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finally the guy stopped at a friend's or relative's home and started receiving hugs and hi - high-fifs from the people watching. words. the democratic race takes its nastiest turn yet as clinton and sanders spar over who's qualified to be president. manhunt for a campus killer as a student is found dead. tonight, video of a person of interest revealed as fear sweeps the university of texas. cancer blood test. a cutting-edge new way to target treatments for lung cancer. it's faster, less painful, and a new hope in the fight against one of the deadliest forms. weight loss wonder. y eat all your favorite foods and still lose those pounds. a technique once shunned, now many doctors say it really works. and life-saving surprise. a teacher, a student, and a grandmother called to the principal's office. wait till you see the moment that brought everyone to tears.
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"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. move over, republican candidates. tonight it is the democrats grabbing the limelight with a nasty back-and-forth over a basic but awfully important question. who is qualified to be president? the heat has been building in the democratic race after bernie sanders' win this week in wisconsin and hillary clinton determined to defend her lead in her home state of new york, where they vote less than two weeks from now. nbc's andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: tonight a turning point in the campaign. democrats no longer taking the high road. >> you want to question my qualifications, let me suggest this. that maybe the american people might wonder about your qualifications, madam secretary, when you voted for the war in iraq. >> reporter: bernie sanders accusing hillary clinton of starting the fight over who's not
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qualified to be president. a war of words sparked by this exchange on morning joe wednesday. >> do you think he is qualified? >> well, let me put it this way, joe. i think what he has been saying about the core issue in his whole campaign doesn't seem to be rooted in an understanding of either the law or the practical ways you get something done. >> reporter: after a photo opportunity on the subway and a little trouble with a fare card, clinton responding today in a bronx diner with matt lauer. >> he came out and side he doesn't think you're qualified to be president. >> that will be up to the voters of new york and the other states passing judgment in the weeks ahead. i think it's kind of a silly statement, but he's free to say whatever he chooses. >> reporter: for months, democrats have been bragging that they don't fight like republicans. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> reporter: encoura
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encouraged by his success, sanders is shifting gears as he wins states, despite the daunting delegate. with tensions boiling over, will democrats be able to unite? one out of every four sanders supporters now say they won't back clinton. this warning from sanders' campaign manage every. >> to sort of gratuitously attack bernie sanders, i think, is a very dangerous move for the clinton campaign. >> reporter: all this risking a rupture for the party. >> it's imperative that enough democrats speak up and say stop this. neither side is entirely blameless here, and, again, i call on both of them to remember why they ran. >> reporter: tonight the white house saying the president believes clinton is qualified, and party leaders are warning both campaigns that having the two democrats accusing each other of not being qualified is tailor made for republican attack ads in the fall. >> you can watch more of matt lauer's interview with hillary clinton tomorrow morning on tut, plus a live town hall with
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bernie sanders out on rockefeller plaza. meantime it is now less nasty on the republican side. trump and cruz waging their war for new york, and donald trump is now adding new top staffers and laying out a new strategy after a tough defeat in wisconsin. nbc's peter alexander has those details. >> reporter: donald trump today holed up in his manhattan high-rise, facing fierce criticism for being too insulated, trump's campaign will soon announce new hires. >> we need more brains and we need more muscle. mr. trump is the voice. >> shifting strategy after a weak showing in wisconsin. trump scrapping a planned california trip friday and skipping colorado to focus on fortifying his lead in his home state. >> it's great to be home. this is home. it's great to be home. >> reporter: why? trump now needs 59% of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination, sweep new york, and that number drops to 53%. today touting the support of former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. trump aides looking to
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capitalize on the new york media market, reaching voters in neighboring states all with upcoming primaries. his challengers zeroing in on individual congressional districts, looking to peel away delegates. ted cruz with orthodox jews in brooklyn. john kasich getting a taste of an italian neighborhood in the bronx. >> it's a great place. >> reporter: about those val use, trump again attacked cruz. >> when he started lecturing me on new york values like we're no good, like we're no good. >> reporter: cruz casting trump, like hillary clinton, as a liberal. >> they really want to see a general election between two new york liberals who agree on washington being the center of the universe. >> reporter: a new poll shows 7 in 10 americans have a negative view of the front-runner, but he's hugely popular among new york republicans. >> to be honest i used to be a democrat, and now i'm a republican just so i can vote for trump. >> reporter: the billionaire banking on an embrace from the
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empire state. peter alexander, nbc news, new york. tonight, fear is sweeping across one of the biggest colleges in america. it's a murder mystery on the campus of the university of texas at austin where a young dance student was found dead in a creek, and now authorities are asking for help identifying a man caught on camera being described as a person of interest. nbc's gabe gutierrez is there. >> reporter: tonight, an urgent manhunt for this freshman's killer. haruka weiser was just 18 years old, a dance major at the university of texas at austin. but now police confirming her body was found in a campus creek tuesday. >> as a parent, this is my worst nightmare. >> reporter: friends reported weiser missing on monday. police say she was last seen leaving a campus building the night before, around 9:30. >> that is our person of interest. >> reporter: now authorities are looking for the man in this surveillance video, seen walking with a woman's bicycle at about 10:00 p.m. and again after 11:00 sunday night.
