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on this saturday night, down to the wire. with 48 hours to go, the candidates make a final push for votes in iowa. tonight, we go inside the war rooms and door to door. clinton and sanders neck and neck and a real battle among the republicans as iowa gets ready for the opening act of 2016. captured. three escaped inmates in jail tonight after streets of san francisco. a teacher who may have helped them break out. race against time. the growing battle to contain the zika virus
brazil at the outbreak linked to birth defects spreads. eating well. why more medical students are taking classes in the kitchen. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world head kwarlt quarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news." reporting tonight, erica hill. good evening. in iowa tonight, it's a full court press. with the caucuses now just 48 hours away, candidates aren't waving a moment, state to make final pitches, trying to possible. in a just released poll tonight, hillary clinton is leading bernie sanders 45% to 42% in iowa. it's a dead heat among the democrats. for the republicans, top. ted cruz with 23% and
nbc news has full coverage. we begin tonight in cedar rapids with chris continue welker. >> reporter: good evening. secretary clinton is trying to seal the surrogates, husband bill clinton and daughter chelsea. just a few miles away in the exact same city, bernie sanders is making his final pitch in this race that is tight. hillary clinton and bernie sanders neck and neck pulling out final hours before iowa voters weigh in. clinton facing new questions over her private ee-mails. the state department releasing a batch friday, withholding 22 now marked top secret. the highest level of classification. tonight, clinton responded in an interview with nbc news. >> this doesn't change anything about the fundamental facts. i never sent or received any e-mail i take classified information very seriously. and this is an interagency dispute.
public. i want it resolved. >> reporter: with two days to go, voters are weighing the impact of the new e-mail revelation. are you worried that this latest e-mail issue could hurt her chances on monday? >> no. because they have been trying to dig dirt on her and they haven't proven anything. >> reporter: does the hillary clinton e-mail issue matter? >> yeah. >> reporter: how so? >> i feel like it's a skeleton in the closet. >> reporter: sanders today steering clear of clinton's e-mails. >> we will pin win the caucus monday night if there's a large voter turnout. we will loose the caucus on monday night if there is a low voter turnout. >> reporter: clinton trying to turn the page, picking up a big endorsement from the "new york times," the paper calling her one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history. looking for an edge, campaigning today with her daughter chelsea.
to the gone un lobbyists. for hillary. >> reporter: are the race hitting the establishment and a surging outsider -- >> do you think you will get out and caucus for hillary? >> reporter: sanders volunteers trying to win over caucus goers. a win in iowa sure young voters come out to caucus. there's a sense of urgency at well in the clinton camp. for me on monday night. >> reporter: it may all come down to swaying the still undecided. what will help you make your decision by monday? >> i just want to get a sense for clinton and sanders. just a gut feeling in terms of who will be the best -- who will do the best job moving forward. >> reporter: tomorrow, both candidates will crisscross the state. they have seven events between the two of them. erica? >> makes for a busy sunday. thanks. the republican race is
the real battle may be for second place. that playing out between ted cruz and marco rubio. hallie jackson has more tonight. >> reporter: from the air and on the ground, the war to win iowa with more than 40 stops as republicans battle it out for the support of people like neil gross. >> it goes with a feeling of who i think is going to be the right guy to lead us. >> reporter: he is on the front lines sampling some speeches. rubio and trump. >> i was establishment. i had to make a decision. the reason i decided to do it is because our country is going to hell. >> reporter: while trump let kids run through this plane today, he knows it's the adults that have to give him a shot at winning iowa. now, deploying his daughter to teach first timers how to caucus. >> it's a secret ballot. write down the name trump and you are done. >> reporter: ted cruz's daughters on the trail. their father not
>> it has been a crazy year. it has been an entertaining year. next cycle i'm told lady gaga is going to run. >> reporter: in a sign cruz may be worrying about rubio, he is letd letting new attack ads do the talking for him. >> it was marco rubio a member of a gang of eight and ted cruz that wasn't. >> i'm ted cruz and a proved this message. >> reporter: it's >> it's unreal. if somebody feels desperate or whatever, you see these things happen. >> reporter: are you saying he is desperate right now? >> putting an ad like that on the air calls into question -- why would you do something like that? >> reporter: rubio is going to a 30-minute program airing in every iowa media market this weekend. >> here is the truth it was founded on, our rights come from god. >> if someone like marco rubio is able to finish in second place, he will get momentum moving forward. >> reporter: in this final push, candidates hoping to appeal to
he caucused for rick santorum last cycle. but monday, he will be at the beach. >> i'm very frustrated with what's going on because i don't see a fix. i don't see an individual on either side of the aisle who i really believe will fix something. >> reporter: nbc news has learned the rubio campaign's internal polling shows him finishing in third with cruz edging out trump. within the margin of error. it doesn't hurt rubio to raise expectations for cruz here, particularly with donald trump showing signs of strength in this state. all of it meaning that fight for second place really is the key to who could show moan item momentum heading into new hampshire. >> if we are looking athe a at the number two finisher, who is a threat? >> reporter: you might think it would be ted cruz. our latest poll shows that in a head to head matchup, trump would
that was before trump amped up his attacks on cruz going after his eligibility, his personality. trump has not had a real battle yet with marco rubio. that's probably coming. that's probably when we will see who has the more effective argument with voters. >> on the democratic side, what if hillary does not win iowa? what happens then? >> reporter: secretary clinton doesn't win here in iowa, it would be devastating, but it wouldn't be fatal. she's trailing bernie in new hampshire. she's got a tough fight there. but she has a big lead over him in places like south carolina, nevada and a lot of the super tuesday states. she's spend a lot of time campaigning in those areas tory to build up a firewall in case that were to happen. but here is the question. if sanders wins the first two states, would he have so much momentum that he would become unstoppable? that is the scenario that makes many in the establishment nervous. >> thank you both.
