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thanks for watching. nightly news is next. >> we'll see you then. tonight, a winter storm sweeps across the country with another on the way. mother nature's one-two punch puts millions at risk from floodwaters out west to heavy wet snow creating dangerous conditions to the east. where is the next storm headed? we have a live forecast. playing to a friendly crowd after a rough week, president trump goes on the attack. and the democrats, they are going to do whatever they do if they get into power and it won't have a damn thing to do with whether or not we approve our national emergency. >> but did the president contradict one of his most famous campaign lines? a milestone in space travel. an unmanned test flight showcasing the private craft that could carry american astronauts to space.
an unlikely refuge. one of the most notorious borders a safe haven for some of nature's most beautiful and endangered birds. and a symphony on a glacier with instruments made of ice. we take you to the coolest concert on earth. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz balart. tonight a series of storms leaving a mess across the country and another one on the way. less than three weeks until spring, but march is off to a rough start. tonight 52 million americans are under the threat of severe winter weather lasting at least through the weekend, covering more than 2,500 miles. and right behind it frigid temperatures for next week from california to the east coast, snow, rain, and flooding, and across the south hail and even possible tornados.
nbc's morgan chesky is tracking it for us. >> reporter: from west coast flooding to a freeze. encasing entire homes in ice. brutal winter storms have left millions digging out before they dig in for the next one. expected to trek coast to coast. >> february has been absolutely incredible and record setting. >> reporter: in california, sierra nevada, up to 25 feet of snow in the shortest month of the year. a blessing for ski resorts. a nightmare in the valleys below. heavy rains brought floods and sinkholes, swallowing whole roads. >> a lot of fast moving water. down the river, down the street. >> reporter: in the midwest heavy wet snow, too much for the roof at this wisconsin lodge. no one inside when it collapsed. >> look at all the destruction. >> reporter: in south carolina, a rare winter tornado. the high winds damaging at least five homes, but no one injured. to the northeast, dangerous dns led to this wreck outside philadelphia. while in new york city a line
for tickets to "saturday night live" -- >> incredible. >> reporter: looked more like a mountain base camp. back here in los angeles recent storms brought fear of mudslides prompting officials to keep a close eye with even more rain on the way. peter. >> thank you very much. wnbc's dave price is here with us tonight. dave, what are we looking at over the next 24 hours? >> an active weather map. we begin on the west coast right now where from san francisco to los angeles we are expecting upwards of two inches of rain today. that's already on top of saturated ground. and then that quick-moving storm system begins to work its way across the plains states in through the midwest and up through the northeast corridor. winter storm warnings, watches and advisories already posted. aswe a talking about upwards of eight inches or more in the rockies and enough snow along that 95 corridor through new england and new york and down to philadelphia to make monday morning's commute a mess. in the meantime, an arctic blast
of air begins to work its way all the way down south to texas with high temperatures in the single digits to teens. well off where we should be this time of year. warmer air certainly, but a significant risk to the south where damaging winds and downpours and an isolated tornado is possible as well. it will be a rough 24 hours. president trump had a lot to get off his chest today after another rough week from the failed north korea nuclear summit to michael cohen's damning testimony. the president today delivered by far the longest speech of his presidency to a friendly crowd and even tried to dismiss his famous request to russia during the campaign as a joke. nbc's white house correspondent geoff bennett has the very latest. >> reporter: for a president on the rebound from a rough week, welcome refuge at the conservative political action conference. >> i am totally off script. >> reporter: during his two-hour speech he railed against the special counsel's russia investigation.
>> and all of a sudden they are trying to take you out with [ bleep ], okay? >> reporter: mocking his former attorney general jeff sessions. >> and as you know, the attorney general says i'm going to recuse myself. and i said, why the hell didn't he tell me that before i put him in? >> reporter: and claiming his now infamous appeal to russia -- >> russia, if you are listening. >> reporter: to hack hillary clinton's emails was just a joke. >> if you tell a joke, if you are sarcastic, if you are having fun with the audience, and if you say something like, russia, please, if you can, get us hillary clinton's emails, please, russia, please. >> reporter: the president directly contradicting what he told nbc's katy tur at the time. >> well, they probably have them. i'd like to have them released. >> does that not give you pause?
>> no. >> reporter: the base clinging tight despite damaging testimony from his former fixer and lawyer michael cohen. >> he is a racist. he is a con man and he is a cheat. >> reporter: house democrats now threatening to subpoena white house documents over reports the president personally ordered a top secret security clearance for his son-in-law and advisor jared kushner. allegations of special treatment the president, who has the authority to grant clearances, in this case reportedly overruling the advice of security officials. and president trump today addressed the parents of otto warmbier. they rebuked mr. trump for holding north korean dictator kim jong-un blameless in their son's death following 17 months in captivity. the president today said he was torn between having to negotiate with kim and standing up for warmbier. >> thanks very much. spacex and nasa are celebrating a huge success tonight after launching an unmanned rocket to the space station. nbc's tom costello was there. >> three, two, one, zero,
ignition, liftoff. >> reporter: it was 2:49 a.m. when the falcon 9 rocket powered through the night sky cutting a spectacular path to the space station. >> live view of the falcon 9 rocket as it ascends through the atmosphere. >> reporter: yet again spacex demonstrating remarkable engineering precision. >> as you hear from the cheering here at spacex headquarters, we did have a successful mid-engine cutoff. >> reporter: success at every stage, including the reusable first stage guided to earth for a perfect landing on a ship 300 miles out to sea. this unmanned mission a critical test of the spacex dragon crew vehicle that nasa hopes will carry astronauts to the space station this year. along for the ride a mannequin named ripley, wired with sensors to gauge the g-forces and stress a real astronaut might experience.
