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local news update. ♪ good morning. breaking overnight. icon lost. pop superstar george michael dies suddenly christmas day at the age of 53. the sing are first hitting it big with wham!. before finding each greater solo success. this morning his manager speaks out revealing a possible cause of death as the investigation moves forward and tributes pour in. paralyzing blizzard conditions, the storm making it nearly impossible for holiday travelers to get back home this morning where all of that snow and ice is heading next. avoiding conflict. president-elect trump announces
plans to dissolve his charitable foundation as his children find themselves at the center of a growing storm. so is this the beginning of a long night over what to do with mr. trump's vast empire? and fantastic finish. >> roethlisberger looks, he caught it. breaks the plane. touchdown pittsburgh. >> steelers clinch a trip to the nfl playoffs with a last-second comeback win. the chiefs locking up their own spot. the road to super bowl li becoming clear today monday, december 26, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and welcome to "today" on this monday morning.
i'm tamron hall along side carson daly. matt has the day off and savannah on maternity leave. george michael's home as we remember both of us fans of george michael. >> about 1984-2004 you would be hard-pressed to turn on your radio and not hear george michael's incredible voice and in 2016 which has been a terrible year of loss, it's another big one. we're going to have a lot more on it. >> and more on the passing of this music great. steve paterson has more on george michael's life and his career. steve, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the 53-year-old died at his home in england. police called to the scene shortly before 2:00 p.m. sunday said, quote, the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. his long time manager told the hollywood reporter that michael died from heart failure in his bed and his publicist said the singer, quote, passed away peacefully. this morning tributes are pouring in for a music legend
behind some of the most recognizable songs ever written. ♪ freedom ♪ >> music made an entire generation move. ♪ ♪ baby the catchy melodies with social commentary. ♪ i'm never going to dance again ♪ >> by unforgettable hooks. ♪ i don't need your freedom and turned george michael from teen pop singer into an international icon. a career spanning four decades spawning 10 number one singles, sell more than 20 million albums in the u.s. alone. ♪ michael rose to fame as one half of the pop group wham!. with songs like freedom, careless whisper, and wake me up
before you go-go. the group became one of music's biggest acts in the world before they split in 1986. ♪ i got to have faith snt >> michael's solo faith included a grammy and generated four number one hits. michael who wrote and produced nearly every element, also became a world famous sex symbol. ♪ the sun going down on me in the 90s he had even more chart success including a smash hit with elton john. in 1998 he made headlines after being arrested exposing himself to an undercover officer. after michael came out as gay and became advocates for gay rights. the songwriter who achieved so much success in his 20s the attention was too much. he told matt in 2004 he wanted his private life back. >> it was so free to the amount
of attention was being pointed at me. >> recently the artist suffered a series of health scares including a near fatal bout with pneumonia in 2011. >> the hospital in austria that they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world i could have been. >> tributes from friends and famous fans began pouring in almost immediately sunday night. including his wham! partner andrew who tweeted, heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend. the last christmas for a man who will forever be remembered as a music legend. ♪ last christmas i gave you my heart ♪ officials say there is no sign of any foul play. and autopsy will be conducted in due time. michael announced this year that a documentary about his life was set to be released in 2017. >> all right, steve. thank you. >> tragic. the music editor for "people"
magazine. wish you were here under better circumstances. george michael lost at 53, unbelievable news to get. 100 million records, 25 million with wham!. 75 in his solo career that was incredible. tell me about what you think his legacy will be. >> he is a prolific artist and he started out as that quintessential 80s icon. he had of course the look that just sent women swooning. the hair, the music was just spot on. it had really great hooks but he went on to have a career that was so diverse and his talent kind of rose above it all. he had duets with aretha franklin, elton john. he really kind of ran the gamut what you could do as a superstar. >> you mentioned his style. that famous lyrics sometimes the clothes don't make the man but his style was such a part, added
to that talent and writer and performer. >> the iconic portraits that he took. he knew early on he was going to be that lasting figure. he took concern how he was photographed and what was his album art, everything into writing the songs, producing the songs. he had kind of like a marketing mind about himself. very, very early on. >> the tradition he made in wham! he was a teenage star, then he starts his career. the three big solo songs and gets into faith. faith wins the grammy for album of the year. before sam smith, adele, he was the voice, incredible artist what he was able to do. he fought for his artistic credibility. >> definitely. >> tell me about the music he was making before he was lost. >> you know, he always wanted to kind of get out there and be himself and push the envelope. after he kind of got rid of the
pop persona, he wanted to be himself. he had freedom, he had faith, some songs that were considered explicit and even banned so he really wanted to just kind of put his truth out there and embedded a lot of his personal struggles in his music. and we're hearing even up until next year he was planning on releasing new music. that was always his escape and aus you know, where his heart was. >> thank you so much. we're going to have a lot more on george michael's legacy including the fan tributes pouring in. also this morning a blizzard warning remains for parts of the plains states hit by a christmas day storm. travel in the region nearly impossible. we have two reports first with ron mott. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. what a wild weekend of winter weather. here in chicago, the day after christmas, 50 degrees, a little rain in the forecast. back to the west a different story. misery.
snow and ice causing treacherous road conditions as millions-ed home and back to work. throughout the upper midwest and plains states a winter wallop. heavy snow on the dakotas and minnesota, up to one inch an hour. ice storm warnings, slick roads the cause of dozens of accidents. blizzard conditions forcing the airport in rapid city to shut down. in arizona, flagstaff still reeling from a foot of snow. so many wrecks, some major highways had to be closed. in utah they are digging out from a holiday storm that left more than two feet of snow, to some a christmas miracle sort of. >> we went to bed it was green. we woke up to this. >> reporter: in california crews are cleaning up a muddy mess in communities north of los angeles this morning, heavy soaking rains causing mudslides, a foot thick in some places. and near the grand canyon, a pennsylvania family got stranded in deep snow, karen klein walked 26 miles for two days to get
help for her husband and 10-year-old son. fortunately her family says she is doing okay, a little tired. the trouble spots going forward, the northeast. expecting snow, rain and freezing rain, that could complicate matters for folks trying to get home. back to you. >> ron, thank you. >> let's get to more of those delays and cancellations at the airports. gabe is at the busiest. atlanta, gabe, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the tsa lines are moving smoothly so far and no major delays or cancellations to report in atlanta. of course the busiest airport and rough weather across the country could impact travel here in atlanta. let's hook right now at flight aware.com's misery map. you can see no major problems to speak of even the usual bottle necks or even airports in the northeast. no major issues there. blizzard conditions created major problems especially in the
dakotas on christmas day, prompting cancellations. today as ron mentioned we can see potential problems in the pacific northwest as well in the northeast. atlanta's heartsfield is expecting more than 4 million holiday travelers during this season, aaa expecting more than 2.5% increase i should say in holiday air travel. so far here in atlanta no major issues. the airlines of course the usual refrain, check your listings and arrive to the airport more than two hours ahead of time. many people connecting through atlanta, those delays could pile up at any time. >> get there extra extra early. gabe, thanks. we're learning more about the cause of a tragic military plane crash in russia. among the victims members after world-renowned russian army choir. lucy has more for us. good morning. >> reporter: tamron, good morning.
