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his own life and today, customs, chaos. a nationwide outage of u.s. customs and border protection computer systems leaves flyers coming into the u.s. unable to enter, stranding them for hours. long lines and angry passengers nationwide. this morning what you need to know if you're flying today. the kindness of strangers. >> we love you, tony.
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>> hundreds turn out to remember an el paso shooting victim who died with no family other than her heartbroken husband, a plea of social media leading people from far and wide to come together to honor her memory. all that, plus, dale jr.'s miracle survival. >> there was fire all over the place. >> newly released 911 call shows how close the nascar legend and his family came to losing their lives in that terrifying plane crash. a bolt of lightning strikes just next to a high school guidance counselor in south carolina. and remembering hollywood royalty, fans everywhere honoring the life and career of "easy rider" star peter fonda, today august 17th, 2019. from nbc news this is
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"today" from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, and welcome to "today." thank you for joining us on this saturday morning. >> the loss of a hollywood legend part of hollywood royalty. peter fonda, a lot of people thinking about him and that famous fonda family today. a major new twist in the investigation into the death of disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein in a new york city jail. the medical examiner has ruled it a suicide, but epstein's lawyers say they're not satisfied. nbc's kathy park is here with the latest. >> this determination reaffirms what many law enforcement officials believe happened inside the jail cell last saturday, but epstein's lawyers aren't convinced saying their client should have been protected and they now intend to conduct an independent investigation. >> this morning another twist in the jeffrey epstein scandal. autopsy results officially ruling his death a suicide by hanging disproving conspiracy
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theories suggesting he may have been killed along with his secrets. multiple sources familiar with the case say the 66-year-old inmate hanged himself with a bed sheet, but epstein's attorneys writing late friday it is indisputable that the authorities violated their own protocols. we are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner. epstein was found unresponsive in a federal jail a week ago awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. the federal prison system became the target of harsh criticism from lawmakers who questioned how a high profile inmate could take his own life when guards should have been checking every half an hour. two sources familiar with the case telling nbc news that investigators are now comparing log books and surveillance video to see if there were any gaps and if guards fell asleep when they should have been watching epstein. authorities also want to know why epstein was taken off
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suicide watch after he was found injured with marks on his neck last month. the mystery deepening over epstein's inner circle, ghislaine maxwell accused of recruiting underaged girls for his sex trafficking operation. maxwell has never been charged and denies ever being an enabler. the fallout over the ongoing scandal isn't over. >> so then if their lawyers aren't satisfied or if epstein's lawyers aren't satisfied, what are their options? what are they doing next? >> they believe that protocol was broken in the jail, so they want to get ahold of any footage that might exist around epstein's jail cell and they're prepared to take legal action if necessary. this morning customs and border patrol officials are trying to figure out what went wrong last night when a computer outage shut down the customs system nationwide, meaning travelers coming in from overseas they just couldn't enter the u.s. for hours. nbc's blayne alexander is at
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l.a.x., los angeles international airport of course with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. imagine getting off of a long international flight and then having to stand and wait atti s at customs for two hours or more. thankfully this morning, systems are back up and running, but it happened at one of the worst possible times, a busy friday afternoon during the summer rush. it was enough to bring busy summer travel to a stressful slowdown. >> it was very slow, very unorganized, and very disappointing. >> reporter: a massive nationwide outage of the u.s. customs and border protection computer system left flyers frustrated from coast to coast. >> this is crazy. >> reporter: at washington's dulles airport in customs long lines everywhere, from one passenger at chicago's o'hare
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airport, still waiting in immigratioline. i can see maybe a thousand others. it was the same story in dallas, new york, and philadelphia where some passengers waited nearly two hours. in a statement, ours. in a statement, cuss thomas and border protection calls it a technology disruption at various airports of entry. the outage itself resolved in lease than three hours. affecting only inbound international travelers. as for what caused the temporary shutdown, customs is ruling out one cause, tweeting, there is no indication that the disruption was malicious in nature. and again, if you're heading out to the airport this morning, fortunately, most are tweeting that it is business as usual. we took a look at the flight aware misery map, which is thankfully looking pretty clear this morning. >> misery map, not so miserable. at least for the moment. blaine alexander, thank you very much. this morning, residents in portland oregon are bracing for
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the possibility of violent conflicts as a number of right wing activists are looking to take action in the famously liberal system. steve has more. >> reporter: this is deja vu, here we go again, with the city of portland, bracing for another series of violent conflicts between left and right wing extremists. in a few hours, this hour, portland's water front, set to transform, with hundreds, if not thousands of protesters will descend here for a so-called end of domestic terrorism event. which is really just a who-who of these right wing groups scheduled to come here to protest progress ive issues. when you're coming to a city like this, with a message like that, it is clear that part of the objective is to stoke a fight with these left wing anti-fascists. so the rose city antifa says they plan to be here as well in a large counter protest. the third faction in all of this, city officials nearly every member of the thousand member police force is scheduled
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to be also out in force in some way, ready to use force, if necessary. the last time something like this happened, was just in late june, when a reporter was reportedly beaten by members of antifa. before that, in early may, several members of right wing groups were served warrants, stemming from a street brawl incident. one of them, joey gibson, the leader of a prominent right wing group, police obviously hoping that serves as a deterrent here. but already, we are seeing groups like the volatile proud boys, scheduled to come here as well, gearing up for what is yet to be another inflection point of the series of volatile ideological battles, playing out in the streets of portland. we of course will be here for it all guys. back to you. >> steevl patterson, thank you. we turn to el paso right now, and a overwhelming turnout at a memorial for one of the victims of the walmart shooting. with no family in the area, a grieving husband worried that no one would attend his wife's
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services. instead, hundreds showed up, from all over to pay their respects. nbc was there. >> reporter: they came across el paso, a line of strangers stretching for blocks, people hoping to hug a man named antonio. >> we love you, tony. >> we love you tony. >> who lost his wife margie in the walmart massacre and wanting to tell them, he wasn't alone. >> we love you, antonio. >> love you, too. >> for two weeks now, he has spent every morning at a makeshift memorial by a cross bearing margie's name. sometimes staying late into the night. after 22 years together, margie was the only family he had nearby. and when it came time to plan her funeral, he was scared no one would show up. the funeral director harrison johnson posted this on facebook, inviting everyone. >> he represents what this community is all about, and that's about caring for one another. >> did you know him? >> no, i didn't. i didn't.
