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you for more local news at: good morning. breaking overnight. debris spotted. searches locate objects that could be from that missing air asia passenger jet. as officials acknowledge the plane is most likely at the bottom of the sea. we're live with the latest developments on the search. >> rescued. crews say the final passengers trapped on the ferry off the italian coast t grueling 30-hour ordeal as the investigation moves forward. bundle up. up to 45 degrees below normal across the midwest, an arctic blast getting ready to spread to the east and south. will it put a freeze on your holiday travel plans? and great interview. sony pictures new movie makes a
whopping $18 million over the weekend, becoming a massive hit online. with stars live tweeting it all today monday, december 29th, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning i'm savannah guthrie along side willie geist and al is out in los angeles. matt and natalie have the morning off. everyone have a good christmas? >> we did. >> and happy birthday and merry christmas. >> thank you. >> how was baby vale's christmas? >> we're going to tell her she had a great christmas. she has no idea. reindeer pajamas furnished by grandma.
>> even the bouncy seat. >> all coordinated. >> able to chew on the gifts. >> mostly the wrapping paper. a lot to get to. the desperate search for an air asia jetliner. officials saying it and the 162 people on board are likely, quote, at the bottom of the sea. nbc's katy tur is following this from singapore. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. day two and still no official word on the fate of that plane. there was an unconfirmed report earlier today that debris was spotted but it was quite a distance from the last known location of the flight, and if we learned anything from mh-370 is take these initial reports with a grain of salt. the head of the indonesia search and rescue team is preparing people for the worst. our evaluation of the coordinates suggest that it's under water. so our presumption now is that the aircraft is under the sea.
still, that is only an educated guess. teams in the air and at sea are scouring the area around the island near flight 8501's last known location. the the island is halfway between surabaya and singapore. they are assisting in the effort and australia set one of its or ionsa. another day of waiting as relatives hope for a miracle. as the hours pass without answers, similarities are drawn between this flight and mh-370 which abruptly went off radar. there are a lot of differences. unlike mh-370 which flew undetected for hours air traffic control immediately noticed when this went missing after pilots requested to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid bad weather. investigators have been combing a an area in the indian ocean in some of deepest waters in the
world. 8501 is likely in the java sea which is relatively shallow and heavily trafficked. as for air asia's pilot he was experienced with more than 20,000 hours in the cockpit and the plane had flown forthan 6,000. >> support the next of kin of passenger and also our crew to go through these very, very difficult times. >> reporter: as you can see the weather is only getting worse out here. the wind is picking up, it was pretty cloudy today. it will rain for the next few days, not ideal conditions for searching and it could hamper or potentially suspend the search for the next few days. we'll see what happens as the weather shows us what she's going to give us. >> katy tur, thank you. aviation analyst and former ntsb investigator, greg, good morning to you. with officials saying likely
this plane is at the bottom of the sea how difficult a search do you expect this to be? >> it depends because if the we're expecting to see lots of floating debris unlike with mh-370, it could be difficult because we're going to have pinpoint where that airplane and the bulk of the wreckage went in the water f. there is floating debris of course it's moved now over this last 24-30 hours so. they are going to have to backtrack or pinpoint to try and identify where the main impact may be. >> still early but the indications are four minutes after the plane or -- before the plane vanished the pilot requested to climb higher, presumably to get around weather in the area. and was denied because of traffic conditions. >> yes. >> what do you make of that? >> typically pilots try to go around the weather. there are times you can go above the weather but knowing the weather type in that area all of these pilots are familiar that these thunderstorms flop up to 50,000 feet.
likely he thought he probably may climb to get a smoother ride. they may have been in turbulence as they got closer. he may have thought he could deviate and climb. >> what do you make of air traffic control saying no, you can't climb higher? >> you got to remember that air traffic control their primary duties are traffic separation, so if they have crossing traffic at a higher altitude at 35, 38, 40,000 feet they have to have a certain separation so they possibly said you can't go right now, you got an airplane coming over the top of you. take your deviation, we'll climb you later. >> talking about monsoon weather, lightning strikes. are you surprised that the plane was permitted to fly this plan at all? >> that's going to be a primary question for investigators because typically even before the pilots leave the ground they are in with dispatch doing a weather analysis and give at any deteriorating weather conditions because those thunderstorms had been building for some time.
and they blossomed even larger as the airplane approached. so there's going to be a question as to what kind of information the crew had to make a decision to conduct the flight, and why the airline released the airplane for that flight. >> you hear about lightning, these planes are designed to withstand this weather and some lightning. >> absolutely. airplanes can take lightning strikes but if you have multiple strikes or have an issue with what we call bonding where you have to make sure all of the electronicing are bonded you could fail some or all of the electronic equipment. this is an electric airplane with backup computers and uses a fly by wire system. could compromise the integrity of the system. >> so many questions. thank you g. to have you here. over to willie. >> thank you. we've got breaking news now on that ferry disaster. officials saying evacuation of more than 400 passengers from the burning ship has been completed. keir simmons is monitoring this for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
all of the passengers surviving passengers have been rescued. the exact numbers are confused and many are suffering hypothermia. they had to stay on the top deck overnight while the fire below was so hot they said their shoes melted on the lower decks if they tried to get down and escape. a terrifying rescue operation. a ferry on fire, hundreds of passengers on the top deck. they are air lifted one by one while jets of water are visible pouring from a ship to control the flames beneath those still stranded. hours into the rescue many were still on board. some were winched to safety in groups, here a mother and two children and apparently very young child in her arms wrapped in blue. she smiles, we're okay. the ferry was headed from greece to italy, most of the 478 on board were greek. it's thought the fire broke out on the car deck before spreading.
here a burst of flames. five people confirmed dead, while the cold caused hypothermia for many. wur 13 are safe. some left on a container ship. it reached the ferry to help before rough seas, high winds and the intense fire made rescue by sea impossible. there was no alarm, nothing this man says. everything was blocked. it was freezing cold. no help. the ferry had passed a technical inspection according to its owners but one passenger called his wife from on board and told her they have been left to burn. we are hearing the two more bodies have been recovered, taking the number, the official number of dead now at seven, willie. italians have already launched an investigation but of course they will need to recover the ferry for that. and i spoke earlier to al, he tells me there are still rough
seas, rain, even sleet with temperatures in the 30s, so it will be a difficult recovery, willie. >> terrifying scene. keir simmons, thanks so much. >> speaking of weather at home millions are hit with some of the coldest air of the year, up to 45 degrees below normal in the midwest. al is also tracking nasty storms at the start of this week. he's in los angeles this morning with all of that. good morning. >> good morning. good to see you, savannah. merry christmas, happy new year. not so much a great end to the year with all of this cold air. big area of high pressure dominating and it is going to push south. i mean it is going to get as far south as parts of texas. we have wind chill warning and advisories from the pacific northwest all the way into northern texas, and as far east as minnesota. here's what we're looking at. temperatures that are today right now feels like 3 in idaho falls, 8 in denver, feels like 9 below in minneapolis.
those are current temperatures. high temperatures for the day it's not going to feel much better. denver will be 6. that's 38 degrees below normal. lexington, kentucky, 36 degrees. 5 degrees below normal. and then tomorrow that area expands out and to the east and as you can look at this, new york city, a high of 33, 7 degrees colder than normal. kansas city 26. dallas will see a high of only 42, that's 13 degrees below normal. and there's a big storm coming out of the west, could you believe we're talking about 3 inches of snow or more in las vegas on new year's eve. bet on it. guys, more coming up in a little bit. >> cozy up inside that casino. then don't leave. we'll check back in with you. >> shanelle jones is in fortunately with an update on the health of former president george h.w. bush. >> he could be going home soon after spending another night in the hospital. jacob rascon is in houston with the latest.
good morning. >> reporter: good morning. doctors seem more optimistic on the former president's condition, talking about dates for discharge. he got here tuesday by ambulance as a precaution after he had trouble breathing. he is the oldest living former president and as we know suffers from a form of parkinson's disease and had health scares before. two years ago he was hear. we're told this time around his condition is less serious, now going on seven days in the hospital. and as we're told he could be going home very soon. >> thank you. president obama putting republicans on notice this morning saying he expects to use his veto pen more often. the president hasn't vetoed many bills since taking office in 2009, only twice. but with republicans set to control both chambers of congress, republicans will have fewer obstacles sending president obama legislation he doesn't like.
in texas fire officials say not all the residents of a senior living apartment building have been accounted for. after a deadly three-alarm fire near san antonio. five people were killed, ten injured after the fire broke out sunday morning. residents are not required to check in or south it's unclear how many were home at the time. the cause of the fire is under investigation. >> dramatic cell phone video shows a 3-year-old child jumping from the second floor during a christmas day apartment fire in alabama. >> jump! come down right here. your mama said do it. come on. >> 3 years old. another resident was able to catch the child. six people were hurt in the fire, four of them children. four apartments were destroyed. investigators say the fire was started by food left unattended on a burning stove. >> a surfer is recovering after surviving a great white shark attack off the coast of central florida or central california i should say.
this morning we're hearing from a fellow surfer who watched it happen. here is miguel almaguer. >> reporter: what many might consider their worst nightmare in the water. coming face-to-face with a great white shark. a reality for surfer kevin swanson sunday morning. >> both of the eyewitnesss that we spoke to said it was 8 to 10-foot great white. >> reporter: the attack took place off of the beach in central california. andrew was out in the water next to swanson when it all unfolded. >> when it come up, hit him from below and the whole body just twisted and took him under the water. he pops up. >> reporter: swanson made it back to the beach and air lifted to the hospital with a bite on his hip. doctors say the injury is not life threatening. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and everything coming up
roses in southern california today with just three days to go until the tournament of roses parade, volunteers will be busy putting the finishing touches on more than 40 flower-covered floats. paradegoer may need a sweatshirt. the forecast calls for a high of just 54 degrees. more than 20 degrees below last year's high. >> all right. i have to say al's out there covering the rose bowl, right? >> that's right. we're doing -- i'm doing the rose parade. this will be my 18th year. i'm doing it with hoda kotb. in fact, the morning, it starts at 8:00 a.m. out here. it's going to be about 38 degrees, so we'll need more than a sweatshirt. a look around the country. beautiful in the northeast, plenty of sunshine. but in the mid-atlantic states into the southeast more rain. chilly conditions as you make your way into texas. snow, this is part of that storm system we're talking about, we're looking at more coming up in the next 15 minutes, bringing snow across the plains, a nice day though cool in southern california.
we'll get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. we were a great team then we grew up. and things weren't as easy. after twelve years, seven diets and six sizes i finally realized my relationship with my butt had nothing to do with my butt and everythying to do with my brain. well then, good morning to you. 7:16 showing you a live look at the golden gate bridge. we started out completely clear here and at this part closed in with fog. temperatures in the 40s this morning. we're going to end up in the upper 50s. lots of sunshine coming your way all week long.
>> and that's your latest weather. here is a question. if you put your tongue on the frozen "today" logo, does it stick? i don't know. >> try it, al. >> lick the screen. >> do you double dog dare me? >> yes. triple dog dare you. >> go for it, al. >> he'll do it. >> see you in a little bit. dylan is covering the orange room for carson this morning. what are we looking at? >> you traveled for the holidays. >> yep. >> did you bring along any wrapped presents in your luggage? >> no. >> did not. >> the tsa says you cannot. if you do, there's a good chance they'll open them. put together a nice little compilation of the presents that the tsa not so subtly unwrapped. jordan says well at least the tsa made an attempt to rewrap the present they opened. the jar made it. that's good. katie, who basically says she thinks the tsa might have tried
to open up her present here but she's not so sure. i appreciate they're trying to rewrap the whole thing. this one maybe not so much. he brought us a present and tsa was nice enough to wrap it up for us. i like how the string was piled right back on the present. they always stick on their security tape. we reached out to the tsa. we recommend that travelers travel with unwrapped gifts and wrap them at their destination. at times unwrapping a wrapped gift is required by policy. they give some advice saying holiday travel tip, use gift bags instead of wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. sometimes it's hard to travel with a big roll of wrapping paper. i understand why people take the chance and wrap it. not so nice when you get the present and it's covered in tsa wrapping paper. >> thank you for those tips four days after christmas. >> remember next year. >> exactly. >> always looking ahead, dylan. coming up, has hollywood found a new way to produce a hit? history-making success of "the
interview's" online release after all that controversy and the stars live tweeting during the film. has it been worth it? colorado's governor on the highs and lows of the legalization of marijuana one year later. first this is "today" on nbc. s of the legalization of marijuana one year later. first this is "today" on nbc.
