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tonight, unstoppable. ted cruz's dire warning about donald trump as the front-runner surges and nabs major endorsements just six days until iowa. cliffhanger. evacuations under way with an entire community on edge tumbling into the sea. a state of emergency as el nino unleashes its wrath on the california coast. where's the response? nbc news has learned amid the toxic water crisis in flint, no pipes are being replaced. we ask the governor why not. warning signs for pregnant women and mothers of newborns. a big announcement from doctors about diagnosing depression. and remembering abe vigoda. sadly this time it's for real.
to "barney miller," the legendary actor is gone. "nightly news" begins right now. news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc lester holt. good evening. time is short, and the to-do list is long for the men and women running for president. in just six days we will be counting actual votes in iowa, but in the final stretch it's all about the polls, and tonight they appear to confirm a dramatic reversal of fortune among the two republican front-runners. donald trump now ahead in a state that once seemed to be ted cruz's to lose. and more worrisome for the cruz camp is trump is lining up what could be key high drama in the democratic contests, too. we've got both races covered starting with nbc's katy tur. hi, katy. >> reporter: hey there, lester, you know it's crunch time flying known endorsements and the
donald trump is about to take the stage joined by arizona sheriff jozef arpaio known for his hardline stance on immigration. the clock is ticking in iowa. six days left and donald trump is pulling ahead. today leading in five of the last six major polls here. the race now a cage match between the billionaire and his texas rival ted cruz. each looking for a knockout punch. >> we have a very powerful endorsement coming down today. >> reporter: for trump a major evangelical endorsement, jerry falwell, jr., who spoke glowingly of trump at liberty university last week. >> in my opinion donald trump lives the life of loving and helping others as jesus taught in the great commandment. >> reporter: 57% of iowa gop caucus-goers identified as evangelical or born again in 2012, and while cruz has the edge among those voters by most accounts, trump is dominating among moderate voters, meaning he may only need to be competitive among evangelicals to win.
he needs. >> it's a very, very close race, and so little things on the margins, it could make a little bit of a difference. meanwhile, is staying faithful to his ground game barnstorming iowa with another seven stops on his bus tour, remaining confident >> the judgment that the men and women of iowa are making is who has a proven record as a consistent severtive yesterday, today and tomorrow. >> reporter: but in a privately warning pastors -- >> and if donald wins iowa, he right now has a substantial lead in new hampshire. there's a very good chance he could be unstoppable and be our nominee. >> reporter: seven months of campaigning and it's all down to these last few days. katy tur, nbc news, marshalltown, iowa. >> thank you. >> i'm casey hunt in iowa where bernie sanders says he feels like a winner. >> if we have a large
win and we will win big. >> reporter: hillary clinton trying to avoid reliving the past in iowa. >> i will work my heart out for you as your president. >> reporter: a new campaign ad showing voters just how long she's been in the fight. it's a reminder for young voters. >> i've been on the front lines of change and progress since i was your age. when i worked on health care back in '93 and '94, and i don't know if you were born then, i can't quite tell, but if you had been around and had been able to pay attention, i was trying to get us to universal health care coverage. >> reporter: sanders is older than clinton. >> you're 75 now. you would be -- >> 74. >> reporter: but an nbc news survey monkey poll out today shows young voters support him by a wide margin, just like they backed barack obama in 2008. are you the heir to president obama here in iowa? >> i wouldn't -- look, no. obama in 2008 ran a campaign which is
do i think in this campaign that we are going to match that? i would love to see us do that. i hope we can. frankly, i don't think we can. >> reporter: sanders and clinton both leaving iowa today. a trademark crowd of thousands waiting for sanders in minnesota. clinton fund-raising on the east coast. >> with both candidates out of the state i think they both are looking ahead and saying that there's going to be a day where iowa is not the focus. >> reporter: coming into view, a slog of a nomination fight. if clinton can't pull iowa. sanders says he's going to fight for the way to the convention, but if he can't beat clinton in iowa, that road is harder. lester? >> all right, kasie, thank you. we want to let you know tomorrow i'll speak to bernie sanders about the race and about his chances just five days until iowa. we'll have it for you right here tomorrow night. the big scare today at a navy medical center in san diego after someone reported hearing gunshots.
