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thanks very much for joining us. nightly news with lester hoelt s coming up. >> see you at 6:00. breaking news tonight. the surprise word from attorney general william barr. new details on the mueller report. how and when we'll finally see it. why democrats already pouncing saying, not good enough. what they want instead. critical new clues. a new report detailing a potential connection between those two boeing air disasters. the stunning similarities of what happened onoard moments before both planes went down. two deaths in just one week sending alarms at the grand canyon, including a man who apparently stumbled over the canyon's rim while trying to take a selfie. who's watching you when you're staying in an airbnb? >> i see a smoke detector and i'm like, looks fishy. so i go and i touch it, and it's just dangling right there. >> tonight a couple who says
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they found a hidden camera pointed directly over their bed. george clooney calling for a boycott of some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including the famed beverly hills hotel. tonight the ruthless new law that has clooney taking a stand. the woman who's lived her life unable to feel physical pain or anxiety. tonight how her unbelievable medical mystery solved could help others. good evening from los angeles, and welcome to our viewers here in the west. what about the mueller report? after the fanfare last week over its completion, then that tantalizing but sparse summary of its conclusions, restless leaders in congress were told today it's coming by mid-april, at least some of it, says attorney general william barr, who says he'll make public what he can. but for democrats watching in frustration as president trump drives his narrative, it's a
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promise that falls way short. our peter alexander has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, president trump is praising attorney general william barr's decision to release the mueller report. >> well, i have great confidence in the attorney general. and if that's what he'd like to do, i have nothing to hide. >> reporter: barr making this announcement in this letter to congressional leaders writing, everyone will soon be able to read it. he says he'll turn it over by mid-april, if not sooner, revealing that the report is nearly 400 pages long. that he's working on the public version with robert mueller and that it will contain redactions that are required. what won't the public see? grand jury testimony, material that could affect ongoing investigations, and information that would infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties. that keeps with justice department policy, but it's certain to come under fire from are demanding barr release the whole thing. >> show us the report, and we can draw our own conclusions. >> reporter: barr says
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he does not plan to submit the report to the white house to review it for executive privilege claims. >> the russia hoax is finally dead. >> reporter: president trump using the mueller report to tout vindication. last night in michigan going after democrats. >> the democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bull [ bleep ]. >> reporter: barr says he will testify to congress in may after the report is made public. but tonight top democrat jerry nadler is firing back at barr arguing his deadline to see the full report by tuesday still stands. lester? >> all right, peter alexander, thank you. new details have emerged on a potential connection between those two air disasters involving boeing 737 max jets as the company unveils its critical software upgrade. nbc's tom costello has more. >> reporter: from ethiopian flight 302's black boxes, new clues into what caused the
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crash. "the wall street journal" reports the plane's mcas anti-stall software appears to have triggered, forcing the nose of the 737 max down just minutes into flight. a preliminary finding, but the same scenario is suspected in the lion air crash last october where indonesian investigators believe an angle of attack sensor sent bad data to mcas, indicating the plane could stall. the system then pushed the nose down as pilots struggled to pull it back up. 346 people died in both crashes. former british accident investigator tony cable. >> as an accident investigator, it's a complete nightmare. that's what you're aiming all the time to avoid, which is why you try to get to the bottom of an accident or incident as rapidly as possible. >> reporter: in seattle this week, boeing has been demonstrating its software fix to airline pilots. >> we're going to do everything that we can do to ensure that accidents like these never happen again. >> reporter: the new software upgrade relies on two angle of attack sensors, not just one. a warning light will
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tell pilots if the sensors disagree. and pilots will be able to override mcas. meanwhile, investigators are reviewing 1,500 pieces of data from both black boxes, looking for more clues. >> no accident is simple. so it's not going to be just an mcas problem. they're going to look at every aspect of the design, certification, training, pilots, they're going to look at all of it. >> tom joins us now. the faa says it still hasn't received the final software upgrade from boeing. what's taking so long, do we know? >> reporter: boeing says it is testing the software, running test flights. engineers say, listen, this is far more complicated than updating your iphone, because if you change one piece of software code, it can have a ripple effect through the entire plane that you're not expecting. so they had to be very meticulous and methodical in making sure the software patch, the solution, doesn't cause more problems. >> all right, tom costello, thank you. this evening parents caught up in that college admissions
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cheating scandal are getting their day in court. one of the most high-profile figures charged, actress lori loughlin, is seen in public for the first time since the scandal broke. our kathy park has late details. >> reporter: the who's who in business enter the federal courthouse in boston as mothers and fathers accused in a nationwide college admissions scheme. all 15 of them charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in "operation varsity blues." >> fraud charges can be very severe and they're especially driven by the dollar amount lost. >> reporter: prosecutors say college consultant rick singer was at the center of the scheme, working with parents like winemaker augusta jr. to submit a bogus usc water polo application for his daughter. gamal abdelaziz, former head of workmanship resorts development, also in court today, accused of paying $300,000 to get his daughter into usc as a basketball recruit. today all defendants waived a preliminary hearing.
