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we'll get rain returning to the north bay by tomorrow. san jose, trace amounts. >> thanks for joining us at 5:00. lester holt is next. sus trump. shock waves as pope francis wades into the race for president. why he says donald trump is not a christian. trump fires back, blasting the pope as disgraceful. it's getting ugly as rubio and cruz trade accusations of dirty tricks. plus clinton and sanders fight night in vegas. sudden impact. a terrifying chopper crash caught on tape near peril harbor. a hospital hacked, its computers frozen. forced to pay ransom to gain back control. and a warning, it could happen to you. and hidden risk. when even meds and exercise won't lower that stubbornly high cholesterol, what doctors say you need to get rid of to finally bring it down. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. it's virtually unheard of, a pope admonishing a u.s. presidential candidate. in this case, donald trump over his immigration plan. and trump quickly fired back. it began when pope francis, returning home from his trip to mexico, took a reporter's question about trump's pledge to build a border wall. and in his answer, implied that trump is not a christian. it was a high-level rebuke to say the least, but true to form, trump is not turning the other cheek. nbc's katy tur has details. >> mr. trump, the pope made a statement about you. >> reporter: donald trump proving today there is no thing and no one too sacred for his political ire. >> he actually said that maybe i'm not a good christian or something. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: the lapsed presbyterian lashing out athe head of the catholic church after pope francis was asked about trump's plan for a border wall between
the u.s. and mexico. a person who only thinks about building walls wherever they may be and not building bridges, is not a christian he told reporters. just hours earlier, the pontiff was praying along the mexican side of that very border. but while the pope wouldn't say who catholics should vote for, donald trump declared that his holiness should hope it's him. >> if and when the vatican is attacked by isis, which as everyone knows is isis's ultimate trophy, i can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that donald trump would have been president. >> reporter: another day, another controversy, but still no clear break in his support. >> i think he has to respond. the pope's coming at him. >> donald trump is a good christian as is the pope. >> reporter: south carolina is known for its religious voting bloc, but only 13% of republican primary voters in 2012 were catholic. nationally, that number jumps to 25%.
swing voters who supported the last three presidents. >> it's not unusual at all for pope francis to talk about the dignity of immigrants. what is unusual is the extent to which donald trump escalated. >> reporter: trump even admonished the holy father for something trump himself did to ted cruz last week, questioning his faith. >> for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. >> reporter: tonight many people are pointing out that despite the pope's criticism of a u.s. border wall, vatican city where the pope lives has been surrounded by walls for centuries. lester. >> katy tur tonight, thank you. meantime it's getting even uglier on the campaign trail in south carolina with cruz and rubio trading acsigss of dirty tricks just two days from a critical primary. nbc's gabe gutierrez frames the dispute for us. >> reporter: if a picture is worth a thousand words, today the bitter fight between ted cruz and marco rubio got expensive. >> making things up, in this case they literally made up a
picture. >> reporter: rubio alleging the cruz campaign doctored this photo, claiming the florida senator shook hands with president obama and supported amnesty for undocumented immigrants. the cruz campaign firing back. it's just pointing out rubio's shifting stance on immigration. the texas senator also trying to build momentum in his battle against donald trump. >> a new national poll. nbc "wall street journal," and for the first time in many, many months according to that poll, there's a new national front-runner. >> reporter: rubio is getting a jolt from the surprise endorsement of governor nikki haley, who had been heavily courted by the bush family. she has an 81% approval rating among likely republican primary voters here. >> why not jeb bush? >> let me tell you, jeb is a dear friend. this is about fight, about passion. >> reporter: today bush tried to convince voters that his fight isn't over. for rubio, saturday
could be crucial. tonight, a diverse trio is on the trail. a cuban-american presidential candidate, an indian-american governor, and an african-american senator. >> are you the new faces of the republican party? >> are we new the faces of the republican party? i hope we're the new faces of the conservative movement. >> reporter: this after, a touching request from an emotional supporter at a john kasich rally. >> i'd really appreciate one of those hugs you've been talking about. >> reporter: that young man got that hug after sharing aa difficult story about a tough period in his life over the past year. he says he sees hope in john kasich's campaign. tomorrow will be a hectic day here in south carolina. gop candidates planning at least 20 stops throughout the state. lester. >> thank you. and democrats are preparing for a critical showdown tonight at the msnbc town hall in las vegas, with a poll showing it's a dead
