Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – January 10, 2019 | NBC Nightly News

>>> BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT PROTESTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS THE FIRST PAYCHECKS ARE NOW CUT OFF

PAY STUBS SHOWING ZERO DOLLARS FOR FEDERAL WORKERS THIS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HITTING SO MANY FAMILIES HARD >> I UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AT STAKE I UNDERSTAND I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S BIGGER THAN JUST MY PAYCHECK

BUT IT IS MY PAYCHECK >> TONIGHT, PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE BORDER AND HIS CLAIM TODAY THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE >> I WOULD SAY MEXICO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT OBVIOUSLY I NEVER SAID THIS AND I NEVER MEANT THEY'RE GOING TO WRITE OUT A CHECK >> BUT THAT WAS EXACTLY HIS CAMPAIGN PLAN HE RAN ON

>> THEY MAY EVEN WRITE US A CHECK BY THE TIME THEY SEE WHAT HAPPENS >>> ALSO BREAKING, THE PRESIDENT'S FORMER LAWYER, MICHAEL COHEN, WILL TESTIFY PUBLICLY BEFORE CONGRESS PETE WILLIAMS HAS LATE DETAILS >>> AN ALARMING SURGE IN DRUG OVERDOSES AMONG MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN >> IT IS OUR MOMS AND OUR AUNTS, OUR GRANDPARENTS, OUR COLLEAGUES, THE PEOPLE WE GO TO WORK OUT WITH

>> TONIGHT A SILENT EPIDEMIC >>> CONTROVERSY ERUPTS OVER THE KETO DIET SO MANY TRYING IT FOR THE NEW YEAR A FAMOUS TRAINER SAYS, NOT SO FAST >>> A HEART-STOPPING SAVE

A BUS DRIVER RUNNING ACROSS TRAFFIC TO RESCUE A BAREFOOT TODDLER WANDERING IN FREEZING COLD ALONE ON A HIGHWAY NOW CLIMBING THE BILLBOARD CHARTS >>> GOOD EVENING WE'RE ON THE EVE OF WHAT COULD BE A GUTCHECK MOMENT IN THIS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN STANDOFF THE PAIN HITS HOME TOMORROW FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FEDERAL WORKERS WHO WON'T RECEIVE THEIR SCHEDULED PAYCHECKS PAWNS IN A POLITICAL TUG OF WAR

TODAY AS PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUNDED CRISIS ALARMS ON THE BORDER, POSING WITH HALLS OF SMUGGLED CONTRABAND, GOVERNMENT WORKERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TOOK TO THE STREETS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THEIR OWN MORE IMMEDIATE CRISIS PAYING THE BILLS TOM COSTELLO STARTS OUR COVERAGE >> Reporter: FROM DC

TO UTAH TO KENTUCKY, THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS WERE TODAY DEMANDING AN END TO THE SHUTDOWN >> SHUT THE SHUTDOWN NOW! >> Reporter: WORKING WITHOUT PAY, 3,000 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WHOSE JOBS ARE ALREADY STRESSFUL TODAY RECEIVED THEIR FIRST PAY STATEMENTS, ZERO DOLLARS >> ON BEHALF OF MORE THAN 61,000 PILOTS OF THE AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION, WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH YOU >> Reporter: PILOTS AND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TODAY JOINED HUNDREDS OF CONTROLLERS ON CAPITOL HILL

AMONG THEM NEWARK CONTROLLER BILL STRIFFLER WORRYING ABOUT PAYING THE BILLS >> WE HAVE THE MORTGAGE, CAR LOAN, CELL PHONE, ELECTRIC, GAS, YOU KNOW, UTILITIES NOW WE DON'T HAVE — WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO COST US ONCE THE BABY'S HERE >> Reporter: BACK HOME IN NEW JERSEY, BILL'S WIFE TERESA IS EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD NEXT WEEK, A DAUGHTER >> IT COULDN'T BE ANY WORSE TIMING