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you're watching "today in the bay." >> good morning. it is 7:26. happening now, police in san francisco are looking for two men who broke into a home and robbed two people at gun point. it happened at about 3:00 this morning near san francisco state. police say the suspects were armed with gun when is they burst into the house and took property from the victims. they didn't elaborate on what was taken. then the suspects ran off. police have been searching for them all morning. no one was hurt. police have blocked off a three-block radius to look for clues. >> the window washer who fell 11 stories from the top of a san francisco building has raised
more than $72,000 in just 17 days. last week the family pedro perez asked for help paying for his medical bills. he fell from a building back in november while working as a window washer. the family helped to raise $20,000 to help pay for his surgery. so far more than 1,100 people have donated more than $72,000. >> let's bring in christina loren, who is standing by with a look at our forecast. it is a cold morning if you're waking up right now. >> it is frigid out there. we have some thick fog but not a usual suspect. ocean beach, mostly clear here but you are socked in with fog up and down the east shore, really dense in santa rosa all the way through marin county and the tri-valley as well. as you head throughout the day today, temperatures are going to stay cool. you'll need your jacket all day
long. looking good as we head into the new year. temperatures, though will be chilly. here's mike and your drive. >> we have fog right here. the golden gate bridge just seeing that creep across the san francisco side. you see the light volume of traffic keeping things moving well. look at the bay bridge toll plaza moving well. it's cleared up over the last half hour. as christina said, 680, right around walnut creek the earlier crash has cleared and should be moving better. >> mike thank you and i'll have another local news update for you in half an hour. keep it right here.
7:30 now on this monday december 29th, twourp. a look at rockefeller plaza christmas tree. get a look at it before it's gone. >> fun time of year around here. let's take a look at what's making headlines. searchers spotted objects in the java sea overnight. officials admit the plane and people on board are likely at the bottom of the sea. a blast of arctic air is pushing south out of canada. today's highs from north dakota
to texas expected to be up to 45 degrees below normal with dozens of cities waking up with temperatures in the single digits today. >> lava from the volcano on hawaii's big island is itching closer to a popular shopping center. the flow moved some 10 yards over the weekend is now less than seven yards from a row of businesses leading to a number of voluntary evacuations there. coming up is everyone ready? the "today" musical makes its debut in the fourth hour. we'll give you a sneak peek. >> there's the stars, real stage hand. there he is. and, sal, we put the lavender lilies in your dressing room okay? >> see how shy he is. >> exactly. >> maybe he could go trending. >> he is amazing, by the way. you have to stick around for that. >> he does so much more than sweep. tomorrow on "today," oscar nominee jake gyllenhaal stops by studio 1a. he n underwent quite a
transformation for his role in "night crawler." we'll talk to him about that and much more. big weekend for "the interview," in just five days and that hack of sony pictures it raked in more than $250 million in downloads alone. hallie jackson has this story for us. good morning, hallie. >> good morning, willie. best online showing for any movie ever for sony as "the interview" stars get behind a big pr push. all this as a different arm of the sony corporations deals from fallouts from yet another cyber attack. the most controversial scene in the year's most controversial movie. while live tweeting the fictional death of north korea's kim jong un james franco wonders how can anyone get upset about this silly little scene? seth rogen adds seems silly to me. bringing more attention to a movie that's had plenty,
downloaded 2 million times since its release on websites including itunes. it's raked in $15 million onsblien $2.8 million in theaters even though it only played in 231 independent cinemas. >> had the movie opened as intended in two or 3,000 theaters it would have been a bigger result for the weekend theoretically. you combine those streaming numbers with the theatrical you have a good start. >> reporter: the u.s. government blames internet hack on north korea. pyongyang said it didn't do it. >> fingers are pointing like they have been from the beginning to an inside job. >> reporter: previous attacks by pyongyang, unrelated hack that has a different branch of the sony corporation recovering today after hackers crashed its playstation gaming network. this man claims to be involved
though nbc news could not independently verify that and explains why he did it. >> to raise awareness of ourselves. >> reporter: he tells sky news it's up to the companies to keep gamers online. >> they should have more than enough funding to be able to protect against these attacks. >> reporter: good news for gamers though that outage that started on christmas day as people were unwrapping their new playstations now finally over after days of intermittent outages that frustrated a lot of folks. willie? >> hallie jackson, thanks. let's go back tout los angeles where al is this week with a check of the weather. hey, al. >> hi guys. a lot of folks are keeping an eye on the weather maps. winter storm warnings watches and advisories from the pacific northwest, southern california out into kansas and up into the dakotas. here is the storm system coming out of the pacific northwest. couple of them push through and bring us fairly decent coating of snow into parts of the southwest, even rain in southern california and snow from salt
lake into albuquerque. look at this. las vegas may see about three inches of snow. and as you get further to the east denver grand junction all the way into santa rosa anywhere from three to six some areas as much as nine inches of 7:35, happy monday to you. i'm meteorologist christina loren, taking a live look at healdsburg, socked in with fog in the north bay. san francisco starting to see that fog settle in. please travel cautiously although it does look lighter. and then these numbers plunge as we head through the last couple days of 2014 looking downright chilly for you for new year's day, temperatures in the low 50s, but you're night and clear to start in daly city. latest weather. guys? >> al, thank you very much. it's been 12 months since colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana for
recreational use. some are calling it a successful year others aren't so sure yet. gabe gutierrez is covering the story in denver. gabe good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. colorado's governor called this the greatest social experiments of the century. in its first year that experiment has brought in a whole lot of money and a whole lot of controversy. on january 1st the lines were long and the hopes were high. a year later at denver's 3d cannibis business is booming. >> i had five employees. now i have 40. >> reporter: recreational and medical marijuana sales in colorado have topped half a billion dollars, raking in more thads 60 million in tax revenue, licensing and fees. still colorado's governor john hickenlooper says that's a drop in the bucket for the state's budget. so far, has it been worth it? >> we're making significant progress. >> reporter: why do you sound
skeptical? >> i'm cautious. i think we still have a lot of work to do. >> reporter: a 65% december in black market marijuana seizure since 2012. the denver post reports marijuana dui arrests have more than doubled and police have issued more than 600 citations for public consumption of pot, more than triple last year. accounts of more homeless people flocking to colorado and several children rushed to emergency rooms after eating pot edibles. >> we're now in a whole new world of insanely potent marijuana we're selling in colorado. it's a very real concern, a very real danger for our kids. >> reporter: the war over weed is playing out in denver neighborhoods like south broadway where other businesses say they're being overrun by pot shops. >> to say colorado is just about marijuana now is outrageous. we're so much more than marijuana, so much more than
pot. >> reporter: this has been known for decades as antique row. now they want to call it the green mile. >> it's been a terrific experiment. i'm glad that colorado stepped up to the plate and let the experiment happen. >> reporter: a couple surrounding states aren't too happy with that experiment. nebraska and oklahoma have both sued colorado, saying that some of this marijuana is ending up across state lines. by the way, savannah annual demand for marijuana in colorado is estimated at 130 metric tons. guys that really is a whole lot of weed. >> signature line in his little home away from home in the greenhouse there in colorado. gabe, thank you. >> i love that we have a bolder bureau now, headed up by gabe inside a greenhouse full of weed. well done gabe. >> you spent your holidays in colorado. >> i did. >> do any research? >> what are you implying? these places are like starbucks. they're clean. people are coming in and out of them and the price is right. no i'm kidding. >> you know a lot about them.
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7:42 with madonna fighting back speak out on social media as more of her music leaked online. >> two weeks ago 13 songs rumored to be on her album were leaked. madonna is lashing out and quelling rumors between here and another superstar. ♪ >> the self proclaimed material girl is fed up with having her material stolen. and what has been an ongoing battle against anonymous sources posting her music online madonna took to social media other the weekend. the latest offense, a leaked song titled "two steps behind." ♪ i want to be the girl ♪ >> many speculated that the track could be about fellow music powerhouse lady gaga who has credited madonna as an
inspiration. the queen of pop posted online i don't wish ill will toward any other female artist and i never have. along with a glamorous photo of herself, she ranted trb there those that want to shut me up but they cannot. the sing are acknowledged i come with a lot of baggage. a series of leaks have dealt a blow to madonna and her team. earlier this month madonna was slammed for comparing the leak to a form of terrorism and artistic rape. her spost released six songs from the album they initially soared to the top of the charts before falling and now only one song remains on itunes top 200 list. ♪ madonna has dominated the pop music industry for the last daek
cade. still the icon isn't afraid of expressing herself, posting a photo of a smashed ipod two weeks ago calling it a symbol of my broken heart. these leaks prompted the album release originally slated to april next year to be moved up a month earlier. >> how many times in the last couple of months as we talked about leak pps i wonder it's a problem across the board. >> or is it a publicity stunt? they're moving up the release earlier and we're talking about it right? >> exactly. coming up can you solve the puzzle. the remarkable guess. what are you looking forward to saying good-bye to in 2015. we'll have that coming up. >> boo.
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it is 7:50. dylan is in the orange room for carson. she has a tradition tied to the end of the year. hey, dylan. >> hey, guys. this is a fun one, saying good-bye to all the bad memories in 2014. people were shredding and tearing up some of their old memories that they just wanted to frankly, get rid of. i decided it is finally time to get rid of this darn rotary phone. >> what? >> you do not have that. >> i literally use it as the main house phone in our house. you can't check your messages or do anything. i'm not going to throw it out but it's time to upgrade to something that actually -- you don't have to dial the zero and nine all the way around. i'm not the only one getting rid of old technology.
john says i'll be saying good-bye to nonfunctioning hardware. pam says shoes i keep saying i will need again, about 25 pairs. i've been there. got a lot that should be thrown out. bridget says i'm looking forward to saying good riddance to studying and lab reports. congratulations to your graduation. #orange room. what you are saying good riddance to from 2014. >> back to the rotary phone. >> yeah. >> dylan. >> my kids would be like what is this? >> it's my grandmother's phone. it's a very nostalgic item now. i'm not going to throw it out. it literally works. you can make phone calls ton, but it's a process. very slow process. >> i wouldn't get rid of it. it's awesome, and retro. >> throwback. >> very cool. calling for an end to all those elaborate, over-the-top marriage proposals. from food to laundry detergents our friends reveal
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you're watching "today in the bay." >> good morning. the 49ers need a new head coach. yesterday about an hour after the final game of the season the team issued this statement saying the san francisco 49ers and jim harbaugh have mutually agreed to part ways. the 49ers organization has begun its search for the team's next head coach. csn bay area says harbaugh is on his way to coach the university of michigan. harbaugh thanked the team and 49er faithful fans following the game. the players treated him to an icy gatorade bath after yesterday's season finale. let's bring in meteorologist christina loren who is standing by with a look at our microclimate forecast. the climates everywhere seem cold! >> cold. some places have the cold and
the fog. through marin, we are having some very dense patches. temperatures are going to be cool all day long 58 degrees on the south bay, 57 for the peninsula and 53 today on the east shore. we're going to drop like a rock. we have a weak cold front coming through today. that's going to kick up some wind temps plunge for tuesday into wednesday and we'll stay chilly for new year's eve. i'll have your forecast coming your way. first let's check your drive with mike. >> dense fog but sparse traffic would be the contrast. no metering lights at the bay bridge. those were turned off at 7:08. we still see low clouds hovering along the peninsula side. look at your map. we have slowing east 80 the bay bridge. there will be slowing coming out of the city. look at, there the south bay no problems. again, the fog is the issue from the golden gate bridge and the bay bridge. just watch it and lower those
it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, i do not not. inside a push to put the end to those big, bold public marriage plo pose als. did you get maybe a commuter or digital device? we have a tip to get the most out of them with the least amount of hassle. the lights are set. the debut is set. it's "today" the musical. ♪ today ♪ >> broadway comes to 1a. we'll introduce to you the "today" staffer whose hidden gift inspired it all "today," monday, december 29th, 2014.
