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>> all right. nbc nightly news is coming up next. >> hope you can join us tomorrow at kw67. on this saturday night, rising tensions after the usair strike on syria, russia takes a hard line, sending a warship to the mediterranean, voicing new support for the assad regime. manhunt. the search for a suspect who stole 16 high-powered guns and set an anti-government manifesto to the president. his movements captured on video. deadly truck attack. new information from sweden suggesting it could have been much worse as eyewitnesses describe the moments of terror. preparing for battle. our inside look at the simulated attack. how elite medical teams are saving for life-saving mission. and the guardian. the woman who found her calling looking after american children left behind after their undocumented parents were deported.
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"nbc nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news." good evening. reverberations on a strike on an syrian airfield are getting louder, not just in words but in action. russian and syria military jets resumed missions today. dashing hopes of a new friendlier relationship between vladimir putin and donald trump. all this just days before secretary of state rex tillerson heads to moscow for meetings with top officials. we begin tonight with richard engel in istanbul. >> reporter: russian state tv broadcasting from syria at the air base that is destroyed. footage shows some damage and defiantly fighter jets taxiying and taking off in broad daylight. local residents filming it on their
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cell phones. it's unclear if the aircraft were flown by syrian or russian pilots, but the message is clear the u.s. strike changed little. new images show the town hit by a chemical attack which the u.s. says was hit by that base it is a ghost town now, but there were more air strikes today. just so russia's point couldn't be missed, moscow is sending this war ship, the admiral, armed with its own cruise missiles to the mediterranean. the prime minister warned on facebook that washington and moscow were just on the verge of conflict. all of it is a sharp warning to president trump, don't attack russia's allies again. >> things that the russians are saying and the russians are doing is in many respects for their public's consumption. >> reporter: while the missile strikes were welcomed around the world, critics are increasingly asking if the trump administration has a thought out strategy. the current policy seems full of contradiction
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expressing concern for civilian suffering in syria. >> beautiful babies. >> reporter: while trying to ban all syrian refugees from entering the united states, bombing the syrian regime and bombing groups the regime is fighting attacking both sides in a civil war some might say is no policy at all. today the secretary of state tillerson who next week meets with vladimir putin spoke with his russian counterpart who insisted there was no chemical weapons attack in syria. so there is still a line of communications between the two sides. but they seem to be talking past each other. jose. >> thank you. president trump defended the syrian operation today and praised those who carried it out, but another fight was going on inside the white house. kelly o'donnell has more from florida. >> reporter: today as the president spent several hours at the trump golf resort near his palm beach home praise from his
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twitter account congratulations to our great military men and women from their role on the strike on syria. also today the president in traditional letter form wrote to congress with his official legal basis claiming his purpose, to degrade the syrian military's ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and his power by acting in the foreign policy interests of the united states reasoning that both conflicts and supports past campaign positions. >> on the one hand he's attacked the assad regime and he's following through the commitment to put more forces on the ground to rid syria of isis. >> reporter: international headlines from friendly nations, slashed approval, but inside the white house splintered power. among the president's senior team. chief strategist steve bannon has described trump's son-in-law
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jared kushner as west wing democrat detached from trump's conservative base. add to that, criticism aimed at chief of staff reince priebus after sources say the president peppered allies seeking to assign blame over the health care failure, rumors of a reshuffling, but tonight the power trio held a long meeting. it was described as a bury the hatchet setting. it has driven critical stories of the white house of who's up and who's down. the president was aware of this meeting and is pleased with the outcome. jose? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you. after the strike in syria some of president trump's most ardent supporters are asking what happened to one of the core principles, the
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cornerstone to his campaign and his administration. hallie jackson has that story. >> it is going to be america first. remember that. >> reporter: for president trump a two word world view. >> america first. america first, america first. >> reporter: clear on the campaign trail as he railed against intervention and then came his syrian strike and the near immediate backlash from his base. >> this is unbelievable. this is not what we voted for. >> reporter: that is a conspiracy theorist. making sure that the air strike seems like a betrayal. >> you are seeing a lot of disturbance in the force that really believed that donald trump represented a very very short break with the bush era foreign policy and the reality is that right now he's not. >> reporter: the editor of one right wing website tweeting i'm officially off the trump train. ann coulter writing those who wanted us meddling in middle east voted for other candidates and an editor questioned about signs of unrest
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responding unrest, i'm apapleptic. >> i know trump was america first, but sometimes that doesn't always work out. >> reporter: some supporters watchful. >> i do not think he should continue to do air strikes, but it was a good warning. >> reporter: as the administration faces questions about its foreign policy posture, the president's most nationalistic supporters aren't totally turning their backs. remember that editor who said he was off the trump train? he writes i have trump's back. in sweden hundreds of people gathered today at the site of that truck attack paying their respects to the four people killed. nbc kaoer kier simmons is there with new details on the attack and the suspect.
