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the feds fire back in a fiery battle over cracking the san bernardino killers' iphone, and trump calling for a boycott. hoverboard crackdown after dozens of fires, some burning homes to the ground, the government says enough. a major new warning that could lead to an outright ban. walking free. afafr four decades locked in s sitary confinement, a stunning twist in one of the most infamous cases in modern american history. and harper lee dies at 89. we remember the legendary elusive offer of "to kill a mockingbird." "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from columbia, south carolina. good evening. on the eve of two big votes on the road to o the white house, the republicans in a primary showdown here in south carolina
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trump losing ground. in a new nbc news/"wall street journal"/marist poll twump leads by five points, 28% to 23%, down from 16 points a monthgo and rubio virtually unchanged at 15. the next seven days may provide clarity in these races in addition to the republicans voting in south carolina, democratic voters will caucus in nevada tomorrow followed by republicanss there on tuesday andndhen it's back to south carolina next saturday, the 27th, for the democratic primary. a time line tt is ratcheting up the urgency in both races. we've got both races covered starting tonight with nbc's katy tur in north charleston for us. hi, katy >> reporter: lester, the stage here in just a few minutes. it's now less than 24 hours before the state votes, and as you said there are indications that this race could be a lot tighter than many had thought. donald trump ling his commanding lead as ted cruz tries too
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iwhat. donald trump sounding confident to a boisterous crowd in myrtle beach, but the billionaire is still on the defensive, now for a 2002 howard stern radio interview where he said he susuorted the iraq invasion. >> arereou for invading iraq? >> yeah, i guess so. >> reporter: trump h peatedly claimed on the trail -- >> and i was against going into iraq and i was against it since a long time. i didn't want to go into iraq. >> reporter: this morning on "today" he explained the flip-flop. >> it's t t first time the question was ever ked to me, that was long before the war started. by the time the war started i was against it. >> reporter: also, a new nbc news/"wall street journal"/marist poll out today showing his lead slashed. >> every time they do a poll, i have a lousy poll. >> reporter: one potential reason, trump's accusations during the debate that george w. bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. sources within the campaign told nbc news trump has been warned to ease off, both by advisers and even phone bank volunteers who were hearing
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voters about his attacks o o george w. bush. >> saturday night at the debate his temperament was on display. >> reporter: cruz in second punching up and down, mocking trump with his own words. >> it's easy to say let's make america great again. you can even priri that onn a basebebl cap. but the question to ask is do you understand whatade america great in the first place. >> reporter: and again linking marco rubio to president obama in a new ad. >> marco rubio burned us once. >> reporter: the battle for one, two and t tee getting nse. all while johoh kasich and jeb bush struggle to gain traction. bush bringing out his mother again today, trying to bookend a bad week. one bright spot for trump, the vatican clarified the pope ecomments today about the front-runner saying in no way was this a personal attack, nor an indication of how to vote.
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north charleston, south carolina. >> reporter: this is andrea mitchell in nevada where bernie sanders is pulling even with hillary clinton, and as time runs out the contest is getting nastst >> i'm not just promising free this and free that and free everything. >> reporter: sanders dialing up his criticism of bill clinton at the msnbc telemundo town hall. >> bill clinton did a pretty good job as president, but let's be clear. i happen to think that our trade agreements from nafta thrhrgh tppp have been a disaster. >> reporter: the clintons firing back. >> i just4don't know where all this comes from because maybe it's that senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for democrat. >> hillary's opponent jumped all over me last night. that campaign has been remarkably fact-free. >> i need y saturday. >> reporter:2key to wing here union workers, 55% latino so both candidates hit a picket line. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: and clinton drumming up union support in the casinos where caucuses are held. >> give us an opportunity to express ourselves, so i'm
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candidate, a person that will stand behind us. >> reporter: what do you care about? >> immigration. i'm mexican, you know. >> reporter: that's important? >> that's important, very important. >> i think that's going to be a real problem if she loses here, not just because her lead disappeared becacae her whole argument is about eel electability. >> reporter: both campaigns already hitting the airwaves in the next state, south carolina. morgan freeman narrating a new hillary clinton ad today. >> she understands that our country can't reach its potential unless we all do. together. >> repororr: with a theme pulling together that seems to imitate recent sanders ad. >> our job is to bring people together. >> reporter: clinton garnered the most important south carolina endorsement, veteran congressman jim clyburn. >> my heart h h always been with hililry clinto >> reporter: but before clinton gets to south carolina, she has to get out of nevada. a loss here to sanders after barely winning iowa and that huge loss in new hampshire
