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this morning on "early today," fear factor. police arrest two white men suspected of a deadly shooting spree in a black neighborhood. signing off. remembering veteran newsman mike wallace, dead at the age of 93. >> and 100 years later, a cruise ship retraces the path of the titanic's ill-fated maiden voyage. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and a very good morning to you. welcome to on you vurers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with behind bars. authorities in oklahoma have
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arrested two white men in connection with a shooting rampage that left three black men dead and two others injured. one of the suspects reportedly expressed anger online over his father being shot and killed by a black man. nbc's frances kuo has details. >> reporter: acting on an anonymous tip early sunday morning, police arrested 19-year-old jacob carl england and 32-year-old alvin lee watts. >> we were desperate for leads, and that's why we made some very pointed requests of our community to come forward, and they did. >> reporter: the arrests came two days after the shootings that left neighborhoods in north tulsa in fear. police believe the victims were targeted at random. >> it sickens me. it angers me. this is not what tulsa, oklahoma, is about. >> reporter: the two are expected in court later this week, each facing multiple counts of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. >> our investigation always includes social networking sites. >> reporter: on a facebook page
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appearing to belong to 19-year-old england, posts made just hours before the shootings refer to the second anniversary of his father's murder in tulsa. police have not indicated any motive in the killings. >> it is very premature to talk about hate crimes. we have yet to analyze all the information to understand the motivations. >> reporter: as the investigation continued on easter sunday -- >> but, father, we've come together because we think of the families. >> reporter: members of the community joined in a prayer service, honoring the victims with roses. a tragedy now mixed with some sense of relief with sunday's arrests. frances kuo, nbc news. television legend mike wallace is being remembered today. the reporter and interviewer who spent 38 years on "60 minutes" at cbs died at the age of 93 on saturday. his family was at his side at a care center in connecticut where he lived the last few years. wallace reportedly said he wanted his epitaph to read
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"tough but fair." nbc's brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: mike wallace was a tv giant who cut the rich and powerful down to size. >> when we talk about dictatorship -- i'm wagging my finger at the president of china. >> reporter: as the iconic inquisitor for "60 minutes" on cbs, it was wallace who grilled china's president after the tiananmen square massacre and ayatollah khomeini during the iran hostage crisis. >> i heard president sadat say on american television that the imam is a disgrace to islam, and he used the word "lunatic." >> reporter: when mike wallace asked questions, the world waited for the answer. >> some of our great leaders would not have been, perhaps, great television personalities. >> reporter: but wallace was in a tv career that spanned six decades. >> the mike wallace interview. >> i'm ready any time you want to repeat the stupid question.
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>> reporter: he had a knack for making people squirm. >> you like this, that 40 million people have to see me like do this. >> reporter: not even friends were safe. >> and you really didn't need that question. >> reporter: but he did. hard questions that occasionally cracked the public facade of newsmakers. >> but i am the man who made the peace. >> reporter: mike wallace, a quintessential newsman who covered his century like few others, dead at 93. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. in politics, the republican presidential candidates were not campaigning on easter sunday. and today rick santorum has no campaign events planned. he's spending time with his wife and ailing 3-year-old daughter bella who has a rare genetic condition and is back in a hospital. newt gingrich admitted yesterday he is far behind his rvials, and his campaign is deep in debt. the former house speaker said mitt romney was his party's most likely nominee, but gingrich insisted he is still staying in the race. now here's a look at some other stories making news early
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today in america. in california a tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of gas burst into flames after being hit by a car. it happened at the intersection of two major freeways, shutting one of them down for hours. the driver of the car that hit the big rig has been arrested for drunk driving. no one was hurt. in gary, indiana, two trains collided sunday, and 15 cars derailed as a result. a faulty switch gear is being blamed. one worker broke his leg. those living within a mile of the crash are being asked to stay in their homes while clean-up crews bring heavy equipment in and out of the area. there is no sign any hazardous materials were on board. finally in new york, it is the one day each year people don't mind getting sacked. this weekend's international pillow fight day was held in more than 100 cities around the world. organizers say it's about getting people outside and about being social, but one city, los angeles, canceled this year's pillow fight over fears that it would destroy a newly installed lawn.
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too bad for them. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. wasn't that you in the video? >> yes. >> i think i saw you. >> about 2:00, my pillow and i had a big night, and it won. i woke up from a nap about 3:00. >> ba dum bum. well, i hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. it was a beautiful weekend. we just got done with the warmest march ever recorded, going back to 1895 for the lower 48. so far january, february and march are the worst three-month periods, the warmest three-month period we've ever seen. we've had our first billion-dollar disaster with the tornadoes that hit indiana, illinois and kentucky in the beginning of march. we've seen a big storm system off the coast.
