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10:00. "nightly news" coming up next. on this saturday night, down to the wire. with 48 hours to go, the candidates make a final push for votes in iowa. tonight, we go inside the war rooms and door to door. clinton and sanders neck and neck and a real battle among the republicans as iowa gets ready for the opening act of 2016. captured. three escaped inmates back in jail tonight after two are caught on the streets of san francisco. a teacher who may have helped them break out. race against time. the growing battle to contain the zika virus on the ground in brazil as the outbreak linked to birth defects spreads. eating well. why more medical students are taking classes in the kitchen. "nightly news" begins now.
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from nbc world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news." reporting tonight, erica hill. good evening. in iowa tonight, it's a full court press. with the caucuses 48 hours away, candidates aren't wasting a moment, especially among the undecided. crisscrossing the state to make their final pitches, trying to meet as many voters as possible. in a poll tonight, hillary clinton is leading bernie sanders, 45 to 42% in iowa. a virtual dead heat for the democrats. donald trump may be leading among republicans, 28%. ted cruz, 23. and marco rubio, 15%. nbc news has full coverage. we begin in cedar rapids with kristen welker. >> reporter: secretary clinton will look for votes here. she's bringing in her top surrogates, her husband and daughter
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chelsea. just a few miles away and in the exact same city, bernie sanders is making his final pitch in this race that is tight. hillary clinton and bernie sanders neck and neck, pulling out all the stops in the final hours before iowa voters weigh in. clinton facing new questions over her private e-mails. the state department releasing a new batch, withholding 22 now marked top secret. the highest level of classification. today, clinton responded in an interview with nbc news. >> this doesn't change anything about the fundamental facts. i never sent or received any e-mails marked classified. i take classified information very seriously. and this is an interagency dispute. it's playing out in public. and i want it resolved. >> reporter: with two days to go, voters are weighing the impact of the new e-mail revelation. are you worried the latest e-mail issue could hurt her chances on monday? >> no. because they have been trying to dig dirt on her and they haven't proven anything. >> reporter: does the
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e-mail issue matter? >> yes. >> reporter: how so? >> i feel like it's a skeleton in the closet. >> reporter: sanders today steering clear. >> we will win the caucus on monday night if there is a large voter turnout. we will lose the caucus on monday night if there is a low voter turnout. >> reporter: clinton trying to turn the page, picking up an endorsement from "the new york times." the paper calling her one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history. >> hello, everyone. >> reporter: looking for an edge campaigning today with her daughter chelsea. >> she will stand up to the gun lobbyists. that's why i'm voting for hillary. [ applause ] >> reporter: with the race hitting the establishment and a surging outsider -- >> you may get out for hillary? >> reporter: winning means a big turnout. sanders' volunteers out in force trying to win over caucus-goers.
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a win in iowa depends on making sure young voters come out. there's a sense of urgency in the clinton camp. >> go out and stand up for me on monday night. >> reporter: it may all come down to swaying those still undecided. what will help you make your decision by monday? >> i just want to get a sense for the things clinton and sanders -- just a gut feeling in terms of who will be the best -- who will do the best job moving forward. >> reporter: tomorrow both candidates will crisscross the state. they have seven events between the two of them. >> makes for a busy sunday. stay with us. the republican race in iowa is also tight. the real battle may be for second place. that match playing out between ted cruz and marco rubio. hallie jackson has more tonight. >> reporter: from the air and on the ground, the war to win iowa with more than 40 stops as republicans battle it out for the support of people like neil gross.
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>> it goes with the feeling of who i think is going to be the right guy. >> reporter: he is on the front lines, sampling speeches. >> i hate to say this. i was establishment. i had to make a decision. the reason i decided to do it is because our country is going to hell. >> reporter: while trump let kids run through his plane today, he knows it's the adults that have to turn out monday to give him a shot at winning iowa. >> hi. >> reporter: now deploying his daughter to teach first-timers how to caucus. >> it's a secret ballot. write down the name "trump" and you are done. >> reporter: ted cruz's daughters on the trail today. their father not taking shots at trump or rubio. >> it has been a crazy year. it has been an entertaining year. next cycle i'm told lady gaga is going to run. >> reporter: in a sign cruz may be worrying about rubio rolling to a second place finish, he is letting new attack ads do the talking for him.
