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>> good to see that. breaking news tonight. a deadly flood emergency. tens of millions in the path. evacuations understood way right now. high-water rescues and the national guard have been deployed. going for a knockout. donald trump is looking to take out his rivals once and for all as pressure mounts on marco rubio. what he's telling us exclusively. plus, the bernie sanders shocker. high anxiety. how is a man wanted for attempted murder able to fly across the country taken down by the secret service at the white house. thousands fooled by callers claiming to be the irs demanding money. wait until you see what happens when we call back. the fifth beatle is gone. the man who turned a liverpool bar band
into beatle mainia. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a deadly storm system is punishing parts of half a dozen states tonight, from eastern texas to southern illinois, with well over a foot of rain so far and a lot more to come. texas, louisiana and arkansas are under flash flood warnings with a flood risk extending into mississippi and north into missouri and illinois. the severe weather has left at least two people dead. it's forced evacuations, and left thousands without power. nbc's janet shamably reports from louisiana. >> reporter: a community under water tonight near shreveport. more than a foot of rain in a matter of hours. most of it coming in the dark of night. this family was taken by surprise. >> yeah, it's scary. because the water was a lot higher than it
is now. >> reporter: more than 100 homes under water. some submerged three or four feet. most of the residents left here or had to be rescued in the mid did will of the night. they were hoping to get back into their homes tonight. with the rain coming down so hard, there's no chance of that. potential flooding from texas to illinois. 22 million people under flood watches stretching 1,000 miles. in san antonio, a school bus rounding a curve lost control and flipped. the rain-slick roads thought to be the cause. throughout the region, downed trees have toppled power lines, leaving 35,000 without electricity. and the rain keeps coming. taylor, indiana, reported 14 inches, with more on the way. in a quarter century, the fire chief has rarely seen it this bad. >> we did not expect to have as much rain as we had.
without any tind for it to drain off. >> reporter: his brother-in-law borrowed a boat to check on neighbors. all were okay. but they lost two horses and a dozen goats in the rising water. >> 1991, it done the exact same thing it is now. >> reporter: a short time ago, a new mandatory evacuation order was issued, this one for 3,500 homes here, with the fears that the bayou would overtake the levy. donald trump is looking to take out his rivals once and for all. after scoring decisive victories last night. hillary clinton hoping to turn her attention to trump scored a landslide victory in mississippi. but bernie sanders pulled off the biggest shocker of the night in michigan. high drama on both sides of the let's start with nbc's hallie jackson on the gop campaign in miami.
hello, hallie. >> reporter: lester, good evening. donald trump is racking up more delegates. the establishment attacks aren't working y yet. we build toward showdowns in ohio and here in florida. where 99 delegates are up for grabs. tonight it's trump looking most likely to take them home. donald trump now ready for the final round to put this fight away. >> the ultimate way of doing it. you knock them out. if you knock them out, nothing can happen. >> you want to go for a knockout? >> i would rather go for a knockout. >> reporter: trump in one corner, in the other, the movement to try to stop him. the hits now coming harder and faster. our nbc news analysis shows $8.5 million spent on ads against trump in florida alone. that's where the front-runner, after winning in michigan, mississippi and hawaii celebrated his well-done election night with raw trump
stakes. a moment more qvc than gop. >> you have the water, the steaks, the airline i sold. once in a while you can sell something. >> reporter: voters seem to be buying it, if trump wins in florida and ohio he'll have a clear path to the nomination. in florida, trump's up 2-1 over marco rubio. who's brushing off vp talk now, struggling to show how he stays in. >> i'm not running for vice president. i'm not looking to be anyone's vice president. >> reporter: rubio's regret? his insults. trying to outtrump trump. >> you know what they say about men with small hands. >> that's not something i'm entirely proud of. my kids were embarrassed by it. you know, if i had to do it again, i wouldn't. >> reporter: he's meeting with former rival jeb bush, who is also talking with john kasich and ted cruz. in what looks like the
establishment's last gasp. cruz picking up support from a familiar face, carly fiorina, all of them looking to stop the front-runner, but looking more unlikely to do it with just six days left. hallie jackson, nbc news, miami. >> reporter: this is kristen welker. bernie sanders pulling off a stunning upset in michigan. >> we've got nine states. and a lot more are yet to come. >> reporter: today sanders telling andrea mitchell it's a sign he can go the distance. >> the polls always have it very, very far behind until election day. then we have won state after state with huge margins. >> reporter: it has been an unpredictable year for pollsters. in michigan, the high independents, and sanders was caught offguard. >> the political revolution that we are talking about is strong in every part of the country. >> reporter: despite the upset, clinton has a substantial lead in delegates.
today the clinton campaign downplayed the loss, particularly after her big win in mississippi last night. looking ahead to next week's battleground primary. >> if you work for me, and vote for me, i will work my heart out for you. >> reporter: democratic officials expressing concern clinton was so focused on pivoting to the general election, her ground game faltered, and more troublesome, her message failed to resonate with working class independent and younger vote es. sanders hammered clinton for supporting past trade deals. polls show sanders beating clinton on trade, and that she's less honest and trustworthy. >> if we win ohio, nobody will remember it. >> reporter: sanders has a steep climb. he needs to win 60% of all remaining delegates to clinch the nomination. but he's raking in millions from small donors. >> that will keep him in the race a lot longer than he might otherwise have been.
