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that's not numbers out of the computer. we have been working on that for hours. >> you've been -- >> each one. >> come from brilliant minds. tonight, dramatic new rescues as the death toll rises in houston. new evacuations as unprecedented flash floods overwhelm the city. the final hours of a bruising fight to the finish in new york. can trump score a clean sweep over cruz and kasich. can clinton score a knockout over sanders. battle over bathrooms. big victory for a transgender teen fighting to use the boys' bathroom in his school. the major court ruling over a hotly contested issue. church murder mystery, who killed the mother of three. a suspect caught on camera dressed in s.w.a.t. gear. the chilling video, and the manhunt under way. surviving a stroke. a life-saving new treatment when every second counts. does your hospital have it. "nightly news" begins right now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. another day of desperation in the south, where historically high floodwaters continue to rise in texas. the death toll has now climbed to six, after severe storms dropped over a foot of rain in parts of houston. virtually paralyzing the nation's fourth largest city. dozens more had to be rescued and evacuated today as nine texas counties remain under a state of emergency. we begin with nbc's janet shamlian in one of the hardest hit communities. >> reporter: a day of dramatic rescues after cypress creek roads overnight filling into homes and lives. >> we have two dogs. >> reporter: this family leaving everything behind. >> there we go. >> reporter: the only way out, on an air boat with the harris county sheriff. >> it was very hard. i don't know.
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it just keeps coming in. >> reporter: they don't even know where they'll spend the night. >> i'm frightened. i don't know when i'll be back at home. i don't know when i'll be back at school. >> reporter: we rode along as deputies answered call after call. >> i've been out here almost 35 years and never seen water this high. >> reporter: in every direction, water, and the people whose lives it uprooted. what now for your family? >> honestly, i don't know. >> reporter: dozens of seniors with wheelchairs and walkers, and assisted living center. less than a year after a major flood swept the city, people seeing their belongings destroyed a second time. houston is built over bayous. the city is flat, mostly concrete, with clay soil, leaving nowhere for the water to go. 240 billion gallons fell on the ground this time. but it's the smaller number that's more impactful. at least six people died in the storm. among the victims, a
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mom of three. we spoke to her husband as the floodwaters rose. >> she called me and she told me she's in trouble. water all around. >> reporter: back here at cypress creek, you can see it's completely overspilled its banks. it's flowing across a major artery in the houston area into these businesses, and the neighborhoods behind me. it will be a long cleanup for many families here in the houston area. >> stunning view. janet, thank you. time is running out to rescue survivors still trapped in the rubble from the massive earthquake in ecuador. it's been nearly three days now, and even some are found alive, the death toll is mounting to nearly 500 dead. nbc's miguel almaguer is there with a never before seen look at the devastation. >> reporter: nearly every perspective, the coastal city is in ruins. 800 buildings are destroyed. many more are on the brink of collapse. the search for
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survivors is painstakingly slow. this woman has been here since saturday. her brother, victor, is missing inside the miami hotel. this is what it used to look like. now rescue teams tell us people are inside. the anguish on the faces is as clear as a distraction. families keep vigil just a few feet away. this 9-year-old girl and her 1-year-old sister waiting for news of their injured mother who was rushed away in an ambulance. they tell volunteers they're scared. they just want to go home. while rescue teams are on the ground here from eight different countries, many say not enough is being done. neighborhoods are decimated, countless are missing, and many buildings have not yet been checked. but this is what gives so many hope. a hotel worker buried for two days, uses his cell phone to signal
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rescue teams. he's weak, but will survive. women and children are found alive, and pulled from the rubble every day. but too often the news is grim. at the miami hotel, they've discovered more bodies. this woman learns her brother victor is gone. still, she stays. it's too hard to walk away and say good-bye. the 7.8 quake took only seconds to destroy this neighborhood, but the president says it could cost billions of dollars to repair all of the damage. lester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. it's primary day in new york. rich delegate hauls up nor grabs. for both front-runners, the aim is not just to win, but win big. hillary clinton, double-digit win could strip a dogged and determined bernie sanders of any claim of momentum. while for donald trump, a wide victory margin could put him on an easier track to clinch the nomination before the summer's convention.
