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good morning. her story, the woman at the center of the secret service scandal speaks out for the first time giving her version of what happened the night in question in clolombia. fatal fall -- a woman plunges to her death while hang gliding and now police want to know why the instructor ate a key piece of evidence, a memory card, with which could show exact ly what happened on that deadly day. and chain reaction -- surveillance video captures a shocking accident as a bus driver apparently steps on the accelerator instead of the brake causing a pileup and leaving seven people in the hospital "today," saturday, may 5, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. it's a big saturday. we have the kentucky derby, it's cinco de mayo. >> i thought it may have been something else. a lot to get to this morning including the john edwards trial. another week of testimony wrapped up friday. this time a friend of the heiress whose big money helped john edwards hide his affair took the stand. coming up, we'll bring you the riveting day in court which capped off a week of explosive it testimony. >> and then from the catwalk to the courtroom, she's one of fashion's most famous faces but now former supermodel linda evangelista is asking her son's father, a french billionaire, to pay up in child support, pay up big time, because she is asking a reported $46,000 a month. i believe that's more than most people make in a year. >> $46,000 in child support.
they were never married. a lot to talk about there. take a look at this. 32 teens are the newest member of "the guinness book of world records." find out why this iowa class has their friends and family seeing double. you have to look at the picture carefully. we'll talk about it later on. >> as i just mentioned as the day race lovers have been waiting for, the 138th running of the roses. the kentucky derby is later today. and jenna is in louisville with the preview of the first leg of the triple crown. we're going to head live to churchill downs in just a bit. >> we really need mint juleps or margari margaritas. the job numbers, the nation gained 115,000 jobs last month. unemployment is down slightly to 8.1%. but is the news troubling? cnbc's brian shactman joins us now with some insight. good morning. nice to see you. i said only down that many. if you're one of the people that got a job, that's great news. but in the big picture, why are those who watch the things carefully shrugging their shoulders? >> well, two months ago i was
here and we talked about the job market, the number wasn't huge but the trend was positive. the job market was expanding. now, two months later, that job number is smaller and the trend's in the other direction, right? so economists aren't waking up this morning saying the u.s. is going back in a recession. but the truth is, lester, we are in a long recovery and the momentum that makes us feel really good about what's going on. >> wall street took a ding yesterday. was that a direct reaction to these numbers? >> a lot of it had to do with that and there's a lot going on in europe. we have elections in france and greece and uncertainty there. definitely 115,000 is below even some tempered expectations. >> so what numbers should we be at? what should the economy be adding to get us on a pace to back before the recession? >> a lot of people compare this to what happened in the reagan years in the 1980s. and if you is accept that comparison, they were gaining about 400,000 jobs at the same juncture, so we were at 200,000 plus. we felt better. but if you really want confidence in the economy, you want that momentum i touched on,
you want to be 250,000 plus. >> let's break it down. government, i mean, people are losing government jobs. >> and don't expect that to change. i mean, with state, local, federal, government budgets what they are, there's not going to be a lot of growth there. temp jobs is the one that's interesting because historically economists like that number because they think it translates into are more permanent jobs down the road. post recession that correlation hasn't been quite as strong but that's still more of a positive than a negative. >> all of this in an election year. we heard mitt romney speak about these numbers. we herpd the president. it's almost like they were looking at two different pieces of paper. >> that's politics. listen, with president obama, the 8.1% unemployment, he will tout that. we were at 9% last year. it's one of the best numbers in his presidency, 26 consecutive months of job growth so we will tout that and romney will push back it's obviously not enough. >> what's up with oil prices? we watch them go through the roof and they dropped. >> they dropped more than $4 and under $100 a barrel, even went under $99 a barrel.
we talk about that -- with the gas prices eased off of those highs, if we stay at this level and gas comes down even further, a lot of people talk about as a tax cut. put it this way, lester, if you spend $20 less in gas every week, you will spend that somewhere else. it's not great for the oil companies but it's really good for the economy. >> we'll take it. brian shactman, thank you very much. now here's amy. lester, thank you. mao to north carolina where another week of riveting testimony wrapped up in the john edwards campaign finance trial. testimony about how money from an elderly heiress who thought she was supporting edwards' run for the president ended up being used to take care of his mistress. nbc's lisa myers reports. good morning, good morning. >> reporter: it's been a week of high drama. testimony about the anguish of elizabeth edwards. daughter, cate, leaving the courtroom in tears. accounts of ex mretive laced confrontations between edwards and campaign staff over his relationship with rielle hunter. but on friday, a change of pace.
