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the louvre -- panic as a man with a machete strikes near the famed museum in paris, shouting in arabic. the city, on alert again. big business -- president trump who vowed to crack down on wall street now vowing to cut out rules put in place to protect families badly hurt by the great recession. tale of the tape -- the pentagon releases video it said was new intelligence grabbed during the deadly u.s. raid in yemen. tonight, a bizarre twist. taxpayers beware -- the irs sounds the alarm about a new twist on an old scam thieves are using to steal your money. and party on -- it's wayne's world, we're just living in it. 25 years later. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc
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news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. in scenes that have become all too familiar in france, anti-terror raids are under way this evening in the wake of an attack at the most famous art museum in the world. that sent panicked tourists, including many americans running for cover. police say a machete-wielding man was gunned down at the entrance to the louvre in paris after he began attacking police officers. france has suffered a series of terror attacks that have killed over 200 people in the last two years. and at this hour, the hunt is on for possible accomplices in this latest violent act. nbc's matt bradley is there and has the latest. >> tonight, french police raiding locations around paris. an ongoing investigation after a terror attack at perhaps the world's most famous museum.
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it was around 10:00 a.m. inside the louvre. police say this 29-year-old egyptian suspect attacked four soldiers with a machete in each hand shouting "god is great" in arabic. >> translator: there were shots, this witness said, it was scary. i saw people falling. >> soldiers shot the attacker four times. he lived. a soldier suffered minimal injuries. 1200 people were inside the museum, some huddled on the floor, others evacuated to special safe rooms. police say the suspect arrived from dubai last week on a tourist visa. in the end this might have been a minor incident, but the response goes to show that after 15 months under a state of emergency and multiple terror attacks, this remains a city on edge. cassandra bolt and tailor wolstrum are students at the university of georgia. they were looking for the mona lisa when guards told them to take cover. >> that was scary.
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they made us take our, unzip our jacket and open our purses and be like that and i was like oh no. >> all of them fully armed. >> france was already on high alert after deadly attacks on the bataclan in 2015 and in nice last summer. french police say the suspect who is still in the hospital bought his machetes here in paris two days after he arrived from dubai. now authorities are trying to determine if he acted alone. lester? >> matt bradley in paris for us tonight. thank you. here at home, president trump welcomed some american business titans to the white house today. he huddled with ceos from walmart, general motors, pepsi, tesla and many more as american companies wrestle with how to react to the big moves he's made in his first two weeks in office. among those moves, an executive order today that takes aim at some consumer protections. nbc's kristen welker has details. >> president trump holding a highly charged meeting with top ceos today. >> this is a really world-class group. >> but a heated backdrop after the ceo of uber pulled out of the meeting amid a backlash from
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employees. fuming over the travel ban. tesla's ceo, elon musk did attend, but voiced his opposition to the ban. business leaders deflecting questions. >> did anybody disagree with the president in the meeting today? >> i appreciate the question, but again, very productive meeting. >> a white house official telling nbc news the ceos' opposition won't change the president's policy and tried to put the focus back on jobs. as mr. trump signed two executive actions today. including one that scraps a rule requiring financial advisers to act in their clients' best interests. the first step as the president aims to unravel dodd-frank, an obama-era law put in place to protect consumers. the president says the law is overly burdensome. >> we expect to be cutting a lot out of dodd-frank, because frankly i have so many people, friends of mine, that have nice businesses, they can't borrow money. >> democrats called the move a gift to the president's rich
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friends after he vowed to help working-class voters. >> critics of dodd-frank say it's onerous, proponents say if you take it away, banks and financial institutions will do the same things that got us into the financial crisis in the first place. >> it all caps a tumultuous two weeks at the white house where the president's roiled allies and moved forward with a number of controversial policies from a border wall to unraveling obamacare. trump voters split, particularly over the travel ban. >> i think it's a horrible execution. people with green cards, visas, people who are legal immigrants, should be allowed to travel back and forth. >> i think he's done amazingly well. done what he said he's going to do. >> as for that travel ban, the state department says 60,000 visas for citizens from the seven targeted countries have been revoked blocking those travelers from coming to the u.s. late tonight, the president tweeting, we must keep evil out of our country. he'll spend the weekend with his family at his florida estate. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. the new jobs
