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to achieve what all americans have, the right to vote. >> reporter: both aggressively courting latinos. today clinton rolling out a new ad featuring a 10-year-old girl who fears her parents will be deported. >> let me do the worrying. i'll do all the worrying. is that a deal? i'll do everything i can to help. >> reporter: president obama is granting exceptions to undocumented teenagers and young adults. so-called dreamers. but not their parents. a huge issue here. sanders supporter is 18. >> we want to be citizens. we want everything that citizens get in the united states. we just want to feel like we're home. supporter perez came from the philippines when she was 6. >> we need to tell the gop, we need to tell the democrats, hey, you know what, we're out here and what are you going to do? you can't deport all 11 million, 12 million of us. >> i think what they really fear, andrea, is all kinds of new voters that bernie sanders is atacting into the process,
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and skewing the results. >> reporter: don't joe biden who didn't run tells rachel maddow -- >> i don't regret it. it's the right decision for my family, and me. >> reporter: leading attacks against bernie sanders, speaking tonight at the same democratic party dinner as sanders. even as sanders and hillary clinton will be answering questions at that msnbc town hall here. lester? >> andrea, thank you. you can see the clinton and sanders town hall tonight at 9:00 eastern only on msnbc. a historic announcement from the white house today. president obama will become the first sitting president to visit cuba in nearly 90 years. a major step as the u.s. and cuba move to normalize relations. the trip which is planned for march 21st and 22nd was immediately met with criticism from republicans, including ted cruz, who said he would never visit as long as castro is in power. there was something else pope francis said today,
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on donald trump, that took many by surprise. he suggested birth control may be used to prevent the spread of the zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. this despite the catholic church's ban on contraceptives, we get more from nbc's anne thompson in rome. >> reporter: returning from mexico, pope francis surprised many by opening the door to the use of artificial contraception to prevent the sexual transmission of zika, the vi rugs rampant in his native latin america, linked to babies born with unusually small heads. it's similar, he said, granted to the nuns in the belgian congo when they were routinely raped in the 1960s. francis continues to shock, as he did in 2013 when he said the church has been historically too obsessed with things like birth control, abortion and gay marriage.
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loosening up church teaching is a misreading of what he's doing. this is a pastor, and a pastor responds to people in their situation. >> reporter: it was revealed in letters this week, francis said a friendship with a woman is not a sin. the pope needs the input of women. he said a man who doesn't have a friendship with a woman is missing something. as with donald trump and immigration, pope francis is proving once again that he is not afraid of taking on controversial topics, trying to resolve issues of faith with real-world problems. lester. >> anne thompson outside the vatican tonight, thanks. apple is getting some backup from some fellow tech companies today tas battles an fbi request to unlock an iphone used by one of the san bernardino terrorists. as nbc's pete williams reports, apple's resistance proving highly controversial. >> reporter: the battle is waging during a still active
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the fbi searching the homes of two relatives of san bernardino gunman farouk. the ceo of google is now backing apple. requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data, he says, could be a troubling precedent. other tech giants, including microsoft, facebook and twitter added their support. so did apple's co-founder, steve wozniak, on cnbc. >> i think you should feel this is my product and what i have is what i think i have. i don't have companies playing tricks behind me in the background. >> reporter: but police are pushing back. prosecutors in new york say they have 175 apple devices they cannot open for evidence, in crimes ranging from identity theft to murder. >> this has become, ladies and gentlemen, the wild west in technology. apple and google are their over sheriffs. there are no rules. >> reporter: and mandy, whose fiance was killed in san bernardino, says this presents a tough choice. >> i would love to get
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possible of shannon's murder, and the other 13 people who were killed. but i'm also an american. i like my privacy. >> reporter: business experts say the battle is about marketing, because protecting privacy is key to apple's image. >> the people need to feel that what they're buying is theirs, and is truly empowering. that's what the apple brand is built upon. >> reporter: apple says tonight the government doesn't have the legal authority to make it create new software, and help the fbi open a locked phone. no federal court has ever ruled on that. pete williams, nbc news, washington. a hostage and ransom story for the digital age. a medical center in california forced to pay cyber criminals thousands of dollars to gain back control of its computers. it's a trend called ransomware. hackers infecting computers with malware, then demanding ransom to give it back. it could happen to you. >> reporter: it happened at hollywood presbyterian medical
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hackers demanding $17,000 in ransom payable in online bit coins to release the computers. locked out, the hospital's ceo says in the best interests of restoring normal operations, we did this. across the country in maine, hackers even held the lincoln county sheriff's computers hostage. >> they asked for, we'll gladly give you a code to unencrypt it for a fee. >> reporter: they paid $300 to get their data back. >> they've already encrypted most of the information on your system. >> reporter: cybersecurity james said ransomware is now big business. encrypting corporate and government files, family photo, health records and financial documents, then demanding payment for the code to unlock them. becoming a victim is as easy as a bad mouse click on a pop-up window, e-mail or web link. this would be the data on my computer. i can't access it anymore.