bryan huffman, the decorator and friend of heirress bunny melon told how he became a middleman helping cover up edwards' affair. huffman testified that when melme mellon learned the money she used to help edwards actually was meant to take care of hunter, she didn't condemn him for having an affair. but huffman said she thought that she should probably pay for your girlfriend yourself. >> the jury erupted in laughter, as did much of the courtroom and even the judge cracked a smile. >> reporter: huffman said he and mellon referred to the money for edwards as their furniture business because the payments were disguised as checks to buy furniture. why hide what was going on? mellon didn't want her lawyer to though because he didn't want her to give any more money to edwards. huffman said mellon told him it was the prosecution's star
witness, andrew young, and not edwards himself who asked her for this money. >> that supports the defense theory of the case that this money flow was created by andrew young to line his own pockets not orchestrated by john edwards to cover up the affair in a way that violated election law. >> reporter: edwards denies he broke any laws. later in the day, mellon's lawyer testified that he figured out there was no furniture business after one of mellon's big checks bounced. he took a closer look and was told the money was actually for john edwards. for "today," lisa myers, nbc news, greensboro, north carolina. let's get a check of the other top stories of the morning from cnbc's courtney reagan at the news desk. good morning. good morning to you, lester, amy, everyone. the woman who says she was the escort who triggered the u.s. secret service scandal in colombia has spoken publicly about it for the first tame. 24-year-old dania suarez says if she were a spy she could have easily stolen any sensitive information from the agent while
he slept in the hotel room. she says that she hasn't been questioned by any u.s. investigators. president obama officially kicks off his 2012 re-election campaign today. nbc's mike viqueira has more from the white house. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning, courtney. the president became a candidate officially a year ago but this is the first official campaign event for the president. he'll board air force one at andrews air force base this morning and fly with the first lady to two crucial swing states, ohio and virginia. they're not just key swing states but swing cities. columbus and richmond. these are states that voted for president bush and in 2008 voted for president obama. they are going to be visited quite a lot by both president obama and the presumptive nominee mitt romney. it has the president up by seven points, it is a crucial state considered this year's florida really when it comes right down to it, courtney.
one more thing we'd like to add, mitt romney is down this weekend. he and his wife ann are welcoming their 17th and 18th grandchildren into the romney clan, born to their son just yesterday. courtney? >> mike, thank you. self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks and four accused co-conspirators will be arraigned today at guantanamo bay, cuba. nbc national investigative correspondent michael isacoff is there. >> reporter: now 9/11 families have arrived here this week and just about two hours they will be led into the courtroom here at camp justice for the arraignment of khalid shooek mohammed and four accused of plotting the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people more than a decade ago. we asked one man why he came. >> i'm from brooklyn and, you know what, you face your fight. i want to see him eye to eye. that's the man that killed my sister.
he and the other cohorts or whatever you want to call them. >> reporter: now in past court appearances khalid shaikh mohammed has bragged that he plotted the attacks from "a" to "z," denounced the united states, expressed his interest in becoming a martyr. there are indications that may plan to fight the charges against him. but if history is any guide, this could be a difficult and emotional day are for the families. courtney? >> michael, thank you. a metro bus driver's ultimate mistake is caught on surveillance camera. a newly released security video shows harris hitting the gas instead of the brakes while driving northwest houston. the result was quite a pileup. seven passengers and two other people are expected to fully recover from their injuries. but harris is out of a job. and, finally, jet skiing is a fun way to ensquoi the water around tampa bay. but if you really want to have fun on the water, you need to try fly boarding. the contraption hooks up to a jet ski while nozzles propel you
or through it like a dolphin. they are bigging the product to the u.s. from france. there is nothing like it. i guess not. that's the news. amy, lester, bill, back to you. >> i am such a big klutz. i see myself doing a belly flop. >> jenna tried it. >> did she do well? >> she got beat up. she got hammered. >> that looks painful. >> so you're saying we should give amy a pass. >> i'll pass. courtney, thanks so much. bill karins with his kentucky derby tie on. >> a hot of fun out there, too, to be had. a two-minute race later this afternoon. as far as the weather we, yesterday we had a lot of, heav rain around louisville for the oaks race there. a lot of rain fell it at the track. that has moved to the south. i think things are looking okay for the track. in tennessee or this being nk or the mountains there of south carolina, that's where you'll be dealing with wet weather and a rainy saturday. also a slight risk of strong storms today. watch out from iowa all the way through areas of
good saturday morning to you. we have a chilly start outside the bay area this morning. you'll want to dress in layers because we'll see a lot of sun shiechbl thanks to some north wins, high pressure building in. our temperatures are really going to start to climb on up. around the coast, some mid 60s. inland, we will see highs today near 80. even warmer tomorrow, monday and tuesday, still plenty of 80s inland and trailing cooler the middle part of the week. and that's your weekend forecast. amy? >> bill, thank you. a blind chinese dissident may soon be on his way out of the country and on his way here to study after a tentative deal was reached between the u.s. and china. the details now from nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: for 24 hours chinese police at chen guangcheng's hospital blocked them from seeing the dissident.
