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>> it's a nice day in san francisco. >> 72 for the kickoff on sunday, you guys. >> thanks. developing news tonight. a powerful quake, a race to rescue hundreds reportedly trapped after a city that is rocked by an earthquake strong enough to cause buildings to crumble. >> deadly collapse. a crane crashing to the ground. neighbors say they feared this could happen. >> the race tightens. new polls show clinton losing grand to sanders nationally after their most fiery debate yet. while rubio considers his slide. >> a new zika alert. this one for men to protect their partners. and six months from rio, an american olympic medalist worried about competing in the hot zone. and fatal prescription, a first of its kind case. a doctor sentenced for murder for overprescribing pain meds. how it could
drastically change how doctors practice. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we begin tonight with a developing story. a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern taiwan, where it is early saturday morning, causing buildings to collapse. there are reports that several hundred people may be trapped, and rescues are under way. we get the latest tonight from nbc's keir simmons. >> reporter: in the dark, rescuers search for survivors in twisted concrete and metal. hundreds trapped according to reports tonight after multiple buildings collapsed. one man crawls out and is carried away. the earthquake, a magnitude 6.4, struck at 4:00 a.m. local time while people were sleeping. it was only six miles deep, amplifying its damaging effect. across the face of one building, multiple
firefighters worked simultaneously despite many aftershocks. taiwanese television showed a woman found high up, carefully helped to safety. those who escaped relieved to be alive, and tonight there are reports of deaths and serious injuries. at least two buildings have collapsed, one 17 stories high. 123 people rescued from it so far, reports say. at first light, the extent of the damage is stark, and as the hours go by, there will be fears for anyone still missing. keir simmons, nbc news, london. here in new york, it was an accident that triggered a sudden violent and deadly impact on a manhattan street. a camera today capturing the moment that the boom of a massive crane fell to earth, crumbling part of a building, crushing cars and killing a passer by. giant cranes are ubiquitous in cities amid a high rise construction boon.
nbc's kristen dahlgren has late details. >> he's dropping it really quick. >> whoa! >> reporter: the moment the massive crane crashed to earth captured on video. as stunned witnesses looked on in disbelief. >> holy [ bleep ]. >> there was an enormous bang, like the loudest bang ever, and it felt like the whole hearth shook and moved. >> reporter: on the street below, debris stretching the length of two football fields. the 300-ton metal crane twisted and broken, its cab flipped. cars parked across the street, flattened. >> we're going to need numerous ambulances here. we have one person struck by the crane. we have one person trapped in a car. >> reporter: the trapped man was one of three injured. 38-year-old david wichs was killed, simply walking on the street during rush hour when the crane crashed down. hundreds of rescue workers rushed to the scene as did new york's mayor, calling it a miracle more weren't killed. >> this incident occurred literally as they were lowering the
crane to secure it. >> reporter: but neighbors say they worried about the crane well before this morning's winds. so you're not surprised? >> i'm stunned, but i'm not surprised. >> reporter: construction cranes are a common sight around manhattan. their safety came under scrutiny in 2008 when two collapsed within two months, killing nine. the city's building commissioner resigned, and new safety measures were put in place. just last may, a cable on a crane snapped, injuring ten. that crane, owned by the same company as the one that collapsed today. following this morning's incident, the city immediately ordered some 400 other cranes be secured. now, this crane was just inspected yesterday morning, and we're told was fully complaint, but you can see the investigation continues tonight. they've also shut down all of the gas mains in the area trying to prevent another tragedy. lester, it could take a week before that service is restored. >> kristen dahlgren in new york, thanks.
