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good morning. carnage in colorado. a 57-year-old man behind bars this morning after a deadly shoot-out at a planned parenthood clinic. >> we're getting active gunfire. >> three people are dead cluding a police officer. >> all i can say is my heart is broken. nine other people wounded. just what set off the gunman? what we know this morning and plus a woman who was inside that clinic when shots rang out joins us live. treacherous travel. a winter storm makes for dangerous and deadly driving on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year and there's more stormy weather in the forecast. dylan is following it all.
brush with death. dash cam video captures the harrowing moment a speeding car slams into a disabled vehicle on the side of the highway narrowly missing a state trooper and two others. and black friday a dud? despite brisk sales, the shopping holiday didn't live up to the hype this year. what change and why you may find the best sales in your pajamas at home, today, november 28. >> this is "today," live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm erica hill. >> glad to have you with us, i'm craig melvin with sheinelle jones and dylan dwyer. a standoff at the planned parenthood went on four hours and nbc's miguel almaguer is
live in colorado springs as they try to pinpoint a motive. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. with the suspect identified as robert lewis dear in custody, officials are trying to learn about the motive. the 57-year-old appears mentally unable. he killed three before surrendering. >> attention all units. active shooter. >> reporter: when police arrived at planned parenthood in colorado springs, they were met by a hail of gunfire. >> we're getting active gun fire. >> reporter: the shooter who law enforcement sources say was armed with an ak-47 style rifle unloaded round after round in a busy shopping area on black friday. wounding nine, killing three. >> a shot. >> reporter: police took the brunt of the gunfire. five officers hospitalized. 44-year-old garrett swasey and two civilians among the dead.
>> all i can say is my heart is broken. this is a tough situation for a lot of people in our community and the community at large. >> reporter: standoff lasted five hours. hundreds inside surrounding businesses ordered to take cover and police evacuating the masses between rapid volleys of gunfire. one was caught in his cross fire. >> i could see him aiming. i was trying to move. it was horrible. i saw myself in the mirror and it's like my god, he was aiming for my head. >> reporter: with a perimeter set up, s.w.a.t. teams moved in. the gunman hunkered down inside planned parenthood with an unknown number of people also in the building. one patient took cover with others in a back room. >> you could hear the gunshots going off in planned parenthood. you could hear them breaking down the doors. >> reporter: with the sun setting the gunman finally surrendered.
the building was swept for explosives. the siege finally over, but not before three would lose their lives in a violent and terrifying standoff. planned parenthood says because of previous threats this facility has a safety room with bulletproof vests inside. that room may have saved several lives as people were huddled in there for five hours and the facility has a closed circuit television system which police used to help pinpoint the suspect. with the nine injured said to be in good condition we're hoping to learn more about the motive of the suspect who does have a criminal history. erica? >> so many questions about that this this morning, miguel almaguer, thank you. a number of people were inside that clinic as shots rang out and in the hours that followed. katanya crayon was there and managed to barricade herself in a room there. good morning. how are you feeling this morning?
>> hi, i'm hanging in there, erica. thank you for asking. >> i can only imagine it was a long night for you, probably one without a lot of sleep. take me back, i understand you started to hear shots, and rushed out an managed to find a room where you could barricade yourself. >> yeah. so when i was -- i was not in the lobby, but the room before the actual lobby. and i noticed people on the front were going down and they were saying everyone get down, everyone get down and i heard gunshots. i saw the gunman and from there i had ran down the hall at the planned parenthood and in the back -- you know, the back of the building. and i tried to open different room doors. some of them were locked. i was able to get inside one room where there were two other patients. but i was able to alert -- that there was a gunman. because they were unaware of it actually being a gunman on site. from there we grabbed the table.
