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court as we learn chilling new details of that alleged plot to target their community college and drivers on a southern california freeway. campaign controversy. a major embarrassment to the bernie sanders camp overnight. saoned by his own party for stealing private voter data belonging to hillary clinton's campaign. one staffer fired as sanders camp blames all on a software glitch. courtside collision. lebron james tumbles on to the wife of pro golfer jason day while chasing a loose ball. she leaves the game on a stretcher. we'll have the late on her condition. and not so model behavior? super model bar refaeli accused of tax evasion, accused of using her celebrity status avoiding paying taxes on cars and luxury apartments and could face time behind bars, friday, december 18th, 2015. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer
studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everybody. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm savannah guthrie and got willie here for matt this morning. >> good to see you. the video out of cleveland, lebron james, all 6'8", 250 of him diving intntthe front row and falling intotollie day, the wife of professional golfer jason day. she was taken to the hospital on a stretcher. we're told she's okay but scary moments. carson will have the full story. >> by the way, didn't she just give birth a month ago. >> a month ago had a baby. >> check in on that story and right to our top story this morning. the first arrest in the san bernardino terror attack. enrique marquez, the longtime neighbor and f fend of one of the shooters appeared in federal court late thursday and is now facing a list of serious charges, and we're learning more this morning about what police say was a dark history with syed farook. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer is following the story. miguel, good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. if convicted enrique marquez
accordrdg to court documents he met syed farook, the gunman, back in 2004, converted to islam and a short time later was radicalized, well before the deadly attack. enrique marquez faced a federal judge, charged with three criminal counts. while prosecutors say there's no evidence h hparticipated in the attack that left 14 dead this month, they say marquez conspired to plan two other terror plots with gunman syed farook, his longtime friend. in late 2011 the affidavit says marquez and farook wanted to attack the riverside community college library where they attended school. duo also discussed throwing pipe bombs from a second floor area above a cafeteria and thth shooting people as they fled. the pair also discussed a plot to terrorize a southern california freeway. marquez told investigators they chose the spot with no exits,
pipe bombs on to the freeway, walking and shooting into cars. marquez would fire from a hillside shooting police and first responders. at kind of guy was e eique? >> he's what you've seen on tv. he's a dorky kid. >> reporter: criminal complaint also charges marquez with entering a sham marriage. he was paid $200 a month to marry farook's distant relative. investigators say marquez bought and lied about the assault rifles for their abortededlots, the same ones s ed in the san bernardino massacre. he also purchased explosive material found at the shooting scene. >> enrique marquez has blood on his hands. he was involved in a terrorist conspiracy. >> reporter: after the attack marquez himself called 911. he said that expletive used my gun in the shooting. operator, you said he used your gun? marqrqz, yes, oh, my god. he threatened to kill himself and the next day he went to the
of beer. in the criminal complaint, according to investigators on his facebook page. marquez wrote, quote, my life turned ridiculous, involved in terror plots, drugs. could go to prison. this b bore the president arrives ininan bernardino today to comfort survivors and family members of the victims. savannah and willie. >> all right. miguel almaguer, thank you very much. let's turn to shaun henry, former executive director for the fbi. good morning, good to see you. so rare that you get to hear from somebody so close to the shooters. this is really a treasure trove of information for investigators. >> yeah. you know, the two main conspirators here are dead and the investigators talking to marquez, it's a key insight in how this really started, talking about how they became radicalized. who the they were following and how they were inspired. >> according to the affidavit marquez and farook had been planning terror attacks as far back as 2011, four years ago,
san bernardino. as you look back on this case are there points along the way where law enforcement might have stepped in and intercepted these guys? >> i don't know that we see any red flags to shine a spot light on say, we should have looked here and it kind of shows the progression he was originally introduced to islam back in 2005 when he was 14 years old and then the radicalization, how he was provided with the jihadist rhetorich and this is really indicative of the challenges of identifying people who are becoming radicalized. >> according to investigators, he is talking, talking to them for 11 days. is that going to help his case? ultimately w wl that save him from jail time but maybe a lesser sentence? >> don't know about saving him from jail time. 14 dead americans, a long ranging plot. he's likely going to jail.
will weigh in but i don't think it will excuse him from face the facts here. >> thank you very much. breaking news overnight in the presidential race. bernie sanders' campaign is in trouble for accessing hillary clinton's private campaign data. nbc's kristen welker is in washington for us. kristen, what more can you tell us? >> reporter: willie, good morning. according to the democratic national convention, this breach happened on wednesday when a computer glitch allowed people in jose luisos santos' campaign to access a democratic donors' database for a brief period. still, the allegations are serious and could hurt sanders who is already struggling to catch up with hillary clinton. >> the blow to bernie sanders' presidential campaign comes on the eve of the next democratic debate and just a few weeks before the iowa caucuses, the democratic national committee immediately suspending access after accusing it of improperly accessing confidential data from hillary clinton's campaign on
the sanders campaign acknowledged the security breach to nbc news and the dnc official said it lasted for about half a hour on wednesday and believes at this point four people accessed the information. the sanders campaign blaming the softwarereendor for a glitch that temporarily allowed access to the information, telling news the dnc is relying on an incompetent vendor who on more than one occasion has dropped the firewall between the various democratic candidates' data. according to "washington post" the vendor called the episode an isolated incident adding by lunchtime it was resolved and the staffer involved has been fired. the campaign maintains none of the information was downloadad or printed. now i want to underscore this one point. while the dnc says four people may have accessed the data, at this point the sanders campaign is holding one person responsible telling me that the behavior is, quote, unacceptable, and that staffer was immediately fired. it's unlikely there will be any
we reached out to the clinton campaign who told me just moments ago no comment. willie. >> kristen, later today the president conducts his e.d of the year press conference before going to san bernardino and then off to vacation in hawaii. what do we expect to hear in that presser? >> reporter: willie, look. there's no larger issue for this president than the threat of terrorism and isis and expect that to take center stage during today's press conference where the president will again try to reassure americansnshat they are safe heading into the christmas holiday, but with criticism mounting that he hasn't been tough enough, the president will likely face pressing questions about whether he needs to change his isis strategy with his approval rating at its lowest level since the 2014 mid-term elections. mr. obama will likely get asked about those revelations that his defensnssecretary ash carter used personal e-mail for official business. of course, that's an issue that has ensnared democratic front-runner hillary clinton, and he'll be asked about the broader 2016 race. finally, willie, you can expect reporters to ask the president what he wants to accomplish
officials here say his biggest regret is he hasn't been able to get gun control passed and he's been signaling he wants to go to cuba now that relationonare normalized. will he make the trip? all that and more will be at the fore before heeaves for his annual christmas vacation for hawaii. >> kristen, thanks. nbc news will have live coverage of president obama's news conference when it begins on most of these stations. big news out of vatican this mornrng. pope francis has just gigin his approval to the miracle that would make mother teresa a saint. nbc global correspondent bill neely has more on that. bill, good morning. >> good morning, savannah. in life she received the highest honors like the nobel peace prize and 18 years after her death mother teresa has been recognized as a repeated m macle worker a a next year she will become a saint. she was, of course, known as the saint of the gutters for her work with the poor in the indian
the admiration, of course, of others, princess diana, the two dying within a week of each oh, teresa at the age 87. pope john paul fast tracked her for beatatication. it was controversial. an indian woman claimed a picture of mother teresa cured her of cancer and the pope accepted it as a miracle and a second reported medical miracle has been recognized by pope francis and that's what clears the way to making her a saint. she wasn't without her critics. she, of course, believed suffering was a gift andndens of millions revered her and she often polled as one of the most admired women in the world. now pope francis has set the stage for a ceremony probably next september. her beatification attracted a third of a million people to rome proclaiming her saint teresa will pull at least similar numbers.
