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good morning. proof of self-defense? george zimmerman's medical records reveal he had a broken nose, black eyes and cuts on his head just hours after he killed trayvon martin. does the report back zimmerman's claim he shot the 17-year-old to protect himself? case closed. john edwards' defense team says they could rest their case as early as today. as we wait to see whether dards' daughter and his ex-girlfriend rielle hunter will be called to the stand. what about edwards himself? we're live at the courthouse. and ooh-la-la, the world's biggest stars descend on the french riviera for the kickoff of the cannes film festival and
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ann is in the heart of the action "today," wednesday, may ann is in the heart of the action "today," wednesday, may 16th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning, welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. ooh-la-la, that's the extent of my french, too. ann is in cannes this morning. she's got all the action from the film festival there. we're going to collect in with her live a bit later on this morning. >> she should have a good time there. also ahead we're hearing for the first time from one of the men sentenced to death for the killings of a connecticut mother and her two daughters in an horrific home invasion that took place back in 2007. mention it's the first time he's spoken out since his conviction, and what he has to say is not sitting well with the victims' family. we're going to have more on that
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story. >> and an important consumer alert for millions of parents. are some stores telling you sleep products and toys that could pose potentially deadly hazards to your newborn? coming up the results of our hidden camera investigation. and kris jenner the matriarch of one of the most talked-about families in reality tv and the country will be here for a live interview. they always seem to be making headlines lately because of word that khloe kardashian may take a dna test to prove she's really a kardashian and kim kardashian's relationship with kanye west. a lot to talk about with kris jenner when she joins us. we begin on a wednesday morning with a medical report compiled by george zimmerman's family physician, and it's shedding new light on his injuries on the night of his deadly encounter with trayvon martin. nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff is in sanford, florida. michael, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. the medical report could raise questions about the state's case against george zimmerman, and
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bolster what is expected to be his defense. that he only shot trayvon martin to defend himself during a confrontation that had pushed violent. a source familiar with the medical report tells nbc news it was compiled by george zimmerman's family physician, and shows the extent of zimmerman's injuries the day after the trayvon martin shooting. police brought zimmerman in for questioning the night of the shooting, and the next day, the source says, zimmerman's doctor reported zimmerman had a broken nose, swollen lips, black eyes, and lacerations on the back of his head. also in the medical report, the source says, the fact that zimmerman declined hospitalization that day, and his doctor recommended that he see a psychologist after zimmerman reported he got nauseous thinking about the shooting. legal experts say the findings in this medical report could play a pivotal role in the defense's case. >> the fact that real injuries were apparently suffered is certainly going to help the
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self-defense claim but it doesn't answer the question who started, what happened to have been a fatal fight that night. >> reporter: under questioning from zimmerman's attorney mark o'mara at a bond hearing last month the state's lead investigator admitted he never asked for zimmerman's medical records prior to his being charged with second degree murder. >> you know that that was an injury that mr. zimmerman sustained, correct? >> i know that that is an injury that is reported to have sustained. i haven't seen any medical records to indicate that. >> have you asked him for them? >> have i asked him for them? no. >> reporter: the state does have the medical report, which was included in a large trove of evidence that o'mara received from prosecutors this week, including witness statements, 911 calls, photos, video, and more. all part of a routine exchange of information between prosecutors and defense attorneys that typically occurs before trial. a summary of that evidence was released to the public on
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tuesday, containing a list of possible witnesses, including trayvon martin's parents and brother. george zimmerman's father, and 18 sanford police officers. in addition, the evidence includes new surveillance video from the night of the shooting. from the 7-eleven store where martin reportedly purchased skittles and iced tea and from a clubhouse in the complex where martin was shot by zimmerman. a lawyer for trayvon martin's family told us he found the report suspicious, noting that zimmerman did not go to the hospital emergency room the night of the shooting itself. trayvon martin was fighting for his life, the lawyer told us. we have to put this whole thing into context. matt? >> all right, michael isikoff in sanford, florida, this morning. michael, thank you very much. it's five minutes after the hour. here's savannah. >> matt, thank you. john edwards' defense team is wrapping up its case as the former presidential candidate's criminal trial, and it appears it is anyone's guess who his attorneys could still call to the stand. nbc's lisa myers is covering the
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trial in greensboro, north carolina, for us. lisa, good morning to you. >> hey, savannah, good morning. edwards' lawyers are playing it very close to their vest, saying they may call cate edwards today to testify, or her father, the defendant, or even the woman at the center of the scandal, rielle hunter. case without calling any of them. edwards has question that i've stood silently by her father's side through his legal battles and his devastating downfall. but today, her silence could end. cate may be one of the last witnesses to testify in an attempt to save her father from prison. if she testifies, she would tell the jury about the agonizing years of her father's betrayal, and why she still believes he did not break the law. >> cate edwards can humanize a man, her father, who has been demonized. and she can show that edwards would have wanted to cover up
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the affair for her, for her family, and not just for his campaign. >> reporter: on tuesday, edwards' legal team chipped away at the government's case. jim walsh, a former fbi agent hired by the defense to follow the money, testified that donor craig baron gave rielle hunter monthly payments totalling $74,000 in the last half of 2008. well after edwards' presidential campaign had ended. some of it even after he publicly admitted the affair. but before he admitted paternity. >> the only logical reason for making these payments at the time they were made was exactly what john edwards has been saying, i'm trying to protect my wife from finding out that i'm the father of rielle hunter's baby. >> reporter: a former chairman of the federal election commission, scott thomas, testified he knew of no other case where a candidate was charged because another person paid the expenses of a mistress. >> there's never been a case like this in the history of the fec, so why would john edwards
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think that someone paying expenses for a mistress was something that needed to be reported? >> reporter: but will john edwards tell his own side of the story? knowing he could face a withering cross-examination. >> remember, the defense told this jury, john edwards is not afraid of the truth. and i think that was foretelling that he will take the stand. >> but edwards' lawyers could ultimately decide that putting him on the stand is too risky, especially if they're worried the jury might not believe that he's sincere and telling the truth. savannah? >> all right, lisa myers in greensboro, thank you. sand california is "people" magazine's washington correspondent and writes about the edwards trial in the latest issue. hanson dillinger is an nbc news legal analyst who has been in the courtroom each and every day. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> hanson, i'll start with you. obviously the defense had a string of witnesses yesterday, scored some points. but if they decide not to call a blockbuster witness like cate edwards, like john edwards, have they done enough?
