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breaking news tonight. ere's word of a possible deal in the works that would end the government shutdown. we have late details just coming out of the capitol. and president trump late today weighing in, all of it as the president's commerce secretary, a self-proclaimed billionaire, under fire for this tone-deaf response when told that federal workers are going to food banks to feed their families. >> well, i know they are, and i don't really quite understand y. >> wilbur ross suggesting they take out a loan. tonight the nation's a traffic controllers working without pay, warning the added stress is creating an urgent safety risk in the sky. the mystery after the bank massacre. five women shot and killed execution-style.
horrific details emerging from inside that bank shocking photos emerge. a lawmaker resigns in disgrace. pictures of him in blackface with the wds "katrina survivor" written on his shirt. a measles outbreak now so serious officials have declared a public health emergency. y at tepped-up secur sundance. on edge over a controversial new documentary set to premiere about michael jackson. what will it reveal? and a big change. vse drugstore aisle, a first of its kind move by cletting you in on beauty secrets some companies might not want you to know. good evening, ev. breaking as we come on the air tonight, a sudden flurry of activity on capitol hill right now where senate leaders have been meeting, discussing a way to end their border wall impass and perhaps reopen the government. the president himself going c before teras a short time ago reiterating his demand for the wall, but perhaps ening the door for a temporary solution. let's get ght to nbc's kasie hunt on the hill.
what do we know right now? >> reporter: lesr, good evening. tonight lawmakers are doing something they haven't in weeks, they are talking, trying to at negoan end to this government shutdown. h the center of it are mi mcconnell and chuck schumer. ngconnell actually invited schumer to a meen his office late this afternoon after competing proposals to open e government failed on the senate floor.su our sources aresting that this could be a temporary three-week reopening they try to negotiate around border security. the president has said that he wants a down payment on the rder wall. house spker nancy pelosi, as she left the capitol this evening, staying stay tuned. what we don't know right now is how serious these negotiations ene, or how quickly they could reopen the gover lester? >> all right, kasie, thank you. let's go to the whuse where president trump spoke just a short time ago about the possible shutdown deal in the works. this comes on the eve of another
missed paycheck for t of government workers and ami controversy over some insensitive comments from a member of the president's cabinet. peter alexander is at the white house right now. peter,hat are you learning? >> reporter: hey,d lester, g evening. tonight the president is opening the door to a deal to end this shutdown, but he's putting the ball in the hands of senate leaders. it's a noticeable change in tone, making clear that he'll consider what they come upith. president trump tonight signaling an openness to a birtisan deal if one's reached. >> if they come to a reasonable agreement, i would support it, yeah. >> reporter: the president he insisting ants a down payment for his border wall, and if that funding's not included -- >> i wouldn't be happy with it, i wouldn't be happ but we have a lot of alternatives. nancyorter: house speak pelosi balking at the president's rms. >> that is not a reasonable agreement between the senators. >> reporter: the new urgency afe r dueling senate bills, with border wall funding, one without, were defeated. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: frustration boiling t er.
>> how ludicrous that this government is shut down over a promise the president of the united states couldn't keep. >>00eporter: tomorrow, 800,0 federal workers will miss a thcond paycheck. >> well, remembe, they are eventually going to be paid. >> reporter: commerce secretary wilbur ross, self-proclaimed billionaire, under fire after suggesting federal employees take out loans to bridge the gap until they get back pay.ar therreports there are some federal workers who are going to homeless shelts to get food. >> well, i know they are. and i don't really quite undetand why. >> reporter: democrats pouncing. >> he doesn't understand why they have to do that. i don't know, is this the let them eat cake kind of attitude? or call ur father for money? >> reporter: ross later doing damage control. >> we're aware, painfully awareh that there adships inflicted on the individual workers. >> reporter: late tonight the president saying busines helping those in need.
