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inutes with instant moisture from k-y ultragel. breaking news this morning. four americans and an australian killed when a doomed charter plane crashes into a melbourne mall. security breach. nearly a dozen passengers board flights walking through an unmanned metal detector in one of the country's busiest airports. you're hired. we learn more about the country's next national security adviser. plus angelina jolie breaks her silence after her divorce and what she says was a difficult year. partridge family star david cassidy reveals his battle with dementia. and one lucky tourist gets a whale of a surprise. "early today" starts right now. good morning, i'm dara brown. breaking overnight, the u.s. state department confirms four american tourists were killed
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when a small plane crashed into a shopping mall in melbourne, australia. the pilot was also killed. two victims have been identified as texans who were among a group of u.s. golfers traveling the globe to play the world's best golf courses. it happened an hour before the mall was supposed to open. the only fatalities were aboard the aircraft. they were working to extinguish the fire and they promise to carry out a full investigation. a preliminary report said the plane suffered catastrophic engine failure after taking off from an airport nearby. it was heading to tasmania's king island. local government leader described the crash as the worst his state has seen in the past 30 years. police and federal aviation authorities are investigating a serious security breach at a tsa screening checkpoint at jfk's airport. 11 passengers walked through an unattended metal detector monday morning and apparently boarded flights. nbc news has surveillance video
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that shows passengers triggered the alarms. it questions tsa staffing and who's in charge. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: it happened at 6:00 a.m. at jfk just as the precheck lanes were opening up. 11 passengers managed to walk right through without being screened even though their carry on bags were. three of the passengers tripped the metal detector yet weren't given a secondary screening, two of the three shown here but it took the tsa two hours to report the incident to airport police and by then the passengers were gone, already on their flights. in a statement the tsa says, a k9 team was present at the checkpoint at the time of the incident and we are confident this incident presents minimal risk to the aviation transportation system. police say the passengers were identified and checked on arrival in california. >> yeah, i'd say that's pretty unnerving. i don't know how that happened. seems like there's pretty tight security here. >> i find it shocking given how tight security is these days. >> reporter: nationwide the tsa
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screens 2 million people at 440 airports every day. so far president trump hasn't appointed a new tsa chief. veteran deputies are running the agency which has been under public scrutiny. nearly two years ago a devastating undercover test found agents failed to detect 90% of fake weapons and explosives. meanwhile, from brussels to istanbul to ft. lauderdale, airports remain a top target. >> a checkpoint must be there and if you are unable to do that, it must be shut down. >> nbc's tom costello reporting. to washington where the white house is expected to unveil new guidelines for how the administration will tackle administration. the blueprint released by the department of homeland security will administer immigration rules signed by the president last month. according to leaked draft memos they will approach hiring 10,000 new i.c.e. agents and expedite the removal of undocumented immigrants.
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the guidelines come as president trump sets sights on signing a new executive order retooling the same order that was suspended by a federal court just weeks ago. that order could come as early as this week. and while the president looks to make good on his promise to rein in immigration, he's finalizing his own white house staff revealing h.r. mcmaster as his pick to replace michael flynn as national security adviser. nbc's kristen welker has more. >> reporter: in a made for tv moment president trump announcing his new national security adviser. >> general h.r. mcmaster will become the national security adviser. he's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. >> reporter: a senior administration official tells nbc news the president chose lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster because he's both a warrior and defense intellectual. at 54 years old he's highly
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decorated having served in both iraq wars and in afghanistan and hailed for his book "dereliction of duty" about officers who failed to tell president johnson he was wrong about vietnam. now he's in a position of having to weigh if and when to speak out to the president and some question his national security expertise, the announcement was largely received with bipartisan support. >> i don't know if h.r. ever sleeps at night. >> reporter: the former u.s. ambassador to iraq praised mcmaster's leadership over an elite counter insurgency team in 2011. >> he was precise, he was focused and gave us just what we need to develop a plan that actually worked for the next two years. >> reporter: lieutenant general mcmaster beat out three other candidates that the president interviewed this weekend and replaces former national security adviser michael flynn who was fired for misleading vice president pence on a diplomatic trip in brussels. the vice president was pressed on the shakeup.
