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40s at lunchtime. and then 43 later this afternoon. >> what time is sunrise again? >> 7:18. >> i'm just asking. "today" show is up next. >> good morning, they did it. u.s. intelligence officials say it was the north koreanings who ordered that massive hack of sony computers. will america strike back? is this the start of a cyber war? while some of hollywood's biggest stars bst sony for caveing to the hackers. new era, the president's surprise move to restore relations with cuba after 50 here's of hostility. a 50-year demonstration praised by some, criticized by others. we will be live in washington and havana. bombing suspect makes his
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appearance afternoon. a man with a bike ride unexpectedly gets a surprise. . a deer leaping out of no, where directly into his path, what he says saved him from serious injury, today, thursday, december 18ing, 2014. from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on that thursday morning. watch tack video, no one is cringeing more than the guy sitting next to me. right? >> been deer done that. we will talk about that experience in a little while. >> that does not look good. >> including the guy in the car. >> let's get to our top story, the u.s. is now confirming it was north korea behind the
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hacking of sony pictures. while the studio has decided to can sell the release of that controversial movie. the interview and reaction in a moment. let's go to justice correspondent pete williams. what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning, u.s. officials say they are satisfied north korea was behind the devastating attack on sony entertainment, tow they say they're still uncertain exactly how it works. u.s. intelligence and lawen forcement officials sayitative concluded that the sieb air tack on the sony studios was directed by the government of forth korea. >> hello, north korea! >> reporter: apparent retaliation for the studio's plan to release the samberg, "the interview," that revealed a plot to kill the leader. the attack officials say was launched outside forth korea. they won't say where. they say it was direct bid the forth koreans, state sponsored and investigators are still
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looking at whether the hackers had any help from former or current ploy i don't see. security experts say some of the malware used in the attackings was similar to computer codes used before on attacks on south korean businesses. it's usual for the u.s. to blame another country for a cyber attack. especially so, given the unpredictable nature of north korea's kim jong-un. >> it's a cyber attack on a western target. it's something they are pretty happy about. so when i think we blame them. i think they are delighted to get the credit. >> reporter: the u.s. government has not yet formally put its accusation if writing and that partly officials say they're not going to put out any public statements until they know what kind of retaliation they'll take. now the attackers have made some veiled threat togs attack movie theaters, but president obama says he knows of no credible threat. he says he encourages people to go to the movies. >> pete williams, thank you very much. in the wake of the sony hack and those threats of violence that
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pete just mentioned, sony took the unprecedented step of can selling the movie's release. this is a decision that not sitting well with a lot of people, particularly in hollywood, joe, good morning. >> reporter: sony picture es says it has no further plans for an "the interview." it has raised fears this could have a phil chilling effect on the industry. the movie "the interview," is no longer coming soon. instead, posters are simply coming down. >> i've never seen anything like this in my tenure covering hollywood. >> reporter: celebrities are outraged sony pictures cancelled the release. ben stiller really hard to believe this is the threat to america. from rob lowe. wow, everyone caved the hackers won an utter and complete
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victory for them. many movie-goers agree. >> unfortunately, this is what they wanted. this is what they're getting. >> reporter: sony made the decision after the largest chains announced they were pulling the movie, concerned when the hackers threatened locations showing the film. in a statement, sony says, we respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their parra mount interest in the safety of employees and theater goers. >> sony's pull of the release of the interview will have a ripple effect throughout hollywood. >> reporter: in the wake of sony's hack they confirmed a movie project starring steve carelle set if north korea is no longer moving forward at 20th century fox. he tweeted, sad day for freedom of expression. >> are we going to allow ourselves to be bullied when a regime doesn't like the way it's depicted in a movie, an article. >> reporter: there has been
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speculation "the interview" could be released on demand. a sony spokesperson says the company will not be releasing the film '. >> that includes that. sean henry investigator of a cyber attack for the fbi. he is with a company that specializes with cyber security. good morning to beth of you. >> good morning. >> now the u.s. is saying it's north korea who did it. the ball is in our court. there has to be some response, doesn't there, sean? >> there has to be some response. we have to demonstrate to all countries around the world, what the red lines are, what happens when you cross those red lines. i think we have to talk about this. shooting from the hip is not appropriate. this will have long rangeing implication, we don't want to escalate it beyond the point of no return. >> you could see a situation if we strike back, you got all out cyber warfare. >> i think that's absolutely
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right. i see this as weapons of massive destruction where we have to sit down with discussions, through china likely. we have to remember, also, there are other nation was have this capability. china, russia, iran and others. we have to be careful and make sure we are having strong discussions withdrawing leans. we are demonstrating with the rest of the world, we have to do it in a special way. >> yes, north korea, itself, we talk about sanctions. this is a country that's already fatesed two economic sanctions. we already now. let's say there will be a cyberperspective attack. citizens have no life. you see the satellite picture. it's all dark there. what can we do? >> well, the u.s. is much more susceptible to a cyber attack from north korea. there are not many computers there at all. most people have absolutely no access to the internet t. factories, the now that operate are not automated at all.
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so if we were to get into some tit for tat cyber war, the u.s. would have a lot more to lose. it's been a problem in the past for forth korea to find hackers. they want to carry out cyber attacks, they haven't had a large pool to draw from. they have been carrying amy them out in third countries, most often china. >> let's pause for a moment and speak about what happened here. in a matter of weeks, these hackers were able to bring a global corporation to its fee, surrender, giving the hackers exactly what they want, meeting tear demands, what do you think of that, do you feel sony had any choice? >> i tell you what, the american public needs to understand, this is not the first time we have seen attacks by u.s. companies, there have been another types of attacks, there are other countries who actually have capabilities and are pence our corporate networks right now. this will require strong government policy by the united states. >> wake-up call?
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>> absolutely, without a doubt. >> thank you very much. good to have you here. we'll send it over to matt. . >> we had a mic problem there with. a huge news coming out of cuba. andrea, do i have you in washington. >> reporter: you do, indeed, thanks to you and matt. no longer cold war posts. today the united states and cuba are begin agnew can'ter, taking the first steps in more than a half century towards establishing dip lo pattic relations. cuba, frozen in time by the u.s. embargo could become america's newest trading partner. >> we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. through these exchanges, we intend to create more opportunities for america and the cuban people.
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>> secretary of state kerry will work on plans for the u.s. embassy and a cuban embassy in washington. cuba will likely remove a list of terrorist space. the us will perm more travel and trade, expand its banking, including the use of debit cards, cuba promises internet access, which could be a revolution for its people. >> we both have learned the art both co-existing if a civilized manner despite our differences. >> all made possible by negotiations, including the vatican, pressure from the first latin american pope, a carefully orchestrated deal involving three remaining cuban prisoners from the u.s., groated by raul castro in exchange for cuba's release of a top-level american spy back to the u.s. and a humanitarian release of a state contractor alan gross who cheered as he entered u.s.
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airspace and got a call from president obama, before an emotional arrival at andrews air force base. >> it's great to be back, really. it's been a heck of a trip. it really did bring great comfort to me knowing that i wasn't forgotten. >> reporter: but on capitol hill, marco rubio, met the republican opposition in stark policy shift. >> this president has proven today its foreign policy is more than naive, it is willfully ignorant of the way the worlgd truly works. >> now, both sides will test each other's intentions, so far, u.s. officials say, it is releasing political prisoners as promised. >> thank you very much. the house review team in cuba, nbc's mark poter is in havana, i know you made many trips there in the past. the u.s. the mood there this morning feel different? >> reporter: absolutely.
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the people here are elated, matt. in cuba, the announcement that washington and havana and diplomatic option are being celebrated. there is absolutely no controversy here. for years, the cuban people wanted better relatess with the u.s. but the bigger celebrations here so far have been for the release of those three cuban prisoners let loose by the u.s. on wednesday. they plus two others are known as the cuban five. they are considered national heroes. they were seen on national television embracing the cuban president raul castro. as for other cubans, many here believe theeseing of travel restrictions by the u.s. or trade nations will bring more goods here, more opportunity, more money, to an island that has long been scrapped economically, matt. >> their lives are going to
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change dramatically in the near term? >> they think their lives will change dramatically some time. they are hope. . i must tell you there are many people here a little concerned about mr. this will actually occur given the tortured relationship between u.s. and cuba over the years and also the up and down nature of u.s. politics. they are watching carefully. there are many here who believe this is the best opportunity they have had in decades to see actual and dramatic change, matt. >> mark poter in havana, thanks very much. we turn to natalie. >> such a horrible story. one person is killed, as many as 12 others injured wednesday night when a car crashed into a crowd, leaving a church christmas concert if california. the driver now in police custody on suspicion of dui. the holiday outing in redondo beach, california, turned tragic wednesday after a driver ran a
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red light, plowing into a group of pedestrians who are leaving a christmas pageant. police say a woman in a white car was driving north on the pacific coast highway, she ran the light, striking the group as they leave the performance. >> the light was red, someone ran a red light and just bodies started flying. it was pretty horrible. >> the children, like 8 and ten-year-olds. it's so sad. most of them are hurt bad. >> reporter: redondo police say after hitting the pedestrians the woman then crashed head-on into a second vehicle. she was later detained for suspicion of felony dui and vehicular manslaughter. the third vehicle became involved when one of the pedestrians was knocked into the air and landed onto the windshield of a passing suv. >> we got up to 12 people that have been transported into area hospitals, up to three hospitals. many in critical condition.
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>> it's pretty bad, but i'm hoping everybody is going to be okay. >> security will be tight around the federal courthouse in boston today t. two boston bombers appeared in computer for the first time in a year-and-a-half. it is the final pretrial hearing. tsarnaev is charged with the bombings of the boston marathons. his brother tamerlan was killed during their attempt to avoid capture. an over the top shoplifting scheme filed at a florida wal-mart store. in this under surveillance video, you see two men grab a shopping cart. they walk through the store and load it up with a motorized barbie car. as they approach the exit, one clutches his crest, falls to the ground as if he was getting a heart attack t. other man slipped out the door without
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paying, cartful and all, police were able to identify the suspects and arrested them a few days later. >> did they find that barbie car? >> speeding off. >> what was supposed to be a quiet sunday ride, you saw this before, take a look at the cyclist, he captured his misadventure with his helmet cam. he was riding down the hill when seemingly, out of nowhere, that deer jumped over the rail, slammed right into him. he did land on his back. he did hit his head on the pavement, had a mild concussion, thankfully, though, he was wearing his helmet t. deer ran off. >> the deer was wearing a go pro also, when you see that. >> i had that hawaii it's no fun. i ended up in surgery bus of. oh, there you go. mike goes splat. that's a nice headline.
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apparently, i ride for the u.s. team there. >> that was the after math. >> the guy got a real deal because his bike was under a bus. >> you were slamming after 16 minutes? >> sorry, nothing to see here. >> go do weather. >> anyway, we are looking at snow, kansas city moving on into st. louis. we got some light snow moving in. you can see in kansas city, traffic is moving all right. along in the day the snow moves, st. louis, days out. we got more moisture getting itself together, down through the gulf coast as this low pressure point, heavy showers and thunderstorms. this system will cause problems for the weekend, going into early next week. we are looking into some areas picking up two-to-three inches of rain in southern louisiana, just outside of new hiberia, also, heavier rain as you get into - whatd'ya get? - whatd'ya get?
