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the international crowd looks in, gorgeous. >> good timing. "nbc nightly news" is next. >> more local news tonight at 6:00, hope to see you then. night, desperate hours. rescuers dig through the rubble pulling babies to safety. more than 100 are trapped or missing in the aftermath of an earthquake in taiwan. the republicans take the stage in the final debate before the new hampshire primary. candidates hit the pavement, some going door to door in the battle for undecided voters. hard hit on this super bowl weekend, an nfl star says more should be done to prevent concussions. some say a softer helmet may be the answer. table for one at a well-known restaurant. why sea lions are facing a life and death struggle. "nightly news" begins now. >> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc
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nightly news." reporting tonight, thomas roberts. it's a race against time to save the missing, a day after an earthquake in southern taiwan. the quake hit while millions were asleep. it was so strong, some residential high-rises were demolished. with more than 130 believed to be trapped, they are seeing the dawn of a new day. they continue to scour the rubble. the death toll includes an infant only ten days old. nbc's kelly cobiella has more on this earthquake and the devastation it caused. >> reporter: deep in the debris of this apartment building, rescuers hear a little boy crying. trapped for more than 12 hours, they finally pull him to safety. this young girl was brought out, still in her pajamas. all day, one after
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another, toddlers, babies, children and their mothers, rescued from what was once home to hundreds. the pre-dawn earthquake brought this 17-story apartment building to the ground when most were still sleeping. you can see it crumbling, then dust and debris. the walls fell, then the bed fell, this man says. across the city of 2 million, buildings are tilting, cars crushed and cut in half. the 6.4 earthquake was felt for miles. it was shallow, causing more damage. we spoke to this woman. she told us she was jolted awake at 4:00 a.m. >> my 7-year-old was in a different room. we could hear her crying out for us. it was shaking so violently. we couldn't get out of our bed to walk to get to her. >> reporter: firefighters responded in minutes, helping people climb out windows, using
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construction cranes. they rescued more than 300 so far. this woman was trapped with her two young sons. her 3-year-old has a head injury. she has broken bones. she says she held her sons close as rescuers dug through concrete to reach them. tonight, dozens are still missing. their families waiting and praying while hundreds of soldiers and firefighters try to find them, checking air pockets, searching for more signs of life. kelly cobiella, nbc news. back at home in this country, donald trump will be back on the stage tonight in new hampshire, joining marco rubio, ted cruz and four others for the final republican debate before tuesday's primary. voters in new hampshire do not have to register with a party. they can vote in either the republican or democratic primaries. that has the candidates on both sides fighting hard this weekend to woo independent voters. two reports from new
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hampshire tonight. we begin with hallie jackson. good evening. >> reporter: last chance for candidates to make closing arguments in a big way before new hampshire's primary. expect immigration to be a big topic. it's a potential vulnerability for marco rubio who is in the line of fire and a central theme for donald trump, who, unlike in des moines, isn't ditching this debate. in manchester, the debate stage all set, and this time, donald trump will be on it. >> in new hampshire we're doing really well. >> reporter: hoping he won't underperform his number one poll position in new hampshire, a state he skipped yesterday because of snow. jeb bush said his mother managed to campaign anyway. trump is center stage tonight. it's marco rubio at the center of the bullseye. rising in the granite state, his crowds getting bigger, his campaign telling nbc news rubio is ready to play defense tonight,