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>> sometimes strategically defendants will waive that preliminary hearing, especially if they're planning to work out a deal to plead guilty in the future. >> reporter: thursday, ex-yale soccer coach rudy meredith pleading guilty to accepting bribes. ahead of their court date next week, lori loughlin and massimo giunuli seen in california. they'll be joined by celebrity actress felicity huffman when hollywood comes to beantown. kathy park, nbc news, boston. we learned today of tragedy at the grand canyon, two deaths just this week. one man falling to his death apparently taking a selfie. nbc's miguel almaguer has details. >> reporter: its stunning beauty drew more than 7 million visitors last year. the grand canyon, one of the most breathtaking and safest places on the planet. but this week two people died here. park rangers investigating a body found in the woods, and a man who stumbled over the canyon's rim while taking a selfie.
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>> okay, this is as far as i'm going. >> reporter: it happened near the sky walk, the glass-bottom walkway thrilling tourists from around the globe. >> oh my goodness. >> reporter: accidents here are rare. the odds of death in the grand canyon roughly 1 in 400,000. on average, two to three people die each year at the grand canyon from falls. and it's a long way down. it's impossible to understand the scope of this place until you're here. you can fit three empire state buildings from the rim all the way down to the canyon floor. according to one study, at least 259 people died taking selfies in six years. at the grand canyon, park officials saying everybody wants an epic picture. keep a safe distance back from the rim. a warning to make sure this view isn't your last. miguel almaguer, nbc news. late today, authorities in south carolina issued a plea for help in their investigation into the tragic deat f a classroom.
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a community now searching for answers as to how this could happen in an elementary school. rehema ellis has details. >> reporter: gathered in prayer, a heartbroken community united in grief. >> they're just a great family. and they don't deserve this. >> reporter: 10-year-old raniya wright died this week after a fight with another fifth grader in a school outside of charleston. she was brought to the nurse's office unconscious and airlifted to a hospital. two days later, her mother wrote, as of 9:39, my baby girl has gained her wings. raniya was described as a wonderful student, a caring big sister. >> where are the adults? where are the administrators? >> reporter: the 11-year-old student involved has been suspended. the school has offered grief counseling. >> it is premature to assume whether there will be any criminal charges. >> reporter: tonight raniya's family called for
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change that addresses bullying as they're planning their daughter's funeral. rehema ellis, nbc news. tonight, a million people are under flood watches in parts of missouri as more rain moves through an area already heavily saturated. severe storms also on tap for parts of oklahoma and kansas. the rain moving east through the weekend. overseas tonight to europe in crisis. protests erupting on the streets of london as the british prime minister suffered another devastating defeat for her brexit deal, again leaving an uncertain future just two weeks until britain is set for a divorce date with the eu. nbc's bill neely has details. >> reporter: protests outside parliament on the day britain should have left the european union. >> changes! >> reporter: lawmakers failed for a third time to pass the divorce deal. nearly three years after british
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voters told them they wanted to leave. >> the noes have it. >> reporter: humiliation for prime minister theresa may, who'd even offered to resign. >> the implications of the house's decision are grave. >> reporter: she may now have to beg europe's leaders for a delay. >> nothing short of a shambles. >> reporter: a united kingdom deeply divided, america's closest ally in turmoil. parliament is gridlocked. britain's leader almost powerless. they'll all try again monday to find a plan "b." otherwise britain will crash out of europe without a deal in two weeks. lester? >> all right, bill neely, thank you. we're also keeping tabs on the unfolding crisis in venezuela. late today the red cross said it's finally been granted permission to bring much-needed aid into the country. the already dire humanitarian crisis has grown worse because of regular blackouts as the country's political leaders remain locked in stalemate. to an nbc news exclusive, the u.s. deploying six b-52 nuclear weapons-capable planes to europe to deliver a powerful message to moscow. our keir simmons