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getting warmer on tuesday and wednesday. have a great day. >> all right, al, thank you. al, thanks, very much. good morning, everybody. >> carson! >> hi, everybody! >> did you grow it since the time you were zpon? >> i did. >> he grew that last night. >> it's still november. >> i'm going to get to that. are you guys listening to the most popular pod kwast? today is a big day. people are waking up with serial on their minds, this murder mystery, there has been this who dunnit, i'm on episode five, no spoilers please, this morning after episode 12 is out, listening parties have started. we have a "serial" bingo board there.
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this is what's happened before and after. it's a fe tom none. it's unbelievable. later in this half hour, you will hear from the host and also peter alexander is going to the scene of the murder, if are you a "serial" fan, it will get good. >> i brought something into the make-up room. nine people said, we love that thing. >> it's basically like radio. i'm listening to it. you said you haven't been excited since the world of world broadcast. >> i listened to that. >> thanks, carson. also ahead, big news we covered on this show on 2014, on wednesday. >> well, today we will look back at the lighter moments we've had during the years, including that disaster. but first, this is "today" on nbc. . >> so laid, what's when you return un
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drive. nbc10's katy zachry with that. >> if you take a look at that, volume is building 95 southbound. we're seeing very heavy delays on the pennsylvania turnpike westbound. look at this drive time between route 1 and valley forge. 84 minutes because of an accident on the bensalem. keep that in mind. 84 minutes. chris. this morning, a struggling atlantic city casino may have been dealt a winning hand. according to a report in "the new york post" billionaire investor carl icahn was scheduled to agree to the deal. it will give unionized workers much of what they wanted. we'll have another update in 25 minutes. you can only find us on li
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12340e9s ♪ >> we are jazzing it up, we are on the final stretch. it's thursday, december 18th, 2014. >> that means a week to go until christmas. a lot of people out there wonder if they have done their holiday shopping. >> lots to do. good morning, everyone, u.s. officials now believe the cyber attack on sony pictures was, in fact, directed by the government of north korea. >> that hack and then threats of violence against movie goers have led sony to can sell the release of "the interview," it's a movie about a plot to kill north korea's leader.
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a people of people leaving a church pageant in redondo beach hit by a suspected drunk driver. one person killed, as many as a dozen others injured. the woman behind the wheel is in custody this morning. boston bombing suspect tsarnaev is in court since his arraignment last year. it should be the last in the case before his trial begins january 25th. coming up, they're back, have they cleaned up their act? place yourself for this one. a rossen report follow-up you have to see after our team exposed top retailers putting returned underwear back on the we'll be right back as new. will they do it again? >> weird. it happened. >> well, and the new york fun we have here on "today" from sharknado to the spas of sochi and of course plenty of gaffes.
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>> lots to take a look at there. let's start this hour with the most popular podcast ever. a real life murder, retracing every aspect of that case that happened in 1999. millions of listeners are gearing up for today's final installment. here's peter alexander. >> it's the heavily anticipated finale of a likely national fe non nom na, millions breaths willy waiting to listen to the latest clues of a 1999 baltimore murder. >> something is not, doesn't make sense here in this case and so it really is neat trying to figure that out. >> reporter: the podcast "serial" visits this student, convicted of strangleing his ex-girlfriend, a bubbly and bright high school senior. >> as for physical evidence, there was none. >> reporter: so from behind bars, he is serving a life
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sentence, he says he is innocent. >> no one's ever been able to pry shred of evidence, i had no reason to kill her. >> reporter: after a dozen episodes, "serial" uncovered new evidence that could poke holes in his conviction. >> someone is lying. i really wanted to figure out who. >> reporter: in court the key witness took place behind this best boy. the suspect was afterward at a pay phone out front. today there aren't pay phones, they were questioning if there were any, leaving listeners knowing more than he's telling. >> it will swing you back and forth from guilt to nvens. >> reporter: is the kwerl" obsessed fans do their own investigation. >> it gets to the point you want to get to the bottom of it as much as anybody else. >> reporter: you personally? >> i do. >> reporter: it's provided fodder. >> nobody knows who did it but you. and the person who did it. >> reporter: while "serial" wraps up today, 15 years after
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the murder. >> last yearics spent every day -- >> and more intrigue for a finale ever. for "today," peter alexander, nbc news, woodlawn, maryland. >> three of us are about to dive into this. >> you love it. >> i was in a restaurant in l.a. someone was telling me about it last week. i'm not kidding, every table leaned in and said, are you talking about "serial"? i'm only on episode five. >> for you what captured you? >> for me, 1960s, i'm sitting in my car, riveted by this tale being told. i love this american life. it's produced well, it's captivated. it's a true story, it's just unbelievable. >> you are engaged. you are listening, your mind is active. you are a passive receiver, you are imagineing, what does the suspect look like? >> you said that's the first time i ever seen a picture of the suspect. i had only imagined him in my mind. >> exactly. >> i don't know, yes or no.
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>> and the host does a really good job of being the tour go ahead through this murder mystery and putting you right in the crime scene with all the phone calls, all the interviews. she has narrowed it down a. lot of people have the final episode. >> as long as they don't say anything, i'm going to start it tomorrow. this is all behind the scenes. >> downloading right now. >> we will get a check of the weather. >> there is not exactly a serial case of weather. we will bring you the next few days, so for tomorrow, we are looking at a mess in the pacific northwest. rain, snow, sunshine in the mid-plains, wet weather, that storm system will get itself together, push to the east. decent travel weather, northeast,gration, saturday, more rain, gorgeous weather through the neeflt. a mess in the pacific northwest. that's where our travel troubles will be. on sunday, we are watching this along the southeast atlanta coast. pacific northwest, into the
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western planes, a mix of rain, good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. it is cold outside. a blustery start to the day. windchills in the 20s. high temperatures today only in the lower 40s. winds gusting to 30 miles an hour. sunshine tomorrow. 42 after a morning low of 33 degrees. we will see sunshine on saturday. turning partly cloudy later on saturday. winter arrives sunday evening, jut after 6:00 p.m. mostly cloudy on sunday. then rain later on monday and getting warmer on tuesday and wednesday. have a great day. . >> that's your latest weather. >> thank you, al. coming up next, are you buying used underwear? you could be and not even know it. wait until you see what jeff rossen and his team have cooked up for you this time. a little song, a little dance, you know the rest. don't miss our look back at the fun we had in 2014. but first these messages.
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camera reports over the years, none of them have the country saying ew quite like this. it was 2010, we found major u.s. stores as you said returning used under wear. we watched them put them back on the shelves as new. e-mailers still e-mail me. >> it's the grossest story you have ever done. >> just for you, savannah, for you at home, we are back at it visiting those same chains with our hidden cameras rolling. as if they got their act. >> we are back! our rossen reports team shopping for underwear at some of the country's biggest brand name stores and what our hidden camera finds this time is enough to gross you out. in 2010, our nbc news investigation uncovered a dirty little secret about new underwear. >> i'd like to return this. >> reporter: major retail chains taking back used underwear and
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putting them back on the shelves as new. we found them doing it at victoria's secret, nordstroms, wal-mart, macy's, bloomingdales, gap and marshalls. at the time when they caught them the stores told us they'd re-educate their staff. so today, four years later, we're buying under wear and swimsuits at those same chains. and putting the emto the test again. did they learn their lesson? we're doing the exact same thing as last time, ripping off all the tags, i'm using this marker with two little black dots right on the label. that way we know it's ours. right away, good news, we return our used underwear to macy's, they end up in a clear plastic bag with other damaged items. >> there you go. >> reporter: at bloomingdale's, the clerk takes the under wear
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to the back room never to be seen again, nordstrom and the gap come out clean, too. it doesn't take long to find them right back on the table for sale as new. remember, we know it's our under wear from those two little black dots on the tack. now to marshalls. things get even worse. we buy a set of under wear and swimsuits. don't 40, all the tags are off. we removed the protective leaner from the bathing suit so it looks used. when we return them the sales woman wastes no time putting on new tags. we watch our bikini and underwear carted out, put right back on the rack as if they were brand-new. but the sales woman assures our producer that never happens. >> like used?
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>> no. . >> so if it looks like it's used, you won't sell it, right? >> think again. but what we found at wal-mart could be the post-blatant. here is our producer returning the underwear. watch this, the sales clerk staples new tags on right in front of us. she tosses the used underwear into a cart full of returns. the associate going through them seems to realize they have been used. but the very next day, guess where we find our underwear? right back on the rack for sale. we buy them again so you don't. >> those are brand-new? >> of course. >> in a statement to nbc news, wal-mart acknowledging our results are absolutely unacceptable. victoria's secret telling us, what we found on hidden camera is a clear violation of their policy. marshalls says they're
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disappointed their procedures were not followed and all three companies again promising to re-educate their staff. but we've heard that before. by the way, don't worry, we've bought back all the under wear again at all the stores, bottom line, experts say, you should wash all new underwear and swimsuits before you wear them. be extra safe, make sure they're in the back. can you go back and get me the fresh stuff before it hits the shelf. >> i didn't hear anything after good morning jeff. >> let's give a shout out to your poor producer, who had to humiliate herself by returning them. >> they have been humiliateing themselves a lot. thank you giovana. >> a troubling story. >> thanks. >> they were so close to the break. we really were. >> up to the finish line. up next, carson reveals the most popular christmas songs and our favorites as well, lala lala right after this. so many gifts to buy at so many stores.
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>> announcer: "nbc10 news" starts now. good morning. everyone, i'm chris cato. it's 7:56 and time to check your "first alert" forecast with meteorologist bill henley on a windy thursday. bill. >> yeah, we're watching the winds blow across comcast building center city. some spots a blue sky but the wind will stay with us this afternoon. blowing it outs of here and making the temperatures feel colder. allentown is 36 degrees. but it feels like the 30s in most spots. colder in the mountains, 17 degrees, the windchill there. clouds blowing through at times. a blustery day. high temperatures in the 40s this afternoon. >> let's see how the morning rush is shaping up with nbc10's
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"first alert" traffic reporter katy zachry. >> be prepared to wait on the pennsylvania turnpike route 1 and valley forge. your drive times, you're not going to want to see this, 87 minutes westbound between route 1 and valley forge. that's because there was an accident in mid-county. it's been cleared. but an accident scene on bensalem. finally, route 295 at 73. and another sad day for students at bensalem high school. still grieving one of their classmates killed at her bus stop. friends and neighbors gathered last night where the bus killed minete zeka. the bus had its stop sign and flash light extended when an vuv ran over minette. charges have not been filed against the 18-year-old driver. we'll have another 81 date for you in 25 minutes.
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now back to the "today" show.
