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developing news tonight. the pope versus trump. shock waves as pope francis weighs into the race for president. why he said donald trump is not a christian. trump fires back, blasting the pope as disgraceful it's getting ugly as rubio and cruz trade accusations of dirty tricks. and clinton and sanders fight night in vegas. sudden impact. a terrifying chopper crash caught on tape near pearl harbor. breaking news from hawaii. held hostage, a hospital hacked. its computers frozen, forced to pay ransom to gain back control. and a warning it could happen to you. and hidden risk. when even meds and exercise won't lower that stubbornly high cholesterol. what doctors say you need to get rid of to bring it down.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. it's virtually unheard of, a pope admonishing a u.s. presidential candidate, in this case donald trump over his immigration plan. and trump quickly fired back. it began when pope francis returning home from his trip to mexico took a reporter's question about trump's pledge to build a border wall. in his answer, implied that trump is not a christian. it was a high-level rebuke to say the least. but true to form, trump is not turning the other cheek. nbc's katy tur has the details. >> mr. trump, the pope made a statement about you. >> reporter: donald trump proving today there is no thing or one too sacred for his political ire. >> he actually said i'm not a good christian or something. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: the last presbyterian lashing out at the he
church after the pope was asked about trump's plan for a border wall between the u.s. and mexico. a person who only thinks about building walls wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not a christian, he told reporters. just hours earlier, the pontiff was praying along the mexican side of that very border. but while the pope wouldn't say who catholics should vote for, donald trump declared that his holiness should hope it's him. >> if and when the vatican is attacked by isis, which as everyone knows is isis' ultimate trophy, i can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that donald trump would have been president. >> reporter: another day, another controversy, but still no clear break in his support. >> i think he has to respond. the pope's coming at him. >> donald trump is a good christian, as is the pope. >> reporter: south carolina is known for its religious voting block, but only 13% of republican primary voters in 2012 were catholic. nationally that number jumps to 25%.
supported the last three presidents. >> it's not unusual at all for pope francis to talk about the dignity of the president. what is unusual is with the extent donald trump escalated. >> reporter: trump even admonished the holy father for something trump himself did to ted cruz last week, questioning his faith. >> for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. >> reporter: tonight many people pointing o out, that this feud between donald trump and the pope. the pope himself does live behind very high walls that surround the vatican. lester. >> katy tur tonight, thank you. it's getting uglier on the campaign trail in south carolina with cruz and rubio trading accusations of dirty tricks just two days from a critical primary. nbc's dave gutierrez frames the dispute for us. >> reporter: if a picture's worth a thousand words, today the bitter fight between ted cruz and marco rubio
they literally made up a picture. >> reporter: rubio claiming the florida senator shook hands with president obama, and supported amnesty for undocumented immigrants. the cruz campaign firing back. it's just pointing out rubio shifting stance on immigration. the texas senator also trying to build momentum in his battle against donald trump. >> in the "wall street journal," and for the first time in many, many months, according to that poll, there's a new national front-runner. >> reporter: rubio's getting a jolt from the surprise endorsement of governor nikki haley who had been heavily courted by the bush family. she has an 81% approval rating among likely republican primary voters here. >> jeb is a dear friend. this is about fight, this is about passion. >> reporter: bush tried to convince voters that his fight isn't over.
could be crucial. tonight a diverse trio is on the trail. a cuban-american presidential candidate, an indian-american governor and african-american senator. >> are you the new face of the republican party? >> are we the new faces of the republican party? i hope we're the faces of the new conservative movement. >> reporter: and this afternoon, an emotional request from a supporter at a john kasich rally. >> i really appreciate what you've been talking about. >> reporter: he got the hug after sharing a difficult story about the tough period in his life over the past year. he says he sees hope in john kasich's campaign. tomorrow will be a hectic day here in south carolina. gop candidates planning at least 20 stops throughout the state. lester? >> dave gutierrez tonight, thank you. democrats are preparing for a critical showdown at the msnbc town hall in las vegas tonight.
a dead heat ahead of the nevada democratic caucuses saturday. clinton has a much smaller lead than her 25-point advantage before sanders' blowout victory in new hampshire. andrea mitchell has the details on a tightening contest. >> reporter: hillary clinton today reaching out to casino workers after seeing her support in nevada plummet over the last two weeks. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: both democrats now targeting minorities in the diverse state. bernie sanders meeting today with the urban league in washington, competing with clinton to champion their history. >> the fight for basic voting rights, the demonstrations, the lynchings, the beatings, in order for african-americans to achieve what we assume all americans should have, the right to vote. >> reporter: both aggressively courting latinos. today clinton rolling out a new ad featuring a 10-year-old girl who fears her parents will be deported.
i'll do all the worrying. is that a deal? i'll do everything i can to help. >> reporter: president obama is granting exceptions to undocumented teenagers and young adults. so-called dreamers. but not their parents. a huge issue here. this sanders supporter is 18. >> we want to be citizens. we want everything that citizens get in the united states. we just want to feel like we're home. >> reporter: clinton supporter perez came from the philippines when she was 6. >> we need to tell the gop, we need to tell the democrats, hey, you know what, we're out here and what are you going to do? you can't deport all 11 million, 12 million of us. >> reporter: this as the clinton team worries about turnout. >> i think what they really fear, andrea, is all kinds of new voters that bernie sanders is attracting into the process, coming out to vote, and skewing the results. >> reporter: joe biden tells rachel maddow -- >> i don't regret it. it's the right decision for my family, and me.
