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earlier crash. >> welcome to tuesday. that's what's happening "today in the bay." >> breaking news and updates every 25 minutes. leave you with a shot of san francisco. good morning. breaking news. president obama citing confidence that isis can be destroyed. is it o little too late? >> and countdown to iowa. the first votes in the presidential race two months out. >> if you're ready for me, i'm ready for you. >> hillary clinton rallies the democratic female senators with one noticeable absence. and donald trump joking he's so popular he should charge to be in the debate. >> i won't do the debate until
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they pay me $5 million, all of which money goes to the wounded warriors or american vets. >> mounting misery. heavy snow blanketing millions across the midwest. signs seeing double while the southeast braces for flooding rain. and all smiles. the first photos of oscar pistorius inside his house arrest as an appeals court considers a ruling that could send him back to jail, a decision that may come as early as today, tuesday, december 1, 2015. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and a rainy day. >> two months out from the iowa caucuses.
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looking forward to talking to dr. ben carson in a couple of minute. >> president obama wrapped up his trip to paris today. he appointed a new adviser to lead the charge against isis. kelly o'donnell joins us from paris this morning. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. the president has naemed a long-time national security expert to be his operations man inside the white house for the fight against isis. he explained the strategy just a short time ago. capping his brief paris trip with a news conference. >> you always want to stay a little longer. >> reporter: he said he is confident other nations are stepping up in the fight against isis. >> we have to choke them off. we have to choke off how they make money, woke choke off their ability to bring in new fighters. >> reporter: after meeting with
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turkey's president, he said turkey must seal its borders. the kremlin released a photo of a brief putin/obama meeting today while russia remains slow to target only isis in syria. >> i don't expect that you're going to see a 180 turn on their strategy over the next several weeks. >> reporter: reacting on camera for the first time after the colorado shooting at a planned parenthood clinic, the president focused on gun violence. >> this just doesn't happen in other countries. >> reporter: asked about the future viability of any deal with a future president, he let his inner incumbent come out.
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>> i'm anticipating a democrat succeeding me. >> reporter: the president said he understands the difference between rhetoric on the campaign trail and once in office. he said he believes the president will support climate change because so many others do as well and he said leadership is not measured by boots on the ground. >> february 1st voters will gather throughout the state of iowa and cast the first vote of 2016. >> this is going to be a first candidate, we'll have it covered from all angles. we'll talk to dr. ben carson in a moment. >> this morning, the largest release of hillary clinton's e-mails is out. she tries to court her base, though there appears to be one key holdout. kristen welker is on the campaign trail with hillary
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clinton. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. in just a few hours, hillary clinton will appear at this church where martin luther king was once a pastor. this comes as she touting her strength among female senators but in a sign she still hasn't locked up the nomination, there is still one critical senator she has yet to win over. hillary clinton trying to showcase her strength. 13 democratic women senators embracing her monday night as she steps up her attacks over the shooting at a colorado planned parenthood. >> i will defend planned parenthood! >> but noticeably absent, progressive elizabeth warren, who hasn't supported anyone yet. warren's no-show underscores that clinton still struggles to court the more liberal wing of her party. many who have gravitated to vermont senator bernie sanders.
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still, clinton has a healthy lead in most polls and she's courting her base at every turn. >> thank you all very much! >> releasing this new campaign video featuring school aged girls. >> it is ridiculous that there has never been a female president before. >> reporter: but as she looks forward, clinton continues to contend with her past, the largest batch of e-mails out last night. some sent the night of the 2012 benz benghazi attacks, including one that she sent to her daughter, chelsea writing back in notably formal language. but in the e-mails, clinton poked fun at some republicans in the 2012 race referring to mitt romney as mittens and calling newt gingrich grinch.
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in another, change he asks aides where she can watch "homeland." with this latest release, there are now 999 e-mails deemed classified after the fact. they say it's an indication she released misinformation and clinton says that's not the case. >> now donald trump still dominating the polls and a new line of provocative comments. >> with two months before the iowa caucus and despite all predictions, donald trump is still ahead in all the polls. as the votes are get serious, trump is betting on trump, refusing to apologize, back down or even soft i don't know his language, no matter who asks. in front of 5,500 supporters in macon, georgia late monday,
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donald trump predicting which rivals will pounce next. >> christie hasn't hit me yet. he will. he has to. he has no choice at some point. rubio's got to hit me. there's only one way you get to the top and it all through trump. let's face it. >> reporter: trump leissuing a challenge. >> how about this for cnn. i won't do the debate unless they pay me $5 million, all of which will go to the wounded warriors or vets. >> reporter: there was rhetoric he had to face up to monday afternoon during an at times contentious private meeting with dozens of black pastors and religious leaders, many angry with what they see as race baiting. the meeting was supposed to result in an endorsement from 100 black leaders, but the end
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only earned the support of a few. >> we're going to pray to god about it as minister do. >> reporter: these days trump seems less concerned about ben carson, whose numbers have slipped. and now car and you son is defe pro-life record. >> look at my record. you know, i've spent my whole life as a pro-life advocate, trying to save lives. >> as for that meeting being some demanded an apology, not just to african-americans but mexicans. others say they were surprised at how little he talked and how much his advisers ended up answering the questions for him. >> thank you very much. let's bring in dr. ben carson who joins us live from west palm beach florida. it's good to see you. good morning.
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>> thank you, it's a pleasure. >> let me start by talking about polling. in the last six weeks you've gone from the syrian refugee crisis, the downing of the russian plane and the paris attacks. is it a coincidence that your numbers are going down as american are coming to terms with moments lick that? >> well, you know, poll numbers will go up and down. it's a marathon, it's not a sprint. and, you know, it's not about me quite frankly. the american people have the privilege of selecting their president. and over the course of time, they will evaluate what each one of us has to say and see how it fits with their impression of what they need. i think there's plenty of time
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to make the appropriate arguments. >> well, chris christie, the governor of new jersey, picked up a key endorsement from the "new hampshire union leader" and they cited his experience as a prosecutor and governor, said he was right for these dang ross times and also wrote we don't need as president many how do you combat that perception? >> i would simply say that our system was really designed for the citizen statesmen and not for the career politician. i know the career politicians want to believe that they're the only ones who have the ability to solve our problems but it's not true. and i believe that the ability to assess a situation quickly and to utilize the correct people and the correct resources with wisdom is much better than
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many, many years in the political spheres sphe. i know many people who have been in washington for decades and i'm in the sure they could solve our problem. >> you just got back from jordan, you visited a refugee camp there. you got chance to talk with some of those refugees, look them in the eye and hear their stories. would you be comfortable allowing any of this many well, honestly i don't think that's issue. theish ou is if. >> you said you want to bar them from coming to this country. you've spoken to some of them
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face to face. do you have the same opinion of that group of people now or have you changed your policy at all? >> well, first of all, you say that i say i want to bar them from coming to this country, so i don't accept the prays. >> we already have good solutions. the jordanians are very generous people. they have camps. they have places that work very well. the ref jifs i talked to in more than one camp were very grateful for what the jordanians had done. people are not giving enough money. there's a brand new hospital there that's not being utilized because there's no money. why don't we tack advantage of the things that are already in place before we start trying to come up with --
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>> they are still refugee camps. just because they're a cool, rk but thee camps aren't ma. >> ands that something that we can work on. you know, but many of them told me -- i asked them specifically what would you like to have? two questions. what would you like to happen and what can the united states do? and the answers i got were pretty consistent. they would like to go back home to syria, number one, and what can nations like the united states do? they can support the efforts of
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places like jordan. >> dr. carson, thank you. >> pleasure. >> on monday the alleged gunman of the planned parenthood clinic faced the judge. miguel? >> reporter: he faced the jj ud for the first time on closed circuit television. >> reporter: a colorado judge advises him of his rights, showing little reaction. >> do you have any questions about these rights? >> no question.
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>> representing deer is ---y hoped fire friday, then continued shooting enside the clinic, leaving three dead and wounding nine. on monday a procession outside for officer swasey. there are domestic terrorists here. same terrorists we would face on the battlefield. >> jennifer's husband confirming the mother of two was at the clinic to support a friend when she was killed. saying in a statement to nbc news, she was a very caring and compassionate person and patient and understanding parent. meanwhile increased security presence at planned parenthood locations across the country. on alert after the latest in
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this series of recent attacks on their clinics. >> we'll be looking at the incident of friday to see if there's anything more we can learn from this. >> the d.a. says formal charges will come next week. the minimum sentence could be live in prison. the maximum would be the death penalty. savannah, back to you. >> thank you. >> millions in this country, especially in the midwest, are dealing with very dangerous travel conditions bass of a big storm. dylan is in for al this morning. what do you have? >> have you seen this picture? it's sign, a 25 mile-per-hour sign that at one point was frozen and it started to warm up just enough where is slid down. >> do you add them together? does this turn into 50 miles per hour? >> tell that to the police officer. >> or the judge. >> those are the types of conditions we've been dealing with.
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we've also had snow through parts of iowa where we ended up with 8 inches. so cars skidding off the roads. extremely dangerous and slippery. now we're starting to see this whole storm system wind down. but the next system will be northeastern minnesota. we also have some banding back through north and south dakota where we will see still minor accumulations. winter storm warnings, this area of leash will continue to move to the north and east. heaviest snorls this isolated amounts of 4 to 6 inches. but the heavier snowfall accumulations are just about over but could tack on another 1 to 3 inches, just enough to make thing very slippery.
