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records, especially on monday, the warmest day of the week. and rain comes back by wednesday. >> rob, thanks a lot. "nbc nightly news" is next, then more local news at 6:00. >> see you then. on this saturday night, breaking news. antonin scalia on the supreme court is dead. the court's most influential conservative. tonight we look back at his life and his legacy. deadly weather. dozens of vehicles crash in a massive pileup in pennsylvania. a large part of the country endures extreme life-threatening cold. the showdown. tonight republicans debate. a make or break moment for some of the six remaining candidates. will rubio rebound and bush find a way to break through? top message. the pope putting the pressure on mexico's political and church elite. to step up the fight against drug violence and corruption. full service. gasoline delivered to your car on demand. "nightly news" begins
now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news." reporting tonight, erica hill. good evening. justice antonin scalia, the supreme court's most influential conservative, has died. the 79-year-old scalia appointed by president ronald reagan almost three decades ago was found dead in texas. known for his strong language, he was widely respected by his colleagues and by the many who disagreed with his legal findings. chief justice john roberts praised justice scalia as an extraordinary individual, calling his passing a loss to the court and the country he loyally served. justice correspondent pete williams joins us tonight from washington. pete, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. justice scalia died sometime last night while in texas at a guest ranch. this is a big shock.
he was in apparently robust health. so his death is quite a surprise to the judicial world and it silences the court's most outspoken conservative voice. >> i do solemnly swear -- >> reporter: the nation's first italian american justice was put on the supreme court in 1986 by ronald reagan. he later became a lightning rod for criticism. he was confirmed unanimously after telling senators he had no plans to reshape the law. >> i am not going on the court with a list of things that i want to do. my only agenda is to be a good judge. >> reporter: once there, he became one of the most outspoken conservatives. an author of fiery dissents. an opponent of affirmative action in hiring and school admissions and of abortion rights. the case of roe v. wade he said was wrongly decided. declaring rights that the founding fathers ever intended. >> nobody ever thought they had been included in the rights
contained in the bill of rights. >> reporter: he said judges should be bound by the words of laws they interpret, not the ideas behind them. >> we're not governed by the drafters' intent. we're governed by laws. what the law is is not what the drafter intended but what the drafter enacted. >> reporter: though unsympathetic to criminal suspects, he led the court in expanding the rights of defendants to confront their accusers in court and limiting a judge's power to use evidence in sentencing unless it was proved during a trial. he wrote the ruling that said the second amendment guarantees an individual's right to own a firearm. he was an advocate for conservative causes, helping to establish the federalist society which encouraged the appointment of more right-leaning judges. >> mr. justice scalia and his wife. >> reporter: he met his future wife on a blind date when both were in college. they had nine children, five boys and four girls. two later became lawyers, following their father in a profession he clearly relished.
>> i like thinking about the law. and i like figuring out the right answer to legal problems. and it's sort of the top of the heap for a lawyer who has those interests. >> reporter: in the process, he became one of the most influential justices in the court's history. tonight, while the condolences for his wife and family pour in, we can't escape this fact. this leaves the court now with eight justices as it turns to such hot button issues as abortion, immigration, obamacare, the future of public sector unions, cases that were likely to be decided by five to four votes. now this raises the possibility of four four ties, which would mean the decisions wouldn't count. in addition to the human dimension, justice scalia's death casts a shadow over the supreme court term. >> one that is being discussed as you point out. pete williams tonight. president obama has sent his condolences to the family. for more on the
political implications of the passing we turn to kelly o'donnell who joins us from the white house. >> reporter: good evening. of course, first president obama and the first lady offered their deepest condolences to the scalia family. the president is in california and was playing golf when he was informed of justice scalia's death. the president is there to host a summit of ten asian leaders and is not scheduled to return until tuesday. now president obama is faced with the unexpected and consequential task of making his third nomination to the highest court. a political battle will begin almost immediately. republicans are in charge of the senate confirmation process and no doubt concerned about how the court could shift away from a conservative majority. with only months left in the president's term, tonight the top republican mitch mcconnell says this court vacancy should not be filled until a new president is elected. >> we will discuss that as well. kelly o'donnell, thank you. we are likely to see the implications
of the death play out tonight on the stage in south carolina as the six remaining republican candidates debate for the last time leading up to south carolina's primary. we get more from hallie jackson. >> reporter: the stage that started off so crowded will have more space tonight but no less sparring as the six remaining republicans face off. marco rubio with the most to prove after what rivals mocked as a robotic performance last debate. >> i wish he would have done better. i like that he came back out afterwards and said, that was my fault. >> reporter: rubio now rebooting with a new tougher tone against his rivals. jeb bush ready to defend himself and possibly ding donald trump as he looks for a south carolina comeback. >> then he said, we should bomb the blank, blank, blank out of isis. that's not a strategy. that's an unserious man. >> reporter: while john kasich plans to stay positive. >> it's about the sun coming up.
