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baseball almost. they keep doing it. it is believed to commemorate the cities revolt against it one time tyrant. >> hit him with an orange and he never came back. >> apparently so. >> we'll be back 6:00. breaking news tonight. deadly tornado outbreaks across the south. alabama and georgia hit as the third storm in a week sweeps across a big part of the country, cutting a path of destruction and more severe weather is on the way. we'll have a live forecast. hitting its mark. the first commercial spacecraft designed to carry humans reaches another milestone, setting the stage for a revolution in space travel. five years after the mysterious disappearance of a malaysian airliner, families gather to mourn with key clues still missing. and empowering survivor was sexual assault. the high-tech tools trying to make a difference as dollar stores become a dime a dozen, why some want to slow their growth and we'll take you on a
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ride with some classic cars getting a second act thanks to what lies beneath. this is nbc "nightly news" with katcross the country right now. 61 million americans under threat of severe weather tonight, just within the last few hours we've seen tornadoes in the deep south, and at the same time snow is moving through the midwest and heading quickly toward the east coast tonight. that could mean a rough morning commute in places like boston and hartford on monday. nbc's tammy leitner is in smith station, alabama, with more. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. emergency officials say there are at least 14 people dead, numerous injured and extensive damage from when this tornado hit here earlier today. it hit mid-afternoon in eastern alabama. part of a line of severe thunderstorms sweeping through the south. forecasters warning take
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shelter. the sky turned dark and the tornado touched down, damaging homes and businesses near smith station alabama. trees down, debris blown for miles. another just a few minutes later near macon, georgia. the so-called tornado outbreak moved east. after strong downpours throughout the day. a dramatic rescue in birmingham, alabama, where rising floodwaters trapped a woman in her car. in yazoo county, mississippi, floodwaters swallowed entire roads. officials closing 20 roads across three counties. residents forced to evacuate in central mississippi as the lake spilled into the town. in st. louis, chaos on congested roads where two tractor trailers jack knifed, cars spinning out of control, nearby, the st. louis gateway arch disappears behind a flurry of winter white. in kansas city, major highways
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deserted under a blanket of snow. as much of the northeast prepares for much of the same, with philadelphia, new york and boston gearing up for the worst yet this winter. >> back here in alabama, as you can see, it's dark now and it is going to be a long, difficult night for those who have lost their home and those who are still searching for loved ones. kate? >> that's for sure, tammy. thank you. this storm is not finished yet. wnbc's dave price is here with more on the forecast. dave, what are we looking at? >> kate, let's pick up where tammy left off in the deep south. our concerns stretch from central georgia and all of the way into the carolinas as night falls, particularly dangerous because people tend to disconnect from media and of course, it's hard to visually track those storms so we'll watch that. in the meantime, youked about 61 million people at risk and some of the highest population areas in the country from baltimore all of the way up to boston. new york public schools with 1.1 million children cancelling and boston doing the same. we could see upwards of eight
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inches of snow or more. keep an eye on particularly sections of new england and as we wake up to rush hour from philadelphia to new york, it's going to be a mess that snow extends through the afternoon in northern new england and after that, winter cold, bitter cold air continues to stretch down and work its way towards the eastern seaboard -- seaboard, i should say, as we head to midweek with windchills 20 to 40 degrees below zero in some locations in the northern plains. >> no break yet. thank you. another landmark in space exploration as the spacex dragon capsule made it to the international space station. our kathy park reports on today's high achievement. >> crew no longer sending commands and dragon doing everything on its own. >> reporter: 250 miles above earth, the first commercial spacecraft designed to carry humans hitting its mark. >> we have confirmation of the soft capture of the dragon's spacecraft of the international space station. >> then another dramatic moment, astronauts on the iss make their
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way into the unmanned vessel. >> there he is. david inside. human beings inside the dragon spacecraft. >> floating inside they met a mannequin passenger sitting in the corner, giving everyone back home a look at the spacecraft of the future. >> welcome to the crew dragon. >> it all followed a spaekt aecr launch just 29 hours before. >> there is a lot riding on the six-day demo before the dragon capsule heads home friday. if all goes well, the next test will launch two astronauts as early as july. >> we may push a button or two to demonstrate that we have the capability to intervene if we need to, but the vehicles are pretty much going to do the work autonomously just like it did today. >> boeing isn't far behind with for march as the new space race sets off. kathy park, nbc news, new york.