WE WANT TO BE FOCUSING ON BRINGING THE BABY MOMENT, NOT WORRYING ABOUT WHEN AND IF HE'S GOING TO GET PAID >> Reporter: WORKING WITHOUT PAY, 51,000 TSA OFFICERS, 4,000 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EMPLOYEES, 13,000 FBI AGENTS THE AGENTS UNION WARNED TODAY WITH 5,000 FBI EMPLOYEES ON FURLOUGH, NATIONAL SECURITY AND INVESTIGATIONS ARE AT RISK IN NEW MEXICO, THOUGH, NASA CONTRACTOR JIMMY CISCO ISN'T GETTING PAID BUT SAYS HE DOESN'T CARE >> BECAUSE I STAND BEHIND MY PRESIDENT

I BELIEVE WHAT HE'S DOING IS RIGHT I BELIEVE WE NEED THE BORDER WALL >> Reporter: IN UTAH, SINGLE MOM SHELBY HARRIS, AN IRS WORKER WITH THREE KIDS, HAS A TOUGH CHOICE TO MAKE >> ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR MEDICATION? OR ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR LAUNDRY DETERGENT? >> Reporter: TOMORROW THE SHUTDOWN CONTINUES TOM COSTELLO, NBC NEWS

>>> OF COURSE NOT JUST THOSE FEDERAL WORKERS GOING WITHOUT PAY SO MANY OTHERS WHO DO BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OR RELY ON ITS SERVICES ARE CAUGHT IN THE PINCH TOO TODAY I HEARD STORIES FROM A CROSS-SECTION OF THOSE IMPACTED TONIGHT THEY'RE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE >> YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK ON YOUR BANK STATEMENT AND THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE ANYTHING THERE? >> PROBABILITY, YES, THERE WON'T BE ANYTHING THERE

I TAKE CARE OF MY FOUR CHILDREN MY FIANCEE IT'S SCARY TO KNOW WHERE MY NEXT PAY IS COMING FROM >> Reporter: WE MET SHABE ESQUIRDO, TSA TRAINING INSTRUCTOR AT JFK AIRPORT HE SAYS HIS KIDS ARE HAVING THE TOUGHEST TIME

>> I HAVE AN 11-YEAR-OLD AND SHE ASKED ME, SHE SAID, DADDY, WILL YOU EVER GET PAID AGAIN? >> Reporter: CHRIS DWYER WORKS FOR HUD, A MILITARY VETERAN AND A VET OF OTHER SHUTDOWNS, NOW HE AND HIS FAMILY AGAIN ON THE EDGE >> I UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AT STAKE I UNDERSTAND I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S BIGGER THAN JUST MY PAYCHECK BUT IT IS MY PAYCHECK

YES, I WILL BE HURTING AFTER TWO CHECKS >> AT SOME POINT WILL YOU HAVE TO FIND OTHER WORK? >> ABSOLUTELY I MEAN, YOU KNOW — UNEMPLOYMENT WILL EVENTUALLY RUN OUT >> DO YOU FEEL LIKE PAWNS IN ALL THIS? >> OH, YEAH >> Reporter: AND IT'S NOT JUST FEDERAL WORKERS TAKING A HIT

25% OF THE GOVERNMENT IS CLOSED >> IN THIS BUILDING WE'D BE ABLE TO MAKE UP TO 10,000 BARRELS PER YEAR — >> Reporter: INCLUDING THE AGENCY THAT WOULD GIVE MICHAEL ROOSEVELT A LICENSE TO EXPAND HIS BREWERY WHEN SHOULD SHUTDOWN HAPPENED, DID YOU FOR A MOMENT THINK THIS COULD IMPACT YOU DIRECTLY? >> THE FIRST WEEK OR, SO I DIDN'T GIVE IT MUCH THOUGHT >> Reporter: NOW ALL THAT NEW EQUIPMENT GATHERING DUST >> WHAT BANK IS GOING TO LEND ME MONEY, AFTER THE FIRST TIME THEY LENT ME MONEY, I WASN'T ABLE TO PAY IT? >> DO THESE EVER WORK, THESE SHUTDOWNS? >> NO

>> FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE? >> THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO GET HURT IS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC >> AS ANGER GROWS, PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITED THE BORDER TODAY TO PUSH FOR THE WALL, WHILE QUESTIONS ARISE ABOUT WHETHER THE STEEL SLATS HE'S MOST RECENTLY PROPOSED WILL DO THE JOB NBC'S PETER ALEXANDER HAS BEEN TRAVELING WITH THE PRESIDENT >> Reporter: FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP, A SHOW AND TELL AIMED AT CREATING URGENCY TO GET HIS LONG-PROMISED BORDER BARRIER BUILT >> THEY NEED A BARRIER, THEY NEED A WALL

IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT, IT'S GOING TO BE NOTHING BUT HARD WORK AND GRUELING PROBLEMS AND BY THE WAY, AND DEATH AND DEATH A LOT OF DEATH >> Reporter: PRAISING THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES

>> THEY HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB NEVER SO MANY APPREHENSIONS EVER IN OUR HISTORY >> Reporter: IN FACT, NATIONWIDE, APPREHENSIONS ARE WAY DOWN FROM THEIR PEAK IN THE EARLY 2000s ABOUT THAT SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN PROMISE — >> WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WALL? >> MEXICO! >> WHEN I SAY MEXICO'S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WALL, DO YOU THINK THEY'RE GOING TO WRITE A CHECK FOR $20 BILLION OR $10 BILLION OR $5 BILLION OR 2 CENTS? NO THEY'RE PAYING FOR THE WALL IN A GREAT TRADE DEAL

>> Reporter: IN THIS 2016 MEMO CANDIDATE TRUMP SAID HE'D COMPEL MEXICO TO MAKE A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $5 BILLION TO $10 BILLION TO THE US FOR THE WALL >> THEY'LL PAY THEY'LL PAY IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, THEY MAY EVEN WRITE US A CHECK

>> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT PUTTING THE FOCUS NOT ON FEDERAL WORKERS WHO WON'T GET A PAYCHECK TOMORROW BUT ON FAMILIES WHOSE LOVED ONES WERE KILLED BY UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS >> WHAT MY FAMILY'S GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW, I DO NOT WANT ANY OTHER FAMILY, LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSON, TO GO THROUGH THAT >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP WARNING IF THE STALEMATE STICKS, HE'LL DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY >> IF THIS DOESN'T WORK OUT, PROBABLY I WILL DO IT I WOULD ALMOST SAY DEFINITELY

>> Reporter: TONIGHT THE PRESIDENT PERHAPS SIGNALING A LONGER SHUTDOWN, CANCELING HIS TRIP TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND, STILL MORE THAT 10 DAYS AWAY PETER ALEXANDER, NBC NEWS, McALLEN, TEXAS >>> I'M JACOB SOBOROFF AT THE BORDER THIS IMAN OBTAINED EXCLUSIVELY BY NBC NEWS SHOWS HOW VULNERABLE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL COULD BE IT'S THE RESULT OF A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TEST ORDERED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION

EIGHT PROTOTYPES WERE CREATED TO HELP THE PRESIDENT DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF WALL TO BUILD MILITARY AND BORDER PATROL WERE TASKED WITH BREACHING THEM USING VARIOUS TOOLS THE PRESIDENT SAYS HIS DECISION WAS A COMPROMISE >> IT WILL BE A STEEL BARRIER RATHER THAN A CONCRETE WALL >> Reporter: THIS STEEL SLAT PROTOTYPE SLICED WITH A SAW

CRITICS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BORDER POLICY SAY NO BARRIER, INCLUDING STEEL JUST LIKE THIS, WILL DO ANYTHING TO SOLVE THE HUMANITARIAN OR SECURITY CRISIS BEFORE HE HEADED HERE TODAY THE PRESIDENT DISPUTED THAT AND RESPONDED TO NBC NEWS' REPORTING >> THAT'S A WALL THAT WAS DESIGNED BY PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS >> Reporter: WHILE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS DID USE THE DESIGN, THE PROTOTYPES WERE BUILT DURING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ALL EIGHT WERE BREACHED DURING TESTING

