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>> the news continues now with "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. we'll see you back here at 11:00 tonight. have a good evening. tonight, moments of terror developing details inside the attack at the airport in istanbul, how the suicide bombers got inside. new video and chilling accounts of death and survival. richard engel is there. also, protecting america's airports, should security checkpoints be moved? tonight, the cia director's warning about isis threat to the homeland. nbc news exclusive, tom brokaw with vice president biden on his moon shot mission to find a cure for cancer. how safe and effective are the popular hand saniti sanitizers millions of merps use everyday? concerns being raised. the fda demanding answers, what doctors are telling us tonight. and home coming for a baby abandoned in a college dorm, now
all grown up, she's the graduate. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, ra rarely have we seen so many major images of a terror attack as it happened. tonight, graphic airport surveillance video is helping officials in turkey piece together how last night's bombing unfolded at the u.s. stan bull airport and how a terrorist began with a gun attack and how they sheetz on a moment of shock and confusion to get into position to kill so many people. 41 in all. the number of injured well over 200. nbc news chief foreign correspondent, richard engel is in istanbul with new developments. >> reporter: new details revealing the sophistication of the rolling isis attack at the u.s. stan bull airport and the again bravery of turkish security force who tried to stop it.
the turkish prime minister outlined the ongoing investigation, based on his account and others, here's what we pieced together from initial details. the three militants arrived in two taxis. they opened fire outside the main terminal, perhaps to draw away security force. one then detonated a bomb. the ensuing chaos allowed the two rema remaining militants to slip past security and enter the terminal itself. but police put up a fight. a new video shows the moment when a witness said a policeman tackled one of the militants in the terminal, wrestling him to the ground but the bomber still managed to detonate. the final surviving attacker made his way to an upper level but he, too, was confronted by police and shot. the officer who immobilized the attacker before his bomb blew up is being celebrated as a hero. the officer survived. richard from connecticut had just landed at the airport
with his wife and wa walked straight into it all. >> we didn't know what was going on. there was a possibility of someone coming around the corner with a gun, what people were sho shouting. >> reporter: british video yoggrapher, took pictures and help a man in a wheelchair. >> there was families struggling with kids and babies and small children and all trying to get back away from the area. >> reporter: after a potentially crippling attack, turkey is sh showing resilience. what is remarkable is that this airport is already reopen. this is one of the plate glass walls separating the outside of the terminal. you can see destroyed pockmark with what seem to be bullet holes. there are more bullet holes here yet this information counter is operating more-or-less as normal. the airport is still functioning but also the scene of an investigation and a cleanup all at once. the turkish government
said clearly today it believes isis was responsible for this attack. u.s. officials worry there could be more attacks and, leather, if yleather, -- lester, if you come to this airport and drive by, a lot of glass has been repla replaced, you can akacan hardly tell an attack took place less than 24 hours ago. isis did not stop this airport and did not stop this city. >> pretty remarkable. you know two years ago today, the leader of isis proclaimed its caliphate, the islamic empire it would rule. since then, the group has lost territory. officials warn that's precisely why we could see more attacks around the world including here at the u.s. our justice correspondent, pete williams has more. >> reporter: the deadliest and most complex attacks carried out by isis struck overseas in brussels and paris and istanbul. the cia director said he'd be surprised if
they aren't planning targets overseas and here at home. >> if anybody here believes the u.s. homeland is hermet hermetically sealed and isil would not consider that, i think i would guard against that. >> reporter: he and other intelligence officials say the battle against isis has not reduced its global reach or efforts to incite i tacks around the world. in the u.s., the biggest has been people inspired to attack by the relentless propaganda in interviews and social media. the fbi concluded the husband and wife who killed 14 people in san bernardino were inspired by isis and the gunman who shot up a nightclub pledged his support to the leader of isis. a department official told congress just yesterday even though isis is under growing military pressure, that threat remains. >> as they're losing territory, losing their central narrative of this caliphate, this state
