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good morning. do we have a winner? a maryland woman reportedly says she has one of three winning tickets in that $656 million mega millions jackpot. but questions are swirling around her claim. we'll talk to the lottery official in charge in that woman's state. "today" exclusive. newly relsed evidence raising questions about why police didn't arrest josh powell in connection with his wife's disappearance long before he killed his two young sons and himself. this morning, susan powell's parents are here to react for the first time in a live interview. and the legend revealed. 60 years of "today," a whole lot of legends, from the first morning show anchor, to the first female co-host, to a chimp
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who often stole the show. only one is returning this morning for one show only. and he, she, or it has a big announcement to make, live, "today," monday, april 2nd, announcement to make, live, "today," monday, april 2nd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. looks like we swallowed the can era because there's been so much speculation on twitter and facebook about who our legend this morning is. >> did j. fred muggs part his hair on the left side? if you look closely. >> i don't know. i think he decided that doing a morning show stunt -- >> for a chimp, right? we'll reveal that a little later on. meanwhile, no one has officially
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come forward to claim a piece of that mega millions jackpot. but "the new york post" talked to a woman who works at a mcdonald's in maryland. she claimed she holds the winning ticket. her coworkers are furious about that. we'll explain. we'll have much more on that story coming up. >> and also ahead coming up this morning, take a look at these new photographs, because prince harry is coming to the rescue of an injured rider during a charity polo match. this morning the prince is actually being credited with saving the rider's life. we're going to have more on that story. and also the story behind this never before seen photograph of princess diana and her young sons, william and harry. it's coming up here in just a moment. she's barefoot -- they're barefoot beside her and it's just now come to light. we're going to take a look at the prince's faces and what they're thinking about that anyway, coming up much more on that coming up. >> all right, there's a lot of buzz over who will be here tomorrow. sarah palin's going to help us out as a special guest host in our 8:00 hour. in fact, she's making her way to new york city this morning and coming up, she'll check in and we'll try and offer a couple of pointers. >> but let us begin now with
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this morning's top stories and with natalie on assignment, savannah guthrie is at the news desk. >> good morning, and in the news today, a passenger plane crashed in siberia this morning, has killed most of the 43 people on board a russian twin engine turboprop. at least 31 people are dead, and a dozen survivors have been hospitalized in serious condition. the cause of the crash is not yet clear. a daring rescue to save injured members of a racing yacht crew battered by a massive wave off the california coast. the u.s. coast guard rescued two british sailors injured when rough seas struck that 70-foot yacht. they were competing in an around the world race expected to reach san francisco bay this morning. a deadly accident on a rural kansas freeway has left at least five people from a minnesota family dead, a family friend says four of them were children. 13 others were injured when a truck towing a motor home careened off the road sunday morning. the crash is now under investigation.
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the family of slain teen trayvon martin is renewing calls for federal involvement in the investigation into their son's death this morning. nbc's kerry sanders is in sanford, florida, with the latest this morning. kerry, good morning to you. >> well, good morning, savannah. lawyers for trayvon martin's family say today they will ask the justice department to investigate the police department and the state attorney's office. they're hoping the feds can get answers as to why, when a 28-year-old white hispanic shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, no one was charged in the shooting death. in rally, after rally -- >> we're all children of god! >> reporter: a growing chorus of trayvon martin supporters demanding the same thing. an arrest. >> don't talk to us about violence, handcuff the violent one. >> reporter: but 28-year-old george zimmerman maintains he was the victim. that he shot trayvon martin
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because the teenager was beating him and he feared for his own life. >> george zimmerman acted in self-defense. and i believe that the stand your ground law will apply in this case. >> reporter: in miami sunday, anger at what protesters believe to be an imperfect legal system. >> i want to warning the state of florida, you might have let casey anthony go, but you better not let george zimmerman go. >> reporter: for trayvon's mother, sabrina fulton -- it's been 36 days of waiting for something to happen. the special prosecutor is still collecting evidence. yet to be interviewed, trayvon's girlfriend who was on the phone with him moments before he was shot. >> one of the critical witnesses for the special prosecutor has to be the girlfriend of trayvon martin, who in effect becomes the voice of trayvon martin when she explains what he said to her. >> reporter: sources say that the special investigator could be talking to that girlfriend as early as today.
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savannah? >> all right, kerry sanders in sanford, florida, this morning. thank you. a win for democracy in myanmar this morning. the longtime imprisoned activist aung san suu kyi declared victory to throngs of supporters. her party claiming she had won a seat in parliament by a land slide. official results of the election have yet to be released. if confirmed that win would herald a new era for the southeast asian country as it shakes off years of authoritarian military rule. the nobel peace lawyer yet was imprisoned by the regime there for more than a decade. the republican presidential hopefuls are in wisconsin today, making their final pitches ahead of tuesday's critical primary there. and meantime at the white house, president obama hosts canadian prime minister steven harper and mexican president felipe calderon for a north american leaders summit. and finally one airline in canada took sunday's april fools' day to a whole new level with a commercial that hopefully didn't trick any exhausted parents. check it out. >> effective today, we're
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introducing child-free cabins on board select flights. your child will be whisked away in a magic carpet ride and your work is done. >> well, moms, sorry, that is an april fools' joke. no you will not be putting the kids into the luggage hold. it is now 7:07. back to matt, ann and al. it also boasted a state-of-the-a state-of-the-art -- >> they need to put the do not try this at home. that is clever, though. savannah, thank you very much. welcome back, mr. roker. >> i could have used that yesterday on my trip home. >> how was your vacation? >> we had a great time. good to see everybody back again. as we show you what's happening for today, risk of strong storms from texas all the way up into kansas. a chance of hail, isolated tornadoes, east central texas looking at damaging wind gusts. rainfall not going to be that bad. we're talking about a quarter to half an inch. some areas picking up to an inch of rain. we've got record highs in the mid-plains. into the great lakes, we're expecting more rain, heavy winds
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along the pacific northwest coast. high surf and windy conditions along the southern california and central california coasts. >> gusty winds. >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thanks. now for more on the winning ticket holders in that record-shattering $656 million mega millions jackpot. "today" national correspondent amy robach is in red bud, illinois, where one of the tickets was sold. amy, good morning to you.
