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the news continues now with "nbc nightly news." and we'll see you again tonight at 11:00. until then, have a great evening. on this tuesday night, americans missing. a helicopter carrying u.s. marines on an aid mission disappears as another devastating quake strikes nepal. tonight dozens killed over 1,000 injured as military families wait for word on that chopper. no charges for the police officer in the death of an unarmed teenager a shooting that set off days of protests damage control facing a firestorm of criticism, including from within his own party, jeb bush tries to clear things up about what he just said about the iraq war. and sudden impact. a newer kind of crash test more like real life accidents. what it's revealing about some of the most popular suvs on the road. "nightly news" begins right now.
good evening, missing american military helicopter and its crew are among the many missing in nepal tonight. this quake was a magnitude 7.3, it struck midway between katmandhu and mt. everest, killing dozens more injecting new fear and misery in a place already stretched past its breaking point. there's worry about some of the fate of american rescuers. a marine had vanished today while performing a relief mission in the rugged mountains of nepal. we have two reports, first jim miklaszewski with late word on the chopper search. >> reporter: it was nearing sun set when a helicopter like this one carrying six
marines and two nepalese soldiers disappeared. all contact was lost. there was chatter about a fuel problem, but then total silence. no distress call no emergency beacons, nothing. a 90 minute search was called off because of darkness. the helicopter was delivering relief supplies to earthquake victims in the village. the rugged terrain and soaring mountains hamper any rescue efforts and put search crews themselves at risk. the missing marines are part of 300 u.s. military personnel who began arriving two days after the first earthquake april 25th. with three helicopters, the americans including those six missing marines have delivered 480 tons of relief aide and rescued 993 earthquake victims. dawn is about to break in nepal, when search and rescue efforts will resume. the hope is this
helicopter settled into a deep valley where surrounding mountains could block out any radio distress calls. tonight officials refused to consider the alternative, lester. >> today's quake in nepal, while massive in its own right was an aftershock from that stronger quake that killed 8,000 that last month. our chief foreign correspondent is back from spending weeks in nepal. he has our report in this compounding tragedy. >> the earth moved again. just as nepal was starting to recover. a 7.3 earthquake brought down buildings already weakened by the even stronger quake 17 days ago. temples collapsed. patients were carried outside. a camera in parliament
records the moment the quake hit. and members cleared out. across katmandhu terrified people poured into the streets. among them unicef spokesman kent page. >> it struck very hard very fast, very loud, and it was very scary. we felt like the walls and the entire building arounds was going to collapse on top of them. >> we saw everyone running out in the street. it was a scary experience. >> today's epicenter was east of katmandhu, closer to mt. everest. this time base camp was empty. the climbers gone the season cancelled after a quake triggered a deadly avalanche here. the people in the tiny mountain villages near everest have nowhere to run. they were already suffering from the first quake when we visited them a few days ago. >> in katmandhu there were some international rescue teams and international aid
money came in. up here in the mountains there's been almost nothing. these remote villages are even in greater need of assistance. so are the people across nepal. and they are afraid the earth will shake again. richard engel, nbc news. back here at home, a major development tonight in a deadly officer involved shooting in wisconsin. an incident that only added to national scrutiny. police find themselves under a string of deadly encounters. the officer will not face charges. nbc's ron allen has more tonight from madison. >> i am so very sorry for your loss. >> with that apology to tony robinson's mother, district attorney ishmael announced no criminal charges against officer kenny. >> this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police
force. >> he described a violent and chaotic night. with 911 callers saying robinson had assaulted several people. >> he was acting crazy and came up to him and tried to choke him. >> robinson's friends had asked for help. >> i look for a male black light skinned jacket yelling at cars. 19 years of age. his name is tony robinson. >> his death ignited several days of protests. >> what they didn't do was give my sony resbekt, and they didn't do a thorough full investigation. >> reporter: officer kenny had followed robinson to a nearby house. heard a disturbance and encountered robinson just inside a doorway. >> he said tony robinson immediately turned the corner and struck him with a closed fist. >> prosecutors said kenny fired seven shots white retreating. >> this is not what democracy looks like. >> outside defiance. protesters gathered for a march to the state capital.
