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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> yes, hello, everybody. it's the day hoda live for. >> which day is that? >> it's winesday wednesday, it's september 9. we're delighted you're with us today. that song is "peanut butter jelly." never heard it, it good? >> i played this at i, hoda. >> i tuned it out probably. if you're a carol king fan we've got a treat for you. we'll talk with the legendary
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singer. find out why two women need to play her on broadway. >> and jeone of the women was jessie mueller. >> and now she's returning to broadway as "waitress." speaking of legends, ben vereen is starring in a very powerful new film alongside richard gere playing two homeless gentlemen. i think he really has a soft spot in his heart for many this particular role. >> when you look at both of them, they're so credible in that position and elvis duran is back with his artist of the month barely out of the month. she's a lot of fun. this song is fun, it's roof top. >> she looks like a really young j lo. >> she does! five million hits, she's 13 years old and releasting her first album. hi, what were you doing at 13? you were probably releasing your
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first album. >> i was singing but i wasn't near album material. we called them records back then. >> would you like words of wisdom? >> i would, hoda. i need it. >> here are today's words of wisdom. "forgiveness doesn't excuse their behavior, forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart." >> totally true. >> from anot. >> from anon, my favorite. somebody said to me "i hate them." i said, well, somehow that going to help you? they don't feel your hate rhett. >> they're not even thinking about you. >> don't do that to yourself. forgive and move on and it's -- a friend of mine, a brilliant man says that's called a malignancy of your soul. you let a cancer grow in your soul and it takes over every other aspect of you. >> you're right. >> there was a big match last night on tv -- >> and it wasn't jimmy fallon and stephen colbert. >> it certainly was. it was serena and venus.
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this is one of those that i cannot imagine what goes into either one of those people before they play. you want to play your heart out and for serena this was huge, she was trying to win yet another grand slam that would set a record for her. this is the 27th time those two have played each other and it was tight. serena won the first set and then venus won the second set. and then it was down to the third set and serena ended up winning it and how -- can you imagine, though, looking across the net and seeing the person who you grew up playing tennis with and each one is competitive. i wonder what they're saying. but serena did talk about what that match was like afterwards. take a look. >> it's a really great moment. she's the toughest player i've ever played in my life and the best person i know so it's -- [ cheers and applause ] it's going against your best
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friend and at the same time going against the greatest competitor for me in women's tennis so it was really difficult today. >> so when you look at them when they are little, there was some b-roll on one of the shows. >> on espn. >> watching venus and serena when they're playing. you're watching them hit with their dad and how they played since they were little. this is what venus said when she was asked about tennis when she was a little girl. >> i like tennis a lot and i think i want to play all the time. >> you see them as little kids and you can't imagine. >> don't you think that's true? we are the same human being all through our life but what you love to do when you're a little kid and the time flies, i call it follow the goose bumps. follow your goose bumps. it leads to the sweet spot where you define your own success. if you can -- my dad used to say if you find what you love to do and figure out a way to get paid for it. they are getting paid extremely well following their goose bumps. i did that and i think you
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ultimately did it as well, too. >> it takes a minute to realize. >> not everyone knows. >> if i was looking across the net and i saw hala and i knew it was a huge thing and the world's watching you. i mean, i can't like like i would feel terrible every time she missed a shot. i think i would be like, oh, my god, do better the next time. that would be in my head. >> i don't know if we can ever put ourselves in that place competing at that level. my sister, whom i adore, and always have, and i worked together all of our lives. she was one of my backup singers along with denise. for years and years and years and years. i was always -- we were on the same team. so i only know that. >> did you ever compete in singing? >> no, she was so much better singer than i ever was. she didn't have the inner constitution for the business. this business ate away at her gut. and i thrived on it.
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we're different kinds of people. but we were able to find a way both to do what we loved to do, but she was in a more protected environment. >> yeah. >> you're ragoa good tennis pla? >> no, we're not great at it. i'm rooting for her to do something, to do well. i think it would be hard to go toe to toe with her. >> do you think serena is going to get this? >> i think she is. >> who does she play in the semi finals? >> i don't know. >> this is nbc news! >> no one has google. no one knows. >> who? >> vinci. thank you, ann. >> i hope you're right. lots of people were in attendance at this match. >> yeah. >> talk about the pressure. is that kim? kim kardashian was there.
