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good morning. get it done. president obama calls out congress to strike a deficit reduction deal during a feisty news conference. >> if you know you have to do something, just do it. >> could his tough words end up backfiring with republicans. one of the top advisors. tearful testimony, casey anthony's father breaks down on the stand and admits he tried to commit suicide. what she said to the judge. and royal road trip where will they go, who will they
meet? and, of course, what will she wear? we're live on their first stop today, june 30, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. so the president is headed to philadelphia today which is a good idea to get out of washington for a couple of hours because he gave congress a pretty good tongue lashing on wednesday. >> no kidding. the president rebuked congress for taking recesses instead of tackling legislation to turn around the economy. john boehner fired back. the latest in a live report straight ahead. >> a major development in the appeals trial of amanda knox, review of critical evidence used to convict her in the first
trial has deemed unreliable. at a's news that brought amanda's mother to tears. >> did you see these pictures? flight delays are nothing new. look at this. you're looking at turtles, lots of them. what were they doing on the tarmac? we're going to tell you coming up. >> you know what the snail said when he was riding on the turtle. wee! all right, let's head to the newsdesk. natalie standing by with the headlines. >> love that joke. good morning, everyone. as the battle near tof the flamr the los alamos nuclear reactor, the air is being monitored for radiation. >> five days after the fire broke out, it remains largely uncontained. firefighters do say the preventive burns set up around the perimeter do seem to be working.
the battle against the raging wild fire is now being fought in the sky. helicopters dropped water on hot spots, the epa brought in a radiation detecting plane and air samples were checked for toxins that might have been released from the lab. >> there's no additional material in the sample from lab activities or waste management activities. to me, that's encouraging news. >> smoke billowing in to the sky was the work of preventive burns, igniting brush, trees, and grass to ignite the wild fire of its fuel. >> they're still in the thick of it and told nbc news the evacuation order may not be lifted until after the holiday weekend. that means the lab could stay closed just as long. >> it's sad that we had to evacuate whole town sites and shut down a lab.
we haven't lost a life, we had no injuries. we're going to keep it that way. >> oh and yet the crews are exhausted. some working around the clock and determined to stay at it. >> conditions like this with the fuels and if the wind stays down, we'll be able to start getting the containment numbers up. >> it's very windy here, and firefighters say that's the biggest obstacle they're dealing with. natalie. >> we wish them a lot of luck there today. los alamos, new mexico. thank you. the senate votes on president obama's nomination for general david patreaus to take the helm at the cia. he's expected to be easily confirmed. today marks robert gates' last day at the post. he'll be replaced by leon panetta. june is the deadliest month in three years for u.s. troops in iraq after three american soldiers were killed in an attack on wednesday. the war ended in august of 2010. 14 u.s. troops have been killed in combat so far this month
alone. head to wall street where the market saw some gains on wednesday after the austerity plan passed in greece. amanda drury is at the stock exchange. good morning. the market has been up for three straight days. however, the day is the day that the federal reserve will end the $600 billion bond buying program to help stock prices and keep ininterest rates low. what happens now. if you'll fly on old rattly planes. good news american airlines is negotiating with airplane makers boeing and air bus to replace an entire domestic fleet with 250 brand spanking new planes. back to you, natalie. >> they all had tvs on the back of the seats. >> oh, yes. >> thank you. southwest airlines pilot whose shocking cockpit rant caught on tape has apologized to his employees. captain james taylor wrote a
letter regretting his insensitive comments and their impact. his microphone accidentally turned on mid march airing his slurs against gay, and overweight co-workers. he was temporarily suspended. >> appreciate that. mr. roker has the fist look at the atlantic. tropical storm arlene. never making quite a hurricane. right now it's 60 miles southeast of tampico, mexico, moving west at nine. bring rain, mudslides. some rain making its way into extreme southern texas. brownsville seeing showers and thunderstorms. risk of strong storms from denver, fargo, possibility of large hail and damaging wind gusts. that's the worst weather we've got across the country. that's what we're looking at around the u.s. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. sunny and cool around the region on this thursday morning.
final day of june. starting off with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. later today mid and upper 80s, sun, low humidity, more of the same friday. more humid over the weekend. saturday hazy sunshine, humidity builds, high lows 90s. might get a passing thunder shower saturday night. fourth of july, partly cloudy, less humid, highs around and that's your latest weather. matt? now to washington where from president obama called out congress to act on a range of issues in a news conference that got testy at times. chuck todd is nbc's chief white house correspondent. he's at the white house this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. on the issues ranging from taxes, the debt ceiling, even libya, president obama issued a blistering critique of republicans in congress. and essentially in blunt terms said it's time to step up and stop complaining.
>> call me naive, but my expectation is that leaders are going lead. >> with the august 2 deadline for a debt deal looming, president obama delivered a blunt message to congress. >> they're in one week, they're out one week. you need to be here. i've been here. i've been doing afghanistan and bin laden and the greek crisis and -- you stay here. let's get it done. >> this week, it's the house in recess and the senate in session. the president ramped up the rhetoric on taxes, pushing back on the notion that he's for raising taxes on everyone. >> the tax cuts i'm proposing we get rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, tax breaks for oil companies, and hedge fund managers, and corporate jet owners. >> visibly frustrated, mr. obama held open the congress in
washington to reach a deal to cut the deficit and raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit. he challenged law makers to quit procrastinating. >> maleah and sasha generally finish homework a day ahead of time. they're not waiting for the night before. they're not pulling all neegters. congress can do the same thing. if you have to do something, just do it. >> john boehner issued a sharp response accusing the president to be awol adding his administration has been burying our kids in new debt taking on no spending. taking on another sensitive target, the president who held the gay rights event stopped short of fully endorsing gay marriage. >> not going to make news on that today. good try, though. >> he steered clear of any talk. at the same time the president
was speaking. >> i need your support for the election. in south carolina, congresswoman michelle bachmann now trailing only romney in many polls accused the press of latching on to fake tension between her and former alaska governor sarah palin. >> they want to see two girls come together and have a mud wrestling fight. and i'm not going to give it to them. because i have great respect and admiration for the governor. >> now senate democrats are responded to the president's call to stay in town. they're going to cut short their july 4 recess next week and come back to work a little sooner. we will see if house republicans do the same. matt? chuck todd, thank you very much. david plough is a senior advisor to president obama. good morning. >> thanks for having me. >> talk about the raising the debt ceiling. the spoke about it quite often and urged congress to act before the august 2 deadline.