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that's a look at your weather. your local forecast is coming up in 30 seconds. good tuesday morning. we are waking up to temperatures in the 30s and 40s right now. for the afternoon upper 50s and close to 60 with a few high clouds passing by. showers moving further to the north. look for highs close to 60 in san jose. upper 50s into san francisco and trivalley for today as we see temperatures rising into wednesday. mid 60s in reach and the chance of rain returns as we get into
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thursday along with the wind. and that's your latest forecast. >> winter is really getting going out in the midwest. we should send someone out in the thick of it. >> if only there were someone. >> right, that's you. >> all right, dylan, thank you. coming up, the first photo of oscar pistorius inside his house under arrest, house arrest there, as he awaits the judge's decision that could send him back to prison. we're live in south africa. >> and salt shaming, the sodium warnings appearing on restaurant menus starting today, but will they help you make better choices, but, first, this is "today" on nbc. e a bow and arrow ♪
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where it is 40 degrees. we see a few high clouds passing by today. most of the action now moving off of the north bay. highs close to 60 in san jose. a slight chance of a stray shower around santa rosa. numbers in the upper 50s. warmer day expected tomorrow. look at thursday more rain and wind returning to the bay area for your thursday morning commute. to see how things are for this commute. >> tough angle. try to block sun in the eyes. traveling past the coliseum. we have earlier crash. and to start the recovery we see both directions are slowing to the scene of the earlier crash and quickly recovering. we do have your trouble spots south 101 new crash and also in the south bay north 85 right around union. the earlier crash cleared. more slowing through the area. >> thank you very much. another local news update in
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning. the 1st of december, 2015. 25 days till christmas. we're going to help ring in the season tomorrow night when we light that tree in the background there, the rockefeller center christmas tree. big monitors for, i don't know, several hundred, several hundred thousand people who will cram this area. >> the jumbotron, that's exciting. >> look forward to that every year. it happens tomorrow night. >> that's right. back inside studio 1a a look at stories making headlines today. the chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager is free on bond today. jason van dyke walked out of the cook county jail last night and
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did not speak to reporters. posted 10% of his $1.5 million bond jirkt final report on last year's deadly crash of an air asia flight into the java sea was released overnight. investigators say the problem began with a faulty rudder control system and the pilot's subs kwentd response caused the plane to stall. and lawyers for boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev headed to court today. they will ask the judge to grant him a new trial. he was sentenced to death back in june and is being held in a super max prison in colorado. also this morning, we're getting a first look inside oscar pistorius' house arrest as he awaits a highly anticipated court decision tied to his case. today, national investigative correspondent jeff rossen is in johannesburg for us this morning. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning to you. right now oscar pistorius is holed up inside his uncle's mansion in south africa on house arrest. he was released from prison, you may remember early, back in october, and he's been keeping a
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pretty low profile, but now our first look at pistorius since his release. want to show you this photo tweeted out by a relative. oscar celebrating his 29th birthday having a party at house with family and friends. we're blurring out kids' faces, as you can see, but look at pistorius himself, smiling, seems happy, certainly a far cry from those days in court when he was hysterically crying. important to note here, since he's on house arrest he really can't leave his uncle's compound unless he's going to places like church or community service so we have other photos for you here, a rare sighting outside. pistorius reporting for that community service, sunglasses on wearing a black hat and a white t-shirt carrying that backpack. he is looking very thin here. i saw him every day during the trial, look at these photos, no question about it, lost some weight since then and this is a huge week for him make or break really. only convicted of involuntary
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manslaughter for shooting and killing his girlfriend reeva steenka steenkamp. the appeals court took the case and heard the case, and we're told the ruling is imminent. it will likely happen this week. if the judges convict him of murder pistorius could be plucked from his uncle's home and sent back to prison and the minimum sentence for murder in south africa 15 years. our nbc news team is in place here in south africa. we'll bring you that ruling when it happens. >> all right, jeff rossen, thank you very much. want to turn now to oklahoma where the university president is getting a lot of attention for a surprising blog post that he aimed at students. his message to today's youth grow up and stop being so self-absorbed and narcissistic. here's nbc's kerry sanders. >> be quiet! >> reporter: political correctness on college campuses has suddenly and sometimes loudly exploded on to the
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national stage. >> you should not sleep at night. you're disgusting. >> reporter: this confrontation at yale was over the issue of pc halloween costumes. at university of missouri protests over perceived systematic racism forced the resignations of the school's president and chancellor, a reporter trying to cover one event was not welcome. >> you need to get out. >> i actually don't. >> all right. hey who wants to help me get this reporter out of here! >> reporter: many now seeing the growing lack of reasoned discussion on college campuses as a disturbing trend. this blog post by the president of oklahoma weslayan university titled this is not a day care, it's a university, hit a nerve. it's sharply critical of kids who are self-absorbed and narcissistic. any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. >> what we really have today is a demand that you must be one of us, you must comply, you must submit and if you don't we will
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suppress you, we will silence you and we wi >> reporter: president obama recently told students they should not be protected from different points of view. >> i've heard some college campuses where they don't want to have a guest speaker who, you know, is too conservative. i've got to tell you, i don't agree with that either. >> reporter: comedians jerry seinfeld and chris rock and bill maher won't play college campuses because today's politically correct students cannot take a joke, even about halloween costumes. >> halloween is supposed to be politically incorrect. that's why we say trick or treat instead of placate and coddle. >> reporter: but for many political correctness on campus these days is no laughing matter. for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. >> we saw this online, his blog, and it just got more and more attention and more and more comments throughout the day. >> well, the headlights, it's a university, not day care, so it's an interesting debate.
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good one to have on college campuses everywhere. >> all right. let's get a check of the weather from dylan who is in for al. >> and we do have a lot of rain through the eastern parts of the country today, and it's going to rain through tomorrow, too. we've got our heaviest rain right now falling through eastern tennessee, eastern kentucky and this will move through the appalachians as we go through the day today, increasing in intensity at times. in the northeast it should be scattered showers and shouldn't accumulate all that much but flood watches in effect two chattanooga and western north and south carolina, atlanta included in the flood watch, too. as we go through the day, the whole system will continue to slide to the south and east. here you see through the night the heaviest rain is down across the southeast where there's a subtropical jet that pumps into the moisture. in the northeast though, we're not looking at widespread heavier rain, just spotty showers and lots of clouds around, and we're also looking for the potential this morning of some freezing rain because it is a little bit colder, especially through central and northern new england. this is where we're looking at our highest rainfall amounts. this area has already seen about 3 inches of rain and could see
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has more than the total amount of sodium that you should consume in a single day. >> reporter: it's become known as salt-shaming rule, what the city calls an attempt to give more transparency to consumers for items that exseed 2,300 milligrams or about a teaspoon of sewedup. as for the worst offenders, it might not be who you think with some chain restaurants racking up more shakers more than fast food places. chipotle's chicken burrito with the usual toppings has over 2,400 milligrams of sodium. subway's spicy italian sandwich has almost 3,000 milligrams. while panera is now changing the amount of salt in their new york city locations, take the bacon turkey bravo which previously had 2,830 milligrams of sodium. now just 2,090, a 740 milligram decrease. the applebee's in new york starting putting salt warnings on its menus earlier last month. >> i think it's important that we give them the opportunity to make the right decisions.
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>> the national restaurant association says they plan to file a lawsuit against the new york requirement saying it, quote, goes too fa-far too fast. >> it puts a certain number of restaurant in a competitive disadvantage. they are saying they are going after large business owners and large franchises, but most of the restaurants that are related to a franchise in new york are franchisees, small business owners. >> while new york city is already known for banning trans fat from restaurant meals and forcing chain eateries to post calorie counts on menus, research on how much these changes impact consumers is mixed. >> when you've already walked into aburg tinge wherever you are and you see this kind of warning and you hopefully already know that what you're getting is somewhat unhealthy, i don't know if a salt label is going to deter anyone. >> well, the american heart association recommends that americans corn sume less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium. that by the way, is per day. bottom line. any health expert will agree
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period of time and neiman marcus, footlocker and victoria's secret all had outages. a target spokesperson clarified that their side never actually crashed, but it was intentionally slowed down. here's their quote. as we experience spikes in traffic, our systems place guests in a queue and prompt them to access the site later. we apologize to guests for the delay. before 10:00 in the morning target websites had reached volumes twice as high that were the busiest ever. seems like when you're online you can still be in line. people weren't expecting that. >> and how to stop from overspe overspending during the holidays? the emotional roller coaster, is cyber monday, don't overspend. >> and we'll catch up with katie holmes. here she is right here.
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accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death is over -- after te very good morning. it is 7:56. the search for a man accused of stabbing his ex girlfriend to death is over. this is video of 22-year-old being arrested last night at his parents' home. took a couple of hours for police to convince him to surre surrender. he is accused of killing his ex girlfriend on saturday. there are tears and grief at children's hospital as workers mourn the loss of one of their own. nurse patricia alvarez taken off of life support after being struck by a suspected drunk driver. want to check the forecast with rob. another cool start. >> 30s on the board for the north bay. a little more sunshine than yesterday. a few high clouds from time to
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time. for parts of the north bay a slight chance of isolated shower where the rest sees partly cloudy skies. upper 50s around san francisco into the north bay. tomorrow temperatures warm up more with mid 60s. notice the trend towards thursday. now for another check of your morning commute. >> we did the whip. look at the map. it's not quite so bad. 580 and 880 slow towards the bay bridge. 580 off of 24 better than it has for the first few hours. and also southbound around the bridge we have a crash around 880 and jackson. that is presenting a distraction but not a blockage. northbound rough through san jose. the volume a little lighter. >> thanks so much.
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another update in half an hour. see you then.
