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look out for gusty winds around this time, but once we are past tomorrow, 70s. >> thanks for joining us here at 5:00, lester holt is next on "nightly news." >> back at 6:00. hope to see you then. breaking news tonight, growing pressure on the faa over whether to follow other countries and ground boeing's newest plane after the second one in less than five months struggles to stay in the air and plunges to earth, killing all aboard. >> of course the big question here people want to know is what caused it. >> tonight, what airlines here are saying as the black boxes are found. also breaking tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi says she is not for impeaching president trump, why she says she's against it even as some in her party demand it now. the biggest cocaine bust in 25 years, how the feds intercepted it as they warn it's a sign of a dangerous comeback. the measles outbreak spreads again as doctors again urge parents to get their children vaccinated. outrage after police enter a hospital room to search the private
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belongings of a terminal cancer patient. cops looking for marijuana. the zoo taking new action tonight after a woman's dangerous selfie left her mauled by a jaguar. >> oh my god, i cannot believe that just happened. so many people tired and ticked off over that lost hour of sleep, and you may be among those asking why isn't daylight saving time permanent. a major push to make that happen. and a refugee dad with a donut shop and an american dream. all that was missing were the customers. tonight, the loving son and the community who came to the rescue. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening and welcome to our viewers in the west. airlines around the world holding their breath tonightrs, othe taking no chances and are grounding their fleets of boeing 737 8 max jets, while awaiting the word of the cause of yesterday's crash in ethiopia that killed 157 people. the urgent question, did the new jet suffer the same fate as that
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of another 737 max in indonesia last october un tonight with both of the ethiopian plane's black boxes now recovered, we could know soon whether the crash was an anomaly or whether there was an unresolved issue with boeing's hot selling new model. our tom costello has the latest. >> reporter: it's one of the most sophisticated, best selling planes in the world, but tonight, the faa is under intense pressure as passengers, pilots and airlines ask whether the boeing 737 max 8 is safe after two brand new planes crashed in five mo on the ground in ethiopia, the charred remains of et flight 302. the 737 max 8 headed s after taking off from dis ababa. moments after the pilot declared an emergency. data transmitted by the plane showed very erratic vertical speed as the crew struggled to control the plane, eerily similar to the crash of lion air
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flight 610 last october off indonesia. that plane also a boeing max 8. now 22 airlines and a handful of countries including ethiopian . sky news reporter john sparks is at the scene. >> the big question here is has the same thing happened or is it just a statistical anomaly that we have here? two of the same aircraft crashing in a short period of time. >> reporter: investigators in ethiopia have recovered the plane's black boxes. they'll look for indications the pilots struggled with the trim of the aircraft, holding it level. a preliminary investigation into that crash in indonesia suggests those pilots struggled to pull the nose up as a malfunctioning commuter program pushed the nose down. the indonesian pilots were not informed that the new system on the max, known as mcas, boeing insisting all 737 pilots should have known how to disengage the system.
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>> so what i do, immediately turn over the switches and cut the motor out. and as you can see, it stopped the trim. >> reporter: many u.s. airlines and pilots complained boeing never told them of the new system. boeing has since sent out bulletins to max pilots informing them of how to react. but many veteran pilots say in an actual emergency, they're not sure they'd remember. >> as a pilot, i'd feel very awkward or uncomfortable about flying this airplane knowing that that potential is out there until this investigation runs its urse >> reporte354 maxes in service. flown in north america by air canada, american, southwest, west jet, and sun wing. united flies the max 9, a longer version of the same plane. said they're watching the investigation but so far, the 737 max has been very reliable. boeing says it has no new guidance for the airlines but underscored safety is our number one priority, and we are
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taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident. working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. among the eight americans who died in ethiopia, georgetown law student, cedric osiavuga, flying to kenya for his fiance's mother's funeral. >> cedric was at heart full of hospitality. he made them feel welcomed and at home immediately. >> reporter: meanwhile with other countries and airlines grounding the plane, the faa tonight says its team is in ethiopia and if we identify an issue that affects safety, the faa will take immediate and appropriate action. >> pressure is on the faa, the world's regulators are looking. we need to get the data from the black boxes, and we need to get it soon. >> reporter: late today, the faa said it expects to issue urgent design changes for the 737 max 8 by the end of april. meanwhile, boeing's ceo says they are confident in the 737 max safety record, and
