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on this friday night, high alert. 50 million people in the path of potentially very violent storms tonight, sharing the high risk of spawning tornados. stage fright. students performing at their high school and the stage collapses. >> baltimore on edge admitting errors involving a suspect who later died with the biggest protest expected in the streets. vatican terror plot. a terror ring is broken and reveal stunning plans to kill the pope himself. and the boy who can fly. the photos making spirits soar thro the country. nightly news begins
now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york. this is nbc nightly news. reporting tonight lester holt. good evening. as we begin here tonight, severe weather is breaking out in several states across the south. tornado watches and warnings are up from dallas to southeast louisiana, where a storm blew 18 wheelers on their side. all signs point to a dangerous night and weekend ahead for at least 13 states. we're entering what is anticipated to be a multi-day event of violent storms. will bring lightning, hail and as many as two dozen tornados. e are seeing a very volatile situation right now. we're watching strong storms approaching louisiana. in new orleans, 8,000 lightning
strikes in less than ten minutes. the areas in yellow tornado watches, in red, tornado warnings. kansas in fact hutchinson, kansas. we're looking at the risk of severe storms. 32 million people at risk. this danger continues into saturday and mos to the east. charlotte, atlanta, st. louis. 32 million folks at risk for severe storms large hashlgs damaging winds, torrential rain. th moves into sunday as well. again, the same area. oklahoma city dallas into san antonio. 16 million folks at risk. and we have flash flooding possibilities anywhere from three five inches from arkansas down into louisiana. is going to continue right into next week. so flooding and a lot of damage expected
this weekend. now to a terrifying scene on camera. dozens of students d on a stage, dancing and singin a school near indianapolis when the stag collapsed sending students ti to the pit below. >> reporter: it wasn't the big finish to the show of '80s music the students had planned. singing turned into screams as performers plunged 12 feet to the concrete floor of an empty orchestra pit when a temporary stage gave way in front of a packed auditorium. >> people were crying running up to the stage trying to help people out. >> reporter: 16 were treated for broken bones, the torn ligaments and possible concussions. pretty sure no one in a million years
thought this would ever happen. >> reporter: singer nicole griska had just stepped off before it collapsed. when you looked down w did you see? >> i don't remember frankly, because i immediately started crying. i remember hearing them screaming, which, and hearing people say help me which was, just terrible. >> reporter: musician omar santiago was the enthusiastic young man in the spotlight. >> it was instant. one moment i'm celebrating. next thing i know i'm in the hole. >> reporter: today federal, state and local officials are investigating, looking at the school's maintenance records. >> we all want the same answers. the community wants the answers. we want to make sure this never happens again here or anywhere. >> reporter: classes were held today but attendance was optional. >> we all hugged. it was good to see each other again. >> reporter: after a
night that few will soon forget. westfield, indiana. tonight, baltimore's mayor and community leaders are pleading for c e c prepares for what may be its most massive protest yet over the death of a man who suffered a serious injury while in police custody. and the commissioner is admitting to serious mistakes by his officer, including not providing timely medical treatment. >> reporter: today confirmation from baltimore police that freddie gray was arrested and placed into a police van, arresting officers failed to put a seat belt on him a violation of police policy. >> know he was not buckled in the transportation wagon he should have been. no excuses for that period. >> repor also police sai appeared to be talking and moving in the van until the third stop. among the questions, was gray given as what's known a rough ride jarring stops and starts that might have caused his fatal
injury. >> if someone harmed freddie gray we're going to have to prosecute them. so giving too much information on the front end may jeop that prosecution. >> repor demonstrators have answer. among the protesters entire families including 11-year-old david williams. >> i'm worrying about me dying. and i'm thinking of everybody in my neighborhood stressed out with crack. i don't want to die. >> reporter: now they are promising to ratchets up the pressure tomorrow. >> they want an end to the cycle of black men being shot down gunned down having their spines broken and backs broken. the people of baltimore are demanding this. >> reporter: but today, surrounded by civic and religious leaders, the mayor urged all protesters to remain peaceful. >> this community and this whole community is committed to seeking justice for mr. gray. so if you're going to come here come to help us not to hurt
us. >> reporter: baltimore are also asking for witnesses to come forward. by the way, five of the six officers have now voluntarily talked to investigators. one has not. and the baltimore sun reports that over the past decade two suspects have won court case against the city for being paralyzed while riding in those police vans. >> tom costello in baltimore, thank you. overseas a stark reminder of the growing terror threat that hangs over so many countries. today a series of raids in italy resulted in arrests in a terror network that had once plotted an attack on the vatican and the previous pope himself. richard engle has the details. r the target of terror reportedly pope ben dibts himself. a plot totarget the vatican by a major al
qaeda-linked cell. they were broken up and recorded on police video. 18 arrest warrants nine detained and nine still at large. the suspects are pakistanis and afghans. a key figure prosecutors say, this preacher arrested outside milan. it was a fund-raising cell for al qaeda in pakistan investigators say, in direct contact with osama bin laden's inner circle. italy has been following this group for years, recording their phone calls. that's how the 2010 plot against the pope was finally uncovered. >> this is a series of guys that were involved in a plot sometime back. >> reporter: italy these days is on edge. and it's not alone. since the paris terror attacks in january, there have been dozens of police raids across europe.
