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good night. breaking news tonight. former first lady barbara bush has died. and the latest on the southwest airlines mid-air explosion. "nightly news" begins now. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. as we come on the air in the west, there is late word that former first lady barbara bush has died at the age of 92. her death coming just days after her family announced she would not seek further hospital treatment for heart and pulmonary disease, and instead would live out her final days with family at home in texas. mrs. bush was the wife of 73 years to president george h.w. bush, and the mother of president george w. bush and is remembered tonight as a fierce and loyal defender of
her family. here's nbc's peter alexander with more on her remarkable life. >> reporter: barbara bush, the former first lady was always known to be candid and caring. with her white air and signature pearls, she was often thought of as the nation's favorite grandmother. aides called her the national treasure. the treasure, for surer shosur short. >> reporter: it was her husband who saw her as matter of fact and lovingly calling her miss frank. >> she earned and won the respect of a lot of people because they saw her what she is. down to earth, loving mother and setting an example with no bull about it. >> reporter: but mrs. bush saw herself more in the role of family enforcer, something hor granddaughter teased her about. >> why do you think we call you the enforcer? >> because i enforce. if you do something bad, i point it out to
you. >> reporter: wickedly funny, on sarah palin, for instance. >> i sat next to her once. thought she was beautiful. and i think she's very happy in alaska and i hope she'll stay there. >> reporter: on the "today" show, mrs. bush said she didn't miss one thing about the white house and didn't want another reason to go back. >> there are other people out there that are very qualified and we've had enough bushes. >> reporter: mrs. bush already had a place in history, the only one since abigail adams to marry one president and give birth to another. >> they used to say, he's got his daddiy's eyes but his mother's mouth. [ laughter ] which means i'm about to talk a lot. >> reporter: born barbara pierce, she grew up in rye, new york, her father, a distant relative of president franklin pierce, was publisher of mccall's and red book magazine.
when she was 16 years old, she met george bush at a christmas dance in greenwich, connecticut. >> i could hardly breathe, i thought he was so beautiful. >> reporter: they were secretly engaged, and three years later, married when he was home on leave from the navy. reluctantly admitting she married the first person she ever kissed. >> strange. >> still staying with your story? [ laughter ] >> reporter: after the war, they headed for texas, raising six children, and while her husband built his oil business, barbara u bush was very much in charge at home. but she was changed forever when her 3-year-old daughter robin died of leukemia. >> after she died, it was a terrible time in our life. and george put his arms around me and did not let me step away. >> reporter: cancer became a family cause, and throughout her political service, barbara bush played a critical role on causes ranging from aids to illiteracy. >> you have two choices in life. you can like what you do, or you can dislike
what you do. i've chosen to like what i do, and i think i'm the luckiest woman in the world. >> reporter: and the bushes were dog people. barbara brought their springer spaniel millie to the white house, describing in a book how millie might have seen a day in the life of the president and the white house. and when she grew criticism from feminists who found her message old fashioned, she responded, offering this advice. >> at the end of your life, you will not regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. you will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent. >> reporter: barbara bush, a woman of strong opinions ultimately left politics to her husband and sons. she's remembered for her maternal persona, yankee frugality and protector of the bush family name. pet peter alexander, nbc news. >> funeral arrangements have not been publicly
announced. our other big story tonight, the harrowing moments in the sky over pennsylvania. a passenger was killed when an engine on a southwest airlines jet exploded in flight, hurling shrapnel, shattering a window. the cabin depressurized and nearly sucked a female passenger out of the plane. as pilots of the crippled flight diverted to philadelphia for a landing. tom, the descriptions of what happened inside the plane are simply awful. >> reporter: absolutely horrifying. this is the first death involving a u.s. airline since 2009. we can tell you that behind me, the crew did an amazing, heroic job of putting that plane down on the ramp. 149 people on board the plane. but every 737 in america flies with this engine and tonight there's concern that other planes could be at risk. terror at 30,000 feet.
