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inapproximation, heinspiration, head to open house i'll see you next week. . good morning. surveillance firestorm. in an nbc news exclusive. . the director of national intelligence speaks out about the government's surveillance program. >> the notion that we're trolling through everyone's e-mails and voyeuristically reading them is absurd. >> this as question swirls about the effectiveness and whether they've prevented terrorist attacks. ready to kill. new images of the santa monica gunman emerged. police say it could have been much, much worse. >> the yoke's on him. simon cowell gets pelted with
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eggs during the live finale of britain's got talent. seemed to get over it easy. perhaps lightly less scrambled today. if only that was the end it. sunday, june 9th, 2013. and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i. erica hill. i'm lester holt. we have a lot to talk about this morning, including an update on nelson mandela. he's waking up in a south african hospital. we go live to johannesburg with an update on his condition. >> this morning, we've heard a lot about electric cars. they seem far in the future. now we're hearing that they could be closer and may look like that. sportier than what we've seen in the past. this is the s series by tesla motors getting rave reviews. it will cost you an arm and a
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leg, however and then more as well. we're still going to take it for a spin. why it could be the wave of the future. >> double a's or aaa's. cyber thieves have tricks up their sleeves and getting their hands-on your online banking information fl we'll tell you what you can do to protect yourself. a little later, it's been a season of twists and turns for one of the hottest shows on television. game of thrones. very excited for the fi nai. >> not that i understand it. it can be a violent show. it's a huge hit. >> did you watch last week's? >> i didn't see it. i've literally heard nothing but people talking about. >> shock and awe is all we can say. >> do you watch it? >> you don't watch it. >> yeah. >> i hate when i do that. i missed "downton abbey" and all these shows. >> i have the dvds.
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>> we don't understand it. >> a lot more on what we don't understand a little later. >> now what we do understand. some of what we understand and some of what we still have questions about this morning. the controversial surveillance program. the director of national intelligence, james clapper, wants americans to know where the obama administration stands when it comes to monitoring your phone calls and reading your e-mails. he sat down for an interview with andrea mitchell. she's with us from the washington, d.c. bureau. good morning. >> good morning, erica. the director of national intelligence called the leaks of the "washington post" reckless. in an exclusive interview, james clapper vigorously defended the archiving of telephone calls as critical it national security. overseeing all 16 intelligence agencies, including the cia and nsa, james clapper says it's giventer rests a roadmap on how --
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>> for me, it's literally gut wrenching to see this happen. because of the huge grave damage it does to our intelligence capabiliti capabilities. >> how has it hurt american intelligence? >> transparency has a double-edged swords. our adversaries, nefarious groups benefit from that same transparency. as we speak, they're going to school and learning how we do this. and so that's why it potentially has -- can render great damage to our intelligence capabilities. >> at the same time, when americans woke up and learned because of these leaks that every single telephone call made in the united states is archived, people were astounded by that. they had no idea. they felt invaded. >> i and everyone in the intelligence community are also citizens who care very deeply about our privacy and civil
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liberties. i certainly do. so the notion that we're trolling through everyone's e-mails and voier is particularly reading them orlisening to everyone's phone calls is on its face absurd. we couldn't do it if we wanted to. >> clapper says two plots were averted in 2009 because of a law permitting foreign e-mails to be intercepted. one to bomb the new york city subway, led to the arrest and conviction of an afghan american. a second involved david hessly a u.s. citizen who confessed to planting the mumbai, india bombing. after riots over a cartoon insulting the muslims, plan to attack the news who published the cartoon. >> in boston at the marathon, terrorists succeeded and not been thwarted despite all this information gathered by nsa. >> that's true and i find it a
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little ironic that in several weeks ago after the boston bombings we were accused of not being sufficiently intrusive. we failed to determine the exact tipping point when the brothers self-radicalized. then it was we weren't intrusive enough. >> clapper acknowledged mistakes. an incorrect digit of a phone number was archived exposing innocent callers to surveillance. >> when twee discover errors which in all cases i'm familiar with were innocent and unintended, they are immediately corrected and any of the collection is destroyed. >> some call the leaker to the washing post and the guardian a whistle blower. they describe him as a disgruntled intelligence officer. >> we're all profoundly offended by that. this is someone who has chosen to violate a sacred trust. i hope we're able to track down whoever is doing this because it extremely damaging -- it affects
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the safety and security of this country. >> clapper says the national security agency has asked for a criminal investigation to track down the leaker. >> andrea, is there any indication that there will be changes in the way things are carried out moving forward? >> yes, there are. i asked him about that. he said that at the request of dianne feinstein, the intelligence chair in the senate, he is reporting back to her within a month on how they could perhaps do this without such a large sweep, without vacuuming up so much information. >> all right. we'll look for more of that in the next month. thanks. turn now it south africa. former president nelson mandela remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition. he's battling a recurring lung infection. kier simmons is there with the latest. good morning rmt what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, lester. members of his family have been with him as he continues to be treated by doctors in the hospital. he has medical equipment at his
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home in johannesburg. doctors felt it was serious enough that he needed to be rushed to the hospital. he was taken to the hospital by ambulance at 1:30 a.m. saturday morning. you've seen how frail he was in pictures recorded by the south african broadcasting agency. those pictures shocked many here. now this country is praying for him. they're saying nelson mandela get better. we need your leadership and wisdom. this man who shows such extraordinary strength leading through the apartheid leading the country. he will need all of that strength to pull through this difficult time. >> keir, do you read anything different in how his condition is this time versus the previous scares, the previous hospitalizations? >> reporter: lester, this is the first time that they have
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described him as serious. his wife canceled a trip on thursday as he appeared to get sicker. that said, lester, of course, he has been in the hospital on a number of occasions. he has recovered. he has returned here to his home in johannesburg and that is what people here and of course, many people around the world are praying for today. >> certainly. kier simmons, thanks very much. erica? there are new developments this morning in that deadly shooting in santa monica, california. jenna wolf is here with that. good morning. >> good morning, guys. hi everyone. we're learning more this morning about the man who opened fire on a california community college campus on friday killing four people before the gunman was killed by police. authorities released surveillance photos showing the gunman dressed in black and carrying an assault rifle as he entered the santa monica community college library. police say they recovered nearly 1300 rounds of ammunition from the crime scene. jury selection is set to begin tomorrow in the george zimmerman trial.
