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knocking out power. fire officials say it started lightning. >> this started in an area where when the wind gets going and it heats up, it rages through. >> reporter: burning up on social media. water sports have been replaced by water drops. 25 structures destroyed, including this fruit warehouse while residents could only stand by and watch them burn. >> it was heartbreak being. i don't -- i mean, i'm standing in my backyard, i'm looking at this whole hillside. i'm getting phone calls from people saying, can you see if my house is on fire? >> reporter: a little further south, a similar scene where more than 150,000 acres are on fire in oregon. so far at least 50 homes burned as the fast-moving flames got too close for comfort. >> within five minutes, the fire was in our backyard. we barely got out of there. >> reporter: soaring
temperatures in southern california pose another challenge for firefighters. >> with the heat around you, depending on the flame length and what's burning, maybe 130-plus. >> reporter: the situation all too familiar for some trying to protect thefl selves from fire dang remember for the last several years. >> this is a third time that we got threatened by a fire. >> reporter: many back in washington have seen the fears realized. the question now is, how much worse will it get. >> reporter: later today, more help is on the way. we're expecting an additional 250 firefighters to arrive. we're told this area is so squares with resource that is help has been requested from as far away as australia. erica. >> my goodness. gadi schwartz, thanks. dylan is here with a look at the sheer number of fires and what the firefighters are up against today. >> we're at the peak of fire season right now. it lasts through basically the
middle to end of october. we have 85 uncontained large fires right now, including parts of montana, idaho, washington, oregon stretching into california. california has the worst of the conditions right now. because humidity in redding, 7%. the air is so dry. it's the massive drought in this part of the country that means any fire that develops and most of them are caused by lightning without the rain associated with some of these thunderstorms and the dry conditions allow it to spread. in eugene, oregon, the humidity is up to 27%. 16% in vail. you head farther north and humidity will increase a little bit. temperatures aren't as high in the triple digits. they're in the 80s. it's the dry ground that allows the fires to spread out of control. we won't see improvements with that. >> even with the humidity, they can't catch a break. >> doesn't do anything. the fuel is on the ground. >> need the rain. thanks, dylan. turning now to the race for the white house. both donald trump and hillary
clinton showed up at i iowa r cate fair. chuck todd interviewed donld trump. kelly o'donnell is in des moines with our political roundup this morning. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. this was like politics in neon. think of it as dueling, slow-moving spectacles across the fairgrounds. you had hillary clinton in one swarm, gop front-runner donald trump in another as they brought their styles and their issues here competing for fairgoers attention. >> as donald trump's helicopter circled in the sky, hillary clinton was already on the move. >> really good. >> she was at the center of a roving pack of cameras, security and iowa voters. >> across the fairgrounds trump led his own frenzied throng. sometimes gliding in golf course
style. trump did bring his own thrill ride to the carnival. for a few kids. >> i love my kids. come here, kids. does anybody want to take a ride? >> reporter: clinton's visit here was followed by the issue of her private e-mail server and classified information. clinton said she did nothing wrong but blamed republicans for stirring controversy. >> this is the usual partisanization, which i have made up a word of anything that goes on. >> reporter: still, iowa democrats are considering their options. bernie sanders is drawing huge crowds. >> lot of people here. thank you. >> tell you what it says, it says that the people are sick and tired of establishment politics. >> reporter: while another democratic candidate, former rhode island governor, lincoln chaf i predicts joe biden will join the race. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: trump talked with
nbc's chuck todd and revealed his first immigration plan to roll back obama executive orders aimed at undocumented children. >> going to deport children. >> we're going to keep the families together. we have to do that. but they have to go. >> reporter: i talked to many voters who were excited about getting a chance to see trump and clinton regardless of politics. some very interested in the politics. trump told us he's heading off to jury duty in new york. hillary clinton went to join her husband for downtime at martha's vineyard and fair-goers get a chance to see more politics. former new york governor george pataki will be here and one of the standouts, dr. ben carson will be talking to voters and speaking about his issues mixing and mingling here today. >> nice to see you, kelly, thanks. chuck todd as moderator of meet the press has an interview
with donald trump this good morning. good morning. >> good morning, craig. >> you spent time talking about that relationship that donald trump has with the clintons. we know the clintons went to his last wedding. that coziness raising questions inside that republican party. here's that exchange. >> what do you tell conservatives who say you and the clintons are in cahoots? >> first of all, nobody has been tougher on hillary clinton than me. when bill clinton called me, i had made up my decision. he called me long avid made a decision and everyone knew i was running. it wasn't that. i think he's disappointed that i'm running, because i'm the one person that's going to beat her. >> chuck, how far does that go in tamping down concerns over donald trump's motivations? >> look, i don't know. i think the answer that he's given on different policy issues are still going to be where he runs into problems with conservatives or with some different conservatives. i mean, he's clearly with some populous fervor on immigration.
