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on this monday night. under attack. late details about the gunmen armed with assault rifles opening fire at an anti-islamic event in texas and the hero cop who took him down. nbc news exclusive. where was bill clinton answering our questions about foreign donors and what he would do if hillary wins. freddie gray's family speaks out about the charges against those six police officers and the riots in baltimore. melissa rivers her first interview since the death of her mother. what's in a name? for her royal highness princess charlotte, elizabeth diana of cambridge, a whole lot. nightly news begins
now. good evening. it was an attack that quickly drew comparisons to the "charlie hebdo" massacre in paris, except this happened in texas. in this case the two well-armed attackers were shot and killed in an exchange of gun fire before they could kill. it happened at a dallas serbuburb. tonight, authorities are investigating a possible terror attack. the two shooters have been identified and at least one it turns out had already been on the fbi's regard. we report tonight from garland, texas. >> reporter: this mangled car driven by the two gunmen detitated to get rid of explosives. >> we're looking into that. we have not knocked that out. but we're working with the fbi. >> reporter: one of the suspects simpson, was known to the fbi
convicted five years ago of lying to federal agents. last night's attack was labelled by some as a hate group. it sponsored a contest offering $10,000 for the best cartoon of muhammad something considered deeply offensive by many muslims. despite heightened security at the event, two men in body armor jumped out of their car wielding assault rifles and opened fire. the only thing standing between them and 200 people inside was a traffic officer. >> the officer was using his duty pistol. they were using assault rifles. >> reporter: the officer returned fire killing the attackers. >> he did a very good job. and probably saved lives. >> we are going to move y'all into the auditorium. >> reporter: video taken inside shows swat officers trying to calm the guests. >> in a matter of seconds, the garland police department came in secured all exits.
and said they didn't want us to leave the room. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say simpson and the other suspect were roommates living in phoenix. today authorities searched their apartment for clues and evidence of the planning behind the attack. the group's leader pam geller today rejected the suggestion, that she intended to provoke an attack. >> i do not think i put them in danger. i think jihadist put them in danger. >> reporter: many muslim leaders in the region and world have condemned the attack. this as we learned that one of the gunmen tweeted out allegiance as a holy warrior about a half hour before the shooting. >> thank you. to politics now and an nbc news exclusive. bill clinton making headlines. major donations from foreign governments to the clinton foundation. sin thea mcfadden is traveling with the
former president and getting answers. >> reporter: former president bill clinton said he had no regrets about taking millions from foreign governments for his foundation. >> reporter: i don't think there's anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up. i think it's good. >> reporter: even while the criticism rumbles, the heart warming stories here in africa are undeniable. at the foundation program, 150 people will be fitted for hearing aids. their goal? a million people by 2020. this boy will hear for the first time. >> good? >> reporter: the former president chalked up most of the criticism to hard knuckle politics. >> there's been a very deliberate attempt to take the foundation down. >> reporter: under pressure the foundation announced it will only accept
contributions from six western governments going forward. is that an ocknowledgement it was a mistake not to stop the other foreign tions? >> no, it's an acknowledgment that we're going to come as close as we can during her presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state. >> reporter: he vigorously defended the 10 to $25 million given by saudi arabia noting the saudis have given to many presidential libraries. critics point out that political candidates are not allowed to take any foreign funds to avoid the possibility of influence pedaling. >> if anybody could show me that anyone had tried to do that i would stop taking their money. >> reporter: mr. president, you know there's a perception out there that the clintons play by their own rules. >> well i know -- >> reporter: the e-mail account, the mistakes on the tax forms for the foundation. >> all right. tell your viewers,
tell your viewers what were those mistakes? >> reporter: the 990's? >> tell them what the mistakes were. >> reporter: on the line with foreign government contributions were supposed to be. those were zero. they were put in a different location. >> we did disclose all the foreign governments. there was no attempt to hide them. the guy that filled out the forms made an error. we didn't tell nobody who gave us the money. >> reporter: it was an innocent mistake. >> it was all in there. >> reporter: it had went on for years before them. >> i can't explain why they can do it all i can do is fix it. >> reporter: it isn't just the foundation's funds that have come under attack. it's his own. for giving 11 speeches for $500,000 or more while his wife was secretary of state. she's now running for president. will you continue to give speeches? >> oh, yeah. i got to pay our bills. i also give a lot of it to the foundation every year. you know we got a lot to do. >> reporter: here in africa the controversies back at
home seem very far away. these are some of the poorest kids in kenya. a sampling of the 10,000 who are now attending high school. thanks to commitments made through the clinton global initiative. >> my dream is now real. >> reporter: this program has been a whopping success. 98% graduate. 94% go on to college. >> there has never been anything like this where you raise over $100 billion worth of stuff. it's helped people in 180 countries. >> reporter: from work ing with local farmers to a clinic in kenya treating babies with foundation purchased medicine. bill clinton is deeply proud of the work and believes the criticism doesn't add up. >> think about that there's this big nefar nefarious strategy by talking wealthy people pin countries giving money to help poor people. that's the theory.