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>> that's right. good morning. lots of rumors swirling this morning. a maryland woman apparently talking to "the new york post" saying she has one of those three winning tickets. however she refused to show the alleged winning ticket. there's some controversy surrounding her and her coworkers. she claims she's going to take it to state lottery officials today in maryland. we'll see on that. but of course, officially no announced winners as of yet that we can officially report. most of us are waking up this morning, matt, as a regular monday morning. we're off to work, we're getting the kids ready for school. but i think it's fair to say that there are the people behind these winning tickets, one of which was purchased right here at the red bud motor mart. they will never have a monday morning quite like ours again. it's the talk of red bud, illinois. >> if i won that much money, i wouldn't be telling everybody. you'll have more friends than you knew you ever had. >> i hope it's somebody local. and i hope that they spend the money in the community. >> reporter: the center of everyone's attention, the moto
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mart. here one customer's use of the quick pick option yielded the winning combination in friday night's drawing, worth $218 million before taxes. >> wasn't me. >> darn it wasn't me. my language was a little more colorful than that. >> reporter: a second winning ticket was purchased in kansas. over the weekend lottery officials revealed the sale took place in one of these 21 northeastern counties. in milford mill, maryland, home of the third winning ticket, state lottery officials came to the 7-eleven store where the ticket was sold, hoping to find their still unnamed big winner. also sharing in the excitement here, latisha, who won a much smaller prize. >> i won $150. >> reporter: but for most of us, the odds clearly were not in our favor. despite spending almost $1.5 billion on business mega
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millions jackpot, americans had only a 1 in 176 million chance of claiming a piece of its record-high $656 million payout. >> large amounts of money can cause irrational financial behavior, which is why, if you are not sophisticated, you are never, at all, handle large sums of money, you might just be better off getting it yearly, rather than all in one lump sum. >> reporter: and while it's enough to vault the winners into the much discussed 1%, they're still a long way from bill gates territory, who tops the forbes 400 richest americans with an estimated net worth of $61 billion. all right. well we mentioned that $218 million number. that is if the winners choose annualized payments. 26 annualized payments. if, instead, you prefer the lump sum amount, that would be about $158 million. and all of these numbers are before taxes, we should mention. and you know what they say,
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matt, better luck next time if you didn't win. better luck tomorrow, because tuesday's mega millions lottery drawing already worth $12 million. back to you. >> doesn't sound like a lot right now, amy. thank you very much. dennis wilson is the executive director of the kansas lottery. steven martino is the director of the maryland lottery. gentlemen, good morning to both of you. >> good morning, matt. >> mr. martino, let me start with you. i've got to ask you the question, "new york post" is reporting that a woman has come forward to some people claiming that she has the winning ticket in the state of maryland. has a woman named myrlon wilson contacted your office? >> she has not. the first i heard about it was reading a couple paragraphs from "the post" story this morning. i think we were not helped by the fact that yesterday was april fools' day. there were any number of stories and rumors out there. we have not heard from this woman or anyone else claiming the ticket. and we look forward to the legitimate winner presenting the ticket to the maryland lottery here soon. >> and basically what happens
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when someone does call, and they walk in and they actually hand you a ticket that you can verify, what is the first thing that happens after that? >> well, you're right, we have to go through the process of verifying the ticket, making sure that it's legitimate. there's enormous amount of computer data that would support the claim, you know, at that point in time obviously the winner then would have to make some decisions about whether they're going to take the annuity payout over 26 years or whether they were going to get a lump sum payment, and then we would process the claim accordingly, and get some money into their bank account. >> mr. wilson out in kansas, i know you don't know an awful lot about even where the ticket was sold, other than that it was in the northeastern part of the state. so someone's probably sitting in your state this morning, staring down at a piece of paper saying, i can't believe it over and over again. what is your best advice for that person? >> well, we're telling everybody that they really need to secure that ticket, they need to sign the back of it. and they need to seek legal counsel, or financial advice prior to coming in so they'll be
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ready when they talk to us. >> and by the way, they do not have to come forward, is that true, at least publicly? they could contact you privately and remain anonymous? >> yes, in our state tt's the way it works. >> and is that realistic? i mean, once you get that much money on your debit card, and you start spending it, you're going to raise some, you know, draw some attention, aren't you? >> well, it's realistic to a point. but, usually someone's talking somewhere, and you can find out possibly who it is. but a lot of money, it's the largest jackpot in kansas, so we're going to wait to see what happens. >> and mr. martino, before i let you go, it's a big windfall for the individual ticket holders, or the groups who hold these tickets. it's also a real great thing financially for the state. for example, maryland, isn't it? >> it is. obviously if they take the lump sum payout they will pay about $13.4 million in state taxes. it's a good thing for the maryland lottery. it's a good thing for our players. it does reinforce the fact that people do win, so we're
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obviously very excited that we did have a mega millions jackpot winner in maryland. >> all right. you guys are in for a very busy day, i have a feeling. dennis wilson, steven martino, thank you very much. >> thank you very much. go ku. >> that's right. big game tonight for you guys. >> lightning struck twice here. thank you. >> 7:15. now here's ann. >> matt, thanks. now on a more serious note, newly unsealed documents from the disappearance of a utah mother have some questioning why charges were never filed against the woman's husband, josh powell, and if the deaths of the couple's two young children could have been prevented. we'll get exclusive reaction from susan powell's parents in just a moment. but first, nbc's miguel almaguer has the latest. hey, miguel, good morning. >> ann, good morning. the search warrant shows that police began to gather evidence against josh powell, susan's husband, immediately after she disappeared. he was named a person of interest, but never charged with a crime. now some say that utah police have blood on their hands. >> he blew up the house and the
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kids. >> reporter: february 6th, 2012. josh powell murders his two young boys in a house fire, taking his own life. while under suspicion in his wife susan's disappearance. newly released search warrants now reveal detectives in utah seemed to suspect josh powell murdered susan from the beginning. susan vanished december 6th, 2009, the night josh claimed he took the couple's children camping in a snowstorm. search warrants showed detectives discovered in his car, a generated, blankets, a gas can, tarps, and a shovel. and inside the couple's home, investigators found susan's blood, and two fans set up, blowing onto the living room sofa, that appeared to have just been cleaned. >> we have every bit of physical evidence, and every bit of emotional evidence, that suggest that not only did she disappear, but she disappeared at the hands of her husband. >> reporter: police also found a handwritten note from susan in a safety deposit box.
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she wrote a fear of her husband saying if she dies, it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one. despite the evidence, josh powell was never charged with a crime. in the weeks following susan's disappearance, josh moved with his children to washington state, where police there say they waited for the call to arrest him. >> there is direct evidence. there's circumstantial evidence. there is motive. there is everything but the body. >> reporter: susan's body was never discovered. josh never charged with a crime. chuck cox is susan's father. >> if josh had been in jail the children would be safe. >> reporter: but utah police are defending the handling of their case, and won't comment on the latest developments. >> as difficult as it may be at this time, i'm not going to address any specific questions in relation to what has been released. >> reporter: today, susan's disappearance remains unsolved. a case that despite newly released evidence, may never be closed. the search warrants were
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released because josh powell's father, steven powell, faces criminal charges in a separate case, and he's pled not guilty to. and while utah police are coming under fire, some legal analysts say there shouldn't be a rush to judgment. ann? >> all right, miguel almaguer, thank you so much. susan powell's parents chuck and judy cox are with us now. good morning, i want to know how brave it is for both of you to be here this morning, especially after this information's been released. chuck when you hear about this evidence that was deemed not enough to arrest josh powell, what is your reaction? >> it's unbelievable. i think there was certainly enough evidence, at least to arrest him, and get some serious discussion out of him. because, he would never actually taken in and interrogated. either they had to release him after an initial interrogation, at least they would have got something out of him. i think it might have been better. >> as you know, over the weekend, the mayor of utah insisted that his police department did everything that it could have possibly done in
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this case. in your mind, what was the most compelling evidence that should have caused josh powell to be arrested? >> well, the first evidence that springs to mind is the cell phone business. where he had susan's cell phone with him, and calls to make something to give him a message, leave a message to give himself an alibi. and the fact that she's missing and there's blood in the house, and then if that wasn't enough in the first week or so, because knowing somebody did something and proving something they did it in a court of law is totally different. i understand that. but i think when the boys then said that, charlie said that his mommy went camping with them and didn't come back. and then the next thing is he tells a primary teacher that his mommy is dead, i think somewhere in there there had to be enough to arrest him. >> you've said after this evidence is released that if josh powell had been arrested, your grandsons would be alive.
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do you think that authorities in utah bear some responsibility for the deaths of your grandchildren? >> definitely. they had their plan, or as their tips came in and they started working the case, and i feel that now, seeing some of the evidence that was given right in the very beginning surprises me that they didn't arrest him, or be able to at least somehow talk with him. >> the only problem with blaming the police, for me, is it's based on a couple assumptions. number one is that if they arrested him, they would have been able to keep him in jail and successfully prosecute him. and obviously they didn't feel they had that level of evidence. and that was a decision they had to make. in mind sight we say they made a mistake. that still doesn't prove, doesn't mean they would have been able to keep him in jail.
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so -- >> one piece of evidence that has got to be one of the hardest is hearing about this note that susan left behind in a safety deposit box in which she said, it may not be an accident if she dies. as parents, judy, that must be so hard to hear. >> well, we know she was conversing or talking with her sisters, and she didn't. and she told them more than she told us, she didn't want to worry us. and that just makes me real sad that she didn't talk with us more and be more serious, you know, in talking. let it be known that it was a serious thing, and -- >> the bottom line is she stayed too long. >> yeah. >> she knew -- we knew they had trouble, and she thought she could handle it, and she stayed too long. >> all right. chuck and judy, we have to leave it there. but we are so grateful that you came in and i know that you still hope that the
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investigators can still find your daughter. thank you so much for being here. and on a very different note, the never before seen portrait of princess diana and her sons has now surfaced, and why william and harry are barefoot and why they don't seem very happy in that portrait. also coming up this morning, sarah palin will be checking in as she makes her way to studio 1a to guest host tomorrow. we're going to talk to her live. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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just ahead an nfl cheerleader and former teacher indicted, allegedly for having sex with a student, and her mother, a principal, is accused of covering it up. >> and a "today" show legend returns. [ mujahid ] there was a little bit of trepidation, not quite knowing what the next phase was going to be, you know, because you been, you know, this is what you had been doing. you know, working, working, working, working, working, working. and now you're talking about, well you know, i won't be, and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world.