there's not a lot of room for negative campaigning. >> reporter: trump is still on the attack, taking on ted cruz for what he calls lies and threatening to sue the canadian-born candidate. cruz's campaign dismissing it. as ben carson looks for some oxygen. >> they say, we love you, we love your policies and everything, but please interrupt, please jump in. >> reporter: republican rivals not just targeting each other but hillary clinton as well with a new batch of her e-mails released today. she and sanders rallying supporters out west. >> we're going to surprise them here in nevada. >> reporter: sanders now out with this new ad. >> he was there when dr. king marched on washington. >> reporter: it's a rebuke to congressman lewis who said of his civil rights effort -- >> i never saw him. i never met him. >> reporter: lewis now walking that back, saying he never doubted that sanders participated in the civil rights movement, nor was he attempting
to disparage his activism. for sanders a key clarification as he looks to connect with african-american voters in south carolina. a clinton stronghold for democrats and republicans, a showdown state. most of the republican field has issued statements of sympathy for scalia's family and praise for his focus on the constitution. and some, including marco rubio and ted cruz, are making clear they would prefer to wait until after the election for a supreme court replacement to be selected. something we are sure to hear more about tonight as scalia's death reshapes not just this debate but the presidential race. >> so true. hallie jackson tonight, thank you. tens of millions across the country are being told to stay indoors tonight as brutally cold temperatures grip much of the country. the mercury dipping far below zero in several cities. the weather is being blamed for a deadly pileup involving dozens of
vehicles in pennsylvania. kristen dahlgren has more on the extreme cold and those dangerous conditions. >> reporter: in the bitter cold and snow here in harrisburg, pennsylvania, a massive and deadly pileup. as many as 50 cars and big rigs. >> there's a pile. one was folded in half. >> reporter: at least three dead. >> we have 20 people trapped. some serious. >> reporter: others pinned in the twisted metal. >> i also have a lady that's in a vehicle that's six months pregnant with a broken leg. >> reporter: all trying to stay warm with windchills below zero. >> make sure they have the buses coming. these people are getting cold quick. >> this other tractor-trailer driver didn't have anything in his trailer. he said, you can get in the back and keep warm. >> reporter: this woman was driving with her two young daughters. >> it all of a sudden just whited out. it came out of nowhere. we were on dry pavement. everything was fine. then all of a sudden, the car in front of me disappeared. >> reporter: forecasters believe a snow squall moved through, blowing snow and limiting visibility. >> there was, from my
count, what i could see, six tractor-trailers just piled on top of each other in the median. it was one of those things like, had we been two minutes earlier, where would we have been. >> reporter: more than 40 people were transported to local hospitals. the polar vortex wreaks havoc across the country. temperatures plunging lower than many places have seen in more than a decade. >> everything that i could possibly wear i'm wearing. >> reporter: in minnesota, temperatures fell to 22 below zero without the windchill. in places like buffalo, snowy and icy roads made driving treacherous. in new york, where wind gusts were expected to top 45 miles per hour, city ordered construction cranes into secure positions after last week's deadly accident. >> i want everybody to know it's so important to take this seriously, to stay indoors to the maximum extent possible. >> reporter: let me tell you, that's good advice. here in new york, it's so cold that many of the fountains are
