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local news update. >> you can join us for nbc bay area news at 11:00. we leave you with an iconic shot of the golden gate bridge. now to the debate performance last night. good morning. jeb bush go at it on the las vegas strip. >> you're never going to be president of the united states by insulting your way. >> i'm at 42 and you're at 3. i'm doing better. >> doesn't matter. >> you started offver here, jeb. you're moving over further and further. pretty soon you're going to be off the edge. >> trump's proposed muslim ban a hot topic along with a new one. how he wants to shut off parts of the internet. this morning the highs and lows of the most heated debate yet. flight of fear. a southwest airlines plane skids off the runway after landing in nashville. 100 passengers evacuated, at least eight taken to the hospital. the terrifying moments as we head into one of the busiest
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travel weeks of the year. piquing interest. all eyes on the federal reserve today. historic meeting likely to generate an interest rate hike, the first in nearly a decade. what does that mean for you? and eyewitness news, a local news reporter covering a bank robbery gets the surprise of a lifetime when the suspect strikes again. >> just 24 hours ago this bank -- what? oh, that's the robber. uh -- this is live tv folks. that's the robber. just went by. i have to go and call 911. talk to you later. >> the alleged robber behind bars. wednesday, december 16th, 2015. from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and
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savannah guthrie, live in studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning and welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. you're a television reporter on live tv describing a bank robbery. you're about to say a description of the robber. he looks like the guy right over there! >> isn't this a fun job? >> we'll tell you more about how that story unfolded. the top story this morning, the fifth and final republican presidential debate of this year. the issues of national security and isis dominated the showdown. it took place in las vegas. and while everyone expected the new rivalry between trump and ted cruz to take center stage, they spent most of the night clashing with other candidates. we have a all covered. we'll talk to the head of the rnc in a moment. let's start with nbc national correspondent peter alexander. >> reporter: good morning to you. this was the first republican debate since both paris and san bernardino.
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the contenders trying to cast themselves as best qualified to keep americans safe. jeb bush found his voice against trump but some ask if it's too little, too late. for the first time we saw ted cruz and marco rubio mixing things up. fight night in vegas. jeb bush flailing in the polls, taking the gloves off against donald trump. >> donald, you know, is great at the one-liners. but he's a chaos candidate. and he would be a chaos president. >> he has failed in this campaign. it's been a total disaster. nobody cares. >> reporter: trump's reactions alone priceless. bush argued trump isn't a serious candidate. >> i won't get my information from the shows. i don't know if that's saturday morning or sunday morning. i don't know which one. thises a tough business to run for president. >> i know you're a tough guy, jeb, i know. >> we need a leader that's tough. you'll never be president by
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insulting your way to the presidency. >> i'm at 44 and you're at 3. i'm doing better. >> doesn't matter. >> reporter: trump earned points reaffirming he won't run as an independent. >> i am totally committed to the republican party. i feel honored to be the frontrunner. and i think i'll do very well. >> reporter: ted cruz and marco rubio a pair of ambitious freshman senators, exchanged blows on a series of hot-button issues from defense spending. >> you can't carpet bomb isis if you don't have planes and bombs to attack with. >> reporter: to immigration. >> he was fighting for amnesty and not to secure the border. i was fighting to secure the border. >> i have gotten to know him over the last three or four days. he has a wonderful temperament. >> we will build a wall that works, and i'll get donald trump to pay for it. >> reporter: rand paul jabbed chris christie over the bridge-gate scandal. >> i think when we think about
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the judgment of someone who might want world war iii, we might think about someone who might shut down a bridge because she don't like their friends. >> reporter: christie directed his sharpest attacks at president obama's foreign policy. >> yes, we would shoot down the planes of russian pilots if in fact they were stupid enough to think that this president was the same feckless, weakling that the president we have in the oval office is right now. >> reporter: and ben carson battling to resurrect his campaign wouldn't answer when asked to pick sides in a spat between paul and rubio over surveillance. >> i think you have to ask them about that. i don't want to get in between them. let them fight. >> reporter: the bottom line most analysts agree is that nothing that happened here last night dramatically shifts the trajectory of this race. that means, like the temperature here in las vegas, things will remain frozen in place. trump at number one. ted cruz at number two, with two
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january debates to go before the iowa caucuses. >> thank you. raeince priebus is also in las vegas. chairman, great to see you. thanks for getting up early. >> good morning, savannah. >> let's do some housekeeping. donald trump seems to be flirting again with the idea this week of mounting an independent run. last night he seemed again to close the door on that and say he'll run as a republican no matter what. can you now sleep at night? is the issue closed in your mind? >> savannah, it's been closed for months for me. i was never losing sleep about it to begin with. i think the media enjoys this narrative about independent runs. the truth is that there isn't going to be an independent in the white house. they're either going to be a republican or democrat. i was never concerned about it. donald trump signed the pledge when i went to his office months ago, and he's never indicated to me why he wouldn't honor the pledge, so i never doubted it.
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>> let's talk about another issue. there is open discussion among some republicans of the notion of a brokered convention, that if donald trump were to be the nominee, that republicans would get together at the convention and come up with an alternative and have a fight. will you rule out this notion of a brokered convention? >> well, savannah, i don't know where that narrative comes from other than a fictional narrative that spun up last week that never happened. so, you know -- >> can you rule it out? >> well, no one can rule it out. if a candidate doesn't get to a majority of delegates by the time you get to the convention, then you could have a contested convention. but my belief is that we will have a presumptive nominee by the end of march or middle the april. i said that for over a year. i still believe that. the odds of a contested convention are almost nothing. you know, look, is it possible?
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it's possible. but it's possible the democrats would have a contested convention. is it likely? of course not. it's something that -- go ahead. >> sorry to interrupt. the discussion comes up because there is this feeling that if donald trump emerges as the nominee that sm republicaome re will not be happy with that and fear that it will hand the election to hillary clinton. a lot of candidates, if you ask them, say they'll ultimately support whoever the republican nominee is but they cannot bring themselves to say, i will support donald trump. where are you on that? will you support donald trump if he is the republican nominee? >> of course. i mean, the point is the republican national committee is being built and is built for whoever the nominee is. it doesn't matter whether it's him or someone else, one of the other 13 candidates who are on the stage last night. the republican national committee is built to be plugged into whoever the nominee is. so we're going to support whoever the nominee is. and that means that whatever
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nominee can get a majority of delegates is the nominee of our party. that's where we're going to be. >> trump is getting a lot of attention and setting the agenda, certainly, in terms of this ban on muslims that he has proposed. you've been critical of it. you said that it would come at the expense of our values. other candidates have criticized it in varying degrees. yet, republicans support that idea, the poll i saw 51% to 60% approve of it. trump is getting a bump out of it. where is the disconnect? is he more accurately reflecting where the republican voters are right now? >> you know, look, i think the reality is that we all have the same goal, right? you have 13 people on the stage that have different ways of getting to that goal of keeping america more safe. i do think that people are afraid. we're afraid. i'm afraid. i'm sure that you're all concerned about where we're at in this country in fighting isis and terrorism and what happened
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a couple of weeks ago in california frightens everybody. so look -- >> you said it comes at the expense of our values, and yet you'll also support donald trump. i'm just trying to put those two concepts together. >> well, look, here is the thing. the concept is everyone has or at least that many of the candidates have a different pathway of getting to the same goal, savannah. the reality is that this president and hillary clinton haven't done a good job and american people don't believe that barack obama and hillary clinton have done a good job in fighting terrorism. now look, when you have 13 candidates running, in many cases you'll have 13 different ways of tackling the problem. at least at the very least, republicans are offering solutions to the problems that i know that americans don't believe are being tackled properly. and so, for that, i'm excited about the fact that we're offering the american people solutions to these problems. and so, while we may not agree with each other on everything, the goal is still the same. and that's the point i'm trying to make.
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>> all right. republican national committee chairman reince priebus. good to talk to you. appreciate it. with the first votes seven weeks away, chuck todd here, moderator of "meet the press." nicolle wallace, former white house communications director for president george w. bush. i want to start by saying is reince priebus being forthcoming about this idea of a possible brokered convention and his support of donald trump. >> i think a lot of people think he's whistling past the graveyard. the criticism has been he has his head in the sand. he'll argue, as you heard there, no, no, no. we have a thing in place here to handle all this. it's everybody thinks it's going to be contested. it's not. others think he's wrong. >> who won last night? >> i thought marco rubio took a stand for what is really a more traditional republican foreign policy. i think it was very important to see that the party has someone
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in the field that could articulately defend when under attack a world view that has us being more aggressive on the intelligence front, being more aggressive in the middle east. i thought he did a good job defending that. >> we never saw the cruz/trump argument materialize? who wins in your book? >> i thought cruz and rubio together in some ways, because they really do rehab some divides inside the party. ted cruz taking it in a different direction on national security. rubio a much more traditional post 9/11 republican view of foreign policy. they're very good at articulating their own points of view. they're very good at going after each other. look, rubio, i thought, took incoming on immigration. i was reminded, as much as i agree that he handled himself why, i was reminded of why i think he'll have a hard time winning the nomination. immigration, he's out of touch with the republican party. >> if he's a little out of step with the base, it's why democrats and republicans argue
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he's the best one to go against hillary clinton. >> quickly, jeb bush never gets good reviews at the debates. he has admitted it. >> last night was different, though. we saw a different side of him. what did you think? >> no debate that jeb bush had his best performance last night. did a good job. he seemed to get under donald trump's skin and annoy him. the unfortunate piece of is is that many wonder and suspect it may be too late. we'll see. >> he found his role. his role is to go after trump. if that's all he does now, i think he'll think he has done a service to the party. breaking story out of tennessee, a southwest airlines plane skidded off the taxiway after landing at the airport in nashville. nbc's tom costello is covering aviation and has the story. >> reporter: more than 100 passengers on board and evacuated. all safely, after the plane suddenly veered off the runway on landing, then running into a ditch. that triggered a full emergency
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response on the ground. this morning the faa investigating why this passenger plane rolled off a taxiway in tennessee tuesday night. southwest flight 31 originating in houston, was taxiing to the gate then became stuck in a ditch after landing at nashville. >> everything is normal. then we hear a big pop. >> reporter: photos on social media show one of the plane's emergency slides deployed. a spokesman for southwest tells nbc news the 133 passengers and five crew members were safely transported into the airport. the safety of our customers and employees remains our focus. eight passengers on board the 737 were transported to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries. bumps and bruises according to the fire department. >> it was scary. but we were on the ground. it could have been a lot worse. >> reporter: tuesday's incident coming just days after another southwest flight made an emergency landing in san antonio. that aircraft landed safely after part of the wing appeared
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to be at what the airline calls an irregular angle. all of this with christmas just a week away and the rush beginning, millions of americans expected to fly for the holidays. recovery crews arrived on the scene overnight. they began to move the plane out of the ditch. the nashville airport says all runways remained open through the the evening. faa looking into what's happened. turning to the harsh criticism aimed at officials in the second largest school direct in the country. hundreds of thousands of kids in los angeles returned to class today after a now-discredited threat led that an unprecedented decision to close 900 schools. many parents calling that move a knee-jerk reaction. to national correspondent miguel almaguer in los angeles. good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. this is one of hundreds of schools set to reopen shortly. the superintendent saying he had to make the decision out of an abundance of caution.