russia's intelligence agency saying it sees no signs of a terror plot. authorities now scrambling to figure out why this plane went down on christmas day. it's an around the clock mission to piece together a deadly puzzle, thousands of emergency workers scouring frigid waters, salvaging what they can of what remains. no survivors, all 92 on board dead. the plane deported from sochi bound for a military base in syria, but two minutes after taking off it plunged into the black sea in near perfect weather. ♪ most of its passengers members of its world-renowned military choir heading to spread holiday cheer in a new year's concert for russian servicemen. this young couple, dancers, were planning a wedding. also on board, a beloved charity worker known simply as dr. lisa
taking medicine to a syrian hospital. war is a hell on earth, she once said, but kindness, compassion and mercy are stronger than any weapon. ♪ reality is now beginning to sink in for those who loved and lost their dearest. on board a christmas day flight to a war torn country with a tragic end. singers, dancers and nine russian journalists among the dead. president putin declaring a national day of mourning as the day continues. >> thank you so much. >> here at home president-elect trump is making headlines with announced changes to some of his works, this as a world leader turns to him for support. hallie jackson is in florida to explain. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the president-elect is spending his holidays here in south florida but over the last 48 hours he focused more on trying
to untangle his potential conflicts of interest of his foundation an international flare-up with israel. today, new tensions between the u.s. and israel after a christmas day summons from prime minister benjamin netanyahu ordering a meeting with the u.s. ambassador furious after the u.s. failed to block a united nations resolution reprimanding israel for settlements. u.s. sending a signal by abstaining, israel sending one of is own now accusing the u.s. of orchestrating the resolution, something the obama administration denied. >> i told john kerry on thursday, friends don't take friends to the security council. >> reporter: netanyahu warning the current administration he may look past it to the next administration, the diplomatic clash coloring president obama's final few weeks in the oval office. donald trump tweeted the, quote, big loss for israel at the u.n.,
will make it much harder to negotiate peace, pledging to get it done anyway. trump also announcing big changes to his charity, plans to dissolve the trump foundation entirely to avoid even the appearance he says of any conflict with his role as president. >> a lot of money goes through the trump foundation into charities. >> reporter: his nonprofits come under fire and under investigation for how it spent money. the new york attorney general says the foundation cannot legally dissolve until an investigation by its office is complete. trump has called that inquiry by the democratic ag partisan. the dnc scoffing calling trump's move to disband his foundation, quote, a wilted fig leaf to cover up his remaining conflicts of interest and pitiful record of charitable giving now as the trump team works on the transition in south florida, a staff shake-up even before trump takes office. the newly named director of communications pulling out,
jason miller saying he wants to spend more time with his family, incoming press secretary shawn spicer set to take over those responsibilities too. the president-elect still has high level positions to fill including those for the secretaries of the v.a., of agriculture and the position of director of national intelligence, but given that it's early in the holiday week don't expect too much action. >> thank you very much. our first check of the weather. shana is here filling in. >> good morning. we had a big winter storm through the sierras and the rockies making a turn for the northeast and still going to have impact into monday morning. a lot of travelers looking at the snow, right now will be a big problem for the dakotas. closer to where we still have blizzard warnings, bismarck, north dakota, gusts up to 55 miles per hour and then east you have a freezing rain threat
ahead of the front that moves through in the northeast so up to a quarter inch of ice, we're looking at that causing problems as you head into your weekend. it is going to be a little bit busy here as well in new york city, a storm starts to move east, watch where the storm is going, you'll see rain from buffalo through cleveland and new york city later a chance of rain as well, this will turn into some rain for us light amounts as well, travel conditions in the northeast looking okay so far. that's a quick look at your weather. we'll get back to your local forecast in 30 seconds. seconds. show me the carfax. now the car you want and the history you need are easy to find. show me used trucks with one owner. pretty cool. [laughs] ah... ahem... show me the carfax. start your used car search and get free carfax reports at the all-new carfax.com.
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♪ ♪ ♪ good monday morning, it's 7:26, i'm sam brock. investigators believe drunk driving was involved in a deadly crash in the south bay. the drunk driver was killed as well as 14-year-old boy in another car driving with his parents at the time. here is video of the growing memorial at the site of the crash in san jose off the capital expressway. people came out early to leave candles and flowers and messages for the teenager killed. >> police responded to that crash after midnight sunday on capital expressway and snell avenue. a woman drove over the center median and crashed head-on with another car. the parents are suspected to
survive the crash. it marks the 49th and 50th traffic-related death this year. last year there were 60 such deaths. kari hall has a look at your weather. it is slowly warming up. >> still very chilly. only 39 in the peninsula. it dropped down below freezing in the tri-valley. dealing with freezing temperatures and the frost and tri-valley, as well as the north bay. in san francisco, only 40. it will be a nice afternoon. just a little bit warmer than yesterday, mid to upper 50s in the peninsula. 54 in san francisco. east bay 55. we are watching the bigger picture seeing there is light rain moving closer to los angeles. that should not affect many of the travelers. the bigger storm system now moving across parts of the midwest. >> thank you very much. that will do it for us right now. see you again in 30 minutes.
we are back. it's 7:30 on a monday morning, december 26th, 2016. as we say hello to the post holiday crowd out on the plaza. certainly hope santa was kind to all of you and we appreciate you being here with us. tamron will head out to say hello to the folks in just a little bit. here's a look at the headlines. tributes are pouring in for pop superstar george michael. the 53-year-old died suddenly on christmas day. his manager now saying cause was heart failure. michael rose to fame in the '80s as a member of wam and went on to a successful solo career. we'll look back at his life just ahead. ice, snow and high winds are
causing fresh havoc in the upper midwest. conditions were so bad on sunday several airports and highways in the region had to be shut down. and the nfl's playoff picture almost set. kansas city chiefs knew they made it before last night's game on nbc but still hammered the broncos 33-10. this 70-yard touchdown, one of many highlights. >> great games earlier in the day. pittsburgh stylers tapped a huge comeback scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to defeat their rivals, the baltimore ravens. antonio brown's touchdown with just seconds to go gives the steeler the win and the division title. he had to reach out just cross the plane, that's it. >> good football this weekend. let's begin this half-hour with president-elect trump's children in the spotlight with the inauguration just 25 days away, their roles in the transition and their father's
empire raising questions about possibly conflicts. nbc's hallie jackson is back with more on that. hallie, good morning. >> reporter: hey there, tamron, good morning to you. the president-elect himself is this weekend announcing plans to dissolve, essentially, his own trump foundation. it is the latest but not the only announcement from a member of the trump family aimed at trying to untangle potential conflicts of interest before the inauguration. in this season of giving, changes to trump charities including donald trump's own, the president-elect now promising to dissolve his namesake foundation. but the office of the democratic new york attorney general says -- he can't. not until its investigation into the non-profit is over. an investigation trump has attacked as partisan. the president-elect not the only trump trying to shutter his charity to avoid conflicts of
interest. eric trump's non-profit raised money for st. jude's children hospital. "the washington post" says he did it to shut down any question to selling access to the president-elect through donations. as unfortunate as it is, i understand the quagmire, he told "the new york times." you do a good thing that backfires. his is not the only non-profit being separated from the trump name either. a foundation created in texas that considered auctioning access to the president-elect now backtracking. the photo-op with donald trump and a hunting trip with his sons -- called off. eric and donald jr. originally listed as directors of that newly created charity now being removed from its leadership. a transition official says they were named in the filing without their knowledge. and in another incident, a charity auction to win coffee with ivanka was ultimately canceled. >> it doesn't matter whether the money raised is for something that some people think is good. the problem is you're not supposed to sell access to the government for any reason. >> reporter: in fact, former first daughter chelsea clinton
raised eyebrows during the 2016 campaign for plans to continue on with her family's foundation even if her mother won the presidency. the transition now can be a time for trump's children to tackle any potential conflict of interest issues. >> they're all going to do whatever they need to do under the law. >> reporter: the trump children highly involved in their father's election and now his transition to the white house. >> we need to create policies that champion all parents. >> reporter: already, ivanka trump has telegraphed she wants to focus on child care issues. it is expected donald jr. and eric will stay in new york. >> we'll take care of the business. i think we're going to have a lot of fun doing it and we're going to make him very proud. >> reporter: still, even if donald trump's adult sons do end up running his business, some experts question whether that would really satisfy some of those conflict of interest concerns. let's get another check of the weather. >> it's been a