that's artificial by john boehner. even tim geithner has changed the date where he thinks we'll reach the debt ceiling. is august 2 a real date or a ploy to force action. >> it's a real date, matt. let's start at what's at issue here. these are bills that congress has racked up over the years that they put on a credit card. these aren't spending in the future. america meets it obligation to pay the bills. it would be deeply irresponsible. if we default, if the united states of america duh not pay the bills, it would have catastrophic indications on the economy. >> i unthat. but if the president and congress get close to a deal, something that the president feels he might be a i believe to sign on to, but all of the is aren't dotted and the ts aren't crossed by august 2, will the deadline not be extended. >> the treasury secretary said
august 2 is the date. they're going to offer additional guidance tomorrow or next week. there's little debate that that's not going to change. we're in the danger zone now. the president's point yesterday was there are differents. we don't think you should reduce the deficit by asking seniors to pay more on medicare costs or cutting research and education too deeply. but there are areas of common ground. the president pointed out that families and their businesses have to make difficult choices every day. both parties have to get out of their comfort zone. we're not going to get everything we want and the republicans won't get everything they won't. >> let's talk about the wording that the president said. he talked about wanting to raise taxes not on the middle class but on millionaires and billionaires and on six separate occasions he said on corps jet owners. the tax cuts for the people who own corporate jets don't amount
to all that. they're a drop in the bucket. is he trying to paint the republicans a tz party of the rich? is he trying to draw the lines of class warfare here? >> not at all, matt. what the president wanted to illustrate is are we going to raise taxes on the american people or not? the president spent the last few years cutting taxes. the kind of revenue we're talking about is corporate jet owners, millionaires, billionaires need to do their part. so the question here is are we going to have balance. every inagadependent observer s we have to have cuts in the package. cuts in pentagon spending, health care, entitlements and you look at the revenue of the wealthiest. if you do that, we can have a balanced package here. this is not just a numbers exercise. this is important for our
economy. the president believes that a significant deficit reduction package would be one of the smartest things to do to make sure the economy tepds to grow. >> democrats spent a lot of time reminding americans that the president inherited abeconomy in disastrous shape. do you agree with the head of the dnc who says 2 1/2 years, this president owns it economy. and if you agree, why should americans feel good about that ownership? >> listen, these economic problems didn't happen overnight. particularly relates to the middle class, this has been happening for a long time. they're not going to be solved overnight. and the recession we just went through, which was the worst our country specioused exce rry exp the great depression. there were policies related to that. the president is trying to focus on things like education, innovation, fiscal discipline, so we never have an experience like that again. so the person lease satisfied
about the economy today is president obama. >> he owns this economy? >> of course he does. but the american people understand that we -- it took us a long time to get to this mess, it's going to take time to come out. we're making progress. we're not making progress quickly enough. there are things that we can do right now to help the economy. we can pass trade deals to increase our exports, patent reform to allow the innovators to bring the ideas to market more quickly. there's things that congress ought to do right now. we've got to throw everything at this. the economy is not growing quickly enough for enough americans. >> david plough. thank you much. now ann. amanda knox scored what appears to be a key victory. two court officials deemed some dna evidence case unreliable. we have the details this
morning. >> this is the breakthrough that amanda knox was dreaming of. an independent analysis shows there's not enough of her dna on the murder we on the to convict her and the little that was found is unreliable. from desperation to celebration. in two days, what a roller coaster for amanda knox since she appeared in court on monday. her defense had called for an independent analysis of the dna evidence that played the biggest role in convicting her. the report was presented to the judge and leaked. >> 146 pages that amanda knox hopes it will get her out of the jail. >> the dna expert said there isn't enough dna to see if a man fathered a child, let alone to send someone to jail for 26
years. it does not prove that the kitchen knife was the murder weapon. and the report says the dna testing does not measure up to international standards and it may have been contaminated. knox's mother explained what happened when she heard the news with her lawyer and priest. >> they were hugging and singing and he said you could see the light turned back on in her eyes and you could see she was bothiboth i breathing for the first time in 3 1/2 year. >> then you cry? >> i cried. the light in amap da's eyes has been kind of dim. so to hear that, it still makes me cry, yeah. >> tear of joy? >> absolutely. absolutely. >> the victim's lawyer said he'll object to the report.
now will they accept the findings or order more tests. we should know by the end of july. then her family hopes to announce that amanda knox may be able to go home a free person. ann? >> all right. an interesting development. martin fletcher this morning. it is now 7:17, here's matt. you may have heard a little bit about this. william and catherine are beginning their visit today. the duke and duchess left for an 11-day overseas tour. ben fogle made the first stop on that trip, ottawa, canada. good to see you again, good morning. >> good morning, matt, good morning, everyone. all eyes are on this young couple. what will they say? what will they do? what will kate be wearing? they kick off the tour here in ottawa, canada.
