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red on wall street. tonight's market closing, the worst first two weeks of the year ever. >> i think today it is the oil decline. people are worried that means something really negative will keep happening. >> reporter: the price of oil is a sign of economic growth around the world and how much demand there is for fuel to power businesses. and the price of oil has been plummeting, down nearly 80% in the past two years. today closing below $30 a barrel. it is the lowest price in more than a decade. >> the oil market is a wash in supply and now we're going to add a round, which -- iran which is putting oil on to the market soon and that will push oil prices even lower. >> reporter: the other reason wall street is nervous, concern that the china economy, the world second largest, is slowing down. for savers it means less money in the bank.
for the average american, the 401(k) shrinking 3% today, more than $6,000 since the start of the year. even so, experts say don't panic. >> it is not a time to sell and it is not a time to stop 401(k). that would be the worst thing to do. stay the course, stay with your plan. >> reporter: lester, the u.s. markets will now be closed on monday for the martin luther king holiday. as many investors say that may have been one reason for selling, taking money off the table ahead of the lester. >> olivia, thank you. here in charleston, a tense battle erupted in last night's debate between front-runner donald trump and his closest cruz. the tentative friendship they are forged earlier in the campaign reached a and as hallie jackson, the fight spilled over today on to the campaign trail. >> reporter: at an
iowa pizza chain -- slice for a candidate who is now a defender of new york values. after this moment at the republican debate. >> everyone understands that the values in new york city are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage. >> reporter: donald invoking 9/11. manhattan and everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loves new york and love new yorkers and i have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that ted made. >> reporter: and on that, he and hillary clinton agree. new york's reaction, drop dead, ted. >> he has no trouble york city. but he's quick to insult our people and our values. >> the viewers in new york city have asked you to apologize, are you going to? >> i apologize to the millions of new yorkers who have been letdown by liberal politicians in that state. campaign betting those in iowa and south
he means. >> i know what he was trying to say. anybody from new york is basically liberal. >> reporter: a culture front-runners, the debate may be a turning point for performance seen by some as a sign of growth for a candidate establishment grief and a campaign that has gone through staged of it, facing first denial. anger. bargaining. and now acceptance. >> people months ago chance that donald trump would be the republican nominee are coming to terms with the fact there is a chance this could be >> toe to toe in south carolina, now neck and neck in iowa where the race still looks fluid. remember the establishment candidates are not conceding anything to donald trump or cruz. but if donald trump does win iowa and new hampshire, political analysts think it is tough for anyone else to pick up enough moment em to stop him
from winning the nomination. lester. >> thanks. and on the stage below me here in charleston, this sunday, it is the democrats' turn as they go head to head for the final time before the votes are cast in iowa. i'll be moderating that debate on nbc along andrea mitchell. and with hillary clinton suddenly in trouble as her poll numbers drop, again bernie sanders, many are expecting a showdown. let's get more from kristen welker. >> it is the showdown in south carolina. hillary clinton and bernie sanders set to take the stage on sunday. in what promises to be the most contentious democratic debate yet. >> reporter: senator sanders has been a reliable vote for the gun lobby. >> sect clinton voted for the war in iraq. >> reporter: it is the last time the candidates face off before the critical iowa caucuses, with the race in an unexpected dead heat. the latest des moines
poll showing 42% to 40%. tonight clinton brushed aside her lead. >> this is not a job. you do have to work hard for it. >> but could it be deja vu when 2008 when she came in third behind upstart barack obama. today she argued she's evolved. >> i'm different. i have served as secretary of state. >> reporter: bernie sanders has energized young and independent voters. >> let us come out to vote. >> reporter: with preparations under way in charleston, the candidates are expected to draw sharp lines over guns, wall street and health care. clinton has been trying to gain traction by slamming sanders proposal for a government-run health care plan. >> what he wants to do is start all over again, start a contentious debate. >> reporter: sanders insists that is not true. >> what we are going
