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livermoore. interesting weather heading into the bay area. >> the "nightly news" is next. we'll see you at 6:00. >> see you then! breaking news tonight -- horror on the runway as a plane crashes in russia. the jetliner engulfed in flames during an emergency landing in moscow. as desperate passengers escape down emergency slides, dozens are feared dead, including children. outrage and confusion after a history-making disqualification at the kentucky derby. with millions of dollars at stake, maximum security loses his crown in a controversial call. what his owner is saying tonight. a new reversal from president trump. why he now says special counsel robert mueller should not testify before congress. the dramatic moments in florida after a plane slides off the runway and into shallow water.
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passengers waiting on the wings for help. one describes the terrifying aftermath and how he survived. the parents under investigation tonight for defying doctors and stopping their son's chemotherapy treatment as his condition improved. so who gets to decide the best medical treatment for our kids? a consumer alert. why nearly 12 million pounds of chicken strips are being recalled. and shooting star. the nasa photographer and the stunning images that are truly out of this world. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening. the plane had been in the air for just half an hour when the pilot turned it around heading for an emergency landing at moscow's main international airport. and just look at what happened as it touched down. the aeroflot passenger plane with 73 passengers and 5 crew members on board was fully engulfed in flames as it came down that runway with the rear of the plane burning.
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passengers scrambled to escape on emergency chutes. late today, aeroflot said the crew did everything it could to save lives but dozens are feared dead. our sarah harman has more. >> reporter: tonight, a russian passenger plane became a fireball. flames consumed the back half as survivors escaped on inflatable slides. fleeing the burning wreckage on foot. the russian-built superjet was operated by aeroflot and took off from moscow sunday night en route to murmansk. russia's interfax news agency reported the pilots issued a distress call immediately after takeoff, and the plane circled back 30 minutes later for an emergency landing. while it's too soon for a cause, aviation experts say this video will surely provide crucial clues. >> you're not just seeing a little fire in one localized area on the airplane. you're seeing a trail of heavy,
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thick flame and smoke. and that could only be from a breach in the fuel system. >> reporter: for survivors, a harrowing ordeal and nothing short of a miracle. sarah harman, nbc news. back here at home, a lot of questions tonight about the historic reversal at yesterday's kentucky derby. for the first time in the race's history, the horse that finished in first place was disqualified for an on-track foul. ron mott now on the controversial call. >> maximum security wins the kentucky derby! >> reporter: the run for the roses turned thorny moments after maximum security crossed the wire ahead of 18 other horses in the biggest race of the year where jockeying for . >> there is an objection that's been posted on the board. >> reporter: after a delay of more than 20 minutes, racing stewards disqualified the apparent winner for interference. you can see it right there. for the first time in 145 kentucky derbys.
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the crowd shocked. >> those horses were all affected, we thought, by the interference. therefore, we unanimously determined to disqualify number 7. >> reporter: that meant a 65 to 1 long shot, country house, claimed top prize of almost $2 million, returning handsome payouts to anyone daring to bet on him. >> it's bittersweet. i'd be lying if i said it was any different. >> reporter: but maximum security's co-owner called it the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing. even the president tweeting, only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. it's not the kind of feel-good story the derby usually produces and comes as the sport deals with sagging popularity and nearly two dozen horse fatalities at a california track this winter. >> it's not the best timing for horse racing right now to have that happen. but it is the safest thing for the horses and for the jockeys to try to make sure that the riders know they have to maintain a straight course no matter the quality of the race.
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>> reporter: today, fans touring the stables, largely agreed with the stewards. >> i have no regrets on how they called it. i think they did the right thing. >> i had money bet on maximum security so a little bit upset. >> reporter: those fans who bet on maximum security lost an estimated $9 million because of the disqualification. the question some are asking tonight, what has horse racing lost? kate? >> ron mott at churchill downs. everybody talking about it. breaking news in washington tonight. president trump making a big reversal and weighing in on whether special counsel robert mueller should testify before congress. the president now says no, potentially setting up yet another battle with democrats. we get the latest from nbc's hans nichols. >> reporter: tonight, a late objection from the president on special counsel robert mueller's potential appearance before bob mueller should not testify, the president tweeted. no redos for the dems. the president now taking the lead on a decision he had outsourced to attorney general william barr.
