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area. the line went out the door for a block. >> i want my peeps. >> tonight, breaking point. bill clinton on the attack, unloading on bernie sanders again as the campaign erupts hours from the first votes here in new hampshire. crunch time. can donald trump turn big poll numbers into a big win, and can marco rubio bounce back from that debate debacle? we go one-on-one. nightmare at sea. panic as a cruise sp gets can caught in a ferocious storm. slammed by 30-foot waves. water rushing in. thousands ordered to their cab nsz. bomb handoff. shocking video of the moment a suspected suicide bomber is handed what authorities believe is a laptop packed with explosives before blowing himself up on board. and heart burn drug warning. millions take them. now doctors are sounding an alarm about some of the most popular medications on the market.
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"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from manchester, new hampshire. good evening from a snowy manchester. the weather just one more challenge for the presidential candidates on this primary election eve. as they hit 30 events across this state today, hoping to move the needle in their direction. the latest snapshot shows bernie sanders leading hillary clinton by 16 points for the democrats. donald trump sitting on a 20-point lead among republicans with a three-way mash-up for second. but here's the wild card. history shows about half of new hampshire voters are very late deciders, and with that in mind, candidates on both sides are noticeably stepping up their attacks. let's begin our coverage with nbc's andrea mitchell. she's covering the clinton campaign. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. hillary and bill clinton frustrated by their inability to
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close the gap with bernie sanders, especially with young women. and they're running out of time. >> i'm looking forward to it. i need some fuel. >> reporter: hillary clinton never thought she'd be on the losing side of a gender gap. but young women are abandoning her in droves for bernie sanders, a 74-year-old man. >> she seems a little old-fashioned for some reason. >> i don't vote with my femininity. i vote with logical reason. >> reporter: today bill clinton trying to stay on message. but clearly unhappy about the state of the campaign. >> why do you think bernie sanders' argument is have be an impact? >> young people are really mad and really apprehensive, and they're right to be. but they should listen to a debate about what caused it, what's the best remedy, and who's most likely to improve their lives and empower them. >> do you think he's been unfair to her? >> well, i think he's been inaccurate. >> reporter: sunday night it all boiled over. >> when you're making
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a revolution, you can't be too careful about the facts. >> reporter: and accusing sanders' supporters of using sexist language. >> attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist. >> reporter: the sanders campaign says it's disappointed. >> i think it's unfortunate that president clinton decided to go after bernie that way. >> reporter: ignoring bill clinton's jabs, sanders is tired but confident. >> and i'm here today to ask your support to join with us in making that political revolution. thank you all very much. >> reporter: and hillary clinton with rachel maddow addressed reports they will shake up their staff. >> we're going to take stock. what works, what doesn't work. it would be malpractice not to say what works, what can we do better, what do we have to do new and different that we have to pull out? >> reporter: tonight, bernie sanders has all the trappings of a front-runner. the clintons seemingly shocked to find themselves so far behind. andrea mitchell, nbc news, manchester. >> reporter: i'm katy tur following the trump campaign.
