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alto-based company. the reviews are excellent. >> check it out. that's it for us. thanks for joining us. juan guai. a breakthrough in the longest shutdown in history. >> we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government. >> president trump retreats, agreeing to a short-term deal that provides no money for his border wall on the same day hundreds of thousands of federal employees missed a second paycheck. staffing shortages causing major delays at airports just hours before his announcement. roger stone arrested. president trump's long-time adviser charged by mueller with obstruction, false statements, and witness tampering. how the president is reacting. double arctic blasts. a one-two punch. brutal cold for . dramatic rescues. a major dam breaks.
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a chopper pulling > nitmare at a day care. a car crashing into a center full of cribs. four infants taken to the hospital. miracle discovery. the missing 3-year-old boy found alive in the woods after three days. the olympic star revealing his private health battle. his powerful message to other men tonight. and the wounded warrior who stopped to help on the road and got a big surprise. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone. it has been quite the day. news of a bombshell indictment of a key trump ally in the mueller probe was quickly overtaken hours later by even bigger breaking news, that the government is finally reopening. for a border wall and agreeing to end the shutdown as it i we depend on. just today flights grounded in the northeast because of air traffic control staffing issues. tonight back pay will soon be on the way for affected government workers.
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their joy tempered, however, by the fact this deal is only temporary. our hallie jackson starts us off tonight. hallie, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening. the president is expected to sign that bill to reopen government once it reaches his desk. and despite the personal pain for so many people over these last five weeks, politically it's like the last 35 days never happened, with the president right back where he started. it's a deal and a defeat for president trump. >> i am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government. >> reporter: but that fix only opens the government for three weeks and it does not provide any new money for a border wall, as prdeennded. democrats refused. >> no one should ever underestimate the speaker, as donald trump has learned. >> i can't assure the public on anything the president will do, but i do have to say i'm optimistic. >> reporter: speaker pelosi remains opposed to a border wall, a reminder there's no
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guarantee the government will stay open. the president announced today's deal in an impromptu rose garden speech where he went off-script with exaggerated and unverified claims about human trafficking. >> women are tied up, they're bound, duct tape put around their faces, around their mouths. it's at the worst level, human trafficking, in the history of the world. >> reporter: pressure from the president's conservative base helped sink a similar deal early on in the shutdown standoff with tonight some framing this as trump blinks. ann coulter tweeting, good news for george h.w. bush, as of today he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as president. so what happens on february 15th? if there's no long-term deal? >> we're going to work with the democrats, we're going to say -- if we can't do that, then we'll do -- obviously we're going to do the emergency. because that's what it is, it's a national emergency. >> reporter: that controversial declaration would bypass congress and let the administration redirect federal money to build that wall.
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no word yet on the status of the state of the union speech next week, but the state of our union tonight, opening back up for business. hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. this is tom costello. among federal employees tonight, optimism that their back pay should arrive within days and they'll no longer be used as political pawns. kathy kalani is an irs worker in florida. >> i want to believe and i pray that the politicians in washington will do this economy and everybody right by doing the right thing. >> reporter: hours before the president's announcement, the shutdown was escalating. in the northeast today, air traffic reduced to a trickle. >> i wouldn't be surprised if it takes, you know, another 20 to 30 minutes before we become airborne. >> reporter: after a number of air traffic controllers called in sick. >> when they probably ersa paycheck, that probably put so much stress on them. and they're not fit for duty if they are overstressed. >> reporter: new
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york's laguardia airport brought to a standstill. >> totally sympathetic to them. because you can't operate a business that way. >> reporter: meanwhile, pressure was also building at the fbi. >> it takes a lot to get me angry, but i'm about as angry as i've been in a long long time. >> reporter: fbi director chris wray today told 32,000 employees it was unfair and short-sighted to make them work without pay. an irs backlash has also been building. 14,000 workers called in sick this week after being called back to work without pay. among them laurie wilcox in utah, who fears she'll be furloughed again next month. >> we're terrified that we're going to lose our house, lose our cars, lose everything we've ever worked for. >> reporter: fear that shutdown round two could be just three weeks away. >> here we go again. we're going to all -- we're going to give you a little bit, but then we're going to take it back away. >> reporter: tsa officers and air traffic controller er