cooler-than-average temperatures out west for your holiday season. out east, it's been mild and above-average for quite some time. unseasonably warm air has moved into the west and it will continue throughout the week. we will continue to see this warmth today, tomorrow and wednesday. look at these temperatures. chicago, 25 degrees above average. you're going to be at 54 today. even warmer in cincinnati where you're going to be at 67 with above-average temperatures at about 31-plus. taking a look at tomorrow, same thing. the warm kind of spreads out towards the west. we'll see more of a wide range of some above-average temperatures. looking at above-average temperatures in washington. 63 degrees tomorrow. then down to mobile, you're at 75. that is going to be a warm tuesday. now looking at wednesday, still a warm day out there. tampa, 79 degrees where it's been a warm holiday weekend for you. that warmth will continue but enjoy this now because as we head into next week, you are looking at a cooler one ahead with some rain on east coast as
good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. a lot of 50s across the bay area today. mostly sunny skies after this chilly start. will feel nicer this afternoon. continues to warm throughout the rest of the week. in san francisco up to 60 on wednesday andç thursday. this weekend it will be turning cooler. we'll also be watching a slight chance of rain by the end of the forecast, but in the near term our dry weather continues. after cool mornings, we will have warm and comfortable afternoons. >> that's your latest weather. >> thanks so much. as you probably heard, queen elizabeth has been battling a bad cold. sunday it forced her to miss a royal family tradition. nbc's lucy cavanaugh is live in london with more. >> good morning with carson. a rare treat this weekend for some lucky royal watchers who managed to catch a glimpse of will, kate and their little ones decked out in their sunday best for church. but it is who didn't make it to the royal service that has
england and the world talking. >> reporter: it is a christmas tradition, a royal church service. here is the duke of edinboro, followed by prince harry and his dad, prince charles, but this year without the queen. she and prince philip both fighting heavy colds postponing their journey here by a day. it is the first time in nearly 30 years that queen elizabeth was a no-show. but royal watchers were understanding. >> hope she'll soon be well gone. >> reporter: another first, christmas church service for prince george and little princess charlotte. clearly fascinated by the bells, joining mom and dad for a middleton christmas. prince william and duchess kate foregoing the formality of christmas with the queen for a more relaxed holiday with the in-laws. the break with tradition came with a bit of sugary fun. prince george knew what to do with his candy cane. charlotte with other ideas. a practice run, perhaps, for their visit here in five months. that's when pippa middleton and
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we're back now, 7:42. post holiday tradition for a lot of people -- returning some of the presents that you might rather not keep. >> it's okay! nbc's morgan radford is at a hopping center in new jersey. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. that's right. holiday shopping was up big this year. this year's estimate -- $1 trillion. that beats last year's numbers by about 4%. in fact, november sales alone were up 5%. remember, a lot of people didn't want to wait in these lines so they went online. online shopping alone was worth $1 billion this year. that's up 16% from last year. frankly, more than any of us expected. a lot of those online shoppers were procrastinators and they got the benefit of those good deals and even scored some free shipping. but of course, today is the day after christmas. that's when people pack these stores to return those items
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paul mccartney, george michael's sweet soul music will live on after his sudden death. james corden, i've loved george michael. i think you can all relate to a little moment of open twitter insert foot. sarah michelle geller but she did give her condolences to the wrong guy. thankfully boy george is still very much with us. she realized, #ripgeorgemichael. the grammys will be a three-hour in memorium. so many great legends this year lost. bowie, leonard cohen. prince. i know that's a personal loss for you, tamron. >> prince, glen fry and the
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good monday morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we've got a lot of sunshine. also chilly temperatures across the bay area. it is below freezing in much of the north bay. santa rosa down to 29. napa 31. in fairfield 32. also freezing in the tri-valley down to morgan hill. san jose, patchy frost. 40 in oakland. in san francisco we start out at 43. it will be still cool today. cooler than average, but reaching 54 in san francisco. 55 in napa, oakland and palo alto. san jose 57. livermore expect a high of 53. we will see more of this dry weather as we go through the week. still cool mornings and nice comfortable afternoons. the forecast brings us in some rain as we go into sunday into monday. some rain possibly for the new
year so until then, looks like we will see dry weather in san francisco, highs reaching the mid 50s today. upper 50s to low 60s middle of the week. inland areas looking at 60s by wednesday and thursday. >> thanks. happening now, the bay area mourns the death of george michael whose imprint on music and culture is still felt today. the singer's manager says he died of heart failure at his home in england. you can find a look back at his life and career on nbcbayarea.com. new rules in california. b.a.r.t. with higher rate hikes. banning redskins. all the laws are posted on our twitter page. >> sfo has the answer for travel therapy. the tutu pig will be at the airport. i'll have another local news update in a half hour.
it's 58 a.m. on today. honorarying a legend. in the wake of of george michael, we will look at his career and impact. plus, ninja's in training. children and teens climbing and jumping from the newest biggest trends. the highest on stabstacle war w. today is monday, december 26, 2015. ♪ ♪ >> visits from approximate
pittsburgh. >> happy holidays. >> it's our foot time to new york city. >> shout out to our friends in pennsylvania. ♪ >> shout out to kelly, charlie in atlanta and south carolina. go tigers. >> merry christmas virginia. we love today. ♪ ♪ >> it's monday morning and matt and savannah are out on this day. we have robin with us and we're holding it down. a lot of people here. >> yay. people coming out in the cold for this. good to have everybody here. >> yeah. >> i'm just sorry that we're disapointing. i'm not matt lauer. we will try and make it up to you guys. >> it's time to make room for
yet another holiday indell jens. let me repeat that bacon wrapped. >> bacon wrapped. >> today's headlines. here is your news at 8:00. tributes are pouring in around the world for george michael. good morning. i am steve patterson. the 53-year-old died in england and his long time manager said that michael died from heart failure in his bed. meanwhile fans are mourning the loss of a music legend. ♪ ♪ >> he had a magic touch for sound that became the 80s. ♪ ♪ >> michael rocketed to fame with good looks and music.
first with wham alongside schoolma schoolmate. before striking out and achieving his success as a heart throb. he had ten number one singles and selling 20 million all bums in the u.s. >> after of those sales were the single block buster "faith". >> his arrest and the run ins with the law turned him into tabloids. at the beyond the troubles, he pride himself on chartable cases. michael's collaboration with elton john on a live -- more
tributes on sunday night and saying good did not give it. you did old friend. george take tweeting you found your freedom and your faith. >> officials say that there's no sign of foul play. the publicist said that he passed away peaceful. the president is spending the holiday inn his home state of hawaii. he visited marines and their families at a base. the president thanked them for the service and said that it was the last time addressing him while in office. >> i just want all of you to know that it has been the privilege of my life to serve as your commander in chief. >> mr. obama add that had the
gratitude will not stop when the term ends and saying that he stands with them every step of the way. carrie fischer's man has provided a update. she said that her daughter is stable and if there's a change, he will share it. reynolds thanked people approximate for the prayers and best wishes. she was known for her role in star wars and it was a cardiac arrest on a flight. >> she was just here a couple of weeks ago. she looked great and had the dog. we were thinking about her. we love her so much. up next the royal show stoppers. prince george and princess charlotte. the appearances that everybody is talk about. the personal connection of 2016. and be prepared to be
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♪ all right. we're back at 8:08. if you're ready it's time for what is trending today. joining us. >> always a pleasure. >> did you catch christmas movies this year. >> yeah, i did. >> it's one of the most divisive topics around the holiday season, what is the best christmas movie. well a twitter poll was taken and after 1.5 million votes home alone took the top spot.
that's in multiple ways and coming in second is elf. >> you might have had that at number one. >> and in third place is a movie that you don't think is die hard. >> yeah, al roker if he is asleep, just woke up. we had the battle for four years and we thought it was divided and social media people will say that i don't think this is a christmas film. this is a guy's version of christmas. >> it takes place during christmas season. >> where is that on the list? we have a studio filmed with woman. >> we have seen it. i have love actually. >> do you go by grinch at home. >> love actually.
>> okay. i need a pallet cleanser. here is one of the heart warming stories. this foe ho tphoto has me. this is a 3-year-old and it's gone vie skpral showing the moment that he was officially adopted out of foster care. his sign reads some things are worth the wait. it was taken by his new 17-year-old sister and retweeted 57,000 times and receiving 142 likes. michael has three sisters and a mom to call his family. the new mom saying that the viral photo is a definition of his personality. >> that's wonderful. that melted me. i love that. that's beautiful. >> what's the tallest height that you have seen a cat fall from and land from the top of his feet. >> a top of a car. >> turns out firefighters in new
zealand were called to get this cat out of the tree. instead of waiting for the rescuers, he decided to jump. >> did you see that? >> she ran away before if t fire fighters caught her. she has probably learned a lesson of palm trees. one thing that i noticed over the weekend, there's so many cat vi videos. >> it's the reason for the internet. >> it's the thing on the internet. there you have it. okay. let's get to it today on pop start. sharing the moments online and let's start with miley and marking the first christmas with their dog doris. >> we don't often get to see them this pictures together. >> there's one. we have gwen snapping pictures and entertaining her family with
a private concert apparently and then jessica simpson showing what is left of her tree and then sharing this from christmas morning and showing up after hatchima skplr hatch hatchimal. and then u 2 posting a picture on facebook and tease whag is ahead for the band in 2017. have a look. >> happy christmas. happy k happy christmas everyone. next year is going to be a big year for the group. to honor 30 years of of the tree, we have some very very special shows coming. very special. >> well, we thank you. very special. we don't get one of the special shows.
