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taken off in recent years. his mother, melanie, knew back then that he was going to be a star and she was right. >> did you have any idea? >> i had an inkling. he had some poise about him and some confidence. >> at 4. how adorable. >> thank you. up next on "nightly news" more on the oscar controversy. >> thanks so much for joining us. see you back here at 11:00. tonight, on the attack. hi ary:clin on scrambling to shore up support amid growing concern she could lose iowa and new hampshire to bernie sanders after the most intense debate yet on our stage. >>ar> and the republican race taking a nasty turn with ted cruz hitting donald trump after beialng labelled, quote, a nasty guy. and behind the scenes last-minute drama that could have stopped the free american prisoners from reunited from families. tonight we're in german and richard engel is inside of iran with reaction.
6:31 pm cases of the virus that puts unborn baby at risks are discovered in the u.s. with no known cure. how could it be stopped? and oscar protest. the growing outrage that has some in hollywood telling the academy the show may go on without them. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. for hillary clinton and berni sanders, a week of sharper and sharper jabs on the campaign trail all came to a head in ruckus fashion on the debate stage in charleston, south carolina, last night. it is a critical moment in the race. iowa and new hampshire where the voting takes place two weeks from tonight are both in contention, providing the set-up for the sharpest exchanges yet in the democratic contest. andrea mitchell, who comoderated the debate
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t democrats were courting black voters inrith carolina, at the martin luther king commemoration. but as bernie sanders thanreatens to upset hillary clinton in iowa and new hampshire, they sh aarpe. their attacks on sunday night. their faces and their words told the story. >> that is nonsense. >> reporter: mhe accusing him of trying to dismantle the president's signature health care law. >> there are things we could do to improve it. but to start u over again, i think is the wrong direction. [ overlapping speakers ] >> we're not going to tear up the affordable care act. i helped write it. >> >> reporter: he attacking her ties too dall streetnd and paid contributions and she preaching consistency and loyalty to the president, hugely popular in south carolina. sanders calling f change. >> the political
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>> our new nbc news wall street journal polls shows nationally 55% prefer experience and only 40% want change. potentially giving clinton a big advantage. but in it iowa and new hampshire, sand daers' young enthusiastic crowds may want to beat the establishment. and if he wins big in the first two states, south carolina could follow suit. despite the clinton deeper roots with african-american women, a key voting block. already sanders is surprising south carolina democrats with his ground operation. >>c he stole awabey one of my staffers. >> reporter: the state's democratic organizer said he eds to press campaign with women. >> on the kitchen table at the beauty salons in south carolina, that ain't the number one thing. it is about the jobs and education and the e quality of health care that their kids are getting. >> reporter: clinton is still far ahead in national polls but democrats down here say that if the
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in the first state, the entire shape of the campaign could change very quickly and it could all start with iowa exactly two weeks from tonight. >> and rhea, thanks. and on the republican side, whatever gentlemen agreement there might have been has evolved into a ugly battle. today between donald trump and closest competitor ted cruz came to new hampshire, a day after donald trump labelled cruz, a, quote, nasty guy. more from hallie jackson. >> reporter: 9:00 a.m., lindy's diner. andsoed cruz gets served yet another question about is closest rival. >> are you really going to get mr. donald trump to build that wall? >> if he doesn't, he's fired. >> reporter: at the same time, donald trump is on his way to liberty university in vie rginia hoping to pry evangelical support from cruz. >> 2 corinthians. 3:17, that is the whole ball game. >> reporter: and taking off for comfort
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and so are we. following the two front-runners in one state on one day and their former bro-mance blows up into a brawl. >> he is a nasty guy. nobody likes him. >>e: he is losayg support and going down in the polls and it seems his response is to attack and get personal. i don't inten to respond in kind. >> reporter: but cruz is responding. and hitting donald trump as too liberal. >> ronald reagan when he was younger was a strong libery and he became conservative. >> robld reagan did not spend the first 50 years of his life supporting democratic codampetitions. >> reporter: sprinting toward a photo fin h in iowa. today's trip highlighting the difference on what they are aming and campaignin ayn and sharing tough talk on terror.
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immigration -- still, trump couldn't resist the laugh after a different rivals expense after a dog at his rally. but all of the smiles over but the front-runner's fight far from it. conservative adio hosts are warning trump he may turn off some republicans with attacks on cruz and today a influential christian leader took aim, watching it unevfold, the tablishment candidates, since this trump-cruz battle could open up space for one of them to rise. >> hallie jackson, thank you. three american prisoners released by iran over the weekend in a controversial ap haue reunited with families. but as keir simmons reports from germany, a last-minute snag with iran came close to derailing the deal to free them. >> reporter: reunited night, all smiles,
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reporter jason rezaian, with his wife and mother, i'm feeling good. >> he is my brother. >> you talk about the warriors. we talked aboutth baseball and what is going on in the world. >> reporter: meeting with his editors he described his treatment in iran, imprisoned in a 15 by 20 foot room for 18 months, in solitary confinement for 49 days. former marine hekmati was jailed for 4 1/2 years and sentenced to death. his sisters flew to germany to see him. >> he has two sisters and a brother-in-law there with him smiling in a way i haven't seen him smile. >> what are they talking about? >> like brothers and sisters. >> reporter: on friday night the white house told people close to the men there might be news on saturday morning, and they be n to be released. but then a scene one u.s. official described as something out of the film "argo."