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can they rest and feel confident in the case? >> i don't think they can, savannah. you know, the judge signaled last week that she thinks there's enough evidence of a crime in front of this jury for a conviction to be lawful. i think we will see cate edwards. i don't think we'll see rielle hunter. it's too great of a risk and the evidence is already in that the youngs kept most of the money. at the end of the day i think john edwards will take the ultimate risk and take the stand. >> i want to ask you about that in a minute. let me turn to you, sand ra while we're still on the topic of cate edwards. you've spoken to those close to her. she's obviously very loyal to her father and her mother. is she conflicted at all? >> friends who have texted her are concerned about how difficult this is say that she is not conflicted. that she is absolutely convinced he committed no crime, and she knows that this is what her mother would have done. >> what do you mean? >> her mother told me before she died, elizabeth said, i wish the grand jury would call me to testify. she, as a lawyer, had gone through what she knew to be the
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facts, and absolutely believed that he committed no crime. cate now would be the final note in what has really been an ugly and sordid line of testimony, and she would bring a human face and a sincere one. >> hampton, back to what you mentioned just a few moments ago about john edwards taking the stand. he is, of course, a former politician, and a former successful trial lawyer. in my experience, those folks like to get on the witness stand. why do you think he ultimately won't be able to resist doing so? and how risky a proposition is that? >> oh, it's absolutely risky. he'll face withering cross-examination from experienced federal prosecutors. he's lied before. he's got to convince the jury that he's not lying to them this time. but lisa myers is absolutely right. his defense team signaled an opening argument that he was ready to speak the truth. he knows how important it is to be truthful under oath, and only he can explain how he add no reason to think that money for
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his mistress was a crime. he's a gambler, i think he'll take this risk. >> what about john edwards' health? this is something that delayed the trial once and something you're reporting suggests may be an issue here. >> yeah, people close to him say that he has suffered symptoms in court. dizziness and fatigue. this is being watched closely. and that it is a source of concern for cate. >> hampton, last question to you. you know, a few weeks before john edwards was indicted he was offered a plea deal. he would have served a few months in prison but it would have been a misdemeanor. do you think where the case is now, about to go to a jury, the defense may be sorry it took that gamble? >> i think the defense feels like they've suffered setbacks. they'd hoped the case would be dismissed before trial. they hoped it would be thrown out at the close of the government's case. but edwards really took a gamble by going to trial, and that's part of why i think he's going to want to go all the way and take the stand. he truly believes he committed no crime and he wants to look the jury in the eye and say that. >> we will be watching. hampton dellinger at the
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courthouse. sandra westfall here with us, thank you so much. it is 7:12 now. here's matt. >> one of the men convicted of killing a connecticut mother and her two daughters in a brutal attack that made national headlines is now speaking out from behind bars for the first time. natalie is here with details on that story. natalie? >> matt, well it is a crime that is one of the worst in connecticut history. three members of the pettit family tortured and killed in their own home back in 2007 and now their convicted killer is opening up about the crime and his life in prison. in his jailhouse interview, joshua komisarjevsky said there isn't anything he could say to dr. william pettit that will restore the lives lost. komisarjevsky also declined an opportunity to express remorse for killing jennifer hawke-petit and her daughters 17-year-old haley and 11-year-old michaella. on monday he told the associated press i guess my reaction is not the reaction society expected.
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reporters john kristofferson spent an hour talked to the convicted killer. >> he was very engaged, kept his eyes on me. he would smile occasionally or laugh occasionally. >> komisarjevsky was convicted and sentenced to death for the home invasion and murders, he and another man, steven hayes, broke into the petit home, tied up the mothers and doctors, then took dr. william petit into the basement where they beat him. dr. petit escaped and ran for help but it was too late, the men had burned the house down with his family inside. during his interview, komisarjevsky talked about life on death row, saying the reality of my situation is that i'm going to die in prison. it's simply a matter of at what age. it's a very surreal experience to be judged so worthless that society wants you dead. >> he said if he volunteered to be executed, so i asked him, would you volunteer? and he said that he -- you know, on some days he would consider
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it, other days he would not. >> reporter: komisarjevsky also talked about his own loneliness, saying some days you're just overwhelmed by the isolation and the difficulty in communicating with loved ones. dealing with your own crisis of conscience. dr. petit didn't want to comment on komisarjevsky's interview but his sister-in-law cynthia hawke renn told nbc news -- >> finally i think he's getting a taste of what it feels like to receive some form of punishment. >> reporter: during the interview, komisarjevsky said he tries not to think about the murders. for the petit family, that's simply impossible. >> i know that he doesn't maybe have nightmares about what he did. but i have nightmares, and i can't stop thinking about it. i wish i could. >> and komisarjevsky's accomplice in the murder, steven hayes, was also convicted and sentenced to death. their cells are close together on death row. both men are appealing. matt? >> all right, natalie, thank you very much for that. we appreciate it.
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and now, savannah. >> all right. well the justice department is now launching an investigation into the $2 billion loss at jpmorgan chase. nbc's anne thompson has the latest on that story. anne, good morning. >> good morning, savannah. the fbi inquiry is very preliminary, and no one at jpmorgan is accused of wrongdoing. chairman and ceo jamie dimon told shareholders yesterday that no clients were affected by the $2 billion loss and no customers suffered. but it is clear that dimon's reputation, as well as the bank's, have taken serious hits. the $2 billion loss generated a barrage of headlines. but only attracted a handful of protesters to the jpmorgan chase shareholder meeting in tampa, florida. >> i mean, chase might have lost $2 billion. i wonder how much of that is going to come out of the ceo's pocket? >> reporter: right now, not a cent. the shareholders overwhelmingly approved dimon's $23.1 million pay package from last year. shareholder peter skillen wanted
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to take one of dimon's titles. >> next reform is to have jamie step down as chairman, and have an independent adviser. >> reporter: that, too, was rejected. although most votes were cast before the loss was revealed. other shareholders complained about jpmorgan's fighting regulations. that might prevent the loss. >> i would hope at least that they've been chastened by these losses and that perhaps they'll do an about-face and for their reputation as a company. >> reporter: dimon pushed back, saying he's not opposed to regulations. >> we believe in strong, simple, good regulation. it's not simply a question of more or less. >> reporter: once again, dimon apologized. saying the mistakes were self-inflicted, and should have never happened. >> he's an excellent manager. he's an excellent risk manager. it's nothing more than embarrassing and unfortunate event, but life will go on. >> reporter: jpmorgan chase earned a record $19 billion last year, and so far this year, it's earned over $5 billion.
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but restoring its reputation may be much more difficult to do. savannah? >> all right, anne thompson in midtown manhattan, thank you. >> let's get a check of the other top stories. natalie is back now over at the news desk. good morning again. >> good morning, matt and savannah. good morning, everyone. in the news this morning, a setback overnight in the battle against those arizona wildfires. high winds increased the size of one major fire burning in the northern part of the state. however, the winds have also pushed flames away from the historic town of crown king which has been under an evacuation order. o.j. simpson's new attorney filed a new bid tuesday to win simpson's release from a nevada prison, where he's serving at least nine years on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in a vegas hotel. the attorney claims simpson was poorly represented in his trial, and deserves a retrial. police say a florida mother who fatally shot her four children tuesday before taking her own life had called three of the children back from a neighbor's house where they had gone for help.
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the children ranged from age from 12 to 17, and police say the family had a history of domestic problems. police in tampa are asking for the public's help in finding four men who attacked a soldier walking home after his car broke down last weekend. that attack, as you see there, was caught on surveillance tape. they punched and kicked the soldier and took his wallet and cell phone. the victim had to be hospitalized. the nation's roman catholic bishops are rejecting president obama's effort to accommodate religious groups opposed to his birth control mandate. they say it does not do enough to protect religious freedom. that mandate requires most employers to provide contraception coverage in their employee health plans. and lady gaga may have to cancel her concert in the world's most populous muslim nation, indonesia. officials there have denied her permit for the sold-out june 3rd concert, saying gaga is dangerous and will corrupt young people. gaga seemed undaunted last night as she appeared in tokyo, and
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her promoters tweeted that they haven't given up yet on the indonesia date. and, matt, savannah, now, as you know, little monsters, they don't go down quietly so they've been putting up quite a fight to make sure that she does perform there. >> they have to get a permit before they sold all the tickets. >> coming right down on lady gaga. >> i'm just feeling sorry for all the ticket holders. >> that's right, she went to the butcher shop for a new dress. >> mr. roker is here with a check of the weather. >> all right. let's see what we've got for you. risk of some strong storms today. in the northeast, from burlington to poe kipsy and concord, new hampshire, looking for showers and thunderstorms. the good news is, just about over fairly quickly. look for a light amount of showers. maybe an inch or two as you get offshore, new england, but other than that, no big deal. rest of the country, plenty of sunshine out west. gorgeous day in l.a. with a high of 80 degrees there. 81 in fargo. we're looking for some clouds, and some showers down in southern florida.