DHS SAYS WHILE THE DESIGN CURRENTLY BEING CONSTRUCTED WAS INFORMED BY WHAT WE LEARNED IN THE PROTOTYPES, IT DOES NOT REPLICATE THOSE DESIGNS TONIGHT MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VULNERABILITY OF ANY TYPE OF BORDER WALL JACOB SOBOROFF, NBC NEWS, HIDALGO, TEXAS >>> WITH THE PRESIDENT AT THE BORDER THERE ARE LATE TURNS IN THE FIGHT BACK IN WASHINGTON OVER THE PRESIDENT POTENTIALLY DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND GOING AROUND CONGRESS TO GET THE BORDER WALL MONEY KRISTEN WELKER HAS DETAILS

>> Reporter: TONIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE MIGHT DO IT >> I HAVE THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY THE LAWYERS HAVE SO ADVISED ME >> Reporter: AN ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL TELLS NBC NEWS, WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS ARE NOW PREPARING THE LEGAL JUSTIFICATION >> WE'RE EITHER GOING TO HAVE A WIN, MAKE A COMPROMISE, BECAUSE I THINK A COMPROMISE IS A WIN FOR EVERYBODY, OR I WILL DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY

>> Reporter: DEMOCRATS ALREADY THREATENING LEGAL ACTION >> THAT RAISES A SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE THAT CAN BE ONLY RESOLVED IN THE COURTS >> Reporter: MANY REPUBLICANS URGING CAUTION >> I DON'T WANT TO SEE A DECLARATION OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY >> Reporter: LATE TODAY REPUBLICAN LINDSEY GRAHAM ACCUSING DEMOCRATS OF REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE AND SAYING THE PRESIDENT SHOULD USE EMERGENCY POWERS TO FUND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WALL

THERE HAVE BEEN 58 NATIONAL EMERGENCIES DECLARED SINCE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT WAS PASSED, GIVING PRESIDENTS THE AUTHORITY TO GO AROUND CONGRESS IN A CRISIS EVERYTHING FROM THE IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS TO 9/11 IT'S A TWO-STEP PROCESS FIRST A PRESIDENT DECLARES A NATIONAL EMERGENCY BUT IN ORDER TO REDIRECT PRE-EXISTING FUNDS, THE PRESIDENT THEN HAS TO CITE THE SPECIFIC EMERGENCY POWERS HE'S ACTIVATING

>> MIGHT THAT BE CHALLENGED IN COURT? PROBABLY WHO WILL PREVAIL? THAT'S A VERY DIFFICULT QUESTION COURTS ARE RELUCTANT TO SECOND-GUESS PRESIDENTS ABOUT ISSUES SUCH AS THIS ONE >> Reporter: THREE US

OFFICIALS TELL NBC NEWS ONE OPTION PREPARED FOR THE PRESIDENT, TO USE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THEIR FUNDING, INCLUDING SOME WHICH HAD BEEN SET ASIDE FOR DISASTER RELIEF, TO BUILD 315 MILES OF BORDER WALL LESTER? >> KRISTEN WELKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THANK YOU >>> IT'S HARD TO BREAK THROUGH THE SHUTDOWN DRAMA CONSUMING WASHINGTON BUT THE NEWS LATE TODAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FORMER LAWYER, MICHAEL COHEN, WILL TESTIFY PUBLICLY BEFORE CONGRESS DID JUST THAT AS PETE WILLIAMS REPORTS, IT COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC MOMENTS OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY >> Reporter: MICHAEL COHEN HAS AGREED TO APPEAR BEFORE A HOUSE COMMITTEE FEBRUARY 7th, A MONTH BEFORE HE REPORTS TO PRISON