we placed it against the door. we sat there frantic for at least up to five hours. >> so you're in there for up to five hours. were you ware of the police presence in the building? could you hear anything while you were behind that door? >> yeah, when it first happened i saw the man outside shooting the gunshots. at one point when the armored truck had came, i don't know if it was before they had jammed into the building or afterwards but you could literally hear gunshots and them trying to find this gunman and this gunman shooting back. there were a few gun bullets that entered in the room. you could see the gun fire or the powder from the actual gun. >> what is going through your mind and what are the conversations that you're having with those two other people in the room during the five hours? >> you know, i think mainly we were trying to keep each other calm during this situation. at one point we were plotting on
what we'd do if he actually entered in the room. because as i had mentioned all we had was a table to put in front of the door. there were no locks on my door. it was the three of us, we were like, what if he comes, let's just tackle him, do something. just to be able to get out of the situation alive. >> you mentioned you saw the gunman up. you heard a lot of activity in there. did you hear the gunman himself say anything? >> as far as i could tell, erica, i was behind the actual, you know -- not the lobby, but the part after the lobby. what i could tell is he was -- he was on the planned parenthood premises. what it looked like is he was shooting in front of the doors. not directly aiming inside just yet, but it looked like there was somebody outside he was attempting to get. i'm not sure. but i watched him shoot at least two to three times before i reacted and went and tried to
shelter myself. >> that's quite a scary time. thank you for your sharing your story and we're thankful you're okay. >> thank you. planned parenthood has faced withering criticism over the past year in congress and on the campaign trail as well. because it provides abortions and also because of some controversial undercover videos. so are those the reasons that this particular clinic ended up in the crosshairs? nbc's kristen welker is covering that part of the story. good morning to you. >> reporter: craig, good morning to you. while it is not clear the gunman was specifical targeting planned parenthood his actions come as the health care provider has been at the center of a fierce political firestorm in recent months as you point out and violent attacks over the years. the deadly shooting at a colorado springs planned parenthood comes against the back drop of a heated political battle that's still brewing. >> i see the -- >> reporter: this summer an activist group released videos which made it seem as though planned parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profit.
the organization's president cecelia richards said the tapes were heavily edited and vehemently denied the claims when she was on capitol hill. >> the outrageous accusations levelled against planned parenthood based on heavily doctored videos are offensive and categorically untrue. >> reporter: the controversy fueled republicans' efforts to try to defund the organization. which provides reproductive health services, cancer screenings and abortion. the attempt was unsuccessful, but the issue has become fodder on the campaign trail. republicans lashing out. >> i dare hillary clinton, barack obama, to watch these tapes. >> the planned parenthood videos are horrifying. >> reporter: and democrats defended the organization. hillary clinton tweeting friday night, today and every day we stand with planned parenthood. and while investigators are still trying to determine the motive of the colorado shooting, planned parenthood and other abortion providing facilities have been the site of violent attacks in the past.
in 2015, a washington state clinic was set on fire. no one was injured. 2013 a man broke into a planned parenthood in indiana and used an ax to damage the facility. and in 2009, george tiller a doctor who performed late term abortions was shot to death in his church. he wasn't a planned parenthood provider. a chilling history as investigators try to unravel this latest tragedy. no reaction yet from the republican presidential candidates. now, planned parenthood advertises itself to be the largest provider of reproductive health services in the united states. according to one statistic, it provided services to 2.7 million patients in 2013. investigators have underscored they're looking into the possibility that the colorado clinic was targeted. craig? >> kristen welker, thank you. the executive vice president of planned parenthood, good morning to you, dawn. >> good morning. >> first of all, your staff and patients who were inside the clinic at the time, are they all safe, all accounted for? >> according to the reports that i have today, yes, they are all
safe and accounted for. i did want to say our hearts go out to those who are lost in this tragedy and also our thanks to the brave officers and our well-trained staff who managed this crisis. >> had there been to your knowledge any specific threats made to the clinic? we are not aware of any threats. >> had it been the site of regular protests? >> they do have some regular protests there. they are always well managed and the health and safety of our patients are top priority. >> the motive is unclear as we have been reporting. why do you believe that he targeted planned parenthood? >> i really can't speculate about this, but one of the things we do know is that he did rhetoric that we see out there can contribute to a culture of people targeting and acting up in terms of this. we really don't know in this circumstance. of course, it seems to me that
one of the things we should be talking about rather than should we fortify health centers is why are people walking around our communities and threatening our schools and theaters and health centers is ak-47s. >> in light of what is happening, are you ramping up security? >> as you can see, with the staff and how they managed this and no staff or patients were harmed in the attack, we were very confident that our security procedures were instituting and working well. we always take security very, very seriously at planned parenthood. we're open today. >> dawn, thank you. >> thank you. turning now to the nasty weather across much of the country today. the times could not be worse. one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. the roads are not just dangerous, but deadly. the weather channel's mike
