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good morning. breaking news. a massive recall. the federal government recalls every roman and roll-up shade in homes with children. 50 million of them. this morning, what you need to know. hope fading. rescue crews searching for two climbers missing for more than three days on oregon's mt. hood could be forced to scale back efforts as weather conditions take a turn for the worse. and tiger's troubles. e golfer's wife seen in public for the first time since that infamous crash without her wedding ring, and it's fueling a lot of speculation today, tuesday, december 15th, 2009.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. we've covered recall stories in the past on this program, but the shear numbers we're talking about, we're tking about 50 million blinds of shades. >> it's a massive amount. specifically, we're talking about roman shades and roll-up blinds like these. the consumer products safety commission says that they pose a deadly danger to children, and they want every parent to take a closer look at what is covering the windows and doors in their homes. we're going to get all the details, also tell you what you should do if you have those blinds in a moment. also ahead, new developments in the casey anthony case. prosecutors have now revealed for the first time in court what they think happened to 2-year-old cayle in her final moments. casey anthony burst into tears as she listened, and her parents walked out of court. we're going to talk to them about that when they join us for
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a live interview a little later on. and on a much lighter note, hollywood's brightest stars are up early this morning for the announcement of this year's golden globe nominations. we're going to have complete coverage from beverly hills in our next hour. but let us begin with a check of the morning's top stories. ann's standing by at the news desk with that. ann, good morning to you. >> matt and meredith, good morning. good morning, everybody. we begin with a significant announcement expected today from the white house. in its drive to close guantanamo bay, the obama administration plans to buy an underused prison in illinois and use it for prison suspects. the thomson facility would house inmates from guantanamo. from iraq and afghanistan this morning, in pakistan and iraq, a total of 27 people were killed, and in afghanistan, at least 8 people were killed a about 40 others were wounded. this morning at the climate summit in copenhagen, the u.n. secretary-general said rich and poor nations need to, in his words, stop pointing fingers, settle their differences and start working together on a
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climate agreement. overseas markets are mostly lower. as for wall street, cnbc's melissa francis is at the new york stock exchange. melissa, another big bank is paying back t.a.r.p. money. >> that's right. wells fargo announcing that they, too, will be paying back $25 billion in t.a.r.p. money. you'll remember, citibank made a similarnnouncement yesterday. wells has to raise $12.4 billion in stock in order to do this, but treasury secretary tim geithner says this will reduce the government's investment in big banks by 75% and taxpayers can expect a good return on their original investment. the fed also kicking off a two-day meeting today. they will have an announcement tomorrow at 2:15 eastern time on rates. and best buy announcing earnings today as well. that should impact trading. ann, back to you. >> all right, melissa francis, thanks so much. a canadian doctor is under criminal investigation by the fbi, suspected of giving some top athletes performance-enhancing drugs. dr. anthony gelayia is a sports medicine specialist, and among those he's treated nfl players,
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olympic medalists and tiger woods. and scientists in australia say they have found an octopus that uses tools. they filmed an octopus carrying coconut shells under the sea, then putting two of them together to make a place to hide. it is the first time we have ever seen an invert brant do that. that is one clever critter. it is now 7:04. let's turn back to meredith, matt and al. there you have it. >> it's fascinating. >> yeah, he dropped his cordless drill, but -- >> nice to see you. >> nice try. >> how are you? >> good. >> okay. mr. roker's here. going to chill down in the next couple days. it sure is. we're also talking about some major weather also down in the south, where we're going to be looking at some heavy rain. but again, the pacific northwest, we've got another big winter storm coming in. that's not good news for the searchers at mt. hood. rain stretching all the way from california into the pacific northwest. rainfall amounts could amount to two to five inches of rain. snowfall, though, above 5,500 feet, we're talking two feet off
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good morning, we have some thickening fog around the region this morning, temperatures in the mid 40s. now 47 in washington, where the visibility at reagan national, five miles, not bad. but farther west, visibilities are under a half a mile. dulles up to frederick. but some patchy dense fog, especially if the rural areas west and north of washington this morning, should be dissipate big mid-morning. and temperatures climbing into the 50s later on with sun breaking out. and gusty winds will >> that's your latest weather. matt? all right, al, thank you very much. now that major blind recall being announced this morning that involves every roman and roll-up shade in homes with children. nbc's tom costello has the details. >> reporter: collier upspring was 18 months old and supposed to be sleeping in his crib, when his parents suddenly heard a scream.
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>> we scurried across the room to find him standing in his crib with a loop of cord from the shade near his bed wrapped around his neck and he was unable to get out of it. >> reporter: robert, a pediatrician, managed to free his son from the noose, but it was immediately clear they had had a very close call. >> and then we noticed ligature marks around his neck from the cord actually cutting into his skin. >> reporter: collier 1 of 16 children nationwide to nearly strangle to death in the cord from roman shades and roll-up blinds. eight other children have died. inez tenenbaum runs the consumer products safety commission. >> well, this is a roll-up shade, and the risk is this cord becomes detached, and babies have strangled or nearly strangled in this cord. >> reporter: this is enough, right here, to strangle a child. >> it is. it is. >> reporter: and roman shades like the kind that nearly killed collier, with the cord running along the back. now, the cpsc and the window covering industry are recalling every roman blind and roll-up
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shade in homes where children are present, roughly 50 million in total. with some of the biggest retailers involved, including walmart, pottery barn, jcpenney, ikea and target. customers can receive a repair kit to make them child-safe. and if the original manufacturer is no longer in business, the industry will provide the kit. >> parents need to understand that these are hidden dangers, that a child can get entangled and strangled on these cords very quickly. >> reporter: over the past four months, the cpsc has issued 20 recalls for millions of shades and blinds. so, it's now considering mandatory design standards to keep kids safe. we are live at the consumer products safety commission. this is a massive recall. essentially, it involves every roman shade with a cord and every roll-up blind in which there is a risk of a child literally strangling to death. there is an incident every single month. there is a fix for this, a repair kit, as we mentioned, but you have to put that on
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yourself. back to you. >> all right, tom, thank you very much. inez tenenbaum is the chairman of the consumer products safety commission. ms. tenenbaum, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> people hearhis term roman shades or these blinds, and they may not know exactly what we're talking about. are we talking about any window covering that has a cord attached to it? >> we are talking about roman shades, roll-up blinds and vertical blinds. those cords are dangerous because children can become entangled and eight have strangled. >> when you talk about the numbers here, inez, i mean, 50 million in homes across the country. this is one of those situations where, clearly, you want to save children, but you're not going to get full compliance on this. are you worried that a large percentage of those 50 million homes are going to continue to have this threat for a long time in the future? >> well, we are concerned about that. that's why we want everyone who has a roman shade or a roll-up shade to call the window covering safety council and get the repair kit. this repair kit will make the
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roman shade cordless and will make the roll-up blind have a break-free, so the child, if they become entangled, will not strangle. >> but is this such an imminent threat, inez, that you want people, in the time between now -- requesting that repair kit -- and receiving that repair kit, are you suggesting people take these off their windows? >> i'm suggesting that people with children make the winds -- make the shades inaccessible. so, if you have a child, don't put a window covering over the crib or behind a sofa where children like to get on top of and play. use your own best judgment. if you have children in the home so that the children will not get behind these shades and get entangled in the cord. >> has the industry cooperated fully on this? i know there have been up to 20 recalls of blinds and shades over the last four months. have they been proactive enough in eliminating this risk? >> we do not feel like the industry has stepped up to the plate as quickly as we wanted them to. that is why we are coming
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forward and we will be having a stronger standard, so in the future, these cords will not be attached to the window shades. >> inez tenenbaum, the chairman of the cpsc. inez, thanks for your time this morning. i appreciate it. >> thank you, matt. >> and for a free repair kit, you can call the number on your screen right now. that is 800-506-4636. i'll give it one more time. it's 800-506-4636. we've got a lot more information on our website at todayshow.com. it's 10 minutes after the hour. here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. now to the battle over health care reform. a key piece of the legislation has now been tabled and president obama has invited all senate democrats to meet with him at the white house today. nbc's savannah guthrie is there. savannah, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. when the president meets with these democrats, he's going to have a blunt message for them -- overcome your differences on alth care, because it is now or never. in another late night on capitol
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hill, senate democrats scrambled to salvage a health care bill. >> like a steeplechase race, the last big puddle's in front of us. we'll jump over that and we'll be to the finish line. >> reporter: the finish line had appeared closer when moderate and liberal democrats struck a compromise last week, getting rid of the controversial public option in favor of expanding medicare to younger americans. then, independent connecticut senator joe lieberman threw a wrench in the deal. >> it will add taxpayer costs, it will add to the deficit. it's unnecessary. >> reporter: that through democrats were aloof, who were quick to point out in an interview lieberman gave three months ago supporting an extension of medicare. >> my proposals were to basically expand the existing successful public health insurance programs, medicare and medicaid. >> reporter: still, with democrats needing 60 votes to pass reform, they must keep lieberman on board, which means
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the medicare compromise is likely gone. the whi house has instructed senate leaders, get a deal one way or another. >> the president is anxious to see progress, and will continue to work with democrats and republicans and independents. >> reporter: meanwhile, at the president's much-anticipated meeting with bankers on monday, not every ceo made it in person, not wanting to take private jets, three had to dial in when their commercial flights were delayed by weatr. >> i appreciate you guys calling in. i'm sorry that the flight got held up. >> reporter: the president convened the meeting with leaders from the nation's largest financial institutions to tell them to step up. >> we expect them to explore every responsible way to help get our economy moving again. >> reporter: the president is pushing banks to increase lending to small businesses, do more to stop foreclosures by
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modifying mortgages and stop lobbying against financial regulatory reform. >> if they wish to fight common-sense consumer protections, that's a fight i'm more than willing to have. >> reporter: an aide says the president told these bankers, you guys are like overpaid ballplayers, which is fine if you're having a good season, but you had a really bad season last year. meanwhile, the president will focus on one of his jobs initiatives later today, talking about weatherizing homes at a local home depot, meredith. >> all right, savannah guthrie. thank you very much. it is 7:13, and once again, here's matt. >> meredith, thanks. now to the search for two missing climbers on month hood. rescuers may be forced to scale back their efforts. nbc's lee cowan is at the command post at the foo of the mountain. he joins us on the phone right now. lee, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, matt. the weather really has deteriorated. in fact, these are the worst
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conditions by far the rescuers have had to look for these climbers. the wind has picked up. they expect anywhere from one to two feet of snow here in the next 24 hours, making an all-out search difficult, at best. if only conditions were like this for one more day. but overnight, the clouds and the wind and the snow moved in, obscuring any tracks the two climbers may have left. katie nolan and anthony vietti are both experienced climbers, but neither of them has been heard from since friday. the hope is they were able to dig a snow cave for shelter. rescuers say people have survived in similar conditions for as long as a week. >> we'll tell you that a snow cave can be a very comfortable shelter, in fact, so well that it can be a raging blizzard outside and you may not know it. >> reporter: but even in the crystal-clear visibility, so far, rescuers have not spotted a thing, not a single new clue, and up to two feet of new snow is not going to help. >> there's a good chance that a
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snow shelter would not have been visible. >> reporter: the body of climbing partner luke gullberg was found on saturday, high on a glacier after he appeared to have fallen. katti and anthony should have been nearby. in fact, pictures obtained from luke's camera show the group together at that very spot, but all traces of the couple seem to have disappeared, leaving the families in agony. >> i don't have a hat on today and i don't have gloves on because my kids are uphere hurting and they're cold. >> reporter: the most basic reason why, despite the odds, no one here is giving up yet. >> we have an obligation to continue on, and that's what we're going to do. >> reporte and matt, these conditions are expected to continue at least through today, a little bit tomorrow and then perhaps another storm on thursday. they're going to reassess later on this morning to see exactly how much of a search effort they can really mount today. in the meantime, though, they point out, even if they're not on the mountain, they're going to be examining high-resolution pictures taken yesterday from the choppers when the weather is clear and be ready to jump on
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anything if the pictures reveal any clues. >> lee cowan in oregon for us this morning, thank you very much. it's now 15 after the hour and here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. now to the latest twist in the tiger woods scandal. his wife elin is no longer wearing a wedding ring. nbc's peter alexander is here with details. peter, good morning. >> reporter: meredith, good morning to you. we will show you that photograph in a moment, but overnight, a new zealand broadcaster revealed an exclusive interview with tiger woods shot just last month, his last interview before this sex scandal broke. and this morning, that other heavily discussed topic about woods' marriage, to go or to stay. for his wife elin, that is the question. it's the latest evidence of a marriage in the rough, this snapshot showing tiger woods' wife elin at a gas station this weekend not wearing her wedding ring is fueling new speculation about what golf's first family might do next. she normally wears her wedding ring in public. it's hardly a ringing endorsement for woods, the once
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squeaky clean star, as he begins an indefinite break from the game to try to heal his family. if the couple's barbados wedding five years ago cost nearly $2 million, keeping his wife could set woods back a whole lot more. while the 33-year-old golfer has reportedly offered a new mul multimillion dollar post-nup to his wife if she will stay, if she leaves, divorce experts say the stakes could still be enormous. >> what does one, two, three women, does not a richter scale get paid more for the humiliation factor, which is incalculable, and you're talking about broke you bucks. >> reporter: so, where might the 29-year-old mother of two go? elin and her sister eventually bought this island estate near stockholm, but despite its $2 million price tag, it looks like a fixer-upper. tmz show photos showing the interior, revealing holes in the walls and outdated appliances. woods' image will need a makeover as well, with one sponsor vanishing.
