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tonight, trump's about face. he reverses what he said just last night in that raucous debate about torture, and it's hardly his first change-up. what does trump really believe? new evidence. the o.j. simpson saga back in the news with a new twist. a knife found years ago on his former estate. why police are only just now testing it for evidence. hotel horror. following days of tearful testimony, a jury will soon decide whether to award erin andrews $75 million after a stalker secretly taped her inside her hotel room. and stopping peanut allergies. what doctors say you could be doing now that might prevent a
potentially deadly complications for your child. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. republicans voting in four primary and caucus states tomorrow may still be frying to process the takeaway from last night's debate in detroit. besides the schoolyard bickering and taunts that we've now come to expect, the debate did resurface some inconsistent positions on key issues by front-runner donald trump, and he followed that up today with another surprising about-face. while trump's campaign has proven impervious to missteps it's yet another reminder of how his candidacy continues to confound his critics and opponents. nbc's katy tur starts us off tonight. >> reporter: donald today. presidential. i'll be so presidential that you people will be
>> reporter: who is the real donald trump? a true conservative or a chameleon? >> i've never seen a successful person who wasn't flexible. you have to be flexible because you learn. >> reporter: the front-runner still throwing jabs at his opponent. >> you defrauded the people of florida, little marco. >> breathe, breathe, breathe. >> reporter: and still hard to pin down. >> so how is any of this telling it like it is? >> well, in afghanistan i did mean iraq. i think you have to stay in afghanistan for a while. >> reporter: trump's flip flops, head-spinning, for giving syrian jeff reese asylum and then against it and for taxing companies who move jobs overseas. >> what are we not going to eat anymore, oreos! >> reporter: but against criticism that his own line of ties and shirts are made abroad. >> they devalue their currencies, and they make tim possible for clothing makers in this country. >> reporter: last night defending targeting the families of terrorists and waterboarding saying the military will follow his orders. >> they won't refuse. they are not going to
>> reporter: but against it today, telling "the wall street journal," quote, i will not order a military officer to disobey the law. >> to a great extent a lot of people are voting for him without knowing what he might do as president but basically saying this is someone i like. >> reporter: today mitt romney saying he couldn't hold back his disdain. >> but the time came when donald trump's outrage had reached such a level that i simply had to speak out. >> reporter: and although his opponents claim trump has insults instead of policy, will lose to hillary clinton, destroy the party and perhaps the country -- >> this is a time for seriousness on thesishous. you have yet to answer a single serious question about any of this. >> reporter: none of them refused their eventual support. >> i'll support the republican nominee. >> yes, because i gave my word that i will. >> i will support whoever is the republican nominee for president. >> reporter: donald trump was supposed to speak at cpac tomorrow, the conservative gathering instead abruptly
for a rally in kansas tomorrow. so far this campaign season he's only received mixed receptions at similar gatherings. lester. >> katy, thank you, and all this nastiness could make it awkward for trump's remaining rise. to support him if he's the nominee as you heard them promise. they all, of course, hope it doesn't come to that, but they may have less than two weeks to stop his momentum. nbc's hallie jackson cpac with more. h ha llie. >> reporter: good there's a lot of talk about that never trump movement, but a better name for it for some may be never until november as all the anti-trump candidates pledged their loyalty to donald trump if he is the nominee. still, all three will fight ferociously over the next 11 days to try and prevent that from happening. short term ted cruz is looking at louisiana, libertarian-leaning maine and is hoping for a strong showing in kansas, too, but so is marco rubio with three stops in that state today alone. both of them, plus john kasich, hopes michigan could be a
try and topple trump, but the more important date, that's march 15th, the home state showdown, rubio has to win florida, kasich has to win ohio. if they do and pick up valuable delegates, then everybody stays in the race since all three see narrow although unlikely paths to victory between now and the summer, that's why you shouldn't expect to see them team up to try and take down trump tactically. but if trump wins both florida and ohio, it looks like just a matter of time before he hits that magic number he needs, 1,237 delegates, so march 15th, either trump is the presumptive nominee or we look headed to a contested convention in cleveland. for people who cover politics it's catnip, but for the gop it could be a watershed moment that reshapes the future of the party, lester, and one other note for you. late tonight here at cpac ben carson formally suspending his campaign, officially making it a four-man race. lester? >> hallie jackson tonight, thank you. the latest jobs report is out and last
expectations, the u.s. added 242,000 new jobs in february, beating economist estimates by about 50,000. the unemployment rate remained stead the at 4.9%. much of those new jobs were added in health care, retail and bars and restaurants. jobs are exactly what hillary clinton focused on today in michigan, but once again it was her private e-mail server that her critics seized upon. clinton is eager to move forward beyond the controversy, and she hopes that records from a former aide granted immunity will be able to do it. nbc's kristen welker explains. >> reporter: with the michigan primary on clinton is in detroit today calling for sharp cuts in tax breaks for companies outsourcing jobs overseas. >> so michigan proves every day that american workers are the best in the world. all they need is a fair chance. >> reporter: but her private e-mails large.
