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on this saturday night, deadly storms. the tornados and the flash floods and the scenes of destruction in the south where five people are dead and it's not over yet. state of emergency. chaotic scenes in baghdad as hundreds of protesters occupy parliament after storming the green zone where the u.s. embassy is located. desperate journey. the new migrant crisis as cubans try a different route to make it to the united states and end up on tent city in closed borders. and sobering message. how a haunting reflection bath goers saw turned into a powerful video against drinking and driving. "nightly news" begins now.
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good evening. the dangerous storms that unleashed tornados, torrential rains and knocked out power to thousands have turned deadly in east texas. a woman and her four grandchildren were swept away in the middle of the night by rising floodwaters and that threat is not over. 10 million people remain under a severe weather watch across several states tonight. jay gray begins our coverage. >> reporter: violent storms that have battered texas and oklahoma all week -- turned deadly overnight in palestine texas. >> i don't know how it happened or why it happened, but it is disturbing though. >> reporter: 64-year-old lenda asberry and four children were swept away in the floodwaters. >> she had four kids trying to lift it up out of the water and it got too strong for her. >> reporter: water that kept rising, over
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mud and mailboxes. firefighters saved this woman's life. >> how close were you from being under water. >> i was this this close. >> reporter: in lind dale, texas, two drainpipes forced roads apart. >> and after tornados ripped through a town in a sporting goods store, people took shelter in the fitting rooms. >> moments later the wall and the roof collapsed on the building but everybody got out alive and everybody is okay. >> reporter: across texas and oklahoma, seven reports of tornados in the last 24 hours. >> we were inside of the storm shelter at the school and never would have thought that -- not have a house to come home to. >> reporter: this mattress flung into a telephone pole. >> a lot of trees down as you can see and it looks like people don't have power. >> reporter: more than 25,000 across arkansas, louisiana and texas lost electricity. and back in palestine,
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as families struggle to clean up and salvage what they can, they may understand better than most what lost property and power can be restored but this community has lost something that can never be replaced. and these families continue their recovery, we want to give you a first-hand look of what conditions were like during the storm overnight. take a look outside. you could see the water line. that is where the water was. as you move inside, you could see the devastation that water left behind. officials tell us at one point, this community took on seven inches of rain or more in just 30 minutes. too much water, way too fast, willie. >> and your heart breaks for those four beautiful little children. jay gray in palestine, texas, thank you. for more on what is ahead, we turn to our meteorologist dylan dreyer. >> good evening, willie, we should see improvements down through texas and louisiana through the night and especially into tomorrow. but as jay pointed out, the heavy rain is due to the moisture
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streaming in from the gulf of mexico. you add in the strong jet stream digging into texas and louisiana and it triggers the wind and the large hail. but as we go into tomorrow, what we're going to notice is that the storminess we saw from the midwest down to the gulf coast, we're going to lose the threat tomorrow because the storms themselves will move eastward, but the jet will not. so instead of the strong storms, we'll have the heavier rain instead. so as we go through tomorrow, we'll see the stain spread through the appalachians and up through the mid-atlantic and could see pockets of heavier rain but not widespread as far as hail and damaging wind gusts. now flash flooding is still a major issue down near louisiana. an additional two to three inches of rain on top of a saturated ground could lead to more flash flooding. as for the northeast, a wet unsettled day on sunday. most of the highest rain totals are down through new jersey into delaware and maryland into the mid-atlantic where we could see one to two inches of rain. as for texas and
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louisiana, monday is the next chance for severe storms. willie. >> thank you very much. overseas, hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed in the heavily fortified green zone in baghdad and entered the iraq parliament. it imposed a state of emergency there. as ron allen reports sh the siege highlighted a deep political crisis that hinders the fight against isis. >> reporter: state of emergency in baghdad. the iraqi capital in chaos -- as hundreds storm the most heavily fortified part of a violent city -- the green zone. protesters took ore parliament, led by a popular religious leader, al sadr, demanding a overhaul of a government accused of rampant corruption and incompetence. we are peaceful, the man said. the thieves must be kicked out of the government. the green zone, a four square mile fortress, the iraq government
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and foreign embassies and the united nationed there and a mile from the parliament building. today's protest building for months and the prime minister struggles to keep control. president obama last week in saudi arabia said he is watching closely. >> i'm concerned. i think the prime minister has been a good partner for us. >> reporter: it could distract iraq from the fight against isis at a time when the u.s. believes it has momentum. killing isis leaders. some 200 additional u.s. military just added to the fight. vice president biden in baghdad just days ago to support the government, following by visits of the secretary of state and defense in recent weeks. >> everybody is worried, in both the united states and europe. the iraqi government crumbles and there is not anyone really, any reliable partner fighting islamic state on the ground. >> reporter: and today isis struck again with deadly consequences,
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taking credit for a truck bombing near baghdad that killed at least 21 people. here the administration monitors all of this very closely, especially relief, that while the green zone is breached, the protests have been nonviolent and watching how they emerge from yet another crisis. >> ron allen, thank you. we are three days from the indiana presidential primary, an election that could seal the deal for donald trump over ted cruz and john kasich and make it nearly impossible for bernie sanders to stand in the way of hillary clinton. ron mott has our report from indianapolis. >> reporter: a california pit stop today for texas senator ted cruz, expected to race back to indiana for a final push for hoosier votes. he addressed a golden state gop convention near san francisco where donald trump spoke yesterday amid violent protests. >> carly and i are campaigning and heidi and i and the girls are campaigning across the state of california asking that we come together and we stand united.
