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good morning. hack attack. breaking overnight. new details of the russian hack in that the u.s. electrical grid. investigating into the vermont utility company after president obama issued sanctions for the russian interference. in the meantime, donald trump praising vladimir putin. and intense security as the nation and world prepares to welcome the new year. officials are working hard to keep revelers safe. cities across the country implementing tactics in response
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to terror attacks. we are live in new york city where hundreds of thousands are expected to celebrate and watch the iconic crystal ball drop into 2017. return of rousey. >> tagged her again. >> the ufc champion back in the cage for the comeback fight. did herself imposed media blackout help her regain title? we'll break down the shocking results. and a look back at the fun we had this year on weekend "today" from babies to our fun team. today, saturday, december 31st, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on saturday morning. i'm sheinelle jones along craig melvin. >> can you believe it is the last day of 2016? >> i woke up this morning and thought this is the last day.
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let's stick the landing. we're not there yet. >> you have a theme for 2017? >> be clean in 2017. clean eating and mind set. >> we will look back at the year that was through the next hour and a half. let's get to the top story. tensions with the united states and russia increasing over new hacking scandal as malware associated with russian hackers found on a computer in the vermont utility. new evidence this may have gone deeper than first expected. we have hans nichols at the white house with more. >> reporter: craig, good morning to you. the sanctions that president obama announced on thursday, he announced protective measures for key u.s. institutions to take. as a result of that, vermont utility may have realized they were compromised. russian hackers may have been probing for weakness in a vermont utility according to a
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report in "the washington post." once alerted, burlington electric scanned their system for the malicious code. there was an infection, but only on a single department laptop. the company saying we took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted officials of this finding. >> send a clear messages to russia. >> reporter: coming days after president obama announced sanctions against officials for alleged cyber interference with the u.s. presidential election. as part of the u.s. response, the department of homeland security and fbi shared information about the malware and its signature with key sectors. all part of the joint analysis report that accused russian groups of quote being part of the ongoing campaign of cyber enabled operations directed at the government and citizens. burlington electric says they notified of a possible malware
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code associated with grizzly steppe. according to the post which first reported the story, they did not actively use the code to disrupt operations at the england utility. the very existence. malware raises fears in the united states government that russian hackers are trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks. with winter weather enveloping the northeast, residents hardly need a reminder of the power system. and overnight, the governor of vermont issued a statement saying they are in touch. state authorities working with federal authorities. he said all americans and vermonters should be outraged. >> hans, thank you. russian president vladimir putin will not retaliate against sanctions from president obama opening the door for better relaxes r relations in the future with
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donald trump. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in palm beach, florida with more. >> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. happy new year. donald and melania trump will ring in the new year at a fancy party with dinner and celebrities dancing. part of the new year's eve bash at the mar-a-lago club. trump finds himself in the middle of the drama with russia and it is unclear where the president-elect stands. as obama and putin faceoff, trump tweeted on friday praising after he decided not to expel american diplomats. trump wrote, great move on delay by putin. i always knew he was very smart. trump's flattery toward putin issued a spy novel drama where
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35 russian diplomats ordered out of the u.s. part of the punishment for russian hacking. >> the obama administration is expelling because of the things the russian government did. >> reporter: at consulates in san francisco and washington, d.c., russian staffers scrambled to get out quickly. the state defendapartment took control of compounds in maryland and long island, new york that many neighbors were not known russian hideaways for families and secure meetings. >> there has been a bit of of mystery. >> reporter: the president-elect has not said if he intends to keep or reverse the obama sanctions. earlier this week, trump and obama continue to speak. >> i did. he phoned me. >> reporter: trump's team is buying time to weigh options by saying he needs more information on the russian hacking. expected in a high level int
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intelligence briefing tuesday. now that meeting i'm told by sources will not be with professional level briefers. typical kind of intelligence briefing. instead, i'm told it is expected intelligence chiefs. tops of the agencies meeting with the president-elect. separately, as he continues to fill out plans for the administrati administration, sources tell me trump is considering the solicitor general as george conway. the husband of kellyanne conway. who served as campaign manager and will be counselor to president trump when they take office. >> kelly, thank you. as he tends to do, donald trump breaking precedent and being vocal about foreign policy before stepping into office. joining us now to talk about the trump foreign policy. katelyn burns. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. let's circle back to the news
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that there is now russian malware detected on a laptop on a vermont utility. so far the trump team viewed the russian hacking scandal through a political lens. are the stakes higher now that we are looking at the u.s. electrical grid? >> i think so. especially for a couple reasons. one, it brings a certain amount of accessibility to the story. this is something that will affect every day americans going about their formal routine. it also keeps the story in the news. this is not a one-off event. not just related to the elections. i think for donald trump it could raise the stakes and put pressure on those in capitol hill. >> let's talk about trump's tweet about last night. he always knew putin was smart and not expelling u.s. diplomats from russia. put that tweet into context. he is clearly going in opposition against the obama administration. frankly many in his own party.