i just don't believe over the long run the american people won't figure that out. >> reporter: if your wife is elected president, will you step down from the foundation? >> well if it's the right thing to do i will. >> reporter: why might you step down if she were elected? >> i might if i were asked to do something in the public interest i had an obligation to do. or i might take less of an executive role. my work is -- i'm involved in this as you can see. so i might do that. but we'll cross that bridge when we which to it. >> reporter: meanwhile he's getting back to work. cynthia mcfadden. even with controversies swirling over the funding. hillary clinton still leads the top republican candidates for 2016. in a new nbc news watt street journal poll. fewer people believe she's honest and straightforward. that number dropping from 38% last year to 25 25% now. this comes as clinton's lawyers say
she's agreed to one day, not two of testimony before congress later this month about benghazi and her e-mail server. the republican side of the race got more crowded today with two more candidates jumping in. carly fiorina, the former ceo of hewlett packard. became the first official female gop candidate for 2016 today. retired neurosurgeon ben carson announced he is joining the republican field. >> penalty phase of the boston marathon bombing trial saw something they haven't seen since the trial began. a show of emotion from dzhokhar tsarnaev. as his relatives from russia took the stand. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams was in the courtroom. >> reporter: after dzhokhar tsarnaev sat stone faced while dozens of witnesses told of the pain and suffering he caused. today he showed emotion for the first time. wiping away tears as relatives from russia recalled his childhood. his 66-year-old aunt waved to him during a courtroom break,
overcome at seeing him, unable to testify. she was one of five relatives from russia brought here to talk about his past. all were issued electronic ankle monitors housed in a secret location and escorted to and from the courthouse by the fbi. cousins told the jury he was especially close to his older brother, tamerlan growing up. they said when tamerlan visited them in russia a year before the bombing he had embraced radical islam. defense lawyers played a recording of his voice talking in russian about jihad that was found on dzhokhar's computer. he said maybe you're able to hold it down but i haven't been able to. i have this rage of hatred inside me. the case could go to the jury by the middle of next week. tsarnaev's lawyers are calling for a sentence of life without parole saying he'd be locked and away and forgotten. lester. >> thank you. new tensions in baltimore today where
the calm on the streets was briefly broken when police arrested a man on a handgun charge. they were quick to tamp down on reports the man had been shot. in the meantime the family of freddie gray is speaking out about the criminal charges filed against the six baltimore police officers accused of being involved in his death. i sat down with gray's mother twin sister and stepfather as well as their attorney and asked them about the reaction to the filing of charges. >> i was shocked but happy to hear the charges -- because i didn't expect it so soon. but i was really happy that it turned out this way. >> gloria freddie was your baby. talk to me as a mother the pain that you're experiencing. >> i got a -- i wish it didn't never happen. it didn't never happen. and i won't never be
the same. i will never be the same. >> fredrica you lost your twin brother, freddie. >> it's -- for me to lose my twin it's like i can't sleep at night. i cry. i really miss him. the pain i feel is unbearable. >> tell me about the freddie we haven't read about. >> the funny freddie, the freddie that's always happy and smiling and caring and loving. >> i think this is a question i'd like to address to you, if i may. sometimes in these cases, there is a tendency to want to turn it back on the victim. people saying why did he run. he had a those people? >> there's no relevancy to that at all. because the police had no basis other than him running. to stop him or to arrest him. and there's no crime called running while black. and there's no crime called felony running. >> richard, when the violence broke out last week were you
concerned that it would take the focus off of justice, off of freddie? >> i was so hurt and ashamed that they would apparently attempting to use it in the name of freddie. i was very discouraged with that. very discouraged. >> things turned around very quickly. people stood up and said no more violence. you were one of the voices. >> yes. >> calling for peace? >> yes. even though it was a tragic situation, we must protest and raise our voices in a peaceful manner. >> so my conversation with freddie gray's family still ahead here tonight. an nbc news exclusive melissa rivers opens up about the death of her mother. facebook sheryl sandburg and a terrible tragedy on a family vacation. what we're learning about it tonight. shriek with joy.
