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>> let me tell you something. there's a short three letter answer to a path to victory, y-e-s. >> reporter: but for sanders the path gets tougher from here. he's spending money faster than clinton and struggled to catch on with african-american voters, interrupting sunday dinner at brooklyn baptist church. >> are we behind today in the african-american vote, the answer is yes, we are, but i would also tell you that we are making progsflees to win the nomination you need 2,383 delegates. today clinton has 52 delegates to sanders' 51. black voters will be witt call on super tuesday when nearly 20% of delegates to the democratic national convention are up for grabs. there are 571 delegates at stake across the south where clinton is strong. far more than the 288 delegates in states that sanders campaign believes he can win and then are the so-called super delegates, party leaders and elected officials. right now overwhelmingly will clinton, putting her far ahead in the
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count. >> to keep pace with hillary clinton bernie sanders wouldn't have to just win the primaries, he'd have to dominate her in a lot of them. >> reporter: clinton campaign keeping up the pressure, criticizing sanders' record on guns and releasing a new video focused on the flint water crisis. >> immediate instinct is what can i do to make it bet sneer not taking any risks after getting bernded earlier in the race. sanders rallying some of his most fervent supporters at the university of massachusetts amherst but there's a looming problem even there. many of mows college kids are going to be heading out on spring break just as march voting gets started. lester. >> thank you. there's high drama tonight in springfield, massachusetts where bills couldly's wife camille was forced to testify in a lawsuit brought by some of her husband's accusers. someone of several lawsuits he's facing in addition to a criminal charge in pennsylvania. in this case, one of the big questions, what did camille cosby
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nbc's stephanie gosk has late dethales. >> reporter: despite battling the deposition from the beginning, camille cosby testified today for hours. >> she's involved in various aspect of his life, and so we -- we think she's got important information. >> reporter: cosby's 71-year-old wife who also worked for years as his business manager was deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who accuse the comedian of sexual assault. a judge ruled that camille cosby could be deposed in this case because her work is in the same way private conversations between spouses are. in a motion the plaintiff's attorney argued in part there is likely no single person who has more knowledge of mr. cosby's sexual proclivities than mrs. cosby. in a 1995 magazine article she said my husband and i function as partners, not only terms of business. it should be that way. we are a team. for more than 50 years
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cosby has made a point of staying out of the spotlight. this is a rare joint interview from over a year ago which to mounting misconduct. >> there's no response. >> reporter: in a statement a month later camille questioned the truthfulness of her husband's accusers. none of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim but the question should be victim. >> reporter: beverly gooden is a prominent victim's advocate. >> for her to come out and speak out against these victims to blame everyone but him for what's going on was shocking, disheartening and very concerning. >> reporter: his lawyers deny all of the allegations, but they were unable to keep his wife out of the fight. stephanie gosk, nbc news, springfield, massachusetts. the legal face-off between the ceo of apple and the director of the fbi is being a public opinion over a real judge's order demanding apple help
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iphone used by one of the san bernardino attack attackers. as nbc's pete williams tills, a new poll out tonight shows the public is on the fbi's side. >> reporter: two generals are now engaging each other directly, and the impassioned battle over security versus privacy raging in cyberspace n.a new blog posting, the fbi's james comey says agents could not lock san bernardino shooting survivors in the eyes or themselves in the mirror if they didn't try everything possible to find out what was on an iphone left behind by one of the attackers syed farook. we don't want to break anyone's incryption or set a master key on the land, he says. a new poll out tonight says 52% say apple should help the fbi unlock that phone. 38% side with apple. a former homeland now that apple admits it could open the phone, the company's image as defender of privacy no longer depends on who wins this battle. the chinese government
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government is waiting around to see whether the fbi wins this case to decide what their going to make apple do. >> reporter: but in an e-mail today to employees, apple's ceo tim cook says if the company is forced to create new software to help the fbi this time, it would be the equivalent of a master key that could open millions of phones. the only way to guarantee that such a powerful tool isn't abused he says and doesn't fall into the wrong hands is never to create it. washington lawyer ted olsen representing the company says the government has never demanded this much of apple. >> it's been asked not just to open a door but to create a door, create a lock and then create a new key for the lock, and once it does that, your iphone is not safe anywhere. >> reporter: the next move comes later this week when apple formally files in court. then it's up to the judge. pete williams, nbc news, washington. a somber day at the supreme court today as the justices returned to the bench for the first time since the passing of justice antonin scalia. chief justice john
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session with a tribute noting the black drapery or scalia's chair right next to his and calling scalia our man for all seasons saying we will miss him beyond measure. much of the deep south is on alert for potentially powerful storms threatening 20 million people across five states for possible tornadoes, high winds and hail. the severe weather is predicted to hit tomorrow afternoon in louisiana and will spread all the way to georgia and north florida with the into the evening. a day after isis claimed responsibility for a series of horrific deadly attacks in syria, the u.s. and russia have agreed to another crease fire deal for that country, but like the first truce that failed to take hold the new deal would not prevent the type of violence inflicted by isis yesterday. nbc's keir simmons explains. >> reporter: a little boy, his face covered in blood, is carried
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suicide attack in syria's capital. almost simultaneously burning vehicles, twisted metal, isis targeting the city of homs. at least 129 killed in the double bombing on sunday. isis is one of several jihadist groups not included in a new syrian cease-fire announced by the u.s. and russia, sealed with a phone call between president obama and vladimir putin late today. it's the second truce brokered this month. the original deal was all but ignored last week, but it did allow for five towns under siege to receive desperately needed aid. children scramling to chickpeas after spilling of a food truck. >> it's a sign of progress. >> reporter: it's a sign of progress. >> it is. >> reporter: and a new u.n. report is less optimistic accusing government forces of crimes against humanity.