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argument that she is more electable. lester? . >> andrea mitchell, thanan. we're joined nowowy our political director, the derator of "meet the press," chuck todd. chuck, let's take a look at what's online for tomorrow. depending on the outcomes, what's at stake here moving forward in the campaigns? >> well, it's fair to call tomorrow shake-up saturday because in many ways this race is going to get shooken up depending on the results tomorrow. marco rubio has a ton on the line in south carolina. he's got every endorsement you want in south carolina. he has spent more money than anybody else. he appears tonight man with some momentum. third place is not a victory this time. he has got to get in first or second. donald ump, he obviously c c't -- any time he's losing, it's not a good day for a guy who doesn't believe in lose so he's got a lot on the line and ted cruz can't afford third. a bernie sanders victory in nevada is a bigger deal to him than a clinton victory would be there so shake-up saturday, ttom line. >> weeill eel be here cover it all. chuck, thanks very much. author harper lee,
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wrote one of the most defining novels in american culture has died at 89. her 1960 book "to kill a mockingbird" about racial injustice in the deep south is treasured by generations o o readers and i i still taught in classrms around the country. tributes poured in today for the beloved authorn nbc's harry smith looks back at her enormous impact. >> reporter: in larper lea's hometown of monroe monroeville, alabama, today, folks put up black ribbons in remembrance of the great author, tourists by the thousands still coming to the old courthouse to see the placeo perctly detailed in the film, the place where the hero at cuss finch defends an innocent black man. >> and in ourur courts all men are created equal. >> everybody wants to be atticus. everybody wants to be the defender of the weaker, and i think that's one of the reasons why it -- it will live on forever.
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the most important stor in american terature, "to kilil a mockingbird" captured the injustice and humiliation of racism. profound and difficult truths made palatable by the narrator, young scott >> you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. >> harper lee, "to kill a mockininird. requestt". >> reporter: truths made evident in english classes across america for more than 60 years. >> there's an important message to be learned from harper lee's book, being true to one's self and making the right choices. >> reporter: while america loved her book, harper lee was no f f of celebritit not even oprahould persuade her to do an interview. miss lee did not publish another book until last year, "go set a watchman" was an early edition of her best-seller and the broadway version of "to kill a mock bid" is in the works, in
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matters and has always mattered, her words have never rung more true. harry smith, nbc news, new york. the battle pitting apple versus the feds has ratcheted up to another level tonight with the j jtice department slamming the tech giant for refusing to help unlock the san bernardino killers' iphone saying the company is only worried about its reputation. tonight apple is firing back, and on top of all of that donald trump is now calling for a boycott. nbc's joe fryar has the latest f fm california. >> reporter: with apple publicly vowing to fight a court order to create software that would unlook syed farook's iphone today federal prosecutors filed a motion arguing a judge should force the tech giant to comply. the government says apple's refusal appears to be based on itit concern for its business model and public marketing strategy, something the company denies. earlier this week apple ceo tim cook posted an open letter saying the u.s. government has asked
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not have and something we consider too dangerous to create. they have asked us to build a back door to theeiphone. osecutors responded to that today, arguing the court order does not require apple to provide a back door to every iphone or hack its own users. prosecutors contend apple could maintain custody of whatever software it builds. the white house also weighing in. >> we don't want to al love terrorists to establish a safe haven in cyber space. >> reporter: senior apple executives feel today's filing is frivolous as the companyyyyven responded to the court order yet. many tech companies are now defending apple. >> i think the government's interest in surveilling people, while it's an important interest, shunned trump all of our interests in being secure. >> reporter: donald trump who sends many tweets from an iphone is calling for an apple boycott until the company unlock the shooter's phone. >> apple ought to give the security for the phone. >> reporter: tech giant now has a week to respond to the judge's order. joe fryar, nbc news,
