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temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s. come up at 6:00, we're track isolated thunderstorms. >> no such thing as a slow weather week. >> thanks for joining us. tonight, dead heat. our new poll showing donald trump getting neck and neck with hillary clinton. and it's getting nasty. trump's scathing new attack on bill clinton's past. not guilty on all charges. the second trial for an officer in the death of freddie gray, again prosecutors fail to get a conviction. the mystery deepens in search of what brought down that doomed egyptair jetliner. what we've just learned about those final moments as they race to find the critical black boxes. death on everest. four climbers killed in four days. an alarming start to the season on the world's highest peak. and home cancer tests. for one of the deadliest kinds. it's survivable if caught early. tonight, the test that could save your life. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc
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news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. big developments in the race for president, with our poll showing hillary clinton and donald trump in a virtual dead heat. a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows clinton leading trump 46 to 43 in a head-to-head showdown, that's within the margin of error. there are also fresh signs the race will teeter on gender and racial fault lines. our poll also shows clinton with a 13-point lead among women, while trump leads among men by nine points. a 30-point advantage among white men. the splits are coming into sharper focus at a time clinton's prolonged battle to vanquish bernie sanders is eroding her position against trump. nbc's kristen welker leads us off tonight. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening. top campaign aides tell me hillary clinton's primary focus right now is donald trump. but she's still battling bernie sanders in a vicious primary. and the biggest state up for grabs is right here, california.
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hillary clinton ramping up her fight on two fronts, against donald trump and bernie sanders. and today, it's getting nastier. >> the last thing we need is a bully in the pulpit. >> reporter: speaking to union workers in detroit, clinton argued trump's policies are bad for working class voters. >> he could bankrupt america like he's bankrupted his companies. >> reporter: but trump unleashing a scathing new attack of his own in an instagram video, again slamming former president bill clinton's past indiscretions. all this, as our latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the likely fall fight between trump and clinton is already a dead heat. clinton leads the presumptive gop nominee by only three points. and a third of sanders supporters saying they're not backing clinton if she's the nominee. her numbers middling amidst her fear fierce
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battle against bernie sanders. today in california showing no signs of letting up. sanders is touting a big victory today. the dnc agreeing to give him a major role in shaping the party's platform if he doesn't win. and he's still running hard. "saturday night live" having a little fun with all of it. >> senator sanders, i'm sorry, but the night is over. >> no, no, it's not over. it's not over until i say it's over. >> reporter: the joke underscoring a serious problem for clinton. >> it's going to be impossible for hillary clinton to win this election without the votes of bernie sanders supporters. >> reporter: kristen welker, nbc news, los angeles. >> reporter: i'm katy tur outside of trump tower in new york, where senator bob corker came to talk foreign policy. and vice presidential speculation. >> the highest ranking republican leader to actually visit
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trump on his home turf since he became the presumptive nominee. why would you make this trip here if it was just for a hi, hello? >> i think it's certainly worthwhile to sit down and get to know the nominee in a little bit different way. >> reporter: campaign sources tell nbc news the senate foreign relations chairman is popular around the fifth avenue headquarters. especially with the boss. while most hesitated, corker got out in front. praising trump on his foreign policy speech. >> i like the speech. i think what you're seeing is someone who's evolving. >> reporter: in a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll, 42% of voters nationally say they are very uncomfortable trump would be the first president without a background in government, or the military. >> senator corker could certainly try to aceve the balance that trump doesn't currently have. but people don't vote for vice presidential nominees. >> reporter: but it's not all roses. corker supported immigration reform and trashed trump's muslim ban. a subject corker said did not come up today. >> we talked more about china, russia,
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the fact that he's challenging some of the status quo, if you will. it is causing these countries to think a little bit about the u.s. >> reporter: for the first time in weeks, donald trump is back on the campaign trail. tomorrow, five public events scheduled for this week. including a $25,000 a head fund-raiser in california. lester? >> katy tur in midtown manhattan. thank you, katy. a major development in a case that sparked nationwide headlines and riots in the city of baltimore. it was judgment day for one of the officers charged in the death of freddie gray last year. he was found not guilty on all counts. but as nbc's ron mott reports, five more officers still face trial. >> reporter: police officer edward nero walked out of the baltimore courthouse this morning cleared of any criminal wrong doing in the death of
