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then more local news on the bay area at 6:00. we'll see you then. have a good night. on this sunday night, air disaster. a commercial jet packed with passengers slams into a residential neighborhood overseas. all onboard are feared dead. back in jail, george zimmerman surrenders to authorities in florida. another twist tonight in the trayvon martin case. battling breast cancer. doctors unveil an exciting new weapon today, a magic bullet in the fight against the deadly disease. riverboat queen. huge crowds cheer a spectacular armada on the thames. the british royal family rolling on the river. and richard dawson, he made "survey says" a national catch phrase. remembering a wisecracking tv legend famous for kissing the contestants.
captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. we begin here tonight with a still developing story out of lagos, nigeria, where an american-built md-83 jetliner has crashed into an apartment building. all of the roughly 150 people onboard the jet are believed dead. the dana airlines plane was on landing approach when it came down into a densely populated section of the city. tonight rescuers are still trying to account for potential victims on the ground. the plane had earlier left nigeria's capital abuja for the 70-minute long flight to lagos. nbc is monitoring developments from johannesburg tonight. >> reporter: moments from touchdown, the aircraft crashed into a residential area.
the weather was good when the plane appeared to land onto a two-story building in lagos, striking a store and apartments. >> translator: my children were outside playing ball. we asked them to look up because the plane was about to land on top of my head. and the minute it passed, it was going down. >> reporter: it was late afternoon. many people were in their homes when the passenger jet fell from the sky. thousands poured outside trying to find survivors in the burnt wreckage. >> the tail fin is clearly sticking up. you can still see the painting of the dana airline company on the part of the side of the wreckage. but then from there up, basically the cabin of the plane had been destroyed and reduced to rubble. >> reporter: government officials say that all passengers and crew, around 150 people, are feared dead, with more likely casualties on the ground. nigeria has a poor air safety record. investigators are already trying to find out what caused a cargo plane from lagos to crash in
nearby ghana just yesterday, killing ten people. now a new investigation into another major air disaster. the cause as yet unknown. well, emergency crews are still searching tonight, still hoping for some survivors, some good news as nigeria enters three days of national mourning. lester? >> rohit kachroo in johannesburg, thank you. back in this country, to yet another twist to the trayvon martin case. george zimmerman surrendered to authorities today, two days after a judge revoked his bail, saying zimmerman and his wife lied to the court about how much money they had. we get our report tonight from nbc's charles hadlock. >> reporter: george zimmerman's six weeks of freedom while out on bond ended today. the 28-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer accused of second-degree murder
in the death of an unarmed teenager was led away to an isolated cell in handcuffs. and his mug shot was taken. >> he's solemn, obviously. he's worried continually about his safety. having to come out of hiding is a concern of his. but i think he also realizes the judge's concerns. >> reporter: zimmerman's bond was suddenly revoked on friday when the judge in his case learned that zimmerman and his wife may have misled the court about how much money they had when he set bond at $150,000 back in april. the family said it was nearly broke. but it turns out zimmerman had at least $135,000 in a paypal account he set up to solicit for his defense. florida prosecutors on friday presented transcripts of jail house telephone conversations between zimmerman and his wife, in which they discussed their bank accounts. the state alleges they were talking in code, hiding the exact amount of money. >> it was misleading, and i don't know what other words to use than it was a blatant lie.