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they are, in fact, urging and improving, i should say, the support for the team. lester. >> you have covered a lot of these. you know investigators like to be methodical and not be rushed but there seems to be a great urgency to get the info from the black boxes. how soon might we see a readout? >> reporter: we had hoped to have that within 48 hours but at this hour it's unclear who's going to be the readout. will it be the ethiopians, the europeans or will the black boxes come to washington and the ntsb lab? and you're right. we've got airlines and governments around the world desperate to find out whether there's some sort of a fatal flaw with this top selling plane. >> a lot of folks tom costello, thank ne tonight from house speaker nancy pelosi who is speaking out like we have never heard her before on a controversial issue, in this case, the possibility of impeaching president trump. nbc's hallie jackson has more on how her remarks could divide democrats. >> reporter: even as she says it, house speaker nancy pelosi
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knows it's a headline. i'm not for impeachment, the country's top democrat tells "the washington post" tonight adding this is news. she explains unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, i don't think we should go down that path because it divides the country, and he's just not worth it. not everyone in her party agrees, possibly setting up a showdown with more progressive democrats like congresswoman rashida tlaib. >> because we're going to go in there and impeach the [ bleep ]. >> reporter: another freshman, ilhan omar, says she believes impeachment is inevitable, though that's hardly her most controversial statement. instead, it's her comments condemned by critics as anti-semitic that caught president trump's attention after they prompted democrats to pass a resolution rebuking all forms of hate without naming omar specifically. become an anti-israel >> the democrats have become an anti-israel
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party. they have become an anti-jewish party. >> reporter: privately the president took that a step further, reportedly telling a group of republican donors friday, democrats hate jewish people. >> yes or no, does the president truly believe the democrats hate jews? >> reporter: the press secretary today dodging repeatedly. >> that's a question i think you should ask democrats what their position is since they're unwilling to call this what it is. >> reporter: you're not answering the question is there a reason? >> i believe i answered it twice. >> does he really think democrats hate jews? >> i think that's a question you should ask the democrats. >> reporter: as for speaker pelosi's comments, sarah sanders tells nbc news impeachment should never be on the table because the president is doing such a great concerned about the possibility of impeachment anyway. lester? >> hallie jackson, thank you. breaking news from the united nations where experts say kim jong-un is evading u.s. sanction it is cut off money he uses for his nuclear and missile programs in new ways that shocked even u.n. investigators. andrea mitchell has an
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exclusive interview tonight with the u.n.'s top expert. >> reporter: tonight, kim jong-un has found new ways to get around un sanctions, raking in millions by shipping coal and smuggling in oil. >> the techniques being used, some of which i've never seen before, and i've been investigating maritime trafficking and smuggling for more anth5 1years. >> reporter: the u.n. says blacklisted north korean ships are masquerading as legitimate by stealing electronic tracking signals from other ships thousands of miles away. >> this ship has assumed then new >> reporter: the new u.n. report also says kim's nuclear and missile programs afteinnew images show kim rebuilding a missile site he had promised last year to e administration has sanctionresse kim to disarm saying he is desperate for money. but according to the u.n. global oil traders and banks are unwittingly letting north korea evade sanctions. >> they're not monitoring the ships that they are either financing, insuring or that are carrying
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their product. >> reporter: north korea has been under scrutiny for the murder of kim jong-un's exiled half brother two years ago in a malaysian airport allegedly by two women using nerve gas. but tonight, one of the women was suddenly released from jail after the women claimed they were duped by intelligence agents into thinking they were part of a reality tv show. lester? >> andrea mitchell in washington, thanks. in venezuela a crisis, a massive power outage has stretched on for days and the country's embattled president blames the u.s. while the opposition warns that people are dying in the dark. gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> reporter: throughout parts of venezuela, the lights are out for a fifth straight day, dozens arrested for looting, airports and public transportation grind to go a halt, and hospitals going dark. desperate without water and electricity for my children. this mother says. the blackout is the latest crisis for a country in chaos.