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>> it was marco rubio that was a member of the gang of eight and ted cruz that wasn't. >> i'm ted cruz and i approved this message. >> it's unreal. at the end of the campaign, if somebody feels desperate or whatever, you see these sorts of things happen. >> reporter: are you saying he is desperate? >> his putting an ad like that on the air calls into question, why would you do something like that? >> reporter: rubio is going beyond 30-second ads to a 30-minute program airing in every iowa media market this weekend. >> here is the truth that our country was founded on, that our rights come from god. >> if someone like marco rubio is able to finish in second place, he will get a tremendous amount of momentum moving forward. >> reporter: in this final push, candidates hoping to appeal to conservatives like this man. he caucused for rick santorum last cycle. but monday, he will be at the beach. >> i'm very frustrated with what's going on because i don't see a fix. i don't see an individual on either side of the aisle who i really believe will fix something.
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>> reporter: nbc news learned the rubio campaign's internal polling shows him finishing in third with cruz edging out trump. but within the margin of error. it doesn't hurt rubio to raise expectations for cruz here, particularly with trump showing signs of strength. all of it meaning that the fight for second place really is the key to who could show momentum heading into new hampshire. >> if we are looking squarely at that number two finisher in iowa, who is more of a threat to donald trump? would it be marco rubio or ted cruz? >> reporter: well, if you look at the numbers, if you look at the polling, you might think it would be ted cruz. our latest poll shows that trump would lose to cruz but beat rubio. that was before trump amped up his attacks only on cruz, going after his eligibility, his personality. trump has not had a real battle with marco rubio. that's probably coming. that's probably when we will see who will have the more effective argument
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with voters. >> on the democratic side, what if hillary clinton does not win iowa? >> reporter: well, if secretary clinton doesn't win here in iowa, it would be devastating. but it wouldn't be fatal. she's trailing bernie in new hampshire. she has a tough fight there. but she has a big lead over him in places like south carolina, nevada and a lot of the super tuesday states. she spent a lot of time campaigning in those areas to try to build up a firewall in case that scenario were to happen. here's the question. if sanders wins the first two states, would he have so much momentum that he would become unstoppable? that's a scenario that makes many in the establishment nervous. >> on the trail in iowa tonight, thank you both. chuck todd will have more on "meet the press" coming to you from iowa. his guests will include ted cruz, marco rubio and bernie sanders. in california, the search is over. all three inmates who broke out of a maximum security jail eight days ago are back in custody tonight.
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two of the men caught today in san francisco. steve patterson has more on how a tip led to capture. >> reporter: finally a collective exhale from law enforcement in the golden state. >> i can say this morning that the entire state can breathe a sigh of relief. >> reporter: today, after a week on the run, all three men who broke out of an orange county jail are back behind bars. this morning, hossein nayeri and jonathan tieu captured in this san francisco parking lot. after a citizen spotted a stolen van on a side street. >> she told the officers, it looks like the van i've been seeing on the news. >> reporter: as police approached, nayeri fled on foot but didn't get far. >> i am told it was a short foot chase. i don't think it went on too long. >> reporter: police then found tieu in the van. >> there were rounds found in the van but no weapon. >> reporter: saturday's arrest is the end of a police dragnet involving
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hundreds of officers. a break came yesterday when bac duong turned himself in, showing up at a body shop less than three miles from where he made his escape. >> he just showed up and he tell my wife that he want to turn in. >> reporter: the investigation continued to center on nayeri as the possible mastermind. police say despite speaking english, he enrolled in an english as a second language class and befriended teacher nooshafarin ravaghi, a writer of children books arrested thursday, held on suspicion she provided maps showing images of the jail's rooftop that may have helped them escape. >> we don't have any information to determine that it was romantic. but we do know it was much closer and much more personal than it should have been. >> reporter: the neighbors were shocked. >> you would think somebody so innocent is helping criminals. >> reporter: now the teacher is being held at the same jail where she taught. the men she's accused of helping will soon join her back in orange county. despite her alleged
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involvement in this, ravaghi has yet to be charged in any crime. meantime, officials with the sheriff's department say they are relieved that no one else was hurt during any of this and that they are making improvements to the jail's security system as their investigation continues. >> steve patterson for us tonight, thank you. there was chaos this afternoon outside of a motorcycle show in denver. police responded to gunshots and a stabbing at the national western complex. one person was killed. at least six others were injured and taken to a hospital. that hospital was then put on lockdown because the gunmen had not been identified. witnesses said it broke out in a dispute between rival biker gangs. the event is one of the largest motorcycle shows in the country. turning to the zika virus. with cases now in two dozen countries and territories across the americas, and more than 30 cases reported here in the u.s., the major problem, as we have been reporting, is a sharp increase in birth defects, mainly in brazil.
