tv First Look MSNBC June 11, 2012 2:00am-2:30am PDT
in from one extreme to another, wildfires worsen in the west while the southeast gets slammed by nearly two feet of rain. bugging out. a california town encounters an infestation of almost biblical proportions. and guns blazing. a piece of wild west history goes under the hammer. very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. those stories and much more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
we begin this morning with burning out of control. high winds are fanning the flames of two wildfires that have forced hundreds of evacuations in colorado and new mexico. fire officials say so far, the colorado blaze has destroyed or damaged 18 structures and scorched 20,000 acres. lightning is the suspected cause of the fire, which officials say is 0% contained. in the meantime, strong winds grounded aircraft fighting a - 40-square-mile wildfire in southern new mexico. that blaze has burned through three dozen structures. meanwhile across the country, torrential rains brought damaging floods to the southeast, particularly the florida panhandle. heavy downpours soaked pensacola with more than 13 inches of rain saturday, blocking roads and stranding residents and cars in the knee-high water. more than 100 people were forced to evacuate their homes. parts of southeastern alabama were also drenched during the weekend's severe storms. we're going to find out when the rain-soaked area can expect to dry out. that's coming up in a moment in
weather. news this morning of a bizarre series of traffic accidents this weekend, allegedly involving u.s. secretary of commerce john bryson. the los angeles county sheriff's department reports secretary bryson was involved in two separate traffic collisions in california towns on saturday. he was found alone and unconscious and hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries after the second incident. authorities say he was cooperative and there is no indication alcohol or drugs played a role. the first collision is under investigation as a felony hit-and-run. in alabama now, a statewide manhunt is under way for a gunman who opened fire at a party this weekend near the campus of auburn university, killing three people and wounding three others. two former auburn football players were among those killed. nbc's kurt gregory has details. >> reporter: a gunman opened fire during a fight at a party held at an offcampus apartment complex near auburn university on saturday night. >> it happened so quick. >> reporter: three were killed in the shooting, including two former auburn university
players, edward christian and ladarious phillips. three more were injured. one of whom is a current football player for university. >> it's a very sad time for the auburn community, auburn university, auburn university athletic department. >> head coach gene chizik released a statement, saying in part "my thoughts and prayers are with the families and all of the victims involved in this tragic incident." >> it's not only university students and athletes, but it's young people, it's six young people that have been shot. >> reporter: authorities are hunting for the suspect, desmonte leonard, who's charged with capital murder and considered armed and extremely dangerous. >> we won't rest at the auburn police division until he is located. >> reporter: as the search for the suspect continues. >> i don't know what i'm going to do, you know what i'm saying? might live long or something.
i grew up with them. >> reporter: as victims' friends and an entire community search for reasons why. kurt gregory, nbc news. opening statements are scheduled today in the trial of former penn state assistant football coach jerry sandusky. sandusky is facing 52 criminal counts for the alleged sexual abuse of ten boys over 15 years. some of the alleged victims are expected to testify when prosecutors start presenting their case. they reportedly will also show letters sandusky allegedly wrote to one of his accusers. if convicted, sandusky could spend the rest of his life in prison. here's your "first look" at some of the other news going on around america today. residents near sacramento are experiencing what some may call a nuisance of biblical proportions. an army of locusts are devouring plant life everywhere and homeowners feel hopeless. they are worried they could target vineyards and dairy ranches. over a million mexican
freetell bats have transformed an austin bridge into their own cave, but locals are loving it. spectators gather on the bridge just before sunset to watch the night creatures take flight in search of prey. the summer feeding period has become a seasonal spectacle. unusually low tides in central california are giving experts of marine life rare encounters with slimy creatures, gigantic snails, also known as sea hares are showing up, some of them three times their normal size. look at that, wow! finally, a mother and her ducklings brought traffic on a washington freeway to a standstill. police and motorists spent several minutes attempting to secure safe passage for these animals. they didn't make it easy, but the family was eventually relocated safely. time now for a look at the national weather. we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with a weather channel forecast. that guy there definitely doing his good deed for the day. wouldn't you say? >> humorous, too.