finally as the u.s./china summit was ending, an apparent end to the crisis. >> our staff and doctor had a chance to meet with him and he confirmed that he and his family now want to go it to the united states so he can pursue his studies. >> reporter: a ct scan showed chen has three broken bones in one foot. injured while scaling a wall to escape house arrest. but doctors say no other serious medical problems as ian williams reports from beijing. >> reporter: chen remains in this hospital which has been the center of the drama in beijing. he had begun to see it as a prison, sending out ever more frantic calls for help. u.s. officials hope the outlined agreement will reassure him his ordeal is almost over. >> reporter: some republicans still say the u.s. was too quick to let chen leave the safety of the u.s. embassy. >> if those reports are true, that would be a very dark day for freedom. >> reporter: in a call to the
associa associated press, chen said friends who tried to visit him in the hospital were beaten. and his situation is still dangerous, worrying his supporters in the u.s. >> he should have been given more time in the embassy to really think through his options but, again, it was a hurry-up offense to get him out. >> reporter: experienced diplomats say negotiating his exit was touch and go because chen changed his mind about staying in china. after being reunited with his wife and learning how his friends and family had been abused. >> emotions are running high on everyone's part. we have a person who has been in prison for four years, been under really intense surveillance for some months after that. >> reporter: for "today," andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. and now here's lester. >> amy, thanks. now to a puzzling mystery involving a british spy whose body was found in a duffel bag in his apartment. new details are now emerging about the mi-6 agent and his cause of death. we get more now from nbc's
annabelle roberts. >> reporter: the british spy williams was the focus of a court hearing this week looking to determine his cause of death but there is still much about this mysterious case we do not know. williams worked for mi-6, the same featured in the james bond movies. in fact, just before he disappeared he was visiting the national security agency in the u.s. >> williams was working on an important matter of national security. >> reporter: but his death in his apartment left a puzzling crime scene. his body was found two years ago zipped into a duffel bag, padlocked and left in the bathtub. it was summer but the heating was up high and his body was badly decomposed. an expert with a similar physique tried hundreds of times to zip himself into an identical duffel bag but always failed to close the padlock. >> i believe this was a deliberate way of hiding the
body. >> reporter: in his apartment were signs of a fondness for women's clothing. boxes containing $30,000 worth of designer dresses, a woman's wig on a chair. and police admitted data on his cell phone had been erased on the night he died. on wednesday the coroner ruled he was either asphyxiated or poisoned, that he was probably unlawfully killed and that someone else was present. but police have no leads. the last known footage of garith williams was taken hours before he died at the end of his summer vacation. it took his bosses at mi-6 more than a week to report he was missing from work. many questions remain. >> did he die alone? what exactly did he die of? how did he get into the hold and was there a link between his work as a computer hacker for the secret intelligent service and the circumstances of his death? >> reporter: police are continuing their investigations and believe that maybe one of williams' colleagues based here at mi-6 headquarters was in his
apartment the night he died. they're collecting about 50 dna samples from staff members hoping to find a match with the trace found on a towel in his apartment. it has led to a host of c conspiracy theories but as the months passed, this looks to be one mystery that may never be solved. and now here's amy. >> lester, thank you. the 138th running of the kentucky derby will get under way later today at churchill downs. and that's where we find jenna wolfe who joins us now with a preview of the first leg of the triple crown. good morning, jenna. hey, amy. how are you? so here we are at churchill downs. it's a little bit wet. the track is a little bit sloppy, but we are 11 hours away from race time. so i'm properly caffeinated and good to go. i am joined by someone who knows more about this than any one of us here, a member of our nbc fami family. this is donna brothers.
donna, you are on track reporter here. we were supposed to be on horses this morning. why don't you explain why we can't be on horses today. >> well, they closed the track. we got a lot of rain overnight. so when that happens, the track superintendent will close the track in the morning because he sealed it overnight, and by that i mean he's taken like this big squeegee, this extra big squeegee and just squeezed out the water and they like to keep it sealed and packed down so as the rain comes in it just rolled off the top of it. they'll open the track this afternoon. the rain is out of here. that's the great news. they'll open up the racetrack it to the races today, but it was still racing a bit this morning so they didn't want to get more water on it. >> the question most asked when it comes to weather and the track, how will this affect the track for tonight's derby? >> by the time we get to the derby they'll see a fast track. they do a great job at churchill downs. it's great dirt because of the mixture of it. i think it will be fine by derby. >> what do you think of the fie field? any big differences that stand
out from last year's field? >> this is the best quality field we've had in a long time. the best race for 2-year-olds is at the end of the year called the breeders' cup juvenile and seven of the horses that ran in the breeders' cup juvenile are coming back into the derby. we watched these horses run for a while. the one, two, three, fourth lace finishers from the breeders' cup juvenile are back again but the favorite is bodemeister who never even raced at two so we have some new horses in there, too. >> i have to ask who you like. bodemeister was the favorite and then to union rags. it's going back and forth. who do you like and who is picked to win this? >> so bodemeister is the morning line favorite. mike even said that he thinks in the early wagering union rags will be the favorite but at post time he reports that bodemeister will be the favorite. i can't pick a horse, jenna. i will be there with the winning jockey after the race and happy for whoever wins it. it will mann a lot to whoever wins it but something a little different for all of them.
so i have my head wrapped more around what it will mean 0 to them. >> you've been doing this so many years. you come in here on a morning like this, yeah, it's wet, but everyone is getting started and the energy is starting to stir. does any of this get old for you. >> no. i can't believe thts going to be my 12th kentucky did derby. when i realized that the other day, i mean, every single one seems so fresh because it's new hors horses, new people. it's just great every time. >> obviously you will stand here with me the next 11 hours and we will have some blythe chitchat and talk horse racing. >> we are going to ride the horse after the race. >> what she said. that's going to be it from here. donna, thank you so much for joining us. really always appreciated. we'll send it back to studio 1 is-a and amy. >> i always cheer for the name i like best. i like bodemeister. that's a fun one. >> go for it. i just say go for it. that's my analysis. >> what she said. thanks, jenna. and now here is lester. fans are mourning the loss of an american music pioneer, adam yauch of the beastie boys
died after a long battle with canc cancer. the three musicians sold 40 million records and helped define the music of the '80s. here's nbc's charles hadlock. ♪ you have the right to party >> reporter: it was the party anthem that helped bring hip-hop to a pop music audience. >> they opened up mainstream america for rap. ♪ >> reporter: adam yauch was 17 when he first got together with friends in brooklyn to form a band. ♪ >> reporter: they would become known the world over as the beastie boys. their first album "license to ill" was released in 1986 and quickly went lat number. ♪ i'm trying to tell you now sabotage ♪ >> reporter: one of six albums to do so. they hit number one four times. ♪ >> reporter: and sold 40 million records worldwide setting the
stage for future acts. >> any hip-hop artist today, they're driving down a road that run dmc and the beastie boys built together. >> reporter: yauch known by mca first told his fans in 2009 that he was sick. >> about two months ago i started feeling this little lumlump in my throat. >> reporter: it turned out to be cancer of the salivary glands. by this past april yauch was too sick to attend the beastie boys induction into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. band members michael diamond and adam horowicz accepted the honor without their friend. >> the first thing you think of when you think of the beastie boys, you think of snot-nosed add lolescent kids. and the interesting thing is that they grew up. >> reporter: yauch was 47. he is survived by his wife and their daughter and his music. for "today" charles hadlock, nbc news, atlanta. we're back in a moment but, news, atlanta. we're back in a moment but, first, this is "today" on nbc.
