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good morning. chilling plot, the fbi thwarts an attempted terror attack on the federal reserve building in new york city. a 21-year-old man now in custody in new york after trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb by remote control. rough and tumble, president obama and governor romney took their fireworks from the debate to the campaign trail. they share the stage at a charity event tonight. and thin ice. that's what this guy thought he was about to encounter as he prepares to take a chilly dip. unfortunately for him, it was frozen solid. he's okay, but his ego is badly
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bruised today, thursday, october 18th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. the suspect in that terror plot came to this country a little earlier this year on a student visa. but authorities say his real motivation was to carry out a deadly attack on americans. >> he was arrested wednesday after he allegedly tried to set off what he thought, according to investigators was a bomb at the federal reserve in lower manhattan. but the device was made of inoperable materials, part of an elaborate sting operation. more on the story straight ahead. also rough weather over
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parts of the south. powerful storms toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands in places like arkansas and mississippi. al's going to tell us what to expect today. and we're going to talk politics including a comment from mitt romney's son tagg. he said he wanted to quote take a swing at the president for some of the attacks on his dad. the romney campaign said this was just a joke. we'll get into that. let us begin on this thursday morning with that foiled terror plot targeting the federal reserve building here in new york city. wnbc's chief investigative reporter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the fbi says this bangladeshi man had been scouting several buildings in lower manhattan but ultimately choosing the federal reserve building. he boasted about wanting to kill hundreds of people and he hoped to quote destroy america. a 21-year-old from bangladesh
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entered the united states in january on a student visa. but authorities say his real purpose for coming was violent jihad. he was arrested and appeared in court late wednesday charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. >> this individual came with an express purpose of committing a terrorist attack. he was motivated by al qaeda. >> reporter: his residence in queens was searched by investigators looking for cell phones, blackberries, computers, anything the suspect may have used to carry out his terror plot. >> when i saw him, i saw him alone. i didn't see anyone with him. >> reporter: after one semester at southwest missouri state university, he moved to new york. federal agents say in july he was trying to recruit others to help carry out his attack. meeting with one man several times, once in new york central park. that man turned out to be an fbi informant. and from that moment on, he was
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under intense surveillance by the fbi, homeland security agents, and new york police. court documents say he wrote an article he hoped would be published by a jihadist website saying quote, targeting america's economy is the most efficient way to draw the path of obliteration of america. authorities say he first set his sights on the new york stock exchange but was scared off by the amount of security. by last month, he decided to target the federal reserve. both buildings just a few blocks from ground zero. >> new york is the top of the terrorist target list in this country. and i think this just reaffirms that. >> reporter: last week, the fbi informant purchased 1,000 pounds of what he thought was fertilizer, that could be used to make a bomb. and helped assemble a device in a warehouse. on wednesday morning, authorities say he drove his would be bomb in a van and parked it in front of new york's federal reserve building. he repeatedly dialed a cell
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phone he thought would detonate the bomb. >> reporter: again, officials say he was trying to recruit others, he communicated online, we're told with a san diego man. that san diego man was arrested, but not for terror charges. officials say a search of that man's computer turned up child pornography. new york investigators tell us they believe he was acting alone in the bomb plot. matt, back to you. >> jonathan, thank you very much. nbc terror analyst is the former director of the national counterterrorism center. michael, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> this guy comes to this country on a student visa, studies for a semester at this university in southern missouri studying, i think, cyber security. so he's not on any watch list and he doesn't raise any red flags. how troubling is that? >> i don't think it's particularly troubling, matt. obviously when someone comes to the u.s. on any kind of visa. to include a student visa, visas used by some of the hijackers on
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9/11, they get a lot of scrutiny. but it's very possible he would be what would be known there's no previous activity that would suggest terrorism. and the good piece was that the fbi identified him early on through his communications and saw he was radicalized and seeking to -- seeking to attack the u.s. >> you talk about that. so he reaches out to someone trying to recruit that other person to become a part of the jihad and carry out an attack. the man he contacted turns out to be an fbi informant. was this just luck? is that how this was uncovered? >> it really isn't luck. this is very good investigative work by the joint terrorism task force, the fbi, and the new york police department. in new york city, and it goes on across the country. it is making sure that these agents and these informants are in circles where someone like a student reaches out for accomplices. and in this case he did reach
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out to an fbi source. it is good positioning, it is understanding where these people interact and being in the right place. >> according to court documents, he was very concerned his attack fall under the al qaeda label. he allegedly asked that fbi informant, quote, the thing i want to ask you about is this that the thing i am doing, is it under al qaeda? the undercover agent said yes. and michael, he'd originally told that informant he was willing to die in this attempted attack. but he was told by the informant it wasn't necessary. he could detonate this device by remote control. anything jump out there? >> well, it's not that uncommon that even these lone wolves want to do this in al qaeda's name and they want to feel like they are part of something larger. so one of the great ways that the fbi's been able to get these people to work with them is say, oh, yes, we work with al qaeda when communications with al qaeda overseas. and that has convinced these people that they can trust these informants. >> michael, thank you very much. >> thanks, matt.
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>> savannah? thanks. two days after trading jabs in the debate, president obama and governor romney will be back in new york tonight on the same stage. while a comment from one of romney's sons is making some waves. nbc's peter alexander has the latest from the campaign trail this morning. good morning to you. >> savannah, good morning to you. we'll play that comment for you from tagg romney in a moment. but first, the next debate isn't until monday in florida. but both candidates will share the spotlight one more time before then. that is tonight taking part in the al smith dinner, a presidential tradition takes place in manhattan. they're going to speak back-to-back at the formal evening that's supposed to be filled with laughs, not partisan swipes. but of course, comes in the middle of a decidedly bitter week. >> we need to take back america. it's up to you guys in virginia. >> reporter: after a fiery debate, the heated arguments between mitt romney and barack obama showed no signs of cooling wednesday night. >> actually, he seems to spend most of his time in these debates talking about why my plans aren't going to work.
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i wish he'd spend a little more time explaining why his plans have not worked. >> you've heard of the new deal, ohio. you've heard of the fair deal. mitt romney's trying to sell you a sketchy deal. but we're not buying it. >> reporter: at his evening stop in ohio, his 16th trip to the battleground this year, the president's even made this plea. >> i want your vote. i am not too proud to beg. i want you to vote. >> reporter: the latest flash point between the two men, women. the nation's largest demographic, with recent polls showing a narrowing gap between the two. both sides trying to cast the other as an economic threat. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs -- >> reporter: the obama campaign tried to capitalize on the town hall's most enduring lines. governor romney recalled his efforts to hire more women in massachusetts.
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>> i said, can you help us find folks? and brought us whole binders full of women. >> we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now. >> reporter: mr. romney's binders comment was quickly mocked across the internet and drove a democratic group to buy the website producing this video of the former cabinet members praising his leadership. >> he totally gets working women. >> reporter: meanwhile, wednesday, governor romney's oldest son tagg joked about his reaction about some of the contentious exchanges during tuesday's debate. >> what is it like for you to hear the president of the united states call your dad a liar? >> you know -- >> how does that make you feel? >> well, you want to rush out and take a swing at him. but you know you can't do that. well, first, there's a lot of secret service between you and women, but also, this is the nature of the process. they're going to try to do
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everything they can do to try to make my dad into something he's not. we signed up for it, we've got to sit there and take our punches and then send them right back the other way. >> and this morning, a romney campaign spokesperson told me that tagg was just joking about how frustrating this process can be for a family. tuesday's debate had another huge audience, more than 65 million americans watched. that's shy of the total from the first faceoff from denver. >> joe scarborough and mika brzezinski, good to see you. >> good morning, great to see you too. >> joe, i'll start with you as the dust settles on this debate. do you think either candidate gets a balance? or is it just neck and neck until election day? >> well, it's going to look like the race has stabilized, but actually something much bigger happened. mitt romney had a tremendous amount of momentum coming out of the first debate. he was like secretariat charging up on the rest of the field.
