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>> very beautiful. okay. thanks for watching. "nightly news" is next and we will see you back here at 6. >> see you then. tonight a nation united in grief as the queen announces a week of mourning in the u.k. the salutes worldwide to prince philip the new plans for the royal funeral and official word that prince harry will attend why his wife meghan will not plus prince charles speaking out about his father's death for the first time >> my family and i miss my father enormously deadly storms across the south a tornado tearing through a neighborhood the wild wind and rain in florida and the water spouts racing toward beaches vaccine shortage johnson & johnson to fall short by millions of doses this coming week what it means for
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getting the nation vaccinated terrifying journey. the young migrant boy who went viral found wandering alone. his family now says he had just been kidnapped and ransomed his mother still being held inside amazon's massive warehouses as the online store hires more and more workers, is this the future of work in america? what workers there tell us. and superhero story. we're there for the big surprise this famous author gave this brave little boy. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening the queen has announced eight days of mourning across the united kingdom all leading up to her husband's funeral a week from today. but already centuries of tradition are running into today's realities. the funeral plans for prince philip are now much smaller due to the country's strict covid restrictions
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and there's much drama about prince harry who we learned today will be returning to the u.k. for the first time since his and his wife meghan's explosive allegations against the royal family keir simmons leads us off from london. >> reporter: today royal gun salutes for prince philip, 41 rounds fired across the united kingdom and around the world and tonight new details of next saturday's funeral, small and in line with covid restrictions the queen who woke up this morning a widow will say good-bye to her husband of 73 years surrounded by 30 of her close family. daughter-in-law sophie esex telling crowds after a visit today the queen has been amazing. in an address to the nation prince charles saying the family misses his father enormously >> my dear papa was a very special person who i think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching
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things that have been said about him it will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. >> reporter: prince harry will attend the ceremony his wife meghan, who is pregnant, will not on the advice of her physician. the chapel where they were married now the setting for a royal funeral. at 9:45 eastern the coffin will be carried across the ground at windsor castle, a small ceremonial procession with members of the royal family walking behind. the service will begin at st. george's chapel at 10:00 eastern. presidents, prime ministers, the pope all paying respects as well as the public >> he's really lived a remarkable life. >> i think of him and the queen and a wonderful love story >> reporter: and tonight the personal reflections of the royal family in interviews recorded before his death >> it was always his humor that came through and the twinkle in his eye >> the ability to see positive, move forward
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must have been built into his psyche. >> fire! >> reporter: the guns will fire again next saturday, bells will toll and a minute's silence will be held as britain mourns and the queen says good-bye >> keir, what are we learning about the queen's role in the funeral procession >> reporter: well, jose, we'll learn more details this week including whether th queen will walk behind her husband's coffin and whether she'll walk alone jose >> keir simmons in london, thank you. it has been a day of violent and deadly storms throughout the south. more than 30 million people in their path at least one tornado hit a town in louisiana. kathy park has the latest >> reporter: tonight severe weather tearing through the south and turning deadly overnight a tornado swept through palmetto, louisiana, killing at least one and injuring at least
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seven others homes destroyed, trees, wood, debris even cars scattered for miles. >> you see homes that's just not there no more. >> reporter: overnight the same storms spotted over central mississippi. lightning, thunder and sirens kept residents on edge. in jackson, mississippi heavy rain flooded streets, trapping drivers who tried to get through and more extreme weather in northwest florida. nearby what appeared to show a transformer exploding. this doorbell camera shows a violent storm hitting overnight. a waterspout is seen spinning near the shore. in panama city beach 70-mile-per-hour winds blew the roof right off this convenience store and launched debris into yards and homes. power knocked out for thousands. after a brutal day the south now hoping for a quiet night ahead.
