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everybody get off the street! >> this was an intentional act. president obama was born in the united states, period. it feels like someone took out my hard and stepped on it. good morning. welcome to "sunday today." i'm willie geist. it's a very busy morning after an explosion rocked the chelsea neighborhood in new york city injuring more than two dozen people. early this morning a suspicious device was discovered a couple blocks from where that blast went out. another blast about 80 miles away at jersey shore and a knife attack at a mall in minnesota.
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we have our coverage across the country. let's begin with richard engel. he was in chelsea. >> reporter: i spoke to a witness even closer to the scene than i was. he said he heard a very loud explosion, immediately thought it was a bomb. his ears were ringing. he was inside his apartment. the window didn't break, but the mirrors fell to the ground. he went outside and saw broken glass everywhere, on both sides of this very busy intersection. he said that some of the broken windows were as high as on the fourth floor of nearby buildings. what's unclear, however, is who did this or why. just after 8:30 last night, an explosion rocked new york city as chelsea neighborhood, sending people running in panic. >> let's go! get off the streets! >> it sounded like thunder, to be honest.
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>> you felt it in your heart. >> i heard a massive explosion then fire trucks and police cars. a massive response. very unnerving. >> reporter: social media lit up and crowds grew as first responders raced to the scene. a mangled dumpster was one of the first imaging to emerge, leading many to wonder, what caused the explosion? >> there's no evidence at this point of a terror connection, but we want to be very clear, the initial, the early indication is this was an intentional act. >> reporter: according to law enforcement sources, police have video of showing a man placing some sort of object into the dumpster. multiple people were injured by the explosion and treated at local hospitals. >> thankfully none of these are life-threatening injuries. >> reporter: as polices work to clear the area, another device, a pressure cooker, was found a few blocks away. law enforcement officials
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continue to investigate. willie, this is a very popular area, with people going out at night, a lot of bars, a lot of restaurants. where this explosion took place specifically, according to witnesses, was near a church which wouldn't have been very crowded at 8:30 at night. also a school and rehabilitation center for the blind, but a couple apartment buildings, but a very crowded area with people going out and walking in the streets. >> and pretty remarkable that none of those injuries were life-threatening. as i mentioned at the top, you live in the area. you heard it, you felt it. >> reporter: i live overseas, but i keep an apartment very close to here, just down the block. i wasn't sure if it was an explosion. i heard a loud rumbling, but then just moments later, there was a very quick response, helicopters in the air, fire trucks, police moving to the area. this whole neighborhood last night was just a sea of flashing
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lights. very impressive, very overwhelming response that seemed to start just machining after i heard that blast. >> your was some of the first reporting from the scene. thanks, richard. richard engel in new york city. another explosion it before at the jersey shore. morgan, what can you tell us about this? >> willie, good morning. we're standing where the pipe bomb exploded inside a trash can here in ceaseside heights, new jersey. can you still see the rim of the trash can behind me. this happened 30 minutes into a race designed to support military veterans, but thankfully that race was already delayed, which means no one was here yet and no one was hurt, but the question was what was designed to have happened? that device was attached to other devices set to go off, but didn't. the race was immediately canceled. people were evacuated and they weren't allowed to return to
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their homes until 6:00 p.m. in the evening. this is being if investigated as an active terrorist, harkening back to the boston mar athan where three people were killed and up to 260 people were injured. the fbi is on the ground investigating. they still do not have a motive, do not have a suspect. people here in ceaseside heights are wondering who did this and why. willie? >> again incredibly fortunate there were no injuries. morgan, thank you. a man with a knife attacked at least eight people with a mall in minnesota last night. witnesses say he made references to allah. good morning, gadi. >> reporter: this entire mall is a massive crime scene. we understand that seven of the eight victims have been released from the hospital, all of the victims here are expected to make a full recovery. we're also hearing a bit more about the knife-wielding
