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. >> reporter: well, the u.s. over the weekend mounted a show of force with south korea, and other regional allies, the u.s. flying two bombers from guam to meet up with fighter jets from japan and south korea. they did a low pass over the osan air base before the bombers returned to guam. all meant as a strong message to the regime in pyongyang, as well, there was a successful
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test of the thaad missile defense system. we also see diplomacy ramping up. president trump made a phone call today to his japanese counterpart, shinzo abe. there was a degree of nervousness about this over the weekend with south korea confirming that it was going to boost its missile defenses. japan saying it would consider it and pressure increasing on china to wade in to make that vital, final step to try to rein in the north. frances? >> thank you. all right, now let's turn to matt bradley, covering the latest between u.s. and russia. what is the impact of putin expelling those 750 diplomats and their families out of russia? >> reporter: well, phillip, there's no understating this. this is a massive reduction, and indeed it's starting to look more like the cold war than the
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cold war itself. the "washington post" noted this morning. this is the largest force reduction in diplomatic personnel since 1917. since the russian revolution. that's well before the cold war even began. but phillip, you know what's fascinating about this decision from russian president putin, the american sanctions bill that he's reacting to hasn't even become law yet. he made this decision before president trump had the chance to either sign or veto that bill. now that bill passed with near unanimous support, so the white house has indicated that they will be signing the bill. and even if they didn't, of course, they could always use their two-thirds majority to go past the veto. but let's be clear, this is a huge setback for russian/american diplomacy, but the timing of it shows that putin may want to preserve trump. by using this timing as it is now, he won't be able to blame
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donald trump for this bill, he'll be able to blame congress and the senate. >> looks like trump's hands are tied in this situation. thank you so much, matt. today john kelly will shift his focus from being secretary of homeland security as he will officially be sworn in as white house chief of staff. and after the abrupt resignation of reince priebus, who served just 190 days, the fewest number of days of any chief of staff in white house history, kelly's post is a reset button, welcomed by trump confidantes who say, let trump be trump. >> the thing that general kelly should do is not try to change donald trump. as you know, i've said you have to let trump be trump. that is what has made him be successful the last 30 years. that is what the american people voted for, and anybody who thinks they're going to change donald trump doesn't know donald trump. >> kelly will have the president at his side as the president
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continu continues to fume over obamacare. still, the question is, what, if any appetite is there to go back to obamacare after majority leader mitch mcconnell significantlenaed hsignaled his desire to move on after the failed vote. >> reporter: let's start with general john kelly. after this morning, a few hours from now, he will be steering that ship from the white house. make no mistake, he is being brought in to clean things up on the inside, to stop the leaks and to make sure that the people working in the west wing are working on behalf of this president and heis agenda, and health care is one of those things, the president tweeting, don't give up, the world is watching, even though mitch mcconnell wants to go on and let this go, the president does not. the first staff meeting and
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first cabinet meeting with general john kelly and the first time we've seen president trump and jeff sessions, the attorney general face-to-face since the president very publicly criticized him for stepping aside from that russia investigation. >> a lot of people looking beyond what is said and at body language. authorities in australia have broken up a terror plot aimed at air travelers. prime minister malcolm turnbull says a large-scale counter terrorism operation led to the arrest of four people near sydney. they were planning to take down an airplane with improvised explosives that are harder to detect. they believe it was islamic-inspired terrorism and that the operation is still ongoing. >> the reality is with terrorism, you can't wait. you can't wait until you put the whole puzzle together. you do have to go early, because if you get it wrong, the consequences are severe. >> prime minister turnbull said heightened airport security
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measures are in place. the suspects have not yet been charged. in north carolina's outer banks, a severe power outage is threatening local businesses and ruining vacations. it started when crews accidentally kw accidentally cut into a transmission line. yesterday three transmission lines were actually damaged. the outage spurred the state's governor to issue mandatory evacuation orders for both islands filled with tourists. during the summer, the island draws 55,000 visitors each week, making this the time of year that's make or break for business. >> we have approximately 16 good weeks to make our living for the entire year. >> three or four days of week for some families will mean a mortgage payment. >> officials say it could be one or to weeks before power is fully restored. time now for a look at your weather week ahead. >> here to check out our week,
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bill karins. how are we looking this morning? >> not good in florida. storm system spinning offer the coast. a lot of heavy rain is likely as we go throughout this morning into today. as we go throughout the next two days, this isn't going to move much. it's going to drift over the peninsula and sit here bringing periods of rain, maybe a little bit of flooding. especially in city locations. it doesn't look like it's going to be widespread. the rest of the forecast looks great, mid atlantic, midwest, enjoy the
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gets his 3 thousandth career hit, he celebrates with his family and teammates. they stopped the game to give him a standing ovation. he becomes the first player from the dominican republic to reach that milestone. huge congratulations to adrian beltre. >> love seeing his family run up there. leading the news this morning, three alabama inmates are still at large after a total of 12 inmates broke out of jail near the city of jasper. the walker county sheriff's office says they discovered the jailbreak during routine checks sunday evening. they recaptured six men, three more were captured overnight and one remaining escapee is charged with attempted murder and residents are urged to stay inside. venezuela is reeling from deadly political violence. a controversial election spurred clashes between groups and forces. what is the crisis in venezuela, and how will the u.s. respond?
