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breaking overnight. police in colorado are desperately searching for this woman considered armed ask dangerous and obsessed with the columbine shooting 20 years ago. as area schools are suddenly closed today and communities remain on edge. >> millions of people are in the path of a severe weather outbreak. janessa is here with the latest forecast. >> reports many white house insiders are braced for the mueller report over the concern they will be exposed as cooperating with the special counsel. >> what was that that flew over the night sky in our nation's capital overnight? >> here in america, television news is king.
we're going to give them a vision of the world the way they want it to be. >> and russell crow roars with our first look at the loudest voice in the room. "early today" starts right now. good wednesday morning. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. severe weather is on the way today for areas still recovering from the last massive storm. let's get right over to nbc meteorologist janessa webb tracking it all for us. good morning, vanessa. >> good morning. we're getting started with the severe weather. it's going to start to happen this afternoon into the evening hours across the plains into the south here. right now sitting out to the southwest from phoenix to albuquerque and will make its way across the midwest. so we have a good chunk of the nation, 32 million under that severe weather risk. potential now is damaging wind gusts, up to 60 miles per hour, also large hail possibility of tornadoes. now, this is going to be a multi-day event into your thursday, friday as well. so you can see the areas of low
pressure from iowa to dallas, major cities really going to be impacted throughout the day. dallas, houston, along with oklahoma. that's a look at the big weather story of the day. now here's a closer look at your day ahead. we'll get to that in just a moment. >> thanks, janessa. >> some breaking news. a number of schools are closed due to a massive hunt for an 18-year-old woman who poses a credible threat to at least 20 schools in the denver metro area. officials searched the florida home of the suspect who is described as obsessed with the columbine shooting of 20 years ago. she traveled from miami to colorado, armed herself with a shotgun and was last seen near the foothills. >> she has had an infatuation with columbine and the perpetrators of columbine. she made comments to that effect. but she hasn't identified a specific threat to a specific school. we identified that she departed the airport and went to a store where she did procure a weapon.
she obtained a pump action shotgun and ammunition. >> i know that this opens a wound, especially on an anniversary week for those families who were most deeply impacted by this. we want our schools to be a safe place for kids to learn, and where they can be productive. and that's why we take this threat seriously. >> just hours ago, a wave of denver metro area schools announced schools will be closed today and all after school activities canceled due to the ongoing safety concerns. all facilities are closed and employees are to report to work. >> the wait is nearly over. in just over 24 hours we will have the mueller report in our hands. attorney general william barr is expected to publish the special counsel's findings. after spending weeks redacting sensitive information. meanwhile, the release is stoking concerns among former and current white house officials who cooperated with the investigation. nbc's tracie potts is joining us from d.c. with the latest on this. tracie, good morning.
any sense how the president is feeling about the pending release? >> reporter: he says the results are already out there, no collusion, inconclusive on obstruction of justice so he's not worried about it. probably doesn't want to read it. but there are a lot of people who work with him, very closely with him, or have worked with him who are worried about this release in just over 24 hours from now. a lot of people who work at the white house had to cooperate, to testify, to speak with the special counsel. what did they say that could be damaging or embarrassing to president trump? despite the outcome of the report, we are now about to get the details and more than a dozen of those current and former white house employees tell us they're worried about whether they will be identified in this report. we simply do not know. as for the white house, as for the president and his lawyers, his legal team, they are bracing for what's to come. >> i think that the president's
lawyers quite rightly are anticipating that there is going to be new information on obstruction that has not yet been publicly disclosed and they are trying to identify the ways that they can rebut it. >> reporter: because, remember, mueller was inconclusive on obstruction of justice, couldn't say one way or the other based on the evidence on both sides if there should be prosecution. it was the attorney general who decided based on that same evidence that the president should not be prosecuted. and as for those anxious white house staffers and former staffers, we are told that several of those witnesses have had their lawyers asking the justice department, am i going to be identified this this report? and they haven't gotten an answer. phillip? >> a lot of sleepless nights, a day away. tracie, thank you. >> scorched, but still standing. president manuel macron has vowed to resurrect notre dame after the burning of the
