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breaking news tonight. outbreak. 70 million at high risk of catastrophic tornadoes, and hail up to the size of baseballs. urgent warnings of potentially life-threatening weather. critical night as trump looks for a clean sweep and reports swirl that sanders is planning to reassess his campaign strategy. new clues in a family massacre that has shocked a nation. eight relatives killed. one of them we now know shot nine times. black boxes found from the invaded ship that went down in the deep, killing all 33 onboard. can they now solve a big mystery. and big money surprise. the boss of a yogurt empire stuns thousands of employees with a promise that could make some
this? "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. right now, we are monitoring a massive and dangerous storm system poised to bring severe weather to millions from north texas into nebraska. tornado watches are posted in four states with people in the path braced for hail, and violent winds. this system more potent than many others that have pounded the region this spring, and could intensify during the night. nbc's miguel almaguer is in the storm zone with the latest. >> reporter: this is the leading edge of a monster storm system threatening 70 million people tonight. in the danger zone, the forecast calls for a wild mix. baseball-sized hail, scattered lightning, powerful winds up to
conditions right for tornadoes. at the kansas city airport, it turned ugly early. thunder, lightning and hail. day turned to night across missouri. downpours and winds causing problems. >> that is a wall of water right now. >> reporter: in oklahoma city, they are watching the sky for twisters like this. the state emergency operations center warning of explosive tornadoes tonight. schools, businesses closing early, car dealerships hauling their inventory to covered garages. >> they told us to expect up to baseball-sized hail. that's why we've chosen to move them all indoors. >> reporter: tornado alley has already been hammered, homes ripped apart, lightning sparking house fires. tonight, a 70,000 square mile area stretching from texas to nebraska in the bull's-eye. >> this is a classic severe setup. you have this dip in the jet stream that's going to dig into the central plains. as it does so, it changes the winds at
the atmosphere. this causes significant large tornadoes and also very large hail. >> reporter: a dangerous night ahead for tens of millions in the plains. tonight here in oklahoma city, where it is warm and humid, the skies are getting darker, and the wind speeds are picking up. supercells have been spotted on the radar. forecasters say the most dangerous weather will likely come in the next few hours. they promise it will get sporty all across this region. lester? >> all right, miguel almaguer, thank you. it is a big night in the race for president. donald trump aiming for a sweep of cruz and kasich in five states up for grabs tonight, hoping to deal another big blow to the so-called stop trump movement. there's drama with the democrats with a report that bernie sanders is preparing to reassess his campaign strategy. and the campaign pushing back. we've got it all covered as we await the poll closings, starting with nbc's katy tur at trump tower. katy, what's the mood there? >> reporter: good evening, leste
me if all goes as planned, by next week the trump campaign will be running a general election campaign regardless of whether ted cruz or john kasich are still in this race. but first, they have to get through tonight. and expectations are high. donald trump racing up the i-95 corridor, his sights on the general election. he's about to get closer, expected to sweep all five states voting tonight. but the biggest prize? 54 party activists in pennsylvania, chosen by voters today to be the state's three agents at the gop convention. >> you have to get your beautiful delegate card and you have to vote for your delegates. the delegates. it's crazy. >> reporter: unbound delegates who can vote for whichever candidate they want and change their mind whenever they want, regardless of how their district votes. they are 54 highly coveted and potentially crucial votes that could decide who gets the nomination.
these are two of them. >> there's a definitely possibility that i'll wait until cleveland to make my decision. >> it's not about power. it's mostly about trying to make the right decision. >> reporter: if trump runs the table tonight and then wins in indiana next week, his path to 1,237 gets a lot easier. which is why ted cruz and john kasich are teaming up in indiana, kasich leaving the state to bolster cruz. but the pair fumbling their alliance about as quickly as they formed it. >> the people in indiana who are watching this program right now, your message come primary day there is to vote for -- >> look, i'm not getting into that, matt. i'm not. things are not so plain and simple. i don't tell my voters what to do. first of all, i don't have voters. >> reporter: that strategy not going over well with kasich supporters. >> i don't think we care for trump, but i don't care for the game either. >> reporter: katy tur, nbc news, new york.
andrea mitchell. anticipating big wins tonight, hillary clinton already in indiana, turning her attention to donald trump. >> i'm just bewildered when i hear the republican front-runner, donald trump, actually say that wages are too high in america. >> reporter: but bernie sanders' campaign is not letting up. jane sanders quickly rebutting a "new york times" report, quoting a senior adviser saying they will reassess strategy after tonight. >> we're not talking about reassessing anything. >> reporter: and bernie sanders emphasizing to me he's not going anywhere. >> we're in this race until the last vote is cast. >> reporter: tonight even e-mailing a fund-raising appeal, provocatively showing the clintons all smiles with the trumps at their wedding. >> i am winning. if you're ahead in the vote -- >> i am ahead in the vote. i am winning. >> reporter: but sanders is hearing a different message. >> i voted for you. >> thank you very much. i got at least one vote, right?
