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>> the mom duck never came back. >> hopefully they'll be reunited. >> thanks for joining us. . tonight, how did it happen? investigators zero in on a possible cause of the deadly midair explosion board a southwest flight. airlines conducting urgent safety checks. how many other planes have the same risk? and the pilot hailed as a hero. >> that lady has nerves of steel and a crew and everything, all of them they were awesome. >> how she brought the cripped plane in for a landing. secret talks revealed, the director of the cia and kim jong-un meeting face-to-face inside north korea. tonight what it means for president trump's own potential summit with the reclusive leader? state of emergency in paradise. hundreds airlifted to safety after 30 inches of rainfall in just 24 hours. triggering massive flash floods in
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hawaii. the new warning about your blood pressure why it can spike about the doctor's office and why you should not ignore it? and the tributes pouring in for barbara bush, her life, her legacy and a love story for the agencies. announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and welcome to our viewers in the west. several airlines tonight or accelerating inspections of engines on their boeing 737s in the wake of yesterday's deadly mid-air etch pacific ocean on a southwest airlines flight over pennsylvania. late today the ntsb gave new details into the extent of the damage and what the pilots face as they brought the plane in for an emergency landing after debris from a blown engine shattered a window, killing a passenger who was partially sucked out of the airplane. tonight investigators have begun interviewing the flight crew. tom cost tell lowe coverages aviation for you. what's the latest? >> reporter: southwest airlines has ordered immediate inspections
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of every one of its 737s, more than 700 planes looking for any signs of metal fatigue. other airlines are doing the same. there are thousands of planes around the world with the same type of engine and the concern some of them could be at risk. ntsb teams in philadelphia examining every millimeter of the left engine from flight 1380 that exploded in mid-flight. the engine cover found 75 miles north of philly. the planes two black boxes now at the ntsb lab in washington. >> engine failures like this should not occur, obviously, we're very concerned about this. >> reporter: sucked partially out of an aircraft window when the engine exploded, 43-year-old jennifer riordan a mother of two from new mexico. fellow passengers pulled her back inside, then performed cpr but she didn't survive. >> whenever i saw that, i that's -- i felt -- you feel help is, so i felt like maybe i could, you
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know, help there. >> reporter: in albuquerque, her family and friends are in disbelief. >> it's undescribable. it's just -- it's shocking. it's shocking in every way and she will be sorely missed. >> reporter: investigators quickly determined one of the engines fan blades had broken off at its base causing the engine to violently tear itself apart. in 2016, another southwest fan blade also came apart in flight, though no one was injured. now, southwest is ordered all tra sound inspections on all of its engines looking for metal fatigue. the faa is expected to also order inspections on similar engines at other airlines as many as 8,000 engines worldwide. the question tonight, how many other planes are potentially in danger? ntsb investigators are looking at southwest maintenance records and the inspection records on that fan
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played, looking at the edge and any sign of trouble and other fan blades made at the same time. lester? >> thank you. the captain of the controls of that crippled jet is being hailed as a hero for safely getting the plane on the ground as chaos consumed the cabin. tammie jo shults made history as one of the u.s. navy's first female fighter pilots and passengers are grateful for her skill and steady nerves. stephanie gosk has her story. >> reporter: with an engine down, a whole in the plane and terror gripping her passengers, tammie jo shults had to think quickly and clearly. southwest 1380 needed to get on the ground. listen to her voice on a call to air-traffic control. >> we have the medical meet us there on the runway as will with. we've got injured passengers. >> injured passengers. and is your airplane physically on fire? >> no, it's not on fire put part of its missing. there's a whole and
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someone went out. >> reporter: unshaken, measured and calm. tonight the 56-year-old pilot is being hailed a hero, most loudly by the passengers. >> the pilot i give it out to her, i mean wow. >> that lady has the nerves of steel. >> reporter: she auz knew she wanted to fly dreaming of the u.s. air force put in the '80s women weren't allowed so she became a pilot for the more income being navy. linda maloney flew with her. >> she's always been an excellent pilot. it just didn't surprise me that she was the person in the cockpit piloting the airplane. >> reporter: on monday schultz experience was on display flying with one engine is something all commercial pilots train to do but the engine ripped a hole in the plane forcing the 737 to bank dramatically to the left. coming in for an emergency landing after that is anything but routine. >> the crews going to have to deal with an airplane that is no longer aero dynamic. you have a big drag system out there because the engine is shutdown.