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after a summit with the north korean leader ended without an agreement and his former attorney testified on capitol hill next week, some good news tonight for president roval rating at 46%. that is up three points from january, but there is still a chorus of criticism of that failed summit in vietnam and today one of the president's key advisors tried to contain the fallout from a bruising week. jeff bennett has more. >> the president's national security adviser defending the dramatic collapse of mr. trump's second summit with kim jong-un. >> i don't conside t adown aying concerns that the president walked away empty handed. >> he's not desperate for a deal and not with north korea and not with anybody. if it's contrary to american national interest. >> reporter: hoping to ease tension, the u.s. abandoning the spring joint military exercise
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wes south korea. the democratic house intelligence committee calling that a major concession. >> of course, the president did give up a great deal by going to that summit, by enhancing kim jong-un's prestige on the world stage, by giving up those military exercises in the last summit and getting nothing for it. >> and bolton brushing off a bipartisan backlash after president trump appeared to hold kim blameless in the death of otto warmbier. >> he tells me that he didn't know about it, and i will take him at his word. >> when he says i will take him at his word. it doesn't means that he accepts it as reality and it's just what kim jong-un said. >> warmbier returned to the u.s. in a coma and died after 17 months in a north korean prison. mr. trump on saturday said warmbier's death made the uncomfortable. >> i'm in such a horrible position because in one way i have to negotiate, and the other way i love mr. and mrs.
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warmbier, and i love otto, and it's a very, very delicate balance. >> the warmbier family contacted today by nbc news chose not to comment on the president's latest remarks. now tomorrow, president trump faces more heat as house democrats say they plan to request documents for more than 60 people and organizations connected to him. democrats say it's an opening salvo in new and wide ranging investigations. kate? >> jeff bennett at the white house. thank you. >> in malaysia, families held a solemn ceremony to remember the passengers and crew aboard malaysia airlines flight37 it has been five years since the planepeared. nbc's sarah harmon reports on the ceremony and the status of the search. >> reporter: flight mh-370 disappeared from radar just 38 minuteser kuala lumpur en route to beijing. the boeing 777 with 239 people onboard vanished without a
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trace. today, their families demanded answers again. >> i can't help, but wonder where is my mother? why did i have to travel all of the way to africa to look at beaches to look for small pieces of debris? why haven't we found a plane and it invokes a lot of emotions and a lot of questions. >> reporter: debris believed to be from mh-370 has been found as far away as the western indian ocean, flap and wing fragments were displayed for the first time at today's commemoration event. but the plane's black boxes which could hold vital clues for investigators are still missing. there is no ongoing search, but the malaysian government says it's open to resuming the hunt. the official search lasted two years and was called off in le technology firm ocean infinity also ended unsuccessfully. >> our expectation is for the vernment tsay, yes, let's
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start searching again. that's what we want to happen. days before the fifth anniversary this friday, families are still hoping that one day they will finally learn what brought flight mh-370 down. sarah harmon, nbc news, london. back in the u.s. if it seems like there's a dollar store on every corner it's not your imagination. in oklahoma one official is trying to slow down its droeth. >> in north tell us a dollar stores are easy to find, drive and wach a short distance in any direction and you're likely to run into one. >> dollar general wanted to go where? >> right here. it would have been a stone's throw away. >> reporter: what's harder to spot especially in city council vanessa hall's district are places selling fresh fruit and meat, healthier fare than what is timmicly found at discount dollar stores. >> i shop at dollar stores and what i am concerned is the
