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thanks for watching. nightly news coming up next 6. tonight, that major winter storm turns deadly from the midwest to the northeast, snow, sleet and heavy rain freezing to ice as temperatures plunge, making for a dangerous holiday travel weekend. angry protest in iran after u.s. authorities arrest an american journalist who works for iranian state tv. just days after a frighteng car crash, prince philip is spotted back on the road and not wearing a seat belt. is preschool worth it? neweptor on just how long the benefits of those early lessons can actually last. sparking joy through cleaning up. inside the tidying up trend sweeping the nation. and the super blood wolf moon, why so many people tonight will have their eyes on the sky.
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this is nbc "nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. across the northeast and midwest people were shoveling out today. in some spots in upstate new york more than 20 inches of snow fell there was rain and sleet that left streets and sidewalks in a slushy mess. shots of the hudson river in toy new york telling another part of the city, the ice contributed to hundreds of car accidents in missouri and beyond and frigid temperatures are rolling in creating a real danger tonight for icy roadways. we begin with kathy park in albany, new york. a blast of winter weather buried parts of the northeast today dumping a foot of snow in albany, new york, even plow drivers bowled over. >> how does this storm compare to others that you've had to cover? >> biggest one for me. >> nearby, a stunning sight, the hudson river frozen. where there wasn't snow, water was a problem.
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heavy rain flooded areas of new york city today. strong waves slamming the eastern seaboard and parts of coastal massachusetts arecities will m icy mess on the road and possible power outages as trees and power lines freeze. the windchill tomorrow, life-threatening. minh so theal feel like 40 below. cleveland, wind chills of minus 11. chicago, negative 9. the cold adding to the misery. conditions to blame for hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries. >> you have to be careful because people think they have traffic. >> troubles at the airports, too. more than 1600 flights were canceled and 2700 p elayed, but the big s these kansas city fans today. they're at the afc game to see what team will go to the super bowl amid the super cold. >> and it stopped
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inning in get ahead of the cold freeze. >> dave price is here with more on what's next. dave? >> well, the storm continues to work its way out to sea. that's the good news, but still bringing accumulating snow to sections of vermont, massachusetts and into mane, but the snow, the rain and the ice, that's only part one of our weather story. it's the cold air which is enveloping, as people walk up monday morning, thermometers will be 7 below in burlington vermont, 13 degrees in washington, d.c. and 1 degree below zero in detroit, but those are the thermometer temperatures, factoring winds upwards of 40 miles per hour and it will feel like 30 below in burlington and 20 below in new york and for those waking up in new york city, it will feel like an almost 60-degree temperature drop within 24 hours. it's not until tuesday when we go back to work that the big thaw
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begins. >> negative 11 sounds bad enough. dave price, thank you. with the government shutdown now a-month-old and 800,000 federal workers still without a paycheck, republicans and democrats are speaking out about the president's latest offer, but don't yet appear to be speaking to each other. white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. >> reporter: today vice president mike pence on a televised sales mission for the president's new shutdown offer. for elected democrats he tried to make the border wall seem less ominous. >> it's not from sea to see. it's a steel barrier. >> biffing threarof lal status qualified immigrants and refugees, pence drew a line. >> this is not amnesty. there's nothway to citizenship. >> but the president sent mixed messages on twitter. at first saying, no, amnesty is not part of my offer. but left the door wide
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open. amnesty will be used on a much bigger deal whether on immigration or something else. but many democrats are reject the plan. democratic candidate kristen gillibrand. >> he shows a lack of compassion for people that are suffering and i think it's a nonstarter. >> virginia democrat senator mark warner called the president's updated offer a starting point. >> listen, go into negotiations, i'm all for it. increasing border security. i'm all for it. >> shut down politics with the biggest audience of the year on ice. eswedndapeaker pelosi indefinitely postponed the january 29th t a time when government is open. >> today the president finallyes rponded. nancy, i'm still thinking about the state of the union speech. there are so many options. he suggested she broke their deal. while a contract is a contract, i'll get back to you soon. >> after tomorrow's mlk holiday, senate
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majority leader mitch mcconnell says the senate will start they need several democrats to get onboard and that is a major challenge. separately, house democrats will pursue a series of their own bills to re-open the government including more money for border security, but not for a border wall. and tuesday night marks the next payroll deadline with no solution, 800,000 federal workers would miss another check. kate? >> another busy week. kelly, thank you. today marks 38 years since the end of the iran hostage crisis, a milestone comes as the u.s. and iran is locked in y anoetther dispute, this latest one over the detention here in the u.s. of an american-born news anchor for iranian state tv. now iran is demanding her immediate release. nbc's ali aruza reports from tehran. >> reporter: from the streets in tehran, anger today over the detention of a prominent journalist.
