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tonight, breaking news. erin andrews awarded millions after a stalker secretly taped the sports reporter at a hotel. the jury taking only hours to decide. going for a knockout. trump tries to make florida a two-man race while clinton hopes to make michigan sanders' last stand and one of the biggest remaining wild cards decides whether he'll shake up the race. honoring nancy reagan. funeral arrangements announced for the former first lady as new tributes pour in. flash flood emergency. deadly storms on the west coast forcing high water rescues and shutting down roads, and the danger isn't over. fertility breakthrough. the first successful procedure of its kind
in the u.s. giving new hope to women who never thought they could get pregnant. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we start with late word from nashville where a jury has awarded sportscaster and network tv star erin andrews $55 million in her lawsuit against the stalker who secretly recorded her in her hotel room and the companies that own the hotel. after several days of testimony, which included andrews herself and her convicted talker, the jury took only a matter of hours before finding in andrews' favor, and as there was throughout the trial there was high emotion in the courtroom as the verdict was read. nbc's morgan radford has late details. >> it was a tense day in court for erin andrews, but it only took seven hours for this. >> was the defendant
michael david barrett at fault, yes. was the defendant windsor capital at fault, yes? >> the jury awarded andrews $55 million. michael barrett is responsible for 51% of that amount and the management and hotel company 49%. the decision was unanimous. the judge then order the the courtroom camera turned off so that andrews could speak to the jury. andrews sued for $75 million for emotional distress after a video taken of her undressing in her nashville hotel room eight years ago went viral. >> i think what really hit home for me and hurts me the worst is when girls, high school, college, they tweet me and they say i want to be erin andrews except for the marriott stalker thing, and i can't control that. >> reporter: she claimed the hotel granted stalker michael barrett's request to room next to her. the hotel's lawyer says barrett is a criminal who manipulated their
>> banks created bank robbers. are banks responsible for bank robbers? >> reporter: barrett testified by video after serving 20 minutes in prison. he admitted he was wrong. >> i felt bad for her. i felt bad for everybody. i know the ripple effect will affect a lot of people. >> reporter: now after several days of emotional testimony finally a decision. >> she can point to some distress that she's going to have the rest of her life, but she can't put a monetary figure on it, so that's why the jury came back with a lesser figure. >> reporter: the defense said they were surprised by the outcome and erin andrews left the court in tears, this time tears of joy saying on twitter she was overwhelmed by all the support. >> morgan radford, thank you. there's developing political news also. late word that former new york mayor michael bloomberg has decided against mounting an independent bid for president. the man he was hoping to derail donald trump is looking at a little less certain path to the nomination
tonight. crunching the numbers after a series of contests over the weekend revealed trump is leading ted cruz tonight by fewer than 90 delegates while for democrats a critical vote is just hours away in michigan, and it could have the biggest impact on bernie sanders. we have it all covered, starting with nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: in the editorial announcing he wouldn't run, michael bloomberg wrote that he was worried a vote for him would ultimately be a vote for donald trump whose campaign he called divisive and demogogic. four states vote tomorrow, including mississippi, where we're at right now and where donald trump is expected to take the stage momentarily and he needs every vote he can get to avoid a contested convention. >> thank you so much, everybody. >> reporter: donald trump on the offensive. >> this guy is such a scoundrel. >> reporter: as the race for the nomination gets fierce. today it's starting to look more like a two-man battle after he and ted cruz split wins over the weekend. >> i would love to
that would be so much fun because ted can't win new york. he can't win new jersey. >> reporter: to earn sure that face-off, trump is out with his first tv attack ad aimed to take out marco rubio. >> all talk, no action. >> a vote for john kasich or a vote for ted cruz in florida is a vote for donald trump. >> reporter: rubio and john kasich suddenly within striking distance in their home states. right now trump is up only 87 delegates to cruz, 536 are at stake in the coming week, but trump's path forward is hinging on next tuesday, and the winner take all states of florida and ohio. if he banks both, he gets the space he needs to break away, but if he loses to marco rubio in florida and john kasich in ohio, locking down the nomination gets tough, and trump will need to win nearly 70% of the remaining delegates to stave off a convention floor fight. >> if we win florida, it's over. if we win florida and ohio, it's really over, okay? >> reporter: today in concord, north
carolina -- >> should we do the pledge? >> reporter: trump again calling on his supporters to raise their right hand. >> i swear i'm going to vote for donald trump next week. >> reporter: a request he first made in orlando on saturday, images of which went viral. up tomorrow michigan, mississippi, idaho and hawaii, and there 150 delegates. katy tur, nbc news, madison, mississippi. >> reporter: i'm kasie hunt in michigan where tuesday's primary might be bernie sanders' last chance to prove he can overtake hillary clinton. >> she has supported virtually every one of these disastrous trade agreements. >> reporter: he was on offense on trade policy, but in a fiery debate sunday night she turned the tables. >> i'll tell you something else that senator sanders was against. he was against the auto bailout. i voted to save the auto industry. he voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry!