♪ >> good morning new york from all of us in florida. >> hi, from richmond, virginia! >> good morning, missouri! >> i said yes! >> whoo! >> today is my sister's birthday. >> my dad brought me to new york for my 10th birthday. hi, mom! >> guess what? >> the browns are having a girl! >> and good morning, everyone. welcome back to "today." it is a monday morning. it's the 29th of december, 2014. places, everybody. places. we've got the "today" musical coming up. dylan just mentioned in addition to getting rid of your rotary phone you're getting rid of your abacus for a calculator, right? >> that's not happening. >> it's a good story. >> a great crowd out here.
>> great crowd. wonderful morning. matt and al off this week. al is in los angeles pour the rose parade later this week. sheinelle jones is in for natalie at the news desk. >> it appears likely that an airasia passenger jet met a cots trophic end. nbc's katy tur is in singapore with the latest on the search. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, shen nell. you can see the weather is getting bad out here. the wind is picking up. it's expected to rain the next few days. monsoon season here in southeast asia. that could hamper the search effort. they're switching the area halfway between singapore and indonesia. four countries assisting with this, led by indonesia, assisted by singapore, malaysia and indonesia. the search is suspended because it's dark.
they'll resume tomorrow at dawn. this is the second day. so far no official sign of what happened to that plane. there was a spotting of debris earlier today. it's unconfirmed, though. and it was quite far from the last known location of the plane. if we learned anything from mh370, it's to take all those initial reports with a grain of salt. >> that is true. the italian navy says all passengers and crew members have been rescued from the ferryboat that caught fire sunday while traveling from greece to italy. most of the nearly 500 people on board had to be airlifted. greek officials say at least five lives have been lost. temperatures are 20, 30, 40 degrees below normal across the central and western states. it's eventually going to push into the south and east. minneapolis and denver hit single digits overnight. and even las vegas is expecting a couple of inches on new year's eve.
police in los angeles are searching for a second suspect r a rifle was fired at a patrol car sunday night. the two officers inside were not hurt and were able to return fire. one person was taken into custody and that weapon has been recovered. the shooting came just eight days after two new york city police officers were assassinated in their patrol car. a woman who wanted to surprise her fiancee at the airport was treated to an even bigger surprise herself. emma waited patiently for her sweetie john to emerge from his plane in detroit, away at basic training for three months. as other passengers came off, they presented her with red roses. when he finally comes out, john got down in one knee and did in person what he had already done on the phone. so congratulations to them. it is 8:04. back to al in los angeles. good morning. >> it's a little on the wet side in the mid atlantic states. norfolk in the middle of good showers and thunderstorms hanging out that will continue right through the afternoon.
by the evening about 6:00 p.m., cloudy and cold, about 41 degrees. let's take a look ahead, new year's eve day the trouble spots look like the southwest, rain in southern california, snowshowers around the great lakes. otherwise clear but chilly. new year's eve night, look at this. we've got clear skies, a very festive sun, some showers and sun in southern california. more wet weather and sunny weather in the southwest. chilly in the pacific northwest. for the big ball drop in times square, our sglifrnlthsd 26. if you're headin you'll need to layer up here for new year's eve, as well if you're headed to san francisco, about 45 degrees as the ball drops. you can see, we do have thick fog up in the north bay this morning. it's starting to clear already throughout the tri-valley, but do keep in mind, you might encounter dense patches on the way to work or wherever you're off to.
might have the day off today. temps in the upper 50s. for the most parts, the mid-50s. meanwhile in san francisco. getting into new year's eve and new year's day, comfortable conditions. low 50s. it will be chilly but right about average for this time of year. hope you have a fantastic day. >> and that's your latest weather. guys? >> al thank you very much. we'll see you in just a bit. coming up next on trending did a courtside basketball fan really just sniff a player? the story behind this bizarre video from the nba. >> please explain. please. from kettle corn to cleaning products the products that deliver the best bang for your buck. and we'll prepare you for the debut of "today: the musical." first these messages. we come by almost every day to deliver your mail so if you have any packages you want to return you should just give them to us i mean, we're going to be there anyway why don't you just leave it for us to pick up? or you could always get in your car
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we are back now. it's 8:10. time for what's trending "today." it's not just the holiday season. it is engagement season. when it comes to those public over-the-top marriage proposals, haven't we seen it all? the flash mobs billboards jumbo trons. is bigger always better i guess is the question? one writer for the daily beast says it's time for the public proposal to die. this is a moment for two people not 2 million. there's so many cute things like this we watched a million times. do you think it's time to make it more of a private affair? >> maybe if you're the guy you know your girlfriend. a lot of people like the public things others like the one on one. what do you think? >> whatever makes you happy is
great. when i was dating my current wife christina, we were sitting at a basketball game in atlanta and the mascot rappelled from the rafters and it was like brought to you by fedex. my wife christina looked at me and goes never, ever. at that moment i knew not to do the public engagement. >> 89% said a proposal should be a private moment. >> it's up to you. >> we had a private proposal on the front porch of my in-laws house and in the back with his a huge party with all our friends and family. so after we had that moment of just the two of us. >> we went back to northwestern where we met by lake michigan and, of course i got back in the car and called my family and friends but in that moment it was just us a connection for the two of us. >> if they didn't have those public proposals how would we
fill this segment every day? >> exactly. we all love a good game show moment. remember the new baby buggy game? it went viral after a contestant solved the puzzle with two letters on the board. my friend, he has now been beat. meet the new record breaking champion on wheel, matt desantos solved the puzzle with only one letter. check this out. >> and the category is character. >> oh, matt! >> the lone ranger. >> what? >> no. >> crazy. >> conspiracy. something is up there. >> what is the deal? >> matt made history with only one letter and took home more than $91,000 overall. >> one letter. >> a show controversy here? i don't know. >> one character, sometimes you just get lucky. can you say that? >> a character, too, from like a long time ago. >> maybe it's like his power,
this guy. >> that might be it. >> i don't know. >> i want a full sajak investigation. >> even he was a little skeptical. did you get everything on your holiday wish list? >> i think so. >> yeah. >> so did the people we're about to show you. it wasn't exactly what they had in mind. first up this girl from new orleans who asked for beats by dr. dre, those headsets. she got that. >> did she? >> sure she did. she got beets. a picture of dr. dre on the top of it. we didn't show that. very funny. >> that's funny. >> exactly. a boy named alec was hoping to unwrap an x-box 1. who doesn't want that? instead he got an egg box 1. >> that's just mean. >> the beets thing was funny. >> a frozen doll but one dad decided to take this literally. total dad humor. he wrapped a doll in a block of
ice. hilarious, right? here's what happened when his daughter opened it. >> what the -- >> do you know what that is? >> no. >> you told me you wanted a frozen doll for christmas. >> she has the dress on. not cool dad. not cool. >> is that what you wanted? >> daddy, no. >> it's a frozen doll. look at it. >> it's a princess. >> did he then give her the real thing? >> that's more for dad. sometimes parents set their kids up for that. they have the camera ready. >> be more specific. i want a doll from the movie "frozen." be specific. >> that's cruel, dad. >> hopefully she got a real doll after that. star struck, when you meet somebody famous, you ask for a photo, you might get a selfie, but one basketball nance took things to a new level. at the indiana pacers game, he
sniffed the jersey of pacers player leave voi allen. take a look. great seats, by the way, right behind the bench. he leans in and and drinks it in. look at the reaction. ahh, yes. his eyes get real big. we don't know if he enjoyed it or was stunned by the smell. >> i could watch that on the loop for a long time. it's creepy. >> you're a sick individual. >> if i can't have a piece of you, i can smell you. >> that is so bizarre. >> that's weird. >> that's what's trending today. up next, hits and misses. shop smart's best and worst products of the year. we'll be back in o 30 seconds.
all right. we're back with some of the best and worst products of 2014. testers looked at shop slooet smart magazine looked at products. lisa lee freeman is here with us. >> as part of consumer reports, we test thousands of products a year and ask what were the best and the worst things you saw? >> let's dive right in with food and wine. >> pop chips, we taste tested them. much better than regular potato chips. our favorite is popcorners. they're very crisp and light and sweet and nice and you could have 17 popcorners for the same
amount of calories as you can nine lay's potato chips. >> do you want to try one? >> yes and you want a glass of wine, right? >> yeah. we tested a lot of wines during the year. this was the best bargain in wines. it's a white that's actually whole food store brand. it's $6. it's got nice, fruity flavor. >> may i? >> have a taste. >> very nice white wine. six bucks. >> six bucks is great. >> how about a little guacamole with it? >> nice guilt-free snack. out of all the ones we tested this tasted the freshest, nice chunks of avocado in there. very delicious. >> i've had that. it's outstanding. yes. let's move on. >> one of the worst things we taste tested all year was this coffee from walmart, walmart store brand. it's not a good cup of joe. our expert taste testers actually described it as tasting a little dirty.
>> oh, my gosh. >> i don't know, do you want a taste? >> no, after that introduction i don't think i will. thank you. >> good deal but not a good way to start your day. >> food prep. one of our favorite, we test a lot of testers. this was our favorite this year. it actually has a cute little toast indicator that's in the shape of toast and tells you how done it is. it pops out batch after batch of beautifully toasted bread. >> perfect toast. >> as you can see there. >> this is one you didn't like so much. >> this is a loser, as with a lot of multi-tasking products, a blender and a coffee maker. it didn't do either thing very well. >> oh, okay. >> yeah. the blender didn't pass the durability test and the coffee maker didn't get hot enough. >> we'll pass on that one then. let's move on the cleaning products. we spend an awful lot of money on this stuff every year. >> pacs are hugely popular.
all mighty pacs came in at number one, 17 cents a load, five cention as a load cheaper than tide. it gets off all kinds of stains. this is actual stain from our test. you can see grass. it did a good job on grass. ring around the collar. it almost got it completely out. does a great job. keep them away from kids because kids think they're candy. that's not good. >> cascade pacs. >> a splurge at 29 cents a load. they even get off the stuck-on crud on pots and pans. if you like to put those pots and pans in the dishwasher, these are for you. >> this is one you didn't love. >> in this category of cleaning, these were the worst paper towels. they literally fall apart in your hand. dollar store store brand. they're half the price but not worth it. cheap for a reason. >> pay more for paper towel. >> let's move on to home improvement.
>> this cute little guy, humidifier, $45, even though so cute, it was the number one humidifier in the small category. does a great job of putting a lot of steamy air into your room. >> good for a kid's room. >> great for sinuses and skin. >> what makes a great light bulb? >> this is an l.e.d. light bulb, and this is $7. that's extremely cheap for an l.e.d. light bulb. it casts a very nice, warm glow. that's something you want to look for. and it's dimmable and it's a 60-watt equivalent. it's very cool looking. it's flat. >> one that didn't do so well. >> actually, this did well. this is in our beauty category. we're now in our beauty category. one of our favorite products of the year in beauty category is root touch-up systems. they can save you money. they stretch the time you can go from appointment to appointment. you can cover up grays. this does a great job at that. it's great at matching your natural hair color and washes out very easily. it's a splurge at $23. this is a top product in that category.
