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>> yeah. that will be fun. thanks for joining us here at 5:00. as a reminder, lester holt is there with "nightly news." >> we'll see you at 6:00. . tonight, fighting covid with a major new ban on travel to the u.s. president biden imposes new world'tions on people traveling here from india, now the world's epicenter, while in the u.s. more of the country opens as the pandemic eases. disneyland welcoming limited numbers for the first time in over a year tens of thousands expected at tomorrow's kentucky derby the deadly stampede in israel at least 45 crushed to death. multiple americans among the dead during a religious celebration. shocking new revolutions about a murdered u.s. soldier, the army's unrelated finding that vanessa guillen was also sexually harassed and mistreated by a supervisor. the long road home
from afghanistan it was supposed to happen during the president's first 100 days now the deadline is september 11 years after we were there for the build-up, some worry about the new risks from the taliban, al qaeda and isis. auto loan nightmares our nbc news investigation of a major lender to buyers with poor credit badgering calls, repossessions. now a huge settlement and the ceo stepping down what to do if you think you have been treated unfairly. where's the chicken? what's behind the big shortage that's forcing us to wing it? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt >> good evening, states every day new signs of recovery and with covid from the reopening of disneyland to cruise ships planning to set sail again, we are better but not healed though still losing on
average 670 people a day. a steep drop from the start of the year, though vaccinations making their mark roughly 145 million getting at least one dose to date the seven-day average of hospitalizations at 36,000 but tonight health authorities here also keeping a sharp eye on the worsening covid situation in india the u.s. today announcing restrictions on travelers coming from that struggling nation national correspondent miguel almaguer leads off our coverage tonight. >> reporter: as india's covid crisis spirals out of control, starting tuesday the u.s. will restrict air travel from the country where some 400,000 cases are now being detected a day. with only 2% of india's population vaccinated, today its variant was discovered in michigan. here at home a shot of good news. more than 100 million americans are fully inoculated today the cdc says covid cases and deaths are dropping, but there are growing signs of trouble
vaccinations are down 20%. >> we need people to get the vaccine. please get the safe and effective vaccine. >> reporter: while 12% of americans have no plan to get vaccinated, another 15% say they will wait and see. the numbers not slowing the race to return to normal >> welcome back, everyone >> reporter: today disneyland opened for the first time in more than a year, offering an escape from the world, but also a reflection of our new reality. still, despite capacity limits and restrictions, a reason to smile. >> we are so happy to be back after a year and a half it's great to be here. >> reporter: and tonight it seems more of the nation is getting back on track. >> they're off in the kentucky derby >> reporter: this weekend the kentucky derby will also limit attendance to some 50,000 fans in the stands, which could still be the biggest sporting crowd since the start of the pandemic >> it's nice to be out around people.
>> reporter: tonight a sense of normalcy amid growing pressure to vaccinate more americans. >> miguel joining me now from los angeles we are seeing fallout now from the dropping vacc >> reporter: yeah, lester dodgers stadium is one of the largest vaccination sites in the nation, but because appointments have dropped by 50%, it's closing in just a few weeks. lester >> miguel almaguer, thank you. you can make a plan for when and where to get vaccinated visit planyourvaccine.com for more information. the state department says several americans were among those killed in israel in a stampede that left more than 40 people dead during a religious celebration. our matt bradley has late details. of horror. 45 killed, including several americans, according to the u.s. state department, in a stampede at a religious festival children among the dead, at least 150 injured. >> all of a sudden w
saw paramedics running by, like mid cpr on kids, and then one after the other started coming out, ambulances. >> reporter: the all-night prayer festival brought tens of thousands of ultraorthodox jews to mount maren. the crushing stampede began as crowds closed on a walkway most parts of my body were pinned down under several people, said this man it's a miracle i survived the israeli prime minister calling it one of the worst disasters to hit the state of israel. president biden offering u.s. assistance as tonight israelis bury the dead matt bradley, nbc news findings involving that u.s. army soldier from ft. hood, texas, who was brutally murdered last year, a their handling of the case and says that specialist vanessa guillen had been sexually harassed. here is courtney kube.