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let's get the very latest from katy tur at the republican contest. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the campaign is expecting to win big here tonight. the next two weeks are crucial. donald trump needs to win by a wide margin across the northeast before he gets to indiana. a wild card state where a loss could lead to a contested convention. donald trump casting a ballot in new york city. >> just a great honor. i think it's a great honor for new york. >> reporter: looking at what could be a clean sweep in the empire state. winning all 95 delegates. but the campaign is already looking ahead, focusing on the 54 unbound delegates in pennsylvania. many of whom tell nbc news trump's team was the first to reach out. the northeast a sweet spot for trump where polling has him ahead by wide margins. >> go to western pennsylvania and you see the jobs that have been lost. all that industry that's been shipped abroad. you know, i think
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we're the only ones speaking to that message. >> reporter: ted cruz and john kasich are just hoping to pick off delegates in the blue corner of the country, setting up a showdown in indiana on may 3rd. right now, trump needs 61% of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination, but if he sweeps new york and wins big on the april 26th primaries, he'll only need 50% to 53%. while ted cruz would find it mathematically impossible to win in a anything in anything but a contested convention. >> they will be at an open convention where all bets are off. >> reporter: a closed door campaign shakeup that has trump doing fewer interviews and giving shorter, more focused stumps. the goal, to hit key issues and minimize unforced errors. katy tur, nbc news, new york. i'm andrea mitchell in new york. no secret about the goals of this couple.
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hillary clinton confident of the state that made her senator twice will deliver a big win tonight. >> i hope everybody gets out to vote. >> reporter: but what is victory in her fight with bernie sanders? polls are predicting a double-digit clinton win, which could expand her lead over sanders by 25 delegates. but if she wins by only single digits, sanders out greeting crowds in midtown manhattan today could gain momentum by beating expectations. >> i think we're going to do just fine. >> reporter: the sanders team has poured resources in new york, outspending clinton 2-1 on tv ads. putting on those massive rallies. it's all taken its toll on clinton. her favorability rating down 11 points since march. partly because of the new york slugfest says the clinton team. >> he has leveled character attacks against hillary clinton. he's basically called her corrupt. >> reporter: and what if sanders loses big
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tonight. >> if a series of really big states go her way, what would happen. >> no one is going to arrive at the convention with enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination. >> reporter: sanders was already looking past new york to the next contest in pennsylvania. >> i think we're going to win here in pennsylvania next week. >> reporter: and despite all of the infighting, in exit polls only 13% of new york democrats voting today said that they would definitely not vote for clinton if she becomes the nominee. lester? >> andrea mitchell in new york, thank you. a major court ruling tonight in the hotly contested issue, a federal court has sided with a transgender teen who is fighting to use the boys' bathroom at his school in virginia. it's a case that could have implications all the way to north carolina, which has been the focus of intense debate over its so-called bathroom law. our justice correspondent pete williams has late details. >> reporter: in the first ruling of its kind, a federal
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appeals court says it's sex discrimination to bar students from using the restroom that matches their gender identity. it's a victory for a virginia high school student who was born a girl, but identifies as male, and has undergone hormone therapy. the appeals court upheld u.s. education department regulations that require public schools to treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity. the ruling applies to four other eastern states that are in the same federal judicial circuit, including north carolina. so it likely means that state's controversial transgender bathroom law passed last month -- >> this is hate and bigot bigotry. >> reporter: -- could be enforced in colleges and universities. north carolina's governor is asking his state's lawyers to study the ruling. >> this is a major, major change in social norms. that is going to be news to not only north carolina, but the 27 other states that don't allow this at this point in time. >> reporter: this was a 2-1 ruling by a
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three-judge panel. a dissenting judge said it tramples on privacy and safety based on anatomical differences between the sexes. the white house is condemning a major attack by the taliban in afghanistan. at least 28 people are dead, and over 300 more were injured when militants stormed an afghan government security agency in kabul with a barrage of gunfire, after detonating a car bomb. most of the victims were civilians, including children. the fda is launching a targeted campaign aimed at teenagers. the message, smokeless tobacco can kill you or lead to life-changing deformities. oral and throat cancer kills roughly one person every hour, 24 hours a day. nbc's tom costello has the details on the blunt warning. >> reporter: from the rodeo to the pitcher's mound it's a young man's rite of passage in much of the country.
