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this sunday night. captured. the dramatic video showing the moment authorities moved in and captured those two convicted killers who faked their way out of prison. tonight, who provided the tip and how it all went down. state of emergency as wildfires burned out of control. rising temperature and strong winds threatened to make the crisis even worse for millions of people. ghost towns. in colorado, five weeks after the devastating floods. despite so much destruction, the people we found refused to be defeated. taking the plunge. the extremes some people went to this weekend and one man who defied real odds. we asked why do it? and making a difference. the boy who was bullied and found a unique way to move beyond it. becoming a powerful voice of tolerance.
>> this is "nbc nightly news." >> good evening. a nationwide manhunt is over for two convicted murder here's bluffed their way out of a florida jail. joseph jenkins and charles walker are back behind bars after being arrested unarmed at a florida hotel. police say they were tipped off by an acquaintance. the convicts had he is came using falsified release forms and tonight florida officials say they expect to arrest others who may have helped them. sarah is in orlando where the two were last spotted and where folks are understandably relieved. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, carl. officials believe the pair had help along every step of the way. from those forged documents ordering their release to their time on the run. and they say, more arrests are coming. >> they've been looking for them. those are u.s. marshals. >> reporter: cell phone video
captures the moment heavily armed u.s. marshals raided the coconut grove motor inn. and life on the run ended for charles walker and joseph jenkins. their escape which utilized phony paper boring was an embarrassment that could have been deadly according to the head of the prison system. >> these were two hard yepped convicted felons and the thought of them being out there in our state caused me great concern. >> reporter: a tip from a close associate and interviews with people who visited the men in prison led authorities to panama city beach. officials say neither man in the room was armed but they were on the move. today, both were back in prison orange. >> jenkins joseph. >> and before a judge. >> reporter: to hear new charges of escape read against them. >> there's been a request that you be held without bond. i'm going to honor that. >> reporter: the investigation continues into how the men were able to fool the justice system to release them. they have heard speculation that
inmates could buy forged documents for several thousand dollars. but are not sure if the alleged document dealer worked in the criminal justice system. they are confident the pair had extensive help throughout the ordeal. >> i can tell that you there will be more arrests. >> reporter: for the families of walker and jenkins' victims, the news of the capture was a relief. >> my heart was filled with joy that they had been an rehenlded and it was without violence, without bloodshed. >> reporter: the best possible outcome following a week of uncertain days and nervous nights. since the escape, florida has changed the way sentence reductions are verified. now instead of a current court clerk, a judge must sign off on them. one judge we spoke to said he would have caught the red flags and the documents in this case. inskingsys, those without a legal background might have missed. >> thanks. other major story we're following, a state of emergency
in effect in australia where 56 wildfires are still burning. a dozen of them out of control near sydney in the state of new south wales and conditions are getting worse. we turn once again to our partner, australia's seven network, ashley brown is in the town of bell outside sydney. >> reporter: hello. temperatures are already climbing. the humidity has dropped and the winds have picked up. so these are fierce fire conditions facing the blue mountains. an area that is about an hour and a half drive from sydney. two major fires are burning. we're talking about an active fire front of more than 180 miles. this is a huge task for firefighters. a great deal of back burning is being done but it is really, it hasn't been enough. we're already seeing 200 homes in this area that have been destroyed and many more homes are under threat. the biggest fear is that two major fires will join, creating a mega fire that will just be simply uncontrollable. >> that is the magnitude.
i sincerely hope it is not realized and we end up somewhere in between. what we cannot ignore are the probabilities. >> reporter: an emergency warning has been issued to the town of bell where i am by the rural fire service. it means residents have been told to leave their homes unless they're prepared to defend them. in saying that, new powers have been given to emergency services which means no matter what decision they have made, they could still be ordered out of their homes. >> i've been getting a lot of calls from people saying, you know, get home, pack. get out. >> reporter: water bombers are attack have the fires from the air. hundreds of firefighters are on the ground across the blue mountains. residents are simply on edge and firefighters are exhausted. they're going to give it everything they can to bring those fires under control. >> ashley brown in australia. thanks. one more example of the toll these fires have taken. look at this photo showing exhausted firefighters, resting as the fires burn around them. it was taken by a photographer from australia's newcastle
herald. it has been seen by almost 4 million people on facebook. prompting thousands of messages of thanks. back in this country, the new health care law remains under fire with many republicans vowing to continue their fight against it. the president will highlight tomorrow how many people have managed to apply for the new insurance plans despite troubles with the government's website. nbc white house correspondent kristin welker has more. >> reporter: they may have lost the battle but the republican war against the president's health care law isn't over. >> obama care is the biggest job killer in this country, and the problem is washington, d.c. isn't listening to us. >> obama care is indeed a train wreck. a visit to the website is kind of like a trip to the department of motor vehicles in your state. >> reporter: on "meet the press," jack was in damage control mode. >> i think there's no one more trusted than the president at the difficulty in the website. >> reporter: he said officials are working around the clock to
fix the technical glitches which have prevented people from all across the country from accessing the website. in a sunday blog, the department of health and human services said it is bringing in the best and brightest from inside and outside the government to help. >> the test will be in january, how many people are enrolled and what is the quality of service that they're getting. we're confident we will be on track to do. that. >> reporter: according to officials here inside the white house, nearly half a million people have filed applications through federal and state exchanges. but officials say they don't know how many people have actually enrolled. those figures are expected next month. >> the fight on obama care, the affordable care act, took us off message. >> reporter: while republicans may be united in their fight against obama care, they are bitterly divide over their strategy after their crushing tea feet last week. senior republicans took aim at the tea party led by senator ted cruz. >> all of those involved went on a fool's errand. that's just a fact. >> cruz didn't hesitate to fire
back. >> when you've got senate republicans saying, we cannot win. we will surrender. this is a fool's errand. it sabotages the effort. >> reporter: law enforcement officials say that they are investigating threatening tweets that have been sent to senator ted cruz. of course, that is separate from all of this. meanwhile, hhs secretary kathleen sebelius has been called on to testify before a congressional hearing this thursday about those glitches. and hhs officials say she is unavailable on that day but willing to work the committee. >> at the white house tonight, kristin, thanks. while the government shutdown may be over, the pain it caused is not. many people who were furloughed or otherwise affected are still paying the price and will do so for quite some time. we get that story from cnbc correspondent bertha coombs. >> reporter: jessica moss from antelope, california, is busy making holiday presents because she can't afford to bias much this year. >> we might spend about 50% on
our own kids for christmas gifts and use a lot of has nnd me dow gifts. >> reporter: she usually shops at the base's discount store but during the shutdown she had to shop elsewhere which took a big bite out of her budget. >> some people might be getting back pay. i'm not going on get 33% of my grocery bill back. it's gone. >> reporter: she is not the only one feeling the pinch. a new survey says about 40% of consumers cut their spending because of the government shutdown. and store traffic was down 7% compared to last year. retailers are hoping the shutdown doesn't become the grinch that stole christmas but they're worried it will. >> most of the recovery since 2009 has been based on consumer spending and we're very worried that a retreat from the consumer could push us back. >> reporter: it was alsofeldt in housing. mortgages fell on a 6-year low.
