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tonight, dangerous freeze. below zero in 16 states. 65 million people plunge into the teeth of a polar vortex. urgent warnings of a potentially deadly winter blast. donald trump threatens to sue ted cruz as bernie sanders accuses hillary clinton of landing a low blow. it's getting nasty. machete horror, a vicious restaurant attack. a man suddenly starts slashing and stabbing people inside. the fbi investigating and asking was it terrorism? trapped by war. our team inside syria as word of a deal to stop the bloodshed is
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and assad vows to retake the entire country. and your medical records at risk of being stolen and sold for fraud. one out of three americans hit. how to protect your most sensitive personal information. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there are warnings tonight of a dangerous freeze about toll plunge a huge part of the country in its grip. as the dreaded polar vortex moves south, parts of 16 states will see temperatures below zero and windchills that make it feel a lot colder. yes, it's winter. it's february, it's supposed to be cold, but as we've come to know cold snaps of this extreme can be deadly, and in this case tens of millions of people are bracing for the biggest chill so far this season. in a moment, al roker, but we begin with
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boston. >> reporter: 65 million americans bundled up against the brutal cold as the ever present polar vortex unleashes winter's harshest bite yet. >> the winds are like knife-cutting into your face. >> reporter: today the snow cold brought a burst of snow as far south as tennessee and the carolinas causing trouble for commuters. commuters also stranded in new york where cold weather likely contributed to train delays during rush hour. in pennsylvania, a this home frosted over, and in chicago florists are taking extra care with their valentine's day deliveries. flowers. if they are frozen, >> reporter: here at fenway park the red sox are heading south to florida for spring training, giving up and snowboarders who for joy. and further north in maine, the biathlon world cup left frozen faces. record low possible from minnesota to the mid-atlantic. buffalo's forecast for saturday, 2 degrees. boston's looking at 4
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and new york city is bracing for zero, toppling a 1,700 100-year record, so cold in fact that saturday's annual central park ice festival cancelled. >> you should take this weather very, very seriously. we don't see these temperatures very often, and they can be life-threatening. >> reporter: here in the boston area, the windchills are forecast to dip down to 20 to 30 below zero over the weekend, even colder in some places, as low as 40 below zero, and obviously at those temperatures frostbite becomes a real concern. doesn't take very long, as little as ten minutes. lester. >> ron mott, thanks very much. al roker is here. al, walk us through this. >> all right. so lester, the beginning of this cold air is way up in greenland. we're talking temperatures of 60 below across the greenland ice sheath. you've got low pressure over quebec and this strong low pressure system with the clockwise, counterclockwise flow around it, it brings that cold air, brutally cold air into the continental united states, so low temperatures tomorrow morning, burlington
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cleveland and 10 chicago and 17 in charlotte and 24 in atlanta. the highs tomorrow, 19 in new york, 13 in cleveland, 14 chicago, those windchills are brutal, minus 6 in new york, minus 4 in cincinnati, minus 13 in chicago, and then we bottom out on sunday morning, but good news, lester. by tuesday temperatures rebound into the 50s and 30s. everybody either at or above normal. >> all right. al roker, thanks very much. true to predictions it's getting nasty on the campaign trail in south carolina as donald trump lobbed another so-called birther attack today threatening to sue ted cruz for, quote, not being a natural born if cruz doesn't, as trump put, it clean up his act, and that battle is just one of several fronts opening up as the gop candidates sharpen their attacks on each
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is on the trail in greenville, south carolina. >> reporter: fresh off autographing a baby in louisiana, republican front-runner donald trump is now leaving a new signature on this race, threatening to sue his closest rival ted cruz for not being a natural born citizen. on twitter the billionaire calling the texas senator a liar for running negative ads against him. >> there's more than a little irony in donald accusing anyone of being nasty given the amazing torrent of insults and obscenities and vulgarities that come out of his mouth. >> reporter: these voters have serious concerns about trump repeating a vulgarity at a rally this week and described him this way. >> leader. >> flashy. >> alpha dog. >> rich. >> dogmatic. >> narcissistic. >> inspirational. >> reporter: cruz himself is mocking his opponent in a series of new ads, though this one against marco rubio backfired. >> makes me feel dumb for trusting them. >> maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face
