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>> fantastic. >> thank you very much. thanks for watch zb. we'll be back at 6:00. lester holt is next. tonight, a dramatic courtroom surprise as president trump and his lawyer fight to keep their secrets from the fbi. michael cohen forced to reveal sean hannity is his mystery third client. a wild scene as stormy daniels shows up taking aim at cohen. >> he's playing by a different set of rules or shall we say no rules at all. thatnds now. a growing outcry and calls for a boycott, starbucks doing major damage control tonight over a video showing black men arrested for trying to use the bathroom. an outbreak of tornadoes, torrential rain and floods and historic snowfall from the same monster system. a game-changing breakthrough to fight the number one cancer killer in america. >> immunotherapy has the ability to cure
lung cancer. >> tonight the treatment that could save so many lives. an american storybook ending. an emotional finish at the marathon. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and welcome to our viewers in the west. a wild scene outside the federal courthouse in new york today as the key players in the latest legal bonfire surrounding the president including stormy daniels, appeared before a critical hearing in court a judge rejected a request on behalf of president trump's private lawyer and fixer michael cohen to stop federal agents from pouring through client records seized from cohen in fbi raids last week but it was the surprise disclosure that fox news commentator and trump loyalest sean hannity was also one of cohen's clients that added yet another wrinkle to this case. nbc's kristen welker has details.
>> reporter: tonight, a new turn in the legal fight over what should happen to the records the fbi seized from president trump's embattled personal attorney michael cohen that include materials related to porn star stormy daniels swarmed by photographers today. cohen and the president don't want the government to decide what documents get turned over. instead they want an independent lawyer to be the filter. today a judge said all the lawyers involved get to look at the documents first and then she'll decide next steps. no comment from cohen but stormy daniels had plenty to say. >> he has never thought that the little man or especially women and even more women like me matter. that ends now. >> reporter: the document seized from cohen included some related to the $130,000 cohen paid daniels in the days before the campaign to stay silent about her alleged affair with mr. trump which the white house denies. in an unexpected twist today, the judge forced cohen to reveal in addition to the
president, he has also represented fox news megastar sean hannity who had requested anonymity in the case. >> i never paid legal fees to michael, but i have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which i wanted his input and perspective. >> reporter: hannity has been a fierce defender of the president and harsh critic of the special counsel, especially after last week's raid of cohen. >> robert mueller is so far beyond his mandate this is spiraling out of control. >> reporter: daniels' attorney michael avenatti calling cohen radioactive. >> anyone that had any contact with this man in the last 20 years should be very concerned about what secrets of theirs are within these documents. >> reporter: no response tonight from the white house. the president has fumed that the investigation into cohen is a sign special counsel robert mueller crossed a line by referring the case to prosecutors in new york.
still many allies say the president assured them mueller's job is safe. lester? >> kristen welker at the white house tonight, thank you. now to another developing story, the growing outrage over arrests at a philadelphia starbucks. new protests erupting today after viral video showed police leading two black men in handcuffs away from a starbucks store after the manager asked them to leave while they waited for a friend. nbc's morgan radford now with the latest. what did we want? >> justice! >> reporter: tonight, anger on the streets of philadelphia. >> i'm angry at all of it. and i am angry. i'm an angry black person and i'll tell you why. this system makes us angry. >> reporter: protests erupting inside of starbucks, residents staging a sit-in amidst nationwide calls to boycott. >> if you can't go into a starbucks to wait for a friend to come, you're not safe anywhere. >> reporter: this after two black men were arrested thursday while waiting for a friend. police say they wanted to use the restroom
but the manager said per store policy they couldn't since they didn't buy anything. >> a group of males refusing to leave. >> reporter: when the men wouldn't leave, she called police. today the company's ceo apologized on video before traveling across the country hoping to meet the men face-to-face. >> these two gentlemen did not deserve what happened and we are accountable, i am accountable. >> reporter: philadelphia police maintain the arrests were according to protocol. >> these officers did absolutely nothing wrong. >> reporter: but the mayor says the outcome was unfortunate. >> it's a society issue. people are reacting differently based on the color of people's skin and it's wrong. >> reporter: this as people across the country are taking to social media to share their experiences of what they believe to be the company's discrimination. starbucks says the manager who called police no longer works at this store. meanwhile, the ceo has asked for every employee to go through unconscious bias training. that said, protestors said they will not stop until they see the changes and feel like they are treated
