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staggering 13,000 flights cancelled since friday morning. flight radar 24 captured washington's normally active airspace nearly empty on sunday and jfk at new york delta managers say it's their biggest recovery effort since hurricane sandy since 2012. the challenge now, getting all of the planes and crews back into position nationwide and then reassembling a flight schedule to get passengers where they need to go. >> we're operating a full schedule today, but for the airline it will take a couple days to recover. >> reporter: not just air travel. >> waiting for a train. hopefully our train will not be cancelled. >> reporter: amtrak on reduced service today, though it never ceased operations during the storm as it cleared 400 miles of track. tonight from rail to road to runway a slow rebound on the east coast. flight aware predicting we'll see pretty close to normal operations tomorrow. on wednesday right now very few cancellations in advance, and this may have happened at an opportune time because really this is
periods of travel across the country this time of year. very few people are on holiday or vacations, and that makes it a bit easier to resume normal operations. lester? >> all right. tom costolo, thanks. to politics now. one week until iowa, a and high drama down the stretch on both sides. hillary clinton and bernie sanders locked in a neck and neck battle as ted cruz tries to fend off donald trump's momentum. each focused on the numbers that count, and we've got it all covered starting with nbc's hallie jackson in iowa. hi, hallie. >> reporter: good evening, lester. republican party leaders here in iowa tell nbc news they are getting ready for record turnout one week from tonight, something that could help donald trump, but with as many as four in ten people saying they will wait until the last minute to make up their minds about who to support, what happens over the next seven days? these closing arguments will make a difference. from the back of the pizza chain where she works angie point watches candidates
and a speech. >> with seven kids at home i do like homeland security as an issue. i want to keep my kids safe. >> reporter: who top two. who are the top two? >> in between trump and ted cruz. >> reporter: and recently she decided on trump as he surges 11 points, ted cruz slipping four. what's changed? >> i like ted cruz. he's been very nice to me. >> reporter: trump's tune. >> he's a nasty guy and he brought it up at the debate. he started it and i finish it had. >> reporter: hammering cruz for days on his eligibility, his positions on ethanol and immigration, and his personality. trum supremely confident and taking aim. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody, and i wouldn't lose any voters, okay? it's like incredible. >> reporter: cruz hitting back. you've spent six, seven months hugging donald trump, embracing him, so how are people supposed to believe you now when you say he shouldn't be their pick? >> i'm happy to have a conversation about how donald's and my records differ when it comes to defending
>> reporter: cruz today getting backup from former rival rick perry as his supporters hope to sway iowans with new ads. >> does this sound conservative? >> i am pro-choice in every respect. >> and the rest of the field just trying to not finish so far out of the money that it appears that they just have no shot at the nomination. >> reporter: including marco rubio looking to get hot late, getting the nod from the state's biggest paper and standing side by side with freshman star senator jodi ernst. >> there's only seven days left so i don't think people should be worried about peaking right now. >> reporter: under 170 hours and counting. hallie jackson, iowa. >> reporter: i'm a34i67 el as the democrats make their closing arguments. >> he said, you know, i don't know. like my head versus my heart. i said can you have it both. >> reporter: each trying to connect to voters. >> and it's so hard to do anything to pay your bills. you're ashamed all the time.