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>> reporter: and then there is this, with the plane safely on the ground schultz walked back into the cabin to speak personally with every person who's life she just saved. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> we will have much more on the hero pilot tomorrow morning on today. president trump has lifted some of the curtain of secrecy surrounding a face to mace meeting between himself and kim jong-un. the president confirming today that mike pompeo has already sat down with kim to lay the ground work for historic summit. that may or may not have come as a surprise to japan's prime minister abe who has been meeting with the president at mar-a-lago today. peter alexander has late details. >> reporter: tonight the first concrete signs a historic summit between president trump and kim jong-un could really happen with this new caveat. >> if the meeting, when i'm there is not fruitful, i will respectfully leave the meeting and continue what we're doing or whatever it that we'll continue put something
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happen. >> reporter: the president sharing new details about cia director mike pompeo's secret easter weekend face-to-face with the north korean dictator. >> he just left north korea, had a great meeting with kim jong-un and got along with him really well, really great. >> reporter: the president earlier confirming the trip on twitter stating definitivelily what success would look like. denuclearization will be a great thing for the world but also for north korea. the planning earning praise even among some of the president's fiercest critics. >> it is good news for diplomacy. it's much better than the footing we were on the perfect where we had the president of the united states and supreme leader comparing the size of nuclear buttons. >> reporter: it's a giant gamble. if it leads north korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons. it would be a game changer. if it fails -- >> when you bring the president into a diplomatic negotiation it should be as a closer.
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in this case he's opinion brought in in the beginning when we don't know how many issues there are and will we can reach agreement on any of therapy. >> what did you learn from your conversations with kim jong-un? >> i'm just here today -- >> reporter: pompeo making the rounds on capitol hill today. despi despite being one of the president's most trusted confident ants. >> it's now down to five locations tonight and u.s. officials multiple officials tell nbc news among the front-runners, sweden, switzerland and singapore. >> thank you. now to the state of emergency in hawaii. search and rescue teams are frantically trying to reach flood victims after some of the worst flash floods the hawaiian islands have ever seen. tonight a new storm threat is taking aim. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: this is the state of emergency still unfolding in
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kauai leaving the hichten island with roads underwater, vehicles overturned and homes washed away. the most severe flooding leaving some tonight still waiting for rescue. the national guard, the army and the coast guard airlifting more than 340 people out even those in shelters still need help after nearly 30 inches of rain in 24 hours. >> we try not to let the kids see put i was terrified. >> reporter: the winter olympics family on vacation from san diego was trapped till famed surfer hamilton came to their rescue in a small boat. >> it's hard to concede that that much water could come from the sky and -- it was like an ocean pack there. >> reporter: with power out and access cut off the full extent of the damage is still unclear. >> the water came through my mom's ped room and then just jetted through the house. >> reporter: tonight a race against time to get supplies to the
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many still stranded as a new storm barrels in. disaster in paradise with more trouble on the horizon. miguel almaguer, nbc news. and more trouble in a different paradi paradise, puerto rico has been plunged into darkness again. it's been hit with another island-wide blackout after an excavator hit a transmission line. officials say it may take up to 36 hours to fix. puerto rico's power grid has been struggling since it was devastated by hurricane maria nearly seven months ago. now to what has become a threat to our national security. electronically altered news and images online meant to spread disinformation. it's going on here and all over the world. tonight jo ling kent goes inside to make sure what you're seeing has not opinion fabricated to undermine our democracy. >> our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time. >> reporter: take a close look at this
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video, it looks and sounds like former president barack obama except it's not. >> see, i would never say these things, but someone he is would. someone like jordan peele. >> reporter: the video was made to alert internet users of deep fakes. this photo went viral after last month's march for our lives, a parkland shooting survivor seems to be tearing up the constitution when in reality she's destroying a shooting range target. >> we're concerned about anyone that could be putting disinformation into the eyes of the public in the united states. >> reporter: russia, north korea, eastern europe? >> absolutely. even people within the united states. >> reporter: here at darpa the secret of department of defense agency that helps to develop siri and driverless calls, dr. david dorman is running a new program to fight against fabricated news saying it's being produced
