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moments for local updates. >> you can always get realtime updates on our website, nbc10.com. thanks for watching. have a great day. tension in the ranks. the ambush murders of two new york city police officers intensifying a rift between mayor bill de blasio and members of the force. some officers physically turning their backs on the mayor as he prepared to speak about the killings. this morning, the city's police commissioner, bill bratton, speaking out in an exclusive live interview. christmas chaos. powerful storms taking shape across the country, drenching rain set to make highways a mess from florida all the way to maine. while airports brace for what's being called a high-impact event. dylan's tracking it all. new clue, the car keys of a missing college student in philadelphia found at the bottom of a river. close to where he disappeared three weeks ago.
will the discovery shed light on the mystery as his family clings to hope he'll be found alive. and #sharethelove. elton john marries his longtime partner, david furnish, posting nearly every minute of their big day on social media. the wedding album that will have you feeling the love today, monday, december 22nd, 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 our show on a monday morning. we should mention that savannah is off for the holiday week and al's doing a little vacation time as well. we're happy to have dylan and tamron here this morning. >> good morning. >> i want to turn right to our top story this morning. it's a disturbing one. emotions running high over the shooting deaths of two police officers right here in new york city, gunned down in their
patrol car. the president offering his support in a phone call with new york's police commissioner, bill bratton. we'll talk to him exclusively in a moment. but first, nbc's stephanie gosk has the latest. stephanie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. well, today, a police force that was already facing possible threats of a lone wolf terrorist attack is now facing a new possible threat, copy cats. officials have called the murder of these two policemen right here in brooklyn an assassination and an ambush. the first police officers to be killed by gunfire in new york in three years. overnight, a crowd gathered at the scene of the crime. not to protest against the nypd, but instead to show support for two of its slain officers. 40-year-old rafael ramos and 32-year-old wenjian liu. family members of officer ramos thanked their supporters and made a plea to the country. >> i hope we can move forward and find a path to a peaceful
coexistence. >> reporter: investigators say 28-year-old ismaaiyl brinsley was driven at least in part by hatred of the police. detectives say he shot his ex-girlfriend in baltimore. she survived the attack. brinsley then traveled to new york, arriving at 11:00 a.m. at some point, investigators believe he posted two threatening instagram messages. one hashtags eric garner and mike brown and reads in part, "i'm putting wings on pigs today. they take one of ours, let's take two of theirs." once in brooklyn, detectives say brinsley had an ominous warning for two strangers. >> he asked them to follow him on instagram, and then he says, watch what i'm going to do. >> reporter: police say brinsley had been arrested 19 times, serving two years for weapons possession. his mother told police he was, quote, often violent, and that he tried to commit suicide just last year. but some believe the recent nationwide protest over police
tactics ultimately triggered the crime. the new york police union laid some of the blame on mayor bill de blasio, turning their backs when he came to visit the victims' families. >> talking about the problem -- >> reporter: former mayor giuliani directly criticized president obama. >> we've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. >> reporter: and then there are the words of ramos' 13-year-old son, posted on facebook. "everyone says they hate cops, but they are the people that they call for help. i will always love you and i will never forget you." a spokesman for mayor de blasio responded to the police union, saying in part, it's unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric. so far, the tension between the force and the mayor does not seem to be calming down. matt? >> stephanie gosk, thank you very much. new york city police commissioner bill bratton is with us now, exclusively. commissioner bratton, good
morning. nice to have you here. my condolences to you and your entire force. it's a tragic event. >> thank you. >> you've met with the families of officer ramos and officer liu, how do you begin to explain to them that their loved ones were, as you put it, assassinated as they simply sat in their patrol car? >> there are almost no words that can explain what happened. at the hospital with the ramos family, their 13-year-old son, a wonderful young man, a wonderful message that he sent out. the liu family is totally devastated. an immigrant chinese family, only son became a police officer, a position of great status and prestige in that community and they're still reeling. still reeling from it. >> it seems no doubt that this gunman came to new york city to kill police officers. he boasted about it on instagram saying, quote, i'm putting wings on pigs today. they take one of ours, let's take two of theirs.
hashtag eric garner and hashtag mike brown. he had a street of criminal activity, a history of violent activity. do you think the cases of eric garner and michael brown pushed a disturbed man over the edge? >> that's what we're looking at. we're attempting to figure out where he actually lives, so we can do a rollback and see if he left behind anything other than what we're finding on those two phones that we've recovered. but it's quite apparent, quite obvious that it was a direct spin-off of this issue of these demonstrations. >> this is a difficult time in this city, and you know it all too well. there is an undeniable rift between the mayor of this city and members of the police force. the police union officials are very angry at the mayor, bill de blasio, for the way he's portrayed police officers in the wake of the death of eric garner. has the police commissioner, when you saw those officers turn their back on him at the hospital, has the mayor of this city lost the trust and confidence of the police force?
>> i think he has lost it with some officers. i was at the hospital when that event occurred. >> do you support those officers and the way they protested? >> i don't support that activity, i don't think it's appropriate, particularly in that setting. but it's reflective of the anger of some of them. there's a lot going on in the nypd at the moment. some 10,000 of our officers are doing a new pension system, where significantly their benefits, this occurred about four years ago, there's a lot of anger about that. since we've had so many attacks on young police officers this past year. so there's a lot of moving currents that are creating the current tension and atmosphere. >> but in the wake of the eric garner situation, commissioner, do you feel that the mayor of this city, by his actions or his words, has increased the threat against police officers? and by that, i mean, violent threats against police officers? >> i do not. i don't believe that at all.
i've spent a lot of time with this mayor. i have received this year, over $400 million outside of my normal budget to improve our training, to improve our facilities, to acquire technology. and an ironry, we're going to equip every new york city police officer with a smartphone. in the event of receiving a notification such as this that's now coming into the city that's a threat to officers, our ability to get that word out to our officers is limited oftentimes to radio transmissions, et cetera. with the smartphones, we can blast out the picture right away. >> former new york city mayor rudy giuliani, i think you served under mayor giuliani, suggested that bill de blasio go and give a speech to police officers, and in some way, apologize for some of what he said in the wake of the death of their eric garner. would that be helpful? >> i don't know that an apology is necessary. one of the things of concern at the moment is this issue is dividing down partisan lines, republican, democrat. you had governor pataki yesterday, former mayor
giuliani, going after the president, pataki going after the mayor. and it's starting to shape up along partisan lines, which is unfortunate. this is something that should be bringing us all together, not taking us apart. >> you've been doing this kind of work for a long time. >> 44 years. >> have you ever seen a time like this of tension and a divide like this in a city? >> 1970, when i first came into policing, my first ten years were around this type of tension. who would have ever thought deja vu all over again, that we'd be back where we were 40-some-odd years ago. i think this one is a little different, though, in the sense that social media capabilities to spread the word constantly. we had -- this is the seventh incident in which two police officers have been killed together in new york in the last 40-some-odd years. '70s, we saw three incidents like this in a short period of time. but we're in a change moment, i think is the term, here in the united states. and the idea is to take out of this crisis, find opportunity to
move it forward. and i think that can happen. i came back into the department a year ago, and you seized on this tragedy, we'll seize on all of these issues. and we'll move forward. >> again, our condolences to you and all members of the police force for this loss. >> thank you. >> thanks for joining us this morning. let's go over to tamron. now to the powerful christmas week storms that could cause major problems for millions of holiday travelers. dylan dreyer is here in for al. dylan, what are we looking at right now? >> well, a busy travel week and the weather map is extremely busy. let's take a look at it here. there is a lot going on and it's only monday. and it's only going to get worse. we have snow showers back through the rockies. we've got some rain in the midwest. and we have some heavier rain down through the southeast right now. this is going to move out and another storm is going to regenerate. here we are, tuesday at 7:00 a.m., stronger storms expected down along the gulf coast, that's with heavy rain and perhaps even an isolated tornado. gusty winds as well. and then it's going to start making its way up through the carolinas as we go through the
day on tuesday and into early wednesday morning. there will be a couple of lighter snow showers, waintry mix, just south of st. louis. but the heavier storms will be falling down along the southeast and up into the northeast, by the time we go into christmas eve, and then on christmas day itself, this whole storm system will start to pull away, with its strongest winds back through the great lakes. we are looking at a lot of rain out of this one. we can see as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain through the northeast, and also that slight risk of stronger storms. even though this is a rain event, we are still looking at some very strong storms that could cause delays up and down the east coast. and tom costello is at reagan airport. tom. >> reporter: yeah, good morning to you. the good news is, as it relates to air travel, friday was actually the busiest travel day for this entire christmas week. but let's take a look at this week. let's start with tomorrow. the key airports to watch, with that rain, it's really going to be isolated, we think, in terms of the key airports to watch. we're going to be watching atlanta, chicago, low clouds and ceiling and fog could be a
problem, also d.c., new york, and snow in minneapolis, but wednesday, christmas eve, is really the day that we really have to watch what's happening there. we're expecting major airport delays in the north and in the east, so that means everything from atlanta all the way up to charlotte, washington, baltimore, philly, boston, new york, and spreading, of course, to the west. chicago, cleveland, detroit, key airports to watch. the good news is christmas day should be light in terms of travel and really, we're only concerned potentially about snow out west. in salt lake city and in my hometown of denver. for the most part, we expect it to be a clear-sailing day on christmas day. but getting there could be a little dicey in terms of rain and wind over the next few days. dylan, back to you. >> tom, i'll take it from here. >> tom, thank you very much. there is new fallout this morning that's tied to that massive cyberattack on sony pictures. while the obama administration considers its response, north korea is issuing some new threats. nbc's halley jackson has the latest on that. halley, good morning to you.
>> reporter: good morning, matt. north korea is now threatening these new strikes against the united states, saying it will, quote, blow up targets like the white house and the pentagon. and while this kind of escalated rhetoric is certainly not unusual from north korea, it does underscore the escalated tensions between the two countries. as sony execs plan their next move with the controversial film "the interview," u.s. officials are grappling with how to respond to these cyberattacks. for the u.s. government, it's no joke. >> no, i don't think it was an act of war, i think it was an act of cybervandalism that was very costly, very expensive. we take it very seriously. >> reporter: the president's critics say that does not go far enough. >> it's more than vandalism. it's a new form of warfare. >> reporter: now, north korea's threatening its own response, accusing the u.s. government of being deeply involved with making "the interview." sony's comedy featuring a plot to kill north korean leader, kim jong-un. >> i think we've got to recognize that this is not a sony security problem. this is a national security
problem. and the government has got to lead. >> reporter: the white house is asking china, north korea's biggest trading partner, for its cooperation, and president obama has promised a proportional response to the hack. >> this attack should be taken seriously as an attack. and that would mean that the country would be added to the state-sponsored terrorist list. >> reporter: but amid calls for serious response also came jokes. comedian mike myers makes a dramatic entrance on "saturday night live" this weekend, playing dr. evil and mocking the cyberattack. >> but why pick on sony? they haven't had a hit since the walkman. >> but for sony, it's no laughing matter. industry analysts say the hack may cost sony upwards of $100 million after the studio yanked the film before its planned christmas day release, since movie theaters refuse to show it. >> i think they made a mistake. >> reporter: but sony insists it's not giving up without a fight. >> we have not caved. we have not given in. >> reporter: still, the biggest
movie in the country remains one almost nobody has seen. sony's top lawyer now says "the interview" will be released to the public. sony plans to do it. it's just a matter of time. but the fallout for the studio may not be over. this crisis has renewed some speculation this morning about a possible sale of sony pictures, although some analysts say that's probably fairly unlikely. matt? >> all right, halley jackson, thank you very much. a lot of people talking about, if you release it on a streaming service, does the streaming service then become the target of the hack? >> exactly. make you a little nervous to download it myself. now here with another tragic story for us out of florida this morning. >> a horrible story. a suspect in florida is in custody, facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of a police officer there on sunday. officials say a fugitive trying to evade arrest shot tarpen springs officer charles klondike and then ran him over as he sped away. the 45-year-old veteran officer was the father of six.
there's apparently no connection to the ambush killings here in new york. at least seven people are recovering this morning after lightning struck dangerously close to them. and it happened sunday in a florida parking lot as fans left a tampa bay buccaneers game. lightning hit a car and knocked some people to the ground. one man said, it is amazing that nobody was killed. new developments in the search for a missing college student, shane montgomery in pennsylvania. on sunday, a voluntary diving recovery team found montgomery's keys after searching for more than four hours in the schuylkill river in philadelphia. nothing more, though, was found. the 21-year-old student was out with friends early on thanksgiving, but never made it home. florida state quarterback jameis winston has been cleared of sexual assault allegations made two years ago by a former student. the decision was made after a two-day school code of conduct hearing. the former judge in charge of the hearing said the evidence was insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof in the case.
