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that would be welcome. >> "nbc nightly news" coming up next. more local news right back here. night, sitting on edge. an emergency curfew lifted in baltimore. rebuilding begins after a week marked by riots and police charges in the death of freddie gray. cops shot. a new york city officer fighting for his life as a chicago cop is gunned down in his driveway. stark reminders of the risk they face. fight night. fans aren't pulling punches a day after the most lucrative bout in boxing history. many up in arms that some got it for free. and a royal welcome. the world's newest princess but which baby name will take the crown? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. substituting peter alexander. >> good evening, almost a week after
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baltimore's worst riots, the city's mayor says it's time to get that community back to normal. today officials lifted the emergency curfew and tonight, thousands of national guard troops who had massed on the city's streets are getting ready to head home. many businesses are hoping to recover what they describe as a devastating week. we begin tonight with nbc's ron allen on the ground for us in baltimore. ron, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, peter. tonight there are still national guard troops on duty as you can see. it will take a couple of days for them to pull out completely. during the unrest police say they made more than 480 arrests, more than 100 officers injured but today officials say baltimore has turned a very positive corner. ♪ down but not out. the sunday message at this baltimore church that lost a community center in the riots last week but today with faith and donations pouring in, celebrated plans to rebuild. ♪
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part of the legacy, they said of freddie gray. >> he died a sad and tragic death, but in the moment of his death, god created a movement, a movement that will change schools and children's lives all over this country. ♪ >> reporter: with the curfew lifted much of baltimore rejoiced. pickle's pub plans to stay open right across from the downtown baseball stadium. the state of emergency it forced the orioles to play out of town. >> we took a huge hit. typically dining rooms are filled up, you know, every game day and this week we had nothing. >> reporter: baltimore's mayor at a mall that re-opened today where last week high school students clashed with police said she's convinced the unrest is behind her city. but tough work lies ahead. >> improving our police department reforming our police department and putting in place things that will eliminate this
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type of incident, you know, from ever happening again. >> reporter: in recent years baltimore has paid millions of dollars to settle police misconduct cases and called in the justice department to help stop alleged police brutality. some cases similar to freddie gray's. fatally injured while riding unrestrained in a police van a practice notoriously called police rough rides. >> they sort of tossed me in the back of a paddy wagon. >> reporter: christine abbott a college librarian arrested after a disturbance at her home during a party in 2012. >> they were driving aggressively taking sharp turns, breaking really short. stuff like that. just making me slide around and slam around in the back. >> reporter: abbott has a federal lawsuit pending claiming the ride was meant to punish. police said they do not tolerate that kind of behavior by officers. and today for the first time, federal investigators poured through the rubble of the neighborhood drugstore that became something of a symbol of last week's destruction. determined to find the
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cause of the blaze, and eventually those responsible. authorities are hoping members of the public will come forward to help identify suspected looters and vandals. they're looking through hours upon hours of security footage from numerous locations around town. the hope is that bringing those to justice responsible for the mayhem and destruction will help this community remain peaceful and moving forward. peter. >> ron allen in baltimore. thank you. there are new reminders of the dangers faced by those sworn to protect and serve. an nypd officer in critical condition after being shot in the line of duty yesterday and just this morning a chicago area cop was fired upon while leaving for work. we get more now from nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: today a new york city police officer fighting for his life after being shot in the head in his patrol car this weekend, attempting to stop a suspect for questioning. >> painful day for all new yorkers, it is a painful day for all members of the nypd.
