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air force base who dedicated their fly-by to all health care workers in sacramento today. thanks for watching. see you at 6:00. . breaking news tonight. the rising toll on children two more die in new york from coronavirus complications. the new fear that the disease may not spare the young. >> we're not so sure ha th that that is the fact anymore. >> what every parent needs know. the major reopenings today, all but a handful of states partly back in business and the crush of people trying to buy flowers for mother's day. the war of words between presidents the leaked audio from president obama on the handling of the coronavirus. >> it has been an
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absolute chaotic disaster >> how president trump is responding. face mask fury the battle over wearing one, heated arguments in stores and on streets now three people arrested for murder. the new video moments before ahmaud arbery was shot and killed as the mother speaks out and the man who helped create rock 'n roll, little richard has passed ♪ "tutti frutti" old rudy >> we remember the unforgettable icon >> this is nbc news. >> we begin with breaking news and a troubling development in the covid-19 crisis today we learn at malaysia three children have died from what doctors call a disturbing syndrome linked to coronavirus and marked by heart
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failure and high fever. and after months of speculation that kids might not get so sick from coronavirus, parents and health care workers are on high alert tonight we're covering this pandemic from every angle and begin with kathy park >> reporter: tonight, the mystery deepens as the death toll rises in new york among children diagnosed with complications from the coronavirus >> the illness has taken the lives of three young new yorkers. >> reporter: the state investigating 73 cases. >> one of the few rays of good news was young people weren't affected we're not so sure that that is the fact anymore. >> reporter: doctors are calling it pediatric multi-syst multi-system it is similar to kawasaki disease dr. jean newberger is
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with the american heart association young hearts council why do you think we're learning about these cases now? >> it's a later phenomenon than the initial covid infection and it does suggest that there is something about the immune system in some individuals that makes you susceptible to react to having had covid this way >> reporter: the growing health concern now reaching the cdc, as the agency partners with new york to learn more about the covid-related illness. >> and that's what's so scary about this. children are fine. not a problem. next thing, look what happens. >> reporter: now a parent's worst nightmare as the virus raises more questions. kathy park, nbc news, new york >> dr. john torres joins me now what should parents be watching for >> jose, the things they should look out for is prolonged fever for more than fee ive
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days blue color or lethargy >> now while alarming, this is a still relatively rare occurrence >> it is very alarming, jose, and parents should definitely be aware of the issue but at the same time realize it's still rare >> now to the economic toll of the covid crisis, and its staggering impact. unemployment is at a historic 14.7% and it's hitting communities of color particularly hard. for african-americans, that number is 16.7% no one is suffering more than the hispanic community. nearly one in five latinos is out of work these grim statistics make it easier to understand why some states are so eager to reopen seeing it as the only way to jump start
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their economy. steve patterson reports. >> reporter: tonight, after months of being told to stay inside, americans rushing to get outside and shop in california, a mother's day scramble sent a crush of customers flooding into a downtown flower market, foursing it to briefly shut town. across town, amy haas scrambled to get her flower shop open as part of california's limited reopening. >> the phone won't stop ringing we're getting orders in a little nervous that we will sell out >> reporter: not everyone is convinced. california's reopening may be too fast too soon >> i think it's a little premature, but i guess we have to dip our toe into the water. >> reporter: california was among the most confer testiconfertive states >> having the trail is nice for us. >> reporter: in texas, the state's
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stay-at-home order lapsed, allowing reopening for nearly all businesses, with lines out the door at barbershops and hair salons >> it's beyond just opening the business it's bringing back so much of what makes us tick our social life. >> reporter: in nevada, the state is cost more than $2 million a day. small businesses are coming back to life. by friday, most states will have partially reopened in the northeast, rhode island became the first state in the region to lift its stay-at-home order, but in new york with more than 300,000 cases, much of the state remains closed with a small sign of hope as workers begin dismantling the central park field hospital in washington state, protesters swarmed the capital. >>ur where hundreds of protesters urged the governor to end the stay-at-home order, the majority of the crowd not wearing masks, not social
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distancing and not worried about the spread of covid-19 >> reporter: and a sight for sore eyes. tennis played in florida while youth baseball returned to the diamond in missouri, a signal to some that while normal may be a ways off, it's no longer a fantasy. finally, a look toward the future >> i know this is not the ceremony you had in mind. >> reporter: this class of 2020 graduated online to the sights and sounds of a mostly empty and hopeful auditorium >> congratulations >> and steve joins us now from just-opened griffith park. that's an incredibly popular park are people there social distancing? >> reporter: based upon what we've just seen so far, most people are following the rules, wearing face masks doing their part to social distance. this is something that is being closely monitored. i can see park rangers in just about every direction and they are watching for violations, but so far so good. jose >> steve patterson in
