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on this saturday night, mission of mercy. pope francis' emotional look at europe's migrant crisis. visiting a detention center and ending his trip with way dozen of the refugees on his plane. severe weather. the heavy snow, hail and threat of tornadoes is getting in the way of 16 million people this weekend. firefighter killed. they answered a call for medical help, but when they arrived, shots rang out. leaving one firefighter dead and another seriously injured. inside the nypd. our exclusive look at a program that holds police commanders accountable and has brought crime way down in this country's biggest city. "nightly news" beginning now.
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from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news." reporting tonight, jose diaz-balart. pope francis stepped into the heart of the refugee crisis in europe today. he brought a message of hope to thousands of hopeless migrants living in a detention camp on a greek island that has become a focal point in this humanitarian drama. then something else remarkable happened. the pope brought three refugee families, all muslims who escaped syria, back to rome with him aboard the papal plane. it made for an extraordinary day in it the lives of the refugees and the man known as the people's pope. >> reporter: a short visit by pope francis to the front line of the migrant crisis that ended dramatically. 12 syrians from three families who had been bombed out of their homes flew back with him, all smiles, all muslims, six children. after the horror of
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war, this was the stuff of dreams. they came from the detention camp pope francis saw today. where he met some of the 3,500 migrants held here facing deportation. they kissed his hand. a little girl falling at his feet in tears. like so many did. >> thank you. >> reporter: a christian from pakistan begging for his blessing and his help. children showed him their drawings of the dangerous sea journey they survived. keep this one he told an aide. i want to put it on my desk. so many here have escaped war. european leaders plan to send many back. he appealed to them to show courage and compassion. he says, it's student to show solidarity and to show how refugees are suffering. >> we are human beings. we are from the
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countries of war. >> reporter: and they are still coming. frightened and frozen after being rescued from the sea today. they, too, face being sent straight back. the pope struggled with his emotions on the plane home, showing the children's drawings. look, he says, they seen a child drawn. it just made you cry. but for the families he took with him, this was a day of joy. the start of a new life. greeted in rome tonight with roses and cheers. >> i'm very tired now. >> reporter: tired, overwhelmed by the miracle of a christian rescue. it was a very emotional day for pope francis. it really was, he said, a day to cry. and he defended taking those muslims back saying this wasn't a political act but a humanitarian one and besides, they had all
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the right documents. it has sparked a fierce debate for pope francis. it was, he said, exa exactly what a moral leader should do. >> thank you. before the pope flew off to the greek island, he had a brief meeting with senator bernie sanders who took a detour from the campaign to attend a vatican conference. ann tom anne thompson was there. >> reporter: bernie sanders took a few minutes to tour the vatican. a meeting with pope francis. >> it was a brief meeting. but to me it was a real honor and a joy. >> reporter: it happened at 6:00 this morning in the guest house where the pope lives and the presidential candidate spent the night. were you looking for a papal endorsement? >> god, no.
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god, no. this just came out. no. >> reporter: do you think this can help withatholic helpers? do you see this helping in new york? >> i am here because of my profound respect for the pope. the work that he has done. >> reporter: the invitation was to speak at a vatican conference on social justice. >> we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable. >> reporter: issues that are his passion but cost him a day and a half off the trail in new york. did you put the primary at risk? >> we have been working very hard, believe me, in new york. i think the opportunity to come here to meet with the pope is something for my own life is extraordinarily important. >> reporter: on board the plane, pope francis called the meeting a common courtesy and said anyone who thinks it's a political act should see a psychiatrist. it moved sanders. gone was the caustic candidate of the debate. today, he was
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diplomatic, conceding though he and the pope disagree on gay marriage and abortion, they can find common ground on economic justice and climate change. >> in the real word what you do is you go forward with people on those issues that you can go forward on. people can disagree with each other and still be friends. >> reporter: it appears the unobservant jew thinks he has found a friend in the leader of the catholic church. for hillary clinton a different scene this weekend, she campaigned in california and raises big money from donors who have lots of it. more from kristin welker. >> reporter: it's a case of competing on ticks. george clooney holding a fund-raiser for hillary clinton friday in san francisco. more than $300,000 for each couple just to sit with the candidate. >> it's an obscene amount of money. sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. it's ridiculous that
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we should have this kind of money in politics. >> clooney telling chuck todd it's money that's necessary to get democrats elected. while in rome, bernie sanders talked about social justice and meeting with the pope. delegate rich california votes on june 7, a must win for sanders. he is criticizing clinton's reliance on big donors by releasing this ad in los angeles and san francisco this weekend. >> the average donation given to bernie sanders. >> $27. >> my college tuition. >> reporter: sanders raises millions in small dollar donations online every month, enough to stay in the race to the end. all this setting the stage for a fierce fight in california. >> california has the largest trove of democratic delegates at stake. we are finally the big one. >> reporter: hillary clinton rallying her supporters in los angeles today. >> we're going to have a great campaign in california.
