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wet weather monday and through christmas eve rain. "the today" show is up next. we'll see you for the local updates in about 25 minutes. good morning. the christmas storm. the strong system of heavy rain, high winds, and snow set to bear down on a large portion of the country just in time for next week's holiday rush. proportional response. that's how the white house is characterizing how the u.s. could react to that north korean cyberattack on sony pictures. but what could that mean? president obama will address the nation today. pushing back. bill cosby's attorney responds to allegations that his client is seeking special treatment from the black media. and who's who? stephen colbert files his last "colbert report," with a random mix of just about everyone. ♪
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his star-studded sendoff today, friday, december 19th, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. we've got hoda in while savannah takes a little time off today. >> what am i doing here? >> we're going to have fun. did you see the show last night, colbert? >> a little late. >> i watched the tape of it. and my gosh, to be part of that crowd. i've got to tell you, i think that beats your selfie. >> that's pretty good. anytime you get begginburg. >> and george lucas! >> meanwhile, it's like deja vu all over again. remember thanksgiving, that terrible storm. you're talking about something similar for christmas. >> if you can get to where you
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need to go this weekend, do it. especially the eastern half of the country, it is a mess. two systems. one up in the upper great lakes, the other in the gulf coast. warm, moist flow, cold air behind it. you can see, we start off tuesday morning with a mix of snow and freezing rain. range along the coast. as we get into wednesday morning, look at this. that cold air filtering in. probably a white christmas for you in chicago, cincinnati, even, as well. heavy rain and strong winds along the eastern seaboard. so airport delays wednesday are going to be intensive. i mean, we're looking at upstate new york, boston, a mix of rain and snow. heavier snow as you get to the backside of this system, as we move into christmas day, more snow, upstate new york. the upper ohio river valley, and it continues. the winds are going to be a big, big deal. so during the week, 6:00 p.m. wednesday. airport delays, going to be big problems. lots of problems on the roads. we've got damaging winds, possible risk of strong storms, damaging storms, along the eastern seaboard. heavy snow. minneapolis, chicago, big hub.
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that's going to be a big problem. and as we look monday through thursday, rain and snowfall amounts. anywhere from 2 to 3 inches along the coast. heavier snow as you get back to minneapolis, chicago, cleveland, on into detroit. all the major hubs are going to be affected wednesday into thursday. so get out. >> so tuesday's an okay travel day? >> tuesday, it starts to deteriorate, but that's your earliest point in the eastern half of the country. >> santa's sleigh will not be affected. >> no, santa's got the whole deal going. >> he's covered. >> he gets through everything. >> all right, al. >> thanks so much. president obama is set to address that cyberattack against sony pictures during a white house news conference this afternoon. while in hollywood, the fallout is growing. nbc's halley jackson is in l.a. with more. halley, good morning. >> good morning, hoda. sony has now canceled tours of its lot until next year because of security concerns. and it's not just the studio that's worried. what started out as a hollywood comedy has quickly turned into
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an international crisis. and the white house says it's now considering a, quote, proportional response. top advisers to president obama are now looking at how to respond to the hack that's sending shock waves far beyond hollywood. >> we have seen that this is -- that there has been destructive activity with malicious intent, and the administration believes that that activity merits an appropriate response from the united states. >> look at this! >> kim jong-un wants to do an interview with dave skylar? >> he's a fan! >> reporter: sony pulled "the interview" from distribution after most national theater chains pulled screenings. dozens of hollywood a-listers have ripped the studio for giving into the hackers. arguing, sony always knew the film would be controversial in north korea. >> we can't allow ourselves to be scared silent. >> reporter: george clooney, now the latest celebrity to speak out, telling deadline, this is a silly comedy, but the truth is, what it now says about us is a
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whole lot. we have a responsibility to stand up against this. meanwhile, top sony executives are still dealing with the fallout of the hack itself. studio president amy pascal met privately thursday with the reverend al sharpton to talk about racially insensitive e-mails about president obama, remarks for which she's already apologized. >> we express both of our concerns, so the jury is still out on where we go with amy. >> reporter: industry analysts say, because of the hack, sony could lose an estimated $100 million, as well as its ability to recruit top filmmakers. >> i have to think that right now are, people are going to be very leery of doing business there. i mean, everybody who works there, their personal information has been leaked online. and how are people to feel secure that this problem has been addressed? >> u.s. officials say they believe the cyberattack was routed through computer servers in taiwan after it was launched in north korea, but some experts wonder if there was outside help in designing that attack. we could get more information about that as soon as today. matt? >> halley jackson, thank you
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very much. chuck todd is nbc's political director and of course the moderator of "meet the press." chuck, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> so the president is going to talk to the press today. he'll be asked about this situation with sony right off the bat. and then the question, a larger question, how does the u.s. respond to what it has already called a national security threat in this cyberattack? what are the options? >> well, matt, that's what they're still trying to figure out. i mean, some options are things that we may not hear about until after the fact. it may be sort of a cyberretaliation. but i can tell you right now that one of the -- that phrase, proportional response, that's code for the white house is still trying to figure out how to respond to this. they know they need to. they know they need to finish the investigation. they do want to see, did north korea have help or is this uniquely part of north korea? and they also want to be careful about not giving north korea too much attention. there's always this concern that north korea does little stunts like this, whether it's -- in this case, it's a hack.
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the first time they've tried something like this, or those missile attacks in the past. because they're seeking attention. they want to get a public reaction from the united states. >> but they've got to come out with something public and visible, otherwise they have no way of warning off people who want to try something like this in the future, that it's not acceptable. >> well, and that's why, frankly, i think they're a little bit stumped on how to respond. i think that's why you've got that phrase, proportional response, which is code for, we haven't figured out how to respond to this yet, because i think you're right, they do think they need -- they know that some people need a public response, so they see that the united states is responding, but they think the more effective thing might be something that's covert. >> real quickly, he's also going to be asked about cuba today, and his attempts to begin the process of normalizing relations. already, you've got some key members of the senate, saying they'll block funding for the opening of an embassy there and they'll block the confirmation of an ambassador to cuba. how tough a fight is the president facing on this? >> i think he's facing a huge
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fight. i don't think president obama will ever have an ambassador in the rest of his term. i think we're three, four years away. there are a lot of people. i just came from miami. i was there yesterday and wednesday. there are a lot of people, particularly in the cuban community down there, while they're okay with trying this new policy, they are not happy with the way the president presented it. that he needed to show some more skepticism at the castro brothers. >> all right, chuck todd. chuck, thanks very much. we'll see you sunday on "meet the press." and by the way, nbc news will have live coverage of the president's year-end news conference this afternoon. >> all right. and natalie's here now with a disturbing crime that's making headlines all over the world. >> it's horrible. for the second time in a week, more tragedy in australia, this morning, with the discovery of eight children found dead in a home and a woman alive with stab wounds. nbc's sarah james is in melbourne. sarah, as we said, just a terrible story. >> reporter: it certainly is, natalie. police here are investigating a
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mass murder of children. a case the australian prime minister is calling an unspeakable crime. yet another horrifying shock for a nation in mourning. in the nosh australian city of can, gateway to the great barrier reef, news that eight children had been murdered, stabbed to death in this house, cheerfully decorated for christmas. the oldest, 15, the youngest, just 18 months old. >> it's shocking, eight children, begun. >> reporter: the mother of seven of the children is in the hospital, stabbed multiple times in the chest and neck. >> these events are extremely distressing for everyone, of course. >> reporter: police have not named a suspect and promise a full investigation. the murders come just days after a deadly siege in the center of sydney. two hostages died in the siege, as well as the gunman. now, days before christmas, another terrible loss. >> devastating anytime of the year, and obviously, some of the police who were at the scene
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earlier, a young junior officer. so we're providing the support for them. >> reporter: this is the latest in what has been a string of high-profile tragedies for australia this year. first, mh-370, then mh-17, then the sydney siege, and now this, natalie? >> been a very rough year. sarah james there in melbourne with that tragic the story, thank you. well, there's been yet another big computer breach. the government says the files of more than 40,000 federal workers have been compromised by a cyberattack at key point government solutions, a federal contractor. officials have begun notifying workers that their files could be in jeopardy. cyberattacks have targeted several government agencies this year. world stock markets are higher this morning after a huge day on wall street on thursday. the dow soared 421 points, its biggest one-day gain in three years, to move back within striking distance of the 18,000 mark. the jump came after fed chair
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janet yellen says he doesn't expect interest rates to rise in the next few months. police in memphis are looking for whoever opened fire on a fedex driver on thursday. the driver was shot inside his delivery truck by what officials say was a high-powered rifle. he is in stable condition. no word on a motive. officials in los angeles now say that massive fire at an apartment complex under construction this month was definitely arson. no one was hurt in that fire that caused up to $30 million in damage. after sifting through the debris, investigators determined the fire was intentional. a frightening incident in houston, where a man is recovering and thankful to be alive. it all started when a tire apparently came off a truck on a nearby highway and it crashed right through the window of a clinic. 77-year-old manuel mendoza was inside and was knocked to the floor when that tire came flying in, sending glass everywhere. he was shaken up, but fortunately, not seriously hurt. the clinic's owner says it is simply a miracle that man is
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alive. >> those things way so much. >> and moving so fast. >> it's incredible. thank god he's alive. >> you missed one story. >> what was that? >> i feel bad, but you missed one. there's a breaking story. savannah guthrie's little baby, vail, look, her first plane ride! and she tweeted a picture this morning. >> she's good. >> wow! >> and she's traveling without her folks. >> that's really incredible. >> that's great! >> hope they have a great time. >> have a good one, guys. >> mr. roker, what's happening? >> as we look around the rest of the country today, we expect to see a real mess in the pacific northwest, into northern california, more heavy rain there. again, rain through the gulf coast. looking at some snow showers in now, walmart is your go-to place for all things lego. all at unbeatable prices. they've got lego teenage mutant ninja turtles sets, lego friends and this unbelievably cool emmet's construct-o-mech from the lego movie. hey, check out the lego mini-figure i just made action anthony! what's his super power? being breathtakingly handsome.
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she doesn't know what pretty is... 'i know.' anncr: save $25 when you open a walmart credit card account and spend $75 today. then get another $10 when you make another $75 purchase. walmart good morning, a blustery kay. heading out the day. bund up. the temperatures will warm up into if lower 40s. colder tomorrow, clouds and sunshine sad and sunday. as winter arrives sunday evening just after 6:00. then a warmup of sorts on monday as rain moves in and the warming trend continues through christmas eve. a high of 60 degrees with rain. drying out on christmas day. have a great day. and that's your latest weather. >> al, thanks so much. it was a bittersweet night on comedy central as stephen colbert ended his nine-year run as host of "the colbert report." and he did it in pure colbert
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fashion. we willie is here with more on that. >> it was the curtain call for stephen colbert, the character, as we meet the real stephen after he takes over for letterman next year. last night, the man who gave us truthiness and the word, saying a final good-bye to colbert nation. stephen colbert opened his final show with a message to his viewers. >> folks, if this is your first time tuning into "the colbert report," i have some terrible news. this is -- this, in fact, this, in fact, is your last time tuning into "the colbert report." >> reporter: and said good-bye as only he can. >> my fond farewells, angry adioses, and my lukewarm laters. >> reporter: with a star-studded sing-along, including bill clinton, george lucas, and patrick stewart, that looked ahead to his next gig at the "late show." while retiring his long-time blustery persona, a satire, he
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says, of conservative pundits. >> i'm not a tough guy. this is all an act. >> you're breaking my heart, bill. if you're an act, then what am i? >> essentially, everything out of his mouth was the opposite of the point he was trying to make. so he was doing this jujitsu act, constantly. >> why should i care what any actor says about politics or international relations, other than ronald reagan, arnold schwarzenegger, and fred thompson. >> reporter: a comedic contortion act that went way beyond late-night and into the halls of congress. >> just to have scientists develop vegetables that pick themselves. >> reporter: staging a massive rally on the washington mall. >> hello, america! >> reporter: and famously roasting president bush, to his face. >> i believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. and by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in iraq. >> reporter: beginning next summer, colbert's new formidable opponent won't be himself, but longtime friend and time slot
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rival, jimmy fallon. >> you think you can take me, old man! >> i'm like ten years younger than you. >> reporter: leaving behind his memorable character and a unique legacy that blurred borders of politics and comedy. >> a truly sophisticated and elaborate political satire, the likes of which we haven't seen on television. >> reporter: and never will again. >> okay, that's the show. >> cbs has not yet announced the date of colbert's first "late show." we do know, though, that letterman will sign off on may the 20th. jon stewart said a couple weeks ago, never before and never again. you had a character that you're rendering in realtime, reacting every day to the news. to do that for nine years is almost impossible. >> brilliant. >> and we're excited to see how he really is on letterman. >> i don't think anybody really knows who he is. >> but he will be stephen colbert, right? >> he was stephen colbert before the show, so i think he's sticking with it. >> he'll be michael colbert.
