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tonight, obama apologizes. the president tells the head of doctors without borders he is sorry for a deadly hospital bombing that has shocked the world. but will it be enough amid growing cause for a war crimes investigation. ending the search. the coast guard calls off the mission to find dozens of americans lost at sea. families heartbroken and angry saying it is too soon to stop. confronting a killer. the campus massacre in oregon. the police detectives who ran toward the gunfire facing down a masked murderer. and your money or your life.
the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. a pill that cost a quarter million dollars a year. why are drug companies charging so much money? "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. an apology today by president obama for the deadly american attack on a hospital in afghanistan. the president calling an accident, the horrible tragedy that killed almost two dozen patients and medical staff. and jarred us back into the horrible thought was over for the u.s. despite the apology, doctors without border which operated the hospital is not draping the demand for the attack to be investigated as a possible war crime. richard engel has the latest. >> reporter: after struggling to explain how and why the u.s. bombed a hospital in afghanistan, today the
president made a call. >> this morning from the oval office, president obama spoke by telephone with doctors without borders international president dr. joann liu to apologize and express his con doylences for the msf staff and patients that were killed and injured when a u.s. air strike mistakenly hit a hospital in kunduz, afghanistan, over the weekend. >> but the apoll may be too late. >> this doesn't change anything. we appreciate the expression of condolences but it doesn't change the fact we have 22 dead that were killed as a result of this attack. >> reporter: today doctors without border as loued our cameras access to the injured, now recovering in kabul who describe the bombing and yelling and chaos like doomsday. >> the united states, when we make a mistake, we're honest about it. we own up to it. >> but for days the u.s. military kept
changing the story. first saying u.s. troops were under fire. then acknowledging they weren't. then saying afghan troops had requested the air strike and today unnamed officials low-level u.s. officers were at fault. into war is ever without -- no war is ever without mistakes. they add up over time. and this war is the longest in u.s. history, launched 14 years ago today. >> we will not waiver. we will not tire. we will not falter. and we will not fail. >> reporter: what started as a response to 9/11 now has the u.s. accused of a war crime for bombing a possible. a war set to last at least another year, maybe much longer. >> doctors without borders said the u.s. may have violated the geneva convention and wants an international investigation into war crimes. the white house said internal american investigations should
lesterish richard you. grim news from the coast guard. a ship that included 28 americans that disappeared six days ago, as questions persist over why the captain would sail off into a category four hurricane. we get more tonight from nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: today the families got the news they've been dreading. jackie jones' son was on the ship. stop. six days. come on. >> reporter: coast guard said it was unlikely anyone could survive beyond five days. >> any decision to suspend a search is painful. and this particular case, we were researching for fellow professional mariners. >> reporter: after searching an our bigger than cal, authorities spotted debris and one body and no sign of life from a ship presumed sunk 15,000 feet. on board 33 crew members on a routine supply run from
rico, which lost propulsion in a fear category four hurricane. mary's daughter was on the ship. storm. i'm mad at god. i'm just mad. brutally sad, angry. >> reporter: deborah robert's son michael loved the sea. >> it is going to be very hard because we don't have michael to take home with us. we were hoping to have our children to take home with us. >> reporter: the ntsb way focused on finding which will stop emitting a signal in the month. >> it preserves the information. including what is being done with the >> the shipping company refused to answer questions, only i saying it is cooperating with the investigation and intends to share the results to prevent another tragedy. tonight families are holding tight to each other and memories of loved ones. >> she is in the sea.
she died doing what she loved. >> reporter: so many questions remain tonight. why the captain decided to sail into a storm. what caused the mechanical problems and whether every safety precaution that could have been taken was taken. lester. >> rehema, thank you. tensions arising russia continues to skies oversear. new air-strikes at a high risk encounter between american and russia war planes raising concerns they are one step closer to a confrontation. we get more. >> vladimir putin firing into syria for the first time from his warships. and firing goals. seven of them. winning a hockey game to celebrate his 63rd birthday today. the russian military campaign in syria after a week of air-strikes, now
escalating dramatically to prop up syrian president assad, not attacking isis as putin claims. >> we believe russia has the wrong strategy. they continue to hit isil. we believe this is a fundamental mistake. >> putin's sarcastic retort. he said if the u.s. knows the situation better let them share targets with us and we'll work with them. and it is a dangerous game of chicken by the two superpowers. a russia jet had one close encounter with a manned u.s. aircraft over syria and jets came within a few miles of predator drones since the campaign began. >> they are coordinating with assad's forces to support active iitys to retear territory that the assad regime has lost to the rebels. >> and they also violated turkey's air
space, raising the risk of a superpower clash. if turkey forces were hit, the ally would be obligated to come to their aid. while putin shows up assad, things get worse. the terror group using chemical weapons near the border. initiative in syria for the first time. the white house is fuming and say they still have no strategy lester. we're learning new details about the final moments in the campus massacre in oregon. the police detectives who heard the call and rushed to the scene, running into danger before coming face-to-face with a masked killer. nbc's miguel almaguer reports. >> reporter: roseberg detectives heard the urgent calls for help on their radio.