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oprah and gayle were there. donald trump was there. >> gladys knight was back. >> she loves her 10. >> there's a milestone happening with the queen? >> yes, queen elizabeth. >> do you think you'll still be working when you're 89? >> i hope, doing something. >> she is now the world's longest reigning monarch. she beat her great-great grandmother, queen victoria. she's 89. been reigning for 63 years and seven months. >> the palace released a new photo to commemorate the occasion. >> we still don't know what's in her purse. all those years. >> that was taken, that picture by paul mccartney's daughter, mary. >> i've heard of mary but you don't hear much. it's always stella. her mom, whom i did know her late mother linda was a terrific photographer and a nice lady.
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we've had both. blessed to be in this business for a long time. you interview so many crazy people. one of the most amazing times was i was work ing with regis and i look there is linda eastwood mckarcartney in our kitchen and there is paul mccartney standing at the door waiting for her. i used to go paul! paul! screamed. oh, my god. >> oh, my god. >> everybody loved their own particular beatle that was before you. >> it's hump day. we decided on every hump day we are going to show you a hunk. we're going to show you a hunk to help you make it through your hump day. >> today matt damon's day. very buff. he's in the new jason bourn
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film. >> i wonder if he did it by eating kale. >> look at his abs. >> he looks cute. >> crazy. he does seem unaware he's so handsome. i think. he's one of the guys that seems like he's a guy -- >> he looks like he cares about other things in life other than himself. get ready to feel the earth mauve. >> i carol king and the talented ladies that get to play her right after this. just around the corner... i'm home. hey dad! ...the force was strong between father and son. you got it? what are you doing buddy? it's my ewok happy dance! of course it is. today... hello, hello. hey, daddy. ...it is passed on to a new generation. you got it? ewok dance? yea. and the circle is now complete. walmart has always been the best place in the galaxy to get everyday low prices on star wars.
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the u.s. tour kicking off. the hit broadway show has brought the songs of six time grammy winner carol king a whole new generation. she's earned two tony awards along the way and with me now, the one, the only, carol king! along two very talented ladies, shallina kennedy who plays carol on broadway and abbey mueller who will take the role on tour. look at the three of you! for okay, carol, in the beginning -- look i thought it was going to be good because it's about your life story but did you think that this was going to be one of those musicals that people are still talking about? that's still filling up? that seems like it's going to be one of the main stays? you picture "mama mia" being there forever. did you think it would have these kind of legs? >> the short answer is no. but on the other hand i did see a reading, an early reading and when they got to, like, one of the climactic moments that was very emotional for me i said,
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you know what? i think this is going to be good but i can't stay for the second half of the reading and i'm not going to go to the show. >> because a lot of people -- i was there opening night and everyone was whispering "is carol here? is carol here? is carol here?" and carol wasn't there. you didn't go for several month, right? >> right. >> how come it took you a while to decide it was time to go see it? >> it was -- people were telling me it was so good, it was really good and my daughter, sherry, is my manager, she's also jerry geffen's daughter and she is, along with a lot of other people, part of it. i had nothing to do with it. what's in it is my past but she said mom, you have to go see it. so i did and i was blown away. >> it was amazing. shallina, you're so good. come on, i saw it with jessie in it, i saw it with you in it, i saw enjoyed it. when you're on stage and singing those hits, are you channeling carol? what are you doing while you're on stage? >> well, i'm hoping to channel
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carol, that's the aim and the aim is to do -- not so much an imitation but an interpretation of this fabulous lady. and to -- and what i think jessie did so beautifully is that she let it live through her as the unique person that she is so i'm trying to do the same. >> when you're on stage -- everyone wants to sing. if they're not singing they're humming. do you enjoy when people are like ♪ you make me because that's what you want to do when you here in the audience. >> one of my favorite parts of the show is at the end when we do "earth move" and i see everybody, men, women, kids get up and dance in the aisles and sing along. it's fabulous. >> how about when the men sing "natural woman"? >> no, they don't! >> they do: they let it rip, baby. >> abi, abi, abi. if you don't know abbey mueller, her sister is jesse muler who won the tony. you are on the national tour. first of all, is jessie giving
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you pointers? is she saying do it like this? don't do it like that? >> she's been so supportive about the whole thing. kind of what have shallina was talking about and jess told me, she's like, you know, your responsibility is to carol, it's not about us. we're there to be this vessel of carol's words and music and so i think our responsibility and my goal and perhaps yours is just to tie to capture that essence of carol and hopefully remain as honest and open and vulnerable as she is. >> what is in the water in your house with you and your sister? >> can i say something, though? abi had a role in "kinky boots" so she is not new to this. >> right, exactly! >> and other things i know, but the "kinky boot boots" one -- >> do people make you sing?
