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transmitted zika in the u.s., and questions over whether the virus can cause paralysis in adults. social media murder? young college students accud in the death a 13-year-old girl. was she lured to her death online? and nightmare at 10,000 feet. a massive hole ruptured in the side of a plane mid-air,r, harrowing scene inside the cabin as passengers brace for an emergency landing. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcnc: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there's some big and intriguing new story lines in the race for president tonight after iowa voters reshuffled the race. winners, of course, but at least twice that many victory-soundidi speeches after l lt night's results followed by the mad hampshire. a surprise tailwind
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polls to defeat trump. marco rubio a close enough third to add a ne dynamic to the race. for the democrats it was razor close, but iowa democratic party has declared hillary clinton the winnerr over bernie sanders who is calling it a virtual tie. the new hampshire imary a week from tonight just got a whole lot more interesting. let's start with the uz/trump headline and hallie jackson. hello, hallie. >> reporter: hi, lester. the center of the political universe has shifted here less than 24 hours after iowa set a record with 50% more republicans caucusing than ever before. now, it's new hampshire's turn with some candidates under pressure. not used to losing -- >> we're going to win. we're goioi to win so much. >> reporter: donald trump finally did, today making headlines with the winning story line all ted cruz. >> so what a victory last nighgh >> reporter: he's deploying the same strategy in windham, new hampshire as he did near windham,
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hands. >> a local volunteer with the ted cruz campaign. >> r rorter: make lots of calls and take on trump. >> donald trump was saying every day that i was his friend, that he loved me, and now i'm an anchor baby. he or anyone else insults me i don't respond in kind. >> reporter: but you've attacked them? >> i do think differences on policy, on record, on substance, that's fair game. >> reporter: our conversation comingg just after cruz's's victory speech last night which trump today slammed for being too long, too flamboyant, taking a tone very different from his gracious one last night. >> and i want to congngtulate ted, and i want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates. >> reporter: trump now in new hampshire where he leads by double digits. his edge here, more independent voters and fewer evangelicals, a crucial group for cruz in iowa, and by the time new hampshire votes tuesday, trump's decision to bail on the des moines debate may not resonate anymore. >> anything can happen because new hampshire voters really make up their mind on that final weekend.
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cruz hopes to frame this as a one-on-on duel, one point behind trump in iowa was marco rubio, a strong third. isn't this a three-man race now? >> well, listen, that's up to the voters. i have to say i'm amused at the media talk about what an impressive third place fin snish but a new state means a new race, now just run week away. h ha llie jackson, nbc news, windham, new hampshire. >> reporter: this is gabe gutierrez covering the rubio campaign. rarely has a third place finish felt so much like a victory. today marco rubio fought to keep that momentum. >> i'll see you in the morning. i wasn't kidding. >> reporter: thanks to a ground game that swayed late undecided voters, rubio shattered expectations in iowa, surging into the top three of the republican field. >> so this is the moment they said would never happen. >> reporter: and emerging as the first viable gop alternative to cruz and trump. >> they told me that have no chance because my hair wasn't gray enough and my
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polling at 15%, yet he raked in a surprising 23%, one percentage point behind trump. are you the real establishment candidate here? >> you know, i think people always use that terminology. i've had to run against the establishment. that sd i want to unify the party. >> reporter: now the question is how muchh will that establishment rally behind him, or will donors support other candidates, jeb bush, john kasich or chris christie? today christie took rubio hea on. >> this isn't the student council election, everybody. this i i an election for president of the united states. let's get the boy in bubble. >> reporter: some strong words from christie. >> i think that's been a tough couple days for chris and some of the other guys. >> reporter: rubio looking past new hampshire. >> i'm putting my confidence and my trust in marco rubio. >> reporter: announcing an endorsement from south carolina senator tim scott. >> rubio w wts to make the case in new hampshire that unlike ted cruz he can appeal to republicans in a muchore moderate state, and so that's how he wants to
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the anti-cruz. >> reporter: many analysts are predicting a 3, 2, 1 strategy for rubio, if he finishes third in iowa, second in iowa and first in south carolina, that could be the path to the nomination. lester. >> for d docrats it was the closest race in iowa caucus history, so tight that iowa's democratic party did not declare hillary clinton a winner and by a narrow margin until late this afternoon. ruled out contesting the count. we've got both campaigns covered started with nbc's andrea mitche. >> reporter: in new hampshire today hillary clinton was sounding triumphant. >> i am so thrilled that i'm coming to new hampshire after >> reporter: but the stark reality is after ahead of bernie sanders she ended up with a razor thin victory. >> tail >> tails. >> reporter: it even