he's definitely got a lot of support in some parts of the conservative movement. but i think for sort of the internationalists wing of the conservative movement, more of the mainstream conservative movement, they're always going to believe that trump is pulling a stunt and there are plenty, that no matter what he says with his reegs ship with the clinton, somehow he's there to help her. >> chuck, you looked at the hood, kicked the tires. how does the trump brain work? >> look, there are times as if he's winging it on this campaign, you feel that way. that could come through. this is a man with more intellectual depth than i think people realize. he reads everything. you can clearly see he reads everything. now, the question is, does he read a little about a lot or dozs he read a lot about a ttle i think there are moments in the interview, craig, where you feel
as if he really seems to know a lot about that issue and other moments you're like he's just read the newspaper clips on this issue. that's sort of the conundrum that is him. it's hard to put him in a specific box, i think. >> we look forward to the interview. chuck todd, thank you so much. again, that exclusive interview in just a b on "meet the press." it is likely to be a very busy day at airports along the east coast after hundreds of flights were canceled on saturday stranding thousands of passengers at some of the country's busiest hubs all due to what the faa calls a computer glitch. kristen dahlgren is at laguardia airport. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. technology making our lives easier, right? take a look at laguardia. r.things are returning to normal. i took a look at the board. just a few scattered delays, 15, 20 minutes. nothing too bad. but for some people that were affected and supposed to get on flights yesterday, they are just getting on their flights this morning.
>> it was enough to earn the hash tag fly pock a lips. >> i don't understand. i'm stuck for three days. >> tens of thousands up and down the east coast stranded with delays stretching across the country. >> it shouldn't be like this. this is the nation's capitol. should be better than this. >> reporter: d.c. was the center of it all. the faa says a glitch in a recently installed tracking computer system based in leesburg, virginia, fr meant air traffic had to be stopped or rerouted around the nation's capitol. hundreds of miles away in new york, that meant joanne's flight wouldn't get her to her family reunion on time. >> we're the only ones stranded. we missed it. we going to miss the whole thing. >> hundreds much flights were canceled and more than 2,000 delayed like blake jones'. >> stuck on the ground for two hours. hopefully this gets resolved soon. finger crossed. >> reporter: by late afternoon, the computer system was back up
and flight operations resumed. getting all these people where they're going will still take some time. >> i got to stay here in new york, maybe go to times square. i don't know. at least try to find something good in the situation maybe. >> reporter: not everybody handled it as well as you can imagine. our experts tell us there should have been a backup system so clearly that failed as well. the faa says they don't think it was hacking. they don't think it was an accident. but as to what exactly caused all of this, they are still investigating, erica. >> we look forward to learning the answer once they give us one. kristen, nice to see you. let's turn to shan eel. the airliner was scheduled to land in a province when contact was lost. it was carrying 49 passengers and five crew members. the area is mountainous and the weather is not conducive to any
search right now. julian bond is being remembered as a powerful force in the fight for civil rights. he died after a brief ilaness. hed was one of the iconic figures in the movement creating the student nonviolent coordinating committee while in college and serving for a decade as board chairman of the naacp. julian bond was 75. sheriffs deputies in california shot and killed a man who was the target of a two-week manhunt. benjamin ashley was on the run in bakersfield. he was suspected of killing a dentist. taking three men hostage and wounding two officers. in china, shocking aerial show the huge cr er that's the epicenter of an explosion. t shows the power of the blast dr killing 112 people and injured many more. one more survivor was pulled from the wreckage. he was trapped in a cargo container. a horrible accident at the
