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good morning. kennedy tragedy. the estranged wife of robert kennedy jr. found dead at her home in an apparent suicide. this morning the reaction from the kennedy family. irchls risky gamble. closing arguments being held today at the john edwards criminal trial. this after the defense rested without calling edwards, his daughter or his former mistress to the stand. how will that impact the jury's decision? and watch this, maybe. it's the hot new viral sensation inspired by the hit song "call me maybe," a video from harvard's baseball team has more than 6 million hits. but the women's crew team at southern methodist university is
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quickly getting a leg up. so who does it best? they're all with us for a live competition today, thursday, may 17th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> announcer: a special edition of "today" in cannes, rockefeller plaza, and ann curry live in cannes, france. >> welcome to a split edition of this show. sounds redundant but i'll say it again, thursday morning, studio 1a, ann curry is at the 65th annual cannes film festival. you gave us a preview wednesday. now it is officially under way. >> reporter: yeah, you've got that right, bonjour mon amie. the festival is entering its
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first full day and after last night's opening under clear skies. and the stars were out in force. celebrities like bruce willis and ewan mcgregor and eva longoria, jane fonda and alec baldwin. by the way, matt, speaking of alec baldwin, coming up, i will be talking to him in an interview. also he's joined by his co-star chris pine to talk about their new movie, so that's a lot of fun. for now, matt, let's get back to you in new york. >> thanks. we look forward to that. we appreciate it. also ahead, the florida polo mogul convicted of dui manslaughter in a case that made national headlines. he's been granted bond while he appeals that conviction. but his house arrest comes with some pretty strict rules. we're going to have more on that story. but we begin with an autopsy set to be performed today on the estranged wife of robert kennedy jr., a day after the 52-year-old's body was found at her home just north of new york city. nbc's jeff rossen has the latest.
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good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. police are now trying to figure out exactly what happened inside the family home. but law enforcement sources now tell nbc news this is an apparent suicide. and "the new york times" is citing two sources familiar with the case that she did it by hanging herself. the kennedys' latest tragedy playing out here on the family property in upscale bedford, new york. by the time police arrived wednesday, mary kennedy was dead. the estranged wife of robert f. kennedy jr., mother of their four children, apparently killed herself. unclear if she left a note explaining why. >> the idea that somebody in that family would kill himself or herself, i would have considered that unthinkable. >> reporter: the kennedys separated two years ago as mary kennedy battled with drug and alcohol problems. in may 2010, she was arrested for dwi and pled guilty to a lesser charge.
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months later, she was stopped for driving under the influence of prescription pills. that charge was later dropped. >> so they were all very arare of the ravages of alcohol and drugs. and she, unfortunately, became caught up in that. >> reporter: there were happier times. here's mary standing in the back of their home joined by rfk jr. and a builder. today robert f. kennedy jr. is a prominent environmental lawyer seen often in recent years with actress cheryl hines. and he has endured tragedy before. when he was 9, his uncle, president john f. kennedy, was assassina assassinated. when he was just 14, his father, senator rob either f. kennedy, was assassinated. his brother, david, died of a drug overdose in 1984. and another brother, michael, was killed in a skiing accident in 1997. his cousin, john f. kennedy jr., died in a plane crash in 1999. and just three years ago, there was the loss of his uncle, senator ted kennedy.
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now this, his estranged wife's body found in the family home. >> it's devastating beyond imagination to them to have this happen to them. yet again. how do you handle it? you don't handle it. it handles you. and you try to go on. >> reporter: the kennedy family now asking for privacy, but they have released this statement saying, "mary inspired our family with her kindness, her love, her gentle soul and generous spirit." matt, the medical examiner here in westchester county will perform an autopsy on the body later today. >> jeff rossen in new york this morning, thank you very much. in other news, john edwards' fate will soon be in the hands of a jury. closing arguments are scheduled today at the former presidential candidate's corruption trial. nbc's lisa myers is at the courthouse in greensboro, north carolina. lisa, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning. today each side gets two hours to present closing arguments to
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the jury in a case which has often been more about lies and betrayal than about whether john edwards actually violated campaign finance laws. in a surprise move, john edwards' lawyers abruptly rested their case on wednesday after a little more than two days. without calling any of a trifecta of blockbuster witnesses. jurors will have to decide the case without hearing from edwards' highly sympathetic daughter, cate, or from the woman at the center of the scandal, rielle hunter. or from john edwards himself. the man who rose to fame through his powers of persuasion as a trial lawyer and a politician chose to remain silent with his own freedom on the line. >> if the gamble pays off by not testifying, the defense team and john edwards will look like heroes. if not, then john edwards goes to jail, he'll have many hours contemplating and second-guessing why he didn't take the stand. >> reporter: the defense has managed to decimate the credibility of edwards' chief
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accuser, andrew young, showing he pocketed most of the money the government claims went to hide hunter, using some of it to build this $1.6 million home. in a final dig, the defense got the government to admit young's time line is wrong. young has said it was hunter's pregnancy that triggered the cover-up. but wednesday the defense cited medical records that show hunter learned she was pregnant after young had already received the first checks. yet prosecutors produced other witnesses who testified edwards did know of at least some of the effort to fly a pregnant hunter around the country and take care of her while he ran for president. still, analysts see weaknesses in the case. >> the biggest hole in the government's case is the failure of the government to show that john edwards knew he was violating the law. >> reporter: edwards says whatever was done was to protect his wife, elizabeth, from humiliation. the government alleges the cover-up was to protect his campaign and his political viability.