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>> just you coming together as a community? >> exactly, yes. >> and the city of el paso responded with overwhelming love. services moved to a larger space to accommodate everyone. this will be the last funeral for the 22nd victim of the el paso tragedy that rocked this community to its core. >> it's very emotional. because this is, to see all of us here and supporting him. >> those gathering here to grieve with antonio, now promise to remember margie, his family, loved as one of their own. >> for "today," nbc news, el paso. turning now to politic, and president trump taking another shot at one of his favorite targets, congresswoman rashida tlaib, the president bashing her on twitter for announcing she will not go to the west bank to visit her grandmother even after israel gave her the okay to do it. mike is near the president's new jersey estate, mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you sheinelle. on again and now off again.
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congresswoman rashida tlaib won't be visiting her grandmother or anyone else in israel or the occupied west bank prompting president trump to spend part of last evening taunting her about the controversy. after the congresswoman rashida tlaib rejected israel's office to let her visit her grandmother in the occupied west bank, president trump took to twitter late friday, suggesting tlaib was only out to make israel look bad. her mission was quickly granted whereupon tlaib be a noxiously turned the approval down. a complete set-up. the only real winner here is tlaib's grandmother. she doesn't have to see her now. after she was first barred, tlaib appealed to the israeli government, citing her grandmother's age, 90, and suggesting that there may not be many more chances to see her. the israelis relented. but their offer came with strings attached. while there, tlaib, talib a critic of israel's treatment. after initially agreeing talib
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decided it wasn't worth it stands against everything i believe in nbc news con greenland. thgres massive resource rich isu is home to a u.s. militaryt buy. and 56,000 citizens greenland. it's home to a military base and 56,000 citizens living in a part of denmark whose prime minister mocked the idea calling it an april fool's joke. >> it feels as if he's per p petizi petizing it doesn't feel like he understands like the reality and it's stupid. >> reporter: peter, chanel, the president convened a meeting of policy players yesterday in new jersey, the subject afghanistan
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and peace talks with the taliban to end involvement in the longest war in history. >> thanks for that report. president is wrapping up his working vacation there, he's also facing a host of issues when he gets back to washington from america's relationship with israel to fears of a global economic slowdown. >> let's bring in phillip rut ker. >> good morning. >> let's start with israel and back and forth and netanyahu and not letting talib in the country. what is he trying to accomplish here >> a couple things chanel. he's trying to lack out at political foes and congresswomen criticizing trump for months now and trump is trying to get back at them but elevate them as the 2020 election gets going to make
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them the face of the democratic party and say they are anti israel, therefore the democratic party is anti israel he doesn't have a lot of basis for that in linking them to the party but that's the attempt, the political move. >> when he brought up the democratic lawmaker, he changed the conversation focused on the economy. the dow losing 800 points at one point. the economy is the president's key message. that's the key item to sell as he tries to seek reelection here how concerned is he about the warning signs a recession could be on the horizon? >> quite concerned, peter. my reporting is the president is alarmed and rattled by the economic indicators because he knows without a strong robust roaring economy, he'll have a hard time winning reelection so he's trying to do what he can to keep the economy steady, to keep things growing but there are increasing warning signs, yellow
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flags if you will that a recession may becomine coming soon. >> what ardent that he may be buying greenland. >> it kind of came out of nowhere, the president has been talking about this for weeks, interested in buying greenland because of the natural resources there. greenland says they're not for sale. i don't think that's going to quiet the president and our reporting shows he's going to continue to express some interest in this. >> we'll have to follow that one, phil rucker as always, thank you. now to the passing of a hollywood icon, actor peter fonda died friday at the age of 79 after a short battle with lung cancer. >> while he came from hollywood royalty, the son of henry fonda, the brother of jane fonda, he made an indelible mark on the big screen starring in one of the most memorable movies of all time. ♪ get your motor running, head out on the highway ♪ >> peter fonda was the voice of his generation back in the '60s,
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a counter culture hero with his motorcycle, leather jacket, and flag stitched on his back. fonda was best known for the 1969 iconic film "easy rider" a film he co-wrote starring alongside dennis hopper and jack nicholson, earning him fame and academy award nomination for best original screen play. he was the son of legendary actor henry fonda, younger brother of jane fonda and father of bridget fonda. in 2003, he earned a star on the hollywood walk of fame where a wreath lie in his honor this morning. fonda passed away peacefully at his home in los angeles from respiratory failure due to lung cancer. he was 79. sister jane fonda remembering him fondly. i have had beautiful alone time with him these last days, she wrote. he went out laughing. the family writing in a statement, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to