frozen in place. it's only expected to get worse with windchills expected to drop down to near minus 25 tonight. >> kristen dahlgren for us. for more on this dangerous cold and when it will end, we turn to meteorologist dylan dreyer. >> good evening. it's cold and getting colder. we have the polar vortex to blame. this cold air sags down from canada. we are looking for temperatures to be close to records by the time we get into sunday morning. we are looking for a morning low of 8 below zero in boston. the old record is 3 below set in 1934. pittsburgh will start off sunday morning at 1. cincinnati, 6 degrees. washington, d.c., about 8 degrees. that's 18 degrees below average. as we go into sunday afternoon, we are going to see high temperatures only in the single digits in milwaukee, teens through pittsburgh, richmond should make it up to 25 degrees. that's 24 degrees below average. we are watching the next storm system. it's very cold. we are going to see
warmer air work into this system and change any snow to rain. on sunday, we are looking for the snow to move into the carolinas, into virginia, even up through the mid-atlantic and northeast. but then as we go into monday night, warm air replaces cold and we will see the wintery mix and snow change over to rain, except for interior locations and higher elevations where temperatures will be warmer. let's look at tuesday. we will get above average. new york city should get up to 51 on tuesday. that's about 9 degrees above average. we are going to see temperatures start to warm up despite how cold it is this weekend. we are going to spend most of the next week with temperatures above average. erica? >> thank you. on his first full day in mexico, pope francis challenged government and church leaders to do more to protect the mexican people from the drug violence and corruption that are so pervasive in the country. anne thompson is traveling with the pope and has our report. >> reporter: today mexico city opened its arms to pope francis.
the sight of the son of latin america moved some to tears. >> i'm going to cry, that's for sure. >> reporter: and others to hope. >> he is a life- changing pope. he is reforming the church. i think he's absolutely wonderful. >> reporter: drawing the faithful from all over the americas. ♪ describing himself as a missionary of peace and mercy, francis challenged the leaders to focus on common good and eliminate economic inequality that he warned is fertile ground for corruption and drugs. mexico is the second largest catholic country in the world. 83% of the people here claim the faith. much of it rooted in devotion to our lady of guadalupe, the shrine a must on his itinerary today. mexico is a country bloodied by the violence of drug cartels. speaking to the local bishop, he said the drug trade devours like a spreading cancer, threatening society. more than 164,000 people murdered since
2007. including at least 36 priests killed in the last ten years. and thousands more missing. 13 every day. this man's only son is one of 43 students kidnapped and believed dead. he says he wants to meet the pope because he believes francis can give the parents strength. such high expectations stretch from mexico city to chicago's immaculate conception parish where 95% of the people are of mexican origin. >> i hear a lot if the pope goes, things are going to change. i remind them, the pope is not god. he is not going to change things immediately. but over time. >> reporter: a nation of many problems and a deep faith. next week, the pope turns his attention to the controversial issue of immigration, traveling to the south, where many central american immigrants enter the country and to the north to say mass at the u.s.
>> reporter: the purple truck is hard to miss. its service difficult to pass up. how would you like it if you don't have to go to the gas station again? what if the gas station came to you? this suv belongs to megan, who doesn't remember the last time she filled up. you don't do that anymore? >> i haven't do it in over eight months. i have two small kids at home. and this allows me to get home to those babies that much faster. >> reporter: booster fuels, backed by developer ross perot, jr. and microsoft co-founder paul allen, started in texas and has spread to ten cities as far as san francisco. inspired by uber and other on-demand services, the company and its customers connect through an app. >> it's a time saver. >> reporter: this man was skeptical at first. >> there's got to be some sort of surcharge or some monthly fee. not one i had yet. it's just amazing.
