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the phillies come back to town, decent again. >> temperatures back to norm's. thanks for watching at 6:00. >> see you at 11:00. test test test . tonight, nuclear fears. high alert as concerns mount that north korea is about to take another provocative action. the u.s. making moves off the coast as north korea lashes out. moment of impact, for the first time we seen images of the actual explosion of the massive bomb dropped on an isis target in afghanistan. what t pentagon says it hit. caught on camera as a second cell phone video emerges, a second police officer is fired. a man beaten by police during a traffic stop tells his story to nbc news. the price you pay to go to the doctor, an increasingly popular kind of primary care, how families are saving big and getting more time at their appointments and make way for ducklings, kids learning a lesson in an annual life of
spring. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening as we come on the air tonight, it is already saturday morning in north korea and the day of that country's most important holiday and that has american officials on edge braced for a possible military show of force from kim jong un. increasing signs north corkorea is coupled with series of strong statements from the white house and ping yang and a volatile home to hundreds of thousands of americans. we get the latest from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight all eyes on north korea, kim jong un on stage, applauded by thousands on the eve of a anniversary often
used for provocative military action. the birthday of the regime's founder, his grandfather. he may mark the holiday with a missile test or worse, his sixth nuclear test. today a top ate to the north korean dictator lashing out at the u.s. accusing president trump of pushing the world toward nuclear war by tweeting tuesday, north korea was looking for trouble. all creating big risk says a former defense secretary and cia director. >> there is the potential when you challenge a country that has nuclear weapons and that has a very unpredictable leader, those kinds of threats could lead to a provocative act that could cause a miscalculations and send us into a nuclear war. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence officials tonight focussing on this north korea nuclear complex. a new estimate tonight says they already have between 13 and 30 nuclear bombs. plus an arsenal of missiles. not yet able to reach
the u.s. mainland but a dire threat to japan and south korea and 78,000 troops in the region. donald trump after the use of the mother of all bombs in afghanistan was meant to send a message to kim jong un. >> i don't know if this sends a message. it doesn't make a difference if it does or not. north korea is a problem. the problem will be taken care of. >> reporter: how? two u.s. destroyers with cruise missiles are within 300 miles off the coast of japan. the u.s. could try to disrupt a north korea launch with a cyber attack. the best option, getting china to pressure north korea, as president trump is doing with china's president xi. china's foreign minister warning the u.s. and north korea to stop provoking and threatening each other. >> the hope is china and there is some indication of this is willing to take a tougher stand here. >> reporter: if there is a nuclear test, the likely u.s. response will be a tough statement and perhaps a show of force. but if there were a
missile launch aimed at the u.s., that would be different. the u.s. would take military action, try to shoot it down. lester? >> andrea mitchell. thank you. as the world watches and waits for north korea's next move as well as the american response, anxieties are running high in neighboring south korea as rereportrer reported from seoul, nbc has more on their fears tonight and how some south koreans are taking great risks and challenge with the north korean regime on their own. [speaking foreign language]. >> reporter: tonight, south korea is on edge. the top story on local news, new fears are growing war of words could spiral out of control making seoul with 10 approximately people just 35 miles from the boarder the target of a north korean attack. the concern so high japan is reportedly looking at ways to
evacuate its 60,000 citizens from south korea if war breaks out. the hope here tonight, that north korea will back away from any test lowering tensions. >> if the ultimate priority is survival and basically it's trying to find some exit that will help them to save. >> reporter: in remote hills near the border, he wages his own private war launching balloons that carry leaflets into north korea telling people about life outside a country where there is no internet and nothing but state-run television. it's made him a marked man. cameras and police protect him. why does the north korean regime see you as such a threat? i'm doing is sending the truth to rise up and topple the regime. he escaped the north in 1991 after finding
a leaflet and learning the u.s. did not start the korean war. he launched 1500 balloons. today's payload, 60,000 flyers and a radio. cheaper than a stealth bomber he says and carrying a bit of him back home. here in seoul where it's saturday morning, streets still quiet on a holiday weekend that's now overshadowed by new concerns that north korea could act at any time and without warning. lester? >> janice mackey frayer in seoul tonight. the u.s. is monitoring developments, kristen welker is inwashington. what's the latest. >> reporter: good evening. the trump administration is on heightened alert. the president monitoring the situation from his resort in mar-a-lago where he will make time for golf and getting updates for national security staffers traveling with him. the issue isn't preventing the vice
president from traveling to the region for an 11-day trip starting tomorrow. his first stop will be seoul where senior officials say he'll reiterate america's commitment to allies. meanwhile, the other big headline tonight, white house officials announcing they won't immediately make public the names of people visiting on official business and obama era policy. national security because they want to protect the identities of people that might have sensitive information. some are slamming the decision saying it shows lack of transparency. arguing national security and privacy concerns come first and notes the obama white house made exceptions. lest lester? details about the u.s. strike on isis in afghanistan and unprecedented battle field use of that massive weapon dubbed the mother of all bombs. afghan officials now claim dozens of isis fighters were killed as we get a look at incredible video from the moment of impact. nbc news chief foreign