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>> we clearly need the community's assistance in this matter. >> reporter: weiser's death now prompting ramped up safety measures on the campus of more than 50,000 students. >> it made me kind of check myself to make sure that i'm being as safe as possible. >> i don't like walking home alone at night anymore. >> reporter: it's the first homicide investigation on the main campus here since 1966, when student gunmen shooting from the u.t. tower killed 14 people. the university already at the center of the debate over campus security with a new texas law allowing concealed guns on campus set to take effect later this year. but tonight u.t. is remembering weiser, an oregon native trained in ballet, who said she loved to dance because it challenged her. the school's president reading a statement from her family. >> if her death can somehow make it safer for a young woman to walk home, it will all prevent another
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assault or murder. then at least we could find some meaning behind an otherwise senseless and tragic death. >> reporter: at this hour, memorial service is under way here on campus and a $15,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest. lester, tonight more security, more late-night shuttles for students and dozens more officers on patrol. tonight a new look at one of the most wanted men in the world. belgian authorities released new video of a terror suspect at the scene of the deadly airport attack in brussels more than two weeks ago. it shows him escaping the airport. and as our bill neely reports, investigators are desperate for new leads to catch him. >> reporter: until now, we've seen him just once with two suicide bombers before committing mass murder at the airport. new images show what the man in the hat did next. it's minutes after the bombing, and the suspect walks past a
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nearby sheraton hotel. new video shows him walking calmly, then jogging. he speaks to no one. he has left behind carnage. 16 dead but more to come. 8:50, he's thrown his jacket away. the next bomb in the metro will explode in minutes. the police video tracks him for six miles. at 9:42, he's still strolling. 16 people have just been killed in the metro. he appears again on a cell phone before his trail runs cold at 9:50. by then, he'd walked to within a mile of the carnage at the metro. no one knows why. investigators want help, even from tourists. >> we especially appeal to people who might have taken a photograph of the suspect. >> reporter: two images of him talking worry analysts. >> talking on the telephone here, we can see his arm is crooked up. so he's clearly communicating with others. their big concern must be are these
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individuals out there plotting another attack? >> reporter: today's appeal suggests police have run out of leads. they can't identify him. they can't find his discarded coat. and they can't find him. bill neely, nbc news. back in this country, millions are under extreme weather warnings from dangerous winds fanning wildfires to historic heat and cold. in the south, many woke up to reports of tornadoes, while in the plains, crews are still fighting massive wildfi wildfires. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer takes us to the front lines of the battle. >> reporter: 200 firefighters near the town of freedom, oklahoma, are making slow progress against the largest wildfire that has scorched 80 square miles. but tonight the wind is as dangerous as the flames. nine separate wildfires here are fanned by powerful gusts, fueled by the drought. >> it's been very rapid, fast-moving
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fire behavior. >> reporter: the fire devastating for ranchers, now victims counting their losses. >> we lost about 60 cows and 69 calves. some of the other cattle, we don't know about yet. >> reporter: much of the plains is a tinderbox. 8 million are under a red-flag warning. extreme fire conditions with 35-mile-an-hour dry and hot winds. in the southeast, wind of a different kind. reported tornadoes in florida, georgia, and alabama. homes shredded when violent weather hit overnight. several injured while they were asleep. >> banged up but look at the damages, it could be a lot worse. >> reporter: in michigan, a bitter blast. some temperatures across the region, 25 degrees below average. arctic cold from canada seesawing into the weekend. saturday will be frigid. in the pacific northwest, the polar opposite. record highs, 25 degrees above average. a spring of extremes bringing it all, heat,