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secelebrate his love of life asking that we raise a glass in his honor to freedom. >> "easy rider" is credited with ushering in a new era for hollywood. it became the fourth highest grossing movie in 1969 and was added to the library of congress national film register. >> it was his generation's captain america. dylan's here with a check of the weather. a little video that shows you need to be careful in a thunderstorm. >> this video is wild. check out this man who is walking in south carolina, a bolt of lightning struck right in front of him. i mean, he is just so lucky it didn't come just a couple of inches closer and it just goes to show you how dangerous it is to be outside during a thunderstorm, especially when there's nothing else around and you are then the tallest object in that open space, so just something to keep in mind. always stay indoors during a thunderstorm and wait for it to pass. we do have more thunderstorm activity along the coast of south carolina, north carolina also the coast of georgia and down through florida, too. heavy rain has been falling for days in florida. we've seen three to four, five,
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six inches of rain, some areas reporting eight inches of rain and we have the possibility of more flooding rain through the day today and into tomorrow, too, where we could see another three to four inches. another area where we're dealing with the potential for some flash flooding is back to the midwest, northern missouri and parts of west central illinois. we have heavy rain moving through right now. we've had some severe storms and we could still see more storms fire up this afternoon. in fact, we could see large hail, damaging wind, isolated tornados in this general area. especially farther north as we go into this afternoon and the overnight hours especially, through southern south dakota and also parts of southwestern minnesota, so watch out for some severe storms there and also the potential for some flash flooding with an additional one to two inches of rain with some isolated higher amounts. you're going to notice significant cooling today. as you wake up this morning we've got the fog rolling in through san francisco, and the
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temperatures right now in those 50s. 56 in fremont. the temperature change so far is most noticeable in inland areas including livermore, 5 degrees cooler. san jose, 10 degrees cooler. still kpegtexpected to be warm, triple digits today. >> that's your latest forecast. >> thank you very much. coming up, jay-z, teams up with the nfl, a surprising turn, after he criticized the league for its handling of the colin
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we're back on the saturday morning with the weekly download, a look back at the week that was. frightening shootouts with police on both coasts.
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>> a dramatic police shootout, a gunman shot six officers in philadelphia, wednesday, while they were attempting to serve a warrant. the suspect barricading himself inside a home and spraying officers with bullets. >> we need s.w.a.t. asap. long guns, asap. >> s.w.a.t. teams storm a house after a standoff that lasted into the night. they arrested the suspect. all six officers have been released from the hospital. >> in california, another shootout with police. a traffic stop during rush hour turned deadly. when authorities say the driver pulled out a rifle, and opened fire. in the chaos, two officers were wounded, another critically shot, and later died. that officer, identified as california highway patrolman andre moy. >> a miracle over moscow, a passenger plane had just taken off in russia where a flock of
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birds crippled both engines forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in a corn field. >> the pilots skidded to a safe landing in the field but only 23 reported injuries among the 234 people on board. >> tragedy strikes a family vacation. a 14-year-old girl was killed by falling rocks, in montana's glacier national park. >> first responders attempted to air lift the girl but her condition was too unstable. following what officials are calling a freak accident. >> that same day in michigan, this rock slide nearly fell on a group of ch-- kayakers, no one s hurt. >> and jay-z pairing up with the nfl, and criticized the league in the past for the handling of colin kaepernick's national anthem protest. >> i think we're past kneeling. i think it is time to go into an actionable item. >> jay-z will help produce the
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super bowl half time show and other events with some proceeds going to charity. >> caught on camera. . so week's most surprising moments. don't text and drive. that's the message from massachusetts police. releasing this video of a crash caused by a distracted driver. remarkably, the driver walked away with only minor injuries. >> in san diego, firefighters going above and beyond giving a stranded car a push after it broke down on a busy street. >> an ostrich on the loose. the fastest bird on land dodged cars and motorcycles in southern china before being safely captured and returned home. >> finally, a pedestrian in russia did not aow a car blocked in the cross walk slow him down. simply scooting across the backseat and continuing on his way. >> my favorite thing. >> it is one of those old meanto's commercials, the fresh
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maker. >> what if someone was in the backseat. >> and the person in the front, getting angry, who are you, get out of my car. >> personal finance guru suze orman is here with what you need to know after the rollercoaster ride on walk-in. >> one unique way the new jersey town is taking on the dive-bombing seagulls that like to steal your pizza and frees. >> and puppy love. these forever friends are looking for their homes. and we have one in studio and maybe you can adopt one yourself. we will show you how. that's coming up. but first, these messages.