facility went into lockdown as law enforcement flooded the scene. officers going room to room looking for a possible shooter. in the end, no one was found. just thousands of people left with frayed nerves from a terrifying ordeal. in northern california tonight, evacuations amid a real life cliffhanger. a neighborhood hanging on the edge as a powerful el nino eats away the coastline and may take homes with it. nbc's gabe gutierrez has all the high drama. >> reporter: on the california coast just a few feet separate these apartments from disaster. the building hanging in the balance. and michael mchenry hanging on to what he has left. >> the surf is so hard when it comes up, the whole place shakes and there's no way you're going to sleep regardless of what you try to do. >> reporter: structure that once allowed him such stunning ruse is now teetering on the edge of oblivion. still, despite evacuation orders, 5 of the 20 residents living here are
>> i have nowhere to go, so i will be here. >> reporter: the severe erosion blamed on el nino. this is what pacifica looked like in 1997. this is what it looks like today. >> we knew that this day was going to come. >> reporter: last night the city council approved an emergency declaration allowing pacifica to ask for state and federal money to fight coastal erosion. the area has tussled with el nino before. strong storms in 1998 booted several homes off this cliff. then in 2010 two buildings were evacuated and condemned. this season torrential downpours might help relieve california's historic drought, but pacifica is feeling the downside, quite literally. >> el nino pretty much guarantees we'll have more numerous storms and that's a pounding effect on the coastal area and more chances for beach erosion. >> reporter: for michael mchenry it's not just his home but his life that seems to be collapsing. >> i'm about to be on the street. the ocean, if it wants us, it's going to come
we don't have the power to slow it down or stop it. >> reporter: tonight he's moving his belongings but has no place else to stay in this town tired of living on the edge. residents here are allowed inside to pack, but they are not allowed and not supposed to spend the night. still, some of them are ignoring that order even though another storm is expected this weekend. lester. >> such a remarkable scene. gabe, thank you. on the east coast many are still digging out from the blizzard of 2016. in the nation's capital the federal government remains shut down again today as did many school districts in several states. as nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer tells us, progress is being made, but for many it is not coming soon enough. >> reporter: in washington, d.c. the snow emergency will be lifted tomorrow as many here are still knee-deep in frustration. >> it's like all of winter in one weekend. >> reporter: today in the bitter cold a woman rescued after spending three days
it's been nearly 70 hours since the last snowfall, and neighborhoods still look like this. >> enough is enough. we've had the winter's snow already. we're finished. >> reporter: in new jersey snow brought down the roof on this skating rink. at the shore, the floodwaters have receded but not the anger. governor christie criticized last night after returning to the campaign trail. >> i don't know what you expect me to do, to go down there with a mop? >> i think it takes had a little bit more than a mop for this. the home is not livable anymore. >> reporter: after outrage from some local officials tonight an apology. >> my apology was i really felt badly about it. >> reporter: in new york city they are shoveling 7.25 tons of snow. enough to fill yankee stadium 66 times, and in queens a lot of it is still on the street. >> if you need an ambulance, how are they going to get through? god forbid you have a fire. >> reporter: in virginia there has been progress this. neighborhood we showed you last night finally
even though cancellations are down at airports, the complaints tonight are these smaller city streets where clearly the cleanup is far from finished. lester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. the fbi says it has foiled a mass shooting plot in milwaukee. 23-year-old samy mohammed h ha mzeh has been charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer. the fbi says he was planning to carry out a shooting rampage at a masonic temple. he was arrested after the fbi says he bought a gun from two undercover sources. six cleveland police officers removed from the force today for the shooting deaths of an unarmed couple during a high speed chase where well over 100 bullets were fired in just a few seconds. as nbc's blake mccoy reports, it took the city more than three years to fire the officers. >> reporter: a car sits riddled with bullets. two people dead inside following a 2012 high speed chase through the streets of cleveland.
