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tonight, campaign shakeup. trump and clinton on the ropes as cruz and sanders score decisive wins. can the front-runners really be caught? getting nasty in new york. getting out of line. a frantic rescue caught on camera as wildfires explode out of control. evacuations come just in time. nbc on the isis money trail. how brutal killers are smuggling and selling some of the world's great antiquities for their reign of terror. how much time does it really take to work off some of your favorite snacks. over an hour for two slices of pizza? that's just a start. and the oaky from muscogee is gone. tonight, we remember a country music legend.
"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. did we just witness a turning point in the republican race for president? and the contest now turns to new york, following donald trump's 13-point loss to ted cruz in wisconsin. the cruz and stop trump forces are claiming wisconsin has provided the foothold they desperately need to deny trump the delegates he needs to win the nomination. perhaps more telling, our exit polls show deep voter anxiety even fear about trump. we may know for sure what it holds when they hold their primary in two weeks from now where trump will aggressively defend his home turf and overall lead. peter alexander has details. >> reporter: ted cruz trying to capitalize on his victory invading donald trump's home turf.
cruz and the anti-trump forces tout the wisconsin win as a watershed. >> tonight is a turning point. it is a rallying cry. >> reporter: why? because donald trump's road to the nomination just got tougher. trump now needs to win 58% of the 822 remaining delegates. up from 56% 24 hours earlier. cruz backers claiming renewed confidence. >> this is a guy who can bring the party together, win the nomination for the convention and go on to win in november. >> reporter: exit polls reveal why trump had such a bad night. nearly 6 in 10 wisconsin primary voters saying they're scared or concerned about a trump presidency. more than a third saying if trump's the nominee, they would support hillary clinton. a third-party candidate or simply stay home. and those are republicans. after a rocky last week, dramatic erosion at the core of trump's coalition. conservatives, those without a college degree, and men turning against trump. absent from the airwaves, releasing
this blistering response. blasting cruz as a trojan horse, being used by the party bosses, attempting to steal the nomination. now the race moves here to new york, donald trump's town with 2.7 million registered voters. the primary in less than two weeks, providing 2016's turning point. the mogul positioned to win all 95 delegates. a new poll showing a majority of new york republicans behind him. but even with a win here, after last night's loss in wisconsin, the math may not add up to the magic number needed to avoid a contested convention in cleveland. one reason why trump's top aides met privately. as donald trump's first major rally here in new york, anticipating the potential for a raucous evening, a huge security presence on site. heavily armed officers with long guns patrolling this massive warehouse hours before trump arrives. lester? >> peter, you can be sure the democrats are
doing their own math. like ted cruz, bernie sanders also won wisconsin by double digits. that gives him victories in six of the last seven state contests. but hillary clinton is seeking to stop sanders' momentum, went on the attack today in a major way as the battle shifts. we get more from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: bernie sanders celebrating his big wisconsin win. >> do not tell secretary clinton. she's getting a little nervous. >> reporter: but hillary clinton didn't sound nervous today, unleashing a new round of attacks against him. >> the numbers don't add up. >> reporter: sanders' celebration in a new york minute. today's "new york daily news." slamming him for saying the sandy hook families shouldn't be able to sue gun manufacturers, telling the paper -- >> i think the right thing is a crime should be able to sue the manufacturer, is that your question? >> reporter: sanders with kasie hunt
tonight. >> there have been calls for you to apologize to the sandy hook families. >> well, i would say that i am not happy about the tragedy of that enormity. being politicized. >> reporter: sanrs also widely criticized for not being able to explain in that interview a signature promise. breaking up the big banks. clinton pounced. >> i think he hasn't done his homework. he had been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn't really studied or understood. >> reporter: meanwhile, some troubling signs for clinton. nearly 40% of democratic voters in wisconsin saying she's not honest and trustworthy. can she improve those numbers in new york? where she was a senator? now a subway series, the battle for brooklyn, where clinton campaigned tuesday, and where sanders was born and raised. >> we have a 3 1/2-room represent controlled apartment. >> reporter: talking to spike lee, a sanders supporter. >> how will we do in new york?