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and good morning. we're going to start you off with a live look there. a little bit of fog over the golden gate bridge. thanks so much for joining us.
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vianey arana is here with a look at your forecast. >> especially we had all those triple digit temperatures this week, today we're going to get a bit of relief. temperatures about 58 degrees in mountain view. san francisco, we're getting a bit of that fog and we are expecting for some of that stratus to make its way inland. but we'll get much better clearing in our inland areas. and temperatures right now they're much cooler, they're significantly cooler in the south areas. we're talking 70s and 80s but no triple digits. >> thank you so much. i want to keep talking about the weather because there was a nightmare scenario on one of the hottest days of the year. a baby was locked in a car with no parent in sight. this happened thursday afternoon in union city. a city worker was in a parking
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lot when she said she heard this 1-year-old baby crying in the car next to her. windows were slightly cracked. the worker call police who came and got the baby out. mom got there when the cops did along with her 3-year-old and 6-year-old daughters. they said they were checking out a book at the library and that took longer than expected. police say that baby was inside the car for about 25 minutes. police have released body cam video of an altercation involving a controversial former officer. this video came from an arrest by officer jonathan sylvia back in april. >> i'm here to hear your side, okay? >> i'm recording here. hold on, i have that option. i have that option. hey, knock it off. >> so that's just part of it there. the suspect as you can hear screams and struggles as sylvia tries to cuff him. at the start of the recording which is posted online the
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police chief says officers are trained to de-escalate situations. he also notes sylvia's actions in this case were found to be reasonable. sylvia has since resigned. officer sylvia's hiring in los gatos was questioned when it happened after this 2016 arrest when he was a san jose state police officer. the university claims he used excessive force in this case and dismissed him. and coming up this morning on today in the bay, it is our fifth annual clear the shelters event across the bay area. we'll tell you how you can get a cat and dog their forever home. we'll have that and top stories coming up at 7:00.
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♪ bad to the bone. >> back on saturday morning, august 17. that is the executive producer's desk right there. this could be an interesting next half an hour. these puppies here for the fifth annual lear the shelters pet adoption campaign sponsored about nbc and telemundo-owned a. good news. i'll take three. >> more on that coming up in just a bit. let's get to the headlines though this half hour. first of all, lawyers with jeffrey epstein are challenging the official version of his death. on friday, the medical examiner ruled that the accused sex
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trafficker hanged himself in his jail cell. investigators are looking at whether prison guards were asleep when they should have been watching epstein. the disgraced financer's attorneys want to conduct their own investigation. this morning, authorities are hunting for a man suspected of creating a bomb scare in a new york city subway station friday morning. commuters friday alerted police to two rice cookers in separate locations on a subway platform. moments later a third rice cooker was found outside the same neighborhood where a pressure cooker bomb went off in 2016. police are looking for a man named larry griffin from west virginia. surveillance video may link him to the suspicion devices in the subway. new orleans is mourning the loss of a celebrated news anchor, nancy parker, died in a plane crash friday. the award winning journalist was shooting a feature story with her stunt pilot when the plane went down and colleagues held back tears as they made the announcement on their own air.
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the cause of the crash is under investigation and hoda tweeted her condolences calling parker an incredible journalist. >> heart breaking story there. once in a lifetime close call filmed bay kayaker in alaska. an ice bridge, on the glacier, puttering and popping and then collapsing with this tremendous splash. the kayaker escaped unharmed and treated back at his camp. and now to the gun debate in this country, president trump focused on mental health in the recent comments in the wake of the recent mass shootings, as he expressed support for background checks. guns remain a critical topic on the 2020 campaign trail where the democrats are often asked tough questions by some of the youngest political observers. nbc's garrett haek has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, peter. it used to be a political candidate might call on a kid at an event if he or she were looking for an easy softball question but these days they are
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getting anything but as children and their parents are demanding that these candidates do something to keep them safe from gun violence. >> they have become heart-breaking hallmarks of the campaign trail. children in classrooms and town halls letting candidates know they're scared. >> what would you, as president, do to make schools and other places safer? >> the fear of gun violence in schools now so profound, it is not just parents asking candidates the tough questions. it's kids like 8-year-old scout, home schooled in new hampshire, called on by cory booker. >> as the home schoolers, we think it is not safe for children to be in public schools because of the shootings. and what do you, i want it know what you plan to do about the shootings. >> i want you to know that if all of the presidential candidate, there is nobody with a more of a fire in me to solve this problem. >> scout's father chris encouraged his daughter's question. >> i'm trying to get them started on the right path, so that they know they have to be
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involved. >> and often, the questions are emotional and beto o'rourke experienced in an iowa middle school. >> i think that one day, all of the schools, i'm sorry. >> sometimes it's the candidates most like andrew yang, parents themselves, who get overwhelmed. >> i have a 6 and 3-year-old boy. i was imagining it was one of them that got shot. and the other -- >> the candidates show much of themselves in their answers. elizabeth warren, the concerned mom. >> if one of the grownups, as one of the grownups i'm really sorry you have to ask that question. >> joe biden who lost a daughter in a car crash and a son to cancer, the grieving father. >> understand what it is like to lose a kid. i've lost two of them. the fact of the matter is that your generation understands this better than anybody. and it's why it is going to change. it's going to change. >> the next generation, too young to vote, too scared to
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stay silent, pushing presidential candidates to >> a tough topic, we will all get a chance to hear more about, a major forum on gun violence coming up the first week of october in las vegas, coinciding with the second anniversary of that mass shooting there, has 14 candidates signed up to speak so far. peter and sheinelle? >> too young to vote but not too young to make their opinions known. >> thanks. dylan has another check of the weather. good morning, everyone. we have the heat to talk about down through texas, down through oklahoma, into new mexico, where we have 24 million people under some sort of heat advisory or heat warning so far this morning. and temperatures, this is your current temperature right now, it's 82 in dallas, currently and houston, it's 82. and san antonio, it's 80. and baton rouge, 75. and very humid, as you step outside, too, so it is making it very uncomfortable. this afternoon, it is going to feel like it is about 105 to 110 degrees in this part of the country. extremely hot, stay hydrated, stay in the air conditioning when you can.