>> no, you got two. >> all right, we got two. >> reporter: hillary clinton said i'm winning. >> well, i think you've got to count the votes before you make that declaration. >> a little too overconfident? >> a little too over. there are five contests today. we think we're going to do just fine. >> reporter: and donald trump trying to make trouble for the democrats tweeting that sanders has been treated badly and he should run as an independent. the sanders campaign saying that's not going to happen. he's going to support the nominee. hillary clinton still in indiana, but heading this way for what she hopes will be a victory celebration. lester? >> andrea mitchell tonight, thank you. critical new clues coming to light in the shocking mass murder of eight family members in rural ohio. as the urgent manhunt continues for a fifth night, officials reveal that some of the victims showed signs of a struggle before they were killed. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> reporter: with investigators from across the state working around the clock, tonight preliminary autopsy results are shedding new light on the brutality of this
stunning murders that have shaken pike county, ohio. one of the eight victims shot nine times, two victims shot five times. only one was shot once. some of the dead also showed signs of bruising, indicating a struggle. >> i think we're likely looking at multiple shooters based on a variety of issues here. multiple shots indicates somebody who's angry, somebody perhaps with a score to settle. >> reporter: the motive still a mystery, but a law enforcement official tells nbc news the size of marijuana grows found at three of the four crime scenes suggest they were not for personal use. in another twist, the attorney general's office confirms investigators have found cages consistent with rooster breeding and possible cock fighting. but none of that is important to sa man than, mourning the youngest victim, 16-year-old christopher rhoden jr. >> i don't know what chris could have done.
>> reporter: at the pizza parlor, another victim, dana, used to visit with her children. >> i'll really miss dana. >> reporter: owner sally mcdonald has started a memorial fund to help pay for at least some of the eight funerals. >> it breaks my heart. something, you know, something like this, just doesn't happen in our community. >> reporter: tonight authorities won't say whether they have any suspects, but are cautioning that the state's largest murder investigation in recent memory will be lengthy. lester? >> gabe gutierrez in ohio, thank you. there's a new twist following the sudden death of top superstar prince. his sister says prince had no will, and now there could be a battle brewing over his giant fortune, and the rights to his music catalog. nbc's joe fryer with new details. >> reporter: five days after prince's death, a mystery now hangs over his estate. in court papers filed today, his sister says, i do not know of the existence of a will. prince had no wife or children, and both parents have died. so if he had no will, under minnesota law his siblings are next in line.
>> it will be divided into as many shares as there are siblings, half or full. >> reporter: his only full-blooded sibling, prince also had five half siblings who are still alive. two other half siblings passed away. tykea was also a musician and one of her publicists said she and prince spoke regularly, but made a pact not to bother each other when it came to their careers. no details on the values of prince's assets. unofficial estimates by industry analysts put his worth at $300 million. >> it is surprising that somebody with that large of an estate does not have a plan. >> reporter: many are wondering what the future holds for prince's home and studio paisley park. friends say he wanted it to become a museum for fans. musicians who worked with prince believe he also had a lot of unheard music locked in a vault. >> probably 70% of the orchestral backgrounds that we provided for prince are on songs that remain unreleased to this day. >> reporter: for now, prince's sisis
appoint someone to oversee the estate while things are sorted out. prince's reps have not commented on today's court filing. joe fryer, nbc news, minnesota. nearly seven months after the cargo ship el faro was lost in a hurricane at sea, the ntsb said they found the ship's data recorder 15,000 feet below the surface. 33 people were onboard that ship. as tom costello reports, investigators hope this discovery can fill in critical blanks about a risky voyage. a risky voyage. >> reporter: there on the ocean floor, el faro's missing data recorder. sitting amid the wreckage 41 miles northeast of the bahamas. el faro was sailing from jacksonville to san juan, puerto rico, in a tropical storm when it suddenly lost power. dead in the water as the tropical storm turned into hurricane joaquin. >> el faro had lost propulsion, had taken on water, and was listing at 15 degrees.
days of searching, teams found debris floating on the surface, but none of the 33 crew members survived. meanwhile, in jacksonville last october, outraged that the crew ever left port in the face of a monster storm. >> you have got to be kidding. you on a suicide mission. you never should sail through those waters, period. >> reporter: a month later using underwater cameras, the wreckage was finally confirmed in 15,000 feet of water, three miles down. the ship's owner tote marine said it would never endanger a crew to meet a schedule. but tote is now facing multiple lawsuits from family members. the next step for recovery teams actually bringing the data recorder to the surface. it's about the size of a basketball, capable of recording conversations on the ship's bridge. conversations that could provide clues into the sequence of events that led to el faro sinking. tom costello, nbc news, washington. big news tonight in the business world about a giant american company. apple reported today its first decline in quarterly sales in
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