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>>. it's 8:00 on "today" coming up, shine a light. >> you look at other kids in school and envy the likes they have? >> sometimes, yes. they get to have what they want and i can't have nothing. i got to struggle with what i have. >> willie creates a special place for some special kids. plus, what a year it's been. we've celebrated in sochi, masterred the art of selfies and, of course, welcomed some few little additions to our family. this morning, a look back at the fun and games in 2014. ♪ my baby's got a smile on her face
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♪ >> and crazy about craig, new "the voice" champ craig wayne intoid back for a live performance, today, thursday, december 18ing, 2014. >> good morning, kansas city. >> hey, new orleans, we're in new york city! >> good morning, seattle! go hawks! >> good morning, birmingham, alabama! whew! >> merry christmas from ohio university! >> i came from indiana to get my bee-bee gun. merry christmas! >> good morning, everyone. welcome back to "today." it's thursday, december 18th, 2014, t-minus seven days until
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christmas. i have to give you props for this song. >> suicide blond, come on, i love this. whoa, a turner. i detect a note of sarcasm there. >> i didn't take it for that. >> i love that. >> hey, coming up in our next hour, we will go one on one with oprah winfrey one of the driving forces behind the new movie "selma" just picked up four golden globe nominations. >> today is the first ever "people" magazine awards, live performances from people like jennifer aniston, maroon 5, much more, can you catch it all here on nbc 9:00, 8:00, 7:00, central time. good morning, everyone, u.s. officials now say north korea was behind the cyber attacks on the computers of sony pictures t. security breach and public release and embarrassing sony
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e-mails was apparently in retaliation for sony's release of the movie "the interview." on wednesday, sony cancelled the film's release after theater chains expressed concerns about threats of violence. the u.s. is moving quickly to restore diplomatic ties of a thaw in world hostilities t. events began wednesday with a prisoner swap that included u.s. prisoner alan gross held in cuba for five years. then cameorthat washington-and-held secret negotiations, senator marco rubio called it ignorant of the way the world truly works. a tv weatherman in texas is recovering from gunshot wound after being attacked while leaving work. nbc has the story. >> good morning to you. we look at future track. >> reporter: the staff at nbc affiliate kcen in whaco, texas,
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is still in shock. the weatherman was shot and wounded when he left the station. he had just gotten into his car. a man walked up to him, said something, pulled out a semi automatic handgun and fired several times. heavily armed police roped off the parking lot. crime scene technicians counted at least 12 shell cases, after he was shot, they say he managed to drive short distance, crashing into a group of construction workers who called for help. he told police he did not recognize his attacker. >> that morning, he posted a picture with his colleagues, holding a trophy for winning the station's ugly christmas sweater contest. later, the co-workers posted images of the superman symbol. >> all of us are trying to be journalist. it's hard when one of your colleagues is in the hospital. >> reporter: crawford is in stable condition as police continue to search for a
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suspect. janet chamlyian, nbc news, houston. basketball fans in san antonio were treated to an instant classic wednesday night. not one, not two, three buzzer boaters. the spurs hosting the memphis grizzlies, clock rooind winding down in the first half, boats the second quarter buzzer tend of regulation, they hit the 3-pointer. >> that send sent it into overtime, tim duncan with that buzzer boater sending the game to a second overtime the grizzlies eventually won the marathon in triple overtime. what an incredible game. 8:05 let's get a check of the weather with mr. roker. >> thanks, so much, nat, all you want to do for christmas is to be on "today"? your christmas is done then. let's show what you we have for
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today. we are looking at some icy conditions, strong storms, making their way through the southern gulf coast. we are also looking at snow from kansas city into st. louis. wet weather moving into the pacific northwest t. temperatures are getting up into the 70s in southern florida, awfully chilly, though, up into the northern plains, 20s in minnesota and parts good morning. it is cold outside. a blustery start to the day. wind chills in the 20s. high temperatures today only into the lower 40s with winds gusting to 30 miles an hour. sunshine tomorrow, 42 after a morning low of 33 degrees. sunshine on saturday turning partly sunny later on saturday. winter arrives sunday evening just after 6:00 p.m. mostly cloudy sunday. rain later on monday and wamer tuesday and wednesday. have a great day. and that's your latest
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weather. >> you know what's coming up next? >> what? >> it's our favorite time of the year. we look at the fun and whacky things that happened in the last 12 months. >> we will have the new
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all right. we are back at 8:09 with the lighter side of 2014. >> from the plaza to sochi, this year fee cured a lot of music, laughs, for them a lot of wine and selfies. >> stop whineing. [ music playing ] ♪ welcome to new york ♪ >> everybody have a nice weekend? >> yeah. >> anything special? >> i got married. >> i did a little spring
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cleaning. >> yes. i got married this weekend! yes, yeah. >> at one moment, that was my favorite moment. can i share it? >> really in. >> take a look. >> i believe i am four months pregnant. raise it up to savannah and louis, upcoming baby. kraelgss. what i always love about having hoda co-host with us on the show, we do all this preparation. we have all these notes we take, meticulous notes. this is what hoda prepared for the entire show, takes the script and throws it away. savannah and pike have a beautiful baby girl and she is stunning! i think she may be pooping.
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look at that one. >> i was up all night working on that ♪ >> today they're back together. >> rock, paper, scissors. ♪ >> take it to the head. >> ah! >> well, we talked about our tears. we didn't want to -- you talked about clowns. >> oh. o! >> tamron. >> ah! >> before i come on and be a co-host, i want to appoint you to head up noaa. >> that was big. >> hello, everybody! oh, what a great day. ho. >> ha, ha, ha. >> we are a part of the sochi
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olympics. okay. we have vodka. six are water, one is not. are they all vodka? >> one, two, three. >> oh! >> down down down down up. >> do you realize at one time you were an award winning journalist? >> let the games begin! >> ba, ba, ba, ba. >> you do mean the winter olympics, right? it feels a little like summer. >> does anybody know how to say in russia you can stop waving? ♪ you don't like this song ♪ i'm up all night to get lucky ♪ we're all up with this song ♪ we're up all night to get lucky
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[ music playing ] >> we are making matt and al soup. >> i don't know how to skate. >> i believe i leave on monday. >> you are taking the red eye home? >> ha ha. >> today's takes off. >> it's pandemonium this morning as 15,000 "one direction" fans have packed universal, orlandory sort. >> hey! >> whew! >> there is something i always wanted to do, i'm king of the world! >> ah, mommy! >> united, united, whoa whoa whoa whoa. >> we landed here on mendenhall glacier. you want me to go up that? i did it! >> we have to take a glacier
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selfie. ♪ >> not bad, right, guys? >> it's time to raid savannah's closet. [ music playing ] >> i have a couple tattoos! >> they don't bother me. >> ah! >> hey, guys. >> who wants matt's pants? >> what is happening? >> i love this. it's like order. everything in rows. >> you know what's super fun? flossing. >> what do you think got the highest s.a.t. scores? savannah. >> no way, not true. >> willie and i will give test tick lar exams in an hour. >> go easy on him, my friend in
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there. >> yo. >> the daly baby has left the orange womb. >> the trend that is sweeping the nation this morning. all you need is a lamp and an angry face. >> natalie morales i accept your ice bucket challenge on behalf of the als association. >> wow! >> awesome! take it away! >> let the rokerthon begin #rokerthon. >> #rokerthon. >> i went to, he makes your calm. we give new meaning to a place -- >> three, two, one! ah! ♪ rokerthon. >>! wing ♪ i'm soul man! ♪ ah! is there that's what's trending today. >> this is one of those ones
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where we go naked through the crowd and no one would even notice. >> i look pretty, lauer. ♪ >> come on, willie! sing it! sing it! >> i have the say, you are welcome. >> aaahhh! >> run! >> ah! ♪ ♪ >> let's get some birthday wishes from our friend willard scott. no, willie, we have no time for
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th tha . that's what i was thinking. let's get my weekend started. >> oh. >> go! >> that's what matt sounds like when he doesn't get his bottle. >> ah sclnl. >> let's hear it! [ music playing ] 12340e9s in the jungle ♪ the mighty jungle ♪ the lion sleeps tonight ♪ >> jerry, if you don't mind, thank you so much. i recommend you do this at home. carry on ♪ one more day ♪ one day more ♪ >> oceans in the stream shots that is what we are ♪ no one in between. >> are we still on the air?
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♪ >> she was in the ocean ♪ go rise with all the -- ♪ actually stung in the middle ♪ i hear laughter in the rain ♪ walking hand-in-hand ♪ with the one i love ♪ all right, here we go ♪ baby, why not play it ♪ yeah! >> here we are on the red carpet of the 86th annual oscars. >> it's the craziest tag team ever, you two. ♪ >> i love tequila. my lips don't lie. >> i love you, too. >> ♪ >> can i touch it? >> please, be honored. >> that's still real nice.
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♪ . >> oh, yeah, you get to work with two beautiful girls and they pay you? do you get paid? you should pick up your check with a gun in the mail. ♪ ♪ today with cuts ♪ go ♪ wake me up when it's all over ♪ when i'm wiseer and i'm older ♪ all this time i have found ♪ in my eyes ♪ i didn't know i was on ♪ let me know if you feel like happiness is the truth ♪ come on, if you know ♪ happiness is you
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♪ clap along if you feel that's what you want to do ♪ on the count down all american jesus ♪ growing up in a little big house ♪ making out on the living room couch ♪ going out on saturday night ♪ a little nice fixer upper ♪ we're all all right ♪ time to get it all ♪ i'll know now ♪ in those skinny jeans on the floor ♪ and i know now ♪ wait a minute ♪ let me break you down ♪ wait a minute ♪ bang bang into my heart ♪ i know you want it ♪ bang bang all over you ♪ bang bang, bang bang bang
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♪ bang bang ♪ bang bang bang ♪ bang bang straight to your heart ♪ bang bang straight to my heart ♪ i'll let you have it ♪ wait a minute ♪ let me take you down ♪ wait a minute, whew! ♪ >> what do you think? first person poon? >> thank you. it's not my first american poon. >>ly never eat this the same way again. >> oh, yeah, sure. >> that's a big bite. >> matt, get in here, we have a situation. >> you should see your teeth. >> yes. >> three, two, one!
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♪ ♪ these are the days we will never forget ♪ these are the days ♪ these are the days ♪ these are the days ♪ these are the days ♪ [ cheers ] [ applause ] >> wow! >> manned handling each other. >> every year they put that towing, editors here. >> total labor of love. we bow to you.
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>> we had so much fun. >> we can't wait until next year. >> as you saw, music played a huge role in our year and with christmas now a week away, it's all about the holiday songs. carson. >> that's right. >> have you the most popular of the year. >> you may think santa is the king of christmas, you are wrong, spotify gave it to? spotify top ten streaming songs this year, michael, they call it the buble effect. he has top five. a mr. christmas. after thanksgiving until about now, they see a 147% spike on his streams on spotify. we thought we'd go down the list for your favorite christmas songs, matt, yours was. >> that song, "home for christmas." it's great, makes me feel like at home for christmas.
