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good evening, the twists and turns in the real life drama of mexican drug lord el chapo sounded even more like a hollywood precisely what el chapo was apparently shopping for. mexican officials say his efforts to have a film made about his life were part of his undoing. then there is that secret meeting with actor sean penn who wrote an article for el chapo answered questions from penn on life of crime. the story tonight from gabe guttierez outside
where el chapo is security. >> reporter: tonight a mexican law enforcement official tells nbc news that mexican authorities want to speak with sean penn and mexican soap opera star, kate del castillo about their secret trip to meet joaquin "el chapo" guzman. it's believed to be his first interview in decades. the article published by "rolling stone" overnight. guzman admitted that drugs destroy but said that unfortunately where he grew up there was no other way to survive. asked if he was prone to violence, guzman said all he does is defend himself. guzman only agreed to take the questions penn writes after a previous seven-hour face to face meeting days before a failed october raid. according to penn, this picture authenticates that meeting. in the rest of the interview conducted by messenger, penn quotes
supply more heroin, cocaine and marijuana than any body else in the world. on friday the attorney general said guzman's desire to make a movie about himself and interaction with producers and actors led to his arrest. a mexican official confirms investigators were able to learn details of el chapo's whereabouts from intercepted phone calls from del castillo and penn. >> i think the mexican authorities want to identify as many people closely associated with el chapo as they can. >> reporter: trusted source tells nbc news that authorities wear ware that penn and del castillo were in mexico to meet with guzman in october as law enforcement was closing in a planned arrest sweep was delayed to assure the two would not be harmed. when the raid el chapo and his security team escaped. it wasn't until three months later, friday morning that the mexican navy captured el chapo following a shootout in his home
this 'tis the drainage tunnel where guzman tried to make a last-ditch effort to escape. we reached out to penn and del castillo, neither has commented. on social media, the pair drew outrage many wanting them to face charges for not alerting authorities about their meeting with one of the most wanted criminals in the world. this isn't the first time penn dabbled in journalism previously had written articles for "the nation" and "san francisco chronicle." this time, "rolling stone" agreed to allow the final version to be approved by the subject before publication. the magazine says el chapo made no changes. kate. >> gabe, in mexico, thank you. and nbc news legal analyst joins me now. karen, a lot of people online are wondering could sean penn be in trouble? >> first of all kate, let's say we don't have a lot of the specific facts to this case. but, yes, kate he could be in very serious legal trouble. because there are a number of state and federal statutes having to do with the
also aiding and abetting. so, they could come into play. i think that the key element that people need to be aware of that is, that sean penn even by just plagues himself in el chapo's presence makes him a witness to ongoing felonies. and therefore, he made himself a witness. it is not just an interview. this is an ongoing investigation and he is a witness now. >> thank you. tens of millions of americans will be going back to work tomorrow hoping that work will become a thing of the past if you haven't guessed. we are talking about powerball. and the next record breaking drawing that may determine who will become a billionaire. tonight the numbers and the odds. >> reporter: the moment that dashed millions of dreams. >> lucky 13. >> reporter: then created more than a billion new ones. >> pay off loans and invest.
parents' mortgages. >> reporter: with no winner in saturday's record jackpot the powerball pot grows to unprecedented $1.3 billion. so high some billboards can't accommodate the sum. >> $200 million, $20 million enough for us. >> reporter: double the previous record when mega millions paid a measly $656 million back in 2012. and exactly what lottery officials were going for when they made powerball harder to win last fall bringing the odds from one in 175 million to one in 292 million. >> columbia university statistics professor phillip proder braeksz eaks it down. what are our odds? >> your odds are extremely tiny, unbelievably tiny. >> reporter: that's what this means. >> we made the changes in october in response to our players. >> reporter: they were also facing a serious decline in revenue. powerball sales down 19% in 2014.
pot rolled over 20 times. growing to at least $1.3 billion or $806 million in a lump sum. >> it is crazy. i don't know what we would do with it. >> reporter: across the country, cue the craziness. >> i have never seen cops directing traffic going into a gas station. >> reporter: and a purr ball powerball frenzy bigger than ever. for a thief who operated in five states in recent months it wasn't cash she was after but jewelry worth millions. tonight a suspect is in custody and expected to appear in federal court in atlanta tomorrow. we get more tonight from blake mccoy. >> reporter: brazen and unusual, a woman with no mask entering jewelry stores across the south allegedly stealing millions of dollars worth of diamonds and watches. now, after a nine-month crime spree the fbi believes they have their woman.
years old arrested in georgia. cameron parker grew up with her and says she was most recently waitressing at a twin peaks restaurant. >> from the suburbs you don't ex-peekt these kind of things to happen out here. you don't expect some one that you grew up with to do these sorts of things. >> reporter: the fbi believes her secret life of crime took her to five states. six heists in all. the jewelers security alliance estimates the total haul to be worth more than $4 million. >> to keep doing it, they had $4 million in product. how much do you need, keep taking? you know? so, she obviously was very, very bold and obviously too bold. >> reporter: jewelry stores like banks have long been targets for criminals disguises from nuns, burkas, darth vader. it's this thief's lack of disguise put her in the headlines. a second person arrested with kemp on friday.
