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daily" monday through friday because if it's a weekday it's also meet the press. that's at 5:00 p.m. eastern msnbc. we'll be back next week with the big show. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." it is monday, october 5th. coming up, south carolina's thousand year flood. dams have been breached, roads wrecked and parking lots turned into lakes. that's just the beginning. new polls show donald is think i sinking, but who is rising? hillary clinton prepares for a town hall meeting this morning. the fbi issued a warning to philadelphia-area colleges. that and much more as "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm melisilissa rehberger. deadly rainfall has south carolina's governor issuing a short and simple warning. stay in your house. for parts of that state, it's
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been called a 1,000 year flood event. meaning in any given year, there is a 1 in 1,000 chance of these rainfall totals. nbc's jay gray is on the ground in columbia, south carolina. >> reporter: flood waters are running through and over everything in their path. >> cars are submerged. cars washed up against the porch and everything. never seen anything like it. >> reporter: in many areas, there's never been anything like this. rain for days straight, at times, two inches an hour. >> bridges are overcome and roads are destroyed. whole neighborhoods are under water. >> reporter: at least five people have died as a result of the storms. hundreds more. >> the house is flooding and they can't stop it. requesting sandbags or assistance. >> reporter: pushed from their homes by a relentless current
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and rising waters. >> we have lost everything. what i got on my body is what we have. pretty much, everybody down that hill there has lost everything this morning. our vehicles, our clothes, our everything. >> reporter: as many scramble to higher ground, forecasters say at some point today, the rain should begin to ease. the first responders and official warned, the problems will not. >> this challenge is not over. the danger to life and property does not end when the rain stops. >> reporter: still, it will be a welcome sign for so many anxious for the recovery to begin here. jay gray, nbc news, columbia, south carolina. new developments in the search for a cargo ship missing at sea. the ship lost contact in the bahamas. search and rescue teams are scanning a 225 foot square debris field made of wood, cargo and other items. the ship has 33 people on board,
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28 are americans. it was last heard from on thursday during hurricane joaquin. a distress call went out, saying it lost power and was taking on water. the families have gathered together in jacksonville, california. danielle randolph is the ship's second mate. she sent an e-mail to her mom before the storm. >> there is a hurricane out here, and we are heading straight into it. winds are super bad. love to everyone. >> the coast guard will give an update on the search at 10:00 a.m. eastern. law enforcement are taking added precautions because of an online threat to an unspecified area college. there is no threat to a specific institution, but it was serious enough to alert students. philadelphia is home to several colleges and universities, including penn, temple, drexel and villanova. no classes have been cancelled
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but several schools asked students to report suspicious behavior. authorities in california say they foiled a high school plot to, quote, kill as many people as possible. four male students were arrested on friday. fellow students saw suspicious activities and reported them to school staff. >> the suspects plans were detailed in nature and included names of would be victims, methods in which the plan was to be carried out. >> the students were in the process of getting weapons. fortunately, nobody was hurt. word of the california plot comes on the heels of last week's shooting massacre at umpqua community college in oregon. today, the campus will reopen but classes won't begin until monday. we're learning new details about what shooter chris harper mercer told his victims before he ki killed them. it comes from the father of one
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of the survivors. >> she remembers another lady that was called to the front, and the shooter says, if you will beg for your life, you will not die. the lady began to beg for her life. he shot her. >> he also says the gunman singled out one student to give his suicide note to police calling him, quote, the lucky one. president obama and ash carter are promising an investigation into a deadly bombing at a hospital in afghanistan. 22 patients and staff were killed when a doctors without borders trauma center was hit by a coalition air strike. there are indications that u.s. fighter jets may have been responsible. >> this is a tragic loss of life. your hearts can only go out to innocent people who are caught up in this kind of violence. >> condolences and apologizes aren't enough. we need to get why this happened. >> the group is demanding an independent investigation, saying this could amount to a
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war crime. nbc's tracy potts is live in washington. what more do we know about this? >> we, we don't know a lot and that's part of the problems. doctors without borders say they're shutting down for now. they are the only major hospital in that area. it was completely destroyed, and so they're unable to make it operational at this point. they also say they are, their words, disgusted, by suggestions there was taliban inside the hospital that the u.s. and the coalition were firing at. they have absolutely no indication from the staff on the ground that the taliban was holed up there. they're calling for an independent investigation. not just the defense department looking into this, as president obama has ordered. they want someone outside the u.s. to take a close look at why this hospital got hit. ash carter, secretary of defense, says there will be a full, transparent investigation, but he says the early facts were misleading and it's still a complicated situation on the
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ground. >> tracie, thank you. turning to the race for the white house, hillary clinton is expected to unveil a sweeping gun control proposal today. under the plan, clinton would tighten rules governing gun show and internet sales. it would allow victims of gun violence to sue firearm manufacturers. "today" show anchor savannah guthrie will have a town hall discussion with clinton and take questions from voters. clinton is still getting attention from her appearance on "saturday night live." in this sketch, kate portrayed clinton, and the real clinton was a bartender who happened to do a pretty good donald trump impersonation. >> i'm so darn bummed. all anyone wants to talk about is donald trump. >> donald trump? isn't he the one that's like, you're all losers?
