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remaining candidates. will rub yoio rebound. the pop pushe pushing on the pressure to step up the fight against corruption and violence. >asoline delivered to your car on demand. night "nightly news" begins now. from nbc world adquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly news. reporting tonight, erica hill. good evening. justice antonin scalia, the supreme court's most influential conservative has died. the 79-year-old appointed by president ronald reagan almost three decades ago was found dead in texas. known for his strong language, he was widely respected by his colleagues and by the many who disagreed with his legal findings. john roberts praised
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extraordinary individual, calls his passing a great loss tohe court and the country he loyally served. pete, good evening. >> reporter:ood evening. justice scalia died sometime last night while in texas a a guest ranch. this is a big shock. he was in apparently robust health. so h h death is quite a surprise to the judicial world. it silences the court's most outspoken conservative voice. >> i anton knowinin scalia -- >> reporter: he was put on the supreme courur in 1986 by ronald reagan. he later became a lightning rod for chris criticism, he was confirmed unanimously after telling senators he had no plans to reshape the law. >> i am not going on to the court with a list of things that i wa do. my only agenda is to be a good judge. >> reporr: once there, he became one of the most outspoken conservatives, an author of fiery
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affirmative action in hiring and school admission and abortion rights. he said ro e v. wade was wrong. said judges should be bound by the words they inpresent. >> we are not governed by the intent. we're governed by laws. what the law is is not what the drafter intended by what the drafter enacted. >> reporter: though unsympathetic to criminal suspects, he led the court in expanding rights of defendants to confront the accuser in court and limiting a judge's power to use evidence in sentenceing unless it was proved during a trial. he wrote the ruling that said t t second amendment garn teaseuararaees a right to own a gun. he was an advocate for
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helping to establish the federalist society ich encouraged the appointment of more right-leaning judges. he met his future wife maureen on a blind date when both were in college. they had nin children, five boys and four girls, two later became lawyers, following their father in a profession he clearly relished. >> i like thinking about the law. i like figuring out the right ansnsr to legal problems. it's sort of the top of the heap for a lawyer who has those interests. >> reporter: in the process, he became one of the most inflew enshan shall justices in the history. tonight while the condolences for his wife and family pour in, we can't escape this fact. this leaves the court now with eight justices as it turns to such hot button issues as abortion, immigration, obamacare, the future of public sector unions, cases that were likely to be decided by five to four votes, now this races the possibility
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which would mean the decisions wouldn't count. in addition to the human dimension, justice scalia's death cast a shadow over the supreme court term. >> it's being discussed. pete williams tonight. president obama sents sent his condolences. for more on the implications, we turn to kelly o'donnell who joins us from the white use. >> reporter: good evening. first president obama and the first lady offered their deepest condolences to the scalia family. the president is in california and was playing golf when he was informed of the death. the president is there to host a summit of ten asian leaders and is not schedulul to return until tuesday. now president obama is faced with the unexpected and kwen shall task of making his thirdomination to the highest court. a political battle will begin almost immediately. republicans are in charge of the senate confirmation process and no doubt concerned
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could shift away from a conserveative majority with only months left in the president's term, tonight the top republican mitch mcconnell says this court vacancy should nwt be filled until a new president is elected. arierica erica? >> we will discuss that as well. thank you. we are likely to see the implications of justice scalia's death play out tonight on the stage in south carolina. the six remaining republican candidates debate for the last time, leading up to south carolina's primary. we get more from hal hallie jackson. >> reporter: we will have more space tonight but no less sparring as the six remaining republicans face off. marco rubio with the most to prove after what rivals mocked as a robotic performance last debate. >> i wish he would have done better. i like that he came back out afterwards and said that was my fault. >> reporter: now rebooting with a tougher tone against
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jeb bush ready to defend himself and possibly ding donald trump as he looks for a south carolina comeback. >> he said, we should bomb the blank, blank, blank out of eye sis. that's not a strategy. that's an unserious man. >> reporter: while con kasich is going to stay positive. >> there's not a lot of room for negative campaigning. >> trump is on the attack, taking on ted cruz for wat he calls lies and threatening to suit canadian-born candidate. cruz dismissing it as another trumpertantrum. >> we said we love your policy. please jump in. >> reporter: republican rivals not just targeting eachh other but hillary clinton as well with her private e-mails released today. she and bernie sanders rallies supporters out west. >> we will surprise
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>> reporter: sanders without this ad. >> he was there with dr. king on washington. >> it's a rebuke that john lewis who said of sanders' civil rights efforts. >> i never saw him. i never met him. >> reporter: lewis walking that back saying he never doubted that sanders participated in the civil rights movement. nor was he attempting to disparage his activism. for sanders, a key clarification as he looks to connect with african-american sfloertzin sosoh carolina a clinton s song hold for democrats and republicans, a showdown state. most of the republican field has issued statements of somebody for scalia's family and praise for his focus on t constitution. some, including marco rubia and ted cruz are making clear they would prefer to wait untit after the election for a supreme court replacement to be elected. something we are sure to hear more about tonight as scalia's death reshapes not just this debate but this presidential race.
