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tonight, dangerous freeze. below zero in 166 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 acacses hillary clinton of landing a low blow. it's getting nasty. machete horror,, a viterbo restaururt attack. a man suddenly starts slashing and stabbing people inside. the fbi investigating terrorism? trapped by war. our team inside syria as woror of a deal to stop the bloodshed is met with skepticism, 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.
right now. >nnouncer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there are warnings totoght of a dangerous freed about to plunge a hugug part of the country in its grip as the dreaded polar vortex moves south. parts of 16 s stes will see temperatures below zero and windchchls 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 extxtme can be adly, and in this case tens of millions of peopleerere bracing for the biggest chill so far this season. in a moment, al roker,r, but we begin with nbc's ron mott in 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 yoyo friend. >> reporter: today the snow brought a burst ofofnow as far south as tennessee and the carolinas causing trouble for commuters.
stranded i i new york where cold weather lililyly contributed to train delays during rush hour. in pennsylvania, a broken water pipe left thth home frosted over, and in chicago florists are takingg extra care with t tir valentine's day deliveries. >> it's terrible for flowers. if they are frozen, they are gone. >> reporter: here at fenway park the red sox are heaeang south to florida for spring training, givivg up their home to skiers and snowboarders who are literally jumping fofo joy. and further northn maine the biathlon world cup left competitors with frozen faces. record low mperatures are possible from minnesota to the mid-atlantic. buffalo's forecast for saturday, 2 degrees. boston's lookingng at 4 below sunday morning and new york city is bracing for zero, toppling a 100--year-olddrecord, so cold in fact that saturday's annual central park ice festival cancelled. >> you should take this weather veryry very seriously. we don't see these temperatures very often, and they can be life-threatening.
the boston area, the windchills are forecast to dip down to 20 to 30 belel 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 mucuc al rokerers here. al, walk us through this. >> so lester, the beginning of this cold air is way up inin 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 l l temperatures tomorrow morning, burlington minus 12, 5 in cleveland and 10 chicagag and 17 i i i charlotte and 21 in atlanta. highs tomorrow, 19 in new york, 13 cleveland and 14 chicago but as ron mentioned those windchills are brutal. minus 6 in new york anddinus 4 in cincncnati and minus 13 in chicago, and
sunday morning, but the good news, lester, by tuesday temperatures rebound into the 50s and 30s. everybody either at or above normal. >> all right. al roker, thahas very much. true to predictions it's getting nasty on the campaign trail in south carolina as donald trump lobbed anototr so-called birther attack today threatening to sue ted cruz for, quote, not being a natural born citizen. ififruz d dsn't as trump clele up his act and that battle is just one of several fronts opening up as the gop candidites sharpen their attacks on each other. nbc's gabe gutierrez is onnhe trail in greenville, south carolina. >> reporter: fresh off autographing a baby in louisiana, republican front-runnerer donald trump is now leaving a new signatutu 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 t tn a little irony in donald
being nasty given the amazing torrent of insults and obscenities and vulgarities that comom out of his mouth. >> reporter: these voters have serious concerns about trump repeated a vulgarity at a rally this week and described him this way. >> leader. >> flashy. >> alpha dog. >> rich. >> gmatic. >> rcissistic. >> inspirational. >> reporter: cruz himself is mocking his opponent in a series of new ads, this one against marco rubio backfired. >> makes meeeel dumb for trusting them. >> maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time. >> reporter: cruz campaign yanking it after the revelation that actctss had appeared in adult films. >> we would not havee cast her had we known of that history. >> reporter: rubio today firing back in an exclusive interview. >> the bottom line is they were actor, and i think that's part of a bigger problem that ted has, and that is he tries to act like the only consistent conservative in this race. it's just not true. he's a recalculated
>> reporter: all this as several gop hopefuls try to court crucial evangelical voters. >> faith is the most important influence in my night. >> 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 tomorrrr. the stakes mayaye 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 f fing don'tic side of thth race with bernie sanderssccusing hillary clinton of hitting him with a, quote, low blow on the debate stage last night, andnd heated battle overrhe different directions they take on health care in this country. let's g g more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: trying to reboot her campaign, hillary clinton accused bernie sanderer of being disloyal to president obama who is hugely popular with
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. >> reportete and she pounced on his proposed medicare foror all, birth-to-death gogornment health care sglan 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 whihi house we will have enough political capital to be able to do that. >> secretary clinton, you're not in the white house yet and let us be clear that evererroposal that i have introduced has been paid for. >> reporter: sanders would combine all government health plans into one, medicare, medicaca, 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 average family
year byliminating 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-budget partisan experts say sanders hasn't given enough details and in canada and great britain which have health care ople wait months for procedures, a form of rationing. >> there will be trade-offs, and if we want to save money you'll have to understand that your access to health care may be limited. >> reporter: and then e political costs, getting congress to pass his health care plan with the most bruising fight of the obama presidency but bebebe sanders is calling for a political revolution, grass roots army he believes would compel congress to accept hisis vision. lesterer >> all right, andrea, thank you. the fbi is investigating a vicious attack that took place inside a restaurant in ohio.. it happened whehe a m m pulled out a machete and went on a a ramp average, slashinin and stabbing peoplpl as customers made
