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then sunday another quartero threeheed to the sierra, one too feet of snow. >> lester holtz is next. breaking news tonight, president trump threatens the government shutdown could last months or even years, and the president signaling he might go around congress. >> we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly. >> using his presidential powers to get the money for his wall. and amid the shutdown, there is new word of a possible uptick in tsa workers calling out sick and a new warning it could get a lot worse for passengers when tsa paychecks stop coming. also tonight, the president firing back at a new member of congress who said this. >> we're going to go in there and impeach the [ bleep ] out of him. >> that wasn't the only surprise today that sent stocks surging. the new flu alert tonight as
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the mean season hits hard. a hollywood cliffhanger -- what would the oscar's do after ellen's push to reinstate kevin hart? >> you have grown and apologized and you're apologizing again now. >> we have late details. horror at the nail salon, police hunting for a woman that ran out without paying and fatally ran over the worker that tried to stop her. two patients each getting a triple organ transplant at the same hospital at the same time. tonight, the life-saving history. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. days or years, president trump offering both rosy and dire estimates how long it will take to solve the budget problem that closed the government. the president met with democratic leaders today. a committee of white house negotiators will work this weekend but his price to reopen
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the government seems to be the border wall and today a threat ht do hallie jackson has late d. >> reporter: two weeks into the shutdown, a two-hour talk and two versions of how it went. >> he said he would keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years. >> we just completed a lengthy and sometimes contentious conversation with the president. >> i thought it was really a very, very good meeting. >> reporter: the president, in a surprise appearance in the rose garden revealing he's considering going around congress all together by invoking emergency national security powers to get the wall he wants. >> we could call a national emergency and build it very quickly, and it's another way of doing it. but if we can do it through a negotiated process, we're giving that a shot. >> reporter: in a sign the president may be shifting his stance, what that wall looks like. >> so you have a concrete wall.
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that's what i do best. >> reporter: sounds different than it once did. >> i think we'll have to build a steel wall as opposed to a concrete wall. you could call it a steel fence. >> reporter: he says negotiations will continue this weekend with the partial shutdown all but guaranteed to drag into next week. >> i'm proud to shut down the government for border security, chuck. >> reporter: are you still proud to own this shutdown? >> well, you know, i appreciate the way you say that but once -- i'm very proud of doing what i'm doing. i don't call it a shutdown. i call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and for the safety of our country. you can call it the schumer or the pelosi or the trump shutdown, doesn't make any difference to me, just words. >> reporter: it's not words but dollars to the federal employees forced to stay home, still on the hook for mortgages or rent. >> hey, i've been a landlord for a long time. i've been in the real estate business for a long time. when you see there are problems, difficulties out there, the people are all good for the money, they work with people. >> reporter: one of those workers has his own message for washington. >> get rid of politics and think about the people that voted you
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in. so think of them before you think of yourself. >> reporter: tonight at immigration courts, a shutdown backlog. >> those cases are at a standstill. those cases are being canceled on a daily basis, thousands at a time. >> reporter: even in the middle of the shutdown, cabinet members are among those set to get raises soon. but the white house says tonight, they are exploring options to try to prevent that and the vice president says he plans to turn down the scheduled pay increase. lester? >> hallie jackson at the white house, thank you. as the shutdown continues, there is word of a possible uptick in tsa workers calling out sick. and it could get worse for passengers when tsa workers stop getting their paychecks. gabe gutierrez is in houston with details. gabe, what are you learning about this? >> reporter: lester, good evening. there is growing concern among tsa union officials this shutdown could be devastating for more than 45,000 empye many of whom make $30,000 to $40,000 a year. they simply can't afford to go
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without a paycheck. the national tsa treasurer tells nbc news some officers have already been calling in sick. for its part, tsa says it's sia. call-outs began over the holidays but causing minimal impact. wait times may be impacted depending on the number of call-outs. while travelers haven't been impacted thus far, the question is what happens next week if this shutdown is not resolved? tsa workers won't get paid next friday. lester? >> gabe gutierrez in houston. as the shutdown drama plays out, president trump hitting back from the rose garden at a congresswoman that made a profanity-laced vow to iea nbc's kristen welker has the story. urs after making history as the first palestinian american woman sworn into congress, michigan democrat tlaib is parking a firestorm,
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caught on camera telling a crowd last night what she told her son about the president. >> we're going to go in there. we're going to impeach the [ bleep ]. >> reporter: the president firing back. >> i thought that was a great dishonor to her and her family. i thought it was highly disrespectful to the united states of america. >> reporter: she was ignoring reporters today. but on twitter, doubling down writing i will always truth to power. new speaker nancy pelosi at an msnbc town hall. >> that would not be language i would use, but nonetheless, i don't think we would make a big deal of it. >> reporter: but she is pushing impeachment before the mueller report prompting a barrage of republican backlash. >>ha dthey have using foul language they want to impeach the president. >> reporter: some democrats warning it could backfire. >> you cannot accomplish much of anything unless you have civility. those kind of comments do not take us in the right direction. >> reporter: one progressive du of impeachment, a growing flashpoint in a new congress.