former clinton staffer bryan pagano who help set up her private account was granted immunity to talk to the fbi selling while there may have been routine phishing attempts there is no evidence that the e-mails were hacked cnbc's john harwood. >> i'm happy now that everybody has been cooperating and giving information. >> reporter: would you concede that you and the people who worked for you at state department were sloppy in the way you handled top secret information? >> no, no. >> reporter: today donald trump saying the e-mails are bernie sanders' only hope. >> the only thing that can save him if is something happens to hillary with regard to the e-mails. >> reporter: meanwhile, sanders kept the focus on their trade differences. >> hillary clinton was on the other side of many of these trade agreements supporting nafta. >> reporter: clinton dismissed the criticism and saved her sharpest attacks for last night's gop debate.
should be at the top of any list that anybody running for president has was thought. >> reporter: clinton and sanders will face off at a debate in sunday. expect sanders to again be in attack mode, but secretary clinton has to be careful not to hit back too hard to alienate his supporters, the very voters she will need if she does make it to lester? >> kristen, thanks. after nearly 22 years, the o.j. simpson case is back in the headlines with a surprise revelation that a knife was found years ago on simpson's former estate. this potential evidence was kept out of investigators' hands until about a month ago. tonight the knife is being examined by police, but sources are already casting doubt about whether it could actually be the murder weapon used in the double murder. nbc "dateline" correspondent josh mankiewicz has more on the new twist in this still open case. >> reporter: today the lapd confirmed that
had this knife in his possession for some time, even though investigators were only able to take possession of it this past january. >> it's been submitted to our lab. they are going to study it and examine it for all forensics, including serology and dna and hair samples, and that is ongoing as we speak. >> reporter: the story police are being told involves construction workers finding the small folding knife while they were doing work on o.j. simpson's former property in l.a. after it was sold to a new buyer. they gave it to a now retired police officer working off diet at a move shoot across the street. he claims he was told the case was closed and so he hung on to the knife for a number of years. >> it was brought to our attention that this retired overs had an item that was believed to or that was possibly taken from or recovered from the rockingham estate back in the '90s.
and recovered that from him. stand and face the jury. simpson was tried for the 1994 knife murders of his ex-wife nicole and her friend ron goldman in a case that seemed to be on every tv set in america. in an interview airing this sunday, former prosecutor marcia clark speaks to "dateline." >> right off the bat thereto was a sense of loyalty of investment in protecting an african-american icon who had made it. he was successful. he had made it. they did not want to see him taken down. >> not guilty. >> reporter: the defendant was acquitted despite significant evidence against him, but no murder weapon was ever found and now the fx series "the people versus o.j. simpson" has surprised in the rightings as many people seem to want one more dose of a story that won't go away. this is not the first time a knife has made it to police. other knives have been submitted over the years, but this is the
from the simpson property. >>ies in nine-month criminal trial is over, he was acquitted. the civil trial is over and he was found responsible. i don't see anyone prosecuting o.j. simpson for anything related to this case again. >> reporter: ton multiple sources are expressing skepticism about the knife and about its possible value in the case in part because it may physically be too small to have left wounds on the victims and in part because it's so tantalizing, because it surfaced at precisely the time that this case is once again on everyone's lips. lester? tonight, thank you. and a programming reminder, "date line" versus o.j. simpson, what the jury never heard" this sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. closing arguments wrapped up late today in the erin andrews civil trial. the sports reporter is demanding $75 million after she was secretly filmed in a hotel by a man later convicted of stalking her. and beginning monday the case will be in
we get more from nbc's morgan radford. victim. >> reporter: erin andrews' legal team making its last attempt to convince a jury that she's still emotionally damaged from the stalker video that was secretly recorded eight years ago at the nashville vanderbilt marriott. >> the trauma happens day after day and it's never going to stop. lawyers arguing that the former owner and management company, along with convicted stalker michael barrett, should pay andrews $75 million for emotional distress and loss of privacy. earlier this week andrews says she's still haunted by it daily. >> it's going to be on the internet until i die. >> reporter: but the hotel says it did not give barrett her room number and was manipulated in giving barrett the room next to andrews. >> mr. barrett is a criminal, a stalker,
