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tv   NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt  NBC  February 18, 2016 3:37am-4:07am EST

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privacy advocates say they will help build the order. >> if we build a back door or master key into the lock you can't control that only good guys are going to use it and bad guys can't use it. >> reporter: after months of saying it cannot get into a locked phone apple now says it should not be forced to do so. in a letter to customers ceo tim cook says if apple creates the software and it fell into the wrong hands it would unlock any iphone, a blow to customers who rely on companies like apple to protect their data. >> they do business all over the world, and if they give this
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government, they may have to give it to the russians. they may have to give it to the chinese, and apple simply doesn't want to do that. >> reporter: this proifsy versus security showdown comes against the backdrop of an act of terrorism. the husband of one of those killed in the san bernardino shootings says apple is wrong. >> i'm very upset at apple not assisting the federal government. people's lives matter. >> reporter: new york city's commissioner agrees. >> the right to privacy is not a total right in the sense that if it's being used for criminal purposes. >> reporter: before the san bernardino shootings the majority in an nbc news poll said they were worried the government would go too far in terrorist investigations and violate the privacy of citizens. after the attack the majority worried the government would not go far enough. apple says it will fight this new order in court. lester? >> all right, pete, thank you. overseas dozens are dead and injured after a bomb exploded
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horrific attack in the heart of a strategic u.s. ally. the question tonight who did it? nbc's kelly cobiella reports. >> reporter: a fireball in the heart turkey's capital at height of rush hour. flames shot several feet into the air as people scrambled to safety. police and the military sealed off the area while emergency workers rushed in to help the injured. the target was the turkish military. the powerful car bomb exploding just as buses carrying officers and soldiers drove by the armed forces headquarters, stopping at traffic lights. more than two dozen are dead and some 60 injured. the country's deputy prime minister called it a well-planned act of terrorism, the latest in a string of attacks in places many considered safe. ten german tourists killed in a suicide bombing in istanbul. more than 100 killed in a double
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isis blamed for both attacks. turkey is fighting the terror group in syria and iraq, but it's also at wore with kurdish militias. >> turkey now is in the eye of the storm. it faces a strategic predicament. it faces multiple insurgencies. >> reporter: turkey's president said tonight he's determined to fight those who carried out the deadly bombing. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. pope francis is wrapping up his trip to mexico with an historic cross-border mass. the event, a few hundred feet from the u.s. border attracting tens of thousand of followers on both sides. as nbc's anne thompson explains the pope is seizing this moment to make an emotional plea on the issue of immigration. >> reporter: a simple gesture and powerful message. at the u.s. border fence pope francis builds a symbolic bridge from mexico on immigration. francis himself the son of immigrants seeking to put a
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what he calls grave injustices, poverty, exploitation and violence. among the hundreds of thousands here to see him, 21-year-old jasmine flores who crosses the border every day to go to school. >> for him just to cam to juarez, means everything to us. >> reporter: no longer the murder capital of the world juarez is still a dangerous place. father half jer kovalio runs a shelter for immigrants. he says he hopes francis can make americans see the people he helps every day should be treated with dignity. as he does on nearly every foreign trip, francis visited a prison. one of the inmate musicians overwhelmed. this evening's mass broadcast on both sides of the border. >> religion reaches over walls, over mountains. >> reporter: the joy on the pope's face marred only by a
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overzealous fan almost pulled him down on to a person in a wheelchair. don't be selfish, he said. the vatican says mass here on the border is not a political statement but a moral one by a pastor trying to unite a divided world. lester. >> anne thompson tonight in mexico can, thanks. it's being called a landmark study that could affect millions of men who suffered from low testosterone. low-t as ads call it have been linked to everything from plos of energy, muscle mass and sexual function to increased vulnerability to illness and now as nbc's tom costello tells us new research sponsored by the national institute of health toys testosterone replacement therapy may have benefits. >> i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive. >> reporter: a $5 bill yo a year market. millions of men are on testosterone replacement sharpe hoping to boost their energy,