we are entering the final weekend before the nation's first primary in new hampshire, and two brand new polls show bernie sanders starting to close the gap on hillary clinton nationally after their most contentious debate yet, clinton is campaigning hard to win that support back. nbc's andrea mitchell spoke with her on the trail. >> reporter: hillary clinton today reaching out to women and young people who have been flocking to bernie sanders. bringing in the cav alary. the crowd was mostly of a certain age, the scene reflecting clinton's base, not young people. >> they say that you sound more like a politician, that bernie sanders sounds more authentic. >> look around here. i have a lot of young people supporting me, and they are working really hard every single day to go out, contact voters to make the case. >> reporter: and after brushing off chuck todd's question about releasing transcripts of her paid speeches to wall street banks -- >> in full disclosure, would you release
them? >> i'll look into it. i don't know the status, but i'll look into it. >> are you going to release the transcripts? >> i said i would look into that but i want to get to what's behind this. >> are you sorry you did it? >> no, i thought it was a good way to communicate what i was seetding in the world. >> reporter: bernie sanders not taking up that issue. speaking to an overflow crowd in the snow. >> what momentum is, is that in the midst of a snowstorm, you can't get all of the people into the room. that's momentum. >> reporter: this after the gloves came off last night. >> one of the things we should do is not only talk the talk but walk the walk. >> i think it's time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks. >> oh. >> reporter: but sanders seeming to struggle on foreign policy. >> north korea is a very strange situation because it is such an isolated country, run by a handful of dictators or maybe
just one. >> reporter: but that wasn't enough to sway these young voters clinton's way. >> there's something very politics about the way that she talks, and bernie has a refreshing way of speaking. >> reporter: tonight, clinton repeated her charge that bernie sanders is smearing her and said that his answers on the debate stage shows that he's not ready to be commander-in-chief. asked about that, he replied that that was the attack of the day and she has failed the most important foreign policy test by voting for the war in iraq. lester. >> the republican field hotter and hotter too, gearing up for its final debate before the new hampshire primary. marco rubio could be a bigger target on the stage tomorrow night. that's the apparent price of success. our new poll shows him rising to second place in that state behind donald trump. nbc's gabe gutierrez caught up with rubio today. >> reporter: tonight marco rubio is on the rise but under attack.
how can you convince the republican primary voters that you are the guy? >> because, number one, i give us the best chance to unify this party. >> reporter: today, rubio sat down with us as a prepares for a crucial debate tomorrow. >> his record of accomplishment is slim. >> reporter: some of his rivals already pouncing on his experience. >> this election is about the future, not just the competition. being president of the united states is not like being a real estate develop er8. it's not like being a governor. it's about being commander in chi commander-in-chi commander-in-chief. >> rubwas that enough of an accomplishment to put on your top five -- >> it absolutely was. >> was it that hard, though -- >> that's not how you judge meaningful things. >> with just days before the primary, front-runner donald trump stuck in new york this morning because he couldn't get to snowy new hampshire. jeb bush taunting him in a tweet. my 90-year-old mother made it out to campaign. ted cruz also under
fire. breitbart news accomplished these voicemails. the phone calls allegedly made the night of the iowa caucuses by a staffer, implying ben carson was dropping out. nbc news has not independently verified these specific calls but has confirmed similar ones were made. cruz insists his staff simply shared an accurate story that carson was headed home to florida after the caucuses. >> that was a very unethical thing to do. >> reporter: the crowds here at rubio's rallies continue to grow, but his aides continue to run a very scripted campaign, always seeking to manage expectations. they will only say that the campaign hopes to finish in the top tier here in new hampshire. lester. >> gabe, thank you. federal health officials today issued new guidelines about the zika virus and safe sex practices, aimed at preventing the spread in this country.