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today many are questioning did he act too quickly. 700,000 students will be back in school today, just 24 hours after the unprecedented decision to shut down the nation's second largest school district just before classes were set to begin. >> we can now announce the fbi has determined this is not a credible threat, something we couldn't have announced earlier in the day. >> reporter: the abrupt decision came after an email threat. someone claiming to be a high school senior said they were bullied and ready with an army to attack schools with guns and bombs. l.a. is 65 miles from san bernardino, where 14 were killed in a terror attack two weeks ago today. >> the decisions were made. the information that we have now was not available. >> reporter: while the police chief stood by the superintendent's decision, privately, law enforcement officials say they advised against the closure, calling it a bad move. in new york, where a similar email was received, classes went
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on as scheduled. former lapd police chief bill bratten, now the police commissioner in new york, says l.a. overreacted. >> we do not see that as a credible terrorist threat, and we are investigating it as a hoax. >> reporter: after sweeping 1500 los angeles schools for bombs, the all-clear came late tuesday. well after parents scrambled to pick up stranded students. >> i'm happy that they took precautions. i am sad for the kids that they can't be in school today. >> reporter: this morning, lausd is back in business but only after heavy criticism. as students across the sprawling 710-square mile district return, a 17-year-old student was struck and killed by a truck after crossing the street. it's unclear if the student was going to or from school after the school closures were announced here in the l.a. area. matt and savannah, back to you. >> thank you. turning now to the historic
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meeting by the federal reserve that's being watched closely from wall street to main street. a little later today the fed is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006. it's a move that will impact everything from your mortgage to your savings. nbc's olivia therns covers financial issues. good morning. why now? >> good news. consider this a vote of confidence in the american economy. central bank saying we're back. we don't need emergency measures. they brought in the zero rates in 2008 in attempt to bring us back from the crisis to spoke borrowing and lending in the economy. it worked. the economy is actually growing at a pretty steady clip. 2.5%. unemployment is half of what it was during the crisis. 5%. and yes, some people are starting to get wages. we don't need the crutch. >> good news for the economy. it can be tough for people on main street. it will impact our bottom line?
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how soon will it affect us. >> the first hike is minuscule. a quarter of 1%. you won't notice much at first. the question is the pace at which the fed raises rates. if you have variable rate debt, credit card loan, student loan or an adustable rate mortgage you may see an increase. 18 to 20 months out. if you're thinking about making a big purchase, do start to get your finances in order now. >> olivia is a glass half full person. >> it's good news for the economy we don't need the crutch anymore. a check of the weather now. mr. roker at the weather wall. >> are you guys ready to play the game we love to play? who is colder! here we go. some of the temperature lows that we're looking at for today. los angeles and new york city, who is colder? >> los angeles. >> okay. let's find out.
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you are absolutely correct! 43 degrees for a low. 48 in new york city. >> what do we win? >> nothing. boston or las vegas, who is colder? >> las vegas. >> let's see if you're right. hey! johnny tell them what they've won. 38 in boston. 35 in las vegas. our final who is colder, phoenix or washington, d.c., ladies and gentlemen. >> phoenix! >> let's see if you're right. boom! yes. 43 in d.c. our low, 33 in phoenix. >> let the record show we were three for three. >> you were amazing. that's what's going on. we'll get to what's happening in your neck of the woods right after this in 30 seconds. ♪ look at me ♪ all together now ♪ all together now everything techie for everyone.
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kohl's. ♪ all together now good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. very cold temperatures this morning. close to records, but we haven't set any new records yet, but it's in the 30s widespread across the bay area. even freezing temperatures and below freezing in the north bay. highs today in the mid to upper 50s and a lot of sunshine. it won't be as windy as it was yesterday. so feeling a little bit better. we'll see this weather repeating tomorrow. then we get ready for some rain heading into the weekend. >> and these your >> and that's your latest weather. miss winter. >> i just love when you do these games. that's really fun. a thank you so much. better than the old weather map. coming up, does a popular -- is a popular celebrity-endorsed hair care product making women lose their hair, a massive class action lawsuit. and on "rossen reports," is it time for new christmas lights?
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a very good morning to you. 7:26 right now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. milpitas residents will soon be paying more for water. at a packed hearing last night, city council members approved a hefty rate hike. it amounts to more than 60% increase that will come in two phases. the first is a 27% increase next month, a 35% spike follows next july. the money will cover drought-related expenses and capital improvements. by next summer, the average monthly bill is expected to increase by $13. you're certainly going to need to crank the heat, especially in the car. it's cold. >> it is. we're only in the 30s across the
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bay area. freezing temperatures in the valleys. it warms up nicely with a light breeze. a high of 54 in los gatos, 56 in san mateo. also 56 in napa, 57 in oakland and 55 degrees today in pleasanton. how is it looking out there for the commute, mike? >> great. full recovery for eastbound 80. westbound you have your build past golden gate field and that's not so bad. it's not so bad all around the bay. the earlier disabled vehicle didn't cause much. slowing as you'd expect at hayward and northbound 101, a crash at oyster point. that's extra slow right now. it should clear quickly. the south bay shows the northbound push and westbound for 237, no surprises here. we'll look at palo alto where the sun is in your eyes. it's nice. >> you have such a glow about you this morning, mike. we'll be back with another local news update in half an hour.
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see you then.
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there's a happy crowd. 7:30. it's wednesday morning, december 16, 2015. another pretty day here in manhattan. festive holiday crowd out on the plaza and no complaints about the weather. almost a headline in itself. >> none whatsoever. students are returning to classes in los angeles today following a threat that shut down all 900 schools in the nation's second largest school system. that threat turned out to be a hoax, but the superintendent >> the student say ises -- says he couldn't take chances. >> the goal of the trip to find new ways to fight isis and speed up its eventual destruction in
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the region. a reporter covering a day-old bank robbery in minnesota got a surprise during his live report. >> what? oh, that's the robber! this is live tv, folks. that's the robber, just went by. >> apparently a bank emplo iee ran by the reporter saying that the bandit had struck again. the suspect was captured about an hour later. not what you spect when you're covering a day-old bank robbery. >> no! more on that. meanwhile the biggest talker of the morning. fireworks on display in las vegas last night during the final republican presidential debate of the year. especially fireworks between donald trump and jeb bush, who declared the frontrunner to be a chaos candidate. nbc's national correspondent peter alexander was there. peter, good morning again. >> reporter: good morning to you. perhaps the night's biggest headline is that donald trump reaffirmed his pledge not to mount a third-party bid.
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he won't run as an independent. the theme of the night was really national security, the commander in chief debate, if you will. no one was able to knock out donald trump. jeb bush tried. marco rubio didn't. in fact, rubio and ted cruz were really the ones who mixed things up. revealing divisions in the party over topics like domestic surveillance and immigration. trump at the center of the stage seemed in control. and mostly comfortable. but he raised eyebrows with his comments about the strategy to combat isis' online propaganda machine. >> isis is recruiting through the internet. isis is using the internet better than we are using the internet. i would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. i sure as hell don't want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet. >> trump and ted cruz never laid a hand on one another. at times trump complimented cruz. analysts think the race will
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remain locked in place through the holiday break with two republican debates scheduled in january before the iowa caucuses that take place on february 1 rst. popular line of hair care products endorsed by some celebrities hit with a massive lawsuit. a growing number of women claiming a cleansing shampoo caused their hair to fall out. >> more than 200 women in 40 states say they used wen products and ended up with rashes, scalp irritation. hair breakage. and even in some cases baldness. some of the women are speaking out. hair care products are an enormous $83 billion industry in the united states. >> if you're having a bad hair day, it's a bad day. >> reporter: something that can make that day even worse, losing your hair! hundreds of people on social media say it happened to them after using wen hair care products. >> the hair started coming out.
