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the cia director unleashes a blistering attack on donald trump, denying that he was the leak, defending the intel community and much more. got him and arrested in the new year's massacre that claimed 39 lives at the turkish nightclub. new details in the arrest of the wife of omar mateen, the wife of the orlando nightclub killer. gene cernan, the last man to walk on the face of the moon. and get ready for flying taxis. they may be here sooner than you think. "early today" starts right now. good morning, everyone, i'm ayman mohyeldin. >> and i'm francis rivera. >> with only two days until
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donald trump is sworn in, a blistering attack has been unleashed on him from john brennan. with "the wall street journal" following trump's boisterous criticisms of the intel community's integrity and his recent tweets against the cia's director. going so far whether to question whether brennan himself was the leaker of unsubstantiated allegations. after brennan critiqued trump for policies through 140 character tweets, this morning new fighting words from director brennan himself. quote, when there are allegations made about leaking or dishonest or a lack of integrity, that's where i think the line is crossed. brennan took particular offense with these comments from trump last week where the president-elect equated intel officers leaking information to nazis. brennan responded forcefully. tell the families of the 117 cia officers who are forever memorialized on our wall of honor that their loved ones who gave their lives were akin to nazis. serving in harm's way right now and their families are worried
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about them that they are akin to nazi germany. as of this morning 32 members of congress, all democrats are arest fusing to attend friday's inauguration. it follows the recent tit for tat between trump and civil rights legend john lewis after lewis questioned the legitimacy of trump's election because of russia's interference. also bowing out the b street band, the bruce springsteen cover band. the members said they were dropping out of playing because performing there isn't something the boss would approve of. meanwhile, a trump appointee is also bowing out from working in the administration. conservative author dr. monica crowley said that she would not be taking a senior communications role in trump's national security council amid allegations of plagiarism. and she is not the only one this the hot seat. this morning another round of cabinet confirmation hearings are set to take place with betsy devos for education and trump's pick to lead health and human services tom price is getting
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his share of scrutiny after a report surfaced he purchased stock in a company right before introducing legislation that would benefit that very same company. the senate's leading democrat chuck schumer called for an immediate and thorough investigation into these potential violations, and he added that the report casts serious doubt on whether price is fit to hold the office of secretary of hhs. overseas now to europe where the continent-wide manhunt for the gunman involved in the horrific nightclub shooting in turkey has come to an end after four individuals as well as the prime suspect accused were arrested. that's according to turkish state media. the arrests come two and a half weeks after the heinous shooting left some 39 people dead and another 69 wounded. a police source confirmed to nbc news the suspected gunman was arrested during a police operation and was taken to a hospital. earlier this month turkish authorities said they had identified the main suspect behind the nightclub shooting. however, they did not reveal his identity as he remained at
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large. we're expecting to learn more about the suspected attacker and what, if any ties he had to terror organizations in the coming days. nbc news has confirmed that one of the victims of monday's deadly nightclub shooting in mexico was an american from colorado. a total of five people were killed, four died from gunshot wounds while a woman appeared to have died in a stampede as people fled the caribbean club in playa del carmen south of cancun. club goers ran for the exits after a gunman opened fire inside the blue parrot nightclub in the popular resort town. according to authorities, the gunman tried to enter the club around 2:30 in the morning but was denied entrance by security and that's when he opened fire. law enforcement is still searching for gunman, and they're also investigating another exchange of gunfire that happened near the club to determine if it was related. and in miami, there was also a mass shooting during the holiday. in fact, it happened at a martin luther king jr. memorial park during an atv and bike festival
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celebrating the civil rights leaders life. eight people were shot, including five children and teenagers. two victims were treated at the scene and released while the six others were taken to the hospital for further treatment, one of them in critical condition. now police have detained two people for questioning and two weapons were recovered. however, there could still be other subjects at large. and police have described the investigation as, quote, very active. it was president obama's final martin luther king jr. day as commander in chief, and he spent part of the day with his family, honoring mlk's memory by painting a mural at a family shelter in washington. the obamas joined residents of the shelter to complete what they called the wall of hope. it's the very same shelter to which the first family donated an old swing set once used by daughters sasha and malia on the white house south lawn. and it wasn't the only occasion president obama marked. >> they said this day would never come. i will say to the cubs can it took you long enough. i mean, i've only got four days
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left. you just make it under the line. >> the cubbies finally made to it to the white house, celebrating their historic world series win. and the team's president revealed the real reason they rushed to the white house before the president, a die-hard white sox fan, left office. >> with only a few days remaining in your tremendous presidency, we have taken the liberty here today of offering you a midnight pardon. for all your independeindiscret baseball fan. >> perhaps none was more inducing than his own pair of air jordan sneakers complete with president obama's signature and also the presidential seal. >> that's a nice little touch. i'm sure he is going to enjoy holding on to that one. just ahead, a hair-raising close encounter with a giant al gate they're looks a little too prehistoric to be honest with you. but first, a tornado tore
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through the houston area late monday. the national weather service says the twister had winds of 65 to 85 miles per hour. luckily no one was hurt. but today dangerous ice and snow are headed toward the northeast. let's get an update on all of this with bill karins. he has the details for us. >> good morning to you, guys. we just had thunderstorms rolling through chicago in the middle of january. very weird. that's over lake michigan. all this mess is going to head up into the new england area later on today. there is just enough cold air that we're going to get freezing rain over pennsylvania, new york. snow to sleet to freezing rain. and then a winter storm warning for areas around concord and outside of portland. the heavy snow will be in the high elevations. but this is 4 to 6, even a couple of spots with 8 inches outside of bennington. northern new england gettes the snow. icy mess later today central and interior portions of the northeast. that's a look at the big weather story of the day. now here is a closer look at the day ahead. well, look at those temperatures. warm air surges up ahead of this storm system into areas like pittsburgh, 58 degrees.