fairly. lester? >> morgan radford, in philadelphia, thank you. a multi-threat spring storm is sliding across the eastern half of the country bringing with it a tornado outbreak, torrential floods, and record snowfall for this time of year. and the wild weather continues in the west. storms from california to hawaii, we get all of it from nbc's katy beck. >> just had these windows put in a month ago yesterday. >> reporter: if only shattered windows were all alva gripper will need to replace. >> it came and took the roof and just sucked everything. >> reporter: the 72-year-old grandmother rescued moments before a deadly tornado. >> this is the first home i've ever bought on my own. i haven't cried yet but it's coming, too. >> reporter: in greensboro, north carolina, the tornado came sunday evening. another hitting in virginia. >> this is utter devastation. >> reporter: the storms claiming the life of one man crushed in his car. battering hundreds of homes.
some blowing several feet off the front stoop and portable classrooms, now no place to learn. >> it's just a total disaster. >> reporter: and across the country, more destructive spring weather. in oakland, california, a hailstorm trapping cars on roads, flooding from historic rainfall in hawaii causing island landslides. more relentless rain submerging subway steps in new york and heavy snowfall in wisconsin collapsing part of a hotel roof. back in the south, riper gathers what she can to head to a hotel. her spirits unshaken. you're alive. >> indeed. i'm just grateful. >> reporter: cleanup crews say they've only been able to assess about 60% of the damage so far. authorities extremely grateful there were no school children when the storms came through. >> thank you. this evening there are prayers and good
wishes pouring in for former first lady barbara bush, wife of one president, mother of another and part of the bush family and in failing health at 92 years old, choosing to decline further medical treatment. instead, choosing to be home with family in houston. nbc's andrea mitchell is in texas. >> reporter: barbara bush known for her wit and wisdom approaching the end of life and doing it her way. >> i've been the luckiest woman in the world, truthfully. >> reporter: at home refusing further medical treatment with her husband at her side having married george herbert walker bush when he was a naval aviator in world war ii. now the longest married couple in presidential history. the former first lady in houston after years of debilitating congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. a spokesperson says now focussing on comfort care.
her granddaughter, jenna, on the "today" show this morning. >> she's with my grandpa, the man she's loved for over 73 years and they are surrounded by family. >> reporter: a major force during the family's political campaigns. >> what most people see when they see barbara bush is the spouse, the mother, but what they don't know is that she is one of the sharpest and shrewdest political strategists in the entire family. >> reporter: now say those close to her sustained by an enduring faith. >> i know she's been thinking about it, and i know that she believes that in the fullness of time, she and bobby bush will be together again. >> reporter: mrs. bush was seen in her front yard sunday in a wheelchair with her dogs. affectionally, the family calls her the enforcer. strong, candid, resilient. many say without her by his side, there would never have been
a president bush. lester. >> thanks. there is word tonight on the health of another beloved political figure, john mccain, who's been out of washington while he undergoes treatment for brain cancer and undergone surgery to treat an intestinal infection. his office says he's in stable condition at the mayo clinic and grateful for the excellent care. to the fallout from fired fbi director james comey. unleashing on president trump at the beginning of a media blitz for his new book. comey calling mr. trump morally unfit to be president and that's just for starters. now the president is firing back and we get the war of words from nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: president trump ignoring questions but answering his critic his own way, on twitter arguing james comey, his former deputy, and others committed many crimes without specifying what they were. comey in a new interview with "usa today" punctuating his indictment with president trump. >> i actually believe
he's morally unfit to be president. >> the president is very confounded that this person will be able to divert the spotlight to him. >> reporter: the fired fbi director bashing his boss. >> a person that says equivalence and talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small, that person is not fit to be president of the united states. >> reporter: not mincing words in his memoir and not ruling out russians may have material to blackmail the president. >> these are words that i never thought would come out of my mouth about an american president but it's possible. >> reporter: possible according to comey that president trump obstructed justice when comey says mr. trump talked to him privately about the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn telling comey, i hope you can let it go, an assertion the president has denied. >> it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of