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still to come on "today," an anniversary gift turns tragic when a woman dies while hang gliding. the question is, does the pilot have something to hide? and then it is the fastest two minutes in sports and your horse's spot in it the gate could make a difference. secrets of the kentucky derby coming up.
>> we're looking at a long-term drying area. it's chilly. you'll need a jacket. especially out by livermore and gill roism low 40s 678 but you can lose the jacket by 8:00. a sign that we'll see drier air. the storm track moving further up the west coast. today, upper 70s to low 80s. a little bit cooler into san francisco and the coast. still some 60s today. but tomorrow we're going to start to warm up. clear skies tonight, which is great, because look up in the sky, it's super moon. tonight we're going to see a full moon, about 14% larger, which means it's 30% brighter. tonight actually the official brightest full moon of the year. you can see our temperatures to wrap up the weekend. 70s on the coast. it's gorgeous everywhere. sunshine from the coast to our valleys. monday the warmest day.
we'll clear off wednesday. >> all right. we are looking forward to that super moon. also looking forward to cinco de mayo celebrations. san jose police are digging in for a long weekend. they are on standby in case anything happens this weekend. what they want to avoid is this scene from 2006 where crowds got out of control and trashed parts of the city. again that was 2006. 56 people were arrested that year. several businesses had windows broken. downtown business owner shawn wofford will not take any chances. >> i plan on being there just an hour or two later to see if the crowd will be rough or if everybody will be mellow. i'll keep an eye on my business. >> san jose police will beef up around king and story roads, the heart of the mexican-american community in san jose.
this morning, some north bay teenagers were lucky to be alive. a vehicle crashed yesterday, three of them were taken to the hospital with major injuries. two had minor injuries. the chp says they were not wearing their seat belts. san francisco police are looking for a hit-and-run driver this morning. police say the driver of a mustang ran a red light, causing a cab to crash into a building. more local news in 30 minutes. corner of the world,
look at that. our thanks to a great group of folks who decided to spend part of their morning with us. a cheery group out there. we'll head out to say hi in just a bit. first inside studio 1-a i'm amy robach along with lester holt. coming up in this hour, hiding a key piece of evidence. >> investigators are trying to figure out if mechanical or pilot error was to blame when a 27-year-old woman died during a hang gliding experience. their key piece of evidence is a
memory card in a video camera, but it was eaten by the pilot. what was he trying to hide? it's a strange story. we're going to tell you more about it coming up. all right. and then the secret service scandal. the woman at the center of the secret service scandal is speaking out for the first time giving her version of events that night in colombia. we'll tell you what she had to say coming up. then they are off a little bit later this afternoon. 20 horses will get into the starting gate at the kentucky derby. jenna is live at churchill downs this morning. jenna, good morning again. good morning, lester and amy. so weather has been a pretty big factor all last night and this morning. we had some pretty severe torrential thunderstorms. a lot of thunder and lightning all last night. onto the tracks this morning it looks like most of if is pushing out. the tractors are out there squeegeeing the water official, which is an official horse term i learned, you guys. it looks like things should be good and ready for post time later this afternoon. coming up this half hour, we're
going to go behind the scenes. we know what it takes for the horses to prepare for a race like this. what about the people and the media and everything like that? we'll go behind the scenes with the track announcer and fb else. that's coming up in the next half hour. we'll send it back to you guys. >> sounds like a cool experience. we look forward to that, jenna, in a few. we begin this half hour in canada where the hang gliding invuk tore is out on bail after one of his customers plummeted to her death but what makes this case so shocking is the instr t instructor was arrested for eating a key piece of evidence that could shed light on what really happened during that flight. here is nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: for lenami godinez-avila it was an anniversary gift, a hang gliding trip one week ago from the top of mt. woodside in western canada. investigators say the wide went horribly wrong as she clung to the pilot. >> i could see her starting to slip down his body. finally she got to the feet and tried to hang on and obviously couldn't hang on for that much
longer. >> reporter: that pilot, john orders, is seen here in video from her previous flight this time authorities say his passenger plunge d nearly 1,000 feet to her death. investigators are checking whether she was properly strapped in. the story then took a bizarre turn. the pilot was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. >> the card comes out quite easily. >> reporter: the hang gliding company recorded flights on this one. the memory card might have shown what really happened. according to court documents, the pilot swallowed it. >> this has obviously been a very unique case for us, and we can't lose sight of the fact somebody here lost their life. we'll have to see where the evidence leads us. >> reporter: legal proceedings were delayed for days while authorities used x-rays to track the card as it pass ed through his system. it finally did and on friday he appeared in court. he was granted bail and is expected to be released on monday. >> all i can say to you at this point is he is cooperating to
the full extent with the police. >> reporter: while some data recovery experts think the card may be salvageable, others aren't so sure. >> i don't think it will be recoverable but it's a highly sensitive device prone to failure and if his teeth bit down on the thing and broke the actual memory chip itself, the data will not be recoverable. >> reporter: data that could reveal whether this 27-year-old's death was due to faulty equipment or human error. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, los angeles. >> hard to know what to say coming out of that one. time now for another check of your saturday forecast from bill clarence. bill, good morning. good morning to you, amy. many areas of the country will be very hot today. one area is ohio. welcoming all the people back here. as far as the forecast goes, we already talked about the rain that is moving out of the louisville area. that's good. there's a very hot weekend under way. record highs possible in oklahoma and also texas, possible record highs in areas of south carolina and maybe even upstate georgia. the weekend forecast, the rainy weather today tennessee into
areas of north carolina, south carolina, we're also going to be dealing with severe storms later this afternoon. watch out areas from omaha all the way back up there into southern minnesota and then tomorrow those severe storms shift do and we're seeing a cool start around the bay area. 40s and 50ss for now. things will be warming up nicely as you watch the giants game this afternoon. a little breezy out there at the ballpark. tomorrow, and into monday, will be the warmest days of the next seven, as we'll see temperatures in the 60s on the coast, upper 60s to low 70s. coast in the 7 0s. now this young man missed his prom yesterday, and it's your birthday and you're looking for someone to kiss so, i mean, we could have a little match made in heaven here. who knows? well, back to lester and amy.
