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candidacy, and i'm really proud to have been invited. >> reporter: but on this president's day donald trump is trying to crash the party, attacking w. today over 9/11. >> the world trade center came down during his reign so it's like, you know, he was the top. >> reporter: and for invading iraq. >> you had him on the aircraft carrier saying all sorts of wonderful things. the war was essentially over, guess what, not over. >> reporter: punctuating the fiery debate. george bush made a mistake. we can make mistakes that. one was a bite. we never should have been in iraq. >> i'm sick and tired of him going after my family. >> reporter: will trump's attacks against the bushes backfire? george h.w. bush and george w. bush both carried south carolina in their presidential primacy. jeb is betting his brother, the former commander in chief, can still bring in voters. here the military community is a key constituent, generating more than 150,000 jobs and nearly $20 billion for
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today trump is again threatening to sue ted cruz, calling him unstable and the biggest liar he's ever come across. >> he doesn't even have the right to serve of as president or even run as president. he was born in canada, so i will bring that lawsuit if he doesn't apologize. >> reporter: cruz brushing off the threat saying trump has lost it. >> this is the most rattled i've ever seen donald, his press conference today where he stood and vented. i guess the only planks one can have is that his poll numbers in south carolina must be plummeting. >> reporter: and tonight's crowd by far the biggest that jeb bush has seen all campaign season. earlier today his brother reflecting on his past presidential primaries says he prefers to focus on the wins than the losses, a glass half full man. in five days the bush family will find out if the there's still reason for optimism. lester. >> peter, thank you. an unexpected battleground has opened up in the democratic race between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. with just five days to go until the nevada caucus eds clinton is
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there. for months many believed she would win the state, but now as our kristen welker reports, that's a big question mark. >> reporter: after losing new hampshire, second clinton is trying to come back with a win in nevada. >> i hope you'll come out and caucus on saturday. >> reporter: today she again tried to paint senator sanders as a candidate solei focused on wall street. >> i am not a single-issue candidate because this is not a single-issue country. >> reporter: sanders has dismissed that criticism, and today before a raucous crowd of 9,000 in michigan said he'd met with the families impact by the flint water crisis. >> i've just come from a meeting which was one of the more difficult meetings that i have ever attended. >> reporter: clinton campaign answering, releasing a video touting an endorsement from a group of flint ministers praising her for highlighting the problem. >> they need to fix flint. >> reporter: it's an issue that resonates with african-americans,
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2012 roughly 15% of voters were black and another 15% hispanic. nbc news political analyst john rosten says it's hard to get accurate polling, but he believes clinton has a slim lead. >> the clinton campaign has to be worried about the whole millen yell effect, young voters deciding to register on saturday to support bernie sanders. >> reporter: nevada was supposed to be part of clinton's firewall and now that's in play, voters in reno understanding the divide. >> we've got a big uprising. >> reporter: what are you planning for this weekend? >> hillary clinton. >> reporter: why? >> i want to see a woman handle the office. >> reporter: secretary clinton was initially planning to campaign in florida. instead, she sent her husbanding there so she could focus on courting voters here. meanwhile late tonight her campaign officials announced they are opening an office in flint, michigan. lester. >> kristen, thank you. tonight a massive storm is moving across a huge part of the country. it's being felt from
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way up to maine. snow and ice in the north and tornadoes ripping off roofs in the south. a huge mess all from the same weather system. nbc's kristen dahlgren has details. >> president's day brought a fresh coat of snow to the nation's capital as a colossal storm system spread misery from the south to the midwest and northeast today. this twister was spotted in alabama. in louisiana this afternoon another tornado touched down damaging a pizza hut and injuring two. >> the car was shaking. >> i seen it like coming at me. it was scarey. >> in mississippi a high school nearly crushed when a twister toppled this will tree, and mother nature wreaking havoc in kentucky where even snow applause couldn't stay on slick roads. major highways finally did reopen after two massive pileups in pennsylvania and indiana this weekend. >> it's been 30 years. probably one of the worst crashes that
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>> the east still hasn't thawed out after record low temperatures. on sunday boston hit minus 9. watertown, new york, saw 37 below and new york city was the coldest it's been in 100 years. >> i've never known cold like that, ever? >> a warmup is expected. >> by tomorrow we're looking at temperatures that are anywhere from 5 to almost 20 degrees above average. lots of rain. airport delays. we go from frost to flooding. >> reporter: an upcoming thaw that may bring everything but relief relief. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. >> we turn overseas now where dozens of civilians including children have been reported in air strikes in syria. multiple hospitals and a school were hit. nbc's keir simmons has gotten rare access inside syria, and as he reports this all comes the same week that a tentative cease-fire is supposed to take effect. >> reporter: a desperate search for survivors.