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suspect. we are told he came to this mall wearing what was possibly a private security shirt, and may have asked people if they wemus before attacking strangers at random. he was eventually confronted by an off-duty police officers, he was shot. he was killed. the police chief responding to specific request questions about whether this was terrorism. the police chief saying they're trying to do their due diligence. they have requested the help of the fbi, but they are still interviewing witnesses, victims, and that could take some time, because that was a saturday night at the mall. a lot of people were here shopping. >> that off-duty officer acting very quickly, perhaps saving some live. gadi shall wards in minnesota, thank you. peter, what are investigators telling you about the scene in new york city last night? >> on the explosions there is some amount of luck, first the timing of the bomb in new
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jersey. the second the fact there's quite a bit of physical evidence, because one of the devices in new york didn't go off. the second improvised bomb in new york was intact when the investigators got to it. so analysts are looking for common features all the way down to how the wires were joined together. there are broadly speaking some features in common with what was planted in new jersey. both the devices were set to go off with electronic timers. when the one in new jersey exploded, nobody was around because of the a delay in starting the race. so that further suggests that bomb was not set to go off by somebody who was watching with a remote control. officials say the new jersey device was composed the three bombs made from value gannized steel pipe like this bundled together. it did not explode complete lid. only one of the pipe bombs went off and it may not have exploded entirely itself. because of there's so much of that device left behind, investigators have a good idea how it was made even though it was damaged and appeared to have been assembled using
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instructions widely available on the internet. a similar guide was nope published by a al qaeda-inspired publication "inspire." this morning federal officials say they have not concluded, willie, whether it's all the work of the same person or the same group. >> or if there is a link yesterday to terrorism, as mayor de blasio said. let's turn to shawn henry, a former top fbi official, now the president of crowd strike services. shawn, good morning. we have a dedicated device in the chelsea neighborhood, an undetonated pressure cooker in that same neighborhood, a separate device from earlier in the day from seaside heights he new jersey. what are they looking at? >> you have multiwall incidents, lots of physical evidence. pete williams just described unexploded devices, as well as
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shrapnel and other forensic evidence that we'll see at the scene, where these two explosions occurred both in seaside and in chelsea. the investigators will be looking at these two things in new jersey and new york, separate types of investigations, but absolutely there will be coordination very close. while there's no direct evidence linking you this to terrorism, the joint terrorism task force working with state and local police officers, are going to be defaulting to that. when i say that, you've got to look at what happened and how it happened. we've seen these types of devices used oftentimes in terrorist incidents. they'll default to that, because they have a very strong mechanism, a vehicle in terms of the jttf, a lot of expertise in going through physical evidence, evaluating it, and they've got access to an awful lot of intelligence. initial to the physical evidence, they'll be out talking to lots of witnesses.
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somebody knows what happens, either coconspirators, neighbors, family member, co-workers who may have seen something. there will be a lot of investigation. we're only 12 hours into this, willie, so we'll expect lots of information to come out and the investigation will change as this in information is developed. >> shawn, mayor de blasio made on point of saying there's no link to terrorism. that's a murky word. you can be directed from overseas or say you were inspired by a group overseas. at what point does law enforcement make that connection. >> it always comes down to who did it and why? the motivation. for some it's ideological purposes, social or political means, somebody looking to influence or create chaos for their -- for that type of an agenda. they'll look at that and too i it to terrorism. when you think about those who may have been inspired rather than directed, still certainly
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the jttf looks at this as a terrorist event if that's in fact the case. that's a major concern where you've got individuals here who might not be operating at the direction of an organized group, but picking up information through social media. they're learning about how to create improvised explosive devices, still causing and creating the type of chaos that supports that jihadi cause. at this point there's not that indication, but law enforcement is absolutely looking at that as one of the possible motivation, willie. >> shawn henry, always appreciate your point of view and perspective on morning likes this. meanwhile, presidential nominees hillary clinton and donald trump weigh weighing in hallie jackson is in miami. good morning. >> hi there, willie. good morning. both candidates responding in different ways. donald trump at his late-night rally in colorado bringing it up
