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good morning. coming home. a plane carrying americans freed by iran, leaving tehran a short time ago. their long-awaited release coming hours before crippling sanctions were lifted on iran for holding up its end of the controversial nuclear deal. this morning, the journey to freedom and the heartbreak for the family of one man left behind. hillary clinton and bernie sanders set to face off on a debate stage for the last time before the iowa caucus. the night is expected to be tight. on the republican side, donald cruz.
loans. say whatever you want, he didn't report bank loans. boycotting the oscars. jada pinkett smith blasts the academy, suggesting a boycott for the lack of diversity among her husband will smith among nose snubbed. will others join her protest? fantastic finish. a playoff game for the finish. the packers hail mary as time ran out to tie the game. >> oh, what a catch! >> the cardinals answer with a huge play of their own in overtime. >> extending the play, crosses the field, larry fitzgerald. bay territory. >> was it enough? let's say, cardinals fans still celebrating today, sunday, january 17th, 2016. >> announcer: from n bc news, this is "today" live from studio
welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> glad to have you with us. i'm craig melvin with sheinelle jones and dylan dreyer also here. bags under the eyes this morning because last night was -- >> late. >> man, a fantastic finish. had that touchdown been the one that ended it, that would have been up there with the doug flutie hail mary. alas, it was not enough. we'll have more on the big game in a moment. let's get to the top story on this sunday. that, of course, is the developments coming from the release of the american prisoners in iran. they are expected to make it back to the united states soon, where they will be reunited with friends and family. we have the story covered from all angles this morning. from the freed prisoners to what this deal means precisely. let's start with keir simmons in germany, where they could be headed for medical evaluation. good morning. >> good morning.
we're hearing a plane carrying u.s. prisoners has taken off from iran. a senior official telling nbc news, those who wish to depart iran have left. we think they're on their way to switzerland, then expect them to come here to this u.s. medical facility in germany. they must be breathing a sigh of relief. >> reporter: freed from an iranian prison, five americans. it's a break through on a momentum weekend. former marine, a mir hekmati, held for four years. his family posted thanks on facebook. saeed abedini, a christian pastor, jailed over three years. his wife got the news at home in boise. >> surreal. i woke up the kids around 7:30 and told them daddy is coming home and out of prison. they were shocked but jumping up
>> reporter: jason rezaian, the "washington post" correspondent, was held for over a year and a half, also in solitary confinement. >> spectacular news. we're so happy. can't wait to see him. >> reporter: matt trevithick, a student, was first to be released. >> we were excited and happy to hear his voice today. we're thrilled he's out of iran and looking forward to seeing him. >> reporter: in exchange, the u.s. agreed to send home seven iranians charged with crimes in america. the attorney for one of the accused thanking the white house. >> thankful to the president. he's thankful to all the people here locally and internationally that helped bring this about. he's just ready to go on with his life. >> reporter: their release announced hours ahead of the historic and controversial nuclear agreement. years in the making, u.s. and europe unfreezing around $100 billion in iranian assets. >> the two tracts of negotiations were not directly related.
forged during the nuclear talks. secretary kerry said opening a path to freedom for the american prisoners. >> the "washington post" has just released a statement. it says, friends and colleagues at the "washington post" arehe wonderful news that jason rezaian has been released from evin prison. there is another side to the bob levinson, who disappeared in iran in 2007, is not heading home. his family releasing a statement saying, we are happyr families, but once again, behind. we are devastated. negotiations. iran appears to be saying, tnow where he is. germany. thank you. the question is what does this mean for iran and its nuclear future?engel is in vienna, home of the international atomic energy agency. richard, good morning.
this is a very significantplomatic break through. it was announced here last night. for iran, it opens the country back to the international it allows iranian businesses and iranian individuals to move money in and out of the country. they can now have access to the banking system. it was very difficult for iranians to do things like use credit cards. they often had to carry cash andtry. iran can now sell oil legally and openly and not have to use smuggling methods that have been common over the last several and it gives the iranians a great deal more confidence that their country is once again connected to the international there are also political ramifications, of course. now, the u.s. has a dialogue with iran. that dialogue was so valuable in securing the releaseican prisoners in exchange for freeing seven iranians, who are held by the united states.