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experienced it all firsthand. >> reporter: a powerful demonstration of american military might over eastern europe. we're in the cockpit of a u.s. air force b-52 refueling over romania. the two aircraft just feet apart. nbc news given exclusive access to this delicate operation. >> definitely physically intensive, hand-flying this jet. >> reporter: the u.s. sending six nuclear-capable b-52 bombers here from louisiana. >> we want the folks around the world to understand, this is a capability that we have. >> reporter: as the sun sets over the mediterranean, our 14-hour flight nears syria and a russian air base there. presidpu spokesman says the deployment breeds more tension. but it's russia's aggressive tactics that have been making many of the headlines. russian jets buzzing not only u.s. navy ships but flying inches from u.s. fighter jets. and in the dark -- >> got two aircraft, one at about one, one at about two --
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>> reporter: our crew spot unidentified jets, possibly russian. >> yeah, got buzzed by some sort of aircraft. >> reporter: america displaying its massive military power and getting attention. this is the largest deployment of b-52s in europe since the iraq war. the message to russia couldn't be clearer. keir simmons, nbc news, with the 20th bomb squadron. tonight a detailed and aggressive new law to protect against sex abuse by priests and others in the church, pope francis promising swift justice against offenders but only in vatican city. anne thompson has the details. >> reporter: pope francis is head of vatican city, today issuing new civil laws for personnel and diplomats, some 5,000 people now required to immediately report allegations of sexual abuse to police or face fines and jail
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time. the laws cover children and vulnerable adults with physical or psychological disabilities. anyone convicted of abuse will be fired. >> he's not only legislating today, the pope is also teaching. and i think he's saying, this is how in an ideal world we should be treating victims. >> reporter: chicago cardinal blake cupich helped lead last month's sex abuse summit at the vatican. >> today's action is not the end, it's a beginning? >> it's a launch pad, not a landing on the pad. i think the holy father, by taking this very swift action, is making clear that he means for everyone to be serious. >> reporter: survivor advocates call it a small step but not yet enough to regain their trust. anne thompson, nbc news, chicago. back in this country tonight, airbnb back in the spotlight after another guest found a camera hidden in their rental home. the couple now warning others to beware. here's morgan chesky. >> reporter: the listing promised a cozy and romantic getaway. when christian arrived with his
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girlfriend, their airbnb felt off. >> i see a smoke detector. i'm like, looks fishy. i go and i touch it, and it's just dangling right there. >> reporter: dangling inside, a hidden camera pointed directly over the bed. police say the device was off, no crime committed. but the couple reported it to airbnb. the company gave a full refund, telling nbc news, policies prohibit hidden cameras in listings, and we take reports of any violations very seriously. we promptly removed this host. airbnb clients have found cameras in lightbulbs and even battery chargers. >> you don't know who you're dealing with, and frankly, airbnb doesn't know either. >> reporter: after paige blair found two cameras at her airbnb in plain sight, the company beefed up privacy policies. as for hidden cameras, like the one inside this smoke detector, airbnb says they're strictly forbidden. adding any security camera must
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be disclosed up front. but they say the rules did not stop their airbnb host. >> they ruined our entire night, they ruined our entire week. >> reporter: fears their private stay could have gone public. morgan chesky, nbc news. we've got a lot more to tell you about tonight. still ahead, george clooney calling for a boycott of iconic celebrity hot spots, including the beverly hills hotel, over a ruthless new law connected to the owner. also a medical wonder. a woman who has lived her life unable to feel physical pain. how her condition could help others. plus we're with an amazing dog on a mission when an emergency strikes on the slopes. stay with us.
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we're back now with that call from george clooney to boycott some of the world's most iconic hotels over a ruthless new law in a small and oil-rich country controlled by the hotel's owner. nbc's joe fryer explains. >> reporter: george using star power to call for a boycott of nine luxury hotels including the beverly hills hotel and hotel bel air, long-time playgrounds for the rich and famous.