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he's charged with second degree murder, accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old trayvon martin. he admitted to the shooting during a videotape interview last year. he's pled not guilty claiming self-defense. on saturday, a florida judge listened to a third day of testimony to decide if voice recognition experts should be allowed at the trial. that after screams were heard on april 911 call from the night of the shooting. new york new jersey mayor cory booker says he will run for the seat left vacant by frank lautenberg. his profile has risen. he announced his candidacy on saturday. the special election will take place in october. all right. i mean, it's your classic fairytale. girl is fourth in line to the swedish throne. her fiancee dumps her. she moves to new york, meets her man of her dreams. if you've heard this story once, you've heard it a thousand time. princess madeleine married a
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british educahe had indicateedu. i feeley should speak in a british ak sen. her father the king walked her down the aisle. >> that was british? >> national weather service tha one of the contestants on britain's got talent misunderstood his protein fix. they threw eggs at him as two opera singers sang. one of the backup singers stepped up and started tossing away. he later tweeted how impressed he was that the performers didn't flinch during the egg toss. on a related note, other protein-rich foods that could have been tossed. lean meats, seeds and yogurt. if you're going tore the protein aspect of it. >> that's the option. >> i'm not suggesting that. i'm saying for -- for nutritional. >> nothing makes an impression
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like an egg. >> right. dylan dreyer is here with a check of the weather. >> a chance of stronger storms today through the gulf coast. the heaviest of the rain is moving through texas. you can see the flashes of light. those are your lightning strikes back through central texas. actually the threat today is further east of that. these storms will develop later on this afternoon and evening. we could see damaging winds gusts and hail but tornado would be isolated. this is not a severe weather outbreak but the best chance of seeing severe storms is in that area in red. across the southeast, we'll see showers and storms through georgia, northern florida and in the northeast, in the 80s. but the southwest, the extreme heat continues. that's a slaughter in the nbc bay area center. we have a cooler day. east bay, north bay back into the triple digits saturday, back
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in the 80s today, 84 in livermore, 85 walnut creek. 79 in san jose. cool at the coast, and showers remain high, potential for showers and thunderstorms for sunday and a few lingering showers monday morning. and that's your latest forecast. erica? dylan, thanks. friends and family are in mourning today of a green beret. he was shot to death at a friend's home in arizona. his death came at the hands of his own son. >> as a member of the army special forces, 35-year-old justin thomas survived combat zones, but the gunshot that killed him, police say, came from the least likely shooter. his 4-year-old son. >> it just looks like a tragic accident. >> an accident that happened friday afternoon when thomas and his son made a surprise visit to a friend's house in prescott, arizona. >> after just a few minutes of being there, from this unannounced visit, his
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4-year-old child found a firearm sitting out. picked it up out of curiosity. >> jeremy hart lives next door to where the shooting took place. is a friend to everyone involved. hart took the little boy into his home as police and paramedics rushed to save thomas. >> he was ask about his daddy. we kept him kind of out of sight over here when they took his father out on the stretcher. we didn't want him to see him like that. >> thomas died at the hospital. police say because the visit was unannounced and little to no time to secure the gun, the owner will likely face no charges. though he would have been within his legal rights to have the gun out in the open. >> he's just a curious, inquisitive little boy. he doesn't know life and death. he doesn't know that anything is wrong. >> an accident where curiosity led to tragedy. for "today," tom trung, nbc news. we'll be back right after this.
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cnbc's phil labow covers the auto industry. >> this is not a science project. it has real appeal in the market and that's why so many are looking at it and saying wait a second, this is an electric car that could become a mass market, very popular car. >> cutting-edge battery science made this car succeed where other attempts at electric cars have failed. able to travel 265 miles on a six-hour charge, tesla is quickly building out a national network of super charge stations that will allow customers to juice up for free in just 20 minutes. >> the most dominant feature inside this car has to be the 17-inch display that controls everything from your navigation to your music to your sunroof. all the controls for the vehicle. >> the man behind tesla is the same man who started paypal and stays x. billionaire inventor elan musk. >> the reason for tesla was to show that it actually is
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possible to create a compelling electric car or long-range electric car. if you did that, that people would buy it. >> people are buying. tesla expects to sell 15,000 to 20,000 cars this year. it's paid off a $465 million government green loan nine years early and its stock is soaring. but few americans can afford a $70,000 car even with green tax credits. so tesla plans to roll out a mass market electric family car within four years that sells in the $30,000 range. >> i think in many respects the technology is right. is it going to get better? absolutely. is it going to get cheaper? absolutely. >> how good is the pickup? this car can do zero to 60 in about five seconds. like we said, this built in america car is turning heads. proving an american innovation and ingenuity is alive and well. for todd, tom costello, tyson's corner, virginia. i think it's cool they
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good morning. anthony slaughter in the nbc bay area weather center. it is a cooler day, fog and drizzle expected for the morning hours. when we get to the afternoon hours, an area of low pressure is off the coast all day long saturday that kept coastal
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locations foggy and drizzly, that will head inland today. we expect showers and thunderstorms primarily today located in the coastal mountains and interior hills. everybody will not see rain today, but the areas that see the showers could actually see some lightning strikes, and with our wildfire threat being so high, it is definitely something we don't need. for today, temperatures are dramatically cooler. 84 in livermore, 85 in walnut creek. they got to triple digits saturday. 79 in san jose. it will be cool. 67 in santa cruz, 63 in san francisco today. chance for showers is high tomorrow, and friday, high pressure takes control again. inland temperatures soar close to 90 degrees toward friday. eventually highs at the coast back to 60s and 70s as we
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you don't have the discipline. you attack the walls, you'll die. all of you. >> that's a clip from the smash hbo hit game of thrones. not many clips we can show you from that show on our broadcast. after last week, fans know any character, even the popular ones could be on the chopping block. we mean that literally. it's one of the most popular shows on television right now. coming up, we'll look at how this show became such a cult favorite. we're back on a fun morning, the 9th day of june, 2013. i'm lester holt with erica hill. >> dylan and i are sitting silently. you two, you and jenna huge fans of game of thrones. we need to start from the beginning. just hearing the people you guys
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are talking about. i don't think i could -- >> we don't understand it. >> day in and day out. i would be like -- he was amazing last week. >> anyway, we're going to talk more about that coming up. we're used to hearing about nasa using technology to explore space, like the mars rover or international space station, they're keeping an eye on earth to make sure that miami and new orleans don't become a thing of the past. dylan traveled to alaska to learn more about that. >> looking forward to that. also coming up, the inspirational story of one woman who went from picking grapes to owning her own winery. she'll share some of the secrets of her success. >> what you need to do to keep your online bank account safe from hackers. >> just when you thought you'd be okay for a little while, we get that one. the emotional battle involving children and organ transplants. in a rare move, the organ transplant network has been
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ordered to add the names of two gravely ill children both under the age of 12 to a the adult list. they'll gather for a special hearing for the guidelines and proposed changes. michelle franzen has more. >> at children's hospital of philadelphia, mom says she is grateful a court decision allows her son to be considered for an adult lung transplant. >> it gives my son a fighting chance. >> she says cystic fibrosis has ravaged her son's lungs and fears he won't live to see his next birthday. >> i told him, he has to be strong and we have to wait. >> 10-year-old sarah murnaghan also wits for a lung transplant, battling the same genetic disease. >> the stakes don't get any higher than this for my child. >> her parents filed the first lawsuit asking for exception to