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kristen welker, nbc news. let's talk about that jobs boom. a number far bigger than expected, that wasn't the only surprise today that sent the dow surging 746 points, the latest turn in this rollercoaster. we get all of it from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: across the board, 312,000 workers were hired in december, far more than expected. in construction, manufacturing, health care, education and retail. the unemployment rate actually ticked up to 3.9% as more people join the work force. the numbers lit a fire on wall >> the dow gaining back more than it last in yesterday's big selloff. >> reporter: the markets helped by jay powell who suggested there is no reason yet to raise interest rates again. president trump has repeatedly criticized powell for raising rates four times last year. resign, would you do it?
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>> no. >> reporter: but today, powell insisted the federal reserve is independent and non-political. >> i would want the public to be assured that we have a strong culture, it's not a fragile one, it's not subject to being disrupted. >> reporter: the president today took credit for the strong jobs numbers. >> i do want people to remember that we've had a tremendous success. >> the president takes a lot of credit for what's happening in the economy today. and he deserves some of it. but not all of it. >> reporter: with low unemployment, the trade showdown with china could lead to a slowdown here. lester? >> tom, thank you. tonight flu season is kicking into high gear according to a report from the cdc. states with widespread flu at 24, more than double from the week before. here ic correspondent dr. john torres. >> reporter: at new york's medical center, dr. dicman is on the front line of the flu season. it's kicking in early january, is that the same thing you're
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seeing here? >> we've seen an uptick over the past few weeks. >> reporter: according to the cdc, this year the h1n1 strain, aslo known as swine flu, is responsible for the majority of cases under 40. last month 26-year-old bri paton died from it. >> we've seen thousands of hospitalizations this year, and we will expect a whole lot more because that's what influenza does. >> reporter: last year's flu season one of the deadliest, the cdc recommends everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine. >> if anyone didn't get the shot, we strongly recommend they get the flu vaccine. >> reporter: if you do get sick, there is a new drug, unlike tamiflu it only takes one dose. it's not even peak flu season yet. that's late january or february. if you haven't got the flu vaccine, it's definitely not too late. lester? >> thank you.
