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coming up on "early today," dangerous freezing weather causes hundreds of accidents and pileups from coast to coast, bringing death and dozens of injuries. federal authorities are trying to figure out who fired shots from a car near the delaware home of vice president joe biden. and the super bowl teams, they are set. as seattle and new england clinch their conference championships. it is monday, jaary 19th. "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm milissa rehberger. here we go again. frozen roads, round two. in the northeast, there were thousands of accidents yesterday. six people are dead. and this morning the remaining moisture could refreeze, making another dangerous day. nbc's chris pollone reports. >> reporter: from yonkers, new
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york, to montgomery county, pennsylvania, thousands of drivers across the northeast were caught off guard early sunday by slick, ice-covered roads. rising temperatures and rain, not snow, falling from the sky gave drivers a false sense of safety. the rain quickly froze making interstates and back roads making for better skating than driving. >> i hit the car. the car comes behind me and hits me. i'm spinning around four or five times. other cars are hitting that car and hitting me as well. >> reporter: the ice caused officials in philadelphia to shut down the city's bridges and also caused a 50-car pileup on pennsylvania's interstate 76. police in new jersey responded to more than 400 accidents alone. but officials in pennsylvania, new jersey, new york, massachusetts and new hampshire scrambled to get roads salted and sanded, but for some it was too late. >> the salt truck was behind us. we all, like, passed the salt truck. so we, like, passed the salt truck, we all get in an accident. >> reporter: chris pollone, nbc news, boston.
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authorities are trying to find the person responsible for gunshots fired near vice president joe biden's home in delaware over the weekend. it happened on saturday night. secret service agents heard the shots. one agent saw a vehicle speeding away from the scene. the vice president and his wife were not home at the time. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington. tracie what's the latest? >> what we know is no one was hurt. what we don't know and what the secret service doesn't know is who may have been behind this. this morning the secret service is trying to figure out who drove by vice president joe biden home saturday night and fired multiple gunshots. the secret service heard it so did a neighbor. one agent saw a car speeding by. soon after, county police report more shots fired in the area. >> they're going to be questioning people, trying to bring it all together, maybe checking some cameras in the last retail place they passed and see if they can find out who the car, who was shooting, what's it about. >> reporter: half an hour after the shooting, a man drove by.
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he was questioned and detained after resisting arrest. he is not charged in the shooting. last week a delaware national guard base the vice president uses raised security after five cars stopped by in two days to ask for directions. authorities found that suspicious. also last week, the fbi revealed separate plots to bomb the u.s. capitol and poison house speaker john boehner. four months earlier, a knife-wielding fence jumper made it all the way into the white house. the secret service is under scrutiny. >> and the secret service is also in the middle of an internal shake-up. last night they announced that four top managers are being replaced. mills. >> -- milissa. tracie thank you. tomorrow's state of the union address, the white house released this picture of the president hard at work ahead of the big night. he'll be in front of a republican-led congress. according to nbc news "wall street journal" poll 45% of
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americans say he's been too stubborn in his dealings with congressional republicans but 55% of those surveyed said it's the gop that is too stubborn. we'll have complete coverage of the president's state of the union address tomorrow night on nbc. today the nation celebrates dr. martin luther king's birthday. president obama and first lady will participate in commune project known as mlk day of service. yesterday the filmmaker and cast of the oscar nominated movie "selma" marched olt bridge in alabama just like dr. king did 50 years ago. oprah winfrey reflected on what the experience meant to her. >> i'm so excited that once again, i get to march across the bridge not as portraying annie lee cooper but as standing in the shoes and on the shoulders of everyone who came before us. >> in an effort to continue the discussion on racial issues in america, mtv will broadcast 12
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hours of its programming in black and white. today's google doodle, dr. king locked in arms with other civil rights leaders. and "the new yorker" cover features an illustration of mlk marching with trayvon martin, michael brown and other people's deaths who have furthered the discussion on race relations. later in the show, richard lui will have a report on dr. king's legacy. the super bowl is set now that the top two teams emerged in sunday's conference championships. the patriots weren't the only obstacle the colts had to face in new england. damp conditions at gillette stadium. the pats released this time lapse video of the field crew removing the rain tarp before the game. though the pats seemed unaffected by the weather, tom brady threw for three touchdowns, and legarrette blount ran in three more in a crushing 45-7 victory over the colts. it was the second most lopsided afc championship win since buffalo's 51-3 romp against
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oakland in 1990. this will be the sixth super bowl appearance for the patriots since 2002. to the nfc matchup. the seahawks rallied from a 16-0 deficit to pull off one of the most impressive comebacks in playoff history against the packers. >> the kick up into the air. it is loose and recovered! by seattle! here's lynch. lynch! marshawn lynch! beast mode, touchdown! >> seattle will go up three after a two-point conversion. and the packers send it into overtime after nailing a 48-yard field goal in the final seconds of regulation. but then this happened. >> wilson, toward the end zone. it is caught! seattle's going to the super bowl! >> the defending champs are heading back to the super bowl after a 28-22 comeback win in
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overtime. quarterback russell wilson was brought to tears afterwards. the seahawks are the first team to reach back-to-back super bowls since the '04/'05 patriots. there you have it. on february 1st the seahawks will face the patriots in glendale, arizona, for super bowl xlix. kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. eastern right here on nbc. let's get the forecast for that game. as we mentioned earlier, it could be a dangerous and messy commute. nbc bill karins has more on that. good morning. >> good morning. >> i still don't think seahawks fans, they have probably seen the highlights 20 times. they probably still don't believe they came back to win. really amazing stuff. those pictures of the ice yesterday, it happened at my house. what made it so dangerous was that it was crystal clear, wasn't on the trees, power lines, wasn't on the vehicles. the ground was below freezing. it was just that thin crystal clear coating. a lot of people didn't know it until they stepped on it.