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just minutes after reports began surfacing. hillary clinton talked about it later on that night on her press plane with reporters. >> i must tell you that just before i got off the plane, a bomb went off in new york, and nobody knows exactly what's going on, but boy, we are living in a time -- >> always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions. >> reporter: an aide tells nbc news clinton was informed of the explosion in chelsea just after her remarks at the congressional black caucus dinner in washington, d.c. that's where she delivered a blistering critique of trump without mentioning the name, and she went after his birther comments as well as president obama after trump on friday acknowledged the president was
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in fact born in the u.s., obama saying last night, in other breaking news, the world is round, not flat. as always, politics swirling around the news. hallie jackson, thanks so much. let's get a check of the weather from dylan dreyer. >> good morning, willie. we have some rain especially back towards oklahoma, where we have some heavy this morning moving through eastern oklahoma, but also attached to this cold front in the northeast. we need rain in the northeast, but i don't think today is the day we'll get a lot of it. scattered showers and isolated storms will move through, so a very unsettled day as it moves eastward. as it moves into tomorrow morning that's where we'll see the best chance of heavy rain stretching down into the mid-atlantic, and then by the time in the afternoon we'll see the heaviest of the rain moves out. elsewhere across the country, things are looking good through the midwest, temperatures
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good morning, everybody. we do have pretty good visibility around the bay area this morning. limited around santa cruz but with that shallow marine layer, that means lots of sunshine today and temperatures on the rise. currently we're a little chilly around the coast. upper 40s there. 50s for most of the inland areas. highs today almost ten degrees warmer than yesterday. that means triple digits from the inland valleys around concord, livermore, 88 in mountain view. 70 for pacifica. 87 in hayward. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan stick around we'll make a swing around to the highs and lows of the week, including a hero bus driver who saved limit tear school children from this bus. we'll hear from her. and donald trump gets a checkup just like the rest of us on national tv with dr. oz. and need a lift? how the ride-sharing company with the pink moustache wants to
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were her own when a bus burst into flames. she was driving a load of elementary school students in college park, maryland, when she saw flames around the bus. she stopped and sprung into action. as the fire spread, she went through the bus, ushering every last student to safety before the thing went up complete le. she then went back on the bus to make sure no child was left behind. she said she had only a small fire extinguisher and knew her only choice was to get the kids out. >> yuns with saw the fire, i got my babies off the bus. >> i love that, got my baby off the bus. she added as long as the kids are on the bus, i'm their mom. >> that's who you hope is driving your kids to school. she's the epitome of an amazing bus driver. >> our first low goes to the time we have been wasting running, lifting, spinning and jane fonda workouting for exercise. >> is that what you do? >> yes, during his checkup with
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dr. oz, donald trump was asked about his exercise regimen. >> a lot of work. when i'm speaking in front of 15,000 and 20,000 people and using a lot of motion, i guess in its own way, it's a pretty healthy act. and i really enjoy doing it. a lot of times these rooms are very hot, like saunas. and i guess that's a form of exercise. >> now, gesturing may not be exercise in the classic get your heart rate up sense, but some experts did point out trump is on to something. small movements like fidgeting can result in large calorie deficits by the end of the day. it works. >> i'm very handsy when i talk. i don't know if it's a weather thing or what, but who knew i was burning calories. >> they're working 23 hours a day. they don't have time to get to the gym. >> our next high goes to a kid who some day may be playing on nfl sundays like this one. in fact, i would laike for the
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giants to draft him. my man is 9 years old and he's a beast. the australian youth rugby game here. you're watching a man among boys. oh, that poor little guy at the end. the poor kids trying to bring him down. getting stiff armed, plowed over. left littered over the field like dirty laundry. he drew comparisons to marshawn lynch, who earned the nickname beast mode for the way he ran over defenders. this kid, full beast mode. and by the way, i want to point one thing out. that's beast mode right there, but the break away speed, too. he can get away from everybody. >> that's the secret. you need to run over people and have speed. then it's perfect combination. >> 9 years old. he's ineligible for the draft. >> our next low is the giant globe rolling through the streets of china. a site of u.n. of the many mid-autumn celebration. one of the model moons broke