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>> willie, thank you very much. as you can imagine, that finale was a who's who, everybody was there. people online going nuts for the big so long from stephen colbert. in fact, colbert report and colbert finale both trending on twitter and facebook yesterday. star-studded lineup there. and online, lots of responses. get to it. the president writes in, after nine years, the best source of truthiness is coming to an end. congratulations, steven. but bill clinton writes in, but i know we'll meet again some sunny day. steve martin the great writes, congratulations, stephen colbert on a long career that's just beginning. there he is, stephen colbert. interesting to see what he does on cbs. but, sir, a job well done on comedy central. back to you. >> thanks, carson. >> thank you very much. just ahead -- >> hi, i'm jeff rossen. if you have fur coats on your christmas list, you may want to check it twice. is it real or is it fake? the country's biggest retailers advertising one thing and then
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you get something entirely different. we're testing it out and we have the results you need to see, coming up. plus, misconstrued. amid new allegations, bill cosby's attorney speaks out on bill clinton's remarks on how the black media should cover his scandal. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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good friday morning. it is cold out there. let's get right to the first alert forecast with meteorologist bill henley rnl we're waiting for sunshine. the clouds are with us to start with. it will be some time before the clouds start to break and we'll get some sunshine to start the warming process. already 37 degrees. that's a little warmer than yesterday. it's certainly above freezing. until you factor in the wind. we're seeing wind at 10 miles an hour in philadelphia. so the wind chills this morning have been mainly below freezing. it feels like 30 degrees right now in the city. it's busy on the roads. let's get a chaek on that
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morning commute with katie zachary. >> volume is definitely building. we're fol lugdo an accident on ruth 30 by pass eastbound. there is some delay building because the left-hand lane is out because of the accident. so traffic is moving around that. it's getting around it but it is a little slow. we're also following an accident scene, modena road is closed. today is the busiest day for air travel. one reason, several schools are on holiday break. right now no major delays at philadelphia international airport but there are flights moving a few minutes behind. it's the last day to order gifts that will make it to you in time for clas mas with standard shipping. another update in 2r5 minutes.
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back now on a friday morning, december 19th, 2014. we're heading into the final weekend of shopping before the christmas holiday. >> yes, have you finished? figured that out? >> a couple more? >> loose ends. >> let's talk about what's making headlines today. president obama is scheduled to hold his final news conference of the year today. the president and his family leave tonight for a two-week vacation in hawaii. olympic legend michael phelps is appearing in a baltimore court this morning to face charges on drunk driving charges. he was arrested back in september, checked into rehab five days later, and was later suspended by usa swimming for six months. and if you're shopping online, you need to act fast. for most stores, this is the
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last day use standard shipping if you want your gifts to get there in time for christmas. coming up on a new "rossen reports," the new deal on faux fur. is what you think fake actually made from real animals? >> wow, okay. this is an interesting story, especially this time of year. would you be able to forgive somebody who nearly killed you? this is why one woman is now fighting for the man who shot her in the head in a florida parking lot. it's a lot about forgiveness. >> tell you more about that coming up. let's begin this half hour, though, with bill cosby and his camp saying the comedian was not asking for special treatment from the black media when he told a reporter he expected fair coverage. nbc's stephanie gosk is here with the latest on that. hi, steph. >> reporter: good morning, matt. well, bill cosby's lawyers on thursday said the embattled comic's comment about what he expected from the, quote, black media, were taken out of context. this comes in a new allegations from a woman who says that cosby allegedly drugged her back in 1988. bill cosby fighting back against
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allegations he asked black media reporters and outlets for preferential treatment in the midst of his sex abuse scandal. on thursday, cosby's lawyer released a statement saying, in part, to the contrary, he asked that they adhere to journalistic standards and approach the story in a neutral manner, without a predisposition on either side of the story. it is, of course, what we would expect of all media. last week, facing mounting allegations from some 20 women, who say the actor sexually assaulted and/or drugged them, cosby broke his silence, telling reporter stacy brown, the african-american media should be impartial. >> i only expect our black media to uphold the standards of excellent journalism and when you do that, you go in with a neutral mind.
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>> reporter: cosby's lawyers have vehemently denied the allegations. he's never been charged and just this week, both his wife and daughter issued public statements of support. >> the very kind of man who would rape women, allegedly, is the same kind of man who will rape an entire black community. >> reporter: cosby's attorney called those comments by georgetown university professor and commentator, michael eric dyson, mean-spirited and reckless. in a statement to nbc news, michael eric dyson says, "i do not wish my words to distract from the larger issue. mr. kcosby's hurtful and unjust views of black america and serious allegations about mr. cosby's sexual misconduct. i pledge to keep the focus on the matters at hand with the professional respect that mr. cosby and all others are due." meanwhile, a new allegation from a woman accusing cosby of drugging her in 1988. the woman, who identifies herself only as lisa, appeared on "dr. phil" in an interview set to air today. she says she was 21 when she met cosby, who offered to help her
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with her career. >> you don't really know what happened? do you know if he raped you? do you know if he molested you in some way? do you know -- you don't really know what did happen? >> no. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell nbc news that so far, only one woman has come forward to officially accuse bill cosby of sexual assault, despite reports that cosby is under a full-scale investigation. >> stephanie gosk, thank you very much. let's switch gears and head over to al with the weather. >> announcer: today's sunday night football weather is brought to you by nfl mobile, exclusively from verizon. >> and we're looking south right now, where we've got some heavy showers and thunderstorms stretching from dallas, houston, all the way into new orleans. and in fact, we look for those showers and thunderstorms. look at houston already, rush hour is a mess, and looking at more of the same in houston as
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well. what's happening? low pressure developing along a stationary front, secondary front will form, low pressure will form and bring more moisture up out of the gulf and so rainfall amounts over the next 72 hours, anywhere from 1 to 3 inches for new orleans, all the way into the panhandle of florida. rest of the country, we are looking at a real mess in the pacific northwest. rain around the gulf coast. here in the northeast, partly cloudy to fair skies. temperatures, though, a little on the chilly good morning. a blustery day. heading out the door, bundle. . the temperatures will warm up into the upper 30s and lower e 40s. winter arrives sunday evening just after 6 clock. abwarmup of sorts on monday as the rain moves in and the warming trend continues through christmas eve. a high of 60 degrees with rain and drying out on christmas day. have a great day.
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back now at 7:40. this morning on "rossen reports," what some experts call a huge deception by the country's biggest retailers, advertising one thing but selling you something else. "today's" national correspondent jeff rossen is here with more on that. >> most of the time i'm standing here talking about companies advertising products as real and selling you something that's fake. but this morning, something totally new. some of the company's biggest stores selling you something called faux fur, but it's actually made from real animals. believe it or not, it's sometimes cheaper for the stores to use real animal hair than manufactured or fake. so many of you are walking around right now, thinking you're supporting animal rights, wearing faux fur, but you're in for a big surprise. we're braving the cold and the crowds on a holiday shopping spree, to find that perfect gift. on hour list, designer boots,
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cozy sweaters, and trendy jackets. all of them trimmed with faux fur. >> right here, this says faux fur. >> faux, or fake fur, is most popular than ever. >> we're all for the fake fur. we love it. >> reporter: a recent study showing nearly 100 million americans think buying and wearing real fur is morally wrong. >> i don't want see the point killing animals for that kind of money, just when you can get, you know, a fake one looks just as good and it's warm. >> reporter: so retailers are advertising faux fur by the rackfuls this season. but our "rosssen reports" investigation has discovered a secret. >> it's actually fur from a rabbit. >> a rabbit? >> reporter: that's right. this fake fur isn't fake at all. at the malls and online, we saw some of the biggest retailers, including neiman marcus, nordstrom rack, belk, jackety, and gilt group, proudly advertising all these items as faux fur. we bought them all, suspecting
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some could be real. three jackets, one sweater, and a pair of boots. >> they all feel pretty soft. this is a little coarser than this one, but i can't tell the difference what's real and what's fake here. so we sent the items to microtrace labs in chicago, where scientists tested the hairs using powerful microscopes. we bought this sweater at nordstrom rack, and you can see the sleeves have, what they're calling, faux fur on the trim. what is it? >> it's actually rabbit fur that's been dyed. >> reporter: yep, a fury little rabbit. >> the customer would have no idea this is rabbit. >> not unless they take a look at it under the microscope. >> reporter: what about this michael kors jacket we bought from belk department store. online, it's advertised as faux fur, but it says, real animal fur on the tag. you tested it, which is it? >> it's real animal fur from a coyote. >> customers didn't want to support animal cruelty, yet
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they're doing it and not even knowing it. >> reporter: pierre calls it an outrageous deception. he runs the fur-free campaign for the humane society of the united states. why are these companies going to the trouble of getting real fur and selling it as faux? why not just sell the faux fur? >> actually, some of the good faux furs can be more expensive to use when making jackets or other garments than low-quality animal fur. they may use animal fur just because it's cheaper. >> reporter: but it's not just rabbits or coyotes. check out these two coats from the popular brand jacketi. >> it's actually real fur, from an animal from a called raccoon dog. >> reporter: raccoon dogs, and don't be fooled by the name, they're not raccoons, they're wild members of the dog family, perhaps being worn right now by unsuspecting customers. but the biggest offender of all, neiman marcus. two different employees told us these boots are trimmed with faux fur. >> contains faux fur, 55%
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polyester, 45% silk. >> reporter: and it's advertised online the same way. you tested it, what is it really? >> it's actually real rabbit hair. >> yes, more rabbit. and believe it or not, neiman marcus has been caught doing this before. just last year, the federal trade commission charged the retailer for selling real fur as fake. neiman marcus settled and promised not to do it. this time, they blamed their vendor, aquatalia for mislabelling the boots. aqu aquatalia telling nbc news, it was an inadvertent error. >> they have to fix the problem. they're deceiving their own customers when they do this and they're deceiving the american public. >> reporter: this morning, our investigation is already getting results. neiman marks has removed these boots i have on the table right now, guys, that we showed on that report, from all their stores and online. when we contacted the other companies, they all apologized for the errors, promised to step up their training, and offered refunds for any of you watching
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right now, concerned that you bought one of these items and you wanted it to be faux and it's made of real animals. a lot of you wondering, how do i tell at home. i have a web extra, some easy do-at-home tips you can do right now before you leave in the morning to check. >> was it hard to find these or were they everywhere? >> they're everywhere. didn't have to hunt that hard. >> by the way, are your real? >> i think you know the answer. coming up on trending, when was the last time you did it? why no one seems to rsvp anymore? and carson's in the orange room with our search for the wildest holiday ♪ it's only for a couple nights ok. yep. it's my parents' rules. ♪ baby. can i help you? no, uhhh i just brought a card...
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. >> good morning. happy friday. if you're heading out today, you'll want to bundle up. let's get to the first alert forecast with meteorologist bill henley. >> the clouds are moving through the area keeping sunshine at bay. you can see the clouds blowing past blue mountain this morning. the temperatures, well they're not looking pretty. above freezing, yes, in philadelphia. but factor in the wind which is going to stay with us until this afternoon. it feels like it's below freezing in much of the area. 10 mile an hour wind in philadelphia. 30 degrees the wind chilled in philadelphia. 28 degrees is what it feels like in wilmington. a cloudy start. gusting winds and into the 40s today. let's get a check on the mourning commute with katie
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zachary. >> the route 30 bypass, an accident just cleared but unfortunately there's a residual delay. significant delays between route 1 and the exit for valley forge. for all of you hitting the roads heading to the philadelphia international airport, no delays there. christine? >> happening today, the center for disease control will give us an up date on the flu. 14 states have wide spread flu activity. opinion pennsylvania is one of those states. we'll learn more about the big new year's celebrations happening in the philadelphia area. michael nutter and dana red will announce the plans for their zis in a few hours. the featured events will include
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the fireworks and the mummer's parade in center city. another update in 20 25 minutes.
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today today_8. today, coming up, flu concerns. and the power of forgiveness. >> you don't have to forget, but you have to say, i have to forgive you, because i have to move on. >> meet the remarkable woman fighting to free the man who nearly took her life. and the museum's main man. >> run! >> ben stiller stops by to talk about his newest blockbuster and weighs in on the sony hacking scandal. today, december 19th, 2014.
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>> good morning, charleston, south carolina! it's her birthday! >> merry christmas, john! >> from new york city! >> good morning, georgia! >> merry christmas, from tennessee! >> i'm the bride to be. i love you, taylor! we're back now. 8:00 on a friday morning. it's the 19th day of december, 2014. see my people. >> carson's got some friends over here. >> what's your name? >> carson? >> what? >> i named him after you. >> you did, for real? i've heard rumors of this, but it's true. >> it's true, i did.