steeple. they are in solidarity with france. they are launching an investigation into what triggered the inferno. matt bradley joins us from london and bringing us the very latest. matt, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frances. you know, as you mention, parisians are now taking stock about a day and a half since this fire first started. and what's clear is that the structure, as you can see behind me, is very much intact, even despite all of the threats that this building would not be able to be saved while the firemen were still trying to put out the blaze. now it seems that most of what was built 800 years ago is still standing. that 150-year-old roof, all of the wooden beams that really lit up quite quickly during the fire, that is almost entirely destroyed. 60% of that is gone. most of the most valuable relics and pieces of art managed to be rescued before the blaze was put out. so the tunic of san louis and
what is believed to be the crown of thorns jesus is thought to have worn on the cross, those were also saved along with several other priceless pieces of artwork that were actually carried out by a human chain formed by police officers and firemen when the fire was still raging. but as is often the case, with these sorts of situations, what's left now is politics and an investigation. some 50 investigators have been trying to interview workers who were on the scene when the fire started, trying to determine what started this fire and how to prevent it in the future. and they're also looking into how to rebuild this roof and the cathedral around it. manuel macron addressed the nation last night and called for unity. he also said he was going to be suspending politics along with other political parties. hard to see how long that is going to last in this fractious political environment. we'll have to look forward to that and rebuilding. frances? >> along with the millions coming in in private donations.
hundreds of millions in private donations to rebuild. matt bradley for us in paris. thank you. >> new word from faa after air disasters involving boeing 737-max jets. those planes are grounded worldwide. nbc's costello covers aviation and joins us with details. tom, what can you tell us? >> reporter: phillip, good morning. the faa says pilots will be required to undergo additional training before they are allowed to fly the max again. but boeing still hatzant formally submitted the software update for faa approve. when that happens, the plane will still have to be recertified. the faa right now telling airlines pilots will be required to undergo new training on that mcas system blamed for the crashes in ethiopia and indonesia that killed 346 people. the software fix is what they have been working on. the pilot training can be
completed on a computer. with the max grounded, there will be fewer planes flying for the upcoming summer travel season. so watch your schedules closely to ensure that your flight is, in fact, taking off when they say it is going to. back to you, phillip. >> tom costello for us, thank you, sir. >> there is a new bombshell in the jussie smollett saga. newly released text messages from cook county state attorney kim foxx reveal that she called him a, quote, washed up celeb, and that she was concerned he was being overcharged. trina orlando from our nbc affiliate wmaq in chicago has the details. >> reporter: states attorney kim topix told assistant states attorney empire actor jussie smollett was a, quote, washed up celeb who lied to cops. the text message one of many communications between foxx and her top deputy now being made public. jussie smollett told chicago police he was the victim of a hate crime when he was allegedly attacked by two men who shouted
racial and homophobic slurs at hem. they determined smult was nollet a victim, but staged the attack. charges were dropped later by the states attorney's office. communications between foxx and begets, foxx believed is he was overcharged and compared the case to r. kelly, pedophile with four victims, 10 counts, washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should. the city of chicago is suing smollett to recover expenses related to the investigation, meanwhile the fbi continues to investigate a hate letter allegedly sent to smollett where the studio is filmed. when asked for a response to the documents released tuesday night, the state's attorneys office said we are not able to comment on specificities on this topic. we look forward to the inspector
general office's review of how we handle this case. >> thanks to wmaq's trina orlando. >> all right, time to see how our wednesday is shaping up. janessa, good morning. >> location is really key here. to the west and northeast we are seeing primetime conditions. we are also tracking just a few showers across the northeast right now, but they are really going to exit as we step into the rest of the morning. the big weather story is this large storm system currently going to take over the midwest into the plains as we step weat temperatures really steaming. so the bulk of this system makes its way in this afternoon, and will be thursday, friday afternoon unfortunately. >> all right. two days to look forward to
that. janessa, thanks. >> we don't think it was the mueller report landing, but dozens of people reported seeing an odd white streak of light shooting through the d.c. area sky overnight. it happened around 11:00 p.m., the driver's dashcam captured the stunning sight of what is believed to be a meteor lighting up the d.c. sky. the video was posted to twitter and has over 61,000 views. >> i don't know if i could keep the car steady if i saw something like that. just ahead, check your pantry. dee tames on a major cookie recall and why michelle obama's latest jab at president trump has single fathers up in arms. luckily for all your hard-to-wash fabrics... ...there's febreze fabric refresher. febreze doesn't just mask, it eliminates odors you've... ...gone noseblind to. and try febreze unstopables for fabric. with up to twice the fresh scent power, you'll want to try it... ...again and again and maybe just one more time. indulge in irresistible freshness. febreze unstopables. breathe happy.
