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today pope francis called for a year long end to the death penalty as the pope spoke to tens of thousands of people in st. peter's square. he called on catholic lawmakers across the world to work for a moratorium on executions. he says the commandment thou shall not kill is just as valid for the guilty as for the innocence. today in hillsborough county there was a sign of unity. >> the islamic society of new tampa opened their doors to the community and more than 300 nonmuslims attended this open
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by the way, this is the second year for this event. the goal is for muslims and nonmuslims to get to know and understand one another. organizers answered many of the questions about islam. >> and, of course, people would like to know our views on isis, on what's going on in syria and our view on terrorism. i mean this is basically a very common theme unfortunately these days and we believe we got a lot of people actually to change their views about islam and muslims. >> visitors were also welcomed into the mosque to witness people praying and ask as many questions as they like. coming up a deputy run over by a teenager, she was trying to take them into custody. >> coming up next we'll hear from that deputy about how she is feeling tonight. >> those stories plus your storm team 8 forecast and sports with paul ryan coming up on news channel 8, the station
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now to an 8 on your side your vote coverage tonight, the field of republican candidates down to five after former florida governor jeb bush called it quits finishing fourth with just 8% of the vote. meanwhile trump's double digit win enabled him to sweep all 50 state's delegates. today he struck a gracious tone when talking about jeb bush. >> jeb fought very hard. it wasn't his time. he's a very capable person. it just wasn't his time. >> meanwhile florida senator marco rubio who finished second in south carolina campaigned in tennessee today. rubio told the crowd he will unite the republican party and democrats fear the most. on the democratic side democrats now looking to south
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going to be held this coming saturday. in the nevada caucuses hillary clinton beat bernie sanders, but entrance polls there showed sanders 53%-45%. sanders is boasting about those numbers tonight while clinton is dismissing them. >> but if you look at the precincts, you look at where we dominated, there's a lot of evidence we did very, very well with every group of voter. >> when they hear our message about the need for an economy that represents all of us, not just the 1%, i think you're going to see us making progress there as well. >> polling right now shows clinton leading sanders in south carolina. a florida deputy run over while trying to take a teenager into custody is speaking out tonight and what a story she's telling. sergeant mary pierce is home from the hospital recovering after being hit by a car friday morning in orlando. deputies say when sergeant pierce confronted january carlos ortiz -- jan carlos ortiz, they accelerated toward
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fierce is pretty banged up, as you can see -- pierce is pretty banged up, as you can see. >> i have a fractured left foot. i have four stitches in my eye over here and i've got quite a bit of swelling around my eye and into my head. >> sergeant pierce also suffered injuries to both of her hands. meanwhile deputies are searching tonight for ortiz wanted for attempted murder. ya a beautiful weekend, right -- what a beautiful weekend, right, and it would only make sense we end it on a beautiful note as well, a live view from clearwater beach, the sunset moments ago, oranges and purple in the sky, otherwise blue skies, a lovely evening, really a nice way to kind of cap off this nice weekend that we had. for the rest of the evening temperatures in the upper 60s, mostly clear skies and again comfortable temperatures. right now we're right around 72
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in st. petersburg and sarasota and into polk county temperatures are right around 70 degrees as well, so comfortable temperatures right now. satellite and radar picture showing a few clouds, that's about it, but no rain making clouds. we're looking at a dry evening, a dry night and for the most part tomorrow is a dry day as well courtesy of this high pressure setting off the east coast of florida. that's giving us not only dry conditions, it's also giving us a southerly wind which is why we're so warm. we had temperatures today in the middle 70s. tomorrow we'll be in the upper 70s. we do have cooler air heading our direction with this front to our north, but it's going to take a long time for this front to reach us. in fact, the front won't be here until we head into wednesday. here's kind of a big view about how everything is going to work out. moving into tomorrow we're going to have partly cloudy skies. we'll start in the upper 50s. by tomorrow afternoon we'll be in the upper 70s with maybe a little rogue shower or two, for
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heading into tuesday a 30% chance for a shower as that first little low scoots off to the northeast. so about a 30% chance for rain on tuesday. heading into wednesday a better chance for rain as a stronger front actually moves through and gives us about a 50% chance for showers and storms and some of these storms on wednesday could possibly be strong or severe, something we'll have to keep an eye on. behind that front high pressure moves in. it will be breezy and much cooler. so overnight tonight 58 degrees, partly cloudy skies, so a pretty nice night for the most part. heading into tomorrow partly cloudy skies, warm temperatures, above average around 77 degrees, about a 10% chance for an afternoon shower, rain not a big deal tomorrow. temperatures in the upper 70s all across tampa bay. so it looks like another nice day temperature-wise. moving into tuesday 30% chance for a few showers and then wednesday looks like the best chance for rain this week and