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on sunday, it starts to lift a little back to the north. so indianapolis will feel like 97. and same in charleston, and charlotte, feeling like 100 degrees. and washington, d.c., will feel like it is 98 degrees. and it gets hotter as we go into monday. then tuesday, it starts to drop off a little bit. and then by wednesday, we should be slightly more seasonable but it is still going to be a very warm start to the week. pittsburgh finally drops to 84 by wednesday and charleston stays hot and louisville stays hot, too. and 97 on monday and 93 by the time we get to wednesday. elsewhere across the country, a chance of stronger storms today through the midwest and some thunderstorms through the northern plains, good morning. in san francisco, a live look right now. we do have those clouds rolling through. and we've also got an onshore flow. that wind is going to keep our temperatures a little bit cooler this afternoon. 69 degrees in san francisco.
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orman is here with some important advice. suze, nice to see you. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> you can understand why some people are confused. the dow drops a ton and the economy seems to be pretty strong, employment rates are at near 50-year lows. how concerned should we be about the state of the economy right now? >> at this point, right here as we're speaking i don't think we should be that concerned. however, this point will go into next year, and so forth, and i think when you should start to worry, really, is in the middle of 2020. >> so if we were to talk about a point of action then, right now, you say don't do anything. >> here's the thing. normally, after things like this happen, like everybody is hearing about this inverted yield curve, and all of these things, the markets tend to rally. you think about it, it's very possible and probable that over the next six months, this market can really start to go up again. but here's what people are missing. if you have time on your horizon, you have ten, 20, 30
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years, why do you want the market to go up? you actually want the market to go down, so that the money that you're putting in every month into your 401(k) plan, it is buying more shares, the more shares you buy, the more money you bake, don't freak out. don't sell. big mistake if you do. >> of course, the opposite is true for those who are seniors, or others, who are a little bit further along and they want to make sure that the money is at the highest point they can be before they immediate that. >> here then is the problem, with that, where do you put your money? when interest rates go down, what are you going to do, get 1% in a certificate of deposit? so it's possible that maybe in the stock market, look into dividend-paying stocks that pay you a high yield. but you can now get four, five, 6% in good stocks. so enjoy cashing out of your stocks. and listen, as interest rates go down, maybe you have a mortgage on your home, even if you're a senior and you need to refinance, it might be a good time to do so, but don't
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refinance for more years than you have left on your current mortgage. >> that's key. >> that's key. if you have a 3-ye, 30-year mortgage and you owe for 27 years and you refinance for another 30 years, you added three more years. it doesn't make sense. >> and you and i were talking offcamera, from the outside looking in, we don't know, what if you're looking to buy or what if you're looking to sell, you hear the word recession whether it happens or not, you get a little nervous. >> something interesting, except for 2006, 2007, 2008, normally during a recession, real estate is not a bad place to put money. real estate can absolutely hold its value. because people don't know what else to do with money. so i would not be afraid of real estate here. >> we have a long horizon. we got to wait for others who are a little more urgent. >> don't freak out here. not now. not the right time. it is not as bad as it seems honestly. we'll tell you. >> we will take that on saturday. >> suze, nice to see you. thank you very much. coming up, the very unique
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fighting these birds with other birds. ted greenberg from our philadelphia station wcau has the story. >> not long ago, valerie marachi and her kids wouldn't dare let their guard down after buys pizza on the ocean city board walk but now no sign of seagulls anxious to steal their slices. >> it is very quiet. i don't see them screaming and i don't see them flying all over the place. >> she and others we spoke, with believe the birds of prey, brought in nearly two weeks ago to scare the see gulls away from the boards and beach are making a difference. >> and a very large decrease in the amount of time that the seagulls will actually steal the food. >> just their presence, they basically clear out. >> complaints this summer about hungry seagulls becoming more aggressive prompted ocean city to pay lodi, new jersey-based
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east coast falcons, $2100 a day to use the team of falcons, hawks, and an owl, to help send the seagulls elsewhere. >> we're pushing them out to, you know, today, the water, where they can forage for clams and crabs and everything that they, you know, fish they should be eating and leave the fries on the board walk. >> i absolutely think they are helping. >> the raptors will remain here during busy daytime and evening hours until labor day, with the possibility of returning next summer. >> it really has improved. >> i was skeptical at first. but it seems to be working. honestly. >> for today, ted greenberg, nbc 10 news, ocean city, new jersey. >> i think that is a great idea and it doesn't harm them at all. >> he just has to stand there. the birds do all of the work. >> the falcons are going to unionize. you're paying this guy $2100? we are doing all of the work around here. justin timberlake has social media folks buzzing after he dropped a hint of
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good morning. we're going to start you off with a live look outside of san francisco from san bruno mountain. you can see a bit of fog to start your saturday morning.