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>> reporter: debris outside the department store tonight, the truck removed, but many questions remain, could this have been far worse. police confirming the vehicle contained a device. >> i cannot at this stage say that this is a bomb or some sort of flammable material. >> reporter: under arrest, a 39-year-old, from uzbekistan known to authorities but regarded as a marginal character. the prime minister calling it terrorism saying the aim to undermine democracy. the truck hurdled along a pedestrian strike for five blocks before smashing into the department store five blocks ahead the swedish parliament building. four murdered, 15 injured. joshua witnessing the horror. >> you knew something was wrong. there was a terrorist attack. >> reporter: he escaped into a store and then seconds later the truck barrelling into innocent shoppers. >> i saw people were dying and the paramedics trying to revive them.
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>> reporter: he shows me the bag he had dropped to run feet from the truck's path. you were seconds away from being hit by that truck? >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: tonight ten of the injured are still in the hospital, including a child. two in intensive care. tonight, flowers, candles and more questions. were others involved and here a construction site in the truck's path. is that why it stopped over there? was the plan to keep going, kill more people, even reach the swedish parliament. jose? >> keir simmons, thank you very much. in this country there's a manhunt for a dangerous suspect who authorities say stole more than one dozen guns. and sent a manifesto to president trump. this is going on in wisconsin and nbc has the details. >> reporter: police say the man is heavily armed and dangerous and he could be anywhere. >> we don't know where he is. >> reporter: 150
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officers from local, state, and federal agencies are searching for the 32-year-old man suspected of stealing 16 guns in wisconsin. police say he made unspecified threats to several targets. including schools. >> we asked the public here and across the nation if they see him, report that information to law enforcement. >> reporter: schools were closed friday. today neighbors described a man who kept to himself. >> the guy is like a really decent, quiet guy. >> reporter: authorities say the man had a public message this week releasing this 15 minute cell phone video of him at a post office tuesday mailing a 161 page anti-government manifesto addressed to president trump. he's recorded by another man who never reveals his face. >> revolution, it's time for change. >> reporter: as he walks toward the mailbox, this warning. >> today is the day. so remember this face. >> game time.
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>> reporter: hours later police respond to a burglary at a gun shop. he is seen in these images. 30 minutes later a car burst into flames that's registered to him. >> this appears to be a man who has a message. all of these other actions that he's taken to this date may well just be the ground work to finally get people to listen to him. >> reporter: he has a history of misdemeanors and one felony conviction for trying to steal a gun from an officer. tonight, a city on edge as the manhunt intensifies. nbc news, new york. it has been a week of severe weather all around the country, including a tornado caught on a home security camera that blew into a house in illinois. it tore off the roof. reported wind speed 150 miles an hour. that area may get hit by more severe weather, but tonight the northwest is
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recovering from deadly weather. winds gusts up to 90 miles an hour left thousands without power. >> reporter: 90 mile an hour gusts near portland, oregon has left communities uprooted. >> it was almost like a video game. it was like one tree after another. get out of the way. >> reporter: not everyone could. a man was killed while out on a walk and another died when his boat capsized during the storm. in eugene, oregon four died in a small plane crash. going down during the gusty conditions. the wind storm called the worst in more than 20 years left thousands in the dark. earlier in oakland, california, heavy rainfall caused this mudslide, wet earth sliding into homes below. >> mud is coming through there into the bathroom and through the bedroom and into the hallway. >> reporter: as muddy waters run into back yards, neighbors are stunned. >> i don't know what to expect next.
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>> reporter: driving hail in sacramento, a foot of falling snow in the sierra mountains, this surge of wet weather ends a five-year drought in california. and while tough for some. >> there's going to be a lot of benefits with this additional rain and snow and it's likely to continue right over the next several weeks. >> reporter: the pacific northwest cleaning up while bracing for the next round. nbc news. still ahead tonight, training for war. we're with the medic who will be called on to save lives on the battlefield. he searches the fields for those who labor on his country farm and turns their lives into artistic visions. sad news tonight a
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u.s. soldier was killed in afghanistan. doctoring an operation against a branch of isis in that country. this latest loss underscores how u.s. forces remain in harm's way. in afghanistan and iraq and syria and the need for a group of soldiers who don't get much attention. elite military medics. a medical correspondent spent time at a nato training center for those who save lives. >> reporter: a scene straight from the battlefield, but these medics aren't in a war zone. we're in a state-of-the-art training center in belgium. nbc news was granted access to this medical training. >> give me your pit falls now. >> reporter: as an air force colonel, pilot and er doctor i served in iraq.