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government workers should get their back pay within a week. however, all those contractors and businesses affected by the shutdown are unlikely to be compensated. lester? >> all right, tom costello tonight, thank you. now to the other major politically charged story dominating headlines. roger stone, the president's long-time adviser, arrested today by the fbi on several counts, including lying to congress. the president reacting by lashing out with an all too familiar attack. we've got it all starting with nbc's pete williams. >> lester, these charges do not accuse roger stone of directly colluding with the russians to influence the election, but they do bring the robert mueller investigation one step closer to the trump campaign, involving a man who's been a friend and confidant of donald trump's for more than 30 years. roger stone was defiant after a brief federal court appearance in ft. lauderdale, florida, where fbi agents arrested him this rn robert mueller's
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prosecutors accuse stone of lying to congress and urging a friend to lie too. outside the courthouse, stone said he never meant to mislead any investigators. >> i will plead not guilty to these charges. i will defeat them in court. i believe this is a politically motivated investigation. >> reporter: prosecutors say stone lied to the house intelligence committee in september 2017 about his efforts to discover more about e-mails hacked by the russians from the clinton campaign and the democrats and passed along to wikileaks which made thousands of them public. court documents say stone bragged to the trump campaign early in the summer of 2016 that wikileaks had documents harmful to clinton's campaign. after wikileaks dumped out its first set of stolen e-mails just before the democratic national convention, the documents say a senior trump campaign official, who's not named, was directed to contact stone to see what other dirt wikileaks might have on the clinton campaign. prosecutors say stone then urged a friend to
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get to wikileaks founder julian assange, living in ecuador's embassy in london. they say stone began urging a radio host, randy credico, who interviewed assange on his program, to find out more about what wikileaks had on clinton. in early october 2016, court documents say, a high-ranking trump campaign official asked about the status of future wikileak dumps, and four days later the website released thousands of e-mails stolen from clinton campaign chairman john podesta. stone has steadfastly denied knowing ahead of time what wikileaks was planning to release. >> i received nothing from wikileaks or from the russians. i passed nothing on to donald trump or the trump campaign. >> reporter: but prosecutors say he lied to congress by claiming he had no e-mails or texts documenting his efforts to find out what wikileaks was up to, and they say he urged credico to lie too, invoking a character in one of the "godfather" movies who lies to congress.
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and threatened to take away credico's dog. >> like other mueller indictments, this indictment suggests there's more to come, there are other shoes to drop, that he's looking at other people for similar conduct. >> reporter: stone is on bail now, soon to face mueller's prosecutors in court. pete williams, nbc news, washington. this is peter alexander. president trump tonight ignoring questions about the indictment of his controversial confidant, roger stone, reserving his outrage for twitter, blasting the russia investigation as the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country, no collusion. the president's aides trying to distance him from the charges against stone. >> this has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the white house. >> reporter: and his lawyers argue the indictment does not allege russian collusion, instead, that it's about alleged false statements made to congress. stone, self-proclaimed republican dirty trickster who used to work for richard nixon and has a tattoo of the 37th president on his back, first met mr. trump decades ago. >> roger's a good guy, strong nation, a lot of the things that i
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believe in. >> reporter: that close connection even noted in a 2017 documentary by the president's former campaign chair, paul manafort, since convicted by robert mueller of tax fraud. >> roger's relationship with trump has been so interconnected that it's hard to define what's roger and what's donald. >> reporter: today no indication that bond has broken. stone saying he will not testify against president trump. >> there is no circumstance whatsoever under which i will bear false witness against the president, nor will i make up lies to ease the pressure on myself. my testimony -- >> reporter: surrounded by a crowd chanting "lock him up," that relationship is now facing its biggest test. peter alexander, nbc news. we turn to the power struggle in venezuela where americans are on edge tonight as the country faces grave uncertainty in the threat of more protests and violence. lucy kafanov has late details.