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>> exactly. a fascinating dynamic to watch democrats and republicans on capitol hill at odds with the incoming president. what is significant about this tweet is it is not really a ventura we away from the campai trail. what is surprising about it is it is at odds with the current u.s. policy. i would note that recent presidents have tried to reset relations with putin and really to no effect. remember george bush did. president obama had the famous reset with russia. the difference though is donald trump does not quite, critics say, acknowledge the possible liabilities to this. of course, after that reset that obama set up with annexation of crimea and hacking and so forth. >> let's talk about the idea of being a long standing tradition in the country that the president-elect by and large
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remains underground until january 20th. inauguration day. donald trump deciding not to do that. the tweets. a few nights ago telling reporters to move on with the russian hacking scandal. on a larger scale how does this complicate foreign policy moving forward? >> it is really significant because traditionally presidents-elect take the back-stage approach. donald trump has not done that. he has been vocal as a president-elect, particularly on twitter. particularly when it comes to foreign policy. he has been vocal about the u.n. resolution for example. earlier in the month, the taiwan call and again here with russia at odds with his own party. what is significant about it, though, is he has not acknowledged the russian hacking existed at all. he has been having difficulty separating the reality and implications of this from the
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political lens of this. >> i'm glad you brought that up. we have in all 17 u.s. intelligence agencies that agree russia was behind this. do you think once he takes office he will shift his views? especially once he gets the information? >> he will have a security briefing next week and he says he will reevaluate at that moment. that does give him an opportunity to say, look, they made a compelling case. i changed my mind. however, they have been briefed on this several times presumably similar information if not old information. the obama administration said they have been studying this since the summer which leaves the trump allies and transition team to say the obama administration is boxing them in. they had opportunities to go after this, but didn't and are doing it now. they see this as an aggressive approach to them from the balls administration side. >> caitlyn burns, thank you. on to the big story of the day, preparations for new year's eve celebrations are under way
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and for cities across the country, security is the top of mind. anne thompson is live with the latest. anne, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. new york police say as many as 2 million people will ring in the new year in times square. all eyes looking up at the 11,000 pound ball to watch it drop amid tight security. what a way to say good-bye. the waterford crystal ball with color at dress rehearsal. the journey down the flag pole marking the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. making memories for a lifetime. >> we always said on our 40th, if we didn't make it before then, we are going on our 50th. the year we turned 50, that was the plan. >> reporter: police say there is no direct terror threat. security is plentiful and visible. the new york city police
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department with 7,000 officers in the area. building what it hopes is a perimeter. with 65 sand trucks and 100 other blocker vehicles to stop deadly truck attacks that ruined holiday celebrations in nice, france and berlin. canine units police in tactical gear there will be plain clothesed police officers minkling with the crowd and eyes watching from rooftops and chappers. >> i think they need to do something to keep the people safe and still have something as joyous as new year's. >> reporter: efforts repeated around the united states and around the world, from sydney's iconic harbor to terrace guard paris and brussels. celebrations in the windy city buffered by concrete barriers. here in new york revelers will be confined to pens, stretching 17 blocks from times square, sharing the moment with 3,000 of their closest friends in each pen. multiple bag checks are to be expected. no umbrellas, weapon, backpacks
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or large bags will be allowed. partiers here will be coated with one ton of confetti at midnight as they work to make sure this is known for a fabulous celebration and nothing else. >> happy new year to you. thank you. >> look at national headlines. tens of thousands in new england are waking up in the dark and the cold this new year's eve. digging out from the most powerful nor easter in two years. the power and speed of the falling snow surprised forecasters. maine, hardest hit with two feet of snow in some places. nearly 100,000 people were without power at the height of the storm there and it could be days before electricity is restored. a dramatic rescue overnight at an amuse m park. 21 people, many of them children, were trapped 125 feet in the air last night in orange county, california. firefighters were called in to rescue them from the stuck sky cabin ride. it took more than eight hours to
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lower them all one by one safely to the ground. entire city block in new york devastated this morning by a monster five alarm blaze. flames spread from building to building wiping out 14 businesses in queens overnight. in all it took 175 firefighters to douse the fire. every time they thought they had the situation under control stubborn flames shot back up. investigators and crews are still on the scene this morning. three firefighters have been hurt. one of them seriously. no civilians have been hurt. kennedy cousin michael skakel could be headed back to the prison. the connecticut supreme court friday reinstated his murder convicis murder conviction. skakel found guilty in 2002 of murdering martha moxley. it took place in 1975. he was sentenced 20 years to life. three years ago, a judge ruled his attorney made mistakes and skakel didn't get a fair trial.