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>> reporter: her volunteers already out in force. >> we're going to knock on doors. we're going to get out the vote. >> i have never been more excited about a presidential candidate in my life. >> reporter: according to the latest polls, sanders is in striking distance in california, trailing by six points. but the next battleground is new york on tuesday, where clinton is leading by double digits. she deployed her top surrogate today to help seal the deal. >> i want to you spend between now and tuesday telling people they need to show up, be counted, be heard. she was there for you. you need to be there for her. >> reporter: bill clinton holds his final rally here in upstate new york tonight. senator sanders just back from rome will attend a round table in brooklyn. secretary clinton will attend yet another fund-raiser, this one at the home of the clooneys. the price to get in ranges from $66,000 to $100,000 per couple. jose? >> thank you. see more of chuck todd's interview with
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george cle george clooney this weekend. the weather is a concern this weekend from snow to the threat of tornadoes in the mix. >> reporter: violent tornadoes, golf ball size hail and heavy snow. in the last 24 hours, winter and spring collided across parts of the country. >> we are just getting ready for warm weather and here we go. >> reporter: in colorado, near blizzard conditions. more than two feet of snow fell. officials warning residents to stay off the slick and dangerous roads. many were closed. at denver international airport, more than 800 flights were canceled, leaving many passengers stranded. hundreds of crews were out clearing runways. adding to the misery, after these two tornadoes were spotted in oklahoma last night, there is the threat of more across the country's midsection this weekend. and in north texas,
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where torrential rain flooded roads, some parts of the already soaked region could get a month's worth of rain or more in the coming days. back in colorado, residents are bracing for more snow. >> welcome to denver. just got to enjoy the change of seasons day by day. >> reporter: right now, it's snowing an inch an hour. it will add up tonight and sunday. some spots could pick up six to eighth inches. another powder day at the ski resorts west of here, the ones open. after all, it's still april. primary tornado season is upon us. some of the storms could be tornadoes in west texas. it will fan across most of texas later sunday with a chance of more tornadoes. for many of you in texas, it's going to be this jammed up weather pattern with storm after storm and the threat for flooding with totals topping six inches by later monday. back here in idaho springs, 15 inches of snow and counting. march and april on average are the snowiest months in denver and up here in the foothills.
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it's not unusual to do this on april 16. most folks out there would rather be doing anything but this in mid april. >> thank you very much. in maryland last night what began as a call for help ended with a deadly shooting of a veteran firefighter and the wounding of another. morgan radford reports on the search for answers. >> reporter: today police continue their investigation outside this home. last night, police received a desperate plea from a 911 caller. >> he believed that his relative was potentially experiencing a medical emergency. >> reporter: answering the call, 13-year veteran firefighter john ulmschneider and volunteer kevin swain. after hearing no response, they tried to open the door. when suddenly, shots were fired. >> several rounds were fired from the house to the door. >> reporter: the man inside started
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shooting hitting the relative who made the call, striking swain four times and killing ulmschneider. >> the citizen's brother thought he was in medical duress, called for assistance and that his brother did not realize that the firefighters were there to assist him and reacted. >> reporter: the unnamed suspect is in custody. police facing more questions than answers. >> our detectives are interviewing him. we are working through a number of crime scenes. >> reporter: swain is recovering. he is expected to survive. the 911 caller's injuries are not considered life-threatening. while online, an outpouring of condolences. >> we are here supporting the family as best as we can. prepare to send our brother home. >> reporter: as colleagues show their support today at the firehouse for a wife and 2-year-old daughter left behind. morgan radford, nbc news. japan is on edge tonight fearing more aftershocks after two powerful earthquakes caused devastation and left more than 40 dead
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and 1,500 injured. >> reporter: in southern japan today, frayed nerves. another tremor, this man says. the ground still rumbling. the second deadly earth quake in just over 24 hours was so powerful, it brought down part of a mountain and made a bridge disappear. landslides swept away neighborhoods. this driver barely escaped it. at least ten people were buried. nearly 100 trapped in collapsed buildings. what can we do, this woman says. at this college dorm, rescuers pulled nine students out alive. the town cut off because of broken highways. across the region, neighbors are rescuing neighbors, pulling this couple from their home. under this tarp, a grandmother unconscious. her daughter distraught. the woman's son-in-law says he begged her to leave after the first quake thursday, but
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she wanted to be in her own home. tonight, more than 100,000 have been evacuated, many bundling up, afraid to go inside. the nearby volcano rumbled to life. the real danger is this. more than 200 aftershocks already. the damage still being done. still ahead on this saturday night, we will get a rare look inside an nypd program that puts the burden on police commanders to keep crime rates down. also, an unusual twist on teaching music in school. ♪ with advil, you'll ask what backache? what sore wrist? what headache? what bad shoulder? advil makes pain a distant memory. nothing works faster stronger or longer than advil it's the world's #1 choice.
