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storm swee across the country with another on the way. mother nature's one-two punch puts millions at risk from floodwaters out west to heavy wet snow eating dangerous conditions to the east. where is the next storm headed? we have a livere st. playing to a friendly crowd after a rough week, president trump goes on the attack. >> and the democrats, they are going to dowh ever they do if they get into power and it won't have a damn thi to do with whether or not we approve our national emergency. >> but did the president contradict one of his most famous campaign lines? a milestone in space travel. an unmanned test flight showcasing the
private craft that could carry american r aauts to space. one of the world's most notorious borders a safe haven for some of nature's most beautiful and endangered birds. and a symphony on a glacier with instruments ma ice. we take you to the coolest concert on earth. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz val art. series ight a of storms leaving a mess across the country and another one on the way. less tha three weeks until spring, but march is off to a rough start. tonig 52 million americans are under the threat of severe winter weather lastatg east through the weekend, covering more ,500 miles. and right behind it frigid temperatures for next week from california to the east coast, snow, rai and flooding, and across the south hail and even possible tornados. nbc's morganky ches is
tracking it for us. >> reporter: from west coast flooding to a freeze. brutal winter storms have left millions digging out before they dig in for the next one. expectedrek coast to coast. >> february has been absolutely incredible setting. >> reporter: in california, sierra nevada, up to 25 feet he of snow in shortest month of the year. a blessing for ski resorts. a nightmare in the valleys below. heavy rains pro ought floods and sinkholes, swallowing whole roads. >> a lot of fast moving water. >> reporter: in the midwest heavy wet snow, too much for the roof at this wisconsin dge. no one inside when it collapsed. >> look at allthe destruction. >> reporter: in south carolina, a rare hinter tornado. thegh winds damaging at least five homes, but no one injured. to the northeast, dangerouscontinues led to this wreck outside philadelphia. while in a line for tickets to
"saturday night live" -- >> incredible. >> reporter: looked m base camp.untain back here in los angeles recent storms broughtear of mudslides prompting officials to keep a close eye with even more rain on the way. peter. y >> thank you v much. w nbc's dave price is here with us tonight. dave, whatre we looking at over the next 24 hours? >> an active weather map. we begin west coast right now where from san francisco to los angeles we are wa expecting s of two inches of rain today. that's already on top of saturated gund. and then that quick-moving storm system begins to work its way across the plains states in through the midwest and up through the northeast corridor. winte storm warnings, watches and advisories sted. as this storm begins to progress we are talking about upwards of eight incs or more in the rockies and enough snow along that 95 corridor throughengland and new york and down to philadelphia to make monday morning's commute a mes in the meantime, an arctic blast of air
begins to work its way all the way down south to texas with high temperatures in the single digits to teens. well off where we t should be the of year. warmer air certainlyo but a significant risk to the south where an isolated tornado is as well. it will be a rough 24 hours. president trump had a lot to get off his chest todter another rough week from the failed north korea nuclear summit to michael cohen's damningestimony. the president today delivered by far the longest speech ohis presidency to a friendly crowd and even tried to dismiss his famous quest to russia during the campaign as a joke. geoff bennett has the very latest. >> reporter: for a president on the rebound from a rough week, welcome refuge at the conservative political action conference. >> i amotally off script. >> reporter:urg his two-hour speech he railed against the special counsel's russia investigation.
>> and all of a sudden they are trying to take you out with [ bleep ], okay? >> reporter: mocking attorneyer general jeff sessions. >> and as you know, the attorney general says i'm going to recuse myself. and i said, why the hell didn't he tell me that before i put him in? >> reporter: and ming his now infamous appeal to russia -- >> russia, if you are listening. >> reporter: to hack hillary clinton's s was a joke. >> if you tell a joke, if you are sarcastic, if you are having fun with the audience, and if you say something like, russia, please, if you cageus hillary clinton's emails, please, russia, please. >> reporter the president directly contradicting what he told nbc's katy tur at e time. >> well, they probably have them. i'd like it have them released. >> does that not give you pause? ? >> no. >> reporter: the base inging tight despite
damaging testimony from his former fixer and lawyer michael he con. >> he is a racist. he is a con man and he is a cheat. >> reporter: house democrats now atening to subpoena white house documents over reports the president personally ordered a top secret security clearance for his son-in- and advisor jared kushner. allegations of special treatment there dent, who has the authority to grant clearances, in this case reportedly overruling the advice of security officials. and president trump today addressed the parents of otto warmbier. they were rebuked mr. trump for holding mnuchin dictator kim jong un blameless in their son's death following 17 months in captivity. said he was torn y between having to negotiate with kim and standing up for warmbier. >> thanks very much. spacex and nasa are celebrating a huge success tonight after launching an unmanned rocke to the space station. was's tom costello there.