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>> i was disappointed to learn that the facts that had been conveyed to me by general flynn were inaccurate. >> reporter: the white house insists mcmaster will choose the team he'll now lead. and despite the holiday, demonstrators didn't give mr. trump an inch as thousands of americans attended rallies around the country against the president's policies. from new york to los angeles, miami to chicago and in the nation's capital anti-trump demonstrators turned out in force for what were largely peaceful rallies turning the federal holiday on its head in what they dubbed not my president's day demonstration. a new wave of bomb threats targeting jewish community centers and the fbi is investigating them as possible civil rights violations. children and staff were evacuated from centers like this one. in all 11 centers were targeted yesterday alone. since early january 54 centers
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have been targeted in 27 states. in st. louis more than 100 headstones were vandalized in a jewish cemetery. community leaders say president trump has not done enough to address rising anti-semitism and instead they say he has repeatedly deflected questions about the issue. >> i am the least anti-semitic person you have seen in your entire life. >> the issue is we need the president to acknowledge moral leadership and address the problem before communities go from anxiety to real trauma. >> reporter: so far no one has been injured and the threats all appear to be hoaxes. texans are picking up the pieces after at least four tornadoes ripped through the san antonio area causing damage to more than 150 homes and knocking down power lines. fortunately there were no serious injuries. the severe weather wasn't limited to texas though. heavy downpours and strong winds battered northern california
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creating dangerous conditions in many already flooded areas. like in san jose where at least three people were rescued after getting trapped in rushing waters. now, meteorologist bonnie schneider is here to fill us in on the storms sweeping the northwest. >> it was a record day in california with record rainfall in sacramento and san francisco. because of the rain, we run the risk of flooding. heavy rain today in southwest oregon, through the sierra foothills and lighter rain through the week. next weekend we may see another storm getting closer. the flood advisory decreased. sacramento dealing with river flood warnings. it's going to take awhile for the water to recede. storms work their way east. that's a look at the weather story of the d.
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ay it will be nice to get a drier pattern in parts of the west. for now, this rain pushes through the panhandle today and tomorrow. >> thank you so much. we talk about a warm up, seven young people had to be rescued in central park after falling through thin ice into a pond. the group was climbing out of the water when they arrived. they ranged in age from 10 to their teens. three had to go to the hospital for hypothermia. police say it is a good reminder not to head out on the ice. just ahead, british parliament debate donald trump's visit. plus, tourists to mexico get a whale of a surprise during an
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one lucky tourist had a sweet surprise from a whale passing by. he approached the tour boat and moved in for a kiss. the whale continues to bob in and out of the water for even more love. leading the news today, russia's ambassador to the u.n. died suddenly while at the russian consulate in new york city. the russian foreign ministry said the 64-year-old vitaly churkin was working at his desk when he collapsed. the new york city medical examiners office confirmed that it is investigating and will share the cause of death once it's available. former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. samantha power tweeted her condolences writing that churkin was a deeply caring man who did all he could to bridge u.s./russia differences. to london where the british parliament held a contentious debate over president trump's planned visit. after an online petition against
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his trip there gathered 2 million signatures. here's some of that heated debate. >> this was a great concern when you have a man who's the president behaving like a petulent child. how is he going to behave in a future conflict might arise. >> for those who find it difficult to understand that the american people voted for donald trump. get over it because he's president of the united states. >> at the very least it would have been prudent to wait before rolling out the royal red carpet pimping out the queen for donald trump. >> i don't think it's in order to talk about pimping out our sovereign even in a distinguished journalist. >> when we stand up and condemn him for being racist, and i've seen no evidence of that, i see no evidence of him being racist or that they attack him in an unseemly way, we're actually attacking the american people.
