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"nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this the "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a surprising development in the race for president leads our news tonight. a brand new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows donald trump has slipped from the top spot nationally falling behind ted cruz among republican primary voters. our poll has cruz now ahead at 28% with trump at 26 and marco rubio rounding out the top three at 17%. trump's tumble from the top spot comes as he and cruz trade threats, dares and accusations ahead of saturday's south carolina primary where trump still leads. nbc's hallie jackson has late details. >> reporter: tonight a stunning shift in the republican race, a new national front-runner, ted cruz. >> it's tremendously encouraging to be leading the field nationally. i think as a result -- >> reporter: did you ever think you'd be here?
look, that's how you win. got to get to first place to win. >> reporter: it's a 15-point flip from last month, trump slipping seven points and cruz up eight. after the iowa caucuses, the new hampshire primary and saturday night's debate. >> republican voters have taken a pause deciding whether or not they want to nominate donald trump to be president. >> reporter: as cruz heats up, he's burning it down in south carolina with a scorched earth news conference. >> file a lawsuit. >> reporter: daring donald trump to sue him over this ad. >> well, i'm very pro choice. >> reporter: trump wants cruz to stop airing the spot pointing to his current pro-life stance. >> trump supporters have shown a great likelihood of forgiving him for positions like that. >> reporter: cruz insists he'll put the ad on tv more often now, even as trump doubled down on his threat in an msnbc town hall. >> i've had great success in business. i've had great success with lawsuits, and i don't know that we're going to have a lawsuit but we certainly want to keep somebody honest.
saying time will tell, teddy. trump is again calling him a liar, their political bromance dead. >> you hugged him for months and months and months and those who say you and your support of donald trump at that time has allowed him to be where he is today and to be in the position to talk about this stuff. >> oh, listen, hallie, as i said at a time. there's a time and season for campaign for policy differentiations snow hauls knew this moment was coming? >> of course it was headed to this. >> reporter: in south carolina it's trump who is still dominating in the polls. cruz, trailing him, marco rubio close behind and closing in. late tonight pick up a new endorsement from south carolina's popular governor. >> thank you. >> reporter: rubio wasn't the only one looking for nikki haley's support. jeb bush was, too, but our new poll's hypothetical head-to-head matchups show bush and john kasich would lose to donald trump. only cruz and rubio would beat him. lester? >> hallie jackson, thank you. i'm joined now by chuck todd,
moderator of "meet the press." chuck, there's been broad consensus if trump wins south carolina he would have a clear path to the nomination. do these new national poll numbers suggest things won't be that easy? >> reporter: i think what you see here with our new numbers is this, lester. is that we've always told you and we've been polling this for months. donald trump has a low ceiling but a high floor meaning he's never going to drop too low, but he always seems to struggle as the field shrinks to get over that 50% mark, and what our polls show on this is that as this field has shrunk, the smallest need we've tested in the last six months, we've seen trump doesn't grow, everybody yellow light for donald trump, even if he wins south carolina. he's going to have problems down the road as the field winnows. >> chuck todd tonight, thank you. much more from donald trump at a town hall event tonight at 8:00 eastern and pacific only on msnbc. things are rapidly changing in the democratic race, too,
comfortable lead in nevada has all but evaporated, now a virtual dead heat with bernie sanders ahead of saturday's vote and now with what looks like a long road ahead of them to the nomination sanders and clinton are increasingly focused on securing the black vote. nbc's kristen welker has more. >> there is something wrong, my friend. >> reporter: secretary clinton is ramping up her outreach to black voters on the south side of chicago today, vowing to reform the criminal justice system. >> to make sure that no other young woman like sandra bland is ever pulled out of a car for no good reason and thrown into a jail where she is found dead. >> reporter: sandra bland's mother by her side less than a year after her daughter was found dead in a texas jail, this as a new poll shows clinton and sanders now deadlocked in nevada, her double-digit lead in october evaporating to a single point. >> reporter: senator sanders, who is struggling to win over minorities, making his case at a