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>> reporter: the winning back end of republican establishment names like pete wilson this afternoon -- >> my whole-hearted endorsement and my whole-hearted support of that winning republican leader who will be the next president of the united states, ted cruz. >> reporter: and indiana's current governor mike pence on friday. thrust into remaining states hinges on ted cruz overtaking trump's lead in the polls in indiana in the next 48 hours. >> there are a lot of people that want to stop trump but it is easier to be for something and never for another candidate. >> and jaek attacked trump's foreign policy knowledge during the town hall. >> he hasn't said anything about foreign policy that makes any sense at all. it is the same old blajer. >> reporter: but many of the gop establishment are
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running out of patience with party in-fighting. trump said an indiana win for him ends the contest in cleveland and moving 67 delegates closer to the number of 1237. >> we're just about ready to put it away, folks. >> reporter: as for the democratic race, hillary clinton has not planned on coming back here to indiana but added an event for sunday. vermont senator bernie sanders also here on sunday and for good measure on monday as well. >> we're 72 hours before knowing more about the presidential race. ron mott in indiana for us. thanks. much for tomorrow morning on "meet the press" where ted cruz is mong chuck todd's guest. and a mystery that has gone on for nine months after two teenagers were lost at sea on a fishing trip. their boat was discovered last week off the coast of bermuda and on it a
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cell phone that both families believe could hold clues to the boys assist disappearance. >> reporter: two best friends moments before they vanished last july. their boat found eight months later off the coast of bermuda. but an iphone recovered from the wreckage now has both families at odds. >> as to the progress of the forensic analysis -- >> reporter: over who can extract the data and see it. >> we are pleased that judge has ordered that the phone be sent someplace for a thorough, transparent and truthful investigation. >> reporter: on friday, a judge decided that austin's father will ship the iphone he owned to apple. the court will then review the findings and if relevant show it to the perry family. and now another newly discovered twist in the saga. volunteer pilot bobby smith said he may have spotted one of the boys at sea. >> it would be a young boy with white hair circled it three times, long enough to clearly see a person
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laying on this debris and the person was moving their arms. >> reporter: but once he radioed in, the make-shift raft disappeared. the two often set out fishing alone. >> they've been through rough water, they've been through thin water, it doesn't matter. >> reporter: today their families are hoping this phone might be the missing key to unlock this painful mystery. morgan radford, nbc news. a desperate search in east africa after a six-story apartment building collapsed in nairobi, kenya. it happened in heavy rain which delayed rescue teams to reach the scene. a dozen people were killed. 130 were rescued, among them a baby lifted out of the wreckage. officials said the building did not have an occupancy permit, not uncommon in nairobi with a severe housing shortage. and a much different scene in kenya as the government set fire to more than 100 tons of ivory, with the stockpile confiscated
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from poachers, with tusks to more than 65 hundel fants. the biggest burn of ivory in hist or while the aim is to discourage poaching, some say this will increase the value of ivory and encourage. a migrant crisis unfolding in central america where thousands of cubeabs are now stranded on a grueling journey they hope will end in the united states. it comes as those in congress say a long-standing policy giving cubans favorable treatment needs to change. we report near the border of costa rica. >> reporter: in the sweltering heat, the wait is stifling. and for five-year-old twins sabrina and serena garcia, there is no end in sight. their grandmother said she is enduring the journey to give them a better life. they are among the 3000 undocumented cuban migrants trapped in panama, struggling to reach the united states. there are more than 1400 migrants in this
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camp alone. every few days some of the more vulnerable women and children are bussed to a nearby hotel. but more are arriving every day. >> several children and a couple of adults -- >> for decades cuban refugees have made the trek to u.s. by sea. now many are risking it by land. they fly to guyana and trudge through central america and mexico, but in november nigeria shut its border. now costa rica has done the same and forcing a bottleneck in panama. the only hope cubans have is to get to the united states, said this man who brought his 7-year-old daughter through ecuador. he doesn't see himself as an economic refugee, but a political one. many of the migrants say the urgency is due in part to the u.s. and cuba renewed diplomat ties.
