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tonight, fighting words. donald trump said ted cruz stole iowa, accusing him of voter fraud. cruz now hitting back. hillary clinton and bernie sanders unleashed their harshest attacks on each other, six days before new hampshire. did a bomb cause the gaping hole in the passenger plane. without warning, tornadoes tear across the south. a church torn apart as people inside prayed for their lives. wiping out zika. the race to combat the virus at its source. days before millions of tourists attend one of the world's biggest celebrations. and the hidden war being fought in communities amid an epidemic that is the number one concern for voters in the nation's
first primary. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. facing a primary showdown in new hampshire just six days from now, donald trump is talking about a do-over in iowa where he came in second place behind ted cruz. he's accusing cruz of playing dirty tricks to pull off monday's win. but trump's not the only candidate sounding off about cruz who's busy barn storming through new hampshire with a wind at his back, and a target on his back. hallie tells us more. >> reporter: while republicans push ahead in new hampshire, donald trump sparking a new feud with the man who beat him there. he stole it, adding, either a new election should take place or cruz results are
nullified. it's one of trump's harshest attacks after one of his most gracious moments. >> i want to congratulate ted. >> ben carson's campaign accusing cruz stafferers for dirty tricks. trump calling it voter fraud on boston herald radio. >> one of the most disgusting things i've ever seen. they said he was quitting the race and vote for him. has this crossed the line for you? >> listen, donald's insults get more and more hysterical. the more and more upset he gets. >> are they funny? >> i think they're very funny. i wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing donald has tweeted. because he's losing it. >> reporter: cruz isn't under any investigation, but late today carson said he's not laughing. >> it's clear people tried to take advantage of the situation. who tried to distort information. >> reporter: cruz's rivals piling on. >> ultimately i think it goes back to what i said before, a
willingness to say or do anything, in this case, spread a false rumor about ben carson. >> reporter: marco rubio, trump and the rest of the field focused on organization, trump beefing up his with seven phone banks, volunteers from four states here. the front-runner so dominant in recent polls, some establishment candidates may need a hand. and jeb bush is asking for it. >> to get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world. please clap. >> reporter: tonight bush and the rest of his republican rivals have a little less competition. rick santorum's expected to drop out tonight, and rand paul suspended his campaign today. many of his backers in new hampshire here expected to shift their support to ted cruz. >> hallie jackson, thank you. the democrats are trading some of their sharpest attacks yet in new hampshire. the sanders camp said he got a huge fund-raising boost after the caucuses, $3
million in just 24 hours. we get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> i come here well -- >> reporter: the democratic battle in new hampshire is heating up, with the candidates today going after each other as never before. >> so i hope we keep it on the issues, because if it's about our records, hey, i'm going to win by a landslide. i am for a positive, progressive, economic agenda. >> reporter: taking aim at the sanders comment to nbc's casey hunt after clinton called herself a progressive. >> do you think hillary clinton is a progressive? >> some days, yes. when she announces that she is a proud moderate. then i guess she's not a progressive. >> i think it was a good day for progressives when i helped to get 8 million kids health care. >> reporter: avoiding an embarrassing defeat in iowa, clinton comes to new hampshire behind by double digits. can she repeat her 2008 comeback win over barack obama.
>> i listened to you. and in the process, i found my own voice. >> reporter: this time her campaign is trying to lower expectations against the vermont senator. >> this is a steep climb in new hampshire. this is bernie sanders' backyard. >> reporter: that prompted sanders to say clinton was insulting new hampshire voters. >> i think that argument is the only reason we're doing well hopefully here in new hampshire is because we're from a neighboring state, is not totally true. >> reporter: attacking her for making big money in the past from paid speeches. to wall street banks and colleges. >> i've got a real problem with that. >> reporter: the pressure is on sanders. if he doesn't do well here, the road gets tougher for him in nevada, south carolina and beyond on super tuesday with more minorities, many backing clinton. and tonight, bill clinton is campaigning in south carolina for his wife. as sanders has just become a tougher challenger, he got
secret service protection for the first time today. and dozens of clinton aides have driven from brooklyn now to be with her in her campaign. she is delaying a fund-raising trip to boston and staying in new hampshire now through the primary. >> andrea mitchell with the debate stage behind her. a reminder, chuck todd and rachel maddow will moderate the debate tomorrow night from the university of new hampshire in durham at 9:00 eastern time. late word that the criminal sexual assault case against comedian bill cosby will move forward. a judge has thrown out a defense motion to dismiss the case which dates back to 2004. nbc stephanie gosk is outside the courthouse in norristown, pennsylvania. stephanie? >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the defense team for cosby was trying to get this case thrown out. the district attorney in 2005 promised their client that he would never be charged criminally for the sexual assault of
andrea. telling him to get set for a civil position. however, the judge here heard two full days of testimony from that district attorney saying that he actually didn't find enough evidence to prosecute the case. and he also said he wanted to create an environment to give andrea some form of justice, but ultimately the judge decided that there was not actually a binding promise not to prosecute, and this case will go forward. you can expect cosby's team to appeal that decision. >> stephanie gosk, thank you. now to the midair mystery over what blew a giant hole in the side of a passenger plane over somalia. it could have been a horrific accident, but there are growing fears it could also have been caused by a bomb onboard. we get the latest on the investigation from nbc's kier simmons. >> reporter: the moments after an explosion ripped a hole in the side of a passenger airliner. masks descend from 12,000 feet.
