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test developing news tonight, a powerful quake, a race to rescue hundreds reportedly trapped after a city is rocked by an earthquake strong enough to cause buildings to crumble. deadly collapse. 20-story crane caught on camera crashing to the ground. tonight neighbors say they feared this could happen. the race tightens. new polls show clinton losing ground to sanders nationally after their most fiery debate yet, while rubio continues his rise. a new zika alert. this one for men, to protect their partners and six months from rio, an american olympic medalist worried about competing in the hot zone. and fatal prescription, a first of its kind case, a doctor sentence ford
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overprescribing pain meds. how it could drastically change how doctors practice. "nightly news" begins right now. >> good evening. we begin tonight with a developing story, a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern taiwan, where it is early saturday morning, causing buildings to collapse. there are reports that several hundred people may be trapped and rescues are under way. we get the latest tonight from nbc's keir simmons. >> reporter: in the dark, rescuers search for survivors in twisted concrete metal. hundreds trapped, according to reports tonight, after multiple buildings collapsed. one man crawls out and is carried away. the earthquake, a magnitude 6.4, struck at 4:00 a.m. local time, while people were sleeping.
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deep, amplifying its damaging effect. multiple firefighters worked simultaneously despite many aftershocks. taiwanese television shown a woman high up carefully hoped that safety. those who escaped relieved to be alive. so far no reports of death or serious injuries but at least two buildings have collapsed, one 17 stories high, 123 people rescued from it so far, reports say but as the hours go by, there will be fears for anyone still missing. keir simmons, nbc news, london. here in new york it was an accident that triggered a sudden violent and deadly impact on a manhattan street. camera capturing the moment that the boom of a massive crane fell to earth crumbling part of a building, crushing cars and killing a passer-by. giant cranes are ubiquitous in american cities amid a
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before they can be highly dangerous. nbc's kristen dahlgren has details. >> whoa! >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: the moment the massive crane crashed to earth captured on video, as stunned witnesses looked on in disbelief. >> holy [ bleep ]! >> there was an enormous bang, like the loudest bang ever. the whole building, felt like the whole earth shook. >> reporter: on the street below, debris stretching the length of two football fields. the 300ton metal crane twisted and broken, its cabs flipped. cars flatten . >> we're going to need numerous ambulances here. we have one person struck by the crane. we have one person trapped in a car. >> reporter: the trapped man was one of three injured. 38-year-old david wick was killed, simply walking on the street during rush hour, when the crane crashed down. hundreds of rescue workers rushed to the scene, as did new york's mayor, calling it a miracle more weren't killed. >> this incident
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they were lowering the crane to secure it. >> reporter: but neighbors say they worried about the crane well before this morning's winds. >> it didn't look right. >> reporter: so you're not surprised? >> i'm stunned, but i'm not surprised. >> reporter: construction cranes are a common sight around manhattan. their safety came under scrutiny in 2008 when two collapsed within two months, killing nine. the city's buildings commissioner resigned, and new safety measures were put in place. just last may, a cable on a crane snapped, injuring ten. that crane owned by the same company as the one that collapsed following this morning's incident, the city immediately ordered some 400 other cranes be secured. now this crane was just inspected yesterday morning, and we're told was fully compliant but you can see the investigation continues tonight. they've also shut down all of the gas mains in the area, trying to prevent another tragedy. lester, it could take a week before that
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>> kristen dahlgren here in new york, thanks. we are entering the final weekend before the nation's first primary in new hampshire and two brand new polls show bernie sanders starting to close the gap on hillary clinton nationally, after their most contentious debate yet, clinton is campaigning hard to win that support back. nbc's andrea mitchell spoke with her on the trail. >> reporter: hillary clinton today reaching out to women and young people who have been flocking to bernie sanders, bringing in the cavalry, women's senators. but the crowd was mostly of a certain age, the scene reflecting clinton's base, not young people. they say you sound more like a politician, that bernie sanders sounds more authentic. >> well look around here, i have a lot of young people who are supporting me and they are working really hard every single day to go out, contact voters to make the case. >> reporter: and after brushing off chuck todd's question. releasing transcripts
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to wall street banks. >> would you release them? >> i don't know the status but i'll certainly look into it. >> reporter: are you willing to release the transcripts? >> i said i'll get into that. i want to get into >> reporter: sorry did you it? >> no, i'm not because i thought it was a good way to communicate what i was seeing in the world. >> reporter: bernie sanders today not taking up that issue. speaking to an overflow crowd in the snow. >> what momentum is, is that in the midst of a snowstorm, you can't get all of the people into the room. that's momentum. >> reporter: this after the gloves came off last night. >> one of the things we should do is not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. >> i think it's time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out. >> oh. >> in recent weeks. >> ooh. >> and let's talk -- >> reporter: but sanders seeming to struggle on foreign policy. >> north korea is a very strange situation, because it is such an isolated
