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here. hope to see you then. on this sunday night, last stand. two days before the crucial indiana primary. our new poll on where the candidates stand as bernie sanders now talks of a contested convention. on the brink, pain in puerto rico as the island prepares to default on a big debt payment. the ripple effect of an economic downturn being felt far and wide. fighting addiction, as abusive prescription painkillers sores, how one hospital e.r. is taking a far different approach to control pain without those drugs. >> and war stories, one man hopes to inspire the world to ask with photographs of those displaced with conflict. he knows about war all too well. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with
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kate snow. reporting tonight from washington. good evening. just two days until voters in indiana cast their votes and it's looking more and more like indiana may be ted cruz' last stand. our new nbc news wall street journal poll has donald trump up 15 points in the hoosiers state. on the democratic side, our poll shows bernie sanders trailing hillary clinton in indiana by just four points, but in the overall race for delegates, she's leading by a wide margin. today, sanders argued the mass doesn't matter. he wants a fight at the democratic convention this summer. we have two reports tonight beginning with jacob rascon in ft. wayne, indiana. hi, jacob. >> reporter: kate, good evening. donald trump is calling himself the presumptive nominee and he is well on his way but not without at least one more fight with ted cruz. a cruz aide tonight says he believes cruz is doing better in indiana than polling significant suggests. that would be crucial ted cruz' survival in this race
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may depend on it. when donald trump says the race is over if he wins indiana, he may be right. >> the two last ones are like hanging by their fingertips. they are choking. don't let me fall. don't let me fall. >> reporter: trump could get shutout at the hoosiers state and still secure the nomination. >> ted cruz! >> reporter: by his own admission, this is ted cruz' last stand, the texas senator's alamo. >> our country is at the edge of a cliff. >> reporter: already mathematically eliminated from securing the nomination out right, cruz and john kasich teamed up, a dirty deal critics say. >> insider politics and that's what the trump people don't like. >> reporter: not just trump supporters, a majority of republican voters also disapprove. trump now pivoting past the primaries vowing hillary clinton doesn't stand a chance. >> once i start on hillary, you'll see the numbers change. >> reporter: the front runner was in reach of his seventh consecutive win.
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trump's closest rival today refusing nine times to commit to supporting him. >> if he's the nominee, i take it you can't support him anymore, can you? >> i believe if the republican party nominates donald trump, we will lose to hillary. >> are you going to support donald trump if he's the nominee? >> i'm going to beat donald trump. >> reporter: cruz defiant, indiana or bust. jacob rascone fort wayne, indiana. this is kristen welker on the trail close to clinching the nomination, hillary clinton added a few stops in indiana today. >> i need your help. >> reporter: the latest nbc news wall street journal merit poll shows clinton with a slim lead in the hoosiers state but no matter what happens here, her delegate lead is insurmountable, yet today bernie sanders that showed signs of scaling back renewed his vow to fight her all the way to the convention.
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>> the convention will be a contested contest. >> reporter: and while sanders is still drawing crowds by the thousands. the burn may be fading. he raised $44,000 in march but brought in a little more than half of that last month. today clinton tried to send a message, game over. >> there comes a time you have to look at the reality. >> reporter: at her indiana rally today, she set her sights on her likely gop rival donald trump. >> this hateful talk about immigrants, about muslims, about women, i mean, enough. >> reporter: meanwhile, the current commander in chief at his final white house correspondence dinner also looking to the future. >> next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it's anyone's guess who she will be, but. [ laughter ] >> reporter: and having a little fun at the front runner's expense. >> hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative that just signed up for facebook. [ laughter ] >> yeah. dear america, did you get my poke? hello, aunt hillary. [ laughter ]
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>> reporter: clinton will be speaking at the end of the dinner here in detroit tonight but earlier in the day she jokingly tweeted at potus nice job last night. aunt hillary approved. meanwhile, we learned today that president obama's oldest daughter malia will be attending harvard university in the fall of 2017 after taking a gap year. kate? >> kristen welker nice to see you at the dinner last night. these are painful days for puerto rico. home to 3.5 million citizens. and it could get worse. the territory expected to default on a major debt payment due tomorrow with a much larger wundu due this summer. this unfolds and government services shrink, more and more people are leaving the island. gabe gutierrez is there with the report. >> reporter: on the island of enchantment, tonight there is trouble in paradise. >> you know, it's just devastating. >> reporter: he doubts he'll find a job in puerto rico once he finishes his master
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degree in boston. >> it looks bad for a young person like me that wants to go home and live here and establish my life here. >> reporter: tomorrow the island expects to default on the largest debt payment yet, $422 million. the total debt is more than a staggering $70 billion. unemployment is at a crushing 12% and nearly half the island lives below the poverty line. this neighborhood was once thriving now abandon homes line the block. puerto rico lost about one-tenth of the population in just the last decade. that's led to a shrinking tax base and a closing of more than 150 schools. now at least four hospitals are in danger. this one briefly had its power shut off when it failed to make payments. >> it's gotten very difficult at this very moment. right now we really have a crisis. we're hanging on the cliff really. >> reporter: a cliff hanger that could impact unsuspecting u.s. investors with retirement accounts filled with puerto rican bonds and even
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as the island battles the zika virus, it's losing a doctor a day. >> it's basically tearing me apart. >> among them, yolndapagan. she's packing up. and moving to the mainland. >> it's a city wonderful in the caribbean, just gorgeous and so sick right now. >> reporter: to help cure it, the government raised the sales tax to 11.5%, higher than any state. but because it's a commonwealth, puerto rico can't declare bankruptcy like detroit and the bill to rescue the island has stalled in congress. >> the fact that it is not being addressed with the urgency it needs to be addressed and just forgotten says a lot, and also is completely frustrating. >> reporter: the next big hurdle, an even larger debt payment due july 1st. late today puerto rico's governor announced to withhold most of tomorrow's payment. he called it a painful decision.
