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>> he needs to win 55% of the delegates going forward. that's not undoable, but it's also not -- not a layup. >> reporter: today trump warned bad things would happen if he doesn't get the nomination. >> if we're 20 votes short or if we're -- if we're, you know, 100 short and we're at 1,100 and somebody else ask at 500 or 400, i don't think you can say that we don't get automatically. i think you'd have riots >> reporter: last time a heated primary season ended without a clear nominee, 1976. ronald reagan challenging incumbent president gerald ford, but ford convinced enough delegates to lock up his bid on the first ballot. trump could try to do the same. that floor fight would happen here at cleveland's quicken loans arena, home of lebron james and the cavaliers where a contested convention this summer would be the political equivalent of overtime. here's how it works n.first round most delegates are bound to vote for the candidate they represent, but if there's no clear winner they keep voting and more and
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whoever they want, and get this. the party's delegates get to create additional rules one week before the convention. there's nothing to stop them from making it easy for a new name to be added to the mix. an astounding race now potentially on track for a chaotic conclusion. peter alexander, nbc news, cleveland. let's turn over to the democratic side now. hillary clinton scored a clean sweep of bernie sanders last night, winning five states, including ohio and florida and building her sizable delegate lead. clinton, now turning her sights on targeting trump and right back. nbc's andrea mitchell on a nasty fight already beginning. >> reporter: game on. hillary clinton and donald trump going after each other as though they were nominees. today trump firing off this instagram video. ridiculing clinton as a weak commander in chief against putin and isis, showing her barking like a dog as she told a joke on the
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the tag line. punchline. after clinton ridiculed trump in her victory speech. >> our commander in chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it. >> reporter: clinton's strategy, don't get in the mud with trump as some of his republican rivals did, go after him on policy, on immigration, the ban on muslims, embracing torture, highlight how he dodges questions about foreign policy. today on "morning joe." >> who are you consulting with consistently so that one? >> i'm speaking with myself, number one, good brain, and i've said a lot of things. my primary consultant is myself, and i have -- you know, i have a good instinct for this stuff. >> reporter: clinton's campaign spokesman telling me today -- >> with hillary clinton in a general election matchup, the contrast will be clear on issues of who supports a minimum wage increase, who supports pay equity for women, who supports defending the president's executive
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immigration. >> reporter: the risk trump's ability to make his rivals play defense. he's ready to keep hitting hillary hard. >> frankly hillary is a disaster, you know that. you know she's guilty. we have numerous polls that show me beating here'sly and i haven't even started on her yet. >> reporter: but before clinton can fully engage trump, she has to win the nomination. today her campaign says bernie sanders won't be able to overtake her, a claim sanders' strategists strongly reject vowing to fight on. the open question. how much damage can sanders do to clinton before the bigger battle she expects with donald trump? lester? >> andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. an american student from the university of virginia has been sentenced to 15 years in hard labor in north korea after he was convicted of stealing a sign while at a hotel with his tour group. he was shown in a video presented by the north koreans as a confession and later seen breaking down as he learned his punishment. our chief foreign correspondent richard
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>> reporter: 21-year-old otto disoriented at the top court where the university of virginia student pleaded for a light sentence. >> please save my life. >> reporter: he didn't get one. 15 years hard labor. >> i beg that i'm only human. i have made the worst mistake of my life. >> reporter: but his crime, a human rights group, was more like a college prank. the ohio native allegedly stole a propaganda banner from his hotel. he said in his confession it was for a church group back home in exchange for a used car. north korea found him guilty of subversion. former governor build richardson who has negotiated with north korea in the mast is working to secure his release. >> i'm trying to get him released hon humanitarian grounds but keep the politics, the bad relationship
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north korea out of the equation. >> reporter: the warmbier family has stressed that their son has apologized and called for his release. the white house today accused north korea of holding him as a political pawn. lester. >> richard engel tonight, thank you. now to one of the wildest prison escapes we've ever seen, all caught on camera, the video under wraps for quite some time just released though showing inmates escaping not by hopping a fence or digging a tunnel. instead they hopped a ride aboard a helicopter that landed right on the roof. nbc's blake mccoy has the tape. >> reporter: watch closely as a hijacked helicopter hovers above a canadian prison yard. two inmates grab a rope below, but unlike the movies they are unable to physically pull themselves up. the helicopter forced to land on the prison roof. for more than six minutes plays out as unarmed guards watch helpless to stop them. the escape took place in 2013 at the
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centre near montreal. released. eventually the successful, dangling to the freedom of a nearby getaway car, so what went wrong? >> well, i think everything went wrong and you'd almost have to ask what went right? >> reporter: critics have scald for canadian prisons. >> the prison guards have to have the capability to respond to armed intruders, and in this case either they didn't have the capability or to do so. >> reporter: because while the great escape plot may have played out more like "gump & dumper" it the did work in the two were captured several hours later. both men remain behind bars. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. this will's late word that the world's busiest subway system will reopen at 5:00 a.m. in an unprecedented move the d.c. metro was shut down for emergency inspections and repairs. as nbc's tom costello plains is it's just a symptom of our
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crumbling infrastructure. >> reporter: a stressful commute in the nation's capital today. >> a drastically different day for commuters who normally ride the rails. >> reporter: has hundreds of thousands of subway riders turned to car pools or buses or teleworked from home. the entire system shut down. safety crews today found two dozen frayed and charred power lines after an monday and a smoke one. nine dead in a 2009 crash. >> none of us have in good conscience could send the trains out even with full knowledge of the participants of what the situation was knowing the risks that we had. transportation experts say d.c. is symptomatic of systems nationwide with backlogged maintenance now totaling $86 billion. >> the 40-year-old system is a worn out system unless you invest in it >> reporter: not just subways, a quarter of the nation's roads are in disrepair. 70,000 bridges structural deficient.
