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tonight, campaign >> tonight, campaign shake-up. trump and clinton on the ropes as cruz and sanders score decisive wins, but can the front-runners really be caught? it's getting nasty in new york. getting out alive. a frantic rescue caught on camera as wildfires explode out of control. evacuations come just in time. blood and treasure. nbc news on the isis money trail. how brutal killers are smuggling and selling some of the world's great antiquities to fund their reign of terror. burn notice. an eye-opening notice at how much time it takes to work off some of your favorite snacks. over an hour for two slices of pizza and that's just the start. and the okie from
merle haggard dies on his 79th birthday. tonight we remember a country music legend. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. did we just witness a turning point in the republican race for president? as the contest now turns to new york following donald trump's 13-point loss to ted cruz in wisconsin, the cruz and stop trump forces are claiming wisconsin has provided the foothold they desperately need to deny trump the delegates that he needs to win the nomination, and perhaps more telling our exit polls show deep voter anxiety, even fear, about trump. we may know for sure what it all means when new york holds its primary just under two weeks from now where trump will aggressively defend his home turf and his overall lead. nbc's peter alexander has details. >> reporter: ted cruz today trying to capitalize on his victory invading donald trump's home
anti-trump forces touting the wisconsin win as a watershed. >> tonight is a turning point. it is a rallying cry. >> reporter: why? because donald trump's road to the nomination just got tougher. to clinch, trump now needs to win 58% of the 822 remaining delegates, up from 56% 24 hours earlier. cruz backers claiming renewed confidence. >> this is the guy that can bring the party together, win the nomination at convention and go on to win in november. >> reporter: was it a cruz victory or a trump loss? exit polls reveal why trump had such a bad night. nearly six in ten wisconsin republican primary voters saying they are scared or concerned about a trump presidency. more than a third saying if trump's the nominee, they would support hillary clinton, a third-party candidate or simply stay home, and those are republicans. after a rocky last week, dramatic erosion at the core of trump's coalition. conservatives, voters without a college degree and men turning against trump. absent from the
this blistering response, blasting cruz as a trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination. now the race moves here to new york, donald trump's town. with 2.7 million registered republicans, trump is counting on his home state's primary in less than two weeks to provide 2016's next turning point. the real estate mogul predicting victory here, positioning to sweep all 95 delegates. a new poll showing a majority of new york republicans behind him, but even with a win here after last night's loss in wisconsin the math may not add up to the magic number needed to avoid a contested convention in cleveland. one reason why trump's top aides today huddled privately with the new delegate coordinator. and tonight is donald trump's first major rally here in new york, anticipating the potential for a raucous evening. there's a huge security presence on site, heavily armed officers with long guns patrolling this massive warehouse hours before trump arrives. lester.
sure the democrats doing their own math, like ted cruz bernie sanders also won wisconsin by double digits. that gives him victories in six of the last seven state contests, but hillary clinton is seeking to stop sanders' momentum went on the attack today in a major way as the battle shifts to the state she calls home. we get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: bernie sanders celebrating his big wisconsin win. >> do not tell secretary clinton. she's getting a little nervous. >> reporter: but hillary clinton didn't sound nervous today, unleashing a now round of attacks against him. >> the numbers don't add up. >> reporter: and sanders' celebration evaporated in a new york minute with today's "new york daily news" slamming him for saying the sandy hook families shouldn't be able to sue gun manufacturers, telling the paper -- >> do i think the -- >> the rights, yes. >> victims of a crime with a gun should be able to sue the manufact,
>> reporter: sanders were kasie hunt tonight. >> reporter: there have been calls for you to apologize to the victims of the sandy hook families. >> yeah. well, i would say that i am not happy about seeing a tragedy of that enormity being politicized. >> reporter: sanders also widely criticized for not being able to explain in that interview a signature promise, breaking up the big banks. clinton pounced. >> and i think he hasn't done his homework, and he's been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn't really studied or understood. >> reporter: meanwhile, some troubling signs for clinton. nearly 40% of democratic voters in wisconsin saying she's not honest and trustworthy. can she improve those numbers in new york where she was a senator? now a subway series, a battle for brooklyn, where clinton campaigned tuesday and where sanders was born and raised. >> we had a three and a half room
