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war. the fight over the wall boils over between president trump and mexico and tonight, who is going to pay for it? could it be american consumers? caught on tape. a video showing police choking her son. why did she end up tasered and charged? major airlines under fire accused of discriminating against families with nut allergies. the price you pay, a super shopper reveals how to cut your grocery bill in half without clipping coupons. still got game. if you enjoy down under, a trio of champions proving age is just a number. and love thy neighbor.
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a young actor and elderly retiree inspiring america for their amazing bond for life. "nightly news" begins now. good evening to our viewers in the west. president trump's plan to build a wall on the mexican border is potentially running up against its own walls as he looks for ways to pay for it that don't leave americans on the hook. the president's insistence that mexico will foot the bill has caused the mexican president to call off the face-to-face meeting. mexico is this country's third largest trading partner and tonight a white house idea to force payment for mexico could cost us as well. hallie jackson starts us off now with details. >> reporter: wall whiplash and who will pay for it? >> who's going to pay
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for the wall? >> reporter: mexico says it won't. so late this afternoon the administration floating an idea to slap a 20% tax on mexican imports, a way to fund the estimated 8 to $14 billion wall. but under that plan it would be americans who would probably end up paying more for imports like cars, fruits and vegetables and alcohol. in effect, footing the bill themselves. that headline coming as president trump made his way back from philadelphia on his first trip on air force one. >> it's great plan. >> reporter: in the back cabin, his press secretary sharing details. >> we can do $10 billion a year and pay for the wall. >> reporter: less than two hours after landing, the administration huddling with reporters in the west wing to walk back what it just said. chief of staff reince priebus saying the import tax is part of a buffet of options, not the final plan.
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the president tonight telling nbc news, look, we cannot lose our companies to mexico and just let them walk across our borders free. we're going to put a substantial tax on those countries. >> buttingputting a tax like this, the goods are being imported to us. we want those auto parts, we want those tomatoes so we'll have to pay for them. >> reporter: cancelling his first meeting with president trump who insists it was actually a mutual decision. >> unless mexico is going to treat the united states fairly with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless and i want to go a different route. >> reporter: mexico clearly agitated. its foreign minister abruptly cancelling his own visit to the homeland security department today. an agency official telling nbc news he simply drove past the entrance without
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stopping. >> when talking about not showing up for the meeting, he was met with silence. the trump administration needs to address this immediately, this situation and communicate to the mexican government and to the mexican people that building the wall is not a sign of disrespect. >> reporter: when president trump talked about not meeting with the mexican president, here at a republican retreat in philadelphia, he was met with silence. one member of congress tells me the president needs to be careful to keep a friendly relationship with one of our key allies closest trading partners and our nearest neighbor. >> thank you. president trump and british prime minister spoke to the gop crowd. both new leaders were tasked with preserving the special relationship between the countries and some hope their pairing will be reminiscent of another duo who left their mark on history. we get more from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: britain's prime minister, theresa may, her first official visit to the u.s., addressing republicans today before meeting president trump tomorrow. both leaders elected on a populist wave. >> because of that great victory you have won. america can be stronger, greater and more confident in the
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years ahead. >> reporter: may is here on a mission hoping mr. trump can be an economic ally. after brexit left, she needs a trade deal with the u.s. >> i predicted brexit. remember i predicted. >> reporter: torture and water boarding. >> do i feel it works? absolutely, i feel it works. >> we do not sanction torture. >> reporter: then there's mr. trump's praise for vladimir putin, leading to this pointed warning. >> with president putin, my advice is to engage but beware. >> reporter: britain's prime minister still hoping she and president trump can forge that special relationship like fdr and churchill and most famously reagan and thatcher. >> we in britain think you are a wonderful president. >> you are a very tough act to follow. >> reporter: thatcher and reagan natural allies. their relationship so
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special it was parodied on british tv. >> so long honey bun. what a fine-looking woman. >> reporter: may the first woman since thatcher to hold that post, hoping donald trump can be her reagan. >> that better future is within reach. together we can build it. >> reporter: but on the eve of her visit with president trump, theresa may is being criticized at home for cozying up to him, many european leaders disturbed by his proposed ban on syrian refugees and his comments on torture are keeping their distance. lester? an update on a story that sparked national outrage. police in ft. worth, texas dropped charges against a mother arrested last month after she called police when her child was hurt. today's announcement came when the body cam image was leaked. it gives a new perspective on the arrest that was captured on a cell phone video that went viral.
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jacob rascon has the latest. >> jack lequeline craig seen here called police last month after she says a neighbor choked her son for littering in his yard. after questioning the neighbor, officer william martin asked craig about her parenting. >> won't you teach your son not to litter. >> reporter: it quickly escalated after her 15-year-old daughter stepped in front of her upset mother. >> let go. >> reporter: officer martin pulled out his taser and arrested craig and two of her daughters. the incident first garnered national attention when a video of it recorded by one of her daughters was posted online. the body camera footage was leaked by a source to a civil rights activist after ft. worth police refused to release it. the new video showed more of the officer's conversation with craig's daughter. >> here's the deal. when somebody is under arrest, if anybody interferes, they go to jail too.
