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night, breaking news. antonin scalia, the longest serving justice on the u.s. supreme court is dead. he was the court's most influential conservative. tonight,t,e look back at his life and his legaga. deadly weather. dozens of vehicles crash in a massive pileup in pennsylvania. a large part of the country endures extreme life-threatening cold. the showdown. tonight, republilins bate. a makeer break moment r some of thth six remaining candidates. will rub yoio rebound.d. the pop pushe pushing on the pressure to step up the fight against cororption and violence. > gasoline delivered to your car on demand.d. night "nightly news" begins now. from nbc world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly ws.
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erica hill. g gd evening. justice antonin scalia, the supreme court's most influential conservative has died.. the 79-year-old appointed by presisint ronald reagan almost three decades ago was found dead in texas. knownnor his strong language, he was widely respected by his colleagags and by the many whohoisagreed with his legal findinin. john roberts praised jujuice scalia as an extraordinary dividual, calls his passing a great loss the court and the countrtrtrtr loyally served. pete, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. justice scalia died sometime lasas night while in texas at a guest ranch. this is a big shock. he was in apparentltl robustst health. his death is quite a surprise to thth judicial world. it silences the court's most outspoken
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>> i anton knowin scalia -- >> reporter: he was pupu on the supreme court in 1986 by ronald reagan. he later became a lightning rod for chris criticisis he was confirmed unanimously after telling senators he had no plala to reshape the law. >> i am not going on to the court with a list of thingsshat i want do. my only agenda is to be a a a goooo judge. >> reporter: once there, he became one of the most outspoken conservatives, an author of fiery dissents and an opponent of affirmative actionnn hiring and schooll admission and abortion rights. he said ro e v. wade was wrong. said judgege should be bound by the words they inpresent. >> we are not governed by the intent. we're governed by ws. what the law is is not at the drafter
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drafter enacted. >> reporter: though unsympathetic to criminal suspects, he led the court in expanding rights of defendants to confront the accuser in court and limiting a judge's power to use evidence in sentenceing unless it was proved during a trial. he wrote the ruling that saiddhe second amendment garn teaseuarantees a right town a n. he was an advocate for conserertive causes helping to establish the federalist society which encouraged the appointment of moror right-leaning judges. he met his future wife mamaeen on a blind datetehen both were in college. they had nine children, five boys anan four girls, two later became lawyers, following their father in a profefeion he clearly relisheded >> i like t tnking about the law. i likik figuring out the right answer to legal problems. it's sort of the top
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lawyer who has those interests. >> reporter: in the process, he became one of the most inflew enshan shall justices the history. tonight while the condolences for his wifefend family pourr in, we can'tscape this fact. this leaves thehe court now witit eight justices as it turns to such hot button issues as abortiti, immigration, obamacare, the future of public sector unions, cases that were likely to be decided by five to four votes, now this races the possibibity of four fouries which would meaea the decisions wouldn't count. in addition to the human dimension, justice scaliaia death cast a shadowwver the supreme court term. >> it's being discussed. pete williams tonight. president obaba sents sent his condolences. for more on the implications, we turur to kelly o'donnell who joins us from the white house. >> reporter: good evening. first president obama and the first lady fered their deepest condolences to the
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theresident is in california and was playing golf when he was informed of the death. the president is there to host a summit of ten asian leaders and isis not scheduled to return until tuesday. w president obama is faced with the unexpected and kwen shall task of making his third nominatioio to t t highest court. aolitical battle wiwi begin almost republicanan are in charge of the senate confirmation process and no doubt cononrned about how the court cocod shift away from a conserveative majority with only months left in the president's term,, tonight t t top republican mitch mcconnelel saysshis court vacancy should not be filled until a new president is elected. arierica erica? >> we wilil discucu that as well. thank you. we are likely to see the implications of justice scalia's deathh play out tonight on the stage in south carolina. the six remaining republican candidates debate for the l lt time, leading up to south carolina's