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but in an interview, phil knight, the head of nike, a major sponsor still supporting woods, referred to the golfer's e extramarital affairs as a blip, but many say he needs to quiet the tabloid frenzy. >> stop hiding, whether it be yourself or a spokesperson. you have to stop the spin. the only way to stop the spin is by having someone address the questions. >> reporter: woods' last interview before the news of his infidelity broke, shot just last month, aired overnight as part of this documentary on new zealand's sky tv. >> it's interesting. in every interview i've seen of you, it is family first and golf second. always be like that? >> always. always. >> the interesting thing for me is that to get to the top in sport, you have to be selfish, you have to be focused. and here we are, where suddenly, you were able to do that when you were single, but when you got married and had kids, it's family first. so, how do you switch to make sure that you are the best golfer in the world as well as a
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good dad? >> well, you don't- certainly, i don't practice as much as i used to. i don't spend the amount of hours on the golf course, and a lot like i used to. but my focus is so much more intense than it ever used to be, because i don't have the time. i know i have to get whatever i have to get done in a shorter amount of time. >> reporter: and later described his charmed family life. >> it's been great, actually. it's been the best thing that's ever happened. >> reporter: again, that interview shot just last month and first airing overnight in new zealand. another piece of news this morning, rachel uchitel, the first reported lover linked to woods, has reportedly been gettingumerous death threats since this scandal broke. a number of people apparently got her number by looking at an old photo of her making the rounds that referred callers to her new phone. uchitel's lawyer, gloria allred, had no comment. meredith? >> peter alexander, thank you. it is 7:19, and once again, here's matt. >> all right, meredith, thank you. and it is a big day for aviation. later this morning, boeing hopes to finally test its
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revolutionary new airliner, the 787 dreamliner. nbc's lester holt will not be in the cockpit, but he went behind the scenes at the boeing factory to learn more. lester, good morning. >> matt, good morning. it's the hottest selling new plane ever. the airlines simply like the arithmetic -- a plane that can carry up to 250 people, 9,000 miles nonstop and use 20% less fuel. and now, after long delays, they'll finally see how it flies. production bottlenecks, a strike, even a fix to an unexpected structural problem have failed to undermine the belief among many airlines that once in service, the boeing 787 could be a game-changer for their struggling industry. >> the design of the aircraft, the way we positioned it in the marketplace has been such that it's been able to take advantage of a really change, a seat change in the way our commercial customers think about the future. >> reporter: airlines are desperate to cut the cost of doing business, and because the 787's wings and fuselage are made of lighter but stronger
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plastic compotes instead of aluminum, it uses a lot less fuel. the cabin can be pressurized to a lower altitude. and because it's more corrosion-resistant, allows for higher cabin humidity. >> the flying public will be much less fatigued after a flight on the 787. >> reporter: this cabin mock-up shows what boeing hopes will be a crowd-pleaser. oversized overhead bins, a sweeping, arched entryway and dramatic lighting. another thing that will immediately catch your eye on the 787, the windows. they're considerably larger than any other commercial airplane. also, no more window shades. you can go from light to dark electronically in just a minute with the push of a button. the design goal says boeing put the magic back in flying. >> how can we design an airplane that, you know, brings the outside in a little more, that connects people with the fact that they're in the air? >> reporter: a philosophy that extends to a futuristic cockpit that gives pilots a better view,
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too. >> a good example is the large-format earth-sky display. without even looking, you can see that display move out of the corner of your eye. >> reporter: the way the 787 is built, in sections by suppliers all over the world, has also broken new ground but turned out to be the program's achilles' heel. >> we disappointed them for these last couple of years by not having the airplane when we originally said we would, and that adds just a piece of pressure. >> reporter: a complicated supply chain brings a fully outfitted wings, tail, and body sections to boeing's everett, washington, plant, aboard a fleet of modified 747s. >> we'll have to operate to very good on-time records to keep our production system going. >> reporter: anything that can disrupt the complicated supply chain from earthquakes and factory sites to an ill-fitting part, is now worked out in this command center. with almost 900 orders for a plane that hasn't taken off, boeing recently broke ground on
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a second assembly line in south carolina, as itooks to finally put the embarrassing delays behind it and the ground far below the 787. >> i think you're goingo hear a huge round of applause. that's what you'll hear. >> so, if the weather cooperates, the first 787 test flight will take off around 10:00 a.m. pacific time from everett, washington, this morning. boeing hopes to deliver the planes by next fall, matt. >> a cool aircraft. >> really is. >> really nice. lester, thank you very much. when we come back, an emotional hearing in the casey anthony case brings her to tears and causes her parents to walk out of the courtroom. we'll talk to cindy and george anthony about that in a live
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taking a live look at reagan national airport. a handful of delays this morning, nothing like yesterday, though, when fog prevented many flights it landing for hours. our time now, 7:26, it's tuesday, december 15, 2009, i'm barbara harrison. in the news at this hour, today the d.c. council is expected to give final approval to a measure allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in the district. this is the second of two votes needed for the measure to pass. earlier this month, the council voted 10-2 in favor of the bill. mayor adrian fenty has pledged to sign it into law. we'll take a break and be back with weather and traffic in a moment.
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good morning, temperatures around the region in the 40s, visibility at reagan national, a five-mile ceiling, about 400 feet. we may get more fog through the morning and then sun back this afternoon into the 50s and breezy and colder tonight, it's going to stay cold wednesday and dry all the way into the weekend. how's the traffic, jerry? >> the inner loop of the beltway, far right side of the screen, very slow. leaving springfield on up to annan dale with an accident on the inner loop, 123. in clarksburg, no incidents, foggy, one truck on the shoulder. be careful, roads could be
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slick. he flies around the field, but redskins linebacker london fletcher slowed down to have lunch with lindsay.
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning. it is the 15th day of december 2009. we've got a nice crowd of people out on our plaza this morning. new yorkers, some who live here, probably doing some holiday shopping after their visit to "today." we thank them for stopping by and we'll go out and say hi in a couple of minutes. meanwhile, inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer alongside meredith vieira. and just ahead this half hour, new developments in the murder of 2-year-old caylee anthony. >> that's right. her remains were found just over a year ago. now prosecutors have laid out what they believe happened in her final moments, a scenario that brought her mother and accused killer casey anthony to
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tears. we're going to have more on that and also a live interview with cindy and george anthony, casey's parents, in just a moment. also ahead, millions of americans failed to get enough sleep. we know a lot about that. but some weary college students are hoping to change it. they've created an innovative new device that measures how well a person sleeps. the best part, you can use it right in your own home. dr. nancy snyderman will put it to the test, coming up. >> it's so good looking, too. >> yeah. plus, who will be -- >> those night braces. >> exactly. who will be "time's" person of the year? we're going to reveal the answer tomorrow on "today." but coming up this morning, who you think deserves the honor. but we'll begin with new details in the casey anthony murder case. we'll talk to her parents in just a moment, but first, nbc's kerry sanders is in orlando with the latest. good morning to you, kerry. >> reporter: well, good morning, meredith. state prosecutors readily admit they're missing some key pieces of evidence. they don't have a murder weapon, they don't have a cause of death and there's no forensic evidence that links casey to the scene
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where caylee's remains were discovered, but still, prosecutors are pursuing an aggressive case. 23-year-old casey anthony was offered a plea deal -- admit she killed her daughter and escape the death penalty. she refused, and now as prosecutors pursue a death penalty case, they're detailing what a jury will eventually hear when they describe 2-year-old caylee's final minutes of life. >> caylee was almost 3 when she died. with duct tape over her nose and her mouth. >> reporter: the 2-year-old's remains were found in the woods near her home, duct tape across the jaw. >> as the killer looked into her face, maybe her killer even saw he eyes as the tape was applied. first one piece, then two, then three, so that no breath was possible. could caylee have understood what was happening to her?
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did she try to resist? could her killer see the fear in her eyes as the tape was applied? >> reporter: the raw, blunt description brought casey to tears. her parents, caylee's grandparents, george and cindy, were so disturbed, they left the courtroom. but moments before, just as prosecutor jeff ashton began his account of the murder, a microphone on the defense's table picked up this whispered exchange off camera -- >> make him stop. >> i can't. >> reporter: while the tv camera is not on casey or her lawyers, it appears she's asking defense attorney andrea lyon to tell the prosecutor to stop. listen again. >> make him stop. >> i can't. >> reporter: the defense team believes prosecutors expected casey would have admitted her role to escape a possible lethal injection. >> the prosecution has put your honor and the defense in the position of having to guess on
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what basis they're asking for the death penalty, other than this is an infamous case and there are cries for blood out there in the public. >> reporter: among thetrong pieces of circumstantial evidence, caylee was missing for 31 days and her mother casey never told anyone. that's why authorities saw that gap in time and immediately focused their attention on casey as a suspect, and that's ultimately what led prosecutors to arrest her and charge her with the murder. meredith? >> kerry sanders, thank you very much. casey anthony's parents, george and cindy anthony, are with us along with their attorney, brad conway. good morning to you all. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> cindy and george, looking at those pictures of you from the hearing on friday, i can see the pain in your faces as the prosecutor is detailing what they believe may have happened to caylee, how she was murdered. how difficult was it for you to sit there through that? >> it was too difficult. that's why i had to get up and
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leave. it was difficult to hear, but i could also watch the monitor of casey's face, because there was a monitor right next to me from one of the local stations, and i just couldn't bear to listen to it anymore and i couldn't bear to watch it anymore. >> well, like brad told us, he said, you know, george and cindy, it's going to get harder before it gets a little bit easi. i don't think it's ever going to get easy for us. like cindy said, it was very hard for us to sit there and how prosecutor ashton was just so descriptive with everything. it's t was too hard to take. >> you know, i didn't realize until i was reading the note last night that it's been 14 months since you've sat with your daughter. you've seen her at these hearings, but you're not allowed to talk to her there. you have not gone to the jail to visit her. why not? >> because we've been advised not to. i mean, it breaks my heart every day. i'd love to go see her, and that's what i'm hoping that from the motions on friday that judge strickland will grant us the opportunity to do so --
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>> but advised not to based on what? >> because everything we do or say or anything casey does, any look that she gives or doesn't give, she's so picked apart. i mean, even her tears on friday -- i mean, people were just picking her apart. i mean, that's her child, you know, that's her child. casey loved caylee very, very much, and it's unbearable to listen to how someone took her away from us. >> well, from what i understand, brad, that all of those meetings in jail are recorded and can be revealed to the public, released to the public, and that is why the defense has said they'd like there to be no recordings made when casey's family is there or at least have them embargoed. but a lawyer for the jail has said, look, we are just following florida law here and we should not change that for any one inmate. so, does casey really deserve special treatment? >> you know, it's not special treatment. there's a similar murder case pending, and one of the judges
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has granted the defense a block on the release of those videotapes. i would expect judge strickland to rule consistently with that, and i expect him to also block the release of these videotapes. >> so, when would that ruling be expected? >> judge strickland is pretty efficient in ruling, so i would expect that to come this week. >> cindy and george, do you still stand by your daughter 100%, still believe that she is innocent? >> well, like i've said many times, i don't believe my daughter could hurt anyone. i really don't believe that. i don't believe cindy and i could bring someone into this world who would want to hurt someone, especially their own daughter. there's just no way. >> i believe in casey 100%. i know, you know, i know that she loved caylee more than anything. >> but i know that you also want to know the truth about what happened to your granddaughter -- >> absolutely. >> and in the course of this trial next year, it became evident that casey was behind the death of her daughter, is
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that something that you could accept? >> i can't accept what i've been seeing, because i don't believe that they've done a full investigation, and i would like them to continue to do so. there is a lot of evidence out there that has not been looked into. i mean, nothing ties casey to this. there's no motive. you know, there's no evidence linking casey to caylee except for the fact that she didn't report her missing, and that's the only thing. >> it's been a year since caylee's remains were found. in all that time, you've kept her room in tact to the way it was before she disappeared. do you go into that room ever? >> we go in that room quite frequently. as a matter of fact, she's -- the presence of her is inside of our house every single day, every night. i mean, we're not going to close our feelings and our thoughts and our memory of her. we're not going to close that up. we still have to keep on going, and having those memories of her and having that room, that's
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what keeps her alive, not only in here with us, but in our heart. >> it's hard to go in there, but i do go in there. >> cindy and george, we appreciate you being here today. it's a very difficult time for everybody in your family. and brad conway as well, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you very much. now let's switch gears and get a check of the weather from al. >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by massage envy. with more than 600 locations nationwide, massage envy gift cards are perfect for everyone on your holiday list. >> and good morning. as we look down to the south where the gulf coast is seeing a lot of heavy rain, there are flash flood watches and warnings stretching from texas on into louisiana, parts of mississippi, alabama, and all into georgia. we also have dense fog advisories throughout parts of the south as well. looking at today's map, you can see another big storm coming into the pacific northwest. more wet weather through the gulf coast, but look for some snow show showers,
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good morning, the milder morning, we do have fog around. temperatures in the 40s, 47 degrees at reagan national. and the visibility down to five miles at reagan national. so not too bad there, but the ceiling is only at 400 feet and it connueso lower. so the fog may thicken up there. thicker off to our west where it's under half a mile in many locations, dulles it frederick and parts of northern virginia. later today, sun and highs in the 50s and >> and any time you need to check out the weather, you can always go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. up next, why how you sleep is more important than how much you sleep. the new device that could help you cah better zs, right after this.