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get there and the delegates will be virtually evenly split. clinton today telling msnbc's chris matthews she was relieved at the outcome. everybody said iff there was a big turnout that would advantage senator sanders. there was a big turnout, and we won. >> reporter: but iowa entrance poll reveals her weaknesses. among the biggest, the crushing defeat among young voters, losing them by 84% to 14%. why are young voters going for sanders? do you understand what that dynamic is? >> absolutely? >> reporter: what is it? >> system is rigged against you, vote for me, i'll break up the big bks and tax the billion airs and give you free college and cut the cost of health care, end of story. >> reporter: after squeaking out a win in iowa, clinton is now sanders. >> i know that we can finish the job of universal health care coverage for every child! >> reporter: she's now trying to lower expectations here in new hampshire where
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has a double-digit lead, hoping her husband, who was once the comeback kid here, will help her at least avoid too big defeat. andrea mitchell, nbc news, manchester, new hampshire. >> reporter: i'm kasie hunt with the sanders campaign in new hampshire where they are hoping to turn iowa momentum into his first 2016 victory ne tuesday. >> and last night we began the political revolution not just in iowa, not just in new hampshire butll over this country. >> reporter: sanders criticizing clinton after this comment last night. >> i am a progressive who gets things done for people. >> reporter: do you think hillary clinton is a progressive? >> somee days,yes. except when she announces that she is a proud moderate and then i guess she's not a progressive >> reporter: vermont senator still riding hihi after that near miss in the iowa caucuses that the campaign says was anything but a loss. >> it looks like we are in a virtual tie.
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to entrarae poll, thatt rformance was powered by first-time caucus-goers who went for him 59% to 37%. but those polls also show a steep challenge for sanders. iowa democrats who are most concerned about which candidate can win in november backed hillary clinton by 60 points. >> well, i like you, bernie, i want to vote for you, but i just don't think y y can win. well, i think that today we took a giant step to overcome that kind of doubt. >> reporter: it was a whirlwind night for sanders. a red eye flight to new hampshire where hundreds of supporters rallied for him at@ 5:00 in the morning. >> what time is it? that's amazing. >> reporter: another sign of that enthusiasm? after his speech last night bernie sanders raised over $1 million. lester? >> all right, kasie, thanks. let's turn to chuck todd, nbc news political director and moderator of "meet the press."
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will last night have it is a plays ought over new hampshihi the next week? >> now we see a shift in the burden of proof on candidacies n.iowa the burden of proof was on donald trump and hillary clinton and ted cruz. ted cruz passed his test. hillary clintonnarely passed herer test. now the burden of proof shifts in new hampshire to bernie sanders and donald trump. donald trump and bernie sanders have had double-digit leads in new hampshire for weeks. now they have to win here. well, hillary clinton might have a little bit of momentum, the clintons have done well in newampshire in the past, and now we know everything cocod be thrown up into the air on thehe republican side of things. so i think that's the big change here is suddenly must-win states for sanders and trump. >> all right, chuck. thananyou. there are a pair of troubling new developments in the zika virus outbreak. doctors in the u.s. are reporting the first known case of the virus bei sexually transmitted. while in brazil experts are tryryg to determine whether the virus could be linked to a rare condition that causes paralysis
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nbc's rehema ellis reports from brazil. >> repororr: mosquitos are the primary way the zika virus is transmitted, but today the cdc confirmed the first case acquired by sexual contact in texas. as a result, the cdc tells nbc news it will now issue a new advisory this week. >> if a man comes back, gets sick with zika and then has sexual intercourse with a woman who is pregnant or may be pregnant, there is the theoretical risk that that woman could then become infected with zika. >> reporter: as health officials study transmission, the cdc is also investigating other serious illnesses seca may cause beyond microcephaly in babies. in brazil, 27-year-old dave gomez is recovering from sudden paralysis he woke up a month ago after having zika
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he was diagnosed with gulan-barre syndrome, a debill interrogate and often treatabab condition with blood cell infusions and physical therapy. >> last year we have 65 cases. neurologist says that's four r mes higher than normal at her hospital. you think the zika virus is connected with the syndrome? >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: who is at risk? >> reporter: the cdc is on thehe ground in brazil looking into the possible link. >> we're doing a study so we can determine if there's a relation and if so which people are most at risk. >> reporter: you're saying he could be disabledor the rest of his life? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: this 59-year-old farmer paralyzed for a month with guillan-barre syndrome showing no signs of recovery as scientist race to solve this unfoldinin medical mystery. raheem ark ellis, nbc news, recife, brazil. much of this country is under threat of severe weather overnight. under 13 million