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re home ma ellis is following efforts to contain the virus. >> reporter: on the front line in the battle against the zika virus, it's a ground game. brazil mobilizing more than 200,000 troops, along with health department workers, in a fight against the mosquitos that spread the zika virus. >> we need to fight very hard to reduce the population of mosquitos and reduce, therefore, the number of cases of microcephaly. >> reporter: officials say the virus may be causing the alarming cases of microself alley, a birth defect, babies born with smaller heads and often brain damage. there is no vaccine and no cure. they are going door to door passing out pamphlets and looking for mosquito-infested waters. health officials say a big part of the mosquito breeding problem occurs in communities like this one. because of the water shortage, many people
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store water inside their homes. officials are treating the water with chemicals and gathering samples to take for testing. for people living here, it's put them on edge. do you worry at all about the zika virus? this man is concerned because his own mother was diagnosed with the virus three months ago. in maternity wards, doctors are alarmed. there's been a dramatic spike in the number of suspected microcephaly cases, seen in more than 4,000 newborns in brazil these past four months. >> as an ultrasound specialist, i see that pregnancy is supposed to be a moment of joy. but now women are tense. they fear about the new problem. they fear about the future. >> reporter: fear overshadowing joy for many new parents as the country struggles to stop the spread of zika. nbc news, brazil. when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, a city worries about its children. the growing anxiety in
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flint, michigan, over the effects of lead in the water. later, catching the big wave and what happens when the big wave catches him.
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as flint, michigan struggles with lead poisoning in the water, some samples are testing so high they exceed levels that can be treated with the water filters given to residents and businesses there. of particular concern,
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the long-term affects on children who drank that tainted water for months. stephanie gosk has more on that tonight. >> reporter: these preschoolers were two years old when the water source was switched to save money. for more than a year they were exposed to lead. there are nearly 9,000 children in this city under the age of 6, the most vulnerable population. >> it breaks my heart because they already -- they already have a struggle. everything is a struggle for them already. >> reporter: this preschool director watches with a careful eye and wonders if she is already seeing signs of lead exposure. >> i have noticed the speech, the articulation. i have noticed behaviors of anger. >> reporter: flint is getting a lot of attention. right now these kids are getting a lot of attention. but this is the insidious part about lead exposure. the symptoms may not show in the weeks to come or even the months to come.
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it could take years. and every single one of these children will have to be tracked their entire childhood. a good education, a healthy diet and a stable home are all ways to lessen the effects. but those are the building blocks of childhood that a single mother like this one was already struggling to give her girls. >> i'm watching them all the time. are they smart enough to do the things they were doing? did the lead level cause their intelligence to fall off? >> reporter: this little girl spent the first year of her life drinking baby formula with contaminated water. last fall, her blood contained an elevated lead level. a pediatrician sees cases like this every day. >> when a mom comes to see me that anguish and anxiety in her eyes is palpable. so we need to provide the healthcare service, educational services, nutrition services for these children now. >> reporter: the governor has asked the federal government to expand medicaid for
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the children in flint and the state health department is developing a long-term plan to monitor health problems. then there is the grid of this post-industrial town. >> it's something different. most of us, we're strong. we are going to get through this. >> reporter: the children of flint are depending on it. stephanie gosk, nbc news, flint. this story is not going away. nbc news will be working over the coming weeks and months with our local affiliate in flint and detroit following the struggles of the faces of flint. you can look for coverage across the platforms of nbc news. up next, a police officer retires and struggles to take his loyal partner with him.
