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it's friday, april 2nd 2nd. the latest on what killed prince at the young age of 57. the donald may be getting more in line with the republican establishment. while sanders is fighting for a political oxygen. president obama prepares to meet queen elizabeth while nudging the uk not to jump ship from the eu. a big no-no in sports.
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good morning. i'm betty nguyen. thanks for joining us. shock and utter belief how fans are reacting to death of prince. the 57-year-old was found unresponsive in his home thursday and was declared dead just a short time later. the cause of death is still unclear. official say an autopsy is scheduled for today. in minnesota, prince's home state, a sea of fans gathered outside first avenue last night. that is where prince intermediate a large portion of "purple rain." earlier, a rainbow appeared over prince's paisley park home and music studio. in brooklyn, spike lee organized a street dance party outside of his music production studio for his late fan. in harlem, fans danced to his music throughout the afternoon. >> on broadway, the cast of hamilton honored prince with their own rendition of "let's go
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cities across the nation paid tribute to the purple rain singer. a slew of remembrance er rances by those who knew him. the meaning of the word lost has taken on new meaning this day. thank god, love lives forever. paul mccartney tweed god bless this creative giant. oprah tweeting the doves are really crying now. president obama called him one of the most gifted and prolific musician of our time saying nobody's spirit has bolder or creative. ron mott has more on the life and death of prince. >> reporter: over the years, he was called many things. icon. legend. genius. even the symbol for which there was no name. >> pretty good after ten days. >> reporter: a shocked and saddened musical world is causing him a lost treasure.
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paisley park. >> i can't believe he's gone! >> reporter: to industry giants like aretha franklin after getting the news that prince is gone. >> prince is gone, but the music will go on. >> what was it about him, do you think? >> well, i don't know. you know, young adults and adults loved prince. >> reporter: mtv which came into its own about the time prince was turning into a megastar in the early '80s interrupted its programming. his music was transcended. evidenced by the multicultural and crowd that paid respect to him throughout the day and evening. he was much more than a musician. an artist in every sense of the world and a masterful showman and a man who understood the
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money and bigger slice of the dough for himself. >> who was prince? >> i don't know. and that is kind of the way he wanted it. >> reporter: hours after a performance in atlanta, which concert go-ers reported nothing out of the ordinary, prince fell ill on the private plane ride home and made an emergency landing in ill. hospitalized and treated and released saturday morning and throwing a party in true prince fashion. but something went wrong. medical personnel dispatched to his home and studio around 9:45 local time found unresponsive in than elevator. his publicist confirming the death a short time later. reaction on social media unrelenting outpouring of grief and happier memories. madonna like him known best by a single word, called him a true visionary. i'm devastated, she had, on twitter. purple rain
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draped in heart ache and purple and fittingly, it's been raining. >> he leaves behind an extraordinary legacy. music legend prince is dead at the age of 57. now to the race for the white house. leaders in the republican party are huddling together for a big meeting in florida. trump appears to be making a move more toward the middle. during a town hall on thursday, he spoke out against the north carolina recent lgbt bathroom law. one plan he plans to reveal to appeal to more women and minorities and other voters in a general election. on the democratic side, allies of bernie sanders are planning to meet after the primary season to discuss the future of the movement galvanized by the senator's campaign and comes as sanders sat down with andrea mitchell for his first interview since his devastating loss in new york. he says the path to the
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>> realistic, it's a hard path, i admit that. look. if we do not have a majority, i think it's going to be very hard for us to win. >> for more news, tracie potts joins us live from washington. the gop, where do you see the trump turn going? >> reporter: well, the other question that we really need to look at it when is this trump going to happen? because even though paul manafort is saying we can see a more presidential type of donald trump and a foreign policy speech coming up in d.c., right now, he is still the same donald trump on the campaign trail talking about lyin' ted cruz and urging kasich to get out of the race and neither will do it because they think a shot for them and possible nomination at this convention. the other thing we are watching this morning is this north carolina bathroom law that trump initially said on the "today" show should allow people to go to the bathroom of their choice.
