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sun and clouds on friday. chillier this weekend. early next week, upper 30s to low 40s, which is normal. >> but all that sun is a nice change. the "today" show is next. >> and that's what is happening "today in new york." good morning. historic and dangerous. widespread flooding across the midwest. evacuations ordered in parts of missouri. a state of emergency now in effect and the national guard called in. we're there live. breaking overnight. a second new year's eve terror plot foiled in as many days in europe. two spects linked to isis arrested. while here at home new york city officials vow security will be more extensive than ever for the world's largest celebration. facing justice, the so-called affluenza teen and his mother expected to be brought back from mexico as early as
phone call that led to their capture. this morning why some fear the 18-year-old who got probation for a drunk driving crash that killed four people could get off easy again. and ko'd. former boxing champ mike tyson adds his name to the list of growing hoverboard victims today, wednesday, december 30th, 2015 >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everybody. it's wednesday morning. welcome to "today." i'm savannah guthrie alongside carson daly in for matt once again, the birthday boy i might add. >> happy birthday. >> you watched that mike tyson video. >> 30, 40 times, hard to not chuckle at the former champ. like so many this holiday season who got the hoverboards. >> and then fell off it.
right on the back. >> posted it to instam gram. a good sport. top story, torrential rains and flooding from the storm that gave the northeast its first real taste of winter. it now has more than 18 million americans bracing for potentially historic flooding. we've got all of this covered, andy with want to start with nbc's morgan radford in missouri where the rivers are rising this morning. morgan, good morning two. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. a state of emergency here in missouri where 13 people have already died over the weekend and the governor has called in the national guard. a city submerged. >> it's very clear that missouri is the in the midst of a very historic and dangerous flooding event. >> reporter: 16 counties are under flood warnings, including the area where the missouri and mississippi rivers meet. >> this one came up a little quick. >> reporter: volunteers turned out on tuesday in the blistering cold to fill sandbags in
waterway threatened hundreds of homes. >> just grab everything and walked out the door, pretty much. >> reporter: rachel chambliss and her family are trying to prepare for what's to come. torrential rains over the past several days pushed already swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard of heights, forcing water over levees and rivers at all-time highs and in certain areas some 20 to 30 feet above flood stage. floods forced scattered evacuations and the closure of interstates and hundreds of roads. a hawastewater treatment plant shut down after it sent sewage directly into nearby rivers and streams. it's a frightening thrashback for those who went through the devastating 1993 flood that destroyed over 10,000 homes and impacted hundred of towns. experts predict the mississippi river will reach 15 feet above flood stage, becoming the first flood on record, second only to 1993. >> we've got a lot of water that
so to speak. we have countless roads that are going to stay under water for several days. again, everybody get their message out. this is not done yet. we still have a lot of dangerous situations out there. >> reporter: savannah and carson, you can see that the rain has stopped, but the river here is continuing to rise. in fact, the water is expected to come up eight more feet, and that's before thursday. back to you. >> scary times there. morgan radford, thank you. >> al is keeping an eye on the flooding situation in pasadena, california, getting red for friday's big rose parade. al, good morning. >> good morning, guys. this is a major problem, not just in missouri but across the country. we've got major flooding. let's show you what's going on. we've got 400 river gauges that are nationally above flood stage. major flooding at 47 locations. look at what's going on along the mississippi river.
record crest of 48.5, will tie that on saturday and chester, illinois close to a record and st. louis, missouri, coming close, not quite a record but it will still call for major problems. look for the crest sometime tomorrow at 43 feet. major flood stage is at 40 feet, and one of the problems is all the rain that's been falling. for example, st. louis seeing their wettest year on record. 2008 was the record. 57.9. they are at 61 inches of rain. the good news is no more rain in sight for the next few days. that will give a chance for all the rivers to start lowering on their own, but it's going to be a while until the weekend when people will get some sort of relief. guys, back to you. >> all right, al. thank you so much. now to the alarming new terror arrests overnight. for the second day in a row authorities in europe say they have foiled had a plot to attack new year's celebrations there. nbc's chief global correspondent bill neely has his eye on this from london this morning. bill, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning,
planned on two capital cities this new year. in turkey police have arrested two men believed to be isis bombers who came from syria and planned attacks on bars near the main square in ankara where crowds traditionally gather to celebrate new year. police found suicide vests and explosive devices at what prosecutors describe as an isis safe house. they are on alert in ankara because two months ago isis suicide bombers killed more than 100 people at a peace rally there. meanwhile further north in belgium, two men were arrested on suspicion of planning to attack new year crowds in the main square of its capital brussels. belgian media say they were members of a motor bike gang called the kamikaze riders. in french the word kamikaze means suicide bomber. no weapons or explosives were found though, and brussels is going ahead with its new year's celebrations and fireworks. no repeat of the lockdown there a few weeks ago after the paris attacks, but belgian militants,
center of a number of attacks, including paris. across europe, including here in london, police are on high alert after one intelligence agency warned of possible terror attacks using explosives on crowds between christmas and new year's, but so far, of course, fingers crossed, nothing yet. savannah, back to you. >> thanks so much. here at home measures are being taken to keep revelers safe in the wakes of the terror attacks in san bernardino. shawn henry served as assistant director of the fbi. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> heard of the arrests in brussels and ankara, turkey this morning is this something isis is directing? are you seeing that in the social media and the propaganda, doing is on the new year's eve celebrations. >> that's right, savannah. there are freedom fighters, people that are looking and directed by isis and then there are those inspired by isis, and from a law enforcement perspective that really is the largest concern. those that might be flying under
inspired because they are online, social media, et cetera and then get this call to arms to fight where you stand. >> shawn, let's zoom in here, of course, times square, mayor de blasio said on tuesday they are taking more extensive precautions than ever. is law enforcement specifically changing the way that they are going to keep us safe on thursday night in lieu of the recent attacks? >> there certainly will be a lot more resources deployed here. new york city police department greatest most prepared police department anywhere in the world. there will be thousands and thousands of law enforcement officers, controlled access into the area, multiple stages of security where you've got to be checked, radiologic devices to test for detection, looking at bomb dogs, et cetera, so there will be a lot of folks here. this is a safe city. >> we talk about this all the time, but the trouble is how difficult it is to detect some of these. you look at san bernardino, nobody saw those red flags, and there really weren't that many red flags for anyone to see. >> that's right. you're only as good as your
what you don't know. director comey from the fbi said there are investigations in all 50 states for jihadi-inspired rad cams, and when you are looking to detect these things you've got to turn to the community. that's so important here. >> at certain points after the paris attacks the european officials were telling people to avoid large gatherings. you're not saying that? >> look, i think you've got to take the direction of law enforcement and the intelligence agencies. they know best, and they have the most up-to-date intelligence. the mayor here in new york city, the police chief have said that they are going on. this is going to be a big event, and they have got adequate resources deployed to make the city safe. >> all right. shawn henry, thank you very much. another big story tied to national security this morning. the nsa reportedly caught spying on israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu despite promises from the president to curb eavesdropping on our allies. next's kristen welker is following this story this morning. kristen, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. well, the allegations could
relationship between the u.s. and israel. now, according to twournl despite president obama's pledge two years ago he would restrict eavesdropping on the heads of states of u.s. friends and allies some spying continued. the report indicates that in some cases the spying tracked communications between members of congress and israeli leaders, including prime minister benjamin netanyahu. now, this all came as the u.s. was negotiatinging that nuclear dole with iran and some communications reportedly showed israeli officials trying to turn u.s. lawmakers against the iran deal. in a statement a white house official tells nbc news that while it won't comment on any specific intelligence activities, quote, as a general matter we do not conduct any foreign intelligence surveillance activities unless there is a specific and validated national security purpose. now, in an interview this morning, the israeli intelligence minister said he was not aware of the report and insisted that israel is not spying on the u.s. you may recall nsa contractor
agency's spying operations back in 2013 and created tensions between the u.s. and its allies. this revelation yet another potential embarrassment for the u.s. savannah. >> feel like it's not going to be the last we hear of it, kristen welker, thanks so much. in the presidential race get ready to see more of donald trump on the campaign trail. the republican front-runner is planning to launch a massive ad blitz in several key battleground states. nbc's hallie jackson is in hilton head, south carolina, where trump is holding a rally this morning. hallie, good morning. >> reporter: hey there, carson, good morning. donald trump, the unconventional candidate plans to turn to a more conventional method of politicking saying he feels an obligation to the country to spend money, trump announced he starts to plan shelling out at least 2 million a week on tv ads hoping to convince voters in key early states like south carolina here that he should be the republican nominee. the candidate constantly talking money. >> i'm really rich. >> i've made billions and
>> i'm much richer than anybody dreamed. >> reporter: now ready to spend it. >> no reason to spend but i feel i should spend and honestly i don't want to take any chances. >> reporter: donald trump telling reporters on his plane he plans to flood tvs in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina with ads on issues like the border wall, trade and fighting isis. while other candidates have been running tv spots for months -- >> the person behind this desk will have to protect your family. will he be impulsive and reckless like donald trump? >> reporter: the front-runner has held off, shelling out less than a quarter million dollars so far, least of any candidate, spending the most, jeb bush and his allies, $41.1 million. >> he hasn't spent 40 million. he's wasted 40 million. there's a big difference. >> reporter: and while trump is blasting bush and every other politician. >> they know the politicians are all talk, no action. it's just all [ bleep ], okay. all [ bleep ]. >> reporter: some rivals refusing to respond.