the accusations of privacy advocates say they will help build the order. >> if we build a back door or master key into the lock you can't control that only good guys are going to use it and bad guys can't use it. >> reporter: after months of saying it cannot get into a locked phone apple now says it should not be forced to do so. in a letter to customers ceo tim cook says if apple creates the software and it fell into the wrong hands it would unlock any iphone, a blow to customers who rely on companies like apple to protect their data. >> they do business all over the world, and if they give this kind of access to the u.s. government, they may have to give it to the russians. they may have to give it to the chinese, and apple simply doesn't want to do that. >> reporter: this proifsy versus security showdown comes against the backdrop of an act of terrorism. the husband of one of those
shootings says apple is wrong. >> i'm very upset at apple not assisting the federal government. people's lives matter. >> reporter: new york city's commissioner agrees. >> the right to privacy is not a total right in the sense that if it's being used for criminal purposes. >> reporter: before the san bernardino shootings the majority in an nbc news poll said they were worried the government would go too far in terrorist investigations and violate the privacy of citizens. after the attack the majority worried the government would not go far enough. apple says it will fight this new order in court. lester? >> all right, pete, thank you. overseas dozens are dead and injured after a bomb exploded near turkey's parliament, a horrific attack in the heart of a strategic u.s. ally. the question tonight who did it? nbc's kelly cobiella reports. >> reporter: a fireball in the heart turkey's capital at height
flames shot several feet into the air as people scrambled to safety. police and the military sealed off the area while emergency workers rushed in to help the injured. the target was the turkish military. the powerful car bomb exploding just as buses carrying officers and soldiers drove by the armed forces headquarters, stopping at traffic lights. more than two dozen are dead and some 60 injured. the country's deputy prime minister called it a well-planned act of terrorism, the latest in a string of attacks in places many considered safe. ten german tourists killed in a suicide bombing in istanbul. more than 100 killed in a double bombing at a peace rally in ankara. isis blamed for both attacks. turkey is fighting the terror group in syria and iraq, but it's also at wore with kurdish militias. >> turkey now is in the eye of the storm.
it faces multiple insurgencies. >> reporter: turkey's president said tonight he's determined to fight those who carried out the deadly bombing. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. pope francis is wrapping up his trip to mexico with an historic cross-border mass. the event, a few hundred feet from the u.s. border attracting tens of thousand of followers on both sides. as nbc's anne thompson explains the pope is seizing this moment to make an emotional plea on the issue of immigration. >> reporter: a simple gesture and powerful message. at the u.s. border fence pope francis builds a symbolic bridge from mexico on immigration. francis himself the son of immigrants seeking to put a human face on the people fleeing what he calls grave injustices, poverty, exploitation and violence. among the hundreds of thousands here to see him, 21-year-old jasmine flores who crosses the
>> for him just to cam to juarez, means everything to us. >> reporter: no longer the murder capital of the world juarez is still a dangerous place. father half jer kovalio runs a shelter for immigrants. he says he hopes francis can make americans see the people he helps every day should be treated with dignity. as he does on nearly every foreign trip, francis visited a prison. one of the inmate musicians overwhelmed. this evening's mass broadcast on both sides of the border. >> religion reaches over walls, over mountains. >> reporter: the joy on the pope's face marred only by a brief flafsh anger when an overzealous fan almost pulled him down on to a person in a wheelchair. don't be selfish, he said. the vatican says mass here on the border is not a political statement but a moral one by a pastor trying to unite a divided
>> anne thompson tonight in mexico can, thanks. it's being called a landmark study that could affect millions of men who suffered from low testosterone. low-t as ads call it have been linked to everything from plos of energy, muscle mass and sexual function to increased vulnerability to illness and now as nbc's tom costello tells us new research sponsored by the national institute of health toys testosterone replacement therapy may have benefits. >> i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive. >> reporter: a $5 bill yo a year market. millions of men are on testosterone replacement sharpe hoping to boost their energy, sexual desire and function. among them 62-year-old ed stevens who said at the age of 55 he suddenly began to feel tired and depressed. >> i just felt off and at the gym i started losing ground. >> reporter: diagnosed with low-t he began testosterone