51 zika cases have now been found in a dozen states and washington, d.c., all but one brought into this country by travelers. and there is growing concern about the large outbreak in brazil as we close in on the summer olympics in rio, now just six months away. rehema ellis has more. >> reporter: today the cdc is rushing to produce more zika testing kits. >> there aren't enough zika tests to go around. we've been turning them out as rapidly as we can. >> reporter: also today, a new warning, urging all men who have been to the zika zone to abstain from sex or use condoms if they have a pregnant partner. and even if their partner isn't expecting, to consider taking the same precaution for the time being. the new discovery of zika in urine and saliva raises even more questions about how the virus can be transmitted. all the uncertainty adds to growing concerns about this summer's olympics. the opening ceremony happens here in rio six months from tonight. ♪
and already more than a million tourists from around the world are flocking to brazil for carnival starting this weekend. with crews working to wipe out the mosquitos carrying zee co-rio's mayor insists his city is prepared. >> i'm not trying to minimize, you know, the problem. but, again, this is our everyday problem. we're living here. i have my family here. >> reporter: 26-year-old diver and olympic hopeful abbey johnston is competing in rio later this month. >> even though it's a mild flu-like illness for someone who's not pregnant, that type of illness can affect athletic performance. >> reporter: there are athletes who have competed while pregnant. during london's 2012 games, there were five, including two americans who won gold. perhaps reassuring to athletes and tourists, rio is more than 1,000 miles south of the outbreak's epicenter and cooler
temperatures in august should deter the mosquitos. rehema ellis, nbc news. three days after an explosion tore a big hole in a somali jetliner, there are new developments to report. authorities say there have been multiple arrests. while some officials say a suicide bomber in a wheelchair is suspected and that explosives were hidden in a laptop, those reports are now contradicted by others with knowledge of the investigation. five american investigators have arrived in somalia to help in the search for answers. there is late word that the ex-girlfriend of nfl quarterback johnny manziel has taken out a protective order against him. she told police that he beat her, but she did not press charges. not so long ago, manziel was a top nfl prospect, but now as our jacob rascon reports, his family fears he is spiraling out of control. >> reporter: they call him johnny football, the first freshman ever to win the hice man trophy, but if 23-year-old cleveland browns quarterback
johnny manziel doesn't get immediate help, his family says, he won't live to see his 24th birthday. in a police report, manziel's ex-girlfriend is quoted saying last weekend, the nfl star struck her several times, including in the left ear and ran off. >> i heard screaming, so i came out to the balcony, and she said her boyfriend had beat her up. >> reporter: tonight a judge has signed a restraining order keeping the quarterback away from his ex-girlfriend for two years had and ordering him to pay $12,000 in legal fees. but tonight the fallout is just beginning. the browns are expected to release him. his agent dropping him today. also today in san francisco, nfl commissioner roger goodell. >> we have young people that may have issues that need to be address addressed. we want a program, and we will always look to see how we can do that to try to help them make those adjustments. >> reporter: manziel has largely avoided the spotlight, telling tmz the assault didn't
happen and that he's completely stable, refusing to check himself into rehab, his family says, hoping it's not game over for johnny football. jacob rascon, nbc news, dallas. still ahead here tonight, a doctor sentenced for killing patients while making money by overprescribing drugs. how this landmark case could mean major changes for all physicians. also high profits. you might be surprised to find out just how much is being made off legal marijuana.
for the first time in this country, a doctor has been sentenced for killing patients by overprescribing pain medication. a los angeles-based physician received 30 years to life for the murders of three people in her care. as nbc's morgan radford explains, it could send shock waves to doctors' offices around the nation. >> reporter: lisa tseng, once a thriving physician, now behind bars. >> guilty of the crime of murder in the second degree. >> reporter: sentences to 30 years to life for the murder of these patients. >> did not care about the lives of her patients. >> in court today, a public apology. >> i would like to apologize to all my patients and their family members. i'm really terribly sorry for all of your loss. >> reporter: this is the first time a u.s. doctor has ever been convicted of murder for prescribing