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>> reporter: this less than six months after two nypd officers were shot and killed sitting in their patrol car. nationwide fbi statistics remind us policing is a dangerous job. as many as 70 officers have been ambushed and killed each year for the last 20 years. and thousands of officers are assaulted every year. >> you don't get paid for what you do. you get paid for what you may have to do one day. and so there is an every day of law enforcement person's career the opportunity for great tragedy to occur in front of them or to them. >> reporter: overnight in chicago, police say an off-duty officer getting out of his car was shot by two men in an attempted robbery. and recently in tennessee, what began as a routine traffic stop led to an officer being dragged by a vehicle. authorities say the ten-year police veteran stayed calm enough to tell the assisting officer -- >> no, no, no, don't shoot. >> reporter:
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nationwide police putting their lives on the line every day in the line of duty. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. >> the 2016 presidential race is kicking it up a gear this week with several more republicans expected to announce their candidacies. after weeks of running unchallenged by her own party, hillary clinton is now facing her first official primary opponent. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker has the report. >> reporter: the republican field is about to get more crowded with three more candidates about to throw their hats in the ring. former arkansas governor mike huckabee, dr. ben carson and former hewlett-packard ceo carly fiorina. polls suggest the new arrivals they have their work cut out for them with some securing big dollar donors. meanwhile, new jersey governor chris christie is trying to save his presidential hopes after two of his former allies were indicted and a third entered a guilty plea in the george washington bridge scandal on friday. christie is not
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implicated and denies wrongdoing but the indictments cast a cloud over his potential candidacy. today sources tell nbc news aides and allies working the phones trying to salvage support. >> of course, he has some chance. i mean he can try to remake himself but it's a long job. >> reporter: vermont senator bernie sanders is hillary clinton's first democratic challenger. sudden sanders took aim at clinton trying to paint her as the establishment candidate and out of touch. >> hillary clinton has been part of the political establishment for many, many years. >> reporter: once a self-described association list faces an uphill batter but could have an impact on clinton. >> i think early on >> he can be part of the reason that former secretary clinton moves slightly to the left. >> reporter: martin o'malley is considering a run. today he defended the zero tolerance policing policy that he enforced as baltimore's mayor which has been criticized this week. o'malley says if he
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runs, baltimore is the place he would announce. >> i wouldn't think of announcing anyplace else. >> reporter: this week hillary clinton travels to nevada, what was a bitter battleground between clinton and then senator obama in 2008, clinton won the popular vote but obama got the most convention delegates. key to winning this time, courting latino voters and union workers. peter. >> kristen welker at the white house, thank you. it was the most hyped showdown in decades. an undefeated american with a checkered past defending his title against a scrappy filipino superstar. it turns out the fight it wasn't the knockout most expected. many paid almost $100 for the pay-per-view event while some were left in the dark, others watched at home for free thanks to those viewers who screamed it online. nbc's ron mott reports from las vegas. >> reporter: after a five-year wait for the fight, rush hour. fans clutching the
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hottest tickets on the planet streaming in to witness history. boxing's most lucrative bout ever, a $400 million spectacle. >> let's get ready to rumble. >> reporter: floyd mayweather jr. against manny pacquiao. a private jet set with michael jordan, tom brady, jay z and beyonce among those in attendance parking closest to the ago. social media was abuzz too red hot conversations yielding complaints saturday night from those who didn't get what they paid for, $90 to fight their cable company one tweet read as some pay-per-view orders never made it home to viewers. once the bell sounded the sport's the top two delivered flashes of excitement punctuated by long stretches of chess like maneuvering and in the end mayweather was the obvious victor at least according to judges scoring a unanimous decision which confused pacquiao. >> i think -- i really thought i won the fight. >> i knew in my heart that i was beating -- i thought i was
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beating him easy. >> reporter: reaction afterwards left a few fans questioning the result and many the hype. >> i thought it was a little boring actually. >> this should have been an epic fight and it was not. >> reporter: former heavyweight champ mike tyson joined in the chorus tweeting we waited five years for that. #underwhelmed. there isn't not much talk here about a rematch. ron mott, nbc news, las vegas. >> overseas to nepal where more survivors were rescued today. eight days after that country's devastating earthquake. officials say three people including a 101-year-old man were pull add live from the rubble in one village and taken to a military hospital for treatment. a dose of good news in the disaster that has claimed the lives of more than 7200 people and left more than 14,000 injured. that toll could climb as the recovery efforts shift to areas farther from t epicenter. ian williams reports from one of those remote areas. >> reporter: supplies
