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another bout of rain tuesday. . then as the phillies start it's a chance of more rain. >> up next, "nbc nightly news." we'll see you back here at 11:00. tonight, late word on ivanka trump's new job, an official government employee in her father's white house. her title assistant to the president joining husband jared kusnyer in the west wing as critics raise concerns. a war of words escalates with the house rushing investigation quickly falling apart prompting a bipartisan show of force in the senate. storm chaser tragedy, three killed as vehicles collide on a tornado hunt. a very dangerous and important job. do they get too close? multiple sclerosis breakthrough. treatment dramatically slowing the debilitating effects. tonight the woman that went from a wheelchair to walking. and letters from jackie locked away for decades. mrs. kennedy secret
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c confident. nightly news begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we learned late today that ivanka trump's recently announced informal role in his father's white house is about to become a formal job, despite her proclamations during the campaign she had no desire to be part of the administration. mrs. trump is joining her husband jared kusnyer as a federal employee, albeit, unpaid. a family business wrank led watchdogs and today's announcement was to address the concerns. ivanka trump is the first daughter or son to work in their father's white house since eisenhower was president. christian welker has details. >> reporter: tonight, it's official, ivanka trump now a federal
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employee in her father's white house. her title assistant to the president. she's always had a seat at the table at meetings with foreign leaders and discussions on business and the economy, most recently moving into a west wing office. it's a move ivanka seemed to initially resist. >> people think you'll be part of the administration, ivanka. >> no, i'm going to be a daughter, but i've said throughout the campaign that i'm very passionate about certain issues and that i want to fight for them. wage equality, child care, these are things that are very important for me. i'm very passionate about education. really promoting for opportunities for women. so, you know, there are a lot of things i feel deeply strong about but not in a formal administrative capacity. >> reporter: but now she's join her husband jared kusnyer in becoming an unpaid advisor. the white house saying ivan
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ivanka's service furthers ethics and compi complian compliance. she is stressing her unpaid status and writing in a statement throughout this process i have been working closely and in good faith with the white house counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role. >> the concern is that the white house had taken the position that ivanka trump did not have to compile with government ethics standards, and now they are acknowledging she does. >> reporter: the move on the heels of her husband taking on expanded responsibilities behind the scenes. now tasked with bringing a business sensibility to help break washington's grid gridlock, a political power couple the president trusts more than anyone else. >> there is an understanding in the white house ivanka trump is much more engaged socially in washington with her husband, working different political players, working within administration. >> reporter: and it was a family affair today with first lady melania trump coming off the sidelines and into the spotlight. >> together we must
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declare that the ra era of allowing brew 't brutality against women and children. >> reporter: unlike presidents behind him, he has multiple family members involved at all levels. ivanka trump's lawyer telling nbc news she will file all appropriate disclosure forms required and will be sworn in, although, no date has been given. lester. >> kristen welker, thank you. in the meantime two diverging tracks in congress as the house russia investigation devalves into chaos and finger pointing and seems to have prompted a by bipartisan show by sen is tors running their own investigation in the upper chamber. all playing out as a mystery deepens, who is the secret source behind the trump surveillance claim bombshell. peter alexander has details.
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>> reporter: the first hearing on the russia investigation, a bipartisan show of force. >> i have confidence we the members of the come hmittee will get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: that a stark compromise by politics. it's republican chairman devin nunez that questioned his impartiality after reviewing classified documents on the white house grounds last week. the president spokesman still refusing to reveal who cleared nunez in. >> i asked preliminary questions and have not got answers. >> reporter: information would be easy to obtain through visitor logs, dismissing growing calls to recuse himself, nunez is accusing democratic colleagues of stalling. the committee's leading democrat firing back calling for a postpone hearing with top officials to be rescheduled immediately tweeting what's the hold up. also tonight, a bipartisan group of ethics experts urging the independent office of congressional ethics to discuss
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whether nunez went too far disclosing classified information. >> i've seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president elect and his team were, i guess, at least monitored. >> reporter: revealing secret details about surveillance of foreign targets. >> they should not be disclosing classified information and there is concern he did just that. >> reporter: nunez later backtracked. tonight, the senate's republican chair is declaring his independence from the white house despite supporting trump. >> i'll do something i've never done. i'll admit i voted for him. i got a job in the united states senate that over rides personal believes i have or loyalties. >> the test of the committee is whether they go relentlessly. >> reporter: tonight the white house is signaling a new willingness to work with democrats to fix problems with health care, even after the president said he would let obamacare simply explode. still tonight, the prospects for a deal