correspondent richard engel has that for us. >> reporter: new images tonight of the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the u.s. arsenal slashing down on an alleged isis stronghold. the blast from the 21,000-pound 30 foot long mother of all bombs spread over a mild in a valley in eastern afghanistan. >> this was the right weapon against the right target. >> reporter: afghan officials say at least 36 isis fighters were killed by the blast but cautioned exact tolls after so much destruction are difficult to know. some locals seem to welcome the strike against isis but said it was terrifying for them. my house was shaking after the blast described a witness. i saw a big flame and everywhere was burning. so why was it launched? u.s. military officials say the golfs to collapse an isis tunnel complex and clear away a hidden network of booby traps so u.s. backed afghan forces could advance by destroying everything
in their path. >> they now know they are not safe in caves and tunnels. that could va dhave a dramatic impact. >> reporter: isis has a small but lethal presence in afghanistan. last month fighters disguised as doctors raided a hospital in kabul, some visitors climbing out windows to escape slaughter. the u.s. military says its objective with the bomb and on going offensive is to rid afghanistan of isis this year but the longest war in u.s. history has proven bombs abone wonlone won't do that. there are more than 8,000 troops in afghanistan. the ground commander asked for more. the national security advisor is heading over to make an assessment so the u.s. could be getting more deeply involved in that war. lester? >> richard engel, thank you. tonight a fugitive on the run has been captured after a massive manhunt launched following a manifesto sent to president trump threatening licene violence
against the government and he was found with an arsenal. ron mott has details. >> reporter: the intense ten-damian hunt came to an end on a farm raided caught on a surveillance camera allegedly stealing 18 weapons. jeffrey called in the tip last night. >> he had never said anything negative or anything that maybe would lead me to believe that he was going to do anything that would be bad. >> reporter: arrested without incident, officers recovered four handguns, a long gun, a samurai sword, boxes of ammunition, bulletproof vest and the letter he mailed to the president as seen in this cell phone video. >> it was basically a tarp he was living in. he looked disheveled. he appeared that he hadn't slept in sometime. >> reporter: despite more than a dozen weapons still
unaccounted for from the burglary, officials sounded the all clear for the community. his anti-government and religious views had schools cancelling classes and one church shutting doors. >> i want to stress with his arrest, there is no other credible threat related to him in the wisconsin community. >> reporter: at a local catholic church, music and relief in the air for good friday services. >> going into one of the busiest days of the whole year, i was so worried for everyone out there who may be too afraid to come out to prayer or worship. so it's a big relief. >> reporter: he is expected to face multiple federal and state charges. joseph is expected to be here at the jail. there are harrowing details and video involving a confrontation that forced the firing of two georgia police officers seen punching
and kicking an unarmed man during a traffic stop and for the first time, that man is speaking out about what happened to nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: he had his hands up when a gwinnett county police sergeant clocked him during a traffic stop. another officer then kicked him after he was handcuffed. how scared were you? >> scared. on a scale of one to ten, say 20. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview, 21-year-old demetrious hollands had a previous run in with the sergeant during a stop last year so this time he tried to reach for his cell phone camera to record the encounter but never got the chance. >> well, i thought that he was going to at least grab one of my arms and put me in handcuffs but i didn't realize he was going to punch me in the face. >> reporter: officer robert mcdonald and michael have been fired and could face criminal charges. police chief says
mcdonald owned up to actions once the first video from a by stander surfaced. he says the other, a 19-year veteran did not once this second video emerged. >> he felt the force was justified. >> reporter: the initial police report says hollands was tasered and handcuffed after he refused to get out of the car but the document made no mention of punching or kicking. >> while admitting something that occurred in an official report in my opinion is lying. >> reporter: tonight hollands and his family are still in shock. >> when you see that happen to your own child, it breaks my heart. >> reporter: late today, 89 cases the officers were working on were dismissed including the charges against hollands. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, lawrenceville, georgia. a victim has been handed down of former nfl star aaron hernandez. he was found not guilty in a 2012 drive by shoot income boston but the jury convicted
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a right of spring and right of passage, too. katy beck has the story. >> reporter: spring is born at prairie mountain school when the ducklings hatch. this year, 13 came to the campus courtyard. for more than a decade, the school has served as a safe nesting spot and given students a lesson number tour nay tore. >> i think they understand it's their job to protect these baby ducklings hatched here at our school. >> reporter: custodian mark payne doubles as the duck keeper, guiding them outside to the nearby wetlands to find water and freedom. >> tugs at your heart and very endearing and one of the highlights of my year. >> reporter: too small to fly but time to leave the nest in the interiorry yard, so a send off appropriately from the next smallest flock in the building, the kindergarten class. how excited are you about today?
>> very excited. >> reporter: jasper can hardly wait to get a close up look. >> well, i don't see them right now. i can't see them because they are camouflaged in the grass. >> reporter: not a peep while the kids wait, but they can hear what's coming. wonderment sweeps the hall as the ducks all in a row march behind mom to their new permanent home. >> it's just a good message, be excellent to each other as we are to these ducklings. >> reporter: and hidden in the hedge, a surprise, 11 more eggs. lucky for them, spring is about to come a second time. katy beck, nbc news, eugene, oregon. kids and animals, a lot of cute. that's going to do it for us on a friday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. congressman macarthur promised to protect our health care.
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