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in that region right above freezing in most spots. some sidewalks are icy from yesterday. it was an incredible scene. i've seen freezing rainstorms that weren't as treacherous. as far as the northwest goes we still have moisture streaming off the pacific, snow levels pretty high but a little bit above passes this morning. as far as the west goes it doesn't look like as many weather headlines this week. if anything we're probably as cool as we're going to get. it looks like on this very stubborn called this ridge, call it a heat ridge if you want over the drought area continues to build this week and looks to stay with us the next week or two. no signs of big rain or big snow. thank goodness we had that rain in december. if not, we'd be in dire straits right now. as far as rain today, showers in the northwest. here is the next seven days. that's it.
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temperatures a little cool around mount shasta and central california. till pretty warm in southern cal. i didn't mention the low 70s in arizona and southern california because i really didn't feel necessary, people like myself. >> yeah me too. exactly. still ahead, the latest on two teens captured after a wild crime spree. plus why this seemingly innocent selfie is causing a huge uproar. you're watching "early today." ♪ abe! get in! punch it! let quicken loans help you save your money. with a mortgage that's engineered to amaze! thanks, g.
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mischief. it's not known what phillips will face since she is a minor. >> i'm just really glad to be back and providing weather for viewers at home. >> nevada's 35-year-old kcen patrick crawford returned to work this morning after being shot in the stomach and shoulder in a parking lot outside wacko, texas, television station on december 17th. crawford says he's lucky to be alive. police are still searching for the shooter. it is a selfie controversy ahead of this year's miss universe pageant. that is miss israel on the left, miss lebanon on the right next to her, then miss slovenia, then miss japan. it seemed innocent enough, right? miss israel posted it to her instagram account. that's when a lebanese tv station criticized miss lebanon for being in a selfie with miss israel since the two countries are enemies. so miss lebanon responded on her facebook page saying she had been trying to avoid miss israel
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as they get ready for the pageant and accused miss israel of photobombing. well, miss israel says, quote, it doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad. too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game. so donald trump owns the pageant in a joint venture with nbc universal, and he said it was very sad to see the longstanding political animosity impacting the pageant. and nasa is tracking this asteroid that you see along the blue line, but not to worry, everybody, because they say it will safely pass by earth this time next week. it will be the closest fly-by in the next 200 years. in health news a herd of genetically engineered cattle may be the cure to ebola cure. researchers in south dakota have been incubating antibodies inside the cows which they hope will result in gallons of plasma to battle the cells.
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somebody with special needs. now to sports. a new coach in denver. well, several reports say that former texans head coach gary kubiak will be the new broncos coach. a four-year deal is in the works. he spent the past season as the ravens' offensive coordinator. the australian open is under way on the men's side, third ranked rafael nadal beat russia's mikhail youzhny in three straight sets. and sixth ranked andy murray also wins in straight sets. on the women's side after reaching the quarterfinal last year, fifth seed an a ivanovic was upset. golfer jimmy walker won the pga sony open in hawaii for the second straight year. he finished 23 under setting a tournament record with a nine-stroke victory. but professional golfer robert allenby says he was actually knocked unconscious, kidnapped, robbed and beaten friday night
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in hawaii after he missed the cut at the sony open. he posted this gruesome photo to facebook showing his injuries. according to the golf channel, surveillance video shows allenby leaving this bar with a group of five or six people, but he says he's not sure if he was drugged and doesn't remember much. >> 2 hours, 2 1/2 hours later, i woke up on the street in the gutter, being thrown out of the trunk of a car. i had been robbed. >> honolulu police are reviewing surveillance footage from the night. they are investigating it as a second-degree robbery. and after bouncing back from two serious knee surgeries, skier lindsey vonn is now tied for the most world cup wins in women's alpine skiing history after winning a downhill in italy. she ties the 35-year-old record with 62 career wins. just ahead, one movie's record-breaking weekend at the box office. and nbc's brian williams stops by "the tonight show." plus a hula flash mob for
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welcome back this monday. time to check with our friends up north in alaska. continues to be a snowless winter in anchorage, pretty mild. 41 degrees at this hour anchorage at 20. a little chilly in the interior fairbanks 7. this was a pretty good-sized storm.