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>> no jury has ever been asked to do this before, assess money to cover up an affair to see whether it's a campaign violation. so we're in uncharted territory. >> reporter: the judge says she will tell jurors later today that to find edwards guilty, the prosecution does not have to prove that attempting to protect his campaign was the only reason for the cover-up but that it was more than a side benefit. the jury begins its deliberations tomorrow, matt. >> lisa myers in north carolina. lisa, as always, thank you very much. savannah guthrie is "today's legal correspondent." hampton has attended every day of this trial. good morning to both of you. hampton, let me start with you if you don't mind. there are two reasons that a defense would rest. either they think they have made their case or poked holes in the prosecution's case, or they've run out of viable and effective witnesses. which is the case here? >> matt, it could be both. and these could be individual decisions. i think not putting rielle
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hunter on the stand was an easy call because it was easy for her to turn off this jury. they made the point that the youngs kept most of the money, not hunter. i think john edwards the father decided he didn't want to put his daughter, cate, through the rigors of a trial. the toughest call was edwards not taking the stand, and that may be the one they're going to regret. >> the defense told the jury john edwards is not afraid of the truth. so if you've been sitting on that jury every day of this trial, don't you hold it against them that john edwards didn't sit up there and answer tough questions? >> jurors may be tempted to hold that against him. they will get a specific instruction from the judge that says you can't hold it against him, but we live in the real world. jurors always want to hear from the defendant. but here it was so risky because on the one hand, yes, john edwards need to do get up there, appear sympathetic, appear likeable. but this is the same guy who jurors saw on video lying to america about the details of this affair. so there's no question that he has some credibility problems before this jury. >> hampton, going back to you on
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the subject of cate edwards not testifying, john edwards' eldest daughter, do you think if she had gone up there and testified and savannah and i talked about this earlier and john edwards had not, then it would have looked like she was being put up there to take the tough questions for her father. >> i think that's very much a possibility, matt. you know, she really is an innocent victim in all of this. she has stood by her father's side throughout this trial. she certainly could have handled it herself, but i think john edwards felt after all he had put his daughter, his family through, the last thing he wanted to do was to ask her to take the stand, face cross-examinati cross-examination. and i think you're right. it would have been stark if she spoke and he didn't. >> hampton, closing arguments, what does the defense have to do? what does the prosecution want to do? >> the prosecution has got to deal with the issue of criminal intent. they've only got a circumstantial evidence, really the convoluted money trail to show edwards' guilty mind. they've got to squeeze that
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trail for all it's worth. the defense has to deal with the fact that this is a mixed motive case. edwards wanted to save his campaign and marriage. they've got to convince the jury that if edwards sought this for his family, they've got to convict him. >> at this point right now based on what they're seeing in front of them, does that plea deal look better and better in the rearview mirror? >> you've got to believe that the defense never thought they would get this close to a jury. they're extremely confident that this case is novel, that the legal theory was a stretch, and yet every stage of the case where this case could have been thrown out, it wasn't. as recently as yesterday, they lost on one of the key legal arguments with regard to jury instructions, as lisa mentioned. so they've got to be sweating it a little bit because it's about to go to a jury. and then anything can happen. >> savannah guthrie, hampton dellinger, thank you both very much. appreciate it. nbc news now has reviewed an autopsy report that reveals more about the death of trayvon martin during his encounter with george zimmerman.
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now the teen's parents are calling for the release of all the evidence in this case. nbc's kerry sanders is in daytona beach, florida, this morning. kerry, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. trayvon martin's parents have not seen the medical examiner's report that was prepared here. but the fact that others have, including nbc news, has their attorney telling nbc news that it's enough. they now want all of the documents released. benjamin crump tells nbc news that they want full transparency of all the records because anything short of that is manipulation. when george zimmerman shot and killed trayvon martin, the state attorney first concluded there would be no charges. and key to his decision was the medical examiner's report examine was completed nearly three weeks after the shooting. the very same report was viewed by the special prosecutor who charged zimmerman in april. while the multipage autopsy is sealed by court order, nbc news
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was given access to read it. it says, in part, the teenager was killed by a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest, the entrance wound located on his left chest 17 inches below the head. the single bullet passed directly from the front to the back, through his lungs, creating perforations. the only injuries to trayvon martin are from the gunshot and to one knuckle, a quarter inch to one-eighth inch abrasion on the fourth finger in the ring area. trayvon's gunshot wound entrance of intermediate range. how close was that? the medical examiner's report says there was a soot ring abrasion and a two-inch by two-inch area of stippling. this is a gunshot residue expert and the chief medical examiner in bekxar, texas. >> it's emergg from the muzzle of the gun. based on the size of the pattern, the range was most
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likely between two and four inches. >> reporter: usually in florida, the medical examiner's report and the recently revealed medical records that show george zimmerman likely had a broken nose and black eyes, all of those reports and more would be part of the public record. but in this case, a unique effort to prevent the release of records has resulted in selective leaks, the sort that trayvon martin's family lawyer says could be designed to taint a jury pool. >> what i think is more of a question is the leak of the information, what it's purported to prove. >> reporter: zimmerman's defense attorney, mark o'mara, will not speak out on the information contained in the leaked report but says that 67 cds filled with investigative notes are shaping his defense. >> if the evidence supports it, certainly we'll look into filing stand your ground and whatever other motions may be appropriate. >> reporter: while both the defense and prosecution said they wanted these reports sealed to protect all of the witnesses'
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names, many legal observers say it appears these leaks are simply strategic. matt? >> all right, kerry sanders in florida this morning. kerry, thank you very much. let's get a check of the morning's top stories. natalie is over at the news desk with those. natalie, good morning to you. >> good morning, every. world leaders arrive in the washington area today ahead of the g-8 summit of economic powers being hosted by president obama at camp david. after two days of talks, they'll head to the nato summit in chicago focusing on the role of troops in afghanistan. meantime, protesters marched through the streets of chicago on wednesday. and a larger demonstration is set for sunday when global leaders arrive. protests are also expected in the nation's capital. a wildfire threatening an historic mining town in arizona has nearly tripled in 24 hours. the fire in the prescott national forest grew to at least 5400 acres pushed by strong winds and dry weather. and a dramatic scene in portland, oregon, where a firefighter fell through the roof of a burning apartment
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building. two of his fellow firefighters sprang to action and rescued him. fortunately, no one was injured. for the first time in american history, minorities now make up more than half of the children born in the u.s., outnumbering whites. new census figures out this morning show that hispanics, blacks, asians and those of mixed race account for 50.4% of the newborn population. a remarkable moment for a woman who has been paralyzed for 15 years. she was able to drink a cup of coffee by moving a robotic arm with her brain power. scientists put implants the size of a baby aspirin in her brain which then transmitted her thoughts to the robotic arm. well, you can go ahead and drink that cup of coffee or two because it may actually help you live longer. in a study in "the new england journal of medicine," found that men who drank two to three cups of decaf or regular coffee had a 10% advantage of outliving those who did not drink coffee. and women had a 13% advantage.
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just hold off on the sugar and cream. and a very close call for a scientist in north carolina who was trying to corral a 250-pound alligator. the man put a towel over his head, and as you see there, the alligator then proceeded to grab his arm, snapped at him, biting him. fortunately, he's okay and his team was able to tie the gator up, secure him and then release the gator back into the wild. yeah, that's a little too close a call. he's okay, though. >> i like his bold pal, though. he's out. he backed out. >> he's just recording it on video. hanging out. >> oh, gotta go. you're on your own. call me later. >> later, gator. >> i'm pretty sure he's not going to be wearing those pants again also. mr. roker's here with a check of the weather. al? >> it takes more than a towel, doesn't it? anyway, what's going on? oh, my golly. we've got a lot of rain down in
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florida. but they could use that in the southwest where it's climatologically very dry already. gusty local winds. and so we're going to continue with red flag warnings and fire weather watches from california, new mexico all the way up into colorado. and in florida, the heavy rain, and these systems will just sit over southern florida, dumping a ton of rain over the next 48 hours. we're talking anywhere from three to five inches of rain from key west to miami on up to daytona beach. t'at's what's going on around >> good morning. it will be a beautiful day today. it will be little breezy but you'll see plenty of sunshine.
