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checking out valentine's day gets even warmer. 77 in the north bay might be a nice day for wine country. i don't know. i'm just saying. u tonight, dangerous freeze. below zero in 16 states. 65 million people plunge into the teeth of a polar vortex. urgent warnings of a potential deadly winter blast. >> donald trump threatens to sue ted cruz as bernie sanders accuses hillary clinton of landing a low blow. it's getting nasty. machete horror. a vicious restaurant attack. a man suddenly starts slashing and stabbing people inside. the fbi investigating and asking was it terrorism? trapped by war. our team inside syria as word of a deal to stop the bloodshed is met with skepticism. and assad vows to retake the entire country. and your medical records at risk of being stolen and sold for fraud. one out of three americans hit. how to protect your
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most sensitive personal information. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. true to predictions it's getting nasty on the campaign trail in south carolina. as donald trump lobbed another so-called birther attack today, threatening to sue ted cruz for, quote, not being a natural born citizen if cruz doesn't, as trump puts it, clean up his act. as that battle is just one of several fronts opening up as the gop candidates sharpen their attacks on each other. nbc's gabe gutierrez is on the trail in greenville, south carolina. >> reporter: republican front-runner donald trump is now leaving a new signature on this race, threatening to sue his closest rival, ted cruz, for not being a natural born citizen. on twitter, the billionaire calling
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the texas senator a liar for running negative ads against him. >> there's more than a little irony in donald accusing anyone of being nasty given the amazing torrent of insults and obscenities and vulgarities that come out of his mouth. >> reporter: these voters have serious concerns about trump repeating a vulgarity at a rally this week and described him this way. >> loser. >> flashy. >> rich. >> dogmatic. >> narcissistic. >> ing spiration am. >> cruz himself mocking his opponents in a series of new ads though this one against marco rubio backfired. >> it makes me feel dumb for trusting him. >> maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time. >> reporter: the cruz campaign yanking it after the revelation that actress had appeared in adult films. >> we would not have cast her had we known of that history. >> reporter: rubio today firing back in an exclusive interview. >> the bottom line is they're actors, and i think it's part of a bigger problem that ted has, and that is
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he tries to act like the only consistent conservative in this race. it's just not true. he's a very calculated political operative. >> reporter: all this as several gop hopef hopefuls tried to court evangelical croaters. >> faith is the most important influence in my life. >> one night reading the bible i just got a serenity. >> reporter: tonight amid a flurry of attacks, serenity in this race is hard to find. the republican candidates are set to face off in another debate tomorrow. the stakes may be highest for marco rubio. he's expected to take some of the heaviest fire, especially from his mentor and fellow floridian, jeb bush. >> gabe, thank you. attacks are flying on the democratic side of the race with bernie sanders accusing hillary clinton of hitting him with a, quote, blow blow on the debate stage last night. and a heated battle over the different directions they take on health care in this country. let's get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: trying to reboot her campaign, hillary clinton accused bernie sanders
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of being disloyal to president obama, who is hugely popular with minorities in the primaries and caucuses to come. >> the kind of criticism that we've heard from senator sanders about our president, i expect from republicans. >> madam secretary, that is a low blow. >> reporter: and she pounced on his pro-moezed medicare for all. birth to death government health care plan. >> with health care, this is not about math. this is about people's lives. the numbers don't add up, and i think once i'm in the white house, we will have enough political capital to be able to do that. >> secretary clinton, you're not in the white house yet. and let us be clear that every proposal that i have introduced has been paid for. >> reporter: sanders would combine all government health plans into one. medicare, medicaid, veterans benefits, children's health insurance, and replace employer-based health care and private insurance. how to pay for it? sanders would tax the
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rich. he says the middle class would pay $500 a year more in taxes, but the average family would save $5,000 a year by eliminating insurance premiums. >> who's correct here? >> there are a lot of tax increases but it's certainly not clear they would be enough to pay for all the additional expenses. >> reporter: nonpartisan budge experts say sanders hasn't given enough details to price the plan nor told voters that in canada and great britain, which have government health care, people often wait months for procedures. >> there would be tradeoffs and if we want to save money, we would have to understand your access to health care may be limited. >> reporter: and then the political costs, getting congress to pass his health care plan was the most bruising fight of the obama presidency. but bernie sanders is calling for a political revolution, a grassroots army he believes would compel congress to accept his vision. there are warnings tonight of a dangerous freeze about to plunge a huge part of the
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country in its grip as the dreaded polar vortex moves south, parts of 16 states will see temperatures below zero and windchills that make it feel a lot colder. yes, it's winter. it's february, and it's supposed to be cold. but as we've come to know, cold snaps of this extreme can be deadly, and in this case, tens of millions of people are bracing for the biggest chill so far this season. nbc's ron mott has details. >> reporter: 65 million americans against the brutal cold as the ever present polar vortex unleashes winter's harshest bite yet. today, the cold brought a burst of snow as far south as tennessee and the carolinas, causing trouble for commuters. commuters also stranded in new york, where cold weather likely contributed to train delays during rush hour. in pennsylvania, a broken water pipe left this home frosted over. and in chicago, florists are taking extra care with their valentine's day deliveries. >> it's terrible for flowers.