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look at that swirl coming up. looks like it had been raining in juneau now taper off. not bad for alaska standards. it's the weather pattern. it's been warm in the west and warm up in alaska. >> all right. thanks bill. now to some entertainment news at the box office this weekend. "american sniper" earned over $90 million -- did you see it? >> not yet. i take it you have. that's good. you like it. kevin hart's "the wedding ringer" earned $21 million while "paddington" grossed $19 million. $19 million worth? >> i took my $40 for my family. brian williams stopped by to see jimmy fallon on friday night. and while he didn't get a chance to slow jam the news he did talk a little about his fashion sense. >> yeah, it's just -- it's a little -- you know, it's a mancessory. you and i -- >> what do you mean, like johnny depp? >> no, he has, like, lures in his hair.
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i don't do that. keith richards called. no, it's fine. >> there's a meaning, or no? >> why don't you worry about jimmy? >> looks like a bromance. the whitney houston lifetime movie premiered this weekend. the houston family was not happy about it. the family issued a statement saying fans should, quote, brace themselves for the worst. some critics are saying the movie was all about her husband, bobby brown. interesting. reese witherspoon just can't stop getting wreaths. yeah, after being nominated for an oscar, the star received this wreath from mindy kaling calling it wreath witherspoon, get it? it's hard to say, too. #oscaredition. happy belated 93rd birthday to "hot in cleveland" star betty white. she celebrated the joyous occasion on saturday. what is that? >> a little flash mob? >> exactly. the cast and crew of the show gathered to give her a flash mob surprise on the set. i'm mills -- milissa rehberger
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dr. martin luther king, jr., would have turned 86 years old this week. as the nation celebrates his birthday today, nbc's richard lui takes a look back at the legacy he left behind. >> reporter: the memories start with i have a dream. >> we're not going to let an injunction turn us around. >> reporter: but there was also martin luther king, jr.,'s numerous church speeches the more than 1 million documents related to his life's works. >> inviting you to "meet the press." >> his five interviews on nbc's "meet the press." >> do you believe the american racial problem can be solved? >> yes, i do. i refuse to give up. i refuse to despair in this
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moment. i think an intersocial revolution, the one thing that keeps it going is hope. >> reporter: part of his revolution, 1983, president ronald reagan signed a bill making the reverend the only american other than george washington to have his birthday celebrated as a federal holiday. today's memories come from newer faces and different places. the movie "selma," a new take on king's 1965 voting rights fight. then there's this. >> was that dr. king's dream? >> an ad-in invoking king's name to current immigration reform efforts. today's voting rights debate, some say echo the 1960s. and ferguson. a wound as raw as it was a half century ago. but as he said -- >> nonviolent way does not bring about miracles. >> reporter: perhaps small miracles like 5-year-old maya on why king lived. >> so that all people could go into the same restaurants and
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the same schools and the same drinking fountains. >> and he went all over the world to say peace to everybody. >> reporter: maya and tyler live near ferguson, missouri, where captain ron johnson marched for peace. much like some officers did during the 1960s civil rights era. >> like anybody, i would like to live a long life. longevity has its place. >> reporter: he was murdered the next day. he did not live long, but his idea of america does. richard lui, nbc news, new york. taking a look at some birthdays today. actor shawn wayans turns 44. "married with children" actress katey sagal turns 61. and singer dolly parton, she is 69 today. keep it here to for news weather and sports.
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i'm milissa rehberger. have a great day today.
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a mystery in and around san francisco bay. something in the water is injuring dozens of birds and leaving oerds dead >> it is the end of the line for an historic chapter in civil rights history. why this martin luther king jr. day will be especially poignant in the bay area. a scare in the air causes a hawaii-bound flight from oakland to land quickly in san jose. looking live outside at san jose this morning, a nice mild start to the day, maybe you can leave without a sweater. do i dare say? it is january 19th. this is "today in the bay." a very good monday morning. it's 4:30.

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