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[ applause ] >> that is him. that's him. >> trump, meanwhile, told "meet the press"'s chuck todd if he were doing poorly in the polls, he'd probably drop out of the 2016 race. >> i'm not a masochist. if i was dropping in the polls where i wasn't going to win, why would i control? if i were doing poorly, if i saw myself going down, if you would stop calling me because you no longer have any interest in trump because he has no chance, i'd go back to my business. i have no problem with that. >> right now, trump is still leading the gop race in iowa and new hampshire, although he's lost ground. according to the new poll, in new hampshire, trump holds a five point lead over carly fiorina. a month ago, trump had a 16 point lead over the nearest competition. in iowa, trump is ahead of ben carson by five points. a month ago, it was seven points.
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nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with more on south carolina's record flooding. oh, my gosh. >> off the charts, amazing. they were the only state. north carolina hasn't been that bad. georgia hasn't been that bad. it was a little sliver on the east coast of south carolina. the highest total we've seen anywhere in the state was cainhoy. 26.88 inches of rain. inkridab incredible amount of water. sumter, charleston, myrtle beach and columbia. this is spread across the state. south carolina, there are 312 road closures, 130 bridges are closed because they've been damaged or have debris or have been washed away. a lot in the central portions of the state but some near charleston and georgetown. it's still raining, unfortunately. this is the last couple hours of our epic storm. rainfall from the myrtle beach area, going northward to north carolina, where it hasn't rained that hard. they can take the rainfall
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better than their friends to the south. still have flash flood warnings from wilmington to charleston. it'll be better this afternoon. predicting another inch of rain. when you think it's an inch compared to 20, they can we will see scattered showers and storms. >> bill, thank you. if you plan on using an atm machine today, we have news you'll want to hear. two against one, and my money is not on the bears. details of the very brave puppy. you're watching "early today." the throttle on his little boat any harder if he tried. he's beached here, gazing out on an unforgiving landscape. for while the people who come in here use quilted northern,
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luckily for this jet skier, a coast guard helicopter was flying over the area. he has been rescued after being knocked off his jet ski by powerful waves. the crew dropped him off at a nearby beach. >> there was flash flooding in a french riviera over the weekend. streets looked like rivers, as more than six inches of rain poured into the region. cars and trucks are piled up in the streets. at least 16 people have been killed. 22,000 homes have no electricity. check out this cute french bulldog who is taking on two bears. the intruders climbed into the property in california on friday, but they were no match for the feisty guy, who managed to scare them off. defending his home. let's get down to business with landon. good morning. >> hey, good fumonday morning.
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for your monday sports headlines, here's my friend, betty nguyen. >> football night in america. we begin in new orleans. saints-cowboys. drew brees's 5,000 career pass
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completion, which is a touchdown pass. went to a wide open josh hill. the cowboys battle back, as joseph randle hangs on to the ball for dallas' first touchdown of the game. after missing a game-winning field goal, saints on the second play of overtime, brees to cj on a pass, getting a touchdown. saints, 26. cowboys, 20. the panthers remain perfect, 4-0. they beat the buccs. turning five winston turnovers to points. atlanta, where the unbeaten falcons were powered by freeman, who scored three touchdowns for his second straight game. atlanta, 48. houston, 21. there are six undefeated nfl teams. green bay, denver, cincinnati, atlanta, carolina and new england.