>> reporter: tonight another twist in the tragic murder of specialist vanessa guillen. late friday the army announcing guillen was mistreated and harassed by her supervisor, and despite multiple complaints army leaders did nothing. an army investigation detailed an incident in summer 2019 where guillen was propositioned by her superior. >> we failed to protect specialist guillen. >> reporter: but the investigation revealed that sexual harassment had nothing to do with her murder guillen went missing from ft. hood in april 2020, her remains found off base two months later authorities believe she was murdered by fellow soldier specialist aaron robinson, but the investigation found he did not harass her and there was no evidence they had a relationship outside of work. last year robinson died by suicide as police closed in on him. the guillen family is heart broken and upset with what they call
failure from the commanders down. her sister tonight 22 have been detained the fbi's criminal investigation boo the murder is still ongoing. lester >> courtney, thank you. in 60 seconds, a disturbing discovery in houston, and my look at president biden's plans to end america's longest war. had houston and my look at president biden's floons end america's longest war. nope c'mon him? oo, i like him! america's longest war. l end america's longest war. a end america's longest war. n end america's longest war. s end america's longest war. end america's longest war. t end america's longest war. o end america's longest war. quick, the quicker picker upper! bounty picks up messes quicker and each sheet is 2x more absorbent , so you can use less. he's an eight he's a nine bounty, the quicker picker upper. so you want to make the best burger ever? then make it! that means selling everything. and eating nothing but cheese
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republicans say this is too much money and too much of it is focused on things that are not traditional infrastructure why are they wrong >> i'd say, look, if it's good public policy, vote for it and call it whatever you want i don't want to get hung up on definitions. for me the theme is infrastructure but the purpose of the bill is jobs. >> reporter: the plan calls for $80 billion towards rail projects, and president biden will make the case for it again in virginia lester? >> peter, thank you. you can see more of peter's interview with the transportation secretary tomorrow o "today." a shocking discovery in houston police finding more than 90 people, mostly men, inside a single home they responded to a report of a kidnapping, but say this may involve human smuggling. president biden's first 100 days, one of his biggest challenges is the crisis at the border morgan chesky is there. >> reporter: tonight along the u.s./mexico border a record surge of migrants is pushing
an already overwhelmed system to the breaking point. is there ever a time that people aren't coming across the river now? >> not really. >> reporter: constant? >> constant. every day. >> reporter: gracie molly's home sits on the banks of the rio grande. >> you can't help feel sorry for them, but at the same time this is our home and i kind of feel invaded. >> reporter: a few houses down, border patrol agents busy right now this group of eight to nine people is just coming across the river border patrol detained them as soon as they crossed. you can se adults and children here coming to the u.s. for the very first time along the border last month nearly 170,000 apprehensions. a 20-year high we spoke to the border patro station chief in a rare interview do you see this getting worse before it gets better >> unfortunately, i do i do i see no indication they're starting to slow down. >> reporter: it's a major challenge for president biden. the surge happening after he changed former president trump's remain in mexico border policy
and began allowing unaccompanied immigrant children and families to stay in the united states. there are currently more than 23,000 children in u.s. custody. officials estimate a record-breaking 160,000 unaccompanied children could cross the border this year 17-year-old cindy ended up in u.s. custody before an emotional reunion with her mom maria anna in california she called from honduras to say her as in danger across the border. were you scared? maria anna told us they feared they wouldn't be able to reunite. cindy said in detention she could not call her mom for weeks and even caught covid. tonight both mother and daughter relieved. i'm so happy i missed her hugs, cindy says meanwhile, border patrol telling us the
surge of children only takes away from their security mission >> the longer we have our agents occupied in processing, care and detention, the les time we are out providing safety and security to the nation. >> reporter: back on the rio grande, gracie has her own message for washington. >> come out and see for themselves i don't think they are taking it serious enough. >> reporter: morgan chesky. tonight the start of a final drawdown of american troops in afghanistan is underway after saying he won't meet a deadline that would have brought american troops home by tomorrow, president biden is determined to end our longest war on his terms. >> reporter: it's been a slow march to the exit from a war that started with a singular purpose. >> we went to afghanistan to get terrorists, the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. >> reporter: four presidents, over 2,300 american deaths, and moments when the end seemed so close. >> this is the year we will conclude our combat mission in afghanistan.