seidel joins us from oklahoma city. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. more freezing rain continues to coat the trees, the cars and power lines. over 23,000 customers in central oklahoma are without electricity on this cold morning. with ice storm warnings continues until noon. treacherous roads lie ahead for many drivers getting behind the wheel on the busy travel weekend. especially in the middle of the country. four people killed driving along roads in kansas. icy conditions were to blame for wrecks along oklahoma's highway friday. in dallas, downpours. 2015 is the wettest year on record with over 57 inches and counting. friday alone, they picked up 3.5 inches of rain. the rushing water swallowing up cars and killing at least three and stranding the sheriff's deputy who firefighters had to rescue. friday was a day of records for
other parts in the country. it dropped to 22 below zero in wyoming. lander, wyoming picked up 10 inches of snow and 2 inches of rain fell in missouri. after the most hospitalable day of the year, the most dangerous day of the year with weather is unwelcome. 3 million people are trying to get this thick ice off the windshield. a scraper will not work. turn on the defrost and find the ice pick. in the warm air in dallas, more rain today. we have 30 million americans under some type of flood alert. in dallas yesterday, the wettest day, the wettest november on record. almost 10 inches of rain. erica, flash flood watches continue until sunday. >> folks in dallas cannot catch a break. mike, thank you. dylan dreyer is here. how long will this last? >> the freezing rain has been sticking around for the last two
days. in amarillo, texas, .50 of ice coating the trees and power lines making the roads dangerous. here is the 32 degree line. the cold air surging from the north. the freezing rain has been falling across northern texas and central oklahoma for the last couple days. we have ice storm warnings in effect until noon. then the freezing rain itself will sort of fade away as temperatures begin to warm up. rain becomes the biggest issue, across eastern texas and arkansas. again, dallas not only had the wettest november on record, but wettest year on record ever. we are looking at more rain to fall. we could end up seeing another several inches of rain. that could lead to flash flooding. as we go into sunday, the whole system shifts to the east. watch what happens on sunday. we will see more ice and snow develop. how much more rain will we see? parts of central arkansas could end up with additional several
inches of rain. it is the icing concern through northeastern texas into central oklahoma where we could end up with .25 to .50 of ice. power outages could be an issue and the roads dangerous. even the sidewalks. you walk outside the door, watch out for slipping. >> good reminder. >> dylan, thank you. time for a look at the top stories we are following on the busy saturday. sheinelle. >> two peace keepers were attacked and killed in mali. rockets landed inside the base. 20 people wounded. french troops are struggling to stabilize mali where the radisson hotel was attacked last friday. pope francis celebrating mass in uganda. as many as 2 million people were expected to attend the mass at the holy shrine.
and hundreds of protesters blocked the entrances of stores on the magnificent mile in chicago. a black teenager was shot 16 times by a chicago police officer last year. video of the deadly shooting was released this week triggering a firestorm of controversy. newly released court documents say the man who jumped the white house fence left behind a suicide note. the breach prompted a three-hour lockdown and a second layer of spikes was added to the fence. the suspect is due back in federal court on monday. and a connecticut state trooper is lucky to be alive while responding to an accident on friday. his dash cam caught a speeding
car narrowly missing him and two others. the car was estimated at 85 miles an hour. the 21-year-old driver escaped with minor injuries. and finally, holiday decorating in full swing at the white house. on friday, the christmas tree was delivered, look at this, via horse-drawn carriage. the frazier fir stands more than 18 feet tall. the tree displayed in the blue room will honor the military. that's what we need. our tree delivered in a horse-drawn carriage. >> we have it right out the window. >> the elves come in and set it up. we have dylan dreyer with the latest on the weather. >> and craig, i almost got a thank you? >> i should not give you grief when the weather is bad. >> the temperatures remain above average and showers move in. the f
good saturday morning to you. waking up to another cold morning. temperatures in the 20s and 30s. 32 in stanford, and south bay, this morning, 31. same for downtown san jose. tri valley, danville, 28 degrees, livermore this morning below freezing, 31. we have freezing temperatures in the north bay as well. later on this morning temperatures back into the mid 50s once again. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you. up next, catching you up on the week in news. donald trump mired in controversy again. a major fumble for the nfl and concussion protocol. and the personal encounter with dozens of hungry sharks. it is all in "the download." but first this is "today" on nbc.
our look at the week's biggest stories. >> we spent a lot of time preparing for the thanksgiving holidays and here are some of the stories you may have missed. a new cold war. russian leader vladimir putin shot down a russian warplane near the turkish syrian border. >> russia blamed ground fire on the mission in syria near the turkish border. turkey said two of its u.s. made f-16s like these shot down a jet after it illegally entered air space in turkey. two shootings in the spotlight. one in new orleans. 21-year-old eric cane, the cold blooded gunman who fired at tulane medical student peter gold, was taken into custody. new orleans police and federal marshals raided the house where he was hiding. >> and the other in chicago where a video of a 2014 police shooting was released.