justice. >> reporter: comey acknowledging critics saying he faced a no-win situation when he disclosed details about the hillary clinton e-mail investigation during the campaign. >> i hope hillary clinton reads those parts of the book because i think she'll walk away saying, you know what, i still think that guy is an idiot but, you know, he's kind of an honest idiot. >> reporter: asked what it would mean if president trump tried to fire robert mueller, james comey said it would be an attack on the rule of law in this country like we haven't seen in our lifetime. lester? >> all right. peter alexander, thank you. turning overseas, the u.s. is accusing russia of blocking international inspectors from entering the site of a suspected chemical attack in syria. days after the u.s. led strikes against the syrian dictator in retaliation for the alleged attack that killed dozens. nbc's bill neely now has the latest. >> reporter: chemical inspectors have waited three days to get into this suburb hit by poison gas where russian troops patrol
and rebels have fled, but russia and assad's regime still said today it's too dangerous and the inspectors need more permits. >> they are being stopped from their investigation in douma. the regime and the russians are preventing them from doing that. >> reporter: the u.s. says russia may be tampering with evidence. >> russia has probably already messed with that site and tried to degrade what is at the site right now. >> reporter: russia denies it. it was the poison gas attack on families and children here that prompted u.s.-led air strikes against the assad regime destroying three of his chemical weapon sites. it's nine days since the gas attack, eight days since russia took control there. reports say fleeing civilians have been searched for evidence samples they might smuggle out. the longer inspectors are blocked from the attack site, the greater the chance that chlorine evidence
will simply evaporate. bill neely, nbc news, beirut. back home officials say illegal cell phones played a major role on a riot in a prison in south carolina that left seven inmates dead and several others injured. kristen dahlgren explains. >> reporter: for more than seven hours, inmates fought in several dorms of the correctional institution. seven inmates killed and another 17 seriously injured. no guards at the maximum security prison were hurt. officials say there was sufficient staff. >> this was about territory and contraband. this is about cell phones. >> reporter: john is a former head of the south carolina department of corrections. >> what the cell phones have done is given the inmates the ability to coordinate with their criminal confederates on the outside of the fence. >> reporter: disruptions are nothing new at lee.
violence the government says could have been prevented. they've asked the fcc to limit cell use. >> federal and state prisons if this jamming were allowed. >> reporter: tonight, his call to do something about cell phones before violence erupts again. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. there is much more ahead including an exciting report about lung cancer and a breakthrough that may be a game-changing blockbuster treatment giving new hope to patients suffering from the deadliest form of the disease. also a major food warning. a massive recall for many american breakfast tables. we'll be right back.
a game changing therapy that could save tens of thousands of lives. >> reporter: when donna fernandez was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, doctors told her she had four months to live. >> my husband and i decided we'll live what life we've got, and that's all we can do. >> reporter: now, five years later. >> i think i feel about as good as i ever felt before i was diagnosed with lung cancer. >> reporter: donna got an experimental immunotherapy drug designed to unleash her own system to fight. a blockbuster of series finds it can change the way lung cancer patients are treated and have an impact on the fight against the top cancer killer in the world. >> immunotherapy has the ability, in my opinion, to fight cancer in the world. we're seeing results that are really showing such improvement in survival for patients with this disease. >> reporter: today's studies presented at major conference shows
they shrinked tumors and stopped it from spreading. it looked at keytruda and combined with chemo, the risk of dying is cut in half. donna fernandez says immunotherapy saved her life. >> every day i'm very grateful for the fact i'm still here and living life and feeling good. >> this is an incredible breakthrough, doctor. how soon before more cancer patients have access? >> lester, it's already fda approved and we're likely to see it as a first-line therapy but it's expensive. over $100,000 and how much of that cost is covered depends on the individual's insurance. >> generating excitement. >> it is. when can you start enjoying your golden years? a wakeup call about retiring in america. the viral video of the national zoo warming hearts across the country.