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but chewing tobacco, or dip, has been linked to gun disease, tooth loss and multiple cancers. they're targeting boys in rural america with a jarring message. >> when you believe a can of dip could do no harm. dip can cause mouth cancer. smokeless doesn't mean harmless. >> reporter: graphic images meant to scare the very teens who might feel invisible. >> it can cause mouth cancer. >> reporter: but breaking through is a challenge. that mark left by a can of chew in a back pocket is as much a part of the culture as country music in many states. >> these kids walk around seeing some of the most important people in their lives using dip, or chew, whether it's their dads or their grandfathers, older brothers, community leaders. so they say to themselves, they're all using it, so it must be okay to do. >> reporter: and every day, nearly 1,000 teenage boys are trying chew for the first time. nearly as many as are smoking their first cigarette every day.
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despite some of baseball's legends dying from oral cancers, as many as a third of major league players still chew. now cities across the country are banning chewing tobacco in their ballparks. curt schilling diagnosed with mouth cancer. >> i met men with half a face, half a tongue, have a jaw, who tried to warn me. >> reporter: the hope, that today's teenage boys will listen. tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, surviving a stroke. the revolutionary new treatment that's been shown to eliminate life-altering complications if patients get it quickly. we'll tell you more on that. a mother in an early-morning workout found murdered inside a church. found murdered inside a church. caught on the call just came in. she's about to arrive. and with her, a flood of potential patients. a deluge of digital records. x-rays, mris. all on account...of penelope. but with the help of at&t, and a network that scales up and down
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we're back now with an amazing advance in treating the most common form of stroke. every year, nearly 700,000 americans suffer a stroke caused by a blood clot. survivors can be left with severely debilitating after-effects. but nbc's rahima ellis looks at a new treatment that can leave stroke patients with little or no complications. >> reporter: steffan was driving to work one day when he
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started losing feeling on his left side. >> i rubbed my neck and i felt like i had a bruise. within seconds, i felt like i was going to pass out. that's when i had my stroke. >> reporter: the 43-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where doctors gave him a clot-busting drug, and a groundbreaking new stroke treatment called a stint retriever. like a small wire cage, the stint retriever is passed through blood vessels in the groin towards the brain to pull out a clot. >> i would say this is up there with the greatest inventions that we've brought to the medical space. >> reporter: in a new study out today, researchers found how effective it can be, but time is critical. if a stroke victim gets the stint retriever and medication within two and a half hours of their first symptoms, 91% will have little or no disability. after 5.5 hours, it goes down to 41%. for now, the procedure is offered in just a few hundred hospitals across the country.
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including 96 accredited as comprehensive stroke centers by the american heart association. what do patients do who are not close to those treatment centers? >> the most important thing the patients can do right now is to get to their nearest hospital. >> reporter: the warning signs for a stroke spell f-a-s-t, face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, it's time to call 9-1-1. for rush, he's back to doing what he loves. >> i would surf every day if i could. three times a week would be ideal. >> reporter: making waves across the country, a revolutionary treatment, dramatically improving the odds for stroke patients. rahima ellis, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with sizzling soda sales and what is (vo) if you have type 2 diabetes, you may know what it's like to deal with high... and low blood sugar. januvia (sitagliptin) is a once-daily pill that, along with diet and exercise, helps lower blood sugar.
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januvia works when your blood sugar is high and works less when your blood sugar is low, because it works by enhancing your body's own ability to lower blood sugar. plus januvia, by itself, is not likely to cause weight gain or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). januvia should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. tell your doctor if you have a history of pancreatitis. serious side effects can happen, including pancreatitis which may be severe and lead to death. stop taking januvia and call your doctor right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area which may be pancreatitis. tell your doctor right away and stop taking januvia if you have an allergic reaction that causes swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, or affects your breathing or causes rash or hives. kidney problems sometimes requiring dialysis have been reported. some people may develop severe joint pain. call your doctor if this happens. using januvia with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. to reduce the risk, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of the sulfonylurea or insulin. your doctor may do blood tests before and during treatment to check your kidneys.