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report is out, a healthy 227,000 jobs were created in january. the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8%. actually a sign more people re-entered the workforce. but as our business correspondent jo ling kent explains, millions of americans remain under-employed, and not by choice. >> president trump touting the number of jobs created in january. despite being in office for just two weeks. >> we're very happy about that. i think that it's going to continue big-league. >> but just last year, trump called the labor department's unemployment rate a hoax. >> don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5% unemployment. the number is probably 28, 29, as high as 35. in fact i even heard recently 42%. >> that's very inaccurate because it's not even people who are necessarily looking for a job. they're actually doing something else or out of the workforce now. >> in fact, the number of under-employed did
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rise to 9.4% in january. people who worked part-time because they can't find full-time jobs. among them, dennis parker, a trump voter laid off more than a year ago, after 21 years in publishing. >> i have applied to so many things, and some, no answers, like a black hole. >> did you take your test today? >> the college-educated father of two stocks shelves at night to make ends meet. >> downsizing a little bit. >> he and his wife are also selling their home. >> i never anticipated that it was going to be a year. i was just going to impact my family. your self-worth, pretty much in the toilet. >> when we look at the data, we can see where the pain is. they reveal the very story of why people have been so angry and why the election was so divisive. >> i want to work. >> a challenge put forth by trump's own supporters. who want new jobs on his watch. jo ling kent, new jersey. tonight the trump administration is hitting iran with a new round of sanctions
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after putting the country's government on notice. the president today with some dramatic words as he unleashed a new economic punishment. our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, has details. >> president trump talked down to iran tonight. >> they're not behaving. >> hours after tweeting iran is playing with fire. they don't appreciate how kind president obama was to them. not me! undiplomatic language, while imposing new economic sanctions on iran. a response to its provocative test launch of a ballistic missile this week. the new sanctions targeted 25 iranians and companies who the u.s. says are associated with the ballistic missile program and are iran's revolutionary guard. national security adviser mike flynn, a long-time foe of iran, was the first to throw down the gauntlet. >> we are officially putting iran on notice. >> president trump has himself often expressed disdain for the nuclear deal the obama administration negotiated with iran. standing up to iran seems to be a keystone of president trump's
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new foreign policy. >> other things that the trump administration has done in its opening days have been less well-coordinated. with respect to iran, i think it's fairly clear where the administration is going. >> reporter: and that policy has direct implications in the wider region. for one thing, it aligns perfectly with the position of israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. who believes that iran poses an existential danger to israel's survival. and in syria, u.s. officials tell nbc news the trump administration wants to deny iran a stronghold. sources in the administration and the military tell me there is a deep antagonism toward iran in president trump's inner circle. some in fact say general flynn and defense secretary mattis are eager to confront iran. and want that to be clear right from the start. richard engel, nbc news, istanbul. now to the curious tale of the tape. the defense department was forced to retract a video today that earlier they had been
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touting as a piece of valuable intelligence that had been seized in the raid in yemen that left an american navy s.e.a.l. dead. it turns out the video isn't new at all. our pentagon correspondent hans nichols has details. >> military officials spending another day answering questions about intelligence on sunday's raid in yemen. so confident of the raid's importance, the military releasing what it thought were incriminating videos captured in the operation. calling them detailed do it yourself lessons intended for aspiring terrorists bomb-makers. including the chemical formula attempted by the so-called underwear bomber in 2009. the only problem? the video wasn't new. it had surfaced nearly ten years ago. officials only realized their error when reporters pointed it out. and moved quickly to take the video offline. centcom said they decided to release the video and told the pentagon. officials telling nbc
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news, we naught it was new, but now we know it wasn't. the data intelligence gathered in a raid authorized by mr. trump where navy s.e.a.l.s were met with muzzle flashes on a moonless night. their decision to publish the video raising more questions into an operation that killed a navy s.e.a.l. and many civilians. >> to see this a rush to the press is surprising and -- quite unfortunate in how it's turned out. >> still, military leaders insisting the videos were found on computers from the raid. and among the 14 al qaeda combatants killed were two known operational planners and weapons experts. hans nichols, nbc news, the pentagon. the notorious drug lord known as el chapo appeared in federal court here in new york today. he's being held and moved under intense security. prosecutors say with his record of escapes, they're taking no chances. our justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> security worthy of a presidential motorcade sped joaquin guzman the two miles from a high-security jail to the federal courthouse in brooklyn this morning.