IT'S A POWERFUL SIGN THAT DEMOCRATS NOW CONTROL THE HOUSE, CALLING AS THEIR FIRST BLOCKBUSTER WITNESS THE MAN WHO SAYS IT WAS HIS DUTY AS DONALD TRUMP'S LAWYER QUOTE TO COVER UP HIS DIRTY DEEDS COHEN SAYS HE'LL GIVE A FULL AND CREDIBLE ACCOUNT OF THE EVENTS WHICH HAVE TRANSPIRED HE'LL UNDOUBTEDLY BE ASKED ABOUT EFFORTS TO BUILD A TRUMP TOWER IN MOSCOW HE NOW SAYS WENT ON WELL INTO THE CAMPAIGN, AND ABOUT ARRANGING HUSH MONEY PAYMENTS TO TWO WOMEN WHO CLAIM THEY HAD AFFAIRS WITH MR TRUMP, SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT HAS DENIED SINCE PLEADING GUILTY LAST MONTH, COHEN HAS SAID HE WANTS TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND

>> I AM DONE WITH THE LYING I AM DONE BEING LOYAL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP >> Reporter: BUT ASKED TODAY ABOUT HIS FORMER LAWYER TESTIFYING, THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAS CALLED COHEN A NOT VERY SMART LIAR, EXPRESSED NO CONCERN >> I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT AT ALL, NO >> Reporter: HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL PUSH TO QUESTION COHEN IN A CLOSED SESSION TOO

PETE WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON >>> TONIGHT, CONTROVERSIAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING UNDER FIRE FOR ASKING HOW THE TERM "WHITE SUPREMACIST" BECAME OFFENSIVE REMARKS SOME IN HIS OWN PARTY ARE NOW CALLING RACIST NBC'S KASIE HUNT CONFRONTED HIM ABOUT THOSE COMMENTS AND HAS THE DETAILS >> Reporter: IN AN INTERVIEW WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES," REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING DEFENDING WHAT HE CALLED THE CULTURE OF AMERICA, WHITE NATIONALIST, WHITE SUPREMACIST, WESTERN CIVILIZATION, HOW DID THAT LANGUAGE BECOME OFFENSIVE, KING ASKED, ACCORDING TO THE PAPER

LIZ CHENEY, A MEMBER OF HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, SLAMMING THE COMMENTS TWEETING THEY ARE QUOTE ABHORRENT AND RACIST >> HOW COULD YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT WAS OFFENSIVE? >> WHAT I WAS REALLY TALKING ABOUT WAS THE CONTINUATION OF APPLYING LABELS ONTO PEOPLE AS FREELY AS THEY ARE I REJECT WHITE NATIONALISM, I REJECT WHITE SUPREMACY IT'S NOT PART OF ANY OF IDEOLOGY I REJECT ANYONE WHO CARRIES THAT IDEOLOGY

>> WHY DID YOU SAY IT? >> THAT WAS IN THE CONTEXT OF A LONG INTERVIEW WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES" >> Reporter: IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT KING SAID, "UNDER ANY FAIR POLITICAL DEFINITION I AM SIMPLY A NATIONALIST" BUT HE DID NOT SAY HE WAS MISQUOTED >> DID THE "TIMES" MISQUOTE YOU? >> I DON'T THINK I CAN ANSWER THAT CLEARLY I'LL JUST SAY I HAVE RESPONDED TO THIS AND I THINK YOU UNDERSTAND WHERE I STAND

>> Reporter: JUST LAST YEAR KING TWEETED THIS PHOTO FROM HIS ANNUAL PHEASANT HUNT SAYING DIFFERENT BREEDS OF DOGS INDICATED DIVERSITY HIS RHETORIC SEEMS TO BE CATCHING UP TO HIM YESTERDAY A PROMINENT IOWA REPUBLICAN ANNOUNCED HE'S RUNNING AGAINST KING IN NEXT YEAR'S PRIMARY KASIE HUNT, NBC NEWS, THE CAPITOL >>> TO THE ALARMING NEW REPORT ABOUT THE OPIOID CRISIS

THE CDC WARNING OVERDOSE DEATHS AMONG WOMEN, ESPECIALLY MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN, ARE SKYROCKETING NBC'S KATIE BECK HAS THE STORY IN OUR "ONE NATION OVERDOSED" SERIES >> Reporter: DUSTIN LOST HIS MOTHER, PEGGY, TOO SOON SHE DIED IN 2014 AT 56 YEARS OLD >> SHE WAS PRESCRIBED SOMETHING