heat ahead of saturday nevada democratic caucuses. clinton up by 20 points, a much smaller lead before sanders blowout victory in new hampshire. andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: hillary clinton today reaching out to casino workers after seeing her support in nevada plummet over the last two weeks. >> i need you. thank you so much. >> reporter: most democrats now targeting minorities in this diverse state. bernie sanders meeting today with the urban league in washington, competing with krnt to champion their history. >> the fight for basic voting rights. the demonstrations, the lynchings, the beatings in order for african-americans to achieve what one assumes all americans should have, the right to vote. >> reporter: both aggressively courting lati latinos. clinton rolling out a new ad, featuring a 10-year-old girl who fears her parents will be deported. >> let me do all the
worrying. is that a deal? i'll do everything i can to help, okay? >> reporter: president obama is granting exceptions to undocumented teenagers and young adults. so-called dreamers. but not their parents. a huge issue here. sanders support pedro duran is 18. >> we want to be citizens and we want everything citizens get in the united states. >> reporter: clinton support jessica perez kanl from the philippines when she was 6. >> we need to tell the democrats that, hey, you know what? we're how here and what are you going to do? you can't deport all 11, 12 million of us. >> reporter: this as the clinton team worries about turnout. >> i think what though really fear is all kinds of new voters that bernie sanders is attracting into the process, coming out to vote and skewing the results. >> reporter: joe biden, the man who didn't run, tells rachel maddow. >> i don't regret it. it was the right decision for my family and the right decision for me. >> reporter: arriving in las vegas tonight, sanders said he believes the clinton campaign is in
disarray, that it's a campaign that thought they were entitled to the nomination and now that they've discovered that the people are involved and not just the establishment, that they are in serious trouble. lester. >> andrea, thank you. you can see the clinton and sanders town hall tonight at 9:00 eastern only on msnbc. a historic announcement from the white house today. president obama will become the first sitting president to visit cuba in nearly 90 years. a major step as the u.s. and cuba move to normalize relations. the trip, which is planned for march 21st and 22nd, was immediately met with criticism from republicans, including ted cruz, who said he would never visit as long as castro is in power. there was something else pope francis said today besides his comments on donald trump that took many by surprise. he suggested birth control may be used to prevent the spread of the zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. this despite the catholic church's ban on contraceptives. we get more from nbc's
anne thompson in rome. >> returning from mexico, pope francis surprised many by opening the door to the use of artificial contraception to prevent the sexual transmission of zika. the virus rampant in his native latin america, linked to babies born with unusually small heads. it's a very rare and specific exception, similar, he says, to the one granted to nuns in the belgian congo when they were routinely raped in the 1960s. unexpected from a church that has long opposed artificial contraception. francis continues to shock as he did in 2013 when he said the church has historically been too obsessed with issues like birth control, abortion, and gay marriage. >> to say that he simply loosening up church teaching and, you know, anything goes, is quite a misreading of what he's doing. this is a pastor, and a pastor responds to people and their situations. already on st. paul the 2.
froim with a female philosopher, francis said a friendship with a woman is not a sin. the pope needs the input of a woman. he says a man who doesn't have a friendship with a woman is missing something. >> as with donald trump and immigration, pope francis is proving once again that he is not afraid of taking on controversial topics, trying to resolve issues of faith with real-world problems. lester. >> anne thompson outside the vatican tonight, thanks. apple is getting some backup from several fellow tech companies today as it battles an fbi request to help unlock an iphone used by one of the san bernardino terrorists. but as nbc's pete williams reports, apple resistance is proving highly controversial. >> reporter: the battle is waging during a still active investigation. with the fbi today searching the homes of two relatives of san bernardino gunman syed farook, the ceo of google is now backing apple, requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data, he said, could be a troubling precedent.