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>> i think it's difficult to uphold the morality of this invitation. i'm astonished at the stupidity of the invitation. uber has hired eric holder to lead an investigation into the allegation of sexual harassment. this after a former prominent engineer claimed former unwanted sexual advancements. she was propositioned for sex the first day. she was repeatedly blocked for advancement and said uber's human resources department was unwilling to take action on a sexual harassment claim. he said he's launching an urgent investigation. former partridge family star david cassidy is sharing sad news with fans. he's battling dementia. cassidy told "people" magazine dementia runs in his family. he watched his grandfather and mother struggle from the disease.
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he struggled to accept the possibility for himself saying i was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming. the revelation comes after cassidy appeared to forget lyrics to several songs at a performance last weekend. the 66-year-old plans to stop touring to concentrate on his health. just ahead, the latest on the mysterious death of kim jong-un's half brother. plus, why the national zoo is bidding good-bye to its beloved bao bao. you're watching "early today." per roll more "doing chores for dad" per roll more "earning something you love" per roll bounty is more absorbent, so the roll can last 50% longer than the leading ordinary brand. so you get more "life" per roll. bounty, the quicker picker upper
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fast forwarding into tuesday. the national zoo says bye-bye to bao bao. the 3-year-old panda heads to china today. bao bao's departure is part of a long standing agreement with china that says offspring must be returned by the age of 4. malaysia's health minister says the autopsy results for the half brother of kim jong-un's could be released as early as tomorrow. kim jong-nam died last week after a woman covered his face with a cloth laced with poison at kuala lumpur's airport. >> wednesday's powerball jackpot heads to an estimated $403 million. that is the tenth largest powerball drawing of all time. the lump sum cash payout is worth $243.9 million. well, trading in u.s. markets resumes today after all three major indices closed at record highs ahead of the
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three-day holiday weekend. let's go to cnbc's landon dowdy to see if it will continue. >> they could start with green arrows. the stocks are coming off another positive week that saw the dow close for a seventh straight high. look for data on home sales and minutes from the federal reserve meeting and earnings from three retailers, home depot, walmart and macy's. the company will show off three ipads to replace the mini with features like a rear facing camera. apple may reveal a red iphone 7 paving the way for the iphone 8, which is expected this fall. kelloggs is celebrating the pop tart. it opened in new york city last summer into a pop tart cafe for
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throughout in month nbc blk is honoring african-american innovators from entrepreneurs to athletes, activists and artists, just 28 or younger. this morning we recognize richard love, an artist, musician, mentor and program manager for teens with a purpose, a nonprofit that helps urban youth express themselves through the arts. for more information just go to and use #nbcblk28. bonnie schneider is back with a look at your tuesday forecast. how you doing, bonnie? >> doing well. if you like the warm weather, you are happy in chicago and minneapolis. both cities had four days in a row of record highs. today will be five.
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denver likely to break a record. temperatures will be in the 70s all the way further into the middle of the country. look at that, close in memphis with a high of 74. temperatures in the 60s in detroit. dara? >> thank you, bonnie. turning gears, suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents. rates are falling. they find fewer teens attempted suicide since the supreme court legalized same-sex marriage. a 7% decrease in suicide in state that is legalize zed gay marriage. further data is needed to better understand the association between sexual minority rights and health. angelina jolie is breaking her silence opening up about her divorce from brad pitt for the very first time. sitting down with an exclusive interview with the bbc, jolie is promoting her newest film in cambodia admitted the divorce has been difficult saying, quote, many people find
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themselves in this situation. my whole family have all been through a difficult time. my focus is my children, our children. and she added, we are forever and will be a family and so that is how i am coping. i am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer. we have good news from the cincinnati zoo. fiona, the baby hippo born prematurely is on the road to recovery. four weeks old she was under weight and suffered from dehydration. with the help of a local children's hospital they were able to give her fluids through a life saving i.v. catheter. fiona is approaching a healthy weight and she is the first nile hippo born in the zoo in 75 years. >> that's incredible. >> it is incredible. >> great she got such good care. >> can you imagine how many children are going to be excited to see her? that's great. thanks for watching "early today."
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