>> reporter: talking to spike lee, a sanders supporter. >> how do we do in new york? >> i think we're going to win in new york, go back to brooklyn and spend a lot of time in brooklyn. >> reporter: even after beating clinton in wisconsin by 14 points, sanders netted only ten more delegates, and she needs only 33% of the remaining delegates to win the nomination, and tonight a former democratic chairman and clinton supporter ed rendell tells me the rhetoric has gotten so nasty he told both sides to cool it. >> andrea mitchell tonight, andrea, thanks. let's turn now to a dangerous turn in this season of extremes. just a couple of weeks into spring and as part of the country has plunged into freezing temperatures, several states are now dealing with wildfires exploding through areas already devastated by years of drought. our national correspondent miguel almaguer has our report from oklahoma. >> reporter: across oklahoma and kansas, wind is driving wildfires, fueling flames in this region dry and ready to burn. more than 55,000 acres already torched, hundreds forced to evacuate and many
>> i don't want it to keep burning and burning and burning. >> reporter: it's still not known how many homes have been lost. >> my friend lives around the corner, and we're not allowed to go in there because we don't even know if they have a home anymore. >> reporter: fanned by 50-mile-an-hour winds in woodward county oklahoma the blaze exploded. >> come on, guy, get out. >> reporter: two storm chasers rescuing a tractor driver who was stuck with no time to spare. >> come on! >> reporter: a narrow and harrowing escape. >> oh, my god. >> thank you, guy. >> reporter: in kansas, a red flag warning. the governor declaring a disaster, flames threatening entire neighborhoods, destroying this school. in new mexico, the wind generating this tumbleweed tornado and increasing the fire danger. back east, another extreme, a bitter blast dropping trees and temperatures. record lows in at least seven cities. some temperatures 20
and tonight a new blaze in arizona, this one spreading into california. the southwest already crippled by drought is facing another danger. fire season is back, and summer is still months away. lester? >> quickly becoming a spring to remember. miguel, thank you. for the first time since the terror attacks in brussels, flights from one of the targets of the attacks, the brussels airport, have landed into the u.s. the first arrival coming as the man in charge of securing this nation's commercial aviation told congress his agency is trying to dramatically upgrade its approach to protecting u.s. airports while warning the summer travel season could be challenging. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: at washington dulles today the first flight from brussels since the attacks two weeks ago. >> contact the ramp 11 niner. >> reporter: brussels
airlines flight 515 met with a water cannon salute on the ramp and belgian flags for arriving passengers. the terror threat overseas driven home by the fbi in new jersey. this week urging bomb technicians, firefighters, police and chemical retailers to be watching for anyone gathering the ingredients for a homemade bomb. >> you can get them in a hardware store and in a supermarket and, had you know, you can combine them, and they can be quite destructive. >> among the concerns that someone with easy access to a u.s. airport might try to recreate the brussels attacks. on capitol hill today -- >> the only person that's going to get the airports off their duff is going to be you. >> reporter: lawmakers were demanding the tsa chief ramp up security checks for airport employees and improve perimeter security at all airports. >> we have greatly enhanced our oversight of cargo screening facilities, of the catering facilities. >> reporter: meanwhile, family video just released of an honor guard meeting the caskets carrying the bodies of stephanie and justin shults killed in
kentucky. back here at tsa checkpoints, airports nationwide reporting record passenger volume and delays this year. the tsa warning it could be a summer of long lines and passengers should get to the airport early. tom costello, nbc news, washington. a former coal executive was sentenced today to a year in prison and fined a quarter million dollars for conspiracy to violate safety standards before a deadly explosion six years ago. 29 men were killed at the upper big branch mine in west virginia. don blankenship, the former ceo of massey energy, was acquitted in december of other charges that could have stretched his sentence to 30 years. now to an nbc news investigation tracking the money trail behind, left behind by isis. we've seen horrific images of isis destroying history by tearing down ancient treasures, but now we've uncovered evidence that isis is also selling some priceless artifacts on the black market to fund its campaign of terror. c
engel tells us more. >> reporter: from the air, the ancient city of palmyra ravaged by isis. the world had already witnessed the barbarity with which they treated precious monuments, but an nbc news investigation revealed that isis is also making thousands of dollars on serious endangered heritage. they have destroyed those big statues that are too big to move anyway for the cameras, says this man, who calls himself abu mustafa, but he says the real masterpieces are sold for cash. abu mustafa explained his brother-in-law, a senior isis member in raqqah, got him into the business of smuggling artifacts out of syria. now he's on the run and hiding his identity. we altered his voice. and what is this? this is the god of the sun, he said he was told. and where is this from?