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ice, and flames. miguel almaguer, nbc news, freedom, oklahoma. and we want to tell you now about promising news about the new frontier in fighting cancer. it's a pioneering blood test that allows doctors to specifically target treatments for the cancer that kills more americans than any other. as nbc's anne thompson explains, it's far quicker and easier than a traditional biopsy, and it doesn't require surgery. >> reporter: what if a simple blood test could replace invasive biopsy to quickly find the best therapy? a new study says that's what a liquid biopsy can do to fight the most common type of cancer. the boston cancer institute will offer it to all patients soon with nonsmall cell cancer. when one drug stopped working, jeannie larsen could not have a traditional biopsy to determine what to do next. >> i didn't want to have another collapsed lung like the time
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before. so i was very, very hesitant to do that. >> reporter: instead, this mother of two had a liquid biopsy. to combat this nonsmoker's lung cancer that spread. here's how it works. cancer tumors shed dna into the blood. by analyzing the mutations, doctors can tell what new taerked therapies could be more e fecktive and monitor their progress. liquid biopsies are less painful, more accurate in detecting mutations, and most important, they are fast. results in three days as opposed to up to five weeks for traditional biopsies. >> if we can get that result in a couple of days instead, it can have a really important meaning for those patients in taking the next step when they are sick with lung cancer. >> reporter: oxnard stresses the liquid biopsy cannot initially diagnose cancer, and the hope is that someday it could be used in treating other cancers. now on a more e fecktive treatment,
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jeannie larsen is planning ahead, thanks to a blood test helping doctors and patients stave off one of the deadliest cancers. still ahead tonight, dramatic weight loss. growing evidence that a type of diet once rejected by experts really works. how this woman dropped over 100 pounds while still eating pizza and doughnuts. also a wild car chase caught on camera. suspects doing doughnuts in a convertible with police in hot pursuit.
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in the world of weight loss, it goes by a variety of names, the every other day, 5-2, or the alternate-day diet. by any other name, it's fasting, a dieting technique once shunned. now the medical community is saying it can work. there could be benefits beyond losing weight. here's nbc's janet shamlian. >> reporter: it was a diet that allowed jennifer stewart to eat all her favorite foods. >> i love doughnuts. >> reporter: there was also cookies and pies, pizza and ice cream. when the weight started coming off, were you kind of surprised? >> yes, i was. i thought it was too good to be true. >> reporter: but 18 months later, the scale proved otherwise. starting at almost 300 pounds, she lost 110 and had a closet full of clothes like this. >> when you look at it now, what do you think? >> it's unbelievable. >> jennifer was intermittent fasting, a way of dieting now
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gaining scientific endorsement. one day, jennifer would eat only 500 calories, but the next, more than four times that amount, 2,200 calories. a plate that looks like this. nutritionists say the diet works because overall calories are reduced and the high-calorie days don't become outright binges. >> people for some reason are almost unable to binge on that day. they tend to only eat about 10% more than they usually eat. we've seen that in i'd say about 600 or 700 people now. >> research shows fasting might also slow the aging process and reduce the rick of cancer and diabetes. now on a maintenance plan with slightly higher calories, jennifer has lost another 20 pounds and gained her confidence. >> it shocks my family because they had no idea that i would ever -- that i would ever lose weight. i had no idea either. >> reporter: a weight loss regimen showing results when feast is combined with famine. janet shamlian, nbc
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news, minnesota. we're back in a moment with a big announcement about one of the newest additions to a greatly endangered species.