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what's the one? ♪ i feel, the earth under my feet ♪ come on, got to hear a little. ♪ i feel the sky tumbling down ♪ >> you guys are so terrific. thank you so much. i mean, it's such a pleasure to have you here. good luck with the national tour, abi. >> and summer stages, you rock! >> i love summer stage! i wish we could talk forever, but, you know, they give us a hard wrap. >> hoda, you started it in the wrong key. >> how does it go? ♪ i feel the earth move under my feet ♪ i feel sky tumbling down >> it's not the same without you! >> "beautiful, the carol king musical" begins september 15, providence, rhode island. get your tickets. >> talking about talented singers, we'll meet a 13-year-old whose youtube channel has more than 26 million views. >> our own elvis duran's artist of the month
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she's been singing and writing her own music since she was nine years old. now four years later she's become a youtube sensation and she's elvis duran's artist of the month. >> the national radio host is back with his pick for the next big music star and it's 13-year-old skylar stecker. she's set to release her debut album called "this is me." hello, little girl!
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>> very nice to meet you! >> nice to meet you guys. >> elvis, she's 13, how did you discover her? >> forget thekh age. when you hear her voice you'll think 28. >> really? >> you have a mature fantastic voice. you'll hear it in a few minutes. >> first time you heard her was when? >> two months ago, two months ago. great story, she was nine years old trying out for a school talent contest playing the piano and they said "why don't you sing instead?" and you said -- >> and i said "well, i don't think i can sing, i don't know if i can sing." no one in my family sings so i thought i was going to be really bad and i sang for them and found out a week later that they want med to sing instead and they just put me in the talent show to sing. >> what was the song, do you remember? >> it was "maybe" from annie. >> i love that song! >> that's the song i was playing on the piano and they were like "just sing it." >> she had the guts to put herself throughout so with no confidence whatsoever to now 28 million views on youtube. >> how does that work?
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you got on youtube and they just started adding up. >> that's what a lot of people do, right? >> it's a slow progression. i started posting home videos of me on youtube and randomly i just started -- i relaunched it and started to make it a bigger production and it was just amazing. >> by the way your mom who is i think -- where's your tom? >> she's adorable. >> can you guys spin around and get a shot of her? she's right back there. >> she doesn't want to be on tv! >> and that's your little brother delight, too. >> he likes to be on camera. >> he was talking about it. he was like "i wish i was being the one being interviewed." >> her voice changes everything. but with an album coming up later this month i want everyone to remember the moment you saw her here on "today." sf . >> you're right, though, glass you look like a 13-year-old
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jennifer lopez. >> thank you! >> that bodes well for the future, sweetheart. and you're writing your own stuff, skylar? >> i co-wrote everything on the album. >> does that come to you from life? >> i started writing when i started singing and i just -- a lot of times i'll just start gradually from the piano because that's where i started and right from there a lot of times producers will send in tracks, other times they throw ideas at each other but i love writing and being able to express myself. >> what concept do you write the most about? at 13 you probably haven't had your heartbroken a lot. >> it's funny because i'm such an old soul. my mom thinks "who are these secret boyfriends you're not telling me about?" because i have all these little things but i just feel like i already know inside from being surrounded by a bunch of older people and just, like, knowing what goes on in their lives and how they feel in certain situations. >> well, we're excited to hear you sing. >> we can't wait. >> she's going to sing for us in just a few minutes. are you ready for tomorrow
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now an ancient relic. if you asked siri how hot it is, she would say, way too hot. 90s in san francisco. fall always the nicest season in the city, but today just darned hot. kari will update with her forecast in a moment, as we take a live look out in san francisco. it's so hot, in fact, that about 8,000 south bay students are getting out of school early today and tomorrow. the campbell union high school district kids have already gone home. so we'll take a look at that weather and traffic, too, coming up after the break.