passengers grabbed for their oxygen mask as a female passenger was being sucked out of a shattered window. fellow passengers desperately pulling her back inside. >> you hear the pop, she was sucked out from the waist up. so there was blood on the windows, because of her body. her arms were actually out of the airplane and her head was out of the airplane. >> reporter: once on the ground, that passenger was rushed to the hospital. the mid-air emergency emergency began when the left engine on the boeing 737 blew apart, sending shrapnel into the side of the plane. the pilots declared an emergency. >> number one engine failure, boeing 747. 149 souls on board. >> reporter: southwest flight 1860 was flying from new york's laguardia airport to dallas. the explosion occurred 20 minutes into the flight as it past west of philly. >> they said there's a hole and someone went out. >> reporter: video shows the passenger window ten rows behind
the engine blown out. the decompression pulled the passenger from her seat. >> there were several heroic gentlemen that pulled her back through the window. >> andrew and i did cpr for about 20 minutes probably, give or take. it just wasn't going to be enough. >> cell phone video captured the sound of sucking air as the pilots began an emergency descent heading for philadelphia. in all, seven passengers injured. the woman sucked from her seat killed. the first on-board fatality in southwest's 51-year history. >> this is a sad day. and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased customer. >> reporter: the question tonight, why did the fan inside the engine suddenly seem to come apart. >> it not only blew through the case but penetrated the fuselage, damaging the fuselage, the wing and blowing out a window, causing a depressurization. >> reporter: happening right now in philadelphia, they are moving that plane as we speak, off the ramp.
we have just now received confirmation of the woman who died on board that plane. her name was jennifer rear reardon, -- jennifer riordan, a mother of two from albuquerque, new mexico. the manufacturer of that engine put out a service bulletin in the fall, telling all airlines to inspect the fan blades after a similar incident involving another southwest flight, they tell us southwest tells us they did check this plane on sunday. the faa now expected to order mandatory inspections very soon. >> now to the damage control at starbucks, stemming from two men arrested at a philadelphia store for trying to use the bathroom and refusing to leave. the company will close all stores for part of a day, training employees to make sure an incident like this never happens again. we get the latest from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: it's the viral video starbucks
hopes will not define the coffee giant. today the company announced that all of its 8,000 u.s. stores will close the afternoon of may 29th, employees will go through racial bias training. >> think of it as a teachable moment, an opportunity to take something and learn from it and fix it. >> reporter: according to philadelphia police, the two men who were waiting for a friend, wanted to use a starbucks bathroom without buying anything, against store policy. the manager called 911. >> i have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave. >> the police called for backup. >> call for another unit along with a supervisor. >> reporter: the police chief says the arrests were justified. >> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> reporter: the nationwide boycott campaign. a black man shot this video at an l.a. star -- starbucks in january. >> is it my color? >> reporter: accusing
starbucks of letting a white customer use the bathroom without buying anything, but not letting him do the same thing. starbucks has not commented on the incident. its ceo personally flew to philadelphia and apologized to the two men. >> do you think starbucks is doing enough? >> yes, i do. they acted very quickly. i think it's a huge opportunity for them to redefine the customers' hopes. >> reporter: an afternoon without coffee, starbucks hopes it will restore any faith it has lost. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. breaking news from president trump tonight at a critical meeting with shinzo abe in florida. the president revealing that high level talks have begun between the u.s. and north korea. a lot of major issues to hammer out before a potential summit between the president and kim jong-un. our white house correspondent hallie jackson is traveling with the president in florida. >> reporter: dominating discussions tonight, not talks with japan's prime minister, but a different meeting that could come within weeks. >> i look forward to meeting with kim
jong-un and hopefully that will be a success. >> reporter: donald trump and kim jong-un face to face, maybe in may or june the president says. as he confirms high level direct talks happening now with the north korean regime. for the first time in nearly two decades. >> we've also started talking to north korea directly. we have had direct talks at very high levels. extremely high levels. >> reporter: no north korean leader has ever met with a sitting u.s. president. if donald trump does, it would be a major milestone. granting dictator kim jong-un the legitimacy he craves. >> we have not picked the site yet. but we picked five sites where it's potentially going to be. >> reporter: to pave the way, the north koreans are in talks with south korea, apparently given the green light by the u.s. >> south korea is meeting and has plans to meet with north korea to see if they can end the war, and they have my blessing on that. >> this is usually something that comes at the end of a negotiation process.
