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♪ on this sunday night, breaking news. the fbi director asks the justice department to publicly reject president trump's claim that barack obama ordered the tapping of his phones before the election. while trump asks congress to investigate his claim. conduct unbecoming. the marine corps rocked by allegations that some of its members shared graphic photos of dozens of female service members on a social media site. paying the price. parents billed for the time their kids spend in juvenile detention. the policy in dozens of states and counties, but some say it no longer achieves what it set out to do. and high notes. how a school music program is helping these kids find the keys to success in ways thato
beyond the orchestra. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. the day began with the white house demanding a congressional investigation into president trump's explosive claims that his predecessor tapped his phones during the presidential campaign. now a senior u.s. official tells nbc news that the fbi director has asked the department of justice this weekend to publicly reject the president's claims. it is the latest stunning development the nation's fbi director taking on the president he serves. we begin tonight with kasie hunt, who's been following the story all weekend. >> reporter: president trump today demanding congress investigate his explosive claim of wiretapping during the presidential campaign. a day after he tweeted, without offering any evidence, that president obama tapped the phonet
>> all we're seeing is, let's take a closer look. let's look into this. if this happened, if this is accurate, this is the biggest overreach in -- >> you're not saying -- >> reporter: this weekend, fbi director james comey asked the justice department to publicly reject the claim that president obama ordered the wiretaps. a senior official confirms to nbc news. "the new york times" first reported the request. former director of national intelligence, james clapper, also denied any intelligence community wiretaps. >> i can deny it. >> there is n fisa court order? >> not to my knowledge. >> of anything at trump tower? >> no. >> reporter: after a tough week at the white house, with tense meetings in the oefl office, democrats arguing it's all a diversion. >> i think this is just a distraction to distract from this very, very serious interference by a foreign power, our democracy. >> reporter: diversion or not, experts say the president's unsubstantiated claims could do lasting ge
accusations that don't have any basis in reality, the more we will be at risk of not having a president who can speak authoritatively when the time comes. >> reporter: for now, the senate intelligence committee investigation into russian meddling in the u.s. election continues. >> i'm not going to be part of a witch hunt, but i'm also not going to be part of a cover-up. >> reporter: the probe entering a new phase. mark warner saying he's going to look at intelligence at headquarters. chuck schumer says that might not be good enough. >> the real point is we need a special prosecutor to investigate what went on in the trump campaign transition and presidency. >> reporter: for a president in just his second month in office, a troubling controversy that's not going away. >> in the end, it's going to be the truth. that will determine what's involved here. and not tweets, but the truth. >> reporter: coming up this week, attorney
set to clarify his testimony to the judiciary committee and answer questions in writing from members of congress about those misleading comments he made about his meetings with the russian ambassador. kate? >> kasie hunt down in florida tonight. thank you. the u.s. marine corps is dealing with a scandal tonight involving nude photographs of female service members that were allegedly shared among military personnel and veterans on a social media site. we get the latest on that from our pentagon correspondent hans nichols. >> reporter: tonight word that the defense department is investigating potentially hundreds of marines for algedly circumstance laying naked pictures of their fellow female service members and veterans on social media. the condemnation from the marines, swift and unambiguous. there's no place for this type of demeaning or degrading behavior in our corps, this includes our actions online. lawmakers are already demanding an investigation. >> i was infuriated. it's disgraceful. to treat fellow marines, to treat fellow service
are literally to do anything to protect this country, even die for this country, with such disrespect and such disregard. their mothers would be fuming right now. >> reporter: the pictures of more than two dozen women servicing after the first females were assigned to a marine infantry in camp lejeune. they were allegedly identified by their full name, rank, duty station on a private facebook page called marines united. the photos and more than 2500 comments were uncovered by the war horse, run by thomas brennan, he himself a marine investigation. according to the article published by centers for investigative reporting, now deleted google drive, there were photos in various stages of undress. appear to have originated from the consensual but private, exchange of racy photographs. others he says were taken without consent. brennan contacted the marines with his findings in late january and one day
