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sunday, monday. and rain tuesday wednesday and thursday. next week. >> you're an important man. important message. breaking news tonight. a flurry of details in the story and shocking escape of missing teen jayme closs found alive three months after authorities say her parents were murdered and she was kidnapped and held captive in the woods. we hear from the woman who found her while walking her dog and the homeowner who called 911. >> we knew it was jayme immediately. and we thought 911 is not going to believe us. >> police say her alleged captor was hunting for her when she was found. >> now being forced to work congress going home in, president digging for the weekend. town from airports where that massive winter storm on the move. highways getting
blanketed by snow. at the airport, a plane skidding off the runway. the weekend forecast getting worse from st. louis to d.c. a young police officer killed while responding to a traffic crash when someone opened fire. a developing mystery. a nightmare cruise. now over 400 passengers falling ill. a quarantine growing. families confined to their cabins. and my sit-down with the standup king. packing in crowds leaving them rolling. get ready to laugh. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. it is payday in name only for a lot of americans who didn't get a check today as t shutdown ofn the eve of becoming the longest ever. we'll have full coverage in a moment, but we want to begin with stunning new developments breaking in the case dramic escape after being kidnapped three months ago. tonight a community is celebrating the safe return of jayme closs who helped police track down the man they say killed jayme's parents and kidnapped her back in october. our ron mott is in barron,
wisconsin, now with the latest. >> reporter: tonight 13-year-old jayme closs is alive and safe and even police here are stunned. >> my legs started to shake, man. it was awesome. >> reporter: three months after she disappeared, jayme turning up 70 miles from the wisconsin home where her parents were brutally murdered. police say she escaped her alleged captor who's now under arrest for those murders and her kidnapping. >> it's amazing, the will of that 13-year-old girl, to survive an escape. >> reporter: thousands of di not sleep much at all. >> reporter: jayme's aunt says the police told her the incredible news at a basketball game. >> i sat on the bench and cried. i got up and i hugged him and i said really. he said absolutely. >> reporter: police say the suspect 21-year-old jake patterson took jayme against her will to a house in a remote rural area and did not have prior contact with the closs family. >> we do believe jayme was the only target. i can tell you the subject planned his actions and took
proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public. >> reporter: police say jayme was able to get away when the suspect was not at home. that she was discovered when she approached a woman walking her dog. >> she just had on slacks and a sweatshirt. no gloves, no hat, no mittens, no nothing. so i knew i needed to get her out of the cold. >> reporter: the pair showing up at their house. >> we knew it was jayme immediately. we thought 911 is not going to believe us. >> it was like i was seeing a e i dn't think she was alive. >> reporter: police sat at that moment her alleged abductor was hunting for her. >> i don't know how she escaped at this time. we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him. >> reporter: he was arrested without incident. kristen says jayme told them who abducted her. >> i asked if she knew jake before this. she said she did not. she did not know who
he was until he came to kill her parents. >> reporter: still a mystery why the suspect allegedly targeted the closs family in the first place. but tonight, jayme's safe. her hometown getting ready for a big celebration. >> you better believe it. jayme, we missed you, and we are so grateful you are home. >> reporter: the sheriff here says jayme spent last night in a hospital for e was reunited with one of her aunts this morning. the larger family reunion coming tonight. that this are saying whe her parents worked for one day three years ago but then quit the next day. lester? >> a lot of people celebrating her freedom today. thank you, ron. everyone from phone companies to banks offering relief to government workers who missed their first payday today because of the shutdown. meantime, members of congress heading home, many through airports where air traffic controllers are taking aim at the president. tom costello has the latest. tom? >> reporter: lester, good
evening. the controllers behind me and across the country are up there working without pay to make sure that 2 million passengers in the air every day are safe. but one of the most stressful jobs in the country is now a lot more stressful. fighting for their paychecks, 13,000 air traffic controllers suing the trump administration for unlawfully depriving them of their earned wages. >> they still have to pay child care. they still have to put gas in their care. >> reporter: tricia and her husband are both controllers with no income. they lost their home ia win adfire last year. >> my biggest worry is to not be able to provide a sense of security and stability for my children. >> reporter: now with nearly a million government workers getting zeros on their paychecks, communities are responding. in coloradhebankf the rockies is expecting a surge of people in need. >> we want to let them know that food assistance is available. >> reporter: grocery stores are offering food. cell phone companies offering flexible payments. credit cards and banks waiving fees and offering financial aid.