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nothing is moving across the country. everything has just stalled out. what you're dealing with is what you're going to get. until this storm begins to move toward the coast on tuesday and wednesday, we'll see clouds but not a lot of rain. this is going to be a slow-moving system. california will have a chance of rainy think tuesday, wednesday and thursday. right now just showers for ft. bragg northward. but the majority the west will be dry today. tomorrow you won't be quite as lucky. trying to warm itetter chance o the system moves slowly towards the coast tuesday. and you have family in the vegas area. it's been cool, a cool spring. >> i was going to say, it's been really cool. the west coast has been cool in general. >> that's the exception, not the rule. >> i know. all right. crunching the job numbers.
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the tumbling price of o.j. and important news for chocolate lovers. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, reportedly hurting for cash, what lindsay lohan did to raise money and the new accusation that could put her back in hot water. overtime, extra innings and a shot for the agesoday."."
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a very good morning to you. welcome back to "early today." i'm veronica de la cruz. here are some of your top headlines this morning. north korea is going ahead with preparations to launch a long-range rocket later this month, despite a ban on missile activity. foreign journalists were invited satellite in earth orbit. activists claim more than 40 people were killed in syria yesterday as the violence there continues, and the syrian
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government has raised new demands which may jeopardize a planned cease-fire between army troops and rebel groups. the pakistani army say there may be no survivors after an avalanche buried 135 people at a military complex near the indian border. a u.s. team of experts was sent to help the pakistani search effort. queen elizabeth has appointed prince charles' wife camilla, the duchess of cornwall, to the highest female rank in the royal victorian order. today is the seventh wedding anniversary for camilla and charles. and as we approach the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the titanic, relatives and victims and survivors were among those leaving england yesterday on a cruise to new york to recreate the trip. they will hold special memorial services to mark the moment the ship hit an iceberg and sank. well, the u.s. markets were closed friday for the good friday and passover holidays, but here's an early look at how wall street finished up the day after the trade at thursday. the dow closed at 13,060 after
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losing 14 points. the s&p was down a fraction. the nasdaq was up 12. taking a look at overseas trading this morning in tokyo, the nikkei dropped 142 points, while in hong kong, the hang seng dipped 197. today's reaction to friday's disappointing jobs report could be a hint as to whether last week's losses were just a pause or the start of a downward trend for stocks. already this morning, doubts about the strength of the recovery in the world's largest economy drove asian markets lower as a bigger than expected rise in china 's inflation. friday's payroll data showed the u.s. added 120,000 jobs last month, well short of the expected 200,000. but in a potential twist in market logic, weak hiring could be good news if investors believe it will trigger another round of quantitative easing from the fed. after the bell tomorrow, earning season kicks off with the aluminum maker alcoa, followed by google, jpmorgan, and wells fargo later this week. elsewhere, fresh trade and inflation data will be closely
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watched for the impact of rising oil and gas prices. over the past two weeks the price of gas rose 4 cents, bringing the national average to $3.97 for a gallon of regular. elsewhere frozen orange juice futures have dropped to their lowest level in nearly six months amid strong supplies and weak demand. at&t has avoided a walkout by some 40,000 landline workers agreeing to extend talks with the union officials. the two sides failed to agree on a new contract yesterday. sony will reportedly slash its global work force by about 10,000 as early as the end of this year. and, finally, gadget-loving chocoholics rejoice. thanks to the world's first commercial 3-d chocolate desktop printer, you can now churn out your very own chocolate designs for just under 4,000 bucks. huh. the knicks return, the tigers claw the red sox in extra innings, and the pirates stun the phillies. plus, an amazing shot out of
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the woods sets up bubba watson for the win at augusta. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. and after a beautiful holiday weekend, we are watching severe storms this afternoon. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, he's never taken a golf lesson in his life, and thanks to a trick shot when all seemed lost, now bubba watson's wardrobe boasts a green jacket. here's nbc's mario solis with an early morning look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning to you. the final round of the masters started with history and finished with a shot for the ages. to augusta, south african louis oosthuizen with one for the history books. his approach on the par 5, second hole, is a thing of beauty. we sped it up for the sake of time. the ball hits the fringe and just keeps on rolling toward the hole. the first double eagle on the second hole in master's history. in the blink of an eye, oosthuizen has a two-shot lead. bubba watson would make up the difference and force a playoff. after shanking his tee shot on the second playoff hole, he's left with an impossible shot out of the woods. keep in mind the green is to the right and behind the tree. bubba breaks out the hook shot and nails it. drops it about ten feet from the hole.