church's special jubilee h he. >> bill neely, thank you. now to charges faced the ceo who sparked outrage for raising the price of a life-saving drug 5,000% now arrested for securities fraud. nbc's stephanie gosk, good morning. >> reporter: willie, martin skelz has shkreli has a habit of several issues for the public. faces charges of lying to investigators and stealing from his own company and if found guilty he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. martin shkhkli was back in his manhnhtan apartment overnight and released on bond a a swarmed by the media and wearing sunglasses, once again the object of public scorn. in september the baby-faced pharmaceutical exec became an overnight sensation and not in a good way when he took a life-saving drug that costs just
>> for us to try to exist and maintain a profit i think is pretty reasonable. >> reporter: on thursdsd shkreli was accused ofofreating an elaborate ponzi scheme, stealing from his own company and lying to investors. he pled not guilty to the charges. >> he lied to them. he lied to the investors in both of the funds about how the investments were doing. >> reporter: shkreli seemingly enjoys the attention, posting hours and hours of live web cam sessions on youtube, including this one from m ve days ago, nearlylyeven hours long. shkreli, alone in a hotete room the entire time. >> christmas shopping, i don't christmas shop. >> reporter: here he is early morning on thursday not long before he would be arrested by the fbi, admitting to being drunk, trolling dating site and playing chchs. the 32-year-old who became the poster boy for high drug prices tapped into even more outrage two weeks ago when he spent copy of wu-tang clan's latest album.
>> taunting hip-hop fans around the country when he said he wouldn't even listen to it. >> the ways he's flaunted his wealth did not engender a lot of love for mararn shkreli in any commmmity, let alone the hip-hop community. >> reporter: fbi on thursday said they hadn't sized anything like this, can you listen, at least. can you go back and get it? overnight shkreli sent out a single tweet saying he was glad to be back home and he thanked people for their support. he's expected back in court in january. >> strange case when you have the fbi tweeting about wu-tang clan, right? >>ot to be a first. now to major security theme parks across the country today. how will it all impact your next family trip? nbc's kerry sanders is on that story in orlando. kerry, good morning. >> good morning, savannah.
kids will no longer be able to annoy their parent with a buzz light-year pistol, disney stores, stores inside the theme park and no longer selling any toy guns and kids can't even bring them in if they have them from home. one of the new security procedures now in full force. >> reporter: movie goers at disney in orlando for the "star wars" premiere thursday night and the force was definitely with them, the police force. it's what happens when fantasyland meets 21st century reality. >> couldn't put masks on so i had to kind of improvise. >> and you're wok that. okay with that? >> i'm okay with that, yeah. >> reporter: because the security is. >> important, make sure everyone is safe. >> reporr: it's the new normal at theme parks across the country. metal detectors, bags being searched and dogs trained to sniff for explosives. >> i think it's sickening that we as americans have to come to this point, but i'm fully in agreement with it. >> reporter: security experts say theme parks are soft targets.
until now low security. in the wake of san bernardino at california theme parks heightened awareness. there's so many off-balanced people ideas that we've got to >> reporter: at universal, they have used metal detectors fore, during halloween. this ithe best security practices. >> i agree it's a sign of the times. things have changed and we need more security now like this? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: so with the new security you may have to wait in line at the entrance just to then go inside and wait in line to take a ride. savannah, willie. >> all right. sign of the times, kerer sanders, thank you. now to that frightening scene we showed you earlier. nba game last night.
as he chased for a loose ball. carson is here with that stuff. >> happened with a few minutes left in the gamemend the fan who just h hpened to be a pro golfer's wife ended up leaving the arena on a stretcher. scary moments during thursday night's nba game between the oklahoma city thunder and the cleveland cavaliers after lebron james scrambling to get a loose ball in the fourth quarter leapt out of bounds. the 6'8", 250-pound all-star crashing into a woman courtside along the court. that woman is ellie day, wife of pro golfer jason day. officials stopped the game while day who gave birth to her second child last month was put in a neck brace and rushed to the hospital. overnight lebron tweeted an apology. ellie day, i hope you're doing okay. my apologies. i hope you guys come back to a another game. and the team tweeted hope you feel better quick and back for
jason day is the numr two ranked golfer in the world winning the pga in august. >> according to a hospital spokeswoman ellie day was released this morning there. >> watch an nba game, always a guy that dives into the front row and can't believe that it happens as close as the fans are. >> huge men, too. carson, thank you. now w the unusually warm weather across much of the country. will it have you celebrating a white hot christmas? dylan is in for al this morning. is that the question? >> certainly possible, all because of el nino and it's also spanish for the christ child, that's what it refers to because the periodic warming that we see down in the pacific ocean nearar south america, most prominent right around christmastime. that's where it got its name. the el nino that we're dealing with this year is one of the strongest ones we've seen since 1997. here are the warm sea temperatures and disrupting weather all across the world.
been seeing record heat to the eastern half the country and stormy and snowy out west so this is comparable to the el nino we saw in 1997. but that being said, it's still much warmer than it ever got in 1997. this is unprecedented long lasting warmth. it's never been this warm for this long of a period of time, and according to noaa this is actually one of the warmest september to novememrs on record and december is setting up to be one of the warmest decembers on record so that's why we're not looking like we'll see a white christmas but certainly one of the warmest ones we've seen. not a lot going on beside lake-effect snow and another system making it way into the pacific northwest. that's a look at your wet are across the country. your local forecast in 30 seconds. jared the galleria of jewelry... for the ultimate selection of levian. only levian, masters of jewelry design for centuries... makes jewelry with chocolate diamonds.
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lake-effect snow across northern michigan where marquette, michigan, has already picked up 7 inches of that lake-effect snow. cool dip in the jet stream that will drag down the colder air and as it crosses over the relatively warm waters we'll seat lake-effect snow. we'll see some of the streamers coming off of lake erie and lake ontario. heavy amounts up through tughill. jamestown, 4 to 6 inches and isolated amounts closer to a fit and the tughill plateau, could see up to 24 inches with some of the heavier snow. will it be on the ground as we get into christmas? probably not, because it's going to warm up very much so into the
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we hit the slopes with sue anderson from wasatch backcountry rescue. what do you do if i look up the hill and there's a lot of snow coming at me. >> do a backstroke and do whatever you can to stay ahead of the snow. if it buries over you swing and punch and fight as hard as you can to stay on top of the snow because the second the snow stops it freezes up as hard as concream. you have a second to punch and get the airway done. >> you have about a second to stop before it settles and punch an airway quick. what if you can't fit and bury, you. that's right. many popular brands of ski pants and coats have this little in called a recce trip, the signal leading search and rescue teams right to you.
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right. that detector found me. >> it got louder when you got close to me. >> you found me, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: simple tips to help you survive this. by the way, a lot of people here in the country. we shot that in park city, utah. another tip. experts say never go skiing or hiking alone. always have a buddy who can spot and save you or at least call for help so what if a friend or relative gets buried? how do you save them? a right way and wrong way. page. >> your claustrophobia, i was scared to death seeing that. >> almost didn't go in seeing that ice cave and it is tight in the there and i new rescuers were just outside. can you imagine the panic if you didn't know that, scary. snow can never form. >> who knew about the punching.
