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says you know if i break my bat and hit a ground ball if i'm frustrated and i swung at a bad ball i run hard because i'm angry. it kind of gets all the frustration and anger out of me. i run hard because of that. it's an angry running hard and i thought that was kind of interesting. even something as frustrating and a downer for him, he turns into a positive because he's beaten out 24 25 infield hits every year he's been with the giants. >> mike: well, it's great when one of your leaders is a player who plays that way because if you are a young player, you can't take a ground ball off. >> jon: that is foul for danny worth. a lot of guys do just the opposite, they get frustrated. they throw the bat down. they are talking to themselves and they are unhappy. they don't run hard. sometimes they hardly run at
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all. for hunter pence, that's the way he expresses the frustration. he runs as hard as he can to get rid of the anger and unhappiness that he's experiencing. deep center. brown on the run, and he's got it! the runner has already rounded second base. he's got to retag. here comes the relay by tomlinson. the tag by ishikawa. a double play and a what a play it was by gary brown because he was also battling the low-lying sun out there. spectacular play. >> mike: we talk about it the instinctive first step and this is such a great example. yet, we have to have a great first step and you have to have a great route. this ball is unforgiving. if you are going to make a play everything has to be perfect, and when you can catch a runner, lalli, the catcher, he was totally convinced that was going
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to be over the head of gary brown. that was an exceptional play. >> jon: two down and here is peter o'brien and machi delivers. ball one. watch blake lalli go here. oh. >> mike: he broke two ankles and a kneecap trying to get back to first base. >> jon: ishikawa did a good job too. he got his fan. that runner goes around second base he's got to retag. he's got to retag second base on his way back to first. >> mike: what a play by gary brown. everybody is buzzing about that here in the ballpark. rightfully so. >> jon: adrianza and that's the
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ball game. the giants you said in the very beginning, the giants wanted to -- bruce bochy said it's time to start winning some games. a nice win as well. >> mike: well played clean ball game. good pitching good defense. timely hitting. >> jon: 5-0 the giants over the dbacks on this sunday late afternoon in the valley of the sun. we'll be back with a final word after this.
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>> jon: the late afternoon, the long shadows here in mid march just before saint paddy's day. tonight's victory, cleanly played, 5-0 over the dbacks. she got the win. for more on today's game tune in to comcast central right after we sign off. we'll back on friday night at 6:00 for the giants and reds from scottsdale stadium. now, for mike krukow and dwayne kinder.
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the giants win it 5-0. from the valley of the sun, we say good night.
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on this sunday night, behind bars. a wealthy heir long suspected in connection to pair of mysterious deaths under arrest tonight. an explosive new documentary help build a case against him? the arrest of a man suspected of shooting two ferguson missouri police officers. but were they the intended targets? deadly cyclones. a catastrophic damage after a monster storm tears through the pacific. tonight more than 100,000 people
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seeking shelter, and officials fear it will get worse. and a breakthrough for the millions of americans battling bad cholesterol and what it could mean for the leading cause of death in this country. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. substituting tonight, peter alexander. good evening. he's the infamous heir to one of the country's wealthiest real estate families long suspected in connection with a pair of murders and the disappearance dating back decades. tonight robert durst is behind bars arrested overnight in the lobby of a new orleans hotel accused of killing a female friend in los angeles 15 years ago. the investigation got a boost in recent weeks thanks to new evidence revealed in a documentary series that durst willingly participated in. law enforcement sources say they feared durst, who was using a fake name was a flight risk. we begin with stephanie gosk. >> reporter: robert durst, heir to a multibillion dollar real
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estate fortune, sits in a new orleans jailhouse tonight awaiting extradition to california accused of a murder committed over a decade ago. this from his own brother today. we are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of robert durst. we hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done. christmas eve 2000 susan berman was killed execution style in her l.a. home. at the time investigators may have suspected the now-71-year-old, but there was no arrest. berman was durst's best friend and confidant. he denied murdering her in hbo series "the jinx." >> but they were able to put you in california? >> california's a big state. >> reporter: the documentary re-examined the crime along with two others the disappearance of durst's first wife in 1982 and the murder of durst's neighbor in texas. raising the question many have asked -- could durst have murdered them all?
