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i like to say there is always a bull market somewhere. i promise to try to find it just for you on "mad money." i'm jim cramer. i'll see you tomorrow. this morning on "early today," dimon in the rough. the ceo of jpmorgan chase prepares to face shareholders in the wake of a $2 billion trading loss. up, up and away. a russian spacecraft carrying a three-man crew heads to the international space station. and strike a pose. a new york woman shatters the record for world's oldest yoga a new york woman shatters the record for world's oldest yoga teacher. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with in the hot seat. jamie dimon faces stock holders
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today for the first time since admitting the bank lost millions of dollars due to risky bets made on his watch, a practice he reportedly encouraged. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with those details. good morning. >> good morning. the big question today, can he hold on to his job? some analysts think yes because even though this has been quite a challenge for the company, he's been considered a near genius before now on wall street and investors, some of them analysts say, won't want to go on without him. >> reporter: today, jpmorgan chase ceo jamen dimon faces shareholders for the first time since admitting risky hedging led to a $2 billion loss. >> we're still going to earn a lot of money this quarter. it isn't like this company is jeopardized. >> reporter: his job could be. on today's agenda, whether to split the company's chair and ceo. dimon holds both positions. elizabeth warren, a massachusetts senate candidate, who designed the consumer
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financial protection bureau, said dimon should give up his board seat at new york's federal reserve. >> this is about accountability. at some point you have to be accountable and you don't get to be in a position of public trust when you're engaging in practices you yourself describe as sloppy and stupid. >> reporter: the bank has lost over 12% of its value in just five days, but analysts say it will survive. >> one-one thousandth of the bank is $2 billion, it doesn't mean a thing. they're going to earn something like 15 to $20 billion this year. >> reporter: on "the view" president obama emphasized this time taxpayers were not left holding the bag. >> you could have a bank that isn't as strong, isn't as profitable, making those same bets, and we might have had to step in and that's exactly why wall street reform is so important. >> reporter: now the senate banking committee here has been looking into wall street reform. in fact, they were doing so already, lynn. now they've added jpmorgan chase
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to their agenda. >> tracie potts for us in washington, thank you. people are talking about the issue of same-sex marriage. particularly since president obama's announcement he now supports it. a "new york times"/cbs news poll found 67% of those surveyed thought the president made that decision mostly for political reasons. on 24% said it was mostly because he thinks it is right. the poll also announced 38% believed gay couples should be allowed to marry, 24% supported same-sex civil unions, 33% say there should be no legal recognition. same-sex marriage is sure to remain a critical issue in the 2012 race for the white house. nbc's brian mooar has that story. >> reporter: at a campaign fundraiser with gays and lesbians in new york, president obama described but didn't dwell on his support for same-sex marriage rights. >> i want everybody treated fairly in this country. that doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families.
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>> reporter: the issue has everyone else talking for a second straight week. it's a new battlefront in the 2012 presidential race. "newsweek" magazine has declared president obama the first gay president. over the weekend presumptive republican nominee mitt romney delighted christian fundamentalists at liberty university by defining marriage as -- >> the relationship between one man and one woman. >> reporter: romney seemed less than eager to re-engage on the issue with the christian broadcasting network. >> how important it is to people a few months from now time will tell, but my positions are i think out there for people to see and hopefully i'll be able to attract the kind of support i need. >> reporter: the obama campaign is kicking up the primary season attacks on romney and his time with bain capital. >> sucked the life out of us. >> reporter: team romney is firing back with a ad saying he and bain were job creators, not job killers. >> when i started we had close
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to 1400 employees. now we're over 6,000. >> reporter: a primary season squirmish, now prime time in the fight for the white house. broon moore, nbc news, washington and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in florida police arrested 31 men who thought they were going to meet children for sexual encounters. instead, they were undercover officers. waiting for the alleged on-line sexual predators. one of the suspects brought his own child to the home. in illinois a school bus full of children slammed into the back of a big rig. the bus driver and a student were seriously hurt. ten other kids suffered minor injuries in the crash along interstate 55. the fifth and sixth graders were heading back from a field trip to the state capitol. a wallaby is giving medical treatment usually reserved for humans. it's believed the wallaby may have injured its neck after
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running into a fence. finally in new york, a 93-year-old woman has been declared the world's oldest yoga instructor by the guinness book of world records. she's been teaching yoga for 61 years. >> she's 93? >> 93 and look at that move. that is unreal. she first got interested when she was 8 years old and saw a group of boys performing in her native india. whoa. and now for a look at your national regional weather here's nbc meteorologist bill karins, looks like that thing where there's a different body in front of her, but no, that's her. >> 93? >> i no. >> strong. >> believe me now that you've seen the video? >> no. i refuse. good morning, everyone. very calm weather pattern in the west. thought we would take a chance to look at something interested that happened yesterday. saw a tropical depression that formed and maintained just m convection rstorm in the last 24 hours and named a tropical storm, little early for our pacific season. this is aletta.