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a target on air already. >> marco rubio, just another washington politician. you can't trust. >> reporter: the establishment candidates firing shots ahead of what's for some a make or break primary. >> marco hasn't accomplished one thing. >> reporter: for ted cruz, less pressure tonight than in iowa, as he faces accusations from ben carson's campaign of playing dirty there, claims cruz denies. unconvinced and switching away from cruz to rubio, christine perez. >> it's dirty politics. you can apologize after the fact all you want, but it happened. >> reporter: this man is still considering cruz or maybe trump. it sounds like you are on the fence a little bit. >> i am. see what tonight's debate is. i actually got it recording at the house. i will watch it again. >> reporter: in a state where undeclared voters don't have to register until tuesday, some 25% will stay undecided until the last minute. when are you going to
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make up your mind? >> probably in the poll. >> reporter: in the booth? >> in the booth after the debate tonight. i think that could have a big impact on the way i vote. >> reporter: decision time for so many with time running out before the primary. hallie jackson, nbc news, manchester. i'm kristen welker. in portsmouth, hillary clinton taking her new hampshire campaign into her own hands today, going door to door, trying to come back from a double digit deficit. >> it's a beautiful day in manchester. >> reporter: with the clinton machine kicking into high gear, out in force volunteers from all across the country and state. >> knock on the side door, the garage. find a person inside the house. >> reporter: appearing on stage, a top surrogate with one of her familiar lines. >> there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other. >> reporter: the tough talk comes with clinton trailing
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sanders even among women. in an exclusive interview, former secretary of state madeleine albright said she's on a mission to rally women voters. why is she struggling with women voters in new hampshire? this is her base. >> they need to know that she is -- has worked so hard on everything. women's issues. >> reporter: she slammed sanders for 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. >> i think that he gave very kind of simple answers to things. most people know how many dictators north korea has. >> reporter: sanders has brushed aside clinton's criticism, saying he has better foreign policy judgment. sanders, riding a wave of anti-establishment enthusiasm fuelled by young voters, urged them to make their voices heard.
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>> in new hampshire, if we can bring out a decent vote on tuesday, i am confident we are going to win. >> reporter: sanders deploying his own volunteer ground force. >> we are here with bernie sanders. >> reporter: a clinton comeback may come with the undecided voters. >> pluses and minuses for both. i haven't decided which is best yet. >> reporter: senator sanders will be off the trail tonight and in new york having a little fun. he will make a guest appearance on "snl" alongside larry david, who of course does a spot-on impersonation of sanders. meanwhile secretary clinton will be rallying her supporters here in portsmouth. hallie jackson and kristen welker. a good deal of anxiety here and
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around the world after north korea said it has moved up a planned rocket launch to as early as tonight. north korea says it will carry a satellite. many governments believe that's cover for a possible long-range missile test. kelly o'donnell is following the story from the white house. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. new provocative signals are coming from north korea, rattling nerves about the isolated regime's defiant ambition for a nuclear weapon. the north gave an official heads-up that as early as tonight it could launch that rocket, ahead of its own schedule. this comes just weeks after north korea's fourth nuclear test. they claim to be just launching a satellite. the world sees this as a way to disguise work on a long-range ballistic missile. today south korea made its own visible defensive move. along with the u.s. and japan, they want china to use its power in the neighborhood to pressure north korea to stand down. president obama got on the phone.
