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on this saturday night, americans freed. americans released in a prison swap as an historic nuclear deal takes effect. fighting words. donald trump with a blistering new attack on ted cruz while the democrats get set for tomorrow's crucial debate before the iowa caucuses. terror attack, the deadly siege of a hotel in west africa by al qaeda militants. toxic water. president obama declares a federal emergency for the city where tens of thousands were exposed to dangerous levels of lead. oh, bei bei.
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implementation day. it seemed like a sweetenern a nuclear deal worth billions to iran and for five americans, it was sweet indeed. they were finally freed. >> we have received confirmation that five americans who had been unjustly detained in iran have been released from custody. >> among those released amir hekmati, saeed abedini, and jas jason rezaian. "the washington post" in a statement said we couldn't be happier to hear the news.
matt trevithick, a student held for 40 days, was also releas released. while the prison swap is technically unrelated to the nuclear deal, critics denounced washington for signing any agreement while teheran held americans. we have carried out all necessary measures under that agreement. >> reporter: the u.n.'s atomic energy agency certified that iran is keeping its word and has put checks on its program to make it far more difficult for iran to develop a nuclear weapon. so washington and the eu kept their word today dropping sanctions that have been crippling the iranian economy, giving iran access to world markets and
billions of dollars in frozen assets. >> we welcome that iran has followed through on the promises that it made. it has kept its word and we will continue to do the same. but we will also remain vigilant in verifying iran's compliance every hour of every day in the years ahead. >> reporter: at least two americans are still either held or missing in iran. the americans released today are expected to eventually make their way to germany for medical checkups before heading home. >> thank you for more on the iran nuclear deal. we turn to our chief foreign affairs correspondent. she is in south carolina getting ready for tomorrow night's democratic debate. >> reporter: republican candidates led of course by donald trump pounced
on the idea of releasing iranians from u.s. jails to get the americans back. and even former secretary of state hillary clinton took a hard line. she released a statement tonight saying we shouldn't thank iran for fulfilling their obligations. she pointed out iran is still violating u.n. resolutions against their missile program. they did not link the prisoner release to the nuclear deal they didn't want them to become bargaining chips. the talks to release the prisoners did accelerate. one thing is very clear though. iran was desperate to get out from underneath the sanctions. there are a lot of hurdles left before iran and the united states are going to restore full
diplomatic relations or full business relations anytime soon. >> thank you. by the way, that's where the top republicans were today and where the democrats will be tomorrow to square off. >> reporter: with the one time bromance between donald trump and ted cruz over, increasingly heated rhetoric. >> it seems donald trump has a lot of nervous energy. for whatever reason, donald doesn't react well when he's going down in the polls. >> reporter: with the two locked in a tight race in iowa, both are taking each other. >> you have people running up the stairs as that is happening and ted cruz criticizes new york and the people of new york is a disgrace. >> reporter: cruz not
saying he's sorry for criticizing trump's values. >> in terms of a commander and chief, we ought to have someone who isn't springing out of bed to tweet in a frantic response to the latest polls. >> reporter: cruz even making an offhanded jab at trump after getting stuck in an elevator. >> who put donald trump in charge of the elevators? >> reporter: another showdown in the same southern state. the democrats squaring off tomorrow in their last debate before the iowa caucuses. hillary clinton and bernie sanders off the trail today, but former president bill clinton making his wife's case in iowa. >> you just have to decide whether you want a change maker, not a change talker, to be president. >> reporter: while sanders is surging in the hawk eye state, questions remain about his ability to win more diverse states
like here in south carolina. the question, can he find a way to connect with more african-american vot vote voters. >> it wasn't enough for him to stand up and say i was with the civil rights movement back in the 60s. you have to pay your dues again now because the landscape has changed and the issues have changed. >> reporter: sanders is putting up ads on african-american radio stations. he's also holding a number of campaign events throughout the south, including here in south carolina this weekend. sanders and the other democratic candidates will try to court voters at a party dinner here tonight. back to you. lester holt will moderate tomorrow night's debate. good to see you. >> technical rehears rehearsals getting ready for that debate. it's the last debate before the first votes are cast in this election. it also comes with the polls in iowa showing