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kathy park, nbc news and now to the covid crisis more than 68 million americans have now been fully vaccinated. but tonight there's new concern over a shortage of the johnson & johnson doses. gadi schwartz reports. >> reporter: tonight as at least 32 states report increases in new covid-19 cases, the nation bracing for a significant slowdown in the rollout of the johnson & johnson vaccine. with only 700,000 doses allocated to states for next week, 86% less than last week's 4.9 million doses. >> we do expect week to week lower levels >> reporter: in one case a major ingredient mixup led to 15 million doses being spoiled. >> if you have an appointment, everyone's working to make sure that we can try to keep it you just might not be getting johnson & johnson. >> reporter: this as georgia and north carolina and colorado pause johnson & johnson vaccinations at five sites after reports of adverse reactions like fainting in a small number of cases. >> in the big picture this is an incredibly
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small number, so having several dozen cases while something to watch for is not concerning >> reporter: today most of those sites are back to offering the johnson & johnson vaccine while in michigan, now considered the new virus epicenter, the governor continues her requests for more doses of all vaccines as some hospitals head toward capacity. >> we really should be surging vaccines to states that are experiencing serious outbreaks. >> reporter: cases there surging among young people officials pleading for the public to keep wearing masks. but down in florida defiance in fort lauderdale where a crowd in the hundreds gathered for what was billed as a million maskless march, burning their face coverings. all while florida continues to see increases in cases and deaths experts pointing to mostly maskless spring break celebrations as a factor >> south florida has become the place to be the past few months, and so spring break people from the northeast, and that has definitely contributed to the increase that we're
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seeing >> and gadi now joins us from los angeles. gadi, how many more americans still need to be vaccinated >> reporter: well, jose, so far about a quarter of u.s. adults have been fully vaccinated about half of u.s. adults have received one shot so far. so with herd immunity around 70% to 80% we're more than halfway there. jose >> gadi schwartz in los angeles, thank you. and make a plan for when and where to get vaccinated visit planyourvaccine.com for more a second high-profile staffer working for matt gaetz has quit the embattled congressman's legislative director resigned earlier this month. he gave no reason, but congressman gaetz is facing a federal probe into sex trafficking allegations. in a speech to a republican women's group last night gaetz vowed to fight the charges. we're learning more tonight about the little boy who was found terrified and alone by border patrol agents near the texas-mexico border recently
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his family now says he had just been kidnapped and ransomed blayne alexander has the story. >> reporter: by now the world has seen this young frightened face lost, pleading for help, this 10-year-old boy approaches a border patrol agent near the texas-mexico border >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: "i was with a group of people and they left me," he says now we are learning more about his terrifying journey in an interview with telemundo the boy's munk'll, mis misael obragon, who lives in florida, says young wilson and his mother were making the trek from nicaragua to the u.s.-mexico border he tells telemundo the two made it into the u.s. but were deported and kidnapped once back in mexico i got a ransom message, he says, adding that the family could only get together $5,000, enough money to free the boy.
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his mother, onragon says, still held captive. their frightenin saga gives a small glimpse into the growing immigration crisis facing the biden administration, which changed policy to allow unaccompanied minors to stay in the u.s. all of it leading to an influx of migrants at the border. the young boy is now in u.s. custody, officials say, as his family both here and abroad continue to hope for good news blayne alexander, nbc news up next, a shocking video of a traffic stop an army officer in uniform pepper sprayed. plus behind the scenes at amazon, our look inside one of the massive warehouses what workers say it's really like.
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we're getting new video tonight from a disturbing traffic stop in virginia it happened in december when police drew their guns and pepper sprayed a black army officer in uniform. he's now filing a lawsuit claiming they violated his constitutional rights. police say the man refused to follow orders and show his hands after being pulled over. nbc has reached out to the police department for comment but has not heard back now to our series "american worker" and a closer look at amazon's warehouses. an effort to unionize workers at one failed in alabama yesterday, and amazon has not been slowing down. going on a massive hiring spree stephanie ruhle with how the company may be changing the face of work permanently
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>> reporter: inside this amazon warehouse thousands of robots move millions of items in an elaborate dance. >> we pick out the items that are ready to be shipped out for the customers that have ordered >> reporter: alongside more than 2,500 workers who sort, pack and ship hundreds of thousands of items every day. carlos linares started last summer after he was laid off from his job at a hotel. >> i don't think i'm going to go back into hospitality and feel more appreciated out here >> reporter: a year after she lost her restaurant job emily is now a robotics tech if your old job called you today and said come back, would you go back? >> i wouldn't, no. >> reporter: amazon and companies like it employ millions of people in facilities like this across the country and they're hiring more every day. last year alone jobs at warehouse centers like this grew by 10%. compare that to restaurant jobs down 20%. and a record 12,000 plus retail stores shuttered.