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>> reporter: in florida amy friedman says she used wen products for two weeks. >> it was absolutely outrageous that a product that you would put on your hair causes hair to fall out. >> reporter: nbc news cannot independently verify amy's claim. she filed a lawsuit against wen and now 200 women have joined a class-action lawsuit against the company. it alleges one or more wen products contain an ingredient or combination of ingredients that cause significant hair loss, damage and other injuries upon proper application. >> i'm chaz dean, creator of wen. >> reporter: named in the lawsuit chaz dean. and guty ranker which mass markets is including alyssa milano and brook shields and angie harman. they issued a joint statement writing, there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support any claim that our hair care
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products caused anyone to lose their hair. there are many reasons why individuals may lose their hair, all unrelated to wen hair care products. they promised to vigorously contest the allegations made against our products. but even allegations can be devastating for the company. >> there is the court of law, and there is the court of public opinion. and when hundreds of people are claiming that your hair product is causing scalp damage and making their hair fall out, they've already lost in the court of public opinion. >> reporter: both sides say they're working towa settlement in the lawsuit, but it's a company that has been very popular over the two years in business. they've grossed over $100 million in their product sales. >> we'll get a check of the weather now from al. today's weather is brought to you by walmart. stop by a store or visit us at to share wonder every day. >> pretty vigorous snow storm coming out of the rockies, making its way into the upper
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midwest. in denver yesterday, a lot of snow there. some places picking up up to 8 inches of snow. kids enjoying, of course, a good old game of touch -- maybe that's tackle football. boom! i guess it's tackle. where is the storm system going new? it's making its way up into the upper midwest. could see another 5 to 8 inches of snow in northern minnesota. wind gusts, could be blizzard-like conditions. watching another significant storm coming into the pacific northwest wednesday through friday over the next several days. we'll look at some areas 4 to 8 inches of rain, 2 to 4 inches as you get closer to the coast. look at this! snowfall amounts anywhere from 1 to 2 feet. we have winter storm watches for parts of washington, oregon and we'll start to see scattered showers moving into the north bay tomorrow, but the rest of the bay area won't get rain until late friday night. now it's very chilly as our
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temperatures start out in the 30s and even below freezing. you may have to scrape frost off the windshield. today highs reaching mid to upper 50s with a lot of sunshine and not as windy as it was yesterday. mostly sunny with a light breeze. we'll see more of this weather once again tomorrow with a spot shower or two in the north bay. get your latest weather when you need to go to the weather channel. online. before we ring in the new year, we'll look at the stories that impacted our world and touched our lives in 2015. >> but first, coming up next. good morning. i'm jeff rossen. the christmas season danger in your home right now. we're going to show you the one item that caused this massive fire in just a matter of seconds and how to protect your family. it's so hot i have to back up right now. save a life. coming up. ♪ no need to shop aror present you've missed ♪
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your christmas tree. turns out many people are making a simple mistake that could mean the difference between life and death. just days ago a christmas tree catching fire in missouri, erupting in flames, setting this whole house on fire. the family barely made it out alive. in california, this house up in flames, too. again, all starting with their christmas tree. >> everything happened right away, so quickly, so i was just trying to hurry everybody up and get everybody out. >> reporter: turns out it's common, and if you're caught inside deadly. >> christmastime, these happen all over the country. they are tragedies, not only one or two kids, can be entire family. >> reporter: because when these trees burn they explode in flames in seconds. why? your tree is too dry, not getting enough water. we are testing it out with a sacramento fire department. this is the kind of christmas tree you probably have in your home right now. as you can see, it's decorated,
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full of ornaments and it's not been watered in days. the way these fires normally start, a small little spark somewhere in your house, and we're going to do is set a spark here and set this tree on fire and see how fast it burns. we'll get out so we're safe. >> fire in the hole. >> reporter: within seconds it's an inferno. the tree, fully engulfed. whoa, that smoke. within seconds. look how that just overpowers you. >> definitely. what happens in your home when you don't water your tree. literally every minute it will double in sides like having a huge piece of kindling. >> reporter: and watch, it's already spreading to the table and chair. the entire room is on fire. >> if i'm in my house, should i get a fire extinger? >> that's the biggest mistake people make, try to stay in the home and fight the fire. get out of home immediately and call 911. we've cleared all the smoke out of the room and have a new christmas tree here and this one has been watered.
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let's spark the flare and spark. it look, the firefighter can't even get to light up and he's trying t.finely gets going. burning a lot slower with the dry tree. with the wet tree takes tries as long to ignite. >> dry tree on the left and wet tree on the right. huge difference. >> reporter: what are the tips here? >> water your tree every day or every other day and keep it away from any heating element, portable space heater, radiator and check your christmas tree lights, any frayed or damaged light keep that off your christmas tree because every year that can be the emission source. >> every year people use the same lights, put it in the attic and bring it back. check for this before you put it back up. >> reporter: simple advice to keep your family safe. savannah, one of the people that use the same lights every single year. >> i do, and it's cheap. >> reporter: fine to do that and make sure they are not frayed and there's other things at home that could spark this time of the year. never leave candles unattended
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and if you're cooking on a stovetop keep a pan nearby in case that catch eds fire and make an escape fire case something like that happens. >> what do we have tomorrow? learned a lot. >> reporter: tomorrow in our series "saved my life." what to do when you get trapped in your car in a snow storm. it's happened with drivers getting stuck on major freeways. how to survive until help survives 24 to 48 hours later tomorrow on "today." >> jeffry, thank you very much. coming up, the biggest stories of 2015 and how we stories of 2015 and how we covered them on "today, grandma is so happy to be here for your very first christmas. i hear you're quite the expert at waking people up in the morning. let me show you how grandma does it. your daddy made this when he was a little boy. this is your dad at my house,
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supervisors are saying "no" to a new jail. a very good morning to you. 7:56. i'm laura garcia-cannon. supervisors saying no to a new jail. last night they unanimously turned down $80 million in state funding to help build it. supervisors agree the current jail is in bad shape and a no new jail is needed, but they would rather have the facility focus on mental health and substance abuse treatment. right now it's go big or go home for star wars fans, oak ridge theater will start the marathon tomorrow, watching the first six movies and then force awakens in 3d. 19 hours' worth of star wars. if you don't have a ticket, sorry, mostf the marathons are already sold out. what a way to catch up on the whole story. what's the story when it comes
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to the weather. >> it's all cold out there. look at the temperatures, laura. in the 30s across the bay area, even freezing temperatures in the valleys. as we go through the day, it makes it into the mid to upper 50s. a lot of sunshine and breezy winds. still need to bundle up this morning and mostly throughout the day. more of this weather heading out tomorrow. how is it looking on the roads, mike? >> not so bad. a december commute, so we have a light volume down the eastshore freeway. looking toward the peninsula as well. this is a slow drive both directions towards oyster point, a crash been at bayshore boulevard, distracted southbound drivers as well because it's in your center divide and fast lane. that's a slower drive. san mateo builds because of the building off the san mateo bridge. san jose, bogging down 680 and 101. fremont, a nice easy drive starts to build heading towards mission boulevard. >> looking good in the south bay. i'll see you coming up in just a
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♪ i'm going to stand by you >> coming up, from the pope's historic visit to the race to the white house. >> every poll said i am the best leader by far. >> to moments of terror and kindness. a look back at the year that was. the events, people and stories that shaped our world. then. paying it forward. >> i used to be a foster kid. >> i was in foster care. >> i grew up in foster care. >> natalie shines a light on the foster care system and the fight to find thousands of children a forever home. plus, double the star power. fresh off two golden globe nominations. hollywood's new it girl. she joins us live. honey he's good.
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pop star andy grammar sings his latest hit today. wednesday, december 16th, 2015. >> good morning! ♪ ♪ >> celebrating 40 years of marriage. >> and 60 years old. >> here in new york to celebrate my birthday! [ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >> it's wednesday morning. 16th day of december, 2015. there is a noticeable change in the air today. a huge holiday crowd. wind is blowing a little bit. temperature has dropped.
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a more seasonable feel right now. it will warm up again next week, though. >> good. glad to hear that. a check of the top stories. >> republicans traded stinging personal insults during htheir final debate of the year tuesday night. peter alexander is in las vegas. >> reporter: this was the commander in chief debate with the republican contenders trying to cast themselves as best qualified to keep americans safe. there were no real outright winners. donald trump again reaffirms his pledge not to mount a third-party bid. trump and bush mixed things up. bush abeittacking trump as the chaos candidate. trump dismissing bush for poor poll numbers. marco rubio and ted cruz duked it out. revealing divisions in the party fighting own topics like defense spending and immigration. chris christie was strong again
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as well. most analysts believe the race remains locked in place through the holiday break with two more republican debates to go before the iowa caucuses scheduled for february 1st. >> peter alexander. thanks. breaking news from europe. officials in austria have arrested two men with possible connections to the attacks in paris last month. meantime, hillary clinton is providing new details about her plan to prevent future attacks here in the u.s. she wants silicon valley to help block isis recruitment online. she called on american muslim communities to intervene and help stop radicals, calling them our best defense. two people were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in the mountains 55 miles east of phoenix. search teams found one crew member alive. >> on the ground up there. they have possibly located the crash site. last update we heard was that
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there was somebody waving a light. >> the survivor was flown to a nearby hospital. the chopper carried a pilot, a nurse and a paramedic, but there were no patients on board. the faa is investigating. a woman who revolutionized the mail-orderusiness died. in the 1950s when companies like sears had catalogs pull of practical goods lillian vernon went small and offered unique goods that could be mon grammed for free. a women has been chosen to serve as calmen daunt of ca deaths. she graduated from the academy in 1990 and served in iraq and afghanistan. general holland will be in charge of training west point's more than 4,000 cadets. congratulations to her. a home owner in south georgia was doing yard work when he heard a loud crash. take a look. it was that, a small plane that landed right on his rooftop.