air and wanter show. two parachute jumpers collided in midair. then slammed into a building. he's in critical condition. the other from the navy's leapfrogs crashed on to the beach. he suffered a broken leg. bystanders rushed to help both until shemergency crews arrived. a fitting finale for a star wars fan on a mission. we introduce you to kevin doyle who donned an imperial uniform to raise money in honor of his late wife who loved star wars. he gained so much attention that an army of storm troopers, darth vader and other characters joined him in san francisco for the final leg of his journey crossing the golden gate judge. >> you know it's a big deal when darth vader shows up. er>> great way to honor his wife. dylan is back with a check of the rest of the nation's weather. >> rainy spots, especially in gthe gulf coast. we're looking at the chance of he ier ra n hrough the panhandle of florid
lots of flashes of lighl ing, too. this is moisture streaming in from the gulf of mexico. some of these downpours could be intense. we'll have to watch out for isolated flash flooding. we have a frontal system trying to move through the northern plains and upper midwest triggering storms this afternoon into this evening. especially in this yellow area from wyoming stretching up into northwestern iowa. the biggest threat is for large hail and damaging wind gusts. a chance of an isolated tornado. not an outbreak, just pop-up stronger storms. in threat lasts today and through tomorrow too. in the northeast, another hot and humid day. death valley hit 123 degrees yesterday. the hottest temperature across the country this year. that's a look at the weather across the condition tru. here's a peek out your window. into the 90s this average. a hot stretch we're in. 92 for a high today. lots of sunshine. hazy sunshine and a little more humid than yesterday. that's going to be the trend. the humidity building day by day. a great day to get to the beach
and try to k p cool. watch out for rip current. there's a moderate risk for those. another mild and muggy night ead. tomorrow gets hotter. 93 for monday. hazy, hot and humid. storms possible, still steam i y on tuesday. >> that's your latest forecast. thank you, dylan. up next on "today," hoop dreams for the boys' basketball team that made national headlines for having a girl on its roster. more on that after this. see more of the old lady. i'd like to see her go back to her more you know social side. maybe see if it's something that has an affect on her social side. she literally started changing. it was shocking. (laughs) e difference has been incredible. she's much more aware. (jan) a brighter look her eyes. she loves the food.
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after a powerful protest and what better place for them to claim victory but on the most iconic basketball court in america. >> when the charlotte yille cavaliers took the court at madison square garden saturday night, they were playing more than just a game of basketball. before the rush of crowds and lights, they had something to prove. earlier this month, the virginia youth team made it all the way the final four of a big tournament when a technical foul dashed their hopes of a natihnal title. they were disqualified because e ofhtheir players, ka more a johnson, is a girl. she had been playing on the team for the last four years. but because of a new rule this year that banned girls, the league said the team wouldn't be able to play. in a show of defiance, the entire team showed up to the game in silent protest, trading in golden jerseys for pink ones to send a message.
they invited the entire team to see the game and play one of their own. >> her story is the same. they grew up playing with and against boys. when we heard she didn't have that opportunity, we wanted to, instead of hem playing in their tournament, give them the opportunity to play basketball in madison square garden. >> they have big league support, toiro. >> we as parents, as adults the pe le who are the organizers have to take more responsibil y in what we're instilling in our rkids. >> then the moment they were waiting for. the team laced up ready to go. >> like champions in front much a card for ne of mpe biggest moments of their lives. love that. she and the cavaliers get to enjoy one more day in the big apple courtesy of the liberty who say the team strives to show young women to -- >> the whole tsing is great.