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♪ >> it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, to screen or not to screen. new information that has some asking if those full-body skin cancer checks are unnecessary. what you need to know. ♪ plus, the secret to saving. how to stop overspending this holiday season, including the four letters you need to avoid. ♪ baby, i'm perfect ♪ baby, i'm perfect >> and from standup to pinup. comedian amy schumer on how she became a model with a message. >> women that are part of the calendar this year are just some of the most inspiring, powerful, unapologetic women alive. >> inside the calendar girl
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change decades in the making, today, tuesday, december 1st, 2015. ♪ >> happy holidays! >> hi, mom, hi, dad, back in iowa. >> good morning, albuquerque, new mexico. >> hi, y'all. we're here from brandon, mississippi. ♪ >> hello to our son hudson and all our friends in omaha, nebraska. >> from new york city. >> happy 60th birthday, mom! >> and good morning, everybody. welcome back to "today," the 1st of december, 2015. it's tuesday, not just any tuesday. it is giving tuesday out here on our plaza. >> thank you. >> that's right. and look who is here joining us. that is katie holmes collecting new and unwrapped toys for our holiday toy drive. we're going to get to talk to
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her in just a second. this is our 22nd annual toy drive. >> just getting started. hoping to have a good one this year. you can find out more about it if you go to >> and coming up, we'll set holiday mood with a live performance by leann rimes of our official christmas song "today is christmas." >> try to get it out of your head after we jingle and jim angel our way through it. first, let's say hello to miss katie holmes doing elf duty. >> good morning. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. >> you're here with a glad bag and here with a message. >> it's giving tuesday and a wonderful project glad started. go to and get your yellow bags and get out there and give today to everyone in need. >> we talk about this, katie, a lot. we have kids, and we're always trying to communicate spirit of giving at home. you have a daughter. how do you work it out in your household? >> well, my little one is very,
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very generous and very sensitive, and so she's always, you know, mom, let's give this to -- let's give my old toys to people who need it so we're always doing that. >> you're fortunate that way. >> yeah, yeah? what are your big plans for the holidays? are there any traditions that you do every year is. >> aside from today i'm going to be giving all day. family, yeah, a lot of family time. >> and you've been busy acting. what's next for you? know you're hitting the big screen soon. >> thank you. i have a movie called "touched with fire" coming out in february, and i'm going to do "the kennedys" again this spring. >> great. >> it's nice having you here. >> thank you. >> a lot of people are happy to see you on the plaza. will you come back and see us soon? >> sure. >> great to have you here, katie. thank you so much. let's go inside and get a check of the top stories. tamron is in for natalie while natalie is on assignment. >> good morning, everyone. president obama is escalating the fight against terror by creating a new position to deal strictly with the isis threat.
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he's appointing robert malley, a national security council official, who helped negotiate the nuclear deal with iran. the president is speaking today about global cooperation against isis while wrapping up the world climate change talks in paris. >> isil is going to continue to be a deadly organization because of its social media, the resources that it has and the -- the networks of experienced fighters that it possesses. it's going to continue to be a serious threat for some time to come, but i'm confident that we are on the winning side of this, and that ultimately russia's going to recognize the threat that isil poses to its country, to its people. >> he has called efforts to save the planet a rejection of those who would seek to tear it down. breaking overnight. a chaotic scene in atlanta after gunfire erupts outside a
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downtown hotel. [ gunfire ] police say one person is dead after a brief chase that ended with an officer-involved shooting. it started when police tried to pull over a jeep going the wrong way, but the car took off, eventually slamming into a hotel shuttle bus. the driver of the vehicle surrendered, but the passenger ran away. there was an exchange of gunfire, and the passenger was killed. police say three weapons were recovered at that scene. nearly 4 million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, making it the most common cancer in the united states, but now a government panel of doctors is updating their recommendations saying full-body visual skin checks may not be helpful. nbc news medical contributor dr. natalie azar is here with us to tell us what you need to know. good morning, good to see you. >> hi, good morning, tamron. >> obviously, this will be confusing for people. a lot of us have gone to the
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dermatologist to get the full body scan yearly. what's the message here? >> the message is the wording. what the statement is saying there's insufficient evidence to weigh the benefits of the benefit and harm versus screening. this is not a recommendation for or against the screening. they are simply saying available evidence out there in the literature we really can't say whether or not this is doing -- doing the skin check is changing the outcome of people, meaning is it actually decreasing mortality. they claim the data is just not there. i want to echo though the sentiment from the american academy of dermatology and a few other medical groups who strongly endorse early treatment and diagnosis because that's the best way to beat skin cancer and the way you can do that really importantly is also to do self-checks, to look -- see if moles are changing. are they itching? are they bleeding? certainly the people who need to be screened are the people who have a personal history of an atypical mole or a history cancer, a family history of cancer and certainly people who have atypical moles need to get screened. please discuss with your
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physician whether or not you're a candidate for screening. >> thanks very much for clearing that up. a louisiana mom claims that one of the season's hottest gifts destroyed her family home. jessica horn says her son was so excited she let him try his new hover board as soon as it arrived from amazon, but she says he used it only once. then when he plugged it in to recharge it, sparks shot out and set the room on fire. the consumer products safety commission says there's been no reported injuries related to hover board fires. so -- that's pretty frightening. >> are they sure it was hover board? >> i think they will probably look into that. >> i think they have to look into that. >> tamron is looking for an excuse not to get one. look what happened there. >> tamron, appreciate it very much. for decades the pirelli pinup girls have made a statement. the tire company's annual calendar is known for its edgy scantily clad models. >> this year it's a little bit different. "today's" erica hill is here with more on that.
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erica, good morning. >> amy schumer tweeted out this photo from the calendar and that's serena williams there. the photo tweeted on monday. they are two of the women featured in the 2016 calendar, women well known for their many accomplishments but not necessarily their foote photo shoots. it's a switch pirelli says is the brainchild of celebrated photographer annie leibowitz. they are trailblazers. ♪ stars in their field. >> women that are part of the calendar this year are just some of the most inspiring, powerful and up apologetic women alive. >> capturing their strength was an assignment renowned photographer annie leibowitz embraced. >> just knew it was going to be completely different. >> the pirelli calendar launched in 1964 is known for its often risque shots. leibowitz shopped the cal as it's known in 2000 with a much different focus. the women photographed this year
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are turning a new page. >> i thought that women -- the women should look good and strong, and it should be simple. >> shot in black and white, the photographs show quite simply success. businesswoman melody hobson, tennis champ serena williams, yoko ono, "selma" director ava dufny. writer and comedian fran leibowitz. >> this is taking a look at real women who are working and making a difference in the world. >> i love that they are embracing the moment that we're in, a very powerful moment for women around the world. >> amy schumer who graces the month of december tweeted this photo on monday with the caption beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless woman. thank you. annie leibowitz. >> okay. >> powerful words from a woman who earlier this year revealed her own body image insecurities to maria shriver.
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>> it's been a struggle for me my whole life. sometimes i would just want to throw in the towel and be like i'm not going to go do standup tonight. >> after her photo shoot for the calendar, a much different view. >> i felt i looked more beautiful than i've ever felt in my life. >> really? >> and i felt that it looked like me. >> a picture body image experts applaud. >> we don't want to just see one type of woman represented and say that is what beautiful is. we want to see the widest definition of beauty. >> having this opportunity to -- to take this space and make it extraordinary and really herald who we are as women, it was really great. >> so we should point out calendar, you can't buy it. it's become this very exclusive thing. that's why it's called the cal and it's handed out. a big launch party last night in london, but we can tell you already it's very positive response, especially to that picture from amy schumer.
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>> that picture, gets a lot of response. >> how do you get the calendar? >> got know somebody who knows somebody. >> matt. >> get a calendar with four tires. i have 45 tires at home. >> thank you. coming up next, we will reveal the top baby names of 2015. >> plus, psy took over the world with "gangnam style." >> "gangnam style." >> whatever. i remember doing it one time, but you haven't seen anything yet. just wait until we show you his newest video. and holiday season savings. the surprising places you're spending the most money and how to stop these bad habits. but, first, these messages. but, first, these messages. on your medicare look part d prescriptions. at walgreens, we call that "carpe med diem." that's almost latin for "seize the day to get more out of life and medicare part d." from one-dollar copays on select plans... now reward points on all prescriptions,
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sophia wins among girls. this is the sixth straight time for that. >> wow. >> there are some surprising trends. get this. instagram is influencing newspapers. more parents are naming their kids after filters like lux. >> really. >> up 75%. >> valencia, 26%. >> the royals are always popular. the name royalty jumped 90%. >> chris brown named his kid royalty i think. i think that's part of what it's popular. >> duchess, always have to do an ego check, matthew, i'm sorry, you're down 15%. dylan for girls, on the rise, my friend. >> never been on the girls' list. >> savannah breaks even and tamron and sheinelle. >> that's a zero. >> our names are -- >> sheinelle and tamron are made-up names. >> my mom is sheila and my dad
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is darnel. >> good, because lux isn't a made-up name. >> lux is like my parents had their first date in cameron, texas, so that's where tamron came from. >> thank god they weren't in hobo, texas. >> i think it's because of you. >> you're a trend setter. >> that's very cool. >> any reason to pick up a picture of vale. >> let's go on, you bad at giving gifts? >> i feel like i am. >> you give nice gifts. if you know someone who is, "the wall street journal" analyzed several studies to come up with a gift-giving tips for this year. first, forget stocking stuffers. people tended to appreciate gifts less when they were bundled were smaller items. >> interesting. >> next, you absolutely should give to charity, but you may be overestimating how much people appreciate a donation made in their names. some say they would prefer a simple travel mug. again, keep giving to charity,
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just not in other people's names. and finally be careful what you give the men in your life. one study found that when men didn't like a gift they started to view a relationship negatively, but for women it was the opposite. >> wow. >> a gift good or bad did not affect them. this is not right. this is not correct. >> opposite day? >> not correct. >> you would disagree with that. i feel like for women gifts are often more emotionally significant and braided with meaning and men are like, oh, whatever. >> a thoughtful note in a card. >> if you get a bad gift, do you see a relationship differently? >> i don't know. >> why would you think -- why would you think i like this. >> you tonight know me. you tonight know me. the gift saul wrong. >> don't send your tweets to me. we all agree. next we know what it's like to live in a noise building. how about living next to a noisy building. take a look.
