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>> cool and rain. >> thanks from us. "nbc nightly news" is next. a cl on this saturday night, the showdown. trump hopes to march even further to the nomination despite a bruising backlash from the republican establishment. rubio and cruz try to stay relevant while among democrats, bernie sanders tries to fht for a comeback. the broader struggle over releasesing iphone data that police say could be critical in solving cases. in a world of high tech security, a return to old fashioned horsepower to track down smugglers. and step by step. a father finds a simple way to bond with his autistic son by sharing some common ground. "nightly news" begins now.
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>> announcer: decision 2016. this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening. another big night in politics with five states holding presidential primaries and caucuses. in one of those raises, republican caucuses in kansas, nbc news now projects ted cruz is the winner. today's contests are a chance for donald trump and hillary clinton to strengthen their positions as frontrunners and a test whether the other republicans, and democrat bernie sanders, can gain any more traction. for donald trump says the test of his ability to weather a blistering assault from his own party as it tries to stop his march to the nomination. we have it all covered, starting with gabe gutierrez in ja jacksonville, florida on the republicans. >> reporter: jose, hello. with a victory in kansas just now, it is ted cruz who is picking up some much-needed momentum to stop trump. today, the revolt
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against donald trump got even more heated. >> we have a divided country, folks. >> reporter: protestors interrupting this rally in florida at least ten times. the frontrunner also campaigning in kansas. >> we have to bring things together. >> reporter: the brash billionaire continuing his march to the nomination on super saturday. but marco rubio and ted cruz are hoping to pick up much-needed delegates. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. >> reporter: the never-trump movement is struggling. trump, playing by his own rules, today skipping cpac, the conservative political action conference, while rubio got a warm welcome. >> being a conservative cannot simply be about how long you're willing to scream, how angry you're willing to be, or how many names you're willing to call people. >> reporter: the florida senator then racing to his must-win home state where he trails trump, ten days
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before the crucial primary. more than half a million republicans here have already voted early or absentee. even though this woman now supports rubio, she had cast her ballot for jeb bush. cruz upping his ground game here to squeeze out rubio and make it a two-man race. >> the scream you hear, the howl that comes from washington, dc, is utter terror at what we the people are doing together. >> reporter: john kasich has his sights set on michigan which votes on tuesday, and ohio the following week. >> if i were to just attack donald trump now and call him a name, boy, it would be just, kasich has resorted to the negative. i'm with harry potter. we're not going to the dark side. >> reporter: it's a race stranger than fiction. the results of the cpac straw poll are out tonight, cruz winning with 40% of
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the vote, rubio with 30%, donald trump third with 15%, after deciding to skip the event. jose? >> gabe gutierrez, thanks very much. for more on donald trump as he endures an extraordinary attack from the republican party establishment, we go to jacob rascon in florida. >> reporter: jose, good evening. trump is confident he will be the nominee and essentially be the establishment. but tonight may not be his big night. he has generally not done well in caucus states. he lost the iowa, minnesota and alaska caucuses even though polls had him leading in those states. today he's skipped the usually must-attend cpac conference to rally in kansas, which he lost to ted cruz, then moving on to florida. we've seen more protestors than usual at these rallies. today in orlando a protester ripped up a
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sign and threw it at the frontrunner and the crowd roughed him up. and today for the first time we can remember, we saw donald trump ask the people in the florida rally to raise their right hand and pledge or solemnly swear to support the candidate no matter the condition, and offering that bad things would happen if they broke the pledge. tonight he is very focused on florida, on his way now to his west palm beach golf course, and the dining room that's been turned into a press conference area. no matter what has happened previously in caucus states, we all know donald trump likes to win. so far tonight he's not. jose? >> jacob rascon, thank you very much. for the democrats, a late result just in. bernie sanders has been declared the winner of the democratic caucuses in kansas tonight. the next a couple of weeks are critical for the democrats, as clinton tries to solidify her lead over sanders. beyond today's contests, they'll be competing tomorrow in maine's democratic caucuses and will hold their next debate tomorrow night in flint, michigan.