>> officer jason van dyke and partner approach him with weapons drawn. within seconds, van dyke starts shooting. mcdonald stumbles. 16 rounds were fired. >> it is graphic. it is violent. it is chilling. >> van dyke was charged with first-degree murder. held without bail. donald trump mired in controversy once again. this time accused of mocking a newspaper reporter's disabilities. >> i don't know what i said. i don't remember. >> "the new york times" outraged trump would ridicule the physical appearance of a reporter. trump saying he didn't know about the disability tweeting, "he should stop using it to grandstand and get back to a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes." a brutal injury for the rams quarterback brings concussion debate in play. >> the league is investigating why team trainers and independent injury spotters
called atcs allowed case keenum to continue playing after this brutal hit. >> and some related news from frank gifford's family. >> he died of natural causes in august, also suffered from cte. degenerative brain disease often associated with concussions. with the holiday season upon us, travel alerts were issued due to the increased terror threats. >> a bulletin encouraging law enforcement to stay vigilant. the concern at home is the copycats. this week, hundreds of assigned officers to the critical response command prepared for nightmare scenarios. >> but the macy's thanksgiving day parade went off without a hitch. >> giant balloons, floats and performances. >> adele had a busy week promoting her new album here on "today."
>> you know you ask yourself why might she sell 3 million albums in one week. this is why. right here. >> and then on "the tonight show." ♪ >> and the close call for some vacationing children in florida. >> a family's day in florida on vacation turned deadly when dozens of sharks whipped up in a feeding frenzy. children were on a raft when they saw sharks whipping toward them. they got to the shore safely. >> you don't want to see that coming at you. >> adele had a great week. >> we were in the studio. very exciting. >> i'm trying to think of somebody else that has been here that commanded that much attention from the staff as well. everybody. >> she was so kind and approachable to everybody. her dressing room door open with her makeup.
>> she brought snacks. >> she did bring snacks. our love affair with adele continues. still to come on "today," we will look to see if black friday it is 5:56 on saturday morning. we're taking a look at san francisco. the lights of the bay bridge on a near freezing morning. good morning, to you, i'm kira
klapper. i could not believe it. >> depending on where you are temperatures are close to freezing. some in the 20s, 30s and 40s. woodside, 27. 31 in stanford. down to the south bay, 31. san jose, 31. santa teresa, 32. all of those numbers are freezing. across parts of the tri valley, 20s, 28 for dublin. north bay, it's cold there as well. 30 for petaluma and 28 for santa rosa. the freeze warning is in effect until 9:00. and rightly so temperatures will stay below freezing until 9:00. temperatures warm into the 50s. some may hit the 60s. >> a heat wave. >> we have rain in the forecast this upcoming week. >> good, stay tuned, thanks. a bizarre discovery has police on alert this morning.
27 baseball bats modified with spikes have been found chained to telephone poles. officers have collected the bats and are checking them for fingerprints. >> i've been in law enforcement for 20 years and never seen or heard of something like this. it's also san francisco, nothing tends to surprise me anymore. but the presence of these bats could be dangerous. >> police say the bats are being considered deadly weapons. there could be felony charges for the person responsible. they're asking anyone who sees them to call the police. police will be keeping shoppers safe this holiday season. >> three, two, one. >> people in union square can expect to see a heavy police presence throughout the holiday season. dozens of officers even joined the crowd last night for the
macy's tree lighting ceremony. they say there is no threat to the city but they're focused on public safety so everyone can enjoy the holiday spirit. it's 5:59 right now. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," a fancy upgrade for an east bay taco bell. we'll tell you about the service that's benefitting nearby businesses. your freezing forecast coming up at 7:00. we'll send you back to "the today show." we'll be keeping warm here in the meantime.