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>> i want to say ohm. the architect has apologized for that noise. apparently it's caused by winds rushing over the building's glass blades and it makes that sound when it's windy. >> i love it sitting here in the studio. >> would you want to hear that all the time? >> no. it sounds like "star wars." they can say this is the buildup to darth saider. >> sounds like the tibetan bowl kind of. >> by the way, you live next door to it. >> the architect lives in the top floor of the building. >> really. >> for 50% off i'd deal with it. >> exactly. new to gwen stefani's emotional performance on "the voice" and michael buble's holiday gift for advance. sheinelle, "pop start." >> gwen stefani is winning rave reviews after her emotional performance monday night on "the voice." ♪ i used to love you ♪ i don't know why i cried
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♪ i won't, i won't, i don't know why i used to love you ♪ ♪ i don't, i don't, i don't >> gwen singing "us aed to love you" written after her split from gavin rossdale. blake told "access hollywood" he was proud of gwen for performing the song. man who gave us the massive hit known as "gangnam style," you remember psy. "gangnam style" now has more than 2 billion views, so what will psy do for an encore. >> reporter: here's the new song he just dropped called "daddy." ♪ hey, where did you get that body from ♪ ♪ where did you get that body from ♪ ♪ i got it from my daddy ♪ i got it from my daddy >> listen. >> i am locking myself in a room right now. >> i'm instantly obsessed with it. >> here's the deal. the video went up overnight. >> can't wait to see matt do that dance. >> just get ready because it's going to happen. 5 million views. he has a hard time topping it
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but he's trying. >> he said where did you get a bod? i get it from my daddy. anyway. >> special treat for you this morning. michael special. here on nbc. it's called christmas in hollywood. and guess who is here this morning? good morning to you! >> good morning. >> i'm so in love with you in a healthy way. >> happy holidays. >> congratulations! >> i was hiding behind the television. this is the second time -- once oprah had me hide in a bathroom for a few hours. >> well, how are you feeling going into this? do you feel pressure to top yourself or excited to do it again? >> no, i'm excited. it's a blast. with what's going on in the world right now, not to get down, i think it's nice to have a chance to take people on an escape. and this holiday season, we need it. >> the best tradition of the specials i watched -- you're much younger than i am, but peri combo and bob home and bing crosby and johnny cash used to do specials. were you aware of the history? >> i aware of the history that
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much, but the music is obviously something important to me. being a new dad and having a kid that can't wait for santa claus, it's brought even a bigger joy into it for me. as a parent, it sort of just gives a new sense of how great the holiday can be. >> you've got the little one and another little one onhe way. >> yes, i do, yes. >> we look forward to it. you can catch michael bu buble's christmas in holiday. >> of quick check of the it's sa sunny start around the bay. 40s outside right now. a few high clouds moving into the afternoon. any shower chances at least for today should stay off to the north bay in areas north mainly to the north of sonoma county. north bay and tri-valley will see mid 60s in the forecast
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before thursday, some big changes. the wind and rain return. skies clear for friday. and that's your latest forecast. matt? >> all right, dylan, thank you very much. this week on today's hassle-free holiday season savings, we're bringing tips to help you curb your bad spending habits. the first steps, admitting you have a spending problem and identifying why you're overspending and where your money is going. >> if this sounds a little too familiar, and this looks a little too familiar, it may be time for a spending reality check. we asked our viewers to come clean about reasons they overspend. and the response was overwhelming. there were this and that spenders. >> $78.28 at outback steakhouse. a student loan payment for $28.74. something from rite aid for $7.99. >> technology gurus. >> i always seem to need and want to have the latest technological gadget. there is my ipod.
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there is another ipod. there is a third ipod never opened. there is a digital camera, never opened. >> and a shopoholic or two. >> retail therapy is something i have turned to in the past to feel better. >> i have a shopping problem. here are my receipts from shopping. i alphabetize them in catalog folders, as you can see, they're a mess. so while retail therapy may not do your bank account any favors, it's not the biggest weight on your wallet. according to a recent bank survey, restaurants were the top culprit in american overspending. followed by coffee dates or lunches. and you guessed it, shopping. in fact, half of all those surveyed admitted to indulging on impulse purchases regularly. the age group most likely to shop until they drop, millennials. so even though there is a time and place for this -- >> clothes. treat yourself. fragrances. treat yourself. massages. treat yourself. fine leather goods. >> treat yourself. >> 'tis the season to curb your
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spending enthusiasm and give your bank account a breather before the holidays. the big question now, how do you kick the overspending habit? that's a good question. retailers clamoring for your money. what is the secret? jean chatzky is today's financial editor. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> you have the aspirational spenders, the life happens spenders. they have things that come up. you've got tips for the people who spend just because. let's start. >> first tip, road blocks. you need things in your way so that you think about it before you spend. so don't save your credit card info online. make yourself type it in every single time. wrap a reminder around your credit card. if you want to go to hawaii, wrap a picture of that beach so you think about it. tell somebody what you're trying to do. your buddy, your wife. >> you need help. >> yeah. help me. don't let me spend. and i'm subscribed from the e-mails and get out those apps. yesterday we said get on them so you can find the sales. today get off. >> when we talk to people about why they're over spending, they have a lot of different reaches.
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what are the biggest culprits? >> food. top of the list, all of the time. one in three people spends $2,600 a year they don't need to be spending just at the grocery store. so if you're one of those people, make sure you shop your pantry before you go to the store. and just -- chew gum while in the store so you get rid of those smells. listen to your own music. their music slows you down. >> swipe for here. i want to look at a couple other tips you have here. what's the one in, one out rule? >> before you buy that next pair of pants, that next ipod, get rid of one. sell it. use the money to fund that new purchase. also, if you know you've got one thing that is just so high on your list that you have to have it, give yourself $20 a week, $50 a week, whatever makes sense to -- and make a no-cost plan so that you go for a run instead of going shopping if you feel like you're getting emotional. >> keep that 30-day list. good tips to avoid overspending during the holidays. jean, as always, thanks.
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>> thanks. >> for more spending tips, head to and coming upi'm ... today -- so city leaders will unviel ei good tuesday morning. it's 8:26. today san francisco city leaders set to keep the super bowl from being a nightmare. there is a free village on market street and the nfl experience. the plan is expected to volume bus routes as well as detours for cars on city streets. also additional transportation will be added over the nine day to two week period. the super bowl is only a couple of months away on february 7th. hopefully mike is prepping for that. in the meantime, we will try with the next half an hour to talk with mike and find out what
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the traffic routes are looking like this morning. we will send it back to "today" and a shot of san francisco on a chilly tuesday morning. more updates in a half an hour.
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♪ we're back now 8:30 on a tuesday morning. you know what. it's the 1st day of december. 25 days until christmas. >> good morning. >> and a little rain on the plaza this morning. but look things are brightening up with leann rimes and she is here to sing some holiday music for us. nice to have her here. >> love having her here.
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>> and we know kids love getting presents but how do you get them to be generous, grateful, and understand the true spirit of giving. we'll have some tips for parents who are facing this holiday season and hoping to raise some kind kids. >> and beth sterns is here with a look at the next chapter in the story of yoda, no, not that one. >> this is an animal lover through and through. we'll talk to beth in a little while. first, let's go to dylan with a special guest. >> well, guys, it is the season of giving. it is giving tuesday, and i am joined by arguably one of the busiest men in show business, nick cannon is here. >> yes. >> and you're talking a giving spree with the salvation army. what is that all about? >> absolutely. if you go to we've been doing, it giving our red kettle reasons why we're giving back and now we have the
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top five finalists that are actually getting ready for a big shopping spree for kids all over for the salvation army to have toys under the holiday tree >> the salvation army does so much to help people in need. >> yes. >> how can people at home help out with this whole thing? >> obviously you go to and out shopping see the red kettles donate because it will make somebody's holiday better. >> and you'll join us in the 9:00 hour? >> i will. i will be here. >> we'll talk all the things that you have going on. >> outstanding. >> awesome. >> thank you so much. as for the weather across the country, today it is going to be a little bit rainy in the northeast and heavier rain down across the southeast. snow is likely through the upper midwest, especially minnesota where we could have another 4 to 6 inches of snow. windy behind the system. rain up and down the east coast, heavy at times, up to 3 inches of rain is possible, and tomorrow night it's christmas in rockefeller center. it's not going to be the best night, but don't let that stop you. we are kicking off the holiday
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season with the tree lighting here in rockefeller center. rain is likely. temperature about 56 degrees, but the rain and the clouds keeps temperatures in the mid-30s so it's not going to snow unless you w a cool start early this morning. 30s and 40s outside. a few high clouds passing by from time to time today. unlike yesterday, shower chances for the next two days staying off to the north. our temperatures trying to trend a little bit warmer. not so much today but i think tomorrow, mid 60s in more the reach for places like the south bay. upper 50s in san francisco. into the north bay, highs in the upper 50s. see the highs, warmest of the week for tomorrow. the rain and wind return for your thursday.