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it's not going to become a hurricane but an interesting tidbit here, mexico and the baja. this is going to head harmlessly it looks like to the west/northwest over the cooler water and will kill this storm system off in the days ahead. kind of just lets us know the tropical season is here and it has now arrived in the pacific basin and june 1st is when it begins in the atlantic basin. as far as what happened in the west yesterday another hot day in the desert, sunshine and warmth, 88 in portland yesterday. 80 in seattle. looks like we're holding on to nice weather, though, but clouds will increase during the day in the northwest, that will keep your temperatures down a little bit compared to yesterday. but still, pretty much everywhere dry and very, very nice and warm. that's a look at your nationato.
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yuma possibly up to mid 100s. so northwest, few more clouds but still no rain in the forecast. >> all right. bill, thanks so much. greece steers toward the abyss, more best buy hanky panky fallout, and is facebook a passing fad? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, at 68, he's getting ready to go live from new york. coming up, a big loss for the miami heat, the thunder roll and another first for nates' rookie brice harper. you're watching "early today."
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good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here's some of your top headlines this morning. prosecutors say former rupert murdoch aide and news of the world editor rebekah brooks will face criminal charges. her husband and four others also face charges. at the perjury trial of
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legendary baseball pitcher roger clemens the star witness, brian mcnamee testified he injected clemens with steroids about eight times. -- eight to ten times in 1998. he contradicts clemens' claims before congress that he never took performance enhancing drugs. a security supervisor at new jersey's newark airport for about 20 years has been arrested on charges evidence ti theft. the illegal immigrant from nigeria allegedly used the name of a murder victim and passed years of airport background security checks. and a russian rocket lifted off today headed for low-earth orbit. an american astronaut and two cosmonauts are abody the soyuz spacecraft which are scheduled to dock with the international space station on thursday. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,695 after dropping 125 points yesterday. the s&p fell 15. nasdaq tumbled 31. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei lost 73
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points but in hong kong, the hang seng added 159. an agreement between opposing political parties in greece is looking increasingly unlikely. more talks are scheduled for today the country's leftist leader vows to oppose any kind of bailout. that has global investors worried that greece could back out in its debt payment and drop the eurozone currency potentially driving up lending rates elsewhere in the country. europe's debt drama and jpmorgan chase $2 billion blunder weighed down bank stocks helping push the s&p to its lowest close since february. euro zone fears continue to spill over on to oil prices which fell to near $94 a barrel overseas this morning. after the closing bell, groupon shot up after posting its first quarterly profit. the stock already closed nearly 20% higher in regular trade. elsewhere, coty withdrew its nearly $11 billion offer to buy
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avon, saying the deadline had passed. best buy rose on news the company's founder is stepping down as chairman after an investigation revealed he knew the company's ceo was having a relationship with a female employee. yahoo! ticked 3% higher on the resignation of its ceo amid a resume padding scandal. chesapeake energy added 4% on reports he bought a stake in the natural gas company. ahead of facebook's i po the company will raise it price range from 28 to $35 a share to $34 to $38. and if you're skeptical about the social network's staying power, you're apparently not alone. a an associated press/cnbc poll shows half of americans think facebook is just a passing fad. coming up the thunder drain the lakers, the nats land the padres and the heat lose one of their big three. plus the rangers goalie stone
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walls the devils in the first game of their stanley cup playoff series. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. >> all of the gorgeous weather in the middle of the country has to head to the east coast sooner or later, maybe later. you're watching "early today."