>> yeah, next year marks the 30th anniversary and then they will likely be coming state side for the special stadium shows and then prince williams have an annual church service and they stole the show. 3-year-old george enjoyed the service with a candy can section then her sister tried to use it as a cane while walking with her mom. they were spending the holiday with her parents and sister hippa. >> it's like a craft out cute prince and princess. >> i want to dress like a royal. all this week we're wrapping up with stories that touched us in a major way. mine was visiting a domestic violence shelter here in new
york. the person with me on that was dave. >> what was it like to walk in and see the kids? >> i walked in here and the if first thing that e i saw was a 3 or 4-year-old girl. my heart just broke because that could have been me. if this place had been here in 1983, my mom could have come here. to see these little innocent lives who have already lived through some pretty terrifying stuff, that's heart breaking. i'm so sorry that you're here, but thank god you're here. >> dave from james addiction knows about the shame of silence of domestic abuse. his mother murdered by an ex-boyfriend when dave was just 15 years old. >> as a grown man i can look back and say what 15-year-old kid is supposed to know how to handle it?
it still lives with you the guilt and shame. speaking of shame, that's one of the things that keep my mom silent. >> he goes into the emotional toll of his mother's death. >> the memory was in darkness and to be reintroduce in this way that was celebrating her life and made it so that i could walk away from telling the story. feeling closer to her than i had been. my mom really tried to protect me from what was happening, so i really did not know much until it was too late. i later learned that she wanted to look into a shelter. i don't know how far she got down that road. >> hello. this is bethenny, are you safe someone that you can speak freerly. >> even like shelters, when an abused woman decide to leave, it's the dangerous week. >> that's when the violence increases the most and the person is most likely to be killed. the aybuser finds that they're
losing the control and they try to get the person not to leave or really threaten them out of making the decisions. >> having the tricycle here is just symbols of childhood everywhere and speaks to how many are here. how many do you have? >> here in the shelter we have over 100. >> they're running shelters and this one rose house is the laerges. this is one of the most important room there is the shelter because of the number of children that end up here. >> when they think of it, thoif the adult survivor but over half of the bids are filled by the children. >> people visualize a shelter as being just that. a bunch of beds stacked up in a safe place for the night. that's not what a shelter is. >> we want them to come in and know that this is a place to be safe. >> each one gets an apartment. this one has a kitchen. >> yeah, the abuse survivor
discovered a hidden talent. >> that her and her son walking towards the light. that's what this experience and shelter has been like for her. >> we disguised his voice. you took the step, how do you feel knowing that you did it and made the choice? >> i'm in awe of myself. i don't allow nobody to treat me like that. i feel strong. >> you are. >> i feel very strong. >> another survivor agrees. >> it's not my fault. why is it my fault that i love? we're all human. i know that there are woman out there that are embarrassed, and just like i was. >> when you look at your future now, what do you see? >> i see nothing but happiness. >> he wants to share that message too. >> there is a way out.
it is possible to have a rich fulfilled happy life despite of what trauma we go through. i have survived domestic abuse, drug addiction and murder. i have survived that side and you're not alone. >> what a great message from dave. he received a glamour award for inspire difference. he said that nothing is instur mental. that was a great story in 2016. >> yeah, really glad that you guys did that. okay. now a check of the weather. you can see the rain and snow impacting and then the winter storm warnings and then we will continue to see it move through and then with the additional show for you and then you up to two to 30 feel of snow from the
storm. hello. you're look i'm meteorologist kari hall. a lot of sunshine but it is chilly as you step out the door. we are below freezing in the tri-valley. 39 in the peninsula, 41 in san francisco. it will be a nice afternoon reaching 56 degrees for the peninsula, 57 in the south bay. the sunshine continues, 55 in the north bay. some breezy winds in san francisco with a high of 54 degrees. we'll see more weather like this but warmer temperatures through the rest of the week. . >> that's the latest weather. >> thank you so much. now to the poplar lip singing app. you have probably seen the teenager use. it's taken the music industry by storm. ♪ >> it's the app that makes a teenager feel like a pop star. ♪ >> musically one of the fastest
growing platforms with 160 million users and counting. all that you do is pick a song and flip your phone. pop stars have signed on. with 13 million new videos posted to the app everyday, muz i cannily is changing the way kids become singing sensations. >> is it the new way to be a star? >> yeah. >> i definitely think it's a way to get like out there for a career career. >> it lets anyone join. >> yeah. that's exactly. that's why it's so cool. anyone has a chance. >> they would know because danny and dev on have 1.5 million fans. we just started to up load videos and so many opportunities have come to us because of of that. dancing ones we got to be on a
billboard magazine. >> the president says that it's a natural stage for kids that grow up on social media. >> a lot of people really see the talents and start to reach out to them whether it's a modding agency or music label that signs them. >> the sisters say that the secrete is facial expressions that are on point and the slow motion function. so i asked them to show us how it's done. along with it is privacy on concern. >> i like that they're active and they're involved and they're moving. i get worried with anything online or any apps and security is a concern. i know there's internet predators, and my boys are young. >> in the terms of service musically says that they need to be 13 years old. >> we're talking of 10, 13, 16 years old.
how do you make sure that the privacy is connect and. >> well, it's a serious topic and we take the precautions to make sure that they're safe. there are settings that allow you to put your account on private. >> it's good to have a discussion on what they're doing. not because you want to know what they're in contact with or the videos, but just to enjoy it with them. >> kids with big dreams and singing to the tone of social media. for today on nbc news los angeles. >> so interesting. we were just talking about kids and ages of age appropriate when it comes to having the phones and apps. >> 13 for that one. >> makes me feel old. i am not on musically. i will do better. now to something that looks like it belongs on the show american ninja warrior. >> high intensity course gyms
are a growing thing across the country. a lot of the ninja's in training are kids. >> reporter: it's a maize of craze. wall climbing, rope swimming, a mind bending 30,000 square foot of challenge. >> it i takes us a agood 25 to 30 minutes to get her after school, but it's worth it. iron sports in houston and spaces like it across the country and it comes from high energy reality tv. american ninja airs on nbc and just wrapped the 8th season. >> this crowd is chanting like she is a rock star. >> fit athletes on a jaw dropping course. now everyone wants in. >> reporter: how old are you sweetie? >> four. >> are you a ninja? >> yeah. >> he bit it for himself.
at 49, he is twice the age of most rivals and now sharing it with an even younger demograp c demographic. >> i saw you on american ninja warrior before. >> a dozen of classes a week. >> i come three times a week. $20 a session. weekends are packed. >> is it surprising to you that you're succeeding in a time when kids are increasingly looking at their screens? >> you know what, here in the facility i do not have time for that. i think the beyond reasonable doubt adult is the one too. >> lean back. >> one more. >> and not just the hard core elite. >> i saw you do it. >> all of these kids caught ninja fever while sitting in front of a television. >> they're learning self-confidence and take care of the body and the value of hard
work. >> the latest fitness trend for little warriors and channellings everyone's inner ninja. >> man. >> that's just fun. >> i could not do any of that. >> gyms are incorporating that. by the way the second season of the american ninja warrior is going to return. coming up the abs for the new year's eve bash. we mean appetizers not apps for your phone. we have to clear that up.
good morning, it is 8:26. i'm kira klapper. investigators believe drunk driving was the cause of a suspected crash. a 14-year-old boy in another car with his parents. people came out early this morning to leave flowers and candles. police responded to the crash just after midnight sunday christmas on capital expressway and snell avenue. officers say a woman drove over the center median and crashed head on into another car. the teen in that car was killed. his parents are expected to survive. the deaths mark 49th and 50th traffic-related deaths in san jose this year. there were 60 last year. the search continues for a shooter who opened fire outside
a san francisco nightclub early christmas morning. two people were injured thane shooting and they are recovering this morning. the shooting happened early sunday morning outside grand nightclub not far from the park. police say they found two men on the sidewalk both suffering gunshot wounds. according to website there was a christmas eve event going on at the time. i'll have another local news update in just about half an hour. hope you stay with us.