>> my body mass came back to where it was. my energy was better, libido was a little better. >> reporter: now for the first time a national study has found that a testosterone replacement gel provided some benefits to men 65 and older who suffered from low-t. >> it's toast ron treatment improved their sexual function, their mood, and depressive symptoms and perhaps also improved walking. >> reporter: researchers insist it's too early to say whether all men with low-t should be on replacement therapy. previous studies have found boosting testosterone might lead to increased risk of heart attacks and prostate cancer but millions of man say testosterone has improved their quality of life. in texas 68-year-old dr. bill riley says testosterone sharpe has changed his life. >> there were risked of taking testosterone but the benefits far outweighed any risk. >> reporter: he's such a
director for a chain of low-t clinics as the baby boomer generation looks to offset the effects of aging. >> finish strong. >> reporter: tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, know what you're eating. the package may say parmesan cheese, but you may be surprised to find what else could actually be in it. some of it may not even be cheese. also, another piece of the
from wood pulp. so how do you know what you're really buying and eating? nbc's olivia sterns has more. >> reporter: it's no secret that americans love their cheese. costanza. >> i want to bite into a big hunk of cheese, bite into it like it's an apple. investigation raising the question what's in the cheese you're eating? in 2013 the agency targeted castle cheese saying what the company labeled as 100% parmesan cheese was actually a blend of cheaper cheeses and cellulose, an organic filler which can be derived from wood pulp blasting a company in a letter saying, quote, your parmesan cheese products do not contain any parmesan cheese. the company took corrective action but ended up filing for bankruptcy and could not be reached for comment. the fda allows up to 4% filler product like cellulose in cheese, but experts say it's what's in the other 96% that
think. experts say some companies go too far. >> they are trying to do things that we don't notice but to cut corners so that they can make money. >> reporter: food fraud initiative tracks cases of mislabeling citing some involving certain brands of cheese, extra virgin olive oil and seafood. top chefs like nbc contributor tom colicchio say they don't have -- >> being marketed as fresh and local and it isn't at all. >> reporter: a possible contributing factor, former fda commissioner dr. david kesler says the fda folk yisz on ensuring food safety, not investigating truth in advertising. >> we can't forget that there are people, that are companies who cheat the system. >> reporter: that may be grating news to fans of 100% real parmesan cheese. olivia sterns, nbc news, new york.
the white house has announced that president obama will not attend the funeral for supreme court justice antonin scalia on saturday. instead the president will pay his respects on friday when the late justice lies in repose in the court's great hall. vice president joe biden, however, is scheduled to attend scalia's funeral. george gaynes has died. if the name doesn't sound familiar some of his memorable roles surely will. he was punky brewster's irritable foster dad in the popular '80s tv show and the bewildered commandant lessard in seven "police academy" movies. a lot remember him as the soap opera star with a crush on tootsie in the 1982 film. he was 92 years old.
been keeping the secret for finally tonight, a florida couple's life just changed forever. they have cashed in the second of three winning tickets for last month's $1.6 billion powerball jackpot. as our janet shamlian tells us, it was tough for them to keep their excitement under wraps. >> maureen smith and david have known they were powerball winners for weeks, but it's a secret they kept, even from their own family. >> lost a lot of sleep. i lost over ten pounds, too, a lot of pacing at night, let me tell you.
smith says she's played for years. they bought only two tickets. >> it was just one. >> a $3 investment. >> david is an engineer who plans to retire but since the drawing has still been going to work. >> first day i arrived late to work they all suspected i won. >> reporter: david and maureen are splitting the record $1.6 billion jackpot with two other winners, one in california who has yet to come forward and john and lisa robinson from tennessee. >> can we see that ticket. >> reporter: who appeared on drawing. unlike the robinsons dave and maureen took some time to claim their prize. still, they were anxious about this day. >> dreading it. >> reporter: couple told lottery officials when they arrived here today they would be taking the lump sum option. that's $327 million plus change before taxes. in their home town of melbourne beach, florida, the mystery is finally over. >> we had no idea.