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>> i could never find a cute kid with my name on it, but now more parents are -- i love these two. merry christmas, good to be here. >> where you from? >> missouri. >> welcome, welcome. good to have you. >> how great is that, carson? >> i didn't know that was going to happen. >> coming up a little later, trying to buy last-minute gifts. we have a whole bunch of things under 50 bucks, whether it's for a friend or a boyfriend, we'll let you know what those are all about. first, let's go back inside. natalie's got the top headlines of the morning. >> good morning to y'all, once again. the white house is considering what it calls a proportional response against north korea for the destructive hacking attack on sony pictures. officials believe it was north korea that launched the cyberattack to retaliate for the movie, "the interview," a sony pictures comedy that pokes fun at that country and its leader. the film's release has been canceled because of threats against theaters. the issue is being handled as a
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serious national security matter. the president is likely to face some tough questions about north korea at his end of the year news conference which will take place this afternoon and nbc news will have live coverage of the news conference at 1:30 eastern time. and the president will likely be pressed about his policy to end cold war policy against cuba. it has angered many here in the u.s. are you seeing anything like that there in cuba? >> reporter: nothing like that here. we've found nothing but widespread support for the plan to improve u.s./cuba relations. the people here it will bring in more visitors, money, goods, and opportunity to the island. but in parts of the u.s., particularly in the miami area, where there's a large cuban exile population, there is anger over president obama's plan to normalize relations. the miami representative says it, quote, appeases the castro regime at the cost of the rights
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of cubans. meantime, a number of large u.s. corporations are watching all of these developments very carefully, waiting for the day when perhaps they can start doing business deals here in cuba. natalie? >> mark potter in havana. thank you, mark. the flu season is ramping up with more people seeking medical attention for their symptoms this year. the cdc will have an update today. we're joined by nbc news contributor, dr. natalie aczar. which parts of the country are we seeing are having the most cases of the flu? >> the greatest activity right now appears to be in the south, as well as the northeast corridor. so we have a little bit of the midwestern states, but as you can see on the map, the northeast as well as the south and the southeast are being hit the hardest, although all parts of the country are being affected. >> and why are people still at risk, even if they've had this year's flu shot? >> well, a number of reasons. number one, traditionally, the flu shot does not give you 100% protection. it's roughly at 50 to 60%. and the more recent concern is that there have been a variant strain of the most virulent one, this h-3 strain and it's drifted
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a little bit, from genetic mutations. even though the flu vaccine is supposed to be covering that, it's only 50% effective for that particular strain. but it's still very early in the season. as the season progresses, we may see a different scene predominate. we are still recommending the flu shot for pretty much everybody. >> everybody, all right. dr. natalie aczar, thank you. the secret service needs a shake up at the top and more manpower, according to an independent panel created in october. after a serious of security breaches, the panel calls for hiring hundreds of new agents and officers. it also says new leadership should come from outside the agency's own ranks. and it recommends that the fence around the white house be raised by at least 4 feet to keep intruders from scaling in. officials in texas have released a sketch of the suspect wanted for shooting and wounding a television weatherman. police say forecasters patrick crawford was shot early wednesday in the parking lot of the nbc affiliate in waco, texas. crawford is in stable condition
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after surgery. the daredevil in this video went viral. he might want to think twice before he tries this again. he was cruising expertly down this long, narrow road on his skateboard. but no amount of skill could prevent what happens next. fortunately, it looks like nobody was hurt here, but it certainly was a close call and a wild ride, indeed. it's 8:06 right now. too close for comfort. time for a check of the weather with mr. roker on the plaza. >> announcer: today's weather is brought to you by wink. wink makes the smarthome accessible by bringing the best brands together on one simple app. start building your smarthome at >> we have another huge crowd! look at all of these people hanging out with us today. man, a lot of them brought toys over the last days of our toy drive, very nice. let's show you what we've got as far as your weather is concerned. for today, we are looking, we're
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looking at next week. monday, we've got a storm system coming through the great lakes and we're also watching wet weather make its way up the mid-atlantic coast by monday afternoon. and then as we get into tuesday, more of the same. wet weather, strong storms along the southeastern atlantic coast. snow back through the great lakes. sunshine out west. christmas eve, we start the morning off with snow around the great lakes, an icy mix moving into the northeast and snow conditions in the rockies and then christmas day, again, more of the same. so the moral of the story is, if you can get out of town this weekend, that's when you do it. good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. a blustery day. headed out the door, bundle up. the temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s, but the wind will stay with us through the day. colder tomorrow. 30 in the morning, 40 in the afternoon. clouds and sunshine saturday and again on sunday as winter arrives sunday evening, just after 6:00.
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then a warm-up of sorts on monday, as rain moves in. and the warming trend continues through christmas eve. a high of 60 degrees with rain. drying out on christmas day. have a great day. that's your latest weather. >> i just -- i thought it was over. all right, coming up on trending, awkward! the most cringe-worthy family holiday photos you can imagine. plus, ben stiller is here to talk "night at the museum" and a lot more. hey, ben! >> how are you? and the remarkable boy on a mission to make sure every kid has a toy for christmas. nice story. but first, these messages.
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all right. we're back at 8:11. time for what's trending today. this is the time of year we do a lot of end-of-year lists and things like that. let's take a look at some images of the most memorable sports photos of the yore, thanks to the folks at business insider. some of these, you'll recognize. there's michael phelps, making his come back in mesa, arizona. love that, with the water, the wave ahead of him. here is a motorcyclist gliding through the dunes of a chinese desert. tiger's first baseman, miguel cabrera spitting out water during the playoffs. how about this, taking a tough one to the jaw. and check out this one from a hockey game in canada. players looking great thanks to a setup from the home team at the visitor's bench. >> it's an ad for breast cancer awareness. >> right below the visitor's bench, so they all looked like they were wearing tutus.
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if you're headed to a holiday party this weekend, the question is, do you rsvp? >> absolutely. >> most times. >> let me tell you what i tried to do. i wrote, quick question, when you get an invite, and if you type out rsvp in twitter, it comes out, taco. >> it auto corrects it. >> anyway -- yeah, not great. "the wall street journal" says that more people are ignoring rsvps. and etiquette expert lizzy post suggests it's because you don't want to commit to those kind of things. do you respond? >> you have to. if you're having a party, you want to get food and make sure you have the head count right. >> but i have a hard time with an e-vite. if you get an e-vite at a tough time, on a plane or something and you can't respond right away, and then you forget. >> i'm a firm believer in a hard vi invitation. >> you did not have your christmastime for the first time in forever.
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>> he actually did. >> you didn't know? >> people e-mailed us, are you having your party? we just didn't have it this year. >> we love surprises around here. and here are two good ones for the holiday season. first, the folks at the comedy group improv everywhere, they gave an unsuspecting family in new jersey, i think it was, an unsuspecting christmas gift. they show up to sing a few carols. that's the first surprise. and as you watch, this keeps going and getting better and better. look at the kids' faces. ♪ >> that is awesome! ♪ >> and the santas start throwing fake snow around.
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this is the best christmas ever. and it's all just part of an improv group. >> that is amazing! how about another christmas surprise one young woman will never, ever forget. >> will you marry me? >> what?! >> serious. >> oh, my god! >> that is kevin marin finding a simple but memorable way to propose to his high school sweetheart, molly, right in the photo booth. got every second. >> that's right! so they got their pictures. >> awesome! >> really cute. >> so cool. this next set of images, unforgettable for a different reason, because they're just plain awkward. this morning, has a new roundup of awkward family photos, this is the holiday edition. it's full of those, what were they thinking moments. all the holiday cards from babies who didn't take to santa, the matching outfit fails. you can find more of these awkward photos on our website -- >> that's my favorite!
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>> there's a thin line between awkward and genius. >> oh! >> which side do you think he was on. >> he was on the awkward. that one's awkward. >> that's what's trending today. coming up, now to a remarkable story of forgiveness that many may find hard to understand. today, shanell jones is here with that story. >> debby bakery is a mother of two, a body builder, and a magazine publisher. 25 years ago, she was shot in the face by a 13-year-old boy who was later sentenced to life in prison. but now, debby wants to see him freed. >> so, from behind, i hear, i'm serious, give it up. >> reporter: debby bakery still hears those words as if they were spoken yesterday. >> turned around and the gun was like right here. and then he shot. it went right in my mouth. and it went out my cheek. and had i been looking any other way or had my head up or down, i would have been dead. >> reporter: in fact, it was
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1990, nearly 25 years ago. the shooter, ian manuel, was trying to rob her. he was just 13. three days later, police caught up to ian. he confessed and was sentenced to life. for the next decade, debby suffered from excruciating pain, multiple surgeries, and emotional trauma. >> and those were times that i hated ian. >> reporter: but just one year after the shooting, at christmastime, debby got a collect call, from ian, in prison. he wanted to apologize. >> and i was, like, shaking and, you know, just very, very shook up. by hearing his voice. >> reporter: it was a short call. neither one knew at the time, but a healing process had started. they exchanged letters about his family and his troubled past. and slowly, debbie's anger at the boy turned into sympathy. >> of course, i went back, and for many years, back and forth, between anger, sadness, pity. i felt everything. the whole gamut.
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>> reporter: and it was a rocky road for ian. he was a problem prisoner, who spent years in solitary confinement. but debbie saw something more in him. >> i knew he was intelligent, i knew he had a, a good heart. >> reporter: they developed a connection. the victim and the convict. she helped him get his ged, testified in favor of reducing his sentence, and she's forgiven him. >> when you forgive, you really are setting yourself free. people who get to a point of forgiveness actually are healthier and happier individuals. >> anybody has the capacity to forgive. you don't have to forget, but you have to say, i have to forgive you, because i have to move on. >> you should know, three years ago, ian's sentence was reduced to 65 years, but debbie says he's already served enough time. she thinks he should be released. she also has two adult daughters, and neither understands her compassion for ian. in fact, she says, they don't
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even want to hear his name. but ultimately, it's what she needs for healing. >> life for a 13-year-old. and i guess it was an attempted murder charge. >> yes. >> it seems kind of excessive. >> now the supreme court has ruled, if you commit a crime and you're a young person and a person doesn't die, you can't get life. but that was his sentence at the time. so she's working on his behalf to get him freed. he's had some problems, he was in solitary confinement there for years. so as far as she's concerned, she's released that part of it. >> but such a terrific example. >> the sentiment of that is nice this time of the year, too. >> happy holidays. >> shanell, thanks. let's head over to matt. >> hoda, thank you very much. the "night at the museum" franchise, one of the most successful of all times. ben stiller is back in "the secret of the tomb." this time going across the pond on an epic quest to save the magic that brings his historic pals to life. take a look. >> i'm half irish, half jewish. >> you are? i love jews! we own 40,000 of them! >> such lovely people. >> here we go. >> they were very happy. always singing with the candles.
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>> yeah, they really weren't happy. >> really? >> no, they left. they spent about 40 years in the desert trying to escape. >> oh? >> yeah, we have dinner once a year and talk about it. it's a big deal for us. >> hey, ben, welcome back. good to see you. >> how are you, matt? >> let's start with the obvious. it's a little bit of an unusual time to be releasing a movie right now. a lot going on in hollywood. what's your take on all of this? >> well, you know, i think it's unfortunate that we have to deal with this, honestly, in this day and age and what's going on. and you know, i think our country is all about freedom of speech and freedom of self-expression. and so when we start to engage in self-censorship, that's influenced by intimidation from people or governments who just happen to not agree with the point of a movie, i think we're denying the audience their right to see. >> do you fault the people at sony? what options did they have once the threats were leveled at theaters and moviegoers? >> i don't know, i'm not on the inside of it, but i know the
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government said these aren't credible threats. it's a tough situation, i don't envy the situation they're in, but i think the audience has the right to choose what they want to see. >> i think one thing that could come positive out of this, this particular week, you've got a comedy coming out at a time when another comedy was going to come out that's not even here. you may actually find a lot of people saying, i just need to blow off a little steam and have some fun in the theater. and this franchise has just been incredibly successful over the years. >> yeah. it's crazy. i mean, when we made the first one, i remember thinking, will anybody go and see this, it's a crazy idea. it's, you know, nobody really knew the book that it was based on, and the tone of it was little bit like, was it a comedy, was it an adventure, a kids' movie, what is it? >> i remember seeing the first one and thinking, my gosh, there should be 30 of these things. one of the things that's happened, which i read about last night, the attendance at natural history museums around the world has actually gone up about 25% since you started releasing these movies. and you get a cut of all those
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tickets, don't you? >> oh, yeah, those big museum receipts. no, i mean, it's great. our generation, we grew up going to museums and pre-digital age, and i think it's been affected by kids looking at screens and all the different things that you can do that, you know, don't involve your imagination as much as when you go to a museum. >> there's still magic when you go to these places. >> and you fill it in, fill it in yourself. >> what's the magic tablet have in store for us this time? >> it's corroding, starting to malfunction, and the creatures are starting ing ting to sputtd they might actually -- their lives might be ending. so we have to figure out what's wrong with it and go to the british museum to find the pharaoh who -- ben kingsley, sir ben plays, who made the tablet. >> i love how you threw sir ben in there. you've attracted in this series, a lot of a-list actors, who have come -- ben kingsley, just the latest one. were you ever surprised they signed on so easily? >> yeah, from the beginning, though, we got a great cast and, you know, just starting out,
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mickey rooney and dick van dyke, just from the very beginning, people like that. and i think people love the tone of it. and they know they can come in and have fun. and sean levy, the director, really encourages people to improvise and it's, you know, it's an atmosphere where you can kind of do your thing. >> you mentioned mickey rooney, an icon of the golden era of hollywood. he passed away, not long after working on this. when you look back at when he became popular, is there a part of the hollywood system back there that you wish you could have been a part of? >> i mean, i love all those old movies. and mickey was such a -- he was a multi-talented guy. he could sing, he could dance, he could play the drums. he did drama. you know, that was a time when, you know, movie stars had to do all that stuff. so, you know, to be able to have a chance to work with him a little bit and talk to him about those times, and he had just crazy, amazing stories about showbiz. so, yeah, no, lucky to have had a chance to work with him. >> another iconic actor is robin
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williams, who this is his last appearance in a movie, he passed away not long ago. he made so many things look easy when it came to comedic acting, as someone who was in that area of the business, do you ever marvel at how easy he made it? >> oh, yeah, robin was always an idol of mine, since i was about 12 or 13, from "mork and mindy omindy," on, so i never got past being a fan. but he had this amazing ability to be comfortable around him and make everyone feel they were equal, but he was really the genius. >> i know you tweeted something like that when he passed away, which was very poignant. i was reading an article about you last night and two words caught my attention. fiber flex. you literally, growing up as a young kid, you had a fiber flex skateboard. >> with road rider wheels and bennett trucks. >> so did i. and you found one recently? >> i was online and found one on a site and i guess i let my wife know and apparently she's getting it for me as a christmas
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present. >> but you say it's kind of touched a place in you and takes you back to a happy, innocent time. >> very emotional. it just opens up this -- all these feelings and the memories of being a kid. and you say it's like a song or something, you know, it's really -- and i have so many great memories of that time. and just seeing that object really brought them all back. >> you didn't have the man from gun too, right? >> no, i was more of a "star trek" guy. >> "night at the museum: secret of the tomb" is in theaters today. if you have not finished your christmas shopping, we have gifts for under 50 bucks. we've got jewelry, bacon, we've got it all, coming up after this.
