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tonight, complete denuclearization, stunning new words from north korea itself. but there's a growing mystery over what exactly that means, and whether kim jong-un is serious about giving up his nukes. a dramatic end to a days' long manhunt, how police tracked down a man they say gunned down one of their own. the migrant caravan targeted by president trump. central americans who say they are fleeing danger, reach their final stop before approaching the u.s. border. final stop be approaching the u.s. high drama over what happens next. a major u-turn from ford. why the iconic american automaker is ditching most of its cars made in the u.s. we go inside the world of an influential and
controversial author whose books are nighing off the shelves. why critics say he's dangerous. and a major league party for a beloved ballpark usher, celebrating 100. this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening. tonight the world is waiting to see whether the promise made by north korea's dictator is actually real. kim jong-un signaling for the first time today in his state-controlled media, that complete denuclearization is his goal, this a day after both north and south korea signed an agreement that seemingly starts the process of formally ending the korean war. while many point to the broken promises that litter north korea's past international agreements, others say it may be an historic shift. we have team coverage tonight from the korean peninsula and washington, where president trump celebrated and set the table for a possible summit in the coming weeks. we begin with bill neely in seoul. bill? >> reporter: good evening, jose. president trump spoke
with south korea's president moon today for an hour and 15 minutes, unusually long, to get his impression of kim jong-un and whether the north korean dictator really is serious about getting rid of his nuclear weapons. yesterday's summit was historic but the agreement that ended it was vague. all eyes now on an even bigger deal. north korea's most famous anchor, using a word once unthinkable here, saying her leader's new goal is complete denuclearization. the state-run newspaper featuring 61 photographs of kim jong-un meeting their enemy. one historic summit, reversing decades of hostility and setting the stage for president trump to close a nuclear deal when he meets kim in the coming weeks. >> the inter-korean summit creates heightened expectations and puts greater pressure on the trump/kim summit because the denuclearization question can only be answered at that summit.
>> reporter: this meeting saw the leaders commit only to the idea of a nuclear-free korea. it didn't mention kim's nuclear program and set no timetable. u.s. officials want proof kim is getting rid of weapons within a year. and there was no detail in their plan for a peace deal to end the korean war. among the millions watching, one north korean defector called it all a show. what's changed for north korea's people, she asked. have human rights, have living standards? many in south korea, though, watched in tears, hopes rising that decades of living under the north's missile threat might be over. as kim jong-un declared a new era of peace, and president moon said "no more war." but amid their hugs and handshakes, kim also took swipes at the u.s., foreigners here to fight, he said. president trump
predicting their meeting should be quite something. bill neely, nbc news, seoul. >> reporter: i'm kelly o'donnell at the white house, where today president trump acted as his own promoter for the next big attraction, a trump/kim summit. before any official white house read-out, he tweeted updates about key allies. just had a long and very good talk with president moon of south korea. and, also spoke to prime minister abe of japan, to inform him of the ongoing negotiations. at this stage, emphasizing the positive. >> i think it's gonna work out just fine. let's see what happens. >> reporter: but foreign policy experts say the president must demonstrate caution and patience too. >> he can't look for an easy and early victory, because this may be a several-year-long process before it ends. >> reporter: building anticipation. time and location of meeting with north korea is being set. >> we're down to two
countries as to a site. >> reporter: today the president's new chief diplomat, secretary of state mike pompeo, arrived in saudi arabia. his message, president trump is likely to exit the multi-nation agreement that keeps iran from developing nuclear weapons. because it does not prevent iran's ballistic missile program or iran's interference in syria. but leaving the deal could affect talks with north korea. tonight the president is putting aside official government business for a few hours, skipping the annual white house correspondents dinner again this year and instead staging his own re-election rally, paid for by his campaign. kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the white house. and let's get more on the president's primetime rally. as kelly said, counterprogramming, the white house correspondents dinner and focusing on a state critical to his victory in 2016. blake mccoy is in washington township, michigan, for the latest on that tonight.
