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sunday. >> okay. thanks, jeff. >> thanks for joining us. "nightly news" is next. tonight's stunning reversal. house republicans retreat after voting in secret to gut an independent ethics office that investigates lawmakers accused of misconduct. president-elect trump weighing in on an embarrassing firestorm. family poisons. four children die, four others hospitalized. a mother now in critical condition. the fatal mistakes that ended in tragedy. school uproar. outrage after an officer is seen slamming a girl to the ground. what happened? caught on camera. a dresser falls over onto twin boys. one toddler leaps to rescue the other. tonight warning, the heart stopping video this family wants you to see. sweet dreams. the scoop on a teenage business tycoon who is inspiring america with a secret of her success.
"nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york. this is "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. the best laid plans of republicans are the head of steam and an ambitious to do list went off the rails this opening day of the new congress after a tweet from donald trump. trump calling out some of his fellow republicans after they quietly voted last night to strip power from the office of congressional ethics. the president-elect tweet sent gop lawmakers in full retreat and damage repair mode. overshadowing day they intended showcase a new agenda in washington politics. kasie hunt has details. >> reporter: the first day of new congress was supposed to be a show of force for republicans ready to remake government with incoming president, donald trump. it was an embarrassing start dawning with these headlines
directly at odds with trump's drain the swamp campaign promise. late monday night, the house gop voted to gut the office of congressional ethics. the outcry was fierce with republican leadership on defense all morning. >> the reforms do not change the entity. >> reporter: until donald trump tweeted with all that congress has to work on, do they have to make the weakening of the ethics watchdog their number one act. it was created in 2008 after a series of scandals sent republicans to jail for fraud and bribery. >> why is this the most important thing for congress to be focused on right now? >> it isn't. that's the whole thing. it's not. >> reporter: by noon republicans were in emergency meeting. >> it's been withdrawn. >> reporter: the changes were reversed. >> paul ryan. >> reporter: but it was a damaging distraction from what republicans say are their top
priorities, repealing obamacare, reforming the tax code and approving a conservative justice for supreme court. >> we hear you. we will do right by you and we will deliver. >> reporter: trying to stand in the way is senator chuck schumer, democrats new leader in the senate who vowed he's ready for the fight. >> mr. president, it's not our job to be a rubber stamp. it's our job to do what's best for the american people, the middle class and those struggling to get there. >> reporter: tonight we're learning that paul ryan and president-elect trump spoke by phone after that ethics flap. the goal is to move forward. republicans in the senate will start tomorrow to try to dismantle the president's health care law and president obama will be up here on capitol hill meeting with democrats to try to strategize about how to protect it. lesser? >> thank you. president-elect trump is once again taking shots at one of his favorite targets during the campaign. american automakers. he took to social media to blast general motors over its production in mexico right before another competitor made a big announcement of its own.
nbc's kristen welker has more on the fallout. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump taking on the car industry on twitter, singling out gm. make in usa or pay big border tax. tweet sent gm stocks plummeting temporarily and the company fired back noting their sedans are made in ohio with only a small number made in mexico. that tweet came before ford announced it's now scrapping plans to mover plant to mexico creating 700 new jobs in the u.s. as a candidate trump railed against them. >> ford announced they're moving its small car production to mexico also. not good. not good. >> reporter: today ford ceo insisting he didn't cut a deal with the president-elect but acknowledged. >> the policies he's been
talking about and says he will pursue did play a factor. >> reporter: trump tried to take headlines about the news he's showing no sign of letting up on social media even as his inauguration is coming close. it won't happen he tweeted about north korea's ability to create a nuclear weapon while slamming china for failing to work with the u.s. the other issue looming large, the new information about russian hacking soon. >> over the course of the coming days, the president-elect will be receiving more information about that and other topics on the world stage. >> reporter: tonight we learned mr. trump's former rival, hillary clinton will attend his inauguration with her husband. another former president george w. bush and wife will also be there. all setting for the stage for a dramatic backdrop for the historic day. thank you very much. five people have been killed after a series of powerful storms tore across the south. some of the victims seemingly
did everything right to protect themselves. huddling together in the safest part of their home. still no match for this violent weather. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in hard-hit alabama. >> reporter: tonight rehoboth, alabama, is torn apart. >> it's crazy. really powerful. >> reporter: j.p. kellie live next door to the mobile home where last night four women include, 27-year-old amanda blare and her hunt were killed. >> they did what they were supposed to be doing? >> they did. they went to a safe area. one was in the tub. that's the area with tree went down on. >> reporter: three others barely escaped. they gathered to watch the sugar bowl before the night turned tragic. across the south a dozen reported tornadoes, storms cutting a path of destruction from louisiana to florida where one man drowned near a submerged car. >> it's like a hurricanenado.
