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we'll have more updates for you in just 25 minutes. we hope you have a great day. "today" show picks up our coverage. good morning. winning hand. good morning. winning hand. donald trump with a strong lead heading into today's caucus in nevada and he plays tough guy with a protest err at his rally. >> i'd like to punch him in the face, i tell you. >> as he and marco rubio take swings at ted cruz over alged dirty contribution. >> every single day something comes out of the cruz campaign that's deceptive and untrue. >> while the other candidates it out is trump on a guide path to the nomination. bill gates sides with the fbi saying apple should unlock the phone of one of the san bernardino shooters. >> this is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information.
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>> will apple relent under mounting pressure or will it be up to a judge doo decide? >>. the mother of the 14-year-old girl shot an uber driver in michigan is speaking out. >> it was a miracle on its own. >> this morning how that young girl proves she was very much alive even as the hopes of her doctors were fading. and $75 million lawsuit, sports reporter erin andrews gets his day in court. was the hotel negligent for letting it happen. tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today." with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today." it's tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie chlgt we
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have willie in for matt this morning and this battle between apple and the government just got even more interesting. >> remarkable twist yesterday when one of the founding fathers of silicon valley, bill gates, came out on the side of the government against apple. >> and now we've seen titans of industry and silicon valley line up on differing side. a top story is politics. and the first test out west in the republican presidential race. today's nevada gop caucus and of course next week's super tuesday contests are looming large for both parties today. let's start our coverage with peter alexander. peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump in the driver's seat in this race and yet his rivals have barely toochd them. tonight the sauk can you say will pit trump against marco rubio. he spent a lot of his childhood here and has more family in this town than miami. while ted cruz is looking to smoke into second. it's starting to sound like it's only vegas act. donald trump the inevitable.
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>> we have a big lead and don't want to blow it. we have to go all the way. >> reporter: steam rolling into today's defendant can a caucus. >> we are not allowed to punch back anymore. do you know what they used to do to guys like this when they were at a place like this, they would be carried out on a stretcher, folks. i'd like to punch him in the face. >> reporter: trump is polling ahead of his rivals in ten of the next 14 states, on track to rack up delegates without ever cracking 35% of the popular vote. >> if we nominate someone that half of the republican party hates we will be fighting against each other all the way until november. we will never win that way. >> with jeb bush out marco rubio is trying to lead the establishment's charge posting endorsements from bob dole, orrin hatch. ted cruz is cleaning up a mess within his campaign firing a top aid for posting this video, accusing rubio of blowing off the bible. >> i have made clear that we will conduct this campaign with
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the highest standards of integrity. >> reporter: rubio outraged to for them to take a video and transcribe words that are the complete opposite of what i said. now it's every single day something comes out of the cruz campaign that's untrue. >> trump blasting cruz for more dirty contribution, later teeing off on cruz. >> this guy is sick. there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: despite speculation that a rubio case i can ticket could prove for mid i believe. the ohio governor picking up support of his own according former head of homeland security tom ridge and potentially shooting himself in the foot describing how he first won public office nearly 40 years ago. >> we just got an army of people who -- and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up for me all the way back when, you know, things were different. >> the clinton campaign pouncing, it's 2016. a woman's place is wherever she wants it to be. kasich later apologized for what
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he called an inartful comment. >> reporter: this morning we're getting a new snapshot of where things stand. our brand new nbc news survey monkey poll shows trump holding on to that commanding lead nationally. he is at 36%, ted cruz in second, marco rubio creeping up in the last week and rubio also gained this past week with two key republican groups heavily represented here in nevada, white evangelicals and voters who identify as very conservative. it's going to be a late night, the caucuses don't end until 9:00. >> thank you. over on the democratic side bernie sanders says he has no plans to leave the race, even with hillary clinton taking the lead in democratic delegates. clinton has a grand total of 52 to sanders 51, but clinton also maintains a commanding lead on the party's leadership. a survey of super delegates behind 449 backed clinton while 19 support sanders. sanders told supporters monday he sees a path to victory.
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>> a short three-letter answer is y-e-s. we are in in campaign to the end. we have gone much faster, much further than any -- many people would have believed possible. >> he's got the resources to stay in. next up for the democrats the south carolina primary on saturday where secretary clinton holds a big lead in the polls. >> let's bring in chucked to, moderator of "meet the press." chuck, this morning we want to do something a little different. we want to run through the scenarios as we understand it many establishment republicans are running through right now how you would stop trump at this point who is in a commanding position. a couple different scenarios people talk about, the first one you mentioned has trump losing -- has cruz losing to trump in texas. explain. >> well, savanna, the cleanest way to stop trump is hurry up and get in into a one on one between marco rubio and trump. what's the fastest way for that
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to happen, on super tuesday for ted cruz to lose his home state in texas. it is a neck and neck race. this is what gives donald trump potential advantage because he could knock out his vie valls by beating them in their home states over the next couple of weeks. if you are marco rubio the fastest way to get to a one on one, cruz loses texas and then suddenly everybody coalesces and a possibility of a one on one is there. >> truck, we hear it almost every four years the term brokered convention, this thing is going to the cop vengs and it hasn't happened for more than 60 years. could this be the year and what does that look like? >> it's possible. and it look like this, on super tuesday of those 12 contests essentially everybody wins a few contests, marco rubio wins places like tennessee, a couple weeks later he wins florida, ted cruz goes on to win texas, john kasich wins ohio, donald trump wins his fair share. but it is three or four different candidates win maybe regional states or their home states and then nobody has a delegate lead and by the way we will show this on march 16th.
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we will know the day after that second super tuesday in march if there is only a 100 delegate lead for trump we're going to a broke end convention. >> this is the theory of a late entrant to the race. >> well, this would be if trump is blowing through march and then the panic really sets in and then it's all about simply denying him a majority of delegates, doing whatever it takes. there is still a filing deadline to make in the california primary. maybe a mitt romney, this is a scenario someone outlined to me a couple days ago, mitt romney would file late, you maybe get other favorite sons or daughters to file late in these late primaries, simply to try to beat trump, deny him delegates and create yet another way for a broke earned convention. that's the most far if etched. >> romney said he won't get in. let's look at the democrats and do a little malgt, chuck. we laid out the challenges bernie sanders has at this point, about 20% of the delegates up for grabs on super tuesday and a lot of those states hillary clinton has good
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sized leads. >> look, she does. the only way that this starts to be -- to get tough for her again is if, number one, bernie sanders comes within single digits on saturday in south carolina and then from there he's got to beat her in a big state. texas, tennessee, virginia, go, those are four of the biggest states on super tuesday. can he beat her in one of those four? if he does then i think maybe he has a chance to sort of reset this race, but right now it doesn't look possible. >> chuck todd, thank you so much. interesting to run through those scenarios. >> chuck, thanks a lot squloo there is a new crinkle in the fight tween apple and the fbi over a cellphone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. bill gates is weighing in this morning and you might be surprised by what he's saying. pete williams has more on that. >> reporter: surprising because up until now the other tech giants including facebook's mark zuckerberg, jack dorsey the founder of twitter and the google ceo sundar pichai have
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closed ranks to support apple but bill gates says apple should do what the fbi is asking. >> i do think people want the government to act on their behalf if they feel like the safeguards are there. >> reporter: bill gates the founder of microsoft is breaking ranks with silicon valley. he says technology companies should be forced to cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations. he disagrees with the claim of apple ceo tim cook that forcing apple to help the fbi open the san bernardino gunman's iphone will set a dangerous precedent. >> historically the government has gone to phone companies and banks and lots of companies to gather information. >> washington lawyer ted olsen who is representing apple says the government has never demanded this much. >> privacy and liberty is very important to the citizens of this country and to the people that buy apple products. are we going to allow terrorists to take that right away from us? without fighting back and asking the court to look into these issues? >> reporter: writing in the "new york times" new york's police
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commissioner bill bratton also goes after apple. he asks how is not solving a murder or not finding a message that might stop the next terrorist attack protecting anyone? a new poll shows 51% say apple should help the fbi unlock the phone, 38% side with apple. as for gates, he says he welcomes the controversy. >> people feel like the government not being blind and being able to try and stop bad things before they happen, it's a good debate to be having. >> reporter: apple customers who support the company stand against the fbi plan demonstrations today in more than 30 cities. they will carry banners that say don't break our iphones. willie, savannah. >> fascinating debate. the other side you have a former nsa and cia chief taking up for apple. so you can't predict where these will shake out. we turn to the tragic shooting pre? kalamazoo, michigan, an emotional vigil was held for the victims last night. we're hearing from the family of a teenager who is clinging to
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life at this hour as police try to figure out a motive in these attacks that so far appear to be ran don. ron not with the latest on this. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. a 14-year-old girl is one of two survivors of this weekend's shootings, she's being treated as this stunned community is trying to figure out why anyone would target unsuspecting people like her. >> she is alive and she is fighting for her life. >> reporter: late monday tears and hope from the parents of abigail kopf the youngest victim in the kalamazoo shooting interest spree. >> abigail is strong and she was a vibrant beautiful young lady and did not deserve this. >> reporter: she was shot in the crocker barrel parking lot along with four women torp killed. abigail was pronounced dead, she squeezed her mother's hand. >> breathtaking. it was a miracle on its own. the other survivor tee anna carruthers has a bullet lodged
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in her kidney but is expected to recover. the girlfriend of tyler smith killed along with his father richard outside a car dealership survived by hiding under a blanket in the back seat of a car. the suspect uber driver jason dalton has admitted involvement in the random ram pain that killed six people. >> he made a statement acknowledging his involvement in this incident. from his responses there is very little remorse. >> reporter: this morning still no answers to the question why. >> i would prefer just to remain silent. >> reporter: authorities say ledge dalton was picking up uber passengers in between shootings. >> we did not have any red flags. prior to that day his record looked good. >> reporter: uber says dalton had been on the job for one month, this undergone a background check by the company and had a high rating before his arrest. hundreds came together at a candlelight vigil to pray for the survivors and remember the victims. the 45-year-old suspect is due
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back here in court in a few weeks on march 10th. back to you. >> ron, thank you. coming up in her next half hour we will focus more on how companies like uber screen potential employees, questions a lot of people have in the wake of this. > in other news this m bill cosby's wife has now answered questions under oath in a civil suit tied to her husband's alleged sexual assaults of seven women. camille cosby answered questions for two and a half hours at a springfield, massachusetts hotel. the seven women accuse her husband of defaming them by denying their allegations of sexual assault. the plaintiff's lawyer spoke after the deposition, he said his clients believe a jury wilr restore their good names and reputations. >> at the end of the day a jury is going to determine who has more credibility, is it the seven women that we represent or is it bill cosby? >> camille cosby will answer questions at a second deposition next month.