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washington's duquesne memorial bridge national cemetery with the lincoln memorial. meanwhile, is transportation secretary today said the d.c. subway system has a call tour of failing to take safety seriously. >> the culture down there has to change and we can't enable the continuation of the safety failures any longer. >> reporter: subway managers say the system should reopen for the morning rush with federal regulators and congress demanding a renewed emphasis on safety. tom costello, nbc news, washington. there's a lot more to tell you about tonight, including a shocking waste of costly cancer drugs. why medicines worth billions of dollars are literally being thrown away, and we're all getting stuck with the tab. also, after sharing the screen with the likes of ryan
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there is growing outrage over not just the sky-high cost of cancer drugs but also over the huge amount of those drugs that are being wasted. we're talking billions of dollars of expensive medicines literally being thrown away, and it's all because of a one-size-fits-all approach to packaging. nbc's anne thompson has details. breakthrough cancer drugs, precious, expensive and wasted, up to $3 billion a year says a shocking new study from memorial sloan-kettering >> we're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars for nearly every drug we looked at going in the trash. >> reporter: why? doses of these cancer drugs are determined by a patient's weight, but manufacturers sell
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or two vial sizes so it's harder to tailor the dose. >> they can get paid for the dose, and if they can put in a big vial they get paid for the trash part, too. >> reporter: doctors peter bach and len saltz ked the top selling cancer drugs, in medicine that's helping minot live with breast cancer. >> it's the drug that saved my life basically. >> reporter: each drug every three weeks cost $9,500 but she only uses 81% meaning her insurance is arguably being charged $1,800 extra for medication she doesn't need. >> it's outrageous. it's like kicking somebody who is already down. >> reporter: genentech the maker of the drug says it's available in two sizes and it's packaged to meet fda regulations so that leftover medication is minimized. bach says manufacturers need to offer more sizes as many already do overseas. but in changing the packaging, won't you drive up the cost?
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these drugs, you know, they cost 1,000 times the price of gold. they can be distributed in alternative vial size and the cost of making a vial and distributing it is pennies. >> reporter: all small expense to make sure we all aren't paying for waste. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. we're back in a
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the clock is ticking to fill out your bracket for the march madness tournament, and just like in years past president obama is getting in on the action. he tells espn he's got two number one seeds in the final with kansas ultimately beating north carolina for the title. take it with a grain of salt though. the president has only picked the right winner once, in his first year in office. and the future is now for something movie fans have been looking forward to for years. remember those self-lacing sneakers that michael j. fox wore in "back to the
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on a hoverboard in the year 2015. they are now reality as nike announced plans to mass market a self-lacing shoe. they are calling it the hirp adapt 1.0. it has a sensor that automatically makes them tighter. when we come back,
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finally tonight a hollywood great is retiring after a long legendary career that spanned decades. an icon of sorts featured in countless films, tv shows and commercials. but now the time has come to say it's a wrap. nbc's miguel almaguer has farewell. >> reporter: l.a.'s legendary sixth street bridge could be tinsel town's best supporting actor. >> code 6 at the bridge. >> reporter: there's samuel l. jackson and ryan gosling in "drive" and arnold schwarzenegger's "last action hero" just to name a few. the bridge in the spotlight without ever saying a word. >> it's very nostalgic to be back here. >> reporter: director randal kaiser put the sixth street bridge
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>> reporter: in the 1978 smash "grease." >> i was blown away by just how big the scale is. grease is the word, is the word >> everywhere i go in the world people have seen this and seen the sequence and remember it. >> reporter: built in 1932, the bridge served its time. it's crumbling now. the old concrete falling apart, no longer able to support the gridlock of 15,000 cars every day. the curtain call on this 85-year-old bridge is already under way. it's going to take four years and $450 one. as if goes in hollywood a newer younger model will take its place. traffic may move because i'm happy >> reporter: but progress won't erase the memories of the more than 80 films, tv shows, music videos and commercials. a role that spanned decades. >> almost like a
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>> reporter: the sixth street bridge at the end of the road after cementing its place in hollywood history. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles.