they're creating, they will try to inspire through the internet these lone wolf types of attacks. >> reporter: in the past 2 1/2 years, federal agents have arrested 93 people in the u.s. of isis related charges, average age, 26, three-quarters u.s. citizens and more than half were trying to get to syria to join isis. the fbi says it's seen that number drop significantly in the past several months. social media companies in the u.s. say they try to block users who spread the isis message but it's a constant battle because the propaganda change their user na names and back online. >> pete williams in washington, thank you. the tsa tells nbc news it hasn't changed its security posture after the attack but they did deploy tactical police units with a show of force today. with two attacks in four months, security here are wrestling with a delicate question how do you
make the airport safer but still make the airport experience bearable by passeng passengers. >> reporter: at select u.s. airports today, new york, atlanta, l.a., a high police presence watching airport perimeters and arriving traffic. at jfk airport, a suspicious package closed terminal 5 for a short time. the u.s. st the u.s. bull the u.s. stan buattack comes j as travel takes off for the holiday. launch their attacks outside the secure area. the question is whether the first security checkpoint should be moved away from the terminal perhaps outside to the drop-off curb or across the street in a parking lot. that's what authorities in bruss brussels did after the march attack. that only moved a big target outside while creating massive traffic jams and del delays. >> it's not good for the aviation business
or passengers. >> reporter: former fda administrator was in charge of vetting security at overseas airpo airports. his concern for usa airpo airports, the front entrance is far too often very vulnerable. >> is this enough to deter a terrorist? >> no. this is a visible presence for a vehicle type threat. it's not out far enough. you could pull sideways here and it would be catastrophic. >> reporter: a show of force at several big city airports today designed to assure travelers and possibly defer terrorists. >> they want to go to another location and obviously want to go to the location they have the most chance for success. >> reporter: police, cameras, dogs and intel all aimed at preventing an attack. tonight, homeland security is reitera reiterating it is always comparing passenger manifests against known terrorists on the watchlist and you also consulting with foreign intelligence agencies and advising u.s. law enforcement.
>> thank you. the ripple effect of this attack is being felt from the white house and across the campaign trail today. president obama at a summit of north american leaders in canada where the focus was on a politician here at home, donald trump igniting a new firestorm by calling for the return of waterboarding. hallie jackson has more. >> reporter: donald trump, in the spotlight, in maine late today, and across the border in canada, where all three north american leaders were peppered with questions about the presumptive nominee. >> that's nativism or keen pho xena phobia or worse or cynicism. >> the relationship between our three countries goes far deeper than any individual leaders. >> reporter: concerns internationally and here at home about trump's policies. like his renewed call for torture against terrori terrorists. >> you can do anything you want and the more vicious you are the better. so we can't do
waterboarding, which is -- it's not the nicest thing but peanuts compared to many alternatives, right? >> now, new backlash within his own party. senator john mccain, a former prisoner of war. >> it's not the united states of america, it's not what we are all about. it's not what we are. >> reporter: for months, after paris and san bernardino and after orlando, trump stuck to his strategy, take the toughest line on terror and don't back down. he's doing it again now. >> you have to fight fire with fire. >> reporter:by contrast, hillary clinton staying off camera, releasing only a written response emphasizing solidarity with turkey and kraip co-o cooperation with allies, a topic she trails trump. >> the fact she o-- he outpolls hillary on who can best handle the threat of terrorism is a st stunning insight how
aggressive some voters want to see us in the face of these animals that carry out attacks against innocents. >> reporter: trump tonight just wrapped up that rally in maine, hoping to peel away one electoral vote here, not exactly a battleground state. a republican hasn't won maine since president george h.w. bush in 1998. >> thank you. tonight, investigators say the doomed egyptair airplane that went down saw signs of damage due to high temperature and may suggest a fire on board and a flight data recorder indica indicates there was smoke confirming previous data. we still don't know if it was a bomb. the cockpit voice recorder was damaged in the crash and being repaired in paris. back in this country, the remains of two rail workers have been recovered from the scene of an explosion, a head-on collision between two freight trains, a third employee is presumed dead in the wreckage. the massive fire fueled by diesel bu