>> i think we'll win in new york. >> reporter: even after beating clinton in wisconsin by 14 points, sanders netted only 10 more delegates, and she needs only 33% of the remaining delegates to win the nomination. tonight a former democratic chairman and clinton supporterser, identification rendell said it got so nasty, he told both sides to cool it. now to a dangerous turn in the season of extremes. just a couple of weeks into spring, as part of the country has plunged into freezing temperatures, several states are now dealing with wildfires exploding through areas already devastated by years of drought. our national correspondent, miguel almaguer, has our report from oklahoma. >> reporter: across oklahoma and kansas, wind is driving wildfires, fueling flames in this region, dry and ready to burn. more than 55,000 acres already torched. hundreds forced to evacuate. >> i don't want to
keep burning and burning and burning. >> reporter: it's still not known how many homes have been lost. >> my friend lives around the corner. we're not allowed to go in there because we don't even know if they have a home anymore. >> reporter: fanned by 50-mile-an-hour winds in woodward county, oklahoma, the blaze exploded. >> come on, guys, get out! >> reporter: two storm chasers rescuing a tractor driver who was stopped with no time to spare. a narrow and harrowing escape. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: in kansas, a red flag warning. the governor declaring a disaster. flames threatening entire neighborhoods, destroying this school. in new mexico, the wind generating this tumbleweed tornado and increasing the fire danger. back east, another extreme. a bitter blast dropping trees and temperatures. record lows in at least seven cities. some temperatures, 20 degrees below average. and tonight a new
blaze in arizona. this one spreading into california. the southwest already crippled by drought is facing another danger. fire season is back, and summer is still months away. lester. >> quickly becoming a spring to remember. miguel, thank you. for the first time since the terror attacks in brussels, flights from one of the targets of the attacks have landed into the u.s. the first arrival coming as the man in charge of securing this nation's commercial aviation told congress his agency is trying to dramatically upgrade its approach to protecting u.s. airports while warning the summer travel season could be challenging. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: at washington dulles today, the first flight from brussels since the attacks two weeks ago. brussels airlines flight 515 met with a water canon salute on the ramp and belgian flags for arriving
passengers. the terror threat overseas driven home by the fbi in new jersey. this week urging bomb technicians, firefighters, police and chemical retailers to be watching for anyone gathering the ingredients for a homemade bomb. >> you can get them at the hardware store, you can get them at the supermarket, and they can be quite destructive. >> reporter: among the concern that someone with easy access to a u.s. airport might try to recreate the brussels attacks. on capitol hill today -- >> the only person that's going to get the airports off their duff is going to be you. >> reporter: lawmakers were demanding the tsa chief ramp up security checks for airport employees, and improve perimeter security at all airports. >> we have greatly enhanced our oversight of cargo screening facilities of the catering facilities. >> reporter: family video just released of the honor guard carrying the bodies of stephanie and justin schultz killed in brussels. now back home in lexington, kentucky.
back here at tsa check points, airports nationwide reporting record passenger volume and delays this year. the tsa warning it could be a summer of long lines and passengers should get to the airport early. tom costello, nbc news, washington. former co-executive was sentenced to a year in prison and fined a quarter million dollars for violating standards before a deadly explosion six years ago. 29 men were killed at the upper big branch mine in west virginia. don blankenship was acquitted in december of other charges that could have stretched his sentence to 30 years. now, to an nbc news investigation. tracking the money trail left behind by isis. we've seen horrific images of isis destroying history by tearing down ancient treasures. but now we've uncovered evidence that isis is also selling some priceless artifacts on the black market to fund its campaign of terror. nbc news chief foreign
correspondent richard engel tells us more. >> reporter: from the air, the ancient city ravaged by isis. the world already witnessed the barbarity for which they treated precious monuments. isis is also making thousands of dollars on serious endangered heritage. they destroyed those big statues that are too big to move anyway, said this man, who calls him abu mustafa. but he said the real masterpieces are sold for cash. mustafa explained that his brother-in-law, a senior isis member, got him into the business of smuggling artifacts out of syria. now he's on the run and hiding his identity. we altered his voice. what is this? this is the god of the sun he said he was told. where is the sun? it's from palmera, he said. once they leave isis territory, the
artifacts end up here, just over the syrian border. smugglers will come to small turkish towns like this one looking to make a discreet sale. often for tens of thousands of dollars. what was the first piece that you sold? this one, he says. he also said some of the more ten other pieces he smuggled out sold for up to $60,000. abu mustafa's cut, 15% of each sale. he's talking now because he claims his isis brother-in-law cheated him out of his percentage. >> just one endless column of pain. >> reporter: we showed the video of the artifact to a former syrian antiquities official who now teaches in ohio. >> they broke it. >> reporter: he consulted other experts and books before determining that the artifact was likely real. and taken from palmera. >> what you have here
is a sun god, the main deities of palmera. >> reporter: abu mustafa told us he knows of other artifacts that have already arrived in turkey. and they're waiting for buyers? some of them were sold, he said. i'm not sure if they reached europe yet. maybe they're still trying to figure out how to get them on a plane, or a boat. rich, cultural heritage, which survived for thousands of years, is now being sold illegally. one piece at a time. richard engel, nbc news, southern turkey. there is a lot more to tell you about ahead. burning calories. the blueberry muffin will cost you 48 minutes of exercise. the new push to alert you about how long it takes to work off your favorite foods, and it may shock you. also, an american girl gets the thrill of her young life. the touching reason why it was so important for her to meet the pope.
