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tonight, fighting words. donald trump says ted cruz stole iowa, accusing him of voter fraud. cruz now hitting back, while hillary clinton and bernie sanders unleash their harshest attacks yet oneach other six days until new hampshire. mid-air explosion. did a bomb cause the blast that ripped a gaping hole in the side of a passenger plane? new details in that mystery tonight. without warning. tornadoes tear across the south. dozens of homes destroyed and a church torn apart as people inside prayed for their lives. wiping out zika. the race to combat the virus at its source. days before millions of tourists attend one of the world's biggest celebrations. and the hidden war
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communities amid an epidemic that's risen to the number one concern for voters in the nation owes first primary. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. facing a primary showdown in new hampshire just six days from now, donald trump is talking about a do-over in iowa where he came in second place behind ted cruz. in a twitter tirade, he's accusing cruz of playing dirty tricks to pull off monday's win, but trump's not the only candidate sounding off about cruz who is busy barnstorming through new hampshire with a wind at his back and apparently a target on his back. nbc's hallie jackson tells us more. >> reporter: while republicans push ahead in new hampshire, donald trump's looking back to iowa, sparking a new feud with the man who beat him there. ted cruz didn't win
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he stole it. adding either a new election should take place or cruz results nullified. it's one of trump's harshest attacks, less than 48 hours after gracious moments. congratulate ted. >> reporter: trump echoing complaints from ben carson's campaign accusing cruz staffers of dirty tricks for insinuating or on caucus night carson might drop out, trump calling it voter fraud on boston radio. disgusting things, said he was quitting the race and to vote for him. >> reporter: he's calling you a cheater, a fraud. does this cross the line for you? >> listen, donald's insults get more and more hysterical the more and more upset he get. >> reporter: do you think they are fun? very funny. i wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing donald has tweeted because he's losing it. >> reporter: cruz isn't under any investigation, but late today carson said he's not laughing. >> it's clear that tried to take advantage of a situation, who tried
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information. >> reporter: cruz's rivals piling on bullet. >> being a pro i think it goes back to what i said before and that is the willingness to say or do anything, in this case spread a false rumor about ben carson. >> reporter: marco rubio, trump and the rest of the field now focused on organization, trump beefing up his with seven phone banks, volunteers from four states here, the front-runner so dominant in recent polls some establishment candidates may need a hand, and jeb bush is asking for it. >> get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world. please, clap. >> reporter: tonight bush and the rest of his republican rivals have a little less competition. rick santorum's expected to drop out tonight and rand paul suspended his campaign today. many of his libertarian-leaning backers in new hampshire here expected to shift their support to ted cruz. lester? >> hallie jackson, thank you. the democrats, meantime, are trading some of their sharpest attacks yet in new hampshire, even though hillary clinton was declared the winner in
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margin, the sanders camp says he got a huge fund-raising boo. after the caucuses, $3 million in just 24 hours. we get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: the democratic battle in new hampshire is heating up with the candidates today going after each other as never before. >> so i hope we keep it on the issues because if it's about our records, hey, i'm going to win by a landslide. i am for a positive, progressive, economic agenda >> reporter: taking aim at this sanders comment to nbc's kasie hunt after clinton progressive. >> reporter: do you think hill shill a >> some days, yes. except when she announces that she is a proud moderate, and then i guess she's not a progressive. >> i think it was a good day for progressives when i helped to get 8 million kids health care. >> reporter: barely avoiding an embarrassing defeat in iowa, clinton comes to
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can she repeat her 2008 comeback win over barack obama? >> i listened to you, and in the process i've found my own voice. >> reporter: this time her campaign is trying to lower expectations against the vermont senator. >> this is a steep climb in new hampshire. this is bernie sanders' backyard. >> reporter: that prompted sanders to say clinton was insulting new hampshire voters. >> i think that that argument, that the only reason that we're doing well hopefully here in new hampshire is because we're from a neighboring state is not totally true. >> reporter: also attacking her for make big money in the past from paid speeches, wall street banks and colleges. >> earning $200,000 plus, i've got a real problem with that. >> reporter: pressure is on sanders. if he doesn't do well here, the road gets tougher for him in nevada, south carolina, and beyond to super tuesday with more minorities, many backing clinton. and tonight bill clinton is campaigning
