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return at cpac this weekend. the golden statue of him unveiled today and ted cruz joked about his trip to cancun as texans were freezing the u.s. blaming the saudi crown prince for the murder of jamal khashoggi, why the u.s. won't punish him for it the exclusive inside nxivm group, the doctor branding 17 other womens how she's defending herself. zillow offers to buy your home based on its zestimate, is it worth with quick cash >> announcer: this is "nightly news," with lester holt. >> good evening, johnson&johnson got a thumbs up. the final decision is in the hand of the fda widely
expected to ging to meet the country's insatiable demand for more vaccines we are covering the fall-out from last night u.s. air strike in syria we'll tell you why the administration is on the defensive. let's begin with the breaking vaccine news with tom costello >> reporter: j&j says they are ready to ship millions of doses >> we are dealing with the pandemic right now and this is like an urgent thing, we are in a race between the virus mutating and new variants coming out causing further disease and stopping it. >> reporter:
johnson&johnson's vaccine will be the third to go into american arms one dose is effective against the new variant and is 100% effective preventing at hospitalizations and deaths dr. fauci urged americans today not to forego that level of protection and hopes of getting a different vaccine. >> get vaccinated of the vaccine that's available to you. >> reporter: in baltimore, they have been working around the clock for months making j&j's critical ingredients >> we purify out the factor which was the active part of the vaccine, it is filled in the vials. >> reporter: j&j says 4 million doses next week and 20 million doses by the end of nearly 65 and older received at
least one vaccine dose president biden was at a fema vaccination site outside the stadium where the houston texans play >> this can be a great american achievement, being the only country in the world to reach 100 million shots in 100 days this could unite us as a country to vaccinate america >> tom joins us now from that lab in baltimore they're producing the astrazeneca vaccine there. that's not approved in the u.s., right? >> reporter: that's right, it is approved in the u.k. and the eu canada approved it today and they have been manufacturing it for when the fda does approve it could be several months from now. visit your plan your vaccine tool on our website. president biden is warning
in with the warning to iran after ordering air strikes on iran richard engel starts our coverage >> reporter: the trigger for president biden's first known military actions rockets exploded, a foreign contractor was killed and u.s. personnel injured. the u.s. military blames iranian back militias and other rocket attacks in iraq. president biden ordered retaliation, an air strike on the iraqi border >> you can't act with impunity, be careful >> we are confident that target was being used for the same shea militia that conducted the strikes. >> reporter: the pentagon's spokesperson today >> two s15 strike eagles dropped seven position guided missions, destroyed nine facilities and partially destroying two facilities
>> reporter: 17 people were killed in the air strike the pentagon says there were casualties but did not specify. this strike is the stick to president biden's carrot his offer to resume talks with iran last year the u.s. nearly went to war with iran. iran fired ballistic missiles at u.s. basis at iraq this time president biden is trying to deter iran without escalation, richard engel, london i am kristen welker the top republican on the u.s. committee writing responses these are unnecessary deterrents many democrats also support us
>> they attacked us and hit and killed american soldiers on one of our bases we'll take a proportionate respond. >> reporter: some esident had the legal without y to act consent. >> tim kaine writing offensive military action without approval is not constitutional -- the white house insists that the president had the authority to defend u.s. personnel. >> i will say the strike limited in the context of which it was, i think it is appropriate. >> reporter: the administration says it informed top congressional leaders before the air strikes and vows to brief the full congress early next week if not sooner, lester all right, kristen welker, thank you. later tonight the house expected to pass the $1.9 trillion covid relief bill that so many
americans are counting on it then goes to the senate which is expected to cut out the proposal for a $15 minimum wage for formal president trump returning at cpac, the conservative political action conference halie jackson tells us more >> reporter: it is donald trump's party at cpac, the proof is in the golden statue the latest speakers in orlando like ted cruz, fresh off that trip to mexico during a devastating winter storm, thousands of texans without clean water and even now. >> i got to say, orlando is awesome! it is not as nice as cancun >> reporter: cruz tossing red meat to the pro-trump base >> bernie is wearing mittens.