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goods and empowers them that they can make a difference. >> and we're joined now by dana kaplan, author of "the gratitude diaries." good morning. >> good morning. >> seems like toys the perfect time to have the conversation with your kid and kind of the hardest because christmas can so often be focused on gift
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getting, not gift giving. >> right, and one of the things that's so important is indeed for kids to feel grateful in their own lives because when they appreciate what they have, that's the way they can start to want to be giving and kind to other people, too. >> you've got these three steps centered on how to get your kids feeling and talking about gratitude. number one is do just, that talk about what you're thankful for. >> talk to your kids about it. we're all so good about complaining, about what went wrong. how about if at dinnertime someone says something that went right in the day and before bed, have the child, even the smallest one say what happened that day that they were grateful for. make it part of every day. stop to appreciate a pretty snowfall and just make appreciation part of their lives. >> another tip you give is to give kids a bigger view. what do you mean by that? >> whether kids know what they see in their own lives, they know mom and dad give them food and a home. not such a big leap to assume mom and dad are also supposed to give them lego sets and iphones so let me see a bigger world,
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let them know there are people out there not as lucky as they are. >> and i like your final tip, leading by exam. appreciate your kid. >> to raise grateful kids be grateful for our kid. we love our kid. how often do we tell them we appreciate how terrific we are. we can tell them what her doing wrong. just tell them what they are doing right and say, boy, i'm so grateful to be your mom. >> i feel like this conversation we're kind of talking about the little ones and we're talking about the tweens and the teens, does this change? do you give a little different advice for that generation? >> i think kids who grow up with gratitude keep that, but, sure. teenagers are a little bit different because sometimes they want to be able to do things themselves so they are grateful for what their parents can do, and they are a little bit resentful. one young woman i spoke to for my book said, you know, guilt outweighs the gratitude. would i rather be able to be more independent so i think as parents realize that, they can be a little bit more generous with their teenagers and no teenager every became more grateful by saying you're so
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ungrateful. >> that doesn't work. you say use social media, too. explain. >> right. when your kids do something great, when the family decides to donate and when your kids volunteer, brag about it and use social media for a positive -- gratitude and giving are contagious so tlaet be an example for them and other people too. >> have a nice ripple effect. janice kaplan, thanks so much. thanks to all of our "today" parenting team and join that conversation at let's send it over to sheinelle. >> thank you. in the spirit of giving tuesday our sponsor johnson's is partnering with save the children, an organization dedicated to helping kids reach their full potential. here's the deal. you can give back by simply uploading a baby photo to a donate a photo app using t the #somuchmore, you, one of your kids, any child in your life and for every photo shared johnson's will donated $3 to provide resources for early childhood development, reaching up to $150,000.
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look at these, a few of our own baby photos for inspiration. here's little matt and savannah. we have baby dylan and tamron, and here i am. these are a lot of fun and now we want to see our pictures so head to for more information on how to take part. matt, you were a cute baby. >> all right. sheinelle. thank you very much. up next, beth stern on her love of kittens and a brand new book "yoda is back." we'll find out what's happening with yoda, but, first, this is "today" on nbc.
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all right. we're back now. 8:40 with actress, model and animal right activist beth stern and her newest children's book is "yoda gets a buddy" based on her and her husband's real life experience fostering pets. >> i'm not an actress, by the
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way. >> don't ever hire me. >> who are your friends here? >> current fosters. we have 18 fosters in our house right now, plus our six resident cats. yes, i've turned crazy, but i've found them all homes already. >> i don't know crazy is in the eye of the beholder. spent a lot of time at your home with you and howard. practice what you preach would be the way i put it. >> thank you. >> and you're very good at this because when people come to your house you're very smart, a room dedicated to these kittens. never take guests in there until late in the evening. >> when everybody is drunk. >> because you know you would never get them out of there if you put them in there early in the evening. where did this start for you? >> growing up my family was all about animals. we've rescued animals our entire lives. cats i feel need help. work at the shelter on a regular basis. i feel like there's so many cats in shelters. i wanted my husband and i to start doing this and make cats
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cool. >> you found a way to take this passion, and it is a true passion, and also use it to raise money and also entertain this children's book now, this new yoda book. >> yeah. >> is the follow-up to the last one. >> right. >> and we talked about that here on the show. what's happening to yoda now. >> yoda, the story of our cats and kitten, yoda was in heart failure miraculously cured for his love and a true merial in the foster room. because i'm in the foster room day in and day out and miracles happen. we had a foster who had both of his eyes removed due to a severe infection and you met him. howard named him buddy. in the foster room for a lot longer than the other kittens because he needed to heal. kittens came in and bullying going on and buddy accepted the one kitten that looked kind of funny. he had a big wound so i think he smelled kind of funny in reality and he welcomed him and all
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people saw cool buddy loving the other kittens and it was a story i had to share with children. >> it's messages and lessons you can move on to humans as well, animals. i should also mention that all the proceeds go to a great cause. >> 100% goes to north shore animal league north america. >> i was thinking about you and howard, i know you both pretty well. you have a lot of differences. you're not the same in every way, but what i think makes you the same two the same is when you both get passionate about something, you go all in. >> yeah. >> you with animals and him with photography and parenting now. do you think that's what's behind the chemistry? >> you know what, yeah, maybe. something interesting to think about, but i have to say howard is all in with my work, my rescue work and my devotion to animals. he's in the foster room with me, matt, cleaning litter boxes and letting them crawl through his hair and he's right there and as devoted and allow this to happen in his house. >> and he just decided he's not going back to "america's
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talent." >> the more time. >> for me and the kittens. >> you looking forward to that. >> i've been wanting this to be over for a while. it took up his entire summer and now i have my howard back. >> the new book is wonderful called "yoda gets a buddy" and it's out today. beth, thanks. happy holidays. >> happy holidays. and she will be up later with kathie lee and hoda and up next, leann rimes gets you in the spirit with a very special performance but first on this tuesday morning, this is "toda e a bow and arrow ♪
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♪ a broken guitar ♪ while the rainwater washes away ♪ ♪ who you are ♪ we go over the mountains ♪ and under the stars ♪ we go over the mountains ♪ and under the stars [♪] this is fun. grammy award winner leann rimes has penned a new holiday favorite "today is christmas" written especially for us, actually our first official christmas song. >> we've been singing it all
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time, the tuitele track on her brand new christmas album called "today is christmas." leann, take it a. ♪ today, today, today, today, today is christmas ♪ ♪ if we live it like, live it like, live it like, like every day is ♪ ♪ today, today, today, today, today it christmas ♪ ♪ if we live it like, live it like, live it like, like every day is ♪ ♪ why does it take the holidays to make us go, jingle jim angel ♪ ♪ we don't need the snow ♪ the twinkling lights will go, jingle, jim angel ♪ ♪ it only takes a little spark to ignite and you'll go, jingle, jim angel ♪ ♪ so grab the one you love and hold on to them tight and go,
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jingle, jim angel ♪ ♪ today, today, today, today, today is christmas ♪ ♪ if we live it like, live it like, live it like, like every day is ♪ ♪ today, today, today, today, today is christmas ♪ ♪ if we live it like, live it like, live it like, like every someday ♪ ♪ down in your pocket and you got something to give that goes, jingle, jim angel ♪ ♪ down in your heart go make some room so you can forgive and go, jingle, jim angel ♪ ♪ we heard it said that an angel gets its wings when we go, jingle, jim angel ♪ ♪ what are we waiting for, let's shake every doggone thing that goes, jingle, jim angel ♪
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♪ today, today, today, today, today is christmas ♪ ♪ if we live it like, live it like, live it like, like every day is ♪ ♪ ♪ today is christmas ♪ today, today, today, today, today is christmas ♪ ♪ if we live it like, live it like, live it like, like every day is ♪ ♪ if we live it like, live it like, live it like, like every day is ♪ >> all right. leann rimes, thank you so much. we'll chat with leann in just a moment, but, first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we just heard her sing and now we'll chat with leann rimes. happy holidays. >> thank you. >> the we have all been not complaining, but we can't get it out of our ear. >> the jingle jim angel thing, almost annoying to me now because oh, my god, i'm the same way. walking around going, jingle, jim angel. make it stop! >> i find myself carrying this.
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>> can't sneak up on anybody. >> we were in your video. tell us about the matt lauer solo. >> oh, my gosh. >> you guys got him and pranked him a little bit. >> yes. >> the only one that had a solo. >> he did. >> and he's been practicing. >> he was so good once he found out he was prank. he got into it. you rocked it out. >> i was a little aggravated at first. >> wait a minute. i've got a solo and next to leann rimes, this is very cool. were there very awful outtakes in that video? >> no. >> nothing was awful. you were fantastic. >> that was fun. that really was. >> what did you do for thanksgiving? did you have some fun? >> we were in montana with eddie's boys and it was really nice. i mean, the kids are great and to be with family like that before i had to kind of just go into this craziness of touring and every. it was nice. >> you're starting a tour, was it next year? >> no, no. we're starting next week.
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>> oh, yeah. >> this week, sorry. >> we're starting in washington actually and going all the way down the west coast. man, this is like sneaking up on me. oh, yeah. just a few days from now. we're touring the whole record and it's a whole christmas extravaganza. >> it will be fun. >> the family gets to go along. >> they will be there hopefully a couple of days. the kids are still in school so right up until christmas so hopefully they will come out for christmas. >> a pleasure to be part of your song. >> thanks for doing it and being such good sports. >> are you kidding. we've arrived. >> okay. >> i go up to people and say have you seen my music video? >> okay. >> did you see my solo? >> you can find her new album right now on itunes and at target. she will have more holiday music a little later on in the show. >> no one sings this great this early in the morning. >> oh, thank you. >> let's get some special birthday wishes. willard scott is on duty. hey, willard. >> we've got you, new york. got our birthdays standing by. esther sloan of coal springs, kentucky, 100 years old today,
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and she says her secret to longevity pinto beans. live forever. florene watkins from youngstown, ohio, home of the warners brothers. did you know that. bugs bunny comes from that town. anyway, 100 years old today. loves to go camping, loves camping. >> dick downing of venice, florida, the circus and everything in that area, 100 years old today. loves to read mystery novels. bill balyeat from traverse, city, missouri, 100 years old. a photographer and will take your picture while you're standing still. that's all for right now. please don't go away. we've got some winners. >> all right, willard. thank you. coming up, spike lee. >> oh, awesome. >> and a lot more ahead, but, first, a look at your local news and weather. >> jingle, jim angel, one more time, come on, please. i'm ... san francisco police
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could start their new body me good tuesday morning. it's 8:56. san francisco police could start their new body camera program next month. for today a call for transparency and accountability. activists want to voice their concerns about the program before police leaders make a final decision on the rules tomorrow. they worry the police can review the body cam video before submitting their reports. starting today, people that need to recover stolen cars in san
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francisco will be paying a lot less money to do it. under a new policy, those with a police report proving their car was stolen will get a 48-hour break. the policy does not affect those who get towed because of street parking violations. it's kind of a chilly start to the morning. more on that in 25 minutes. come on in pop pop. happy birthday. i just had a heart attack... and now i have a choice. for her. for them. and him. a choice to take brilinta. a prescription for people who've been hospitalized for a heart attack. i take brilinta with a baby aspirin more than 100 mg. as it affects how well it works. it's such an important thing to do to help protect against another heart attack. brilinta worked better than plavix. and even reduced the chances of dying from another one.