it's not something at the very beginning, which will only incentivize the north koreans to believe they have been accepted as a nuclear weapons state. and will keep their weapons. >> reporter: so one of the big questions has been, who exactly was involved in these direct, high-level talks president trump referenced today. late tonight, "the washington post" is reporting it was cia director mike pompeo, the incoming secretary of state who met with kim jong-un himself. the white house tonight says it's not commenting publicly on pompeo's travels. >> and regarding all this news with north korea, how does this affect the ongoing summit with abe? >> reporter: well, in a couple ways. it really does overshadow now some of the discussions that japan and the u.s. hoped to have on trade. obviously those talks will continue, but certainly there will be a big focus on north korea tomorrow particularly when the two leaders hold a press conference. remember, japan is a key u.s. ally,
neighbor of north korea, and doesn't want to be sidelined in any discussions with kim jong-un. a nationwide manhunt is on for a minnesota grandmother wanted for a deadly multi state spree. police say she's on the run after killing her husband and a woman who looked like her to steal her identity. now the feds are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to her capture. nbc's kerry sanders has the latest. >> reporter: she's the minnesota grandmother, now wanted for two murders. >> she may look like anyone's mother or grandmother, but she's a cold blooded murderer. >> reporter: deputies in minnesota believe she shot and killed her husband late last month. stealing $11,000 from his account and his car. the 56-year-old then went on the run. first stopping at a casino in iowa to fuel a gambling addiction, before driving off to southwest florida. there she found her second victim. 59-year-old pamela hutchinson. this surveillance video was taken at the restaurant where she
targeted hutchinson because they looked alike. hutchinson's family devastated. >> she was nice to a fault. her kindness got her killed. >> reporter: rhys then stole hutchinson's car and drove to ocala, florida. authorities say she checked into a hotel, passing herself off as the woman she allegedly just murdered. she was later tracked to louisiana and days ago, near corpus christi. >> there's this general belief, is she headed to mexico? >> wherever our suspect goes. if our suspect ends up in mexico, working with our federal partners, we will never stop until she's brought to justice. >> reporter: a grandmother with a disarming smile, who detectives fear is deceptively dangerous. kerry sanders, nbc news, ft. myers florida. still ahead tonight, secretly tracking your kids. the new warning about thousands of apps aimed at kids, many of them free to download. also inspiring america. the mom of five who nearly lost everything but is on the verge of achieving something pretty amazing. ce,
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>> sometimes i'll lay in the middle of the floor. >> reporter: at night, she would often sit in her closet to study. >> there are plenty of times i've given up. >> reporter: her kids fell the stress too. >> the hardest is the crying, i hate seeing my mother crying. sometimes i wanted to cry, but i had to stay tough just for my mom. >> reporter: but the family banded together. her oldest son david helping around the house. >> when she started law school, she finally let me start cooking. >> reporter: and they studied as a family. >> i help her study all the time. >> reporter: now they have a photo that serves as a reminder that with hard work and a little help, anything is possible. >> what a great family. aiysha graduates on may 11th. asked what they plan to do on graduation day, her kids told us, congratulate her, and thank her, hug her and kiss her. sounds like the perfect gift. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us.
that is nightly news for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. arms and vicoulsy tossed it to the ground . right now at 6:00. the search is on for a man who ripped the puppy out of a woman's arms and viciously tossed it to the ground. do you roy the mecognize the ma video good evening, thank you for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> i'm janelle wang in for raj mathai. the story in a moment. breaking news, the nation is mourning former first lady barbara bush. she died today at age 92, one day after her family revealed she was no longer undergoing medical treatment instead had chosen comfort care. she married george h.w. bush when she was a navy pilot in
world war ii. they had six children. and married 73 years. when her son, george w. bush became president she became the second woman in u.s. history to marry one woman and give birth to another. well known for blunt talk. sense of humor. mrs. bush was credited for having acute political sense. her son, president george bush remembered her today. saying, laura, barbara, jenna and i are sad, but our souls are settled. president trump also just issued a statement on twitter saying. former president, bill clinton, and hillary clinton, issued a statement.