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and that's your latest weather. matt? >> al, thank you very much. now a really nice way to end this half hour. a pretty remarkable shopping spree in kentucky. nbc's kevin tibbles is here with details on this. kevin, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. talk about attention kmart shoppers. when one man saw that his local kmart store was closing, he saw the opportunity to make a quick buck, but then he decided to do something worth each more. >> reporter: call it the bonanza of the blue light specials. >> it's going to be good. >> reporter: when kentucky businessman was shopping at a closeout sale at the local kmart, he struck up a conversation with the store manager. >> looked around and i said, what's going to happen to all this merchandise? >> reporter: and that's when one of those little blue lights went off in 54-year-old painter's head. >> my wife always said i'd give it all away if i had it. >> reporter: he decided to buy all the merchandise left and
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donate it to a local charity. >> as a businessman, i admit firsthand the need. and times are getting harder. >> reporter: painter is a self-made man with a very successful jewelry exchange business. but he's never forgotten that he grew up poor. the clothing, shoes, household items are all being donated to the clark county community services for distribution to those in need. >> this is the largest donation we've ever received. and with a number of families that we're serving in this community, we'll have a home for all of it. >> reporter: it took four cash registers nearly seven hours to ring up all the merchandise. the tab, almost $20,000. all destined for folks who need it most. >> it's going to help me with children's jackets in the future, for the winter, some hats for them to be warm. >> i buy cold, silver, coins. >> reporter: painter says he's always had the knack for making money, and he could have doubled it had he sold the kmart
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merchandise. but he says he's happier sharing his good fortune with the less fortunate. >> i was raised here. i know the people. i know how good they are. and just because a lot of them's needy is no sign they're bad people. and if i can help them, i do. >> so much stuff painter had to rent a warehouse to store it all. now volunteers are going through it to determine the best way to distribute it to all the people in need. matt? >> kevin, that's a nice one. thank you very much. if we had hats on, we would tip them to mr. painter. thank you very much. still ahead, the polo club founder convicted of a dui manslaughter in florida granted house arrest. so why is it coming with a steep price? but first, this is "today" on
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was able to take down their license plate number for police. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> kind of busy and in terms of incidents. in the past few minutes, getting word for crashed in warren road and york road. north avenue and st. paul street, watch for crash. we have an accident clearing. northbound 95 at howard county and 100, watch for debris in the road. southbound delays on 295 towards 100, all the volume- related there. in centreville, for those of you who travel on the eastern shore, to water 30 is shut down -- 215 is shut down. problem-free and it is area. further south, tapping the brakes at padonia. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> you can see high, thin cloud
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cover. that is all we're going to have today. winds have shifted to the north. that is bringing in cooler air. temperatures in the 50's. 54 in westminster. 56 and a parkton. mostly sunny skies, breezy, cooler than yesterday. nice, high-temperature near 75. preakness began, and another one coming up tomorrow with sunshine. 76. 76.
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♪ call me maybe ♪ hey i just met you ♪ and this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me maybe it's the viral video craze sweeping the nation in two videos from college teams are leading the way. first harvard's baseball team posted their tribute to the carly rae jepsen song "call me maybe." and the women's crew team at southern methodist university saw that, and they answered it. and this morning, both teams are here for a friendly competition live on the plaza. there's a lot of trash talking going on out there. we're going to check in with those two teams in just a little while. 7:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 17th day of may, 2012.
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inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer. meanwhile, ann is still jet setting. she's in the south of france in cannes. ann, good morning. >> reporter: good morning again to you, matt. i'm wondering where is my glass of champagne? there are something like 200,000 people roaming the city now over the next two weeks. and so you're bound to run into a star or two or perhaps maybe even alec baldwin. he's filming a mockumentary. this role is giving a whole new take on santa claus. we'll talk to him about that and also his co-star, chris pine, matt. >> we look forward to that. thank you very much. also ahead, the country gets a new crop of millionaires tomorrow with facebook's initial public offering. but should you buy that stock, and can you find that stock? we're going to talk about that with cnbc's jim cramer. and later, it's happened again. a new mom of twins fighting for her life against a rare
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flesh-eating bacteria. her friends will update us on her condition coming up. but we begin with a decision to let a florida millionaire found guilty of dui manslaughter serve house arrest while he appeals that conviction. nbc's mark potter has the latest on this story. mark, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. when he was released from jail, john good manner will come here to this mansion at his polo club. but it won't be a party. he'll face very strict restrictions including 24-hour monitoring. when john goodman walks out of the palm beach county jail after posting a $7 million bail, he'll face tight restrictions while his attorneys appeal his dui manslaughter conviction. under court order, he'll live under house arrest at his mansion on the grounds of the international polo club in wellington, florida. he'll wear a gps monitoring device and have limited visitation. >> he can't socialize at all, no. >> not even with family members?
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>> his lawyers could come. his family could certainly come and see him, but we're not going to have a party. >> guilty. >> reporter: goodman was sentenced to 16 years in prison for driving his bentley while drunk and slamming into a car driven by 23-year-old scott wilson. wilson drowned after his car was pushed into a canal. under his bond conditions, goodman must submit to alcohol and drug tests. he cannot attend charity events, polo matches or fund-raisers. he can walk to his office to conduct business, but he must be monitored around the clock by off-duty police officers. for whom he will have to pay. >> mr. goodman would have any reasonable -- >> reporter: at a hearing last week, a judge said he feared goodman could be a flight risk. >> he has apparently the financial wherewithal to get into a private plane and fly to another country in a private airfield and illegally enter a foreign country. >> reporter: the defense insists goodman will follow all the rules imposed by the court. >> it can be frustrating for the public to see a millionaire spending time in his mansion
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while an appeal is pending. but in this case, there are so many safeguards put into place that if he loses his appeal, you can be assured he's going straight to jail. >> reporter: still to be decided is an issue involving goodman's girlfriend, whom he adopteds had a daughter to protect his wealth. another court must still decide if she becomes a beneficiary of trust money set aside for goodman's biological children. if that occurs, the rules of goodman's release could change. now, the sheriff's office here says that goodman will not be released until all those security measures can be put in place at his home including the hiring of those deputies to monitor him. we're told that could happen perhaps as early as today or tomorrow. matt? >> all right, mark potter in wellington, florida, this morning. mark, thank you very much. it's 7:34. let's get a check of the weather from al. >> thanks so much, matt. we've got some basketball girls here. what's your team? you guys did pretty well. what champs are you?
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wow! you're all-island champs. very nice. let's check your weather. we'll show you it's a little on the cool side if you make your way through new england. 50s and 60s for highs today. we're looking for 70s and 80s through texas. 90s to 100s in the southwest. as we show you what's going on weatherwise, we're looking at beautiful weather in the pacific northwest. 101 in vegas today. 87 in beautiful mobile, alabama. look for a high of 73. new york city, lots of sunshine in the northeast as well. a lot of rain, though, down >> good morning. it will be a beautiful day today. the close of the workweek will be fine. sunshine and high temperature around 75.
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don't foreget, get that weather anytime you need it. go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. matt? >> al, thank you very much. facebook founder mark zuckerberg isn't the only person set to profit from tomorrow's initial public offering. hundreds more including some rank-and-file employees are prime to become rich as well. nbc's ron mott is at facebook headquarters in menlo park, california. ron, good morning. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning to you. hitting the lottery is not the only way to become a millionaire overnight. another way is to join a start-up company like facebook, get in on the ground fleur and wait for it to hit the big time which it obviously has. a lot of folks around here can't wait to see how these new millionaires spend all that money. in 24 hours, silicon valley's newest millionaires are born. ♪ money money money opening a world of luxury and opulence for the taking.