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he would bogey, leaving watson with a double putt for the green jacket. bubba watson, with an easter sunday to remember, wins the masters in dramatic fashion. not bad for a guy who's never taken a golf lesson in his life. nba, knicks and bulls. pick it up in the final seconds of the fourth. carmelo anthony stops and pops from beyond the arc to tie the game. then in overtime it's anthony again from the same spot. he had 43. knicks spoiled derrick rose's return. they win it, 100-99 in o.t. from overtime to extra innings, red sox and tigers. boston takes the lead in the 11th, but detroit takes it right back in the bottom of the frame. alex avila with the walk-off home run. tigers win it, 13-12. red sox are 0-3. to cinci for more. late inning heroics, after jay bruce ties it with the second homer of the game, scott rolen ends it. a shot to hanley ramirez. he can't handle it. in comes a winning run. reds rally to beat the marlins, 6-4. are you starting to see a trend here? another game, another walk-off, this time by the pirates. ninth inning, two outs.
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one on for andrew mccutcheon, and he delivers. rbi single to deep center. let the celebration begin. buccos knock off the phillies, 5-4. and that's your look at sports on "early today." i'm mario solis. box office winners and losers. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, normally flash mobs don't have a greater purpose, but coming up, we're going to show you one that was meant to last a lifetime. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today" on this monday morning. hope you had eye wonderful holiday weekend. we are watching a system off the west coast. it's just sitting there spinning. we'll be left with a lot of clouds and occasional showers. a mild air mass with 89 in vegas, 94 in phoenix. you'll stay warm and dry. especially california as we go into tuesday, that storm moved on shore. rain chances increase a lot. if you're watching us on kath-tv in alaska, ironic structure in vivid color, that's clouded visions at the main street gallery. >> beautiful picture and they're breaking records in alaska, right? >> yeah, anchorage just set their all-time snowiest winter. >> 132 -- >> some crazy number. >> yeah. >> all right, thanks, bill. here's a look at this
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morning's headlines in entertainment news. this weekend at the box office, "the hunger games" rolled to its third straight number one finish. 33.5 million also sent "hunger games" over the 300 million mark in total earnings. "american reunion" coming in second. and then "titanic 3d" finished third with almost $17.5 million. consider this. it cost $18 million to convert the film to 3d. already, bill, worldwide, it's made $61 million. >> it's made a lot. but i can't believe how much it cost to convert it. >> i know. finally, on formal probation for less than two weeks, and lindsay lohan has been accused of getting into a nightclub fight with another woman. maybe she should just listen to the judge when she said, quote, stop the nightclubing, focus on your work. that isn't all because lohan is reportedly so broke, last week
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she sold a truckload of designer clothes to an l.a. clothing recycler, and she got $16,000 for it. hmm. this now comes to us from channel 3 news this cleveland where a soldier on leave from afghanistan thought that she was going to go out for a drink with her boyfriend, but he had a few surprises waiting first. she was treated to a flash mob of dancers at the club they went to. then she started noticing the mob included their friends. you know what's going to come next. the boyfriend popped the question. she said yes. no word if their wedding will include a flash mob as well. i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station.
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in china, aquarium staffers celebrated a milestone for one of their own. the country's first artificially bred polar bear turned 100 days old. making her debut on new year's day, the cub has grown strong and healthy, now weighing 40 pounds. zpoort despite being rejected by her mother at birth. local children participated with the guest of honor before serving her a slice of cake. in one mountain village outside, mexico easter is celebrated with fire and explosions. the burning of judas, jesus's betraying disciple, representing the triumph of good over evil. the flaming figures made by competing neighborhoods which can take as long as two
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months to build and costs up to $5,000 dollar go up in smoke in just a matter of minutes. wow! and one easter tradition in germany celebrated the egg a little differently. for 80 years these individuals have spent easter sunday tossing eggs as far as they can. each participant picks a painted hard-boiled egg, gets one throw and is disqualified if the egg breaks. winners are picked in five age categories. the local birds, they're winners, too, because they get to eat all the broken eggs. how do you do that without it cracking? >> oh, well, they're hard-boiled. you know. >> i know, but -- >> maybe they break in your hand a little bit as you're throwing. >> all right. cool tradition. time for an early look at some of the stories we're going to follow throughout the day on nbc. the president and first lady will host the 134th annual white house's easter egg roll themed "let's go, let's play, let's move." it will host 135 guests it consists of games, stories, and
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the traditional egg roll on the white house south lawn. in chicago the man accused of murdering jennifer hudson's mother, brother, and nephew in 2008 is set to go on trial. the presiding judge will begin jury selection proceedings, a complicated task due to hudson's celebrity status. the singer is expected to testify later in the trial. and playboy founder hugh hefner turns 86 years old today. happy birthday. all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news." finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. in a "today" exclusive, hear from a former colleague of an nfl cheerleader turned teacher who's accused of sexually abusing a teenaged student. and tom brokaw pays tribute to his friend and colleague mike wallace, looking back at his illustrious career. now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm veronica de la cruz. thank you so much for watching
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"early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. hope you had a nice easter. happy monday.

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