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and "nightly news." a massive system unleashing flash floods. trapping children in their school bus. 26illion at risk as the threat continues for days. mystery bullets, who fired the shot. a dramatic new video of occupier's. carbs and cancer, could some of your favorite foods increase your risk of lung cancer. a dad hailed as a hero for his split second reflexes, stopping a flying
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baseball bat hitting his son. nightly news begins right now. good evening to our viewers in the west. a big night in the race for president. in mississippi, nbc news projects hillary clinton is the winner. on the republican side, in mississippi, donald trump is the winner it next up, michigan, where the final polls close in less than a half hour, that michigan race is widely seen as key to the survival of bernie sanders. our poll shows sanders trailing clinton nationally benign points. let's begin with casey hunt. >> reporter: for bernie sanders tonight, michigan is a showdown.
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>> michigan has the opportunity to move this country forward. let's go. >> today's primary likely his last chance to prove he's a real contender. >> this is a significant state for me. and for secretary clinton. >> sanders is winning smaller states. so far, he's fallen behind in the big diverse states where more delegates are at stake. >> he's running out of time. it's larger, and important states going, he's going to have to have an unexpected win in order to change the objective of the race. >> sanders is closing the gap. he's drawn huge crowds on college campuses and found strong support in union halls. >> people are scared, they want to know that their children are going to have a future. >> sanders was on defense, after hillary clinton accused him of voting against the auto bailout. >> michigan voters deserve better than typical washington tactics. >> hillary clinton looking ahead in ohio tonight.
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>> her husband already in illinois. and eager to start running in the general election. >> the sooner i could become your nominee, the more i could begin to turn our attention to the republicans. >> sanders dismissing questions about whether he should step aside. sanders speaking now to a crowd of over 4,000 people here in florida which votes, of course, on march 15th, he's hitting his lines against hillary clinton a little bit harder than usual. if he loses michigan tonight, he's going to come under some pressure to back off and let the party unify. lester? >> casey, thank you. as we just reported, donald trump is the procorrected winner in the republican race in mississippi, nationally, trump is down to a 3 point lead over ted cruz. with john kasich and marco rubio trailing. it's next week's
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primaries in delegate rich ohio and florida that could blow the republican race wide open. tonight's races are all about momentum, keeping it or seizing it. >> gop voters casting ballots in four states for four remaining candidates. right now, it's looking more like a two man contest. tonight an nbc news poll finding donald trump and ted cruz locked in a tight race nationally. with six states under his belt, the texas senator showing off his texas swagger. >> so, of course donald is upset, and i predict he will engage in more attacks. they will be more personal, more nasty. >> michigan and mississippi big indicators, both open primary states where independents and democrats can cast ballots. >> if donald trump has trouble in michigan or mississippi tonight. we'll see the establishment's attempts to try to slow his progress are working.
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>> reporter: today tweeting this attack ad. >> the best words listen you [ bleep ]. >> mitt romney listing robo calls for marco rubio and ted cruz. >> reporter: he defends his voter pledge on the today show, which evokes nazi germany. >> by far the biggest crowds, we're having a good time. honestly, until this phone call, i didn't know it was a problem. >> a holocaust sur vifrner disagreed. >> either he's ignorant and doesn't know what it reminds people of which is pretty sad or he's very savvy which he says he is. and he knows exactly where he's going and he knows it's dangerous. >> trump hoping to keep his momentum in what could be a changing race. trump is expected to
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take the stage here, 9:00 p.m. eastern, this early win in mississippi and a good indication for the campaign that these establishment attacks are not working. the candidate already tweeting a thank you to mississippi. >> let's turn now to chuck todd. nbc news political director and moderator of "meet the press." >> anybody that thought trump was being slowed down, so far it looks like not being slowed down at all. >> it's interesting, we're seeing some consistent patterns between trump and cruz, cruz does well with voters who say they're looking for a president who shares their values. donald trump's trump card continues to be, he is the candidate of change. this is what it is, if they're looking for a president that brings me to change, this is where trump dominates and guess what, more voters in mississippi are looking for a change candidate and a values candidate on this front. if trump gets to 50% or more in mississippi, that
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changes the delegate math big time in his favor. >> thank you. >> tens of millions are on alert in the south tonight. for more extreme weather. one person has been killed by a massive storm system in texas. the violent weather leaving a pageant of destruction in its wake. the severe weather threat is expected to last for days. janet shamlian has the details. >> look at all that stuff flying around. yes, that's a tornado. >> the south under siege. 26 million in the path of today's severe weather. at least one tornado near ft. worth in hood county, texas. >> i looked outside and i saw the roof coming off, swirling around. before i had a chance to get under the covers, it was gone. >> jimmy hill watched helplessly from his living room. a dozen mobil homes in his living room were torn apart. >> i didn't think i was going to find anybody in there alive. >> the slow moving storm started in texas, but are moving north, carrying moisture from the gulf, setting up