♪ >> 8:30 on a monday morning, december 26. 2016. of course the day after christmas. tree still looking good. big hello to our huge holiday crowd on the plaza. nice to see you. make their way. >> wait, we've got to show this sign. >> i got my sign. >> shawna visiting us from knbc in los angeles. >> fans pretty quick. >> i love that. >> you know him? get some security. just ahead, mind blowing magic
from two proud members of the illusionists. >> you may be full from your christmas dinner. the countdown is on. four mouth watering appetizers sure to be a crowd pleaser at your party. >> love that segment. first a check of the weather. >> everybody, we're seeing snow out there in parts of the region. a look at this week, some snow and wind through the dakotas, some rain through texas, illinois, chicago, you're getting rain as well. we'll move into wednesday you see the rain spread throughout the southeast, dry for the west now and we'll see a chance of rain and snow in the pacific northwest, next week by friday, looking at cold on the way. check out the below normal temperatures in the west. that's going to move toward the east. much warmer weather for the east coast, above normal through illinois through florida where it's warm all weekend long. looking at warmer temperatures for you as well through thursday. now, enjoy this warm mild
weather for us because by next week we are going to start to cool down and snow is good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. live look outside at the golden globes bridge. a lot of sunshine but it is very chilly. we've got a breezy wind, only 45 degrees and a high of 54 expected today. it is still below freezing in the north bay from santa rosa to fairfield and livermore. it's 31 degrees. we've made it above freezing in morgan hill and still some frosty conditions as you head out. highs reaching mid to upper 50s. nice weather but still cooler than average. and that's your latest weather. back to you inside. >> thank you very much. now to our ongoing series, senior scams, older americans swinded out of some $3 billion each year. >> and this morning one of the ways crooks are getting them to hand over cash and more.
here is joe lee kent. >> it's a call no grand parent wants to get. >> said hi, this is brian. and he said well, i'm okay but he said i'm at a bit of a jam. >> last sucher shirley said she answered the phone to hear her desperate 22-year-old grandson on the other side. >> he said i was out celebrating my friend's birthday and i got a dui. >> she began to panic. >> he wants to get on the fire department and i knew with a dui there was no way he was going to be hired. >> but then ryan tells his brand mother he found someone who could help. >> he said i've got a prosecuting attorney that wants to talk to you. the man came on, introduced himself and said what we need to do, go to the bank, pull out pu cash. buy eight $500 i tune cards and call me back. so i did all of this. >> reporter: shirley then says the man called her back.
sheep read all the numbers off the i-tunes cards. i got home, i hadn't heard from brian. i thought that's funfy that he didn't call me and at least thank me for helping him out. >> reporter: it was only after shirley called her daughter's brian's mom, that she realized it was all a scam. her grandson wasn't the man on the phone and he never got the dui. >> i was devastated. $4,000 is a lot of money to me but i do anything to help my grandkids. >> reporter: shirley isn't alone. according to the aarp, senior citizens have lost millions of dollars to scams. shirley's daughter encouraged her to call the police immediately. apple says it is working to educate their customers on scams involving itunes gift cards and the company makes every effort to return money to victims. >> apple sent me my $4,000 in a check. so i received my money back. >> reporter: so how did the scammers target shirley? she thinks they found personal
information about her and her family in her husband's obituary. >> from that obituary is how they got my name and knew that i had a grandson, brian. and he was the oldest and would probably be in his 20s. >> reporter: experts say there are ways to protect yourself. first, set up a code word with your family so you know it is a real emergency. never pay for anything in pre-paid gift cards. and ask a friend to be your sounding board. call that friend before handing over any. money. >> why do you think people target good people -- >> gullible. we're very gullible. we believe. we trust people. that's just the way we were brought up to you. >> and it happens. >> it happened. so my goal is to help other grandparents not go through this. >> reporter: for "today," jo ling kent, nbc news, toledo, ohio. >> scams are scams. but on seniors, that's just terrible. >> that they're increasing now. coming up next, some unbelievable illusions that will leave you speechless.
we're back at 8:38 with the magic. >> they're taking their act to new heights in "the illusionists." great to have you here. tell us a little bit about the show. how is it going, by the way? >> very good. >> it's going really good, yeah. >> cool run so far, yes. >> it is amazing. we have a lot of shows. there are a lot of families coming, a lot of people -- it's sold out almost every night. so -- >> right on times square in the palace theater. >> how do you prepare for this kind of fame and mystery that people have surrounding what you
do? >> i mean we were thankful after "america's got talent" after this roller coaster in the summer. now everyone knows us. they are coming to the show. they are happy if they can meet us, get a selfie or if they can just watch it live in front of their eyes. >> what is the number one thing people ask you to predict? >> well, most of the time it is -- >> they always say, you should play the lottery. >> we playeded. and we won. >> yeah. $2. >> that's it? >> yeah. here. my winning ticket. but yeah. that's not what we do today. >> explain a difference between a clairvoyant and -- >> in the illusionist we have all kinds of characters. everyone has a special unique character. in our case we are the clairvoyants. everything we do, it is not happening, it is not appearing, it is not vanishing, it is happening in your mind and in your head. we're going to try something. i asked for a couple of things and you brought them.
that's very nice. one is a cup. and a dime. put your hand on top. shake the whole thing. look at what number is on top. >> one. >> one more time shake it. this time its number? >> 2. >> we'll do it one last time a little bit different. just take the cup and put it like this on the table. without looking. >> we will look away and you will have a look. just for you. you know the number? >> i do. >> now face emily and count loud from one to six now. >> one, two, three, four, five, six. >> wow. carson, you counted pretty fast. it makes it kind of challenging for me. >> want me to do it low slow? >> no. that's good. i like challenges. it wasn't a high number.
it was not a 5 or a 6. not a 1. did you hear it? there was something very different in his voice and also this blink in your left eye when you said the number 2. >> are you kidding me? it is number 2. how did you do that? i tried to emphasize another number. >> i will just do a little note. number 2 it was. a lot of people say it is 1 out of 6. we'll do it a little bit more complex. we'll do it 1 in a million. i ask you to bring your handbag. emily will look away, cover her eyes with her hands. >> is that because there's 1 million products in your bag zp. >> i a many so scared. >> just take a two, three, four things and place it on my hand. there is really a lot of stuff inside. >> su already chose something. i have are the feeling it is a small object.
you can open it, twist something. must be lipstick. >> that's correct? >> is that an easy guess? don't most women have that? >> there is a number on it, isn't it? >> what is the next object? >> the next object seems to be a box. >> what's inside? >> they are glasses. >> how did you know that? something else, something very soft. must be the cleaning cloth. >> how about this? >> did you see the fake eyelashes that fell out? that's what just came out. >> i saw something that contains liqu liquid. i have the feeling it's spray. >> how much was it? >> it was $24. >> that is correct. >> that's unbelievable. >> you know what? i will just do a little note for me. we had no idea what's coming up. $24 it was. just write down 24. but you know what? we thought today we ought to do something totally different. >> wow, that's amazing. >> i'm freaked out.
>> you're fine. today want to do something we've never done before we have amazing crowd outside. i would love to go outside and play a little bit with them. >> okay. do you need my purse? what's been the biggest change in your life? >> well, since we started "america's got talent," for us it was a huge step to come to america, the people get to know us here. it is just amazing how the acknowledgement we get here from the people in america. we just love performing and share our passion. >> talk to me about skeptics. you went into my bag. you said lipstick. probably half the women out there have lipstick in their bag. what do you tell skeptics? >> there are those who come to show and just sit back and let magic happen and enjoy it. then there are those people
like, hmm, how does that happen. >> well, the guys are outside on the plaza. >> we are outside. tommy's asking me to take the pad and pen. i'm going to write down some numbers. >> first of all, amelie is blindfolded. please look in your pockets for any objects. take it out but do not say what it was. >> hold an object in your hand from your pocket. but don't say what it is. >> now let's start with this. >> don't say what it is. >> is it a cell phone? >> that is correct. >> the color? >> it's white. >> cool. the color on the back? >> that's pink. >> the brand? >> it's an iphone. it must be verizon. >> is it all correct? >> yes. >> it is verizon. by the way, what is your lucky number between 1 and 45? >> i have to say it? >> yes. >> 9.