facebook and google were deleted. a formal inquiry by the naval criminal investigative services is under way, but others say the problem will require a two-pronged approach. >> you need both top-down guidelines and enlighten small unit leadership to create the kind of environment in which this kind of reprehensible behavior cannot occur. >> reporter: a marine who took some of the offending photographs secretly is no long other active duty, but investigators may have a challenge in determining just how many of the estimated 30,000 followers of the marine united facebook group participated in the de grading behavior. kate? >> hans nichols, thank you. the shooting of an indian-american man in washington state on friday night is being investigated as a possible hate crime and is bringing new attention to a surge in such crimes in this country. the man survived but the suspect is still on the run. we get the latest from nbc morgan radford. >> reporter: tonight a
[000:06:58;00] an emotional show of solidarity after police say a 39-year-old sikh man was working on his car in his driveway when a masked man approached him in his seattle suburb. >> this guy yelled at him to leave the country and he just got his gun out and shot at him. >> reporter: the victim is expected to recover. the suspect still on the run. >> the had a black mask on his face. we're not sure where he is yet. >> reporter: police are investigating this as a hate crime and have asked the fbi to get involved. >> it appears that under the circumstances was the victim of a crime because of his appearance, his ethnicity, his race, and, therefore, that would make it a hate crime. >> do you think the sikh community is being targeted? >> i think the sikh community is definitely bearing the brunt of some of this hate backlash. >> reporter: this comes less than two
weeks after a similar attack. >> i've got two down the chest. >> reporter: one indian man was shot, another wounded at a bar in can. when witnesses say suspected shooter adam yelled, get out of my country. >> this is about being perceived as other. this is about society, whether or not we're realizing it, giving permission to people to act out their hate. >> reporter: sikh groups around the country now praying for safety. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. overseas a desperate situation growing worse by the day in several countries in east africa and in yemen. millions of people are facing the threat of fa minimum, which has already been declared in some areas. all of them are dealing with the potentially deadly combination of drought and conflict. we get more tonight from nbc's matt bradley. >> reporter: a new face of death in the horn of africa. a region shattered by war, now aching with hunger. >> we don't have
enough food. are in the war. and we have many, many two weeks ago the u.n. declared famine in south sudan, the first designation in six years. in somalia the government said 110 people have died of hunger in the past two days. the u.n. warning nearby yemen teeters on the edge of famine. a lethal hunger looms over kenya, northern nigeria. u.n. figures say 1.4 million children in the region are at risk from dying of starvation. in south sudan, where nearly half of the country faces famine, hunger is wields as a weapon of war. >> it is man-made because it's not due to natural disaster. it's due to fighting. >> reporter: last month the u.n. accused fighters of blocking supplies. aid workers have been attacked and the south sudanese government just raised the cost of visas to foreign aid workers to $10,000. the rainy season
begins in a month. instead of bringing relief, it will make the most remote parks even less inaccessible life-saving aid. matt bradley, nbc news. breaking news today. a south korean military official tells nbc news that north korea has fired a projectile that landed in the waters off of north korea's east coast. it was not immediately clear what was fired but north korea has staged a series of missile test launches in recent months. back in this country, one big city says it will stop a practice that's coming under growing scrutiny, sending a bill to parents for kids that -- for time their kids spend in juvenile detention. dozens of state and county governments have permitted these charges for decades. the billing policies were meant to keep parents invested in rehabilitating their troubled kids and offset the cost of
housing them. >> reporter: when ca home after nine months in juvenile detention for a fist fight at school, she thought the worst was behind her. then a shock. a summons like this one to appear in court, where she was told she was being billed for his detention. >> you took him from the home and now i have to pay for it. it's just more trauma. >> reporter: the bill, $12,000, according to camilla, who was making just a few dollars over minimum wage. now her paychecks are garnished every week. do you feel your other kids are paying a price for this? >> i definitely do. everybody is suffering. the whole household is suffering for it. >> reporter: camilla is not alone. an investigation by the marshall project, a nonprofit news site, found 19 state juvenile justice agencies charge parents for their children's incarceration. 28 other states allow it at a county level. >> it's happening in counties and towns and cities all oefrt country. >> i think it pushes people into poverty and kicks people while they're down.