>> three, two, one, zero, ignition, liftoff. >> reporter: it was 2:49 a.m. when t falcon 9ing rocket powered through the night sky cutting a spectacular path to the space station. >> live view of the falcon 9 rocket as it ascends through the rttmosphere. >> re: yet again spacex demonstrating remarkable engineering precision. >> as yoar from the cheering here at spacex hequarters, we did hav a successful mid-engine cutoff. >> reporter: success at every stage, including the reusable first stage guided to earth a perfect landing s on ap 300 miles out to sea. this unmanned mission a critical test of the spacex dragon crew vehicle that nasa hopes will carry astronauts to th space station this year. along for the ride a mannequin named ripley, wired with sensors to gauge the g-forces and stress a real astronaut might
experience. spacex's ceo elon musk space station, then the moon, and mas. >> i believe in the future of space. i believe it's important. be out there among the stars. >>. >> reporter: dragon is set to dock with the space station tomorrow before returning to earth next week. if all goes well a manned ship could follow this summer. that would mark the time in eight years that an american rocket would carry american astronauts to space. since 2011, the u.s. has paid for rides on russian rockets. now spacex and bowing a boeing are taking over the job. spacex savors the success. spacex is aiming for a manned mission in july. boeing aiming for august. nasa has to fully sign off on both systems before they let any astronaut climb on brd a commercial rocket. tom costello. more than two dozen migrants returned to the border between mexico and
california today. they are aimed to be reunited with their children separated n duthe trump administration's controversial zero tolerance policy last year. >> reporter: it took elmer gomez six mohs and over 2,500 les to get back to this since i left, my goal was to be with her. i'm finally at the moment, which is the fina point. i dream of being with her. traveling from hondurasth his pregnant wife, he hopes to be with his 15-year-old daughter in the u. parated under the trump administration's zero tolerance policy, he was deported. his daughter remained in the custody of health and human services for four months, and now lives with a relative in wisconsin. every day i think about her. i ll my daughte please forgive me. it was not my intention to leave you here. >>porter: gomez is
not alone. heo is jined by 28 ot r parents from central america who re we deported without their children and are now demanding to get them back. >> the vast jority of these parents were deported without ever having the chance to seek asylum in united states. >> reporter: erica, a lawyer working with the family, says the government has an obligation to reunite them, citing a federal july. order last >> the government has stated they are making efforts to reunify ie these fam and we are here to make sure that the government complies with thei obligations. >> reporter: tonight border patrol e officials on sll us they are at capacity and the parents will have to wait. thelmer gomez and others vow to stay as long as it takes. peter. >> >> thank youery much. new developments tonight in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in california last year. prosecutors announced that two sacramento police officers will not face charges, ysaying they did not
break laws when they shot stephon clark in his grandparents' backyard. plark was running way fromlice when they shot him saying they thought he was pointing a gun at them. the killing, you may remember, sparked nationwide protests. now to a shootout outside an elementary school near kansas city. police exchanged gunfire with a suspect yesterday at a home he street from the school. a class outside for recess was moved olinside and the scho was locked down. fortunately, no students or staff harmed. the suspect was treated at a hospital and released. he has been charged with aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm. this week brought more troubling news for traditional retail stores. in a single day three major brands announced that they are closing more than 300 stores combined. national correspondent miguel almaguer. me reporter: for s gap, victoria secrets and vcenny scores,
all three announcing the closure of some 0 stores after slumping sales. this as payless hangs up its s for good. >> the mall is no longer the place to be. the millennials and generation z actually are ctomers who are totally used to shopping through social media or online. >> reporter: but even new ventures like tesla also announcing it's pulling the plug on most of its brick and mortar stores to focus online. retailers say 10% of their sales come from e-commerce after what some call the retail ocalypse over the last several years. another 5,000 big-name retail shops will go ou business this year. >> having it be online is just so easy. it comes to your door. you can return it at n ur nvenience. >> some of my friends that are obsessed with amazon and order things all the time. >> reporter: tonight some of the nation's brands on hoping to do more with less as the face of
business changes. miguelr, almag nbc news, los angeles. now to one of the orious borders in the world. the dmz. that strip of land dividing north and south korea. , t is a dangerous placut now the land has become an unlikely nature ref guj. anne thompson traveled more. and has >> reporter: frozen dawn near korea's dmz. this rumble comes from nature. here amid the military a 65-year standoff is a safe haven for the endangered r crown crane and the vulnerable white neck crane. what do the cranes symbolize? >> crane bring peace. crane keep happiness. >> reporter: and now, he says,a common purpose on both sides of the world's most
militarized border. >> cranes could connect those korea people and the south korea people in history and culture. >> reporter: the river is a winter playground for the cranes after their trips from russia and china. fallow rice patties on the southern border d. offer f how close are we? that mountain behind me just three miles eaaway is north kor from the peace observatory on the south side you can see the land of the dmz s,tself, untouched for decadeperfect for cranes and now as political tsions thaw perhaps again perfect for people. this railway comes to an abrupt end in the border town of chedwau. it would resurrect this once bustling city. what is the biggest danger to the crane? >> the construction of the he hroad encroaching. the habitat of cranes.
>> reporter: development? >> yeah, development. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the south korean unification stmi. >> translator: our vision is to somehow oparmonize this devent along with preservation of the environment. >> rorter: dr. chung isn't waiting. h national nature trust is buying up land and spreadie and corn to keep the birds coming with the head of the crane association's chairman hong. if korea were to lose es cranes, what would korea lose? >> translator: it would be like losing children, he says. a precious treasure. a treasure they want to protect f generations of cranes and koreans to come. sanne thompson, nbc new along the dmz. b >>eauty in a place mared by war. still ahead. >> how the food delivery boom is changing the restaurant siness. changing the restaurant siness. and a place where thanks for calling unitedhealthcare, changing the restaurant siness. and a place where mrs. murphy.
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fla glacier, mysterious music echosrom inside these mountains. what look like a snowdrift is actually a concert hall for the coolest concert on earth. >> it's so incredible andn you feel how much work it must have been. n >> to, you can't. sorry. it's way more work than you think. >> reporter: the imbrainchild oflin heart, an american yrtist from netflix, who frs draefreamt of making music from the ice. >> reporter: people must have said that guy tim is crazy? >> yeah, i got a lot of that. i got a lot of that. i was living in an igloo when i built the first orchestra on top of the mountain. they already kind of thought i was crazy. >> reporter: maintaining ice instruments is tricky ne bu. the worst-case scenario a literal for tim, the musicians and the audience, that's not the only struggle. getting to these
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