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tonight cruz confrontation. a heated exchange with trump supporters in indiana, as trump picks up another famous endorsement and takes aim at cruz's reaction to a nasty fall by his running mate. no end in sight for cities and towns swallowed across the flood zone. a great-grandmother and her four great granhildren swept away. misery for millions as a big threat barrels east. a better night's sleep. stop the tossing and turning, watching the clock as the hours go by. the new advice from doctors to tens of millions sleepless in america. how to fight insomnia without first reaching for pills. and coffee controversy. a lawsuit against starbucks, and a customer crying foul. have you noticed something in your cup? "nightly news" begins
right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we start with a rare, uncomfortable, and maybe enlightening moment on the campaign trail today when ted cruz went toe-to-toe with some die-hard donald trump supporters. cruz, a heavy underdog for the republican nomination, is playing the long game, in an effort to force a contested convention and remain a contender. cruz has pulled out the stops in indiana, site of tomorrow's primary. nbc's hallie jackson is there. >> indiana don't want you. >> sir, you are entitled to have your rights. america is a better country -- >> without you. >> reporter: confronting donald trump supporters in indiana. >> do the math. drop out. it's your turn. take your own words. >> reporter: ted cruz making his case.
>> the question that everyone here should ask -- >> are you canadian? >> -- do you want your kids repeating the words of donald trump? >> reporter: later, leaving the protest. >> there are five of them and hundreds of us. so no. >> do you think you have the numbers here based on that interaction? >> it will be up to the voters. >> reporter: right now, nbc's newest indiana poll shows the texas senator trailing trump by 15 points. cruz campaign aides privately telling us they believe the race is much tighter, which is why cruz is going all out all over the hoosier state, make or break for him. >> we are in for the distance. we are competing, as long as we have a viable path to victory, i am in to the end. >> what is a viable path? what does that mean? >> nobody's going to get to 1,237. >> reporter: trump still might. >> indiana is very important, because if i win, that's the end of it. >> reporter: not quite. he would need california to lock it up. but a win here puts him on a glide path. trump today teasing cruz after his running mate's misstep right
off the stage. >> even i would have helped her, okay? she just went down. she went down a long way, right? >> reporter: now, even some of cruz's support in other states seems to be slipping. dick d.c. deaver once a firm never-trump delegate. >> i think that at this point, trump represents the mood of the country. >> reporter: the gop now coming to grips with what could be the new normal. adjusting to the idea of trump possibly as the nominee, as he picks up support tonight from notre dame coach lou holt. to some hoosiers, that's a bigger deal than the governor's endorsement of ted cruz, both set to appear here tonight ahead of tomorrow's critical primary. lester? >> hallie, thank you. on the heels of deadly flooding in the south this weekend, the same violent weather system is on the move tonight bearing down now on the mid-atlantic. severe thunderstorm watches are up tonight across parts of at least six states. in the storm's wake, seven people are
already dead and some hard-hit communities remain under threat. nbc's miguel almaguer reports tonight from louisiana. >> reporter: misery and mayhem as this punishing storm moves east. powerful downpours after a weekend washout. a new round of thunderstorms putting 4 million under a flash flood watch. a region with no time to recover, from deadly floods, tornadoes, and hail. near lake charles, louisiana, a deluge. in one day, nearly 10 inches of rain. cars washed down roads. this one trapped under a foot bridge. all of it leaving homeowners mopping up more than a foot of water. >> it was bad. there's nothing you can do but just sit there and watch. >> reporter: the storm system that punished louisiana was deadly in the town of palestine, texas. a wall of water came so fast, linda ashbury tried to carry her four great grandchildren to safety. but there was no