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through from its base and began terrorizing citizens, deflating as it went, somehow, nobody was injured in this. the first image, though, that popped into many of our heads was this, yeah. harrison ford, raising the bolder in raiders of the lost ark. >> amazing nobody got mowed over in that thing. >> i wonder if it would hurt if you did. it's still a balloon. >> it's big enough it would hurt. >> our next high is one of the greatest moments in broadcasting history. the 49ers played the rams. a fan ran onto the field. while tv cameras turned away, harlen provided the gripping play by play for his radio oddgenod audien audience, all the way to when he was tackled by security. >> san francisco in the secondary. somebody has run on the field. some goofball in a hat and a red shirt. he takes off the shirt, he's at
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the 50, the 30, bar chested and banging his chest. he runs the opposite way. he runs to the 50, to the 40. the guy is drunk, but there he goes. the 20. they're chasing him. they're not going to get him. raising his arms. bare chested. somebody stop that man. >> here comes the blue coat. >> they got him. coming from the left, oh, and they tackle him at the 40 yard line. >> he was really the best and now he's the best. >> i hope he didn't inspire more people to get their own call. >> the final low goes to the level of art they're throwing in new york's guggenheim museum. the world renowned collection includes picasso, monet, and now this. an 18-karat gold tollt. the museum says it's a wink to the excesses of modern art. the good news is the can is fulfull y functional and visitors can use it. it will be land cleaned after
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each use by precious metal experts. it's estimated the toilet is worth more than $1 million. >> so many puns there. >> so much to say. >> i mean, we're flushing money down the toilet. >> very nice. >> i like the idea of a guy with white gloves and precious metal cleaner coming in after every use. >> that's what they have in the bathrooms here. >> we'll see you in a minute. still ahead today, the primetime emmy awards are tonight. we'll get you ready for your party pool and show how this show is tackling diversity. >> and later, harry smit with the remarkable story of the desce descendant of slaves. i'm lucky to get through a shift without a disaster.
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san franciscfrom n bruno mountain good morning to you. happy sunday morning. let's take you outside for a live look at san francisco from our cameras on san bruno mountain. good morning. i'm scott mcgrew alongside jenny toste. >> it was gorgeous yesterday. a really nice afternoon. we'll see that again for today starting off a little gray like we saw yesterday. here is a look outside. right now you can see it's mostly clear in most areas. south baying look nice and clear. san francisco surprisingly clear there as well as the north bay. whatever thin clouds we have should clear out quickly. we're in the low to mid-50s headed toward a high of 101 in the tri-valley area. we'll be in the low 80s along the peninsula. 94 along the south bay around san jose, santa clara, and we'll see 75 in san francisco. 93 in the north bay today. so it's going to be noticeably
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warmer, almost 10 degrees warmer than what we saw yesterday with all that sunshine and that nice -- >> between 101 or 75 depending on where you are. >> right, take your pick. >> microclimate, indeed. thank you. the explosions in new york and new jersey, you heard about those, are having an affect on security at major events in the bay area including last night's beyonce concert. thousands of people on high alert during the show. no incidents reported. k extra officers patrolled in and around levi stadium. people who showed up early had to wait in long lines as the screening process was lengthy but fans said the extra security made them feel safe. >> i feel like the security is tight. it's beyonce. i'm pretty sure they wouldn't let any fans get hurt. >> other police and security forces have beefed up their presence as well. the san francisco police department released a statement in response to the new jersey threat that read in part, fspd
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has increased uniform high visibility presence throughout the city and we are working with our allied law enforcement agencies encouraging the public to report any suspicious activities. a frightening scene near the heart of cal campus. a building fire spread causing an evacuation. this video taken by a neighbor's drone. black smoke billowing into the sky on university afternoon could be seen for miles. it took firefighters nearly two hours to knock it down. an apartment complex near that building was evacuated as a precaution. the cause of the fire is under investigation. young south bay gymnast could barely contain their excitement after meeting olympic great alli raiseman. s she took time to visit a j gymnastics club. you can hear that. in honor of national gymnastics day. she wanted to remind her fans olympians may make the sport look easy but even great
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athletes have tough days. tonight all members of the final five olympic team will be at sap center in san jose for the tour of champions. well, coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay," giants fan bryan stow has made a remarkable stride forward in his recovery after he was severely beaten back in 2011. this weekend he returned to the hospital where the healing started to say thanks. that plus all your top stories coming up at 7:00. in the meantime we will take you back to the "today" show.