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riches far removed from the harvard dorm room where facebook was conceived eight years ago. ipos are nothing new in this part of the world, but then again, there's never been an ipo quite like facebook expected to fetch around $15 billion. that's why there's a lot of excitement in the valley. hundreds of the company's employees are estimated to see their net worth explode into the tens of millions of dollars on friday. >> it was a huge endorphin rush. >> reporter: charlie ayers, employee number 53 and head chef at google when it went public, knows a bit about how life can change in an instant. he was finally able to open his own restaurant. his advice to the new potential big spenders, be careful. >> they say money is like a volume knob. it makes you either a bigger jerk or a really great person. >> reporter: despite the caution, high-end retailers are gearing up to reap rewards. this lexus dealership is counting on moving a lot more of its pricey wheels than usual in coming weeks. >> we even saw some business
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from facebook in the previous month. so i think some of those folks thought, well, i'm going to get the money. so i'll go ahead and get the car now. >> reporter: and while they're at it, maybe even get the big house, too. home prices in the region which this real estate agent says hit $2 million for starter houses have spiked as much as 20%. >> it's a market unlike anything else i've ever seen. i refer to palo alto as the capital of unpretentious pretentiousness. and i think that fits very well with the culture of facebook. >> reporter: while some say modesty is central to facebook's culture, charlie ayers suggests that modesty is about to be tested. >> when you see all those zeros at the end of your net worth, you know, people start to change. young people with a lot of money, that's a dangerous combination. >> reporter: the cash-strapped state of california expecting a little bit of a windfall in all of this as well. anywhere between $1.6 billion and $2.1 billion over the next year or so, matt.
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>> ron mott, thank you very much. jim cramer is the host of "mad money." >> morning, matt. >> everybody wants a piece of this ipo. can the average guy or gal actually buy this stock? >> you can buy it once it started trading, but history says that's a very big mistake to do. >> why? >> because almost every single deal that has come public has descended, has gone down, after the first day. and you get burned if you come in and buy. >> let's give people some examples. groupon came out last november. it's now down 53% from its offering price. internet radio company pandora came out june of last year. it's down 38%. zingo which came out back in december is down 10%. why do these stocks have so much trouble? >> because the sellers are the guys who make money, matt. they're out there taking the profits. you're out there buying what they know much more about, and they're dumping it. >> yeah. some of the big companies that are getting huge blocks of this stock like goldman sachs are planning to turn around and sell up to 50% of it very quickly. is that common practice?
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>> no. this has got to be one of the most dumped first-day stocks i've ever seen. i do think that this is a real company, matt, but you don't want to buy what these guys are selling. >> you say it's a real company. it's got this enormous value of something like $100 billion. and a lot of people say it doesn't make anything. but what it does have is 900 million registered users. that's the value of this company, isn't it? >> yes. you've got to figure that someone is going to be able to advertise and make some money in return. it did make $1 billion for two straight quarters. >> general motors has announced recently that they're not going to advertise on facebook anymore because they say that the ads on that site do not pay off. is that a troubling thing for facebook? >> gm, third largest advertiser. you never want to go against them. however, if you're trying to reach the youthful people, matt, around the world, facebook may be the best way a couple years from now. >> recent poll from the a.p. said that over half of americans think facebook is a passing fad.
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are you in that group? >> no, i'm not. there's too many people who subscribe to it. here's the big issue, though, matt. tomorrow, this thing's going to open up gigantically. maybe north of $100 billion. i don't want people chasing it. >> okay. you got the advice first from jim cramer. and you can catch more of jim on "mad money." that's weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 eastern time right on cnbc. up next, ann sits down and talks to alec baldwin in cannes. nice work if you can get it, right after this. i love cash back. with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card, we earn more cash back for the things we buy most. 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. no annual fee. that's 1% back on... wow! 2% on my homemade lasagna. 3% back on [ friends ] road trip!!!!!!!!!!!! [ male announcer ] get 1-2-3 percent cash back. apply online or at a bank of america near you. ♪
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i had a chance to sit down with alec baldwin and chris pine to talk about their new animated movie "rise of the guardians." an epic adventure featuring santa claus, the easter bunny, jack frost and others all with the power to protect the imaginations of children. alec, you play santa claus. and he's not so sweet and cuddly. in fact, he's sort of has the voice of a russian mobster. >> yeah. >> he's got tattoos. >> yeah. >> i mean, is this santa claus before he discovered yoga? >> it was a kind of a bruce wayne element to the superhero thing, that kind of duality. my character is a woodworker in unspecified eastern european or russian mountains somewhere. somewhere where people talk like this. like we are doing roc rocky & bullwinkle. where he wasn't just jolly and sweet. he has a bit of an edge to him.
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>> tattoos as well. >> not nice. >> moose. squirrel. >> did you get to do this together, or were you in separate booths doing your own thing? >> the first time i met alec was actually in the booth. i just had sheer intimidation. >> i mean, when i met chris, it was like guys like this, i met him, this is chris. i'm, like, god, i hate you. >> he said that to me, too. first of all, i had never done an animated film before, so that was one thing. i had never met alec before. it was a big thing. like any fan, the first moment you take in the fact that this is a guy i've watched for many years do many different things. >> don't say since you were young. >> since i was a babe. >> oh, no, chris can't wait to say that. go ahead, chris. she teed up the ball for you. swing away. hit that ball 300 yards. >> hold on. >> is there a gray hair growing out of my ear? >> alec. >> have you seen the whole movie? >> this to me was the most
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. time for a check of your morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> still some problems to avoid as we have an accident at warren road and york road. in the city, all of the street, milton ave. we're tracking what that gary and drive and park land place. school bus involved in accident at glen burnie. centreville road, closed at 309 in the eastern shore. u.s. 50 as the alternate.
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york road, topside of the beltway. this debate begins a car ford taurus york road. -- this delay begins at harford towards york road. normal volume-related delays. simms situation on the outer loop towards edmondson. johnny come over to you. > -- tony, over to you. >> a front came through and give us cooler and drier air. it might be a little breezy today, but not bad. fifties in the northwest suburbs. 54 degrees in taneytown. forecast for today, mostly sunny skies. breezy but nice. 72 to 77. average height is 74. sunset at 8:15. a little chilly and the morning. we will make it up to 76.
