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coming up on "early today," tonight is the night the president will deliver his state of the union. could a bump in the polls help with republican led congress. nfl looking into whether one team had a little extra help getting there. the terriing moment a tractor-trailer barreled toward a car with nowhere to go. check out the new item you can buy from amazon for a million bucks. that's before shipping and handling of course. it is tuesday january 20th. "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm milissa rehberger. tonight president obama will deliver his state of the union address. he's already unveiled several major talking points which include more spending on the middle class and the poor along
with a tax increase for the rich. nbc's tracie potts live in washington this morning. a tracie, what can we expect to hear from the president tonight? >> reporter: a lot of what he's going around the country already talking about, brand-new momentum. our poll unveiled overnight, 46% approval rating. that's the highest this president has had in over a year. as for americans who think the country is on the right track, satisfied with the state of the economy now, that number is the highest in more than a decade. >> our job now is to make sure every american feels they are part of our country's comeback. >> reporter: tonight in the first lady's box a cross-section of those americans president obama is targeting. astrid had surgery thanks to obama care. >> i remember laying there and thinking wow, i'm just really grateful and blessed that i had insurance. >> carolyn reed a government
loan helped her expand the family business. >> we had three stores and now we have seven stores. we have over 100 employees. things have worked out very well for us. >> reporter: tonight president obama will urge congress to cut taxes for the middle class and get rid of tax breaks that allow the wealthy to shield millions by giving money to their kids. >> even republicans acknowledge that loophole should be closed. >> reporter: likely won't go far in this congress. >> i think it's dead on arrival in this congress. it won't work. it will cost us jobs. >> reporter: jobs and personal wealth still a big concern. our new nbc "wall street journal" poll finds americans are more optimistic about the economy but just over one in four say their own financial situation is getting better. >> it's about the same for people thinking it's getting worse. almost a quarter of people say they are stagnant their financial situation has remained
about the same. >> all right, teas. thank you. we'll have live coverage of the state of the union with our entire team from washington at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific time on nbc. cue nfl where fans are calling it a deflate game. after 45-7 rout in the afc championship game the big question this morning is did the new england patriots have help. were they cheating? the nfl is looking into whether they used deflated balls which make it easier to grip and catch, especially in the rain. nbc's sports mike florio said several balls were removed for being underinflated. yesterday tom brady laughed off the accusations. >> did you get the sense that you were able to grip the ball better than the colts last night? would you weigh in on that? >> i think i've heard everything at this point. >> back in 2007 bill belichick
was fined half a million dollars and team $250,000 for videotaping an opponent's signals during a a game. after the investigation, he says they will cooperate fully. breaking overnight a bridge collapsed in cincinnati. it happened over i-75. a semi hit a sagging part of an overpass that was being demolished. the impact sent 100 tons of concrete flying and killed a construction worker. here is how one witness described it. >> i heard a real big boom. i kind of knew right then and there that something fell or something collapsed. >> the driver was hurt but is okay. the roadway is expected to be closed for at least 48 hours. in maryland six families members are missing after a huge mansion fire. the 1600 square foot annapolis home went up in flames on monday. this morning, there is still no sign of any remains. our nbc affiliate wrc in d.c.
said the home is owned by don pile the chief operating officer of science logic, which is based in virginia citing the fire was tougher because water had to be shuttled in and there was no fire hydrant in the area. a nationwide celebration for what would have been dr. martin luther king's 85th birthday. the day has also become a day of service. president obama and first family were at a boys and girls club in washington helping students put together literacy kits. homeland security secretary jeh johnson laid a wreath at the memorial honoring the civil rights icon. and from the nation's capital to boston denver and st. paul, minnesota, thousands marched in the name of dr. king to protest police brutality. the queen of soul a long time friend to mlk shared her thoughts on the significance of mlk day. >> i am delighted and just thrilled to see that people are continuing to come out and pay tribute and pay honor to dr.