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can i mess your hair up? yes! jimmy fallon going where few men have gone before, all you have in donald trump's famous hair this week on "the tonight show." technology is changing our lives so quickly, you forget it was only a few years ago the idea of touching a button on your phone and having a car magically appear to take you home seemed like something from the space age. now services like uber and lyft with the famous pink moustaches are part of daily life, but the ambition for its founder john zimmer goes far beyond just sharing rides. >> how's it going? >> how are you, man?
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>> look at this traffic. >> yeah. >> like most of us, john zimmer hates traffic. while most of us just curse and pound the steering wheel, zimmer is doing something to fix the problem. the is 2-year-old president and cofounder of ride-sharing company lyft got hooked on cars as a kid, but not just because they looked cool and went fast. he loved what they represented. >> the idea of freedom and exploration. i remember being on the ground playing with cars getting over any obstacle. >> is there a direct line? >> i think that freedom wasn't really there, and that the cars become more like a $9,000 ball and chain with all the maintenance, the parking. so i wanted to go to that original idea that made me so excited, but actually deliver the real freedom. >> john first noticed the number of empty seats during his drives horm from cornell university.
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>> ten of us would be driving back with just one or two vehicles. i learned that 96% of the time the car is parked. >> in 2008, zimmer left his job at lehman brothers, just before the company crashed, to pursue his vision of ride sharing with partner logan green. four years later lyft was launched with the signature pink muss tack. today it operates in 200 cities across the country, about 13 million rides per month, and valued at $5.5 billion. >> carpooling to most people with strangers was a nonstarters just a few years ago. they're doing it now. when did you see attitudes -- >> we had a tagline with your friend with the car. we encourage people to sit up front. right away people started getting excited, meeting new people. it took off so fast we had to create a waitlist. >> now about 30% of young
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americans use ride-sharing services. 15% of adults of all ages do the same. that's according to the pugh research center. even as americans embrace this new frontier, the taxi commission entrenched in our cities were not as welcoming. i'm sure you have great stories of sitting across a tax commissioner and him sort of giving you the dressen down -- kid, you have no idea what you're getting into. >> there was an enforcement leader called the general. he said, look, son, you're going to shut down, aren't you? i want, no, respectfully, you know, what we are doing is legal and we're going to continue to operate. >> to which he said? >> look, son, you're going to -- [ laughter ] beyond the general, the biggest challenge is the behemoth it's become a verb -- uber. >> when people think about your sector, they think about uber first probably, and then they think about lyft.
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what is the relationship like between uber and lyft? >> they got started first with everyone being everyone as private cars. we said we want to bring down the cost of transportation. >> we know you're doing something right in uber starts the paying attention to you. they put up billboards trying to lure away driver. what was your reaction? >> i think the differences speak for themselves and how we focus on the people involved, and the fun we're trying to have in the process. >> who's your favorite bask ballplayer. >> and some high-profile stars have joined in on the fun as undercover drivers. >> i actual le met demi lovato too. >> it's good to see you again. >> odds are you won't get them behind the car, but you may bet someone like robert henderson, the company's most prolific driver. what is a typically day like?
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>> anyway between 8 to 12 hours, but it's fun, and you're thinking like my gosh, i've been out this long? and you laugh about it. >> but zimmer's goals are much bigger than getting us to work or home from a bar. he wants to change the way we live. at what point do you believe all your cars will be self-driving? >> i believe in about five years the majority of trips will be in autonomous vehicles. >> what will -- >> just like a monthly subscription, you purchase a lyft plan, a long family trip for the weekend, a large vehicle with a screen, if you're on your personal trip to work, you can you productive, maybe take a nap. >> you understand this still blows people's minds. >> yeah. >> a new york park with an lifted railroad tracks, he looks down at the roads, as the next
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frontier in obsolete modes of transportation. >> in ten years, i believe that personal car ownership will all but end in major cities. >> ten years, that's a quick turnaround. >> do you believe that will happen? >> i do. people are already moving away from car ownership, and eventually autonomous vehicles get out, and then it makes no sense to own a vehicle. >> it seems not just a good business decision by you, but a necessity at some point for our cultures. we can't fit all the cars we have on these roads. >> we're at a turning point where more and more people are moving to cities. there's just not enough space. it's absolutely going to happen. it has to happen. the good news is it's going to be better for all of us. >> new york city 20 years from now, what does it look like? >> all of the parked cars on the side of the road, imagine all those gone, the majority of parking lots and spots gone, instead of a parking lot it could be new housing or a park. imagine more of this? and a lot more happy people like we're seeing out here.
