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>> yeah. pretty much. >> good. >> we'll look forward to that. thanks, and thanks for joining a. hope to see you back here at 6:00. breaking news tonight. officer ambushed. horrifying images. a gunman firing 11 shots at a philadelphia cop in his patrol car. the officer firing back. hitting the suspect. who police say pledged allegiance to isis. el chapo captured. the infamous drug king pin taken down in a deadly shootout with mexican marines six months after his elaborate prison escape. how they finally tracked him down. bill clinton's past as donald trump continues attacking the former president. newly-revealed conversations show what bill clinton said about george w. bush, vladimir putin and princess diana. and biggest jackpot ever. huge lines as the jackpot explodes to more than $800 million.
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could it grow to a billion before the numbers are drawn? "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. the images of our top story are beyond chilling. video and photos of a police officer ambushed at close range by a man with a gun. and nearly are chilling are the implications this might be an isis-inspired act of violence. the victim, a philadelphia policeman, who despite being shot at 11 times not only survived being shot at 11 times and took down his attacker who allegedly told police he did it in the name of islam. nbc's steve peterson is in philadelphia with the latest. >> reporter: these chilling surveillance images show the moment a gunman dressed in a traditional white arab robe opened fire on a philadelphia police officer at point-blank range, shooting at least 11 times. >> shots fired. i'm shot.
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i'm bleeding heavily. >> reporter: 33-year-old police officer jesse hartnett was hit three times in the arm. as the gunman ran away, he kept shooting. but the officer managed to -- the officer managed to follow and return fire. the suspect was taken into custody a block away. the surveillance video does not show the circumstances leading up to the shooting. but officials say it was completely unprovoked. police identified the suspect as edward archer and said he confessed that the shooting was inspired by islam. archers also pledge also pledg his allegiance to the islamic state. >> he has confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of islam. according to him, he believes that the police are in contrary to the teaching of koran. he isa 30-year-old from outside of philadelphia and has prior convictions on simple assault and firearms charges. law enforcement said
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the fbi is looking at archer's phone and computer records and trips to saudi arabia in 2011 and egypt in 2012 but there is nothing to suggest travel was terror-related. in yet another twist, police say the 9-millimeter handgun he used to shoot hart net was a stolen police firearm. the officer is a five-year veteran of the philly police department who served in the coast guard. the philadelphia police commissioner said it is miraculous he survived. >> it is confounding and astonishing that he was able to escape it. >> hartnett's dad said he is proud of his son. >> he is a tough guy. he is a philadelphia officer. >> reporter: the officer is recovering from a broken arm and serious nerve damage but is expected to make a full recovery. archer was already scheduled this coming monday to be in court
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on fraud and similar charges unrelated to the shooting. now after being cleared for medical treatment, he remains in police custody facing other charges. >> steve peterson tonight, thank you. today's shooting is a prime example of what police in the u.s. have been fearing. attacks on officers inspired by calls from isis to target soldiers and police in uniform. as nbc's pete williams reports, it happened before in this country. >> reporter: as four police officers posed for a picture on a new york city street, a little over a year ago, a man with a hatchet rushed up and attacked them. one was hurt in the arm. but one officer was hit in the head and seriously injured. >> i didn't think i would live. >> reporter: police say the attacker, a 32-year-old, was a muslim convert inspired by isis. six months ago police shot a boston man preparing to board a bus with a knife after he was heard on a wire tap saying he planned to kill police officers that day. the boys in blue, he called them. police identified him as rahim and said he
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too was inspired by isis. for months isis on social media has been encouraging people worldwide to attack anyone in uniform. a year ago, for example, an isis leader said, rise up and kill intelligence officers, police officers and soldiers. so far this decade the overall number of u.s. police officers killed in ambushes has been down slightly. an average of nine a year. but police chiefs nationwide say the repeated calls by isis to attack them have increased that danger. >> it is frightening for law enforcement. i mean, a police officer sitting in his car, you know, they have to be vigilant all of the time. but how could you prevent someone in the dark from sneaking up on your car and shooting close, or from a distance. >> reporter: and also today, two men arrested yesterday. one in california and one in texas. they appeared in federal court accused of lying to authorities when they denied wanting to go to syria to fight with isis. both were born in iraq