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cleveland is going to be around 58. where we had the horrific ice storm, we're going to do a little bit of melting in oklahoma and kansas with temperatures in the 40s. and it does look like we're going to have a close call for inauguration day with the rain on friday, guys. i'll have that forecast coming up. >> a lot to watch in the next coming day, bill. thank you. just ahead, new clues in d.b. cooper mystery. plus, new details on what the wife of the orlando nightclub shooter knew on the attack. what is causing the sharks to leap out of the water? back in two. ...made with whole grains and fiber to help a body thrive... folic acid and vitamin d... ...to make a body feel this good. start your day with 150 nourishing calories... ...in a bowl of special k. ♪ eat special, feel special. introducing special k nourish bites. a new way to snack special.
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walk on the moon died monday following ongoing health issue, according to his family. cernan logged more than 566 hours in space. more than 73 of them on the moon's surface. he famously returned to earth with a message of peace and hope for all mankind after tracing his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. cernan would later testify before congress on the importance of returning to the moon. astronaut gene cernan dead at the age of 82. leading the news, a new development in one of the deadliest terror attacks on u.s. soil, last year's shooting rampage at the pulse nightclub in orlando, florida. noor salman, the wife of the man who carried out the rampage is under arrest and will appear in court today. pete williams has all the details. >> reporter: seven monthses after 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at orlando's pulse nightclub carried out by 29-year-old omar mateen, the fbi arrested his widow, noor salman. family members say federal
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agents seen in this early morning video took her into custody at this house in northern california where she has been living since shortly after the attack. >> we said from the beginning we were going to look at every aspect of this case, of every aspect of this shooter's life to determine not just why did he take these actions, but who else knew about them, was anyone else involved. >> reporter: federal official says she is charged with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting in the attack. according to law enforcement officials, sources say she knew her husband was preparing to carry out some kind of attack but failed to give any warning. investigators say she told the fbi after the shooting that she drove him to the pulse nightclub at least once because he wanted to check it out. they say she at first claimed she tried to talk him out of doing anything violent. but in a long interview with "the new york times" in november, she denied knowing what he was up to, and her lawyer said she had no advanced knowledge, and that prosecuting her dishonors the shooting victims because it punishes an innocent victim.
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but orlando's police chief says, quote, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime. >> that was nbc's pete williams reporting. well, it has been called one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in fbi history. and now three amateur scientists may have new evidence that could help identify d.b. cooper. well, he is the mystery man who hijacked a flight back in 1971, demand $200,000, and then eescaped via parachute. scientists from citizen sleuth analyzed particles from a clip-on tie left behind by cooper. they say they found a combination of rare earth elements that point to someone who may have worked at a boeing plant. well, now they're asking for help from anyone with knowledge about the aerospace industry in the northwest. the fbi closed the case last year. >> what an absolute mystery. it's incredible. all right. well, the internet is going wild for two incredible animal sighingings. watch this. sharks giant leap out of the water. that's incredible that was off
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a big announcement ahead for general motors as investors play close attention to british prime minister teresa mace' brexit strategy. here with details on this tuesday morning. good morning. >> good morning.