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joining us now from west des moines, iowa, are allison and emily, caylee and kyle, school relationships specialist laurie piatt, and the rest of the school's twins. good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> and a big congratulations is in order. laurie, i want to ask you, what was your reaction when you heard the news you had set the record? >> we were just really excited. everybody has been great this whole time. really a team effort with the parents and our administrators especially our principal who is supposed to be here in my spot but is home sick today. >> so you were the lucky winner, laurie. this has been a very long process with a lot of paperwork and documentation. you oversaw much of that process. when did you first realize, you know what, we have a shot at this, we might win? >> well, registration started in the fall, our administrators kept seeing twins walking through the door. we didn't really think anything of it until kayly and kyle's dad
mention mentioned to us that we might have a record so we dug into it and started counting and contacted guinness and did all the paperwork and here we are. >> well, it's a great place to be and you are surrounded by twins. i want to bring in one of those twins, allison. i know everyone who doesn't have a twin always wishes they did because we hear about the special bond you share. there's this notion that you can complete each other's sentences. now among all of you, the 32 of you, is there a common trait you share as a group, and what's it like to be around so many other twins? >> well, it's nothing really to think about to be around all sets of twins because we've grown up with that through eleme elementary school and junior high. but i would say we share together like we're all close in a way, but we're all different. so it's just like your twin is who they are and then you be with them -- you're with them all the. but sometimes you just need your
space and then you know that from them. >> everybody needs their space. all right. what's the best thing about being a twin? i know we heard that individuality is an important thing to stress but what's the best thing? >> my favorite part is that me and my brother just are really close and we -- i can tell him anything and can always tell each other -- and it's always fun to have somebody be around. it's also fun because we are in all the same classes. so we have the same teachers and the same assignments so we can work together on stuff, divide and conquer, i guess. >> an instant best friend and study partner. that's great. kyle, i know you have heard this before, 16 sets of twins in one class, is there something in the wa water in des moines? >> i don't know. >> that's a fair answer. everyone always wants to know what's the deal with des moines,
how did you all come up with this many twins. emily, you guys are only freshman. you have four years to go. any ideas about setting any new world records is this you have already conquered this one. you might have some other plans. >> well, they were talking about the most in a school but we're not for sure yet what we're going to tray to do. >> i think you've proven you can do a lot. we want to thank all of you for waking up so early and coming on to the show. congratulations again, everyone. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> bye-bye. all right, coming up next the kentucky derby hike you've never seen it before. jenna shows us what really goes on behind the scenes at churchill downs. but first these messages. i'm gonna make you breakfast. what? with magic. you are? see the egg? uh huh. so, look at the orange. now close your eyes. ♪ alakazaam! [ sighs ] you're good. and now i'm gonna make this flower bloom.
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wow! [ charlie ] well, it's one thing seeing them built, but then to see them out here, pulling freight across america, it makes us proud. ♪ as we've been talk iing abo all morning it's the 138th running of the kentucky derby gets under way later in louisville. >> it takes a lot more time and effort to get to that starting gate. jenna is at churchill downs this morning and joins us with the behind-the-scenes look at today's preps. jenna, good morning. hey, guys, good morning to you again. yes, this is undoubtedly the biggest horse race of the year. for the horses, they train three years for this race. for the humans, they train slightly less to get ready for the telecast but it's still a lot. the good, the bad, and the things that may surprise you on center stage here at churchill downs.
it's just after sun rise here at churchill downs, time ticking away before the kentucky derby. ♪ one early morning >> ask any trainer here and they'll tell you the horses know it's race day. >> on a normal day at the racetrack you don't see these crowds of media, cameras everywhere, so that would be the difference for them is just the magnitude of people that are surrounding them. >> they're not, however, as well versed in how race day comes to be. take, for instance, where they come out of the gate. >> they're off in the kentucky derby. >> three nights before the race, there's a drawing to determine which horse starts where, and it's about the only time a horse doesn't want to be number one. >> as far as the post position draw, the dreaded number would be one. there's 20 horses in the kentucky derby and the one post up against the rail has not had success in the derby.