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and came here as refugees. lester. >> pete, thanks. another major story we're following tonight. one of the most wanted and feared men in the world has been captured again. six months after his escape, from a maximum-security prison made international headlines and set off one of the biggest manhunts in history. for the drug lord known as el chapo, the question is will he finally be extradited to the u.s. where his drugs have flowed for so long. mark potter has the breaking details. >> reporter: these are the first pictures of joaquin el chapo guzman since his escape six months ago. in handcuffs and a dirty t-shirt after being captured in a dawn raid. officials say he was arrested by mexican marines in the town of los mochas after authorities got a hip he and others were hiding there. after a shootout, in which authorities say five suspects were killed and a marine injured, chapo was captured with no
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injuries. his arrest drew high praise from the american dea who said he was highly protected on the run. >> he enjoys tremendous protection from the population through in sinaloa, from corrupt government officials. >> reporter: news of his capture was announced by the mexican president neato in his twitter account saying in spanish, we have him. at a news conference he said the recapture confirms the strength of the mexican government. he escaped last july through a sophisticated tunnel with a motorcycle on a track used first to move dirt. >> he may have used the cart a little bit to come through the tunnel to escape. >> reporter: it was a major embarrassment for the mexican government, which worked with the u.s. to recapture him. >> it was the most important thing that this government could do right now in order to save face with the rest of the world. >> reporter: the big
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question now is what happens to guzman? will the mexicans attempt to hold him again or honor the american request to be extradited to the united states where he is wanted in a half dozen cities on drug charges, and where it is widely believed he could not escape again. mark potter, nbc news, miami. there is big economic news on two fronts. part of the u.s. economy headed in opposite directions that frankly have a lot of americans ar scratching their heads -- scratching their heads. first the new jobs report shows a surge of 292,000 job added in december. capping off a strong year for hiring. but at the same time, the stock market continues to dive. the dow shedding 167 points today. the end of a rough week for the ages on wall street. nbc's olivia sterns breaks it all down. >> reporter: tonight, wall street ringing the closing bell after one of the worst opening weeks ever and yet the american economy is getting good news.
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last years month by month showing steady job growth for the united states. in total, the u.s. adding 2.6 million jobs, but stocks continued their sell-off again today. >> a lot of concerns over how well will the global economy with stand a slowdown in china and will that affect the u.s. and those unknowns have led to market volatility. >> reporter: while investors may be anxious, employers are still hiring. the job market saw the most both in business, construction, health care and restaurants. >> we've had two almost record years of job growth back to back. >> reporter: in washington, d.c., at the hiring our heroes career fair, today's positive job report is relief to those looking for employment. >> we've added probably 100 new employees over the last three to six months. >> reporter: another business clamoring for new workers. health care start-up zoc doc in new york city. >> from your perch here, how strong is the u.s. economy right now? >> from our perspective, it couldn't be stronger. >> with a staff of more than 600, this
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tech start-up saw record growth in 2015. >> what is your outlook for 2016? >> very bullish. >> so while wall street is nervous, signs that main street is looking forward to a good year. olivia sterns, nbc news, new york. donald trump hopes to fire up supporters again tonight. this time at a rally in south carolina. and it would not be surprising to see him go after the clintons by once again bringing up skeletons from bill clinton's past. as katy tur reports, it appears to be a strategy to neutralize the former president. >> reporter: the brash billionaire is aiming his political fire at the democratic front-runner. and her husband, who is now scheduled for three more campaign stumps in new hampshire next week. >> hillary has the right temperament and the proven ability to figure out a way to make good things happen. >> reporter: privately the donald trump campaign tells nbc news they hope they force the former president off the campaign trail.