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we get more from hal hallie jackson. >> reporter: we will have more space tonight but no less sparring as the six remaining republicans face off. rco rubio with the most t t prove after whativalsococd as a robotic performance last debate. >> i wish he would have done better. iiike that heamam back out afterwards and said that was my fault. >> reporter: now rebooting with a tougher tone against his rivals. jeb bush ready to o defend himself and possibly ding donald trump as he looks for a south carolina comeback. >> h h said, we should bomb the blank, blanan blank out of eye sis. that's not a strategy. that's an unserious man. >> reporter: while con kasich is going to stay pososive. >> there's not a lot of room fororegative campaigning. >> t tmp is on the attack, taking on ted
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to suit canadian-born cacaidate. cruz d dmissing it as another trumpertantrum. >> we said we love your policy. please jumpin. >> reporter: republican rivals not just targeting each other but hililry clinton as well with her private e-mails released today. she and bernie sanders rallies supporterssut west. >> we will surprise them in nevada. >> reporter: sanders without this ad.. he was there with dr. king on washshgton. >> it's a rebuke that john lewis who said of nders' civiv rights efforts. >> i iever saw him. i never met him. >> reporter: lewis walking that back saying he nevev doubted that sanders participated in the civil rights movement. nor was he attempting to disparage his actitism. for sandnds, a key clarififation as he looks to connect with african-american sfloertzin south carolina a clinton strong hoho
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showdown stata. most of the republican field has issued statements of somebody for scalia's family and praise for his focus on the consnsnstion. some, including marco rubia and ted cruz are king clear they would prefer to wait until after the election for a supreme court replacement to be selected. something we are sure to hear more about tonight as scalia's death reshapes not just this debate but this presidential race. >> hallie jackson, tonight. thank you. >ens of millions across the country are being told to stay indoors tonight as brutally cold temperatures grip mucuc of the country. the mercury dipping far below zero in sevevel cities.. the weather isseing blamed tonight for a deadly pileup involving dozens of vehicles in nnsylvania. more on the extreme cold and those dangerous conditions. >> reporter: in the bitter cold and snow here harrisburg, pennsylvania, a massive and deadly pileup. as many as 50 cars and big rigs.
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one was folded in halflf >> reporter: at least three people dead. >> we have 20 people entrapped. some serious. >> reporter: others pinned in the twisted metal. >> i also have a lady that's in a vehicic that's six months pregnant with a broken leg. >> reporter: all trying tootay warm with windchills below zero. >> make sure they got the buses coming. they are getting cold quick. >> another tractor-trailer driver didn't have anything ininis trailer. he said to get in the back and keeee warm. >> reporter: ashley was driving along route 78 with her two young daughters. >> it's all of a sudden just whited out. it kind of came out of nowhere. we were on dry waivement. erything was fine and the car in front of me disappeared. >> reporter: forecasters believe a snow squall moved through blowing snow and limiting visibility. >> there was from my count what i could see six tractor-trailils just like p ped on top of each other in the median. it was one of those things like hade been two minutes earlier, where would
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>> >> reporter: mortgage 40 were transported to hospitals. temperatures plunging lower than many places have seen in more than a dedede. >> everything that i could ware i'm wearing. >> repepter: in minnesota, temperatures fell to 22 below zero, without the windchill. in places like buffalo, snowy andnd icy roads made driving treacherous. in new yorkkhere wind gusts were expected to top 45 miles per hour, the city ordered construction cranes into secure positions after last week's deadly accident. >> i want everyone to know it's so important to take this s siously to stay indoors to the maximum extete possible. >> reporter: let me tell you, that's good advise. in new york it's so cold you can see many y of the fountains are frozen in place. it's only expected to get worse with windchills expected to drop down to near minus 25 tonight.
