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breaking news tonight. a stunning new poll. a shake-up in the race for president as ted cruz moves ahead of donald trump. plus, cruz dares trump to sue him and a big fight boils over. apple versus the fbi. the tech giant ordered to help the feds break into the san bernardino killer's iphone, still locked months aftethe attack. why apple says your privacy is at stake. testosterone boost for men of a certain age. millions who take low-t meds to help with libido, energy and
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they work. what's really in your food. turns out that parmesan cheese at the grocery store might not be what you think it is. what you should know. and the power couple who hit the jackpot, half a billion times over. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a surprising development in the race for president leads our news tonight. a brand new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows donald trump has slipped from the top spot nationally falling behind ted cruz among republican primary voters. our poll has cruz now ahead at 28% with trump at 26 and marco rubio rounding out the top three at 17%. trump's tumble from the top spot comes as he and cruz trade threats, dares and accusations ahead of saturday's south carolina primary where trump still leads.
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details. >> reporter: tonight a stunning shift in the republican race, a new national front-runner, ted cruz. >> it's tremendously encouraging to be leading the field nationally. i think as a result -- >> reporter: did you ever think you'd be here? >> that was always the plan. look, that's how you win. got to get to first place to win. >> reporter: it's a 15-point flip from last month, trump slipping seven points and cruz up eight after iowa can bees, the new hampshire primary and saturday night's debate. >> republican voters have taken a pause deciding whether or not they want to nominate donald trump to be president. >> reporter: as cruz heats up, he's burning it down in south carolina with a scorched earth news conference. >> file a lawsuit. >> reporter: daring donald trump to sue him over this ad. >> well, i'm very pro-choice. >> reporter: trump wants cruz to stop airing the spot pointing to his current pro-life stance. >> trump supporters have shown a
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>> reporter: cruz insists he'll put the ad on tv more often now, even as trump doubled down on his threat in an msnbc town hall. >> i've had great success in business. i've had great success with lawsuits, and i don't know that we're going to have a lawsuit, but we certainly want to keep somebody honest. >> reporter: taunting cruz, saying time will tell, teddy. trump is again calling him a liar, their political bromance long dead. you hugged him for months and months, and there are those who say that you and your support of donald trump at that time has allowed him to be where he is today and to be in the position to talk about this stuff. >> oh, listen, hallie, as i said at a time. there's a time and season for campaign for policy differentiations. >> reporter: so you always knew this moment was going to come? >> of course it was headed to this. >> reporter: in south carolina it's trump who is still dominating in the polls. cruz trailing him, marco rubio close behind and closing in. late tonight pick up a new endorsement from south carolina's popular governor. >> thank you. >> reporter: rubio wasn't the only one looking for nikki
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jeb bush was, too, but our new poll's hypothetical head-to-head matchups show bush and john kasich would lose to donald only cruz and rubio would beat him. lester? >> hallie jackson, thank you. i'm joined now by chuck todd, our political director and moderator of "meet the press." chuck, there's been broad consensus if trump wins south carolina he would have a clear path to the nomination. do these new national poll numbers suggest things won't be that easy? >> reporter: i think what you see here with our new numbers is this, lester. is that we've always told you and we've been polling this for months. donald trump has a low ceiling but a high floor meaning he's never going to drop too low, but he always seems to struggle as the field shrinks to get over that 50% marker, and what our polls show on this is that as this field has shrunk, the smallest need we've tested in the last six months, we've seen trump doesn't grow, everybody else does, so this is a flashing yellow light for donald trump,
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he's going to have problems down the road as the field winnows. >> chuck todd tonight, thank you. much more from donald trump at a town hall event tonight at 8:00 eastern and pacific only on msnbc. things are rapidly changing in the democratic race, too, where hillary clinton's once comfortable lead in nevada has all but evaporated, now a virtual dead heat with bernie sanders ahead of saturday's vote and now with what looks like a long road ahead of them to the nomination sanders and clinton are increasingly focused on securing the black vote. nbc's kristen welker has more. >> there is something wrong, my friend. >> reporter: secretary clinton is ramping up her outreach to black voters on the south side of chicago today, vowing to reform the criminal justice system. >> to make sure that no other young woman like sandra bland is ever pulled out of a car for no good reason and thrown into a jail where she is found dead. >> reporter: sandra bland's mother by her side less than a year after her daughter was
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as a new poll shows clinton and sanders now deadlocked in nevada, her double-digit lead in october evaporating to a single point. >> reporter: senator sanders, who is struggling to win over minorities, making his case at a rally in atlanta last night, but the headlines came from sanders' surrogate, rapper killer mike quoting educator and activist jane elliott. >> jane said michael, a uterus doesn't qualify you to be president of the united states. >> reporter: those comments sparking a backlash on twitter, the accusations of sexism, giving the clinton campaign an opening. >> there's another way to make that point without necessarily offending people. >> what mike was trying to say in his way was people have got to vote for the candidate that they think is the best candidate, not based on gender. >> reporter: with the nevada caucuses three days away. >> as a woman i don't need to vote for a woman just because i'm a woman. >> reporter: the race is up for grabs. >> if bernie sanders can win