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good morning. i'm christine maddela. the sun has yet to make an appearance on this friday morning. let's get right to the first alert forecast with meteorologist bill henley. >> we're going to have to be patient in that regard. lots of clouds extending to the shore today. that's a live, cloudy view from the marquis de lafayette hotel. those clouds are going to be hanging in there, keeping things pretty chilly to start with. a slow warm-up. right now 37 degrees. the temperatures really not climbing much at all so far, in part because of the wind that's still blowing. it feels like it's in the 20s and low 30s. winds of 10 miles an hour will be up to 20 miles an hour at times with high temperatures in the very low 40s. >> for a look at our morning commute, here's first alert traffic reporter katy zachry.
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>> christine, for drivers on 76 eastbound, there is a disabled vehicle. let me get out of the way. you can see it's been moved over to the shoulder. police are on scene. there are some cones, but it's not affecting anything. traffic is getting around it just fine. still, it is a little slow going between the vine and the blue roulette in both directions on 76. and of course, we still have an accident investigation in chester county in modena. modena road is closed at union street and overhill road. you can take woodward around that. christine? today, four of the five public school educators accused in a cheating scandal are scheduled in court. the teachers and a principal from sky yuga elementary school with facing charges after officials say they took part in a cheating operation to raise test scores on a state standardized exam. they claim the teachers helped students get the right answers on those tests over a five-year span. we'll have another local update in 25 minutes. i'm christine maddela. back to "today."
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it's 8:30 now on this friday morning, 19th of december, 2014. now, there's something you don't see every day. that's ben stiller, collecting gifts as part of our holiday toy drive. the star of "night at the museum: secret of the tomb" out here lending a hand. we appreciate that. that movie opens today. >> very sweet. >> and this is the final day of our toy drive.
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and we want to thank everybody who made it such a success. with your help, get this, we managed to ship an estimated $30 million in gifts to 172 family charities across the country. that's pretty incredible. >> we have a lot of people who work very hard on that here and our hats go off to them. >> since 1994, almost $394 million. >> sweet, sweet. >> they do a great job. >> all right. coming up, we have a great story here. wait until you meet the boy whose generosity has earned him the nickname, santa sam. remember that. plus, the you still have some shopping to do, don't fret, because we have got your gift guide here today for anyone, any age, all under 50 bucks. >> all right. lots to get to. let's get a check of the weather from al. >> reporter: this portion of today is brought to you by
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"night at the museum: secret of the tomb," now playing. >> and back, we have some more folks here who have some toys for our toy drive. we'll get to those in just a second. let's look ahead, first of all, starting with today, we have wet weather down through the gulf coast, a mess in the pacific northwest, through northern california. the only good news, it's helped their drought a little bit. that's good news. saturday, more wet weather with snow in the pacific northwest. rain along the southeastern atlantic coast, plenty of sunshine throughout much of the country. sunday, we're looking at plenty of sunshine in the northeast, snow, as you get into the western plains. sunny skies from texas into the good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. a blustery day. heading out the door, bundle up. the temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s, but the wind will stay with us through the day. colder tomorrow. 30 in the morning, 40 in the afternoon. clouds and sunshine saturday and again on sunday as winter arrives sunday evening, just after 6:00. then a warm-up of sorts on monday as rain moves in and the
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warming trend continues through christmas eve. a high of 60 degrees with rain. the drying out on christmas day. have a great day. >> it is barbara's 80th birthday. my golly, happy birthday. >> thank you! >> how long have you guys been married? >> 58 years! >> oh, my gosh. well, god bless you and merry christmas. >> thank you! >> good to see you both. let's go back inside. >> all right. thanks, al. so we've partnered with feeding america for today's million meals by christmas. for every dollar donated, ten meals will be given to people in need. and thanks to some great generosity here, perdue farms generated 111,000 pounds of chicken and pork. that's going to give us about 92,500 meals. we're just under 700,000 right now. the goal is a million. so what we're doing is extending the deadline. now we have a few extra days. we'll go past christmas until the end of the year. that means more time for our city challenge. the meteorologist from the city who donates the most will come
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to the studio and do the weather with al. still sitting at the top of the list, detroit, st. louis, and baltimore. so keep those donations coming. you can head to to help and thanks in advance. let's go over to matt and hoda. >> getting to the heart of christmas is brought to you by walmart, where you'll find low prices on this year's top gifts. >> and now to our special series, getting to the heart of christmas. as we work with walmart to spread some holiday cheer -- >> today contributing correspondent, jenna bush hager is here to tell us about a fifth grader from chicago who embodies the true meaning of the holidays. >> good morning! samuel love has a heart of gold. a little boy whose earned the nickname, santa sam. 11-year-old samuel love is preparing for christmas, but he is not thinking about himself. >> my name is sam love and i want to spread love across the usa.
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>> spreading christmas love to children who need it most. his passion to help kids started when he was only 9, moved by the devastation from hurricane sandy. >> i knew christmas was right around the corner and they weren't going to get anything, so i wanted to give to them instead of myself. >> so when you knew that these kids who are affected by sandy weren't going to get something, how'd that make you feel? >> the only thing that went through my mind was, whoa. >> reporter: so he started a toy drive, collecting 800 toys for kids affected by sandy. but he didn't stop there. last year, he gave 1,300 toys to the kids reeling from the tornadoes in oklahoma and the floods in colorado. his goal this year is to gather 2,500 toys for the victims of the tornadoes in arkansas. coined santa sam, he's become a hometown hero here in south chicago. inspiring the kids in his school
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to join in. when you give toys to somebody, tell me how it makes you feel? >> it makes me feel happy knowing i'm giving to other kids. it makes me happy and want to smile big. >> really big? >> really big. >> reporter: so for all his good deeds, we decided to surprise this modern-day santa. >> every santa needs his sleigh! >> reporter: his elves for the day -- >> i can't believe this! >> reporter: his family, grandmother josephine wade, mother, evette, and father, victor. we set off to do what makes sam smile, create a day of giving. >> okay, let's go! ho, ho, ho! >> look over here! >> an angel tree, when the salvation army grants wishes to all these kids who don't have any toys for christmas. so this little boy is 12 years old and he's hoping for a basketball, football, hat, sweater, and gloves. >> on behalf of walmart, here's a total of 100 wishes hanging on
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these trees, and we are going to grant every single wish today in honor of everything that you do! >> yes! >> so excited! >> next stop. >> ready for your next surprise? >> reporter: the nonprofit lvt enterprises, because of sam's generosity, walmart donated 100 toys to some well-deserving children. >> for him to be able to bless so many other people, just from one idea, one idea. thank you. >> you see that name? >> yeah. >> what is that? >> me! >> yeah! >> because you're so generous and you help out so many people, we felt it was time for you to get a gift.
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so on behalf of walmart, you have christmas gifts! ye yeah! >> oh, my god! >> i'm in love with sam! >> it's so cute. and he said, i said, isn't giving better than receiving, and he said, giving is so much better than receiving, although i have to say, when he received his toys, he definitely broke into that santa sam dance. >> but he did have that look on his face, when he was giving to kids, like he was getting something. >> it was all his idea. he said to his dad, i want to have a christmas party. and his dad said, no, we're not having a christmas party, and it was a christmas party to donate toys to sandy. >> his parents must be awesome. >> good job, jenna. really great. up next, some creative and inexpensive gift ideas with only six shopping days left until the holidays. but first, this is "today" on nbc. you used to sleep like a champ.
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back now at 8:41 with stuff we love, the holiday edition. it's your gift-giving solution for people of every age. and the best part, everything we're going to show you today is under $50. chasse post is a lifestyle editor at chasse, good morning. >> good morning! >> this is gifts for all kinds of people? >> all kinds of people. and there are still great gifts out there, but you've got to get cracking. >> the time is now. >> the time is now. >> something special about this segment, we have recruited some little elves from out on the plaza who are going to assist us. first up is micah. she's 6 years old. thank you, rudolph! >> hi, micah! >> we really appreciate it. >> this is so cute. >> tell us what micah brought us. >> micah brought us a cart full of bling, which all ladies need for the holidays, starting with
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these incredible statement necklaces, hoda. they are so fabulous. and what we love about a statement necklace, it's just as great on the red carpet as it is with t-shirt and jeans and these are from zarah starting at $29. >> zarah has the best stuff. >> such great stuff. >> and for the trending between, why not some sequin lounging accessories from great slippers to a matching, you know, icover and also to a little pillow. they're perfect accessories for the holiday selfie. $4.95 from h&m. >> great deals! micah, thank you so much! you can take your cart. >> thanks, micah. bye! >> all right, jimmy's coming up next. good try there, micah. >> great, jimmy. >> what did jimmy bring us? >> jimmy's bringing us great gifts for the guys and these hats are so clever. they're your baseball cap made over for the winter. so we now have flaps, dog ears, so your super fan can actively -- they all come down.
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your super fan can super fan all winter long. and these are from new era caps. >> this is the al roker portion of the program. >> bacon. who knew that a meat could be so trendy, right? so this is the original bacon kit. you can make your own bacon, just $22. >> and what makes this unique? >> it's so fantastic, you can cure your own beef and slice off your own bacon. >> jimmy, you did an excellent job. thank you! all right, thank you so much. go ahead and wheel that over. >> lexsy's coming in next. 10-year-old lexi. hi, sweetie. >> hi. >> lexi has really great gifts too. these are to help you unwind. we just had a rousing game of mini fuseball, they also have mini pool and mini air hockey, $29 from barnes& these are super fun. and have you ever seen a cuter yoga mat? >> personalized. >> we've got an "h" for hoda and these are from
8:44 am $40. you can order them today and they'll still get them in time for the holidays. >> and today is the last day for shipping to make sure it will get there on time. >> thank you, lexi. and our last adorable little elf happens to be cody. >> and cody is bringing us some sweet-smelling gifts, starting with the nest fragrances. >> you can't go wrong with these. >> you can't go wrong. these are fantastic. you can get them at the and we have grapefruit, which smells so crisp and light. >> i always thought these were pricier, but they stay within your range? >> they sure do, $38. these are fantastic and we love a home fragrance at guilt. >> what are these? >> these molten brown body wash baubles. >> they're filled with body wash? >> yes. >> they're filled with body wash. and molten brown is a hand wash supplier to the queen of england and these are just $15.
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i would say this is a pretty great gift. >> great job. let's bring all of our elves back in. this is going to be interesting to see how we'll fit the carts. come on, everybody. you can do it! bring it on in! >> oops! >> well, that's all right. if you're looking for more gift ideas, you can go to our website, all right. the football coach having an impact on his players, on and off the field. but first, this is "today" on nbc. excellent job, everybody!
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big crowd outside. we're back now at 8:47 with our ongoing series with the nfl, together we make football. this morning, nbc's josh eliot has a story of love and loss that's transformed the life of a high school senior and his
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coach. >> football is more than a game. in my case, we even became family. >> reporter: three years ago, when christian osterout was a high school freshman, he lost his father to als. >> so i called him up and i said, let's go eat lunch. and from that point on, we started eating lunch once a week. that began him coming over here to eat. >> at this point, my mom is also getting very, very sick. i was like, look coach, i don't know what's going to happen with my mom, but if something does happen, can i live here with you? >> and he said, well, my mom wants to talk to you about it. >> and she shared with us her hopes and her dreams for her son. >> reporter: christian's mother passed away in september. before each home game, one player's father reads a letter to his son in front of the team.
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>> amazing moment that i wish i could share with my dad, but having coach roberts, it's a close second. >> who would have ever thought when we started this program that you'd be sitting here as a senior, living in my house. in that time, i've learned more from you and how you've handled your struggles than i could have ever taught you. many people tell sarah and i what a blessing my family and i have been for you. i know they mean well, but they've all got it wrong. the true blessing is what you've been to me and our family. i consider you one of my sons. i'm proud of you and i love you. so proud of you. so proud of you. i love you. >> reporter: at a recent school pep rally, christian's courage was again celebrated and rewarded. >> there's someone that's come a long way, because he's so
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impressed with your story and your story, coach. mr. prime-time himself, deon sanders! >> wow! >> christian, coach, it's truly an honor to meet you both. your story, it inspires me, it encourages me, and i'm just so thankful, man, that i get to present to you this finalist football. you are in the finalist. it is my prayer that you make it to the super bowl. you don't know how much i identify with your story.