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♪ this morning on today's take, leann rimes has a merry christmas medley. and find out how nick cannon is on a giving spree. and spike lee on his new film that has everyone talking. coming up now. ♪ from nbc news, this is today's take with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning, december 1st, 2015. a beautiful crowd out there to say hello. i'm here, tamron, along with my girl dylan, and look who we
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have, "extra's" aj calloway helping us out this morning while natalie and al are on assignment. you say -- i feel like a slacker. somebody has to hold down the fort. >> your fort is in trouble. >> yeah. holding down the fort. >> we like that you're here and i love dylan's song pick, jam of the morning, "sound and color" by alabama shakes. >> alabama shakes is so incredible. i saw them last february when i went to "saturday night live." and i was like, what is this? oh, my god. and the sound that comes out of their mouth is incredible. and this song is just -- it's popular right now because -- part of a commercial. and every time i hear it -- just zone out. >> it's good. when they performed at snl, i wasn't lucky enough to be there because getting a ticket even if you work here -- to give your first born, a pint of blood, secret handshake. so i thought i would buy tickets for their concert. they were in concert here in new
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york. that didn't work out either. so the closest i've gotten to alabama shakes is a hand shake. so aj, you agreed to hang out with me and dylan. >> i did. >> you watch the take every day, right? >> i do watch you all of the time. i do! i text you and you don't respond after i see you do things on the show. and i'm like, i liked that. that was interesting. >> yes. is it awkward now? >> yeah. >> no, okay. -- >> but you did invite me, so thank you. >> dylan and i discussed -- we had a list of men that we wanted on the show. >> alphabetically, you were at the top. >> that usually happens. >> so we didn't even make it past a. j. >> thank you. >> i just found out that we grew up in the same town. in new jersey. >> yeah, i was born there. >> yeah, he was -- >> what's the town? >> freehold. >> freehold, new jersey and i was right on the border.
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>> went to high school with bruce springsteen. >> they dated, right? >> ooh. >> that was the rumor. >> really early in the morning, i like this. >> there was a rumor started by matt lauer. >> yeah. >> and it made my story so much cooler. >> and you have two beautiful daughters. >> i do have two daughters. >> so they're amy belle and ava claire. that's their beautiful family there. >> and my wife deion. >> and your wife deion. >> patient and amazing woman. >> she is. an amazing woman, without a doubt. >> tell me about the girls. >> they are absolutely adorable. amy belle calloway, abc and acc. avis claire calloway. >> so close to christmas. >> my wife's birthday is december 18th. my daughter's birthday is january 1. and christmas falls in between. >> ooh. >> it's going to be rough. i'm august 29th. >> so they don't remember -- it's all about the ladies. the latter part of the year. >> yeah.
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you've got to save up for the end of the year. fourth quarter, december. >> i'm cutting out starbucks, i'm not buying anything for myself. so what's the christmas plan? what's the plan? because you're a big cook. you love a good party. >> i do love to cook. i was actually down in virginia with my wife's family and i deep fried two turkeys. >> isn't that the best? >> it's amazing. >> i love deep fried turkey. >> it's a religion where i'm from. >> and i season it. it's intense. >> usually -- >> christmas i'm going to smoke. >> did you bring anything? >> tamron is throwing me -- do you see that bus that i'm being thrown over? >> she brought ice cream, john cena gives us tickets for his match. >> i'm under the bus. >> so you're with "extra" so give us the hollywood scoop. >> hollywood scoop? >> yeah. >> i will always take hollywood scoops, yes. and i usually will wait until 7:00 and watch tonight, but -- >> okay.
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i just came back from berlin for the world premier of "hunger games" with jennifer lawrence and the entire cast. at the after party, me and jennifer talked about the movie that's she's doing with amy. amy schumer. >> schumer. they're best friends. >> they are. >> so that's real. they're not -- >> that is beyond real. that is beyond real. and the film that -- well, they're showing "hunger games" now. that is unbelievable. >> i haven't seen it yet. >> no, it's the best one of the franchise. >> really? >> the best one in the franchise. it is absolutely incredible. >> what is she like? i've never had -- i've never met her, have you met her? >> no. >> she is one of the coolest people ever. you would get along with her. both of you all. amazingly. she is really cool, down to earth. that's one thing i love about her. she doesn't put on the airs. she is extremely successful but so down to earth and cool. and that's why i think she is going to continue to rise as an amazing star. >> love that. >> yeah. >> clearly on her christmas
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list. >> the film she's working on with amy schumer, it's a jennifer lawrence you do not know yet. i will leave it there. >> more of a comedy. >> very dirty comedy. >> because i told dilylan, i watched "train wreck" on the plain this sunday. and there was an 8-year-old child with her mother on the side of me, so there was like an angle. and there was a john cena scene at the beginning, if you've seen the movie you know. and i started to slowly move my eyes. as if i was watching. and i started scooting over. but i can't stop watching and the kid -- i'm like, okay, just -- >> this new movie is something you won't watch on a plane either. >> no, that's probably pg in comparison to what i have heard. >> ooh, j-law goes dirty. we'll see what happens. you're a big music fan, we both know prince very well. you love prince too. >> i adore -- no pun intended. i love prince. >> all right. >> i don't send him pictures in
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the morning of what i'm wearing. >> oh, you do watch. >> you do watch. >> i do watch. >> girl code, dylan. >> no comment. wait, i'm going to sip my tea. >> supposed to talk -- spotify. >> top artist songs for 2015. most streamed artist of 2015 was drake. >> really? >> the hot line bling? >> the hot line bling. i like that. ♪ drake is an amazing artist. he's really taken over the airwaves. so i can understand why that is the most streamed. most streamed female of 2015. any guess? >> right there. >> dylan? >> you can read it off there. >> is it rihanna? ♪ it is rihanna. and she's probably my favorite place on earth, barbados. i go to barbados every year for cropover. >> what's cropover?
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a festival? >> it's a carnival. and rihanna is an amazing artist. >> winter is over and dylan has been assigned -- >> do you want me to give you something right now? >> yeah. >> i'm inviting you all to cropover with me. i will take care of you. you come to cropover with me. look -- people -- i give. i give something extra. >> i'm concerned, because i've seen pictures of rihanna. do you wear -- you wear nothing. it's like carnival. >> it's carnival. i was with her in cropover this year. a little paint. >> i don't know about -- >> we have to talk to natalie. i'll figure it out. >> i don't know if i'm cool enough. >> you could do it. look, you can handle it. >> okay. all right. you know what, we have the most streamed song of 2015. i don't -- i feel bad, because i don't know this song. >> what? >> i wonder if you've heard it. ♪ . >> you know this song. >> oh! i didn't know it until i heard it. >> lean on. oh, that's -- ♪
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>> okay. >> that's a great song. >> that's a great song. >> all right. so you know what else we have? this is an amazing story of generosity that we have been talking about. this couple, they choose to remain anonymous. they dropped a $500,000 check into the salvation army red kettle outside a grocery store in rosemount, minnesota, 20 miles outside minneapolis. the red cross, they know who the people are -- the couple. but the couple has decided, which i love, to remain anonymous. they say that they relied on discarded food from a local grocery store as a young couple and now they can afford -- and i would say afford, to help other people. $500,000. >> that is beautiful. >> and anonymously. it means it's all about giving. >> right. no airs, we don't want any publicity. with your kids, how do you teach them, because we're talking about giving tuesday. how do you teach them to be
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generous children? >> to give back? i donate a lot of my time all of the time and this is actually the first thanksgiving -- i usually deliver meals with my fraternity to elderly people throughout new jersey. so we go north and east orange and hand to hand to deliver the meals and this year a lot of them brought their families. and it's beautiful. every year i'm going to bring my girls, and you know, deliver the meals. it's all about giving back. >> so maybe we'll join you there, and -- >> there you go. >> for vacation. because it's getting chilly a lot of places and we need to go to cropover with you. what's going on, dylan? >> before we get there, can i say it's my husband's birthday? i just want to throw that in. he is turning the big 29. he has not even hit 30 years yet. >> break into song. >> happy birthday? >> i don't sing. i need to get to the weather. but i just had to throw that in. >> happy birthday. >> happy 29th birthday. and looking at the weather across the country, we are looking at a little bit of snow, especially through northeastern
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minnesota. some wrap-around moisture, too. the whole storm system is fizzling out. we'll see 4 to 6 inches near duluth but it's on the back side where we'll get gusty winds. rain is a big story. 3 inches in appalachian and western north carolina, northern georgia. so watch out for the potential of flash after a cool start, seeing temperatures in the 40s and 50s outside, and a lot more sunshine right now than 24 hours ago. we had some light rain showers. all that moisture will continue to stream off to the north just a few passing high clouds over the next couple of days. and temperatures starting to climb up a little bit as we head toward the middle part of the week. near 60 today in san jose. upper 50s around san francisco. and into the north bay and tri-valley. tomorrow, we hit the mid 60s. that's before the rain and wind return for you thursday and skies clear again on friday. and that's your latest forecast. a picture of dylan's husband here. thank you very much. happy birthday! up next, it is giving tuesday,
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the actor is part of the nbc family as host of the hit reality competition, "america's got talent." talent." >> you'll also be seeing him in the new spike lee film alongside jennifer hudson, samuel l. jackson and angela bass. >> and he's helping underprivileged kids this holiday season and is here on behalf of our sponsor, salvation army. nick, good to see you. >> good morning. >> congratulations on this giving tuesday. >> thank you. >> everything you've got going on and you take a pause to be part of the salvation army effort to help so many people who need it this time of year. >> absolutely. i mean, i've been a true believer. to much is given much is required and especially during the holiday season. you know. we all want to put our red kettle reason of why, you know, we do what we do for the holidays and why we give back. you know, we're getting ready for this big shopping spree for underprivileged kids and people
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to have a better holiday season and top five finalists bringing out here to new york city. >> phenomenal. >> sound like fun. >> real cool. >> and speaking of how busy you are. you watched "shiraq" and talk about a transformation. >> what do you mean? >> there's "america's got talent" nick cannon and the shiraq nick cannon. what was it like being in the film? >> the first thing, our great director spike lee before he told meet story line or plot line, said he wanted to save lives in the south side of chicago. i'm in 100% and when you see the artistic approach where he took, you know, from over 2,000 years ago into modern day chicago, it's a real beautiful piece of art. >> tamron is asking about your workout routine. >> let's face it. see you, always happy and this is the truth. every time you see nick a smile
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on his face and very dapper and know that side of you and this character in addition to being very intense, you were in the gym a lot. like you're buffing out in that suit. >> all the tattoos are real. a lot going on in the suit. >> do you recognize yourself in him? >> look at that. >> we have different sides of the coin, you know. >> it's like an onion, layers. >> layers and layers. >> largs of a -- layers of abs >> you're making me blush. >> you're in new york. >> amazing. spike knows how to bring it together and a lot of fun and people coming out and the film comes out this week so we're really excite sfld what do you think of simon cowell joining the team over at "america's got talent." >> first of all, always been there, the creator of the show, the boss and now he's going to jump into the seat where he always wanted to be in the first place because when you think about it he's on "britain's got talent ".