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los angeles. thank you very much. for the first time, we are hearing president obama's view on his successor's handling of the coronavirus crisis it comes in a leak audio from a private call he calls the administration's response an absolute chaotic disaster kelly o'donnell reports. >> reporter: barack obama stepping out of private life, with a now very public critique of his successor's pandemic performance. it has been an absolute chaotic disaster >> reporter: that scorching assessment came during a friday night phone conference with about 3,000 members of the obama alumni association, to encourage them to get active helping joe biden's candidacy. in the recording obtained by yahoo news, obama described coronavirus response through a larger political lens >> being selfish, be being tribal, being divided, it's part of the reason why the
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response to this global crisis has ban so anemic and spotty >> reporter: tonight the white house responded. there has been bipartisan recognition of trump's leadership and the american people have taken notice for the trump team, the crisis is more personal two staff members tested positive for the virus. >> so she tested positive >> reporter: including katie miller, press secretary to the vice president. >> they're taking all of the necessary precautions. i understand mike has been tested. vice president, and he tested negative. >> reporter: stepped up precautions include deep cleaning of west wing workspaces. separate lecterns to keep the president at a social distance. and daily testing for all seniors. and after a military valet who assisted the president tested positive thursday the chief of staff says masks will sometimes be used. >> and, as it gets close to the president, some of those that serve him will wear a mask in those closer
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proximities. >> and kelly, there's a visible difference now among the secret service? >> reporter: jose, for the first time tonight since this crisis began, i witnessed members of the president's secret service detail in masks. that's a new thing and there were also members of the u.s. military and uniformed officers also wearing masks while they were posted inside and outside the cabinet room where the president held a national security meeting. those other principals in the immediameeting were not wearing masks and many other staffers on the ground were not as well as we look for signs of hope and healing in the fight against covid, one of the hardest-hit areas in the world is showing signs of progress we take you back to italy to a community finally bouncing back. >> reporter: this hospital was among the hardest hit in the world. we were given extensive access to the covid ward and saw big, encouraging signs
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of change. the doctor told me they had nearly 100 covid admissions a day a few weeks ago. many critical. how many are you getting now? >> one, two a day. so we went up to over 600 patients in the hospital at the same moment. and now we're down around 150 the scene at thewas hospital in march. packed witpatients on breathing machis. 75% of all hospital staff working now it's only covid wards are shrinkg and closing. why? in part, they've gotten smart dividing halays. onside infected. the other disinfected. a constant visual reminder of the contagn risk but mostly, the doct says it's the public's action >> with the good social isolation, we saved thousands and
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thousands of life. so i think that's the crucl issue. >> reporter: so the real work is done out there. >> absolutely. >> reporter: robto's be here two mohs i took my first step, he said, and i can't wait to go home and have a favite al, in a nearby city of bergamot, shops and cafes are reopeng, cautionly. the mayor hopes to have it all up and running in a month do you think things are getting better it will all be okay? >> the virus has not ti disappeared, but we have to restart. >> reporter: this region hit rock bottom and is now starting what it hopes will be a quick rebound. nbc anie nbc news, bergamot newly-published surveillance video before an unarmed man was gunned down in georgia, and an
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in-person interview with his mother. we're bringing you moments of unity during the coronavirus crisis like this one staff serenaded. ♪ and the home of the brave ♪
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. and we are back with late developments in the case of an unarmed man, gunned down in georgia. police are reviewing newly-surfaced surveillance video taken just before the shooting today the man's mother spoke face-to-face
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with our blain alexander, about her long wait for an arrest in the case >> reporter: tonight, newly public video in the case of ahmaud arbery, the georgia bureau of investigation confirmed it is reviewing this surveillance video showing a person walking up to a house, entering and leaving a short time later that person 3w4r50e6believed to be arbery, that statement from the family's attorney. writing this video is consistent with the evidence already known to us. arbery engaged in no illegal activity the gbi confirms that video was reviewed before the mcmichaels were arrested. it nationwide protest. he wat os out for a run, his family says, unarmed. they were pursuing him because they thought he was a burglary suspect. they say they shot in self-defense, that
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arbery began to attack arbery's mother has not watched that video made public this week. what was your resnack. >> i waited two weeks. >> reporter: his attorney, kevin goff was he with the mcmichaels >> he was trying to get his picture. >> reporter: he was trying to get a picture of mr. arbery? >> yeah. >> reporter: why >> because there had been a number of crimes in the neighborhood, and he didn't recognize him and a vehicle he did recognize was following him. >> reporter: fwagoff say his client has fully cooperated no arrest, until the gbi got involved this week now the state attorney general is looking into how the case was handled. two prosecutors rye accused themselves over conflict of interest tonight, on the streets of brunswick, a deafening roar in
