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offshore. on this sunday night, can they be stopped? the big victories this weekend for donald trump and hillary clinton. and with jeb bush now out, who stands to gain among voters turned off by trump? shooting rampage, a terrifying and deadly nightn michigan. six people shot and killed before a suspect, an uber driver is captured. plus one girl's remarkable fight for survival. one small dose. the dangerous new drug flooding into this country. one teenager's tragic story is a warning for parents everywhere. and a work of art. a neighborhood once in
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decline now transformed by a stroke of billans. the murals remaking a community. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. on a night when donald trump is still riding high off a big victory in south carolina and jeb bush is out of the race, the question tonight, does trump have the republican nomination locked up or can he, will he be stopped? history is on trump's side. since 1980, no republican presidential candidate has won both the new hampshire and south carolina primaries as trump has and gone on to lose the nomination. and in the democratic race, a similar question. is hillary clinton slowly making her way to the nomination with a win in nevada yesterday and south carolina all but locked up? we have it all covered as the candidates fan out across the country tonight, beginning with katy tur in atlanta, where trump held a rally today.
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>> it's beautiful. thank you. >> reporter: donald trump's grip on the nomination is getting tighter, and he knows it, bragging to a crowd of more than 5,000 in atlanta. >> we won with everything. tall people, short people, fat people, skinny people. just won. >> reporter: trump sweeping all of south carolina's congressional districts, banking all of the state's 50 delegates despite marco rubio's high-profile endorsement and ted cruz's focus on evangelicals. a voting bloc trump clinched, 34% to cruz's 26%. trump may have won but it was a rocky week starting with him calling the last republican president a liar. >> they lied. they said there were weapons of mass destruction. >> reporter: by thursday smearing the pope as disgraceful. >> no leader, especially a religious leader should have the right to question another man's religion or faith. >> reporter: and on friday in his last rally before the vote, recounting an internet myth praising mass killing by a u.s. general more than a century ago. >> and he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men, and he dipped 50 bullets in
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pig's blood. >> reporter: exit polls showing that like in new hampshire, the majority of trump's voters decided on him months ago, meaning his myriad of controversies and outrageous statements just didn't matter, and neither do his inconsistencies. flip-flopping again today on republican hot-button issues like funding planned parenthood. >> planned parenthood does a lot of good -- a really good job in a lot of different areas but not on abortion. so i'm not going to fund it if it's doing the abortion. i am not going to fund it. >> reporter: and what he meant in a 2002 howard stern radio interview where he said he supported the iraq invasion. >> are you for invading iraq? >> yeah, i guess so. >> reporter: today, unable to clarify where he stood. >> i really don't even know what i mean because that was a long time ago. who knows what was in my head? >> reporter: that same exit polling showed nearly half of south carolina voters did not decide until the last minute and they mostly did not decide for donald trump. that means going forward, since
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the field is winnowing, he's going to have to gain, not just maintain support. and if this crowd here in georgia is any indication, the campaign is confident they will be able to do that. kate. >> katy tur out with donald trump. marco rubio's very narrow second-place finish in south carolina over ted cruz was enough to give him new energy today as he tries to establish himself as trump's top rival. gabe gutierrez is in arkansas tonight with the rubio campaign. gabe? >> reporter: kate, good evening. despite not having won a single primary, marco rubio's campaign feels it is building momentum, having rebounded from that disappointing finish in new hampshire. earlier today in tennessee we saw his largest rally yet. around 4,000 people his campaign said. the crowd so large it had to be moved outside. a key turning point for rubio was his high-profile endorsement from south carolina governor nikki haley. along with senator tim scott they are painting themselves as the new generation of conservatives. but ted cruz now argues that he is the one best suited to bring down trump,
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having beaten him in iowa. expect the kruz campaign to keep hammering rubio on his record on immigration. rubio's campaign is already looking ahead to super tuesday. they just wrapped up a rally here in little rock and are now heading to nevada. right now there's a scramble for jeb bush's donors and questions over whether the former florida governor will endorse his one-time protege. kate? the solid rejection of jeb bush by voters in iowa, new hampshire, and last night in south carolina left him little choice but to end his candidacy. a stunning reversal for the man many thought would be next in line in a political dynasty. kelly o'donnell tonight with more on that. >> reporter: for a disappointed jeb bush -- >> thank you. thank you very much. >> reporter: -- there would be no explanation point to finish this race. >> so tonight i'm suspending my campaign. >> no. >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: after three