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and was about to blow past and had the dynamic remained the same, i think mitt romney would've won the election going away. the second debate stopped that momentum, and i think we have him now in a place where they're neck and neck. neck and neck in florida, north carolina, virginia, now in wisconsin according to a new poll. and so it's going to be a tight race all the way to the end. and i really do predict by the end of the night, we're going to be looking at one state and one state only, it's going to be in the words of tim russert, ohio, ohio, ohio. >> yeah, some people think we'll be counting ballots late into the night in ohio. mika, i want to bring you in on this. the term binders full of women. it has taken on a life of its own. the democrats love it. they think it shows mitt romney at his most awkward. but the fight for independent, undecided women voters, do you think this is weighty enough to resinate? >> yeah, because i think women care about the economy, they want jobs, and by the way, want to be paid the same as their
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male counterparts. and that comment the other night showed, first of all, that he was at the very least misleading about exactly what he did with those binders. he says he sought them out and asked for lists of women to hire. the truth, apparently is, that both candidates running for governor were given binders with names of women in them. so he changed that story to fit the narrative of the night. the bigger picture is he wouldn't have supported the lily ledbetter act which is the first piece of legislation the president signed when in office. the president set up the white house council on women and girls, working on getting women equal pay every step of the way down the road here in this administration, and mitt romney just completely doesn't have any leg to stand on when it comes to women and the economy. >> well, let me just -- >> he claims to. >> let me just say. willie geist and i find this highly offensive. we used to have binders filled with women, as well. >> i don't want to hear about your college days. >> well, yeah. >> ridiculous. >> i know you do take a
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different view on the binders full of women, maybe now we know why given your past history with binders. let me ask you a more serious question. the recurring criticism of both of these candidates is that neither have been very specific, and in particular the president really going on the attack against mitt romney the other night. do you think he's really laid out a vision of what he wants to do for the next four years? >> no, he hasn't. and neither has mitt romney. neither one of these candidates have told americans, okay, you're having problems right now, this has been the roughest four years you've had in your entire adult lifetime, we were just talking on the set with steve rattner today, this may be the first time that we've had growth below 2% four years in a row since the 1930s. but mitt romney's a challenger. when people go into the voting booth, they're going to be looking at the guy that's been running the country over the past four years and there's a very simple decision to make. do i rehire him or try the other guy? and really, the burden of proof is on the guy that's been in the
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white house for the past four years. are his policies working? and where is he going to take us over the next four years. for some reason, savannah, i'm not really sure why, both campaigns decided a year ago that they were not going to be specific about the future. and i think right now that's costing the president a bit more than it's costing mitt romney. >> so the answer to that question is, are his policies working? yes, they are, housing prices are up, unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up, foreclosures are down. the list goes on. >> all right. >> and the president claims he wants to build this economy from the middle out. if you look at the manufacturing numbers, that shows. if you look at the auto industry -- >> mika -- mika's going to the senate. she's filibustering. savannah. >> there's a reason you have a three-hour show. and i just got three minutes. >> all right. >> dogs and cats living together, the bad four years ahead. thank you for that. >> enjoy the rest of your show. joe scarborough, mika brzezinski, great to have you. >> you can't take her out anywhere. >> it's going to be a long
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afternoon there. let's get the other top stories of the morning from natalie over at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. wild weather in our nation's midsection overnight in mississippi and tennessee, emergency officials say a severe storm toppled trees, power lines, and damaged mobile homes. and at least five preliminary reports of tornadoes touching down in the area. power outages have thousands of residents in the dark this morning across mississippi and arkansas. meantime, out west in denver, crews are working to restore power after high winds knocked down power lines. progress overnight for crews battling a vicious wildfire just outside santa barbara, california. evacuation orders have now been lifted after firefighters launched an aggressive air and ground attack with the help of tamer than predicted winds. the fire had been threatening about 100 homes at its height. new evidence that taking a daily multi-vitamin pill can reduce cancer risk for middle-aged and older men. researchers studied 15,000 men
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over age 50 for 11 years and found that those taking the daily vitamin cut their risk of several types of cancer by 8%. well, this year's deadly west nile virus outbreak is now the second worst in our nation's history. the total number of cases has now topped 4,500 and another 15 deaths were reported last week alone due to the mosquito-bourn disease. mary thompson at the new york stock exchange for us. good morning. >> european summit, investors are expressing little progress on dealing with the region's debt crisis. earnings in focus as tech giants microsoft and google report their results after the bell. and a late-day rally helped the dow eke out a small gain. 2/3 of the graduating class of 2011 left college in debt. on average owed $26,000. that's a 5% increase from 2010. back to you. >> mary thompson at the new york stock exchange, thank you.
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and in politics, as you know, it's better to be up than down. well, julia gillard, high heels, really delivered a low blow in new delhi when her shoe got stuck in soft grass at the ghandi memorial. she explained she is fine, but unlike men who get to wear flat shoes all day, being a female leader has one extra challenge. one that we certainly can relate to, savannah gurthrie. >> we certainly can. >> still not easy. >> no, no. >> at least once a year. >> exactly. well, we've got this strong storm system up over the great lakes causing problems on both sides of the country. behind the system, we've got really windy weather and a lot of wet weather to talk about. we've got wind and heavy wind watches, wind gusts of over 50 to 60 miles per hour. we've got high wind warnings and high wind watches and then ahead of the front, warmer weather and stormier weather from charleston all the way up to pittsburgh.
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the risk of strong storms. not looking at tornado out of this, but a lot of rain and wind and hail. the heaviest rain along the southeastern atlantic coast about 2 to 3 inches of rain. >> good morning. it will be breezy and mild this afternoon. a mixture of sun and clouds. it should stay dry bank during the day. and that's your latest weather. matt? >> thank you very much. lance armstrong has taken some major new blows in the latest fallout from that doping scandal surrounding the legendary cyclist. anne thompson is here with more on that story. >> good morning, matt. it's been a brutal 24 hours for
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lance armstrong. he's been dropped by his big-name sponsors, nike, anheuser-busch, and trek cycles. and he stepped aside live strong. now some are wondering if live strong can survive. >> reporter: for cancer survivors, lance armstrong embodied triumph. but no more. nike ended its relationship with armstrong pointing to, quote, seemingly insurmountable evidence he doped. nike has long stood by athletes in trouble. kobe bryant accused of rape, tiger woods fiphilandering.