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the transplant rules that required children under 12 to wait for a pediatric lung to become available. at a hearing tuesday, the secretary of health and human services told lawmakers she would not intervene. >> the worst of all worlds in my mind is to have some individual pick and choose who lives and who dies. >> the next day, a judge forced sebelius to order them to suspend the age limit rule. the cases overlooking the -- nationwide, there are 1700 adults and children waiting for a lung transplant. but there are very few children's lungs available. experts say the hearing will center on ethical questions. >> so the challenge before anyone who is trying to decide whether to move somebody ahead or lower in a cue for an organ is why are we doing this? what's the medical justification. >> for javier and sarah's parents, the answer is clear. >> i know it takes a long time to change policy, but it doesn't
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take a long time to make an exception to the kids who are dying. >> for "today," michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. that's a tough issue. let's get a check of the weather now from dylan. >> we're focusing on flooding across the mississippi river and the rivers have already crested. but we still have a lot of flood warnings along the banks of the river to take several days for them to go back below the flood level. we're going to keep an eye on the rivers as the banks are flooding some nearby towns and cities up and down the mississippi river. you can see we are going to deal with more rain today. but not all that much. some of the heavier thunderstorms could produce up to half an inch of rain, but most areas will see about a tenth to a quarter inch of rain within the showers that we'll see in that area today. either way, it doesn't help the situation. we're looking at stronger storms today through the midwest. no real tornadoes expected, but we'll still see damaging wind gusts and perhaps hail. showers and storms in the southeast and the heat continues in the southwest. tomorrow, we're going to see the
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chance of showers and storms move back east. we are looking at the chance of at least some isolated thunderstorms in the northeast. that stretches right down into the panhandle of florida. the western half of the country, though, looks nice and dry. but the heat continues with highs well above 100 degrees in the desert southwest. it does nice and mild and comfortable in the middle of the country with isolated how the armed forces are raising the bar when it comes to new recruits, how new standards are keeping out those that need the military the most, tuesday at 11:00 on nbc bay area news. and that's your latest
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that doesn't happen. >> dylan went to alaska to see what they are doing about that. dylan, good morning. >> good morning to you guys. you know, erica, more than 75% of our freshwater comes from glaciers and as they melt in places like alaska, causing sea levels to rise, our shores could be at risk. >> it's been more than 40 years since they put a man on the moon. and now through their mission, operation ice bridge, nasa is using lasers to measure ice caps in glaciers worldwide in hopes of protecting beaches and shorelines for the future. >> main driving reason is sea level rise as glaciers melt and provide additional freshwater to the oceans. >> chris larson is the principal investigator in alaska. >> on average, glaciers are melting about this much in alaska. about 2 feet per year. the surface lowering. that all goes into the ocean.
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>> researchers say what happens in alaska doesn't necessarily stay there. the ice bridge program monitors the environment and the ecology here and they say that could be a precursor of what could happen hundreds of years from now on a much larger scale. as the climate warms and glaciers thin, nasa says the sea level is rising at about one inch every eight years. while it's a slow process, all of this is important because without proper planning, just 5 feet added to the sea level would flood almost all of miami and new orleans. many coastal communities would also see flooding. >> if you look at the worldwide distribution of humanity, we like the coast. it's not something you plan for. >> he and his team of researchers use gps tracking devices to serve as reference points for the laser inside the aircraft. >> it's a laser altimeter.
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it's a scanning system that sweeps a beam across the surface of the glacier as we travel over it with the aircraft. >> the surface elevation of more than 200 glaciers. glaciers exist because too much snowfalls in one particular place. it flows down the mountains, turns into ice and melts or breaks off into the ocean. when more or less melting occurs than snowfall, the glacier becomes out of balance. >> it's a global phenomenon that affects all communities. >> something operation ice bridge hopes to be minimized around the world through their work in alaska. >> now, we should point out that at the current rate of sea level rise, it could take hundreds of years for coastal communities to be wiped out. but with proper planning, future generations can minimize the impact on their homes and families. you know, that's what thaerg trying to do, raise awareness for coastal communities that
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hundreds of years from now, that coastline might not be there. >> that's from hurricanes and storm surge. we know the areas that are vulnerable, right? >> exactly. in present day, so many more people are affected when a hurricane hits a coastal community. >> it seems there's always that discussion after a storm, after a hurricane. yet it fades away. people start to build it's a tough conversation to have. >> that's where people want to live. >> for a lot of reason. >> you can't change nature, but you have to change ourselves. >> 100 miles inland now and several hundred years from now it will be worth more. >> great deal. >>. just ahead, an ipad gadget you have to see to believe. but first, these messages. walmart has all the latest phones
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♪ ♪ this morning we've got another round of mario's top three. the digital lifestyle contributor mario armstrong has tracked down what you need to know in social media, apps, et cetera. a very important warning for facebook users and has to do with hackers getting into our bank accounts. >> it's called zeus. it's a piece of malware, software, it's been out for a long time. unfortunately, it's being passed a lot through facebook now. if you click on this link, it will download this software into your computer and it will wait for you to log into your bank account. when it does, it activates. capturing your user name and password. you want to make sure you're aware of it, number one. but a couple of quick tips people want to know. if you think you have this malware, go to facebook. they have a help center to scan
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your computer. that's number one. number two, make sure your eye v virus is up to date. number three, don't click on president links that look skeptical or suspiciousment. >> get in there and change your password. >> right away. that's the first thing they tell you on the help center as well. let's talk about something more appetizing. you've got a new app that helps you put leftovers -- explain this. >> it's a foodie and nonfoodies apps. it it's called big oven. had has over 250,000 recipes. you can use it in your kindle, apple devices. >> i've got leftovers in the refrigerator. leftover turkey and celery. >> whatever it is. you can go to the app and pick three items. it will show you recipes that you can use those leftovers with. it helps you save food. come up with new ideas of things that you can actually make from that list.
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pretty cool >> it's a great idea. couldn't help but notice you're next to an ipad standing. >> couldn't notice that. >> that's a roll of toilet paper there. i'll let you explain it. >> you will? you love your ipad, right? >> of course, i do. >> you take it in the bathroom, don't you? >> this is getting personal. what i do in my bathroom is my business. >> except for your family. 75% of people have said in a survey that they go into their bathroom with their mobile device. so this is replacing the newspapers and the magazines. an ipad stand. it's called the commode carrier. there's a stand for it. your toilet paper is here. flexible goose neck here. >> i'm thinking you wouldn't want to skype on it. i'm just putting it out there. >> folks at home, if you're thinking about that, do not skype on this. not a good idea. it's about 90 bucks at ham kerr slemer. >> for the father who has everything, he probably doesn't have this. >> 75% of people use their
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mobile devices. one of the guys here, i'm not saying who, told me he plays words with friends while on the toilet. >> and dave told me she doesn't like the newspapers and magazines. she doesn't like the newspapers. >> all our business getting dragged in here. >> ham kerr shthe ipad commode. here's erica. >> is this the part where we say tmi? >> yes. >> we talked so much about america being the land of opportunity. the place where dreams can come true. kristen dahlgren found that in california. one woman went from migrant worker to the owner of a multimillion dollar vineyard. >> wine more than any other beverage tells a story.