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rumors are swirling that the wet foot, dry foot policy that allows them preferal treatment once they reach u.s. soil could change. for now they are risking the journey despite road blocks and the twins remain in limbo. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, panama. still ahead on this saturday night, shock treatment. wait until you see the message created to cut down on drunk driving. and later, giving kids a lift at a time when they need it most man: dear mr. danoff, my wife and i are now participating in your mutual fund. we invested in your fund to help us pay for a college education for our son. we've enclosed a picture of our son so that you can get a sense there are real people out here trusting you with their hard-earned money. ♪ at fidelity, we don't just manage money, we manage people's money. ♪
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imagine looking into a mirror and see a convicting killer looking back at you with a warning. don't drink and drive. it is the idea behind an abt drunk driving campaign that has been viewed online hundreds of millions of time. it is combatting someone in this country that kills someone every 53 minutes. gadi schwartz has our report. >> at a bar in los angeles, one restroom mirror offers a haunting reflection. >> what's up man? are you having a good time. >> i don't know if you could tell right now, but i'm talk to you from prison. what are you drinking?
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one night i was drinking and i got in the car and i drove and -- and killed somebody. >> reporter: the man in the mirror is a convicted drunk driver. >> my name is chris, i'm 32 years old and i'm in prison for dui manslaughter and i'm sentenced to 15 years. i think about the man i killed in the crash all of the time. i just think about him and his family. >> reporter: his messages are rerecorded from prison but the par patrons think they are talking to him live. >> the man i killed was a police officer. he four children and a wife and i took him away from that. i made the choice to drink. i made the choice to get in the car. you don't have to make that choice. >> reporter: the short film reflections from the inside was made for the advocacy group -- we save lives, founded by candice, who also started mothers against drunk driving. >> i think every one of those people are going to think twice
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about driving after drinking. >> reporter: her 36 year fight to stop drunk drivers like the one who killed her daughter has led to the passage of hundreds of laws. but she said not enough has changed. >> we're still killing about nine to 10,000 people a year and injuring hundreds of thousands of others. >> reporter: she is taking her crusade to social media where the video has been seen over 30 million times. thomas evans was the partner of the deputy cad illa hit and killed. >> it was the most powerful video i've every seen in my life. >> reporter: a video message with a sobering plea, don't be the man in the mirror. >> be safe out there. >> i will. >> thanks, man. >> reporter: gaudy swartz, nbc news, los angeles. >> powerful video. when we come back, an unusual airlift. dozens of lions on their way to a better life. i've just arrived in atlanta and i can't wait to start telling people how switching to geico could save them hundreds of dollars on car insurance. but first, my luggage.
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♪ you're only a day away ♪ the scene in peru where dozens of lions were rescued under a law that prohibits the use in circuses. the airlift is a journey to a better life in south africa where the lions will live out their days at a wildlife sanctuary.
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lives. >> these wagons are a blessing. >> reporter: young patients needing an iv are tethered to a pole when moving around. roger leggett has seen it first-hand, visiting his grand daughter, diagnosed with cancer in 2011. he and his son watched a pole tip on to a child in a hospital elevator. >> and he looked at me when the elevator closed and said there has to be a better way to do this. >> reporter: then weeks later chad died suddenly at 24, roger knew how to channel his heart break. with money from his own pocket, the georgia grandfather created a hospital-approved wagon with an iv pole attached and started giving them away. >> my son loves it. he gets to ride it. so it makes it very easy on the parents. >> reporter: more than 140 wagons now in eight states. not all in hospitals. >> i saw a wagon with the bracket and the iv pole on it and i was
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like -- i want one ever those. >> allison and lee plumly's son need breathing and feeding tubes around the clock. >> you want to go for a wagon ride? >> and he could be like other kids in the park now, in a wagon, instead of a wheelchair. >> it might be just an everyday thing, but for a normal family, but these are special moments for them. >> reporter: roger leggett is counting his own blessing. his granddaughter, now cancer-free. >> describe to me why you are doing this? >> it is all about the kids. their mobility, their satisfaction. it takes fear away from what they're doing in the hospital. >> reporter: for children battling illness, a wagon has wings and the chance to feel care free. janet shamlian, nbc news, atlantic. >> good on, roger. that is "nbc nightly news." i'm willie geist, sile
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see you tomorrow morning. thank you for watching "nightly news." good night. thank you for watchg "nightly news." why prince turned down michael jackson and lionel ritchie, the untold story until now. welcome to access hollywood weekend edition, i'm liz hernandez. our enterview with lionel ritchie about this moments away. we begin with scott evans on the time 100 red carpet with an unannounced guest. scott. >> liz, surprise guest none
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other than donald trump. who showed up to the event in standard trump style on the very night he swept five new england states in the latest presidential primaries. >> a big night, are you glued to your phone? are you trying, watching the results as they come in? >> i am hearing the results. not glued to the phone. i think we will have a great night. record setting crowds. usually a good thing for me. always a good thing for me. >> trump's confidence continues to show no bounds. the tux-clad honoree, a thumbs up with melania who wore a form fitting dress. after changing outfits. donald gave his victory speech a while later. >> melania, mr. from temperature. >> security tighter at the time's event due to trump's appearance. while interviewing, a guard told us to make way for him. >> what am i supposed to do. >> it is a lot happening. >> there its a lot going down. >> look at this. how are you, sir? >> it happens a


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