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>> should mueller testify? would you like to see him testify? >> i don't know. that's up to our attorney general. >> reporter: barr saying last week he'd allow mueller to testify. >> what about bob mueller? should he be aloud to testify? >> i've already said publicly, i have no objection to him. >> reporter: trump's comments coming just after democrats say they're trying to finalize mueller's appearance. americans are evenly split on impeaching president trump in the wake of mueller's report. the showdown with congress playing out as the president's north korea strategy may be unraveling. with kim jong-un launching short-range projectiles this week. mr. trump still showing optim m optimism. trump says, he also knows that i am with him and does not want to break his promise to me. deal will happen. with his secretary of state also keeping the door open. >> we still believe there's an opportunity to get a negotiated outcome where we get fully verified denuclearization. >> reporter: analysts say the short-range launch didn't violate kim's promise to stop testing long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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>> it is very, very clear and calculated. in other words, he did not cross the explicit red line that had been set earlier. >> reporter: the president seemed to want to de-escalate with north korea, he increased pressure on china in the trade talks tweeting he'd raise tariffs from 10% to 15% if an agreement were not reached by friday. kate? >> hans nichols at the white house, thank you. the president's former personal lawyer michael cohen will begin his three-year sentence in federal prison tomorrow. kathy park has more on cohen's last weekend of freedom and what's ahead for him in prison. >> reporter: michael cohen walking around manhattan this weekend enjoying his last hours as a free man. >> did you think when you started working for donald trump you'd end up in prison? >> reporter: at one point, he snaps at a photographer. >> you're putting my family in danger, and it's not acceptable. >> reporter: moments later, he's shaking hands and posing for a photo with a fan.
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tomorrow, cohen begins a three-year sentence for tax evasion, campaign finance crimes and lying to congress, all while working for donald trump. in an interview with "the new yorker," he doubled down on his former boss asking, how come i'm the one that's going to prison? i'm not the one that slept with the porn star. cohen will serve his sentence here, the federal correctional institution in otisville, new york. in the prison's minimum security camp, he'll join "the situation" from mtv's "jersey shore," convicted of tax evasion, and fire festival founder billy mcfarland, convicted of fraud. >> they come in an eporr: jack worked at the prison as a case manager. >> you are told when to eat, when to wake up, when to go to bid. and you're also counted five times a day. >> reporter: just 70 miles from
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his park apartment but a world away. kate, for his part, president trump is actually denying all of cohen's allegations. and cohen is set to surrender before 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. >> kathy park, thanks so much. three people are dead after a massive explosion at a silicone manufacturing plant near chicago. police say the explosion friday night involved hazardous materials and also damaged several nearby buildings. the cause is still being investigated. we're watching the severe weather that swept across the country this weekend. in savannah, georgia, this was the moment a possible tornado struck at a yacht club yesterday flipping boats over. other areas saw massive flooding. the mississippi river in the quad cities crested at more than 22 feet breaking a 26-year-old record. those severe storms are delaying efforts to find out how a plane slid off jacksonville, florida, friday night. the 737 was coming in for a landing and unable to stop, ending up in a river. nbc's tammy leitner spoke to one of the survivors. >> baby coming through.