most passengers stunningly calm. >> i heard a big bang. smoke erupted. you know, we couldn't see anything for a few seconds. >> reporter: tonight experts are studying the images for clues. >> it's evidence from the pictures from the explosion happened inside out. it looks like it originated inside the cabin. >> reporter: could it have been a bomb or a failure of the plane? a 747 from honolulu lost part of its fuselage in 1989, passengers torn from the seat. in 2011, a southwest flight from phoenix to sacramento lost part of its roof. metal fatigue was blamed. then attempted terrorism, richard reid trying to detonate explosives in his shoes. and in 2009, a detroit-bound plane, hid explosives in his underwear. the device failed.
in somalia, they told nbc news no shrapnel has been found and the cause is unclear. but the country is home to al qaeda-linked extremists, and isis claimed its bomb blew apart a jet in egypt last year. experts say had this plane been flying at a higher altitude or the explosion occurred closer to the fuel tanks, it may have suffered the same catastrophic fate. nbc news, london. across the south, millions of people are facing severe weather once again after a series of tornadoes caused widespread damage last night. as nbc's jacob rascon reports, one of the hardest hit areas was the small town of collinsville, mississippi. >> reporter: there was no time to be afraid, many say, only time to run. >> this door here is just blown out. >> reporter: pastor wade ricks and his wife julie jumped under a desk and prayed. what is the prayer?
>> lord, save us. save us. >> that's what she prayed. just, lord, save us. and he did. >> reporter: the church where they were hiding, however, was not saved. all three buildings torn to shreds. but for the faithful at first baptist, there is a lesson in the rubble. >> that's what this storm's about. we're going to learn to walk with god, and you're going to see whether we really believe what we say we believe. >> reporter: a nearby neighborhood in shambles. for some, there is little worth saving. vicky and her husband just moved in. this is it? >> this is the workshop. >> reporter: the only room untouched -- >> just a roar. and a lot of shaking. >> reporter: and severe weather is on the move. flash flood watches and warnings for more than 20 million americans along the east coast. with whiteout conditions and icy roads in south dakota, following days of heavy snow. in the south, dozens of damaged or destroyed homes, and
flooding left roads impassable. this 92-year-old had to be rescued from her home by boat. will you rebuild it? >> oh, yeah, we'll rebuild. >> reporter: in collinsville, they survived a tornado that destroyed their church, losing almost everything. but not their faith. >> oh, my gosh. this is right inside our house. >> reporter: tonight in a region already so battered by severe weather, there are new reports of tornadoes. the severe weather threat continuing overnight. local authorities say it is amazing, in all of the tornado damage in the south, nobody has been reported injured or killed. lester? >> jacob rascon tonight, thanks. with zika cases on the rise in florida, today governor rick scott declared a public health emergency in four counties. while there's concern about the virus' impact on the summer olympics in rio, brazilian officials have a more immediate challenge, protecting the millions of tourists arriving for
carnivale this week. the report from the city that's the epicenter of this outbreak. >> reporter: it's just after dawn, and the battle is raging against the zika-carrying mosquito. health department workers armed with tanks full of pesticides racing to spray streets and parks. >> the mosquitoes that fly around will be dead. >> reporter: attacking the mosquito problem here is a big priority, because this weekend these streets will be filled with more than 1 million people. without protection, all of them are vulnerable. these tourists knew the risks, but came anyway. >> i'm using bug spray to try to prevent getting bit. >> reporter: he's going to need it. like many mosquitoes, they breed this water and flourish in unsanitary conditions. unlike other mosquitoes, this species bites during the day instead of spiking at dawn and dusk.
it also lives inside homes. and can survive under beds, on walls, and in closets. >> people provide it with everything it needs. in fact, you often will not find this mosquito unless there's a large enough human population to sustain it. >> reporter: these mosquitoes were widespread in the americas during the 1930s. aggressive control efforts, including the insecticide ddt, drastically cut their population by the '70s. but now they're surging again. today the battle plan from health officials in los angeles. >> eliminate mosquito breeding conditions, that means taking buckets, flower pots, trash, repsychables and getting rid of them. standing water is where mosquitoes lay their eggs. >> reporter: scientists say the hotter it gets in brazil and elsewhere, the greater risks these mosquitoes can spread disease. nbc news, brazil. real estate heir robert durst is now
one step closer to a murder trial. durst pleaded guilty in new orleans today to illegally possessing a firearm. the gun was found when durst was arrested last march out of concern he would flee the country. under a plea deal, durst will be sentenced to more than seven years in prison. it could also clear the way to return him to los angeles to face trial for the 2000 murder of friend susan berman. still ahead tonight, the deadly epidemic tearing families apart in new hampshire. and the crucial role it's playing on the campaign trail. also, there is a $63 million lottery ticket out there somewhere. but time is running out to cash it.
