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need it. >> a big one. >> thanks for joining us. lester holt is next with "nightly news." tonight, the clash in carolina. republicans ready to collide in tonight's debate. donald trump skyrocketing in our brand-new poll. his closest rival on the defense over some big money. was it a cover-up? another teen killed by chicago police. a judge blasting the city for trying to keep evidence from the public. another black eye for the department and the mayor. outbreak. a rapidly spreading virus that is so dangerous, it has health experts warning americans, especially pregnant women, to stay away from the hot zones. amal clooney exclusive. her first u.s. television interview. how the attorney and wife of actor george clooney is using her star power to fight an out of control crisis. "nightly news" begins right now.
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good evening. we begin with a brand-new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll and a pair of eye-openers in the republican race. donald trump has more than doubled his lead nationally over ted cruz since december. trump now leads the republican pack at 33%. in a clear sign republican voters are taking his campaign more seriously, 65% say they could now see themselves supporting trump, up from 23% in march and narrowing the gap with cruz who at 71% tops on that question. it's a critical snapshot of the state of the race 2 1/2 weeks before the iowa caucuses. and hours before tonight's republican debate. here is hallie jackson with the latest. >> reporter: filling up and counting down to tonight by the numbers. from ten candidates this summer to seven on the main stage tonight. zero room for mistakes. for the top two, new
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challenges. ted cruz defending himself against news he borrowed money from goldman sachs for his first senate run without telling the s.e.c., though he did file the proper personal disclosures. the loans from goldman and citibank up to $750,000. >> it is an inadvertent filing question. the facts of the underlying matter have been disclosed for many, many years. it's not complicated. our finances are not complicated. >> reporter: cruz knocking "the new york times" report knocked off message, facing potentially a perception problem. >> there are too many republicans eager to bail out wall street. >> reporter: which could contradict his narrative as a populous warrior. was he trying to hide something by not putting the goldman sachs name on this loan when was running for the tea party? >> no. it was also in the s.e.c. filing of first-time candidates are different than the incumbents. he believed at the time he filled out the form correctly. it's a big nothing. >> reporter: not to donald trump. >> i hear it's a big thing. i hope he solves it.
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i think he's a nice guy, i hope he gets it solved. >> reporter: trump hoping to kill cruz with kindness but facing new attacks he is not conservative enough, too new york for iowa and new hampshire. >> you want to knock new york, i've got to go through me. >> reporter: everybody else fighting to take down the field's number one. >> there are two con tests happening. >> our poll shows more republicans than ever could see themselves supporting trump, numbers he might like. as for other storylines, watch for the establishment candidates tonight to fight back against the front runners and fight each other with time running out to make their case to voters. will marco rubio come out as a perceived winner? how will jeb bush, chris christie and john kasich jam out? they have been hitting each other hard, particularly in new hampshire. see how it plays out in south carolina. hillary clinton and bernie sanders
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continue to step up attacks on each other while locked in a dead heat in iowa. a latest poll shows clinton falling to a two-point lead over sanders in iowa, but well within the margin of error. clinton, sanders and martin o'malley will square off in the nbc news youtube debate which i will moderate with andrea mitchell live from charleston this sunday night at 9:00 eastern. it's the last time these candidates will meet before votes are cast in iowa. in chicago, a new chapter in the troubling saga involving that city's police department and its embattled mayor. a department that has seen its superintendent fired and one of its officers charged with first degree murder in recent months. today a judge ordered the release of surveillance video involving another controversial police shooting of a young man. we get details from stephanie gosk. >> reporter: the grainy video shows 17-year-old cedric chapman running from chicago police three years ago. suspected of stealing a car. officer kevin frye says he thought the teenager had a gun and his partner was in danger so he fired
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three deadly shots. all chapman had in his hand was a box for an iphone. the chapman family is suing for wrongful death, a claim the city denies. in december, city lawyers attempted to block the release of the video. while that same week mayor rahm emanuel was being asked why it took so long to release another video. the police shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. the mayor promised change. >> a reinvigorated city that has accountability, discipline as well as transparency in place. >> reporter: the city didn't drop its objection to the release of the chapman video until yesterday just before the judge's ruling. at a public event today, the mayor wasn't planning on answering our question, but ultimately explained the about-face. >> justice is with the u.s. attorney, fbi and state's attorney. >> reporter: since november, the mayor's office has come under fire for how it handled the mcdonald case a few even calling for his resignation.