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if they're frozen, they're gone. >> reporter: here at fenway park, the red sox are heading south to florida for spring training, giving up their home to skiers and snowboarders, who are literally jumping for join. further north in be, the biathlon world cup left exitors with frozen faces. record low temperatures are possible from minnesota to the mid-county of los angeles boston is looking at 4 below sunday morning. new york city is bracing for zero, toppling a hundred-year record. so cold that saturday's annual central park ice festival, canceled. >> you should take this weather very, very seriously. we don't see these temperatures very often and they can be life-threatening. >> here in the boston area, the windchills are forecast to dip down to 20 to 30 below zero over the weekend, even colder in some places. as low as 40 below zero and obviously at those temperatures, prospective bi frostbite becomes a real concern. the fbi is
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investigating a vicious attack that took place inside a restaurant in ohio. it happened when a man pulled out a machete and went on a rampage, slashing and stabbing people as customers made panicked calls for help. the questions investigators are trying to answer, why did he do it and could it have been an act of terrorism? we get the latest from pete williams. >> reporter: police say a man walked into this columbus restaurant around dinnertime, asked some questions, then came back a short time later with a machete. >> a guy pulled out a machete and started stabbing people. i ran out with my kids. >> reporter: some of those inside threw chairs to fight back. he ran out, drove away, and was stopped after a five-mile chase. police say he was shot and killed when he lunged holding a knife at one of them. the fbi immediately began searching the home of the man identified as the attacker, 30-year-old mohammed barry. law enforcement officials say radical comments by him four years ago brought a brief look from the fbi, which then moved on. restaurant employees say when barry first
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came in, he asked where the owner is from. the owner, hany baransi is from israel, a christian arab. investigators are looking at whether barry thought he was jewish. >> i'm a 50-year-old man. i've been crying like a baby. >> reporter: four people were hurt, the most seriously bill foley, who sings at the restaurant. now in critical but stable condition. >> we are very grateful that our victims that sustained wounds last night are all expected to recover. >> reporter: investigators say they don't know why barry attacked now and chose that target. no known connections yet with isis. it may be one law enforcement official says tonight a blend of factors, a long simmering interest in radicalism and all the attention given to terror attacks worldwide. pete williams, nbc news, washington. within a week, a temporary cease fire in syria brokered with the help of the u.s. is scheduled to take effect. but key parties have been left out of the agreement announced last night.