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>> you bet. now, to the oscar's cliffhanger. weeks after kevin hart pulled out over past homophobic comments, ellen is calling for a relook. what they are saying isn't sitting well with everyone. here's stephanie gosk. >> please welcome my friend, kevin hart. >> reporter: today ellen stood up for a friend. >> i called the academy today because i really want you to host the oscars. >> reporter: kevin hart, appearing on her show, says he was thrilled the academy awards asked him to host back in december. >> the next morning after a day full of congratulations and th onslaught on social media of my past coming back up again. >> reporter: anger over homophobic comments a decade ago. in a defensive instagram message that day, hart said the academy wanted an apology or they would
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find someone else. >> i pass on the apology, the reason i pass is because i addressed this several times. >> reporter: hours later, the comedian tweeted, in part, i'm sorry i hurt people but he still didn't want the job. >> i'm a little upset because i know who i am. i know i don't have a homophobic bone in my body. i know i addressed it. i've yet to go back to that version of the immature comedian that once was. i moved on. i'm a grown man. >> reporter: hart told ellen, he feels people are out to destroy his career. >> you have apologized, you're apologizing again right now. you've done it. don't let those people win. host the oscars. [ applause ] >> reporter: her support triggered backlash. among the responses online, you have no authority to forgive him on behalf of a section of the community you don't belong to. this was no dialogue, this was not a teaching moment, you just let him talk. ellen's message, i believe in second chances, she says, and i
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believe in kevin hart. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. tonight we're learning new details about the investigation into a highway tragedy in florida. seven people killed in a fiery wreck and five of the dead are children. nbc's kerry sanders is there. >> reporter: tonight, florida highway patrol examining the scene of the fiery head-on collision that killed two truck drivers and five children in a church van heading to disney world. >> it's going to be a punch to the gut of our community that will take us awhile to get past. >> reporter: in louisiana, the community mourning the victims as young as 9. investigators say they are still piecing together what happened. one of their working theories, a northbound tractor-trailer suaved hard to the southwest, slamming head-on into a southbound 18-wheeler. the church van hit the trucks as they caught fire. a pickup truck drove into the accident running over passengers ejected from the van. >> the chairman of the national
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transportation safety board would like to send a team of investigators here but he can't because of the government shutdown. >> we're going to be open to whatever the ntsb needs. but it's not going to change the fact of what we do. >> reporter: among the survivors, a pregnant chaperon in the church van. she gave birth in the hospital. officials say both are expected to recover. kerry sanders, nbc news, florida. a tennessee man we introduced to you to in june, is the first criminal released under a criminal reform law. our camera was there as matthew charles walked out of a kentucky jail last he w granted an early release, only to have his sentence reimposed last year due to a court error. >> it's a day that i've been praying would come because, even when i was released back in 2016, i still had a dark cloud hanging over my head, due to the fact that i knew the government
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had appealed the sentence. today, that dark cloud has evaporated because, thankfully, the u.s. attorney's office has agreed that enough is enough. >> matthew charles sits down for an exclusive interview airing next week on "nbc nightly news.y over s.a.t. test scores in florida where a high school senior is taking a stand after she retook the test and improved the score, but a little too much for suspicious test officials. we spoke with her today and rehema ellis has that story. >> no, i do not cheat. >> reporter: florida high school senior kamilah campbell is emphat emphatic. and her attorney insists she did nothing wrong. >> she would have worked hard, and studied hard. >> reporter: when the aspiring dancer took the s.a.t. test in march, she got 590a 900. she improved by 340 points.
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>> i got a tutor. i dedicated myself to upping my score. >> reporter: in a letter to kamilah, the college board questioned the validity of the scores. the college board told nbc news, that last year, 2 million students took the s.a.t. about 2,000 were flagged for further review for reasons from, the lack of scratch work to similar answers within a group. and given the option to retake the test for free. kamilah chose not to. tonight, joined by the naacp, she i danding her score be honored. >> this is something i wanted to do all my life. >> reporter: to give her a better chance of getting into college. rheaumehema ellis, nbc news. ford is recalling nearly 1 million vehicles with air bags that could explode. for a list of the models just recalled, you can visit our
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facebook page. also tonight, shocking video. police hunting for the driver who killed a salon owner over a $35 manicure. and the world's most popular weather app sued. what was it doing with your information? and two strangers bonded after receiving life-saving gifts.
