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tonight, critical clash. cruz and trump making a mad dash to the finish in wisconsin. the stop trump movement hoping to score a dramatic victory. secret bank bombshell rocking the rich and powerful. world leaders, including putin, royal families scrambling after the biggest leak ever exposes a shadowy web of hidden fortunes. where's spring? millions hit with another massive arctic blast, and the freeze is far from over. bizarre behavior. why did a flight attendant allegedly open the door and deploy the evacuation slide when apparently nothing was wrong? and life-saving wonder drug. they cut cholesterol, but what about the millions who say the side effects are so painful they can't even take them. tonigh
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right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. one camp wants to beat donald trump. the other just wants to stop him. ted cruz and the stop trump movement are each building their hopes on wisconsin where polls show cruz leading trump ahead of tomorrow's primary, but it will take more than a trump loss by itself to sidetrack his march to the nomination which is why both efforts are tonight counting on a surge of momentum to level the playing field going forward. it happens to be virtually the same strategy playing out on the democratic side with bernie sanders trying to turn the tables on hillary clinton. we have it all covered starting with nbc's hallie jackson who is in wisconsin this evening. hallie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. donald trump has thousands of people packing his rallies here in wisconsin, but he'll need more support than that to
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cruz, but it's not trump who has to win in this state. it's the never trump movement needing a victory now more than ever. closing in fast, the wisconsin finish line less than 24 hours away, the last push through a state that matters more than anyone thought it would, not just for its 42 delegates but for the momentum it could give the stop trump movement. >> they realize that donald screams and yells a lot, but he has no solutions. >> reporter: it's a dramatic reversal from only a month ago when this looked like trump country, blue collar, more moderate, an open primary, but since the ted cruz has surged more than 20 points fueled by the stop trump movement making milwaukee ground zero led by a group of
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hosts like charlie sykes. >> this is not a conservative candidate. it's a clown car and the rhetoric that works elsewhere does not work in a state like wisconsin. >> reporter: why tomorrow is the best shot for anti-trump groups to show that they can stop him as several strategists tell nbc news that new ads are on the way beyond the badger state. >> 42 delegates in wisconsin are critical to stopping donald trump. >> reporter: but a win here would prove trump is teflon, really after his toughest week yet, battling back criticism from economists who are wrong to warn that we're headed for a crash. >> what i said is we're going into a massive recession, but i also say if i'm president, that's not going to happen. >> reporter: plus, a revealing new profile claiming he wears a bulletproof vest sometimes, even as he comes under fire for rallies that can turn violent. he says he can start acting presidential whenever he wants. so far it's the same trump on the trail. >> new yorkers are like that. >> reporter: and that's fine with linda hanson who says she's sticking with him no matter what. >> you'll never ever, ever change me. i'm just pulling for him. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news, milwaukee. >> reporter: i'm kristen welker traveling with the
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clinton campaign. it's a question of math versus momentum. bernie sanders is looking for a win in wisconsin but anything short of a blowout wouldn't do much to dent hillary clinton's nearly unsurmountable delegate lead. >> i want to get hillary clinton more nervous than she already is. >> reporter: sanders touting his slim lead in wisconsin today where his message is resonating with throngs of progressive voters. on the heels of winning five states, sanders is gaining momentum, the race increasingly combative. >> she's already under a lot of pressure so don't tell her this, but i think we win here, we win in new york state, we're on our way to the white house. >> reporter: the reality, clinton is ahead by double digits on her home turf of new york, but sanders is slowly narrowing the gap and campaigning here today as the state passed a minimum wage increase, clinton took a familiar if veiled swipe at sanders again painting his policies as unrealistic. >> feelings have to be matched with politics. >> reporter: another reality check. his campaign is acknowledging to the "new york times" early missteps which are now
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campaign, saying sanders initially failed to aggressively challenge clinton. late tonight sanders aides telling nbc news the article isn't a sign they are throwing in the towel. >> we think there's a path to the nomination. >> reporter: now the only way sanders can make a play for the top spot, start winning big, really big. >> a big win for sanders means that not only does he have momentum but that he gets more of the delegates that they have been looking for. >> reporter: as clinton campaigns here in albany, her campaign is releasing a new memo touting her, quote, insurmountable lead, a sign that they are trying to project confidence as she faces tough odds in wisconsin tomorrow. lester? >> kristen welker, thanks. tonight, two weeks into spring and millions across the country is wondering where is it? a nasty blast of arctic air and snow is making for a miserable start to the season. nbc's dylan dreyer is in the thick of it. >> reporter: for 15 million people today spring was nowhere in sight.
