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tonight the parents of the am ican college student who died after being held in north korea break their silence, lashing out one day after president trump gave kim jong-un a pass. tonight the president said he holds north korea responsibl but still does not blame kim for the death. ly the deerrifying moments as a plane crashes into a highrise apartment building in a busy florida neighbog ood leavurists scrambling just blocks from the beach.a >>amatic crash sends a car flipping into a hotel parking lot, police huing for the driver of the minivan that left the scene. our exclusive ok inside the last isis stronghold in syria as the battle rages tonight. richard engel is there. >> all of the houses around here have been booby trapped, set up with mines.
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only a few places that they have cleared are safe to gonto. a shocking lack of oversight revealed in our nbc news investigation that may have contributed to numerous carbon monoxi deaths in public housing. >> we could have woke up and the whole community could have been gone, just wiped out. caught on camera, police investigating a shocking public fight between the ceo of the san francisco giants and his wife. in this new, mor complicated tax season,t our firs look at the latest scams that may be targeting you. she was a beloved comedy ndstar on "who's the boss" "soap." tonight we remember katherine helmond. good evening, everyone. fresh off president trump's failed nuclear summiwith north korean leader kim jong-un, the parents of otto warmbier are speaking out, delivering a
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blistering statement, the warmers contradicting president trump's comments that di takes the murderous dictator at his word that hnot know about the american college student's brutal treatment until it was too late. tonight the president claims he is being misinterpreted but still not blaming kim for bi wa's death. nbc's kelly cobiella has the latest. >> reporter: tonight otto ar warmbier's pts blasting president trump. fred and cindy warmbier saying in a statement, we have been respectful during this summit process, now we must speakut. kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son, otto. kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. no excuses or lavish praise can change that. the president responding late today tweeting, of ci hold north korea responsible for otto's mistreatment and death. but making no mention of the country's dictator, kim jong-un. just yesterday mr. trump sparked
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a backlash after telling reporters in vietnam he takes kim jong-un's word that the orctator isn't responsible warmbier's death. >> some really bad things happened to otto. some really, really bad things. >> why are you willing -- >> but he tells me that he didn't know about it. >> reporter: today the president took credit for warmbier's erlease from north korea tweeting, rememb, i got otto out. warmbier was just 22 when he was imprisoned in north korea after 17 months in a labor camp. he was freed and brought out on a hedays later. critics who have dealt with north korea in the past say it's simply inconceivable kim would be unaware of warmbier's en treatmt. but the dictator appearing to convince the president otherwise, as a grieving family is forced to relive their anguish. kelly cobiella, nbc news, new york. and tonight the house is defending president trump's reported decision to give his sor,in-law and senior advise
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jared kuner, a top secret security clearance, overruling the objections of thwhite house lawyer and his chief of staff. here's nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: tonight congressional democrats threatening to subpoena white house documents over reports president trump personally ordered officials to give a top secret security clearance to his son-in-law, jared kushner, , erruling the advice of security officiacording to the "new york times."ro the moveted both chief of staff john kelly and then white house counsel don mcgahn to writ internal memos outlining their concerns. tee white house on defense. >> he has the absouthority to do that. and he trusts jared as one of tehis members of his senio. >> reporter: still, the revelations contracting what the president said in january. >> i don't think i have the authority to do that. i'm not sure i do. but i wouldn't do it. >> reporter: and recent comments by ivanka trump. the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance. >> reporter: white house
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security officials initially rejected kushner's application after a background check raised qulytions about kushner's fa business, his foreign contacts, and meetings he had during the n camp >> if there's somebody out there that's got leverage over him, that could be a very, very ri sly compromising thing for a really important venture. r: >> repornd tonight a spokesperson for jared kushner's attorney says they were not aware of any request for or action by the president to be involved in the security clearance process. lester? >> kristen welker at the white house, thank you. it was a terrifying scene today as a small plane crashed into an apartmentbuilding, then plunged to the ground in a busy ft. lauddale neighborhood. nbc's kerry sanders is tre. >> reporter: the single-engine plane -- >> that's the wing of the plane! >> reporter: -- had en pulling an advertising ban when the pilot apparently lost control. >> they advise a plane crashed into the building. >> reporter: the piper pa-25 flying into roger miller's 17th