tit-for-tat with him. i'm bigger and better than that. not going to do it. >> reporter: hillary clinton ignoring trump at her final rally of 2015. >> i will go anywhere to find common ground with anybody. >> reporter: even as trump takes aim. >> if it's got to be a woman, which i'm all in favor of some day, it shouldn't be hillary. >> reporter: clinton in new hampshire, trump on the iowa border drawing thousands and raising the question can he turn his crowds into caucus goers or are folks showing up for the spectacle. >> who is from nebraska, real quick. wow! >> reporter: you have a lot of friends in iowa, right? you call every one of them on february 1st and you make sheer they get out and vote. >> trump has a little less competition this morning former new york governor george pataki announcing he'll drop out of the race, guys. the republican field getting a bit smallary month before the
>> hallie jackson, thanks very much. this mornlgt faa is launching an investigate into a dangerous incident at seattle's airport. a passenger jet accidentally landing on the taxiway. natalie is following that story this morning. good morning. >> hey, guys, good morning. this happened earlier this month, and officials say the weather was clear that day, so they are trying to figure out how an experienced pilot ended up in the wrong area. this morning faa officials tell nbc station king they are investigating why an alaska airlines passenger jet land on the central taxiway, not the runway, at seattle-tacoma international airport on december 19th. just a few minutes before landing, the air traffic control tower opened up the runway to alaska flight 27. >> 27 roger, thank you. we'll take 1-6 center. >> actually 27, change to runway 1-6 center. >> reporter: instead the crew did not make it over to the center runway. the pilot mistakenly land on the
the unmarked strip ever concrete in between the runways. using a flight simulator instructor sean pratt points out the runways are marked but a mix-up is still possible. >> 1-6 is left and 1-6 center and 1-6 and here's the taxiway that goes down the center. >> while no one was hurt in the incident and experts say had another plane been parked on the taxiway the result could have been catastrophic. >> though there was a dangerous condition, a condition that should be avoided, it's something that can be learned from. >>eed alaska airlines says this wasn't that pilot's first time landing at c-tech so they are trying to figure out why the mistake was made and other planes have landed on the taxiway as well. the other incident happened back in 2004. i mean, we're not experienced. but if he's land there had before, interesting to see how they determine what happens next. >> yeah, exactly. all right, natalie, thank you. there are new tensions between the u.s. and iran after
aircraft carrier and an iranian rocket. u.s. military officials say iran's navy began conducting a live fire exercise last week while the "uss harry s. truman" was traveling through the straight of hormuz. a rocket came within 1,500 yards of the aircraft carrier and an official from iran said they were not targeting the ship but the action was unnecessarily provocative and unsafe. iran said it was planned training exercises and all the vessels in the area had been warned. now to chicago where today mayor rahm emanuel is expected to announce a major overhaul on how city police officers are trained and equipped. among changes, every officer responding to a call will now be required to carry a taser. mayor emanuel facing mounting pressure to resign following the release of a video showing a black man being shot by a while police officer perand then last weekend's accidental shooting death of a woman during a domestic disturbance call. rescuers in eastern china have found eight surviving miners who were trapped for five
they used infrared cameras to look inside the darkness and find the survivors. at least one worker was killed in the christmas day disaster. nine remain missing and 11 other miners made it to safety shortly after the collapse. well, in other news, we know it was this year's hottest christmas gift and perhaps the most dangerous one, too. all week we've been showing you these videos of people falling off their new hoverboards. well, now you can add heavyweight champ mike tyson to that list. take a look. >> oh. >> yes, the hoverboard gets the knockout. tyson shared that video on instagram on tuesday with the #i'mtooold for this fill in the blank. >> down goes tyson. >> the floor looked very shiny and slippery. >> it looked like the hoverboard everhoverboard hit the carpet and put him over the edge. >> good news, he posted that.
>> let's head back out to al in pasadena for the rose parade, al? >> hey, guys, it's going to be the 127th tournament of roses parade at the rosemont pavilion. we'll show you around in a little bit. let's show you what's happening nationwide today. we only have a little bit of snow left over in northern new england, but, still, our first taste of winter. more snow coming across the great lakes. look for fog in the central mid-atlantic states and wet weather all the way down to the gulf coast and that's going to cause some airport delays down through atlanta. plenty of sunshine in the pacific northwest and chilly here in southern california. that's what's going on. we'll get to your local forecast to the woman in the mid-90's showstopper... you're right. it's time to set this bird free. hot blooded, check it and see... got a fever of 103... feelin' hungry? how 'bout a donut? i'm hot blooded..i'm hot blooded! whether it's 30-years old or 30-days old, carmax will appraise it in as little as 30 minutes. and then your only concern will be how to spend
rad. it's another gray morning but rather quiet. showers approaching from the south and west, they get in here tonight. for the time being today, it's just about clouds. temperatures close to the 40 degree mark. suburbs in the 40s. forecasting a high of 49. notice gray sky lingers throughout. showers overnight tonight, gone by tomorrow. sun in the afternoon, 50. 30s tomorrow night. mid 40s friday. guys, we're going to show you around a little bit late, and we're also going to show you how the drought is affecting what they are doing here at the rose parade, the 127th rose parade friday live at 11:00 a.m. eastern, 8:00 a.m. pacific right here on nbc. hoda kotb joins me.
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live look there at the george washington bridge. good morning, i'm michael gargiulo. in just a few hours new york city will honor an nypd detective who died serving our country with a hero's funeral. tracie strahan is at st. patrick's cathedral. >> preparations are already in effect ahead of this morning's funeral mass for joseph lemm. the 45-year-old father of two was killed by a suicide bomber in afghanistan last week. he served three tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan and was a detective in the bronx for the nypd. he's being remembered fondly as a hero by so many who knew him. thousands are expected to crowd this area for that funeral mass that starts at 10:00 this morning. let's look at the morning commute. here is lauren with that. >> starting with the rails 5 to
new haven line. we still have the lie shut down westbound this is the worst problem of all. closed at exit 61, you will be pushed off and get back on after exit. the service road is a mess. head to local streets. once you get past 61 you're in for a nice ride. cloudy day ahead. not much in the rain department. showers tonight, upper 40s. mid 40s the low tonight.
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the republican presidential field is shrinking. former new york governor george pataki announced the end of his white house bid and called on someone to elect someone that can bring us together. and after moderate aftershocks rattled people in california, the 4.4 quake was most strongly felt in san bernardino county and cause nod major damage or injuries. and more on what led to the capture and arrest of the so-called affluenza teen and his mother in mexico. we'll talk to the texas sheriff who is overseeing that case in just a moment, but first nbc's gabe gutierrez with the latest. gabe, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. ethan couch and his mother are expected to be brought back to texas as early as today. investigators are now looking into who may have helped them during their time on the run. the local sheriff says that the pair may have thrown what was described as a going away party
this morning the so-called affluenza teen is in custody, but ethan couch may only face a few months of jail time for nailing to check in with his probation officer. the tarrant county district attorney says he may go free on his 19th birthday this coming april due to texas law. the case could be transferred from juvenile to adult court, but even then a judge can only sentence him to 120 days in jail. based on what he allegedly did running from police for about two weeks, should he face more time in jail? >> you know, he should face more time in jail because he killed four people. >> reporter: as for his mother tonya couch, she faces a charge of aiding and abetting a felon. if convicted she could spend up to ten years behind bars. >> her entire focus has been on protecting ethan. her entire focus has been on making sure he didn't see any justice done, making sure he was not accountable
international search for the couple ended here. this image captured the moment of the arrest. this butcher told nbc's kerry sanders that ethan couch had come into his shop. he noticed couch's hair dyed black and said the teen looked nervous and suspicious. couch's case drew worldwide attention after he killed four people near fort worth while driving drunk in 2013. during sentencing couch's attorney argued that the then 16-year-old did not fully understand the difference between right and wrong due to his affluent upbringing. a judge gave him ten years probation. families of the crash victims are now releast search is over. >> my clients are glad because it moves it to the next chapter of what's going to happen to him as opposed to it hanging over their head for months on end where's ethan? >> reporter: the associated press citing mexican authority reports saying the couches ordered pizza from one of their phones and that may have helped authorities track them down. ethan couch's attorney say they
yet and would not comment further until he's back in the country. savannah? >> all right, gabe gutierrez, thank you so much. dee anderson, the sheriff of tarrant county is with us now. good morning to you. thanks for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> we've heard this report that it was actually a call to the domino's pizza that tipped off authorities to the location of ethan couch and his mom. can you confirm that? can you tell us anymore? >> that's a very oversimplify oversimplification what have happened. we had a lot of work going on, a lot of old-fashioned police work going on. there wasn't one phone call that actually turned the case. we actually on christmas eve had gotten information on the part of puerto vallarta that we thought they had been in and were working on it ever since. wasn't ascisms as a single phone call. we had to do a lot of work to pinpoint the location of where they were. >> based on ethan couch's change in appearance the fact that they were found in mexico, is it your assumption that they had planned to stay on the run for some time?