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tornado watches in the south while blizzard conditions continue@to pound the plain and midwest where they have already been hit hard. nbc's jacobob raskon is in the threat zone. >> reporter: the massive winter storm pummeled the midwest and plains, blizzard conditions in iowa and beyond. >> this will be a big snow, maybe some of the worst since 2008 and 2009. >> reporter: 11 inches of snow in the hawkeye ste and more than a foot in colorado, and in nebraskaka where whiteout conditions choked more than 100 miles of interstate 80, 15 inches of snow. airports scrambling to keep up. nearly 2 million americans under blizzard warning tonight with 21 million at risk for severe storms. >> we could have wind, hail, even tornadoes today. >> reporter: late today reports of at least two tornadoes damaging a chuhuh and a collegege in mississippi, reported sightings in alabama, tornado watches from louisiana to kentucky. in memphis, parking lots and intersections
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meanwhile in pennsylvania, a bold prediction. >>here shadow to be spring is my fofocast! >> reporter: only the 18th time punxsutawney phil has not seen his shadow since the late 1800s, and with el nino bringing temperatures up to 2 degrees above average an early spring is not out of the question, but for millions of americans it can't come early enough. and tonight the stoto is on the move e th new reports of tornadoes and tornado damage coming in by the minute and the threat of tornadoes, lightning, hail and damaging wind continuing tonight and into tomorrow for millions of americans. lester? >> jacob rasc ho n tonight, thank you. comedian bill cosby appeared in court for the first case againststhim. cosby is accused of drugging and sexual assaulting a woman in 2004. a former district attorney who declined to pursue charges in the case back in 2005
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sexual predators. >> we will not let this violence define us. >> reporter: police say 18-year-old david eisenhauer, a track star and engineering student, kidnapped and murdered nicole. 19-year-old natalie keepers was originally charged with helping body. authorities now say she was involved before nicole died. >> natalie keepers will be charged today with being an accessory before the fact to the first-degree murderrf nicole lovell. >> reporter: the missing last week after climbing out of her bedroom window. her body found 80 miles away in nor carolina. >> these two individuals took my daughter from this plante, and i want to know why. i want all the information i can get. >> reporter: a family, a community without answers, shaken to its core. janet shamlian, nbc news. >> we're back in a moment with a major change military leaders want to make
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e timely tonight, as we noted at t t top of the nenecast, the center of the political universe has now officially shifted from iowa to new hampshire. a week from now the state holds very first primary in the nation, so what's weighing on the minds of voters there? we asked our kevin tibbles to visit a town in new hampshire to fine out in our series "we the people." >> reporter:n the shadow of the ruggedd white mountains sits littleton, new hampshire, the town that gave america the story of pollyanna and where you can still feel her optptistic spirit on main street. >> it's a positive mood, people collaborating and working together. >> reporter: but littleton also embraces new
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live free or die. at chuter's candy store. >> wow. >> reporter: owner jim aldon savers his role as an independent, like some 40% of the voters here. >> they are going to mama their decision on their own. not really influenced by, you know, the crowd. >> reporter: insidi northern lights musus dan solomon and family have a rhythm all their own. >> i will decide when i cast my vote. >> reporter: son asher wants his candidate to be as independentnt as he is. >> not having those views dictated to him by people who are advising him. he's truly independent. >> reporter: but while much of new hampshire has fared well out of the recession, many say it has come from a handout. i don't want anything from government, and i want my felloww neighbor to feel the same way. >> reporter: art runs a local frame shop and whili his mind is made
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spspit runs deep. >> at the end of the day the world isn't a pollyanna. we do have to make tough decisions. >> reporter: the granite state will make up its mind when it's good andready, and by golly, as pollyanna would say, that is something to be glad about. kevin tibbles, nbc news, littleton, new hampshire. >> and that is going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for allllf us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.conditions were like earlier today in waterloo. eastern iowa. here's a look at what the conditions were like earlier today in waterloo. snow fall started falling early this morning and continued until
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and here's a live look at the conditions in downtown waterloo. as you an see, things have definitely calmed don since this morning. later tonight though, more snow will make its way into the area. good evening everyone, i'm ron steele. and i'm amanda goodman. thanks for joining us. with snow returning this evening, how much more snow will we get? let's go to storm track seven chief meteorologist mark schnackenberg now who'ssracking this snow. from the kwwl stormtrack 7 weather team. see the screen for your complete weather information. here is additional forecast inffmation from the kwwl stormtrack 7 weather team: dry air has worked its way into eastern iowa this afternoon, shutting off the precipitation across most of the arwa. the area from north to south. however, more light snow is o o the way overnight as this system wraps around. the wind will be relatively light
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