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too. thanks for joining us here at 5:00. lester holt is next with "nightly news." >> we'll see you at 6:00. bye-bye. tonight, a deadly crash, a military plane caught on camera plunging to the ground. slamming into flames on a busy highway. >> it started free falling backwards, like a huge ball of fire. huge explosion. >> tonight, at least two are dead and terrifying moments in midair when another window breaks on anher southwest flight weeks after a passenger was killed. the major shakeup for president trump's legal team. his lead attorney on the russia probe out, a clinton impeachment lawyer in and new questions could mueller subpoena the president. new tornado threat, tens of millions at risk for a major outbreak.
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al roker is tracking it. new police body cam from the las vegas massacre. for the first time, see what deputies encountered when they breached the sniper's nest and skipping college with tuition rising and student loan debt soaring, even other students are saying it's not worth it. ♪ >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and thank you for being here. it was a horrifying scene in savannah, georgia today as a four-engine military plane fell from the sky exploding on a busy highway into a ball of flame and smokes. cameras capturing the final seconds just after take off. there were nine people aboard the puerto rico c-130. gabe gutierrez has late details tonight from the scene. >> reporter: this surveillance video captured the moments the plane plummeted to the ground. >> it went flat on its back and down to the ground, boom. >> everything was no slow motion. it disappeared behind tree line,
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saw it goes nose down and the explosion came up, fire ball. knew something was real but still didn't seem real. >> reporter: the fiery crash could be seen for miles. thick black smoke billowing near savannah, georgia's airport. the wreckage scattered across a highway. >> there were no cars hit in this crash. it is an absolute miracle. at that time of day and that intersection. >> the c-130 hurcules plane took off around 11:30 this morning bound for arizona. eyewitnesss say its nose shot up after take off before it came crashing down. james levine says his car was just 25 yards away. >> felt like it was stalling out and started free falling backwards and crashed in the middle of 21. it was like a huge ball of fire and huge explosion. >> reporter: it's been a particularly deadly period for military aviation in the first week of april here in the united states, three crashes left seven people dead. tonight, investigators are trying to find out what caused this crash, but so far, few
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answers. the county coroner tells nbc news so far at least two bodies have been recovered. the puerto rican air national guard says the plane is decommissioned and had been undergoing maintenance and repairs here for the past month. lester? >> all right. gabe gutierrez tonight, thank you. a lot of new developments in the she down of president trump and special counsel robert mueller. again, ty come is out and a new heavy hitter that acted as bill clinton's impeachment lawyer is in. it comes amid signs the trump team is shifting tactics preparing for a battle and confrontation for a subpoena. hallie jackson has new details tonight. >> reporter: tonight signs of a more aggressive chapter in the president's fight with the special counsel. he's losing a lawyer, ty cobb who is taking a more
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conciliatory tone. >> cooperation is the tone. and definitely the path that would lead to the quickest resolution. >> reporter: and the president is adding another attorney emit flood that represented bill clinton during the impeachment. his hiring showing the hiring may rely on executive privilege which could shut down certain questions for robert mueller. the scope of that interview is still being negotiated with rudy giuliani who still represents the president explaining what they want on fox news. >> two hours. >> and topics? >> questions that advanced, relevant topics and we want to commit for them they will decide before the end of the summer so we don't have this drag on. >> reporter: so what happens if both sides cannot come to an agreement? mueller might try to force the president to talk by issuing a subpoena, any president can be subpoenaed, jefferson, nixon and clinton all were, but it would up to the president whether to comply or not. he would have four options to consider. option one, testify and answer questions like the president said he would be willing to do
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last summer. >> 100%. >> reporter: option two, plead the fifth and answer no questions. a maneuver he's blasted before. >> the mob takes the fifth. if you're innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment? >> reporter: option three, fight the subpoena that would open up a legal battle that could go to the supreme court and option four, ignore the subpoena that would put the president in uncharted territory. >> the likelihood of some kind of subpoena coming into play is becoming more and more real. >> reporter: it's not just the legal component. there is also a political piece of this that comes into play if the president does say, decide to fight a subpoena, he may face political fallout, especially with the midterms just around the corner. lester? >> hallie jackson, thanks. you raise a lot. so let's bring in our justice correspondent pete williams. pete, let's game this out for a second. we could be entering as we heard, uncharted territory. what happens if mueller issues a subpoena and the president