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also a lot left very frustrated. this was an image shared several times on social media. people digitally waiting in line to buy. there were those who made it past line like lauren here who said i waited 56 minutes for this, a screen graph saying sorry, no tickets available and fans resorting to adele lyrics. hello from the ticket line. i must have clicked a thousand times. of course, there were some success stories but even they knew they were one of the lucky ones. i exchanged the naming rights to any and all of my future children and whatever was left of my soul but i got adele tickets. we didn't reach we did reach out to ticketmaster for comment but they haven't replimptd looking on stubhub at the garden, floor seats for you and me, willie, 5,500 apiece. >> yeah. >> we'll have to watch those come down. >> appreciate you picking that up for us.
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good morning and welcome to the morning club quiz, now seen in 38 countries. on the phone today, is jessica bunch of sioux city. the prize today is a free oil change from murphy's performance brake in south sioux city. what's the name of the new star wars movie? a) the force awakens b) may the force be with you c) wake up, force!
the force was with hundreds of siouxlanders who came out to see "star wars: the force awakens." this was the scene at sioux as the star wars faithful filed in. there was also a big crowd across town at carmikes cinemas release of the blockbuster is today, but early screenings started at seven last night. fans we talked to say the movie lived up to the hype. both of sioux city's cinemas are showing star wars the force
the delight of millions around the country as we hear from harrison ford about introducing han solo about a whole new generation. >> many of the fans have been quoted as saying han solo is back, hooray. the audience is back. >> chee're home. then, paying it forward. >> i'm on my way to work to pick up my children. >> carson honors a remarkable woman who has been helping kids get to school for more than 40 years, touching thousands of lives along the way. >> she just doesn't realize what a great person she is and how much she does for people. and an early christmas present from the duke and duchess of cambridge just in time for the holidays. the royal family releases a new family and an announcement about little prince george. today, friday, december 18, 2015. dear santa, all we want for christmas is to be on "today"! >> all the way from boston and we're rocking around the clock
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from virginia. >> ending finals week on the "today" show. >> merry christmas from the "today" show! it's 8:00 on "today," friday, december 18, 2015. one week and counting till christmas day, and it's a beautiful morning out here on our plaza. nice and warm. everybody getting all snuggled up out here and getting ready for the holidays and we're so happy to have you along. how do we feel about the weather? >> i like it being warm, a little more cold. >> i'm fine since i grew up in the desert this. feels like to me. >> arizona girl likes the weather. >> like something is not right. there's warmth. >> i'm not in the christmas spirit at all. >> you need to get in the >> i know. >> let's get you there. what to buy the hard-to-buy for people, you know, on your
how about some food.
we've got really, really good food. coming up ultimate food gifts of this season. >> i've already grazed by that table. a check of the top stories. natalie over at her post. good morning to you. good morning. the friend of one of the san bernardino shooters appeared in court. he's facing terrorism charges. he and gunman syed farook had plotted several years ago to attack a college library and a california freeway with bombs and guns. he's also accused of unlawfully purchasing two assault rifles used in the san bernardino attack that left 14 people dead and more than 20 injured. the bernie sanders campaign says it has fired a staff member who improperly accessed voter information from the hillary clinton campaign. the voter file is maintained by the democratic national committee. each campaign can add sections with its own confidential data and the dnc says a brief computer glitch on wednesday allowed access to the clinton
it's now told the sanders campaign it cannot use a system until it provides a full explanation. the senate armed services committee will review defense secretary's ash carter's use of private e-mail. committee chairman senator john mccain wants to make sure that sensitive information was not compromised. on thursday carter admitted relying on his personal e-mail during his first month at pentagon. he continued using his e-mail even after it was revealed that hillary clinton had exclusively used a personal e-mail address as secretary of state. former house speaker dennis hastert has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. hastert's lawyer says the 73-year-old was admitted six weeks ago, shortly after pleading guilty to evading banking laws. hastert also had back surgery and had been treated for sepsis. the illinois republican was accused of making hush money payments to hide allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a high school wrestling coach.
for that on february 29th. for the first time on sexual assault charges former st. paul student owen la brie is talking about his decision of risking his fate with the jury instead of taking a plea deal. he was found guilty of using a computer to lure an underage girl into a sexual encounter. he was sentenced to a year in jail and probation and he told "newsweek" magazine if he had to do it all over again he would still reject the plea deal because, quote, it was the only thing that sustained me, knowing that i had told the truth. and facebook founder mark zuckerberg is sharing again. he's posted a new photo of his 3-week-old daughter max bundled in a jedi and with the light saber to keep the dark side at bay. the proud first time father captioned the photo, the force is strong with this one. with 2.2 million likes already, little max is adorable.
>> i did as well. and the manhunt for the so-called texas teen who used the affluencea defense to avoid a deadly drunk driving accident. erica hill is here with us. ethan couch apparently fled along with his mother to avoid a potential probation violation and this morning they are expanding the search for both of them. ethan couch now presumed to be on the run after missing a mandatory meeting with his probation officer. the fbi and u.s. marshals confirming to nbc news they are on the hunt. >> i mean, we welcome any assistance we can get at this point. couch infamous known as affluenza teen was sentenced to ten years probation after killing four people and injuring nine while driving drunk near fort worth, texas in 2013. couch's attorney argued the teen didn't understand the
>> affluenza is not a recognized disease or disorder, a little bit of smoke and mirrors used by couch's attorney. >> the reaction to the latest turn of events, swift and strong. and strong. especially on social media. the county sheriff now says couch is his most wanted. couch is not the first high-profile defendant whose family's wealth came under scrutiny. alex kelly, also known as preppie rapist, fled to europe before his 1987 rape trial. with the financial help of his parents, kelly reportedly lived a luxurious life until he surrendered eight years later, ultimately serving ten years in prison. in 2009, robert h. richards vi, an heir to the dupont fortune, was convicted of raining his toddler daughter but didn't serve time. instead, the delaware judge gave richards probation.
clients in the criminal justice system do get better treatment, you know, and if they want to pay they can get the best defense, best experts money can buy. >> as for couch the search is ongoing. >> i wish i could say we were closer. i wish i could say we had a good lead, but we don't, and i still don't think we're going to find him here locally. couch's lawyers tell nbc news, quote, it's our understanding that the court has issued a directive to apprehend, to have ethan detained because he's out of contact with his probation officer and went on to say we don't have any further information concerning this situation. as you mentioned, a lot of interest and especially online we're seeing a huge reaction. >> a lot of outrage. >> erica hill, thank you so much. coming up next, the most important assist i think it's fair to say of one nba player's career. we'll tell you that story. high degree of difficulty for that one, and as "star wars" hits theaters we talked to harrison ford about why he decided to revive his iconic sale.