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>> what a story it is. as amelia walks throughout vineyard she now owns, she can't help but think back to the days when she picked these grapes for someone else. >> i was so excited to come to he will norte. to have an adventure. >> she moved here as a child in from mexico. >> i didn't speak the language. then i had left this nurturing extended family that i missed so much. >> her first day on the job, she met another young mexican immigrant named pedro who would one day become her husband. she found a second love also, wine. >> to really be in love and to understand the entire process, you have to actually have lived it. you have to have dirt under your nails. >> she begins every day with that knowledge. >> every time i come out here, it takes my breath away. >> this is the first plot of land she and her husband pedro
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bought in 1983. >> we had no idea what we were doing. >> but they knew grapes. as long as they were growing, their business seemed to grow as well. life in the wine business isn't easy. it's a 24/7 operation. in the fall, hundreds of employees work through the night harvesting knaus of acres of grapes. >> how hard is the work? >> you get paid depending upon how many you pick. imagine picking a couple of tons of grapes. >> the grapes are all important. she and her family closely monitor their growth. >> this is so beautiful. >> they're formed perfectly. >> the soil, the root stock, even the amount of sun can change the taste. they start a week before harvest. >> this is a refractometer. it makes sure the amount of sugar -- you want to capture all of the juice. then we get to taste it. >> all right. >> oh, my gosh, that's amazing.
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>> stnt? >> so sweet. >> winemaking comes down to chemistry. >> it's quite a bit of science. >> it's not a speedy process. in many cases the wine ages for several years. >> a vessel that allows the wine to mature to clarify. >> the environment it's in slowly influencing the final product. >> blossoms and flowers and violets. just really, really pretty and soft and seductive on the nose. you immediately want to taste it. >> a chance they finally get at the downtown napa tasting room with friends and visitors taste the fruits of amelia's labors. she has quite a following. back in 2008, her wine was served at one of president obama's inaugural events. >> i get goose bumps. it was such an exciting time and to be able to share sort of our journey. >> what thrilled ceja most is this. a chance to share her wine with the people who helped shaped them and most days she makes a
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big lunch for the vineyard staff and family. sharing her spicy cooking with the perfect wine and sharing her good fortune. >> i know that there is a proverb, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. i'm living that. >> salud. for "today," kristen dahlgren. maybe you're a fan, maybe you're trying to understand it after hearing your friends and co-workers talk about it relentlessly. we're going to look at what makes game of thrones such a big hit after these messages.
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even if you've never watched game of thrones on hbo, you've
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probably heard about it. especially this week. this is spoiler alert time. if you haven't seen last week's episode, i can't believe you haven't seen it. also hit the mute button now. >> in that one, a shocking plot twist -- lester and jenna are still recovering. as mark potter reports, the daring storylines are part of what makes game of thrones one of tv's hottest shows. >> show them how it feels to lose what they love. >> for fans of game of thrones who await the season finale tonight, the question is, how in the world do you beat last week? the reaction to the bloody red wedding scene where beloved major characters were killed off is still reverberating. >> oh, my god. >> mix of outrage, sadness, loss and a thirst for more. social media lit up after the episode. one wrote, george rr martin
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likes to give kids lollipops and take them away to make them cry. for good measure, he bee heads their parents. >> i want to go for the really strong emotion. >> george rr martin is the best selling author of the books that inspired the hbo series. >> i want you to be involved. i want to make characters who are so real to you that when they die, it's like your mother died or your dog got run over by a truck. they really do feel it profoundly. >> in just three years, game of thrones has become hbo's most popular series. even inspiring this parody by jimmy fallon. >> i am jimaris. i shall ride my tae cups across the sky to victory. >> what is drawing so many to this graphically violent series set in a dark medieval fantasy world? >> you're seeing something on tv that is not anywhere else in terms of scope and scale. >> with more than 5 million
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watching last sunday and likely far more tonight, it's bigger, badder and bloodier than any other show on tv and it appears we like it that way. for "today," mark potter, nbc news, los angeles. >> if you've never seen the show and you just watch that, you would think -- >> a lot of people killing each other. >> there are great plots in there. like these woven in love stories and there's drama. it really has everything. >> if they would just make the character names a little easier. >> right? >> i don't think it's asking too much. next season maybe. >> me neither. still to come, some of you may be leaving us this hour. for those of you sticking around, the top intelligence officials just ahead.
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good morning. surveillance firestorm. in an nbc news exclusive, the director of national intelligence speaks out for the first time about the government's surveillance programs. >> the notion that we're trolling through everyone's e-mails and voyeuristically reading them or listening to everyone's phone calls is on its face absurd. >> this as questions swarm about the program's effectiveness and whether they really prevented terrorist attacks. new images of the santa monica gunman emerge. while he took the lives of four people, this morning, police say it could have been much, much worse. and simon says, duck. simon cowell gets pelted with eggs during the live finale of
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"britain's got talent." he got over it easy and has plenty of others cracking up today. oh, just the beginning, sunday, june 9th, 2013. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. for some of you, it is welcome back. i'm erica hill. >> i'm lester holt. we're running a different pattern because of sports programs. glad to have you here nonetheless. a lot it tell you about, including nelson mandela spending another day in the hospital. he's being treated for a recurring lung infection. we'll head to south africa and get an update on his condition shortly. also, we'll preview one of the most closely watched trials of the year. george zimmerman's second-degree
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murder case in the shooting death of trayvon martin. and a wedding fit for a princess, this one for princess madeline of sweden. we'll run down the details of her jewels, dress, and her american connection. >> you care about the dress, right? >> yes. we want to begin with a controversy that continues to engulf the obama administration over its surveillance programs. it overshadowed the president's two-day summit with china's president, and now the director of national intelligence is speaking out about it in an exclusive interview with nbc news. kristin welker is traveling with the president. kristin, good morning. >> reporter: erika, good morning to you. president obama hosted china's president here in southern california. they discussed a wide range of issue, everything from north korea to cyber security. but what also dominated the weekend, questions about whether the obama administration is overstepping its authority. under mounting pressure, the obama administration is vigorously defending its surveillance programs, which
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collect phone and foreign internet records. >> so the notion that we're trolling through everyone's e-mails and voyeuristically reading them or listening to everyone's phone calls is on its face absurd. we couldn't do it even if we wanted to, and i assure you, we don't want to. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with andrea mitchell, the director of national intelligence, james clapper, said the program has thwarted at least two terror plots in 2009. clapper argued the policy is essential to national security. >> we're trying to minimize those invasions of privacy and keep them to an absolute mini m minimum, and only focus on those targets that really do pose a threat. >> reporter: in california this weekend, president obama's summit with the new chinese president, jinping xi, was overshadowed about whether his administration is spying on all americans. >> nobody is listening to your telephone calls. >> reporter: but some members of
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the president's party say he has gone too far and this online photo took it a step further, morphing president obama's face with former president george w. bush, the insinuation, this president is no different than his predecessor. >> all we know right now is that the government is almost certainly exceeding the law, and is collecting vast amounts of personal information about law-abiding american citizens. >> reporter: outgoing national security adviser tom donilon, traveling with the president, emphasized that the program is subject to judicial and congressional oversight. >> these programs are very important to the united states and its ability to protect itself. >> reporter: now, leaks about the program, according to director clapper, are, quote, reckless disclosures that could jeopardize national security. he told andrea mitchell, the national security agency has requested a criminal investigation. meanwhile, president obama heads home in just a few hours. erica? >> all right, kristin, thank you. nbc news political contributor robert gibbs served as president obama's press
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secretary and was one of his closest advisers in his first term. he is with us this morning. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm doing well, thanks. as we look at this, the debate it seems has moved away from the privacy issue to really one of transparency, and we heard the director of national intelligence told andrea mitchell in talking about this leak, he talked about his concern about what this does to u.s. intelligence gathering. based on your experience and your time in the white house, could this ultimately mean less transparency? >> well, i think, you know, it's interesting -- you have a little bit of a push/pull here. you want greater transparency so people understand, as director clapper and the president have said, we're not reading e-mails, we're not listening to the calls. but you don't want to outsource the methods so that those we are listening to from foreign countries that are calling here, planning something, they understand how to evade those techniques and ultimately get caught. >> so that sounds like a little bit of yes.
