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entertainment, and disney service. they' re planned to be completed by 2021 and 2023. we continue to follow breaking news out of brevard county. jim: three people are rescued after their truck rolls off the road and into a ditch. we are looking for a cause of the crash. meredith: a man charged after a child shoots herself is expected to walk out of jail any moment. we are there as he is released. jim: highlights from the gop debate. breaking news tonight. clash of the titans. mitt romney releasing a blistering attack on donald trump, warning republicans to stop him. trump fires back and the gop braces for all-out war. a police officer smacking and kicking a 16-year-old, triggering outrage and a criminal investigation.
brandi chastain, after her iconic victory celebration, why she said she's donating her brain to science. the price you pay for health care, a new way patients are finding to save big money, on average $1,000. we'll show you. and story time. but it's the kids doing the reading and some very good listeners loving every minute of it. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. it is like nothing we've seen before in modern american political history. mitt romney, the republican's last presidential nominee, delivering a stinging point-by-point takedown of his party's current front-runner, donald trump. reaching a new level of urgency with romney in a speech at a time that sounded like an intervention, labeling
eviscerating his policies as reckless. we're witnessing open warfare over the future of the republican party. we start with peter alexander. >> reporter: romney branded his front-runner, as dishonest, dangerous and dumb. >> here's what i know. donald trump is a phony, a fraud. his promises are as worthless as a degree from trump university. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the republican party vilified the man to succeed him. >> you say, wait, wait, wait. isn't he a huge business success? doesn't he know what he's talking about? no, he isn't. and no, he doesn't. his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses. and the men and women who work for them. he inherited his business, he didn't create it. and whatever happened to trump airlines?
magazine, and trump vodka, and trump steaks, and trump mortgage. a business genius he is not. >> reporter: repeatedly blasting the billionaire for lacking the temperament to be president. >> think of donald trump's personal qualities. the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the third-grade theatrics. >> reporter: accusing trump of manipulating the public anger. >> he creates scapegoats of muslims and mexican immigrants immigrants. >> he knew if it wasn't going to happen today, it probably wasn't going to happen. >> reporter: four years ago, romney welcomed trump's endorsement. today tweeting trump wouldn't have accepted it. if not trump, then with who? >> i vote for marco rubio in florida and john kasich in ohio and for ted cruz. >> reporter: could romney jump in? we tried to get his
response. if it's trump, this dire prediction. >> a person so untrustworthy as hillary clinton must not become president. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: peter znd, nbc news, new york city. >> will he talk about our policy differences? or will he attack me with every imaginable low road insult? >> reporter: and donald trump delivered. >> i'll just address it quickly because it's irrelevant. if i said drop to your knees, he would have dropped to his knees. >> reporter: back at the name calling today. >> he's a choke artist. >> reporter: a sentiment about romney echoed by trump supporters. >> he's a loser. >> reporter: the former nominee now daring the potential nominee to be transparent. >> all he has to do is release his back taxes like he promised he would. >> reporter: a demand trump ignored.
about to face it onstage. tonight his toughest rematch yet. head-to-head with megyn kelly for the first time in eight months. the billionaire trashing kelly after she asked him about his own words insulting women. >> you call women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. your -- >> only rosie o'donnell. >> reporter: tonight sure to get heated. >> what is your plan? >> reporter: aides to marco rubio promising the senator will expose the billionaire for his policy shortcomings, and will get personal if he needs to. trump now on the air at rubio's home state. sending $1 million on florida tv. the cruz campaign down less than 100 delegates, said the texan won't get in the mud. >> they said act presidential tonight. i said, if somebody hits me, i'm going to
>> reporter: john kasich's camp said they'll try to stay out of the fray tonight. but make no mistake, donald trump has the most to lose. >> katy tur, thank you. we want to bring in our political director, the moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. what just happened here? >> i can tell you this, the other republican campaigns who want to stop trump are a little disappointed that mitt romney didn't offer a solution. they fear his resolution is raising his hand and say, hey, i'm available in case of an emergency. trump has not put this nomination away. if he loses both florida and ohio march 15th, chances are we're heading to the contested convention. rye now, trump leads in the delegates, as katy said, a little less than a hundred. so far, trump has won about 45% of all the delegates available. let's assume trump can win that same 45% in
besides florida and ohio. well that means he's really got to do well in florida and ohio. if trump wins both florida and ohio, this is what delegate totals look like. nearly 300 delegate lead over cruz. he only needs to win 50% of remaining delegates to be the nominee. without rubio and kasich, both would drop out, that wouldn't be the case. but if he loses both, florida and ohio to kasich and rubio, then suddenly you have a jumbled mess. everybody stays in, and lester, we're headed for that contested convention. >> wow. chuck, thank you. we want you to know mitt romney will speak out live tomorrow morning in the studio here in new york. an exclusive interview with matt lauer on "today." you think hillary clinton might be sitting back today, gleefully watching what's happening on the gop side, but she has got potential trouble of her own. namely, this e-mail controversy that repeatedly surfaces. this time, word that the aide who set up