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happen. >> even better. >> never read this before. you know what willie is always saying. it just wouldn't be christmas without the royals. well, willie, your lucky day is here because just this morning they released this holiday photo, first in the garden, 2-year-old prince george and nice to see smiling princess charlotte, 7 months old and the cutest ever. the royals are looking forward to their first christmas as a family of four and prince george will start going to the montessori school. >> i think what willie meant it's not christmas without crown royal. but a nice story on the royal family? thanks for picking that one up for me, carson. professional athletes are used to performing under pressure but iman shumpert of the cleveland cavaliers, i never, had to face anything like this.
into labor a month early at home in the bathtub and that forced iman to think quickly. he delivered the baby. >> wow. >> oh, my gosh. >> using his bare hands and he said his head phones. >> she had a little part in it, too. >> yes. he was there delivering the baby. on instamany gram he posted the photo. iman explained he doubt the head phones around the umbilical cord to stead to and an ambulance arrived five minutes later. happy to say both mom and baby are doing fine. >> what does that mean to steady the umbilical cord? tie it off. >> i think to tie it off. >> but he would have had to cut it first before you tie it off. >> is that a fatherly instinct that kicks in? do you guys have that? >> what do you mean? birth. to give birth. >> no, i mean, your wife. >> oh, of course, yeah.
>> don't have kids. call 911. >> i'm sure there's a new pair of beats by dre by now. >> important to call your parents when you're traveling. they would like to hear from you. one irish man did just before >> okay. i'm going to jump out of the airplane now so i'll take to you in an hour. i'm just going to get that. >> in an airplane. an airplane. oh, [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god. that's amazing. [ bleep ]. >> i thought he was in a bus. >> that is great. >> safe landing. >> that was roger ryan who is sky diving in australia and decided to surprise the folks right before the jump and as you saw he thought -- dad thought this was a call from a bus at first and he figured it out. >> that's great.
>> have an extra set watch the unedited, uncensored version, the father screaming while it's happening is really excellent. now to harrison ford talking about his big return as han solo and why amy poehler is fed up with all the "star wars" hype. carson has our friday "pop start." >> we'll start with the move everybody is talking about. "star wars" wars, overnight fans were lining up and dress up for the big release and get this, one night, how much do you think it made? one night. >> 100. >> over $50 million, yes, indeed a record. one reason for all the hunker the return of harrison ford as han solo, and as he told nbc's kelly cobiella why right now is >> i think i need this. >> i think i can handle myself. >> the original han solo making a reappearance in "the force awakens." >> chewie, we're home. >> so is today's han solo different? >> i mean, he's got to be different. it's been 30-plus year, right? >> he's a little dog-eared and worn around the edges.
like j.j. abram to come in and va-va-voom it up. >> the reason j.j. is the right person is because it was something he learned at miss mom and daddy's knee. >> we asked for hints about the story line. he wasn't going there. >> i still don't know what goes on, and if i did, i wouldn't tell. >> many of the fans have been quote as saying han solo is back. hooray. >> the audience is back. hooray. >> did you at all come back with the fans? >> came back, absolutely for the fans. >> in this movie you have a blasteder, you have a cross bow. >> yeah. >> but no light saber? do you have ever light saber envy? >> no, i'm fine. >> how does it feel to see all of those fans lining up to hear that tickets are selling. >> better than a slap in the belly with a wet fish. it's good. this is good. i'm very grateful. >> it's true.
>> all of it. >> kelly cobiella. nbc news, london. >> i have a light saber envy after watching that. of course, "star wars" is the only move opening this weekend so who could possibly take on han solo and darth vader. two names for you. faye and poehler. tina and amy star in our new movie "sisters" from our sister company universal. last night they were on "late night" with the seth myers. >> what is this guy's name, pz4z0. >> nonsense. >> he's italian. >> i am a creature. i don't have any relatives but if i did, i wish i would have a -- >> i've read this guy's name three times and i don't remember it. i don't care.
i never [ bleep ] did! >> amy making it clear she has had it with all the "star wars" hype. good stuff. finally speaking of "star wars," jackie kennedy, well, there's a connection here. let me go with t.natalie portman starred in three "star wars" movies and check her out in the newest role as jackie kennedy. the website showing us the new photo of jackie follows the assassination. that movie written by our senior vice president of "today" noah oppenheim. that movie is expected to come out in 2017. one more. look, they are writing "pop start" as we go. cue in finally some non-"star wars" news. ariana grande giving an early gift of her fans today with the relieves her third christmas album. called "christmas & chill" featuring new songs including this one which is called "wit
now able to download and hear a little ariana there. >> that's how you order cheese steak in philadelphia, wit it. >> and finally, and that's your latest forecast. >> all right, dylan. thank you so much. all week on your your today we've been paying it forward and carson is up this morning. >> well, guys, surely after we
took jackson, my then 5-year-old son, down to the bus stop and did it for the very first time and i realized something, the men and women who are responsible for our most precious cargo, our kids, are certainly not getting the recognition that they so deserve so we decided to change that by honoringing one of the many remarkable school bus drivers across this great country. 67-year-old katherine. here we go. every morning for the past 45 years, cat rin brutsman or boston b as she's known around town. >> i'm on my way to wack work to pick up my children. >> in wintertime these roads are a challenge. >> reporter: making sure the children in her rural community get to school safely. >> we're here. >> reporter: some of the first kids she drove are now grandparents. >> drove me on a school bus and she also -- >> she did us on the bus, too, and it was a pleasure to have her.
>> reporter: mrs. b. was born and raised in connecticut and started driving a bus when she was 71 years old. >> in 1970 i had four young children of my own, and it was because i was allowed to take the children with me. it was a job that i could do. >> reporter: the boy she gets from the kids she drives comes from her own personal loss. in 1979 her 17-year-old son died in a car accident, her husband passed away from brain cancer 17 years later. >> you don't learn anything if your life is easy and you have no problems, but you do learn from tragedy and hardship, if you choose to. >> reporter: through it all, she kept her spirits up and her family strong. >> i think she is an awesome woman. i mean, she's been a fantastic role model and if i turn out to be half the woman she is, it will be an honor. >> i love my nana. >> you've always been a beautiful woman.
>> making a special connection with everyone she meets. >> just doesn't realize what a great person she is and how much she does for people. >> reporter: mrs. b has logged more than 80,000 hours. >> i've driven probably 1,700,000 miles and that's a conservative estimate. i guess i've never thought of it as a career, but it's a way of year. i am retiring, and it's going to be difficult. >> but before she does we wanted to thank her for a job well done so we threw her a surprise retirement party. >> congratulations, mrs. b.! but that was only the beginning. >> i, first selectman of the
hereby declare friday, december 11, 2015, as mrs. b. day. [ applause ] >> all bus drivers will be off on mrs. b. day. >> and i felt honored to be a tiny part of the celebration. >> hi, katherine, surprise. i'm so sorry i couldn't be there for your retirement party. i'm out in los angeles hosting "the voice" but i wanted to take a second, cat rin, to say congratulations. here at "today" we want to pay it forward to you but we want to do it in person. katherine, your next stop is new york city. >> all right. new york city. >> and i can't wait to be there to see you to give you a big hug and personally krnltd you and tell you thank you. >> hey.
>> adorable. >> now i can do it in person. just like that. mrs. b. is here, everybody. how about that. >> congratulations. >> first of all, a funny story about christina, our booker here at show was trying to make you aware of this honor, and mrs. b. just kept deleting the message. >> right. >> we literally had to go through the ceo of the bus company to get to you. why were you playing so hard to get? >> i thought it was a prank call, i really did. you know, i looked at and i said really and i pushed the button. >> perfect attendance, perfect >> amazing. >> when you look back, i mean what, sticks out? what are some highlights? >> you know, i never thought about 45 years of driving, but i -- just the people i've met and the relationship i have with the children and i still have, you know. it's amazing to me that i go -- our town is small, and i'll go to a store or the gas station and someone now that has a gray beard mrs. b.
