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his closest rival on the defense over some big money. was it a cover-up? another teen killed by chicago police. a judge blasting the city for trying to keep evidence from the public. another black eye for the department and the mayor. outbreak. a rapidly spreading virus that is so dangerous, it has health experts warning americans, especially pregnant women, to stay away from the hot zones. amal clooney exclusive. how the attorney and wife of actor george clooney is using her star power to fight an out of control crisis. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. we begin with a brand-new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll and a pair of eye-openers in the republican race. donald trump has more than doubled his lead
cruz since december. trump now leads the republican pack at 33%. in a clear sign republican voters are taking his campaign more seriously, 65% say they could now see themselves supporting trump, up from 23% in march and nightmare oregon the gap with cruz who had 71% tops on that question. it's a critical snapshot of the state of the race 2 1/2 weeks before the iowa caucuses. and hours before tonight's republican debate. here is hallie jackson with the latest. >> reporter: filling up and counting down to tonight by the numbers. from ten candidates this sum for seven on the main stage tonight. zero room for mistakes. ted cruz defending himself against news he borrowed money from goldman sacks for his first senate run without telling the s.e.c. so he did file proper personal disclosures. the loans from goldman and citibank up to
>> it is an inadvertent filing question. the facts of the underlying matter have been disclosed for many, many years. it's not complicated. our finances are not complicated. >> reporter: cruz knocking "the new york times" report knocked off message facing potentially a perception problem. >> there are too many republicans eager to bail out wall street. >> reporter: which could contradict his narrative as a populous warrior. was he trying to hide something by not putting the goldman sacks name on this loan when was running for the tea party? >> no. it was also in the s.e.c. filing of first-time candidates are different than the incumbents. he believed at the time he filled out the form correctly. it's a big nothing. >> reporter: not to donald trump. >> i hear it's a big thing. i hope he solves it. hoping to kill cruz with kidness but facing new attacks he is not conservative enough, too new york hampshire. >> you want to knock go through me. >> reporter: everybody
down the field's number one. >> there are two con test tests happening. >> our poll shows more republicans than ever could see themselves supporting trump, numbers he might like. as for other storylines, watch for the establishment candidates tonight to fight back against the front runners and fight each other with time running out to make their case to voters. will marco rubio come out as a perceived winner? how will jeb bush, chris christie and john kasich come out? let's see how it plays out in south carolina. hillary clinton and bernie sanders continue to step up attacks on each other while locked in a dead heat in iowa. a latest poll shows clinton falling to a two-point lead over sanders in iowa, but well within the margin of error. clinton, sanders and martin o'malley will square off in the nbc news youtube debate which i will moderate with andrea mitchell
this sunday night at 9:00 eastern. it's the last time these candidates will meet before votes are cast in iowa. in chicago, a new chapter in the troubling saga involving thatity's police department and its embattled mayor. a department that has seen its superintendent fired and one of its officers charged with first degree murder in recent months. today a judge ordered the release of surveillance video involving another controversial police shooting of a young man. we get details from stephanie gosk. >> reporter: the grainy video shows 17-year-old cedric chapman running from chicago police three years ago. suspected of stealing a car. officer kevin frye says he thought the teenager had a gun and his partner was in danger so he fired three deadly shots. all chapman had in his hand was a box for an iphone. family is suing for wrongful death a claim the city denies. in december, city lawyers attempted to block the release of the video. while that same week
being asked why it took so long to release another video. the police shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. the mayor promised change. >> a reinvigorated city that has accountability, discipline as well as transparency in place. >> reporter: the city didn't drop its objection to the release of the chapman video until yesterday just before the judge's ruling. at a public event today, the mayor wasn't planning on answering our question, but ultimately explained the about-face. >> justice is with the u.s. attorney, fbi and state's attorney. >> reporter: since november, the mayor's office has come under fire for how it handled the mcdonald case a few even calling for his resignation. >> we ask for transparency from the mayor. be transparent in your conversation because many of us believe that the withholding of these tapes is for political gain. >> reporter: now attention is on cedric chapman.
frye has 30 complaints filed against him, ten for excessive force. exonerated each time by the independent police review authority. lorenzo davis investigated the chapman case for that review authority and recommended frye lose his job. his decision was overruled. months later, davis was fired. >> i was fired because there were several cases that i would not change my findings on. >> reporter: his job review notes among several criticisms that he refused to change his findings, in disagreement with the entire chain of command. the city is fighting davis' wrongful termination suit and maintains chapman was shot justifiably, leaving some in chicago watching yet another video and wondering whether mayor rahm emanuel is ready to really reform. tomorrow the mayor is holding his annual martin luther king jr
an activist group called for a boycott. that group tells us dozens have backed out in protest. stephanie gosk in chicago. thank you. isis has claimed responsibility for today's deadly terror attack in indonesia's capital. a brazen daylight assault in a busy commercial district. as nbc reports a series of blasts rocked the city and gun battles broke out in the streets. >> reporter: for nearly four hours the heart of jakarta was a battlefield, twin explosions, one outside a starbucks. another at a nearby police booth. crowds ran for safety and victims laid on the ground as police and the attackers opened fire. police called it a paris-style attack targeting westerners close to the u.s. embassy. the presidential palace and the united nations building. the u.n.'s jeremy douglas tweeted, a massive bomb went off in front of our new indonesia office.