♪ kick off your sunday shoes ♪ >> we are back on this saturday morning, november 28th, 2015. a clip there from "footloose" as life imitates art. where a high school canceled its winter formal amid fears of students dancing too aggressively. we have that story just ahead. meanwhile, a big crowd on the plaza. people enjoying this long thanksgiving weekend here in the big apple. we will get out there in a bit. here is what is making headlines on this saturday morning. a 57-year-old man believed to be mentally disturbed in custody accused of attacking a planned
parenthood clinic in colorado springs. three people, including a police officer, are dead. hazardous holiday travel as a winter storm grips the nation's mid section. slippery roads killed four. that same system opens up record-breaking rainfall in texas. newly released court documents show the man who jumped the white house fence on thanksgiving left behind a suicide note. the 22-year-old connecticut man jumped the fence draped in the american flag as the president and first family were inside. we are looking at the black friday that was or wasn't. with millions hitting the malls, it turns out retailers did not see the bonanza they did in the past. olivia sterns is here to see if black friday is past its prime. >> it is fading or gray. americans are opening their wallets more than ever before, but they are doing it in
different ways. black friday is paying the price. long lines, the mad rush. deep discounts. >> all the characters were buy one, get one. >> reporter: all the markers of a great black friday. >> i'll probably look at this with tvs and toys. >> we will shop until we fall. >> reporter: why are experts saying this black friday has been a bit of a dud? >> some of the factors that go into shopping on black friday, of course, have to do with the weather that day. >> reporter: black friday has turned into black november. americans are shopping earlier taking the punch out of friday's numbers. >> so many of the deals have been open to the public since the beginning of november. >> reporter: mother nature also didn't help. just look at the weather map. gorgeous on both coasts with ice storms and snow in the midwest. all plenty of reason to keep shoppers away from the mall.
the americans are not shopping as much in stores, but shopping more at home. >> they are using their desktops and mobile devices to take advantage. >> reporter: in fact, online holiday purchases are up 14% this year with more than half of the purchases made on a smartphone or tablet. a silver lining on a black friday that may have many retailers seeing red. if you missed the black friday deals, don't worry. cyber monday starts this weekend. walmart and toys r us start tonight. >> will we see based on that as big as cyber monday or is that a bust? >> it is expected to bring in $3 billion. black friday was brought forward. cyber monday is brought forward as well. >> if you wait until monday? >> buy toys, toys, toys. >> my kids are happy. >> toys are one thing you don't have to go in the store and try on. a lot of people prefer to buy
them at stores. the bad news is it is harder to find a bargain on toys. the top 20 expected toys price tag is up 36% to $65. that "star wars" stuff is expensive. >> any other benefits to shopping on monday? >> no shipping. >> i forgot about that. >> we should point out we talked about black friday and cyber monday, but small business saturday, which is today. are they hoping for big numbers? >> of course. there is a bit of a backlash. the big box retailers. everybody says amazon grabs the market share. everybody is eager to get out and support the local business. >> olivia, thank you. time for the weather and dylan. >> announcer: "today's" weather is sponsored by american express. today is small business saturday. show up and shop small at the top shops you love. >> good morning, guys.
we found a country girl in the big city. what part of the country? >> virginia. >> what do you think of the buildings and everything? >> pretty tall. >> they are pretty tall. you are a little small. it makes it even taller. anyway, let's look at the weather across the country where it is going to be a warm one today. still in the northeast, new york city close to 60. raleigh, 72. behind that front, temperatures are well below average. enough to cause the icing conditions through texas and oklahoma. it is going to start to cool off through buffalo tomorrow. a high of 41 degrees. boston drop into the 40s. then the warm air settles into the southeast and the rest of us will see temperatures closer to average. nebraska still with temperatures near 32 degrees. ice will remain an issue through the morning and tapers off this afternoon. heavy rain through eastern texas and arkansas with another several inches of rain good saturday morning to
you. meteorologist anthony slaughter here. waking up to temperatures close to freezing in foster city, 34. woodside 27. 31 cooper teeno. 33 in saratoga. tri valley, danville and dublin, shows 20s. some black ice possible. 28 in santa rosa. it is cold. later on, mid 50s expected for the bay area. rain in the forecast this upcoming week. and that's your latest forecast. guys. >> all right. dylan, thanks. just ahead, no twerking allowed. an oregon high school preventing an oregon high school preventing students from busting this is more than just a town. this is our home. and small business saturday... is more than just a day. it's our day... to shop small at the places we love... with the people we love. for stuff we can't get anywhere else. and food that tastes like home.