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all around the world. they're building new software and artificial intelligence that allow government agencies and tech companies to scan any image to see if it's been altered. >> you might be able to look at the shadows here. >> reporter: like this photo where a plane was added. the program scans it and detect the doctoring with a heat map. this airplane has been placed in this photo. >> it's been spliced. >> reporter: the goal develop technology for the u.s. government along with facebook, google and other tech companies that will be ready in a matter of two years. how quickly can you figure this out with your machine learning that there's something wrong here? >> some of the indicators work in fractions of a second, some take ten, 15 seconds. >> moving forward we need to be more vigilant with what we trust from the internet. >> reporter: making sure if you see it online, you can really believe it. jo ling kent, nbc news, arlington, virginia. lots of tributes
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tonight for former first lady barbara bush who died late yesterday at home in texas at age 2i9d. her funeral is scheduled for saturday. first lady melania trump and former presidents barack obama and bill clinton and their wives are expected to attend. tonight adrian mitchell has more from mrs. bush from those who loved her and admired her. >> reporter: an outpouring of flowers and books for the woman who made literacy her cause. in texas and kennebunkport with the passing of barbara bush, the last first lady of the greatest generation. >> i am at peace with what took place and the reason why is, my mother was at peace for what took place. >> reporter: her son, the former president today said she was fighty till the end. >> mother said to the doctor, do you want to know why george turned out the way he turned out? and mother says because i drank and smoked when i was pregnant with him. >> reporter: flags at the white house and mar-a-lago lowered to half staff. the secret service
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calling her the epitome of class and grace. the bush's stayed home on holidays so their protective details could be with their families. >> i'm so grateful for her example. we're all miss her. >> reporter: there was never any question who was the boss. >> why do we think you call you the enforcer. >> because i enforce. if you do something bad, i point it out to you. >> that's true. >> reporter: people related to her candor and quick wit. >> she said what she thought and i think that's what everyone loved about her. she didn't have a filter. >> reporter: jeb bush today. >> i'm so blessed to be her son. she taught us to serve others, she taught us to be civil. she taught us to love your family with your heart and soul. >> reporter: setting an example for the white house staff. >> she was the strongest bush i ever knew and while she wasn't elected president, like her husband or her son, it was her approval and her standards that everyone who served them sought to live up
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to. >> reporter: tonight, president bush 41 issued a statement saying that he used to tease barbara for giving him a complex because she was so widely loved but that today's outpouring of love and friendship is lifting up all of the bushes and they have faith that she is in heaven. lester? >> thank you. still ahead tonight, a new health warning if you're one of millions of people who's blood pressure rises when you go to the doctor's office. the dramatic new dash cam video as a house explodes after a car crashes into it.
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we're back now with a warning about a medical condition impacting up to 30% of americans called white coat syndrome. when the stress of going to the doctor causes your blood pressure to go up during your visit even if it's typically normal. as nbc news medical correspondent dr. john torres explains, a new study shows it may be more dangerous than we think. >> reporter: in the largest study of its kind, researchers are finding what was once thought to be a
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harmless condition, white coat hypertension, could actually signal something much more concerning. >> if your blood pressure is going to go up because you saw a white coat, it's also going to go up when someone cuts you off in traffic, when your family stresses you out, when you're stressed out at work. >> reporter: in the study published today, researchers followed 64,000 people for five years. those who had white coat hypertension, had an 80% risk of higher death than those with consistently higher pressure. >> instead of dismissing it and thinking it's benign, we need to think about do g additional testing or starting medication sooner to protect patients. >> reporter: the recommended test, a special 24-hour monitor that checks your blood pressure throughout the day to find out if it's truly elevated and follow up with your doctor about three months later. >> there are so many unfortunate diagnosis that don't have treatments. this is treatable. >> bottom line is white coat blood pressure shouldn't be ignored.