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matt started at quarterback. completed 30 of 47 passes for 282 yards, one touchdown, no picks. adam's 27 yard field goal in overtime gave the colts a much-needed victory. final score, 16-13. on the last day of major league baseball season, the rangers beat the angels, 9-2. the win knocked the angels out of the wild card contention and gave the astros a shot at the yankees on tuesday. we'll be watching. back to you. >> betty, thank you. just ahead, $450,000 for a model of a spaceship? find out which movie it's from. the season premiere of "snl." you're watching "early today." well, did you know that playing cards with kenny rogers gets old pretty fast? ♪ you got to know when to hold'em. ♪ ♪ know when to fold 'em. ♪ know when to walk away.
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it's perfect. golfing, you nail it. >> thank you, bill. in entertainment news. "saturday night live" kicked off their 41st season and got a look at the new cast member. in between the strange outfits, miley cyrus stood out for her emotional performance of her new single, "the twinkle song." at the box office, "the martian" narrowly missed the record set by "gravity." "hotel transylvania" same in second. third place was just over $12 million. days after vin diesel announced three more movies, the auto bots and decepticons will have more movies. "star wars" memorabilia
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brought in a lot of money. the bikini sold for $950,000. a model of a spaceship from the first movie went for, guess. >> i don't know. >> $450,000. >> half a mill? >> it's not even the actual ship. john oliver found hypocrisy as the new app, yelp for people. >> one of the app's founders took to facebook to ask, anyone know how to prevent people from posting on the comments of a company facebook page? the creator of an app that would allow people to give chris schi -- criticism wants to block criticism. >> i'm milissa rehberger. this is "early today." it's easy to buy insurance and forget about it. but the more you learn about your coverage,
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leading the news in the express, memory loss break through. new implant can reverse alzheimer's damage. the device will be used in certain areas of a diseased brain to help translate a short-term memory into a permanent one. it has already been tested on people with epilepsy to treat chronic seizures. in buzzfeed, san francisco's last gun shop to close after city proposes recording customers. hybrid arms will close after a law that would require the store to video tape all transactions. the manager says, quote, our customers shouldn't be treated
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like they're doing something wrong. it's a wheale and a shark. off the coast of san diego, a diver spotted a whale shark. it's beautiful. it was up close to shore. it was interesting because whale sharks are classified as vulnerable. they're very rarely seen this close or at all. according to see the wild organization, the gentle giant stuck around for more than an hour. wow. looks like dogs aren't the only animals that can fetch. a dolphin came to the rescue in the bahamas over the weekend. a cheerleader dropped her phone in the water. you'd get it too, twouldn't you? the friendly dolphin got it. >> you're saying this is a male dolphin? >> i'm assuming. she's pretty. it's been viewed more than 2 million times. >> the dolphin was racing all the men jumping in to get it. >> right. if you ever heard of free running, these athletes
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completed in the championship in greece. hundreds of spectators watched as con ttestants spun off rooftops. a 20-year-old from geese won for the second straight year. now for a look ahead. the u.s. supreme court is back in session today. major cases are expected on the docket for this new term, including the controversial issue of abortion. pete williams has details. >> reporter: the justices will decide whether to take up one of the most important abortion cases in 25 years. it's a challenge to a controversial texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and doctors to have privileges at nearby hospitals. supporters say it protects the health of patients. opponents say it unconstitutionally burdens the right to abortion. celebrating birthdays. kate winslet turns 40.
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thomas roberts turned 33. steve miller is 72 years old. thank you for watching "early
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broken bones but still alive--- a san francisco police officer broken bones, but still alive. the san francisco police officer healing this morning after busting up a car burglary. and back on campus. at least temporarily. oregon students collecting their things and confronting the signs of the latest shooting to rock the country. plus, smoldering well into the night, a fire that burns a san jose shopping center kicks back up as more than 40 businesses wait to reopen. "today in the bay" starts right now. and a very good monday morning to you, thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm sam brock. i don't want to say it's chilly to start

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