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"footloose." an oregon high school scrapped plans for winter formal. school officials are concerned students will go a little too far on the dance floor. nbc's jacob rascon has more. >> reporter: it is the winter formal. the popular dance now shutdown. the school administration says the gym looks more like a nightclub. >> if the kids are doing something on the dance floor, that's completely inappropriate they would not do in front of their parents, they should not do it on the high school dance. >> reporter: some call it grinding and twerking. made popular at award shows like this one. and some were in maine and colorado and vermont. at cleveland high school and elsewhere, when the students
ignored the dance rules. future dances were canceled. >> it is not everybody's fault. it is not our fault they do that. the dance shouldn't be canceled for everybody. >> reporter: the district spokesperson says it is a matter of keeping students safe and comfortable. >> this is way worse than "dirty dancing." this is over the top and sexual in nature and inappropriate. >> reporter: the move reminds some of "footloose." an oklahoma town where dancing was forbidden until 1980. ♪ everybody cut footloose >> reporter: cleveland high says it is the students' fault for breaking out rules. no more winter formal. jacob rascon, nbc news. >> i thought they can hop. >> this is a controversy i can
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nothing to do with family or friends, but food. the article is begging. next year, eat your ugly turkey and don't instagram it. >> it is all the same colors. >> the decorative plate clashes with the food. >> speaking of thanksgiving food. remember the patti labelle pies? and the singing review of the patti pies. the hilarious singing review of the patti pies, it caused a frenzy in stores and credit james for the pies selling out across the country. the memorable year for that guy continues. he is celebrating thanksgiving with patti labelle at her house. the youtube star captured every moment. ♪ you are my friend >> that's a thanksgiving. >> a lot of be thankful for there.
a new sleep study released just in time for our favorite weekend activity. the study published by "u.s. news and world report" combines research from leading sleep experts across the country to see if you can catch up on sleep. here is good news. if you get extra sleep after a short night, it will help you function better. however, if you are constantly sleep deprived, present company, we never make it up. it says you won't. oversleeping on the weekends or sleeping odd hours throughout the day can further throw off your natural sleeping clock. >> i think if you are tired. >> take a nap. >> sometimes you feel good after a nap and sometimes you don't. >> sometimes you feel like a nut, dylan. >> that was deep, dylan. >> deep thoughts with dylan dreyer. she used to call him on her flip phone. >> she used to call him on her flip phone.
♪ >> that is what you get in the mash-up of drake and adele's song. >> a lot of people did not know what you were saying. two of music's biggest stars could break the internet with the most anticipated duet that hasn't happened. rumors started when adele said she was obsessed with the song "hotline bling." she casually mentioned, "i really wanted to do an official remix." 1k3 drake responded, "i'd do anything for adele. i would literally do laundry for her." then drake posted this of "hello" and "hotline bling." >> it will happen. up next, a huge weekend at the box office. one of the movies getting buzz may surprise you. it has been 40 years since sylvester stallone stepped into the ring with "creed." he won best picture and stallone
nominated for best actor. he didn't win. many say this could be the year. all of the hard work with the franchise could be rewarded. we will see. congratulations are in order for academy award winning actress anne hathaway. anne and her husband are expecting their first child together. >> congrats. >> we like babies. >> thanks, sheinelle. just ahead, taylor times two. a man can tell you the woes of sharing the same name with the pop princess. but first this is "today" on nbc. man can tell you the woes sharing the same name with the pop princess. but first this is "today" on nbc.
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our microclimate forecast. >> if you're at the coast, 40's. not freezing, wood side, 27. that's about 20 miles away. redwood city, 39. san jose, 31 downtown, 30 in cupertino. you get closer to the water, alameda, 47. just a little drive towards dublin, 20s even 28 this morning. hopefully you get a nice warm place you're watching us from. it's chilly. the freeze warning is in effect until 9:00. we'll get rid of freezing temperatures, into the 50s. it's the first christmas in the park. get out and enjoy and grab hot chocolate this evening. >> i heard that hot chocolate is very. >> >> it is really, really good. >> thanks. we want to tell you about a flight from san francisco to new york that did land safely despite being hit by a laser during landing. the virgin america flight crew
was preparing to plan at jfk last night when a green laser beam hit the plane. the aircraft was flying at 6,000 feet, four miles from the runway. the plane landed safely. not in my backyard. that's the message from the city of dixon to a sexually violent predator. frazier smith was released last week after spending years in prison. since his freedom, he tried to stay in vallejo but motels refused to rent to him. this week he moved into dixon under the name of the person monitoring him. he was evicted shortly after motel owners discovered his real identity. the mayor is vowing to get him as far away as possible. he is being monitoring around the clock by gps and department
security. san francisco police will be busy this holiday season keeping shoppers safe. police in -- people in union scare, rath can expect to spend protected holiday. coming up this morning on "today in the bay" we'll show you the service of a nearby taco bell. that plus your stories coming up at 7:00. now back to the today show.