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in alabama sorority is taking heat over a new recruitment video. what you used to call rush back in the day. >>it critics are slamming the video for what they say is a lack of diversity and objectifying the women in the video. dylan has more on this one. >> people are certainly talking about in one. nearly half a million people looked at this one. take a look. e >> in the slickry produced video,
sisters can be seen flol i canning in coordinating outf.ts in and around their sorority house, at the lake and on their school's football field. it may look like an idyllic college, a columnist is blasting e video calling it objectifying and reductive and stepford wives, college edition. it's unempowering. one parent wrote in, if my daughter was in something like this, she'd be in another school tomorrow. who are they recruiting, ex-porn starlets. while we couldn't reach the sore sort themselves, they said they're a body of strong, motivated, resilient young women who are tied together as a fadumily. so, again, it's not trying to promote a college, it's a sorority after all. what do you guys think?
>> i think it's a well-produced video. >> it's well shot and edited. >> no response? >> i'm not touching that. >> we'll let the people decide what they think. we've got more coming up on "today." >> a 12-year-old who is going to blow your mind. if your purse is starting to look more like a tissue box... you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec
. good morning. it is 9:26. 80 degrees. i'm kerry barrett with breaking news out of long island. we're getting word about a plane crash in hicksville. new video into the newsroom shows the wreckage in flames. this is right near the railroad tracks. apparently a small plane went down near south oyster bay road. no word yet on the number of people who were on board. but the accident has disrupted service on the ronkonkoma line. lori bordonaro is gathering information at the scene. she'll have a live report coming up at 10:00. meanwhile, police are searching for this escapee in harlem. he was just arrested for trespassing. this was last night when he gave police the slip. they were heading into the station house when stevenson shoved an officer to the ground and took off running. he was still wearing handcuffs. last seen headed towards lexington and east 104th street. new yorkers mourning the loss of a giant in the civil
rights movement. julian bond passed away in ft. walton beach in florida after a short illness. he was a founding member of the sovereign poverty law center and a close associate of dr. martin luther king, jr. he serve as a long time board chairman of the naacp. he was 75 years old. also this morning, a very big thank you to the families who opened their hearts and homes to pets in need yesterday. news 4 sent out -- set out, rather, on a mission to clear the shelters. we're happy to report this morning that 1,025 pets were adopted at shelters in our area from that one-day initiative. a quick check of weather. cranking up the heat and humidity. sunny, hot and humid with a high of 92. tonight, cloudy and cooler, 70s. monday, sunny and steamy, a high of 93. tuesday, maybe a chance of showers or thunderstorms at night. all right, stay tuned for more "weekend today." we'll see you back here in just about a half an hour. have a great morning.
york's famed radio city music hall. i have to tell you, you were looking at the camera. i was looking at the crowd and you were mesmerized. i saw this gentleman in pink go like this. >> you have fans here. >> i hope so. >> you had a big fan in heidi klum who used the golden buzzer. how did that feel? >> like no other. it was life changing. it was amazing and i'm so happy. you have a voice that is a very mature voice. doesn't seem like it would come out of a 12-year-old. >> my lovely brother who is my biggest supporter. i love him so much. he's always been there for me. it's awesome. it's amazing. >> he's your tutor too. >> yes. my family, my mom, my cousins, my uncle. everyone really. >> it's a family affair. >> good luck, ariel. >> i don't think you need much of it. 12 years old.