>> reporter: the attorney for trayvon martin's family says this proves zimmerman cannot be trusted. >> his credibility is the most important thing in this entire case. >> reporter: judge kenneth lester was clearly displeased and ordered zimmerman back to jail. >> they were well aware of the money available -- >> reporter: and his wife may have to appear before the judge, too. >> he's worried about himself. he's worried about his wife. he's worried about his family, he's worried about everybody who has to be in hiding because of the enormous anger and frustration and hatred that has spurred from this case. >> reporter: zimmerman's attorney says this may be just a misunderstanding. he will ask the court for a new bond hearing tomorrow and a chance for zimmerman to explain. meanwhile, the money zimmerman has raised online, some $200,000 now, has been turned over to a third party trust and cannot be directly accessed by zimmerman or his attorney. lester? >> charles, thanks. let's turn to the massive wildfire burning out of control in the southwest. the whitewater-baldy fire began as two small fires about two and a half weeks ago. it's now grown into the largest
wildfire in new mexico's history. more than 1,200 firefighters on the front lines. and nbc's miguel almaguer is there. >> reporter: today by helicopter, firefighters launch an aerial assault on a stubborn blaze difficult to reach. the nation's largest wildfire is steamrolling through the gila national forest. more than 240,000 acres charred so far. a massive swath of land. a fire that won't be out for weeks, or even months. >> the steepness of the terrain. we have steep terrain, where some of the canyons are 500 to 600 feet deep with vertical dropoffs. so just trying to deal with terrain like that makes it extremely difficult to suppress. >> reporter: as 1,200 firefighters dig in, the whitewater baldy fire has cost $13 million to fight. this weekend, crews in the historic mining town more than 150 years old was surrounded by three walls of fire.
crews beat back the flames. this week, evacuation orders will be lifted. but the edge of this blaze is barreling through low-lying hills. bob and bert corbell can see flames sweeping just above their home. >> they're a monster. if you look, see them right there? it's a monster. so, yeah. it's scary. >> reporter: sparked by lightning, the fire has burned for two and a half weeks. plumes of billowing smoke from new mexico can be seen for hundreds of miles. toxic air, fanned by wind gusts, topping 30 miles an hour. floating embers could ignite a new fire across a region stricken by drought. >> the winds are going to become a much bigger issue in arizona, portions of utah, and through western new mexico, where the whitewater-baldy fire is. >> reporter: the conditions are ripe for a long, hot, dangerous fire season, one that's off to an early, and in new mexico, a record start.
crews have made progress on the front lines. this blaze is now 17% contained. but the fire is still ripping through forest area. they say the big worry over the next couple of days is going to be the hot temperatures and gusty winds. lester? >> miguel, thank you. to presidential politics now, more fallout from the disappointing jobs report. romney surrogates went on the attack, putting the president's senior campaign strategist on the offensive. also, an election this week in the state of wisconsin is getting a lot of attention nationally. both sides viewing it as a possible bellwether for the fall. nbc's mike viqueira has our report. >> reporter: in the wake of the bad news on jobs, today mitt romney aides continued their attack. >> if we had a president who had a record to run on, he would do so. >> this president came into office without any prior experience running anything. >> reporter: senior obama staff slammed romney's economic record as governor of massachusetts. >> they grew jobs at one-fifth the rate of the rest of the country.
it wasn't the record of a job creator. he had the wrong economic philosophy and he failed. >> reporter: both sides are bracing for a tight race. an early test could come tuesday in wisconsin, where the bitter fight to recall gop governor scott walker is being billed by both sides as a dry run in the presidential race. >> the whole country is watching us. this is an election that will send shock waves throughout america. >> reporter: in office just 18 months, walker ignited a firestorm after stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights and making them pay more into pension and health plans. a record $64 million had been spent on the recall, much of it from out-of-state unions and their opponents nationwide. national figures on both sides have weighed in, including bill clinton, who campaigned with the challenger, milwaukee mayor tom barrett. >> you tell him no.
>> reporter: but president obama has stayed away. with walker holding a slight lead in the polls, experts say it could be a sign of things to come. >> there is no more polarized election than in wisconsin. in a lot of ways, it's a microcosm for the rest of the country. it's going to be a test run for what we'll see in november. >> reporter: and the race for the white house in november, lester, is tight and getting tighter. and to that end, it's going to be costly as well. president obama travels to new york city tomorrow for three separate fund-raisers with bill clinton. meanwhile, mitt romney out at fund-raisers, six of them he's got booked throughout the week. lester? >> mike viqueira at the white house, thank you. tonight, egypt. top prosecutors say he will appeal the verdict in the trial of the former egyptian president, hosni mubarak. for the second day, crowds packed tahrir square, protesting the trial which saw mubarak and his two sons acquitted of corruption charges. mubarak, however, was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that ousted him. now to london, where more than 1 million people lined the banks of the river thames today to catch a spectacular show.