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skakel is the nephew of ethel ken. ronda rousey returned to the cage friday night. it didn't last long. the whole fight ending in less than a minute. nbc's gadi schwartz with details. >> ronda rousey! >> reporter: it was supposed to be her cage fighting comeback. >> ronda. >> reporter: it only lasted a savage 48 seconds. >> she walking ronda down. >> reporter: leaving some pay-per-view wapeople waiting t see if they got their money's worth. ronda could not put up a fight against brazil's amanda nunes. official stepping in less than a minute. >> she lit ronda up like a christmas tree. >> reporter: elevating female
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cage fighting to popularity. for years, rousey was undefeated while destroying opponents and dabbled in hollywood. a pop culture icon with confidence and sharp tongue. >> that's parties bore me to death. >> reporter: but last year in one of the biggest upsets in the ufc's history, rousey kicked unconscious by holly holm. breaking down on "ellen" as she broke down on her loss. >> what am i? >> reporter: the belt was passed from fighter to fighter. choked out by amanda nunes and challenged by rousey. leading up to the fight, rousey refusing to talk to the press in a full media blackout. >> it is intense. your identity is an at stake when you are involved in a fight
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like this. >> reporter: rousey was paid at least $3 million, win, lose or draw. that is $62,000 for every second of the fight. nunes coming away with $200,000 for victory and her title belt that she plans to defend saying rousey's time in the cage is over. >> forget about ronda rousey. >> reporter: gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. >> you had the chance to get to know her and talk to her? >> she's good people. it will be interesting to see if she decides to comeback for another fight or does decide to retire. she has done a fair amount of acting and other stuff outside the cage. >> still looks strong to me with that arm around your neck. >> i'm glad she didn't make me tap-out. i would like to see her at least give it one more go. with dylan on maternity
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leave, andra peterson is here. >> did you see the snow yesterday? >> i'm glad it did not stick. >> we have the northeast looking better. maybe the big storm down to the southeast. look at all this moisture that we're talking about. so much so we're going to consider some flooding concerns. closer to baton rouge and new orleans, we see heavy rain there. the set up is simple. we have a warm front pulling in moisture here off the gulf. as we go to new year's eve and new orleans, keep in mind, it will be wet. as we go in through tomorrow. new year's day, this system will stick around. the good news is we are talking about alabama and georgia. exceptional drought conditions there. that is the one place that wants the rain if it is new year's eve. the one concern here the threat for severe weather. keep that in mind for new near's day. austin and houston on the border there with the threat for that
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severe weather. as we head to new year's day and monday. tell your friends. flooding concerns are high there as much as 5 skbooubs good morning. right now in san francisco, 46 degrees. we're seeing partly cloudy skies also in san jose at a nice 45 degrees but we are tracking the chance of seeing a few early morning scattered showers that could carry over into the afternoon but have no fear, we should be clearing by mid afternoon into the evening hours just in time for new year's eve. i like to tell everyone about your midnight forecast as if i'm going out. this is the most dressed up. >> you are celebrating right now. >> go big or go home. >> sparkles on a saturday morning. still to come, our a round up of the escalating tensions with israel and russia. we'll break it down.
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with the world reeling from the deaths of debbie reynolds and carrie fisher. todd fisher remembers his mother and sister. this is today on nbc.
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♪ less than a week after the sudden losses of george michael, carrie fisher and debbie reynolre reynolds fans are reeling. steve patterson set out to feel like this was the year we lost so many of our idols. ♪ purple rain purple rain >> reporter: 2016, the year we lost so many famous figures, including a bevy of beloved icons. ♪ ground control to major tom >> reporter: we said good bye to
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david bowie days after the new year. lost prince in the spring. >> i am the greatest. >> reporter: mourned muhammad ali in the summer. ♪ hallelujah >> reporter: and looked back at the life of leonard cohen in the fall. now with the back to back deaths of george michael, carrie fisher and debbie reynolds on the heels of the loss of tv dad allen thicke, an online tribute showing those we lost in 2016 is going viral. grieving fans fed up, tweeting enough, 2016. >> in living color on nbc. >> reporter: seven decades after televisions brought celebrity culture and the dawn of rock and roll into our living rooms we're feeling the absence of a large class of aging stars we grew up with. >> it's a perception, not a fact that there's been more celebrity deaths. >> reporter: this socialologist studies celebrity death culture. >> the caliber of stars that
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died was the a list. >> in a year when screens were full of violence and rhetoric. we lost the calming voice of america's mom. ♪ there is no life i know to compare to pure imagination ♪ >> reporter: and wished willie wonka fare well. >> when a celebrity dies and they've been a source of stability, it's definitely a phenomenon that people feel everything's falling to pieces. >> reporter: while they may no longer be with us, the songs, the characters and the moments they gave us will never be forgotten. >> may the force be with you. >> reporter: steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. it's interesting that she said this year wasn't more than others. it feels like it. >> it wasn't just celebrities like you mentioned. still to come here on today, the best year end sales to get your hands on right now.