tried to pull over the car and mistook an engine backfire for gunshots. >> drive into the parking lot. >> reporter: today new audio from investigators reveal the moment that the unarmed pair was cornered. 120 rounds fired at timothy russell and melissa williams in just ten seconds. state investigators diagrammed the shooting showing how chaotic and dangerous all of that crossfire was to fellow officers. then, this photo showing the windshield after one overs stood on the hood of the car, even after the couple had been subdued and fired down at close range. >> the defendant is discharged. >> reporter: that officer, michael brelow was the only one criminally charge the. he was later acquitted. tonight he has been fired along with five other officers, six face suspension, a 13th officer retired last year. >> it was very difficult, very difficult for all of us. >> reporter: the police union came out
disciplinary action politically motivated. >> this is politics 101. we see it across the country. we certainly see it >> reporter: the justice department has found cleveland police to have frequently used excessive force. tonight a move meant to provide closure to a city and two families. chicago. now to the growing outrage over the toxic michigan. the mayor says it could cost as much as $1.5 billion to fix the lead contaminated water system, but nbc's stephanie gosk has found so far none of the pipes so far are not being replace snootd plumbers in flint say they are ready. >> we've got guys available. if i need 200 guys next i can get them. >> reporter: but the plummers in flint haven't gotten the call. nbc news has learned from city officials and the plumbers union there's currently no lead pipes being replaced and the plumbers tell us they
since the october announcement that the water wanes safe. harold harrington showed us a lead service pipe. he would only touch it with gloves on. so the corrosive water basically strips the inside of the pipe. >> and yes, and exposes the lead. >> reporter: there are as many as 25,000 lines just like this in flint, running from the water main in the street to people's homes. buried five to six feet deep did. the only way to replace them is to dig them up. >> that's going to take several years to complete the job, but the longer we delay, the longer people are at risk. >> reporter: professor marty kaufman is creating a map of the lead pipes for city officials. do you know where all. lead pipes are? >> no, we do not. >> reporter: here is a part, a big part, of what they are up against. the record for the service lines with kept on these 3 x 5 cards. this one is from 1948 handwritten in pencil, illegible in parts and there are an estimated 50,000 cards in these cabinets. on top of that every
like harrington. the cost of those repairs will fall on the homeowner. in this case oscar brown, a great great grandfather who worked for 38 years on the assembly line at buick. he's still paying a more than $100 had a month bill for water drink. >> reporter: fixing the problem could cost as much as $10,000. >> i would be thinking that it's not our >> reporter: his great granddaughter blames the governor. >> i guarantee you his grandchildren isn't drinking this water. they are not bathing in this water. they not cooking with this water. so why should we? >> reporter: tonight the governor's office tells us that the treatment they are now using in the water will create a protective layer around the pipes, and they will rely on experts to determine safe. they also say that they have asked for money in the state budget to replace some of the pipes.
tonight, thank you. and a programming note my colleague rachel maddow will host a town hall on this crisis live from flint tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. still ahead tonight, pregnancy and depression. one in seven moms suffers from it, often in silence, but now a major announcement to lead to so many more getting the help they desperately need. also, is apple's big sales streak coming to an end? even after moving a
we're back now with important medical news tonight about diagnosing depression, an influential panel today recommending screening every adult for depression, and for the first time advises screening not only for new mothers but also for women even before they give birth. nbc's anne thompson has the details. >> reporter: this should be a joyous time for women, but today a government panel of independent experts acknowledges it may not be. and recommends all women before and after birth be screen ford depression, something that affects one in seven moms. >> women want to have these conversations because they are recognizing themselves that something is amis. >> reporter: it's so prevalent. >> reporter: in 2005 brooke shields shattered the silence on the "today" show and now on the red carpet this month actress hayden pannetiere telling e
a spokesperson after getting help following the birth of her doubter. >> doesn't mean they are weak or a bad mom or doesn't mean they are strange and they can get help if they need it. >> reporter: how do you know what's just a common baby blues and what's depression? one difference doctors say is the time frame. baby blues usually happen within the first two weeks of birth. if the severe anxiety lingers to the six-week mark it could be more significant. risk factors include history depression, pre-natal anxiety and child care stress. doctors say family members need to be aware of the issue as well. >> if you ask your loved one do you feel like you want to harm yourself or your baby? that is a question that is okay to ask. >> reporter: talk therapy helps and for pregnant women the risk of medication must be weighed against the risk of doing nothing. most health insurance including the affordable care act must now cover the screening so family portraits can be as
the cdc has added the u.s. virgin islands and the dominican republic for its travel alert to the zika virus. that makes 24 countries and territories that pregnant women are warned against visiting. united airlines announced today that it will refund tickets to zika-affected areas. the mosquito borne virus has been linked to severe birth defects. the cdc also advises that babies should be tested for congenital infections if the mothers traveled to zika-affected areas at any point during pregnancy. despite selling a record 74.8 million iphones in the final three months of 2015, apple said today it's praising for its first sales decline in 13 years. as analysts say global demand slows for new smartphones. the economic slowdown in china could also hurt apple's bottom line. the company does say, however, that it is still in a strong position for the future, and it
billion apple devices are now in use. big trouble tonight for one of the biggest stars in the navnlt the l.a. clippers say they are investigating an forward blake griffin in which griffin threw a punch and broke his hand during a road trip in toronto. multiple reports say the incident also involved a member of the clippers' staff. appropriate action will be taken pending investigation. when we come back, we say good-bye to a beloved familiar face