>> you can catch ariel and all the amazing acts on "america's got talent" live from radio city music hall tuesday nights at 8:00 here on nbc. >> still to come, sunday's with harry and a rewriting of history after dna tests prove president warren g. hardy fathered a love child. he's not the only president hounded by such indiscretions in the west wing. harry has that this morning. golfing in the land of the midnight sun. who better than our golf lover dylan dreyer to tee up another tough assignment on day two of her swedish adventure. >> we're all looking forward to it. >> it was so tough. >> that was tough. >> get to that in a moment. let's start this half hour with major developments in the oscar pistorius case. after serving ten months for killing his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, the blade runner could walk free this week. kelly cobiella has the story for us. >> reporter: this is hugely
controversial in south africa. some saying pistorius has had special treatment doing his time much of it anyway in the prison hospital away from the general population. and now because of the overcrowded prisons, released after less than a year. >> mr. pistorius, please rise. >> oscar pistorius was sentenced last october. five years in jail for killing girlfriend reeva steenkamp. now, just ten months later, he's getting out. >> in south africa, this case was like our o.j. simpson trial. >> pistorius was south africa's golden boy, blade runner, the first amputee to compete in the olympics. a few months later, valentine's day, 2013, he shot his girlfriend through a bathroom door at his home. at his trial, pistorius tearfully testified he thought she was an intruder and even tried to save her. >> i heard four shots at the
door, i had my fingers in her mouth to help her try breathe and my hand on her hip to stop the bleeding. >> he was convicted of culpable homicide. he'll be released on house arrest this friday. >> he'll have to do community service once or twice a month, which is pretty lax given the circumstances. he's going to stay at his uncle's house for all intents and purposes is very wealthy. he'll have a carriage house that's been decorated and renovated for him. >> reeva steenkamp's family is outraged telling the parole board incarceration of ten months for taking a life is simply not enough. >> there's no closure. if somebody could magically put her back on the earth, i would have closure. other than that, i'm never -- my husband and i are destroyed by this. >> it's not over. in november prosecutors go back to court to argue pistorius should have been convicted of murder. >> unlike in the u.s., acquittals can be appealed in south africa.
legal experts say there's a fair chance that prosecutors could win. guys, that would mean a minimum of 15 years for pistorius. so he could, could be going back to prison. >> the story continues. kelly cobiella for us. >> sheinelle has another look at the headlines this morning. >> yes. we start with extreme heat and drought conditions fueling dangerous mix of deadly fires. leaving thousands under evacuation orders. authorities are searching for a missing indonesian airliner reportedly carrying 54 people. the plane apparently lost contact with ground control after flying into bad weather over the mountainous jungles of pap u a. >> an apparent computer glitch paralyzed air traffic from new york to the carolinas saturday. sheinelle, thank you. dylan dreyer outside. how about a final check of forecast.
>> it's another warm one in new york city. a lot of piem visit the statue of liberty. apparently you danced there. what is that all about? >> our dance group went and danced there this past friday. >> up at the crown or down at the base? >> at the base. >> yeah. it's like an exhausting walk up there and then a whole thing. the weather is going to be pretty hot pretty much the entire country today. record breaking heat again possibly in the southwest. temperatures are well up into the 90s with high humidity down south. even in the northeast, in the 80s and 90s. the humidity making it feel warmer. we're kind of just getting started on a heat wave in the northeast. washington, d.c. will stay in the 90s through wednesday. new york city on the hot side too. pittsburgh, a cold front will start to cool you down tuesday and wednesday, into the lower 80s. we have a chance of stronger storms especially in the eastern rockies, western parts of the plains where we could see damaging wind gusts. lots of heavy rain and torrential downpours and tomorrow, the slight risk is
basically in the same general area as it is today and scattered showers to develop across the southeast and up across the great lakes region. good morning everyone. back into the 90s later on today. it's a hot stretch that we're in. 92 for a high temperature today. lots of sunshine. raise i sunshine. and it's a little more humid than yesterday. that's the trend, the humidity building day by day. it's a great day to get to the beach and just try to keep cool. of course, watch out for rip current. there's a moderate risk for those. 74 overnight tonight. another mild and muggy night ahead. tomorrow hotter. 93 for monday. hazy, hot and humid. steamy on tuesday. that's your latest forecast. guys? >> dylan, thanks. up next, our sunday stories. rumba nights will take you to the small city the heart and soul of cuba. where the rumba got its roots. dylan taking a swing on day
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we are back with two we are back with dylan's swedish add vein tirr. on saturday, we saw her weather extreme climates in stockholm. i had to think about that. >> tough assignment continued with a golf outing like no other. how convenient for our resident golf fanatic. >> we were making the most of it. and golfing was part of that. we made it work. if you're like me, anyone who golfs knows that you could golf all day. i went to a place in sweden where you can golf all day and all night, too. >> it said that an avid golfer who play mt. everest if someone put a flagstick on top. i might not be golfing everest, but this might be as unique. not just because of its beauty. >> this is incredible. >> but because of the hours you can play.
