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>> you better give us one mo. >> hasselhoff doing single a new report o about his son-in-law jared kushner. tracking mothernature's fury from coast to coast. look at the top part of your screen here. police are searching for thehi t-and-run van that turned into oncoming traffic causing a car to flip numerous times. ne> then are you o of the millions of sleep-deprived americans who's just glad it's finally friday? if you're up with us you're saying ceo. why doctors say that playing weekend catch-up on your sleep may be bad for you. and jimmy fallon goes retro as we kick off this first day of
march. "early today" starts row. and good friday morning. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. president trump is back home bum y-handed after his north korea summit ended with no deal. and he rurns to washington beleaguered by a new scandal and still reeliin from the sca testimony by his former attorney. michael cohen is set to appear before congress again next wednesday, exactly one week after his dramatic public hearing. and mr. trump's edson-in-law j kushner is at the center of a controversy over his top sseret rity clearance. nbc's susan maginnis joins us from d.c.ith the latest susan, good morning. >> reporter: frances, good morning. the president landed insh gton just hours after his former attorney michael cohen wrapped up three days ofce appear before congressional committees. in dratic testimony cohen painted his former boss as a racist con man who directed him to lie about extramarital affairs and about his business dealings in russia. president trump made an appearance on fox and
to say last night about cohen. >> when you have an attorney, you' supposed to be able to rely on your attorney. >> it's called the client -- >> but it's also called reliance. and he just was notuch of an torney. that i will tell you. i thought it was a terrible display of dishonesty, actually. >> meanwhile, a new report in the "new york times" says that the p asident ordered top secret security clearance for his son-in-law jared kushner, overruling white house counsel and security officials.ac an fbiround check led to kushner being rejected for this gh-level security clearance on concerns about influence on him. president trump has said he played no role in jared kushner's security clearance. the white house responding now "we don't comment on security clearances." frances? >> all right, susan maginnis for us. thank you. michael cohen's testimony siso hinting at more legal troubles for pnt trump. in his hearing the former lawyer confirmed that federal prosecutors in new york have
open investigations into the president. and oulike special cel robert mueller, those prosecutors have no specific mandate and they can investigate any crime brought to their attention. nbc's pete williams has more. >> reporter: robert mueller is near done, but michael cohen is now saying publiclyhat law enforcement officials have said privately. that federal prosecutors in new york are actively investigating donald trump's conduct as a businessman as well as his early days in the white house. cohetsays they're looking a what trump and his aides said to him after the fbi searched his office last year. >> this topic is actually something that's being investigated right now by the southern district o new york. and i've been asked by them not to discuss it. >> reporter: his testimony raised new questions abo trump financial statements, suggesting possible bank fraud when mr. trump erstated his assets to get more favorable treatment from banks, but understated his company wealth to lower
taxes. and they're examining hush money payments to two women. cohen says president trump was personally reimbursing him for that while in office. about ed questio trump's use of charity money to buy this portraitor himself. officials say prosecutors have also questioned cohen whether foreign money helped way for the trump inauguration. these investitions areer way even though justice department regulations say a sitting president can indicted. >> they cannot charge a sitting president. but that doesn't mean that they can't continue to investigate. all sitting presidents become former presidents ate point. >> reporter: and there's word that the house intelligence committee plans to call allen weisselberg, the trump organization's chief financial officer. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >> and the president is facing bipartisan backlash this morning after defending kim jong un in connection to the death of an american student. the president says he doesn't believe the northkorean leader was responsible for the death of otto warmbier. the 22-year-old w imprisoned by north korea in 2016 and died
shortly aft his release. tic's hlie jackson has more. >> reporter: bipn backlash after a comment critics call naive and appalling. >> i don't think that the top leadership knew about it. >> reporter: president trump accepting kim jong un's claimwae unaware of the torture of otto warmbier, the american student who w returned to the u.s. in a coma and died after 17 months in a nprth koreanison. >> he tells me that he didn't know about . and i will take him at his word. >> reporter: hardly anyone else takes krd at his wo. >> the blood of otto warmbier is on the hands of kim jong un. >> we shouldn't be naive about regime. >> the love affair, love letters with kim jong un. our nationaleputation is being tarnished. >> reporter: it's not the first time the president has seemed willing to take the word of strongmen like after t death of journalist jamal khashoggi and on the issue of russian election interference. >> iill tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.