>> drove them. >> you just got a card from one of your students. >> read it. >> i not only want to read it but i want to -- hopefully he's watching this morning. >> this young man i've driven since pre-school, and we instantly bonded, and -- and continued all the way up through his life. i drove him on and off. and he is a terrific young man. he is one of the sweetest, gentlest probably most well-mannered person i have ever met. >> wow. >> anyhow, i received this wednesday and he said dear mrs. b. someone finally figured out that you are the best bus driver in america. i already knew that you were. congratulations, and it says love phil. this is very important to me. >> we wanted to say thank you to
know, recognize the men and women all across the country, as the bus. i was like so worried about my kid the first time and i realized there's a driver and we just take for granted that these drivers bring our children home safe every day. excited to seat kids but we often overlook the men and women doing that work, so we wanted to say, katherine here, lovers to outdoors. have a surprise to you. thanks to our friends at jetblue we'll fly you and a friend to denver, colorado, and you'll be swept away at the gateway canyons resort and spa. >> oh, my. >> it's an exclusive six-night and seven-day stay, a small way for us to say thank you for taking care of the kids. >> that's amazing. >> so well deserved.
>> a beautiful place and have a it's been her fight for twenty years. something is wrong with our healthcare system and it needs to be fixed. then, it was about health reform and getting eight million kids covered. now, it's about stopping republicans from repealing obamacare, and taking on insurance companies to bring down drug prices. i'm not going to let any family be deprived of healthcare. i'm not going to let the republicans rip up obamacare and throw it away.
the sioux city north high school band director who resigned abruptly last week has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. that's a class d felony against 34-year old lucas sursely. court documents say sursely admitted to police he sent pictures of himself wearing underwear to a 15-year-old student and asking her a sexual question. he could face up to five years in prison if convicted. sursley resigned last friday
8:30 now. it's friday morning. it's december 18, 2015. seven days. we are counting days. seven days until christmas morning and we're all getting excite feeling good. beautiful out here on the plaza and look, hark. it's an elf. it's matthew morrison. on broadway right now and he's our elf for the day, collecting the toys for our toy drive. get involved by bringing be a unwrapped toy or go to today.com to find out more. >> getting the big bears in there, too. he's a good elf. >> more with matthew in a minute. we all know the best gifts are the ones can you eat. coming up the ultimate mail order options that you can get family and friends. >> speaking of food, we'll show
tailgate party one believable finger foods, no frozen little hot dogs here. but, first, a look at what savannah and tamron were up to recently. big stars for billboard's women in music. lady gaga and missy elliott. that was just the beginning and by the way, you can catch all that action tonight on lifetime at 8:00, 7:00 central. >> great performances in that show so watch that. >> you were pretty good in it, too. me, not so much. let's say hi to matthew morrison. the star of finding neverland. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. >> saw the show opening night and it's incredible. i know you've only got a month left in your run. what's the ride been like? >> it's been incredible. going to work every day with such an amazing family and just being part of the broadway community again. it's welcomed me back with open arms and i've had the best year and i've decided to come back
>> you got your start on broadway. >> amazing. >> does it feel like going home when you do another show. >> this community sun like any other in the world and it's so other. it's wonderful. >> what do you have planned after finding neverland? >> i wish my deal closed but i can't talk about it yet. >> feels like a phenomenal time for broadway but behind the success of your show and hamilton and all these
other shoots broadway is doing really well right now, isn't it? >> it is. i think like anything it ebbs and flows but a moment that broadway is having and a very special time. you can feet energy of it being on stage every night. >> and you've been a huge part of it. finding neverland. catch this gentleman in it until january 24th i think. >> thanks for being here. >> merry christmas. >> good to have you here. >> merry christmas. let's get a check of the weather.
weekend for most country, although we are looking for a few lake-effect snow showers across western new york and northwestern pennsylvania and also a big storm system will continue to bring heavy snow through parts of the rockies and heavy rain from washington to oregon and then on sunday we're looking for still a few spotty showers and especially across lake ontario where we could end up with up to two feet of snow in the tughill plateau.
should warm up nicely don't forget sunday night is football night in america. big game in philadelphia. the eagles hosting the cardinals. it should actually feel like fool, too. temperatures will be on the colder side. 39 degrees by gametime. again, that is the philadelphia eagles hosting the arizona card namgs on sunday night "football night in america." guys? >> now i'm talking football with our next guest. this morning on today's hassle-free hole date ultimate mail order food gifts. adam rapport is editor-in-chief of "bon appetite" magazine. i plan to graze my way through this segment. >> let's do this thing. coffee, always a great gift. >> capresso to go, trying to grab your tie and don't have time to brush your hair. prus a button, throws it into your go cup, boom, on the train
>> put the grounds right in there. >> leads us to a segue to our next guest. >> toms, shoemaker that donates a shoe for every pair you buy now do coffee and for every bag you provide they provide one week of clean drinking worthy to countries in need like honduras where they harvest the coffee. >> coffee for a good cause. what is this, looks like jam. >> jam from refair erickson, one of our favorite chefs in seattle, washington, doing pickled figs and french plums, i don't know what they are but they are super tasty. >> if you don't know. >> what do you do with a pickled french plum? >> put it on a cracker. >> cracker with cheese. >> yes, from murray's cheese shop in downtown work. >> who has a segue. >> just rolling, dude. >> this costs $100, this fancy board. >> that's nice. >> "today" show watchers, $60. new york package, right there. what are you going to put the cheese on? >> put it on a cutting board.
>> too good. from los angeles, works with sustainable gardens, they work with kids and make cutting boards and can cut on them, serve cheese. >> and what are you going to dessert time. >> who did this segment, a genius. >> awesome. moonshine cake from marshall, virginia. i don't know if the duke boys. >> does it have moon shine? >> i'm not sure if it's entirely legal. >> if you don't live in a dry county. >> and by the way, all of these onlines, order them today, you'll have them in time for christmas. >> what's this, it's beautiful? >> chicken and waffles, the best thing ever because everyone loves fried chicken and waffles. >> from loveless cafe? >> this is mix, the waffle mix and the chicken seasoning coating deal and real maple syrup. you still got to make it. >> i think that could be christmas morning breakfast, beautiful. >> what about a little pig
>> i read about this, and i was like should i try it. >> get in there candy bacon, spaced and seasoned from cafe again jeff. >> it's really good. >> uh-oh. here comes trouble >> the peron? >> natalie calls this a wine bomb. >> that's how you do it. open your mouth. >> lick me at a holiday party. >> do it, do it. >> that's the first time i've ever done this. we've got to practice. >> really, i couldn't tell. i'm wearing this gift. >> you're lucky i didn't go with the red wine. >> i'm thinking about you. >> i need a napkin. >> for you "seinfeld" fans, a black and white cookie. >> what's in a cookie? what's in a cookie? and they even have christmas ones. >> i did a few of those. >> i can tell. >> and finally sugar wish, didn't get your act together to
sunday a sugar wish, send your niece or nephew an e-bite. very nice. can we do that on camera again. >> uh-oh, that was it. >> nice, nice. >> listen, do you want to try some wine. >> oh, as we keep going. >> got to go high. >> go on "today".com. >> that's apple juice. >> it was not apple juice. >> coming, more great food. we'll celebrate unseasonably warm weather with the unforgettable tailgate party.