escape. the young family was washed away. >> they say she was trying. and the waters got too strong for her, and she said she couldn't take it no more, and washed them along. >> reporter: in owen county, kentucky, a man was killed when floodwaters swept away his truck. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: in lynndale, texas, roads and cars washed away. >> i just moved just in time! >> reporter: it happened while tornadoes destroyed businesses and homes. but tonight, it's the rain. 14 million are in the path of severe weather. the south getting battered and hammered again. tonight as this area tries to dry out, some 4 million people all across this region remain under a flash flood warning tonight. they also worried about the rivers here that are expected to crest above flood stage. for those that have been hit hard, yet another worry for them again tonight. lester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. the stage is set for what could be a
major family drama over the fortune left behind by prince. the fight reached a minnesota courtroom today, even as many troubling questions remain over why and how the superstar died. nbc's stephanie gosk now with late details. >> reporter: concerns growing prescription painkillers may have played a role in prince's death, today arsenio hall said he knew his friend was in pain. >> i was aware of hip pain. >> correct. >> that he had. there was a point that he was having some pain. i never talked about that kind of thing. >> reporter: meanwhile, in minnesota, prince's siblings pushed through a mob of media to get into the courthouse. the first step in dividing the musician's fortune. today the proceedings lasted just ten minutes. pica nelson a, the pop
star's sister and five half siblings are the only known heirs. the judge confirmed today that no will had been found. but the search for one continues. >> these estates can be some of the ugliest fights you can see in probate court. people are throwing around all sorts of dirty laundry, all aired out for the public to see. >> reporter: prince's estate is estimated to be worth nearly $300 million, and it will likely grow. on top of new music sales, there is a treasure trove of unreleased tracks. thousands of them. almost impossible to put a price tag on. and prince invested heavily in local real estate. owning at least 16 different properties in the minneapolis area worth close to $30 million. while the family tries to unravel the finances, the mystery of prince's death only deepens. law enforcement sources say prescription painkillers were found on prince's body, and in paisley park. finding out what role they may have played, if any, and who prescribed them, is at the heart of the ongoing investigation. today in probate court, the judge looked out at the crowd in the courtroom, and he said, you know, we're not used to this kind of notoriety here in carver county, minnesota. but they may have to get used to it.
this process could take years, lester. >> stephanie gosk tonight, thank you. there was no school for tens of thousands of kids in detroit today. a massive sickout among teachers of the possibility they won't be paid past the end of june as the struggling school district runs out of money. the emergency manager for detroit public schools said they just don't have the cash to pay the teachers unless they get an infusion of funding from the state. now to what's being called the perfect storm over the zika virus. late today, puerto rico, home to nearly 4 million americans, defaulted on its largest debt payment so far. there are fears that the money crisis could have an explosive effect on the zika outbreak there. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in puerto rico with more. >> reporter: dr. gloria rodriguez vega is on the front lines of the battle against zika. >> i have commitment. >> reporter: puerto rico's growing financial crisis has forced her hospital group to lay off nearly 500 employees.
even as she and her colleagues are seeing more zika related cases. >> we have a financial crisis at this point. it's a humanitarian crisis, it's a health crisis. >> reporter: today the island defaulted on its largest debt payment yet. other hospitals are in danger of closing. is this the perfect storm? >> yes, it is, definitely. >> reporter: dr. diana otero said resources are already stretched thin and it's tough to get lab tests done. since november, there have been more than 700 confirmed zika cases in puerto rico, 89 of them pregnant women. 43-year-old jose gonzalez just returned to work a month after being diagnosed with a geon bar guillian-barre syndrome. a zika complication which paralyzed part of his face.