we're back now with that eye-opening health news. how long do you think it takes to walk off a small bag of potato chips? 10 minutes? 20? try over half an hour for that snack that's gone in an instant. it's just one example of a favorite that takes more time to burn off than most people might think. now there's a call to change food labels to help people make more informed choices before they bite. >> reporter: most people have no idea how much work it takes
to work off some of america's favorite snacks and beverages. how much time do you think you'd have to spend walking to burn off the calories in a couple slices of pizza? >> maybe 45 minutes? >> reporter: you would have to walk about 1 hour 23 minutes. you have to run 43 minutes. surprised? >> very. >> a little, yeah. >> reporter: it's time to eliminate the guesswork that a leading group of british scientists. >> i think people are very shocked. when they look at these amounts of calories and what it actually means to you physically. and i think what we want to prompt people to do is to think differently. >> reporter: the researchers found, for instance, burning off the calories in a can of soda means 26 minutes walking, 13 running. a small pack of dry roasted peanuts? that's 54 minutes walking, 28 minutes running. that medium mocha coffee? 53 minutes walking, and 28 minutes running.
and a small iced cinnamon roll? you have to walk 1 hour 17 minutes or run for 40. the study found more than half the people surveyed said this kind of labeling would change their behavior. >> they understand pretty well what a minute of exercise is, or an hour of exercise is. so in that sense, it's actually communicating much more clearly. >> it would definitely change what i eat, knowing what i have to do to work it off. absolutely. >> reporter: suggestions for labeling, some say that are easier to digest than calorie counts alone. raheema ellis, nbc news, new york. we have got many more examples of snacks in the time they take to burn off on our facebook page right now. but a warning, you're going to do a lot of hoofing. when we come back, he went from prison inmate to legendary performer. the tribute to the life of a music icon.
a touching moment at the vatican when pope francis blessed the eyes of an american girl tragically going blind. 5-year-old lizzy meyers of ohio and her parents met the pope when they got special seats for his general audience. lizzie has a condition that could blind her in about seven years and rob her hearing. her family is taking her on what they call a visual bucket list, and they crossed a pretty big one off today. tributes are pouring in for one of country music's original outlaws, the legendary merle haggard today after battling pneumonia in recent months. our harry smith looks back at the struggle that make haggard such an icon. >> reporter: merle haggard was a man whose soul was forged in hard times and prison yards. when he sang, you knew it was the truth. while serving time in san quentin, haggard
saw johnny cash perform and said, that's what i want. it's safe to say music saved haggard's life. >> that's what i'm for, that's what i do. i eat, sleep and read it. people around me, if they can't handle it, they just have to get away. >> reporter: few performers would cut to the quick of an audience the way haggard could. hard luck, love gone wrong, and in 1969 an america that from his perspective had lost its way. his songs were covered by everyone from the everly brothers to the grateful dead. his influence on generations of country music performers immeasurable. haggard used to say, i've never been a guy
finally tonight, a big win for what just might be the greatest basketball dynasty of all-time. four national championships in a row for the uconn women. another undefeated season. nbc's ron mott has the celebration. >> the national championship goes to connecticut for the fourth year in a row! >> reporter: four years, four championships, and a foregone conclusion. by any measure, few teams in any sport can match the historic dominance of uconn women's basketball. 38-0 this season, only five losses in the last four years. and they beat their opponents by an average of nearly 40 points.
no one seems to know how, they didn't exactly keep the winning formula secret last night. >> there are three key ingredients that go into this kind of success. one, two, three. >> reporter: three seniors at the heart of this victory machine. morgan, mariah, and three-time national player of the year brianna stewart whose goal as a freshman was to win it all every year. this latest trophy moves the coach a past ucla iconic men basketball's coach john wooden with 11 championships. while he often downplays his achievements, he never minimizes those of the women who have played for him. >> what those 11 national championships mean to me is how many great players i've had the opportunity to coach, how many great people have come through our program. >> reporter: winning never gets old, of course. it's also never looked so easy.
ron mott, nbc news, connecticut. what a great week it's been in college basketball. that's going to 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.rht w a6. it be mohs nceb right now at 6:00, it's been months since we felt it. 90s on the coast. the bay area heats up. but not for too long. we did break a couple of records today, including one in oakland and in san francisco and in san jose. we are 80s at the hour. >> thank you for joining us right now. i'm peggy bunker in for jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. just now starting to cool down. >> it's really been a scorcher of the day. the beach the place to be. but then the next couple of days much cooler air will be coming
in. but let's take a look at some of these records today. in santa rosa old record 81 degrees. look at where we topped out today. 88 degrees in santa rosa. napa 86 degrees, oakland 82. we also had upper 80s. some of these records were blown out of the water. into the next couple of days, a major cooldown on the way. but we are still in the mid to upper 80s now as we speak as these high clouds filter in. and that's kind of a hint that things are getting ready to change. more clouds in the forecast, a shift in the winds will give us an onshore flow. the highs tomorrow will be much cooler than we have today looking at 69 degrees in san francisco, 71 degrees in the east bay, and the south bay up to 74 degrees. we'll take a look to even cooler temperatures in the forecast for the weekend. that's coming up a little bit later. raj and