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on this saturday night, breaking news. antonin scalia, the longest serving justice on the u.s. supreme court is dead. he was the court's most influential conservative. tonight, we look back at his life and his legacy. deadly weather. dozens of vehicles crash in a massive pileup in pennsylvania. a large part of the country endures extreme life-threatening cold. the showdown. tonight, republicans debate. a make or break moment for some of the six remaining candidates. will rub io rebound. the pop pue pushing on the pressur to step up the fight against corruption and violence. gasoline delivered
nig "nightly news" begins now. from nbc world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly news. reporting tonight, erica hill. good evening. justice antonin scalia, the supreme court's most influential conservative has died. the 79-year-old appointed by president ronald reagan almost three decades ago was found dead in texas. known for his strong language, he was widely respected by his colleagues and by the many who disagreed with his legal findings. john roberts praised justice scalia as an extraordinary individual, calls his passing a great loss to the court and the country he loyally served. pete, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. justice scalia died sometime last night while in texas at a guest ranch. this is a big
robust health. so his death is quite a surprise to the judicial world. it silences the court's most outspoken conservative voice. >> i anton knin scalia -- >> reporter: he was put on the supreme court in 1986 by ronald reagan. he later became a lightning rod for chr criticism, he was confirmed unanimously after telling senators he had no plans to reshape the law. >> i am not going on to the court with a list of things that i want do. my only agenda is to be a good judge. >> reporter: once there, he became one of the most outspoken conservatives, an author of fiery dissents and an opponent of affirmative action in hiring and school admission and abortion rights. he said ro e
was wrong. said judges should be bound by the words they inpresent. >> we are not governed by the intent. we're governed by laws. what the law is is not what the drafter intended by what the drafter enacted. >> reporter: though unsympathetic to criminal suspects, he led the court in expanding rights of defendants to confront the accuser in court and limiting a judge's power to use evidence in sentencing unless it was proved during a trial. he wrote the ruling that said the second amendment garn teauarantees a right to own a gun. he was an advocate for conservative causes helping to establish the federalist society which encouraged the appointment of more right-leaning judges. he met his future wife maureen on a blind date when both were in college. they had nine children, five boys and four girls, two later became lawyers,
in a profession he clearly relished. >> i like thinking about the law. i like figuring out the right answer to legal problems. it's sort of the top of the heap for a lawyer who has those interests. >> reporter: in the process, he became one of the most inflew enshan shall justices in the history. tonight while the condolences for his wife and family pour in, we can't escape this fact. this leaves the court now with eight justices as it turns to such hot button issues as abortion, immigration, obamacare, the future of public sector unions, cases that were likely to be decided by five to four votes, now this races the possibility of four four ties which would mean the decisions wouldn't count. in addition to the human dimension, justice scalia's death cast a shadow over the supreme court term. >> it's being discussed. pete williams tonight. president
sen sent his condolences. for more on the implications, we turn to kelly o'donnell who joins us from the white house. >> reporter: good evening. first president obama and the first lady offered their deepest condolences to the scalia family. the president is in california and was playing golf when he was informed of the death. the president is there to host a summit of ten asian leaders and is not scheduled to return until tuesday. now president obama is faced with the unexpected and kwen shall task of making his third nomination to the highest court. a political battle will begin almost immediately. republicans are in charge of the senate confirmation process and no doubt concerned about how the court could shift away from a conservative majority with only months left in the president's term, tonight the top republican mitch mcconnell says this court vacancy should not be filled until a new president is elected. aeric erica? >> w
we are likely to see the implications of justice scalia's death play out tonight on the stage in south carolina. the six remaining republican candidates debate for the last time, leading up to south carolina's primary. we get more from h hallie jackson. >> reporter: we will have more space tonight but no less sparring as the six remaining republicans face off. marco rubio with the most to prove after what rivals mocked as a robotic performance last debate. >> i wish he would have done better. i like that he came back out afterwards and said that was my fault. >> reporter: now rebooting with a tougher tone against his rivals. jeb bush ready to defend himself and possibly ding donald trump as he looks for a south carolina comeback. >> he said, we should bomb the blank, blank, blank out of eye sis. that's not a strategy. that's an unserious
kasich is going to stay positive. >> there's not a lot of room for negative campaigning. >> trump is on the attack, taking on ted cruz for what he calls lies and threatening to suit canadian-born candidate. cruz dismissing it as another trumpertantrum. >> we said we love your policy. please jump in. >> reporter: republican rivals not just targeting each other but hillary clinton as well with her private e-mails released today. she and bernie sanders rallies supporters out west. >> we will surprise them in nevada. >> reporter: sanders without this ad. >> he was there with dr. king on washington. >> it's a rebuke that john lewis who said of sanders' civil rights efforts. >> i never saw him. i never met him. >> reporter: lewis walking that back saying he never doubted that sanders participated in the
nor was he attempting to disparage his activism. for sanders, a key clarification as he looks to connect with african-american sfloerin south carolina a clinton strong hold for democrats and republicans, a showdown state. most of the republican field has issued statements of somebody for scalia's family and praise for his focus on the constitution. some, including marco rubia and ted cruz are making clear they would prefer to wait until after the election for a supreme court replacement to be selected. something we are sure to hear more about tonight as scalia's death reshapes not just this debate but this presidential race. >> hallie jackson, tonight. thank you. tens of millions across the country are being told to stay indoors tonight as brutally cold temperatures grip much of the country. the mercury dipping far below zero in several cities. the weather is being blamed tonight for a deadly pileup involving dozens of vehicles in sy