my tee time, 9:00 p.m. sweden's golf course is located 150 miles north of the arctic circle, a part of the earth that's tilted sharply towards the sun. that means the sun barely sets here which means you can play golf 24/7. >> foer! >> what's it in swedish. that's fore! >> fore! >> patrick blom kwis was my guide for an evening of golf in the midnight sun. >> how many hours of golf have you squeezed in, in one 24-hour period? >> last time we did three rounds. >> three rounds of golf. it's unheard of. >> i could use three rounds to master this course. >> not good. >> how do you say mulligan in swedish? >> this is another signature hole where the tee box is high and the hole as well.
>> 35 meters difference. 14 is meters to hit. >> that's a 115-foot drop and a 154-yard drive over a special bunker you can only find this far north. >> what happens with the snow bunker? is there a snow wedge? >> snow covers the greens for all but three months a year. that doesn't stop golfers from making the trek or should we say hike to a course that's been around since 1929. >> it's beautiful out here. but you got to be willing to walk through the swedish lap land to do this. >> no golf carts here, that's for sure. >> i have never experienced anything like this in my life. what is the draw of midnight golfing? >> i think it's the light, the scenery from the course. you get so many different viewpoints. >> it's like a sense of awe every time you go out to the next hole. check this out.
11:36. still golfing. >> it might still be light out. >> night putting. just putting at night. >> but it's starting to feel like the lights out for me. but before i say so long sweden, there's just one final hole i've got to visit. >> quarter after midnight, we finally made it to the 19th hole. skoel. >> cheers. we're at the bar there and it's 1:00 in the morning. >> wow. >> i had just come off a red eye flight and we flew up to this area almost 200 miles north of the arctic circle. i'm like i don't know if i can stay awake for midnight golfing. the sun being up that late, you don't get tired. all of a sudden, is it really, 11:00, 12:00. the flip side it's all dark the rest of the year. >> it looks beautiful. >> stunning. >> postcard pretty. >> so cool to see. you always hear about what it's
turn around every now and then i get a little bit hungry and there's nothing really good around turn around every now and then i get a little bit tired of living off the taste of the air turn around, barry finally, i have a manly chocolatey snack and fiber so my wife won't give me any more flack i finally found the right snack
they call the it the dance call it the dance of love. for decades the rumba has been a mystery. >> with the u.s. flag now flying once again at our embassy in cuba, gabe gutierrez went in search of the music. >> the soul of cuba has a rhythm. it flairs from the windows, strolls in for lunch. and stays a while. to find its heart, set out from havana for a special road trip in a '57 chevy bel-air with our guy. correspond poe. >> people dance everywhere. >> americans like to sit and have a drink. >> it doesn't matter if you don't have a drink.
you keep dancing all night long. >> it wasn't long before we arrived. >> music is everywhere in every neighborhood. >> the birthplace of the rumba. >> not any tourists come over here. >> even if its legs were broken, this city would dance. these are the kings of the drum. >> he was born and raised here. every samba they had parties and no instruments. so with different stock, spoons or corn inside of a dolls, they made their own instruments. >> the rhythm is nuanced. >> what does it sound like in havana havana. >> it's feeling. corazon corazon, heart. >> song, love. >> this is much more than job for you.