i believe that they were planning on a long-term disappearance. i don't think there was any intent for them to come back because they knew as soon as they returned to this country hand were located that they would both be arrested, so i think it was a long-term intention. i don't know how far out in advance they planned. >> hand here you have ethan couch's mother now presumably going to be charged. i think the d.a. said that the charge could carry up to ten years in prison so there's a certain irony that she ultimately might face more time in jail than her own son. >> yeah, that's true. she's facing a felony charge in adult courts, and, unfortunately, ethan's case is still under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and because of the way texas law, is it's very -- they are very limited in their options to do what they can do with him. what we hope to happen is that he will also get his case transferred into an adult court here very shortly, and then at least he can do some jail time
placed on a very, very intense probation with much more supervision than he had when he was on probation as a juvenile. >> before i let you go, i know you've been on this case since the beginning investigating the drunk driving accident that killed four people and really injured another person. here's a young man who was given a second chance essentially and just kind of had to stay on the straight and narrow. are you surprise that had this is how it turned out? >> not at all. i said two years ago when he didn't receive any significant sentence, i said two years ago that we weren't through with him and we'd see him back in the criminal justice system and as i said many times i told you so but i told you this was going to happen and i'm just surprised he lasted two years, to be honest with you. i expected him to make a mistake long before the two-year mark. it wasn't a surprise to me at all that he couldn't follow the rules. he's never had to follow rules. he doesn't believe in the rules, and it didn't surprise me at all
i just was surprised it didn't happen sooner to be honest with you. >> tarrant county sheriff anderson, there's been a lot of work on your part to bring these two to justice. thank you for your time this morning. appreciate it. >> you're very welcome. >> let's get a check. weather from al out in pasadena, california, ahead of the rose parade. mr. roker. >> hey, guys, thanks so much. the theme this year, find your adventure. the 127th tournament of roses parade. of course what, makes this so unique is that every inch of every float has to be covered with some sort of organic plant material. for example, it will take these flower buds. they then clip them all off and then they put them in blenders to make this powder. that's amazing. that's amazing stuff and then look, even seeds, little poppy seeds, poppies. poppies. all right. let's show you what we've got going on right now as we get this stuff out of the air. we're basically looking at a lot
from new orleans, louisiana all the way into the mid-atlantic states. this is all part of a system that's pushing forward. as it does, another round of heavy rain. repeat storms continue, and this is going to go right on into thursday. some areas looking at anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain, and the ground is already saturated so we've got 17 million to 18 million people under some sort of flood watch or advisory for all this rain. that's what's going on a al, thank you very much. a lot of cloud cover out there. morning fog west of the city is lifting. stays cloudy the bulk of the day. high temperatures upper 40 to 50. only. showers move in tonight. they're gone by tomorrow morning. overnight lows in the 40s. tomorrow's highs in the 50s again. looks like 40 at midnight in times square. 44 on friday. weekend is dry and sunny.
week. ? that's your latest weather. guys, i wonder what they are going to do with in. >> wow. >> brussel sprouts? >> yeah. >> brussel sprouts. this is how they come. >> i know. >> make some bruce el dust. >> get some bacon in there and call it a meal. al, thank you so much. we showed you mike tyson a little bit earlier on "trending." another, hoverboard video is going viral. a priest riding a around hoverboard during mass and what the church thought about his unusual sermon. >> next, a warning before you plan your next getaway. why you shouldn't always trust those travel reviews that you read online. we'll i am never getting married. never. psssssh. guaranteed. you picked a beautiful ring. thank you. we're never having kids. mmm-mmm. breathe. i love it here. we are never moving to the suburbs. we are never getting one of those (minivan). we are never having another kid. i'm pregnant.
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difference. for "today," joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> you read the reviews? prefer a human touch. if i have a friend who visited the place that's a perfect review. >> ordering something online, i'll check forfeit for clothing, if it's usually the right fit. i've checked them out, but i also use it as a barometer. >> do you? >> i check them all the time. best chinese food ever, worst chinese food ever so what do i do? >> no, i get the egg roll obviously. >> wise woman. >> he gets my joke. >> coming up, why jennifer lawrence absolutely hates new year's eve. >> ant internet's newest raging debate. how would a dog wear pants? >> wow. >> you can spend a lot of time thinking about this. >> wrangler doesn't want the
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, hgh in the spotlight. a lot of people talking about human growth hormone after allegations surfaced it was shipped to the home of star quarterback peyton manning so what exactly is hgh? is it a medical miracle or medical mistake. and then new year, new wish list. didn't get everything you wanted for christmas. don't sweat it. we'll have the big-ticket items can you sghor january at even deeper discounts and the new breakfast blend. your morning coffee not doing it for you anymore?
will say will give you an extra jolt in your cup of joe, today, wednesday, december 30th, 2015. >> i'm back to check off more of my "today" show to-do list. >> shout-out to you and steve from the "today" show. >> happy new year to union, georgia! >> we're here on the "today" show. >> good morning. and welcome back to "today." it's 8:00. it's wednesday, december 30th, 2015. beautiful morning out here in our plaza, feeling a little wintry but not too bad. as we say hello to all the folks getting ready for perhaps new year's eve celebrations. >> awesome. carson, new year's is like your super bowl. >> let's do it. i think it's like my 17th year
the ball drop. >> so exciting. >> yeah, it's great. >> matt has the morning off. it's his birthday. >> happy birthday. >> new half house, new birthday wish. >> meredith vieira's wish, they share the same birthday and al is out in california gearing up for the rose parade. good morning to you, wherever you may be. al? >> he's there. trust us, he's there. >> coming up, how to prepare your car for the worst of winter so you don't get left how the in the cold. >> plus, more of our "today food" last hurrah series and can't beat the name of the sweet treat we're preparing today. this morning junk in the trunk cookies. a little bit of everything. >> i love the sound of that. first let's head inside to natalie with the top stories of the morning. nat, good morning. >> hey, guys. once again, starting off with weather and unprecedented flooding shows no signs of easing in parts of the midwest. the national weather service is calling the flooding historic. nbc's morgan radford is in missouri where a state of emergency is in effect. morgan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning,
emergency here in missouri after 13 people died over the weekend and the governor has already called in the national guard. you can see that these floodwaters are rising so rapidly. there's even subtle waves being created in the water behind me. you can also see here the sandbags that have been placed all along homes and businesses. they are actually being boarded up so that water can't enter the crevices of these homes and buildings around the windows and around the doors, but something else i want to point out, natalie, is that the national weather service estimates that 50% of flood fatalities are actually vehicle-related. that's why the governor said that 12 of the 13 people who died this weekend were swept away while in their cars. that's also why the governor and authorities, natalie, are urging people to avoid travel -- and to avoid traveling on flooded roadways just like this. back to you. >> good advise. morgan radford in missouri.
service agents were seriously injured while on duty. according to the secret service director joseph clancy the four were involved in a motor vehicle accident when they were struck head on by another car that crossed the double yellow line. the driver of that second car was killed. the agents' injuries are said to be non-life-threatening. officials in turkey say they have foiled a plot to carry out suicide attacks on new year's eve. they are holding two suspected members of isis after raiding a house in turkey's capital and bombs. police think the two were planning an attack in an area where crowds gather to celebrate the new year. the faa is investigating a dangerous mistake at seattle's tacoma international airport. alaska airlines flight 27 was coming in from chicago earlier this month when the pilot landed on a taxiway instead of a runway. no one was hurt, but if another plane had been on that taxiway the results could have been catastrophic. police in florida are trying
hope this security video will help. it shows the man walking in the back of a north lauderdale church as people were praying. then grabs an 84-year-old woman's purse when she wasn't looking and then rushes out the door. the purse was found a few days later with her money and valuables all gone. some heavy lifting in chile which beach-goers and local fishermen teamed up to rescue a blue whale more than 60 feet long that got stranded in shallow water. they were able to use a very big net, as you see, and pushed and pulled and used a boat to eventually get the whale back into the deep water. be free, whale, be free. >> natalie, thank you. >> thanks, nat. this week's bombshell allegations against peyton manning have a lot of people talking about human growth hormoefnlt the star quarterback said he did not take it. the nfl bans it for players, and it's tightly controlled by the fda. well, nbc's stephanie gosk has been taking a closer look at all
stephanie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. there's been a lot of talk about it. the al jazeera report claims manning's wife received shipments of hgh, but what is hgh exactly, and are there legitimate uses for it? >> it's completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage. >> reporter: nfl's beloved quarterback peyton manning vehemently denies ever taking the performance enhancing drug hgh, and he did not discuss details of any medications prescribed to his wife. >> nothing has ever been sent to her or my wife has used that i've ever taken, absolutely not. i have my treatments that i do. she may have hers and that's her business. >> reporter: al jazeera documentary alleges his wife ashley manning received multiple shipments. >> all the time we'll be sending ashley manning drugs. >> reporter: the only source of former pharmacy intern recanted the story, but al jazeera stands by the reporting.
body's pituitary gland to regulate growth in children. adults need the hormone as well but in much smaller amounts. is synthetically produced hgh is banned in the nfl because it produces and stimulates muscle growth. an intestinal problem called short bowel syndrome, a sudden weight loss condition caused by hiv or aids, and a deficiency of naturally occurring hgh. >> the fda has found that there's no support for the use of growth hormone for any purpose other than these three uses. >> reporter: but there is still an off-label market for hgh. clinics around the country illegally prescribe the hormone to reverse the aging process. >> it's quite likely that an anti-aging clinic would prescribe to a woman in her 40s. that's the business that they are in. >> reporter: there's one problem.
no science to back up the claims. in 2011 a study showed more than twice the quantity of hgh was prescribed than with americans with legitimate illnesses would have needed, suggesting it was prescribed illegally. the guyer institute where manning received treatment in 2011 and where al jazeera alleges the drugs came from promises to help patients live longer and more vibrantly. nbc news reached out to them for comment but we didn't receive a reply. savannah? >> all right, stef, thank you so much. a lot of questions about this. we want to turn to nbc news medical contributor dr. natalie azar. natalie, good morning to you. so we saw in stephanie's piece the legitimate reasons for hgh to be prescribed. what are the reasons it's appealing? what do people think they are going to get out of it? >> i think, savannah, the three main reasons that experts are saying that people are using it is really to improve athletic performance. people who use it for body building purposes and also this anti-aging idea.