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>> reporter: can you hurry up and make this happen? >> yeah, we're going fast. >> what do the car companies think about this talk? well, earlier this year general motors invested $500 million in lyft to develop a network of thoseself driving cars, echos john zimmer gm's i want says, quote -- we think or business and personal mobility will change in the next five years than the last 50. next week we spend the day with nick crowl. he's now headed to broadway. it's funny to hear zimmer talk about it. it sounds like a crazy futuristic view, but he says it's coming. >> it sounds nice. i don't have a car in the city. the thought of sharing a car with other people used to be so strange, now it's just the way you get around. >> you save the insurance, the payments, all of the fuel and
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everything else. >> and spend it on food. how about another look at the weather. >> we are taking a look at the week ahead. this week it's going to be a bit unsettled across the northeast, especially today and into tomorrow. in the morning we're looking at heavy rain in the northeast. all week long, though, temperatures for most of the country will be above average, running about five to ten degrees above average. middle of the week we could good morning. i'm jenny toste. check this out. we have a clear look south toward belvedere toward alcatraz in the background. we're at 53 and temperatures almost 10 degrees warmer than yesterday. that means we'll top out in the triple digits for the tri-valley area. east bay in the mid-80s. 90s in napa. if you're headed to the giants game. and the peninsula will be in the low 80s this afternoon.
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earlier this year for a lack of diversity, but the emmys will be a different story. our ed patterson takes us inside. >> new classics like "game of thrones" and "coudownton abbey"d "mr. robot". and "the americans." >> i have an alarm going off inside me going run run run. in limited series, forget about it. >> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit "the people versus o.j. simpson" is up for 22 awards. only "game of thrones" has more emmy juice. and "black-ish" challenging race, while "transparent"
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challenging gender issues. the netflix master of none features a cast that looks like real life, writing that sounds different and 5'6" leading man from a muslim family. >> we've seen a huge up tick in the amount of shows that really gives actors of color a voice. >> reporter: of the three major categories a total of 18 non-white actors. 18 out of 73 certainly leaves room for improvement, but compared to in year's oscar so-white controversy where all the major nominees are were white, there's no contest. >> a lot of people thought of emmys gave they nominations so because they don't want the controversy. i think the acting spoke for itself. >> more diversity, more options for viewers, thanks in part to
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the rise and now dominance of streaming. >> the first year that broadcast is not in the top three. >> well, not so unbelievable. >> four years ago they had no nominations, and now they're the third most nominated with 54. >> it's binge watching. >> network tv, hbo, the showtime are trying to find a way to trump the streaming services. they're taking over what we had always known as great tv. >> if you love great tv, no matter the size of the screen, tonight might just be your night. steve patterson reporting for us from hollywood. next harry smith [ "on the road again," by willie nelson ] ♪ on the road again [ rear alert sounds ] [ music stops ] ♪ just can't wait to get on the road again ♪ [ front assist sounds ] [ music stops ] [ girl laughs ] ♪ on the road again
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it's one of history's greatest contradictions, how could the man who wrote all men are created equal september and rely on the lives of slaves, including sally hemming, who he had a long-term relationship and several children. harry smith visited the home for
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the gathering of slaves who helped built the legacy. >> monticello is a monument to husband genius. jefferson's hand is in every detail, but the hands that built this magnificent house were the hands of jefferson's slaves. >> it's pretty powerful to see they have thinks finger pripts in the bricks that my ancestors put these fringer prints there. they're so small, but a lot of them were actually just kids. >> more than 100 enslaved people worked here and the surrounding feels for decades. monticello wouldn't be here were it not for slaves. >> i have many ancestors including salary hemming's older brother, who was may great great great grandfather. >> this is the home of my great great great great grandfather. >> we were witness to an extraordinary family reunion.