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bill cosby has repeated denied all claims of misconduct. there is a threat of severe weather in the south and al is watching that. >> not just today but into the overnight hours which can be potentially very dangerous. we're watching these storms already firing up from houston on into galveston, corpus christi, pushing to the east. right now we have a tornado threat from new orleans to hattiesburg but all the way to houston. 21 million people at risk. large hail, tornadoes likely. but then overnight tonight into tomorrow morning we've got a severe risk, a strong risk from mobile to crest view, tallahassee involved as well, damaging winds, wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, this will push to the east, the storms in texas, then louisiana, new orleans under the gun. this evening the storms move into mississippi, damaging winds and really significant long track tornadoes overnight and then wednesday it tracks into georgia, the carolinas, we're looking for a tornado threat in the eastern carolinas as well.
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over the next couple of days we're looking at anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain, but, guys, the real threat especially overnight we can't stress this enough the danger of these tornadoes especially long track ones and we come back a little later there is a winter side to this storm as well. >> we'll check back in just a second. thank you very much. news from overseas, the syrian government saying today it accepted a halt to combat operations in line with the u.s. russian plan for a partial truce. syria said it would coordinate are russia to decide which groups and areas would be included in the ceasefire. isis is not excluded in the deal. secretary of state john kerry will appear before the foreign relations committee over how violations will be handled. now to the ongoing battle over the supreme court seat left by antonin scalia. republican leaders are jumping on comments made by joe biden 24 years ago. in june of 1992 biden said the senate should not consider a supreme court nominee during an
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election year. biden was speaking hypothetically, the senate was not considering a nominee at that time. on monday the vice president responded posting this tweet, as my record shows i presided over the consideration of justice kennedy. reagan nominee, who was confirmed in a presidential election year. >> we have dramatic video out of australia this morning, a construction crane was on fire in melbourne. today and eventually that led to this, the arm of the crane crashing to the ground. no one was injured in the accident. officials say the fire may have started in the motor of that crane. huge waves are causing big problems in hawaii. a historic swell hit the north shore of oahu with some waves jumping on to roadways and soaking cars. transportation officials are to close the highway there. locals say the surf was the biggest they have seen in about a decade. naturally a due daring surfers were brave enough to jump in and take a ride. al is back with more on the weather. >> quick look at your national forecast. we will show you we are
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expecting those strong storms down through the south, beautiful weather along the west coast, snow out of the rockies, that will make its way further east a little later on. we will get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. that will make its way further that will make its way further good morning, i'm kari hall. mostly sunshiny skies when you go out. grab a jacket, we do have cooler temperatures, but look how it warms up this afternoon. we're up to 72 degrees in the peninsula and 75 degrees in the
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south bay. 74 in the east bay and san francisco looking at 71 degrees. we have low 70s today. we may be trending to the mid and upper 70s in the next few days. we do keep some sunshine but we have slight rain chances as we go through the rest of the work week. we will look at the snowy side of this storm in just about ten minutes. opening statements begin today in sports reporter erin andrews' $75 million peeping tom lawsuit. was the hotel where she was videotaped by a stalker negligent. plus increased scrutiny over the vetting process used by companies like uber in the wake of that deadly rampage in kalamazoo, michigan. how do you know your driver is trustworthy? we will take a closer look at that issue. first this is "today" on nbc. avo: when laquinta.com sends craig wilson a ready for you alert the second his room is ready, ya know what he becomes?
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nothing but clear skies. all that sunshine today will warm our temperatures up, but it is cool to start. it's 47 degrees in oakland and 50 now in san francisco, and our highs today reaching into the low to mid-70s and even some upper 70s in spots like half moon bay. we're at 71 degrees today in castro and napa looking at 72 degrees. danville more of the same. let's look at traffic with mike. >> trafficwise speaking, we're looking at a northbound slowdown. only the red shows up at 287. red means below 20 miles an hour. the bridge from the fremont side, slowing as you get to the flat section of the san mateo bridge but nothing dramatic. a crash at the davis onramp. that might be a distraction. look at the east bay, not so bad. back to you. thank you, mike, and thank
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you for joining us as well. i'll be back with a local news update for you in half an hour.
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>> announcer: this is an nbc news special report. here is willie geist. >> good morning. in just a moment president obama will make a statement from the roosevelt room at the white house. we expect him to put forth a plan for closing the prison at guantanamo bay, cuba. this is something the president has vowed to do since he first ran for the job as a united states senator. we have already heard clear opposition from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and it will stir up debate on the campaign trail. let's bring in jim mik la she have skier in there were as many
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as 1,800 detainees at guantanamo bay. that number down to 91. under the president's new plan as many as 35 could be released to other country and it could cost the u.s. $460 million to build detention facilities for 30 to 60 of those detainees who would be brought to the u.s. and incarcerated many most likely for life. we have republican majorities in both chambers of congress. let's go to the president right now. good morning, everybody. in our fight against terrorists like al qaeda and isil we are using every element of our national power. our military, intelligence, diplomacy, homeland security, law enforcement, federal state and local, as well as the example of our ideals as a country that's committed to universal values. including rule of law and human rights.
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in this fight we learn and we work to constantly improve. when we find something that works, we keep on doing it. when it becomes clear that something is not working as intended, when it does not advance our security, we have to change course. for many years it's been clear that the detention facility at guantanamo bay does not advance our national security. it undermines it. this is not just my opinion. this is the opinion of experts, this is the opinion of many in our military. it's counter productive to our fight against terrorists because they use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit. it drains military resources. with nearly $450 million spent last year alone to keep it running. more than $200 million in additional costs needed to keep
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it open going forward for less than 100 detainees. guantanamo harms our partnerships with allies and other countries whose cooperation we need against terrorism. when i talk to other world leaders they bring up the fact that guantanamo is not resolved. moreover, keeping this facility open is contrary to our values. it undermines our standing in the world. it is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law. as americans we pride ourselves on being a beacon to other nations, a model of the rule of law. but 15 years after 9/11, 15 years after the worst terrorist attack in american history, we're still having to defend the existence of a facility and a
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process where not a single verdict has been reached in those attacks. not a single one. when i first ran for president it was widely recognized that this facility needed to close. this was not just my opinion. this was not some radical far left view. there was a bipartisan support to close it. my predecessor, president bush, to his credit said he wanted to close it. it was one of the few things that i and my republican opponent, senator john mccain, agreed on. and so in one of my first acts as president i took action to begin closing it. and because we had bipartisan support, i wanted to make sure that we did it right.
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i indicated that we would need to take our time to do it in a systematic way and that we had examined all the options. unfortunately during that period where we were putting the pieces in place to close it what had previously been bipartisan support suddenly became a partisan issue. suddenly many who previously had said it should be closed backed off because they were worried about the politics. the public was scared into thinking that, well, if we close it somehow we will be less safe. and since that time congress has repeatedly imposed restrictions aimed at preventing us from closing this facility. now, despite the politics we have made progress. of the nearly 800 detainees once held at guantanamo more than 85%
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have already been transferred to other countries. more than 500 of these transfers, by the way, occurred under president bush. since i took office we have so far transferred 147 more. each under new significant restrictions to keep them from returning to the battlefield. and as a result of these actions today just 91 detainees remain. less than 100. today the defense department, thanks to very hard work by secretary of defense ash carter as well as his team working in concert with the office of management budget, today the department is submitting to congress our plan for finally closing the facility at guantanamo once and for all. it's a plan that reflects the hard work of my entire national security team.
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so i especially want to thank ash and his team at d.o.d. this plan has my full support. it reflects our best thinking on how to best go after terrorists and deal with those who we may capture and it is a strategy with four main elements. first, we will continue to securely and responsibly transfer to other countries the 35 detainees out of the 91 that have already been approved for transfer. keep in mind that process involves extensive and careful coordination across our federal government to ensure that our national security interests are met when an individual is transferred to another country. so, for example, we insist that foreign countries constitute strong security measures. and as we move forward that means that we will have around 60 and potentially even fewer
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detainees remaining. second, we will accelerate the periodic reviews of remaining detainees to determine whether their continued detention is necessary. a review board, which includes representatives from across government, will continue to look at all relevant information including current intelligence and if certain detainees no longer pose a continuing significant threat, they may be eligible for transfer to another country as well. number three, we will continue to use all legal tools to deal with the remaining detainees still held under law for detention. currently ten detainees are in some stage of the military commission's process, a process that we worked hard to reform in my first year in office with bipartisan support from congress. but i have to say with respect
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to these commissions they are very costly. they have resulted in years of litigation without a resolution. we are, therefore, outlining additional changes to improve these commissions which would require congressional action and we will be consulting with them in the near future on that issue. i also want to point out that in contrast to the commission process our article 3 federal courts have proven to have an outstanding record of convicting some of the most hardened terrorists. these prosecutions allow for the gathering of intelligence against terrorist groups. it proves that we can both prosecute terrorists and protect the american people. so think about it. terrorists like richard reed, the shoe bomber, of abdul mute la who tried to blow up a plane
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over detroit, the man who tried to bomb times square and the bm, they were all convicted in our article 3 courts and are now behind bars here in the united states. so we can capture terrorists, protect the american people and when done right we can try them and put them in our maximum security prisons and it works just fine. in this sense the plan we're putting forward today isn't just about closing the facility at guantanamo, it's not just about dealing with the current group of detainees which is a complex piece of business because of the manner in which they were originally apprehended and what happened. this is about closing a chapter in our history.
