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>> thanks for joining us here on this friday. lester holt is next with nightly news. >> bye, folks. tonight, market plunge. fear on wall street as the dow dives nearly 400 points, extending one of the worst starts to a year ever. the gloves come off. an all-out feud. donald trump slamming ted cruz again for attacking his so-called new york values and finding an unlikely ally in hillary clinton. >> and the fight between clinton and sanders grows fierce er as they prepare to debate on our stage. mid-air crash. two marines missing after two choppers collide off the hawaii coast. bad weather hampering the search. and america's millionaires, they showed their winning powerball ticket to us before lotto officials.
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tonight we're with them as they cash it in. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. the stage is being set behind me inside of the gilliard center for sunday's democratic presidential debate airing on nbc. and when the candidates get to the subject of the economy, it will be against the backdrop of what we could now call wall street's worst ever two-week start to a new year. the january slide saw the dow fall over 500 points during the day today. finally closing down 390 points or 2.4%. and officially taking the markets into correction territory. today's major trigger, ironically something we've been benefiting from, unbelievably cheap oil. nbc's olivia sterns explains. >> reporter: a sea of red on wall street. tonight's market closing, the worst first two weeks of the year ever. >> i think today it is the oil decline. people are worried that means something
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really negative will keep happening. >> reporter: the price of oil is a sign of economic growth around the world and how much demand there is for fuel to power businesses. and the price of oil has been plummeting, down nearly 80% in the past two years. today closing below $30 a barrel. it is the lowest price in more than a decade. >> the oil market is awash in supply and now we're going to add iran, which is putting additional oil on to the market soon and that will push oil prices even lower. >> reporter: the other reason wall street is nervous, concern that the china economy, the world second largest, is slowing down. for savers it means less money in the bank. for the average american, the 401(k) shrinking 3% today, more than $6,000 since the start of the year. even so, experts say don't panic. >> it is not a time to sell and it is not a
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time to stop contributing to your 401(k). that would be the worst thing to do. stay the course, stay with your plan. >> reporter: lester, the u.s. markets will now be closed on monday for the martin luther king holiday. as many investors say that may have been one reason for selling, taking money off the table ahead of the three-day weekend. lester. >> olivia, thank you. here in charleston, a tense battle erupted in last night's debate between front-runner donald trump and his closest rival senator ted cruz. the tentative friendship they forged earlier in the campaign reached a breaking point. and as hallie jackson reports, the fight spilled over today on to the campaign trail. >> reporter: at an iowa pizza chain -- not exactly a new york slice for a candidate who is now a defender of new york values. after this moment at the republican debate. >> everyone
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understands that the values in new york city are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage. >> reporter: donald trump's response, invoking 9/11. >> we rebuilt downtown manhattan and everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loves new york and love new yorkers and i have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that ted made. >> reporter: and on that, he and hillary clinton agree. new york's reaction, drop dead, ted. >> he has no trouble taking money from new york city. but he's quick to insult our people and our values. >> the viewers in new york city have asked you to apologize, are you going to? >> i apologize to the millions of new yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state. >> reporter: cruz campaign betting those in iowa and south carolina will get what he means. >> i know what he was trying to say. anybody from new york is basically liberal. >> reporter: a culture clash for the front-runners, the debate may be a turning point for donald trump, his
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performance seen by some as a sign of growth for a candidate who has given the establishment grief and a campaign that has gone through stages of it, facing first denial. anger from donald trump. bargaining. >> i would not run as an independent. >> reporter: and now acceptance. >> people months ago thought there was no chance that donald trump would be the republican nominee are starting to have to come to terms with the fact there is a chance this could be what happened. >> reporter: trump and cruz toe to toe in sout carolina, now neck and neck in iowa where the race still looks fluid. remember the establishment candidates are not conceding anything to donald trump or cruz. but if donald trump does win iowa and new hampshire, political analysts think it is tough for anyone else to pick up enough momentum to stop him from winning the nomination.