in baton rouge, the malloys were in the process of buying a bigger home for their family of seven when their loan was stalled due to the shutdown. they were forced to get a new mortgage which cost them an additional $10,000. >> that will be the christmas present. they get a new set of bunk beds and new bedding or something else for the house instead of some big gifts unwrapped. >> reporter: more than gifts, jessica moss will miss her family this holiday. furloughed this month, her grand parents can't afford to visit, special when i another budget cut in january. >> those are memories. my husband's side of the family handle even seen our youngest son yet. and it will be even longer until they get to finally meet him. >> reporter: a gift they'll never get back. nbc news, new york. >> we turn to the crisis in syria where for the second time in as many days, a suicide bomber struck a government shut point, killing at least 37
people. it came as there was increasing talk about a peace conference aimed at ending syria's long civil war. the fortune correspondent has been following developments and he joins us. >> what is so striking about syria is how much this story has been changing. if you remember, just about a month ago, the united states was on the verge of bombing that country. and now the u.s. is putting all of its home in a peace conference. and i think this peace conference is really still just tentative at best. today, the secretary general of the arab league said that a date has been set. that there will be this peace conference in geneva, in the, in late november. but then a u.n. envoy came out also today and said, no, no date has been set. the syrian rebels say that this is all a ploy and the syrian government said it will not negotiate with terrorists. so a lot still needs to come together for this conference to take place, let alone discuss
any substantive issues. then on the ground, in almost a parallel reality, there is this daily carnage, a massive bomb. a 1 1/2 truck bomb that exploded today killing more than 30 people. almost all of them civilians. >> a lot to keep track of. richard, thank you. there is a new revelation in the nsa surveillance story. documents leaked by edward snowden showed the nsa hacked into the e-mail account of the former president of mexico, felipe calderon. it is according to a report today in the german magazine. the agency's top goal, gaining details on the mexican drug trade. a spokesperson said the nsa won't comment on specifics but said the u.s. gathers foreign jenls of the tape gathered by all nations. when "nightly news" continues, getting a good night's sleep and some of the best evidence yet on why it is so important. and ravaged by floods.
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finally, our making a difference report is about a remarkable young man who tushld adversity into a force for good. he was bullied but found instead of suffering silently, he could do something positive to help others. kristin dahlgren on how he is making a difference. >> reporter: looking at jacob today, you would never know just a year ago, the high school junior wanted to everybond his . >> a day in and out battle. i was bullied because i was fat and then because i was gay. >> reporter: he hid the bullying from his family but his mom knew something wasn't right. >> he became more angry. he was more withdrawn. he would not really talk to me that much. >> reporter: until one
particularly bad day at school. >> that's when he broke down. he said mom, i'll getting picked on at school. it was so severe that he wanted to take his life. >> reporter: she took her concerns to the school board. when the bullying didn't stop, she and jacob took mat enters into their own hands themselves started tipton against kids being bullied. a group offering advice and resources to kids. >> there is a support system. they can meet other kids to establish friendships. >> reporter: soon jacob and his mom started hearing from people outside their small town. >> all these people are having their own fights along with me having my own fight. that is when i i said, we can do this. >> since we have started this, the school system incorporated an anti-bullying program. >> reporter: last week he was given an award from the matthew sheppard foundation. this award has opened my
eyes on how much my story is helping other people. >> to say i'm proud of him doesn't even come close to what i'm actually feeling inside. >> reporter: a boy who once thought he wanted to die now living with the pretty impressive goal. >> i want to be activist. i want to do something to change america. >> reporter: nbc news. >> that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. brian williams will be here tomorrow. coming up, football night in america followed by the broncos versus the colts. i'm carl quintanilla reporting from new york. from all of us here in new york, good night.
captions paid for by nbc-universal television lucas oil stadium in indianapolis, a city with a football buzz this week, not seen here since they hosted super bowl xlvi. while there is no championship on the line tonight, there is a homecoming, as peyton manning returns for the first time as a denver bronco. it was 19 months ago that manning left indy. his future in doubt because of a neck injury that cost him the previous season. now, at age 37, he comes back at the leader of a 6-0 denver broncos and in the mix of what's shaping up statistically, at least, as the best season of his career.