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remain grim. the top republican says obamacare is likely here to stay. lester? >> peter alexander, thanks. one final note from the white house where president trump announced plans to take on america's dead dead dead dead deadly opioid em dem make. new jersey is a state where overdoses skyrocketed. opioid addiction kills an estimated 78 people a day in this country according to the cdc. frightening moments today in washington when shots were fired near the u.s. capitol building. a woman was driving erratically trying to make a u-turn and flee hitting a police car and nearly striking officers. no one was hit and the driver was taken into custody. investigators do not believe the incident is connected to terror. across the south tonight, some 16 million people are
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under threat of severe weather across parts of ten states. a strong line of storms moving east with the risk of tornados after tearing through texas with powerful winds and reached up to 90 miles an hour leaving behind a path of destruction. we get more from nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: tonight, powerful storms tearing through the south. >> it's just amazing. i'm just in shock. >> reporter: in rock well, texas, these homes destroyed. >> at first, i thought it was a tornado because you heard the freight train sound. >> reporter: it wasn't a tornado, instead 90 mile per hour straight line winds. >> i had no idea. >> it happened so fast. >> reporter: in houston a tornado did touchdown. >> wow. >> reporter: toppling trees and tearing apart carports. >> i didn't know what to do. got panicked, so i stayed in the car and held onto the car. >> reporter: dangerous golf bball-sized hail forcing families to scramble for cover.
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>> huge shatter noise happened and we looked and my back windshield was busted out and it got glass all over my kids. >> reporter: 16 million people at risk tonight as this dangerous weather system moves east. >> strong tornados are possible through mississippi and arkansas this evening. tomorrow the threat pushes east, especially tennessee and mississippi. those are the areas under the gun for large hail, damaging winds and strong tornados. >> reporter: anxious hours still to come on a night of wicked weather. kerry sanders, nbc news. now to what's being called a medical breakthrough, important health news for the 400,000 americans that suffer from multiple sclerosis. it strikes between the ages of 20 and 40 and mostly women. tonight the fda approved a new drug that proved so promising doctors say it could change the way the disease is treated. nbc's rehema ellis has more. >> reporter: this is the wheelchair christina ryes doesn't need anymore thanks to
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a new drug which doctors are calling a breakthrough for ms patients. >> i'm good. we can go dancing. want to go dancing? [ laughter ] >> reporter: ryes was diagnosed at 15 with this number logical disease whose symptoms include exhaustion, muscle weakness and blurred vision. >> it affected my movement. i would stupble a lot. i would trip, fall. >> reporter: it got so bad she went from a cane to a wheelchair. it broke my heart. >> for people to see you in a wheelchair? >> yes, because i don't want them to pity me or remember me like that. >> reporter: on the verge of giving up the teaching job she loved, her last hope, testing a new drug. >> this is is indeed a game changer for people with ms. >> reporter: studies found in patients with the kind of ms that relapses, it cut the number of episodes by half and appeared to stop the disease from
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getting worse. and for those with more severe progressive ms, it slowed decline. >> for the first time, we now have a treatment that slows degeneration walking difficulty and inmobilitity. >> reporter: it costs $60,000 a year but less than the current medication. it works with fewer side effects expected to be covered by insurance. christina gets infusions twice a year. >> it's a miracle drug. you need some water. >> reporter: she's now able to plan a future. >> come on. >> reporter: free from crippling disability. rehema ellis, nbc news, converse, texas. to a chilling 911 call in oklahoma. investigators say the target of a home invasion burglary ended up fighting back, killing three teenagers in what appears to be a case of self-defense. in a remarkable twist is the alleged
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accomplice of the home invasion might be charged with murder. >> house got broken into, three men, two shot in my house. >> reporter: the 911 1 call came from this home in oklahoma after 22-year-old zack peters shot three intruders. >> are they bleeding? >> yes, i believe one is down and one is still talking. you need to get here now. >> they broke into your home? >> yes. >> reporter: authori authorities say the three burglars 16 to 19 were dressed in black wearing gloves with knives and brass knuckles. all three died but during the call peters only realized he shot two of them. >> what did you shoot them with? >> an ar-15. and i'm still armed in the east corner of my house. >> my deputy is on scene. unarm yourself and put the gun away. >> okay. it will be unloaded on my bed. i'll still be in my bedroom. >> reporter: the alleged get away driver elizabeth
