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11:00. tonight, dangerous freeze. low 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 viterbo restaurant attack. a man suddenlyytarts people inside. the fbi investigating and asking was it terrorism? trapped by war. r team inside syria as word of a deal to stop the bloodshed is met with skeptitism, and assad vows to retake the entire country. and your medical recordrd a a risk of beinin stolen and sold for fraud. one out of three americans hit. how to protect yourr
personal information. "nightly news"s"egins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headququters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there are w wnings tonight of a dangerous freed about to plunge a huge part of the country in its grip as theereaded 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. supposed to o cold, but as we've come to knkn c cd snaps of this extreme cane deadly, and in this case tens of millions people are bracing for the biggest chill so far this season. in a moment, al roker, but we begin with nbc's ron mott in boston. >> reporter: 65 million americans bundndnd up against the brutal cold as the ever present polar vortexexunleashes yet. >> the winds are like knife-cutting into
snow brought a burst of snow as far south as tennessee and the carolinas causing trouble for commuters. commuters also stranded in new york where c cd weather likely c ctributed to train delays during rush hour. in pennsylvania, a broken water pipe left this home frosted over, and in chicago orists are taking extra care witit their valentine's day delivevees. >> it's tererble for flowers. if they are frozen, they a a gone. >> r rorter: here at fenway park the red sox are heading south to florida for sprinin training, giving up their home to skiers and snowboarderssho are literally jumping for joy. and further north in maine the biathlon worlrl cup left competitors with frozen faces. record low temperatures are possssle from minnesotaao the mid-atlantic. buffalo's forecast for saturday, 2 grees. boston's looking at 4 below sunday morning and new york city is bracing for zero, toppling a 100--year-old record, so cold in fact that saturday's annual ntral park icece festival canceleld. >> you shohod take this weather very, very seriously.
temperatures very often, and they canan be >> reporter: here in the boston area, the wiwichills are forecast to dip down to 20 to 30 below zero over the weekend, even colder in some places, as low as 40 below those temperatures frostbite becomes a real concern. doesn't takeeery minutes. lester. >> ron mott, thanks very much. al roker i ihere. al, walk us through this. >> so lester, the beginning of this cold greenland. we're talking temperatures of 60 below across the greenlanddce sheath. you've got low pressure over quebec and this strong lowow pressure system with counterclockckse flow around it it brings that c cd air, brutally cold air into thth continental united states, so low temperatures tomorrow morning, burlington minus 12, 5 in cleveland and 10 chicago and 17 in charlottee and 21 in atlanta. ghs tomorrow, 19 in new york, 1 1 cleveland and 14 chicago butut as ron mentioned those
minus 6 in new york and minus 4 in ncinnati and minus 13 in chicago, and then we bottom out on sunday morning, but e good news, lester, by tuesday temperatures rebound into the 50s and 30s. everybody either at or above normal. >ll 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 todayay reatening to sue ted cruz fofo quote,ot being a natural born citizen. if cruz d dsn't as trump clean up his act and that battle is just one offeveral fronts opening up as the gop candidates sharpen their attacks on each other. nbc's gabe gutierrez is o o the trail in greenville, south carolina.. >> reporter: fresh off autographing a baby in louisianan republican front-runner donald trump is now leaving a new signatutu on this race, threaeaning to susu his closestst rival ted cruz for not being a naturalalorn citizen. twitter the billionaire calling the texas senator a
negative ads against him. >> there's more than a little irony in donald accusing anyoneeff being nasty given the amazing torrent of insults and obscenities and vulgarities that come out of h h mouth. >> repepter:r:hese voters have serious concerns about trump repeated a vulgarity at a rally this week and d dcribed him this way. >> leader. >> flashy. >> alplp dog. >> rich. >>dogmatic. >> narcissistic. >> inspirational. >> reporter: cruz himself is mocking his ponent in aeries of new ads, this one against marco rubio backfired. >> makes me feel dumb for trusting them. >> maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time. >> reporter: cruz campaign yanking it aftete the revelation that actress had appeared in adudu films. >> we would not have castster h h we known of that history. >> reporter: rubio today firing back inn an exclusive interview. >> the bottom line is ey were actor, and i think that's parar of a bigger problem that
he tries to act like the only consistent conservative in thihi race. it's just not true. he's a recalculated litical operativiv >> reporter: all this as several gop hopefuls try to court crucial evangegecal voters. >> faith is the mosos important influence in my nighgh >> one night reading the bible i just got a serenity. >> reporter: tonight amid a flouriflurry 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'sxpected to take some of the heaviest fire, especially from his mentor and felelw floridian jeb bush. lester. allllright, gabe, thank you. >ttacks are flying don'tic side of the race with bernie sanders accusing hillary clinton of hitting him with a, quote, low blow on the debate stage last night, and a heated battle over the different directions they take on health care in this country. let's get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tryryg to rebobo her campaign, hillary clinton accused bernie sanders
president obama who is hugely popular with minorities in the primaries and caucuses to come. >> the k kd 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 m micare for all, birth-to-death government health care sgsgn 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 h hse we will have enough political capital to be able to do thatat >> secretary clinton, you're notot in the white house yet and let us be clear that every proposal that i have introduced has >> reporter: sanders would combine all government health plans into one, medicare, medicaid, veterans benefits, children's health insurancnc and replace employer-basas health insusunce. how to pay for it? sanders would tax the rich.