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good morning if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports last night in the nba playoffs the sixers fought off a late game surge by the celtics tying their series at one apiece. here's nbc's fred roggin with a early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. the sixers are not your typical eighth seed after knocking out the shorthanded bulls. phillies grabbed home court advantage from the celtics. game two in boston, the celts up one drew holiday from downtown, three of his game high 18 and philly grabbed the lead with under two minutes to play. boston would answer on the other end, ray allen for three and got it. celtics back on top. but the lead was short lived. evan turner drove and got the tough lay-up to fall. the youngsters got it done, sixers win it 82-81. from a close game to a blowout, the thunder rolled the lakers up 15 at the half. double that lead in the third, randall acres out of the building. oklahoma city dominated every
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f facet of the game. miami's big three is to two. chris bosh out indefinitely with an abdominal strain, expected to miss the rest of the series against the pacers. hockey, the goalies put on a show. lundquist with a flurry of saves. devils had 21 shots and lundquist stopped every single one of them. save of the night by mar tan brodeur, a sprawling stop by the future hall of famer. doesn't get much better than that. dan girardi got something past brodeur in the third, blast from the point, 1-0 new york, add another goal, an empty netter, rangers won 3-0. what were you doing when you were 19 years old? finishing your freshman year of college, maybe working your first real job. whatever it was i'm sure it wasn't like this. brice harper hit his first major league home run, 19 years, 21 days, youngest since adrien beltre did it. sprinting around the bases, took
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time for the curtain call, a first of money for the rookie phenom. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> who's joining britney? who said no to the tanning mom. why prince william is about to get millions. your early morning entertainment headlines straight ahead. plus, all these years later, learning an important lesson about friendship after our brutal civil war. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today." we are watching beautiful weather conditions out there in the northwest. 75 today, maybe a little too warm for you yesterday around portland, 88. today should be comfortable 80, hot in the desert and we're going to keep it going, cool off a couple degrees in the intermountain west into wednesday, but you know, still looking very dry and there's no big storms heading our way. the fires in arizona would like some wet weather and it's not going to happen any time soon. watching us on kgd in portland, naerby salem learn about native america women's roles as teachers, doctors and more, at the will lambette heritage center at the mill. >> thanks so much. early look at headlines in entertainment. hollywood must be having trouble with coming up with some original material when studios come out with dueling fairy tale films. >> i'm so interested. you're going to be interested in this dress apparently.
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>> charless theron and kristen stewart, wearing a skeleton dress, scandalous, last night for the world premier of "snow white and the huntsman" the year's second big screen take on the fairest of them all. this one opens here june 1st. >> what do you wear next to charlize theron. >> that's true. "the x factor" not only added britney spears but is joined by demi lovato. england tabloids are buzzing guessing what prince william will do with 10 million pounds from his mother's will when he turns 30. tanning mom patricia krentcil was hoping to be asked to do a photo shoot. "playboy" contacted tmz making sure everybody knew it would, quote, never happen. you can sleep tonight. mick jagger is hosting the "saturday night live" season finale but no chance of a rolling stones 50th reunion.
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>> better not be christian wig's last show either. >> keith richards said, quote, he's on his own. >> no reunion. >> no love lost. >> not yet. >> sorry. >> this comes from knsv news 3 in nevada, where a one-of-a-kind war memorial proves opposing sides can bury their differences. a group of eagle scouts are fixing up a cemetery that houses a section for civil war veterans. the graves include the only known plot containing the remains of both a union and confederate army soldier that became friends after moving west following the war, deciding they wanted to be placed side by side. nice story. i'm lynn berry. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station.
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legendary tv and film characters were brought to life in turkey. sculptors recreated the likes of favorites such as shrek and batman and more in the sand. the festival had artists carving and shaping over 10,000 tons of sand over two months. organizers hope the hard work pays off. over 200,000 are expected to check it out. when it comes to bling one swiss auction was a record setter. a 32-carat ruby and diamond ring sold for $6.7 million, that's a world record price. and paid for ruby sold at auction. the piece was part of billionaire fill lan throw per lily saffron's collection to
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benefit her charities. her gems brought in a cool $37.9 billion. finally england's queen elizabeth has been immortalized in wax to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. madam tussauds in london unveiled its 23rd wax work figure of the queen. it took a team of 20 people four months to make the over $190,000 model. the artist used recent photographs and measurements from a 2001 wax work to create the new figure, which is amazingly realistic. >> little creepy. >> it's a little creepy when they are that realistic. >> maybe she's really a wax figure. >> done done done. you heard it here first on "early today." >> i'll investigate. >> thank you. time for a look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day on nbc. the 31st annual national peace offer's memorial service will be held on the west front of the capitol in washington. the memorial held on may 15th every year which honor law enforcement officers who have
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been killed in the line of duty. aaa will release its annual memorial day holiday weekend forecast. the report will answer questions like what percentage of people plan to travel both on the roads and in the air and how the price of gas is factoring into their decisions. and happy 43rd birthday to football hall of famer and dancer emmitt smith. all day long you can stay on top of the latest developments and those stories and others as they break on msnbc and tonight watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news." here's a look at what's coming up on the "today" show. in a "today" exclusive interview how far one man went to get his dog back from an ex-girlfriend. everybody's favorite, betty white will be live in studio to talk about his her comedy "off the rockers." and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. the day today on your nbc station. have a good one.
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