>> reporter: in mississippi, flash floods stranded drivers. all the tornadoes are unusual across the northern two-thirds of the country in january. here in the south the gulf of mexico provides warm and humid air. two of the necessary ingredients for the development of storms and twisters and the national weather service is still surveying this destruction to see how many tornadoes touched down. alabama's governor is set to tour tomorrow. thank you. there's been a terrible tragedy in texas where an entire family was accidentally poisoned by a powerful pesticide. four children have died. four other children are now hospitalized along with their parents. their mother clinging to life. nbc jacob rascon tells us about the deadly mistakes made at their home. >> reporter: veteran firefighters in amarillo had never seen an accident like this. all ten members of the family poisoned after misusing a commercial grade pesticide meant to kill rodents.
>> two kids that are not awake and a bunch of others that are having a hard time. >> reporter: when emergency crews arrived, 17-year-old yasmine was already dead. her three brothers died later at the hospital. four other children and their parents remain hospitalized. their neighbors in shock. >> just like losing part of your family almost. they're around you just about every day. >> reporter: the fire department says the father got the pesticide from a friend and spread it under the house to get rid of rats. family members complained about the smell so he used a garden hose to try to wash the chemicals away. >> the pellets created this poison gas after he sprayed with water. >> reporter: last year there were 82,000 poisonings, 76 for aluminum phosphate.
it caused two deaths. >> it's very, very lethal. >> reporter: the neighborhood was never evacuated but the city says they are working on a decontamination plan for the home. the amarillo special crimes unit is leading the investigation but they emphasize all signs point to a tragic accident. let's turn now to a video triggering an uproar on social media. an officer seen slamming a female student to the ground as other students look on. there are lots of questions about the events leading up to the incident. an investigation is underway. we get details. >> reporter: posted by a high school student to twitter with the title, this is not okay. a uniformed resource officer in roseville, north carolina, hoists a student in the air and tosses her to the ground. that video lasts only nine seconds but just as that video was going viral, another longer video was posted online. it appears to have been recorded
before the officer body slammed the female student. that video appears to show a fight between two other female students. the mayor in roseville telling nbc news the school resource officer involved in the incident is now on paid administrative leave. city officials say the officer who worked at the school for four years was wearing a body camera. whatever was recorded will not be released until an investigation into the incident is completed. more than a year ago someone claiming to be a teacher at the school posted a complaint on the web. the vast majority of students at rhs are disrespectful to teachers and do not come to school to learn. tonight a disturbing snippet of a chaotic moment asking could force like this in a school be justified. now to the chilling new images from the trail of terror left by the target of an urgent
manhunt in turkey. we're seeing inside the nightclub where he's accused of killing 39 people as they rang in the new year. we get more from richard engel. >> reporter: it's just before midnight new year's eve. turkish media say this is the gunman on his way by taxi to the nightclub with a backpack full of guns and ammo. just over an hour later he runs through the club killing 39 people. minutes after that, police say he shows up again being thrown out of a cab, reportedly because he didn't have any money. he goes on the to hail another and disappears. tonight we're getting our first look at what he left behind. a party that turned into a massacre frozen in time. people have been coming to pay their respects outside the club all day. there's grief here but no longer any shock. there's been nearly 30 terrorist attacks in turkey in the past year.
the mood is more one of anger and fear of what could come next. turkish police have cast a nationwide dragnet. state run media are blanketing the air waves. tight security there at the airport would make it difficult for him to escape by air. turkey has a long border with syria and analysts think he might try to cross it for sanctuary in isis territory. that's exactly what the wife and suspected accomplice of the isis terrorist who killed four people at a kosher grocery store did in paris two years ago. she was never caught. >> reporter: turkish officials have said the gunman likely spent time in syria fighting with isis. as the manhunt is still under way, they are releasing few details about the investigation. >> thank you. still ahead, keeping that new year's resolution. running, spinning, getting a personal trainer. which one burns the most
here is nbc investigator with tonight's rossen report. >> reporter: it's the new year, so many workouts to choose from. what really burns the most calories? to find out we're recruiting help. alicia palumbo, a reporter for our nbc station in boston. >> how did you draw this? >> reporter: she's a mother of two, including a new baby. it's the new year. what are the goals? >> six months after having a baby, i'd like to lose the last 10 or 15 pounds. >> reporter: this doctor hooks her up to a high-tech monitor. she will do each exercise for 45 minutes. >> ready to go. >> reporter: she starts with an early morning jog. >> i've always wondered is it better to jog or do you have to run to lose weight or just walk? >> jogging will be a great way for a slow fat burn. if you're really trying to get a big calorie burn, you want to add a little interval training to get your heart rate up. >> run for five minutes and then jog and walk?
