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with an entire community on edge. fumbling into the sea. a state of emergency as el nino unleashes its wrathd on the californiacoast. where's the response. nbc news has learned amid the toxic water crisis in flint, no pipes are being replaced. we asked the governor why not. warning signs for pregnant women and mothers of newborns. a big announcement from doctors about diagnosing depression. and remembering abe vigoda. sadly, this time it's for real. from "the godfather" to barney miller, the gone. "nightly news" begins right now. news world headquarters in new nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. time is short, and the to-do list is long for the men and women running for president. in just six days, we will be counting actual votes in iowa. but in this final stretch, it's all about the polls and
confirm a dramatic reversal of fortunate among the two republican front-runners. donald trump now ahead in a state that once seemed to be ted cruz's to lose. and more worrisome for the cruz camp is trump is lining up what could be key endorsements. there's high drama in the democratic contest too. we've got both races covered. with katy tur. >> lester, never a dull moment in this race. donald trump now saying he will not be participating in thursday's fox news debate because he doesn't think megan kelly is fair. also touting two big endorsements today jerry falwell jr. the clock is ticking in iowa. six days left and donald trump is pulling ahead. today leading in five of the six major polls here. the race now a cage match between the billionaire and his texas rival, ted cruz. each looking for a knockout punch. powerful endorsement coming down today. >> reporter: for
evangelical endorsement, jerry falwell jr. >> in my opinion, donald trump live tds the life of loving and helping others as jesus taught in the great commandments. >> reporter: 57% of iowa gop caucus goers identified as evangelical. while cruz has the voters by most accounts, trump is dominating among moderate voters, meaning he may only need to be competitive among evangelicals to win. and fallwell could give trump the credibility he needs. >> little things on the margins could make a little bit of a difference. >> reporter: cruz meanwhile is staying faithful to his ground game, barnstorming iowa with another seven stops on his busture. remaining confident publicly. >> the judgment that the men and women of iowa are making is who has a proofn record as a consistent conservative. who has been the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. >> reporter: but in a
privately warning pastors. >> if donald wins iowa, he right now has new hampshire. there's a very good chance he could be unstoppable. and be our nominee. >> reporter: seven months of campaigning and it's all down to these last few days. katy tur, nbc news, marshaltown, iowa. >> reporter: i'm kacie hunt in iowa where bernie sanders says he feels like a winner. >> if we have a large voter turnout, we will win, and we'll win big. >> reporter: hillary clinton trying to avoid reliving the past in iowa. >> i will work my heart out for you as your president. >> reporter: a new campaign ad showing voters just how long she's been in the fight. it's a reminder for young voters. >> i've been on the front lines of change and progress since i was your age. when i worked on health care back in '93 and '94, and i don't know if you were born then.
but if you'd been around and had been able to pay attention, i was trying to get us to universal health care coverage. >> reporter: sanders is older than clinton. >> you're 75 now. >> 74. >> but an nbc news survey monkey poll out today says young voters support him by a wide margin, just like they backed barack obama in 2008. >> obama in 2008 ran a campaign which is really going to stay in the history books. do i think in this campaign that we are going to match that? i would love to see us do that. i hope we can. frankly, i don't think we can. >> reporter: sanders and clinton both leaving iowa today. a trademark crowd of thousands waiting for sanders in minnesota. clinton fundraising on the east coast. >> with both candidates out of the state, i think they both are looking ahead and saying that there's going to be a day where iowa is not the focus. >> reporter: coming into view, a slog of a nomination fight.
out a win here in iowa. sanders says he's going to fight for this nomination all the way to the convention, but if he can't beat clinton in iowa, that road is going to be a lot harder. lester. >> thank you. we want to let you know tomorrow i'll speak to bernie sanders about the race and about his chances. just five days until iowa. we'll have it for you right here tomorrow night. a big scare today at a navy medical center in san diego after someone reported hearing gunshots. the federal health facility went into lockdown as law enforcement flooded the scene. officers going room to room looking for a possible shooter. in the end, no one was found with thousands of people left with frayed nerves have a terrifying or deal. in northern california tonight, evacuations amid a real-life cliffhanger, a neighborhood hanging on the edge as a powerful el nino eats away the coastline and may take homes with it. nbc's gabe gutierrez has all the high drama.
