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nightly news." reporting tonight, erica hill. >> it sounds like something out of a movie, and now we're learning a desire for fame on the big screen may have been drug kingpin "el chapo's" undoing. the notorious mexican cartel leader, one of the most wanted men in the world, is back behind bars tonight amid new questions about possible extradition to the u.s., where he faces multiple charges. gabe gutierrez is in mexico with more details for us tonight. >> reporter: the most wanted drug lord in the world paraded in front of cameras overnight. joaquin "el chapo" guzman, once one of the richest men on the planet is back where this saga started. the same maximum security prison he vanished from six months ago, the daring escape from a sophisticated tunnel was straight out of a hollywood screen play. but it was his own desire for the spotlight that may
dramatic recapture. the mexican attorney general revealing that the drug kingpin was trying to make a movie about himself and had his people contact producers and actors. at least one source says their movements were tracked as authorities closed in in his home state of sinaloa. >> when you're a person used to getting so much attention not only from law enforcement, from the media, from an entire country, would encourage anybody to think a little more highly of themselves. >> reporter: there was a failed attempt to arrest him in october, but during an early morning friday in the town of los mochis, a bloody shoot-out. injured. authorities seized an arsenal. guns, armored vehicles, even grenade launchers. but the mexican navy says guzman and his menchmen did not go easily, escaping through the drainage system coming out of the sewer and into waiting vehicles before finally being arrested. prosecutors targeting not only those accomplices but also others who helped him
summer, including one of his lawyers and brother-in-law. guzman faces drug charges in six american states. his cartel believed to supply the majority of drugs to the u.s., including 80% of the narcotics in chicago. today a source within the mexican attorney general's office confirmed that it plans to fulfill a request from the u.s. to extradite "el chapo," but the source says the timing largely depends on injunctions filed by guzman's lawyer. given "el chapo's" track record, many are wondering whether any jail can hold him. "el chapo's" extradition could take months, but it would be a major turning point for u.s.-mexico relations. the last time guzman was captured back in 2014, the mexican government refused to send him across the border. this time, there appears to be a sharp reversal. erica. >> gabe, thank you. the suspect in the shooting of a philadelphia police officer was arraigned today on attempted
charges. as authorities try to learn whether any ties to isis go beyond an alleged pledge of allegiance to the terror group. steve patterson has more tonight from philadelphia. >> reporter: inside this white van at philadelphia police headquarters just after he was formally charged, the man accused of opening fire on a philadelphia police officer thursday night. >> shots fired. >> reporter: the stunning images captured on surveillance video. today, 30-year-old edward archer was arraigned on eight charges including attempted murder, assaulting a law enforcement officer, and illegally possessing a firearm. officials say the gun was a stolen 9 millimeter police service weapon and that archer shot at 33-year-old officer jesse hartnett in an unprovoked attack at point blank range at least 11 times. hartnett was struck three times in the arm before somehow staggering out of his squad car and
archer then captured a block away. >> i do have a male in custody and a gun recovered. >> reporter: police say archer told them his attack was inspired by islam and that he pledged his allegiance to the islamic state. friday night, federal investigators carried away evidence from homes linked to archer. >> he seemed like a cool guy. i wouldn't have expected nothing like this from him. >> reporter: neighbor donald king says he's known the suspect for more than 15 years. >> he could have said isis. that's pretty possible, but like people need to evaluate his mental health, you know, not isis. he might not be in his sane mind right now. >> reporter: questions remain about trips he took to saudi arabia and e egypt and how he came to poe cess the stolen gun. officer hartnett remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition. police have searched two homes related to archer, one of which is just around the corner from the shooting scene behind me. sources didn't say they found any
isis materials but that they did find a computer and phones and they're combing through them, which should take several days. >> steve, thank you. we are learning more tonight about two men, one in text, one in california, who were arrested on terrorism-related charges and accused of having ties to isis. blake mccoy has more tonight on that story. >> reporter: less than 24 hours after leaving federal court in shackles, omar al hardan hardan's wife is defending his loyalty to america. >> he comes to america. i love america. my muzhusband loves america too. >> al hardan, living with his family in houston, is now accused of trying to travel overseas to join isis. authorities say he was communicating with another iraqi refugee, as al jayab, a 23-year-old college student living in sacramento. authorities believe aws mohammed younis al jayab did join the fight, traveling from
then into syria. earlier that year, his criminal complaint alleges he was contacted by a man in texas, believed to be al hardan, who wrote, i need to leave from your weapon expertise. the complaint alleges al jayab responded, we will make your abilities very strong. if you arrive and i am still there, i will train you. it's unclear what transpired after those 2013 communications, but authorities say they were never mentioned when al hardan applied for u.s. citizenship in 2014. al hardan's family in texas adamantly denies he's involved with isis. >> this is my son. he needs dad. >> reporter: al hardan will be back in court next week. blake mccoy, nbc news, los angeles. with just over three weeks until the iowa caucuses, a new poll shows donald trump and ted cruz running neck and neck in that state as people there prepare to cast the first votes of the primary season. our senior white house correspondent chris jan sing has our report from iowa tonight.