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lester. >> thanks. and on the stage below me here in charleston, this sunday, it is the democrats' turn as they go head to head for the final time before the votes are cast in iowa. i'll be moderating that debate on nbc along with andrea mitchell. and with hillary clinton suddenly in trouble as her poll numbers drop against senator bernie sanders, many are expecting a real showdown. let's get more from kristen welker. >> reporter: it is the showdown in south carolina. hillary clinton and bernie sanders set to take the stage on sunday, in what promises to be the most contentious democratic debate yet. >> senator sanders has been a reliable vote for the gun lobby. >> secretary clinton voted for the war in iraq. >> reporter: it is the last time the candidates face off before the critical iowa caucuses, with the race in an unexpected dead heat. the latest des moines register bloomberg poll showing clinton's lead in iowa has narrowed to two points. 42% to 40%. tonight clinton brushed aside her lead. >> this is not a job. you do have to work hard for it. >> but could it be
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deja vu when 2008 when a surging clinton came in third behind upstart barack obama. today on morning show she argued she's evolved. >> i'm different. i have served as secretary of state. >> reporter: bernie sanders, like obama, has energized young and independent voters. >> let us come out to vote. let us make the political revolution. >> reporter: with preparations underway in charleston, the candidates are expected to draw sharp lines over guns, wall street and health care. clinton has been trying to gain traction by slamming sanders' proposal for a medicare for all government run health care plan. >> what he wants to do is start all over again, start a contentious debate. >> reporter: sanders insists that is not true. >> what we are going to do is move toward one system which expands medicare to cover all people. >> reporter: a sleeper race now a political thriller. kristen welker, nbc news, charleston., now a polit
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thriller. kristen welker, nbc news, charleston. andrea mitchell is down on the debate stage. what should we be looking for on sunday? >> i think you're going to see fireworks on the stage. because when they come on out sunday night, they'll have to be continuing that race. you've seen them going after each other on health care, on wall street. and this is because hillary clinton is in a place she never expected she would be in. potentially losing iowa once again. and this time against an insurgent bernie sanders. what he is tapping into is the same kind of anger we're seeing on the republican side fuelling the donald trump race. this is an anti-establishment race now and it is neck and neck. lester. >> andrea. and a reminder that nbc news you tube democratic debate will air live here in charleston on sunday night at 9:00 eastern. tonight there is an active search for 12 u.s. marines missing after two military helicopters collided in mid-air off the coast of hawaii. but as our chief pentagon reporter jim miklaszewski reports, dangerous conditions
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are hampering the rescue. >> reporter: two navy destroyers off the coast of hawaii, part of a desperate search for 12 marines missing after their helicopters crashed into the pacific. the two super-star helicopters were on a night time training mission three miles off the north shore of oahu when tragedy struck. u.s. military officials say it appears that two helicopters collided in mid-air, exploding in a fire ball that could be seen from shore. a collision so catastrophic there were no radio distress calls from either helicopter. james lindley was an eyewitness. >> all i saw was a big ball of fire. i mean, big. >> reporter: the search area is massive. the debris field from the fallen helicopters now stretches 18 miles across the coast of oahu. but rough seas have hampered the search efforts. >> imagine that sea state, one with the whitecaps that are there, and two, the big waves and the swells, it is very
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difficult to find things right now. >> reporter: but how could this have happened? marine corp pilots say night time maneuvers whether in combat or training are the most dangerous flight operations. >> people need to understand that we operate at the edge of the envelope so when we are called to protect this country and our way of life, we are ready and we're prepared. >> reporter: search efforts will continue around the clock but with little hope of finding survivors. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, the pentagon. there is more tonight on a growing international health problem. the spread of a mosquito-born virus linked to birth defects, and the cdc will tell pregnant women to avoid travel to a dozen countries in latin america and the caribbean. we have the latest from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: in northern brazil, a door-to-door military campaign to dump out stagnant water and warn pregnant women to guard against mosquitos, thought to be carrying the zika
