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>>>TONIGHT, THE DRAMATIC NEW TWIST IN A BIZARRE CASE, WHETHER THE ATTACK ON ACTOR JUSSIE SMOLLET WAS A HOAX CREATED BY HIM, DESPITE HIS DENIALS.>>>WHAT HAPPENS NOW TO THE THOUSANDS OF CAPTURED FOREIGN FIGHTERS, MANY FROM EUROPE, WHO JOINED THE RANKS? WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS ABOUT THEIR FATE.>>>WE ARE ON THE FRONT LINES IN A LARGELY FORGOTTEN WAR, INVOLVING RUSSIA. WHY IT MATTERS TO THE UNITED STATES.>>>THEY’RE BRINGING THEIR BIBLES, AND THEIR GUNS TO CHURCH.>>YOU KNOW, WE PRAY THAT NOTHING EVER, EVER HAPPENS, BUT IF IT DOES, YOU’VE GOT TO BE PREPARED.>>THE GROWING NUMBER OF CONGREGATIONS ENLISTING ARMED VOLUNTEERS.>>>WITH THE NUMBER OF ON THE RISE.>>>AND PRIZED CATCH, THE DELICACY THAT HAS BECOME BLACK GOLD IN KENTUCKY.>>>GOOD EVENING. KATE SNOW IS OFF TONIGHT. STUNNING NEW REVELATIONS IN THE CASE INVOLVING THE ALLEGED RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK ON TV STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT. CHICAGO POLICE INVESTIGATING THE CASE FOR MORE THAN 2 1/2 WEEKS WANT SMOLLETT TO TALK TO THEM AGAIN, DESCRIBING THE INCIDENT THAT LEFT HIM BEATEN AND WITH A NOOSE AROUND HIS NECK.>>Reporter: POLICE ARE NOW INVESTIGATING IF THE ACTOR, FAMOUS FOR HIS ROLE IN THE HIT SERIES “EMPIRE,” PAID TWO MEN TO STAGE AN ALLEGED ATTACK AGAINST HIM. IN JANUARY, JUSSIE SMOLLETT SAID TWO MASKED MEN ASSAULTED HIM BEFORE HURLING RACIAL AND HOMOPHOBIC SLURS BEFORE THROWING AS INTOE AROUND HIS NECK AND DOUSING HIM.>>I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THAT’S THEM.>>POLICE SAY THEY QUESTIONED AND RELEASED TWO MEN, CONFIRMED BY NBC AS TWO BROTHERS, BOTH FOLLOWED SMOLLETT ON INSTAGRAM. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY SEARCHED THE BROTHERS HOME FOUND A ROPE, BLEACH AND BLACK MASK.>>YOU DO SUCH A DISSERVICE WHEN YOU LIE ABOUT THINGS LIKE THIS.>>Reporter: POLICE ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING NEW INFORMATION GLEANED FROM THEIR INTERVIEW FROM THE BROTHERS SHIFTED THE TRAJECTORY OF THE INVESTIGATION. TODAY, LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE INVESTIGATION TELL NBC NEWS SMOLLETT IS NO LONGER CONSIDERED A VICTIM IN THE CASE, NOR IS HE CONSIDERED A SUSPECT. AT THIS POINT, POLICE JUST WANT HIM TO COME IN AND CLARIFY HIS STORY. OVERNIGHT, ATTORNEYS FOR SMOLLETT CATEGORICALLY DENIED THE NOTION THAT HE STAGED THE ASSAULT. HE HAS NOW BEEN FURTHER VICTIMIZED BY CLAIMS ATTRIBUTED TO THESE ALLEGED PERPETRATORS THAT JUSSIE PLAYED A ROLE IN HIS OWN ATTACK. NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH AND ANYONE CLAIMING OTHERWISE IS LYING. AND TONIGHT THE ACTOR REMAINING STEADFAST, STANDING BY HIS STORY, DESPITE THE GROWING SCRUTINY. JOSE?>>STEVE PATTERSON, THANK YOU.>>>THE BATTLE INTENSIFIED OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY TO FUND HIS BORDER WALL WITH A GROWING NUMBER OF STATES SAYING THEY PLAN TO CHALLENGE HIM. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT KELLY O’DONNELL WAS WITH THE PRESIDENT IN FLORIDA AND HAS OUR REPORT.>>Reporter: A FLORIDA WEEKEND GETWAY FOR THE PRESIDENT IS NO HOLIDAY FOR ADVERSARIES, HEADING TO COURT TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT’S BORDER WALL NATIONAL EMERGENCY. TODAY, CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL JAVIER BESARA SAID LEGAL ACTION IS IMMINENT.