>> that's correct. thank you. we'll write down just the number 9. nice. on this. whatever it is. >> this is health related. i have the feeling it has something to do with the breath, with the lungs. it is an asthma inhaler. >> that is great. >> yeah. if you have a close look you can see the year when it expires and also the month. i pleebelieve it is november 20. >> is it correct? >> november 2017. thank you! do me a favor. 2017. just write down 17. >> that seems to be lip balm. >> that is also correct, right? there's also an expiration date on it. can you tell us? >> that's april next year. april 2017. >> that's also correct. >> oh, my god. yes. >> do me a favor. what is your lucky number between 1 and -- let's say 50. >> 33. >> 33. can you write down 33?
we need $1 bill. anybody has some money, some cash on you? >> i do. >> you do? you can select any bank note from the audience. we'll do it with this one. >> you have a bank note in your hand and the person who gave it to you doesn't trust us at all, right? it is a $1 bill. >> yes, it is $1. okay, cool. we'll try maybe the impossible. you all notice a serial number on every single bill. >> yes. >> that's exactly what i want to know from amelie. >> you want her to read that? >> there is such a huge distance between the two of us. but i think i get it. the first number must be a 2, yes? >> yes. >> 4 -- >> yes. >> 0. >> yes. >> 3. >> yes. >> and the last four numbers -- i sense a 9. >> yes. >> 7. >> yes. >> 1. >> and the last. >> and the last number is a 9. >> is that correct. your bill, right? and the serial number.
thank you! one last thing. what is your lucky number between 1 and 50? >> 22. >> do me favor, write down 22. we have 2, 24, 9, 17, 33 and 22. you remember? >> just random numbers. >> throughout the whole thing. because maybe you thought -- everything was random but you remember at the very top of the -- of our show we were talking about a lottery ticket where we won $2. >> if these numbers correspond with that ticket -- >> just read out from left to right and the numbers if they match just circle them. 02, 09, 17, 24, 33, and your lucky number was 22. the powerball is? >> 22. >> get out of here! you kidding me! i almost said 24. how did you do that? >> lucky it isn't. >> thank you all, very much.
are you amazed? >> yes. >> that is amazing. tommy, thank you so much. amelie, thank you. >> i don't even know what to say! all right. >> speechless. >> thank you. our blinds are blown. catch "the illusionists" on broadway through sunday. we have the perfect appetizers that ring in 2017. but first, this is "today" on nbc. that's incredible! >> thank you.
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boil our potatoes. good tip is cut them really small. they cook faster. we'll put them into a ricer. >> i just bought a ricer. it's the best christmas gift to give next year to anyone. >> even if you are just making mashed potatoes. if you do it this way, you don't have to put them in a blender. >> i've never seen that. >> we add in our herbs, garlic powder, salt, pepper. add in the eggs, chicken brought. then we are left with this. we put a tablespoon right no. one tablespoon in the bottom. add a piece of cheese. >> can you do any size? >> if you do a large anticipate piese larger appetizer, do a larger
one. >> what type of cheese? >> i love sharp cheddar. scoop this back on top. cheese on top. in the oven, 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. you get this. >> you can stuff it. >> from stuffing to wrapping. >> we've got jalapenos. ever since i moved here to america you guys are treating me to jalapeno poppers. you take out the seeds, slice it in half. take out the seeds. be careful, wash your hands. i did it once, touched my face. >> same thing happened to me. >> offense here, slice them in half. add cheese. everything's better with bacon. as you say. wrap it in bacon. i like to put the crease at the
bottom. so. doesn't fall apart. >> taking out the seeds takes out some of the extra heat. >> yeah. >> then you get these in there. 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the bacon becomes crispy. >> this looks good. >> tamron, what's it like? >> delicious. >> this is a really simple appetiz appetizer. we got pears. if you literally have ten minutes before people come over new year's eve. get some bleu cheese. cut it up. put it to the side of the pear. beautiful prosciutto right around it. doesn't have to be perfect. just like wrap it around. take off any excess. >> i like this because you keep it moving. >> get all your friends together. a toothpick if you are scared about it falling apart. on a tray like this.
amazing. titus burgess is my co-host filling in for al. dr. aczar also sticking around. 2017 healthy habits we all want to start up. we've got more illusions. good morning, it's 8:56. i'm kira klapper. high speeds could be to blame for this deadly accident in sonoma county. a 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed after being broadsided by a pickup truck. it happened around 10:00 saturday night on petaluma hill road. this was the scene after the crash. the two people in the truck unharmed. chp officers shut down the road for three hours during this investigation.
happening now, the bay area mourns the death of '80s pop legend george michael. the singer's manager said he died of heart failure at his home in england. a look back at his life and career on nbcbayarea.com. plus from a higher minimum wage to increases in b.a.r.t. parking fines, with the new year's rolls in a lot of new laws in california that includes banning redskins as the name of a school team or mascot. we have a list of new laws you need to know on our twitter page. finally sfo has the answer for holiday travelers that may be stressed out. at the airport today calming travelers. check out adorable pictures on our facebook page. i'll have another local news update for you in half an hour. hope to see you then. ♪ think of your fellow man. ♪ lend him a helping hand. ♪ put a little love in your heart. ♪ ♪ take a good look around...
this morning on "today's take," the best party treats to ring in the new year and how to keep tose new year resolutions. plus, on the day after christmas, a round-up of returns and best deals of the week. and tituss burgess is our special co-host. all that and more coming up next. >> annou: from nbc news, this is "today's take," live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hey, everybody! welcome to "today" on this monday morning. december 26th, 2016. it's a miracle! tamron hall, along with our special co-host for the day,
tituss burgess on netflix superstar "unbreakable." okay. it is a fascinating thing to have you here. we've been just in love with you since you came on to talk about the show. it was like a year ago. you've been on our wish list. now a day after christmas we get you. what did they offer you? >> you guys have been good kids so santa dropped me off. >> would you be a naughty or nice gift? >> depends who you ask. >> i was in texas this weekend. the first full week that i've spent in forever because of the crazy work schedule. i showed my mom "unbreakable." she's just getting into netflix. >> i love it. >> she's solely watching because of you. mary newton. hi to your mom. is she watching?