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you can only imagine what must have been going through this man's mind as he was about to catch this almost unbelievable wave in maui. here it is again. he later described it as a sea monster. it's easy to see why. the monster won this time. that terrifying free fall had people holding their breath. he came out of it with only a stiff neck and a broken board. he was surfing the next day. as the australian open today, serena williams was hoping to make it 22 major singles victories.
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tying steffi graff's record. her opponent angelique kerber had other ideas. playing in her first grand slam, she defeated williams in three sets to win the championship. a stunning upset for the number one ranked woman in the world. ringo was abandoned by his mother shortly after birth. today he seems to be doing pretty well. check out the pictures of the little rhino at a wild life refuge in kenya where the team is taking care of him. he is a rare southern white rhino. there are 20,000 left in the world with poachers taking more and more of them each year. when police officer matthew hicky announced his retirement this week in ohio, he hoped to take his k-9 partner ajax with him. but rules are rules. those rules said he couldn't just take the dog. ajax would actually have to be auctioned off like all city property of a certain value. ajax is valued at $3,000.
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a gofundme account was set up and they raised $23,000 to help him keep his partner. why cooking classes are turning up in more medical schools.
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if you are what you eat as the saying goes, those words are resonating among people studying to be doctors. students in medical schools find themselves in a kitchen as part of
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their required coursework. one of them, tulane university in new orleans, we took a look at what's cooking. >> reporter: it's a whirlwind of sauteing and slicing. the kitchen as busy as any five star restaurant. but in the calorie rich dining mecca of new orleans, these ditches are low cal and gluten free. the cooks aren't professional chefs. they are future doctors. how well did you know how to cook before these classes? >> my wife didn't let me in the kitchen because i was that bad. >> reporter: alongside anatomy and biology, cooking classes now on the menu for medical students at tulane university. what do you hope doctors take away from this? >> we want doctors to talk to their patients about food. stop saying blanket statements like lose weight or don't eat as much salt. people need to understand how to do that. >> reporter: this woman isn't a physician, but the chef is on the med school's faculty. >> push down and forward.
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come up and back to reset. >> reporter: with obesity and other diseases tied to diet, the classes give students knowledge they can share with patients. a toolbox of non-medical treatment. >> you could be very specific, they are more likely to change their lifestyle. >> reporter: best described as culinary medicine -- >> everyone, it is time to get your plates up. >> reporter: the program's founder says it will change how illness is treated. >> you will come to me. i will write you a prescription to go to cooking class. the insurance company will pay for it. >> reporter: 19 med schools have followed tulane's lead. students scrubbing for something other than surgery. >> it makes sense. in the o.r., in the kitchen, the same. >> reporter: the doctors of tomorrow treating food as medicine. janet shamlian, nbc news, new orleans. that's nbc "nightly news" for this saturday. i'm erica hill
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reporting from new york. i will see you tomorrow morning on "today." lester will be live from iowa tomorrow night. for all of us here at nbc news, thanks for watching and good night. the search is now over. dangerous inmates captured in the middle of san francisco. and it's all because one man was rlly payg search is over. dangerous inmates captured in the middle of san francisco and it is all because one man was really paying attention. good evening, everyone. i'm terry mcsceneny. >> i'm peggy bunger.
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three dangerous inmates that escaped from the orange county jail are now in custody, one turning himself in. pete, what are the details? >> reporter: you know, it started with a citizen noticing a suspicious van and a man who matched the description of one of those inmates. police tell me this is a perfect example of seeing something and saying something. around 9:00 a.m. today, a citizen flagged down police officers after noticing a suspicious white van and a man nearby who matched the description of hossein nayeri. investigators already in the bay area, after manager of this south bay motel said all three of the men stayed there this past week. ree of the suspects, bac duong,

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