trump rally in iowa, so many people in below zero wind shill, the fire marshals shut the door after letting in a crowd of 2,000. inside, it didn't take long for donald trump to heat things up. >> we're doing fine. i mean we're sort of like tied with ted cruz. >> reporter: cruztrump is in a virtual dead heat in iowa, telling chuck todd it's ate problem that cruz was born in canada. >> he has to solve this problem because the democrats will sue him if he's the nominee. >> reporter: to prove he's an american citizen, cruz released his mother's birth certificate, showing she was born in delaware. today he made five more stops, while social media has been buzzing while he said voters will punish hillary clinton for benghazi benghazi. >> if my 5-year-old says something she knows to be false, she gets az spanking. >> reporter: clinton out with a new ad in early states taking on
>> i think we should appeal obvious care. >> defund planned parenthood. >> they're backward, even dangerous. >> reporter: seven republicans today ghatherred at a poverty conference in south carolina, all of them trailing trump there as well as in the latest national and new hampshire polls. with only 24 days until the first votes are cast, the odds of overtaking him may not be much better than winning the powerball. >> we got to win iowa. oh, we got to win it. okay. so we're going to win it. otherwise, i'll tell you what. otherwise, we're wasting our time, folks. >> reporter: and at least in ottumwa, trump left with promises from voters to come out again in the cold. >> i'm going to do it this time for the first time. >> reporter: donald trump has brought so many new people to the process. the question has long been whether they'd turn out for the caucus. well, if today is in indication, cold weather won't keep them away. and tomorrow in new hampshire, hillary clinton becomes the first candidate ever to win the endorsement
erica. >> chris, thank you. you can hear much more of chuck todd's envelope with donald trump tomorrow morning on "meet the press." in syria tonight, it appears aide workers may finally be allowed into several towns that have been cut off by that country's five-year civil war. towns where the people are starving. the need and desperation there are heartbreaking, and we warn you the images are difficult to watch. many of the victims are children. kelly cobiella has our report. >> reporter: in the town of madaya, it's come to this. salt for a meal. a boy begging for food. i'm sorry to ask, he says, but i haven't eaton in eat eatep in three days. babies starving to death. this baby living on saulth and water with milk every ten days. hundreds here are suffering from malnutrition.
>> we have seen 23 of our patients, children and adults, die of acute malnutrition. our doctors are feeding the children medical syrups just in a desperate attempt to get some sugar into them. >> reporter: madaya, on the outskirts of damascus, has been surrounded by government troupes for months. no one getting out. no food getting in. in northern syria, opposition fighters are doing the same to two pro-government villages. innocent civilians caught in the middle. human rights groups say a quarter of a million people have been killed in syria's five-year civil war, and now entire towns are being starved to death. >> it could be anything from 100,000, maybe up to 200,000 people across the country. >> reporter: today, some hope. a final deal to allow aide convoys to madaya and the two towns in the north. are you confident you now have safe passage to go to madaya and
>> we're cautiously optimistic, but we are expecting as early as monday to get into all of these besieged areas. >> reporter: but deals have been made and broken before. for some, it's already too late. every day, they say help is coming, this man says, and it never does. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. in germany, which took in more than a million migrants last year from syria and other countries, police used water cannons to break up violent protests. an estimated 1,700 right wring demonstrators protested the liberal immigration policy after more than 20 migrants were arrested for assaulting women on new year's eve. more than 1,000 others attended a rival protest. chance lore the biggest lottery prize in this country's history grew even larger today. at least $900 million is up for grabs in tonight's drawing.
in new york, ticket sales climbed to more than $3 million per hour. kristen dahlgren now has more on the powerball frenzy. >> reporter: they say all you need is $2 and a dream. >> we could buy a house in hawaii and one in florida, and one in arizona. >> reporter: those dreams are bigger than ever tonight. >> my family and friends get taken care of. certain charities gets taken care. some gets invested, and then i go on a vacation. >> reporter: the jackpot had grown to $900 million, billboards racing to keep up. with the record prize comes record sales. in this california store, home to seven previous winners, people lined up for a chance to rub the lucky bluebird. in georgia, lines were extra long thanks to their neighbors from alabama, one of just six states that doesn't participate in powerball. everyone after what would be about 558 million in a lump sum. if you laid out that
after the earth, it would circle the earth more than twice. >> i feel it is the winning ticket. >> reporter: of course the odds are about as long as the lines. but history is full of get rich quick dreams. forms of lotteries date back to julius caesar. the chinese used them to finance the great wall. even our founding fathers relied on lotteries to buy cannens for the revolutionary war. >> what is it about the lottery and getting rich quick and the chance at this much money that has us so fascinated. >> for a small amount, the payoff is unbelievable unbelievable? why not? >> reporter: tonight, it seemed everyone is in. >> you guys want to buy a lottery ticket. >> reporter: each with ideas what they would do. who they would share with. >> don't tell me wife. >> reporter: and what they would tell their bosses like this government lawyer. so the government can take this job and -- >> give it to somebody else. >> that's a nice way of saying it. all right.