class would pay $500 a year more in taxes, but average family would save $5,000 a year by eliminating insurance premiums. >> who is correct here? >here are a lot of tax increases but it't' certainly not clear that they would be enough to pay for all the additional expenses. >> reporter: non-budget partisan experts say sanders hasn't given enough details and in canada and great britain which have health care people wait months foror procedures, a form of rationing. >> there will be trade-offs, and if we want to save money you'll have to undedetand that your access to health care may be limited. >> reporter: and then e political costs, getting congress to pass his health care planan with the most bruising fight of the obama preredency but bernie sanders is calling for a political revolution, a grass roots army he lieves would compel congress to accept his vision. lester? all right, andrea, thank you. the fbi is investigating a vicious attack that took place inside a restaurant in ohio. it happened when a man pullll out a machete
average, slashing and stabbing people as customers made panicked calls for help. the questions investigators are trying to answer why did he do it and c cld it have been an act terrorism? we get the late forestt our justice correspondndt pete williams. >> reporter: police say a man walked into this columbus restaurant around dinnertime, asked some questions and came back a short time latat we are a machete. >> some guy pulled out a machete and started stabbing people i ran out with my kids. >> there are several people injurededhere. >> reporter: some of those inside threwew airs to fight back. he ran out, drove away and was s spped after a five-m-me chase. police say heeas shot and killed when he lulued holding a knife at one of them. the fbi immediatelyly began searching the home o othe man identified as the atatcker, 30-year-oldd mohammed barrie. radical comments four years ago b bught a brief look from the fbi and then movov on. restaurant employees say when he first came
the ownerers f fm isisel, a christian arab. investigators are looking at whether barrie may have mistakenly thought he was jewish. >> i'm a 50-year-old man and been crying like a baby for the last 12 hours. >> reporter: four people were hurt, the mostst seriously big foley who sings at thehe aurant now in critical but stable condition. >> we're very gratetel at our victiti that sustaineddounds last ght are all expected to recover. >> reporter: investigators say they don't know why barrie attacked now and shows that target, no known connections with isis. it may be one law enforcement official says a blend of factors, a l lg simmering interest in radicalism and all the attention given to terror attacks worldwide. pete williams, nbc 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 sophomoror, died of single gunshot wounds at independence high school. a gun found beside
police say they are not pursusug any suspects, but they could not yet confirm if it was murder or suicide. within a week a temporary crease fire in syria brokered with the help of the u.s. is schedule to take effect, but key parties have been left out of thth agreement announced last night. our keir simmons now withth rare look inside syria where there's much skepticism over whether the deal will end t t bloodshed. >> reporter: a little boy is pulled from rubbbb after an air strike.. the video said to be in aleppo province was posted on facebook laststweek. tonight there is little signs those air strikes will end, even with world leaders including america and russia agreeing to a cessation of hostilities within one week and humidianid to communities end siege suffering starvation. >> and what we have here are words o o paper. what we need to see inn
actions on the ground, in t t field >> reporter: major players innhe fight, including syrian president bashar al assad and the rebels fighting him are not part of thth deal. neither is isis. and today assad is vowing to rerekeke the whole country. president assad is very visibly in control of the capital damascus while outside the c cy his forces are clearly on the offefeive. 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 people the fightiti will stop. >> do you believe there will be peaea now. >> i don't think so. i think nobody -- nobody knows when t t peace is gone. >> 6-year-old aya's lex were broken while in an air raid while she was out buying cookies. she's one of tens of thousands who have fled.
losing hope. keirirsimmons, nbc news, damascus. a major announcement from three federal agencies about a possisie danger that nbc news first reported on nearly a year and a half. the government will investigate the potential health risks from a type of turf that children play on all across the nation. nbc's stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: these soccer players, all goalals, 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 field around the country. todada three f feral agencies, including the epa, announced a w research plan to analale the safety of crumb rubber. e existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns. nbc news first reported on crumb rubber in october 2014. >> this is the stuff everybody is t tking abouou >> reporter: woman soccer coachchmy griffin started asking questions after two of her goalies devevoped cancer, a conversation
who would later die of non-hodgkins lymphoma haunted her. >> she said i just have a f fling it h h something to do w wh those block dots. >> reporter: 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 exposusu to cancer, and the industry points to dozens of studies as proof that their fields are safe, but the federal government today sayss more reacher is eded. the three agencies will analyze chemical compounds i i the crumb exposure to thoho chemicals and reach out to concerned parents, scientists and industry leaders. parents likeehis who w the the use of crcrcr rubber hope that communities will hold off in installing new 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 theheederal government can settle thisisatter once and
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