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i have three kids of my own, but eight living in my house. >> oh, man, we're gaining on you. >> oh, my gosh, that was so -- >> i want to finish that movie. >> now we've got this. >> that was really great. > >> by the way, now it's your turn to make a dream come true and send someone to super bowl 49. head to, watch the stories and vote for your favorite one. there are a lot of them. >> they're so good. >> and don't forget to watch the seattle seahawks take on the arizona cardinals sunday night at seven o'clock p.m. we're back in a moment on a friday morning. this is "today" on nbc.
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let's get some special birthday wishes from our good friend, willard scott. hey, willard. >> hey, new york. they picked the right guy. i'm 80 years old and i was just a kid when they built this place. the grifville inn in essex, in the great state of connecticut. happy birthday, evelyn sarquis from kelsey, california. 100 years old today and she's a beautiful painter. she can do marvelous work. hey, this is marion sharp, and she is from ft. lauderdale, 100
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years old today. loves chocolate candy. eats it by the pound. happy anniversary, they areman and nellie rexroad. and they are from rawlings, maryland, and they've been married for 76 years. can you believe that? happy anniversary to you. this is charles johnson from altadena, california, 102 years old. how about that? he says the secret for longevity, clean living. new york, you'd love this place. now, back to you. >> thanks, willard. got the gang here. what's coming up? >> holiday recap! >> we're going to recap our holiday party. >> holiday tipping. got some tips on tipping. >> and look at the fun we've had on the third hour. >> okay. got your own year-ender. >> we've got our own. and there is a clown in our year-ender. a very scary clown.
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>> thanks to hoda, for filling in today. >> my pleasure! >> she's
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good morning. i'm christine maddela. it's a cold and cloudy start to our friday. let's get the first alert forecast from meteorologist bill henley. >> christine, the clouds are hanging in there. we'll see some breaks of sunshine this afternoon, but for now, the gray skies are adding to the cold feeling. look at that, nothing but clouds in this view from the comcast center in center city. the wind is blowing. the flag moving here at the nbc
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10 studios. that's a 10-mile-an-hour wind in philadelphia. so, even though it's 38 degrees, it feels like 31 degrees. and the windchill an issue for the entire area. cold spot, the pocono mountains. no surprise there, where they're making snow this morning. we'll see clouds but nothing falling from them during the day today. happening today, a newly elected state senator in montgomery county will announce legislation concerning police officers and the use of deadly force. senator-elect art haywood says the bill will address the investigations into the use of deadly force by law enforcement. this morning a judge will sentence a man on rape, robbery and kidnapping charges in connection with an attack on a woman in philadelphia. rafiq smith attacked that woman near a septa platform back in march before robbing and sexually assaulting her. later this morning we'll learn more about the big new year's celebrations happening here in the philadelphia area. philadelphia mayor michael nutter and camden mayor dana redd will announce plans for their individual cities.
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the featured events include fireworks along the camden waterfront, and of course, the mummers' parade in center city. this year, the mummers have a new parade route. they'll start at 15th and market and march south on broad street. we will have another update coming your way in about 25 minutes. you can always get the latest news and weather on our website. just logon to now back to the "today" show. i'm christine maddela. have a great day.
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>> announcer: this is "today's take," live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> boy, that's a big, loud crowd out on our plaza on a friday morning, december 19th, 2014. enthusiastic, a little bit chilly outside, but can't beat -- al said it's not cold out there. >> don't say you're chilly around al roker. >> no, you said, it is so cold outside. and i said, it's not that cold. >> willie thought it was 10 degrees. >> pretty cold. >> i went across the street for the show and i thought it was very cold, for me. >> it's 38 degrees outside. >> i would say it's like -- >> 38. >> that's not bad. this is december.
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>> is it really? and run a coat when you run across the street. >> it's not officially winter yet. >> do you want to know why this is such an historic program? >> why? >> it's the last time the four of us will be together in 2014 on this show. >> wow! >> is that true? >> because of people taking vacations. >> i'm not making it up. al and i are out next week, the two of you are out the next week. that takes us deep into '15. >> we won't see each other together again in this table until 2015? >> that's right. >> i'm emotional. >> we do the christmas show. we do come back for that. and for new year's. and we come back for new year's too. >> and we'll all be here. >> that's right. and it's a magical time, because on that day, on new year's -- >> you travel -- >> you teleport? >> i go across the temporal plane, from new york -- >> in three minutes. >> and then i'm in pasadena with hoda kotb. >> he does it in the commercial break. >> the magic of television.
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>> i'm like the elf on the shelf. >> you really are. >> in many ways. >> i'm wearing striped underwear. some candy cane underwear. >> too much information, al. >> i like it, the dysfunction will continue for 2015? >> oh, yeah. we celebrated that yesterday. >> we did. we had a great "today" show holiday party at m groups venue at 409, down in the meat packing district in new york city, catered by catch. we all let our hair down and hang out. >> and thankfully there are pictures so we can remember. >> there he is. and there's the results of the selfie. >> we got to preview kathie lee's "today," the musical. >> when is that? >> it's december 29th. in the 10:00 a.m. hour. >> but sit down, grab yourself a bottle of wine or a cup of coffee, whatever you want with the musical, but it is
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fantastic. we had so much fun doing that. but here, again, our huge crew at the holiday party. we have to thank, also, buddy valastro from "the cake boss" for taking care of us with this gorgeous cake from carlos' bakery in hoboken, new jersey. >> can you imagine how many people it takes to make this show. was see "today" the musical, i was sitting in our venue yesterday, looking around, hundreds of people work on this show. i had to idea, until you see us all in one room, because you're usually here, there's people on this show, that show. but to see everyone in one room. >> because we have our graphics department, editing, all these different departments that are spread across -- >> spectacular. and we love them all. and it's great. >> they're not crazy about us. >> no. >> but we love them. >> i wouldn't be either. >> sometimes love is unrequited, but you keep loving. makes you love more, in fact. >> because you try harder. >> but that party is a good time every year to remember, oh, my
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gosh, look what it takes to put this show together. >> and we're all really lucky, they make us look good. >> but we keep coming back. there was a party yesterday, it's the last time, it's the farewell to stephen colbert and "the colbert report." this man for nine years has perpetrated one of the greatest political acts of just political satire that we have ever seen. here's how we started it off last night. >> folks, if this is your first time tuning into "the colbert report," i have some terrible news. this is -- this, in fact, this, in fact is your last time tuning into "the colbert report". >> the best opening line right there, right? >> genius. he's going to, obviously, as we all know, take over on the "late show" for david letterman. there weren't any guests on the show until the final moments, and it's like, okay, we didn't have any guests, and now it's a guest tsunami. look at this chorus.
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♪ we'll meet again ♪ don't know where ♪ don't know when ♪ ♪ but i know we'll meet again some sunny day ♪ >> willie nelson! >> doris kearns goodwin, arnold schwarzenegger. >> what a list of people there! >> brian cranston. >> you taught -- >> big bird! >> is that cyndi lauper? >> it's like watching the "we are the world" video where you keep going, look who's in it! >> barry manilow! >> who else could pull that range of people together? that's crazy! >> fantastic! >> and george lucas is in this group. >> the cookie monster. david gregory! >> there's the cookie monster.
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>> david gregory got out of the big bird suit. >> and bill clinton singing. >> so great. we're going to miss colbert, but look forward to seeing -- >> we don't know when he starts, david letterman, may 20th. >> some time next summer. >> what do they do in the middle? re-runs. >> summer re-runs. >> okay. >> which i don't think people appreciate how hard it is what stephen colbert did, every night, to be in character, and just dealing with whatever the news is that day. it's not -- you can't premeditate some of the things he does. you have to react in character. >> there was a poll that people thought that his character was real. he was so convincing, that some didn't realize that it was a spoof. >> we're going to get, to really get to know the real colbert, or colbert, now, right? it will be interesting to see who he really is. i think we've become so accustomed to seeing his personality as his character. >> and he's got a heck of a singing voice. >> give fallon a run for his
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money. there are so many talents -- >> oh! >> so many talented people! >> hold on a sec! i like him a lot, but i don't like him that much. >> listen, who butters your bread? >> just saying, they're all genius and musically inclined. pointing out the realities of the world. >> mm-hmm, mm-hmm. >> leave it to me. >> jimmy fallon just woke up, what?! >> why'd they give stephen colbert that -- >> we love you, jimmy, but that's the last time we're going to mention stephen colbert. we ever never going to show him again. >> make up your mind. >> why are we even talking about him? >> his sister is colbert, she ran for office. oh, a miracle. there's been a miracle. >> a christmas miracle. >> a christmas miracle, hanukkah miracle, whatever. just slap the word on miracle, according to one of our team members i'm going to out in a minute, young adam. okay, here's adam, adam called in on the conference call that
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al missed and you said, tamron, there's a miracle. >> this is a christmas miracle. >> and i said, oh, my god, what, a baby born in a manger, you know, what do you mean, a miracle? here's the miracle. >> tell them. >> a woman from tucson, arizona, has been reunited with her missing luggage. and it's been missing for two decades. a miracle. >> that is a miracle. >> here's how it played out. maria delos got a phone call about her luggage that it turned up in tsa's lost and found. this happens often. she thought it was a bag that she recently lost back in august. >> a different bag. you know, apparently she can't put a tag on her bag. but no, no, no. >> attacking the victim. >> which maria also translates to mary, the mother, of the miracle on christmas. get it? >> oh, you're going with the miracle. >> i'm going to sit over here. >> i think you're making a lot of friends right now. >> that's a fact.
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maria is mary. it was a christmas miracle. anyway, instead, it was a bag that she lost 20 years ago. and what was in it? >> i don't know. >> i know. >> art supplies. >> but apparently all still good and very valuable. >> it's a miracle. she gets it back. >> here's the interesting thing. so she's lost luggage -- so this next grouping of luggage will be about 2025. >> exactly. >> i just love that maria is the miracle worker at this point and i love that adam embraced the story. >> you kind of attacked her. >> i didn't attack her. >> "she didn't put tags on her luggage," and she may very well have. >> maria, call me, i'll text out my personal number. >> if she didn't, how'd they find her? >> tsa finds their way. maybe there's art supply with her name on it. >> from 20 years ago? >> maybe a hand-written point in the bag. >> it is a miracle. >> can we switch gears?
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>> i didn't smack you, i just tapped you. >> that's how it starts. >> oh, is that how it starts? >> anthony, can you get that shot over there over tamron's shoulder, our little guy, our elf on a shelf. elf on a shelf extremely popular. this guy is everywhere. it's amazing, santa sends him, makes sure that kids are behaving well, and parents love them, because he's keeping a watchful eye and he reports back to santa. >> he tells santa whether kids are behave organize not behaving. >> he magically appears and is in a different place every day. >> have you noticed how elfy has become a little mischievous this year? he's popping up all over instagram, facebook, everywhere. in our house, he was getting into the white chocolate, getting into the kid's white chocolate. also playing a little blackjack. >> he has a gambling problem?
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elfy, hitting the sauce. >> natalie! >> there's some empty bottles of wine at the end of the night. >> what's wrong with you?! >> the two of you? >> i say maria didn't have her tag on, and you've got elfy on the juice. >> here's the thing, elfy has been all over instagram doing crazy things this time of year. >> you've scared al. >> drinking and gambling. >> womanizing. >> okay, that's it! you're off. you're out! we would like you to go to our facebook paycheck and post your photos -- >> you've seen the photos. i'm telling you! >> we know that he's a good elf. she's a good elf. >> wow! >> you, on the other hand! >> elf is having fun this holiday season. >> too much fun! he's going to end up in therapy. >> guys, i think it's good we're going to have -- >> there are photos, al. they're out there. >> i think it is -- >> send us your pictures. >> what is wrong with you, woman? >> you sound like my son, now. >> your son said, what's wrong
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with you, woman reque? >> he said, chillax, woman. >> might be a visit from social services. and i'm making the call, okay? we start off tuesday morning, we've got a real big problem coming up, and we're not talking about natalie's house. wednesday morning, look at this, a big storm system in the ohio valley, snow behind it, wind and rain ahead of it. the moral here is, if you can get out this weekend, do it. because there are going to be major travel problems christmas eve. snow and wind from chicago, cincinnati, detroit, all major hubs, minneapolis as well, a lot of rain in new york into boston. this lasts right on into christmas morning and christmas day, so we are looking -- some folks are going to get a white christmas and that will be a good thing, but look at this, next week's storms, extensive airport delays expected, with damaging winds along the great lakes. heavy rains east of the great lakes, heavy snow in the great lakes, lake-effect snow. some areas picking up to 6 inches of snow. 1 to 3 or 4 inches of rain
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through the southeast. airports are going to be a mess, so leave yourself extra time. good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. a blustery day. heading out the door, bundle up. the temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s, but the wind will stay with us through the day. colder tomorrow, 30 in the morning, 40 in the afternoon. clouds and sunshine saturday and again on sunday as winter arrives sunday evening, just after 6:00. then a warm-up of sorts on monday as rain moves in. and the warming trend continues through christmas eve. a high of 60 degrees with rain. then drying out on christmas day. have a great day. >> and that's your latest weather. >> thank you. >> you had a nice event yesterday. >> oh, my gosh, i got a chance to give the commencement speech at temple university. it was amazing. these are some of the journalism students who will likely be sitting on this desk talking about the elf having issues. but thank you guys so much. it was the most nerve-racking,
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the fray and actually said, hollywood, we need to rally behind. and he's just suggested to sony that they release it online, as a sort of a freedom of speech. >> they've lost a lot of money, meanwhile. anywhere from $100 to $300 million. >> crazy. all right, next question, the picture number 15. this is from right here from our plaza, right? >> no, this is times square. >> those numbers were on our plaza. >> this is from times square, a million people every year goes from times square. and that ball drop has been going on for new year's. i can't wait to see the concept. >> on to russia, where we can see some stunning real estate. let's take a look at it. what is that? and does someone live there? >> that's crazy? >> i feel like i've had too many wi glasses of wine for breakfast. there are houses like this in russia, china. >> why would they do that? >> it's in our selfie culture, who doesn't want to play around with photos. there's an upside down christmas tree in there.