toto five finalists vying for a trip of a lifetime to super bowl. this one came from katie, texas, where a tough young girl is drawing inspiration from her own family to make a difference for others. >> the neighborhood kids come down. we usuallyave a goooo t tids playing football. >> but backyard football was not enough for payton watson. >> my brother, he played and i'm like, ooh, i want to start playing. >> she always wanted to play tackle. >> i love tackling. i always do it to my brothers. especially the little one. >> payton's move to tackle footballll >> there you go. >> was inspired by an unlikely source of courage. >> watching my mom, how she's fought cancer. >> okay, peyton. let's go.
woman can have to let peyton play. it was like sure, why not. she is tough. >> there's one girl in my league, and that's me. ititas like oh, i love this. >> you made me think that a girl can think that a girl can be tough and peyton walked in. >> oh, a girl, it will be easy and once she catches it she's pretty much gone. >> once you see her on the field and the smile that comes over her face you know that she's where she needsds to be. >> my mom would always call peyton her tough girl, but peyton tells her, no, you're really the tough one. >> inspired by her grandmother, peyton told tuff girl t-shirts to raise money for cancer research. >> peyton came over and presented us with the check and i was shocked that this little girl was able to do this all on her own. >> she ended up selling right around $3,000.
to do all that we can in life. >> peyton's a very loving person, and if she could hold your hand and make everything okay that's what she wants to do, and i think that's the way she felt with me. >> the two are bonded by a shared passion on sunday afternoons. >> my favorite team is the texans, of course. >> j.j.! >> and, of course, peyton likes j.j. watt. >> boom. >> we all do here. >> a school assembly hosted by the texans had everyone hoping for just one thing. >> j.j. watt! j.j. watt! j.j. watt! >> when i get to come out here and see the smiles on your faces, that's what it's all about, helping to inspire the world and trying to make the world a petter place.
has been helping a lot of people peyton watson, would you please come on up to the front. how you doing, j.j., wonderful to meet yoyo >> peyton, you have been chosen as one of five finalists to see if you win a tripp to super bowl 50, and we sure hope you win because you're an absolutely incredible young girl. >> thank you. >> for somebody your age to care so much about other people, it's awesome and inspiring, keep doing what you'ree doing. you're going to change the world. >> that't' a cool moment for both of them, by the way. >> so sweet. >> j.j. promised peyton if he's put in on offense he'll score a touchdown for her which happened last year, scored a bunch of touchdowns and peyton promised j.j. a tuff girl it shirt the next time they meet. a couple more remarkable finalists to meet before we crown the winner who will head to super bowl 50 in california's bay area. >> i wouou n n want to choose. there havav been so many good ones. i can't to t.totally recused
i'm too close to all the stories. sunday night here on nbc, we've got the perfect matchup for savannah. the arizona cardinals, her home state talking on her adopted philadelphia eagles. >> a toughy. >> my mom is in town, my mom, my husband i don't know. >> what will it be? >> i don't knkn. i plead the fifth. >> the vale is an eagles fan. >> sorry, mom, she's right over there. coming up next, we'll keep the football theme going for recipes with the ultd malt tailgate, so warm you can enjoy
weather here in the east and college football bowl season upon us now, nothing beats good food to help cheer on your favorite team. brandy maloy is here with the perfect recipes. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> let's start with ground rules. what's important to have great tailgate. what do you have to do? >> the food has to be highly addictive and i love to smack talk any time i'm at a tailgate and i like to compare my food to some other bush league food. >> talking tsh with hors d'oeuvres. >> this is bacon crack, highly addictive. starts with bacon, brown sugar, espresso, cayenne nutmeg, red chili flakes, puff pastry and okay. the first thing is we have our brown sugar. i'll add all the spices and i'll have you dip our bacon, give it a little mix. there we go, and then we're going to dip our bacon into the >> okay. >> and if you want you can kind
coat the bacon on every single side because what it does it creates an a azing flavor that's spicy and salty and hot a a savory. this is like a sexy dish, willie. >> really is. >> i'm going to get off the excessnd put it on to a bacon sheet and continue the rest and bake it at 350 for 30 minutes or until everything carmelizes. take a bite that have. >> so good. >> is this invention, your bacon crack? >> candy bacon has b bn arorod a while and added the puff pastry say. >> crumble up the candy bacon -- >> the heat hon that bacon, the little cayenne. >> has a nice little kick. >> i love that you're ready to really chow down over there, carson. he's protecting that. >> puff pastry is buttery and puffs up a what it does it
but then because i'm crazy we're adding brown sugar so when we bake this again for 30 minutes. it's going to melt and carmelize and it's going to become what everyone is eating over there. >> you've already made the crack bacon and putting the crack bacon inside the dough right on p. >> and kind of gives it an extra added bounce. >> okay. about to make a victory pretzel. the huge et pretzel you've ever seen and what we do, really easy. using eggs, pizza dough, water, baking soda and a little bit of salt. i need your help because i'm 5'7" but we've got t t get this log t t sixeet so you can either do this number. >> what if we pulled like a tug-of-war. >> double dutch. >> you're a wild man. willie, willie, willie, whoa. let's protect the integrity of the ingredients.
>> stretch and pull, keep going. >> this is looking good. >> close enough. make it into a u, give it a little twist and connect and got to push, make this guy big. you'll help me out with some egg wash this. will get it nice and shiny. >> yeye. >> what a aut theretzel doe. do you justuy that somewhere. >> i like to cut corners when i need to. this pretz is going to taste delicious and i have to wait forever. got to get on and root on the arizona cardinals. >> you're a cardinals fan. >> i'm from arizona. >> this is like the chef's secret to the pretzel.l. you'rereoing to b bsh it witit baking soda and hot water, what kids it the really shiny exterior. that crunch. >> right on top of the egg wash, go ahead. >> all right.
that coarse, of course, you need coarse salt. >> and i love to serve of this with mustard, marina, ranch dressing. take a look at this. >> it't' a beauty. >> why it's so perfect for tailgating because everybody can taste a piece and dip it in there. >> my last one is amazing. these are actually chocolate chip cookie dough footballs. so take a look at that. it's eggless cookie dough so no one has to worry about the egg. shaped them in fooblts, dipped them in chocolate and added the laces. hello. >> where do you come up with this stuff? >> bacon crack pizza over here. >> really just love being an adult. >> here's the pizza. i'm hungry. got the bacon crack and the victory pretzel and the chocolate chipp footballs and what's great you c c makee everything ahead of time and pack it up and set up your tailgate and have your flags
>> and drive right to the emergency room after you eat all this stuff, yeah. >> guys, do you love it? >> it's so good. >> between the pretzel and i sample it all at once. >> the thing you did with the pretzel, my favorite rt. >> do this with georgend lucy at home. >> something to get the kids involved with. >> and i had fun with you. >> make ahead and roll up to the game and all ready to go. >> brandy maloy, thanks so much. we're all happy, guys. >> for more "gamegame day ideas and res mes including the tailgating tab on today.com. but first, this is "today" on nbc. anncr: when the attacks come here... ...the person behind this desk will have to protect your family. will he be impulsive and reckless, like donald trump? will he have voted to dramatically weaken counter-terrorism surveillance, like ted cruz? will he have skipped crucial national security hearings
release of the blockbuster is today, but early screenings started a seven last night. fans w%wtalked to say the movie lived up to the hype. one movie-goer told us it's a "must see." both of sioux city's cinemas are showing star wars the force awakens on multiple screens, about onshowing each hour. it's even available in 3-d if you are into that. here's ben with weather.
