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tv   NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt  NBC  February 6, 2016 3:37am-4:07am EST

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>> reporter: but that wasn't enough to sway these young voters clinton's way. >> there's something very politics about the way that she talks, and bernie has the refreshing way of speaking. >> reporter: tonight clinton repeated her charge that bernie sanders is smearing her and that his answers on the debate stage shows that he's not ready to be commander in chief. asked about that, he replied that was the hidden attack of the day and says she has failed the most important foreign policy test, by voting for the war in iraq. lester, it's getting hotter and hotter in this campaign. >> you bet. the republican field hotter and hotter, too, gearing up for its final debate before the new hampshire primary, and marco rubio could be a bigger target on the stage tomorrow night, that's at parent price of success. our new poll shows him rising to second place in that state behind donald trump. nbc's gabe gutierrez caught one rubio today. >> reporter: tonight,
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rise, but under attack. how can you convince the republican primary voters that you are the guy? >> because number one, i give us the best chance to unify this party. >> reporter: today rubio sat down with us as he prepares for a crucial debate tomorrow. >> his record of accomplishment is slim. >> reporter: some of his rivals already pouncing on his experience. >> this selection about the future, not just the resume competition. being president of the united states is not like being a real estate developer. eight not like being a grn. it is about being commander in chief. >> reporter: rubio argues he passed a bill to reform the va and another to slap more sanctions on the terrorist group hezbollah. was that enough of an accomplishment, though, to put on your top five? >> it absolutely is. >> reporter: was it that hard, though? >> that's not how you judge meaningful things. >> reporter: with just days before the primary, front-runner donald trump stuck in new york this morning because he couldn't get the snow in new hampshire, jeb bush taunting him in a
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mother made it out to campaign." ted cruz also under fire as brightbart news published these voice mails. " the phone calls allegedly made the night of the iowa caucuses by his staffers, implying ben carson was dropping out. nbc news has not independently verified these specific calls but has confirmed similar ones were made. cruz insists his staff simply shared an accurate story that carson was headed home to florida after the caucuses. >> that was a very unethical thing to do. >> reporter: the crowds here at rubio's rallies continue to grow but his aides continue to run a scripted campaign, always seeking to manage expectations. they will only say that the campaign hopes to finish in the top tier here in new hampshire. lester? >> gabe, thank you. federal health officials today issued new guidelines about the zika virus and safe six practices,
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the spread in this country. 51 zika cases have now been found in a dozen states and washington, d.c., all but one brought into this country by travelers. and there is growing concern about the large outbreak in brazil, as we close in on the summer olympics in rio, now just six months away. rehema ellis has more. >> reporter: today the cdc is rushing to produce more zika testing kits. >> there aren't enough zika tests to go around. we've been turning them out as rapidly as we can. >> reporter: also today a new warning urging all men who have been to the zika zone to abstain from sex or use condoms if they have a pregnant partner, and even if their partner isn't expecting, to consider taking the same precaution for the time being. the new discovery of zika in urine and saliva raises even more questions about how the virus can be transmitted. all the uncertainty adds to growing concerns about this summer's olympics, the opening ceremony happens here in rio,
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and already more than 1 million tourists from around the world are flocking to brazilor carnivale starting this weekend, with crews working to wipe out the mosquitos carrying zika, rio's mayor insists his city is prepared. this is not whether or not you're going to have a venue. >> i'm not trying to minimize the problem but again this is our everyday problem. we're living here. i have my family here. >> reporter: 26-year-old diver and olympic hopeful abbie johnston is competing in rio later this month. >> even it's a mild flu-like illness for someone who is not pregnant that type of illness can affect athletic performance. >> reporter: there are athletes who have pregnant, during london's 2012 games including two gold. perhaps reassuring to athletes and tourists, rio is more than 1,000 miles south of the outbreak's epicenter
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temperatures in august should deter the mosquitos. rehema ellis, nbc news, rio. three days after an explosion tore a big hole in a somali jetliner, there are new developments to authorities say there have been multiple arrests and while some officials say a wheelchair is suspected, and that explosives were hidden in a laptop, those contradicted by others with knowledge of the investigation. five american investigators have arrived in somalia to answers. there is late word that the ex-girlfriend of nfl quarterback johnny manziel has taken out a protective order against him. she told police he beat her but she did not press charges. not so long ago manziel was a top nfl prospect, but now as reports his family fears he is spiraling out of control. >> reporter: they call him johnny football, the first freshman ever to win the
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if 23-year-old cleveland browns quarterback johnny manziel doesn't get immediate help, his family says, he won't live to see his 24th birthday. in a police report, manziel's ex-girlfriend is quoted saying "last weekend the nfl star struck her several times, including in the left ear, and ran off. >> i heard screaming so i came out to my balcony and she said her boyfriend had beat her up. >> reporter: tonight a judge signed a restraining order keeping the quarterback away from his ex-girlfriend for two years, and ordering him to pay $12,000 in legal fees. the ex-girlfriend declined to press charges and police closed the case, but tonight, the fallout is just beginning. the browns are expected to release him, his agent dropping him today. also today in san francisco, nfl commissioner roger goodell. >> we have young people that may have issues that need to be addressed. we want to program and we'll always look to