>> reporter: according to our latest poll, both clinton and sanders beat donald trump by double digits. the rnc is filing a lawsuit over clinton's e-mails. the clinton campaign calling that suit frivolous. an investigation is under way into the massive explosion that leveled several buildings in seattle and injured nine firefighters. they were on the scene before the blast, checking out reports of a natural gas leak when the worst happened. nbc's gadi schwartz has the details. >> reporter: a fran tig call over the emergency radio after a catastrophic blast. followed by an incredible response. >> all members are accounted for. >> i do have two members that have injuries from flying debris. >> reporter: all told, nine firefighters injured, but all of them alive. minutes earlier, the firefighters had been searching for a gas
leak near three businesses, now totally obliterated from a blast that send debris and a shock wave throughout the neighborhood. >> i looked out the window and my neighborhood exploded. >> reporter: the call came in at 1:00 in the morning. firefighters responded, searching for the leak before an explosion so powerful, it registered as an earthquake. the blast caught on this store surveillance video. s sxr. >> we know as firefighters this is a dangerous job. >> reporter: in new jersey last year, an explosion leveled this home and injured 15. in 2014, another explosion in harlem killed eight and injured more than 70. in 2010, eight were killed, and entire blocks leveled in a pipeline explosion that rocked san bruno, california. the coffee shop, a convenience store and a restaurant are unrecognizable in the rubble. >> we couldn't believe something like this could happen.
>> reporter: but the entire community, even children in the play grounds are giving thanks that every firefighter survived. tonight the seattle fire chief says all of those firefighters have been released from the hospital. they're shaken up, but they're in good spirits. he said all of them were decked out in protective gear and helmets and that's what kept them safe. questions raised after a fugitive wanted for the attempted murder of a pastor who led a prayer at a ted cruz rally, was able to board a plane and fly across the country making his way all the way to the white house where he was taken down by secret service. here's nbc's justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: the secret service searched the white house grounds today where police say an idaho man tossed papers and a thumb drive over the fence last night. he's charged with shooting a pastor outside a church in idaho sunday. the day before, the pastor gave the
invocation at a ted cruz rally. >> a humble man that listens to god and lisps to the people. >> reporter: after sunday's shooting, he made his way to washington despite an arrest warrant for attempted murder. the homeland security official said the no-fly list is not for wanted fugitives. >> the system was to prevent terrorists from getting on airplanes. it was not designed to find every criminal in the database that the law enforcement community is looking for. >> reporter: tsa screeners are briefed before their shifts on names of high priority fugitives, but it depends on prompt notice from police, which in this case didn't come in time. odom has a history of mental problems. on his facebook page he wrote, the world is ruled by an ancient civilization from mars. pastor tim is one of them. and he said president obama is aware that martns are taking control of people's minds. as the pastor recovers
from six gunshot wounds, his family is optimistic. >> he's probably a little afraid. but his faith is stronger than anything else in his life. so he'll pull through. >> reporter: odom appeared briefly in court today and was ordered held without bond as idaho police seek to get him back. u.s. forces in iraq have captured a chemical weapons expert for isis, according to a senior defense official. under interrogation, he has reportedly revealed key information about isis' chemical weapons and operations. this dee this detainee formerly worked for the hussein regime. thousands began paying their last respects to former first lady nancy reagan. she's lying in repose at her husband's presidential library in california through tomorrow. and tonight, nbc news is hearing from her daughter, patty davis, about the legacy her
mother leaves behind. nbc's andrea mitchell has more. >> reporter: today nancy reagan began her final journey. her casket carried by her secret service detail past and present. salutes as the hearse traveled the freeways, including one named for her husband. usually jammed. today, area fire departments paying tribute. and as the hearse approached the reagan library, people gathering. some with red roses, nancy reagan red. patty davis spoke with maria shriver, also a former california first lady. >> it's comforting to see all of these people who i'm not sure not all republicans, standing out on freeway overpasses to pay their respects. >> reporter: mrs. reagan will lie in repose for two days as people pay their respects. today, including house speaker, paul ryan. the last years in declining health and
without herronie were lonely. >> she told me once that she was not afraid to die. she said i don't want it to hurt. i'm not afraid to die. i'll see ronnie again. >> reporter: now, a three-day period of mourning. >> america on sunday lost a former first lady. i lost my mother. i'm happy for her she's with my father. >> reporter: nancy reagan will be laid to rest friday next to herron ronnie, finally at peace. tricking thousands and handing over money. we caught one of the scammers in the act. we got an urgent warning for you tonight. also, we took a chance on four lads from liverpool and the world was never the same. the man known as the fifth beatle, ahead.