one system which expands medicare to cover all people. >> reporter: a sleeper race now a political thriller. kristen welker, nbc news, charleston. andrea mitchell is down on the debate stage. what should we be looking for on sunday? >> i think you're going to see fireworks on the stage. because when they come on out sunday night, they'll have to be continuing that race. you've seen them going after each other on health care, on wall street. and this is because hillary clinton is in a place she never expected she would be in. potentially losing iowa once again. and this time against an insurgent bernie sanders. what he is tapping into is the same kind of anger we're seeing on the republican side fuelling the donald trump race. this is an anti-establishment race now and it is neck and neck. lester. >> andrea. and a reminder that nbc news democratic debate will air live here in charleston on sunday night at 9:00 eastern. tonight there is
an active search for 12 u.s. marines missing after two military helicopters collided in mid-air off the coast of hawaii. but as jim miklaszewski reports, dangerous conditions are hampering the rescue. >> reporter: two navy destroyers off the coast of hawaii, part of a desperate search for 12 marines missing after their helicopters crashed into the pacific. the two super-star helicopters were on a night time training mission three miles off the north shore of struck. u.s. military officials say it appears that two helicopters collided in mid-air, exploding in a fire ball that could be seen from shore. a collision so catastrophic there were no radio distress calls from either helicopter. james lindley was an eyewitness. >> all i saw was a big ball of fire. i mean, big. >> reporter: the search area is massive. the debris field from the fallen helicopters now stretches 18 miles
across the coast of oahu. but rough seas have hampered the search efforts. >> imagine that sea state, one with the whitecaps that are there, and two, the big waves and the swells, it is very difficult to find things right now. >> reporter: but how could this have happened? marine corp pilots say night time maneuvers in combat or training are the most dangerous flight operations. >> people need to understand that we operate at the edge of the envelope so when we are called to protect this country and our way of life, prepared. >> reporter: search efforts will continue around the clock but with little hope of finding survivors. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, the pentagon. there is more tonight on a growing problem. the spread of a mosquito-born virus led to birth defects and the cdc will avoid pregnant women to avoid travel to a dozen countries in latin america and the caribbean.
from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: in northern brazil, a door-to-door military campaign to dump out stagnant water and warn pregnant women to guard against mosquitos, thought to be carrying the zika virus. they believe it is behind a dramatic spike in the number of newborns with babies born with abnormally small heads and brains who often die. the latest numbers is close to 4,000 cases in just the past year in brazil. a typical year brings fewer than 200. now the cdc is sending two teams to brazil. zika has spread through the caribbean, central and south america and still considering a travel warning for pregnant women. >> the brain develops constantly through pregnancy and there could be insults that affect the brain at any time that could cause problems. >> reporter: pregnant women in the hot zones are urged to cover open skin and talk to doctors about using a mosquito repellant. for most health adults, the virus
symptoms mimic a cold and last a week. once you have it, it is thought you could have immunity for life. but researchers worry it could be brought to the southern gulf states. >> what needs to be done is, one, we need to actively conduct surveillance and look at mosquitos in the region to see if these the zika virus. >> so far no evidence that mosquitos have carried the virus to the u.s. meanwhile, real concern that a cdc travel warning affecting popular vacation destinations could cause serious economic harm. especially in brazil as it prepares to welcome the world for the summer olympics. tom costello, nbc news, washington. now to another health concern. the crisis over lead contaminating the water in flint, michigan. the state attorney general launched an investigation to see if laws were broken and the governor rick snyder has asked the federal government to declare a major disaster in the city which would bring more financial assistance. the water system was tainted by lead in corroding pipes after