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>> well, again, it -- look, none of this is going to ever be perfect. i think what the president has tried to do is strike a balance between protecting privacy, which he believes is very, very important, but also protecting people in this country. and i think this is a program that is -- has a significant amount of judicial review. i think as we talk about it and as we discuss it, you know, it's hard to do in a way -- in some ways that's rational. the byte in that piece earlier where somebody says, this program is almost certainly circum venting the law, i don't think it's very constructive to this debate. i do think the onus clearly is on the administration to try to do what they can to become more transparent and assure people of what the program isn't. i think that's why director clapper did this interview. >> with what's happening in the administration, the president basically admitting his views
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have changed since he took office. and changed a lot since he was campaigning back in 2007 and criticizing former president george h.w. bush. so as we look at this, can you pinpoint a time when you were there with him during his first time, when you started to see that change in his thinking on programs like this? >> well, i think if you -- look, if you look back on the calen r calendar, in june 2008, then-senator obama supports the reauthorization of the fisa act, the fancy term for the foreign intelligence surveillance act, which begins to set in place some of the policies that you see now. this, though, is very different than the 2005-2006 policies of domestic, warrantless wiretapping. and this president, again, i have heard him say many, many times that a program like this has to maintain somebody watching the watchers. and that's why you hear people talking, director clapper, tom
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donilon, talking about the judicial oversight that is so important in this program, so that somebody is watching the watchers. >> robert gibbs, nice to have you with us this morning. thank you. >> thanks for having me. this morning, we're learning about the deadly shooter in santa monica, california, who killed four people and wounded several others. it turns out the rampage could have been much worse. and as amin reports, they hope the images yield some clues. >> reporter: dressed in all black with his assault rifle in hand, police released this surveillance photo they say is of the 24-year-old gunman entering the santa monica community college library. >> he armed himself and was ready for battle. >> reporter: police haven't publicly identified the suspect. they say he was once enrolled at the college. >> the police department did have contact with this individual in 2006. however, because the individual was a juvenile at the time, i'm not at liberty to discuss the circumstances of that contact. >> reporter: still, officials don't know what motivated the
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suspect to go on a 20-minute mile-long shooting rampage that killed four people. on the campus, police recovered some of the 1,300 rounds of ammunition, tactical gear, and weapons the suspect was carrying. inside the school's library, he fired nearly 70 rounds at students who miraculously survived. >> they ran into that safe room, as would be appropriate. they stacked items found in the safe room against the door, hunkered down, and avoided shots that were fired through the dry wall at them. >> reporter: it began when gunshots were reported at a house on fire. moments later, shootings at a city bus and ford explorer, before the suspect was killed at the library. although the shooting seemed random, police say it was calculated. >> i would presume anytime someone puts on a vest and has a semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people, and has to be
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neutralized at the hands of the police, i would say it's premeditated. >> reporter: police are working on notifying the next of kin for both the suspect and his victims. now, to south africa where former president nelson mandela remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition. keers simmons is in johannesburg to bring us the later. kir, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. you can hear this country take a collective intake of breath each and every time nelson mandela is in the hospital. this time, as you say, in describing his condition, it's serious. that's the first time they've used -- the time they've used that term and his wife has cancelled a trip abroad in order to be by his bedside. nelson mandela remains hospitalized this morning, a day after he was rushed there by ambulance in the middle of the night. >> the presidency has called on the nation to pray for him during his hospital stay. >> reporter: he is suffering
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from a lung infection, a complaint that has repeatedly hospitalized him. many were shocked the last time we saw mandela, looking frail in this video, from a south african broadcasting corporation in april. now, he is said to be in a serious condition, though he is able to breathe on his own. >> his condition deteriorated to the point where it was necessary to hospitalize him. he is in the hospital in victoria now. the doctors report that his condition is serious, but he is stable. >> reporter: nelson mandela's lungs have been weak since suffering tuberculosis while a political prisoner. his strength helped bring about the transformation of his country, ending the apartheid regime that separated blacks from whites. his nation worries, concerned for south africa. a man they affectionately called by his clan name, madiba. the president's office is
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attempting to reassure -- >> he is a fighter, and at his age, as long as he is fighting, he'll be fine. >> reporter: nelson mandela fought for freedom and democracy, to end the oppression of his people. now, he faces a difficult fight. >> this is the me where we need to hold hands and pray for the elderly statesman. >> reporter: with so many around the world praying for him. nelson mandela was in the hospital for two weeks over christmas, and each time he's been in the hospital he recovered and returned home -- his home here in johannesburg. of course, nelson mandela himself would say the concentration on him as an individual is wrong, that many people led the struggle against apartheid and led this country out of the dark days. of course, he is so deeply loved here. >> all right, kier simmons, thank you very much. there is new information this morning about the building collapse in philadelphia this week that left six people dead.