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virus. researchers believe that it is behind a dramatic spike in the number of newborns with babies born with abnormally small heads and brains who often die. the latest numbers is close to 4,000 cases in just the past year in brazil. a typical year brings fewer than 200. now the cdc is sending two teams to brazil. zika has spread through the caribbean, central and south america and now the cdc issuing a travel warning for pregnant women. >> the brain develops constantly through pregnancy and there could be insults that affect the brain at any time that could cause problems. >> reporter: pregnant women in the hot zones are urged to cover open skin and talk to doctors about using a mosquito repellant. for most health adults, the virus symptoms mimic a cold and last a week. once you have it, it is thought you could have immunity for life. but researchers worry it could be brought to the southern gulf states. >> what needs to be done is, one, we need to actively conduct
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surveillance and look at mosquitos in the region to see if these have the zika virus. >> so far no evidence that mosquitos have carried the virus to the u.s. meanwhile, real concern that a cdc travel warning affecting popular vacation destinations could cause serious economic harm. especially in brazil as it prepares to welcome the world for the summer olympics. tom costello, nbc news, washington. now to another health concern. the crisis over lead contaminating the water in flint, michigan. the state attorney general launched an investigation to see if laws were broken and the governor rick snyder has asked the federal government to declare a major disaster in the city which would bring more financial assistance. the water system was tainted by lead in corroding pipes after the water supply was changed to save money. as we have seen this week, food aid finally began to arrive in several besieged towns in syria where dozens of people have starved to death. the u.n. secretary
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general ban ki-moon called it a war crime, saying people are being held hostage and worse. and worse, he said, hostages get fed. keir simmons has more. and we warn you again, some of the images you see are difficult to watch. >> reporter: starved and trapped by syria's useless civil war, less civirh these hungry children were filmed by opposition activists after medical help finally arrived in the besieged city of madaya. today the desperate stood in line beside an ambulance. parents begged aid workers to rescue their children. >> they ran after us. they said, i don't want to go. take my children out. i don't want them to live here any more. they are going to die before my eyes if you don't take them out. >> reporter: six people died yesterday a local volunteer told nbc news. others report 32 deaths by starvation in a month. aide workers who have reached the town report severely malnourished children. unicef said while they
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were there one 16-year-old died before their eyes. one grandmother in her 60s escaped past snipers six weeks ago. cats were killed for food, she said. her last meal in madaya was boiled grass. >> and how long were you eating grass for? >> 20 days she said. she begged government soldiers to let her leave, to eat. if you take another step, we'll shoot, they told her. tonight more aide conveys are planned, local people tell us the food sent to the town this week will last no more than ten days. keir simmons, nbc news, in the bakar valley, lebanon. still ahead tonight, sean penn breaks his silence about the secret meeting with el chapo. why the actor said he has a terrible regret and calls his article about the drug kingpin a failure. also, why every single chipolte will soon be closed temporarily all across
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the nation.
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less than one week after the release of his controversial interview with notorious mexican drug lord, actor sean penn is speaking out about it all for the first time. he said he has big regrets about what followed publication of the article. we have more from nbc's jacob rascon. >> reporter: they meet secretly in a mexican jungle. the first interview in decades.
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the idea, actor sean penn tells cbs's charlie rose in an interview with "60 minutes," was simple. >> i thought this is somebody who -- upon whose interview could i begin a conversation about the policy of the war on drugs. >> reporter: the el chapo cartel is blamed for billions of dollars worth of drugs smuggled into the united states. but targeting drug lords alone is senseless. writing, there is little dispute that the war on drugs has failed. as many as 27,000 drug-related homicides in mexico alone in a single year, and opiate addiction on the rise in the u.s. it is the conversation penn wanted that nobody seems to be having. >> i regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose. >> reporter: back in mexico, prison commissioner eduardo guerrero has spent four months upgrading the federal prison
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system. today we have four times more cameras, sensors on the floor, 24-hour guards, new drug and metal detectors and all high-security prisoners are moved between cells repeatedly. i'm convinced, the commissioner tells me, el chapo will not escape again. as for penn, he tells cbs news -- >> let me be clear, my article has failed. >> reporter: it seems nobody got what they wanted. the actor or the drug lord. jacob rascon, nbc news, juarez, mexico. we're back in a moment with why you might have to find a new place to shop after a major announcement from the world's largest retailer.
