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here. >> lester holt joins us next. >> bye, folks. hope to see you at 6:00. tonight, breast cancer confusion. a major shift from the american cancer society over what age women should start getting mammograms. tonight the heated debate and question so many are asking. biden versus clinton. the vice president sounding more like a candidate seemingly taking swipes at hillary clinton and what he said today about the bin laden raid raising eyebrows. and new car rankings. which are the most reliable and most headaches. we have the list filled with surprises. and the future is now. october 21, 2015, we are hours from the day that back to the future stepped on the hover board. what did the movie get right and wrong? "nightly news" begins
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right now. good evening. doctors say one in eight women in the u.s. will develop breast cancer and so you would be hard-pressed to find a person in this country who doesn't know someone or whose own life hasn't been touched by it. so news today that the rules of early detection have changed virtually overnight has created worry and confusion. here is what happened. the american cancer society came out today to say women need fewer mammograms starting later in life. that is counter to what other groups recommend. that raises questions. i'll put some of them to a doctor in our studio here in a moment. but first anne thompson with the new guide lines. >> reporter: in the season of pink -- the american cancer society moves the mammogram starting line. instead of age 40
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today it recommends women start at age 45 if they are of average risk, without genetic mutations or a family history of breast cancer. at 55, women should transition to screening every other year if they have a life expectancy of ten years or longer. the american cancer society said the changes are designed to eliminate false positives and overtreatment. >> by 45, the benefits clearly outweigh the draw backs and all women should participate in screening. >> and no longer recommending clinical breast exams at any age. >> the life saving potential of early detection is found in mammography. that is the test that can find a cancer before anybody with feel it. >> but there is disagreement on when to start. a federal task force said it should be age 50. the american college of obstetrics and gynocology is sticking with 40. and one more obstacle for the mobile mammogram unit as they
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treat uninsured women in new york city. is this going to add to the confusion? >> without a doubt. our women are generally low-income and low information consumers. so yes, this will be a very difficult thing for them to put their head around. >> reporter: early detection saved mary's mother who drove her own mammography van. and amy, at age 40, her first mammogram revealed this mom had an aggressive form of breast cancer. >> it is frustrating for women who want to do the right thing and they are constantly being told something different. >> reporter: as women and doctors struggle with when to get screened, there may be comfort in federal law requires most insurance to cover mammograms from age 40 on to protect them from the second deadliest form of cancer. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. >> and there are a lot of questions about this. dr. roshini raj specializes in women's health and cancer treatment. doctor, thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> if a woman wants to get the mammogram at 40, ignore the recommendations and go
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with the others, what is the harm? >> there is not a big downside when you talk about getting it at 40. some groups are recommending it at 40. however, the new guidelines say 45 may be more reasonable because you are going to have some false-positives. that means people under 45 going to get the mammogram and they go through tests and anxiety and in the end it is not cancer. so they said start at age 45. but they did say, but if you want it at 40, you should have the opportunity to get it at 40. >> what should women do with this information today. >> the fact we have three different groups recommending three different times which means we don't know the exact time for every women. it is an individual choice. you need to discuss it with your doctor. this is for average risk women. if you have a family history or a personal history of another type of cancer, talk to your doctor when you should be treated. >> thank you. to presidential politics and the vice president doing nothing to quiet the speculation that continues to swirl around him. if anything he is
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beginning to sound more like a candidate taking not so veiled swipes at hillary clinton today. meantime, clinton is gaining background she lost, increasing her lead over sanders to a 20 point spread in the new poll. while biden actually lost support, down to 15%. nbc's kristen welker on the new biden versus clinton intrigue. >> at an event honoring walter mondale, the current vice president sounded like a presidential candidate. today casting himself as the standard bearer of the obama legacy. >> president obama and i have ideologically have had no disagreement. none. i mean zero. >> to illustrate the point, biden said he and the president were in lock-step when it came to authorizing the raid against bin laden. >> i told him my opinion, i thought he should go but follow his own instincts. >> and his account differs from the description to nbc news during an interview taped for
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situation room," when biden said he urged the president to get more information. >> i think there is time to do it before you move. >> reporter: biden took a veiled swipe at democratic front-runner hillary clinton for what she said at last week's debate when asked which enemy she's most proud of. >> probably the republicans. >> i still have a lot of republican friends. i don't think my chief enemy is the republican party. >> but biden's support came from democrats concerned about clinton's weakness is facing uphill battle. clinton is gaining strength and plurality of democrats, now 38% of democrats say they don't want biden to get in. >> they feel like they are frozen in place until the vice president makes his decision and that is not helpful for the party. >> long time supporter
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james cargill said he will support whoever the democrats nominate but was blunt about biden. >> just make up your mind. if you want to do it for god sakes, you deserve to take a shot here. >> reporter: and lester, as solid as the poll is, there is a significant weakness for hillary clinton. 44% of americans are not satisfied with her response to the benghazi attacks and only 27% say they are. that makes thursday critical for her as she testifies before the congressional committee investigating that matter. lester. >> kristin, thanks. on the republican side of race, donald trump remains the front-runner. but due to the margin of error, ben carson is in a dead heat for the lead. carson's unorthodox approach continues to connect with voters. even as hallie jackson tells us he takes time from his campaign to promote a new book. >> reporter: ben carson today cranking out snapshots on an autograph assembly line. not a political rally, but a book tour, the doctor and author, long before a politician, ramping down campaign events, yet still surging.