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floor condo. >> boom. >> reporter: the plane slammed intois kitchen wall. >> tore a big hole in the room, threw my dishwasher across the room. >> reporter: al amaro watched it fall. wh >> i go over te the cockpit is and i saw the fellow lying on t side. >> reporter: the plane dropped to the unoccupied pool deck below. the pilot, a newire, just a month on the job, was the only firsonders found the plane's banner blocks away. >> it's just a sad, sad, sad, d event. >> reporter: tonight the ntsb fa anhas a team of investigators at the crash site. it could have been so much worse. kerry sanders, nbc news, ft. lauderdale. bo> and late today the ntsb recovered a blacfrom a cargo jet that crashed near houston last weekend. three pilots died when the boeing 767, used by amazon, crashed into the bay. the voice recorder will go to
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the ntsb labs in washington for analysis. a massive coast-to-coast storm is threatening millions this weekend with heavy snow and strong storms. al roker is tracking it for us. what the timing of all of this? >> lester, we've got a quick hit of snow through saturdthe northeast from pennsylvania to new england. we could see anywhere from 4 to ches of snow. then a big storm moves into the california coast bringing flooding rains, then rockets ross the country. by sunday it's in the mid-atlantic states and making its way up the northeast coast. the european model brings heavy snow north and west of new york city, upwards of a foot. the american model keeps the heavier snow close the i-95 corridor and back toward the west. that's going to be a really important differwetiation when atch this system. plus we've got severe weather for the south through sunday and temperatures will drop 20 to 30 degrees over the next week. so it's a big weatheaker, lester. >> all right, al roker, thanks. in florida they'reg for good weather because the countdown is on for the
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high-stakes liftoff at the kennedy space center where elon musk's spacex prepares ttest launch the rocket it plans to use to carry astnauts. nbc's tom costello is there. >> repter: sitting on the same pad used to launch apollo and space shuttle crews, the spacex rocket andragon crew vehicle that nasa is banking on to send americans back to the space station. but first this unmanned test flight to prove to nasa the dragon is safe to one day carryr auts. >> i can't begin to explain to you how exciting it is test pilot to be on a first flight of a vehicle. and, you know, we'll be ready when spacex and nasa's ready for us to fly it. >> reporter: going along for the ride, a mannequin astronaut named ripley, fully wired to monitor the g-forces and stresso that a human m day experience. if all goes well with th unmanned test, spacex hopes to be launching astronauts from the space center as soon as this summer.
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american astronauts haven't lifted o in an american rocket since the shuttle was retired in 2011. now spacex and boeg have nasa contracts to do the job. boeing's test flight is set for next month. but even though spacex has already launched 70 successful unmanned missions -- >> tobacco and marijuana -- >> reporter: aftereo elon musk smoked marijuana during a live e iniew last year, nasa ordered a complete safet review. tonight with dragon sitting atop a falcon rocket, spacex is preparing to prove it's up to the job. tom costello, nbc news, at the kennedy space center. there is outrage tonight over the aggressive tactics used by a drug company to sell more opioids, even making a rap music video with an executive in a fentanyl costume. he testified today at a criminal trial in boston. we get more from nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: designed to drive sales of the spray version of the powerful opioid fentanyl --
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♪ it's therapeutic >> reporter: this parody video is part of a federal racketeering trial. ♪ shout-out to what you created ♪>> eporter: the founder of the drugmaker insysnd four executives accused of paying bribes and kickbacks to doctors, and urging them to up the doses, a process called hitration. ♪ hitration is not a problem >> reporter: today the execuheve inside tancing bottle, former vice president of sales alec burlakoff, testifying against one-time colleagues telling the cot he followed rections to recruit and bribe doctors. burlakoff pleaded guilty to racketeering. lawyers for the executives deny all wrongdoing. an nbc news investigation last e revealed how bonuses were tied to the strength of prescriptions, with higher payouts for higher des. former u.s. senator claire mccaskill investigated the opioid maker for two years. >> they're promoting it like 's soft drink. this is not a soft drink, this
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is death. >> reporter: insys told nbc news the company in no way defends ule past misconduct of former employees and isly cooperating with the government. ♪ anne thompson, nbc news, new york. we want to turn to an nbc ve news exclunside syria where the final battle against isis in that country is under way toght. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel takes us to the front lines. >> reporter: u.s.-backed rd ish-led forces poured into the last isis strongholdor a final assault tonight to defeat the islamic state. they rained mortars on isis' only remaining territory, the syrian village of baguz now in ruins. so is the is dream of a caliphate. one of the top kurdish commanders took us to the front lines here. you can hear the coalition aircraft above. staying in a single file to avoid stepping on isis mines. [ speaking foreign language ]