more on the extreme cold and those dangerous conditions. >> reporter: in the bitter cold and snow here harrisburg, pennsylvania, a massive and deadly pileup. as many as 50 cars and big rigs. >> there's a pile of them. one was folded in half. >> reporter: at least three people dead. >> we have 20 people entrapped. some serious. >> reporter: others pinned in the twisted metal. >> i also have a lady that's in a vehicle that's six months pregnant with a broken leg. >> reporter: all trying to stay warm with windchills below zero. >> make sure they got the buses coming. they are getting cold quick. >> another tractor-trailer driver didn't have anything in his trailer. he said to get in the back and keep warm. >> reporter: ashley was driving along route 78 with her two young daughters. >> it's all of a sudden just whited out. it kind of came out of nowhere. we were on dry waivement. everything was fine and the car in front of me disappeared. >> reporter: forecasters believe a snow squall moved through blowingw
visibility. >> there was from my count what i could see six tractor-trailers just like piled on top of each other in the median. it was one of those things like had we been two minutes earlier, where would we have been. >> >> reporter: mortgage 40 were transported to hospitals. temperatures plunging lower than many places have seen in more than a decade. >> everything that i could ware i'm wearing. >> reporter: in minnesota, temperatures fell to 22 below zero, without the windchill. in places like buffalo, snowy and icy roads made driving treacherous. in new york where wind gusts were expected to top 45 miles per hour, the city ordered construction cranes into secure positions after last week's deadly accident. >> i want everyone to know it's so important to take this seriously to stay indoors to the maximum extent possible. >> reporter: let me tell you, that's
advise. in new york it's so cold you can see many of the fountains are frozen in place. it's only expected to get worse with windchills expected to drop down to near minus 25 tonight. >> for more now on this dangerous cold, thanks, and when it will end we turn to dylan drier. >> good evening. it's cold and getting colder. we have the polar vortex to blame as this cold air sags down from canada. temperatures close to records by the time we get into sunday morning. we are looking for a morning low of eight degrees below zero in boston. the old record is three below said in 1934. pittsburgh will start off at one. cincinnati, six degrees. washington, d.c., about eight degrees. that's 18 degrees below average. as we go into sunday afternoon, we are going to see high temperatures only in the single digits in milwaukee, richmond should make it up to 25 degrees. that's 24 degrees be
next stop system. it's very cold. we are going to see warmer air work into the system and change any snow to rain. on sunday, we are looking for the snow to move into the carolinas, into virginia, even up through the mid-atlantic and northeast. then as we go into monday night, warm air replaces the cold air. we will see any of this wintry mix and snow change to rain, except for interior locations and in the higher elevations where temperatures will be a little warmer. let's look at tuesday's highs. we're going to get above average. new york city should get up to 51 on tuesday. that's nine degrees above average. we are going to see temperatures start to warm up despite how cold this weekend. where he going to spend most of the next week with temperatures above average. >> thank you. on his first full day in mexico, pope francis challenged government and church leaders to do more to protect the mexican people. from the drug violence and corruption that are pervasive in that country. ann thompson is traveling with the pope and has the report. >> reporter: today, mexico city opened
the sight of the son of latin america beaming in the city square moved some to tears. >> i'm going to cry. that's for sure. >> reporter: others to hope. >> life changing pope. he is reforming the church. think he's wonderful. >> reporter: drawing the faithful from all over the americas. ♪ describing himself as missionary of mercy he challenged them to focus on the common good and eliminate economic inequality that is fertile ground for corruption and drugs. mexico is the second largest catholic country in the world. 83% of the people here claim the faith. the shrine, a must on francis' itinerary today. mexico is also a country bloodied by the violence of drug cart cartels. speaking to the local bishop, he said the drug trade devours like a spreading cancer, threatening society.
more than 164,000 people murdered since 2007. including at least 36 priests killed in the last ten years. thousands more missing. 13 every day. this man's only son is one of 43 students kidnapped and believed dead. he says he wants to meet the pope because he believes francis can give the parents strength. such high expectations stretch from mexico city to chicago's immaculate conception parish where 95% are mexican origin. i hear, is the pope a ghost? he is not god. he is not going to change things immediately. over time. >> reporter: the nation of many problems and a deep faith. next week, the pope turns his attention to the issue of immigration traveling to the south where many central american immits
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a 30-foot deep sink hole what did it make you feel? >> sick. sick. >> reporter: the video went viral, getting more than 8 million hits. for geo scientists an opportunity for deeper understanding. >> what happened here is a cave that we did not existed and the roof of the cave had actually migrated upwards. >> reporter: museum managers have seen a spike in visitors. >> reporter: >> we decided to embrace this as a new attraction at a corvette museum. >> reporter: two years later, that exhibit is now open. featuring a glass manhole peering into the sinkhole abyss and a virtual experience of what it would have been like to have been standing on the cave floor at the time of the collapse. >> when people are in the cave, we want them to have a sense of the feeling of power that's involved in the
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>> she's going to it as long as s she tells me every year, see you next year, get my contact ready. >> reporter: it's more than a title, she's in charge of the play board, water and towels. >> good luck. >> reporter: every referee knows her, every player loves her. >> if you need someone to pump you up, she's like, you got this. you will win. >> reporter: her family is grateful she has had this opportunity. >> panthers coming through? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: students and coach long say the thanks go to jessi. >> the legacy is the number of lives she has touched. it's just special. it really is. >> reporter: the panthers eventually won the game. celebrating more than a win. paying tribute to a sports coach whose most important lessons are about living life. >> we love jessi! >> reporter: nbc news, camp point, illinois.