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freddie gray acquitted of reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. outside a handful of people were in place to oppose the verdict. >> he should have gotten something. somebody got to be responsible for that murder. >> reporter: the case sparked violent unrest in the city in the spring of last year. nero was among the officers who detained and arrested the 25-year-old gray who was placed unsecured in a police van and suffered a fatal spinal injury. gray's family reached a $6.4 million settlement with the city. >> is there an officer, or officers that the family wants to see convicted based on their role in this case? >> absolutely not. this family wants justice. and justice doesn't have the word guilty attached to it, nor does it have the word not guilty attached to it. >> reporter: officer nero, one of six officers charged, opted for trial by judge instead of jury. unlike officer william porter whose case ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury in december. in announcing today's verdict, evidence
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showed nero had a limited role in gray's arrest and loading into a police van. >> i think the judge showed the state failed to present evidence necessary for all elements of the crime. >> reporter: the trial for officer caesar goodson begins next month. goodson drove the van that day and faces a second-degree murder charge. late today, the baltimore police department said officer nero will remain on the force in an administrative capacity pending the outcome of an internal investigation. that investigation is expected to remain open until all criminal cases have been completed, lester. >> ron mott, thank you. new information about the final moments of a doomed jetliner over the mediterranean last week. egyptian authorities are now refuting earlier data that seem to show the egyptair jet swerved and made a rapid descent before vanishing from radar. five days later, however, the answers to this crash are frustratingly still lying somewhere on the bottom of the sea. nbc's tom costello has the latest developments. >> reporter: tonight
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as a multi-national effort to find flight 804 continues in the mediterranean sea, egyptian authorities are contradicting greek military reports about the plane's final moments. insisting the plane never made erratic turns, or descended dramatically. that it remained on course at 37,000 feet, until going off radar. meanwhile, u.s. navy p-3 planes have now found two debris fields of wreckage and passenger clothing. >> the waters are in a big space. finding small things in the water is extremely difficult. >> reporter: egypt's civil aviation minister saying there's no sign of the plane. >> we're far away from closing in on the fuselage of the aircraft. >> reporter: five days since it went missing, still no indication what caused the crash. if it were a bomb, experts would not expect a plane to fly another seven minutes before going off radar. if it were an electrical fire, they would expect the plane to fly even longer. perhaps a more gradual descent. >> we do not rule out something nefarious, but we just don't know yet. >> reporter: the last
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automated computer messages from the plane included overheat and smoke warnings, then flight computer failures. that puts the focus on the forward avionics bay where one of the smoke warnings originated. it sits directly under the cockpit, housing all of the computers that run the plane. experts say a fire here could take out critical flight control systems, or cause the computers to send faulty signals for systems that are aren't failing. >> we do not know right now whether there was an explosion, whether there was a structural problem, whether there was a mechanical problem, an electrical problem. >> reporter: an urgent search for the plane's black boxes believed to be amid the wreckage on the seafloor, likely in the deepest part of the med, 10,000 feet down. with a muddy, silty bottom that has swallowed up ship wrecks for hundreds of years. the search area the size of connecticut. the clock is ticking on finding the black boxes, because the pingers on the black boxes which are right here have only 25 days
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of battery life before they cut off. but the headline at this hour is that the plane may not have made any erratic turns or drops as previously reported by the greek military. lester? >> tom costello. tom, thanks. a landmark moment during president obama's historic trip to vietnam. he announced today the u.s. is lifting the 50-year-long ban of sale of arms to that country. the latest sign of warming relations with america's one-time enemy. some lawmakers and activists wanted to see more human rights concessions before the embargo was lifted. this week the governor of louisiana is expected to sign into law a so-called blue lives matter bill. the first of its kind, the bill would make it a hate crime to target officers and other first responders because of the uniforms they wear. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the details. >> reporter: it was the deadly ambush of two new york police officers in 2014, and
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then a texas sheriff's deputy last august, that prompted louisiana state representative lance harris to draft what's become known as the blue lives matter bill. >> this, i think, it just a rudimentary thing that we ought to do to protect those that are protecting us. >> reporter: the bill would expand louisiana's hate crime statute beyond race and gender to include the targeting of police officers, firefighters, and ems personnel. the penalty? five years in prison, or a maximum fine of $5,000. the state legislature passed the bill almost unanimously. now the governor says he'll sign it. but critics argue the bill confuses the purpose of hate crime laws. >> law enforcement and ems are not parts of people's forever identities and should not be included in the hate crimes bill. >> reporter: the black lives matter movement exploded after the police shooting of michael brown in ferguson. one of the organizers said the louisiana bill dilutes the power of hate crime legislation. >> if everyone is a protected class, then really no one is a protected class. >> reporter: overall fatal shootings of law enforcement personnel have decreased since the 1970s.