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and i need some warm weather. i definitely miss the warm weather. >> reporter: today's snowfall was the second of two clippers to move through the region in 48 hours, expected to drop as much as 6 inches of snow in parts of the northeast including providence, hartford and boston. >> april gives us one more slap before winter goes, you know. it happens. >> reporter: slick roads brought dangerous driving conditions throughout the region. one person was killed, and a dozen injured in this three-car accident. in upstraight new york, numerous people were injured after a tour bus rolled down an embankment and landed on its roof during this morning's heavy snow. for residents in massachusetts -- >> it's like getting a snowball in the face. >> reporter: -- it's the second straight day of this punishing weather. on sunday a couple was killed after a tree fell on to their car crushing it. neighborhoods across the region cleaning up after destructive winds barreled through this weekend. trees uprooted, homes ripped apart, and is
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york, completely blown over, and the baseball season will have to wait one more day in some parts of the country. both the new york yankees and the cleveland indians rescheduled their season openers as mother nature shows no mercy. now the snow will end tonight and then temperatures plummet. by tomorrow morning windchills will be mostly in the low to mid-teens and then by wednesday morning it's likely that we'll tie or break record low temperatures all across the northeast, and the worst part about all this, lester, there's really no warmup in sight. >> all right. dylan, thanks very much. there's late word of a tragedy in tennessee. authorities say five people are dead after a sight-seeing helicopter crashed and burst into flames in pigeon forge, southeast of knoxville. witnesses say they saw the chopper crash into trees on the way down and then explode. investigators are on their way to the scene to try to determine the cause. troubling questions this evening about the amtrak train
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two workers outside philadelphia. the ntsb is reviewing tape of the moment of impact, but investigators say they are no closer to determining what or who is to blame. nbc's tom costello has the latest. >> reporter: south of philly today, a slow ride down the same tracks that were the scene of yesterday's deadly crash. the ntsb said this afternoon cameras on the amtrak train showed maintenance equipment sitting on two sets of tracks just before the crash. >> the video shows that there was construction equipment on the track and work train equipment on the track immediately adjacent to the amtrak train's track. >> reporter: investigators say they don't know why the equipment was there and whether there was some breakdown in communication. palmetto train 89 from new york was headed south to georgia and had just passed philly. as it went through khoster, p.a., the amtrak backhoe was sitting right in the train's path. the impact was sudden and violent. an amtrak worker and supervisor on the backhoe were killed
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went flying. on board the train a doctor from pennsylvania who took these photographs. >> the damage on the train was unbelievable. there was metal. there's broken glass. there was plastic. it looked horrific. >> reporter: just last may eight passengers were killed, 200 injured in an amtrak accident north of philly. since then amtrak has finished adding an automatic braking system called positive train control to all of the northeast corridor. in january we got a firsthand look. >> slowing it down for you. >> just took over control of the train for me. look at that. >> reporter: the system should have been programmed to prevent trains from approaching a work zone. unless the work crew was on the wrong tracks. >> human factor-related accidents have been a constant challenge in the rail industry ever since railroads were started back in the early 1800s. >> reporter: question tonight, if there was human error, where did it occur? tom costello. nbc news, washington. we turn now to the