server has been granted immunity. >> thank you all so much! >> reporter: hillary clinton at a star-studded fund-raiser last night. >> go out and vote! >> reporter: at the same time as a new disclosure about the investigation into her e-mails. nbc news confirming the former aide that set up her personal server has been granted immunity by the justice department. bryan took the fifth before congress but now talking to the fbi. spotlighting an issue donald trump raised again today. >> assuming she's not arrested for the e-mail situation. >> reporter: key legal issues with classified information mishandled. what was the damage? what was her role? >> the overriding legal issue is what was done at her direction and what was done with her knowledge. >> reporter: the fbi director has taken charge. >> i am very close personally to that investigation. >> reporter: today clinton's spokesman said she's eager to be interviewed by the fbi. >> calling secretary clinton in to answer questions may be the
them wrap up the investigation. >> there is no classified materials. >> reporter: a controversy that has clouded secretary clint for a year. bernie sanders gave her a pass on the issue last fall. and today his wife and adviser told me -- >> maybe more people are interested now. but we're not going to make an issue out of it. >> reporter: it is likely clinton will have to testify. her team says they're glad her former aide is now cooperating, but clearly no matter what the justice department decides, this is an issue that the republicans will continue to use against her. lester? >> andrea, thank you. there are new defendants tonight involving that piece of debris discovered off eastern africa. possibly belonging to the missing malaysia airlines flight 370. malaysian authorities reiterated today that photographic evidence suggests it likely came from a boeing 777. we're hearing more from the american who found it. here's nbc's tom
photographs of the possible debris found off mozambique raised several questions. why is there no marine life like the last piece. it is possible it korv washed clean if it was stuck in the sand. yet the words "no step" is still visible. crash experts say it suggests a violent impact with the water, but they'd expect to see a relatively flimsy horizontal stabilizer on a 777 rip off first. >> i can't assume at all it has to do with mh-370. >> reporter: it was found by blaine allen gibson. >> this could possibly be from malaysia 370. we don't know yet. >> reporter: gibson has blogged about mh-370, even traveled across asia meeting victims' families. today he said his interest drew him to
>> i wanted to go out to a place where debris washes ashore from the open indian ocean. my heart was thumping. there was anticipation, there was excitement. >> reporter: while the primary search zone is still thousands of miles away, marine experts aren't surprised debris has turned up on the other side of the ocean. >> the ocean is much more unpredictable and complicated than a straight flowing river. you get swirls, you get big waves. >> reporter: even if investigators conclude the debris is from mh-370, it won't tell them where the rest of the plane is. the search remains focused some 3,500 miles to the east. >> tom, thank you. a surprise announcement today from american soccer hero brandi chastain. many remember her iconic world cup victory celebration. now retired, she said after years of taking hard hits, she will donate her brain to science, warning about concussions to women and girls. that it's not just a
playing football. nbc's erica hill has more. >> reporter: the woman behind one of the most iconic moments in sports history is hoping to leave a more lasting legacy. pledging today to donate her brain for research. chastain spoke to nbc news about head injuries last november. >> when you hear things like cte, traumatic brain jury, these are real. these are long-lasting. and what we can't do is we can't study the brain while somebody's alive. >> reporter: her brain will go to researchers at boston university, studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or cte, and a possible link to concussions. the lab has 307 brains. only 7 are from women. >> we really don't know about cte in women's sports. we need more spes i mens. we mead nor ways to diagnose is. >> reporter: chastain, who retired from soccer in 2010,
probably half a dozen times she shook off possible concussions from heading the ball. girls' soccer has the second highest number of concussions among high school athletes. with female players suffering 40% more than their male counterparts. now a mom and coach, chas tape worked with u.s. soccer last year to change the rule for heading in youth league. >> as a coach and advocate and soccer ambassador, i have to do what's right for the safety of the players. >> reporter: continuing her commitment to the game, and its future. erica hill, nbc news, new york. a criminal investigation has been launched over a troubling scene caught on tape in baltimore. it shows a school police officer slapping a young man in the face multiple times, and then kicking him. it's just the latest incident raising questions about the use of force among baltimore law enforcement. nbc's ron mott has the story.
under way in baltimore over this four-second cell phone video, showing a school police officer slapping and kicking a 16-year-old boy while a second officer looked on. >> as a parent of a baltimore city school student, i was appalled by what i saw. >> reporter: the mayor, whose city is closely watching a series of criminal trials of police officers in the death of freddie gray, found it exasperated by another police-involved controversy. officials say the two officers were responding to a report of school intruders. but a lawyer put the 10th grader and his family told nbc news he is enrolled as a student there. the child and family want to keep their names private. he's a minor child. he was injured and his family is traumatized by what happened. in 2014, another baltimore city school police officer was seen on camera hitting a female student with a baton. the officer later pleaded guilty to assault. the city school's police chief said he's also troubled by what
>> according to our use of force, definitely excessive force was used. >> reporter: in a statement, the state's attorney's office said it takes this matter very seriously and is working closely with the city's police department and school police to investigate. those forces operate separately. law enforcement in baltimore once again making headlines. ron mott, nbc news. still ahead tonight, slashing doctor bills by thousands of dollars. the website making discounts on medical services as easy as booking the cheapest flight online. also, story time. kids testing out their
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