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but in 2016, there have been at least 20 officers shot and killed in the line of duty, up 43% from this time last year. >> if your attack is solely based on the police officer, you should have an enhanced penalty. >> reporter: a similar blue lives matter bill has been introduced in congress. louisiana's version is the first of its kind to pass. supporters hope it won't be the last. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. isis has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bombings along the syrian coast. more than 120 people were killed in the suicide attacks, according to activists. among the targets, two bus stations and a hospital. the blasts are the deadliest attacks yet on two cities considered strongholds to the syrian regime since the conflict began. tonight alarms are being raised after a series of deadly tragedies on mount everest. four people killed in four days. and questions about whether the mountain is getting too crowded after climbers have been kept from the summit.
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nbc's joe fryer has details. >> reporter: the highest peak in the world is balancing great feats one moment with tragic loss the next. at least four dead in as many days, including three climbers from altitude sickness. among them, maria, who taught finance in australia. >> it's such an incredible tragedy. >> reporter: dutch climber eric arnold also died. he finally reached the summit on his fourth attempt. but his exhausted body could not handle the trip down. experts say the descent can be just as dangerous as the climb. >> people become incapacitated. at that altitude there's very little anybody can do to help you, unfortunately. >> reporter: dozens more have become sick and the top of the mountain is now getting crowded. >> there are problems with, let's say people who are not that experienced, slowing things down. that's creating some problems for other people. >> i do love that view. >> reporter: two americans now close to the summit are sharing their journey on social media.
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today on instagram, adrian expressed concerns over stolen oxygen bottles, poached tents, climbers taking it too close to the edge. everest was largely quiet last year after nepal's massive earthquake and a deadly avalanche. so this season there's pent up demand. nearly 400 have already reached the top, including charlie, a marine veteran who lost part of his leg in afghanistan, and is now the first combat amputee to get to the summit of mount everest. inspiration amid the devastation. joe fryer, nbc news, london. millions are on alert tonight for severe storms in the plains and southwest. the biggest threat comes from large hail and damaging winds into the evening. some isolated tornadoes are possible, after 27 reports of tornadoes in the region yesterday. severe threat continues through thursday for the plains. still ahead tonight, a new way to detect one of the deadliest forms of cancer. it's cheaper, easier, not invasive and you can do it in the privacy of your own home.
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one woman says it saved her life. also, quarterback tom brady throws a hail mary to try and reverse his suspension for deflategate.
