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somewhere. promise to find it for you on "mad money." i'm jim cramer. see you tomorrow. this morning on "early today," jury's out. deliberations begin in the sandusky sex abuse trial as two new accusers come forward. scene of the crime. george zimmerman tells police about the night he killed trayvon martin. and stealing thunder. the miami heat downed oklahoma and stealing thunder. the miami heat downed oklahoma city to clinch the nba title. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with shocking new accusations. after the jury in jerry sandusky's sex abuse trial adjourned last night, two more accusers came forward with disturbing new allegations, including sandusky's own adopted son.
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nbc's brian mooar has details. >> reporter: before the jury could finish its first day of deliberations in the jerry sandusky sex abuse trial, two new accusers stepped forward to accuse the former penn state assistant football coach. one of them is sandusky's adopted son, matt sandusky, who said through an attorney he had been abused by the former coach and had been ready to testify if jerry sandusky took the stand. the second accuser, travis weaver, was not included in the current case but appeared on nbc's "rock center." >> i told him if he didn't get off me, i was going to call the police on him, and he just laughed at me and, you know, forced me to stay on the bed. >> reporter: the new accusations raised a spector of more charges and more trials. >> it's certainly possible. the only question is whether the victims will want a day in court to be able to tell their stories. >> reporter: in closing arguments the sandusky jury was given a stark choice.
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the defendant was either a serial sex predator or the victim of a conspiracy. defense attorney joe amendola conceded his client had showered with young boys but tried to cast doubt on testimony of eight alleged victims. he asked why only eight of the hundreds of thousands of children sandusky had helped through his second mile charity had come forward to claim abuse, and he also told jurors, quote, if he did this, he should rot in jail. brian mooar, nbc news, bellefonte, pennsylvania. well, defense lawyers for george zimmerman accused of murdering trayvon martin have released new evidence, including video of a re-enactment which gives his most detailed account yet of what he claims led to the shooting of the unarmed black teenager. nbc's jay gray has more. >> reporter: less than 24 hours after firing the shot that killed trayvon martin, george zimmerman was back at the scene and telling detectives his side of the story. >> that's when i started screaming for help.
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i started screaming help, help as loud as i could. >> reporter: it's the first time we've heard zimmerman describe the fatal night in his own words. >> my jacket moved up, and he saw -- i feel like he saw -- he looked at it and he said, you're going to die tonight, mother [ bleep ]. >> reporter: this police video and other interviews by investigators are part of discovery evidence released overnight by zimmerman's defense team. >> it is what it is. now it's out there for the public to review, but most importantly it's evidence that we're going to be able to get in front of a jury. >> reporter: during a voice stress test administered by police, zimmerman described the unarmed teenager as the aggressor. >> he took my head and slammed it into the concrete several times, and each time it felt like my head was going to explode more than the last. >> reporter: and later he talked about the fatal shot. >> he grabbed my arm, and i grabbed my gun and i aimed it at him and fired one shot. he kind of sat back and said you
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got me or you got me or you got it, something like that. >> reporter: martin's parents and their lawyers have questioned zimmerman's memory, especially when it comes to what happened that night. >> there were some things that i heard about my son that just were not true, and it hurt me a great deal. >> reporter: both sides in this controversial high-profile case preparing for a trial while continuing to try to gain momentum in the court of public opinion. jay gray, nbc news. well, there is at least one spot in the country where the heat is making everyone happy, and that is in florida where the miami heat have won the nba championship. here's nbc's mario solis. good morning. love them or hate them, but the big three of lebron james, chris bosh, and dwyane wade have finally won the nba championship. game five of the nba finals was all miami. lebron said he treated last night as if it was a decisive game seven, and it showed. a game-high 26 points for the finals' mvp. the heat were lethal from beyond
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the arc, tying an nba finals record with 14 three-pointers. the miami heat win the championship with a 121-106 win over the oklahoma city thunder. we'll have much more on the nba finals coming up in sports. for now, back to you. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in north carolina some scary moments as an suv collided with a light rail train. now authorities say the driver wasn't paying attention when she tried to go around the gate and crossed the tracks. rescuers freed her from the track. she was cited for the accident. in new york the streets erupted with fire after a gas line burst. construction crews cut the line, causing flames to shoot in the air. nearby buildings were evacuated and power had to be shut off for thousands as a precaution, and that, despite, of course, sweltering temperatures. fortunately, though, no one was hurt. and, finally, in south
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carolina one kid found out the hard way, do not steal money and definitely don't steal 60 bucks from your sister. the 13-year-old was ordered by his dad to hold a sign along a busy street reading "i like to steal, lie, and disrespect others." he said he's thankful for the discipline, especially since by agreeing to the public punishment, he avoided a spanking. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. you have a few more years before you need to figure out whether that's the appropriate discipline. we'll both keep our mouth shut on that. >> whuchs a child the paddle was up on the wall. you were very disciplined. i will not repeat that. >> trouble in your childhood, bill? >> maybe deserved it often. >> maybe. >> can you imagine that? good morning, everyone. yesterday was a beautiful day in the pacific northwest. we had warm temperatures. we had a lot of sunshine. i hope you enjoyed it. this morning things have already changed and the rain is on its way. 91 in medford. felt nice. 81 in portland.