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>> reporter: the cruz campaign yanking it after the revelation that actress had appeared in adult >> we would not have cast her had we known of that history. >> reporter: rubio today firing back in an exclusive interview. >> the bottom line is i think that's part of a bigger problem that ted has, and that is the only consistent conservative in this race. it's just not true. he's a very calculated >> reporter: all this as several gop hopefuls try to court crucial evangelical voters. >> faith is the most important influence in my life. >> one night reading the bible i just got a serenity. >> reporter: tonight amid a flurry of attacks serenity in this race is hard to find. the republican candidates are set to face off in another debate tomorrow. the stakes may be highest for marco rubio. he's expected to take some of the heaviest fire, especially from his mentor and fellow floridian jeb bush. lester. >> all right, gabe, thank you. attacks are flying on the democratic side of the race with bernie sanders accusing hillary clinton of hitting him
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blow on the debate stage last night and a heated battle over the different directions they would take over health care in this country. let's get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: trying to reboot her campaign, hillary clinton accused bernie sanders of being disloyal to president obama who is hugely popular with minorities in the primaries and caucuses to come. >> the kind of criticism that we've heard from senator sanders about our president i expect from republicans. >> madam secretary, that is a lo below. >> reporter: and she pounced on his proposed medicare for all, birth-to-death government health care plan. >> with health care, this is not about math, this is about people's lives. the numbers don't add up, and i think once i'm in the white house we will have enough be able to do that. >> secretary clinton, white house yet and let us be clear that every proposal that i have introduced has been paid for. >> reporter: sanders
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government health plans into one, medicare, medicaid, veterans benefits, children's health insurance and replace employer-based health care and private insurance. how to pay for it? sanders would tax the rich. he says the middle class would pay $500 a year more in taxes, but the average family would save $5,000 a year by eliminating insurance premiums. >> who is correct here? >> there are a lot of tax increases, but it's certainly not clear that they would be enough to pay for all the additional expenses. >> reporter: non-partisan budget experts say sanders hasn't given enough and great britain which have health care people wait months for rationing. >> there will be want to save money you'll have to understand that your access to health care may be limited. >> reporter: and then the political costs, getting congress to pass his health care
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bruising fight of the obama presidency, but bernie sanders is calling for a political revolution, a grass roots army he believes would compel congress to accept his lester? >> all right, andrea, the fbi is investigating a vicious attack that took place inside a restaurant in ohio. it happened when a man pulled out a machete and went on a rampage, slashing and stabbing people as customers for help. the questions investigators are trying to answer why did he do it and could it have been an act terrorism? we get the latest from our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: police say a man walked into this columbus restaurant around dinnertime, asked some questions and came back a short time later with a machete. >> some guy pulled out a machete and started stabbing people i ran out with my kids. >> there are several people injured here. >> reporter: some of those inside threw chairs to fight back. he ran out, drove away and was stopped after a five-mile chase. police say he was shot and killed when he lunged holding a knife at one of them. the fbi immediately began searching the home of the man identified as the
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mohamed barry. law enforcement officials say radical comments by him four years ago brought a brief look from the fbi which then moved on. restaurant employees in he asked where the owner is from. the owner is from israel, a christian arab. investigators are looking at whether barry may have mistakenly thought he was jewish. man and been crying like a baby for the last 12 hours. >> reporter: four people were hurt in the machete attack, the most seriously bill follow who sings at the restaurant, now in critical but stable condition. >> we're very grateful that our victims that sustained wounds last night are all expected to recover. >> reporter: investigators say they don't know why barry attacked now and shows that target, no known connections with isis. it may be one law enforcement official says tonight a blend of factors, a long simmering interest in radicalism and all the attention given to terror attacks worldwide.