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plus, which one should you wait for? >> we'll challenge ourselves to a pop culture pop quiz good morning, everyone. 5:56 is the time. we're taking a live look out san francisco right now, waiting for the sun to come up on the last day of 2016. good morning, thanks for joining us. i'm garvin thomas along with vianey arana with a look at the microclimate forecast, actually
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a little rain in the forecast. >> yeah but not enough to panic yourself. it looks like we will be clearing out just in time for new year's eve celebrations however it's going to be chilly today, slightly warmer than yesterday, 46 degrees right now, partly cloudy skies and these showers that we're mentioning, they might not hit every part of the bay area. they're coming down from the north but right now, they're very centered on the coastline. today's highs will be in the 50s. yesterday we did manage to climb into the 60s, areas like san jose did see a high of 63. today we will be sticking to those 50s for the majority of the day, before we see a bigger cool down next week but here's a quick look right now at that radar. there it is. we're seeing a few little spotty scattered showers but have no fear, it should be clearing out by midafternoon. >> great, vianey. thank you very much. people all over the bay area are getting ready to say good-bye to 2016. ringing in the new year is big business, tens of thousands of people are expected to head to san francisco where the finishing touches are underway.
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piles of barricades are being put into place along the embarcadero. police say there will be plenty of officers in uniform and undercover presence. the confetti will be flying as people line up to watch the midnight fireworks display. >> so you have front row seats, probably one of the better venues in the entire city. >> if you're in a large area, you're going to see a patrol officer out there on foot in uniform. >> police are urging party goers to be responsible. they say to designate a driver or take public transportation. speaking of which, to keep people from drinking and driving, many bay area transit agencies are offering free services on bus lines from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. new year's morning. cal train riders also will be free after 8:00 p.m. that's when they'll start running on a special schedule. those rides will end around 2:00 a.m. on sunday. b-a-r-t riders aren't free
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new year's night but there are trains running on a special schedule from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. b.a.r.t. will also have extra trains standing by in san francisco to run after the fireworks show on the embarcadero. along with the new year comes some new laws. we'll tell you what you need to know on 2017. next plus all your top stories coming up at 7:00. right now, let's head back to the "today" show.
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i love that you are the last person i want to talk to before i go to sleep at night. and it's not because i'm loanne or it's new year's eve. i came here because when you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. >> so sweet. we are back, saturday, december 31st, 2016 with an iconic scene from "when harry met sally." carrie fisher had a scene stealing role in that movie. as the crowd gets ready to say hello to 2017. here is what is making headlines. officials are working to protect the electrical grid after news emerged that russian hackers
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infiltrated a vermont utility. only a single laptop has been breached. china made a move to combat elephant poaching in africa by setting a goal of all ivory trade in 2017. the ban could come just in time. and former ufc champ ronda rousey was defeated in the return to the ring. that was friday night's 135 pound fight against an man mand nunes. the recap of some of the biggest headlines. president obama and president-elect donald trump at odds over russia. a mother/daughter duo pass away a day apart. thro those are some of the stories
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that caught our attention. >> the clash of powers on the international stage. fallout condemning israel's west bank is settlement. >> a fiery war of words with secretary of state john kerry and prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> do not need to be lectured. >> trump tweeting. >> we cannot continue to let israel be treated with disdain and disrespect. adding stay strong, israel. january 20th is fast approaching. >> tensions with russia coming to a head. president obama striking back. >> slapping sanctions on russia for trying to interfere with the u.s. election. >> 35 russian diplomats in the u.s. expelled. >> a punishment the next president isn't saying much about yet. quote, it is time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. nevertheless, he adds, he will
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meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of the situation. >> this the latest twist in the complicated relationship between the president and his successor who on wednesday tweeted. >> doing my best to disregard the inflammatory president o.ro. thought it would be a smooth transition. not. >> but 11 hours later. >> he called me. we had a very, very good talk generally about things. >> the white house tells nbc news that phone call was positive and focused on a smooth transition. tragedy. one day after the shocking death of her daughter, carrie fisher, news that debbie reynolds, also passed away. >> her son todd fisher blaming a broken heart. telling variety, i miss her so much. i want to be with carrie. >> fans mourning a galactic
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heroine and then. >> the mother and daughter team captured in a statement from todd. she has gone to be with carrie. she loved taking care of her. >> just when all of our spirits could use a lift. michael brown. >> showing the moment he was officially adopted out of foster care. the sign reads some things are worth the wait. 832 days in foster care. this is the definition of his personality. and finally the internet flipped out over the best water bottle challenge video yet. >> look at her celebrate. watch her. >> her celebration, priceless. dab it. >> yeah. >> i am in love with that girl.
