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on this saturday night, a day of protest, violence breaks out as supporters clash in california as tens of thousands around the country call on the president to release his tax returns. show of force, north korea parades its military might including what may be a new long range ballistic missile. the leadership talks of a war situation as vice president mike pence heads to the region. executions blocked, the battle in arkansas over carrying out a wave of executions and why the state's plan is so controversial. the tech team, at this high school they're not just part of the computer club, these kids do all the repairs as well. learning lessons that go beyond the machines.
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and in their honor, a teenager's unusual tribute easing the pain for families of fallen police officers. nightly news begins now. good evening. we start with north korea tonight where an anxious world waited to see how kim jong-un would celebrate the birth of the country's founder. would their annual parade be the normal showcase of military hardware, or would they launch another missile or perhaps conduct their sixth nuclear test. late word tonight, south korea's news agency is reporting that the north did attempt to fire a missile tonight from the east coast, but it appears to have failed. today we looked at some never before seen weaponry the experts warn the nation could
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do something that triggers a military response. from seoul, south korea tonight. >> reporter: a showcase of north korea's capabilities, including its first submarine launched ballistic missile and this, what experts believe is a prototype of a new int intercontinental ballistic missile designed to potentially reach the united states. north korea's leader, kim jong-un, center stage for the display of military might that came with a public message. the second in command warning the u.s., we will respond to all-out war with all-out war. state television calling president trump the threat with his so-called messages to north korea. >> treat us as a nuclear weapon state. >> reporter: for weeks concern has mounted that kim jong-un was preparing a sixth nuclear test or a missile launch. >> north korea's a
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problem. the problem will be taken care of. i will say this, i think china has really been working very hard. >> reporter: china has urged both sides to back down cautioning it could spiral out of control with u.s. war ships on the way and seoul within striking distance of north korean missiles, one mistake could trigger disaster and u.s. officials say north korea has issued a notice to mariners off the coast of the sea of japan to be on alert. today they celebrated the birth of kim jong-un's grandfather, the most important say day of the year. there's a risk that the regime could carry out a missile test with another anniversary in ten days and a presidential election here in south korea next month. >> thank you. the white house continues to focus on the north korea situation this holiday weekend after days of
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rising tension and behind the scenes diplomacy. vice president mike pence is heading to the region tonight. nbc is traveling with the president and reports from west palm beach. >> reporter: with a wave from air force two, today the vice president and mrs. pence left for seoul, south korea. mike pence's visit to four countries planned for two months taking on new urgency. pence will visit troops both american and south korean who could become a target for north korea's aggression. but with no nuclear test, no reaction from the white house today. as the president spends the holiday weekend in palm beach. experts say president trump had already delivered his message by bombing syria's airfield after the chemical attack earlier this month. >> president trump's trump's missile strikes on syria changed the equation which meant that china probably decided to reign in north korea. >> reporter: president
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trump, who hosted president xi in palm beach may have induced china's help by exerting economic pressure. >> i said the way you're going to make a good trade deal is help us with north korea otherwise we're going to go it alone. >> reporter: although china remains north korea's closest partner, it also wants a relationship with the u.s. >> china has a lot of reasons to corporate with president trump right now. its economy is not nearly as strong as people think. that means that beijing does not want a trade war with the united states. >> reporter: with that latest estimate that north korea may have attempted, but failed, to do a test, still no word from the white house. with the vice president in asia aids say face to face diplomacy will show the seriousness about dealing with north korea. >> thank you. on what's typically tax day in this country, tens of thousands took to the streets to protest and
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call on president trump to release his tax returns. organizers say more than 180 events were planned in all but two states. for the most part they were peaceful, but brawls broke out in california. clashes, sometimes violent, led to more than a dozen arrests. nbc is covering it all. >> reporter: what was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned violent in berkeley, california. clashes between hundreds of anti pro-trump supporters spilling into the streets and reports of people tossing fire wo fireworks into the crowd and flags being burned. today was billed as a peaceful rally that ended in injuries and 14 people arrested. more protests from coast-to-coast. these demanding president trump release his taxes, something he said he
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would do when his irs audit is complete, but in late january a senior white house official said otherwise. >> he's not going to release his tax returns. we litigated this all through the election. people didn't care. they voted for him. >> reporter: that idea that people didn't care is what sparked this national response. >> i want donald trump to show his taxes so we know where he has interests. >> reporter: from the nation's capital to chicago and atlanta, the message about transparency was clear. some protesters taking their case directly to the commander in chief marching across the water from mar-a-lago. >> i think somebody has to start to hold this man accountable. >> reporter: the irs requires that the tax returns of the president and vice president be audited every year. the president says he'll release his when he's no longer in audit which may not happen. the scheduled execution of eight death row inmates in