other tech giants, including microsoft, facebook, and twitter added their support. so did apple's co-founder, steve wozniak on cnbc. >> i think you should buy a product and feel it's my product, and what i have is what i think i have, and i don't have companies playing tricks behind me in the background. >> reporter: but police are pushing back. prosecutors in new york say they have 175 apple devices they cannot open for evidence in crimes ranging from identity theft to murder. >> this has become, ladies and gentlemen, the wild west in technology. apple and google are their own sheriffs. there are no rules. >> reporter: and mandy, whose fiance, shannon johnson was killed in san bernardino, says this presents a tough choice. >> i would love to get as many answers as possibility about shannon's murder and the 13 other people who were killed, but i'm also an american, and i like my privacy. >> reporter: business experts say the battle is about marketing because protecting privacy is key to apple's image. >> the people need to feel that what they're
buying is theirs and is truly empowering, and that's what the apple brand is bmt upon. >> reporter: apple says tonight the government doesn't have the legal authority to make it create new software and help the fbi open a locked phone. no federal court has ever ruled on that. pete williams, nbc news, washington. now to a hostage and ransom story for the digital age. a medical center in california forced to pay cybercriminals thousands of dollars to gain back control of its computers. it's a friend called ransomware. hackers infecting computers with malware, then demanding payment from the user to regain access. and as nbc's tom costello reports, it could happen to you. >> reporter: it happened at hollywood presbyterian medical center. all of its computers frozen with hackers demanding $17,000 in ransom payable in online bitcoins to release the computers. locked out, the hospital's ceo says in the best interest of restoring normal operations, we did this. across the country in
maine, hackers even held the lincoln county sheriff's department computers hostage. >> they asked for we'll gladly give you the code to unencrypt it for a nominal fee. >> even the cops had no choice to pay up. >> as this warning is appearing on the screen. they've already encrypted most of the information on your system. >> reporter: cybersecurity pro says ransomware is now big business. encrypting health records and financial documents, then demanding payment for the code to unlock them. becoming a victim is as easy as a bad mouse click on a pop-up window, e-mail, or web link. >> this would be the data on my computer. i can't access anymore. >> right. any of the files, whether they're photos, excel files, everything is no longer accessible. >> reporter: intel security reports a 127% jump in ransomware cases in just the last year. >> it's a high-volume, high-speed game that these guys are playing. that's the business model they're using right now. >> reporter: to avoid
having your data held hostage, security pros recommend updating your anti-virus software, enabling your pop-up blockers, and backing up your computer on an external drive. with the hackers often a world away, if you are hacked, you may have no choice but to pay the ransom. tom costello, nbc news, washington. and staying in california for a moment, an update on a major environmental drama we have been covering, the leak from a wruptured well that has been spewing massive amounts of natural gas into the air in los angeles has been permanently sealed. it comes after four months of making people sick and forcing thousands of families from their homes in porter ranch. southern california gas is facing multiple lawsuits and investigations. there's a lot more to tell you about here tonight ahead. lowering your cholesterol, the often overlooked factor that experts say could make all the difference even when statins, dieting and exercise aren't effective enough. also caught on camera, a tour chopper
for the millions of americans battling high cholesterol, doctors usually recommend focusing on diet, weight, and exercise and taking a statin. but experts say one of the most significant cholesterol factors is also one of the most overlooked. as nbc's janet shamlian tells us, lowering stress can have a major impact. >> good morning, everyone. >> reporter: college
professor christopher edging ton was going nonstop. classes, meetings, and consulting. >> i was wearing four different hats and working about 60 to 70 hours a week and really not getting very much sleep at all. >> reporter: the university of northern iowa professor was also giving lectures around the world. in one month alone, to south korea, germany, hong kong, and canada. >> i could just see that he was going 100 miles an hour with multiple secretaries delegating things. >> reporter: then a wake-up call. two heart attacks. but even though he changed his diet and took statins, his cholesterol kept climbing. that's when his doctor check an overlooked factor, his stress. experts say stress can relieve hormones that increase fat cell, which can boost the bad type of cholesterol known as ldl. >> i don't want to discourage people from taking pills, but it's also important to look
at other half of the equation, which is di diet, exercise, and stress. >> when edging ton cut back on his work and started spending more time with his grandchildren, a dramatic change. his cholesterol fell by nearly half from 121 to 62. >> i tell my students find one hour every day to take care of yourself. do something, whether it's physical or mental or whatever. >> reporter: and he's following his doctor's advice, ending each day thinking of three things for which he's grateful. tonic for a stress-filled life. janet shamlian, nbc news, houston. we're back in a moment with the perfect conditions creating a rare, fiery sight in yosemite.