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stunning defeats, bush made his exit and his case. >> ideas matter. policy matters. >> reporter: for the kind of candidate he tried to be. >> i have stood my ground. refusing to bend to the political whims. >> reporter: but the political tornado that is trump battered bush with insults that stuck. >> i know you're trying to build up your energy, but it's not working. >> he has failed in this campaign. it's been a total disaster. nobody cares. >> reporter: bush was knocked off balance and faded in a crowded field. punching back with confidence came too late. >> while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. >> reporter: family itself was complicated. george w. bush still popular in south carolina hit the trail but affection and respect for a family's long public service did not translate to another victory. >> jeb ran his race. he didn't run the race
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that was going to appeal to the most intense voters in this primary season. that's what it really boils down to. >> reporter: despite all the advantages and expectatio expectations, jeb bush ran out of room in a republican party that has taken a different turn. kelly o'donnell, nbc news, coral gables, florida. among the democrats, new momentum for hillary clinton today after caucus voters in nevada decided to place their bets on her. clinton's victory over bernie sanders puts her in a stronger position going into the democratic primary in south carolina next saturday. we get more on that tonight from kristen welker. >> reporter: hillary clinton riding a wave of fresh momentum. >> is this a great night or what? >> reporter: after a decisive victory in critical nevada. >> some may have doubted us but we never doubted each other. >> reporter: for bernie sanders the loss is a big blow. today courting african-american voters at a baptist
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church in south carolina. >> brothers and sisters -- >> reporter: and it was black voters who largely delivered clinton's victory choosing her by a whopping 76% to 22% after she aggressively engaged them. and rallying with congressman jim clyburn and morgan freeman who released a new ad today. >> just like she's always stood with us. >> reporter: secretary clinton's embrace of president obama's policies as well as her increasingly up-close and personal style may have also propelled her, evident during the msnbc/telemundo town hall speaking to a woman whose husband had been deported. >> i want to tell you i will end the three and ten-year bar provision so that you do not have to face that ever again. >> reporter: but there are also obstacles that she must overcome. latinos chose sanders by single digits and
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younger voters picked the vermont senator by 72%. >> we will do well when young people, working class people come out. >> reporter: today clinton celebrating her victory but also questioning some polls showing a sanders lead among latinos. >> there's a lot of evidence we did very, very well with every group of voters. >> reporter: both candidates now looking forward to south carolina, where clinton has a big lead, and super tuesday when 12 states will be in play. >> if she wins big in south carolina, as some people think she will do, then she's going to have tremendous momentum going into next weekend and the super tuesday states. so i think it's just a real problem for bernie sanders. >> reporter: clinton is on a two-day fund-raising swing in california. while sanders outraised clinton for the first time last month. clinton has more than twice what sanders has on hand. still it's cash she will need to go the distance. >> kristen welker, thanks. we turn now to that terrifying story from michigan where six people were shot and killed last night by a
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gunman who was later arrested. uber confirmed today that the suspect was a driver for that company. blake mccoy has our report. >> reporter: a shooter on a rampage, ram donly randomly terror hissing innocent people in kalamazoo, michigan, saturday night. >> we have someone just driving around, finding people and shooting them dead in their tracks. >> reporter: tonight police have identified the shooter as 45-year-old jason brian dalton. they say his spree of terror began at 5:42 p.m. a mother of three shot multiple times in a residential parking lot. she's expected to survive. then 10:08 p.m. rich smith and his teenager son, tyler, are shot at a car dealership. a short time later, 10:24 p.m., four women shot and killed in a cracker barrel parking lot, on their way home from a play. among them, 60-year-old mary jo nye, who was killed, along with her sister-in-law and best friend, 62-year-old mary l. nye. a 14-year-old girl with them was taken to the hospital