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refuses or ignores it? >> mueller could compel him and if he still ignores it, he could be held in contempt of court and fined, though that seems very far fetched. or the president could try to fight the subpoena in court. that's what president nixon tried to do, and failed when he tried to shield the white house tapes by claiming executive privilege. the supreme court said that claim must yield to a demonstrated specific need for evidence in a pending criminal case. and then 23 years later, the supreme court ruled that president clinton was not immune from sexual harassment lawsuit filed by paula jones. the ruling said the president is subject to court orders in appropriate circumstances. now that was a civil case but the court said the need for evidence in a criminal case is even greater. so nobody can be sure how this would turn out but that doesn't seem like there is much reason for the white house to be optimistic it would win such a fight, lester. >> thanks for breaking it down. a scare aboard a southwest
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airlines flight two weeks after the midair explosion pierced through the window on a plane, killing a passenger who was partially sucked outside the aircraft. this time it was a sudden crack in a window that led pilots to divert the flight. we get details from nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: the new mid-air scare happening this morning on southwest flight 957 from chicago to newark. frightened passengers took pictures, a cracked window from top to bottom, although it didn't completely break, leaving the cabin fully pressurized. >> i was two seats away. >> sounded like somebody stood up and opened the overhead and slammed it shut. >> reporter: the plane diverted to cleveland and no injuries. >> i think everybody is thinking oh, my god, this happened again. >> reporter: cracked windows are rare. the aviation knows of 26 incidents in the history of the boeing 737. there are multiple layers of window layers of window pane as
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a safety precaution. >> as the aircraft expands and contracts through pressurization, the window is working constantly. if there is a crack, it could cause the window to fail. >> reporter: today's incident follows a deadly southwest flight two weeks ago. a mother of two died after an engine failed sending shrapnel through a window partially sucking her out of the plane. her husband talking to nbc news. >> she'll be with us forever and everything we do as a family will be based on jennifer. >> reporter: southwest says there were no indications of engine problems on today's flight that the aircraft has been taken out of service for maintenance review. though the flight was not declared an emergency, for some too close for comfort. ron mott, nbc news, cleveland. it's right about that time of year and tonight millions are on alert across the midwest and planes bracing for severe storms and a major threat of tornados like this one that touched down in bennington, kansas last night. an ef-3 with 140-mile-per-hour
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winds that left damaged homes and buildings. al roker is keeping an eye on it for us. i go out of town and weather spikes. >> with a vengeance. we're looking at rough weather up and down from the gulf all the way up into the midwest. a line of severe thunderstorm watches and tornado watches from texas all the way to illinois and indiana. and we're starting to see tornado warnings pop up now. we have an area of moderate risk to enhanced risk to slight risk for 25 million people from texas on into illinois and as this system goes east, at this time the threat from the midwest to southern planes. for tomorrow, 37 million people at risk in the planes and midwest, scattered storms make their way into the northeast with heavy rain and also strong storms and as you mentioned, lester, summer is here. forget about spring. temperatures in the eastern two thirds of the country, 10 to 20 degrees above average. new york city tieing a record and setting records in baltimore and parts of new england. where you are, lester, not so much. >> yeah, remind me.
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thank you, al roker, with friends in the plaza, thanks. tonight, federal health a officials say that e. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce turned deadly. the cdc says the fatality happen in california as that outbreak spreads to 25 states sickening at least 121 people and of those people sickened, some of those people hospitalized with kidney failure. health officials continue to emphasize do not eat any romaine lettuce unless you're sure it did not come from the yuma, arizona region. now to new developments in the worst mass shooting in modern american history. they released body cam video showing us for the first time deputies storming the hotel room of the shooter who killed 58 people at a concert below. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has the story and a warning, this video is disturbing. [ gunshots ]. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, the view from two officers who cleared stephen paddock's mandalay bay hotel room.