THAT SHE WAS TOLD WAS SAFE AND OKAY TO USE >> Reporter: OXYCONTIN FOR A KNEE INJURY TURNED TO CRIPPLING ADDICTION HER LAST YEARS OF LIFE SPENT DESPERATE FOR THE DRUG AND WITHDRAWN FROM HER FAMILY >> SHE WAS ALONE WHEN SHE DIED SHE WAS NOT DOING WELL, OBVIOUSLY, PHYSICALLY OR I THINK MENTALLY

>> Reporter: WOMEN LIKE PEGGY THE FACE OF AN ALARMING TREND OVERDOSE DEATHS AMONG WOMEN AGES 30 TO 64 SOARING 260% UP IN THE LAST TWO DECADES THE BIGGEST SPIKE IN MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN >> IT IS OUR MOMS, AUNTS, GRANDPARENTS, COLLEAGUES, THE PEOPLE WE GO TO WORK OUT WITH

>> Reporter: WHILE MEN ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM AN OVERDOSE, NUMBERS SHOW WOMEN MORE AT RISK THAN EVER EXPERTS SAY A POPULATION OFTEN RELUCTANT TO ASK FOR HELP >> THE LAST THING THAT ANY WOMAN I'VE EVER MET WANTS TO SAY IS, I'M IMPERFECT I'M NOT OKAY >> Reporter: HIS ADVICE, KEEP TRYING TO GET THEM THE HELP THEY NEED

>> EVEN THOUGH MY MOM'S STORY ENDED IN A TRAGIC WAY, THERE ARE OTHER STORIES THAT DON'T >> Reporter: KATIE BECK, NBC NEWS >>> TO PENNSYLVANIA AND THE COLD CASE KIDNAPPING THAT WAS CRACKED AFTER 20 YEARS DNA EVIDENCE FINALLY LEADING TO A SUSPECT BEING CHARGED HERE'S NBC'S RON ALLEN

>> IT'S A WHIRLWIND OF EMOTION >> Reporter: PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE TROOPER JEFFREY BROCK SAYS THE KIDNAPPING AND RAPE OF A LITTLE GIRL HAUNTED HIM FOR 20 YEARS HE CARRIED A PICTURE OF THE UNNAMED 10-YEAR-OLD, SNATCHED AT GUNPOINT ON HER WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL, RAPED, AND LEFT ALONE BY THE SIDE OF A ROAD >> I JUST NEVER FORGOT HER >> Reporter: IN CUSTODY NOW, TIMOTHY DAVID NELSON, AGE 50, CAUGHT POLICE SAY WITH THE HELP OF NEW TECHNOLOGY

BACK IN 2004, THE SUSPECT'S DNA, PRESERVED FROM THE CRIME SCENE ON A PAPER BAG, WAS MATCHED WITH OTHER CASES IN THE NATIONAL DATABASE IT WASN'T UNTIL LAST MONTH, NEARLY TWO DECADES LATER, A SPECIAL FBI UNIT WAS ABLE TO LIFT A FINGERPRINT FROM THAT OLD EVIDENCE AND CALLED BROCK TO SAY THEY HAD THEIR MAN >> I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY >> Reporter: POLICE SAY NELSON HAD BEEN ARRESTED IN ANOTHER STATE HE FACES 23 CHARGES, INCLUDING KIDNAPPING, RAPE, INDECENT ASSAULT

BROCK SAYS HE SHARED THE NEWS WITH THE VICTIM AND HER FAMILY >> IT'S THE CLOSURE THAT I — IF I HELPED IN THAT, THEN IT'S ALL WORTH IT >> Reporter: SOME 20 YEARS LATER, FINALLY, CASE CLOSED RON ALLEN, NBC NEWS >>> ALSO TONIGHT, ARE YOU ON THE KETO DIET? WHY A CELEBRITY TRAINER IS SOUNDING AN ALARM