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one door. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: and one voter at a time. >> have you decided on who you're going to support for president. >> reporter: campaign staffer jamie peavy is making a pitch for donald trump. >> i'm still on the edge. >> reporter: the candidate is trying to hold on to his commanding lead in the polls by blanketing the state, getting up close and personal with voters in four stops today. >> we have to get away from these politicians, and we have to bring sanity to this country. >> reporter: trump's retail politics efforts coming late in the race, after an awkward sunday. barely talking to voters at a diner and meandering through an unfocused stump. >> i think it's a bunch of garbage. >> reporter: here historically voters make up their minds late. >> usually i'm a gut instinct kind of person so still trying to figure that out. >> reporter: that means second and even first place could be up for grabs after what many saw as marco rubio's dismad debate performance. >> nobody now believes that marco rubio is prepared to be president of the united states. >> reporter: the field trying to capitalize
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on rubio's scripted missteps. jeb bush and john kasich suddenly climbing in the polls. >> people are looking not only to understand what's in your head, but they also want to know what's in your heart. and if all you are is scripted, i'm not sure that people respond to that. >> people are going to want to know what kind of leadership skills people have rather than how good you are at turning a phrase. >> reporter: bush throwing snowballs and hurling insults, calling trump a loser, a liar, and a whiner on twitter. up 21 points, the state is donald trump's to lose. bush knows it, and so does trump. >> let me tell you, he's not going anywhere. >> reporter: trump takes the stage here in just about a half an hour, and right now this room is just about half-full. new hampshire is a fiercely independent state. it is one that is known to surprise, and although donald trump is up by a lot here, i will leave you with this, lester. those leaving the trump rally early on sunday told me that they were going to go see john kasich. >> katy tur, thanks. let's go back to marco rubio. he's brushing off
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broad criticism of that saturday debate performance when he was called out for repeating the same talking point about president obama four times in the span of a few minutes. i joined him on the trail here in new hampshire this morning, where he acknowledges relative success in iowa has opened him up for attack here. >> so what's it like tow have a big fat target on your back? >> it's part of the process. when you have a target, it means you're doing something well. >> hi, how are you? >> but could marco rubio's debate moment change all that? for the past two days, it's been hard to miss. >> we're sitting in a diner and on tv they're talking about you. >> let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. let's dispel with this fix that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. >> you repeated the same thing four times. >> and i'm say it again. barack obama is trying to change america and he's doing damage to this country with those changes. i'll say gone none of the things that have happened are accidents. obamacare was not an accident. dodd-frank is not an accident.
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>> but in repeating it over and over, it played to this notion that you are perhaps a bit contrived, that you're rehearsed. >> that's silly. understand people when they're running for office are going to say whatever they need to say. especially, look, chris christie has a liberal record. he supported gun control, supported planned parenthood. he endorszed sotomayor. if you're a candidate, you don't want to talk about that. you want to figure out something else. that's what they'll do. the media is always looking for something new and interesting to cover. >> you've been called marco robot, to see a headline that you chokes doesn't bother you? >>s that party of the process. >> was it your finest performance? >> we did excellent. in our website, we raised more money in the first hour of that debate than all the other debates. >> the governors who are your opponents talk about the experience of actually being in charge of something as opposed to, you know, being on the legislative side as a senator. what do you respond? >> they have zero
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experience on foreign policy. none. jeb bush has no foreign policy experience. >> how deep is your foreign policy experience? >> more than any of them. i was a member of the intelligence committee for five years, going through some of the most sensitive information. i have more foreign policy experience than anybody on the stage that nights combined. >> your strong third place showing in iowa has put a lot of expectations on you in terms of going forward here. what does that mean in terms of what happens in new hampshire? what is your bar? >> well, every state is different. you have dumps thonald trump. he's the clear front-runner. we're going to do well here. when it's all said and done, and the del galts are counted up, we're going to have more than half of them. of that, i remain 100% convinced. >> conversation with marco rubio over a cup of coffee this morning. let's turn to chuck todd, our moderator of "meet the press."
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are we seeing anything late in the game that's dramatically shifting the dynamic? >> i think what's amazing is how jumbled everything is on the republican side and new hampshire is no longer going to serve as the state we thought it would. we thought it was going to be the state that would winnow this republican field. i think now because of the rubio debate performance, even if he does still finish second, his opponents all believe he has a glass jaw and they want another crack at him in south carolina. let's not lose sight of this fact, lester. both bernie sanders and donald trump, they've been leading in the polls here for months. they have not lost their lead. maybe it goes up and down. and the fact of the matter is when the country is upset, new hampshire is the first one to tell us. and a sanders/trump dual victory will send us just that message. that's still a big deal. >> chuck, thank you. as you can see around me, a winter storm has battered part of the east coast, which is bracing for another storm that could hit as primary voters go to the polls tomorrow. today a blizzard blasted new england
