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on this saturday night, trail of terror. a suspect identified and charged in this week's deadly attacks. see the man in the hat in the airport just before the attack? an american survivor recalls what it was like as his world was shattered. cuss totody controversy. young girl removed from her foster parents. the wrong man. he served 20 years for a murder he says he did not commit. tonight, he is a free man after witnesses and our investigation raise ed new doubts. gentle giants. the recovery of the manatees and whether they should still be called endangered. "nightly news" begins now.
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news." reporting tonight, thomas roberts. good evening. fast moving developments in the investigation of the brussels terror attacks. nbc news confirming the identity of one of the americans killed is justin schultz. his wife is still lift listed a missing. the first person is charged in direct connection to the brusless attack. is he the notorious man in the hat seen in the grainy image from the arirport? we have a series of reports tonight. bill neeley starts us off. >> reporter: charges against a man alleged to have had a core role in the attack.
fayc f faycal cheffou and two men identified as rabah n., arrested near brussels and abuob a/k/a r a. cheffou lived near the station. he was charged after being arrested in a car right here. right outside the federal prosecutor's office. the very center of the investigation. investigators haven't said what role they believe he played in the attack. but gmedia suggests he is this man pictures with the two men who detonated explosives. nbc news has not confirmed that. tonight, news that justin
schultz from tennessee who had been missing since the airport bombings has been confirmed dead by his family. his wife stephanie is still unaccounted for. an fbi team is helping the investigation. the president pledging more. >> belgium is a close friend and ally of the united states. when it comes to our friends, america has their back. >> reporter: the first bombing scene is still closed. the forensic examination is over. the problem is how to improve security to prevent another atrocity. an atrocity that so many like this man are struggling to recover from. the airport worker's leg has been amputated. he is burned 57bd like so many scarred from the isis massacres. a demonstration that was planned here for tomorrow, they called it a march against fear, has been canceled because of security fears and because police don't have enough free
officers to protect them. >> bill neely, thank you very much. more relatives have arrived in belgium to comfort the americans injured in the attacks. now we're learning more about a group of mormon missionaries from utah who survived the attacks. dave gutierrez has their story for us tonight. >> reporter: when the airport exploded, across the world a mother and father watched in horror. >> you are watching things and seeing things and imagining what he went through. >> reporter: they have just arrived in brussels to comfort their 20-year-old son, one of 14 americans injured in the terrorist attack. >> my heart was broken for everyone involved. it made me grateful he was still alive. >> reporter: burned. the young mormon missionary is bandaged but alive. how are you feeling? >> i'm doing awesome. i'm feeling good. >> reporter: he was dropping off
another missionary and was at the back of the check-in line. the blast knocked him unconscious. >> i opened my eyes and i saw lots of people laying around the floor. it was pretty tragic. it was really scary. i remember thoughts coming to me that, this is really happening, this is really a bomb. >> reporter: doctors started bringing another missionary with him out of a medically induced coma. his wife and son by his side. would you say he is a tough guy? >> yeah. and incredibly nice and soft. he is a fantastic teacher. he loves people. >> reporter: pam almost made the trip with her husband but stayed home because there wasn't enough room in the car. despite his severe injuries, he somehow managed to call her. >> i could tell by his voice when he first said hi and he said, pam, something was wrong. >> reporter: it was a phone call she will never forget. tonight, she's grateful hoping
he will wake up by easter. dave gutierrez, nbc news, brussels. this weeks attacks have heightened concerns about others who become radicalized by isis in syria and return with deadly intentions. u.s. officials say that over the past few years, more than 20,000 foreign fighters have poured into syria and at least 3,400 from western countries. some never make it back. >> reporter: this man holds up a picture of his son. >> that was my son. >> reporter: he is a good looking young man. he was 24 years old. >> on the street. >> reporter: three years ago, his son was recruited to go to syria to help to fight against the syrian government. >> they promise them a future. they say to them, you can be a hero. you can change the world.