for a very significant diplomatic break through. >> richard in vienna, thank you. the deal is seen as a for the obama administration by many, but it's republicans. ron allen is at the white house with more. >> now that the pri iran, we expect to hear from this morning. we expect him to herald this as what diplomacy can sh. pushing back on critics who say the iranians can't be trusted. the president said the nuclear deal will help the world prevent another war. the because the nuclear talks created a new channel for discussions with the iranians. beginning some 14 months ago, it gathered momentum after ther deal came together last summer. they said releasing the iranians in exchange was the right thing
most important thing is they could not leave the americans behind, and that they're coming home. craig? erica? >> ron allen for us at ania. ron, thank you. of course, the prisoner release and the iran deal will be a topic of discussion at tonight's democraticppening here on nbc. hillary clinton and bernie sanders expected to be swinging sharp elbows tonight. that race, of course, ning, and that has a lot of focus flt . on the republican side, the fight between donald trump and ted cruz is getting more heated. welker joins us from charleston, south carolina. good morning. >> erica, good morning to you. with just 15 days until the all important iowa caucuses, theatic and republican races are too close to call in the hawkeye state, making tonight's debate pif votal >> reporter: with just hours before the democrats duke it out tonight in charleston, the
>> we must stand up for working people and low income people in s country. >> reporter: and they took aim at republicans. secretary clinton bringing upe used when talking about president obama. >> both ted cruz and chris christie called him a child the night. too often, we hear republicans talking in coded, racial language. >> reporter: meanwhile, sanders announced he supports would amend a 2005 piece of legislation which limits liability on gun manufacturers. the move is a reversal for fter days of attack by clinton, who used the issue to paint sanders as soft on guns. sanders tried toowd he's not. >> we have to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. >> reporter: clinton signalled
do everything in her power to ama's actions on gun violence. >> reporter: meanwhile, the race on the republican side has donald trump and ted cruz running neck and neck in continuing to slam cruz for failing to report loans while he was running for senate. on saturday, trump's jabs drew >> excuse me, didn't report his bank loans. say whatever you want, he didn't report bank loans. >> reporter: cruz, who dismissed it, seizede his rival, after getting stuck for a few minutes in an elevator. >> who put donald trump in charge of the yesterday, a top clinton surrogate called on bernie sanders to release his medical records. the clinton campaign distanced that request. since, a sanders aid says they raised more than $3 million since last tuesday in the wake
all an indication of the fireworks we're likely to see here later tonight. >> it'll be a fiery one.er, thanks. chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." good morning to you. as kristen indicated, has to be aernie sanders and hillary clinton. specifically, what does each candidate need to do tonight in charleston? >> hillary clinton has telegraphed what she wants toe sanders. raise questions about his ability to get things done in washington. his ability to be the most electables ability to go toe to toe with the republicans that many progressives are frightened of, aed cruz. bernie sanders needs to pass this -- it's a subjective test -- but pass the commander inery time they sat side by side, hillary clinton has gotten the best of him. can he have a night where he gets the best of her? bo
as you know, craig, last debate, last time these two will meet face-to-face before iowa. >> chuck, after iowa, it'sw hampshire. there's talk about whether or not he could do very well in both those states. when we move to south carolina, there's a question of sanders' a more broad and diverse group of voters. is that still an issue for him? >> look, i think -- look, everything changes after iowa and new hink you cannot make any of these predictions. hilary lary clinton right now, is she stronger among african-americans, hispanics,er demographic base of the democratic party? yes. but history suggests this, erica, if whoever winsw hampshire, and it's the underdog candidate, in this case, bernie sanders, he'll suddenly start getting equal looks from the broader portionratic party. i wouldn't assume that what the polls look like today with
won't change if sandersshire and iowa. >> let's turn to iran quickly. the prisoner swap, the nuclear deal break through, the ng this, of course, as a victory. republicans saying it makes the administration and america look weak. in terms of long-term what do you think? >> well, let's see. i mean, you know, the obama gument, and i think it's a good one, is look what opening up a conversation with iran has done. it's made uncomfortable moments a lot easier to solve. the sailors detained. the administrationuld have seen that solved within 24 hours before this nuclear deal. that said, even hillary clinton wants to see more sanctions againss is a case where it may be one step forward and two steps back when it comes to the long-term future of the united states and iran. >> chuck todd, always good to
we look formuch ward to much more coming up where hillary clinton and bernie sanders will both be your guests.air tonight for the democratic debate, 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific on nbc. we know at least one american was among those killed in the terrorist attack in west 45-year-old michael was a missionary who moved from florida with his wife to work at an orphanage. he traveled to burkina meet other americans. he was in the cafe that was under attack at the gunmen went to the he declaration was signed by president obama, providing funds for bottled water, filters and other things as the city lead contamination. residents were exposed after the city switched its water source to save money.check now of your sunday weather.
weather out there this sunday. >> we had reports of four tornadoes possible in florida. was hit hard, as the tornadoes passed through a mobile home park. we have reports of two possible deaths and several injuriesstrong, gusty moved through. things are weakening right now. this storm system is winding down, but we do still havef possible tornadoes, especially through southern florida. unfortunately, more storms are firing up near sarasota now. this will continue to move by this afternoon, we'll lose the threat of severe storms. still been a threat. eastward. behind this, we're looking at storms.