>> reporter: lawyers investigated the issue for a year and found collecting from overwhelmingly poor parents had little practical benefit. does this even make financial sense? >> no. i mean, here in philadelphia it barely covers the cost of administration. >> reporter: in philly, those costs include up to $316,000 a year for the lawyer who collects from parents. more than the mayor's salary. >> they are breaking up the family and then we are asking the parents to pay for it with no concern for how it impacts the family. quite frankly, the likelihood that that child will end up back in the system again. >> reporter: after i year of pressure from the law students and shortly after the marshall project's report, they made a surprise announcement at a hearing on friday, it will stop billing parents. cynthia is the commissioner of philadelphia's department of human services. >> we'd love to see other cities follow our lead. >> reporter: what should other cities and states learn from what happened here? >> stop doing this. you can't tear them down and expect them
to be good and productive citizens, them. treat your citizens better. >> how did these policies get started in the first place? what was the logic? >>? a lot of places this is known as child sport. that w that was true in philadelphia, to increase responsible parenting, recoup some cost. it shows you're not getting revenue and far from increasing responsible parenting. it may be forcing kids back into the system. still ahead, a world famous artist opens a hotel featuring what he calls the worst view in the world. we'll explain.
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she excused herself and shut the >> she did heroin in my bathroom. >> reporter: right here? >> yeah. i'm the one that found her. >> reporter: his loss, sadly, is growing more common, especially in ohio, where new cdc reports shows an average of nine people died from a drug overdose every day in 2015. a number they know all too well. five days before christmas, roger and his son, roger t., would suffer another loss. gene was just 37 when he died also from a heroin overdose. >> my brother was my best friend. and between him and -- all the stuff my sister hit and my brother at the same time, and it's like being punched in the gut by a heavyweight boxer. knowing i was still addicted and still wanted to get high
made me sick to my stomach. right. roger t. is addicted to heroin, too. how difficult is day-to-day life as an addict? >> i don't know. i can't put it into words. >> reporter: his brother's and sister's deaths have motivated him to allow his fer to drive him to outpatient rehab. doses ease his craving, counseling tries to ease his pain. >> i look forward to the future for the first time in a long time. >> reporter: they're now on the road to recovery together. >> i pray that you're my success story. >> reporter: for so many families like theirs, the stakes could not be higher as heroin hits home.
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of 40 students at portland's george middle school, playing [000:26:58;00] orchestra. >> more basses. >> reporter: it's a nonprofit program serving more than 100 students and city's poorest schools where music education didn't exist. >> your turn. >> our goal is to create social change through music, so music is the tool. ♪ >> reporter: the budding musicians practice together at least two hours after school five days a week. ♪ >> reporter: building to at least 20 public performances a year. >> it somewhat has given us an identity here in north portland. >> reporter: and it's raising the bar at school. district officials say across the board reading and math test scores are higher for bravo students. last year of the nearly 40 suspicions in schools with the bravo program, only one of them was an orchestra participant. >> why does music help you? >> because sometimes it relaxes me and sometimes it helps me
in math. i'm learning more stuff than just school. >> seeing those k end come out and persevere is amazing. >> reporter: for luis, it's a source of pride. >> i got the end, i'm still shaking, but at the same time, i accomplished something for my family, like, to let everybody know that, like, this is who i am. >> reporter: music with a purpose, showing young minds that anything is possible, no matter what note you start on. steve patterson, nbc news, portland. bravo. that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be in tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from new york. i'll see you tomorrow and all weekend on
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