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♪ hey i just met you ♪ and this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me maybe 8:00 now on this thursday morning, the 17th of may, 2012. and you're looking at "today's" version of the carly rae jepsen song "call me maybe." the video to that song has become a sensation online. but that attempt pales in comparison to one from the baseball team from harvard and the women's crew team at smu, matt. >> yeah, ann, we learned a lot of things making that video. most importantly, savannah guthrie has no rhythm whatsoever. >> i know. it's like the easiest three-step
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dance, and i couldn't even do step two. >> anyway, we've got team smu, team harvard live on our plaza this morning. we've got some vans parked. they're in there warming up, and we're going to have a competition to see which team does the best job with that video in just a second. ♪ hey i just met you ♪ and this is crazy >> and you can see team harvard, i think, by the way, surprisingly cool and hip. >> the problem is you will be singing that song for the rest of my life. >> i know, you're stuck with that. >> it's relentless. >> you saw ann a second ago in cannes, france. i'm matt lauer along with al roker and savannah guthrie here in new york. what's coming up? >> we have two brothers competing against each other for their shot at olympic gold. here's the problem. only one of them can go to london. we are going to meet them. i mean, they get ridiculously high. unbelievable. in fact, up to three stories high. >> a lot of people didn't even
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know there was a trampoline team, but only one spot and the brothers are ranked number one and two to take that spot. >> talk about sibling rivalry. >> exactly. looking forward to that. on a more serious note, earlier in the week we told you about a young woman in georgia who is battling a rare flesh-eating bacteria. now there has been a second case. this time it's a new mom. she had just given birth to twins and now she's in the fight of her life, has already undergone multiple surgeries. we'll get the latest. a busy half hour. let's start it inside with natalie at the news desk. natalie, good morning to you. >> good morning to you, everyone. in the news this morning, an autopsy is scheduled for 52-year-old mary kennedy, the estranged wife of robert kennedy jr. she was found dead wednesday at her home in new york, an apparent suicide. mary kennedy had battled drug and alcohol problems. the couple had four children. closing arguments today in the corruption trial of former presidential candidate john weighed rds. he's accused of authorizing more than $1 million in secret
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payments to hide his pregnant mistress during the 2008 campaign. the defense rested wednesday without calling edwards or rielle hunter to testify. it's expected jury deliberations will begin tomorrow. new details in the investigation into the shooting death of florida teen trayvon martin. the 17-year-old died from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired from intermediate range according to an autopsy report reviewed by nbc news. the report also found that martin had a cut on one of his hands. george zimmerman says he shot martin in self-defense. the senate on wednesday rejected president obama's 2012 budget. the second year it has rejected the president's plan. the trading losses suffered by jpmorgan chase have reportedly surged by $1 billion in recent days. "the new york times" reports the losses are now at least $3 billion. ceo jamie dimon had warned the losses kuba loon in tcould ball coming days.
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police are trying to find actor nick stahl, one of the stars of "terminator 3." his wife reported him missing earlier this week. now for a look at what's trending today, a quick roundup of what has you talking online. multiple websites are buzzing whether j. lo will return to "american idol." the executive producer tells tmz we want her back. he was reacting to lopez's comments on "ellen" this week when she said she wasn't sure she could go for a third year and that she missed doing other things. lopez was just named number one on "forbes'" list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. this photo of a supremely cool watch posted by ann curry on wednesday is being shared across facebook and already has thousands of likes. it was a gift from the dictator himself, sacha baron cohen, who sat down with ann at the cannes film festival. and apparently a good bachelor party is about finding a way to humiliate the groom and then share his embarrassment on the internet. in this viral video, the best
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man fakes his pal into thinking he's going to take a 50-foot bungee jump blindfolded. instead, the nervous groom just dove into a shallow pond. fortunately, he came up smiling and laughing about the whole thing. there's a groom for you. it's 8:05 right now. let's go back outside to al with a check of your weather. >> those are some good friends. >> yeah. >> all right. we've got great folks here. now, where are you guys from? >> louisiana. >> where's that near? >> new orleans. >> near new orleans. very nice. you didn't bring any beignets with you, did you? >> no. >> no. i took a shot. what can i say? next time. all right. let's see what we've got as far as your weather. pick city, omaha, nebraska, partly sunny, windy, warm, 85 degrees. a lot of rain down in florida. this is going to just sit there and dump lots of rain. two to three inches over the next 48 hours. a few showers in northern california. otherwise windy and beautiful out west. a little on the toasty side.
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101 in las vegas. 85 in phoenix. beautiful around the great lakes. 72, chicago. northeast looks good. plenty of sunshine, wet weather along the southeastern atlantist >> good morning. it will be a beautiful day today. it will be little breezy but you'll see plenty of sunshine. and that's your latest weather. savannah in >> al, thank you very much. coming up, the frightening new case of a flesh-eating bacteria. this time it's a new mother of twins battling for her life. and then we will switch gears and go back to france where ann is live in cannes.
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keep all of her limbs. lana kiuykendall had expected t spend the week bonding with her newborn twins. >> lana got to hold her babies once. >> reporter: instead the new mother is fighting for her life. >> so you've got two babies that don't have a mom right now. >> reporter: the 36-year-old gave birth at the beginning of last week in an atlanta hospital. a week ago today she was released and drove back home here to greenville, south carolina. friday morning, friends say, she noticed a spot in the back of her left leg. at first, kuykendall, a paramedic, thought it was a blood clot. >> around 11:00, 11:30 is when she saw it. it was about the size of her palm. her husband said. and then by the time she went to surgery and they thought they knew what it was, it had consumed practically her whole leg. >> reporter: since then, her husband, darren, a firefighter, has stood by her through four surgeries. >> it all happened kind of quickly. she deteriorated quickly after
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coming to the hospital. >> reporter: this case comes just days after another woman in georgia was also diagnosed with what's called necrotizing fascitis. aimee copeland got the bacteria after cutting herself in a zip lining incident west of atlanta. so far she's lost her left leg, and her family fears she could lose her fingers. but her father says she's improving. >> at this point, seeing her spirits high, knowing that she can communicate with us, and we have some wonderful moments in there with her. and the visiting hours just runs far too short. >> reporter: these infections are rare. between 500 and 1,000 cases each year in the u.s. and they are often lethal. a quarter of those infected die. in south carolina, kuykendall's friends are thankful she went to the er so quickly. they're now raising money for her treatment and waiting for her to breathe without a respirator. >> leaning over and talking into her ear and then watching the heart monitor as you talk, you kind of see that heart rate go up a little bit. i truly believe that she hears us and she knows.
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>> reporter: a paramedic that has dedicated her life to helping others now finds her friends helping her. and right now those friends are helping take care of those two beautiful twins. many of those friends work here at greenville memory. we're told that little boy and the little girl are doing just fine. but right now, matt, it is still a mystery how their mother came down with this flesh-eating bacteria. >> gabe gutierrez, gabe, thank you very much. dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor. good morning to you. >> hey, matt. >> it strikes me how different these cases are. i kind of can get aimee copeland cuts herself, exposed to perhaps river or stream water. but lana kuykendall just had babies, had just given birth. >> otherwise healthy except when you're in your third trimester, your immune system really does change. so she was at risk for infection. the question is, did she have a cut on her leg beforehand? did she pick up this infection in the hospital? i don't know.