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that was very strong and they are paying a big price and there are a lot of problems. i heard one of the best answers i heard was from a comem tator saying leave it the way it is. there have been very few problems. leave it the way it is. people go and use the bathroom they feel is appropriate. there has been so little trouble. >> if krait caitlyn jenner walked in a bathroom, you would be comfortable her using any bathroom she wanted to use? >> absolutely. >> after this, donald trump said it's a state's rights issue backing a little off his idea of support. he says it's a state's right issue and not up to the ferguson and he -- ferguson. cruz said it's not a state's rights issue and men and girls should not be in the same bathroom. looking at the democrats you
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looks like he's in this. delegates or not -- he's in this through the california primary. >> thank you. president obama arrived in london amidst fierce debate in that country whether to leave the european union. the president op-ed supports prime minister david cameron and others urging british citizens to vote in favor of remaining a part of the eu. he stressed america's long ties to great britain. he argued when it comes to creating jobs, trade, and economic growth in line with our values, the uk has benefited from its membership in the eu. today, he and the first lady will lunch with queen elizabeth ii to launch off their visit. the 90-year-old monarch has met 11 of the last 12 american presidents all the way back to harry truman. ron allen is ideas of windsor castle. what does the president hope to accomplish this weekend? >> reporter: the message here to
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purely a social event. the president has been here to england a number of times and he'll be joined by first lady michelle obama. they will have lunch and they will exchange gifts and it will be something of a farewell visit, as you had, the queen has seen and met 12 american presidents. she's been on the throne here for some 64 years. so she has outlasted quite a few of them. purely a social visit here. later this evening, the president will also have dinner with the next generation, another generation of royals, william and kate and harry in london. before then, he'll travel to london to meet with prime minister david cameron and that will be about business. yes, the issue of britain's membership in the eu will be front and center. the president has injected himself into this debate. those who want britain to leave the eu are not happy about that, they feel this is a matter that should be decided without outside interference as they would put it, but the president feels very strongly that britain
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stronger ally for the united states as a member of this 28-nation block. when it comes to matters of economic and trade and security and intelligence gathering as well, especially during this time when there is a terrorist threat in europe and the united states is facing as well. so those will be the issues on the agenda. this evening, again, the president will meet with other royals, william and kate and harry. today social gathering. >> ron, thank you so much. now get a check of the weather outside on this earth day! >> happy earth day to you. >> what are you doing to celebrate? >> my kid want to go to the river and pick up trash today so we are going down to do that. >> i'm so proud of them! look at you! >> i know. here is how our beautiful marvel is looking this morning. watching a storm system in the middle of the country headed to the east. we haven't broken out our umbrellas in about a week, week and a half in some cases and
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and mississippi and areas of northern new england. the middle of the country, houston area especially, you finally dry out and a nice weekend coming your way ahead with the exception being the northern portion of the northern plains. then also showers and storms. they will be hit and miss into new england. saturday lingering rains in eastern north carolina. great weather moving to the ohio valley and southeast and stormy weather in the rockies and sunday watch the storm system bringing rain minneapolis north wards to the northern half of the country but should be a beautiful weekend for so many. that is a national weather. now a closer look at your day ahead. this looks a lot worse than it is. areas that get rain today will not rain all day long. you'll see periods of showers and maybe an isolated thunderstorm or too and areas of the southeast. a majority of your day will be dry. on this earth day, everyone in the east, flowers need a little water. >> go ahead and get out there and do your part, right? just like your kids. i love that.