>> she is watching. she gave me this bowtie for christmas. >> why did mom go for the bow? >> she never knows what to get me. i've not been home enough to know what to buy me these days. >> did you say because are you a tv star you need a bowtie. >> i said just get me whatever you want. this is what came in the mail. >> today is the big return day. >> i don't do a lot of shopping. so i ask people not to give me things because i don't want to give them anything. >> i love that. so not because you don't want it. you just don't want to give anything back. >> i give you love. i show it all year long. that's it. >> did you get your mom something? >> i got my mom a mercedes-benz. so -- >> what? >> that was like back in january. >> wait a second. >> it was christmas and birthday all wrapped in one. >> my mom, mom, please close
your ears. i don't foresee a mercedes any time soon, unless it is a match box car. you've given your mom a mercedes. >> yes. >> how does that feel, all of the success to be able to bestow this gift on your mom? >> well, she's been talking about it for years and years and years. well before i was in a position to be able to do that for her. and so she finally found something that she wanted and my stepdad and i spoke on the phone, i was like, let's figure out how we can do this without her knowing. she just, the look on her face was priceless. >> i only see commercials where someone gets a car. i don't think people really got that. the new season, season number three, what's going to happen? >> it's going to be so good. you find out -- >> tell me. >> you find out a lot of information about where we left off. that's the best i can do without getting tina fey angry with me. it is funnier than in past
seasons, if that's possible. it is sharper and faster. we dive in. >> really. >> it is such a joy to film so far. >> ellie kemper is like my sister from another mother because she's been on our show. she co-hosted for an entire summ summer. >> jane krakowski said hello. >> i think we are obsessed with the entire cast. this past season, one scene i am obsessed with. i am a horrible dancer, i am a horrible singer. but it is my dream to re-enact at some point in my life this scene. i see this, that's me and you. >> we'll have to do it, tamron. >> because that's your character characte character's wife, vonda. >> i had been mean to her, and we make up and do a very new
york thing in the train station. >> did you choreograph that? >> i did not choreograph that. i was barely able to do it. >> do you remember the moves? >> just a little shoulder pop. >> shoulder pop. you're going to be around in a couple of days this week. i think before you leave that's the only thing i want for christmas is for us to re-enact that. i want to a fro like vonda. >> we'll do it. >> tell me about your christmas. >> i was a bit of a scrooge. >> why? >> we've been filming so much. of course, hours are very long. i was exhausted but i made plans to have some people over for christmas eve. i was cooking and of course i was behind schedule. so my partner who was supposed to be at the table chopping some celery for me because i was making this stuffing, i was frying some chicken. instead of doing his job he grabbed my phone and starting
filming me. which sent me into -- >> it's on your instagram? let's see what happens. ♪ noel noel noel born is the king of israel ♪ >> who sings like that while frying chicken? >> i was like, no, chop. >> is that your favorite holiday song? >> we were just listening to a version of it. it was stuck in my head. ♪ it's christmas time is here ♪ >> can you sing it? let's everybody at home slide in ♪ christmas time is here happiness and cheer ♪ fun for all the children call
their favorite time of year ♪ that puts me in the mood right now. >> when you did you know you could sing? >> my mom sings. >> my mom sings. i don't. >> there are people who with can actually sing -- >> no, i have a very raspy voice. i have a voice made for no mike. i spent time in texas. i was down there for a week. i did a barbecue. that's my family. that's us in front of the christmas tree. that's my eclectic family gathered around. i barbecued. i didn't fry chicken but i did barbecue. got this new troeger grill. my father passed away right after christmas ten years ago. my mom doesn't cook. i moo dad cooked every meal. i would joke and say i didn't have a woman cook a meal for me until i went to college. my dad was a very doting, loving
husband and he cooked everything. when he pals this past christmas my mother finally said i had met all expectations and i officially got the torch passed to me to be responsible for our christmas dinners. so i barbecued and -- i had a ham. it was a shoulder. pork shoulder. then al roker serndz nds us thi huge ham. i did an ina garten glaze. my mom sent me this picture. i was flying in last night. i have a niece. i won't tell which niece it is but she locked her iphone and she couldn't recover her password to her iphone. it was a big deal. these are the two nieces. it was a big deal in our house and she was crying. i gave her this big old electric
sure abo lecture. my mom found this note. it said god please help me find out my password so that i can talk with my friends. please help. please, you are the only one that can unlock my password. a-man. she didn't show us the note. my mom found it. i'm on the american airlines flight sobbing. and we got the password. >> listen. do not play with the man upstairs. god is good. and a child shall lead him. >> it just melted my heart. i am obsessed with this kid. >> moral of the story, if you look your iphone, just write god a note. hook it up. >> i was on the flight coming back last night 37 that's when we got the sad news of george michael passing away. for me, this is like my teenage years. this is my coming of age. this is the music of our lives.
he passed away at home at the age of 53. his manager tells "hollywood reporter" he died from heart failure. his publicist said he passed away peacefully. biggest thing, of course, his break o break. out from wham! wake me up before the go-go. we throw this around a lot, but for me, he is a music icon. >> i never forget the first time i heard that voice. i was in elementary school. debbie thomas, one of the first african-american female figure skaters and she was dancing to this song "one more try." i remember sitting indian style. i don't remember why we were watching it but that voice, i was like what is his sound? i made my mom take me to the store. we bought this album. this is my first foray into learning about there man's
catalog. >> my favorite -- i put on instagram, the lyrics -- "father figure." it is one of the most beautiful songs i feel thattive's ever heard. just visually. the kids won't remember this but we will. mtv. this is when mtv mattered. you had the supers in this video. naomi, cindy. it was incredible. >> he was certainly provocative ahead of his time. >> beautiful tributes just across the country. elton jo >> johjohn had beautiful words for him. coming up, here's something that's going to cheer us all up. it is a little boy. he gets a big surprise, a heart-warming welcome for christmas. this is going to lift your spirits a day after christmas. you already know how this is going to play out. the back story after this.
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"unbreakable" tituss burgess. the love you are getting on my social media page. my ferret avorite is can you te tituss how much we love them? you tell him. go on our twitter. kate mckinnon has been named usa "today's" entertainer of the year. starred in ""ghostbusters," the reboot. the "snl" impersonations of hillary clinton. justin bieber. >> she sort of disappears into the people that she plays. there's no trace of kate as far as i'm concerned. >> that justin bieber was epic. >> it is the year of kate mick kin none on t mckinnon on top. we need to see you host "snl." >> oh, my goodness, tamron. >> "snl."
seriously. you sing. you act. comedy. you are the total package. you know tina fey! >> i do know tina fey very well. well, one day. one day maybe. >> i tina fey. will you call me and we'll discuss this. i ran into her at some bakery place. she said hi and i almost fainteded that she even knew my name -- >> i still faint. out of nerves though because she scares me to death. >> what was your first lime meeting her like? >> the first time i met tina was on set for "30 rock." i had a recur for two seasons. i had a character, defwon. i had never done anything on network television outside of -- yep, that was the first thing. i had one line that eventually
turned into four episodes. i heard her laughing in one of my takes and it calmed me down and heard her simultaneously. a young boy got a sweet surprise between the falcons/panthers game in sh charlotte. salmon was brought on the field and his dad, navy petty officer 1st class david fletcher jumped out of santa's sleigh to surprise him. willie geist always says if there was a network just with these clips of families being reunited after being deployed, that you wouldn't change the channel. this is just incredible. >> so beautiful. i'm being told in my ear -- al roker's not here so i get to throw to the weather. >> let's do it. >> i am officially able to say
his catch phrase. and now it is time for a check of the weather -- what do i say? in your hood? i forgot the line. dang! here's a check -- here's okay, that works tamron, dpo good morning, we have cool weather and it is 37 degrees right now in livermore. 44 degrees in oakland after this morning with some frosty conditions. it will be sunny and warming up nicely. a high of 55 in palo alto. 57 in san jose, there is a cool start for the week as many people heading back to work. we'll have warmer air in the forecast this workweek. >> i've xwnbeen accused plagiarizing that line. up next, the doctor is in
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reach in you're more likely to get the healthy food than the unhealthy food like pudding and lots of butter and creme fraiche. one of my friends has a little straight refrigerator for her kids. >> what's the thing in your refrigerator right now? >> probably that cheesecake that i ordered last night. >> is it at eye level? >> you know it is. >> move the cheesecake to the back of the refrigerator. dark chocolate. i've heard this numerous, numerous times. flavonol for your circulatory health. blood vessels. you can eat chocolate but do it in moderation. if you choose, go for dark instead of milk and white. >> we're doing two things here. being sedentary can increase your risk of you know what early. we want people to move around. two things you can do at your desk. take a book, tituss, watch.
do a tricep. hold it like this. >> how many? >> do at least three -- do ten reps and three sets. then get up, tituss, we're going to do something called the desk squat. go down, your butt is going to touch the seat and you're going to come back up. >> don't sit on the chair. your butt doesn't touch. >> excellent. back up again. even you have your legs further out. people who have knee pain. you don't want your knees to go in front of your toes. you can try to do 50 of those. and the last thing, a massage. this is supers. i think it is underappreciated how much a massage can help. with stress and muscle strain. i also incorporate it with a lot of my patients in addition to medication and stuff like that. it doesn't need to be an hour. it can be 10, 15 minutes. >> oh, tamron. >> i wasn't expecting that response. >> i know you can do it.
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on capitol express way as people left candles. >> a woman drove crashed head on into another car. the teen in the car is killed and his parents are expected to survive. a big disappointment for raiders fans. carr fractured his hand. this comes after the team made playoffs for the first time. 9:26, we'll have a look at weather after the break.
good morning, i am meteorologist, kari hall, it is still chilly outside. as we woke up for freezing temperatures. right now we are up to 41 degrees in the peninsula and 42 degrees in san francisco, the east bay at 44 degrees. 34 in the north bay coming above freezing now in the tri-valley expect a high of 54 degrees and
56 in the peninsula and san francisco, 54 degrees and a nice breeze. over the next several days. we are still in force of dry weather and warming up to 60 degrees on wednesday and thursday and for the weekend, looks like we stay dry for the next seven days. we'll be watching the time frame and expect highs to warm in the mid-60s for the in land areas by wednesday and thursday. >> chilly but at least the sun will be out. >> we'll have another local news update for you in half an hour, we hope you stay with us.