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>> good morning. it will be a relatively quiet day today. there's a chance we could see a shower or thunderstorm. >> and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> all right, al, thanks. coming up, the father of the sole survivor of a plane crash in kansas speaks out in an exclusive live interview. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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here is sarah caldwell. >> the roads are dry, so thankfully not a whole lot in the way of delays. we will update you on problems we have. ninth avenue near marshall wrote, fire department activity in brooklyn. watch for debris as a trouble for howard county at 175. delay-wise, 19 miles per hour on the west side did something on the j.f.x. southbound. if you want a handout on 95, 22 miles per hour approaching white marsh towards the split. franklin boulevard, coming towards us, southbound traffic is building just a bit. we will switch over to a live view of traffic from 95 and route 24. no delays here. further south, you see them approaching the white marsh area. tony, over to you.
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>> better start than yesterday. 16. the airport, 60 to in randallstown. 64 degrees and the rising sun. high temperatures between 80 and 85. 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms. great weather the next couple of days. high temperatures in the 70's. overnight lows drop into the upper 40's and the 50's. 30% chance for
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that looks nice. 7:30 now on a wednesday morning. 16th day of may, 2012. middle of the afternoon there. on the south of france. that is cannes. and ann has made her way to the cannes film festival, the center of the celebrity world for the next couple of weeks. savannah never play rock, paper scissors with ann. she is good at that and she will beat you and win trips like that. anyway we're going to check in with her coming up. meanwhile inside studio 1a in new york city i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie. >> good morning, everybody. also ahead a consumer alert about something that doctors know but many parents may not. widely used baby accessories and toys can suffocate your infant
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during sleep. so, why are they being sold in the first place? and what should you do if you have them in your home? coming up, our hidden camera report. and then later on, kris jenner is here. she's the mom and manager of the kardashians. and she has built her family into an empire. but is there trouble in paradise? rumors that she might be out as manager? >> i have to be honest with you, although kim was here not long ago i have not exactly been keeping up with the kardashians and i started to read the note on this last night. wow. i kept saying really? are you kidding? claiming that? there's a lot to talk about. >> there are many developments including a potential dna test for khloe. we're going to let kris jenner set the record straight. there's also the kim and kanye relationship or kimye as they call it. >> we begin this half hour with improvement from the sole survivor of a fiery plane crash in kansas. we'll talk to the woman's father exclusively in a moment. but first, nbc's janet shamlian is in kansas city with the latest.
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janet, good morning to you. >> hi, matt. this is a heartbreaking, yet remarkable story. tara is here in the hospital today after surviving a plane crash on friday that claimed the lives of everyone else on board. she is in rough shape, there's no doubt about that. but this young woman has already proven she's a fighter. hannah is awake and talking to her parents and doctors. but so far, has provided few details about the plane crash. the 2 2-year-old was one of five people aboard a small twen incan cessna that went down in a kansas field and burst into flames on friday. hannah was the sole survivor. >> the heart of a father, i feel more love than ever for hannah, but i feel also the pain of these fathers and mothers that have lost their children. >> reporter: three of those on board died on impact. hannah, and 27-year-old austin anderson, survived the initial crash, and managed to get to a nearby road and flag down help. >> my name is austin anderson -- >> reporter: the 27-year-old
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anderson is shown here in a video project shot by a fellow student. anderson was a former marine, and served two tours in iraq, and had just graduated from oral roberts university. hannah's father believes anderson helped hannah escape that burning plane. anderson, who suffered burns over 90% of his body, died saturday. >> he is the kind of guy that would give his life for his nation, give his life for a friend, doesn't surprise me one bit that he would do something like that. >> reporter: the other victim was stefan luce and the pilot. both of whom had just graduated. the instructor at oral roberts also died in the crash. the plane took off on friday headed for a youth rally in iowa. organized by teen mania ministries, which hannah's father founded. >> i do not know exactly when i'll see hannah but i'm definitely looking forward to that day. you know, because you know, i'm so thankful that she's still here. >> reporter: at the ministry's headquarters in texas, there is
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overwhelming grief at this loss. but there is also hope that despite hannah's condition, the pain she suffered, and the road she faces ahead, this sole survivor will be back with them soon. hannah is undergoing skin graft surgery later this morning. she already had surgery on monday and faces another procedure next week. but, matt, the good news is, she may soon be able to return to her family and continue her recovery at her home. back to you. >> all right, janet shamlian on this story. hannah luce's father ron is now with us exclusively. mr. luce, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i understand, as we just heard, that hannah had surgery on monday, faces another procedure perhaps even more than that. what are doctors telling you about her recovery? >> well, she's improving, and they're pretty shocked initially that there were no internal injuries, no brain injuries whatsoever. no broken bones.
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pretty amazed the doctor said that having gone through a crash like this, that she's only got the burn injuries, which are 28% of her body, but they are amazed that she was in as good a shape as she was in. >> as we heard hannah and her friend austin did manage to survive the crash initially. they managed to walk to a nearby road and find someone who was able to call an ambulance, and that person, this woman, also then called you, mr. luce. can you describe that phone call? >> well, it was the phone call that no parent wants to get. i'm sitting at my desk, literally and get a phone call, a number that i don't recognize, usually i don't answer those, and she says, i have your daughter hannah is fine, and i said well what do you mean, my daughter's on a plane. your daughter is in front of me and she's fine. and i said, well what's going on? she says it looks like the plane has gone down, and the fire trucks are just now getting here, so apparently she came
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upon hannah and austin before any of the rescue vehicles were there, and had called 911, and then hannah was alert, and gave her my phone number and called me and we began to -- she stayed on the phone with me for a long time kind of walking me through what was happening, until the ambulance got there. >> i understand when you kept asking how hannah was doing, she said she's okay. but hannah really wasn't in a condition to talk to you directly and then you asked how austin was and she said nothing, because he was that severely injured. >> yes. she did put the phone up to hannah one time and hannah said hello. but that's -- she couldn't talk really. and she -- you're right, when i asked about how was austin, can he talk to me, and the phone just went dead. she was on the line, but she couldn't say a word. >> it must have been incredibly traumatic for you as a father to want information and be able to get so little, even though you knew your daughter was alive at that time. austin anderson, as i mentioned,
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died of his injuries a short time later. he is a former marine, two tours of duty in iraq, and there have been some stories circulating, mr. luce, that perhaps he did pull hannah from the wreckage of that plane. what can you tell me about that. what do you know? what don't you know? >> well, i know austin, and you know, he was a hero before he ever got in that plane, having served in the military. he was a brand-new staff member of ours. and i spent a lot of time with him. and i know he had that kind of heart to give his life for a friend, for his country, full of life, full of passion, and really we consider all the members on board that plane, all four who perished heroes because they had a passion for life and a passion for their faith and were going to an event to help discover how we could share that faith more and reach more young people, and in pursuit of their mission, their lives were ended, and miraculously, hannah was spared, and we don't understand
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why. and you know, as a father, you don't think you can really love your kids more until something like this happens, and then, of course, my love for my daughter is just overflowing, but it also makes me -- the grief that i feel that all these other parents must feel just unbearable, as they lost their child, and our heart goes out to them. we're encouraging people to pray for all of those families, and the moms and the dads, i've talked with all of them, and trying to just love on them and reach out to them, and know that i know that there are thousands that are praying. we keep getting these reports. i want to praying for the other families. it's just so very appreciated. >> just briefly mr. luce, has hannah been able to talk to you about the accident, and what happened immediately after? >> she -- first, finally yesterday did begin to share some of what she remembers, and she was remarkably lucid. apparently being awake the
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entire plane crash, and the aftermath, and some of the points of interest that of what she remembers were, are unbelievable. and harrowing. and frankly shocking, and i'm sure when she is ready, she'll tell her story for others to hear. >> well, we wish her a speedy recovery, and of course, our thoughts are with the family members of those who did not make it out of this crash alive. ron luce. thank you very much. >> thank you, matt. >> let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> matt, thank you so much. got some friends -- where are you guys from? all right. william j. clark middle school. all right. let's see what we've got. afternoon temperatures, we're looking at 80s throughout much of the country.