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here in southern california this afternoon, we watched wall-to-wall coverage of one of the wildest police stations in some time, on and off highways, through city streets. viewers captivated by a pair of burglary suspects on the run. even the tmz tour bus got involved. nbc's gadi schwartz has the wild scene. >> reporter: a very wet and very wild high-speed chase in los angeles. this afternoon, we watched a dangerous police chase turn into an all-out joyride. it was raining, but the burglary suspects dropped the top on this mustang convertible and started doing doughnuts on hollywood boulevard. along the famous walk of fame, pedestrians ran to avoid being hit. then on the freeway, a tmz tour bus tries to box them in, but they slip away. the mustang losing a
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tire. the chase finally slowing down in the south los angeles neighborhood and coming to a stop. the suspects appearing to wait for police while shaking hands and high-fiving with the crowd gathered on the street, snapping selfies before they are arrested. an apparent end to a very odd pursuit on the streets of l.a. gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. >> bizarre times. after seven months, we know what to call one of the rare giant cubs. her name picked in a contest is nuan nuan, which means warm and friendly that if if i pronounced that right. she was born in august at malaysia's zoo to parents on loan from china. when we come back, a perfect match. one teacher's selfless gift to save a first-grader's life. >> announcer: "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by sask life. for life insurance,
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finally tonight, many of us will always remember those teachers who made a difference in our lives. but one teacher in
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wisconsin gives new meaning to going above and beyond. nbc's kristen dahlgren tells us about her life-saving sacrifice for a student. >> reporter: the first thing you notice about natasha fuller is that impish smile. not how sick she is after a lifetime battling kidney disease. >> she says i just want to be like my friends. i just want to play like my friends. >> reporter: for the past few years, the first grader has been living with her grandmother in oakfield, wisconsin, to be close to the hospital, hoping for a kidney transplant. but there was never a match. then one day her grandma was called to the principal's office. >> i thought she was naughty. i thought she got in trouble. >> reporter: and a woman she never met beforehanded her a present. a card saying she was a perfect match. third-grade teacher jodi schmidt is donating her kidney to the little girl who always stopped to say
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hi as she walked by. >> she's not even in your class. >> no. it's hard to explain. i just know it's the right thing to do. >> reporter: she called her husband. >> i said i think i'm going to give a student a kidney. he said, okay. >> reporter: mrs. schmidt has three kids of her own. her family worries, but sometimes so does natasha. >> i'm worried she's going to get scared because i'm scared too. >> we'll be scared together, but we're going to be okay. >> yep. >> yep. you can do all the things you haven't been able to do. >> like jump, tackle. >> reporter: it's a day that could come very soon. surgery is scheduled for later this month. >> i just keep thinking of the times that i get to see her after, when everything is done and she's healthy, and that's what i keep picturing in my mind. >> reporter: kristen dahlgren, nbc news,
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oakfield, wisconsin. wow. a story that makes you want to give the favorite teacher in your life a big hug tonight. that will do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. noreeideor er.thseteme l right now at 6:00, no free ride for uber. the settlement late this afternoon forcing the san francisco company to fork over millions of dollars. good evening, and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm peggy bunker in for jessica aguirre. the issue was over safety and also accusations that uber misled passengers regarding the quality of its driver background checks. nbc bay area's laura malpor from the news room with the story. laura this all started with a consumer protection lawsuit? >> that's right, peggy. this stems from a lawsuit filed by district attorneys in san
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francisco and l.a. back in 2014 claiming the ride service gave customers a fault sense of security by claiming its background checks were the toughest in the industry. prosecutors contended uber's practices are actually inferior it taxis because all taxi drivers are required to get fingerprint checks. but all uber drivers are not. in today's settlement, uber did not admit to any wrong doing but it did say it's already made some of the changes prosecutors wanted. the suit also questioned uber's compliance with california laws regarding airport laws and fare calculation. uber released an audio statement on today's settlement. here's part of it. >> we're glad to put this case behind us and excited to redouble our efforts serving riders and drivers across the state of california. >> you can read uber's entire statement on our web site nbcbayarea.com. the district attorney's offices say under the terms of the agreement if uber doesn't pay

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