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♪ this morning on "today's heal," innovative, new technology that lets you measure how well you sleep from the comfort of your own home. nbc's chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman is here with details on this. i'm listening, nancy. good morning. >> i know you're listening because you and i are both
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sleep-deprived. >> that's right. >> and a lot of people out there are, because it's not just how long you sleep, but what kind of sleep you're getting. that's critical for everyone for their health. it's essential for the mind and body. we spend one-third of our lives doing it. sleep. millions of americans aren't getting enough, including these three former brown university college students. >> and we just said, you know, there must be a better way to wake up and actually focus in class. >> reporter: so, they set out to try something new, devise a machine that could decipher sleep patterns. >> we started asking some of the world's leading sleep ientists, how do we do this, how do people sleep and how can we build something that will measure them in their home? >> reporter: with new information, they created a sleep lab near campus and enlisted their friends and classmates to help with the experiment. >> we put a bed in the corner, a double bed, very uncomfortable. then we asked our friends, we begged our friends, we paid our friends to come to the lab. we usually hooked them up around
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11:00 or midnight, and put 20 electrodeds in theirheads. >> reporter: in the lab, they devoted hours to high-tech research and they made crocheted headbands. four years later, the zeo. >> zeo actually measures your brain waves. therare electrical signals that are naturally produced by your brain that represent what sleep stage you're in, and that is r.e.m. slp, light sleep, deep sleep and wakefulness. >> reporter: valerie randall, working mother of two, is one of the millions of sleep-deprived americans. she decided to put zeo to the test. >> sleep affects everything. it affects your whole life, and especially, i think,hen you have other people relying on you if you're a mother. it doesn't just affect your life, it affects their lives. >> reporter: while you're asleep, the electrodes in the headband gather data. in the morning, it gives you a z score, a measure of your sleep, no matter how good or bad. >> my baseline data, i was
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sleeping like a 60-year-old. and by the time i had gone through the entire sleeping coach program, is sleeping like someone my own age. >> reporter: so, what do the experts think? dr. david rappaport is the director of the sleep medicine program at the nyuchool of medicine. >> could it help? absolutely. i mean, there's no question that knowing if you only spend a very limited number of hours of sleep in bed is a very important piece of information. >> reporter: he says although it can be a helpful tool, the zeo should not be used to diagnose sleep disorders, but for those who simply want insight into how many good zs they're getting -- >> because it trains you to be a better sleeper, you can end up being a better all sorts of things, a mother and wife, an employee. >> reporter: not too bad for a few very tired college kids. >> and you put it to the test. you tried this a couple of nights ago. >> i did. i did the zeo two nights ago, got a sleep score of 69, which
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is a little better than my average. our sleep deteriorates as we get older, and we have -- this is the full screen of me. the wake is the bright orange. you can see i fell asleep pretty darn fast, but what you really want are these dark greens, the rem sleep and the deep sleep. the r.e.m. sleep is when you restore your brain. you recall problem-solving as a college student. and the deep sleep is when your body restores itself, when it heals. our r.e.m. sleep is a little low. you want about 25%, but not bad. >> how does this -- >> how does it work? >> -- teach you to get a better night sleep? okay, i know i get a crummy night sleep, but how will it get tter? >> this is overall not bad for someone in their 50s. so, that told me i'm pretty okay, but it coaches you. so, if i had alcohol the night before or perhaps a sleeping pill, which does not get you better sleep, or i stayed out too late it sort of coaches you through it. it's not a lab sleep test, but the cool thing is it will help you figure out your optimum time to go to bed. that's as important as knowing
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when to get it. >> and you can do it in the comfort of your own home, which is good. >> which is cool. >> thank you very much. congratulations on your score. >> thank you. still ahead, the desperate search for a missing mother in utah who has not been seen in more than a week now. we'll talk to her father.
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so, who had the biggest impact on 2009? we're going toeveal "time" magazine's person of the year live tomorrow on "today." >> we gave you the seven contenders on monday, asked you to weigh in online. here are the results, as you can
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see. steve jobs leading the way with 49%. president obama in second with 20% followed by general stanley mcchrystal with 11%. the rest of the top seven are there. >> ben bernanke's way down at the bottom there. >> uh huh. nancy pelosi with 1.8%. come on, nancy, you can do better. >> it's interesting, jobs. i guess almost everybody has an ipod, iphone. >> recently named ceo of the decade.
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taking a live look at reagan national airport, we have a handful of delays that are on the board out there. we're looking at a live look with the fog. not as much as we had yesterday at this time. but it is foggy and we may hear more delays today. so keep an ear open to our news or make a call if you need to. i'm barbara harrison, the time is 7:56. in the news at this hour, the d.c. council is poised to legalize same-sex marriages in the district. it will be the second of two votes needed for the measure to pass. mayor adrian fenty said he'll sign it into law. president obama will be visiting a home depot on south pickett street in alexandria today. part of a push to benefit home owners who retro fit their homes
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good morning, temperatures in the 40s, visibilities decreasing asog is thickening. sun back this afternoon with a blustery wind. it will make it into the 50s and
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then, drop down into the low 30s by dawn tomorrow, and a gusty, breezy, cold day on wednesday, staying cold into the weekend. how's the traffic, jerry? >> in prince george's county, the outer loop of the beltway at college park, an accident. 95 southbound, which is very slow because of it. one more stop, we'll look through the fog on i-270, no accidents, as you make the trip south to frederick and clarksburg and beyond, be very reful, roads could be slick. tonight, he flies around the field, but redskins linebacker london fletcher slowed down to have lunch with lindsay, tonight at news4 a
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♪ 8:00 now on this tuesday morning, the 15th of december 2009. just ten more days until christmas, and we've got some happy folks waking up with us right here in rockefeller plaza. i'm meredith vieira along with matt lauer, and al is right here, making his way around. love the way he walks. >> as we speak. >> just ahead in this half hour, actually, a serious story. a mysterious disappearance of a young mother in utah. >> 28-year-old susan powell has not been seen in about a week. her husband says he left her at home a week ago and took their two young children on a camping trip. we're going to have the latest
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on the investigation and talk to susan powell's father, try to figure out what he thinks happened to his daughter. >> okay. and also ahead -- i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> it's okay. >> on a much lighter note, we're going to head to hollywood where tinseltown's award season is getting under way with this morning's golden globe nominations. those are always exciting. >> yes. and of course, books always make a fantastic holiday gift. >> yes, they do. >> well, we've got some best-selng authors coming up, like dan brown and mitch album, who will share their picks for the must-have books you should add to your list. >> i think you should add the book by al roker. >> "the morning show murders" -- >> "the morning show murders." >> which book by al roker? a plethora of books. >> i think the latest. >> i think the latest. >> the latest would be very good. let's go inside and check on the news with ann. >> thanks, meredith. good morni, everybody. in the news this morning, one of the biggest safety recalls ever is under way this morning. the consumer products safety commission and the window covering industry are recalling every roman shade and roll-up
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blind ever made, all 50 million of them. government safety experts say the cords used to lift the blinds can come loose and pose a dangerous strangulation threat to young children. 16 children have nearly strangled and 8 have died nationwide. researchers now say that radiation from ct scans poses a cancer risk. they say that one ct scan is equal to more than 30 chest x-rays and estimate that radiation for the millions of ct scans given in the u.s. in just one year could lead to 15,000 deathsn the future. the study's in the medical journal "archives of internal medicine." president obama invited democratic senators to the white house today to encourage unity on health care reform. on monday, majority leader harry reid said he is confident a bill can be passed by christmas. the senators say they will probably drop a proposal to let uninsured americans buy into medicare. a wave of car bombings in afghanistan, iraq and pakistan today. the explosion in pakistan was in a market and claimed at least 22
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lives. in afghanistan, a suicide bomber was blamed for at least eight deaths. and at least five people were killed when car bombs went off in downtown baghdad. the white house is expected to announce today that it plans to transfer a number of terror suspects from guantanamo bay, cuba, to an underused state prison in rural illinois. it is a key step toward the president's pledge to close the guantanamo detention center. rescuers on oregon's mt. hood are facing their worst weather conditions yet in their search for two missing climbers. high winds and heavy snow are in the forecast today. an autopsy revealed a third climber whose body was recovered on saturday had fallen but died from the cold. a dramatic entry at an indiana gun shop has police hunting for a trio of bold burglars. a stolen suv crashed through the store's front door a few days ago and knocked over the christmas tree. the thieves got away with hunting rifles and shotguns and left behind $10,000 in damage.
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it is now 8:03. time for a check of the weather with al. n >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by robitussin to go. >> thank you, jim bell. you're celebrating your birthday! what's your name? >> yes. diana. >> nice to see you. did you bring any friends? >> my husband brought me for my birthday. >> that is very nice. awfully nice. >> my birthday, too. >> whose birthday? >> mine, too. >> did your husband bring you? yours too. way to go, the hubbies bringing the wives down for their birthdays. we love it! pick city of the day, montgomery, alabama, wsfa, nbc 12, showers and storms, temperatures in the mid-50s. and as we look to the temperatures, we've got cold stuff. we're talking about temperatures anywhere from 3 in sioux falls, 4 in minneapolis, kansas city 14. that cold air stays all the way down
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good morning, temperatures around the region in the 40s, but visibilities have really dropped. here's the view at dulles airport, where the visibility down to .1 mile. and andrews is at two and a half, two and a half at bwi. check with your airline, maybe flight delays due to fog. a little sun this afternoon, temperatures in the 50s, but a blustery wind out of the northwest will bring they make a remake of "the christmas story." i think this young man could be the peter billingsley character. at's your name, bud? >> derek. >> derek, nice to see you. all right. that's what's going on. now let's go back to meredith. >> al, thank you so much. and up next, the desperate search to find a missing utah mother who has not been seen in more than a week. her father speaks out right after this.
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father in just a moment, but first, here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the search continues, buttill no sign of susan powell. it's been over a week since the 28-year-old mother of two was last seen, missing from her home outside of salt lake city, leaving behind her purse and cell phone. police call the disappearance suspicious. family and friends say something must be terribly wrong. >> all i know is that she would never, ever leave her children. she loved those little boys more than anything. >> reporter: police say susan powell was last seen by her husband, josh, on december 7th, a week ago monday, when he says he took their 2 and 4-year-old sons camping after midnight in the middle of a heavy snowstorm. when susan didn't drop off the kids at daycare, her mother-in-law reported the family missing. later that day, josh powell returned home with the children. investigators haven't been able to verify where josh powell was. >> unfortunately, a snowstorm
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out there between then and now, so any physical trace has been covered up by snow. >> reporter: police won't talk specifics about their investigation, but family members say after officers entered the powell home, they found two fans blowing on a wet spot in the living room. >> josh, can you just answer a couple questions? >> reporter: police say powell is not a suspect. he stopped talking to the media, but he did appear at a press conference with his brother-in-law. >> i know that josh has worked with the police. everything they've asked of him, he's done. >> reporter: but nbc news has learned josh powell failed to show up for a second police interview monday and has retained a lawyer. now as questions continue to swirl over what hpe susan powell, efforts to find this mother of two only intensify. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> chuck cox is susan powell's father. mr. cox, good morning to you. i know it's a tough time. i thank you for joining me.
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the facts in this story are so troubling. we have your daughter now missing for a week. her husband says he took their two young sons camping at midnight in a snowstorm. he has stopped talking to the police. he's hired a criminal attorney. and thenhere's the whole side of this with the fan, apparently drying some wet spot on the carpet. what do you make of all this, mr. cox? apparently, we're having some audio troubles with mr. cox in utah, so let me bring in criminal profiler pat brown. pat, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> pat, what do you make of the list of things i just ran down? >> well, i've heard that the family says police are overfocusing on the husband, and unfortunately, that's who they have to focus on. i understand the family doesn't want to, because that would be the worst scenario, we would know something horrible happened to her and she's not going to be found alive. but the husband's very obviously is ludicrous, and that's why they're looking at that, the fan is very suspicious.
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but if we take a look at the three possible scenarios, then even if we say get rid of the ludicrous story. let's just say she decided she was going to run away. her husband was going to be home all night long. are we just going to say she decided at midnight to run off without her purse? that doesn't make sense. let's say somebody was watching the home planning to kidnap her. he had no ide that this husband at midnight was suddenly going to disappear. is he waiting outside for the moment that maybe he'll have an opportunity to run in there and grab her? that's ludicrous. so, unfortunately, everything is not adding up to anything but the husband is involved in this, and that's why he is the one and only suspect right now. >> but again, not named a suspect by police, not even a person of interest. >> that's correct. >> and it is well within his legal rights to stop talking to police and hire an attorney. we just want to point that out. >> right. the police have not said he's a suspect, but really, behind the scenes, that's who they're looking at. >> from what i understand, and i wish we could speak to mr. cox. we are having some audio difficulties, but from what i understand, there is no history of violence in their marriage, not even anything that stands out in terms of bei out of the
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ordinary in terms of ups and downs in a relationship between two people, pat. >> well, that's sometimes what we hear, but you know, after the facts, sometimes when we look back, we find there are problems in the marriage. and there doesn't have to be physical violence for something to go bad in one night, especially if the woman is considering possibly leaving the man. that's when we usually see this kind of thing go down. so, physical violence is not required for something horrible to happen. >> and this idea of this camping trip late at night with the two sons in a snowstorm -- >> yeah. >> that snowstorm can do an awful lot in terms of covering some evidence or any evidence that might be present in this case. >> that's correct. we don't even really know when he left the house, if he left the house at that particular point in time at midnight. he could have left at 6:00 in the morning and said he left at midnight, where he went is a good question. just because he said he went to one location doesn't mean he didn't go someplace else completely, and they're looking at an awful lot of land out there trying to find susan, and they're going to have a heck of a time if he really did do something to her, chances of them finding her are probably
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gift guide" is brought you by target. expect more. pay less. >> this morning on "today's holiday gift guide," books. they can be the perfect present for anyone on your list, and who better to make suggestions than some best-selling authors? first up, mitch albom, author of the blockbuster "tuesdays with morry." his latest book is "have a little faith." mitch, good morning. >> good morning, meredith. >> these are books you care a great deal about, starting with "the boy who harnessed the wind." >> nonfiction, it's a true story about a 14-year-old boy in malawi who had to drop out of school because of the famine. and yet, using spare tools and a library book, managed to construct a wind mill to bring electricity to his village. it's a very, very inspiring story. the fact that it's true is even more amazing. >> okay. this next book is the story that "invict "invictus" is based on. >> yeah. whatever a big movie comes out, i like to say, what was the real store snaey this is the story of the rugby match that nelson mandela turned into a sort of unifying thing for south africa.