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that he can win anywhere which is exactly what hillary clinton doesn't want to hear. >> reporter: and the stakes of every move couldn't be higher. secretary clinton also has three fund-raisers here. last month senator sanders outpaced her in fund raising, mostly through online donations, another factor that's making the clinton team nervous. lester? >> kristen weller in chicago, thank you. another big story we're following, the battle between apple and the fbi. the tech giant says it's all about protecting your privacy while the feds say it's all about national security. at the center of it it's an iphone belonging to the san bernardino killers which months after the attack is still locked, and as our justice correspondent pete williams report apple is now about to help the fbi break in. >> reporter: inside this black lexus driven by the bombers they found a smartphone used by
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critical evidence, did they plan more attacks and it's an apple iphone 5c and must be unlocked with a combination and trying to guess won't work because after ten unsuccessful tries the contents of the phone are permanently scrambled, lost forever. now a judge is organized apple to create and install software on that phone to defeat the security, allowing an fbi computer to keep enter numbers until it hits on the right combination to unlock the phone. privacy advocates say they will not abide by the order. >> if we build a back door or master key into the lock you can't control that only good guys are going to use it and bad guys can't use it. >> reporter: after months of saying it cannot get into a should not be forced to do so. in a letter to customers ceo tim cook says if apple creates the software and it fell into the wrong hands, it could unlock any iphone, a blow to customers who rely on companies like apple to protect their data. >> they do business all over the
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kind of access to the u.s. government, they may have to give it to the russians. they may have to give it to the chinese, and apple simply doesn't want to do that. >> reporter: this privacy versus security showdown comes against the backdrop of an act of terrorism. the husband of one of those killed in the san bernardino shootings says apple is wrong. >> i'm very upset at apple not assisting the federal government. people's lives matter. >> reporter: new york city's police commissioner agrees. >> the right to privacy is not a total right in the sense that if it's being used for criminal purposes. >> reporter: before the san bernardino shootings, the majority in an nbc news poll said they were worried the government would go too far in terrorism investigations and violate the privacy of citizens. after the attack, the majority worried the government would not go far enough. apple says it will fight this new order in court. lester? >> all right, pete, thank you. overseas dozens are dead and
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near turkey's parliament, a horrific attack in the heart of a strategic u.s. ally. the question tonight who did it? nbc's kelly cobiella reports. >> reporter: a fireball in the heart of turkey's capital at the height of rush hour. flames shot several feet into the air as people scrambled to safety. police and the military sealed off the area while emergency workers rushed in to help the injured. the target was the turkish military. the powerful car bomb exploding just as buses carrying officers and soldiers drove by the armed forces headquarters, stopping at traffic lights. more than two dozen are dead and some 60 injured. the country's deputy prime minister called it a the latest in a string of attacks in places many considered safe. ten german tourists killed in a suicide bombing in istanbul. more than 100 killed in a double
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ankara. isis blamed for both attacks. turkey is fighting the terror group in syria and iraq, but it's also at war with kurdish militias. >> turkey now is in the eye of the storm. it faces a strategic predicament. it faces multiple insurgencies. >> reporter: turkey's president said tonight he's determined to fight those who carried out the deadly bombing. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. pope francis is wrapping up his trip to mexico with an historic cross-border mass. the event, a few hundred feet from the u.s. border, attracting tens of thousand of followers on both sides. as nbc's anne thompson explains, the pope is seizing this moment to make an emotional plea on the controversial issue of immigration. >> reporter: a simple gesture and powerful message. at the u.s. border fence pope francis builds a symbolic bridge from mexico on immigration. francis himself the son of
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what he calls grave injustices, poverty, exploitation and violence. among the hundreds of thousands here to see him, 21-year-old jasmine flores who crosses the border every day to go to school. >> for him just to come here to juarez, to the border, means everything to us. >> reporter: no longer the murder capital of the world juarez is still a dangerous place. father javier kovalio runs a shelter for immigrants. he says he hopes francis can make americans see the people he helps every day should be treated with dignity. as he does on nearly every foreign trip, francis visited a prison. one of the inmate musicians overwhelmed. this evening's mass broadcast on both sides of the border. >> religion reaches over walls, over mountains. >> reporter: the joy on the
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brief flash of anger when an overzealous fan almost pulled him down on to a person in a wheelchair. don't be selfish, he said. the vatican says mass here on the border is not a political statement but a moral one by a pastor trying to unite a divided world. lester. >> anne thompson tonight in mexico, thanks. study that could affect millions of men who suffered from low testosterone. low-t as ads call it have been linked to everything from loss of energy, muscle mass and sexual function to increased vulnerability to illness, and now as nbc's tom costello tells us new research sponsored by the national institute of health shows testosterone replacement therapy may have benefits. >> i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive. >> reporter: it's a nearly $5 billion a year market.
