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bws g tonight, growing pressure on the faa over whether to follow other countries and newest boeing's plane after the second one in less than five months struggles to stayn the air and plunges to earth, killing all aboard. >> of course the big question here people want to know is what caused it. >> tonight, what airlines here are saying as the black boxes are found. also breaking tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi says she is not for impeaching president trump, why she says she's against it even as some in her party demand it now. the biggest cocaine bust in 25 years, how the feds intercepted it as they warn it's a sign of a dangerous comeba. the measles outbreak spreads again as doctors again urge parents to get their children vaccinate outrage after
police e a hospital room to search the private belongings of a rminal cancer patient. cops looking for marijuana. the zoo taking new action tonight after a woman's dangerous selfie lt her mauled by a jaguar. >> oh my god, i cannot believe that just happened. so many people tired and ticked off over that lost hour of sleep, and you may be among those asking why isn't daylight saving time permanent. push to make that happen. and a refugee dad with a donut shop and an american dream. all that was missing was the customers. tonight, the loving son and the community that came to the rescue. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt, good evening, everyone,rl es around the world holding their breath tonight, others taking no chances and he are grounding fleets of boeing 737, 8 max jets, while auwaiting the word of the of yesterday's crash in ethiopia that killed 157theople. e urgent question, did the new jet suffee
same fate as that of another 737 max in indonesia last october under similar circumstances. tonight with both of the ethiopian planes ack boxes now recovered, we could heknow soon whether crash was an anomaly or whether there was an unresolved issue with boeing's hot selling new model. our tom costello has la thst. >> reporter: it's one of the most sophisticated, best selling planes in the world but tonight the faa is under intense pressure as passengers, pilots and airlines ask whether 8 e boeing 737 max is safe after two crashed in five months. ian the ground in ethiop the charred remains of et flight 302, headed for nairobi kenya crashed six minutes after taki ababa.om addis moments after the pilot declared an emergency. data transmitted b the plane showed very erratic vertical speed as the crew struggled to control the plane,
eeri similar to the crash of lion a flight 610 last october. that plane also a boeing max 8. 22 airlines and a handful of companies including ethiopiaen sky news reporter is at the scene. >> reporter: the big question here is has the same thing en ha or is it just a statistical anomaly that we have here, two of the same aircraft in a short period of time. >> reporter: investigators in ethiopia have recovered the plane's they'll look for indications the pilots struggled with the trim of the aircraft, holding it level. a preliminary investigation into the crash in indonesia suggests those piles struggle to pull the nose up as a malfunctioning commuter program pushed the nose down. the indonesian pilots were not informed that othe new systemn the max, known as mcas, boei boeing insisting all
737 pil should have known how to disenge the system. >> i immediately turn witches and cut the motor out. and as you can see, it stoppe the trim. >> reporter: many u.s. airlines and pilots complained boeing m never told tf the new system. boeing has since sent out bulletins to max pilots informing them of how to react. many veteran pils say in an actual emergency, they're not sure they'd remember. >> as a pilot, i'd feel very awkward or utuncomfortable a flying this airplane knowing that that potential is out there until this investigation run its course. >> reporter: worldwide, there are 354 maxes in service. flown in north america by air canada, american, southwest, west jet, and sun wing. united flies the max 9, a longer version of e same plane. today those airlines said they're watching on the investigaut so far, the 737 max has been very reliable. boeing says it has no new guidance for the airlines but underscored safety is
our number one priority, and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident. inorking closely with the stigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. among the eight americans who died in ethiopia, georgetown law student, se triccedric, flying to kenya for his fiance's mother's funeral. >> sedrick was at heart full of hospitality. he made them feel welcomed and at home immediately. >> reporter: meanwhile with other countries and airlines grounding the plane, the f a a says its team is in w ethiopia and i identify an issue that affects safety, the faa will take imdiate and appropriate action. >> pressure is on the faa, the world's regulators are looking, w need to get the data from the black boxes and we need to get it soon. >> reporter: late toda the f a, a said it expects to issue urgent design cnges for the 737 max 8 by the end of april. meanwhile, boeing'sce
says they are confident in the 737 max safety reco they are in fact urging and improving, i should say, the support for t team. lester. >> you have covered a owot of these. you nvestigators like to be methodical and not be rushed but there seems to be a great urgency to get the info from the black boxes, how soon might we see a readout? >> we had hoped to have that in 48 hours's unclear who's going to be the readout, will it be the ethiopians, the europeans or will the black boxes come to washington and the ntsb lab, and you're right, we've got airlines and governments around the world desperate to find out whether there's some sort of a fatal fith this top selling plane. >> reporter: a lot of folks anxious to know why. tom costello, thank you. more developing news tonight from house speaker nancy pelosi who is speaking out like we have never heard her before on aco roversial issue, in this case, the possibility of impeaching president trump. sonbc's hallie jack has more on how her remarks could divide