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it's a great book that's a mix of sports and history. >> with 30 seconds left, the next one is a fiction book. >> "juliette naked," nick hornby, about a rock star and an excessive fan. >> and gilead? >> this was written a number of years ago. my book "have a little faith" is about a clergyman, a true story. this is a novel about a preacher sending a letter to his 7-year-old son as he's dying. it's full of grace, messages of faith and hope and almost any page you can turn to and be inspired. >> "gilead." i'll be sure to pick that up. next up, dan brown, author of "the da vinci code" and more eventually "the lost symbol." we had a chance to talk to him. >> dan, we've got your picks here, starting with fiction. oldie gut goodie, "dracula." >> 1897. >> that is an oldie. >> graham stoker wrote a book he called "dracula," and it turns into a vampire craze that you can still see at the top of the
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best-seller list today. so, for anybody who was a vampire fan today, this is where it all started. >> you like also john grisham's "ford county." why? >> so many reasons. i've always been a huge fan of grisham and this book has something for everybody, heartbreak, drama. >> nonfiction, bill bryson. a short history of nearly everything. >> nearly everything. almost everything. i'm a big fan of science, but i find most science books are dry and tough to read. this is without a doubt the most entertaining book on science anybody can read. terrific read. >> high praise, indeed. and i know you're a tennis fan. >> i am. >> does that have something to do with you choosing andre agassi's "open"? >> it did, and i'm an agassi, fan, too, and there are few superstars that will come out and tell it like it is. this is an honest,t times heartbreaking, story, and it's a great one for anyone who thinks success comes easily or that fame has no price. >> well, dan brown, thank you. these are great four picks. anybody would do well to get these as a gift. thank you.
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>> all right, al. now to coffee table books. margaret russell is the author of "style and substance: the best of elle decor," also that magazine's editor in chief. nice to see you. >> nice to see you, you have "more is more," all about tony duquette, and with him, more was more. >> more was always more with him. he was an amazingly creative man and this is the go-to guide for inspiration. >> everything from set design, interior design, jewelry. >> jewelry, interiors. >> you've got a great book about the white house and it covers it from a couple angles. >> the white house is the symbol ofhemerican presidency, it's a museum and it's a family home, and the book covers all of them. >> "avidon," this is an iconic name in photography and fashion, but you say it even transcends that. >> absolutely. one of the most influential photographers of our time. it's filled with memorable, moving images. and talk about a lifespan of the work from the 1940s to 2000 this book covers. >> ablutely. it has it all. >> i told you before if i weren't doing what i were doing, i would want to be an architect, and this is a great book for
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people fascinated with this. this is "the iconic house." >> it's the architecture 101, the class you never took but wanted to. >> but it's for people like me. >> it's not dry. it's really interesting. >> fantastic, margaret. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> let's go over to ann. >> thanks a lot, matt. now turning to children's books, jeff kinney is the author "the wimpy kid" series. the latest is "diary of a wimpy kid: dog days." good morning to you. >> thank you for having me. >> you say "knucklehead" is wildly funny. by john cresta. why do you like it some. >> it's right up my alley, the nd of book i would have wanted to read as a kid. it's brothers growing up in a small household and the stories are hilarious. >> and "the curious garden" is for younger children. it's basically about a boy who basically greens his community. he basically grows things, and it's really beautifully illustrated. >> yes.
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it's an environmental message wrapped in a beautifully illustrated kids book. and we have in new york here the highline, and it's kind of inspired by the highline, where nature kind of took over the train. >> "marcello in the real world" is very poignant, about a boy with asperger's syndrome. >> i picked this because i thought it was great to see things from somebody else's point of view. it was really an enlightening book. >> and you say maybe for teenagers? >> i think for teens, yes. >> okay, and for anyone, you say, this new book by kate camillo, "the magician's elephant." she wrote "pale is desperate," whose writing is stupendous. >> it's spell-binding, grabs you on the first page. my boy just loved it. >> jeff, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> finally, let's go upstairs to the kitchen and natalie. >> thank you, ann. cookbooks also a great gift idea and the food network's sandra lee knows little about them. her lates is "cocktail time."
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sandra, good morning. >> good morning. >> let's get right to it. "dour "gourmet toda" the basics and then some, right? >> this is a very comprehensive cookbook. it's like a bible book, up there with "the joy of cooking" and with the "better homes and gardens cookbook." >> contemporary, too. >> it's contemporary, absolutely. it's everything you need to know. it's something you must have in your kitchen. it's a great gift to give, something you will have for the rest of your life. and if you give it to somee, be sure to inscribe it. >> next "the new american table" by the chef of aqua v. >> this is a very special book. he is a new american citizen and did a tour of the united states. it's his twist on american classics and favorites and also kind of his life through going through our country. >> right. >> it's beautifully photographed. >> a lot of ethnic recipes, too. >> it' really special. >> which is great. >> incorporates all of america. >> a twist. and over the holidays, you've got to have "the cookie swap cookbook." >> you should have this all year
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round. whether you're doing a bake sale or something with your kids, this is great for aunts, great for neighbors. bake a batch of cookies and give it to a neighbor. >> and immunity. which is supposed to shield government employees who doing their job. we'll take a break and look at our
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good morning, temperatures in the 40s around the region. we've got foghat continues to thicken, especially to our west. visibility at dulles airport, a tenth of a mile and the fog should dissipate by later this morning. a blustery wind will drop us out of the 50s, into the low 30s by dawn tomorrow. blustery and cold, with highs near 40 tomorrow. and 30s and 40s on thursday. >> 95 and virginia, no worry, it looks like we're moving pretty well. slow but steady up to the beltway. elsewhere up to maryland. the outer loop of the beltway, slow college park around the beltway and silver spring. if you're coming in from the north, heads up, quite foggy out of frederick.
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joe? >> thank you tonight on news4 at 5:00, he flies around the field, but redskins linebacker london fletcher slowed down to have lunc
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♪ ♪ jingle bells, jingle bells 8:30 now on a tuesday morning, december 15th, 2009. nice crowd on the plaza, and guess what? our elves this morning as part of our 15th annual holiday toy drive. tony award win ner stanley tui, wonderful, wonderful actor. we're going to talk to him about a role he's playing in just a couple of minutes. >> throw them in, guys! >> meanwhile, matt lauer out on
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the plaza along with meredith viei, ann curry and al roker. what's coming up? >> we'll have the golden globe nominations, back to the top story. >> plus, hand-me-down recipes. three lucky viewers will be here to show us their tastiest hand-me-down recipes. these are hand-me-down desserts. >> yum. >> but first -- >> let's bring in the aforementioned stanley futchie, star of "the lovely bones," and congratulations, because moments ago you were nominated for another golden globe for your performance in that movie. >> yes, and i'm very flattered about it. >> which is lot better that be having you had you not been nominated. >> yes, i would have just left. >> i had a chance to see it over the weekend, and you play -- you're evil incarnate. you're pathological -- >> yes. >> you're scary. >> yes. >> how do you prepare for that role? >> with great difficulty. >> yeah, i would think. >> it was hard.
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it was very hard to do, but ultimately it was such a beautiful film, i wanted to be a part of it, and it's a great and important story, i think. >> very much. >> yes. >> and ase look at some footage here, you're basically -- you're almost unrecognizable in the movie, and i think that was important to you, wasn't it? >> very important. one, because a lot of people wouldn't know it was me, which is good. >> right. >> and two, because it just seemed necessary to change my look to be this person. it just seemed that he would look this way, and peter jackson agreed, so, that's what we ended up with. >> did it free you up to make the character -- >> it frees you all completely. yeah. once you look in the mirror and it's not you, you can really do anything you want inside. >> and this movie, it's about unspeakable loss and tragedy, and yet, you feel there is an uplifting, positive side to this. >> yeah. there's a hopefulness in the book and in the film, too. you know, the book and film are narrated by the young woman who died at the beginning of it, and she is the one who's really looking out for her family
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through the whole film. so, there's actually great hope. >> well, let's end as we began with the golden globe nomination. i hope you're feeling -- how many does this make, by the way? >> three or four -- >> you can't tell. >> i don't know. >> three or four. oh, my god. >> and directing the tony shalhoub on broadway. >> i'll be directing tony shalhoub on broadway, that's right. and he'd better do what i want. >> congratulations. >> congratulations. >> thanks. nice to see you all. >> congratulations. >> thanks. and as we turn to the weather forecast, we should also mention, also receiving a golden globe nomination this morning is the movie "cloudy with a chance of meatballs" -- >> really? oh, my gosh! >> animated feature. did you have any small part in this j? just playing a pompous weatherman, a real stretch. >> congratulations. >> well, thank you very much. very cool. >> not that i get anything out good morning, here we're dealing with fog again this morning, the fog has thickened over the last couple of hours, there's a live picture from our
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city camera. visibility at reagan national now is at two and a half miles. farther west, it's just under a tenth of a mile near dulles airport. near zero visibility in parts of loudoun county, montgomery county and frederick county. sun back this afternoon, highs >> and that's your -- >> good morning, yes. me? okay. thank you. golden globe nominee here! up next from hollywood this morning, other golden globe nominations. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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>> announcer: "season's best by cadillac." it's a busy season in hollywood as we get under way with the golden globe nominations. we're joined at the beverly hilton by some of the presenters. we're going to go out there right now and listen in. >> good morning, everyone, and welcome to the nomination announcements for the 67th annual golden globe awards, this year to be hosted by ricky gervais. and here's who will reveal the nominations. please welcome john krasinski, diane krueger and justin timberlake. john, you're up first. >> thank you. the nominees for best performance by an actress in a television series drama are -- glenn close, "damages," january jones, "mad men," juliana margulies "the good wife," anna paquin, "true blood" and syria sedgewick "the closer." best performance by an actor in a television series drama --
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simon baker "the mentalist," michael c. hall, "dexter," jon hamm, "mad men," hugh laurie, "house," and "big love." best screenplay in a motion picture, neil billion camp and terry hatchel. nancy myers "it's complicated," jason wrightman "up in the air." quintin tarantino "inglourious basterds." all right, best performance by an actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical. sandra bullock "the proposal," marion cotillard, "nine." julian roberts "duplicity," meryl streep, "it's complicated" and meryl streep "julie & julia." >> all right. best performan by an actor in a television series comedy or musical, alec baldwin, "30 rock," steve carell for "the
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office," david duchovny oe for "californication," thomas dane, and matthew morrison for "glee." best television series, comedy or musical. "30 rock," "entourage," "glee," "modern family" and "the office." all right, let's get serious. best director motion picture, kathryn bigelow "the hurt locker," james cameron "avatar," clint eastwood for nvictu" jason wrightman for "up in the air," quintin tarantion tarn ti "inglourious basterds." matt damon "informant," daniel day-lewis for "nine," robert downey jr., "sherlock hocks," "500 days of summer" and michael
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stoolbarg for "a serious man." thank you. >> best television series drama, "big love," "dexter," "house," mad men," "true blood." best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama -- jeff bridges, "crazy heart," george clooney, "up in the air," colin firth, "a single man," morgan freeman, "invictus" and tobey maguire, "brothers." best performance by an actress in a motion picture drama -- emily blunt, "the young victoria," huh, huh, huh. somebody's gonna have a good night tonight. sorry.
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[ laughter ] thank you. sandra bullock "the blind side," thank you. helen mirren, "the last station," kerry mulligan, "an education" and gabrielle sadibi "precious." best motion picture comedy or musical -- "500 days of summer," "the hangover," "it's complicated," "julie & julia," "nine." best motion picture drama. thank you. that was an impromptu drum roll. "avatar," "the hurt locker," "inglourious basterds," "precious" based on the novel "push" by sapphire and "up in the air that's all i've got. that's all i've got. >> a big thank you to john,
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diane and justin, and to those watching, don't forget to join us sunday, january the 17th for the 67th annual golden globe awards live coast to coast on nbc. thank you. >> well, dave karger is joining now from "entertainment weekly" for insight on what we just heard. any surprises off the bat? >> the big surprise is "invictus," the new clint eastwood film, was not nominated for best feature, although it was for actor, best supporting actor for matt damon it lost to "precious" and "up in the air" and some other films. >> and sandra bullock nominated twice. >> yes, comedy and drama. >> and meryl streep twice. >> twice in the same category. they do not allow you to be twice in the same category at the oscars, but the golden globes do. that's 25 career golden globe nominations for meryl streep, by the way. >> wow. >> the golden globes love the big stars. meryl streep, julia roberts got a nomination. >> it's a film that came out
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back in april and didn't make much of a splash, "duplicity." i liked it. >> and you were surprised by robert downey jr. >> that would have been more of a surprise. >> that would have been shocking. >> back from the dead. no, but robert downey jr. for "sherlock holmes." i'm trying to recover here. >> yes. that obviously hasn't coming km out yet, but they saw it and liked it a lot. >> the globes like big stars, people who can really act, and we've got one of those people standing across from us right now just nominated for a golden globes, jeff bridges. >> well done. >> how are you feeling? >> excite >> yeah? >> it's wonderful, oh, yeah. >> it's an interesting role. you play an alcoholic country music singer. >> yeah. >> and is this -- from what i read, you didn't want to play this at first? >> well, that's true. i took a pass on it because it didn't have any music. it was all about music and it didn't have any music or anybody
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in charge of the music. so, i passed, and then about a year later, i ran into my old buddy t-bone, we met and he asked me about this movie. i said, "why, are you interested?" and he said, "if you are, i am." and i said, "let's go!" >> because you knew the music would be great with him. >> of course. >> how do you prepare for a movie like this? >> you listen to aot of music, hang out with your friends. take off the governor, eat as much food as you want, you know. >> it's funny. you've been on this show so much, and i hear, maybe because of this role, you have a little twang in your voice. >> i've seen the movie occasionally and it's funny, i do fall into it you know. >> that's when a role sticks with you. you've been nominated -- >> three times, is it? golden globe? >> i think so. >> and oscars? >> i think, yeah, i think four. >> so, is this the role? >> i don't know. you never know. >> this is the guy, you never know. >> because you were
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immediately -- this was an obvious. >> oh, best actor's a great three-way race right now. george clooney, colin firth and this guy right here. but it's amazing to think it's been 37 years since your first oscar nomination and here you are again in the race. and the song "the weary kind," which t-bone co-wrote, is nominated as well this morning. >> yeah, that's wonderful. what a great tune that is. >> already morten downey may have it a little over -- >> he's rehearsing his acceptance speech right now. jeff bridges, congralations. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> so great to have you here. that movie is called "crazy heart." and dave karger, thank you as well. by the way, thanks for the mention in "entertainment weekly," when you said i would give you some snippy remark for screwing up your cheat sheet here. >> let's hear it. >> no, you did very well. >> you did do well. >> you can catch the golden globe awards sunday, january 17th, 8:00 p.m. eastern, 5:00 p.m. on the west coast, right here on nbc. up next, three lucky viewers
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share their favorite holiday recipes.
