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. tonight from the aircraft carrier, "intrepid", military showdown, clinton and trump from the same ship facing tough questions from our nbc commander in chief forum, a critical test for the candidates. 10,000 times more powerful than heroin, hundreds of overdoses in just two weeks. a big american city taking drastic measures. horror in the sky, a deadly mid-air disaster, two planes collide, the latest in a string of frightening aviation incidents. cutting the cord, apple's new change to the new iphone and what's about to go missing. a long lost 9/11 flag found, a symbol of hope from ground zero, gone for so long.
solved. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. reporting tonight from the "intrepid" museum. >> good evening from along the hudson river in new york. we're aboard the warship, "intrepid", a symbol of american might. donald trump and hillary clinton will shortly each make their case here as to how they would lead the nation's military into the future. to why both clinton and trump have been so heavily focused on national security and leadership ahead of tonight's nbc commander in chief forum. the latest nbc news survey monkey online poll shows trump leads among military voters and veterans, 55-36% but clinton leads among all voters when it comes to confidence being commander in chief 46-39%. the forum is now well underway. hillary clinton is up first and she has just
members of the military and veterans. take a look at one of the exchanges from moments ago. >> i communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system. i took it very seriously. when i traveled i went into one of the little tents that i'm sure you've seen around the world. i don't want any potential for someone to have embedded a camera it is i was seeing that was designated marked and headed as classified. >> let us -- >> so i did exactly what i should have done and i take it very seriously. always have. always will. >> hillary clinton moments ago here on the intrepid. donald trump up next. this in a critical race for president and andrea mitchell starts us off. >> reporter: donald trump the outsider, no military or political
hillary clinton. >> sometimes it seemed like there wasn't a country in the middle east that hillary clinton didn't want to invade, intervene or topple. >> reporter: facing off against clinton the ultimate insider running on her resume, blasting trump for intemperament. >> donald trump's ideas aren't jus different, they are dangerously incont trust over that e-mail scandal, her handling of classified information. >> people that have nothing to hide don't smash phones with hammers, they don't. >> reporter: just today, republican senator bill cohen, bill clinton's defense secretary endorsing clinton saying trump is not up to the job citing trump's comments about torture and his attack on john mccain. >> we need to have a president with a coherent philosophy, not one simply read off a teleprompter but deeply felt. >> reporter: the
isis. trump now saying he will give the military this deadline. >> i will ask my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy isis. >> reporter: although during the primaries trump said he would rely on himself, not the generals. >> i know more about isis than the generals do, believe me. >> he says he has a secret plan to defeat isis. but the secret is he has no plan. >> reporter: but tonight, clinton will have to defend her own record on isis and e-mails. kinzinger served in iraq and afghanistan. >> as a military man, if i had mishandle e-mail as carelessly as she did i probably would have lost my military clearance and been kicked out of the military. >> reporter: another flash point, vladimir putin, as a leader he would give him an a. >> reporter: trump saying clinton would be pushover for putin. >> hillary likes to play tough with russia. putin looks at her and he laughs, okay? >> reporter: these are just a few of the critical differences
tonight between these if she is president there will be no ground forces in iraq or syria. lester? >> andrea mitchell, we know the focus is on the men and women in uniform that serve our country. here on the intrep mid, they are fielding questions from veterans and active members of the military. peter alexander spoke to some of them to find out what they wanted the americans who will be paying closest attention tonight, military veterans who know how critical the decisions of a commander in chief can be. >> i definitely want to hear the current strategy they may have in place to counter isis. >> i want to hear about veterans healthcare reform. >> reporter: is it working? >> it's currently not working for me. >> reporter: purple heart recipient, jason hague, after tours in iraq and afghanistan is now fighting a hidden war. >> why do you have savers dog? >> ptsd, traumatic
others i suffered overseas. >> reporter: the military thinks donald trump would best handle military issues but on the issues here, a dead heat. this group a sample of 22 million veterans nationwide. heading into tonight, who supports donald trump? and hillary clinton? and you guys? >> undecided. >> reporter: dalila, a marine corps veteran and mom, supports trump. >> he speaks what's on his mind i must sa >> reporter: for army veteran, marsha castleberry, red flags. >> i was quite frankly deeply disturbed about the muslim ban because i spent 30 months working with our arab muslim allies. >> reporter: as you said, we need those partners? >> yes, we do. >> reporter: green beret, fran, speaking for all who have served. why do the decisions of the commander in chief matter? >> the consequences are life and death many times for those out there executing on the orders.