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testosterone replacement therapy hoping to boost their energy, sexual desire and function. among them 62-year-old ed stevens who said at the age of 55 he suddenly began to feel tired and depressed. >> i just felt off, and at the gym i started losing ground. >> reporter: diagnosed with low-t he began testosterone replacement therapy. >> my body mass came back to where it was. my energy was better, libido was a little better. >> reporter: now for the first time a national study has found that a testosterone replacement gel provided some benefits to men 65 and older who suffered from low-t. >> testosterone treatment improved their sexual function, their mood and reduced depressive symptoms and perhaps also improved walking. >> reporter: but researchers insist it's too early to say whether all men with low-t should be on replacement therapy. previous studies have found boosting testosterone might lead
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attacks and prostate cancer. still, millions of men say testosterone treatment has improved their quality of life. in texas 68-year-old dr. bill riley says testosterone sharpe has changed his life. testosterone but the benefits far outweighed any risk. >> reporter: he's such a believer he's now the medical director for a chain of low-t clinics as the baby boomer generation looks to offset the >> finish strong. >> reporter: tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, know what you're eating. the package may say parmesan cheese, but you may be surprised to find what else could actually be in it. some of it may not even be cheese. also, another piece of the mystery solved over who will split the biggest power jackpot during its first year, a humpback calf and its mother are almost inseparable. she lifts her calf to its first breath of air, then protects it on the long journey to their feeding grounds. one of the most important things you can do
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f for many of us a plate of or pasta wouldn't be the same without a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, but when the fda investigated, it found one company's supposedly 100% parmesan cheese actually contains substitutes, including a filler that can be derived from wood pulp. so how do you know what you're really buying and eating? nbc's olivia sterns has more. >> reporter: it's no secret that americans love their cheese. just ask "seinfeld"'s george costanza. >> i want to bite into a big hunk of cheese, just bite into it like it's an apple. >> reporter: but an fda investigation raising the question what's in the cheese
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in 2013 the agency targeted castle cheese saying what the company labeled as 100% parmesan cheese was actually a blend of cheaper cheeses and cellulose, an organic filler which can be derived from wood pulp blasting the company in a letter saying, quote, your parmesan cheese products do not contain any parmesan cheese. the company took corrective action but ended up filing for bankruptcy and could not be reached for comment. the fda allows up to 4% filler product like cellulose in cheese, but experts say it's what's in the other 96% that might not be exactly what you think. experts say some companies go too far. >> they are trying to do things that we don't notice but to cut corners so that they can make money. >> reporter: food fraud initiative tracks cases of mislabeling citing some involving certain brands of cheese, extra virgin olive oil and seafood. top chefs like nbc contributor tom colicchio say most people
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i lost over ten pounds, too, a lot of pacing at night, let me tell you. >> the winning numbers were one smith says she's played for years. they bought only two tickets. >> it was just one. >> a $3 investment. >> david is an engineer who plans to retire, but since the drawing has still been going to work. >> first day i arrived late to work they all suspected i won. >> reporter: david and maureen are splitting the record $1.6 billion jackpot with two other winners, one in california who has yet to come forward and john and lisa robinson from tennessee. >> can we see that ticket. >> reporter: who appeared on "today" just two days after the drawing. unlike the robinsons, dave and maureen took some time to claim their prize. still, they were anxious about this day. >> dreading it. >> reporter: the couple told lottery officials when they arrived here today they would be taking the lump sum option. that's $327 million plus change before taxes.
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beach, florida, the mystery is finally over. >> we had no idea. they acted normal. >> reporter: couple say they will take care of family, donate to charity and david may buy a car. otherwise, no big splurges planned. >> i want to get a massage. >> reporter: janet shamlian, nbc news, tallahassee, florida. >> that will do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. . for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. &%c1. the defense for the woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and removing her baby doesn't dispute she did it. they claim she didn't plan to quote, reckless. the attack for dynel lane started in boulder.
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michelle wilkins, cutting her open, antaking her unborn daughter. at the time of the attack in march, wilkins was seven months pregnant and had named her daughter aurora. her baby did not survive. wilkins testified in court today. >> i remember thinking of aurora, and it was like i'm sorry, but i wanted to survive also for her. and i fought back harder, and i remember she got up -- she was down in front of me and she went further up. and pinned down my arms. >> prosecutors say lane faked her own pregnancy before the march attack and told people she was due in november 2014

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