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>> announcer: "today's holiday kitchen" is brought to you by hershey's kisses. delightfully delicious, one-of-a-kind kisses. ♪ this morning in "today's holiday kitchen," hand-me-down recipes from our viewers. you sent us a lot of your favorites. it was hard to narrow down the field, but we picked three special desserts that have been passed down over the years, and here are our chefs, amy for theney from tennessee, sasha bunroku yoshino from brook, new york, and jan dobert from wisconsin. good morning to you all. >> hi, ladies. i'm going to start with you. these are orange juice balls? who handed this recipe down to you? >> this is from my mom. >> did she keep it secret or -- >> obviously, it's not a secret
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because i have it. but every christmas, we give them away, so if we know you, you're getting them. >> and your children love this as well. tell me how you get started. >> okay. you take a box of vanilla wafers, run them through the food processor or blender and crush them into fine crumbs. take a stick of melted butter -- >> mm-mmm, healthy recipe. >> it is healthy. you have your dairy and then you have your vitamin c in your frozen orange juice concentrate. >> so you're just going to add that -- >> it's already done right now. and then you add about three-quarters of a box of powdered sugar. so, it's very healthy. >> wow. >> then you fly off your new years -- >> you know, god made gyms so we can work out and eat whatever we want. >> okay. then you hand form those. >> hand form these and roll them into little balls. if you want to, you can put nuts in tm. if you're feeling too nutty, you don't have to. then roll them into whatever topping, powdered sugar,
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coconuts, nuts -- you can try one if you want. >> i was going to try one of the finished products. >> okay. amy, those are delicious! >> thank you. thank my mom. >> and thank you for handing the recipe down to us. by the way, you get a nice e-mail from your husband who said you had a tough car accident a couple years ago and that your positive attitude has been an inspiration to a lot of people, so it's nice to have you here. >> thank you. thank you. >> i'm with sasha, and you call this your chocolate christmas dream. >> yes. >> and it was handed down from your dad. >> yes. >> and i understand there's a very romantic story behind it. >> yes. when my parents were getting engaged, my dad gave this to my mom with the ring and she just loved itnd said yes, and i'm here today. >> so, how do you make this? you've already done the crust here. >> yeah. you first start with the crust, a filling and a topping, and with the crust, you use flour, eggs, sugar, cocoa butter -- i mean, cocoa powder, and it tastes really good.
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and then you go to the filling, and the filling iseavy cream, some really good chocolate, really, really good chocolate. >> mm-mmm, okay. >> and then you whip it up. it's kind of like a chocolate mousse cake. >> what's this here? >> that is the orange liqueur. >> oh, you missed that. then more chocolate at the end here? >> yes, and the topping. the topping is heavy cream, chocolate and butter. and once you boil the heavy cream up to a simmer and then you add the cholate, turn your stove off and then mix it into e chocolate. it starts to blend in really nicely, and then add the butter. would you like to stir this? >> sure, and we'll move down to matt. >> i'm here with wykesha from wisconsin. you've got grandma's recipe. >> she was a sweet lady, lived to be almost 90 years old, and we're known for cooking in our family, so we actually have our own cookbook, and this is one of
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the recipes that's in there that's been handed down. >> i haven't heard of sea foam. what's this? >> it's a mixture of darker corn syrup, sugar and water, boiled for ten minutes until it gets to a hard crack stage. then you have two egg whites in here. what you do is slowly add in the corn syrup and then you have to beat this for approximately five minutes. >> what's the consistency going to be like when you're done with that? >> the consistency tastes like approximately, i would say like a cross between fudge and marshmall marshmallow, but it's real sweet. definitely doesn't taste like real sea foam. >> and you can add walnuts? >> absolutely. after mixing it for five minutes, you add the walnuts and dark walnut extract. >> where do you find that dark walnut extract? >> it's kind of hard to find. it's in little bakeries and things around. so, you add that and then mix it until it loses its sheen. then you drop a spoonful on to a wax-lined sheet.
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>> can i try those? >> absolutely. >> okay, so, it's lost its sheen. these are a real piece of heaven. these are unbelievable. jan, this is a fantastic recipe. our thanks to grandma duff -- >> and sasha's is also fantastic. >> she was feeling a little left out. >> i'm eating over here. it's delicious. >> and amy, again, congratulations. >> thank you. >> has this been fun for you? >> it's been fun. really fun. >> okay. now your recipes are known throughout the world. all right, amy for theney, sasha bunn and jan dobrich, thank you very much. you can find these recipes at
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just ahead, last-minute holiday gifts that also give back. plus, it's a renter's market. we'll show you how to take advantage and get a lot more for your money.
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our time now is 8:56, you can still see a lot of fog out there. 47 degrees here in the nation's capital on this tuesday, the 15th day of december. good morning, i'm joe krebs, in the news today, the d.c. council is ready to legalize same-sex marriages in the district. it will be the second of two votes needed for the measure to pass. earlier this month. the council voted 10-2 in favor of the bill. the mayor said he will quickly sign the bill into plau when it passes and if it passes. we'll take a break and come back and look at weather and traffic.
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a live look at reagan national airport, fog is causing some delays for travelers this morning, planes heading into philadelphia are facing 25-minute delays, no planes headed to charlotte will be able to leave until 9:45. with a forecast, here's tom. >> the fog has thickened a bit around the region. we it into the mid and upper 40s. we've been holding steady all morning long. and the visibility now reagan national is up to three miles, it was down to 2 1/2 a few minutes ago. at dulles it was down to a tenth of a mile, now improving. so the fog is beginning to lift. we'll have a little sunshine back this afternoon. temperatures warming into the 50s. a blustery cold wind coming in late ts afternoon overnight tonight, into tomorrow, we'll
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bring in colder weather in place wednesday into the weekend. how's the traffic, jerry? >> we'll take a live look in germantown, 355 and 118, police are headed into an accident. and it looks like the pavement is wet potentially slick, so be cautious. elsewhere headed for downtown, loaded up, 395 northbound. a lot of brake lights, all lanes are open. to and across the 14th street bridge. tonight at news4 at 5:00, he flies around the field, but redskins linebacker slied down to have lunch with
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and get entangled in the cord. >> so, in the meantime to get a free repair kit for the recalled shades, you can call this number. it is 800-506-463 of 6. and more information is at todayshow.com. president obama has called senate democrats to the white house today in a bid to pass a health care reform bill by christmas. the president needs the support of every democrat to give the bill the 60 votes it needs in -- to advance. majority leader harry reid wants a bill that saves lives, saves money and saves medicare. today, a big announcement expected from the white house
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that the u.s. will buy an underused state prison in illinois and turn it into a new home for some of the terror suspects now being held at guantanamo bay in cuba. the thomson correctional center would house federal inmates and fewer than 100 detainees from cuba. car bombings this morning in iraq, afghanistan and pakistan killed at least 35 people and wounded more than 100 others. there is still no sign of two climbers on mt. hood after more than three days of searching in rough weather. relatives are hoping the two may have dug a snow cave for shelter. the body of a third climber was found over the weekend. this morning at the climate summit in copenhagen, the u.n. secretary-general said rich and poor countries need to, in his words, stop pointing fingers, settle their difrences and start working together on a climate agreement. and the hollywood awards season is under way with golden globe nominations announced this morning. nominees for best dramatic motion picture are "avatar," "the hurt locker," "inglourious
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basterds," "up in the air" and "precious." sandra bullo and meryl streep each had two nominations. and the golden globes will be handed out on january 17th here on nbc. it is now four minutes past the hour. now let's get another check of the weather from al. >> okay, thanks a lot, ann. and this is just a cutie right here. what's this -- who's this? >> this is parker. >> how old's parker? >> 6 months old. >> where are you guys from? >> utah. >> nice to see you. and this is another cutie, three cuties in a row. lots of cuties out here! all right, check your weather, see what's happening. we've got a big storm system coming on the pacific northwest, gulf coast looking at a lot of wet weather as well. we've got clouds in the northeast, so a real messy day coming into the pacific northwest, especially with rainfall amounts anywhere from two to five inches of rain, one to two-foot snows in in good morning, off to a foggy start on this tuesday morning around the region, we have temperatures in the 40s, it's now 49 at reagan national. here's the latest visibilities,
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five miles to reagan national. up to a mile at dulles,t was down to a tenth of a mile last hour there. so visibilities will improve through the morning, a little sun may break out later this afternoon. we'll climb into the 50s for a brief time and drop into the 30s by dawn tomorrow. going to be cold and dry wednesday into the weekend. >> that's your latest weather. natalie? >> al, thank you. now to the search for a missing mother in utah. 28-year-old susan powell mysteriously vanished more than a week ago. we'll talk to susan's father in just a moment, but first, the very latest now on the investigation from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the search continues but still no sign of susan powell. it's been over a week since the 28-year-old mother of two was last seen, missing from her home outside of salt lake city, leaving behind her purse and cell phone. police call the disappearance suspicious. family and friends say something must be terribly wrong.
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>> all i know is that she would never, ever leave her children. she loved those little boys more than anything. >> reporter: police say susan powell was last seen by her husband josh on december 7th, a week ago monday, when he says he took their 2 and 4-year-old sons camping after midnight in the middle of a heavy snowstorm. when susan didn't drop off the kids at daycare, her mother-in-law reported the family missing. later that day, josh powell returned home with the children. investigators haven't been able to verify where josh powell was. >> unfortunately, there was a snowstorm out there between then and now, and so, any physical trace has been covered up by snow. >> reporter: police won't talk specifics about their investigation, but family members say after officers entered the powell home, they found two fans blowing on a wet spot in the living room. >> josh, can you just answer a couple questions? >> reporter: police say powell is not a suspect. he stopped talking to the media,
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but he did appear at a press conference with his brother-in-law. >> i know that josh has worked with the police. everything they've asked of him, he's done. >> reporter: but nbc news has learned josh powell failed to show up for a second police interview monday and has retained a lawyer. now as questions continue to swirl over what happened to susan powell, efforts to find this mother of two only intensify. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and chuck cox is susan powell's father. good morning to you, sir. nice to have you here with us. >> good morning, natalie. >> your daughter disappeared about a week ago. as you know, a lot of attention now swirling around your son-in-law, josh, who that night, his whereabouts are somewhat circumspect. he says he took your grandchildren camping after midnight. as i understand, it was a snowy night. what do you make of his story, sir? >> i try not to make anything of
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it because it's part of an ongoing investigation, and i know that the local police are doing the investigation. i'm, being susan's father, i trust what they're doing and i want to do everything i can to get her back. so, i'm looking to get eyes and ears out looking for my daughter. >> and mr. cox, as you heard, josh apparently canceled a second interview with police, as we were reporting, and he's also retained a lawyer. of course, all within his legal rights. but does any of that trouble you? >> well, i would hope he would cooperate with the police, but i can understand that he's probably feeling the need for legal counsel, and if i were in his position, i would probably feel the same way, especially just in light of everything that's been said about him. >> and we should point out that he has not been named a person of interest, neither a suspect. but what can you tell us, mr. cox about their marriage? i know they were married for
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eight years. was there any outward appearance of there being trouble? >> no, no outward appearance. >> did your daughter ever talk about leaving him or did she ever talk about any fights that they may have had? >> not directly with me. i knew they had their ups and downs in their marriage, but to my knowledge, everything was going well. >> what about health issues? did susan have any health issues or any history of erratic behavior? because a friend said later that night, before she disappeared, but earlier in the evening, she had had dinner with them and susan reportedly asked to go lay down around 5:00 p.m. anything that you know of that might explain that behavior? >> no. to my knowledge, susan was very healthy and there was no issues. she had told me -- actually, i suppose the kids had the flu a little earlier, but to my
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knowledge, she was very healthy. >> and the children right now, where are they, sir? >> well, they're either with their father or with his sister. they're in utah, their cousins. >> and you haven't had a chance to talk with the kids, then? >> not to talk to them and -- i've seen them, i've hugged them, i've talked to them on the phone, but that was when someone told them to say "hi, grandpa," and that's what they did. so, that was about the extent of it. >> all right. well, mr. cox, of course, our prayers are with you and the hopes that susan is okay. thank you very much. >> thank you. and coming up next, from jewelry to ties to cuff link we've got holiday gifts that will give back. but up next, jeff bridges has got that brand new golden globe nominee glow about him. we're going to talk to him right after this.