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the world's largest retailer, walmart, is shutting down 269 stores. more than half in the u.s., and most are smaller walmart express stores. they are shifting focus to big super-centers and
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medium-sized neighborhood markets. about 10,000 employees will be affected in the u.s. after months of negative headlines, chipotle is closing all of its locations at once next month. with a shutdown on february 8th will only last a few hours. during that time, chipotle will hold a national staff meeting about food safety. recent outbreaks of e-coli and the noro virus have damaged the brand and chipotle now faces a criminal investigation. and dan haggerty has died. the actor was best known for his role as the star of the life and times of "grizzly adams" and the tv series that followed. he started out training animals for movies and working as a stunt man. that led to the acting role that would define his career as the bearded mountain man who becomes best friends with a bear named ben. dan haggerty was 74. when we come back here tonight, we'll hear from the small-town folks who hit it big -- very big. next at 6: a brewing legal
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crisis. ===raj vo=== south bay court workers sounded the alarm. who just came forward to back them up. ===jess vo=== plus, how some bay area homeowners made a million bucks... because of what they used to build their new house. ===next close=== next. finally tonight, they describe themselves as common folk from a small town. even bringing the family dog to the event. but tonight the robinson family of munford, tennessee, has a most uncommon
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distinction. they had one of three winning tickets in this week's record powerball drawing. as we hear from nbc's miguel almaguer, they are now millionaires hundreds of times over. >> i won't make it in today. i'll call you and i'll probably be in monday. >> reporter: the luckiest family in the country didn't tell anyone until they told everyone on "today." >> now i'll be nervous because everybody knows. >> reporter: john robinson and wife lisa and daughter tiffany and abby along for the ride. >> could we see that ticket? are you keeping that close to your heart? >> it is not going very far. >> reporter: they watched lotto fever soar to $1.6 billion. >> she had called me and said are you going to stop and get a couple of lottery tickets. i said, i really didn't feel like stopping that night, but i said i'll stop and get them. >> reporter: from home in tiny mumford, tennessee, lisa watched the numbers drop down and her heart rate shoot up. >> i got to looking
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and i saw it and i was like, look again. it was the same. looked again and for the third time i went running down the hallway, john, john, you have to check the numbers. >> reporter: the big payout, $528 million. the robinsons, the talk of the one-stoplight town. >> this is the biggest thing that ever happened in mumford. beyond my scope of numbers, i think. >> reporter: tonight in nashville, at lottery headquarters, this is how million-dollar dreams began. >> hi, i'm john robinson. >> hi, i'm lisa robinson. >> and we won the powerball. >> reporter: one family down, two other winners yet to step forward. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. good for them. that is going to do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt reporting from charleston, south carolina. i'll see you back here on sunday night for the democratic presidential debate. for all of us from nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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nay . they just randomly shoot and fire bullets and if you're in the way, you may get hit. >> innocent people caught in the gunfire. gun fights on the road. we get an exclusive look. thanks for being with us on this friday. i'm raj mathai. >>nd i'm jessica aguirre. since november there's been six shootings on highways and a spike in killing in richmond.
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nbc's jodi hernandez joins us live. >> reporter: jess, richmond police have arrested two dozen people and taken eight guns off the streets in just the past ten days alone. we got an exclusive look at what police are doing to turn up the heat on those causing trouble. >> right now we're smack in the middle of the iron triangle. we're going after this white car that was going pretty fast over here. >> reporter: we went along for a ride as a special enforcement team hit the street hoping to quell the city's recent spike in crime. >> they don't really care who's around. an officer can be a block away, and if they see a rival and they're armed, they'll take action, which is typically shooting. >> reporter: just a week and a half ago a school teacher was critically wounded caught in the crossfire as she was droving down


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