counsel is trying to tie my client to the client but had nothing to do with that guy. >> reporter: there were several pieces of evidence all leading up to this. it's all left up to the jury, seven women and five men. they are given guidance on how to assess damage but no fixed formula on how much to award, especially when it comes to emotional injuries. even if a jury does side with andrews, they might not agree with the 75 million she's asking for. >> i work for a moving company. i make 50 grand a year. that's a lot of money. i'll give her 50 grarngsd you see what i'm saying? the jury is going to put their perspective of what money is on this case. >> reporter: the jury has chosen to deliberate on monday and court will resume at 9:00 a.m. now, if they do choose in favor of erin andrews that means they will have to specify the amount of damages. lester? >> morgan radford in nashville, thank you. a newly unsealed autopsy report shows bobbi christina brown had several drugs in her system about she
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we're back with encouraging medical news in the battle against a growing problem in the u.s. dangerous peanut allergies in children. new research out today could give new hope to parents of high-risk kids. it found that exposing children early, very early, may help them avoid peanut allergies all together. nbc's erica hill has details. >> there you go. >> reporter: 3-year-old cole was born with a high risk for a peanut allergy, but instead of keeping peanuts out of his diet. >> you like those things? >> reporter: cole's father, an allergist, introduced them when
>> there was no scientific evidence one way or the other about how to introduce peanuts to him so i just decided may as well just give it to him. >> reporter: it's the same approach they took with older son calvin now 6. for years the wriz dom was that high-risk children should avoid peanuts, the most prevalent food allergen before the age of 2. >> how about one more? >> reporter: now research is showing what research showed early on. >> there's an 80% reduction in peanut allergies in individual infants and babies that were exposed to peanuts early on in life, so that's very revolutionary. >> reporter: two new studies published in the "new england journal of medicine" further support the thinking. the first found most high-risk children who regularly consumed peanuts from the age of four months until age 5 remained allergy-free, even after avoiding peanuts for another year. in a second study, researchers found exposure to other foods at a young age, including eggs, yogurt, sesame and
protect against allergies. >> very exciting to think that we can have an approach on preventing allergies, particularly food allergies. we're not there yet. >> reporter: experts recommend consulting with your physician before introducing potential allergens at home. >> i got green. >> reporter: the schorer family is confident. early exposure worked for their boys. neither has developed a peanut allergy. >> as a father really made me better that i ended up probably dock the right thing in terms of giving cole and calvin peanuts early. >> reporter: peace of mind for parents and child. erica hill, nbc news, up next here tonight, what it takes to get a little snow at one of the world's what if one piece of kale could protect you from diabetes? what if one sit-up could prevent heart disease? one. wishful thinking, right? but there is one step you can take to help prevent another serious disease. pneumococcal pneumonia. if you are 50 or older, one dose of the vaccine can help protect you from
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his muscles may have bones often become more brittle, and he says he actually grew one and a half inches in space because the spinal column wasn't compressed by gravity, but he's already sclunk back to his normal size. >> gravity pushes you back down to side. >> reporter: a big part of this mission, effects of long duration space flight for a future mars mission, comparing scott with his twin brother, former astronaut mark kelly back on earth, both undergoing exhaustive medical exams both in space and on ground and mark kelly today. they have already taken 30 samples of blood. >> reporter: just >> 30 tubes. >> reporter: along his 144 million mile journey his tweets with stunny went viral. back on earth his first meal was a banana, and after a year without a shower he dreamed of jumping back into his pool in meanwhile, that whole taking some time.
some basketballs yesterday, and i didn't get any of them in the -- in the net. >> reporter: settling back in after a year up there. tom costello, nbc news, houston. that will do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. good night and have a good weekend. @. @ head on collision after the @third wrong way accident in the @past couple of months, a @firefighter has an idea to stop @it from happening again. @ so many people would come
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