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in his new movie "crazy heart," jeff bridges plays bad blake. bad blake is a washed out former country star who sings and plays his way through secondhand bars on his road to redemption. ♪ >> jeff bridges, good morning. great to have you here. listen, it's amazing. i think we have to remind people, first of all, that that's you singing, that's you playing. who knew? how long have you been doing this? >> well, since i was a kid, 14, something like that. >> so, when you heard -- you said earlier on the broadcast, when you heard that t-bone burnett was going to be involved -- >> oh, yeah. >> legendary musician behind "o, brother, where art thou?" that's when you wanted to get
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into this role. >> yes, and t-bone and i are old friends. we go back 30 years ago to "heaven's gate," where kris kristofferson was star of that movie and he brought all his music buddies on board to play minor roles, and t-bone and steven pruten and the other main musical force of the movie were part of that, and i was jamming with those guys, you know, every night after work for six months. >> so, understanding that intensity, then that value of that music. who were you channeling, kristoferson, johnny cash come to mind? >> yeah, the big -- one of the directions that scott cooper, writer of the film, gave me was that if bad blake were a real person, he would be the fifth highwayman, and the highwaymen were a group of great country singers of willie nelson, kris kristofferson, way lan jennings and johnny cash. and that was a model for me. but my real model was steven
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pruten, and the film's dedicated to him. he died shortly after the film was completed, but he was there with me every step of the way, teaching me the songs and what life on the road was like. >> you had to learn all that, but also, you had to channel the life of this man, the man who's an alcoholic, who's struggling to put his life back together. he's fallen off the map, essentially. and "entertainment weekly" writes that you are a "generously unvain actor." in other words, you had to gain some weight and kind of channel this kind of sadness, really. >> yeah. >> it's very powerful the way you do it, because it's about a guy who redeems himself, who finds basically redemption, direction. >> yeah, that's true. it was -- it made me -- there were tough aspects to it, but there were a lot of joyful ones, too. i got to work with my favorite actors, maggie gyllenhaal. i had a bunch of scenes with her, colin ferrell sings as well. >> robert duvall.
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>> robert duvall, who, you know-that wonderful movie that he won the academy award for years ago "tender mercies." he's an old friend of mine. we go back about 40 years, i guess, but never worked together. so it was a big joy to work together. >> we talked earlier about you getting the golden globe nomination. you've been nominated several times, for oscars, but this movie somehow seems -- i don't know if it's more important than the other ones, you've done so many, but what does this particular nomination mean to you? what does this movie mean to you? >> well, like i was saying, working with all these wonderful people and the music, you know, i loved music so much, and so, to make a movie all about that was very gratifying, and awards and acknowledgement like this for small movies like "crazy heart" is very important, because that gets people's attention, and you know, hopefully gets them into the movie theaters. >> well, you've gotten our attention, jeff bridges, for years, but on this movie, i have
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to tell you, you are spectacular. and everyone who's seen it, they were rooting for you to be nominated. >> ah, thank you. >> congratulations, once again. >> thank you so much. >> jeff bridges, star of "crazy heart." and still to come this morning on "today," kathie lee and hoda go in search of bigfoot for our series "today gets odd."
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"invictus" is the inspiring story about the national rugby team and has already snagged golden globe nominations for best director. but did it score with gene shalit? >> good morning and welcome to the "critic's corner." there is no finer actor than morgan freeman. in director clint eastwood's new film, "invictus," freeman is again a pleasure to see. >> in order to build our nation, we must all exceed our own expectations. >> he portrays nelson mandela, the opponent of south africa's racial separation laws who
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survived 47 years in prison. then, in 1994, the people gave their verdict and they elected mandela president. >> the rainbow nation starts here. reconciliation starts here. >> "invictus" centers on his presidential struggle to unify the emulsied country. >> the whites are cheering for south africa. all of the blacks are ceering for england. >> it symbolized on screen by his ardent support for the country's woeful rugby team. >> we will raise the quarterfinals. >> according to the experts, you and i should still be in jail. >> with the 1995 world cup coming up, mandela befriends and inspires the team's white captain, francois penar, played by matt damon. >> i was thinking about how you spent 30 years in a tiny cell
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and could not forget the people who did it. >> no matter if you know nothing about rugby -- i don't know rugby from a bumblebee, but the game's chaotic action is exhilarating and rises to a rousing climax. >> this is it! this is our destiny! >> freeman fills the film with a vivid portrait, a determined leader with an unyielding but gentle hand. >> you're risking your political, you're risking your future as our leader! >> the day i am afraid to do that is the day i am no longer fit to lead. >> and the increasingly accomplished matt damon is an impressive captain. >> storms change, and we need to change as well. >> "invictus" is compelling and instructive, is an uplifting emblem of poetic justice. and that's the "critic's corner" for today. >> oh, i'm glad he liked it. looks good. well, many fantastic companies
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have been helping us with our toy drive this year, and now for the very first time, the good people at imacia memorex are contributing and jessica is the brand manager. jessica, good morning to you. >> thank you. i'm thrilled to be here on behalf our employees. >> and we're so glad that you've joined in on the toy drive. what is it that you're going to be donating? >> well, natalie, we're donating over 100,000 products from our memorex line. these are electronics products, everything from speaker stations for your ipods, mp3 players and cd players to the boys and girls club of erica. >> that's a wonderful cause and i'm sure the boys and girls will be thrilleto have all of these great electronics. so, thank you so much for your contribution again. >> thank you, natalie. >> jessica with memorex. still to come, we're going to switch gears and talk about what's going on in "today's holiday kitchen." gourmet hors d'oeuvres that you can whip up in no time, or so we're told.
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fog, not as bad as yesterday, but making delays at the airport. our time now is 9:26, it's tuesday, december 15, 2009, i'm barbara harrison. in the news this hour, some virginia workers want a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by the families of the virginia tech victims. the $10 million lawsuit accuses the state and the university of failing to protect students during the shootings. the state workers are citing sovereign immunity, which is inteed to shield government employees who are doing their jobs. drivers are getting some relief along i-95 in northern virginia, vdot has finished the first phase of widening the highway from lorton road to the fairfax county parkway last
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night and today another lane opens from route 1 on-ramp to the parkway. speaking of trfic, we'll look
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good morning, still dense fog lingering from cull pepper to charlottesville. but elsewhere the fog is dissipating and we'll have temperatures climb out of the 40s into the 50s later today. and breezy and colder tonight. cold weather in place wednesday into the weekend. how's the traffic, jerry? >> the rush hour continues on the beltway in virginia, the inner loop remains heavy and slow, leaving springfield on 66, problems are gone. fog still an issue, so be careful heading out at this hour.
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>> tonight on news4 at 5:00, he flies around the field, but redskins linebacker london fletcher slowed down to have lunch with
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the engine appears to be under the wing -- >> two engines? >> i can't see the other side, but i would guess two. >> okay. so, that's it. we've got one. all right. >> okay, you're looking at yours truly and al trying our hands at the popular hobby known as plane spotting. >> popular? >> well, okay, okay, little known, but we're going to make it popular. the probm was there was a whole lot of planes flying at the time we reached our location, so we're really struggling here. but anyway, it was a lot of fun in some ways. we met some nice people. >> yes, we did. >> it was a little cold. >> yes, we did. >> were you doodling? >> no, you have to write down and keep track. >> anyway, you'll see more of this. this is part of our "today gets odd" series.
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i think we're odd all the time. but that's thursday on "today." this morning it's kathie lee and hoda's turn to get a little odd. they're going to be coming up in the next hour with something about that. >> they're looking for bigfoot. >> that's what it is. looking for bigfoot. that should be fun. also this morning, talking about the real estate market, still in the state of turmoil. landlords are doing everything they can to keep tenants, so, how can you negotiate a deal? we'll have tips this morning. also ahead, gifts that keep on giving. if you're looking for a special present for that special someone this year, well, how about a charitable gift from south american jewelry to candles, to frames, where the proceeds earned will actually help those in need. so, really good ideas. yeah, and in "today's kitchen," these aren't your ordinary holiday appetizers. we've got crab cakes, lamb, and mm-mmm, prosciutto wrapped shrimp, or you could just eat the prosciutto. and later this morning, grammy winner usher stops by for a chat. talk about a busy guy. he's got a new cd, a fragrance, rubbing elbows with former president bill clinton, all for
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a good cause. he's going to tell us all about it. first, a check of the weather from you, al. >> absolutely. see what's happening. today we've got a big storm coming into the pacific northwest with rain and snow, heavy showers and thunderstorms, possible flooding along the gulf coast. lake-effect snow showers along the eastern great lakes. tomorrow we're looking for most more snow showers around the great lakes, more heavy rain throughout the pacific
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>> and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al, thank you so much. coming up next, it's a renter's market. we'll show you how to get a great deal from your landlord, after this.
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♪ this morning on "today's real estate," getting the best deal if you're renting. you know, around the country, apartment vacancies are at a record high, so now is the best time to negotiate with your landlord to get lower rent or other incentives. to help us learn how to do that,
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we've got "today real estate" expert barbara corcoran here. >> good morning, al. >> good to see you again. >> good time for tenants right now. >> i would think with all these foreclosure rates, more and more families would be renting. >> you would think so, but what happens is many of these foreclosures are bought by investors, and they turn around and rent them out. on top of that, you've got condominiums and new homes that have been built for sale, they couldn't sell them and they get dumped into the rental market. so, you have a 27-year high of vacancies. >> wow. >> the largest that's ever been in this country. >> so, now, are there parts of the country where the vacancy rates are higher than others? >> yes. usually the parts of the country where they can't sell homes, they have the highest vacancy rate, and no surprise that florida leads that list with an 18% vacancy rate. a better way to look at that is one out of six oreven homes are vacant with no tenants. >> wow. >> that's followed by arizona, mississippi, arkansas and texas, the best places in the nation to get a good deal if you're a tenant. >> what's the best time to negotiate to try to get a great rate? >> well, the worst time to negotiate is at the last minute, and that's exactly what most tenants do. you should be negotiating four
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or five months before your lease expires, because the landlord knows you have plenty of time to shop the market and move out. if you do it at the last minute, they see right through that guise. >> and there are amazing deals that landlords are offering. >> amazing deals. i mean, people have grown accustomed to getting free rent or lower security deposit or security deposits spread out over the term of the lease, but what they're also doing is becoming far more creative now. today you could get flat-screen tvs leads the list, kitchen upgrades, cash, decorating allowances. in new york city, where typically tenants are paying 15% of a year's rent, as a brokerage fee, landlords are pking that up. apple packages, free ipods, itvs. you name it, if you could think of it, that's what landlords are offering. >> free gas and vacations in michigan and bike rentals? >> even a free tan. >> i don't care about the tan. >> you don't need it. you look good enough. >> really, you know? what about your negotiating power? does that diminish if you've got
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bad credit? >> years ago, certainly if you had a foreclosure, you couldn't be touched by a landlord, but today they're common, so if you can show you had good credit before a foreclosure happened, landlords will debate that, but most importantly, what happens to get what you want is you've got to bring it up front if you've got bad credit. >> you have other tips to talk about. firstly, you alluded to this, shop around. >> shop around for one very basic reason, you ought to know what's in the marketplace. if you're going to negotiate with the big, bad landlord, you'd better know what his competition is offering their apartments for or homes for or whatever. also, don't be afraid to bring up with that landlord that there's something wrong with the property he's trying, there's something wrong with every property you'll rent, and last, certainly, don't be shy and hint -- and i say hint -- that you're prepared to leave if you don't get what you want. >> you also say you can offer up a larger deposit. >> you can do that. certainly, a big, juicy deposit can offset a rent if you happen to have the cash, or demand that
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the deposit be paid over the course of the lease. it depends upon what you need. >> or you could ask for no deposit. >> you could say no deposit, and certainly, that works if you certainly have good credit, but generally, you need good credit for that. >> now, what's this mean, beware of pre-foreclosure landlords? >> most people think that landlords have money and they're solid. that's not the case anymore. you can certainly ask to see the mortgage statement, which landlords now don't like to give, but they're readily giving to prove that they're up to date in tir mortgage payments, because you don't want to be in an apartment that is foreclosed in by the bank and then you're out of luck. >> and people might be leery that they might offend the landlord by asking for this stuff. >> you shouldn't feel that way at all. last time i did an update on this segment a year ago, i had three of my tenants call in and demand a rent decrease. i'm sorry i even said it, but the fact is that landlords tend on tenants to be nai and not ask for what they want. it's all in the asking and asking early enough to get what you want. >> a lot of good advice. barbara, thank you very much. >> and don't call me if you want
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a rent decrease. >> i won't. i promise. coming up next, presents with a purpose. we're going to show you some holiday gifts that help those in need.
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>> announcer: "today's holiday gift guide" is brought to you by target. expect more. pay less. this morning on "today's holiday gift guide," gifts that give back. if you're stumped on what to buy your friends who have just about
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everything, we've got some unique ideas that go a long way in helping others. "today's style" editor bobbie thomas is here to show us some of her favorites. bobbie, good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start off with what is a great idea. we recently went to a charity event where actress halle berry was hosting it, and she picked her favorite lipstick by revlon, which now is helping give back to the genesee center, which is a cause near and dear to her heart. >> yes, you highlighted the genesee center at a segment here on the "today" show -- >> that help women who are abused, domestic violence abuse. >> she's trying to raise her voice about domestic violence. i worked as a rape crisis advocate and counselor early in my career and i realized the power of what a beauty bag can do for a survivor. she can regain her confidence and her courage. and frankly, don't underestimate the power of lipstick. revlon wanted to help halle, and when we spoke to her, we came up with the idea that she would pick up her favorite color, rose and shine. and what's so great about this story is that now $1 from every sale of her favorite lipstick
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color goes to the genesee center. revlon wanted to commit up to $25,000. and i think that while halle has a very powerful voice -- >> right. >> -- what's great is that you have a powerful voice with your purchasing power. >> absolutely. >> so, all of these gifts give back and you can use your money this season to not only give your loved ones on your list some love, but spread the cheer for people who are in need. >> that's great way to put it. other ideas here, jewelry always a winner. >> love jewelry and i love this love bracelet by danielle stevens. it's $66, and 60% of the proceeds go to a charity called comfort zone that helps council grieving children. >> great. >> great cause. this one by jemma redux is another one of my favorite. celebrities like jessica alba own this necklace. it's america 98. what's great is it comes with a magnet that helps you customize this in a bunch of ways. it's all heart. this is the necklace with 100% of the proceeds going to youth at risk. >> 100% if you buy this
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necklace, goes to a very good cause. >> and you'll wear that lots of ways. i love this collection made by female artisans in ecuador, and the artisans are in need and all of the proceeds go back into giving them loans for businesses, school fees, and they even get cash bonuses based on the sales of this collection. >> beautiful. >> so, this is a really great collection, too. >> wonderful. this one, beads for life, we've done a story on them here, and really an incredible cause. >> love beads for life. it helps impoverished ugandans, and again, all of the proceeds are invested back into them. >> and they make these beads out of paper. they're gorgeous. >> from $5 to $30, you can get a fantastic gift for somebody that's unique. >> right, absolutely. okay, now, save the children -- oh, cufflinks. every man needs cufflinks. >> don't forget the guys. these are by julia fahey and goes to the prostate cancer foundation. >> and comes with a mustache.