>>WE ARE PREPARED. WE KNEW SOMETHING LIKE THIS MIGHT HAPPEN. WITH OUR SISTER STATE PARTNERS WE ARE READY TO GO.>>Reporter: CALIFORNIA’S LEGAL COALITION FILING SUIT AGAINST THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY IS EXPECTED TO INCLUDE NEW MEXICO, HAWAII, OREGON, CONNECTICUT, MINNESOTA AND POSSIBLY OTHER STATES. DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL HILL PLAN TO TAKE ACTION, TOO, BUT ANY LEGISLATIVE BLOCK WOULD LIKELY PROVOKE THE PRESIDENT’S FIRST-EVER VETO.>>YES, WILL HE VETO?>>HE WILL PROTECT HIS NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION GUARANTEED.>>Reporter: A VETO THREAT MAY NOT DETER THE OPPOSITION.>>FRANKLY, I THINK THERE’S ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE SENATE WHO ARE CONCERNED THAT WHAT HE’S DOING IS ROBBING FROM THE MILITARY AND THE DOD TO GO BUILD THIS WALL.>>Reporter: EVEN SOME REPUBLICANS ARE WARY ABOUT MR. TRUMP USING THIS EXECUTIVE POWER TO GET MORE BORDER WALL MONEY THAT CONGRESS REFUSED TO AUTHORIZE.>>THIS WOULD BE ANOTHER EXPANSION OF THAT POWER. THAT’S WHY YOU SEE AN AWFUL LOT OF US CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.>>BUT DEFENDERS BLAME POLITICS AND CLAIM THE PRESIDENT RAN OUT OF OPTIONS.>>CONGRESS IS LOCKED DOWN AND WILL NOT GIVE HIM WHAT WE’VE GIVEN PAST PRESIDENTS. SO, UNFORTUNATELY, HE HAS TO DO IT ON HIS OWN AND I SUPPORT HIS DECISION TO GO THAT ROUTE.>>Reporter: A SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL SAID TODAY THAT UNDER THE PRESIDENT’S EMERGENCY PLAN, BUILDING THE 200-PLUS MILES OF PROPOSED BORDER BARRIER WOULD TAKE UNTIL THE FALL OF 2020 RIGHT IN THE HEART OF CAMPAIGN SEASON. THE TIMING OF ANY CONSTRUCTION COULD EASILY BE AFFECTED BY THE COMING LEGAL CHALLENGES, SLOWING DOWN THE URGENCY THE PRESIDENT DESCRIBES. JOSE?>>KELLY O’DONNELL AT WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA. THANK YOU.>>>THE WOMAN EXPECTED TO BE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NOMINEE FOR AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATION HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE NOMINATION. THE ISSUE WAS HEATHER NAUERT’S FAMILY FAILURE TO PAY TAXES ON A FOREIGN-BORN NANNY HIRED TO TAKE CARE OF HER CHILDREN. SHE IS NOT EXPECTED TO CONTINUE IN HER CURRENT ROLE AS STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN.>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOW CALLING ON EUROPE TO TAKE BACK HUNDREDS OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS CAPTURED IN SYRIA AND PUT THEM ON TRIAL OR ELSE THE PRESIDENT THREATENED THE U.S. COULD BE FORCED TO RELEASE THEM. BUT AS NBC’S LUCY KAVANAUGH REPORTS, THAT IDEA IS FACING OPPOSITION ABROAD.>>Reporter: U.S.-BACKED KURDISH FORCES ARE CLOSING IN, WITH THE ISLAMIC STATE ALL BUT GONE, THE QUESTION NOW, WHAT TO DO WITH THE FOREIGNERS WHO REMAIN, LIKE BRITISH TEEN, WHO RAN WAY TO SYRIA WITH TWO CLASSMATES IN 2015.>>SAW ALL THE VIDEOS ON THE INTERNET AND THAT JUST KIND OF ATTRACTED ME TO THEM.>>Reporter: SPEAKING FROM A SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP SHE SAID SHE HAS NO REGRETS ABOUT JOINING ISIS.>>I HAVE MY KIDS. I HAD A GOOD TIME THERE.>>Reporter: NOW SHE WANTS TO COME HOME.>>I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE SYMPATHY TOWARD ME FOR EVERYTHING I’VE BEEN THROUGH.