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ready to respond afterwards. >> reporter: amid the strongest el nino in memory. the big concern is icing on these roads here in charlotte. the freezing rain is set to begin in just a few hours, lester. >> gabe, thank you. let's turn to the battle for the white house. hillary clinton firing off her most direct attacks yet at bernie sanders as their race grows increasingly tight. on the gop side, donald trump remains the front-runner with fellow outsider ted cruz now being targeted by many within his own party. we are covering both races beginning with nbc's andrea mitchell in des moines. >> reporter: good evening, lester. with that race getting tighter on the democratic side. hillary clinton went after bernie sanders with her toughest attacks yet. a small private college in iowa, clinton hammered bernie sanders, claiming he can't deliver on his promises. >> i'll tell you, i'm not interested in ideas that sound good on paper but will never make it in the real world.
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responded to nbc's kasie hunt. >> virtually every plan we have brought forth is supported by the american people. >> reporter: clinton delivering sharp jabs from a teleprompter, unusual for the setting, betrayed sanders as naive on foreign policy, especially iran. >> he suggested we invite iranian troops into syria. that is like asking the arsonist to be the firefighter her own experience after 9/11 and secretary of state. >> the one candidate who has everything it takes. >> reporter: the ad iowa is buzzing about is sanders, using powerful images set to simon and gar funk kell's anthem "america." aimed at inspiring the students who have been flocking to sanders' rallies. this sophomore attended events for both candidates several times. >> my vision for the future of america is
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wants to have happen here. but i believe that there are things leading up to that vision that need to take place and hillary can help that vision. >> reporter: here democratic caucus goers are liberal. 43% describing themselves as socialists. if you were to describe yourself, socialist, capitalist? >> socialist. >> reporter: last time clinton finished third in iowa. she is fighting to avoid another upset to a candidate iowans may find more instant inspirational. andrea mitchell, des moines. >> donald trump or ted cruz? for some it's a killer choice. >> you get the same outcome. whether it's death by being shot or poison, does it really matter? >> reporter: senator lindsey graham one of cruz' congressional colleagues rooting against thim. cruz seems to love the hate. >> if you think what we need is more
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washington to cut a deal with harry reid and nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, then i guess donald trump's your guy. >> reporter: cruz taking aim at trump though firing on the front-runner hasn't worked for others so far. >> his new line of attack i've become establishment. give me a break. >> reporter: trump arguing he has the washington support cruz doesn't frm. >> they like me those guys. there is nothing wrong with that. we've got to make deals. we don't want to sign executive orders. we want to make deals. >> reporter: the washington establishment would rather have a wild card that wants to get something done than someone they know and don't like. >> reporter: while bob dole is calling a cruz victory cataclysmic for the party, cruz's campaign said it raised $700,000 this week after iowa's governor gave an anti-endorsement. >> i believe it would be a big miss take for iowa to support him. >> reporter: compared to trump, cruz has a stronger overall favorability rating,
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african-americans, latinos and women. >> if it's between trump and cruz what do? >> they are going to have to go with cruz. >> reporter: why? >> probably the lesser of two evils. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news. various and breaking news on the toxic water crisis in flint, michigan. the epa for the region resigned and the agency issued an emergency order take immediate action to protect the public health. democrats in congress want the republican governor to appear on capitol hill. nbc's stephanie gosk has late details. >> reporter: the children come into this ymca like every kid in flint who drank the water will have to be monitored their entire childhood for possible lead exposure. >> some of the long-term effects it's going to have is ridiculous.
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pages of documents about the crisis, voluntarily released by michigan governor rick schneider. the documents lay out a timeline of warnings that were dis missed. the state agency that ensures clean drinking water spent months denying the lead contamination until october. in an e-mail, the director wrote, i believe now we made a mistake. corrosion control should have been required from the beginning. corrosion control treats the water, preventing lead from leeching into the system. six months before on april 25th, epa manager wrote, "flint has essentially not been using any corrosion control treatment." june 24th, sounds the alarm again. "recent drinking water sample results indicate the presence of high lead." no action was taken as state water officials continued to insist the water was safe. even after multiple independent studies proved otherwise many
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from the task force set up by the governor described the response as aggressive dis missal, belittlement and attempts to dis credit these efforts with a persistent tone of scorn and derision. the head of that agency and his spokesperson resigned. the documents released and governor's apologies are not enough for many who line up every day for handouts like this one. stephanie gosk, nbc news. to a controversy we've been following in hollywood. don't count on seeing superstar will smith at the oscars next month. the actor is joining his wife jada pinkett smith boycotting the show criticizing the lack of diversity among this year's nominees. the backlash has the academy considering a major rewrite to its rules. >> if you continue to deny my work. >> reporter: will smith co-starring in his wife jada's call to boycott the oscars.