a prosecutor also decided earlier not to charge winston. a temporary setback for skiing great lindsey vonn. on sunday, while trying to tie the record for the most world cup wins, she crashed during a super-g race in france. vonn was not injured and she will try again next month in austria. she recently returned to competition and won her 60th world cup just a few weeks ago. on the comeback trail, wishing her well. very encouraging news for our nbc colleague, tom brokaw. a year after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and began treatment, he now says his cancer is in remission. he will soon go on a drug treatment program to keep it there. we are so glad. this is such good news. >> he is one tough cookie, as my mom would say. >> we're happy about that. >> natalie, thanks very much. dylan, what's going on? >> a little bit of everything. we've got fog, got snow, a wintry mix. much of the snowier weather is
back through the plains. stronger storms down today through the southeast with heavy rain across northern florida and also a little soggy this morning back through minneapolis and chicago. that's a look at the weather throughout the country. your local forecast is coming up in just 30 seconds. and a good monday morning. i'm meteorologist michelle grossman. may want to grab the umbrella today. we are watching the threat for a few showers, especially later on today. otherwise, rather cloudy, 38 to 41. right around normal for this time of year. a cold one today, milder on
tuesday. rain is likely as well, 52. even milder on wednesday, 60 degrees. a rainy and windy day. not a great commuting day. by thursday, christmas day, sunshine comes back. we drop back into the 50s. we're looking at partly sunny skies. 50 on friday and then into the 40s on saturday. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> all right. dylan, thank you very much. music legend elton john and his partner, david furnish, are newlyweds this morning, after more than 20 years ago together. carson has reaction to that online. >> we do, guys. we'll go right into the orange room and get to this big story. maybe you didn't think you were invited to the big wedding over the weekend, but actually, you were. because the couple wanted to make sure that you knew this wedding was happening. take a look. it was the social media wedding of the year, posted in realtime on hashtag share the love. elton john, his partner, david furnish, and their celebrity guests went on twitter and instagram to make sure their fans were in on all the details. social media became their wedding album, from poignant
moments like this, when the couple's 3-year-old son, zachary, snapped his brother, elijah, wile we exchange vows, according to his instagram post. and behind the scenes. it all began the night before, with elton posting this shot of our little ring bearers' shoes. but it was the running commentary that caught the most attention. that's the legal bit done. it's beginning. and the big moment, exchange of vows. celebrity guests were just as busy. david beckham's 15-year-old son, brooklyn, with mom, posh spice, and the place settings. the cake cutting produced a big stir on twitter, with fans even joining in. earlier this year, elton talked about the wedding to matt. >> it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children. >> reporter: what he didn't say is that he was inviting the world. >> there's the elton john music. i was waiting for that underneath that piece there. the hashtag started from the grooms themselves,
#sharethelove, it was very active over the weekend. here's one here that david furnish put out, one wedding and no funeral. that's hugh grant there, if you can't tell. the famous movie named after that. and neil patrick harris wrote in, massive congrats to sir elton john and david furnish now officially married, thrilled for you both. and this little guy wanted to send in his well wishes. congratulations to the two from all of us here at the "today" show as well. >> we thought they were married already. and then i saw it trending on twitter. i was like, oh, no, they aren't. >> the law just changed recently in the uk. so congrats to them. coming up, the war over weed. why neighboring states are suing colorado over its history-making legislation of marijuana. and newly released video of ray and janay rice kissing just after that infamous elevator incident. why critics say police should never have allowed them to get that close. this is "today" on nbc.
good morning p.m. i'm tracy davidson. let's get your first alert forecast with meteorologist michelle grossman. >> good morning. it's a cold one. temperatures below freezing across the area and we're walking out the door to clouds this morning. may need the umbrella this afternoon. here's a live look outside. you can see mostly cloudy skies this morning. temperatures below freezing in philadelphia, 31. just 22 in reading, 24 in millville and 23 in atlantic city. layer up as you head out this morning. only going to reach a high of 40 this afternoon. then milder on tuesday, rain likely once again. rainy and windy. rain could be heavy at times and warm on wednesday, 60. christmas day, sunshine returns. it will be cooler, 51. and then quiet on friday, mostly sunny, breezy, a high of 50
degrees. on the roads, let's focus on 76. first alert traffic reporter jillian mele has that. >> good morning to you, tracy, you at home as well. we have volume both directions 76 and we just had an accident clear eastbound by south street. that was on the shoulder and has created additional volume in that area. an accident in new jersey, 295 northbound at 190. it involved and overturned vehicle and lanes were blocked, but in the last ten minutes that accident cleared. tracy? >> jillian, thanks. happening today, souderton high school will hold a vigil for two of the victims of last week's shooting spree. ninth grader nina flick died in the attack. her 17-year-old brother, anthony, a junior at the high school, was seriously injured. he is the only survivor of the rampage. police say brad stone killed his ex-wife, her brother-in-law, sister, mother, grandmother and niece. another update in 25 minutes.
all right. we're back now, 7:30 on a monday morning. 22nd day of december, 2014. anybody tired of christmas music yet? >> no! >> no, no, no. >> three more days of it. christmas coming up on thursday. but unfortunately, we also have some coast-to-coast storms that are going to make a mess of holiday travel. >> let's take a look at the headlines right now. today's concern, rain from the mid-atlantic states to florida, another system in the midwest is expected to move east starting tomorrow, creating major delays and cancellations at airports. president obama is offering federal assistance to new york city police department in the wake of this weekend's deadly ambush of two officers. the suspect who took his own
life had a long criminal history. >> and florida state's quarterback, jameis winston has been cleared of accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing. they were tied to an alleged sexual assault two years ago, but a former judge says the evidence did not satisfy the burden of proof. and coming up, we're going to sit down with two of hollywood's biggest stars, clint eastwood and bradley cooper, the driving forces behind the powerful new movie "american sniper." and the ways craze. the popular traffic app that gets you where you want to go faster. this morning, why it has some honors crying foul. >> let us begin this half hour with some new video that's raising even more questions about the domestic violence scandal involving former nfl star, ray rice, and his now-wife, janay. today, national correspondent craig melvin is here with more on this. craig, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning to you as well. most have seen that hard-to-watch video of the couple in the elevator now. over the weekend, though, a new video surfaced, putting the couple and the discussion of
domestic violence back in the spotlight. it also has some advocates calling into question how new jersey authorities responded. in newly released security footage obtained exclusively by abc news following a court ruling, you can see rice being directed away from his then-fiancee, janay palmer, and then handcuffed. at that point, authorities question a crying palmer and give her medical treatment. then after the punch that left palmer on an elevator floor and unable to get up, she and rice kiss in the elevator while both are handcuffed. both are led away and arrested for simple assault. the charges against palmer were later dropped. rice entered an intervention program and avoided a potential trial. now, some are questioning the way authorities handled janay palmer, specifically, why was a woman who was knocked unconscious when security firsted approach the couple, handcuffed? and why would authorities allow the man being arrested for assault close enough to kiss his victim? >> if you're looking to law enforcement to provide you a service and keep you safe and then they act the way they did
in this particular instance, then, of course, it just further solidifies to the victim that help is not available. >> reporter: the couple married in march and janay continues to stand firmly by ray. over the weekend, they appeared together at a charity event. in an exclusive interview with matt last month, she talked about how their incident may serve to educate others. >> there's so many messages here. >> i feel like god chose me and ray for a reason. and it was definitely to bring awareness to what people are going through every day. even though it's not what i'm going through every day, it's definitely brought, you know, this topic to the forefront. >> with this new video, the topic is definitely at the forefront once again. rice won reinstatement last month after a successful appeal, but no team has signed him just yet. and with only one game left in the regular season, that looks highly unlikely, at least for this season. >> all right. craig, thank you very much. >> thank you, guys. well, there is a new challenge this morning to the legalization of marijuana in
colorado. neighboring states are now suing, calling the move unconstitutional. and as nbc's gabe gutierrez explains, the battle could go all the way to the supreme court. >> reporter: this morning, the war over weed is growing. in the first major court challenge of its kind, nebraska and oklahoma are now suing colorado over recreational pot. the lawsuit claims colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system and marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states. >> these states didn't vote for marijuana, decriminalization, or otherwise. but now they're bearing the effects. so they're looking the to colorado to put aside its law. >> it's doubled our workload. >> reporter: this summer, the police chief in sydney, nebraska, told us marijuana-related arrests in his town has skyrocketed this year, ever since recreational pot sales started just over the colorado border. >> it's a significant impact on that entire judicial system. guess who pays for that? you and i, the taxpayers do.
>> reporter: but colorado's attorney general is firing back. "we believe this suit is without merit," he says, "and we will vigorously defend against it in the u.s. supreme court." supporters of legalized marijuana point out it's already illegal to take pot across state lines. >> we know that the world has been watching us, and as an industry, we've made it a priority to not only educate our staff, but the consumers, about what the laws are. >> well, i think the jury's still out. >> reporter: governor john hickenlooper says he's not sure filing a lawsuit is the most constructive solution. and he thinks colorado has responsibly regulated pot so far. >> we want to do everything we can to make sure that the intent of the voters is fulfilled. >> reporter: colorado now has two months to officially respond to the suit. it's not clear whether other states will join in. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, denver. >> that would be a compelling supreme court decision. all right. let's get a check of the weather. dylan is in for al this morning.
>> and we've got a big storm around christmas, but we also have some wet weather moving through omaha and into minneapolis right now. sioux falls as well. this is all kind of in the form of rain, although a wintry mix is still falling down through central south dakota. but we've got foggy conditions and also those scattered showers. so in minneapolis, we're starting off with reduced visibility, about a half a mile right now in omaha, nebraska, you can't see much of anything. so the fog and the rain is thick out that way. we have blizzard warnings out through parts of the rockies. telluride is dealing with those strong, gusty winds, and also falling snow. we are expecting a lot of snow, but for the ski resorts, so this is great for vacationers that are heading through the holiday. we are looking at perhaps 9 to 12 inches of snow through the highest elevations, on top of about a foot, foot and a half that have already fallen. we're going to see this snow mostly to the higher elevations. everything else across the dakotas will be light and not accumulate that much. foggy through the west and good monday morning.
i'm meteorologist michelle grossman. may want to grab the umbrella as you head out today. we are watching the threat for a few showers, especially later on today. otherwise, rather cloudy, 38 to 41. right around normal for this time of year. a cold one today and milder on tuesday. rain is likely as well, 52. even milder on wednesday, 60 degrees. a rainy and windy day. not a great commuting day. by thursday, christmas day, sunshine comes back. we drop back into the 50s. we're looking at partly sunny skies. 50 on friday and then into the 40s on saturday. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you very much. coming up next, the app that can save you time on your commute. that's a good thing. but is it also creating a traffic nightmare in some neighborhoods? and on "trending "apologies in advance, one couple's creative way of letting fellow flyers know they will bring
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bacon, hates the traffic. but jeff has a shortcut in his pocket. >> all set, let's go! >> i've got the map book, i've got ways. >> reporter: an app that claims to provide the quickest route from point "a" to point "b." >> sometimes it can save two minutes, sometimes it can save 20 minutes. >> so we're going to run a test. >> okay, i'm ready. >> let's go. >> ready? >> ready? >> set? >> set? >> go. >> reporter: as i drive old school following a map. >> heading to the 101. jeff gets turn-by-turn, minute-by-minute notifications of what should be a quicker route. >> heavy traffic ahead. >> sometimes ways likes to state the obvious. >> reporter: my trip, a total of four turns.
w waze had a different idea. >> turn right on louise avenue. 14 turns in all, some downside streets and through usually quiet neighborhoods. >> it's dangerous. >> we are exasperated. >> and therein lies the problem. while waze may be shortening commute times, it comes at a cost. >> here they all go. here comes these ones. this is terrible! >> there's hundreds, like, hundreds of cars every morning. >> reporter: and neighbors claim those that are rushed blow stop signs and run red lights. one, two, three. back to our experiment. >> i wonder how kerry's doing. >> we're going 6 miles an hour. topped. sitting on the interstate. by the time jeff crossed the finish line, he spent 38 minutes, 25 seconds on the road. it took me 55 minutes, 30 seconds to travel 13 miles. >> well, i could have had
breakfast. >> reporter: no ways around that. for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news, los angeles. >> so what do we think, gang? >> it's all point of view? if you're in the neighborhood and you've got that traffic, you're furious, but if you're a commuter -- >> if you're sitting in a car and stuck there -- my husband's addicted? >> if you save time on your commute, you're feeling pretty good about it. >> it's a good app if it's not your neighborhood. >> exactly. coming up, natalie catches up with clint eastwood and bradley cooper. how do they really feel about their new movie being shutout from the golden globes. and next, the busiest place in the world this week, carson takes us to the north
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we're back now at 7:49. think you have a lot to do before christmas? you done shopping? >> done. >> done. >> mostly done. >> well, the north pole is the busiest place on the planet right now, carson. >> that's right, tamron. the christmas countdown has been trending on twitter. we're just three days out, just in time for our friend, bob rendell, from kntv, our bay area station, he's been visiting the north pole bob's been checking up on santa for the past 11 years and this year's bob hanging out with the reindeer. good morning, bob! >> reporter: good morning and merry christmas to you, carson. and tell me if these guys don't have the right idea. you've got five of santa's eight reindeer, just lounging, already resting, because they know in the back of their minds what's going to happen 48 hours from now. they going to need that rest, because on wednesday night is when they've got to haul that sleigh full of toys around the world to get to all those boys and girls. and while they're resting, i want you to take a look at this. this is the outside of santa's workshop here at the north pole.