>> thanks. as we mentioned off the top of the broadcast, a wildfl playoffs, with an amazing finish to the green bay packers-arizona cardinals game, here on nbc. here it is. the clock counting down to zero ion play. green bay quarterback aaron rodgers, hail mary, connects with eff janice. that sent it to overtime. >> insane, indeed. quickly followed by a 75 catch and run by larry the cardinals. >> inside the 30, the 20. >> if he scores, it's over!
>> if that wasn't pass to fitzgerald for the touchdown. arizona wins. heck of a finish. matchup between the patriots earlier. the patriots were back in super bowl form. defending super bowl champs beating the chiefs, 27-20. they're advancing to straight afc title games. today, divisional playoffs wrap up with the seahawks and the panthers. and the steelers taking on the denver broncos.rger expected to suit up for that. >> seems like every weekend, we've had a crazy finish. >> fun one. >> makes it fun to watch. >> i had fun watching we know you did. patriots number one fan, dylan dreyer. a long-awaited exhibit in open, to the delight of a long line of fans. the giant panda cub out in the
zoo. kristen dahlgren has more. >> reporter: after months of anticipation and waiting in line -- >> good morning, orter: -- it's safe to say all the hoopla hasn't gone to bei bei's head. the five month old couldn't have cared less if he was the ggest draw. he slept through his debut. >> he sleeps 90% of the eporter: didn't stop the crowd from trying to catch his perfection. >> he's very cute. >> reporter: from the time he was born, bei bei was a the first images of a pink cub, the size of a stick of butter, with his proud parent. ap. >> lungs are good and clear. >> reporter: the first ladies of two countries came together to give bei bei his name.
the panda program, an important diplomatic tie between china and the u.s. bei bei will stay in washington for four years, then be sent to re less than 2,000 giant pandas remain in the wild. >> we're breeding pandas here, and the next generation of pandas will hopefully start to go back into the eporter: bei bei's mission may be conservation, but for most, it's all about cuteness. while not everyone got the best could you not forgive this face? kristen dahlgren, nbc news. >> nothing like a cutep next, "saturday night live" putting a hilarious spin on the republican debate. we have the highlights the flu virus hits big. with aches, chills, and fever,h thing as a little flu. and it needs a big solution: an antiviral. so when the flu hits, right away and up the ante
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> we are back on a sunday with your morning dose of funny. "saturday night live" is back after the holiday break. >> former cast member darrell hammon returned to play. sheinelle is in the orange room with more. >> the first sketch of the night was a reenactment of the republican debate, and trust me, there were a lot of laughs on >> frankly, maria, i'm glad everyone is talking about my good friend rafael people are coming up to me all the time saying, donald, ted cruz was born in canada. he can't be president. his campaign is words, not mine. >> donald, the debate about natural born citizenship is just political nonsense. not canadian. canadians are well-liked.
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five americans held prisoner in iran will be reunited with family and friends back home. somehat left tehran this morning. the americans were released as part of a prisoner exchange between the united states and iran, hours ahead of a nuclear nation. police in belize say they have a man in custody in connection with theerican tourist. the 39-year-old woman's body was found near her resort. police say a gaut uatemalan man is being questioned in her celine dion mourning the loss of her brother daniel who died of cancer on saturday. his death comes two days after the loss of her same disease. we begin this half hour with the controversy over the 2016 academy award nominations. for the second year in a row, some claim the award show haslack of diversity.
strongest call to action yet. morgan has more from >> good morning. the sbher internet is erupting with the #oscars so white.tt smith is the latest calling for change, but she wants people to step offline and intoorter: she's setting it up. >> don't make me get ugly up in here, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: this time, on twitter, jada pinkett smith cott of the oscars. this is the second year in a row the academy hasn't nominated a single actor of oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards but we're rarelyur accomplishments. some say the reason is simple. >> well, it's just -- it's a membership.
the academy is a woman of color. 74% of academy members are re nearly 2/3 of all characters in the top 100 films, which is why people are upset enough to boycott. >> there's an old saying, d where you can't work. >> reporter: acknowledging that this year, there was no shortage of top talent. including will smith's role in "concussion." "concussion." sylvester stallone was recognized for his role in "creed" but not his protege, michael b. s also the actor who played his father ice cube in "straight outta compton." it got nominated for best original screenplay, but the screenwriters are white. >> are you upset? >> i'm not surprised. it's the oscars. they do what they do.