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base see was a little hotter than we'd like. what's changed? big upper level low. big storm system just off the coast is going to sit here and spin for a while. the jet stream is taking a big dip to the south. warm air with it. it's not like hot for this time of year. it's not horribly cold. it won't be a wintertime pattern. cloudy. cooler than we should be. here's what we're looking at on the radar. we do have numerous areas along the coast. this will fill out, i-5 in oregon and eventually up towards seattle. the weather pattern, temperatures will be cooler than they should be this time of year. only highs in the 60s in the northwill on the warm side.
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weekend forecast doesn't look like much of a change either. >> all right, bill. thanks so much. coming up, stocks tumble. twitter trips up, and what you absolutely never want to see on your utility bill. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, abraham lincoln, what? the creative plot behind one debut film this weekend at the box office. you're watching "early today."
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good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. afghan security forces carried out a counterattack at a lakeside hotel which taliban militants had taken over. while 18 civilians were freed, 14 among the 18 people were killed. president obama accepted the resignation of commerce secretary john bryson who stepped down less than two weeks after suffering a seizure and multiple car accidents.
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house speaker john boehner demanded thursday the obama administration turn over documents related to a botched gun trafficking operation or he says the house will proceed with a contempt vote next week against attorney general eric holder. the speaker criticized the white house for invoking executive privilege in response to the pursuit of those documents led by a republican house committee. bello nock, the circus daredevil with the foot-high red hair, walked a tight rope without a net 360 feet above the ground on the mississippi gulf coast. nock said it started out windy, but thankfully the breeze calmed and he did make it across safely in 13 minutes. well, now here is an early look at one of your top health headlines on a new study finds about 70% of women over age 50 are trying to lose weight. over a third say they've dieted for at least half of the last five years, and about 13% of
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women older than 50 reported binging, purging, and other eating disorder symptoms. and for more information on this and other health stories, you can check out the health page at >> announcer: "early today" health is brought to you by vagisil wash with odor block. the confident clean. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,573 after tumbling 250 points yesterday. s&p shot down 30. nasdaq plunged 71. >> taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei fell 25 points, while in hong kong the hang sang sank 269. well, stocks posted their worst day in three weeks thursday, and the downward trend could continue today. after the bell, moody's credit rating agency downgraded 15 global banks, including the five largest u.s. banks. after a four-month review, the move was not altogether unexpected but still may very well put a damper on today's trade.
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yesterday manufacturing weakness and global demand worries drained energy and material stocks and pushed crude below $80 a barrel for the first time since october. semiconductor stocks weighed on the nasdaq after micron technology posted its fourth straight net earnings loss. meanwhile disappointing results from bed bath and beyond weighed down the s&p with the retailer shedding nearly 17%. home resales fell in may, and the four-week average for jobless claims rose last week to the highest level since early december. elsewhere twitter was hit with two service outages. the company denied it was hacked after a group claimed responsibility, instead blaming what it called a cascading bug. and, finally, if this week's heat wave has you dreading your next electric bill, imagine this. a single mom in texas recently opened hers to find monthly charges of $1.3 million. that's right. million.
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well, fortunately the utility company quickly admitted it was just a computing error. well, coming up, the miami heat put on a record-breaking performance to earn themselves the nba title, which also means love him or hate him, king james has earned his first nba crown. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. and it's one thing after another. now we're watching the gulf of mexico for your a possible tropical system. 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." and in sports, as we mentioned earlier, the miami heat are nba champions. nbc's mario solis is back with more. >> good morning again. it was a championship run two years in the making. it started with lebron's infamous decision and culminated last night with a dominant win over the thunder. miami's big three and the heat are now nba champions. game five of the nba finals will go down as the night lebron james finally won a title. from the opening tip you could tell lebron was playing on a totally different level, igniting his team and the crowd. heat up five after one kept it going in the second quarter. off the steal, mario chalmers to lebron. miami running away with it, up 59-49 at the half.