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it reflects the lessons we have learned since 9/11. lessons that need to guide our nation going forward. so even as we use military commissions to close out the cases of some current detainees, which given the unique circumstances of their cases make it difficult for them to be tried in article iii courts, this type of use of military commission should not set a precedent for the future. as they have been in past wars, military commissions will continue to be an option when individuals are detained during battle, but our preferred option, the most effective option for dealing with individuals detained outside military theaters, must be our strong proven federal courts. fourth, and finally, we're going to work with congress to find a
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secure location in the united states to hold remaining detainees. these are detainees who are subject to military commissions, but it also includes those who cannot yet be transferred to other countries or who we have determined must continue to be detained because they pose a continuing significant threat to the united states. we are not identifying a specific facility today in this plan. we are outlining what options look like. as congress has imposed restrictions that currently prevent the transfer of detainees to the united states, we recognize that this is going to be a challenge and we are going to keep making the case to congress that we can do this in a responsible and secure way, taking into account the lessons and great record of our maximum security prisons. and let me point out the plan we are submitting today is not only
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the right thing to do for our security, it will also save money. the defense department estimates that this plan compared to keeping guantanamo open would lower costs by up to $85 million a year. over ten years it would generate savings of more than $300 million. over 20 years the savings would be up to $1.7 billion. in other words, we can ensure our security, uphold our highest values around the world and save american taxpayers a lot of money in the process. in closing i want to say i am very clear eyed about the hurdles to finally closing guantanamo. the politics of this are tough. i think a lot of the american public are worried about
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terrorism and in their mind the notion of having terrorists held in the united states rather than in some distant place can be sca scary. but part of my message to the american people here is we're already holding a bunch of really dangerous terrorists here in the united states because we threw the book at them and there have been no incidents. we've managed it just fine. and in congress i recognize in part because of some of the fears of public that have been fanned oftentimes by misinformation there continues to be a fair amount of opposition to closing guantanamo. if it were easy it would have happened years ago, as i wanted, as i have been working to try to get done. but there remains bipartisan
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support for closing it. and given the stakes involved for our security this plan deserves a fair hearing. even in an election year. we should be able to have an open, honest, good faith dialogue about how to best ensure our national security. and the fact that i'm no longer running, joe is no longer running, we're not on the ballot, it gives us the capacity to not have to worry about the politics. let us do what is right for america. let us go ahead and close this chapter. and do it right and do it carefully and do it in a way that makes sure we're safe, but -- but gives the next president and more importantly future generations the ability to apply the lessons we've learned in the fight against terrorism and doing it in a way that doesn't raise some of the
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problems that guantanamo has raised. i really think there is an opportunity here for progress. i believe we've got an obligation to try. president bush said he wanted to close guantanamo despite everything that he had invested in it. i give him credit for that. there was an honest assessment on his part about what needed to happen. but he didn't get it done and it was passed to me. i've been working for seven years now to get this thing closed. as president i have spent countless hours dealing with this. i do not exaggerate about that. our closest allies raise it with me continually. they often raise specific cases of detainees repeatedly. i don't want to pass this problem on to the next president, whoever it is. and if as a nation we don't deal with this now when will we deal with it? are we going to let this linger on for another 15 years, another
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20 years, another 30 years? if we don't do what's required now i think future generations are going to look back and ask why we failed to act when the right course, the right side of history and of justice and our best american traditions was clear. so, again, i want to thank secretary carter, you and your team did an outstanding job and you have shown great leadership on this issue. with this plan we have the opportunity finally to eliminate a terrorist propaganda tool, strengthen relationships with allies and partners, enhance our national security and most importantly uphold the values that define as americans. i'm absolutely committed to closing the detention facility at guantanamo. i'm going to continue to make the case for doing so as long as i hold this office, but this is a good moment for everybody to
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step back, take a look at the facts, take a look at the views of those who have been most committed to fighting terrorism and understand this stuff. our operatives, our intelligence officials, our military, let's go ahead and get this thing done. thanks very much, everybody. >> president obama addressing the country from the videos velt room at the white house laying out his plan once again for closing the detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba. let's bring in chuck todd nbc's police cal director moderator of "meet the press." the president twice invoking president george w. bush as someone who once shared his view that guantanamo needs to be closed. >> you know, on his first full day of his presidency i remember sitting there watching him sign an executive order that said he was closing down guantanamo bay. that prison within one year. here we are nearly eight years later and it's still not closed. the point is this, willie. he had -- he had more bipartisan
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support for shutting down gitmo eight years ago than he does today. he had john mccain ready to work with him, lindsey graham ready to work with him. they don't do it. already before the president spoke this morning, willie, a major democratic senator from colorado, a state that houses one of these big prisons that these guys might go to said they are not coming to colorado. this is a plan that the president wanted to get out but it has very little support in congress on a bipartisan basis. >> that's a democrat and majority leader mitch mcconnell calling this an ill considered crew side by a president. much more right now on nbcnews.com and msnbc. lester holt a full wrap is has l report. social media were not so thrilled. here's the deal. right now, you get a star every time you make a purchase.
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basically, no matter what you order, you're earning points toward a free drink. come april, the focus shifts. you're going to get points based on how much you spend instead. if you are like me and get a simple coffee every day, it'll take $40 more to reach the free beverage each time. if you spend more, you'll get there faster. starbucks said this was the number one request heard from customers. tim wrote, thanks starbucks for punishing those of us that like regular black coffee. steven wrote, now i have to spend three times as much to gain any rewards. sincerely, a tall dark roast drinker. starbucks are encouraging people to hold out for what's to come. they tweeted, we'll be introducing new ways to earn stars so the majority of members will earn stars just as fast, if not fast as before. it remains to be seen if this will have impact on customer
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loyalty. we'll find out in april. >> you lost me at, try to follow this. >> all the time at starbucks and not getting the rewards, i've been missing out. >> if this is our biggest problem, we're doing great as a country. thanks, carson. coming up, natalie's devil wears prada moment as cosmopolitan's newest intern. first, your local news and weather.
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good tuesday morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. take a look at this view from sunol. we have a beautiful sunrise. a great way to start the day. we're in the upper 40s in san francisco and oakland. expect 72 degrees in burlingame. 73 in danville. and our temperatures will be staying very warm over the next few days. in fact, we may be setting some new records, especially in the south bay as we get up to 78 degrees on thursday. temperatures do come back down a couple of degrees as we head into friday with more clouds. let's see what's happening in oakland now with mike. >> kari, we're getting some slowing. not setting any records over there, but we are showing a slower drive northbound. southbound actually moving very well, and as we look at the map, it tends to be a lighter flow in many of our spots. the walnut creek interchange,
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the 580 in oakland. that eastern flow slower westbound. traffic tends to jam up in san mateo. the heavier route feeding into palo alto, menlo park. an earlier crash in matilda. back to you. a raging fire destroys a buddhist temple in oakland. firefighters are looking for a probable cause. it may be due to hundreds of lit candles. apple's board is calling for the government to pull back on demands. learn where rallies are being held today across the bay area. and remembering a wine country pioneer. on her home page, see how the death is shaking napa valley's family. now an update in half an hour.
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♪ it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, the angelina effect. a new study reveals more women than ever are opting to undergo preventative mastectomies. is it the right decision? then the pop star versus the producer. the man behind kesha's biggest hits breaks his silence after she accuses him of rape. the high court battle that has some of the biggest names rallying behind the singer. ♪ no big deal up for the job. >> "cosmopolitan," here i come. >> natalie finds out if she has what it takes to be an intern at "cosmopolitan" magazine. >> first off, tea, little bit of milk, no sugar. >> today, tuesday, february
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23rd, 2016. ♪ this is how we do ♪ knocking at my door ♪ wanna know what it is, make the boys want more ♪ ♪ take a dip >> we're from san diego and we love "today." >> hey, mom and dad are in new york city. >> hi, we love you. >> good morning! >> happy anniversary to my wife back in virginia. i love you. >> hey, guys. >> it's 8:00 on "today." it's tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. i know i say this every day, but it's true, we have the best crowd. everyone is so excited and happy to be here. it's chilly on our plaza, but they're here so good morning to them. good day for a selfie.
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>> al and i were doing a little switch. >> matt is a little under the weather. he'll be back soon, we hope, but we have willie filling in. coming up, celebrity style for the rest of us. we'll show you how to tackle some of the season's hottest trends that you think you can't pull off. >> willie, you could pull that off. >> you think so? >> absolutely. first, let's head inside with natalie for a check of the top stories. breaking news. president obama has just unveiled his plan to close the controversy detention center at guantanamo bay. he wants to transfer dozens of remaining detainees to facilities in the united states. the proposal would fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to shutter dwan tan kn guantanamo. >> for many years, the detention facility at guantanamo bay doesn't advance our national security. it undermines it. this is not just my opinion. this is the opinion of experts. this is the opinion of many in
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our military. it's counterproductive to our fight against terrorists. >> the republican chairman of the house armed services committee said he'd hold a hearing on the plan but he warned that congress will reject it if it does not provide enough specific details. donald trump boasting a big lead but playing rough heading into today's nevada republican caucuses. trump unloaded on a heckler, saying, quote, he'd like to punch him in the face. he also accused rival ted cruz of dirty tricks, calling him sick. cruz fired a top aide on monday for tweeted an inaccurate video that falsely accused rubio of brushing off the bible. with jeb bush out of the race, rubio is hoping to get support from establishment republicans, backed by a new endorsement from bob dole. democratic presidential kand da -- candidate bernie sanders has no plans to leave the race, even
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with clinton taking the lead in delegates. clinton maintains a commanding lead on the party's leadership. a survey of super delegates finds that 449 back clinton, only 19 support sanders. still, sanders told supporters on monday, he sees a path to victory. >> short three letter answer is y-e-s. we are in the campaign till the end. we have gone much faster, much further than any or many people would have believed possible. >> next up for the democrats, south carolina primary where clinton holds a big lead in the polls. national rift is growing over apple's refusal to help the fbi hack the phone of a san bernardino shooter. stands are being held at apple stores today, organized by tech freedom groups. a new poll showsver half of
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americans back the fbi's effort to force apple to help investigators. microsoft founder bill gates has come out in support of the fbi, saying this is a specific case and not a general request by the agency. the number of american women having mastectomies has reached a record high, even though the breast cancer rate has remained stable. federal health officials say there was a 36% increase in preventive mastectomies from 2005 to 2013. the number of women undergoing double mastectomies tripled. experts say this reflects an aggressive approach to breast health. charlie's sheen revelation on "today" that he was hiv positive may have had a life saving impact. more people googled hiv and related terms after sheen's appearance here than ever before. researchers at san diego state university say the number of searches for hiv information jumped by 2.75 million. after years of waning interest, news reports mentioning hiv increased more than 250% on the
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day of the interview. a university of new hampshire tradition. you toss a fish on to the ice after the home team's first goal. when the tradition called, this guy flopped. het heave the heavy, slippery fish over the glass. took him, apparently, three tries. >> disgusting. >> to achieve the goal. his embarrassing performance, now a viral sensation. floppy fish. not sure what to make of that. >> why -- how did the fish get in there? >> it's a tradition. >> if you don't get it over twice, put it in your bag. >> cook it up for dinner. now, kesha against a popular music producer. >> she is fighting to get out of her recording contract and support from her fellow stars rolls in. the man at the center of the dispute is speaking out for the first time.