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>> we ask for transparency from the mayor. be transparent in your conversation because many of us believe that the withholding of these tapes is for political gain. >> reporter: now attention is on cedric chapman. since 2003, officer frye has 30 complaints filed against him, ten for excessive force. exonerated each time by the independent police review authority. lorenzo davis investigated the chapman case for that review authority and recommended frye lose his job. his decision was overruled. months later, davis was fired. >> i was fired because there were several cases that i would not change my findings on. >> reporter: his job review notes among several criticisms that he refused to change his findings, in disagreement with the entire chain of command. the city is fighting davis' wrongful termination suit and maintains chapman was shot justifiably,
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leaving some in chicago watching yet another video and wondering whether mayor rahm emanuel is ready to really reform. tomorrow the mayor is holding his annual martin luther king jr prayer breakfast and an activist group called for a boycott. that group tells us dozens have backed out in protest. >> stephanie gosk in chicago. thank you. isis has claimed responsibility for today's deadly terror attack in indonesia's capital. a brazen daylight assault in a busy commercial district. as nbc's kelly cobiella reports, a series of blasts rocked the city and gun battles broke out in the streets. >> reporter: for nearly four hours the heart of jakarta was a battlefield, twin explosions, one outside a starbucks. another at a nearby police booth. crowds ran for safety and victims laid on the ground as police and the attackers opened fire.
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police called it a paris-style attack targeting westerners close to the u.s. embassy. the presidential palace and the united nations building. the u.n.'s jeremy douglas tweeted, a massive bomb went off in front of our new indonesia office. >> as i got out of the car, a second bomb went off targeting the building. we quickly realized, this is not good. >> reporter: when it was all over, the death toll was much lower than paris. seven dead, five of them militants. the victims, a canadian and an indonesian. inside this starbucks, the windows shattered, but only one customer was injured. >> these were relatively crude devices. so that's probably what kept the death toll low. >> reporter: indonesian security services have been warning of a possible attack for weeks. isis today claimed responsibility. tonight the u.s. embassy warned americans there that more attacks are possible. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. we are learning
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that the cdc could issue a travel warning as soon as tomorrow urging pregnant women not to travel to certain areas of the caribbean and central and south america. the zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitos, is blamed for thousands of birth defects. as tom costello reports, there is concern it could spread here. >> reporter: in northern brazil, a mother's worst nightmare. babies born with abnormally small heads and brain damage that often leads to death. researchers believe mosquitos are spreading the virus infecting pregnant mothers who pass it on to babies in the womb. while the symptoms in adults are short-lived and nothing more than a rash, fever and joint pain, a staggering 3,500 brazilian babies have been born with it in just the past year. tropical disease specialists say zika is spreading fast.
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>> the gulf coast of the united states is an extremely vulnerable area because we have both species of mosquitos that can transmit these viruses, including zika. >> reporter: zika originated in africa and moved include asia, caribbean and south and central america. health experts have been cautioning anyone traveling to the regions to protect themselves from mosquitos. the cdc is preparing a travel warning advising women of child-bearing age and pregnant women to avoid the areas. >> what we will likely see more of are people who travel to the region get infected and come back home to the united states. >> reporter: at least one woman in texas is thought to have already returned with the virus. in new jersey, ashley is pregnant with her fourth child and just called off a planned vacation to puerto rico. >> the severity to the baby if i was infected could be very high. when it's your baby, you don't take a chance. >> reporter: with no vaccine currently available, researchers unveiled a map warning
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that mosquitos could carry the virus into florida and beyond. as brazil prepares for the summer's olympics, the zika virus is bringing heartbreak and fear. tom costello, nbc news, washington. they beat the odds and life is about to change profoundly for the folks who hold the three winning tickets in the $1.6 billion powerball jackpot. one ticket was sold at a 7-eleven store in southern california. miguel almaguer is following the story for us. >> reporter: 35 miles outside of los angeles, everyone felt like a winner. free slurpees at this 7-eleven. >> it's one of three stores in three states to sell winning tickets in a record-setting $1.6 billion powerball jackpot. >> i came down here maybe an hour after the news. there was also half the town here.