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both agree north korea cannot become a nuclear state. a resolution forbids them from these tests. tonight, airlines in the rocket's likely flight path are warned to look out for hazards. thomas? >> nbc's kelly o'donnell at the white house. thank you. in europe, a deadly day in the austrian alps. skiers got caught in an avalanche. five people were killed. they were among 17 who became trapped in that avalanche, which was more than a mile wide. two others were injured, while ten were not harmed. all the skiers were from the czech republic. here in new york, crews are getting ready to start removing a construction crane that fell in lower manhattan yesterday, killing one and injuring three others. officials say the crane will be cut into dozens of pieces, then moved away by truck. they say they hope to recover the crane's computer. determining the cause of the crash could take weeks. the countdown to this year's super bowl is now under way, 24 hours away. it comes after a
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dramatic rise in the number of concussions that players suffered this past year. despite the league's vigilance in trying to better protect its athletes, nbc's ron mott spoke with one nfl star who thinks more needs to be done. >> took a shot to the head. >> reporter: the hit that ended antonio brown's season was a hit to the head. the steelers' dream to reach the super bowl also ended the next game without him. >> they want to take me out of the game. >> reporter: now four weeks after lying motionless with a concussion, brown wants the nfl to do even more to prevent injuries like his. >> i think maybe crack down on guys delivering hits. it was a late hit after the whistle. that shouldn't be tolerated. >> reporter: brown's opponent was suspended three games next season. concussions soared in the nfl this past regular season, up 58% from 115 in 2014 to 182, the highest since it began tracking this data in 2012. >> we continue to make
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rule changes in our game to make the game safer, protect our players from unnecessary injury, acts that we see can lead to increased probability of an injury. >> reporter: new focus on the most crucial safety gear, the helmet. traditional helmets like this haven't changed a lot over the years. they are basically a hard shell with padding on the inside. a startup company here in seattle is betting a safer helmet is actually a softer helmet. >> the nfl is having a new technology showcase. >> reporter: one of the companies developing helmets is marketing a novel design that uses flexible car bumper material on the outside above thin columns that absorb energy with a hardened layer and padding underneath. >> helmets until a few years ago were to protect skull fracture, not injury to the brain. we're trying to do both. >> reporter: the list of former players who died, and whose brains tested positive for signs of the concussion disease cte, grows. quarterback
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ken stabler is the latest. doctors say there is no reliable way to know who will get it. >> the truth is that we don't have a tool to say that a particular athlete is either suffering from a concussion or has recovered from one. >> reporter: as for brown, he is clearheaded, with a mindset of playing all out again. the nfl commissioner was criticized for comments he made yesterday: "there's risk in life, there's risk sitting on the couch." today a spokesperson told nbc news the commissioner's point is obvious, that physical inactivity carries some risk. >> nbc's ron mott, thank you. when "nightly news" continues on saturday, how these college students' message of tolerance lives on. and game day. how some of the biggest names in business are trying to cash in this weekend on the super bowl.
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it's been one year since a north carolina man allegedly shot and killed three muslim college students in chapel hill. if convicted, he could face the death penalty for what police initially described as a triple murder triggered by a parking dispute. the families say they see the motivation as something else that cut short the lives of three young people. >> reporter: this man is hard at work building the foundation of his brother's legacy. >> i wanted to put a
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quote by mlk that said, "darkness cannot drive out darkness." "only light can do that." my mom sent me a screen shot. i have a dream one day i will help people with their projects. it was very clear, we're going to work on -- >> reporter: it spoke to you? >> yeah. >> reporter: he's transforming a house he once owned into a community center. >> we want to do more. >> reporter: community service was at the core of how they all lived. they had spent summers abroad, volunteering at dental clinics for syrian refugees, and helped the homeless in north carolina. their lives were cut short allegedly by this man, a neighbor who authorities said was possibly enraged over a parking dispute he had with them. >> for the children we have raised, how peaceful they are and how giving they were and how helpful they were, it was not about
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parking disputes. >> reporter: you believe it was a hate crime? >> 100%. >> reporter: at a time when anti-muslim rhetoric is high and the fbi is tracking an uptick in attacks against mosques, calling this a hate crime is about more than just words. >> i remember my children as model american citizens who are also muslim. islam aphobia has killed them. >> i say to myself, this can happen any time or anywhere. >> reporter: with the trial soon getting under way, the alleged killer's motivations will be front and center. >> even if you die, your good deeds don't end. >> reporter: the families want the focus on honoring their children and the legacy they have inspired. >> respond to hate with love. be good to your neighbor. >> reporter: like they did in their short but meaningful lives.
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nbc news, raleigh. up next, he got to take a walk on the moon. remembering a man who had the right stuff.
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this is how it looked in lake geneva, wisconsin, today as several parked cars fell through the ice becoming partially submerged. the owners were there to enjoy the winterfest, including the u.s. national snow sculpting competition. no injuries reported and the cars were being towed out.