looks peaceful, quiet, very deceptive. because inside, it is very chaotic with santa and all those elves trying to get all those toys together. now, we did speak with santa the other day. he said 70% of kids right now are asking for the iphones, the ipads, some of them asking for multiple versions, of course, legos are big, anything with "frozen" toys. the one thing he's not hearing much of is barbie. you might be interested to know, the other day i was looking over his shoulder, carson, and he was looking at your list. and i saw a my little pony on the list. i was thinking, that can't be right. hold on. wait, i've got an elf talking to me. it is? it wasn't a mistake? oh, that's weird. oh, i guess it was the list, sorry. >> i have very odd tastes. bob rendell, thank you so much. >> reporter: by the way, if you want to talk to santa, #dearsanta on twitter. >> santa's watching that social media. bob rendell, thank you very
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good morning. i'm tracy davidson at four minutes before 8:00. let's get you updated on the forecast with meteorologist michelle grossman. >> it's a cold one. layer up if you're heading out. temperatures are below freezing. mostly cloudy skies in philadelphia. we're going to see clouds ruling the day here. we may see a few showers as well. below freezing in philadelphia. just 31. in the 20s to the north and west. 22 in reading, 20 in lancaster. just 24 in millville and 28 degrees in wildwood. today a cold one. it's going to feel like winter. 40 degrees. by tuesday, milder, rain is likely. otherwise, a cloudy day. wednesday, heavy rain, could see some wind as well, 60. and then christmas day we're going to dry it out, bring back a little bit of sunshine. windy, cool, 51. and by friday, mostly sunny, breezy, 50 degrees. on the roads, there's an accident in west philadelphia. jillian mele has that. jillian? >> that's right. this is happening right now. police are directing traffic
around the scene, chestnut street at 56th, so use caution heading in that direction. we have normal delays on 76. checking drive times right now, between the blue route and the vine it will take you between 17 and 20 minutes. and a live look for drivers in chester county. route 30 bypass. creeping by at route 22. tracy? happening today, u.s. senator chris coons of delaware is in west africa taking a firsthand look at the efforts to stop the spread of ebola, and this morning he'll hold a briefing from liberia. he's the first member of congress to visit liberia since the ebola outbreak began. and today in delaware county, the st. joe's prep hockey team will hit the ice, and they'll be wearing pink for the pink the rink night at the stadium it havertown in honor of breast cancer awareness. st. joe's prep will play cardinal o'hara with proceeds going to the kelly rooney foundation. admission is free if you buy a pink the rink t-shirt. we'll have another local update in 25 minutes. you can get realtime updates at nbc10.com. i'm tracy davidson. now back to the "today" show.
it's 8:00 on "today." and coming up, two of hollywood's biggest stars. clint eastwood and bradley cooper open up to natalie about their new movie, "american sniper." >> you still weren't sold on whether or not you could play chris kyle. and it actually took clint, i think, to help you figure it out? >> he helps me figure everything out. >> just get in there, do the job, and don't think too much. then, santa fails. did your kids' picture with the man in red look like this? or this? why many photos with santa aren't always picture perfect. ♪ you've got the soul and you know how to use it ♪ >> plus, country music's new
artist of the year, brett eldridge, performs live on today, monday, december 22nd, 2014. ♪ >> merry christmas! >> happy holidays from me to you! ♪ >> hey, iowa, i made it on the "today" show! >> i'm juggling for the "today" show! >> oh, my gosh! >> we're back now at 8:00 on a monday morning. it is the 22nd day of december, 2014. do we have enough cameras to just kind of spin around here for a second? we've got an enormous, enormous holiday crowd on this monday morning. a lot of people in for all the festivities. and we thank them for --
>> behind the scenes, there was a huge crowd. it's like five people deep, everywhere. it's amazing! >> i love it, i love it! >> you're in the retail business and you see this, this is a good sign. people are shopping, they're out, having a good morning. we're thrilled to have had them here this morning. >> absolutely. we've got a lot to get to, beginning with natalie and a check of today's top stories this morning. natalie? >> all right. good morning to you all once again. in an outpouring of grief and gratitude this morning at a growing memorial for two new york city police officers ambushed and killed in their squad car on saturday. in an exclusive interview earlier here on "today," new york police commissioner bill bratton told matt, it's obvious the targeting of these officers was a spin-off from anti-police demonstrations, but he also sees an opportunity to move ahead. >> we're in a change moment, i think, is the term here in the united states and the idea is to take out of this crises, find
opportunities to move it forward. >> meantime, the man police say that opened fire on those officers later shot and killed himself. nbc's stephanie gosk is in brooklyn. stephanie, what more do we know about him? >> reporter: good morning, natalie. well, detectives say the 28-year-old ismaaiyl brinsley had been arrested 19 times and served two years in a georgia prison for weapons possession. his mother told police that he was, quote, often violent and had even tried to commit suicide in the last year. now, detectives believe in the early morning on saturday, he shot his girlfriend in the stomach in baltimore. she survived and is recovering. he then came up here to brooklyn where he ambushed officer ramos and officer liu in their squad car. now, between those shootings, they believe he posted those threatening messages on instagram. one referencing michael brown and eric garner and saying, "they took one of ours, let's take two of theirs." now, police say they believe he
acted alone, and at least in part, motivated by anger towards the police. and we'll be looking at in the coming days whether or not he took part in any protests. the borough president here in brooklyn is calling for a moratorium on protests until those officers can be buried. natalie? >> stephanie gosk, thanks so much. a veteran officer who spent five years with the nypd before moving to florida was shot and killed sunday while answering a loud noise complaint. tarpon springs officer charles kondek was the father of six children. officials say the suspected opened fire because he had an outstanding warrant and feared going back to prison. he was captured after a brief pursuit. a frightening moment for a nevada couple was captured on camera and just released by police. the panicked parents ran into a convenience store holding their 3-year-old son, damien, who was choking on a piece of candy. mesquite police officer quinn abbott was off-duty when he
heard the call and came to the rescue and dislodged the candy from the boy's throat. >> he came out of nowhere like an angel for my son, to save him. >> the officer was reunited with the boy on friday and damien's mother says the officer's quick action was the greatest christmas gift she could imagine. falling world oil prices have pushed u.s. gasoline prices to their lowest in more than five years. aaa says the average price for regular unleaded fell 15 cents just in the past week alone. that now puts it at $2.39 a gallon. gasoline has plunged about 85 cents a gallon since last year. in alaska, plunge to celebrate the arrival of winter. more than 100 people dressed up to dive down into the chilly waters of goose lake. the freezing for a reason event raised money for the special olympics. good for them. it is 8:05 right now. time for a check of the weather once again and dylan. >> announcer: today's weather is brought to you by jared, the
gallery of jewelry. truly unique designs that you won't find just anywhere. that's why he went to jared. >> and a we've got carter out here. you guys have been counting down for 20 days, posted on twitter, and so you were able to get down here to the plaza. who do you want to say hi to? >> hi to sarah and klaclass, i e you. >> here you go, you can have the "today" show mug, filled with hot chocolate, it will be, at some point. mom, dad, hot chocolate at some point. let's take a look at some weather across the country, a lot of clouds and fog in atlanta. you can see, reduced visibility and the showers will start to move in, especially later on this afternoon. temperatures today about 50 degrees. as we go into christmas eve, we're going to see this storm really start to intensify, make its way up through the east coast. heavy rains, all along that i-95 corridor. we've got some snow expected back through the great lakes, just a couple of inches, but we are looking also at a couple of inches of rain, especially down
and a good monday morning. i'm meteorologist michelle grossman. grab the umbrellas. we are watching the threat for a few showers. otherwise, rather cloudy, 38 to 41. right around normal for this time of year. a cold one, milder on tuesday. rain is likely as well, 52. even milder wednesday, 60 degrees. a rainy and windy day, not a great commuting day. by thursday, christmas day, sunshine comes back. we drop back to the 50s. 50 on friday and into the 40s on saturday. >> and that's your latest forecast. we've got a couple of birthdays over here, lots of people from all around the country. and coming up on "trending," have you heard of man spreading? i don't know why i looked at you at that moment. >> no. >> we'll tell you what it is and why some officials here in new york want to put an end to it. >> that was a weird moment.
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ears hurt. the gift included ear plugs and candy. one passenger telling today.com that the kind gesture from the parents and the little girl, madeline, helped relieve some tension on the flight. >> smart idea! >> maybe a little -- >> is that what they call it? >> to calm people's nerves a little bit. >> and one of those knee defenders. >> how many, though, do you give out? the immediate people around you, three rows back? >> if you're in the danger zone, you know -- >> definitely the passengers next to you. i remember those flights with my kids. >> it's tough. >> here's another effort to promote civility while traveling. it's a new campaign to stop what's known as man spreading. >> what is that? >> i don't know. >> apparently guys do this all the time on trains and buses. they spread their legs, taking up two, sometimes three seats. new york officials say it is rude. so now they've launched an
all-out assault on man spreading. >> don't you kind of have to do it, as a guy? >> i used to man spread a lot. >> are you serious? >> no. >> we're good at keeping our legs together. we can even cross our legs. >> it's amazing! >> i used to man spread like that a lot, when i was a man. but now that i work here, i'm around matt so much -- >> matt is the king of the leg cross. >> no man spread anymore. >> by the way -- >> people go, a woman crossing her legs. guys cross. >> if you're a man or woman, you don't occupy a lot of space when you cross your legs. >> don't you think man spreading is about more than space, taking up space. it's just rude. it's just rude to sit there with your legs spread like that. >> let's be honest, do we believe anyone has heard anything after we said after dylan -- >> can a man actually sit any other way? >> it's a little hot in here.
>> i'll get you out of this, my friend. >> all of the guys are like, yeah, that's actually true. >> you guys know the elf on the shelf, right? he's very busy in your home. he's a little santa's helper. and he keeps a watchful eye on kids, checking to see if they're naughty or nice. basically, he or she moves while children are asleep, but two kids did not believe. so their mom set up a hidden camera in the room, and sure enough, kids, while they were sleeping, exclusive video, the elf caught in action, dancing, flyinging around t inaround the. then they showed the proof to the kids. >> ahhh! >> so, mom, bobby smith, obviously from the squeals of happiness, showed what we all know, the elf is real.
>> luke, i hope you were watching. i told you what the elf does. have to be on your best behavior. >> very cool. smart mom. >> that's what's trending today. now to natalie's revealing conversation with the driving forces behind the new movie, "american sniper." clint eastwood and bradley cooper. >> at 84 years old, this is clint eastwood's 34th time in the director chair, if you can believe that. and for bradley cooper, "american sniper" could be a defining role. >> you got some sort of savior complex? >> i just want to get the bad guys, but if i can't see them, i can't shoot them. >> reporter: four tours in iraq and 162 confirmed kills make chris kyle a legend among navy s.e.a.l.s. ultimately, he walked away from combat for his family, only to be tragically killed by a gunman on american soil. >> this is such an incredibly personal story to tell. what brought you both into this? and bradley, i know you had spoken to chris kyle. >> yeah, i mean, i was lucky enough to be a part, at the beginning. this story we always saw, it's a
great character study. i thought this guy just had this innate knack of killing, of shooting, how do you deal with that as a talent, of sorts? and what that did to his home life. and chris kyle, oddly enough, said that the perfect person to direct the movie would be clint eastwood. >> what was it that appealed to you as a director, somebody who wanted to bring this story to life? >> the fact that it wasn't just a war movie. it was the kind of story that i like telling, where you have other aspects to the character, rather than just being a warrior going out there and shooting at the storm. it's mostly about the dilemma of leaving family and then where do you go from here. >> the story is, bradley, is that although clint came in, you still weren't sure whether or not you could play chris kyle. and it actually took clint, i think, to help you figure it out. >> he helps me figure everything out. >> yeah? >> just shut up and get in there. just get in there, wido the job and don't think too much, because you ruin it by thinking,
andion, i start giving him all that stuff. but in reality, he's doing a lot of thought. and we had a lot of discussions on it. >> but i remember when i was interviewing you for "jersey bobo boys," and i asked, how bradley's doing, and you said, he's phenomenal, he's chris kyle. >> well, i was just trying to get close to you and i just said anything. >> see how he works? >> i do, i do. >> did you struggle with what to include, though? because there are a lot of very graphic, very violent scenes. and of course, you can't sugar coat war. >> not really. a lot of different things went through my head, but after a while, you just embrace the story and you don't look back. you just don't let doubt come into your minds. >> and he's being very -- the war stuff, i think it's some of the strongest stuff in the movie. there's a reality to it, a grittiness that you don't see. and you really get to see what they did. they cleared houses.