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cool spots around the great lakes, on into the northeast and new england. 90s and 100s through the southwest. sunny skies, 68 in seattle today. slight risk of some strong storms in new york and new england. beautiful day in chicago, sunny and 66. 87 in dallas and look for the heat to continue in phoenix, 104 degrees. so hot in phoenix last night, they were having trouble keeping the ice cold during the phoenix coyotes playoff game. >> good morning. the temperatures will make it into the a-plus. we have a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm in the forecast. a mixture of sun and clouds.
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>> don't forget to check that weather any time you need to. go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. up next, why are some stores selling potentially dangerous products for babies? a warning to parents, and a new hidden camera investigation. that's right after this. [ thunk ] sweet! [ male announcer ] the solid thunk of the door on the jetta. thanks, mister! [ meow ] [ male announcer ] another example of volkswagen quality. that's the power of german engineering. right now lease the 2012 jetta for $159 a month.
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back now at 7:43. this morning on rossen reports, the consumer alert for parents. products sold in stores today could be hazardous to your babies. "today" national investigative correspondent jeff rossen is here with more on this. jeff, good morning. >> hey, savannah, good morning to you. there is a new report out from the cdc saying more and more babies are suffocating while sleeping. and they're warning parents to keep their cribs empty. and that's got us thinking about all those fluffy toys, blankets and bumpers you put in your baby's crib. you can find them easily. just walk into almost any baby store. but some experts say infants are dying from them because companies are putting profits over safety. we're on a shopping spree. >> looking for bedding for a newborn infant. >> reporter: undercover at some of the most popular baby stores in the country. selling the must-haves for any
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new parents. >> that bumper is nice and soft, too. >> reporter: but for years doctors have warned soft products like this can be deadly in cribs for kids under 1. babies can pull these pillows and toys over their faces, cutting off air, or roll into a crib bumper and suffocate against the side. yet, the companies continue to make them, and stores continue to push them. >> i think the softer one probably appeals more. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: but soft and cuddly can cost you dearly. this little boy, preston, was just 7 weeks old, when he suffocated in his crib. the official cause of death, the face being wedged between a crib bumper and mattress. >> i sat on my knees just rocking back and forth with my child that was gone. >> reporter: preston's parents thought the bumper would actually protect their baby, because it was marketed that way. sold in baby stores nationwide,
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how could it be dangerous? >> i believe that they're profiting off of an unsafe product. and they know it. and i don't understand how they can sleep at night, knowing the truth. >> reporter: they're now suing the store, and the manufacturer. the cdc says in 2009 alone, 665 babies died from accidental suffocation or strangulation while in bed. now the american academy of pediatrics has issued a specific warning about crib bumpers, that they could be dangerous, and parents should never use them. in chicago, stores are now banned from selling bumpers, and maryland may follow suit. some doctors say that's just not enough. >> the manufacturers should stop making the bumpers, which really have no place in a baby's crib, and no place, therefore, ever. >> reporter: so we went straight to the group representing all those companies. doctors say that they're dangerous. yet these companies continue to
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make them and market them. >> tell me again what your question is. >> reporter: the question is, why? >> why? >> reporter: why make them? why make crib bumpers? >> parents need to make the decision for themselves. what items they would like to use inside their crib. and crib bumpers do prevent head injuries and limb entrapment. >> reporter: you put it all on the parents, basically. they're not the experts. >> parents are truly the experts of their child. >> reporter: actually, doctors and pediatricians are the experts and they're the ones who say that these are unsafe. >> i also think that parents in concert with their pediatrician, and themselves, they know what's best for their family. >> reporter: but experts say it's hard to know what's best for your family when this is the kind of confusing message you get at many stores. >> what should we put in a crib for a newborn? >> reporter: at this targ this clerk says she handles the baby session. >> so they've given you all the training on cribs? >> yeah.
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>> reporter: but when we asked for a crib bumper, no warning at all. >> so that's good to have a nice, soft thing to keep the baby safe? even the newborn? >> yes. >> reporter: at babies "r" us one clerk warns us about bumpers. >> and the bumper thing has changed too, they say you shouldn't use these anymore. >> reporter: then another clerk chimes in. well maybe they are okay for babies. >> after like three months or something. >> is it after three months? >> there's still a mechanism that when they can't get air they turn. >> reporter: but doctors say that's not true. in fact around three months old, babies are most at risk. >> shopping for a newborn infant. >> reporter: at bye-bye baby the clerks did warn us. >> when the baby's in the crib, there is nothing supposed to be in the crib. >> reporter: so why is this on display just feet away? crib after crib loaded with what doctors say are dangerous accessories that have no place with a sleeping baby. so what's the responsibility of the company? >> no product will ever be a substitution for parenting.