can see they are still out here buying tonight. lottery officials tell us that by the end of the evening by the drawing, they expect that 75% of the possible number combinations will have been sold, so a really good chance that someone out there will have those winning numbers. erica, if there is not a winner tonight, if it rolls over again, the jackpot would skyrocket to an estimated $1.3 billion. >> tough to even wrap your head around it. kristen, thanks. when nightly news continues on this saturday, the big shake-up in the taxi
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include relentless competition from the app services. is this the death knell for taxi companies? >> i don't think so. i think taxis are ready to step up their game. >> reporter: the cap co-ops admits it needs to improve but despite multiple requests, it would not comment on the impact of the am services and blames most of the debt on aan unusual number of accident claims. uber would not comment specifically on the san francisco situation but did say it aims to make things easier for drivers and passengers. cab drivers say it's making things harder for them. spurring protests from paris to chicago. >> look, he every black car you see is uber. >> reporter: in new york, one taxi company claims its monthly income has been cut in half. with fewer regulations, the app companies threaten to drive traditional taxis off the road. now some taxi companies are shifting gears and joining
the race for customers by creating apps of their own. net month, chicago will introduce an app allowing riders to hail any one of the city's 13,000 cab byes. such apps are in limited use in new york and after. >> i think they will be smarter in terms of their technology, in terms of knowing where people are. >> reporter: those traditional and nontraditional rides can share the road with all its twists ahead. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. when we come back, team spirit and pictures that prove you can never be too to folks out there whose diabetic nerve pain... shoots and burns its way into your day, i hear you. to everyone with this pain that makes ordinary tasks extraordinarily painful, i hear you. make sure your doctor hears you too! i hear you because i was there when my dad suffered with diabetic nerve pain. if you have diabetes and burning, shooting pain in your feet or hands, don't suffer in silence! step on up
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discovery came as a bit of a surprise. >> this is the last corner of the construction site that we were working in when we found it, so it's kind of like, oh, my gosh, there it is. >> a ship's hull, believed to be from the late 1700s. archaeologist john mullens began excavate excavating the site in september. >> the unusual thing is not how big it was but by how heavily constructed it was. it meant this was either a ship that was built for heavy cargo oh, extremely heavy cargo, or it might have been a fortified military ship. >> this land, the future home of a luxury hotel, is rich with history. in a separate corner, remains of a warehouse built in 1755 were unearthed along with bits of pottery and gas glassware. each layer of earth offering clues to how people lived in this
>> it is really the beginnings of our town. it's where it all happened in the 18th century. >> do you anticipate more discoveries like this? >> yes, we do. we can't wait. >> the ship, now dismantled, will be stored and studied. where it will end up hasn't been determined. what do you most enjoy about doing this? >> it's just the sheer discovery of finding all this stuff. reconstructing the entire story, putting the archaeology with the history and the documentary research. i mean that's why i do this. >> this hotel is the first in a series of projects planned for the area, meaning it likely won't be the last find along alexandria's waterfront. that is "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm erica hill reporting from new york. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." for all of us at nbc news, thanks for
night.this week -- before the february caucus. and -- what new restrictions mean for drone users. plus -- one of the biggest jackpots in powerball history. thanks for joining us tonight -- i'm macleod hageman. chilly weather moves into the area this weekend. now let's check in with storm track seven meteorologist kyle kiel -- for a look at your first forecast. for your complete weather stormtrack 7 weather team: it is the coldest air that we have seen so far this season across eastern iowa. a wind zero are likely as we head throughout the overnight hours
temperatures right now are mainly in the single digits wind chills, or what it actually feels like outside, have been in the teens below zero thanks to northwest winds from 10-20 mph. storm track 7 live weather network shows that we still have a few clouds, otherwise it'll be mostly clear overnight. details on how long the cold lasts coming up in a few minutes. the weather also means more problems on iowa roads -- causing drivers to lose control. the weather also means more problems on iowa roads -- causing drivers to lose control. two accidents reported tonight end deadly. one crash was reported on interstate 80 near west liberty. the driver of one vehicle was passing