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arkansas starting next week is on hold tonight. the latest move in an unprecedented plan to execute the men. the urgency related to the drugs that would be used to put them into death. nbc has more tonight. >> reporter: this morning a federal judge halted all executions in arkansas, a last minute and temporary reprieve for eight death row inmates. six executions were scheduled to begin monday and be completed by the end of the month before one of the three key drugs used in lethal injections expires. today's order was issued after lawyers for the condemned inmates all convicted of murder raised concerns that another one of the three drugs could cause severe pain. >> we are moving forward as planned. >> reporter: the arkansas attorney general is filing an emergency appeal to overturn the decision and allow the series of six executions to begin. >> the sentences will be carried out and the families of the victims will be given
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closure. >> reporter: it's been a busy week for activists at the state capitol, including the state judge seen on a cot portraying a death row inmate. this man spent 18 years on a death row in arkansas. dna evidence exonerated him in 2011. >> i still have nightmares about this place. >> reporter: family members want no more delays. >> i've been promised this 25 years. >> reporter: the arkansas governor plans to meet with officials monday to determine the next steps. >> this has been a 25 year nightmare for the victims that have had to deal with this and now it's time for that justice to be carried out. >> reporter: a pause in what would be the state's first executions in more than 12 years. nbc news, atlanta. in syria today at least 100 people were reported killed in a suicide car bombing that targeted buses carrying people
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evacuating government held towns. the dead included children, government supporters and opposition fighters. the evacuations were part of a controversial population transfer program to move people from villages under siege by rebels. here in new york penn station is back to normal after some terrifying moments during last night's rush hour. a stampede of commuters ran for their lives. they thought they had gun shots. it turned out to be a tazer. 16 people were hurt. president trump has tried to block people from syria and five other mostly muslim countries from entering the united states and the president is hardly alone. there are efforts to limit the flow of refugees into europe as well. anti-refugee sentiment is a powerful political force. >> reporter: two years ago the world watched
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as a wave of men, women and children washed across the boarder. the majority fleeing war and terrorism. today hardly any can be seen, but the politics of migration persist. the mayor of the small village on the boarder tells refugees they are not welcome. >> translator: it is a bad idea. >> reporter: he has banned head scarves and mosques. the high court overturned those rules this week. he's boasted on social media of his exploits. his tough attitude appeals to this woman. i really like him. i can letmy sons go into the streets because i know it's safe here. it's a sentiment echoed nationwide. >> i think that the village, i think it's problematic, but i think it's a symptom of something much bigger, which is the
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government itself. >> reporter: since the refugee crisis the country has moved to the right. those who work with the few refugees who remain say such measures are political. >> our prime minister has been talking about nothing but migration. >> reporter: it's worked for this man who is a leader in the powerful far right party, but his own party distances itself from his more extreme ideas. just not from his popularity. >> we are in a difficult situation because he is not only vice president, he's mayor of his city and in capacity of his mayor he's autonomous. >> reporter: that's bad news for refugees like this man stuck trying to cross the boarder for eight months. >> translator: it's not clear what's going to happen. >> reporter: if to politicians get their way, he may wait a lot
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some immigration lawyers says that a federal law that helps people to register to vote encourages illegal voting. pete williams tonight on one woman who got caught up in this. >> reporter: this woman came to the u.s. from peru in 2001 seeking a better life for herself and her daughters. >> i decided to live by hope. >> reporter: but a visit to an illinois motor vehicle office in 2005 to get a driver's license changed her life. she presented her passport and her green card and on a form declined to register to vote. despite those obvious signs she was not a u.s. citizen, the license clerk asked if she wanted to register to vote under the federal motor voter law. >> i was confused. i asked am i supposed to and he said, well, it is up to you. >> reporter: she marked yes next to u.s. citizen and says she thought that was the closest thing to
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her status, legal permanent resident. she got her registration card and voted in two elections. later when interviewed for her citizenship application, she told the immigration officer she voted and said she was shocked to learn that was illegal. she cancelled her registration, but two months later the government began efforts to deport her. her lawyer says people like her come to him for help every week. >> they have fallen into a trap where they're registering or getting voter cards without knowing they're not eligible. >> reporter: federal law says driver's license clerks cannot discourage anyone from registering. >> the system in its effort to be as inclusive as possible is asking folks that aren't u.s. citizens. >> reporter: a federal judge reviewing her case seemed to dpragree on that point. >> why was she asked the question? she's not a citizen. >> the clerk is doing what they do to every person that comes in. >> i think that's a