>>> SHOCKING VIDEO, A BABY WANDERING ALONE NEAR A HIGHWAY AND WHO CAME TO THE RESCUE >>> NEW CONTROVERSY OVER THE KETO DIET AS SO MANY PEOPLE MAKE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS TO SHED A FEW POUNDS KETO IS ALL THE RAGE NOW A FAMOUS TRAINER SAYS YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK TWICE HERE'S MORGAN RADFORD

>> WHY WOULD ANYBODY THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA? >> Reporter: NOT PULLING ANY PUNCHES CELEBRITY TRAINER JILLIAN MICHAELS SLAMMING THE POPULAR KETO DIET >> BAD PLAN >> Reporter: THE HIGH-FAT, LOW-CARB DIET THAT'S THE CRAZE AMONGST CELEBRITIES >> I WANT TO BE A BEACON FOR AGING GRACEFULLY

>> Reporter: SHORT FOR KETOGENIC, THE DIET RECOMMENDS CUTTING DOWN ON CARBS HOPING TO FORCE YOUR BODY INTO A FAT-BURNING, KETOGENIC STATE, SOMETHING SHE SAYS DEPRIVES YOUR BODY OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS >> WHEN YOU DO NOT EAT ONE OF THE THREE MACRO NUTRIENTS, YOU'RE STARVING YOURSELF >> IS IT NECESSARY TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN MODERATION? IS IT SAFE TO ESSENTIALLY WIPE OUT ONE OF YOUR FOOD GROUPS? >> MODERATION IS THE KEY TO EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DIET ONE OF THE BIG THING IS MAKING SURE YOU GET ENOUGH FIBER IN YOUR DIET >> Reporter: A 40-YEAR STUDY OUT TONIGHT SHOWS PEOPLE WHO EAT HIGH FINER AND WHOLE GRAIN DIETS HAVE LOWER RISK OF DEATH, HEART DISEASE, AND DIABETES

EXPERTS AGREE THAT ANY DIET PROMOTING EXTREMES IS NOT HEALTHY LONG-TERM >> AVOID THE KETO DIET COMMON SENSE BALANCED DIET IS KEY >> Reporter: MORGAN RADFORD, NBC NEWS, NEW YORK

>>> THE BABY WANDERING ALONE, THE RESCUE CAUGHT ON CAMERA >>> IT COULD HAVE ENDED IN TRAGEDY ALARMING VIDEO OF A CHILD WANDERING ALONE ON A HIGHWAY OVERPASS AS RON MOTT EXPLAINS, AN ALERT BUS DRIVER CAME TO THE RESCUE AND IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME >> Reporter: BUS DRIVER IRINA IVICH KEEPS HER EYES PEELED AT ALL TIMES, NEVER EXPECTING TO SEE THIS, A BAREFOOT TODDLER WANDERING ALL ALONE ON A COLD MILWAUKEE BRIDGE

STUNNED, SHE STOPPED THE BUS AND RACED ACROSS THE STREET TO GET THE CHILD IRINA BROUGHT THE FRIGHTENED LITTLE GIRL ONTO THE BUS, HOLDING HER TIGHT >> THE BABY WAS SO SCARED AND CRIED >> Reporter: TODAY HONORED FOR HER SERVICE NOT THE FIRST RESCUE

MILWAUKEE BUS DRIVERS HAVE FOUND NINE LOST KIDS OVER THE YEARS AUTHORITIES SAY THE TODDLER'S MOTHER LEFT HER OUTSIDE INTENTIONALLY SHE WAS LATER TURNED OVER TO HER DAD >> IF I FIND MYSELF IN SAME SITUATION, I WILL, OF COURSE, AGAIN HELP, ALWAYS >> Reporter: A PICKUP OF A LIFETIME, DRIVING COMPASSION HOME

RON MOTT, NBC NEWS >> AS A GRANDDAD, I KNOW "BABY SHARK" QUITE WELL HENRY, HOPE YOU'RE WATCHING THAT'S "NIGHTLY NEWS" FOR THIS THURSDAY I'M LESTER HOLT