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tonight, dangerous freeze. below zero in 16 states. 65 million people plunge into the teeth of a polar vortex. urgent warnings of a potentially deadly winter blast. donald trump threatens to sue ted cruz as bernie sanders accuses hillary clinton of landing a low blow. it's getting nasty. machete horror, a viterbo restaurant attack. a man suddenly starts slashing and stabbing people inside. the fbi investigating and asking was it terrorism? trapped by war. our team inside syria as word of a deal to stop the bloodshed is met with skepticism, and assad vows to country. and your medical
being stolen and sold for fraud. one out of three americans hit. how to protect your most sensitive personal information. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there are warnings tonight of a dangerous freed about to plunge a huge part of the country in its grip as the dreaded polar vortex moves south. parts of 16 states will see temperatures below zero and windchills that make it feel a lot colder. yes, it's winter. it's february, it's supposed to be cold, but as we've come to know cold snaps of this extreme can be deadly, and in this case tens of millions of people are bracing for the biggest chill so far this season. in a moment, al roker, but we begin with nbc's ron mott in boston. >> reporter: 65 million americans bundled up against the brutal cold as the ever present polar
winter's harshest bite yet. >> the winds are like knife-cutting into your friend. >> reporter: today the snow brought a burst of snow as far south as tennessee and the carolinas causing trouble for commuters. commuters also stranded in new york where cold weather likely contributed to train delays during rush hour. in pennsylvania, a broken water pipe left this home frosted over, and in chicago florists are taking extra care with their valentine's day deliveries. >> it's terrible for flowers. if they are frozen, they are gone. >> reporter: here at fenway park the red sox are heading south to florida for spring training, giving up their home to skiers and snowboarders who are literally jumping for joy. and further north in maine the biathlon world cup left competitors with frozen faces. record low temperatures are possible from minnesota to the mid-atlantic. buffalo's forecast for saturday, 2 degrees. boston's looking at 4 below sunday morning and new york city is bracing for zero, toppling a 100--year-old record, so cold in fact that
central park ice festival cancelled. >> you should take this weather very, very seriously. we don't see these atures very often, and they can be life-threatening. >> reporter: here in the boston area, the windchills are forecast to dip down to 20 to 30 below zero over the weekend, even colder in some places, as low as 40 below zero and obviously at those temperatures frostbite becomes a real concern. doesn't take very long, as little as ten minutes. lester. >> ron mott, thanks very much. al roker is here. al, walk us through this. >> so lester, the beginning of this cold air is way up in greenland. we're talking temperatures of 60 below across the greenland ice sheath. you've got low pressure over quebec and this strong low pressure system with the clockwise, counterclockwise flow around it it brings that cold air, brutally cold air into the continental united states, so low temperatures tomorrow morning, burlington minus 12, 5 in cleveland and 10 chicago and 17 in charlotte and 21 in
highs tomorrow, 19 in new york, 13 cleveland and 14 chicago but as ron mentioned those windchills are brutal. minus 6 in new york and minus 4 in cincinnati and minus 13 in chicago, and then we bottom out on sunday morning, but the good news, lester, by tuesday temperatures rebound into the 50s and 30s. everybody either at or above normal. >> all right. al roker, thanks very much. true to predictions it's getting nasty on the campaign trail in south carolina as donald trump lobbed another so-called birther attack today threatening to sue ted cruz for, quote, not being a natural born citizen. if cruz doesn't as trump clean up his act and that battle is just one of several fronts opening up as the gop candidates sharpen their attacks on each other. nbc's gabe gutierrez is on the trail in greenville, south carolina. >> reporter: fresh off autographing a baby in louisiana, republican front-runner donald trump is now leaving a new signature on this race, threatening to
ted cruz for not being a natural born citizen. on twitter the billionaire calling the texas senator a liar for running negative ads against him. >> there's more than a little irony in donald accusing anyone of being nasty given the amazing torrent of insults and obscenities and vulgarities that come out of his mouth. >> reporter: these voters have serious concerns about trump repeated a vulgarity at a rally this week and described him this way. >> leader. >> flashy. >> alpha dog. >> rich. >> dogmatic. >> narcissistic. >> inspirational. >> reporter: cruz himself is mocking his opponent in a series of new ads, this one against marco rubio backfired. >> makes me feel dumb for trusting them. >> maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time. >> reporter: cruz campaign yanking it after the revelation that actress had appeared in adult films. >> we would not have cast her had we known of that history. >> reporter: rubio today firing back in