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among them 62-year-old ed stevens who said at the age of 55 he suddenly began to feel tired and depressed. >> i just felt off and at the gym i started losing ground. >> reporter: diagnosed with low-t he began testosterone replacement therapy. >> my body mass came back to where it was. my energy was better, libido was a little better. >> reporter: now for the first time a national study has found that a testosterone replacement gel provided some benefits to men 65 and older who suffered from low-t. >> it's toast ron treatment improved their sexual function, their mood, and depressive symptoms and perhaps also improved walking. >> reporter: researchers insist it's too early to say whether all men with low-t should be on replacement therapy. previous studies have found boosting testosterone might lead to increased risk of heart attacks and prostate cancer but
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has improved their quality of life. in texas 68-year-old dr. bill riley says testosterone sharpe has changed his life. >> there were risked of taking testosterone but the benefits far outweighed any risk. >> reporter: he's such a believer he's now the medical director for a chain of low-t clinics as the baby boomer generation looks to offset the effects of aging. >> finish strong. >> reporter: tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, know what you're eating. the package may say parmesan cheese, but you may be surprised to find what else could actually be in it. some of it may not even be cheese. also, another piece of the mystery solved over who will
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for many of us a plate of pasta wouldn't be the same without a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, but when the fda investigated, it found one company's supposedly 100% parmesan cheese actually contains substitutes, including a filler that can be derived from wood pulp. so how do you know what you're really buying and eating? nbc's olivia sterns has more. >> reporter: it's no secret that
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just ask "seinfeld"'s george costanza. >> i want to bite into a big hunk of cheese, bite into it like it's an apple. >> reporter: an fda investigation raising the question what's in the cheese you're eating? in 2013 the agency targeted castle cheese saying what the company labeled as 100% parmesan cheese was actually a blend of cheaper cheeses and cellulose, an organic filler which can be derived from wood pulp blasting a company in a letter saying, quote, your parmesan cheese products do not contain any parmesan cheese. the company took corrective action but ended up filing for bankruptcy and could not be reached for comment. the fda allows up to 4% filler product like cellulose in cheese, but experts say it's what's in the other 96% that might not be exactly what you think. experts say some companies go too far. >> they are trying to do things that we don't notice but to cut corners so that they can make money. >> reporter: food fraud initiative tracks cases of
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involving certain brands of cheese, extra virgin olive oil and seafood. top chefs like nbc contributor tom colicchio say they don't have -- >> being marketed as fresh and local and it isn't at all. >> reporter: a possible contributing factor, former fda commissioner dr. david kesler says the fda folk yisz on ensuring food safety, not investigating truth in advertising. >> we can't forget that there are people, that are companies who cheat the system. >> reporter: that may be grating news to fans of 100% real parmesan cheese. olivia sterns, nbc news, new york.
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the white house has announced that president obama will not attend the funeral for supreme court justice antonin scalia on saturday. instead the president will pay his respects on friday when the late justice lies in repose in the court's great hall. vice president joe biden,
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scalia's funeral. george gaynes has died. if the name doesn't sound familiar some of his memorable roles surely will. he was punky brewster's irritable foster dad in the popular '80s tv show and the bewildered commandant lessard in seven "police academy" movies. a lot remember him as the soap opera star with a crush on tootsie in the 1982 film. he was 92 years old. the winner at westminster's dog show was celebrated at the top of the empire state building. when we come back, they have
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finally tonight, a florida couple's life just changed forever. they have cashed in the second of three winning tickets for last month's $1.6 billion powerball jackpot. as our janet shamlian tells us, it was tough for them to keep their excitement under wraps. >> maureen smith and david have known they were powerball winners for weeks, but it's a secret they kept, even from their own family. >> lost a lot of sleep. i lost over ten pounds, too, a lot of pacing at night, let me tell you. >> the winning numbers were one smith says she's played for years. they bought only two tickets.