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>> reporter: the store owner will get a bonus. he will share it with the needy and family. attention is shifting to a health center a few miles away where the boss gave hundreds of employees a gift, lottery tickets. maybe someone here won. >> if she did win, that's what we want. >> can you believe that america. >> reporter: california isn't the only golden state. at this publix in melbourne, florida, and this grocery store in tiny munford, tennessee, where everyone knows everyone, more winners. >> wonderful. i just wish it had been me. >> reporter: a whopping 73 tickets will be cashed in for a cool $1 million. including the group of 11 preschool teachers in paducah, kentucky. what were the odds? one in 292 million. or as seen on social media, your winning numbers, you lost. go back to work. the winners will all
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have a few months to step forward and collect their prize. you're taking home roughly $530 million. even after taxes action enough money to quit your job and buy a dream home or dream homes. >> miguel almaguer in california, thank you. still ahead, an nbc news exclusive. amal clooney steps into the spotlight. her first interview on american tv. the battle she's taking all the way to washington. how she feels about the effect her famous marriage has on her mission.
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there is nothing like star power when it comes to promoting a good cause. the work amal clooney has done got a boost when she married george clooney. she is a highly-regarded international human rights lawyer and is in washington this week meeting with top officials about a case she says u.s. values are at stake. she sat down with cynthia mcfadden for her first american tv interview. >> reporter: mrs. clooney went to washington this week. her mission, pushing the u.s. to get tough on human rights abuses half a world away. >> we are here to ask the administration to impose sanctions. we also hope that congress can play a role. >> reporter: while it's all business for the highly-regarded 37-year-old oxford educated human rights lawyer, there is
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plenty of unspoken curiosity about the amal clooney married to the hollywood superstar. but nobody brings it up as she and co-council, both of whom are working for free, make their case. their goal is to get the u.s. to freeze bank accounts and impose travel bans on the regime leaders in the maldives, a country known better as a vacation paradise. than the extreme state it is becoming. >> the maldives has the highest rate of isis fighters being recruited from that country per capita in the world. if you look at the state department reports, the figures are at least 200 fighters who have gone to iraq and syria from the maldives. >> reporter: is democracy dead in the maldives? >> democratic is dead. if there was an election now, there is nobody to run against the president. every opposition leader is behind bars or being pursued by the government through the courts. >> reporter: including her client, the first
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democratically-elected president of the country. he is currently locked up for 13 years on a terrorism conviction the u.n. says is bogus. in september just days before she was to go visit him in prison, the local lawyer she was working with was stabbed in the head. one would imagine that was in part trying to send a message to you. do you worry about your safety? >> i mean it wasn't the most comfortable position to be in, but i was determined to go. it meant a lot to me to meet nashid who i read about and considered a hero. i was inspired by his leadership on climate justice and human rights. >> if we do not act now, my island nation will be submerged by the rising sea. >> i thought the world needs more nashids. >> reporter: after a coup that forced him from office, he was eventually dragged into court where he wasn't allowed to call even a single witness. >> it's very clear this was just a sham trial designed to get
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him out of the political scene and in prison. >> reporter: while the list of world leaders now calling for his release is impressive, it is one of his lawyers, a reluctant celebrity, who may be getting the most traction. many years ago, angelina jolie said to me she understood she was going to get attention, and if she could use all that light and energy coming towards her and turn it around, is that how you feel about the celebrity? >> i think it's wonderful celebrities would choose to spend their time or energy or the spotlight they have to raise awareness about these causes. i don't really see myself in the same way because i'm still doing the same job i used to do before. if there's more attention paid for whatever reason to that then -- >> reporter: you know the reason. >> then i think that's good. there is a certain responsibility that comes with that. i think i'm exercising it in the appropriate manner by continuing to do this kind of work. >> reporter: she leaves with a
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commitment that a sanctions resolution will be introduced in congress and a promise from senior government officials, they're now considering taking serious action. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, washington. when we come back, oscar nominations are out, but for a second year in a row, controversy erupts. . o. v. over. . w. ho. . w. a. s. n. '. t.