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it's another hot day with highs over 100 degrees all across the bay area. and a high of 103 in lost gatos. burlingame, 97. in san francisco, expect highs up to 95 degrees. 103 in ukiah. napa, 96. oakland, 97 degrees. and hayward, 97 as well. liver more today, up to 106 degrees. let's see how the commute is rolling now with mike. >> well, everybody's rolling through the bay bridge toll plaza. look at this, backup in all the lanes, they've changed the pricing of course after 10:00 a.m. let's look at your maps. still slow down the east shore freeway. calming down through oakland, but still slow, of course, through downtown, because it's the nimitz. a slower drive for the tri-valley as well. in towards pleasanton for south 680. the south bay finally seeing some relief. it was a very tough drive. now just a little bit of slowing through 101 northbound. and just like those kids in campbell, scott, i'm out of here. >> fair enough, mike. join us at 11:00 for our next
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newscast. see you then. we're ready to play our weekly trivia game "who knew." football season kicks off tomorrow night when the steelers take on the new england patriots so to get ready for the big game we're putting your nfl knowledge to the test. hoda's across the street at the nbc experience store ready to handout 100 bucks and a brand new nfl jersey to anyone who answers the questions correctly and for those who don't they get a mini football! and here to help me out from fantasy football live is nbc sports analyst kay adams, nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> you look beautiful. >> thank you. >> so everybody's excited every year. >> kicks off tomorrow night. >> all righty, let's go over to hoda woman who's got the first question. >> before we play can we show you? what's her name? >> sally.
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[ cheers and applause ] can you even? can you stand it? i'm so happy. what's your name? >> janine. >> where are you from? >> andover, new jersey. >> no pressure but here you go. this season's nfl championship game will be super bowl number what? a, 39. b, 50. c, 61. >> c? >> oh, no, no, it's not. it's 50. you should have listened to your friend. that's okay, you get a plastic football. [ laughter ] >> 50th anniversary of the super bowl. it's the golden anniversary, they're having it in kra yah the niners play in santa clara and there will be a loath of golden embellishments, a golden 50 yard line marker at stadiums, gold el bell,mentes. roger goodell is saying this is going to be a huge celebration. >> it will be huge.
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that's for sure. hoda, back to you. >> what's your name, hon? >> where are you from? >> climax, north carolina. >> climax. [ laughter ] you ready? which of these fee neal stars will be the voice of this year's "sunday night football". is it, a, miranda lambert. b, faith hill. c carrie underwood. >> i'm thinking c. [ bell ringing ] you are right! [ cheers and applause ] $100. congratulations. >> that's exciting. i remember when faith hill was the voice of it. so now it's going to be carrie. >> it's carrie for the third year. she just taped a new video this summer with the biggest nfl stars, odell beckham, jr., russell wilson. she's got incredible outfits and even though it's waiting all day for sunday night you can catch the debut video tomorrow as the steelers take on the patriots. >> terrific. hoda, back to you. >> just one more shot. [ laughter ] okay, what's your name? >> barbara. >> where are you have? >> wisconsin.
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>> all right, here we go. a broadcast of an nfl game can last more than three hours. what is the total time the ball is in play during a game between each snap and the referee calling the play dead. wait, i have a question. what? here are the choices. 11 minutes, 24 minutes or 57 minutes. a for alex. >> you're right! [ cheers and applause ] >> she has no idea what just happened and neither do we. >> 11 minutes. over three hours per game and now they're longer because they're reviewing every touchdown. there's an increase in penalties. each play is five seconds. under five seconds per play so not a lot of football. plenty of time to get food and drinks. >> why were they exhausted? >> that's a good question. do we have time for one more? >> my name is angela crabtree
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from wichita, kansas! >> i have a feeling you're going to get this, girl, here we go. which of these singers has never headlined a super bowl half time show, beyonce, katy perry or taylor swift? >> c. >> yes! [ cheers and applause ] >> i heard in the papers today they were saying bruno mars. >> taylor swift also rumors and nobody can forget katy perry and the most watched super bowl half time show of all times. the reunion of jesse -- >> oh, we have one more. >> but bruno mars might get to do it this year. >> he's wonderful. >> we have time for another one. this is exciting. ready? what's your name? >> rachel. >> from? >> atlanta. >> no pressure, everyone is getting them right. which one of these nfl teams doesn't have cheerleaders?
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the miami dolphins, the oakland raiders, or the pittsburgh steelers? >> i'm no help. >> the steelers? >> yes! [ cheers and applause ] >> all right, we have to go. >> what's going on? >> everybody, thank you so much. the nfl season kicks off right here on nbc tomorrow night at 7:30 eastern time. all right, singer dancer and actor ben vereen has done it all. he tells us about his new movie with richard gere and elvis '13-year-old artist of the month sings her latest song. you'll love it. my name is lee kaufman. married to morty kaufman. [ lee ] now that i'm getting older some things are harder to do. this is not a safe thing to do. be careful babe. there should be some way to make it easier [ doorbell rings ] let's open it up and see what's cookin'. oh i like that. look at this it's got a handle on it. i don't have to climb up. this yellow part up here really catches a lot of the dust. did you notice how clean it looks? morty are you listening? morty?