that's what they were doing >> can you give me any stories, some dirt on clint as a director? >> um, yeah. >> but we won't. >> zip it. >> i mean, the thing about him, i think that probably people don't realize, and maybe you can see the way he is right now, he's a jazz musician. there's a flow, that's all music. and that's what the set's like. and you have to be open. and that includes him, you know? he's always right there, you know. for example, that scene when i'm shooting, you know, and i can't shoot the kid, he was literally right next to me, you know, there, talking me through it. >> it is such a phenomenal film and so gripping. unfortunately, shut out from the golden globes. do you see that at all as maybe hollywood and maybe the foreign press not having an appetite for the wars in iraq or afghanistan, clint? >> i don't know what they have an appetite for, but i don't know why they wouldn't want him on the red carpet. myself, i can understand.
but i don't -- i don't really know where they're coming from. >> so the awards don't matter even? >> we're not making a picture for an award. >> if something like that helps the movie get tout theout there a great thing. but we're very proud of the film. >> bradley, do you think of directing at all now that you've worked with your uber legend here? >> i always thinki about directing. that's what i love more than anything, being in the trenches with the director and help them any way i can to tell their story. so i hope one day to have the opportunity. >> so he's inspired you? >> oh, god, yeah. well before i met him, but yeah. >> well, if i hang out with him, he'll show me what to do. >> they make a really great team. they worked closely as well with chris kyle's widow to make sure that the movie is an accurate representation of his life. and it really is a movie about honoring the legacy of all of our troops, not just about chris kyle, but it tells the story, how difficult it is to come back
from war and to face the transition at home. very powerful. >> very intense story. >> really intense. >> we were playing it at my house yesterday for some members of the family, and some of them kept leaving the room. >> it's hard to watch, but it's important. it is important. >> raw and real. >> and it opens, by the way, christmas day and everyone on january 16th. >> thank you, natalie. from two hollywood stars to one of the stars of christmas -- well, he's the only star, let's face it, santa. and if you've taken your kids to see him, you know it's not always a picture-perfect moment. here's nbc's jacob rascon. >> what do you want for christmas? >> i want some new board games. >> reporter: chances are pretty good -- >> batman ii, batman iii. >> reporter: these kids have done this before. but for first-timers -- [ crying ] >> reporter: as anxious parents know -- >> i think my money's on crying. >> reporter: the oddly dressed
stranger we know as kriss kringle can make little believers cringe. >> okay, let's go. >> reporter: why are you so scary? >> well, this has a good -- you hear that a lot, especially from parents. >> reporter: turns out the explanation is simple. >> it's very normal -- >> reporter: and who better to explain. >> they go through what's called stranger anxiety and separation anxiety. and when you give them to santa, he's definitely a stranger. he's the strangest stranger they've seen. >> and then you back up really quick. >> and the parents will back up real quick and the kids will totally freak out sometimes. [ crying ] >> there you go. >> reporter: not just sometimes. every year social media explodes with so-called santa fail photos, being scared of santa now something of a holiday tradition. >> one of those, like, you have to take them and get the horrible santa picture. >> reporter: so the crying picture is a great picture,
after all? >> it is! i mean, it's still memorable and, you know, we get some good laughs out of it for years to come. >> reporter: fine by santa, who adds, parents can also be scary. >> they're all yelling and waving things, trying to get the child to smile, which if the child is scared, can just add to it, that maybe there's something to be scared about, you know? >> reporter: until next year, the year you finally get the perfect santa snapshot. >> i told her that i would give her ice cream if she took a picture with him. >> reporter: remember that memorable can be perfect too. jacob rascon, nbc news, dallas. >> oh, my gosh. i still have a picture of me crying at age 2 with santa. >> oh, yeah, we all have pictures of kids crying with santa. >> my nephew, just tears. >> it's a rite of passage. and apparently so, because a lot of people are sharing their
santa fail pictures at today.com. carson has been checking them out for us. >> it's better than when they turn out good. they're just fun. take a look at laura, sent this one in. kid's kind of mimicking santa there, not too happy. lindsay, the kids throughout the year, not bad, a little trouble at the bottom, but we all have these. they're classic. look at zane here. this is mary's son. throwing a fit on the ground. >> nothing to do with it. >> santa's like, listen, i tried, what do you want me to do. here is erin's girls, the closest they're getting to santa. santa a little lonely. keep those great pictures coming, #orangeroom, we'll put them up for you. back to you. >> i think it's just, it's a stranger. even though it's santa -- >> and he's big. >> he's big. >> but he loves you and he's keeping track with the elf. thanks, carson. coming up, country music's new artist of the year, breatt eldredge performs live. but first, your local news.
>> announcer: "nbc 10 news" starts now. good morning, i'm tracy davidson. let's get your first alert forecast from meteorologist michelle davidson. good morning. >> good morning. it's a cold one. temperatures at or below freezing in some spots. mostly cloudy if not overcast in some spots. the cloudy spot being cape may. we're taking a live look from cape may camera. temperatures 32 in philadelphia, 24 in reading, just 20 in lancaster. bundle up this morning. it is a cold one. only up to 40 later on with a chance of showers. tuesday, we're going to see cloudy skies. rain is likely. milder, 52. wednesday, that's the day to watch, windy and rainy. lots of clouds. milder though. 60 degrees. thursday we dry it out.
windy and 51. quiet and breezy. partly sunny, temperatures in the upper 40s on saturday. >> now let's check the roads. check in with jillian mele. an accident at chestnut street at 56. use caution. traffic is being detoured around that scene. this is a live look at 422. eastbound near trooper road. checking drive times on 95 southbound from woodhaven to vine, that will take you about 20 minutes. tracy. six families in delaware looking for a place to stay this morning after a late night fire tore through their wilmington complex. fire broke out on valley run amounts on butter nut. part of the property partially collapsed and all the crews were ordered out of the building. firefighter was treated for minor injury. no word yet on the cause of the fire. i'm tracy davidson. we'll have another local update in 25 minutes. you can always get local updates at nbc10.com.
it's 8:30, it's monday, it's the 22nd day of december, 2014. thanks, again, to all these nice people for sticking out in the cold weather and joining us here. of course, we've got the christmas tree down at the other end of the plaza. three more days until the holiday. and then things calm down a bit here. >> calm is the opposite of what's happening out here. this is incredible!
i love this! this is tremendous! all right, here's a question, though, have you done all your shopping? >> almost. >> one or two left. >> not bad. coming up, last-minute gifts for all of the people who have procrastinated. i love this, including items you can buy online today that will arrive by wednesday. did you hear anything i said? >> there's going to be a pop quiz coming up. also, from easy eats to baked snow, time-saving holiday hacks to help you get through the next few days. >> and, that's my line, the man behind the most-plaid song on country radio, brett eldredge is here, and he's going to perform his new single live. >> but first, dylan, how about a check of the weather? >> we've got a big rainstorm moving in for christmas eve. we are looking at a starry -- i know. i'm getting a big boo. we are looking at some storms up and down the coast of carolinas, right down into florida. heavy rain all the way back to the ohio river valley and a
wintry mix back through st. louis and up into detroit. then on christmas day, the whole storm will pull away. still windy with some morning rain. and most of the snow for a white christmas will be out in the rockies, where the snow is falling right and a good monday morning. i'm meteorologist michelle grossman. you want to grab the umbrella if you're heading out this morning. a few showers especially later on today. rather cloudy, 38 to 41. right around normal for this time of year. cold and rain is likely as well. 52. even milder on wednesday. 60 degrees. a rainy and windy day. not a great commuting day. by thursday, christmas day, sunshine comes back. we drop into the 50s. we're looking at partly sunny skies. 50 on friday and into the 40s on saturday. >> and that's your latest forecast. carson? >> thank you very much, dylan. and as you know, we've partnered with feeding america for today's million meals. for every dollar donated, ten meals will be given to people in need. and as we announced last week, we've decided to extend our
digital food drive a few more days. that's going to be now extended at theen end of the year. a very generation donation came from from smuckers. 35,000 jars of preserves, equals almost 45,000 pounds. our total is at just under 850,000, the goal is 1 million. so we're getting close. our city challenge also continues. we've got the meteorologists from the city that donates the most will come get to do the weather with al here in the studio. sitting on top of the list, you've got detroit, baltimore, and st. louis. keep those donations coming. the deadline has been extended. if you more info, go to today.com. >> carson, thank you so much. now to a couple of holiday hacks to ease some of the stress you're probably feeling about this time. this morning, to help you entertain, nina durson is here. she's a today.com senior editor. nina, good morning. happy holidays. >> good morning, you too. >> we've been hearing a lot about hacks recently. this is a different kind of hack. >> it's just quick, easy tricks to make your house a little more dressed up, a little more festive for the holiday. >> and you'll help us feed our
friends during the holidays with something that's like a breakfast cupcake. >> this is super easy and it looks a lot fancier than it is. looks like you put a lot of effort in. whip up some eggs, if you have 12 people, make a dozen egg, and add whatever you want. a little sausage, a little cheese, stir it all together, and just ladle it, go ahead, mix it in, and ladle it -- >> a little festive cupcake liner. >> makes it look like you tried really hard. >> pop that in the oven for about how long? >> about 20, 25 minutes. no cleanup. don't have to do anyone's dishes. >> and people can kind of snack on those all day long. that's number one. hack number one, if you run out of candle holders, you've got a great idea. >> i love this, because i'm terrible at crafts and it takes two seconds and it's free. grab whatever glasses you have in the house, different heights, flip it over, take a shortly candle or tealight, and you have a new candle stick. >> and i like what you did here. put little things underneath it to make it more festive. >> if you want to dress it up,
put ornaments, candy, whatever you want. >> this next one is ingenious. you're making fake snow. if you're in california and make it feel like you're in the holidays, how do you make it? >> dump a box of baking soda in, i premixed this for you a little bit, and add as much shaving cream -- add it slowly as you go. >> and stir it with your fingers? >> you should stick your hands in here. it's amazing. it feels like snow. >> put a little more shaving cream in there for a second. >> and you want the consistency to be what? >> you want it to feel like snow. it takes about two minutes to stick together. look at that. >> that's fantastic! >> you can make snowballs. decorate the tops of things. make sure kids don't put that in their mouths. >> but they can play with it. >> and coming up next, a hack for getting fake snow off your hands! we'll do that next with nina. thank you very much! you can find more holiday hacks on our website, today.com! coming up, last-minute gifts that you can order today and have in time for christmas eve. but first, this is "today," a messy version, on nbc.
we're back now at 8:37. we're starting a special series here on "today" called "i am unbroken." >> so the new movie directed by angelina jolie follows the remarkable life of war hero, louis zamporini and it was based on the book by laura hillenbrand. >> and this week we are honoring his story by highlighting other resilient heroes like him, people like bonnie kate, a survivor who was nominated by her husband, max. >> bonnie kate is my wife. she's my best friend. she is a flower child. she's just incredibly strong and she is incredibly beautiful. yeah, she's amazing. >> max has stood by bonnie kate's side, even when life got
difficult. in 2012, bonnie kate had just returned from a mission in haiti to her hometown of baton rouge, louisiana, and decided to go on a road trip with a friend across the country. along the way, they stopped in aurora, colorado. >> we were supposed to go hiking that day, but there was a really bad drought. >> reporter: they decided to see the midnight premiere of the batman film. >> 15 minutes into the movie or so, a tear gas bomb flew across the screen. >> all available units respond to the theater. >> then there was like, shooting started. and i ducked down beneath my seat and then i feel this huge bang in my knee. like a big 2 x 4 board like smacked my knee. and it jolted my entire body and i knew, like right away, that i had been shot. >> reporter: another theater goer pulled bonnie kate to safety and she was rushed to the hospital. she was in surgery for eight hours. >> i was shot with an ar-15 and it pretty much blew up everything. the pain was really awful.
i didn't know such levels of pain could exist. >> reporter: bonnie kate had another six surgeries and months of rehabilitation to learn how to walk again. >> i'm in pain every second of every day. >> reporter: she had her family to help her through and her faith, but most of all, her love for max. >> max has helped me in so many ways. he tries to make the amazing things to like cheer my up and strengthen me. he just made everything special. >> just kind of instantly showed me that, like, in an instant, you can lose somebody, and life is so short. >> reporter: so in january, max took bonnie kate back to a different movie theater. this time, it was for love. >> i make films and so i thought, what if i made a trailer and it was a story about a guy coming to grips with how to impress this girl. >> she's the only girl in the world who's worth it. >> max filmed her reaction. >> bonnie kate, this is for you.