spacex's ceo elon musk's vision, first the space station, then the moon, and mars. >> i believe in the future of space. i think it is important we have space exploration, be out there among the stars. >> reporter: dragon is set to dock with the space station tomorrow before returning to earth next week. if all goes well, a manned mission could follow this summer. that would mark the first time in eight years that an american rocket would carry american astronauts to space. since 2011, the u.s. has paid for rides on russian rockets. now spacex and boeing are taking over the job. boeing's unmanned test is set for next month as spacex save ors today's success. spacex is aiming for a manned mission in july. boeing aiming for august. nasa has to fully sign off on both systems before they let any astronaut climb on board a commercial rocket. tom costello. more than two dozen migrants returned to the border between mexico and california today.
they are aimed to be reunited with their children separated from them during the trump administration controversial zero tolerance policy last year. mariana atense i don't see is following the journey. >> reporter: it took elmer gomez six months and over 2,500 miles to get back to this point. since i left, my goal was to be with her. i'm finally at the moment, which is the final point. i dream of being with her. traveling from honduras with his pregnant wife, he hopes to be reunited with his 15-year-old daughter in the u.s. separated under the trump administration's zero tolerance policy, he was deported. his daughter remained in the custody of health and human services for four months, and now lives with a relative in wisconsin. every day i think about her. i tell my daughter, please forgive me. it was not my intention to leave you here.
gomez is not alone. he is joined by 28 other parents from central america who were deported without their children and are now demanding to get them back. >> the vast majority of these parents were deported without ever having the chance to seek asylum in the united states. >> reporter: erica, a lawyer working with the family, says the government has an obligation to reunite them, citing a federal judge's order last july. >> the government has stated they are making efforts to reunify these families and we are here to make sure that the government complies with their obligations. >> reporter: tonight border patrol officials on site tell us they are at capacity and the parents will have to wait. elmer gomez and the others vow to stay as long as it takes. peter. >> thank you very much. new developments tonight in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in california last year. prosecutors announced that two sacramento police officers will not face charges, saying they
did not break any laws when they shot stephon clark in his grandparents' backyard. clark was running way from police when they shot him saying they thought he was pointing a gun at them. the killing, you may remember, sparked nationwide protests. now to a shootout outside an elementary school near kansas city. police exchanged gunfire with a suspect yesterday at a home across the street from the school. a class outside for recess was moved inside and the school was locked down. fortunately, no students or staff were harmed. the suspect was treated at a hospital and released. he has been charged with aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm. this week brought more troubling news for traditional retail stores. in a single day three major brands announced that they are closing more than 300 stores combined. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer. >> reporter: for some gap, victoria secrets and vc pennc e
scores, all three announcing the closure of some 300 stores after slumping sales. this as payless hangs up its shoes for good. >> the mall is no longer the place to be. the millennials and generation z actually are customers who are totally used to shopping through social media or online. >> reporter: but even new ventures like tesla also announcing it's pulling the plug on most of its brick and mortar stores to focus online. retailers say 10% of their sales come from e-commerce after what some call the retail apocalypse over the last several years. another 5,000 big-name retail shops will go out of business this year. >> having it be online is just so easy. it comes to your door. you can return it at your own convenience. >> some of my friends that are obsessed with amazon and order things all the time. >> reporter: tonight some of the nation's most iconic brands hoping to do more with less as the face of business changes.
miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. now to one of the most notorious borders in the world. the dmz. that strip of land dividing north and south korea. it is a dangerous place, but now the land has become an unlikely nature refuge. anne thompson traveled there and has more. >> reporter: frozen dawn near korea's dmz. this rumble comes from nature. here amid the military arsenal of a 65-year standoff is a safe haven for the endangered red crown crane and the vulnerable white neck crane. what do the cranes symbolize? >> crane bring peace. korean people believe crane giv. >> reporter: and now, he says, a common purpose on both sides of the world's most militarized
border. >> cranes could connect those korea people and the south korea people in history and culture. >> reporter: the river is a winter playground for the cranes after their trips from russia and china. fallow rice patties on the southern border offer food. how close are we? that mountain behind me just three miles away is north korea. from the peace observatory on the south side you can see the land of the dmz itself, untouched for decades, perfect for cranes and now as political tensions thaw perhaps again perfect for people. this railway comes to an abrupt end in the border town of chedwau. talk of it to reconnect could resurrect this once bustling city. what is the biggest danger to the crane? >> the construction of the road
encroaching he habitat of cranes. >> reporter: development? >> yeah, development. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the south korean unification ministry. >> translator: our vision is to somehow harmonize this development along with preservation of the environment. >> reporter: dr. chung isn't waiting. national nature trust is buying up land and spreading rice and corn to keep the birds coming with the helpf the crane association's chairman hong. if korea were to lose these cranes, what would korea lose? >> translator: it would be like losing children, he says. a precious treasure. a treasure they want to protect for generations of cranes and koreans to come. anne thompson, nbc news along the dmz. >> beauty in a place marred by war. >> >> how the food delivery boom is changing the restaurant business. and we take you on a winter
what are you doing for dinner tonight? these days there is a chance that your dinner is being delivered. now a company known for disrupting one industry is also changing the way we ea nbc's explains. >> reporter: lunch rush in chicago is different. the phone is silent. no one is in here eating, but this pizza joint is not just a pizza joint. it's a one-building empire. >> eight restaurants.