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there and say that this is okay. >> reporter: former academy president says the academy gets a bad rap. >> as president, i worked very hard to bring more diversity into the academy. i'm very proud of the fact we did >> reporter: but the backlash may prove too loud to ignore. we need to do more and better and more quickly, says the first black president. >> they have to do something dramatic. this is not a time for cautious baby steps. >> tim gray, awards editor for "variety" magazine, says the academy will increase best pictures nominations to a mandatory ten. if that were the case this year, many believe straight out of compton would have been included. the academy is also considering expanding the acting category to more than five nominations and creating new membership rules. currently, academy membership is for life. >> it's more like an elite organization. >> reporter: the nominees in hollywood
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the academy itself isn't diverse. a 2013 study found 93% of voters are white, 76 male with an average age of 63. some blame the studios. >> the studios are overwhelmingly cause caucasian and male. >> reporter: perhaps the spotlight is misdirected. who killed a former russian spy? a poison plot that sounds right out of a cold war thriller. now a new investigation concludes the approval to kill likely came from vladimir putin himself. also the astonishing viral video of a snowboarder trapped in an avalanche who lived to
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twist in a real-life spy mystery that has remained unresolved for nearly a decade. a former russian spy who fled his country only to be fatally poisoned years later. as bill neely tells us, a new investigation concludes what many suspected, that the deadly plot likely went all the way to the top of the kremlin. >> reporter: on his deathbed, alexander litvinenko a former russian spy blamed vladimir putin for his murder.
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said putin probably approved the hit, naming two russians as the killers. andre lugovi sent to london with polonium, a radioactive liquid and dmitri koutun who went with him. he defected to british intelligence and made enemies. russian special forces used his image as target practice. the london assassins poisoned him by pouring polonium into his green tea. >> the conclusion that the russian state was probably involved in the murder of mr. litvinenko is deeply disturbing. >> reporter: russia trashed the report as a political smear. >> it's unacceptable that the report concludes that the russian state was in any way involved in the death of mr. litvinenko. >> reporter: lugovi denies murder today as he did last year.
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hotel may have been state-sponsored murder, but this is a case that almost certainly ends here with no one ever likely to be brought to trial for litvinenko's slow death. his widow said putin is guilty of nuclear terrorism. it's quite a spy story, murder with a nuclear weapon that's gone on unpished. bill neely, nbc news, london.
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>>. >> a new record involving air travel and it involves a lot of americans packing. the tsa says it sees more guns last year than ever before. over 2,600 of them, an average of seven guns per day found in carry-ones. the most guns were found in airports in dallas, atlanta, houston, denver and phoenix. the buffalo bills just brought on the first full-time female coach in nfl history. kathryn smith will serve as the special teams quality control coach. prior to this, she worked at administrative assistant to rex ryan who said today he is excited and proud for her. a jaw-dropping piece of video making the rounds captured
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a snowboarder caught in an avalanche. the falling wall of snow sweeps him down the mountain partially burying him. luckily he was able to find his way to the surface. the resort is seeking criminal charges saying he caused the avalanche. they met as
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finally tonight, an incredible story about someone who gave the gift of life to a total stranger through an organ donation. that's not where this story ends. in fact, as joe fryar tells us, with these two, it was just the beginning. >> reporter: heather's glowing smile did a good job masking the pain caused by her failing liver. >> basically, time was my enemy. >> reporter: desperate for a living donor, heather's family spread the word. a medical hail mary that landed in the break room of her cousin's work place where chris dempsey overheard a conversation and decided he could help. >> it's a scary thing to go through, but it's one of the greatest feelings in the world to help somebody like that. >> i couldn't believe. i just said, thank you.