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kate? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. more severe weather in the midwest and south. six people died in texas after a weekend of heavy rain and flooding. millions are under flash flood watches in several states now. janet shamlian is in louisiana tonight. janet? >> reporter: kate, good evening. the southern storms have been relentless. tonight, it is louisiana in the cross hairs. thousands of homes like this one in the flood zone. the lake charles area has been especially hard hit by this dangerous flash flooding. one car swept off the road and under a foot bridge. more than six inches of rain in the region since midnight in some areas, ten inches. in lafayette, interstate 49 shut down in both directions for several hours but despite the conditions, some drivers still trying to make their way through the rising water. the storms also battered new orleans where for a second day some events were cancelled. tonight 20 million americans are under the threat of more severe
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weather and flooding and thousands of homes are like this one, without power in the water and more severe weather on the way. kate, back to you. >> janet shamlian, thank you so much. in iraq a big anti-government protest and occupation inside the heavily protected green zone in baghdad is over tonight. but a political crisis that's diverting attention away from the battle against isis is far from over. ron allen has our report. >> reporter: some 24 hours of tension and uncertainty finally ended in baghdad as hundreds of protesters made their way out of the massively fortified green zone. defiant and stormed the heart of the capital occupied and rand sacked parliament. the combination of angry demonstrations led by an anti american religious leader demanding a complete overhaul of the country's leadership. escalating a deepening political crisis, a government strongly backed by the united states. one organizer warned we will use every means possible
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to change the government. >> we need iraqi lawmakers and iraqi security officials, they say this crisis is far from over. they are worried what we saw saturday and this morning sets a very dangerous president. >> reporter: as the demonstrations waned, the direct minister appeared in public and encouraging signs u.s. officials closely monitoring every development. u.s. still very concerned about whether the political turmoil will district the biggest priority there. again today the militants unleashed another round of deadly attacks killing at least 23 more people. through it all, the u.s. embassy and staff inside the green zone were never threatened nor in danger and remain confident the embattled iraqi government will still have the ability to help step up the fight against isis. kate? >> ron allen, thank you.
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a poet referred to in popular songs, father daniel berrigan died at 94. he was best known as an anti war activist whose opposition to the vietnam war helped strengthen. where his message was controversial, his message was one of peace as we hear tonight from our ann thompson. >> father daniel barrigan knew the power of an image and in the 1960's anti-war movement, none was more steering than this down on the right his brother phillip on the left priest burning records in maryland. >> would it make it more difficult. >> reporter: the brothers and accomplices accused of destroying government property. they went on the run. putting them on the fbis ten most wanted list and this "time magazine" cover. >> we tried for a number of years to do what was right because it was right. >> reporter:
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eventually caught, he served 18 months in prison. radical, poet. daniel barrigan was first and foremost a priest. he became part of the popular culture in music. ♪ >> reporter: and the movie, "the mission." protest was his litter liturgy. asked when he would give it up, the day i'm embalmed he said. ann thompson, nbc news. still ahead tonight, we'll go to one of the largest emergency departments in the country where they are music to control pain instead of potentially addictive prescription painkillers.
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we've all heard about the epidemic, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the united states. not car accidents, not firearms, but drugs and one of the fastest areas of addiction is prescription painkillers, a category called opioids. what if those pills weren't being given out in the first place? that's the idea behind a new program in new jersey. in one of the busiest emergency departments in the country, they are doing something unheard of in most e.r.s. ♪ >> it mellows you right out.
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>> reporter: using holistic healing, and medications like nitrous oxide instead of turning to opioid pain killers to ease pain. drugs that can easily become addictive. >> how are you doing today? >> dr. alexis a pain management specialist created the program at st. joseph in patterson, new jersey. in the first two months, 75% of patients in the e.r. were treated with alternative therapies. so what has he been given here in the hospital? >> a dose of tylenol and muscle relaxing medication. >> as opposed to opiate? >> as opposed to opioids. >> 165,000 americans have died from opioid overdoses since 1999. 14,000 in 2014 alone. why is the e.r. an important place to have this alternative? >> the first dose of opioid is frequently given in the emergency department and if we can stop giving that first dose, if we can give alternatives and still relieve the
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pain, we're going to really help stop addiction dependency and that downward spiral that happens from opioids. >> reporter: that downward spiral is exactly what happened to former emt john two years ago when he hurt his back on the job. >> i was in excruciating pain and given prescription pain medication. >> reporter: percocet. >> 10 milligram and 90. >> reporter: 90. >> 90. >> reporter: that's a lot. >> so i've been told. >> reporter: within a month he was addicted and when he ran out of percocet, heroin was cheaper and easier to find. john has been sober a year but last week he had a kidney stone and came to st. joseph's e.r. >> reporter: were you worried they might give you something that would be dangerous for you? >> yeah, always in the back of your head when you go to the hospital for something that's really painful. you don't want to be put in a compromising position. >> reporter: if they had put you on an iv with morphine or something. >> yeah, i could have ruined my sobriety.