>> i was like, ahh! i can't believe it. >> i was totally surprised and overwhelmed. >> we walked out of the theater and all of our friends were there making a big human tunnel. >> nailed it. you definitely nailed it. >> it really was magic. >> reporter: they headed over to bonnie kate's grandparent's barn where max popped the question. >> when you propose, you only have one shot at this and i wanted to make it last, make it count. >> he was like, will you grow old with me. i was just like, yes, yes, jumped and tackled him with hugs and was sobbing, crying. >> reporter: last may, they got married. >> i feel like i've never been weaker, but i've never been stronger. >> reporter: she's able to soldier on with a smile. she's able to soldier on, period. i think what makes bonnie kate unbroken is the fact that she is still smiling.
>> i am bonnie kate and i am unbroken. >> adorable. they make a perfect couple. bonnie kate says she hopes one day she will no longer have pain in her leg. and max's film about their story has had almost 700,000 views online. >> i love her, i love him, i love both of them. what a great couple! >> and after a horrific moment in a movie theater, a nice moment happened in a theater when she returned. >> i think he wanted to give her something special when going to the movies. >> 700,000 views and now 700 thousand and one, two, three. >> great story. up next, still have holiday shopping to do? we've got last-minute gift ideas to save the day for you. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
love. and this morning, it's all about those last-minute gifts. we've been racing around to pick up. lori is "good housekeeping" style director and she's with us this morning. good morning, good to see you. >> you too. >> i love a plan of attack, especially when you've procrastinated. >> i know. but you still have time. we've broken it down into three categories. so there's online shopping still to be done. let's talk about the first deal here. >> we're three days from christmas and these are things you can launch into -- >> you're really cutting it down to the wire. you want to make sure you read the fees, read the fine print. >> shop shipping also. >> everybody is different. let's start with the amazon kindle. what's so great about this, this is the newer version of it. it's normally $79. today, because you've procrastina procrastinated, they'll cut you some slack, $59, free two-day shipping, you'll get it in time. make sure you order it by 4:00 p.m.. >> phenomenal. >> and banana republic. everybody loves something a little sparkly. banana republic has great jewelry and it will be huge in spring 2015. love that. and $22 overnight shipping,
everything here is around $45. so for under 75 bucks, beautiful jewelry, go to banana republic. >> i'm so obsessed with these shoes. >> they're from american eagle, they're $20. it's $20 to overnight ship. and what's neat about them, they're like a down jacket, so you can even pull this right around your ankle, nice and cozy and snug. >> oh, those are cute. >> so now we're talking about christmas eve, okay? there are places still open. and one of those places is target, which is open until 10:00 p.m. and it's selling -- this is actually the "good housekeeping" toy of the year. so i'm going to show you how this little guy works. he wants to give you a cookie, tamron. >> okay, so it's your personal robot. >> yeah, he does everything. >> good job $99, toy of the year, kids of all ages will love that. >> i'll eat the cookie while you tell us more. >> this is from barnes & noble, also open until 6:00 p.m. these are the buddha boards. meditation will be huge in 2015.
i you can just do, hello, hi, did i do that right? can people see that? >> yeah. >> then it dissolves. it's supposed to inspire a moment of zen. under $30, under $11, hope until 6:00 p.m.. it will dissolve, clean slate. >> it's happening now! i like the clean slate. >> very zen. the buddha board. okay, this, these are fish, beta fish. this is a really cool, unique way to give a gift. $5 for the fish and $16 and up for the national geographic aquarium. petsmart. go to your local petsmart, open until 6:00 p.m. get a cool gift. >> and i have two beta, they live forever. >> and they're beautiful. >> keep them separate, though. >> the day of? >> you have three choices, grocery stores, drugstores, gas stations. >> so what'd we get? >> come up with something that's personal and practical. we did survival kits. a polar vortex kit, all these little minis. maybe you wouldn't buy it for yourself. >> i gave savannah a mommy emergency kit. >> grab a jar, put that in.
>> and if you have the gas station folks, this is your best bet. crash lotto. it's the thrill of the game, the rush of the gamble. and then it's all about the presentation. all we did was scotch tape it together and tie a bow. we got all of this at a gas station. >> that might be the most fabulous last-minute gift. but you have to split the money if they win? >> that's up to you. >> all right, lori, thank you. happy holidays. up next, a live performance from one of country music's most popular stars, brett eldredge, but first, this is "today" on nbc. you used to sleep like a champ.
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>> announcer: the toyota concert series. so 2014 was a really good year for brett eldredge. he took nashville by storm with back-to-back number one hits and was named new artist of the year at the cmas. his debut album is called "bring you back." brett, good to see you, happy holidays. >> good to see you, what's going on? >> everything's going on, you're going on. i understand the way it goes, for each of the first two number one hits you got, you went out and did something crazy. >> yes. >> you swam with the sharks. >> yep. >> you went skydiving. >> yes. >> so you've got a new song that's climbing the charts. are you thinking about what you're going to do when that gets to number one? >> yeah, and it's so hard to know what to choose, because you know, we've tried to take it to a different level every time. so i'm like, i'm open to any ideas. >> how does your mom feel about these stunts?
>> my mom, when she went skydiving, she stood on the ground and wouldn't look up until she saw me hit the ground. she freaks out. >> so we went online and asked people on twitter to send in some suggestions about things you should do. >> oh, my gosh. >> when "mean to me" hits number one. do you want to hear them? >> i want to hear them. >> and guys in the band, i want you to clap and let us know which one you think he should do. first one, kiss a grizzly bear. >> my mom's really not going the like that one. >> take the polar plunge. >> yeah! >> i like that. >> you know what that is, obviously. >> oh, yeah. >> last one, get some ink, tattoo. >> ohh! >> come on, come on! >> by popular demand, you're getting some ink, my friend. >> man! >> what are you going to sing for us? >> my song, "mean to me." >> help it get to number one and help you get some thats tattoos. ladies and gentlemen, brett eldredge.
♪ ♪ if i could be the reason your hair's a mess ♪ ♪ the bass drum beatin way down deep in your chest ♪ ♪ if i could be the voice on your radio ♪ ♪ then i could be your long ride home ♪ ♪ if mine could be the name that changes yours ♪ ♪ the wine in your glass ♪ the swing on your porch ♪ the dollar in your pocket ♪ and the peaceful in your sleep ♪ ♪ then i'd be what you mean to me ♪
♪ standing here ♪ watching you ♪ turning every head in this crowded room ♪ ♪ the lights down low ♪ dancin slow ♪ oh, if falling's how you feel ♪ ♪ and perfect is what you see ♪ then i'd be what you mean to me ♪ if i could be the fire in your firefly ♪ ♪ the cool in the rain ♪ the spark in your eye ♪ the answer to your prayer ♪ and the faith that sets you free ♪ ♪ then i'd be what you mean to me ♪ standing here, watching you
♪ turning every head in this crowded room ♪ ♪ the lights down low ♪ dancin slow ♪ oh, if falling's how you feela, and perfect's what you see ♪ ♪ then i'd be what you mean to me ♪ ♪ and, o, all of this talkin makes you laugh ♪ ♪ but i've got to let you know just how i'm feel, feel, feel while i'm ♪ ♪ standing here, watching you ♪ turning every head in this
crowded room ♪ ♪ the lights down low, dancin slow ♪ ♪ oh, falling's how you feel and perfect's what you see ♪ ♪ then i'd be what you mean to me ♪ ♪ yeah, falling's how you feel and perfect's what you see ♪ ♪ then i'd be what you mean to me ♪ ♪ be what you mean to me ♪ oh, yeah, be what you mean, what you mean, what you mean to me, to me ♪ >> beautiful! >> nice job, brett.
way to go. i'm picturing the word "mom" right there on the guns. >> congratulations. great band. >> we'll be back on a monday >> announcer: "nbc 10 news" starts now. good monday morning. i'm rosemary connors. just a few minutes before 9:00. let's get a check of the forecast with meteorologist michelle grossman. a mix of sun and clouds. >> that's right. we're looking at temperatures around freezing in philadelphia. we are looking at philadelphia and we are seeing a mixture of
sun and clouds. more clouds than sun. we'll see the clouds increasing throughout the day. 35 in philadelphia, 34 in alan town. 26 in atlantic city. grab the umbrella. uv÷ see a few showers especially late. milder on tuesday up to 52. rainy and windy on wednesday. 60 degrees. we'll dry it out on thursday. bring bcdk sunshine, partly sunny and 51 and breezy on friday. this morning we're following a developing story. sky force 10 was over seventh and shoe streets this morning. this was where a man was beaten for several hours after an overnight abduction. he was taken from a house on cranston road around 1:00 in the morning. that man is being treated at einstein hospital. police tell us theyui$ave one person in custody. no word yet on a motive in this abduction zwroo six families in delaware are looking for a place to stay this morning after a late night fire ripped through their wilmington complex.
the fire broke out on butter nut lane around 9:30 last night. part of the property partially collapsed and all crews were ordered out of the building. a firefighter had to be treated for minor injuries. the cause of this blaze is under investigation. i'm rosemary connors. now back to the "today" show. i'll see you in 25 minutes for another update. remember, you can get the latest news and weather any time on nbc10.com.
>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist, and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on this all-female edition of the talk on this monday morning, december 22nd, 2014. i'm natalie morales, we've got tamron hall here, jenna bush hager. the boys are off, but when the boys are away, the girls will play. >> from sunrise to sundown, we will play. >> absolutely. a lot of people talking about the wedding of the weekend. they finally did it. elton john married longtime partner david furnish this weekend. although they had a civil wedding, i guess here in the united states, nine years ago,
actually, to the day of the wedding. >> which is great! >> it's good for all your friends and family. one anniversary. but they legally -- >> with their little boy. the couple posting these photos on social media in realtime. and they encouraged everyone to get involved with the hashtag share the love. because they wanted everyone to feel like they were a part of it. >> what a great idea! >> but remember, we did a story not long ago of some people banning tweets from their weddings and pictures. i like this idea. they even -- we did a story, people who hire an individual just to do the social media part for folks who can't make it to your wedding. >> some people think it's taking time away from the couple. >> exactly. a lot of -- certainly a lot of priests or pastors don't encourage you to take pictures during the ceremony. >> but this is different. >> but they also fought for the right to get married. they fought for the right to get married. they're getting married and sharing is it with the world, which is sort of opposite from a lot of celebrity couples, i have
to say. >> i love it. i love george clooney shared his wedding, did it in grand style and had everyone there, so you don't have paparazzi leaping out of trees. and here elton john, he knows that people have been rooting for him and his family and they shared it. >> and they also had a lot of celebrity guests. >> of course! >> ed sheeran, the beckhams were there. this is brooklyn beckham. he's 15 years old now. >> what happened to him?! >> he's cute. >> he looks more like david now. >> he does. and ed sheeran was there. we showed a picture of ed wearing elton's iconic glasses. i don't think that elton or bono let people wear their glasses. >> look at his face, like, wow, dude, give me back those glasses. he kind of looks like elton john there, ed sheeran. but great moment for them. we're so happy for them. congratulations. another story we're still talking about, it will not go away, the sony hack situation. obviously, a more serious concern regarding what some have called cyberterrorism. the president called it
cybervandalism. nevertheless, sony's top attorney now says it's just a matter of time before "the interview" is released to the public, but not in theaters. they're thinking it may go online. there was one report, maybe, of even youtube. it's not clear which direction, but they do plan to release it in some form. now, the white house says it's pleased to hear that sony is considering releasing the movie, but the first thing i thought was, okay, whether it's the theater, whether it's online, does that then re-open all of this, whomever is targeting north korea, denies that people are responsible, even though the fbi said that that country responsible. if you put it online, does this start all of this again? >> well, there were more threats from north korea or from those -- >> whomever is responsible, threatening that if anybody does release it, they will face the consequences. >> i'm with the president, though, i have to say, freedom of speech. >> yeah, the president called it a mistake on friday. >> you hope that nobody gets hurt, obviously.