almaguer explains, that nearby onlookers sprang into action. >> reporter: witnesses could tell something was wrong. the tail of the sightseeing helicopter was smoking as it quickly descended towards the rocky shoreline. then the moment of impact. with the chopper sinking, several good samaritans plunged into the water to rescue the trapped passengers. >> i seen the helicopter started sputtering about 500 feet and the pilot did what i would say would be an amazing job. >> reporter: five people were aboard and pulled to shore. at least one suffering critical injuries. all rushed to hospitals by ambulance. the navy says the helicopter is owned by genesis aviation, the same chopper seen here before the crash. offering aerial tours of the arizona memorial since 1999. tonight, the investigation into what went wrong is underway. witnesses say it's a miracle everyone survived. miguel almaguer, nbc news. now to a rare and
amazing sight in yosemite national park. a stunning phenomenon that's known as a fire fall. for a few weeks in february each year, the setting sun hits this water fall just right, making it appear to be on fire. it brings photographers flocking to the park to capture beautiful images like this one. when we come back tonight, the digital age nearly made them instinct but now instant photos, remember the kind you could hold, are making a big comeback. ===jess/vo=== the advice from a
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customers can liberate their digital pics by actually printing them. >> we said, what if we could create this expeer yential destination. ? this puts the old school one-hour photo to shame. step one, take a picture. from there, just send it to one of the company's computers. >> there it is. >> reporter: and within minutes, you've got a picture on paper. of course, instant photography is nothing new. for decades, polaroids were a pop culture phenomenon. >> what have i done? >> you have just taken your first picture with a polaroid 1000. >> reporter: as the focus shifted to digital cameras, the company had to declare bankruptcy, twice. today, polaroid is back with new products and new customers. millennials. >> to them, instant photography is something that's magical. it's something that they did not grow up with. >> reporter: for the under-30 crowd,
real-life photos are trending. >> we've had kids, kmil enials come into this store and for the first time ever hold a physical photo in their hands. it's incredible. >> reporter: proof an image doesn't have to go viral to be memorable. joe fryer, nbc news, las vegas. >> that's going to do it for us on a thurruns 03 ==jess/vo== right battle.. a infamous figure from world of certainly anyone can do this. >> right now at 6:00, an infamous figure that says he can crack the iphone that's ignited a national debate. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. tonight john mcafee is back in the headlines and talking to us. he wants to help the feds crack an iphone, but can he do it and is anyone really listening? our nbc business and tech reporter scott budman joins us
from apple headquarters. we've joknown mcafee well throu the years. what's his angle here? >> as always writing an op-ed piece in "business insider" saying he can solve the battle between apple and the fbi by hacking into the now infamous iphone. how would he do it? we got ahold of him to ask. a day after politicians and tech executives weighed in on the battle between apple and the fbi, a new but familiar voice announced his views through an editorial. then john mcafee spoke to us via skype. >> first of all, there is nothing that is unhackable. >> mcafee, the cyber security mowi mogul says he sides with apple but insists the data inside that phone can be had without the tech giant's