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whether they're photos, excel files. >> a high-speed game these guys are playing. that's the business model they're using right now. >> reporter: security pros recommend updating your anti-virus software, enabling your pop-up blockers, and backing up your computer on an external drive. with the hackers often a world away, if you are hacked, you may have no choice but to pay the ransom. tom costello, nbc news, washington. staying in california for a moment, an update on a major environmental drama we have been covering, the leak from a ruptured well that has been spewing massive amounts of natural gas into the air near los angeles, has been permanently sealed. state officials said it comes after four months of making people sick and forcing thousands of families from their homes in porter ranch. southern california gas is facing multiple lawsuits and investigations. there's a lot more to tell you about here
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cholesterol. the often overlooked factor that experts say could make all the difference, even when statins, dieting and exercise aren't effective enough. also, caught on camera, a tour chopper
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for the millions of americans battling high cholesterol, doctors usually recommend focusing on
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one of the most significant cholesterol factors is one of the most overlooked. lowering stress can have a major impact. >> reporter: college professor christopher edging was going nonstop, classes, meetings and consulting. >> i was wearing four different hats. and working about 60 to 70 hours a week and really not getting very much sleep at all. >> reporter: the university of northern iowa professor was also giving lectures around the world. in one month alone, to south korea, germany, hong kong and canada. >> i could just see that he was going a hundred miles an hour with multiple secretaries delegating things. >> reporter: then a wakeup call, two heart attacks. even though he changed his diet and took statins, his cholesterol kept rising. that's when his mayo clinic doctor suggested using an overlooked risk
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>> very little of us realize how important that is. >> reporter: experts say stress can release hormones that increase fat cells, which can boost the bad type of cholesterol known as ldl. >> i don't want to discourage people from taking pills. it's also important to look at the other half of the equation, which is diet, exercise and stress. >> when you come back to the united states -- >> reporter: when edgington cut back on his work and started spending more time with his grandchildren, a dramatic change. his cholesterol fell by nearly half, from 121 to 62. >> i tell my students, find one hour every day to take care of yourself. do something, whether it's physical, mental, or whatever. >> reporter: he's following his doctor's advice, ending each day, thinking of three things for which he's grateful. tonic for a stress-filled life. janet shamlian, nbc news, houston. we're back in a moment with the perfect conditions
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we're back now with a jaw-dropping moment caught on camera in hawaii. a tour helicopter plunging into the waters near the "uss
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pearl harbor, with five people onboard. it was then that almaguer explains onlookers sprang into action. >> reporter: witnesses could tell something was wrong. the tail of the sight-seeing helicopter was smoking as it quickly descended toward the rocky shoreline. then the moment of impact. with the chopper sinking, several good samaritans plunged into the water to rescue the trapped passengers. >> i saw the helicopter sputtering about 500 feet. the pilot did an amaze amazing job. >> reporter: five people were pulled ashore. at least one suffering critical injuries. all rushed to hospitals by ambulance. the navy says the helicopter is owned by genesis aviation. the same chopper seen here before the crash. offering aerial tours of the arizona memorial since 1999. investigation into what went wrong is under way. witnesses say it's a
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survived. miguel almaguer, nbc news. now to a rare and amazing sight in yosemite national park. what's known as a firefall for a few weeks in february each year, the setting sun hits this waterfall just right to make it appear to be on fire. it brings photographers flocking to the park to capture the beautiful images like this one. when we come back here tonight, the digital age nearly made them extinct, but
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finally tonight, remember the days when we had photo albums on our shelves? not just on our phones? the digital era has largely sent photo prints the way of the walkman, and kids, we'll explain that another time. but as joe fryer said they're making a comeback, even in this age of instant gratification. >> reporter: for a while it seemed our photos were not hanging on real walls, but facebook walls. now a las vegas business is bringing those images back to life. >> i thought it might be a way to get pictures off of my dadgum iphone. >> reporter: instant photography is having
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not only do they sell the refurbished polaroids and other instant cameras, but they can actually print their pics. >> what if we could create this experienceial photo. >> reporter: step one, take a picture. from there, just send it to one of the company's computers. >> there it is. >> reporter: and within minutes, you've got a picture on paper. of course, instant photography is nothing new. for decades, polaroids were a pop culture phenomenon. but as the focus shifted to digital cameras, the company had to declare bankruptcy, twice. >> this is the polaroid snap. >> reporter: today polaroid is back with new products and new customers. millennials. >> to them, instant
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they did not grow up with. >> reporter: for the under 30 crowd, real-life photos are trending. >> we've had kids, millennials come into the store and for the first time ever in their lives hold a physical photo in their hands. it's incredible. >> reporter: proof an image doesn't have to go viral to be memorable. joe fryer, nbc news, las vegas. that's going to do it for us on a thursday night.