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in 2003 a texas jury found durst not guilty in the murder of maurice black. he admitted to killing his neighbor and dismembering the body but argue you'd it was self-defense. >> based on the evidence that was presented to us there was reasonable doubt. >> reporter: now, durst faces another murder trial after his lawyers warned him not to take part in the documentary. >> they said about a zillion times, you can't help yourself. right now you're a free man 100%. you say something inadvertently, and you'll find yourself charged in new york or charged in los angeles. >> reporter: the series uncovers new evidence including a letter addressed to susan berman from durst. the handwriting and misspelling look hauntingly similar to an anonymous letter sent to police telling them where to find her body. >> they're going to need something substantial to hang their hat on. is the information and the testimony of inconsistent statements and some handwriting
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samples enough to convict a person? >> reporter: whatever happens in the courtroom, the spotlight is back on robert durst, in part his own doing. stephanie gosk nbc news new york. following a massive manhunt, police in ferguson missouri arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the shooting and the demonstrations there late last week. the incident left two police officers wounded and rattled a community already on edge. nbc's ron allen has more on the suspect. >> reporter: without warning, the shots, at least three, rang out just after midnight early thursday morning. outside ferguson police headquarters setting off a frantic scene. >> shots fired. officer down. >> reporter: today prosecutors say this local man jeffrey williams age 20 allegedly fired those shots from a vehicle, doing what the prosecutor called some kind of dispute. authorities say williams has been charged with first degree assault on the officers. so was he involved with the propropro
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protest protests? >> yes. he is a demonstrator. he was out there earlier that evening as far as the demonstration. >> reporter: but you don't think that he was targeting the police? >> i wouldn't go that far. >> hey hey, hoho -- >> reporter: police have called the incident an ambush after protesters gathered to demand even more sweeping reforms. all stemming from a justice department report that accused the police and court of widespread discrimination. since the incident an uneasy truce. police and protesters keeping their distance. with the community worried about more violence and confrontation. >> i'm asking all the protesters that is here for the wrong reason to stay out of our city. >> reporter: updating the condition of the two wounded officers police say they're both still at home and expected to recover. unclear what if any, reaction there will be from any protesters who arrive here tonight to those arrests.
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everyone involved in this will take a step back and let peace and quiet prevail. overseas now to one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall. a cyclones that ravaged the tiny pacific nation of vanuatu. relief workers call the situation on the ground there catastrophic even though the full extent of the disaster still remains to be seen. we get more from kelly kobe aya. >> reporter: it is worse than the worst-case scenario say aid workers on the ground. in port vila up to 90% of homes may be seriously damaged or destroyed. >> all the houses were blown out. everybody have lost all their properties. >> reporter: more than 100,000 people about half the country, in need of shelter. hospitals and schools without roofs. key roads washed away. this is what cyclone pam, a category 5 storm, felt like when it hit late friday night. 165-mile-an-hour winds shaking
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the chandeliers at this shelter. storm surge swamped the coast, flash floods wiped out an entire neighborhood. >> finally destroyed. >> reporter: the woman behind the camera unicef's alice clements. >> i'm just holding on for dear life here. >> reporter: she rode out the storm and is now showing the world what's left. >> windows are broken. >> everything's broken. >> and if we look down at our feet this is like amazing liquid mud, huh? >> reporter: the first of the aid shipments arrive today. australia, new zealand, britain and the european union pledging help. >> we're talking, you know months to maybe a year maybe even longer to be able to get this country -- to help this country recover. >> reporter: the head of vanuatu's red cross says they need medicine water and phone towers. >> even my own family the last time i spoke to them when i left last thursday. >> reporter: the storm wiped out communications. there's still no word from the remote islands. if this is what the storm did to vanuatu's capital, aid workers