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powerful wind gusts near 70 miles an hour swept through chicago today. winds so strong some on the street like this woman needed help to keep from being blown over. it knocked down street lamps and threatened to blow bikes off their r rks and factored into a construction collalae that crushed a car. flying debris from a high rise forced evacuationed, and the willis tower sky deck was forced to close. well over 100 flights were cancelled or delayed and more than 100,000 were left without power in northern illinois. thousanan paid their lasas respectss today to justice antonin scalia as he lay in repose in the supreme court's great hall. among the mourners president obama and the first lady. as for who might replace scalia on the court, nbc's pete williams reports a new hint tonight about who the president may be considering for the seat. >> reporter: antonini scalia returned to the court for the last time, his casket carried past 100 of his former law clerks. inside the eight
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gathered with the scalia family for a prayer from his son paul, a catholic priest. >> blessed are those who have died in the lord. >> reporter: another son christopher writes in the "washington post" about once getting out of mowing the lawn to attend a track meet. quote, so he did it himself after reminding me that a supreme court justice probably had better things to do. president and mrs. obama came to pay their respects as did more than 4,000 people o waitedn long lines. also here, washington, d.c. appeals court judges, including two sri srinivasan and patricia millett mentioned as possible successor. said the nominee could be a previously confirmed judge. >> there are plenty of judges who ve, are on high courts alreadydy who havav had unanimous support othe republicans. >> reportet: one obvious possibility, judge jane kelly of iowa unanimously confirmed in 2013 with the support of the chairman, republican charles grassley who just happens to be
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>> i'm pleased to supportter confirmation. >> reporter: tomorrow justice scale gentleman's funeral at ba sill can a. natural shrine of the immaculate conception with his son paul celebrating mass. pete williams, nbc news at the supreme court. there's a lot more ahead for us tonight. the crackdown on hoverboards. the hottest fad of the past year in more ways an one. now the fed says none on the market is safe. what to do if you have one in your home. also, the man who is now tasting freedom after four decades in solitary confi man: dear mr. danoff, my wife and i are now participating in your mutual fund. we invested in your fund to help us pay for a college education for our son. we've enclosed a picture of our son so that you can get a sense there are real people out here trusting you with their hard-earned money. at fidelity, we don't just manage money,
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big news tonight involving those so-called honchds that were some of the biggest sellers over the holidays. they have also been involved in dozens of fires across the country, some having burned homes to the ground. today the consumer products safety commission is taking dramatic action, announcing none of the, hoverboards rrently on the rket is safe, andnd it could sn conphysical case or recall every one of them. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: it was a very close call for a family of six in nashville. the fox family's home destroyed by fire. two of their children trapped inside managed to escape by jumping out of second-story winds. >> when the door opened, the smoke and the flames, it was so hot that the smoke was just so black i couldn't get into the house. >> reporter: cause of the fire, a hoverboard. >> we almost lost two of our children, two of our children almost died because of the christmas gift. >> reporter: one of at least 52 hoverbrbrd-related
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>> it's on fire! >> reporter: destroying at least two homes and a car. in december the nation's airlines banned them. for months the consumer product safety commission has been testing all makes and models, diagnosing why the lithium ion batteries can suddenly overheat and catat fire. today the agency notified hoverboard manufacturers, importers and retailershat all hoverboardsust comply with new ul safety standards and threatened to confiscate or recall any of them that don't. elliott kay runs the agency. is there any hoverboard on the market that you think is safe right now? >> i'm not aware of any that meet current standard. >> reporter: zero? >> zero. >> reporter: in december alone customs and bothered patrol seized more than 1,300 hoverds at jfk airport. now any hoverboard that arrives at a u.s. port can be phone kiss kated if it doesn't meet the standard and for reports of those
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bones, safy regulators remain hoverboards are if you own one, tonight the consumer product safety commission recommends putting it away and demanding proof from the rereil their it standards. toto costello, nbc news, washington. we're back in a moment with something the cdc warns americans are not gettin they say you shouldn't spoil your kids. but your grandkids? how about front row seats to the bt show in town? and that is why you invest. the best returns aren't just measured in dollars.