>> the bottom line is they were actor, and i think that's part of a bigger problem that ted has, and that is he tries to act like the only consistent conservative in this race. it's just not true. he's a recalculated political operative. >> reporter: all this as several gop hopefuls try to court crucial evangelical voters. >> faith is the most important influence in my night. >> one night reading the bible i just got a serenity. >> reporter: tonight amid a flouriflurry of attacks serenity in this race is hard to find. the republican candidates are set to face off in another debate tomorrow. the stakes may be highest for marco rubio. he's expected to take some of the heaviest fire, especially from his mentor and fellow floridian jeb bush. lester. >> all right, gabe, thank you. attacks are flying don'tic side of the race with bernie sanders accusing hillary clinton of hitting him with a, quote, low blow on the debate stage last night, and a heated battle over the different directions they take on health care in this country.
nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: trying to reboot her campaign, hillary clinton accused bernie sanders of being disloyal to president obama who is hugely popular with minorities in the primaries and caucuses to come. >> the kind of criticism that we've heard from senator sanders about our president i expect from republicans. >> madam secretary, that is a lo below. >> reporter: and she pounced on his proposed medicare for all, birth-to-death government health care sglan with health care, this is not about math, this is about people's lives. the numbers don't add up, and i think once i'm in the white house we will have enough political capital to be able to do that. >> secretary clinton, you're not in the white house yet and let us be clear that every proposal that i have introduced has been paid for. >> reporter: sanders would combine all government health plans into one, medicare, medicaid, veterans benefits, children's health
employer-based health care and private insurance. how to pay for it? sanders would tax the rich. he says the middle class would pay $500 a year more in taxes, but average family would save $5,000 a year by eliminating insurance premiums. >> who is correct here? >> there are a lot of tax increases but it's certainly not clear that they would be enough to pay for all the additional expenses. >> reporter: non-budget partisan experts say sanders hasn't given enough details and in canada and great britain which have health care people wait months for procedures, a form of rationing. >> there will be trade-offs, and if we want to save money you'll have to access to health care may be limited. >> reporter: and then the political costs, getting congress to pass his health care plan with the most obama presidency but bernie sanders is calling for a political revolution, a grass roots army he believes would compel congress to accept his vision. lester? >> all right, andrea, the fbi is
vicious attack that took place inside a restaurant in ohio. it happened when a man pulled out a machete and went on a ramp average, slashing and stabbing people as customers made panicked calls for help. the questions investigators are trying to answer why did he do it and could it have been an act terrorism? we get the late forest our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: police say a man walked into this columbus restaurant around dinnertime, asked some questions and came back a short time late we are a machete. >> some guy pulled out a machete and started stabbing people i ran out with my kids. >> there are several people injured here. >> reporter: some of those inside threw chairs to fight back. he ran out, drove away and was stopped after a five-mile chase. police say he was shot and killed when he lunged holding a knife at one of them. the fbi immediately began searching the home of the man identified as the attacker, 30-year-old mohammed barrie. radical comments four
brief look from the fbi and then moved on. restaurant employees say when he first came in he asked where the owner is from. the owner is from israel, a christian arab. investigators are looking at whether barrie may have mistakenly thought he was jewish. >> i'm a 50-year-old man and been crying like a baby for the last 12 hours. >> reporter: four people were hurt, the most seriously big foley who sings at the restaurant now in critical but stable condition. >> we're very grateful that our victims that sustained wounds last night are all expected to recover. >> reporter: investigators say they don't know why barrie attacked now and shows that target, no known connections with isis. it may be one law enforcement official says a blend of factors, a long simmering interest in radicalism and all the attention given to terror attacks worldwide. pete williams, nbc news, washington. the city of glendale, arizona is in shock and mourning after the shooting deaths of two 15-year-old girls on a high school campus.
