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saturday because in many ways this race is going to get shooken up depending on the results tomorrow. marco rubio has a ton on the line in south carolina. he's got every endorsement you want in south carolina. he has spent more money than anybody else. he appears tonight man with some momentum. third place is not a victory this time. he has got to get in first or second. donald trump, he obviously can't -- any time he's losing, it's not a good day for a guy who doesn't believe in lose so he's got a lot on the line and ted cruz can't afford third. a bernie sanders victory in nevada is a bigger deal to him than a clinton victory would be there so shake-up saturday, bottom line. >> we will eel be here chuck, thanks very much. author harper lee, a literary icon who wrote one of the most defining novels in american culture has died at 89. her 1960 book "to kill a mockingbird" about racial injustice in the deep south is treasured by generations of readers and is still taught in classrooms around the country. today for the beloved author.
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looks back at her enormous impact. >> reporter: in larper lea's hometown of monroe monroeville, alabama, today, folks put up black ribbons in remembrance of the great author, tourists by the thousands still coming to the old courthouse to see the place so perfectly detailed in the film, the place where the hero at cuss finch defends an innocent black man. >> and in our courts all men are created equal. >> everybody wants to be atticus. everybody wants to be the defender of the weaker, and i think that's one of the reasons why it -- it will live on forever. >> reporter: perhaps the most important story in american literature, "to kill a mockingbird" captured the injustice and humiliation of racism. profound and difficult truths made palatable by the narrator, young scott >> you never really understand a person until you consider
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of view. >> harper lee, "to kill a mockingbird. request ". >> reporter: truths made evident in english classes across america for more than 60 years. >> there's an important message to be learned from harper lee's book, being true to one's self and making the right choices. >> reporter: while america loved her book, harper lee was no fan of celebrity, not even oprah could persuade her to do an interview. miss lee did not publish another book until last year, "go set a watchman" was an early edition of her best-seller and the broadway version of "to kill a mock bid" is in the works, in america where race matters and has always mattered, her words have never rung more true. harry smith, nbc news, new york. the battle pitting apple versus the feds has ratcheted up to another level tonight with the justice department slamming the tech giant for refusing to help unlock the san bernardino killers'
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worried about its reputation. tonight apple is firing back, and on top of all of that donald trump is now calling for a boycott. nbc's joe fryar has the latest from california. >> reporter: with apple publicly vowing to fight a court order to create software that would unlook syed farook's iphone today federal prosecutors filed a motion arguing a judge should force the tech giant to comply. the government says apple's refusal appears to be based on its concern for its business model and public marketing strategy, something the company denies. earlier this week apple ceo tim cook posted an open letter saying the u.s. government has asked us for something we do not have and something we consider too dangerous to create. they have asked us to build a back door to the iphone. prosecutors responded to that today, arguing the court order does not require apple to provide a back door to every iphone or hack its own users. prosecutors contend apple could maintain custody of whatever
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weighing in. >> we don't want to al love terrorists to establish a safe haven in cyber space. >> reporter: senior apple executives feel today's filing is frivolous as the company hasn't even responded to the court order yet. many tech companies are now defending apple. >> i think the government's interest in surveilling people, while it's an important interest, shunned trump all of our interests in being secure. >> reporter: donald trump who sends many tweets from an iphone is calling for an apple boycott until the company unlock the shooter's phone. >> apple ought to give the security for the phone. >> reporter: tech giant now has a week to respond to the judge's order. joe fryar, nbc news, los angeles. powerful wind gusts near 70 miles an hour swept through chicago today. winds so strong some on the street like this woman needed help to keep from being blown over. it knocked down street lamps and threatened to blow bikes off their racks and factored into a construction collapse
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flying debris from a high rise forced evacuationed, and the willis tower sky deck was forced to close. well over 100 flights were cancelled or delayed and more than 100,000 were left without power in northern illinois. thousands paid their last respects today to justice antonin scalia as he lay in repose in the supreme court's great hall. among the mourners president obama and the first lady. as for who might replace scalia on the court, nbc's pete williams reports a new hint tonight about who the president may be considering for the seat. >> reporter: antonini scalia returned to the court for the last time, his casket carried past 100 of his former law clerks. inside the eight remaining just tises gathered with the scalia family for a prayer from his son paul, a catholic priest. >> blessed are those who have died in the lord. >> reporter: another son christopher writes in the "washington post" about once getting out of mowing the lawn to attend a track meet. quote, so he did it himself after reminding me that a supreme court justice
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things to do. president and mrs. obama came to pay their respects as did more than 4,000 people who waited in long lines. also here, washington, d.c. appeals court judges, including two sri srinivasan and patricia millett mentioned as possible successor. vice president biden said the nominee could be a previously confirmed judge. >> there are plenty of judges who have, are on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the republicans. >> reporter: one obvious possibility, judge jane kelly of iowa unanimously confirmed in 2013 with the support of the judiciary committee chairman, republican charles grassley who just happens to be from iowa. >> i'm pleased to support her confirmation. >> reporter: tomorrow justice scale gentleman's funeral at bat sill can a. natural shrine of the immaculate conception with his son paul celebrating mass. pete williams, nbc news at the supreme court. there's a lot more ahead for us tonight. the crackdown on hoverboards. the hottest fad of the