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>> a $3 investment. >> david is an engineer who plans to retire but since the drawing has still been going to work. >> first day i arrived late to work they all suspected i won. >> reporter: david and maureen are splitting the record $1.6 billion jackpot with two other winners, one in california who has yet to come forward and john and lisa robinson from tennessee. >> can we see that ticket. >> reporter: who appeared on "today" just two days after the drawing. unlike the robinsons dave and maureen took some time to claim their prize. still, they were anxious about this day. >> dreading it. >> reporter: couple told lottery officials when they arrived here today they would be taking the lump sum option. that's $327 million plus change before taxes. in their home town of melbourne beach, florida, the mystery is finally over. >> we had no idea. they acted normal >> reporter: couple say they
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to charity and david may buy a car. otherwise no big splurges planned. >> i want to get a massage. >> reporter: janet shamlian, nbc news, tallahassee, florida. >> that will do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank
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it's thursday, february 18th and coming up on "early today," developing overnight, president obama is about to do something no sitting president has done since 1928. he is going to cuba but not everyone is happy about it. ted cruz leads rublicans and a revealing moment for donald trump. >> he's bringing in a lot of new vote thoorz rs to the political process
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>> or special interests or donors. >> i was describing bernie sapd sanders. >> that's good. >> raising security fears. plus, nike drops boxing superstar many pacquiao over anti-gay comments. and look who is back on late night. >> what is going on with the republicans? i watch these debates, trump attacks cruz, cruz gets attacks bush. remember when the republicans were all united against the poor and the minority said, ies, what happened? a water shed moment for cold war rivals. the sitting american president will visit cuba. president obama will visit cuba in march as part of a
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not since calvin coolage in january of 1928 as a sitting u.s. president been to havana. president obama and president castro met this summer p . he said he was interested in visiting cuba before his presidency ends but only if there was significant improvements in civil liberties. well, national embassies have reopened in washington d.c. and havana. this week u.s. and cuban officials signed an agreement restoring scheduled airline service between the nations. and ted cruz and marco rubio, both of cuban descent, vocalized their opposition to the president's trip, vowing
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this morning a big shake up. donald trump has slipd to second place nationally behind ted cruz according to a new poll just out. this coming just two days ahead of the south carolina primary. a giddy cruz talked to nbc's hally jackson. about the new found lead. >> it's tremendously encouraging -- that's how you win. you got to get to first place to win but i think this is a result of a couple of things. one -- >> and earlier in the day, cruz took on trump directly over a campaign ad attacking trump as pro-choice. at an msnbc town hall, the not-backing down trump seemed less forceful about pursuing the case. >> we certainly want to keep
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he's not pro-life, you can't say that. >> and marco rubio picked up a key indorsement. haley. >> we say that every day is a great day in south carolina. ladies and gentlemen, if we elect marco rubio, every day will be a great day in america. and that indorsement was a big blow to jeb bush who earlier in the day told nbc news that getting her indorsement would mean he would quote have to work a lot harder. >> seize he's a very good governor i win there's a roll for her. she's a great person. i'm disappointed she didn't indorse me.her and brother, both popular in the state, had reached out to hailey on jeb's and bush trailing rubio. and now to the democrats and the
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excitement by the moment and the polling showing a deadboth scrambling to pull in votes. and hillary clinton is continuing her message as the president obama's legacy, contrasting with vermont senator's statements. >> my opponent has critical of the president. he's called him weak. i'm unappall unapologetic. i will take itnd she was introduced by geneva, mother of sandra bland, who died in police custody after a traffic horrifying loss of those you love to something so senseless. we owe it to them to practices, to make sure that no other young woman like
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of a car for no good thrown into a jail where she is found dead. >> sanders, anwhile held events at morehouse callage and saying there's a crack in clinton's fire wall. and he's responding tomike. >> he said michael, are you qualified to be psz of the united states. you have to be -- you have policy that's reflective of social justice. >> a campaign official says senator sanders doesn't gender should be the reason to vote for or against anyone. that's the point mike was and just 48 hours away from the
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and rachel maddow will have an exclusive interview withpresident joe biden tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern time. many pacquiao received a big blow by nike. announced they're cutting ties with pacquiao after he called people in home sexuals worse than animals. saying man is worse than animals because animals know how to m female. he's currently running for the country's senate. nike issued a statement that said in part. the former boxing champion tweeted an apology saying he was sorry for hurting people. apple ise

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