sophomores, died of single gunshot wounds at independence high school. a gun found beside their bodies. police say they are not pursuing any suspects, but they could not yet confirm if it was murder or suicide. within a week a temporary crease fire in syria brokered with the help of the u.s. is schedule to take effect, but key parties have been left out of the agreement announced last night. our keir simmons now with a rare look inside syria where there's much skepticism over whether the deal will end the bloodshed. >> reporter: a little boy is pulled from rubble after an air strike. the video said to be in aleppo province was posted on facebook last week. tonight there is little signs those air strikes will end, even with world leaders including america and russia agreeing to a cessation of hostilities within one week and humidian aid to communities end siege suffering starvation.
here are words on paper. what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground, in the field >> reporter: major players in the fight, including syrian president bashar al assad and the rebels fighting him are not part of the deal. neither is isis. and today assad is vowing to retake the whole country. president assad is very visibly in control of the capital damascus while outside the city his forces are clearly on the offensive. the syrian army advancing, backed by russian air strikes. >> they have gained momentum, the upper hand. why would they stop now? >> while in damascus few people the fighting will stop. >> do you believe there will be peace now. >> i don't think so. i think nobody -- nobody knows when the peace is gone. >> 6-year-old aya's
she was out buying cookies. she's one of tens of thousands who have fled. those still here losing hope. keir simmons, nbc news, damascus. a major announcement from three federal agencies about a possible danger that nbc news first reported on nearly a year and a half. the government will investigate the potential health risks from a type of turf that children play on all across the nation. nbc's stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: these soccer players, all goalies, all diagnosed with cancer, sparked a battle over the use of foam rubber, ground up car and truck tires in tens of thousands of turf field around the country. today three federal agencies, including the epa, announced a new research plan to analyze the safety of crumb rubber. the existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns. nbc news first reported on crumb rubber in october 2014. >> this is the stuff everybody is talking about. >> reporter: woman soccer coach amy
questions after two of her goalies developed cancer, a conversation with austin everett who would later die of non-hodgkins lymphoma haunted her. >> she said i just have a feeling it has something to do with those block dots. >> reporter: coach started a list of goalies with cancer which grew from just a handful to now 75 following nbc's reports. there is no research linking crumb rubber exposure to cancer, and the industry points to dozens of studies as proof that their fields are safe, but the federal government today says more reacher is needed. the three agencies will analyze chemical compounds in the crumb rubber, measure exposure to those chemicals and reach out to concerned parents, scientists and industry leaders. parents like this who now the the use of crumb rubber hope that communities will hold off in installing new needs. >> why not pause, use alternatives until this thing gets figured out because our children are certainly worth it. >> reporter: today
they welcome the new research. in their words they hope the federal government can settle this matter once and for all. lester? >> all right. stephanie, thank you. still ahead tonight, thieves after your medical records. why you could be at risk without even knowing it, and one experts say you should never share with your doctor's office in order to protect your identity. and the cost of college could be out of reach for those in this kindergarten class by the time they are old enough, b with the pain and swelling of my moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis... ordinary objects often seemed... intimidating. doing something simple... meant enduring a lot of pain. if ra is changing your view of everyday things orencia may help. orencia works differently by targeting a source of ra early in the inflammation process. for many, orencia provides long-term relief of ra symptoms. it's helped new ra patients and those not helped enough by other treatments. do not take orencia with another biologic medicine for ra
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