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>> the a nice simon or a hard simon? >> is there ever a nice simon? kind of always to the point. i feel like that judging seat has always been like the real harsh to the point honest. you had piers morgan, howard stern and now simon. i think he has to be that guy, and he's guy who created that guy. he is that guy. >> he's the original meany on all the shows. real quick with the kids. saw cute pictures on instagram of you and rock 'n' roll for the christmas season. >> doing a lot of cool stuff. obviously we had thanksgiving so that was amazing, and the personalities all over the place and they were helping me deejay at halo awards, so they are doing their thing at 4 years old. already taking over. >> you work very hard and now the kids are working hard. >> they have to. it's in the family. >> nick cannon, thank you so much for being here and all you're doing with the salvation army, too. up next, today and every day is christmas for leann rimes who is celebrating the season with a new holiday album. we'll catch up with the grammy winner right after this.
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singer and songwriter leann rimes is out with a brand new album of holiday music. >> called "today is christmas" and is out right now. leann rimes, good morning. >> hi. >> thanks so much for being here. "jingle, jim angel" stuck in my head along with the sound of bel bells. >> i feel a little left out i didn't get the invite. >> next time. >> we expect you to do a christmas song every year now. >> which, i don't know -- today, tomorrow, yesterday, like do i just continue to write something like that. i don't know. we'll come up with something, i'm sure. >> i'm sure we could. >> got to be fun. you love christmas, don't you? >> i do. i don't know, my god parent and the my parents always like really celebrated the holidays. my god patients especially and i just kind of adopted that. it was really special for me, too, because i was always on the road so it was nice to -- that was the time of year i got to be home and grounded. >> so you start decorations right after halloween?
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>> yeah. >> i've gotten a lot of grief. >> this year for reason, people are really divided, you can either decorate like right after and before thanksgiving and people are adamant about you waiting and, yeah, people. >> the tree goes up? >> the tree -- the tree went up last week actually so it -- i've been a little busy, and we have definitely -- we love to decorate the tree with the kids and so it was the one time everybody was at home and we could do it so we waited a little later this year so it was maybe a little bit more appropriate. >> your place is ready for christmas. >> my wife is obsessed with christmas so the decorations go up right away. >> we'd get along so well. you come home to it, right? >> i come -- i just came back from atlanta and came home and ribbons up and little trees. wants another tree. she wants two trees. >> we have a picture of a santa. >> and a picture with santa. >> i did 'tis my country
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christmas and he drove by. i love doing that, so fun. >> anything special you want for this christmas? >> gosh, i don't know. i haven't even thought about it. >> no time. >> very busy right now. >> yeah. >> the yeah, no. i'm going to be on the road and touring for the next like two and a half weeks so my december is packed and all in a good way. really, really excited about the tour. >> you're going out to promote the new album. >> yes. we head out and start this on the 4th i think coming up in washington and going down the west coast this year. >> what do you love about hitting the road? >> i love the -- obviously the live experience is unlike any other. i mean, it's -- once you have experienced that, it's like it is almost like a drug, like you want -- you love being on stage and i've been doing it since i was a kid so it's always fun to go out and real kind of be able to play these songs for, you know, the people that have been listening live for them. that's the fun part of it. >> you'll sing another song for us in just a few minutes. >> absolutely. >> can't wait for that, but,
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with a snap, with zicam. breaking news in san francisco. a dump truck crash has good tuesday morning. i'm sam brock. we are following breaking news out of san francisco. a dump truck crash has blocked all lanes of 101 southbound right near the silver avenue off ramp. chp is reporting a cleanup of debris could take several hours. and the agency is warning drivers to expect about a three-hour closure of that segment of the highway. mike inouye is tracking for us. that includes 280. >> 280 is the preferred way. you have your tuesday traffic patte patterns. this is the jam from 80. that's the bay bridge. 101 south all the way to where they split. 280 getting out of san francisco is a much-needed drive.
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our speed censors showing no problem there. you can get on the surface streets. the boulevard on other side. as you get south of there, you can take 280 and back to 101. that will add some more mileage. much less of a headache. 101 is closed at the kconnecter. >> we're going to keep you updated on the cleanup process. thank you very much. a cold start to your day, but a modest warm-up under way. we'll have a look at that after the break.
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anchor/cu i'll have another local news update for you in hal a we're now seeing temperatures in the 40s outside. mostly sunny skies. our numbers overall running a little bit warmer than yesterday. about anywhere from two to seven degrees warmer. we had a lot of clouds. some light rain showers yesterday. most of that activity is going to head off to the north. there's a chance the north bay
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might see a stray shower, too. for temperatures today, finally seeing 60s on the board. a high near 60. upper 50s around san francisco into the north bay and tri-valley for today. temperatures should climb up a couple more degrees tomorrow. mid to upper 60s in the south bay ahead of that thursday storm system. you could see the peninsula and san francisco well into the 60 fernandezer wednesday. the warmest day of the week. wednesday not just the rain, but gusty winds to wake up to on thursday morning. the dry start to the weekend. >> right out of the way for the weekend and a tree-lighting ceremony. thank you very much. that's going to do it for us. we'll be back in 25 minutes.
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taking a look at the headlines, technology company v-tech says the personal information of about 5 million of its customers and their children may have been stolen by hackers. the company disclosed the breach late last week, but did not say how many people could be affected until monday. the affected database includes the names, birth dates and photos of children. v-tech makes a variety of popular tech-related toys, including tablets and smart watches. a government panel of doctors is stirring debate with a draft of updated recommendations about skin cancer screenings. the draft says there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against visual full-body screenings for melanoma. that recommendation does not apply to patients with a history or a high risk for skin cancer. the preventative services task
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force says there are potential harms that go along with screening, including unnecessary biopsies that can lead to scarring or other damage. hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world are gathering to debate the boundaries of human gene editing. it is letting scientists learn to rewrite the genetic code aiming to alter dna in ways that could erase disease-causing genes. there is plenty of debate on how far these experiments should go to fix only the sick or make changes that future generations could inherit. and good eating habits can sometimes fall by the wayside this time of year. but dieticians have several tips for avoidinging holiday weight gain. eat before going to a party so you don't fill up on fatty foods, choose a smaller plate and take small servings of food you really want. don't eat standing up because
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it's hard to keep track of what you're eating while on your feet. who knew? it's time to play the name game. here are the top baby names of the year, courtesy of the folks at baby for boys, jackson is top for the third year. that's followed by aiden and liam. for girls, sophia wins again for the sixth straight time. emma was second. and olivia was third. i love all of those names. another name we love, dylan. and she is here with a check of the weather. i'll shimmy out. >> never on any list. it's -- i love it, though. we are looking at some pretty messy weather, especially across the northern plains in the upper midwest. this area of low pressure is producing snow in minnesota. rain across the southeast, heavy for the appalachians with up to 6 inches of rain total between the rain we saw yesterday and the rain we'll see through wednesday. freezing fog also an issue through parts of oklahoma. keep that in mind.
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the roads could be icy. tomorrow we'll see a little bit of lake-effect snow. the rain heaviest across the southeast with spotty showers across the northeast. even icy through parts of northern maine. and in the northwest, another storm system will make its way onshore that produces rain and mountain snow. for the tree-lighting in rockefeller center, 6:00, a little bit of rain. temperatures in the mid 50s and even by 9:00, spotty showers. some could be heavy. but we'll be in and out of the here we're going to see a two-day warm-up around the bay area. temperatures starting to be a little bit more mild. a high of 60 today in san jose. upper 50s in the north bay to san francisco and tri-valley temperatures climbing into the 60s today. mid 60s tomorrow. you can see across the bay area. then the rain returns on thursday. you can see rain generally less than a half-inch. parts of the north bay, once that thursday system clears, friday, temperatures climbing back into the 60s.