if it is this man her accomplice in some of the heists. blake mccoy, nbc news. >> the so-called affluenza team is in a mexico city detention center fighting extradition to texas while his mother will be in a texas courtroom tomorrow trying to get out of jail. charles hadlock had new details on how authorities say the pair escaped to mexico in the first place. >> reporter: tonya couch in a texas jail tonight. she could be set free tomorrow if her $1 million bond is reduced. her attorney says she has done nothing wrong. >> she has not broken the law. >> reporter: tonya couch charged with helping son ethan flee to mexico to avoid getting caught after authorities saw this video they believe is him at a party where alcohol was served a violation of his probation. the privileged teen was convicted in a drunk driving crash that killed four people when he was 16. a judge sentenced him to probation instead of jail time. his lawyers had argued that ethan suffered
suggesting he was too rich and spoiled to know right from wrong. tonya couch's arrest warrant alleges ethan became scared when the party video surfaced december 2 and his mother was aware he was trying to come up with a plausible lie to say it wasn't him in the video. the next day before driving off to mexico in tonya's truck the warrant alleges tonya couch withdrew $30,000 from her personal bank account and told her husband that he would never see their son again. on december 10, ethan failed to show up for a scheduled meeting with his probation officer and the search was on. the two were captured in the resort city on december 28. since her return, tonya told the sheriff she is uncomfortable in jail. >> explained to her that this was a jail not resort. >> ethan is fighting his extradition. it could be months before his return to texas. charles hadlock, nbc news. four days after north korea's claim it
responded with its own show of force over the korean peninsula, it did so with a symbol of the cold war still u.s. responds to communist north korea in the 21st century. ron allen at the white this. hi, ron. >> good evening, kate. the administration says b-52 bomber atomic weapons flew over the peninsula to reassure the south and to warn the north that testing a nuclear device last week will have consequences. the massive cold jung-un, seen, touring military headquarters in the days since the test blast. the u.s. doubts the claim the bomb was tested but confirms the fourth test of some nuclear device in the last decade. the obama administration repeatedly said it will not accept north korea as nuclear state and called for sanctions while the standoff deepens and a
arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. kate. >> ron allen, thank you. the weather is a big concern for millions of people in the upper midwest and plains where bitter cold set in. in minneapolis, as the the minnesota vikings started their game against the seattle seahawks it was below today's match up between the seahawks and vikings was no exception. at kickoff it was 6 degrees below 0 making it the third coldest nfl game on record. the coldest game ever was the ice bowl back in 1967. that was over in green bay at lambeau field, 13 below. the brutal temperatures didn't scare the fans from tail gating before the game. some out at 4:00 this morning. tickets to some of the coldest seats in the
the vikings, gjallarhorn, before the game it shapered. maybe a bad omen, the vikings went on to lose by a single point. the coldest air of the season. moving east. in the north east, 20s, 30s in the forecast for monday. then a reinforcing shot of cold air tuesday through the midwest. tuesday morning temperatures will only be about 10 degrees below zero and highs during tuesday afternoon will barely get into the single digits. all the cold air over the great lakes which are unfrozen. bands of lake-effect snow set up monday. we could see one to two feet of snow especially sunday. temperatures then, kate, should be 50 degrees warmer than they were today. >> they're going to be happy to be in charlotte. okay. thanks so much. when nightly news continues on this sunday, a woman dies after being arrested
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finally tonight, what is it to truly be in love? a question that can be hard for any of us to answer. but the filmmaker behind a new documentary called "autism in love" wanted to look at love through the eyes of that growing population. for many with autism, with an autism spectrum disorder, communication and social interaction are challenging but that doesn't mean finding love is impossible. not at all. lindsay and dave dated for almost a decade before he went down on one knee. >> will you marry me? >> we always have had a deep connection. >> right. >> reporter: both lindsay and dave are on the autism spectrum. like many people with autism communicating and socializing can
>> it can be difficult to read each other's emotions sometimes. >> yeah, having the sixth sense where you are able to read the nonverbal cues that each of us gives off. >> reporter: dave is a meteorologist. >> looks like the weather came on. i can catch a glimpse here. >> of course, i can't ever interrupt you and weather. >> be near me. i may not talk as much. >> reporter: the film's drikt irector says project. why do you think it is a story people need to hear? >> i think we have a generation of kids being diagnosed with autism. we haven't had a conversation about what their adult lives will look like. >> reporter: steven who lost his wife of 20 years. >> she died last april. she had cancer that's sad. >> reporter: lenny struggling to find love. >> this is -- this is
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