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here is joe fryer. ♪ don't stop, make it rock, blow my speakers up tonight ♪ >> reporter: the high profile case between a pop star and hit producer is turning into a trial by twitter. kesha getting a flurry of support from fellow singers and celebrities after her defeat on friday. a judge denied the singer's bid to be released from a recording contract with dr. luke, the producer she's currently suing, alleging sexual assault. her allies used the hashtag, free kesha. ariana grande, my heart is with kesha rose. lady gaga writing, i can say, truly, i am in awe of your bravery. taylor swift is donating $250,000 to help with legal bills. >> kesha is going to have a difficult road ahead of her to win in the court of law. however, she seems to be winning, big time, in the court of public opinion. >> reporter: in 2014, kesha sued dr. luke, the man who discovered her, claiming he sexually, physically, verbally and
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emotionally abused her. the lawsuit, she alleges dr. luke continuously forced himself on her while she was intoxicated and drugged. monday, dr. luke also took to twitter, echoing denials he's filed in court. saying i never raped kesha and never had sex with her. we've been friends and she's like my little sister. in a statement, his attorneys accuse kesha and her kocounsel using a smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain. dr. luke is suing kesha, claiming she made up the allegation so she could get out of her recording contract with him and sony music. ♪ get up, get up ♪ your love, your love kesha's attorneys argue her career is at a stand still because she won't work with dr. luke as the contract requires. his attorneys say kesha is free to record and release music without working with dr. luke as a producer if she doesn't want to.
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he claimed she isn't free, is a myth. both sides are digging in, fighting in and out of the courtroom. for "today," joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> it's complicated. let's bring in "today"'s legal analyst. good morning. >> good morning. >> we haven't gone through trial. this is the beginning of the case. she's saying he abused me, i don't want to work with him. therefore, i want out of the recording contract. sony is saying, you don't have to work with him, but you do have to be bound by the contract. >> importantly, this is a preliminary injunction hearing, which is an early hearing in the case. it's not trial yet. her lawyer had to meet a high legal bar. the judge said he didn't meet it. the claims weren't specific enough and he didn't bring forth evidence in support of her allegations. >> this is just the first step and she lost the first legal battle. it doesn't prevent her from going forward with the case. >> right. >> what happens to the claims that she makes of all kinds of abuse by dr. luke? what happens in the court process with those? does she have to prove them?
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>> eventually, there will be a trial and her attorney can bring forth witnesses and evidence, and any corroboration that they have. at this point, the judge said, look, there is no irreparable injury because you don't have to work with dr. luke anymore. she's claiming maybe sony wouldn't promote her in the future. the judge said that's not enough at this early stage. >> on the allegations of sexual assault, dr. luke, the producer, says she gave a statement, kesha, under oath at a previous deposition, saying it didn't happen. is that a problem? >> she was an adult when we made the statement. the sexual assault survivors tend to say it didn't happen before they come forward with claims. it's tough for her to overcome. >> is it a problem for her that she apparently never went to law enforcement and reported it? >> that's less of a problem. most rape victims don't go to law enforcement. she did bring these claims forward with her lawyer in these actions. >> you see the celebrities and they're saying, free kesha and sympathetic to her and her claims, but she is free to record as long as she stays with
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sony. if these allegations were proven, if she ultimately prevailed at trial, would that be enough to get her out of the contract with sony? >> i think it's a winning point for sony, that she does not have to work with dr. luke anymore. they point out that pursuant to the contract, they've lived up to their end. they spent millions of dollars promoting her music. she's free to work with somebody else. it's a big company. they want to promote her music. sony wants to make money. kesha wants to make money. sony wants to go forward with her. >> the court of public opinion is in full swing. >> girl power supporting her. >> thank you so much. coming up next, how do you handle it when you're at a restaurant and your order is messed up? the sneaky way one ceo puts job candidates to the test. >> interesting one. plus, pigs in space. how about gorillas? we'll explain this sight on the international space station. the not so fabulous side of the fashion world. natalie takes on an internship at "cosmopolitan" magazine.
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8:14, otherwise known as trending time. we've all been on job interviews and know the question, where do you see yourself in five years? what's your biggest weakness? >> right. >> the ceo of charles schwab
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takes a different approach. he takes the person to breakfast. it's not scones and green tea. beforehand, he tells the restaurant to mess up the job applicant's order, to get something wrong to see how they react. do they get upset, frustrated, are they understanding, solution-oriented? he told the "new york times," we'll all make mistakes. the question is, how will we recover and will we be respectful to others when they make them? it's a way to look inside someone's heart rather than just their heads. >> great idea. >> i like it. >> it's interesting. on the other hand, if you were on a job -- >> one has to do with the other. >> if you were on a job interview. apparently, it goes on to say that some bosses think if you're not assertive and don't say, i ordered the salmon, not the chicken, it says something negative. i think if i were on a job interview and they brought the wrong order, i wouldn't say one
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thing. i'd just eat it and concentrate on the interview. >> usually, you're too nervous anyway. >> not me. >> i wonder if anybody has shown up and gotten so mad and flipped the table order when the order was wrong. that's my guy right there. >> you're hired! all right, the words mo mola mola. it's this massive fish captured on video off the coast of portugal. it translates to ocean sunfish. it is the largest bony fish in the world. the species can weigh up to 5,000 pounds. the size of a small suv. this video is up to more than 4 million views. >> so cool. >> mola mola doesn't translate to terrifying fish? >> no. >> giant forehead. >> look at the shape of that thing. >> translates to a special at red lobster. >> wow. >> rare mola mola. >> sorry. now to another strange
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creature, at least in space. what is king kong doing aboard the international space station? of course, it's not king kong, it's astronaut kelly having fun, chasing around a fellow crew member. where did he get the gorilla suit? >> acme. >> no, a care package sent by his twin brother, mark kelly. scott kelly wraps up his year-long experiment in space next week. >> that's what happens when you spend that much time in space. >> great excuse to play benny hill music. >> they're american heros but it might be time to come home. >> it's their entertainment. now to the pop star who just outdid the king of pop. a fictional president gets a real honor. >> rihanna is first up this morning. where's the tequila? >> oh! >> i'll try and make it through. rihanna has a huge milestone
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here. she has a new song called "work" featuring drake.topped the billboard singled chart, giving her her 14th hit. she has one more than michael jackson. they'd been tied at 13. with the new honor, rihanna is only behind the beetlebeetles. celine dion getting back to her residency where she'll honor her husband, who died after battled cancer. the show will kick off at 10:30 eastern time. if you'd like to see it, the concert will be live streamed on her website. finally, a big honor for one of the nation's most respected and feared leaders. you respect president frank underwood, right? >> of course. >> the military vet from south carolina who is not above mau niplati
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-- murder? kevin spacey played him. it's part of a publicity stunt for the series which debuts march 4th. pretty good. that's your pop start today. tequila less. >> you keep a little flat today. >> thanks a lot. al, how is the weather looking? >> we have winter weather here in this area. first, again, want to reiterate the threat of severe weather down south. for today, this afternoon, we've got a risk, strong risk, from new orleans to h. crestview to al, significant overnight tornadoes. we're watching wet snow in the northeast. it'll start around noon. as it makes its way to the north, snow in boston, rain along the coast. winter weather advisories from parts of pennsylvania all the way up to vermont. heavy thunderstorms on wednesday
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in the afternoon. we look for some places picking up 2 to 3 inches of rain in the weather. bright, beautiful sunshine as we take a live look now at san jose. as you head out, we're at 49 degrees, 52 degrees in san carlos, 51 in oakland and san francisco. still mid-40s in the north bay. it will be a warm one with highs reaching the low 70s, even some upper 70s in spots like half moon bay and the financial district look for a high of 70 degrees. we'll also see some low to mid-70s in the north bay while concord is at 71 and livermore also at 71 this afternoon. >> that's your latest weather. willie? >> al, thank you very much. day two of our up for the job "today" series, where we put our skills to the test by being interns. >> al tackled the san diego zoo on monday. natalie, it's your turn. >> i've always loved fashion and had the opportunity to work at "cosmopolit "cosmopolitan," the best selling young women's magazine in the
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country. sounds like a dream, doesn't it? i filled in for the executive assistant to the editor in chief. what a day it was. ♪ "cosmopolitan," here i come. oh, my gosh. i feel like i'm in my dream right now. i'm living my dream. i like that one. i like that one. i like that one. little bit like "devil wears prada." hello. >> how are you? >> natalie morales. i'm your assistant for the day. >> good. my boots have got dog hairs on them. can you find a lint roller? >> sure thing. i'll be in with a lint roller. >> thank you. >> where is the lint roller? >> first off, tea, little bit of milk, no sugar. lipstick, i can't remember the color. i need endless supplies of it. the fruit bowl behind you, the banana looks like it's going to give off poisonous gases.
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get rid of it. these shoes, i want to meet the designer. try to get them in this afternoon. >> okay. >> that should do for now. >> is that all? >> it is for you, but i'll have more things in a couple of minutes. >> okay. tea, tea, tea. she likes earl gray. there is none. there's english breakfast. this is her cup but it doesn't fit. okay. >> natalie, natalie, when city for a cup of tea, i need it immediately. otherwise, had i been in a desert, my inner organs would have shrivelled to the size of a walnut and i would have dehydrated. >> i'll get it first next time. fancy, look at that. can i take a message for her? >> what is the chef's special in the cafe? >> grilled chicken. >> i need more tickets for
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"hamilton." >> she'd like to see, if possible, if you have four tickets available for friday's show. >> this friday? >> i need some jewels. >> she would like to see if she can borrow jewelry from sydney garber. friday, four tickets. >> lipstick, i need to reapply. >> needle in a hay stack. >> i think i found a lipstick. >> long earrings, feathered. >> natalie, try this on. >> cuffs. >> sensational color. >> too matchy? >> no. >> could you get that out? >> where do i begin? >> armani, we want the gown. >> 3:00. >> think we got "hamilton" for friday. amazing. i'm so good at my job. >> the perks of the job. look at that. these are amazing. oh, my gosh.