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we are seeing more automakers steal jobs back to the states two weeks after donald trump criticized general motors for making the chevy cruze in mexico. it's part of a broader $1 billion investment in u.s. facilities. and news just out today, the south korean auto hyundai will spend $3.1 billion over the next five years investing in the states. this will be for new technology and retooling. but if there is demand, it may actually create a plant and build a new suv and premium car in that market. meantime, on brexit, not a watered down or half baked solution. we're talking about a full-blown exit today as divorce proceedings kick up a gear. all eyes are on a 12 priority list that will be spouted out by the uk prime minister theresa may letter today. in future it may not just be drones buzzing overhead if airbus has its way. it's been looking at a prototype it wants to test later this year. it's essentially a flying taxi.
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it allows vertical takeoff and landing. so great way to get out of gridlock if you're stuck in traffic, guy. >> i would think so. it seems like every week there is something out there. >> i think that could possibly work in some of these city likes new york to boston or philly or to d.c. nice little shuttle system. >> thank you very much. cnbc's karen tso, appreciate it. the west wing is going to get the "hamilton" treatment. plus, one supervillain caught reading donald trump's tweets? you're watching "early today." stay with us. every day is a gift. especially for people with heart failure. but today there's entresto... a breakthrough medicine that can help make more tomorrows possible. tomorrow, i want to see teddy bait his first hook. in the largest heart failure study ever, entresto was proven to help more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby.
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at the box office, the ladies took the lead over the mlk holiday weekend. >> excited to see this one for sure. >> there is a lot of buzz. great reviews, blockbuster "hidden figures" brought in nearly $21 million, keeping the top spot for the second week in a row. and how about something for the kids? universal's animated hit "sing" climbed back up the ranks for monday's school holiday, bringing in almost $14 million. so you got the holiday weekend kicking these up. but also when you got oscar buzz coming up around the corner too, that may help. >> oh, yeah. a lot of folks gearing up. possibly a contender there. a familiar ovoice is back. lin-manuel miranda is back this time for "west wing." check it out. ♪ ♪ with the steady cam, aim ready
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♪ down, always ready for my close-up. the cops pull me over, sober judgment ♪ >> what's next? >> what's next? >> what's next? i'm saying what's next. what's next. >> it's catchy. >> what's next, what's next! >> it seems like he is doing quite a bit from stepping off the stage. "hamilton." >> very talented, very, very talented. >> there is another voice you might recognize. the joker. we're talking about luke skywalker's joker mark hamill who plays a super villain in dc comics. he has been sharing audio clips using his character's sinister voice to all things recite donald trump's tweets. so hammel read the president-elect's tweet about john lewis titling it a very special message for martin luther king day. take a listen. >> congressman john lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart, not to mention crime infested rather than falsely complaining about the election
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results. all talk, talk, talk. no action or results. sad. [ laughter ] >> it's so good. you would never put that voice to mark hamill if you didn't know. but funny how he is putting it to use like that. i think even throwing some meryl streep tweets in there too. >> it's a tongue twister. it's kind of similar to the tweets that jimmy kimmel and those guys do. it's funny to see a twist on tweets. >> especially with that voice. just ahead, reverse its course on great american day. why russia is being accused of leaking the season finale of "sherlock." that is heartbreaking. when you start leaking episodes and the shows people are waiting all season long for. >> no spoiler. >> absolutely. you're watching "early today." per roll
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bill henley. neighborhood forecast. >> hope you have your umbrella with you. seeing a few rain showers in the rare. look at cape may this morning. beach avenue damp. just some light rain has moved through the area this morning. more rain on the way. there's cape may the showers are
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a little steadier towards atlantic city. moving towards dover, delaware bay and south jersey. one area a little bit concerned. looks like the coldest air is to the north. any rain that's falling in redding and allentown will just be rain. any freezing rain will stay fut out of the area. temperatures just too warm for anything else. delaware in the upper 30s. cloudy skies in philadelphia. the suburbs and new jersey is 38 degrees. see the temperatures warm into the 40s today. not going to be an all-day rain, but the chance of showers will be with us through the day. some breaks of precipitation through the afternoon while the temperatures warm up to 46 degrees in philadelphia. 47 at jersey. 45 with the rain on and off throughout the day. go through the forecast hour by hour see when you get a break from the rain. jessica boyington watching your first alert traffic. >> starting off on 95 this
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morning. cameras right around the betsy ross bridge. watching lane restrictions here because of construction. just a minute ago all traffic was stopped on the southbound side. one lane getting by. some restrictions still in place. signing up ahead. watch for slowdowns on 95 moving towards center city. other than that, good to go. vine street expressway open again this morning. both recollection p directions open between broad street and open between broad street and schuylkill expressway. no alternates there. watching in morrisville. construction there. john going as well. right around oxford valley road. forced off off ramp, but able toll get back on. it's 4:30. 39 degrees outside. breaking from overnight about the missing malaysian plane. officials say they are suspending efforts after three years of extensive underwater searching. 230 people on board when it

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