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absolutely. >> reporter: instead they used a non-addictive numbing agent. >> my pain went from an eight to a two. >> reporter: wow. it worked. >> really well. >> reporter: that it works for john and others is critical. the goal to avoid addiction but not at the cost of patients suffering. >> we're not opioid-free. we are looking at using alternatives to opioid first. if we can relieve the symptoms, then we'll continue on that path. >> since st. josephs started the program, it's been flooded with calls from potential patients and hospitals all over the world that want to do the same thing in their emergency room. when we come back, she's living her dream, how she moved from law to ice cream.
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tonight's making it happen is brought to you by at&t, mobilizing your world. we're back with the segment we're calling making it happen and as the title suggests, it's about pursuing your passion. one is about a lawyer that worked in the obama administration but also really liked making ice cream. morgan radford has her story. >> do you want a second scoop? >> reporter: scoop by scoop, victoria is enjoying the sweet taste of success. >> this is very good. >> reporter: she graduated from wellesley, moved to washington, became a top lawyer, but still, there was one thing she always wanted to achieve. becoming an ice cream shop owner. you've worked for secretary kerry, president obama, why ice cream? >> i would make ice cream before i went to work, go to work, come back, take photos, blog about
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it. >> reporter: she grew up with the love of ice cream spending time as a child with her father so two years ago she entered an ice cream competition and won. >> i went back to work the next monday, type, type, type as usual. >> reporter: her victory caught the attention of a land developer that showed her the she quit her job, cashed in her savings and built this. >> goat cheese? >> yeah. >> reporter: where do you come up with these ideas? >> musicians think in whatever instrument they might play and painters think visually and i see everything around me in flavors. >> reporter: her mind creation turned inspiration. >> it's like washington where you have a lot of lobbyists, paper pushers, the career change is a really popular dream. >> it's uncomparable, the best stuff ever. >> reporter: proof a healthy serving of risk can lead to a lifetime of reward. >> it doesn't matter how
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different your past life was. everything is transferable. every experience, every moment. >> reporter: moments that turn to memories. morgan radford, nbc news, washington. >> and making us all hungry. up next, a man whose live was profoundly changed by war and how he hopes to inspire change for others impacted other victims of war.
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finally tonight, one man is telling inspiring stories of refugees that persevere. after fleeing their war torn countries. his work is by his own experience as a war photographer and the price he paid. kelly kobeia met up with him in
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jordan. >> reporter: with every click, giles is telling a story of school children with dreams, businessesmen that want to work, families longing for homes. people just like us but victims of war. >> i have quite literally walked in their footsteps. >> reporter: giles is a triple amputee. documenting the refugee crisis for the united nations. the british photographer lost his arm and both legs while with u.s. troops in afghanistan five years ago. american medics saved him. three months later he saw himself in the mirror for the first time. >> i thought i wish i died in the helicopter but something clicked that night and i woke up and said you know what, giles? it is what it is. you can't change what happened but you will be defined how you deal with it. >> reporter: within a year he was back on new feet. we caught up with him in jordan telling other people's stories. like this family, they owned a supermarket in syria. as refugees, they have nothing,
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yet, they share a meal and for giles they pose. the family and thousands of others live outside the refugee camp. inside, tens of thousands more. like the barber whose customers often can't pay. the boy whose most prized possession is a polaroid. and the former fighter who also lost a leg. because you have a war injury, i respect what you're doing he tells giles. giles still shoots on film and often doesn't see his work until he's back in london. what do you think he'd think of this? >> i think he'd like it. he looks strong and proud. you can tell he's lived a life. >> reporter: he has hundreds of pictures now showing pain and loss but also love and strength. >> it is overwhelming, but my job is to focus on what i can do. i can't change the world, but i would say maybe one of my
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photographs will inspire the person that can. >> reporter: just one picture, one moment and millions of stories waiting to be told. kel kelly kobeia, jordan. and that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be here tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from washington. i'll see you on msnbc tomorrow. for all of us, have a great night.
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nbc bay area news starts now. democrats gather to play an important part in the race for >> right now, at 6:00, california democrats an gather to play an important part in the race for president. good evening. i'm terry mcsweeney. peggy has the night off. california democrats are hard at work right now selecting delegates to send to the convention in philadelphia. those people will play a big role in determining who will win the democratic nomination. christie smith is live in san francisco for us tonight. very important work going on right now. >> yeah, that's right. good evening to you. there's certainly a lot of interest in becoming a delegate among democrats. we saw hockey supporters and

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