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>> what are you doing? >> i just wanted to make sure -- these are the jewels. i wanted to model them for you. >> you did, did you? i would take them off now and put them somewhere. then will you disinfect the earring, natalie? >> sure. >> i just got in trouble. >> let's go down to a shoot later on. i want some help. >> little lower. bring it down a little bit. natalie? >> sure. >> it was super fun, ladies, thank you, but i have to get back to the office. bye. >> bye. >> you called? >> i just wanted to let you know my actual executive assistant is back, heather. you are relieved of your duties. i thought you did a good job. i thought you did a good job. i wasn't expecting a lot and, actually, you exceeded my expectations. if you need a reference, you can give me a call. >> yours now. >> thanks. >> i'm out! >> so glad to be back at my real
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job. obviously, a lot of that was -- >> did you get a ticket for "hamilton"? >> no. but thank you to joanna and her staff. they were sweet to let me tag along and pretend to be their assista assistant. if you want to be an intern there, you have to be in college to receive credit for it. she is tough but is a great boss. >> she didn't notice you never got her the tea. >> don't tell the secret. >> too late but you're out. >> her assistant said, i switch it on her all the time. no idea. sorry! >> you threw her under the bus. >> that's her last day today. thank you very much. seriously, how'd you get "hamilton"? >> know a guy at the front office. >> very resourceful. >> had to do something for my job, right? >> working hard. tomorrow on "up for the job," it's carson's turn. he went to the airport. >> had a great time. the men and women at delta work hard. you get on a plane and assume it'll get you to the destination safe and you never think of the
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men and women and what they do in between to get the plane a very good morning to you. it is 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. just in, police in pleasanton said two juve nifls tied to robbery at stone ridge mall are in custody. over the weekend, two were targeted in purse snatchings. at the time, one said they believed a gun may be involved. police released a sketch and they announced the arrest of two primary suspects. because the suspects are juveniles, police don't plan to release further information about the case. we've got some activity on the bay bridge this morning, mike. >> chp did a little pursuit. apparently somebody violated the carpool lane, took off across the bridge and they were stopped, blocking one lane. caltrans is on the scene. they'll tow the vehicle.
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they won't be driving away. a little slow on the approach. that may build as we look at the map, slow from the incline on the toll plaza. over to the span itself, overall a lighter build, oakland 880 and 580 moving well through downtown oakland. the walnut creek interchange, no major issues for the san mateo bridge. the south bay, northbound routes holding on by the airport for 101 and 85 at 17. back to you. >> thank you very much. we'll be back with another local news update for you in about a half hour. ho hope you enjoy your morning.
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♪ here we go 8:30 now. it's tuesday morning, 23rd of february, 2016. starting to see the clouds roll in in the northeast. we'll get some rain over the next few days. some storms in the south that al has been telling us about. good day, nonetheless. >> look at the biggest loser. >> he was just crowned the biggest loser, live on the finale last night. he's here and we'll talk to roberto hernandez. >> also, we're catching up with debra messing. a lot to talk to her about, from her hit show to dirty dancing. what's going on there? >> you'll find out. "the martian" was a hit at the box office but before that, it was a book. we have your guide to the year's
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hottest reads before they hit the big screen. also, tailor made celebrity styles you can pull off yourself. don't forget to pack your bags, bring a friend and be on the plaza friday morning for a chance to win a spontaneous trip to los angeles over the long leap day weekend. make a creative poster to show us how you'd spend your extra 24 hours. the trip includes three nights at the line hotel, a bike tour on the beach, dinner and much more, courtesy of discover los angeles. you have to be over 18. don't forget, come to the plaza an friday and rsvp at today.com/plaza. now let's say hello to roberto hernandez, the 36-year-old who lost 160 pounds and crowned the biggest loser. roberto, good morning and congratulations. >> thank you. >> what a whirlwind. you were just crowned last night. were you shocked? >> you know what? i've been busting my butt since september 9th. the first day filming.
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was i surprised? yes and no. i was working to it and i was a finalist. >> your brother. >> you lost almost half your weight, 160 pounds or so, down to 188. >> yes. >> how do you feel physically? >> amazing. my body felt beat up because i was working hard. at home you wake up, go cycling and during lunch, i would run three miles. after school, i would go and do a crazy workout. you know, workout constantly every day. i took off maybe four days from the time i begun. >> how did it change your life? >> it was amazing. my little boy jacob tells my wife he misses the fat daddy because i would play with him more. but that'll change.
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i won't work out four times and he will get more of my time. >> congratulations to your brother, as well. it's awesome. >> backstage, i was like, yes, yes! hugging strangers. i didn't care who it was. it was amazing. >> you look great. congratulations, roberto. >> thank you. now let's get a check of the weather. >> way to go, roberto. let's show you what we have going on for today. severe weather down through the gulf. watching that for tornadoes possible and strong storms. icy mix here if the northeast. look for sunny out west. 58 in seattle. tomorrow, we're expecting that sunshine to continue in the southwest. 82 in l.a. 79 in phoenix. the eastern half of the country, if you are flying or driving, it is going to be a real nightmare. windy and snowy. could be almost blizzard like conditions in the u.p. of michigan and parts of the upper great lakes. icy mix in northern new england and risk of strong storms along the mid-atlantic coast tomorrow
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and down to the southeast. western third of country looking good. good morning. we have sunshine and slowly warming temperatures. we're right in the low 50s now in san francisco, the east bay and peninsula. looking at highs this afternoon topping out in the 70s, and this is well above average. all of this sunshine and a light wind in san francisco look for a high of 71 degrees, 74 in the east bay, while the south bay today is up to 75 degrees, the north bay 73. also 74 in the tri-valley, our temperatures continue to climb as we go into the next several days. >> that's your latest weather. savannah? >> al, thank you so much. emmy winner debra messing is a new york city detective in the "mysteries of laura." when her sister looks to be in trouble, she pledges all she can do to help. take a look. >> if you want to avoid going to jail for murder or being murdered yourself, let me help.
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i will protect you. pinky swear. >> debra messing, good morning. >> good morning. >> are we going to have a cli cliff-hanger? we're almost to the end of the season. >> tomorrow is the first half of the two-part finale and it'll be major. don't miss it. >> your sister is in a little trouble. >> you'd think from that clip that we were close, from the pinky swear, but not so much. >> is she like the dark side? >> she's the dark side. she's the bad one, obviously. >> i know she has her red hair just like you. >> she does. >> you look like sisters. >> it was actually my 11-year-old son roman's idea. >> really? >> they were like, we want to bring in a sister. >> he was like, debbie ryan would be great.
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>> he's like a casting agent now. >> we watched "jesse" for years. >> the show is doing well. i was thinking, if you could invent a show, wouldn't you have made this up? it's funny, quirk i cy, mysteryu have romantic tension with the ex-husband. it has a little something for everybody. >> it does. it has everything, for me. it really does keep me on my toes, and it keeps me creatively interested. you know, i love really difficult murder mysteries, to figure those out. i love that we keep the audience really questioning up until the last minute. you know, the characters that have been created, they're accessible, quirky and people you can care about. we have a lot of fun. >> you mentioned your little boy, he's 11. is it a good mom job, being on a regular show like that? are you able to spend the time you want to spend with him and all that? >> well, doing an hour-long drama is pretty brutal.
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>> yeah. >> but the great thing is, he's literally grown up on the set. thanks to "will and grace." it's his second home. after school, he'll come over and hang out. he knows everyone's name and says "action" and "cut." >> and casts your sister, apparently. >> very well, also. >> you put a cute picture up on social media of his backpack, which is enormous. >> come on. >> look at that thing. i mean, it's insanity. you said it was like a microwave oven, from the '70s. >> what does a 6th grader need that requires that much? you're going to be crippled by the time you're 12. >> you're going to have a back back like your mama. >> i have to ask about dirty dancing. there is an abc remake and you'll be baby's mom. are you flipping out? >> totally flipping out. it's been retooled. the character is really
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interesting. you know, singing, dancing, it's -- "dirty dancing," come on. choreographer from "hamilton." >> really? >> yeah! i mean, come on. >> did you love "dirty dancing"? >> i loved it. it was the thing that kept me on my path to being an actress. it was the first time i remember sitting in a movie theater and seeing a character and saying, i could see myself playing that character. like, she's quirky and not traditionally beautiful. >> no one puts her in a corner. >> no one puts her in a corner. >> debra messing, thank you so much. you'll be back later with kathie lee and hoda. "mysteries of laura," season finale tomorrow night, 8:00/7:00 central on nbc. the remarkable life story of the 106-year-old woman who danced her way through the white house and stole hearts. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back at 8:41. looking back, moving forward. our series in honor of black history month. >> monday on trending we introduced you to the 106-year-old who fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the white house. hoda has more of her story. >> you're welcome. this is a good one. you can't help but smile when you see the video of virginia mclaurin, dancing with the president and the first lady. the meeting was part of a black history month reception following a letter and even a phone call to the white house. for virginia, it was a moment of joy after living through some of the darkest times in our nation's history. >> hi! >> how are you? >> i'm fine! >> reporter: a meeting for the ages. >> you want to say hi to michelle? >> reporter: at 106 years old, virginia mclaurin becoming america's sweetheart when the meeting prompted her to start a
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dance party in the white house. >> what's the secret to dancing at 106? >> reporter: stunned by her newfound fame. >> i didn't think i'd ever be this famous. i said, why didn't they do it when i was young? >> reporter: an accomplishment she once considered unthinkable. >> i thought i would never live to get in the white house. i am so happy. >> i just started dancing. i said, i'm here to represent black history month. >> look at him! right there. >> a black wife. >> that's me. >> yes! >> reporter: virginia's visit to 1600 pennsylvania avenue marked a milestone along a difficult journey that began in a segregated south carolina. born in 1909 as the daughter of a sharecropper, she married at age 14 and had two children. three years later, she became
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widowed and moved to washington, d.c. where she worked as a nanny. she lives there today and volunteers as a foster grandparent to elementary school children. with no signs of slowing down, she not only serves as an inspiration to the students, but to all of us. including the first family. >> i want to be like you when i grow up. >> reporter: from only knowing a world of black and white, to one now allowing us to celebrate all colors. >> i didn't think it'd ever happen, but it sure did happen. and i got a chance to see it. >> are you so happy right now? mclaurin thought it was time for a career change at 55 a seamstress. in 1994 she started volunteering at schools because she loves the education aspect. she did this write-in campaign since 2014, trying to get into the white house. she said, don't worry, i'll come to you if it makes it more convenient, and she got to.