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>> that's great. it looked like she had been practicing. >> i saw that video last night. i have no skills. toddler beat me by far. >> watch that. >> look at her face. >> is that a natural human reaction with victory? you raise your hands? isn't that adorable? >> i have a 2 1/2-year-old at home who throws water bottles all the time. we don't get that. >> you don't get the celebration at the sneend? >> no. we want the forecast. >> a lot of people will like me and some will not like me based on the wet weather. l.a. what are the chances l.a. with showers in the other night hours. you think last night we had rain. that system is moving out. another one behind it. you get a hint of a break. the next system is coming from the north. you get a lot of cold air behind it. that brings a lot instability. the threat for thunderstorms as we go through the overnight hours. i'm sorry. the only piece of good news i
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have as you go through new year's day, things get better for you. not so much toward phoenix. that is where the system goes. look behind it. a twist. an upside. snow. big bear. 6 inches or a foot of powder in the area. watch out for the snow level drop to 3,500 feet. you good morning. right now in san jose, 44 degrees, seeing partly cloudy skies. we are seeing a storm system that is tracking down from the north, so you may see these slight chance of seeing a few early morning showers that should clear out by the midafternoon. here it is. now, not everybody is expected to see these showers. more than likely, maybe areas near san francisco and the coast. and also near san jose might see a few spotty showers but we should clear out just in time for those new year's eve celebrations. always important, do not
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>> let's start with carpeting and flooring. spring is the highest inventory of houses. i would guess you would want to buy now. >> you are -- see, last time you got four out of five. you are correct. high five. >> starting the new year off right. >> carpeting and flooring. spring, summer and fall. people are using carpeting to perk up the sale. january is slow. great deals. you can get great deals on carpeting. >> that's good to know. spa services, brutal winter for a lot of folks. holiday travel. spent a lot of time with family. a lot of people could use pampering. i imagine the winter time is the best time to do that. i would say buy now. >> well, that's okay. it's not. >> i can tell by your face. >> mother's day. the month of may. great deals on packages. you don't have to be a mother to take advantage of the deals. i also want to say that massage schools in your area.
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you have got to check those out. you could get deals on massages. an hour for $35. >> televisions. black friday long gone. i thought i remember from years ago that the best time to buy a television was around presideth bowl. i would say wait. >> we're kind of close to super bowl. >> true. buy now. >> i gave you a hint. >> you did. >> it is a buy now. black friday has great deals on tvs, but high quality tvs, you can get significant savings. also, people have returned tvs. from the holidays. ask for an open box. you can get better deals. if you are buying online, look for coupon codes. you could save more. >> gift cards. a wildly popular holiday gift. >> yes. >> wait later? >> no. sorry. craig, you are doing so well. >> with gift cards, sites have resale for cards.
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we give gift cards we're not excited about. you can sell them for a little bit less than face value you and people buy them. after the holidays, people are selling. you can get them up 35% off face value you. the average is 11%. >> i did not know that. last but not least, bikes. new year. new me. making resolutions. get out and exercise. i would think there would be a lot of discounts on bikes. i saw buy now. >> it is buy later. you were close. a 50/50 there. in the month of july into august because the new models come out in september. so it is just like a car dealership. they want to clear the floor for bikes. no matter when you buy. right now, the first of the year, you get great deals. save your receipts and ask if they give a price adjustment for these things. if it goes on sale, usually within a 14-day period, you get
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musical may have premiered in new york, but the next home was l.a. or chicago? >> i think it will be chicago. >> the next home after new york. >> chicago, c. >> what's the answer? >> chicago, c. melvin's up. i have never won one of these. >> this movie based on a comic book series brought home the most at box office in 2016. "captain america" or "batman" or "suicide squad?" >> i keep putting the same letter on all. you know i'm wrong. >> you just looked at my board. >> i said c. >> i said b. >> it's over here. >> oh, "captain america." we were all wrong. how about this? the wizarding world made a
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comeback in 2016. "fantastic beasts" is where to find harry potter? >> i'm going to guess c for clue. >> you said c for clue? >> i said a. >> why are your letters so small? it's a. >> i got it right. nice. here is the last one. after years of buzz, this leading man finally took home an oscar. leo? >> we all had leo. >> do we have time for more? >> is there a tie? >> that's all we have, folks. >> where are your hats? >> cheers. you probably did better than we did. >> cheers. >> you did well.
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>> pop culture. not bad. still ahead here on "today." a look at some of the fun we had. some of the laughs we shared over the course of the year. there's a lot of dancing, a lot of twirling. >> limbo. >> i lost my mind in rio. but first this is "today" on nbc.