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than one. now the fed says none on the market is safe. what to do if you have one in your home. also, the man who is now tasting freedom
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big news tonight involving those were some of the biggest sellers over the holidays. they have also been involved in dozens of fires across the country, some having
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today the consumer products safety commission is taking dramatic action, announcing none of the, hoverboards currently on the market is safe, and it could soon conphysical case or recall every one of them. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: it was a very close call for a family of six in nashville. the fox family's home destroyed by fire. two of their children trapped inside managed to escape by jumping windows. >> when the door opened, the smoke and the flames, it was so just so black i couldn't get into the house. >> reporter: cause of the fire, a hoverboard. >> we almost lost two of our children, two of our children almost died because of the christmas gift. >> reporter: one of at least 52 hoverboard-related fires in 24 states. >> it's on fire! >> reporter: destroying at least two homes and a car. in december the nation's airlines banned them. for months the consumer product safety commission has been testing all makes and models, diagnosing why the lithium ion
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overheat and catch fire. today the agency notified hoverboard manufacturers, importers and retailers that all hoverboards must comply with new ul safety standards and threatened to confiscate or recall any of them that don't. elliott kay runs the agency. is there any hoverboard on the market that you think is safe right now? >> i'm not aware of any that meet current standard. >> reporter: zero? >> zero. >> reporter: in december alone customs and bothered patrol seized more than 1,300 hoverboards at jfk airport. now any hoverboard that arrives at a u.s. port can be phone kiss kated if it doesn't meet the standard and for reports of those falling and breaking bones, safety regulators remain hoverboards are inherently unstable. if you own one, tonight the consumer product safety commission recommends putting it away and demanding proof from the retail their it meets the new safety standards. tom costello, nbc news, washington.
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moment with something the cdc warns
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news tonight that will not come as a shock to the millions
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constantly find themselves tired and dragging. the cdc says a third of americans aren't getting enough sleep and that raises their risk of obesity and heart disease. among other issues 6 a 5% are sleeping seven hours or more. researchers suggest more us need to get to bed at a regular time and turn off tv and electronic devices. as you're probably saying to yourself right now that's probably easier said than done. the last of the prisoners known as angola three is free tonight. albert woodfox has been released as part of a plea deal. as nbc's jacob rascon tells us, it's been a hard fought battle to gain his freedom. >> reporter: few may ever understand freedom like albert woodfox released tonight on his 69th birthday after his attorneys say he spent more time in solitary confinement than any other prisoner in american history.
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prison riot in louisiana state penitentiary in 1972. prison guard brent miller was stabbed 32 times. woodfox and herman wallace were convicted of the murder and sent to solitary confinement. prisoner robert king also was convicted for the same crime. king was released in 2001 after 29 years alone in a cell. >> i'm free from angola but i don't feel free as long as albert and wallace are in priss on. >> wall as was set free 2013 and died of cancer two days later and today albert woodfox plead no contest to the killing and was sentenced to 32 years and already had served 45 years so was released.
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i hope the events of today will bring closure to many. after more than four decades free. jacob rascon, nbc news. when we come back. what voters here in south carolina kelme
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the newer poll numbers we talked about at top. newscast that show a tightening of the gop presidential race in south carolina underscore how fluid things appear tonight. i dropped in at a local barbecue place during the lunch hour to take my own scientific measure of what's driving people's decisions. want an ice tea. >> sure. >> sweet or unsweet. >> sweet in south carolina. >> it's not hard to found south carolina republicans who haven't made up your minds. >> you're not unusual. >> i don't think i'm the only one. i think a lot of people are starting to give another look to candidates. >> here at doc's barbecue many folks said their vote may not go to the candidate that they want but rather the person they think they >> do any of you believe in the polls? >> yeah, i do. >> what do the polls tell you right now? >> well, they are
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probably going to be between trump and cruz. i was really liking ben carson, but poll-wise i don't think he's going to do so well anylonger. >> you're influenced by the polls, may not vote for him. i think it may be a wasted vote so i may go elsewhere. >> how about you, robert? >> i can't help it. i'm looking at who has the best chance of winning. >> you watching the polls carefully in. >> i would like to vote for the candidate who has the best chance to defeat hillary and at some point have you to vote for the right person, who is standing up for america. >> were you captivated by trump at any point in the proses? >> i really like listening to him but at the end of the day, you know, just his demeanor just doesn't speak leader of the free world to me. >> is there anybody among the candidates you think that could unite country? >> i wish i could say yes, but all i can do is hope. >> do you see a healer out thereto among this republican lineup? >> i wish i could say so but honestly, no, i
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far right that i don't think he'll be able to bring the democrats and republicans together, and so, no, i don't really see someone who is going to be that middle of the road candidate. >> just some of the things on the minds of south carolina republican voters on this night before the primary. that will do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt reporting tonight from columbia, south carolina. for all of us at nbc
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