eggs have voluntarily been recalled from rose acre farms due to possible salmonella contamination. the fda says 22 cases of illness have been linked to the eggs sold under several brand names in nine states, mostly along the east coast. a sign of the times tonight as a new survey finds over a third of americans expect to work past age 70. only a quarter expect to retire by age 65. an overwhelming 74% say they believe their generation is likely to be worse off in retirement than that of their parents. meet the adorable new arrival at the national zoo. this viral video viewed over 1 million times shows one of the zoo's endangered western low land gorillas kissing her newborn. the baby is named moke which means junior or little one and he was delivered just over the weekend. for now, zoo staffers are leaving mom and baby alone so they can bond. when we come back, what a finish. how an american woman made history at today's boston
it was a wild winter-like day all over the bay area. now, i )m seeing a new chance fr rain and a cold blast that will have you bundling up tomorrow morning. finally tonight on this patriots' day in boston, the running of the marathon and despite pretty miserable weather conditions, it was a remarkable day for usa runners, especially the woman who managed to do something not done in three decades to inspire america. >> you almost feel like she deserves this, her sixth boston marathon. >> for two hours, 39 minutes and 53 seconds she fought through temperatures near freezing, powerful winds and pelting rain. >> the rain continues to come down and the drought is over.
>> this moment made it all worth it. >> wins. >> lyndon becoming the first american woman to win the boston marathon in 33 years. >> i love this city. i love this race. it's a storybook. i'm thrilled to be here and get it done. >> the 34-year-old from california is a two-time olympian but missed first place in boston by just two seconds in 2011. she never gave up on her dream of winning this race. >> even on a day like today where it's pretty miserable out, people show up and embrace the race. >> an incredible victory in dangerously cold conditions, nearly 900 runners seeking medical treatment, many with hypothermia symptoms but the weather was not enough to hold back an astonishing finish for the u.s., seven american women in the top ten. >> it could have been anyone's day. i was just very lucky to get it done. >> for lyndon, a win
that was worth the wait. tough day to run. our congratulations to her. and the men's winner yuki ka from japan. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this monday night. i'm lester holt. right now at 6: wild weather. hail, snow, and lightning -- up and down the bay area. the news at six starts right now: thanks for joining us. i )m terry mcsweeney, in for raj mathai. and i )m jessica aguirre. we got a sampling of weather let )s start with some of the best sight of the day .... this isn )t in tahoe it )s oakld . kids in the laurel neighborhood having a blast after hail created unusual sledding conditions this morning. from the air, here )s what it looked like. nbc bay area )s skyranger captured this video after the hail storm. skyline high school )s football field covered in hail. there was so much of it on the roads, cars were slipping and sliding around. we even found drivers getting
out of their cars because it was just too dangerous to drive. while that looked like snow on the ground, here )s the real deal. skyranger above mt. hamilton where snow hit the higher elevations in the bay area. chief meteorlogist jeff ranieri sky ranger above mt. hamilton. snow hit the higher elevations in the bay area. chief meteorologist jeff ranieri has been a very busy man today. what's going on? >> hail reports coming in and the reason we had this hail was a lot of cold air that moved over south carolina. that cold air was close to the surface so you only needed a little uplift that came with these thunderstorms and that fell down as hail. most were reported as pea size or smaller i, and the storm sysm that produced that is moving off to the east. we're beginning to see things winding down, at least at this point. i want to show you how widespread the hail was.