>> sonia, our model, is here. >> she has it on one side. it's grayer on one side than the other. >> and the nail polish. >> top rated nail polish. cnd vinyl, it's ten bucks which is a lot. you don't have to use a base coat with t it claims it lasts a week and it actually really lasted a week or more. great nail polish. on the other hand -- >> this you didn't love? >> loser in our book. it's supposed to -- you could literally peel off your polish, put it on as a base coat and peel it off instead of using remover. it peeled off sooner than we wanted it to. sometimes it came off in the shower and other time it is stuck on and couldn't come off. >> a statement from opi that says correct application is crucial. it's essential the glitter off formula is applied to bare nails in a single thin layer. when done so, users have reported great results.
it was recently voted as one of the best products in 2014. we did not hear back from some of the other losers. we approached them for comment. thank you, lisa lee. >> let's let our poor model put her hands down. she's been holding them there for ten minutes. it is a big day around here. we managed to produce a musical all about the show "today: the musical." before its premiere in our fourth hour we wanted to introduce you to the star of our show. ♪ i see you savannah ♪ >> it would be easy to believe this is a broadway star rehearsing for a new show, but it's not. >> i told you! >> it's sal pacatto. he works for our show. >> did you guys know he could sing? he plays guitar. what? what else do you do, juggle? >> he has been a stagehand on "today" for eight years. >> excuse me, sir. >> any prop on our set, it's the stage hand's job to get it. >> excuse me, guys. coming out. >> and also to take it away as
fast as they can. >> good job, sal. >> like clockwork. >> and for sal, being a stage hand is in his blood. his father, carl, was also a stage hand for "today." but sal has dreams beyond our studio doors. >> i remember my father taking me up to snl rehearsals, and i was looking at them perform and was just star struck, 6, 7 years old. i think right then and there i knew i wanted to be an actor, you know. >> when not working tirelessly, assembling and sorting props on our set, he is auditioning for that big break. he never dreamed that big break might be here starring in "today: the musical" ♪ brand new future and a brand new day ♪ >> his father, carl, recently had a stroke. >> he knows about the musical and he gets so excited. every day, he tries to communicate that he's proud of me and wants to know what's
happening, the latest news. it's nice. it keeps him -- it keeps him going, i guess. >> and to keep sal going we needed to find him a chorus. maybe there was other hidden talent around the "today" show studio. or maybe there wasn't. ♪ what good is sitting alone in the room ♪ ♪ come hear the music play ♪ ♪ life is a cabaret old chum ♪ ♪ come to the cabaret ♪ ♪ put down the knitting we'll play for a holiday what is a cabaret old chum, only a cabaret old chum ♪ ♪ so come to the cabaret ♪ >> well, at least we had sal. but we really need him to have a partner with star power. instead of a star, we got a
king. >> are you laughing? sal and i are working on this [ bleep ] here. >> we had only three days to learn, rehearse and shoot the musical. >> i'm talking about -- i'm talking about -- what the hell am i talking about? >> what are you looking at, regis? you never saw a guy pull his zipper down before? >> is that good enough for you for [ bleep ] sakes. >> surely he's ready to quit. >> how do i get out of this [ bleep ] really? i don't work here. do you know what i mean? >> and maybe, just maybe, that will be enough time to take sal from backstage to front and center. ll be enough time to take sal from backstage to front and center. we are so excited. >> we're rooting for him. >> sal is so talented. i can't wait for people to see, the whole world. he's going to make his dad so proud. >> there he is. >> working today. >> yes. >> really fabulous. wonderful guy. >> wonderful person. >> thanks. >> there will be no living with
him now. so you want to see in the fourth hour "today: the good morning, it is 8:26. and new this morning, crews are working to remove a wrecked truck from the sands of a north bay beach. investigators say the driver of the truck couldn't make a turn on highway 1 and drove off the road and off a 200-foot cliff. the truck landed on the roof on the ocean's wave line. rescuers rushed to the scene but declared the driver dead. we want to take a look outside now at your traffic and the morning drive. let's bring in mike with more -- what can you see there, mike? >> well you can't see the roadway, and you can't see the traffic. the traffic's not really there at the bay bridge. they turned the metering lights off at 7:08 this morning. there's been no wait here. north of the bay bridge through the north bay, as well.
the map will show you not a lot of slowing either. there's 80 through 880 through hayward, the rest of your bay. a smooth drive. we have the tri-valley. no problem here. we have the south bay as well we'll give you a shot. in san jose things are brighter. still some haze but still, about a very light volume of traffic up through the area. you watch morgan hill. early slowing approaching, but that looks like it's cleared for 101. back to you. >> "today" show is back in a moment. and keep it here on nbc bay area news. we'll have another update in half an hour.
it's 8:30 on monday december 29th, 2014. we are packing them inside the plaza this morning. they are not a quiet bunch. >> no they are loud. >> yeah. good to see people packed in to new york city for new year's eve. >> if you are planning a party, looking your best from hair to makeup tips for the ladies. first, i'm told this morning
it's all about the fashion. >> three different looks for new year's eve. >> plus something else you need to do before wednesday night. organize your finances. it may not be that glamorous but deadlines you need to meet to save big on your tax return. first a check of the weather. from mr. roker out in los angeles. >> two weather people no waiting. pretty good deal. take a look, first of all, for today. rain in the midatlantic, southeast. gorgeous weather in the northeast. however, it's going to be a little on the chilly side. snow stretching from iowa all the way into the pacific northwest. and southern california lots of sunshine. temperatures a little cooler than usual. it will be even cooler tomorrow in southern california temperatures mid 50s with some rain snow throughout the southwest. look for bone-chilling temperatures through the central plains mid mississippi and lower mississippi river valleys. more sunshine in the northeast. rain basically in central florida. for all of our friends at universal orlando, a little on the wet side
happy monday christina loren. we have thick fog on the east shore. starting to clear out, you can see that from the time lapse from our friends at weather underground over mount hamilton. as we head throughout the morning hours, temps in the 40s for the most part. upper 50s today. it's going to be cool enough for a jacket. 57 degrees on the peninsula, 57 degrees in san francisco. trying to make the new year's eve plans, you're going to have a clear shot of the fireworks this year in san francisco. it will be chilly. 45 degrees at midnight. >> and that is your latest weather. dylan? >> thank you, al. we've been partnering with feeding america for "today's" million meals. for every dollar donated, ten meals will be given to people in need. we've reached our goal of 1 million meals. not only that we've received a very generous donation from conafra foods, stepping up and
matching our goal of one million meals. they've been fighting childhood hunger the past 20 years. more than 21 million kids rely on free and reduced price lunches through the school year. that's why conagra foods believes it's important to get meals to kids especially while school was out. here is our grand total. 2,076,555 meals have been donated. thank you so much for all of your generosity. we also have this challenge going. as you remember the meteorologist from the city that donated the most will be coming to our studio to do the weather with al. tight race between detroit, baltimore and st. louis. and the winner is drum roll please -- they already gave the answer. winning city is st. louis, brie smith from ksdk st. louis will be coming to new york in january to host the weather with you, al. what do you think?
>> it's terrific. i spoke with brie earlier this morning. yesterday was her birthday. it's her mom's birthday today. in northern california. hi mom. she will be joining us. all our stations did a terrific job. they really stepped up in st. louis, kdsk. i'm looking forward to seeing brie her baby and her husband in new york coming up some time in january. very exciting. and a big thank you to everybody who really stepped up and helped us meet this goal because one in four children go to bed hungry in this country and that just shouldn't happen. >> thanks al. it is going to be fun. great birthday present for brie too. thank you, st. louis, for mentioning our challenge every single day in december. savannah? with new year's eve two days away we are kicking off our new series frazzle to dazzle. fashions for a night at the club or casual evening with friends.
dana cohen is "inside" editor. good morning. >> good morning. >> therer there any rules about what you should or shouldn't do on new year's eve? >> it's about paying attention to where you're going. you just want to put together something that's stylish and chic. >> three different looks for three different kinds of occasions. >> wre. >> the first one is a house party, which a lot of us in the older set will be doing, staying at home. tell us about alex and chase's outfits? >> you don't want to go too casual but you also don't want to be overdressed. this top is perfect. pin tucking detail only $60 layered it over a top from koss. you can shop for anything online. a great leather pant crop and pump to elevate the look. >> if you wanted to wear jeans, you could? >> exactly. >> a sparkly look going on there, too.
>> you want to keep your accessories minimal, sparkly clutch and rings to keep the look festive. >> no bling on chase. tell bus the look. >> a button down shirt under a shawl collar sweater. denim and suede oxford looks sharp. jeans are from nordstrom rack which is a great place to shop for extra holiday savings right now. >> have a great time at the fake holiday party you're going to. >> carmela is wearing something you think every woman needs in her wardrobe. >> every woman should have a black jump suit. the reason it's such a great piece to own, it's incredibly versatile. you can dress it up or down depending on the accessories and outer wear that you choose.
this jacket is such a pretty color. burgundy moto jacket. originally $198 now on sale for $70. you're going to want to get that now. if you go with a suit it's easy to swap out open toe shoes. try to find one in a silky fabric. >> what about shawn? >> shawn is wearing a deconstructed suit. the jacket is from h & m, looks incredibly sharp on him. the shirt is from this new line from ryan sea crest, distinction, available at macy's.com bone colored trouser, light colored sneaker. stay in that neutral palette. >> you have a pocket square on shawn. how do you know how to match it? >> it's all about the color palette, going in the tonal colors slightly lighter or
darker shades and they all work together. >> carmela and shawn, you look fantastic. thank you very much. going out to a club fancy party and they look great. >> the most festive look we're going to see today. we love this dress at in style from top shop. it's only $62. what makes it so lovely i think, is the hem length and the fact that it's asymmetric little bit of dial dale and touch of sparkle but not overdone. you can swap it out for something in a shinier metallic $40 available on zappos. >> the dress you could wear probably all season. >> exactly. >> it has that versatility to it. >> winter wedding, great to have something like that in your closet. >> what about our gentleman? >> incredibly sharp in head to toe navy and black combo. coated denim, peacoat from h & m on sale right now for $65. you can wear the collar up and swap out a dressier shoe to keep
let start with the iphone. tips and tricks and hooking you up with my favorite apps for 2015. on the iphone side they have find my iphone nice little location feature. now with ios 8, you can send your last location to the iphone to apple when the battery is critically low. why is this great? it's not going to be good if it's in the backseat of somebody's car who stole your iphone but at a restaurant a bar, it will send it to apple server and say it pinged the last location. >> how do you activate that? >> go into your settings and go into icloud. take advantage of that tip and never lose your iphone again. anyone new, getting the 6 or 6 plus take advantage of the extra feature, little light bulb. there are 27 different tips and tricks from apple that are super convenient and easy to use. i actually learned a few things myself. you can slide right through it. >> easy to find. easy to use.
what if i have an android though? what about losing that? >> you can actually find your android device using the android device manager and remotely wipe it as well. take advantage of all these features android device manager should you lose your android device. >> you can kind of use it like a flash drive, right, storage? >> expansion slots with android devices, plug it into your computer and you have extra storage. >> that's easy enough. let's talk about two of your must-have items for the new phone. talk about how to protect them first of all. >> this might sound fundamental. cases and extra battery chargers. cases are a must have when you get that new device. it's like a barrage of options. >> yes. >> what are the best out there? i love otter box. $50. keep your case ultra protected and i love lifeproof, dust proof, waterproof shock proof. keep your iphone and whatever
other device you have awesome and protected. take advantage of those on the market. and also too, if you want to get extra battery life my charge has a great case. they'll give you extra battery charging power right inside the case as well. >> that's always the problem. you need more battery life. >> external battery charges, my charge up to 27 extra hours, under $20. i recommend picking up something middle to higher end and get you that extra battery life. nobody wants to see that little red battery of death. >> when i get a new phone what do i do with the old one? >> i don't want to go into a colloquy of why you should not throw out your old phone. my favorite place to cash it in is gazelle.com. you can get around $250 $270. get yourself a brand new phone. but also take advantage of stores like target or best buy to trade in and get a gift card.
let's ghetto to these apps. >> this is super cool. it gives you multi-layout options to create your very own comic strips little balloons headers. i did my christmas cards right in the app. you can send it as a jpeg pdf or digitally. >> the you can dress up a school project for a kid. >> easy to use. >> how about perfect 365? >> you're welcome in advance for this baby here. it is going to give you magazine style photos. what's awesome about it it will take away blemishes, make your skin perfect, whiten your teeth, 20 different makeup options before and after. you can see it automatically smooths out your skin unbelievably. i use this app all the time. amazing little trick to have. undereye circles, takes it out immediately within a few second. >> little home air brushing kit. >> software programs are like thousands of dollars to do that.