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handful of dictators, or maybe just one. >> reporter: but that wasn't enough to sway these young voters clinton's way. >> there's something very politics about the way that she talks, and bernie has speaking. >> reporter: tonight charge that bernie sanders is smearing her and that his answers on the debate stage shows that he's not ready to be commander in chief. asked about that, he replied that was the hidden attack of the day and says she has failed the most important foreign policy test, by voting for the war in iraq. lester, it's getting this campaign. >> you bet. the republican field hotter and hotter, too, gearing up for its final debate before the new hampshire primary, and marco rubio could be a bigger target on the stage tomorrow night, of success. our new poll shows him rising to second place in that state behind donald trump. nbc's gabe gutierrez
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today. >> reporter: tonight, marco rubio is on the rise, but under attack. how can you convince the republican primary voters that you are the guy? >> because number one, i give us the best chance to unify this party. >> reporter: today rubio sat down with us as he prepares for a tomorrow. >> his record of slim. >> reporter: some of his rivals already pouncing on his experience. >> this selection about the future, not just the resume competition. being president of the united states is not estate developer. eight not like being a grn. it is about being commander in chief. >> reporter: rubio argues he passed a bill to reform the va and another to slap more sanctions on the terrorist group hezbollah. was that enough of an accomplishment, though, to put on your top five? >> it absolutely is. >> reporter: was it that hard, though? >> that's not how you judge meaningful things. >> reporter: with just days before the primary, front-runner donald trump stuck in new york this morning because he couldn't get the snow in new
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tweet "my 90-year-old mother made it out to campaign." ted cruz also under fire as brightbart news published these voice mails. " the phone calls allegedly made the night of the iowa caucuses by his staffers, implying ben carson was dropping out. nbc news has not independently verified these specific calls but has confirmed similar ones were made. cruz insists his staff simply shared an accurate story that carson was headed home to florida after the caucuses. >> that was a very unethical thing to do. >> reporter: the crowds here at rubio's rallies continue to grow but his aides continue to run a scripted campaign, always seeking to manage expectations. they will only say that the campaign hopes to finish in the top tier here in new hampshire. lester? >> gabe, thank you. federal health officials today issued new guidelines about
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safe six practices, aimed at preventing the spread in this country. 51 zika cases have now been found in a dozen states and washington, d.c., all but one brought into this country by travelers. and there is growing concern about the large outbreak in brazil, as we close in on the summer olympics in rio, now just six months away. rehema ellis has more. >> reporter: today the cdc is rushing to produce more zika testing kits. >> there aren't enough zika tests to go around. we've been turning them out as rapidly as we can. >> reporter: also today a new warning urging all men who have been to the zika zone to abstain from sex or use condoms if they have a pregnant partner, and even if their partner isn't expecting, to consider taking the same precaution for the time being. the new discovery of zika in urine and saliva raises even more questions about how the virus can be transmitted. all the uncertainty adds to growing concerns about this
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opening ceremony happens here in rio, six months from tonight. and already more than 1 million tourists from around the world are flocking to brazilor carnivale starting this weekend, with crews working to wipe out the mosquitos carrying zika, rio's mayor insists his city is prepared. this is not whether or not you're going to have a venue. >> i'm not trying to minimize the problem but again this is our everyday problem. we're living here. i have my family here. >> reporter: 26-year-old diver and olympic hopeful abbie johnston is competing in rio later this month. >> even it's a mild flu-like illness for someone who is not pregnant that type of illness can affect athletic performance. >> reporter: there are athletes who have competed while pregnant, during london's 2012 games there were five, including two americans, who won gold. perhaps reassuring to athletes and tourists,
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miles south of the outbreak's epicenter and cooler temperatures in august mosquitos. rehema ellis, nbc news, rio. three days after an explosion tore a big hole in a somali new developments to report. authorities say there arrests and while some officials say a suicide bomber in a wheelchair is suspected, and that explosives were hidden in a laptop, those reports are now contradicted by others investigation. five american investigators have arrived in somalia to help in the search for answers. there is late word that the ex-girlfriend johnny manziel has taken out a protective order against him. she told police he beat her but she did not press charges. not so long ago manziel was a top nfl prospect, but now as our jacob rascon reports his family fears he is spiraling out of control. >> reporter: they call the first freshman
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highsman trophy, but if 23-year-old cleveland browns quarterback johnny manziel doesn't get immediate help, his family says, he won't live to see his 24th birthday. in a police report, manziel's ex-girlfriend is quoted saying "last weekend the nfl star struck her several times, including in the left ear, and ran off. >> i heard screaming so i came out to my balcony and she said her boyfriend had beat her up. >> reporter: tonight a judge signed a restraining order keeping the quarterback away from his ex-girlfriend for two years, and ordering him to pay $12,000 in legal fees. the ex-girlfriend declined to press charges and police closed the case, but tonight, the fallout is just beginning. the browns are expected to release him, his agent dropping him today. also today in san francisco, nfl commissioner roger goodell. >> we have young people that may have issues that need to be addressed.
