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tv   NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt  NBC  February 27, 2016 3:37am-4:07am EST

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is you've got to give the trump campaign credit here. this christie endorsement, timing and symbolism are big with endorsements. a lot of times they are overrated but the timing of it was brilliant. you have to say that. it shows you that this is a very sophisticated campaign that trump had. had this in his big of tricks ready to go when he needed it and the symbolism. he's -- chris christie is a card-carrying member of the republican establishment. if you believe there's five stages of grief going on, lester, the fifth stage is acceptance with republicans. christie is a big acceptor. >> republicans sulking out the headlines but lest we forget democrat voters in the south carolina primary tomorrow. what do we look for there? >> well, it should be a big win for hillary clinton. if it's not, it shows you that there is life in sanders' campaign. sanders needs to improve with african-american voters, and if he does that, we'll know because he'll come within single digits of her, but if it's a double-digit big win for her is could be a foreshadowing of a long night for bernie sanders on super
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you. shock and horror in another american city tonight, the scene of this country's latest mass shooting. this time four dead including the shooter and 14 wounded after that gunman went on a rampage at multiple scenes. most of the carnage inside his place of work. nbc's migueling a maggier has the developments into the investigation. >> reporter: a chilling video on the gunman's facebook page. police say cedric ford used an assault rifle to hunt and kill his victims. close to 5:00 p.m. thursday two shootings at two intersections, two people are wounded before ford speeds away. he then arrives at work excel industries. detectives say ford opens fire on a co-worker in this parking lot and then enters the building. >> all of a sudden pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. >> reporter: ford fires on everyone in sight. out the back, and i thought he was going to shoot me. >> reporter: 14 are wounded and 3 killed.
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only coming to an end when a police officer storms the building taking five as he enters. >> the only reason he stopped shooting is because that officer stopped the shooter. >> reporter: cedric ford had a 20-year criminal history, a felon charged with burglary, grand theft and carrying a concealed weapon. in court documents his ex-girlfriend asking for a protective order saying he's an alcoholic, violent, depressed. it's my belief he's in desperate need of medical and psychological help. police served that restraining order to ford at excel shortly before the shooting. dennis briton jr. thought once thought about his three children as he was rushed to the hospital. >> i didn't want to leave them. i wasn't ready to leave yes. i didn't want to die. >> reporter: tonight heartbreak in this small community for the dead. renee benjamin was 30, brian sadowski 34 and loved rock music and joshua higbee, 31, a young father who loved
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>> he didn't deserve this. none of the people deserved this. >> reporter: tonight several people remain hospitalized including one in critical condition. police say ford was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun. nbc news has learned the weapons were bought by an ex-girlfriend, though not the same girlfriend who filed that restraining order. leverett, we are told 200 to 300 people were inside the lawn mower company behind me and had that police officer not engaged the suspect quickly, the death toll could have been so much higher. lester. >> miguel almaguer tonight, thank you. there is for troubling news about the zika virus which has been linked to birth defects. there are now more than 100 cases in this country, and now health officials have confirmed several pregnant women in the u.s. have contracted zika with more cases expected. nokes's rehema ellis has more. >> reporter: for weeks the centers for disease control had been on the lookout for pregnant women returning to the united states from countries where zika
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microcephaly. today the cdc confirmed 9 pregnant american women with zika and is investigating another mob ten. >> we described women who developed zika after traveling, got it from a place where zika is spreading and then are currently pregnant or delivered a child. >> reporter: two pregnancies ended in abortion. of the three babies born, one had the severe birth defect. nationwide the number of zika cases is growing. there are now 24 states and washington, d.c. with confirmed zika virus. at least 107 cases so far, all involving people who have traveled abroad and now doctors at seattle children's research institute in washington are sounding the alarm that the birth defect linked to zika could be even more devastating than originally feared. in brain scans comparing microcephaly cases doctors found a baby's brain with zika was so severely damaged it was almost gone.
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something this severe and this new in such numbers is unpress denchtd. i've never seen the like in my career. >> reporter: tonight health officials are warning there could be thousand of zika cases in puerto rico this summer, and the race is on to distribute mosquito protection kits there. raheema ellis, nbc news, new york. still ahead tonight, millions saw donald trump accused in last night's debate of exploiting undocumented workers at the site of his trump tower. what really happened? tonight the results of investigation into that. just seeing things. that's a unicorn, sort of. and she led police on a wild chase that's
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now to that controversy that has roared back into the headlines about donald trump and one of the most famous properties that bears his name, trump tower. trump, who vows to deport all undocumented immigrants, was accused in last night's debate of using undocumented labor himself at the site of trump tower. nbc news has investigated what went on there for months now, and tonight nbc news senior investigative correspondent isn'tiaia mcfadden reveals what we found. >> reporter: last night marco rubio let loose on donald trump. >> you lied about the polish workers. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> that was 38 years ago. statute of limitations on lies. >> reporter: in the 1980s undocumented immigrants did do much of the initial work on
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empire in new york, trump tower, which raises the question is donald trump a hypocrite? is it accurate to say that trump tower, the construction of it, began on the backs of polish workers who are unpaid? >> oh, absolutely. it's constructed on the blood, sweat and tears of the polish brigade as they were known in the industry. >> reporter: back then attorney wendy sloan sued donald trump, his company and others claiming they failed to acknowledge at least 150 undocumented polish men working off the books. donald trump testified and was asked what working off the books in the construction industry meant. his response, i really don't know. >> reporter: they had no protective equipment, no helmets, hard hats. >> reporter: in his 1990 testimony donald trump denied he knew the workers were illegal. did it ever come to your attention that any of those polish workers were illegal aliens? >> i really still