and aoc is telling us she was -- now in a sign of his grip on the party, senator mcconnell blasted trump as personally responsible for the capitol riot last month he would back him if the gop picks trump in 2024. >> the nominee of the party? absolutely >> reporter: halie jackson, nbc news that damming intelligence report directly tieing saudi arabia's ruler to the killing of jamal khashoggi released today andrea mitchell has more >> reporter: the crown prince now is approving the operation to capture or kill jamal khashoggi, he was killed and dismembered. the cia concluding the crown prince viewed khashoggi as a
threat to the kingdom and broadly supported using violent measures to silence him. the u.s. is punishing members of his squad but not the crown prince >> can you explain why he's not being pu >> what we have done is really not to rupture the but to recalibrate it, to be more in line with our interests and our values >> reporter: candidate joe biden promised tough actions for khashoggi's murder >> president trump has not punished senior saudi leader, would you? >> yes we are going to make them pay the price. >> there ought to be a personal punishment to the crown prince, that's a delicate task >> reporter: he and his son-in-law, jared kushner
prince siding saudi investors in the u.s.nt rejected the cia's conclusion of the crown prince as false and unacceptable even as human rights groups criticized he remains unpunished >> andrea mitchell in 60 seconds, investigators facing the cause of tiger woods's crash. there may be quick money in your home but what's in the fine prints
>> he's in for a long recovery, whether or not he requires other surgeries will depend on how fast practice heals. >> reporter: with the rod and pins stabilizing his shattered leg, his injuries is similar to the high-impact soccer star who fractured his tibia and fibula >> my legs was pointing in two directions he was sidelined for 15 months. a grueling rehab that never returned him to top form >> i know it is not 100% in my right foot >> reporter: investigators are focusing on why he crashed authorities say there were no signs of braking as woods plowed into an embankment, answers will take time as will the road to recovery, miguel almaguer
president biden spent days in texas hearing from those hit hard from the winter storm. morgan chesky is there. >> reporter: air force one wheels down in texas where many phase is a massive clean up and others counting their blessings. >> this van was home for how many people? >> 12 in total >> reporter: in fort worth, we caught up with marian fatima whose family spent inside the van after losing power and water. >> we want to get out of this ice. >> reporter: today in houston, the president and first lady met state leaders visiting a local food bank visiting thousands over the last week president biden promising even more help. we'll be true partners to help you recover and rebuilt from the storm and the pandemic and the economic crisis. we are in for the long >> reporter: federal
aid is not the only kind. a special delivery from veterans from massachusetts >> on tuesday, we shipped 150,000 pounds of food to texas and arrived this morning. >> reporter: president biden wrapping up remarks here at the stadium. the president stating that the epa deployed multiple drinking water labs to help texas communities in need. >> morgan chesky tonight, thank you. new jersey is the 14 states to legalize recreational pot but it is the first to link it to social justice reform. our ron allen with the state of the struggle report. >> reporter: new jersey's new marijuana law may help her put it in the past >> i felt like ever since then it has been stuck to me as glue i can't get the job i want to get. >> reporter: the new marijuana law expunged thousandstions.
>> new jersey's broken an indefensible marijuana laws which will hurt the communities of color >> reporter: the new law sets up a multi million dollars industry and direct tax revenues to communities with the highest drugs. >> what's the impact of communities like this? >> harmful and devastating. >> reporter: the racial and inequality help pay support for the new laws >> families have been hardest hit, we want to restore their right to become productive citizens >> reporter: you are going to apply for a license? >> i am. >> reporter: leo bridgewater wants to get into the state's cannabis industry. marijuana here in 2010 is already big business
>> it is a serious justice so you are going to lock me up and turn around and make a buck off of it and lock me out? >> reporter: he and others hoping new jersey's new marijuana law corrects old and justices in the past ron allen. dateline's exclusive "inside nxivm. the group prosecutors call "cult-like. here is kate snow. >> my intend was never to hurt anyone >> reporter: she branded the women with the initials. >> they say the women were naked and restrained >> i branded 17 women. all women were branded were naked, that was part of the process. roberts still believes in nxivm, she argued the women chose to be branded. >> i believe we are
responsible for all of our decisions no matter the consequences of those are. >> you are a trained doctor and you took an oath, how could you inflict pain on people >> well, pain and harm are two different things nobody was harmed. these women wanted this and they asked for this >> reporter: india oxenburg was branded and says that was not true >> we are talking about women of sleep deprived and deprived of food the option to run away and say no is not really an option anymore. >> reporter: while other nxivm leaders were convicted of crimes, danielle roberts was never charged but still fighting to keep her medical license arguing she did not practice medicine when she did the branding kate snow, nbc news. you can see more on "collateral damage" at 9/8 central. up next, easy cash, what to look for and the price you pay.
and cash offer to buy eligible homes in 23 cities across the country. the company uses data from multiple listing services and plus artificial intelligence to come up with its price. the new service comes as home sales are up 23% from a year ago. >> that's for people who want fair price for their homes and a really convenient hassle free transaction. the company says its fees are on average 6% >> reporter: do sellers make
less money when they sell through zillow >> they make exactly the same money. >> reporter: third party data shows home sales for 1.3% less through internet buyers such as open door and zillow >> you want to hire a real estate agent to evaluate your home so you have the highest return at the end of the day. >> reporter: lester, selling through a website can be convenient and let you set your closing date if you want maximum profit, talk to multiple agents to compare before you sell. >> vicky nguyen, thank you. up next, honoring those we lost and inspiring america.
lost too soon, how one girl is honoring their memory. their is kevin tibbles. >> reporter: the 13-year-old is stitching some hopes back her life for ten months, madeline has been using her hands and heart to create a memorial quilt. >> what's the message behind your quilt >> it is a wonderful experience to be able to hear about who that person was, you can really see that person comes alive through the stories and squares. >> reporter: her mom worked on the memorial quilt in the 1980s. >> to be apart of both memorial is healing >> reporter: >> i am just glad that my daughter has had a chance to touch people's lives
>> reporter: her display is at the california's science center >> i hope people can heal from it >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news that's "nightly news" on this friday, i am lester holt, thank you for watching everyone, please take care of yourself and each other ♪ ♪ ♪♪ the heart is a bloom ♪ ♪ shoots up through the stoney
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