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keirsomens with a rare look inside syria where there is much skepticism over whether the deal with end the bloodshed. >> reporter: a little boy is pulled from rubble after an airstrike. the video, said to be in aleppo province was posted on facebook last week. tonight, there is little sign those airstrikes will end. even with world leaders, including america and russia, agreeing to a cessation of hostilities within one week and humanitarian aid to communities under siege suffering starvation. >> and what we have here are words on paper. what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground in the field. >> reporter: the major players in the fight, including syrian president bashar al assad, and the rebels fighting him, are not part of the deal. neither is isis. and today assad is vowing to retake the whole country. president assad is very visibly in
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control of the capital, damascus, while outside the city, his forces are clearly on the offensive. the syrian army advancing, backed by russian airstrikes. >> they have gained momentum, the upper hand. why would they stop now? >> reporter: while in damascus, few believe the fighting will stop. do you believe there will be peace now? >> i don't think so. i think nobody will -- nobody knows when. >> reporter: 6-year-old aya's legs were broken in an air raid while she was out buying cookies. she's one of tens of thousands who have fled. those still here, losing hope. keir simmons, nbc news, damascus. a major announcement today from three federal agencies about a possible danger that nbc news first reported on nearly a year and a half ago. the government will investigate the potential health risks from a type of turf that children play on all across the nation. nbc's stephanie gosk
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has more. >> reporter: these soccer players, all goalies, all diagnosed with cancer, sparked a battle over the use of crumb rubber. ground up car and truck tires in tens of thousands of turf fields around the country. today, three federal agencies, including the epa, announced a new research plan to analyze the safety of crumb rubber. the existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns. nbc news first reported on crumb rubber in october 2014. >> this is the stuff everybody is talking about. >> reporter: women's soccer coach amy griffin started asking questions after two of her goalies developed cancer. a conversation with austin everett, who would later die of nonhodgkin's lymphoma haunted her. >> she said, i just have a feeling it has something to do with those black dots. >> reporter: the coach started a list of goalies with cancer, which grew from just a handful to now 75 following nbc's reports. there is no research linking crumb rubber exposure to cancer, and the industry
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points to dozens of studies as proof that their fields are safe. but the federal government today says more research is needed. the three agencies will analyze chemical compounds in the crumb rubber, measure exposure to those chemicals and reach out to concerned parents, scientists, and industry leaders. parents like the damms, who fought the use of crumb rubber, hope that communities will hold off on installing new fields. >> why not pause, use alternatives until this thing gets figured out? because our children are certainly worth it. >> reporter: today industry leaders say they welcome the new research. in their words, they hope the federal government can settle this matter once and for all. lester. >> stephanie, thank you. still ahead tonight, thieves after your medical records. why you could be at risk without even knowing it. what experts say you should never share with your doctor's office in order to protect your identity. also the cost of college could be out of reach for many in this kindergarten class by the time they're old enough, but a generous gift is
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making their futures a lot brighter.
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and now a warning about your most personal information at risk. medical records being hacked, stolen, and sold for fraud. up 11,000% last year, roughly one out of every three americans has been hit whether they know it or not, giving criminals a wealth of information that unlike compromised credit card numbers can last forever. nbc's tom costello has what you can do to
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protect yourself. >> reporter: for john coon, it was a simple x-ray after a snow boarding accident that turned into an accounting nightmare. when the hospital billed him $20,000 for surgery he never had. >> i had to go down in front of the billing department, no less, and pull up my shirt and show them that i did not have any major scarring on my stomach at all. >> reporter: it turns out the hospital's hard drive had been stolen along with john's medical records. just one of the hundred million health care records stolen last year alone. many of those records show up for sale on the dark web, where hackers openly advertise themselves and what they've stolen. this site offers fresh health care profiles stolen last april in california, boasting, you can use those profiles for normal fraud stuff or to get a brand-new health care plan for yourself. this looks very user friendly, and this is designed for crooks. >> this is where information from big data breaches ends up as a commodities being sold. >> reporter: stolen credit cards go for $1
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to $3 each, social security numbers, $15. but complete health care records are a gold mine, going for $60. because criminals can use them to order prescriptions, pay for treatments and surgery, even file false tax returns. >> you basically own a person. you can actually create a new account. you can fake his ole identity. >> reporter: to avoid getting hacked, ibm security pros advise follow going password practices. don't use the same e-mail account for banking and shopping. use codes for your irs returns. avoid giving out your social security number, even the last four digits to hospitals and doctors offices. >> you really need to push back on those situations and say, can i give you a p.i.n. or some piece of information i can change on a regular basis? >> reporter: if your health records are compromised, your financial life can be too. when we come back, surf's up, way up. 50-foot waves supercharged by el nino are making one of
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the world's most ip tense competitions even more dangerous.