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murder, two recent shootings targeting police officers and a big jump in robberies have commanders under pressure. >> we're up 50% for the 28-day period. 23% in robberies. 400% in burglaries. >> reporter: downtown, nypd brass are demanding answers and solutions. uptown, the inspector and his team -- >> we have a huge amount of increase in arrests. >> reporter: pour other their cases. >> 53 total arrests compared to 25 last year. >> reporter: solving this killing is priority. >> that's the guy. >> reporter: three days later at 8:00 a.m., they stand before the chief and over 200 nypd leaders. >> carlos, you know why you are up there. a lot of things going on. crime is not heading inhe right direction. >> reporter: it's a rigorous review process they call comstat. >> a problem. on the robbery front, what is the strategy? >> reporter: they agreed to let our
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cameras in. >> we are up in arrests in those index crimes. >> reporter: they drill the commanders on case after case, detail after detail. >> i'm not going to hold you exactly to this, but it has to be close. how many robberies involve stolen phones? >> it's nine. >> how many have we obtained and put an alarm on those phones? >> i would have to get back to you on that. >> how are you doing with rwarrants? if you have a robbery issue, everybody up there at that podium needs to be tuned in. i'm not sure i'm hearing that. >> reporter: the pressure in the room intense. >> what we have done is every monday we analyze where the robberies are occurring, what time they are occurring. try to pinpoint those locations. >> looking at this pattern, to me, it looks like maybe we missed a couple here. >> this is going on too long. we need it fixed yesterday. >> yes, sir. >> we're not looking to throw curveballs. we're not looking to
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embarrass people. we want to make sure the operation is efficient. >> reporter: in the early '90s, crime was rampant in new york. it was called the rotting of the big apple. in 1994, the new top cop and the deputy came up with comstat, based on the broken windows approach to policing which is to say, focus on smaller crimes to help prevent bigger ones. >> back in 1993, we had 1,946 murders. last year, we had 352 murders in total for the whole city. the beginning of what's been called the new york miracle began 22 years ago. >> reporter: since it started, new york has seen a 75% decrease in crime overall. >> this is a team effort. we're not looking for anyone to fail. we're looking for everyone to succeed. carlos will turn it around. there's direct accountability. that's the genius of it. >> reporter: making it america's safest big city. up next, the special significance
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mahal on the final day of the couple's tour of that country. this is the same bench where william's mother princess diana posed 24 years ago for this iconic image. back in a moment with the sound of music. make it mariachi.
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finally tonight, almost everyone will agree on the value of music in our schools, even though music programs often fall victim to budget cuts. in one school district
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in southern california, music, mariachi, is alive and well and teaching many about their history. >> how many do you have? >> reporter: this fifth grader studies the basics. then after class, he shifts from arithmetic to rhythm. he is part of a program that teaches mariachi to kids in elementary school. >> i have wanted to try something new. which would be mariachi. >> reporter: it's a tradition in the school district. this man came up with the idea 16 years ago. how did the community react? >> they loved it. >> reporter: the youngest ones start by playing recorders. then work their way up to more complex music makers. this school district between san diego and the mexican border is 82% hispanic. so for families like this one, the music is part of their heritage.
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>> it reminds me of my childhood. reminds me of my culture and my parents, my grandmother used to listen to the songs. >> c. >> reporter: one of the teachers joined the program when he was 6. years later when his parents were deported, music was his rock. today, he is a violinist. >> if it weren't for the violin or mariachi, i don't think i would be able to be where i am today. >> reporter: now they are planting seeds with a new generation, kids like this 10-year-old who knows what she wants to be when she grows up. >> i want to be a scientist. but i might do part-time professional mariachi player. >> reporter: a limitless future that starts on a good note. nbc news, national city, california. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. a program note.
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lester holt will report monday night from the middle east with an interview with ash carter. thank you for for the privilege of your time. good night. right now at 4:30, a body discovered at a business in a quiet south bay city. it is an active scene as police now search for clues. plus, a suspected burglar leads san francisco police on a dramatic roof-to-roof chase, and
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you might not believe how this ended. the warriors' first playoff game is in the books. fans celebrating that big win at oracle. when we say big win, we mean big win. >> very big. >> that's right, but they are also a little nervous after steph curry has a scary injury. good evening to you. thank you for joining us. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm terry mcsweeney. the golden state warriors cruise to an easy victory this afternoon at oracle arena, beating the houston rockets 104-78 to take a one-game lead in the series, but now everyone's holding their breath about steph curry. >> we have team coverage of today's game for you. we begin with fallon smith in our comcast sportsnet studio. all anyone's talking about is steph curry. we know he just talked to the press about his right ankle. >> yeah, and what we know is head coach steve kerr said curry is questionable with an ankle injury for monday's game two. let's show you exactly what happened. second quarter, steph appears to tweak his right ankle here, and he had to leave the game. however, he did return very briefly at


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