>> the war to me is not over. >> reporter: just two weeks before president obama formally ended the combat phase of the war in 2014, christina strange learned her fiance and father of their daughter ariana, sergeant first class ramon morris, had been killed in an i.e.d. explosion. now, over six years later, president biden promising a complete u.s. withdrawal by september 11 are you surprised we have reached this moment do you really believe it >> it's a relief for sure to have an end date and to bring our soldiers home safely it is kind of surreal though it's been going on for a long time. >> reporter: president biden will miss tomorrow's withdrawal deadline negotiated between the trump white house and the taliban that would have ended the war virtually within its first 100 days the september 11th date he now promises both symbolic and, he believes, more
practical. a decision making some military leaders uneasy. >> those are my combat boots from afghanistan still with the dust on them. >> reporter: as a nato commander, now retired, admiral james stavridis led the afghanistan mission for a time >> today not only a highly organized taliban, but it's also al qaeda and, sadly, new to the scene the islamic state. the potential of a re-flash is higher than i would like. >> reporter: over here is the mosque where mohammed omar in 1994 establishe the taliban. i was there in 2012 as a build-up of american boots on the ground helped push the taliban from their stronghold, many now back in taliban hands. as a marine captain, timothy kudo was part of a troop surge eager to make a difference today in agreement with the president it's time. >> i mean, part of me is glad because it's madness to keep going after 20 years
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finally tonight, the unfamiliar face announcing new england's number one pick last night in the nfl draft. i spoke with him about his cause. >> with food insecurity a challenge for so many americans. >> reporter: when the new england patriots needed someone to represent them at last >> don cox is behind- me, a form champion new england patriots. >> i have been a patriots fan may whole life. >> reporter: don cox caught the team's attention. >> we have done 55,000 boxes this way >> reporter: because of his organization. food for vets.
>> this thing started out with much different roots than where it is today. >> we started in 2013 as a small little regional non-profit trying to help military folks. >> reporter: during the government shutdown in 2018, the massachusetts-based operation grew. >> when the pandemic hit, we had the plan in place and just implemented it this is our sorting area. >> reporter: and the patriots stepped in. donating a warehouse. >> one per box. >> reporter: and volunteers showed up in force. >> good job, guys. >> were you ever surprised at the number of people out there who wanted to pitch in and help you? >> when we hit 2,000 i was shocked. i knew at that point we had the momentum on our side. to distribute more than 5.5 million mealsin 10 ss don has no plans of slowing down. >> it's heartwarming to be able to be there and see the smiles on people's face when you pass out a box of food
or you give them the assistance that they need. >> and tomorrow night you can watch a special primetime "inspiring america" event. i will be hosting with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb. our 2021 inspiration list features stories of extraordinary people that's "nightly news" for this friday. thank you for watching i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. have a great weekend, and good night other. have a great weekend, and good night. right now, at 6:00. the tables have turned. too many vaccines, not enough people getting in line. >> we have this precious amount of vaccine that other parts of the world don't have, and we need to use it. >> so, can local counties take their surplus vaccine and give them to other communities and countries in need? we have answers. plus, taking a drastic step to try and stop a new-covid surge from spreading. >> i want to be safe. and i want other people to be safe.
>> the air-travel restrictions from india, and when they go into effect. and rallying to stop evictions. the movement in contra costa county today, in hopes of helping a family of six. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, and thanks for being with us on this friday. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. on this, the final night of april, we begin with another, important milestone in the battle against covid-19. one in three californians, age 16 and older, are fully vaccinated against the virus. nearly-half of californians, as you can see there, have gotten at least one dose. we are talking 48.5%. and more than 30 million doses, as you can see here, have gone into the arms of californians, so far. health officials continue to tell everyone to get their shot. and today, the state launched a new campaign aimed at reaching people in groups, disproportionately, affected by the virus who have yet to be vaccinated. >> among