california coast, just a few feet separate these apartments from disaster. the building hanging in the balance. and michael mchenry hanging on to what he has left. >> the surf breaks so hard when it comes up, the whole place shakes and there's no way you're going to sleep regardless of what you try to do. >> reporter: the structure that once allowed him such stunning views is now teetering on the edge of oblivion. still, despite evacuation orders, five of the 20 residents living here are refusing to leave. >> i have nowhere to go, so i will be here. >> reporter: the severe erosion blamed on el nino. this is what pacifica looked like in 1997. this is what it looks like today. >> we knew that this day was going to come. >> reporter: last night, the city council approved an emergency declaration allowing pacifica to ask for state and federal money to fight coastal erosion. the area has tussled with el nino before. strong storms in 1998 booted several homes off this clip. then in 2010, two
evacuated and condemned. this season, terror rential downpours might help relieve california's historic drought, but pacifica is feeling the down side quite literally. >> el nino pretty much guarantees we'll have more numerous storms and that's a pounding effect on the coastal area and more chances for erosion. >> for michael mchenry, it's not just his home but his life that seems to be collapsing. >> i'm about to be on the street. the ocean, if it wants us, it's going to come take us. we don't have the power to slow it down or stop it. >> reporter: tonight he's moving his belongings, but has no place else to stay. this town tired of living on the edge. residents here are allowed inside to allowed and not supposed to spend the still, some of them are ignoring that order even though another storm is lester. gabe. on the east coast, many are still digging out from the blizzard of 2016 in the nation's capital, the
remains shut down again today as did many school districts nbc news national almaguer tells us progress is being made, but for many it is not coming soon enough. washington, d.c., the lifted tomorrow as many here are still knee deep in frustration. >> it's like all of winter in one weekend. >> reporter: today in the bitter cold, a woman rescued after spending three days trapped in her car. it's been nearly 70 hours since the last snowfall, and neighborhoods still look like this. >> we've had the winter snow already. we're finished. >> reporter: in new jersey, snow brought down the roof on this skating rink. at the shore, the flood waters have receded but not the anger. governor christie criticized last night after returning to the campaign trail. >> i don't know what you expect me to do. you want me to go down there with a mop? >> i think it takes a
mop for this. the home's not liveable anymore. >> reporter: after outrage from some local officials, tonight an apology. >> my apology was because i really felt badly about it. >> reporter: in new york city, they're shoveling 7.25 tons of snow, enough to fill yankee stadium 66 times and in queens, a lot of it is still on the street. >> if you need an ambulance, how are they going to get through? god forbid you have a fire. >> reporter: in virginia, there has been progress. this neighborhood we showed you last night finally looks like this. even though cancelations are down at airports, the complaint tonight are these smaller city streets where clearly the cleanup is far from finished. leaseter. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. the fbi says it has foiled a mass shooting plot in milwaukee. 23-year-old samy mohamed hamzeh has been charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer. the fbi says he was planning to carry out a shooting rampage at a masonic temple. he was arrested after the fbi says he bought
undercover sources. six cleveland police officers were removed from the force today for the shooting death of an unarmed couple during a high-speed chase where well over 100 bullets were fired in just a few seconds. as nbc's blake mccoy reports, it took the city more than three years to fire the officers. >> reporter: a car sits riddled with bullets, two people dead inside following chase through the streets of cleveland. it began when officers tried to pull over the car and mistook an engine backfire for gunshots. today, new audio from investigators reveals the moment the unarmed pair was cornered. 120 rounds fired at timothy russell and malissa williams in just ten seconds. state investigators diagrammed the shooting showing how chaotic and dangerous all of that crossfire was to fellow officers. then this photo
stood on the hood of the car even after the couple had been subdued and fired down at close range. >> the defendant is discharged. >> reporter: that officer, michael brelo, was the only one criminally charged. he was later acquitted. tonight, brelo has been fired along with five other officers. six face suspension. a 13th officer retired last year. >> it was very difficult. very difficult for all of us. >> reporter: the police union came out swinging, calling this disciplinary action politically motivated. >> this is politics 101. we see it across the country. we certainly see it here in cleveland. >> reporter: the justice department has found cleveland police to have frequently used excessive force. tonight, a move meant to provide closure to a city and two families. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. now to the growing outrage over the toxic water crisis in flint, michigan. the mayor says it could cost as much as $1.5 billion to fix
water system. but nbc's stephanie gosk has found so far none of the pipes are actually being replaced. >> reporter: the plumbers in flint say they are ready. >> we got guys available if i need 200 guys next week, i could get them. >> reporter: but the plumbers in flint haven't gotten the call. nbc news has learned from both city water officials and the plumbers' union that there are currently no lead pipes being replaced. and the plumbers tell us they haven't done any work since the governor's october announcement that the water wasn't safe. harold harrington showed us a lead service pipe. he would only touch it with gloves on. so the corrosive water basically strirps the inside of the fine? >> yes, and exposes the lead. >> reporter: there are as many as 25,000 lines just like this in flint, running from the water main in the street to people's homes. buried five to six feet deep. the only way to replace them is to dig them up. >> it's going to take several years to complete the job, but