it's hard to teach. >> come on, man. >> getting there. >> no, you're not. come on, man. >> but grabs you anyway. >> go man go. that was born not far from these fields. >> in places like this one was the birthplace of rumba. >> where workers in the 19th century would fill time during their lunch breaks. >> because of pure joy, they used to play, not a musical instrument, off of the boxes. >> that harbor now alive with locals. this may be cuba's history, but also its future. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, cuba. gabe gutierrez, great storyteller. apparently not the best rumba dancer. >> but he's working on it. this is not where tourists
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this morning on this morning on sunday's with harry, when it comes to presidential history, maybe you have a vague recollection of warren harding in the teapot dome scandal. >> there was something more than a tempest burning in his personal life, though. >> you like that? >> harry smith is here. >> okay. he was said to be a guy who looked like he ought to be president. wildly popular while in office. he was famous for his pledge to, are you ready for this one, return to normalcy.
in office in the beginning of what would become the roaring '20s, turns out harding was one wild and crazy guy. for his time, president warren harding was said to be one very handsome dude. it turns out, he was a kind of capital casanova. to the public he was happily married to his wife, but his recently unsealed letters to another woman proved otherwise. long steamy rapture us odes, some 40 pages long. he even wrote poems to her. i love to suck burr breath away, i love to cling there, long to stay. after harding's death, a woman named nan britain claimed she and harding had a child together. a daughter named elizabeth. harding died in office leaving nothing for the child at which point britain went public.
she wrote a book called the president's daughter. she even claimed she and harding made love in a closet of the west wing. britton's revelations were met with scorn. few believed her. until this week at the behest of some of harding's descendants dna testing was done and lo and behold britton was telling the truth. years before, grover cleveland was hounded by this during his first campaign for president. mama, where is my pa z.? gone to the white house, ha ha ha. imt. >> cleveland effectively sullied her reputation and ended up winning the election. for shame. we know well the story of sally hemmings and thomas jefferson. but there are also some who believe george washington who had no children with wife martha may have fathered a child with a slave woman named venus who was owned by his half brother.
plenty of presidents had or were said to have had liaisons before or during their presidencies. but a child is more than an indiscretion. she is a responsibility. warren harding, not exactly one of the shining stars in our constellation of presidents just dimmed a bit more. >> love your writing. >> what an amazing story, right? what's interesting is it's the harding family, all these generations later who said, let's find out for real. these two families were at odds for generations. it's now this current generation that said let's find out for real. there will be a get together of some of these descendants to say -- >> so you're my cousin. >> 40-page love letter. >> right. >> steamy stuff. >> and that was just the tame stuff. you just don't want to know.
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lori? >> reporter: good morning, nassau county police have confirmed one person died in this crash. a survivor, a 54-year-old man was pulled from the wreckage and taken to the hospital in serious condition. right now take a look. you can see officials out here, including mta officials here responding and surveying the damage here on the tracks. also take a look at this cell phone video. it was taken moments after the fiery crash. you can see firefighters putting out the flames. the plane you can see landed right on the lirr train tracks, right by south oyster bay road, south of aerospace road. this happened just after 8:00 this morning. it was leaving an airport in suffolk county going to morristown and had altitude problems. we're trying to confirm the number of people on board. a few moments ago we spoke to legislator rose walker and she heard the crash from her house. >> sounded like a heavy piece of machinery, lot of noise and then i realized it was a plane. i thought oh, i hope it's not in
trouble. only to find out a short time later that the plane went down. >> this plane had left the airport in suffolk county en route to morristown and reporting to farmingdale that they were experiencing difficulties maintaining altitude. >> reporter: again, lirr being affect add ws well right now. no service between hicksville and farmingdale. that's expected to last throughout the afternoon. still under investigation from here. back to you in the studio. >> lori bordonaro reporting for us from long island. thank you. we have breaking news from indonesia. the country's search and rescue agency says a passenger plane disappeared there. aviation officials lost contact with a twin turbo prop plane minutes before it was supposed to land. 54 people were on board that plane, including children and infants. the plane was reportedly flying in heavy rain, strong winds and fog. bad weather and darkness had