on scene in six minutes, they rushed directly toward the gunfire. tactical gear. >> they were not wearing bulletproof vests. immediately they bailed out of their car and went straight to the gunfire. >> reporter: a former marine and air force veteran were met by a hail of gunfire. the shooter was armed with six weapons. the veteran officers fired three rounds trying to avoid hitting students. the gunman was shot in the side. >> he entered the classroom again. he went to the front of the classroom. and he shot and killed himself. >> reporter: the blood shed was finally over. even for veteran first responders, the memories are haunting. >> the type of wounds that we saw with high-caliber type weapons would be those similar to that we've heard and seen about in combat. >> reporter: nine who came for a writing class were killed that day. but even more could have lost their lives. >> they had little
regard for their own personal safety. and they saved many, many lives that day with their heroic acts. >> reporter: the officers say they don't want to be called home runnos but -- heroes but tonight there are few other ways to describe them. nbc news. let's turn to the campaign trail where late today hillary clinton broke away from the president on one of his legacy policies. she made an about face on this issue while ben carson doubled down on another. peter alexander explains. >> reporter: for hillary clinton it is a stunning break from the obama white house. just days after a massive 12 nation trade deal the trans-pacific partnership it is called, clbt gave the deal a thumbs down. >> as of today, i'm not in favor of what i have learned about it. >> reporter: it is a flip flop for clinton who advocated for the deal as secretary of state.
say today's move helps her with organized labor and neutralized bernie sanders who opposes the deal and isolated joe biden if he joins the race as the only major democratic candidate supporting it. the announcement comes as new polls show clinton holding on to florida, ohio and pennsylvania. among republicans, donald trump is the front-runner but ben carson fairs best in hypothetical general election match-ups in all three states. today carson is under fire for comments this week that appeared to blame the oregon victims just days after the deadly mass shooting. >> i would not just stand there and let them shoot me. i would say hey guys, everybody attack me. he may shoot me, but he can't get us all. >> and he defended those comments today. >> i want to plant in people's minds what to do in a situation like this. because unfortunately, this is probably not going to be the last time this happens. >> reporter: and certainly not the last
controversy of this campaign. peter alexander, nbc news, washington. in south carolina tonight, residents are bracing for a second water from the historic rain disaster flows toward the atlantic and dams continue to threaten all of it as homeowners assess the massive scope of the damage so far. there. >> reporter: today a helicopter positioned hundreds of one-ton sandbags at a washed out levee. water levels in south carolina remain dangerously high and deadly. dive teams today recovered two bodies. after five out of town railroad contractors followed their gps, bypassing a barricade in the early morning darkness. the truck hit water and sank. this morning deputies near the beaver dam moved quickly door-to-door warning residents i breach >> it is nerve-wracking but i would rather them be on the cautious side of everything.
>> reporter: by day's end, the dam was still standing and 61 others monitored. in all, 13 have failed. the coast took a beating. the erosion is extensive. water from the record rainfall now migrated downhill. >> things are getting better in the midlands. things are about to get worse on the coast. >> i lost everything here. >> reporter: for victims, the pressing question now, what will insurance cover? >> every piece of furniture is ruined. >> reporter: janet is among those without a flood policy. >> we don't even have a car to get out of the driveway. >> reporter: salvaging the irreplaceable. >> the big question in all of this is what happens now. who will help us? >> reporter: tonight, as residents are keeping a close watch on water levels, the national guard is deploying more troops to the impacted areas. 5,000 expected to be here by the end of the week. lester. >> kerry, thank you. still ahead tonight, the surnling
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finally tonight, one of the toughest jobs around and in detroit the city was having a hard time to bolster the ranks of the fire department. they had an idea to tap into local schools. this is kevin tibbles. >> reporter: bright and early for the detroit fire department's newest crop of recruits. teenagers. in a brand new program which, if they keep their grades up, will ser them as firefighters by the time they graduate high school. helping young detroiters be the first in line for good city jobs. >> you see, this program, bringing up kids who have a vested interest in this city,
it, for me it is amazing. >> reporter: 25 kids spend part of the week here at the fire academy. they learn all of the skills, from mastering a ladder in a bulky fire suit to working a fire hose. and swinging a sledge hammer, perhaps to break down a door. the rest of the week is spent in the classroom at cody high school. it sparked something in 17-year-old steven garden. >> does detroit need you? >> i would say detroit needs everyone in my class. >> reporter: for others, the chance to contribute and belong. >> the city has given me so much, i think it is only right to pay it forward. >> reporter: it is personal for chief steven johnson who rose up through the ranks himself. >> if i could see just one of these young people be chief or captain or lieutenant, then it is worth all of the effort we put into it. >> there are life lessons here as well for this senior. >> have you learned something about yourself out here? >> yes.
i learned i'm a strong independent young lady. >> reporter: helping light a fire within those who want a chance to serve their city. kevin tibbles, nbc news, detroit. and that will do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and have a good night. every single day, more than 8,000 men and women are working together to create a stronger, smarter, more resilient system, so the 3 1/2 million people we serve