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i teach these soldiers to work as a medical team. smoke, gun fire, explosion, this is how with he train medics. >> they know how to react and they've been in that situation with the heart rate up. >> reporter: they know they can do it. >> they know they can do it and they have confidence in their skills. >> reporter: every second matters when you need to save the life of someone fighting at your side who doesn't even speak your language. >> there could be an injury on the little field by a danish soldier that's going to get treated by a german medic and that's the reality of the battlefield. >> reporter: these special forces are part of the nato elite team. deployed for some on of the most secret and dangerous missions. >> it's language body. we work with the eyes, the hands, so it's like we are one nation. >> reporter: these medics will return to their home countries
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to pass on that es vital skills to their fellow warriors working together as one to save lives. are these some of the medics that could be sent into syria. >> yes. they are part of the special forces elite teams. they would be the first ones on the ground there. when they go in, limited support, limited backup. they're carrying everything on their back. they treat their soldiers and they treat civilians. in a situation like this with the nerve agent, they would be treating those civilians as well. that's what they're trained for. that's why we do this. >> does that training and experience translate into civilian medicine? >> it does. there's lessons we have learned. tight wraps that you use on arms and legs to save lives to people don't bleed out. they've been using them for 15 years. they're now starting to get in the civilian world that is lessons we learned from the special forces. >> reporter: thank you. one woman's mission helping children, u.s. citizens, who might get caught up in the immigration backlash.
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with all the changes being discussed on immigration policy, the children of undocumented immigrants, millions who are u.s. citizens face an uncertain future. if the parents get deported the kids could end up in foster care or adopted by stranger. here is the story of one woman trying to help them. >> reporter: she heard a knock on her door 8 years ago she didn't know she would be opening the door on
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her new life's medication. >> two kids came asking for help. >> reporter: what started with two led to hundreds and finally more than 1,000 children all u.s. citizens with undocumented parents. what would happen to them if both parents are deported? >> they will become orphans. >> reporter: to avoid the children being put into foster care or up for adoption, these parents grant nora power of attorney over their kids. some come for a few days. others stay for months. >> she's a mother to me. she's my savior. >> reporter: like this 15-year-old boy whose parents were deported to india. >> she does everything for me. it's amazing how a woman i've never met in my life at first can give me so much love and welcome me so much as her own child. >> reporter: this 10-year-old girl knows what to do if she is separated from her mother. >> she told me to open the door and to call
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her and to come and pick me up. >> reporter: nora says those phone calls have become more common since president trump took office. >> i'm an american citizen and i'm an orphan. my father was deported. >> reporter: she has been giving these children a voice at meetings with local leaders in south florida and washington. >> this is so sad to be an american citizen and but an american citizen without rights. nobody's paying attention. >> reporter: an immigrant herself she takes no money from the parents saying they've already given her so much. >> they have given me a piece of their heart. >> reporter: in return she gives these parents what they want most, peace of mind. nbc news, miami. we'll be right back.
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finally tonight they are often forgotten, the men and women who work on farms tending the fields and picking the foods that wind up our tables. migrant workers play a role in our economy. here's harry smith. >> reporter: in a studio outside colorado it's impossible to tell what this artist is working on. he paints with an air brush. cattle grazing in a pasture, a familiar scene to his fans and collectors.
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he grew up on a farm on the high plains of eastern colorado. he's been drawing or painting since he was 4. >> we had this white enamel table. i would go in there and spend hours drawing on that table with a pencil. never once did my mother ever say, donald, don't draw on the table. >> reporter: painting where he comes from has been his life's work, but 20 years ago he changed his focus and he started painting giant portraits of workers. >> i was photographing cows. i turn around and see these migrants sitting on sacks. i thought that is beautiful. >> reporter: so began an odyssey. >> i photographed for about nine years going from texas to washington state to california to florida. >> reporter: all to find the faces that would end up on canvass, faces that give identity to the invisible people who labor day after day to put food on our tables. is some of this about bringing dignity to -- >> absolutely.
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to the workers. >> reporter: an exhibit of the series runs at the colorado springs fine arts center through the end of may. he swears his work is apolitical. he says the paintings should be viewed with an open mind. >> i want people to look at these paintings and appreciate them for the beauty that these people are and what they do. i'm afraid if people get into trying to make a political statement, it clouds the issue where they're not going to see them. >> reporter: don has spent almost a quarter of his 81 years on the migrant series. he cries sometimes when he speaks about them and why he cries, he says, he doesn't know exactly. harry smith, nbc news, colorado springs. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. tomorrow the remarkable discovery about cycling and how it could help those with a debilitating illness.
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thank you and good night. this latest round of severe weather disrupting lives in the east bay. how the weather triggered a dangerous domino effect in one neighborhood. the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening to you. >> oakland hills respects hit
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hard by this recent rain. a tree topeing down smashing into a house. two blocks away four homes red tagged after a mudslide. >> rick boone is near that damage. some people have to find a place to go tonight. >> reporter: that's what they are trying to figure out. they have been doing that since last night. now tonight. yeah, could be another week if not longer peggy and terry. as this is a big clean up for the residents who are really concerned that the worst is yet to dam. >> there are a lot of trees around here and there is a lot of water that's been coming down. we love the trees but this is scary. >> reporter: crews try to save a house after a tree fell on thornhill drive in oakland smashing a home with a family inside a block away. >> they were picking up everything. they were loading up a couple of cars. they had a little baby they were happy didn't get hit. >> reporter: the next door neighbor say it happened early

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