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two people on board were able to climb out with just a few cuts and bruises. the pilot had reported engine trouble and was trying to reach an airport about a half-mile away. good thing he is okay. a check of the weather with mr. roker. > >> today's weather is brought to you by kay jeweler. the number one jewelry store in america. >> around the country today, sunshine, a little cooler along the east coast. more wet weather from the great lakes to the gulf coast. snow across the northern plains. another big storm moving into it is cold outside. freezing temperatures and near record lows as we go into the rest of the day though it will be warming up. a day very much like yesterday. not as windy with a lot of sunshine. a high of 56 degrees expected in san francisco. 58 degrees in the east bay and north bay at 55 degrees in the peninsula. into the next couple of days we will have changes moving into
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at a kosher deli and meanwhile the two brothers suspected of the attack are holed up and cornered. >> terrorists who traumatize this region for three days are dead but not before leaving 17 innocent lives ended. >> the kayla mueller, an aide worker who died being held by isis. >> i really feel we had a chance to get her out. >> do you feel like our government did enough? >> the major new offensive launched by isis. >> the u.s.-led coalition is striking back. are we winning right now? >> we're still building the forces. i'm confident we will win. >> russian passenger plane with 224 people on board crashes in egypt. >> isis claimed it had brought down the plane. >> vladimir putin is vowing to take revenge. >> and attack on a paris-bound train thwarted by three americans. >> seemed like he was ready to fighted to the end. so were we. >> we remember spencer leaning over you and helping you. >> spencer, i would just like to
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take you thanks for saving my life. >> today marksled promise of a new day for the united states and cuba. >> for the first time in 54 years an american flag will be raise the at the u.s. embassy in havana. >> devastating earthquake in nepal. >> this is the race against time. brick by brick the desperate dig to find survivors. >> growing crisis overseas. migrants trying to escape their war-torn homeland attempting to get to europe >> president obama is strongly defending that controversial deal to halt iran's nuclear program. >> it is a good deal. >> you guys have been bamboozled and the american people are going to pay for that. >> bamboozled, outmaneuvered, outnegotiate the. were you fleeced? >> there's a lot of politics going on, matt. >> breaking news. >> this comes out of france where a germanwings passenger plane has crashed. >> disturbing new details. co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane into the mountains. >> the terror group isis claims
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responsibility for unprecedented attacks in paris, in six separate but coordinate bombings and shootings. >> the scene of the worst carnage at bataclan theser. >> witnesses say they saw these shooters arrive inside and beginning firing indiscriminately. >> an international manhunt is now under way. >> the suspected ringleader is in in fact dead. >> the soul of the city is intact. they have heavy hearts but they will not succumb to fear. >> seems another week, another tragic mass shooting. >> nine people killed in an unthinkable crime in charleston, south carolina. >> what does it say about us, that in 2015 somebody walks into a church and then shoots them one by one? >> he said should up, i'm going to shoot you. he said i'm not going to shoot you. i'm going to leave you here to tell the story. >> in laugh yet, louisiana, a gunman opened fire inside a
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crowded movie theser. >> i'm not sure why this man chose this movie to end these two people's live. >> a reporter and another killed lived on television. it takes my breath away. >> a gunman opened fire carrying out the vicious attack. >> exchanging swhots him. he's in a classroom . >> >> why does this keep happening? >> we've become numb to this. >> a 57-year-old man behind bars after a deadly shootout at a planned parenthood clinic. >> breaking overnight, a young couple opening fire at a holiday party. what did she describe? >> bullets flying all over the place. >> the female shooter pledged her allegiance on line to the leader of the islamic state. >> the this was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people. >> the u.s. has already seen more mass shootings than days in
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the year. >> get off me. >> it has been a night of chaos, violence, lawlessness in baltimore over the death of freddie gray. >> areas of the city that literally look like battle fields. >> this is the scene of a deadly amtrak derailment in philadelphia. >> just down the road behind me you can see the tangled mess of cars, tracks, power lines. >> there were people screaming and bleeding. >> the white house awash in a full rainbow in celebration of the supreme court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage. >> we've made our union a little more perfect. >> a defiant county clerk in kentucky is behind bars this morning after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. >> i'm not. >> under whose authority? >> under god's authority. >> pope francis waking up for the first time in the u.s. this morning after being greeted by the president, the vice president and an adoring crowd.
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>> unique and historic moment. the first opportunity for so many americans to see this pope in pe francis. >> pray for me, don't forget. >> where are they in the desperate search to find and capture two inmates involved in a brazen prison break. >> this prison break right out of a hollywood script. >> new questions swirl around joyce mitchell and whether she helped them hatch their plan. >> i knew i was in way over my head. >> there have been reports that your wife fell in love with one of these inmates. >> she didn't know if i loved her anymore, she said. >> the nightmare is finally over. >> i'm not the monster that everybody thinks i am. >> the notorious mexican drug lord el chapo. >> i saw that prison break in upstate new york was impressive.
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>> wow. >> el chapo had a mile-long tunnel. >> the death of cecil the lion has ignited controversy behind the world and the doctor behind it now in hiding. >> tens of millions of e-mail addresses belonging to ashley madison customers available for all to see now oint net. >> millions of marriages and reputations could be very much at stake this morning. >> are you african-american? >> i don't understand the question. >> the a prominent ncaa leader under fire accused by her own family of lying about being black. >> are you an african-american woman? >> i identify as black. >> new england patriots are at the center of a controversially. >> they are calling this deflategate. did the new england patriots dock tort footballs their team used in the big win over the colts here over the weekend? >> is trade' cheater? >> i don't believe so. i mean, i feel like i've always played within the rules. >> he did it! >> american pharoah in that run into history, the first triple
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crown winner in 37 years. >> american pharoah is finally the one! >> i don't know that i've ever heard a roar that was louder than what i heard on saturday afternoon. >> believe. >> the u.s. women win the world cup. >> it was thrilling, it was stunning, it was amazing. >> usa! >> we're world cup champions! >> bruce jenner's transition to life as a would. the former olympian revealed a look and name on the cover of ""vanity fair." ". >> was there an adjustment? >> we all support him, was there an adjustment, yes. >> nothing better than to look in the meror and feel comfortable with yourself and who you are. ♪ hello from the other side >> so the song what, is it about? >> i like to start reconnecting with everyone else and myself, you know. it's in general just hello, everyone. hello.
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>> hello. >> nice to meet you. >> gwen and blake, does it good to be out in the open now? ♪ >> i like your suit. >> thank you. >> i like your movie. >> oh, my god. thank you. >> so funny. >> stop. what was your favorite part in the. >> all of it. >> yes, yes, yes. >> i'll have what he had. >> on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being happy and 10 being over the mood. how happy are you not being to run willing for everything? >> not as happy as michelle. >> i just constantly think of how proud i am that he's able to carry the weight of the world but still, you know, find time to be my husband. >> and all of the spotlight gets to be on those ladies you love. >> there's just nothing like sharing the spotlight or anything else with your sisters and your mom. >> i knew during the surgery that he was on my side and this
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wasn't something that i felt less of a woman because my husband wasn't going to let that happen. >> you know there are a lot of rumors. >> sure. >> out there right now, and would you like to address them head on. >> i'm here to admit that i am in fact hiv-positive. it's a hard three let efforts to absorb. >> so are we talking about lawsuits filed against you, charlie? are we talking about shakedowns? >> we're talking about shakedowns. >> are you still paying some of these people? >> not after today i'm not. >> the let me know we can't wait for you to come back. we can't wait for to you come back and i can't wait to make them laugh again. >> you know what would be a nice way to thank them, one day walking down those stairs again on "saturday night live." >> i promise you, i promise you. >> i'm back. it the feels so good to be here.
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>> glad you're with us. should be a good afc west -- >> yolky's blast sails over the left field fence and the yanks are off and running. >> we're grateful for it. >> we can't late criminal extort his own freedom. ♪ >> many in the hills say they need the crease fire. >> i never dreamed it could possibly have grown to where it is today. >> half the united nations -- ♪ stand by me, oh, stand by me ♪
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♪ >> live long and prosper. >> let the race begin. >> i am announcing. >> i am proud to announce. >> i am officially running. >> i'm a candidate. >> i announce my candidacy. >> for president. >> of the united states. >> the question being raised about why hillary clinton used a personal e-mail account only during her tenure as secretary of state? >> secretary clinton said she did this for convenience. >> i don't think convenience should trump national security. >> it's a story that just won't go away. >> did you wipe the server? >> what, like with a cloth or something? >> do you get how bad it looks? >> it was allowed, and i've said
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it wasn't the best choice. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you. me, too. >> front-runner hillary clinton does have one less thing to worry about. >> i believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign. >> we've put together a benghazi special committee. >> you're scheduled to testify before that committee. >> that's right. >> do you think it should be disbanded? >> they have admitted it's a political partisan committee for the soul purpose of going after me. >> high stakes at benghazi hearing. >> i thought more about what happened than all of you put together. >> nbc news has learned that house speaker john boehner will resign from congress. >> this isn't about me. it's about the people. it's about the institution. >> the speakership is a powerful job, and yet you don't have people following all over themselves to fill it. >> the place is impossible to run right now. >> paul ryan era sunday way on capitol hill. >> now more than ever we must
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work together. >> donald trump is riding the wave to the lead of a crowded republican field. >> when mexico sends its people, they are bringing crime, they are rapists and some i assume are good people. >> i don't mean to be fun bethis. you're losing in the polls to the host of "celebrity apprentice." >> target trump. the republican candidates for president take on the front-runner and pull no punches. >> mr. trump doesn't have a proven conservative record. >> you call women you don't like fat pigs and disgusting animals. >> only rosie o'donnell. >> look at that face, trump is quoted as saying. would anyone vote for that? >> i think women all over the country heard very clearly what mr. trump said. >> do you think you're setting the right example as someone who is running for the highest office in the land? >> every poll said that i'm the best leader by far. >> we've got to the wake up. we cannot elect somebody that doesn't know how to do the job. >> another day, another new poll with donald trump in the lead.