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tonight eight months into the shocking death of joan rivers her daughter melissa, is opening up in her first interview about her mother's passing following a throat procedures at a clinic in new york. she sat down with matt lauer to talk about her. >> i had gotten e-mails on the plane she was in a medically induced coma and they were dropping her body temperature. which i knew was bad,
because that was the protocol for catastrophic brain injury. >> reporter: do you remember when you walked in the hospital? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: what did you see? >> i couldn't believe what i was seeing. it becomes very surreal. and there's my mom and machines and doctors. >> reporter: a week after she underwent a throat procedures at yorkville endoscopy she died in the hospital with her daughter by her side. >> reporter: it was preventible in your opinion? >> in my opinion it was 100% preventible. >> reporter: with what could they have done to prevent this? >> how about paying attention to the vital signs. >> reporter: she is suing the hospital and the doctors who were possible for her mother's care. an anise theeshiology has denied wrong doing. patient safety is their highest priority adding that
they use state of the art monitoring device and have emergency resuscitation equipment, including a crash cart immediately available during the procedures. >> reporter: what did you hear that bothered you the most? >> the selfie. >> reporter: explain it for people who don't know the selfie. >> there was a story circulating that during the procedure the doctors were taking selfies of themselves with my mother while they were working on my mom. >> reporter: is it true? >> allegedly they weren't taking selfies they were taking pictures of each other working. >> reporter: it wasn't technically a selfie but your mom was in the picture. >> allegedly. >> reporter: melissa says she hasn't seen those photos. medical staff told health department investigators that a doctor used a cell phone to take pictures of joan rivers while she was unconscious. you write about the time when she's in the hospital and she passes away. >> yes. >> reporter: can you read it for me? >> when it was time to
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married to well-known facebook executive 6789 authorities in mx say goldberg died from head trauma while exercising. he was just 47 >> he lived a great large life. it's a tragedy that one of the very good people in silicon valley this would happen to at a young age. >> reporter: his wife spoke often about the importance of finding a life partner. >> if you pick someone who is going to share the joys with you you will go further. >> reporter: she wrote she found that partner in goldberg. he is my best friend dedicated co-parent and the love of my life. he ran the online polling company survie monkey and supported his wife's push for gender equality. >> we need to do more. >> reporter: his family is asking everyone to share their favorite memories on his facebook page.
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for month of speculation the suspense is over. we now know the name of william and kate's new baby girl the princess of cambridge. if you're thinking she would be named after her late grandmother, princess diana, you're kind of right. here is katy tur. >> reporter: william and kate introducing their new princess. who slept through all the excitement. kate somehow managing to look great only ten hours after giving birth. today, london celebrated. guns fired. bells rang. all for her royal highness princess charlotte elizabeth diana of cambridge. what's in a name? charlotte evokes her grandmother, charles. among the first to pay a visit. elizabeth, her great grandmother, the queen. and of course diana. gone now for almost 18 years.
the grandmother she'll never know. elizabeth and diana never close, now brought together in a name. >> he doesn't want his mother's memory to die. he wants his mother to be remembered for what she was. she will be now. >> reporter: william is championed his mother's memory from the beginning. he proposed with diana's engagement ring. >> she is sharing in all the fun and excitement. this is my way of keeping her close. >> reporter: that same ring on prominent display for charlotte's debut. also on display, briefly, prince george. who turns two in july. a little bewildered but clearly the master of the royal wave. a skill he may teach to his little sister someday. katy tur nbc news london. that will do it for us. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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