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proliferation of them and the ultimate effects that they have on communities. >> reporter: still, dollar store parking lots are often busy. >> it's cheap. it's convenient. it saves me from going to walmart. >> reporter: the two largest chain, dollar general and family dollar which also operates dollar tree declined our request for an on-camera interview, but in separate statements both companies told nbc news they help customers save time and money and it has added fresh fruits and vegetables to the north tulsa looks. there are ten tulsa stores more than any other part of town. so when dollar general wanted to open a few hundred yards from this family dollar she protested, winning enough support for a restrictions on h around the country similar apart they must be. concentrations, particularly in urban areas, dollar stores often serving as the only option in america's food deserts. >> freezer's good. >> reporter: katie has been driving that point home with a mobile grocery store. >> we gave away over $45,000
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worth of free fruits and vegetables last year so that tells me that people do want to eat healthy. >> reporter: the work is paying off. a new brick and mortar grocery store now on the way. ron mott, nbc news, tulsa. now to the decision by prosecutors in sacramento not to charge two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year and a correction here. last night we incorrectly reported that stephan clark was running away from police when he was running away yesterday. the district attorney concluded that clark was advancing toward the officers in a shooting stance. the officers said they thought he was pointing a gun at them. clark was later found to be holding a cell phone. his fiance told reporters the decision not to charge the officers broke her family's heart again. now to new thinking about how to report the crime of sexual assault. about every three minutes someone in this country is sexually assaulted and many of those attacks go unreported, but now some survivors are finding
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the strength to begin a search for justice on their own terms using high-tech tools. >> reporter: growing up in connecticut brian sosha loved playing soccer and lacrosse, but he had a secret it would take years to share. >> what happened to you? >> so i was essentially sexually abused by one of my best friend's older brothers when i was in elementary school. >> reporter: like so many abuse survivors ryan kept quiet. >> when i brought this up years later with my friend, the response i got was my brother would never do that to anyone, so i ultimately buried it. >> it's all too common, survivors afraid of being shamed or not believed at all, but years later when ryan found out a group of his friends had also something. he created an app called jdoe. it helps survivors post anonymous reports and links them to lawyers so they can pursue civil litigation and it matches abuse against the same alleged
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offender. >> each one of these circles represents a cluster of reports. >> it's funded in part by lawyers who pay $1,000 or more per year to sign up and take on cases. >> people might wonder whether this would lead to false reports and people being accused who didn't do anything wrong. when people choose to pursue action lawyers will vet their claims and they're not a decision maker and who is true and who's false. >> j.doe is one of a growing number of tech tools designed to help users confidentially document and report sexual assault. the website callisto partners with universities. the survivor created a non-profit in 2018. >> being able to go to an anonymous website that won't judge you, that will believe you and give you information of what to do. >> now in use at 13 universities callisto helps users save a t e timestamped report or save the report to the school's title 9
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office which leads to investigations into campus assaults. callisto recognizes multiple reports against one person. more than 9,000 reports have been filed so far. >> our goal is to eventually be able to detect every serial sexual predator in the country and connect their victims with one another and with their options for taking action. >> both companies say they encrypt the data of someone reporting an assault to protect their privacy and the person has control over who sees their information. still ahead tonight, new economic realities in america's heartland threatening the family farm. also, a community shaken by a massive explosion in the early morning darkness.
