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we think a break with isolated showers heading to the championship game at levi stadium on monday evening. >> fantastic. thank you very much, rob. thanks for watching. we're back at 6:00. tonight as the partial government shutdown drags into a third week, a bipartisan group tries to find common ground. amid new concerns about disruptions for millions of americans who receive government food assistance if the stalemate lasts much longer. almost a week after the murder of 7-year-old jazmine barnes in houston, a community comes together. >> please let there be justice for her. i ask from the bottom of my heart. >> her mother joined by thousands of supporters as police hunt for the suspect. the massive recall by ford, almost 1 million vehicles may have problems with their air bags, what consumers need to know. a wakeup call about the safety of those popular escape rooms, after tragedy strikes
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during a birthday celebration. why are so many american women dying during childbirth? a look at a disturbing reality, especially for women of color. golden moments. one actress prepares to make history, while not far away these hollywood veterans put on quite a show of their own. good evening, the stalemate continues, the federal government still shut down, there was at least a meeting today. the vice president tweeting a photo of republicans and democrats gathered around the table with him. on the plus side, they've agreed to meet again tomorrow. they walked away with no new agreements. beyond the federal workers not getting paid, the lengthy shutdown is starting to worry organizations who help low-income americans. we begin tonight with kelly o'donnell at the white house. >> reporter: rolling into the white house on this 15th day of a closed for business federal government.
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the vice president came to lead another round of border wall negotiations, not seen, but tweeting, the president declared, i am in the white house ready to go. where are the dems? democrats and republicans were here, but the president did not take part himself. >> you put together a team of people that will work over the weekend. >> reporter: the vice president, secretary nielsen, adviser jared kushner, met with capitol hill senior staff, not elected leaders, for two hours. no breakthrough. the president reacted, not much headway made today. though aides said the conversation was productive and they agreed to meet again tomorrow afternoon. speaker pelosi voiced frustration. >> the impression you get from the president that he would not only like to close government, build a wall, but also abolish congress. >> acting chief of staff mulvaney tells "meet the press" the president is willing to bend.
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>> he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that, so that democrats can say, see, he's not building a wall anymore. that should help us. >> with 800,000 federal workers getting no paychecks, ironically today, the vice president and cabinet secretaries were due a pay raise. after a five-year salary freeze expired. this office of personnel management memo said, it would be prudent to keep the frozen rate. friday mr. pence told reporters he would not accept a nearly $13,000 raise. >> mr. vice president, you turned down your raise? is that what you said? >> reporter: democratic aides familiar with the meeting said the administration refused to budge off that wall, calling that an untenable position that cannot pass congress. when they meet again tomorrow, administration officials say they will have the requested specific budget numbers that democrats want to see. tonight speaker pelosi says the house will just start passing
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funding measures department by department next week to try to pressure the senate and the white house to reopen the government. kate? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house, thank you. the longer the shutdown goes on, the greater the impact. there's concern it might affect millions of people who depend on the government for their food. nbc's hans nichols has that part of the story. >> reporter: for families that rely on federal help for food. the shutdown could leave them with an empty table. >> it's going to affect me, i won't be able to come in here and buy my groceries. >> reporter: absent a deal between president donald trump and congress, federal funds for food assistance could run out next month, affecting some of the 38 million americans who rely on the program for their basic needs. >> a lot of people are one paycheck away from being in the situation of needing food assistance, and it's really a challenge for us to get people to realize how broad an issue it is. >> reporter: the department of agriculture has only guaranteed that eligible households will receive monthly supplemental