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causing shock waves around the world, the so-called panama papers believed to be the biggest data leak in history, are exposing how some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful people, including leaders like vladimir putin, may be hiding billions offshore. nbc's andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: vladimir putin, investigators say, at the center of a star-studded list of 12 current and former heads of state, like the king of saudi arabia, even celebrities like jackie chan, connected to controversial offshore bank accounts and companies set up by a secretive law firm headquartered in this building in panama, but no one more tantalizing than putin. so the trails all the lead and circle around to one person. >> right. >> in this case vladimir putin. >> i don't think we'll ever see vladimir putin's name on an offshore company or an offshore bank account, but i think this is probably as close as you'll ever get. >> reporter: putin is believed by u.s. intelligence to be one of the world's richest
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these documents are a road map to how putin could have stashed away billions, the papers point to this cellist sergei roldugin. the godfather to putin's daughter placed in charge of these companies. and then there's putin's banker yuri kovalchuk, already under u.s. sanctions for ukraine, nicknamed by u.s. officials cashier to the kremlin and more mystery. another major player in the documents, mikhail lesin, the former head of putin's propaganda operation was found dead in this washington, d.c. hotel in november, bludgeoned to death. >> he would have been able to speak about that but not anymore. >> reporter: protests tonight in iceland where the prime minister accused of hiding money denied wrongdoing but walked out of an interview when asked about it. many of these offshore companies are legal and putin's spokesperson called the investigation an attack against russia. >> i think putin's press barons willow
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sure that this story is buried. >> reporter: the law firm says it only sets up the companies and is not responsible for how they are run. no comment from jackie chan, but the justice and treasury departments are already poring through these documents. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thanks. we're now getting an exclusive look at the incredible turnaround for a miracle survivor. doctors had declared a 14-year-old girl dead after a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by an uber driver in michigan, but now a month and a half later she is making a remarkable recovery. here's nbc's blake mccoy. >> reporter: walking on her own, abigail kopf refuses to be followed by a wheelchair, a stubborn determination that would have seemed impossible six weeks ago. >> reporter: to see where she's at today is amazing. she's be a amazing kid. >> reporter: abigail was shot in the head at close range by uber driver jason dalton who confessed to the rampage that killed six people and injured one other. doctors initially declared abby dead, but she surprised everyone, squeezing
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her mother's hand that night, and the surprises keep coming. >> she's actually sprinting a little bit. she is fast walking a little bit faster than me now. >> reporter: abby's parents have found support from across the country in letters, scarves and quilts and too many to count. they are launching a facebook page today to keep people updated on her condition. abby's road ahead is long. she has recurring nightmares, must learn to eat on her own again, and if you notice, abby always wears a hat. part of her skull will need to be reconstructed but be ay is pushing forward, amazingly will a smile on her face. >> every street we drive down, you know, i see a cemetery or i see a -- a funeral or just a funeral home, and all i can do is think to myself i hate to be selfish but i'm so glad she's not there. i'm glad she's got the willpower to fight like she did. >> reporter: in six
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gone from victim to survivor. blake mccoy, nbc news. >> a story that continues to inspire us. still ahead, painful side effects. research now confirms that so much patients have complained for years about widely used cholesterol drugs, but now alternatives are offering new hope. also. dramatic moments aboard a united flight late today. we'll tell what you a flight attendant is accused of doing. we'll tell wa (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a stag pool party. (party music) (splashing/destruction) (splashing/destruction) (burke) and we covered it, october twenty-seventh, 2014. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ don't let dust and allergies get and life's beautiful moments. with flonase allergy relief, they wont. most allergy pills only control one inflammatory substance. flonase controls six.