>> while the horses learn their positions, over at the media compound, the fleet of nbc sports trailers are already lined up. ♪ saddle up sthoet >> there's easily about 70 miles of cable coming. our announcers, our production staff, our engineering staff, our runners, 250 people. >> did you include knee that? >> 251. >> okay, 251 people. step inside the makeshift control room and the numbers for this two-minute race may surprise you. i see there are three people in here. is this real work or fake work? sorry, i had to ask. it kind of lookses like you're doing fake work. how many cameras will you have? >> about 41 cameras. >> 41 cameras to capture everything. and to call everything, nbc sports triple crown announcer larry collmus. >> animal kingdom and john velasquez to win the derby! >> larry's calling his second
kentucky derby. at his first last year, he admits he had a case of the shaky knees. >> one thing i noticed when the horses were going around the turn, my legs were like quivering. and so my only concern was don't fall down. >> so this year practice will make perfect. >> i'll take the actual race that is are going on on a thursday or whatever day it is and just call those races with the actual horse that is are running in them but i'm calling it to myself. >> meanwhile, back at the stables, there's an interesting culture all its own. horse business is not always funny business. >> racetrack people are absolutely superstition minded. one thing the trainers particularly, a lot of them don't want their horse's picture taken right before a race. trainers don't like too much $50 bills around the barn. peanuts, no peanut shells, a sign of bad luck. >> no peanuts, no problem. millions of dollars at stake.
millions of people watching all boiling down to the most exciting two minutes in sports. >> just a packed house. it's such a thrill. >> and there is one element missing interest the behind-the-scenes piece and that is the hat situation. why i didn't bring that up, there's a good reason for that. last year i was here at the derby. someone had me put a hat on, and i realized very quickly, my head is not designed for a kentucky de derby hat. look what happened last year. >> that looks like a sombrero. >> yeah. i don't understand what happened. there's a good chance i put it on wrong. i'm not really sure. but i was not even going to touch that this year. the hats are beautiful. it's an absolutely perfect tradition. just apparently it doesn't go well. >> i see you in a beret. >> i think you should have brought that back out because it's cinco de mayo. >> okay. you guys just keep piling on the jokes. i get that.
great jokes. again, me and hat, not going to happen. >> you opened the door. let's be honest. >> go for it. you guys have all morning long. they're going to keep coming. it's all good. you have my blessing. >> all right, jenna, thanks very much. >> let's go out on the picture. >> there we go. we're back in a moment. pull on those gardening gloves. and let's see how colorful an afternoon can be. with certified advice to help us expand our palette... ...and prices that give us more spring per dollar... ...we can mix the right soil with the right ideas. ...and bring even more color to any garden. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. lay down a new look, with earthgro mulch, now three bags for just $10.
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rob mayeda. our forecast is perfect for any of your celebrations. >> it is. it's going to be an interesting day when you look at how cool the temperatures are right now. 40 in gilroy. 43 in livermore. so it's chilly, you'll need a jacket. but we should see a jump of almost 40 degrees warmer by the afternoon. we're starting to see north winds pushing in through the north bay and through the delta. a sign of high pressure building to the west. this is going to start a warm-up that's really going to start picking up. by lunchtime, mostly 70s around the bay area. i do think we'll have a chance of getting close to 80 today inland, warmer tomorrow and monday. the coast in the 70s. so a gorgeous weekend for any of your outdoor plans, especially come tomorrow. >> hopefully they're not work plans. hopefully they're just play plans. new this morning, a small earthquake overnight, a 4.1 magnitude quake hit about four miles east of the geysers this
morning. the area surrounding the geysers is the single largest geothermal field in the world and continually produces small quakes. no reports of injuries or damage in this one. a whale is finally free this morning. fishermen are being credited with saving its live. the crew helped free the gray whale from ropes, nets and buoys. they say this is the same whale first spotted off the coast of orange county on april 17. thursday the fishermen say they used 12-foot bamboo poles with hooks to untangle the mess. typically tampering with whales is a violation of marine mammal protection act, but in this case, federal officials say the crew is exempt under the good samaritan clause. cool 678. here's your chance to work out with a biggest loser trainer. a wellness fest call work out in the park is heading to san
francisco today. he will share his motivational tips on how to reshape your body and life. the event will be held at little marina green today. we have more ahead for you. more local news coming up in 30 minutes, including a late night takeover robbery at a bay area spa. the latest details on that. all of today's news coming up for you at 7:00.
good morning. her story, the woman at the center of the secret service scandal speaks out for the first time giving her version of what happened the night in question in colombia. fatal fall -- a woman plunges to her death while hang gliding and now police want to know why the instructor ate a key piece of evidence, a memory card, with which could show exactly what happened on that deadly day. and chain reaction -- surveillance video captures a shocking accident as a bus driver apparently steps on the accelerator instead of the brake causing a pileup and leaving seven people in the hospital "today," saturday, may 5, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. and it's a big saturday. we've got the kentucky derby. it's cinco day my oh. everyone. a good day for everyone. >> i thought it may have been something else. a lot to get to this morning including the john edwards trial. another week of testimony wrapped up friday. a friend of the heiress took the stand. coming up, we'll bring you the riveting day in court which capped off a week of explosive it testimony. >> and then from the catwalk to the courtroom, she's one of fashion's most famous faces but now former supermodel linda evangelista is asking her son's father, a french billionaire, to pay up in child support, pay up big time, because she is asking a reported $46,000 a month. i believe that's more than most people make in a year. >> $46,000 in child support. >> a month. yes. >> they were never married.