welcome back. with all eyes on new hampshire, we're turning the spotlight on a major problem hitting home in that state. new hampshire has one of the highest drug addiction rates per capita in the nation. and polling in recent months has shown drug abuse is the top concern among voters there. nbc news national correspondent kate snow talks with a family looking for answers from the candidates. >> reporter: on a cold thursday night in new hampshire, susan allen samuel and her son, joe, find their seats at a jeb bush campaign event, driven here by one dominating issue. >> who would think that their child would stick a needle in their arm. >> reporter: joe was addicted to heroin for six years, overdosing at least three times. >> that's three times i ended up in the hospital.
i probably overdosed more than that. >> you live every night in fear. i was afraid to leave my home. >> reporter: their home is londonderry, a small town. but if you start asking around at jamie's cafe, you'll find out quickly almost everyone here knows someone struggling with addiction. owner jamie turk had to fire a cook recently. heroin is everywhere. >> i remind the kids that, when you have an addiction, you fight that for the rest of your life. >> reporter: at the londonderry fire department, last year they responded to 82 overdoses. almost three times more than the year before. >> i saw one or two oh year, that was a lot. and now it's upwards of one almost every shift. there is definitely a problem. >> reporter: now clean for two years and a new dad, joe hears of another death of heroin almost every week, all of his closest friends from high school are dead. >> that's hard. >> you know, just
losing people that-it's completely preventable. >> reporter: finding treatment in new hampshire can take six weeks or more. it's why susan and joe drove to hillary clinton's clinton the next night. >> what do you want to hear from each and every one of them? >> i want to hear that they're going to do something that's going to provide treatment. i know we have so many other things going on in this world, but what's going in our community is a war, too. we're losing our kids. >> reporter: a war in the small towns of new hampshire and beyond that they want the candidates to see. kate snow, nbc news, londonderry, new hampshire. when we come back here tonight, a rare sighting finally caught on video.
lan cancer, his brain was examined by researchers and showed he had cte, believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. in california, good news/bad news story. the good news is, someone holds a lottery ticket worth $63 million. purchased last august at this 7-eleven in los angeles. here's the bad news. if the winner does not show up by 5:00 tomorrow, he or she will forfeit the check jackpot. an extremely sight out of arizona for the first time the public is getting a video of the only known wild jaguar in the country. the big cat lives in the mountains south of tucson. he was caught on camera by conservationists who say jaguars have all but disappeared from the u.s. due to habitat loss and population control. when we come back here tonight, we take you to washington. wild things are happening there as well. have to play. ===janelle/vo===
washington has a real sensation on its hands. he's the newest member of the panda family at the national zoo. since making his public debut, he's provided plenty of memorable moments, and we get our own look tonight with peter alexander. >> reporter: america's favorite toddler, now ready for his close-up. at washington's national zoo, we're inside bebe's exhibit, today working on his dismount, chasing our cameraman, and politely taking a pass on sweet potato. >> we give him a new toy to occupy him. >> reporter: with a name that means precious treasure, this bear is a gift. for the millions who already clicked to see him. >> what do they like? >> he's got an open personality. very inquez tiff, very curious. >> reporter: just five months already with enough panda portraits to fill an album. the stick of butter now 25 pounds, but
still melting hearts. more importantly, helping scientists save a species. >> are they active, are they sleeping? they're looking at individual behaviors for each animal, but they're also looking at how they interact. >> reporter: that interaction between bebe and mom perhaps most instructive. with only 1,800s pandas in the wild. it takes a village to raise a panda, including 60 volunteers on shifts glued to the panda cams. meticulously making notes every minute, even though she sleeps 20 hours a day. >> there's a lot of sleeping. but then you see bears being bears. >> reporter: while dad recently broke the internet, getting more than 55 million views, his boy already has fans infatuated, as he helps scientists take pandas one step further from
extinction. peter alexander, nbc news, washington national zoo. >> that's one cute baby. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. scandal rocks a south bah school. this vice principal in trouble tonight, accused of molesting one of his students. ====short open=== ===jess//2-shot=== thanks for joinings. i'janelle wan in for jessica aguirre. ===raj//2-d i'm rajathai. ==raj//ots within the pt 90 minutes -- we've learned both the inter vice principal and the 17 year old female student -- are from james lick high school. this is in san jose's alum rock neighborhood. ==anim== nbc bay area's peggy bunker is on campus. peggy -- explosive allegations... what are the detals? ==janelle//ots== it's getting tense tonight,
he was so friendly with students they simply knew him as mr. g. now, gonzales was named interim vice principal last month. prior to that he was an adviser and has been with the district since 2008. he also coaches the varsity baseball team and the girl's varsity volleyball team. some of the parents we spoke with here today said they think he's an excellent coach. parents and students say they just can't believe the news. >> i just felt like shocked and like puzzled. because like you know, it's just something you wouldn't believe. >> i'm shocked also along with my daughter. because he's very well-liked by a lot of students. >> my kids play baseball. and it's just shocking. >> now gonzales has been placed on administrative leave. he was first arrested last friday at his home.