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save the children ties are fabulous. >> i spotted president clinton wearing one of these, and it's great because there's a world collection that represents different children in need. the children themselves have also designed ties and all the proceeds goes to save the children. >> great organization. >> unicef, we love unicef and online they have a gift store. i just picked a few items. these frames start at $8 and the candle $12 to $15. >> great. >> you can do so much, so shop online on these charities' websites, because a lot of them have gift stores like this. >> and a great housewarming gift if you're going to a party. now, to teach our children to learn how to love to give back. >> i'm a big kid at heart. >> yes. >> i would love one of these. you can help sponsor a wild place for sierra club starting at $25, and you can get a fuzzy friend from the area that you sponsor. so, you can take your child and go online to teach them a little bit abt trying to save endangered place or you can adopt an endangered species from the world wildlife federation, and you'll get, again, a
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symbolic animal, something like this clown fish that helps the coral reef -- >> wonderful. >> -- or this little guy. >> love that. okay, last -- >> last but not least. >> these are incredible cards. >> incredible cards. these are handmade by young adults 18 to 24, who unfortunately, have lost both their parents in the crisis in rwanda, and they also support a younger sibling. so, these are cards from africa, $20 for a pack of five or you can start at $4.50 and up for each. really great cause. >> beautiful. look at this card right here. oh, my gosh, that's just gorgeo. >> all handmade. >> bobbie thomas, wonderful, wonderful ideas. thank you so much. by the way, all of these items, more information on them is at our website, todaysw.com. and check out bobbie's column "the buzz" in "in touch weekly." coming up next, appetizing appetizers for your holiday soiree.
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♪ this morning in "today's holiday kitchen," easy gourmet appetizers. 'tis the season to entertain, so, how about impressing your friends and family with homemade hors d'oeuvres? they're the owners of ara's restaurant in el gone quinn, maine, one of my favorite restaurants. good to see you guys. >> happy holidays. >> nice to see you. >> so, you can make all these, but there's nothing wrong wi pigs in a blanket? >> no. >> just wanted to make sure. these are crab cakes. >> absolutely. two secrets with crab cakes. one is lemon juice with the crab before you do anything else. >> why? >> it coats the crab and brings out all the flavor. really nice. and then the second thing is, you know, a lot of people make these sort of crab lead balls. >> yes. crab lead balls! >> one of my favorites, lead
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balls of crab. so, instead, we want to use as much sour cream as we possibly -- >> sour cream, that's interesting. now, are those breadcrumbs? >> breadcrumbs, onions, a little butter and just cooled down. then we mix this all together -- >> and do you have to be careful about how you're mixing it? >> no, just like pigs in a blanket. >> i've heard some people say you don't want to break up the crab. >> well, you don't want to whip it into submission, but -- just little flour -- >> just a little. [ laughter ] >> and there. >> and put them together like this. just so you just get them together, just bareltogether, and then into the pan. >> and how long do you cok them on each side? >> until they're nice and brown. >> okay. >> how about that for a chef's answer? >> that looks good. >> there we go. and there we go. >> then you let those cook for a little while. >> beautiful. we'll move on to the next -- >> we're moving on. >> oh, my god, we're doing some shrimp here. >> shrimphen wrapped -- >> wrapping these guys up in basil leaves.
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then we have some beautiful parma ham and we wrap it in a little parma ham. and we're putting four of these on a skewer. you could put one, two, whatever you want. >> right. >> we're going to grill these -- or actually, the "today" show, they were grilled for us. >> ah, very nice! >> we'll wrap a couple more. then you could also deep-fry them or put them under a broiler, you know, whatever you have to cook with, really. >> right. >> and if you want them chilled, just precook the shrimp, then put all this together -- >> that's good, too. >> and do it that way. >> a number of these things you can do, for example, the crab cakes -- how far in advance should you do those or should those be warm? >> obviously, you could mix them up a day ahead and you want to serve them warm, yeah. >> and what else do we have over here? >> some beautiful lamb with cilantro and pink peppercorn and then eggplant that was roasted. >> i hear it's a little spicy. >> they are a little spicy. i don't think they'll knock you off your feet, but they -- >> mm-mmm, that's terrific. >> isn't that nice? that's something clark came up with. >> a tiny eggplant. >> the japanese eggplant. >> ah, okay.
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not going to get in trouble there. >> better be careful. >> clark frasier, martin gayer, thank you so much. the ladies are coming in. you've got to try one of these. >> hello. >> oh, my god! >> quickly as you can! >> what is it? >> i don't know. it's a eggplant thing. >> it looks good. >> what do you have coming up? >> we are looking for bigfoot. >> bigfoot. >> bi
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9:56 is our time, 49 degrees, gray skies over the nation's capital. some lingering fog around the region as well causing some problems. we'll tell but it coming up. good morning, i'm joe krebs in the news4 today, the d.c. council is expected 0 give final approval tore a measure allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in the district. the second of two votes needed to pass. earlier this month, the council voted 10-2 in favor of the bill and mayor adrian fenty has pledged to sign it into law. we'll go to meteorologist tom kierein for the weather now. >> the fog is slowly dissipating, visibilities are improving around the metro area, and a few spots from central virginia around culpepper and charlottesville are improving. we'll have some sunshine this afternoon, but overall, mostly cloudy, temperatures climbing into the 50s. winds will pick up this afternoon late and overnight tonight into tomorrow, bringing in colder weather. it should be sunny and cold
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tomorrow, with a blustery wind, highs near 40 and remaining cold, thursday, friday and into the weekend, with highs near 40 degrees. morning lows, 20. jerry, how's the traffic? >> road work set up into the capital beltway, heading towards i-66. the cones on the left, slow out of annandale. and one more stop, 395 remains moderate traffic now headed to and across the 14th street bridge. we'll keep you updated on the roads. tonight on news4 at 5:00, he flies around the field, but redskins linebacker london fletcher slowed down a bit to have lunch with
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♪ sleigh bells ring ♪ are you listening this is "today," live from studio 1-a in rock fell percent plaza. >> hey, everybody, it's not quite a winter wonderland yet. but it will be. in fact it's going to be in the 50s hered to. but turning cold tomorrow. >> who is singing? >> i don't know. >> it's december 15th. to get the christmas spirit last night there was an nbc wing ding. there's lots of parties. one for new, one for "dateline."
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for "today." you'll hit a party at one point. last night i wandered into studio 8-h. >> that's a terrible picture. >> what lester and i were doing, we were bartender. we were making a drink. it was delicious, three-quarters champagne and one-quarter pom granate juice. lester know, pomegranate is an aphrodisiac. lester knows. we have average joe today. we'll get to average joe. he's standing there like an average joe. that's what he does. >> there was some news we led the top of the show with today. is that there was a blind recall, okay. the product safety commission -- >> literally the blinds that you put on your windows. >> that sounded weird, isn't it a blind recall. >> the deal is young kids are getting tangled up in the cord and five children died, and 16
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near strangulation since 2006, what they're saying, they're recalling all of these blinds. what you can do is take it to the place you bout them, elthis' give you money become or else there's this repair kit hotline. they'll give you a way -- >> i didn't even think about it. i just put up a ton of them in a new guest suite in our house. >> you don't really think -- >> no, i never have. i never knew that was an issue. it's good to know. unbelievable. >> i would be in a fetal position. >> no kidding. i was won urge if tiger was going to be on the front page of the "post" two weeks straight because his wife, elin was seen without her wedding ring on. e was pumping gas -- >> that's because she knew she was going to be pumping gas, right? >> do you wear yours all of time?
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>> i usually do. what surprised me. she had the kids in the car and was smiling. good for her. she happily posed for paparazzi. >> what do you think, joe? >> this is -- this is joe, he does props for us. not some guy he found on the street. his name is joe. >> average joe did some shopping yesterday, so i went to get a present for my boss, jerry, and i went to a golf store. i won't say the name. so -- >> what happened? >> -- i was checking out and saw the manager and said so how is the tiger thing affecting you? he said well, it is, believe it or not. it is, how do you mean? a family came in, and they wanted some -- a junior set of golf clubs for their child. so they went over there. there was a big cardboard like this of tiger. had the club, and they said no, i'm not buying them. >> thank you, average joe.
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>> he just took -- >> you want average, that's about as average as you can get. >> you know what, you're right. you ate up a lot of time. tick, tock, you're still talking. >> we love you, he's so great. >> okay. >> joe, all right. few of -- >> god, he's over it. >> few surprises at the 67th annual golden globe awards hosted by ricky gervaise. >> there were big, big, big winners. nine was a big winner. >> a lot of them have yet to be released but they've been seen by the foreign press. mary tiara is -- all of the women were great in "nine." >> she won the os tar two years ago laying edith pilaf. they said daniel day lewis had been miscast? i could not disagree more. >> he got nominated.
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>> he's magnificent. >> he's great. >> i was so happy for sandra bullock. my look-alike. she was nominated in two. >> for comedy and drama. bless her heart. >> it's great when a 45-year-old woman like that dominates. >> how about meryl streep. >> she got two nods. >> same category for julia and julie, whatever. and -- >> "it's complicated." which i haven't seen. >> "avatar" hello, got some -- >> it is an acceptance speech. she's going to thank us. we gave it a rave. >> it's not a movie about blue people, people. it's just extraordinary film. we're very excited for everybody. >> how was your breath? >> it was good until i ate a little -- i was in the cooking segment.
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>> we have a hall toes is director. >> it's not going to be good. it says, wait, hold on -- >> lamb, and a crab cake, and i couldn't get rid of it. wait, it says wait. now blow. >> i can feel it over here. >> hello. i'm just saying -- >> okay, wait. you got a smiley face. you got -- oh, my god. >> i'm a maniac. you got a smiley face. >> how about you, missy. >> by the way. i didn't get a kiss, though. >> yes, you did, you got kiss "m." >> now i don't now, because i was teasing you. >> you know who is with us, usher, got a lot of good stuff. sent a gift thing for us, and has all -- >> i got a smiley.
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and restoration hardware -- and breathalyzer. oh, that does scomel good. >> smells like usher now. >> press it in and hold it. >> first of all. we got to go to sarah, report on average joe's breath. >> hi, ginny wrote in haines is the average joe single. i guess he's been married for 25 years. we also have -- >> i'm just joking, i know i'm going to hear it. >> gout a smiley face too. >> i think that thing's broken. >> we also have four clones signed by usher, if they go to
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the hoda facebook page and write usher me. >> i didn't know he was a bird now. >> usher is coming -- >> i want to wish kourtney a happy baby show.
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usher has no trouble keeping busy. when he's not collecting grammys, you might find him with president clinton working on a new charity initiative. >> or promoting his vip fragment france. pop sensation. whatever he's doing, we know usher hasn't stopped making music, he's getting ready to release his new album in january. >> how do you do it? >> someone in the set. give hs super power. >> available at macy's. you'll be on the same ground as i am. >> it does smell great. >> and the woman's fragrance is wonderful too. women are buying it for their men. >> there's a hot trail of women
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following me everywhere i've gone -- >> it's working. >> you don't see them down there? >> lined up. >> you know what we like about you, you do cool things, you promote things. but you do a lot of things for young people. last time you were here, you were talking about getting out the bovote. you did something else too. >> i got an opportunity to talk about usher's new look, i do. i have a grant towered by service. >> powered by service? >> towered by service. we'll grave out 150 grants of $500, by the end of this year. something that helps he's kids in inner city to help them -- support whatever their efforts are. >> how do they get looked? >> go to my website ushers new look.org. >> how about service project, kids don't know what to do. >> if you really have ever seen the true essence of change, comes from a new concept, a new
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idea. something that we didn't think of. and the kids, they had that. there are issues in inner city communities that they want to address. this gives them an opportunity to do it. recently on extreme home makeover, i offered a grant to the family. the opportunity for them to give out as well. >> on my twitter page i asked what do you want to know from usher. so many people asked about the extreme home makeover. >> i wish i had fragrance for them. >> what cent is wrapped up? >> heaven cent. >> it is bergamot. and saffron. >> were you involved in the process. did you say i want a hint of vanilla. >> tangerine was the note i wanted to add on top of this. i do like the scent of scandalwood. that was the base of it. >> what were you before this. did you have a signature smell,
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so to speak? >> actually, i did. it was called usher. >> it was called usher heat. now it's vip. >> you know -- justin beaver has turned into this sensation. his genesis is kind of with you. how did that start? >> i met just tin with my partner, scooter, in atlanta, georgia. saw him online. and would have never thought it would happen so quick. i definitely knew this young man was going to be successful. >> he got the hair. >> we just performed in d.c. for the president. i was so proud to come into the arena and hear his voice. i said wow, i remember just discovering this kid in atlanta. and it just happened overnight. >> what makes him unique. when you see him, he's le a little guy -- i tell you what it is. he's canadian. >> that must be it. did the president's daughters go crazy over him?
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>> the day they were definitely very instrumental in him being there, he actually sent them a really, really special gift. >> usher fragrance, i'm sure. >> i sent that for obama. president obama. >> what did you do to your finger? >> i jammed my finger and broke it, ladies and gelemen. >> we're sorry. >> hard work. i'm preparing for my next album. heavy in the studio dance rehearsing. >> to are the tour? >> yeah. >> where does this start out? >> you guys will be able to find out about that. usher world.com. >> thank you so much. we got a lot going on. wish you the best of luck. >> today i'm here talking about the fragrance. if you want to know more about the fragrance, go and google, search it, and vip is the name of it. >> usher, thank you. >> merry christmas. >> up next hoda and i try to catch up with big foot. it's not easy. another day at the office for us.