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monticello invited some of the descendants of the enslaved people to come here for a night. it was both party and pilgrimage. a journey of connection. shannon le near is the offer son of "jefferson's children, the story of one american family." >> you look out at this beautiful place and think, wow, it's beautiful here, but would my ancestors have thought it was beautiful? >> some spent the night here sleeping on the hard floors of replicated slave quarters. there was little comfort, save knowing your own flesh and blood had been here too. >> they worked children from sunrise to sunset, so that was important for me to wake up as they did. and to be here as they were forced to be here. >> she's a descentened of moses
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gillette who was enslaved at monticello. to her this is hallowed ground. >> i'm thinking, right, this is the soil, this is the -- >> i have soil at home. >> do you? >> yes, i have at home. among those who stayed the night was joe mcgill, founder of the slave dwelling project. he slept in almost 100 slave quarters in 17 states. why should people do this? why should people come and sleep in a building like the one that's right behind you right here? >> in these environments, it forces the conversation of race relations, those things that were set forth in the founding of this nation and where we are today, it helps us fill in the blanks. >> spots left blank, because in much of america, whileally men may have been created equal, they were not treated equally. even jefferson, enlightened, brilliant jefferson, couldn't live without his slaves.
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naya is a historician at monticello. >> some of his memories were slaves lifting him on a horse, and one of the his last memories is a slave repositioning his pillow before he died. there was no way they lived without these people. >> these people, whose children's children's children met face-to-face. so the spent the night. what was it light? >> real life talking to desce descendan descendants, sharing an evening like we haven't had in a couple hundred years. >> if you're the descendant of an enslaved person, a lot of times you don't know where you came from. jefferson had meticulous records. he owned more than 600 slaves in his lifetime, right? so these people know this is
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where their people came from. so it was very powerful emotional experience. >> i can only imagine. you touched on it in the piece, it's one of the great contradictions that the men who wrote the declaration of independence owned 600 slaves. >> washington freed his slaves. jefferson never freed his slaves, except the children of sally hemming. >>
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dylan is back, as we close this morning, with predictions for the week ahead. on tuesday president obama will address the u.n. general assembly for the final time in office. it's the annual spectacle where world leaders and despots gather to cause traffic on the east side of manhattan. in his speech last year in front of the green marble, president obama called out vladimir putin and republicans running for his job. we predict this year, the
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president weather one foot out the door, will turn it into a comedy central roast of the norwegian prime minister solberg. has it coming too. thursday is the first day of fall. football, thanksgiving. we predict autumn will continue to be the most underrated of all the seasons. i have it ranked number two behind summer. you ear a meteorologist. where does it rank? >> give me a doughnut, and it trumps. number one. >> as we mentioned earlier, the stars will be out tonight for the primetime emmy awards celebrating the best in television with host jimmy kimmel. "game of thrones," the americans, homeland, veep, "modern family," the list goes on and on. but there's only one lock to win this year. you guessed it, gary abusey for his eerily accurate portrayal of o.j. simpson in "the people versus o.j."
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>> that's who was playing it. couldn't put my finger on it. welcome to our ongoing busey jokes. >> i don't get it. >> no one else does, either. stay tuned for "meet the press." chuck todd is joined by hillary clinton's running mate, senator tim kaine. and a discussion with amal clooney and her efforts to take on isis into the courtroom. >> isis can be reborn under a different name, if you don't change the narrative and change peems minds. they are brainwashing people. i think one of the ways to take action against that is to expose that brutality and corruption and partly you can do that through trials. >> amal clooney with cynthia mcfadden tomorrow on "today." dylan thank you. >> thanks for having me. we'll see you right back here next week on "sunday today." back here next week on "sunday today." take a live look outside......
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(adlib) scott/2shot good morning to you. 7::00 a.m. on a sunday morning, and a lovely look outside this morning. good morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. i'm scott mcgrew. let's get a check of your microclimate forecast with jenny toste. >> good morning. >> good morning to you. >> isn't it nice to look outside and actually see san francisco in the morning. >> it's fantastic. a little later than i normally get up. >> right. the clouds have cleared out by now. lots of sunshine on the way. did you enjoin yesterday yester >> it was gorgeous. >> 49 in the north bey aay and clouds have cleared out. lots of sunshine and temperatures are on the rise. we'll be in t


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