>> good deed of a lifetime almost. >> lucky ducks, right? >> yeah, exactly. good morning, everybody. we showed you the amazing pictures of the flooding rains in florida from mobile, alabama, to pensacola. just incredible day on saturday. i mean, this was just off-the-charts rainfall. thunderstorms sat over this region. they didn't move, and it was the second wettest day ever recorded in pensacola, florida. over a foot of rain. officially 13.13. and this is an area that gets hurricanes over the last, obviously, 100 years. and the old record goes back to 1934, which was 15 inches of rain. so i mean, this was still very impressive stuff. and the rain gauge in west pensacola picked up an amazing 21.70 inches of rain, almost 2 feet. that's why they had just incredible flooding. they do have some showers and storms once again it rained a little bit yesterday. now we're getting additional showers and storms because the ground is just super saturated. it's going to be easy to get flash flooding. and so, driving anywhere on the roads down here from mobile to pensacola could be some issues, but right now the thunderstorms
are the worst and they're heading up 65 here in through southern portions of alabama. we do have other areas of rain and concerns out there this morning. very heavy rain this morning just north of kansas city, around st. joseph that could shift down on you. and because this moisture down around the gulf is just so super humid, and all of that air mass is heading up the eastern seaboard, so that's why we have additional rain chances anywhere from tennessee, kentucky, through the carolinas, eventually up into virginia, especially tonight and tomorrow. and then by the time we get to tuesday and wednesday, all this moisture will head up into new england for a very rainy period. so, this is just, you know, thanks to the tropics, that tropical air is just heading northward. so, your forecast today, on-and-off rain possible in atlanta. it will be cooler in the southeast with all the clouds around, but we could get some of those downpours from new orleans once again northwards, and the storms could make their way toward chicago this afternoon. veronica, incredible stuff this weekend. we didn't deal with many tornadoes, but flooding was bad enough. >> it was a mess.
thanks, bill. a bailout for spain, big speculation over apple and the latest price for dining with the oracle. your "first look" at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. a thrilling end to the subway series. the orioles have a flair for the dramatics, and the best acting job in baseball. you're watching "first look" on msnbc.
welcome back to "first look." i'm veronica de la cruz. here are some of the top stories making news this morning. syrian troops have killed at least 35 people this weekend shelling on the city of homs in an attempt to regain control of the opposition stronghold. former egyptian president hosni mubarak is reportedly slipping in and out of consciousness. mubarak, who was sentenced to life in prison on june 2nd, has had an irregular heartbeat and required assistance in breathing. you probably don't know his name, but you definitely know his face. character actor frank cady has
died at age 96. he played the general store owner on "greenacres" in a career that included literally hundreds of shows and films. a letter written in english by napoleon bonaparte in 1816 has been sold for $325,000. the manuscript was written by napoleon while being held captive by the english on the island of st. helena. and legendary western sharpshooter annie oakley's shotgun has been sold at auction for $143,000. oakley became a superstar in the late 1800s, starring in buffalo bill's wild west show. a total of more than $500,000 was paid for about 100 items of annie oakley memorabilia. and now here's our "first look" at this morning's dish of "scrambled politics." as speculation rolls over the republican's veep choice, mike huckabee doesn't think much of his chances, telling nbc this week "i think there's a greater
likelihood that i'll be asked by madonna to go on tour as her bass player." well, mike, you never know. former vermont governor howard dean got extreme this weekend, arguing mitt romney wants to take us back to the '50s and not the 1950s, the 1850s, even likened romney to mahmoud ahmadinejad. gabby gifford campaigning this weekend. her husband told politico while she's not sure she wants to run for office again, she does want to get into public service. it's reported the driving records of ten senate candidates show a need for speed. republicans have the dubious edge. six gop candidates have eight speeding convictions, while four democrats have only three. all right, jamie foxx, he wants to be president. okay, well, sorts of. he's in talks to play the president. "a white house down," a thriller about an attack on the white house. a former "west wing"