>> we'll continue to work hard in more inclusion into the academy, into hollywood. >> nearly half of movie ticket buyers are the conversation gaining traction, it remains to be seen if and
when real change will occur. in an interesting plot twist, the oscars will bes rock, who tweeted, the oscars, the white bet awards. >> funny. morgan, thank you. now to a clearing of sorts. steve harvey opening up about what really happened at last month's miss universe pageant. he will be sharing his with both miss colombia and miss philippines. sheinelle has more on that. >> it was one of the most uncomfortable situations on livesteve harvey will use his day time talk show to answer everyone's questions about the mixup.
colombia! >> reporter: it was the flub seen around the world. >> i have to apologize. runner up is colombia. miss universe 2015 is philippines. >> reporter: last month, harvey mistakenly crowned miss colombia, before realizing the real winner was miss he said he misread the card. >> it was my mistake. it was on the card. the internet internet memes were swift and merciless. the jokes didn't end there. >> the winner is "straight outta i'm sorry, folks. i made a mistake. it's here on the card. >> i'm sorry. i have to apologize here. first runner orter: the incident, harvey said, affected him
>> i couldn't sleep. but my wife was the best >> reporter: this week, harvey will sit down face-to-face with both contestants to make amends. >> come on, let's move t's be happy. >> okay, cool. >> is that what you were waiting for? >> reporter: and answer some of the biggest questions. >> i didn't do any anything because i wanted to talk to the women first. >> reporter: harvey also talks about that tough walk back on stage. >> can i tell you, i didn't want to walk back looking back on it, man, it's been days since then i wish i hadn't have walked back out >> steve heart rhee ee hee harvey's producers said miss colombia will sit downo, and talk about how it's affected her and if she can
time for a final check of the weather. >> it's colder andne at the plaza has dropped their sign at one point. they've been blowing around. craig, you pointed this out. we found grandma. we're all adopting you as our >> i love you. i love you. >> where are you visiting from? >> minnesota. >> cold out there today, for sure. >> i know. it's true. the wind is feel so much colder here in new york. take a look at how cold it's going to be today, as the high pressure system sags down. in minneapolis, feels like 33 below zero. in chicago, it feels like it is well below zero when you factor in the wind. it won't warm up much this highs of 3 in minneapolis. des moines, 8 degrees. chicago will top out around 7 for a high temperature. out west, another storm is making its way on shore from the we are going to see about a couple inches of rain. it won't be as heavy as the
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with a story that sounds like it's straight out of a science fiction movie. from washington state, wespace to mine for asteroids. >> as the weather channel's dave malkoff reports, it's an effort to bring the riches of outer space home. >> reporter: asteroids, thosef rock and metal, are deep space bonanzas. >> you're trying to mine asteroids? >> we're creating anh will bring the resources of space within the economic influence of this planet. >> reporter: in an office building outside of seattle, chris, a leader of two rover missions -- >> we're in the manufacturer and test facile ity ies facilities. >> reporter: -- impany to mine asteroids. >> this was once or bit biting the sun. >> feel that. >> very heavy. >> reporter: could be worth trillions. because they contain an out of
>> hundreds of times higher than the most productive mines on earth. >> reporter: the company plans to launch dozens, if not hundreds, of small, relatively cheap probe satellites to t close look at near earth asteroids. find out how much they're worth and, eventually, dig in with robotic miningt's it? that's your spacecraft there? >> yeah, it's about the size of a cereal box. >> reporter: asteroids have theps, water to drink and the stuff that rocket fuel is made of. finders, keepers. >> is it possible a personhis building could become a trillionaire from this? >> with a "t." that's something that we're very excited about. our investors, of ry excited about that, as well.