intrepid. let's bring in our political director, moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd, a critical commander in chief test here. what's the bar each is trying to reach tonight? >> i think they have two different challenges. donald trump is more basic. his is about meeting a threshold he actually can do the job. i think it a reminder her task, as i was talking earlieer defend a record that in general the public is unhappy with, not hers personally. donald trump, it's about showing separation for the job and showing that he has the temperament for the job and, you know, matt grilled them early on the temperament issue. i know more than the generals when it comes to isis and trump stood by it. interesting to see how folks react to that. >> thanks very much.
deadly epidemic, heroin laced with a drug 10,000 more times powerful than heroin alone. as gabe ambiguityier he has explains, authorities are going to extremes to get it off the streets. >> reporter: brandon didn't think he would survive. >> i'm knocking on the devil's door. i was dead. >> reporter: the 28-year-old had been using heroin for years. then he started mixing the drug with its cheaper alternative, fentanyl and found a more powerful high. >> is this the next generation of heroin? >> for sure, better believe it. carfentnal is 10,000 times more stronger and an amount smaller than a snow flake can be deadly. a judge in cincinnati offered blanket immunity to anyone that turns it in, heroin or other deadly drugs. >> if we had a
the nation would be outraged and everyone is like these are addicts. this is somebody's son or husband or daughter. >> reporter: in less than three weeks, authorities say of the nearly 300 overdoses reported in the cincinnati area, 174 happen in a six-day period. there are also large clusters of overdoses in west virginia, kentucky and indiana. >> some people are snorting this and the county coroner has a theory dealers are testing it where there is a market for heroin. >> i think that cincinnati is centrally located and very easy to get from point a to point b. >> reporter: brandon is in treatment hoping to reconnect with his young daughter and not end up on this wall where he knows a dozen people that died from overdoses. >> not saying i'm any different because we were all the same.
>> reporter: the county coroner's office got reports of 18 overdoses just today, thankfully, none fatal. authorities suspect this latest wave of synthetic drugs is manufactured in china and mexico. lester? >> all right. gabe, gutierrez, thank you. federal investigators are looking into what caused a midair coalition between two private planes in georgia. it's the latest in a string of general aviation crashes. too manyot their airplanes. here is nbc's tom costello with the latest details. >> reporter: at a rural airport today, tragedy, the wreckage of two planes broken and scattered across a field but three people on board including a flight instructor and her passenger all killed. >> this is two airplanes in a midair collision. >> reporter: witnesses say it happened when both planes were landing at the region
>> it appears one plane may have sat down on top of another. both may have been low wing aircrafts. >> reporter: the training plane was beneath the other plane. today's accident the latest in a string of fatal crashes involving private planes. september 3rd two killed near the florida ever glads, august 12th, six killed in virginia. the ntsb reports an average of 250 general aviation planes crash every year, nearly fi killed more than one a day. so many the ntsb put general aviation crashes on the list of most wanted improvements. gathering experts for a brainstorming session in washington. >> even good pilots can have bad days. >> reporter: the biggest problem, 47% of the crashes involve pilots losing control of their aircraft. most often during inflight maneuvers, landing approach or initial climbout, so
tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> to the growing fight over funding for zika. congress is in washington with unfinished business and democrats are republicans are accusing each other of playing politics that happening as cases spread and new concerns arise in florida over what is being done to combat it. we get more from nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: the house floor was a buzz >> i rise with 100 mosquitos straight from florida. >> reporter: florida representative brought mosquitos, the kind that carry zika in a sealed container to get his colleague's attention. >> you see, i brought these mosquitos here today to convey that fear and that anxiety. >> reporter: with 56 home grown cases in florida today, today was another day without the president's request for more than a billion dollars, the political fight, should planned parenthood get the money?