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we'll always look to see how we can do that to try to help them make those adjustments. >> reporter: mandel largely avoided the spotlight telling tmz the assault didn't happen and that he's completely stable, refusing to check himself in to rehab, his family says, hoping it's not game over for johnny football. jacob rascon, nbc news, dallas. still ahead here tonight, a doctor sentenced for killing patients while making money, by overprescribing drugs. how this landmark case could mean major changes for all physicians. also, high profits. you might be surprised to find out how much
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for the first time in this country a doctor has been sentenced for killing. by overprescribing pain medication. the los angeles-based physician received 30 years to life for the murders of three people in her care. as nbc's morgan radford explains, it could send shock waves to doctorses offices >> reporter: lisa zhang, once a thriving physician behind bars, sentenced to 30 years of life. >> a person did not of her patients. >> reporter: in court today a public apology. >> i would like to
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patients and their family members and i'm really terribly sorry for all of your loss. >> reporter: this is the first time a u.s. doctor has ever been convicted of murder for prescribing powerful addictive drugs like percoset and vicodin to get rich quick. >> she wrote the prescriptions. she provided the vehicle for the addiction to be perpetuated and for the deaths to have occurred. >> reporter: nine patients died in her care between 2007 and 2010. when tax returns show her raking in $5 million. prosecutors say sometimes she kept no records of medical visits or prescriptions. other times she faked the records all together. her conviction raising tough questions about prescription and pain. >> there is a tremendous problem with chronic main in america. doctors have to balance when it's appropriate and when to stop. >> reporter: the amount of prescription pain killers dispensed in the u.s. quadrupled
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number of prescription related deaths, killing 44 people in the u.s. every single day. >> the message this case sends is that you can't hide behind a white lab coat and commit crimes. >> reporter: crimes prosecutors hope won't become an epidemic. morgan radford, nbc news, los angeles. we're back in a
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as more and more states permit the use of marijuana, sales of the drug are ex-moding. new figures out this week show that legal pot sales grew by almost $1 billion over the last year to $5.4 billion. 23 states plus washington, d.c., now permit medical or recreational use. harry smith has more for us tonight. >> reporter: if you've been around someone smoking marijuana, you know it has a distinct aroma, but more and more, that scent is the smell of money. >> that will do it. >> reporter: four years from now, sales are expected to exceed $20 billion. >> we're looking at a 30% compound annual growth rate. >> reporter: attitudes about marijuana use in america have changed drastically over the last 20 years. support for
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in 2005. it's 58% now. the appetite for marijuana is hearty. eric justice runs a marijuana dispensary in los angeles called buds and roses. >> we raised sales last year over 3 million in sales. >> reporter: out of this little place here? >> out of this little place, yes. >> reporter: and legalization has brought a windfall in tax revenue. colorado's 20e 15 total? more than $100 million. legalization will appear on the ballot in a half dozen states. medical marijuana in several more. go if these ballot initiatives do well in 2016 it could spell the end of marijuana order. >> reporter: the same ballot box may prove problematic for ending prohibition. what presidential candidate, after all, wants to be seen as high on marijuana? harry smith, nbc news, new york.
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