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>> celine dion, who picked her? savannah? >> i think "o holy notice" is the most perfect song. i'm sorry, celine dion, the post-exquisite version. >> extreme for "herald the angels sing". >> or the charlie brown. >> kelly clarkson, "my grown up christmas" natalie. >> i love that song. the words are so powerful. >> i heard so much of johnny mathis, mel torme, when run dnc came out, crit christmas in harlem, i thought that was my music not my parents. >> you did not make kathie lee christmas song? >> all right. >> kathie lee, not run dmc. >> take us to break with a
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kathie lee christmas song. >> i don't know. good morning. i'm chris cato. it's a cold and windy thursday. your first alert forecast with bill henley now. >> chris, it just got colder. not everyone seeing the sunshine that the shore is enjoying. bright, sunny skies from cape may. inland the wind is blowing clouds into the area. winds gusting to near 30 miles an hour. pottstown 17-mile-an-hour wind gusts. and that brought our temperature down to 34. 36 in wilmington. it still feels like it's in most areas this ñmmorning. a cold blustery day will be in
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and out of clouds. temperatures only in the low 40s later on. let's check the morning rush to find out where the backups are. katie? hi, chris. spots of area backup and volume on 95 and 76. this live look, traffic is running smoothly in both directions. some slow spots between the vine in both directions. we talk about slow parts, talk about the pennsylvania turnpike westbound, the scene of two earlier accidents. still a loft backups and delays from those. we ex inspect to learn more about a last-minute move to save the trump taj mahal casino. the union representing many of those at the taj will make an announcement today. "the new york post" is reporting investor mike icahn has agreed to a deal to restore most of the union rules for workers. more on that in 25 minutes when we see you again. have a good morning. (vo) nourished.
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. >> we are back now 8:30 on a thursday morning the 18th day of december, 2014. look at that. >> that is craig wayne boyd, the winner of "the voice" 2014, collecting toys from our people in the crowd. we have more about that young man right there. >> as you can imagine winning a couple nights ago.
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>> the king of "the voice." >> we had a 75% chance of winning, the look on his face on both face, unbelievable. >> amazing. look forward to seeing craig. also ahead, willie shines the light on great tips. he is giving them a remarkable place to enjoy. we will catch up with them in a bit. plus, what is it like to be directed by anythingly that jolie? savannah caught up with two of the stars of angelina's new movie "unbroken." . >> we head into the weekend. we have snow in the northwest. gulf coast looking at rain in the lower mississippi valley. saturday rain moves into the southeast, sunny, chili here in the northeast. sunday, sunday! more wet weather in the pacific northwest. with snow as you get
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good morning, i'm meteorologist bill henley. it is cold outside. a blustery start to the day. wind chills in the 20s. high temperatures today only into the lower 40s with winds gusting to 30 miles an hour. sunshine tomorrow, 42 after a morning low of 33 degrees. we'll see sunshine on saturday turning partly sunny later on saturday. winter arrives sunday evening just after 6:00 p.m. mostly chowedy on sunday and then rain later on monday and getting warmer tuesday and wednesday.ññw!ñ that's the latest weather. next half hour we talk with oprah winfreyant her new film "selma." carson has gone into the orange room to make 2015 even better. >> with the new year approaching, it's time to think about changes you want to make in your life. we will talk about a new series in january called start today. every day a team of experts joins us, all checking to give you guys tips to help you moving
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forward, first, you got to let us know what it is you want to make changes in the new year. maybe you want to cut fat out of your diet. maybe you want to start saving for your retirement. head over to, give us a quick video of what you want to do to start today. maybe we'll call you. >> carson, thanks, coming up. >> sorry, look at me. >> coming up next, willie is standing by to reveal the results on the shine the light project on a great group of kid. first. >> this is "today" on nbc.
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gang is back alt 8:35 with more of our ongoing series spot a light. willie has more on shining the light on homes willness shelters. willie is here to share some
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results. good morning. >> good morning. . we talked about this two weeks ago, a new study came out, 2.5 million children are homeless him we came here the bush's family residence is in brooklyn. we wanted to shine a light and spruce up tear space, the common place, make it a safe, comfortable place to be. behind these doors, for the last few weeks, we had an army of people do nateing tear time, resources, materials to make this what we feel is a really special place. here's a look at how we pulled it off. >> what it means to be homeless, to be at the bottom of society's social class and having nowhere to go. >> reporter: we first got a clips through the eyes of 14-year-old dock nikkei victor at a homeless child. do you look at kids at school and envy the lives they have? >> sometimes, yes. they get to have what they want.
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i can't have nothing. i got to show what i have. >> reporter: for many kids living in the shelter, there is one place they can go to get away from it all. though it isn't much, this rec room is their safe space. >> the thing is when we come out of school, we can go to the recreation to play and do homework. >> we could play any game you want to play. >> a lot of kids coming into the shelter, it's a little scary. for them to come in and there is a space truly made for them, it allows them to just be kids. >> reporter: now it's just an empty room, but intrait celebrity designer elaine griffin is here to give it a little love. >> what do you want to see your room as? what dooum do you want to do? here? >> i wish we had a pool in here. >> games. >> one is arts and crafts, one is video games. >> basketball! >> thank you. >> a treehouse!
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>> for some design inspiration, elaine and i checked out the children's museum of manhattan. >> we really want to recreate the atmosphere we see here, it's nurtureing, it's educational. it's entertaining. >> reporter: it's loud! >> one of the things i think all the kids were very adamant about was something you can climb, maybe with a sliding board. what if we took this wall, if we hut in lots of hoops, so it's more a test of your eye-hand coordination, which is good. >> take a jump shot from there, you miss the rebound goes into the homework zone, in the hangout zone, we can't have that, chaos. >> we can paint up and down, in like a "w". >> when you are ready, i will get the high spots. you know what i mean, curtis? something like this will blow their minds.
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>> that's the bad part about this, watching that reaction. that being unveiled. that's what makes it all worth it. >> if i ran the world, things would be a lot easier for people, having proeb proper food, shelter, water, clothes and the love they deserve. i would make them feel human. >> good job! >> okay. guys. you think we should wait a few more hours? oh, you want to see it now. let's take one more look if we can, we got here a few weeks ago. this is a nice big open space. it didn't have a lot of character to it. are you ready, guys? you sure you are ready? let's open the doors, check out your new playroom. >> oh my gosh! >> oh, i love it!
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>> . >> reporter: what do you think? >> oh my gosh! >> you guys like it? >> wow! >> oh my god! >> look at those smiles. >> we like the slide, willie. >> yep. the slide is pretty popular. >> find the slide. >> there is something over here i want to show you. ask, you shall receive. >> okay. >> it's a fast slide, willie. >> it's about half the length of the slide. >> oh! >> guys, there is some more stuff i want to show you. this little hangout area we
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built for you. it's your playroom. come on. >> oh, gosh. >> i love a little kids' cave. >> you can relax. >> i like the colors. it's so vibrant. >> i want to bring in our great friend elaine griffin. >> so long slide, tv and the play the room. >> you are killing me! i had so much fun. >> reporter: let's talk about what you did. we walked into this room, it was a blank canvass a month or so ago. >> a dreary canvass. >> reporter: talk about what you did. >> the kids asked forbe three things, an indoor spa. they wanted a zone, we divided a place for homework, great furniture at ikea. no. 2, they wanted to climb! >> reporter: yes. >> so we built this incredible
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treehouse. can you imagine the engineer to get this? we're on the 3rd floor here. >> reporter: it's a tricked out treehouse people up in connecticut donated their time and materials. amazing job they did. let bring in mark mend el from the great space. what a change. this is what you all do every day? >> it's called the 300 places for kids to play, have a great time. this is more than we imagined, with your help, with your design, these kids are having a great time. >> basketball. >> reporter: a part of what we wanted to do is people can do this through you or other organizations where they live we hope it serves as an inspiration. >> unfortunately with ewe have homeless children in the united states. they can call us, get connected there with. >> reporter: domenic, can you come in here, please, dominique,
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willie, stevens college in missouri, what do you think? you like the room? >> yes, it's amazing, oh my god. >> reporter: i understand you have something you want to say? >> we are a women's college in missouri. we have been following your story. we are so impressed. we know that you have hope and dreams and we want to help you with that. >> okay. >> so when you finish high school, we want to give you a scholarship to come to stevens college. we'll take care of everything [ applause ] >> we have your room, your board, we'll make sure you got everything you need to succeed. we know you will be a great achieving woman. >> reporter: you got to keep your grades up. but i know you will. >> oh my gosh. >> reporter: if you keep it up, you got a scholarship awaiting you in a couple years. >> thank you so much. >> mark, thank you, elaine, an amazing job. dominique, congratulations. >> oh my gosh. >> reporter: guys, send it back
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to you. >> dominique, congratulations. >> hey, don't, forgive, too, if people want to do nate they can go to sheen a up next, savannah catches up with two stars after angelina jolie's movie "unbroken." first, this is
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hollywood's award season is almost upon us. and the movie "unbroken" directed by angelina jolie is getting a lot of buzz. it's the inspiring story of a man who spent years in a japanese prisoner of war camp. >> are you going to kill him? >> let them shoot me, i don't give-a-damnen. >> that's not how it works. you will be making it to the end
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of the war life. that's how they do it. that's our revenge. >> garrett headland plays commander fitzgerald. and gentleman, good morning to you. one of many powerful scenes in this movie. i have to ask you guys, you have a book that is belove bid a lot of people. you had real characters, people who actually lived. you have your director, someone like angelina jolie. on a scale of one to ten, was ten super intimidating, was this like an 11? >> gosh. it's something that i mean the book now has generated such a buzz and has shown the world who it is, it inspired us tremendously. >> the thing, both of you got a chance to meet louis? >> yeah, we did. >> what was that like? >> it was very special he was a
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great storyteller. there is a sense of responsibility that happens, you meet someone who met the person you are playing, you saw it in front of him. you feel you have a sex of duty, you know. we pushed ourselves as best we could. >> both of you had to go through a physical transformation for these roles. your character and you spend e spent years in a prison campch what was that like to prepare physically for a role like this? >> when you look at it at the end of the day, we're trying to do what we can to sort of you know look at a percentage, most of these guys lost half their body weight. most of them lost their lines. for me, being in a p.o.w. camp, i had three or four weeks to
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lose everything i could. this guy was on rocky waters for a while. >> for a long time. >> wet, cold, you lose your body fat. so you get really cold really fast. >> i heard angelina director has a no whineing pool around the set, is that right? >> leading by example, we didn't want to complain around angelina jolie. >> everyone is in the barracks, i'm so hungry, but everyone lost so much weight. you feel like crap, angelina walks in, you go, my gosh, you guys look great. >> yes, how was she as a director by the way? >> what was that experience like? >> angie, she can do everything she puts her mind to. it was phenomenal. it told a wonderful story. so it was exciting to work with her on it. it really tells a remarkable story.