>>Reporter: MORE THAN 480,000 FOREIGNERS FROM 80 COUNTRIES JOINED ISIS. MOST CAME FROM FRANCE, FOLLOW BID GERMANY AND THE UK. PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS EUROPEAN ALLIES TO TAKE BACK OVER 800 ISIS FIGHTERS CAPTURED IN SYRIA AND PUT THEM ON TRIAL, SUGGESTING THEY WOULD OTHERWISE BE RELEASED.>>THERE IS A DANGER OF EUROPEANS NOT GETTING CONVICTED AND POTENTIALLY THEN ESCAPING FROM OBSERVATION IN THE UK OR ELSEWHERE AND POTENTIALLY THEN ATTACKING AMERICA AS WELL.>>Reporter: ISIS STILL A THREAT, EVEN AS THE BATTLE AGAINST THEM COMES TO A CLOSE. NBC NEWS.>>>IN JUAN GUAIDO, TRYING TO BG DOWN THE MADURO REGIME. IN COLOMBIA, MARCO RUBIO CALLED ON NICOLAS MADURO, TO ALLOW HUMANITARIAN AID INTO THE COUNTRY, SAYING THIS WAS ANOTHER TRAGEDY.>>>A WAR THAT’S KILLED 10,000 PEOPLE SINCE IT BEGAN FIVE YEARS AGO. THE U.S. SUPPORTS UKRAINE IN THIS STRUGGLE. BILL NEELY WENT INTO UKRAINE AND REPORTS.>>Reporter: UKRAINE, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE. ITS TROOPS TAKE US TO FRONT LINE WHERE THEY’RE BATTLING RUSSIAN-BACKED SEPARATISTS.>>RUSSIAN MADE?>>YEP.>>Reporter: WE SPRINT ACROSS OPEN GROUND AND INTO TRENCH WARFARE, AN EXTRAORDINARY VISION OF WORLD WAR I IN TODAY’S EUROPE. UKRAINE, CUT IN TWO. MORE THAN 2,000 KILLED ALONG THIS LINE LAST YEAR. IN THE UKRAINIAN SNIPER’S NEST, THE ENEMY IS NOT FAR. THIS IS VERY CLOSE QUARTERS, THE SNEEREST SNIPERS, RUSSIAN SNIPERS, ARE 300 YARD AS WAY. THESE ARE THE MILITANTS THEY’RE FIGHTING FROM TWO BREAKWAY PROVINCES BACKED BY RUSSIA. THE U.S. SAYS 2,000 RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE LEADING THEM. ALL RUSSIAN OFFICERS? ALL RUSSIAN COMMANDERS? A FIVE-YEAR WAR ALMOST FORGOTTEN BY THE WORLD. THEY WORRY RUSSIAN TROOPS WILL INVADE.>>IT’S MY COUNTRY. IT’S MY EARTH. IT’S MINE.>>Reporter: YOU DON’T WANT TO LIVE UNDER RUSSIAN RULE?>>NO.>>Reporter: NEVER?>>NEVER.>>Reporter: THIS IS THE FRONT LINE NOT JUST BETWEEN THE UKRAINIAN ARMY AND RUSSIAN-BACKED SEPARATISTS. IT IS THE MAIN FLASHPOINT TODAY BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE WEST. THE U.S. SUPPLIES WEAPONS AND TRAINING TO UKRAINE. THE WAR NOW DEADLOCKED. HIS MESSAGE TO THE U.S., DON’T FORGET US. NEARLY 2 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE FLED THE FIGHTING. MANY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING GONE? GONE. WE LEAVE THE FRONT LINE AT A SPRINT, PAST THE BROKEN ROAD TO RUSSIA, UKRAINE IS DETERMINED NEVER TO TAKE. BILL NEELY, NBC NEWS, UKRAINE.>>>RECENT ATTACKS ON CHURCHES AND OTHER HOUSES OF WORSHIP HAVE PROMPTED A GROWING NUMBER OF THEM TO ADD SOMETHING NEW. TEAMS OF LICENSED, ARMED VOLUNT VOLUNTEERS, WILLING TO PROTECT THEIR CONGREGATION IN THE EVENT OF AN ATTACK.>>Reporter: IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, WORSHIP IS A SUNDAY RITUAL. NOW THERE’S ANOTHER PIECE TO THIS ROUTINE. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE GUNS ON YOU?>>MINE IS IN MY PURSE.>>Reporter: THESE THREE AND OTHER MEMBERS MAKE UP THE VOLUNTEER SECURITY TEAM, ARMED EVERY SUNDAY WITH A PRAYER AND A PLAN.>>LET’S DO THIS.>>Reporter: AFTER 30 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, JEFF RUSH LEADS THE TEAM. NOT EVERYONE IS AS EXPERIENCED. DURING THE WEEK, DEREK WALKER WORKS AS A WAREHOUSE MANAGER. WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU RAISE YOUR HAND AND SAY I WILL DO THIS? I’LL VOLUNTEER FOR THIS?