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the u.s. has stepped up its condemnation of embattled president nicolas maduro after recognizing opposition leader juan guaido as interim president. guaido says 21 people have died in hospitals since the outages began last week. the government has already fallen this man says. maduro blames the blackout on cyber attacks by the u.s. government though he's offered no evidence. late today, secretary of state mike pompeo partly blamed cuba and russia for venezuela's problems. caracas, she is worried, the insulin will be damaged and uncertain future in a country where basic gutierrez, nbc carce. news. state and federal authorities are disclosing a massive drug bust at the busy port of new jersey in new york. one of the biggest in decades and drug agents say it's a sign of a worrisome cocaine comeback. our justice
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correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: this cell phone video shows federal agents about to unload a remarkable find, 3,200 pounds of cocaine, 1.6 tons with a street value of $77 million. it was hidden in a shipping container of dried fruit at the port authority of new york and new jersey, when scans revealed something suspicious and a closer look turned up white powder in 60 packages. it's the second largest seizure of cocaine at the port and the biggest in 25 years. cocaine use peaked a few decades ago but federal drug agents say it's making a comeback. >> cocaine was the nemesis in the '90s, but this is traffickers today trying to merge cocaine and fentanyl to create new markets. >> reporter: like other drugs, most cocaine comes into the u.s. across the southern border through checkpoints, 90% of it from colombia, and now with a dangerous trend of mixing it with fentanyl, drug agents expect to see more big shipments like this one. pete williams, nbc news, washington. tonight, there are alarming new signs in
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this measles outbreak, growing in hot spots across the country. more measles cases reported as doctors plead with parents to get their children vaccinated. we get details from nbc's joe fryer. >> reporter: across the country tonight, measles is still spreading. over the past week, the number of cases jumped from 206 to 228, now impacting 12 states. last month, officials say two passengers on an international flight to san francisco got measles from a traveler who picked up the disease in another country. hit especially hard, the pacific northwest where the surgeon general visited communities with low vaccination rates. >> what i really believe is that we need to make it easier to get a vaccination than it is to get an exemption. >> reporter: in oregon, another case of an unvaccinated child is making headlines, but the life threatening disease is tetanus, the first pediatric case seen there in more than 30 years. according to a new cdc report, it happened in 2017.
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a 6-year-old boy cut his forehead while playing on a farm, and days later had painful muscle spasms and lockjaw. >> he was very, very sick. without proper medical care, he certainly would have died. >> reporter: the boy spent eight weeks in the hospital with medical bills topping $800,000, yet when healthy, his family declined further vaccines. doctors published the report hoping to raise awareness. joe fryer, nbc news. in missouri, there is disbelief tonight after a facebook live video showed police searching the belongings of a cancer patient in end of life care in his hospital room, looking for marijuana. after someone called 911. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: from his hospital bed. >> why are you digging? i told you where i took it. >> reporter: nolan sousley battling stage
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four pancreatic cancer told officers he had just taken a cannabis pill to ease his pain but did not have any marijuana, which is what they were looking for. >> we can just search it, and declare there's no marijuana in it. >> i'm not giving you the bag. >> reporter: officers told sousley they received a call about someone smoking marijuana in his room. he recently stopped chemotherapy and is facing end of life care. >> it has my final day things in there. and nobody's going to dig in it. >> i thought they would have a little compassion. >> reporter: in the room, sousley told officers voters had just legalized marijuana in missouri. >> they haven't finished the paperwork. but i don't have time to wait for that. what would you do? >> i'm not going to play the what if game. >> reporter: in a statement the city says the bolivar police acted lawfully and are using this as an opportunity to learn, teach and improve. citizens memorial released a statement apologizing to the family, adding respect is part of our core values and we fell short of expectations. >> he is sitting here fighting for his life, and they knew that. >> reporter: back in the room, police didn't find any marijuana. the encounter with a
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terminally ill patient now igniting a debate over compassion and cannabis. miguel almaguer, nbc news. we'll take a break right here. just ahead, new developments tonight after a terrifying zoo attack. a woman gets too close to a jaguar's cage to snap a selfie. then feeling tired? the big argument over daylight saving time, should the u.s. spring forward permanently? and how a donut shop went from barren to bustling with one sweet tweet. stay with us.