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david epstein said the reports portraying armstrong as a cheat and bully left nike with little choice. >> they had underestimated the amount of pressure brought to bear. there were ex-pro cyclists going physically to nike headquarters with signs saying drop lance. >> reporter: peter wears one of the live strong bracelets nike created. he read the anti-doping report. >> turns out lance wasn't honest. >> reporter: but the illinois wine store manager won't drop the wristband or the charity. >> live strong to me is a motto and something that we all need to aspire to. especially those that are afflicted with cancer. >> reporter: since august, when the agency moved to strip armstrong of his cycling title, live strong officials say donations have actually increased by $250,000. armstrong has always denied doping. but the scandal won't go away. in a statement, armstrong said, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of my cycling career, i will conclude my chairmanship. >> i worry that people will see this as a sign of weakness when
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it's truly a sign of leadership. and it's truly a statement that this organization and mission means more to lance and his family. >> in a statement armstrong said he and his family will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters in the fight against cancer. charity watchers say there are tough days ahead for live strong, but they believe the charity and its mission will outlast the scandal tainting its founder, matt. and including those sponsors who dropped armstrong, they're going to continue to support live strong. >> all right. anne thompson, thanks very much. and coming up, a warning for parents, the adhd drug that's become a popular and dangerous study solution on college campuses. and the desperate battle to save the endangered orangutan.
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on until the shaking stopped. >> still dealing with closures on york road. you can see the delays leading up to it. three tractor trailers involved there. another one is further south on the average of just past west side on security boulevard. delays in the red there. that applies to 795. normal delays on the inner loop, backed up from an earlier accident. phil ford road and brock ridge road, watch for crash. another one on eastbound 50 cape st. claire road. jenifer road and medical parkway, another accident just in an indianapolis region. coming towards us is southbound traffic, white marsh to the split. live view in the area of harford road. today's and both directions to
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and from 95. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> quiet start, weather-wise. 46 at the airport, 49 in sykesville, 48 in parkton. storm system in the ohio valley. this will produce showers and thunderstorms for us, but not until tonight. a mixture of sunshine and a few clouds. high temperatures will climb into the upper 60s and low 70's. into the upper 60s and low 70's.
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♪ an economic issue ♪ obama care >> we're back now at 7:30 on a thursday morning, october 18th, 2012 with a creative look at this week's second presidential debate from youtube star the gregory brothers. we're going to hear more of this video in just a little while. candy crowley playing a mean keyboard in this one. meanwhile, inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer alongside savannah gurthrie. >> it's hilarious. also ahead, do you pose for your family picture ever do anything interesting? well, a group of siblings does. they've got this running
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tradition and it goes back 23 years. they always strike that same silly pose. it's fun and it's also helped them through difficult times. they'll be here to tell us how it all started. and they are ready for their close-up. they've got their picture. magnificent creatures that are disappearing. their habitat being destroyed for a product a lot of people use in our homes. it's for a food product. we're going to show you what's being done to save the orangutan. but let us begin with a growing problem on college campuses. a drug that some kids are taking, even dealing that may surprise you. nbc's kate snow takes a look for tonight's "rock center." >> if you ask teenagers or a 20-something, they all know what an addy is, almost viewed as a form of caffeine or red bull. but one ivy league student learned the hard way, it's not something to mess around with. >> reporter: it was exam time at columbia university, stefan perez was in the library
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struggling to study with a friend. >> i told him, you know, i can't concentrate. he said this is what you need and pulls out this pill. >> what kind of pill? >> an adderall pill from his prescription. >> adderall, it's a drug we've all heard about, widely prescribed for attention deficit disorders. but this isn't a story about adhd, it's a story of an ambitious student and many, many more who have misused adderall to get an edge. >> i had this tunnel vision, everything else was not in my zone. it was just me and my books and whatever i had to do. and i was just scanning pages like a machine. >> taking it all in? >> yeah, i wouldn't even want to get up and drink water. >> they call it the college crack, they call it the study drug, the focus. when you hear those terms, you know right there people are talking about adderall. >> reporter: robert l. hill, special agent with the federal drug enforcement administration says students who abuse adderall don't seem to realize the risk they're taking. >> it's treated as the same
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class as cocaine as oxycodone. you can be charged with a felony because you're violating the law. >> how easy is it to get this stuff? >> almost as easy as buying books at the bookstore. >> wipe don't kids think this is a big deal? this is a controlled substance. >> because you're doing very well. when you're taking it most of the time. >> reporter: and before long, stefan said he wanted ready access to his own supply. >> i said, how did you get that prescription? he said, oh, go to psychological health services, they give it out like it's candy. >> he made an appointment and got his own prescription. we asked columbia for an interview, the university declined to comment on this case. but in a statement said, its student health service uses a detailed clinical protocol for evaluation of adhd and related conditions and takes a wholistic approach toward treatment including short-term counseling. stefan says he shared his pills,
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even sold some to other students, a mistake that came back to haunt him one night in december 2010. >> it was an explosive bang that followed by this that knocked my door down. i was like, whoa. >> it was an early morning raid, stefan was caught up in a drug bust. the nypd's operation ivy league. >> in the end, stefan pleaded guilty to selling adderall, did 300 hours of community service. columbia expelled him. he also suffered mood swings and other side effects on adderall and he wanted to tell his story in part so other students would recognize it's a dangerous drug, it's not something to play around with, and he wants people to learn from his mistakes. >> that's important information. and by the way, if you want to see more of kate's story about adderall, that's tonight on "rock center with brian williams" at 10:00/9:00 central time. we'll get a check of the weather from al. >> thank you so much, savannah.
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and we've got a big change coming out west. not only is it windy, but it is chilly. look at these temperatures behind this big low pressure area. we're talking about 49 in casper, that's 11 degrees below normal, st. louis, 62, 56 in chicago, seven degrees below normal. the rest of the country, we expect to see temperatures that are a little bit warmer as you make your way out west, central california, 80s and 90s, 80s down through the gulf coast, 40s, though, stretching all the way into the central plains. and we do have a risk of strong storms along the mid-atlantic states on into the appalachians and look for a lot of wet weather in the upper great lakes. afternoon showers move into the pacific northwest, the sunshine continues in the southwest where it's going to be warmer than usual on into southern california. that's what's going on around th >> good morning. it will turn out to be a nice day today. it will be a breezy and mild by this afternoon with a high near
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back now at 7:39 with a desperate fight to save a species, the increasingly rare red ape. >> it's being described as a key battle to save the orangutan, less than 7,000 of which are left in the wild on the island. their forest habitat is being destroyed. but as i discovered in northern sumatra, they're fighting back. these have been rescued after being driven from their forest home. >> if they weren't doing this, they could be dead already. >> reporter: one of the habitats is being slashed and burned. he is leading a battle to save what remains. >> still remember me? huh? >> reporter: among the 46 orangutans in singleton's care is 2-year-old chocolate who arrived scrawny and bewildered after being rescued from animal
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traders. then there's losa, blinded after being shot in the head. and marvel who was captured and chained so tightly that his foot had to be amputated. on the indonesian island of sumatra, less than 7,000 remain in the wild. the focus of singleton's battle is an area where huge forests are being illegally cleared to make way for plantations. until just a few months ago, all of this was pristine pete forest, one of the richest eco systems on the planet and homes to scores of orangutans. now looks like this, a scarred and scorched waste land for just about as far as the eye can see. another victim of the relentless march of the business. >> reporter: palm oil is a cheap, edible oil found in about half of all supermarket products. indonesia is the world's biggest