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hashemi is an anchor for press tv and she's american. born in new orleans to protestant parents and inspired by the 1979 islamic revolution, hashem icon verted to islam and changed her name. her colueags are demanding her return. hashemi's boss says she's being mistreated while in custody and hasone dno wrong. >> this is not acceptable reason to make her as a political pawn, in a political war with iran. >> hashemi is a fierce critic of u.s. policy, but we know little about her detention. >> she was shooting a documentary in st. louis, missouri, and as she was heading back to denver she was apprehended in the airport there. there weren't any charges that were mentioned at that time. unsealed court documents u.s. officials say hashemi is being
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itne in an undisclosed federal investigation adding she will be released after testifying before a grand jury. the fbi has declined further clent. five americans are being held in iran including veteran michael white arrested a few months ago. with the u.s. vowing to exert maximum pressure on iran this year, this latest episode adds to a sea of trouble and tensions between these two old enemies. ali arouzi, nbc news, tehran. an update on the news we brought you yesterday that appears to show students taunting a native-american man at the indigenous people's march on friday. it's still not clear how the incident began, but today the man, nathan philips, said he stepped in to prevent a confrontation between students and another our philips saying he was just trying to help. some of the students are from covington, kentucky, and today that city's mayor joseph meyer called the situation
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disappointing. >> when you look at the videos that we saw, it represented the behavior and an attitude that certainly does not reflect the values that we here in covington, kentucky, have and promote. >> we wanted to take a look at another issue facing some native americ communities. a story about finding justice that's been going on for generations. famikiesre a lng for answers for dozens of unsolved crimes against women and girls, answers some say they're not getting from tribal police. steve patterson has that story. >> reporter: nestled deep in the montana mountains, you'll find the blackfeet nation. more than 16,000 members indigenous tour reservation about the size of delaware. >> bridges bangs back a lot of things i have burr ed. kenneth still smoking is haunted by a decades-old pain.
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>> there are no words to describe. i don't think anybody >> in 1979is 7-year-old daughter monica was murdered. her killer still hasn't been caught. >> nobody really looks into it. they really don't care. >> it's a crisis spanning generations of native families. women and girls found murdered or never found at all. their crimes unsolved. >> we went down into the creek area by the river. >> kimberly heavyrunner's 20-year-old sister ashley went missing in 2017. >> how many times have you gone searching? >> i think once a month, searching around. >> she says tribal police didn't do much in the critical first 48 hours believing ashley simply ran away. >> they kind of stopped searching because they said ashley is of age and ashley can leave whenever she wants. it's ridiculous. >> she's made repeated visits and phone calls to the tribal police and phone calls to the tribal counsel, but we were not able to reach anyone with the
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authority to comment on the allegations. meanwhile, ashley's story is not uncommon. according to the justice department native american women are victims of disproposition atly high number of violent crime cases. an estimated 80% of them will experience some form of domestic violence. in montana 20% of missing women are native americanset y they make up 3% of the state's population. filmmakers and blackfeet nation members produced a documentary about the women they say have fallen through the cracks. >> when a person goes missing on a reservation, who do tribal members even contact? we contact tribal police? state in do we contact federal? in the meantime, grieving families are left with little hope and wondering what could have been. >> i miss her. >> steve pattersoc news, brown montana. tonight's surprising results from a new long-term study on childhood, early childhood education. it turns out the benefits of pschool
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may last even longer than previously thought. kerry sanders has more. >> reporter: mom amanda edwards. driving her kids to school. 13-year-old mackenzie, an a student, now taking high school-level english classes, but her youngest cole in first grade struggles every day. the difference, she believes, mackenzie went to pre-k, but it wasn't an option for cole. >> if i could go back and cnghae things, cole would have went to pre-k. >> now researchers at duke university say it does make a difference in reading, writing and arithmetic and those benefits last much longer than previously thought through eighth grade and even beyond. after following 1.5 million children over 13 years in north carolina, the new research shows long-term positive impacts that do not fade out over time. >> across the board -- >> across every group that we studied, a
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positive impact. >> that's critical whecause k end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. >> at millbrook magnet elementary, principal jamie lynch wants to give her students the best chance for success. >> getting kids into school at 4 years old, is that important to be competitive down the road? >> we believe that it is. >> pre-k, a study that shows it's more than a baby step to a better education. kerry sanders, nbc news, raleigh, north carolina. in england tonight more concern about prince road skills. the 97-year-old great-grandfather is still driving his suv despite a crash last week and now a police warning after an apparent traffic violation this weekend. our sarah harmon has more from london. >> reporter: queen elizabeth was drive tone church this morning. her husband prince
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philip prefers to do the driving himself. he was spotted yesterday in a brand-new land rover without a seat belt. just two days after his suv collided with a car carrying two women and a baby. >> this was a major incident that, frankly, it was a miracle no one was more seriously hurt. >> one of the women broke her wrist. she told the british tabloid the prince never even said sorry. >> many people are surprised that prince philip is still driving and wondering if the prince is playing by his own set of rules. but even as a royal prince philip has to obey a law. he received a police warning for the incident and may still accident, but the former naval officer is fiercely independently. he even drove president obama during his visit. >> who would be able to tell prince philip to stop driving. >> i think ultimately the only person that can stop him from driving will probably be the queen, but then ve hen e going to listen to her? >> and then as the royal family prepares
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for a new member prince philip seems reluctant to trade the driver's seat for the backseat. sarah harmon, nbc news, london. still ahead tonight, the woman who has gained a cult following for cutting clutter. how she can help you spark joy.
