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it's friday, april 8th. coming up on "early today," immersing themselves in new york culture. the fight for attention while "the donald" seemingly lays low. bill clinton gets in a heated exchange with a black lives matter protestors. >> okay. i heard it. can i answer? no. you see, here's the thing. i lik protestors, but the ones that won't let you answer are afraid of the truth. that's a simple rule. a frightening encount whir a police officer is attacked by a woman with a battle-ax. plus, breaking news this morning from pope francis about the vatican and marriage. divorce and more. a wild police chase ends in the most bizarre way. up, up and all the way to the
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stratosphere. "early today" starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. donald trump continues his new york brawl with ted cruz hoping to put a little distance between them. he has overwhelming support in the latest new york polling. his numbers aren't as lopsided in pennsylvania, which votes at the end of the month. he leads ted cruz by just nine points there. all three republican candidates are looking to take a bite out of the 93 delegates up for grabs and nbc's peter alexander reports. >> reporter: donald trump pulled up at his manhattan high-rise facing criticism for being too insulated, trump's campaign announcing new hires. >> we need more brains and muscle. >> reporter: shifting strategy after a weak showing in wisconsin, trump scrapping a planned california trip friday and skipping colorado to focus on fortifying his lead in his home state. >> it's great to be home. this is home. it's great to be home. >> reporter: why? trump now needs 59% of remaining delegates to clinch the
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nomination, sweep new york and that number drops to 53%. touting support of former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. trump's aides looking to capitalize on the media market reaching states with upcoming primaries. challeng challengers zeroing in, and ted cruz with orthodox jews in brooklyn. john kasich, a taste of a neighborhood in the bronx. >> we love new york values. >> reporter: about those value, trump again attacked cruz. >> when he started lecturing me on new york values, like we're no good, like we're no good -- >> reporter: cruz casting trump like hillary clinton as a liberal. >> really want to see a general election between two new york liberals who agree on washington being the center of the universe. >> reporter: a new poll shows seven in ten americans have a negative view of the front-runner but hugely popular
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among new york republicans. >> to be honest, used toing do a republic a democrat, nob a republican just to vote for donald trump. hillary clinton campaigning in her old new york stomping grounds with little trouble with her metro card but looked at a nasty turn the race is taken when asked about bernie sanders unqualified remarks. >> i don't know why he's saying that, but i will take bernie sanders over donald trump or ted cruz anytime. so -- let's keep our eye on what's really at stake in this election. >> sanders wife jane sat down with msnbc rachel maddow trying to make a shift in tone. >> bernie has moved on. i mean, had e has said, okay, let's -- let's not use the word unqualified. let's use the word contrast. why do i think i'm better than her? >> reporter: when sanders talked to "late night's" seth meyers he
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didn't use the word but left the door open to more fired up rhetoric. >> the issue is, you know, after we won in wisconsin and that was our sixth victory in seven caucuses and primaries, i think the clinton campaign has been getting a little bit nervous and i think they have been getting more negative, and i hope very much we can have an issue-oriented campaign. if people attack me, we will respond. >> both continue to campaign throughout the empire state today. and former president bill clinton on the defense yesterday. repeatedly interrupted by black lives matter protestors. one started shouting about issues including how his 1999 crime bill led to a surge in incarcerations. >> wait a minute. wait a minute. okay. i heard it. can i answer?
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no. you see, here's the thing. i like protestors, but the ones that won't let you answer are afraid of the truth. that's a simple rule. very, very afraid. >> clinton went on to defend the bill saying it throwed a 25-year low in crime and a 30-year low in the murder rate. and breaking news. just this past hour the vatican released pope francis' must anticipated document dealing his views on family. it's titled "the joy of love" and in it the pope warns not to get caught up in an idealistic view of marriage saying love within a marriage changes and so does sexual desire. the pontiff suggests that married couples renew their love for each other year after year. pope francis calls divorce and evil, but he also thinks divorce and remarried catholics shouldn't feel excommunicated. his views on gays and lesbians remain unchanged telling followers to respect them and avoid unjust discrimination,
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violence and aggression. oklahoma firefighters continue working to contain monster spreading wildfire, multiple burns raging throughout the state fed by strong winds and drought conditions. the largest, calmed the 350 complex fire, has burned more than 57,000 acres so far and is only 20% contained. there are no reported f fatalit although several firefighters hospitalized with heat exhaustion. and kansas, 18 square miles xroied so far. authorities in texas continue to search for the suspect wanted in sunday's murder at the university of texas at austin. police have released video of the suspect, still unidentified, but seen here getting on and eventually pushing a bicycle. the graphics and annotations were added by the police. the suspect is described as a black male about 6 feet tall with athletic build and officials say bystander may have seen the suspect without knowing it. a $15,000 reward is offered for any information leading to an
