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toxic water. a new state of emergency amid a growing crisis. city residents in fear, children poisoned by dangerous levels of lead. and a brazen bandit on the run. a young woman on a multi-state jewel heist caught on camera making off with millions. what the fbi has just revealed. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. the world felt considerably more dangerous amid north korea's claim it detonated a hydrogen bomb overnight. mauer powerful than any nuclear weapon. it had tested before. the blast so powerful it registered as an earthquake on asian seismographs but it was military and political shock waves they felt in washington over what message the defiant country was trying to send.
facing broad diplomat condemnation, while the u.s. skeptical of claims, figures out what, if anything, it could do to contain the north and the richard engel reports. >> reporter: they lined up in pyongyang for the surprise announcement. the news anchor telling them that north korea successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb. everyone cheered. a few on cue, were moved to tears. the united states is waiting to invade our country so having a ride row jen bomb is the right thing, said this man. in sock, the blast felt like a 1.5 earthquake. the tremors reached china 60 miles away. japan scrambled jets to test the air. the u.s. ambassador to japan caroline kennedy called the blast a playoffo case. kim jong-un signed the order just a few days before his 33
north korea set off an atomic bomb three times. but was today's blast really something far more powerful and dangerous? it a hydrogen bomb. the white house seems to doubt it. >> the initial analysis that has been conducted of the events reported overnight is not consistent with north korea claims of a successful hydrogen bomb. >> reporter: but north korea certainly isn't sitting still. >> they are trying constantly to build the most modern survivable and lethal nuclear weapons force that they can. and so even if they were not a hydrogen device, that is clearly their intention. >> reporter: and it is proving hard to contain. extensive anxiouses are already in place. there are still 28,000 u.s. troops stationed in south korea. but north korea's standing army is a million strong and the country is working on improving missiles, like the ones we saw paraded through pong pyongyang in 2012.
north korea nuclear weapons get more advanced they could be launched in warheads. kim jong-un, some say, seeking attention, thumbed his nose at the world today, reminding everyone he rules a nuclear power. a senior u.s. military official told nbc news washington was aware of north korea test preparations for two weeks and even sent drones to collect air samples from near the test site. but as of tonight it is still unclear exactly what kind of nuclear device was detonated. lester. >> richard engel, thank you. and back in this country now, senator ted cruz is firing back after rival republican donald trump tossed questions into the mix over whether he's actually eligible to be president. donald trump raised the so-called birther argument about cruz just as he did with president obama, trying to sew seeds of doubt about cruz who happens to be leading trump in iowa. which is where we here
>> reporter: the birther reborn. donald trump insinuating ted cruz is not eligible for the white house because of his canadian birth. >> everybody is talking about it now that he is doing better. >> i could seek a declaratory judgment if i was ted. >> what does that mean? >> you go to court. >> which court? >> federal court to ask for a declaratory judgment. >> reporter: cruz, leading trump in iowa, laughed off the attack with a tweet feezuring fonzi, now turning more serious. >> people will continue to make political noise about it but as a legal matter it is quite straightforward. >> he was born in calgary and his mom was born in delaware. an american citizen. making cruz one. it requires the president be natural born. >> the constitution doesn't define natural born. but most agree it means citizen by birth and that would include ted cruz. >> here is trump himself in september. >> i hear it was checked out by every
way and i understand ted is in fine shape. >> he is testing the temperature of his supporters who also like cruz, he scores donald trump voters than any other republican. but trump is getting the green light from influential radio hosts. >> have at it, boys. >> ted cruz is very disciplined in not getting into the personal attacks of a campaign. instead, he's been drawing policy distinctions with his opponents and it has worked for him. >> reporter: like pointing out donald trump would allow some to apply for legal citizenship, something he opposed. >> i will talk about my report. voters could assess donald trump's record. >> what is important to draw extinctions for them. >> they are making a determination who has the experience. who has the knowledge. >> reporter: the candidates have stayed strategically friendly but tonight donald trump is amping up attacks against
if there is a full on fight, it might be on that more than than eligibility. birther attacks have been around since the days of chester arthur, not new to politics or donald trump. >> hallie jackson, thank you. a new crisis for the restaurant chain chipolte after recent scares over e-coli. norovirus has sickened customers and damaged the bottom line. the company revealed today it is the target of a criminal investigation in the very first foodborne illness outbreaks in a restaurant in california last summer. tom costello on what customers should know. >> reporter: the news tonight, the denver-based chipolte mexican food chain subpoena to turn over internal documents. part of a fda criminal events at this restaurant in simi valley, california, last summer where a noro virus outbreak sickened 18 employees and then spread to 189 customers who ate there. >> this is the receipt. >> reporter: among