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on many sides, the report says. tonight the u.n. warning syria is on the brink of collapse. keir simmons, nbc news, london. still ahead tonight, a new warning about certain flooring sold by a popular retailer. the cdc now claiming the potential risk cancer from it is considerably higher than it first believed. also, the video lifting spirits across the country. a 106-year-old woman
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the centers for disease control warned today that people who have certain types of flooring in their homes from lumber liquidators are potentially at a greater risk of cancer than previous thought. the cdc says it based an earlier estimate on incorrect data, and so the danger could be throw times higher than first thought. here's nbc's tom costello with a consumer alert. >> reporter: the cdc admits it simply miscalculated. it now says the potential cancer risk for people exposed to certain types of laminate flooring from lumber liquidators is not 2-9 cases per 100,000 people as it first said but instead it's three times that. >> never really a good feeling to find out that your kids are on a floor that could be potentially making them sick. >> reporter: we first met haley and matt last year just after they spent $2,500 installing new laminate flooring. they say they have since ripped it out
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lumber liquidators. after chinese-made laminate flooring was shown to contain potentially dangerous high levels of formaldehyde. >> it can be installed anywhere in your home. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of family install the flooring but only a small fraction is believed to pose a risk. >> shares of lumber liquidators dropping in early droipg. >> reporter: stocks has dropped from 105 to under 12 and stopped selling laminate flooring from china afghanistan free test kids. today lumber liquidators has significantly strengthened our quality assurance procedures from compliance protocols to propgt testing. the cdc is see how it tested for exposure and will submit another report and urging farmsly who have the flooring to reduce exposure by adding air conditioners, humid fires and increasing ventilation. tom costello, nbc
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hijinks in space, and the question tonight is why is there a gorilla on the international space station? the answer, because brothers will be brothers. it's a gag gift from one twin to another. retired astronaut mark kelley sent the suit up to his brother scott californiay who is about to complete a year in space in just over a week, but before he returns to earth he's now using the suit to chase other astronauts around the iss all in good fun. just a fraction of a second made the difference in the daytona 500, the closest finish in the race's history. denny hamlin won by a nose yesterday in his first victory at daytona, but it's been a long time coming. hamlin's mother shared this essay he wrote in elementary school in which he says winning daytona was his fondest wish. and a milestone today for america's top dog. the labrador retriever claiming that crown
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row, according to the american kennel club rankings, followed by german shepherds, golden retrievers, bulldogs and beagles. french bulldogs, yorkshire terriers, poodles, rottweilers and boxers wound out the top ten. that's a great picture. when we come back, the 106-year-old woman who is now famous for
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106-year-old woman from our nation's capital says she never thought she'd be this famous. now that millions have been delighted by the viral video of her visit to the white house. she sat down with our ron allen and explained that she was so happy thee just had to bust a move. >> how are you? >> i'm fine! >> oh, it's so nice to see you. >> reporter: it was a moment of pure joy. virginia mclaurin, 106 years young finally getting her chance to meet president obama. >> she's 106th. >> no, are you not. >> you are not 106. >> reporter: grandma virginia as she's affectionately known danced and giggled and celebrated every moment. why did you want to meet the president so much? >> after i found out it was a black
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think that that would ever happen, and i really wanted to meet him. >> reporter: when mclaurin was born in 1990 taft was the president, the american flag had 46 stars, a loaf of bread cost a nickel. she grew up a sharecropper's daughter in segregated south carolina and now lives on public assistance three miles but a very long way from the oval office. >> a black president. >> look at him! right there. >> a black wife. >> that's me. >> reporter: the moment went viral, 9 million views the first five hours. >> i asked where were the kids and they said they couldn't come. >> reporter: you asked for the kid, too. >> they said they couldn't couldn't come. they are at school. >> reporter: mclaurin had written the president and even called, an invitation finally arrived to an african-american history reception where grandma virginia and the observe mazz made some history of their open. >> what's the secret to skill dance at 106 in the. >> reporter: ron allen, nbc news, the white house.