>> how about around me? >> things like google maps and you went to around you and different restaurants and bars but this is an app i go to quite often. it makes it easy for you to pull up banks, atms, fedex, ton of options for what is all around you at that moment. take advantage of around me. a free app for android and ios and very convenient for anything around you. >> katie lindendoll thank you very much. did you it again. saving big on your tax return for
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certain tax deductions could boost your bottom line come april. senior finance correspondent sharon epperson good morning. you have to get in on these by the end of the year if you want them to count for your tax return come april? >> that's right. what you need to do right now. if you want to get a bigger refund refund, reduce your tax bill, take the action in the next couple of days. >> make a big purchase. why is that good for your taxes? >> that's because in the eleventh hour congress did extend certain tax breaks and one of them was to decide whether you want to deduct your state income tax or general sales tax. so if you're in a state that has no income tax and you still want to get a tax deduction, deduct the sales tax on certain items. big purchase. if you make it you can then deduct the sales tax. that's a really good break for people who live in no income tax states like florida and texas. >> definitely a good one. our next one, which is prepay
2015 college tuition. this is interesting. >> if you can afford to do it you may want to pay the first quarter of 2015 now. get the opportunity to get a tax break, tuition and fees also extended by congress last year or get a tax credit. that's of course dollar for dollar reduction in your taxes, american opportunity tax credit or lifetime learning tax credit. you have to have paid that 2015 quarter now, at least part of that payment now, to get that deduction. >> and that way you take the deduction now you know you've got it and not worry what congress does in the future. >> right. >> flexible spending account. a lot of people have these. essentially they set aside money from their salary for medical expenses. >> right. you do this because you want to reduce your taxable income. it's a great way to put money aside for dependent care shall health care flexible spending accounts. you have to use the money by december 31st or often you will lose it. grace period by march 2015 but
not all of them. some will stipulate you can take $500 and carry it over to next year. but not all of them. contact your benefits department find out how much money you have left in that fsa. >> it's not always a trip to the doctor but things you could get at the drugstore, stock up and use that money. >> you have to look at the irs.gov to see what you can purchase. there have been changes with the affordable care act as to what qualify. >> new car, new truck. big ticket item might be worth buying right now. >> if you're self employed and use the car or truck for business purposes. there's something called section 179 to look at with the irs. that is something that would allow you to take at least part of the purchase price for your car and write it off. it depends how much you use the car for business use. you want to use it at least 50% of the time. this is something that edmonds.com points out and says it's a good tip for people who are self employed to do. by the end of the year buy that
car. >> certainly not least, give to charity. if you want to deduct to those charitable organizations, have you to make it by the end of the year. >> how many of us actually do it? you need to do it before december 31st. have it postmarked electronic transfer credit card payment to the charity, make sure it's by december 31st so that you can get that tax deduction. if you're donating clothing or household goods, able to go to salvation army or somewhere to donate items, get written confirmation you've made this donation for anything over $250. best to have confirmation for everything every donation you make. go to the irs website, irs.gov to make sure the charity you're choosing will be able to offer you that deduction. >> a good reminder. thank you so much. >> sure. we'll be back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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>> it was such a production. hats off to kathie lee gifford who wrote the music and the script and, of course sal paciatto our stage hand turned star. >> i'm surprised how many of you can sing. >> so untalented. i sought thing go out and was like i can't even try out good morning to you. it's 8:56. state health officials will conduct tests on a coyote that bit two people in fremont on christmas day. scientists will take tissue samples from the coyote's brain to see if the animal had rabies. last thursday the coyote bit a 5-year-old boy and ran down the street and bit a man walking to his car. and another hour later, another man told police he had to kick the animal because it tried to
is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on a beautiful monday morning here in new york city. it is december 29th, 2014 and a big holiday crud out on our plaza. i'm willie geist along with sheinelle jones and dylan dreyer here in studio 1a. al roker is in los angeles. we'll talk to al in a couple of minutes. >> good morning. >> natalie and tamron have the day off. let's go to al first. he sends this ham. i have to talk about the roker ham from snake river farms i believe. the most delicious piece of meat you'll ever eat in your life. the roker ham, we call it. >> yes, that's what it -- if you
go online that's what it's called. >> they changed the name to the roker ham. >> nothing better when it's hot, juicy and fantastic. >> once you cook it. >> you two are hot and juicy, all that good stuff. >> we're going to catch p with you, mr. roker, in a few minutes. >> all righty. >> let's get right to some of this news though. another missing flight. >> crazy. >> searchers doubt objects could now be from this missing air asia flight carrying 162 people disappeared over indonesian waters sunday during a big storm. the pilots requested to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid some bad weather. they denied that request. indonesian search team now assuming the aircraft is at the bottom of the java sea. >> so sad. >> here we are -- >> i saw the news and thought here we are again with this video of families on both ends anxiously awaiting any news. it's heartbreaking.
it's unbelievable. >> the thing that's scary, these planes are designed for bad weather. >> right. >> they fly through storms. the problem in this area it's such a wide area of storms monsoon season. the cloud tops you can't just get above them. so if weather was involved i mean you hope the planes can handle it. >> is there something, dylan, go to your meteorologist hat now, about the weather in that area? i know it's where the hemispheres meet and you have the equator and all of that. >> you know above the equator, everything goes west to east. below the equator, everything goes east toest west. right in the middle is very active -- intercontinental convergence zone. everything meets and it's very active. you can get very strong storm that is develop right along that. it's a dangerous place to fly, i would think. so yeah they get a lot of that. >> hopefully it's not as deep. it's just heartbreaking, though. >> it is. it's one of those things how could we not find a plane, in
this day and age, when you can find anything. >> it just slipped off radar. >> scary. another topic over the weekend "the interview." have you seen it? >> i have not. >> working a lot. >> i'm working a lot. i can't really tell you how it ends. but it's doing well. "the interview" made $18 million over the weekend, straenling online it's been downloaded 2 million times. i thought this was neat. yesterday seth rogen and james franco live tweeted one screening start to finish. he said ready, go. as you're watching there's a scene with eminem in it. i didn't know he was such a good actor. >> it's like pop-up -- >> right. >> threatened by the north korean government become a national security question and you come out the other side of
it it's done well. >> i think, obviously, we all agree part of the success people who would normally not go see it, or not get that comedy now they're seeing it. >> in their own home. >> on their couch. >> some people who cover the movie say in an odd, backward way, these guys may have referrable revolutionized the way we watch a movie. >> i think you're right. great singer/songwriter, now another talent. he introduced courtney cox and snow patrol's johnny -- he goes to parties. he likes to go out. he has this talent for connecting people. >> sure. >> so now his newest endeavor is to match orlando bloom with taylor swift. >> hmm. let me look at it here. what do you think? >> appearancewise it works of the apparently they live in the same building.
>> that's convenient. >> we'll see. >> on the elevator. >> perfect. >> i think that's part of the reason people love taylor swift, because people are trying to hook her up. who knows. in 2014, what can she do? >> orlando bloom has to know going in though you will be in a song. >> have you ever matched any of your friends? >> yeah i think so. >> how did it work? >> most of them work pretty well. it's always stressful. if it doesn't work out, you feel responsible for it. >> you know what? high school gym. coach dowdy gym class, junior year cheerleader on my squad and next door neighbor. hooked them up. they have three kids. >> oh, it worked out -- >> they got divorced. thee the have they have three kids. >> i'll just move on.
>> matchmaker if anyone else wants to give it a try. >> my friend claims he set up my husband and i. >> is it true though? >> he likes to take credit he and the reason my husband and i are together. >> what do you think? >> the three of us we're all friends. >> he was the odd man out? >> it worked out for brian and i and -- yeah. >> we'll give him credit for that. >> seemturned out to be a much more awkward segment than it was supposed to be. >> i feel so bad. >> isn't this a great story, unlike yours? >> does this mean that theoretically, you could have ended up with the other guy? >> ah. >> i guess that's true. but he had a girlfriend and a lovely wife now and they have a family. they are still married. >> thanks dylan. did you find both of them cute? >> i'm very happy with my husband, brian. >> that wasn't -- wasn't saying that you weren't.
it's like that closing doors, sliding doors thing. >> sliding doors. my wife christina, dated my best friend before. now this is -- we were like 11 years old at the time. >> why are you dating at 11? >> you were dating at 11? >> i made that number up. 15 or something. >> slow down. >> she dated him first. he was the best man at our wedding. >> are you boosting cars smoking cigarettes at 13? >> chesterfield. >> did you ever fold a note and put it ner locker? >> i think i did do that george washington middle school. >> we used to have -- i don't know how we did it but we could make it look like something cool. >> of course. then there were those vent notice locker. >> doing origami. >> thank you, al. >> i have a story. >> go ahead, willie. a woman who wanted to surprise her fiance coming home from basic training.
she was waiting for john grecco. as other passenger came off the plane they presented emma with red roses to john. the other passengers were given roses on the plane and said said please give them to the beautiful woman waiting for me with the sign. when he finally comes out they hadn't seen each other in about 100 days. he gets on the knee and proposes in person. she thinks she has the big surprise greeting him. he one upped her and presents the ring. they had been engaged previously. now he presents the ring. how cool is that? >> reunions are amazing to begin with but to see a military engagement/reunion. >> how about getting the passengers involved? >> well done sir. >> did you just pull that out -- >> i remember how to fold it. >> this is it. this one? this one. i couldn't remember this if i tried. and then you open it up. i don't know. >> oh, my god, what's it say? >> just don't set somebody up. you know what happens when you do that.
>> did you make those cootie keepers? >> oh, yeah. >> if you can make one during al's weather segment i'll be impressed. >> okay. >> al take it away. >> cootie keeper time. i don't know what all this weather is. i'm just filling until dylan gets the cootie keeper made. brutal cold air, windchill warnings windchill watches and advisories from the pacific northwest all the way into iowa and minnesota, as far south as texas. right now it feels like 4 in denver 1 in garden city. 14 in omaha. 25 in kansas city. look at these air temperatures. these are current. we go to the highs. the windchill right now, 11 degrees below zero for minneapolis. 18 degrees below zero for north platte. 25 degrees below zero in denver. tuesday, tomorrow look at these temperatures. these are actual 6 degrees in denver for a high 38 degrees
below normal. lexington, 5 degrees below normal. on new year's eve, look at that. new york city will be 33 28 in lexington. dallas at 43. 13 degrees below normal. we mentioned this storm coming out of the west. on christmas eve -- i should say new year's eve, las vegas should have -- i'm vamping. how are you doing there, dylan? >> i'm getting there. >> we've got this storm system coming out. rockies could see anywhere from three to nine inches. vegas could pick up three inches of snow. you can bet on that. all the way back in kansas six in yeah. let's give it a little bit more time. good morning to you. i'm christina loren. this is san jose a little haze here. but all that fog has burned off. we've got some wind cranking later on today. we've got a little cool front
that's going to come through. and temps will plunge throughout the midsection of your week as a result. good news is we'll stay nice and clear, but it will be chilly on new year's eve. 45 degrees in san francisco on midnight. then we'll kick off the first day of the new year. chilly temperatures, 55 degrees in the south bay, 54 in san francisco. >> all right. that's your latest weather. double d, what have you got? >> she did it. >> pick a number. >> four please. >> one, two, three, four. pick a number. >> five. >> one, two, three, four five. pick one more number. >> one more? >> seven. >> here we go. what's it say? >> hi al. >> it's supposed to be like you're going to have 12 kids. >> we didn't say hi al then. >> it was very hard coming up with this many things. >> i was going to say, dylan, i'm very impressed. what do they do? >> right?