>> lots to talk about there. then, take a look at this -- 32 teens are the newest member of "the guinness book of world records." find out why this iowa class has their friends and family seeing double. you have to look at the picture carefully. we'll talk about it later on. >> as i just mentioned as the day race lovers have been waiting for, the 138th running of the roses. the kentucky derby is later today.
outside the white house. transplant shock claimed the life of the national christmas tree. workers with the national park service will remove the colorado brew spruce today. they've already found a replacement tree, though, also a colorado blue spruce planted in october in plenty of time for this year's lighting. and take a look at the moon. super sized. 14% larger and 30% brighter than any other full moons this this is because the moon's orbit will
be 50,000 miles closer to earth. astronomers say the best moon near the horizon near sunset. catch it while you can. the next won't be until 2029. that's the news. now back to lester outside the plaza. i hope to see that if i'm still awake. >> i saw it last night and it was incredibly bright. can't wait to see it tonight. thanks for that. another check of the weather. bill karins out here with the crowd as well. >> thanks, lester. big day today derbiwise. lot of heavy rain last night. the most important part of this forecast. we are watching the rain clearing out and could stay dry through almost the entire day. if you're down in southern kentucky or tennessee vain headed your way throughout the morning. the derby forecast, i've low arare erred down to temperatures around the bay area hour by hour through 8:00,
should see the numbers climbing through the 50s. still ol on the coast. northwest winds ten to 20 miles per hour today. turning a bit gusty around the coast in some of our north bay hill tops throughout the afternoon. some of the warmer places, upper 70s to near 80. the coast should get close to the 80s. a bit cooler tuesday and wednesday, but the temperatures staying very mild and dry through friday. we're welcoming wisconsin finest today. plum city senior class. the world's not ending, we're just taking over. jonathan actually wants to be a weatherman. the most important thing we do, toss back to the anchors. we're going to let you do that. >> now back inside -- to amy. >> wow. >> all right. thank you. the woman caught up at center of the secret service scandal is speaking out for the first time giving her version of events about what happened that night in colombia. nbc's mark potter has details.
>> reporter: for the first time since the prostitution scandal erupted at this hotel in cartagena, colombia, three weeks ago is woman identifying herself at dania suarez is speaking publicly. during a paid interview on a colombian radio network suarez says she was the escort at the center of the scandal whose confrontation with the man she later learned was an agent over his refusal to pay her fee through authorities and sparked the investigation. speaking in spanish suarez says it was obvious. i can't believe he would be so dumb or so stupid to think i wasn't going to charge him money. she was also asked whether she could have posed a risk to the president's security. her answer, if i had wanted to, or if i had been part of one of those terrorist groups, it's obvious i would have been able to get everything. in the interview, suarez said the agent and two other men with him were drinking heavily that night. she also said after the scandal
blew up she fled to dubai fearing for her safety and that of her son. during all that time, she says, she has never been contacted by u.s. officials investigating the scandal. a point of concern to a leading congressman briefed on the investigation. >> this woman is absolutely essential to the investigation, since she's the one who actually created the initial conflict that brought the whole house down. she's the one who wa involved at the very center of this whole case and the secret service has not been able to interview her. >> reporter: u.s. secret service will not comment on the suarez interview. in the wake of the scandal, nine personnel there are leaving the agency. representative king says one agent failed a polygraph test. the pentagon says the investigation of 12 u.s. military personnel is completed now, awaiting final review. for "today," mark potter, nbc news, miami. and now here's lester. >> all right, amy, thanks. a handful of exotic animals have been returned to an ohio farm months after causing a statewide panic. courtney reagan is back now with
details. courtney. >> hi, lester. two leopards, two monkeys, and a grizzly bear are the only survivors after dozens of exotic animals were turned loose on the community months ago, right before their owner committed suicide. and now that these animals are back home, the community is speaking out. we should warn you that some of the images you are about to see are disturbing. >> i think popular opinion of our citizens is they really don't want them back here. >> the animals arrived caged in a horse trailer. it was a tame homecoming compared to the wild scene back in october when police were called to hunt down and kill il dozens of exotic animals after their owner, terry thompson, opened their cages before killing himself. lions, tigers and bears were roaming free from thompson's farm, terrified neighbors called 911. >> yeah, there's a lion on mt. perry road. >> i'm pretty sure i just saw a wolf. >> we live next to terry thompson and there's a bear and a lion out. >> locals have been complaining about thompson for some time. he had been convicted of animal cruelty and on weapons charges.
over 50 wild animals were caged up on his property. >> these animals obviously were out of their pens and out of their cages, but were now outside the fenced-in property. >> police killed 48 animals. >> those animals included one wolf, six black bears, two grisly bear grizzly bears, nine male lions, eight lionesses, one baboon, three mountain lions and 18 tigers. >> six were captured and taken to the columbus zoo for treatment, one leopard died there. friday thompson's estranged wife, marianne, brought the five survivors home. under ohio law she can keep them there. the state is working on a law that controls dangerous and exotic animals but right now only local authorities have any say over how those animals are kept, and that has concerned neighbors on both sides of the fence. >> there's nothing wrong with bringing the animals back. they're her animals. give them back to her. >> the kids, they don't understand what they're supposed to do when some sort of animal
like that gets loose and is on the prowl. >> ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban new ownership of exotic animals. the bill is reportedly on track to pass the state legislature this month. >> all right, courtney, thank you. coming up, supermodel linda evangelista suing selma hayek's husband for child support to the tune of a reported $46,000 a moh. we'll get details on the baby drama next. k. [ woman #2 ] even my laundry started to get a funny smell. [ female announcer ] got a bad odor in your high-efficiency washer? clean it with tide washing machine cleaner. [ female announcer ] three uses will help remove odor-causing residues and leave your washer clean and fresh. to help maintain your he washer, use tide washing machine cleaner once a month and always wash with tide he detergent, specially formulated for proper he performance. tide washing machine cleaner. clean laundry starts with a clean washer.