>> reporter: he didn't make it home. >> so my son die a few months after. >> reporter: syria itself was dieing in a civil war there isis was born, recruiting more westerners in poor neighborhoods. those who join consider it like family this young man told me. too terrified to be identified. for them, it's the only family they have. others who joined had criminal records, like the men who blew themselves up at brussels airport. europe's intelligence agencies fear hundreds have returned to their european neighbors to die launching attacks like brussels and paris. young people here have been brainwashed this worker says. isis recruiting the lost and disillusioned. >> it's easy to say, you see, you are not welcome here. come with us. come with us. we will give you a real value in our state. >> reporter: then sending them
home with deadly intentions. nbc news, brussels. back here at home in politics, donald trump was on defense on several fronts today, including his continuing personal feud with ted cruz. the question, is trump general ardizing potential votes among women? hallie jackson has more tonight. >> reporter: donald trump insisting he is not isolationist but instead that it's america first. in an extensive interview with "the new york times" explaining he is unpredictable on purpose, getting into international issues today, after a week that saw the race getting personal. trump denying he had anything to do with the national enquirer's story accusing ted cruz of extramarital affairs. a report cruz denies. >> it's a tabloid smear. and it is a smear that has come from donald trump and his henchmen. >> reporter: trump under fire for sharing this unflattering photo of ted cruz's wife side by
side with his own. a retweet that reignited controversy over his candidate toward women. the candidate no longer encouraged to call in to several network sunday shows taking to twitter venting, the media is so after me on women. new polling shows trump trails hillary clinton by 20 points with female voters, twice the gender gap of the 2012 race. each as clinton struggled to connect. >> donald trump is too crude for them to support. i'm sure the democrats will use that against him. >> reporter: clinton is. as bernie sanders argues he could take down trump. >> don't let anybody tell you that hillary clinton is the strongest democratic candidate to take on the republicans. >> reporter: sanders and a crowd of 15,000 captivated not just by his words but by a bird. and on this primary night, sanders getting good news from some caucuses across the
country. nbc news projecting him the winner in alaska. also projecting him the winner in washington as well. sanders hoping for a sweep with a victory in hawaii. >> hallie jackson in washington, thank you. she's six years old and for the past four years, had lived with a foster family in california until early this week when she was taken away from her family all because of her native american heritage. now as our steve patterson reports, her foster parents are fighting to get her back. >> reporter: the moment is tough to watch. a young girl sobbing. her foster parents pleading. >> it's gut wrenching. >> reporter: summer and rusty knew that day might come when they brought lexi into their lives four years ago. >> food isn't worth eating. sleep is overrated. it's all about what can we do to get lexi home? >> reporter: their foster daughter is one 64.
native american. her case falls under the indian child welfare act, created to promote tribal security by keeping native american children with their ancestry. members have been advocating for lexi to live with her extended family in utah since 2011. these relatives have visited and called her during the time. they said, we appreciate the concern for lexi and want to assure everyone she is in a safe, loving home with her relatives and her biological sisters. an author has written about his experience as a native american. >> the law was passed to protect kids like lexi and make sure they have robust connections with their tribal communities. >> reporter: the page family continues to fight. >> i love you, lexi. i'm proud to be your mommy. a sweet girl. >> reporter: bring lexi home, a
plea they say they will never stop making. steve patterson, nbc news, california. a new york man was freed this week after spending 20 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit. "dateline" has been following his case for a newly released digital documentary series. it's called conviction. here is more tonight. >> you are released. >> reporter: with applause and smiles, richard enjoyed his first moments of freedom, holding the hand of the wife who stood by him and hugging the children he left behind as babies. >> 20 years of my life i never saw my father outside of prison. >> reporter: convicted of a murder of a 17-year-old, he spent half his life in prison. >> i just -- i don't understand what i'm doing in prison. i'm innocent. >> reporter: dan slepian met him
two years ago and has been investigating his story for a new web series, conviction. >> what we're doing is we're on our own journey. is he telling the truth? >> reporter: from the beginning, he claimed he was in florida at the time the murder was committed in new york. with 13 alibi witnesses to prove it. including his friend john torres now a sheriff's deputy. he testified at the 1998 trial. >> i'm looking at him talking to him june 19, june 20. it's 1,000% impossible for richard to have committed that crime. >> reporter: his court appointed attorneys reached out to only a few of the 13 alibi witnesses. as for police, they never spoke to any of them back then. according to his current lawyers. a jury convicted him after two eyewitnesses at the crime scene identified him from a police mugshot book. we talked to one of the eyewitnesses who began to question his recollection.