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this week we're taking a look at medical screenings, important tests you need and some you might not. tonight we look at a new test for colon cancer. the second leading cause of cancer related deaths. it's a cancer that can be caught early and treated successfully if you get a colonoscopy. but a third of
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americans who should get one, don't. rehema ellis looks into a new test that's easier and less invasive at home and could save your life. >> reporter: as the sun rises over marlboro, massachusetts, dorothy o'shay is grateful to be alive. when she turned 50 last year, she knew doctors recommended having a colonoscopy. but like more than 20 million americans 50 and older, she just didn't. >> i'd heard horrible, horrible things about the prep for the colonoscopy. i just didn't see the cost benefit ratio. >> reporter: the process includes fasting, laxatives, anesthesia, and the invasive screening procedure itself. >> we're looking for the polyp. >> reporter: but one of the world's top colon cancer specialists is prescribing a new option for some patients that can be done at home, not as thorough as a colonoscopy, but better than nothing. >> the main thing is that the best test is the one that gets done. >> the home screening
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kit comes in the mail. >> right. >> reporter: it's called cologuard. the first fda approved test of its kind. what do you have to do before you do this test? >> nothing. you just have to do your business with this container underneath, and then you just close the lid after you put the buffer in, and you're done. >> reporter: then you ship the sample to a lab which looks for blood and dna associated with colon cancer. in a study of 10,000 patients, cologuard detected 92% of colon cancers. it costs about $650. and it's covered by about a quarter of private insurers. >> cologuard basically saved my life. >> reporter: dorothy's doctor convinced her to try it. when the result was positive, she had a traditional colonoscopy to confirm. >> i kept saying over and over in my head, i can't believe i have cancer. >> reporter: or at least she did. after surgery, dorothy's cancer-free for now and running strong. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. we're back in a
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moment with the west point cadet who may have picked the wrong time to check her phone. #
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new england patriots quarterback tom brady is asking an appeals court for another hear for his four-game suspension over the deflategate scandal. this appeal questions whether commissioner roger goodell acted properly in handing down brady's suspension. if this appeal is denied, the case could go to the supreme court. if you're a regular "nightly news" viewer, you know we've shown you videos of people using their phones at odd times. but never one quite like this. video from saturday that has gone viral, graduation at west point. cadets marching, and one looking down, typing away on her phone, not really paying attention to the excitement around her. back in 1997, they made their tv debut on nbc when they were just four days old. now over 18 years later, the first set of septuplets ever to survive infancy have graduated high school.
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iowa's mccaughey septuplets have grown up right before our eyes. on their 18th birthday, their mother said the time has flown by. a sticky situation. how a friendly window war with post-it notes became a viral sensation. next at 6: an east bay family
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plus, 4 people have died on mt. everest in the past four days. what a bay area man says makes the mountain an even riskier climb. ===raj/next close=== next. finally tonight, some artists use paint, others use clay. these artists use office supplies. they started a friendly war making murals out of post-it notes. it snowballed into an epic game of one upsmanship that took the media by storm. here's harry smith. >> reporter: there's a street in new york where if you look up, you'll be amazed and amused. whimsical window art on both sides of the street. >> they've got the rolling stones and donald trump up there. >> reporter: in an age of instant communication, these cubicle dwellers have chosen an ancient means of exchange, post-it notes. is this art? >> i think of it as a conversation that we're having with the building across the street. >> reporter: while some have called this a war, it's more a friendly rivalry. competition among advertising and media
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firms. yes, that's don draper. >> once we see something phenomenal go up, we kind of, among ourselves, talk and say, what can we do next? >> reporter: the bosses don't seem to mind. >> they want to see what we're going to do next as well. >> reporter: it took carla allen and her colleague abby smith an hour and a half to post the pink panther. did you feel almost like one of the drop the mic moments? >> totally. and when i went to the street and took a photograph of it, i was blown away by how much better it looked from a distance. >> reporter: sadly, one building's landlord said the lease requires the windows be free of everything. even anything as cool as this. so the art will all come down at the end of the month. on a fun scale -- >> 100%. i was elated. i was amped up even when i went home. >> reporter: prehistoric humans decorated their caves. this doesn't seem all that different. harry smith, nbc news, new york. that's going to do
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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. another embarassment for the embattled santa clara county sheriff's department. two jail guards -- arrested for allegedly beating a shackled inmate. now at 6:00, two jail guards arrested for allegedly beating a shackled inmate. >> like their colleagues before them, the two guards are facing serious charges. the embattled county jail is dealing with its latest scandal. two deputies arrested today for beating an inmate inside of a cell.
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robert? >> the accused deputy has arrived quietly at the sheriff's office. the two men had been on administrative leave during the investigation. they were ordered to come here to headquarters for a self-surrender and death. >> the two deputies arrived at the sheriff's office become inmates themselves. 27-year-old phillip and 31-year-old twan owe bad a final order from the sheriff to come to the office. the two were sullen and quiet as they walked inside with our cameras on them before being taken to jail and being booked for felony assault under color of authority. the deputies beat the shackled inmate in an interview room and again in his cell. >> our sheriff's major crime detective unit interviewed over 24 inmates, witnesses, they travelled down to a prison on the california mexico border and


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