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his wife as sanders has just become a tougher challenger, he got secret service protection for the first time today and dozens of clinton aides have driven here from brooklyn now to be here for this campaign and she is now delaying a planned fund-raising trip to boston. she will stay here in new hampshire now through the primary. lester? >> andrea mitchell with the debate stage behind her and a reminder, chuck todd and rachel maddow will moderate the democratic debate on msnbc tomorrow night live from the university of new hampshire in durham at 9:00 eastern time. there's late word that the criminal sexual assault case against comedian bill cosby will move forward. a judge has thrown out a defense motion to dismiss the case which dates back to 2004. nbc's stephanie gosk is outside the courthouse in norristown, pennsylvania. stephanie? >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the defense team for cosby was trying to get this case thrown out, claiming that the district attorney in 2005 promised their client
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never be charged criminally for the sexual assault of andrea content having him sit by for a civil deposition, however the judge heard two that district attorney saying he didn't find enough evidence to prosecute the case and also said he wanted to create an environment to give andrea condon some form of justice but a the judge said that there was not a binding process not to the prosecute and this case will go forward. you can expect cosby's team to appeal that decision decision. thank you. now to the mid-air mystery over what blew a giant hole in a passenger plane over could be a horrific accident but there are growing fears it could also be caused by a bomb on board. we get the latest on the investigation from nbc's keir simmons >> reporter: moments after an explosion ripped a hole in the cabin of a commercial
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flapping as it descends from 12,000 feet, people on board claim a burning man was sucked out while most passengers stunningly calm walked safely away. >> i heard a big bang and smoke erupted, you know. we couldn't see anything for a few seconds. >> reporter: tonight experts are studying the images for clues. >> it's evident from the pictures that the explosion or the failure of that fuselage happened from inside out. it looks like it originated inside the cabin and blew the structure outward. >> reporter: could it have been a bomb or a failure of the plane? a united 747 from honolulu lost part of its fuselage in 1989. passengers torn from the seats, while in 2011 a southwest flight from phoenix to sacramento lost part of its roof. metal fatigue was blamed. then there's attempted terrorism, richard reid tried to detonate explosives in his shoes on a 2001 miami
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omar abdulmutallab hid explosives in his underwear. the device failed. and in somalia from this week's flight took off told nbc news no shrapnel has been found and the cause is unclear but the country is home to al qaeda dark linked extremists and they claim they blew apart a plane last year. had the occasion occurred closer to the fuel tanks this plane might have suffered the same catastrophic fate. key simmons, nbc news, london. back in this country across the south, millions of people are facing severe weather once again after a series of tornadoes caused widespread damage last night, and as nbc's jacob rascon reports one of the hardest hit areas was the small town of collinsville, mississippi. >> coming right at us. >> reporter: there was no time to be afraid, many say. only time to run. >> this door here is just blown out. >> reporter: pastor
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wife julie jumped under a desk and prayed. what is the prayer? >> lord, save us. save us. >> that's what she prayed, over, just, lord, save us, and -- and he did. church where they were hiding, however, was not saved. all three buildings torn to shreds, but for the faithful at first baptist there is a lesson in the rubble. >> it's what this storm is about. we're going to learn to walk with god, and you're going to see whether we really believe what we say we believe. >> reporter: nearby a neighborhood in shambles. for some there is little worth saving. vicky hartley and her husband had just moved in. >> this is it. this is the workshop where i was, yes. >> reporter: the only room untouched. >> was just a roar and a lot of shaking. >> reporter: and severe weather is on the move. flash flood watches or warnings for more than 20 million americans along the east coast with whiteout conditions and icy roads in south dakota,