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now to a story that has all of the hakings of a harlequin novel, sex, money, and of course a baby daddy. but this one is real and it involved a supermodel, an a-list celebrity and a frieench tycoon. nbc's michelle franzen joins us now. >> a lot of people are asking is this a case of how could it come to this? the millionaire supermodel and the billionaire business mogul were never married and dated only briefly when she became
pregnant. the two have never been able to reach an agreement over child support for their son and is looking to a judge to decide. supermodel linda evangelista hurried past the crush of cameras. and took the stand in the child support trial against french billionaire francois-henri pinault. she is asking for a reported $46,000 a month to care for their 5-year-old son auggie, a child conceived during their brief romance. >> he says they really only saw each other seven times. her lawyers are claiming that he wanted her to get an abortion. he's saying that it's not true. >> reporter: in court evangelista's attorney says she has been a single mom from the start, footing all the bills from full-time nannies to armed bodyguards needed for her son's row tex. in testimony, pinault admitted once he heard she was pregnant he decided to stop the relationship. when asked why he didn't pay
child support for the first few years, he testified, quote, she didn't ask and i didn't offer. but pinault's attorney says in recent years he has tried to work out an agreement outside the courts. p pinault is now married to actress selma hayek and they have a 4-year-old daughter, valentina. he is the ceo of a luxury fashion conglomerate that includes gucci. evangelista made millions as one of the top supermodels of the '80s and '90s. back then she was quoted saying, we don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day. after leaving the fashion world, she made a comeback in the past decade, but her contract with l'oreal recently ended and v evangelista told the courts she has not received many new modeling offers. >> her money went down a whole lot and she could not afford to take care of auggie the way she always had. her lawyers are saying, look, he has another child he's taken
very good care of. why can't he do do the same for his son augustine. >> we reached out to attorneys representing evangelista and pinault but did not hear comment. meanwhile this trial continues monday with evangelista set to take the stand again. >> all right, michelle franzen, thank you. we appreciate it. still ahead we head to churchill downs. what's the best gift you can give mom ? a powerful connection. with this droid razr by motorola on verizon 4g lte stay in touch with your loved ones on skype. plus, enjoy verizon's 4g lte network in more places. the droid razr you want, one powerful connection on america's largest 4g lte network. that's real value. give mom the droid razr by motorola. only 99.99. the lowest price ever. verizon. hola, mama. it's my mom.
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names can be a lifelong source of pride or a lifelong source of strife. just ask my friend medusa. turns out horses are no different. they come from a pool of names that are anenedless possibility. >> and they're off in the kentucky derby. >> of all the games horses play, the name game isn't one of them. >> i'm mr. ed. >> unlike tv star mr. ed, most horses don't have a say in what they're named, which leaves horse owners to make some interesting choices. among the names in this year's derby field, daddy long legs, daddy nose best, and hansen. no, no, not that hanssen. this one. so what exactly is in a name? >> well, a lot of them will take the name from the sire. we had a horse whose sire was grand slam and i named him
agassi. >> some names have sex appeal. take mucho macho man, mr. hot stuff, or hid night interlude. others have some sort of pirate appeal. >> arrr in front coming down to the wire. >> we consulted nbc sports triple crown announcer larry collmus whose encounter with two fateful names resulted in one of racing's classic calls. >> my wife knows everything and the wife doesn't know are moving together on the far turn. those two horses ended up running against each other and finishing first and second in the same race. my wife thoughs everything, the wife doesn't know, they're one and two. of course they are. they were going at her. my wife thoughs everything. the wife doesn't know. my wife knows everything. more than the wife doesn't know. i was shaking my head, i can't believe this is actually going on. i didn't want to mess it up. >> mess it up or break into uncontrollable laughter.
now take the name hoof hearted and try to say that three times fast. >> hoof hearted. >> wasn't me. last year at churchill you could watch me go at brilliant speed with my pants on fire. in the meantime, this year i'll have another. everybody thinks, ah great, it's about drinking. well, it actually is named after the owner's wife always makes chocolate chip cookies and he always says to her, i'll have another. >> if you had would horses, a jenna and a lester -- would you be happy those two were in your field, they would be easy to call? >> they would be easy to call because we know jenna would win. >> it is a no-brainer, larry. >> to win the derby! >> and, with that, now i'm done talking. yeah, that's a horse name, too. amy, i know you mentioned earlier that you pick horses
base based on names. i scoured all of yesterday's and today's 25 races, there is no amy, jenna, or lester anywhere in it. so what's plan "b," you guys? >> plan "b" is to show your hat again. >> i think so. it's cinco de mayo and so appropriate. >> that's plan "x." that is a disaster. >> we're here for you. >> that's bad stuff right there. >> you look good, jenna. >> good stuff. coming up tonight, the -- actual actually this afternoon you can watch the kentucky derby here on nbc. [ sneezes ] ♪ got it all. here. have a good day, honey. i love you, ok. bye, mom. [ female announcer ] sam's mom is muddling through her allergies. what can she do? she can get answers at walgreens. with guidance and information to help her make informed choices for her allergy needs. like zyrtec -- with the strength of 24-hour zyrtec, you get relief from your worst allergy symptoms, indoors and out. right now, get a 40 count bonus pack for just $19.99. ♪ find answers at walgreens.
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