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actually, her hero as well and so she took such an extreme amount of passion with her on this project. it really brought louis with her. >> do you feel like she's an actor, herself, that she kind of brought something special to the directing of this? >> i think she has an empathy of what she's going through. she has been there. she's seen it from the pence she's very hands on, she will be figuring out props. i remember one day, she was like physicaling out how the ending scene should go, expire. she was like she kind of climbed in, put my head on her lap i was like, is this real life? she's always like that, let's figure it out together. she has a curiosity of what you have to bring and what your insights are. >> jacks said she was
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rehearseing his stuvents i got to the barracks, she was sitting in my seat like this. >> yeah. >> it's an amazing performance from both of you. thank you so much for being here. good to talk to you. >> thank you for having us. >> thank you so much. "unbroken" from our sister company universal opposite on christmas day. here's matt and carson. >> here is craig wayne boyd, your "voice" champion, he will perform live
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last night ♪ i guess i must be doing something right ♪ 'cause my baby's got a smile on her face ♪ my baby's got a smile on her face, oh, yeah ♪ all right ♪ as soon as i get to work ♪ i call her on the phone ♪ i wanna tell her that i love er ♪ i can't wait 'til i get home ♪ she doesn't say a word ♪ when i walk in
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her face ♪ yeah ♪ my baby's got a smile on her face ♪ yeah, i wanna make it last forever ♪ my baby's got a smile good morning. i'm chris cato. time to get your first alert forecast with meteorologist bill henley. still chilly out there. >> not much has changed. the temperatures are stuck in the 30s. cape may, bright sunshine. you see the white caps in the background and gusty winds extend to the shore. feels like 29 degrees right now
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in wildwood. 28 in philadelphia. 15 degrees the windchill in the poconos mountains. a cold, blustery day. winds 20 miles an hour and higher gusts. well, two people were hurt on a crash in philadelphia overnight. police say the driver of this car lost control. the car flipped over several times and crashed on the boulevard to adams avenue. the two injured people were t e taken to the hospital. police say both should be okay. philadelphia police are searching for two robbers who held up a pizza delivery man and stole his car. it happened just after the man made a delivery around 1:30 this morning. the delivery man was not hurt. today the trial begins for the man charged with pushing his wife's corvette into the delaware river. we all remember that story. police had to pull the car out of the water earlier this month. investigators say john kramer is going through a divorce, and told his daughter he was going to put the car in the river. his wife told us he broke her
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front door and damaged her other car earlier this year. she filed a protection order against him. a health alert for anyone living in delaware. medical experts want everyone there to get flu shots because the number of people with that sickness continues to climb. had there are now more than 250 confirmed cases of the flu so far this season in delaware, and two people have died. i'm chris cato. we'll have another update in about 25 minutes. you can always get your latest news and weather online.
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[ music playing ] >> from nbc news, this is" today's" take with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on this thursday morning, december 18th, 2014, exactly a week to go until christmas. >> willie as we saw did a beautiful shine a light if brooklyn. we will share more on the project coming up. those kids still happy, enjoying that new place space him tamron is off giving a commencement address, good luck, tamron, if you are watching. let's get to this big stare. >> i hate to say i told you so.
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>> did you call this? >> that sony interview, i said yesterday, this film will never see the light of day. they were going to can sell it. now sony announced yesterday, they are dropping the christmas day release of "the interview." everybody knows, it's a movie with seth rogen, james franco, they play journalists that will kill the north korean leader. five of the top nation chains told sony, they were not going to show it. >> when i saw that out yesterday, i thought, this is it. it will have to go. sure enough. >> they were jumping e-mails, putting out personal information. now the other thing, the other shoe to drop, the u.s. government said, guess what? oh, what a shock, it's north korea. >> right. >> the only thing about that is that then north korea, who has been doing the illegal activities is the one who wins. you know, censorship in the
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united states is not something i'd like to see. >> it's modern day warfare, it's an attack on freedom of expression. i think a lot of people in hollywood were essentially saying that same thing. >> except, listen. i think it got ratcheted up to another level, once the cyber bullies or terrorists put out that they were going to, they inferred. >> like a threat, to hurt people. you make a threat and you call back 9/11. >> if you are a theater owner, can you in good conscience say we're going to put that movie out there. whether it was credible or not, who is going to take that risk? >> exactly, it made me uncomfortable if people did go in defiance and something happened. >> earlier, we had a piece talking about some of the celebrity tweets. >> right. >> judd apatow is only guaranteeing it would have been seen by more people than it
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would before, legally or illegally. >> you wonder, say theyped to go direct to on demand, would you even dare as a cable company to stream it on demand? >> no, it will be illegal is what he means, people will somehow find it online and pass it around. >> supposedly, originally, in that illegal hack, they dumped it to a couple websites, that and "annie". >> and "spectre" the screen plays were already being hacked into. >> michael moore says, dear, sony hackers, now that you want hollywood, i'd like less romantic comedys, there could be something good that comes out of this. >> we like the romantic comedys. >> i think it's a new day when you talk about cyber warfare. this is cyber warfare. i feel they've thrown the first bomb so to speak.
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>> it will be interesting what the government response will be. you know other countries will be responding. >> this is largely a japanese-based company. >> we have seen not to this level. not in another country. we have seen it all year long with these hackers, they think it's funny no put people's personal information out. a year ago, my family's information was put on the internet. i had a new baby, i was feeding my baby. i got a prank call and then one after another, after another, these people had my telephone number and my address and so barbara. >> that's scary. >> it's scary. >> and it's really, i wish we lived in a world where i didn't have to fear like that, where we didn't get worried about having our personal information put out there for everybody to see. >> you know, it's interesting, someone made good point on twitter yesterday, obviously, "time" magazine gave the ebola as the story of the year, i thisty hackers certainly
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deserve, i think that's what you are seeing here is they're responsible for some of the major attacks in this past year in some of the major story lines we have been covering. well, here's a really sweet story i think. i don't know, you tell me how you feel about this. remember, we told you about this guy, he was planning a trip around the world with his then girlfriend elizabeth gallagher, incredible terrorism. as we said, around the world. >> he bought the tickets. with her name. they're in canada, he's canadian. elizabeth gallagher. they broke up. so jordan still wanted to travel, so he offered elizabeth's ticket to anywoman with the same name. it had to match the passport and it had to be a canadian woman as well. after months of searching for elizabeth gallagher, he has found the elizabeth gallagher. >> really? >> yes. >> she's cute. >> she's cute, of course she's
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cute. >> he turned down five or six before that. >> he turned down 18. >> yes. >> this is like "the botch lar." . >> it's like a hollywood movie script right here. >> seriously. >> she's a 23-year-old student from nova scotia. only pick here, is she hitched? a serious boyfriend and they're actually planning to boy a house together. they're getting a puppy together. can you imagine he's not all that pleased. >> can you imagine saying, merry christmas, i will be traveling with a man this holiday, not you. >> she is leaving for monday for europe. >> merry christmas, honey. >> there is a sweet side to this story. they did set up a foundation for a tick forward to help people finance trips for people who want to travel around the world. >> that is great. some good came out of it. >> you destroy one relationship, then you move to build up others. >> they'll be fine. >> perfect. >> hey, we mentioned, willie is
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not here, he's in brooklyn for our shine the light. he kicked off the great effort to spotlight child homelessness. he will bring a little of a home to one shelter in brooke len by overhauling theoremty rec space. willie, what a great moment when you were in there to unveil the transformation. >> it's so sweet. >> how is it going, bud? >> reporter: it's so sweet. the project, this last month, all the blood, sweat, tears, to see that reaction made it all worthwhile for so many people that donated their time. when we first shared this story last month, we were overwhelmed by people whoped to help, to offer things and touch your lives in some way, guys with eactually couldn't fit everything into that beautiful new room. we moved over here to mount baptist church and some of your friends from the biggest toy companies in the world, hasbrought and others, wants to
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make your trip exciting. why don't you step in there and see what you find. go for it, guys. what do you think, guys? you see something you like? it's yours. you don't have to just look at it. go for it. >> open! >> wow. >> open. >> . >> they're waiting their turn, trying to let each other help themselves. >> guys, let's bring in vanessa burton. you run this family residence, the camera is here, if you would him tell me what this room, what this means to the kids. >> oh my god, there is so over
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welling. it is so beautiful. this is beautiful. >> reporter: well, thank you for sharing the space with us and the work you do. we were here a month. you are in practice every day. thank you. miss dominique, you ready for college, my friend? >> yep. >> reporter: are you excited? what do you think about this day? >> i mean, it couldn't get any better. words can't explain how i feel right now. i never, ever thought that i would get a scholarship. like this means a lot to me. >> reporter: you showed us what a special young woman you are, how smart you are. we know you will end up wherever you want to end up in life. hopefully this gives you a little motivation. >> willie, for folks that donated, she is such sa role modem. for folks that didn't see it earlier.
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tell them what you are talking about with stevens college. >> reporter: when dominique told her story to us a month or so ago, the flood lines the phone lines lit up. they wanted to know more about her and how they can help and help this residents, so stevens college, a school in missouri was watching. they offered her a full academic scholarship. if she keeps her grades up, they will raise money for a computer and books and all those things that come with it. we know what a bright young woman dominique is. she is continue to excel. hopefully, she will end up at stevens or wherever she wants to. >> thanks so much. that's how you change a community. you bring up, raise up the people. >> it gets to the season of giving. >> we love it, willie, thank you so much. let's get a check of the weather, al. >> first this
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all right. we have snow along i-70 right now. look at st. louis and kansas city. we got the snow coming down. nothing too horrible. a couple inches, maybe. >> that will be the worse you can see, streets are fairly wet, they're watching this moisture push to the north. it dissipates. the big story will be down south, heavy storms firing up. >> that will be the story for the weekend as it moves good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. it is cold outside. a blustery start to the day. wind chills in the 20s. high temperatures only into the lower 4nm@)hu)táhtuáur'g to 30 miles an hour. sunshine tomorrow. 42 after a low of 33 degrees. we'll see sunshine on saturday turning partly sunny later on saturday. winter arrives sunday evening just after 6:00 ebrp.m., mostl cloudy on sunday then rain late arer monday and warmer tuesday
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she took the role. >> it is unacceptable that they use tear power to keep us voiceless. >> i agreed to do and be a part of this film, because i believed in the work and this is the history of our country, not just one person. there is a reason why the movie is called "selma" and not qualified "king" because it's about that period in our history when there were no voting rights for people of color in this country. >> the film chronicles is various struggles of dr. martin luther king, jr. and his marchers to march peacefully to selma, milwaukee, leading to the passage of the historic 1965 voting rights act. >> i am here trying to rescue folks. >> oprah plays real life activist annie lee cooper, a role she initially turned down. >> i thought i can't play another woman that hits somebody. must i hit somebody in every
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film i do. if you going him annie lee cooper, you will see that photograph with her lying on the ground with the sheriffs deputies straddled her. something about the ritual of this black woman who had been a domestic worker. her name has been in a lot of history books. the courage and determination that would take with somebody. i wanted to pay homage to that on screen. so that's why i said yes to that. >> it comes out now and some would say more than coincidentally. at a time ferguson, a time of eric garner. >> i don't think that's coincidence. films with historical events have i think an obligation to allow people to see the es tense of the truth, also what i think this film does, it allows people to see there was a strategy, there was a clear intention and
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there was leadership in that people weren't just out there willie nilly on those freedom rides. they weren't just out there marching in the streets, throwing things, venting their anger. >> that there was control, rigorous discipline. >> and do you think there could be a lesson learned about that, when people see this film as far as what we are seeing today? >> yeah, you know what i think it's wonderful what we are seeing in terms of peaceful demonstrations. i think what those peaceful demonstrations need is leadership and intentions, like we're demonstrating to get what? these are our demands for what? and i haven't seen now a clear leader emerging, just like in selma, once it was just about voting rights, it was a black problem. after bloody sunday, it became america's problem the same thing happened in our country with eric garner, everybody saw on film what happened to mr.