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nearly three quarters of republicans now say they could see themselves voting for the first time candidate. >> his candidacy is a mystery for most people. he is nontraditional and gives nontraditional answers in nontraditional ways. >> carson's cash flow, raising a lot and spending it fast has been fueled by his controversial comments on gun control and the holocaust and muslim americans. >> i would not advocate that we put a muslim in charge of this nation. >> his remarks mischaracterized he said by the media. but he can use a different platform to get his message out -- facebook. where he has more likes than any other gop candidate. and that may not seem like a big deal, but a single post on his page could reach 4.3 million people, nearly as many as the population of iowa and new hampshire combined. >> i'm never going to be a politician. so i'm not going to use their playbook. >> reporter: and while he isn't a typical politician, he is trying to organize like one. in key states like iowa, where the seventh day adventist
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looks strong among evangelicals and that could be a problem for other candidates angling for faith based voters like ted cruz, who is taking fire from bush who took told a group of donors he doesn't like the senator. and that could work for cruz who is campaigning against establishment republicans like bush in what is still a race the outsiders own, despite pundit predictions. hallie jackson, washington. the u.s. presidential campaign has been underway for months and still has more than a year to go. but canada has just chosen a new leader in a campaign that lasted a mere 11 weeks and that is long for them. the winner in an upset is a 43-year-old justin trudeau. a relative newcomer to politics but one with a legendary name and he promises big changes. nbc's gabe guiterrez has his story. >> i have a simple message for you. on behalf of 35 million canadians, we're back. >> justin trudeau is
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canada's future and the past. the son of pierre and margaret, the charismatic former prime minister and former flower child bride. this glamorous power couple in the 70s and 80s. justin grew up in that spotlight. and last night claimed it for himself. his liberal party winning a stunning upset. >> it is time for a change in this country, my friends. a real change. >> trudeau is 43, married to a former television host and model. he got into politics just eight years ago after trying his hand as a snowboard instructor, a nightclub bouncer and a high school teacher. his critics called his resume thin. >> being prime minister is not an entry level job. >> but he insisted he was ready and the voters agreed. sending conservative incumbent stephen harper packing. >> the people are never wrong. >> reporter: and he promises to cut taxes ab spend spenn spend sd
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billions to boost the economy, legalize marijuana and lead the u.s.-led air campaign against isis in iraq and syria. why should americans care about canadian politics? >> we now have a canadian government that is politically more in line with the american government. does that mean better relations. relations have always been good but they have not been so great of late. will they now get better? that is why americans should care. >> a young new leader, a familiar old name, and perhaps a little northern star power. dave guiterrez, nbc news, montreal. now to a growing controversy in south florida surrounding the shooting death of a church musician alongside the highway. he pulled over with car trouble in the middle of the night and that led to a fatal encounter with a plain clothes police officer. now his family is demanding answers. we get more from nbc's mark potter. >> reporter: 31 year cory jones was a well-known drummer who played in churches and in a local band preparing for a national tour.
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police say he was killed at 3:15 sunday morning along an exit ramp for interstate 95 where friends say he was waiting for a tow truck because of car trouble. the palm beach gardens police department said one of the officers, newman raja, drove up in an unmarked car and plain clothes. >> as the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject. as a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of mr. cory jones. >> police say they found a handgun jones purchased three days before the incident. >> i can't explain it. it just hurts. >> they lost an amazing person. a really special human being. >> his family and friends are shocked by the police account of the shooting, saying jones was nonviolent. >> i plead to that individual that he will be accountable
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for what he has done. >> reporter: jones worked as an inspector for delray beach housing authority as an inspector. >> he was a good person. a good soul. a good human being. >> his family hired an attorney known for his work in previous high-profile police shooting cases. officer raja joins the palm beach gardens police department in april, after serving eight years in atlanta, florida, where the chief said he was in good standing. raja is on paid leave as the palm beach sheriff's office investigates the shooting. mark potter, nbc news, miami. dangerous weather tore through the southwest causing flooding in central arizona that trapped a woman in her minivan north of phoenix. a rescue crew waded into the fast-moving water and was able to pull her to safety. a number of funnel clouds were reported around the phoenix area and to the north, flagstaff got pelted with hail, almost looks like snow blanketing the area in that picture. still ahead, how well do american cars stack up against the foreign counterparts when it comes to
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reliability and where does your car sit. some real surprises in the new annual report. what you need to know. also the hair-rising flight to the sky streaked with lightning, all caught on camera.