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>> seems so hard for anyone to >> it's a marathon. >> the donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> he's a chaos candidate and he'd be a chaos president. >> you can't deny his impact on politics whether you like it or don't like t. >> so a little bit happened the last year. >> we're exhausted. >> quite a year. >> we should thank everyone who worked on that piece. takes a long time, producers katie buckley and yale federbush, mike sadowski and the graphic artist pauly shirokis. >> i'm glad we showed the shot of the control room. it makes the point this show is a reflection of hard work from people you don't see. >> always amaze when we sit and
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watch that piece how much we forget that happened over the course of 12 months. >> and how much of that is going to extend into 2016, whether it's politics or the international fight against terrorism. these are ongoing stories. >> we look forward to what we goat cover in 2016. meanwhile. >> we are back in just a moment with your local news and weather. i'm ... ==topvo== milpitas
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residents will soon be paying much more fo good wednesday morning. 8:26. i'm sam brock. people will pay more money for water and very soon. at a hearing last night, city council members approved a rate hike, one that amounts to more than 60% rise, an increase that will come in two different phases. the first, a 27% increase next month followed by a 35% spike that follows next july. it will cover drought-related expenses and improvements. by next summer the average monthly bill is expected to increase by about $13. milpitas decided to forego a tiered rate plan. at least gas is cheaper. many people are on the road. >> you can tell folks are using
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gasoline or electricity. we are looking at north 101. some slowing on the roadways. we show you the map and you see 101, 280, 680 all tied up. overall, the south bay not as bad as we often see it on a wednesday at this time. we do have a slower drive on the peninsula. east bay, slowing and not so bad today but slow getting north up toward the airport for 101. south 280 jams. the earlier crash is there. >> thank you very much. that will do it for us. we will be back in 25 minutes.
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8:30 now. it's wednesday morning, 16th of december, 2015. christmas is getting closer every day. great crowd out on our plaza. a little chilly out here, but we won't complain. starting to feel like the holidays. andy grammer coming up. he's going to sing his new song and also out here collecting toys for us. >> also coming up, we've got a young lady here. she is a very talented young actress, a couple of golden globe nominations, alicia vikander and "vogue" magazine says this will be her here.
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>> we'll talk to her. >> al, a check of the weather. >> for today snow in the plains. going to be a windy day and really a little messy. look for wet weather from the u.p, of michigan all the way down to the gulf coast. sunny but a little cooler along the eastern seaboard and the sunshine through the southwest and on comb morning. it's very krilly outside. we are in the 30s. the coldest morning so far. it warms into the mid to upper 50s today. high of 55 in morgan hill. 55 in mountain view. we are looking at 56 in napa. oakland tops out at 57. heading into tomorrow, most of the bay area will be dry. we are expecting a pretty wet weekend. keep checking in about that.
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holiday is the perfect time -- jumping through my shot. chuck schofield is with us from no kid hungry. good morning, thanks for being here. >> thanks for having she. >> tell me about your truck and your partnership with city. >> absolutely. i'm here with the no kid hungry campaign and no kid hungry is focuses on surrounding children in need who struggle with hunger with nutritious food where they live and learn and play. we have one in five kids in this country who struggle with hunger and that doesn't need tonight case. it's a solvable problem and that's why we have teamed up with childhood hungry. no kid hundred rig has been an incredible partner and we have been able to provide 10 million meals to children in need and the food truck shows we just launched this new initiative with the food truck that's driving awareness and driving donations to no kid hungry throughout the city during this holiday season. >> that's tobin bride.
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chuck schofield, thanks for the work you do. >> appreciate it. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> now back inside to you guys. >> wl, this morning on our series make your today it's natalie's turn to pay it forward. >> that's right. back in 2008 when i was pregnant i mentioned on air i craved cheeseburgers. a woman named sarah bartos e-mailed with the world cheeseburger to congratulate me on my pregnancy and we've kept in touch over the years and sarah is the lead council for children's rights, an organization that advocates for children in foster care, and i decided that that was the perfect reason to finally meet face to face. >> i'm so excited. i've been waiting seven years for this moment. sara.
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>> i feel like i've learned so much from you. you're that person on the front lines really in the courts litigating and trying to make sure that the states are taking care of those kids in the system. >> the government can do magical things for children and for families, but without accountability there's broken lives, kids who grow up in foster care and turn 18 without a home, without a mom, a dad and so we're in the courts trying to make sure that happens as infrequently as possible. >> my second home. i consider it kind of hell on earth. my foster mom started telling me things like you are ugly. you're worthless. no one could ever love you. your mother doesn't love you. that's why you're in foster care and then her husband soon began to abuse me as well. he had his way with me and i remember so clearly i'm 15. i have never kissed a boy.
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>> wow. >> god has been incredible in my life. >> you finally had a positive experience and found your family. >> i am very, very, very fortunate to have ended up in a family like this one that has so much love, so much kindness. >> what do you wanted people to take away from your life? >> while things can be difficult, almost pitch black, in the most despair, there is hope. >> my parents, they just weren't there. they couldn't take care of me. my older brothers -- sorry. >> i know, it's a hard thing to do to talk about what you went through. >> i moved in with my foster mother who would a year later adopt me. i ended up living with her from 5 to 13, and i suffered from physical abuse. >> so how many foster homes did you end up living in?
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>> i've lived in anywhere between 25 to 30 different fosters homes. you question where's my family? why don't i have a home? >> how did you go from that dark place to overcoming it and becoming who you are now? >> you know, they say it takes a village to raise a child. that is true, but it takes one person to change a child, and my social worker was that one person who changed my life. i'm currently in my second year at st. john's university. my goal is to really inspire my brothers and sisters in the foster care system. i never gave up, even though it is hard. i am who i am today because of everybody who invested in my future, and i can be the president, too. >> i'm voting for you some day. >> i had a really actually great experience in foster care. i was in my home, in my foster home for a couple months. i thrived in it at first. eventually i started to feel a little caged in and acted out in some of my old ways and i ran
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away when i was 16 actually. >> and then when you turned 19 you became pregnant. >> yeah. >> that changed everything in my life. >> i got my g.e.d. while i was pregnant with elijah and right after he was born i began college and i became a foster mom at 24 and if you look at a kid for their trauma, you're not looking at kid, you look at what's happened to them and my daughter has had a lot of trauma in her life but if you look at her and you see her, she's amazing. >> and the woman who inspired it all and inspired me and still inspires me, sara bartos who is so -- i'm so thrilled i finally got to meet you and we got to tell these stories. we have a little surprise for you though, beyond that, we created another video for you to help children's rights that you guys can use on your website. take a look. >> oh, my gosh. >> over 650,000 children spend time in the foster care system every year.
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>> nearly 108,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. >> just 58 of those who grow up in foster care graduate from the high school. >> and only around 3% graduate from the a four-year college. >> i used to be a foster kid. >> spent two years with the state as my parents. >> i spent 18 years in foster care. >> i lived in over 25 different foster homes. >> and now i have a forever family. >> i was supported in foster care and now i'm supporting others. >> i hope to inspire the world with my story. >> children's rights shines a spotlight on failing foster care systems. >> and used the law to protect tens of thousands of kids. >> hi, my name is victoria rowell. by working together we can reach the children who need our help most. >> and i'm natalie morales, and please help give tens of thousands of kids in foster care the productive and the happy lives they deserve!
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so, what do you think, zahra? >> that's fantastic. what a thrill. what a holiday joy. what a blessing, thank you so much. >> we know the organization, you don't have a lot in a media budget so we figured creating that video will help raise awareness. do you think that will help to accomplish that? >> i sure hope so and if it makes a few families think about adopting. if they think bus and help us do our work, we're going to make these systems work for kid and there can be thousands upon thousands of new permanent families. >> you are -- >> your help is amazing. >> you are a super hero. >> you know why we keep talking over cheeseburgers. >> exactly. >> see more of that video on our wednesday i'd. up next, one of hollywood's rising stars. double golden globes nominee alicia vikander but first this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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>> there's more to be congratulating her about. great to have you here, welcome. >> thank you so much. >> eddie redmayne was here and this is an embarrassment of riches meaning the roles he's had in the last year or so and same thing for you. >> it's been quite a whirlwind this year. yeah, i've -- i've -- it's been just first of all been able to be working on some of the films that i've done. some of them that came out that i did almost two and a half years ago up until now it's been quite surreal getting to meet not only people but to work with some of them. >> you're nominated for best actress in "the danish girl" and
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also best supporting actress and what was it like on the morning that the nominations were announced? >> i was in berlin doing press for "danish girl" and we were going to head off straight after we finished this table junket that i had with journalists and i came out and my publicist just looked at me and screamed and said you got nominated and i jumped out and freaked out really and then she said and another thing -- >> wait, there's more. >> i just blanked out then and had a very hard time to get my head around. called my parent, the first thing. >> "the danish girl" will get a lot of attention because it deals with the issue of transgender which is in the news, but when eddie was here he made a very strong point and said let's remember that first and foremost this is a love story. is that the way you see it? >> definitely. >> it is the heart of this in a way and think it's also why i think it's extremely relatable in that sense that it's a couple
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that you get a very tight insight into their relationship and how -- how you -- how you tackle and handle a big change and how the relationship can go through very different stages and i was kind of just touched and very moved by -- by the amount of love. >> i was moved by the whole movie. it's a wonderful f. you're on the cover of "vogue" magazine basically saying that this coming year is going to be your year. that's a compliment and can also be nerve-racking. >> well, there's been a lot of nerve-racking moment and i think it's been, but, i mean, it's such an honor. i was 13 when i was in sweden when i went to -- to the strain straight in gottenburg was the only place you could buy international magazines, and i got to tell them how big -- it was a looking glass to another world so to be invited in and be part of that was pretty
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extraordinary. >> it's deserved. alici ya, great to meet you. congratulations on everything. >> thank you so much. >> and "danish girl" from our sister company focus features opens on christmas day. >> still ahead, a live performance from andy grammer downstairs, but, first, on a wednesday morning, this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back now with a rare condition that can develop in women pregnant with identical twins. >> two mothers are leading the charge to bring attention to it. here's "today's" erica hill. >> so this is the photo of them at the 20 weeks. they said you're fine. go home, like things are looking good, and then three days later is when we, you know, we found out that we lost our first baby. >> two weeks later, jamie delivered her twin daughters, ela and stella. neither survived.