the two in a virtual dead heat. it's critical and we have seen it certainly in many of the attacks of the last week or so, especially hillary clinton going after bernie sanders on health care. also look for sharp clashes on gun control. always a topic of contention between the two of them, but consider where we are in charleston where a man with a gun killed nine people in a racist shooting at a church here last summer. that's critical. look for the issue of wall street to come up. the clinton folks in and out happy about what they perceive to be as an attack ad that came out earlier in the week by the sanders folks referring to her relationships with wall street. it will play out on the stage behind me. >> you can watch the debate live tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern time, 6:00 pacific right here on
nbc. chuck -- at least one american is among dozens killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in west africa. the siege came to an end today when military forces killed several al qaeda-linked extremists and freed more than 100 people. our report tonight. >> reporter: it was dinner time when militants set fire to rs and started shooting inside this splendid hotel and cafe cappuccino across the street. she was at the cafe with her american friends. we played dead, she said. the shooters touched people's feet to see if he wethey were alive and would shoot if they moved. >> reporter: french special forces and a small group of u.s. forces backed up
troops as they cleared the five-story hotel room by room. the militants still shooting as soldiers escorted people out. by dawn, it was over. three militants dead. a fourth killed at a nearby hotel. the government said two of the militants were women. among the yoinjured and dead people from 18 different countries, including an american missionary. he and his wife amy worked with orphans for the christian charity. the state department wouldn't say whether more americans were killed or injured, only that our embassy is making every effort to account for u.s. citizens in the city. tonight the same al qaeda group that assaulted a radisson b b
blu mali taking create. in hawaii, the second day of searching for ten u.s. marines. the search hampered by high waves. >> reporter: rescuers operating with urgen urgency. 12 marines now lost at sea for more than 24 hours. search teams at times facing 20 mile an hour winds and 16-foot swells scouring an area 20 miles along the coast and 8 miles out. military officials believe two ch3 helicopters were on a nighttime training mission three miles off the shore of oahu when they collided many midair. >> went silent for a second and then all of a sudden two big booms. >> reporter: the crash so violent and unexpected no mayday calls were broadcast. >> it was just a big fireball comes down.
>> reporter: officials say each helicopter was manned by six service members. tonight, their families are desperate for answers. among the feared lost, these men both from houston. christopher orlando an avid surfer from massachusetts. crew chief ty hart from oregon. >> i don't know anyone who wouldn't like ty, just a friendly person who seemed to be doing the right things and positive. >> reporter: tonight the navy and coast guard continue searching the oahu coast. >> they're walking the coastline, they're walking the beach, just looking for anything and everything. >> reporter: hope right now is fading. when "nightly news" continues this saturday, a federal emergency declared in flint, michigan, as that city struggles
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he said he was very a sleepily 5-month-old, but as with cute babies all over the world as the baby panda bei bei made his first national public appearance at the national zoo. no disagreement in washington today on what it means to be adorable. >> reporter: after months of anticipation and waiting in line, it's safe to say all the hoopla hasn't gone to bei bei's head. the 5-month-old couldn't have cared less if he was the day's biggest draw. >> he sleeps about 90% of the day. >> reporter: that didn't stop the crowds from trying to get a
glimpse of his roly poly perfection. we've been mesmerizmesmerized. his first steps, a healthy checkup. the first ladies of two countries came together to give bei bei his name. and in a way, the 23-pound cub is carrying the weight of the world. the panda program an important diplomat diplomatic tie between washington and the u.s. >> we're breeding pandas here and then the next generation of pandas will hopefully start to go back into the wild. >> reporter: bei bei's mission may be conservation, but for most it's all about cuteness. how could you not
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