growth hormone as we get older, and i think some people think that if there's a deterioration in your body because of reducing levels of certain hormones, perhaps if we give those hormones back we can, you know, slow down or mitigate some of that, and i think here the idea is this -- that growth hormone does regulate body composition so it is involved in muscle mass and bone strength and -- and other functions, and the idea that you're going to gain muscle mass and reduce body fat i think is the main appeal for most people in this anti-aging idea. >> doc, any drug that works you know, prevent aging and help with weight loss would be considered a miracle drug. >> right. >> so the question is does hgh actually work? >> the expert we contacted and an extensive review of the literature would not suggest that using synthetic hormone like this, hgh, actually does achieve what people are using it for, that is both in improving athletic performance and achieving any anti-aging effect,
that, as stephanie pained out in her piece, it's only been around for about 20 years so whether or not it truly has an advantageous effect we may not see for several more years and to point out, yes, there are risks. if you talk about people who actually have growth hormone in excess, a condition called acromegaly, they actually die sooner than normal people for cardio vascular reasons so the side effects of illicit use of this do include potentially high blood pressure, diabetes and cardio vascular risks including to soft tissue and muscle issues. >> not so cut and dried. >> a reason why the fda has required legal prescribing for those conditions. >> thanks so much. just ahead, a life-change considering experience. one toddler's priceless reaction. >> bacon. >> plus, "star wars" may have taken the movie world by storm and one thing j.j. abrams
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your energy and increases cognitive function. now, yes, there are more calories in butter than cream, but there are more nutrients if you guess the grass-fed butter. >> not butter. >> and unsalted butter, of course. >> just black coffee with a tablespoon. >> it's actually called bulletproof coffee, and a lot of athletes. >> really, really creamy. >> you like it? >> you like it. >> you don't like it? >> what don't you like about it, describe. >> it's not like the coffee mate that i usually use. >> it does leave a weird film on your lips. >> a creamy film. >> but it's supposed to give you -- the butter gives you energy? >> i don't care for just straight black coffee and the butter really takes that bite away. >> when i was training for the boston marathon i did drink my coffee like this because they say it gives you more energy and also it's more satiating so you're not as hungry. did that work? >> i was still hungry after running a long way.
let's move on to videos with people struggling to stand on their hoverboard. this video involves trouble with a hoverboard but for a different reasons. this is a prost who rode a hoverboard during mass, that's right, during mass. congress gays loved, it cheering and clapping. singing a christmas song. however, the diocese did not find it as funny. they found that the antic took away from the service and put all of the focus on the priest. that priest is reportedly suspended after the church released a statement saying he'll be out of the parish and will spend some time to reflect on this past event. >> oh. wow. >> i think that's kind of haar. >> going to church, the homily isn't always the most lively part of the whole mass, and as child especially if the priest did something fun i was that much more interested in listening to what he was saying. >> it kind of goes with the flow, with the song. >> pro hoverboard during homilies. >> as long as he doesn't fall.
>> now for something a lot of things laid kiss relate to. do you ever say i'm sorry, i just stink, all the time. now there's an app there's a just not sorry extension. it will actually scan your e-mails to point out when you have the weak words in them so here we'll show you a graphic t.underlines in red the problem words or phrases. see how it says. i'm sorry to bug and i'm no expert but i think we should fix that typo on the home page. not a big deal at all. >> you could have written that. that could have come from savannah. >> i feel like that is an e-mail that i wrote. it's stupid and i probably dah. >> you pre-qualify everything you're writing and ultimately you're maybe worried about what people will think. >> is this an intervention, carson?
your phone. >> are you prone to saying sorry? >> no, no, not at all. >> not without the qualifiers. >> you would be more direct. >> don't judge me but here it comes. don't take this the wrong way, but i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> the only thing missing from that e-mail would i have put a smiley face at the end and also love you. >> and here's my latest picture ofvale because we're halfway through the week and we've got the bacon here to celebrate. there's a point guard. did you see this making the rounds? >> bacon and coffee. >> a great video, young boy enjoying his very first piece of bacon. this is memorable. enjoy. >> while we eat. . >> look at him. >> bacon. >> bacon. >> bacon. >> yeah. >> bake onl. >> bacon. >> he's got his eyes on.
like euphoria on his eyes and the look on his face like it's the best thing i've ever eaten. >> good every time. >> now to the stars of "star wars" and the reason why jennifer lawrence hates tomorrow night, but carson, that's your night. new year's eve. >> it is my night. let me put my bacon aside. the internet began buzzing back with the black and white photo started circulating. this photo was posted by sergio mendez, an oscar-nominated actor and if you look to the right a young carpenter harrison ford. this was taken seven years before he became han solo in "star wars." pretty good? >> is he wearing much there? >> more "star wars" news, explore that on your own time co-star carrie fisher fired back
her weight and how she's aged. please stop debating about whether or not i've aged well. unfortunately it hurts all of three feelings and said ended with youth and beauty are not accomplishments. >> she looks great. next up, russell crowe is very upset with virgin airlines. the actor and his kids were stopped from boarding after trying to bring on hoverboards. it was the hottest gift this christmas and banned at all major memos and he tweeted, ridiculous, virginaustralia. no segue boards as luggage. too late to tell us at airport. kids and i offloaded. good-bye, virgin. never again. and i'm assuming by seg ways he means hoverboards. we feel bad for him and the kids but feel worse for mike tyson. there's the former champ on the hoverboard. >> whoa.
>> right on the sglak if we didn't have the word hoverboard in this show today it would be 15 minutes long. >> absolutely. and finally jennifer lawrence has not set new year's eve plans yet. the actress salt down with bbc's graham norton to tape his new year's eve show and revealed she actually hates new year's eve saying everyone is chasing a good time and it's always a disappointment. i plan on doing nothing and then if something lands in my lap, but i always end up drunk and disappointed. well, there you go. >> she's had some good years, so -- >> i mean, i get it. i get it. if you think new years is going to be epic or something. >> don't want to overhype it because you'll be underwhelmed. >> have some bacon. >> or you can watch nbc. >> absolutely. >> the ball drop show. andy cohen. we'll allp guests on this show tomorrow. we'll explain, but it will be a great couple of hours. >> jennifer lawrence. >> and then after that is the roese parade with mr. roker in pasadena. hey, al.
afterwards, come on down here to pasadena, 127th roese parade. we're right now hon the 30th anniversary edition. union bank float. this is the union of hearts. it's awfully nice. it is actually the largest hoverboard you've ever seen. it's unbelievable. we've got all these volunteers putting stuff on it and it's a really nice float. let's show you what's going on. chilly here about, 40 degrees here but look at this in the northeast. all those cities, it's the warmest december so far, albany, buffalo, boston, new york city, d.c. and philadelphia as well. more heat will be coming in for the next day or two. that's what's going on . . al, thanks very much. holding at 41 degrees in the park right now. 30s north and west. low to mid-30s, hudson valley. down the shore, 46, long branch. look for plenty of clouds today. temperatures get back to the upper 40s to around 50. no rain, maybe a sprinkle. that's it. a period of rain or showers.
the clouds give way to sunshine for a change. tomorrow, at least, 50. it looks quiet. low 40s with sunshine over the weekend. >> carson, hoda and i will be up late watching you as you get ready for new year's eve. >> thank you for that, al, appreciate it. we're wrapping up our winter tune-up series this morning with ways to get your car cold weather ready. lawrence is from -- lauren is from the car care council, good morning. let's start with things that people can do at home. >> a lot of things you can do yourself and there's basic things you can do and save up to $1,200 a year if you're proactive, and one of the things that you can see is adding winter de-icer washer fluid. buy that at any gas station. >> yeah. >> keeping the wiper blids. >> swap them out and get something heavy duety.
that doesn't mean you leave the winter blades on all year round. that's a problem. that's going to definitely impact your visibility. >> is this changing difficult for somebody who doesn't know about it. >> aautoparts store will do for you for free. just buy them and ask. and the next thing is fluids. change your oil. there's clean and dirty oil. same as dirty and clean brake fluld. >> right. >> do with synthetic oil, your best choice, especially if you're in really cold climates. >> filters, swap them out. >> headlights, 80% of your driving decisions are based on visibility. winter tires are critical. make sure that you check your tire pressure once a month. >> take some air out if you are driving in snowy conditions. >> that's a great condition actually. always check the number inside the driver's door and get a quarter, take washington's head and put it right into the tread. we want to kick, we want to kick. no kick tires. you could break a toe. >> coin toss. >> you'll break a toe but the
45-degree rule. temperatures below 45 degrees go with a winter tire. i use these on my car. every vehicle i have, including my suv. >> do you have to have tires on? >> absolutely if you have snow. soft and you get better grip. what should you take to the me can snick. >> a mechanic should do things you can't do, brakes, exhaust system, check engine lines, use an asa certified mechanic. number one thing. >> lots of people take cross-country trips, see family, the weather is bad. >> an emergency kit should be your base, in the winter add a snow brush, ice scraper, food, boots, jacket, gloves. why? put it behind your seat pand in the trunk. you get stuck you can't see it in the trunk. >> see it all the time. the traffic jams and storms come out of nowhere. >> i live in buffalo and this happens all the time. i'm prepared year round. have everything you need, tire inflation product and glass cleaner and paper towels.
>> blankets for everybody, all the passengers. don't just put one blank net there. >> especially if you've got little kids. want to be presumed. if you need medications, carry those with you as well because you don't want to be stuck out saying i need something >> over to savannah. >> coming, a sweet end of the year. have you to hear about these
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party and coming up the must-v.first we'll help you pick the right champagne, the bubbly. sparkling wine. >> plus we've got to keep eating ridiculous amounts of food before the diets kick in. >> and the alcohol, yeah. >> head into the kitchen for decadent desserts and recipe. talking unbelievably delicious cookies and some pecan pie bites as well. >> resolutions that a lot of parents are making for their new year when it comes to the kids and how to stick with the resolutions. >> good food for thought there and first a check. weather with al who is in pasadena for the rose parade. >> hey, guys, and we are here. i mean, look at this bear. this is unbelievable. this is actually coconut bark. this is purple straw flower we use to fish and everything has to be covered with some sort of organic plant material, amazing stuff. this is for the rowes prayed on new year's day. let's take a look at your new year's eve forecast. wet weather down through the southeast. some snow around the great lakes. all in all not too bad, but then
year's eve night, much of the country fair skies. it will be good weather for much of the country as far as the new year's eve celebrations, including new york city, and then as we make our way to new year's day it's looking pretty darn nice. again, some showers and still hanging around the southeast and the weather for the pasadena roese parade, 127th roese parade, looking pretty good. temperatures eventually will get up into the low 60s but to start the parade it's going to be in the upper 30s and low 40s under fair skies. that's what's going on al, a little chilly out there. upper 30s, low 40s, in and close to the city. staten island, 42. north and west, 30s. low to mid northwest new jersey and mid to upper at the hudson valley. rain headed in our direction, not for today. mainly for tonight from a system up from the south and west. cloudy day. high, upper 40s, mid-40s tonight with rain. tapers by morning.