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>> now she's the star. she upstaged everyone. >> i love her. >> she's seen a couple world wars, civil rights, and now an african-american president. thanks. great story. nine books to read before they hit the big screen this year. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we are back at 8:46. hollywood hit the jackpot in 2015 with book to big screen adaptations like mockingjay part 2, insurgent and the martian. this year, there's a new crop of literary movies heading to th r theaters. if you want to read before you see them, we have your guide. welcome to the "today" show lounge. i've never seen these chairs before. >> we should have some scotch. >> we should. there's an idea. let's go through some of these. 19 books you put out. people need to read before they
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hit the theaters. we'll start with kids. first one, "the bfg." >> it tells the story of sophie as she's taken to the land of giants by a big, friendly giant. it's directed by steven spiel bu -- steven spielberg and has been in the works forever. >> how about "the jungle book"? >> everyone is in this movie. you have bill murray. so many people are involved in the story. it was all cji, except for the actor, and it'll be this visual masterpiece. >> we have this one with alice, "through the looking glass." this hasn't been a movie before? >> no. you had "lal alice in wonderlan" johnny depp is returning as the mad hatter and this time, alice is helping the red queen. it's a twist. >> let's move to young adults. this is a huge business for
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hollywood. "hung er g you have the "hunger games," "twilig "twilight." so this is "the fifth wave." >> it's this story of basically one woman from ohio trying to make her way and find her brother. >> how about "allegiance"? >> so exciting. this is the third -- basically taking the third book, like with the "hunger games" and "harry potter," and dividing it in half. this is the first half of the end of the series. >> i get excited when i hear tim burton is directing something. >> so this was on the top of the y.a. best seller's list for so long. it's a creepy, awesome book. that's what teens love. they want a little goth. they want to look at the dark side. there's not a lot out on this movie yet. they're keeping it under lock and key. i'm excited to see what they do with the story. >> nobody better to do that than tim burton. >> absolutely. >> highly anticipated ones for adults.
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"girl on the train." >> it's this year's "gone girl." i'm just going to say it. incredible thriller. you have emily blunt in the starring role. she's taking this train every day and looks at this couple who seems perfect but they're not and she gets involved. >> can't go wrong with dan brown, "inferno." and my man tom hanks. going on a wonderful adventure. trying to find his way and figuring out, always trying to solve the puzzle. >> last but not least, for the whole family, j.k. rowling, "fantastic beasts and where to find them." >> this is the one everyone is excited about. returning to the wizarding world. it's here in new york city. wizarding world comes to america. it's j.k. rowling's first screenwriting credit. this is a textbook. this is one of the books that harry potter would read at h hogwartz. her screenplay is one you'll have to go to theaters to see. >> love your passion. we have a lot of reading to do,
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my friend. >> keep reading, willie. >> see ya. fashion looks from hollywood, how to pull them off without fear. first, this is "tod
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from sky high to head to toe denim, there are a lot of fashion trends to try.
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mastering it is not always easy. we have today.com style editor emily here to show us how it's done. >> good morning. >> you see things celebrities are doing and go, can i pull it off? that's what this is about today. >> exactly. i think it's 90% confidence. 10% know-how. just wear the trend or have it wear you. >> okay. >> you are wearing the first friend, a beauty trend, blue makeup. you have a little blue mascara going. >> can you see it there? >> we see it on some of the stars. >> kerry washington. but not as scary as the '70s powder blue. it's a metallic blue. mascara, maybe an eye liner, just a touch of blue. >> if you have blue eyes, do more of a purple, they say? >> just so your color really pops. it doesn't compete again it's color of your eyes. >> would you do it with your nails and match or is that too much? >> fun colors for the nails is always a good choice. >> another trend, wide leg pants. we've seen it on a lot of celebrities. it's really cute.
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especially people who are petite, they often think, i don't know if i can do this. >> that's the question. even nicole richie pulls it off. the vertical lines make it look long and lean. >> this is our model corrin. >> she's rocking the look. it's about the fit. high wasted pant, hug the smallest part of the body and skim all the way to the floor. >> heels are a must. >> they are. maybe after the boot. >> exactly. >> any height ladies should wear heels with it, to keep the leg long and sleek. >> if you are petite, do you want to do the fitted top as opposed to something like a blouse? >> absolutely. she's wearing a body suit. you don't worry about the top coming out. it's completely going to stay exactly where it is. it is nice with the back of your body suit, it has a wide hole to add a fun element. >> pretty. thank you so much. the next trend.
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let's show celebrities because we've seen this look a lot. it can be very, very chic. >> sure. olivia wilde is wearing a big '70s bows. she can wear this to work at a law firm and go out afterwards and look trendy. what's fun is wearing it a little to the side. it's pinned a little off kilter. wearing like a trendy mini skirt keeps it modern and sleek. >> how do you make sure it's not too, i guess, like too pris sy,i guess? >> it's about keeping the shape, hugging the waist, long mini skirt and heels. keeping the hair down so it doesn't feel too pilgrim and covered up. >> no age limit on wearing bows. you can even do a bow in your hair. >> it's a trend, wearing a little ribbon, maybe a loose, low ponytail. not a "grease" ponytail. >> thank you so much, aeriariel.
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denim on denim. you have to get this one right. here, we see, is that kate hudson? >> gwen stefani. it's a great airport look. >> we have janelle modeling it. >> it's about two different washes. don't watch the two of them. also, treat denim as a neutral. add a pop of color with your lips or earrings or a fun pattern. she's wearing the leopard flats. it's like wearing black but better. >> basically, you don't want to have the denims watch completely. have two colors or textures. >> also, don't stick with jeans and a button down shirt. a skirt. >> let's bring the models back out for one more look. ladies, terrific. you, too, emily. more fashion tips, including how to pull off a hat, head to our pinterest page. casey affleck is coming up.
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first, your local news and weather. i'm ... ==topvo== police in pleasantonay two "juviles" tie a good tuesday morning at 8:56. i'm sam brock. police in pleasanton say two juveniles tied to two strong-armed robberies at stoneridge mall are in custody. over the weekend, a teenage girl and a 63-year-old woman both targeted in separate purse snatchings. at the time, one victim told police she believed a gun might have been involved. so police released a sketch last night and then just a short time ago they announced the arrest of
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two primary suspects. pleasanton pd says other lfrpsment agencies help them with information leading to those arrests. because the suspects are juveniles police do not plan on releasing further information about that case. happening right now on our twitter page, we posted a link to more information about the arrests including details about each of the weekend robberies. also overnight a raging fire destroys a buddhist temple in oakland. bob redell is at the scene talking to firefighters about the possible cause. it may be tied to candles. up to 1,000 of them inside of the house. on facebook, details about the festival that involved so much fire. trending on nbcbayarea.com, testing shows elevated levels of toxic chemicals inside a building.
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this morning on "today's take," oscar winner adrian brody is here talking about his new thriller "backtrack." casey affleck on playing the good cop in "triple 9." plus, the gadgets that will get you looking gorgeous. all that and more coming up now. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today." it's tuesday morning, february 23rd, 2016. i'm willie along with natalie and al. tamron on assignment. my morning jam takes you back to middle school, "the symphony" by
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marley marl and the juice crew. '89, i think it was, great video. fantastic. >> i remember that. >> great bass line. >> terrific. >> let's talk about this apple story. it keeps getting more interesting. a new twist, the fight between the fbi and apple over unlocking an iphone used by one of the attackers in the san bernardino mass shooting. microsoft founder bill gates weighed in, siding with, surprisingly some people, the f fbi. saying tech companies should be forced to cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations. >> i do think people want the government to act on their behalf if they feel like the safeguards are there. historically, the government has gone to phone companies and banks and lots of companies to gather information. people feel like the government not being blind and being able to try and stop bad things before they happen, it's a good debate to be having. >> interesting because so many of the other silicon valley executives immediately side with
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apple and tim cook. including facebook and twitter and google, as well, actually came in on the side of apple. he's an outlier and one of the founding the fathers of silicon valley taking this position. >> he says there is a risk even among silicon valley, as they're having the debate we are having. >> slightly more than half side with the fbi as opposed to apple. >> on the flip side of it, general michael haden, the head of the nsa and cia says apple has the right idea. you can't predict where people are going to come down on this. >> it's fascinating. i think bill gates said, it is a good conversation to be having. absolutely. we have the freedom, and it's protected by our constitution. >> like the freedom to look like an idiot when you're texting and walking. >> i'll refrain from using the word idiot because i've been known to do this. >> into a sculpture? >> not into a sculpture but this happens on rock center on a
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daily basis. not only me but i've seen people walk into pillars. this is this giant sculpture in england, called the kiss. the problem is, it's in the walking path. that's not going to present a problem, is it? well, it sure did. this is 20 feet high. they say within hours of installati installation, they had eight people walk right into it. >> how do you miss that? >> it is giant. but it is right in the walking path. >> over the path. not in the path. >> in their defense, the people who walked into it. >> no. this hits close to home for you. >> i nearly walked into a table. >> don't move it. enough of ythis. >> put a camera on it. >> epic fails. fantastic. >> apparently, they had to remove it. they put it to the side. >> oh, come on! >> the artist said that texters
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apparently were not looking, of course, while walking. there you go. the huge sculpture is part of their every day routine, like in that walking path. >> i can't believe they caved to texters. >> come on, guys! word gets around. >> stand your ground. i love this next one. if you've got more than one kid, you have them together, something is going to happen. check out this little girl who had some fun with her baby sister. with a permanent marker. >> oh, boy. uh-oh. >> what? >> i did what? [ laughter ]. >> i love it. >> going to leave her scarred
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later in life, the little sister. >> she doesn't say anything. looks at her mom like, what's your problem? >> even her face. >> that's the best part. >> when the little one turns around. front and back. >> binky in her mouth. >> with her little butt. i love it. >> zebra. >> come on, zebra. >> i love zebra. >> and the lady gaga, covering the one eye. >> is that a sharpie, a permanent marker? >> that's my question. >> permanent marker. >> it's not going to go off easily. >> the cheek, the face. >> oh, my gosh. >> clearly mom isn't that upset. coming in with the camera and asks the question. >> i can't wait ten years from now what the payback is going to be. >> all-timer. >> it's great. it'll be one of those where dad and mom embarrass the younger sister by whipping that out to a date. look what the girls did back then. >> coming out at the rehearsal dinner. >> sibling rivalry there later in life. >> so funny.