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chance for one of the storms being on the strong side. then on thursday behind that front much cooler, we're back in the lower to middle 60s, pure blue sunny skies next weekend. i know those temperatures aren't bad, but hey, 60s, that is cooler. >> not bad. i want to do this weekend all over again. it was so nice. it was perfect. >> i do have one little gripe, though. you guys didn't share the memo about the purple. >> only two guys can go to the prom, dude. >> we have just walked into that one. come up a wild finish at the daytona 500. >> spring has spring for the tampa bay rays, pitchers and catchers report for the very first day of spring training next in your sports. >> plus here's what you'll see tomorrow at 6 a.m. >> many seniors don't want to be forced out of their homes. >> my moehler has a terrible fear of nursing -- mother has a
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she has all her life. >> i'll show you the trend in tampa bay of keeping your loved ones home during the day. >> plus weather, news and
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we do have some new guys, but the guys are returning, they don't really need much message of anything. they go about their business in a very professional manner and they show up to play every night. >> i don't care what punxsutawney phil says, spring has spring. the rays pitchers and catchers officially reported to spring training in port charlotte this morning. as is the case for 29 other major league clubs, hope
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so long as its record remains unblemished, but there's plenty to be excited about. the rays return almost every member of last year's starting pitching staff and unlike last year all those guys are healthy save alex cobb who is on pace for a midsummer return from tommy johns surgery. he played catch and did underhanded drills today. you can't earn your diploma on the first day of school, but with archer, smiley, moore, ramirez ready to go, the manager is optimistic about his pitching staff. >> it went well. i hope we're not taking that approach to solving anything on day one that. wouldn't be fair to the pitchers, but just to get them out here. our bullpens are still very early obviously and it's more just getting off the mound, getting some fundamentals on pfps and talking about a couple things that we can focus on. >> it's hard to make predictions right now. i don't really look into that too much, but the guys that we have in camp right now are
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>> for one beginning to another since 1982 the daytona 500 has been the first race on nascar's cup series calendar. if auto racing was scripted, i would argue wwe couldn't have drawn up a better ending to this one. let's go to the home of the 58th edition of the great american race, pole sitter chase elliott ran out of luck today. elliott gets a tour of the infield on happen 19 and finished 37th. then turn four claims another victim. two time win are dale earnhardt, jr., meets my favorite pink floyd album, the wall. his day is done. fast forward to the final lap. matt kenseth leading the pack and here comes kenseth on the high side. kenseth falls back and finished 13th.
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a photo finish, hamlin wins by .11 of a second, about 4 inches, the closest finish in daytona 500 history. half lynn earns his first daytona vic -- hamlin earns his first daytona victory. south florida women hoops visiting memphis, ballgame in the 4th, bulls clinging to a lead and nobody likes a clinger. courtney williams layup and foul leading the way with 23 points. next possession, williams finds loga on the break and the bulls rip off a 13-0 run. alicia jenkins, 20 points, 17 rebounds, safe to say she's healthy again. usf nearly cracks triple digits beating memphis 97-82. we'll have much more coming up tonight on super sports sunday including reaction from denny hamlin on that nail biting finish today. >> that was crazy. >> that was so close.
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final look at your forecast, hopefully a repeat maybe from the weekend? that's way over my head. >> it's going to be okay. >> we're looking at a 10% chance for a shower tomorrow, 77, a few more clouds, not quite as pretty as today which could be a good thing since we're going to be at work, a lot of us will be tomorrow. finally tonight a charity event in philadelphia featured some furry fanatics, not a sight you see every day, 138 mascots doing the electric slide. >> that's awesome. >> the charity mascots for a cure raises money to combat childhood cancers. they brought toke the costume characters to -- together the costume characters to try and break the guinness book of
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it for the largest gathering of mascots. now guinness just needs to verify it. >> it's a lot to take in, but it's so cute because you're trying to follow all the different ones. >> did they check the record for more mascots? >> we'll see you back at 11:00. have a great night. >> we're going to electric slide on out of here. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, kate snow. good evening. on a night when donald trump is still riding high off a big victory in south carolina and jeb bush is out of the race, the question tonight, does trump have the republican nomination locked up, or can he, will he be stopped? and in the democratic race, a similar question. is hillary clinton slowly making her way to the nomination with a
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we begin tonight with katy tur in atlanta, where trump held a rally today. >> it's beautiful, thank you. >> reporter: donald trump's grip on the nomination is getting tighter, and he knows it. to a crowd of more than 5,000 in atlanta. >> we won with everything, tall people, short people, fat people, skinny people. just won. >> reporter: trump sweeping all of south carolina's congressional districts, banking all of the states' 50 del grats, despite marco rubio's high profile endorsement and ted cruz focus on evangelicals. 34% to cruz's 26%. trump may have won, but it was a rocky week starting with him calling the last republican president a liar. >> they lied. they said there were weapons of mass destruction. >> reporter: by thursday, smearing the pope as disgraceful. >> no leader, especially a religious leader should have the right to question another man's religion or faith. >> reporter: and on friday, in his last rally before the vote,