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decades since some of this happened. it's recent history for these cases. some big congratulations are in order for two of our nbc news family who became moms on tuesday. hoda kotb broke into tears to announce she adopted a second baby girl named hope. katy tur and her husband welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named theodore. the baby reportedly arrived 6 pounds 5 ounce and stretching nearly 20 inches long. nice fun baby boom for everybody here. >> we hear his name is tony. >> after dad, yeah. >> we welcome to extended family here at nbc. >> and hope for hoda's mom. >> that's wonderful. all right, from good news to bad news, for hipsters, that is. new study revealing men with beards have more germs than the fur on a dog. researchers in switzerland compared the back dear i can't on 18 bheerded men and 30 furry
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diners at a florida olive garden witnessed an unappetizing scene when a drunk and shirtless man was arrested for cursing at customers and shoveling spaghetti into his mouth with his hands. police say they were called after 32-year-old ben padget was causing a disturbance asking patrons for money and yelling at customers. when authorities put him in handcuffs, they say he began smashing his forehead on the metal cage in the police car. he has been charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting without violence. >> they have bread sticks. right on. >> i'm all about those carbs. weather wise we are watching severe weather make its way across the south, southeast, it makes its way to the northeast. could potentially see 2 to 3 inches. i need to get to l.a. look at all that sunshine. temperatures in california back in the 70s. >> i'll take miami. >> we'll be right back. no matter how much you clean, does your house still smell stuffy?
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that. it just donned on me now i hadn't seen that footage before. i watched the movie and loved it, i've never seen that footage. >> that's what you remember. amazing to see that footage now, fascinating then and fascinating, space exploration now. now to a investigation that is underway this morning in montgomery county, maryland. after a man pretending to be a rideshare driver robbed a woman inside her bethesda apartment, officials say the victim was targeted after a night out with friends. when she got into the wrong vehicle, assuming it was her ride home. the suspect is seen here on video attempting to snatch the woman's purse. police say moments later he entered her apartment, stole property and ran. detectives determined the suspect did not work for any of the ridesharing companies. he's still on the run. >> now to a standoff in san antonio where an armed suspect barricaded himself inside his home and lit it on fire with people trapped inside. police were called to the home after reports that the suspect and his wife were fighting. when they arrived, the man started shooting at them with a rifle. authorities exchanged gunfire. the home continued to burn until
firefighters got the all clear. one woman, rather, was able to escape. the suspect was killed as well as a neighbor. the suspect's wife was taken to the hospital and treated with severe burns. >> 3-d printing is proving to be one of the most gain saving technologies and researchers in israel say they have made a major scientific breakthrough by printing the world's first 3-d heart with blood vessels. it was a pink and blue 3-d rabbit-size heart that took about three hours to print. but the team says larger human hearts require the same technology. the hearts can contract, but with further work, they hope to teach them how to behave like hearts. their findings were published in the journal advance science. >> human ingenuity right there. there is one airport travelers probably don't mind being delayed a little bit. the airport in singapore is long ranked the best in the world. it is officially opened, the tallest waterfall. it is described as 130-foot rain for vex and the center of a four
wwelcome to wednesday morning. i'm laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. meteorologist kari hall has been tracking the weather for us. >> we start out with temperatures in the mid-40s in the inland valleys and low 50s near the coast and inner bay. concord, we'll be about 49 degrees through 7:00. all clear skies. no issues today. and quickly warming temperatures will be up to 65 at 11:00. aoo