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good rainpy sunday at 11:00 a.m. >> see you at 6:00. bye-bye. tonight, nuclear fears. high alert as concerns mount that north korea is about to take another provocative action. the u.s. making moves off the coast as north korea lashes out. moment of impact, for the first time we seen images of the actual explosion of the massive bomb dropped on an isis target in afghanistan. what the pentagon says it hit. caught on camera as a second cell phone video emerges, a second police officer is fired. a man beaten by police during a traffic stop tells his story to nbc news. the price you pay to go to the doctor, an increasingly popular kind of primary care, how families are saving big and getting more time at their appointments. and make way for
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ducklings. kids learning a lesson in an annual life of in an annual life of spring. "nightly news" begins good evening to our viewers in the west. as we come on the air, it is already saturday morning in north korea. and the day of that country's most important holiday and that has american official the on edge tonight, braced for a poebl military show of force from kim jong-un. increasing signs north korea is coupled with series of strong statements from the white house and ping pyongyang and now a majtser worry of a dangerous show downin a volatile region that's home to hundreds of thousands of americans. we get the latest from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: kim jong-un on stage. applauded by thousands
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on the eve of an anniversary often used for provocative military action. the birthday of the regime's founder, his grandfather. he may mark the holiday with a missile test or worse his sixth nuclear test. accusing president trump of pushing the world toward nuclear war by tweeting tuesday, north korea was looking for trouble. all creating big risk says a former defense secretary and cia director. >> there is the potential when you challenge a country that has nuclear weapons and that has a very unpredictable leader. those kinds of threats could lead to a provocative act that could cause a miscalculation and send us into a nuclear war. >> reporter: intelligence officials focusing on this complex. they already have between 13 and 30 nuclear bombs. plus an arsenal of missiles.
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not yet able to reach the u.s. mainland but a dire threat to japan and south korea. and 78 tho,000 american troops in the region. president trump asked if the missile in afghanistan sends a message. >> i don't know if it sends a message or not. >> reporter: how two destroyers with missiles are off the coast of south korea and japan. the u.s. could try to disrupt a north korea launch with a cyber attack. the best option getting china to pressure north korea. as president trump is doing with china's president xi. china's foreign minister tonight warning the u.s. and north korea to stop provoking and threatening each other. >> the hope is, that china -- and there's some indication of this, is willing to take a tougher stand here. >> if there is a nuclear test, the likely u.s. response will be a tough
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statement, and perhaps a show of force. but if there were a missile launch aimed at the u.s. that would be different. the u.s. would take military action and try to shoot it down. >> thank you, andrea mitchell. as the world waits for the next move as well as america's response. as we reported from seoul last week, millions there live and work within range of the north's deadly arsenal. janis mackey frayer has more on on south korea. >> reporter: tonight south korea is on edge. the top story on local news. new fears a growing war of words could spiral out of control. making seoul with 10 million people, just 35 miles from the border, the target of a north korean attack the concern so high, japan is reportedly looking at ways to
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evacuate it's 60,000 citizens from south korea if war breaks out. the hope here tonight, that north korea will back away from any tests lowering tensions. >> if the ultimate priority is survival and basically it's trying to find some exit that will help them to save face. >> and in remote hills near the border. lee wages his own private war, launching balloons that carry leaflets into north korea, telling people there about life outside a country where there's no internet and nothing but state run television. it's made him a marked man. cameras and police protect him. >> why does the north korean regime see you as such a threat. >> what i'm doing is sending the truth he says. so they can rise up and topple the regime. >> lee escaped the north in 1991, after
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finding a leaflet and learning the u.s. did not start the korean war. over the past decade he's launched 1500 balloons. >> today's payload, 60,000 flyers and a radio. cheaper than a stealth bomber he says, and carrying a bit of him back home. here in seoul where it's saturday morning, streets still quiet on a holiday weekend. that's now overshadowed by new concerns that north korea could act at any time and without warning. lester? >> janis mackey frayer in seoul tonight, thank you. the white house is monitoring developments in the korean peninsula. our white house correspondent kristen welker is in washington. what's the latest from there? >> reporter: good evening, the trump administration is on heightened alert tonight. the president monitoring the situation in north korea from his resort in mar-a-lago where he will spend the easter weekend. today making some time for golf, but also getting updates from national security