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good morning. i'm christine maddela. let's get your friday forecast from meteorologist bill henley. >> it is a cloudy one so far. we are watching the skies for a hint of sunshine, and the clouds are trying to thin out a little bit. you can see it in this view from the mellon bank building. those clouds are hanging in there for now, and so are the winds at 10 miles an hour. not as windy as yesterday, but it's certainly not as sunny, either. 38 degrees right now at philadelphia. that's up a degree in the last hour. still in the -- right around the freezing mark for the windchills. it feels like 31 degrees in philadelphia, 28 right now the windchill in millville and dover. cloudy skies to start with, but we should see some breaks of sunshine this afternoon.
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and the slow climb into the low 40s this afternoon. those temperatures held back by winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 miles an hour. you can expect airports to be packed as we head into some of the busiest travel days of the year. experts say today is the busiest day for air travel because many schools are off for holiday break. at this point, though, we checked in at philadelphia international airport. no major delays. if you're a procrastinator and ordering things online, today you're up against a big deadline. it's the last day to order gifts that will make it to you in time for christmas with just standard shipping. for a list of other shipping deadlines as well as our holiday gift giving guide, logon to our website, atlantic city's trump taj mahal will stay in business, for now, anyway. billionaire investor carl icahn is pledging $20 million to keep the taj open through the bankruptcy process, another deal to try and save the casino as well as its 3,000 jobs. that fell apart yesterday.
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you talk about clouds. >> oh! >> willie has the best reaction. >> look at that right cross. i didn't see that when it happened. >> i punched the thing right out of here. >> i was gone. i was cowering in the corner. what people didn't see on the other side, that was a bloody clown with a knife. that was not a friendly clown. >> your reaction would have been different if the clown had a happy face? >> yeah. >> he levitated! >> that was just one of the many memorable moments -- >> look at natalie -- i like natalie's face too. >> she's like praying to the heavens. >> willie's like lifting himself up in the air. >> and for about a month after
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that when we walked in, we were looking up. >> which is the gift that kept giving. >> i still find myself every once in a while -- >> you know, there are trapped doors here. >> you're so diabolical, mr. roker. >> that's just a glimpse of all the fun we had -- >> in just a few minutes, you'll see the entire year. a look back. >> a mashup of all the fun. >> all the fun we had. >> call everyone you know and get them to the television. >> that's right! >> you know, weather's fun! >> it is fun. >> and you have a lot of fun with your guests doing the weather. >> i have, indeed. let's show you what we've got for today. wet weather down through the gulf coast, an icy mix in the pacific northwest. cloudy here in the northeast, temperatures a little chillier than usual, but nothing all that horrible. 63 and partly sunny in los angeles. tomorrow, look for the sunshine to continue in the northeast, great lakes. we are going to start to watch this storm system develop down through the gulf. also, another one will be developing out into the midwest, and you can see coming out of the pacific northwest, bringing
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snow to the western plains. sunny skies, texas on into the plains, we expect a decent day. again, along the eastern seaboard. but, if you have to travel, if there's any way you can get out this weekend instead of waiting until next week, d good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. a blustery day. headed out the door, bundle up. the temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s, but the wind will stay with us through the day. colder tomorrow. 30 in the morning, 40 in the afternoon. clouds and sunshine saturday and again on sunday as winter arrives sunday evening, just after 6:00. then a warm-up of sorts on monday as rain moves in. and the warming trend continues through christmas eve. a high of 60 degrees with rain. then drying out on christmas day. have a great day. >> and that's your latest weather. okay, so the next few days, people tend to show their appreciation for those who help us all year long by giving them a tip. of course, the question we always ask, how much. >> and diane is an etiquette
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expert and she's here with some good guidelines to follow. diane, good to see you. >> nice seeing you both. >> i think if people had a brinks truck, we could give everybody as much as possible. >> but that's not the reality and we have to scale it down. >> where is tipping not appropriate? is the mailman okay? i do it? >> the mailman is not okay. >> really? >> they can receive a gift valued at up to $20, but no cash. they can get a gift card from you if it's not a cash equivalent. so the u.p.s. drivers, the delivery driver -- >> because that's a private group. >> they can expect nominal gift or tips at their discretion, and fedex, nominal gift, no cash, no gift. >> but the odds of you having the same u.p.s. fedex driver out there. but there are people you see regularly. >> that's right. >> for example, your nanny, your babysitt babysitter, and something like that. >> and how can you not gift or
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tip someone who's taking care of your beautiful children? so you want to give equivalent to one week's pay, and for the babysitter, you know, they're usual a college student or a high school student, so you can give them one day's pay if it's a friday night or a gift card. you know, you know they need something for their dorm or they need something in high school, who doesn't need a whole bunch of stuff. >> so people who make us feel beautiful, our manicurist, hairstylist, hairdresser. >> i don't have a hairdresser. >> you know who they are. they know who you are. and we get to have -- we grow a bond with them throughout the years. and that's why we go to them. >> we love them! >> so give what you -- show your appreciation, based on that tip. you know, think of it as a bonus. and if you don't want to give them cash, give them something that they have said they want. >> the cost of one visit. >> that's good. >> your newspaper delivery person. >> so if you know and you see this woman or this man or this high school student and they are
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really, you know, timely, $10 to $25, $30, if you never see them, if they throw your paper in the mud, you've got to think about it. >> you happen to have someone cleans your home for you or helps out. >> just like your nanny, you get to know them and trust them, you want to give them equivalent to one week's pay. if you can't do that, you hear that they need something, they need a coat, are working purchasing towards something, some tires or something, give them a gift card. >> so you live in the 'burbs and got lawn care, your trash collector. if the trash collector is a city trash collector -- >> you cannot tip them. you cannot give them cash, but you can give them some goodies. i don't know how you're going to stand around and wait for them. but if you really want to, you can call the utilities company. if they're not a government employee, you can tip them. again, you call the utilities company, put it in an envelope with your address. because they will know you by address. >> city dwellers who have doormen. and this day, it's more than just one person.
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they have a whole staff. >> so let's talk about the doormen briefly. they are your first point of contact. so really, they know who comes in and out, they know your children, they know your children's friends. they really are far more than just someone who opens the door for you. they're the eyes and ears. so you really want to show appreciation to your doormen. when you have a lot of doormen, you really have to make that decision. $50 is a starting point. you can go up from there. but it's up to you and who shows -- >> garage employee, $25 to $50, and a dog walker, one day or a week's service. >> and they pick up the puppy's poop, okay, they take your puppy on a walk, think about it. >> i'm thinking about this, diane. thank you so much. up next, grab the kids. we've got your weekend plans all figured out. we're making super simple cookies for santa. >> got to give santa the cookies! >> look, natalie and willie are testing them out. >> these are now, walmart is your go-to place for all things lego. all at unbeatable prices. they've got lego teenage mutant ninja turtles sets, lego friends and this unbelievably cool
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we have some really cool recipes and easy ones for kids to paycheck this weekend. >> debora is the founder of super mom and the author of the super mom's guide to simply super sweet and treats for every season. good morning. >> thank you for having me. >> great to have you. these are so easy and i'm just in awe of how beautiful they are. >> thank you. well, we're all about perfectly imperfect moms. and this time of year, we're all so busy. who has time to go crazy? so all of our ideas, you take store-bought ingredients, you transform them into mini master pieces. not only this time of year, but also throughout the year. >> ava's bringing out some cookies for santa. and they're adorable little christmas tree cookies. >> those are our christmas tree cookies. do you want to help me make these? >> sure. >> let's give these a go. >> i'm perfectly imperfect. >> you just pipe it around the little kiss here, so it's served as a little mold for you. and just do little -- >> oreo? >> start with a chocolate sandwich cookie and you can dip
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it a little bit like this, to get it a little sticky, and then you can add a little kiss right on the top. >> that's the tree. >> you look like a professional. have you done this before? >> i've decorated cakes, but i'm clearly not really good at it. >> that's okay, we'll call it a christmas bush. >> perfection! >> it's good. >> if you use a star tip, it works even better. >> the star tip makes it more like that. now, that's my boy, dylan. hi, dylan. >> thank you, sir! >> these are oh, so easy santa cookies. and we have these in a couple little steps, but once again, if you just take the piping -- oh, it's willie's turn. and you can add a little beard -- >> beard them up. >> just little pulses, just like that, right on top of the peanut butter turkey. and you can add sprinkles, you can add little eyes to them, little nose and mouth. yep! we'll put his little nose on there. >> that's how you create the
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face. >> and that's what you end up? >> you don't have to buy the cookies, get an oreo or your nutter butter. >> and next we have powdered sugars snowmen. look at them. so cute. >> super easy ones too. >> super easy. take your powdered sugar donuts and stack them on a stick. and willie, if you want to add a nose right there, and natalie, maybe some gumdrops. do you want to pipe? two little eyes. and a little coal mouth on there. and you can add, as you can see, we've got a little scarf that we piped down there as well. >> not working too well. >> that's okay. >> willie, i give you an a-plus on that one. >> like i say. >> there it is. there we go! >> and that's what it looks like in the end. let's bring ava out one more time. what do you have? >> these are little reindeer pops. >> these we can all do. we've got a marshmallow on a
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stick, we're going to dip them in the chocolate. and if you've got extra time and you want to take a little -- >> let it dry? >> no, you're going to put it straight on top of the antlers. we've got our little pretzel andler, and then you can decorate them. i love these little candy eyes are fantastic! >> while we finish decorating, let's bring out our guys again. thank you so much! you've done a great job. now enjoy some of the fruits of your labor. get a cookie, guys. >> grab one! >> up next, do you remember this moment? what happened? i didn't dunk tamron. >> i did that. >> how about our little single ladies dance off. that was good. >> that was good. >> or one on one with shaq. we'll relive some of our ♪ people with type 2 diabetes come from all walks of life. if you have high blood sugar, ask your doctor about farxiga.
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>> it's been really nice to see how the show has evolved into being this sort of spontaneous, unscripted -- you never know what's going to happen during the take. >> hey! >> ahh! >> when you have those fun moments, where the viewer sees you as their friend, that's the icing on the cake. >> if i run the administration, the next one, i'll have you in it. >> i think that's a reason for you to run right there. >> i think our strong point and probably our flaw is that i think we sometimes forget we're on tv. ♪ all the single ladies ♪ all the single ladies >> ahh! >> whoo! >> go! >> i think 2014 has just been a knockout year. we added a new family member, tamron joined us. >> thank you. >> she's added a lot of fun and spontaneity and a lot of edge. >> i texted al right before
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>> i'm starstruck. i'm starstruck. i can't believe they're here. >> we've really had some great guests, who have gotten in the spirit of the program, which is somewhat controlled anarchy. >> that's it! >> are people still comfortable telling us their secrets, because they see the dysfunction in a sweet way. >> i was crying with while the total eclipse and throwing really weak punches, and everyone's like, get this guy out of here. >> my dog swims with a life jacket in a pool in los angeles. >> jeff goldblum sits down and starts tickling the ivory and we just joined around him like it was christmas carolling time. >> josh gads, olaf, love you! ♪ let it go, don't hold it back anymore ♪ >> giddyap! >> i hear you guys are great.
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♪ >> best-smelling guest we've ever had. >> stop it! >> if there's one word to describe our hour, it's spontaneity, what you see is what you get, and sometimes you're going to get a whole lot more than you even thought you were going to get. >> unpredictable. >> we didn't want to leave you -- because you talked about clowns! oh! oh! oh! >> it's even unpredictable for me. i don't think we know sometimes what's happening. >> come on, mom! >> change the radio! >> this is who we are. we're being ourselves. take it or leave it. >> we have this sense of camaraderie and we're having a
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good time. >> can't wait until next year! >> so fun to watch that! >> all you guys, thank you. >> yeah, thanks to all of you. >> we need a camera on those people there, but then behind the scenes. >> can they leave the camera and come over here? >> we want to thank our producer, carrie burns for that piece, research, and amanda starns, you are editor, graphic artists and thank you to all our producers in the control room, our director, it's been an awesome year. >> great job. >> thank you, guys. >> and thank you to all our viewers. >> and let us be spontaneous most of the time. >> we're back in a moment. this is "today" -- >> that was spontaneous!