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rodriguez could face not only burglary charges but three counts of murder, even though she never pulled a trigger. >> in oklahoma if you are in the commission of a thereon knfelony offense somebody dies as a result, you can be charged with first-degree murder. >> reporter: rodriguez knew the homeowner, planned the burglary and drove off when she heard gunshots. peters may not face charges due to stand your ground laws which allows justifiable use of force against others if there is a presumption of imminent danger. >> preliminary investigation looks like self-defense. >> reporter: authorities say peters is cooperating. >> i believe one of them shot bad. >> reporter: and the investigation is just beginning. cri still ahead, the storm chaser tragedy, when most are running away from a tragedy, they are running towards it risking their lives in one of the most dangerous
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police say this accident was preventable but while the job is paralast, many say it saves lives. miguel almaguer explains risks and benefits. >> reporter: by definiti definiti definition, the job is dangerous. storm chasers driving into trouble while others run away. some say their pictures and weather warnings can save lives but in texas tuesday, three storm chasers were killed tracking a tornado. police say kelly williamson and randy yarnell blew three a stop sign slamming into corbin jaeger. this was their live feed during the crash. >> they did something they absolutely love and people should strive every day to do something they love. >> reporter: they were veterans. >> go to the right a bit and back to the left. >> reporter:
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contractors for the weather channel owned in part by nbc universal, contributors to the show "storm wranglers" where the men spoke of the dangers they face. >> people can sit at home where it's safe and we're out there getting the shot for them. >> reporter: in pursuit of treacherous weather, the most dangerous part of their job is driving to the storm. >> go, go, go, randy! >> reporter: but their research on tornado formation done from the field. >> hang on! >> reporter: is often used by meteorologists to warn the public of potential threats. >> do not ride this out in your home. >> it's a big one. >> reporter: but tonight the national weather service calls the practice dangerous. >> the benefit is to collect data to use to better understand the storm structure and evolution and ultimately improve predictability, but the fact of the matter is storm chasing is not always safe. >> reporter: a risky job that can save lives and take them. miguel almaguer, nbc
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we received late word of horror on the highway in texas. at least 12 people have been killed and three others injured in a head-on crash between a church van and pickup truck in southwest texas. the texas department of public safety reports the van was carrying 14 people. it happened about 75 miles west of san antonio. there is no word at this early point what cause that deadly collision. the tense labor face-off between u.s. hockey and women players that has come to an end. a pay dispute had the women's team threatening to stay off the ice beginning friday but the boycott is off after the two sides agreed to a four-year deal with a
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fortune. kelly has the story they tell. >> reporter: the fairy tale presidency, tragic grieving first lady. when jfk was killed, laura helped jackie heal and fell in love. the proof, in a box of letters locked away in the former diplomat's english home for decades and found earlier this year. >> sheer amazement, a real true discovery. >> reporter: more than a dozen letters from jackie handwritten proof of a deep friendship. >> with my love, dear david. >> reporter: when lord harlick wife died, the two grew closer. she said i would do anything to take the anguish from you. she wrote about vacations and sailboats, children, mom ti politics and war. he reportedly proposed. jackie said no. if ever i can find some healing and some comfort, it has to be with someone who is not a part of all my
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world of past and pain. lord harlick was heart broken. for your photograph, i weep when i look at it. the last letter from the yacht after jackie remarried. even if it isn't the way you wish now, i hope that bond of love and pain will never be cut. you're like my beloved, beloved brother. a year later, lord harlick remarried, too. their romance tucked away in a box and today, auctioned off in london. final price $123,000. can you tell us who bought them? >> i can't. it's bought by a private collector. that's all i can say. >> reporter: for the rest of us, a brief glimpse of a hidden love. and that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. d at 55.
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>> george talks changing diapers and the baby trick he's already got down. now on "extra." ♪ george clooney prepping for the role of his life. >> swaddling, diapers.
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>> while his friends are becoming grandparents, clooney is getting set for twin newborns and update on amal's pregnancy. >> how is she feeling? >> plus -- >> hi. >> clooney and damon take on the big rumors about the all female "ocean's 8." >> could be, you never know. hillary clinton's return slamming sean spicer for admonishing a reporter. >> patronized trying to ask a question. >> kris jenner's tv blowout with corey gamble. >> just chill out. >> don't tell me to chill out. >> are they broken up? kourtney and kim grilled by paparazzi. >> how is she doing after the breakup? >> gwen's ex gavin reportedly has a new girlfriend and she's getting her revenge. >> happy vacation videos with blake. >> plus anne hathaway playing catch me if you can with the fashion police. now "extra" from the universal studios, hollywood, the

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