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>> good morning, guys. the crisis is about the country's president, nicolas maduro, trying to consolidate power. critics accuse him of acting like a dictator. the violence soared this weekend. virtually all the candidates, even his wife and son. it has led to more than a dozen deaths. more than 100 have died this year. violence at times has been explosive. now that fiery blast wounded several police officers as they drove by massive demonstrations in the capital, kara cuss. it would give maduro sweeping powers and eliminate the opposition-controlled legislature. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., nikki haley tweeted, this,
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quote, sham election is another step toward dictatorship and the u.s. will not accept the outcome. the trump administration has threatened new sanctions likely targeting venezuela's oil sector, the country's main source of money. more details as well as election results could come as early as today. still ahead, a big day for john mccain and his cancer treatment. plus, to airline passengers have any rights when it comes to getting skiezed like sardines? this you'll want to hear. and at our factory in boston, 1,200 workers are starting their day building on over a hundred years of heritage, craftsmanship and innovation. today we're bringing you america's number one shave at lower prices every day. putting money back in the pockets of millions of americans. as one of those workers, i'm proud to bring you gillette quality for less, because nobody can beat the men and women of gillette. gillette - the best a man can get.
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fast forwarding into monday, arizona senator john mccain begins cancer treatment at the mayo clinic today, undergoing a post surgical regimen of targeted chemotherapy. i tweeted this image after enjoying a hike with his daughter yesterday. president trump will come face-to-face with attorney general jeff sessions at a cabinet meeting today. it will mark the first time the two have met since mr. trump bashed sessions in the "new york times" claiming he was disappointed in the ag, seemingly pushing him toward resigning. and jury deliberations will get under way for the so-called pharma-boy. and those are just some of the headlines on this monday, frances. does it feel like every time
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you fly the seats are tighter and tighter? a federal judge agrees with you, and she is ordering the faa to take a second look at its policies. nbc's steve patterson is at l.a.x. with more. >> reporter: for years, it's been a growing problem. americans getting larger while the space between airline seats shrinks. >> i think it's ridiculous that prices keep rising and the seats keep getting smaller. >> reporter: on friday, a federal judge in washington, d.c. ordered the faa to review its decision. they previously denied passenger pleas. critics say airlines are cramming people in for one reason. >> the airlines want to make more profits. >> reporter: they said to take another look, calling this the case of the incredible shrinking airline seat. >> as we see more and more people being squeezed into the airplanes, we're now reaching the point where we don't think people can get out like they
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need to. and this has become a real safety issue. >> reporter: the airline industry says they meet or exceed all federal safety standards and say there's no need for the government to interfere with the market. the advocacy group fryers rights cited data that over the decades, the seat pitch has dwindled from a comfortable 35 inches to 31. some planes as low as 28 inches. while seat width narrowed from 18.5 to 17 inches over the last decade. during that same time, the average american has well, gotten steadily bigger. >> bigger, now. get them bigger. too small, not good for your tushies. >> reporter: the faa does say the agency has to explain why in the case of passenger safety size isn't an issue. in a statement to nbc news, the faa says it will review the ruling carefully alongside any actions the agency can take to
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address the court findings. in the meantime, passengers heading on board their flights in the ever so slightly smaller seats. >> one thing to be uncomfortable. another to be unsafe when it comes to your security and that's where it makes all the difference. >> as much as we pay, though, just a little bit more elbow room there. just ahead, what's old is new again with the return of another tv favorite. plus george clooney puts the paparazzi on alert, saying his kids are off limits. details next. when frankie popped the alligator floaty. plus, the snacks and drinks are gone, people. and one of us used up all the sunscreen! i wonder who... . we're gonna need some reinforcements...quick. copy that. walgreens makes it easy when summer needs a little help. your summer base camp is just around the corner so you can get in, out and back to those summer shenanigans. walgreens. at the corner of happy & healthy®. now with card, buy one, get one 50 percent off sunscreen.