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arrest. meanwhile, a vigil was held yesterday on campus for 18-year-old freshman haruka weiser remembered as a beloved member of the school's dance community, who was liked and admired by classmates. police in galvaton, tennessee released graphic video of an officer-involved shooting. it happened werns after a sheriff's deputy was stabbed serving an eviction notice. yolanda sweat allegedly went after another responding officer with a medinah-style a. a warning, the following video may be disturbing to some of you. >> all right. get on the ground! get on the ground! get on the ground, now! drop it! drop it! drop it! >> authorities say officers performed cpr on sweat but pronounced dead on the scene. the officer who shot her is on
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leave pending an investigation. a wild chase in california, on and off the highways and through the city streets with wall-to-wall coverage. tv viewers captivated by a pair of burglary suspects on the run bep have the story. >> reporter: a very wet and very wild high-speed chase in los angeles. we watched a dangerous police chase turn into an all-out joy ride. it was raining, but the burglary suspects dropped the top on this mustang convertible and started doing doughnuts on hollywood boulevard, along the famous hollywood walk of fame, pedestrians troon avoid being hit and on the freeway, a tmz tour bus tries to box them in but they slip away. the mustang losing a tire. the chase finally slowing down in a south los angeles neighbor and coming to a stop. the suspects s appearing to wai for police, shaking hands and high-fiving with a crowd gathered on the street snapping selfies before they are arrested. an apparent end to a very odd
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pursuit on the streets of los angeles. scotty schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. well, in florida, at least three tornadoes were confirmed in the tampa-st. pete area early thursday. cell phone video capturing a funnel cloud over clearwater and officials say at least 50 homes damaged, monstly from the uprooted trees. no injuries reported. get to bill karins with the friday forecast. anything good for the weekend? >> yesterday, you saw the picture of the chase, the roads looked wet around l.a. and a lot of showers around. upper level lows continuing to spin here. a decent amount of rain moving north of the phoenix area up around prescott and sedona, heading up to the grand canyon. for the day today, still having scattered showers, maybe an isolated downpour or two. a few thunderstorms especially higher elevations seeing most of it. by the time we go through the
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weekend we watch another system off the coastline. this one moving towards us and actually get additional areas of rain. notice a little blue here, snow at the high elevations in the central portions of the sierra. good. some of the mountains outside l.a., enhancement of rain too. rainfall amounts over the next three days total. highest totals, highest peaks in the mountains. almost two inches possible. beneficial rain. didn't get a lot of rain this winter season in areas of southern california. rare to get it in the middle of april, what we'll do, and in and around l.a., half inch to an inch. northwest, still be the mississ as florida. warm today also in california. >> i'll take the 79 in reading, too. >> pretty nice in california,
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although not for mammoth. we need the snow. >> at higher elevations, the snow. >> good. thank you, bill. just ahead, airlines flyers smaller seats. and up, up and away. sending a pooch to the stratosphere. you're watching "early today." cw kitchen... so they're even faster. so they can help us with our free throws. (vo) the time-saving frigidaire gallery line... with a quick preheat, a dishwasher with four times better water coverage, and smudgeproof stainless steel that resists fingerprints and cleans easily. it's meal time in no time, from start to clean. frigidaire gallery. save up to $250 on select frigidaire gallery smudge-proof™ kitchen appliances. choose the one new revlon ultimate-all-in-one. our revolutionary mascara delivers 5 lash-transforming benefits. volume, length, definition, lift, and intense color. choose love from the new collection of revlon mascaras.
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home is in the air. one of the two escaped psych ward fugitives captured. authorities in washington state are still hunting for a man accused of murder who escaped from a state psychiatric hospital on wednesday. anthony garver arrived at his mother's home. anyone spotting him should call 911 immediately. a second escapee, mark adams, apprehended yesterday in des moines, washington. and more fallout from the so-called fallout papers. david cameron acknowledging he and his wife profited from a trust owned in a trust set up by
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his late father but disputed he was avoiding taxes. >> i think a lot of the criticisms are based and a fundamental misconception, that a trust was set up with the idea of avoiding tax. it wasn't. >> cameron says the fund was properly audited ath the couple paid all applicable taxes when they sold the shares in 2010. a senate measure regulating airline seat sizes was defeated yesterday. the bill led by chuck schumer would have prevented airlines from reducing seat sizes and the distance between them. a fresno county, california man is in jail after complaints of watering his lawn naked. the man refused orders to put his clothes back on allegedly throwing a beer bottle and knife at officers. he faces felony assault on an officer and misdemeanor exposure charges. well, in a mission that is out of this world, take a look at this. a cuddly toy dog was sent on an epic adventure to the edge of
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the earth after schoolchildren strapped him to a helium balloon and tracked his journey with gps equipment and cameras. sam the dog made it all the way to the stratosphere. 12 mime miles above the earth' surface before the balloon popped. sam himself, the school posd a missing notice online to help recover him. good story. just ahead, one step closer to making history and what was going through ernie els head while he missed putt after putt after putt, ouch! and more. next. so i'm going to take this opportunity to go off script. so if i wanna go to jersey and check out shotsy tuccerelli's portfolio, what's it to you? or i'm a scottish mason whose assets are made of stone like me heart. papa! you're no son of mine! or perhaps it's time to seize the day. don't just see opportunity, seize it! (applause)