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commute with sarah caldwell. >> a lot of students on spring break this week. volume is on the lighter side. pelham ave closed at woodstock ave due to fire department activity. 48 miles per hour on the north side from her for towards dulaney valley. 48 on the west side. 48 traveling south from padonia down to the beltway. dulaney valley, no sign of the medical call. everything is looking good in terms of volume. we'll look at 295, southbound traffic seeing delays from 195 down to 32. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> on the traffic cameras, you can see that the sun is out and the temperatures are feeling a little chilly. 40s across the metro area.
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forecast for today, plenty of sunshine. watch out for gusty winds. 10 to 20 miles per hour out of the northwest. 61 and ocean city, 57 in the mountains. close to the freezing mark in some spots. frost may be a concern early tomorrow morning. as we go to the seven-day forecast, up slightly. forecast, up slightly. slight chance for showers on
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fruit blends and their unique taste combinations. like peach/raspberry. with one flavor in the granola bunch and one on the flake. two flavors. in harmony. honey bunches of oats. make your day bunches better. 7:30 now on this monday morning. it's the second day of april, 2012. a sunny but cool morning in rockefeller plaza. and we have a great crowd kicking off their week with us this morning. >> a lot of spring breakers out there on a day that -- go back to lenny for a second. to lenny. >> wait a minute. >> that's a nice coat he's wearing. i like that a lot. wait a minute. it's meredith vieira out on our plaza this morning. are you the legend that we've been talking about? >> you know what, first of all, read the sign. we're not here for matt, we're here for lenny. can you read the sign? >> i've seen that sign before. >> this stunt was not my idea,
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by the way. i thought i was coming to see that chimp. but the chimp in retirement in florida refused to come up here, so you got the chump instead. >> you look better in silhouette, actually. no, i'm kidding! meredith is here this morning because she has a great announcement, and we're going to reveal that in just a little while. something we're all very, very happy about, meredith. come on inside, get warm. bring lenny. >> okay, i will. >> yeah, you can. that's fine. >> you're coming in. >> finally, -- finally, after all of these years, give me a cup of coffee! we look forward to seeing both of them. meantime, inside studio 1a i'm ann curry alongside matt lauer. also ahead, we've got a health alert to tell you about as we enter the spring and summer months on the alarming rise of skin cancer cases on a particular group of people. dr. nancy synderman will join us to tell us all about that. and also talk about the special bond between moms and their babies. the only catch is that these newborns are actually not real.
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even though they look so real. we'll explain coming up. >> you got my attention. also ahead a new pore tralt of princess diana and her barefoot young princes unearthed at an antiques road show. while this weekend an older prince harry came to the rescue of a fellow rider at a polo match. he's being credited with saving that man's life. we're going to have more on that story. and as we told you tomorrow on "today," sarah palin will reveal a different side of herself when she joins us as a guest host for the 8:00 hour of our show. we're going to talk to her as she makes her way to new york city. just a couple of minutes. >> that's exciting. we also have another special guest tomorrow and that is ryan seacrest, the "american idol" and e! host has a special surprise announcement to make, and he's going to do it here on "today" tomorrow. >> we begin this half hour with a troubling case. a pro football cheerleader accused of having sex with one of her students when she was a high school teacher. nbc's jeff rossen has details on that. jeff, good morning. >> hey, matt, good morning to
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you. this one has all the neighbors talking around here, so we wanted to share it with you. this woman taught here at the high school for years. i talked to officials over the weekend and she was beloved, very popular, no complaints and everyone seemed to like her. but police now say here in this area that, well, she liked one of her students a little too much. getting involved sexually. by the way, she's since quit teaching, now a star nfl cheerleader. that's her. sarah jones. cheerleading captain for the cincinnati bengals. catching the eye of every man in the stands. off the field, too. but police say sarah's been hiding a dark secret. a sexual relationship with a teenage boy. and not just any teenage boy, one of her former students. you see sarah was cheering part-time but worked during the week teaching deng lish at this kentucky high school. >> she was 26, 27 years old, and you're messing with a student that's maybe a senior or junior in high school. you can't -- you just don't mix
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your relationships like that. >> reporter: here's sarah jones now, her mug shot, arrested and indicted for first degree sexual abuse. and using electronic means to induce the boy. police say they have solid evidence, but won't elaborate. >> it would break down the trust factor of everybody involved. you would think, didn't anybody see the behavior? >> reporter: sarah's mom was arrested, too, accused of covering it up, tampering with evidence. she's the principal of a nearby middle school. her lawyer calls the allegations completely baseless. >> if the boy is not willing to testify, they have to have some other form of proof, either a videotape, a photograph, or maybe somebody was watching, and there's a third party witness ready to testify. >> reporter: sarah jones lives right down this private road here in kentucky. we wanted to speak with her. but apparently, she doesn't want to speak with us. these workers who showed up and put up that makeshift gate with a "do not trespass" sign and sarah declined our request for an interview.
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her lawyer would only tell us in a statement, sarah has maintained her innocence. but there have been rumors about sarah's sexual behavior with men since 2009. on this website, >> he posted that i had had two stds given to me by a cheating boyfriend. and that i had sex with him in the classroom at my school. >> reporter: sarah went on local radio to defend herself back then. >> clearly, obviously, knowing myself that it was false information, i was devastated because i had to, once that was information, once it was public information, i had students starting to ask me, and teachers, and you know, just humiliating. >> reporter: just months ago, before her arrest, sarah suddenly resigned from teaching, with this letter, citing personal reasons. now the blunate bombshell with a love of teaching, could have convicted end up in jail over sex. >> you really focus on kids, focus on becoming a teacher.
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she was sweet. i mean i would never suspect something like this would ever happen. >> reporter: as of now, sarah is still a bengals cheerleader. we checked the bengals' website over the weekend. there she is. still the cheerleading captain. both sarah and her mom due in court this morning. both expected to plead not guilty. we should mention if sarah is convicted, matt, she faces up to ten years in prison. >> all right, jeff rossen in kentucky for us this morning. jeff, thank you very much. let's get a check of the weather now from al, who is back from vacation. >> well, thank you so much, matt. and we have got a sharp dressed man here. what's your name, young man? >> bryce. >> i love that you got the tie working, the contrasting -- you're wearing a suit. do you always dress up this good? >> no. >> okay. well you look spectacular my man. very nice. where you from? >> denver. >> denver. good in denver. let's check it out. that's a good-looking guy. got that alfalfa look. a look at these temperatures,
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warmest march on record. over 50 cities, including tampa, atlanta, chicago, buffalo, new york city just missed having the warmest march on record. and then look at these hot starts to april. record highs in st. louis today, expected, kansas city 89 in wichita falls. tallahassee, orlando, temperatures in the low 90s. 89 in miami. as far as the month of april, above normal to much above normal temperatures for the western two-thirds of the country. april precipitation looks wet in the northwest. and great lakes into the central plains. >> good morning.
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>> and that's your latest weather. ann? >> al, thank you. prince harry is being hailed as a hero this morning for coming to the rescue of a rival during a polo match. nbc's annabelle roberts is in london with details on the story and the portrait of the prince, his brother and princess diana that just surfaced. good morning. >> good morning, ann. now, never seen before, a photo of princess diana and her two young sons. it was taken by society photographer lord snowden and appeared unexpectedly on british tv last night. ♪ the bbc program "antiques road show" is watched by millions. and last night viewers got a glimpse of a previously unseen photo of princess diana and her sons. it shows diana posing formally with a tiara and a radiant smile but her sons are barefoot and don't look too happy. >> their nanny has not given
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them any socks as far as i can see and the princess of wales is dressed up to kill. i don't think i've ever seen it before. >> it's never been released. >> the young boys tired at the photo shoot and wandered off to get something to eat. when they returned they were photoed. that's why they look so glum. antiques road show said it was an odd photo because of the contrast between diana's formal dress and the boys' casual clothes. the still of diana and the boys is valued at $750. also on show was a black and white photo of diana cuddling a young prince harry after his christening, where she looks like a 1930s film star. >> this one up here i think is really rather sensual. >> it just finished the christening and the princess of wales just picked up harry and was giving him a cuddle. and she turned around and i think that i snapped it. >> too good, isn't it? it really is fantastic. >> reporter: and the formal picnic scene described by the experts as terribly posed, valued at $500. altogether around $2,500.