>> reporter: six the day they married, the royal couple has rarely left the spotlight. from the wowing at wimbledon, to honoring the military. and thanks to kate's flare for fashion, she's making headlines at every turn. >> what's really modern about the way that kate dresses is the fact that she mixes very high-end designers with hyde street designers. that's a modern approach in terms of where fashion is today. >> interest in the modern world couple has hit fever pitch in canada. preparations are under way in ottawa as record numbers are expected to turn out to welcome the duke and duchess of cambridge. the canadian moka nad yacanadia escort the royals. >> will you get reenergize? >> are you looking forward to being a successful and wonderful visit and we're all quite
excited to see how the day unfolds. they're a really wonderful young couple who are going to be a great future for the royal family. >> do you think kate middleton might be able to take any influence on her dress from your mounties uniform? >> maybe a few. if she likes the color red, that might be about all that i think. it's not the most elegant for a lady. but i'm sure the color red, she'd look spectacular in anything. >> so what will kate wear? she hired a personal shopper for the big trip. her first time in both canada and the united states. women throughout canada say she's a role model. >> there's speculation. dress, pants, perhaps a skirt? will she wear a maple leafs' shirt? probably not. she'll look fantastic. >> she always looks nice. this is a surprise -- what she's going to wear and everything. nice to see. >> and kate's sister, pippa, an
overnight sensation was spotted at wimbledon with her boyfriend of the year striking down reports that she was back on the market and not on the way to becoming a duchess himself after reports that she was seeing earl percy who will one day himself be a duke. so now all eyes will be on the duchess and william who like his grandmother will one day be the head of state here as king of canada. that's the queen's face. the queen is part of the commonwealth, she's the queen here. something that often divided the nation. but recently, a poll suggested that 2/3 of canadians feel more connected to the royal family than ever before. so the future for the royal family for now at least in canada looks bright and william himself will one day be on the money. matt, back to you. >> dan, thank you very much.
ben fogle in ottawa for us this morning. by the way, when they get to california, cooking for them at an event. she'll be here later this morning to tell us what's on the menu. >> we'll be able to taste some of the things. ps, i hope the royal flight won be delayed like the one that some passengers experienced on jfk international airport. 150 diamond back terrapin turtles decided to walk across the tarmac. >> they were headed to the beach to lay eggs. they used one of the runways to get there. flights were delayed while the turtles were rounded up.
>> said, no, full speed ahead. would have been instant trouble this morning. >> they had 5,000. at twitter, they have an @jfkturtles today. >> coming up, casey anthony speaks at the murder trial for the first time and her father tears up on the stand. and savannah guthrie and star jones take on this. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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the latest on that. >> the emotions running high again with the casey anthony trial with her father back on the stand. kerry sanders is live in orlando this morning. hey, kerry, good morning. >> it should come as no surprise that george anthony offered no support of his daughter's claim that caylee accidentally drowned in the back yard swimming pool. that's because casey's defense attorneys claim george anthony helped to orchestrate an elaborate cover-up and w able to do so after years of allegedly sexually abusining hi daughter. >> reporter: george anthony was in tears. wednesday was the fifth time on the stand in a trial that's lasted 31 days so far. >> need to leave the stand? >> no, sir, i need to get through this.
i need to have something inside of me get through this. >> reporter: his daughter held an icy stare as he talked about the love for 2-year-old caylee. prosecutors claim casey murdered caylee. >> something happened to caylee, she's no longer with us and casey was the last one i saw with caylee. one and one adds up to two, sir, in my mind, and no matter how you're trying to spin it, i'm upset because my grand daughter is missing. i don't know where she's at. was i upset and falling apart? absolutely. my family was torn apart. and for you to say that i was doing something wrong, sir, you're wrong. >> casey's lawyers claim that george anthony began sexually molesting his daughter since she was 12 years old and because of that held unusual influence over her. george's addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs, her
remains found in the the woods. >> i tried to take my life. >> but the prosecution seized on that attempt. >> someone opened the door and mr. ashton is trying to walk through it. >> jeff ashton read from a three-page suicide note. words written by george. >> she was so close to home. why was she there? who placed her there? why is she gone? why? >> reporter: that note, the prosecutor claims, is proof, george, who denies any abuse of casey held no deep family secrets and had no involvement in an accidental drowning. >> you no longer believe that your grand daughter die in the custody of someone other than your daughter? >> objection. >> sustained. >> a question not answered, like so many circumstances in this murder case. >> myself, my daughter, and god knows the truth. >> and for the first time in this trial, casey anthony has
spoken, just a few words when asked if she agreed with her lawyer and the opinion that florida death penalty is unconstitutional. >> i can answer that one. >> okay? >> i agree with ms. phinell. >> those may be the only words we hear or she may take the stand. when the defense finishes its case which is expected to be later this afternoon. ann? >> kerry sanders this morning. thanks. star joans a former prosecutor and former co-host of "the view," savannah guthrie is the legal correspondent, good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> did he do the defense any favors yesterday? >> absolutely not. the defense attorney did the greatest job in rehabilitating a witness i've ever seen, but he wasn't supposed to. he called the guy a child molesting baby disposed come
police it in her death man into a groveling grand father. >> sifrp theting grandfather who only had sympathy for the man on the stand. the defense attorney doubles down on his testimony saying i know it was the smell of human decomposition in that trunk. the father of the defendant saying there's a dead body in the trunk, essentially. there was a point he said there was a time i thought she wasn't guilty. hangs in the courtroom. but he didn't say it but that was the clear implication. >> the worst was opening the door to get the suicide note in. that's something that the prosecution would have never been able to get in because it was so self-serving. >> they blew it. >> blow it is pretty good. >> we had casey glaring at her father while he's weeping on the stand talking about her daughter. what explains that? >> obviously he's not saying