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a very rare january hurricane has formed in the atlantic ocean. something that hasn't happened since 1938. hurricane alex is a category one with winds of 85 miles per hour and has some of part gallon's islands -- portugal's islands under hurricane warning. scientists are linking the storm to this year's monster el nino. nominations are out for the 88th academy awards. "the revenant" leads with 12 nominations including best actor nod to leonardo
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dicaprio. "mad max, fury road." ten nominations. both films nominated with "the big short, "bridge of spies," "brooklyn," "the martian," "room" and "spotlight." for the second year in a row there is buzz and disappointment aimed at the academy at the fact no one of color was nominated in any of the acting categories. jackpot winners. but now
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there's a question about whether she really won. ===raj vo=== plus, some bay area properties are vanishing. how much of the shoreline has already fallen t there's a question about whether she really did win. >> also, some bay area properties are vanishing. how much of the shoreline has fall sboen the ocean, next. finally tonight, he was a beloved presence who balanced his love of the stage with the biggest of hollywood block busters. british actor alan rickman died at age 69 after a battle with cancer. nbc's harry smith looks back at some favorite moments from his career. >> i can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. >> reporter: it is impossible to imagine professor snape as anyone other than alan rickman. >> what are you doing wandering the corridors at night? >> reporter: he played evil with a twinkle in his eye.
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he found joy in malevolence. >> i'm going to cut your heart out with a spoon! >> reporter: an actor with a voice that matched the venom of his dialogue. but rickman was in on the joke. >> wax on, wax off. >> reporter: villains and foils never get top billing. but he was also a romantic lead. >> thank you so much, colonel. >> reporter: remember "sense and sensibility?" and there was "love, actually." >> you're very pretty, you know. >> reporter: the boss who falls for the office temptress. we knew he knew who he was. >> a classic fool. >> reporter: his co-stars praised him for his loyalty and kindness, proving he was playing against type. a tribute to how good an actor he truly was. harry smith, nbc news, new york. and that will do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt for
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all of us at nbc news. thank you for watching and good night. rain drops falling runs : 02 ==raj/vo== another round of rain for the bay area tonight. and even more coming this holiday weekend. ==wsi2== we're another round of rain for the bay area this evening. even more is coming for this holiday weekend. we're tracking the storms and possible floods and a new problem developing on our beaches because of el nino. good evening, thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. i'm jessica aguirre. the rain is back and it's sticking around, on and off, for a while. cities across the area getting wet where they have dark cloudy skies. including san francisco, palo alto and much of the east bay. a lot of team coverage.
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michelle roberts is on the coast with a look at how el nino is taking aim at our beaches. but we begin with meteorologist rob mayeda. >> around 4:00, from union city to fremont to the tri-valley, pretty energetic showers with brief lightning. right now, things are calming down. we're looking at light to moderate rain on the commute across the golden gate bridge into marin county. the showers continue to go off to the south. down to the south bay right now, not a whole lot happening. but plenty more rain on the way. take a look at the storm lineup here. over my shoulder, we have system number one over us now. stronger storm number 2 coming in with hurricane-force winds offshore. no winds in the bay area. but we'll see from it, will be large waves heading towards the coast. the wind across the water. fans rough surf our way and more beach erosion over the weekend. as the storms add up, the coastal hills, 3 to 5 inches of rain.


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