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next tonight, we're learning more about the wild scene at a phoenix area zoo where a woman was attacked by a jaguar after witnesses say she tried to take a selfie. here's morgan chesky. >> reporter: it's the aftermath of a photo op gone too far. a woman on the ground in pain after jumping a barrier for a selfie with a 5-year-old black jaguar named sarah. >> oh my god, i cannot believe that just happened. >> reporter: witnesses say the cat grabbed
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the woman's arm, not letting go, until michelle flores distracted it with a water bottle. >> the jaguar took the water bottle and went to the other side of the cage. >> her son adam capturing the scene on his cell phone. >> as far as a barrier goes it's not difficult for somebody that wanted to reach in and touch the cage. they could do it fairly easily. >> reporter: the zoo says the woman has since apologized for what she called a foolish decision. >> we do not hold the jaguar responsible for what happened, and it has been concluded caused due to human error. >> reporter: for now the jaguar is not on public display. the zoo telling nbc they have hired a consultant to re-examine the barrier. >> they're wild animals and if you get too close, you will pay the price. >> reporter: a painful lesson for a single picture. morgan chesky, nbc news. coming up, is it time to do away with springing forward and falling back? litt tired
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this monday, chances
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are it's because of that lost hour this weekend. tonight, everybody from the president and perhaps your family and friends are asking why isn't daylight saving time permanent. here's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: spring forward, fall back. maybe we're just sleep deprived, but does it seem like this time shifting has heads spinning? who likes daylight saving time? >> not us. >> reporter: today many americans having a tough time with the time change. let's start with what it's called. >> savings. >> reporter: you think it's savings? >> yes. >> reporter: it's actually daylight saving time, no "s." how did it start? >> people would have to get up early to work on their farms. >> reporter: it wasn't the farmers. in world war i, the germans changed their clocks to try to save energy. america followed suit making daylight saving the law of the land. in 1966. more than 30 states are now trying to address their complaints about the clock confusion.
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there's an uptick in traffic accidents and heart attacks in the week after the change. arizona and hawaii don't change their they stick to standard time all year so it gets dark earlier, but to keep summer hours or daylight saving time all year, congress would have to approve. >> they don't seem to be able to agree on anything. >> reporter: and so it may still be some time before you change that clock for the last time. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. >> we won't hold our breath. up next, this little donut shop that could is now a social sensation. that )s what senatore
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feinstein is demanding after a "737 max 8" crashed and killed 157 people. and it )s a rescue you )ve probably never seen before. how east bay firefighters saved the lives of two dogs pulled from a fire. next. finally, when this small business opened up shop, no one showed up, but after one sweet tweet, they're rolling in dough. here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: there was a hole in the heart of
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billy's donuts, the houston area shop's grand opening had all the right ingredients except customers. >> slow. very slow on the first day. >> reporter: cambodian refugee, cream filled american dream was in jeopardy, until son billy tweeted this about his sad dad. in just three days, more than a half million likes. that original sparse sprinkling of customers has now grown out the door. >> my dad is back there. he's been up since 2:00 a.m. making donuts. >> reporter: spreading assorted smiles a bakers dozen at a time. >> it was so sweet, it brought a tear to my eye. >> that's why i did it because i wanted to support them, support what he's done, and it's awesome. >> clock lat. >> reporter: billy's donuts now sell like hot cakes. >> chocolate. >> pink. >> reporter: but do not despair, while billy sold out today, folks say they will be back tomorrow for a
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krueller or a jelly and some old fashioned neighborliness. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news. >> i'll take a chocolate glaze, hold the sprinkles. i'm lester holt. for all of us at "nbc nightly news," thanks for watching and good night.rushing to the rescue. right now at 6:00, rushing to the rescue, the extreme measures taken by crews in contra costa county to save two dogs from a house fire. >> plus, in the wrong place at the wrong time. the details we are learning about the deadly shooting involving the son of a bay area council woman. >> but first a new call for safety and it might impact southwest airlines with senator feinstein wants to do with boeing planes that just crashed. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. we are tracking many new developments in the wake of that plane crash in ethiopia.
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>> it could have a major impact on planes that service our airports. let's bring in janelle wang with late details. janelle. >> both those airlines, raj and jessica, have the new boeing 737 max 8 in their fleet. senator feinstein says ground all of them until we know what is going on. just a couple of hours ago, she released a statement saying in part, quote, until the cause of the crash is known and it's clear that similar risks aren't present in the domestic fleet, i believe all boeing 737 max 8 series aircraft operating in the u.s. should be temporarily grounded. and that has raised questions, it says in the quote, and she wants a remedy and some answers. yesterday's crash killed 157 people in ethiopia. eight of them americans. ntsb and inspectors from boeing have the two black boxes to try and figure out what caused the plane to go down just six minutes after takeof

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