>> i do understand that perhaps you should have said it differently. local people know who they are. when they go for groceries and everything else. i think what wilbur was probably trying to sais that they will work along. i know banks are working along. >> reporter: many americans waiting for relief wveh the goment still stalled. peter alexander, nbc news, the s white hoe. delta 2139 -- >> reporter: this is tom costello. at any given moment, 5,000 n planes ares. air space. air traffic controllers keeping them all safely separated. but after a month without paychecks, some faa staffers, including controllers, are turning to food banks. and respondingo trump commerce secretary wilbur ross, who suggested they should just take out los. >> i wasn't behind on my bills until the shutdown. why should i have to take out a loan for something that wanot even my fault? let me get back to work. >> rorter: now the air traff controllers union is warning that additional stress is creating a safety ri with many controllers waiting
tables or driving for uber after their n mal 10-hour, six day week job. already some controllers have resigned, citing failure to provide wages, failure t provide compensation for travel, undue stress to me and my family. >> they're not trained to deal with the stress of not being able to pay your bills or put e food on table for your family. reporter: furloughed faa academy instructor alita young came to the oklahoma city food bank now she's volunteering. >> i got to the point that i wan only eonce a day, to stretch out what i had. >> reporter: tonht the nation's airlines are weighing in. >> the reality is, that's no wau to bing the country. the longer it goes on, certainly you start to worry about people not being able to come to work. >> reporter: american airlines, southwest, and jet blue warning the shutdown is hurting business and the economy. the faa insists the air space is safe, and it says it has not i seen an increaabsenteeism among controllers.
however, flight attendan as well as pilots are joining the air traffic controllers in warning they cant predict when the system might break. lester? >> all right, tom costello tonight, thank you. a day after postponing his rescheduled testimony befo house committee citing what he called threats from the president, today michael cohen was hit with a subpoena by the senate intelligence committee ordering him to appear in february. cohen is set to begin his three-year prin sentence in march. there's more breaking news tonight. the u.s. has ordered all nonesstial personnel to pull out of the embassy in venezuela and leave the country. it comes amid a growing crisis, mass protests against a leader many say is illegitimate. but not all americane leaving despite a demand by that venezuelan regim we get late detadrs from nbc's ea mitchell. >> reporter: a day after violent clashes anhundreds of thousands called for huster and his election victory a sham, tonight venezuelan president nicholas maduro says he is
pulling his diplomats out of the u.s.il the trump administration is refusing his demand all american diplomats leave venezuela. >> the regime of former president nicholas maduro is illegitimate. we therefore consider all of its declarations and actions illegitimate and invalid. >> reporter: can the u.s. protect americans there? >> if any harm should come to es diplomats from the united states, i want everybody to know that the consequences, i believe, from this administration that they'll impose will be swi and they'll dab cisive. >> reporter: the face-off between the u.s. and venezuela -ocalating after president trump recognized 35-yearld opposition leader juan guaido as interim esident. he was out of sight today, possibly fearing arrest. now a long list of countes joining the u.s. supporting guaido. >> thiscratocratic government has done terrible things. we want venezuela to hava new start. >> reporter: russia is propping
nt maduro, whose government has sent the economyfreefall. >> very hard situation. because we're very afrai we don't know what is going to be our near future. >> reporter: tonight venezuela's generals threw the support behind maduro, a major blow to the opposition. many of the rank and file troops support th country faces a growing crisis. lester? >> andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. back home frightening new details of the mass shooting inside a florida bank that killed five wome the suspect making his first court appearance today, but his motive remai a mystery. our kerry sanders has more from florida tonight.>> eporter: today mass murder suspect zephen xaver facing a florida judge. >> the charges are five counts of homicide murder in the first degree, premeditated as a capital offense -- >> reporter: if convicted xaver could face the death penalty. one officer telling nbc news thi killinthe bank were more like executions. the chilling details described in the arrt report. the five victims lying face-down on the floor with apparent
gunshot wounds to the back of their heads and upper torsos. >>esterday our community suffered a tremendous loss. >> reporter: sebring police chief karl hoagland. did he go in there attempting to rob this bank? or just simply to kill? >> we have no information right now that there was any bank robbery. >> reporter: among the five victims, 55-year-old mariso lopez, bank employee. 38-year-old anna pinon williams, a mother of blended family with seven children, hired at the bank just two weeks ago. >> her life was truly a light in this world. >> reporter: also killed, a banker, 31-year-old jessica montague, raising three children in a blended family, her youngest 2 years old. o d 65-year-old cindy watson, a retired paramedic d stopped in to check on an account. her husband emionally telling nbc news today, if i live long enough to see this bastard die, i'll dig him up to feed to the dogs. tonight police say they have not figured out a motive. kerry sanders, nbc news, sebring, florida. there is another deadly shooting we're following
involving a young female officer in st. louis who was killed police say wn another officer accidentally shot her. tonight there are many unanswered questions. with more here's nbc's stephanie gosk. >> eporter: tonight st. lou police are investigating the death of o of their own. shot and killed by one of their own.ff policeer kaitlin alex was maanied, just 24 years old, a rookie. late last night, according to or authities, she visited two male officers at an apartment in the city. they were on duty, she was not. police say they were sitting in the living room. t re was an accidental discharge of a weapon. the female officer was struck i. the ch >> reporter: police say the two officers rushed alex to the emergency room and called for police backup. the prosecutor's office is investigating.th whilnames of the two male officers have not been released anthe police have not explained why they believe the shooting was accidental. a statement says one of the officers mishandled a firearm.