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nutritional assistance program benefits for january, but made no promises for february. a "washington post" analysis says the program has only $3 billion in reserve, which would cover just 64% of february's obligations. >> if the shutdown continues, you will literally have millions of people that will not be able to afford food. and i think this is just absolutely unconscionable. >> reporter: it's possible states could step in and cover the shortfall in the short term. tonight there are signs the white house is bracing for a long-term shutdown. the council of economic advisers is preparing for the impasse to affect january's unemployment rate, due to be made public february 1st. kate? >> hans nichols, thank you. it's been almost a week since a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in houston. today at a walmart near the site of the killing, hundreds of
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people gathered to support the family of jazmine barnes and ask for justice. her mother, who was shot in the arm, spoke today. >> there's going to be justice, i feel it at the bottom of my heart. there's going to be justice for her because there's too many people out here looking for this man. too much going on, man, like i say, no matter what corner we have to turn, no matter what rock we have to go under, we're going to find you, man. >> a reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to that suspect. jazmine's mother says she believes all the support will help bring justice. police in california are searching for at least one gunman who opened fire at a bowling alley near los angeles, killing three people. nbc's morgan chessky has those late details. >> reporter: the call came just before midnight. >> an active shooter situation. we have multiple subjects down inside and outside. >> reporter: panic inside a packed bowling alley in
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torrance, california. >> the subject ran out into the parking lot. shooting in the parking lot also. >> reporter: witnesses say what started at a fight ended in a shooting spree. >> i see people running, i heard gunshots. i tried to get down. my daughter and niece were right there, i told everyone to get down. >> not everyone was able to. police arrived to find three men dead. one of them ashton edwards, whose father said he tried to break up the fight. >> the guy just walked up there and started shooting. they shot him in the heart. >> reporter: this morning, families getting the worst possible news. >> i'm so numb right now and i'm so angry. >> reporter: the mother of robert meekins making a personal plea to the man who killed her son. >> i'm asking you, please just turn yourself in. i don't have my baby, and my grandson don't have his father. so i got to go home and tell this baby, he's 5, that his daddy's not coming home. >> reporter: tonight police say four others were wounded in this shooting. there's no word on their conditions. in the meantime, officers hope
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new surveillance video can help i.d. a suspect. kate? >> morgan, thank you. after ford announced a huge new recall of some of its vehicles yesterday, tonight we want to take a closer look at what's behind the move and what car owners can do. we get more from nbc's matt bradley. >> reporter: a slow motion setback for ford. the company announced a massive recall this week of nearly a million vehicles equipped with takata brand air bags. metal inflaters within those air bags contain chemicals that could explode with excessive force. ford says it's had no reports of injuries. >> this is the latest piece in what has been a massive and huge recall. the largest ever in the auto industry. and we're a long ways from seeing this problem resolved in terms of bad takata air bags worldwide. >> reporter: the recall includes some, but not all, models of the ford edge, ranger, fusion, mustang, mercury, milan and lincoln models mkx and mkz from the years 2010 to 2014.
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antonia gonzalez plans to get her air bag replaced. >> did you get a notice in the mail that you needed a recall? >> yeah, i got about three or four of them. >> we go from underneath the glove box, we'll be able to take this out and swap them out no problem. >> reporter: the problem is parts. each new air bag must be ordered separately to match the make, model, and interior color of each car. >> it's becoming a headache. only because it's not like we're getting the parts in mass quantities. >> reporter: analysts say the recall probably won't hurt ford's bottom line or storied reputation, but the inconvenience could be passed on to the customer. matt bradley, nbc news, jersey city, new jersey. they're popular with kids and adults in this country and beyond. so-called escape rooms are supposed to be all about fun. you and your friends or family get locked in a room and have to solve a series of puzzles to get out. in poland an escape room turned deadly for five girls celebrating a birthday. nbc's sarah harmon has more.