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this morning on "today," an exclusive one-on-one with matt lauer and hillary clinton. >> came right out and said he doesn't think you're qualified to be president. >> well, that will be up to the voters of new york, and the other states that will be passing judgment in the weeks ahead. i think it's kind of a silly statement, but he's free to say whatever he chooses. >> is he qualified to be president? >> here's what i believe. i believe that voters will be looking at both of us, but i will take bernie sanders over donald trump or ted cruz anytime. >> more of matt's interview plus a live town hall with bernie sanders out on rockefeller plaza this morning on "today." in sports, we begin at the masters and the most talked about flub of the day. south africa's ernie els has a virtual meltdown on the first
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hole of the day. els took six putz from two feet or less. he later described what was going through his head saying, it couldn't mat fer i putted with a stick. he said when snakes are going off in your brain it's difficult. else took a 9 on the hole yet finished the day at 1 observer. jordan spieth off to another great stop. finishing atop the leader board, 6 under, two-shot lead, and followed by five players at 3 under. and golden state's quest for most wins in the regular season. curry points led them to a win over san antone yore, 112-101 and must win their final three games to set the new record. across town to this dinger. >> left field it is -- outta here! >> whew. the giants hunter pence finished
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everyone in between, and a reunion of the original trio of judges. in the midst of all of the celebrations, contestant trent harmon crowned the winner of the season. all right. "star wars" fans buzzing about this new road one teaser trailer posted yesterday. the movie hits theaters this december. my son said he got chills seeing that. >> yeah. >> congratulations to anne hathaway and her husband adam schulman, new parents to a baby born. born march 24th. the couple managed to keep that underwraps for a while. good for them. in theaters this weekend, melissa mccarthy stars in "the she is hilarious. a major stumble, making it funny. and "demolition," jake gyllenhaal struggling with the death of his wife. major kudos for that and "mr. right" the story of a hidman turning the tables on his clients. ooh. seth meyers welcomed senator
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bernie sanders to "late night." in classic bernie fashion, sees the opportunity to roast the 1%. >> bernie -- what do you think about the 1%? >> the 1%? hey -- 1%? what do you need all that money for? if i didn't know any better, i think you were trying to compensate for something. how is it possible that some of you are paying a lower tax rate than your secretaries? that makes less sense than the plot of "batman versus superman." 1%. you're burnt. >> what does he -- what is he compensating for? what's he implying? >> no idea. but you're burnt. he's going to be here today, by the way. >> i know. i'm alex witt, and this is "early today." oh, look... ...another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen.
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leading the news on nbcnews.com, ex sailor declared innocent after 33 years. 60-year-old keith harward released today from a virginia prison after the state supreme court unanimously found him innocent of rape and murder. new details reveal a fellow sailor committed those crimes. and uber to pay up to a $25 million fine, slammed for airport toll fees and misleading users about their driver's background chex. uber has up to 60 days to pay los angeles and san francisco $10 million. if they comply with settlement terms, the $15 million, another, can be waived. and penguins blue stars. 83 penguins from the detroit zoo waddled down the celebrity-style
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carpet celebrating a move to the largest penguin facility in the world. the new home at the pokes penguin conservation centers opens soon. and los angeles may be the place for you. the city opened the nation's first dog cafe. yep. customers can grab a cup of their morning joe and head to a puppy-filled lounge. so cute. anden listen, you've got to meet smokey jr. florida firefighters rescuing him. >> i know, a cutie. >> a little guy. >> nicknamed him smokey after the iconic fire-fighting bear. minor burns to his pause and face but he's on the mend. >> he's been through a lot. looked like a couple bad nights. >> yauch. did not feel good. a daring marriage proposal turned into a dangerous rescue mission thursday when 31 responders went to rescue one man who apparently climbed up a hazardous cliff to propose to
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his girlfriend on facetime. got stranded 90 feet up, lucky when a witness heard his cries for help. they're happily engaged but he's unfortunately booked for alleged drug possession. >> how that in a way to start out -- >> how do you top that on your wedding day? you got to amp the drama. >> i'm hoping it's not downhill from there for that couple. >> could get worse? >> yeah. fall. >> maybe fall off the cliff. >> way too many double entendres. a spacex cargo expected to lift off from cape canaveral this afternoon. carrying some 7,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and hardware to the i.s.s. >> 90% chance of a ge on that. >> and happy birthday to patricia arquette, house of cards, a big 5-0. fantastic and dukes of hazzard actor john schneider turning 56. i'm alex witt. have yourselves a great friday
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this morning we are tracking rain for today and for the weekend. a live look right now at san jose. your complete forecast coming up next. the old span of the bay bridge is coming down. we'll tell you about the work happening today. president obama heading back to the bay area. what you need to know about his presidential visit. "today in the bay" starts right now. a good friday morning. thank you for joining us. i'm sam brock. >> the weekend is almost upon us. let's check the forecast right now with kari. good morning. >> good morning. some cool temperatures today and, yes, we are getting ready for some rain. be sure to grab the umbrella. before you head out the door cloudy skies and mild temperatures starting out in the upper 50s to lower 60

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