50 tomorrow. 44 for new year's day. we stay in the low 40s with sunshine for the weekend. hey, you know, they are using these mushrooms up there. got to be a pretty fun guy to use these. >> al, good one. >> thank you so much. it's new year's eve eve so it's time to make sure you're stocked with bubbly. >> here to walk us through some of the best options for your midnight toast is patrick, would indirector and wine columnist for "playboy" magazine. good to have you. where do we want to begin with the real deal? >> talk about champagne, traditionally to celebrate newyear's, a wine that comes from one particular region in france, sham chain region, that's the only way it can wear that name on it which means it's -- >> are we tasting? >> the champagne from the northeast. >> just outside of paris, a little bit east of there you'll fine the champagne region.
>> that's one you recommend. >> what's the price? >> about 42 bucks. this is from one of my small growers. >> love that whatever you said, yes, very nice. okay. next, if you wanted to do something a little different. >> yeah. >> this is the pink champagne, a rose. >> this actually comes from california. ultra marine is a wine made by a young man in sonoma, entirely made from pinot noir and rose champagne gets that color because it's made from a red grape and that makes it more fun and festive. >> more expensive because it's red? >> not necessarily. >> most of these wines are made from pinot noir and don't give it contact with the skin. >> do you call it would inas well? >> everything is wine and then there's sparkling wine. >> oh, okay. >> this is a little bit of a better budget item here.
and 50 bucs. to esare two selections around the $20 mark. >> a lot of people for new year's eve and within theed a big toast, you know, want to buy eight bottles, this is a good one. >> get a case of it for sure. local from new york from the finger lakes region upstate. that's weimer, a small grower that makes sparkling wine, chardonnay and pint noir blend. >> just like shopping in a liquor store and looking for $20 to $30. i usually go by the label, if i happen to like it. >> me, too. >> there are certain areas that make good wines, prosecco and there's other areas, new york. >> that tastes good. >> and france and south of france. >> did you tell us about this one? >> this is a sparkling wine made in france but made in burgundy which is further south, an area more known for their still wines but they do make sparkling wines and as a result they are not as famous for their sparkling wines. >> don't mind if we do. >> a better value.
between the southern region and the northern region. >> you really can. >> and can you please tell us about this. >> got to get to the opening. >> can we give them the punch. >> great opportunity to make cocktails with sparkling wines and this is a french 75 which is a traditional cocktail. make it in a restaurant or bar but make it for a party. big batch. >> fun for a party. >> how do you tone. >> give us a tip on opening it. >> for sure, for sure. >> you're going to move that, remove the foil. it could pop right out. >> they can come out for sure, and get the cage off and put your hand on the cork, okay. >> this way. >> twist slowly and pull a little bit, exactly perfect. i've done that before. >> that's one way of opening. >> a veritable pro. >> and there is another option. >> oh, lord. >> don't try this at home. patrick is a professional. >> okay. here we go. >> pretty easy. >> oh, my gosh.
sometimes you try not to get it on the floor. >> just for fun. >> you have to be careful. the glass blows out after you pop it off so there's no glass left on bottle. i wouldn't do this at home unless you've taken some practice, a lesson. come and get a lesson and it doesn't always work either. >> oh. >> you shouldn't try tat home but if you are an expert, how cool would that be? >> don't do if if you've had too many glasses of champagne. >> exactly. >> patrick, thank you so much. for more tips and new year's eve ideas head to today.com/food. coming up next, how to make and keep your parenting resolutions in the new year,
we are back at 8:39. tomorrow negotiate's arrival. new year means you're likely to declare a few resolutions so we asked our parenting team to share some of theirs. >> my parenting resolution for 2016 is to spend more time around the dinner table and have a lot less of this. >> i'm going to do a better job of getting my kids to their school activities on time, and by on time, i mean within 15 minutes of when they are supposed to be there. >> mom, we're going to be late! >> 2016 i'm going to stand by no more of this for my 2-year-old's hair. >> we're starting a new program we are done speaking naftly to each other. guys, which words are we done saying? >> i hate you. >> dumb. >> and other fun swear words. >> and what happens if you screw up, you lose your device for the
good luck, gentlemen. >> my resolution for my middle school daughter is that i want age-appropriate apps and i don't want her being introduced to things before she's ready. i also need to teach my son how to drive and today is our first lesson, and i think it's going great. >> yu. >> can i get this app, mom? >> no, that's for sectioning. >> what's sexting? >> two of the things we're committed to are -- >> no electronics at the table. >> no electronics at the dinner table and aliya? >> a bed time for our electronics. >> our new year's resolution is to watch less television because we really love tv in our house, don't we, cassidy? >> yes. >> yeah. >> hurry up. we're really, really, really late for soccer. move, move, move, move. >> sometimes in the craziness of life with three kids i forget that it's supposed to be fun so this year my resolution is that i want to laugh more.
resolution a revolution, and it's going to be playing together and being outside and having fun. >> our new year's resolution is more joy, less stress, and we are finally going to organize all these toys! >> can you say resolution. >> resolution. >> good job. >> my resolution is to replace a negative thought with a positive one. >> i'm going to take care of me in 2016. it's always about the kids first. i can't remember the last time i had a warm me. i'm going to take care of me and in doing so it's going to make me a better father to my kids and then everybody wins so, boom. >> so boom. betsy brown braun is a parent educator. good morning. fun watching that with you, but you make a really good point about resolutions. >> yeah. >> they are supposed to be parenting resolutions, something that you are promising to do, not something that you want your kids to do. >> can't make somebody to do anything. you have to make a resolution for yourself to decide to make a change.
to be the one to make that decision. >> a lot of people want to do this. you've got some tips. the first thing you say is to focus on self-discipline. explain. >> self-discipline, otherwise known as self-control is critical to make any kind of a change and resolving to make a change means it has to be focused and deliberate. can't just be a whim or an impulse impulse, but the thing about self discipline is anybody can have it. people think oh, no, i don't have self-discipline. there's no self-discipline gene. you have to make a concerted effort, decide you're going to do it and stick to it. >> i love your tip. find the motivation. the thing that will keep you going when it's hard. >> the best motivation is to go public. when you go public, tell your kids, tell your family, you're going to be embarrassed if you blow it. your kids are watching you. they are your accountability, and you don't want to model something for your kids that they are not going to be able to do. >> and kind of feeding off of that you say we should create a means of self-inspection. >> oh, yeah. so many ways. you have to be accountable and
positively or negatively, and negative self-inspection would be a swear jar, maybe the old-fashioned days when you throw a dollar in the swear jar and a positive one would be a marble in the marble jar. have reminders. put a little sticker on your rear view mirror so every time you look at you remember you won't swear. write it on toothpaste in the mirror of your bathroom. keep it at the front of your head. >> and finally be persistent, like new fall off the wagon just keep going. >> absolutely. be aware of what your plan is, if you fall off, aware of what the saboteurs are, lousy local conditions, what's going to make you trip up and state it out loud if you're going on the dark side, if you're leaning that way. someone will help you or remind you where you want to be. >> good for parenting resolutions horany resolutions. >> i think so. >> thank, betsy, thank you very much. coming up next, did you not get everything on your christmas list? we'll tell you what to buy when
and welcome back. if you missed out on all the big pre-christmas sales, don't worry. our today.com contributor and financial expert is here to walk us through all the deals you can expect to find in stores next month. she was also on "total request live" 15 years ago as a teeny bopper screaming. >> totally. >> gave a shout-out. >> i forget the band. >> look at you now. >> i know, right. >> mom, will be at me. the first thing is flat screen tvs. january is the month, and shall we move down. flat screen tvs. we're seeing discounts of about 35%. this is the month to do it. >> why is this the month? >> the consumer electronics show is every time in january. that's when the new products come into the market, so best buy, stores like that. >> get the inventory out to make way for new stuff. >> everyone from vizio to samsung, deals, $200 markdowns.
>>the next one is gym memberships. >> of course. >> and fitness equipment. everybody wants to look good in the new year so gyms go to your local gym and ask for a discount. >> get a deal on a membership. >> sometimes they will waive the initiation fee, give you 20% off and fitness stores. seeing deals in the 25% to 50%, dumbbells, tread mills and yoga pants. >> a good time to buy for the home gym. >> yes, yes. >> all righty. >> what other sorts of deals can you get in january on goods in general? >> linens, january is the famous linen sale. >> why? >> stems back to the 1800s. source like wanamakers in philly, they wanted to offload linens during the slow months. >> do you need to know what stores to go to. >> west elm, target, costco and ziera home. >> kitchen appliances. >> if you want to maybe get new pots and pans, cutlery, go to macy's, if you want to renovate
cabinets, lowe's, seeing a 20% off deal. >> remodeling the kitchen, january is the month to do it. >> and getting someone to help you out, painters, they are cheaper this time of year. >> even doing it later in the new year, buy the appliances now and store them in the garage. >> exactly. >> video games. this is the month to do it because we have the toy fair next year and also comic-con later this year so we're expecting new announcements in the video game world so get some deals. microsoft right now and xbox 1 and xbox 360, a sale about 40% to 60%, sometimes even more than 60% on those games. >> this is hard for parents to see because they just spent money on some of these gaming devices. >> gift cards, this time of year, the time to go and spend them. >> the game is similar to the tvs all have new inventory coming in, new technology. >> right. >> a good time to get this. >> january in general is good because either historically there's inventory going on. >> do you remember who was on trl?
we've about busy waiting for moment right here. hedy goldsmith is here with an indulgent cooky that she's going to make for us. walk us through the ingredients. >> salty, sweet, carmely delicious, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, vanilla bean paste, very important, butter, everything is better with butter. >> i'm like in love. >> junk in the trunk cookies. >> absolutely. >> let's do it. >> got to do that. >> junk in the trunk, yeah. salty sweet. we've got butter that's screaming. keep it at room temperature because it's going to really air ate and incorporate. so we're doing white suger and brown sugar to keep it nice and soft. brown sugar is going to keep it soft. once that dreams, we're going to add the vanilla bean paste and i love that because you see all the little speckles of vanilla. >> the vanilla bean paste is a special ingredient. your wife sy ri loves vanilla bean paste. >> absolutely. what it does it gives you a
a little bang for your buck. >> what are you mixing it. >> an egg, and that's going right into the cream. >> the whole egg, vanilla bean paste and you want to keep all of your ingredients room temp. never mix cold butter and warm egg and like little fish form kind of things. this way it all incorporates perfectly well. >> okay. >> then you'll get your flour sifted with baking soda and that will go in, goes in very slow and very low. don't want to create like a little white issue all over your walls. >> yeah, that's happened to me. >> you can kind of do it all together in a matter of a few minutes. >> oh, absolutely. >> all right. >> don't want to overmix your cookies because that will make a tough cookie. >> they had a tough cookie. >> okay. >> tell me about this tray of delightfulness of candy. >> this is obsessive compulsive because that's the way i rocks, all kinds of deliciousness. the candy-coated everything. it's whatever you have in the house.
