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>> i'm jim rosenfield. >> i'm jacqueline london. we'll so you at 11. o shocking revelations tonight. courtroom confrontation, as dennis hastert's accuser breaks his silence. the second in line to the presidency is called a child molester by a judge. campaign bombshells as trump's landslide wins put him closer to the nomination. cruz is naming a running mate. word sanders is laying off hundreds of staffers. what nbc news has learned about prescription painkillers. paying with a selfie. no more cash, no more swiping cards. checking out with just a plink of an eye. inside the secret lab. designing the amazing products of the future. wait until you see what we've uncovered. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. what a mighty and humiliating fall. dennis hastert once one of the most powerful men in the country and second in line for the presidency faced a blistering dressing down from an angry federal judge in chicago today as he publicly confronted a shameful past and was sentenced to prison. hastert was convicted of a financial crime, but it was part of a scheme masked to cover something more egregious, his molestation of children. nbc's stephanie gosk was there. >> reporter: former speaker of the house dennis hastert arrived at chicago's federal courthouse today in a wheelchair. his lawyers argued his poor health should keep him out of prison. but the judge was unsparing. saying of hastert, nothing is more stunning than having serial child molester
and speaker of the house in the same sentence. hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for illegally structuring cash withdrawals, hush money used to pay a man who says hastert sexually abused him when he was 14 years old. the statute of limitations on the alleged sexual abuse has expired. but judge thomas jerk en gave hastert nearly the three times the recommendation from the federal prosecutor. the lawyer for the alleged victim reacted to the sentence. >> i think they got to the truth. >> reporter: scott cross also wrestled for the team. now a father of two. he was referred to as individual "b" until speaking out in court today. >> after decades of unfathomable silence, he stood up and spoke the truth. >> reporter: at times breaking down with emotion, cross told
the judge that coach hastert sexually abused me my senior year of high school. he said he never told anyone about his darkest secret. even as his brother, tom, would become the leader of the gop in illinois. closely mentored by dennis hastert. the former speaker actually reached out to tom cross for character reference, to be used in today's sentencing hearing. but that reference was never sent. the sister of another victim spoke today in court. her brother died of aids in 1995. >> it wasn't just steve making up the story. >> validation. >> absolutely. >> reporter: today in court the judge asked hastert directly about him. did you sexually abuse him? yes. standing to deliver a statement in a shaky voice, hastert said, i wanted to apologize to the boys i mistreated when i was their coach. still, the judge issued a harsh rebuke, that some actions can obliterate a lifetime of good works. in a statement
hastert's lawyer said his client accepts the sentence and hopes he can now focus on fixing the emotional damage he's done to family and friends. so far, authorities have yet to identify the prison where he will serve his time. lester? >> all right. stephanie gosk tonight, thank you. it's been a day of bombshells in the race for president. donald trump puts even closer to the nomination. ted cruz is the one naming a running mate. picking carly fiorina as his vp choice to try to force a face-off with trump in a contested convention. nbc's peter alexander has the details on a wild day. >> reporter: fresh off a stinging streak of humiliating losses to donald trump, ted cruz tonight tossing up a hail mary pass. >> with my vice presidential nominee, carly fiorina. >> reporter: ma mathematically eliminated, cruz's only shot, to win indiana next week and hope for a contested convention. >> carly confronted
donald trump. and every one of us remembers the grace, the class with which carly responded. >> reporter: tonight's move almost unprecedented. the first republican vp announcement by a non-nominee in decades. this time around, fiorina alone on stage, serenading cruz's daughters, trying to steal back the spotlight. ♪ i'm so happy >> reporter: with five more dominating wins, trump casting himself as the presumptive nominee. his son calling today's move an act of desperation. the former hewlett-packard ceo exited the race. can attack both hillary clinton and trump. today's announcement largely overshadowing trump's foreign policy speech. >> america first will be the major and overriding theme of my
administration. >> reporter: the frirs time politician's speech for lack of theatrics and lack of specifics. >> isis will be gone if i'm electd president. and they'll be gone quickly. >> reporter: the off-the-cuff candidate assailing the president and former secretary of state. >> the legacy of the obama-clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray. >> reporter: as for the new cruz-fiorina ticket, one republican tells nbc news tonight, republican primary voters already rejected fiorina while cruz changed the conversation today. the question now, did he change the math? cruz trails trump by six points in indiana, with less than one week to go, lester. >> peter, there is high drama as hillary clinton and donald trump engage in a new war of words over women, sparring over trump's accusation that she is playing the so-called woman