>>THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT, MY CHURCH FAMILY, I WANT TO PROTECT THEM.>>THEY BELIEVE KEEPING PAR DRLS ISHIONORS SAFE FROM ATTACKS IS PART OF THE MINISTRY. THEY ARE NOT ALONE. VOLUNTEER SECURITY TEAMS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED OVER THE PAST DECADE WHICH IS WHY COMPANIES LIKE OZARK SHOOT, DON’T SHOOT SOLUTIONS OFFER SPECIALIZED TRAINING, USING REAL GLOCKS IN REAL CHURCHES. IT IS EVIDENCE OF A GRIM NEW REALITY. IN 2015, NINE PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN EMMANUEL AME CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA, LAST OCTOBER, 11 DEAD AFTER A SHOOTING AT PITTSBURGH’S TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE. AND THE DEADLIEST IN 2017, 26 GUNNED DOWN AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SOUTHER LAND SPRINGS, TEXAS. THE CHURCH NOW HAS ITS OWN ARMED SECURITY TEAM. BUT CRITICS LIKE THE GIFFORDS LAW CENTER SAYS THE PRESENCE OF A GUN MAKES GUN VIOLENCE MORE LIKELY AND BELIEVES CIVILIANS DO NOT DO A GOOD JOB OF PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE WHEN THEY ARE ARMED. AT A2, THE WEAPONS ARE OUT OF SIGHT, BUT THE PROTECTION TOP OF MIND.>>I APPRECIATE HAVING SECURITY. FOR ONE, IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE THE CHURCH CARES ABOUT MY SAFETY.>>Reporter: THESE THREE SAY SECURITY IS THEIR CALLING.>>I HAVE THE HEART OF A MOTHER AND A MOTHER IS GOING TO PROTECT HER CHILDREN.>>Reporter: STANDING READY TO PREVENT TRAGEDY AND PRAYING THEY NEVER HAVE TO. BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA.>>TWO DAYS AFTER THAT SHOOTING RAMPAGE AT A FACTORY IN AURORA, ILLINOIS, THE FIVE EMPLOYEES GUNNED DOWN WERE HONORED TODAY. THOUSANDS GATHERED AT A VIGIL AT THE PRATT FACILITY WHERE A LONG-TIME EMPLOYEE WAS FIRED.>>>HOW TO TELL WHETHER IT’S TRUE OR NOT AND ALL THE INFORMATION WE’RE EXPOSED TO EVERY DAY. LESTER HOLT TELLS US ABOUT A NEW PROGRAM CALLED MEDIA WISE, TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HOW TO SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION.>>FROM THE MOMENT YOU WAKE UP AND REACH FOR YOUR PHONE, NEWS COMES AT YOU LIKE A TIDAL WAVE, TV, NEWSPAPERS, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, REDDIT, BLOGS, PODCASTS. FOR THE YOUNGEST NEWS USERS, IT CAN BE INFORMATION OVERLOAD.>>WHEN YOU READ MISINFORMATION ONLINE, THAT CAN IMPACT THE DECISIONS THAT YOU MAKE IN REAL LIFE. AND IT DOES.>>Reporter: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IS A DAILY BATTLE FOR STUDENTS LIKE MAYA, TREVOR, BARAKA AND OWEN, WHO I MET AT WOODROW WILSON HIGH SCHOOL.>>FIRE IS USED TO KEEP CHICAGO TRAINS RUNNING IN THE COLD AND THAT APPEARS TO BE FIRE ON THE TRACKS. HOW MANY OF YOU BELIEVE THAT’S TRUE? SHOW OF HANDS. IN AN EFFORT TO CUT THROUGH THE NOISE, THE POINTER INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISM ADVOCACY GROUP CREATED MEDIA WISE, A PROGRAM THAT USES REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES LIKE THESE TO HELP STUDENTS DISCERN THE TRUTH. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER POSTED SOMETHING OR PUT SOMETHING OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT LATER TURNED OUT NOT TO BE TRUE? THEY SAY THEY GET MUCH OF THEIR NEWS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA, BUT OFTEN APPROACH IT WITH SKEPTICISM. DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE SOMETIMES THE STORY IS ALMOST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?