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staffers traveling with him. the issue isn't preventing the vice president traveling to the region to the region starting tomorrow. his first stop will be seoul. the other big headline here tonight, white house officials announcing they won't immediately make public the names of people visiting the white house on official business. breaking with an obama era policy. it's a matter of national security, because they want to protect the identities of people who might have sensitive information. watchdog groups are slamming the decision saying it shows a lack of transparency. a senior official arguing national privacy concerns come first. and even the obama white house made exceptions. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. we're getting new details about the u.s. strike on isis in afghanistan, and the unpress dented battlefield use of that massive weapon dubbed the mother of all bombs. dozens of isis fighters were killed, afghan officials claim. we get incredible new
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video from the moment of impact. richard engel has that for us. >> reporter: new images tonight of the biggest nonnuclear bomb in the u.s. arsenal splashing down on an alleged isis strong hold. the blast from the 21,000 pound 30 foot long so-called mother of all bombs spread over a mile in a valley in eastern afghanistan. >> this was the right weapon against the right target. >> afghan officials say at least 36 isis fighters were killed by the blast. but cautioned exact tolls after so much destruction are difficult to know. some locals seem to welcome the strike against isis, but said it was terrifying for them. >> translator: my house was shaking after the blast described a witness. i saw a big flame, and everywhere was burning. so why was it launched? u.s. military officials say the goal was to collapse an isis tunnel complex and clear away a hidden network of
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boobytraps so u.s./afghan forces could destroy everything in their path. >> they now know they're not safe in their caves and tunnels. i think it had a pretty dramatic impact on their moral. >> reporter: last month, isis fighters disguised as doctors raided a hospital in kabul. some visitors climbing out windows to escape the slaughter. the u.s. military says its objective with this behemoth bomb is to rid afghanistan of isis this year. the longest war in u.s. history has proven bombs alone won't do that. there are more than 8,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan. the ground commander has asked for more. the national security adviser is heading over to make an assessment. it could be that the u.s. will be getting even more deeply involved in that war. lester? >> richard engel in london, thank you. a fugitive on the run has been captured after a massive manhunt launched following a manifesto sent to president
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trump threatening violence against the government. authorities say he was found with an arsenal. ron mott has details from wisconsin. >> reporter: the intense ten-day manhunt for joseph jakubowski came to an end this morning on a farm he raided last week. caught on a surveillance camera allegedly stealing 18 weapons. jeffrey gorn called in the tip last night. >> he had never said anything negative or anything that maybe would lead me to believe that he was going to do anything that would be bad. >> reporter: arrested without incident, officers uncovered four handguns, a long gun, boxes of ammunition, a helmet, vest, flammable liquids and a copy of the manifesto jakubowski mailed to the president. >> it was basically a tarp that he was living in. he looked dishelved. he appeared that he hadn't slept in some
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time. >> reporter: despite more than a dozen weapons still unaccounted for from the burglary -- his anti-government and anti-religious views had schools closing and one church shuttering its doors. at a local catholic church, music and relief were in the air for good friday services. >> going into one of the busiest days of the whole year, i was so worried for everyone out there who may be too afraid to come out to pray or worship. it's a big relief. >> reporter: jakubowski is expected to face multiple federal and state charges. he made a brief appearance in federal court today in madison, tonight he's expected to be housed here at the rock county jail and for the foreseeable future. lester? >> ron, thank you. there are harrowing new details tonight and new video involving a confrontation that forced the firing of
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two georgia police officers seen punching and kicking an unarmed man during a traffic stop. that man is speaking out about what happened to gabe gutierrez. >> he had his hands up when a gwinnett county police sergeant clocked him during a traffic stop. another officer then kicked him after he was handcuffed. >> how scared were you? >> scared. on a scale of one to ten? say 20. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview, the 21-year-old college student says he had a previous run-in with another sergeant last year. he reached in his car to get his video camera, but he never got the chance. >> i thought he was going to at least grab one of my arms and put me in handcuffs. i didn't realize he was going to punch me in the face. >> reporter: the two police officers have been fired and could face criminal charges.
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butch ayers says mcdonald owned up to his actions once the first video from a bystander surfaced. the second police officer did not. >> he felt the force was justified. >> reporter: the initial police reports said hollands was tasered and handcuffed after he refused to get out of the car. but the document made no mention of punching and kicking. >> admitting something that occurred in an official report in my opinion is lying. >> reporter: hollands and his family are still in shock. >> when you see that happens to your own child, it breaks my heart. late today, 89 cases the officers were working on were dismissed including the charges against hollands. gabe gutierrez, lawrenceville, georgia. a murder trial of aaron hernandez. he was found not guilty in a 2012 drive
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by shooting in boston. he once played for the new england patriots is already serving a life sentence for a separate murder in 2013. unlimited doctor visits. the growing trend in flat fee medical care. one family is saving $500 a month. what a united competitor is now willing to offer you to avoid the kind of overbooking fiasco seen around the world.
