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breaking news tonight. 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 l border wl on the same day hundreds of thousands of federal employees missed a second paycheck. affing 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, isd witness tampering. how the presideneacting. double arctic blasts. a one-two punch. brutal cold for millions, windchills as low as 50 below. dramatic rescues. a major dam breaks.op a r pulling victims out of
the muddy waters. nightmare at a day care. a car crashing into a center full of cribs. four infants takeno the hospital. mirae discovery. the missing 3-year-old boy found alive in the woods after three ys. the olympic star revealing hiprivate health battle. his powerful message to other men tonight. and the wounded warrior who stopped to help on the road andu got a big rprise. good evening, everyone. it has been quite the day. news of a bombshell inment of a key trump ally in the mueller probe was quickly s overtaken hourter by even bigger breaking news, that the e ment is finally reopening. on day 35 of the shutdown, , president trump in retre deferring his fight r a border wall and agreeing to end the shutdown as it impacts more and more things we depend on. just today flights grounded in the northeast because of air traffic control staffing issue tonight back pay will soon be on
the way for affected government workerjo their tempered, however, by the fact this deal is only mporary. 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'sike the last 35 days nev 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 eral to end the shutdown and reopen the federent. >> reporter: but that fix only opens the government for three weeks and it does not provide ady new money for a border wall, as president trumpemanded. democrats refused. >> no one should ever underestimate the speaker, as donald trump has learned. >> i can't assure the public on anythinghe 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 guarantee the government will stay open. the president announced today's deal in an impromptu re garden speech where he went off-script with exaggerated and unverified aims about human trafficking. >> women are tied up, they're bound, duct tape put around their faces, around their mouths. it's at the worst levean trafficking, in the history of the world. >> reporter: pressure from the r ident's conservative base helped sink a similar deal early on in the shutdown standoff wito tonigh 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 id prt. so what happens on february 15th?'s if theo long-term deal? >> we're going to work with the democrats, weing 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 wod bypass
congress and let the administration redirect federal money to build that wall. 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 costlo. 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 aorida. >> i want to belie i pray that the politicians in washington wildo this economy and everybody right by doing the right thing. efore the r: hours president's announcement, the ayutdownas escalating. in the northeast tair traffic reduced to a trickle. >> i wouldn't 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 saw the second zero payche, that probably put so much stress on them.
and they're not fit fo if they are overstressed. >> reporter: new 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 mem work without pay. an irs backlash has also been building. 14,000 workers called in sic this week after being called it back to workut pay. among them laurie wilcox in , utaho 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'vew everked 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 controllers along g with othernment 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 oer major politically charged story dominating headlines. roger ste, the president's long-time adviser, arrested today by the fbi on several counts, including lying to congress. e president reacting by lashing out with an all too familiar attack. we've got it all starting with nbc's pete williams. >> lester, the 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 stepr to the trump campaign, involving a man who's been a friend and confidant of donald trump's for mo than 30 years.st rogee was defiant after a brief federal court appearance in ft. lauderdale, florida, where fbi agents arrested him is th morning and began searching
his house. robert mueller's prosecutors accuse stone of lying congress and urging a friend to lie too. outside the courthouse, stone said he never meant to mislead r any investig >> i will plead not guilty to these charges. i will defeat them in court. i believe thiss 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 hacke by the russians from th clinton campaign and the democrats and passed along to wikileaks which made tusands of them public. court documents say stone bragged to the trump campaign early in the summer of 2016 that wikileaks had documes harmful to clinton's campaign. after wikileaks dumped out its first set of stolen e-mails jusm before the docratic 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 tha clintoaign.
prosecutors say stone then urged a iend to get to wikileaks founder julian assange, living in ecuador's embassy in london. they say stone began urging a radio st, randy credico, who interviewed assange on his program to find out more about 6,at wikileaks had on clinton. in early october 2ourt documents say, a high-ranking trump campaign official asked at about the of future wikileak dumps, and four days later the website released irousands of e-mails stolen from clinton campaign cn john podesta. stone has steadfastly denied knowing ahead of time what wikileaks was planning to release. th i received nothing from wikileaks or frorussians. 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 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
about lying to congress. and threated to take away credico's dog. >> like other mueller indictments, this indictment suggests there's more to come, there are other shoes to drop, h thats looking for other people for similar conduct. >> reporter: stone is on bail now, soon to face mueller' prosecutors in court. pete williams, nbc news, r shington. this is petealexander.t presidtrump tonight ignoring questions about the indictment of his controversial confidant, roger stone, reserving his outrage for twitter, blasting the russia investigation as 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 cades ago. >> roger's a good guy, he is a e patriot, bs strongly in a
strong nation, a lot of the things that i 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'ss roger and whatonald. >> reporter: today no indication that bond has broken. stone saying he will not testify against esident 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 rationship 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. >>veeporter: after those mas protests calling for president nicolas maduro to go, venezuela's crisis is deepening. tonight nonessential american diplomats were seen heading for the airport inaracas. american citizens now warned to leave. although the embassy remains open. all this dividing much of the rld in a cold war-style showdown. the u.s. recognizing opposition leader juan guaido as interim htesident. >> every country oo recognize the venezuelan constitution, the demands of the venezuelan peoe. >> reporter: russia, china, and cuba are backing maduro.y todadueling press conferences by dueling presidents. guaido telng 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 neighboring brazil an urgent search and rescue mission
under way after a dam collapse r at a ore mine filling a town with mud. an estimated 200 peopl missing, and while there were no atficial reports of deaths, there are fears ome 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 me sof 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 nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: from the upper plains to the great la tanking temperatures overnight sending windchills 30 to 40 below. ice jams stacking up across thee on. >> it was me up, i hear all this hanging outside. here comes the ice. not down the river, down the street. >> reporter: in minneapolis this morning, 10 below. coldest day of the season. >> i think you just have to e embr, honestly. i think most minnesotans seem to embrace it overall and that's the goal.
reporter: tomorrow, not much better in the midwest. mub-zero temps forecast again. after a slight wto 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 w eek. >> don't tell me that. i'm not ready. >> reporr: ready or not, the frost goes on. ron mott, nbc news, chicago. and from that we'll turn tod a horrifying at in south carolina. an out-of-control car crashing into a day care filled with cribs in columbia. four infants were taken to the spital. luckily no children were veriously injured. police say the dwill not face charges. in neighboring north carolina, it's being called a miracle tonight. a 3-year-old boy missing since l tuesday foune and well. nbc's gabe gutierrez is there and spokto the first responder
who first saw him. >> this is the mother. >> reporter: in a moment of pure joy, 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 afternoowith two other children. but then he vanished. >> he's walked off somewhe , 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. h >>rd just a crying. so i ran up to toler road and got the officer and i asked them to please comeown and just listen. >> reporter: first responder shane greer got to him first. >> there is no words. >> reporter: he says casey was cold, wet, a asking for his mother. how terrified must he have beeni
ouldn't imagine.or >> repter: greer says the boy had a coat on, which likely saved his life in below-freezin. temperatur he was trapped in a 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? i >> that's diviervention. >> reporter: we're told casey was brout to this hospital for observation, but other than a few cuts and scrapes, he's doing well. ster? >> gabe, what an amazing elrrific outcome to that. still ahead, sdriving cars. the cool new way to get your groceries home. also, an olympic gold medalist faces his balgest chlenge. it's a wakeup call for men's health. those who serve. two men who know wha means and what brought them together. but i'm relentless too. mbc doesn't take a day off, and neither will i. and i treat my mbc with everyday verzenio-
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