>> it was very serious, very heavy cramps, on the legs, arms. >> reporter: the cdc now racing to develop a better test for zika. a quarter of the island's population could contract the virus this year. >> we will have more and more cases. and it's just a very hard virus to stop. >> reporter: tonight the u.s. commonwealth is hoping zika doesn't scare away tourists this summer, deepening a financial crisis, with no end in sight. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, san juan, puerto rico. let's talk now about the brewing coffee controversy at starbucks. the target of a lawsuit which claims the company has been shortchanging its customers by overfilling their ice drinks with ice, and not enough of the actual beverage. nbc's tom costello has details on this court battle. >> reporter: no stranger to controversy, coffee giant starbucks is now the target of a lawsuit in which a customer in illinois accused the starbucks of false and misleading marketing and sale of cold drinks. and that starbucks has engaged in the practice of misrepresenting the amount of cold drink a customer will receive. at issue, whether customers get more ice than drink when they order an iced coffee. the customer, stacy,
in chicago is seeking $5 million in damages. outside a maryland starbucks today, mostly skeptical reviews. >> i think it's a familiar one. >> what else are we going to start suing people for? what has the world come to? >> reporter: the suit includes a photo of a starbucks cup and claims the black lines on the cup are meant to guide baristas across the country in how much liquid to use. and that while starbucks advertises 24 fluid ounces on the menu, customers may only get 14 ounces. in a statement the company says our customers understand and expect that ice is an essential component of any iced beverage. if a customer is not satisfied with their beverage preparation, we will gladly remake it. only a few weeks ago, starbucks was accused of leaving too much room for foam in its drinks. the company said that's without merit. now a customer apparently unsatisfied has decided that instead of going to a barista to get her drink remade, she is suing for $5 million. lester? >> all right, tom costello, thanks. history has been made once again in
cuba, where the first cruise ship from the u.s. in nearly four decades has docked in havana. it's the latest sign of the thawing relationship between the two countries after more than a half century of mistrust. nbc's kerry sanders was onboard that ship and reports tonight from havana. >> reporter: early this morning, what was once unthinkable. for the first time in more than 40 years, a u.s. cruise ship entered communist cuba, docking at the port of havana. >> we're making history. >> i've wanted to come here my entire life. my parents were born here. >> reporter: tonight the american passengers touching cuban soil here are technically not tourists. instead these are people-to-people exchanges, and boy do these americans get a people-to-people welcome here. >> crying like a baby. the greatest thing in the world. >> what do you think of americans coming here? >> it's great. >> reporter: last august president obama
reestablished diplomatic relations with this nation, when the ship left miami a small protest. some cuban-americans don't agree with the shift in policy. it's predicted as many as 700,000 americans could visit cuba in the coming year. to taste the culture, and engage with the cuban people. do you feel you've gotten here before it changes? >> i hope so. >> reporter: cuba now only a cruise away, and soon at least ten u.s. airlines hope regularly scheduled flights for all americans, to a caribbean island that for so long was forbidden fruit. kerry sanders, nbc news, havana. still ahead here tonight, fighting insomnia. if you're one of millions of americans who toss and turn in bed, what experts now say you should be doing to get a better night's sleep without taking a pill. malia obama is heading off to college, but not right away. is this a growing trend across the country.
we're back now with news for the tens of millions who are sleepless in america. perhaps you're one of them. if you're not, chances are a loved one is. you know who you are, tossing and turning, watching the minutes tick by, dreading the morning. doctors are out with new advice to help you get some sleep before reaching for the pills. nbc's rehema ellis explains. >> reporter: like clockwork, when the sun goes down, millions of americans don't. from los angeles -- >> sometimes i lie
awake for a long time. >> reporter: -- to chicago, to new york. >> what keeps you up at night? >> kids, work, family, life, obligations. >> reporter: researchers say about 40 million people are sleepless in america. 10% have chronic insomnia, trouble sleeping three nights every week for a month or more. but new guidelines from the american college of physicians today tell insomniacs, don't take a pill, first try changing your behavior. >> the evidence is quite strong that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective, it works, it's long-lasting. it's not invasive. you don't face the serious side effects of sleep medications. >> reporter: these new recommendations include, don't nap. it interferes with the regular bedtime. eliminate distractions. especially electronics. if you're still awake after 20 minutes, don't lie there, get out of bed.