>> this is the junk of the junk in the trunk. >> this is the junk in the trunk. >> look at this. >> really a super bowl when i had a little crumb left of potato chips. >> kettle cooked, nice and crunchy and stay -- >> you're doing this. this is happening. >> so you've got caramel and salt and sweet and you've got everything, and it's -- if al were here it would probably have bacon. >> not a bad call. >> i'm feeling a little bit of love right now. >> i am, too. >> it does my heart good. >> and that you'll mix by hand. >> we'll add this right into that base. >> any candy you have lying around that's good. >> halloween, my favorite. >> throw in some m & ms for the heck of it. >> because it's festive. >> whatever you have in the house. it changes all the time. >> okay. >> so it will never be the same. >> i love cookie dough. >> and then i take this and
now you're using an ice cream scoop. that's a pretty big cookie. >> it is a big cookie because you've got to get all that junk in the bowl. >> how do you knowful cookie will stay in that farm or if it will become flat and big. >> is there enough real estate. >> this is. >> and why does it do that because i feel like my cookies would flatten out and be one big cookie. >> you know what the key is chill your dough first. >> very important so it doesn't flatten out. >> i didn't know that. >> and how long are you going to cook these for? >> well, it depends on your oven but usually about 10 to 11 minutes. >> got about a minuteest. >> what do you do when you pull them out. >> shall i grab them. >> you do a little -- >> put a little sea salt. >> a little bit of salt in there. >> all right. >> all right. >> oh, my gosh, looks so good. that's the junk in the trunk.
the trunk just in case you're between sglets what are these little doodads. these are pecan pie bites with a little bit of salt on to. got a little bit of bacon fat in the there. >> of course you do. >> it's delicious. >> i like the whole way you're rolling this morning. >> very sweet kind ofning. >> people will be making these before the new year kicks in. >> yeah. >> try it. >> or they can order from sweet hedy. >> that's even better.
all the recipes on 8:57 now. i'm michael gargiulo. we want to get to the breaking news that's happening in queens. a knicks player was shot outside a strip club this morning. katherine creag is live with the very latest. kat? >> reporter: police have closed off a huge stretch of this street. this is maurice avenue at tyler avenue. that area rear zooming into. crime scene investigators are focused on the spot there where the shooting happened. a new york knicks player shot in the leg. he is clean anthony. he was with some friends and his
in queens when he left to get into a tax sichlt i. at least four cars boxeded him in. four to six people wearing masks, robbed him of jewelry, gold chains and then gunfire. he was shot once at the leg. the suspects took off. 911 was called e is in surgery at this moment. back to you. in the meantime, quick check of the weather. morning fog. otherwise, mostly cloudy and mild with a high of 49. tonight, cloudy. showers developing. tomorrow, 44. 50 for the high on new year's eve. just ahead on the "today" show. some decadent desserts there to sweeten up your new year. a look at rockefeller plaza.
this morning on "today's take," star-studded. many of the celebrities who visited us in 2015. plus, we'll go spanning the year for the wildest and whackiest sports bloopers, and a tweet 16 simple dessert hacks to guarantee a delicious new year's eve. all that coming up now. >> announcer: from n news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza.
>> we love you, mom. >> mrs. daly. >> love. >> you good morning. wednesday morning. december 30th, 2015. natalie morales along with dylan and a rare appearance by mr. carson daly. >> thank you ladies. should be lucky to be sounded by the both of you. >> thanks for sticking around with us. >> the previous hour ends and we were eating cookies from hedy goldsmith. >> i cannot put down. these rin sane. >> every employ at nbc is upstairs in the kitchen in line waiting. >> no one is running the show right now. >> the picked this song "work this body" by walk the moon after the way we've been eating, have bacon coming up and buttered coffee and junk in the trunk cookies. >> really good. >> so many people have had monday, january 4th in their minds and on their calendars, objection that you will holiday, even going back to thanksgiving and rolled into the office parties and the family meals. >> like a month and a half of straight eating.
always great to have you. >> thanks. >> can we say congratulations one more time because i know you haven't heard it enough on your marriage to siri. we just love her around here. she's a member of our family too. >> boast you were glowing in the picture. siri has been posting a lot of pictures on instagram and i love every new picture. >> show was glowing and i was sweating. >> yes, i appreciate that. >> you guys have been together for a very long time. has it changed. do you feel i'm a married man now? >> finally we got a charges you know, to have the sacrament of marriage be a part of our lives. got mayor i'd in our catholic church which was an important detail for us. yeah. >> talked about this day for a long time, been together ten years and know that we've done this the new normal, three beautiful kids but to us as i've always said the goal is to be a family and be together forever. >> you've been a family. >> at a time when that doesn't seem to be happening as often as it used to. >> sure. >> we did things a little backwards and it's working for us and we've been very blessed. >> everybody has their own version of love.
>> and our parents and grandparents and the benefit that have was our kids, you know, jackson, my 6-year-old was the ring bearer and they really understood what was happening and it was great. >> the whip and nae-nae afterwards. >> they did that. >> that was me. they were asleep. >> a big day coming up tomorrow night. are you prepared for your new year's duties. >> 17 years. >> i think back to my time at mtv and starting doing their new year's eve show, did it every year until i came to nbc. took one year off and did it for 17 years. a great night and obviously a great tradition. i've always felt safe in times square, an issue now in the news. there at y 2 k. guarantee the law enforcement in this city, as mayor de blasio said on tuesday, times square will be the safest place to be. >> i believe that, yeah. >> a great show, it's fun. so hope you tune?
blake -- gwen is one of your guests. >> buy one, get the over. i don't know where they are at these days. >> i would think they would be together. >> yeah, we have the great. gwen stefani. i don't know if blake will be in tow. every day is new year's eve when you work with blake shelton. >> i would think. >> andy cohen. >> ever wondering what's in the starbucks cup on "the voice" it's not coffee. it's new year's eve. >> keeps it more livelily. >> right before your show, kathie lee and hoda kick off the special, the party gets started with a toast to 2015 at 8:00 p.m. and a lot of us are featured on that show. >> that's always fun to watch. we watch that in the hotel room getting ready for the live show. from 8:00 p.m. to the ball drop at 12:30 there's really great stuff on nbc >> you look back at the year that was and all the crazy viral videos that captured our attention like pizza rat. >> what are you guys going to
>> something you forget about during the year and they recap everything. >> i got married, that's right, i forgot. >> that's sglig what are you going to do on new year's eve? >> small little dinner party at my house and just hosting with neighbors and my kids will keep me up hopefully. >> mom, wake up. it's only 9:00. >> you slept through "star wars." the only human being hey live who literally fell asleep. >> dylan fell a little bit asleep. >> i ate a steak this big before we went to "star wars" sglars what are you doing in. >> supposed to go to a restaurant that has a great time for the regulars and i walked by the restaurant and it's closed. >> that's not good. >> i guess there was a landlord dispute which happens in new york, so, yeah, i guess we're back to staying home. >> come on over. >> i hear you're having a party. >> the more the merrier. it will be fun. >> in times square with an estimated 1 million people who will ring in 2016. if you've never been to times square before, it's kind of a collection of, you know, the big restaurants, the bigger version
version o red lobster. >> ruby tuesday's, and the amount of money if you want to go to these restaurants for newyear, hundreds of dollars. olive garden, $400. >> you're basically paying for the access to get into. >> you're right there. >> the zone. >> and i feel like you're going to get that seat that maybe you don't even get the view but there's a bathroom. >> a bathroom. >> that's it. >> once you're in depends the pens you can't get out to go to the pens. >> screening, no bags, whole thing and a secondary screening and pen you in 65 different pens and wand and waved and can't move and people there at noon so you wonder how people are going potty. >> making reservations. >> you pay $400 at the red lobster sounds pretty good. >> red lobster is $349 and does include a five-hour open bar. >> that's great. i could drink that no problem.
couple's table for a bargain, $1,700. >> wow. >> what do you get with that? >> all you can eat shrimp. >> the long conversation you've been avoiding all year. >> how much for the ball drop? >> 800 bucks a seat. let's talk about your family. >> if you're not going out, netflix did this last year, they have the countdown for kids. >> i like this. >> the countdown that can start really at any time of night. >> i'm going to need this for sure. >> natalie, turn this on at 8:30. >> they are just short video, like five minutes. >> basically allows your kid to stay up for the ball drop but not really getting the ball drop. >> i think it's fun to stay up. one night. >> one of my favorite new year's we celebrated in vail, at 10:00 p.m., counted down and then we went to bed. >> were the kids okay. >> got to celebrate.