king and continuing the ideals of his dream and the i have a dream speech. i think that he would be very pleased, but of course, he would still say we have a lot of work to do. a recent nbc "wall street journal" poll found that a little more than half of the country does believe it's being carried out, a dream where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. captured on video just seconds from disaster a driver captured a big rig sliding across an icy road. this happened on the new jersey turnpike. the driver in the car somehow stayed calm as the truck whizzed by. a florida woman fainted behind the wheel causing an eye popping crash. the car was going 60. it slipped andflipped and took out
a taco stand. the driver and her friend had minor injuries. >> just driving along and it happened. it was just like day and night. in miami beach, dirt bikes and atvs have taken over. riders have turned streets into raceways. by the way, both are illegal on public streets. nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with your tuesday forecast. >> still can't get over the video of the big rig, the tandem trailer. the person taking video, what if they hit them. i would be bracing myself. i don't know what i would do but i wouldn't be taking a video. oh well they lived to tell about it. yesterday was an amazingly warm day across the country. the map looks like march or maybe april. we had entire southern half of the nation in the 60s and 70s. this is the january thaw. there's very little winter today. yesterday 75 in phoenix. we were gorgeous. new mexico yesterday, albuquerque was 58. if there's one spot in the
country that's going to get winter weather in the days ahead it's northern new mexico. they are actually under winter storm watch. they are going to get heavy snow and wintry mess mixed in with that. that's pure snow. for much of the west we are quiet. we're going to stay quiet. here we are in the middle of the rainy season. it looks at least like another week with dry weather everywhere. hopefully the pattern may break down and change after that. it's status quo for now. temperatures kind of average with pacific air in place. 60 today in san francisco, l.a. a little cooler. more clouds have moved in but not any moisture with it. 68 l.a. 65. there's that change for albuquerque as the colder air moves in and also get to a rain any reporting station on these maps.
so january thaw has been good for some not all. we're not bitter. >> that's true. thank you very much. still ahead a new report about law enforcement secretly using radar devices plus the unwelcome surprise one child got after missing a friend's birthday party. you're watching "early today." i'm going to share a photo of my eggo waffle when it pops up. that's so interesting honey because i'm going to share a photo of my eggo waffle when it pops up. l'eggo my eggo l'eggo my eggo (answering machine) hey! leave a message. hi, i know you're there, 'cause i can see you. i'm calling you to tell you to l'eggo my eggo! anncr: some things are too delicious to share. golden crispy, warm and fluffy eggo waffles. l'eggo my eggo. tonight, every dish came out of the cupboard. literally. can this mess be conquered by a little bit of dawn ultra? yes. one bottle has the grease cleaning power
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becoming pope. he'll visit the capital and new york city. there are reportsel make appearances at white house, and ground zero. for the last years police and law enforcement agencies including the fbi, have reportedly been using radar devices in secret that let them see inside people's homes. the devices use radio waves to detect a person's presence where they are and whether or not they are moving. federal officials say the information is needed to keep officers safe but privacy advocates and judges are expressing concern that it violates fourth amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures. parents beware. if your kids get invited to a party and they agreed to go well they better show up or you might have to pay up. this five-year-old boy in england was supposed to go to a friend's party at ski slope and snowboarding center but parents
realized a they had a prior commitment. the friends sent a $24 no show bill to cover the cost of him not showing up. the parents refused to pay the bill and it might got to small claims court. for anyone's with money laying around this giant robot, sold by amazon japan. it is 12.5 feet tall weighs more than 5 tons and can reach speeds up to 6 miles per hour. that's not very fast. it includes bb guns capable of firing six rounds a minute. comfort is not guaranteed. let's go get to cnbc. >> good morning to you. market come back from the holiday weekend looking to build on friday's rally. stocks snapped up five-day losing streak. dow, s&p 500 still ended in the red for the third straight week. look for data on earnings from
johnson & johnson and morgan stanley. faulty switches up to 49. victims have until the 31st to submit claims for compensation. it's repaired cars recalled. the switch fails giving power to the engine and airbag. amazon moving from small to big screen. the company plans to present a dozen movies a year starting this year. first in theaters, on demand a month or two later. milissa, back over to you. >> thank you. ahead, division one coach closer to reaching a milestone. a player does fall short and we cannot stop watching it. sports is next. flo: hey, big guy. i heard you lost a close one today. look, jamie, maybe we weren't the lowest rate this time. but when you show people their progressive direct rate and our competitors' rates you can't win them all. the important part is, you helped them save.