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that's how that works. >> reporter: now charges against craig and one of her daughters have been dropped. officer martin will be reassigned to a different neighborhood after a ten-day suspension and ft. worth police have given the neighbor a citation for grabbing craig's son. police say those decisions were made before the video was released. >> my decision to pull back these charges was something that i thought was right. >> reporter: jacqueline's attorney say that's not enough. >> the fact that this is not being pursued as a felony, it bewilders me. >> reporter: tonight no comment from officer martin or his attorneys who are expected to appeal his suspension. >> he has a lot of retraining needed if he's to be back in the street as a patrol officer. the ft. worth police department is much, much better than this. >> reporter: jacob rascon, nbc news, ft. worth, texas. the department of transportation is looking into complaints against major airlines accused of not doing enough to accommodate passengers with severe food allergies. most often children with deadly peanut allergies. some families claim they have been denied
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boarding because of it. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: it was not the way their vacation was supposed to start. >> don't cry. you're get another plane. >> reporter: the family escorted off a flight from new york to munich after they told the airline they had medication in case dora had an allergic reaction to nuts and dairy products. >> when i got kicked off the plane, i started crying. it was really bad because it's a horrible feeling being humiliated for something you can't control. >> reporter: on a recent u.s. flight, they told gail me mendelbaum they would not ask passengers to refrain from eating peanuts. >> i took it up with management and they told me in front of my 8-year-old, if you think he's going to die, just don't get on the plane.
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>> reporter: a group of families is claiming discrimination asking the government to order airlines to treat people with allergies to board early and allow them to wipe down their seats and tray tables. >> just avoiding contact and avoiding eating the food is enough. in very rare cases inhalation might be an issue but those would be very rare cases. >> reporter: allergy experts believe only 1 to 2% of children have peanut allergies. the reaction in most cases son-in-law triggertri -- is only triggered if the child touches or eats pea nuts. the airline industry says it's up to pilots to assess the severity and make the best situation that ensures the safety and well being of all passengers and crew. airline sources say it it's rare a passenger is ever denied boarding for an allergy. high drama in southern california east of los angeles. a sudden avalanche that swept three hikers 500 feet down mt. baldy.
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amazingly, they were not buried by the snow. two were injured, trapped and in need of medical attention. help did arrive and they were air lifted to safety. across the country, the impact that's being felt from president trump's executive order cracking down on sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants. in miami-dade the mayor has ended the county's sanctuary status by ordering jails to comply with requests. leaders in other cities are gearing up for a fierce fight. >> reporter: the backlash has been fierce. >> we will not be intimidated. >> we're going to stay a sanctuary city. >> we're going to defend all of our people. >> reporter: major cities are vowing to fight president trump's executive order that would strip federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, $85 million in seattle alone. >> this city will not be bullied by this administration. >> reporter: what is a sanctuary city? it refers to cities and counties that
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don't report undocumented offenders. there's as many as 300 around the country. why protect those who came here illegally? nonviolent immigrants should be able to report crimes without fear of deportation, says the sheriff in austin, texas. >> we cannot afford to make our community less safe by driving people into the shadows. >> we are scared. >> you're scared of being deported? >> yes, i am. >> reporter: virginia is undocumented. 12 years ago she came here from mexico on a tourist visa and never left. >> how often do you think about that? >> every day when i go to drive. maybe some police stop me, and he can say, "let's go." >> reporter: but laura wilkerson sees this debate very differently. >> i miss his smile. i miss his voice. >> reporter: six years ago outside houston her youngest son was beaten and burned to death by an undocumented immigrant from belize. >> get in line and come to the front door and welcome to
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america. the law's in place and you have to enforce it. it's as simple as that. >> reporter: there's no concrete numbers by how many violent crimes are committed. a court battle is brewing over whether president trump's order is legal. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, austin, texas. still ahead, slashing your grocery bill. the apps you can download to save big at the supermarket check out. one mom says she's saving $5,000 a year. also, experience over youth. the older set of tennis stars showing the youngsters a thing or two at the australian open.
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we're back now with our series, the price you pay. groceries getting ever more expensive. what can you do? we want you to meet what you might call a super shopper, who uses apps, no clipping coupons, to save big. how about half off your bill? >> reporter: for jenny martin and her husband, feeding five daughters on a budget is a full-time job. >> it can be overwhelming to keep enough food stocked in the pantry. >> reporter: she turned to one of the well-known apps to cut her grocery budget. >> we save between 4 to $5,000 on our groceries. >> really? >> yes. >> reporter: she comes prepared with a list of the best mobile app deals. she combines them with store discounts and sometimes can make money on a purchase. >> you went from 1.99
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to -- >> making 50 cents. >> on mac and cheese. >> reporter: some of the most popular deal apps, ibotta, check out 51 and moby save. >> next up we'll grab soup. >> reporter: the total was $47.25 for 16 items, but using the mobile apps, she saved more than 37 bucks bringing the final cost to $10.30. >> what do you say to the people who say that's too much trouble? >> it does take time. i don't want to lie to you. for me to get together a big shopping trip, i'll spend about 45 minutes making sure i have the mobile apps lined up and i have the sales lined up. >> reporter: the savings do come at a price. many mobile apps collect personal information about your shopping and social media habits. >> typically what they're doing is collecting data from consumers and repackaging and reselling that information to reta retaile retailers. >> reporter: martin is
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such a believer, she started a website to share tips with other families. >> focus on the things you regularly purchase. >> reporter: the start of a new kind of digital savings. we're back in a moment with science sounding the alarm over a doomsday scenario.