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producer, but at what cost? singleton is taking the battle to the plantations. >> engage engine, one, two, three. >> reporter: was a powerful new weapon, a drone, to collect evidence of illegal deforestation. when they find an isolated orangutan, they move quickly to sedate and remove it from harm's way. >> he wouldn't have survived in there. >> no. no. >> this is absolute last resort. we have no choice. it's either he can have another life of another 40 years, maybe have several kids or stay here and die of starvation. >> reporter: under pressure, the indonesian government is investigating and recently revoked one company's permit. but the burning continues. the companies involved reluctant to answer questions. >> i've merely tried to get a response to these accusations. could you talk to us? >> reporter: singleton believes their future could only be secure if the indonesian government enforces its own laws and rolls back the assault on
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the forest. >> well, since we returned from sumatra, there's been reports of more than 100 new fires in that area. the good news, though, is that little chocolate is doing well. he's put on weight, he's healthier, he's mischievous, and singleton's confident he can be eventually returned to the wild, savannah. >> fascinating story, heartbreaking too. ian williams, thank you. and still ahead, why charlie sheen will not be happy with who just replaced him as the highest paid actor on television. but up next, the siblings who have struck the same silly pose in family pictures for the past 23 years. we'll talk to them right after this. with over 200 varieties, keurig makes brewing a delicious cup of coffee simple. how does it brew such great coffee? well... inside the brewer are these green fields of coffee, and if you travel up this mountain, there's this huge coffee grinder. and then the coffee lands in this cup
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that's the power of the right advisor. that's merrill lynch. ♪ tell me who's gonna work it out ♪ >> you're looking and listening to the gregory brothers' newest musical mash-up. a song version of the second presidential debate. they posted this just hours after that debate ended. so they were in an edit booth all night long. >> this is the third song. >> candy crowley. >> yeah. >> i have to say, it's very catchy. i wish it was available for ring tone. >> just wait. it'll be on itunes. i guarantee it. >> as you listen to more, we can play it now. they say after watching thursday night's heated bipartisan vice presidential debate, we couldn't
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help it was in the minds of millions of other disgusted americans. democracy, more like democrazy. ♪ just because i am a lady ♪ woo ♪ who's gonna work it out baby ♪ i had the chance to pull together a cabinet ♪ ♪ brought us binders full of women ♪ ♪ my chief of staff said i need to be making dinner for my kids ♪ >> anyway, you can catch more online. >> it's great. well, we'll move on. everybody takes family photos, but these siblings have found a way to make theirs extra special. they've been striking the same kind of goofy pose for their family album for the past 23 years, and they are with us now. good morning to all of you.
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>> good morning. >> good morning. >> getting any harder to lift those legs, ladies as the years go by? i was impressed. >> not yet. >> 1999 this started, right? >> '89. >> just a typical family picture. and who decided this should be done every single year? >> it was a group decision. we decided we'll do it year after year wherever we were. >> you've done it at weddings, all kinds of settings. but you all agree there are two that are particularly special over the years. why? >> field of dreams, because the president of field of dreams, significant to us. and so we really enjoyed having that picture. and second one, when our mom passed away, we went on the beach in galveston and were able to do it there the day she passed away. >> what does this tradition mean to you? there's a silliness to it and it's also touching. >> just kind of fun, i think the fact we can do something and we
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can be silly and completely shameless and have a good time. and we do it anywhere we go in front of anybody any time. >> on the "huffington post" and as a result of we had a couple of friends on our show who also did the same pose, and you all realized you had the same kind of thing going here. and you guys got great reaction. a lot of people commented about your relationship really, about how close you all are. is that really the tie that binds keeps you guys together here? >> i think that's the best part about it. >> as we've grown up, we've been closer. >> you guys strike the pose now? >> we're going to take the picture. >> you haven't done the 2012 version yet? >> we have not. >> let's get together. >> all right. we want a little of the "today" show studio in it. how long can you hold that pose? here we go. >> focus, matt, focus. >> all right. >> good one.
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>> go back. you can let that go now. is that good? my thumb in there. >> they suggested in my ear that we start a tradition like that. no. >> we're not wearing the right things today. >> not happening. >> thanks so much. and we're back with cee-lo green, but first your local news. how you doing? alright, alright. now this is a party. what is that? go, go, go. mmm. give me some of that sauce. i don't know, i think i might bail. yeah, it's pretty dead.
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> let's bring you up-to-date on 83 first. closed all morning, and it continues to be that way and in the southbound direction at old york road. this is due to a tractor-trailer accident. watch for the detour and the resulting delays. accident and security of to the side of the outer loop. heavy delays on the behinds and rogers ave due to an accident. eastbound delays on 70 coming towards the beltway.
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he spent 50 of the bay bridge, right and is closed due to police activity. accident activity is now gone off to the right shoulder there. starting to flow a little better be on security. watch for delays on eastbound i- 70. watch for delays on the span of the bridge eastbound with the right lane closure due to police activity. tony falls is in on the forecast. >> you will not is a little high, thin cloud cover out there. 49 in randallstown, 51 in catonsville. big thunderstorms in kentucky and tennessee last night. during the day, the weather will be fine. tonight, there could be thunderstorms. it could be a little breezy this afternoon. leftover rainshowers possible in the morning tomorrow.
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8:00 now on this thursday morning. it's the 18th of october, 2012. and right now, our crowd is getting a celebrity greeting, that's cee-lo green, "the voice" fame. he's here with the crowd. in a few moments, he's going to hang out with matt. >> that's right. >> it's going to be cool. >> we'll be talking to him coming up. good morning, everyone, i'm savannah gurthrie alongside matt lauer and al roker. >> eight years ago, tory burch was a young lady working out of her apartment. today her fashion empire is worth about $2 billion.
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billion dollars. we're going to hear from the mogul and busy mom and the legal battle with her ex-husband that her company is now facing. and you may or may not remember or know, matt used to live and work in west virginia. >> that's right. huntington and charleston. >> well, you left something behind, and we're going to find out from a state official what it was you left behind. >> brought to our attention this morning, an article. >> in the "wall street journal" saying matt lauer has something in west virginia that he left behind. right? >> well, we're going to get to the bottom of it. >> i promise you, it's not. >> your mind does reel if you think about it. natalie? >> good morning, matt, savannah, and al, good morning, everyone. a young man who came to the u.s. on a student visa in january is charged with trying to set off a bomb near new york's ground zero. 21-year-old quazi nafis from
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bangladesh was arrested on wednesday caught in an fbi sting operation trying to detonate what he thought was a real car bomb at the federal reserve building in lower manhattan. nafis has allegedly tried to recruit others to join him in his jihad, but police believe he acted alone. just days after the almost hostile second debate, president obama and mitt romney appeared together tonight at a new york political gala where candidates trade humorous one-liners. but on the campaign trail wednesday, both men were still sparring, especially for women's votes. and romney's son tagg jokes he wanted to, quote, take a swing at president obama during tuesday's debate. airline passengers are getting credit for saving the life of another traveler who wasn't even on the plane. sarah james has more on this rescue at sea. >> reporter: welcomed with a tearful embrace from mom and dad after a remarkable rescue at sea. >> i was very, very concerned.
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>> reporter: last week, the 44-year-old sailor was 270 miles off the coast of sidney, australia when he hit stormy seas, a monster 70-foot wave lifted his yacht. >> it picked me up and rolled me over. >> reporter: the veteran sailor righted his craft. no sails and fuel running out, he activated his emergency beacon hoping someone would find him. >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen, it's your captain speaking. >> reporter: turns out rescue came thanks to sharp-eyed strangers. passengers aboard an air canada jumbo jet diverted in route from vancouver. passengers were asked to look out their window. several spotted the tiny craft in the ocean. his location pinpointed a rescue vehicle eventually arrived, a two-day mission ending days of anxiety for one mom. >> my prayers have been answered. that's what i said to him.
