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breaking news. tonight an uber driver is charged with murder, and prosecutors say he admitted he's the gunman who went on a vicious rampage killing people in between picking up frightened passengers. breaking news in the race for president. a major shake-up in the ted cruz campaign. a top aide fired. tonight is donald trump unstoppable? cosby's wife forced to testify as her husband's accusers take him to court. what did she know? cancer risk from floors in so many homes across the country. the cdc says the toxic
were first reported. and 106 years old with moves better than most teens. tonight we talk to the woman so excited at broke out her dance moves with the "nightly news" begins right now." nbc news world headquarters in new york, this the "nbc lester holt. good evening. uber says tonight there were no red flags, no warnings about the michigan driver who was formally charged this afternoon with the murders of six people job in the kalamazoo area on saturday night. a father and a son are among the dead. two other people were wounded in the bizarre and apparently random shooting spree that according to the prosecutor james dalton has admitted to, but there is still no answer as to why. nbc's blake mccoy was at today's details. >> reporter: accused kalamazoo shooter
in court via closed-circuit tv this afternoon. >> i would prefer just to remain silent. >> reporter: 45-year-old father of two has been charged with 16 felonies, including six counts of murder. >> there is videotapes of these incidences. he walked up on these people, and he shot them. >> reporter: a motive for the seemingly random killings remains unclear, but detectives say dalton has admitted to being involved. eight people shot in three separate locations over nearly five hours. it began at an apartment complex around 6:00 p.m. saturday where tiana carruthers, a mother of two, was shot multiple times and managed to identify dalton as the shooter and is expected to survive. rich smith and his 18-year-old son tyler were killed at a car dealership about four hours later. rich's wife laurie posting on facebook today saying my heart is shattered, literally and utterly crushed into tiny pieces. and in a nearby parking lot four women killed, including 67-year-old mary lou nye.
i'm going to explain to my son who doesn't get to see his grandmother ever again. >> reporter: the final victim, a 14-year-old girl, remains in critical condition. initially pronounced dead doctors when preparing for organ donation when she suddenly squeezed her mother's hand. her parents are asking for privacy saying our daughter's prognosis is uncertain as she continues to fight for her life. dalton, a man with no criminal record, had a high uber rating before saturday. >> we're working to support the law enforcement investigation. we provided them with gps logs. >> reporter: several passengers have come forward with receipts showing dalton gave them rides even after the shooting began. one man says he took an uber with his family because he heard about the shootings and thought it would be safer than walking. >> i kind of jokingly said to the driver, you're not the shooter, are you? he shook his head and said no. >> reporter: for an entire community, the randomness of the attacks is still difficult to comprehend. uber confirms dalton did pass a background
says it has no plans to change its of these shootings. also tonight, we are hearing from the family for the first time. they say they are deeply sorry and will fully cooperate to learn how and why this happened. lester? now to that race for president. a shake-up in the ted cruz campaign. one of his top aides fired after spreading misinformation about marco rubio, but as those campaigns squabble, donald trump is surging, locking up delegates, and time is rapidly running out for his opponents to stop him. all of it as hillary clinton regains steam and bernie sanders faces an increasingly uphill battle. we have all of it for you starting with nbc's hallie jackson covering the gop in vegas. hallie? >> reporter: hi, lester. were it anybody else besides donald trump, he'd be considered a near lock for the nomination. many in the establishment still seeming stunned. this now looks like trump's race to lose, but marco rubio and ted cruz hope to stop
dealing with his own new campaign drama. a startling shake-up for ted cruz, firing his top aide for tweeting this inaccurate video, wrongly suggesting marco rubio dismissed the bible. >> i had made clear in this campaign that we will conduct this campaign with the very highest standards of integrity. if other candidates choose to go into the gutter, we will not do the same. >> reporter: cruz hoping to move past attacks from competitors that he's up to, quote, dirty tricks in donald trump's words, the front-runner wasting no time pouncing as he begins to take on an heir of inevitability. >> isn't that right. >> reporter: the heavy favorite to win in nevada tomorrow, fresh off his victory in south carolina. >> the establishment of the republican party is waking up to the fact that within a couple of weeks donald trump could be unstoppable, fully in control in the republican nominee. >> reporter: for the establishment, the alarm now going off, and it's rubio set to benefit. today alone picking up support from gop leaders like bob dole,
pawlenty. >> as the field continues to narrow, the numbers are going to get a lot more competitive, and that's going to open the door i think for at least one other candidate to successfully challenge donald trump. >> reporter: but history is on trump's side. no modern republican has ever won new hampshire and south carolina and then lost the nomination. some now starting to accept reality. >> he's got the momentum. i think there's more than a 50% chance that sheh he's the nominee hand that's what's setting in for hey lot of people. >> reporter: do you think you could work with donald trump? >> i could work with him. >> any conversation of stomping donald trump is a lot of wishful thing. right now he's leading in 10 out of 14 states. who would stop him? >> reporter: cruz has to take texas and do well in other states to topple trump. rubio needs a win somewhere, looking for it in florida, but even that may not be enough. time running out for his rivals to take trump down. hallie jackson, nbc news, las vegas. >> reporter: i'm kasie