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we're back with a trend that's changing the fabric of life in rural america as the economics of running a farm become increasingly difficult, more people are giving up businesses that have been in their families for generations. kevin tibbles visits one family in wisconsin. >> how many heifers do we have left? >> reporter: on a cold winter weekend another family farm goes under. for generations the sound of cattle echoed around the lone pine dairy, but on this day the auctioneer is louder. [ auctioneer calling ] >> guy and wendy tollman are selling to the highest bidder. >> what was it like saying good-bye to them? >> like losing a member of your
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family. >> you get connected from birth on. there is an emptiness in my heart. >> they tried to hold on, tried doing with less and tried working harder, never took vacations. >> i know that we did everything we could to survive. >> reporter: years of record-low milk prices meant they could no longer make a go of it. >> i said i never wanted to get rich. i just wanted to pay my bills and have a little left over. >> paul mitchell who teaches at the university of wisconsin says the pace of farmers getting out is increasing. >> we've lost 7% out of wi thas one year? >> o of d the last 15 years. with higher production and lower demand the numbers just don't work anymore. >> if it keeps going this way, it will be done shortly, the family farm. fro groceries to car sales. >> we feed the world and they can never take that away from us, but we did feed the world
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for as long as we did. >> reporter: the only heifer wendy refused to give up was her beloved baby muriel. the tollmans were there for the birth of every animal in the herd, gave them all names and raised them. >> in my heart they're still mine. >> they will always be yours. >> they will always be mine. >> the new owner says guy and wendy can visit any time, but the next time it won't be as farmers. >> minuontt cell on, wisconsin. remembering the historic march for civil rights more than five decades later.
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a gas pipeline explosion rocked a central missouri town early this morning.
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a sheriff's office caught the fiery aftermath on video. fortunately, no injuries were reported. the cause of the pipeline rupture is being investigated. this was an emotional day in selma, alabama. activists and politicians gathered despite the rain to mark the 54th anniversary of bloody sunday. that's when peaceful demonstrators were beaten as they marched for civil rights across the edmund pettus bridge back in 1965. today hillary clinton, senator corey booker and the reverend jes jesse jackson were among those who linked arms to follow in their footsteps. coming up, clean and green. how some classic cars are getting a 21st century makeover.
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americans love their cars,
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but with growing concerns about the environment, nearly a million americans are now driving electric vehicles with sales skyrocketing 81% last year. now there's a new twist on the electric car craze. here's harry smith. >> reporter: something like 70 years ago this was volkswagen's idea of a pickup truck. >> punch it. punch it. let's scoop! ooh! >> reporter: fast, and how, but noisy? no. this humble, rusted hulk has been given a new life as an ev, electric vehicle. >> i have to confess, i haven't stopped smiling since i got -- i've gotten behind the wheel of this thing. >> oh, gosh, that's a great confession. >> michael green is a man who embraces both the past and the future. he loves classic cars, but only to a point. so he retrofits them to connect to the 21st century. >> so a 1954 volkswagen now with
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this electric motor. >> yeah. >> what kind of top speed are we talking about? >> this will do over 100 miles an hour. he uses a hotrod shop with not a piston or carburetor in sight and wrecked teslas provide motors and while grease junkies may find this herretical, the results are remarkable. >> we're not here to make the car environmentally friendly. we are here to make it driveable and we are here to save the cars. environmentalist is a cool byproduct. the electric motors give a giant power kick to whatever they are put in, like this dune buggy. the reporter onboard, while aware that h contain his glee. >> unbelievable! >> breem has a garage full of cars to convert and a backlog he figures will take him five years to work through. >> we just like to have fun, you know?
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and take care of things that have taken care of us for so many years. >> reporter: gas is dead, breem likes to say and green, while nice, also happens to mean go. >> it really feels cool. harry smyt harry smith, nbc news, san marcos, california. >> i love watching harry smith have fun. that is nbc "nightly news." ben affleck will be on live to talk about his film, his road to recovery and his life now. i'm kate snow and lester holt will be back with you tomorrow. from all of us at nbc news, have a great night.
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right now at 6:00, the votes have been cast. now the county begins a critical decision tonight that will affect thousands of bay area students. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. thank you for joining united states. i'm vicky nguyen. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. an important announcement expected any time as teachers voted on the tentative agreement that could end the 7-day strike. >> christy, any word on the results? the votes have been in for about two hours now? >> reporter: no, not yet, and we are told that this count could take several hours. teachers were here until 4:00 today in oakland voting. and the ones that we spoke with had a really strong opinions. some calling this overall a good


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