♪ all right. we've got a little more magic for you. back with our special guest co-host for the day, tituss burgess from the hit netflix series, "unbreakable." >> and now for some magic of the mind. >> world famous mentalist oz pearlman is with us. you've not done this before. i went out on the streets of new york. people were blown away. every time he comes in, we believe he's made some deal with mystical powers. >> i sold my soul. >> what do you have for us today? merry christmas. >> happy hanukah, happy everything. a few days away, january 1st. resolutions, my friend. eat better, be nicer. exercise more. no excuses here.
even if the gym is far away, expensive. courtesy of my good friend mindy, an amazing cross fit expert. she gave me this body weight exercises. 25 different things you've heard of, push-ups, burpees. supermans. grab this. you've seen these before. tituss, you're going to be one of these for all of america that's purely of your choosing, the number of times of your choosing. look at me. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. see, it clicked in his head. he knows how many times he's going to be doing of these. there's 25 different ones that you could be doing at this very moment. cover his eyes for me, please. tamron. cover them up. is there any way that when you were looking at this list that i could have seen it in your eyes? did i tell you what to do or influence you in any way? >> no. >> okay. >> the number he was thinking of, i was going -- i saw when i said 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
tituss, when you were picking this exercise, you didn't even do the first thing, you changed your mind at least once or twice. am i right? >> that is correct. >> let's get a full body shot here. open your eyes. whatever you are thinking of doing. whatever number of times, do it now. let's see it. >> was that one stationary lunge? >> that's exactly what he just did. >> oh, my god, you serious. >> he did. you'll watch later. >> yeah. he did it. how did you know? >> how did you know that? >> we're getting ahead of ourselves. too much working out. it's not new year's yet. new year's eve. party time. party time. let's get some hats. >> he changed his mind. >> he changed his mind for sure. put this on. put this on. we got reverse, reverse, reverse. >> i didn't feel like working that hard.
>> the party begins. december 31st, the party begins. the party begins. tamron, what is the tradition? right when the ball drops. you grab the person next to you, three, two, one, you grab them, what do you do? >> kiss them. >> you give them a kiss. here i have a list of people's sexiest 50 men. start off the new year right. am i right? >> yes. >> tell us the name of some of the people. zac efron, liam, denzel, ben affleck, benedict cumberpatch. i saw that look on bradley cooper. there are 50 different men's names. all from "people." take these in your hands. not me. what i want you to do is give him a cut. not some order. >> got him. >> i don't know. any way you want. i like how tamron turns away. i can read minds. it doesn't matter. turn back this way. tamron, take about half the cards in one hand and half in the other. >> got it. and you know what they say? out with the old, in with the new. throw one half over of your shoulder. get rid of them. bam, gone. take. cut the cards. cut the cards. and put them together again so we don't know which is which. good enough.
tamron again, take half or so into one hand, half in the other. throw them in the air. >> this is like my dating rolodex. gone. >> we've eliminated down to the wire. i just can't have you look through around pick someone you like. famous edward murrow award winning journalist. what if you see this person later and they will say why did you want to kiss brad pitt and not me? george clooney is going to be mad. point to anyone, be very particular. point to whichever one. don't take it out. which one is it? >> which card? >> yeah. before you take it, i am giving you the choice to change your mind. do you want this one or change to a change to a different one? >> i do want to change because i touched it before. >> please. go right to the top. is that the one or do you want to go three times? take it and hold on to it. i want them to see who it could have been. it could have been chris pratt. it could have been liam hemsworth. it could have been matt damon. it could have been a bunch of people. bring that close to your body.
look down at that handsome gentleman. you just got a burn going, a little bit of a workout. what would hit the spot, a decadent dessert. the clock strikes 12:00. we pop the champagne. what would be perfect right after that work jo you the? >> food or man? >> food. not man. she's got the man, you've got food. step by step. what's the food? >> same thing. cheesecake. >> midnight just hit. who is it? show us, who did you pick out of 52 cards. >> adam levine. "the voice" himself. dreams come true here on the "today" show. take off your hats. reach inside. because i got you each exactly what you want. tituss, we've got some cheesecake for tituss. >> he gave this to me for you specifically. >> how in the hell? can i say that? how did you do that? >> i won't tell his wife. it's okay. >> that is amazing.
that is perplexing and amazing. >> how did you do that? >> i see you guys having a great 2017. i predict it right here. right now. >> i love adam, but -- can you have idris elba up here? >> you're a fascinating human being. thank you. up next, a guide to holiday returns and how to find the deals on those gifts santa did not leave under the tree. you know i am obsessed with sales. you know this. most of the stuff i buy i buy on sale. i do not believe in full price. >> you always look full price. >> i always look full price but i'm on sale. don't let sinus symptoms bring you down now!
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give you free shipping, which is what zappos does. you have one year for free shipping and returns. >> extended holiday return. what's that mean? >> that means people get this idea -- most retails give you about 30 days but they have this idea that if you buy anything from november 1st to the end of the year, more or less a giftable item. if you bought something at kohl's, amazon, tj maxx and toys "r" us, it goes beyond the 30 days. you can actually enjoy your holiday. >> what about stores with receipts? >> the general rule is if you want your money back you should have your receipt. you should have your product in good shape with tags on and your i.d. otherwise you are just going to get a store credit at the purchase price.
>> let's launch into sales stuff. >> toys are a great gift. if you were lucky enough to get a video game console, toys "r" us is having 30% off. all their video games, cds and music. really popular stuff like the "moana" and pokemons. >> if you forgot someone on your list, now you can get their gift on sale. >> people love their american girls. this week starting today until december 31st, 25% to 50% off like their spa accessories, their fashion kits. collaboration they did with williams and sonoma. again these are nice things. if you got that doll for christmas, you can get the accessories on sale. >> a car seat is something that's always great. this is a european brand, top rated. $100 off starting today until the end of january on the 70
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it is a pasta that has pepper and cheese. we're going to make a potato chip version of that. we just take some tinfoil, spread it out on a baking sheet. spread them evenly out. use half of this parmesan or pecorino. >> titus knows his way around the kitchen. >> we're going to do the rest later. we have a 400 degree oven. pop those in. just for about five minutes. these are getting nice and golden. now we're going to throw the other half. >> siri is here to please. just some fresh cracked pepper. what ans way to elevate your chip game.
ie any one can throw that together. these are cookie butter truffles. >> i don't know cookie butter. >> it's a thing. you can get it at your market. it is like those biscoff cookies. ard the vanilla. some salt. let that go until it gets nice and smooth. >> your kids love this at home? >> oh, yes. i'll eat that whole jar if no one's watching. it looks like when. chill for a few minutes. >> i'm not even listening to you. >> now we'll take a little melon baller. >> do you refrigerate it?
>> yes. can just for a couple of minutes. after you roll the balls, put it back into the refrigerator for 10, 15 minutes. if it gets too sticky, coat your hands with powder sugar. are you listening? next we have chocolate. we'll just drop them in there. i like to use two forks so that you can let some of the excess drip off like that. it's all about balance. >> you can do milk chocolate or dark. this is sanding sugar to make it blissen. >> we should try one. >> over here we have some -- aren't they delicious? >> siri, this is delicious. >> some smashed pea and ricotta
rest of week, we see temperatures warming up and on shore flow and also some dry weather and no storm system moving again. there will be a weak system moving in on friday, it will stay to the south of us. a significant rainstorm moving in from sunday into monday. you may not see any rain in the forecast until next year, looking at some highs in the 50s from san francisco, 60 degrees for wednesday and thursday. the in land areas also is making it into the mid-60s and cooler in time for this weekend. >> kari, thank you very much. breaking news out of haywood, a man was stabbed to death inside a target store on christmas night. we have a crew on the scene right now. as we get it, we'll bring you live report at 11:00. with the new year's, we have new laws rolling into
>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. oh. fun day monday, everybody. december 26th. the first day of kwanzaa. we hope you all had a very merry and blessed christmas. that's by marin moore. >> that rhymes. >> didn't she get grammy nominations? >> in the mix, baby. >> if this doesn't get your attention on the day after christmas nothing will. >> what? >> hot guys with chiselled pets and their adorable puppies. >> oh,