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good morning. i'm christine maddela. let's see what mother nature has in store with first alert meteorologist bill henley. >> good morning, christine. we've got lots of clouds and the temperatures, they're starting to climb a little bit, but the wind is blowing out of the northwest. as you can see with this live view from center city. those northwesterly winds doing two things. they're blowing the clouds into the area. they're going to stay put for much of the morning. and they're keeping a lid on the temperatures. it's 38 degrees in philadelphia
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now. 39 in northeast philadelphia. and with the wind blowing, it feels like it's in the upper 20s and low 30s. so, really, it doesn't feel any warmer than it did earlier in the day. so, the forecast is calling for a breezy and cold and a mostly cloudy day with temperatures into the low 40s. happening today, the centers for disease control will give us an update on the flu. according to the cdc, at least 14 states have widespread flu activity. doctors say pennsylvania is one of those states, and the flu season could get worse before it gets better. you could fight the flu by getting your flu shot today in allentown. the allentown health bureau is offering a free clinic at the east side youth center. anyone 6 months of age or older can get the shot until 11:00 a.m. you don't need insurance or an appointment. today, north philadelphia's wakisha charter school will close its doors. the school was supposed to shut down next tuesday, but according to our news partners at newsworks, they decided to move the date up to today.
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they say dwindling teacher and student numbers are the reason they're closing early. another update in 25 minutes. you can always get the latest news and weather on now back to "today." i'm christine maddela.
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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody. it is that day you've been waiting for. >> what? >> try day ay. >> yes, it is. >> what day is it? >> december 19th. >> what? >> six shopping days. panic should be about to settle in right now. >> and we have plenty of help to keep your holiday spirits high. >> yes. >> you can take -- it can take a toll on your relationship. we called in the experts to help you survive the season successfully. >> i like this crazy duo. >> yes, they work beautifully together. >> yes, they do. >> what family do you visit this year? >> you have to split.
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decide where you're going to go and who you're going to be with. we'll talk about that stuff. if you're a walking stress ball this time of year -- >> that sounds bad. >> there is a guy coming here named andy puttycomb. he'll show you how to meditate and chill. >> yes, he's like an ordained buddhist monk who juggles -- is a circus act. >> he's a juggler. >> only in america. and bobbie is here with unique jewelry finds. >> bobbie thomas. >> all right. you know what, you guys, i have a lovely announcement to make. you guys are so generous and we raised so much money for the salvation army, people who i feel very bad they weren't able to get the book, i'm going to publish 1,000 more of "good gifts". >> yes, you are. >> i'm excited about that because every penny of the profits goes to the salvation army. >> a lot of people have been asking about that. i'm glad it is available. >> isn't that nice? >> you'll be busy, aren't you? >> i am. i will be at the fort belvoir
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military base in virginia tomorrow, from 4:00 to 6:00, to sign my stuff. come see me. i'd love to say merry christmas to you there. >> a huge weekend at the movies this weekend. a lot of people will see "night at the museum," third in the seri series, called "secret of the tomb." it opens tonight. ben stiller is back in action. security guard. those are the things that the natural history museum where things come to live. here is a sneak peek. >> how are we doing? >> let's go. >> perhaps we could use some help. >> the others? >> i couldn't sit idly by. our survival is at stake. >> good. the man to handle a crisis. tilla, a little muscle. >> hey, larry. >> that's a deceptively large ox. >> we came along too. >> you know you'd be lost without us. >> are you serious? >> and the monkey.
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basically everyone. >> looks fun. >> good. >> i have this weird feeling, hoda. i feel like somebody is staring at me. >> oh, i don't know. oh, no. oh, no. >> you know what i want to say to him? >> what? >> i had, hu >> hi, hun. attila the hun. >> i think he said -- >> thank you. >> those are beautiful. >> thank you. >> did you look at those? >> they're dead -- >> but the sentiment. having a bad hair day? look at that. >> almost coquettish, the look he's giving you. >> he's cute. will you stay with us the whole show today? don't go. >> did he say something about me? >> no, hoda kotb. >> what about her? what have you heard?
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>> caca? >> a lot of caca. >> i hear attila the hun has the hots for klg. we'll explore that in depth later on. attila, hang out, okay, hun? >> please, god, help me. what did i say? okay. okay. i guess he's staying. you all have been posting some of -- bye, hun -- your holiday pictures on our facebook page. >> some of the trees are incredible. this is amanda's. a cactus tree. i bet you she's from arizona. >> probably is. >> beautiful. >> kayla wilson has a snowman. >> that's cute. >> very cute. >> connie made a santa tree. look at that. this is so clever. >> this is shannon's christmas tree in a cage.
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the toddlers can't get to it. >> someone did this, the perfect tree of all, a wine tree. >> it is all wine bottles. >> wow. >> so we got to get one of those sent to us every year. >> wow. >> your creativity is admirable. >> it is. >> you showed me this the other day. i was so -- i was blown away. >> this is such a -- you know often you see commercials this time of year and they're touching. this is one done by apple. it is called the song. just to key it up. a young girl who discovers a recording that her grandmother made back in the '50s of her grandmother singing a song for her grandfather. all right. take a look. >> it is really special. >> my darling, you can't be here for the holidays, we'll always be together in my heart. ♪ it's very clear our love is here to stay ♪ ♪ not for a year but every day ♪
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♪ in time may crumble my tumble ♪ ♪ they're only made of clay ♪ ♪ but our love is here to stay ♪ ♪ it's very clear our love is here to stay ♪ ♪ not for a year p but forever and a day ♪ ♪ in time it may crumble it may tumble ♪ ♪ they're only made of clay ♪ but our love is here to stay ♪ >> oh, my god. that's the best commercial ever. >> thank you, jerry. >> that is beautiful and
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awesome. >> don't you wish our daddies were here? >> yeah. >> isn't that so great, though, that memory too -- >> yes, it is. >> so let's have hot chocolate. >> all right. >> enough of that. >> when i'm in a funk, i feel the blues, i like to eat. so they sell these things -- this is called hot chocolate on a stick. you buy -- you buy these little sticks, and you get some warm milk and you take it and you -- >> plunge it in. and you let it sit and the chocolate melts -- >> warm milk, not hot milk. just warm. >> you can see -- >> hoda is having almond if you're worried about her. >> nobody cares. >> yes, they do. everybody cares. everybody loves you. >> okay. so you let it go and -- >> yours is melting. >> mine is melting. >> you sip it and you have a nice warm cup of cocoa. they have different flavors of coffee. you eat the -- i think --
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>> you can do that too. yours is chi. are you enjoying it? >> it is $25 for a pack of five. called ticket yours isn't chocolate. i forgot, yours is chi. >> okay. >> you know what it is time for? >> my friday funny. >> i've got some holiday jokes for the kids who might be home there today. okay. why did santa have three gardens? >> why. >> so he can go ho, ho, ho. how much did santa pay for his sleigh? >> i don't know. >> nothing it was on the house. one day santa looked out side and said what is the racket? and mrs. klaus said it's nothing, rain, deer. >> our first baby is cory may lynn carter born on november 6th
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from virginia. her parents mickey and brandon say their daughter is a good baby who loves looking at the ceiling fan while eating. >> next to leo rollo adams born on november 24th. he weighed ten pounds, ten ounces. his parents jennifer and michael offer this advice, accept and appreciate all the help family and friends have to offer. >> with a baby that big, a lot of help. >> now to a baby born in medfield, massachusetts, on october 28th. his name is drew gardener spellman, his parents say their son is a happy baby who just started to smile when he sees his mom and dad. >> our final johnson's baby of the week is sarah elizabeth frazer born on november 27th. thanksgiving day. in west palm beach, florida. parents say their daughter was born with a full head of hair and offered this advice to expecting parents, enjoy your new bundle of joy and be the best loving and caring parents that you can. >> great advice. thank you, congratulations to all of our babies. here is a question, is it okay or not okay to trash a
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former interview guest? >> here's what we had to say about that. >> it is never okay to trash anybody. >> well, if you have an issue with a guest, you should talk to them about it privately. but i kind of understand the temptation. >> i've seen you do it. >> not a lot. >> but enough. >> whatever. whatever. >> strange question to begin with. >> it seems weird. i don't know who is doing that anyway. >> look who's looking over there. >> you know what? >> what does he want? >> just lurking. >> kathie lee, modern man. >> oh. he does have -- >> he has the hots for you. he's trying to show you he cleans. >> he's good in the kitchen. which could only mean -- >> what? >> he might be good other places. >> what does that even mean? >> the garden, ho, ho, ho. >> he looks like a child kind of, a little, doesn't he? >> very hairy one.
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>> no, his -- the way he looks at you, like a little child. okay. and you go to his family or yours. look at him. very strange. >> our expert answer your relationship questions for the holiday. >> he's not leaving, okay. he's not leaving. >> good in the kitchen. >> good, good, good. this portion of "today" is brought to you by night at the museum, secret of the tomb, now playing. [ man ] i think this is a good time to tell you: you're doing okay, mom. i can call you "mom," right? i know we haven't known each other very long, but you seem like a real keeper. you're not perfect. but you're trying. anyway, i want you to know how much i appreciate you. you know, right? how much i love you. you're doing okay, mom.
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are you confused by your partner and just need a little help managing a specific part of your relationship. >> here to give us the advice we love and need is relationship expert and host of i heart radio's love live with matthew hussey, matthew hussey. >> here with francesco hogi, founder of made to measure >> hello, you dynamic duo. >> we loved the two of you before. >> a lot of sexual tension, it was great. >> a lot of sexual tension. >> we worked it out. >> it's fine. here's the question, around the holidays, often there are two sets of parents to go visit and the question is where do you go and how do you work that out? that's a trouble spot that comes up a lot, right? >> it is. i think you go see your family and they go see theirs. >> okay to be apart. >> look, i think people get too caught up in it. you spend the rest of the year together, your family and i don't mean to be morbid about it, but your parents aren't
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going to be there forever. those people, you have a limited amount of time with and that's the one time of year you know everyone will be together. >> what if you don't like your family? >> then go to his family. >> i disagree with you, matthew. i think it depends where in the relationship you are. at some point, if you're a team and really a unit, you should be spending the holidays together. maybe you need to have a new tradition, spend one holiday with, you know, one person, take turns and, you know. >> a lot of people do that, one year we go to my mom and dad's and the next year -- >> another issue is relationships tend to fall apart during the holidays, i don't know if it is because of the pressure, but why and does it happen a lot? >> it does happen a lot. statistics show on facebook the amount of statuses changing, relationship statuses changing peaks two weeks before the holidays. >> why? >> i think the holidays is the time you can't fake it. the rest of the year, you're busy, you're on the treadmill, you -- >> everyone is at work, coming
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home, they're pretending, passing ships in the night. >> a lot of time. >> in the holidays, you're tegt y together, you can't fake it anymore. >> there is pressure put on people individually during the holidays and add the couple factor on top of that, a lot of relationships can't withstand it. they fight about whose parents to go to and -- >> the holidays precipitates a breakup, gets people to do -- >> it is probably the expectations we have. >> the gifts. >> everything. the best christmas ever. and -- >> new year's is going to be my -- >> this time of year people are feeling reflective and starting to look forward to a new year and thinking about your life and thinking about what you want and it is really, you know, time to reassess. >> megan asked this, me and my ex broke up eight months ago. he wanted to take a break and i got mad and ended the whole thing. i miss him and i've been in several other dates with other guys, but none of them interest me like my ex does.
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i feel like i should have just gone along with his plan to take a break. do you have any tips? >> wow. really classic scenario. former relationship amnesia, you look back and say where i am now isn't as good so maybe i should have gone along with his horrible plan anyway. there is no difference. there is no difference between a break and aback breakup. a break is a coward's breakup. >> i agree. he was so great and he only wanted to take a break. a break from being with you is a breakup. a lot of times are -- they make excuses, they create situations -- >> they create a situation where you have no choice but to breakup with them. >> he didn't come back in the eight months, so didn't work anyway. he had a break and still didn't come back. >> and didn't say, no, no, no, once she said, it is over, he didn't say, wait, wait, wait, i don't want it to be over. >> happy holidays to you.
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>> go to, click the connect button if you want matthew and company to answer your questions. >> that's right. thank you so much, you guys. walking around, how to meditate in a whole new way while you're out and about. poor bobbie. look who's with her. >> already dumped me for bobbie. >> more on shopping after this. you used to sleep like a champ. then boom... what happened? stress, fun, bad habits kids, now what? let's build a new, smarter bed using the dualair chambers to sense your movement, heartbeat, breathing. introducing the sleep number bed with sleepiq™ technology. it tracks your sleep and tells you how to adjust for a good, better and an awesome night. the difference? try adjusting up or down. you'll know cuz sleep iq™ tells you. give the gift of amazing sleep, only at a sleep number store. find our best buy rated c2 queen mattress with sleepiq. know better sleep with sleep number. emma, it's simple, when you are in a place like this, the best way to capture the moment is to feel it, even if you can't see it.
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start around $25. celebrities are obsessed with her line. and then i like the goddess collection. there is a different sort of wish you could wrap a loved one in and there is a special price, $50 now for holiday price, limited time only. >> pretty. >> i like them. i love gifts that are special, especially jewelry. has to have meaning behind it. something else unique i found, jewelry of the day. these are hand crafted pendants by an artisan in europe. you have 50 necklaces in one. you peel off each day to reveal a new necklace, jewelry, brooch or knot. >> interesting. >> wow. >> i think some people who like the arts and crafts will like this. >> i think that's fun. >> this one is up your alley. i come up and move the cross on your necklace. this always happens to people. this is a balancing bead. great. you hook it to the back, it keeps your clasp in the back so you don't have to have the clasp turning all day.