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potentially dangerous flooding. tornado and flash flood watches in six states, all the way to illinois. in denton, texas, children trapped on a school bus. rescuers wading through the rising water to pull six of them and their driver to safety. in grapevine an 18 wheeler flipped by high winds turned an interstate into a parking lot and gusts topping 70 miles an hour affected tar an the county college. severe conditions continuing into tomorrow and could bring a foot of rain. investigators believe a mudslide and a downed tree on the tracks may have caused a passenger train to derail in northern california. the sheer force causing the lead train car to plunge into a creek below. at least nine people were injured, four of them seriously. the accident occurred after hours of heavy
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rainfall. dramatic new video out tonight showing one of the leaders of that armed oregon occupation in his final moments. state officials say their investigation shows police were justified in using deadly force against him. but as our pete williams reports, the video raises a new mystery over who fired shots at him and when. >> reporter: cell phone video captures the moment the first shots were fired. >> hang on. >> reporter: oregon investigators released it today, reported inside the suv driven by robert lavoie fin finnickam. >> you want a blood bath, it's going to be on your hands. >> reporter: it shows him driving, barreling toward a police roadblock when state police fire those three shots. >> hang on. >> after crashing into a snow bank, he gets out and says, shoots me. >> go ahead and shoot me.
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go ahead and shoot me. >> stay down, stay down. stay down. >>. >> oregon police say officers on the scene had been told he routinely carried a gun. he twice ignored commands to get on the ground and twice reached for what they thought was his gun. the third time two oregon state police officers fired three shots in all. >> they shot him? >> striking him in the back and killing him. a gun was found in his left jacket pocket. >> mr. finnicum was reaching for that gun when the troopers used lawful deadly force. >> one or two other shots were fired that did not hit anyone. fbi agents failed to disclose they fired them. the fbi says the agents did not fire. that's now under investigation too. pete williams, nbc news, washington. an american tourist who was killed today in a stabbing rampage in israel,
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vanderbilt university says his name is taylor force. a graduate student who was on a school trip. at least ten others were injured in the stabbings near tel aviv, before the attacker was shot dead. it happened near an event attended by joe biden. biden condemned the attack on social media, calling it an act of terror. two of the jurors who handed airen andrews a $55 million verdict are speaking out. she won her civil suit yesterday against her stalker and the hotel where he secretly taped her. as these jurors tell morgan radford it wasn't really a question of if she would win, but how much she would get. >> reporter: breaking their silence. >> she was honest, as far as i knew. she was emotional. >> for jurors like noble taylor and terry applegate, it was hearing from erin andrews that made the difference. >> erin andrews is going to get some money, it was how much and where was the
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hotel at fault. >> what affected you the most? >> a woman who has built her career in a man dominated industry and has done well. i think outside of this incident her life, her character should be a role model for every young girl growing up. and she said the same. >> girls, high school, college. they tweet me and say i want to be erin andrews, except for the marriott stalker thing. and i can't control that. >> reporter: the average civil award in tennessee was just over $400,000. andrews won more this week than all of the tennessee awards last year combined. but she may not see much of it. since her stalker, michael barrett was clear he made the video precisely because he was broke. and if the hotel appeals, andrews won't see any money until that case is complete. terry applegate says this case wasn't about celebrity, it was about safety. >> it's important when we walk into hotels or
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any public building, that says they're going to take care of us, that they take care of us. >> morgan radford, nbc news, nashville. to the urgent warnings over the zika virus in puerto rico. one in five could become infected. the fda is shipping down blood over fears local supplies could be contaminated. the head of the cdc is there calling puerto rico ground zero for the fight against zika in the u.s. rehema ellis has more from san juan. >> reporter: in this hospital maternity center, there's growing fear of zika. expected to infect hundreds of thousands on the island. >> we have to test everybody and repeat those tests as pregnancy advances. >> reporter: zika can affect an unborn baby at any stage of pregnancy. >> cdc director on a three-day visit to
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this popular tourist destination, ramping up the battle to stop zika spread to the mainland. >> this is the front line? >> absolutely. there are going to be more cases in puerto rico by the rest of the u.s. by many multiples. this is going to be ground zero for the zika outbreak in the u.s. >> can you stop it? >> we don't know how to stop zika. >> puerto rico hit especially hard. it has the kind of mosquito that carries the virus. now becoming resistant to certain insecticides. so far, 156 cases have been acquired on the island. far more worrisome than the 153 brought to the u.s. mainland brought by travelers. this woman is 18 weeks pregnant with her second child, cried when she learned she had zika. her unborn baby girl is developing normal so far.