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at least getting through to the shaken town here close to the epicenter. so we decided to press on. the damage to the town of dareding seems pretty patchy. so we're heading into the hills. four hours from kathmandu the roads into the mountains are barely passable as we travelled with a team of american doctors in search of villages still in need of help. we reached a village of a thousand people where we found almost every building destroyed. >> let's move all the drugs and the pharmacy closer to where we are >> how did that happen? >> reporter: the head of the emergency med zone at stanford. >> say ah. >> reporter: the medical director at yellowstone national park both here with the international medical corps. they quickly discovered that in spite of the massive damage, nobody died here. incredibly, there were only 30 injuries, as most were working in the fields when the quake struck. >> we're seeing a few small items related to
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the earthquake itself, some small wounds, the major injuries were all evacuated. >> reporter: but behind the brave faces this is a community still in shock. >> the overlay of stress, yeah, stress and no relief in sight for some of these folks. >> reporter: the pattern they're finding in these remote villages of massive destruction a community more or less intact but facing huge challenges in the weeks and month as ahead. the most urgent need is shelter. the monsoon rains just week as way. because people have been living outside the doctors are already treating respiratory diseases and fear the outbreak of water borne disease s and plan a base camp in which to push higher into the mountains where the fate of many more remains uncertain. ian williams, nbc news, darding, nepal. >> back in this country the state of utah made headlines this past week after doing something dozens of other states have been unable to do. after a decade long
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initiative chronic homelessness in utah has now dropped to an unprecedented low. as nbc's jacob rascon reports the solution was surprisingly simple. >> reporter: for susie wright there really is no place like home because for six years she didn't have one. >> living on the streets is not a place where you want to have your kids. >> reporter: susie and her two sons dj and brian shuttled between a homeless shelter and >> i didn't feel good about myself at all. >> friends and then the state of utah gave her an offer she couldn't afford to refuse. the same offer being given to every chronically homeless person in the state. a home. >> we call it a housing first and employment second. >> reporter: even the state's homeless task force director lloyd pendleton was skeptical at first. >> i said, you guys must be smoking something. this is totally unrealistic. >> reporter: but the results are difficult to dispute. in 2005 utah had nearly 2,000 chronically homeless
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persons. a study released this week says there are now only 178 an unprecedented 91% drop statewide. >> it's a very simple solution to a very complex issue. you put them in housing first then have them begin to deal with the issues that caused them to become homeless. >> reporter: u.s. army veteran don williams lived in a bush for nearly ten years. when they told you that they were going to give you a home what did you do? >> jumped for joy. >> reporter: but they say you'll incentivize laziness. >> they need to pay rent, 30% of their income or $50, whichever is greater. >> reporter: it saves money in the long run and costs $20,000 to take care of a chronically homeless person living on the streets but only about $8,000 a year to house and provide a caseworker for that same person. >> i call them homeless citizens. >> reporter: it's an approach that susie says has changed her life.
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she now works at a cleaning supervisor in her apartment complex. homelessness hasn't disappeared in the beehive state but may be on its way. >> these are from d.j.'s home. >> reporter: that's what a home means. a place to put your son's drawings. >> reporter: one home, one family at a time, jacob rascon, nbc news, salt lake city, utah. when "nightly news" continues on this sunday the world's newest princess is only a day old but she's already guessing game and later a hospital where tutus are are on important part of the healing process.
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the world's newest royal is barely a day old but she's already the most talked about baby on the planet. will and kate's little princess is making a pretty big name for herself in part because she doesn't have a name yet. nbc's kelly cobiella has our report from london. >> reporter: it's the fairy tale so many wished for, a perfect little princess to complete the royal portrait born at 8:34 yesterday morning and sleeping straight through her big moment. >> they just look so beautiful and happy. it was really stunning. i'll never forget it. [ cheers ] >> reporter: royal fans are dancing and london is glowing in pink with congratulations on land, in the air, even in the sea. prince william has tried to shield his family from the public, his first born
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prince george a future king now a big brother and this weekend william seemed eager to show him off helping george with his royal wave before taking him to meet his little sister. history repeating. 30 years ago that was william visiting newborn brother harry. and diana, leaving with her second son. >> i think diana if she was here would be really happy. >> reporter: kate already wears diana's ring and many hope the new princess will share diana's name. but some say it would be too heavy a burden. >> she was one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. why would you want to load anything on to this little girl. why not just let her be princess whoever she's going to be. >> reporter: ten hours after her birth the little princess was at home in kensington palace. her grandparents are just getting to know her. her great grandmother the queen is out of town and hasn't yet met her.