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>> reporter: a birthday celebration turned into tragedy. five girls all just 15 years old found dead after a fire in this escape room in northern poland. the likely cause according to authorities, carbon monoxide poisoning. the prosecutor blaming a gas leak in the heating system for the blaze, which also left a male employee hospitalized with severe burns. escape rooms are big business in poland and around the world, with more than 2,000 locations across the u.s. participants pay to be locked into a room and work together to solve puzzles in order to escape. a hollywood movie called "escape room," released the same day as the fire, spotlights the trend. >> i think this is the escape room. >> we should look for clues. >> what are we looking for? >> anything that looks like a puzzle or a code. >> reporter: despite the tragedy, operators insist american escape rooms are safe. >> each one of our rooms has
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fire extinguishers, our game masters are watching each game individually. >> reporter: today poland's interior ministry ordered safety inspections at escape rooms across the country. as this house of fun becomes a makeshift memorial. sarah harmon, nbc news, london. now to a surprising statistic that's getting a lot of attention, more women die during or just after childbirth in the united states than in many less-developed countries. the cdc says the numbers are particularly worrisome for african-american women. nbc's kristen welker looks at this issue through the heartbreaking experience of one family. >> reporter: when kyra and charles johnson first met in 2004, they planned to spend forever together. >> kyra challenged me to be a better person in every aspect of my life. >> reporter: they were overjoyed when they welcomed their first son, charles. >> he's so handsome. >> reporter: their second son langston soon followed, delivered through a routine c-section after a healthy
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pregnancy. it was april 12th, 2016. >> hey, langston. >> reporter: their celebration quickly turned to concern, though, when charles noticed blood in kyra's catheter. he alerted doctors, but says minutes turned into hours. >> i'm begging and pleading for them to do something. >> reporter: finally, he says, after 10 hours, doctors decided kyra needed surgery. but it was too late. kyra hemorrhaged to death. she was 39 years old. >> never imagined i would be sitting here today and that we would have left the hospital without my wife. >> reporter: about 700 women die each year in the u.s. due to pregnancy or delivery complications. and african-american mothers are four times more likely to be victims than white women. dr. valerie montgomery rice says the causes of racial disparity aren't fully known. >> i definitely think that there is a level of unconscious and
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conscious bias that occurs in medical settings. >> reporter: charles johnson has turned his tragedy into action. helping to pass the preventing maternal deaths act. it became law last year. it requires states to review every pregnancy-related death. charles' other fight, making sure his boys remember their mother. >> the toughest question my sons have ever asked me is, is mommy mad at me? why won't we she come home? >> reporter: his answer, mommy is in heaven and loves you forever. >> i think kyra's legacy will be one of being able to show people that regardless of the circumstances, that love always wins. >> charles says his message to the medical community, listen to women when they say something doesn't feel right. >> it's so heartbreaking. what can hospitals do? >> hospitals across the country are starting to develop protocols to deal with emergencies like kyra's.
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cedars-sinai, the hospital in los angeles where kyra passed away, says they can't comment on specific cases, but added it thoroughly investigates any situation where there are concerns about a patient's medical care. charles is speaking out to try to save lives. >> such an important conversation, thank you so much for the story. still ahead tonight, with jobs easier to find, there may be another problem for some parents, finding child care. also, veterans of the silver screen still going strong in their golden years.
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i know all about this one. if you've ever tried to find child care, you know it can be difficult. a new report says that more than half of us live in so-called child care deserts, where access to care is limited or nonexistent. in indiana the problem is worse than the national average. one mayor says it's bad for the local economy and has made it his mission to find solutions. nbc's ron mott has more. >> reporter: mackenzie miles had her second child over the summer and is back to work, in crawfordsville, indiana, relieved her newborn has a spot at a relative's day care. >> i actually tried other avenues before i chose the day care that we're in now, and all of them were full. >> reporter: it's a familiar complaint in this city of 16,000 and surrounding communities, especially for younger parents just starting out professionally. there are a dozen licensed child care providers in the entire county, and it's making hiring workers that much harder for employers. >> lots of people have wanted to come here, but, of course, if they can't find child care in
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this community, we're not going to be able to get them to come to work at wabash college. >> reporter: mayor todd barton has put the issue high on his agenda. >> the last two years we've really been struggling with this workforce issue. as we've struggled with that and tried to identify root causes, this really seemed to come out on top as a possible cause. >> reporter: the mayor has pulled together school administrators and business leaders to find a solution to the problem illustrated by sparsely attended job fairs. it's the exact opposite challenge barton faced when first elected seven years ago. from no jobs then to no people now. >> when the economy is rolling, it's hard to staff all the positions. >> reporter: do you consider this a crisis? >> it's not a crisis yet, but it could become a crisis. >> reporter: a crisis mckenzie miles avoided for the time being. >> it's a constant struggle. i don't think we'll have a break until our kids can drive and take care of themselves every day. >> reporter: thanks to family ties. ron mott, nbc news, crawfordsville, indiana. up next, how a familiar face is about to make history at the
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golden globes.