burned into the night. it's unclear at this point how the trains ended up on the same track. now, to an nbc news exclusive, vice president joe biden on his fight to end cancer once and for all. the white house declared this a day of action for its cancer moon shot initiative with 270 events throughout the country. it's a very personal battle for biden who lost son, bo, to cancer last year. and tom brokaw still in remission three years after his multiple myeloma diagnosis has a special interest in this subjected and he sat down with the bidens today to talk about his ambitious goal. >> i hear from so many cancer patients who know about it and get frustrated because it takes too long to get access to it. the system stops everything. >> exactly. we're trying to set up a website that everything going on on every experiment with
cancer is in one place and your local doctor s says, oh, that's my patient. maybe i can get my patient in that trial. >> let me ask you about the cost. we cannot exclude big pharmawithout this. as i sit here before you right now i have 1,0$1,000 worth of pills i took this morning. one pill 500 bucks. i'm in the maintenance part of it. i have a great health care plan because i worked for a big company. that patient out there that doesn't have the protection i do, what too they do? >> there's one attacker drug that works very well that came out in 2002 that cost, i think it was, something like 27, 28,0$28,000 a year, now 130,0$130,000 a year. what happened? when it came out they thought it was a justifiable price. >> did you get an answer? >> no. i'm going to -- i'm going to -- how can i say, i will seek publicly to hear the explanation. >> the vice president and his wife, dr. jill biden, plan to
continue their cancer mo moonshot campaign when he leaves office next january. >> for the biden family, this is not just public service, this is deeply personal. we know about the vice president and bo, the whole country was deeply affected by that. but you had your own very very wounding experiences with cancer in your family. >> that's right. both my mother and my father died of cancer. and my sister had a stem cell transplant. one of the things i think the moon shot does is it offers hope. i think hope is what keeps you together. i bet you find that in your family. we found it in our family. >> tom brokaw with the bidens today. still ahead internet, are the hand saniti sanitizers so many people use actually safe? the fda raising new questions about their use especially among children and pregnant women. i also historic changes for the u.s.
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we're back now with new questions about the safety of hand sanitizers, something most of us took for granted. you can see them everywhere from the home to the workplace. now the fda is dema demanding to know how effective they are and whether they represent health risks, and especially concerned about children and pregnant women. anne thompson has the story. >> reporter: millions of times a day, americans reach for the pump, bottle or
tow towelette, putting on hand sanitizers, popular weapon in this battle against colds and foods. now the fda wants to prove these products are as safe and effective as they claim, the most popular promising to kill 99.99% of germs. this review pushed today by the natural resources defense counsel. >> fda doesn't have the data to show whether they're safe or effective and we think fda needs that data before those products should allow to stay on the consumer shelves. >> reporter: the fda is zeroing in on three active ingredients to see how much are absorbed through the skin and in attackparticular the impact on long-time daily exposure on children and pregnant women and the fda wants to know if bacteria could definitive develop resistance to the chemicals. the fda say this is no reason to take them off the market. infectious disease
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has always felt at home at san francisco state university. you could say she was born to be here. in 1984, jillian made headlines. >> dorm baby doing well. >> reporter: she was known as the baby in the box, discovered by students in a dorm laundry room, aband abandoned but hardly unwanted. >> when i read the story, my heart just started beating, i immediately senseed that this baby might actually become ours. >> reporter: helena and sam sobel read jillian's story and she was the gifthy h they had been praying for. >> love at first sight. >> we were touched by fate in a special way. >> reporter: she would soon learn the circumstances behind her birth. >> when you're adopted you will always have question marks more than periods. to find out you were abandoned at birth is a little bit harder to understand. >> reporter: as jillian searched for
her biological parent she looked to the students who helped save her 31 years ago. >> good to see you. >> reporter: ester raeger now a pediatric nurse now named her own daughter after jillian, fate bringing them together again. >> i almost feel like she almost is my first daughter. i have two jillians now. >> reporter: jillian would soon decide to enroll at san francisco state. the campus where she was born is where she would graduate. >> i'm very proud in all the achievements i've had, a great time to be alive. >> reporter: jillian says she's come full circle. the baby left behind now the woman with so much promise ahead of her. nbc news, san francisco. >> isn't that a great story? that will do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us on nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.