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in fact, amazon is now buying and converting old malls into warehouses but not everyone thinks this massive work force realignment is good. >> they haven't been respecting our 20-minute paid breaks. they're just always, you know, cutting a minute here, cutting a minute there >> reporter: christian works at an amazon facility in chicago. he says he was forced onto an overnight shift and has yet to receive additional pay. >> they give us like numbers. we're not human to them >> you're monitored all day literally. it can definitely take a toll on your mental health >> reporter: derek palmer, an amazon employee of five years, says he feels his job is in jeopardy every single day >> it doesn't matter if you're using the rest room, getting water, if you're injured. time spent away from your station can cause you ultimately to lose your job >> reporter: complaints like that led to the failed effort to unionize in alabama and amazon says it pays a
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occasional walkouts. amazon says it pays a minimum of $15 an hour, twice the federal minimum wage and that health and safety of its employees are a priority >> we make sure there's ample time for breaks, lunches, using the rest room, people to take time to do what they need to make sure they feel good about work >> reporter: the demand for these jobs isn't slowing, and many aren't looking back do you consider this a short-term job >> at first it was going to be a short-term job, but i have realized i could actually have growth here >> reporter: stephanie ruhle, nbc news, carterette, new jersey as the country reopens, there's a surging demand for things so many of us put off during the pandemic things like dentist appointments, salon visits, even weddings. but now with covid restrictions easing up good luck getting an appointment anytime soon catie beck reports >> reporter: this time last year life was at a standstill the pandemic shutting down nearly every trip, appointment or event we'd planned to attend
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now as restrictions lift and vaccines go into arms, a sudden rush to reschedule have you in your career ever witnessed a surge like this before >> no, not like this this is certainly hopefully, though, a once-in-a-lifetime event. >> reporter: appointments in high demand to see the dentist. offices inundated with patients wanting to make up for care they've missed one study shows nearly half of u.s. adults delayed going to the dentist due to covid >> on the weekends now i'm getting calls and scheduling people where i would never have done this >> reporter: the beauty industry facing a flood as well. backlogs on haircuts and highlights, calendars full for months for an expiring driver's license you'll likely need an appointment at the dmv. warning, even with one lines can be long. >> it's actually been quite a hassle >> reporter: and many parents scrambling to sign their kids up for summer camp. at this science camp in colorado spaces sold out in less than
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30 minutes now a wait list hundreds long. >> i think there is certainly some disappointment but there's a lot of understanding. >> reporter: harder to accept, booked wedding venues >> hard to get in to see the dentist, hard to get your driver's license renewed, but when you have to make sacrifices when it comes to your wedding, i mean, that's in here >> i mean our title is wedding planner, but we are also part therapist. >> reporter: nearly half of couples postponed their 2020 wedding receptions to a later date this season they're rebooking alongside of the newly engaged couples of 2021. many having to settle with a weekday wedding or one with far fewer guests >> if covid taught us anything, it was that we need a plan a, b, c, and d, which in years past it's just been a or b. >> reporter: a useful rule even as the pandemic ends and our scheduled lives resume catie beck, nbc news
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still ahead, through nearly 70 years on the throne, how queen elizabeth has carried her nation's grief during difficult times.