>> reporter: to the warmbier smily it's obvious, they wrote announcing their lawsuit against the north korean government,"kim and h regime have portrayed themselves as innocent, while they intentnally destroyed our son's life." fred warmbier last year with lester made clear who he blames. >> i'm the voice of otto because he can't be here. that was taken away from him by kim and his regime. >> and that was hallie jackson reporting. the florida highway patrol is searching forri ar involved in a serious hit-and-run crash. video shows a silver kia sedona turn left at an intersection to enter a parking lot and then hits the back corner of an audii sending iting through the air. the driver of the kia then pulls back out into traffic l andves the scene. another video shows the audi rolling over and then crashing into a concrete wall. the 19-year-old driver of that ca jackson maxwell kelly, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. authities are asking the public for any information about a 2003 kia sedona which likely
has front end damage. in florida new england patriots owner robert kraft has pleaded notuilty to misdemeanor charges of liciting prostitution. they are linked to two alleged visits by kraft to a massage parlor last month including one just before the super bowl. kraft's lawyer requested a non-jury trial. concerns are pouring in for actor luke perry. the "90210" and "riverdale" star hospitalize after suffering a reported possible sagoke at the e of just 52. we get details from nbc'ga mor chesky. ♪ >> reporter: he broke hearts on one of the biggest shows of the '90s, turning troubled teen dylan mckay into a pop culture icon on "beverly hills 90210." >> come on. >> where are we going? >> field trip. >> reporter: but heartbreaking news for actor luke perry. parmtds racing to his neighborhood wednesday morningn respono a call about a stroke. >> need rescue 78. stroke. >> reporter: ray spokesman
wouldn't confirm the 52-year-old had a stroke but said he is under observation at the hospital. at perry's age a stroke is unusual but not unheard of. the cdc says a third of all patients are under age 65. >> a stroke can happen to anybody anywhere anytime. you don't have to have a family history. you don't even have to have many risk factors. >> hey, are you stopping by the site later? >> reporter: mosry recently p starred on the hit cw show "riverdale." the news broke of a "beverly hills 90210" reboot. this former co-star sending heartfelt messages. hug en doherty sharing a from their old show, adding "my friend, holding you tight and giving you my strength. you gotthis." >> i can't tell you what else i'm thinking because your parents are in the room. >> reporter: perry has yet to d gn on to the new project, leaving friends anfans praying for his health and a return to the role that made him astar. morgan chesky, nbc news, los angeles. some dramatic video to show you thnow. rescue of a man call the in a flash flood near jerusalem.d it happethursday. you see this man there stuck on
top of the car clinging to the roofs those flood waters rush through the streets. that rescue crew had to use a acrubber raft ad to a rope to reach him. after puing him to safety he was treated at the hospital for hypothermia. sre rescue attempt was broadcast live acrossli media. officials say the floods were triggered by heavy rainfall in that area. >> wow. meanwhile, closer to home northern california has faced some of its worst flooding in 20 years. mandatory evacuations were ordered and a state of emergency declared after the russian river rose 14 feet above its flood stage. authorities say one man was killed when he was overtaken by a current. he was trying t walk throu five feet of water to his hwhe ere three children were deapped. ties were able to rescue the aildren. there's been ness to the town of f guernevil days. the sonoma sheriff says they're trying get the roads open to residents only by noon today. >> let's see if it's going to be good for them to get to them. >> the water's. going do today's a good day to get in.
hopefully they can at least assess what's going on the. anhen another storm comes in on saturday. this storm is going to be a coast-to-coast one. it's gng toffect millions of people from california all the way through boston by the time we get into mondaymorning. so here we are saturday morning heavy rain into california again. more snow at the high elevations. heen during the day on saturday snow breaks out inplains. i paused it 8:00 a.m. sunday. waking up to snow in wichita, kansas city,ui possibly st. there's always a fine line in the forecast. it gets very difficult between the snow and the rain. that will be somewhere around oklahoma city, possibly arease f tourn ohio valley through kentucky. then by 4:00 p.m. on sunday snow breaking out in areas like pittsburgh and then it's going to be a wintry mess possibly. areas like d.c.,ph adelphia, new york, southern new england. our computer models are a little split on exactly who's g tng to get h hardest in new england. but there's at least the potential for significant snow from the rockies throughout tl centplains, southern ohio valley and numerous areas in the northeast. wat's a look at the bigther story of the day. here's a closer look at your day
ahead. as we go through the day today, light snow moving through areas of the northern plains. could put downnother two t three inches in minneapolis. doesn't matter if it's february or march, your snowy end of winter continues. there's a little light snow this morning even around areas of new york city and philadelphia. i'll give you the rest of the weekend forecast coming up but it's messy. it's in like a lion as they say for march. >> at least it's on the weekend so people don't have to get around work and school. when you're out and about pday you might want tk up a lottery ticket. there were no jackpot winners in this week'sli mega ms or powerball drawings. that means tonight's mega millions jackpot is worth $267 million while tomorrow night's powerball stands at $348 million. we're talking about a whopping $615 million up for grabs. but come on's talk about the odds. we alwayst tack lk about the od. maybe one of those. >> get your gamble on, people. coming up, spacex takes a small step toward their next giant leap. 25% of your mouth.
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good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. this morning, local sports fans still reeling from som big news. bryce harper is headed to philadelphia. >> we have news on his new contract. and we're getting reaction from some die-hard nationals fans. storm team 4 weather alert on your friday. dealing with wet snow and rain for the friday morning comme. we'lutl
we're in weather alert mode ain. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> we cannot escape the winter. i'm eun yang. here s what we know far. the federal government is open. employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. in maryland, frederick and for instance george's county schools are on a two-hourdelay. >> in virginia, prince william county schools are closed. arlington, fairfax, loudon, falls church, manassas are on ar two- delay. >> morgan countychls in west virginia also on a two-hour delay. let's get a check on the forecast and the comme. melissa mollet is standing by with a look at the roads. we'll begin with meteorologist chuck bell. what do we need to know? >> these forecasts, dealing with the rain/snow line, it's death by ahousand cuts. it really is. rain and snow this