more than 1,000 vessels celebrating the queen's diamond jubilee. it's the second day of the four-day celebration and even gray skies and rain didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits. we get more now from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: let the regal trumpets sound, the queen has arrived. the british monarch took to the river today to celebrate 60 years on the throne. the entire family at her side, and the world watching. the royal barge, the spirit of chartwell, began a seven-mile pageant. 1,000 boats of all shapes and sizes at its side. manpowered and engine powered, a south pacific war canoe, a venetian gondola, and in the lead, a floating belfry. as the procession wound its way past iconic london, the royal family, young and old, were at times visibly impressed by the historic show. ♪
when an orchestra starts up, first charles taps his sword. prince philip joins in. camilla takes their lead. and the family danced. this was a day to salute the queen, and a 1,000-year-old monarchy. the 41-gun salute from the tower of london. in the 1920s, a member of parliament called the river thames liquid history. well, today history is being made again. it was going to take a lot more than just lousy weather to keep these crowds from coming to see it for themselves. more than 1 million leaned over balconies, lined the river bank and packed onto bridges. pride in country, and queen. >> i'm so proud of her. and we are lucky to have her. >> reporter: the picnics were lavish, and traditional. ever had a scotch egg? >> sausage, meat, egg, and then it's fried. >> all right. all right. it tastes better than it looks. >> reporter: early in the day, prince charles and camilla
dropped in on a picnic uninvited and sang the national anthem. as the flotilla wound down, the rain poured. the 86-year-old queen must have been cold and probably tired. but she didn't show it. a small demonstration of what has marked her reign for 60 years, and why so many people felt the need to come out and honor her for it. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. still ahead here tonight, big news in the fight against breast cancer. a promising new drug, increasing survival, while minimizing the side effects. and later, one man's trash is this young entrepreneur's treasure. and he's making a difference with his own company, at the ripe old age of 12.
we're back now with big news in the fight against breast cancer, coming out of a major cancer conference this weekend in chicago. more than 40,000 doctors meeting to discuss new break-throughs. tonight we're learning about a new drug that doctors and scientists hope could help about a quarter of the 230,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the u.s. each year. our report tonight from our chief science correspondent, robert bazell. >> reporter: it is a new kind of drug. the so-called magic bullet that attacks a type of breast cancer while preserving quality of life. >> any time that we see a drug that can improve patient survival, improve their quality of life, and have few toxicities, we get so excited about that.
>> reporter: fern saitowitz was one of almost 1,000 women in the study, out today. all had advanced breast cancer of a type called her-2 positive that is especially aggressive. the standard treatment is a custom-made antibiotic called herceptin that attaches to the cancer cell but must be find with regular chemotherapy. the new drug called t-dm1 links the herceptin antibody with a powerful toxin. the antibody travels through the bloodstream and attaches to the poison cells directly, sparing the healthy cells and eliminating the need for additional chemotherapy. after two years, 65.4% of the women on t-dm1 were alive compared to 47.5% of those on the standard treatment. the doctors at the convention here in chicago are impressed enough with those results, they expect they're likely to get much better when the drug is given to women with much less advanced breast cancer. and because the toxin only goes
into the cancer, the side effects are relatively mild compared to the standard chemotherapy. >> i don't feel sick. my insides don't feel raw. my fingernails are not turning black, and i'm not losing my fingernails. and i'm able to live a very normal life. >> reporter: dr. kimberly blackwell was the head researcher. >> for 20 years, we thought about this idea, if we could just kill cancer cells without hurting the patient faced with cancer. >> reporter: experiments are under way to find other so-called magic bullets, for breast and many kinds of cancer. robert bazell, nbc news, chicago. we're back in a moment with a stunning announcement tonight from an olympic champion.