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but it's not related necessarily to being pregnant. >> but same kind of bacteria, always causes this? >> no. it can be staph, strep, clostridium. there's a laundry list. it releases a toxin and that destroys the tissue. there are sometimes layers in the body between muscle. it's almost like a canvas sheet type of layer. but it doesn't have a lot of blood supply. and if the bacteria gets in there, it can literally zoom along the highway and spread. and that's when you see these big areas of destruction. >> and you kind of just touched on what i was going to ask you. it's rare, 500 to 1,000 cases a year -- >> i think it's underreported. >> but why is it so difficult to stop once it's diagnosed? >> a lot of time it's deep tissue. take aimee copeland, deep tissue injury, sewn up appropriately in the operating room, but the bacteria was probably deep into her thigh where it was allowed to fester. what people need to remember is
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carly rae jepsen's hit "call me maybe," the catchiest jingle du jour. ♪ i just met you ♪ and this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me maybe >> reporter: call it a sports team rivalry at its finest. they're the latest viral videos taking the nation by storm. ♪ you took your time with the call ♪ ♪ i took no time with the fall ♪ you gave me nothing at all >> reporter: the women of southern methodist university's crew team take on the men of harvard baseball. the challenge, a choreographed dance set to carly rae jepsen's "call me maybe." this since the first time the catchy song sparked attention online. in january, america's favorite teen sweethearts justin bieber and selena gomez, tweeted about the then-unknown song, launching carly's career here in the u.s. ♪ your stare was holdin' ♪ ripped jeans ♪ skin was showin' ♪ hot night wind was blowin'
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>> reporter: three months later bieber and gomez released their own take on the video. friends ashley tisdale and members of "big time rush" made cameos. ♪ and this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me maybe >> reporter: pop star katy perry joined in on the fun with her own version. ♪ here's my number so call me maybe ♪ >> reporter: but it's these college athletes who are appear touring the spotlight now, not on the playing field but on the road and online, giving us all something to sing about. ♪ so call me maybe so what does carly rae jepsen think of all of this? she playfully retweeted the harvard version of the song. >> you've seen the videos. now it's time for our dance-off. we have the men from the harvard's baseball team. they're here in van number one getting ready to go. and they're represented by jonathan smart with us out here. now, the southern methodist university women's crew team, they're in van number two over
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here. they're getting ready to go. and they are represented by emily karstens. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> let me start with you. how many parents on this team are saying this is what i sent my kid to harvard to do? >> we've actually had a big response. we were worried about our coaches when they first saw it, what they would think. they've loved it, had a good time with it. hopefully it will be a good recruiting tool, good publicity for the team and the school. >> who's the sleeper? >> jack colton, one of our sophomore outfielders. he actually couldn't make it today, but we replaced him with a pretty good actor. >> was he really asleep? >> he was out cold the whole time. >> this is a song that i think is for teenage girls. how did you guys pick this? >> we're a pretty goofy team, we have pretty eclectic taste in music as it is. sort of came on thei ipod drivig to one of our games. we had fun with it. >> you guys are a team that works hard. there's another member of our team, alex, a 5-year-old that
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you guys befriended. >> that's right. little alex we adopted as one of our teammates three years ago through the friends of jack foundation. it's been great. he and his mom come to a lot of our games. he gets to hang with us. it's also a great reminder for us how lucky and fortunate enough to be healthy and happy students at harvard. >> emily, you represent this team. how many takes did you do of this video lying upside down with the blood rushing to your head? >> i wish i could remember. >> you blacked out. >> i blacked out halfway through. over the weekend, we did anywhere from seven to ten takes. >> you had seen the harvard video? >> we had. it was our athletic trainer, drew yoder. he thought we had one-up them. he choreographed it and directed us all. we had a blast. >> the car is moving and not upside down. >> no. >> could you work this into a
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synchronized swim team? >> we got a lot of comments, if we were ever to capsize, we would be an excellent synchronized swimming team. >> we have a trampoline over there. >> we'll have to give it a shot. >> the trash talking has begun. some of the guys on the harvard team said there are innovators and there are imitators. why don't you two join your teams. emily, jump in van number two with your team. jonathan, you head in van number one. we are going to start the music in just a couple of seconds. then members of our audience here, you guys peek through the windows. look at the monitors. and you can decide which team you think does this song best. >> and we'd like to see you guys do the moves. >> exactly right. so try it with them. >> it's harder than it looks. >> so maestro, if you will play the music, you can start it when you wish. teams, good luck. ♪ don't ask me ♪ i'll never tell ♪ i look to you as a friend ♪ now you're in my way ♪ i trade my soul for a wish ♪ for a kiss ♪ i wasn't looking for this ♪ but now you're in my way
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♪ your skaer wtare was holdin' ♪ ♪ ripped jeans ♪ skin was showin' ♪ hot night wind was blowin' ♪ where you think you're going baby ♪ ♪ hey i just met you ♪ and this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ it's hard to look right ♪ at you baby ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ hey i just met you ♪ and this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ and all the other boys ♪ try to chase me ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ you took your time with the call ♪ ♪ i took no time with the fall ♪ you gave me nothing at all ♪ but still you're in my way ♪ i beg and borrow and steal ♪ at first sight and it's real ♪ i didn't know i would feel it ♪
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♪ but it's in my way ♪ your stare was holdin' ♪ ripped jeans ♪ skin was showin' ♪ height not wind was blowin' ♪ where you think you're going baby ♪ ♪ hey i just met you ♪ and this is crazy ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ it's hard to look right ♪ at you baby ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ hey i just met you ♪ and this is crazy ♪ so here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ and all the other boys ♪ try to chase me ♪ but here's my number ♪ so call me, maybe ♪ it's too bad ♪ it's tootoo bad >> i've got a little bit of each going here. >> i don't know. i kind of like the harvard guys, they have a certain amount of cool about them. >> ladies, what do you think?
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>> the ladies. they're hanging upside on their head. come on. >> it's official. it's a draw. >> yeah! >> thanks to the harvard team. thanks to the smu >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> we have an accident on the inner loop approaching 140, reisterstown road. outer loop delays in place from reisterstown road down to edmondson. eastbound i-70 towards the beltway, very heavy. inner loop, curtis creek drawbridge, another one we are reporting. another one a darien drive and park land place.
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westbound 50, disabled vehicle coming in. finally clear on centreville road. 83 and padonia road, not showing much in the way of delays southbound. we are still looking at a slow- go out of the white marsh are hatched. -- white marsh area. john collins has a look at the forecast. >> a cool front has come through the area. we will be watching developments off the southeast coast of the u.s. to see how close that gets over the weekend. we try to be optimistic, but who knows. 60 degrees at the airport. it winds are breezing along. about 72 to 77 degrees. we have a few more clouds and we're looking at the storm south to.
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over the weekend, we will be in the 70's. >> another update at 8:56.