>> read a boring book until you start feeling drowsy, and then get back into bed and attempt to sleep again. >> i'm able to fall asleep because of simple nervousness or overwork or restlessness. >> reporter: a bad night's sleep not only leaves you tired, it increases your risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. if you're not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, there are ways to quiet your mind, without popping a pill. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with the race of a lifetime, and a new world record.
colleges are warming up to the idea. >> reporter: the world has watched her grow up. the older daughter of the nation's 44th president. but now malia obama is charting her own course, heading to harvard university in 2017. her usually stoic father acknowledging how much he'll miss her. >> malia's more than ready to leave. but i'm not ready for her to leave. >> reporter: it's what malia is doing next year that has everyone else talking. she's taking time off better starting college. the white house mum about malia's plans. the first lady telling us during a 2011 trip, they've always tried to shield their girls. >> our overall goal is to make sure that our girls are not in the public eye. >> i think she's looking to really hit the pause button. she has the luxury to be able to do that. >> reporter: gap years are very popular in europe and australia. everyone from prince william to hugh jackman taking one. but here in the u.s., less than 1% of high school seniors do. and they're mainly from upper income families.
but now some colleges are offering financial aid to students who would like to travel or volunteer. >> the colleges like it. they like having older kids in the classroom. it brings a wider variety of world experience and perspective. >> reporter: for malia, it will give her a chance to start her studies without the harsh glare of her father being in office. still, mixed emotions. >> she's one of my best friends. it's going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time. >> reporter: now, from a family of firsts, malia can make her own mark. kristen welker, nbc news. now, to a run for the ages in philadelphia. take a look at 100-year-old ida keeling running in a 100-meter dash in a competition of over 100 runners. shuffling down the track at 1:17 and setting a new world record for a woman 100 years or older. the crowd went wild. and afterwards, ida did some push-ups to celebrate. her advice to all of us, love yourself, do
===jess/next close=== next. ==raj/take vo== right now at 6. he's bring processed at san finally tonight, a story about what you can achieve when you color outside the lines. it started when a dad realized a lot of free crayons at family restaurants end up in the trash. and it gave him an idea that's now brightening the lives of so many kids. nbc's gadi schwartz has tonight's "making a difference" report. >> reporter: in this kitchen, there's no recipe for what brian ware is cooking, because what he's cooking isn't dinner. >> we take the assorted crayons, melt it down. some of the paper is coming off here. >> it almost looks like spaghetti. >> yes. >> reporter: he calls it his crayon initiative. and on a good day, he'll crank out 4,000 crayons using what kind of looks like a waffle maker that he designed.
this living room/den has turned into crayon storage. you've got boxes and boxes of all of these crayons. check this out, in the time we've been here, right here on the front porch, more deliveries. >> reporter: at a community event this week, 100 volunteers gathered to help. >> go back through them. >> reporter: and once packaged, they'll send them to local hospitals. this girl is recovering from spinal surgery and coloring helps her forget the pain. >> it's a place where i get to escape from everything, and really focus on just coloring. sometimes some of my medical stuff, it really stresses me out. so i try to keep my mind off it. >> reporter: 11-year-old jayden likes to let her imagination go when she colors. when you color, what kind of things do you think about? >> nothing. that's exactly why i color. your brain just shuts off when you color. >> it provides them the ability to be whatever they want to be. dream whatever they want to be. that right there is why we do this. >> reporter: one father's simple idea turning unwanted
crayons into unlimited possibilities. gadi schwartz, nbc news, oakland, california. that's going to do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night.he's being processed at clara county jail as we speak a former 49ers star charged with raping a developmentally he's being processed at the santa clara county jail as we speak good evening, thanks for being with us. there's new information now on our developing news. we talked to dana's attorney at the jail. he told us he was going in to meet with us. court documents paint a troubling picture of a man who was once one of the nfl's brightest stars.
mary ann favreau joins us now with more. >> this man was arrested at his morgan hill home. this is his mugshot taken an hour ago. stubblefield is accused of assaulting a 31-year-old developmentally disabled woman on april 9th last year. according to court documents he raped her after she came to his home for an interview. according to court documents, the victim completed a 20 minute interview with stubblefield. >> the victim did do a 20 minute interview with the woman, minutes later, she received a text from stubblefield to return home. according to court documents, stubblefield picked her up and carried her into a