today when we learned richard dawson passed away in california after a battle with esophageal cancer. before the feud, dawson starred in a number of movies and on tv as one of hogan's heroes. folks might also remember him as a wisecracking and frequent guest on "the match game," and other game shows. richard dawson was 79 years old. a surprise announcement tonight from olympic champion shawn johnson, just four days before the start of the u.s. gymnastics championships. she says she's retiring from the sport due to a nagging knee injury, ending her bid to compete in a second olympics in london this summer. johnson was one of america's biggest stars of the 2008 beijing summer games, winning silver medals in the all-around, the team competition and floor exercise, and a gold on the balance beam. tonight a lot of nervous investors are anxiously awaiting tomorrow morning's opening bell after a dismal friday on wall street. the dow has now lost all of its gains for 2012.
investors reacting to a disappointing jobs report and new fears the economy is sputtering. cnbc's mandy drury joins us in new york tonight. mandy, what might we expect tomorrow? >> you really said it, lester, because the much lower than expected number of jobs created in may has reignited fears that the u.s. economy could double dip. remember, we have been here before. concerns about us falling back into recession is what pushed the stock market sharply lower the last two summers as well. and it really feels like a triple whammy now, because on top of the u.s. economy seemingly slowing down, european markets are dealing with a debt crisis, and asian markets are slowing down, too. what that does this week is it sharpens the debate at the central bank as to whether they should do more, lester, to stimulate the economy. you're also going to hear a whole lot more on the economy from both president obama and mitt romney, as we get closer to the november election. and voters like you are focusing on their job creating credentials. in terms of what this market
means for you and me, yes, it may be scary to look at your 401(k) right now, but the turmoil is also pushing down mortgage rates. currently they're sitting at record lows. it's also pushing down energy costs. for example, when you go to fill up at the pump. so there are pros and cons. but these are certainly things we're keeping a sharp eye on when we go back to open up the markets tomorrow, lester. >> mandy drury, thank you so much. cnbc will have live coverage tonight as the markets begin to open overseas. you can catch "markets in turmoil" at 9:00, 8:00 central, on cnbc. when we come back, he's an expert salesman at turning trash into cash, and he's been making a big difference since kindergarten.
finally tonight, we want to introduce you to a young entrepreneur with an unusual passion for garbage. he's been turning trash into treasure since he was in kindergarten, and he's making a difference for a lot of folks in need, as nbc's kevin tibbles reports. >> reporter: is this your bedroom or your office? >> this is both. >> reporter: at the ripe old age of 12, sam klein is the president and ceo of his own recycling business. if you weren't recycling this stuff, where would it all end
up? >> it would all end up in a landfall, and that's terrible for our environment. >> reporter: this middle schooler has been fascinated by the things the rest of us throw out since the days he was knee-high to a trash can. by 4, he was waiting for the garbage truck, helping load the garbage truck, even riding in the garbage truck. and then his mom says the light bulb went off. >> a lot of kids want to start their own business in a lemonade stand. >> that's right. >> your kid? >> he decided he was going to develop a business that recycled ink jet cartridges, laser toner, cell phones, things that end up in landfalls that should not. >> reporter: so out he goes to local businesses in st. louis collecting empty printer cartridges for recycling. back at head office, he meticulously organizes each shipment with the help of a little toilet paper. does your mom mind that you've got ink stains all over the carpet? >> she is okay with it.
but my dad sometimes has a seizure. >> reporter: and for his efforts, the cartridge manufacturers pay. how much money do you think you get for that box? >> anywhere from $100 to $200. >> reporter: dollars? but sam klein's work doesn't end there, because he takes his profits and reinvests them in people. donating some $1,000 so far to those who are less fortunate. >> i think it hurts him beyond to see somebody who's been tossed aside, whether it's a person or whether it's garbage. >> i feel i'm making a small difference. but i hope to make a larger and larger difference. >> reporter: mining other people's garbage, discovering life's real value. kevin tibbles, nbc news, st. louis. that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. brian williams will be here tomorrow. in the meantime, i'll see you shortly on "dateline." i'm lester holt reporting from new york. for all of us here at nbc news, good night.