what the defense wants him to say. but she's still his daughter. >> i believe there's a little bit of jealousy going on. i think casey anthony was the center of attention in her family. all of a sudden, when caylee came in, all of the attention focused on that baby. >> but it's dangerous. a woman who has no poker face whatsoever. i don't think jurors are as fixated on her expressions as we are, they doan have the cable flip screen, she's giving her father the death glare at the moment he's falling apart on the stand over grief about her daughter and the grief expert giving vague testimony about how people grieve and she's pouring tears down. it doesn't make any sense. >> it done make any sense to you. if she's glaring at her father because she feels a sense of jealousy, what do you think the
tearing up in the grief counselor? >> it shows a little bit of narcissism on her part. that when someone is testifying about her pain, her suffering, that she will be emotional. but when the pain and suffering is about caylee, she's got a poker face. that's not how a grieving mother should react. and the grief counselor didn't help. >> given this, does it mean that there's a greater chance that she should take the stand? what else does the defense have in their back pocket? >> i think the defense is in a difficult position. they know they put her on the stand. the prosecutor spent days ripping her to shreds. they will walk her through every single lie. they'll play the tapes all over again. they'll be able to retry their case through her. >> give it another week, i can guarantee you that, if she goes on the stand. it will not end by fourth of july. >> how do they get the allegations of her being
sexually abused, her side of the story, how do they get to the trial if she done take the stands. >> i can't wait to find out if river cruise or cruise river -- >> the alleged mistress of george anthony. we don't know whether or not she'll testify. to be continued. thanks so much for your perspective. much more coming up, including a check of the weather from al. today's weather is brought to you by chevy -- every model is backed by 100,000 miles, five-year power train limited warranty. good morning, everybody. a beautiful morning in new york. but they still have to worry about flooding out in missouri. this is in the power plant. it's a nuclear power plan. and it's in plat county, missouri. 40 employees there have been sent home the missouri river near atchison, 32.2 feet wednesday. they're going to be shutting down parts of the plant. they're not shutting it down,
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assignment as there is, michelle, good morning. >> i don't want to brag, but yes, it is another royal wedding. are you ready? an ultra stylish monaco, playground and tax haven to the rich and famous seems like money is no object here. this is estimated to be costing around $70 million. how is that possible. it's not without serious controversy. no, it won't be on the global scale of case big day back in april. but tiny monaco will celebrate prince albert and his chic bride to be in grand military style. 38 crown heads are expected to saunter in, plus fashion king giorgio armani, carl lauger felt, nick lai sarkozy, naomi campbell, even roger moore may be a guest of the jet-setting
royal couple. >> i think those are similarities between the people here and the people of south africa, so, i don't know, bring some barbecuing back here. >> charlene at 33 is 30 years younger than her prince, a former olympic swimmer who left school at 16 to compete. the daughter of a photo copy salesman, she started playing albert. moved to a small apartment near the palace and waited. she's had to live up to constant scrutiny and comparison, albert's mother, of course, was the beloved princess grace whose beautiful wedding to prince rennier is still iconic. she's endured snooty sniping, princess barbie, and whether speculation over whether the prince, 53, would ever propose. and days before the wedding, a mysterious cloud lingered or
even broke. it started when a french news magazine reported that a week ago, charlene, a young woman with big royal shoes to fill got cold feet and made a run for it. ♪ nowhere to run to >> the magazine standing by the source claiming she bought a ticket home, and the palace authorities convinced her to stay, something the palace flatly denies and the public made a public appearance looking okay. >> the issues of the two illegitimate children he's had and with a's precipitated this is the rumors -- the alleged rumors of another love child. >> prince albert known for his many girlfriends has two children out of wedlock with a former flight attendant and american tourist. they cannot inherent the throne. a child by a married albert and charlene would. nothing is going to dull the
sparkle, the ruler tying the knot at last. and now, all smiles. so today the french news magazine said three sources have confirmed their story while an aide to prince albert calls it all malicious, revoting, ugly, jealous rumors. but the wedding will go on. starting tomorrow, the eagles will play in the concert. saturday is the big religious ceremony followed up with a good old-fashioned white tie ball, matt? speaking of the royals, just ahead, jeta delaurenis reveals what she'll be cooki ining for william and katherine. but first these messages. [ male announcer ] and just like that, it's here. a new chance for all of us:
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we have 70 degrees outside right now at 7:56 here in the nation's capital. good morning, i'm joe krebs on this thursday, 30th and final day of june. in the news4 today, arson investigation in falls church, fairfax county, someone set fire to several cars in a gated community in fairfax county. this is along george c. marshall drive. three cars are destroyed. we'll take a break and lo
midafternoon, lots of sun, low humidity, a breeze out of the northwest. and then tomorrow more of the same. and then saturday increased humidity. maybe a storm saturday evening. and hotter. hotter on sunday, too, into the mid 90s and humid, partly cloudy. partly cloudy fourth of july, around 90. danella, how's traffic? >> traveling i-66 heading east in virginia, you are slow. it's going to be stop and go for you as you head from the bypass towards the beltway. let's take a live look now. this is i-66 at suddenly road. lanes are open. it's stop and go as you make this commute. also want to show you this here, south cap street, this is in d.c., it is jammed. joe, back to you. >> danella, thanks very inch. another update in 25 minutes. somebody help! [ gasps ] my hero!