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another genius all day, clean your jewelry in the dishwasher. have this great cleaning cage, put your little pieces inside the egg and this cage, stick it in the dishwasher, they come out great. >> what a great idea. >> if you want to know the latest rage, emojis are the biggest thing in jewelry. emoji earrings, you can have great little pendants, around $24 to $48. you can find lots of amazing -- >> those are cute. >> all right. thank you, bt. did you wait until the last minute? >> hodi did. we'll have holiday decor. >> and fashions for him and her when you don't know what to wear to a party. >> where is my boyfriend? >> back to his old tired flowers. that's so sad. he's staying for the whole show. we can't figure out why. >> so sad. >> after your local news and weather.
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good friday morning. if you are heading out on some holiday travel plans, let's get the forecast from bill henley. >> it's cloudy this morning. the cloutds are still with us. we will watch the sky slowly
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improve. we will see some breaks of sunshine this afternoon. the temperatures have been climbing, but just barely. 38 in philadelphia with the wind blowing, and it's still blowing, 31 is the windchill. it feels as cold as it did this morning. mostly, cloudy, breezy and cold one with northwesterly winds to 20 miles an hour today. you can expect airports to be packed. experts say today is the busiest day for air travel, because several schools are out for holiday break. at this point, we checked in at philadelphia international airplane. no major delays. frontier airlines announced one-way fares as low as $39 to celebrate launch from philadelphia international. it is beginning new nonstop flies to miami, orlando, tampa and cancun. in a half hour, we will learn about the big new year's celebrations happening in philadelphia. philadelphia mayor michael
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nutter and camden mayor will announce the plans for the cities this morning. the events include fireworks along the cam ben waterfront and, tand the mummers parade. a full hour of news coming up in just 30 minutes. always get the latest news and weather on our website. just head over to now back to "today." i'm christine maddela. have a great friday.
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we're back with more of "today" with lonnie paul who decorated the homes of e news host giuliana rancic and robert downey jr. >> she's here with simple do it yourself tricks for simple holiday decor. how are you? >> together at the wedding. beautiful. >> so beautiful. >> these are things anyone can do, right? >> yes. if i can do them, anyone can do them. >> okay. >> so what you want to start with the chair? >> wherever you want to start? >> this is a simple thing to do. say your chairs aren't cute, or they're not festive, this is something i did, so simple, go to the craft store, get a roll of juice, roll it over the back. >> juice? >> a roll of juice.
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>> it is cute jut ae and take t ribbon. if you have an ornament, a bell, a glass ball here. >> tie it on, great. >> super simple. >> and this is not expensive, right? >> not at all. >> i got this at a craft store. it is really cheap. >> then you tie the bow after. >> so -- >> that's adorable. >> i like your little name tags here that you have for the -- >> thank you. okay. there we go. >> okay. these name tags -- i love this idea, you can just use any leftover ornaments you have and stick a name tag on them, buy the name tag, at the craft store, make them yourself. that's yours and this one is yours. or you can use, like, i got these at serena and lilly and silver plated so they're a little more expensive, but a nice party gift. >> that's lovely, yes.
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>> this is filled with candy canes and cranberries. >> this is such a fun, easy thing to do. kids love it because there is a snack available. put any kind of cranberries or ornaments at the bottom, stack the candy canes around and then if you want to use fresh flowers, put a foam core in the middle, get it wet and it will last a week or so. these are silk so -- >> beautiful. >> very sweet. >> okay. >> what do we have here? >> look how clever this is. these are real live apples, huh? >> these are real live apples. this is a kind of ease why i centerpiece. i'll show you how to do it really fast. take your apple, try to get ones that sit up straight. and then i used battery operated ones, i have 8-year-old twins and i don't want to knock them over and cause a fire. put it there. trace it around, and take an apple core, stick it in there, try to make it smaller than the actual -- >> okay.
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>> and then -- >> perfect. >> turn it on before you get it in. >> about 30 seconds or so. >> love it. >> this is a fabulous wreath. >> yes. >> this is super simple. buy this at a craft store. take wire -- wire rings. >> i love this wire. >> and complete it around, stick it -- >> this you can make in 15 seconds, they're so big. >> look how cute your little stockings are. beautiful. >> this is a beautiful stocking. you can glue your own fur on you get at the craft store. and take a pin and add ornaments. >> thank you. very cute. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> you eat on the go, you shop on the go, time to meditate on the go. we have tips to help you slow down. >> and arrive in style even if you didn't plan ahead. last minute fashion advice for everyone coming up right after this. one-stop shop for all the hottest toys this christmas at unbeatable prices, like this imaginext lions den castle. and, of course, all things barbie. like this brand-new barbie bubble-tastic mermaid!
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yeah, he's still here. and is he handy around the house? so in all the rush, last thing on your mind is probably dressing your family for holiday visiting. >> so here to help you look fashion forward using items that are most likely already in your closet are littlana vasquez and sam sabora, host of tlc's "something borrowed, something new". >> hello, kids. let's bring out our first trio. regene, james and cayenne are showing off the perfect balance.
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tell us about this group. >> if you have a cozy sweater for the winter, pair it with a great pair of sequin pants. a great way to update -- those are under $50, available at new york and company. they're affordable too. >> in the boy department -- >> we have james, james rocking a shirt from banana republic. i popped it with a cool hat, great accessory. this this inexpensive vest. >> adorable. >> for kids, we did this great red plaid shirt that a lot of kids have already, playing on the color theme and inexpensive, change out the shoelaces. >> i love the shoelaces. >> two bucks, great holiday style. >> what a gorgeous family. >> beautiful. >> thanks, guys. >> moving on to holiday date night. we have nabila and danny. >> yes. >> smoking. >> gorgeous, right?
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she wanted the vintage rocker t you wear to the gym. this coat is from burlington. i added the fringe skirt also under $100. it gives her this lux for less. >> what about the boy department? >> this is danny. every guy has a white shirt, dark pants at home. i added this cool velvet blazer from target. adding accessories like this great scarf from j. crew, pop of holiday colors, red shoe from zara but darker tones, still feels masculine. >> did you coordinate? >> yes. esp and a little skype maybe. >> thanks, guys. let's pretend you're having a party at home. we have monica, jim and carolyn coming out. >> how gorgeous do they look together? let's start with monica. this is my mother-in-law. family affair today. >> cute chica. >> classic cardigan. this is from lands end.
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do it in a bold color like kelly green and mix it with beautiful brocades, this dress from macy's and shoes polish the look. >> okay. >> on caroline here, plaid shirt she loves to wear. we did a sequin cardigan from abercrombie and flirty skirt. amazing. >> so cute. >> tell us about the other -- >> father-in-law. >> father-in-law. so this is -- jim is a business man. we took his suit and separates, broke them up to give him texture holiday look. i was inspired by holiday colors a little richer, that shirt from the gap, this great window pain wool blazer in his closet, 25 bucks from h&m and nice trousers, pulled the whole look with the nice pop of color. >> let's bring everybody out. >> good job, everybody. >> thanks. >> happy holidays. >> happy holidays. >> are you juggling too much before the holidays? we'll show you how to destress yourself. >> oh, good. >> right after this.
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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. i just take a sam's choice super premium spiral cut ham from walmart, bake it flat side down, tent the foils so all the juices can mingle... who are you? ham man! walmart has everything you need for christmas dinner at unbeatable prices, guaranteed by savings catcher. walmart. am i forgetting something? no holiday's complete without campbell's green bean casserole. wish you were here. ♪ [ doorbell ] [ gasps ] ♪ [ gong ] [ wisest kid ] m'm! m'm! good! ♪ making a pie that pops is surprisingly easy. just unroll, fill, top, bake and... wow. this is your best ever thank you. pillsbury pie crust. make the holidays pop.
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[cout on that field today,. you will be ready for anything. and i want you to always remember, this is the greatest team you will ever be part of. there is important work to be done. and only some able to do it. can you make the cut?
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is it all just too much? >> yes. >> are you in dire need of a deep breath? stop what you're doing right now for just a few minutes and listen to this guy. >> his name is andy puddicombe, a former monk and now a mindfulness expert. if you're wondering why he is juggling, it's because after leaving the monastery, he ran away to the circus. >> his experiences came together to help andy -- >> he became one of the founders of a meditation app called head space, where you can learn how to juggle everything in your life and achieve better balance in as little as ten minutes. >> without going to circus school. >> it worked? >> or spending ten years as a monk. >> it did. i think the way most people -- our mind is all over the place. we tend to live in a way like this all the time or the other
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extreme where we're just like -- i'm so tired. we end up falling asleep. meditation is about finding that place of gentle attention, where we got kind of focus on the one happened, but calm on the other. >> you're going to help us do it. while we're in the thick of things, shopping or at work or travel, there is a way to center yourself while you're in the middle of it? >> absolutely. i think this is the beauty of it. most people ask them about meditation, you say, i don't have time. >> be yourselves and -- >> exactly, right? and these are things we're already doing. going out shopping, working at the office, traveling. >> we found some people in our plaza who were totally stressed out. what is your name? >> dawn. >> dawn turned 50. she has a 3-year-old. she's having hot flashes and shopping all the time. i'm exhausted. >> just one of those -- >> how can you help her calm herself? >> so i think there is a classic thing, we go out shopping in the crowds, we tend to look at the crowds and say all these people, they're getting in my way.
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we forget we are the crowd. >> we're in someone else's way. >> everyone is thinking the same about us. as soon as we start thinking in that way, this is us, this is a collective -- rather than me and you, already our -- our perception changes a little bit. in terms of actual technique, two things you can do. when it all gets too much, either just step off to the side, like the shop, put your bags down, and just focus on the attention on the soles of the feet on the floor, it grounds the mind. step out of the -- and just see the madness around you and after that, you step back into it, you're in it, but you're not part of it. >> you hope your bags are right where you left them. >> thank you. >> who knows. >> what's your name? >> j.r. >> j.r., he's had a lot of work. >> he's exhausted. what should j.r. do? >> most people in the office, they spend the day hunched over the computer. so the first thing to do is put the screen saver on, turn it off
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for a moment. >> yes. >> sit back in the chair. >> yes. >> okay. >> take a deep breath for me. in through the nose and out through the mouth. do it in a way that your colleagues won't think you're crazy as you sit there. >> they already know. what i would like you to do is just focus on the sensation, the weight of the body on the chair. and just place your hand on your stomach for me. as you sit there, don't breathe in any special way. just notice how the body is breathing. now, if you do that, over a two-minute period, on the app, there is a two-minute exercise you can do, an sos thing, you'll notice the breathing starts to slow down. as the breathing slows down, the chatter in the mind starts to slow down, the body recognizes that, and starts to go into a relaxed kind of state. >> good night. >> what is your name? >> marcy. >> marcy is on an airplane. >> yes, traveling is stressful. >> it is. it really -- would one of you like to join? >> kathie lee, sit down. >> hi, marcy.
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>> hi. >> please don't talk to me, i'm very stressed out. >> what should marcy do and kath? >> we're so focused on getting there, whether in a real sense when traveling or just generally, it is very difficult to enjoy being here. when we travel -- >> don't live in the now. >> we don't. we really don't. the truth is, when we travel from a to b, it will take that amount of time anyway. doesn't matter how much we think about it or stress about it. >> should i say, hi, marcy, i'm kathie. where are you from? does that help? >> talking helps. we live in a world anyway where the mind is overstimulated through conversation, mobile phones, tv. so i would say that this is an ideal time to do a meditation exercise. >> nowhere to go, nothing to do. >> ten minutes. not an hour long. don't step out of your seat into the aisle, stay in your seat, close your eyes. if you uncross your arms and legs, okay. and it is similar to what j.r. now, but i guess a little bit
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more in depth, you'll feel a greater sense of relaxation. >> i already do. >> you do? >> you're a very calming person. we got to run. thank you so much. want to take us out with some fantastic -- >> thank you so much. i know who might benefit from mindful meditation. >> who? >> attila. >> he's a wild man. right back with much more of "today."
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it is the final day of our 21st annual toy drive. we have been able to ship an estimated $30 million in gifts to 172 family charities, representing more than 3 million children all over the u.s. >> can you get your head around that. since 1994, the toy drive has distributed about 393 million to underprivileged kids. our final contributor, we saved
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him for the last, is reed downey, microsoft's new york metro area's general manager. >> well, hello. >> thank you so much. and this is the 14th year that microsoft -- >> 14th year. >> you have a nice donation. what do you have? >> two things this year. >> okay. >> similar to last year we have $2 million in software that we're donating to nbc sponsored charities as well as youth oriented not for profit organizations. and the second thing we have is we have this new device, hot thing going right now, an hp stream 7 device. >> stop it. >> quit it. >> can you believe it? >> no. >> we have a couple hundred of these that will be part of the package donation. >> great. >> that is so nice of you. thank you for everything you do for us. we really appreciate it. >> okay. >> our toy drive is ending today. you can donate online this weekend through sunday at every gift will go it a child in need. >> we would like to thank everybody for their generous contributions. >> we want to wish attila good luck on opening night at "night
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at the museum: secret of the tomb." underneath that makeup is dean cain, everybody. look at him. >> no, no. >> patrick attila in the movie. >> next week, brett eldrege. >> hoda's mom cooks up a family recipe for us. >> have an awesome weekend.
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right now at 11:00 a.m., last minute holiday shoppers are hitting local stores. unfortunately, so are holiday pickpockets. police are on the lookout for suspected thieves. good morning. it's a christmas shopper's nightmare. reaching for your wallet and finding it missing. monique braxton live at the police department. tell us what you found out. >> reporter: as super saturday approaches, cherry hill police want shoppers to know they are issuing a warning that pickpocketers are trolling in search of purses and


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