ball drop in new york and when that happens to me it's on new york time. >> there you go. >> do you guys have your resolutions planned? >> well, you know, i think it's one that i change it daily, but i think the idea of being more present around my kids and just -- just enjoying the moment. we heard in the last hour some parents talking about the things they wanted to do more with their kids. like what the mom said about just remembering to have fun. sometimes we get caught in the trop of i've got to get them to soccer. it should be fun. having time with your kids is a joy. >> how about you? >> well, you know, i get busy with all the work that i've got with "the voice" and the year gets busy. my resolution is really to eat and drink a little more actually. >> to get through it all. >> try to work out a little less. >> if you need some advice. >> i'll go the other way. >> i like your resolutions. >> if you need some kind of things to get you started on your resolutions pop sugar has a list of easy resolutions, don't
like what, stretch while watching tv. >> i can touch my toes. >> stretch while watching. >> give someone you don't know a compliment. >> that's a good one. >> hand learn to accept a compliment. if somebody says something nice to me, i'm like, no, you're crazy. >> blue looks beautiful on you. >> no, i look better in green. >> just say thank you. >> no, in your case it might be weird. >> is that a back-handed compliment. >> i will say thank you. >> there you go. >> another one. reconnect with an old friend, off of facebook. >> good. >> and that was up of my resolutions this year is to pick up my phone and call my brothers who live out west and not like something on instagram or comment on something or send a text. actually pick up the phone and call them. i feel like we don't do that enough. >> nobody does. >> another one. do squats while you brush your teeth. >> i like this. >> that's insane.
just runs down your arm. >> how does this workers actly? >> yeah. >> 52 on this list. i could go through all of them. when you're cold, don't turn up the heat do ten push-ups insgled that will get the body temperature up in that. >> you're not liking of that. >> i'm just thinking of something, i'm thinking of bacon, hold on, bacon. who doesn't lost sound of bacon. do you hear? >> i'm not crazy, i heard it. >> did you see this little kid's reaction, easton. >> priceless. >> this young man tasted bacon for the very first time and has the same exact look every time we have it. >> is that good? >> bacon. >> bacon. >> bacon. >> bacon. >> i'm right here.
>> bacon. >> bacon! >> there's your viral video right there. >> what is it about bacon that is so worthy of a reaction like that? >> everything in here. here's some delicious bacon for you guys. >> hall, i think we got you some bacon. al is out in pasadena, california, getting ready for the rose parade. >> is that your reaction when you taste bacon every time, al, euphoria in. >> every time. >> bacon! i think that's going to replace the begging strips dog. i'd get it myself but i don't have numbers. >> bacon, bacon, bacon. >> awesome. you're there for the tournamench of roses parade. >> after everybody watches carson for the new year's eve, hoda and i will be doing the 127th tournament of roses parade. this is the western assets float. this thing is gorgeous. i mean, that's unbelievable.
time and 8:00 a.m. pacific and look at this thing. i mean, it's just beautiful. it's let your imagination run wile. it is fantastic. all tolled with all the folds, takes about 80,000 volunteer hours to put all the flora and fauna on this. look at this raccoon. i mean, the detail, poppy seed and all this -- this is all plant. it's really amazing stuff. so let's show you what's going on as far as your weather is concerned. we have been talking about flooding in the mississippi. this is the flood stages. st. louis is going to come close to a record crest. they may tie it in chester and cape girardio as well. the good news, rain will be stopping. look at this. it will crest tomorrow in st. louis at about 43 feet. major flood stage is at 40 and it will take really until monday until it gets to below where it should be. our new record rainfall amount for st. louis for the year, that gives you an idea of the problems they have been having
all this rain. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's another day featuring gray sky out there. maybe a little bit of dim sunshine early on. the clouds rule today, dry, a sprinkle in some spots. overnight low, mild, low of 44. tomorrow, dries out. sunshine in the afternoon. high temperature of around 50. new year's eve, ball drop, about 40 degrees. 30, overnight low. 40s. turns colder early next week. >> that's your latest weather. i've been doing this parade now for 19 years, and i tell you. >> wow. >> i never get tired of it. >> wow. >> this thing is fantastic. >> it's so beautiful. >> always amazing -- it's like bacon really. every single time you watch the parade you're in awe.
make out of flowers and fauna. >> look alternate right behind you. >> and these are volunteers, al? are they trained in this or do they teach them? >> you get -- you get a lot of repeat volunteers coming in. i mean, weave seen -- i've seen -- literally some of these kids grow up on these floats. it's really amazing. >> that's cool. all right, al. have fun. >> all right, buddy. well, yesterday, i don't know if you all had an opportunity to see it, i had a private reading with the long island medium theresa caputo and it was pretty emotional. we want to remind you though the season premiere on january 3rd on tlc, an she owes got a lot of celebrities who are getting readings as well. >> i saw that, read about that, you and others. >> yes. >> for those who haven't seen it without spoiling it, can you just remind us quickly of your experience. >> it was fascinating, whether you choose to believe or not believe, i mean, she tapped into a lot of things, including the loss of my mother-in-law and i had had a miscarriage years ago and some things that i haven't
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someone's got to do it, and as we prepare to ring in the new yore a look back at the stars who brightened our days in 2015. >> there are days where i look through my phone and all of the celebrity selfies and moments on this show that we've snapped. it's like that happened? >> thanks for having me on this. this is the cool hour, right? >> i watch you guys every morning. >> cheers. >> why is there never anyone in my nightclub? >> not long ago tamron was doing her "pop fix" and a figure comes out of the shadows. >> he's 21 years old, so that makes this legal. >> i took it for every 16-year-old girl out there, took that kiss and embrace it had. >> i'm down. >> people who show up, pop up during our weather segments. >> that's what's going on around the country and here's what's happening in chrissy teigen's world. >> maya rudolph. >> there's some thunder so be careful out thereto.
>> in your noosds. >> can you put the weather up in there. >> tsunami, yeah. big swells here and it's going to clear up and al, i need help please. >> most fun set visit ever was getting to play a zombie on "the walking dead. ". >> this will be great if it doesn't come off tomorrow. >> i still have nightmares looking at that picture of me. >> the patti labelle surprise was incredible. >> oh, no! on my own once again >> mystery guest. come on out. >> yes! >> we had to pity them fools. >> yes, we did. >> thank you, al. >> all worthwhile. >> the al mind and the tamron body.
>> sit right over there. >> i'm an actress and i'm full of crap, and it's early and i'm lying. >> little known fact about gina rodriguez. sheets also raps trying to dress dapperly like my friend natalie >> we've expanded our family to include some really cool folks. >> have a pan of my legs. >> good, good. >> i let everybody know the real champ is here. >> john cena is a big guy with a big heart. >> the most important part of the year so far. >> who ever thought we'd have a wwe wrestling champ. >> co-hosting our program. >> ellie and jane krakowskiy. >> not only did i co-host with ellie and allegedly but tina fey
tamron were not there. >> we dare take a couple days off to be with our beloved families. >> we had to hear about it every single day. >> you want to replace us with them? come on. >> it hurts. >> it was the best show ever. ha, ha, bam! >> good for you, al. >> one day invited jane to come back, and it was just the two of us. allegedly roller skated out on to the set. >> this is the jane loves willie hour. >> i think win that one. >> hello, miss tamron. >> ladies and gentlemen, prince. >> prince, good morning. >> hi, prince. >> whoa. >> good morning, all. >> oh. >> all i need is a horse. >> there we go. >> good to see you. >> thank you. >> great to be seen. >> i mean, it's fantastic. >> don't i look hot. >> i'm going to do this when i'm delivering the library boar, you know. >> a lot of families that are probably cool with this.
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with some decadent dessert hacks to help you have a sweet 2016. >> jackie gifford, the guide to the best places to travel in the new year. dylan? >> and we're going to go spanning the year with len berman looking at 2015's most memorable and forgettable moments in sports. >> you going to share but grandma, mommy says we don't have to wad to get clean. cause we use charmin ultra soft. charmin ultra soft gets you clean without the wasteful wadding. it has comfort cushions you can see that are softer and more absorbent, and you can use up to 4 times less.
and only played about the last 30 seconds a quick check of weather, morning fog, mostly cloudy and mild. tonight, cloudy with showers developing. 44, low. tomorrow, 50 is the high for new year's eve. it will be around 41 when the ball drops. coming up on the "today" show, kathie lee and hoda taking a look back at 2015.
taking a look at the headlines. customers with verizon and sprint have until tomorrow to claim refunds in a settlement over so-called cramming. the companies agreed to pay a total of $158 million to consumers who were charged for unauthorized third-party services for things like ring tones or horoscopes on their wireless phone bills. the sec estimates cramming has affected tens of millions of americans. file the claim on the company's website by tomorrow. a new study suggesting that some american heart patients are getting exposed to more
according to a report in "jama internal medicine" researchers looked at nuclear strength tests performed on about a million americans a year to detect coronary heart disease. they found on average that americans get a 20% higher doze of radiation during the test, partly because they say u.s. labs are less likely to comply with dosing guidelines. but experts say the benefits of these tests still outweigh any risks. it's the end of an era in midtown a minutean. later today the flagship toys "r" us store in times square will close its doors for last time. the store opened there in november 2001 complete with that 60-foot ferris wheel. the company says it's looking for another less expensive location for their store. well, by now you've seen countless videos of people fall off their new hoverboard that they got for christmas. this morning proof that even former heavyweight champ mike tiesson no match for the self-ball scooters. as you seat hoverboard scores
shared this video on instagram tuesday with the hashtag # hashtag i'm too old for this. hurts every time. let's get a check of the weather right now. sal in pasadena ahead of the tournament of roses parade. hello, al. >> you talk about the roses, here they are. this is the rose room and every conceivable color and shade of rose is here. let's lock at your new year's forecast and show you what's happening as far as that's concerned. we start with new year's eve day, and we are looking at some wet weather down through the mid-atlantic states, southeast. look for snow around the great lakes. new year's eve night, more rain in the southeast and some leftover snow showers around the great lakes. otherwise fair and then new year's day, again, wet weather, >> new year's day, wet weather, gulf coast. look for some snow showers around the great lakes. that's what's going on around the country. here is what's happening in your neck of the woods. fog lifting west of the city. plenty of clouds around today. it should be a dry day.
some rain starts to come in from the south. we get a glancing shot of that system. low temperatures in the 40s. relatively wild. any early clouds, good day of sunshine. good start to the new year with sunshine friday. chillier at 44. brisk and chilly over the weekend. low 40s with sun much the same early next week. >> that's it from here. the rosemont pavilion where we're getting ready for the 127th tournament of roses parade on friday morning at nbc starting at 11:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. pacific time. hoda kotb joins me. guys, happy new year. we will see you friday. >> happy new year, uncle al. look forward to seeing that friday morning as well. thanks for that. now the countdown is on for a sweet 16. literally justin chapel host of "food & wine" mad genius tips and back with a few new year's eve desserts and recipes that are very, very easy.