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meanwhile an older prince harry is making news of his own, coming to the aid of a fellow rider who fell off his horse at the polo match in brazil at which harry played during his recent royal trip. harry there showing his mother's caring side. now it's nearly 15 years since princess diana passed away so it's really surprising to find these new photos and that they're so colorful and good. sadly, though, the owner has no plans to sell. ann? >> well, thanks for giving us a glimpse and for being on our broadcast this morning. up next, dr. nancy synderman is on our broadcast talking about the dramatic rise in skin canter rates among young adults. and then we'll talk to sarah palin live as she prepares to guest host tomorrow here on "today." but first, these messages. it was like a "what if"-- like we got money back,
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of melanoma cases has increased dramatically over the last 40 years. dr. nancy synderman is nbc's chief medical editor. let's take a look at the numbers from the mayo clinic at 256 young adults were questioned or looked at over 40 years it found that young women are eight times more likely to get melanoma today than in the 1970s, and men are four times more likely. now why is that? >> and what's disheartening about this is we come off a week last week showing that overall cancer rates have gone down. bottom line is very basic. we haven't gotten the message out very much between our generation, and youngsters that the sun, and tanning beds, are, in fact, primary causes of skin cancer. so by the time you say, well, i want to get in a tanning bed to get my skin ready for summer or i get a little bit of a suntan on spring break, that's already damaged skin. if your skin is tan, it's damaged, and over years, that cumulative exposure means that your risk of cancer, basal cell
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cancer, squamous cell cancer and malignant melanoma is going to increase. >> 71% of the people who actually use tanning beds are between the ages of 16 and 29. i mean, is the solution to this more restrictions? or is it education? >> well, interestingly, there's an increasing group of physicians, and the world health organization, who believe that tanning beds should be listed as an independent risk factor for cancer. there is no such thing as a safe tanning bed. and a lot of people would like to see these things, in fact, taken off the market. it is a misconception to think you can do a little bit and get your skin ready for the summer. they -- they -- the ultraviolet light that is absorbed hurts your skin. so we know about suntan lotion and sunblock and minimizing the risk of sunburn. but this is just as important a thing to avoid. >> there are a number of other risk factors for melanoma. >> certainly heredity makes a difference and the lighter skinned you are. i mean blacks and more pigmented people will have a decreased risk.
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but not so much -- i mean you could still get cancer, but certainly the lighter pigmented you are, the greater your risk. skin burns. cumulative over lifespan can make -- and some -- some pills, some medications can put you more at risk, can make the skin more susceptible. but overall this is an avoidable cancer and all you have to do is avoid tanning beds, minimize your exposure in the sun. don't go out at noon. put on sunscreen and reapply it liberally throughout the day. this is one that is avoidable. >> all right. all right. dr. nancy synderman thank you so much. good information this morning. and coming up next, sarah palin will be here to guest host tomorrow here on "today." have we mentioned that enough? we're going to talk to her live coming up. and meredith is going to be along with her big announcement about this new journey right after this. spring has sprung but so have my allergies.
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reason we wanted to have you back here we do have what we think is a great announcement and it's something that's going to be affecting us and our viewers in the coming months. >> well, thank you. it's great for me. i'm going to be joining you all at the olympics and i'm very excited in london. of all the things that i did when i was on the "today" show for five years i think the olympics was my very favorite experience. starting with beijing and then vancouver as well. when i had the opportunity to go to london i jumped at it. >> oh, boy that's going to be a party. remember beijing, you were nuts there. >> you were nuts. >> that's what i'm thinking about, the sprinklers going up our dresses, the whole thing. when you're around, meredith, you're around a party so this is going to be great. >> when you say you're going to be part of the olympics, compete in the decathlon? >> i'm a gymnast, actually. i'm going -- i'm going to be doing stories, i mean, we'll all be doing the athletes themselves, but i'm also going to do the flair and the flavor of the host country. >> oh. >> and more than that i think you're going to take on a big responsibility as the games kick
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off. >> yes, i am. i'm very proud of that. i'm going to be hosting the opening ceremonies along with you and bob costas. >> wow. >> which is going to be a lot of fun. >> you didn't know. >> i did not know that. >> you might have missed it. >> you said yes even though you knew matt was going to be a part of it. >> i had to step in for costas. >> he's a package deal. london is going to turn out a great show for this. and it's so much in their history that they can put right out there. >> and danny boyle is directing it. so i'm sure it's going to be fantastic. >> we're thrilled about that. >> the best part is you'll be able to drink late and go to sleep, the show will be on noon. >> i can just drink all day long. >> anyway, that all gets kicked -- it all kicks off on july 27th. opening ceremonies for the london 2012 summer olympic games. hosted by meredith vieira and joining us for the entire two weeks. thrilled to have you back for that. >> thank you. >> now, as you -- you're not the only special guest this morning. >> i'm not? >> no, actually, we have a special guest host for tomorrow
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morning on "today." former alaska governor sarah palin. she's making her way to new york city right now and she's joining us by phone. governor palin, good morning. nice to talk to you. >> hey, thank you so much. good morning to all of you. >> if you're on your way from alaska, we're putting a map up now, we see you're in minnesota. are there no direct flights from anchorage to new york city? >> nothing that we could hook up with. so no, we're making the trek cross-country to see y'all and say hi to your good viewers and it's always quite the journey to get from here to there from way up north. >> well, i know, governor palin, you have a lot of experience in television, having been a fmer sportscaster. do you have any questions, any worries, any thoughts about your big day tomorrow here on our broadcast? >> my big day tomorrow, just, you know, how -- how nervous should you all be, perhaps? >> yikes. >> well, we did read a tweet you sent out that said going to go rogue and infiltrate.