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to try to help them make those adjustments. >> reporter: mandel largely avoided the spotlight telling tmz the assault didn't happen and that he's completely stable, refusing to check himself in to rehab, his family says, hoping it's not game over for johnny football. jacob rascon, nbc news, dallas. still ahead here tonight, a doctor sentenced for killing patients while making money, by overprescribing drugs. how this landmark case could mean major changes for all physicians. also, high profits. you might be surprised to find out how much
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for the first time in this country a doctor has been sentenced for killing. by overprescribing pain medication. the los angeles-based physician received 30 years to life for the murders of three people in her care. as nbc's morgan radford explains, it could send shock waves to doctorses offices around the nation. >> reporter: lisa zhang, once a thriving physician behind bars, sentenced to 30 years of life. >> a person did not care about the lives of her patients. >> reporter: in court today a public apology. >> i would like to apologize to all my
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family members and i'm really terribly sorry for all of your loss. >> reporter: this is the first time a u.s. doctor has ever been convicted of murder for prescribing powerful addictive drugs like percoset and vicodin to get rich quick. >> she wrote the she provided the vehicle for the perpetuated and for occurred. >> reporter: nine patients died in her 2010. when tax returns show her raking in $5 million. prosecutors say sometimes she kept no records of medical visits or prescriptions. other times she faked the records all together. her conviction raising tough questions about prescription and pain. >> there is a tremendous problem with chronic main in america. doctors have to balance when it's appropriate and when to stop. >> reporter: the amount of prescription pain killers dispensed in the u.s. quadrupled since 1999, so has the number of prescription
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killing 44 people in the u.s. every single day. >> the message this case sends is that you can't hide behind a white lab coat and commit crimes. >> reporter: crimes prosecutors hope won't become an epidemic. morgan radford, nbc news, los angeles. we're back in a
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as more and more states permit the use of marijuana, sales of the drug are ex-moding. new figures out this week show that legal pot sales grew by almost $1 billion over the last year to $5.4 billion. 23 states plus washington, d.c., now permit medical or recreational use. harry smith has more for us tonight. >> reporter: if you've been around someone smoking marijuana, you know it has a distinct aroma, but more and more, that scent is the smell of money. >> that will do it. >> reporter: four years from now, sales are expected to exceed $20 billion. >> we're looking at a 30% compound annual growth rate. >> reporter: attitudes about marijuana use in america have changed drastically over the last 20 years. support for
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in 2005. it's 58% now. the appetite for marijuana is hearty. eric justice runs a marijuana dispensary in los angeles called buds and roses. >> we raised sales last year over 3 million in sales. >> reporter: out of this little place here? >> out of this little place, yes. >> reporter: and legalization has brought a windfall in tax revenue. colorado's 20e 15 total? more than $100 million. legalization will appear on the ballot in a half dozen states. medical marijuana in several more. go if these ballot initiatives do well in 2016 it could spell the end of marijuana prohibition in short order. >> reporter: the same ballot box may prove problematic for ending prohibition. what presidential candidate, after all, wants to be seen as high on marijuana? harry smith, nbc news, new york. when we come back
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finally, we're less that be 48 hours from the super bowl, and while many of us
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big game just once in our lives, nbc's savannah guthrie talks to five friends who have been to every single one. >> where you been? >> reporter: 50 years ago these five friends from back east, sheldon shepler, lou rappaport, larry mcdonald and harvey rothenberg decided to attend a football event no one heard of, called the world championship game. now it's called the super bowl. they had such a great time, they went the next year, and the next, until five years became ten, and ten became 20. it would go on to be a lifelong tradition, going back to the super bowl every single year. eventually calling their posse the super bowl five. why do you think this group clicked? >> everyone here is a family man, and that was, i felt we'll have a family and we'll get together. >> reporter: they have personalized jackets
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bathrobes and even a racehorse named, what else, superbowlfive. just imagine, they have seen every play in super bowl history, but perhaps the most moving for these men, all veterans, all deeply patriotic, was super bowl xxv during the height of the gulf war, when whitney houston sang the national anthem and f-15s threw over in missing man formation. >> we were sitting in front of some professional football player, we turned streaming. there was not a dry eye in the stadium. >> not a dry eye in the house. >> yes. >> reporter: 50 years is quite a milestone, and have you been thinking about that anniversary and what it means? >> i'm sure it does hit me sometimes and i thank the lord we're together. savannah. we all understand >> we're devoted to each other and we're devoted to the super bowl. >> enjoy the game, fellas and many, many more. that's going to do it for us on a friday
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all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching
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