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heavy snow. in the south dozens of damage destroyed homes and left roads impassable. 92-year-old luna farrell had to be rescued from her home by boat. will you rebuild it? >> oh, yeah, we'll rebuild. >> reporter: in collinsville they survived a tornado that destroyed their church, losing almost everything, but not their faith. local authorities say it is amazing that in all of the tornado damage in the south nobody was reported injured or killed, and tonight in this region already so battered by severe weather there are new reports of tornadoes and the threat continues overnight. lester? >> jacob rascon tonight, thanks. with zika cases on the rise in florida, today governor rick scott declared a public health emergency in four counties, and while there's concern about the virus' impact on the summer olympics in rio, brazilian officials have a more immediate challenge, protect being the millions of tourists
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this week. rehema ellis reports on that effort from the city that's the epicenter of this outbreak. >> reporter: it's just after dawn in recife, and the battle is raging against the mosquito. health department tanks full of pesticide rushing to spray streets, alleys and parks. >> it works very quickly and soon all the mosquitos are flying around will be dead. >> reporter: attacking the mosquito problem here is a big priority because this weekend these streets will be filled with more than a million people for carnival. without protection, all of them are vulnerable. these tourists knew the risks but came anyway. >> bug spray, try and prevent getting bit. >> reporter: and he's going to need it. like many mosquitos they breed in water and flourish in unsanitary conditions. unlike other mosquitos, this
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spiking at dawn and dusk. it also lives inside homes and can survive under beds, on walls and in closets. >> people provide it with everything it needs. in fact, you often will not find this mosquito unless there's a large enough human population to sustain it. >> reporter: these mosquitos were widespread in the americas during the 1930s. aggressive control efforts, including the insecticide ddt, drastically cut their population by the '70s, but now they are surging again. today the battle plan from health officials in los angeles. >> eliminate mosquito-breeding conditions. that means taking buckets, flower pots, trash, recyclables and getting rid of them. standing water is where mosquitos lay their eggs. >> reporter: scientists say the hotter it gets in brazil and elsewhere, the greater the risks these mosquitos can spread disease. rehema ellis, nbc news, recife, brazil.
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welcome back. with all eyes on new hampshire, we're turning the spotlight on a major problem hitting home in that state. new hampshire has one of the highest drug addiction rates per capita in the nation, and polling in recent months has shown drug abuse is the top concern among voters there. nbc news national correspondent kate snow talks with a family looking for answers from the candidates. >> reporter: on a cold thursday night in new hampshire, susan ellen samuel and her son joe find their seats at a jeb bush campaign event, driven here by one dominating issue. >> who would think that their child would stick a needle in their arm. >> reporter: joe was addicted to heroin for six years, overdosing at least three times. >> that's three times i ended up in the
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overdosed more than that. >> so you live every night in fear. i was afraid to leave my home. >> reporter: their home is london dry, an idyllic new england small town, but if you start asking around at janie's cafe, you'll find out quickly almost everyone here knows someone struggling with addiction. owner janie turk had to fire a cook recently. hair season everywhere. >> i remind these kids, that you know, when you have an addiction, you fight that for the rest of your life. >> reporter: at the london dry fire department last year they responded to 82 overdoses, almost three times more than the year before. >> if i saw one or two a year, that was a lot, and now with upwards of one almost every shift there is definitely a problem. >> reporter: now clean for two years and a new dad, joe hears of another death from heroin almost every week, all of his closest friends from high school are dead.
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still melting hearts, and as importantly helping scientists save a species. >> are they active? are they sleeping? so they are looking at individual behaviors for each animal, but they are also look at how they interact. >> reporter: that interaction between baie baie and mom emjong very instructive. there's still much to learn for how the beloved bears take care of their cubs. it takes a village to raise a panda including 60 volunteers on shifts glued to the panda cams. meticulously making notes every minute, even though the puff ball sleeps 20 hours a day. for leslie wilks, ten years here, more than 1,500 hours. >> there's a lot of sleeping, but then you see bears being bears. >> reporter: while dad recently broke the internet in his snow day getting 55 million views as he helps take
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one step further from extinction. peter alexander as washington's national zoo. >> that's one cute baie baie. that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and good night. @ @ not quite ready for the rnc. @the major shortage that could @make it difficult to keep @thousands of locals and visitors @safe during the convention @>> plus, latest sign of a @growing city. @a luxury hotel that's more than @meets the eye.


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