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and a school hit. wards wrecked. an estimated 50 dead, the u.n. says. babies had to be rescued. this video from opposition activists of a newborn in the arms of a firefighter. we don't know the baby's name or who the mother is. >> we have seen many children, and i have seen many, many women, they were injured and they were dead. >> reporter: hospitals were a deliberate target. doctors without borders claim, accusing russia or syria. >> to be today a doctor or a nurse in -- in the area controlled by the opposition, it's equal to being a criminal. >> reporter: 700 health care workers have been injured or killed in the syrian conflict. 112 medical facilities were hit in 2015. seaterian ambassador to russia claim u.s. strikes destroyed one hospital today, an acquisition the u.s.-led coalition denied. just days ago a partial cease-fire was
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of state john kerry and u.s. allies meeting in germany. >> this has been a period of intensified bombing, particularly in the north of syria. we have condemned that in the strongest terms. >> reporter: today syrian president bashar al assad says he believes the cease-fire will be difficult to implement. just days from the deadline for a cessation in hostilities announced by secretary kerry last week, and there is little sign the fighting will end. keir simmons, nbc news, damascus. thousand flocked to see pope francis today at a stadium in mexico's poorest state. he met with families at the event which followed an enorm open-air mass that he presided over earlier. and a moving moment from his visit yesterday to a children's hospital when a teenage patient sang "ava maria" for him earning a kiss from the pope and bringing those around him to tears. still ahead here tonight, another new warning about common heartburn medications.
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americans who take them could be at risk of memory loss. also, the dangerous mid-air incident that shook up
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. we're back now with the new concerns about the prescription meds that so many people take to treat heartbeat and as cid reflux. 15 million americans take them to block stomach acid and
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last week that the medications may be linked to kids kidney disease and bone fractures. now another concern being raised, that there is a link to dementia. nbc's tom costello has the information you should hear. >> reporter: 34-year-old tara had acid reflux so bad it made her job as a speech therapist nearly impossible. >> i actually got vocal fold ulcers and vocal fold nodules from it. >> reporter: she found relief in a medication to block stomach acid, a proton pump inhibitor, among the most common members nexium, prilosec and prevacid but the drugs have been recently been linked to an increased risk of kidney damage. 75% of those who took the medication regularly had a 75% risk of dementia, 4u7 4 boston and women taking the medication for at least 18 months were most at risk. >> i mean, being 34 years old, even if dementia wouldn't hit
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50 years, it definitely concerns me that that -- that that could be part of my future. >> reporter: the sigh effects may occur, say doctors, because we actually need stomach acid to digest our food, ward off infection and to absorb essential nutrients. today two of the drug-makers told nbc news the medicines are generally safe and effective when used in accordance with the label and to avoid drug interactions, but many doctors are concerned too many patients stay on the drug too long. >> if you have heartburn that is mild and it's mob to come off the drugs it's probably fwoest do so at this point. >> reporter: before today's study tara decided to stop taking all acid reflex medication. instead, she's changed her diet. the result, no more acid reflux and no side effect from the meds. tom costello, nbc news, washington.
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a laser aimed into the cockpit of a flight from london to new york forced the flight to turn around. one of the pilots aboard the virgin atlantic flight yesterday was reportedly struck in the eye and felt sick afterwards. the plane with 252 passengers and 15 crew landed safely back at heathrow. investigators are working to find the source of a laser. such incidents are troubling but it turns out 2015 was one of the safest years for airlines. four commercial planes did crash, 1 in over 3.1 million flights but the not factored in the germanwings or metrojet crashes because they said it was deliberate. an early grammy winner stealing the spotlight on this president's day. jimmy carter snagged a
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spoken word for the recording of his book. the 91-year-old former president beat out other nominees including amy poehler, hedy smith and dick cavet. >> when life gives
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finally tonight, we were talking a moment ago about hilgt millions of americans, but the brothers we're about to meet don't see the snow as a nuisancech they see it as an inspiration, to make something amazing for a good cause. as our kevin tibbles explains, their creations, like each snowflake, are one of a kind. >> reporter: from the depths of the frigid vortex that is a minnesota winter comes the giant snow octopus, and it's taken over the bart's family front yard. >> a lot of kids driving by and the parents will drive by and they will be in the back seat and they are like mom, stop. >> reporter: for five years the brothers have been turning the fluffy white stuff many of us dread into wintry works of art, always with a watery theme because they love to fish. >> when we're not ice
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working on the sculpture. >> reporter: don't you ever get cold? >> never. >> reporter: these hardy boys have created everything from a puffer fish and walrus to a sea turtle and a shark, although this year's octopus is the most ambitious yet. 500 hours to complete, 150 tons of snow, and a tentacle that winds over mom and dad's front steps. >> it's really, really, really, really, really, really, really cool. >> reporter: folks come from miles around for a peek and a pic. this is a group of exchange students all the way from china. >> it's wonderful. >> it's marvelous. >> reporter: how many legs does an octopus have? >> one, two, three, four, five. >> reporter: six, seven, eight. >> six, seven, eight. >> reporter: many visitors leave donations and so far they have raised $8,000 to help provide clean drinking water in hait. >> you don't make life memories playing video games. >> reporter: nobody. >> make them doing stuff like that,. >> reporter: that's something parents
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>> three, two, one. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, new brighton, minnesota. >> so much fun. that's going to do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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