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garner. there were people of all races who said this is wrong, we have to do something about this. so i think having the intention, there is wrong, we have to do something about it. now, what is it we want to do? what is it we want to do? >> wow, that's so powerful. >> when you realize, it's just 50 years, not that long ago. we still have a ways to go. >> we have come so far, we have a long way to go. >> it comes out yvette mass day. coming up next, do you know what it is? it's a good one, free shipping day, all the details, you don't want to miss out. >> later, what is a better way to sweeten a kid's life than with cookies?
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with maximum symptom fighting ingredients. ♪ the breaking news we're following for you is an accident yo see there. this is newcastle l county at brick mill road in middletown where the bus and the vehicle collided. it happened about 8:00 this morning. authorities tell us two people have minor injuries. we don't know if the people who have injuries are students, kids on the bus, or adults. we'll bring you more information on this breaking news as soon as we get it. now let's get you updated on the forecast. it's chilly out there. meteorologist bill henley is watching that. it is a cold one. the wind not helping at all and winds have been strong in the poconos mountains where clouds are in place and just clouds. no sign of the snow other than the manmade stuff. the temperature right now in
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philadelphia is warmed up to 37 degrees. it's 29 in the poconos mountains and the cold extends to the jersey shore, upper 30s in wildwood. it feels like 20s with the winds gusting to more than 20 miles an hour. it is a solemn day for students at bensalem high school after a classmate was killed at her bus stop. nbc 10 was there as the students arrived at the school it this morning. grief counselors are available to talk with the teens. 16-year-old minette zeka lost her life yesterday morning. they say her school bus stopped, had its lights flashing and its stop sign extended, when an suv went right past the bus and ran over the 16-year-old. charges have not been filed against the 18-year-old driver. police are investigating an alleged sex video at a middle school. officers in bristol town shl say it involves minors . they he are looking into the t
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. >> welcome back to "today" on a thursday morning, december 18th. hi, guys, out there on the plaza. natalie morales wonders how, willie is in brooklyn for shine a light project. we have been showing you all week the last month, all of these great light shows at people's homes. >> this is the ultimate. if you could take, i thought if i could somehow combine "star wars" and christmas, a man answered my prayers. he engineers a light display set perfectly. this is my prayer, my christmas wish. >> people want world peace. he wants "star wars" and lights.
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>> hit it! [ music playing ] . >> this, my friends, is epic! yes, 100,000 bulbs set to one of the greatest themes every written by mr. john williams "star wars." >> could you play the same song over and over. >> i think he does the cantina band as well. >> you think he leaves that on all night long? the neighbors. >> oh my gosh. >> unbelievable. >> nothing has ever made al more happy. >> i don't know the engineering that goes behind that. >> all i do, i know i can barely put the guy tar on, it looks like it's on fire. >> this man has created a
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masterpie masterpiece. >> i am going to give up the weather. keep rolling. weathe weather. >> you have been doing this to the theme song of "star wars". >> star wars, nothing but star wars. coming for you [ music playing ] we are through gulf coast. >> look at this, showers and thunderstorms. >> come on, al. >> bill murray did perhaps one of the greatest skits as a lounge lizard, ♪ star wars ♪ nothing but star wars ♪ we are looking at sunshine, saturday, wet weather through the gulf coast. a real mess with snow, rain, ice, beautiful weather, texas into the southwest. southeast looking a little on the wet side, sunday, sunday! more rain through the southeast. again, the mess continues in the pacific northwest. that's what's going on
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good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. it is cold outside. a blustery start to the c1pday. wind chills in the 20s. high temperatures today only into the lower 40s with winds gusting to 30 miles an hour. sunshine tomorrow. 42 after a morning low of 33 degrees. sunshine on saturday turning partly sunny later on saturday. winter arrives sunday evening just after 6:00 p.m. mostly cloudy on sunday. then rain later monday and warmer tuesday and wednesday. . >> and that's your latest weather. now to a story that has all the right ingredients. they have cooked up a sweet idea, volunteers bake all season and use the profits to send six kids and tear families on a much needed vacation. >> i'm getting stronger.
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>> reporter: this 7-year-old has no idea he's about to receive the surprise of his young life. while he's at home in upstate new york receiving massage and physical therapy for the genetic condition that crippled him, a group of firefighters, new york stay troopers and the non-profit baking memories for kids are about to present him with a week-long vacation to florida. >> it's an awesome kid that has to work so hard at everything. he's as much as we try to include him, there's days he has to stay on the side lines. he will have an experience. he will be with other kids like him. it will do him so much good. >> reporter: he has spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that deprives of of the ability to walk and is in a wheelchair his entire life. >> when are you not in the chair, it feels like kind of like draft. >> he has cried a couple times,
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mommy, when will i ever walk? i never said to him, i don't want to steal hope, i know barring a miracle, it's unlikely. >> it's been an especially tough 84 for caleb and his family. one year ago this week, his father david was struck and killed in a road side accident on duty as a state trooper. >> he wrote a letter to daddy, this is heart breaking, daddy, please come home from heaven. >> baking memories from kids, saw news about david's death and contacted the new york state troop torres coordinate the surprised. >> when people step up and do something good. it shows they meant something, it shows his diagnosis is meaningful. it's very important for everyone. >> from november to christmas volunteers baked chocolate chip cookies, sell them online the proceeds pay for the family of a sick child to spend a week at florida's amusement parks. >> you are the most special princess in the world.
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>> reporter: he came up with a mission after he faced his own battle with test tick lar cancer is there when you are 46 and you get cancer, you lived a good life him when you are three, four, five, ten, you have that, you don't understand why that's happening to you. you want to do everything possible to help them. >> reporter: since 2012, frank has sold more than 6,000 containers of cookies. caleb will be the 12th recipient of a florida get away. >> do you know why i'm here today? >> why? >> i'm here to give you, your brother, your family, a trip to universal studios and all of the florida amusement parks. >> whoa. >> because you are the most special boy in the world. >> whoa. >> are you excited? ? yeah. are we going today? because the party just starred. >> how about some cookies? you want some cookies? these are really good cookies. >> by combining the sweet cookies and a vacation, each family gets a happy distraction
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during a challengesing time. >> every day it hurts that david isn't here. i'm glad we have something positive this week. >> so sweet, caleb and his family hit florida for their big vacation in march. so start packing. there is one week left to boy these incredible cookies from bakkeing memories from kids. until they do it again next year, a perfect holiday gift. >> it's the perfect holidaygy. an amazing job. for more information to purchase for more information to purchase these is a really big deal.u with aches, fever and chills- there's no such thing as a little flu. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. attack the flu virus at its source with prescription tamiflu.
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weekend. >> right, "the hobbit" is out. i am so excited about this one. this is the end of the hobbit trilogy. they spent the last 15 years doing the "lord of the rings" and "hobbit" movies, it's all coming to an end. we will see our old favorites. they're all coming back for this movie. it has something for everyone, including action sequences, i cannot wait. >> 45 minutes? >> i think it's about three hours. >> they need to have a bathroom break in the middle. >> exactly. it is based on the 1937 book, it's fantastic. it will probably be the biggest movie of december. >> how about "annie?" >> i am so excited. she made history for the youngest for an oscar. this year the first actress that is black to play "annie". >> and a golden globe as well.
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>> office holiday parties. >> let's get the story with kylie. >> let's start with kylie. this is a jacard dress in leopard. it's an indentt printed text into the fabric. it has that shine on it, too. it steps it up for the holiday. the pumps really take it to the next level. one of my tips, faux fur. it looks expensive. when you do it in an act saysry like this infinity scarf, it pulls it off in a much more high end looking way, the earrings a great statement, too. it's all about this whole monochromatic trend that's happening. mix and match different pieces and tie it together. >> we did the blue.
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>> well, it's velvet. i hear you also have had that. >> it's velvety smooth. >> the light adds that. the played tie. >> you can wear every year. >> new year's eve, thanks so much. >> jamey wright, josh, come on out. they're all set for their night out. this is what i think, it's one night of the year to go all out. that's what we did here. jamey wright is wearing a draped, long sleeve shop from lane bryant. it accomplishes something elegant. the draping makes it flattering, creates that hour-glass figure, every woman wants. in the makes skirt, it brings it to a more elegant sophisticated place. >> what about josh? >> josh in the tweed, super cool. we mixed and matched fancy and casual. the jeans make it a little cool. the bow tie with the pocket
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square taking it to the next level. >> they are real life couple. they are getting together at the neighbor's for christmas. >> we did it in a very trendy way. not keyesy. we chose the same pattern, that red played which alludes to a cozy holiday party and this is actually neutral the palette. layerred in both of their outfits we have have chunky nin. >> i love cory sort of matches her look. you guys look great. happy holidays. >> guys, we are back in a moment. first this is "today" on nbc. first this is "today" on nbc. everyb
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we are following breaking news out of philadelphia's germantown section. live over what we are told is an accident. you can see it involves this fiphiladelphia police car. we're working to find out more details, and we do have a ground crew on the way to the scene. we'll keep you updated on air and on another break iing news story we've been following. we have learned that three students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries
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after that school bus was involved in an accident. route 299 in middletown. the police chief there tells us 36 students were on the bus when it was rear-ended by another vehicle at a red light just after 8:00. the driver of that vehicle was cited for following too closely behind the bus. we'll bring you updates on the stories as we get them. now the forecast with meteorologist bill henley. bill? >> it's a cold one this morning. the wind making it feel even colder, and the wind has blown clouds right back into the area the. look at that. we're clear overnight but now cloudy skies. more clouds waiting in the wings off to the north and west. visible satellite shows those blowing into the area. winds have been steady, now at 14 miles an hour in philadelphia. and the temperatures with wind gusts to 24 miles an hour, still feels like it's in the 20s. happening today in philadelphia hundreds of people will call for an end to homelessness. homeless and formerly homeless speakers will share stories at
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5:00. this leads up to sunday's national homeless person's memorial day which is held on the long night of the dear. another update in 25 minutes.
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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hey, everybody, it is thirsty thursday, december 18th. guess what today is, hoda? >> free shipping day? >> yes, and we have a great show for you today, a story about finding true love, you'll find a couple that dated in college, then broke up and lost track of each other and we don't want to give away too much of the story. >> very cute proposing. >> we just gave it away. >> don't you hear about this story when you go to high school reunions and stuff, people that dated in high school, they realize that was their true
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love. >> timing isn't great, you think you shouldn't get engaged or married because you haven't been out in the world yesterday. >> and two ladies came in from the cold, they got a lot of primping and pampering. we'll show you those results. >> if you have children in your life, you'll want to take them -- take a page from one of the young girls' books. her mom wrote in to tell us how she's changing the lives of other kids. it is unbelievable how she turned a real tragic situation in her life into something so extraordinary. >> i can't wait to meet her. yesterday, i went to radio city christmas -- >> i was going to read your book. >> i read "'twas the night before christmas." if you can, they're wonderful kids on stage, if you can go to radio city, i know the tickets can be pricey, it is so worth it, the santa stuff and all that, we did book reading right before. and some rockettes. they told me to pose like that. >> you're taller than the rockettes. >> well, i had on heels. >> and you found a hat!