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benefits department and find out what you are contributing make sure you're getting the match and then bump it up slightly 1% more, 3% more or if you just got a raise, go 10%. your future self will like you. >> and then once you do it you can move own and forget about it. 1500. the average financial officer. >> this is an important number. we're going to need to protect our identities going into 2015. have really secure passwords. i recommend using an app, you just have to remember one password and they manage all of your passwords. you happen to be the victim of identity theft, you can manage this on your own at tfc app dot tom. let's move on, we have young kids. we're la meanting the feature cost of college, $94,800 the
cost of in-state public tuition. >> you don't want to find this out when your child turns 18. open a 529 savings plan. don't be afraid to ask friends and family to contribute in lieu of gifts. >> there we go. >> it's become very socially acceptable. >> look at that number. >> that's the number in 18 years if your kid is born this year. >> how about your next number, zero, what is this? >> we're seeing a trend in financial services where a lot of the great products are now being offered for three. this is new going into 2015. in the past you might be paying quite high dollar for investment advice. but now you can get investment advice for free. in is a big deal. if you're comfortable trading stocks on your own, check out the robin hood app. again, a big deal.
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happening right now, police in san francisco are looking for two men who broke into a home and robbed two people at gunpoint. this happened around 3:00 this morning near san francisco state. police say the suspects were armed with guns when they took property from the victims. police did not elaborate on exactly what those thieves took. suspects did run off and police have been searching for them ever since. no one was hurt during the robbery, but police have blocked off a three-block radius around the home to look for clues. new this morning, the window washer who fell 11 stories from the top of a san francisco building has raised more than $72,000 in 17 days. last week the family of pedro
it is still chilly out there with temperatures in the mid-40s in the south bay on the peninsula. we've hit the 50s on the east shore in san francisco. you're right at freezing still in the north bay. do watch out for some patchy frost and fog. and the wind will clear all the clouds out later today cranking and temps will plunge as a cold front comes through, it's not going to bring us rain but a cold blast of air on the way that will extend well into your new year's eve. it will be chilly about 45 degrees at midnight in san francisco. if that's where you're headed. otherwise, temperatures are going to stay cool all week
we're going to hold off on that storm track until next week. more on that in moments. first, here's mike and your drive. >> low clouds you were talking about and starting to clear from the san mateo bridge. still plenty of haze in the air. and watch the north bay, as well. the map will show you not a lot of slowing. metering lights have been turned off since about 7:00 this morning. there's a pursuit that was going on. city streets across san mateo bridge and we're tracking that in the newsroom and bring you updates. back to you. >> more local news coming up for you in half an hour. right now, here's more of the "today" show.
welcome back to "today." it's monday december 29th, 2014. i'm willie geist along with sheinelle jones and dylan dreyer. al is in los angeles this morning. >> good morning, guys. >> are you getting ready to do the rose parade? >> i am. tomorrow morning we'll be live from one of the places where they build the floats. guess who our guest will be 24 hours from now in this half hour. >> wait. let me find out. >> look at your -- >> i don't know. who? >> it will be the cast of "the love boat." the original cast. princess cruise line's 50th
anniversary. they've got a float. ♪ the love boat ♪ >> yeah. >> nice. >> they will be on doc, captain steubing julie, everybody. gopher. >> gopher is going to be there? >> are you going to start quoting lines, al? >> yeah. oh yeah. we're going to try to sing "the love boat" theme. >> we have to get you a cap. that's one thing i know. >> very cool. >> that's very cool. that will be tomorrow morning. let's talk about new year's eve and the new year. lot of people have resolutions. time.com has psychology tricks to make your resolutions stick. >> do you make resolutions? >> do you? not so much. >> this year i'm trying to be more organized. last year i can tell you now because all my passwords have changed but i made all my passwords declutter. declutter one, declutter two. every time i type it, when i log in eight billion times, i thought it would click. >> did it work? >> i think it kind of worked. >> start on a monday.
that's the best time to do t most popular day to quit smoking or start a diet. don't just wing it. >> that's true. >> have an actual plan. do not have a plan b. do not give yourself an out. >> pick a round number like finishing a marathon under four hours. >> what would that do? >> i have no idea. >> you run, don't you? >> not a marathon in four hours. >> but if you want to get more organized what does an even number do? >> don't dig too deep on this al. >> okay. >> let's go back out to al for a look at the weather. >> okay. we've got a lot of round numbers on the map. >> there you go. >> 26 20 30. for new year's eve day. it's going to be 56 here in l.a. 50s in the southeast. 80 in miami. then new year's eve night you'll be celebrating. here you go. at midnight it will be 75 in miami. that's awfully nice. 51 in los angeles. 22 in minnesota.
minneapolis, 19 in cleveland. if you are going to be in times square with a million of your closest friends, partly cloudy. temp about 26. windchill 17. good buddy carson daly of course hosting nbc's coverage. we'll be tuning in for that. thank you, al. 9:33. good morning to you. highs today are going to be chilly. and then tomorrow these numbers drop even more so with the weak disturbance on the way to the bay area. going to kick up wind later on today, as well. temperatures tumble into the low 50s for tomorrow looking good for your new year's celebrations and then finally, we'll see that storm track return as we head throughout early portions of next week. looks like tuesday into wednesday. we'll keep you updated. hope you have a fantastic day. >> that's it from here on the west coast. now back to captain and
tenielle. no willie and sheinelle. >> we'll take it. >> a lot of kids have moved on from their christmas toys. my little guys go from one to the other thing. >> big collection of apps to find the best for the family in 2015. the editor in chief at parents magazine. good morning. >> good morning to you, too. >> let's start with zumba. this gets everybody involved. >> oh, we're dancing? oh boy. >> putting some pressure on now. >> you want to back up so one of you is in the frame there. >> set my paper down. >> i'll hold it. willie scoot over. >> move you're in my line. no i'm kidding. >> you're going to copy her. >> move back. it's got image recognition technology. lots of different dances you can choose from. now you're working. okay good. >> all right, hey. >> there she goes. >> do i look like her if i do this? >> yes. get you one of those tank tops.
>> she teach you how to do it first? >> sheinelle, go ahead, sheinelle. yeah. wow, sheinelle's good. >> hip hop, everything you could possibly want. >> okay. >> that's $5. >> really? >> yep. it's available in the apple store or on google play. >> do you want to keep going? >> yes, i do. i would like to lose a few inches. >> going to give a try to heads up. >> this is fun. >> hugely popular. >> how do i want to do this? >> touch the screen here. hold that facing sheinelle. you're going to try to give him some clues as to -- we're counting down. >> what? >> oh, yeah. ♪ rolling in the deep ♪ >> tina turner? oh adele. >> what was the -- >> because she moans all the time. >> you can do one more.
♪ i want to dance with somebody ♪ >> whitney. come on. one more. ♪ baby you're a firework ♪ >> katy perry, okay. this is fun. >> hair blond. >> she has hair. could you be more specific? >> pretty girl. >> she just had a baby. >> just had a baby? >> she was on "heroes." >> kristin bell? >> rhymes with jaden. >> oh, hayden. she does have hair though. >> long hair, blond. i thought that was pretty good. >> let's move on. so road trips can be tough. >> yes. >> let's talk a little exit. >> eye exit interstate exit guide. this is for when the kids say are we there yet and you're not there yet. very easy to understand icons you can find the next gas station, starbucks, grocery, attraction any kind of entertainment all on the next 100 exits on the interstate highway. when you're on those really long
trip s trips you don't have to wonder where your next meal is coming from. >> what's the next one? tour monster. >> if your new resolution is to get your kids to help out more around the house, chore monster is for you. it's for ages 4 and up. they can say i made my bed and they get rewards, little monster notice app. and you can cash in -- they can cash in those rewards for rewards in the real world. >> little incentive. i like that one. how about dinner spinner? >> this is from all recipes dinner spinner. my resolution is to get dinner done. >> one ingredient you have. how much time you want to spend on cooking and what type of dish you want to make. >> is it free? >> that's not bad at all. 1,000 videos to show you how to cook things. >> spoiler shield? >> this is for the grown-ups, i think. we have to have some fun, too.
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if you're hosting this new year's eve and still don't know what to feed your hungry guests quick appetizers made of five ingredient the or less. >> senior editor at food & wine magazine justin good morning. >> good morning. >> we sampled a few things and highly approve of all of them. >> incredible recipes just in time for new year's. everybody knows pigs in a blanket. these are hugs in a blanket. >> even better? >> so much better. what we're starting with are store bought puffed pastry. and, willie put the sausage right on top of the lower half here. >> sausage cooked already? >> this is a cooked sausage, but what we're going to do is brush a little egg wash on there roll it up nice and tight. show you how to do this. and then you're going to pop that in the freezer for ten minutes until it's nice and chilled. and then slice it. >> freezer first? >> yes. that will keep the puff pastry cold. pop it into the muffin tin at
375 for 45 minutes. you get these incredible puffy little hugs in a blanket. >> i love pigs in a blanket. what kind of dip is this? >> that's just mustard with some honey in it. honey mustard. >> coarse grain mustard, that's nice. puff pastry cheese and fruit thing. >> great for everything. what we're doing, we rolled it out nice and thin. cut it in 1 1/2, 2-inch squares parchment paper and another baking sheet. keep it is nice and flat. after you bake it took about 35 minutes, you get these incredibly crisp crackers. you can top them with preserves, store bought like this cheese right on top of there. >> any type of cheese for this? >> any type of cheese that's pretty strong. this is a great bleu cheese. you can serve it like this or like that. >> so good. so is the hugs in a blanket.
>> now my favorite. reinvented jalapeno popper. cut them in half. everybody's favorite cream cheese. take a little bit like this. put it right in there. who would like to fill some more? >> i'll do that. >> everything is better wrapped in bacon. >> it makes such a little bite-sized salty -- >> doesn't matter what's in the middle with bacon around it. >> exactly. we have some made already. you put it right into a hot skillet. you can hear the sizzle. >> how do you make sure you get all sides crispy? >> use some tongue ss, turn it. put it in a preheated oven. >> my turn to try. >> you should both try that. >> homemade potato chips right there? >> potatoes crisps. we're using the skins only. you throw them in some hot oil that you have here.
it will start frying. and two to three minutes later you get these really fun crispy potato skins. because we make them extra special we'll add parmesan cheese and throw those back into the oven. >> plain peeled potatoes for mashed potatoes or anything else. >> that's sour cream with with chives. we have this really beautiful elegant dish which is smoked salmon wrap it around marinated artichokes with onion and crispy celery leaves. >> that's how you crispen those up in the oven. >> do you have a favorite? >> the bacon was pretty awesome. you didn't try the hugs in a blanket. that was fantastic. >> good to see you. >> thank you so much. can you name the top album of the year? sheinelle, dylan and i go toe to toe in a battle of c grandpa bode grandma said you used
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before we ring in the new year it's time to take a look back at the most popular pop culture trends. >> who has been paying the most attention as to what's been going on in the entertainment world this past year? >> good morning. >> you're wearing your hat. >> i am. willie glasses, hat. >> game on. >> something would be appropriate. >> use your noise makers to ring in. we will be keeping score. what was the top grossing movie of 2014? >> going to get a clue here in a second. >> i can give you a clue. you're going to get the answer there. you need a clue? just call my star lord. anybody? nothing? okay. let's take a look at the answer. the answer would be "guardians
of the galaxy." number one movie of the year with 333 million. >> terrible clue. >> that was a terrible clue? >> who were the most googled celebrities of 2014? we should be looking at some photos here that will -- >> kim kardashian. >> jennifer lawrence. >> one point for each of you. the correct answer jennifer lawrence number one of the year. number two, kim kardashian. >> yea! >> there we go. and we are on the board. personifies most straemdeamed artist of 2014. >> it was me. >> that is incorrect. i will vote for you on spot if i later. >> she wasn't on spotify. >> we have a short clip of the song. >> okay. ♪ >> no but a second hint did he
perform on the plaza this year. >> ed sheeran? and apparently we're rewarding a point even though you got it wrong. we're very lenient here. all the way back to march. special question for you. what film won best picture of the year at the academy awards? >> oh, come on. >> there's a little picture of it. let's take a look at it. if that clue's not doing it. and the answer "12 years a slave." no points awarded. dylan, who said she was going to lose is in the lead right now. >> the super bowl in this coming february katy perry will be the half time entertainment. >> correct is her answer. >> last february's half time star to a record audience. >> bruno mars. >> and there we go. we didn't even need the clue. >> thoroughly enjoyed it. >> the biggest audience for a
half time show ever. 115.3 million viewers. >> he's not doing very well. >> top selling album for 2014. >> any clues? >> taylor swift. >> that is also incorrect. keep guessing taylor. eventually it will be correct. >> i think eventually. >> i would have said that too. >> there we go. >> "frozen" sound track. >> with 3.4 million, taylor is just behind with 3 million sold to date. >> good job. >> let's take a look at tv. what tv show just won its fourth emmy for best drama? here is a hint it just ended after five seasons. >> dylan? >> "homeland"? >> no. it's still on the air and has not had five seasons yet. brilliant guess otherwise. >> brian cranston. >> "breaking bad." >> there we go. >> one more fo for willie.