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we're back, now, with a hunt under way in las vegas. police looking for a woman they say ran out of a nail salon without paying and fatally ran ov the hit-and-run caught on camera. we want to warn you as you might expect, it is disturbing. here is morgan chesky. >> reporter: after a gruesome homicide caught on surveillance video, the las vegas police department taking to social media. >> please take a close look at this photo. >> reporter: part of the manhunt for the 21-year-old hit-and-run suspect was driving a stolen car. >> i'm coming to you today with a plea for assistance. >> reporter: police say whipple
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went into crystal nail saturday for a $35 manicure. when her credit card was declined according to investigators. she said she would get money from her car but tried to drive off. the police video posted on social media explains what happened next. >> the female owner jumped in front of the suspect's vehicle while her husband was at the back of the car, at which tile the suspect accelerated through the parking lot. >> reporter: that woman was annie nguyen. she died from injuries from being dragged under the car. a gofundme page for nguyen says she was the mother of three girls. tonight police remain on the hunt for her killer hoping the public can help track her down. morgan chesky, nbc news. >> we will take a break right here. and coming up, the popular weather app getting sued. was it tracking you and why?
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do you have the weather channel app on your phone? a lot of people do. it's the most downloaded weather app in the world, but now it's facing a lawsuit for allegedly
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deceiving users by breaching your privacy for profit. our miguel almaguer explains. >> reporter: downloaded more than 100 million times, prosecutors allege the widely popular weather channel app was doing much more than giving users the forecast. in a lawsuit, the l.a. city attorney says the app deceptively collected, shared and profited from the private location data of millions of consumers. >> think how orwellian it is to have a third party you never had contact with now where you've gone for a therapist, for a date, for what you did the last night. >> this is certainly the strongest by far. >> reporter: banking on the weather channel's brand, the weather company owned by ibm, operates the app, which the city attorney says manipulated users into turning on location tracking, using valuable personal data for commercial gain. in a statement, ibm says the weather company has been transparent with use of location
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data, the disclosures are fully appropriate and we will defend them vigorously. but tonight, the city attorney says the forecast calls for a lawsuit that could cost the weather channel app millions. miguel almaguer, nbc news. up next, they made history, now they are getting another chance at life. the timeline ford
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storms. lus south bay woman says a homeless man she was trying to help - raped her. in an exclusive interview - she tells why she feels betrayed by the district attorney who let him walk. next right now at 6: in tonight's "inspiring america," two strangers beat the odds and made medical history now bonded through incredible life-saving gifts. our anne thompson has the story. >> reporter: 29-year-olds drew smith and sarah mcfarland linked by fate and desperation at
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university of chicago transplantation institute. both needed triple organ transplant, heart, liver and kidney and days before christmas, got them. >> it was just a miracle that these two separate donors came up at the same time. >> reporter: one suffering from an inflammatory disease attacking his organs got the word first. sarah's mother wasn't jealous she got the news. >> i go oh my god, he got the organ. i started hugging and she didn't know who i was. >> reporter: while operating, doctors learned there was a donor for sarah. >> we're in operation mode. we're going for it. >> reporter: a third chance at life for the michigan woman that had her first heart transplant at 12. >> i was just thrilled that there was a chance. they wanted to take on the opportunity and just how confident they are. >> reporter: darue ready to get him to his 3-year-old son. >> still i just want to take it day by day. i want to cherish this. >> reporter: new life made
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anne thompson, nbc news. >> no greater gift. i'm lester holt for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, good night and have a good weekend.the teams are here a live look at s-j-c, where the two best teams in college . right now at 6:00, the teams are here! a live look at sjc where the two best teams in college football are arriving for the national championship game. also, she went out of her way to help a man down on his luck, and she claims that man raped her. in an exclusive interview, she tells us why the district attorney is not pressing charges. but first, get ready for a soggy weekend. we're tracking a series of storms heading our way. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, thanks for joining us on this i'm janelle wang in for jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai. you might need to change your
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plans for tomorrow. it's dry for now, but things will be changing. let's bring in our chief meteorologist, jeff ranieri who has the timeline of when this will arrive. >> you can see on storm ranger mobile radar we aren't picking anything up right now. but the storm system is out here in the pacific. the cold front and the low pressure will bring back that chance of rainfall. a new wind advisory posted 4:00 a.m. saturday until 4:00 p.m. saturday. sustained winds of 10-15, occasional guests of 20-40. that could bring down some trees and possibly power outages. 11:00 tonight, maybe a few sp

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