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news, washington. the city of glendale, arizona is in shock and mourning after the shooting deaths of two 15-year-old girls on a high school campus. the girls, both sophomores, died of single gunshot wounds at independence high school, a gun found beside their bodies. police say they are not pursuing any suspects, but they could not yet confirm if it was murder or suicide. within a week a temporary cease-fire in syria brokered with the help of the u.s. is schedule to take effect, but key parties have been left out of the agreement announced last night. our keir simmons now with a rare look inside syria where there's much skepticism over whether the deal will end the bloodshed. >> reporter: a little boy is pulled from rubble after an air strike. the video said to be in aleppo province was posted on facebook last week. tonight there is little signs those air strikes will end, even with world leaders including america and russia agreeing to a
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hostilities within one week and humanitarian aid to communities end siege, suffering >> and what we have here are words on what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground, >> reporter: major players in the fight, including syrian president bashar al assad and the rebels fighting him are not part of the deal. neither is isis. and today assad is vowing to retake the whole country. president assad is very visibly in control of the capital damascus while outside the city his forces are clearly on the offensive. the syrian army advancing, backed by russian air strikes. >> they have gained momentum, the upper hand. why would they stop now? >> while in damascus few believe the fighting will stop. do you believe there will be peace now? >> i don't think so. i think nobody --
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peace is gone. >> 6-year-old aya's legs were broken in an air raid while she was out buying cookies. she's one of tens of fled. those still here losing hope. keir simmons, nbc a major announcement from three federal agencies danger that nbc news first reported on nearly a year and a half ago. the government will investigate the from a type of turf that children play on all across the nation. nbc's stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: these soccer players, all goalies, all diagnosed with cancer, sparked a battle over the use of foam rubber, ground up car and truck tires in tens of thousands of turf fields around the country. today three federal agencies, including the epa, announced a new research plan to analyze the safety of crumb rubber. the existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns. nbc news first
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rubber in october 2014. >> this is the stuff everybody is talking about. >> reporter: woman soccer coach amy griffin started asking questions after two of her goalies developed cancer, a conversation with austin everett who would later die of non-hodgkins lymphoma haunted her. >> she said i just have a feeling it has something to do with those block dots. >> reporter: the coach started a list of goalies with cancer which grew from just a handful to now 75 following nbc's reports. there is no research linking crumb rubber exposure to cancer, and the industry points to dozens of studies as proof that their fields are safe, but the federal government today says more research is needed. the three agencies will analyze chemical compounds in the crumb rubber, measure exposure to those chemicals and reach out to concerned parents, scientists and industry leaders. parents like the damms who fought the use of crumb rubber hope that communities will hold
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needs. >> why not pause, use alternatives until this thing gets figured out because our children are certainly worth it. >> reporter: today industry leaders say they welcome the new research. in their words they hope the federal government can settle this matter once and for all. lester? >> all right. stephanie, thank you. still ahead tonight, thieves after your medical records. why you could be at risk without even knowinging it, and what experts say you should never share with your doctor's office in order to protect your identity. and the cost of college could be out of reach for many in this kindergarten class by the time they are old enough, but a generous gift that's making their futures a lot brighter. doing something simple... meant enduring a lot of pain. if ra is changing your view of everyday things orencia may help. orencia works differently by targeting a source of ra early in the inflammation process. for many, orencia provides long-term relief
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and now a warning about your most personal information as risk. medical records being hacked, stolen and sold for fraud. up 11,000% last year, roughly one out of every three americans has been hit, whether they know it or not, giving criminals a wealth of information that unlike compromised credit card numbers can last forever. nbc's tom costello has what you can do to protect yourself. >> reporter: for john koon it was a simple x-ray after a snowboarding accident that turned into an when the hospital billed him $20,000 for surgery he never had. >> i had to go down in front of the billing department no less and pull up my shirt and show them that i did not have any major scarring on my stomach at all. out the hospital's hard drive had been stolen along with john's medical records.