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and that's your latest forecast. the citi convert series on "today" is proudly presented t you by citi. >> grammy winning singer/songwriter leann rimes is getting us into the holiday spirit this morning. here she is singing a medley of her brand new album "today is christmas." ♪ ♪ have a holly jolly christmas, it's the best time of the year ♪ ♪ well, i don't know if there will be snow, but grab a cup of cheer ♪ ♪ have a holly jolly christmas ♪ and when you walk down the street ♪ ♪ say hello to friends you know and everyone you meet ♪ ♪ oh, ho, the mistletoe, hung
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where you can't see ♪ ♪ somebody waits for you, kiss them once for me ♪ ♪ have a holly jolly christmas ♪ and in case you didn't hear ♪ oh, by golly have a holly jolly christmas this year ♪ ♪ ♪ frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul ♪ ♪ with a corn cob pipe and button nose and two eyes made out of coal ♪ ♪ frosty the snowman had to hurry on his way ♪ ♪ well, he waved good-bye saying don't you cry ♪ ♪ i'll be back again, thumpity, thumpity, thump, thump, look at frosty go ♪ thumpity, thumpity, thump, thump, over the hills of ♪ ♪ oh, the mistletoe, hung where you can't see ♪
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♪ somebody waits for you, kiss them once for, kiss them once for me ♪ ♪ we will have a holly jolly christmas ♪ ♪ and in case you didn't hear ♪ oh, by golly have a holly jolly christmas this year ♪ ♪ ♪ this year >> thank you, leann and will be back with another song for kathie lee and hoda. the powerful new film taking on tough topic from the acclaimed director who never shies away director who never shies away from when the flu hits, it's a the aches. the chills. the fever. an even bigger deal? everything you miss out on... family pizza night. the big game.
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movies like "malcolm x" and "do the right thing" and has never shied away from subjects like race and politics. >> and now he's wrote and produced a new movie called "chiraq" based on an ancient greek play though this time it's about the modern day crisis in chicago. spike is here with us. good morning, good to see you. >> had your star nick cannon. >> yeah. >> on the cast, sam jackson. >> jennifer hudson. >> angela bassett. >> was this your dream cast because a lot of them have ties to chicago and also are activists less. >> especially jennifer, john cusack, so we got the people i wanted and everybody came through and from the get go we told people this film got to save lives with this film. that was the premise from the beginning. >> and it couldn't be more timely with the tape of laquan mcdonald that came out and everything that's happening in chicago right now. who did you make this film for? >> everybody, because i think
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gun violence affects all americans. sometimes we just think it's just in the hood, just black folks, but gun violence affects everybody in this country. >> the name of the film "chiraq," i lived in chicago for ten years and there's a lot of controversy behind that name and what did you want it to be the title? tell people what does it mean? >> the term "chiraq," local chicago rappers came with that term because they felt that chicago's west side, south side was more dangerous than iraq, so it's -- it's a mishmash of chicago and iraq. >> your career obviously speaks for itself, but you recently got a big award. it's called an oscar i think, the honorary oscar. you had sam jackson, denzel washington and wesley snipes, john singleton there as well. your entire family. >> right. >> your kids are both in college now. >> yes. >> what was that like to get that oscar?
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>> well, sam cook wrote a song. >> a great song. >> but i don't want to sing it though. >> well deserved. >> i was honored, and i really got a good shout-out to the president of the academy, african-american woman, whose agenda is really to bring diversity to the academy, to the voting members and everything else, so i'm almost humbled. >> you spoke about that in your acceptance speech. a lot of people talked about that afterwards. >> yeah. i said that -- that it's easier for african-americans, the black person, to be president of the united states and be president of a hollywood studio or tv network cable. >> well, you're in the afraid of controversy, but are you afraid of having an empty net? >> whoa, whoa, whoa, why is that controversial? >> i think it is because some people don't realize that and not ready to ingest that. >> controversy doesn't mean you're avoiding talking about it
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but certainly something people don't think about all the time. >> my sister, give me a hand. >> thank you. >> i'm just saying. >> i feel like i -- i get it. i've been black for a long time, for 45 years, i get it. >> i'm just saying. i think that people just word that word controversial and slap it on everything, controversial, controversial, controversial, controversial, you know. >> but sometimes it's applicable and true, right? >> you going to the knicks game sunday night? >> okay. >> i do have to bring up your kids because what people don't know and i know your wife very well, she's amazing. >> thank you. >> you have an empty nest. >> mm-hmm. >> what's the lee house like now with no children? are you getting on her nerves? are you making her not say controversy? >> here's the deal. well, my daughter satchel was an exchange student in france, in paris, so she flew the morning of the massacre, she flew from
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charles de gaulle airport to l.a. for the oscar. >> wow. >> so she left that morning, and my son, he goes to school -- the school is here in new york city so he's home all the time. >> so you don't have an empty nest because he's there all the time? >> not really, no. >> well, congratulations, spike. >> new york premiere. >> new york premiere. >> and we'll both be there. >> and i would like to say for the first time since 1986, we're not going to have a party. we're having a march tonight, an anti-gun and anti-violence march after the -- no party, no dancing, no drinking, we're going to mark. >> keep the focus. thanks so much, spike. the movie opens friday. up next, another friend of ours, the comedian who got president obama to kick back with him in a garage? yes, this man. marc maron after this. ♪
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he's a tv star, one of the best podcasters on the planet, and just saying, you know, okay human being. according to him. >> there's something between -- >> comedian marc maron. >> also the man who got president obama to sit down in a garage with him. now marc is about to debut a new stand-up special called "more later." >> the marc, good morning. >> hi. >> good to have you here. >> i'll talk to you, which of you? >> okay. >> we'll direct questions and you can i guess talk to whoever. so to start of course, i feel like -- and you've said yourself you have a river of rage running through you. >> yes. >> why so angry, what's wrong is. >> it's just something i nurture and maintain. i don't know if i'm really angry anymore but sometimes creativity comes from that and sometimes charm and sometimes intensity and sometimes, you know, pure rage which i try to avoid. i don't know who put it there, maybe my mom. installed early. >> there's a source somewhere. >> she loves this show. can i be nice to her for a
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minute. hi, mom, happy thanksgiving. i love you. how does that feel? >> has anyone made you mad today? >> today, maybe a little. no, not bad. nod bad today. but it happens very quickly and for no reason, and sometimes when you get angry for no reason, like if you're just waiting on line, starbucks or perhaps when a host comes up to you and say why are you twittering, why are you tweeting like that? >> who said that. >> what's wrong with your twitter followers, remember when that happened five minutes ago? >> your twitter followers are convinced that we have something going on. >> well, i thought we did, okay, and maybe it's -- >> oh. >> no? >> okay. >> i think we did that night. no, i'm kidding. >> whoa. >> i'm kidding, in garage, you know, you interviewed me. >> and knew girlfriend is like what's happening? >> no, no, just kidding. but you did get this that garage of yours president obama. >> yes. >> he just dropped by, casually dropped by. >> how does that happen for you? >> yeah. >> that's an interesting way to frame a question. >> i don't know.
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i guess -- i guess he felt like i needed some attention, you know, and he just took time from his national agenda. >> that's a huge fet for you. >> no, it was huge. >> for anyone. >> it was about a year in the making, sort of reached out and feeling whether he could do it and whether he wanted to do it and when it was happening it's happening. not a casual thing when the president comes over, like there was something i never thought i would have to do is ask my neighbor if it would be okay if we put some snipers on his roof. he was excited. >> true story? >> he's retired, too. yeah, let him. gave him a patch afterwards, and the president was very -- yeah, a little sniper patch, an official neighbor sniper helper. >> the interview is four minutes, it's over now. >> now you can get met. >> the special "later" premiers this friday on epic. >> yeah, good. >> we'll be back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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our annual toy drive could not be a success without generous contributors, and one them cindy monrow, the founder and president and ceo of 31 gifts. cindy, good morning. good to see you. >> good morning. >> got your kids here with you. >> i do. >> which is perfect because part of the donation tweens gifts, the hard-to-shop for crew. >> yes. >> and sometimes are forgotten. >> yes, we will be donating great products, lunch thermals, duffel bags to take over to their friends' house or on sporting events, zipper pouches, so over 150,000 teens and kids this holiday season. >> retail value over $32 million in gifts. >> well, that has been over like the last six years, yes. we just keep coming back for more. >> well, we love that. thank you so much. >> and let me bring my co-hosts in here, a.j. and dylan. thanks for filling in. appreciate it. >> it was fun.
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non-profits in the bay area get in on the holiday rush today. good morning, i'm scott mcgrew. there's a serious traffic problem. stick around, mike will tell us about that. in the meantime, it's giving back tuesday. non-profits in the bay area give back on "giving tuesday." the idea is to get people to think more about the needy over the holidays.
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charitable donors will hear pitches from 13 bay area non-profits in san francisco tonight. last year, #givingtuesday was seen over 750,000 times on twitter. temperatures this morning 30s and 40s. a little bit better than the freeze warning we had on monday. numbers close to 60 in san jose. upper 60s in san francisco and the north bay. about the same temperatures toward the tri-valley. i think it's tomorrow when you'll notice the temperatures climbing up. mid 60s around the south bay. north bay and east shore and tri-valley, but thursday we'll have wind and run and snow. skies clear again friday and to start the upcoming weekend. for a check of your morning commute, here's mike. >> chopper just removed from the scene. southbound 101 is completely closed because of a dump truck that turned over and spilled all of its debris on to the roadway below.
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that's the 101 freeway. so we're looking at the closure. you're going to take 280 out of san francisco and move over towards 380. we're hearing about basically noon so they can reopen those lanes. we'll follow this over the course of the morning. >> we will continue to update that. 101 closed for maybe three hours. back in a half-hour.
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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. hello, everybody! i'morry i am over there looking at the chicken schnitzel from donna. and it is boozeday tuesday, and one of hoda's favorite days. >> and i love this song, and this is almost a song that i chose for ihoda thursday, but i didn't. it has megan train for the in it


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