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kristen welker is there tonight and has our report. >> reporter: jose, good evening. senator sanders was looking for some new momentum tonight. he's got it with this win in kansas. the question is can he keep it going. bernie sanders fighting for a come back, today striking a note of determination. >> bernie, you think too big. your ideas are too grandiose. i don't think so. >> reporter: sanders could pull it off, already winning the kansas caucus, and hoping for a win in nebraska later tonight and maine tomorrow, states with large populations of white working class voters who favor his progressive message. >> well, if congress could bail out crooks on wall street, maybe wall street now can help the working families of this country. >> reporter: his strategy, according to top aides, have a strong showing this weekend to create bigger momentum heading into bigger states like michigan and ohio where he
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released this documentary-style ad in spanish, featuring farm workers. >> workers who have no rights. >> reporter: sanders's climb is steep, with clinton surging. tonight she's poised to take louisiana, where a majority of voters are african-american, a group that has fueled her surge in southern states. >> go to the polls and vote! >> reporter: clinton is also looking forward, campaigning in michigan today and releasing two ads touting her economic plans, a message that may resonate with voters in the industrial rust belt. her strategy, according to top aides, stay the course. >> we're always looking to march, and the march states, because, you know, we know by working hard and reaching out to every voter, that's how we're going to win this nomination. >> reporter: clinton has amassed more than twice the delegates that sanders has, making every state and
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every vote this weekend essential. >> any win today for bernie sanders is big for his campaign. but fundamentally it doesn't really change the math. hillary clinton has a big lead in delegates and that lead continues to grow. >> reporter: clinton and sanders will face off in that debate here in flint, michigan. and it will come as chelsea clinton and the mayor of flint unveil a new initiative to deal with the water crisis here. expect that and trade to be key issues tomorrow with michigan set to vote on tuesday. jose? >> kristen welker, thank you very much. for more on bernie sanders and his prospects after this kansas win, we turn to kasie hunt, also in michigan tonight with the sanders campaign. >> reporter: jose, good evening. the sanders campaign feeling very confident about these caucus states, not just kansas, which it now looks like they've won, but nebraska and the contest tomorrow in maine. but the question here is going to be whether or not he can take this and convert it to wins in big states, particularly here in michigan, which is
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coming up on tuesday, and which is becoming a very closely fought contest. the sanders campaign feeling like they're closing the gap here at the end. and they also feel like they have a track record of closing well. so in places where sanders has been able to spend a lot of time, get in there, get a chance to speak to voters, these thousands of people who come out to his rallies, that he's able to make a real difference. so a question there. and then of course it moves farther down the calendar to places like ohio, florida, illinois. some of those bigger states. he's going to have to prove that he can beat hillary clinton there. and there's no sign that he's going to let up. and he has plenty of money to keep going, jose. >> kasie hunt, thanks so much. chuck todd, by the way, will have much more on the campaign on "meet the press." his guests will include former governor and presidential candidate mitt romney. he'll also be speaking with actor kevin
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spacey who plays the president "house of cards." a series of big storms moves through the midwest. we'll get more from meteorologist dylan dreyer. hey, dylan. >> good evening, jose. after a very dry february across the west coast, we're finally seeing another round of storms. a series of storms parading in off the pacific. this could be the last hurrah before we get into the dry season. we're looking forward to all of this rain, although too much of a good thing at once could lead to much slides and debris flows. we're also looking at the potential of severe storms possible, especially later on tonight and through early morning on sunday, before we get a break. then the next round of heavier rain and isolated stronger storms moves in sunday night to monday morning. we're looking at the worst part of this series of storms to make its way through tonight. that means the heaviest chance of rain, the best chance of storms, widespread 5 to 7 inches of rain especially across higher elevations in
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eastern california. also the snow is going to be a big issue through the highest elevations through the sierra. 2 to 4 feet of snow is likely. this is the snowpack you want to continue to build up to make it through the drier months. this is certainly going to be a potential last hurrah, a good setup for this weekend. >> dylan, thanks so much. in maine a man is under arrest tonight for a murder that happened almost 30 years ago. philip fournier was taken into custody and charged in the death of joyce mclain. police say they interviewed him 22 times over the investigation, most recently last july. they say he had initially confessed years ago but changed his story multiple times. mclain was 16 years old when she disappeared while jogging near her home. we turn to the continuing battle between the fbi and apple over a locked iphone used by one of the san bernardino