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it's thursday, march 17th. it's "early today." and nike may be changing the way we wear shoes forever plus old blew eyes son, frank sinatra jr. has died. president obama reveals his ncaa bracket busters. "early today" starts right now. good morning everybody and thanks for joining us today.
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president obama has picked merrick garland. >> he's not only one of america's sharpest legal minds and brings to his work, modesty, integrity and even handedness and excellence. >> he's known for his more moderate views. he was confirmed in 1997 and has the support of seven current gop senators even hatch who says his intelligence cannot be questioned. and he led the prosecution of timothy mcva bombing and nbc news justice correspondent pete williams with the details. >> reporter: the president introduced merrick garland as decent, and even handed.
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admiration of leaders from both sides of the aisle. >> garland was emotional. >> this is the greatest honor of my life, other than lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago. >> reporter: one of his daughters missed the moment out in the mountmountains. he grew up in chicago. as a federal prosecutor, he led that team that brought oklahoma city bomber to trial and often tough on criminals. >> ideologically, he's min middle and maybe a little to the left. >> reporter: at 63, he's the oldest supreme court nominee in nearly 50 years but when nominated for the federal appeals court in 1997, he was confirmed 76-23 with 32
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emphasizes. >> i simply ask republicans in the senate to give him a fair hearing. >> reporter: but senate republicans continue to say they won't even consider it because the next president should make that choice. >> the decision the senate announced weeks ago remains about a principal, not a person. >> reporter: so far even a few republicans have said they would meet with garland. >> i would not feel comfortable refusing to meet with the president's nominee to the high highest court in the land. and with hillary clinton and donald trump edging closer to securing the nominations, they're now setting their sights on each other. >> racist, torture. >> reporter: game on. going after each other as though
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and trump ridiculing clinton as a weak commander and chief, showing her barking like a dog as she told a joke on the campaign trail. after clinton ridiculed trump in her victory speech. >> our commander and chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it. >> reporter: clinton's strategy, don't get in the mud with trumps a some of his republican rivals did. go after him on policy, immigration, the ban on muslims, embracing torture, highlight how he dodges questions about foreign policy on "morning joe." >> i'm speaking with myself, number one, because i have a very good brain and have said a lot of things. my primary consultant is myself. >> reporter: campaign spokesman --
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general election match up, the option will be clear. who supports defending the president's executive actions. >> reporter: he's ready to keep hitting clinton hard. >> frankly, hillary's a disaster, by the way. you know that. >> look, you know she's guilty. we have numerous polls showing me beating her easily. >> reporter: that was andrea mitchell reporting. is it hillary clinton needs 35% of the remaining delegates and trump needs 55%. if it does come down to a contested convention, former speak of the house, john boehner said he would support current speaker paullarified.
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governor nikki haley has switched her allegiance to ted cruz. she called him a strong leadern minded. another rubio indorser, oklahoma senator has now switched his indorsement to john this is kasich's second indorsement from a senator and first from outside his home state of ohio.p picked up the support of rick scott who said it's time to coles behind trump. we have sad news to morning. frank sinatra, jr. has died. start spreading the news i'm leaving today i want to be a part of it new york, new york
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father's foot steps and eventually worked for old blue eyes when sinatra jr. was 19, he was kidnapped at gun his family paid $230,000 ransom. and later in life he performed his father's songs. he died of cardiac arrest while tour in daytona, florida. and his daughter, nancy sinatra said "sleep warm, frankie." at the age of 72. a colorado convenience store clerk is being called a hero. the woman checking out with her she talks to the cashier and then appears disoriented. >> i grabbed the baby's arms. she start stood sway andlost in space. so, i thought i better take the baby. something doesn't feel right and

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