[000:11:58;00] once they leave isis territory the artifacts end up here, just over the syrian bord border. smugglers will come to small turkish towns like this one looking to make a discreet sale, often for tens of thousand of dollars. what was the first piece that you sold? this one, he says. he also said some of the more than ten other pieces he smuggled out sold for up to $60,000. abu mustafa's cut, 15% of each sale. he's talking now because he claims his isis brother-in-law cheated him out of his percentage. >> just one endless bit of pain. >> reporter: we showed the video of the artifact to a former syrian antiquities official who now teach eds at shawnee state university in ohio. >> oh, they broke it. >> reporter: he consulted other experts and books before determining
that the artifact was likely real and taken from palmyra. is the sun god, the main deity of palmyra. >> reporter: abu mustafa told us he knows of other artifacts that have already arrived in turkey. and they are waiting for buyers? >> some of them were sold, he says. i'm not sure if they reached europe yet. maybe they are still trying to figure out how to get them on a plane or a boat. syria's rich cultural heritage which survived for thousands of years is now being sold illegally, one piece at a time. richard engel, nbc news, southern turkey. there is a lot more to tell you about ahead. burning calories? a blueberry muffin will cost you 48 minutes of exercise. the new push to alert you about how long it takes to work off your favorite foods, and it may shock you. also, an american girl gets a thrill of her young life. the touching reason why it was so important for her to meet the pope.
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ask your doctor if chantix is right for you. we're back now with the eye-opening health news. how long do you think it takes to walk off a small bag of potato chips? 10 minutes, 20? try over half an hour for the snack that's gone in an instant. it's just one example of an american favorite that takes far more time and energy to burn off than most people might think. now there's a call to change food labels to help people make more
informed choices before they bite. nbc's rehema ellis has [000:16:59;00] >> reporter: most people have no idea how much work it takes to work off some of america's favorite snacks and beverages. how much time do you think you'd have to spend walking to burn off the calories in a couple of slices of pizza? >> maybe 45 minutes. >> reporter: take a look. you'd have to walk about an hour and 23 minutes. you have to run 43 minutes. surprised? >> a little, yeah. >> reporter: it's time to eliminate the guesswork, said a leading group of british scientists. >> i think people are very shocked when they look at these amounts of calories and what it actually means for you physically, and i think what we want to prompt people to do is to think differently. >> reporter: reachers found, for instance, burning off the calories in a can of soda means 26 minutes walking, 13 running. a small pack of dry roasted peanuts, that's 54 minutes
walking and 28 minutes running. that medium mocha coffee, 53 minutes walking and 28 minutes running, and a small ice cinnamon roll, you have to walk one hour and 17 minutes or run for 40. the study found more than half the people surveyed said this kind of labeling would change their behavior. >> they understand pretty well what a minute of exercise is or an hour of exercise is, so in that sense it's actually communicating much more clearly. >> it would definitely change what i eat knowing what i have to do to work it off, absolutely. >> reporter: suggestions for labeling some say that are easier to digest than calorie counts alone. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. >> we have got many more examples of snacks and the time it may take to burn off on our facebook page
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when he sang, you knew it was the truth. ♪ >> reporter: while quintin, haggard saw johnny cash perform and said that's what i want to do. it's safe to say music saved haggard's life. >> that's what i'm for and that's what i do. i eat, sleep and breathe it, and people around me if they can't handle it, they just have to get away. ♪ that's the way love goes ♪ >> reporter: few performers could cut to the quick of an audience the way haggard could. ♪ that's the way love goes ♪ >> reporter: hard luck, love gone wrong and in 1969 an america that from his perspective had lost its way. ♪ we don't smoke marijuana in muskogee ♪ >> reporter: his songs were coveredp by everyone from the everley brothers and the grateful dead, his influence on generations of country music performers
when we come back, after making history on the court, is the uconn women's team one of the greatest dynasties ever? finally tonight, a big win for what just might be the greatest basketball dynasty of all time. four national championships in a row for the uconn women. another undefeated season, and nbc's ron mott has the celebration. >> the national championship goes to connecticut for the fourth year in a row! >> reporter: four years, four championships and a foregone conclusion. by any measure few teams in any sport can match the historic dominance of uconn women's basketball. 38-0 this season, only five losses in the
last four years, and they beat their opponents by an average of nearly 40 no one seems to know how to beat them, but coach geno auriemma didn't exactly keep the winning formula secret last night. >> there's three key ingredients that go into this kind of success, one, two, three. >> reporter: three seniors at the heart of this victory machine. morgan tuck, mariah jefferson and three-time player of the year breanna stewart whose goal as a freshman was to win it all every year. >> went out with a bang. that's it. no more. >> reporter: this latest trophy moves coach auriemma past ucla's iconic men's basketball coach john wooden with 11 choimps, and while he often downplays his achievements, he never minimizes those of the women who have played for him. >> what those 11 national championships mean to me is how many