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for us on a monday i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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it's tuesday, february 23rd, coming up on "early today." it's vivau las vegas for donald trump as he tried to pat his lead over sniping marco rubio and ted cruz. the kalamazoo killer faces a judge as they piece together a shooting spree that left six dead and two injured. the wife of bill cosby testifies for hours in a sexual assault case brought against her husband. plus sports caster aaron andrews $75 million trial set to begin. and who is wearing this
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and incredible images of divers swimming with the moleau moleau. "early today" starts right now. i'm dara brown. nevada voters 30 republican delegate delegates. the race has become a three-way race. and cruz came under fire after showing marco rubio dismissing the bible a cruz staffer was reading. >> for them to transscribe words, it's flat out lying. >> and rick snider said the video was inaccurate. cruz addressed the situation monday afternoon. >> i've spend this morning investigating what happened.
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rick tyler's resignation. >> reporter: praising tyler as a good spokesman and calling for cruz's campaign to quote do the right thing and stop telling lies. and one thing he's remained relatively silent on is trump. and tweeting about the controversy, calling it more dirty tricks. for the latest, we go to tracie potts in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning everyone. so, we know donald trump is not prone to be silent on anything and we learned that more late last night. he had a rally in nevada talking about the cruz ads and essentially calling cruz dishonest. listen. >> the cruz ad, it's not a subject i know anything about. but this guy is sick. there's something wrong with him.
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the nevada, the republican caucus caucuses. the latest poll show donald trump with a 16-point lead over cruz. and marco rubio hoping to make his mark here. a lot of analysts are wondering if trump takes this one is is he going to be unstaubl able unstoppable? and interestingly, kasich is getting heat from protesters at some of his events in nevada after signing off on planned parenthood and defunding it back home in ohio. could be interesting race. those caucuses happening later in the evening nevada time. so, here on the east coast it could be a while before we start to see results. meanwhile, the democrats are gearing up for saturday in south carolina. and hillary clinton is pushing hard to maintain her lead over
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appearing at some and others being hosted by surrogates, including the mothers of trayvon martin and jordan davis. and members of congress and high ranking party members free to choose their own candidate. the key win for obama in 2008 over clinton. according to the ap, clinton is indorsed by 87 to sanders' d delegates are proportionately. meaning sanders would have to win many of the remaining contests by a remain competitive.
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talking to a canadian catholic sanders said he considers the holy father to be a socialist. >> well, what it means to be aist in the sense of what the pope is talking about, what i'm talking about is to say that we have got to do our best lives in a way that allev allev allev yates human suffering. >> so far the vatican has not the uber driver accused in saturday's deadly shooting spree in kalamazoo has been deniedbail. jason bryan dalton has admitted to the crimes. appearing oen a live feed, preferred to remain silent when asked if he had anything to say.
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life in 's due back in court on march 3rd. meanwhile, mourners gathered for a mass last night ines of the six victims. michigan governor, rick snyder has ordered the flag to flyst each day for each victim. and 14-year-old abigail continues to fight for her life and remains in critical local hospital. a 16-year-old boy has died from injuries sustained in last week's helicopter crash in the teen along with three family helicopter crashed near the visitors center. the teen had to be cut free from his seat. two of the family n hospitalized, the third was treated and released.
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bill cosby's wife camille, testified under oath butne yet. during the nearly seven-hour by only answered questions for two 1/2 hours. another round has been march 14th. lawyers objected to questions siting spousal privilege andd to call the judge twice for rulings. he argued that her conversations withre private. he is facing a civil suit by seven women claiming hethe l them by denying the sexual assault allegations. he has continued to deny the allegations of assault and ct dating back to the 1960s.

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