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welcome back, everybody on this friday. 100 million dollars is how much uber is willing to pay to settle a major class action lawsuit filed by its own drivers. a large payout is actually a big rin win for the ride hailing services. they were thought to be considered employees but under yesterday's deal, drivers in those two states will remain freelancers and allows uber to side-step the cost of full-time employs as opposed to 100 million dollar payment, uber pays 48 million the plaintiffs and another 16 million if the company goes public and meets certain goals. uber agreed to several concessions including
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associations to allow drivers to meet and discuss issues. you remember the man who flew the gyrocopter on to the capital lawn last year? he has been sentenced to 160 days in jail. he pleaded guilty. after he serves four months in jail, he will face a year of probation during which he is barred from capitol and white house ground. hughes says it was worth the jail time because it got the word about his cause which protested money in u.s. politics. over 100 firefighters battled a massive blaze at a furniture warehouse near chicago. about 50 employees, they were evacuated safely without injuries. the cause of this fire has yet to be determined. time to get down to business. starbucks, on the other hand, is expanding. the coffee giant is opening 350 new stores globally just this quarter and that brings the worldwide total to more than
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the nation's largest school district now access their textbook electronically. amazon signed a deal with the new york city department of education and provide the kids with ebooks and easing the transition to digital learning. locker room tribute from prince's hometown minnesota twins and still much more ahead. dearly beloved we are gathered here today to celebrate this thing called life just gotta get the check. almost there. i can't reach it. if you have alligator arms, you avoid picking up the check. what? it's what you do. i got this. thanks, dennis! if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. growwwlph.
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this morning, on "today," prince's grammy and oscar winning "purple rain." inside look how the film and sound track defined his career and left a lasting legacy. now to sports. the minnesota twins gave tribute to their hometown music legend with a little locker room sing-along with the rookies. take a listen. little red corvette baby you're much too >> little red corvette. little red corvette little red corvette >> yes! stick to baseball, guys. why don't you? prince's music hit everyone,
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now to cincinnati where the cubs, the reigning cy young winner threw a none -hitter. arrieta had a no-hitter. the reds haven't been hitless since 1971. cubs win 16-0. to houston. steph curry-less warriors james harden hits the winning jumper. golden state fell short 97-96. the warriors hope curry can play in game four on sunday. ahead, first lady michelle obama goes prime time. we are going to explain. a few movies debuting at the box office this weekend. we got your preview. you're watching "early today." pp three quarters of what it takes to replace it. what are you supposed to do? drive three quarters of a car? pp now if you had liberty mutual
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queen of drag gets 95% chance of saying good-bye. >> that is almost everyone! >> i know. really big characters. >> name me one big character. not all of them. >> you never know. if you're heading to the theaterses this weekend, . on the late show, stephen colbert gave a tribute to the late, great prince. >> besiding being a beautifule artist but not many people are influential enough to be known by one name, let alone by one color, but he was. so in a small gesture of respect tonight, we would like to change the set in his honor. >> i'm betty nguyen. this is "early today." this is "early today." oh, yeah
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maybe i'm just too demanding maybe i'm just like my father maybe you're just like my mother she's never satisfied >> leading the news in "the new york times," minnesotans mourn prince, their hometown hero. lawmakers in the minnesota capital paused for a moment of silence. the mayor said prince was too large to describe.
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twins pay tribute to prince with purple-lit stadium. target field glowed in purple yesterday. the twins tweeted, fitting that it's rains in minneapolis today. in "the new york times" a stop on the subway. new york city paid its own unique notice to the artist. the subway stop got alterations yesterday. jennifer hudson's powerful performance of "purple rain" as broadway pays tribute to prince. they sang "purple rain" after their show last night. purple rain purple rain >> we talk so much about prince's songs but he wrote a lot of famous songs for other people, like sinead o'connor.
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>> chalk a kwan. >> you're saying he is extremely talented. >> we leave you a look back at the music from the legendary prince. left so much great music behind that we will be listening to it for decade to s to come. i'm betty nguyen. you're watching "early today." enjoy your day. tonight i'm going to party like it's 1999 she wore a raspberry beret the kind you buy in a second-hand store i would die for you
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purple rain an purple rain purple rain purple rain why do we scream at each other
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. right now, mourning the loss of a music legend. some shedding tears, others dancing in the streets. across the country people are gathering to remember prince. right now president obama is in britain preparing for lunch with the queen. and on this earth day, something that's hard to imagine, parts of manhattan with no cars. "today in new york" starts now. all right. we'll have to see about that. good morning. 4:30 a.m. on this friday, it's april 22, i'm michael gargiulo r giulo gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett. >> how is the earth treating us this earth day. >> earthy weather. a bit of everything. some clouds, some sun, also a few showers. we need some rain around here. it's mild this morning. starting out in the mid 60s. hoboken, 64. look at these numbers in the

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