one brick and mortar. >> reporter: out of this storefront? >> yes. >> reporter: simon's eight restaurants are made possible by uber's food division. >> we have huge amounts of data being able to take that information to those local restaurants and saying, hey, you already have the kitchen. let's add some new things to the menu. >> reporter: uber eats pitched mchale this way. >> hey, we have a lot of people requesting fried chicken in your neighborhood. >> reporter: you didn't just add it as a menu item. you are making a whole new restaurant? >> yes. >> reporter: now his business is almost entirely virtual. >> out of 100 deliveries a day, three, four call the phone number. >> reporter: the rest online? >> the rest are all online orders. >> reporter: it's programmed by what customers have asked for. but what if a neighborhood only had access to unhealthy food? >> what you are doing when you provide even more convenience to bad food choices is giving people efficiency of making a bad decision.
>> reporter: uber eats says it can spot a need for healthy food and bring it to communities if demand is there. >> for restaurants in a community that is lacking a bunch of healthy food choices we are saying here is a way to meet an unmet demand. >> reporter: meantime, virtual restaurants will keep growing. mchale can imagine someday having no tables at all. >> honestly, if restaurant aren't now adapting to this new way of virtual restaurants, they are not going to be in business. >> reporter: a model for the future. more of the food you love no matter what it is. jacob ward, nbc news, chicago. the city of brotherly love openings arms and warm lit for a baseball superstar.
bernie sanders officially kicked off his 2020 presidential bid today with a return to his roots. the vermont senator held a rally in the brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up referring to the federal workers caught up in the recent government shutdown. sanders said he knows what it's like to be in a family that lives paycheck to paycheck. after signing the richest contract in u.s. sports history, bryce harper tried on the philadelphia phillies jersey he can wear for the rest of his career. this is a monster deal. $330 million over 13 years. phillie fans, including the phanatic, celebrating his arrival. snapping up 180,000 tickets in just two days. when we come back, the magical music coming from inside these frosty walls. ♪
finally tonight, we take you to the italian alps where an american artist is carrying out a vision many called crazy. it began about 20 years ago with the idea of making warm sounds from ice. sarah harmon tells us how it turned into a symphony. >> reporter: high in the italian alps on a glacier, mysterious music echos from inside these mountains. what looks like a snowdrift is actually a concert hall for the coolest concert on earth.
>> it's so incredible and you can feel how much work it must have been. >> no, you can't. sorry. it's way more work than you think. >> reporter: the brainchild of tim linheart, an american artist from new mexico, who for years dreamt of making music from the ice. >> reporter: people must have said that guy tim is crazy? >> yeah, i got a lot of that. i got a lot of that. i was living in an igloo when i built the first orchestra on top of the mountain. so they already kind of thought i was crazy. >> reporter: maintaining ice instruments is tricky business. the worst-case scenario a literal meltdown. for tim, the musicians and the audience, that's not the only struggle. getting to these majestic mountains is an epic journey. it is a lot of work to get here. but the payoff is worth it. for visitors this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
the ice concert hall is made of 5,000 cubic meters of snow and holds 200 visitors. white snow walls, colored lights, the ambiance is magical. a bundled audience mesmerized, clapping hands in appreciation and maybe to stay warm in the frigid 18-degree air. >> the whole experience, the environment, the house, the instruments glowing, everybody has walked away with a feeling of, wow, that was a magical experience. >> reporter: he hopes one day icaks all over the world. sarah harmon, nbc news in the italian alps. >> kind of gives you the chills, right? that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. we hope you join us tomorrow to see how some classic cars are getting a high-tech update.
i'm peter alexander. for all of us here at nbc news, we hope you have a very good night.now. good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m terry mcsweeney. the news at 6:00 starting right now. good evening, k you four joini you for joining us. >> we're tracking the new round of rain and the timeline. >> you are seeing scattered showers around the tri valley, and one over palo alto and stanford moving toward the dumbarton bridge.
scattered showers more intense across the sierra. and the trend continues to bring areas of showers. sun glasses and an umbrella to wrap up the weekend. the pattern we're keeping a very close eye on developing in the pacific, this could be another atmospheric river pattern. we'll have a closer look at where all this rain could be headed next in our seven-day forecast in about stuff. a treeas one just like thei this. residents are coming back to th