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thank you. tens of millions across the country are being told to stay indoors tonight as brutally cold temperatures grip much of the country. the mercury dipping far below zero in several cities. the weather is being blamed tonight for a deadly pileup involving dozozs of vehicles in pennsylvania. more on the extreme cold and those dangerous conditions. >> reporter: in the bitter cold and snow here harrisburg, pennlvanan, a massive and deadly pileup. as many as 50 cars and big rigs. >> there's a pile of them. one was folded in half. >> reporter: at least three people dead. >> we have 20 people entrapped. some serious. >> reporter: others pinned in the twisted metal. >> i also have a lady that's in a vehicle that's six months pregnant with a broken leg. >> reporter: all trying to stay warm with windchills below zero. >> make sure they got the buses coming. they are getting cold quick. >> another tractor-trailer driver didn't have anything in his trailer. he said to get in the back and keep warm.
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route 78 with her two young daughters. >> it's all of a sudden just whited out. it kind of came out of nowhere. we werer on dry waivement. everything was fine and the car in front of me disappeared. >> reportete forecaers believe a snow squall moved through blowing snow and limiting visibility. >> there was from my count what i could see six tractor-trailers just like piled on top of each other in the median. it was one of those things like had we earlier, where would we have been. >> >> reporter: transported to hospitals. temperatures plunging have seen in more than a decade. >> everything that i could ware i'm wearing. >> reporter: in minnesota, temperatures fell to 22 below zero, without the windchill. in places like buffalo, snowy and icy roads made driving treacherous. guststwere expected to
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the city ordered construction cnes into secure positions after last week's deadly accident. >> i want everyone to know it's so important to take this seriously to stay indoors to the maximum extent possible. >> reporter: let me tell you, that's good advise. in new york it's so cold you can see many of the fountains are frozen in place. it's only expected to get worse with windchills expected to drop down to near minus 25 tonight. >> for more nown this dangerous cold, thanks, and when it will end we turn to dylan drier. >> good evening. it's cold and getting colder. we have the polar vortex to blame as this cold air sags down from canada. temperatureseslose to records by the time we get into sunday morning. we are looking for a morning low of eight degrees below zero in boston. the old record is three below said in 1934. pittsburgh will start off at one.
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degrees. washington, d.c., about eight degrees. that's 18 degrees below average. as we go into sunday afternoon, we are going to see high temperatures only in the single digits in milwaukee, richmond should make it up to 25 degrees. that's 24 degrees below average. we are watching the next stop system. it's vy cold. we are going to see warmer air work into the system and change any snow to rain. on sunday, we are looking for the snow to move into the carolina into virginia, even up through the mid-atlantic and northeast. then as we go into monday night, warm air replaces the cold air. we will see any of this wintry mix and snow change to rain, except for interior locations and in the higher elevations where temperatures will be a little warmer. let's look at tuesday's highs. we're going to get above average. new york city should get up to 51 on tuesday. that's nine degrees above average. we are going to see temperatures start to warm up despite how cold this weekend. where he going to spend most of the next week with temperatures above average.