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this dangerous cold, thanks, and when it will end we turn to dylan drier. >> good evening. it's cold and getting colder. we have the polar rtex to blame as this cold air sags down from canada. recordssy the time we get into sunday morning. we are looking for a morning low of eight degrees below zero in boston. the old record is three below said in 1934. pittsburgh will start off at one. cincncnati, s s degrees. washington, d.c., abouou eight degrees. that's 18 degrees below average. we go into sunday ternoon, we are going to see high temperatures only in the single digits in milwaukee, richmond should makak it up to 25 degrgrs. that's 24 degrees below average. we are watching the next stop system. it's very cold. we are going to see warmer air work into the system and change any snow to rain. on sunday, we are lookinggor the snow to moveento the carolinas, into virginia, even upp through the mid-atlantic and northeast. then as we go intnt monday night, warm air
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we will see any of this wintry mix and snow change to rain, except for interior locations and in the higher elevations where temperatures will be a little warmer. let's look at tuesday's highs.s. we're going to get above average. new w rk city should get up to 51 on tuesday. that's nine degrees above averere. we are going to see tempmpatures start to warm up despite how cold this weekend. whererhe going to spenddost of the nene week with temperatures above averere. >> thank you. on his first full day in mexico, pope francis challenged government and church leaders to do more to protect the mexican people. from the drug violence are pervasive e that country. ann thompson is trtrtring with the report. >> reporter:r:today, memeco city opened its arms to pope francis. the s sht of the son of latin america beaming in the city square moved some to tears. >> i'm going to cry. that's for sure. >> reporter: others to hope. >> life changing pope. he is reforming the church.
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>> reporter: drawing the faithful from all over the americas. describing himself as missionary of mercy he challenged them to focus on the common good and eliminate economic inequality that is fertile ground for corruption and drugs. mexico is thehe second largest catholic country in the world. 83% of the peopop here claim the faith. of the shrine, a must on francici itinerary today. mexico is also a country bloodied by the violence o odrug cartel cartels. speaking to the local bishop, he said the drug trade devours like a spreading cancer, threatening society.y. more than 164,000 people murdered since 2007. including at l lst 36 priests killed in the last ten years. thousands more missing. 13 every day.
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one of 43 students kidndnped and believed dead. he says he wants to meet the pope because he believes francis can give the parents rength. such high expectations stretch from mexico city to chicago's immaculate conception parish where 95% are mexican origin. i hehe, is the pope a ghost? he is not god. he is not going to change things immediately. over time. >> reporter: the nation of many problems and a deep faith. next week, the pope turns his attention to e issue of immigration travelingng to the south where many central american immigrants enter this country and then to thth norththo say mass at the u.s. border.. erica?
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is a cave that we did not existed and the roof of the cave had actually migrated upwards. >> reporter: museum managersrs havav seen a spike in visitors. >> reporter: >> weeeided to embrace this as a new atataction at a corvette museum. >> reporter: two years later, that exhibit is now open. featuring a glass manhole peering into the sinkhole abyss and a virtual experience of what it would have been like to have been standing on the cave floor at the time of the collapse. >> when people are in the cave, we want them to have a sense o othe feeling of power that's involved in the nanaral event. >> reporter: the eight cars are also on display, two have been restored andnd visitors can watch the work on a third. >> they mama a positive ourt oft of a negative. >> reporter: it could have sunk the museum's future transformeme
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finally tonight, she's one of a kind. a high school basketball coach who has been having an impact on young lives with lessons that have littleleo with athletics. >> move while the ball is in the r. >> reporter: it's a
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nthers. in this illinois town of a few hundred famimies, just about all of them are here. >> they are pretty good. we have to be ready to playay >> repepter: almost always a w wning season. for 23 years the same coaches. >> let thehe throw the ball out of the trap. >> reporter: matt long and a young womanan with downsssyndrome, assistant coach jessi. >> iantt t tt team to come out and play their hearts out. >> r rorter: she asked to help at age 11 when her sister played. continuing through her teens anan20s. how are they going to tonight? >> we're going to play really good. >> reporter: coach long said yes thennd has given her same answer every year since. >> she's going tot as long as she can. she tells me every year, see you next year, get my contact ready. >> reporter: it's more than a title, she's in charge o o oe play board, water and towels. >> good luck. >> reporter: every referee knows her, every player loves
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to pump you up, she's like, you got this. you will wiwiwi >> reporter: her family is grateful she has had this oppopounity. >> panthers coming through? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: students and coach long say the thanks go to jessi. the legacy is the number of lives she has touched. it's just special. it really is. >> reporter: the panthers eventually won the game. celebratatg more than a win. paying tribute to a sports coach whose momo important lessons are about living life. >> we love jessi! >> reporter: nbc news, camp point, illinois. that is "nbc nightly news" this saturday. i'm erica hill reporting from new york. i will see you tomorrow morning on "today." for all of us here at nbc news, thanks for
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