resident, short of. martin sheen thinks the president will soundly beat mitt romney. no romney fan, sheen told "the australian" the race boils down to "a man living an honest life and a hustling . and finally, in a tough week for the president, this could be the biggest blow. "the daily caller" reports that amber lee ettinger -- do you remember her? 2008's obama girl? okay, do you remember her now? okay, yeah, she's not going to say whether or not she supports him, so double ouch, i guess. and that is this morning's dish of "scrambled politics." now here's your "first look" at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,554 after adding 93 points on friday. s&p up 10, nasdaq gained 27. overseas in tokyo, the nikkei spiked 165 points while in hong kong, the hang seng skyrocketed 451. well, coming off their best week of the year, stocks should get another lift today. eurozone finance ministers have
agreed to lend spain up to $125 billion to help its battered banks. the deal removes a huge cloud hanging over financial markets for months. reacting to that news, asian stocks rallied today, but analysts fear the relief could be short-lived. worries about the outcome of greece's elections next sunday, which could determine whether the debt-ridden country stays in the eurozone, will likely resurface later in the week. investors will also be watching jpmorgan chase ceo jamie dimon testify before congress about his bank's multibillion dollar trading fiasco. may retail sales and ratings on inflation are on deck this week and opec will discuss oil production levels this week as prices hover around eight-month lows. as a result, gas prices have dropped 16 cents over the past three weeks to an average of $3.62 a gallon. a lot of eyes will be on apple today during its annual worldwide developers conference. speculation is swirling about possible new software and hardware.
united health care says it will maintain coverage protections included in the nation's health care reform law, regardless of how the supreme court rules on the challenge legislation. cnbc is reporting ubs is ready to sue nasdaq for what could amount to $350 million in losses from its botched facebook ipo. and big congratulations to the winner of warren buffett's annual charity lunch auction, who forked over, get this, nearly $3.5 million to dine with the billionaire. the o's walk off, a subway series sweep and things get slippery at the french open. plus, a spectacular catch that even fools the umpire. your "first look" at sports is straight ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. wake up!
♪ ♪ we all need it. to move. to keep warm. to keep us fed. to make clay piggies. but to keep doing these things in the future... at shell, we believe the world needs a broader mix of energies. that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner electricity... that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil,
shell is producing ethanol - a biofuel made from renewable sugarcane. ♪ >>a minute, mom! let's broaden the world's energy mix. let's go. welcome back to "first look." i'm veronica de la cruz. in sports now, two competitors competing sunday for one of tennis's top titles are forced to wait as mother nature refused to cooperate at the french open. here's mario solis. >> hi there. good morning. for the first time in 39 years, the men's final of the french open will be decided on a monday. rain ruling the day in paris. rafael nadal and novak djokovic. rafael jumped out to the early lead and something tells me novak wasn't happy, takes out his frustration on the bench. that may have jump-started the best player in the world. he was ahead in the fourth when
rain crashes the party. drizzle turns into a downpour. the match was suspended due to rain and darkness. they'll try to crown a champion this morning. start spreading the news, the yankees have swept the mets. after the amazins tied it in the ninth, russell martin ends it with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, second of the game. the yanks win 5-4. more late-inning heroics, red sox and nats tied in the ninth. this is what you call a hit-and-run. bryce harper takes off from first. roger bernardino with a shot to right. he turns on the after-burners. they score the go-ahead run. that is textbook baseball. nationals win 4-3. to baltimore. if you're going to play the orioles in extra innings, you're probably going to lose. one on for matt weeders, towering flight to right. hunter pence can't make the grab. adam jones hustles from first to score the winning run. o's have won nine straight in extras, beat the phils 5-4. finally, here's the catch of the day, or was it? pirates at royals.