job and the senate has been blatantly political with zika funding. >> this is a disgrace. it's a shame. >> reporter: and in the zika zone. >> my god, they can't make a decision and do anything for their country. >> reporter: they are on edge. a neurotoxin naled approved by the epa. in highly populated miami beach, it's not welcome. >> i'm scared for her and scared for me and scared for everybody. personally, it's for her. >> we're actually using about two-thirds of an ounce pere that is this much. >> reporter: as early as friday morning they will begin spraying that insecticide naled over miami beach. peak mosquito season here lasts until late november. >> reporter: tonight congressional members hope to have the funding fight resolved next week. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami beach. still ahead, the smartphone wars heating up, major changes headed for the
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mystery grew, what happened to the iconic american flag raised at ground zero less than five miles from here tonight. ann thompson has the answer though many question still remain. >> reporter: on a day of steering images, this was the one of resilience. >> the symbolism of what they did in raising that flag is really what resonates with people. >> reporter: it was the source of a mystery. hours of tom franklin took this shotn disappeared. for awhile, another flag was tauted as the one in the picture until someone realized it was the wrong size, 5'8", the one in the photo is 3'5". where was the real flag? in the analyst of american history, how big a mystery is it? >> the most famous flag of the 21st century. the only thing i can thing of bigger -- >> reporter: he told the story two years
four days later a man brought what he says was the flag to a fire station. he's a mystery. they only have this sketch and the name brian. he said he was a form erma rein who had been given the flag by a 9/11 widow. months of forensic work followed, photograph comparisons revealed the flags were the same size, of the same material with watching rope and tape. and there was another match. >> the dust and debris that was on that flag was consistent with dust and debris from ground zero. >> reporter: the flag's 15-year journey ends tomorrow at the 9/11 memorial and museum where it will be displayed in a new exhibit. back to where it first rallied a wounded nation. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. finally tonight, this ship, the intrepid is a daunting
chief. a fitting place for mr. trump and secretary clinton to face questions about readiness for the job. young men fought, bled and 270 of them died on this ship. some on this very deck during some of the most intense battles of the war in the pacific. they were ordered into battle after a decoration of war. theirs was not to question that order but to serve and they did so bravely as thousands continue to do tonight in places like afghanistan, iraq they have no choice but to put their faith and their fate in the hands of whoever is our president, their commander in chief as their families must, as well. something to keep in mind as we evaluate the candidates tonight. that is going to do it for us on this wednesday night, i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good
right now on news 3 live at 6:00 -- a man suspected of killing his roommate set free. tonight, his girlfriend who watched it happen tells us she fears for her life. questions answered. not only do we see the video of the suspect escape from north las vegas police custody. but now police are talking about what went wrong and how they are pledging to do things differently. a terrifying trio holds up businesses overnight. we'll tell you what part of town they are targeting. well, there is a body full of holes. i don't know what else they need. it was overkill. he didn't deserve that. >> that woman who says she witnessed the murder of senator
speaking out tonight. good evening. i'm jim snyder. >> i'm reed cowan. the district attorney dropped charges against the man responsible for lamar reid's death. the family is outraged. that's where we begin at 6:00. antonio castelan joins us live outside of the regional justice center. why is the man walking free? >> reporter: there just wasn't enough evidence to file a murder charge. that's what the district attorney tells the woman says a self-defense claim is just a lie. the district attorney stresses it would have been tough to prove murder beyond a reasonable doubt. >> i'm shocked and disgusted. , i can't believe it. >> reporter: lea hernandez wonders why her former roommate michael lanunziata is a free man. hernandez said she witnessed lanunziata murder her boyfriend,