without controversy. in 1991 convicted of kidnapping and for years dogged by accusations of ties to murder. yet for many, her fight for equality frames her legacy and today messages around the world memorializing the woman hailed by some as the mother of south africa. today supporters gathered outside of her home. >> we do know we shall get our freedom and we shall have a just society.
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>> winnie mandela died today in johannesburg. she was 81 years old. we'll take a short break. a lot more to tell you about. in fact, a boy plunges 25 feet into an underground maze of pipes, trapped for 12 agonizing hours. we'll have the story of the miracle rescue just ahead. also, the heart stopper on the basketball court that still has everyone talking. a buzzer-beater for the ages.
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back now with what's being called a america miraculous rescue. a 13-year-old found alive after plunging deep underneath. finally discovered after 12 hours more than a half mile from where he disappeared. nbc's miguel almaguer now has the dramatic details. >> we found where the kid fell in to a drainage. >> reporter: the 12-hour search began at this decommissioned sewage facility and came to an end a half
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mile away under one of l.a.'s busiest freeways. >> we have found jesse hernandez. >> reporter: the 13-year-old survived the unimaginable after celebrating easter with family, jesse hernandez fell through a hole plunging 25 feet down into rushing water. hernandez swept into the underground system. >> the chances of surviving in that toxic environment, to be honest, we were surprised we found him alive. >> reporter: with firefighters searching overnight, crews opened manhole covers but the city's sewer system is a maze. when hernandez was found, 11 feet down, he was in a section of pipe 3 1/2 feet tall with raw sewage running through it. a specialized maintenance camera like this one could see handprints where the boy tried to stop his slide. using the camera and a sanitation team, a crew moved in. >> the first thing they heard is "help."
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>> reporter: a miracle rescue with twists and turns, this 13-year-old will never forget. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> pretty amazing, isn't it? coming up, the drunk driver who sparked outrage over his so called affluenza defense now a free man.
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back in the headlines tonight, the so-called affluenza teen, ethan couch, now 20, was released from a texas jail today, after serving nearly two years for violating his probation. couch sparked national outrage when he received no prison time for killing four people in a drunk driving crash in 2013 after a psychologist testified his wealthy upbringing left him unable to tell right from wrong. both couch and his mother fled to mexico in 2015 but were detained and sent back to the u.s. tonight hollywood is paying tribute to the legendary producer behind some of tv's biggest hits. over the last 40 years. steven bochco, the
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the creative force behind "hill street blues" "l.a. law" "nypb blue," "doogie howser m.d." and others, serious that won a slew of emmy awards and changed the face of television. bochco passed away after battling cancer over the weekend. he was 74 years old. irish eyes are smiling after a buzzer-beater for the ages. notre dame won the ncaa women's basketball championship in a thriller. arike ogunbowale hitting a last-second three-pointer giving the irish the title over mississippi state, after beating perennial powerhouse uconn with another ogunbowale game-winning shot in the final four. it's notre dame's second national championship. when we come back here tonight, she's answered the call time and time again. now after nearly 30 years, this trail blazing firefighter is ready for life's next chapter. "those who serve" is coming up next. never gets the
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the trick scammers are using to steal their hard- earned cash. plus, nearly a hundred years old and getting the ax. why dozens of south bay trees are
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deemed -- too dangerous. next. right now at 6: only on nbc bay area: finally tonight, "those who serve" and our story comes from here in southern california about a firefighter who has been among the unsung heroes in so many disasters and catastrophes we've covered along the way, but she's not an unsung hero to her peers. she's about to retire, and so i wanted you to hear about her and about the impact she has made before she moves on. [ siren ] >> reporter: suiting up at fire station 88, home to urban search and rescue, fema task force one. >> we respond to natural disasters and now man-made disasters. >> reporter: a team of 26 men and 1 woman, holland bullock. >> we're a team-based operation. you can't do anything by yourself. >> reporter: her father and brother served on the department, and she joined in 1990.
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>> it was a -- a tough place for a woman to be firefighters. >> reporter: bullock reported on duty on national tragedies like the world trade center attack, hurricane katrina and a train derailment in chatsworth, california. recently she searched through dirt and debris after deadly mudslides in montecito. >> we were there to assist that fire department, and my heart goes out to them, because i saw the devastation, and that's their neighborhood. >> reporter: bullock has shared her experience and knowledge with thousands of firefighters. >> this young woman put a big mark on the organization in a positive way. >> reporter: impacting those she served and those she served with. >> i still have people come up, men and women, and say, i didn't know women could be firefighters. if i can just say that, yes, women can be firefighters, and let that be known. >> reporter: a firefighter, now retiring from one job she loves to another.
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raising three little girls who may someday walk through doors their mom helped open. and we thank her for all she's done and wish her the best in retirement. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this monuber drivers scamm minutes... ... swindled out of their hard- right now at 6:00 only on nbc bay area, uber drivers scammed in minutes, swind he would -- swindled out of their hard-earned money. good evening. i'm vick y nguyen. >> the fake uber driver and gives personal information.
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the scammer then puts bank information as his own. >> reporter: this is a nationwide problem and a nationwide scam. they say the same account that was used to target the driver that we interviewed was also used on other uber drivers. and the company has shut it down. guadalupe is a single mother of four working two jobs, including one as an uber driver. >> i started almost a month ago. >> reporter: and just one month in, she said she was ripped off. >> that is my money and i worked hard for that. >> reporter: someone pretending to be a representative of uber called her to get into her account so he could switch his bank account for her own and get her money for the week. uber told nbc bay area news that the company rides on an app which gives them the name of the driver, the name and make of the car, the license number and the phone number. that person then calls the


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