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the perfect race i'm running in my mind. >> i've done this 100 times. >> everything that's built up is released. >> i'm hitting the water like a rocket. >> if i do the best that i can do -- >> i touch that wall. i just shattered the world record. >> i just won. 8:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 17th day of may, 2012. talk about a sibling rivalry. you're looking at the trampoline skills of jeffrey and steven glucksteen, brothers from new jersey currently ranked number one and number two in the country on the trampoline. the problem is, only one spot is available on the u.s. olympic
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trampoline team. so one of the brothers will probably get it. the other will not. we're going to talk to them and take a look at some of their skills in just a couple of minutes. meanwhile, i'm matt lauer out on the plaza along with savannah guthrie, al roker and natalie morales. ann curry is still wining and dining on the french riviera. ann? >> oh, nice. >> reporter: hey, matt. i'm really sorry, i'm distracted here in cannes. we'll see you a little bit later. i'll catch up with you in just a second, in fact. let me just tell you, i know all of you hate me for being here in cannes. we are going to try to bring a little cannes to you guys. we're going to talk about what causes people to think that women here have such great sense of fashion. we're going to show you some roses that you can pick up, even for very inexpensively in the united states. give you a sense of what it's like to be here. as a gift to you coming up in this half hour. >> that was cool.
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that was john paul gaultier hanging out with ann on the french riviera. >> although ann's going to see that guy a little later. >> in a couple of minutes. >> i don't know what that is. >> what's up with that? >> what else is happening? >> we've got sharon osbourne live in the studio. what's it like to be a judge sitting next to howard stern? and what about those acts? we'll talk to her about the new season of the show. it's going to be good. it's okay. also, don't forget, we have a pretty talented performer, he's lined up to kick off our summer concert series. tomorrow here on "today," r&b superstar usher. be sure to come on down or if you're camping out already, let's hope it's a nice night. right here on the plaza. let's say help lowell to dev patel, star of the oscar-winning movie "slumdog millionaire," and now the star of "the marigold hotel." good to have you back. >> thank you for inviting me. >> this is the little movie that
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could and you're going up against big movies like "the avengers." they're very similar, aren't they? >> that's for sure. totally different concept. this is a feel-good kind of light poignant film, i think, would be the difference to the crazy action-packed "avengers." >> and your character, to put it lightly, is extremely optimistic and energetic. was that exhausting? >> i needed a tranquilizer in the movie. i was crazy hyperactive. it was great. i was this kind of ray of hope who thought everything could be all right in the end. >> you open up this hotel for seniors. >> yeah. >> but you're filming in india. you had to work with a dialect coach. >> i did. everyone looked at me as this kind of veteran because i shot "slumdog" in india. and i was just as terrified as those guys. it was amazing putting on this thick accent talking at a million miles an hour with the most amazing cast and this big package deal. it's great. >> not to mention the cast that you got to work with, pretty
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amazing, judi dench, maggie smith, tom wilkinson. i think you even said that working with them, these are legends. >> yes. >> and you at the time, i guess, you were a fetus when most of them already started their careers. that probably went over pretty well, right? >> the thing is, i've never had so much fun on a movie before. because they're so -- they had such a great energy. they're all so funny. dangerous senses of humor. and they all know each other. it's like a big family so we had a great time. >> this movie has done great in the uk. it opened in limited theaters a couple of weeks ago. and now it is opening in many more theaters here. so a lot more people will get to see it. dev patel, wonderful to have you back. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you very much. >> "the best exotic marigolds." i just like the title. mr. roker. >> let's look at your weekend starting with tomorrow. lots of sunshine along the east coast. showers along the southeast coast. rain in the western plains. sunny and hot through the southwest. then on saturday, slight risk of strong storms from texas all the way into kansas and nebraska. wet weather into the northern plains. sunny on both coasts.
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although a little on the wet side in the southeast. sunday, sunday, a risk of storms from texas all the way into the u.p. of michigan. a few showers in the pacific northwest. sizzling in the southwest. sunny and mild along the northeast coast. pretty nice weekend throughout much of the country. >> good morning.ing on around it will be a beautiful day today. the close of the workweek will be fine. sunshine and high temperature around 75. and that's your latest weather. >> all right. when we come back, inside sharon osbourne is here to talk about "america's got talent" and much more. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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back now at 8:38. sharon osbourne has seen it all from singers to acrobats, high divers and fire eaters. and that was before she even joined "america's got talent." but even now as she kicks off her sixth season as a judge on nbc's hit talent competition, she still finds acts that thrill her. >> ah! look at those! >> oh, my goodness me. it's the best. >> sharon osbourne joins us now. okay, we found the way to your heart. just be a dog and the fix is in. >> listen, everybody knows that when they come to audition, if they bring an animal, i'm, like, you're through. you can go. yes, yes, yes. >> so how's it going? anything else new at the office? >> same old, same old. you know. >> howard stern obviously has
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joined the cast. how has that changed the energy? how's it going so far? >> oh, it hasn't changed the energy. it's still, you know, very subdued, you know -- >> respectful. >> low -- you know, we're under the radar. >> it's almost like watching c-span, isn't it? >> really, yes, it is. >> it's funny. when howard stern was announced, the parents council tried to stop advertising on the show. you said something funny. i think they're a bit slow because i've been on the show for six years, and i have such a potty mouth, it's like a truck driver. >> i do. what he does on his radio show is not what he does as a talent judge. two totally different things. >> in fact, we saw kind of a different side to howard in the first couple of episodes which i'm going to ask a question you definitely don't hear every day. is he too nice so far on the show? >> i think because you thought those were the first auditions
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that we did, and i think, you know, you're trying to be politically correct. you're trying to find your rhythm of the show. and he was, you know, just taking it all in. i think as you see it go on, as the show progresses, you'll see more of the howard that we know and love. >> all know and love. you've worked with some of the best, okay? you were obviously on "the x factor" with simon cowell. >> yes. >> over in england. now you've got howard stern. so if we were to compare, what do you think? who's the better judge, or how do they compare to each other? >> they're totally, totally different people. you know, simon has a real gut for what will work in music. he's got a really good gut for that. you know, he's always spot on. he can pick someone out and go, that's my next star. and he's right. and howard is more to the
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extreme. like he'll see something in a ventriloquist or a dog act and go, oh, that's outrageous. i love that. >> got to see more of that. speaking of your co-host, there's a story making the rounds about your old co-host, piers morgan, and you on a flight and some toplessness. you want to tell us anything about that? >> oh, that old chestnuts. he was asleep on the plane. and he gets very grumpy. and so he was asleep. and he's, like, don't make noise. don't make noise. i've got to be on cnn in the morning. all right. so anyway, i had had a couple of little cocktails. and nick was sat opposite him. and i said, come on. get the camera out. and so i took my bust out, and i put it -- i hadn't it on his shoulder. and we took a picture. and just as the flash went, it woke him up. and he was, like, what? and i'm, like, morning. >> and where is that picture
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now? >> nick cannon has it. >> you're kidding. well, i hope you paid him off appropriately. >> oh, no, i'd love for it to get out. no, i would. yes, that's my breast! >> well, you are a pioneer of reality television, after all. i have to ask you about something really exciting in your life. you have a grandchild. >> i do. >> how has that been? >> it's been just an amazing time in my life. it's something that i didn't think was going to happen so soon. and it's just been a blessing. it's fantastic. >> i'm sure you won't spoil this little baby. >> oh, no, i'm very strict. i have strict guidelines to bringing children up. >> well, sharon osbourne, it's a pleasure to talk to you. thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> and remember, everybody, you can catch an all-new edition of "america's got talent" monday at 8:00/7:00 and tuesdays, too, 9:00/8:00 central. next, two high-flying brothers facing off for just one spot on team usa's trampolining
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team. did you even know there was one? but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we are back now with "today's countdown to london." 71 days and counting until the opening ceremony. the sport of trampolining made its olympic debut 12 years ago. the u.s. has never had an athlete in the finals of that. but there are high hopes that a gluckstein brother could change that this year. the question is, which one? >> reporter: in football, brothers peyton and eli manning make headlines. in tennis, sisters serena and venus williams go head to head. ♪ jump jump and now sibling rivalry is reaching new heights. ♪ jump jump meet the brothers gluckstein
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from atlantic highlands, new jersey. jeffrey and steven. steven is the highest ranked male athlete in the united states. jeffrey is number two. with one more olympic qualifying event to go, the brothers are vying for just one spot on the u.s. olympic team. when the gluckstein family brought home a trampoline for the backyard, they never dreamed it would produce elite athletes. >> they just started to jump. and got better and better. >> we never competed against each other. so i never looked at him as competition. i looked at him as my little brother competing at the same sport. i was trying to get him better, help him out, give him tips. >> reporter: but in 2011, little brother, jeffrey, became a national champion, taking the title big brother steven had held for two consecutive years. >> it was a bittersweet moment. but as a competitor, you have to be a little bit aggressive. >> reporter: the boys train together every day and live at home with their parents.