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plaza. >> i'm with matt lauer now. roker -- we'll be talking about will and kate's north american tour. >> they started today, left great britain this morning, on to canada and on to the united states a little later on. what's cool i think is our very own chef is going to be cooking for the royal couple at an upcoming lunch. she's in the studio this morning. she. >> -- she's going to reveal what's on the menu. >> she's not preparing for us. >> she's cooking for us before she cooks for -- >> we're the again nooe pigs. >> the canaries in the coal mine. >> a surprising number of people at home suffer. they're alcoholics but high functioning alcoholics. and the woman who's a
high-functioning alcoholic has written a book about it that will hopefully open the eyes of the rest of us and give some of the rest of us the help we need. >> hopefully we can. jenna bush is going to come by as she continues on her "america the beautiful" tour. her next stop is in her home state of texas. she's going to show her home's natural beauty. >> she'll know what it's about. >> go inside. natalie is standing by at the newsdesk to check in with all of the headlines. we begin with the investigation of a coast-to-coast airport security breach. a man from nigeria was able to board a virgin flight from jfk airport last friday and fly to los angeles without valid identification and using an expired boarding pass in someone else's name. he was detained when he tried to return to l.a.x. and tried to board a delta flight to atlanta also without a boarding pass or
id. the man was carrying ten expired boarding passes. the tsa responded if the man was subject to the same physical screening as other passengers. president obama is raising the stakes at the budget battle at congress at the news conference on wednesday. he said raising the taxes on the wealthy must be part of any plan. with the recess approaching, he told his lawmakers to stop leaving washington and get the deal done. republicans countered that the president is burying future generations in new debt without a plan to control spending. the obama administration was victorious wednesday on the first federal appeals court ruling on the president's health care overhaul. the president can require americans to carry a minimum amount of health insurance. tucson-shooting suspect jared loughner will be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs after
a judge refused to block the order. he was found guilty for the wounding of six people and the murder of others. he could be prosecuted if his condition improves. brian williams coming up to want on "nbc nightly news." brian? natalie, good morning, coming up here tonight, this was inevitable now, americans get to take a look and claim them as their own. the duke and duchess of cambridge, will and kate visiting north america. join in the coverage when we see you tonight previewing their visit. back to you. now for a look at what's trending on today, a quick roundup of what you're talking about on-line. an outbreak in twitter after the ruling on wednesday that avastin, the top selling cancer drug is not safe or effective for breast cancer. if the fda blocks it approval, avastin will be available but
insurance companies would stop paying for the costly treatment. justin timberlake is one of the investors buying myspace from rupert murdock's news corporation. it's down from the $580 million price tag six years ago. twitter can bring a turtle out of its shell. the turtle were trying to cross a runway to lay eggs on a beach have their own twitter account with thousands of human followers. 8:05, check in with al on the , we've got nice folks here. this guy looks like our camera guy, jimmy. can you take your hat off for a sec? >> mitch. >> dead ringer four our jimmy. look at this guy, wow. hey now! we like that. very nice. let's check your weather, see what's happening. we'll show you pick city today,
mobile, alabama. nbc 15, afternoon storms, 95 degrees. look for that weather. you can see tropical storm arlene has come on shore in mexico. rain in extreme southern texas today. we're also looking at beautiful weather here in the east. a risk of strong storms making their way from the dakotas and the upper plains into the northern rockies. beautiful day in much of california today. temperatures in mid-60s. central california, 80s, as you get into the south. dangerous rip currents along the gulf coast of texas. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. after a cool start, warming up quickly now, bright sunshine near 70 degrees throughout much of the region. and it will continue to climb into the 80s later today, low humidity, sun, northwest breeze around 5 to 15. tomorrow more of the same. over the weekend, more hooumds and hotter, too. saturday might get a passing thunderstorm. here's a look at the fourth of
july. on monday, partly cloudy, near 90, less humid. should be good weather for fun and festivities and the firewo and that's your latest weather, ann? thank you so much. will and kate are launching their north american tour. have we mentioned that, by the way? we'll be walked through what will be cooked for them in california coming up. that's right after this.
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back today, cooking with gia drk arc. prince willi will and kate head to canada. where giada delaurenti is will be cooking for the couple. >> i was playing polo one day. i was so good at it. someone saw me playing polo and -- >> explain how this came about. >> just pulling your leg. it's so early. no, i was in a long list of i'm sure many talented chefs and i got lucky. my number got picked. >> i haven't slept for a long time. do i look that bad. >> are you nervous? >> i've never cooked for royalty before. this is exciting and i hope that i'll hit it out of the park. >> four dishes. how many people are you serving at this lunch. >> 3600. >> whoa!
>> oh, an intimate little gathering. >> i have a vip lunch for 600 and general public for 3,000. >> get to the appetizer. how easy is this. >> frozen peas defrost in the food processor, okay? garlic, you want to help? guess not, you'll sit and watch. that's too early to cook? >> they didn't ask me to cook for them, giada, they asked you. >> parmesan cheese. >> olive oil? >> a little olive oil. >> and put the lid on. >> you can do that. >> there we go and -- >> make it like that. you turn it to this. >> you put it here where you grilled and you top it here. here, i'll make you one. >> a lot to get to. i'll make the rest of this. go on to ann. that is delicious. >> this is -- >> you're saying you really like this one. i'm so glad you thought of me in making this. because it's called a beef
tenderloin with basil curry. >> like you, that's why we picked it for you, ann. a tenderloin steak started as a christmas meal for you. you cook it off, slice it thin. you take a little free style, a thin one, you can mix that, we have paprika here, some curry, salt, pepper, mix that all together and -- >> makes a pretty color. >> beautiful. her and you put a piece -- a slice of the meat on top. >> just like that. >> it's pretty and mixed and -- >> you dollop. you need a little more than >> but okay. >> really quickly, i show you a little bit on the bottom. >> a little bit on the bottom, a little bit on the top. like that. you put a little cilantro to garnish. >> when you make 3600 of those. >> actually, i have a great
team, a great caterer, and a great events staff. >> the guinea pigs. >> okay, moving on. you can have the whole platter. >> yes, a lasagna. i have to give them italian. the idea is to give them a california appeal. the tiffany blue linens and the white flowers. white flowers on the box. a little bit of giada. individual ones, portion control, portion size. two pieces of lasangna, pasta that you cook. and i form a little x on the bottom of the ramikans. this is a sweet corn filling, cheese, basil, fresh corn. >> are you going to get to meet them? >> well, a girl can only hope, right? >> are you practicing your courtesy and all of that too? >> i'm taking a class and making food for 3600, so i'm kind of busy. you fold these two over, put a little bit more.
>> put a little bit more. >> and then you top with a little bit more. it's not enough. and there -- you bake the cheese. the asparagus. you've got to try it. >> everybody's favorite. >> exactly. >> chocolate is my favorite. you're going to make these -- these are taragon merlot truffles? >> yeah, i was thinking a little red wine to make it elegant and very california. chocolate, we've got to do that, and it's just a little bite because we're under the hot sun. and a little merlot melted chocolate. heavy cream. put it together, put it in the fridge. >> they're unbelievably good. >> they're very close. >> and go like that and you can kind of use a fork and cover it
up. >> no spin in this this morning. >> it's her spin? >> and everyone try them. it's expensive look at the platter and go, what? >> i want to hold this for later. >> reminds me of south park. >> "saturday night live," right? >> hey, good luck. >> the great team i'm not worried about it. >> are you wearing a hat. i'm looking at a feel. no feathers, though. >> they are going to love this. >> great one. >> delicious. >> she takes a trip to her national treasure in her native message, but first, these messages.