france germany, great britain and italy, with fears of terrorism, anger and anti-immigration se are growing. and now in italy there's more concern than ever with migrants arriving by the thousands every week on boats from libya. italian politicians warn that among them could be militants from isis which has repeatedly threatened to attack rome. the vatican is down-playing the threat saying there was no specific cause for alarm. and today, a cardinal sa the current pope francis is quote, calm and serene about his security. ew revelations tonight t the cia drone strike that mistakenly killed two whosages. one of them an american while president obama is reinforcing his faith in the nation's spy agencies just one day after apologizing for that botched operation. nbc chris jansing has more. >> reporter: p got a standing
ovation today from members of the intelligence community and a hug from james clapper. one day after revealing that a cia drone strike accidently killed warren weinstein. >> we all bleed when we lose an american life. we all grieve when any innocent life is taken. >> rep nbc news has confirmed that when u.s. drones struck an al qaeda compou to hit four terrorists but found six bodies. it would be weeks before they could confirm weinstein and an italian hostage had been there two. weinstein's widow thanks italian prime minister for his koncon condolen message a phone call from president obama. her congressman has called for the creation of a hostage czar to create efforts to coordinate for hostages. >> it's a government
bureaucracy. >> it's not an academic exercise. while the state department won't release ebs act numbers, at least six americans are believed to be held oversees including kaitlyn coleman who was pregnant when she was captured in afghan in 2012. in iran amir heck mattie and levinson. today the white house said it is considering something similar to a hostage czar but won't change its policy of not negotiating with terrorists. sos a t y is used in these situations and late today, sources told nbc news that's how they were able to get warm clothes to weinstein during captivity. a somber 100th anniversary marked what pope francis called the greatest genocide in the
century. observances in armenia, throughout europe the middle east and here at home where tens of thousands marched through a los angeles neighborhood known as little armenia to the turkish consulate, waving signs and flags to make sure the world never forgets. angelina jolie brought her star power to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis in syria. she did not mince words, accusing the u.n. of not doing enough to help the millions who have fled the country or been displaced. >> we cannot look at syria and the evil that has arisen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent. >> jolie is a special envoy. when asked about her briefing syria's ambassador is quoted as saying she's beautiful. there is an alert tonight about a
growing outbreak of bird flueing through the u.s. poultry industry. 7 million chickens and turkeys affected since march. and the government is scrambling to figure ouw to stop it. nbc's janet shamlien has our report. >> reporter: the most significant bird flu outbreak in 30 years. minnesota the latest to declare a state of emergency. tonight more protective measures, disineffecting ve and farms. this man has 300,000 chickens. some of them are sick. >> i know what a healthy bird looks like. and the looked a little bit sick. >> reporter: his farm now under quarantine. and a complete lockdown at sun rise farms in iowa one of the largest egg-producing plants in the nation. the entire flock will be lost almost 4 million hens. that's more than 1% of the egg-laying hens in the u.s. >> it's pretty serious right now with the number of cases we're seeing and that we're still continuing to
see on a daily basis. >> reporter: the highly contagious avian flu has spread to 16 states calling it the biggest outbreak ever. disease spread through th droppings offing my rating birds can be fatal within 48 hours. maryann runs blue star farms in texas. one of the many whose birds are now healthy. >> the avian flu is definitely something be concerned about. we do our absolute best. the the cdc says the risk in humans is low. mexico russia and more than 50 other countries refuse poultry from affected states. our food supply is safe. the fda says there's been no infected powell fry or eggsconsumers. a growing catastrophe no the heart the heartland.
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our final story tonight is about a father and his son. a little boy who's proving the sky's the limit to what he can do in life thanks to his dad. amazing photos of him flying have gone viral, inspiring so many people. and nbc's hallie jackson has their story. >> look right there. >> reporter: photographer alan lawrence takes hundreds of pictures of his kids. but one of them is not like the others. because of all the lawrence children only will flies. >> will has always wanted to fly, ever since he learned to roll over on his stomach. >> reporter: so one day dad made it happen sending the photos to friends and family. a change from when he was firstborn and alan didn't share any pictures. >> when the doctor told us he had down syndrome i didn't want people to see him and know that he had down syndrome. it took a wake up call from his
wife to see beyond the diagnosis. >> i said buddy, we will deal with what comes our way, but right now, he's healthy. he happy, he's beautifu r he's special, because whether he's eating breakfast, snack or on the fah his friends, will can fly, and he can dunk. >> mostly kids look at the pictures. they'll turn and look at me can he really fly? >> rep it's magic, mostly. >> i'm simply just holding him. and i go to photo shop and brush myself out. >> reporter: on alan's blog thousands of comments from other parents who appreciate this perspective. >> really trying to ill straight how he hasn't placed limits on our family. people with down syndrome have so much to offer t might be a harder journey for him, but he can do anything he wants to do. he can fly. >> reporter: and when will flies, he lifts all of us with him. hallie jackson, nbc