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this has been a golden year for sandra oh, "the grey's anatomy" actress moved on to her own critically acclaimed series "killing eve," making history along the way. at this weekend's golden globes, oh will mark another milestone. she talked to nbc's kathy park about it all. >> reporter: after more than 20 years in hollywood, sandra oh will make history at the golden globes.
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>> it's a moment. i think it's a moment for change, yeah. >> reporter: becoming the first asian to host a major american awards show. oh will pull double duty. she's also a nominee for best actress for the series "killing eve." >> i know you're a psychopath. >> reporter: sharing hosting duties with andy samberg, oh wants to highlight hollywood's other diverse casts. >> from the black panther table to the crazy rich asian table. these are faces that i feel many people have just been so starved to see. >> reporter: minorities make up less than 30% of the characters on screen in popular films. asians just 6%. >> change is incremental. it's not really core tore keep propagating a cycle of predominantly white male movie talent. >> reporter: but movies like "crazy rich asians" starring a majority asian cast broke box office records and scored two
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golden globe nominations. at last year's emmys, oh proved the evolving storyline hits home. >> hi, mrs. oh. mr. oh. >> how much does it mean to have their support? >> there's a pressure in the asian community. ultimately my parents couldn't and didn't stop me from being who i am. i'm eternally grateful for that. >> reporter: even our conversation, a reflection of the change she champions. >> this experience right now for me is tremendous. it makes me feel very, very, very happy, because there's an immediate kinship here. i feel like i can feel change happening, because we're talking. >> reporter: a star setting the stage for the many shades of hollywood. kathy park, nbc news, los angeles. >> you can watch the golden globes tomorrow night at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific time right here on nbc. when we come back, we'll visit hollywood veterans still
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producing must-see tv.
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finally tonight, on this weekend of the golden globes, there's a tv station in southern california whose programs get rave reviews. it's on 12 hours a day, showcasing the best work of those who produce it. some of them happen to be hollywood classics. joe fryar got a look behind the scenes. >> and action! >> reporter: they say show business is the toughest business to get into.
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>> okay, cut. >> reporter: turns out, it's also pretty hard to leave. >> it sticks to your feet. >> it's hard to shake it, isn't it? >> it's hard to shake it, you don't want to shake it. you know what i mean? i like doing it. >> reporter: hans spent his career in hollywood. he wrote "star trek" episodes and was an assistant director on the set of "splash." now he lives in a retirement community near los angeles run by the motion picture and television fund, a silver screen safety net supported by the industry. a place filled with folks who work in tv and film. >> we're thriving here because we're still doing it. even though some of us have been retired or semiretired, or just tired. >> reporter: you see, many of the residents work on shows that air on a closed-circuit tv station here called channel 22. >> it's basically a platform for the residents to do whatever it is that's going to give them purpose and drive for the next day.
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>> reporter: they produce 12 hours of original content each day. >> sometimes they discover they can do things they didn't have a chance to do in their careers. >> reporter: like 92-year-old betty jean mcguire. >> and i got to tell you, i'm a happy camper. >> reporter: as an actress, she starred in numerous hit series, including "growing pains." >> -- helping your old grandma carry some boxes -- >> reporter: now she's producing a channel 22 interview show called "beganfest." >> to have the opportunity to produce, to get to interview people. wow, wow, wow! that's pretty wonderful. >> reporter: as for hans, he's now writing a script about his grandfather. >> what does it mean for you to live here? >> it means self-respect. it means that i can still feel like i'm doing something valuable, that i can only do. >> reporter: because even in retirement, the show must go on. joe fryar, nbc news, woodland hills, california. >> wow!
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at 92. that is "nbc nightly news" on this saturday. i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. weathering t storms. a one-two punch, being felt acro right now at 6:00, weathering the first of two storms. a one-2 punch across the bay area. thank you for joining us, i am
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terry mcsweeney. >> and i am aunusuanoushah rast >> where do things stand right now? >> we had gusts about 35 miles per hour in san jose. rain is starting to fall around downtown. towards pleasanton and livermore and isolated showers here near south san francisco and sfo. the trend is that the next eight hours will be decreasing showers but not lasting long. our next storm cranking up offshore. could see gusts over 45 miles per hour. the rain starting first in the north bay. and we will see heavier rain


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