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the lead officer's body camera was never turned on. deputies breaching the sniper's nest after paddock took his own life. the suite on the 32nd floor, an arsenal filled with weapons and ammunition. this is where paddock murdered 58 during a music festival, the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. >> we believe the release of the graphic footage will further traumatize a wounded community. for that, we apologize. >> reporter: during the ten minutes of terror, paddock injured hundreds. many today still suffering. >> the kind of trama that's going to come from watching released footage would be trama that i could choose myself to watch or as the trama i experienced, i did not get the choice. >> reporter: releasing body camera footage from officers on the ground, surveillance tape of paddock before the shooting and now six months later, the moments after he took his own
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life. tonight, despite all the evidence, still no motive. miguel almaguer, nbc news. police say there is a public safety danger spreading across the country. paint ball wars are increasingly moving out of the field and into the streets, in some cases escalating into real gun violence with tragic consequences. nbc's stephanie gosk has the story. >> reporter: paint ball guns are meant to be harmless but police in cities around the country say a surge of paint ball fights are terrorizing their residents. in greensboro, north carolina. >> to date, we've seen about 44 incidents of a paint ball activity in the city. just in the month of april. >> reporter: in milwaukee, 65 reports of people being hit with paint balls in the last week. >> it's unsuspecting citizens who don't know what's going on. >> reporter: rapper 21 savage is credited with starting the trend. posting videos of paint ball
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guns and calling for paint balls up, guns down. some describe it as an anti violence campaign. >> better than somebody out here fighting and shooting, yeah, why not? >> reporter: in at least two incidents according to officials, the paint ball battles triggered deadly shootings. in greensboro a 19-year-old was killed with real bullets during what police say started as a paint ball fight. and outside atlanta, police say 15-year-old christopher collins fired an actual gun in retaliation during a paint ball attack. killing a 3-year-old in his mother's car. >> when i turned the corner, my baby kept crying. >> reporter: the toddler's mother says savage, a personal friend of the family paid for the funeral and doesn't blame him for the violence. a publicist did not return a request for comment. police in multiple cities warn that what may have started with
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good intentions, has backfired. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. still ahead, is a four-year college degree really worth it these days? why a growing number of experts say the answer may be no. also the two men at the center of the starbucks arrest outrage agree to settle with the city. what they wanted instead of money for themselves.
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back now as we approach graduation season, this is an education trend growing in popularity among young people that want to gear their education toward a specific career, but for some, a traditional four-year college
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isn't what they want or need, particularly with the rising cost of tuition. nbc's rehema ellis takes a look at a college alternative. >> reporter: raylee sounds like a natural for college. a's in honors classes and high marks on college awards but this 17-year-old says she's better suited for something else. a two-year technical program to become a diesel mechanic. >> people did try to push me towards a four-year school. >> and you said? >> not for me. >> reporter: her passion is fixing old cars. >> i like puzzles and figuring out where the pieces fit and taking things apart and figuring out how they work. >> reporter: while a college degree has obvious advantages, as costs keep rising, many experts are now advising some students to think hard if a four-year degree is right for them. why? 40% of those who enroll fail to graduate in six years. 30% end up in jobs that don't require a bachelor's and 28% with a two-year degree earn more than the average college graduate. in jobs like computer
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programming and airplane mechanics. >> these are good jobs, about half of our labor market is jobs like this. skilled jobs and many pay quite well. >> reporter: disappointed at first, but raylee's mother says not anymore. >> i would rather have her do something she enjoys and won't get tired of and be happy with her life. >> reporter: raylee nickelson has a large degree of confidence. >> i don't want to sit in another classroom for four years. i want to be out working. >> reporter: she's on the right track. rehema ellis, nbc news, pennsylvania. there is more to come tonight including taking the boy out of the boy scouts. a big change for the american institution. and after tragedy in the sky, united airlines is changing its rules about flying with pets. we'll be right back.