blake, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, jose. this washington, unlike the capital, is very much trump country. mccomb county was pivotal in giving donald trump the key electoral votes from michigan in the 2016 election. this is a county that went twice for obama and then swung heavily to donald trump. he has a lot of supporters in the crowd tonight, many of them wearing red "make america great again" hats. he's set to go on stage at 7:00 p.m., just before the white house correspondents dinner gets under way, and this is counterprogramming, getting his message out in front of a friendly crowd. in explaining that decision, he said in a fund-raising e-mail this week, why would i want to be stuck in a room with a bunch of fake news liberals who hate me? i came up with something much better, i'm going to hold a rally in michigan and spend the evening with my favorite deplorables who love our movement and love america. he's promised to talk about jobs and the economy tonight, but this is an environment he's very comfortable in. we'll see what else is on his mind. >> blake, thank you
very much. there's word tonight of a takedown in the state of maine. police capturing a suspect they say gunned down a cop and stole his car and took off, triggering a four-day manhunt. nbc's morgan radford has the late details. >> reporter: police nabbed 29-year-old john williams in the woods of maine after four days on the run. >> it was resolved peacefully, without any harm. >> reporter: police say williams killed sheriff's deputy corporal eugene cole on wednesday. the same day he was set to appear in court on gun charges. after the shooting, williams allegedly stole the police cruiser and robbed a convenience store. >> they're advising that he was driving a pickup truck with a sheriff department logo on it, and he did display a firearm. >> reporter: during the manhunt, hundreds of officers scoured more than 25 square miles of wooded area in central maine, warning residents to lock their doors. >> he's considered armed and dangerous. >> reporter: williams lived in kimberly seroy's home until last year.
she said the suspect was like a son to her. after the shooting, she found the -- corporal cole's body in her backyard. >> i asked him, officer, are you okay? and i didn't get a response. >> reporter: the sheriff's department tonight, grieving a friend. the veteran officer, a grandfather of seven. >> he was one of the finest deputies that you'd want to meet. >> reporter: corporal cole's wife released a statement through the sheriff, directing her words at the suspect. >> mr. williams, be assured you'll be treated the same way corporal cole would have treated you if you had given him the opportunity. with dignity and respect. >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news. now to the sad passing of the terminally ill british toddler at the center of a legal battle, pitting his parents, who fought to keep him on life support, and take him out of the country for further treatment, versus doctors who said there was no hope for his survival. in the end, courts agreed with the doctors.
we get his story from nbc's lucy kafanov. >> reporter: just a few weeks shy of his second birthday, alfie evans took his final breath in the same british hospital where he spent most of his short life. his devastated parents posting, our baby boy grew his wings tonight. we are heartbroken. in his first months, he thrived, but he was hospitalized after developing seizures, diagnosed with a rare brain condition which doctors said was impossible to treat, arguing in court that he should be taken off life support. his parents, fighting back. >> no one, and i repeat, no one, is -- in this country is taking my boy away from me. >> reporter: the tragic and bitter battle to keep him alive reverberating across the world. >> alfie evans. >> reporter: pope francis intervened, meeting dad tom evans in rome. a vatican hospital, offering to treat the toddler. but those efforts rejected by courts who ruled there is no prospect of recovery. alfie was taken off life support on
monday. the family working with doctors to make him comfortable. supporters who kept vigil as alfie hung on for four days, now in mourning. the case, similar to that of baby charlie gard, who died in london last year. a court denying his parents' petition to take him to america for experimental treatment. alfie's parents battled for months in hopes of saving their son. now as they mourn, crowds are gathering to remember and celebrate alfie's short life. lucy kafanov, nbc news, london. there is an update tonight on the migrant caravan targeted by president trump on twitter. hundreds of central americans who say they are fleeing danger in their country, have now reached their final stop, in tijuana, mexico, before approaching the u.s. border, where they say they'll be asking for asylum. but as nbc's gadi schwartz tells us, there's uncertainty about what happens then. >> reporter: it's been a journey of 3,000 miles for kathryn and her 1-year-old daughter ashley,
trekking from honduras to the u.s./mexico border. now they're just a few hundred feet away. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: she says, they're very emotional because they're waiting for tomorrow. today the 400 or so immigrants who make up the caravan that has attracted international attention, attended legal clinics. tomorrow they'll ask for asylum in masse. not all of them will make t but lawyers say among the strong contenders, a group of transgender central americans who say they've been persecuted and their lives, threatened. >> she says at first they tortured her father because she wasn't there. and then they killed him. >> the countries that they're fleeing from, there's often a lot of laws that criminalize them, and a lot of specific violence against them. and that does make for a strong asylum claim. >> reporter: but this small group, hoping for freedom from fear, believes at the end of this journey, they may become political targets of president trump, a fear shared by the entire caravan,