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back now at 8:19, more than 17 million americans abuse or are dependent on alcohol. it can be especially difficult for young mothers who on the outside appear to be successfully juggling their kids, running a house hold and a career. but in some cases, they secretly rely on alcohol to get through their days, here's one woman's emotional journey. >> each day was a juggling act -- take care of max, write newspaper stories, clean house, cook. at 5:00 p.m., i would grab a bottle of wine and reward myself for pulling off another day even though i didn't feel like i was doing anything well. >> brenda lived like this on and off for eight years before admitting she was an alcoholic. more than 5 million women in the u.s. abuse or are dependent on alcohol. >> every morning i woke up with a hangover, ease myself out of
bed, tell myself i wasn't going to drink that day, go to the gym, put out the booze, do whatever i planned to do. >> she wrote a journal entry in her recovery and evolved into a blog and make up a new book -- >> by 3:00, the hangover was gone. watch the clock on the stove. and at 5:00 p.m., i'd grab my martini shaker. after polishing off a couple of stiff ones, i would sit down with my family for dinner and share a bottle of wine with my husband. i cleaned up, i'd open another bottle of wine. help max with his homework, sit down on the couch and wake up at 3:00 in the morning with informercials on the tv. my life was ticking by. >> i was about to make the leap from heavy drinker to alcoholic. >> it's striking a nerve. >> i love that she wrote about people who show that you don't have to hit rock bottom. you don't have to lose everything in your life to be an alcoholic. >> i never planned on being an alcoholic, it's one day it hit
me that i was. and i knew for years that i had a problem. tried to control it on my own. just couldn't do it. >> brenda will zorn is now with us. we're happy to report she's been sober for more than eight years. her new book is called "diary of an alcoholic housewife" and sara allen benson is the author of understanding a high-functioning alcoholic breaking the cycle and finding hope. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> brenda, like a lot of us when we're young, you drank like a lot of us, you know, drinking may be too much. but something changed for you that compounded this for you when you became a mother. what was it, exactly? you put your finger on it? >> i felt very isolated. i had a rich social life before i became a mother. and as much as i loved being a mother and i loved being home with my baby, i felt isolated, i
was not having adult conversations very much anymore. i was at home. i was one of the first of my friends to have a child. everyone else's life is going on as before. everybody is going out and having a good time. and i was at home and my husband was working, going out with his friends. and i was at home. >> as a way to self-medicate that loneliness? a way to have your own little party? what was -- >> both. self-medication, lonelynd, having a little party. i was doing a juggling act between my son and working as a free lance writer and it was the way i rewarded myself. >> you became pregnant the second time and there was a purpose to having a child behind becoming pregnant? >> sadly, i was admitted to get
sober, i knew in the back of my head i really owned it. but one of the reasons i decided to get pregnant the second time around i knew i'd stop drinking. the son, the child you had was pretty much a partner in the move now to this -- he was a gift in that way. >> he was a gift. >> well, you know you understand this in all that you've written about and also in your own experience. what is it about these high-functioning alcoholics that allows them -- i suppose i'm answering my question -- to continue -- to continue for years. >> that functioning is a curse. it allows someone to continue with their drinking beyond those with had lots of the family and house. there's a justification -- my life isn't falling apart. i deserve this drink. i doan have a problem because so
many people associate alcoholism with the image of the homeless man on the street. >> can i tell you something? early on i remember being a mother and feeling isolation. i had so many friends who said the same thing or they'd call it -- mama's little -- mother's little helper. do you -- have you been able to reach other moers, other women who talk about this as a specifically vulnerable time? >> definitely. i've had many conversations now that my book has come out, people in my community, mothers that have children who go to school with my children who have approached me and i've had some very intimate conversations with them as a result where they're worried about their drinking. >> you say if someone listening now feels he or she is craving -- has trouble controlling intake, thinks obsessively about drinking. think behaviors are uncharacteristics of their sober
selves, where they repeat their patterns willingingly or unwillingingly, they should go and see -- >> it's important to tell some>> thank you, sara. thank you brenda. 8:26 is your time now. 70 degrees. a beautiful summer day, enjoy it while it lasts. tom will have your summer forecast after the news. good morning, i'm eun yang. it's thursday, june 30th, 2011. in the news4 today, wife of former prince georges county jack johnson expected to plead guilty to federal corruption charges. a plea hearing for leslie johnson scheduled for 10:00. charged with felony obstruction of justice for destroying evidence the day she and her husband were arrested in november. we'll take a break.
tomorrow, pitbull, live with marc anthony, t-pain and ne-yo. one cool concert. the summer concert series only on today on nbc. ♪ one two three four >> 8:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 30th and last day of june, 2011. that means the fourth of july weekend is just about upon us. that means we're going to plant something special to kick it off
before that. we have an incredible summer concert out on the plaza. we've got pitbull taking the stage but this sounds like four separate concerts rolled in to one. along with pitbull, we have marc anthony, t-payne and ne-yo. all on one stage. all going to be performing. it's going to be an amazing show. if you're in the area, get down and get down early. it's going to be a big here. coming upping more of our series on america the beautiful. >> jenna bush hager taking us around one of most beautiful places in america. this morning headed to her home turf deep in the heart of texas to explore the stunning views of big ben national park. >> if you're looking for a cheaper option for summer vacation, you might want to think about swapping homes with another family. it's a growing trend.
we're going to show you how it works. and the safety concerns you need to think. folks are doing this. >> good way to save money. >> a lot of big blockbuster movies out this weekend. which new hollywood releases are worth your time money? we'll get honest reviews and opinions from two moms who have watched lots of movies, two moms and a movie. >> al, a check of the weather? >> all righty. let's see what's looking for your july 4th weekend. tomorrow, slight risk of storms in the plains. sunny, hit or miss thunderstorms. saturday, we've got warm weather up and down the east coast. gulf coast, showers and thunderstorms. slight risk through the ohio river valley. sunday we've got sizzling weather throughout the country. a few showers in the pacific northwest. on july 4th, for your fourth of july fireworks, showers in the southeast, into the mid-mississippi river valley, sizzling through the southwest. sunny and warm in the northeast. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your
neck of the woods. >> another gorgeous morning under way. climbing into the 70s later today into the 80s. sun, low humidity, looks like we'll repeat this friday. then saturday and sunday, turning more humid and hotter, too. might get a passing thunder shower saturday night. fourth of july, here looks good. partly cloudy, highs around 90. and lower humidity. good weather for all of the fun festivities, and fireworks displays on monday evening. tuesday and wednesday, partly cloudy, highs near 90. small chance of storms. the july 4 weekend, check the weather channel on cable or weather.com on-line. good advice. coming back, more of our series of "america the beautiful" as jenna bush hager takes a trip back to texas.