andrew mccutcheon rips it down the line, mitch mauleder hauls it in and goes head first over the wall. what a grab! but take another look. he goes head over heels and look near his back. that's the ball rolling around. he picks it up, shows it to the umpire. it's called an out, but i call it the best acting job in baseball. and that's your first look at sports. i'm mario solis. >> oh, wow. now for another look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. i just -- did he get hurt? was he okay? it looked painful almost. >> yeah, okay enough to fool the umpire. >> okay, got it. >> don't know about sportsmanship, but he got the out. well, good morning, everyone. interesting weather scenario going on in new england right now. there's no bad weather, but if you watch the clouds here, they're coming down from canada over boston in northern new england. if you look back to the west here in pittsburgh and d.c., the clouds and winds are off in the south. so, there's a frontal system right over top of new york city, kind of dividing the area. a dry, nice, beautiful air mass is in place from about hartford
to boston northwards through new england where it's really getting humid and very warm around d.c. and pittsburgh. so kind of a split forecast today. it's going to be hot, humid, very much like summer today. d.c. up to 88 degrees, even buffalo getting up to 88 today, and enough humidity for thunderstorms around pittsburgh. take the opposite of that from boston to hartford northwards. temperatures in the 70s with low humidity. just a gorgeous late spring day. so, that all changes tomorrow because the humid air is going to eventually win out along with the rain and thunderstorms moving up from the south. right now, we've got a lot of heavy rain this morning. probably the worst commute out there. here's kansas city, missouri. to the north of there, st. joseph, just north of kansas city, a really difficult morning with a lot of heavy rain and that will be the story over this week. looks like a lot of heavy rain for the eastern half of the country. >> wow, i can hardly wait. thanks, bill. >> no problem. a diva's concert casualty and details on a hollywood wedding in texas. plus, the latest alien thriller has a whopper of an opening, but still not enough to win the top spot at the box
office. your first look at entertainment is straight ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multigrain cheerios to your kids' wet skin. neutrogena® wet skin kids. ordinary sunblock drips and whitens. neutrogena® wet skin cuts through water. forms a broad spectrum barrier for full strength sun protection. wet skin. neutrogena®. mcallen, texas. in here, heavy rental equipment in the middle of nowhere, is always headed somewhere. to give it a sense of direction, at&t created a mobile asset solution to protect and track everything. so every piece of equipment knows where it is, how it's doing or where it goes next. ♪ this is the bell on the cat. [ male announcer ] it's a network of possibilities -- helping you do what you do... even better.
on cnn, bill clinton said he's very sorry for going against president obama's campaign messages. obama said it was humbling to hear clinton apologize. then hillary was like, trust me, you get used to it. speaking of president obama, this weekend his daughter sasha will turn 11 years old, yeah. sasha, yep, 11 years old. sasha didn't ask obama for a present, you know, because she's still waiting for him to deliver the gifts he promised three birthdays ago, so -- this is
weird. mitt romney used to dress up as a police officer in high school and pull over drivers for speeding. of course, people knew something was up when they noticed they were being pulled over by a limo. reginald, make the siren sound. >> tonight, jimmy welcomes actress keira knightley, comedian eric andre and musical act glen hancer. that is "late night with jimmy fallon" week nights at 12:35, 11:35 central time on your local nbc station. time now for your "first look" at entertainment news. this summer season's first real battle at the box office went to the animals, the cute critters of "madagascar 3" finished number one with a better than expected $60 million debut. what, you didn't think that was funny? >> no, i had a little bet with lynn that the other movie would win. >> oh, and you lost. >> yes, i did. >> and "madagascar 3" took in
$70 million overseas, just to add insult to injury, bill. another big opening settled for the second spot. "p "p "prometheus." wl lady gaga suffered a concussion when a dancer accidentally hit her in the head with a metal pole. >> is there video of that? i want to see it. >> it's on youtube, actually. she's said to be fine and set to begin her australian tour on wednesday. so she's okay. after five years, matthew mccown hey and wife camilla, wedding guests left in luxury tents. he worry a tuxedo, she made a handmade gown and when it came to their gowns, they whispered them into each other's ears, so we'll never know what they said. top-secret. >> i'm not sure how i feel about that. >> i think it's very sweet. well, i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "first look" on msnbc.
stay tuned, because "way too early with willie geist" starts right now. have a great day. the obama campaign shifts to damage control following the president's comments that the private sector of the economy is "doing fine," prompting mitt romney and the republicans to label him out of touch with the american people. the question is, if the jobs numbers don't improve, could these comments haunt the president in november? the eurozone teeters on the brink of collapse as spain becomes the latest country to accept a bailout, this one to the tune of $125 billion. the question is, if the european leaders can't stabilize the situation there, could the crisis trigger another global recession? and third time's a charm for neil patrick harris, who was fantastic as host once again for the annual tony awards last night. e