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they're owned by an agency headed by the sultan of brunei, who starting next week will enforce harsh laws, including death by stoning as punishment for gay sex and adultery. in a column for "deadline" clooney rights, are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? are we really going to help fund the murder of innocents? there were similar boycott calls five years ago when brunei first announced it was adopting strict sharia law. among those protesting, jay leno. >> what year is this, 1814? >> reporter: the nine holtz located across the globe are heer collection which says, inclusion and diversity remain core beliefs as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination. clooney has been photogra befe and writes, full disclosure, i've stayed at many of them, a couple of them recently, because i hadn't done my homework. a cause for which clooney has no reservations. joe fryer, nbc news. just ahead, a pretty amazing story. it's a medical marvel. a woman who's never felt any pain. could she now hold the
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secret to help millions?
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all right, we're back with a medical mystery. our kelly cobiella tells us about a woman who's never felt pain, and how she could now change the lives of millions of people. >> reporter: doctors say jo cameron is one of a kind. she's never felt pain. not when giving birth -- >> i felt my body stretching, i felt peculiar feelings. before i realized it, i had the children. >> reporter: not when she broke her arm as a kid or burned her skin. >> i'd put my arm on something and only realize it's burning when i can smell flesh burning. >> for years she didn't think twice and doctors never asked why, until now. pain geneticists at university college, london, tested jo and found rare genetic mutations. her blood has twice as many natural painkillers as the average person. in the u.s. alone, 50 million people have chronic pain. and now scientists hope jo's genes can unlock new treatments. >> by finding
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mutations that lead to painlessness in people, we might find roots to developing new analgesic drugs. and that's the basis of our work. >> reporter: scientists are interested in jo for another reason, she doesn't feel anxiety or fear, and her wounds heal quickly. that could lead to a whole host of medications to help the rest of us feel more like her. lester? >> pretty remarkable, kelly, thanks very much. when we come back, snow angels on four feet. the dogs that respond when disaster strikes. she was injure
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snatching, but that was just the beginning. the horror that followed in her bay area home the very next day. and a legal loophole that could keep pg&e from paying any fines for the california wildfires? we investigate... next. right now at 6: finally tonight, meet the dogs that answer to the call of duty after an avalanche. our gadi schwartz has the story in our nightly "snapshot." >> come on, frank.
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>> reporter: every morning starts like this for frankie. deep in the utah mountains at snowbird ski resort, frankie might not be aware, but he and his trainer are waiting for the worst. >> go. >> getting a report of an avalanche. >> copy that, we're on the way. >> reporter: what he does know is once on the mountain, it's full speed ahead. today he's on a mission. frankie's goal? to save me. i'm buried seven feet under the snow. as part of a training exercise simulating an avalanche. if this was the real thing, i would be stuck in here in concrete-like snow, unable to move. >> search! >> reporter: but will frankie be able to find me? his nose sniffing, feet digging, tail wagging the entire time. pretty soon -- >> i think he found me. >> reporter: frankie's digging his way down, his head finally peeking through. >> all right, good boy! hey, good boy! >> reporter: how did
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he find me? >> what he's searching for is that smell of a person underneath the snow and rising up out of the snow. >> reporter: man's best friend on the slopes, and even buried under snow. gadi schwartz, nbc news, snowbird, utah. >> not sure who's happier, gadi or the dog, about that rescue. that's "nightly news" for this friday and for the right now at 6: very different interpretations of a deadly police shooting. vallejo police release body cam footage.... showing officers shooting and killing a very different interpretations of a deadly place shootings. body cam footage showing an officer shooting and killing a local rapper. >> a lift to their wallet. a whole new set of millionaires in the bay area. how it will impact the housing market. >> i don't have it. i swear to god i don't have it. >> her purse snatched. but the chaos didn't stop there. the encounter she had inside her
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home. >> thank you for joining us. >> we begin tonight with an exclusive. imagine this. your robbed on the street and a few hours later you get robbed in your home. that's what happened to a woman. live from paid mont. does the woman think they're the same robbers who knew when she lived them? >> that's what she believes. police say what happened to this woman is incredibly unusual. she is the victim of two very serious back to back crimes. police believe they maybe related. >> my ankle is injured. bruises on my arm. >> 44 year-old shows us the scrapes and bruises over her body. after surviving not one, but two violent attacks in less than 24 hours. the first a purse snatching in


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