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life. marie condo first became a household name with h book
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"the life-changing magic of tidying up," the magic of clearing clutter is gaining momentum. morgan ratski explains why. >> they're the shows that will make you laugh, make you cry. >> the only thing i have left in my life. >> but few have ever inspired anyone to clean. >> hello. i am maria condo. she's been called the tidiest woman in the world. she's taking herarie m method to the masses. >> this is embarrassing. her netflix series promises to declutter your life by asking one simple question. does this spark joy? >> this blazer that i don't like anymore does not spark joy. elena shepard is a condo convert. >> that resonated with me. making my home howe me feel and how i want to feel in it. >> it sparked a tidal wave of tidiness from nbc's natalie morales.
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>> i have way too many white t-shirts. >> to actress jennifer garner. >> everyone embracing condo's mantra. one woman tweeted my underwear drawer brings me so much joy. all of that clutter has to end up somewhere. >> done eggs aations are up at goodwill. >> we have been overwhelmed with donations and a win-win for everybody. >> proof that no matter how organized our lives may seem we can all tidy up. morgan schadtski, los angeles. >> i have a toy closs oat the list. we have a scary sounding natural wonder happening tonight.
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enough to have clear skies tonight, there is a natural wonder with a weird name you won't want to miss. here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: it sounds kind of frightening, a super blood wolf moon. >> super blood wolf moon. say it three times fast. >> sounds like a horror movie. >> but astronomer jackie feherty says it's quite the opposite. >> what you get to see is this beautiful thing which i would call the moon in totality in all of the sunrises and sun sets that are going on across the earth. >> tonight, the entire united states will be treated to this very specl eclipse as the moon, sun and earth lights up. yet strange name? this full moon is closer to earhathn usual. it's a blood moon because it turns left and wolf, folklore has it in wintergr hy wolves howl their loudest at the moon. >> i'm not making this
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stuff up. >> super blood wolf moon. >> sounds epic. >> here at new york's american museum of natural history, our future astronomers are all excited. >> what do you think it is? >> it's a red moon. >> when the moon turns red. >> you got it. >> so tonight, sit back, gaze skyward and howl to your heart's content. kevin tibbles, nbc news, new york. when we come back, honoring a group of people who might otherwise be forgotten. ♪
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finally tonight, honoring the forgotten. veterans who die homeless or destitute, many slip away without family or loved ones by their side, but now
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there is a quiet, but growing effort to give these service members a dignified farewell. when a homeless veteran dies there's often no family, no ceremony, just an unmarked grave. that's why people like michael ho michael honan of the american legion and veterans from other groups around the country make it their duty to attend their burials. >> this, to me, he's a brother. a brother in arms. someone who was in the military. >> reporter: on this day they're honoring vincent tarantola. a vietnam-era veteran. >> we don't have to him because he's a brother in arms. he honorably served his nation. >> they make sure he receives full military honors. paul shottenham ilis in charge of setting up the cemetery on newy month american legion. >> when the city of new york assigns these
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individuals to us to be buried we handle them as if they were members of our family. >> since 2009 he and his fellow veterans have arranged 72 of these funerals. there are two ceremony, one at the funeral home and one at the cemetery. chaplain john battista, a veteran himself leads the services for tarantola and reads a poem. >> if i had my choice i'd choose a grave among soldier where at last death calls my voice? along come these indigent gentlemen who die with no family and oh, my god, they're going to come out to a barren place with nobody to represent them, and i took that to heart. >> every veteran is honored with a signed presidential certificate. [ playing "taps" ] >> followed by the playing of "taps" and the honoring of the flag. >> to everyone else they're numbers. to me, they're men. they're men that served and raised their right hand and took an oath to save this country and i'm not going to let them go down without a
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fight. >> present arms. >> a final salute by fellow comrades to one of their own. >> most of the burials are financed by veterans programs that a national network of funeral homes, anyone, by the way, can attend. that is nbc "nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be back with you tomorrow. we leave you with a view from earlier today of the martin luther king jr. memorial on the national mall in washington. dr. king would have turned 90 this month. i'm kate snow. for all of us at nbc news, have a great after a brief break, rain
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returns to the bay. but it )s the wind causing right now at 6:00, after a brief break, rain returns to the bay. it's the wind causing the most concern. the news at 6:00 starts right now. >> we are under a weather alert, a wind advisory just took affect. look at the rain drenching the south bay. video from downtown san jose. i was driving in that. >> not fun. lateav. >> good evening. speaking of the wind, our camera hanging on a bit. we have the wind speeds picking up. winds at 22 miles an hour, gusts to 31. we had downpours. shown here o

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