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>> sometimes things look stone cold normal and within a very few days it can accelerate. >> it is tttf or twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, a disease many expectant mothers of identical twins have never even heard of. during pregnancy most identical twins share a single placenta in the womb. sharing the placenta also means the twins share blood vessels. in at least 10% of cases where the twins share the placenta tttf develops and the blood flow between the babies about, unbalanceled putting both twins in jeopardy. >> so the smaller donor twin is losing blood volume and the baby is basically losing nutrients to the other twin. the other baby gets an excess amount of blood volume and basically each baby is in jeopardy but from polar opposite reasons. >> in some pregnancies, like jamie's, tttf developed so
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quickly the damage so severe nothing can be done to save the babies. but for those who can be saved, recognizing the early signs is key to a positive outcome. odeh snider was also pregnant with identical twins that shared one placenta. >> i didn't know anything could go wrong. >> she had never heard of tttf until she was diagnosed. after doctors noticed a sides discrepancy during her 16-week ultrasound. >> very interesting. >> within days she was in the office of a one of a few neo-natal surgeons in the country by treat tttf by operating arthroscopically to laser blood vessels that share blood vessel and restore normal flow. >> we quote a 90% chance or higher that at least one baby will survive and about a 70% chance or higher that both will
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survive. >> griffin and zachery beat the odds. >> i was very lucky, gave birth to amazing and healthy children. >> experts say women carrying twins with a shared placenta should have an ultsound every one to two weeks and watch for any physical warning signs like a rapid growth of the womb, abdominal tightness and cramping. >> i think all moms shouldn't be afraid to ask questions just to get more information for a sense of peace. >> for "today," erica hill, new york. >> i've never heard of that. important information. >> and that's the whole point, to raise awareness. put a lot more information on tttf including the questions that expectant mothers should be asking their doctors. it's on our website, we're back in a movement this is "today" on nbc.
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>> we're so happy to have andy grammer here to perform his latest single. >> ladies and gentlemen, andy grammer. ♪
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♪ i've been grinding so long, been trying this for years ♪ and i got nothing to show, just climbing this rope right here ♪ ♪ and if there's a man upstairs, he kept bringing me rain ♪ ♪ but i've sending up prayers and something's changed ♪ ♪ i think i finally found my hallelujah ♪ ♪ i've been waiting for this moment all my life ♪ ♪ now all my dreams are coming true, yeah ♪ ♪ i've been waiting for this moment ♪ ♪ good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ hallelujah, let that bass line move ya, say ya ♪ ♪ and it's good to be alive right "now" ♪ ♪ i was dead in the water, nobody wanted me ♪
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♪ i was old news, i went cold as cold could be ♪ ♪ but i kept throwing on coal trying to make that fire burn ♪ sometimes you got ace aa get scars to get what you deserve ♪ ♪ i kept moving on and now i'm moving up ♪ ♪ damn, i'm feeling blessed with all this love ♪ ♪ i think i finally found my hallelujah ♪ ♪ i've been waiting for this moment all my life ♪ ♪ now all my dreams are coming true, yeah ♪ ♪ i've been waiting for this moment ♪ ♪ feels good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ hallelujah, let that bass line move ya, sayyaf ♪ and it's good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ i almost can, cannot handle
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♪ i could get you, could get used to this ♪ i almost can, cannot handle it ♪ ♪ i could get you, could get used to this ♪ ♪ i think i final found my ♪ hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah ♪ ♪ hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah ♪ ♪ good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ hallelujah, let that bass line move ya, sayyaf ♪ ♪ and it's good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪
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♪ good, good, good, good to be alive right about now ♪ ♪ all right >> awesome. andy grammer and his band. thank you so much. we're back with much more of "today" in a moment. first, a check youri'm ... ==tos say a good wednesday morning. 8:56. i'm sam brock. firefighters say a space heater started a fire in an apartment. firefighters say the space heater was plugged in with an extension cord and then ignited nearby clothing and boxes. nobody was hurt. two families did lose everything, including their christmas gifts about a week and a half before the holiday.
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over the next two years, santa clara county will spend $74 million on its jails. that money will go to improving the training of guards and beefing up psychiatric care. it comes in the wake of last summer's beating death of a mentally ill inmate.
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this morning on "today's take" best of 2015. as the year comes to a close we'll take a look back at year that was. then find out what we think about the new "star wars" films. we promise, no spoilers. >> and wait until you see what beyonce did that's got everybody talking today. all that and more coming up next. >> 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 a "today" on this wednesday morning. a look at the beautiful tree outside and the crowd on wednesday, december 16th. along with al, natalie and tamron.
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tell me about your morning jam. >> this is conrad zel. "hold me up." >> feels like old school. >> a little retro. >> a lot of young kids are doing old school '7 as and '880s kind of soul jams, i love it. >> speaking of retro, i thought you were going to speak -- as your theme this morning. >> i could have. >> that's old school. >> yeah. >> that's a classic. >> we all were lucky enough last night, we went to go see "star wars, the force awakens." >> had dinner and a movie. >> so fantastic. >> i cried leaving the theater. i couldn't sleep last night. watched the gop debate tries. >> unfortunately. >> that was my palette cleanser. it was beyond. it was great. >> not giving anything away. >> no, we're not. >> i do have a slight confession. >> yes.
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>> here it comes. >> like i said we had dinner and a movie. had a lot to eat, some vino, and some of us got a little sleepy. >> some of us. >> how did you fall asleep? >> i don't know. >> i was seated next to lance bass and his husband michael and the whole time they saw me going like this. >> first of all, the sense of humor. >> it was good. the parts i was awake for it was great. >> and everyone knows that han is back and the lines, the writing. j.j. abrams, that cast. >> yeah. >> we bow at your altar. it was so good to me. >> i thought they did such a good job of bringing new characters and plots and keeping the nostalgia there but not in a corny way. >> didn't you love the reaction of everybody in the thesers. >> oh, yeah. >> the applause. >> yeah. >> when you saw han solo popping up first, harrison ford and
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carrie fisher. >> and don't say anything else. >> but immediately like everybody broke out in applause and cheers. >> the applause is so loud you woke up at one point. >> you woke up and found yourself. >> i wasn't asleep the whole time. >> i grabbed lance bass' hand. >> this is the first movie that -- i saw nick and leila, nick was like, yeah, yeah. >> i could hear him on the side. >> i can't wait for my kids to see it. >> that's the thing. it's a shared experience and i said to someone, it feels like, brace for it, 1978, you know, '77 and then suddenly, and it's just perfect. modernizes but keeps it true and then we woke up with bitmojis on my brain, myself and al. we have our bitmojis. >> willie, why you need that app. >> i have it. >> i did it as well. >> there you are. the force is strong it my
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family. >> someone helped me out. the young woman the star of the movie. >> daisy. >> daisy ridley. >> on her way. >> for sure. >> reporter: she is so good. >> fantastic. >> it will make $300 million. >> first weekend. >> first weekend. >> they have already sold $100 million in advanced tickets. >> this is -- this is the first movie i've said i want to see again, i want to, and i want to buy the dvd. i don't know the last time i actually bought a dvd. i've rented but i want to own it in my home. >> i'm going to get a laserdisc. >> yes, yes. >> getting a laserdisc. >> i'm getting a layers. i'm bringing lasers. >> half you are our audience is googling right now. >> there was a time. >> there was a time. >> it was a platter the size of this table, and you -- you get two people to walk it in and put it in the stand and then you closed draw. keep the kids away in case they
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get closed in. >> can't scratch it. >> in keeping with the "star wars" theme. jimmy fallon and the roots did the an amazing a capella version with some of the stars from the film. take a look. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> that was so good.
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>> everybody want a pb8. >> so cute. his little facial expressions, doesn't have a face but his eyes. his eyes with the expressions. >> we better stop. we've got to the stop. >> j.j. had a big job and he delivered. the cast is the awesome. >> daisy ridley. >> amazing. >> about to become a huge star. let's talk about the other thing, the thing it a tamron watched twice last night. many of us only watched it once. fifth and final republican debate, another one next month. last one this year. dominated by national security and terrorism. not a lot of talk about the economy and other things. they did talk a lot of policy which was nice to heart. former in governor jeb bush confronted donald trump inary sees of exchanges. >> donald, you know, is great at one-liners, but he's a chaos candidate, and he'd be a chaos president. he would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe. >> jeb doesn't really believe i'm unhingeled.
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he said that very simple police because he has failed in this campaign. it's been a total disaster. nobody cares. >> you won't be able to insult your way to the presidency. that's not going to happen. and i do have the strength. the simple fact is the if you think this is tough and you're not being treated fairly. >> this isn't tough. i wish it was always as easy us a, jeb. >> or dealing with islamic terrorism that exists. this is a tough business to run for president. >> you're a tough guy, jerks i know, and we need to have a leader. >> real tough. >> you'll never be president of the united states by insulting your way. >> let's see, i'm at 42 and you're at 3 and so far i'm doing better. >> doesn't matter. >> so far i'm doing better. you started off over here, jeb. you're moving over further and further. pretty soon you're going to be off the end. >> oh, my gosh. >> there you have it. >> wow. >> you know what's interesting watching the debate jeb bush is the only one who really went after trump in a meaningful way. >> has to. >> the front-runner gets heat from all sides and especially ted cruz in second place, all but hugged donald trump.