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thanks for joining us. nice to see maybe a cooler start today. >> absolutely. people are going to like this weekend especially after such a scorcher the past couple of days. we had triple digit heat and you could certainly feel it. this morning we're already noticing the cooler temperatures in san francisco. and let's talk about that ocean breeze because that onshore flow is really going to make a difference. it's going a be a little windy, gusty along the coast. keep in mind it's going to get windy. temperatures expected to top out in the upper 60s for san francisco. inland areas already noticeably cooler in san jose, 6 degrees cooler. and i'll tell you about our daytime highs, how long the cool down is expected coming up at 7:00 a.m. and speaking of the weather it was a nightmare scenario on one of the hottest days of the year. a baby was locked in a car with no parent in sight. this happened thursday afternoon in union city. a city worker was in a parking lot when she said she heard this 1-year-old baby crying in the
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car next to her. the windows were slightly cracked. the worker called police who came and got the baby out. mom got there when the cops did along with her 3-year-old and 6-year-old daughters. she said they were checking out a book at the library and it took longer than expected. police say that baby was in the car for about 25 minutes. los gatos police have released body cam video involving a controversial former officer. the video from an arrest by officer jonathan sylvia in april. >> i want to turn on a recording here. hold on, i have that option. i have that option. hey, knock it off. >> you see part of that video there. the suspect screams and struggles as sylvia tries to cuff him at the start of the recording which is posted online the police says officers are trained to de-escalate situations. he also noted sylvia's action in this case were found to be
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reasonable. sylvia has recently resigned. and officer sylvia's hiring was questioned after it happened after this 2016 arrest when he was a san jose state police officer. the university claims he used excessive force in this case and then dismissed him. coming up this morning on today in the bay it is our fifth annual clear the shelters event across the bay area. we'll tell you how you can give a cat or dog their forever home. all those details plus your top stories coming up at 7:00. but for now we'll send it back to the today show.
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good morning, not satisfied, lawyers for accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein challenging the medical examiner's findings that he took his own life. and this morning, they're saying they will conduct their own investigation into his death. we're live with the latest. >> dale jr.'s miracle survival. >> there's fire all over the place. they crashed through the fence and everything. >> newly-released 911 calls reveals how close dale earnhardt jr. and his family came to closing their lives in the terrifying plane crash. >> puppy love. our studio is full of our furry friends here for our fifth annual clear the shelters pet adoption campaign. maybe one of these cutis is for
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you. today, saturday, august 17, 2019. ♪ >> hi mom. >> all the way from ft. lauderdale, on the "today" show. >> i'm here with my -- >> hello. >> sweet home alabama, girl. >> happy birthday. >> i just turned ten and all i want to do is be on the "today" show. whoo! >> that's cute. look at those dogs out there. happy birthday by the way to that ten-year-old. we will say hi to him and others in a moment. welcome back to today on a saturday morning. we got a bunch of friends outside. not just those on the plaza but the little furry friends that are joining us today. >> i hope all of them are adopted by the end of the day. >> no doubt they will be. first, to some of the news
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this half hour, a major new twist in the investigation into the death of disgraced financer and accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein, in a new york city jail. the medical examiner has ruled it a suicide. but epstein's lawyers say they are not satisfied. nbc's kathy park is here now with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this determination reaffirms what many law enforcement officials believe happened inside the jail cell last saturday, but epstein's lawyers are not convinced saying their client should have been protected and they now intend to conduct an interception, independent investigation. >> this this morning another twist in the epstein scandal autopsy results officially ruling the death a suicide by hanging and disproving conspiracy theorists suggests he may have been killed along with his secrets. multiple sources familiar with the case, say the 66-year-old impleme implement, inmate hanged himself with a bed sheet but epstein's attorneys writing late friday, it is indisputable that the authorities violated their own protocols.
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we are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner. epstein was found unresponse nive his cell a week ago, awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and federal prison system became a target of harsh criticism for lawmakers who questioned how a high profile inmate could take his own life when guards should have been checking every half an hour. two sources familiar with the case telling nbc news that investigators are now comparing logbooks and surveillance video, to see if there were any gaps, and if guards fell asleep when they should have been watching epstein. authorities also want to know why epstein was taken off suicide watch, after he was found injured with marks on his neck last month. meantime, the mystery deepens over epstein's inner circle, most notably long-time friend maxwell, accused of recruiting underaged girls for the alleged sex trafficking operation. maxwell has never been charged and repeatedly denied ever being an enabler. >> i made a statement.