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. this morning on "today," dylan dreyer introduces us to an extraordinary fifth grade all girl basketball team in illinois. >> talk about a great story, how grit and determination has made this girl's team the team to beat in an all boys league. i'll have the full story coming up on the "today" show. >> thanks dylan. now let's get to the latest in sports. dukes coach one win away from milestone, beat pittsburgh 74-75 giving him 999th win. his chance to become the first men's coach in division one history to reach four figures
comes on sunday against st. john. georgetown upset fourth ranked villanova. led by 26 points their second loss of the season in crushing 78-58 win. the first round of the australian open continues. defending champion has no problem. he sent his opponent packing. carl ion wozniacki beat taylor townsend 7-6, 6-2. 18th seed venus williams won 6-2, 6-2. serena gets the win against the belgium player. lindsey vonn won 62nd cup, breaking a record. her boyfriend tiger woods showed his support but received unwanted attention after this photo circulated showing tiger missing a tooth. according to his agent, it was knocked out by a video camera during a crush of photographers
at the podium. after earning another trip to the super bowl packers with a tweet, we shall overcome #mlk day. a photograph of russell wilson crying along with a quote by martin luther king, jr. social media reacted sortly after seahawks tweeted an apology saying we did not intend to compare football to the civil rights legacy of dr. king. talk about a dunk fail. you have to watch this. during the chinese basketball association dunk contest, well that one fell a little short and kind of looked like it hurt. obviously didn't work but he was trying to dunk over five people. >> announcer: "early today" brought to you by just for men. they have earned grammys and made millions. up next the group is asking fans to fund their next album. plus how to score an invite to shakira's baby shower.
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now for some entertainment news. fans are crying foul asking why did director clint eastwood use a fake baby in the box office smash. >> something else in there instead? >> according to hollywood reporter screen writer and executive producer tweeted this out. hate to ruin the fun, real baby number one showed up with a
fever and real baby number two was a no show. >> if we can make "avatar" look real we request do better. >> billy crystal said lgtb themes too much for him, he meant to gratify any graphic sex is too much. fox digging up the past with a possible reboot of cult classic -- >> you're excited. >> i'm so in. reports say it may even include stars of original david duchovny. i think that would be fantastic. music group tlc wanted to come back. the group started a kick-starter website to raise funds for a final album dedicated to fans. after multiple collisions and traffic violations who better to be a spokesperson for einsurance than lindsay lohan. someone has a sense of humor. the star filmed a commercial for the company that may run during super bowl. jimmy kimmel took to the
streets asking people if they saw the speech martin luther king made yesterday. >> i thought it was great. very inspiring motivational. >> i think it was great. >> what did you like about it? >> all the details and things like that. >> how did dr. martin luther king look to you? did he look like he gained a little weight? >> he did. that is all i can say. >> that is just embarrassing. shakira is hosting worldwide baby shower. instead of regular gifts, the star is asking for gifts to unicef and spread to children with malnutrition around the world. i'm milissa rehberger, this is "early today." we hope this is your first stop of the day on nbc. thanks for the ride around norfolk! and i just wanted to say
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the oscar nominated movie "selma" is getting a lot of buzz for famous marshes led by martin luther king, jr. rehema returned to selma showing how much has changed and how children are working for the dream. >> reporter: it's morning in selma and kids walking to school in the shadow of history. they celebrate his birthday proud he was once here. >> he would think, oh, selma is a little place. it's not very big, but the size really doesn't matter. >> reporter: they predominantly black city of 2,000 is quiet now and struggling economically but rich with the lesson of how people marched for change. nearly 50 years ago, as they
crossed selma's edmund pettus bridge for the right to vote people were beaten by police in what became known as bloody sunday. joann bland was there just 11 years old. >> people lay everywhere bleeding not moving. the screams over and over. >> terrence's grandfather also marched. >> they came in with dogs and put him in jail for four days. >> reporter: he's one of a group of students we spoke with at grantly elementary. they have dreams of their own. >> when i grow up i want to be a detective. >> i want to be a teacher. >> i would like to be a doctor. >> but they are also concerned. >> i'm not going to let you talk. >> sixth-grader elise may is sometimes scared about the world her brother christopher is growing up in. >> things that are happening now like the shootings in missouri and the i can't breathe, all that kind of stuff, i worry for
young like me. >> reporter: and yet like their ancestors. >> i'm hopeful for a future i don't want racism to come back. i want america to move forward, not backwards. >> what part will you play to make certain it doesn't? >> i don't believe in racism. i feel like that's wrong. i'll stand up for what i believe in. >> reporter: selma's children mindful of their city's struggled past as they move ahead. rehema ellis, nbc news selma, alabama. >> now a look ahead, jury selection begins in 2012 aurora colorado theater shooting case. defense attorneys for james holmes acknowledge he shot and killed in the attack. he's pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. happen birthday to bill make her 59 former astronaut buzz aldrin turns 85. i'm milissa rehberger, thanks
. at least one suspicious looking man spotted sneaking inging around one of the bay area's richest cities. and for the second time in as many days rescue ares have to pluck stranded boaters from the bay. how one man managed to call for help in the knick of time. the plus a major league baseball league trying to change the way we see the game. let's take a live look outside. how do we see things for this tuesday morning as we overlook downtown san jose? it's january 20th. this is "today in the bay." >> and a very good tuesday morning. it's 4:30 i'm sam brock.