democrs. >> reporter: even as she says it, house speaker nancy pelosi knows it's a headline. i'm not for impeachment, the country's top democrat tells "the washington post" tight adding this is news. she explains unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming, and bipartisan, i don't think we should go down that path because divides t country and he's just not worth it. not everyone in her party agrees, possibly setting up a show down ewith more progress democrats like congresswoman rashida tlaib. >> because we're going too in there and impeach. >> reporter: ather freshman, ilhan omar says she believes impeachment is inevitable, though at th hardly her most controversial statement. instead it's h comments condemned by critics as anti-se mettic that caught president trump's attention after they prompted democrats to pass a relusolution rebuking all forms of hate. >> the democrats have become an anti-israel
party. >> reporter: privately the president took that a step further, reportedly telling a group of republican donors friday, democrats hate jewish people. >> yes or no, does the president truly embelieve therats hate jews? >> reporter: the press secretary today dodging repeatedly. >> that's a question i think you should ask democrats what their position is. >> reporter: you're not answering the question is there a reason? >> i believe i answered it twic >> does he really think democrats hate ? je >> reporter: as for speaker pelosi's comments, sarah sande sanders tells nbc news achment should never be on the table because the president is doing such a great job and the white house is not concerned about the possibility of impeachment away. > breaking news from the united nations where experts say kim jong un is evading u.s. sanction it is o e cut off moneyses for his nuclear and missile programs in new ways that shocked even un investigators.
an mitchell has an exclusive interview peonight with the un's top rt. >> reporter: tonight, has foundu new ways to get around un sanctions, raking in millions by shipping coal and smuggling in oil. >> the techniques being used, some o which i've never seen before and i've been ar investigatingime trafficking and smuggling for more than 15 years. un reporter: the says blacklisted north kwer -- are stealing electronic tracking signals from other thousands of miles away. >> this ship has assumed the identity of its sister ship. ep >>ter: the new un report also says kim's nuclear and missil programs remain in tact. only days after new images show kim rebuilding aissile site he had promised last year to dismantle administration has been relying on the sanctions to pressure kim to disarm saying he is desperate for money. but according to the un, global oil traders and banksre unwittingly letting north korea evade
sanctions. >> they're n monitoring the ships that they are either financing, insuring or that are carrying their product. >> reporter: north scrutiny for the murder of kim jong un's exiled half brother two yes ago in a malaysian airport allegedly by two women using nerve gas. tonight one of the women was suddenly released from jail after the women claim they were duped by intelligence agent into thinking they were part of a reality tv show. >> andrea mitchell in washington thanks. in venezuela a crisis, a massive power outage has stretched on for days and the country's embattled president blames the u.s. whith opposition warns that people are diagnose in the dark -- dying in the dark. gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> reporter: throughout parts of venezuela, the lights are out for a fifth st ight day, dozens arrested for looting, airports and public transportation grind to go a halt, and hospitals going dark.
>> translator: we're desperate without ywater and electricity for m children. >> reporter: the blac ut is the latest crisis for a country in chaos. e u.s. has stepped up its condemnation of embattled president nicolas maduro after recognizing juan guaido as interim president. i21 people have dn hospitals since the outages began last week the government has already fallen this man says. maduro blames the blackout on cyber attacks by the u.s. dgovernment though he's offere no evidence. late today, secretary of state mike pompeo partly blamed cuba and russia for the problems. . worried no electricity means her insulin wl damaged. an uncertain future in a country where basic servic are scarce. gabe utiligutierrez, nbc news. it>> state and federal auths are disclosing a massive drug bust at the busy port of new jersey in new york, one of thbi est in decades and drug agents say it's a
sign of a worrisome cocaine comeback. our justicees pondent pet williams has details. r: this cell phone video shows federal agents about to unload a remarkable find, 3200 pounds of caine, 1.6 tons with a street value of $77 million. it was hidden in a shippi container of dried fruit at the port authority of new york and new jersey, when scans alreveed something suspicious and a closer look turned up white powder in 60 packages. 's the second largest seizure of cocaine at the port and the biggest in 25 eyears. cocase peaked a few decades ago but federal druggents say it's making a comeback. >> cocaine was the nemesis in the 90s, but this is traffickers today trying to merge cocaine and fentanyl to create new markets. >> reporter: like other drugs, most cocaine comes into the u.s. across the ugouthern border thro check points, 90% of it from colombia, and now with f dangerous trend mixing it with