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>> you know what we should get as an analyst, don rickles. >> i would love rickles to weigh in. >> what would rickles think? >> at end of the day nothing really changes because trump and cruz still are going to be leading. >> it's an interesting "morning joe," joe scarborough talked about this alliance with an alliance that's formed, "star wars" force, between donald trump and ted cruz and jeb bush, even though he's polling at 3% in some%, he may have found his lane to at least be discussed at the top of the newscast and the past it's been cruz, trump, of course or carson and now he's at least in the headline going into this holiday break. >> i think chris christie actually -- >> very good. >> was pretty strong. >> on the small table lindy graham. >> was incredible. >> lindsey graham was very, very strong and many people are saying he needs to now be on that main stage, polls aside
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because he is willing to confront and bring some of the heat to donald trump to challenge whether or not, you know, he should be president. >> i love the facial expressions on the attacks the split screen, that is always like the trump faces and even linds e graham had a lot of great faces, too. >> can we talk about ted cruz not really going after donald trump but did go after his fellow senator marco rubio. the two had a number of exchanges, this one on immigration. >> he was fighting to grant am nest and not to secure the border. i was fighting to secure the border. >> does ted cruz ever rule out legalizeding people in this country illegally now? do you rule it out? >> i've never supported legalization and i do not intend to support legalization. >> do not intend to. gave himself a little wiggle room. >> that's an interesting dynamic. >> interesting one. >> two youngish senate, for the senate they are young, 44 years old. >> a month apart. >> so that's a nice dynamic. >> one to watch. >> al, how about a look at weather.
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i love our produce, adam miller. all right. where's go. >> where is he? >> in my ear. let's go, move it along. a fun little game here. everybody ready to play. who wants to play who's colder? >> we all do. >> here's a question, overnight low, who is colder, los angeles or new york city? >> los angeles. >> all right. going with l.a. let's see, 43, los angeles, 48 new york. you're correct. >> oh, wow. >> l.a. is colder. how about boston versus las vegas. who do you think? >> las vegas. >> oh, you're catching on. >> 38 in boston, only 5 in vegas. >> 35 in vegas. >> yes. you didn't see that coming, did you? >> and how about difference between phoenix and d.c.? who is colder? >> phoenix is colder. >> oh, you didn't go for the bait. look at that. 33 in phoenix for a low. >> you should do this for a living. >> 43 in washington, d.c. >> that's right. johnny, tell them what they have good morning.
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i'm meteorologist teeteorologis. still at 38 in the north bay. highs in the mid to upper 50s even across the board, 53 in the tri-valley, while the north bay is at 58. 56 in the south bay. 50s today, we'll see that again tomorrow. and we'll start to also see some light showers moving in to the north bay. the rest of the the bay area won't see any rain until early saturday morning. >> and that is your late weather. >> thank you very much, al. up next, got rave reviews as they eased on done the road with they eased on done the road with the nbc "wiz the and all the decorationsl... are just right. the presents have all been opened... and our loved ones are gathered all around. so share that extra joy in your heart... and make this christmas even more special than the last.
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reviews. >> as donald trump would say huge. >> today they conquered oz and social media with both receiving the critics choice award nominates for their perform be a and in case you missed it there will be an encore airing of the musical this saturday night. >> good morning. congratulations. we were all over social media with everyone else. excitement. few things live up to the hype. this and "star wars" have lived up to the hype for me. i'll put them in the same category. >> how did it feel for you. >> just anays maidsing being the first thing i've ever done i couldn't have asked for a better experience. >> what does the live aspect, all of a sudden you're on live tv and tens of millions of people watching? >> it's definite pressure but it's the kind of pressure that pushes you forward, okay, back from commercial in five, four,
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three and then it's at that the point it's do or die. we were well prepared. it speaks to the importance of reparation, you know, two, two and a half months of rehearsal of what we got up there and i can't speak for anybody else but i wasn't as nervous as i thought i would be because we were so prepared, so 'n sync with each other. >> you can see the chemistry and the flow between all of you when you saw the reaction, and again, the encore saturday. when you saw the reaction, what did you think? >> the just so excited. like, whoa, we did that. >> i field like i shouldn't have even had the opportunity to watch you guys. >> it's one of the things that as you can do, can you sense you're doing it well. technically do you know that when it's going on? >> it's crazy. i was so into the role and like
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we were doing everything for the first time and it's so fresh and that's why i think it had such a good time. >> and that costume. >> oh, that costume. one of the things i do not miss putting on that costume, man t.definitely adds a whole other element to -- to just regular singing and dancing. very, very happy and not so much. not supposed to be able to move too freely and i feel like -- >> you were rocking it there. considering i did already. >> trying to keep that helmet up. one hand up. >> issue of the hat. >> yeah. got to ask you, neo, about the accent. i was talking to jay farrell who said he was in the mirror trying to nail the neo accent. >> i'm originally from camden, arkansas, and all of my uncles talk like that. the character is from kansas which is not incredibly far from
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party in midtown manhattan and can't wait to see what she butts out for christmas or new year's eve. also getting into the holiday spirit. tom brady and his beautiful wife gisele. the patriots quarterback shared this photo of his wife topping off the tree with the caption now we are ready for christmas thanks to the love of my life gisele. and it's been nearly 20 years sinned goldie hawn and bette midler teamed up for one of the movies "the first wives club" and it looked like the reunion might be in line and the leading ladies are back for netflix film with "diva nation" about a once popular singing group who reunite after 30 years and let's hope we get another musical number like this one. ♪ i'm free ♪ and i love to be free ♪ to live my life the way i want ♪ ♪ to say and do whatever i want ♪ >> that movie is so good. no word on "diva nation" and when it will premiere and one direction maybe going on hiatus
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but last night the boys belted out their song "one more time" with "late, late show" host in another car karaoke including a choreographed routine to their hit "no control" and things got really interesting when james asked niles to play a game of sleep with me, mary cruz. okay, so -- >> nice. >> that's mary gomez. >> selena gomez. >> i'm going to -- i'm going to -- going on a cruise with d mi lovato. >> great fun. >> the pair rumored to be dating. neither confirmed that as a fact so there you have it. once again my fun nightclub is empty. i can never get anybody to ease on into the club. >> here? >> okay. >> are we the first ones here? >> where's the yellow brick road? >> we don't need the yellow
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brick road. >> come on, ease on down the road saturday. coming up after your local news. okay. here we go. it's that night of the year you come here. looking for gifts so there won't be tears. eleventh hour shopper... that's you. see you next year, buddy! get low prices on all your last-minute gifts. walmart. you know the love you feel for olive garden's fresh baked breadsticks? well multiply that by a million.
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skr july. the money will cover drought related expenses and capital improvements. right about now, it's go big or go home for star wars fans. bay area theaters, including san jose century 20 will hold an epic marathon starting early tomorrow. fans will watch the first six star wars movies and finally the force awakens in 3d. the cost, about 50 bucks to 19 hours of star wars. if you don't have a ticket already, tough luck. most of the marathons are already sold out. did we mention that it starts at 3:00 in the morning. we'll be right back with a look at weather and traffic.
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traffic ck oakland 880 sponsor good morning. i'm kari hall. it's been such a cold start to the day. and now we're at 44 in san jose. mid-50s all across the board
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from the coast to the inland areas and in the valleys. around 58 degrees for today. how is it looking on the roads? >> looking good. it's december. we talked about this traditionally lighter overall. looking at northbound 880 past the coliseum, a smooth drive. speeds increasing. and a reminder that doves are back home after the long away. and there will be a slower drive as fans will be there. we're looking at a smooth drive through fremont. >> we're roaring right through the 9:00 hour. we'll be back at about 10:00 with another update.
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taking a look at the headlines. people who borrow money and those who save it have a lot riding on the federal reserve today. the fed is wrapping up two days of meetings and is widely expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006. an increase would affect mortgage rates, car loans and credit card rates and the amount paid on cds. more than 200 women have joined a class action lawsuit against wen hair products and their creator and marketer. in the suit the women claimed the products are dangerous and unsafe, and in some cases made their hair fall out. the company says there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support any claims that our hair care products caused anyone to lose their hair, and it promises to vigorously contest the allegations made against their products. older adults who get shingles may also have a higher short-term risk for strokes and
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heart attacks. a new study from britain found that shingles patients over 65 have two and a half times the usual risk for stroke in the first week after their diagnosis. their risk for a heart attack was nearly doubled. some good news though. those elevated rates gradually decreased over the following six months. combining chemo with electromagnetic field therapy can extend the lives of people with a fast growing type of brain tumor. researchers tested the dual treatment on patient who had already been going through chemo alone and those who received the combined therapy survived about three months longer than those who only got another round of chemo. and a new study finds that using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis may be a good alternate to surgery. researchers found that 3 out of 4 children with uncomplicated appendicitis could be successfully treated with antibiotics and were okay a year later. the study was led by researchers at nationwide children's
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hospital. well, the national zoo getting ready for its newest stars public debut. giant panda bebe is almost four months old and, boy, has he grown from 5 ounces to more than 17 pounds. today reporters had a photo shoot with him and earlier this week we even got a closer look. bebe will have his public coming out party on january 16th. look at that face. just want to pinch those cheeks. right? let's get a check of the weather with al. i'll pinch al's cheeks. >> i'll leave that alone. anyway, a frontal system push through the south and back behind it we'll see maybe 5 to 8 inches of snow in the northern u.p, of michigan and on into northern minnesota. this wet weather spread into the east later tonight and on into tomorrow and then clears out by it is cold in the bay area
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after starting out in the 30s this morning. we're still there it in the north bay. but making it into the mid-40s elsewhere. as we go into the afternoon, we're looking at highs up to 58 degrees in the east bay as well as north bay. san francisco up to 56 degrees. and 56 in the south bay. tri-valley will only be up to 53 degrees this afternoon and not as windy as it was yesterday. it will still be well below average, and we'll see that weather as we head into tomorrow. >> and that is your latest weather. >> thank you very much, al. ike barinholtz is one of the funniest guys in comedy right now and has been as it since he was a busboy at the improv theater when tina fey and amy poehler were big stars there. >> fast forward to today, co-starring with them in "sisters" we'll talk to ike in a minute but first more about his rise to stardom. >> you know how hard it is to write and perform jokes. >> funny guy ike likes to make
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folks laugh. getting his acting start on mad-tv he was part of the sketch comedy group for five years. he continued acting on the small screen, becoming the lovable goof ball nurse tucker on "the mindy project." >> at all the times i've been abandoned at a celebrity pet grave this is the most hurtful. >> where he also served as writer and producer and he landed a role in the movie "neighbors." >> you know what brings people to party more than anything, celebrities. >> soon he even joins the star-studded cast in the upcoming film "suicide squad," but first ike is teaming up with the queens of comedy, tina fey and amy poehler. he's amy's love interest in the much-anticipated comedy "sisters." >> hi. >> hi. >> i'm maura. >> i'm james. >> i just wanted to say hi. so that's done. >> oh. >> ike, good morning. >> good morning.