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>> that was unnecessary. >> i'm happy for you. >> thank you. what about you. >> i had a big day yesterday. i went home and had a bunch of podcasts. but then last night we got a visit from our grandson, frank's grandson, from his marriage to his first wife, maxine, michael kennedy, and his beautiful wife mary have their first -- one of frank's first great grandsons and that is little makai michael. >> that's a beautiful picture, by the way. >> i was going to go to bed at 8:00 because i was wiped. two hours later, with this baby, i couldn't put him down. he's so sweet. >> i love how frank has his eyes closed. >> i know. it was heaven. heaven around the fireplace. and then my sister sends me this. you know what this is? this is my niece shani who gave birth two and a half weeks ago. that is her in her size 2 jeans. >> are you sure that wasn't taken last year. >> just taken the other day.
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yesterday. the day before yesterday. that is depressing. >> she was only 82 pounds when she got pregnant. she's tiny, barely 5 feet tall. but still, you gain 22 pounds, and she's not doing a thing except nursing that baby and loving on it. if you really want to hate somebody, really be mad about that. >> all right. >> some women take 22 years to lose 22 pounds. >> or never do. >> most of us, so okay. >> so you probably know this by now that sony has officially pulled the plug on the movie "the interview." they say it was in reaction to the movie houses around the country who were not going to show the film because they were worried about attacks, that there were some threats of attacks of some said 9/11-style attacks. so sony was basically saying, well, because they decided not to show them, we're going to pull it and also pull it from dvd and from everywhere. and a lot of people in hollywood are kind of ticked because -- >> for lots of different reasons, but most saying, it is freedom of expression, you know,
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the first amendment and we're setting a precedent. >> some are talking about it like let's pretend there is an editorial in the washington post and someone didn't like it and they threatened. but if you run that, we're going to do these kinds of attacks. or if you have that book in the library, if you don't take that book out, we're going to do x, y and z. jimmy kimmel was upset about it last night and started his show this way. >> yesterday the attackers, whoever they are, threatened to physically attack movie theaters if they dare to show the movie. they threatened 9/11-type terror attacks. today, in response to those threats, the nation's five biggest movie theater chains announced they will not allow the movie to be shown and personally i think those theater owners should be ashamed of themselves. i think allowing a ruthless dictator of another country to decide what american people can and cannot see in our country is against everything, like, we're
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supposed to stand for, right? >> not going comedy at all. he went straight for it. >> i guess the twitter world, whatever it is called, just went crazy with lots of people, you know, having their say about it. like who's next? if this precedent is set. the other part of it, as professionals who own the theaters and let's just say they took a stand and said, no, you're going to show it, we said -- and say something did happen, you know, they're protecting their brand, they're protecting hopefully the people that come to the -- i see both sides. remember what happened in the movie theater in colorado? >> i think we're also saying the fbi was saying that those -- they didn't see credible threats. anyone can make a threat. can they carry it out? the idea of the threat is enough to keep people away from the movies anyway. there is one movie theater in dallas that said we're going to do something our own way. they stood up and they decided that they weren't going to show that movie, but they are going to show another one. remember "team america world
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police"? >> it is big. >> this one starring as a cartoon character kim jong-il, and this was co-written by the "south park" creators. anyway. i want to hear a little bit of it. ♪ no one listens no one understands ♪ >> anyway -- >> he's kind of cuddly. >> kind of a -- >> oh, he's lonely. >> so sony did release a statement, by the way. they say this, in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film interview, we have decided not to move forward with the plan december 25th theatrical release. those who attack us stole our intellectual property, private e-mails and sensitive and proprietary material and sought to destroy our spirit and morale, all apparently to thwart the movie of a release of a movie they don't like. we stand by our film and their right to free expression and are
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extremely disappointed by the outcome. >> i wish people could keep their messages pithier. i guess it is time. >> it is time -- >> wait, before you do it. we were just looking at "ok," we do our okay or not okay. i want to say thank you to them because they put in two other people who are having a good time. >> keira knightley and emma thompson, okay. >> we're not the only two. >> and the other thing is, as we were looking at it, hoda said, what is nip man? if anybody can tell us if you used nip man -- >> is it lotion and what is it doing? as seen on celebrity instagram. what are celebrities doing with nip man? very weird. i thought it was porno when we saw it. look at this thing and it is right there. right in our faces. >> yeah. >> what is it? >> let us know, would you?
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>> here is something you're going to like. an ihoda that kathie lee is going to enjoy. because in the spirit of christmas, and back where i am, it is time to do a little kathie lee and hoda. finally, finally the day has come. let's play that baby. >> oh, winter wonderland. >> look at the snow. ♪ sleigh bells ring are you listening ♪ ♪ in the lane snow is glistening ♪ ♪ a beautiful sight we're happy tonight ♪ ♪ walking in a winter wonder land ♪ ♪ gone away is the blue bird ♪ ♪ here to stay is the new bird ♪ ♪ he sings a love song >> when i recorded that -- what did i say -- >> 7 months old. >> would you turn it down so i can think? i was seven months pregnant with cassidy when i recorded this. >> beautiful, by the way. >> thank you.
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warner bros. record. i had done a podcast the other day with idina menzel who came out with a cd, just fantastic. i don't put myself up with great singers by any means. >> go to itunes, download a kathie lee song. you know what, it will make your holiday. do it. >> thank you, hoda. that's very, very kind of you. >> sirius xm. >> we only know why you would do such a thing, we do not know why -- >> go to sirius radio channel 108. >> we're not doing okay or not okay? >> no, we're out of time. two women from our plaza got glammed up in time for the weekend holiday party. and you can't hurry love. we're going to meet a couple brought together by an online dating site, but their before story will shock you. >> we'll talk to t walmart has everything you need to make your signature christmas dish. mine is mouthwatering mashed potatoes. i mix my russets with milk, butter, and cream cheese to make them super creamy. mmmm... and yours? sock-it-to-me spiral cut ham! whoa! you made this? yep.
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major. >> how crazy is this whole situation? were you close to getting married back in college? were you talking or thinking about it or not that serious? >> it was pretty serious. every once in a while it would come up. we were very young, so i think you know, it was never a serious consideration -- >> who broke it off? >> we were actually -- >> sort of a mutual -- >> no. someone suggested it. >> christie was wanting to go to law school and our relationship was relatively co-dependent at that point in our lives. we fe she was one foot in, one foot out of the relationship, we decided it was time. >> i think we were both -- i was wanting to have some independence and kind of grow up on my own and so -- >> see the world a little bit. >> exactly. and he kind of said, okay, you know. >> you dated other people. there you were. were you thinking about each other all the while or just -- >> for sure. >> always in the back of your
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mind. >> nobody ever measured up, huh? either of you got married to another person? >> no. and every so often i would send her an e-mail, she was in san diego in law school, she was in d.c. and i was traveling around and i would shoot her an e-mail and it was never -- kind of deflected each time. >> it is crazy you were, like, on an online website and they put you two together. >> i know. >> someone knew, right? >> yeah. it was definitely sort of surreal when that happened. and so -- >> what was your reaction? >> i was, like, oh, my god, it was very -- a little bit embarrassing, but -- >> sometimes people aren't ready at that early age, right? >> yeah, exactly. the ultimatums in those types of relationships never work. if you're in a situation that issed no headed where you want it to go, it is a nice reminder to get the courage like peter did, i need to walk away while we're still hole before we ruin something good. >> i hear stories sort of like yours a little bit, people in
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high school rekindle. is it common? >> it is a common thing if you do it how these folks did it. they did it the right way. we need to experience something, achieve the personal goals, now you can come back to the relationship as a complete person, not looking for anybody to complete you. you want to share each other's life now. >> first of all, we should point out that you're expecting. >> yes. >> i love that. >> very exciting. >> we decided to give you a little -- >> a "today" show onsie. >> are you guys so excited? >> thank you, appreciate it. >> when is this little child coming to the world? >> hopefully the first week of june so -- yeah, so -- >> we're really excited. i mean, i'm -- i've never been not looking forward to something, looking forward to something so much at the same time. >> your life will change. >> but, yeah, we're really excited. >> we're so happy for you. what website was it that put you together? >> >> oh, my god, crazy, awesome.
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it is time for our holiday gift guide. if you're still scrambling to find the perfect present for the hard to buy for people, we have just the thing, and you don't even have to hit the crowded
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malls. >> give your loved ones the gift of a fun and memorable experience. and here with something for every age is yvette rios from "latina" magazine. welcome. it is always nice to go through something with someone. >> absolutely. so this is about building memories, making -- giving someone a gift of something very special and unique. >> you say go online and go to get your >> it is a phenomenal website. it aggregates adventure gifts from all over the country. >> many, many. >> you can log on and say what town you're going to be guying the gift for someone and they'll tell you what the experiences are there. we have a couple that are really cool. >> what is it? >> there is a 14-mile journey down the snake river in wyoming and you go in a canoe, stop in a luxurious spot, they camp, they make delicious food for you, it is gorgeous. this is a lemur adventure.
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this is in florida at one of my favorite places. it is called jungle island. it is so fun. you take the kids, $56, they get to spend time with a bunch of lemurs, crawl all over them, play with them, it is a lot of fun. >> for kids of all ages. how expensive are these kinds of things? >> i tried to stick to under $100. all of these are affordable memory-making gifts. >> okay. >> you like a site called cloud nine living. >> yes. this is another site that also aggregates a lot of great experience gifts. these are more kind of adventure -- educational in nature. so, like, for instance if you know someone who wants to learn to fly, for $130, you can fly an airplane in baltimore, maryland, for the very first time with an faa certified aviation specialist. >> what do you mean you can fly an airplane? >> a little cessna airplane. >> you sit in the pilot seat -- >> the co-pilot. >> you're the co-pilot, they hand over the reins to you once the plane -- >> is that legal? >> it is legal. it is a bucket list thing to learn to fly. it is a great thing if someone
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has that. >> what if someone likes to drive stock cars. >> a lot of people do. >> nascar is huge. you can drive a stock car for $89. a great experience gift if you know someone who is really into nascar and driving and so it is pretty cool. >> the insurance on that alone would be prohibitive, right? >> right, it would. >> okay. >> you can do it. these are all things you can give people that -- >> what happens if you crash the car? >> i don't know about that. >> yvette -- >> i would imagine you would not be held responsible if it is your first time. >> i think you would be. >> how about whale watching? >> whale watching off the coast of california, you can see all kinds of whales, humpbacks, beluga, it is beautiful, well worth the trip. and it is just a great experience that everyone will remember. >> now, for kids who are adventurous, not scared to sleep out with the wild things -- >> yes. >> there is a place for them? >> exactly. we have a bunch of where the wile things are type adventures for kids where they can spend the night at a museum, first one
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is dozing with dinos at the field museum in chicago. amazing experience. they sleep under the dinosaurs, so cool. >> pajamas and penguins. >> pajamas and penguins. this is at the california academy. you get to sleep right by the giant tank with all the fish. >> sleeping bags. that's cool. >> sleeping bags, so cool. >> washington, d.c. has something, kid spy. >> the spy museum, they have very cool operation secret slumber. they get a secret dossier with their personalities, disguises and spend the night trying to solve crimes. >> and the carnegie -- >> carnegie science center. they have a science after dark program where the kids spend the night, they can play with all the cool gadgets and run all over the museum all night long. >> if you like flower arranging, there is a place for you too. >> it is so popular now. all sorts of young people are taking flower arranging classes. go to groupon and get classes
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clouds blow in. look at the flag at cape may. strong winds in atlantic city. philadelphia 24 mile an hour wind gusts. it's a cold day. the winds will stay with us. the temperature has been climbing so slowly. 38 in philadelphia with the wind factored in, it feels like it's 30 degrees. we are working to find out about an accident in philadelphia involving a police car. sky force 10 was over the scene of the accident. this is in germantown. we do have an nbc 10 ground crew on the way to the scene. we will bring you an update at 11:00. three students are being treated for minor injuries after this school bus was in an accident in middletown. sky force 10 over the scene. the bus was rear ended at a red light. the driver of the vehicle was
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we're back with more of "today" on this thirsty thursday. >> and we're ready to reveal our "ambush makeovers" for two lucky ladies swept off the chilly plaza for a total head to toe do-over. guess who is responsible for the brand-new looks? >> our talented makeover team, "today" contributor and stylist to the stars -- >> everybody now -- >> louis licari. and "today" contributor and author, and guinness world record -- >> the list is long. >> jill martin. how was it? chilly out? >> it was chilly, it was fun. everyone is in the festive spirit, if i can speak right, and having a good old time. >> good. >> breeann sampson is our first lucky lady, from sharon, pennsylvania. not only is she a new mom, but she's a classically trained opera singer who recently opened up a performing arts studio with
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her husband, with a baby and her beauty routine is not existent, no makeup, hasn't cut her hair since the baby was born, never colored it, she's ready for a new look. let's listen to her story. >> we only picked you so we can hang with alexander. i know you want this for your wife. tell us why. >> she's the best person -- the best mom i know and she puts everybody in front of herself and i'm so excited for her that she gets this opportunity. >> you're going to be so gorgeous. excited to see mom? high five! >> baby is here! alexander is here with his dad nick and mother-in-law barb. please keep your blindfolds on for a second. okay? all right. here is one last look at breeann before. bring out the new you. >> oh, my gosh. >> hello. >> hello. >> are you ready? take off your blindfolds. >> oh, my gosh.