there is an urgent warning from the irs and the fbi about a scam that thousands have fallen for. phone calls demanding money for taxes you don't owe. it's so widespread, the irs placed it on a list of so-called dirty dozen tax frauds for this year. olivia stern met with one woman who can't escape the threatening phone calls. >> he's saying final
notice and we have filed a lawsuit. >> yes. it's scary. >> reporter: that's the third call gretchen has gotten in just three weeks from someone pretending to be with the irs and demanding money. >> it's very upsetting. then this morning, again, one more time. from a different phone number. i feel threatened by the repeat calls. >> reporter: luckily gretchen and itm in houston are savvy enough to know these calls are bogus. the 00,000 people have reported getting one of these calls and the irs estimates 5,000 have paid up. >> the concern is this is just the tip of the iceberg. even anecdotally knowing people in this office has gotten calls like this, my father's gotten calls like this. >> reporter: he works to track down the people on the other end of the line. last year, he sent the ringleader of a fraud caller to jail. >> you don't have people not necessarily in the united states. you have shell companies being used.
>> reporter: the irs wants you to know it will never contact you for the first time by phone. demand credit card information, or threaten arrest. gretchen and i decided to call one of the numbers back. >> you just called my friend and threatened her with a lawsuit. claiming to be a federal agency. >> reporter: for gretchen, though, it's no joke. >> i don't even want to answer the phone. i'm about to get my cellular phone number changed. >> now, if you do get a call like this, the u.s. attorney is asking that you please hang up the phone and report it to the fbi. you can do it right on their website or by phone. no matter what, the most important thing here is, please, do not give your social security number out over the phone. >> how about that reaction. it's a prank. >> it's a prank. >> unbelievable. thank you very much. we're back in a moment with the airline that delayed a flight on purpose so passengers could catch a rare show in the sky.
disappointing news from doctors at the cleveland clinic who today said the first uterus transplant has failed. the 26-year-old woman received the transplant two weeks ago and everything appeared to be going well until she encountered complications and the uterus had to be removed. the patient is recovering and the hospital said it will continue to try more transplants which have been successful in europe. most of us in the u.s. couldn't see last night's total solar eclipse with our own eyes, but passengers aboard an alaska airlines flight got the view from 37,000 feet over the pacific. about a dozen astronomers were onboard to witness the very rare phenomenon. one got the airline to push the flight back 25 minutes so they could see it at the perfect time. when we come back, without him we might never have heard of the fab four. a look back at the life of the legendary beatles producer. his fight for i-phone priva.
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group of mop-top unknowns. they changed music in the world forever. ♪ >> reporter: it was george martin who signed the fab four to their first record contract. his classical music training lifted the liverpool bar band into a worldwide pop sensation. martin was the one who speeded up the tempo of please please me. turning it into their first number one hit. can you even imagine yesterday without the accompanying string quartet. and horns in sergeant pepper. all that accompanied the beatles' musical adventures from india to psych a delia, came from martin. paul mccartney said,
if anyone deserved to be called the fifth beatle, it was george martin. and it was he who brought the dramatic orchestrations to mccartney's bond theme. later on, martin helped elton john turn his candle in the wind to good-bye england's rose in tribute to princess diana. martin was the guiding hand that nourished and encouraged the creative forces of the beatles' considerable talents. it's entirely possible had it not been for george martin, none of us would have heard them, much less worshipped the beatles. harry smith, nbc news, new york. and that will do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night.
if it can be done here it can be done in other cases. >> right now at 6:00, in a rare interview apple's attorney talks about the case against the fbi and why it's more about privacy than terrorism. thanks for joining us. i'm peggy bunked in for raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. it's an interview you'll see only on nbc bay area. he's a high-powered attorney vowing not to back down. apple's attorney says bowing to the feds could set a dangerous precedent. our business and tech reporter scott budman is outside of apple
headquarters with this exclusive interview. >> reporter: good evening, jessica. from proposition 8 to bush versus gore, ted olsen has argued some of the more closely watched cases of our time. he spoke to usoday about the apple case and why he thinks the iphone should be protected. with the iphone still at the center of a fight between apple and the fbi, apple's attorney is speaking out. >> if it can be done here it can be done in other cases. >> reporter: ted olsen spoke to nbc bay area about the case, saying that while he and apple sympathize with the victims of terrorism, the iphone issue is about personal privacy. >> if the fbi can force apple to turn its energies, its engineers, its resources to work for the government, then the government can do that to other people as well. >> reporter: olsen who as argued in front of the supreme court, says this case could end up there as well. today attorney general loretta