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>> reporter: after those massive protests calling for president nicolas maduro to go, venezuela's crisis is deepening. tonight nonessential american diplomats were seen heading for the airport in caracas. american citizens now warned to leave. although the embassy remains open. all this dividing much of the world in a cold war-style showdown. the u.s. recognizing opposition leader juan guaido as interim president. >> every country ought to recognize the venezuelan constitution, the demands of the venezuelan people. >> reporter: russia, china, and cuba are backing maduro. today dueling press conferences by dueling presidents. guaido telling supporters to stay in the streets, maduro vowing to defeat what he calls a coup. tonight a u.n. human rights official warning the situation could quickly spiral out of control. lester? >> all right, lucy kafanov, thank you. in nghbori brazil an urgent search and rescue mission under way after a dam collapse at an iron ore mine
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filling a town with mud. an estimated 200 people are missing, and while there were no official reports of deaths, there are fears that some may have died. more than 50 firefighters and six helicopters are involved in that rescue effort. back home, a brutal one-two punch of arctic air bringing some of the lowest temperatures we've seen all winter in the midwest and northeast. if you think round one is bad, just wait for round two. powered by the polar vortex. here's nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: from the upper plains to the great lakes, tanking temperatures overnight sending windchills 30 to 40 below. ice jams stacking up across the region. >> my girlfriend wakes me up. i hear all this banging outside. es t ice. not down the river, down the street. >> reporter: in minneapolis this morning, 10 below. coldest day of the ou jt have to embrace it, honestly. i think most minnesotans seem to
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embrace it overall and that's the goal. >> reporter: tomorrow, not much better in the midwest. sub-zero temps forecast again. after a slight warmup to start the week, another frigid blast. this one even colder. record lows expected. with windchills factored in, it could feel as cold as 50 below. in chicago today, windy as usual, making it feel like 20 below. >> i've never seen this before and i'm dying. >> reporter: this is not the real cold blast, that's coming next week. >> don't tell me that. i'm not ready. >> reporter: ready or not, the frost goes on. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. and from that we'll turn to a horrifying accident in south carolina. an out-of-control car crashing into a day care filled with cribs in columbia. four infants were taken to the hospital. luckily no children were seriously injured. police say the driver will not face charges. in neighboring north carolina, it's being called a miracle tonight. a 3-year-old boy missing since tuesday found alive and well.who first. >> this is the mother. >> reporter: in a moment of pure joy,
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casey hathaway's mother couldn't wait to share the news. >> he's good, he is good. he's up and talking. he's already asked to watch netflix. >> reporter: the 3-year-old incredibly had been found alive by a team of first responders. authorities say casey had been playing outside his grandmother's home in craven county, north carolina, on tuesday afternoon with two other children. but then he vanished. >> he's walked off somewhere, and we can't find him. >> reporter: the fbi and hundreds of volunteers scoured the rugged terrain. linda fraker helped with the search, and last night she heard something. >> i heard just a crying. so i ran up to toler road and gotter: irst responder shane greer got to him first. >> there is no words. >> reporter: he says casey was cold, wet, and asking for his mother. how terrified must he says the boy had a coat on, which likely saved his life in below-freezing temperatures. he was trapped in a
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thorn bush about a quarter mile from where he went missing. >> we sawed our way in got him out, grabbed him, carried him to the truck and immediately went to the hospital. >> how in the world does a boy that young survive in these conditions? >> that's divine intervention. >> reporter: we're told casey was brought to this hospital for observation, but other than a few cuts and scrapes, he's doing well. lester? >> gabe, what an amazing terrific outcome to that. still ahead, self-driving cars. the cool new way to get your groceries home. also, an olympic gold medalist faces his biggest challenge. it's a wakeup call for men's health. those who serve. two men who know what that means and what brought them together.
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how about this, robocars bringing groceries right to your door. we're going to tell you how one big chain that was reinventing your food shopping experience, no drivers needed. here's gadi schwartz. >> reporter: remember when baggers at the super market would
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carry your groceries to the car? well, in scottsdale, arizona, times are a-changing. now they're loading up robots. is this weird? >> no, no. i think it's super fun. >> reporter: this is r-1, a driverless car making deliveries for the grocery chain kroger as part of a pilot project with a new company called nuro. >> it feels very futuristic. >> reporter: a few miles away, it's changed the way shannon bagget shops online. her delivery charge, $5.95, and she says she's got more free time. >> it's super easy and it saves me an hour at the grocery store. >> reporter: nuro's cofounder says that's the point. >> we will be able to give back that huge amount of time to people. >> reporter: he says this isn't about taking away jobsabout creatingn a new market. building, monitoring, loading. but is this safe? nuro says it took years of development to plan for everything that can happen on public roads. >> we wanted to make sure people were very, very comfortable when they saw it for the first time. >> reporter: right now r-1 keeps it under 25 miles an hour and only delivers within a few
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miles of this one store. but within that radius, r-1 is bringing the future a little closer, one grocery trip at a time. gadi schwartz, nbc news, scottsdale, arizona. we'll take a break and be back in a moment with an american olympic champion and his urgent message about men's health.