the water supply was changed to save money. as we have seen this week, food aid finally began to arrive in several besieged towns in syria where dozens of people have starved to death. the u.n. sect general ban ki-moon called it a war crime, saying people are being held hostage and worst. and worse, he said, hostages get fed. keir simmons has more. and we warn you again, some of the images you see are difficult to watch. >> reporter: starved and trapped by syria's civil war, these hungry children were filmed by opposition activists after medical help finally arrived in the city of madaya. today the desperate stood in line beside an ambulance. parents begged aid workers to rescue their children. >> they ran after us. they said, i don't want to go. take my children out. i don't want them to live here any more. they are going to die before my eyes if you don't take them out. >> reporter: six
people died yesterday a local volunteer told nbc news. others report 32 rvation in a month. reached the town report severely malnourished children. while they were there one 16-year-old died before their eyes. 60s escaped past snipers six weeks ago. cats were killed for food, she said. her last meal in madaya was boiled grass. >> and how long were you eating grass for? >> 20 days she said. she begged government soldiers to let her leave, to eat. if you take another step, we'll shoot, they told her. local people tell us the food sent to the town this week will last no more than ten days. keir simmons, nbc news, in the backar valley, lebanon. still ahead tonight, sawn pen breaks his silence
regrets about what followed publication of the article. we have more from jacob rascon in mexico city. >> they meet seek rektly in a mexican jungle. the first interview in decades. the idea, actor sean penn tells cbs's charlie rose in an interview with 60 minutes, was simple. >> i thought this is somebody who -- upon whose interview could i begin a conversation about the policy of the war on drugs. >> reporter: the cartel is blamed for billions of dollars worth of drugs smuggled into the united states. but targeting drug lord as loan is senseless. writing, there is little dispute that the war on drugs has failed. as many as 27,000 drug-related homicides in mexico alone and opiate addiction on the rise in the u.s. it is the conversation penn wanted that nobody seems to be having. >> i regret that the
entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose. >> reporter: back in mexico, prison commissioner eduardo has spent four months upgrading the federal prison system. today we have four times more cameras, sensors on the floor, 24-hour guards, new drug and metal detectors and all high-security prisoners are moved between cells repeatedly. i'm convinced, the commissioner tells me, el chapo will not escape again. as for penn, he tells cbs news -- >> let me be clear, my article has failed. >> reporter: it seems nobody got what they wanted. the actor or the drug lord. jacob rascon, nbc news, juarez, mexico. we're back in a moment with why you might have to find a new place to shop after a major announcement from the world's largest your body was made for better things than rheumatoid arthritis. before you and your rheumatologist
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finally tonight, they describe themselves as common folk from a small town. even bringing the family dog to the event. but tonight the robinson family of munford, tennessee, has a most uncommon distinction. they had one of three winning tickets in this week's record powerball drawing. as we hear from nbc's miguel almaguer, they are now millionaires hundreds of times over. >> i won't make it in today. i'll call you and i'll probably be in monday. >> reporter: the luckiest family in the country didn't tell anyone until they told everyone on "today." >> now i'll be nervous because everybody knows. >> reporter: john and daughter and wife along for the ride. >> could we see that ticket? are you keeping that close to your heart. >> it is not going very far. >> reporter: they watched lotto fever soar to $1.6 billion. >> she had called me and said are you going to stop and get a
couple of lottery tickets. i said, i really didn't feel like stopping that night, but i said i'll stop and get them. >> reporter: from home in tiny mumford, tennessee, lisa watched the numbers drop down and her heart rate shoot up. >> i got to looking and i saw it and i was like, look again. it was the same. looked again and for the third time i went running down the hallway, john, john, you have to check the numbers. >> reporter: the big payout, $528 million. the robinson, the talk of the one-stoplight town. >> this is the biggest thing that ever happened in mumford. beyond my scope of numbers, i think. >> reporter: tonight in nashville, at lottery headquarters, this is how million-dollar dreams began. >> hi, i'm john robinson. >> hi, i'm lisa robinson. >> and we won the powerball. >> reporter: one family down, two other winners yet to step forward. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. good for them. that is going to do it