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earlier we introduced you to elvis duran's artist of the month skylar stecker. we just heard her sing and it's awesome. >> she's is years old set to release her debut album called this is me. >> she's performing her newest single called "crazy beautiful" skylar stecker. ♪ ain't what they want, ain't what they used to it's all we got ♪ all my ladies, all my girls
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♪ ♪ >> isn't that nice and peaceful? that's called a spirit flute. you'll recognize this man, an actor, singer, all around entertainer, his five decade career spans tv, film and broadway. >> thank you! >> we're talking about a triple threat, of course, ben vereen. in 1973 he won a on theny for his dazzling performance in the broadway musical "pippin" then he was in "funny lady" and "sweet charity" and then in the iconic tv series "roots." >> now he's in the new final "time out of mind" and he stars
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alongside the wonderful richard gere as a fellow homeless man who claims to have once been a successful jazz musician. >> hi! >> hello! >> what a nice way to come here with that flute. why do you carry that with you? >> to calm me down and to just calm the atmosphere down. >> it really does the trick. >> at a time when things can get a little tense, walk into that place, i play the elevator and everybody goes, oh. [ laughter ] >> put their that machines down. >> we connect for a moment in time. >> nothing does it. >> you write very eloquently how the arts changed your life as a young man. somebody introduced you to arts as a life path. >> yes, dr. rachel yoakam right here in manhattan in the high school of performing arts. and what was so wonderful about last night's premier of "time out of mind" and thank you richard gere and thank you to the director, we performed at the bam, brooklyn academy of
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music, where i did my first recital when i was like nine years old so it was almost tear time for me to be back there. >> this movie is an important movie. >> very important. >> was it a no brainer when they asked you to? >> it was. i said "i have to do this." >> tell us why. >> look around you. i hope that people take this message and do something about it. we have the power to do that. we can change it because there but by the grace go you and i. in a minute we could be sitting here, next moment we here in a cardboard box so let us fix those in the cardboard boxes so if we have to go there, we don't have to go that far. i know in utah they're doing a wonderful thing, i understand, where they're taking -- and i think our mayor is interested inning down this because he came last night, he didn't see the show, he didn't see the movie but he made comments about the fact of making things better here and he has but for -- in utah what they're doing is they're giving them a handup
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instead of a handout. they're giving them homes, giving them medical attention and what they need in order to become a part of society. we spend so much money on keeping them homeless. let's take that money and make them homeowners. >> there's also a mental illness factor to the whole thing. >> exactly. we can address all of that and for myself i try to do it with the youth, the young people. >> and you shot this film on the streets of new york? >> right here in manhattan. >> and with a long lens camera often times so people didn't know around you that you were being shot as a film so people -- richard went unrecognizable for quite a bit. and i'm sure you did, too. >> we both did. we were at astor's place and we were panhandling in one of the scenes and i would go up to people and i'd say, you know, i'd ask them for money and they didn't know who i was, they didn't know who richard was and richard got $1.25, i think i made $5 because i was in people's faces.
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but the thing about it is that richard said last night it's like people feel that they're going to be slipped into a black hole or like they have leprosy if they touch anybody and, you know, it's not a black hole, you know? >> there's help. >> it's our people. it's our people and we have the power to do something. >> will you play us snout. >> the same way you brought us in. >> go see the movie and not just see the movie. do something about it. >> "time out of mind" is in theaters now. we're back in a momentment but first this is "today" on nbc. ♪ ♪
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tomorrow it's bieber fever on the plaza. >> plus jason kennedy stops by for "90 minutes in heaven" he
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makes his acting debut. >> and ambush makeovers for two lucky women. have an awesome winesday cranking up the heat. the
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sorching temperatures are forcing a south bay school right now at 11:00, cranking up the heat. a school district doing something it has never done before. >> live look outside in san jose. if you thought yesterday was hot, you are going to be hotter today. triple digits once again across much of the bay area. the heat wave actually forcing some schools to cut classes short. >> we will tell about you that in a bit. first, the numbers. >> it's hot all over the place. you can't escape it. now as we take a live look, you see the clear blue skies. the heat

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