>> thank you, thank you. and until millions of people who are experiencing exactly experiencing do say that, we don't make change. >> reporter: both candidates are counting on field armies, paid staff and thousands of volunteers. for democrats iowa caucus rules are more complicated than for candidates have to meet a minimum threshold of supporters in each caucus to even get votes. clinton posted an today. >> and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3. >> reporter: sanders' team proviewsed a video friday. >> in you're 18 by friday, in iowa you can caucus. >> reporter: map showed the challenge for sanders. his supporters are concentrated in three counties with college towns, but to win he needs first-time voters to show up all over the state. so he's riding a bus to get to far-flung rural areas and also telling college students go mom. >> we hope they will go home hand visit their parents and go to their own local caucus and bring their
>> we've geared up and think our field operation is extraordinary. >> reporter: for the first time president obama with politico seemed to be tipping the scales for clinton. >> she can start here day one, more experienced than any non-vice president has ever been who aspires to this office. >> reporter: and in an unpredictable year, now the threat of a third-party challenge from multi-billionaire mike bloomberg. the former new york mayor might run if sanders is the democratic nominee and if trump or cruz gets the republican nomination, a decision bloomberg won't make until march. lester? >> thanks, andrea. there's breaking news from texas. a grand jury investigating undercover footage of a meeting with the planned parenthood official has cleared the organization of any wrongdoing while instead choosing to indict the anti-abortion activist involved in making. videos that provoked so much controversy. our justice correspondent pete williams is in washington with late details. pete? >> reporter: a surprising turn, leverett, in an investigation requested by the
wanted to know if planned parenthood broke any laws. the question arose after anti-abortion advocates made videos of representatives of planned parenthood talking about tissue from aborted fetuses. the videos became a sensation and now the makers. videos are indicted, two face tampering with government records and one is accused of violating state laws about buying human organs, a it is demeanor and the district attorney said we must go where the evidence leads us and said the government cleared planned parnd hooth of breaking any laws and that brings to 12 the number of states where investigations have cleaned planned parenthood. no comment from the organizations that made the videos. >> thank you. a massive manhunt for three dangerous inmates who pulled off an elaborate daring escape from a maximum security jail. as nbc's joe fryer reports authorities
public for health. >> reporter: three days after a brazen escape from a maximum security jail in original county investigators are pleading for the public's help. >> these three are extremely dangerous felons and need to be apprehended and brought back into custody immediately. >> reporter: escapees were housed in a large cell that holds about 60 inplates. photos from inside show the men used tools to cut through a steel screen in their cell and then entered the jail's plumbing tunnels making their way to an unsecured part of the roof. from there it's believed they fashioned ropes out of linens so they could rappel down the side of the jail five stories in all. the inmates were last seen friday morning during a 5:00 a.m. head count. investigators believe they escaped shortly after, pointing to surveillance video which shows movement on the roof. the jail did not realize they were gone until the next head count at 8:00 p.m. which means the inmates might have had about a 15-hour head start. >> it's creepy. you don't know if they are still in the area. >> reporter: all three suspects are accused
hossein nayeri is charged with kidnap and murder and tactien duong with attempted murder and jonathan tieu with -- >> there's no indication that the escaped inmates have left country. >> we feel that they may be embedded somewhere in the community and that's why we're reaching out to the community. >> reporter: investigators don't know how the inmates got the tools that were used to cut through all of that metal, and it's unclear if any accomplices were waiting here outside the jail to pick them up after they escaped. lester. >> joe fryer in southern california, thank you. still ahead, a wake-up call for women about their hearts and a new study on the big gender gap in heart attack treatment.
we're back now with a new warning about the number one killer of women, heart disease. a big gender gap when it comes to having a heart attack. the symptoms are very different between the sexes leading some women to ignore the signs their body is telling them. as nbc's anne thompson reports, knowing those signs could save your life. >> reporter: when it comes to treatment for heart disease, it is still a man's world. in a first of its kind report on heart attacks in women, today the american heart association says heart disease remains undertreated and underdiagnosed in women. it starts with a
symptoms. men seem to have severe chest pain before a heart attack. more subtle including shortness of breath, nausea and jaw pain. >> did you have a happy day. >> reporter: kathy wildman, an active mother of two with high cholesterol was just 30 when a heart attack sent her to the hospital. >> i had a challenging time getting even the hospital at the time to accept me because i didn't look like someone who should be suffering from an event. >> reporter: with this new information, cardiologist dr. jennifer marezt hopes treatment of women will improve. >> this statement against us a road map as a clinician to look at gender differents with heart disease. >> reporter: take risk factors. researchers say women with high blood pressure have a stronger risk of a heart attack than americans and a young woman with diabetes, her risk for heart disease is four to five times higher compared to young men. the risks are even greater for minority women. >> in those
hispanic, high incidence of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, inactivity and exposure to chronic stress. >> reporter: the good news simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference, and an astonishing 80% of heart disease and stroke are preventible. anne thompson, nbc news, new hyde park, new york. we're back in the
the michigan attorney general today named leaders of an independent state investigation of the toxic water crisis in flint, but it could take months or years to restore safe drinking water for the city. today outraged residents gathered on the steps of city hall furious that they are still getting bills for lead-contaminated water service. we love this story from alabama. meet a 2-year-old bloodhound. while much of the country was bundled up this weekend, she was out running free after escaping from her backyard. she took off and somehow found her way into a half marathon being run nearby. she ran the entire way and here's the kicker.