"america the beautiful." this morning, today's contributing correspondent jenna bush hager takes us to the west, the wild west. good morning. go home and go to the desert in texas at big bend national park. as the saying goes, everything is bigger inand more than 800,0g bend sure lived up to that motto. >> reporter: deep in the heart of texas, a vast desert landscape under a big sky. big bend national park. uniquely situated on the u.s.-mexican border, it's a place where countries and cultures come together in perfect harmony. big bend gets its name from the bend in the rio grande river which flows for 118 miles through the park, a park so big it could hold the state of rhode island with room to space. >> there's something called the price or cross -- >> john parker makes a living
leading canoe and rafting groups down the rio grand. >> this is typical at this level. >> as we paddled down the famous river, he told me about the land that inspires him. >> what about this is so special for you. what about this river? >> love the desert, so clean and pristine. >> what was your first impression of big bend. >> the beauty of the land, we have a very slow pace of life here. we have a saying why put off until tomorrow what we can do till next week. >> you could never describe a place. how would you describe it? >> we're in the chihuahua desert different from the other deserts in this country. we have mountains and we have big trees and bear and lion. i had people moved to tears, the last thing they expect to see in texas. >> on dry land, most people explore big bend by foot, hiking the 200 miles of trails offered throughout the park, something
that can be challenging in the summer when temperatures can sore to 110 degrees. >> that's how you adjust the reins. >> for the faint of heart that won't make the trek, you get horses to do it for you. >> that's why god invented horses. >> i tapped into the cowboy side of me and hit the trails with linda walker. >> what you're riding through, jenna, is classic chihuahua desert. >> linda's parents were pioneer settlers and she operates a riding stable near the park offering trail rides for those who want to see the picturesque vistas on horseback. >> i think it allow i don't say uh to go further. it allows people who might not necessarily physically be able to go and see things to be able to go do it. >> this place runs deep. >> yes, it does. >> a lot of my family dynamics are behind.
>> i don't think we're afraid of change. i don't think we're afraid of taking risks because that's who the people of big bend are. >> as the sun sets, the skies become a canvass of bright colors, and with darkness, illuminated by the glow of the bright stars. >> i like that. >> locals and visitors alike head to the park after sunset to attend what are called star-gazing parties. >> my first trip out here was in 1978. we were looking at the stars. i'm looking up and gazing in ah, and i said too bad there's this cloud in the sky. and someone said, angie, that's the milky way. amend right then i knew i had not been living correctly if i couldn't find the milky way and know what it was. so, i'm a star watcher. >> and that night, i became one too. >> so it looks like this is something that we can actually watch the stars with, right? admiring the sky and the
millions of stars that blanket it. >> i saw it, i saw it. >> i realize the simplicity of big bend is what makes it a place of unparalleled beauty. >> like many west texans, my roots run deep in the area. my maternal grandparents are from midland, which is close to big bend, and spent a lot of time bird watching in big bend. my sister and i first learned to ride horses in the big bend area in ft. davis, really close. really special, a place very special to me. >> well, jenna, thank you so much for showing some of the most beautiful places in america. it's great to know that this is our home. >> amazing that you can go from a swamp to a desert and find beauty everywhere. great we live in this country. >> one more installment tomorrow. >> yes, looking forward oh that. >> an interesting way to save on your summer vacation? is it for you, the pros and cons of house swapping. but first this, is "today" on
♪ our house in the middle of our street ♪ >> this morning on this morning's real estate, house swapping for a cheaper vacation. it's like internet dating for your home. and real estate contributor barbara cork ran is here to talk us through the process. good morning you like this? >> i love it. i've done it. >> is it as simple as it sounds? >> it's exactly what it sounds like. someone is staying in your house while you stay in theirs. the typical stay is usually one to two weeks and overseas it's two or three weeks. you can swap for a weekend. >> one of the things that struck me immediately is is it safe? you were basically giving the keys to your home to a total stranger. how do you feel about that? >> this is totally safe. the biggest fear is, of course, the fear. people are afraid someone is going to move to your house and wreck it.
it doesn't happen. it's neutral ransom. think about it, you have their house and you've got yours. the websites report no instances of theft or no e-mails to that degree. >> you do get some kind of references? >> references well in advance. you're in communication with your house swapping partner by e-mail. >> if you like it, what's the possible downside. >> the nervousness of giving someone your home. that's about it. the fear factor. >> can any homework in this equation. who's going to be in my home. do you need to have all kinds of luxuries like tennis courts and pools and stuff like that. >> not at all. there are websites that are strong in different arenas in some homes. if you're in a big city or vacation destination, you're going to get more inquiries. but if you have a simple ranch house in the middle of america
in a tiny town, that's appealing. people do visit relatives. they love to stay in homes. >> costs -- i know costs for some of the websites. >> those are only costs. think about the savings you have when you're not paying for a hotel for you and your family. >> all right, talk about your tips. take me through these. first one is post multiple photos on these sites? >> obviously. people shop with their eyes. the good quality photos you have with your house, the more inquiries they're going to get. >> you tell people you need to start the process early and be flexible. a bit of an attitude adjustment that needs to come with this kind of vacationing. >> the best kind. you be open to the possibility that you can travel anywhere in the world and afford it. think about it. the minute you list your house, you start to get e-mails from all over the world wanting to trade. that's half of the excitement right there. >> when you go on the sites, how specific should you be -- this is one of your tips -- about the
expectations of the home you're going to be getting. >> clear communication. you have to be clear in advance as to how many people will be staying in your home, whether they can use your computer. whether they can have access to your car, which many people include. these kinds of details make for a happy swap. >> the other tip gets back to the first question, safety. you think it's important for someone giving up their home to tell their neighbor that strangers are going to be there. >> two reasons -- you don't want your neighbor to call the police as your guests are moving in. and it gives you a point of reference. if your neighbor has met them, they're right next door and your guests are a lot more comfortable. >> you should call your insurance company. >> great, you know why? it covers you on your insurance policy should something go wrong. >> i decided i'm going to do a little swapping. what's the first step. >> find the website that has the kind of homes and arrangements you're looking for. >> let's talk about the different prices. there's one called
digsville..com, $34.95 per year. you could do several vacations during that year for less than $50. >> many people do. most of these websites operate that way. what's great about this website is it has homes in 55 countries and you can swap as readily as you're making a friend. >> why is this next one much more expensive? this is $159 a year, it's called exclusive exchanges.com? >> it's the best website. if you have a second or third luxury home. the offers on that site are mind boggling. and also you can arrange for simultaneous swaps. >> couch surfing.com? >> the opposite end of the spectrum, a kid, not a lot of money, swap a spot on your couch for a spot on their couch. travel around the world free of charge. >> do your homework before you get involved in this. you like the process. it's a good idea. >> it's the cheapest vacation out there.