good morning. it's 8:00 and here are some of the top stories we're watching on "today." a 57-year-old man is in custody this morning accused of attacking that planned parenthood clinic in colorado. he's said to be mentally disturbed and to have a criminal record. three people are dead, including a police officer. a winter storm grips the nation's midsection during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. slippery roads in kansas killed four and also caused several wrecks in oklahoma. the system has also left tens of thousands in the dark as parts of texas deal with historic amounts of rainfall. and two weeks after the attacks in paris, the city turns to an american author for comfort. the city of lights turning a page with a renewed love affair with ernest hemingway.
an homage to paris, "today," saturd saturday, november 28th, 2015. a few folks out here in the crowd joining us on a saturday morning. welcome back to "today." we have another incredible crowd today. >> sure. >> this weekend -- >> now through january -- >> i think you're right. >> -- we'll be pretty crowded. >> this is a good crowd. this is a fantastic crowd, actually! >> i'm erica hill alongside craig melvin and dylan dreyer. and we have a bit of a busy morning. >> let's get right to it. let's start this morning with sheinelle who has the very latest on the deadly shooting in colorado. >> authorities in colorado are k looking for a motive after a gunman went on a deadly shooting spree at a planned parenthood clinic. miguel almaguer is in colorado springs. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. police have identified the suspect as robert lewis dear in custody. we are hoping to learn more about the motive. he was questioned for several
hours last night. a law enforcement source tells nbc news that the 57-year-old appears to be mentally disturbed. now, that standoff took place just behind me yesterday, for some five hours, police exchanging a volley of gunfire with the suspect, into the late evening. 12 people were injured, three were killed, including a police officer and two civilians. the gunman was holed up inside a planned parenthood building. it's still unclear if he was targeting that facility or just simply walked into it. officials say there was a safe room inside that planned parenthood. there may have been bulletproof vests inside. that safe room may have saved the lives of several people who were trapped inside the building. police were also able to watch the suspect on a closed circuit television system inside of that planned parenthood. that gave them their location of the suspect. now, five hours after the shooting began here, the suspect ultimately surrendered. we're told he has a criminal history and he will be questioned again later today. sheinelle, back to you. >> all right, thank you, miguel.
forecasters say at least 15 million people are in the path of severe weather as they head home from the holidays. in texas, at least three people were killed in flash flooding, with the flooding threat stretching as far north as illinois. icy roads being blamed for at least two deaths in kansas, and a storm knocked out power to thousands in oklahoma. the faa is investigating another laser strike on a commercial airliner. it happened last night in new york. the crew of a virgin america flight from san francisco said a green laser lit up the aircraft while it was coming in for landing at jfk international airport. no injuries were reported and the nypd has been notified. a new warning for travelers heading to the caribbean over the holidays. "the washington post" is reporting the use of banned pesticides like those that paralyzed a delaware family while on vacation to st. john's is not an isolated event. the epa says the officials found several other prohibited chemicals being used at hotels in puerto rico. the epa is advising anyone
staying at hotels in puerto rico or the virgin islands to ask if the room has been treats with pesticides and to open windows when they arrive. the government's controversial phone data collection program ends at midnight tonight. starting tomorrow, if the nsa wants to access your phone calls, it must ask phone companies for records on a case-by-case basis. after the 9/11 attacks, the nsa have been collecting records of numbers dialed, times, and lengths of calls in an effort to identify communications among terrorists. and finally, when it comes to holiday wish lists, barbie is back on top. a new survey by the national retail federation found one in five parents plan to buy a barbie this year. last year, merchandise from the movie "frozen" topped the girl's lists. as for boys, legos tops the list again, followed by "star wars" toys. happy shopping. >> sheinelle, thanks. >> dylan dreyer is back with a look at the forecast. >> this weekend is still a big travel weekend, especially as we go into sunday, but today we're looking for some rain to start
to build into the northeast, but the heaviest of the rain is down through the southern plains. also, icing is an issue. let's break this down for you today. where showers and morning fog, could lead to some moderate delays at the airports, although we're not seeing widespread delays right now, this will be your big trouble area, along i-40 and i-20, through abilene and up into oklahoma city where the ice is still falling, the freezing rain is falling, it's making things very dangerous. watch out for the overpasses, too, because they freeze on the top and underneath, so it makes it extra slippery. on sunday, it's more or less the rain that's the big story. areas from dallas into houston, we could see major delays because of the heavy rain. and if you're traveling along i-64, it will be wet, so slow down a little bit, and we'll run into some patchy areas of dense fog. elsewhere across the country for the rest of the weekend, we are looking for more snow to work back into the denver area, also across the eastern rockies. ice is our major concern down through the southern plains, and sunday, a little bit of extra snow that could accumulate in the higher elevations, but rain won't be as heavy as today, but
still making good saturday morning to you, meteorologist anthony slaughter waking up to temperatures in the 30s from san mateo to stanford this morning. woodside still in the 20s. couper teeno, 30s. in the 20s, still 28 in santa rosa, 30 now in petaluma. this afternoon, we'll get back into the upper 50s with rain on the way. that's your latest forecast. >> all right, dylan, thanks. two weeks since a series of terrorist attacks dimmed the city of lights, paris is emerging from the shadows. with the help of an american author in higher demand than he has been for a long, long time. >> how parisians are now finding comfort in ernest hemingway.