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>> reporter: as for glenn, he says the little things seem pretty wonderful right now. >> after a week afloat, two weeks, something like a milkshake is extremely appealing. >> reporter: for "today," sarah james, nbc news, melbourne, australia. and here's brian williams for a look at what's coming up tonight on "nbc nightly news." >> coming up for you tonight, the folks in one part of this country who are discovering just how much the property is worth beneath their homes. we'll introduce you to some instant millionaires. that and more when we join you tonight for "nightly news." for now, back to you. and for a look at what's trending today, our quick round-up of what has you talking online. forget charlie sheen, his replacement on "two and a half men" ashton kutcher is now tv's highest paid actor. he earned $24 million just last year. behind kutcher are hugh laurie and ray ramano at $18 million a
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piece. alec baldwin and mark harman earned $15 million. she is flashing her new figure in "shape" magazine, pink lost 55 pounds after the birth of her daughter in june thanks to yoga and a vegetarian diet. and be sure to drain the pool this winter so you don't end up like this german ice man who was hoping for a breakthrough. >> my new dance -- >> ahh, it hurts to watch. fortunately, he didn't seem to injure much more than his pride or his speedo for that matter. it's 8:05 right now. let's go back out to al for a check of the weather for us. hey, al. >> today's weather is brought to you by the makers of centrum. >> everybody who saw that, we all went, oh, that's going to
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leave a little bit of a mark. ouch, it hurt. let's see what we've got as far as your weather for today. pick city of the day, midland, texas. news west 9, sunny, mild, 78 degrees. we look today for showers and thunderstorms, especially down through the southeast. we've got a little mix of rain and snow back through minneapolis. look at that. we are talking about a big low pressure system spinning around, going to cause some problems. let's see underneath the clouds and radar we go. show you we're looking at a risk of strong storms. expect to see along the mid-atlantic states, we've got partly sunny skies, showers and thunderstorms back through the west. and we're expecting plenty of sunshine here in the northeast. but rain comes later today. >> good morning. it will be breezy and mild this afternoon. a mixture of sun and clouds. it should stay dry bank during the day.
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>> and that's your latest weather. >> all right. well, as you said, there's unclaimed property for our friend matt in west virginia. this is from where he started his television career in 1979. any excuse to show this video. >> yeah, that's great. >> as matt went on to bigger things, he apparently left some money behind. he left something behind. >> along with his hair. >> we had no idea about this until we happened to see it in the newspaper this morning. it was pointed out to us. and now on the phone, west virginia's treasurer john purdue. good morning, thank you for being with us. >> good morning to you. west virginia is a beautiful,
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beautiful state as you well know. >> i miss it, mr. treasurer, great to hear from you. so can you give me a hint? what did i leave behind there? >> is it money? >> matt left a little money behind here. you ought to come back, he could at least have a dinner here in west virginia. he could make a claim on our west virginia treasurer site. he left a total of $65 here in -- >> what was it in? a checking account or a savings account? >> that's correct. it was in a checking account you left here in bank one. >> wow. >> did you try to reach out to matt? we just read about it in the paper. >> did you know where he was? >> we tried to reach out, but we -- but, you know, the "wall street journal" did a better job of finding him than we did. >> well, this is -- >> i was going to say, is that $65 with interest in all that time? >> no, there's no interest. that is his $65 he left here. and we want him to come back to west virginia and claim that money, but he could do an eclaim
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on our site, which is simple to do. and we'd love for him to come back and enjoy west virginia again here. >> i will do that, mr. treasurer. thank you very much for calling this to my attention. we're going to take that amount, increase it substantially and we're going to make a donation to the united way of central west virginia if that's okay with you. >> oh, that would be fantastic. that's a great gesture. we definitely appreciate that. and i'm so sorry, matt, you didn't get the $900,000 we have given away to one individual here in this state. >> wow. >> think someone just forgot about it? >> that's before his "today" show days. >> listen, it's great talking to you. please say hello to all the folks in west virginia. >> thank you and always good to listen to you and you do a great job for us and we're glad you're from west virginia. >> you're nice. >> thank you very much. >> it's monetary. >> well, yes, exactly.
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i thought maybe it was going to be an insight into your time there in 1980. thinking maybe parachute pants, maybe a jean vest. >> we saw plenty of that in the videotape already. >> there's a story there. coming up next, international fashion star tory burch on this $2 billion empire she has built in just eight years. right after this. why should our wallets tell us what our favorite color is? every room deserves to look great. and every footstep should tell us we made the right decision. so when we can feel our way through the newest, softest, and most colorful options... ...across every possible price range... ...our budgets won't be picking the style. we will. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. right now get $37 basic installation on all special order carpet. for over 30 years. and it's now the most doctor recommended,
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back now at 8:13. tory burch has built her company from the ground up, and it all started just eight years ago in her apartment. nbc's harry smith caught up with her for tonight's "rock center." >> good morning, savannah. she's an international fashion mogul, savvy businesswoman, and mom. and i got to spend some time with her to see how this modern woman manages her world. >> reporter: we started following tory burch last february. >> beautiful. >> reporter: here at new york's lincoln center, the eyes of the fashion world scrutinize every detail of her fall collection. a season's worth of sales are at stake. burch and her team have been planning this for nearly a year and then it happens.
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>> 9 1/2 minutes. >> 9 1/2 minutes? >> yeah, exactly. >> 9 1/2 minutes to december play her we display her wears, and convince women to purchase. that's not been much of a problem for tory burch who in just eight years has built a company worth $2 billion. she creates in the hearts of women cry out, i want, i want. >> do you know what women want? >> that's such a hard question. i know what i want. i think some of the things i want translate to what women want. i would say i've learned what women want along the way. >> perfect. >> the business started on a kitchen table? >> yes, for two years i worked out of my apartment. >> out of your apartment. >> until i had about 16 employees. >> that's only eight years ago. >> yes. >> how many employees do you have now? >> so we have about 2,000. it's crazy. >> reporter: she is a kind of
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ideal modern woman, beautiful, but nice, rich, but also generous, powerful, yet approachable. >> you have become the face of the company. when you started all of this, were you prepared for that part? >> when i launched the company, i was very nervous about using my own name. i didn't want to say tory burch, and i'm a very private person. i'm okay with being the face of our brand. it's taken me a while to be okay with it. but i'm also not okay with my life being public property. >> and we'll talk about that in a moment. it's not an overnight success, but eight years for a huge company like this. >> she is involved in every single aspect of what she does. the design, the stores, what everything looks like. and we spent a lot of time with her. and the thing i came away most impressed by was the fact that you never once saw a crack in the facade. she was calm, she was generous, she was open, and through every
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minute that we were with her, she stayed exactly the same. and what you see right there is very much what you get. >> because now her personal life and her public life are merging -- >> in the headlines. >> yes, because there's a lawsuit between her ex-husband -- >> who helped raise the money to start the company and is still a major stockholder. he started his own company called sea wonder, and they look very much like tory's stores. so there's a very public battle going on right now. and he's suing her for a bunch of money. >> they're also raising kids and trying to do so jointly. >> all at the same time, and at the end of the day she says, it's her family that matters to her most. so this is excruciating. >> hearryharry, thank you so mu. and if you want to see more of harry's conversation with tory burch tonight it's on "rock center" on nbc. coming up next, the star in the music world, we'll catch up with "the voice's" cee-lo green.