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thank you. >> reporter: while she stays silent, the fallout over the ongoing scandal isn't over. and epstein's death means there is no long area criminal case against him. but the legal battle over his estate is just beginning. at least three alleged victims have already filed civil lawsuits. guys? >> kathy park, thank you. we turn to politics, and president trump taking another shot at one of his favorite targets, congresswoman rashida tlaib, the president bashing the freshman democrat on twitter for announcing that she will not go to the west bank to visit her grandmother even after israel ultimately gave her the okay to do it. nbc is near the president's new jersey estate this morning. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, peter. congresswoman rashida tlaib won't be visiting her grandmother or anyone else in israel or the occupied west bank. prompting president trump to spend part of last evening taunting her about the controversy, tweeting, permission was quickly granted whereupon tlaib obnoxiously turned the approve down.
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a complete set-up. the only real winner here is tlaib's grandmother. she doesn't have to see her now. the resolution comes after a long back and forth as tlaib was first permitted to visit israel as a sitting u.s. member of congress, then at the public urging of president trump, was barred from visiting. along with congresswoman ilhan omar, both outspoken about the treatment of palestinians and even though she would be allowed to visit her aging grandmother in the occupied west bank, they insisted she not be critical of israel while there and after initially agreeing she ultimately refused those terms. president trump has been a consistent critic of the two members of congress, the only two muslim women inongres the controversy gives the president an opening to divide democrats, highlighting and exploiting the differences within the party on policy towards israel. peter? >> mike in new jersey for us, thank you. new details on the terrifying plane crash involving nascar legend dale earnhardt jr. and his family.
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federal investigators say the plane bounced several times, breaking through a fence, before bursting into flames at the edge of a busy highway. nbc's gabe guiterrez has more. >> reporter: this morning, federal investigators will be back on the scene of this fiery plane crash in tennessee. trying to find out what went wrong. as nascar legend dale earnhardt jr. and his family inside. >> the airplane basically bounced at least twice, before coming down hard on the right main landing gear. >> reporter: the ntsb is now analyzing surveillance video and the plane's cockpit voice recorder. >> the airplane went off the runway, i need to you roll everything you can. >> reporter: new 911 calls reveal the chaotic moments as the small cessna went down thursday afternoon. at this airport near bristol. >> there's fire all over the place. crashed through the fence and everything. >> reporter: the plane rolled off that runway and tore through this fence before ending up on the side of the highway and bursting into homes. if the fence had wrapped itself around the plane's door, it would have been much harder to
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escape. remarkably, earnhardt jr., his wife amy, 1-year-old daughter ila, family dog, and two pilots, all survived. >> amazing. as good as it can be. >> reporter: today, they are out of the hospital. earnhardt's sister thanks race fans everywhere for the overwhelming support. >> as soon as he said jr.'s plane went down, my heart just dropped. >> the survival story. >> we thank you also for protecting the earnhardt family yesterday. >> and the talk of this weekend's race, at the bristol motor speedway. >> man, that's just, it takes your breath away. and when you see them in trouble like that, you see that video, that hits home, man. >> earnhardt, who would have worked the race as an analyst for nbc sports, will now take the weekend off. after an incredibly close call. for today, gabe guiterrez, nbc news, elizabethton, tennessee. much more to get to this morning, including word of a prison official resigning after a violent confrontation with protesters at an i.c.e. detention center in rhode island.
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captain thomas woodworth stepped down friday after an investigation was launched to look into why he drove his pick-up truck into demonstrators earlier this week. two people were injured. including one man whose leg was broken. and back away for your breakfast for this next story. look at this. a family in glenndale wisconsin found a frog living inside a package of salad. >> they were getting ready to open the container and spotted the croaker staring back at them. >> the croaker. >> and they brought the item back to the supermarket and got a refund but by the time they took the frog back in, he hopped out, he escaped. >> can you imagine? >> how did he get out? >> well, they probably -- >> it is sealed shut. >> when you open it. >> they live in an air tight bag of salad. >> we have plenty of food. >> that is horrific. >> i have opened up bad milk before. that's one thing. >> i think i have picked bad milk. >> a frog in your salad? >> it is a new bag of salad. thanks.
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>> a little time for the morning boost right now, feeling like you need, it lessons learned on the little league field about, dreams coming true, right? >> yes, a scene from coon rapids, in minnesota, they're following their dream to the little league world series but one players mom jennifer bloom was afraid she wouldn't make it to williamsport, pennsylvania, jennifer has been fighting leukemia since january and not allowed to travel but earlier this week her doctors gave her the all clear, and friday, jennifer was there to watch her son dillon fly home safe in a 2-1 win over bowling green, kentucky. >> that's nice. they did that for her, i'm sure. coming up right here, they are a summer backyard party staple. hot dogs and ice cream of course. so why not put them together? how about a little hot dog flavored ice cream? maybe not such a good idea. we will have that in the orange room. >> and justin timberlake drops a hint about the latest collaboration and what is he up collaboration and what is he up to with lizzo? hey guys. whatcha doin?
