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the dodgers and giants air at 7:00. >> i know what i'll be doing tonight, watching baseball. see you at 6:00 first. next fromg promises but now the hard part as president trump declares tonight a historic handshake once unthinkable pictures and promises but now the hard part as president trump declares korean war to end. will north korea really give up the nukes. stunning new details how investigators say they finally cracked that infamous cold case and identified a notorious serial killer using genealogy websites. >> if you see they share a little bit more dna, you stepped a little bit closer to who the offender is. >> the revelation raising questions, could you be used as a dna informant? tom brokaw responds. as the former nightly news anchor is accused of making unwanted sexual advances decades ago. tonight, when he's telling his colleagues. spring has sprung but winter potholes left behind are a nightmare. the good news, there is game-changing
technology designed to protect your car from major damage. and louie louie, the royal family connection behind the little prince's name surprise. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, i'm savannah guthrie in tonight for lester. with a smile, handshake and a stroll, the leaders of north and south korea stunned the world with their agreement to seek peace on the korean peninsula after more than six decades of hostilities. it's a long way from just last summer when north korea the and u.s. are exchanging threats of nuclear war and while words and images are remarkable tonight, the question will north korea really give up nukes and can president trump help get it done. nbc's chief global correspondent bill neely leading us off. >> reporter: a small step for kim jong-un, a leap into history as the first north korean leader to set foot in the south. hand and hand with its president moon and briefly stepping back in the north.
unthinkable just months ago, this was a day of high hopes. the peace era starts now kim said, but no promise here to get rid of his nuclear weapons. no more war said president moon, a peace treaty their eventual goal. they talked for eight and a half hours. kim's nuclear arsenal at the heart of it. of his missile test he told moon, i won't interrupt your early morning sleep anymore. >> the big question that is still left unanswered is whether the north korean leader is really willing to give up his nuclear weapons. >> reporter: the agreement they signed was long on pledges like ending the korean war but short on detail. but old enemies acted like new friends, talking alone in the woods, toasting the future, aware always of the symbolism. this meeting set the stage for what president trump confirmed today would be his summit with kim jong-un within
weeks. this one ending with a dinner, kim's wife there, too, some political theater, the theme of the day and a lot of unanswered questions. bill neely, nbc news, seoul. this is peter alexander at the white house where tonight president trump is amping up the expectations on north korea casting himself as the great deal maker. >> i think i have a responsibility to see if i can do it and if i can't do it, it will be a very tough time for a lot of countries. >> reporter: mr. trump increasingly speaking about a kim jong-un summit like it's a certainty. >> maximum pressure will continue until denuclearization occurs. i look forward to our meeting. it should be quite something. >> reporter: the president blaming predecessors for mishandling the north korean crisis for decades. >> the united states has been played beautifully like a fiddle because you had a different kind of leader. we're not going to be played, okay?
>> reporter: his recent comments a radical change of tone and unloading threats. >> they will be met with fire and furry. >> reporter: and insults. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission. >> reporter: now, praise. >> they are treating us with great respect. >> reporter: even germany's angela merkel giving the host credit. the strength of the american president she says opened new possibilities and as the president weighs one nuclear deal, he's expected to pull the u.s. out of another with iran says secretary of state mike pompeo. >> he's unlikely to stay in the deal. >> reporter: president trump defiant on iran. >> they aren't going to be nuclear weapons, you can bank on it. >> reporter: even his allies pressure him to reconsider. >> if president trump pulling out of the iran nuclear deal, it may convince kim jong-un that the united states is untrustworthy. >> reporter: president trump played coy refusing to reveal whether he has spoken directly to kim jong-un and narrowed the possible list of sites for the summit
to two without identifying where they are. >> peter alexander at the white house. thank you. tonight, we are learning stunning details how investigators finally tracked down that notorious serial killer after decades of trying. they say a genealogy website, so many people use to find out about their family history was the key to cracking the case. that revelation is raising questions and nbc's joe frayer has the latest. >> reporter: for the first time suspected serial killer joseph deangelo went before a judge, a brief appearance with the 72-year-old in a wheelchair saying little. while deangelo's brother-in-law says the family is in shock. >> we didn't know we were totally blindsided. >> reporter: prosecutors confirmed they used genealogy to track down deangelo. they compared dna from the crime scene with genetic profiles available through the
genealogy website, ged match. they found distinct relatives of the killer. >> they share a little more dna and step closer to who the offender is. >> reporter: that narrowed down the suspect pool eventually leading to deangelo, suspected in 12 murders and 50 raip rapes. what is ged match. it is an online database with two employees headquarters in this florida house. users can enter the dna information to search for matches but in a statement the company says it's important get match participants understand the possible uses of their dna including identification of relatives that have committed crimes or were victims of crimes. dna testing companies including ancestry dna says they didn't help with the case. today 23andme, ceo, spoke with nbc's jo ling kent. >> would you give up personal data? >> no, we've had inquiries and we do not. >> reporter: observers say the case raises questions about privacy that could be debated for years.