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you had a late night. a citizens brigade? >> the upright citizens brigade, the improv group here in the city and now across the country, it's started by amy poehler, and they do night late, like a late night show, in front of a live audience. this amazing group of young actors and writers at ucb write the material, they produce the show. they did all the hard work. they're so funny and talented. they're the future. they'll be the next "snl" wri write writers. it's like a talk show. i did a monologue, had a side kick. nicolle wallace was my guest, talking about the campaign. >> this man killed it. listen to this. >> oh, no. >> 24 hour mcdonald's in south korea will try serving beer to attract customers because if there's one thing i've thought while sitting at mcdonald's at 2:00 in the morning, it's, boy,
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i wish everyone here was more drunk. >> i wrote some monologue jokes and they wrote some. >> you have a future, my friend, willie. i've always said, you'll go places someday. >> ucb is awesome. if you get a chance to see a show here, l.a., wherever, check them out. so much talent in that place. >> well played. we're asking, we got this shoutout going. moms, send us their wildest first concert looks. dads cannot apply. >> why? >> i don't know. it's what they said. >> not fair. >> i don't think it is either but that's what this is. for a chance to be flown to new york and win a head to toe makeover, courtesy of jcpenney. natalie shared her wildest first concert look when she was 14 and went to spandal ballet. share your throwback pictures. we'll pick a winner at the end of the month. go to our facebook page,
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facebook.com/"today's take" and tell us why we should tell you rock your style. speaking of going to our facebook.com/"today's take" page, today is day 20 of our 25 days of give aways. what do we have, britney? >> a cook ware set. >> worth $500. we want to break 300,000 today. what are we at? 296,000. come on, people. facebook.com/"today's take." check it out. all right. also, check this out. what's going on here. somebody hit my button. there you go. now, we've got heavy thunderstorms pushing through galveston, houston, moving to louisiana. for today, we've got a tornado threat stretching from new orleans to hattesburg. the concern is tonight to tomorrow morning, the risk of long-track tornadoes. a significant threat overnight. this is really dangerous. we'll be watching this very, very closely.
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system would be pushing up and through. behind it, snow from chicago, st. louis into detroit. we are expecting to see the rain change to wet snow there. heavier showers and thunderstorms. the rain into snow for interior parts of the northeast. some places picking up upwards of a foot of snow before it's all over. th we're in for a beautiful day here in the bay area. still some cool temperatures in the north bay. we're in the upper 40s, and 60 degrees now in the east bay, as we warm up until all of this sunshine. looking at a high today of 74 in the east bay and tri-valley, 71 degrees in san francisco, while the north bay is up to 73 degrees. 75 in the south bay, as we've seen some very warm weather, a lot of sunshine. we will continue to be on a warming trend as we go into the next several days, only slight rain chances as we head close to the weekend. >> facebook.com/"today's take." getting awfully close. guess what, guys? guess who is at our "today's
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♪ [ screaming ]. >> okay, i'm out. you can let go now, willie. >> sorry. >> i was like, it's coming. something is going to happen. >> here's the thing, you know it's coming. >> i know, but it still happens. >> adrian brody, what was this like, shooting this thing? >> it was -- it's lots of fun. i mean, interesting thing about shooting anything scary is it's much less scary when you're making it. but i love the world of the super natural. i love -- it's the beauty of film. you can really get to a place that can actually be frightening and exciting. and it's safe. >> tell us about your character. you play a therapist, is that right? >> yeah, i play a psychologist
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who is going through a traumatic time, where his -- he recently lost his daughter, and he's mourning. he realizes that all of his patients are deceased. >> oh. that's frightening. >> that's hard to bill. >> exactly, it is. >> al gets to the heart of the matter. >> never going to see any money with that. >> very true. that was the least of his concerns, by the way. >> wasn't thinking about accounts payable in those moments. so you're restoring -- or you have restored this 1800s stone barn, basically, in upstate new york. >> mm-hmm. >> you've made a documentary about it, which is a story to itself. any creepiness there, in something that old? >> it's interesting. i actually, when i first moved into the house, it was an
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enormous process, to rebuild this place. the first few nights of living there, which was after a seven-year journey, so it was only a i managed to live in the main house, and i was in bed, trying to go to bed, and i heard what sounded like snoring. it was coming from the second floor. i crept downstairs. literally, the house was snoring. i was scared. it was my own little -- >> and you still want to live there? >> i have no choice. i spent seven years working on the place. i'm living here. >> how do you get a breathe right strip for a whole house? >> open all the windows. >> wow, crazy. >> yeah. >> it went away. i still don't know what it was.
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it was the first night. i thought it was some strange thing with the pipes but it wasn't. >> somebody just let you know. >> i woke him up and he stayed awake, i guess. >> you're a braver man than me. thank you so much. "backtrack" is available on directv until it hits theaters this friday. the good guy in the new action film "triple 9." we'll catch up with casey ♪ hey, you're going to do great. ♪ hi. ♪ choose your match new revlon colorstay™ 2-in-1 compact. expertly-matched foundation and concealer
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casey affleck starred in a string of hit films from block busters like the "oceans" trilogy to "gone, baby, gone." and the assassination of jesse james by robert ford, which earned him an oscar nomination. >> now, he stars in the new high-strung, "triple 9," where he plays a clean, new detective surrounded by a group of dirty cops. here's a look. >> this ain't a game, chris. the rules around here are different. this ain't buckhead, all right? you better learn fast. >> man, let me tell you something, you have a problem with me, put it on the table but don't question me like you know something i don't know. you let an [ bleep ] in front of the neighborhood, you have explaining to do. >> casey affleck, good morning. >> morning. >> you've got a hell of a cast, between anthony mackie, aaron paul -- >> what was the other name? >> you raced through that one.
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>> it's how we do it. >> i was counting on you carrying me through. >> norman. >> what was it like on the set with all that acting power? >> i was the pain in the ass. they're all so good. you know, this movie, i didn't always see them. they weren't always on the set when i was there. woody's first day, he is a nut, he showed up and he got an easy scene. driving down the street, park his car, get out and walk up the steps to see me. that's fairly simple. woody takes the first take, races down the street and hits a tree, jumps out of the car, head is bleeding and runs up the path to me. i figured everyone would descend and stop and lay woody down for a minute. woody kept to the scene.
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okay, i guess that's how we play it here. >> oh milli, my gosh. >> did it make it into the final cut? >> yeah, it did. >> that's always better, the unexpected, right? >> who is your guy in this landscape of characters? who is your character? where does he fit in? >> i play sort of the only -- i'm the good guy. a bunch of bad guys. hou how's that? >> that's good. >> you play a lot of different and intense roles. what drew you to this, besides an incredible cast? >> well, you know, i've played a lot of bad guys, and i wanted to do -- this was kind of different. he was -- he has a simple, moral code, simple sense of right and wrong. that seemed appealing to me. i wanted to play a police officer. i liked the script. the director is really talented, sweet guy. >> you got a lot in the works.
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your latest film at sun dance, "manchester by the sea," has a lot of buzz. tell us about that. >> that is written and directed by kenny and it was one of these -- it was a beautiful strict. everything he writes is exceptionally well written. i don't know what else to say. it was a small movie, and it ended uptu turning out great. took it to sundance. i've been in a lot of small movies that didn't turn out great. this one turned out better than i could have imagined. >> a lot of good talk about that. you worked with your brother ben quite a bit. you've said he's your sounding board when you're considering a role. have to ask you about that. >> he is. >> have to ask you about "batman." are you as excited as his fans are? >> haven't -- >> they're excited. >> i am very excited. this is the movie everybody wants to see.
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"batman versus superman." >> versus "deadpool," yeah. >> exactly. >> i'm excited. i want to see it, yeah. >> he sounds excited. >> thrilled. >> let me try that again. i'm so excited to see this movie. >> much better. >> barely contains himself. >> drive a car into a tree. olay regenerist renews from within... plumping surface cells for a dramatic transformation without the need for fillers. your concert tee might show your age...your skin never will. olay regenerist. olay. ageless. and try regenerist micro-sculpting eyeswirl. it instantly hydrates to plump and lift. ifor all the wrong reasons.gical you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief.
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firefighters say everyone made it out safely, though, monks of the temple held a festival last night that included the lighting of hundreds of canned also. and a rally supporting apple in its ballots with the fbi. investigators are asking apple to make them software to unlock the phone of a gunman in the san bernardino rampage. ceo tim cook sent a letter to the employees saying the government's demands jeopardizes civil liberties. we have a beautiful day on tap for you. coming up next, a look at your weather and traffic when we come back. we'll be right back. california let lawyers continue to practice. >> and kept secret, too. >> why are we surprised? the foxes are guarding the henhouse. we investigate why the state chose to protect lawyers instead of you. >> what do you say to consumers
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who feel like the state barsh. >> that i'm sorry. good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we're taking a live look at ocean beach. a beautiful start to our day. the temperature starting to warm up. we're already at 60 degrees, while oakland is at 64. low 50s in napa, while san jose is at 55. we're looking at highs today reaching the low 70s, even some
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upper 70s in a few spots, but a high today in concord, expected up to 71 degrees. let's see how the roads are moving now with mike. >> see, we have a big problem over on the bay bridge. for about 45 minutes we've had lanes blocked. you see some flashing lights right there on our camera, though chp reports that all lanes have cleared, because they did clear the crash. having backup, and 580 and 24 as well. the rest of the bay looking really good right now. we'll seven it back to you. thank you very much, mike. that's going to do it for us right now. we'll be back in 25 minutes with more updates. for now, we return you to the "today" show.
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taking a look at the headlines. new developments today in the fight against the zika virus. the country's first hospital-based rapid test for the zika virus is now available. the announcement comes via collaboration between two texas hospitals. it'll provide results within several hours. before developed, physicians faced the possibility of long delays of testing in local and state public health laboratories and the centers for disease control. the food and drug administration will begin testing some foods for traces of the weed killer round-up. the agency plans to check soy baen beans, corn, milk and eggs. it's the most widely used weed killer on farms. scientists have debated whether it has links to health problems.