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jenna is here with more on that and the morning's other headlines. good morning. >> hey, guy, good morning. hi, everyone. new this morning, days after a deadly building collapse in philly, the man operating the backhoe at the construction site is in police custody. 42-year-old benschop turned himself in to face a slew of charge, including six counts of involuntary manslaughter for the six people killed in that collapse. 13 others remain hospitalized. overseas, anti-government protests continue in turkey with the violence edging closer to the u.s. embassy. thousands of protesters have taken to the streets for weeks now. at first, it was over a proposal to build a city park, but are now protesting the prime minister and government in general. police used water cannons to disperse the crowds on saturday night. cory booker says he will run for the senate seat left vacant by the death of senator frank lautenberg. booker, whose profile has risen over the last few years,
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announced his candidacy on saturday. the democratic primary is set for august, with a special election taking place in october. with no hope of a triple crown winner this year, people and horses still showed up to the belmont stakes anyway for the third leg of the triple crown. the horses didn't know any better. at the end of it all, it wasn't close. palace malice came in first, followed by oxbo, and then orb. if you bet a lot of money for those horses in that order, i'm totally free for dinner this week. quite a performance on saturday night's "britain's got talent" show, but it didn't come from the main act. two opera singers were singing "the impossible dream" when one of the backup singers stepped forward with a carton of protein-rich eggs and started tossing away, straight at simon cowell. the judge didn't have a reaction, later tweeting in part, how the performers didn't know when the protein accident
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happened. on a related note, other protein rich foods, if that's what they were going for, the contestants could have thrown yogurt, cottage cheese, skim milk, but the eggs were easier to throw. >> i'm not sure they were concerned as much on the finale. you're that close. >> they were trying to get his attention. make there's a grudge. such a likable, pleasant, sweet guy, so i'm not sure why -- >> yeah, why would anybody throw eggs -- >> right, yeah. >> dylan is here and has another check of the weather. >> we're talking about extreme heat in the southwest. we're looking at temperatures well over 100 degrees. this is some of the hottest temperatures we have seen this early in the season, and the heat continues tomorrow. that's a look at good morning, anthony slaughter in the nbc bay area center. we have a cooler day. east bay, north bay back into the triple digits saturday, back in the 80s today, 84 in livermore, 85 walnut creek.
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cooler in the south bay. 79 in san jose. cool at the coast, and showers remain high, potential for showers and thunderstorms for sunday and a few lingering showers monday morning. that's your latest forecast. erica? >> dylan, thanks. up next on "today," the tiara, the jewels, of course, the dress. it's a royal wedding. we've got the details right after this. we threw a party in this house. the next day, we sprayed febreze air effects and asked real people what they thought. i can't believe i don't smell any of this.
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is waking up a newlied with. she married a manhattan banker in stockholm. >> and the wedding was the bride's fairytale ending. ♪ >> reporter: princess madeleine walked up the aisle with her father, carl gustaf, her real-life prince charming struggling to keep back the tears. the children sang the traditional wedding march, then in front of royalty from across europe and beyond, the couple exchanged vows. hers in swedish. his in english. >> tack madeleine emily josephine -- >> reporter: the swedish princess chose to marry in her hometown of stockholm, but the couple live in new york city where they first met and fell in love. the groom, chris o'neill, a british educated banker. >> he's interesting. he's intelligence. he's charming.
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very sort of james bondy. the american james bond. when i was in new york, he had all the girls running after him. >> reporter: 30-year-old madeleine once known as the party princess hasn't always been lucky in love. she dated lawyer jonas berkstrom for eight years, but it ended amid of swirl of headlines alleging he had cheated on her. the princess fled to new york, landing in the arms of her now husband. the fourth in line to the throne, madeleine likely will never be queen, but all of sweden is buzzing about this royal match. the jewels glittering, the gowns elegant, queens and kings, princes and princesses decked out in all their finery. the dress by valentino, it was princess madeleine and her dashing husband who were the center of attention. guests travelled by boat to her impressive family home for the reception. after the honeymoon, the happy couple will return to life in new york. he's chosen not to become a
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prince, but just like any good fairytale, everyone expects them to live happily ever after. for "today," anna bell roberts, nbc news, london. >> like a beautiful wedding. >> yeah, i can't believe our invitations got lost. >> every time. a preview of george zimmerman's murder trial next. [ male announcer ] ah... retirement. sit back, relax, pull out the paper and what? another article that says investors could lose tens of thousands of dollars in hidden fees on their 401(k)s?! seriously? seriously. you don't believe it? search it.
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good morning. anthony slaughter in the nbc bay area weather center. it is a cooler day, fog and drizzle expected for the morning hours. when we get to the afternoon hours, an area of low pressure is off the coast all day long saturday that kept coastal locations foggy and drizzly, that will head inland today. we expect showers and thunderstorms primarily today located in the coastal mountains and interior hills. everybody will not see rain today, but the areas that see the showers could actually see some lightning strikes, and with our wildfire threat being so high, it is definitely something we don't need. for today, temperatures are dramatically cooler. 84 in livermore, 85 in walnut creek. they got to triple digits saturday. 79 in san jose.
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it will be cool. 67 in santa cruz, 63 in san francisco today. chance for showers is high tomorrow, and friday, high pressure takes control again. inland temperatures soar close to 90 degrees toward friday. eventually highs at the coast back to 60s and 70s as we approach next weekend. have a great sunday.
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we're back on a sunday morning, june 9th, 2013. a wonderful morning out here and a wonderful crowd joining us on the plaza. i'm lester holt alongside erica hill and jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. commercials. we're bombarded by them all day long, but some stand out. >> yeah, we get to take a look at them. remember the gray poupon? those were the days. this had both of us crying. >> i had an allergy attack. >> yeah, sure you were. >> no, actually, quite sweet, the top ads recently honored as the cream of the crop. we'll look at the best commercials of the year. and who says federal agents or federal bureaus can't get along and work together? there's a new show that takes a look at six federal agents from
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all different agencies living together in one house, helping one another out, with some crazy undercover stories. i got to go for a set visit, behind-the-scenes takes and we'll take you along. and then, if it weren't for the fact i'm wearing heels and a dress, i would totally be doing what these guys are doing right now. i kid you not. they run, they jump. they're daredevilish in their ways. it's called free running. and if you've been following this kind of sport for a while now, it's now taking off. it's been going on for a couple of years. they're live on our plaza. you've seen me coming to work -- and again -- >> he does the makeup. >> i would be all over this right now. i'm wearing a dress, so how can i do it? these guys are incredible. they're so fun to watch. we're looking forward to seeing them. before we get to that, we'll get another check of the weather from dylan. >> it is a gorgeous day. i want to point out this sign, because you put so much effort into it.