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and parents know this. and they're smart. >> reporter: but the maxwells say they are smart parents. and that just wasn't enough. >> i want them to take them off the shelf. don't try making millions of dollars. don't try putting the blame or the responsibility on anyone other than themselves. >> the stores told us they are committed to safety. target says they're developing ways to better train employees. over at babies "r" us in response to our investigation, they've retrained workers. by the way, the government is investigating this, too, to see just how dangerous bumpers can be. here's the takeaway for you. if your crib looks a lot like this, and there's a lot of stuff in it, and your baby is younger than 1, what you want to do is take all the stuff out. i mean, the stuffed animals, the stuffed toys, they're cut, you want them for your baby. >> doesn't belong in the crib. >> does not belong in the clinton. they say bare is best for a baby under one. what you want to do, and we have this doll here. >> our fake baby. >> our fake baby. not real. but what you really want to do
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is get a sleep sack. a zip-up sleep sack like this, it can't choke them, it can't get around their neck and all you want is the baby in the sleep sack, in the crib by themselves. that's it. >> the blanket's okay? >> the blanket is fine as long as it's under them like that. they can't be playing with it or pulling it over their head. >> interesting story. jeff, if people have story ideas and they want to get in contact with you? >> always looking for story ideas to investigate, scams, issues, anything you can go to today.com, go to rossen reports, click right on there and we read every single one. >> no item is too small. >> that's right. >> jeff rossen, thanks again. >> thank you. >> still ahead, you want to live like a star? we're going to check out some select ridty homes for sale, including goldie hawn and kurt russell's malibu beach shack. we charge everything else... maybe it's time to recharge the human battery. only the beautyrest recharge sleep system combines the comfort of aircool memory foam
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. time for a check on your morning commute. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> getting busy on the west side. accident reported just past liberty road on the outer loop. down to 15 miles per hour. we will let you know if we get more on that. 5 harford 43 and prospect mill road, accident coming in to us. if you travel in the city, watch for a disabled vehicle along
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morning. it's the 16th day of may, 2012. we had rain in the area over the last couple of hours. that appears to be clearing out just in time for a fantastic, improving trend heading into our friday summer concert as we kick off the season. it's going to be beautiful as usher takes the stage on friday morning. and hopefully some of these people will stick around, or at least go home, shower, come back and check out that concert. if you're in the area, stop by, as well. meanwhile out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie, who's in while ann is in the south of france this morning. we'll check in with her in a
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second. and mr. roker -- well, that is just aggravating. >> i hope she's got sunscreen on. >> she's really rubbing it in. like the sunscreen. >> we'll find out what she's got up in just a couple of minutes. >> we're also going to catch up with kris jenner. the mom of the kardashians. mom manager or mommager. why is she wanting her daughter khloe to take a dna test, and what does she think about kim and kanye? the kimye relationship? we will ask in just a few minutes. i just enjoy saying kimye. >> mommager. >> we want to take you inside to high profile celebrity homes to show you the ones that are on the market. meg ryan es bel air estate, billy joel's $14 million beach spread. we've got all the inside stuff to show you in just a little bit. >> all right. before we do that. let's go back to cannes in the south of france where the film
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festival is kicking off. for the next two weeks we'll be seeing scenes like that obnoxious one right there, with ann sipping wine on a lounge chair. what do you got cooking? >> hey, guys, i wish you guys were here. it's so beautiful here in cannes. it's the opening day of the 65th cannes film festival. and this is the balcony here in -- that we're on at the carlton hotel and, and this hotel is where grace kelly actually met her prince of monaco. down below is the main street for the festival, the place where people want to see and be seen, and out beyond are the beautiful blue waters of the mediterranean. known here as the cote deazur. and as we know it the french riviera. i don't know why they let me near these things. these are actually the awards that are going to be handed out for 22 films. the palme d'or and also the mini palm. and they're right off the balcony. i am such a klutz.
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any moment this could happen. these are very big deal, i'm trying to stay away from them. i'm told i cannot pick them up, i've warned them of my klutzy behavior. also i want to mention to you we were able to sit down with alec baldwin and chris klein to talk about their new movie. it got pretty silly the interview, we had talked about a lot of things. we'll bring you that tomorrow here on "today." and also we've got another big star making a big appearance here in cannes earlier this morning, the dictator showed up in character, riding a camel with his virgin guards surrounding him. so we're going to actually be able to bring you a rare live interview with the man behind this. we're talking about sacha baron cohen, actually being himself in an interview with us coming up this morning, guys. >> you got to know when that camel is about to get up. very important. all right, ann. >> ann, thank you. we'll see you a little later on. we appreciate it.
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let's go inside right now. natalie is standi ining with a k of the headlines. >> good morning, everyone. a medical report is shedding new light on the extent of the injuries george zimmerman had after the fatal shooting of trayvon martin. a source familiar with the report tells nbc news it shows zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had a pair of black eyes, a fractured nose, and two cuts to the back of his head. zimmerman says he shot trayvon martin in self-defense. now to tucson, where police are looking for new clues as they search for missing 6-year-old isabel celis. nbc's miguel almaguer is in tucson with more. miguel, good morning. >> natalie, good morning. police say there are two sets of detectives working this case. one focused on the family, the other focused on outsiders and a possible abduction. today both teams are following leads. the search for little isabel extended into the tucson desert tuesday. with specially trained dogs,
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investigators scoured rocky terrain and sewers, but no sign of the missing 6-year-old, gone nearly four weeks. >> she left through the power, assistance of someone else. either somebody took her or enticed her out of the residence in some way, shape or form. >> reporter: sergio celis told police he last saw his daughter the night of april 20th. the next morning she was gone. >> i need to report a missing child. i believe she was abducted from my house. >> reporter: isabel's mother had already left for work when sergio celis first called 911. >> i went to work this morning at 7:00, and i just -- and i didn't even come and check on her. i should have come and checked on her. >> reporter: the family home is surrounded by a five foot wall. two dogs live on the property. the house was called a crime scene but law enforcement sources tell nbc news there appears to be no indication of a stranger abduction, and police say they do not believe isabel just walked away. sergio celis says he believes
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isabel was kidnapped. but sources say his statements to police have been, quote, inconsistent. isabel's father has agreed with child protective services for the time being to stay away from his two other children while this investigation continues. it's important to point out, there are no suspects, and police say the family is fully cooperating. natalie? >> all right, miguel almaguer in tucson, arizona. thank you, miguel. the justice department is launching a preliminary investigation into the $2 billion trading loss at jpmorgan chase. meantime at a shareholders meeting tuesday, a $23 million pay package for bank chairman jamie dimon for last year was overwhelmingly approved. now for a look at what's trending today our quick roundup of what has you talking online. tom cruise is turning 50, and turning heads. this photo shoot for "w" magazine proves it's no mission impossible for the top gun star to transform himself into the out landish musician he portrays in this summer's film adaptation of the broadway show "rock of
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ages." reportedly he can really sing. and this youtube video was popular on today.com. like all cats this one has a lot of hair, and its owner wants to avoid hairballs, so she even vacuums her pet. as you can see there, no complaints from the cat. and these young ladies have a leg up, quite literally, on the viral road trip video posted by the harvard men's baseball squad. the women from southern methodist university recorded their own dance along to "call me maybe." just hope the driver of the van has both hands on the steering wheel. it is now 8:07 right now. let's go back out to savannah and al. i think all these colleges, they're on to something. >> they are. >> they're all going viral. >> yeah, exactly. al -- >> carly ray jenson is going to be on the show in june. >> excellent. a youtube sensation. >> absolutely. we've got some friends here. want to let us know about
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day today. there's a chance we could see a shower or thunderstorm. >> got a high school graduate right here. oh, over here. congratulations. >> thank you. >> and a college graduate over here. savannah? >> all right, al, thanks. coming up next, we're going to catch up on all things kardashian with kris jenner. why does she want her daughter khloe to take a dna test? what does she really think about his new relationship with kim and kanye? we'll ask her right after this. . and, boy... oh, my... [ male announcer ] ...are they enjoying it. i might get another one. with some more sauce. [ male announcer ] but their quick bite to eat...
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it returns for a brand-new seen on the e! network sunday night and you can bet there will be plenty of drama between jenner and her famous daughters. take a look. >> feel like it's important for you to know that daddy is your real dad. and we've all agreed to do a dna test. >> this is stupid. >> it's not stupid. >> you're the one who wrote it. you had an affair about however many years ago. 25 years ago and i wrote a memoir, okay? >> kris jenner, good morning. welcome back. >> good morning. >> always something. >> i know. >> i'll talk about that in a second. >> drama, drama, drama. >> you just signed up to do three more years of this. >> yes. >> i'm curious, given all that comes with it. i know it's lucrative and it's great but there are the headlines and the disputes and the controversies, and a lot of those headlines, by the way, are not kind. why continue to do it? >> you know what? it's almost unusual not to have all the cameras in our lives. we're so used to it now. and we really like what we're doing. it's an opportunity for me, as a
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mom, i get to wake up at every single day and work with my kids. and if we all have different types of jobs, that might not be the scenario, and we really like what we're doing. >> but you said something that i think catches my attention. you said you're so used to having the cameras. >> yeah. >> do you think you and your daughters even know right now the difference between reality tv and reality? >> well, i think that because we don't use scripts, and it's just plays out in, you know, basically right now we're in the middle of shooting season seven. so you know, some people have asked me what is there to be expected out of season seven? >> as if it's all prewritten and in the can. >> it's not in the can. we're in the middle of filming. i took a day or two off to come here and do this. but everyone is in major film mode. >> when you get to the end of your life, no one's going to give you a redo to capture the private time that you missed during these years of living your lives in front of the cameras. >> but we have so much time between seasons that we really do enjoy. and we look forward to when filming starts again.
