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tonight, talk but only talk of how to find a shutdown solution. after huddling with president trump, a top senator shares what the white house is willing to offer to get a deal as the outgoing chief of staff gets candid about the border wall and his tumultuous tenure in the west wing. high alert on new year's eve. what's being used for the first time to protect people at the world's biggest celebration with the weather threatening to dampen the fun. the deadly crash of a rescue helicopter. what caused it to spin out of control. the controversial move by one state to cut down on drunk driving by putting in place the lowest blood-alcohol level limit in the country. does if go too far? the new
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fashionistas setting style trends and cashing in with their social media influence. and how the day's catch became a dream came true. it's a fishtail you won't want to miss. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. >> reporter: good evening, i'm hallie jackson in for kate. tonight as the clock runs out on 2018, a different countdown stretches on with the government closed for the ninth straight day. you would think lawmakers would be scrambling to meet and talk to find a fix. they are not. instead, it's all about the finger-pointing with some now warning if the blame game doesn't end, neither will the shutdowns, and at the white house while we're hearing new talk of optimism on the part of the president, there's no action, not yet. white house correspondent kellyied ne o'donnell starts us off. >> reporter: on shutdown day nine, a new signal from the west wing. >> the wall has become a met afoyer for border security? trump ally and republican senator lindsey graham said he
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spent two hours strategizing with the president. >> he was in a very good move, and i think he's reseptember i have to making a deal if it achieves his goals of securing our board sneer graham claimed president trump is open-minded to a compromise that would extend work permits and temp little legal status to qualified undocumented immigrants in exchange for billions to build border barriers that mr. trump calls a wall. today's private meeting comes as the president spent a fourth straight day with no public events, but active on twitter the president blasting democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of americans. >> what donald trump and the republicans want to do is waste $5 billion in taxpayer money on an ineffective medieval border wall that is a fifth century solution to a 21st century problem. >> reporter: it's
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renovation, not negotiation today on capitol hill where office moves are under way as democrats take power in the house. trump adviser kellyanne conway growing impatient. >> we haven't heard from them. it's crickets for partisan political reasons. >> reporter: and the senior democrat on the senate appropriations committee say talks need to get serious. >> i think it's everybody's fault. this is unacceptable. >> if we blame each other, this could last a long, long time. >> reporter: and in another new development senator graham says the support in a pause situation after his controversial and much criticized decision to pull u.s. forces out of syria. graham says he thinks the president is the committed to defeating isis and described mr. trump's iraq trip as well-timed and an eye-opening experience because he met with military leaders. hallie. >> kelly, thank you. general john kelly leaves the white house
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this week, and on his way out he's opening up candidly about why the best measure of his success, he says, doesn't come from the policies he pushed but the ones he prevented. white house correspondent jeff bennett has more. >> reporter: tonight john kelly talking candidly about his rocky tenure at white house chief of staff. in an interview with the "los angeles times" general kelly says president trump's long promised southern bothered wall is not what he has portrayed. to be honest it's not a wall, general kelly admits, and he blames former attorney general jeff sessions for the policy separating undocumented immigrants from their children at the border. kelly saying the move took him by surprise. it was just one of the many controversies he weathered during his 17 months in the white house, something he called a bone-crushing hard job. >> the last thing i wanted to do was walk away from one. great honors of my life, being the secretary of homeland security, but i did something wrong and god punished me i guess. >> reporter: hired to
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instill order in a free-wheeling west wing, kelly was dogged by constant rumors of his firing. >> i'm not quitting today. i don't believe and i just talked to the president, i don't think i'm being fired today. >> the retired marine general says while mr. trump often pressed the boundaries of his legal authority, the president never order him to do anything illegal, and kell argues his legacy is best measured by what the president did not do, such as pulling u.s. forces out of south korea or withdrawing from nato. the white house didn't comment on the interview, and when asked why he stayed on the job, kelly told the paper military people don't walk away. hallie? >> jeff, thank you. very some breaking news. officials say in north carolina a 22-year-old woman was killed by a lion after it escaped a locked space as an animal center. the woman, alexandra black, had been working at the conservator's center in burlington. she had only been there two weeks and was cleaning a
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separate enclosure when the attack happened. the lion was shot and killed after others tried to tranquilize it it. officials say it's not clear how the lion got out in the first place. two big concerns tonight as we head into new year's eve, security and the weather. as you can see, heavy snow is in the forecast for parts of the plains and midwest while lots of rain is expected in the east, and that includes new york where more than 100,000 people will descend on times square just a few blocks from where we are. we get more from nbc's matt bradley. >> reporter: this new year's eve the famous ball won't be the only thing over times square. new york city police will loft drones keeping eyes on the skies on what could be hundreds of thousand of revelers below. >> with the drone, this is first time we'll be using it as a large-scale event. >> reporter: police are pairing those with more than 1,000 surveillance cameras, along with bomb-sniffing dogs, helicopters, snipers and 200 blocker vehicles, and thousand of uniformed officers, many taking up
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positions in hotels around the square. >> the bottom line is this. people will be safe on monday, and they should feel safe, too. it's going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events in one of the safest venues in the entire world. >> reporter: that's reassuring for cameron gregg from yorktown, virginia. are you excited or worried? >> we're excited. >> i'm excited. i'm not worried about anything. i'm just here to have a good time and this is my first time ever seeing the ball drop so i'm very, very excited, yes. p. >> reporter: times square is already packed, and tomorrow morning before dawn these streets are all going to be blocked off. the traffic is going to be gone, and the is first revellers start trickling in at around noon, hallie, getting red for a very long night. >> long and rainy. matt bradley this in times square. thank you. know, issue on new year's eve, and all year long. drunk driving linked to 29 deaths each day in this country.