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today they share nothing, but a wrapper and a driveway. try both and pick a side. girl: don't look at me. second girl: your hair's a bit frizzy today. aw! ha ha! you should pick that up. [girls laugh] oh, you're such a dork. loser. here. let me help you with that. oops! ha ha! announcer: every day, kids witness bullying. oh, look! your crush is looking at you. [girls laugh] poor you. ha ha! announcer: they want to help but don't know how. bully: see? no one here's gonna help you... announcer: teach your kids how to be more than a bystander. visit back now at 8:19 with five-time grammy winning singer, songwriter, producer, and soon to be author, cee-lo green and one of the celebrity coaches on nbc's hit show "the voice." good morning. welcome to our version of the voice here in studio 1a. good to see you.
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>> you too. >> you look like you're having fun. >> i am. >> more fun than you thought it would be? >> it's about as much fun i thought it would be. i knew it would be a learning experience and i'm having fun so it's fun and fundamental. >> we are at that part of the season now where you start to get a good sense of who is out there and what kind of talent you have on your team. is there someone who stands out right now you think has a good chance to win this whole thing? >> last week, there was a battle in particular that was really impressive between two of my teammates and it was between amanda and trevon. and it was unfortunate because i didn't realize amanda was so talented, but i knew trevon was obviously a front-runner. >> explain for people who maybe haven't been following closely, the new concept this year is the steal. so you put two people together in duet, one of them gets the better grade, they go on, and then the other coaches can steal the one who doesn't go on. >> that's right. this new installment has added a
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new dynamic and depth to the show. and, yes, it makes it exciting. >> it's perfectly feasible that someone who gets stolen from you could go on and win the whole thing. >> exactly. >> that's not going to feel good if that happens. >> isn't it ironic? >> that's right. tell me about lady who is the salmon-colored cockatoo you seem to have instant chemistry with. how did that start? >> well, you know, i'm very affectionate toward animals and lady just -- when we met, it was kind of very instant. and she's a star. she's an extension of me, and style, and sense of humor. >> you talk about an extension of you. and you've got other projects in the works. you've got a christmas album coming out. >> i do. >> you worked with friends on that. >> yes. >> like? >> sir rod stewart, christina aguilera joining me, and also the muppets. >> what was it like to work with the muppets? we've done that around here a couple of times.
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it can be a little chaotic. >> they're surreal. to have grown up with them, you know, and to be that close to them and see the commitment of the people that make them come to life, very commendable. >> you're writing a book, writing a memoir, and it's personal, deeply personal. and one of the things i don't know people know about you, you lost both of your parents by the time you were 18 years old. there's no way that doesn't impact a person. >> yes. >> how has it impacted you? >> positively. positively. i do have a stronger sense of purpose and focus and discipline and obedience. and i do feel like i'm honoring the legacy of my mother and father. >> i'm sure they'd be very proud of you. by the way, you're leaving the show or taking a hiatus. >> i'm taking a hiatus for season four and coming back for season five. that's been misconstrued on occasion. i'll be back. >> getting back to your day job. >> yeah. a little while, yeah. >> always good to have you here.
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>> thank you. >> appreciate it very much. >> my pleasure. >> and you can catch "the voice" monday and tuesday nights 8:00/7:00 central time right here on nbc. let's get some birthday wishes now from mr. willard scott. >> hey, listen, if you haven't tried it yet, you better do it orchard's finest from smuckers, unbelievable. happy birthday, how sweet it is. take a look, if you will. we have some birthday buddies today. here is clara oxholm, 106 years old today. enjoy celebrating her danish heritage. boy, they make some good food, especially the danish. danish danish. look at anne valack from richmond, virginia, right down the road, really 100 miles from us right now. and she is celebrating her 100th birthday. an avid sports fan and loves the "today" show.
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crazy about matt. she said she'd leave home for matt. marion lasell. i remember when i was a kid, i always wanted a lasell. 100 years old today. eats peanut butter, hope it's smuckers, that way you'll live forever. we have martha, beautiful martha dail from washington, d.c. i know that town, it's right here where we're sitting. part of the same land. she loves baseball and apple pie, can't be more american than that. how about nate sheckman, 100 years old today, secret to longevity, a little scotch about 5:00 in the evening when the sun is hanging over the yard. anyway, happy birthday, nate. good name. god love you. florence, oh, that's a nice name, florence westerland.
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grass valley, california, 104, and she loves to do exercise and be outdoors. exercise outdoors in california, live forever. edythe levine 100 years old today, reads the newspaper every day. crazy about politics. how about you? in this city, they're crazy about -- got to be crazy to be in politics. anyway, back to new york. >> all right, willard, thank you very much. just ahead, bobby teaches savannah chicken recipes.
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is sarah caldwell. >> 83 south, will york road, all lanes from in close due to an overnight accident . troyer road and old york road, we have an accident. checking the list, a holding on to them on the outer loop, 22 miles closer to i-70. it is just a mess as you make your way eastbound towards 29 and the beltway.
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live view of traffic. we will see what it looks like at security. going away from us is out with a traffic. -- is outer loop traffic. eastbound delay begins around marriottsville been intermittent delays towards the beltway. >> john collins joins us with a look at the forecast. >> the sun is out this morning. a little haze and scattered clouds. rain in the ohio river valley reaching into the great lakes. that will affect our weather eventually. right now, 47 degrees of the airport. humidity is up a little bit. temperature, of falling tendency there. tonight, a slight risk of severe weather as the storms come into the area. here's a look at our forecast for today. lots of sunshine to start the day. we pick up clouds during the afternoon. by evening, thunderstorm activity. high temperatures range from the mid-60's and low 70's with all
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the sunshine in the area. >> thank you for joining us. another update at 8:56.
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it's heavy lifting. you start with a democratic senator named ben. by getting bwi-marshall funding for new runways, he's helping us serve 21 million passengers a year, which helps keep 100,000 jobs that depend on the airport, and that means more cargo for more businesses and more skycaps unloading more taxis... welcome to bwi. ...carrying families with more luggage.
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thanks. it's like he's out here with us. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i approve this message. it's 8:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 18th of october, 2012. it's a great morning here in new york. bright sunshine, moderate temperatures, and people riding on other people's shoulders. they don't even know each other. >> i know. >> i'm matt lauer along with savannah gurthrie. natalie morales and al roker. and coming up, we have been waiting for this all day.
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more of savannah's cooking. >> i learned a lot yesterday. i don't know if you did. we learned sauces and chopping an onion, a new technique for that or any technique. >> chicken has bones. >> well, i learned what those bones looked like. today, we're going to cook the chicken. we have a couple of recipes. bobby claims they are no-fail. no fail for him. >> yeah. i know. my results may vary. okay. also ahead in the fashion world. you know youth is usually revered. but one photographer actually sees beauty very differently. focusing his camera on some stylish women in their 70s and up. we're going to talk to him and meet three of his stunning models joining us, as well. >> those are ladies with style right there. >> absolutely. >> they wear it proudly. and on a more serious note. october is bullying month. bullying prevention month i should say. let's take a unique look at a high school, from someone who
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was targeted and some of the kids who did the bullying. a story that all parents and kids need to see. >> we don't always get that perspective. it's a good story. we have that just ahead. but we should get a check of the weather. >> looking ahead to the weekend starting with tomorrow, we've got wet weather, heavy rain in the northeast, and the pacific northwest. in between, hot weather, sunny skies through the gulf coast, showers around the ohio river valley. on saturday, rain in new england and the pacific northwest. cool conditions around the great lakes, rest of the country looking pretty good. sunday, sunday! sunny skies along the eastern seaboard, mountain snows in the cascades, sunny and warm, texas on into the southwest. that's what'shw >> good morning. it will turn out to be a nice day today. it will be a breezy and mild by this afternoon with a high near
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and if you need that weather, check it out on the weather channel on cable or online. marlowe thomas is here with a story about bullying from the perspective of the victim and her tormenter.