the questions investigators are trying to answer why did he do it and could it have been an act terrorism? we get theheate forest our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: police say a man walked into this columbus restaurant around dinnererme, asked some questions and came back a short time late we are a mamaete. >> some guy pulled out a machete and started stabbing people i ian out with my kids. >> there are several people i i ied 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 h h lunged holding a knife at one of them. the fbi immediately gan searching the home of the man identified as the atatcker, 30-year-old mohammed barrie. radical comments fouou years ago brought a brief look f fm the fbi and thehe moved on. restaurant employees say when he first came in he asked where the owner is from. the owner is from israel, a christian arab. investigators are looking at whether
mistakenly thought he was jewish. >> i'm a 50-year-old man and beeeeee crying like a baby for the last 12 hours.s. >> reporter: four people were hurt, the most seriously bigig foley 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 barrie attacked now andnd shows that target, no known connections with isis. it may be one law enforcement official says a blend of factors, a long simmering interest in radicalism and all the attention given to terror attacks worldwide. pete williams, nbc news, washington. the city off glendale, arizona is in shock and mourning after the shootinin 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. gun found beside their bodies. police sayayhey are not pursuing anyny suspects, but they
if it was murdede 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 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 littlee boy is pulled from rubble after an air strike. the video said to bebe in aleppo o o ince was popoed on facebook laststweek. tonight there is little signs those air strikes will end, even with world leaders including amemeca and russia agreeing to a cessation of hoststities within one week and humidian aid to commumuties end siege suffering starvation. >> and what we have here are words on paper. what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground, in the f fld >> reporter: major players in the fight,
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, backeke by russian air strikeke >> they have gained momentum, the upper hand. why would they stop now? few peoplpl the fightiti will stop. >> do you believe there will be peace now. >> i don't think so. i think nobody -- nobody knows when the peace is gone. >> 6-year-old aya's in an air raid whilele she was out buying cookies. she's one of tens of fled. those still here losing hope. keir simmons, nbc news, damascus. a major announcementntrom
about a possible 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. nbnbs stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: these soccer players, all goalies, all diagnosed with cancer, sparked a battle over the use of am rubber, ground up car and truck tires in tens of thousands of turf field around the country. todayyhree federal agencies, including the epa, announced a new research plan to analyze the safety of crumb rubber. the existing studidi do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns. nbnb news first reported on crumb rubber in october 2014. >> this is the stuff everybody is talking about. >> reporter: woman soccer coaoa amy griffin started asking questions after two o o her goalies developed cancer, a conversation with austin everett who would laterie of non-hodgkins lymphoma hahated her. >> she s sd i just have a feeling it has
those block dots. >> reporter: coach started a list of goalies with cancer which grew from just a handful to now 75 following nbc's ports. there is no research linking crumb rubber exposure to cancer, and the industry points to dozens of studies a a proof thaha their fields are safe, but the federal government today says more reacher is needed. the three agencies will analyze chemical compoundss in the crumb rubber, measure exposure to those chemicals and reachch out to concerned parents, scientists and industry aders. parents like this who now the the use of crumb rubber hope that communities will hold off in installing new needs. >> why nototpause, use alternatives until this thing getss figured out because our children are certainly worth it. >> reporter: today ininstry leaders say they welcome the new research. in their words they hope the federal governrnnt can settle thth matter once a a for all. lester? >> all right. stephanie, thank you. still aheadd tonight, thievesesfter your medical records.
roughly one out of every three americans has been hit, whether they know it or not, giving criminals a 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. for john coon it was a simple x-r-r a aer a snowboarding accident that turned into ann accounting nightmare when the hospital billed him $20,000 for surgery he neverhad. >> 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. >> reporter: it turns out the hospital's hard drive had been stolen along with john's medical records. just one of the 100 million health care records stolen last year alone. many of those records show up for sale on the dark w w where hackers openly adadrtise themselves and what they have stolen. this site offerssresh health care profiles stolen last april in california boasting you can use those profiles for normal
a brand new health care plan for yourself. this looks very user friendly, and this is dedegned for crooks. >> this is where information from big data breeches ends up as xhomd tis are beingng stole. >> reporter: stolen credit cards g gng g for $1 to $3 each and sosoal security numbers $15, but complete health care records are a gold mines going for 60 bucks because criminals can use them to order prescriptions, pay for treatments and surgery and even file false tax returns. >> you basicalal own a person, have all the informationnnd can you create a new account and fake his whole identity. >> reporter: to a aidid getting hacked ibm security pross advise using following good work practices, don't use the s se passwordss and avoidid 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 sasa look, can iive you a
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