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publicly, it sounds more like a warning to hillary clinton. a point they are trying to hammer home on instagram. >> if she is going to continue this line of attack of trying to label republicans as sexist, she needs to tread very careful. >> reporter: the strategy may work now with the republican base, but it could backfire down the road, some democratic strategists say. >> general election voters don't want an election about scandals, they want an election about their lives. >> reporter: tonight her main democratic rival forced to address this. >> hillary clinton, is not bill clinton. what bill clinton did, i think we can all acknowledge, was totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable. but i'm running against hillary clinton, i'm not running against bill clinton. >> reporter: donald trump taking aim at democrats on gun control in bernie sanders' home state of vermont last night.
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>> i will get rid of gun-free zones at schools -- you have to. and on military bases, my first day it gets signed. okay. my first day. there is no more gun-free zones. >> reporter: as president obama defended his call for tighter gun laws in a town hall. >> there is nothing that we proposed that would make it harder for you to purchase a firearm. >> reporter: it is unlikely he'll get bill clinton off the trail but he is trying to cast doubt. especially to those 20 and 30-somethings to whom bill clinton's past may not be old news. >> katy tur. thanks. and donald trump will be chuck todd's guest this sunday on "meet the press." extreme weather moving across much of the country tonight. snow and bitter cold in the east while in the water-logged west, as nbc's miguel almaguer shows us, many are bracing for much more wild weather. >> reporter: mark threw it in reverse to get away from the wave of mud as fast as it was sweeping towards him. water and debris flowing in every
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direction. >> 60 seconds later, it would have been probably a different story for me. >> reporter: tonight blue skies. but in weather-weary california, stores broke records for umbrella sales this week. now the clean-up. the state still deep in red, suffering from exceptional drought, needs the water. >> one season of a wet el nino won't solve the drought but it heads us in the right direction. >> reporter: beaches were closed and rain turned to snow as storms turn east. the view from the grand canyon breath-taking. in flagstaff, arizona, 11.5 inches of snow in one day. now on the way, the polar vortex. arctic air set to blast central and eastern states, likely the coldest temperatures of the year. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. still ahead tonight, what would you do with $800 million? the possible jackpot now the biggest in u.s. history. it could get even bigger as players line up to get in on the action.
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also, the inspiring teacher and his students, his classroom dance-off is making a viral sensation.
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we're back now with powerball fever reaching a fevered pitch coast to coast as the biggest jackpot in american history that just got even bigger. and by the time the drawing is held tomorrow night, it may be large enough to make someone an instant billionaire.
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could you even imagine? nbc's kerri sanders can. >> reporter: it has never happened like this before. powerball selling close to $145,000 in tickets a minute. if there is no winner tomorrow night, billboards won't be able to show the jackpot because it could exceed a billion dollars. >> you are the one? >> i'm the one. >> reporter: in detroit today, canadians lured by the record jackpot, crossed the border to buy tickets. >> at this price, we could buy a house in hawaii, and florida and arizona. >> reporter: saturday's powerball drawing takes place in tallahassee, florida, in a nondescript building in a vault two stories below the earth, and two hours before the drawing, each ball, not a ping pong ball but solid, is weighed to make sure all are equal, each is 80 grams, about the weight of a super bowl ring. >> to understand how much $800 million is, a dollar bill is .004 inches thick.
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800 million of these stacked up would fall 8 feet short of outer space. >> reporter: chances of winning, 1 in 292 million. chances of losing -- almost 100%. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. up next, tonight, bill clinton's private conversations revealed. what he really thought about george w. bush and hillary's political ambitions during his presidency.
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it is not often that we're privy to the private remarks of a president, so there was high interest today when, for the first time, bill clinton's presidential library released transcripts that he had with tony blair, made public in response to a freedom of information request. the conversations cover difficult times at home and abroad. nbc's andrea mitchell has more.