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as we learn more about next week's funeral for britain's prince philip, we're reminded of the queen's role during times of loss. on the one hand, it's her job to comfort her country while at the same time coping with her own very personal grief. kelly cobiella reports. >> reporter: queen elizabeth ii has always led in the face
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of loss. >> we know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well >> reporter: at the young age of 14 the princess gave her first public address to the children of the commonwealth separated from their parents during world war ii. >> good night and good luck to you all. >> reporter: when her father king george vi lost his battle with lung cancer a devastated elizabeth, just 25 years old, assumed the throne and rose to the occasion with dignity but decades later tragedy struck again in 1997, when the beloved princess diana was killed in a horrific car crash the royal family grieved privately behind closed doors at their vacation home in scotland the queen's silence met with public fury for seeming detached and aloof when the nation's heart was broken >> i think the queen has always known that she was under scrutiny and so she's always felt she has to have a
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stiff upper lip. >> reporter: dressed in black, she finally spoke as a queen, a mother and a grandmother to prince william and prince harry. >> it is not easy to express a sense of loss no one who knew diana will ever forget her >> reporter: when the queen's own mother died, the monarch spent three months in mourning >> she had an infectious zest for living, and this remained with her until the very end >> reporter: through every death, every funeral, prince philip was by her side. the queen calling him her strength and stay. now facing her greatest loss without him. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london when we come back, we were there for the big surprise for this brave little boy
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there's good news tonight about courage and the little boy who took a big risk, overcoming personal challenges to share one of his favorite storybooks with the world. and we were lucky enough to be there when he got the surprise of a lifetime >> i'm reading you a book called "a new day. >> reporter: this is not your typical book report >> it's like really funny. >> for 8-year-old jordan pagel, who has a stutter and on the autism spectrum, it's a monumental achievement. >> he is an amazing
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kid. he's worked really hard to overcome, you know, everything the world's dealt him. >> a major part of jordan's success, his love of reading. so when he got named hero of the week at school, he brought his favorite story to share with the class and also talked about it in a tweet that later went viral his mom bethany writing, "please be patient, he has a stutter. jordan's choice, "a new day" by brad meltzer. what is it about a "a new day" that he liked? >> what he liked about it was every day for him really is a new day. it's a chance for him to start over. >> soon after -- >> i want you to know you're my hero this week >> reporter: a touching social media response from the author himself >> what did you think of that? >> i really like was surprised. i was wearing a shirt that had nasa on it and so he decided to wear a shirt that had nasa on it >> brad was so humbled and moved by jordan's courage he joined us recently for another surprise brad meltzer wanted to
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say hello to you in person you're going to get a chance to see him and meet him right now >> really? >> look. >> oh, yeah, jordan. >> hi, brad meltser. >> hey, jordan, amazing man. how are you? >> good. >> i'm going to show you my newest hero you ready for him? >> yeah. >> tell me if he looks familiar that face is worth it. that's you chris eliopolis our amazing artist drew you. this is coming your way to you >> a drawing of jordan >> thank you so much >> reporter: a tribute for the boy now inspiring so many. are you surprised at the overwhelming response this has had? >> i'm not because people are amazing and we're fearful and we're brave and we're cowards and we're incredible but you see someone like jordan and kindness will always win. >> and jordan's next new challenge, he's working on learning spanish, and he's off to a great start
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super heroe. that's nbc "nightly news" for this saturday i'm jose diaz-balart thank you for the privilege of your time and good night >> i'm reading your book called "a new day. right now at 6:00, a surge of drop-ins at two bay area vaccine sites leads to doses running out fast and people walking away frustrated. the news at 6:00 starts
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right now. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm anoushah rasta. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. in days everyone 16 and older can get a vaccine in california, but already we're seeing how it might be easier said than done. two sites reserved for walk-ins in vaccines ran out of vaccines today. san francisco just opened vaccine eligibility for people 16 and over who live in eight specific zip codes. today people flooded the sites. between the two sites there were 1,300 doses on hand. an hour and a half after opening they were all gone. several people posting they left frustrated. the drop-in sites will be open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., first come, first served. you can register for an appointment online. statewide eligibility opens to ever 16 and older on thursday. the city's covid command center released a statement saying the city is dealing with insufficient and unpredictable

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