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good morning, everyone. 6:26 is the time. a live look out at san francisco. going to be a big fireworks show there tonight, celebrating the end of 2016, the beginning of 2017. good morning. thanks so much for joining us, i'm garvin thomas, along with vianey arana with a look at your
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forecast a little bit of everything this morning, right? >> yeah, a little bit of everything, but nothing that should spoil your new year's eve plans. however, we are tracking a storm system that is going to keep us scliegtly cooler than what we've been seeing, topping out into the 50s, today, 45 degrees in san francisco, and if we make our way over to san jose, 44 degrees as well. check of highs today across the bay area. yesterday, we did climb into the 60s, today that cold air mass coming down from the north, pushing through the south is expected to keep us slightly cooler and we are tracking the chance of seeing colder temperatures as we welcome in 2017, so if you're heading out tonight, you may want to bundle up because we will be dropping in those temperatures. here's a quick glance right now at that storm system. we are seeing a chance of maybe a few spotty showers through the early morning, clearing out by the afternoon. >> so, wear the coat tonight, but fog shouldn't be a problem with the fireworks? >> no, and no rain. >> okay. people all over the bay area are preparing to say good-bye to 2016. ringing in the new year is big
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business. tens of thousands of people are expected to head to san francisco where the finishing touches are underway. piles of barricades are being put into place along the embarcadero. police say there will be plenty of officers in uniform. also a large undercover presence as well. bars and restaurants will be packed, full of revellers and the confetti will be flying as people line up to watch the midnight fireworks display. >> you literally have a front row seat, probably one of the better venues in the entire city. >> if you're in an area where there's a lot of people, you're going to see a patrol officer out there on foot in uniform. >> police are urging party goers to be responsible. they say use a designated driver or take public transportation. speaking of which, to keep people from drinking and driving, many bay area transit agencies are running special services on new year's eve. caltrain rides will also be free
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after 8:00 p.m. that's when they'll start running a special schedule. those rides will end around 2:00 a.m. on sunday. b.a.r.t. rides aren't free new year's eve night but they will be running special -- on a special schedule from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. b.a.r.t. will also have extra trains standing by in san francisco to run after the fireworks show on the kind. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," along with the new year comes new leerz. tell you what you need to know in 2017. we're back at 7:00 with all your local news. right now back to "the today show."
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good morning. hack attack. new evidence this morning that russian hackers infiltrated a vermont electric company looking for weaknesses. federal officials are now scrambling to prevent any further attempts. intense security. an unprecedented operation under way in new york city ahead of new year's eve with 2 million expected to watch that ball drop in the big apple. revelers surrounded by a perimeter with 7,000 police officers standing by. ♪ can't stop >> the fun we had. babies and puppies and lots of
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dance moves from studio 1a and the super bowl and beyond. what a weekend it has been on "today." saturday, december 31st, 2016. ♪ singing melody ♪ that's you looking at me >> 2016. >> all the way from texas! >> we left our families at home to be on the "today" show. >> happy birthday, grandpa! >> we love you. >> honey, you should have gotten out of bed. i'm on the "today" show. >> hey, look at us! >> happy new year! >> and a happy new year to you. good morning. welcome back to "today" on saturday morning. our crowd counting down to 2017. we are so very happy that they decided to spend the last morning of 2016 with us here.
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a little corner of rockefeller plaza. can you believe it? >> guess what? >> what? >> i know people watching in sydney, australia. they were watching weekend "today." guess what? >> it's new year. 2017. there they are in sydney. >> it is weird. >> i'm ready. it is time to push the reset button. >> always. >> what is your slogan? >> clean in 2017. >> that implies you are dirty. >> clean eating. all of the positive. we have a lot to talk about on saturday morning. we begin this hour with the unprecedented security preparations ahead on new year's eve. let's check in with anne thompson live in times square. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. happy new year. a record number of police officers will join the crowd here in times square to ring in 2017 tonight. 7,000 will be on patrol. some undercover, some in
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tactical gear all looking out for trouble and keep the revelers safe. officials say there is no direct terror threat associated with the celebration here, but they certainly aren't taking chances. learning from the truck attacks in nice, france and earlier in berlin, they setting up a perimeter of 65 sand trucks and 100 blocker vehicles to make sure no one can drive their way through the crowds. there will be police and choppers above and on rooftops and bomb-sniffing dogs down on the ground all to make sure that 2017 begins on a happy and safe note. sheinelle, back to you. >> cheers to that. anne, thank you. we have been talking about this morning and we are learning more about the russian hacking into the vermont electric computer. burlington electric has found malicious computer code on a
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laptop not connected to the power grid. vermont authorities checked systems after a federal warning of russian malware. the vermont governor said all americans should be alarmed. a new twist on the north carolina power struggle. a judge blocked a new law aimed at limiting the power at north carolina's incoming governor. roy cooper is set to take over from republican pat mckrory at midnight. republicans in control of the statehouse have taken steps to limit his power and including the blocked measure to prevent him from controlling the state elections board. dylan is continuing on maternity leave. we have indra here with us. >> i want to hear you scream on new year's eve. are you out on new year's eve outside? brave souls. let's talk about the temperatures. what you are expecting as you go through the overnight. you are looking at 41 degrees.