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round-up's maker is confident the testing will reaffirm the safety of what it calls the vital tool used by farmers and homeowners. encouraging news for people struggling with their weight. a new study found obese people can significantly improve their health by losing just 5% of their body weight. a small weight loss not only reduced total body fat but cut the risk of type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease in obese adults. while losing more weight helps cell function and muscle tissue, there were no further benefits for liver tissue. every dog has its day, and today belongs to the laborador retriever. it's in its 25th year as the top u.s. dog breed. other breeds have a lot to bark about. german retrievand retrievers are
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top five list. the happiest city on earth is naples, florida, according to the latest rankings. the report measures how residents feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security and communities. salinas, california, was runner up. let's get a check of the weather from al. >> if you're in the southeast, you're not happy about where you're living because we have a lot of wind and rain. severe weather possible, especially along the gulf. icy mix in the northeast. snow back through the rockies. sunshine out west. 81 in l.a. today. into tomorrow, we are going to be watching more wet weather and a risk of strong storms along the southeastern mid-atlantic coast. icy mix in the north with rain everywhere else. the eastern third of the country is going to be a mess for driving and air travel tomorrow. 66 in dallas. or houston. look for a high of 82 and sunny in l.a. that's what's going on aro we have a lot of sunshine in the bay area, as temperatures
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now at 60 degrees in the east bay, while the peninsula is at 57. we're looking at some very warm temperatures, especially for this time of year, up to 74 degrees, and in san francisco, 71 degrees, and in the north bay, 73, even up to 75 degrees today in the south bay into the next several days, our temperatures continue to go up a few degrees each day. we'll only have a slight chance of rain late friday evening. >> that is your latest weather. natalie? >> thank you, al. now to the brains behind the beauty. high-tech apps and gadgets to get you glowing and gorgeous. we have katie here with her favorites. good morning. >> this is a segment you'll like. >> i'm obsessed with this already. we have britney here modeling something for us, which is life-changing for those of us who have fought for our lives to find the perfect foundation match. there is an app and a makeup company that are now doing that for you. >> 94% of women actually don't
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have the matching correct foundation. >> yeah. >> now you can actually use the app. you scan your face with the app. >> what's the app called? >> matchco. basically, in a few camera shots, you can calibrate to get your perfect skin tone. then sent to you is this bottle with your name on it. and the foundation that matches you perfectly. it's unreal. $49. >> it seems like it's a little expensive, but actually, a lot of foundations are more than that. >> absolutely. $60, $65. this gets to you in 48 hours. >> britney is wearing it on one side of your face. you have great skin to begin with so you don't need foundation. i can't tell. which side has -- >> it's seamless. you can barely tell. >> and the bottle has her name. ama amazing. >> and the date so you know when you purchased it. what i love, i'm going through the app's screen shots.
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it has a satin finish and doesn't have the cakey feel. awesome foundation. >> it'll be my new favorite thing. let's move on over here. this is a pure vaporizer? >> yes, this is going to refresh the air and moisture rise it. what's cool is you can go into whole foods or drugstore and purchase any natural essential oil. there's also an l.e.d. button. if you circle through l.e.d.s to change the mood. it permeates it, whether it's lemon, lime, petri oil, sweet orange. i have cinnamon in there now. giving the air a fresh feel and makes you feel good. >> freshen up an area, if you have a smokey area. >> cool for a nursery, yoga studio, anything you want. >> what's this? >> in the summer when you have your medication, snacks, and this is a beauty segment so makeup, all the stuff is hot and melts. now you put this in the freezer
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and it'll keep things cold for four to seven hours. you can have this on you all day. whether it's your lotions, makeup, whether it is the medication, not a problem. put it in the cool it caddy. they make it for guys and girls. >> good technology. what is going on here? cleaning the brushes, right? >> high tech. this cleans your brushes in 15 minutes. it goes through a soap cycle, two rinse cycles. i've never seen anything like this before and it's thorough. typically, you clean the brushes fast. all of us have so many. this goes through a process and it's amazing. >> i guess it's important to clean your makeup brushes regularly, right? >> absolutely. >> reason for having this. i almost bought this at the airport the other day. i said this when i walked up, i almost bought this. the lay n go cosmetic bag. >> my sister got me this for christmas and it was my go-to travel bag. the best part -- >> everything is laid out. >> everything is laid out.
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>> you can see everything. >> zip it up. it has a draw spring. the cool part, you go to the hotels and lay this on the counter. don't fuss with anything. i'm always in a rush. i take it and go on your way. they have a wired version, so there are compartments for your technologies. >> fantastic. >> starting at $25. >> what do we have here? nail polish colors. >> this is a free app called superduper. it's all about finding inexpensive, high-end nail polish. it can cost up to $15 for nail polish. it's horrible. you can choose your favorite color and from there, it'll tell you which shade has the appropriate color. you can go to the drugstore and buy the $9 knockoff version which is awesome. >> looks the same. this is a phone case that lights up for the perfect selfie. >> it has three different light options. made by beyonce's stylist. we're going to do a selfie here.
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so you can love cereal. again! this morning on hope to it, how a new jersey widow is coping with a devastating loss by helping other families. she's making a huge impact on the lives of those in need, one handbag at a time. >> we have this new line. >> reporter: for marissa, running her own boutique is a labor of love. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: handbags, her passion. >> they are the essential accessory. you can pick out a handbag, add color, add style, and make yourself unique. >> reporter: unlike most small business owners, where each sale represents a profit, at her store, lucy's gift, each transaction helps a non-profit. >> it makes my business so unique. >> reporter: marissa donates 100% of her proceeds to various
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charities, all in honor of someone she lost. >> i always wanted to be an entrepreneur. i do not think i would have done this without my horrific tragedy. i lost my beloved husband almost five years ago to a very sudden and violent death. >> reporter: he was killed while on a business trip, leaving behind marissa and their daughter lucy. the circumstances of his death, still under investigation. >> my husband was so benevolent. always thinking of everyone else. i really want to ensure that his legacy is carried on. >> reporter: and it wasn't long before the maurice dhacharity w born. >> i believe through faith, love, support, encouragement of so many, i was able to take this little idea, selling handbags, and just continuing to evolve. >> reporter: profit for each
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handbag funds charities, ranging from p.g. chambers school helping children with special needs, to safe, an organization supporting women and children affected by domestic violence. >> when you're in a hole and you really are deep at the bottom, it takes a long time to climb out of that. i now see that i can continue to grow. if other people can make fortunes, maybe i can make one and give every penny of it away. >> we need more companies that's willing to give back. give back to the less and unfortunate. anybody who knows my boss will say that she has the biggest heart in the world. all she really wants is for this to affect the charities. if we can accomplish that one handbag at a time, why not? >> reporter: for marissa, giving back heals her heart. >> i've already achieved the most important goal.
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>> no. >> the avenue tax refund is $3,000 this year. if you're expecting one, you probably have plans for the windfall. >> first -- >> listen to "today" financial editor, she has great advice for us. in a game of this or that? good morning. >> that's right, this or that, tax refund edition. i'm going to ask you questions and you pick this or that, by putting the $100 bills into the proper piggy bank. should you use your tax refund to, this or that, pay down debt, this, or put it in your retirement account? willie is going with the debt. al is going with the retirement account. we want to pay down debt. it's because the interest rate on the debt is probably higher -- oh, my goodness. throwing away the money. >> i was celebrating my win. >> the interest on the debt is probably higher than the return you'd get in the retirement. if you're getting matching dollars in the retirement
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account, that's the way to go. always for the matching. >> that's what i was thinking. >> question two, getting a refund this year, like you do every year, is this, good, or that, not so good. >> how could getting a refund be bad? >> al is the winner. it's not so good. it means you're giving uncle sam an interest free loan on your money. what you should do, go to human resources or adjust your withholding. if you're not putting 100% of the max in your retirement account, bump up that contribution at the same time. >> okay. >> win all around. question three, if you're looking to add value to your home, should you use your refund to do this, get a new front door, or that, get a new garage door? both of you going with the front door. yes. a new front door will cost you about $1,200. you get 100% of the money back if you sell. paint it red. that's my opinion. >> all right. >> should you, many people who
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work exclusively at home are afraid of taking the home office deduction because it's an audit flag. should you take it or should you skip it? >> feels like a trick question. >> willie is going with that, skip it. al said take it. al is correct. take it. >> trick question. >> if you truly have a home office. it has to be -- pay attention, class. >> it seems obvious. i didn't think it'd be the answer. >> if you ever a home office and you don't take the deduction, you're leaving money on the table. but it has to be a dedicated home office space. interestingly, the irs is only auditing about 1% of filers, except for people who make over $1 million a year. they're auditing 7% of those. >> okay. >> this or that? if you're going to use your refund to replace an old applian appliance, should bit a ten-year-old washer, or a ten-year-old refrigerator? willie is going washer.
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al is going refrigerator. there you go. the answer is this. washers made before the year 2003 have really been improved upon. you'll save yourself about $180 a year by energy star.com. who is our winner? >> we get one more. >> all right. this or that? according to a new survey from hello wallet.com, what are most people spending more of their refunds on this year? is it travel or clothing? >> the opposite to keep it interest. >> it is travel. people are spending 67% more. people are spending more on travel this year. goes with spending money on experiences rather than things. makes you happier and who is the winner? al is the winner. >> i'm getting a bag of money, baby! >> wow! >> whew. >> thanks for playing our game. >> thank you. congratulations, al roker. >> thank you. >> back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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i like zebra. >> what? >> a zebra. >> oh! >> when your big sister has a permanent marker and a little too much time. >> oh! >> so precious. >> i can't handle it. >> the best video of the day. >> that wins. >> zebra. >> we have debra messing. thank you for asking. >> hello, debra messing. >> hello. >> beautiful new book coming out called "come to the garden." i got the audio. >> yes, you did. >> and we'll cook something wonderful. >> what are we making?
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with a lot of sunshine today, our temperatures will be warming up well above average once again today. we're looking at 74 degrees today in the east bay, san francisco at 71 degrees, and mid 70s for the south bay. looking at 73 for a high today in the north bay.
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we'll start to see a few more clouds mixing in as we go into this afternoon. overall a beautiful spring-like day across the bay area. now let's get an update as we check in with mike. >> no spring in the step in the folks heading towards the bay bridge, though the toll plaza itself is show us better movement. let me show you the map. it's not just 880 us, but 580, the east shore, all clogged up because of the earlier accident. they have to speed up the metering lights. that's what it looks like it's happening now. at proven, the rest of the commute looks really good. the south bay has some slowing, and 85 cleared at saratoga. back to you. mike, thanks. apple supporters are calling for the government to pull back on demands they say jeopardizes user security. on our facebook page you can learn where rallies are being
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held around the bay area. a raging fire destroys a buddhist temple in oakland. our bob redell is still at the scene talking about a cause. we're tweeting updates, including the details of the festival that involved so much fire. remember the wine country --
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from nbc news, this is "today." with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody. it's booze day tuesday. it's february 23rd. cheap thrills. how do you pronounce her name? >> sia! >> so in our kitchen slaving away is emmy winning and the always fun debra messing. and deborah's not just hanging around the kitchen doing nothing. she's live tweeting our chat. so what's your handle? >> @debramessing.

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