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back now at 8:35. we've heard many stories from victims of bullying and the profound effect it can have on the lives of kids. well, this morning, marlowe thomas is here with a unique perspective on this terrible problem, one we don't often get to see. good morning to you. >> good morning. we're going to take you inside an incident of bullying and look at it from all sides. the victim, the bullies and
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their parents. but the kids doing the tormenting and the choices they make. they may surprise you. >> reporter: in the small town of central ohio, it's not surprising that the lives of these two young people crossed paths. for elizabeth and scott, they live just a dozen miles apart. >> we started hanging out and talking. >> we had a good time. >> reporter: but elizabeth who also goes by eliza didn't expect was for scott's close-knit group of friends to viciously attack her. >> they automatically hated eliza, they were jealous i was with her. >> including his best friend tyler gregory. >> we judged her by her pictures without even knowing who she was. >> the taunting began online. via text and on phone calls. >> they started telling me that i'm very ugly and i look like a
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troll and i felt like all my self-confidence was ripped out. >> her feelings weren't on our minds at all. >> tyler's mom melanie gregory discovered some of his facebook postings and told him to stop. >> i was devastated because i'm like, what am i doing wrong? why is he doing this? >> then the harassment took a shocking turn. during a call, another friend of scott and tyler's got on the line. >> that girl got on the phone and told me that i should kill myself. i wanted to give up. i thought everything was gone. >> it's hard to hear because she's my child and i think she's absolutely gorgeous. >> she said she never wanted to speak to me again. >> reporter: like many victims, elizabeth rarely stood face-to-face with those who tormented her. a new survey shows 70% of
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students witnessed bullying online. the awareness of the issue is on the rise. this video was created by two students hoping to get teens to stop victimizing their peers. its producers, scott and tyler. >> this was four or five months after having spoken to eliza. we were listening to the radio and they were talking about the suicide of a boy named jamie. >> reporter: the 14-year-old's suicide in 2011 came after excessive online bullying. >> his death really touched me because it really could be anyone. and the eliza situation clicked when i heard that. >> reporter: last spring, scott and tyler were asked to be spokespeople for an anti-bullying campaign. they accepted but initially kept their history with elizabeth a secret. >> i was ashamed of my past.
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but then i realized that this could be a positive experience for others who might be bullying somebody. and if something were to happen, you would have to live with that guilt for the rest of your life. >> reporter: last month, scott and tyler apologized to elizabeth. >> i want to believe in my heart they've changed and they're not going to do this to anyone else. >> it's wrong how you're putting other people down to lift yourself up. we found that lifting people up lifts us up even more than putting people down. >> reporter: elizabeth has put the incident behind her. and was recently nominated to her school's junior homecoming court. >> my dad tried to be there for me telling me you're going to get through this. that is just a mountain that i've climbed and on the top of the world. nothing can bring me down now. >> of course, we want to applaud the kids for being honest and shows that even quote unquote
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good kids get involved in something like this. why did you want to bring attention to it? >> because it all feels so helpless. you read about this epidemic, and kids being brutalized, kids killing themselves, and now there is really something we can do. today we're launching a campaign called be more than a bystander. and a whole wonderful group of people, the department of education, the ad council, aol, facebook, our foundation have all gotten together to launch this campaign to say to kids, you know, kids are seeing 80% of children are seeing a bullying incident at least once a week. >> and what are kids supposed to do? >> they don't know what to do. the parents should start telling them, this what you can do. you can try to remove the child that's being bullied from the situation. find a parent or parent or teacher and find them what's going on. and when you see a child bullying at school, include them, smile at them, be kind to them. and being isolated is what's really so tortuous for them.
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don't give the bully an audience. the problem is that parents aren't really talking to their children. they're kind of waiting for their children to come to them. >> i was going to ask you about parents. we saw that mom in the piece and our hearts go out to her. she's horrified her son could be involved. >> she had no idea her child was a bully and found out about it and took it seriously. you have to take it seriously as a family issue. and if your child is being bullied, they don't want to tell. they're embarrassed. the best thing we can do now is get to the bystander. that's really the focus of this campaign and say you can do something about it. because most kids aren't either the bully or being bullied, they're the bystander. >> and wouldn't want them to be passive bystanders. >> that's right. >> and i should mention a quick congratulations is in order. you were just honored with the freedom award from the national civil rights museum. >> thank you. >> congratulations to you. well-deserved and well-earned. >> thank you. coming up next, three very fashionable women prove that age is nothing but a state of mind.
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we'll talk to them. but first, this is "today" on nbc. it's heavy lifting. you start with a democratic senator named ben. by getting bwi-marshall funding for new runways, he's helping us serve 21 million passengers a year, which helps keep 100,000 jobs that depend on the airport, and that means more cargo for more businesses and more skycaps unloading more taxis... welcome to bwi. ...carrying families with more luggage. thanks. it's like he's out here with us. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i approve this message.
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as a pastor, my support for question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally. i would not want someone denying my rights based upon their religious views, therefore i should not deny others based upon mine. it's about fairness. this law does not force any church to perform a same sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. and that's what this is about. protecting religious freedom and protecting all marylanders equally under the law. join me in voting for question 6.
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when we think of fashion models, young women in their teens and 20s probably come to mind. but one photographer is hoping to change that. he spends his day photographing women in their 70s, 80s and yes, beyond, who pride themselves in looking fabulous every day. it's all part of a book called "advanced style," and ari is here along with ira, elona, and the spring chicken of the group, 79-year-old lindell. good morning. great to see you. how did this start? you were 31 years old, how did you decide to make a name for yourself photographing senior style icons? shall we say it that way? >> yeah, of course. i started four years ago, but i grew up being very close to my grandmother. so i've always had an
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appreciation for older people. and when i moved to new york, i saw all these amazing women dressed up living their lives to the fullest. and i wanted to put a focus on older women. >> so you just walked down the street and you have your camera with you and you approach these women? is that how it works? >> well, i knew about iris before, but elona and lindell, i met them on the street. >> did it take convincing to have your photos taken? or yes right off the bat. >> yes, right off the bat. >> you like this concept? >> i think it's wonderful he's doing this for us. not only for us, but for all those poor ladies out there who think that after a certain age they have to roll up and die or look like they're wearing widows weeds. >> 91, fashion icon, you shot to superstardom back in 2005 when the metropolitan museum of arts showcased your wardrobe in a major exhibition. how do you describe your style? >> i'm a geriatric starlet. >> a geriatric starlet.