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yesterday, we had snow. this is a boost. this is good news. maybe a couple breezes at 15 miles an hour. when you wake up on new year's day. keep in mind the rose parade is not on sunday. a tradition. they only have it on mondays. if it falls on a sunday. there will not be rain that you typically would see on sunday. midnight forecast for all of our brave souls. flurries in boston and seattle. you could see a couple inches of snow. rain, los angeles, rain showers. louisiana looking good morning, bay area. right now in san francisco, 45 degrees and we will be climbing into those 50s for a slightly cooler day across the bay area, not just for san francisco but also san jose right now at 44, kpmtsed to hit a high of about 53 degrees. here's a quick check of today's highs across the bay area. lower 50s, maybe mid 50s into
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the san jose area, topping out at about 55 for the south bay. also along the peninsula and here's a quick check right now. we are tracking that storm system making its way in from the north. announcement for viewers in new england. your new nbc station in boston launches tomorrow. if you are looking for the "today" show or other nbc programs, you can find us on channel 10. most in boston starting on new year's day. same times. just a new channel. everyone here says happy new year. craig and sheinelle, back to you. >> coming up, love is in the air. why tomorrow is the biggest day for dating all year. and speaking of romance, are they or aren't they? everything we know about drake and jlo. >> they are not. >> you don't know yet. come back after the break. >> that looks like a prom
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morning. it's time to trend. you ready? >> i think so. >> welcome. >> there you go. waiting on your trend. >> yes, come on in. >> calling all the single ladies and gentlemen. if you're still unattached tonight after the clock strikes 12:00, listen up. the busiest day for online dating is new year's day. apparently back on january 1st, 2016, hinge reported a 35% spike in new users. you start the new year, want a new love. >> you would want the date for new year's. >> hinge found the response rates is 36 higher on sundays. of course this year, new year's day falls on sunday. if you are looking for love in the new year, get the profiles updated, stat. >> make the picture look good. >> the perfect storm. >> tomorrow is the day. >> sounds like you've done some of this. >> never. >> the mannequin challenge.
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one of the biggest viral sensations of 2016. now the trend has made it to the final frontier, space. astronauts on the international space station got in on the action. check this out. the space crew tweeting that they took the challenge to new heights. their original version did not have the trademark song "black beetles." tweeting back this version we are playing for you. >> that is cool. >> that is really cool. >> can you just suspend like that? >> let's see your mannequin. what you got? >> i got nothing. >> nothing? >> nothing on the astronauts. >> it will be fun to see what the trend will be. hello, joelle. >> how is it going? >> good to see you. >> i just appeared. >> let's do pop stars. >> more on the heartbreaking loss of hollywood icons carrie fisher and debbie reynolds. todd fisher, reynolds' son, says plans are in progress. they will have a joint funeral and buried together. a date has yet to be set. fisher says the funeral will be private.
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guys, if there's any silver lining in all of this is that their work lives on forever. this weekend, you will watch plenty of it on tv. logo is saluting debbie roy nods with a week long marathon of ""will & grace"," "golden girls" and then hbo will haircarery fisher's stage production "wishful drinking" and pushed up the documentary about a mother slr daughter duo on saturday january 7th. i know what i'll be doing on january 7th. okay. switching gears to craig's favorite topic. >> yeah. >> he is rolling his eyes over here. jlo and drake. earlier this week the two sent the internet into a frenzy after they both posted this pic to their instagram accounts leaving us all speculating and wondering are they together. >> not all of us. >> fuelling that theory, videos of drake and jlo partyings
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together showing them smooching on the dance floor while their unreleashed musical collaboration was playing in the background. the party they were at was prom themed. they were crowned king and queen. they stopped by for a proper prom picture. i wish you could see craig rolling his eyes right now. the question is, is this relationship the real deal? >> i think we know. >> no. >> no? >> it looks like the girl is fake laughing. >> i don't know. >> you think it is? >> i'm not sure. the kiss. i analyzed the kiss. it is not a romantic kiss. it's a little bit more of a -- >> business kiss? >> friends. >> business? >> i don't know. >> it makes for a great fodder. >> yeah. >> great pr. >> one more thing we forgot about trending this week. did you see this? >> no. >> it was everywhere. >> do we have this? >> don't you do this. don't end 2016 this way. don't end 2016 this way. >> can you make the same face? make the same face. >> i can't make the same face. >> that is good. >> these are joelle's.