powerful addictive drugs like percocet and vie co-din, all to get rich quick. >> she wrote the prescriptions. she provided the vehicle for the addiction to be perpetuated and for these deaths to have occurred. >> reporter: nine patients died in her care between 2007 and 2010. when tax returns show her raking in $5 million. prosecutors say sometimes tseng kept no medical report records of. her conviction now raising tough questions about prescription and pain. >> there is a tremendous problem with chronic pain in america. doctors have to balance when it's appropriate and when to stop. >> reporter: the amount of prescription painkillers dispensed in the u.s. quadrupled since 1999. so have the number of prescription-related deaths, killing 44 people in the u.s. every single day. >> the message this case sends is that you can't hide behind a white lab coat and commit crimes. >> reporter: crimes
as more and more states permit the use of marijuana, sales of the drug are exploding. new figures out this week show that legal pot sales grew by almost a billion dollars over the last year to $5.4 billion. 23 states plus washington, d.c. now permit medical oreck rational use. harry smith has more for us tonight. >> reporter: if you've been around someone smoking marijuana, you know it has a distinct aroma. but more and more, that scent is the smell of money. four years from now, sales are expected to exceed $20 billion. >> we're looking at a 30% compound annual growth rate. >> reporter: attitudes about marijuana use in america have changed drastically over the
last 20 years. support for legalization was 36% in 2005. it's 58% now. the appetite for marijuana is hearty. aaron justice runs a medical marijuana dispensary in los angeles called buds and roses. >> we raised sales until last year we did over 3 million in sales. >> out of this little place here? >> out of this little place. >> reporter: and legalization has brought a windfall in tax revenue. colorado's 2015 total, more than $100 million. legalization initiatives will likely appear on the ballot this year in at least a half dozen states. medical marijuana in several more. >> if these ballot initiatives do well in 2016, it could really spell the end of marijuana prohibition in very short order. >> reporter: the same ballot box, though, may prove problematic for ending prohibition. what presidential candidate, after all, wants to be seen as high on marijuana? harry smith, nbc news,
from the super bowl, and while many of us would love to see the big game just once in our lives, nbc's savannah guthrie talks to five friends who have been to every single one. >> where you been? >>. >> reporter: 50 years ago, on a lark, these five friends from back east, decided to attend a football event no one had really even heard of. it was called the world championship game. now it's called the super bowl. they had such a great time they went the next year and the next until five years became ten, and ten became 20. it would go on to be a life-long tradition, going back to the super bowl every single year. eventually calling their posse the super bowl five. >> why do you think this group clicked? >> everyone here is a family man, and if that weren't, i felt
we'll have a family and we'll get together. >> they have personalized rings and even a race horse named, what else, super bowl five. just imagine they have seen every play in super bowl history. but perhaps the most moving for these men, all veterans, all deeply patriotic was super bowl xxv, during the height of the gulf war, when whitney houston sang the national anthem and f-16s flew over in missing man formation. >> we were sitting in front of some professional football players. we turned around, tears were streaming. there was not a dry eye in the house. >> reporter: 50 years is quite a milestone, and have you been thinking about that anniversary and what it means? >> oh, sure. those hit me sometimes, and i thank the lord we're together. >> nothing is forever, savannah. we all understand that. >> we're devoted to each other, and we're devoted to the super bowl. >> enjoy the game,
fellas, and many, many more. that's going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. right now at six. a live picture as the sun sets in san francisco. superbowl "50" is about 45 hours away. but superbowl "city" on the embarcadero is heating up right right now at 6:00 a live picture as the sun sets in san francisco. super bowl 50 now about 45 hours away. the city embarcadero is just about heating up right now. now we're taking you to the south bay. a live look at levi stadium in santa clara, the home of the big game. the nfl says the stadium is ready for its close yp. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang. >> and i'm jessica agiurre.
raj, you're high above super bowl city. how is it? >> it is fantastic. and this is the critical 48 hours now, not just for all the fans. we've been waiting for more than a year for this. but really for san francisco police, san jose police, everyone in between. and of course on the federal level as well. this is when the bulk of the fans are not just coming, the bulk of the fans are now here. if you look above us there's a lot of snipers on the roofs. down below we've shown you already the amount of security. really despite all the security and all the hype and all the security scare, a lot of people are having fun. in fact let's take you down to the street level. this is essentially a celebration that even if you're not football fan we're talking to so many people down on the streets who could care less about football. they just want to be a part of the san francisco experience that the whole bay area is sharing in. pretty interesting, a lot of regional booths are down below, sonoma county has set up 50 of their wineries here. they've been pouring throughout the week. you're seein