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flavors, here's another. >> here we go. the folks at oscar mayer upped the ante a lot. this is the scoop. this is the scoop i don't want either. ice cream and hot dogs two staples of summer and oscar mayer has decided to combine them creating an ice cream infused sandwich, the ice dog, and they partnered with the new york gelato maker to ease oscar mayer in frozen farm. for those who are curious what is inside, we have hot dog sweet cream, and spicy dijon ge lato, and some say please don't do this, the world is messed up enough already withouts they evil being unleashed upon. it and another, i love mustard, thank for doing the lord's work. >> free ice cream sandwiches
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were handed out all over the city and peter, shanaeinelle, w have them for you. >> i thought it was one hot dog, and one mustard. >> it is all in one. >> this is the hot dog bits. >> you try the hot dog side, i'll try the mustard side. >> all right. go for it. >> ladies? >> i don't, i don't really like it. i mean, it's not horrible. >> really? i don't like it, really, i like it. >> try the hot dog side. you guys know, i would tell you. >> what were they thinking? oscar mayer, i love you, but i am eating a hot dog. >> that's like, i mean that is not pleasant. >> i want to spit it out. >> but the sugar on top is delightful. >> you want to do pop star now? >> sure. enjoy your ice cream. >> let's get to pop star. >> first up, could new music be on the way from justin timberlake? if social media is any
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indication, the answer is likely yes. jt posted a video to twitter showing him in the recording studio but the news gets even better because he is joined by lizzo and the two appear to be having an epic recording session. back in june, lizzo hinn hinted possible collaboration because jt was trying to reach out to create music but by the looks and sound of things, it is going pretty well. >> it is catchy. no word yet on if or when their song will be released but we're hoping we don't have to wait too long to hear. it and lizzo will be performing this friday as part of the summer concert series. and netflix and chappelle, "sticks and stones" debuts august 26. a teaser trailer was released, narrated by morgan freemen, because, why not, and it doesn't give away any of his material, the narration has some
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speculating about what it will be about. >> i guess what i'm trying to say is, if you say anything, you miss everything. but if that's the way it's got to be, okay, fine. he's back, folks. >> i like it. >> he can narrate anything. and chappelle is set to receive the mark twain prize for comedy this october. and the highest earning standup comics, coming up on top, kevin hart, from june of 2018 to june of this year, made a reported $59 million, and he works hard for it. in second place is jerry seinfeld, 41 million, and rounding out the top five, jim gavigan, and trevor noah and sebastian. >> all funny guys. >> good at what they do. >> that's the thing. >> he's set for life. >> in good shape. >> i'm okay with that. >> okay. >> what about the weather. >> so let's head on over to the maps here. and we do have some stronger
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storms, moving through the midwest. and we have the chance of cloud-to-ground lightning. stay indoors while the storms are passing through. and watch out for flash flooding a lot of rain within these storms that are developing. we are going to see another round of storms re-develop later on this afternoon, across the midwest, large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding is a possibility, and it's extremely hot down across texas and the gulf coast and we have the flood threat through florida and as we go into tomorrow, severe storms will move ever so slightly to the east, affecting more of the great lakes, and the heat does continue to expand. good saturday morning. we've got the sun coming out. nice view of downtown san jose there. 61 degrees. wind speeds about 12 miles per hour. you're going to enjoy your day because it's going to be much more comfortable to be outdoors all thanks to an onshore breeze right now. the ocean breeze around 5 miles per hour.
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down in the south bay 6 degrees cooler. if you want to get away from the 80s definitely head to the city or the bay. that's the latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you. >> tasty. >> i didn't think it was that bad. just ahead, what we have all been waiting for. up close and personal with some adorable puppies ready to be
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parpi participating shelter and brought along our adoptable friends, ranger paws. who am i holding? >> john deere. >> suzanna. >> and chesney and carlos. >> yes. >> we love it. >> let's dig in here. we're talking about clear the shelters. how does this work? >> clear the shelters is an nbc and telemundo stations adoption campaign and what it does it galvanizes the animal welfare community helping us to save as many lives as possible. every year 6.5 million dogs and cats enter shelters and the great thing about today, the eat thing about today is all of the adoption fees are either waved or discounted in any one of the 1200 shelters participating. the reason we have done this for five years is because it is so successful. and give us a sense of how many pets have been adopted over the course of that window of time. >> since 2015, nearly 250,000, excuse me, over 250,000, dogs and cats lives have been saved
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good morning. coming up next on today in the bay, she was one of the first people shot in the gilroy garlic festival shooting and now she's telling her story of that day, including the split second action she took that may have saved lives. there is a cool down under way with some areas seeing as much as a 20-degree drop by the end of this weekend. also it's our annual event. we hope you can help us clear the shelters. lots of adorable shelter dogs and cats waiting for you to take them home.
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good morning. it is saturday, august 17th. we're starting you out with a live look of downtown san jose. looking pretty nice this morning as the sun comes up. thank you so much for joining us. i'm ali wolf. ey

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