investors range from employees to sir bronson. >> we might go the way of thes. >> today's cost, just one glass of water transported into space, it would cost around t if you could get the same glass of water in limitless supply from an asteroid, it would make space travel a whole lot ch"today," dave malkoff in washington. >> wild story. >> fascinating. >> sounds scary, the notion of messing with space. at the same time, i a lot of platinum rings. >> you wonder what the consequence will be of messing up the whole -- >> says the t. still to come, a medical mystery within one family, and how they found the courage to deal with what they're
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jason and stacey were happily raising their five children in a small oregon their lives were turned upside down when they learned their children could have or develop a rare heart defect.t takes each one of us to make us a family. sierra is compassionate and loving. megan, who is confident and lindsey has been our little bossy jabber jaws. she makes sure everyone stays in line. then hunter, who is just happy go lucky. >> >> full of energy in life. gabe, the family clown. >> we love it. it's a>> reporter: parties, of course, don't last forever. >> how old are you? >> five. >> reporter: when trouble visited the family, it came in bulk.
with a transplanted heart for half her life. then, came lindsey's tummy as 2012, six years after sierra's transplant. >> we thought, well, it could not be the same. i think both of us were probably in reporter: they took lindsey to the er in bakers city, where the doctor examined her, then asked jason and stacey abouterra. >> he says, yes, she has the same thing. >> enlarged heart. >> i think i lost it.t sobbing. >> reporter: lindsey grew so sick, so quickly, that the very next day, she was flown to the children's the same place they brought sierra for her heart transplant six years earlier. now, it was impossible not to
>> it was our d-day, i think. we were sat down and told of our five children, that all of them either had cardio othy or flags or symptoms that could turn into it. >> reporter: the doctors were as astonished as they were. all the children, every one, would be possibility of one day requiring a heart transplant just to stay alive. >> this is a rare thing that you're having done to you. >> reporter: that's whene binghams, and they agreed to trust us, to allow our cameras to follow them. through moments oft when you get the transplant doesn't mean it's over. it's just beginning. >> reporter: and courage. >> what else are we going to do now? >> wait until a heart comes, right? >> reporter: >> love you, too, gabe. >> reporter: a journey unlike anything you've ever seen before. >> guess what? >> i have it? do i have a e a heart!
>> yay! [ screaming ] goodness! >> in the three years since lindsey's heart transplant, the binghams endured three more open heart're waiting for another donor. you can see more of their story tonight on "dateline." the story, where the heart is,t 7:00 eastern, 9:00 pacific on nbc. >> as a parent, i cannot imagine it. times five. >> i think the adults, the learned so much from the kids. i mean, they're a spirit you can't imagine as an true. ahead, remembering why we honor dr. martin luther king jr. this weekend. harry smith on how one man's huh. introducing centrum vitamints.
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this morning on sundays with harry, many of you have the day off tomorrow in honor of thef dr. martin luther king jr.'s birthday. harry smith joins us with a remembrance of the man and his legacy >> good morning. there is a part of the mlk holiday that's turning into something like presidents' day. i noticed the malls are packed, there's lots of sales going on, and not very much thought, it he man whose life we are honoring. >> reporter: people like martin luther king are rare. someone who could rally aew consciousness. someone whose eloquence and charisma could earn converts to
>> i have a dream. that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by passion. he preached from scripture. while the crowds were mostly black, it were whites whowords and knew they had been wrong. wrong. he was spied upon and spat upon, a disciple of change is rarely status quo. he was a man as much hated as beloved. a man so hated, he practically own death. >> like anybody, i would like to live a long life, longevity has itsoncerned about that now.
and he has allowed me to go upmountain, and i've looked over and i've seen the promise >> reporter: gone now almost 50 years, we wonder what he would make of our america. where a failure to signal can land you in jail. where ald with a pellet gun is presumed to be a threat. where there are plenty of places where black lives don't matter. poverty, prison, unemploymeericans have more than their fair share of all of the above above. the dream, it seems, had its limits. >> i barack obama, do swear. >> reporter: there are times when hope turns to reality, color doesn't matter, when preconventions get turned on their heads, and people all in this together. happy birthday to the prophet. may we all seek to make his dream our own.n this line of
the worst of us sometimes. i think back in this past year, and remember being in charleston, when all the people bridge together. and you see those moments, experience those moments, and you want that of viral quality, so it can spread. consciousness of. we go by in our busy, every day i guess the sense of this message for me, i do an editorial this morning, there's work to be done. there's still work to be done. >> very well thank you. >> harry smith, thank you. thanks to you, as well. quick reminder to tune into "meet the press," where chuck will be talking to hillary clinton and bernie >> catch the democratic debate tonight here on n bc.happy retirement to ronnie jordan, one of our own.