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better known as el chapo, he was abruptly taken from a prison in mexico two weeks ago and flown to the u.s., accused of importing more than 200 metric tons of cocaine into the united states. mexican authorities had phone calls to arrange an interview with actor sean penn hemmed lead to his capture. his lawyers say the only way el chapo's wife could see him today was by coming to court because he's in solitary confinement 23 hours a day. no family visits, no phone calls. >> it's extremely restrictive. we believe he should be allowed permission to eventually visit with his wife to make phone calls to our office without further restrictions. >> but prosecutors say his violent history makes all the security essential. they cite his two successful escapes from prisons in mexico. most recently through a tunnel on a modified motorcycle. and murders of rivals by the sinaloa cartel he ran. more contact with him,
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the government says, would risk placing the prosecution's witnesses in grave danger of physical harm, including death. a former dea agent who worked mexican streets in fighting the cartels agrees. >> these are individuals that work with him in the past. so if chapo guzman gives the order for these individuals to be killed, they will be killed. >> the judge said today there are grounds for the extra security with the u.s. determined to see there won't be any more escapes. pete williams, nbc news, washington. an urgent warning for the irs, the trick cybercrooks could use on your employer to steal the money owed to you. also, countdown to the kickoff. 300 million gallons of beer, 1.3 billion chicken wings. america's big appetite for the big game.
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back with a new warning tonight from the irs of a growing scam that's targeting businesses, school districts, even nonprofits. cybercriminals are using emails to pose as company executives, tricking employees into handing over their private financial information. the result is a huge security breach. here's nbc's tom costello. >> it's a new twist on an old email phishing scam. at mitchell gold and bob williams furniture, 1,000 workers have had their personal information compromised after several employees received an email that appeared to come from the ceo. >> it was an email that looked like it
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was from me and sounded like it was from me, but it wasn't from me. >> the email tricked employees into giving away company payroll information. just two weeks later, several workers say criminals have already used their stolen information to file for an irs refund. >> it's really a violation of people's privacy. it's nerve-wracking to know that you might be at risk on your credit scores. >> here's how the scam works -- the criminals send emails posing as a company executive. often using a very familiar tone, like hi, are you around today? once the employee responds, the scammer asks to verify personnel names and social security numbers. even w-2 forms for all employees. thinking the request is from the real boss, employees gladly hand over the information. >> cybercriminals are going to follow the money. and right now, there's a huge trove of money available to them in filing false tax returns. >> to fight fraud, experts advise companies to issue w-2s as early as possible. employees should file their taxes early.
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before a scammer can. and be suspicious of any email asking for financial information. even from the boss. >> to get up, go call somebody, go see somebody physically. >> the irs says the w-2 scam is growing fast. just as companies are preparing w-2s and employees are anxious to get their refunds. tom costello, nbc news at the irs. we're back in a moment with why a big industry is losing more fizz in the u.s.
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no more! we don't want anymore! [crying] ahhhhhhhhhh! everyday price and no extra monthly fees, unlike cable. speeds up to 45 megs, for $30 a month. we're back with a big sign of changing tastes among american teens. a new cdc study finds that soda consumption among high school students dropped by more than 13% from 2007 to 2015. what's behind the trend? researchers cite in part new federal standards that ban nondiet sodas from schools. we're about 48 hours away from the kickoff of one of america's favorite unofficial holidays, the super bowl.