card. a likely preview of the intense battle to come in a general election matchup. late word bernie sanders is laying off hundreds of staffers. nbc's andrea mitchell has those details for us. >> reporter: hillary clinton firing back after donald trump accused her of playing the woman card. >> if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in! >> reporter: trump not holding back. >> i call her crooked hillary. >> reporter: it was this new line that got the attention of many. seemingly including trump supporter, chris christie's wife mary pat. >> if hillary clinton were a man, i don't think she'd get 5% of the vote. the only thing she's got going is the woman card, and the beautiful thing is, women don't like her. okay? >> reporter: their war of words has been building. >> she doesn't have the strenlt and she doesn't have the energy to be president. >> come out of those towers and actually talk and listen to people. >> reporter: and it's a gender war that
could decide the election if they are the nominees. the latest nbc news survey poll shows clinton with a whopping 21-point lead among women. he has a smaller lead, 8 points among men. the attacks are seen as a way to mobilize women voters, even fund-raising on it today. but early this morning trump was at it again. >> her shouting that message, and i know a lot of people would say you can't say that about a woman because, of course, a woman doesn't shout. but the way she shouted that message was not true. >> you don't have to be a hillary clinton supporter to think there's a sexist undertone who what she's saying. >> there is still sanders who is staying in the race even with a scaled-back staff, until the last primary, to get as many delegates as possible so he can fight for his issues at the convention, lester. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. facing another potentially dangerous and destructive
storms. new tornadoes forming as homeowners in texas are left picking up the pieces after a direct hit on their homes. nbc's miguel almaguer is in the hard esht hit area for us. >> reporter: a frightening night in the plains. twisters in the dark. knocking out power to well over 100,000 people. hail the size of golf balls. in kansas city, flooding, record rain, 3 1/2 inches in one day. wind reached 100 miles an hour. >> a big boom and the windows are bowing and the house is creeking. >> reporter: power lines came crashing down. so did trees in oklahoma. at least ten tornadoes touched down across the plains. but the catastrophic twisters so many feared never materialized. but in texas, just outside houston, a 62-year-old woman was killed in a roof collapse. near dallas, at least
a dozen homes damaged. roofs gone, trees into homes. >> pretty much everything is destroyed. >> reporter: now the cleanup. one storm gone. but tonight an ominous sign, another round begins. with homes in pieces, and lives ripped apart, tonight they say it's a miracle no one was killed on this texas block. the damage in this area is easily going to be in the millions. meantime, in the south and the midwest, there are two reported tornadoes on the ground in both areas. those storms said to be potent, but not quite as powerful as the ones that ripped across this area last night. lester? >> miguel, thank you very much. there are breaking developments tonight in the investigation into the death of music legend prince. nbc news has learned the details about prescription painkillers found in his house. as federal drug agents are now being asked to help. nbc's pete williams now with late details.
>> reporter: federal law enforcement officials say the county sheriff investigating the death of prince is asking for help from the drug enforcement administration. the officials say primgs painkillers were found in the artist's possession when he died and in his house, though officials have yet to say what role, if any, those medications may have played in his death. an autopsy was conducted last week, but the medical examiner said it would be weeks before the cause of death would be disclosed. dea's role, officials say, is to determine such things as where the medications came from, and what prescriptions prince had obtained. dea agents often check those records in death investigations. some of his friends said he took the painkiller percocet to reduce pain in his hips. a judge today appointed a bank to take control of his estate for now. he left no will, so a court will decide who inherits what. pete williams, nbc news, washington. there's a lot more to tell you tonight. still ahead, attention
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that hasn't been explored yet that we could help the world by trying to explore. >> reporter: they challenge the status quo. a man in perpetual motion, he runs alphabet's x, the moon shot factory once known as google x. >> most ideas, most of your ideas, most of my ideas, most of everyone's ideas here aren't going to work out. thaebs just the truth when we're coming up with unusual ideas. to have the bravery to say their own project wasn't good enough. we say, go take a vacation. relax for a couple weeks. come back. the world's your oyster. >> reporter: we were granted rare access to this top-secret world of what-ifs. what if balloons could form wi-fi networks in the sky for remote parts of the world? welcome to project loon. using what may be the world's largest flatbed scanner, a former fashion designer works to make a balloon durable enough to stay aloft for months. >> one balloon that
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wanted it, essentially for free. >> reporter: plenty here remains under wraps, but we did get a peek into the design kitchen where prototypes are made. and by the way, not everyone here is a rocket scientist. >> there's many brilliant scientists and engineers here, but there are also a lot of other people working here. designers, business people, marketers, et cetera. >> reporter: astro teller is not ashamed of projects that have fallen short, including google glass. which disappointed early testers. >> instead of being excited about the prototype that they had, and were exploring with us, they ended up frustrated because they were expecting it to be a finished product when it really wasn't. >> one of these things is going to work. >> that's right. 1 in 1 thousand turns out to be the cars that drive themselves. >> the folks at x aren't sailing when the driverless car will be available. the leader of the project has said he is
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