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what exactly does that mean. >> what do you think it means? >> you're taking over matt's dressing room. >> what are you doing to prepare? are you reading some newspapers? >> oh. >> oh! >> and it begins. >> not playing around. >> great. okay, that's a fine how do you do. that's a great start. here we go. >> what are you doing? i mean, are you interested in talking about some of the things going on other than politics? tomorrow is a primary day out in wisconsin so that's a natural. what else would you like to weigh in on? >> oh, my goodness. there's so much to weigh in on and hopefully, you know, we won't bore viewers with too much in-depth political talk. but, there are so many issues going on with energy crisis, and you know, some national security issues that have to be addressed. i think no matter what it is that we -- that we discuss how it's going to kind of turn into a bit of a political discussion, because it's just absolutely paramount right now that people
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are paying attention to what's going on in our country, in order to make good decisions to get it back on the right track. >> governor, meredith here. having been here for five years, there are a few things i think you should know. matt will displace your property. and if al asks to let him show you his neck of the woods, wrong. >> by the way, we're going to make you part of "today's professionals" tomorrow morning so you'll be joining dr. nancy synderman, star jones and donny deutsch to talk over some of the hot button issues of the day, which i think should be fun to have you in the mix. >> okay, that sounds wonderful. i really look forward to this. and you know, i appreciate nbc's boldness, and having me on, and you know, doesn't it kind of reflect so much the diversity of opinion that i hear that you all espouse, so i appreciate this. >> governor sarah palin. we're going to have you here
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tomorrow morning, special guest host, especially during our 8:00 hour of the "today" show. safe travels, governor. we'll see you tomorrow. >> thanks so much. >> ryan seacrest is here, as well tomorrow. he's got a big announcement. >> he's running sarah palin. ♪ [ mom ] we didn't know where to go next with eric's adhd. his stimulant medicine was helping, but some symptoms were still in his way. so the doctor kept eric on his current medicine and added nonstimulant intuniv to his treatment plan. [ male announcer ] for some children like eric, adding once-daily nonstimulant intuniv to their stimulant has been shown to provide additional adhd symptom improvement. don't take if allergic to intuniv, its ingredients, or taking other medicines with guanfacine like tenex®. intuniv may cause serious side effects
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> 7: 56 now. time for a check under morning commute. >> nice to start this monday morning with just a few delays to talk about. with side, 21 miles per hour. then things opened up. you have a bit of a break, and on the west side, we back down again at liberty. 4229 as a major with closer to the beltway. -- 40 and towards 29 as you make
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your way closer to the beltway. he will be in good shape towards the fort mchenry. harbor tunnel traffic looking good this our. we will show you what it looks like a the j.f.x. at ruxton road. southbound traffic movement without the late. -- without delay. we are looking at a nice start at franklin boulevard all the way down to the owings mills area. ava has a check on your forecast. >> we have strong winds coming in behind the latest cold front. new 26 miles per hour in annapolis. near 30 miles per hour on the eastern shore to it gripped the steering wheel as were heading on the roads. 57 in the mountains. clear and chilly to that, so cold that we could get close to the freezing mark. if you have a garden plant,
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8:00 now on a monday morning. it's the second day of april, 2012. we had a little rain overnight. a lot of rain. but you can see now that we've got a nice day on rockefeller plaza. and i hope you can see that we have a massive spring break crowd here on the plaza. most of these people are here to welcome our al roker back from vacation. a little bit the swallows returning to capistrano. >> right. or the buzzards back to ohio. >> right, exactly. out on the plaza, matt lauer along with ann curry, and mr. roker. nice to have you all here. it's good to see you. including some ohio state
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basketball fans behind us. big game tonight. that should be fun to watch. also coming up in this half hour, we're going to have the latest on reborn dolls. >> these are not toys from your childhood. these are dolls that are made to look so real, it's really shocking. and a lot of women, or some women actually treat them as if they're their real babies. so we're going to find out why they do that. they're called reborn dolls and we've got some women who are holding them in our studio. matt? >> okay. also ahead we've all been there. you're in a restaurant or a coffee shop or something and someone next to you is speaking so loudly on a cell phone that you feel like you're part of their conversation. today, what do you do? do you confront that person? do you ignore that person? or do you get up and walk out? we're going to be showing you what happened when we put some people to a test in a coffee shop. >> i've done that. >> you've walked out? >> no, talked too loud on the phone in front of other people. >> have you ever been confronted for it? >> i was. >> you do have somewhat of a
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loud voice. >> are you calling me a loud mouth? >> you're not soft spoken. >> she needs to call from the airport to keep it down. and stedman graham. a lot of folks know him as oprah winfrey's significant other. they've been together for more than 25 years. he's here to talk about their relationship, and a new book, interesting, about finding your true identity. so we'll be talking to him in just a bit. >> but first let's get a check of the top stories. in for natalie this morning is savannah guthrie. >> good morning, ann, matt and al. the nation is still waiting to find out who owns those three winning tickets from friday night's world record $656 million mega millions jackpot. all we know officially is that the tickets were sold in maryland, kansas and illinois. the maryland winner bought a single quick pick ticket. there may be new evidence that north korea is stepping up preparations for a test rocket launch this month. commercial satellite images appear to show a mobile radar trailer and fuel tanks at the end of a new dirt road.
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the u.s. fears the north is attempting to disguise the launch of a long range test missile. north korea says it's sending satellite into orbit to study crops. data from the nation's 15 largest airlines show improved passenger treatment last year. lost bags, delayed flights, bumpings and passenger complaints were all down slightly. passengers are praising the captain and crew of a luxury cruise ship that reached safe harbor in malaysia last night after 24 hours adrift. an engine fire on friday left the ship stranded in philippine waters. about 200 americans were among the 1,000 people aboard. five crew members were treated for smoke inhalation. and now for a look at what's trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. last night's academy of country music awards show hosted by reba mcentire and blake shelton is dominating the top searches on google and yahoo. also miranda lambert who won album of the year and taylor
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swift scoring her second straight entertainer of the year. an april fools' joke on mitt romney is spiking on youtube. aides brought him to a room for what he thought was a pancake breakfast, full of his supporters. >> mitt romney, the next president of the united states. whoo! >> oh, you guys. >> hundreds of romney fans were actually waiting upstairs. and he told them thank goodness we've got some people in the room. and the internet is abuzz about our very special co-host joining us tomorrow. former vice presidential candidate sarah palin. she's going to reveal a different side of herself than you've ever seen before. it is now 8:04. let's get back to al with a check of the weather. or as he says, going rogue. >> oh, yeah, could be trouble. fortunately we don't have anybody going rogue here. except you guys got engaged.
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what's your name? >> brooke. >> andrew. >> did he surprise you? >> yes. >> wow. well grat -- where's the ring? >> oh, hold on. here it comes. boom! >> very nice. nicely done, my man. very good. all right. congratulations. >> thank you. >> let us check your weather and show you today. our pick city of the day huntsville, alabama. sunny and warm. channel 48, waff, 87 degrees today. got some storms down in texas. that's part of an area of a risk of strong storms stretching from texas all the way on up into parts of nebraska. we've got some afternoon showers, pacific northwest, windy conditions. plenty of sunshine through the great lakes. breezy, cloudy conditions up through coastal new
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>> gusty winds. hi >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. we've got three ladies here who are dressed as nuns, but you are -- >> not nuns. >> okay, in new york city. when we come back some baby dolls that are so life-like they're treated like real children. right after this.
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back now at 8:08. and most of us have hobbies and some are a little on the unusual side. in just a moment we're going to talk to two women and their babies. but first, nbc's kerry sanders has their story. kerry, good morning. >> well, good morning, ann. shhh. carly jo is actually not making much noise. and as a parent, you know having a quiet moment like this is cherished. imagine having a baby that never cries, doesn't need diaper changing, you don't need to collect any money for college. well, there are a group of women who have found a way to have all of that, and have a baby. sort of.
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becky lombard may look like any suburban mom. driving errands with her daughter in the back seat. but look a little closer at 42-year-old becky. actually, at her baby annie, and therein lies a secret. one she's delightfully sharing with strangers, but only when they ask. >> hi. >> guess what? she's a doll. >> i know. they're so fun. oh, she is a doll! oh, my goodness -- >> oh, you thought she meant it's a doll, she's cute. >> oh, my gosh. it's a doll! >> what do i think of this? you want my honest answer? creepy. >> it's just a little bit of a spoof, and if it isn't, are you a little weird? >> i don't think it's a spoof, no. >> so are you odd? >> no. i don't think i'm odd. i just think this is a hobby. >> a hobby, as it turns out,
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that is just not becky's passion. >> they're not for sale. for adoption. >> in new braunfels texas, recently -- >> oh, geez. >> several hundred hobbyists just like becky showed up to buy and trade dolls. and the hottest item these days is what they call reborns. dolls that look absolutely, positively real. this one looks sort of like me when i was a little kid. >> yep. >> it's where we met doris and gary. >> hard to let go of your babies. >> now before you assume they're a childless couple in search of something they never had, meet the happy family. three kids, four grand kids. you're holding that doll like it's a real child. >> holding babies is just so soothing. it's a stress reliever. i guess guys don't get it. >> i don't know how much dealings that you have with women but i don't think any man understands them. so for me not understanding the
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dolls, that's just one of many things we don't understand about women. >> mars/venus. >> that's it. >> reborn dolls is not just an american obsession. >> each one is created by hand to look exactly like the real thing. >> reporter: the esteemed bbc produced an entire documentary on the fake baby phenomenon in england. >> it's really nice. we can come home and just give him a little hug, and pat his little bottom. >> reporter: following the painstaking process from creation -- >> i love doing it. the end result is something very special. >> reporter: to birth. >> this is about the beauty and the joy of a young child. >> okay. >> reporter: back in texas -- >> action. >> reporter: becky regularly produce reborn youtube videos. >> i know that this is a doll. this is not a baby. you know. >> reporter: reborn dolls. >> oh. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: who could have guessed this baby girl? and so carly jo is here, and i've got to say, the one thing
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that i did notice is when you put these fake baby, the reborn doll next to a real baby, if they're quiet, you really cannot tell the difference. although i think that those fake babies, ann, might also have another purpose for folks who have to drive in the hov lanes and want to somehow skirt the law. >> kerry sanders, that would be useful. becky lombard is here with her fellow reborn doll collector karen duden. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> so, you know, they look so life-like. how many do you have, karen? >> i have 28. >> and how many do you have? >> i have ten. >> you have ten. so what made you want to have these dolls? becky? >> they first came out about because i couldn't have any more children, and i found them actually on ebay. and i found one, and i got it for christmas. and it was like christmas
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morning was awesome. it was like waking up and like great. and what happened was, i collected one, and then i started finding more and more, started collecting that way. >> what makes you want to collect them? and also to take care of them, karen, as if they were a real baby? >> well, you know that they're not real. but they look real. and after your children grow up, you know that you can have something to hold and cuddle and love when you want to. and take care of them. and it's a comfort. >> hmm. >> it's just looking at them, and, you know, taking care of them when you want to. and it brings joy to other people, also. >> when you say it's a comfort, it sounds as though it really talks about the power of a mother's mothering instinct is what you're alluding to. so is it therapeutic in some way? what is it therapy for? what's the emotion? >> the fact that i love babies.