>> exactly. >> done with the run. >> the results are in. >> 394 calories. >> 394 calories. >> that's quite a bit for 45 minutes. >> and jogging is free. >> that's true. >> reporter: how much will she burn at spin? notoriously intense. >> what are you noticing? >> her heart rate is up high. for the max heart rate, it's 220 minus your age. for her it's about 184. >> reporter: time for the calorie count. >> you burned 424 calories. >> that's a lot of calories for riding a bike. >> reporter: spin is in the lead by just hair. will personal training be the biggest calorie burn of all? >> harder. throw. >> three, two, one. >> you burned 448 calories. >> wow. i believe it. this was the hardest workout by far. >> reporter: score for the personal trainer, but in the end, all three work outs come
we're back now with a disturbing home video of a bedroom dresser crashing down onto a toddler and his brother coming to his rescue. a warning, the video is difficult to watch, but it's being shared tonight by the children's parents to serve as a warning to the dangers in a home. here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: twin brothers climbing on the bedroom dresser when it tumbled over. brock pinned beneath the 155 pound unit. the parents were upstairs and had no idea what was happening. after nearly two minutes he tries but can't lift the dresser and somehow the toddler manages
to push it off his brother who incredibly suffered no serious injuries. >> it could be even terrifying. it could have been ugly, scary. it could have changed our whole life. >> reporter: according to the consumer product safety commission statistics, every 15 minutes someone is injured when furniture topples over. every two weeks falling furniture or tvs is the cause of a child's death. in june, ikea recalled 29 million chest and dressers after three accidental tipover deaths but many of the recalled units were never returned. in a statement, ikea says it includes restraints with its products. the fix is easy and takes only minutes. >> companies have to start making much more stable furniture. our children deserve no less. >> reporter: the family says their dresser is from ikea but not part of the recall. tonight they bolted it to the wall. >> we took all the handles off. >> reporter: body and brock are
safe doing what toddlers do. this mom hoping parents who see this video will secure their own dressers before it's too late. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> lesson learned. a wildly popular live streaming cam has made them a hit across the nation. now there's growing concerns that the second eagle egg in a nest may never hatch. tens of millions have viewed the eagle cam captured first hatching this weekend. the remaining is several days past the hatching time. megyn kelly will join nbc. she will start later this year. kelly says she's delighted to be taking on a new challenge and we're delighted to welcome her to the nbc news family. when we come back, she started her own booming business and became her own boss. now at only 17, how she's inspiring america.
to be reckoned with in the soup market frozen aisle. at 17 she's giving back. kwee -- we learn about a bean town budding tycoon. >> reporter: by any measure grace connor is an extraordinary 17-year-old. >> i'm the cfo, coo, ceo, i pretty much do everything. >> reporter: everything in her own ice cream company. >> i put a lot of stuff in. >> reporter: churned in boston's commonwealth kitchen where start ups launch, her made from scratch streets born out of a difficult time two years ago. >> she was diagnosed with a tumor at the base of her brain that was operated on and had it not been treated, she would have died. >> when she was lying there, she was seeing this business. >> reporter: after just a year, grace's turning a profit selling nationwide online and in eight boston area grocery stores. as many as 1500 pints a week. is this how you learned to cook?
>> yeah, definitely from cookbooks, from the internet and from cooking shows. >> reporter: shy about telling her own story, she shares the ice cream that helped her heal with patients in boston hospitals. >> i usually let the ice cream do the talking. >> it's pretty good medicine, isn't it? >> reporter: with mom at the wheel for delivery so grace can work. >> they want five sugar. >> reporter: this is a quasi family business. >> have you had to fire anybody? >> my grandfather. >> you fired your grandfather? >> he's used to being the boss and i have to be the boss in the kitchen. >> reporter: this high school senior plans to go to college after an ambitious gap year. >> i want it to be in stores. >> reporter: you got to scoop here first. >> yum indeed. we want to give warm hello to the viewers watching on the new nbc boston and the folks working
hard at nbc boston, welcome to the family. that's going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. right now we are issuing a microclimate weather alert. across the bay area we're seeing wide spread rain and heavy snow in the sierra. and a live look at our radar, you can see lots of green and yellow meaning no place is dry right now. the news at 6 clarstarts right . i'm janelle wang >> and i'm terry mcsweeney. we have a team of reporters covering the weather. let's start with our chief
meteorologist jeff ranieri. >> on doppler radar you'll be able to see that we have a wide spread coverage of rainfall, certainly some heavier mopocket we have been detects in the last 45 minutes. it's moved over towards the east bay. and i want to take you to that. you can see the zone of rain, lafayette 6:22, walnut creek at 6:36. hercules 67:18, rodeo 6:25 and crockett at 6:42 tonight. in terms of our flooding threat that's through the santa cruz mountains, where we could see mudslid mudslides. what's on tap as the storm system moves in. i think we'll have the rainfall continuing throughout the night tonight. scattered rainfall on wednesday and then this weekend we're look