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january of 1928 as a sitting u.s. president been to havana. president obama and president castro met this summer p . he said he was interested in visiting cuba before his presidency ends but only if there was significant improvements in civil liberties. well, national embassies have reopened in washington d.c. and havana. this week u.s. and cuban officials signed an agreement restoring scheduled airline service between the nations. and ted cruz and marco rubio, both of cuban descent, vocalized their opposition to the president's trip, vowing never to visit the island.
donald trump has slipd to second place nationally behind ted cruz according to a new poll just out. this coming just two days ahead of the south carolina primary. a giddy cruz talked to nbc's hally jackson. about the new found lead. >> it's tremendously win. you got to get to first place to win but i think this is a result of a couple of things. one -- >> and earlier in the day, cruz took on trump directly over a campaign ad attacking trump as pro-choice. at an msnbc town hall, the not-backing down trump seemed less forceful about pursuing the case. >> we certainly want to keep somebody honest and when he says
>> and marco rubio picked up a key indorsement. south carolina governor nikki haley. >> we say that every day is a great day in south carolina. ladies and gentlemen, if we elect marco rubio, every day will be a great day in america. and that indorsement was a big blow to jeb bush who earlier in the day told nbc news that getting her indorsement would mean he would quote have to work a lot harder. >> seize he's a very good governor and should i win there's a roll for her. she's a great person. i'm disappointed she didn't indorse me. >> bush's father and brother, both popular in the state, had reached out to hailey on jeb's behalf. and bush trailing rubio. and now to the democrats and the
excitement by the moment and the polling showing a dead heap. both scrambling to pull in votes. and hillary clinton is continuing her message as the successor to president obama's legacy, contrasting with vermont senator's statements. >> my opponent has been quite critical of the president. he's called him weak. i'm unappall unapologetic. i will take it further. >> and she was introduced by geneva, mother of sandra bland, who died in police custody after a traffic stop. >> horrifying loss of those you love to something so senseless. we owe it to them to reform police practices, to make sure that no other young woman like sandra bland is ever pulled out
thrown into a jail where she is found dead. >> sanders, meanwhile held events at morehouse callage and saying there's a crack in clinton's fire wall. and he's responding to killer mike. >> he said michael, are you united states. you have to be -- you have to have policy that's reflective of social justice. >> a campaign official says senator sanders doesn't believe that gender should be the reason to vote for or against anyone. that's the point mike was making. and just 48 hours away from the caucus caucuses.
exclusive interview with vice president joe biden tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern time. many pacquiao received a big blow by nike. they just announced they're cutting ties with pacquiao after he called people in home sexual relationships worse than animals. saying man is worse than animals because animals know how to distinguish male from female. he's currently running for the country's senate. nike issued a statement that said in part. the former boxing champion tweeted an apology saying he was sorry for hurting people. apple is defending its de
hack into the cell phone belonging to one of the san bernardino shooters. and and meanwhile, according to u.s.a. today, experts say it was just taken in an afternoon to create the software to break into iphones. and according to a document exclusively acquired by roiders, a chemical went missing and they fear if it falls in the hands of
deadly chemical weapon. >> we're aware of the reports that there may be a lost or missing radio id dioradioactive source in iraq. we haven't seen any information that it has been acquired by dash or any of the terrorist groups in the region. sandra o'connor says president obama has a responsibility to name the replacement for late justice antonin scalia. first female supreme court justice says quote i think we need somebody there to do the job now and let's get on with it. justice steven bar wouldn't comment on the battle to replace scalia but instead remembered him as a decent man. >> i'd like to have maybe 15 seconds of silent for justice scalia who was a good friend and a life force of the court and it's going to be a grayer place
>> meanwhile the white house has announced that the president will not attend the funeral and instead, the president will pay his respects tomorrow when he lies in repose in the court's great hall. vice president joe biden is scheduled to attend scalia's funeral. and the florida winners have finally come forward. they are claiming a 1/3 of the january 13th e winnings and until yesterday, they didn't tell anyone they won except for relatives and their financial advisors. >> the first day i arrived late to work they all suspected i won. so i had to say i didn't purchase a ticket and i didn't lie. >> and they decided oen a lump
$327 million. so, a whole lot of money that florida. and ice jams, this one formed in augusta, causing the river to rise about 13 feet. spring. so, nbc meteorologist bill karins is here. spring. does that mean it's feeling about spring time in that part of may? >> it just means we've been on a roller coast r is what it means. we had the warmth and the cold and the warmth and the rain. there's another huge warm up on the way. and everything is on the west coast. heavy snow to mountains in california and areas like salt lake city. and it's going to be very windy. with record high temperatures,
early spring set up where we're going to have to deal with brush fires and we have red flag warnings from mexico to missouri and amarillo, texas could be 85 degrees today. this as we go through friday to sunday, 70s and 80s. minneapolis doesn't get many february stretches of three days in a row near 50 degrees. that's happening friday through your weekend. and eventually it will try make to the northeast and midatlantic. now a closer look at your day ahead. so, there's that record high, 86 and 80 in amarillo. denver is unusually warm at 73. and mid-60s all the way through montana. mid-60s in montana in february and that's a little unusual. >> in new york it's going to be
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