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it's holding a baby. and it's just -- it's just -- when i look into her -- into the faces it's like looking at a real baby. it's just that comfort. of holding, you know, like my sons are a little bit older so it's like having another baby in the house. >> you mentioned, kerry, i think you're 28 you said. how much has this cost you? >> it's cost quite a bit. but i made -- my husband made a nursery, and i have toddlers, preemies, 9-month-olds, newborns. i have a crib, a bassinet, and a whole nursery. it's just for them. >> well, they are remarkably life-like. it's pretty phenomenal how close to real they look here in person. becky lombard and karen duden, thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> you're welcome. thank you. >> coming up next still ahead, stedman graham, oprah's other half, talks about their relationship and his new book.
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up next, how can you handle a loud cell phone talker like me? we're going to put some unsuspecting people to the test. ♪ i'm too sexy for my shirt ♪ too sexy for my shirt ♪ so sexy, it hurts [ male announcer ] pop tarts. how good does your favorite flavor make you feel? introducing new wild fruit fusion. try on the latest must have flavor. pop tarts. joylicious. they claim to be complete. only centrum goes beyond. providing more than just the essential nutrients, so i'm at my best.
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experience. one morning, at new york cafe angelique, we planted our friend norma, a business owner known for being chatty, and asked her to engage in a loud, annoying phone conversation. our hidden cameras were there to catch customers' reaction. on a normal day, cafe angelique in new york city is business as usual. as patrons enjoy a quiet cup of coffee while reading the paper. >> hello! >> but not on this day. >> hi, grand ma. >> at first our actress norma pretended to talk to her grandma. >> i had the best birthday. >> and though people were put off, hardly anyone interrupted her. >> we learned how to dance. thriller. you know michael jackson! they picked me up in a limousine. limo. limousine. can you hear me? >> after introducing myself, i let her in on our setup. >> she is an actress for us today. >> oh, my god, that's funny. >> not annoying? >> yes. if i would be sitting next to you, i actually had to double-take to see if you were going to say something.
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>> you can't hear me? >> i can. >> any loud noises? >> yes. some loud talking on the phone. >> why didn't you say something? >> i tried. >> this man was visibly annoyed and made sure norma knew it. >> don't listen to her. >> please. >> what? i can't hear her. yeah, there's a guy talking to me. one second. >> you're too loud in here. >> yeah, getting yelled at. excuse me, sir, we're with nbc news, and this is a setup. >> it is? >> yeah. >> we do a segment called would you fight for your rights. and you did. >> i would always fight for my rights. in the beginning i thought she might be talking to an elderly person who couldn't hear well, so that's why i sort of cooled it for awhile. then it went on. >> we had norma hang up with her grandmother and call her sister. that's when emotions started brewing. >> no, i don't like it. well, if you're asking my opinion, i'm telling you. no, i think it's too much money. i can't hear you, ruth.
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>> these people noticed but were not particularly bothered. >> can you hear me? >> was it too annoying for you? >> it was annoying. but i can get through it. that's her right if she wants to talk on the phone. >> no, no, that's the wrong one. yeah. >> i'm a lawyer. i always fight for your rights. >> but not today. >> not today, absolutely not. >> this person put his aggravation in writing. he then complains to the barista and to the owner. >> no, no, no. >> a little later, these women let her have it. >> screaming. >> screaming? >> yeah. >> as the cafe got busier a large group of people arrived and they seemed entertained by her conversation. >> no, it's very noisy here. very noisy. yes. >> those taking coffee to go were more reluctant to say anything. >> even though she was loud i think it looked like she was going to wrap it up pretty quickly. >> why didn't you say something? >> because other people were saying things.
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and that was enough. but finally, i decided to leave. because, it's just too much. >> what? >> keep it down. >> norma wanted us to tell you she isn't that loud. however she said she'll keep this napkin as a friendly reminder, so she can keep it down in the future. >> all right, janice, thanks. what's the correct way to fight for your writes? philip galanos writes the social qs column. phil philip, welcome. first of all, it wasn't her volume. it's that accent. come on when it comes right down to it. would you interrupt somebody if you were in a coffee shop -- now keep in mind, that's not a fancy restaurant. that's a coffee shop. >> absolutely. it does not go life, liberty and the pursuit of annoying telephone calls. i have a right to enjoy my lunch peacefully and so do you. so i think there are things we can do to make it easier to have a smooth interaction between us. >> but it does matter the circumstances, if, in fact, she had been talking to an elderly
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person who was hard of hearing, you would understand that? >> i would understand. but after a few minutes i'd expect her to go outside. >> and if in some way it was an emergency that she was talking about, you would understand that? >> and it would go on for 15 seconds. it would not be -- it's like 911, hello. it's not -- i think it's too expensive. >> so the way i would handle this, and i get embarrassed when my cell phone even rings in a restaurant, so i'm probably the wrong person to talk about it, i give the sharp look. first. is that wrong or right? >> i think -- i mean, there's not a wrong or right. i find it a lot more effective to lead with a smile, because nothing says i come in peace like a smile. and say, can you keep it down a little? smiling. but the sharp look says, if you go at someone like this, they come back at you just like that. like when you toot at someone in traffic. what happens? >> you get -- >> right. >> exactly. >> all right. so you reap what you sow but you are in favor of confronting the
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situation? >> oh, very much so. >> tell the manager. >> very much so. >> folks, thank you very much. we appreciate it. philip and janice. and now here's ann. >> matt, thanks. well, there's a new way for harry potter fans to relive the young wizard's adventures. good morning. >> hey, ann, good morning. do you recognize this? it is, of course, the place where harry potter was philled. and what's really magical is it's also where the young actors grew up. come have a look. harry potter's home for more than a decade is opening its doors. i think i know what's in here. wow. magnificent room. let the feast begin. >> around the corner an enchanted street. where witches and wizards go shopping.
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>> i still need a wand. >> and hidden places that hold dark secrets. i am not going in there. this is a studio tour unlike any other, because whilst children have grown up with these movies, the young actors grew up here. this is a home from home for you? >> yes, this is exactly how it was. >> oh, hello. they went to school here. both in fact and in fiction. often in trouble with the head master. >> you've broken a dozen school rules. >> from the time they put the glasses back on -- >> over the years the "today" show often dropped in for a visit. >> everything looks real. this is a real wood floor. >> by the end, the actors were too big for the set. >> and the bed's over there. >> really small. >> yeah.