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praising mass killing by a u.s. general more than a century ago. >> and he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men, and he dipped 50 bullets in pig's blood. >> reporter: exit polls showing that like in new hampshire, the majority of trump's voters decided on him months ago, meaning his myriad of controversies and outrageous statements just didn't matter. and nighter do his inconsistencies. on republican hot button issues like funding planned parenthood. >> planned parenthood does a lot of good -- a really good job in a lot of different areas but not on abortion. so i'm not going to fund it if it's doing the abortion. i am not going to fund it. >> reporter: and what he meant in a 2002 howard stern radio interview where he staid he supported the iraq invasion. >> are you for invading iraq? >> yeah, i guess so. >> reporter: today unable to clarify where he stood. >> i really don't even know what, because it was a long time ago and who knows what was inside my head. >> reporter: that same exit polling showed nearly half of
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decide until the last minute and they mostly did not decide for donald trump. that means going forward, since the field is winnowing, he's going to have to gain not just maintain support. and if this crowd here in georgia is any indication, the campaign is comfort they'll be able to do that. >> thanks so much. among the democrats, new momentum for hillary clinton today after caucus voters in nevada decided to place their bets on her. clinton's victory over bernie sanders puts her in a stronger position going into the democratic primary in south carolina next saturday. we get more on that tonight from kristen welker. >> reporter: hillary clinton riding a wave of fresh momentum. >> is this a great night or what? >> reporter: after a decisive victory in critical nevada. >> some may have doubted us, about but we never doubted each other. >> reporter: to bernie sanders, the loss is a big blow, today courting african-american voters at a baptist church in south carolina. >> reporter: and it was black
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clpt's victory, choosing her by a chopping 76% to 22% after she aggressively engaged them. and rallying with congressman jim clyburn and morgan freeman, who released a new ad today. >> just like she's always stood with us. >> reporter: secretary clinton's embrace of president obama's policies as well as her increasingly up close and personal style may have also propelled her, evident during the nsnbc telemundo town hall, speaking to a woman who's husband had been deported. >> i want to tell you i will end the three and ten-year bar provision so that you do not have to face that ever again. >> reporter: but there were also obstacles she must overcome. latinos chose sanders by single digits, and younger voters picked the vermont voter by 72%. >> we will do well when young people, when working class people come out. >> reporter: today clinton celebrating her victory, but
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showing a sanders' lead among latinos. >> there's a lot of evidence we did very, very well with every group of voter. >> reporter: both candidates now looking forward to south carolina, where clinton has a big lead and super tuesday when 12 states will be in play. >> if she wins big in south carolina, as some people think she will do, then she's going to have tremendous momentum going into next weekend and the super tuesday states. so i think it's just a real problem for bernie sanders. >> reporter: clinton is now on a two-day fund-raising swing in california, and while sanders outraised clinton for the first time last month, clinton has more than twice what sanders has on hand. kate. >> kristen welker, out of las vegas. thank you. when we come back, one little girl's emotional plea for president obama. you totaled your brand new car. nobody's hurt, but there will still be pain. it comes when your insurance company says they'll only pay three quarters of what it takes to replace it.
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he has a sharp wit. t a winning smile. r and no chance of getting an athletic scholarship. and that is why you invest. p the best returns aren't just measured in dollars. this is of course president obama's last year in office, a fact that has at least one of his supporters quite upset. watch what happens when this 4-year-old girl's grandmother, caprina harris, explains that mr. obama will no longer be the president. >> no! >> i know. he can only serve two terms, and his term is up. >> no! no! >> it's okay. we've got to vote for another president.
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>> i'm not ready for a new one. >> the video has had well over 2 million views on facebook. even the president himself responded, saying, the girl should dry her tears because i'm not going anywhere and that once i leave the white house, i'll be a citizen just like her, and when she grows up, she can get involved right alongside me. speaking of the president, a pair of bald eagles who happened to be known as mr. president and the first lady are nesting a pair of eggs at the national arboretum in washington, seen her on a 24-hour eagle cam. they're expected to hatch in the middle of next month. the eagles built their nest in 2014 and raised one eagle last year. these are the first bald eagles to nest in the national arboretum in almost 70 years. and that will do it for "nbc nightly news" on this sunday. lester holt will be here tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from new york, and i'll see you tomorrow on msnbc from nevada on the eve of the republican caucus.
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have a great night. what is going on? why are they calling for crime scene tape? i felt helpless. i started crying and screaming because i knew it was my worst fear. >> a beloved couple found murdered. >> it definitely seemed to be

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