gabe, good morning. >> reporter: craig and erica, good morning. it's a tribute to the paris of almost a century ago, but it's taken on a whole new meaning in the wake of a deadly attack that targeted not just individuals, but a way of life. as they often do, this love story begins with melancholy. a movable feast, ernest hemingway's ode to paris in the 1920s as long entranced american tourists. but now a new story. a grandmother urged people to read and re-read hemingway's timeless memoir. the message struck a chord. >> it gives me hope. >> reporter: phyllis cohen, a native chicagoan, has lived in chicago for the last 15 years and runs a bookstore. >> it is a very sweet thing to see, that parisians are looking at an american writer's vision of paris in the past to get some hope for the future. >> reporter: the book's french title when translated back into english "paris is a party."
>> of course, on november 13th, it was anything but. though suddenly it became a hashtag for parisians to share their stories of healing. the memoir skyrocketed to the top of best seller lists, sold out of bookstores, and well-worn copies now grace memorials. >> it's taken on a new meaning in that it's become, in many ways, a symbol of defiance. >> one of hemingway's old haunts still serves his favorite drink, absinthe. here, literature brings comfort. >> it's like a prescription, i would say. with it, you might feel better. >> it's to carry on with what the terrorists resent, which is culture, which is music, music, which is reading. >> in the poet's words, "if you are lucky enough to have lived in paris as a young man, then wherever you go in life, it stays with you, for paris is a movable feast."
this morning, the city of light is moved. indeed, many people were moved on friday during that national memorial service where the pictures of the victims were flashed up there on the screen. and we've seen the french flag displayed in windows of homes throughout paris. certainly the terrorist attacks took a lot from this city, but as you know, literature and culture can bring a whole lot of comfort. >> that's a great story, dagabe. really love that. from that to this. give him a blank space, he'll write her name. >> talking about taylor swift. not that one. this is a washington state man who just so happens to share a name with one of the biggest pop stars in the world. and as nbc's blake mccoy tells us, despite the confusion, there's no bad blood. ♪ shake it off ♪ shake it off >> reporter: she's been shaking it off on the charts for almost
a decade, but before there was this taylor swift -- >> what's your name? >> taylor swift. >> taylor swift! >> reporter: there was this taylor swift. 30 years old, living outside assailant. >> have you thought about changing your name? >> oh, yeah. >> really? >> yeah. i've thought about it several times. several times. >> reporter: both taylor swifts have blonde hair. he has a squad. she has a squad. >> do you sing? >> a lot of people wonder does he sing. no, i do not sing. i occasionally sing, but not well. >> reporter: give us some taylor swift. >> i can't. i'm on the spot. ♪ i'll write your name >> reporter: sharing the name with one of the biggest pop stars on the planet has perks. restaurant reservation? no problem. >> i got an invitation for a yacht club. >> reporter: most of the mail comes from teenage girls. >> i want you to know you are my
favorite singer. this is a small collection. >> reporter: the name does sometimes present a challenge. this taylor swift is a photographer, but try finding his work online. >> i'm still 10,000 pages back on a google search. >> reporter: we did an internet search of our own and found 61 people across the country with the name taylor swift ranging from age 20 to age 60. for now, this taylor is taking the notoriety in stride. showing his driver's license when asked. and while he may not be as famous as the other taylor swift, he's finding the name -- >> can i get a picture with you? >> reporter: has enough star power to go around. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: for "today," blake mccoy, nbc news, seattle. >> at least he has a great sense of humor. let's go to sheinelle in the orange room with the plaza fan of the day. >> some of my favorite friends.
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good saturday morning to you, it's 7:00. we're getting a beautiful live look at the oranges and yellows of the sunrise over san jose on a very cold morning. thanks so much for joining us. i'm kira klapper. it's very cold. >> it's cold but beautiful to see the sunrise. it makes it worth while. enjoying it from the inside. >> the