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someone that just is saving your life? >> reporter: the transplant took place march 16, 2015. chris dave heather 55% of his liver. shortly after that, all of his heart. >> after we got out of the hospital, we made it official that she was going to be my girlfriend. some time between the first time they met and the surgery, chris and heather discovered they were a match in more ways than one. >> everything was about me and he was so concerned about me. wow, i just met him. just how sweet he was. could work. >> reporter: last month, chris had one more thing to give heather, an engagement ring. needless to say his future inlaws were already impressed. >> you will not get a better man out there. >> reporter: today heather is healthy and chris' liver totally regenerated as they share their story about organ donation, a gift of life, and
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to spend that life with. joe fryar, nbc news. quite a love story. that's going to do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good
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er. it's friday, january 22nd, coming up on show, 10s of millions in the storm's path, thousands of flights already canceled or delayed. preparing for a historic nor noreaster and where it will hit the hardest. cruz saying the billionaire would make deals with democrats. >> but here's a united states senator, republicans, doesn't have support of one other republican senator. there's something wrong there. >> but trump now face as growing list of conservatives lining up against him.
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a motorcyclist is awarded 180 grand after a traffic incident. plus authorities need your help. then a wandering toddler on the loose on a busy road. a half-court thriller and much more on a frantic friday. show "early today" starts right now. more than 86 million people across six states are bracing for a monster winter blizzard. some areas expecting more than 30 inches of snow. five states plus parts of georgia and washington d.c. are already under states of emergency. federal aufrss s offices are expected to close early ahead of the storm. the d.c. metro has canceled service starting at 11:00 p.m.
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some drivers on i 495 decided to test the ice when their cars got stuck. all baltimore schools closed today and nearly 2500 flights have been canceled for friday. thousands s s more have already been canceled or delayed for this weekend. now, the storm is starting to make land fall on some states in the south. this drone footage shows footage? stead of fans pile nothing to the football stadium. and at least five fatalities have been contributed to icy road conditions p. sconditions. what should we expect? >> the high impact portion of the storm. and tomorrow morning this time is when we'll get the blizzard conditions in baltimore and d.c. we're waiting for them to be posted in the philadelphia area and even new york.
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snowing hard and the ice portion of the storm has begun. so, the snowfall forecast overnight has not changed too much. a little further to the north we've nudged snow totals but we're still looking at the bull's eye from philadelphia to roanoke and everywhere in between. the storm itself has really cranked up overnight. we did not have any bad trord s tornados, but the snow portion has begun and it's are rapidly going across north carolina and this is the icy portion from charlotte to fayette vill and this will be the concern today into tomorrow. and we have the blizzard conditions later tonight in areas of virginia and then the ice portion is going to be very
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>> let's go to nbc's jay gray in roanoke. >> reporter: they're preparing for snow to start in the next hour or so and continue through saturday as bill talked about the emergency management team believes they'll see a record snowfall, some saying they could see as much as 30 inches, all active and uniform state police are ready for action. thal ey'll stay out throughand expect to be on the road and working after this snow starts to fall a bit later this morning. we also know that more than 500es are out and on the roads preparing for this, trying to keep them as clean as possible. everyone in this region saying if you don't have to be on theseon't. it's going to get very messy and again, not expected to stop until sometime turday. now, with just 10 days to
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republicans are taking sides. ted cruz and donald it's a tough choice. >> if you have trump and cruz, i think you get the same outcome. death by poisoning or shot, does it really matter? >> a new poll showess trump surging to a lead in thevoting state. and now trump will air a new attack ad against cruz today. check it out. >> if as a voter you think what weicans in washington to cut a deal with nancy pelosi and i guess donald trump is your guy. >> his new line of attack isbecome establishment. give me a break. trump 38, cruz second at 16 and he's going down. having a hard time. he looks like a nervous wreck.
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he had his moment and he blew >> plenty of establishment conservatives are against trump and last night, prominent conservative magazine took a unveiling today's cover it's called against trump and it calls him a menace to ervetism. as a result, the rnc has disinvited the national review from the february 25th debate and trufrm mp responded. >> rits it's a dying paper. people read it anymore. people don't think about the national review. that's a dying paper. >> if it disagrees with just insult it. edward, let's now turn to the democrats.
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