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with triple-threat conditions. heavy snow, strong winds and icy flooding. cape cod, the massachusetts coast got the brunt of the storm. in connecticut, a tour bus with at least 70 passengers rolled over. many of them were hurt. i-95 was shut down for several hours. tonight thousands aboard one of the biggest cruise ships in the world are heading back to port shaken after a nightmare at sea as the ship sailed right into a powerful storm with hurricane-force winds and 30-foot waves slamming into the sides. water rushing in and passengers running for cover. nbc's janet shamlian has more. >> reporter: a monster storm off the carolina coast. on a collision course with one of the world's largest cruise ships. this was the aftermath aboard "anthem of the sea." the dining room . the vessel was tossed like a toy in winds matching a category 2 hurricane. >> my dad says, you
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know, this ship could crack in half. >> within 6,000 passengers and crew ordered to take cover. the cruise started saturday in new jersey, scheduled to dock in florida today before continuing to the bahamas, but tonight the trip is canceled. the vessel is returning, due back wednesday. diane hochman says many passengers are angry. >> they feel that somebody should have known. they're angry because they feel that they've lost, you know, their special vacation. >> reporter: royal caribbean is promising full refunds and said in a statement while the weather was unpleasant, the ship remained sea worthy at all times. but with the storm forecast for days, why did the ship try to go through it? this from an announcement on board. >> yesterday turned out to be probably one of my worst days at sea. >> reporter: the vessel is in calm waters now as frustrated vacationers sa sail back to winter after drama on the high seas. janet shamlian, nbc
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news. the cdc has now moved to its highest alert level over the zika outbreak and president obama has asked congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the virus linked to birth defects. also as tom costello explains, there is growing concern ahead of this year's olympic games in brazil, ground zero for zika. >> reporter: with the rio games just six months away, the u.s. olympic committee today reiterated cdc guidance that pregnant women and anyone who is concerned for their health might consider not going to the games in august. but added, we would not and will not prevent athletes from competing for their country should they qualify. top zika experts say it's a personal decision. >> it's very difficult to give advice to people who have devoted the last x number of years training for that, and what we can do at the cdc and what the nih can do is just give them the facts and the evidence-based information. >> reporter: with 4,000 babies already diagnosed with microcephaly in
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brazil, today the white house asked congress for nearly $2 billion to search for a vaccine and ramp up the fight. >> we expect with the warmer months to come, that more risk will be present, and so this is really a time where we need to scale. >> reporter: the cdc now says its emergency operations center has moved to the highest level to respond to the outbreak. only the ground in south florida, a proactive push to wipe out mosquitos that could soon arrive carrying the zika virus. researchers say they still don't know whether zika can be transmitted through saliva and urine, but they also continue to believe mosquito control efforts should prevent a widespread outbreak in the u.s. tom costello, nbc news, washington. investigators have released potential key evidence in the bombing of a passenger plane over somalia. a video that they believe captured the handoff of the bomb that later blasted a hole in the fuselage. nbc's keir simmons shows us what's on the
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tape. >> reporter: the new video shows two men coolly walking through an airport. they appear to be airport staff. one carrying what looks like a laptop. but authorities now believe that laptop was likely a bomb, and this is the moment they hand it to an alleged suicide bomber. the result, a hole blasted in the side of a commercial airliner tuesday. the body of the alleged bomber ejected from the plane by the explosion. >> was this the work of people who worked at the airport? >> well, one of the people would works at the airport, we are investigating. >> reporter: investigators working with a team of americans have arrested 20 people. some aviation security experts say it shows the risk from workers inside airports even in the u.s. >> i believe we don't have enough security measures from the inside, and i think that's a problem, and i think it's something that immediate action needs to be taken on. >> reporter: the alleged bomber was booked on a canceled
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turkish airlines flight. he took a later plane. had the bomb gone off later at a higher altitude, the explosion may have killed everyone on board. keir simmons, nbc news, london. still ahead tonight, are you one of the millions of americans who take heartburn medicines? a new study shows that reflux relief comes with a serious risk. a potentially life-threatening disease. also it was a matchup of peyton versus cam, but was it beyonce who really won the super bowl?
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tonight, a new warning about some of the most popular prescription drugs in america. treating heartburn and acid reflux. they're now also sold over the counter. while it's already known they're linked to a risk of fractures and infections, now a new study finds they can have another serious side effect. nbc's anne thompson has the details. >> can't afford to let heartburn get in the way? >> stopping heartburn is big business. sold as nexium, prilosec and prevacid, more than 15 million americans shelled out over $10 billion in 2013 for the prescription versions of these drugs called proton pump inhibitors. now a new study from johns hopkins says these acid reducing drugs may increase the risk for chronic kidney disease 20% to 50%. cleveland clinic kidney specialist is treating kim hinkle.