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terrorists. many police say iphones may hold clues in cases they're investigating, including murders. justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> reporter: police in baton rouge, louisiana say an iphone may hold the answer to a mystery, who killed brittney mills. it's a double homicide. she was pregnant. doctors could not save the baby. >> do you think about her every day? >> every day. >> reporter: her mother barbara says important clues may be on the that iphone. >> she told me that the negative things that happened to her she put on her phone, in a diary. so she kept a diary on her phone. >> reporter: but it's locked. no one in her family knows the pass code. apple told the police that because the phone had updated software, quote, extraction cannot be completed. it's the same answer apple gave fbi agents who wanted to unlock an iphone belonging to
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one of the san bernardino attackers. >> when there's a double homicide, i feel like law enforcement should have precedent. >> reporter: police and prosecutors in baton rouge say the brittney mills case shows that iphones could contain critical evidence in all kinds of cases, from child abuse to kidnappings, even murders. the district attorney says louisiana investigators have 60 locked phones they cannot open. >> we can get into a bank safe, the biggest, baddest safe you want to make, we'll get into it. we have a safe cracker and can get into anything that's out there. >> reporter: but not a locked phone. >> not a phone. >> reporter: barbara mills and her son were in washington this week when apple's lawyer testified before congress and said that creating software to defeat an iphone's security would make all iphones vulnerable to hacking. >> we see ourselves as being in an arms race. in an arms race with criminals, cyber terrorists, hackers. this is about the safety and security of
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every iphone that is in use today. >> reporter: the family of brittney mills says that security comes at a high price. blocking them from seeing some of the last words their daughter wrote that might help find her killer. pete williams, nbc news, baton rouge. when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, low tech but highly effective. the growing use of horses along the border to help track down smugglers. and two brothers with winning tickets in the powerball lottery. just wait until you hear what each one of them won.
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the u.s. border patrol was formed in the 1920s. agents were expected to supply their own horses and weapons. now, 90 years later, the patrol is relying on horses to once again protect the border. but these aren't just any horses, as mark potter explains. >> reporter: sundown in the texas rio grande valley. the horse unit for the u.s. border patrol begins the night shift. the agents ride powerful mounts that once ran wild in the american west. >> once i started working with these horses i realized, they have a lot of heart. >> reporter: these horses are stronger and more alert, and are perfect suited to guard the rough terrain along the u.s./mexican border where vehicles cannot go. five years ago the border patrol in south texas began adopting wild horses from the
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bureau of land management, which periodically captures them to control the herds on public lands. many are coraled in selected u.s. prisons, where inmates are taught humane training techniques. they tame the horses over a three to four-month period. >> it's life changing. you bond with an animal that's dependent on you. you bond with an animal that starts responding. >> reporter: horses selected by the border patrol face specialized training as agents hearn how to ride them before they both head out on patrol. most of the time the horse patrol unit works at night when the drug and immigrant smugglers are most active and when the horses have a great advantage because they're so quiet. we saw these two men, arrested on farmland after swimming the rio grande from mexico, being surprised by the horse unit. >> they had no clue we were here. they didn't see us until we were pretty much right up on top
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of them. >> reporter: these once-feral horses are particularly attuned to their environment. >> they're scanning with their night vision. you see the horse perk up. that tells you, you know what, there's something over there. >> they definitely protect the agent. that's their partner. it really is, out there. >> reporter: on the night we went along, the horse patrol unit joined a dramatic search and helped chase down nine migrants from central america, who were eventually captured near the border in hidalgo, texas, in a world of high tech frontier security, a return to the old way of guarding the border sometimes works best of all. mark potter, nbc news, texas. when we come back, from the deep. the discovery of a species possibly never seen before. 13,000 feet below.