in fairfax county, virginia, hundreds of applicants today for substitute teacher positions. including this furloughed government worker. >> i thought to myself, well if i can't make money doing the thing i do, i'm going to make money doing the thing i used to do. >> reporter: the ripple effect evident on washington's near-empty streets. >> i'm absolutely terrified. >> reporter: uber driver robert briskman is in trouble. >> normally i'd be making $1,700 a week. that's my about average. now i'm making maybe $250, $300. >> reporter: no kidding? >> no kidding. you know, i have to buy my >> reporter: day 21 and the shutdown continues. tom costello, nbc news, washington. i'm hallie jacksonin washington where members of congress have cleared out of the capitol flying home through airports and skies monitored by those federal employees who are not getting paid. lawmakers are. and before they left town, they made sure everyone else will
too. eventually. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: the president says he'll sign that bill ensuring back pay for workers. but it's just symbolic until the shut down's over. with congress gone, it'll be awhile. >> tomorrow it's going to be the longest shutdown in american history. that is not a historical claim that i think any president or any congress should want to make. >> reporter: president trump could declare a national emergency and give himself an out to reopen the government while still getting the wall he wants. he's not ready to go there. >> now, the easy solution is for me to call a national i could do that very quickly. i have the absolute right to do it, but i'm not going emergency idea is one way to try to get the wall built. it's got its own problems. just pick. and so i don't know how this movie is going to end. >> reporter: now -- >> i'm a mother of five, grandmother of nine. i know a temper tantrum when i see one. >> reporter: -- no new talks, no new plans.
just a new nickname for that wall. >> whatever you want to call it, it's okay with me. they can name it whatever they can name it peaches. i don't care what they name it. but we need money for that barrier. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news. more breaking news tonight. 55 million people under winter advisories, watches, or warnings as a massive snowstorm moves east. and the weekend forecast is getting worse from st. louis to d.c. dylan dreyer has all of it for us. dylan, what's the latest? >> reporter: good evening, lester. travel is going to be very dangerous from wichita to st. louis as t appalachians and washington, d.c., also maryland and delaware as we go into sunday. highest snowfall totals, believe it or not, will louis where we could see up to 8 inches of snow. d.c. will get about 2 inches. we're also going to see this storm, lester, stay well south of new york city and boston. >> all right. dylan dreyer, thanks. now to a tragic story out of california. the apparent shooting ambush that claimed the life
of a young rookie police officer. the suspect also found dead after an intense manhunt. as joe fryer explains, the officer was very new to the force. >> reporter: it appeared to be a routine call to a traffic crash in davis, california. rookie police officer 22-year-old natalie corona responded when for reasons still unclear, someone opened fire. >> they have an officer down and one still at large with a handgun. >> reporter: a witness was talkto bystander ambushed the officer at close range. but that has not been confirmed by police. >> she's just an absolute star in the department. >> reporter: corona had only been patrolling solo for a few weeks. when she was sworn in, her father a retired deputy proudly pinned her badge on her chest. >> after she graduated, she said, okay, dad. can i call you a brother cop now? i said yeah. >> reporter: after a manhunt,
the police found the gunman inside a house. >> he was deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> reporter: a procession escorted officer corona's body from the hospital paying tribute to a fallen hero. joe fryer, nbc news. there is word in an arrest. the woman caught on camera running over and killing a las vegas salon worker with a stolen car after failing to pay for a $35 manicure has been captured. krystal whipple was taken into custody in arizona. tonight the heat is intensifying on a u.s. sparked a major backlash. we get the story from garrett haake. >> i regret the heartburn that poured forth upon this congress and this country and especially my state. >> reporter: that's as close as steve king came to apologizing today for comments being called abhorrent and racist and reckless by members of his own party. in a "new york times"