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got more and more awkward. >> and a generation learned hard lessons about good and evil. >> i remember sitting in this room as an 11-year-old thinking how cool it was to be the bad guy. >> malfoy. drakeo malfoy. looked a little uncomfortable. >> a little nervous. >> like something's going to spring out of the wall. >> the attention to detail that brings harry's world to life, the children were encouraged to carve their names into the table. here's an "a" scratched in there and an "h." maybe for harry. so your initials -- >> i did nothing. no, i'm good. >> others weren't so good. in the last film, hogwarts was destroyed. but while the actors have grown up and gone, a new audience of children -- would you like to live here? -- are finding out about the magic. and ann, they're expecting 5,000
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children and their parents through here every day. at the end many of them i imagine will buy a wand like this one. i've bought mine. i've been practicing. seems to be broken, though. >> well, i'll practice. keir kimmens, thank you so much. now it's back to us. especially with the olympics occurring it's going to be i'm sure very well attended this coming summer. >> your kids into harry potter? >> yeah, they are. >> i'm into harry potter. >> my oldest son jack adores it. absolutely adores it. i wonder how much they're getting for that wand, by the way. >> i don't know. anyway just ahead. we've got giuliana and bill rancic opening up about their tough choices tied to her breast cancer treatment.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. here is sarah caldwell. >> a few new problems to add to the list. an accident at lafayette ave. delays on the north and west side. heaviest on the north side from the particular region towards towson. picking up inner loop delays as well from greenspring towards the j.f.x. 27 miles per hour on eastbound i-70. southbound 95, not to bat out of white marsh to the beltway
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northeast. here is what looks like a j.f.x. at ruxton road. we will switch over to a life of traffic with that of a delay on the inner loop from greenspring towards j.f.x. pretty good shape into town on 83 south. ava, over to you. >> sun is out, temperature is on the chilly side. 43 in westminster. 42 in parkton. afternoon temperatures should get near 60 degrees, and normal this time of year. 57 in the mountains. plenty of sunshine today. winds will be on the strong side. winds out of the north, tend to 20 miles per hour. tonight at it is going to be chilly. pat frost tomorrow morning. 65 on wednesday. slight chance for showers
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wednesday. mostly to our south, dry until the end of the week. >> another update at 8:56. [ woman ] before allegra, my allergy medicine took hours to work or made me drowsy. after allegra, i have the only one that's both fast and non-drowsy. after allegra, i have it all.
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8:30 now on this monday morning. it's the 2nd day of april, 2012. we have a fabulous crowd here in the heart of midtown manhattan. we're so glad that they've all decided to join us. a lot of them. meantime out here on the plaza we welcome outside, and by the way -- the movie sparkle. coming up we're going to talk
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about that and have an exclusive first look at her last movie, guys. >> also ahead, giuliana and bill rancic are with us this morning. it's been, what, about six months now since their world was basically turned upside down by her cancer diagnosis. i think they how are completely ready to look forward the future. and they say they've got some great plans. bill and giuliana are going to join us in a couple of minutes to talk about those. >> they're so inspirational. >> and a couple a lot of people are interested in, stedman graham is here. he's been with oprah for decades. he's the man behind a great woman but he's got a new book out and we're going to talk to him in a few minutes. >> talking about identity and how important it is in your personal happiness. >> okay. >> speaking of another couple, we've got a great celebrity couple here. we've got dee snyder, debbie gibson, the latest celebrities -- >> you're fired. >> debbie, i've got to give you
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some loves. >> and great shoes by the way. >> oh, thank you so much. >> so what was it like for you? was it the experience you thought it was going to be? >> you know what? it's way more survivor than jersey shore. it's a tough go for sure. >> especially since you broke your hand. >> this is like your third surgery. >> i'm doing my surgeries. >> the board room -- >> you -- >> in drag -- >> the first time. >> and we're going to get to both of your names in the same sentence but to have you guys here. what was it in your past that you think best prepared you for your time on celebrity apprentice? >> i think in the music business you have to be a survivor, you have to be forceful. when we started there were no short cuts. i remember like packing up my clothes, going to play three clubs in one night, you have to
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have stamina. >> you do it all yourself. >> and you had to kind of market yourself and be involved in hands on your business. >> so the resilience. you talked about how surprising it was, how competitive everybody is, a little bit of board room politics. debbie? >> yes. oh, my god. when the table pounding started last night i thought they're keeping her around because she's just heating up. >> i had a real roller coaster last night because first i won $326,000 for march of dimes. then i got fired. i got my joy for like a half hour. >> double episode. >> sounds like a pretty good -- >> we're ready to get back to music. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. i need to sing. >> maybe a collaboration. >> a duet. you never know. clay aiken does broadway, so i never thought that would happen. maybe debbie and me. >> the dee and d show. >> more about dee and drag on a horse. check out our website at
8:34 am good to have you guys. >> thank you. >> all right mr. roker. how about a check of the weather. >> all right. let's show you what we got for the week ahead. above normal temperatures plains into the gulf. wet weather from the gulf coast to the mid-atlantic states. wet in the pacific northwest. by the time we get to the midweek period the warm weather continues for the southeast into the plains. chillier out west with rain and snow. and in the latter part of the week, the eastern third of the country to pretty much be above normal. below normal out west with rain and mountain snows. showers along the southeastern atlantic coast. >> good morning.
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>> don't forget. you can check your weather any time on the weather channel and >> coming up a first look at the movie "sparkle" and find out what kathie lee and pat o'brien have in common. first this is "today" on nbc.
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and that means more oystermen. it's like he's out here with us. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i approved this message. back now at 8:37. before whitney houston's tragic death in february the singer completed work on the remake of the 1976 movie called "sparkle." it's set to be released in august. and this morning we have an exclusive first look at the trailer. >> make you want to dance. >> go get it. >> and you will, too. bring home some kid who can't sing. >> she's spoken hot.
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>> she's got two sisters and they can all sing. >> you wrote that? >> you thought it was good. >> groups are hotter than ever right now. you should be together singing. >> my mom used to sing professionally. >> maybe you'd be like your mom and never reach your goals. don't fall short because you can't admit that you aren't. ♪ >> you are amazing. >> my babies. i know you all don't love each other that much. >> i always knew that was a gift. it makes me feel like i did something right. >> kathie lee is here along with her co-host for the morning pat o'brien. filling in for hoda. good to see you both. reaction to this, first time acting for whitney houston before her death in 16 years. what kind of interest level do you see for this movie? >> nice to be here. >> good to see you. >> i think a lot. because of obviously the tragic death. but also, remember when kevin costner said she always wanted
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to be good. am i good enough? am i good enough? and i think that played a lot in whitney's life before she died. but i hope it's good. you know, i don't think it's a heath ledger situation. because that movie, when he did batman was a huge franchise. but yeah, there's going to be a lot of interest. she looked good there. >> what do you think? >> i was flooded with emotions as i watched it. it reminded me of how much we loved her in "the bodyguard" and in the other films. there's a vulnerability that she had that was -- that really came through the camera. and i think it's like watching a young dream girls. you know. it fills you with hope. and -- >> with loss. >> it does. but i wasn't thinking that, al. i don't know, maybe some people will. but i think, i think it's -- look at the face there. she's so beautiful. and i think we will see a lot of truth in her performance when we watch it. it will be nice to see jordin sparks. a whole new generation coming up. so i don't know. i had not seen a thing and i just thought oh, i'm going to love this. >> we all watched this at once. what also comes through in
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addition to the vulnerability is her strength. >> yes. in spite of her weakness. >> amazing how we were all waiting to see her. >> yeah. yeah, yeah, yeah. >> you probably interviewed her as many times as anyone, just any real quick thoughts on -- >> yeah, one of the first to do -- to interview her and then all through the years. she always said to me baby i like you, because you always have my back. i wish i would have had her back a little more. i wish i would have grabbed her and said, get a hold of yourself. >> you were struggling. >> i was struggling at the time myself. >> what would you have said to her if you had a moment? >> i would have forced -- i would have gotten rid of her crew and told her, get some help, now. very strongly. >> pat o'brien as he joins kathie lee. >> i'm stuck with him for a whole hour at 10:00. >> what can you do. >> your dressing room. i thought you meant -- >> no, no, no. >> a whole other story that's
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happening. >> your world -- >> still ahead we've got stedman graham in our studio this morning. he's talking about identity and oprah and lots of things. but up next, giuliana and bill rancic on her recovery from breast cancer.