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and the rest of us are still waiting to hear her name. will it be fan favorites alice or charlotte? it took two days for prince george to be named. happening only after the queen visited him here at kensington palace. but there's no rulebook. we'll find out when the parents decide it's time. peter. >> kelly cobiella. thank you. still ahead, a-rod is slugging his way into the history books. why the hard work may not pay off.
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here comes american pharaoh and he sweeps up on the far outside and they're into the stretch. >> in case you missed this was the scene yesterday at churchills downs as american pharaoh won the 141st kentucky derby. a record crowd of more than 170,000 fans was on hand as the young colt captured the roses heading into the winner's circle. american pharaoh a favorite to become the first triple count winner in 37 years. next stop, the preakness in two weeks. hitting home rungs may be the easy part for alex rodriguez but
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now the yankees organization is playing hard ball. the team is refusing to pay a-rod a $6 million bonus for hitting his 660th home run this week, a feat that ties him with willie mays on the all-time homer list. the yanks argue the bonus written into his contract no longer valid given his history of steroid use. the players union plans to appeal. a-rod isn't the only one. a man claimed a $75 lotto prize. the problem, the guy should have been awarded $75,000. soon after the man left, the cashier realized the mistake but as of now the winner's identity still remains unknown. at a north carolina lantern festival lit up more than the night sky this weekend, hundreds of people released paper lanterns at the carolina speedway but some drifted too close to a nearby cell phone tower sparking a fire. crews were able to get that fire under control and the good news is that nobody
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was hurt. up next, a tradition that is bringing a dose of happiness to kids who probably need one.
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finally tonight, a children's
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hospital where the staff is sure to dress the part. of course, they wear their wear their fair share of scrubs. janet shamlyian explains why. >> reporter: even in a place where people often dress in costume to lighten the mood, you can't help but wonder what's going on. almost everyone at joe dimaggio children's hospital including the valet out front is wearing one. >> everyone is smiling as soon as the patients see you. >> reporter: it's an invasion of fluffy colorful skirts known as tutu tuesday. >> ever seen a guy with a tutu before? >> reporter: started by an orderly who shuttles around young patients. >> it's okay. i don't mind doing it for the kids as long as it puts a smile on their face. >> reporter: he first put on one as a teary-eyed girl was wheeled into surgery. he got her to laugh. >> walking around
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wearing tutus on tuesday and every unit. >> reporter: now from the hospital therapy dog -- >> he has a tutu. >> reporter: to nurses in the neonatal. it's part of the uniform. even some visitors to joe dimaggio children's hospital are taking part in a small act that can bring a child a smile. children's hospitals are special places where everyone hopes for miracles for a little boy like noah fighting leukemia where treatment is sometimes delivered in unexpected ways. >> having a son with cancer there is a lot of seriousness that goes on and to try to keep it playful for him and not talk about how serious it is. >> reporter: the power of a frilly skirt proves that healing is more than just medicine. janet shamlian, nbc news, hollywood, florida. >> great idea as we start a new week. that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. lester holt will be back tomorrow.
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i'm peter alexander reporting from new york. from all of us at nbc news, good night. . nbc bay area news starts now. >> that little girl at 14 months old, she didn't get to experience anything. i mean, it's heartbreaking. >> right now at 6:00 a life cut too short. a baby girl and her mother killed while simply walking down the sidewalk in the east bay. the disturbing details we are now learning about the driver. good evening to you, i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm terry mcsweeney. unbelievable pain in the east bay. an alleged drunk driver loses control and mows down a young mother and her little girl. nbc bay area's christie smith joins us live in livermore where a press conference wrapped up about an hour ago. this is one of those tragedies that gets to everyo