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♪ i saw mommy kiss santa claus ♪ now about the series. today gets odd. hoda and i decided we need something a lot more daring, take a look. >> in the woods of ohio, a dragnet, bigger than any local police department. a shakedown more intense than the fbi, a search party whose trail goes cold, again an again. this iso man! but it is a hunt for big foot. >> call him what you want, sa swatch. abominable snowman. we heard tales of a creature lurking in the deepest, darkest
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places of the world. is it real? is it hoax? even scientists say the evidence is hard to ignore. >> i've now accumulated over 200 specimens of footprints. it would be more incredible to suggest all of this footprint evidence has been fabricated. but centuries later. still no answer. but for some, the search go on. >> this is the location where, on -- in september, 24 years ago, 1985, that i spotted this creature. it walked through this field. made no secret that it was here. it was here one minute, and gone the next. >> done keating is a crypto zooologist. investigator of legendary animals but around here is a footer. >> don has been investigating sightings in 22 years, all of that time only two encounters. but don is in the right spot.
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sassquatch triangle. and salt lake state park is in the right area. >> there's a story of a ranger who saw a face in the window. he described it as looking like an ape-like creature. no, he does not work here any longer. >> sounds like there's an opening. wanted, two tough broads who aren't afraid of nothing. i said two tough broads who aren't afraid of -- oh, forget it. so we're going footin'. >> footin', that's what they call it. >> what does footin' mean? >> i heard of big foot, but you have big feet. >> shut up. put rudders on those things and let go. >> when you tell people you've dedicated your life to finding big foot. what do they say? >> they say i should be dedicated to something else.
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>> are you a married man? >> yes. >> what does your wife think of looking for foot? >> she backs me. backed me out of the house. >> she may have backed him out of the house. luckily it was this murky hollow. this is where it happened. >> you saw -- >> the eyes were bright and yellow, luminescent. they were definitely there and definitely watching us. >> so if we wanted, in this very spot whe you spotted big foot before. to attract big foot to us, what are some of the ways, techniques we can get to come here? >> one of the techniques we can use is what they call wood on wood. >> watch it, crazy. >> i love it. >> she's got the idea. >> and listen for a response. >> he'll knock too? >> yep. >> are you serious? >> now that you're yapping -- >> nothing. >> okay. that didn't work. so give us another technique. >> well, the other technique is
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a little more involved than wood on wood. that's what we call a yell. you look up into the woods and make a noise. >> ah! >> feeling like hot shots, we launched our own investigation. >> hoda? >> yeah. >> any sign of foot? >> i got nothing. how about you? >> nothing yet. >> i'm an optimist. if don can do it for 25 year, we can do it for 25 minute, hoda. >> oh, what's this? >> who needs don anyway. turns out we do. >> hurry, hurry get on it, don. >> what is that? >> you know what, that might be a small stick stack. >> tell us the importance -- >> why significant? >> the theory is behind a stick stack, they may actually do this for like a territorial marker. >> anything else in your
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arsenal? >> let me get back to you on that one. >> 25 years? >> we got wood on wood, and -- >> this is fast looking like a wasted life. tell us more. >> you got a point there. >> you got a point there. it's not over for you, is it, don? >> no, unfortunately it's not. >> what if bigfoot is round? >> there's always lock ness. >> oh, we are idiots. >> so bad. >> thank you, j.k. thank you for everybody involved. it was actually a beautiful day. but 25 years -- >> hello. tomorrow, al and anne are going train spotting.
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♪ we're back on this tuesday with more of "today." and the return of the nanny. 7 years ago. nanny diaries, hit america's book shelves. taking you inde super rich and super dysfunctional family, before it became a movie in 2007. >> in case you didn't get enough, of the exes or harvard hottie, they're back in "nanny returns" emma mclaughlin and nicola krause are the authors. >> good to see you ladies. >> were you writing things in between. but it's 12 years since the "nanny" why do you think it's
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time again? >> we had a vision of now 16 years old showing up on the nanny's doorstep in the dead of night. he found the rid yo tape. same scenes in the movie and standing there with it saying how could you leave me? >> he's in trouble. he needs her. >> he got nothing past that. >> did you guys think when the "nanny diaries" first came out it was very new york cenntric. did you think this was something people would enjoy? >> we didn't think our parents would read it. they said that's my daughter-in-law. people thought they had a mrs. x. in junts across the country. other people find their truth in it. >> you were both nanties at one point. >> years ago. years ago. >> do those people talk to you at all anymore? >> just the nice ones. >> those kids in college now.
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>> welcome to my world. >> lovely. >> you're expecting too, right? >> yes. >> eighth months along? >> looks like a big baby. >> you had a baby since the book, right? >> i haven't. we're having a lot of fun trying, though. >> good for you. i have writing partners as well. i love them dearly, they're brilliant people. but there are times when you disagree in the creative process. has that ever happened to the two of you? >> definitely. i think we've learned if there's something we are disagreeing on it's an area to work harder on. we really trust each other. i think that's something -- ten years in january. so we really -- one of us has to go you're done. >> you're so hormonal. you must be really difficult. >> it's warn her down. she's like all right. make it a person over here. >> when you saw the movie did you think it was true to the book? were you happy the way it was
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cast and the book was portrayed? >> the cast was incredible. there is a bus with my book on it. that's hard to wrap your head around. >> that's the best thing that can happen to you. >> this new one we think will be made into a film as well? >> we love for it to be. >> we should point out nanny returns where the book ends. it's a happy comedy. everything tied up with a bow. the book ended with everything up in the air. so "nanny returns" picks up there. >> if you haven't read the first book for those who aren't, could you go back to the second or those who start over? >> we have cliff note on the website if you want a fast fun refresher otherwise it's a stand alone story. >> when is the book coming out? >> today. it's happening. >> right now? >> yes. >> is there pressure? because the first one was such a home run? is there pressure when you ask, is there any pressure? >> i'm just curious.
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>> we didn't sleep last night. . we don't want to disappoint the readers, you know? you all think you're going to. you know it worked before. smart women and i'm sure you put even more of it into this one. >> best of luck, good luck with the book. >> when you're casting the new movie. >> you like to read an excerpt. >> it's on her website. >> talk about books up next the reads that make the perfect presents. >> this better be on the list. >> kitchen gadgets that make anyone want to cook maybe even hoda. >> why did you say maybe even me.
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and we are back with today's holiday gift al queda to wrap up the season. who better to give us suggestions and some best selling authors. first up tuesdays with mitch albom. he has a new book "have a little faith" he's here with his recommendations. what do you like reading, mitch? >> i picked fixz and nonfiction. this one here "crazy for the storm" an incredible story of a 11-year-old boy who survived the plane crash whose father did not. the minute you read that you have to keep going. this book was 1939. the men who woke the book "the little prince" actually was an aviator. and disappeared while he was
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flying his plane. this is from all of the things he saw from the plane and philosophy. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> "city of thieves" is a functional book of two russian soldiers one jewish, one christian. in world war ii in search of a dozen eggs to save their lives. a fascinating fictional story. this i picked as a classic. "a river runs through it." first book he ever wrote. one of the most beautifully written books about fly fishing, grace, philosophy. never sentence is inspiring. >> thank you. >> meantime al roker had a chance to talk about dan brown, author of da vinci code and dane gave al a couple suggestions. >> dan. we got your picks here. we're going to start with fiction, oldie but goody.
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>> 1897. bram stoker wrote a book he called "dracula." turned into a vampire craze that you can see at the top of the best seller list today. for anybody that's a vam tire fan this is where it started. >> you like john grisham's "ford coun county. >> i always liked him. there's something for everybody. >> and this is a short history of nearly everything. >> i'm a big van of science. most science books dry and tough to read. this is, without a doubt the most entertaining book anyone can read. >> high praise indeed. i know you're a tennis fan. did that have a chance of choosing the andre agassi in the open? >> there are a few superstars that tell it like it is. this is a time honest and at times heartbreaking story.
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it's a great one for anyone who thinks success comes easily or fame has no price. >> these are great four picks, anybody would do well to get these as a gift. thank you. >> all right. up next, mark russell. >> yep. >> she's the author of style and substance, also is the magazine's editor in chief. she has coffee table picks. i love coffee table -- >> i love books that you actually want to read and get into not just sit there and decorate. first is david hicks who is a british designer who turned deck raiding on his head in the '50s and '60s. packed with ideas. this is great gardens of america. 25 gardens in canada and america that are so beautiful. >> in the winter months to open a book like this and dream. >> really lush, beautiful. >> and restoring a house in the city is a marvelous book. packed with ideas. 21 real life renovations, anyone
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from houses, tips, design guide, glossary. >> it ain't easy. not easy at all. >> this book will guide you through that. >> and the private world is actually a book fort person who has everything. these two had everything. it's a treasure drove, houses in paris and morocco. amazing. >> excellent picks. thank you. >> wow. >> now on to jeff kinney known for wildly popular wimpy kid book series including the latest diary. "dog days" welcome. you have children's books. >> this series. by mo williams is wonderful. i think he's a genius, like the new dr. seuss. he uses language of comics in his book. >> this is for what age? >> really good for young readers and kids who can't read yet.
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>> this is just a great book. i recommended this not for high mindedness, in the ripley's believe it or not -- >> just for the picture on the front. >> this is the kind of book the kids will curl up with after all of the books. >> night fairs. >> it's so fascinating. his life is lone in unbelievable. ripleys. wow. this book is pure magic, when you reach me. it's a book about 1979 new york. but it also got time travel and when you finish reading it, you want to start it over and read it again. >> and this is a graveyard book which won piles of awards. he's a master of a dark fairy tale. >> we're not done. we have sandra lee from food network. hey, sandra, how are you? >> cookbooks are very popular to give and get. first one if you only have one
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book in your kitchen it would be the better homes and gordons -- >> that's the classic. >> this is the 14th edition. a thousand recipes of 800 voph o photos. break it down by cooking category. this is genius. next is for kids. sesame street cookbook. if you get kids in the kitchen shopping. they'll learn and eat better food. this is a pick for children. this is amazing, a flavor bible is not a recipe compilation. the are flavor combinations, if you like oranges or chic peas or fish. whatever gives you a perfect combination -- >> and there's essays in here as well. >> and lastly, one of the goddesses of cooking in christmas, sending christmas with jesus this year. this is her final cookbook. >> bless her heart. >> and this has the most amazing recipes called ten in this. ten recipes for all of your
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ingredients, 32 from steak, chops, pastas. >> we have one big reveal, the biggest for the end. all of the authors agreed upon, the favorite book of all time, the ckathie lee book. >> coming up we'll have the best gadgets from the kitchen after this. ♪
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we're back with today's holiday kitchen and stocking stuffers or the cook in your life. >> or the person you want to be the cook in your life. >> chris is the editor of "cook's" illustrated. host of "american kitchen." >> hello. these are great stocking stuffer gaets. >> with the oven mitt and you must have one. >> we get to talk eventually.
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>> this is really great. >> you have an oven mitt. you put them over flaps, this is new technology. >> yes, made of nomex. 450 degrees. >> i love how long it is. >> 15 inches, 12 inch, about 40 bucks. >> i like the measuring items you have for things not easy to measure. >> peanut butter. hard to get out. leave most of it in here. has just the thing, sort of like a hype poe determinic. it goes like that and you're all set. >> sort of. >> i also wanted a hype poe determinic needle. >> this is a big one. >> this is the measuring cup. problem is when you measure liquids, you get that meniscus, that funny line. >> meniscus, what is that? >> it's a small furry animal.
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>> i thought he was talking about his knees. >> m-e-n-i-s-c-u-s. it's called meniscus. lower line and top line. >> i didn't know what he was talking about. >> adjust it where you have it here. inside you fill it up to the little red -- >> okay. you said what you want outside and comes on the inside. all you needed to say. >> okay. these are cutting boards that stay where you want them to say. cutting board $15. it's a pain. throw it in the dishwasher, they come in different colors. >> that makes a lot of sense. >> don't you always have a cutting board? >> the big ones don't fit. >> i put everything in the dishwasher. >> all right. what do we have? >> maybe that's the problem. >> maybe that's where the last boyfriend ended up. >> our garlic -- >> you want to show the book
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again? >> no, no. >> never mind. go ahead. >> this is from janie oliver, it's $30. >> pepper corns, put a -- this is marble. heavy. it's like a golf ball. tying arer. never mind we're not going there. and we put this on and go like this, and it will crush. >> the ball does all of the work. >> take garlic and to do that. also make salad dressing, et cetera. >> this is the one you want. this is our -- this is a meat gun are you still with me here? >> a meat gun? this is like we're doing jerky. >> i'm sorry, but that looks like my -- never mind. >> it's unsightly, but i -- >> i'm sure they use it. >> we have about 20 seconds. take a pint, two cups of heavy cream. this is called the liss,
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l-i-s-s. it automatically whips -- >> don't do it. don't do that. >> she can't. >> we got to go, chris. >> stop showing the meat -- >> that's disgusting. >> we're showing the book.
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so happy that so many people get enjoyment out of giving this time of year. >> because of people such as elita friedman from ugly dolls. our toy drive is a tremendous success. >> thank you so much. >> i can't believe what a hit these ugly dolls are, by the way. i'm saying, they are hideous. >> how many are you giving away? >> we're giving away 10,000 ugly dolls this year. >> this is the seventh year. the donations, i think we are close to $1 million.
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>> elita friedman is doing all right. baby. >> are you surprised how well these things sell? it's pretty incredible when you think about it. >> people say ugly, answer the phone, ugly doll. this is super positive. we need super positivity and optimism right now. this is over the top and crazy. having fun. >> it's loveable. >> tnk you so much. thank you so much. >> we are still shipping out toys to needy children. if you want to leave a toy. go to the website at klg and hoda.com to find out how you can give. >> coming up -- >> what is coming up? we're going home. we'll see you tomorrow. go out and make it an awesome day. iñ oñiñ
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