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nobody has proven to me that they were illegal aliens. >> reporter: >> it seems he was saying in essence that everybody else in town knew what was going on on his own job site and he didn't. >> reporter: daniel sullivan, a labor relations consultant who had been convicted of tax evasion, testified that during the demolition trump himself knew he was using illegal workers on the site. >> there's no question in my mind. i mean, he shade it to me point plank. >> reporter: nbc spoke with sullivan in 1989. he has since died. >> donald's lying. flat out. he knew exactly what was happening. >> reporter: one of those workers says he was promised $5 an hour but wasn't paid for all of his work. must have been angry? >> very angry about that. >> reporter: he was one of only a few polish workers with a green card. several undocumented workers testified at the time they were making only $4 an hour
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union workers were making 12 to 14. they also said they were not paid for months of work, but at the time were too afraid to protest outside the building. >> they are looking for not legal people so that people are very afraid of all of that. >> reporter: mr. trump told us it was the contractor's responsibility to pate demolition workers, not his, and a federal court agreed. still, he never reported the workers or tried to get them deported. mr. trump also told us he would have done nothing different. again, last night, defended himself. >> i've hired tens of thousands of people over my lifetime. >> many from other countries instead of hiring americans. >> let me talk. i've hired tense of thousands of people. he brings up something from 30 years ago. it worked out very well. >> you paid $ -- >> the law was totally different. it was a totally different world. >> reporter: in spite of what rubio claims what trump ultimately paid to settle the
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the court. nonetheless, in the final ruling on yet another case involving the polish workers and trump tower, the u.s. court of appeals wrote that in the end time generally reveals what a falsehood hopes to hide. but when it comes to mr. trump's appeal among voters consider this. mike, one of the polish workers who didn't get fully paid, told me he thought donald trump might be a very good president and was considering voting for him. lester. >> cynthia mcfadden tonight, thank you. we're back in a moment with that irs hack, far worse than we were first told. how you'll be able to
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disturbing news
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revealing that a cyber attack may have affected far more people than first reported. in all 700,000 households may have had their information stolen. experts say we could see a surge in fraudulent tax returns. the irs says it will notify the affected taxpayers in the coming days. a hollywood passing tonight to note tonight. tony burton, what was best known for playing apollo creed's trainer in the "rocky" movies has died. burton was a successful prize fighter of his own as a young man before moving into acting, appearing in six he was 78 years old. the 88th academy awards are this sunday an it's one of the most competitive in recent history. many are betting leonardo dicaprio will take home his first best actor oscar for "the ref advantage" and brie larson is the best actress favorite for "room" and overshadowing is all is controversy. some like spike lee
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boycotting the awards because of lack of color in the top acting cat guess grace. coming up, the great unicorn escape and chase had many wonders what exactly
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finally tonight, whether you knew it or not, it's national tell a fairy tale day, and do we ever have the right story for the occasion. it's about a beloved pet that got loose and had some thinking maybe just for a split second are unicorns real? nbc's joe fryer has our tale. >> reporter: one can only imagine what drivers in rural california were thinking when this galloped into sight. >> the calls were coming in as a unicorn running around out there on the roadway. >> reporter: it happened once upon a team in merdio ranchos, california where this creature led police on a three hour chase. >> avenue 12 and road 33, the owner is trying to corral sneer turns out the unicorn was a phony, she's a pony. her name is juliet and she belongs to 5 yelled tatum.
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wears the horn to pose with professional pics with children and during the shoot this week she made a run for the rainbow. >> she got afraid and runned away. >> reporter: and dashed through orchards and darted in and out of traffic. >> she turned out to be stealthier than we would have imagined. >> reporter: a situation reminiscent of last year's llama drama in arizona. juliet was eventually wrangled by a neighbor with a horse that lured the majestic pony out of hiding. >> the call came out that the 00 corn was in custody. as tbs tense as the situation was, that was the comedic relief that was needed at the time and i laugh and i cried. >> reporter: while juliet escaped the wrath of the law, tatum was not so generous. >> she got in a time-out because she was being a bad pony. >> reporter: her unicorn horn is now gone replaced with two other horns, but at least everyone in this fairy tale lived happily every after. joe fryer, nbc news. >> and that will leave us with a smile on our
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i'm lester holt reporting from los angeles. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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all you're doing is walking. i always say if you can walk, you can dance. >> he would start with just the footwork. then he would add the arms. >> i'ma add some arms. take your arms up when you move this way. >> and then he would add some, like, flavor to it. >> and you can even lift that back leg a little bit as you move. >> you know, you're at home. dance like nobody's watching, 'cause nobody is watching. >> right. drink. again. >> it truly is the end of exercise for people as they know it. >> if i can dance and sweat and work out at the same time, especially while i'm at home -- that's the best part. >> over the past 30 days, i ended up losing 21 pounds. i didn't even know i had 21ust, like, kept melting off, and i was having fun doing it. >> i have a weight-loss goal. 10 to 15 pounds?ches cizing it up. who does not want to work out and actually lose weight and actually have fun?en cize it up with me. i feel like a sexy mom.
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i never considered that 36 lost. i push the couch aside, i push the coffee table aside, i crank up the volume, and i just dance. >> get ready to cize it up. 5, 6! come on! you cize it up, that music comes on, you have to be, like, "i'm the [bleep]" like, "i'm the star right now." >> it feels like that's showtime. and magic happens in the living room. >> your living room is your stage, and you have to dance for your life. >> i'm out of breath.he cizes it up, and he puts on the song. and i'm just like, "that's it! whoo!" i'm just going off.. >> when people talk about cize, they're like, "it's so fun. i learned this routine." and the last thing they talk about is how much weight they lost. >> cize it up!d. >> when i first started cize, i didn't believe in it. i've been a big kid my entire life. when i lost 19 pounds over 30 every morning, that was beyond my thoughts.
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