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we're back now with the olympic star facing a major battle. swimmer nathan adrian announced he has testicular cancer and will undergo surgery on monday. nbc's miguel almaguer has his message that's hitting home with men across the country tonight. >> nathan adrian, the five-time olympic gold medalist, lives life from the front of the pack. >> adrian, gold for the u.s.! >> reporter: now the swimming sensation is in a different kind of race. life, like swimming the 100 free, he writes on instagram, can come at you hard and fast, as you can't always see who or what may be chasing you down.
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i unfortunately learned that i have testicular cancer. with a worldwide following after winning gold in beijing, london, and rio, adrian says, i hope to share my journey in an effort to help break the stigma of discussing men's health issues. according to the cleveland clinic, 61% of men have neglected visiting a doctor, often missing ailments that can be treated. >> we'll see three or four cases of testicular cancer in the next two or three weeks based just on this awareness. >> just because someone like nathan adrian steps up? >> that will save but first the biggest health battle of his life for a man who doesn't know how to lose. a we wish him a speedy recovery. when we come back, those who serve. two men in a chance encounter that meant so much to both of them. but anxiety remains.
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up next, see the toll the government shutdown has taken on a family of federal worker they're go can back to work but anxiety remains. up next see the toll the government shutdown is taking on a family of federal workers here in the bay area. >> plus the steps bart is taking to solve its parking problem and
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why it could still anger riders next. finally tonight, for all the dissension we've heard for so long in washington, something positive happened there this week that you might not have heard about. andrea mitchell tonight on an instant and unique bond in "those who serve." >> reporter: two strangers coming together on a busy highway, the washington beltway. one trying to change a flat tire, the other stopping to help. >> when i walked up to him, i said, you're general colin powell. he said, yes, i am. >> jumped out of his car, sleeveless shirt on, short pants. why is this guy freezing to death? he just wanted to help me. >> it almost felt like meeting an old friend. so you're just two people on the side of the road, and you have a situation, you have a flat tire, you're going to fix the flat. >> there was a connection between the two of you? >> yes. once i saw the leg i wasn't sure if it was a bone off or he had infection. turns out it was a combination of the two. and so i knew he
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was -- he was one of me, he was one of my guys. >> reporter: they snapped a selfie, then rushed off, each to a doctor's appointment at walter reed. connecting later, anthony maggert texting, general powell, you're always an inspiration, a leader and statesman. colin powell writing on facebook, thanks, anthony, you touched my soul, you made my day. >> i just said, here's somebody who's in need. you know? and so i was like, why not take a second out of your day and help him out? >> that's what we're all about, taking care of each other. that's what will make america great. we have got to stop screaming and shouting at each other and start taking care of each other. >> reporter: two military men doing what they were trained to sve andrea >> this a reminder that all of us can serve with a little kindness for each other. that's nbc "nightly news" for this friday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. a well-known track coach
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jose has been arrested. the plea -- detectives are making tonight. right now at 6:00, a well-known track coach in san jose has been arrested. the plea detectives are making tonight. >> plus, paying a premium for a parking spot. bart is trying to solve a big problem for riders. >> but first -- >> i feel like a yo-yo because i feel like i'm being played with. >> an nbc bay area exclusive. a furloughed family in the south bay describe the toll this government shut down is taking on them. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, and thanks gore being with us on this friday. government shut down over. 35 days in, the president blinked. mr. trump, house and senate leaders have agreed to reopen the government for three weeks. within the last hour, house speaker nancy pelosi led democrats in a signing bill to fund the government through
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february 15 and they sent it on to the senate. and there it goes to president trump. he has pledged to sign it even though it does not finance his border wall. now, we work with furloughed workers as the president made his announcement and they're wondering after they return to work, how long will they get to do it? david trujillo has more on a family forced to take steps to deal with the shutdown. >> hundreds of silicon valley workers are waiting for the announcement and now they can all go back to work, many like maria remain with a lot of uncertainty. >> i'm proud to announce today that we have


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