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>> reporter: tonight, our first look at the harrowing aftermath of that boeing 737 that slid off a jacksonville, florida, runway and into the st. john's river during a storm friday night. 142 people were on board. retired navy commander bob gibson was one of them. >> on impact, everything went flying. the plane lost power. and then we were kind of deluged with water. >> reporter: 22 were injured in the accident. today, thunderstorms brought the investigation and cleanup to a halt. >> was there any fuel leakage in the river? >> the fuel tanks were breached when the aircraft went through the sea wall. >> reporter: yesterday investigators retrieved the flight data recorder. according to the ntsb, we now know the pilots wanted to land on a different runway facing the opposite direction. >> the cockpit voice recorder when we recover it will give us
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a lot more information on what the crew was thinking. >> reporter: the cockpit recorder, which has the recording of the conversations between the flight crew and the air traffic control, is in the tail of the aircraft still under water. investigators say tomorrow is the earliest they'd be able to pull this plane out of the river, and they're still not exactly sure how they're going to do it. they could use a barge or a crane. kate? >> tammy leitner, thank you. the sudden death last week of director john singleton has led to some important conversations in this country particularly around the health of black men. experts say a surprising gap in the medical field is causing some preventable health problems for a population already at risk. here's ron allen. >> reporter: every week, otis green visits this elementary school trying to get these students more interested in science and math. >> this is a great opportunity to learn, right? >> reporter: it's the first step toward getting them to think about following in his footsteps and some day becoming a doctor. >> i don't actually see any other fields that can compare to actually helping people get through their toughest of all times. >> reporter: this 31-year-old
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married father of two is on a journey few young black men take. he's a first year medical student at morehouse school of medicine in atlanta. the number of male medical students peaked at 542 in 1978 and has been falling ever since. in 2014, only 515 black men entered america's medical schools in a class of some 20,000. green says the education requirements and the cost in time and money turns many of his peers away. he expects to be some $200,000 in debt. >> you took the medical exams four times to get in? >> yes, sir, correct. >> this is like nine years plus of school. >> there's nothing else i want to do other than practice medicine. >> reporter: this is the dean of admissions at morehouse. >> they don't know this is an opportunity they should aspire to because they've never seen a black male physician. >> doing all right? >> doing good. >> reporter: dr. amari haj believes the lack of
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black men in medicine is one reason black male life expectancy is among the nation's shortage. age 72. studies show black patients are more likely to get preventive tests like colonoscopies and prostate exams when they have black doctors. >> people like and feel comfortable around people who look like them. >> new york city -- >> reporter: back in the classroom, dr. green's work is making an impact. >> i don't have nobody in my family that's a doctor so i want to step up, and hopefully i can help people that's in need. >> reporter: young future physicians perhaps in a community that desperately needs them. ron allen, nbc news, atlanta. riley howell, the 21-year-old student who died trying to stop a shooter at the university of north carolina charlotte last week was buried with military honors today. howell, who was a cadet in the school's rotc program, lost his life after running at the gunman and tackling him. one other student was also killed. four were injured.
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still ahead tonight -- nearly 12 million pounds of chicken strips recalled. what you need to know. also, why the parents of a 3-year-old with leukemia want to stop his chemotherapy treatment.
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a 3-year-old florida boy diagnosed with leukemia is caught in the middle of a fight between his parents and local authorities. when the parents decided to halt chemotherapy, the police stepped in and took the boy away. the case is raising serious questions now about parental
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rights when it comes to a child's medical care. molly hunter has more.w suppor this weekend for littlfit for n. >> reporter: the 3-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia last month. >> we were absolutely shocked, devastated. >> reporter: after two chemotherapy treatments at his florida hospital, his parents, joshua and taylor, say he improved, and, according to his lab tests showed no signs of cancer. the hospital wouldn't specifically comment to nbc news on noah's case citing privacy concerns. >> we just want one of the therapies that are less drastic than chemotherapy. >> reporter: the parents then sought a second opinion at an ohio hospital, but florida authorities issued an endangered child alert and tracked them down in kentucky. according to his parents, noah was taken away and a judge placed him with his grandparents. >> i want my son home, and i want him to be treated with a treatment that is not going to damage his little body so much.
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>> reporter: but doctors say continuing chemotherapy is the most effective treatment. >> we need chemotherapy. it is the most effective mechanism, the most effective therapy for getting us to that 90% cure. >> reporter: noah's parents vow to continue his medical checkups, but did they have the right to refuse his chemotherapy in the first place? >> in order for the state of florida to override a parent's wishes as to medical care, the state has to show medical neglect. >> reporter: if the parents call an oncologist in court who can show that chemo isn't necessary and there are other medically appropriate treatments, the parents may win but right now they don't even have their next hearing date. >> molly hunter, thank you. when we come back, how often do you replace what's in your closet? why so-called fast fashion may be hurting the planet. and shooting stars. the nasa photographer whose stunning images are out of this world.