>> reporter: the ceo is a 30-year-old entrepreneur from seattle. >> the real magic here is that we're able to avoid the expensive real estate cost of gas stations. we try to make this a no brainer decision by being the same price. >> reporter: same price? no wait. a window wash and a thank-you note. almost too good to be true for megan's friends. >> complete disbelief. and then the next question is, how do i get that? how does booster come to my home or my office? how do they come to my farm and fill up my tractor? >> reporter: for now, booster fuels only services business campuses. but home delivery is not out of the question eventually. the gas station of the future may not be a station at all. jacob rascon, nbc news, fort worth, texas. when we come back, after being swallowed up by a sinkhole, classic cars back on display with a twist.
a bizarre scene in kentucky a couple of years ago when a sinkhole at the national corvette museum swallowed up a group of vintage cars. now some of the cars have been restored. the museum found a way to capitalize on the accident. >> reporter: the building was empty. security cameras were rolling the morning the ground beneath the national corvette museum gave way. a 30-foot deep sinkhole swallowing eight sports cars. as a corvette owner, what did it make you feel?
>> sick. >> reporter: the video went viral, getting more than 8 million hits. but for geoscientists, an opportunity for deeper understanding. >> what happened here is a cave that we did not know existed, and the roof of the cave itself, it actually migrated upwards so close that the roof became thin and then it collapsed. >> reporter: despite the damage, museum managers have seen a spike in visitors. >> instead of putting it back the way it was before, we decided to embrace this as a new attraction. >> reporter: that exhibit is now open. featuring a glass manhole looking into the sinkhole abyss. a virtual experience of what it would have been like to have been standing on the cave floor at the time of the collapse. >> when people are in the cave, we want them to have a sense of the feeling of power that's involved in that natural event. >> reporter: the eight cars involved are also on display.
two have been restored and visitors can watch the work on a third. >> they made a positive out of a negative that happened. >> reporter: the sinkhole that could have sunk the museum's future transformed into an attraction of its own. nbc news, atlanta. up next, a coach who teaches her kids as much about life as she does about the game. 5.8 earthquake new zealan
a high school basketball coach who has been having an impact on young lives with lessons that have little do with athletics. here's janet shamlian. >> move while the ball is in the air. >> reporter: it's a big game for the lady panthers. in this illinois town of a few hundred families, just about all of them are here. >> they are pretty good. >> reporter: almost always a winning season. for 23 years the same coaches. >> let them throw the ball. >> reporter: matt long and a young woman with downs syndrome, assistant coach jessi. >> this is a big game. i want them to come out and play their hearts out. >> reporter: jessi first asked to help at age 11 when her sister played. continuing through her teens and 20s. how are they going to do tonight? >> we're going to play really good. >> reporter: coach long said yes then, and has given her the same answer every year since. >> she's going to do it as long as she can. she tells me every year, i will see you next year, so get my contract ready.
>> reporter: it's more than a title. she's in charge of the play board, water and towels. >> good luck. >> reporter: every referee knows her. every player loves her. >> if you need someone to pump you up, she's like, you got this. you are going to win. don't worry. it's great. >> reporter: jessi's family is grateful she's had this opportunity. >> panthers coming through? >> oh, yeah. >> we love jessi. >> reporter: students and coach long say the thanks go to jessi. >> the legacy she left for us is just the number of lives she's touched. and it's just special. it really is. >> reporter: the panthers eventually won the game. celebrating more than a win. paying tribute to a sports coach whose most important lessons are about living life. >> we love jessi! >> reporter: nbc news, camp point, illinois. that is "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm erica hill reporting from new york. i will see you
and colorful opinions. >> right now at 6:00, just minutes ago president obama reacting to the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. when what his death means for the presidential race. good evening. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> and i'm peggy bunker. thank you for joining us. appointed by reagan in 1986. he was the first italian american justice put on the supreme court he was confirmed 98 to zero after telling senators he had no plans to reshape the law. >> i'm not going on to the court with a list of things i want to do. my only agenda is to become a good judge. >> he came a conservative judge in afimive action and hiring and school admissions. he had a strong stance on abortion rights. he said roe v. wade was wrongly decided, rights that the founding fathers never intended.