joe fryar, nbc news, sacramento. and now to the nationwide movement showing no signs lefting up. again today thousands marched on arizona's capital and the protest spread to colorado's capital as teachers take a stand for better pay and more resources for their classrooms. nbc's steve patterson now with their story. >> reporter: passion, anger and a call to colorado teachers converging on the state capitol forcing public schools to shuttle down. half a million students out of class. among the crowd, a teacher for 20 years. she says the effects of the shortage are painful. 20 books for 32 students, one restroom in her hallway out of order for two weeks now and a shortage of custodial staff. >> there are many teachers on this floor who have their own cleaning supplies. the colorado education association says the state is underfunding public schools by $822 million a year. in 2017, massachusetts with about the same number of
students spent roughly 7,000 more per pupil than colorado. teachers in massachusetts made $24,000 more than teachers in colorado. today's rally part of a wave of outrage from arizona to oklahoma and west virginia. >> we're going to lift our voices up but you know where we have out power, we will remember in november. >> reporter: late today, arizona's governor announced a budget deal with lawmakers including a pay raise for teachers who say they're waiting to hear details. steve patterson, nbc news, denver. and now to the news that hits close to home here at nbc news and for many of our viewers, too. our colleague tom brokaw, nbc news correspondent and the former anchor of this broadcast has been accused by a former nbc news correspondent of making inappropriate sexual advances decades ago. brokaw is strongly denying the allegations in a letter he sent to colleagues and we get our report on all of it from nbc's kate snow. >> reporter: tonight, nbc senior
correspondent tom brokaw says he's angry hurt and unmoored by what he calls a torrent of unsubstantiated criticisms launched against him by linda vester. allegations he denies. >> i felt like this man could destroy my career, so if he said he's coming over, i have to let him come over. reporter: in interviews in interviews published last night, vester says brokaw showed up uninvited in her new york hotel room in 1994 at first putting his finger on her lips and grabbing her. >> he took the same hand, reached behind my head and tried to force me to kiss him. >> reporter: vester says brokaw tried to kiss her again before leaving. >> i stood there for a couple of minutes and just shook out of sheer panic. >> reporter: brokaw today writing i should not have gone but i emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her, adding she often reminded me she was a catholic and that she was uncomfortable
with my presence so i left. 23 years later to be stunned by her melodramatic description of the meeting. vester says she kept a diary and told a friend and nbc producer at the time about the incident. she wouldn't verify either to nbc news. vester told "variety" a year later brokaw invited himself to her apartment in london and again and tried to kiss him. that move she so vividly describes he says is not who i am. brokaw writes in his letter to colleagues. i am not a perfect person, but as i write this as dawn on the morning of a drive-by shooting by vester, "the washington post" and variety, i am stunned by the free ride given a woman with a grudge against nbc news. he dismisses vester as a former colleague who left nbc news angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom. at least 65 current and former female colleagues at nbc signed a petition today saying brokaw treated them with fairness and respect. late today, nbc news chairman, andy lack
sent a memo to nbc news employees about the allegations against brokaw writing as we've shown, we take allegations such as these very seriously and act on them quickly and decisively when the facts dictate. the network today facing criticism from former "today" co-host ann curry. curry tells "the washington post" she tried to warn two members of nbc management in 2012 that quote they had a problem with her former co-host matt lauer and they needed to keep an eye on him. last fall, the network terminated him in a complaint. in a new statement, matt lauer said he acted inappropriately but denied allegations of abusive actions. coercive, aggressive or abusive actions. >> savannah, in his memo, he said a review that nbc universal has been conducting ever since lauer was terminated is almost off to its conclusion and there will be findings and further steps as soon as next weeks he said. critics say that review savannah, should have