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if you notice it's higher at the doctor's office. talk to him about using a monitor like this. >> any stress could trigger the hike? >> yes. >> thanks very much. in a moment, the annoying task of assembling furniture. some help may soon be on the way. thank you. we'll tell you about a remarkable replica about the titanic and the boy who built it.
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caught on dashcam, a terrifying close call, a home outside dallas exploding just feet away from this police officer. it happened after a driver slammed into the house hitting a gas line. police just released this video today. a family was home at the time of the blast earlier this month, but everyone is expected to recover. let's face it, who among us can really say we enjoy assembling furniture? soon, robots may be able to do it for you like these robots built to put together an ikea
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chair in singapore. while this might not seem like a big deal, it's been hard for robots to master jobs that require the fine dexterity needed to built your chair. another remarkable construction effort, what's being called the world's largest model of the titanic. 26 feet long, five feet tall and four feet wide built by a 15-year-old boy with autism using 56,000 legos, yes, legos. after the project was shown in iceland, norway, sweden and germany, it's now in this country at a titanic museum in tennessee. we'll take a short break. when we come back, a love story that lasted almost eight decades, the story of george and barbara bush. texts to here
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southwest flight lost an engine. moments ago we captured her reunion with her husband. plus, i )m tracking showers for tonight. who gets wet and who will be spared.
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finally tonight as we showed you earlier, the bush family is finding peace and comfort in the passing of family member barbara bush and part of that is knowing how deeply she loved and was loved. they met at a christmas dance, george bush then 17, barbara pierce just 16. >> i could hardly breathe i thought he was so beautiful. >> that winter night in 1941 the beginning of a remarkable love story. >> she's unbelievable and very strong, very strong person, and yet, very loving. >> the young couple was soon separated by world war ii, so they began writing love letters. >> i love you precious with all my heart. and to know that you love me means my life. >> for the next seven decades, they never stopped. >> little did i know i was only trying to keep up, keep up with
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barbara pierce in new york. >> awe. >> i love you. >> i love you, too. >> together, they raised a family. navigated the campaign trail, and the white house. >> i have climbed the highest mountain in the world but that can't hold a candle to being barbra's husband. >> through it all, their love and their humor endured. >> one of the reasons i made the most important decision of my life to marry george bush is because he made me laugh. >> never missing an opportunity to rib each other. here mrs. bush admitting her husband was the only man she ever kissed. >> strange, i admit. >> still staying with your story? [ laughter ] >> a love that will live on through their five children, 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. >> i've always felt i was the world's lucky's woman. nobody ever had a greater, more precious family. nobody ever had a
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better husband. >> pretty amazing story. our thoughts are with the bush family. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.now: good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m raj math the news at six starts now. good evening. >> park rangers armed with guns. it is a idea san jose is considering. rangers say they need the guns to protect thepss against increasingly violent and volatile homeless people living in parks. >> the rarngs are on patrol. and obviously homeless advocates are saying they're over reacting. >> that's right. we are at the farm in san jose. one of nine parks that rangers cover. along with 200 neighborhood parks and numerous creeks.
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some officials say that's a lot of territory for 19 full-time rangers to patrol. without a gun. >> reporter: she has been a ranger for 32 years. and says she's prepared for most confrontations. >> rangers have personal safety equipment. which includes pepper spray. tactical baton. >> now the city is considering arming them with guns chl especially with trying to prevent envirltal damage around homeless encampments. >> there is a criminal element. vehicles and meth. weapons from knives on up. >> homeless advocates are upset. >> it's a culture of fear against the homeless. it's unjustified. >> the mayor isn't convinced it would make the city safer. >> it's important to keep the park rangers safe.

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