massachusetts where bernie sanders is struggling to keep the bern from flaming out after a stinging loss to hillary clinton in nevada. >> let me tell you something. there's a short three letter answer to a path to victory, y-e-s. >> reporter: but for sanders the path gets tougher from here. he's spending money faster than clinton and he's struggled to catch on with african-american voters, interrupting sunday dinner at brooklyn baptist church. >> are we behind today in the african-american vote, the answer is yes, we are, but i would also tell you that we are making progress. >> reporter: to win the nomination you need 2,383 delegates. today clinton has 52 delegates to sanders' 51. black voters will be critical on super tuesday when nearly 20% of delegates to the democratic national convention are up for grabs. there are 571 delegates at stake across the south where clinton is strong. far more than the 288 delegates in states the sanders' campaign
so-called super delegates, party leaders and elected officials. right now overwhelmingly with clinton, putting her far ahead in the overall delegate count. >> to keep pace with hillary clinton bernie sanders wouldn't have to just win the primaries, he'd have to dominate her in a lot of them. >> reporter: 9 clinton campaign keeping up the pressure, criticizing sanders' record on guns and releasing a new video focused on the flint water crisis. >> her immediate instinct is what can i do to make it better. >> reporter: not taking any risks after getting berned earlier in the race. sanders rallying some of his most fervent supporters at the university of massachusetts amherst but there's a looming problem even there. many of those college kids are going to be heading out on spring break just as march voting gets started. lester. >> thank you. there's high drama tonight in springfield, massachusetts where bill cosby's wife camille was forced to testify in a lawsuit brought by some of her husband's accusers. one of several lawsuits he's facing
criminal charge in pennsylvania. in this case, one of the big questions, what did camille cosby know? nbc's stephanie gosk has late details. >> reporter: despite battling the deposition from the beginning, camille cosby testified today for hours. >> she is infin italy involved in various aspects of his life, and so we -- we think she's got important information. >> reporter: cosby's 71-year-old wife who also worked for years as his business manager was deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who accused the comedian of sexual assault. a judge ruled that camille cosby could be deposed in this case because her work is not protected by law in the same way private conversations between spouses are. in a motion the plaintiff's attorney argued in part there is likely no single person who has more knowledge of mr. cosby's sexual proclivities than mrs. cosby. in a 1995 magazine article she said my husband and i function as partners, not only
it should be that way. we are a team. for more than 50 years as his wife, camille cosby has made a point of staying out of the spotlight. this is a rare joint interview from over a year ago which uncomfortably turned to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct. >> there's no response. >> reporter: in a statement a month later camille questioned the truthfulness of her husband's accusers. none of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim, but the question should be asked who is the victim. beverly gooden is a prominent victim's advocate. >> for her to come out and speak out against these victims to blame everyone but him for what's going on was shocking, disheartening and very concerning. >> reporter: his lawyers deny all of the allegations, but they were unable to keep his wife out of the fight. stephanie gosk, nbc news, springfield, massachusetts. the legal face-off between the ceo of apple and the director of the fbi is being
a public opinion over a real judge's order demanding apple help the fbi unlock an iphone used by one of the san bernardino attackers. as nbc's pete williams tells us, a new poll out tonight shows the public is on the fbi's side. >> reporter: will two generals are now engaging each other directly, and the impassioned battle over security versus privacy raging in cyberspace. in a new blog posting, the fbi's james comey says agents could not look san bernardino shooting survivors in the eyes or themselves in the mirror if they didn't try everything possible to find out what was on an iphone left behind by one of the attackers syed farook. we don't want to break anyone's encryption or set a master key on the land, he says. a new poll out tonight shows 51% say apple should help the fbi unlock that phone. 38% side with apple. a former homeland security official says now that apple admits it could open the phone, the company's image as defender of
depends on who wins this battle. >> i don't think that the chinese government or the russian government is waiting around to see whether the fbi wins this case to decide what their going to make apple do. >> reporter: but in an e-mail today to employees, apple's ceo tim cook says if the create new software to help the fbi this time, it would be the equivalent of a master key that could open millions of phones. the only way to guarantee that such a powerful tool isn't abused he says and doesn't fall into the wrong hands is never to create it. washington lawyer ted olsen representing the company says the government has never demanded this much of apple. >> it's been asked not just to open a door but to create a door, create a lock and then create a new key for the lock, and once it does that, your iphone is not safe anywhere. >> reporter: the next move comes later this week when apple formally files in court. then it's up to the judge. pete williams, nbc news, washington. a somber day at the supreme court
returned to the bench for the first time since the passing of justice antonin scalia. chief justice john roberts began the session with a tribute noting the black drapery on scalia's chair right next to his and calling scalia our man for all seasons saying we will miss him beyond measure. much of the deep south is on alert for a potentially powerful storms threatening 20 million people across five states for possible tornadoes, high winds and hail. the severe weather is predicted to hit tomorrow afternoon in louisiana and will spread all the way to georgia and north florida with the threat lasting well into the evening. a day after isis claimed responsibility for a series of horrific deadly attacks in syria, the u.s. and russia have agreed to another cease-fire deal for that country, but like the first truce that failed to take hold the new deal would not prevent the type of violence inflicted by isis yesterday. nbc's keir simmons explains.