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million health care records stolen last year alone. many of those records show up for sale on the dark web where hackers openly advertise themselves and what they have stolen. this site offers fresh health care profiles stolen last april in california boasting you can use those profiles for normal fraud stuff or to get a brand new health care plan for yourself. this looks very user friendly, and this is designed for crooks. >> this is where information from big data breaches ends up as commodities are being stolen. >> reporter: stolen credit cards go for $1 to $3 each and social security complete health care records are a gold bucks because criminals can use them to order treatments and surgery and even file false >> you basically own a person, have all the information and can create a new account wholoid. >> reporter: to avoid
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security pros suggest using good password practices. don't use the same pass codes and use a p.i.n. number for your tax returns and avoid giving out your social security numbers, even the last four digits to hospitals and doctors offices. >> you really need to push back on those situations and say, look, can i give you a p.i.n. or some piece of information that can i change on a regular basis. >> reporter: if your health records are compromised, your financial life can be, too. tom costello, nbc news, new york. when we come back, surf's up, way up. 50-foot waves supercharged by el nino are making one of the world's most intense competitions even more dangerous. history in cuba today as pope francis arrived on the island ahead of a trip to mexico. there he met with the head of the russian orthodox church, el while taking or after stopping chantix. some had seizures while
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finally to finally tonight, a golden opportunity for an entire class of 26 kindergarteners all from low-income families and saving for a college education is a struggle, but as our miguel almaguer reports those worries about the future are now over thanks to a $1 million gift from a man making a difference. >> reporter: today is college friday inside mrs. ashton's kindergarten class. >> that's where christian is going to go to college. >> reporter: most of her 26 students come from low-income single-parent homes where the price of lunch, much less college, is out of reach, but not anymore. >> you're going to be a teacher? >> reporter: marty
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to go to college. >> i'm going to put off retirement a few years. >> reporter: a lawyer who met his wife on a boat and got married on a yacht was ready to buy his dream cruiser. >> times 12. >> reporter: when he realized there was a better way to spend his money. >> our pastor gave a sermon about charity and giving and sacrifice and -- and at that point i really felt like i could invest in this boat or i could invest in 26 kids and hopefully make a difference in their lives. >> the gift and the offer is life-changing. their future literally is different because of this. >> reporter: isabella celadon couldn't believe the generosity. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: the seamstress says her son jason can now be anything he wants. >> doctor. >> reporter: every year these kids will need to draw a picture or write a letter about college to marty burbank who is investing over $1 million in their future. >> i'm grateful for
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this because it brings me so much joy helping kids. >> reporter: one couple giving up so much but getting back in return a gift that's priceless. miguel almaguer, nbc news, anaheim, california. >> and that's going to do it on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. have a great weekend and good night. suspicion of first- the father. the 6-year-old boy killed this week has been arrested on suspicion of murder. 26-year-old brandon johnson cut his son's neck after allegedly sexually assaulting his live-in girlfriend, authorities say. today the boy's biological mother contacted us and ask that we begin using his name,
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she says he was a funny kid, quick with a joke, full of life. her ex-husband had full custody. she says brandon was never a violent man which makes this difficult to understand. >> he loved his son. he did everything for his son anytime he needed money, he was there for him. just -- they were playful. anytime he wanted to go play, he played with him. i don't understand this at all. >> broornd johnson was arrested -- brandon johnson was arrested at the hospital recovering from self-inflicted knife wounds. the federal center in lakewood will not house immigrant children. the facility was supposed to be the largest of its kind providing shelter and resources for up to 1,000 unaccompanied and undocumented minors. the government now says it's not going to happen. jessica explains why. >> reporter: turning a


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