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>> from lancaster. >> thank you for being here. thank you for your time. >> okay. >> we will see gorgeous weather today in the northeast. but it's all about the heat in the southwest. we're going to see the hottest temperatures this early in the season in parts of nevada, also into the phoenix, arizona, area, where it will be 108 degrees today. we do have a chance of stronger storms from southern illinois right down into southeastern arkansas and extreme northern louisiana. we will see our biggest threat of wind gusts and also hail. and then, tomorrow, the threat diminishes and we will see showers and storms move into the mid-atlantic region right through the areas back across the great lakes and down into the panhandle of florida. still sizzling hot in the southwest, and that even extends over into northern texas as the heat does start to build into the plains and eventually into the midwest. tomorrow, most of the country looks nice and dry. isolated thunderstorms up in the minnesota area, but the biggest threat of showers and storms will be from new york state right through new jersey,
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delaware, mid-atlantic region and down through the southeast. also some continued isolated thunderstorms in florida. get up to the minute when you're up on today in the bay. see breaking news stories from overnight. plan your day for the early morning forecast, navigate your commute with real time traffic. watch today in the bay, weekdays starting 4:30 a.m. and i'm very excited, because today we're actually kicking off a new thing. it's called "today's" top spot where we will feature every saturday and sunday a different event going on across the country. so if you're in the area, you can check it out. "today's top spot" chicago blues festival in chicago, illinois. wmaq, nbc 5, a couple of showers possible, but most of the day does look partly cloudy. we are going to see this be a
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huge success. this is one of the largest blues festivals in the world featuring some of the biggest names in blues music. at first, it was looking like we'd see thunderstorms, but now just a 20% chance of showers. otherwise, partly sunny and temperatures should be up around 80 degrees. so everybody out and about in chicago, and it should be a wonderful day. check it out if you can. >> all right, dylan, thanks. now to sanford, florida, and the highly anticipated second-degree murder trial of george zimmerman. jury selection is set for tomorrow. kerry sanders is there for us now. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. 500 residents in this area have been sent jury summons, and tomorrow morning, the first of the potential jurors will begin showing up here at the courthouse. the large number of potential jurors is reflective of the high-profile nature of this case. from that 500, the state and the defense will eventually choose which six should sit on the jury.
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>> so your first name is george? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: during the videotaped police interview, 29-year-old george zimmerman admits he shot and killed 17-year-old trayvon martyr. >> i grabbed my fun, and i aimed it at him, and fired one shot. >> reporter: but he has pled not guilty to second-degree murder. >> he said, yo, you got a problem? i turned around. i said, nah, i don't have a problem, man. >> reporter: as george zimmerman walked us through the events of last year, he said he shot trayvon martin. >> i shot him one time. >> reporter: he admits he followed the 17-year-old that rainy night. >> there's a real suspicious guy -- >> reporter: in its probable cause affidavit, state prosecutors say trayvon martin was profiled by george zimmerman. >> i think the state has a weak case. i think they're trying to build a case of guilt upon my client when he acted in self-defense. >> reporter: the night of the event, trayvon martin had gone to a market to pick up an iced
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tea and a back of skittles. police say he was weaving a route through the neighborhood headed back to his girlfriend's condo, and despite what a police dispatcher said to george zimmerman -- >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> reporter: the neighborhood watch leader followed on foot and then there was a commotion and several residents called 911. but no one saw what set off the confrontation. who was the aggressor? how was it that george zimmerman's pistol ended up being fired? how did zimmerman sustain injuries to his head? >> you have george zimmerman who's alive, you have trayvon martin who's dead who's not here to tell his story. of course, he's going to blame the victim. >> reporter: trayvon martin's parents say all they've wanted is a day in court. >> this was a minor by any terms. it wasn't an adult in another adult. so trayvon thought as a 17-year-old, like, why is this guy following me? >> reporter: it's expected that jury selection will take at
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least two weeks. by the judge's order, the identity of all the potential jurors will remain a secret. lester? >> kerry sanders this morning. kerry, thank you very much. and we want to note here that george zimmerman has sued nbc universal, the parent company of this network, for defamation. the company has strongly denied his allegations. coming up next here on "today," the best commercials in the past here. real run them down for you. [ male announcer ] if your road trip stops at the corner of "taking in the scenery" and "hey, they're taking our stuff," no need to panic. walgreens has over 8,000 stores across the country with all your prescriptions on file and just about anything else you might need along the way. because you never know what the road will bring. ♪ so swing by walgreens today and get 3,000 points when you spend 15 dollars on sun care products. at the corner of happy and healthy. and be good for your face?
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whether you watch them on tv or online, the commercials are everywhere. we're actually choosing to watch. some are better than others. like this one, which debuted during the olympics. it walked away with top honors. >> matt miller is the group's ceo and producer. good morning. >> good morning. >> we know humor works. we see a lot in the super bowl ads. that particular p&g ad went to the hearts. let's play a few seconds, and then we'll talk about it. ♪ this ad had members of our staff in tears. it's so sweet. the mothers, taking their kids out to practice, and then we see them in the olympics. is this part of a trend now, to go back to the heartstrings?
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>> well, marketers have designificants they can make and options at their disposal. going with a director like alejandro anuroto who is celebrated for his sort of emotional and almost dark work that he's done for many films, but a big filmmaker with this sort of epic ideas and styles, that's a decision that was made to actually tell a story much different than the humor that you're talking about. >> speaking of humor, though, a little bit of humor in the next one, which won the copyrighting category. it was the jingle that captured a lot of people's attention. let's take a look. >> let me just -- wait, come here. ♪ you spit on your hand to clean off his face ♪ ♪ just to recap you put spit on his face ♪ ♪ he needs rag goo >> so we all laughed a little bit. why does this ad work so well?
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>> well, it worked -- this is a brand that's been around forever. they really brought it back in a way using some irreverent humor, and all of them have sort of this jingle-style copyrighting that brings you back to what a hard day a kid can really have, and bring you around to what's the best way to award the kids. you know, ragu. >> spaghetti dinner. >> i'm a big sports fan. espn has done a wonderful job with their brand, with their commercials. they have one out now with michael jordan. not the michael jordan you're thinking of. let's take a look, and then we'll talk about it. >> checking in. >> name, please. >> michael jordan. ♪ >> oh. >> michael jordan, 8:00. >> oh. >> that's me. >> oh. >> no. >> oh, man. [ laughter ]
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>> what did espn do right with this one? >> they have so many things that are great with using athletes and using humor throughout the years. they just nailed this so well, because we all get the joke, right? still, the most famous athlete in the world. and you think about it, you say, wow, what must it be like to be him. >> right. >> imagine just having his name. >> yeah. >> the simple, basic concept. >> and they really brought it each and every way -- >> sure. absolutely. >> and the next one is from a start-up company -- this has only been seen online by about 10 million people. it's the dollar shave club. and take a look at it. >> now, lubricating strip and a pivot head. it's so gentle, a toddler could use it. do you like spending $20 a month on brand-name razors? 19 go to roger federer. i'm good at tennis. and you think your razor needs a vibrating handle, a flashlight, a back-scratcher and ten blades? your grandfather had one blade.