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on his first full day in mexico, pope francis challenged government and church leaders to do more to protect t mexican people. from the drug violence are pervasive in that country. ann thompson is traveling with the pope and has the report. >> reporter: toda mexico city opened its arms to pope francis. the sight of the son of latin america beaming in the city tears. >> i'm going to cry. that's for sure. hope. >> life changing pope. he is reforming the church. think he's wonderful. >> reporter: drawing the faithful from all over the americas. describing himself as missionary of mercy he challenged them to focus on the common good and eliminate economic inequality that is fertile ground for corruption and drugs. mexico is the second largest catholic country in the world.
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claim the faith. of the shrine, a must on francis' itinerary today. mexico is also a country bloodied by the violence of drug cartel cartels. speaking to the local bishop, he said the drug trade devours like a spreading cancer, threatening society. more than 164,000 people murdered since 2007. including at least 36 priests killed in the last ten years. thousands more missing. 13 every day. this man's only son is one of 43 students kidnapped and believed dead. he says he wants to meet the pope because he believes francis can give the parents strength. such high expectations stretch from mexico city to chicago's immaculate conception parish where 95% are mexican origin. i hear, is the pope a ghost?
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he is not going to change things over time. >> reporter: the nation of many problems and a deep faith. next week, the pope turns his attention to the issue of immigration traveling to the south where many central american immigrants enter this country and then to the north to say mass at the u.s. border. erica?
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to capitalize on the accident. >> reporter: the building was empty. security cameras were rolling the morning the ground gave way. a 30-foot deep sink hole swallowing eight sports cars. what did it make you feel? >> sick. sick. >> reporter: the video went viral, getting more tha8 million hits. for geo scientists an opportunity for deeper understandini. >> what happened here is a cave that we did not existed and the roof of the cave h actually migrated upwards. >> reporter: museum managers have seen a spike in visitors. >> reporter: >> we decided to embrace this as a new attraction at a corvette museum. >> reportete two years later, that exhibit is now open. featuringg glass
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the sinkhole abyss and a virtual experience of what it would have been like to have been standing on the cave floor at the time of the collapse. when people are in the cave, we want them to have a sense of the feeling of power that's involved in the natural event. >> reporter: the eight cars are also on display, two have been restored and visitors can watch the work on a third. >> they made a negative. >> reporter: it could have sunk the museum's future transformed into an attraction of its own. up next, a coach who teaches her kids as much about life as she does a aut the game. did you know that meeting your daily protein needs actually helps to support your muscle health? boost high protein nutritional drink can help you get the protein you need. each serving has 15 grams of protein to help maintain musc, plus 26 vitamins and minerals including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones.
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finally tonight, she's one of a kind. a high school basketball coach who has been having an impact on young lives with lessons that have little do with athletics. >> move while the ball is in the air. >> reporter: it's big game for the lady panthers. in this illinois town of a few hundred families, just about all of them are here. >> they are pretty good. weweave to be ready to play. >> reporter: almost always a winning seasonon for 23 years the same coaches. >> let them throw the ball out of the trap. >> reporter: matt long and a young woman with downs syndrome, assistant coach jessi. >> i want that team to come out and play their hearts out.
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to help at age 11 when her sister played. continuing through her teens and 20s. how are they going to do tonight? >> we're going to play really good. >> reporter: coach long said yes then and has given her the same answer every year since. >> she's going to it as long as she can. she tells me every year, see you next year, get my contact ready. >> reporter: it's more than a title, she's in charge of the play board, water and towels. >> good luck. >> reporter: every referee knows her, every player loves her. >> if you need someone to pump you up,he's like, you got this. you will win. => reporter: her family is grateful she opportunity. >> panthers coming through? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: students and coach long say the thanks go to jessi. >> the legacy is the number of lives she has touched. it's just special. it really is. >> reporter: the panthers eventually
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celebrating more than a win. paying tribute to a sports coach whose most important lessons are about living life. >> we love jessi! >> reporter: nbc news, camp point, illinois. that is "nbc nightly news" this saturday. i'm erica hill reporting from new york. i will see you tomorrow morning on "today." fof all of us here at nbc news, thanks for
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