interview published thursday, the republican lawmaker asked, why nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization. how did that become offensive? facing a growing backlash, today king took to the house floor to explain himself. >> under any fair, political definition i am an american nationalist. this conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist. >> reporter: tonight south carolina senator tim scott, the only black republican in the senate, calling out king. >> when i have to hit it far more difficult for us to sell the conservative brand. >> reporter: and writing in "the washington post," some makes it in our partnd republicans are constantly accused of racism. it's because of our silence when things are like this are said. house speaker nancy pelosi condemning king's comments too. >> is he fit to serve iowa? >> he said terrible things. terrible things have been said by people in this administration. >> i've been in bigger fights than this one. >> reporter: king already has two primary challengers. one of whom told the des moines register yesterday i won't embarrass the state. garrett haake, nbc news, the capitol. overseas tonight,
there is new confusion over president trump's plan to withdraw troops from syria. after a new announcement today. our richard engel who has spent time with u.s. troops in syria has the latest. >> reporter: tonight the u.s. military says its withdrawal from syria has begun. but u.s. military officials tell nbc news that none of the 2,000 u.s. troops there are leaving yet. only some equipment. adding more confusion to a shifting syria policy. in december president trump announced mission accomplished in syria. >> we have won against isis. we've beaten them and we've beaten them badly. we've taken back the land and now it's time for our troops to come back home. >> reporter: a controversial decision leading defense secret because isis is not yet defeated and leaving would mean betraying kurdish allies. later, national security adviser john bolton suggesting the u.s. could stay for years. the u.s. military now
won't comment on timelines. but officials tell us that transport equipment and personnel are being put into position and that the exit is underway. lester? >> richard engel tonight, thanks. back in this country, so many wondering about the health of justice ruth bader ginsburg. tonight the court says there are no signs of remaining cancer after surgery to remove growths on her lung. and no further treatment is needed. she continues to recuperate at home. we'll turn now to abuse allegations against r. kelly. in chicago today, police conducted a check at his home but found no evidence of wrong doing. daughter is in a o cult-like relationship with the singer speaks out. our miguel almaguer has the latest. >> i don't give a [ bleep ]. >> reporter: a day after this video surfaced of r. kelly at a chicago nightclub, today police descended on the grammy winner's condo conducting a welfare check on two women. >> they knocked on the door. they were let in. they met with the young ladies who live there with him. they spoke to the
young ladies. and they left. no problem. >> reporter: appearing carefree in his first public appearance, kelly has come under fire after the docuseries "surviving r. kelly" chronicled allegations of sexual abuse of women and minors which the singer has always denied. >> i miss you so much. >> reporter: alice clary says her daughter is living under kelly's control. >> you can't believe nothing he's saying. asking kelly's accusers to step forward, tonight a call for his record label to drop him. in chicago a chorus of protests while a deafening outcry to mute r. kelly floods social media. >> so you think am of these women are categorically lying? >> yes, i think all of these women are making this up. >> reporter: but tonight kelly's accusers say it's time he faces the music. miguel almaguer, nbc news. still ahead tonight, the vacation nightmare for hundreds of tourists.
we are back now with that nightmare cruise going from bad to worse tonight. hundreds of passengers now sick in their rooms at sea. details. >> reporter: tonight the oasis of the sea, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, is headed back to a florida port a day early. in all, more than 400 of the 8,400 on board have been quarantined, confined to their cabins likely with norovirus causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. this video showing crew members who are not ill scrambling to sanitize the ship. others wearing masks. colby hocmuth says 4 of the 13 in her group felt miserable. >> crews are wiping down every door handle, elevator button. >> reporter: royal caribbean cut the seven-day cruise short after officials in jamaica refused to
let the ship dock. the ship's captain bypassing a stop in mexico as more people get sick. in a letter to passengers, royal caribbean said we hoped to give you an amazing vacation and we are sorry we fell short. kerry sanders, nbc news. coming up here tonight, the history-making game you won't want to miss.