which country won the world cup? >> what is germany. >> this is not jeopardy but we will accept that. one last question if we have time for it. >> no time. >> biggest winners -- >> taylor swift. >> it will be true eventually. >> macklemor and ryan lewis. there we go. dylan gets that. >> i win that? >> yes, you do. >> i'll take my glasses off. >> this is "today" on nbc. >> it's
even when it's raining. you might even meet friendly locals with long shaggy hair. and find yourself lost in music in the middle of the day. ♪ jump into the now. jump into ireland. visit ireland.com to find out more. good morning to you. i'm kris sanchez. as you probably know right now, the 49ers need a new head coach. yesterday, about an hour after their final game of the season the team issued this statement saying quote, the san francisco 49ers and jim harbaugh have mutually agreed to part ways.
the 49ers organization has begun its search for the team's next head coach. csn bay area says harbaugh is on his way to coach the university of michigan. harbaugh thanked the team and the 49ers faithful following the game and the players treated him to an icy gatorade sendoff after beating the arizona cardinals in yesterday's season finale. and now let's take a look at that forecast. i certainly wouldn't want a gatorade bath today, christina. >> hey, thank you. cold conditions, deceptive sunshine out there and a lot of it. 57 degrees on the peninsula. as we head through the next couple of days we have some changes coming through. as a cold front moves through the bay area that's going to kick up gusty wind today especially through the east bay hills and the immediate coast. hold on tight if you drive a high-profile vehicle if you're on your way home this evening. temps will plunge through the midsection of the week and we will stay chilly all the way through the end of the year. and i've got that full forecast for you if you're interested today at 11:00.
see you then. first, though here's mike and your drive. >> talking about the crisp, clear air and the clear bay bridge toll plaza. the metering lights turned off at 7:08. that's how light the traffic flow -- it still hovers around the san francisco side of the span past treasure island over by the city's side. not a big deal. we do have a late slowing showing up on the east shore freeway. midday traffic as folks head across town. just a little slowing south and west of university. here's that fog still registering for parts of the north bay. over in concord, things are clearer as far as that view. an easy drive up through san jose. >> all right. more local news coming up in half an hour, and all of the morning's news at 11:00.
from nbc news this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> yeah. everybody, we are so excited. >> why? >> to welcome you to this fun day monday december 29th. you know why? >> why? >> today is the big day. it is finally here it is the world premiere of the most highly anticipated musical of the season -- >> called "today! the musical." >> that's not all. funny guy tim stack from entertainment weekly takes us through the highlights of 2014. >> can we talk about the musical for one more second before we gloss over it? >> yes. >> okay this musical came about, kathie lee wrote this musical and included a whole bunch of people from our own
staff. >> can i tell you the truth of what really happened? >> what? >> let's show a sneak peek so people get a taste and then tell. watch. >> okay. ♪ this is today and just like every day ♪ ♪ we rise and shine and we are fine ♪ ♪ and we drink wine ♪ ♪ anchors away ♪ >> just a little taste. the truth is a year ago with the big success of "the sound of music," one of the senior producers a month later says to me we need to do "today! the musical." and i said what a stupid idea. and then she said and you need to write it. and i said that's even dumber. she said no no no think about it. i said what is the story? there has to be a story. she said you'll figure it out. i said what is the talent pool? she said none. how many time? about 18 minutes. you can't write a musical in 18 minutes. i started going around everybody and said zach do you sing?
no. all the guys -- do you -- no. do you dance? no. nobody did anything. until one day -- >> yes. >> i said to sal, i said sal, do you sing? he said i sing. what? a little. i went oh my gosh sal. the next time i saw sal, i said sal -- ♪ he goes -- ♪ then i said -- ♪ and he said -- ♪ >> what did you say? ♪ >> i went okay there is our leading man. i wrote the musical on the way from jfk to l.a.x., i started it when i got in the plane and at the end it was the end and it was -- we had a little musical. it cracks me up that the other one i did that came to broadway took 13 years. this one took about six hours. and it shows. >> regis is the star.
let's watch regis. here is a little bit of regis in action. >> you got to go for your dreams. ♪ sometimes you got to swim upstream ♪ >> i told you. i told you. >> well stay tuned, because in our next half hour we're actually going to run the entire musical. and it is going to be awesome! >> and i'm going to call my agent to get my new job somewhere. okay. apparently it was the year -- everybody is talking about taylor swift this year and beyonce. but in reality, it was katy perry's year wasn't it? >> if you were to ask me whose year it was in music, i would say taylor swift or beyonce, they have been knocking it out of the park. but katy perry is the standout star of 2014. here's why. her video dark horse was named youtube's most watched video of the year 718 million views. it is a great video. she's the queen of twitter. she is the most followed person
on twitter. >> on the planet. >> with 60 million followers. >> that's a 6 and an 0. that's ten million more than the president. justin bieber is number two. >> i had almost 300,000. >> you're on a roll. >> i'm on a roll. >> that's amazing. she didn't really have -- she had a couple of songs this year but it wasn't her big year. but she is performing at the super bowl and she's -- >> she's got a lot going on. >> incredibly talented. >> i like her. >> really great. >> men are more turned on by the history documentary than a kissing scene in "titanic." >> if you were to sit your husband down and say to him, let's watch "titanic," okay -- >> in the hopes it gets him in the mood. >> doesn't work. doesn't work. they're better at watching a history documentary. >> like this one. ken burns. >> a great one. >> and build a future. >> we had the best crop that we had had in 1929. and everything was looking -- >> clearly. >> yes.
i can see frank right now, he's at home going, honey, get home. >> that is so crazy. but they say, you know what's funny, they say men don't like -- the "titanic" is the buildup to the kiss and -- >> we're dying. but that's why men like porn with no story. >> they do? >> yes. men like porn. >> how do you know hoda? >> that's what they say. they do. they do. they don't like the pregame. and women like the romance that leads to -- >> my mom was so funny when i was growing up if there was a love scene and stuff like that i would look over at my mother and she would be going -- >> can i -- >> almost falling over. just so into it. >> you know the show "the affair". >> no i don't. but you say it is as hot as can be. >> it shows you the stuff that is the turn on is the forbidden stuff. >> sadly true. >> but you can't help what you're thinking when you see it because it is so exciting. >> i heard that people that are together don't like to watch
with their partner because this could be so a reality in our lives. >> right. it is. but those kind of saucy, forbidden forbidden, sneaky, they're a real turn on. >> we're going to play a game we don't know what it is. it is called makeout, marry or move on. >> three celebs -- >> the story of hoda's life. >> you know what? we're going to decide who to make out with who to marry and who to move on. here is the first one. okay. joe manganiello, matt damon, johnny depp. >> makeout. >> i say makeout know manganiello. i say marry matt damon. >> and i say move on from johnny depp. is that johnny depp or martin sheen? >> you would marry who? >> matt. >> you would, okay great. excellent. we both agree. matthew mcconaughey blake
shelton, hugh jackman. i want to marry blake. >> i'm going to make out with blake and move on from matthew. >> hugh jackman --, he's for you. >> you don't care for class? >> what are you talking about? i like the bad boys. next. steven tyler, denzel washington justin timberlake. >> you're going to -- >> i think i'm making out with denzel and marrying justin. >> okay. >> we're not fighting. this is good. >> last one, i'm so excited. >> i love this game. >> let's play on. >> robert downey moving on from jack nicholson, my gosh. >> making out with robert downey jr. and marrying channing tatum. >> who could be my son, but who cares. >> my grandson but, you know what we don't judge. >> by the way, i love that game. amanda great game. i love it. >> make out, marry or move on. next. all right. >> all right. >> favorite things. okay my friend louise duart has
a friend she lives on martha's vineyard. and she sent me the most adorable 2015 calendar called vineyard sea dogs. >> i can't. >> $16. part of the proceeds go to the animal shelter of martha's vineyard. let me show you this one. this one is february. look. box of chocolates. look at this. so it is just adorable. every single one will break your heart. sweetest thing in the world. what you got? >> i've been trying not to have sweets for a while. by now i'm probably off the wagon. but this is sinful. it is the reese's spread peanut butter and chocolate mix. it is $3 and you can buy it at grocery stores. you can just dunk the apple in. >> how many calories? >> i want to see, one second.
what does it say? calories. >> you're taking up time. we could be talking to our star. >> two tablespoons, 190? >> there you go. >> oh! wait. >> sal. >> hello, sal. >> sal. oh my gosh sal. >> he had to bring in his own prop because he is sal the prop guy. >> what is your job on the "today" show. explain. >> tell us what you do. >> i'm the prop guy. i move your desk in the morning, i get your wine in the morning, matt's coffee everything else. >> so you always -- you're a singer and a performer. but you never had a chance to do much of it publicly? >> i have but not this much exposure. this is fantastic. >> you realize because you did the musical that this could end a career before it starts a career. you know that. >> i'm 100% aware of that completely. >> we're hoping somebody out there will see you, sal, see what i saw when you sang for me see how delicious you are, and a great performer you are. >> sing something. >> he's going to sing in a
moment. >> that's true. >> and i know sal, your family is excited about this for you. >> they are ecstatic. they said finally, all that money that we spent for college is finally coming through. >> didn't realize until after he sang and sang for me and we decided this was going to be the story, you went to the fame school. >> i did. >> you are a member of s.a.g. and -- >> equity. >> equity. we didn't know any of that. >> we just thought he brought coffee. excellent. >> it is almost time. >> love you so much. >> you are awesome in this. everybody is going to discover that. >> here it comes, the world premiere of "today! the musical." >> and tim stack is here with entertainment highlights of the year. >> and what is coming in the new year right after this. (kids laughing) you know i tried one of those bargain paper towels but i had to use so many sheets per spill the roll just disappeared. i knew i should've bought bounty bounty is 2x more absorbent and strong when wet. just look how much longer bounty lasts
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it's that time of year when we look at the world of entertainment to see who had a great 2014 and who will have a better '15. >> there are a few who had not the greatest 12 months and hopefully have better luckier next years . our dear friend tim stack -- >> i used to be fond of him, but not so much. >> i love you, hoda. good-bye. >> chris pratt is having one heck of a year. >> yes, yes. chris pratt, he is. he's having the best year of his life. he starred in "the lego movie ,"
one of the voices in that. gheiigantic and then starred in "guardians of the galaxy," over $3 million, gigantic like a bona fide movie star now. and he's in the next "jurassic park." he's in "jurassic world," this is "guardians of the galaxy," the lead and this is "jurassic world." >> he's very cute. >> very handsome. >> sweet guy, too. >> so kind and sweet. married to anna ferris. they have a son together. a great guy. in 2015 parks and rec will be wrapping up. >> i love your living room. >> i love it. the tv the big screen and everything. >> i know. >> so reese witherspoon. >> let me use my clicker. much like last year was -- this is the reese-a-thon. she produced "gone girl" and that movie and also developed
"wild" which she stars in and she's amazing in. >> oscar buzz for that. >> phenomenal. the movie is -- >> s.a.g. awards or golden globe? >> nominated for everything. she has a good chance at winning but she plays a woman who goes on a thousand mile hike by herself, in order to find herself. and it is like she wears no makeup just a great, great performance. >> she looks 12 years old. >> she doesn't age. >> she'll be with sofia vergara. >> she's doing a comedy with sofia vergara called "don't mess with texas". >> huge year for taylor swift. >> yes. >> huge. >> she's swift. >> hello. >> swift. she had an amazing huge year. she released "1989" and huge her biggest album to date now. sold so many copies. she performed everywhere. the woman is selling that -- >> she knows how to sell it.