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starting today utah is taking a controversial step to try and change that. as kathy park reports, it's not the first time the state has made had a mold move to try to stop people from drinking and driving. >> reporter: one day before new year's eve, and utah's already buzzing with the strictest dui law in the country. >> in the state of utah we take it seriously, and if you're going to drink here don't drive here. >> reporter: nationally drivers are considered legally drunk at .08%, but cross into utah now, and that number drops to .05. that means it doesn't take much to be considered drunk. under the new law, it's estimated a woman weighing 120 pounds will leech .05 after little more than one drink which can be 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wipe or 1.5 ounces of liquor. for a 160-pound man, it's just about two drinks >> we're hoping to see better decisions made on the front end of a night where somebody is choosing to consume alcoholic beverages. >> reporter: this isn't the first time utah has taken a bold move hat reducing
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drunk driving. it led the country with a blood-alcohol level content drop back in 1983. others say it's followed and now a handful are even considering once again lowering the limit. >> we are one of the lowest in the country for injuries and deaths, but we still have a problem. >> reporter: but critics say the state is going overboard. the american beverage institute calls a new law an attack on restaurant and hospitality industries and converts their responsible patrons into criminals. a crackdown as utah gets tough to keep drivers safe and sober. kathy park, nbc news. all across the country the new year means more new laws are going into effect. everything from equal pay to who gets the family dog in a divorce and one state is even paying people to come and live there. nbc's pete williams tonight on what else is about to change. >> reporter: vermont will begin paying people to move there, up to $10,000 over two years for people employed by out-of-state companies who are willing to
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work in vermont remotely from a home office or a cooperative work space. >> we have a demographic problem in this state. we need more people. >> reporter: connecticut and hawaii make till legal for employers to ask job applicants about their pay history. that brings to ten the number of states with similar bans intended to stop the cycle of pay discrimination against women and minorities. >> i think there's an element of this about us competing, and we don't want to be known as the state where women can be low-balled. >> reporter: in knocked it's illegal to sell anything in foam containers made from polystyrene, something the city says can not be recycled. that means a ban on clam shell containers, trays and cups. >> plastic works just as good and the paper cups, same difference, less landfill. >> reporter: foam-packing peanuts are also banned in the city. washington state cracks down on people who misrepresent companion or emotional support pets as trained service animals. >> i've had my dog attacked twice in walmart and once in
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lowe's by non-service dogs who were aggressive and bit my dog in the muzzle. >> reporter: in california as of january 1st, pets are now legally considered part of the family in divorces, not just property. judges can assign sole or joint custody based on the best interest of the pet. internet shoppers in six more states, georgia, iowa, louisiana, nebraska, utah and west virginia will have to pay sales taxes on what they buy from out-of-state retailers, and in colorado revelers wanting to toast 2019 can do it with all kinds of beer available in grocery stores starting january 1st, not just low-alcohol bruise, a vestige of prohibition out with the old year. pete williams, nbc news, washington. in the middle east a deadly helicopter crash killed four crew members this weekend. the chopper was on a rescue mission near a mountain in the united arab emirates when it spun out of control. one report said the helicopter clipped a zip line in the area. and as the year comes to a close, it's
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a flitting moment to reflect on those who serve. members of the military who tonight are putting their lives on the line in afghanistan, iraq and other war zones. our pentagon correspondent hans nichols introduces us to some of those who made the ultimate sacrifice this year. >> reporter: for american troops fighting from africa to the middle east, 2018 started out deadly. sergeant first class golan was born in latvia, became an american citizen and died in afghanistan on new year's day. one of 13 americans killed in combat in afghanistan, including major brent taylor, a father of seven and the mayor of his town in utah, the victim of an apparent insider attack. killed by the very afghans he was trying to train. >> i love you,in honey, stay strong. dedicated to helping others. >> keeps coming back to service to god, family and country. >> reporter: the deadliest incident took place in iraq when a helicopter
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crashed at night killing all seven aboard including two new york city firefighters. christopher tripp and lieutenant ragus o'who was remembered for his service. >> the guy loved to save and help people and that's what he did. >> reporter: a total of nine americans died while fighting iies? syria and iraq, part of a global fight against extremism that also took the life 26-year-old sergeant alexander conrad in somalia. in all, 23 americans lost their lives in four countries this year. their lives and their love leaving behind holes impossible to fill but examples for all. >> i'm going to want to look out for people like if i see someone sitting alone at lunch or anything, i just want to help everyone. >> reporter: hans nichols, nbc news, the pentagon. >> with all the headlines general motors made this fall, the plant closings, the buyouts and thousand of layoffs, one key piece of news may have slipped under your radar.