but at the same time, this is america. and so censorship something that i don't think any of us are for. >> natalie said -- >> what do you do? >> what's your point? if you're online and stream it to your computer, will there be something encrypted -- i don't know enough about technology. i'm with you, i'm thinking, show this film. george clooney got little support when he called on other hollywood actors to take a stand on this. but, of course, though, leave it to "snl" to take controversy and turn it into something that was epically funny. here's their take. take a look at "snl" clip from the weekend. >> hello. i'm dr. evil. i've preempted this program, because i'm furious that north korea and sony pictures have both given evil organizations a bad name. but why pick on sony? they haven't had a hit since the walkman. come on, sony. you thought it was a joke to
have james franco assassinate kim jong-un? the man single handedly almost killed the oscars. >> oh, my gosh! i love it. >> that, yes, is mike myers, making a brilliant return -- >> as dr. evil! >> and dr. evil is back. how old is dr. evil? >> he must be in his 60s or 70s. >> he brought back the one million dollars. >> with the spanish accent. >> one million dollars. >> one million dollars. that's how he talks. >> not really. >> no? >> that's okay. >> not quite. >> but you worked it a little bit. but it was great to see it, "snl." and it was a great show, by the way. >> and we'll be talking to amy coming up in a new movie, "big eyes." but mean, as the year is wrapping up, we had a chance to do something with "usa today," where we kind of picked our picks for the year. >> and i don't even remember
this. i kim i came over and said, do you remember the things you picked for the year? >> i don't have any idea. >> we'll put you on the spot. >> and at the same time -- now you've forgot it. >> well, we do. i would still agree -- >> okay, let's hear. >> for the breakout star of 2014 -- >> i stand by this. >> these are our choices. benedict cumberbatch, i pick chris pratt for "guardians of the galaxy," and both willie and tamron? >> sam smith! >> i love -- each one of those men have had great years. >> and they're different types of stars. >> and the on thing i regret now, we should have at least picked one female as a breakout -- i'm not sure how that happened. that we have all females. that was our gut reaction. >> was it just men? >> i would have picked a women. >> there were many breakout seasons. but i stand by sam smith. >> all right, best song --
speaking of breakout, best song of 2014. >> al and i both picked pharrell's "happy." tamron, sam smith. >> i am all about sam smith. i want him to clean up at the grammys. >> do you have one? >> "shake it off." >> what about "all about the bass." >> my mother keeps singing that. >> do you think she knows what it means? >> the year really had been all about the bass. >> we know what the bass is. the bass. >> all right, best dress in 2014? so here are our choices. >> lupita nyong'o. i went with amal. i think she's also breakout of the year. >> for sure. >> she was! >> and that white pantsuit -- >> beautiful! >> it was epic.
willie also picked lupita nyong'o. and tamron with beyonce. >> anyone who wears a leather jacket with tattoos on the back, she's your girl. >> she was playing to tamron. >> if you want to weigh in as well with your picks, just go to today.com or usa.com to vote for your top picks. usatoday.com. >> it's fun to look back at the year. how things change -- >> "happy" seems like it was last year. >> that's the problem i have with "froze." it actually was november of last year, but its reign of greatness continued through this year. >> i think it will continue through forever. >> this is a new take on doggy breath. look at this, virgil the poodle, who knows exactly what to do with an electric toothbrush. >> let's see. >> hi, virgil. what's this?
what is this? >> oh! >> i don't think virgil -- >> that's not a face of, brush my teeth, that's a face of -- >> no, see, i think that's a face like, have you ever brushed a dog's teeth? >> yeah. >> have you? >> i brush my dog's teeth, yes. >> i just love how he does like this. >> see, the electric toothbrush sound. >> it sounds like a vacuum. >> you all like that he went like this? >> it's cute! >> is that what he did? >> it's a little early for that. >> thank you! >> you have beautiful teeth. >> oh, thank you, i wore braces. >> let's get a check of the weather once again from dylan dreyer. the female party continues! >> all girls today. it's all us. we are looking at a pretty nasty week for weather across most of the country. right now, we've got snow back through the rockies, we've got rain and fog through the midwest, and we've got heavier rain down through the southeast. and thunderstorms too, in the panhandle of florida. we are going to see messy weather start to really take hold, though, as we go into
tomorrow morning. we've got strong storms, perhaps even some tornadoes. some downpours and some wind gusts, all through the southeast on tuesday morning. and then as we go through the day, it's going to start making its way up the east coast, through the carolinas, and then by wednesday, we're going to see it affect most of the major hubs and all along i-95, where heavy rain is going to be falling. we'll see delays and also airport delays, not just the roads. and on the backside of this storm, some snow takes hold in chicago. the good news is, it will start to pull away by the time we go into christmas day, especially and a good monday morning. i'm meteorologist michelle grossman. you want to grab the umbrellas. we're looking for a few showers later on today. rather cloudy, 38 to 41. right around normal this time of year. a cold one, milder on tuesday and rain is likely as well, 52. even milder on wednesday, 60 degrees. a rainy and windy day. not a great commuting day. sunshine comes back tuesday. we drop back into the 50s. partly sunny skies.
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and these put the super in super hero. and standard shipping until 12:00 eastern. and i can't get enough. look, these backpacks have capes and hats. and these are sleeping bags. and even sort of, down here, an ironman pillow. >> love that! >> and these start at just $35. >> but today, you've got to get on the computer. >> santa's got our next gift. >> next gift? >> our next gift is from hannaanderson.com. and they've got two-day shipping until 5:00 eastern. and it's all about the christmas jammies! >> who doesn't love the christmas jammies?! >> even for the dog, molly. >> and a great christmas eve gift. >> and santa has been hanging out with these guys, taking selfies all day. >> santa! >> al roker says that he and his family pick up the tradition of wearing -- >> i don't, but my children. >> my child meets them. >> and santa, what do you have for us? >> thank you, santa!
>> we have -- it's from gojane.com. and they have two-day shipping until 2:00 eastern standard. and so we have these pop art purses. why not? a little milk carton and a nail polish. >> domino. >> isn't that cute? but also another must-have accessory, if you can grab our selfie stick. should we take a selfie with santa? >> santa! >> come on, santa! >> where are you? >> good job! >> where's santa? >> happy christmas! >> happy -- >> santa's been doing it all day long. >> santa, we need your help. >> there we go, sabnta. >> there we are! >> right there! >> cheese! >> all right. >> thank you! >> so our next gift -- >> the next gift -- >> oh, one more. this is from uncommongoods.com. so if you're looking for something uncommon, they're going to have it.
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taking a look at the headlines. the cdc today is still telling people not to eat any store-bought caramel apples until it can pinpoint the source of a listeria outbreak. at least 28 people in ten states have contracted the bacterial infection, possibly from pre-packaged caramel apples. most had to be hospitalized and at least five patients have died. during cold and cough season, there is evidence that hugs can actually boost your immune system by reducing harmful stress. researchers at carnegie mellon university had 400 healthy adults document how many hugs and helpful gestures they received each day and then exposed them to a common cold virus and found that those who got more hugs had a lower risk of infection, and if they did get sick, their symptoms were less severe. u.p.s. says it expects today to be a record breaker. the company says it expects to
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>> announcer: "nbc 10 news" starts now. good morning. i'm rosemary connors. 9:26 on this monday. meteorologist michelle grossman is watching the weather for us. we're tracking the rain, right, michelle? >> that's right. we are tracking the chance for showers today. also on tuesday and wednesday, it's a good idea to pack it in your bag. here's a live look outside. we're looking at clouds. partly cloudy skies if not mostly cloudy wherever you are. we're looking at cold temperatures above freezing final bely in philadelphia. up to 35 right now. 27 in reading. 26 in lancaster, 28 in cape may. chance of showers. tuesday, rain likely. once again, 52. mild on wednesday, rainy and
windy up to 60. christmas day bring that sunshine back. it will be windy.@t[x breezy on friday and then cold on saturday. now to developing story that we've been watching this morning. one person is in custody as part of an abduction investigation. here's what we know right now. the victim, a man, was taken from his house on cranston road in winfield heights section of the city. that was around 1:00 this morning. 5 hours later he was rescued by police. investigators say the victim was badly beaten. be sure to stay with "nbc 10" and nbc10.com as we learn more about what happened. and happening right now, u.s. senator chris coombs of delaware is holding a news conference in west africa. it started just a few moments ago. senator coombs is there to get an update on u.s. efforts to stop the spread of ebola. i'm rosemary connors. we'll have another local update in 25 minutes. you can get the latest news and
welcome back to "today" on this monday morning, december 22nd, 2014. hats off to our huge crowd outside. a holiday crowd -- >> christmastime in new york city. it's always fun to come to the city around this time of the year. people having a great day. i'm natalie morales along with tamron and jenna. the boys are off. >> some people really get into the holiday spirit. some really get into the holiday spirit. >> even at work. >> like this woman transformed her minneapolis office cubicle into a life-sized log cabin, gingerbread house, and all. take a look at that. all you need is santa in there. >> the question is, she's got to be the boss, right? because if anyone else took that
much time, they might say, aren't you supposed to be doing something? >> i like tall privacy she has now. >> i may do that all year long in my cube. >> do you have those skills? >> i could do -- well, it would take me a long time. i would be at work really late, sawing logs. >> it would be valentine's day. >> all right. well, meanwhile, an australian company put up a slip n slide through the office for their holiday party. >> that looks fun! >> no, no, no, we must do that. >> can we do a slip n slide? >> tomorrow, is there any way? >> please! >> let's do it! >> i mean, the thing is, it is summer in australia, it's a little cold here, but i don't care. >> i've been on this show a year, i don't ask for much. but, please! >> but that means i have to get the wet suit with you guys? >> how do you propose to do this? >> no, just put jeans on, we'll wear t-shirts. >> have you ever had wet jeans,
they don't feel good? >> our shirts will say, slide or die, because that's what very well may happen. >> let's do it! >> it remains to be seen. >> if i have to be in a wet suit with the two of you guys, that's a christmas nightmare. >> we're not scuba diving. >> i've already been in a wet suit twice this person. >> don't think of the negatives, think of the positives. so tomorrow, we will slide or die on "today." maybe. we'll see what they say about it. >> are you in with us? >> i'm 100% in. >> but jeans, i feel like that would rip the slip n slide. >> and then they put the oil on there. >> we'll figure it out. >> maybe some water? >> let's look at the snow cover across the country right now. everybody wants to know if it's going to be a white christmas. certain areas have about 2 feet of snow on the ground, like out towards the rockies and up through caribou, maine. we are going to see, obviously, a white christmas there.
elsewhere across the country, we are looking at some lighter snow. all it takes an inch or more of snow on the ground to make it officially a white christmas. we could see some of that snow back through the great lakes, especially some lake-effect snow up into parts of buffalo and up into central and northern new england, too, on the backside of that storm system that's going to make a mess of christmas eve, with mainly rain up and down the east coast. christmas eve night in the mid-atlantic, it will be about 60 degrees. it's going to be a warm one. back through parts of the rockies today, though, we are looking at some snow, perhaps a couple of inches with most and a good monday morning. i'm meteorologist michelle grossman. you want to grab the umbrella if you're headed out today. we're watching for the threat of a few showers. rather cloudy, 38 to 41. right around normal for this time of year. a cold one, milder rain is likely as well at 52. even milder on wednesday, 60 degrees. a rainy and windy day, not a great commuting day. by thursday, christmas day, sunshine comes back. we drop back to the 50s.
we're looking at partly sunny skies. 50 on friday and into the 40s on saturday. >> and that's your latest forecast. natalie and jenna? >> thank you, dylan. well, a lot of you are probably stopping by the salon this week to freshen your look up just before the holidays. but what do you do if you don't like your cut or your color and what do you do about tipping? especially now in the holidays. >> who better to ask about salon etiquette than rita, celebrity colorist to the stars like jennifer lopez, madonna, and beyonce. >> and daniel post is the great, great-grandson of emily post and co-author of "emily post etiquette: 18th edition." let's start with rita, the quandary that a lot of women and men have faced as well. if you do not like your haircut or your color, what should you do besides throw a tantrum? >> besides cry. >> first of all, don't cry, because these things happen. tantrums won't get you anywhere.
what you should do is correct what happened. if you see the same person over and over for many years, stylists, colorists, we're human, we're not machines, sometimes they're having an off day. you go back to the person and say very kindly, i always love what you do, something was kind of off this time, how can we fix it? and i think if you go in with that positive way, you'll get the best service and sometimes the person will be like, oh, yeah, i totally see what's going on here, let's fix it, and everything's good. if you start throwing a tantrum, the stylist like gets defensive and then it's like, oh, no, your hair looks good. >> that doesn't work. so when they do a re-do, what about tipping? should you tip? >> it depends, really if you're super happy with what the outcome is, then you can totally tip, but it's definitely not necessary, since you already tipped the first time around. >> let's talk about switching stylists. because you say you really don't like what's happening and you want to change -- if you want to switch -- even if it's at the same salon. can you do that?