accusing clinton of mischaracterizing his record. the money that supported thousands of michigan jobs was part of a 2009 bill that also helped bail out big banks. >> i voted for the auto bailout. what i did not vote for and make no apologies is the bailout of the crooks on wall street. >> vote for the one candidate who stood up for the auto industry. >> reporter: clinton is already up with a new radio ad, and the stories in michigan where voters who are skeptical of wall street don't see big car companies as part of the problem. >> there's no trickery or anything with them. it's -- it's an industry that gives people jobs. >> reporter: a new nbc news/marist poll shows clinton ahead by 17 points but both sides privately believe it will be much closer. >> it's essential because he needs to change the narrative fast. he's running out of time. >> reporter: a key challenge for sanders, winning over my minority voters. >> when you're white you don't know what it's like to be living
in a ghetto. you don't know what it's like to be poor. >> reporter: an answer raising more questions about whether he can broaden his appeal. sanders is rallying students here at the university of michigan later tonight hoping they will show up tomorrow. if he does well and pulls it out, it could give him some hope for those march 15th states in the midwest like ohio and illinois and if he can't it will be that much more evidence that clinton's delegate lead is all but insurmountable. kasie, thank you. funeral arrangements were announced today for former first lady nancy reagan who died yesterday in california at the age of 94. tonight the tributes continue to pour in as people remember her and the love story that led her from hollywood to the white house. nbc's andrea mitchell has more. >> reporter: tonight the flag over the white house lowered to half staff and other signs of respect for an historic first lady. >> i know how much she
meant, not just to president reagan, but to the country as a whole. >> reporter: her burial next to her husband friday. at the reagan library in california, reuniting a remarkable political couple. >> i don't think that they ever spent a day apart where they didn't call, speak on the phone. >> reporter: married in 1952, they appeared together in "hellcats of the navy. request ". >> you knew better. >> how could i know? >> reporter: knowing most hole wood marriages did not end happily she left acting to make him her life's work, playing more than a supporting role on their climb to the white house, converting bad press over designer gowns during a recession into good press for campaign. >> if someone offers you drugs, what will you do? >> just say no! >> reporter: her special touch on breakthrough summit with the evil empire, an historic meeting
and van cliburn playing a tribute at a russian state dinner. >> she said the climate was right for them to do business with gorbachev and she did. >> reporter: saying her husband was always open to compromise. >> she would be talking about compromise. >> he always said i would rather get 80% of what i want rather than going over the cliff flying. >> reporter: even to the assassination attempt. >> every time he went out to stop to thousand of people my heart stopped. >> reporter: and their enduring love affair. >> i can't imagine life without her. >> reporter: after he wrote about his alzheimer's diagnosis she defied a new republican president, speaking out for stem cell research. >> it's not taking a life, it's trying to save countless lives. >> reporter: remaining his care giver during the long good-bye, and throughout it all she was his protector. sensing political pitfalls before he ever saw them, helping him become the president he never
would have been side. lester? >> andrea mitchell tonight, thanks. tom brokaw started covering the reagans back in ronald reagan's days campaigning for governor of california. he knew nancy reagan for almost half a tom, thanks for being here. tell me the difference between the public nancy reagan and the knew. >> well, in public she was always deferential obviously. she was the first lady, but she didn't expression her political opinions actively. she stood there and was adoring of him wherever she happened to be. behind the scenes she was highly regarded as a political strategist, as someone who would bring no disloyalty to her husband in whatever fashion. a lot of people had their jobs taken away from him because nancy felt that they weren't serving him well or that they had crossed her at some point. she was a very, very good political adviser for him. >> how clean was the break from hollywood? you were there during this transition into politics. >> you know, what he
even said, i don't know how you can be president of the united states without having had some training as an actor. they never completely rejected the idea that they came from hollywood. they came from the upper echelons of hollywood, kind of elegant society that existed out there, jimmy stewart and his rife gloria and roslyn russell and those people who came from old hollywood, always felt connected to it. when they went back to california, those were their friends, and it was an important part of their life and they never denied that. >> tom, thanks very much. >> okay. they need rain in california, but parts of the state have been getting so much of it in recent days it may be doing more harm than good, at least immediately. the storms have been deadly and destructive causing flash flood, evacuations and much more severe week. national correspondent miguel almaguer has our report. >> reporter: today in southern california the deluge, flash hail. the knockout punch came early, even palm trees catching fire