>>I DO A KEY SEARCH AND SEARCH THE SAME EXACT HEADLINE AND SEE IF IT ONLY COMES UP FROM THAT ONE SOURCE OR THERE OTHER CREDIBLE SOURCES LIKE “THE NEW YORK TIMES” OR WASHINGTON POST.>>PEOPLE ALWAYS REPOST A STORY AND YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE POSTING THAT, I MIGHT CHECK IT OUT TO SEE WHAT IT’S ABOUT.>>THE STORY ABOUT THE FIRE ON THE TRACKS, IT WAS REAL. MEDIA WISE IS WORKING WITH STANFORD TO CREATE A CURRICULUM. THIS FALL, THEY’LL ROLL IT OUT TO TEACH MORE THAN A MILLION STUDENTS HOW TO BE MORE DISCERNING NEWS CONSUMERS. I’M PROUD TO SAY I WAS NAMED AN AMBASSADOR TO THE POINTER PROGRAM AND LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING THEM EDUCATE KIDS AROUND THE COUNTRY. LESTER HOLT, NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>>STILL AHEAD TONIGHT, WHY MANY NOW SEE MUSIC AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF TREATING PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.>>>ALSO A SPECIAL DELIVERY ON A>>>WE ARE BACK NOW WITH ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S GROWING EPIDEMICS, ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. SOMEONE DEVELOPS THE DISEASE EVERY 65 SECONDS. WHILE THERE’S NO CURE YET, THERE ARE WAYS TO COPE AND EVEN HELP DELAY MEMORY LOSS. NBC’S RON MOTT VISITS WITH A GROUP WHO SAYS MUSIC MAY BE THE ANSWER.>>WHERE IS MY JOURNAL?>>I THINK IT WAS IN THE BACK ROOM.>>Reporter: WHEN ANN HUNT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE A FEW YEARS AGO, THE 82-YEAR-OLD MAGAZINE EDITOR AND HER HUSBAND, BRUCE, FEARED A FAST DECLINE SO THEY JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO CHALLENGE HER BRAIN IN A NEW WAY. ♪ MY NAME’S ANN ♪ ♪ HELLO ANN ♪>>HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THIS CHOIR?>>I WAS REALLY LOOKING FOR SOMETHING I COULD FIND THAT WOULD BE A PLACE WHERE I COULD PARTICIPATE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME AND FEEL LIKE I COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.>>Reporter: GROWING MOVEMENT IN ALZHEIMER’S’S MOVEMENT, MAKING MUSIC TO EXERCISE THE BRAIN, REDUCE ANXIETY AND SOCIALIZE. NATIONWIDE AT LEAST 30 CHOIRS HAVE BEEN FORMED FOR PEOPLE LIKE ANN. IT CAN HELP CALM CAREGIVERS, TOO.>>LEARNING NEW STUFF AND KNOWING THERE’S LIFE BEYOND THE INITIAL DIAGNOSIS, I THINK, IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR FOLKS.>>Reporter: DR. MARY MIDDLETON IS AN ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH AND FOUNDED A CHORUS CALLED THE UNFORGETTABLES.>>RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT MUSIC ACTIVATES MOST PARTS OF THE BRAIN THAN MOST OTHER ACTIVITIES AND THE PART OF THE BRAIN AFFECTED BY ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE MAY NOT BE AFFECTED AS EARLY.>>Reporter: LONG TIME CHICAGO CHORAL CONDUCTOR AND HIS WIFE LAUNCHED THE GOOD MEMORIES CHOIR HERE.>>WHEN EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU’RE SUFFERING FROM THE SAME THING THERE’S A NATURAL COMPASSION AND OPENING UP THAT HAPPENS. WALLS COME DOWN.>>Reporter: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE POWER OF SONG, MORE PROOF THAT MUSIC CAN BE AN IMPORTANT ALLY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S. RON MOTT, NBC NEWS, CHICAGO.