the longer people are at risk. >> reporter: professor marty kaufman is creating a map of the lead pipes for city officials. do you know where all the lead pipes are? >> no, we do not. >> reporter: here is a part, a big part, of what they're up against. the records are kept on these 3-d by five cards. this one is from 1948. it's handwritten in pencil, illegible in parts. there are an estimated 50,000 cards in these cabinets. on top of that, every home needs to be assessed by experts like harrington. the cost of those repairs will fall on ott homeowner. in this case, oscar brown, a great great-grandfather who worked for 38 years on the assembly line at buick. he's still paying a more than 100 dd a month bill for water his family can't drink. fixing the problem could cost as much as $10,000. >> i would be thinking that it's not our fault. >> reporter: his great
>> i guarantee you his grandchildren isn't drinking this water. they're not bathing in this water. they not cooking with this water. so why should we? it's not fair. >> reporter: tonight the governor's office tells us that the treatment they are now using in the water will create a protective layer around the pipes, and they'll rely on experts to determine when the water is safe. they also say that they have asked for money in the state budget to replace some of the pipes. lester. >> stephanie gosk, thank you. a programming note, my colleague rachel maddow will hold a town hall on this crisis life from flint tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. still ahead tonight, pregnancy and depression. one in seven moms suffers from it, often in silence. now a major announcement could lead to so many getting the help they desperately need. >> is apple's big sales streak coming to an end after moving a
latest iphones? we're back now with important medical news tonight about diagnosing depression. an influential panel today recommended screening every fir time advised a screening not only for new mothers but also for women even before they give birth. nbc's anne thompson has the details. >> reporter: this should be a joyous time for women, but today a government panel of independent experts acknowledges
and recommends all women, before and after birth, before screened for depression. something that affects one in seven moms. >> women want to have these conversations because they are recognizing themselves that something is amiss. >> it's so prevalent. >> reporter: in 2005, brook shields shattered the silence on the today show. and now on the red carpet, this month actress hayden panettiere telling e! news she's proud to be a spokesperson after getting help following the birth of her daughter. >> it doesn't mean they're weak. it doesn't mean they're a bad mom. >> reporter: how do you know what's just the common baby blues and what's depression? one difference, doctors say, is the time frame. baby blues usually happen within the first two weeks of birth. if the severe anxiety lingers to the six-week mark, it could be more significant. risk factors include history of depression, prenatal anxiety, and child care stress.
members need to be aware of the issue as well. >> if you ask your loved one, do you feel like you want to harm yourself or your baby, that is a question that is okay to ask. >> reporter: talk therapy helps, and for pregnant women, the risk of medication must be weighed against the risk of doing nothing. most health insurance, including the affordable care act, must now cover the screening. so family portraits can be as happy as moms hope. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. there is more important information ahead. we're back in a moment with the cdc now expanding the travel alert for pregnant women over a virus that could harm their
zee kwa affected areas. the virus has been linked to severe birth detects. the cdc also advises that babies should be tested for congenital infections if their mothers travel to affected areas at any point during pregnancy. >> despite selling a record number of iphones in 2015. apple says it's braszing for its first sales decline in 13 years as analysts say global demand slows for new smartphones. the economic slow down in china could also hurt apple's bottom line. the company does say however it is still in a strong position for the future and it estimates that a billion apple devices are now in use. big trouble tonight for one of the biggest stars in the nba. the l.a. clippers say they're investigating an incident involving forward blake griffin in which he threw a punch and broke his hand during a road trip in toronto. multiple reports say an incident also involved a memberer of
finally tonight, our farewell to one of the great character actors in hollywood, from movies like "the godfather" to "barney miller" on tv. abe vigoda was beloved and became the stuff of ledge end. sadly, this time it's true. nbc's kevin tibbles has a look back. >> reporter: he just had one of those faces, kind of droopy and worn. and those were the sorts of characters abe vigoda played best. as phil fish on the '70s cop sitcom "barney miller." vigoda was also the mobster sal testio in "the godfather" until he was bumped off. vigoda also gained notoriety for not being dead. it was in 1982 that a magazine declared he was no more.
all it was worth on late night television. >> go be with your own kind. that's it, abe. >> reporter: he was also a favorite guest of the today show. an abe vigoda twitter feed popped up with the sole purpose of
reporting if he was dead or alive. it garnered 10,000 followers. he later appeared in a super bowl ad for snickers candy bars back in 2010 with betty white. they were both 88 years old. >> that hurt. >> reporter: born abraham charles vigoda in brooklyn, new york, his career spanned the stage, the screen and television. he died in his sleep at his daughter's home in new jersey. abe vigoda was 94. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. and that will do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt.
metro is investigating an officer-involved shooting it happened near pecos and bonanza. we can tell you the intersection is closed. avoid the area. >> we're getting new information from police. but first a terrifying scam. a local mother gets a phone call, a child she believed was her 10-year-old son on the linealing, i've been kidnapped. good evening, i'm jim snyder. >> i'm reed cowan. the crooks behind the phone call managed to trick the victim. they said if she did not cooperate her son would not survive. that's where we begin. it's our top story. antonio castelan joins us live off carey and the 95. how did these scam artist the pull this off? >> reporter: there is no clarity. it baffles the victim. she said the alleged kidnappers, mimicked her son's voice, they knew what type of driving.