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>> reporter: bill clinton on the campaign. as we learn of his chats with tony blair, his closest ally. at a tumultuous time for his presidency. weighing war with iraq, denying his relationship with monica lewinsky. demonstrating his ability to decompartmentalize. no mention of lewinsky. only this possible oblique reference, after i get all of this crap behind me, i would like to talk to about this. he said. about what, was censored by the government. >> this is someone dealing with a domestic trouble at the same time as dangers of war on at least two continents. >> reporter: considering air-strikes against saddam hussein. from camp david the night before, clinton tells blair he -- said i have no interest in killing him or hunting him down, i just don't want his chemical and biological program going forward. adding, if i weren't constrained by the press i would pick up the phone and call the
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son of a blank. the transcripts reveal clinton's blunt assessment that george w. bush running against al gore was only pretending to be a moderate. i have to figure out how to expose the fraud that bush is the new clinton. clinton praises vladimir putin but tells blair, he could get squishy on democracy. the relationship was indeed special. blair calls clinton mate. clinton offers to baby-sit blair's son. they chat about everything from pink panther movies to the tragedy of princess diana. the day after diana died, the president tells blair, i think anything you could do for the boys, about the challenges they will face. as for hillary, when she runs for senate, her husband tells blair, proudly, she's starting to sound like a real politician. i'm beginning to sound like a meandering old man. a man whose legacy is relevant again because she is running for president. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. when we come back, the student-teacher dance-off that has gone viral and part of the story behind a pretty remarkable
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school. happening now: hillary clinton
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in the bay area. =vo= next at 6, the event that's drawing hundreds of supporters. =janelle/vo= and el nino in action. the new image from nasa that shows how the system is battering california this winter. =next close= the news is next. ==janelle/vo== more el nino rain hea finally tonight, the viral video that millions are grooving to across the country. it features some talented young students and their inspiring teacher who
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have all of the right moves. rehema ellis met this teacher years ago and went back to his school, which is known for much more than just dance skills. >> reporter: the video has more than 30 million views online. captions, "teacher of the year." that teacher is ron clark. founder of the ron clark academy in atlanta. >> my style of teaching is about passion and energy. >> using music and movement to motivate. >> a lot of people will see your video and say it is a dance school, what do you say? >> that is totally untrue. because we work very hard, very, very hard. >> reporter: clark founded the small private middle school eight years ago. the academic program is intense, with high school-level classes. >> no f's in my class. >> reporter: we first met clark when he was
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starting the school in a rough part of town. >> it is the most exciting thing that has ever happened in my life. >> travis mccoy, now a college student. >> i want to show you something. what do you think when you see this young man? >> this is funny. it is crazy to see this came full circle. and i'm just appreciative. >> travis is now a mentor at the school. >> reporter: all clark academy students have graduated from high school and 99% have gone on to college. >> i want to show people that education has to be electric. it has to be on fire. because when you have passion, then the kids will have passion and the kids will love to learn. >> reporter: a model teacher. who has kids jumping at the chance to succeed. rehema ellis, nbc news, atlanta. that will do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. the bay area. you're looking
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at our camera from san bruno from about an hour ago -- you can see the storm clouds moving in. we're tracki h morel nino rain coming to the bay area. you're looking at the camera from san bruno. thanks for joining us, everyone. >> it promised a pinch, and it is delivering. don't a new look at el nino's impact on the bay area. now more el nino rain is hours
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away. meteorologist jeff is here to tell us what to expect. what are we talking about? >> the heaviest rainfall out ahead of it. showers beginning primarily at the coast skphraoeupb portions of marin and sonoma counties. it will continue to pick up on a steady clip as we head through the next six hours. the worst commute, santa rosa, san rafael. it is enough to keep the roadways slick. in terms of what we are going to be seeing coming our way tonight, it looks like we will save some of the heavier accumulating rainfall until tonight. the north bay down to san francisco. and then that rain beginning to pick up as we head through the overnight hours. in terms of el nino, how will we stack up compared to


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