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lose fizz, bottled water is said to overtake soft drinks for the first time in the u.s. this year. they're expected to drink 27 gallons of bottled water in 2016, compared to 26 gallons of soft drinks. a murder mystery in texas. a mother of three found dead inside a church where she was preparing for an early-morning fitness class. a suspect caught on chilling video dressed in what appears to be police tactical gear inside that church in the dark of night. nbc's cary sanders has the details. >> reporter: the surveillance video shows a person dressed in police tactical gear, face and head covered. authorities are unsure if it's a man or a woman. but investigators say that's no officer. rather, it's the suspected murderer. killed 45-year-old missy beavers, her husband of almost 18 years, outside his home today. >> my wife, she was a great woman. a great wife.
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a great mother, a great friend. >> reporter: the 45-year-old mother of three had come to the creekside church of christ at about 4:00 a.m. monday to teach a fitness class. usually the class is outdoors. but because of rain, it had been moved indoors. >> we don't have any idea, or any evidence that things were actually taken from the facility. but a lot of damage in the facility. >> reporter: detectives say the person in the video was already inside the church when beavers arrived. >> this person is 6 foot tall. if you look at the mannerisms of the person, how they walk, there's something very distinctive there that somebody has to be able to point this out. >> reporter: tonight a woman who prided herself in fitness, who was in shape, and unusually strong, is dead. the best lead police have right now, that video of someone posing as a cop.
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roberts who played ray romano's prying mom on "everybody loves raymond" and other memorable roles, has passed away at the age of 90. tributes are pouring in from co-stars and fans. nbc's joe fryer has a look back. >> i can contribute. i'm not just some trophy wife. >> what contest in hell did i win? >> reporter: few actresses have captured the essence of an overbearing mother and meddling mother-in-law much like doris roberts. >> well, debra, i was coming over, and then i noticed that your children were starving. >> reporter: she's best remembered for playing marie barone. her career spans seven decades, with movie roles, not to mention more than 100 tv programs. she was even on the love boat. perhaps roberts' biggest break came in the '80s when she scored a part on remington steele
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originally written for a younger woman. age was a constant punchline throughout her career. >> this is what happens when you're young and sexy. >> reporter: or selling doritos. >> i'm a youthful 32. >> reporter: but age-ism was a huge issue for her. >> you don't see a picture of any woman in any magazine over 40, unless you're selling di pends or viagra. >> reporter: roberts is being remembered. doris had an energy and spirit that amazed me. everybody may have loved raymond, but we all adored doris. joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. that's going to do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. before we go, take a look outside at rockefeller plaza. we're starting this evening, where we're airing on the big screen above the "today" show studios, if you're in new york, stop on by and take a look. on that note, for all of us on nbc news, we thank you for watching. have a good night, everyone.
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new fears for sofia vergara's husband joe. hospitalized with an alarming health crisis. >> now, on "extra." "magic mike star" joe pillness that started with ery
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appendicitis. what's really wrong? "extra" with the latest details. the final photo of doris roberts just days ago as we remember the emmy-winning "everybody loves raymond" star. >> they said that debra dresses a little trampy. >> i think they were being kind. >> from the "raymond" set to the day she took "extra" on the hunt for the best new york pizza. >> i'm here reporting for "extra." morning tv shocker. michael strahan's leaving "live" for "gma." who will be kelly's new co-host? then -- >> donna! >> "extra" is hitting the new york polls with trump and the clintons today. plus, "house of cards"presie real race for the white house and why he's saying this. >> spoiler. >> new video, "vogue" at home with taylor swift in beverly hills. >> if you could raid one woman's closet, who would it be? plus, "the real housewives" nearly come to blows. why yolanda hadid stormed off the set. >> i'm sorry i set it, yolanda. >> now on "extra" from


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