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>> i make breakfast so he doesn't sleep through training. >> yeah. >> i want him to compete at his best. so when i beat him, it will be that much sweeter. >> and we're joined now by steven and jeffrey gluckstein. jeffrey's up on the trampoline. steven with me down here. nice to see you. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm fine. two qualifying events down, one to go. so you basically have 20 more seconds on the trampoline to decide which one of you goes to the olympics. if this were my kids, i'd have to move them to separate states. how are you handling this? >> well, you know, it's very important that we keep our gym life separate from our home life. so when we walk through the gym doors, we're competitors. but once we leave, we're brothers. >> you guys train together. and i understand you have slightly different styles of training. tell me the difference. >> well, you could say i'm more of a military and strict trainer. you know, everything's on time. everything's got to be very organized and structured. whereas my brother, as a younger brother, a little bit more laid back and does more what he wants
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to. >> and because you train with him every day, you know his strengths and weaknesses. does that come into play now when you are competing? >> oh, absolutely, you know. and i'd say i notice his strengths more than his weaknesses. and it makes me work that much harder. >> jeffrey -- whoa, jeffrey, can you come down here for a second? you were up there, man. come on down. join us here. i think a lot of people are watching this and may have seen that story we just did. they have trampolines in their backyard, all right? and some may have even had bad experiences on those trampolines. how dangerous is this? >> oh, i mean, we've been training for at least 11 years now. we know how to handle our falls and everything. it is a safe sport. you just have to put a lot of time and practice into it. >> when injuries do happen in this sport, what's the most common kind of injury you have? >> usually broken bones, torn ligaments. actually -- >> oh, that old stuff? >> yeah. i've broken my arm twice on a backyard trampoline.
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i've experienced it before. now i'm broken bone free. >> which is good if you're heading toward the olympics. so as i mentioned to your older brother here, one competition qualifying event left. that will decide which one of you goes to the olympics. how much pressure are you feeling right now? >> oh, right now, i don't want to crack under this pressure. i've been working for this for 11 years now. we just opened up a new facility. it's elite trampoline academy. it's ten minutes away. every day, the ten minutes, i just get psyched to jump there. >> all right. i'm going to grab the microphone. you're going to go back up. before you jump up, raise your hand, which one's going to the olympic games? all right. jeffrey and steven, hop back up. let's take a look at what they do. 71 days till opening ceremony. one of these two will be in london jumping for the u.s. ♪
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hey, guys, good luck. thank you very much. hope to see you in london. we're back with much more on "today." but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ back now with more from the
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cannes film festival. and this morning, we've got your go-to guide for all things cannes from travel to a little wine. but we begin with french fashion. we've got john paul gaultier, he's the fashion-forward designer and also a juror for this year's festival. good morning. >> good morning. >> it's great to have you here. congratulations. the first designer ever to be on the cannes jury. what's your reaction? >> it's very flattering, you know. working with a director, models. to make that connection. >> you know a lot about films. you were inspired by them. you also know a lot about fashion. and a lot of people wonder, what is it about french women and their fashions? two women you say embody this are katherine deneve. what is it they possess that can speak to french fashion? >> i think feeling good in
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themselves, a movement. but sometimes french can make some mistakes. women but men, too. for example, two times i have been refused from the festival. the first time i was in a tuxedo but shawl, black. on second time, i was with a kilt with tuxedo. refused again. the third time, i came, i was like a look-alike. so i got through it. >> so you go through with madonna. >> no problem. >> i'm sure. >> the jury, no problem at all. >> i want to also introduce because we want to talk about also traveling in this area. we're joined now by a contributor editor to "conde nast traveler." so there are so many beautiful hotels, very historic places here in cannes. and many of them are very expensive. is there an inexpensive way to visit this area? >> well, one thing we suggest to conde nast traveler readers is to take a train in from other
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places. the train system is great here. you can come in from nice, monaco, it takes less than an hour. you get to see a beautiful coastline on the way. and then you can come in, soak up the movie star glamour for the day and head back to a less expensive pad. >> noticing that a lot of people really enjoy the window shopping around here. there's also a way to see movies for free. >> yes. there's this wonderful program of having movies on the beach open to the public free at 9:30 every night. this year is the anniversary of bond, so they're showing some bond classics like "dr. no," "diamonds are forever" and "jaws" remastered, being right by the sea, i'm not sure you want to get into, but it's still a great choice. >> stand by. i want to walk this way. we want to talk about what's really important today. we want to talk about wine. and we want to talk about wine with really an expert. this is francois, he is the
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director of the provence wine council. >> morning. >> is it true in france people drink more rose than they even drink white wine? >> more and more in france, white wine is a real trend. we drink more rose wine than white wine today. and it is a tradition. >> and this is the region that makes most of the rose. >> yes. >> give us a sense about some of these. by the way, all of these are available in the united states, as i understand it. >> yeah. they are available in the united states. and, for example, this one, whispering angel. >> whispering angel. >> yes, whispering angel. because when you drink it, we used to say that you hear, you can hear whispering angels. try it. try it. >> i will definitely try. hey, guys, come on in. >> whispering angel. >> we also have this which, by the way, is owned by --
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>> brad pitt and angelina jolie. >> how about that? to cannes. >> to cannes. >> to you. h merci beaucoup. we'll be back after your local news. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. we now know that one person was taken to hospital after a light rail accident in ruxton. we brought this to you as breaking news on 11 news at 5:00. in light rail train struck a
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maintenance vehicle. no word on the person's condition.
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>> plenty of sunshine today. a very pleasant, low humidity. high temperatures in the mid- 70's.
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