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do you put a lot of effort into this every single day? >> no, no, no -- it all comes from here. i don't think about it, i just feel it. and as the spirit moves me, i dress. i walk around in jeans most of the time. but when i dress up, i like to dress up. >> take it a little bit further. you're 92, right? >> yep. >> your an artist based in new york and you've become famous for your hand-made eyelashes. >> that's one of the things. >> how do you describe your style? >> natural. when i see the weather's cold, i take a sweater, but whatever i do, i collect colors and i thread colors around it that match. i call it creative dressing. >> what keeps you going, elona at this age in so many different directions. i think you're a cabaret performer, as well, aren't you? >> that's true. i tell little stories, you know, and i do little bit of, you know, a little -- >> a little kick, a little song
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and dance. >> when i get up in the morning, i feel, i move my hips, i say, oh, i'm alive. >> you're ready to go. >> i'm ready to go. >> it's a positive attitude. lindell, you're the youngster of this group, 79 years old. you own a boutique here in new york for the last 50 years. i like your signature line. i dress for the theater of my life every day. >> that's right. >> that's nice. >> tell me about that style. >> because i feel that living my life and dressing up is so wonderful, i'm so lucky that i'm in a business that i can dress up. i'm not a little secretary where i can't do it, i don't work in a law office. i can do anything i want. and it's wonderful to be around all these women who i can help dress and let them do their thing. >> a little personal experience i want to relate here. iris, i ran into you on the street one day, we passed each other. and what happened with me, and i wonder if you get this all the time. you make people smile. >> yes, exactly.
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>> i think that's very important. life is very gray, and i think when you dress up you feel happy. >> that's how i noticed them. they made me happy and showing their photos makes women who tend to feel invisible after a certain age makes them happy and shows them they can dress up and feel good. >> iris' rule, by the way, if your hair is done proper willly you're wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything. you live by that. >> i try. >> i want people to learn you don't have to give up, live your life to the fullest. i think there's so much focus on youth and look at these women in their 80s and 90s, it shows you there's hope out there. >> yeah. for the people who say the fashion industry is only for the young -- >> that's the problem, that's why the fashion business is not doing well. because they completely neglect our age. i'm 90, so i don't expect designers to go into that, but there's a huge market of people over 60 who can't find proper
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clothes to wear because they're bombarded, the designers, i know lots of them and they tell them youth, youth, youth. >> there are very few stores that carry things for women who have style. and who are women. >> just as you do for people on the street, ladies and ari, you're making me smile. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> ari, congratulations, your book is called "advanced style." and up next, bobby flay teaches savannah no-fail chicken recipes. nice job.
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as a pastor, my support for question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally. i would not want someone denying my rights based upon their religious views, therefore i should not deny others based upon mine. it's about fairness. this law does not force any church to perform a same sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. and that's what this is about. protecting religious freedom and protecting all marylanders
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equally under the law. join me in voting for question 6. ♪ we're back at 8:51. it's day three of savannah's cooking school on wednesday. chef bobby flay taught me how to make stock, we chopped an onion. thank you very much. all about chicken. we're going to make two kinds of chicken. >> yeah. i think one of the first things people want to learn how to make. everybody should know how to roast a chicken. we're going to start by roasting a chicken. >> whole chicken. >> this is a whole chicken. and what i like to do to keep it simple, season it with salt and pepper very liberally. >> yep. >> got it. >> any salt work? coarse salt? >> i use kosher salt because it's got a nice flavor to it. i want you to take garlic and rosemary. >> just shove it in there? >> right. >> how far does it have to go?
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>> as far as you can get it in there is totally fine. >> i'm going to put these sprigs and shove it in there. >> that's rosemary. now here's a trick that not everybody does. you put a little oil in a roasting pan and you put it breast side down, okay. and what that's going to do is achieve a nice golden brown color. lots of times when you put a chicken in the oven to roast, it never gets that nice golden brown. >> exactly. >> that's what we do, we -- >> what kind of oil did you use? not oil is good for cooking. >> exactly. i like to use canola oil or light oil and extra virgin olive oil for salads and stuff. if we did this for four or five minutes, we get this nice crust on the outside, actually starts the chicken going and gives it a nice golden brown color. we want that. this goes in the oven for 50 or 60 minutes. and you want to check it --
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>> now, this intimidates me because i'm afraid i'll serve raw chicken. >> what temperature do you think we want to cook it? >> i think it's 160. >> that's pretty good. you've been doing your research. >> i do try. >> so 155, you want to put it near the thigh. that's going to take the longest to cook, that's the dark meat, and 155, you take it out and let it rest so the juices stay intact when you cut it. >> sometimes i feel i put it in there in the oven, it's going to be the oven that makes it appear artificially hot. >> no, you're taking the internal temperature. >> okay. >> they definitely thought about that. >> all right. >> so you sort of tent it and let it rest for a while and you have this beautiful roasted chicken and take it apart, comes apart really easily, you can take the breast off. you should always know how to roast a chicken. that's 101. >> and the garlic and the rosemary gave it flavor. >> and that's simple, right? >> it is very simple. >> you can do that. >> is this supposed to feed four people? >> that's probably going to feed two people. if you have any left over, make
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chicken salad the next day, that's great. >> we could do a whole other day to carve that. >> now we're going to saute -- >> go that way. >> you want me to go this way? >> i don't know. >> my student's going rogue. these are just chicken breasts, boneless and skinless chicken breast, probably the most popular cut people buy in the stores, easy to find. again, lots of salt and pepper on both sides. you want the natural flavors of the chicken. and it's a canvas for lots of big flavors because it doesn't have a lot of flavor. >> and you put it in oil saute for how long? >> on one side, again, you see how nice and brown that is? you don't want pale-looking chicken. ok it on high heat for four minutes, turn it over and let it cook slowly and cook through. so now we have juices in here, which is a good thing. now i'm going to ask you to take mushrooms. you like mushrooms, right? >> my favorite. >> just throw them in there. >> what holy did you use? >> canola oil again.
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really simple. you need two kinds of oil in your house, canola oil and extra virgin olive oil. >> all right. >> season that with salt and pepper. >> all right. >> you're constantly going to be seasoning. that's one of the things, it's what i say to most of my cooks, did you season it on both sides with salt and pepper. >> how do you know you didn't overseason it. >> well, don't put too much in there. >> oh. >> this is what happens. when you start cooking, you get lots of -- >> i know, everybody's coming. >> come on over here. >> all right. >> don't get distracted. can you move now, al? >> yes. >> so our mushrooms have cooked. remember that chicken broth you made yesterday? >> yes. >> pour a little in there, and that's going to be called -- that's enough. that's going to be known as the glaze in the pan. all those bits from the chicken on the bottom, you want to scrape it from using the chicken stock, and that's going to give it moisture. there's a reason to make chicken stock, you want to use it the very next day. >> all right.
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>> now i'm going to have you to -- let's make a vinaigrette. do we have time? >> we do. >> dijon mustard, your favorite vinegar. keep going, that's good. pick up the extra virgin olive oil, pour that in there. >> the whole thing? >> i'll tell you in a second, three to one oil and vinegar. that's good. put salt and pepper in there. >> always season, bobby. always season. >> mushrooms right on top of the -- >> she's a fast lea >> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. the judge has dismissed the most serious charges against two prince george's county police of this year's accused of beating the university of maryland student in 2010. they still face charges of second-degree assault. prosecutors say they abuse their
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power trying to subdue an unruly crowd falling at the maryland
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>> beautiful morning. sunshine, a little bit of haze. by evening overnight, some thunderstorms. 70 degrees. very nice.
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