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back now with a trio of champions who are proving that age is just a number. 35 years old in tennis years is usually well past retirement but tell that to three superstars who still have game and then some exhibiting pure joy on the court as they show the youngsters how it's done. here's nbc's ann thompson. >> reporter: youth will not be served at the australian open. not in the women's finals. 36-year-old venus williams defeating the much younger opponent. the oldest singles finalist ever will face her 35-year-old sister serena for the
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title. >> everyone has their moment in the sun. maybe mine has gone on for a while but i'd like to keep that going. i've got nothing else to do, so let's keep it going. >> reporter: down you should -- under, old is in on the men's side, too. roger fedderer using his elegant and final game to reach the finals coming back from a knee injury. >> if i can't walk for another five months, that's okay. >> reporter: he will face grigor dimitrov or rafael a nadal, himself 30. these three finalists are ancient in tennis woman's where the average pro is 25 and a half for the women, 28 and a half for the men. we have watched her win and lose over the years. now just like 14 years ago, this is an all williams final. >> my big sister, she's basically my
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world and my life. she means everything to me and for us both to be in the final is the biggest dream come true for us. >> reporter: it's said youth is a gift of nature but age is a work of art. prepare for a master class this weekend. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. if by chance you wanted the taste of mcdonald's to your home-cooked meals, you may be in luck. today the fast good giant gave away 10,000 limited edition bottles of hits secret big mac ingredient, special sauce. they are popping up in online auctions. the world is clicking closer to apocalypse, at least according to scientists who oversee the doomsday clock. not a real clock, of course, but scientists use it to warn of troubling times in the world. the hands were moved to two minutes and 30 seconds before midnight. the closest it's been to midnight since the 1950s. they say nationalism worldwide, cyber threats and blatant disregarding for
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factual science has prompted them to push the clock forward. when we come back, the unlikely pair who proves friendship knows no age. how they're inspiring america. next at 6: a manhunt turns
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highway 17 into a parking lot. we're asking police about the plan to get drivers moving again. ===jess/vo=== and a charity collects nearly one-million dollars for "ghost ship" victims ... but hasn't handed out a cent. nbc bay area responds. ===jess/next close=== next. finally, tonight,
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a touching friendship that spans across generations. one is in his early 30s. the other nearly 90. they share a bond that's changed their lives forever and moved so many others. miguel almaguer has their story in our inspiring america report. >> you want your toast? >> reporter: at first glance, 31-year-old chris salvatore and 89-year-old norma look a bit like an odd couple. but this pair is inseparable. the actor and retiree became friends four years ago. >> thought he was beautiful. >> reporter: as neighbors, chris and norma grew close, sharing long talks, birthdays, even holidays together. when norma was diagnosed with leukemia, she didn't have family to turn to. she had chris. >> chris was such a big help to me. >> because i love you. >> i love you. >> reporter: norma needs expensive around the clock care.
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her best friend turned to social media to raise the money. their online adventures like pizza night attracted a crowd, raising tens of thousands of dollars. >> you doing any dating apps lately? >> reporter: it seems strangers adore this relationship as much as these two who care for each other. >> she's like family. like i said, she's my grandmother. >> reporter: when the donation money ran out and norma needed more care, the neighbors decided to become roommates. norma would never be alone again. >> as much as i'm here helping her, she's helped me tremendously. it's really brought me back to what's important. family, love, human kindness. >> reporter: the bond of a lifetime and the true meaning of love thy neighbor. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. that's going to do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt.
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for all of us here at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. there's a shooter nearby runs=04 ==jess/take vo== right now 6: >> it's always scary for parents to hear there was a shooter nearby. >> right now at sirks, the tran if i can search in the south bay, a major freeway shut down for hours as police hunt for a suspected bank robber. want to show you a live look from our nbc chopper above. that's a mess. it's been a nightmare all day. that's highway 17, and now it is stretching into the night. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. an hour of frustration and fear for the neighbors. this is all unfolding near los gatos. the manhunt for the suspected
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bank robber continues at this hour. here's what we know. police say that man robbed the bank in scotts valley, then led officers on a high-speed chase on north bound 17. that's coming back towards the south bay. nbc bay area's damian joins us now near the scene with the very latest. damien. >> reporter: raj, we have an update. they are still looking for the robber. chp tells us the southbound lanes will reopen at about 6:30 this evening. the northbound lanes about two hours after that so at about 8:30. but the folks in the area have been told to shelter in place in the red wood estates area as police still look for the suspected bank robber. it happened just before noon over in scotts valley and they're still looking for that man. it started with that robbery at a bank of america in scotts valley this morning. we have surveillance picture of the suspect released by the sheriff's department. after the robbery scotts valley police started a chase


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