the car, a second bomb went off targeting the building. we quickly realized, this is not good. >> reporter: when it was all over, the death toll was much lower than paris. seven dead, five of them militants. the victims, a canadian and an indonesian. inside this starbucks, the windows shattered, but only one customer was injured. >> these were relatively crude devices. so that's probably what kept the death toll low. >> reporter: indonesian security services have been warning of a possible attack for weeks. isis today claimed responsibility. tonight the u.s. embassy warned americans there that more attacks are possible. we are learning that the cdc could issue a travel warning as soon as tomorrow urging pregnant women not to travel to certain areas of the caribbean and central and south america. the virus transmitted
for thousands of birth defects. as tom costello reports, there is concern it could spread here. >> reporter: in northern brazil, a mother's worst nightmare. babies born with abnormally small heads and brain damage that often leads to death. researchers believe mosquitos are spreading the virus infecting pregnant mothers who pass it on to babies in the womb. while the symptoms in adults are short-lived and nothing more than a rash, fever and joint pain, a staggers 3,500 brazilian babies have been born with it in just the past year. zika is spreading fast. >> the gulf coast of the united states is an extremely vulnerable area because we have both species of mosquitos that can transmit these viewer uses. >> reporter: zika originated in africa and moved include asia, caribbean and south and central america. health experts have been cautioning anyone traveling to the regions to protect themselves from mosquitos.
travel warning advising women of child-bearing age and pregnant women to avoid the areas. >> what we will likely see more of are people who travel to the region get infected and come back home to the united states. >> reporter: at least one woman in texas is thought to have already returned with the virus. in new jersey, ashley is pregnant with her fourth child and just called off a planned edned vacation to puerto rico. >> when it's your baby, you don't take a chance. >> reporter: with no vaccine currently available, researchers unveiled a map warning that mosquitos to carry the virus into florida and beyond. as brazil prepares for the summers' olympics, the zika virus is bringing heartbreak and fear. they beat the odds and life is about to
the folks who hold the three winning tickets in the $1.6 billion powerball jackpot. one ticket was sold at a 7-eleven store in southern california. miguel almaguer is following the story for us. >> reporter: 35 miles outside of los angeles, everyone felt like a winner. free slurpees at this 7-eleven. it's one three of stores in three states to sell winning tickets in a record-setting $1.6 billion powerball jackpot. >> i came down here maybe an hour after the news. there was also half the town here. >> reporter: today -- >> awesome. >> so wonderful. >> reporter: the winners are still a mystery. >> it is amazing. it puts chino hills on the map. >> reporter: the store owners will get a million dollar bonus selling the ticket in the million dollar prize.
employees and the neediest families. >> california isn't the only golden state tonight. at this publix in melbourne, florida, and this grocery store in tiny munford, tennessee, where everyone knows everyone, more winners. >> wonderful. i just wish it had been me. >> reporter: a whopping 73 tickets will be cashed in for a cool $1 million. including the group of 11 preschool teachers in paducah, kentucky. what were the odds? one in 292 million. or as seen on social media, your winning numbers, you lost. go back to work. the winners will all have a few months to step forward and collect their prize. even when you divide that big jackpot into three, before taxes you're taking home roughly $530 million. even after uncle sam takes his cut it's probably enough to quit your job and buy your dream home or dream homes. >> miguel almaguer in
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has done got a boost when she married george clooney. she is a human rights lawyer and is in washington this week meeting with top officials about a case she says u.s. values are at stake. she sat down with sint any mcfad nen her first american tv interview. >> reporter: mrs. clooney went to washington this week. her mission, pushing the u.s. to get tough on human rights abuses half a world away. >> we are here to ask the administration to impotion sanctions. we also hope that congress can play a role. >> reporter: while it's all business for the highly-regarded 37-year-old oxford educated human rights lawyer, there is plenty of unspoken curiosity about the amal clooney married to the hollywood superstar. but nobody brings it up as she and co-council, both of whom are working for free, makes their case. their goal is to get the u.s. to freeze bank accounts and
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>> i mean it wasn't the most comfortable position to be in, but i was determined to go. it meant a lot to me to meet nashid who i read about and consider adhero. i was inspired by his leadership on climate justice and human rights. >> if we do not act now, my island nation will be submerged by the rising sea. >> i thought the world needs more nashids. >> reporter: after a coup he was dragged into court where he was president allowed to call even a single witness. >> it's very clear this was just a sham trial designed to get him out of the political scene and in prison. >> reporter: while the list of world leaders now calling for his release is impressive, it is one of his lawyers, a reluctant celebrity, who maybe getting the most traction. many years ago, angelina jolie said to me she understood she was going to get attention, and if she could use all that
coming towards her and turn it around, is that how you feel about the celebrity? >> i think it's wonderful celebrities would choose to spend their time or energy or the spotlight they have to raise awareness about these causes. i don't really see myself in the same way because i'm still doing the same job i used to do before. if there's more attention paid for whatever reason to that then -- >> reporter: you know the reason. >> then i think that's good. there is a certain responsibility that comes with that. i think i'm exercising it in the appropriate manner by continuing to do this kind of work. >> reporter: she leaves with a commitment that a sanctions resolution will be introduced in congress and a promise from senior government officials, they're now considering taking serious action. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, washington. when we come back, oscar nominations are
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>> thank you so much, colonel. >> reporter: remember "sense and sensibility?" and there was "love, actually." >> you're very pretty, you know. >> reporter: the boss who falls for the office temptress. >> a classic fool. >> reporter: his co-stars praised him for his loyalty and kindness, proving he was playing against type. a tribute to how good an actor he truly was. harry smith, nbc news, new york. and that will do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt for
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