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she's using mosquito spray and hoping for the best. >> no matter what happens, i'm going to have this i understand baby. >> the race to control the virus intensifies. rehema ellis, nbc news, san juan, puerto rico. still ahead tonight, a question that gave us pause when we heard it. is there a link between carbs and lung cancer? surprising new research raising questions about the foods so many of us love to eat. also today at the ballpark, it almost ended in disaster, if it weren't for a dad's quick reaction.
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some important health news tonight about something in foods a lot of us eat that could be a contributor to lung cancer. researchers say new evidence suggests that diet heavy in certain carbs may play a role for nonsmokers. tom costello explains. >> it's the leading cause of cancer deaths in the u.s. more than 150,000 people expected to die from lung cancer this year alone. the vast majority, current or former smokers. 15% are nonsmokers. now, surprising research has found a potential lung cancer risk factor for them. certain foods that quickly elevate a person's blood sugar level, so called high glycemic foods. >> they tend to be processed, white, a lot of added sugars, they don't tend to have a lot of fiber or
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other nutrients in them. the md anderson cancer center studied 1900 lung cancer patients. patients who never smoked were more than two times as likely to develop cancer. the so called high glycemic carbs like porch corn. and also, saltines and pretzels. the sudden blood sugar spike can affect the way cells grow. >> what this does, it causes insulin resistance in the cells. these lead to potentially the increasing growth factors that are associated with the development of cancer. >> it's far too early to conclude white bread causes cancer. tom costello, nbc news, washington. we're back in a moment with a close call that totally shocked a reporter and viewers on live tv.
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sponsors are distancing themselves from maria sharapova, after she admitted testing positive for a banned substance. nike, porsche and tag heuer have withdrawn their sponsors. a tv reporter in northern california almost became news himself when this happened live on the air. >> confusing situation for -- a car came barreling right at alex savage and his camera operator both barely managed to get out of the way. the vehicle had just been involved in an accident, sending it careening off the road. amazingly, no one was injured. talk about a close call, about how this astounding video, a small plane nearly
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landed smack on a building in long island new york. the plane lost engine power and had to pull off an emergency landing. the father and daughter inside the plane can be seen walking away safe and sound. one more near miss when we come back, a baseball bat comes flying at a young fan, boy did his dad act quickly. new informatioon the ace trn
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finally tonight, the near miss that's making jaws drop across the country. a spring training baseball game, where the fastest reflexes weren't on the field, but rather in the stands when a dad saved his son from almost certain injury. joe fryer has the story. >> reporter: for landon cunningham, it was the ultimate early birthday gift, a trip to the ballpark to catch a spring training matchup. >> he is a hero. >> you could hear the crowd's reaction on the pirates radio network as a bat slipped from the hitter's hands, hurtling toward the third row, where landon was looking down at a phone ready to send pictures to his mom.
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>> the images captured frame by frame. look at the expressions of those around landon, and look at the calm reaction of his father sean. >> i didn't have a lot of time to think about it, the only thing i can describe it as is dad mode. >> this dad played college ball and was drafted by the pros before getting sidelined by a shoulder injury. now a firefighter, his baseball skills came in handy one more time, saving his son. >> i whispered to him, hold your hand up and tip your cap. he did that. the whole stands cheered and applauded. that was awesome. >> as for landon -- >> i asked my dad, is this what usually happens at baseball games? >> he got to keep that bat atsz a souvenir, consider it the birthday gift he never saw coming. thank goodness his dad did. joe fryer, nbc news.
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>> nice save, dad. that will do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. ==raj/contvo== right now at: we had to actually -- once we got through the brush we were able to see we have a car in the water. >> right now at 6:00, describing those moments of an east bay train derailment. we talk to one of the first responders. we also have an update within the past hour about the reopening of the tracks. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre re. two hours ago crews pulled this train car from a creek near sonor arc. derailed last night after a mudslide smothered the tracks in
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last 20 minutes ace announced it will resume normal service tomorrow. meaning that those tracks are now good to go. >> we've had several reporters on the scene for nearly 24 hours. let's begin tonight with pete suratos amidst the rugged terrain of the niles canyon. >> reporter: the session of that commuter train that derailed into the creek was taken away by union pacific crews about an hour ago. i had to chance to speak to some first responders. they tell me they've never seen anything like this. crews clearing out trees. trying to get things back on track. >> we had to actually get through the brush. once we got through the brush we were able to see we have a car in the water. >> reporter: judson duffy with cal fire was one of the first responders last night after a five-car ace commuter train derailed. one of its cars rolling into a creek in niles canyon around 7:30 p.m. last ni


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