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we are back with breaking news. we now have the results from maine and that state's republican caucuses. ted cruz has been declared the winner there. the announcement made by the state's republican party. again, senator ted cruz with another win tonight, a projected victory for him in the state of maine. the scene in florida as a spacex falcon rocket blasted off on its way to a successful launching of a communications satellite into orbit. on its way up the rocket's first stage booster separated as
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planned, but instead of landing on the platform as hoped, it came down too hard and crashed. it's not every day that two brothers hit the lottery with two different tickets. the iffflorida's huge powerball prize was won by the two brothers. they were on a fishing trip and bought the ticket at a convenience store. his brother bob who bought another ticket there got lucky too, winning $7. scientists say they've found a ghost-like octopus, an entirely new species living near the hawaiian islands. it is found sitting on a flat rock some 13,000 feet deep. it appears to lack pigment cells, prompting calls it should be named after casper, the friendly cartoon ghost. next, a father draws on his passion for running to help his autistic son find his own way.
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finally tonight, more than 50% of parents believe that social and communications skills are the most important factor in their children's future success. that's according to the nbc news state of parenting poll. with that in mind, we have the story of one father's dedication to helping his son communicate by finding some common ground. here's janet shamlian. >> reporter: when he first started running,
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53-year-old joe guerrero did it for stress relief. today, it's for something closer to his heart. his 13-year-old son freeman. how was it to have your son join you? >> i was thrilled. >> reporter: like many fathers and sons, they bonded over sports, even if initially there were challenges. >> when we first started running, i would have to run in front of him, put my hand in the small of his back and literally push him. freeman had a walking stick that he had earned for hiking 25 miles as a cub scout. he's always been fascinated by trains. i said, freeman, we'll be a train. i'll be the engine, you be the caboose. >> reporter: they soon learned the benefits went way beyond physical. >> i think he understands the concept that he was part of a group.
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he has support from other people other than his family. all the teachers and his therapists commented about how much more he communicated once we got into the program. >> reporter: diagnosed when he was 3, freeman often struggles to speak, and connecting with his peers has been difficult. >> this program came along just in time. >> reporter: now freeman has something in common when his classmates. and they rallied around him. >> as a mom, what's it like for you to see him having successes? >> it feels really good, because he is a lot of work sometimes. and it's really good when things work. it's like, ah, that's an a-plus day. >> coming across the finish line! >> reporter: those a-plus days are just getting started. >> he says, dad, i need more medals. i said, you have to run more races. do you want to run more races? he said, yes.
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>> reporter: janet shamli shamlian, nbc news, boston. i'm jose diaz-balart. thank you for the privilege of your time. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching. good night. nbc bay area news begins with a microclimate weather alert. >> storms spinning over the bay area right now and tonight it's only supposed to get worse. we're bracing for heavy rain, damaging wind, and flooding. good evening, everyone, i'm terry mcsweeney. >> i'm peggy bunker. we are under a microclimate
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weather alert. see it on the satellite/radar. these storms sitting over the bay area. tonight we do have team coverage of this rain and also the damage we're already seeing. nbc bay area's christie smith, marianne favro, pete suratos watching these storms. first, meteorologist rob mayeda has a breakdown. >> we're seeing the worst of the rain coming through san francisco. the folks doing the wise thing, slowing down their speeds and increasing the following distance there as the rain races intensify into san francisco. gusty looks more like being inside a washing machine in san jose. 60 degrees. see the rain falling all across the radar. some of the heaviest rain right now around east bay and that rain is falling at a rate of more than a half inch per hour and those are the rain rates which usually lead to localized flooding. flood advisory through 10:00 tonight, creeks and streams in the santa cruz mountains seeing rapid rises. e


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