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say they have grave fears for the rest of the country. reporting for nbc news london. back in this country, there are still a few days left of winter but for many it certainly doesn't feel like it. those out west are facing a record heat wave and temperatures are also rising in the midwest. here's jacob rascon. >> water, water, water. >> water, water. >> reporter: it's so hot, the l.a. marathon started 30 minutes early. a first in the event's 30-year history. >> getting warmer mile by mile. >> a lot warmer than usual. >> reporter: part of the reason they run in march is to it's a cool run. the temperatures are 20 degrees above average. it feels like summer not winter. in the california mountains, the snowpack typically a third of the state's water supply is at new record lows. >> that's what's scary. in the past they were able to get into the wells, but they're running out. the water is getting too low. >> reporter: it's a new normal
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so dry even parts of washington and oregon are dealing with drought emergencies. especially alarming for farmers. temperatures are also soaring in the midwest after weeks of dangerous ice and cold. nbc's kevin tibbles is in the middle of it. >> here in ohio the town of california ohio the warmer weather has caused a different sort of problem. snow melt combined with heavy rains have caused extensive flooding in low-lying areas and meteorologists say it could stick around for the better part of a week. >> reporter: 90-degree weather isn't all bad. california beaches are packed with a week left of winter. a relentless heat wave on top of an extreme drought with no finish line in sight. jacob rascon nbc news los angeles. three british teens suspected of trying to join isis fighters in syria have been
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arrested. the young men were detained in istanbul and quickly return to the uk where they're being held on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. nbc's bill neely joins us tonight from erbil, iraq. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, peter. two 17-year-old boys from london and a 19-year-old british man were detained in istanbul after a tipoff from britain that they were planning to go to syria to join isis. they were deported back to the uk yesterday where they were arrested by british police on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism that police would really like to know a lot more about the network that recruited them. so far none of them has been charged, but this comes weeks after three other british teens, two 15-year-old girls and a 16-year-old girl left their homes in london went to istanbul. they were pictured on cttv on a london airport. also in istanbul boarding a bus for the syrian border.
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it is now thought they are with isis in raqqa. nobody stopped them. there was a huge row between british and turkish police about who was responsible for that. they're still missing. their families are distraught. but in the case of the three boy, they didn't reach syria, but this is further evidence of the deadly magnet that isis is and the difficulty authorities have in stopping people trying to join them. peter? >> bill neely in iraq tonight. bill thank you. the paris supermarket that was the target of a deadly terror attack reopened its doors today. the kosher store had been closed since the january siege that killed four hostages. the gunmen had pledged allegiance to isis and had links to the two men responsible for the charlie hebdo attacks just days earlier. today the market's owner called the reopening a symbol of a community that would not be defeated. tonight the high stakes negotiations with iran resume over that country's nuclear program, but while there is hope for a historic agreement, here at home they're also mounting
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tensions with the obama administration and congressional republicans increasingly divided over the issue. kristen welker has our report tonight. >> reporter: secretary kerry arrived in switzerland today to resume nuclear talks with iran. the west wants a deal to limit the number of centrifuges iran can use to enrich uranium and remove most stockpiles of their existing fuel in exchange for lifting sanctions that prevent oil shipments and iran's access to financial markets. but republicans and some democrats say the deal should go even further, to dismantle iran's entire nuclear program. >> iran will not be permitted to get a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: and today kerry lashed out at 47 republican senators who wrote a letter to iran's leader warning that congress must have a say in any agreement in order for it to be valid. >> this letter was absolutely calculated directly to interfere with these negotiations. >> reporter: president obama called the letter unprecedented.