>> reporter: bill clinton has been leading attacks against bernie sanders, will be speaking at the same democratic party dinner as sanders. even as sanders and hillary clinton will be answering questions at that msnbc town hall here. lester? >> andrea, thank you. you can see the clinton and sanders town hall tonight at 9:00 eastern only on msnbc. a historic announcement from the white house today. president obama will become the first sitting president to visit cuba in nearly 90 years. a major step as the u.s. and cuba move to normalize relations. the trip which is planned for march 21st and 22nd was immediately met with criticism from republicans, including ted cruz, who said he would never visit as long as castro is in power. there was something else pope francis said today, besides his comments on donald trump, that took many by surprise. he suggested birth control may be used to prevent the spread of the zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. this despite the catholic church's ban on contraceptives,
anne thompson in rome. >> reporter: returning from mexico, pope francis surprised many by opening the door to the use of artificial contraception to prevent the sexual transmission of zika, the virus ram past in his native latin america, linked to babies born with unusually small heads. it's similar, he said, granted to the nuns in the belgian congo when they were routinely raped in the 1960s. unexpected from a church that is long opposing artificial contraception. francis continues to shock, as he did in 2013 when he said the church has been historically too obsessed with things like birth control, abortion and gay marriage. >> to say he's simply loosening up church teaching is a misreading of what he's doing. this is a pastor, and a pastor responds to people in their situation. >> reporter:
john paul's close friendship with a woman this week, francis said a friendship with a woman is not a sin. the pope needs the input of women. he said a man who doesn't have a friendship with a woman is missing something. as with donald trump and immigration, pope francis is proving once again that he is not afraid of taking on controversial topics, trying to resolve issues of faith with real-world problems. lester? >> anne thompson outside the vatican tonight, thanks. apple is getting some backup from several fellow tech companies today, as it battles an fbi request to help unlock an iphone used by one of the san bernardino terrorists. but as nbc's pete williams reports, apple's resistance is proving highly controversial. >> reporter: the battle is waging during a still active investigation. the fbi searching the homes of two relatives of san bernardino gunman farouk. the ceo of google is now backing apple. requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data, he says, could
other tech giants, including microsoft, facebook and twitter added their support. so did apple's co-founder, steve wozniak, on cnbc. >> i think you should feel this is my product and what i have is what i think i have. i don't have companies playing tricks behind me in the background. >> reporter: but police are pushing back. prosecutors in new york say they have 175 apple devices they cannot open for evidence, in crimes ranging from identity theft to murder. >> this has become, ladies and gentlemen, the wild west in technology. apple and google are their over sheriffs. there are no rules. >> reporter: and mandy, whose fiance was killed in san bernardino, says this presents a tough choice. >> i would love to get as many answers as possible about shannon's murder, and the 13 other people who were killed. but i'm also an american. i like my privacy. >> reporter: business experts say the battle is about marketing, because protecting privacy is key to apple's image.
theirs, and is truly empowering. that's what the apple brand is built upon. >> reporter: apple says tonight the government doesn't have the legal authority to make it create new software, and help the fbi open a locked phone. no federal court has ever ruled on that. pete williams, nbc news, washington. now to a hostage and ransom story for the digital age. a medical center in california forced to pay cyber criminals thousands of dollars to gain back control of its computers. it's a trend called ransomware. hackers infecting computers with malware, then demanding ransom from the user to regain access. as tom costello reports, it could happen to you. >> reporter: it happened at hollywood presbyterian medical center. all of its computers frozen, with hackers demanding $17,000 in ransom payable in online bit coins to release the computers. locked out, the hospital's ceo says in the best interests of restoring normal operations, we did this.
hackers even held the lincoln county sheriff's department computers hostage. >> they asked for, we'll gladly give you a code to unencrypt it for a fee. >> reporter: they paid $300 to get their data back. >> they've already encrypted most of the information on your system. >> reporter: cybersecurity james said ransomware is now big business. encrypting corporate and government files, family photos, health records and financial documents, then demanding payment for the code to unlock them. becoming a victim is as easy as a bad mouse click on a pop-up window, e-mail or web link. this would be the data on my computer. i can't access it anymore. >> any of the files, whether they're photos, excel files. everything is no longer accessible. >> reporter: intel security reports a 127% jump in ransomware cases in just the last year. >> a high-speed game these guys are playing. that's the business model they're using right
[000:13:59;00] having your data held hostage, security pros recommend updating your anti-cyrus software, enabling your pop-up blockers, and backing up your computer on an external drive. with the hackers often a world away, if you are hacked, you may have no choice but to pay the ransom. tom costello, nbc news, washington. staying in california for a moment, an update on a major environmental drama we have been covering, the leak from a ruptured well that has been spewing massive amounts of natural gas into the air near los angeles, has been permanently sealed. state officials said it comes after four months of making people sick and forcing thousands of families from their homes in porter ranch. southern california gas is facing multiple lawsuits and investigations. there's a lot more to tell you about here tonight. ahead, lowering your cholesterol. the often overlooked factor that experts say could make all the difference, even when statins, dieting and exercise aren't effective enough. also, caught on camera, a
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