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an alert about a food a lot of us have in our kitchens. tyson foods announced it is recalling nearly 12 million pounds of its frozen ready to eat chicken strips. they could be contaminated with pieces of metal. the move is an expansion of a much smaller recall that happened in march. now to an environmental story hiding in your own home. if you're constantly filling and then purging your closet, you may be contributing to a growing pollution problem. in tonight's "protecting our planet" segment, nbc's anne thompson on the impact of so-called fast fashion. >> reporter: for americans who love to shop, fast fashion feeds the frenzy. >> define fast fashion for me. >> it's about getting something that's in style out to customers as fast as possible, and then it's priced low enough to where it encourages overconsumption.
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>> reporter: in 1990, we bought an average of 40 garments a year. today, it's 66. to make room for all those new things, we are throwing out 70 pounds of clothes a year. elizabeth cline, author of "overdressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion," tracks the trend. how often do you come out here and find bags of clothes? >> i see clothes in the trash cans all around new york city on an almost daily basis. >> reporter: clothing destined for landfills. the amount more than four times what it was in 1980. there it can take years to decompose, up to 200 years if it's made of polyester, a synthetic fabric of plastic derived from oil. >> we're wearing plastic when we wear polyester. and the polyester industry alone consumes 342 million barrels of oil.
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>> reporter: but in this bronx warehouse, serge lazarev is creating a better way. >> clothing can be reused or recycled. but in any way, it doesn't have to end up in the garbage. >> reporter: his greentree textiles picks up used clothing around new york. 30% is resold. 70% is recycled into fibers for mattresses, pillows and insulation. >> this could be your old t-shirt. >> how has fast fashion impacted your business? >> fast fashion has made us very busy. and i'm glad that we're busy, but the amount of clothing that comes in is just overwhelming. >> reporter: another idea for cutting clothes waste? >> just by wearing your clothes for nine months longer, it can reduce your carbon footprint for that garment by 30%. >> reporter: staying sustainable and chic without the planet paying the price. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. >> i'm a big fan of dress for success, giving your clothes to them. we're back in a moment with a man who has captured space history for more than 30 years.
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finally tonight -- space travel is one of the most challenging and hopeful human endeavors. and for 30 years, one man has been responsible for documenting some incredible moments at nasa. kerry sanders has our "nightly snapshot." >> reporter: behind every one of these stunning photos -- is a man who would rather not be seen. for three decades, bill ingalls has been nasa's earth-bound man behind the lens. on this day, we're with him on wallops island, virginia, for a liftoff to resupply the international space station. >> i want to make sure i'm just not tight exclusively on the rocket. want to get some of the flame as
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well. >> do you feel pressure? >> absolutely. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 -- >> reporter: and it's go time. >> and we have engine ignition. and we have liftoff. >> reporter: as the rocket leaves the atmosphere, bill is on the move. his wireless field office, the back of his suv. >> now the race begins? >> yes, sir. >> you have to get it out? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: his first high-def images hit the newswires and social media just six minutes after liftoff. >> two more cards here to upload. >> reporter: up next his other pictures from 13 remote cameras positioned before liftoff. the shutters automatically triggered by the roar and vibration of the rocket's engine. >> bingo. >> reporter: from liftoff to out of sight on this day, bill's cameras captured 1,765 photos. over the decades he's documented nasa's every step. even from inside an active volcano. >> you've been just about everywhere that nasa operates? except up there. are you going?
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>> i'd love to go. you have a way to make that happen? >> reporter: bill ingalls, truly a photographer to the stars. kerry sanders, nbc news, wallops island, virginia. >> gorgeous images. that is "nbc nightly news" on a sunday night. lester holt will be back with you tomorrow. i'm kate snow. for all of us at nbc news, have a great night. from targeting ca.
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police have been looking for a man throwing rocks at cars. right now at 6:00, from targeting cars to cuffs. police have been looking for a man throwing rocks at cars. tonight, they might have him in custody. good eacvening. thanks for joining us. >> a possible break in a dangerous situation. someone has been throwing rocks at moving cars for more than a year, braeaking windows, causin injuries. >> reporter: sheriff's deputies made the arrest this morning after cars were damaged right along this highway. the first calls came in 9:15 or so this morning.

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