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>> -- make an ad at this point and put it online? >> you could. this guy, he's actually the ceo and founder of the company. he also has a background in improv acting, and he's also from the advertising industry. >> okay. >> so he had a few -- >> those caveats. >> legs up on -- and it does tell you the power of the internet and the power of connecting with the consumer. he got 12,000 subscribers in the first day he was online. >> wow. >> and now he has had over 10 million hits. he's off now with new products and offshoots to the company. but he's showing that there is a new way to build -- build a company, build an idea, and taking on the big companies like gillette and schick and other people and -- >> and he's getting a lot of play. and we're talking about it on the "today" show, so not too shabby. >> great to see you. thanks again. >> great to be here. ahead, we'll take you behind
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the secret, suspense, drama part of usa's new series "graceland," a dark look at the lives of federal agents. >> a good recipe for a little bit of drama. i had the opportunity to spend some time with the ensemble cast. take a group of beautiful peo e people, put them in a multimillion-dollar beachfront mansion, and you can expect a little drama. but this isn't the real world. it's the new usa network drama
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"graceland," based on actual events, it centers around a southern california house seized from a drug lord that is now home to six undercover agents from the fbi, dea, and u.s. customs. >> the house is a tight fit. you'll find that real fast, there are no secrets to graceland. >> reporter: a pairing that had even the professional consultants on set questioning the story lines. >> you could tell the guys training about the show, and, oh, that would never happen, man. they would never house fbi agents and dea. >> reporter: and yet, they did. though in this house they don't share everything. >> that's my juice, man. >> excuse me? >> when you're living in close quarters with any group of people, relationships form, some are good, some are bad, different people have different secrets. >> the lies. how do you keep from going crazy? >> who says i haven't? >> reporter: paul is the statesman in this mansion, experience that also has a dark side. >> we all have some kind of
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shadow or dark side. and one of the things i love about paul is he is actively engaged in trying to deal with his. >> warren, get up. >> reporter: the newest addition, mike warren, is fresh from the academy, where he graduated top of his class, with dreams of an fbi career in d.c., not on a california beach. >> he's a very, very hard worker and strives for excellence in everything he does, and a lot of room for fun in that, i think. >> reporter: keeping these government agents together, johnny turturro. >> he's the heart of it. he gets along with everybody. he wants everybody to be friends, family. he's always helping somebody else out. >> reporter: the day i visited the set, danny montana gave me a trip, including even to the phone room, where much of the real work is done. why are the phones so old? is it because they're more secure? >> i have no idea. it just looks so much more official like this. >> reporter: it does.
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like an old government phone in a basement somewhere. and the costume room. >> so we have wardrobe. we've got makeup. the shoes you might need. >> wigs galore. >> wigs galore. mustaches. >> reporter: even pictures here, too. >> yeah. >> reporter: a lot of the characters need to look like they're kind of in rough shape. >> yeah. >> the first time i walked into the wardrobe, i was surprised. it reminded me of a woom's dressing room on broadway. >> reporter: the story doesn't end for these characters. when they get the bad guys. it just moves to the bar. >> i'm a pilot. >> reporter: scenes also inspired by, you guessed it, actual events and real-life agents. >> an airline pilot, and the reason is, you're traveling for long periods of time. you can't pick up your cell phone. so you have an excuse to disappear for long periods of time, when you're actually undercover. >> reporter: anything you try to incomp rate into your personal life?
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>> no comment. >> reporter: for all of the laughs, it is a serious drama, one this cast hopes is around for a long, long time. it's a fun show. you asked me why it's called "graceland." >> yeah. >> the house it's based on was owned by a drug lord who had an elvis fascination. so they named it graceland. the house isn't too shabby. "graceland" airs on the usa network thursdays at 10:00, 9:00 central. up next, the latest fitness craze that has people bouncing off the walls. before mike could see his banking and investing accounts on one page... before he could easily transfer funds between the two in real time... before he could even think about planning for his daughters' future... mike opened a merrill edge investment account and linked it to his bank of america bank account
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you thought your workout was intense? so you think you do. this morning, we're introducing you to something called free running. it's growing in popularity. in a lot of ways, thanks to the internet. now, gyms are popping up across the country. ♪ i love you it's no sweating to the oldies or jane fonda exercise dvd.
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this is a workout like you've never seen before, where they flip, climb, jump, and tumble. maybe you haven't heard of par core or free running, but chances are you've seen it. what started in france as military obstacle course training has since gone viral and hollywood, appearing in iconic movie scenes like this one from "casino royale." this owner is trying to take it from the silver screen to main it stream through his gym in california. >> ready, set, go! >> reporter: it's a sport with a fashion following where urban landscapes take on a life of their own. >> i look at things completely different. i don't look at sidewalks, i look at buildings, how to jump them, it releases something in your brain, you are capable of more than you thought of. >> reporter: a challenge of both the body and mind that has been life changing for some. >> i used to be a pretty violent
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kid, and free running helped me get out of that. free running basically did save my life. >> it completely changed the way i see the world. >> free running is my life. it's my passion. it's what i found that truly deeply makes me happy. for me to share that with other people is unbelievable. >> reporter: unbelievable doesn't even begin to describe the scene at this gym. gravity defying is more like it. >> this sport is for everybody, which is a great thing about it. because everybody can move. >> reporter: everybody? let's see about that. ♪ so are you ready to make me a free runner? >> yes. a chance to play and have some fun. kind of jump into our world. >> reporter: okay, i'm ready. step one. getting over obstacles. >> yeah, yeah, bring it on. yes. >> reporter: running up walls, that's next. >> so walls are always there, can be in the way, so you need to learn how to overcome a wall. >> reporter: after breaking a serious sweat, here's the takeaway. you hit a wall, mental or
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physical, try, try again, and eventually, you'll make it over. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: for "today," jewel luchello, los angeles. members of the group from los angeles are here in new york with a live demonstration. take it away, guys. ♪
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>> nice job! i think the hardest part is keeping your hat on, right? >> or keeping the camera in. >> thanks for having us. >> thanks for coming on. >> what are the requirements to be able to do this, a gymnastics program? what do you have to start out with to get to this point? >> you just have to like to move. that's the biggest thing. everybody has a different background, where they come from, but it's the exploration
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and enjoyment of moving your body. >> is this just a hobby, or can you make a living doing this? >> yeah, the majority of us make a living -- myself make a living doing free running. >> movies? >> movies, yeah. >> lester can hook you up with a couple of deals. 10%, very reasonable. it reminds me of kids, at a playgrou playground, you never stop moving. you don't wear any form of protection. no helmets, no nothing? >> no, you practice the moves over and over again. >> you're laughing at my question. i'm a mother. >> on your own level, you know, as a kid, you have no fear. you try to limit the amount of injuries so you can continue to play and play and explore what your body is kipable of. >> wow. you need to try this. >> dying to try this. >> only a couple more months. >> yeah. then i'll be back. you guys are fantastic. really, really great. >> thank you. >> thanks very much for coming on. you were great. >> thank you.
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sunday has been a heavy sky day in paris, quite the leaden look and the damp feel right now, it is dry. preparing to walk on court philip chartrier, these two men are friends from the same country, a country that has proven itself to be domitable on clay. this is a big achievement for david ferrer. never before in a career of 800 professional matches has he walked onto the court with a chance to play for a major championship.


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