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>> kim had normal kidney function in march and blood work in august showed function down to 30%. >> kim was taking one of the over the counter version. on a hufrnl, the doctor had kim stop and her kidneys improved. >> i was lucky it was caught early and that we can do something about it. >> reporter: for over the counteracid reducers, the fda recommends they be used for 14 days and no more than three times a year. for the prescription versions, the package insert recommends for most conditions, the pills be taken for up to eight weeks. >> pills are not the only answer. food is the answer. >> reporter: this doctor prescribes the drugs but insist his patients also avoid acidic foods like berries, chocolate, and anything with caffeine for 28 days. >> you can change your diet and reduce acid production and actually heal your own body by what you're eating. >> reporter: the makers of these drugs say they are safe and effective when used correctly. that and diet can keep stomach acid where it
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belongs. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with the race to rescue dozens from earthquake rubble with time running out.
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the clock is ticking to rescue the more than 100 people believed to still be trapped after the powerful earthquake in taiwan. four more were pulled from the rubble today, including an 8-year-old girl who was trapped for over 60 hours. more than 30 people are confirmed dead, but officials warn that toll could top 100. 112 million people watched the denver broncos beat the carolina panthers last night in super bowl 50. peyton manning celebrated today with his kids in a parade at disneyland. on the today show, manning side stepped questions over whether last night's win marked his retirement. carolina's cam newton is being criticized widely for his play on the field and his behavior afterward, walking out of a post
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game news conference. at halftime, many agreed beyonce stole the show from headliner coldplay, and as usual, some of the most talked about moments were the ads from the funny to the bizarre, to the controversial. when we come back here tonight, the lighter side of the 2016 race. how a stuffed dinosaur became one of the most popular campaign correspondents here in new hampshire. next at 6: too young to defend
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changes on mount diablo roads. ==exclo=== t news next. finally tonight, when it comes to campaign photo opps, people here in new hampshire have pretty much seen it all from the candid to the crazy, and now the cuddly. nbc's peter alexander tells us about a fuzzy face who's quite the sensation on the campaign trail. >> reporter: it's only fitting that the granite state forms the bedrock of american campaigns. this year, red and blue are united behind pink in darren garnick's hands. >> so this is dino, and he's really proven to me how special the new hampshire primary is. >> call it the dinosaur primary. one man's nonpartisan pursuit, snapping photos of as many presidential hopefuls as possible posing with his favorite childhood cartoon. his approach -- >> i say, i have a campaign good luck charm. would you like to pose with it. >> can't say no to that. >> nobody did. >> reporter: dino
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represents the archaeology of politicking where candidates' mannerisms and personalities matter as much as what comes out of their months. >> this is the rick perry, the governor of texas. he held it up like it was a dead fish. >> reporter: then there's cruz's cradle and carson's wide grin. kasich mistook it for a campaign contribution. >> there was no way i was giving up dino. >> reporter: hillary clinton was cautious. and trump played along, even if the crowd didn't. it's been tried before in 2008. a guy in iowa passed around mr. potato head. garnic passed around his kid. >> i'd love to live in a world where dino flintstone influences global politics. >> reporter: in the live free or die state, this dinosaur is proving good old politics isn't instinct. peter alexander, nbc news, manchester. that will do it for us on this monday night.
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i'm lester holt reporting from manchester, new hampshire. from all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. oc: i don't even pull ovr clf nbc bay area news starts now. >> i don't even call them, i call the police station and ask if there is a cop behind me. you never know. >> right now at 6:00 a brazen robbery on a highway. the warning from police for every drooifzer. thanks for joining us. i'm jessica agear re. >> i'm raj mathai. >> it went down here on the highway 1 between half moon bay.
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nbc bay area peggy bunker is at the sheriff's department. what's the work? >> reporter: the sheriffs have something they want all drivers to know after a local bay area couple did, you head to half moon bay for a pleasure drive down highway 1. it was beautiful. this couple was enjoying the day when around 9:00 last night they thought they were being tailgated so they pulled over. >> i would not pull over. >> reporter: young women responding to the news a couple in their 30s were robbed last night on the side of highway 1 in half moon bay. >> the couple pulled over because they were being tailgated close. as soon as they pulled over, the vehicle pulled in front of them and blocked them in. >> reporter: the victims told police two people wearing full ski masks approached their car to let them over and the other held a knife to the throat of the male passenger.


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