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honor of arbery. >> i wish the world could have got a chance to know ahmaud, to really, truly love ahmaud we are back in a moment with those increasingly violent fights over who is and who isn't wearing a face mask. and these moments from new york. cheers from a veteran emt after his coronavirus battle
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and we are back with the fight over face masks and where and when you should be wearing one. it's an issue dividing a lot of people with some of those disagreements turning violent. >> don't touch me! that's the second time you've touched me. >> reporter: cell phone video taken by nick connelly at a giant eagle grocery store in pennsylvania. >> we live america. >> reporter: connelly to nbc news the confrontatn occurred as he trieto explain he has a doctor's te exempting him from wearing a mask due to panic attacks. do you feel when you go into a grocery store without a mask you're putting anyone else at risk >> that's hard to say. that's a really tough question for me to answer no me personally, if i were scared i would stay home. i'm just not scared. >> reporter: contacted by nbc news, the store responded in part, we are committed to safe guarding the health
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and well-being of our team members and guests while creating a safe and comfortable environment for everyone it's the latest in a froeg number of incidents across the country. in michigan, three people have been arrested for murder over a dispute about masks. >> this was extremely senseless. >> reporter: in miami beach, a publix customer went on a rant after being denied entrance for not wearing a mask in alabama, an off-duty officer was seen body slamming a woman at a walmart when she allegedly refused toear a mask but for today's business owners, requirg masks is a frght decion they have run this butcher shop for 30 years and recently made masks mandatory >> i can't tell you how some of the comments started to
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come in. we were called nazis, and it hurts many. >> reporter: they say it's to protect their employees. amy is immunocompromised. >> we're not political. we're not trying to be right. we're just trying to be right-minded. >> reporter: wearing a mask, an increasingly polarized decision, with very real consequences sarah harman, nbc news one half of siegfried & roy has died roy horn was magician and animal trainer he and siegfried had a long-running show in vegas until he was attacked by a tiger in 2003 he recently tested positive for coronavirus and died from complicatio of the disease. roy horn was 75 years old. still ahead, remembering a rock 'n roll trail blazer. how little richard influenced generations of superstars. ♪ ♪
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finally tonight, we're remembering a music legend rock 'n roll icon, little richard has died, leaving a legacy of fame, flamboyance and ground-breaking sound that influenced generations. ♪ >> reporter: little richard was like an atomic fireball. >> bop, bop, a loom. >> reporter: igniting
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everything in his path and with a string of hits beginning in the '50s, laid the foundations for whatnot only became rock 'n roll, but soul and funk and hip-hop as well. ♪ "long tall sally" wasn't only a big hit for him, a certain mop topped group from liverpool also used it the rolling stones used to be his opening act. >> he started with me. i was with keith richards last night, and i love you, mick, keep it up, baby, you know you got it, whoa! >> repter: the man to influenced so be white rock 'n rollers sometimes was a little touchy about it all. >> i ain't never received nothing you ain't never gave me a grammy. >> reporter: from dirt poor georgia roots as one of 12 children, everything about him became larger than life his voice. his pounding on the
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piano. his pom pa dor, his flamboyant outfits a and while he swerved in and out of rock 'n roll lifestyle he remained close to his religious roots sometimes struggling with his own sexuality. the bea nile rogers of chic added "the loss of a true giant." >> hello rock 'n roll is alive forever. love you >> reporter: richard penniman, little richard, was 87 years old and died of bone cancer ♪ ow >> reporter: another legend has left the stage, but his music will burn forever. kevin tibbles, nbc news
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>> a giant and that's nbc nightly news for this saturday i'm jose diaz balart thank you for the privilege of your time stay safe, please, stay safe. and goodnight. ♪ ♪ right now at 6:00, the tug-of-war between tesla and alameda county escalating. elon musk now suing the county and levels a big threat that could mean job losses for the bay area. but first it was a medical center rapidly set up to help hospitals facing a surge of
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patients. now exclusive video of what's happening there today and the hope it signals in the fight against coronavirus. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm terry mcsweeney. even as the field hospital in the south bay ends operations, cases continue to increase across the bay area. tonight there are more than 9,600 reported cases here. you can see alameda county with a significant increase of 60 new cases today. a temporary hospital that was set up to take on a crush of covid-19 patients is coming down. that after the expected surge of patients never happened. nbc bay area's roz plater is at the santa clara convention center with the positive story. >> reporter: well, local officials say they believe that's because the bay area helped flatten the curve, and now the convention center here can begin to get ready for normal operations. you'll remember it was back in march it was transformed into a federal medical station with 250 beds. the idea was to take the burden off local hospitals as


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