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pronounced dead for more than an hour when police tell nbc news, doctors were preparing to remove her organs for donation, and she suddenly squeezed her mom's hand. still alive, they rushed her into surgery. michigan's governor met with the girl's parents this afternoon. >> she's working hard to stay alive, and she's got all our thoughts and prayers to have a chance to come back from this. >> reporter: democrats searching the home and car jason dalton recovered a 9-millimeter hand begun and other evidence they say ties him to the shootings. neighbors across the street from where dalton lived with his wife and two kids are in total disbelief. >> total shock. we'd spay total out of character for jason. >> reporter: dalton was a driver for uber. at least one person claims he rode with him the day of the shooting. uber says it's horrified and heartbroken,that it did a background check and police
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confirmed dalton did not have a criminal record. what do we know about a motive? >> we don't know anything about a motive right now. the randomness is hard to deal with and that's one of the most frightening things about it. >> reporter: as a memorial forms here at the cracker barrel tonight, we are learning a new chilling detail. authorities do confirm to us they are investigating reports that this uber driver was picking up and dropping off fares in between the shootings. uber tells us they are cooperating with the investigation. the suspect is likely to be charged tomorrow. kate? >> so hard to believe. blake mccoy, thank you. lawyers for bill cosby's wife filed another motion today asking a federal judge to postpone her deposition tomorrow in a lawsuit filed by a group of women who accused cosby of sexual assault. camille cosby is scheduled to give her deposition at a hotel in massachusetts. today's motion by cosby's team cited concerns about security and subjecting camille cosby to an unnecessary media circus. we get more from
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stephanie gosk. >> reporter: bill cosby gave his last interview to the press in 2014. his wife of more than 50 years at his side, stoic. >> if you wanted to respond at all about whether any of that was true? >> there's no response. >> reporter: camille cosby may face even tougher questions when she's deposed in a civil case against her husband in massachusetts. these days the couple is rarely seen in public together. her last statement was issued over a year ago following a string of new sexual misconduct allegations. the man i met and fell in love with and whom i continue to love, she wrote, is the man you all knew through his work. she went on to criticize the media for not vetting the accusations. >> the alleged victims are suing cosby in massachusetts for defamation and their lawyer wants to hear from camille who worked for her husband as his business manager for years. private conversations between a married couple are protected by law, but business conversations are not. despite opposition from cosby's legal
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team, a judge ruled the deposition could go forward. >> this is now a thicket. it's no way to now predict what she does have to answer and what she doesn't because everything that she's going to talk is both marital and business. >> reporter: the massachusetts case is just part of a mountain of legal action swirling around cosby. one criminal case with multiple charges of sexual abuse. 12 alleged victims have filed lawsuits, and cosby countersued eight of them, including most recently andrea constand whose accusations led to the criminal charges in pennsylvania. cosby's lawyers have repeatedly denied any allegations of wrongdoing and have bought back at every stage. now his wife who stayed out of the limelight for decades is in the middle of the fight. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. in the south pacific, the death toll is now at least ten after a powerful cyclone swept through fiji destroying hundreds of homes in the chain of
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l islands. officials said all tourists in fiji were safe. the storm was one of the most powerful ever to hit that region. when "nightly news" continues on this sunday, a new and dangerous drug threat facing young people, who may not know exactly what they're taking.
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we're back now with a growing new threat, one that has the country's leading drug experts sounding the alarm for parents and teenagers. potent new chemicals sold on the internet easily made into drugs that dealers then sell using more familiar names. and one small dose can
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be deadly. >> reporter: 17-year-old tara fitzgerald was an honor roll student, never in trouble, not into parties or drugs. but her friends in woodbury, minnesota, say she was curious about the drug lsd. >> she assured me it's not dangerous, and i didn't know anything about it. so i assumed that she must be doing her research on it. >> reporter: during a sleepover, tara and a friend took what they thought were tiny tabs of lsd. by morning, tara was dead. >> you hear this terrible story on tv, and you hear all this tragedy. but you never thought that it could happen to your kids. >> no, not in a million years. >> reporter: a tragedy, but also for investigators in this small town, a mystery. lsd rarely causes a fatal overdose. turns out tara had actually overdosed on a synthetic drug, a far more dangerous chemical called 25i, often sold masquerading as lsd.