her sister. >> she felt horrible. we were going to the bathroom. had bad chilly. >> reporter: this attorney represents 24 of the customers who became ill. >> most of the time noro virus doesn't require hospitalization. but in this instance, there were several people who i represent who were hospitalized zplnk the fda and u.s. attorney's office will not say what potential criminal matter the grand jury is investigating. begin when someone who is sick fails to practice good hygiene. fast. but with 207 total people sickened, simi valley was only the start of chipolte's problems. from october through november at least 58 people sickened across 12 states with various e-coli bacteria linked to products. then in december, 141 students sickened again with the noro virus linked to a chipolte near boston college. >> first i have to say, i'm sorry for the people who got sick. >> reporter: last month, the ceo told matt lauer he's
safety steps. >> practices that are so far above industry norms today, we'll be the safest place to eat. and that is our commitment. >> today they did not kmenlt on the grand jury investigation but did say december sales are down 30%. the stock falling too two-year low. down 5% today but down 43% since october. lester. >> tom, thanks. soaking rains fueled by el nino are hammering much of california for a second day. it is triggering a whole new set of problems as millions face the threat of flooding and mudslides. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: on one of southern california's busiest freeways, i-5, you may have had better luck with a boat than a car today. it is not just the rain coming down, the earth is giving way. hills are eroding, threatening to bury homes and highways. communities recently scorched by wildfires,
>> we worry. but we've done a lot of preparation. there is a whole bunch of sandbags around the house. >> reporter: tonight 19 million along the california coast face flash flooding. trees are down. the surf is up. storm drains are gushing. the warm waters from el nino helping to fuel a parade of storms. one after another, moving east. it helped trigger the deadly flooding in the midwest. new images along the mississippi river before and after some 150 homes destroyed. for many in california, it is too much, too soon. whipping winds have peeled back roofs. >> it ripped of roof off of three commercial structures and damaged five others. >> reporter: in san diego, 911 is swamped. >> we're getting inundated and our center is taking on heavy volume of calls. >> reporter: rescues, flooding, kayaking down the street. in northern california, they are
in the mountains, a white-out. two feet of snow. >> make sure you have a full tank of gas in case you get stranded. extra blankets, extra food. you never know. >> reporter: now tonight, more snow, rain and flooding is on the way. with a tornado warning in san diego, and heavy rain here in los angeles, the goal has always been to protect communities downhill. this area was built, this debris basin because this area is prone to mudslides. the mud is already several feet deep but the big question is over the next several days, could it hold back all of the mud from hitting the communities just on the other side of us. lester. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. even as he faces charges of sexual assault in pennsylvania, tonight prosecutors in california have declined to file charges against bill cosby over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman at the playboy mansion in 2008. they cited the statute of limitations and insufficient evidence. cosby has been accused
though he maintains his innocence and denied all allegations into a texas state trooper is indicted for perjury for his account of the arrest of sandra bland. a dash cam caught the confrontation between the trooper and sandra bland in july. bland was charged with assault and later found hanged in her jail cell. it was ruled a suicide. but her family has filed a wrongful death suit. the turn to a growing crisis in flint, michigan, over the city's water
>> i can't do nothing about it but continue to buy bottle of water with money i don't have. >> reporter: a water quality expert tells nbc news that $100 a day was all it would have taken to avoid the crisis. the river has a high salt content so it corroded the pipes it flows through and that leaked into the system. treatment from the beginning could have collected much of the -- corrected much of the problem. but city officials never did it. >> the problem began in april of 2014 when they switched from the detroit water supply to save money. in february tests showed alarming levels of lead at a home in the city. and other people worried they were at risk too. nbc news obtained an e-mail from july. the governor's former chief of staff wrote to health officials. these folks are scaried and worried about health impacts and basically getting blown off by us. there were assurances internally that all was fun and that is what the public was
>> anyone who is concerned about the drinking watt in flint could relax. >> this pediatrician did not relax. she launched an independent study and discovered that lead doubled since the water switch and in some areas of town the levels tripled. will have problems. >> reporter: state and local leaders questioned her science publicly. apologize. just before the water was switched back to a detroit source in october. lead levels are still high. and grandmother jackie pemberton doesn't want to wait for the fix. she wants to move out. >> do you miss your bath? >> reporter: but like most families in this struggling post industrial town, there are little options. >> who would want to buy our home. >> the problem for the water is just temporary temporary, the problem to the children will last a lifetime. stephanie gosk, nbc news.
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the fbi is on the hunt for a brazen jewelry robber whose crime spree is growing, now spanning five states. the suspect, a woman. who is not trying very hard to hide her identity. nbc's gabe guiterrez on how police are trying to catch her before she strikes again. >> reporter: if there is such a thing as a typical jewelry thief, she isn't it. >> they have a lone female go in is area. >> this is the woman who has stumped the fbi and police. brazen jewelry heist, mostly at outlet malls in full view of surveillance cameras. the latest, this week at a jareds in mebane, north carolina. she wears gloves to conceal fingerprints but no mask. >> her face is exposed. and so that is very unusual to be that bold and to think that you're going to keep getting away with it. >> reporter: police the describe the woman
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