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it's -- it's somewhat addictive in that we're like okay, when are we going to start again? we can't wait to do it. it's our job. >> "keeping up with the kardashians" is not always easy. in reading this last night, because i don't see the show every week i'm not familiar with a lot of this. so let me just throw a couple of the rumors and tabloids out. >> okay. >> and just take them for me. this thing we saw the clip on. >> yeah. >> that there are questions being asked as to who is khloe's real father. that it might not be your former husband, robert kardashian. >> ridiculous. >> ridiculous? and yet you would like her to take a dna test? >> well, because there was so many stories that came up. o.j. is the baby -- i mean there were so many stupid things, and she was getting so annoyed at the fact that, you know, i felt like it would put her mind to rest if she just went -- >> she doesn't seem to want to have any of it. >> no. you got to see what we went through to get her to try to do it. but she's very comfortable in her own skin. >> so khloe's father is -- >> robert kardashian.
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>> there's no doubt about that. >> no doubt. no doubt. >> another story making the rounds that your daughters are considering firing you as their manager because the dynamic of trying to mix the two roles as mom-ager is not easy and promise doesn't work. >> ridiculous. i think that what happens is the girls sell magazines. and when someone puts them on the cover and they need a new story, it's easy fodder. so, the girls and i work together every single day, and we have an amazing relationship. and you know, the chemistry of, you know, i know when to take that hat off and when to put it on, so we have a really nice relationship. >> all right, here we go. the hits keep coming. khloe and lamar are having marital problems, and that's one of the reasons they've kind of pushed back their spinoff reality show. >> the reality show was not canceled. so that, you know, that rumor was just silly. and they -- it's more or less a hiatus that they want to take so that lamar can folk ucus on
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basketball right now. >> i almost -- >> they are happy. >> there are no marital problems? >> nothing. farthest from the truth. >> what's the story that in the promos you're seen waking up one morning with kind of a fat lip and the rumor is it's a cosmetic surgery procedure gone yong. >> oh, my goodness. >> i'm going to be so proud of this interview. >> some day we're going to look back and think this was your golden moment. >> finest moment. >> actually no cosmetic procedure whatsoever. i woke up, and you have to tune in, because it's unbelievable. i mean, it's really crazy what happens. we're still trying to figure it out. so -- >> what do you think of kimye? >> well, we've known him for years. >> right. >> he's a great guy. >> is this serious? >> and you know what? i stopped commenting about the, you know, the details in my kids' friendships and relationships. >> they're being photographed everywhere together. >> i get nothing but in trouble. but, you know, he's great, and she seems happy. so --
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>> is she in love with him? >> you'll have to ask her that. see that question, too, you're going to back and think -- >> this is a resume tape waiting to happen. >> i though. >> real quickly. see the picture that kim took for italian vogue with the short wig? she looks just like you. i mean, that's a wide shot but you go in tighter on her face, she looks just like you. >> isn't that crazy? she was in a photo shoot. that came up on my come future and i went, where did i get that outfit and realized wait a minute. >> you don't remember dressing like that. kris jenner. >> that's a crazy outfit. >> call the museum of broadcasting. this one is over. >> you did a great job. >> kris jenner. thank you so much. >> proud. >> you can catch the season premiere of "keeping up with the kardashians" this sunday night, 9:00, 8:00 central time on our cable sister e! up next the star-studded tour of homes for sale from meg ryan, billy joel, barry manilow and more. it's very important to understand
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back now at 8:21, and this morning on "today's real estate" celebrity homes for sale. while they might not be in our price ranges they do allow you to get a peek inside the fabulous residences of some a-list stars. barbara corcoran is "today's real estate" contributor. >> good morning, savannah. >> i guess we won't call it a fire sale but meg ryan's house is at a much lower price than initially offered at. >> you never call it a fire sale when you're talking celebrities. it was originally on the market for $11.4 -- pardon me it was originally on the market for $20 million, it's now $11.4 million. by any standards that's a big discount. she stands to make a pretty penny on the house because she only bought it for $8.5 million twelve years ago. it's tucked into a hairpin curve on bel air's most hoity-toity neighborhood. look at that house. there's not a thing about it you could object to. it's undergone a museum quality renovation. she'll never get that money back. there's also arched doorways,
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sky lights galore, a step-down formal living room with a fireplace and various patios here, there and everywhere. shaded terraces. and wide open city and ocean views. and the free form pool in the back has a flagstone terrace and what's wrong with that house? if i had the money i would snap it up today. >> if i had 11 mil, so would i. let's go to miami beach, billy joel's mansion there. >> very different style of home. back in 2006, billy joel bought the home for $13.5 million in cash. all cash. he's looking to make just a cool million dollars. he's not so greedy. it's in a very exclusive area of town with 150 feet of waterfront footage. interior is over the top luxury. everything in the house is beige and white. there's vaulted ceilings, wrought iron stair cases and the pool is set in herringbone brickwork. $14,700,000 and going fast. >> we've got goldie hawn and kurt russell, the malibu beach house. >> a sweep malibu beach house.
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the price is 10%, the houses are now selling like hotcakes. what a difference a few months makes. this is a zen type retreat in malibu. it's a 1970s contemporary, and it backs right on to the pacific ocean with a beautiful grassy lot. there's a living room with vaulted ceilings, oceanside has plate glass doors. the kitchen has a farmer's sink that you and i both know no farmer can ever afford that house. a second floor media room. the ocean front master bedroom as a timber ceiling and the deck has an $11 million view for sure. what's wrong with that house? >> nothing. and not the price because they had to drop it a little bit. >> they dropped it substantially but it's priced so perfectly now for selling. >> celebrities are just like us, dropping prices. their neighbor, barry. >> this is a great house. you can pick this one up for your kids for only $6.9 million and be right down the street. there's only 3500 square feet in this house but the singer/song writer brought the contemporary
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for only $3.8 million ten years ago right before the bubble burst in malibu. but there's a step-down living room with floor to ceiling windows, a media room that looks a little depressing painted in dark gray with brown wood floors, the master bedroom is clean lines and open space and the private balcony. a formal dining room. and the highlight is that terrace. it goes east to west, you can watch the sun come up, the sun come down, who's wrong with that house? nothing. >> it's got a private dock. just the price i guess. >> that's it. a little obstacle. >> barbara corcoran. thanks so much. just ahead the man behind the dictator sacha baron cohen joins ann live from cannes.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's look at the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> tracking problems out there. prospect mill road, watch for an accident clearing. 24 miles per hour on average it accident at back river neck road and essex. disabled vehicle is being cleared. you can see that the j.f.x. is clearing towards the construction zone. delays from reisterstown road to
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edmondson. 22 miles per hour on average there. medevac the situation at cross pointe try. delays at southbound 295. live view of traffic. we will update you on the west side. northwest corner very heavy from 795. belair road, we are looking at delays in both directions. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >over to you, tony. >> drive time is going to be smith. 67 at the airport. 65 in rising sun. humidity is still with us. it will feel like a summer this afternoon. in the heat and humidity, 30% chance of a shower or thunderstorm.