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in many ways it's a high school of the future with the latest technology. the school in north dakota found a way to save money in how it takes care of the new equipment. blake mccoy tells us the approach teaches kids real life lessons beyond what they do with computers. >> reporter: when it came time to build the new high school, this came with the bells and whistles. each student given their own laptop. the only problem, no i.t. department to fix it all. >> even for staff there's no i.t. department to turn to. >> we have an i.t. department, but it's the kids. everybody uses them. >> the first few times you're nervous and then you learn what's going on. >> reporter: jacob
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heads the tech club. he and 37 students volunteer to fix the school's technology. >> the projector stops off, stops working, the teacher says can you fix this. >> reporter: in a lot of ways this is the students teaching the teachers. >> you teach me english, i'll teach you how to fix your computer. >> reporter: the club is constantly evolving based on student interests. its advisers says the skills learned aren't just high tech, but real life. >> how to trouble a shoot an issue from start to finish. that growth mindset is really important in the kids. >> reporter: jacob had planned on going into diesel mechanics after high school. his new career plan? computer science. >> life is bigger than fixing computers. it gets people -- i think it really does help build a sense of community. >> reporter: before he graduates he's passing on his knowledge to the younger kids in tech club. >> it gives a lot of
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students a place where they feel important. >> reporter: a 21st century school with 21st century students to keep it running. blake mccoy, north dakota. the woman believed to be the oldest person in the world died today in northern italy. the woman was 117. she's thought to be the last person born in the 1800s. how did she live so long you ask? she attributed her longevity to good genes and a diet that included three eggs a day. she lived in three centuries, two world wars and more than 90 italian governments. this was a day that millions around the world were waiting for, the birth of a baby giraffe at a zoo in upstate new york. the anticipation had gone on for weeks. the mother april was seen in a live stream put out by the zoo that drew up to 5 million viewers every day. within an hour of its
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birth the newborn was on its feet and it's a boy. mom and baby appear to be doing well. when we come back, a teenager finds her calling making a big
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finally tonight, a florida high school student is on a mission to bring comfort to the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. she's doing it by making them teddy bears in a way they'll never forget.
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>> reporter: she eyes each scene plotting the story in every stitch. >> they come out looking different. >> reporter: you might say strange afterschool activity for a ninth grader. the 14-year-old will tell you it's no hobby. meagan is on a mission. >> i know i can help them and that's what keeps me going. >> reporter: the daughter of a florida police sergeant knows too well about the danger that comes with the job. >> what they do every day is they go out and put their lives on the line. their family, friends, everything. i definitely try to reflect that in what i do. >> reporter: what she does is this, from start to finish creating hand made teddy bears from the uniforms of fallen police officers. she calls them blue line bears, a way to salute lives lost in the line of duty and comfort grieving families. >> when they hold this bear, i hope they remember the smaller things and the different things that made that person's life so influential.
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>> reporter: so far she's made 25 bears for 17 families with the help of community donations. this month a special delivery. >> thank you. . these are beautiful. >> this is one of daddy's shirts. yes. >> reporter: megan's family flying to new york city to deliver the bears to the families of three fall fallen nypd officers. >> that's his badge number. >> yes. >> reporter: 9/11 first responder, a detective and a sergeant who left behind two young children. >> heart breaking, but heart warming at the same time. i know this is something the boys will cherish forever. >> reporter: giving back that familiar feeling arms around the bears of the badge. steve patterson, nbc news, new york. that's nightly news for this saturday. tomorrow, the story of a young athlete and
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how his remarkable drive helped him overcome the odds. from all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching. good night. here you are. right now -- chaos in berkeley -- as groups in support and against president donald trump -- clash violently. show open ==terry cu== the news starts now. good evening, i'm terry mcsweeney -- peggy is off today. we're on at special time due to i'm terry. peggy is off today. we're on at a special time because of nfl hockey.
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there was a familiar seen in berkley this afternoon as opposing sides clashed. nbc sky ranger over the scene as groups formed against donald trump sounded off a war of wars. punches were thrown and arrests were made. we got team coverage of the rallies today in berkley. let's begin with nbc christie smith in berkley. >> reporter: terry, right now some demonstrators are in downtown berkley. early on they gathered at civic center. we saw things on free speech and escalated to punches and pepper spray. >> woo! >> reporter: fireworks through the crowd in berkley as supporters of president trump and anti-trump protesters clashed. a loud argument met with spray to the face. >> unfortunate that some members from our side, from the left are violent. >> reporter: trump supporter fr


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