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angola three is free tonight. albert woodfox has been released as part of a plea deal. nbc'sacob rascon tells us, it's been a hard fought battle to gain his freedom. >> reporter: few may ever understand freedom like albert woodfox released tonight on his 69th birthday after his attorneys say he spent more time in solitary confinement than any other prisoner in american history. it started with a prison riot in louisiana state penitentiary in 1972. prison guard brent miller was stabbed 32 times. woodfox and herman wallace were convicted of the murder and sent to solitary confinement. prisoner robert king also was convicted for
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and today albert woodfox plead no contest to the killing and was sentenced to 32 years and already had served 45 years so was released. in a statament he said i hope the events of today will bring closure to many. after more than four decades free. jacob rascon, nbc news. when we come back. what voters here in
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food distribution company. a company that announced it would bring hundreds of jobs to sioux city has pulled the plug on the project. and..... future doctors and nurses prepararfor a career in medicine. first wx boxes main wx boxes the newer poll numbers we talked about at top. newscast that show a tightening of the gop presidential race in south carolina underscore how fluid things appear tonight. i dropped in at a local barbecue place during the lunch hour to take my own scientific measusu of what's driving people's decisions. want an ice tea.
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>> sweet or unsweet. >> sweet in south carolina. >> it's not hard to found south carolina republicans who haven't made up your minds. >> you're not unusual. >> i don't think i'm the only one. i think a lot of peopop are starting to give a ather look to some of the candidates. >> here at doc's barbecue many folks said their vote may not go to the candidate that they want but rather the person they think they can win. >> do any of you believe in the polls? >> yeah, i do. >> what do the polls tell you right now? >> well, they are telling me that probably going to be between trump and cruz. i was reallyly liking ben carson,, but poll-wise i d't think he's going to do so well anylonger. >> you're influenced by the polls, may not vote for him. i think it may be a wasted vote so i may go elsewhere. >> how about you, robert? >> i can't help it. i'm looking at who has the best chance of winning. >> you watching the polls carefully in. >> i w wld like to te for the candidate who has the best chance to defeat hillary and at some point have you to vote for the right person,
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america. >> were you captivated by trump at any point in the proses? >> i really like listening to him but at the end of the day, you know, just his demeanor just doesn't speak leader of the free world to me. >> is there anybody among the candidates you thinknk that could unite country? >> i wh i could say yes, but all i can do is hope. >> do you see a healer out thereto among this republican lineup? >> i wish i could say so but honestly, no, i feel like trump is so polarizing, cruz is so far right that i don't think he'll be able to bring the democrats and republicans together, and so, no, i don't reallll see someone who is g gng to be that middle of the road candidate. >> just some of the things on the minds of south carolina republican voters on this night before the primary. that will do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt reporting tonight from columbia, south carolina.
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news, thank you for good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm matt breen. and i'm sheila brummer. a century old food distribution company is getting a new look. braunger foods held a groundbreakiki this morning to mark their accomplishment. ktiv's tommie clark went to the ceremony. and toie what can you tell us abt thier new facility? matt and sheila, braunger foods has been looking to expand for a while. and with this new facility behind me, they'll do more than add space, but also jobs and state-of-the- art technology.
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they'll be able to make some needed updates." "we're gonna be picking via voice, our pickers will wear headsets and they'll call out to the next slot to go get your next box to build and load for the particular customer. right now we don't do that we do it off of paper so it will really automate us compared to where we are today," said braunger r ods president, tom m oucek. and it's not only a benefit for braunger foods, but for sioux city as well. "this is a company that probably could have gone anywhere in the siouxland region and they chose to stay in sioux city so we're really honored by that and we really applaud them for their growth and their continued success," said sioux city mayor pro-tem, dan moore. the president of braunger foods, tom kloucek, says the new facility wiwi help them expand into other markets. he says it's been a long time coming. "it's very exciting. it's exciting for our employees it's exciting for our customers. it'll allow us to better serve our customers with more products. it's just awesome," said braunger foods president, tom kloucek. >> besides utilitizing the old saber building, braunger foods

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