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beautiful weather the next few days. >> we will have another update at 8:56.
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♪ >> "today" at the olympics coming this summer. 8:30 now on a wednesday morning. it's the 16th day of may, 2012. we may have spoken a little bit earlier and saying the weather was clearing up to be beautiful. this could be one of those days where we're putting the umbrella up and taking it down. >> i think we're okay. >> you think we're okay? >> on the plaza with a great crowd of people, i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie. savannah is here while ann is
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traveling to the south of france to the cannes film festival. we'll check in with her in just a second. whereas you can see it is stunningly beautiful today. here with natalie morales and al roker, as well. >> check in with ann in just a little bit. >> ann actually is where all of the celebrities are going to be for the next two weeks, and so ann, what's going on right now? >> well, hey, matt. can i name drop? because if you want to see a movie star, this is where you want to be for the next 12 days. names like reese witherspoon and nicole kidman and bruce willis and robert pattinson and brad pitt just to name a few. anything can happen here on the french riviera. i'm not sure if i can get brad pitt on this balcony once again, especially since i touched his face last time. but we do have sacha baron cohen joining us this morning. he's sitting next to me in a rare, live interview. i don't know if you saw, the dictator was down there on a camel. he seemed to be struggling to get on it. >> he almost fell off actually. but he maintained his composure.
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>> you think he would have practiced? >> you would have thought. >> he is a dictator. we're talking to the man who plays the dictator, sacha baron cohen coming up in a live interview. very rare, by the way, for sacha to be himself. i'm excited to get to talk to you. now back to you. >> i barely recognized sacha without his dictator uniform. >> and his voice is so different. >> we like him here. >> look forward to that. all right, also ahead. we all know that color blocking is the big trend this season. but what if you don't exactly know how to put colors together? we're going to get out the old color wheel, and he's going to show us some real steps how to take advantage of this spring trend. >> okay. and speaking of fashion, the winner of the fashion star was crowned last night on nbc. and coming up, we're going to meet the former school teacher who can now call herself a certified designer. and, in fact, everything i'm wearing she designed. >> wow. >> oh, wow. >> i thought i'd be the
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billboard today. >> very cool. let's say hello right now to mr. taylor, one of the stars of the new movie coming out battleship. >> good to see you. >> so back to 2006, you're aid igsing for "friday night lights" on nbc and now six years later not one, but two big budget movies under your belt. >> definitely a full circle moment. i think peter berg cast me in "friday night lights," it's full circle moment with him, as well. he cast me in "battleship" and i think we're going to actually go do another movie in september together. so we're basically dating now. >> i know there's something we noticed about you, there's less of you. you don't have that hair that we've all come to know you for. >> gone. >> how did he convince you to get rid of it. >> i think any time you step onto one of these destroyers -- i had it off when i was prepping. just you're not going to get away with long hair in the navy.
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>> the updo doesn't work? >> no, it doesn't work. >> i have to ask you about john carter. it's got a lot of attention for the wrong reasons. >> right. >> it didn't do all that well at the box office. at this stage in your career what do you take away from an experience like that? >> i don't really do movies for box office. so it's, you know, i really did sign up to become a better actor. i'm surrounded by many oscar winners from willem dafoe and i would do it all over again. i had an amazing experience. i loved it. >> real quickly you've got another film coming out with oliver stone? >> yeah, we've got john travolta, benicio del toro, amazing. salma hayek. and that's going to be a great film. it was a lot of fun to shoot. >> want to mention, taylor, it's great to have you here. the new movie "battleship" from our sister company, nbc universal pictures, opens this friday. good luck with that. >> thank you. >> mr. roker? >> good morning.
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the temperatures will make it into the a-plus. we have a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm in the forecast. a mixture of sun and clouds. >> don't forget, check that weather any time you need it go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. >> all right, still to come, ann is going to sit down with sacha baron cohen live from cannes. the french riviera. first this is "today" on nbc.@@
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>> welcome back to cannes films, stars are gathering for tonight's opening of the 65th annual cannes film festival. among them is sacha baron cohen. he's made a career out of transforming himself into unorthodox and sometimes offensive characters like borat and bruno. his latest creation is the supreme leader al adean. in the dictator. this morning he's joining us as himself. sacha baron cohen. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> it's great to have you here. this is your third interview, ever, after all of these years, as yourself. >> right. >> why do you so rarely give these interviews as yourself? >> well the movies i did up to now, they involved real people. and so we wanted to limit the exposure. at the moment i think i have the record. but basically if people saw that i was me, and that borat was not a real person beforehand, they
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could jump the movie and shove the movie down. this is a different kind of movie. >> it is a very different kind of movie. let me ask you a couple things, we've been doing some research about you. >> oh, yes. >> and tell me whether this is true or false. you graduated from cambridge? >> yes. >> true. you once worked, you said, as a part-time fashion model. >> very part-time. very part-time. a long time ago. long time ago. you sent ryan seacrest a new jacket after spilling ashes on him. >> that is correct. yep. >> that's nice. >> exactly. and well i had a little label inside, made by a slave of child labor. but he didn't send me a thank you note. >> the thoughtlessness of that. in reviewing "the dictator" the new york daily news calls you a political satire with a peerless sense for the prepost otherous. as supreme leader aladeen on
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that note, what are your satirizing? >> well, you know, firstly it's a comedy movie. so the movie is there to be as funny as it can be. which is the same with all the movies. but the subject of the satire, of all these preposterous dictators who are feared in their own country and rule using violence and suppression are ludicrous characters. at the moment they're being overthrown. anything you can do to mock them and undermine that kind of false authority i think is a positive thing. >> you actually sought out terrorists to figure out how to be that character. that just sounds so risky? >> that was actually in bruno i did, i interviewed a few terrorists. which was a little bit risky, yeah. >> did it help form the dictator? >> the dictators, usually they fund terrorist groups. but i did do some research for this, yes. i mean it kind of backfired on bruno because i had a terrorist group came after me and you
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know, decided to -- to seek their revenge. but they haven't got me yet. that's why i'm here hiding in cannes. >> "time" magazine says the dirty secret about this film is that it's actually a love story. are you trying to -- when are we going to tell us this, it's actually a love story? >> well, it's, you know, we thought, you know, essentially how does this guy get to be a human being, and it's basically a story of this kind of dictator like a colonel gadhafi figure that ends up down and out in new york working in a vegan health food store and he kind of falls in love with this very masculine looking hippie. >> who doesn't shave her underarms. >> she does not shave her underarms. and there's a scene involving those underarms later on. an underarm love scene later on. and that's played by anna farris and he ends up becoming a little bit human. >> despite the fact that this
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movie still has an "r" rating, it is deemed by some of the viewers as being a kinder, gentler sacha baron cohen movie. >> exactly. >> what's happening here? >> i'm softening. >> do you agree with that idea? >> well, i still think it's got the edginess and it's as funny as any of the other movies. and when i'm editing the movies every week, i go out and show it to like another group of 500 people, and the laughs are now steady as borat. so you know, but yes, there is happily kind of a love story here. there has to be a kind of softness to it. because the guy is so vicious. you know. >> you know, at the same time, you are playing these other roles, i mentioned to you privately that i thought you were spectacular in hugo. you're also now going to be coming out in a movie playing a part which requires you to sing. >> yes. >> where -- where -- where is this career of yours that started in such an extreme edge
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here, going in your view? >> i don't know. you know, there's no real plans. so, i take it day by day. you know the great thing about doing hugo, actually, was i knew i was going to make this more traditional movie. so, when scorsese offered me the part i said a do it as long as i can sit next to you for six months and study film making. and he allowed me to see how he kind of directed people and got the best form. braet having six months master class. >> sacha baron cohen you will already such an immense talent. thank you so much. >> thank you so much. >> keep going. and we want to mention "the dictator" opens in theaters nationwide today. and we're back with more from cannes and new york.