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so how is your car running? there was a time we measured car reliability mostly by what was happening under the hood. but packing cars with new technology has not only offered new futures and netures and neweta
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headaches as reflected in today's release of the most highly watched and respected annual auto survey. tom costello now with how today's models stack up, including some surprises. >> reporter: the list is compiled from 740,000 consumer reports subscribers. detailing how reliable their existing cars are. but new technology on the dashboard and in the transmissions is proving to be a hangup for several big-named automakers. >> technology is moving very quickly and much faster than the car manufacturers are keep up. when they are building the cars, sometimes the life cycle of the car is seven years. if you have a smartphone that is seven years old, it is basically garbage. >> starting with the most reliable cars, toyota and lexus on top, followed by audi, mazda and subaru and kia and the only american in the top ten, buick. kia even surpassed honda and acura. among the least reliable vehicles on the list, lincoln, ford, acura, gmc and
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chevrolet. >> at fiat chrysler, the struggles continue as it produced five of the worst seven brands. this brand, jeep and fiat, the bottom three among the subscribers. >> transmission issues the biggest complaint. >> but here is the interesting point. jeep rated as the second worst brand when it comes to reliability and yet because of the styling, because of the marketing and because of the look of the jeep models that are being sold right now, sales have never been stronger. >> the stunner, tesla. the car consumer reports called the best car it ever tested gets a worse than average reliability score. tesla said its technology allows it to fix software bugs in the cars remotely. fiat, ford, gm and acura tell nbc news they are listening to the customers and working to improve. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> we have much more information about the report auto rankings on our website, we're back in a
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moment with a record, the new star wars movie has taken a lightsaber to, months before it hits theaters.
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according to a family statement, an ailing lamar odom has taken a few steps in los angeles where he has reportedly been transferred to a new hospital. tmz sports spotted his medical chopper in las vegas before it departed last night. his estranged wife khloe kardashian made her first official statement since he was found unconscious last week. she gave thanks for the quote, endless prayers during this difficult time. take a look at this amazing image caught on camera during a fierce storm over sydney, australia. a photographer snapping photos at the right moment captured a huge bolt flashing beyond a jet near the airport and it was also caught on video. it looks like the plane takes a direct hit but in reality it was a safe distance
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away. not even the force could keep movie sites from crashing over demand for tickets for "star wars." they went on sale yesterday, the debut of the new trailer smashing the record for first-day sales according to fandango. the next chapter in the star wars saga doesn't open until december 18th. but some shows are already sold out. and we'll go from one beloved film franchise to another when we come back. turn on your flux capacitor, we're heading for a landmark date in movie history. next at 6: a pain pill epidemic
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and the bay area is ground zero. what one local county is asking doctors not to do... ===take vo jess === plus, a man waving a machette on an east bay street... then, police say, two drivers go on the attack. ===next close=== next. finally tonight, take a second and imagine what the world will be like three decades from now. will there be flying cars? will we look back and laugh about how primitive today's cutting-edge technology seems. that was the challenge facing the moviemakers behind "back to the future" part two, when 1980s marty mcfly fired up the flux capacitor and time travelled to october 21, 2015, which happens to be tomorrow's date. so we thought nbc's kevin tibbles should take a look at how the movie's version of what 2015 would be like stacks up to reality. >> ready for a little time travel? >> when are we? >> wednesday, october
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21st, 2015. >> reporter: let's go back exactly 30 years when in 1985, michael j. fox and christopher lloyd blasted on to the screen in "back to the future." and to celebrate, we've met ken smith, who frankly is the spitting image of marty mcfly. he spent three years rebuilding a suped up delorian to be his time machine. >> why did that movie have staying power? >> sense of family. sense of possibility. >> reporter: so how many of the future visions back in 1985 came true? well, there was the hover board. pretty soon we might be able to buy one just like it. how about video phone calls. everyone is doing that these days. and those dog-walking drones. drones are everywhere. back in the present. the town of reston, virginia, has renamed itself hill valley for the anniversary.
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>> it is a wonderful community. and it is nice to connect it to hill valley. >> the entire "back to the future" trilogy will be screened here with proceeds going to the michael j. fox foundation for parkinson's research. there is a time travel dreamer in all of us. >> i think i would like to do the roaring 20s. >> i would love to go to the future. i want to see if we make it to mars. >> as for ken smith, there is no time like the present to celebrate his favorite film with the future generation of fans. kevin tibbles, nbc news, reston -- make that hill valley, virginia. and that will do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. a "pill problem" in one of the
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bay area's most affluent cont right now at 6:00, a pill problem in one of the bay air area's most affluent counties. we have new information about the abuse and the game plan moving forward. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica agiurre. it is a startling fact there is a drug overdose death in marin every two weeks. tonight there's a push to stop what many are calling a pill epidemic. nbc bay area jodi hernandez is live in marin where doctors are
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being asked to just stop overpre describing these meds that in many cases it's teens getting into them. >> reporter: that's right, jessica. we're told more people die of drug overdose here than from breast cancer and car accidents combined. health officials say doctors an overprescribing narcotics to their patients, and people are dying because of it. >> he was really a nice good person. >> reporter: but susan kim's youngest son lost his life doing something she never dreamt could kill him. 23-year-old trey lagomorceno overdosed on codeine cough syrup. two years ago she said he and a buddy were taking it mixed with soda for kicks. >> he took too much one night and went to sleep and never woke up. >> we have one accidental death from an overdose every two weeks. and the majority of those are due to prescription drugs. >> reporter: marin co


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