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an update tonight after a video that sparked a nationwide firestorm. those two black men who were arrested without ordering anything at starbucks and refused to leave settled with the city and company. they received a symbolic $1 each from the city and a promise from city officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. the amount of the settlement with starbucks was not disclosed. the company did reveal the men will be given the opportunity to complete their bachelors degree online with tuition covered by starbucks partnership with arizona state university. big change for the boy scouts as it prepares to welcome girls into the ranks. the boy scout's program, the one for 11 to 17 year olds will be known as scouts bsa. so far more than 3,000 girls joined. the parent organization will
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still be called the boy scouts of america and the program for kindergartners through fifth graders will still be known as cub scouts. united airlines is changing its pet policy. united will resume transporting dogs and cats in the cargo holds after a temporary suspension, but starting june 18th, it's banning more than two dozen breeds like various types of bulldogs, pugs and mastiffs citing, quote, higher adverse health risks. the change comes after a dog died in the united overhead compartment in march. we'll take a short break and up next, back in the saddle. horses rescued from disaster return to help the kids who love them. elementary school.
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and the big question is -- how young is too young to learn about sex? plus, 5 near misses at sfo in the last 16 months. we investigate the changes made to keep you save. finally tonight, it was one of the most striking images from last year's california fires. horses fleeing as ranches were engulfed in flames.
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some were specially trained therapy horses and now months later, they are back doing what they do best. here is joe fryer. >> reporter: every sunday justin's playground is a ranch and his play pal is a horse named miles. what's your connection with miles? >> he's showing me how to be a good person. >> you want to go around one more time? >> reporter: it's part of a equestrian therapy program called let's ride. >> we came one time and i was completely hooked, as was he. >> reporter: mom lisa says the horses helped justin with adhd calming him and helping him focus. >> it absolutely does a lot for his confidence. >> reporter: when you see that? >> it makes me happy and i know we're until the right place. >> reporter: ann mariner created the program to empower not just people, but the horses.
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you see, they have been rescued, too. take miles who was abandoned and tied up in a parking lot. >> good boy. people break them and we fix them or try to. >> reporter: last december they had to be rescued again from wildfires as flames whipped across southern california, horses across the region were evacuated quickly. >> it just made me sad because this ranch really means a lot to me. >> reporter: justin soon learned that the therapy horses were safely moved to a nearby college. they survived and so did the ranch. >> i'm happy it's still here. >> reporter: which means his sunday tradition rides on. joe fryer, nbc news, california. >> and that is "nightly news" for this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. i think i'm going to go heat up some chicken soup. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night:
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good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m jessica aguirre. and i the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. it is not a new debate, what and when to teach our kids about sex but it is new in fremont and dividing the community. >> robert handa joins us tonight at the school board meeting and a lot of parents and some very angry, robert? >> reporter: that is right. emotions are running high at this meeting. to determine the direction of sex education in this community. for example, they are collecting comments about the new curriculum which presents scenarios such as dealing with pregnancy and abortion as well as addressing gay and
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transgender issues and they say many are age inappropriate and too graphic for youngsters and so far in the meeting neither side is ready to budge. >> parents show your signs -- so these are all of the concerned parents -- >> don't do that -- >> reporter: a crowd jammed the school board meeting arguing over the proposed sexual education curriculum designed for students starting with the fourth grade. it is called the three r's, rights, respect and responsibility. both sides began lining up hours before the meeting but the issue has been brewing for months. supporters say the curriculum fulfills the state required healthy kids act and teaches skills for modern-day situations. >> this is just scary for people. i think it is natural for parents to think if we start talking about this kids will go out and do. it i think that is a normal gut reaction. but that is just not what the data shows us. >> reporter: opponents scoff at the notion. >> this is not a question of whether or not we're just a bunch of

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