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do you remember that? >> oh, yeah. >> one of mtv's most popular show. and now total request live is making a come back. it ran from 1998 to 2008, it's being revived in a quote, massive studio in times square. so carson daly is not going to return as host but instead, five co-hosts are set to be featured in a reboot premiering in object. that would make sense because carson's pretty busy. >> he's got other things to do. >> la la anthony. >> carmelo's wife. maybe he won't get traded. >> they have their own stories that they're dealing with, too.
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for a second weekend in a row, "dunkirk" took first place at the box office. it earned $28 million even after disappointing reviews. the emoji movie came in second place and pulled in $25 million. and universal pictures r-rated comedy "girls trip" is still enjoying a smooth ride, earning more than $20 million. >> we were talking about atomic blond. >> surprised that did not make the top three. >> with all the hype. george clooney putting paparazzi on notice after a french gossip magazine posted pictures of his wife carrying the twins in the back yard. he said photographers scaled the fence, climbed our trees and they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. this is "early today." protect from uv rays and harmful blue light. both indoors... and out.
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caught in the cross fire. bullet strikes a girl. throwing a curveball. governor chris christie goes after a baseball fan who heckled him. working together. republicans and democrats expected to announce a renewed push on health care. days after republican led bill failed in the senate. it's just before 4:00 a.m. good morning. welcome to monday. this is nbc 10 news today. first lock at four. i'm tracey davidson. >> i'm vai sikahema. school sta cool start. good morning. coming up on 4:00 and
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temperatures are cooling down. no surprise. 50s rights now in the suburbs. look at the lehigh valley at 59 and 56 in new jersey. humidity is way down. going to be another beautiful day. 56 in philadelphia, warm to 89 treat this afternoon. middle 80s in the suburbs. the shore right up to 80 degrees with a lot of sunshine. sunny skies for the lehigh valley and delaware too. break it down hour by hour. show you how quickly the temperatures rise. first, jessica boyington has your first alert traffic. >> bill, to start. starting on the schuylkill. ongoing construction project here. looking at cameras around the blue route. see lane restrictions right in here. only have one lane getting by on the eastbound side and the westbound side right now. approaching city line avenue. in between those two points we have lane restrictions the entire way. watching on the schuylkill though, drive times, i don't think they're too bad right now. everything still green. a lot of traffic out there of course so early we're not seeing
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buildup or backup. one lane getting by at a time. 14 minute eastbound from the blue route to vine street expressway. speeds still down into the 50s. we're moving at least. vine street expressway is open. not dealing with any construction this morning. westbound and eastbound moving through center city. you'll be just fine. end here with bridges. in the process of opening for tacony-palmyra scheduled for # 3:55 you can take the betsy ross bridge. breaking overnights. stray bullet strikes a 17-year-old girl. >>over night police thought they cornered the gunman. they're still on the run. live at the hospital where the teen is recovering. any word on hi condition. she's in stable condition right now. we know that 17 dwreerld gi-yea was at a home when a bullet went through her window and hit her in the chest just before midnight. offduty police officer who was visiting fd

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