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another like hour and a half that i would like to keep rolling. >> just keep going. >> that would be great. i need al to like narrate my life always. >> isn't it great? >> he's at mcdonald's right now, got a fillet of fish and eating it in the bathroom. >> that's filet-o-fish. "sisters." here's the great part. you've known amy and tina for years but the first time you get to work with them professionally. >> yes. this is -- i was a busboy like you explained and they were very nice. they made me cut in my tips and that was acceptable but here we are. >> it's worked out well. >> worked out well, yes, yes. >> you get to be a leading man, not just a leading man but hunky leading man. i heard you had to lean down a bit. >> it was just a simple matter of diet, some extensive plastic surgeries and then they redid -- this is all woven-in hair. >> they gave you a weave? >> this is cat hair, but this is mine right here, so it was just a combination of those three things.
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>> so realistic. >> fantastic. >> you can't tell, willie. >> tell me about your character. amy and tina are the good girl and bad girl. >> good girl and bad girl. i'm kind of the -- of the boy next door, kind of a sweet guy, normally all my characters are desperate perverts. this guy is just like a nice man. >> and broken out, on my back. >> on your back. >> yeah. i'm just kind of a guy whose job it is to show amy's character that she can have fun and be a good person, and i think the word around my house is i'm the glue of the film. >> oh. >> that's what everyone says. >> that's what tina said this week? >> that's what she said? >> she called you -- >> no. >> she knows the movie. congratulations at premier and asked me for a drink. >> you steal a scene. i won't give anything away but i'll never look at one of those little ballerina jewelry boxes the same. >> neither will i because i can't. >> you can actually see it.
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open my mouth wide enough you can hear beethoven. >> and now you'll in "neighbors 2." >> yes, yes. if you thought the first "neighbors" was full of stupid morons, just you wait. we found a way to make them all dumber. >> i think we have a photo of you in a clown outfit. >> yeah, that's possible. where am i -- >> what were you doing in the clown outfit? >> right there. there we go. yes. >> why the clown outfit? >> nice hair. >> that was right before i got to the set and then i got into makeup. >> that's my son zach ephron. >> that's your i woke up like this look. >> i woke up like this. after a couple hours -- >> sound like you're channeling heath legend. >> little bit. very creepy. >> we've got seconds, "suicide squad." >> starring my best friend will smith. meeting him for lunch later. ever heard of him? i'm not. >> gave him a jewelry box. >> that was my rap gift to him. he's a wonderful person and it's very exciting. >> thank you so much.
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"sisters" from universal opens up friday. >> come back any time. >> starring ike. >> thank you. >> that's right, that's right. >> coming next, a little song, a little dance, a little snowball down your pants. we did it all this year. take a lack back at all the fun we've had this year. >> with the breakouts on your back. just fifteen minutes and a little imagination are all you need to make holiday magic. (microwave) ding! chex party mix. it's what the holidays are made of.
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>> yes. >> let's hope so. >> a look back at our year that was. >> you're driving! >> happy birthday. >> the trump wig. >> wow. >> hold on. >> we made it. ♪ look like we've made it >> it was a lot of fun. >> chaos. >> sweet, wonderful chaos. >> uncertainty was the buzzword. >> here we go. >> every day something epic happens. >> holy moly. >> i've got my two sisters, tamron, natalie hand my brother al. >> this year we really got our groove on. where do we even begin? >> tamron likes to think that she's a good dancer. >> we call this the choo-choo train. >> as does natalie. >> and willie and i know know we're not good dancers and we don't pretend to be. >> you love to dance. >> you have to be willing to laugh at yourself and make fun yourself. >> she's good at the salsa.
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>> and there's other kinds of dancing comes out and you're like what is going on there in. >> fudge brownies. >> this is wow me week with three cool experiments. >> i inhaled the cass. and my voice dropped down sub james earl jones as darth vader. >> that's unbelievable. >> yes. >> it was as though i were out of my own body, and if you watch the clip, i was genuinely scared of my level. >> when you hear the worth weather howl at moon. >> weather. >> i want you to imagine and believe that it's possible to take the dents out of the can. you'll tap on it. it's reseal the. it becomes -- >> oh, wait a minute. >> come on! >> what is crazy. >> i'm a sucker for a magic trick and clearly the viewer saw it that day. >> i swam with sharks, well, sort of, from behind a wall. they swam, i watched.
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>> the rokerthon this year was daunting, 50 states in a week's time. it was as exhausting as it was exhilarating. every place we went -- >> i got the goat! >> people are goats. >> goats magoats. it was like, really? >> got a little chill in the air. there's only one thing to do and that is have an ice dancing competition. >> how did that happen? whoa! >> baby. >> you're mean. >> there you go. >> the first time in my life. >> willie goes urban. >> tweeted a little audition for john cena. what it takes to be a wwe star. taking a look at headlines, you're all about to be in a world of pain because natalie is coming for you you. >> i was born to brawl, i've got the guts and the gal. >> the forecast for today, pain, i feel a cold front coming in from the east. >> i'll take tough piledriver to the canvas and get on the top
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rope and splash down to finish the job, brother. >> i can't get down. >> help me. >> i'm sorry you had to see this. >> spitting image. >> oh, my gosh. >> were you a little scary. >> wow. >> the feet. >> i love my life! >> the "today" show has evolve the. you can't do the same show that we do from 7:00 to 9:00, so at 9:00 it's a more conversational problem. >> put my weather to the test. good try. >> the what usually happens at end of an hour is that you get something delicious. and something that's hopefully fun. maybe you'll learn a little something. >> majority of our job is to reported news, so if we can smile and laugh together it means a lot.
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>> egg crack challenge. >> i am waving our "today's take" flag. >> i think i learned our team dunk crew is that we were all that much better when we work together as a team. the take team. mwah! >> the wow, what a year. >> forgot all that happened this year. >> felt like that was three years ago. all happened in the last week. thanks to everyone for putting that piece together. >> really great job. >> tomorrow we'll check out some of the stars who come through studio 1a. >> they don't stay. >> pass on through. >> shovel on pass us. >> always come to play and we always have fun with them. >> up next, sick of being asked about being single at holiday parties, i know i am. >> i know i am. >> nobody asks me. >> i'm going to pay attention to that segment, willie. ♪ ♪
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>> from "bridget jones diary." >> the why is it there are so many unmarried women their 30s these days, bridget? >> people dread being asked being asked dating questions. take a breath, stand solid who you and give them a smile. >> to the family stone. >> you have a lovely home. >> all to better to entertain you, my dear you. >> look street in their eyes and give them the best of you and know that you are enough. >> to rachel's recipe disaster in "friends." >> monica, i want you to have the first taste. >> really? >> well? >> mmm. >> take a beat, breathe, know that whatever pressures you're putting on yourself you're losing sight of the holiday. your joy, your light was
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contagious to others. if you're feeling good, they are feeling good and that's what the holiday is real be. >> and in the blind side. >> hey. >> whoa. >> mom. >> technology is great around the holidays because certain loved ones can't be reached any other way but if your nose is buried deep into that cell phone you may not look up and see that you're standing underneath the mistletoe and miss that kiss. >> so breathe, relax and enjoy the holidays. we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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what's going on? >> nothing is happening over here. >> can't have enough andy grammer. >> a give that actually gives back which is good and hoda is going to tell us what she thought about the new "star wars" movie because she went with you guys. >> i, of course, was watching the debate. >> whatever. >> you know what hoda said, gave me half of her twizzlers, i'll never forget that. >> unbelievable dinner and then -- and then i was throwing twizzlers at willie. >> she was. >> never mind. >> tons i'm ... ==topvo== the mercury
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news reports over the next two years -- 9:56. good morning. i'm scott mcgrew. santa clara county will spend a lot hormomore money on its jail. it will go to improving the psychiatric care, this comes in
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the wake of the beating death of a mentally ill inmate. three guards face murder charges. we're slowly seeing things warm up. a lot of sunshine and we're heading up to 56 in san francisco. 58 in the north bay as well as the east bay and 55 this the peninsula. we'll see more dry weather for the most part heading into tomorrow, but this weekend, we'll have some showers moving through and you'll want to keep checking in for updates on that. let's see what is happening with the morning commute. >> overall it's been pretty pleasant. we did have the early problems with the east shore freeway, but that cleared up. a couple scattered incidents on east shore, but the bay bridge toll plaza has one of your biggest backups because the metering lights are on. i'll show you oakland, as well, northbound 880 past the coliseum, jammed from basically 66 up toward high street. and then clear through downtown. remember the dubs play here
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tonight, this is right around this zone. 580 not a problem and the rest of the bay moves very well. smooth drive north through san jose. slow through palo alto. >> more local news in a half more.
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