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it's one of the most dangerous surfing events in the world. the titans of mavericks competition in northern california, featuring 24 of the world's most elite surfers. and this year, the giant waves are extra powerful, fueled by el nino. our morgan radford takes us there. >> reporter: 50-foot waves barreling in at 40 miles per hour. >> incredible stuff here. >> reporter: just 15 seconds apart. >> you can see how steep and intense these drops are. >> reporter: titans of mavericks is called the most dangerous surf competition in the world, and these are the all-stars. >> the guys that are in this event, they were born to be big-wave surfers. >> wow, carlos just charging. >> why do you do this? you risk your lives every time you come out here. >> because you just rivged death, got as close to it as you could because of your, i don't know why, but just luck. >> reporter: lots of
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luck because what makes mavericks different are the rocky reeves under the water. they cause the waves to pick up massive speed and force. in fact, the waves crash so hard half a mile offshore that scientists say they r register like an earthquake. even though it's not raining and the sun is shining, these maverick surfers are still feeling the effects of el nino, which causes super charged waves in waters that are already deadly. competitors only get 72 hours' notice based on when forecasters say the swell, tide, and wind are all perfect. how big are these waves? >> like a four-story building basically coming right at you. >> look at all that white water. >> it's a life-long like journey to get that wave. >> gives you chicken skin talking about it because it's so awesome. >> reporter: awesome, or as they say here, gnarly. morgan radford, half moon bay, california. when we come back, why this whole kindergarten class is already college-bound,
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in a place where higher education is far from guaranteed. learning about the release of
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private information concerning their children. ===raj/take vo=== who won the right to access it -- and what they plan to do with it. ===jess/vo=== plus, a war hero's inspiration to make it home safely. ===next close=== next. finally tonight, a golden opportunity for an entire class of 26 kindergartners, all from low-income families and saving
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for a college education is a struggle. but as our miguel almaguer, those worries about the future are now over thanks to a million-dollar gift from a man making a difference. >> reporter: today is college friday inside mrs. ashton's kindergarten class. >> that's why she's going to college. >> reporter: most of her 26 students come from low-income, sing of-parent homes where the price of lunch much less college is out of reach. but not anymore. >> you're going to be a teacher? >> reporter: marty burbank wants to pay for every student here to go to college. >> i'm going to put off retirement a few years. >> reporter: a lawyer who met his wife on a boat and got married on a yacht was ready to buy his dream cruiser when he realized there was a better way to spend his money. >> our pastor gave a sermon about charity and giving and sacrifice, and at that point i really felt like i could invest in
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this boast or invest in 26 kids and make a difference in their lives. >> the gift and the offer is life-changing. their future literally is different because of this. >> reporter: isabel celadon couldn't believe the generosity. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: the seamstress says her son, jason, can now be anything he wants. every year these kids will need to draw a picture or write a letter about college to marty burbank, who's investing over $1 million in their future. >> i'm grateful for the opportunity because it brings me so much joy helping kids. >> reporter: one couple giving up so much, but getting back in return a gift that's priceless. miguel almaguer, nbc news, anaheim, california. and that's going to do it on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. have a great weekend, and good night. sacrificed prot
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family." runs 04 ==jess/vo== a family goes public with their he ultimately sacrificed his family. >> a family goes public with their grief. what they're now sharing about the off duty officer killed in his own home. also your child's social security number and other personal information may be at risk. but there is a way you can prevent it. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. >> a group recently won a lawsuit granting it access to
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your child's social security information. this now becomes a privacy issue. our business and tech reporter scott budman is with us. scott any options for parents? >> reporter: there is at least one, jessica and raj. the group is concerned the concerned parents association. it looks out for disabled students. they want to see if the students have been treated fairly by the california school system and they'll get that data because of a lawsuit. but the personal transftransfer of personal information makes parents nervous. >> reporter: bay area parents are just now starting to find out. >> i have one more thing i have to try to explain to her. >> reporter: personal information about kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will be turned over from the california department of education to a group called the conce concerned parents association school. >> all very sensitive per


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