>> let's start with the hot chocolate and whipped cream. seems like that would be good enough. >> hot chocolate alone is amazing, but we'll make it even better because we're going to make these awesome whip cream toppers. >> okay. sure, you can -- dollop your whip cream on top but we'll take our whip cream that we've made, heavy cream, confectionier's sugar. >> homemade. >> put it on a foil lined baking sheet just like this. >> okay. >> and take a very nifty spatula and spread it into an even lake, just like this, and when you get it nice and flat what you're going to do is pop this right into the freezer. i'll step right behind you here. >> almost treating it like a dough in a way. >> get it to a consistency where you can make shapes. >> check this out. >> after a couple of hours it's nice and firm. you can see that this is the side that we spread out and got it nice and hard and what you do
cutters and cut out shapes and get these little floaters, almost like marshmallows. >> that's awesome. >> that could just melt or stays in pretty good foam. >> it will last a little while. >> isn't that great? >> awesome, super fun. >> okay. now we have biscuit bowls. >> let's do it. >> using them for a sweet application, fill them with whipped cream and strawberries. everyday store bought biscuits that i'll let you open. >> see, i didn't even tell you how to do it. >> everyone knows that's how you open the biscuits and we'll take a muffin pan and invert it on to a your surface and take this non-stick spray and coat it a little bit here and do a little bit of flour. >> you're putting it upside down. >> smash it around. >> you're making a form. >> you're making a bowl, just like that. >> once you get them all down. pop them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, 375. >> where do you learn these things?
>> that's a whole other story, justin. >> and after they come out they are beautiful little biscuit bowls. >> you have great savory vessels. >> using sweet whipped cream, strawberries on top and like a perfect dessert. >> awesome. >> beautiful. >> and then this is even better. >> very cool. >> those are presentee good. >> caramel sauce that we're making in the microwave. normally you do this on the stove top, it's really difficult and dangerous. what we'll do is in the microwave, easier and safer. we've got some sugar and adding some light corn syrup and a little bit of water to get it going and you'll mix it really well. >> how long? >> knife to seven minutes, and when it just starts to turn color it will look like this. whisk in softened butter. >> that easy to make caramel. >> very easy. >> looks good. >> all right. >> got about 30 seconds. let's go down to the cake. decorating a cake using sprinkles and cookie cutters. put it on top and take your
use that as a little guide. >> kids you the star shape. >> and when you take it off. >> you get a little star. >> wow, look at that. great ideas. >> thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. >> get back to that ice groom. >> coming up next, places to go and people to see and the best places to travel in 2016. get to that right half these messages. do you know the secret to a happy home in these modern times? it's a housewife who's in control of the finances. actually, any wife, husband, or human person can use progressive's name your price tool to take control of their budget. and while the men do the hard work of making money, she can get all the car insurance options her little heart desires. or the women might do the hard work of making money. [ chuckling ] women don't have jobs. is this guy for real? modernizing car insurance with -- that's enough out of you! the name your price tool, only from progressive.
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just a flight or a drive away. >> "travel & leisure" magazine has compiled a list of the 50 best places to visit in 2016. the special project ed for tore "travel & leisure" is here to get us started. good morning. >> good morning, guys. >> what are the requirements for the list of the 50 best places? >> we looked at what was going on in the world, classic destinations that maybe had something new, under dat, dat radar gems that some of our editors scouted, what were the travel specialist booking what, were clients saying to them i want to come here and the whole list, 50 places on "travel & leisure".com. >> surprising to see some, detroit, don't see it as a tourist destination. >> so much going on, desolate
place for restaurants, river park and there's a fresh water aquarium, great for families and the aloft hotel, $179 a night. located right downtown, and one of those historic buildings built in 1915 that's been revitalized and transformed, classic architecture and modern design. love this hotel. >> a great city. glad to see it's making a comeback. next on the list a city i love, also true to us jersey girls. asbury park. for the music lovers, the place that bruce springsteen made famous as well. >> asbury park is on the mend and recovering following hurricane sandy. 90 minutes away from new york city. great weekend getaway. go to the skateboard and shops. new restaurants have opened, too, and right in town you've got the empress hotel, $69 a night, right on the ocean front and in the summertime cool sites, tiki huts, dance club,
and next year look out for the asbury, a new hotel that's set to open as part of a whole multi-million dollar redevelopment plan. >> really revitalizes the last couple of decades. >> moving on to richmond, virginia. i think old school colonial, but it's changing a bit. >> it's changing, so what's happening in richmond, first of all, virginia's capital and known for its civil war monuments and history and distinctive architecture and a lot of creative types are moving here an opening up several galleries. several neighborhoods, check out churchill, jackson worked the west broad street area is also famous right now because there's a new hotel that just opened called the quirk and we love this property. $199 a night, set in an old department store. >> how cool. >> quirky. >> it's quirky. >> exactly. >> pink and cream rooms, standout restaurant downstairs called maple and pine and gallery showcasing work by local artists, so it's setting a new vibe in richmond. >> i love, that contempry. also in the u.s., city i've yet
great outdoors. >> beautiful. >> how has it turned into a,mountainside mecca? >> it was a cowboy town and now it's a mountainside mecca because it's becoming more sophisticated, a university town and a lot of people here, shops opening and if you go to bozeman get into the great outdoor, wintertime all about the skiing and summer you can go mountain biking and a new breeding is breathing life into the destination, lark hoe will tell, $129, set in an old 1960s motor lodge that's been reimagined. outside they have a really cool retro silver truck called victory taco and that's where everybody goes to get their breakfast breatho and communal spaces, the dark, touch it out. >> and i want to touch on rio de janiero. >> of course, the olympics. >> rio's big year but also beyond the lifnlgs, 380,000 spectators are set to come. >> awesome. >> lots of growth. $2.5 billion is being spent on the port to build new museums and attractions.
place to visit internationally is topping that list. thank you so much. great list, and to find out more about other destinations on the list head to our website today.com. coming next, we get to go spanning the year with len berman, the whackiest sports moments of 2015. remember these, after these anybody who struggles with their weight and i'm at the head of that class, knows that it's not just about the weight; it's about something bigger. you've been fighting with then wrong tools; you've been looking in the wrong direction. so every time i tried and failed, and every time i tried again has brought me to this most powerful moment. to say, if not now, when? are you ready?
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our favorite time. we welcome back our friend len berman, morning show host on radio 710 wor. >> he's going to take us on a wild ride through the wonderfullly wacky world of sports. >> really. >> this all for 2015. >> leave me alone. carson daly. carson daly. >> a legend. >> unbelievable. >> mr. berman, you are the legend. >> just play along. 2015 featured american pharoah, serena williams, jordan spieth and the u.s. women's soccer team, but what were truly the top sports stories.
>> unbelievable! . >> hey, all rise for 2-year-old trent harris singing the anthem in new jersey. and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air >> get that kid on "the voice." that's what we should do. play ball. our shot for the year. the soccer star in barcelona. yeah! perfect. how about this one. never saw this one but the roller coaster in santa monica, shot of the year. >> swish. >> nothing but net. >> our oops of the year, no, you have one job to do, only one, have you to hold the tape at the finish line. oh, no. oh, my goodness. look how the. >> here's the only way you can slow down usain bolt. oh, my goodness, terrible, wasn't it?
indeed, the filipino diver. this is a perfect zero. true story. that's not easy n.charleston, jacqueline zimmerman does her routine and she brings down the house which is never good. and nobody got hurt. carson, play along, will you. too many people are attached to their cell phones these days. margin jones lost his in the middle of the fight. fell out of his shorts. come on. he wound up lose. in the state of washington, does the ref really need to be on the phone in the middle of the game? really. he's still talking. isn't the law hands-free officiating. i thought it was. our dunks of the year. best blindfolded attempt in the philippines. >> hey, the ow it a jazz employee, much better, yeah. >> our moves of the year, what do you do if you're a mail carrier and they close the road for the tour de france. come on. come on.
always delivers. >> hey, you wave to the crowd in oregon and you won the race and let the other guy pass you. that's premature exhiliration. the jack rabbit, there he goes. he had some serious hops at the goal line, don't you think. in the real of mexico. the estonian team. that's a slam dunk. well, that's not good, and jockey in australia, wardrobe issue gives new meaning to bringing up the rear. there you go. i did. did that work okay? >> that was amazing. >> carson daly, everyone. >> mr. berman, thank you. >> so much fun. >> thank you so much. happy new year. we're back in a moment.
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a funeral mass for a nypd police officer killed in afghanistan. cardinal timothy dolan will be leading the service. he is from west harrison in westchester county. he was on control as a tech sergeant for the air national guard when his unit was attacked by a suicide bomber. you can watch the entire procession live. we are streaming it on our website, nbcnewyork.com. a quick check of weather. a little bit of morning fog, mostly cloudy, mild, high of 49. tonight, cloudy. showers developing later. 44, the low. tomorrow, 50 is the high for new year's eve. it will be around 41 when the ball drops. coming up in just a little bit on the "today" show, with kathie lee and hoda. the ladies revisiting some of the funniest shows this year.