fentanyl, drug agents expect to see more big shipments like this one. te williams, nbc news, washington. tonight, there are alarming new signs in this measles outbreak, hgrowing in spots across the country. more measles cases reported as doctors plead with parents to get their children vaccinated. we get deils from nbc's joe fryer. >> reporter: across the coury tonight, measles is still spreading. over the past week, the number of cases mp ju from 206 to 228, now impacting 12 states. last month, ficials say two passengers on an international flight to san francisco got measles pfrom a traveler who pickedhe disease in another country. hit especially hard, the pacific northwest where the surgeon general visited communities with low vaccination rates. >> what i really believe is that we need to make it easier to get a vaccination than it is to get a exemption. >> reporter: in oregon, another case of an unvaccinated in child is m headlines,ut the life threatening
disease is tetanus, the first pediatric case seen there in more than 30 years. according to a new cdc report, it happened in 2017. a 6-year-old boy cut his forehead whi playing on a farm, and days ler had painful muscle spasms and lockjaw. >> he was very very sick. without proper medical care, he certainly would ve died. >> reporter: the boy spent eight weeks in the hospital with medical bills topping $800,000, yet when healthy, his famil declined further vaccines. doctors publishedhe port hoping to raise awareness. joe fryer, nbc news. in missouri, there is disbelief tonight after a facebook live video showed police searching the belongings of a cancer lpatient in endife care in his hospital room, looking for marijuana. after someoneal cled 911. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: from his hospital bed. >> why are you digging in this. >> are nolan sousley, battling stage four pancreatic cancer told officers he had just
taken a cannabis pill ai to ease his but did not have any marijuana, which is what they were looking for. >> we can just search it, and declare there'sarijuana in it. g.> i'm not giving you the >> reporter: officers told sousley they ce reed a call about someone smoking marijuana in his room. he recently stopped chemotherapy and is facing end of lif care. >> it has my final dayth ings in there. and nobody's going to g di it. >> i thought they would have a little compassion. >> reporter: in the room, soud officers voters had just legalized marijuana in missouri. >> they haven't finished paperwork. but i don't have time to wait for that. what would you do. >> i'm not going to may the what if game. >> reporter: in a stam statement the city bolivar police acted lawfully and are using this as an opportunity to learn, teach, citizens memorial released a statement apologizing to the family adding re core values and we fell short of expectations. >> he is sitting here
fighting for his life, and theynew that. >> reporter: back in the room, police didn't find any marijuana. the encounter with a terminally ill patient now igniting a debate over compassion and cannabis. miguel almaguer, nbc news. we'll take a break right here. enust ahead, new develo tonight after a terrifying zoo attack. a woman gets too close to a jaguar's cage to henap a selfie. t feeling tired? the big argument over daylight saving time, should the u.s. spring forward pmanently? and how a donut shop went from barren to bustling with one sweet tweet. stay with us. so you only payr what you need. nice. but, uh... what's up with your... partner? oh. well, we just spend all day telling everyone how we customize car insurance, because no two people are alike, so... limu gets a little confused when he sees another bird that looks exactly like him. [ loud crash ] yeah. he'll figure it out. only pay for what you need.
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black jagr named sarah. >> oh, my god, i cannot believe that just happened. >> reporitnesses say the cat grabbed the woman's arm, not letting go, until michelle flores a stracted it with water. >> the jaguar took the water bottom and will went to the other side onf the cage. >> heradam capturing the scene on his cell phone. >> as far as a barrier igo esot t' n in and touch the cage. they could do it fairly ealy. reporter: the zoo says the woman has since apologized for what she says was a fooli foolish decision. >> we do not hold the fjaguar responsib what happened, and it has been concluded that the injury was caused due to human error. >> reporter: t zoo telling nbc they have xaired a consultant to re-emine the rearrier. >> the wild animals and if you get too close, you will pay the price. >> reporter: a painful lesson for a single picture. morgan chesky, nbc news. coming up, is it time to do away with springing forward and falling back?
you've bee feeling a little tired this monday, chances are it's because of that lost hour this weekend. tonight everyone from the president and perhaps your family and friend are asking why isn't daylight saving time permanent. here's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: spring forward, fall back, maybe we're just sleep deprived, but does it seem like this me ifting has heads spinning. who likes daylight saving time? >> not us. >> reporter: today many americans having a tough with the time change. let's start with what it's called. >> saving >> reporter: youhink it's savings? ep> yes. >> rorter: it's actually dlight saving time, no s. who you did it start? >> people would have to get up early to work on their farms. >> reporter: it wasn't the farmers. in world war i, the germans changed their clocks to try to save energy. america followed suit, making dayligh saving
the law of the land. more than 30 states are trying to address their complaints about si the clock con. there's an up tick in traffic accidents and heart attacks in the week after the change. arizona and hawaii don't change their clocks, they stick to standard time all year so it gets dark kearlier, but top htummer hours or daylaving time all year, congress would have to approve. >> they don't seem to be able to agree on anything. >> reporter: and so it timestill be some before you change that clock for the last time. kristen dag gr gren, nbc a news, new york. we won't hold our breath. up next, this little donut shop that could is now a social sensation. feel the clarity...
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