have more on all of this tomorrow morning on "meet the press" coming to you from iowa. his guests will include ted cruz, marco rubio and bernie sanders. in california, the search is over. all three inmates who broke out of a maximum security jail eight days ago are back in custody tonight. two of the men caught today in san francisco. steve patterson has more on how a tip led to capture. >> reporter: finally a collective exhale from law enforcement in the golden state. >> i can say this entire state can breath a side of >> reporter: today, after a week on the run, all three men who broke out of an orange county jail are back behind bars. this morning, hossein nayeri and jonathan tieu captured over 400 miles north in this san francisco parking lot after a woman spotted their stolen van on a side street. >> she told the officers, it looks like the van i've been seeing on the news. >> reporter: as police approached, nayeri fled on foot but
>> i am told it was a short foot chase. i don't think it went on too long. >> reporter: police then found tieu in the van. >> there was rounds found in the van but no weapon. >> reporter: saturday's arrest is the end of a state wide police dragnet involving hundreds of officers. a break came yesterday when bac duong turned himself in showing up at a body shop less than three mail iles from where he made his escape. >> he told my wife he want to turn in. >> reporter: the investigation continued to center on nayeri as the master mastermind mastermind. he enrolled in an english as a second language class and befriended the teacher nooshafarin ravaghi. she was arrested thursday being held on suspicious she provided maps showing images of jail's rooftop that may have helped them escape. >> we don't have information to determine it was romantic. we know it was much closer and more
>> reporter: the neighbors were shocked. >> you wouldn't think somebody so nnlt innocent is helping criminals. >> reporter: she's being held at the same jail where she tout aught. the men will soon join her. despite her alleged involvement in this, ravaghi has yet to be charged in any crime. officials say they are relieved that no one else was hurt during any of this and that they are making improvements to the jail's security system as their investigation continues. erica? >> steve patterson for us tonight. thank you. there was chaos this afternoon outside a motorcycle show in denver. police responded to gunshots and a stabbing at the national western complex. one person was killed. at least six others were injured and taken to a hospital. that hospital was then put on lockdown because the gunmen had not been identified.
between rival biker gangs. turning to the zika virus. with cases in two dozen countries and territories across the americas and more than 30 cases here in the u.s., the main juror problem as we have been reporting is a sharp increase in birth defects in brazil. rehema ellis is following efforts virus. >> reporter: on the battle against the zika virus, it's a ground game. brazil mobilizing more than 200,000 troops along with health department workers in a fight against the mosquitos that spread the zika virus. >> we need to fight very hard to reduce the population of mosquito and reduce, therefore, the number of cases of micro microcephali. >> reporter: it might be calling the alarge m alarming rise of birth defect. there's no vaccine and
they are going door to door passing out pamphlets and looking for mess osquito invested waters. a big part of the breeding problem occurs in communities like this one. because of the water shortage, many people store water inside their homes. officials are treating the water with chemicals and gathering samples to take for testing. for people living here, it's put them on edge. do you worry at all about the zika virus? this man is concerned because his own mother was diagnosed with the virus three months ago. in maternity wards, doctors are alarmed. there's been a dramatic spike in the number of suspected microcephali cases, seen in more than 4,000 newborns in brazil the past four months. >> as an ultrasound specialist, i see the pregnancy is supposed to be a moment of joy. but now women are tense. they fear about the new problem. they fear about the
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if you are what you eat, as the saying goes, those words are resonating among people studying to be doctors. students in a growing number of medical schools find themselves in a kitchen as part of their course work. one of them, tulane university in new orleans orleans. >> reporter: it's sauteing and slicing. the kitchen as busy as any five star restaurant. but in the calorie rich dining mecca of new orleans, these dishes are low cal and gluten free. the cooks aren't professional chefs. they are future doctors. how well did you know how to cook before these classes? >> so my wife didn't let me in the kitchen because i was that bad. >> reporter: alongside anatomy and biology, cooking classes now on the menu for medical students at tulane. what do you hope doctors take away from this?
talk to their parents about food. stop saying blanket statements like lose weight or don't eat as much salt. people need to understand how to do that. >> reporter: this woman isn't a physician. but the chef is on the med school faculty. you will push down and forward and come up and back to reset. >> reporter: with obesity and other diseases tied to diet, the classes give students knowledge they can share with patients. a toolbox of non-medical treatment. >> you could be very specific, they are more likely to change their life school. >> reporter: best described as cull marry culinary medicine. they said it will change hour illness is treated. >> i will write you a prescription to go to cooking class. the insurance company will pay for it. >> reporter: 19 med schools have followed
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