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morning on "today's style" school, color. with bold hues dominating the spring and summer you probably wonder how to put together your favorites without looking line rainbow bright. style expert lloyd boston is here with foolproof solutions. >> good to see you. >> we're getting out the old color wheel from grade school. >> it's always a classic and always works. anyone can use it. it's not just for artists like myself. >> how would you use it if you're trying to put an outfit together? >> download it anywhere. you can probably find it for free if you search it. but you want to think about color that you've never worn before and i'm going to show you the easiest ways to put them together so you're never wrong in the morning. >> we basically have three strategies. the first one is a pop of color. >> we're going to start easy, a pop of color. imagine a great tomatoy red tank top. you're not sure what to put on the bottom. one color, one neutral. that's an easy rule. everything on the table is affordable. all of my shoes and my bottoms are from jcp and all the tops we got from gap as well as the
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other accessories. notice here how this khaki simply cools it down quickly. >> do you like the idea of doing the pop of color as an accessory with the bag or the shoes? >> absolutely. take it in your own comfort level. white is also a great neutralizer. if you're doing a bright, bold pant, notice the white mixed with the neutral really keeps it cool. the same look is here. very similar, actually, from gap, head to toe on the mannequin. a full skirt like this could overwhelm anyone but we cooled it down on top. >> would you say any color works with this? >> yes, as long as it's a solid. >> our next tip, good neighbors. >> you like a good neighbor. you love things that live next to each other harmoniously. take a look at the wheel. any two colors that live next to each other will always go together. so think about that classic feminine combination of pink and red. or orange and red. >> yeah. >> all of my tabletop items here, take a look at the shoes are from old navy, as well as the bottoms. >> okay. >> and all of my tops and
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accessories are from zappos.com. pink and orange and red look beautiful together. or you can do two shades of the same color. imagine a lighter and a darker shade of green. giving you that hombre look. >> let's say you were really ambitious. would you set up your closet according to the color wheel? >> if you're anal like me. you don't want to be that way. keep it fun at the same time. this is from old navy, a plaid short that uses the good neighbor colors and broke them out into layers on the top. this is a no brainer. you add a neutral belt and you're out the door looking like the runway. >> do you want a neutral shoe, too? >> me, or you? >> i don't know, all of us. >> you would do a neutral shoe here. flesh tone shoe. >> this is the more ambitious color choice right here. >> absolutely. this is called opposites attract. just like in relationships. you're always looking for someone who is slightly different than you. think about opposites on the color wheel. your cools go beautifully with your warms. so think about all the table top
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looking at clothes from freshproduceclothes.com. all the accessories are neutral. this is from the sizzling jennifer lopez collection at kohl's. these are accordable pieces. >> are you looking back at that color wheel and saying i see a color up here and going the exact opposite? >> you got it. >> you don't have to worry about clashing? >> no. because the colors almost vibrate together. look at the cool -- i'm sorry, look at the cool bottom and the warm top. look over here, as well. the warm bottoms and the cool tops. it's easy. >> it's hot. lloyd boston, thank you so much. thanks for the lesson. appreciate it. coming up next, a couple who turned beach trarn into beautiful art.
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some people say that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. and as nbc's mike leonard explains, one california couple is finding inspiration for their work in some rather unexpected items. >> reporter: as collaborative creators, richard lang and his wife judith are always on the lookout for new inspiration, new materials. this is where they always discover it. but not the way you might expect. bits and pieces of plastic. >> it's everywhere. >> reporter: bags. ropes. pellets. you name it.
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keogh beach, which the lang's visit frequently, is a short distance from their home north of san francisco. the plastic, which washes ashore with tidal consistency, is from farther away. much farther away. >> we find things from all over the pacific rim. korea, china, indiana, taiwan. >> reporter: and an untold number other places, where discarded plastic on sidewalks and streets gets flushed by rain water into gutters and gullies. and then into the ocean. their beach harvest, plastic footwear. hat advisers, flamingo heads, monopoly houses, et cetera, et cetera, sorted by shape and color and stored for later use as -- remember i described richard and judith as creators much prized art? well this is their prized art. pieces of fishing nets arranged in a jackson pollock-like manner. a wreath of child's barrettes.
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a circle of toy soldiers. random pieces artfully configured in thematic patterns triggering thoughts about the impact of all that plastic pouring into the ocean. >> that's really implicit in the whole thing. but it's not the expletive message. the expletive message is wow, that's really nice to look at. the implicit message is, oh, oh, i'm not going to take that plastic bag this time. >> reporter: richard and judith have multifaceted artistic resumes. richard, known for his water colors, writing and poetry, judith for her portrait projects dealing with social, political and environmental issues. they're also the proprietors of san francisco's electric works, a successful print studio, gallery and store. but, it is this medium, this collaborative body of work, that has given them their greatest notoriety, as well as a dual nickname, plastic people. a moniker they embrace with humor and wear with style. a bracelet made from milk carton pull tabs. a shawl knit together from
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shopping bags. and that necklace? >> this necklace is all super balls. call from kehoe beach. >> reporter: and isn't her plastic wedding dress a sight to behold? a playful sight to be sure. >> we describe what we do with great exuberance. as you can see we have a lot of fun at the beach. but we are really heartbroken that we find ourselves in this predicament of going and picking up, picking up, bending over, picking up. >> reporter: small, throwaway items, all still carrying a price tag of sorts, as well as a contradictory back story of pinocch pinocchio-like proportion. >> of course, he is the symbol for the lie, and the lie that we carry is that plastic is cheap. plastic is not cheap. plastic is costing us a lot. and we don't even account for the expense. pinocchio is our ringmaster to remind us always let your conscience be your guide.
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>> reporter: for "today," mike leonard, nbc news, point reyes national seashore in northern california. >> pretty cool. >> sort. two never before seen photos of our studio from 1954 are included in the collection at the queen's museum of art, 1950s new york street stories. and apparently these photos were found after decades, nobody knew they were there. >> mr. larson was apparently an amateur photographer, a banker. >> lived in queens. >> he had this great camera and he would travel around the streets of the five boroughs and he would just take these pictures. and take these pictures and i guess enter some of them in competitions. >> wow. >> the rockefeller rink. >> beautiful. >> i love the windows on the world. that's our classic shot that we see out here every day. but you see sort of our studio how it was back then. >> thousands of fwlnegatives. they discovered in his daughter-in-law's home.
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i guess he died in 1964 but they found them in 2009. >> kind of a trend lately, art museums finding lost artifacts and displaying them. >> the grandfather of the cowboy. >> now we know where that whole trend started. >> nothing new under the sun. you can see more at today.com. just ahead the former school teacher just found the first winner of nbc's fashion star. we'll meet her after your local news. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. baltimore city police are investigating a double shooting. officers were called to brisbane road in southwest baltimore 11:30 last night. one of the victims was shot
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multiple times and is in critical condition. the other was shot once and is in serious but stable condition.
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>> and what better out there today than yesterday. a slight chance we could see if you showers pop up to only a 30% chance. going to be morbid high- temperature around 84. it will call off the next couple of days. of days.
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