>> i feel like she set -- she set a new template on how to sell a record don't you think? >> yes. she releases teases. she's engaged on social media. >> brings her fans home. >> she just turned 25. had a crazy start to her birthday. >> a few weeks ago at billboard awards she went and surprised a young girl at her bridal shower and that was the girl who introduced her at the billboard awards. so she does -- she's very close with her fans. >> very savvy. she'll be launching her tour in 2015 which will be gigantic. >> will you tell us about beyonce? >> beyonce also had a huge year. everyone loves beyonce. >> moneymaker. >> we have to talk about her show. she obviously, she dropped that secret album last year and it has been basically just making so many singles off that album. people just love it. she released this amazing video for her song "7/11," she shot in hotel rooms, looks like it cost
5 bucks but it is amazing. she and jay-z, you know they battled all those divorce rumors and they're still together and a great run. >> singer sam smith was great. but was he having a good year you think? >> yes. sam smith, great year. >> not a great year you're saying, for johnny depp. >> yes, this is sam. not a great year for johnny depp. he was in "transcendence," huge bomb a terrible movie, and then -- >> and "lone ranger". >> not having a great streak at the box office. he was at the hollywood film awards and gave this weird rambling speech. he's "into the woods" for two minutes. yeah. >> all right. >> but he's not having a great year but returning to "the pirates" franchise, exciting. >> i think it is so over. like three of them and come on. >> i don't know. okay. >> our guys know. >> i'm trying to be positive at this time of year.
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welcome back i'm christina loren. chilly sunshine for today, 58 degrees, 56 degrees in the north bay, chilly on the peninsula, same for the east shore, low to mid-50s coming your way. and, yeah we're expecting that breeze to really crank in san francisco and the tri-valley. we will see the mid-50s for this afternoon. here's the deal though. after that wind comes through very cold air on the way. temps are going to plunge for tomorrow into your wednesday. staying chilly for new year's eve. we'll have the full forecast for you today at 11:00. we'll see you then. but first, here's mike and your drive. >> a little of that fog sticking around. our san rafael camera. you see the light volume of traffic and the light burning off the fog. the bay bridge hasn't had a problem as far as visibility for a while. we do have cash lanes backing up. we start to build a little midday traffic. we'll look at your maps. just after 7:00 this morning. driving through the maze. oakland and the bay bridge itself. and the south bay hasn't really seen any slowing all morning long. back to you.
>> join us at 11:00 for our next newscast and all of the day's news. we'll see you then. ♪ we're back on this fun day monday with more of "today" and the time has finally arrived. >> okay. everybody. sit back. get ready to see the world premiere of "today! the musical." >> and now, it's time for "today! the musical." starring regis philbin, and the cast and crew of "today." ♪ this is "today" and just like every day ♪ ♪ we rise and shine and we are fine ♪ ♪ and we drink wine ♪ ♪ it's anchors away this is "today" and just like every day ♪ ♪ i call the shots
he swaerzears a lot ♪ ♪ [ bleep ] i do not ♪ ♪ this is "today" they come in looking like -- so we make sure they look much younger than they are ♪ ♪ it is a great day to make them look like they're a star ♪ ♪ we cut and style their hair ♪ ♪ and we pretend to care ♪ ♪ but we swear that there are ring tones everywhere ♪ ♪ this is "today" this is "today" ♪ ♪ and just like every day ♪ ♪ we cook our recipe ss ♪ ♪ try not to sneeze a-choo ♪ ♪ we don't care we eat it anyway ♪ ♪ thank you ♪
♪ no one knows what the heck we do ♪ ♪ we like to act as if we're in the know ♪ ♪ do they even watch the show ♪ ♪ this is "today" we made sure you can hear ♪ ♪ while they pretend to be sincere ♪ ♪ while we produce it year after year ♪ ♪ we make sure we souffle and bake and stir ♪ ♪ it's all a big blur ♪ ♪ we love the guests we love to patch ♪ ♪ we flush all the toilets ♪
♪ still nobody has a clue ♪ ♪ as to exactly what we do ♪ ♪ but we still do it anyway ♪ ♪ we all do it every day ♪ ♪ this is this is "today" ♪ >> okay guys. let's set up for the regis philbin rehearsal. ♪ ♪ every day's a good day for everyone but me ♪ ♪ seems everybody else's dreams come true ♪ ♪ but still i have a longing ♪
♪ no one else can see but do the thing that i was born to do ♪ ♪ but not today and tomorrow's not looking good either ♪ ♪ yet every day is a good day ♪ ♪ when fortune smiles and wipes the tears away ♪ ♪ for my family's sake my heart will have to wait ♪ ♪ until that dream comes true for me some day ♪ ♪ but not today and tomorrow's not looking good either ♪ >> move it. regis it on the way. >> sorry, jerry. >> he's always sorry. >> such a loser. >> singer. >> loser. ♪ not today ♪ you don't need to think about the energy
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so exciting. welcome back to our production of "today! the musical." >> in our last act we met sal our long suffering prop guy with the magnificent voice longing to be in the spotlight. >> could it become a reality when he meets regis philbin? >> i'm not sure. sal's day gets off to a rocky start. >> oops. >> i'm sorry, mr. lauer. >> now i got to repress my designer slacks. alex? >> i'm here matt. >> five minutes top. i got to look as good as that regis philbin. >> you got it, matt. >> i sure do. >> oh. >> drink it in ladies. >> again, matt really. it is the third time this week. >> did your mommy give you those? >> you're making me -- >> get it while it lasts. >> you got to hurry up. there is a polar vortex coming down fifth avenue and who stole my pajama bottoms?
>> oh gentlemen. >> this is it. surely he's ready to quit. >> don't call my shirley. >> oh thanks wanda. >> it is susan. >> regis likes wanda better. it is weirder. >> okay. you got it. >> let me take a look. take a look at regis. i'm out of control! >> press the pants. i have to do this. >> this sauce is too bland. give me the chilies and the hot stuff. >> not that one. the hot one. >> the one that curls your toes? >> yes. >> the one that puts air in your esophagus? >> yes. the special one i keep locked up. guaranteed to knock martha stewart on her skinny little -- >> you got it, bianca. >> i sure do. take that, you perfectly cooked
pork chop. ♪ >> oh. i'm sorry, mr. philbin. i'm not myself today. >> listen was that you just in there? >> yeah just a one-seater. >> that was fantastic! >> i'm not really -- i was hoping for number two. >> please. no you're singing i'm talking about. >> my singing? you could hear he? >> absolutely. and you were great. i thought it was josh groban. you know who he is? >> sort of. >> you're so much better. >> wow. it is just me sal, sal cacciato from props. >> props? the musical? >> no props, the job. >> no no way. with chops like that forget about the props. i was a prop guy once. you got to be on broadway pal. >> really?
>> that's where you're headed. >> but mr. philbin, but i -- ♪ there's no buts about it ♪ ♪ you got to go for the gold ♪ ♪ you got to go out and get it ♪ ♪ before someone else gets it and you get old ♪ ♪ there's no buts about it you got to give it a try ♪ ♪ you got to go out and do it ♪ ♪ before someone else does it and you just die ♪ ♪ you got to stop it where do you think i'd be ♪ ♪ i kept sitting there on my butt ♪ ♪ singing the blues in a hopeless rut ♪ ♪ a ways to go like old king tut ♪ ♪ there's no buts about it you got to go
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welcome back to our extraordinary production of "today! the musical." >> extraordinary is the word. in our last act, sal, our prop guy, with the amazing voice, who dreams of a better life runs into the one and only regis philbin. >> regis encourages sal to reach for his dreams today. but upstairs the director of the kitchen brews up in somesome strong sauce to take down celebrity chefs standing in the way of her fame. >> but the dish ends up in the wrong hands. >> thanks, mr. philbin. you're so nice. >> not really sal. but you know you're a fine singer incredibly well paid pitch man, just promise me you won't become one of those difficult show business jerks when you make it big. deal, kid? >> deal!
>> wait. did you wash your hands thoroughly in that bathroom where i found you? regis can't afford to get sick. >> no of course not. i mean yes, i washed thoroughly and of course you can't gitet sick, mr. philbin. who could go on for you? you're a legend. >> exactly. but regis is hungry right now. is there any food around in this place? >> bianca is always cooking up something great in the kitchen. >> wait what is that i smell? >> meatballs. >> i think you're right. >> so get it. get the meatballs, sal. seize the beef. >> you got it! be right back. >> hoda isn't it so sad about sal's family? >> what happened? >> every single member needs a brand-new spleen. >> you're kidding. >> i gave him a bible and 27 of my inspirational books and three of my gospel cds and told him i'd be praying for him and his family every day. >> of course you did. help me.
>> regis, you had all this success for so long, so very -- just freaking long. you can do no wrong. >> how does that make you feel reege? >> today, i got a whole pain and making sounds and -- >> excuse me. >> no i'm sorry. i really am. >> you still got two minutes and 30 seconds to go in the interview. >> i need air freshener. >> i ate meatballs with sauce on them and it sent my vocal cords on fire. >> fire! >> mr. philbin, are you okay? >> sal, i think it is pretty obvious i'm in excruciating agony. but thank you for asking. >> somebody call 911. >> call my agent. >> i need to get to a hospital fast. >> better hurry, there is a sharknado coming in on the hudson. >> i'm out of here! >> it's almost mine! >> don't worry, an ambulance is on its way.
it should be here in about an hour or so. >> i want my kathie lee. >> oh i bet. don't worry. i'll stay with you. >> you're a good kid. with a bright future. >> and a good job. >> the wrong job. >> but mr. philbin -- >> sal we have been over this but stuff over and over again. we don't have the time to reprise the song. we don't. >> we don't? you're right. >> sal, you got to do what you got to do. do it for me. you got what it takes. you got it sal. go get it! >> you're right. >> sal? where did sal go? ♪ >>. ♪ this is my moment it is time to seize my dream ♪ ♪ leave the darkness in the past ♪ ♪ this is my moment there's no more waiting in the wings ♪ ♪ i don't have to keep
moving things ♪ ♪ because i can hear horns and sing ♪ ♪ >> sal, great. but people have a short attention span. let's go get it. ♪ okay ♪ ♪ this is "today" just like every day ♪ ♪ you'll never know how things might go ♪ ♪ today could be the best day of the whole life that you've got ♪ ♪ give it your best shot ♪ ♪ but get up get up this is this is "today" ♪
that's our musical today. we want to thank our special guest star regis philbin and sal, you're going to broadway! thank you, everybody! >> how about it? >> we also want to thank my good friend david friedman my good friend david wild. they work with me on "everyone has a story" and they're members of the "today" show family and they did the music and the beautiful -- >> and what about you? >> no no no. >> what about you? no kathie lee gifford. >> it takes a village. it takes a whole team here. we want to thank the cast and crew of our show for all their hard work on "today! the
good morning, and thanks for joining us. >> and i'm kris sanchez. good to have you with us. new at 11:00 this morning, it's estimated that drunk drivers kill more than 1,000 californians and injure more than 20,000 each year. just within the hour one lawmaker announced legislation to save lives and cut downen o the number of people who drive drunk. nbc bay area live in redwood city to talk about the ignition interlock device. and california, stephanie, this is not a new concept. but california's late coming into the game. >> reporter: that's right. good morning to you, kris. i'll give an example. earlier this month, a san