>> i feel that women find that very uncomfortable to go to a salon and see somebody else. but the truth of the matter is, it's our hair, and as much as we love our stylists and we have a relationship with it, if you want to switch, it's your priority, it's your prerogative. you can switch whoever you want. you can always go to the stylist you've been seeing and saying, i just wanted a little bit of change, i'll probably come back and see you soon. no hard feelings. i love the salon, so i want to be a client here forever. >> it feels a little bit like cheating, but you say you've got to do it. >> it's more important you're happy with your hair. >> daniel, a good rule of thumb when it comes to how you do it, proper etiquette? >> you always want to be nice. and the heart of good etiquette is treating people well. when you're faced with challenges, keeping your cool, not losing your temper. remember, this is the person that's going to be cutting your hair, so -- >> that's true. >> yeah, they've got scissors close to the head. >> tipping during the holidays, what should you do? >> i think it's always nice to give a little bit something
extra. you could even bring a gift. that's always nice too. or you can give like double the tip that you do during the year. >> let's talk about the guys, daniel, at the barbershop and etiquette there. first of all, when it comes to shave shops. i think sometimes people, tipping is sort of a preference. >> absolutely. tipping is very similar to barbershop, to how it is in a salon. you'll tip 15 to 20%, the cost of the service. if the service costs a little less, the tip might come out a little less, but the premise is still the same. >> let's talk about cell phones. a lot of times, people want a zen experience at the salon, but some people also use it as an office. what do you guys think? >> clients on the phones? >> yes. >> i think as long as you're not shouting on the phone and interrupting everybody else, if it's their relaxing time, with i think that's fine. but the person working on you finds a little bit difficult when your head's down. so cooperate and keep looking up
and you should be fine with the phone. >> daniel, a good general rule for smartphones is you want to beware of the captive audience. there are people who can't get away in a salon. a barbershop is a little more of a community feel. you might be able to get away with a little more. but at a salon, i would want to protect the environment. >> i like a spa-type setting. i go in and just peace out. >> thank you, guys, so much. thanks, rita and daniel. next up, mariah carey and lady gaga, a double dose of diva for your pop fix right after this. is a really big deal.u with aches, fever and chills- there's no such thing as a little flu. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. attack the flu virus at its source
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>> i just got out of college. >> do you really want to know? >> i was in high school. >> well, mariah carey was creating -- >> actually, i was in seventh grade, i was in middle school. i'm young, girl! whoo! >> follow along, okay. >> mariah carey's "all i want for christmas" was at the top of the billboards. young jenna was dancing in middle school with all of her friends in texas, i'm sure. it was number one, by the way, for the 14th time this christmas. >> that song is epic. >> it is epic. >> it's number one in my book. >> okay. something else that's amazing. a big surprise for justin timberlake fans. the crowd at jt's national concert friday night got the surprise of their lives when garth brooks appeared on stage to perform his 1990 hit "friends in low places." jenna was age 2 when that song came out. >> i loved that song. >> garth posted, i saw an
entertainer tonight, #justincredible. justin also posted, just two boys admiring a sold-out crowd in nashville. earlier this month, timberlake posted a picture with the country star after attending his show, calling him one of his idols. isn't that great when you met someone you've been a fan of. >> you're a texas girl, are you a garth fan? >> come on! you don't have to be from texas to love garth. >> i'm sorry. did you love garth? did you love "the thunder rolls." >> are you going to sing it for us? >> that was such a juicy video, too! tamron's like -- >> they give me three minutes of pop fix. >> keep it going! >> you ready? >> i'm ready! >> this is the last one. a "friends" star is being cast as a car dakardashian. david schwimmer coming back to play the role of robert kardashian in the new fx mini series about the o.j. simpson murder trial. according to the hollywood reporter, the 48-year-old will have a reoccurring role on the
series "american crime story: the people versus o.j. simpson" opposite cuba gooding jr. who will play simpson, sarah paulson who will play marcia clark. the show is expected to begin production next year. >> that's a great cast. >> it's an incredible cast. >> obviously, the nature of the series, very intense. >> very dramatic. >> but the casting is pretty tremendous there. nevertheless, i want to switch, because i've got to go to something happy again. garth brooks, go ahead and say it -- ♪ the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes ♪ >> i didn't know what this song was about. it was about an affair. >> what have we come to? >> natalie retiring pop fix today. thank you. >> where do you go from that. >> pour a little out. >> that's it! up next, a tasty treat just in time for the holiday. she said there was agua in there. that must be a misnomer for vodka. that must be a misnomer for vodka.
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>> reporter: and yolanda underwood explains buckeye proud. >> we are proud of our state capital and our team. it's a product that represents how we feel about our state. >> reporter: recipes are passed on through generations. >> you can see that there's peanut butter on there, vanilla, and that scribbling is from my older son, katrina's husband, when he was a toddler. so how can you not use, you know, this thing. it means a lot to me. >> reporter: patty ball and her two daughters-in-law get together every year, all to make as many as a thousand buckeyes leading up to christmas. >> we give buckeyes to family, friends, coworkers, the mailman. >> reporter: and why stop at candy? katrina puts the leftover dough and made a buckeye pie. >> oh, my goodness. that is so good. >> reporter: and local jenny scoops up a buckeye ice cream flavor. the student union at columbus makes gelato using marcia's
buckeye. marcia smith was a stay-at-home mom who wants to make a few extra bucks. their treats sell around the country in stores like cracker barrel. >> i have had two generations work here. mothers and daughters, and i'm already thinking my oldest granddaughter is in second grade, maybe she'll get to work here too, and that would be three generations. and i think that would be just amazing. >> reporter: three decades later, her confections are still hand-dipped. >> and the toothpick is always my little mark that says they're from marcia's. >> reporter: a new tradition that an entire state can dip their hands into. >> because we love to eat around here, if you have a unique local treat that you think should be featured on the show, tell us about it. use the hashtag today's take. and we will gladly take them. even though we can't stand. >> this is "today" on nbc.
>> announcer: "nbc 10" breaking news. the breaking news that we're following this morning is out of salem county, new jersey. sky force 10 is on the way to a barricades situation near memorial hospital in salem county. here's what we know. a salem county prosecutor tells us there is someone barricaded inside a doctor's office at that hospital. this, by the way, is in mannington township. we are working to find out more about exactly what's going on there. as soon as we get an update we will make sure we pass it along
to you. you can stay here for our cut-ins and our website, "nbc 10 10".com. let's talk about the weather and get to meteorologist michelle grossman. michelle, you're tracking some rain coming our way this week. >> that's right. you're going to need your umbrella today and tuesday and wednesday. tracking cold temperatures to start out with. seeing a mixture of sun and clouds, more clouds than the day. 39 right now in philadelphia, 36 in allentown. 33 in millville. good a deto grab the umbrella. 40 degrees. tuesday, more clouds. rain likely. 52. mild on wednesday but tracking rain and also wind. not the greatest day for a christmas eve travel days. christmas day going to dry it out andtp÷i bring back sunshine high of 51. this morning six families in delaware looking for a place to stay after a late-night fire broke through their wilmington complex. it came through about 9:30 at
from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hello, everybody. it is fun day monday. it is december 22nd. and you know what is so wonderful about today? >> what? >> the days start to get a little bit longer. yesterday was the shortest day of the year. now we go towards june something and that's the longest -- >> can you feel the tide turning? >> already, baby. >> yes. >> indeed. great show for you guys. >> joanne does a dance she does -- do the dance.
>> yeah. >> the longer days dance. >> because she's happy. >> brett eldrege is singing for us. the artist of the year, he has a chart-topping song. he's an overall, great, nice guy. >> just a doll. and if you were too busy shopping to hear what all the celebrities were up to this weekend, we'll have all the latest buzz from hollywood. >> then a word you may be saying a lot to your kids this week, behave. >> what are we going to teach them? >> good manners. it looks like these kids already have. we'll teach them anyway. how was your weekend, you jet setting crazy girl? >> we had our big holiday party and i had to walk out on my own genius, i know. >> we showed the musical, "today" the musical at our holiday party, shown on tv for everyone on the 29th of december, coming up soon. but talk about uproarious applause and enthusiasm. >> for sal who is our leading man. sal, come over and sit in this chair for us, sweetheart. we could just -- sal is our
leading man in our musical. and he's very well behaved. he -- everybody went crazy. he's not miked. everybody went crazy over you. >> they loved it! >> okay, good. >> you're going to see it on the 29th. >> the star, or destined to be. >> a group of people -- this is the sad thing. cody called me over the weekend. it is a local story, but it is having -- i've seen it on some of the national news reports. a group of people were coming out of a catholic church in redondo beach last week after singing their big christmas holiday. and cody called me and said, mom, i'm so upset by this, i'm sitting in the parking lot of the church because they won't answer the phone and stuff. he said i want to do something to help, i want to do something -- four people were killed, one was a 6-year-old little boy. and it is the st. james redondo beach victims fund set up to help these families. go klgandhoda.com for more details. also wants to help the two -- the families of the two policemen murdered in bed-stuy
over the weekend. a lot of people this time of year wanting to get involved with local groups to impact their communities. >> good for cody. >> we also want to wish tom brokaw the best. >> he's in remission and we're so happy. it is a great present. by the way, boots and i celebrated christmas early this year. we did it this past weekend. we exchanged gifts and it was -- we had been dating for -- >> almost two years. >> this christmas, for some reason, was so much better and more -- i don't know, meaningful, than the last one was for us. >> well, you -- >> she's happy. >> i am. i am a happy girl. >> content and happy. you know when i was contented and happy? >> what? >> over the weekend, i got to meet first time, my little erin, my 3 week old little great neph nephew. my -- we're not allowed to show the picture. >> take it down. >> take it down, please. not allowed.
>> okay. >> sorry about that. >> they just want to keep some privacy. i don't blame them one bit. he is precious as can be. and about six pounds, 11 ounces now and i tell you, you can be in the worst mood and meet a baby like that and my father lives on in his name and in his blood line and my sister is so happy. she's waited a long time to be a grandma and her husband. and my mom -- it really breathed new life into my mom who misses my daddy so much. >> once the kids come, everything changes. it adds years, it just -- >> such a joy. >> sure does. >> sorry about that. we didn't mean to show. >> it will get fixed. >> it will get fixed. >> here is a question we have. so if you look at a close friend of yours and she seems to be gaining a little weight. >> right. >> should you say something -- >> you've been nice enough not to say anything to me because i have gained a little weight. you've not said a word. >> but i don't see it. >> you also don't tell the truth all the time. >> no, i don't see it.
there are certain people, you look at them, that's the first thing people notice. i think -- i'm never in favor of that. because anyone who is gaining weight and we have all been there and -- the last thing you need is your friend going, hey, by the way, you put on a few lbs, want to hit the gym. or if they say it a nice way, last christmas you looked great. but they do say if you give someone positive reinforcement, according to the study, it helps them lose weight. if you give them negative reinforcement, point out what they already know because, you know, it is a bad feeling when you put on a few. we all know what that feels like. so don't say anything to your friends. >> or have you ever been successful in that? we would love to hear from you if you said something to somebody and they received it beautifully and lost all the weight. we would love to know if that happened. >> who? who is this miracle person and where are they? >> long live the leggings, we say. hoda comes in almost every day with leggings on because it is nippy out there. you wear your boots.
>> in montana, the republican house banned leggings. they said they are not considered dress pants. and so this sparked some controversy. last week they decided to amend that dress code so that now they do once again allow leggings. >> they were called sexist and outdated. >> i can't believe that anybody would -- if you -- i get it, leggings, if you wear, like a short top with leggings, it does look a little like you have athletic pants. but a long sweater, the way most people wear leggings, something that, you know -- >> think about how much more is exposed wearing other things, a short mini skirt. i think they're quite modest by comparison. >> yes. the new york times had an article in the paper this week and they were talking about men who sit with their legs splayed. it is called man spreading. you see it on the plane, guys
who splays his legs out or on park benches when you're trying to mind your own business. >> fine if you're alone, i suppose. but what they're saying on the subways is, it is taking up so much space. >> stop hogging everyone's room with your splayed legs. dude, stop the spread. rob shuter, he'll demo what leg splaying is. >> hello, rob. this is how men, yes, that. why do they do that? >> because they're men. they're animals. >> why would you sit like that -- >> i never sit like that. i'm a total gentleman. i sit like this, like emily post taught me. >> let me ask you a question. is it easier because your legs naturally splay out. >> it makes it easier for a man to have more room. >> okay. >> it makes that much difference? >> for some gentleman, it does. >> for you, rob shuter. >> oh, yes.
rob shuter. >> all right, rob. thank you for the demonstration. >> we'll see you in a moment. >> just sit there and be quiet. that's good. >> cross your legs. >> there was this cute commercial i was watching tv -- by the way, scandal and i know that a lot of you -- >> you're addicted now. >> it has gotten sick. joel -- we just started watching it this weekend or last weekend and we were watching the first season and then it became a cracky addiction because all we could do, we look at each oh like one more episode, one more, one more. at one point, my tv box that has the netflix said error, error, error, come back later. i unplugged and rebooted, nothing was working. i dove for my ipad because i needed the next -- and they -- every five seconds, after they run one episode, there is a five second break and the next one runs, you could sit there all day long and you got to start it, it is so awesome. >> why would i want to lose my
life to ""scandal". >> it is so worth it. >> i lost my life to scandal a couple of times and i don't want to do it anymore. >> there say cute commercial on, from kmart, it has pregnant women in it. take a look. ♪ ♪ santa baby save under the tree for me ♪ ♪ been a good girl and a baby hurry down the chimney tonight ♪ ♪ santa baby hurry down the chimney tonight ♪ ♪ hurry down the chimney tonight ♪ >> cute. >> right? >> someone's water is going to break there. favorite things. yesterday, behaving myself, looking out my kitchen window and who comes running to my door but elisabeth hasselbeck. she gave me a cuff. this one starts at 62 -- they start at $62. it says an audience of one,
meaning if you're pleasing god, that's -- >> that's beautiful. >> and then my other favorite thing is this that hoda gave me the other day, a thumb ring from jennifer miller. >> trendy. >> i'm wearing all my friends stuff right now. >> one of my favorite things, you know sometimes you get random by somebody and it puts you in a good mood. i was running through central park and these two fun girls nancy and i can't remember the other one, they were crazy, they love the show, i stopped and took a picture. sometimes a stranger -- i was pooped at that part of the run, someone gets you going, so[t thanks to everyone who gives you extra love. >> you were wearing legs and you looked quite appropriate. >> thank you. >> your favorite celebs were getting married, having babies. >> we'll get you all caught up on the scoop from hollywood. >> with who? >> rob shuter. exchanging gifts.