been done by outside counsel, a lawyer outside of this company. >> kate, thank you very much. republicans on the house intelligence committee released their report finding no evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and russia, a conclusion disputed by democrats but the report faults top members of the trump campaign for poor judgment for meeting with a russian attorney at trump tower months before the 2016 election. well, tonight, there are questions about that attorney, did she have closer ties to the russian government than she previously led on? she spoke to nbc news with chief foreign correspondent richard engel in an nbc exclusive. >> reporter: the russian lawyer came to the 2016 meeting to see donald trump junior, senior advisor jared kushner and then campaign chairman paul manafort. she was introduced in an e-mail as a russian government attorney bringing dirt on hillary clinton. but she told us a month ago, that was a misunderstanding. >> reporter: even
testifying before a senate committee she said i operate independently of any governmental bodies but listen to what she's telling us about her ties to the chief prosecutor in russia. >> when we spoke to her, we brought with us previously undisclosed leaked e-mails. what were you discussing in these e-mails and with whom? [speaking foreign language]. >> reporter: the e-mails were released today by a russian website named the dossier project tied to a prominent critic of vladimir putin. nbc news cannot verify the authenticity of the e-mails but in them she appears to be communicating with a russian prosecutor. dictating edits to a russian government response to a 2014 request for information by u.s. prosecutors.
e-mails raising more questions about her background as the special counsel looks at that trump tower meeting. that's what this is all about. the only reason i'm asking these questions is because of the contact you had with the most senior people who are now in our government. >> reporter: she says those e-mails were hacked but they and her new statements suggest that her connections were deeper than a regular lawyer. the russian government did not respond to our request for a comment. savannah? >> richard engel, thank you. by the way, you can see a lot more of richard's reporting tonight when "on assignment with richard engel" at 9:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. still ahead tonight, pothole protection.
we're back with a game-changer for your car and so many roads are full of potholes waiting to cause expensive damage. the good news, there is new technology on the way to help ease the pothole pain. nbc news national investigative correspondent shows us how it works in tonight's rossen reports. >> reporter: it's the dreaded springtime jolt, potholes popping up across the country from indiana to texas, new york and it's a big problem. 30 million drivers impacted by pothole damage every year but now new technology for your car that keeps you steady even as you drive over this. how does this work? >> clear motion is a shock absorbing system that lives behind the wheel of a car and has computer sensors and reading the potholes and bumps
and actually can lift the wheels up and down really fast and erasing the bumps so you don't feel it inside the car. >> reporter: that's right, three dozen sensors behind the wheels constantly scanning the road, any bump, any pothole cancelled out by the system. okay. so we're going to see if this really works. we'll have this car here that does not have the technology on it. standard shock absorption. the technology is on this car. we'll drive both over some bumps to see what happens. these are on some pretty high-end cars but the makers say this technology can go on any make and model car, even the kind you have at home. let's give it a shot, ready? >> let's do it. >> reporter: first up, the car without the technology. >> i have a cup of coffee in my hand, here are the bumps, yeah. i live in new york. so i'm used to that. it's bumpy. but watch what happens when i switch to the car with clear
motion. here come the bumps, look at my coffee. barely moved. >> didn't feel much. >> reporter: now watch from this angle, first the car without the technology. bumping around hard. now the car with clear motion same bump, same speed and look at that barely moves. when can people start buying this? >> in about a couple years. >> reporter: you're working with car companies? >> half a dozen. >> reporter: they are putting it into cars now? >> yes. >> reporter: the technology will log bumps and potholes sending the exact coordinates to cities where repairs are needed so your next trip looks more like this, not this. jeff rossen, nbc news, massachusetts. coming up -- the fallout from the bill cosby guilty verdict. what the judge ordered him to do today and mama mia, the big announcement from a legendary pop super group.