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back now at 8:43 with giuliana and bill rancic. season five of their reality series "giuliana and bill" premieres tomorrow night on the style network and this time viewers are brought along as the couple faces their toughest challenge yet, giuliana's breast cancer. >> bill was just heartbroken. i mean, couldn't believe it. so he's like, i'm coming home right now. >> cancer is something that hits home with me because i lost my father to cancer. so, as a husband, you never want to see your wife suffer. you never want to see your wife
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go through pain. our job is to make everything okay. >> it's not just you who suffers. your spouse really suffers, too. and i knew that bill was very sad. i can see it in his eyes. he just wishes so badly he can take this away from me. >> giuliana and bill rancic, good morning. it's great to have you here. >> thank you. >> great to be here. >> we're watching all of that very, very difficult stuff. and one would think going through something like this would tear -- could tear a couple apart. >> absolutely. >> and yet not so for you two. >> not at all. >> it's brought us so much closer to the. and it's actually helped us find the humor in everything. because when you go through something this tough, you have to at some point laugh and get back to your normal life. and that's what bill helped me do. so we -- honestly, it's really we invigorated our relationship in many ways. and we're closer than ever, that's for sure. >> i think what it does is it makes, you know, the little things not seem so important. this summer we're going to renew
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our vows. we're going to really take life on and look at it in a new light. >> yes. >> bill said that the other day. we were talking about it and he said, we've just been through so much, it's our five-year anniversary coming up, we should do something special. so, we're going to do something really big. >> a big party. celebration of life. >> andhat -- that celebration of life is the -- the joy side of life, but you've had to kind of really deal, the last time you came here you were talking about your movie. what's the latest tt you've discovered about you, what are the doctors telling you about your treatment? >> imgood. it's been a tough journey you get this double mastectomy. you think i'm good, i'm great. this is all over. you get the pathology back and with us, you know, it was a little worse than we thought it was. >> the cancer was worse than you thought it was? >> yeah. so thank god i did get that double mastectomy. and yeah, it was scary, you know. there were a lot of words and treatments being tossed around. >> chemotherapy? >> correct.
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and but, you know, after a lot of research and further research and further testing on me, as of now i won't be needing chemotherapy, which is fantastic news. but i will go ahead with oral medication, and that sort of thing. and that's what you've got to do. you know, you do what the doctors tell you to do and it's going to be okay. >> a lot of people who watch your show came in to your lives knowing about your wish to have a baby. >> right. >> has -- has -- do you have a sense based on how long these treatments may go, about how long you may still have to wait for those fertility treatments that will make that dream come true? >> well, you know, right now we're exploring all of our options. the great thing is we still have options out there. and there's a lot of things that we haven't looked at yet and we're going to different in. i think this is going to be our year. i have a very good feeling 2012 is the year of the rancics. >> yeah. >> ann, i mean, with something like this, it puts it in a different perspective having a child. and, so we are definitely having to explore other options. >> wait a minute, are you saying that you're thinking about not
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having a child? >> no, we absolutely want a child. but -- >> what are you saying -- >> whether i can be pregnant myself, with the medication that i'm starting, it's probably not, you know, as far as myself, not going to happen any time soon. but, as bill mentioned, you know, we are definitely looking at other options. so hopefully we'll have some good news. >> adoption possibly? >> possibly adoption, surrogacy. listen, at the end of the day, whether you have a baby naturally, for adoption, surrogacy, it's your baby, you know, you're going to love that baby, and that's all that matters. >> you know, as open as the two of you have been throughout all of this, i can't imagine it hasn't been tough to -- to go through this, even though you don't even talk about it, go through this while the cameras are there when you're in the medical office. you know, having to hear about all this information. but there's some thing that you have done with this. you've done this and you -- you really opened yourself up to the good that it can do. >> absolutely. >> how much has that meaning made your suffering easier.
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>> it's been everything. you know, when i first went public, it was for myself. to not have this secret. but then, you know, i realized how many people it's helped and how many women have gone and gotten mammograms and how many women have discovered cancer because of my story. and are able to treat it early. so, you know, i have this incredible platform. i've reached so many young women through my work at e! and beyond that it's just, you know, it would be selfish of me not to be public and not to help. >> we've always said we're going to use the reality show for good and not evil and that's what we've done over the last five seasons. i think we've inspired a lot of people and showed what a good marriage is like. >> well, we're going to see all about it on this -- on this episode. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> really always fun to talk to both of you. >> love being here. >> everyone cheer -- is cheering for you. keep up the good work, giuliana and bill rancic. you can catch "giuliana & bill" tomorrow night on our sister network, style. coming up next we're going to talk to stedman graham.
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stedman, good to see you. >> nice to see you. >> i said you might not want to be introduced that way because it has something to do with the subject we're going to talk about. it's personal identity. why did you decide to write a book on that? >> the most important point is not how other people define you, it's always how you define yourself. and when you can't define yourself, you have no voice, you're defined by your relationship sometimes, you're defined by your race, you're defined by your gender, you're defined by your class, you're defined by your family, you're defined by your job, your title, your money. so the key about identity is being able to organize your own life around who you are. >> you tell stories in the book about people who thought they knew who they were, and then circumstances change and the identity they embraced doesn't exist anymore. why is that important? >> well, it's important to be able to understand that everybody has 24 hours, and the question is, is what do you do with your 24 hours. that's what makes everybody equal. and you have the ability to change every single day, based on changing the way you think and feel about yourself.
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>> who are you? how do you define yourself? can you put it into a couple of sentences? >> well, i define myself by everything that i love. everything i can create. everything i can imagine. everything that i can -- i can take information and make it relevant to my purpose in life, to my mission in life, transfer it back to my mind and then transfer it to the world enterprise system to create my own future. >> so over the years, as you have been identified so closely with oprah. >> mm-hmm. >> has it always been a bad thing or at times has it been a good thing? >> well, you know, certainly been a wonderful thing to be around somebody who was just one of the greatest special people in the world. i mean i'm very fortunate to be able to have that opportunity and to learn so much from her. what i've learned from her throughout the years is that, you know, she's a thinker. she understands the process of success. and -- and i would say that there are 6.5 billion people in the world who don't understand the process of how to organize
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their life around who they are. >> so it's nice to have been around someone for all these years who certainly does. >> how to take information and filter information and make it relevant to their lives every single day. that's what she does. >> i think something that is interesting, and might be talked about after we stop this interview, is that this is a big day for you. you've got this book out, that is important to you. and oprah is on another television show, the same morning, talking about something else. is there a competitive side in your relationship at all? >> well, when you have your own identity, when you know who you are, when you're passionate about the work that you do, then you want to vouch for other people. that's her life. that has nothing to do with who i am. >> here's what you write in the book, the core idea of the book is this, your happiness and success in life, slow start from becoming clear about who you are and establishing your identity. first inside your self, and then exte externally to the world. so what's the most important thing between those two? how do you get from one step to the other? >> first of all you have to chain the way you learn.
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the way the system is set up, the system teaches memorize, teach information, i ask you what you learn, two weeks later, you probably say i forgot. which is nothing. people are stuffed in a box doing the same thing over and over every single day. if we did the same thing they did yesterday as they will do today or they will do tomorrow. so nothing from nothing is nothing. until you source the right content and make it relevant to your passion, to your strength, based on what you love and care about, then you can't -- you can't develop a process. >> should peoples identities, and i don't mean that in the literal way, i mean that in the figurative way, change as they change, as they go through their lives? >> it changes if you are learning -- if you are -- if you become a learner. if you learn how to take information, and make it relevant to everything that you can create that's natural in your life, based on what you do well. based on your talents. based on your skills. based on what you love. this is a development issue, and it's an ownership issue. >> and to bring oprah back for a second, how do you deal with
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adversity and how it impacts your identity? oprah started heir own network and the first year has been a tough slog. has that impacted her identity and should it? >> well, first year should be tough. if you've been working on a show for 25 years, you've been number one and you're starting off with the first year in developing own, it should be tough. you have to reorganize. you have to, you know, develop a whole new process for the new world order and you have to, you know, improve the technology and all of those additional things. it should be tough. and you're just now beginning to put your voice into it. it should be stuff. every year it gets better and better and better and better. that's part of the process. >> keep adjusting. keep running from mistakes. identity is the key. stedman graham, nice to have you here.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. towson university students are mourning the loss of two classmates. we are told that one of them was killed by a hit-and-run driver. ryan bailey was walking
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