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side effects are just too painful. now for the first time doctors say there's proof that those patients are right and as nbc's rehema ellis reports they are turning to new alternatives. >> reporter: some of the most popular drugs in the country are statins, taken by about 25 million americans to lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease, but they can also cause debilitating side effects, muscle pain, weakness and cramping. reported by 5% to 20% of patients. diane was one of them. >> everything was sore, and i -- and every time i moved, i'd get this -- more an achy, a bad achy feeling. >> reporter: for years some doctors thought these complaints might be psychosomatic, all in their heads, but a new study concludes that the pain is real. >> this now confirms for the first time that muscle intolerance to statins is a real problem affecting a
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significant portion of patients and that those patients now we need to develop alternatives to treat them. >> reporter: the good news is there is potential relief. >> the drug has been approved. >> reporter: already two cholesterol-lowering drugs have been approved by the fda. one repatha cuts levels of bad cholesterol by more than half, according to the new study. diane says the medication changed her life. >> it does the same thing, but it doesn't have the side effects that the statins have. >> reporter: but the bad news is they are expensive, about $14,000 a year, and only fda-approved for people with hereditary high cholesterol. the question now is whether the fda will approve them for a wider group of patients to cut their cholesterol and their pain. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. up next, before you book your next trip you may want to find out which airlines were just
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on the very day a deal was announced that alaska airlines is buying virgin america for $2.6 billion, virgin america took the top spot in this year's airline quality ranking which is based on ontime performance, mishandled baggage and customer complaints. jetblue and delta round the out the top three. at the bottom of the rankings were frontier, envoy air and spirit. meantime, united airlines has removed a flight attendant from duty after she apparently inflated the emergency slide when their plane arrived in houston this afternoon. united says there was never an emergency on board, and as nbc's miguel almaguer reports, this isn't the first time an incident like this has happened. >> united flight 1246 had just reached the gate in houston when the airline says the flight attendant intentionally deployed the evacuation slide even though there was no emergency. 159 passengers were on board the flight from sacramento
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flight attendant who for unknown reasons inflated the chute. we hold our employees to the highest standards, united says. this unsafe behavior is unacceptable and does not represent the more than 20,000 flight attendants who ensure the safety of our customers. it's not the first time an escape slide has been deployed. in 2010 a fed-up jetblue flight attendant let loose on passengers over the plane's intercom and pulled the chute's emergency lever before later being arrested. steven slater did a year probation on a charge of criminal mischief. back in houston, no injuries but questions. tonight that united plane is back in service, but the flight attendant has been removed from her duties as they investigate. miguel almaguer, nbc news. when we come back, as a new baseball season gets under way, how the new voice for a storied team is making history. making history.
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finally tonight, it's a new baseball season and one of the game's most storied franchises is making a change. legendary white sox announcer hawk harrelson is dialing back his schedule, and the new voice in the booth is a longtime fan with a triumph and story of his own. we get more now from nbc's ron mott. >> breaking ball, strike three. >> reporter: if jason benettie were doing play by play of his own life he would call a come-from-behind victory. >> the sox are on the board three batters in. >> reporter: a prophetic ending to a school paper written long ago as a young boy. >> i would like to be the white sox sportscaster as long as i don't look like harry carey. >> reporter: benettie dreamed big. >> maybe i will find out one day. yes. >> reporter: wanting nothing more than a job with his beloved hometown chicago white sox, so when the pitch came to do just that on tv this season, he crushed it. this is something you've been thinking and dreaming about for a long time?
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[000:27:59;00] emotional feeling of getting a job like this before you get it because you know logically there's -- there's not much of a chance at all. >> reporter: born ten weeks prematurely, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, benettie endured numerous surgeries, braces and casts on his legs and now at 32. >> me? >> reporter: he's just one of the guys. >> because he doesn't view it as a handicap. it's just what he is, and not who he is. he is the ultimate broadcaster at a very young age. >> reporter: exceeding expectations is benettie's hallmark from high school broadcaster to professional, even earning a law degree in between. >> i used to think that people were discounting my iq when i walked into a room. at the beginning of my career, i would try to force things and make sure people knew that i knew what i was doing. >> reporter: rising to
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the challenge every step of the wa you got an "a?" >> i got an "a." better have gotten an "a." i was right. >> reporter: bringing his "a" game. >> rollins to right. >> reporter: ron mott, nbc news, glendale, arizona. that will do it for us on this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. they say character is what you do when no one is watching. david trone banned the box so people who've paid their debt to society could have a chance. and fought so hard for criminal justice reform, they named a center after him. and because education was his way out david offered it free to employees. and over 14 years ago began offering them partner benefits.
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