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you may have seen the pictures from southern california in the last day or so. a sea lion pup found in an upscale restaurant in the booth. the unusual scene brought serious focus to the plight of these mammals that are having a tough time this year finding food with many starving. our morgan radford has more. >> reporter: hungry and malnourished, she took a seat like every other customer. the chef posting that this baby sea lion was early for her reservation. >> we were surprised to see a real young sea lion pup that spent the night in the booth. >> reporter: in need of medical attention, the rescue team carried her away giving her what she needs and calling her marina. >> this pup weighed 20 pounds this morning. it should be about 40 to 50 pounds out in the wild right now. >> reporter: she's not the only one. hundreds of sea lions along the california coast are searching for food walking into stores and patios. >> he is cute and
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very, very nice. >> reporter: all trying to survive. the waters off the coast of california are getting warmer because of el nino. that means the food that the sea lions need that exist in cold water are pushed farther away leaving the pups stranded and starving. >> not only are they looking for high ground, they are searching out food. >> reporter: 2015 was the hottest year on record according to nasa. seaworld rescued 990 california sea lions like marina. this year, they rescued 46, which is why experts are hoping this isn't the new normal. morgan radford, nbc news, los angeles. edgar mitchell passed away. in case you don't recall the name, perhaps the picture will help. he was the sixth man to walk on the moon. that was on the apollo 14 mission with alan shepherd. they brought back 94
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pounds of moon rocks that were used in scientific studies. in later years, he created controversy said he believed in ufos and the government covered up proof that they visited earth. edgar mitchell was 85 years old. when we come back, on the eve of the big game where it's the super bowl of high-tech.
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finally tonight, this super bowl weekend is about much more than the big game itself. for some, it's all about taking advertising and marketing to the next level. the game is being played in the heart of
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silicon valley. as olivia stearns reports, some of the best known tech companies hope to score touchdowns of their own. >> reporter: it's the super bowl on demand. order it on your app and you could end up in a game of flag football with champion joe montana. >> it's a lot of fun, especially for old quarterbacks like us. >> reporter: one example of how silicon valley is rolling out its biggest brands and biggest stars. airbnb also cashing in, offering a night's stay in everything from an air stream trailer to a tree house. if you had your heart set on this mushroom dome cabin, sorry, folks, it's already booked. >> it's a great contrast to the super bowl frenzy. >> reporter: for this carolina panther, this four-bedroom was the perfect place for the family. >> my parents, my brother, my sister, my best friend, my wife, my two daughters.
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the opportunity to have my family in one place. you don't have that in a hotel room. >> reporter: airbnb is picking up the tab. he is renting out his own home in charlotte. >> i'm excited for somebody to have the opportunity to be in my place watching it on the big screen. >> reporter: he is donating proceeds to his foundation. not to be left out, if you ordered a lyft this week you might have seen this guy behind the team. >> my team has been the niners. born and raised in san jose. >> really? >> reporter: that's jerry rice. >> hall of famer. >> reporter: joe montana's former teammate teasing unsuspecting riders. san francisco doing the super bowl silicon valley style. olivia sterns, nbc news, san francisco. >> pretty great, jerry rice your driver. that's going to do it for "nbc nightly news." i'm thomas roberts reporting from new york. thanks for watching and have a great night. trt:03 =terry contvo= the
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crowds -- just t mu to handle. just moments ago -- police announcing super bowl city in san francisco -- is filled to capacity. =terry/2-shot= good evening, i'te the crowds too much to handle. police announcing it's filled to
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capacity. >> thanks for joining us. filled to the brim. take a look at the city at super bowl city. this is in downtown san francisco. no more people are being allowed in. fans are packing into the venue leading up to tomorrow's big game. super bowl 50 will be played in santa clara. we have team coverage for the final preparations. we begin with pete. you're near super bowl city. there's got to be a lot of dispidi disappointed fans. >> reporter: they are disappointed because it's at capacity. it's a free alicia keys concert. we spoke with some folks who got here earlier and they are happy they did. once fans made it through the long lines, the excitement was literally written over their face.

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