boy, his face covered in blood, is carried away from an isis suicide attack in syria's capital. almost simultaneously burning vehicles, twisted metal, isis targeting the city of homs. at least 129 killed in the double bombing on sunday. isis is one of several jihadist groups not included in a new syrian cease-fire announced by the u.s. and russia, sealed with a phone call between president obama and vladimir putin late today. it's the second truce brokered this month. the original deal was all but ignored last week, but it did allow for five towns under siege to receive desperately needed aid. children scrambling for chicopees spilling off of a food struck. >> it's a sign of
>> reporter: it's a sign of progress. >> it is. >> reporter: and a new u.n. report is less optimistic accusing government forces of crimes against humanity. war crimes are rampant on many sides, the report says. tonight the u.n. warning syria is on the brink of collapse. keir simmons, nbc news, london. still ahead tonight, a new warning about certain flooring sold by a popular retailer. the cdc now claiming the potential risk of cancer from it is considerably higher than it first believed. also, the video lifting spirits across the country. a 106-year-old woman so moved by a dream come true at the white house she just has to dance. woman: it's been a journey to get where i am. and i didn't get here alone. there were people who listened along the way. people who gave me options. kept me on track. and through it all, my retirement never got left behind. so today, i'm prepared for anything
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finally tonight, a 106-year-old woman from our nation's capital says she never thought she'd be this famous. now that millions have been delighted by the viral video of her visit to the white house. she sat down with our ron allen and explained that she was so happy she just had to bust a move. >> how are you? >> i'm fine! >> oh, it's so nice to see you. >> reporter: it was a moment of pure joy. virginia mclaurin, 106 years young finally getting her chance to meet president obama. >> she's 106. >> no, are you not. >> you are not 106. >> reporter: grandma virginia as she's affectionately known danced and giggled and celebrated every moment. why did you want to meet the president so
>> after i found out it was a black president and i didn't think that that would ever happen, and i really wanted to meet him. >> reporter: when mclaurin was born in 1909, taft was president president, the american flag had 46 stars, a loaf of bread cost a nickel. she grew up a sharecropper's daughter in segregated south carolina and now lives on public assistance three miles but a very long way from the oval office. >> a black president. >> look at him! right there. >> a black wife. >> that's me. >> reporter: the moment went viral, 9 million views the first five hours. >> i asked where were the kids, and they said they couldn't come. >> reporter: you asked for the kid, too. >> they said they couldn't couldn't come. they are at school. >> reporter: mclaurin had written the president and even called. an invitation finally arrived to an african-american history reception where grandma virginia and the obamas made some history of their
>> what's the secret to still dance at 106? >> reporter: ron allen, nbc news, the white house. that will do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. several abnormally dry, warm weeks along the front range, a fast-moving winter storm is headed our way, this time it should make it down the hill and bring much-needed moisture to the denver area. however, it is expected to be in the form of snow overnight which could complicate the drive tomorrow morning. along now.
but a significant change. >> absolutely, very dry around here with above average temperatures, as you mentioned. because it has been warm, we may see initially rain from the storm system, something we are tracking on radar north of the city. rain with snow outside fire stone and boulder, showers from the northwest towards the southeast and all snow around golden, evergreen, boulder, and mead. we expect this to be 1-3 inches of snow overnight, could slow the drive in the morning. winter weather and travel advisories remain for the high country resorts and arteries in and out of high country. we expect a quick burst of snow and 3:00 a.m. finished mid-morning, even with sunshine it won't be very warm day. that is something i will talk aboutane few minutes. it will-- about in a few minutes. it will be hard pressed to see readings. there is a mid-week warming