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for the new england patriots, who last took home the vince lombardi trophy in 2015, this will be their ninth championship game. the atlanta falcons are making their second appearance at the super bowl and hoping for their first win. nbc's ron mott is in houston with a closer look at some other important numbers fans should be keeping an eye on this weekend. >> we just love the patriots. >> two teams, atlanta, new england. offering a more sporting split to a sharply divided nation. >> i love this sport and i commit my life to playing it. >> for 39-year-old tom brady, an unprecedented seventh super bowl, capping a season he started under suspension for deflategate. >> this is a man who is motivated even without deflategate. he wants to prove he can defy father time. >> the falcons and their mvp-caliber quarterback matt ryan hope to defy odds-makers by beating the favored patriots for the franchise's first league championship in the 51-year history. super bowl li could be their lucky number. >> i believe in the
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guys that we have. >> football fever is infecting the masses here in houston, where 73,000 fans will fill nrg stadium. more than 5,000 law enforcement officers ready to tackle security threats. on the ground, from the air. as demonstrators warm up as well. at homes, bars and elsewhere, a super-sized party. americans expected to down 300 million gallons of beer, 1.3 billion chicken wings on super sunday. for the more than 100 million viewers across the u.s. -- commercials $5 million for a 30-second pop. >> and then there's the show within the show. 13 minutes for pop star lady gaga to make a statement on the world stage. >> i don't know if i will succeed in unifying america. you'll have to ask america when it's over. >> the final score, the only numbers that will matter come sunday. ron mott, nbc news, houston. when we come back, hard to believe it's been 25 years since
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wayne and garth hit the big screen. actor mike myers looks back on this comedy classic, when we come back. immigration ban.
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=raj/vo= what we know abouthe tporary order defying the president. ==jess/vo== and ... delayed and detained at bay area airports. what passengers say they have in common that's making them targets. ==jess/next close== finally tonight, it's party time. as we head into the weekend we're headed
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down to the basement, back in time and back where it all began, with mike myers. as we approach the 25th anniversary of a comedy classic. here's our resident "wayne's world" expert, kevin tibbles. >> they emerged from deepest, darkest suburbia. ♪ wayne's world >> wayne and his buddy garth, hosting a community cable talk show from mom and dad's basement. >> okay, i still live with my parents, which i admit is both bogus and sad. >> the spirit of the movie is hanging out with your friends. i always liked movies where it was a sense that it was a party. >> sch-wing! >> and in aurora, illinois where the film is set -- ♪ ♪ ♪ -- they're celebrating its awesome longevity. >> party on!
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>> i think people really want an excuse to get together and be wild. >> yet much of wayne's material came from scarborough, ontario, which just happens to be where i grew up, too. is there a little bit of wayne in you, too? >> oh, yeah. that's the way i talked. >> and monkeys just fly out of my butt. >> myers has written an homage to his northern homeland. >> having something that you do that comes from your heart and you really care about and having people still quoting it -- >> we're not worthy! >> we're not worthy! >> and having it be in the culture, is insanely gratifying. and i just can't believe my luck. >> game on. >> and 25 years later, what would 40-somethings wayne and garth be up to? >> somewhere between working at a carnival or being in silicon valley. but they're going to be friends. that's for sure. >> to wayne's world! >> which only goes to prove you can take the kid out of the
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basement -- >> but you can't take the basement out of the kid. >> kevin tibbles -- >> mike myers -- >> nbc news -- >> new york city. that's going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and mexicans have been detained or under surveillance in the airports. >> right now at 6:00, from the bay area to mexico, serious accusation coming from the mexican government's representative in the silicon valley. the news at 6:00 starts right now. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. first, new developments on president trump's executive order on immigration. just hours ago a federal judge in seattle issued a ruling to temporarily block the president's executive order.
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the order banned citizens from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the united states for 90 days. this ruling in seattle does apply nationwide. they are still waiting for a response from the white house. but the trump administration is expected to appeal the ruling. some 60,000 people have had their visas canceled because of trump's executive order. a department of homeland official tells nbc news that those people would have to reapply if they want to visit the united states. the serious ak sapgs tonight from mexican's general in silicon valley. he increasingly feels that his country may be a member of the president's travel ban after reports. the consult made that declaration to damian trujillo who joins us life. >> reporter: jessica, the


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