from lightning strikes. >> we heard like a big thing, like a bomb. sounded kind of like a bomb. >> reporter: in northern california relentless rain pounded weak hillsides, a cliffhanger for an apartment complex already on the edge in pacifica. it's set to be demolished if mother nation doesn't topple it into the ocean first. >> this is just hammering the coastline. losing the apartments up north of here. >> reporter: the west coast battered for three days by a storm fueled in part by el nino, an atmospheric river bringing more than 9 inches of steady rain to some regions. wind speeds hit 88 miles per hour. thousands losing power. trees toppling into homes. freeways were shut down during rush hour. near sacramento a woman killed in her car when a road turned into a river. >> water was six, eight feet by the time we were able to get into the vehicle. >> reporter: rescue teams were busy overnight bringing the trap to safety.
now there's even more rain and snow in the forecast. good news for the drought. in the mountains a below average snow pack is getting up to four feet of fresh powder, but in many parts of california it's too much too soon, a short window to dry out before much of the state gets hammered again. tonight in communities like this one though, the rain has temporarily stopped. the threat of mud lids is far from over. these hills are waterlogged and the communities just below them are watching them closely hoping that the hills don't shift or slide over the next 24 to 48 hours. lester? >> miguel, thank you. still ahead tonight, the new frontier in fertility. a ground breaking transplant and the first of its kind in the u.s. that could change everything for women who have been told they will never become mothers. also, a surprising admission today from one of the biggest woman: it's been a journey to get where i am. and i didn't get here alone. there were people who listened along the way. people who gave me options.
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experimental surgery is ground breaking, a way for as many as 50,000 u.s. women without the organ to become pregnant. >> those women who are still of reproductive egg that have good eggs that can go on to have healthy pregnancies, those are good candidates for the project. >> reporter: 26-year-old woman identified only as lindsey has three adopted boys. as 16 she was told she would never carry her own baby. >> from that moment on i have prayed that god would allow me the opportunity to experience pregnancy. >> reporter: uterus from a deceased donor was implanted into lindsey's pelvis during a nine-hour procedure and will be removed after she bears children so she can stop the anti-rejection drugs. there's still a long road to motherhood ahead. lindsey will have to take anti-rejection drugs for a year before undergoing ivf here at the cleveland clinic. the rejection risk is high, yet in sweden where it was pioneered, nine transplants have led
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from football royalty, leaves the game a champion, ending his career on a super bowl win. nbc's blake mccoy has more. >> reporter: super bowl 50 now becomes a storybook ending to a storied career. >> there's something about 18 years, 18 is a good number, and today i retire from pro football. >> reporter: peyton manning has seen a lot of good numbers, first with the indianapolis colts and then the denver broncos. named league mvp five times, manning has the most career wins ever by a quarterback at 400, two of them super bowls and he's the all-time leader in touchdowns and passing yards but manning's legacy one beyond statistics. >> peyton manning was really the first quarterback who came out of the huddle and almost turned football into improvisational theater. >> there are other players who are more talented, but there was no one who could outprepare me, and because of that i have no regrets.
>> reporter: off the field manning's wholesome image and southern charm made him a natural pitch man. in recent months manning pushed back hard against two allegations that threatened to tarnish that image, a report suggesting he used human growth hormone and a sexual assault claim from his college years. >> i did not do what has been alleged. >> reporter: as manning leaves the game for good, frequent foe tom brady says you changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. it's been an honor. manning does not yet know what the future holds. >> i revere football. i love the game, so you don't have to wonder if i'll miss it. absolutely, absolutely i will. >> reporter: and football will miss peyton manning. >> omaha. >> reporter: blake mccoy, nbc news, denver. >> that will do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news. thank you for watching
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