are you surprised by this? >> i think i'm concerned about how our community responds. >> the prosecutor a lifelong resident had emphasized that he is also biracial with a black mother who worries about her son. demonstrators are gathering not far from here. many are not pleased by today's decision either. police have been preparing for this day for some time. so far, no confrontations lester? >> ron allen in madison tonight, thank you. jeb bush is in damage control mode trying to clarify how he answered a question about the war in iraq. and knowing what we know now, whether he would have authorized the u.s. invasion as his brother, former president george w. bush did. he's facing criticism from his answer including some from within his own party. kristen weller reports. >> jeb bush under fire after making these controversial comments about the iraq war on fox news monday. >> knowing what we know now, would you
have authorized the authorization? >> i would have and so would have hillary clinton, just to remind everybody. and so would everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got. >> bush tried to walk back his remarks. >> i interpreted the question wrong, i guess. i was talking about, given what people knew then would you have done it rather than knowing what we know now. >> when pressed. >> in 20/20 hindsight you would make a different decision? >> yeah i don't know what that decision would have been that's a hypothetical. but mistakes were made. >> the bush camp went into damage control mode earlier today, when one of his former aids tried to clarify his comments. >> i e-mailed him this morning and said i'm confused by this answer i'm wondering, did you mishear the question? he said i misheard the question. >> bush was blasted by democrats and some fellow republicans. >> i don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no wmd that the country should have gone to war. >> what he said was
rubbish, you can't still think that going into iraq now as a sane human being was the right thing to do. >> polls show the majority of americans and most republicans say the iraq war wasn't worth it and bush has previously tried to distance himself from his brother, former president george w. bush. >> the iraq war is going to be a vulnerability for jeb bush. >> a double edged sword in a race that's wide open. kristen welker nbc news washington. president obama's top economic priorities the blow was delivered by the president's own party, the majority of senate democrats worked with the white house and blocked the trade bills. this is a situation where most republicans agreed with president obama, supporting trade agreements. many say they want more protections for american workers. the defeat is a sign of the tension between the president and the
most progressive wing of his own party. for the first time in two years, secretary of state john kerry met with russian president vladimir putin. they spoke in sochi about syria, iran's nuclear program, and at length the crisis in ukraine, this is the highest level u.s. visit to russia since that crisis began in late 2013. russia admitted today that the cease-fire is ukraine is still being violated it denies sending in troops or arming rebels. tonight a war of words erupted over the punishment handed down for tom brady, suspended for the first four games of next season after the patriots were found to have used underinflated footballs in the playoffs. the investigation found it is more probable than not that brady was at least generally aware of what was happening. nbc's peter alexander with the latest now. >> you got to be kidding me. >> outraged patriots
farns sounded off. >> everyone looks for an advantage in the nfl. that's what drives me crazy about this. >> the nfl is nothing short of thieves. >> robert craft, one of roger goodell's closest allies argued the punishment far exceeded any expectations. brady's agent came out swinging blasting the suspension as ridiculous. insisting it was predetermined by the league. it's that stiff suspension fueling the most traffic on twitter today. two games for punching his fiancee. the nfl is an absolute joke. >> this isn't a court of law this is the weird world of the nfl, what the patriots were accused of doing was affecting the integrity of the game. >> the patriots facing a $1 million fine the
biggest in nfl history aren't backing down. sales of all things brady have doubled since his suspension as fans rally behind the qb. >> it's ridiculous a fraud, a farce. >> he didn't commit a crime, it's not a felony it's nothing like that just leave him alone. >> a handful of rogue patriots fanatics handcuffed themselves together in the new york city nfl headquarters. others launched a go fund me campaign to cover the nfl fine. the tally for those fans more than $9,000. tom brady's agent is vowing to appeal that four-game suspension. they officially have until 5:00 p.m. thursday to get that done. >> peter, thank you. the danger is not over in the southern plains after a streak of deadly tornados tore through several states.
there are new fears of flooding in the very same areas as people rushed to pick up the pieces with a particularly violent tornado season hitting its peak. kerry sanders with more now from texas. >> reporter: all that's left at 122 south boise arc street are the front stairs. >> material things can be replaced, lives cannot. >> the tornado ripped the home from its foundation and threw it airborne. >> it felt like we were in the middle of a blender being turned around and around. >> we were in the closet and the tornado hit us. >> 7-year-old macy and her 4-year-old brother cody wounds up on top of the debris. everyone else under the rubble. >> i couldn't find my mommy. >> the tornado's 9.9 mile path as wide as 7 football fields. >> preliminary reports show 160 tornadoeses touched down in 11 states since last
wednesday. why so violent. >> the jet stream has flip-flopped from what we saw over the winter when we had record heat in the west record cold in the east. now it's cool in the east with a snowstorm and tornados. >> last year the nation suffered more than $13 billion in tornado, wind and hail damage. but today in texas, it wasn't all about what was lost rather what was found. andy reunited with his miss ing missing dog tator. >> i'm glad my dog's back. >> and there's a spirit alive here that 140 mile per hour winds just could not destroy. >> united we stand, together. >> kerry sanders nbc news van texas. there is big news tonight in the world of business two big names coming together verizon says it's buying aol for $4.4 billion. the nation's largest wireless carrier is
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if you or someone in your family is considering buying a new suv there's crash test data out tonight that may influence what you buy. the insurance institute for highway safety has tested seven mid sized suvs, including some of the most popular models on the road. only one gets the agency's highest rating. we get details from tom costello. >> reporter: they're some of the most popular suvs on the market. put through a critical crash test. it replicates what happens when the front corner of the vehicle hits a pole tree or car. missing the front structure of the vehicle that might otherwise protect the people inside. the kind of serious accident that means
firefighters must cut victims out of the car. 25% of car accident injuries occur in just this type of accident. >> we have lower leg injuries femur fractures, hip injuries. sometimes, we'll have internal injuries. >> it's pretty serious stuff? >> yes. >> the good news. three of the seven suvs tested earned a good or acceptable rating. the ford flex the jeep wrangler four door and the nissan murano. >> the occupant compartment held up well. >> seven received poor scores the santa fe cherokee durango and dodge journey. >> the structure collapsed. moving the driver air bag out of the path of the driver's head. >> hyundai and jeep chrysler tell nbc news they meet or exceed government standards. tom costello nbc news washington. when we come back a new snapshot of who
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the people have spoken at least hundreds of sthouz andss of them have online. they're saying move over andrew jackson. they want a woman's face on the $20 bill. we reported on the women on 20s movement when it went viral. today they announced the big winner. here's hallie jackson. >> after weeks of anticipation the announcement. >> it's harriet tub man. >> harriet tub man, the people's pick to replace andrew jackson on the $20 bill. from classrooms coast to coast -- >> i think her story and what she did is so incredible. >> and at her memorial in harlem they're celebrating the abolitionist who helped slaves escape
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