hate crime after police were caught on camera slamming him to the ground outside atlanta following an alleged road rage incident. in the video desmond screams he can't breathe and appears to pass out. a witness told officers he heard marrow say he would shoot them but has no weapon. police say he would not compile with instructions and tried to kick and headbutt the officers. he denies that and pled not guilty to charges including making terroristic threats. bill cosby must remain on house arrest in suburban philadelphia until his sentencing for sexual assault. a judge ordered the disgraced comedian to wear a gps monitoring device following his conviction yesterday. also today, cosby's alma mater temple university rescinded his honorary degree. he faces up to 30 years in prison. when he is sentenced. calling all dancing queens, a surprise announcement from one of the best selling music groups of all time. aba recorded new songs together for the first time in 35 years.
the group says getting bag together was like time stood still. the first song "i still have faith in you" will be performed in a december television special on the bbc and here on nbc. when we come back, william and kate reveal their new baby's name. what it's taking some by surprise. new rain chance.
when we )ll see it... and we )re following breaking news on the bay bridge... a chp officer dragged for a 1000 feet by a driver - he )d pulled over. we )re live on the scene... next. right now at 6: we )re following breaking news o finally tonight, don't call him louis, he's louie, after or his royal highness to us commoners, after days of anticipation the little prince has a name that's taking royal watchers by surprise. it wasn't what many were expecting. >> i was surprised to be honest when i heard it.
>> reporter: after a four-day wait, william and kate today revealing their new son's name, prince louie arthur charles, official title his royal highness, prince louie of cambridge. >> i like it. >> it has a nice ring to it. >> reporter: the royal couple not picking a name beginning with a so many brits bet on. >> it's a popular name with aristocracy, in britain, the pronouncing of louie rather than louis. >> reporter: online, the speculation was it a tribute to french royalty or to a character on meghan markle's show "suits." there is a family connection. while the new brother of 4-year-old george and 2-year-old charlotte takes a name no british monarch ever heard, louie is prince phillip's uncle and prince william and george share it as a middle name. but prince louie is not worried, last time we saw him, he was taking a royal snooze. >> cute by any name. that's "nightly news" for a
friday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. from all of us at nbc news, thanks so much for watching. and have a good night. we )re fn the approach to bay bridge. a trafic nightmare leaving san fra right now at 6:00 -- we are following breaking news on the approach to the bay bridge. you can see it down below, traffic is a nightmare leaving san francisco. here's why. a chp officer was hurt during a traffic stop. this is a live look now from nbc bay area's sky ranger. right now two eastbound lanes of the bay bridge going to the east bay are closed. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. we were the first to break the news during our 5:00 newscast. back up to sky ranger still at the bay bridge. terrible traffic heading eastbound out of the city this
evening as officers investigate exactly what happened. nbc bay area's sam brock is live in san francisco. sam, tell us how this unfolded. >> reporter: yeah, good evening. let's be very clear, drivers who witnessed what happened this afternoon said they had never seen anything like this. now the good news is that the chp officer who was hit and injured did not suffer life threatening injuries. he is expected to be okay. but this is an absolute mess. where i'm situated right now is a patch of grass in between eastbound and westbound 80. over my shoulder right here is eastbound 80 that you can see the cars barely moving along. they've shut down the entrance ramp here so on 4th and bryan to my right is where cars would typically be coming on i-80 to get on to the bay bridge. there's nothing, complete emptiness. over my shoulder, you will still see blinking lights. this is where this all unfolded, near where that