there are also questions about a rgpatrol car outside the ecy room that apparently had its windows broken. >> all that's going to be a part of t investigation. >> reporter: meanwhile the city is remembering a young woman described as enthusiastic with a bright future.th e police union says it wants to know more, adding, for now, we wait, we wonder, and we weep. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. we're also following tonight a stunning turn of events in florida where the new secretary of state abruptly resigned today after shocking photos surfaced showing him in blackface at a halloween party. nbons gabe gutierrez has mor that controversy. >> reporter: these pictures obtained by the local paper, "the tallassee democrat," show michael ertel at a private halloween party in 2005 posing as a hurricane katna victim. at the time, ertel was a county supervisor of elections. just weeks ago florida governor ron desantis had appointed him cretary of state. >> it's unfortunate. i think he's done a lot of good
, rk. but at the same tiu know, i've got to have an administration that's going to be focused on what matters to floridians, and i don't want to t mired into kind of side controversies. >> reporter: according to the paper, the photos were taken just two months after hurricane katrina ravaged the gulf coast. ertel is seen in blackface d wearing pstick, earrings, and a new orleans saints bandana.er s nothing i can say, he told the paper, when asked about the photos. today the paper saysared them with the governor's office. ertel abruptly resigned hours later, just a short time after sustifying before lawmakers about election ls. nbc news could not reach him for comment. ar >> he hanged for media visits to new orleans after the disaster. so f him to come along and d this was really shocking. especially in the aftermath of the storm. >> reporter: ertel, an army veteran, was in charge of restoring voting rights to more than 1 million ex-felons which voters approved in november. tonit he's out of a job. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. to washington state now
where a public health emergency has been declared over a growing meles outbreak. so far, 26 confirmed cases, most of them unvaccinated children. tonight officials warn some nba fans may have been exposed. here's nbc's morgan ches. >> reporter: it's the game now connected to a public health crisis.co officialirming someone at this portland trail blazers game was highly contagious with measles. the case one of 26 in washinon. now a dozen schools, a costco, and portland airports join a growing list of locations exposed to measles, which can be fatal. >> that virus can stay in the air for up to two hours after they've left. if you show up in that time period, again, it's contagious. >> reporter: in clark county where the outbreak began, 1 in c students go unated. the problem so widespread the world health organization is calling the refusal to vaccinate one of the biggest threats of 2019, right behind ebola.to night doctors say even vaccinated adults could be at risk.
>> thas because of waning immunity over the years, not getting both shots when they were children, or getting the vaccine in the 1960s when it wasn quite as effective. >> reporter: for some washington families with childrenoo young to vaccinate, the only way to stay safe now is to stay inside. >> it's scary. and it's unfortunate. and, you know, i don't want my family exposed to it. >> reporter: a preventible disease now becoming a new threat. morgan chesky, nbc news. and it was a deadly day in colorado. a snowy blast causing trouble on d e roads. dozens of crashes least one person killed. a jack-knifed semi shutting down a highway. we're also tracking this arctic poast in the midwest. cities like minns and chicago could see windchills as low as 35 below zero. also tonight, controversy at sundance. why police are bracing for the premiere of a new documentary on the king of pop. then the major makeover coming to a big chain. strap in f the ride of a lifetime.
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force base, home to pilots like brandon felker, inspiring thousandat air shows across america. these days there's a pilot shortage. >> not just in the air force, it's across our services and it's across -- i believe even into the commercial industry. we need a lot of young fks that are interested in flying. >> to fully appreciate what they do, we geared up and took off, pushing 29,000 pounds of thrust. >> manwe got up here quick! >> i told you it was going to be quick, how do you feel? >> yeah, i love it! >> good. well, now 6.3 gees. >> reporter: it usually takes about five years and $llion to $11 million to train an air force pilot. but for one glorious minute -- >> want to try it? >> sure. >> all right, go ahead. you have the aircraft. they offered me the stick. d i'm not the only one to be hot shotting at nbc. nine years ago lester pulled a
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