>>FOR MORE, WE ARE JOINED BY OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES. GOOD TO SEE YOU. CAN MUSIC SLOW DOWN OR EVEN PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S?>>MUSIC MEMORY CAN REMAIN INTACT EVEN AFTER WE LOST OTHER MEMORIES AND MUSIC CAN SLOW COGNITIVE DECLINE. IT DOESN’T SEEM TO MATTER IF YOU SING, PLAY AN INSTRUMENT OR LISTEN TO IT.>>JUST BE MUSICAL?>>JUST>>>BABY ON BOARD USUALLY REFERS TO A BABY IN A CAR. BUT IT TOOK ON A WHOLE DIFFERENT MEANING ON A JETBLUE FLIGHT FROM SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, TO FLORIDA. CELL PHONES WERE RECORDING AS A WOMAN GAVE BIRTH TO A BOY, ASSISTED BY MEMBERS OF THE CREW AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ON BOARD. BOTH THE BABY AND THE MOTHER ARE JUST FINE.>>>AND IN TOPEKA, KANSAS, IT WAS TWINS FOR A WOMAN WHO WENT INTO PREMATURE LABOR AND HAD A C-SECTION. BUT THAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY. HER HUSBAND, STAFF SERGEANT, ARRIVING HOME FROM KUWAIT WITHOUT NOTICE AND SHOWING UP AT THE HOSPITAL WITH FLOWERS IN HAND. THE VIDEO HAS BEEN VIEWED MORE THAN 4 MILLION TIMES AND IT’S NOT HARD TO SEE WHY.>>>WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL GO TO RURAL KENTUCKY, WHERE THEY’RE PRODUCING A DELICACY THAT JUST MAY>>>FINALLY TONIGHT, CAVIAR IS THAT PRICEY DELICACY OFTEN ENJOYED BY THE WELL-TO-DO WITH A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE. THESE DAYS THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE BLOCK, CATCHING AND SERVING UP THE SALTY SNAKE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNITED STATES. KENTUCKY, TO BE PRECISE. KEVIN TIBBLES WENT THERE FOR A TASTE.>>Reporter: THEY FISHED THE RIVERS OF RURAL KENTUCKY FOR GENERATIONS. THESE DAYS IT’S NOT THE FISH THEY’RE AFTER. IT’S THEIR CHERISHED EGGS. HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW THERE’S CAVIAR IN KENTUCKY?>>I CAN TELL YOU SEVEN YEARS AGO, YOU’RE TALKING TO A GUY THAT HAD NO IDEA.>>GRAND RIVERS, KENTUCKY.>>Reporter: SINCE THEN, DAVID FIELDS HAS CREATED AMERICA’S BEST CAVIAR, THE COMPANY SERVING AN EVER-GROWING WORLDWIDE.>>THIS IS QUALITY.>>IT IS.>>Reporter: IT COMES FROM STURGEON. THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE THE DAYS OF THE DINOSAURS.>>THEY LOOK LIKE DINOSAURS. WHEN I FIRST SAW IT, I WAS LIKE, WOW, THAT THING LOOKS PREHISTORIC.>>OVERFISHING NOW THREATENS THAT INDUSTRY. BUT HERE IN LANDLOCKED KENTUCKY, THE AMERICAN STURGEON AND PADDLE FISH SWIM APLENTY AND PRODUCE THE ONLY WILD CAUGHT CAVIAR IN THE WORLD. AN OUNCE OF THE RUSSIAN STUFF, 75 BUCKS. HOW DOES IT COMPARE? I LOVE IT WHEN IT POPS. NOT TOO SALTY.>>NO?>>IT’S JUST RIGHT.>>MORE?>>Reporter: THIS FORMER HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL GAMBLED EVERYTHING TO STOCK THE STURGEON.>>I WAS LOOKING FOR ANOTHER INCOME.>>Reporter: HE HAS TRAVELED THE GLOBE, TASTING AND TESTING. STILL, HOME IN KENTUCKY WHERE DAVID AND HIS FISHING FRIENDS LIKE TO BE.>>I NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT GOT ME TO WHERE I AM. AND WITHOUT THEM, I HAVE NOTHING.>>Reporter: FISHING FOR BLACK GOLD, TO PLEASE THE PICKIEST OF PALATES. SO WE CAN ALL HAVE CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR?>>ABSOLUTELY. WHY NOT?>>Reporter: KEVIN TIBBLES, GRAND RIVERS, KENTUCKY.>>>THAT’S “NBC NIGHTLY NEWS” FOR THIS SUNDAY. LESTER HOLT WILL BE BACK FOR TOMORROW NIGHT’S BROADCAST. I’M

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