we've got the gifts, the crafts and the cookies, and your first holiday hit. all that and more coming up now. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today." it's a friday morning, december 18, 2015. one week till christmas, my friends and a great holiday crowd out on the plaza. i'm willie along with natalie and tamron. al is out on assignment. ourrorning jam wishh it couldld be christmtm every day". >> i like this one. >> by leona lewis. >> had a great little party yesterday, the holiday party for the show. had it at krall restaurant here fun. >> lots. >> to share with you all. >> this is a great photo booth,
>> i wish i couldld captiti what happened. >> adam mill, tammy and kristine our producers on the show. >> there's the real story yesterday. >> tamron and i having some fun. >> that's a caption contest. >> natalie made me laugh and look at her face. that's dark natalie. i'm serious. we're going to put these online and caption thesehotos. > look at hoda. >> so fun. >> original bird savannah. >> i like the nice family shot pand then reality sets in what's really going on. >> what was the name of the drink. >> the potion for purpose. >> potion for purpose and i kept she's like -- >> don't worry about it. . away. >> clearly the purpose was to get us in the photo booth like >> that's such a fun day though. love that. did such a good job and get to hang out with the people you don't get to see every day.
that's our party. >> the other party was inside theaters across the country. >> oh, yeah. the force wokee up, l le this. >> like this. >> it's amazing. so here by the numbers, "variety" magazine says the movie's opening night $50 million and fandango has said it's sold more tickets than any other film has sold during its entire theatrical run. >> oh, my gosh. >> that's called shutting down >> yeah. >> "jurassic world," "the hunger games" and "the avengers, age of voltron" all follow-ups. new jersey store is using "star wars" to tell the nativity story calling it cosmic christmas, so the pastor is pastor lucas. >> like the koss team. >> delivers his sunday sermon delivered as han solo and hee swswped out traditional nativity figure with "star wars" action figures and we have good versus evil. >> the story is all there.
>> han solo and chewie and yoda. >> a lot more kids in church this sunday. >> hallelujah. >> that's a good way to bring them in, right? >> exactly. >> the other photo, i'm obsessed with. looked at this photo for probably ten minutes staring into the eyes of max zuckerberg. mark zuckerberg's baby girl posted saying the force is strong with this one. and look at tiny light saber and little figurine and i love her expression. she's intense. >> looks like a yoda. >> so thoughtful. >> thinking of the force. >> and she's like a month old, if that. >> thinking about her stock options andfacebook. >> and how she's going to route world some day.
>> also "the daily beast" posted, i love this, saw this last night. roger ebert's original review of the "star wars" film in 1977. at the time he wrote every once in a while i have what i think
at a movie. when i use the phrase, i simply mean that my imagination has forgotten that it is actually present in a mie theater and i think it's up there on the screen. >> that's amazing. >> that is what he said about the original story. >> so true. >> and it still holds to this day, that review. >> not for some in the middle but -- >> that's cool to see. >> if you'ren rotten tomamaes, i guess he's one of the first bloggers to post a negativ review. >>h, boy. >> let's just say the force is not with him. they are strongly against him, and pretty much is shut down but to each his own. >> you recall our little outing to go see the film. >> you fell asleep. >>
report thing, remember when i said we had a couple of glasses of wine before dinner and did the whole party before. i fell asleep a little bit, right? this was the buildup to get together theater, all right. savannah and dylan, me and hoda
>> mm-hmm. >> oh, gosh. >> and take a look how this unfolded. >> there's hoda. >> that makes so much sense. we were ib front of you guys and we disappeared. >> none of us remember that video until yesterday i was coming home and looking at christmas party photos and i'm like what's this and i click on it. >ever has that been so horrifying.
>> if we could just tell you what we witnessed. >> so you were up here and then when it started you went night-night. >> willie called it. >> we watched natalie walking into "star wars" and willie says, momma's not making it. >> i did not make it. >> she's going to fall asleep. >> i woke up for the key parts. >> the credits at the end were when lance bass is asking you to move. can i get out of here, natalie, please. >> you'll see it again. >> the great thing i get to see it with my kids and it will be all new to me. >> that's why they make snap chat, by the way, do the video and then it disappears. >> you're very brave to share >> i love that. >> we're so glad you did. we had fun. >> oh, my gosh. >> we going to go see it again? i've got to take my kids again. >> we have to see it again. awake. but i want to see "sisters" though. i do want to see "sisters."
> want to see it again. saw it in the screening room. >> and see it in the theater and laugh along with other people. >> have to support our amy and tina. >> did you see the scene last night in cleveland, courtside seat, everybody wants them, very expenseive in the nba and you're really, really close to the action. cavs playing at home, ellie day, the wife of pro golfer jason day sitting courtside ass the caca/thunder game. with 3:00 left in the game lebron james dives to save a loose ball as players often do and lands right on her and knocks her overbackwards. floor. lebron is 6'8", 250. she was placed on a stretcher.r. lebron said, at the n nt stoppage of time went over and grabbed her hand and she told be okay. just dazed. from the hospital. he tweeted elly day, i hope you're doing okay.
hope you guys come back to another game soon, love l.j. >> had a baby month ago. >> probably theirst time that happened. . >> that's like a train coming at you. >> yes. >> remember in the rodman years, so aggressive. he knocked into cameramen, people on the side. very frightening. scarey. >> we're glad ellie is okay this morning. >> thank goodness. >> and lebron handled it well. >> he's always a class act. check of the weather with dylan. >> one more for the team. >> natalie, thank you so much for sharing that. >> i new york city to ask your permission. >> i don't know if you noticed, i held up my phone, the flashlight to you will illuminate. >> good job, dylan. >> anyway, lake-effect snow is in effect. we've seen about 7 inches of snow across marquette, michigan and also going to see more snow begin to develop as this cold air sag down from the south and crosses over the relatively
and we are going to seat lake-effect snow machine turn off off of lake ontario and lake erie. the wind could combust up to near 35 miles per hour and that will reduce visibility. where some of the streamers set up. accumulation. we'r'r lookingt 6 to 8 inches off lake erie with isolated higher amounts and the closer to a foot and then possibly two >> and that's your late forecast.
