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on this tuesday night, americans missing, a helicopter carrying u.s. marines on an aid mission disappears as add 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 worries in nepal tonight. that country was hit again by another major quake. this one was a magnitude 7.3. it struck midway between katmandhu and mt. everest. killing dozens more and injecting new fear and misery in a place already stretched past its breaking point. a u.s. marine helicopter and its california based crew have vanished today while performing in the relief mission in nepal. we have two reports, jim miklaszewski with late word on the chopper search. >> reporter: it was nearing sun set when the u.s. helicopter like this one, killing 6 u.s. marines and two
soldiers suddenly disappeared. all radio contact was lost. there was reportedly brief radio chatter from the u.s. chopper 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 of charicot. the terrains seriously hamper any rescue efforts. the marines are part of 300 u.s. military personnel, who began arriving after the first earthquake april 25th. with three helicopters, the americans, including those six missing marines have delivered 480 tons of relief aid and rescued 993 earthquake victims. >> dawn is about to break in nepal, when search and rescue efforts will resume.
the hope is this helicopter safely settled into a deep valley where surrounding mount any radio distress calls. and tonight, officials here refused to even consider the alternative alternative, lester. >> thank you, jim. today's quake in nepal, while massive in its own right is an aftershot from the stronger quake that killed 8,00 last month. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is back from spending weeks in nepal. he has our report in this compounding tragedy. >> reporter: 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 recorded the moment the quake hit. and members cleared out.
across katmandhu, terrified people poured into the streets. among them kent page. >> it struck very hard very fast very loud, and it was very scary. we really felt like the walls and the entire building around us was going to collapse on top of that. >> we just saw everyone running out on the street. it was a scary experience. >> today's epicenter was east of katmandhu, close tore mt. everest. this time base camp was empty. the climbers gone. the season cancelled after the april 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 last week. >> 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 in even greater need of assistance. so are people across nepal. and they are afraid the earth will shake again. >> richard engel nbc news. back here at home a major development in a deadly officer involved shooting in wisconsin, an incident that added to police scrutiny. this time now that the investigation is complete 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 for her 19-year-old son's death, district attorney ishmael ozan announced no charges will be filed against officer kenny. >> this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of lawful use of deadly police force. >> he described a deadly and chaotic
night, robinson had assaulted several people about. >> tony was acting kind of crazy, and came up to him, and tried to choke him. >> police radio calls. robinson's friends had asked for help. >> i look for a light skinned black male 19 years of age, his name is tony robinson. >> his death ignited several days of protests his mother had called it a massacre. >> what they didn't do is give my sony respect. and they didn't do a thorough full investigation. >> officer matt kenny had followed robinson to a nearby house. heard a disturbance and encountered robinson just inside a doorway. >> he said phony robinson immediately turned the corner and struck him with a closed fist. >> prosecutors said kenny fired seven shots while retreating. >> this is not what democracy looks like. >> outside defiance. >> are you surprised by this? >> i think i'm
concerned about how our community responds. >> the prosecutor had emphasized that he like robinson is biracial with a black mother who worries about her son. demmen straighters are gathering not far from here. many are not pleased by today's decision either. police have been preparing for this day in time as well. so far, no confrontations. >> 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 for his answer including some from within his own party. kristen welker 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 invasion? >> i would have and so would have hillary
clinton, just to remind everybody. and so would have everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got. >> late today, bush tried to walk back his remarks. >> i interpreted the question wrong, i was talking about giving what people knew then would you have done it? rather than knowing what we know now. >> when pressed. >> in 2020 hindsight, you would make a different decision? >> yeah i don't know what that decision would have been. that's a hypothetical. mistakes were made. >> the bush camp went into damage control employed early 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 and he said yes, i misheard the question. >> reporter: bush was blasted by democrats and some fellow republicans. >> i don't think you can say if we knew then there was no wmd, that the country would have gone to war. >> you can't think
that going into iraq now as a sane human beings with the right thing to do. >> polls show a majority of americans and even most republicans now say the iraq war wasn't worth it. >> bush has tried to previously distance himself from his brother, former president, george w. bush that's complicated. >> the iraq war is always going to be a vulnerability for jeb bush maybe his biggest vulnerability has been his last name. >> a double edged sword in a race that's wide open. kristen welker nbc news washington. a major set back for one of president obama's top economic priorities. and the blow was delivered by the president's own party. the majority of senate democrats blocked the white house. this was a rare situation where most republicans agreed with president obama. supporting expanded trade agreements many congressional democrats 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, john kerry met with 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 the crisis began in late 2013. russia admitted today the cease-fire in ukraine is still being violated. it denies sending in troops or arming rebels. 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 under inflated footballs for an advantage in the playoffs. the investigation also found it is more probable than not that brady was at least generally aware of what was happening. peter alexander with the latest now. >> you got to be kidding me. >> on boston sportses radio today, outraged patriots fans sounded off. >> everyone looks for an advantage in the
nfl. that's what drives me crazy about this. >> the nfl is nothing short of identity thieves. >> robert craft long viewed roger goodell's closest allies argued the punishment far exceeded expectations. brady's agent came out blasting the suspension as ridiculous. insisting the penalty was predetermined by the league. it's the stiff suspension fueling the most traffic on twitter today. including comparisons to the initial punishment ray rice received. two games for punching his fiancee. tom brady gets double the suspension of ray rice? the nfl is a joke. >> this is the weird world of the nfl, what the patriots were accused and found guilty of doing is affecting the integrity of the game. that is an important punishment that is an important crime. the patriots facing a $1 million fine.
defiantly replacing his picture. sales of all things brady have doubled. as fans rally behind the qb. >> it's ridiculous. >> it's about some air in a bar. he didn't commit a crime, leave him alone. >> a handful of rogue patriots fanatics handcuffed themselves together in the lobby of nfl headquarters. they launched a go fund me campaign to cover the nfl fine. the tally for the fans more than $9,000. tom brady's agent is vowing to appeal that suspension. they have until 5:00 p.m. thursday to get that done. 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 same area as people rushed
to pick up the pieces with a particularly violent tornado season hitting its peak. kerry sanders with now more from texas. that's left at here is the front stairs. >> material things can be replaced lives cannot. >> the tornado ripped the single story home from its foundation and spun it airborne. >> it felt like we were in the bowl of a blender, being furnitureturned twisted around and around. >> we were in the closet and the tornado hit us. >> 7-year-old malscy and her 4-year-old brother cody wound 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 tornados 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. 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 missing dog tator. >> i'm glad i got my dog 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 looking to make in roads in mobil video and advertising, by snapping up one of the
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