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told jason's mother they couldn't leave. finally they boarded a plane and touching down in switzerland after frantic last-minute negotiation. >> secretary kerry was with foreign minister zarif. >> criticized by a group of convicted iranians should not have been released by the u.s. and former fbi agent bob levinson is missing in iran. but tonight amir hekmati took to twitter to thank president obama for the deal that brought and his fellow americans back to their families. keir simmons, nbc news, germany. >> the prisoner exchange was not tied to the iran nuclear agreement but it did come hours before international nuclear sanctions were lifted on iran. freeing up some $100 billion of frozen assets. richard engel got rare access in iran where the way of life could be about to change.
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already preparing for its new future. sanction-free. a closed society, now open for business. the head of the agency in charge of monitoring the nuclear deal promised in tehran today that inspections would be fair. >> we are committed to continue our work in an impartial and nonpolitical and factual way. >> reporter: president obama yesterday addressed the iranian people directly. >> you, especially young iranians, have the opportunity to begin building new ties with the world. >> reporter: iran's president rouhani told his people that the deal is a win-win, supported by the whole world, he said, besides israel, warmongers in the region and what he called hard-liners in the united states, seen here as a reference to donald trump and other republican candidates. expectations here couldn't be higher. the people of tehran has been waiting for this deal for years. the sanctions have
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economy and now that deal is finally done, what people here want to see is more imports on the shelves and more money in their pocket. at tehran's main bazar, hallil, is planning to build up his inventory. >> who got the better deal, the americans or the iranians? mi>> both sides. >> it is very diplomatic of you. you know how to sell carpet so you know how to make a deal. >> i think there are different sides. iran. >> reporter: and if the deal does bring a new wave of prosperity to iran, people here will consider it a bargain. richard engel, nbc news, tehran. a troubling new development to report in what experts are calling a quote pandemic in the making. days after the cdc issued a travel warning over the zika virus for a huge portion of americans. this virus is linked to babies with severe birth defects. now as tom costello
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ste been bn in the u.s. >> reporter: in hawaii, the first known case in the u.s. a newborn found with traces of the zika virus prone with a small head and brain. the health department said the mother likely contracted zika while living in brazil where cases are skyrocketing. with mosquitos carrying zika turning up across the americas and the caribbean, the cdc has taken the step to warning pregnant women or women of child bearing age to avoid traveling to 14 countries. from paraguay in the south to mexico in the north through central america and the caribbean, including puerto rico. we talked to one of the front-line doctors today in brazil. >> i think the cdc is the correct direction to advise women, pregnant in the first and the second trimester to avo this area. >> each one of these holds a thousand male
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>> a cop is releasing genetically modified mosquitos that carry a gene that kills the next generation of mosquitos. researchers are studying whether climate change and el nino are causing certain populations to grow. >> their lifestyle and behavior, the way -- the speed with which they grow up is tightly related to climate. >> reporter: meanwhile, infectious disease experts warn mosquitos could soon bring zika to the u.s >> global travel is very fast and people at any time could come through this large airports. >> the fear, infects travelers who return home could get bitten here and spreads by biting other people. and even a fast-tracked vaccine could be fou shr to five years away. tom costello, nbc news, washington. facing protests and calls for his resignation, the pressure is on the michigan governor rick snyder as the oxic
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city of flint grows. he is set to give the state of the street speech on the heels of the president declaring a federal emergency there. thousands of children exposed to lead after a cost-saving measure contaminated the city's water. now to the scandal in the tennis world as one of the biggest tournaments gets underway. a bombshell report into widespread corruption into the game alleging some players are fixing matches to profit from the outcome. mi9.guelwelmaguer has details. >> reporter: with the australian open underway, the biggest names in tennis are here just as one of the sports biggest scandals is playing out. buzzfeed and he bbc reporting today tennis officials have failed to deal with widespread corruption. saying at least 16 players all ranked in the top 50 have fixed matches, losing for money. >> this is a problem across the depth and breath of the game.
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happening at all levels. it is deep rooted. >> reporter: eight of the suspected playe are competing in the australian open. some grand slam winners. toda roger federer said it is time to name names. reaction from serena williams. >> i could only answer for me. i play very hard. >> reporter: the allegations are based on leaked documents from a investigation showing evidence of match fixing by gambling syndicates in russia and italy un invered in 2007. the same-year-old novak djokovic said me bers of his team were approached by throwing a match. the sports' top of oficials are aicused of ignoring the claims and failing to investigate. >> the tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match mixing has -- fixing has been suppressed or
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investigated. >> reporter: today in australia, it is not just players taking center court, so are questions of corruption. miguel almaguer, nbc news. still ahead tonight, growing back backlash over the oscar nominations. why some of the elite are boycotting the star-studded award show. and sad news for jake reese, " day to feel alive" jake reese, " day to feel alive" jake reese, " day to feel alive" this is joanne. her long day as a hair stylist starts with shoulder pain when... hey joanne, want to trade the all day relief of 2 aleve with 6 tylenol? give up my 2 aleve
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decide what gets m e and what gets jettisons. chris rock is hosting this year. >> let's do this. >> and the academy president said it continues to try to be more inclusive. >> we are still working hard and will continue to work hard to bring in more inclusion. >> reporter: still critically acclaimed straight out of compton distributed by universal got only one oscar nominations for the writers, who are write. the film producer writing in part, i get it. >> i think we'll continue to see more people boycotting the os cars and if not a complete0boycott they will voice their opinion. >> reporter: which for hollywood may just be the tip of the iceberg. nbc news, los angeles. we're back in a moment with a huge explosion when a
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