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thunder hung around. kevin durant with two of his team-high 32, cutting the lead to single digits, but the night belonged to the heat. lebron the scorer became lebron the facilitator. time after time he kicked it out to mike miller for a three and he didn't disappoint. miller was a staggering seven of eight from beyond the arc. in fact, the heat tied an nba finals record with 14 three-pointers, blew it wide open late in the third with a remarkable 16-0 run. lebron finishes with 26 points, 13 dimes, and 11 boards, a triple-double for the finals' mvp. king james has finally been crowned, and the big three silence the critics. the miami heat are the nba champions. they beat the thunder, 121-106. >> i dreamed about this opportunity, this moment, for a long time, including last night, including today, you know. and, you know, my dream has become a reality now, and it's the best thing that ever happened. >> you know, obviously we all
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expected it to be a little easier than it was, you know, but we had to go through what we had to go through last year. we needed to. and as much as it hurt, we had to go through that pain and that suffering, and tonight, you know, it was our time. >> and that's your look at sports on "early today." i'm mario solis. >> announcer: "early today" sports is brought to you by just for men mustache & beard. keep your edge. animation will rule the box office once again this weekend. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, we've all done it in privacy or with friends, but these guys are doing it in front of the whole world. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today." let me take you through your weekend forecast. today umbrella weather, coastal areas of oregon. we're dry in northern portions of california. -- they will get some damp weather. it will leave you unsettled on saturday and sunday in areas of the west. i hope you enjoyed that heat from yesterday. it's a thing of the past. well, if you're watching us on king 5 news in seattle, see how video games have changed throughout the years. pong anyone? next 50 video arcade at the seattle interactive museum. >> we could go on with this forever.
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and now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. >> we're so lame. >> we are, but we make each other laugh. this weekend a debuting animated family film should knock the current cartoon king out of the top spot. "brave," pixar's first film with a female lead reportedly cost a whopping $185 million to make. its historic scottish theme has some experts wondering if it's too serious for kids. still it should earn roughly $50 million, easily topping "madagascar 3." another big opener, "abraham lincoln: vampire hunter," it's taken from the popular novel. it imagines a pre-president lincoln making the world safe from vampires. okay. >> you heard of the novel? >> of course not. its "r" rating and its quirkiness will keep ratings down in the $15 million region. >> we have a 20-year-old to keep us briefed on this. >> we do. and speaking of quirky, the romantic comedy "seeking a
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friend for the end of the world" also debuting, it's for older audiences and it's gotten so-so reviews, but carell loyalists may help it earn as much as $10 million. and this comes to us from new york city where dreams are in the air, the air guitar, that is. this is funny. contestants did their best rock star impersonations, competing in the regional finals for the u.s. air guitar championships. nice one, buddy. some pseudo musicians say they spend months honing their skills, even using real guitars to learn where their fingers go. one of the contenders was eight months' pregnant. she did earn some respect, but someone else took the title, moving on to the national championship. >> of course she did. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station.
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well, one male panda in china has a big job ahead of him, and he's getting ready for it. training has started for yong yong who is building up his strength for next year's mating season. it's just one of many exercises he does. this one, a keeper dangles food attached to a stick, making him stand up and grab the snack, and the keepers hope all of this training will lead to a little one. well, one bird in south korea is a master impersonator from a cat's meow to a woman's scream. a 10-year-old african gray parrot has a repertoire of over 50 types of sounds. the bird's talent was discovered two years ago after the trainers noticed the parrot whistling like they did when they opened the cage. with a life expectancy of 40 years, her trainer expects more sounds to come. and, finally, watch out bill. you have some competition.
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six weathermen in switzerland claim sophisticated equipment can't predict the forecast. it's all based on nature. >> ah. >> this so-called weather taster says sawdust from trees tell them what they need to know. another says looking at the eyes of ants tells them if the conditions are going to improve. and another is the length and direction of sprouts. and if you're doubting me, bill, which i know you you are, they have an accuracy rate of 99%. >> of course, they do. >> you still don't believe me. >> i'm just trying to figure out which of the three i would do, and i don't think i would do any of them. >> none of them? we'll put the two of you up against each other. >> stick my ned sand. it's time for now for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day on nbc. cycling champ lance armstrong must respond today to formal charges by the u.s. anti-doping agency which says it collected blood samples back in 2009 and 2010 which were fully consistent with blood manipulation. if convicted, armstrong's seven
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tour de france titles could be revoked. in new york, george washington's personal copy of the constitution and bill of rights will go on the auction block. the documents are expected to fetch between $2 million and $3 million. and happy birthday to meryl streep who turns 63 years old. all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and more as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news." an a leksed victim of jerry sandusky the first to come forward tells his story. kenny chesney performs live on the plaza. keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports and more. i'm lynn berry. thank you for watching today. just your first stop today on your nbc stations. just your first stop today on your nbc stations. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac --
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