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decades working high school and college games, this is thomas' fourth nfl season. holding her own in this game of hard knocks. in a league dominated by tom, dak, and patrick, sasome off-field te >> i grew up loving sports. >> reporter: the mother of three sunday will be the down judge, what was the heads lineman changed to a gender-neutral term. >> the thing said most about sarah to me is the coaches, the players, and their reaction to her have been extremely positive. >> reporter: progress marked by respect. anne thompson, nbc news. up next here tonight, i'll go one-on-one with a comedy superstar.
something we can all use right about now. something to smile about. meet the standup superstar sitting on top of the comedy world as he takes me to where it all began. >> reporter: meet the new king of comedy. >> can we get a dog? dog? yeah. two houses down, they got a dog. >> reporter: sebastian maniscalco. >> i come from a negative family. when i got to the garden, he said four shows? you're going to be exhausted. >> reporter: the garden as in madison square. sold-out shows on the heels of a best-selling memoir, specials on cable and netflix, and a top comedian award from billboard. >> uber x. what is that? what is it? it's like hitchhiking with your phone. >> reporter: when people meet you on the street, they know who you are, do they expect you to be funny? >> i don't know. they think they should be funny. they always want to either tell a joke or try and be
funny around me which i never understood. not going to go up to bono and start singing. >> reporter: born in chicago, it was l.a.'s famous comedy store 1998, i'm al like this is where i have to be. this is where i have to start. by the way, this is my first walk and talk interview. i've never had a mole waiter at a race here on his breaks to do standup. on the way up, he nearby hotel, he would studied the observational humor of jerry seinfeld and the physicality of the late john ritter. >> you ever dress an infant? they have no core. >> reporter: his richest material, though, comes from his family. especially his dad. >> my father knows what i make. i know what he's got buried in the yard. the more personal i would get on stage about those stories, the more people enjoyed them. he's become a mountain of material. >> reporter: but i
take it he's laughing with you? >> oh, yes. yes. he loves it. >> reporter: but relatability is key, right? >> i think it works. i think people laugh at that stuff. i love when people go, did you live in my house or on our block? you kind of know how i grew up. >> reporter: a shy guy off stage whose relatability on stage is keeping us all laughing. nice to end the week on a smile. that's "nightly news" for this friday. wahing and good night. right now at 6: a father )s anguish. and a community in disbelief. we )re expecting more answers shortly -- about the ambush shooting death of a rookie police officer.
plus: a backlog of more than a million cases. we investigate how the government shutdown is e also, a backlog of more than a million cases. we investigate how the government shutdown is making the problem and> but first it's. here's a live look at our radar as rain returns to the bay area. "the news at 6:00" starts right jessica aguirry. >> and i'm raj across the bay a from san francisco down the peninsula and into san jose. let's bring in our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri with the all-important weekend forecast. >> i do think there's going to be a zone of drying for the weekend so that's a good news. we'll get a good look at storm ranger and doppler radar. there's areas of scattered to light to moderate rain. we'll take you through the top three zones, and we're tracking wet weather in the north bay.
likely continuing showers in santa rosa by 6:28 and off to contra costa almeida county. there will be shower activity in walnut creek by 6:36. south bay, raining in morgan hill and gilroy, and this is also moving off to the north and holding up to san jose by 6:45. all of this wet weather is moving in from the south. take a look. we've got some heavier pockets here. that will be on the way tonight. now, we'll have the full ti