>> if i did lock up an innocent person, that's bad. >> reporter: after years of unsuccessful appeals and petitions, the new bronx district attorney agreed to take another look and sent investigators to interview the alibi witnesses. >> i need to a chance to investigate it more. in the meantime, there's no reason for him to have to wait behind bars. >> reporter: so with that -- >> my family didn't deserve this. i didn't deserve this. nor the victims' family or the victims. >> reporter: his conviction was vacated. not yet exonerated. he will be in court in june to find out if the d.a. will retry him. for now, and for first time in 20 years, he has hope. and he is home. nbc news, new york. >> you can watch the entire series on nbcnews.com. when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, the comeback of a gentle giant and
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list. not everyone thinks that's a good idea. >> reporter: one of the endangered species act most amazing success stories. the population has exploded. some are asking, why are manatees still listed as endangered? >> they don't meet the requirements. >> reporter: they sued the federal government. >> no one is against manatees. >> reporter: to force a down li li listing. it would free up federal money. >> i think it's about what the law and science says. the law gives certain conditions under which they are supposed to move them. that's what the federal fish and wild life has to go by. >> reporter: state and other protections would remain in place. >> it's likely to go extinction. >> reporter: some state the manatees fear people might
ignore them. when you see a baby with its mother, it would seem to me you might say, hey, it's working. we're seeing the population grow. >> yes. and we're seeing -- if you look at the mother, look how many times she has been hit. >> reporter: surviving manatees bear scars from boat propellers. last year, speed boats killed 86 manatees. >> calm and quiet as possible. >> reporter: this captain who guides tour to swim with manatees says the collisions are often sport fishermen racing to a fishing hole. >> they think they are speed bumps. in their way. >> reporter: speed bump? the other threats include red tide and unusually cold weather that can kill hundreds at a time. >> we need to keep manatees on the endangered risk because the threats and risks are so high. >> reporter: some worry 6,000
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>> reporter: for nellie, art has always been a window to another world. >> these were all the pictures here. >> reporter: you painted these while you were in hiding? she was 6 when the nazis invaded her hometown in poland in 1941. nellie and her mother hid in a catholic family's apartment, one room with one window, for more than a year. >> i would see the world out there. >> reporter: you couldn't go? >> no. >> reporter: instead, you painted? >> i painted. i painted a better world. >> reporter: friends in a field, vacation in the country, joy and freedom. >> i completely forgot where i was. i was just focused on that. >> reporter: on your own world? >> on my own world. >> reporter: a world now on display at berlin's national gallery. 100 paintings, drawings and sketches. showing life in the jewish ghettoes and nazi death camps,
brutality but strength. >> the portraits are beautiful people of proud people, not of victims. >> reporter: with each one of these works, there's so much wore than what you see inside the frame. this one wasn't painted on canvas but on a potato sack with homemade paint. supplies were scarce and creating art could get them killed. for the artists, it was worth the risk. >> it was their hope that if they would not survive at least something of them would survive through their art. >> reporter: and it did. their voices coming through in ink and acrylic over six decades later. >> when i paint, i'm -- >> reporter: nellie is the only artist still alive, living in new jersey with her husband. last month, she went to germany, a place she never thought she would visit. embracing a modern german leader and posing with her paintings.
proud that the product of her darkest days now sheds light for a new generation. nbc news, berlin. >> that's n"nbc nightly news" this saturday. i'm thomas roberts reporting from new york. thank you for watching and good night. ♪ ♪ hulk hogan's first interview since a jury awarded him $140 million in a sex tape battle. welcome to "access hollywood the weekend edition." the hulk told billy how he felt after his winning verdict was
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