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you missed while you were out sitting in traffic and fighting the crowds for last minute gifts. >> here with the scoop is naughtybutnicerob.com's rob shuter. we have a lot to get to. let's talk sony for a second. there was talk on the sunday shows that sony will in fact distribute the film. >> this really high powerful lawyer, david boyce. you know him from the gore versus bush case. sony hired david. david did "meet the press" on sunday and he said the film will be distributed. he didn't know how or didn't say how, but they will find a way to distribute it. he defended sony by saying they did not pull this picture. cinemas refused to distribute it. they do not own the -- >> stream it live and just say happy holidays. >> they could do that. they could put it on demand. there are ways. >> if you're looking at netflix or youtube, do you think those carriers would be worried about
being hacked too? >> they would be. remember, sony does own playstation. they could put it out over playstation. what is a little bit disingenuous about this is they have taken down their twitter feed for this movie, they have taken down the facebook page with this movie. movies with a 6-year-old still have twitter feeds and facebook accounts. it doesn't look great, but they are saying they will distribute it. >> okay. let's talk weddings and babies. elton john. >> finally got married after 20 years of dating david. they had a civil union for about nine years. >> to the day, i thought. >> this weekend they tied the knot and officially became married. >> big deal. huge deal. the reason they didn't do it before is because in britain this just became the law. gay couples in britain were allowed to have a civil union, but couldn't technically get married. now they can and the whole nation went crazy. elton even joined instagram, just a few days before his wedding to let the whole public share this fabulous, fabulous day. >> lance bass got married too.
>> married this weekend. he's a cute guy. michael, now husband, they got married over the weekend. everybody from 'n sync went to the wedding except for one, justin didn't go. he was doing a concert so technically he couldn't go. but i think i might have moved my wedding back a day for justin, don't you think? i want justin there. he sang with kristin chenoweth. she was there with her new boyfriend, so quite a celebrity wedding. >> are they a real thing? >> they are a real thing. they're together. and e had their cameras at the wedding because e is going to turn this into a wedding special. >> so many wedding specials on e, right? jason kennedy's is coming out. >> yes. and tell us about the babies. babies born. >> yes. kristen bell had her daughter
this weekend, delta is her name. isn't that adorable? she tweeted us a picture of a gorilla holding another gorilla's little hand. they are terribly private about their children. they really -- there is the picture. adorable. dax tweeted out, she doesn't look like either one of us. but i think we're going to keep her. very sweet. >> adorable. >> courtney had her third baby. >> her third baby and announced the name over the weekend, it is rain, as in reign of the queen. reign astin disick, that's her third baby, and born on exactly the same day as her first son, five years ago. new little boy in the house. >> a lot of celebs looking around and realizing they're losing followers. >> that's right. >> what is going on. >> they finally got their 300 million sort of instagramers what they're called and to honor that, they went through the
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in mannington township where the man just gave himself up to troopers. this is near memorial hospital of salem county. investigators are trying to figure out exactly why the man was barricaded inside or if he had a weapon. police tell us that no one was hurt. all right. now let's get to the weather. it's dry outside right now but meteorologist michelle grossman is tracking some rain in the forecast. michelle? >> that's right. good morning. we're tracking the chance for showers today, also on tuesday and wednesday. wednesday looks to be pretty steady rain. we'll talk about that in a minute. right now we're looking at mixture of clouds and sun. we're going to see more clouds as we head throughout the afternoon and a greater chance for showers. 39 in philadelphia. 29 in reading. 33 in atlantic city and 36 in wildwood. we are off to a cold start. as we head throughout the afternoon, we'll top out around 40 degrees. tuesday rain likely. wednesday is the day to watch, rainy and windy. we could see rain up to an inch and winds gusting over 25 miles per hour. 60 degrees by thursday.
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we are back with more of "today" on this fun day monday. here is something that will get your attention. >> the average family throws away about $2,000 every year and that is in just wasted food. >> that's incredible. if you're tired of tossing half your pantry out or about to learn how to make a lot of those items last longer thanks to the help of readers digest editor in chief liz vaccariello. hello, liz. >> hello. >> this is a great segment. we toss. i am guilty of it too. >> how often do you go to bake something, you go for your brown sugar -- >> what happened to it? >> hard as a rock. we have a couple of quick tricks. you can put some marshmallows in there. put a slice of bread -- >> people might know that. >> slice of bread, apple slices
or cute little terra cotta honey bear. soak it for 20 minutes and stick it in there. >> what is that going to do other than confuse you? >> it is all about retaining the moisture in the brown sugar. so you just keep it sealed. >> snap it in there. >> apple will eventually rot. >> not if you seal it. >> airtight. >> oxidation -- >> hey. >> cheese. >> okay. so cheese can last a lot longer than you think. but if you're storing it in plastic wrap or foil -- >> the way most people do it. >> what i used to do until i discovered this. >> i put it in ziplocs. >> it can go bad very quickly. you have to let air and oxygen circulate around the cheese. >> you need oxygen. >> you need oxygen. >> you wrap your cheese in that. and you can get a couple of extra months out of it. >> how do you stick it down? >> stick it down over the fold.
shouldn't be tight. let it breathe. >> let it breathe. >> now, honey, honey can be left in your pantry unopened for -- >> it crystallizes. >> did you put it in the refrigerator? if you get that crystallization in there, the easy way to dissolve it is put it in a shallow pan of simmering water and stir it for a couple of minutes, about 20 minutes and your honey will be as good as new. >> you know you have the plastic bears, that's how i buy the honey, you can't do that. >> you put it in a dish, a little glass dish. >> put it in a dish. >> okay. >> all righty then. >> so now we go to the freezer. maple syrup, we can keep this unopened for a good year in our pantry, but after you open it, a lot of people want it to have a little bit of a coolness to it. you can put it in the refrigerator. you can put it in your
refrigerator. >> okay. i'll do that. there you go. >> because of the high natural sugar content it will not freeze. >> oh. okay. >> you can put it in the freezer. >> put it in the freezer. >> put it in the freezer, not the fridge. what about butter in the freezer? butter can keep for three to four months in the refrigerator. >> it is locked. we're going to rub our butter -- we'll wrap our butter in a freezer -- >> you're going to break it! >> moving on to the fridge -- >> push it and -- >> now the fridge. >> now whole wheat flour. you can keep it -- it has extra oil in it because of the wheat germ. keep it in the refrigerator or it will go bad. same with -- >> soy sauce. soy sauce, all about color. it should be a reddish brown
color. if it turns black, it has been oxidized. put it in the refrigerator, you get an extra year out of it. >> mayo i put it in the fridge. >> they don't like heat. paprika, your cayenne peppers and chili powder and mayo. don't put it in the bowels of the fridge, put it in the door of the fridge because it can be super cold where the egg and the oil -- >> but you can open it. >> what about down here in the pantry? >> we'll test what you know about -- >> oh! >> honestly, how did you do that? >> i go over to it and i -- you have to let some time, you create a vacuum. >> i'm exhausted. okay. >> how long do you think vanilla lasts? >> i don't really care. >> it does last forever.
except after you open it, it loses its peak flavor after about five years. >> okay. >> how about vinegar? >> i have vinegar forever. >> it lasts indefinitely. worcestershire sauce. >> a year? >> two years. >> two years? it lasts for about ten years unopened, four to five years in your pantry. salt? >> i don't know. >> forever. >> forever, like the granite on your countertop doesn't go bad. pasta and beans both go forever. may be a little stale. if you have dry beans, maybe soak them for a while. it could be decades for either one of them. >> i'm going to go home and soak my beans. okay. >> thank you very much. country music's new artist of the year, brett eldrege gets ready to sing for us. >> such a nice guy. and how do you do? teaching your kids how to mind their manners over the holidays, especially when it comes to socializing right after this.
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>> we have a fun little game here. we have three children and you put them in different scenarios. we're going to go about the wrong way and the right way. is that what we're going to play out? sidney is first. this is the wrong way to open a present. sidney wouldn't do this normally, she's just been trained. show us the wrong way, sidney. >> i don't like it. >> i don't like it. >> honest. >> what do you think? >> first and foremost, not every kid knows how to open the gift properly. but the fact of the matter is, we never teach these skills. why not teach the skills at home. take a moment before you get into the chaos and the madness and explain what your expectations are in advance. so in this case, i would say, sidney, do a little role playing, this is so much fun, sidney, let's say, can you give me this gift? can you give it to me? i don't like it?
how does that make you feel? >> sad. >> it make you feel sad. so just role playing out the exercises is so important. >> show us the right way to do it. >> i love it! this is what i wanted! >> it is great to write a thank you, you know. teaching your kids, even just thanks, if you gave your mom or your dad a thank you, would they be happy? >> yes. >> absolutely. >> and the other thing is, create a plan. don't -- instead of having the chaos erupt at your house, mack a schedule, who is opening first, youngest, oldest -- >> make it last longer. >> vital skills to teach for life success. >> thank you, honey. >> teach your kids what goes into it. i think we sometimes don't want to bother our kids with all the things we do. it is like they open the refrigerator and all the food appears. help your kids understand we shop for it, we thought about it. you're saying thank you not to the -- you're saying thank you
because i love you enough to spend the time to go get it for you. they got to know that. santa loves you that much and worked so hard. >> now we come to the door and we have elliott. now, sometimes when the doorbell rings, elliott will show us the wrong way to open the door. go ahead, elliott. >> my parents are that way, slam. >> wow. that's right. so we'll practice something. i'll do a quick game with you. ever do a staring contest? i'm going to do a staring contest with you. ready, said, go. oh, man. i lose. you won. you were terrific at that. this is what i want you to do. i want to open the door and then you -- hold my hand and do a quick staring contest and say, welcome! okay. ready, ready to practice? okay. hold on. >> welcome! >> yeah. that was terrific. >> good job.
>> where is that doorbell? >> hocus-pocus, it was magic. >> it teaches them a game sometimes. we teach our kids so much. >> make it fun for them. are we going over here now? >> all right. >> what are you doing back there? >> where is the doorbell? >> now, isabel, show us the wrong way to sit at the table. >> i want my dinner. >> i want my dinner, okay. that's a no-no. >> this is another one of those skill sets. it is, like, as parents, we just kind of think our kids are going to inherently have wonderful dining skills. >> why do we think that? it is ridiculous. >> osmosis, by seeing you eat perfectly -- and we don't always eat perfectly. but it is important to sit down and teach the lessons.
parents often don't even know themselves. >> help the kid understand that you're acting to me the way you want to do make other people feel comfortable. i don't want you to do that to me either. that's what you're doing. manners is just about making other people feel comfortable around you. >> how is the right way to do it, sweetie? >> so, we usually do what we're thankful for. >> love that. >> i'm thankful for love and family. >> beautiful. >> yeah. >> i love to teach, too, like be grateful for something you can't hold in your hand. so something that is not a material object to express gratitude during the holidays. >> and the best way, if you want your kids to have great manners, best way, model them. if you're grateful during the holidays, and thankful, that's
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what a nice crowd we have still outside. lots of parents post cute videos of their kids at christmas time. >> why wouldn't neil patrick harris and his husband do the same? they posted a video on instagram of their twins singing jingle bells. take a look. ♪ jingle bells jingle bells ♪ ♪ jingle all the way ♪ oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh ♪ >> oh, cute! so cute! >> the first christmas for them as a married couple. >> congrats to them. if you know someone alone for the holidays, we'll give you some hope and i was to cope with that. >> yes. and we'll see you back here
nbc 10 news starts now. >> right now at 11:00, police say a man is abducted, held for several hours, taken across town, and badly beaten. good morning. i'm keith jones. philadelphia police have taken one person into custody after a man was abducted, then beaten. authorities say the victim was taken from cranston street of wynnefield heights and found in a building on west chew avenue. nbc 10's katy zachry reports in wynnefield heights where the incident started. >> reporter: philadelphia police say the man you see on this stretcher was abducted from his wynnefield heights home and brought to this building in olney where inside at least two men wearing masks violently beat him. nbc 10 was the onl