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at announcement gm would hire skill sets of the future as its shifts focus to autonomous vehicles and away from older forecast jis that. shift is helping to bring experiences women back to the company and a few men, too. nbc's ron mott has more. >> reporter: annette diver's morning routine hasn't changed all that much over the years. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: get her boys up from bed, pack lunches, kiss her family good-bye for the day, and now she's leaving the house, too. heading back to work at gm as an engineer after taking 15 years off to be a mom. it's part of gm's re-hiring initiative called take two, aimed largely at women just like aboth in have technical expertise. how would you say take two has changed your life here since you've decided to take the plunge? >> i would have never believed that years ago when i was going to stay home, did i ever even have any idea that i was going to return in my 40s, doing the same type of role when i was in my
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20s, with a completely different outlook. >> i've learned a tremendous amount. >> reporter: take two is essentially a 12-week paid tryout giving prospective employees a chance to see if the timing is right for them to return, giving the company a chance to see if their skills are a good fit. >> i sacrificed ten years of my career, but the seed that was plant is blossoming now in my life. >> there's no way for someone who has been out of the workforce for 18 years to re-engage without a program like this. >> reporter: of the people who have particular tissed 87% were offered full-time jobs, all but one accepting. >> our initial job was in the s.t.e.m. space and guess, and we've expanded in i.t. and manufacturing and finance and customer and after sales care. we're looking to take it global as well. >> reporter: for annette her passion had been on hiatus but not disappeared. >> i'm not near retiring, and i feel that i have so much
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more i want to do. >> reporter: a career act two at gm, the intermission as long as it needs to be. ron mott, nbc news, warren, michigan. still ahead tonight, how some trendsetters are getting big bucks to give the fashion industry its own makeover, and the eagle has landed. right in the stands of eagle has landed. right in the stands of this week ♪ she's doing it again no cover up spray here... it's the irresistibly fresh scent of febreze air effects. cheaper aerosols can cover up odors, burying the smell in a flowery fog. switch to febreze air effects! febreze eliminates even the toughest odors from the air. and it uses an all-natural propellant to leave behind a pleasant scent you'll love. use anywhere odors can spread. freshen up, don't cover up. febreze air effects.
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think about the way you shop. social media is changing it, and one industry, fashion, is in the middle of a transformation. so-called influencers, people who have millions of fans, are more and more affecting what you buy. kate snow has more. >> reporter: beyond the runway shows hand models of new york and paris is a woman who is giving everyone a shot at the fashion world spotlight. >> in the last decade fashion has really transformed. >> more playful. >> reporter: 31-year-old entrepreneur amber has been called the queen bee of social media influencers. >> actually looks totally gorgeous. >> reporter: only seven years ago she was a struggling fashion stylist. >> one of my friends' parents said, okay, you're going to be a fashion stylist but how are you going to tile will you support yourself? i remember that making me so mad. >> reporter: amber started noticing her impeccable taste would inspire followers online and eventually fashion companies wanted to sponsor her. together with her now husband baxter they developed a company
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>> hey, ya. >> reporter: these are the famous fish mongers at pike place fish market. >> i like the fish. >> reporter: drawing crowds daily. >> i've seen some things on tv where they were throwing the fish, and i said i've got to the see that. >> reporter: it's more than a gimmick. owner john yokoyama calls it our philosophy. >> our first intention is to create a relationship of love with our cut mefrmts after that we know we've got them for life. >> reporter: that goes for the workers, too, so when yokoyama decided to sell his legendary business he knew exactly who should buy. >> love you, man. >> jason, anders, sam and reese, four of his employees are now the big fish. >> it's a dream come true, man. i'm living the dream right now. >> reporter: are these guys like your kids? >> they are my kids. >> reporter: yokoyama probably could have sold to someone else for more. >> we need to call those customers. >> reporter: but this just felt right.
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>> johnny was very generous in accommodating us. >> reporter: one. guys jason was practically born here. his mom worked next door. >> so i grew up in the market, running around this play, you know. i always thought man it would be cool to own that fish market. >> can't be more excited. it's awesome. got to keep the legacy going. >> reporter: an institution that's still flying high with a familiar wind beneath their feet. joe fryar, nbc news, seattle. >> quite the catch. that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. i'm hallie jackson. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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