>> thanks, dark dylan. >> natalie, you thought it would be a good idea to work another day since you don't work quite enough. you're doing the food network. >> i debut a little chicken -- what am i talking about? winter flan. it's chocolate winter flan. that's what i meant to say, and the hosts were just so nice. they were wonderful. had me demo my flan technique. i'm carmelizing the pan with the sugar. you guys have had my flan. >> do we have any today? >> no, not today, but a different var air, i added some chocolate and winter spices to it. >> be sure to check it it out. tomorrow, 11:00 a.m. eastern week. >> too much partying this week. >> you couldn't make the flan. >> couldn't make the flan. >> check nat out on the food network 11:00 a.m. eastern and pacific. coming up next, a tie is always nice but the gift guys that's right after this
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we're looking for a warmup as we go in next weekend and then on sunday still looking at mountain snow across the olympics and cascades and rockies and lingering lake-effect snow and up and down the east coast a little cooler than we're used, to in the 40s, and that's your latest forecast. natalie and tamron. >> all right, dylan, thank you. it's your last weekend to wrap gifts and add some holiday touches before everyone comes over for christmas.
we have fun crafts and good toys make the weekend fun. >> that's right, andrea brooks is here with your channel andrea's choice for up to 3 million subscribers. >> good morning. >> we love having, love that you lovecrafting. want to do easy things for christmas >> the first one is diy pine cone wreaths and all you need are pine cones ard cardboard. have a little pine cone circle, an array of pine cones. big and small. >> you can find them outside, >> yeah. >> i already have one started. >> use that one. >> just around them and glue them on until the thing is completely covered and once it's >> that's adorable. . >> and how do you get the wide effect on it. >> take a little foam brush like this and dip it in your paint.
>> get it at at craft store on dab it on the outer edge. >> you get a little snow. >> that's super cute. >> hang a ribbon and hangt on the wall. >> speaking of cute, this is adorable. >> this is actually a cocoa kit, and it's arranged into a little snow man that you see right here. start off with three jars and you fill them up with like contents that you would put in hot cocoa. peppermint, hot cocoa powder and then i'm actually going to glue on the third one which is going to be to be filled with marshmallows. >> now we need to give it a face like we have right here. you guys take this one. >> i'll take it. >> and we'll glue on the button for the eyes. >> you make a little scarf. >> let me look at them. >> inspiration. >> all right. glue h h little eyeye on and you decorate. >> how did you make the had. >> actually made out of black
and rectangle and we arranged it had like this. hot glued it and just kind of glued it. >> perfection. >> perfect. >> yeah. >> let's move on down to make your own wrapping paper here, right? >> now, this sounds interestinin it's really easy. >> like if you want to be really unique, have a unique gift underneath the tree. >> a brown paper purse. >> take a pencil and dip it into your paint and swirl it around and then can you just start polka dotting. >> gold paint. >> polka dot your entire little piece. >> this is really f f thehe artiste. >> my wrapping jobs are not a work of art. >> once it's dried you wrap your gift. >> you just spray paint it with chalk board paint and let it dry and chalk on your own customized note andnd this is another opti. flickn some white paint and it looks like snow. kids will love that.
>> yeah. this is actually little strawberry santa claus, and all you wan to do is take your strawberries and cut off the bottom of your strawberry because it needs to be able to stand up flat. >> right. yeah. >> okay. and you are takin the top off. just the tip of it. afterwards i have some frosting in a bag. pipe it on like so. >> that's cute. >> let's pretend it is. >> have that guy on and do a little hat on the top, is that right? >> i almost forgot you're better at this than i am. >> and you have a little snow man and take the chips right here. chocolate chips and give them eyeballs. >> and once you're done. >> pre-slice them and leave the kids. >et the kids do that. >> when you want to get them out
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all right. we're just hours away from the weekend which means the start of christmas vacation for many of you. randy zuckerberg is digital lifestyle expert and host of dot complicated on sirius xm and has the apps to make things easier for us. great to see you. >> happy holidays. i believe during the holidays these devices should bring you closer to friends and family and not come in between you. >> i like that philosophy. >> these are all free. get this for nothing. adam ticket. >> during the holidays i always think great idea, i should go to the movies and i get there and realize everyone else had the same great idea. >> and so atom tickets helps you make it a seamless experience.
you can coordinate with your friends and family. >> oh, wow. >> so no need to spend a million e-mails and text back and form. can you pick either theater or the movie you want to see and once you agree on the movie you can even order your popcorn from this app so it's just waiting. >> no way. >> no waiting in the concession line. >> no line for popcorn. no cash, no wallet. walk right in. >> atom tickets. that's a good one. go to point inside. helps you get through a mall or airport terminal. >> mall, airports, i like to avoid those at all costs during the holiday but this app actually makes it really bearable to plan a trip to the malls, so let's say columbus circle. >> right here in new york. >> next door right here. can you actually call up a 3-d blueprint. >> oh, wow. >> of the floor plans and plan your whole treat and similar with the airport. >> let's say you're flying out of lag-. you can actually get detailed terminal maps that tell you how long it's going to take you. go to the bt restaurant and not quickest.
>> i'm the guy wandering around the mall wondering where the store is. where 's the jamba juice? >> this is so call called amp me. >> on the beach, anywhere. instant party. you turns you and your friend's >> oh, wow. equipment. >> so i actually have some friends and i have alison and jesus over there. >> hey, guys. >> and we're going to do a live demo of this so i've already. i'm the leader phone so i start a party t.sends them a code, and -- and here we go. hello, how are you it's so difficult for me >> here we are, see, adele, she can save thanksgiving and christmas, too. >> you play it there.
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on "today" food we're wrapping up our h hiday cookie swap. >> she's here with holiday spin on her signature cookies. christina. i always say. you bring voice to the bars. >> they are the best. >> thank you. >> we're launching in with a few recipes. >> thank you. >> i wanted to bring you my guys my favorite holiday cookieiea riff on a milk bar classic. corn flake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie, a little bit of a holiday twist starting with corn flake crunch and that's how we amp it up. corn flakes and milk powder and a little bit of melted butter. easy enough. we crunch thaha down into a bowl. throw it on to a baking sheet. >> mash that up. just mash it up. throw it on to a making sheet and we bake it in the oven. crunchy corn flake. >> crunch. >> we take a standard cookie
butter and light brown sugar, flower, sugeary, salt, the base of every good cookie. we throw some of this corn flake there. >> willie is a fan of this. corn flake crunch. >> and we're going to add the classic chocolate chips. i like a mini chocolate chip because you get a little chocolate chip in every bite and goo. flavor. >> flair and texture. >> and thehe for holiday season my mom always sends me holiday candy, but it comes in the mail and it always comes a little crushed up. what are you going to do with that, fold it into a cookie dough. makes a great cookie dough to eat as, it i'm not going to lie but if you have enough self-cononol. >> i idon't. >> i'm going to scoop some o o to a baking sgleet can you breeze this and make it ahead. >> absolutely make it ahead. my tip is to keep it while it's
reach too your freezer and put them on a baking sheet. >> all the recipes on today.comom while we make our wayay to t ts display of loveliness. these are my grandma's classic cutout cookies. four ingredients, butter, flour, salt, that's it. you roll them out on to a cold peeves marble so the dough stays nice and cold and you cut out the cookie cutters. >> if i don't have a cold piece of marble. >> just keep your dough cold, like if you have a marble surface. get your handy husband or wife to get a peeves marble for you. >> and then you decorate. to me that's the most fun part. a glaze of confectioners sugar and milk, use original juice or cranberry juice. >> and have this beautiful display. >> this is "today" on nbc.
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>> a viral sensation. dozens of siouxlanders get a lesson in sioux city history. at a presentation at the public museum thursday, they learned about sioux cityty role as iowa's leading manufacturin g center from the late 1880s to the 1960s. historians say there were more than 150 manufacturers in sioux city in 1890. that number doubled by the 1920s. "it's my goal to help people not only remember some of these things, because many of these manufacturies have been around in living memory, but also to remind people of our past," said tom munson, archival clerk for the sioux city public museum. the presentation was part of the museum's "high time at noon" series. it is a monthly program where people can bring their lunch and