all of them well aware that the president has promised to bar them from entering the united states, tweeting, i've instructed the secretary of homeland security not to let these large caravans of people into our country. and tomorrow, this is where the caravan is expected to try to turn themselves in. they have been told to prepare for the possibility that they may be detained for days, weeks, maybe even months. but tonight, one more night of hope that together, if they stick together by the hundreds, their chance for asylum will be upheld, and they'll find safety in the united states. jose, back to you. >> gadi schwartz in tijuana, thank you very much. now to the major u-turn at ford. the american automaker announcing it will stop making all but two of its cars in the u.s., keeping the iconic mustang and also the focus, while refocusing its efforts on pick-ups, suvs and crossovers amidst increasing changes tastes among drivers. nbc's gabe gutierrez has that story. >> get the feel of v8 performance. >> reporter: it is an
american institution. >> mustang. >> reporter: the ford motor company, responsible for the ground-breaking model t, and yes, even that famous flop, the edsel. now, more than a century after its vehicles started rolling off the assembly line, ford announced this week, it's phasing out production of most of its traditional cars in north america. andrew holbrook says he'll have a tough time saying goodbye to his ford fusion. >> it's kinda weird, because i love the car. the fact that they were getting rid of it, i was kinda shocked when i saw that. >> reporter: nostalgia aside, bigger is now apparently better. one analyst estimated by 2022 almost 73% of sales in the u.s. will be utility vehicles. >> you don't see too many ford cars on the roads these days. mostly trucks and suvs. >> reporter: so ford is keeping only the iconic mustang, and a new focus crossover, and ramping up production of larger vehicles that dealers say are really driving business. >> people are buying more trucks and suvs
today than cars. why? because the suv is a little more versatile. >> reporter: also fueling the changes, low gas prices the past few years and a stronger economy. >> another reason, the rise in ride-share services like uber and lyft. eric howard is a lyft driver in atlanta. >> if you need to go to the grocery store, most people take a lyft. if they want to go to the club with their friends or out to a game. >> you don't want to bother with parking. >> pay $40 to park at a falcons game, who wants to do that when you can take a $10 ride? >> reporter: ford says the changes won't impact american jobs. a chicago plants that makes the taurus will make more suvs like the explorer. so long, sedans, as the u.s. auto industry shifts gears. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. still ahead tonight, a speaker and author at the center of controversy. fans flock to hear him speak. his books sell big, but critics say his message is dangerous. also, history of
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[ all speak at once ] >> reporter: in a time of polarizing politics -- >> this is a president -- >> firing bob mueller -- >> reporter: -- dr. jordan peterson refuses to be pigeonholed. >> you're not going to decide what words i use. >> reporter: in the past two years, he's been adopted as a hero of the donald trump-loving alt-right. >> diversity, inclusivity, equity, all of those things together, in particular, make up a very toxic brew. >> reporter: he takes direct aim at the far left and says young men have been hurt by a society that overvalues political correctness and pushes them away from traditional male roles. his new book is already a bestseller. hundreds of thousands subscribe to his online speeches -- >> i'm not arguing about you. >> reporter: and his new speaking tour is selling out. >> it feels like a movement and i'm excited to be a part of it. >> i think he's dangerous because of the people he enables. >> reporter: journalist john semley has criticized peterson. >> is there an ideological similarity
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to the fans, he's family. and to his family, he's a gem. >> we love to get phil's love, and we love to give it out to him. he's the best. >> what do you call him? >> uncle philly. ♪ happy birthday, dear philly ♪ >> reporter: phil has celebrated with song and the plaque in his old section. his uniform is headed to cooperstown and the hall of fame. so by now, i'm sure you're wondering, what's his secret to longevity? >> everybody asks that. and over the years, i always said two oreos and a glass of milk going to bed. >> that's the secret? >> that was the secret. >> reporter: that, and an attitude that never gets him behind in the count. >> do you feel at home here? >> oh, yeah, this is my home. >> reporter: he won't steal a base, but he's stolen a whole city's heart. kevin tibbles, nbc news, pittsburgh. and that's "nbc nightly news" for this
saturday. coming up tomorrow, a look at a revolution in emergency room care for patients with extraordinary challenges. i'm jose diaz-balart reporting from new york. thank you for the privilege of your time and goodnight. and goodnight. h the new details we )re learning about a violent traffic stop on right now on nbc bay area news, his life put in extreme danger. the new details we're learning about a violent traffic stop on the bay bridge that resulted in an officer being dragged by a car. plus keeping gun violence prevention front and center. the event that gave everyone a voice, but it's not all talk. how it could lead to change in the south bay. but first, a developing
story. the founder of one of the most popular outdoor festivals has passed away. burning man fans in mourning tonight. the news starts right now. good afternoon, everyone. thank you for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> and i'm vicki knew win. we're on early due to the sharks playoff game. it is one of the most popular and iconic festivals in the arts and music community. tonight a sad announcement. larry harvey, the founder of burning man, has died. >> nbc bay area's sergio quintana live in san francisco. the news is devastating to a lot of people here in the bay area. >> reporter: there are quite a few people who are just learning the news of his passing. we understand that larry harvey passed away this morning in his san francisco home. according to the burning man organization, he was surrounded by friends and family. >> we come from