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>> wait, that's the drug on that little tiny pink piece of paper? >> it's smaller than my pinky fingernail. >> reporter: 25i was made illegal in the u.s. just months before tara died. >> you're talking about an industry that's killing our kids. >> reporter: the head of the dea says new powerful synthetic drugs like 25i have been flooding into the u.s. for the past seven years, mostly from china. and sold right over the internet. the formulas are tweaked constantly by manufacturers trying to stay one step ahead of the law. >> it is a gamble. every time a kid gets a hold of one of these things, they're gambling, except they're gambling with their lives. >> because it's so inconsistent? >> absolutely. you and i could go buy the same thing on the same day, in the same place, and nothing happens to you, and i end up dead. >> such a warning for parents. i'll have much more on this story tonight on "dateline." when we come back, one little girl's emotional plea for president obama.
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this is, of course, president obama's last year in office, a fact that has at least one of his supporters quite upset. watch what happens when this 4-year-old girl's grandmother, caprina harris, explains that mr. obama will no longer be the president. >> i know. he can only serve two terms, and his time is up. >> no! no! >> it's okay. we've got to vote for another president. >> i'm not ready. >> huh? >> i'm not ready for a new one. >> the video has had well over 2 million views on facebook. even the president himself responded, saying the girl should dry her tears because i'm not going anywhere. and that once i leave the white house, i'll be a citizen just like her, and when she
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grows up, she can get involved right alongside me. speaking of the president, a pair of bald eagles who happen to be known as mr. president and the first lady are nesting a pair of eggs at the national arboretum in washington, seen her on a 24-hour eagle cam. they are expected to hatch in the middle of next month. the eagles built their nest in 2014 and raised one eagle last year. these are the first bald eagles to nest in the national arboretum in almost 70 years. a spectacular view from space this weekend on twitter through the lens of astronaut scott kelly, who's nearing the end of his mission after almost a year aboard the international space station. kelly returns to earth on march 1st with other crew members, and today was his birthday. nasa tweeting him birthday wishes. up next, how artists are transforming the landscape and inspiring change here on earth.
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finally tonight, we're visiting a neighborhood in los angeles that was suffering from the ravages of urban decay but has undergone a big change with the help of a stroke of a brush. steve patterson reports on what has become a most artistic community. >> reporter: with each stroke, a tiny transformation. artists using empty walls as their canvas, creating murals. gallery owner jason wanted to add color to his neighborhood. >> how did this whole thing start? >> we started with one mural on the side of our building that got
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a lot of community support. from there we decided that let's take it a little bit farther. >> an idea which fueled the alley project, a mission to turn devastated spaces into works of art. it simply begins by asking neighbors for permission to paint the alleys in their backyards. artists assemble, scope out their section, and get to work. it can take anywhere from hours to months to complete an entire mural. since this project started nearly two years ago, more than 80 artists from across the world have come to los angeles, painting and creating more than 100 murals, turning alleyways into art galleries. each wall slowly forming into an art district. >> this is actually one of the reasons we decided to buy our house here. we peeked over the fence and saw there was some art out here, which i thought was cool. >> reporter: anthony remembers the alley before the art. >> just trash, a lot of just graffiti.
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just people living out here. at night it was really scary. now it's become safer in my opinion. we'll see people come out of the blue, just come out and park and walk up and down here. artist clinton bob believes it's about more than just what's on the wall. >> it does touch the community and that's the whole point of doing this work in the street. it's not about me. it's about what i'm leaving here. >> it's eliciting so many smiles and so many happy feelings that it's one of those projects that it can't stop. it's just got to keep going because the joy that it brings all these people is immeasurable. >> reporter: joy you can't help but see. steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. and that is "nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be here tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from new york. i'll see you tomorrow on msnbc from nevada on the eve of the republican caucus there. for all of us at nbc news, have a great night. right now at six: shots fired
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outside a mcdonalds restaurant -- and now one person is dead. the acve right now at 6:00, six shots fired outside a mxd restauramcd restaurant. the police are searching for a suspect and a motive. >> police confirming that the body of a missing san jose woman has been found. now the investigation deepens as police determined what led up to the tragic ending. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. police announced they found a body of stacy agular. live with the new developments and a lot of unanswered


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