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>> i will say things that are on the internet should stay on the internet. >> wow. >> i still have that shirt. that's my throwback thursday instagram post. >> when we were talking about drake and jlo, that's the face he was making. >> thanks, mom. >> cute. when we come back, we'll take a look back at the top moments of 2016 here on weekend "today." we'll even have a special appearance from our new mom dylan dreyer and that adorable new baby boy of hers, calvin. but first this is "today" on nbc. >> where is that picture? tall married small? with sleep number, there's an adjustment for that. make it firm. make it soft. adjusts to any duo. does your bed do that? come into a sleep number store where the c2 mattress is now $699.99. it's a no brainer.
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calvin, i can't wait for you to meet my friends, sheinelle and craig. >> i'm so excited. we have to go see dylan's baby. >> let's go.
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>> wait a minute. what should we bring him? >> how about the story? "twas the night before new year's in studio 1a, we can't wait to tell you about the fun we had on weekend "today." >> welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm sheinelle jones. >> glad to have you with us. i'm craig melvin alongside dylan dreyer. >> time to start our day. >> when i count to three you don't touch me back. >> one, two, three. >> we are interning with rascal flatts. this is their opening night. >> shoot. >> show time. ♪ i like i like the sound of that ♪ >> now is time to take in the whole nfl experience.
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here you can run, kick, and throw. so close. >> well. can i slap? >> and we were only on the hudson. these people are traveling around the world. >> clock starts now. >> would you rather go about your normal day naked -- seriously? -- or fall asleep for a year. >> i would rather go about my normal day -- i have to suck it up. you have to see me. >> if you come to work naked, don't do that to me. >> hello. >> it's my turn. super bowl 50. >> wait a minute. wait a minute. >> what is the roman numeral. >> guess. >> b. >> space movies. >> test. >> that's my other favorite movie. >> "2001 space odyssey." >> "wall-e."
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>> any hidden talents? >> what is it? >> i don't know. >> you're amazing dancer. >> that is not hidden. >> that is known to the world. >> it is, of course, the puppy bowl. these little guys just put a smile on everyone's face. >> i think we should segue to weather now. i lost it. there we go. >> that is a well tied bowtie. i am really impressed. >> i'm just going to choke. >> shall we dance? ♪ ♪ your hands clap >> let's do it. i don't know what that this is. >> do it for me. yeah, yeah. ♪ >> my go-to karaoke song is "we didn't start the fire." >> really? >> yeah. >> give us a little sample. ♪
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>> we have that video, by the way, of dylan that we showed on the show this morning. >> did you show this? >> do it now. >> dylan's in the pink pants. you would not know that because she's a brunette there. >> let's limbo. >> this should be higher. >> as for the fun, it went on. >> so tell me how you would shower. >> i start with the hair. >> oh, no. >> then i do the arms. >> really? >> i'm more of -- i do -- i'm kind of a -- >> i go like this. this is how i get up. it's delicious. >> it came out her nose. >> you're not a beer guy? >> i was being a good sport. dylan can't drink. >> this film follows a charming news anchor who is about to be a father for the second time. >> oh, that's clever. that's cute. that's cute. >> really? are you pregnant?
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yes, i am! >> shut the front door! >> yeah. a boy. >> that is so awesome. >> a newborn should be given a sponge bath until what happens? >> until the baby blows the bubbles. >> really? >> congratulations to craig melvin and his wife lindsey welcoming a baby girl on saturday. >> go! >> got some droppings. >> you got to go over there. you have to run. obstacle course. no, no, no. >> call child services. >> we have lost control again. >> before the story ends, let's thank everyone who makes it happen. ♪
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♪ >> here's to more adventures as the team rings in the new year, may we always continue laughing. >> that's sweet. >> so, that's what i did this year. and i can't wait to see what next year has in store. >> neither can we. >> cheers. >> cheers. >> that was a good year, wasn't it? >> it was a good year. >> a special thank you to joelle and britney for putting that together. that does it for us on saturday morning. tonight, start off new year's eve with kathie lee and hoda. the hosts of 2016. it airs tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central right here on nbc. tomorrow on sunday "today" willie looks back at the most memorable stories of the year.
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thomas.. coming up next, on today in the bay .... vo a woman's terrifying encounter on an east bay street. the infma good morning. i'm garvin thomas. coming up next on "today in the bay," a woman's inferfying encounter on an east bay street, the information police want you to know about the suspect. plus, the last-minute preparations to get ready for new year's eve. why police in san francisco say they expect a safe celebration in spite of big crowds. and a cold start to the new year. how the weather might affect your new year's eve plans. quilted northern works so well people can forget
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good morning, everyone. 7:00 is the time. taking a live look outside san jose from communications hill. it is december 31, 2016. i hate to tell you this, but if you have a 2016 new year's resolution, you haven't finished yet, you better get working. >> you have a few hours left. >> just a few hours to take care of it. good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm garvin thomas. she's vianey arana. we're here to share the news and the morning with you on this new year's eve mng

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