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critical comments from pope francis. donald trump's boarder wall proposal proving again the donald doesn't have anything he won't take on.
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proving today there is no one or no thing too sacred. >> he said maybe i'm not a good christian. >> reporter: the presbyterian lashing out at the head of the catholic church. a person who only thinks about building walls wherever they may be and not building bridges is not a christian, he told reporters. just hours s s earlier, the pontiff was praying on that side of the boarder. and donald trump declared that his holiness should hope its him. >> if and when the vatican is attacked by isis, which everyone knows is isis's ultimate trophy, i can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that donald trump would have been president. >> reporter: another day, another controversy but still no
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>> i think he has to respond. >> donald trump is a good christian, as is the pope. >> south carolina is known for its religious voting block. but only 13% were catholic, and swing voters who supported the last three presidents. later at a cnn town hall, trump softened his tone turning to a favorite target, the media. >> oh, the pope is a wonderful guy and he made the statement and i think it was a little nicer than was reported by you folks in the media because after i read it, it was a little bit softer. and ohio governor john kasich had a touching moment with an emotional supporter. the man told a story of a recent personal struggle saying he found hope in god, his friends and now kasich's candidacy but had one request of the governor. >> and kwd
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of those hugs you've been talking about. >> nevada voters got to see the democratic candidates on msnbc last night. they hosted a town hall to allow bernie sanders and hillary clinton to interact with voters before tomorrow's caucuses. the top issue, immigration. the candidates were questioned. >> i'm not a dictator here. it has to do with a little bit of cooperation with the congress but it is a major priority when you 11 million people living in the shadows. >> we're going to introduce legislation. i'm going to call evthe committee, democrats and republicans alike. >> within 100 days? >> yeah, i'm going to introdugislation and this is at the top of the list. we both had chance to vote on
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reform, the bill that senatorennedy championed for. i voted for it and senator sanders didn't. >> i voted for immigration reform in 2013 because it was aetter piece of legislation. nothing is perfect. that had particular egregiousions in it. >> she continued to point to her connections to president obama.or sanders has also attacked president obama. called him weak, disappointing. maybe it was because he wasn't a democrat until he decided to run for president. well, it's true. i look at our last twoatic presidents, were they puffer erfect perfect?
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but i would take the two of themlican anytime, anywhere. >> there is one of the two democratic candidates who actually ran against barack obama. it wasn't all, i have worked very closely with president obama over the last seven years. he is a friend of mine. think the president has done an outstanding job and the idea that there could be a primary where different ideas and debated, i don't think that's terrible. >> they remain in a dead heap going into tomorrow's show down.our helicopter plunged near pearl harbor thursday with five people on board and it wass miguel explains. >> reporter: witnesses could tell something was wrong. the tail was smoking as it quicklyhe
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then the moment of impact. with a chopper sinking several good samaritans plunged into the check the trapped passengers. >> and it started sputering about 500 ter: five people were aboard squr pull and pulled to shore, all rushed to hospitals by the navy says the helicopter is owned by genesis aviation. offering area tours of the arizona memorial since the investigation into what went wrong is underway. wnls witnesses say it's a miracle everyone survived. nbc news. >> just astounding video today the body of justice antonin scalia will lie in repose in the great hall ahead of

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