finally tonight, the denver broncos and the carolina panthers are now set for super bowl 50, and in one way the game is already a record-breaker. it has the biggest age difference between quarterbacks. cam newton and peyton manning born 13 years apart. here's nbc's janet shamlian. >> it's a touchdown. >> reporter: super bowl 50 will pit the nfl's experienced past against its energetic future. at 39 peyton manning is the league's elder statesman, a five-time mvp. >> caught for the touchdown. >> reporter: a virtual lock for mvp this season, 26-year-old cam newton. >> i don't know if it's the best quarterback matchup we've ever seen in super bowl history, but i do think it's one of the most unique. >> reporter: twitter lit up with comparisons from cam newton's dance move and the difference in the age gap. cam was 9 when peyton started with the colts in 1997. both the number one
>> when you start looking at these two guys, old school versus new school. >> reporter: irresistible matchup all the buzz on sports radio. now his jerseys are flying out of stores. ahead of his fourth super bowl and the chance to end a storied career with a second ring. >> i mean, peyton's definitely got the experience, one of the good things good for them. >> reporter: just weeks ago an injured manning benched by the broncs and a report linking him to a banned drug, an allegation he strongly denies. >> in for the touchdown. >> reporter: but the heir apparent is cam newton. a linebacker-sized quarterback with an arm like a rifle who can dive over any defense. >> old school about ready to get new schooled. >> reporter: newton has also made a comeback after a serious car accident 13 months ago. today they sold more of his jerseys than during the holiday. a quarterback duel for and of the ages as newton and manning make for a clash of the titans. janet shamlian, nbc news, houston.
it's tuesday, january 26th, coming up on "early today," iowa voters caucus in six days as the democrats make their final case. >> we will raise taxes, yes, we will. what i believe in is creating a government that works for all of us, not just a hand full of people on the top. that's my definition of democratic socialism. >> they throw all this stuff at me and i'm still standing. i've been on the front lines of change and progress since i was your age. i've been fighting for people left behind the chance to make
>> hold strong at your caucus because america is scanning the horizon. we cannot be this fed up with our national politics and think return to old names is going to move us forward. >> and the republicans are gearing up for a final debate this week. the blizzard has claimed at least 32 lives and many are still dealing with the big dig. plus, massive erosion be beneath the california coast line. the hunt for escaped dangerous inmates. and a cute cub cuddles with his mom. "early today" starts right now. good morning, at least 42 people are now confirmed dead from this weekend's historic blizzard, including a
months pregnant and died while shoveling snow. frustration is mounting over the clean up, or lack thereof in some areas. in new york, roads completely impossible. and nearly impossible for many students to get to class. this school bus filled with students had a scary moment skidding on the way to school. and workers in the nation's capital are ordered to stay at home where clean up is slow. and first responders were forced to dig it out before helping others. and in this neighborhood plowing has been nonexistent. residents are essentially cut off from the outside world. over on the jersey shore, a different sort of clean up after a town saw the worst flooding in history history. six to eight inches higher than superstorm sandy. and debris littering streets in
some boats now hundreds of yards from their docks and parts of the sea wall constructedcompromised, now in need of repair. and governor wolf appalls s s jzed to travellers stranded. and the travel nightmare is far from over. 1300 flights were canceled today after 2100 were canceled yesterday. united airline is bringing in workers from chicago and houston to help out at some airports and in new york city, managers say it's the biggest recovery since super storm sandy, although some experts say we're lucky this is a relatively slow time of year for travel. and don't tell that to the this woman who said she was lucky to
and money lost estimated millions of dollars and $300 per hour. that's the most expensive snow storm in the state's history and black ice is a serious concern as higher temperatures during the day drop below freezing at night. to politics where iowa voters will caucus in just six days. democrats had one last chance to make their pitch at a forum in iowa last night. while on the republican side, the war of words between donald trump and ted cruz continued. nbc's edward lawrence live in washington with the very latest. >> reporter: we are so close to that monday caucus. not only are the candidates desperate to show they should win, they want the momentum of a win. in iowa, the democrats tried to highlight to make the final
they should be the democratic nominee. senator bernie sanders saying he will take on the establishment and hillary clinton saying she's part of that ideology. and hillary clinton saying she'll make people 's lives better when she's president. and things turning nasty on theside. senator ted cruz released his attack ad against donald trump's new york values and trump is nowcruz the man from canada. and in order for trump to win iowa, he'll need thegets and all of them to show up in caucus which is a difficult process. back to you. >> thanks. the man hunt for threed inmates in california continues this morning. the orange county sheriff
described as "extremely dangerous felons." they made their way through the jail's plumingystem through the roof where it's believed they used linens tie under to ropes to go three storiesand all three have been formally charge bide the orange county district attorney for escaping. they face between three and ninen state prison. a texas grand jury has cleared planned hood of breaking any laws that it sold tissue from aborted fetuses and instead they decided to indictn activists behind the videos.other activist face charges with nment records.