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he's saying that all of the houses arod here have been booby trapped, set up with mines. only a few places that they hava cleared arfe to go into. this is one of them. inside, we headed for the roof. this was an old isis field clinic. now the kurdish-led have taken it over and it's their most advanced position. the commander showed me how isis is cpletely surrounded. they say the final push will be over soon. the assault had been delayed while the kurdish-led forces allowed the wives and children of is fighters to leave.00 did. these tonight were the last to leave, escing the islamic state before it's wiped out completely.rd h commanders here tell us the remaining isis fighters are dug in in tunnels but that they should be able to root them outd within ts. richard engel, nbc news, eastern syria. w to an nbc news investigation. in south carolina, two people m
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died ae than 400 were evacuated from a public housing complex in january after a carbon monoxide leak. we've learned that federal inspectors are not required to check for carbon mon detectors, and critics say that is costing lives. here's nbc's gabe gutierrez with more. >> reporter: when single mother kentara joson and her three children went to bed, they nev thought men in hazmat suits would wake them up. did you have any idea what was going on? >> no. i was wondering, it's going to be serious, they're at everybody's or. >> reporter: the fire department said deadly carbon monoxide gas had been flowing through her children's bedrooms and this entire housing complex in columbia, south carolina. >> we could have woke up and the whole community could have been gone. like just wiped out. >> reporter: it all started january 16th with two 911 calls from this building. one caller bleeding from his ears. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> my eyes are fluttering and i'm bleeding. ca>> reporter: the next dain
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witherspoon jr. and derek roper were found dead. soon more than 400 residents werevacuated. the fire chief said there were no carbon monoxide detectors in the whole complex, but he noted rodent droppings, missing smoke alarms, leaking stoves, damage ceilings. the this complex passe housing and urban development inspection with a grade of 86 out of 100 just a year and a half ago. no federal requirement to check for the $20 carbon monoxide detectors but councilmember devine says the city requires them. >> i think it's a gross oversight on behalf of hud. >> reporter: looking through published reports nbc news counted at least 11 carbon monoxide deaths in public housing since 2003. for this story, hud declined an on-camera interview, but in a written statement said it's deeply saddened at the tragic loss of fe in south carolina and is currently engaged in a top to bottom review of the old inspection process. >> what's what's more
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frustrating more than being displaced and on fixed income, that is they treat us like they don't care. >> reporter: tonight they're st ing with her mother, and this housing complex is set to be torn down. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, columbia, south carolina. > tonight family and friends and fans are mourning the loss of katherine helmond, best known for playing opposite judith light and tony danza in the sitcom "who's the boss." she was also in "soap," "everybody loves raymond," and "coach." katherine helmond was 89. shocking video of the ceo of the san francisco giants in an altercation with his wife. also the top tax scams the irs is warning of right now. and a miracle player makes a triumphant return to the mound "inspiring america." but when it comes to colon cancer screening... i'm not doin' that. i eat plenty of kale. ahem, as i was saying... ...with cologuard, you don't need an excuse...
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>> reporter: the slary moment april. chicago. >> farquhar is in the dugout -- >> pitcher danny farquha suddenly passing out from brain hemmorage. just six weeks later he spoke to us with wife lexi by his side. >> i never doubtedhat he wasn't going to be okay. i knew it was going to be different, i knew it was going to be a struggle. >> repter: eight months further along, the 32-year-old i hurling agn for the yankees, pitching a second simulated game. solid except for one that got away. did that guy go yard on you? >> yeah. >> reporter: no matter, farquahr says he feels like the old danny. the custom protective hat is new. .> there's always setbac tough days, days you don't want to go to the gym. ddon't have a day where ion't want to go to the park, which is great. >> reporter: he's hoping to make the opening day manager aaroe likes what he sees. >> for being this warm, gentle, kind of joyous guy that he is when he comes to the ballpark, there's a real focus and a determinatiowhen he gets between the line. >> reporter: his family's been cheering every milestone
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