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criminally for the sexual assault of andrea content having him sit by for a civil deposition, however the judge heard two days of testimony from 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 case will go forward. you can expect cosby's team to appeal that decision decision. >> stephanie gosk, thank you. now to the mid-air mystery over what blew a giant hole in a passenger plane over somalia. 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 airliner, oxygen masks flapping as it
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feet, people on board claim a burning man was sucked out while most passengers stunningly calm walked safely away. >> i heard a big bang 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 wade ricks and his
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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. >> reporter: the 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. 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, following days of
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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. 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 arriving for carnival
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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 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 species bites during the day instead of
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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 conditions. that means taking buckets, flower pots, trash, recyclables and getting rid of them. standing water is their eggs. >> reporter: hotter it gets in brazil and elsewhere, the greater the risks these mosquitos can spread disease. rehema ellis, nbc news, recife, brazil. >> real estate heir
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one step closer to a murder try. durst pleaded guilty in new orleans today to illegally possessing a firearm. the gun was found when durst was arrested last march out of concern he would flee the country. under a plea deal, durst will be sentenced to more than seven years in prison. it the could also clear the way to return him to los angeles to face trial for the 2000 murder of friend susan berman. still ahead tonight, the deadly epidemic tearing families apart in new hampshire and the crucial role it's playing on the campaign trail. also, there is a $63 million lottery ticket out there
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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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that. >> so you live every night in fear. 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 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. i can see that's hard.
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that, you know, it's -- it's completely preventible. >> reporter: finding treatment in new hampshire can take six weeks or more. it's why sue soon and joe drove to hillary next night. what do you want to hear from each and every one of them? >> i want to hear that they are going to do something that's going to provide treatment, and i know that we have so many other things going on in this world, but what's going on in our too. we're losing our kids. >> reporter: a war in hampshire and beyond that they want the candidates to see. londonderry, new
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yet another storied player in the nfl was suffering from cte. he was ken stabler, the former quarterback who played 15 seasons in oakland, houston and new orleans. when he died of colon cancer last year at age 69, his brain was examined by researchers who found that he had a degenerative brain disease cte which is believed to be caused by repeated blows to
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in california good news, bad news story. the good news is someone holds a winning lottery ticket worth $63 million purchased last august at this 7-eleven in los angeles. here's the bad news. if the winner does not show up by 5:00 tomorrow he or she will forfeit the check jackpot. an extremely rare sight out of arizona. for the first time the public is getting video of the only known wild jaguar in the country. the big cat lives in the mountains south of tuesdayon. he was caught on camera by conservationists who say jaguars have all but disappeared from the u.s. due to decades of habitat loss and population control. when we come back here tonight, we take wild things are
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in a city that's used to star power, washington has a real sensation on its hands. it's name is baie baie, and he's the newest member of the panda family at national zoo. since making his public debut, he's
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memorable moments, and we get our own look tonight with peter alexander. >> reporter: america's favorite toddler, now ready for his close-up. at washington's national zoo we're inside baie baie's exhibit today working on his dismount, chasing our cameraman and politely taking a pass on sweet potato. >> that's an inquisitive bear. see if we can give him a new toy to occupy him. >> reporter: with a name that means fresh treasure this bear is a gift for the millions who have clicked to see him and researchers monitoring his everywhere. what's he like? >> he has a really open personality. he's very inquisitive. he's very curious. >> reporter: just five panda portraits to fill an album. that stick of butter now 25 pounds but still melting hearts, and as importantly helping scientists save a species. >> are they active? are they sleeping? so they are looking at individual behaviors
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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 scientists take pandas one step further from extinction. peter alexander as washington's national zoo. baie baie. that's going to do it
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wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for
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it's thursday, february 4th, coming up on "early today," hillary clinton and bernie sanders trade jabs. ahead of their first one on one debate tonight. meanwhile. >> it is no surprise that donald is throwing yet another temper tantrum or a trumper tantrum. >> cruz hits back after trump accuses him of voter fraud in iowa. and the judge decides the sexual assault case against bill cosby will move forward. and what caused a mashive hole in an airliner in somalia. and a giant panda makes his
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you don't want to miss it. "early today" starlths ts right now. tonight democratic candidate said hillary clinton and bernie sanders will face off in their first ever one on one debate with things getting heated as the race kindles closer. sanders is doubling down on calling clinton a moderate and not a progressive. an attack she says she's disappointed in. >> it was kind of a low blow when senator sanders said in response to a question, well, you know maybe she's a progressive on some days. >> you can be a moderate and a progressive. across the aisle it's becoming more brutal. trump says he will probably file a formal complanlt and int and may even
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this over a mailer that said carson was dropping out. and cruz has responded. >> it is no surprise that donald is throwing yet another temper tantrum or if you like, yet another trumper tantrum and i understand he finds it very hard to lose. that he finds it very difficult for him but at the end of the day, the iowa people spoke. >> i don't think that new word is going to take off. i'm joined by tracie potts live in washington. >> reporter: we're on the way to new hampshire and one thing we're learning new hampshire is not iowa. the numbers totally different there. donald trump with a double digit lead and on the other side, bernie sanders saying he's the underdog but that's not what the numbers show. tonight's msnbc debate is hillary clinlt ton's last chance to
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>> if this is about our record, hey, i'm going to win by a land slide tuesday. >> reporter: he's hammering clinton on her six figure speeches. >> i do not know any progressive who has a super pack and takes $15 million from wall street. >> reporter: her response. >> i don't know. that's what they offered. >> reporter: the leading republican, donald trump, is claiming he could have won iowa if cruz hadn't sent out false information that said carson was dropping out. >> you know these pall tishz oliticians are brutal. they are a bunch of dishonest cookies. >> i wake up and laugh at the latest thing donald has tweeted because he's losing it. >> reporter: rubio is a close number three here. >> ultimately i think it goes
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that's the willingness to say or do anything. >> reporter: santorum dropped out and indorsed rubio. but rand paul dropped out and indorsed no one. mike huckabee also out now, so the field is definitely getting smaller. >> now as tracie mentioned,nton and bernie sanders debate live in durham. tonight at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. and in pennsylvania, a judge ruled wednesday prosecutors can move forward with their assault case against bill cosby. this after his defense team argued the 78-year-old charged over an agreement with the local attorney. >> reporter: the sexual assault
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a pennsylvania judge ruled there was no agreement between cosby and pros ecutor prosecutors. this cosby's attorneys contend he had been promised a decadehat charges would never be filed. this comes a second straight day after arguments and ted he said he believes the 2005 decision not to prosecute cosby was d pointed to caster's news release announcing the decision as proof charges would never be filed. tuesday caster himself when he decided cosby wouldn't be charged, he meant none of his successors wouldm either.
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of criminal charges loomed, would have testified in a civil suit against him. this is him admitting to giving her pills and them enough evidence to file charges against cosby late last year. he couldn't find any case law that matches the scenario in the cosby case and out on his own and the prosecution of the comedy icon can news norris town, pennsylvania. cosby has said sex was consensual and denied all of sexual misconduct. florida governor rick scott. cases of zika have been in florida. in an effort to contain the e red cross is
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