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we're back now with an increasingly popular way families are finding to get primary health care where patients pay a flat rate to see their doctor for basic services. and as a result get more access to the doctor and more appointments that last longer. nbc's kristen shows us how it works in tonight's keeping you healthy report. >> reporter: when jenna nelson takes her sons to the doctor, she doesn't worry about feeling rushed. >> he takes as much time as he needs, 30, 45 minutes, if needed. >> reporter: a big reason she opted for something called direct primary care instead of traditional insurance. it's a membership of sorts. unlimited visits with dr. david cunningham for a monthly flat fee. she can text or call any time, which can be often with a
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2-year-old prone to ear infections and a 4-year-old with asthma. what does it feel like when you have asthma? >> tight. >> reporter: the fee is typically between 25 and $85 a month, depending on your age for unlimited visits, routine lab tests and some plans even cover prescriptions. jenna's family saves $500 a month with direct primary care and a less expensive high-deductible plan for other medical expenses. dr. cunningham left a traditional practice. he sees fewer patients and makes less money, but says it's worth it to avoid insurance companies dictating how he treats patients. >> it feels great to be practicing medicine the way it's supposed to be. >> reporter: critics warn there is already a shortage of primary care doctors and direct primary care does not cover specialists or hospital stays. >> that leaves this whole mid range of health problems that really can't be addressed in even the best of primary care
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physicians. and we haven't quite reached the this remember hold for catastrophic insurance. >> reporter: for the nelsons, direct primary care is the answer to save money and have a doctor who is always in. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, mansfield, massachusetts. we're back in a moment with a high-tech feature from the post office to stop thieves from stealing your mail.
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tonight as united airlines continues to deal with fallout from the passenger's violent forceful removal from a flight to make room for its own employees to fly, delta is giving supervisors permission to offer passengers up to nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up their seats on overbooked flights. that's up from the previous maximum of about $1300. a new feature from the u.s. post office is taking the mystery out of your mailbox. a new service ruled out today called informed delivery will
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e-mail you a picture every day showing each piece of mail you can expect to be delivered. it's an effort to cut down on mail theft so you know if anything is missing. it's optional and it's free. caught on camera, fiery crash along a louisiana highway. a dashcam captured the massive explosion when police say an 18-wheeler carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel rear-ended a dump truck going at a slow rate of speed. the driver of the dump truck was killed, the tanker driver suffered moderate injuries. the cause is under investigation. when we come back, the quack pack. the phenomenon of nature that brings a smile to school kids every spring and i bet it will bring a smile to your face, too. next at 6: it could be the new
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gold rush. ===garvin/vo=== the surging industry that's hiring more people in california than in any other state. ===jess/vo=== plus ... a sad loss for a bay area zoo. but why the animal ambassador will be remembered for years to come. ===jess/next close=== next at 6. finally tonight, a springtime tradition. every year some special visitors hold a parade through the halls in an elementary school in oregon. and the kids come flocking to see them waddle by. a right of spring and
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in this case, a right of passage, too. nbc's katy beck has the story. >> reporter: spring is born at prairie mountain school when the ducklings hatch. this year, 13 came to the campus courtyard. ♪ for more than a decade, the school has served as a safe nesting spot and given students a lesson to nuture nature. >> i think they understand it's their job to protect these baby ducklings that are hatched here at our school. >> reporter: custodian mark payne doubles as the duck keeper, guiding them outside to the nearby wetlands to find water and freedom. >> tugs at your heart and very endearing and actually, it's one of the highlights of my year. >> reporter: too small to fly but time to leave the nest in the interior yard, so a send off. >> okay, line up for me. >> reporter: appropriately from the next smallest flock in the building. the kindergarten class.
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how excited are you about today? >> very excited. >> reporter: jasper can hardly wait to get a close up look. >> well, i don't see them right now. i can't see them because they are camouflaged in the grass. >> reporter: not a peep while the kids wait, but they can hear what's coming. wonderment sweeps the hall as the ducks all in a row march behind mom to their new permanent home. >> it's just a good message, be excellent to each other as we are to these ducklings. >> reporter: and hidden in the hedge, a surprise, 11 more eggs. lucky for them, spring is about to come a second time. katy beck, nbc news, eugene, oregon. >> kids and animals, a whole lot of cute there. that's going to do it for us on this good friday. i'm lester holt will. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. and good night. ize.
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roun at 6:00 a deadly high-speed crash that takes the life of two women on their way home from a church service. tonight we hear from parishioners who attend the church where they worshipped in the south bay. the news at 6:00 starts roun. thank you so much for joining us. garvin thomas in for raj mathai. >> jessica aguirre. a devastatesing accident on 101 near the great america parkway police say the two women in the car, hit died instantly nbc bay area tom jensen is outside our lady of peace in santa clara that has to be a huge loss for
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people there. >> reporter: it is. it's holy week. the holy thursday mass about 11:00 last night they left here at the churn. and chp says minutes later as they were going up the road here toward 101 they got on to the i-- the on ramp there at the great american parkway and highway 101 about 11:30 when it was reported to them. they say the two women both from san jose riding in the back seat of a car when it was hit when the suspects car flu off of 101 into the on ramp parrishers observing the stations of the cross very upset. others heard a sermon preaching forgiveness dedicated to the two victims. 92-year-old angela. . her daughter. >> for people like me, that was the first time we heard about this, which was very shocking, quite


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