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>> i'm embarrassed for them. for them to address a letter to the ayatollah who they claim is our mortal enemy. >> reporter: today the letter's author defended it. >> renegotiateing a deal that will put iran on the path to a bomb. >> the president is about to make what we believe will be a very bad deal. >> reporter: tensions escalated saturday night when the chief of staff wrote the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee bob corker warning the president would veto legislation giving congress a vote on any deal with iran. writing, we believe that the legislation would likely have a profoundly negative impact on the negotiations. corker fired back. i believe it is very important that congress appropriately weigh in before any final agreement is implemented. some foreign policy experts say the political brinksmanship at home could derail the deal. >> the extraordinary diplomatic effort could be undermined by bitter partisan politics in washington and that's
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heartbreaking. >> reporter: the deadline to reach a framework for a deal comes at the end of this month, but top officials from the u.s. and five other nations have until june the reach a final agreement. today secretary kerry signaled the u.s. has no plans to extend that deadline. kristen welker at the white house, thank you. when "nightly news" continues on this sunday the drug that could be a breakthrough in the fight against cholesterol and heart disease. and later a collector's item unlike any you've ever seen. ♪
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tonight there could be a breakthrough for millions of americans with high cholesterol who are at risk for heart disease. new research suggests an experimental anti-cholesterol drug could significantly lower the risk for heart attacks and
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other heart-related problems. researchers say the new drug could go far beyond the benefits of statins alone. nbc's erica hill has our report tonight. >> reporter: 71 million americans have high cholesterol. a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. while many take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, those measures sometimes just aren't enough to reduce the threat of cardiovascular disease. >> genetics plays a pretty significant role in people's cholesterol levels. so in spite of their efforts to lower their ldl either with drugs or exercise or diet they just can't get the levels low enough. >> reporter: results from today's breakthrough study show an investigational drug significantly lowered ldl, the so-called bad cholesterol, by as much as 60%. that's above and beyond the benefit of statins alone. >> these drugs increase the activity of receptors in the liver that actually pull cholesterol out of the
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bloodstream. and if you give both drugs together those receptors become so active that they're literally sucking the cholesterol out of the blood. >> reporter: the drug called evolocumab could be approved by the fda later this year. it's designed to be injected every two or four weeks. the hope the drug's benefits will go beyond lowering bad cholesterol levels and prevent patients who already have cardiovascular disease from having heart attacks and stroke. something this study suggested but was not designed to prove. though further tests for safety will be needed for millions of americans struggling with this country's number one health problem, today's study is promising news. erica hill nbc news new york. when we come back the toll of war as seen through the eyes of children.
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an aerial stunt went terribly wrong today when two planes collided at a malaysian air show. the planes were engaged in a preshow maneuver when they clipped each other's wings causing the fiery crash. remarkably all four pilots on board managed to safely eject. today marks a sobering anniversary, four years since the start of the syrian civil war, a conflict that's displaced more than half of that country's population. of the millions forced from their homes, many have been women and children who have fled to neighboring lebanon. now some of those young refugees are documenting their experience with photos and the results are both powerful and painful. nbc's keir simmons reports. >> reporter: the lives of syrian refugees in photos taken by children who are refugees
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themselves. 500 syrian children were given disposable cameras. this 7-year-old took a picture of his tent after it caught fire from a wood-burning stove his family depended on to keep warm. >> when you look at those picture, you see a lot of emotion because it translates a lot and it translates truly how those children live and how hard the situation is. >> reporter: they are pictures of terrible hardship but also of hope. this 9-year-old's dad was killed by a sniper. she says sometimes she's scared to sleep, but taking photos has given her something to smile about. "i took pictures of all the children" she says "to make them happy and we get happy together." a year-long project by unicef began with basic lessons on how to use a camera and has become an exhibition a book and documentary. >> those children are working
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for a moment like any person or any project or any situation that can give them hope. and that can let them forget what they are living. >> reporter: nbc news has been documenting the lives of syria's refugees. in lebanon we met 8-year-old hussein and 12-year-old mahmoud working in a garage six days a week to feed their families. how did you do this? what happened here? "i burn it" he says. this is not an 8-year-old's hands. this is a working man's hands. near the syrian border in turkey we witnessed five refugee brothers and sisters given a warm place to sleep. they've never seen a bed like this before. too many of syria's children face neglect and poverty caused by war. as the conflict grinds on they not only need help but the chance simply to have fun. keir simmons, nbc news london. up next an