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>> i don't think the baby recognizes her. >> hello. >> are you ready to see yourself with your new haircut? >> yes. >> spin around, sweetie. >> oh, my gosh! >> oh, my gosh. >> i don't think he recognizes her, does he? >> oh, my gosh. >> look at you, your little boy does not recognize you. >> let's see if he recognizes. >> hi. >> that's mom. >> hi. >> i'm surprised he didn't cry. >> tell us about -- >> this is a great arson haircut. he took a bob, he layered it up, made it a little rougher to keep it younger. she looks fantastic. >> i love it. amazing. >> homage to you kathie lee, we made it close -- >> am i that blonde, really? it looks good on her. >> what do you guys think? >> oh, my goodness. >> she looks beautiful. >> are we talking to alexander?
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>> he's going to eat everything. >> she dabbles in opera. >> dabbles? >> i did. >> do you want to give us a little -- >> that is hot. beautiful. >> built in color blocking so this is new by shani, available at nordstrom and the earrings are kendra scott. >> beautiful, thank you. >> our second lady is jamie, 40 from camdentown, missouri. she's a mom of two, trying to get a ph.d. in science of education. she wears little or no makeup, puts had her hair in a ponytail and she's out the door. she wants a new look to show off at the billy joel concert tonight. let's listen to her story. >> another hubby who really wants it for his wife. tell us why she's so fabulous. >> she's the greatest wife in the world, the greatest mother in the world and we're here in new york celebrating her birthday to see billy joel and so she -- we're excited about
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this. >> we're going to make you an uptown girl. excited? >> yes, very excited. i can't wait. >> an unbelievable show. she is here with her husband lance and daughter courtney. keep those blindfolds on, please. we'll take one last look at jamie before and bring the new jamie out. >> wow! >> oh, another out of the park -- out of the park. okay. you guys, take off your blindfolds. >> wow! >> are you ready? >> i'm ready. oh, my gosh. look at that color! louis, awesome job. >> thank you. >> it is very sexy. >> look right there. >> another arson. >> both haircuts. this is a longer version of -- very similar haircut, but a little longer in the front. notice the texture and the layering. it makes all the difference to keep it contemporary. she has more hair than four
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women, i have to say. colorwise, she had beautiful natural color, but i added this red tint. golden based keeps it natural. and, again the makeup. >> lance, what do you think? >> it is awesome. >> courtney? >> she looks great. >> sweet. >> tell us about that gorgeous -- i love that color. >> it is the holiday also, her birthday. it is adriana papel. >> just beautiful. >> let's bring breeann back out. big round of applause for both of our ladies. >> great job. she dedicated her life to giving back to kids, but she's just a kid herself. >> our "everyone has a story" winner now, walmart is your go-to place for all
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♪ everyone has a moment that changes their life ♪ today we meet our newest "everyone has a story" winner, jessica. her mom kathleen wrote in to tell us how proud she was of her daughter she adopted at the age of 5. >> jessica was abandoned at
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birth and now at 12 she has dedicated her young life to giving back to others. we'll meet the family in a moment. but first, let's listen to what kathleen had to say in her letter to us. >> i'm writing on behalf of my daughter jessica. jessica was abandoned after birth by her birth parents due to facial defects. she went on to spend the first five years of her life in a chinese orphanage. jessica had two major surgeries without a mommy by her side to cover her. she lived without having a single thing that she could call her own. not a stuffed animal, not a pair of socks that were hers. my family and i adopted jessica a few days after her fifth birthday in 2007. she skipped out of the adoption office holding our hands and smiling and has remained that way ever since. fast-forward to one day in 2012 when jesse was cleaning her room. she decided on her own to donate many of her stuffed animals to the local fire department to
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keep in their trucks for kids they meet on call. she didn't want any other child to be scared, alone, injured without a stuffed animal to hug. her little idea, her heart full of caring and love, spawned a nonprofit we care bears to provide instant comfort to kids in unbearable situations. through her daily work, she has provided more than 130,000 stuffed animals to first responders and other organizations that work with kids in hard places. jessica's story is literally one of a child who started her life with no hope, left to die, and survived and makes her goal in life to give back. people often ask jessica if she feels grateful or lucky to be adopted. but the truth of the matter is, that it is our family that is grateful and blessed to be able to call this beautiful girl ours. >> jessica! yea! >> we're very blessed to have jessica here with her mom and dad kathleen and bob. what a wonderful story we get to
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bring to everybody. >> i love watching jessica's face, watching that. did you love watching that? >> some pictures i never saw before. >> did you know your mom had written us this letter? >> monday morning she told me. >> right before we talked to you. >> yes. >> you didn't want to get her hopes up. >> kathleen, why did you and your husband decide to adopt from china in the first place? >> we were looking to expand our family and deciding the ways that that could be done. when we found out about international adoption, we specifically china and children who need homes, special needs children who wait and languish until they're 5 years old without parents. sometimes older. >> were you terribly lonely, sweetie, then? >> i really don't remember. so, yeah. >> did you know right away you had a special daughter here? >> yeah, i can't imagine her being lonely. she always had a sunny
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disposition. i think as one of the older kids in the orphanage, she probably ruled the orphanage. so, yeah, she -- like the video said, we left the adoption agency, she grabbed my hand and kathleen's hand and started skipping out and we knew we were going to be a good family then. she let us be her parents. >> there is a special song just for your family. >> yes. >> coming up from broadway's laura osnis. >> a wonderful singer. >> tony nominated. just wonderf they're going to love you. at famous footwear we're not just selling the hottest shoes of the holiday season. we're selling "here comes your future daughter-in-law" confidence this year give exclusive carlos santana boots. only from famous footwear.
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♪ everyone has a moment we're back. it is time for you to hear the song that david friedman and i wrote just for you. please welcome broadway performer, tony nominee, miss laura osnes singing "how do miracles happen."
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♪ ♪ suffer the little children to come unto me ♪ ♪ and forbid them not for such is the kingdom of heaven ♪ ♪ she was born into a cold world ♪ ♪ void of comfort void of care ♪ ♪ she was left to die and wonder why ♪ ♪ this world is so unfair ♪ ♪ but no one there to tuck her in ♪ ♪ to hug or kiss her face ♪ ♪ she learned how to live there all alone ♪ ♪ in that sad and lonely place ♪
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♪ how do miracles happen just when all hope is gone ♪ ♪ how does love breakthrough ♪ ♪ the darkness and lead us to the dawn ♪ ♪ miracles can happen when one lucky little girl ♪ ♪ uses her discomfort to give comfort to the world ♪ ♪ she was found and taken home ♪ ♪ by parents who made sure that she no longer would be alone ♪ ♪ and with all their loving care and help from god above ♪ ♪ she took all her heartache from the past ♪ ♪ and turned it into love ♪ how do miracles happen how do miracles take place ♪ ♪ how does someone turn a life of pain ♪
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♪ into a life of grace ♪ ♪ a miracle did happen ♪ ♪ when one brave little girl turned her pain into a gift ♪ ♪ and gave it to the world ♪ ♪ she started life with trouble ♪ ♪ but somehow she understood that something that seemed evil could be truly used for good ♪ ♪ and so she survived creating good and bad ♪ ♪ so others wouldn't suffer in the same way that she had ♪ ♪ how do miracles happen i think it's plain to see ♪ ♪ they don't come from out of nowhere ♪ ♪ they don't come from out of thin air ♪ ♪ miracles come through people like you and me ♪
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♪ that's how miracles happen ♪ >> that was beautiful, laura. thank you. >> there is more. we'll be back in a moment. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back with "everyone has a story" honoring a special girl and her family. we were treated to a performance by laura osnes perform ageing ae lyric opera house in chicago. and david friedman and the creative team behind the "today" show musical. >> what did you think of the song? >> i really liked it.
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it was really, really good. >> did it capture you? >> yes. >> what did you think, mom? >> lovely. i cried from the introduction. >> such a beautiful version. >> what do you think, dad? you matter too? dads matter too. >> i was surprised such a big voice came out of such a -- >> we want to give you something, jessica. because you're doing such great work for other kids, we wanted to help you do the work that you're doing so thanks to kohl's cares, vermont teddy bear, we collected over 150 stuffed animals to give out to kids in need. >> thank you! >> made a special bear just for you. >> you deserve to have a little fun on your first trip to new york. so tonight ellen stardust diner has invited you and your family to a complementary dinner. >> you'll love that. people sing at the table. >> so much fun. >> it is awesome. >> after that, guess what they're doing? they're going to broadway to see matilda! >> yea. >> thank you for everything you
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do. >> thank you. you make the world a better place for kids. thank you for raising a beautiful child. tomorrow, his an her holiday fashions and last minute homemade christmas decor. >> and getting through the season and keeping your relationship in tact. that comes from matthew hussey and a special guest. >> and ten minutes to calm. have an awesome thirsty thursday, everybody. we'll see you on try day friday. >> i love try day friday. the end of the week. nice talking to you.
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we begin this morning with an accident involving a philadelphia police car. we're trying to get more information. here is the scene. sky force 10 was over it in germantown. you can see the police car has damage to the front end. nbc 10 has a crew on the way to the scene. we will bring you an update later on. sky force 10 over a school bus crash. 36 children were on the bus when another car rear ended the bus. the bus cass headed to m.o.t. charter school. three students went to a hospital for minor injuries. police cited the driver of the


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