>> barbara is going to be back in the next hour with the things you need to know before moving to a new neighborhood. up next, two moms and a movie, film reviews from a mother's perspective. but first, this is "today" on nbc. [ male announcer ] we are americans. we know right from wrong. and we know the ads blaming president obama for the economy are politics at its worst. the republicans have opposed economic reforms at every turn. and now they have a plan that would essentially end medicare for future retirees... slash education... while giving huge tax breaks to big oil and the wealthy. we can't rebuild america if they tear down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising.
windows 7. this morning on "two moms and a movie," movie reviews from a mother's perspective. which movies might be worth getting a babysitter for, alison bail, and comedian carrie riley. good morning to both of you. how great to get your take, right? let's start with number one, "larry crowne" we've been hearing so much about it with tom hanks and julia roberts. what happened here? >> what could go wrong, julia roberts, tom hanks. take it away. >> two big stars, the story was lacking. i love tom hanks, he's adorable. i love julia roberts, she's a movie star. she's fantastic. but the story wasn't quite there. and it kind of meandered all over the place. it was muddy. >> big problem with this. threatened by niadalis, "big fat greek wedding."
if you liked that movie, you might like this one. >> i didn't like that one. >> this had a lot of similar traits. humor, typical characters. a predictable plot. tom hanks goes to community college, falls in love with his teacher. his classmates are a diverse kooky gang. tom hanks is in his tighty whiteys. >> don't he look good? >> 3-d movie? >> no. >> please. >> they do have a makeout scene. i'd rather see donny osmond and marie kiss. it was like that. no chemistry. >> you're bursting my bubble. i love these people so much. >> allowed to go further with it because she's an angry character. and you all -- >> would you recommend this movie to anybody? >> i would recommend it to women
who want to see tom hanks in their underwear. >> i recommend it. i didn't think it was offensive. come on, it was a lovely time-out. i'd say wait for movies on demand. >> any middle aged men who are out of work and trying to get back to the swing of things will enjoy the makeover part of it. >> okay, you guys are rough. i'm scared to bring up the next movie. "transformers -- dark of the moon." who wants to see this one? >> i saw the movies in the same night. i thought i'm going to like "larry crownerk" more than "transformers." i liked the first two hours "transformers dark of the moon." these special effects made green lantern looked like the kids from "super 8" made it in their garage. the last half hour is unsufficient rabble. >> -- unsufferable.
>> so much testosterone. i grew a mustache by the end of it. i think this is great. if you're a woman who wants to find -- >> and we are. >> for a woman to see this and you want to find out the inside of a male brain. because it's explosion, explosion, books, explosion, explosion, mini skirt, butt shot all in 3-d. >> this one was in 3-d. >> the lead character. he tends to bring a lot of heart to his roles. >> i liked him. >> he's the glue in this movie. does he kind of keep you in it, as a mother, the woman. >> to me he's a arrogant character and there's this gorgeous lingerie model looking girlfriend, because he's so charismatic, you can buy it. he's not signed up for the next one, he's done. it will be a shame if the franchise continues which it will because the film will make $100 million this weekend. >> you know that will be big.
>> who would you recommend on this debate. not just teenage boys. >> i wouldn't go with -- >> can go too young with it. the 7 or 8-year-old boy. i think it's too violent for teenage boys. my husband will love this movie. >> teenage boys and fathers. there's amazing robots. there's lingerie models. >> you keep saying but there's major cameos in this movie. oh, my gosh. and tyrece gibson. >> you can't -- >> john malkovich. the serious actors in this are having fun and they're being hammy and it's kind of b movie i do log and -- >> i would have loved it more if there weren't any robots in it. >> about an hour shorter. >> i don't know if i could kill a robot which is by the way through the eye. >> i now know that. >> i thank you for being my
8:55 is your time. 73 degrees. thursday, june 30, 2011. good morning, i'm eun yang. topping news4 today, drivers have a longer commute as route 110 l. close in a half hour in both directs. it's expected to stay closed until 11:00 this morn. northbound traffic redigged to i-395. the reason it's closed, last day for defense secretary robert gates. he's leaving the pentagon and armed forces and will hold a special tribute for the official, including a 19-gun salute. gates worked for eight different presidents will retire to his home in washington state.
good morning. more beautiful weather on the way with low humidity, sun, great beach and pool weather. for outdoor recreation today and tomorrow. hot somewhere humid over the weekend. fourth of july, partly cloudy, high near 90. good weather for parades, picnics and festivities. now danella, how's traffic? >> outer loop of the beltway, maryland, slow from branch avenue towards bw parkway. a break in college park. as you pass i-95 towards georgia avenue, see more delays. right now, this is the outer loop of the beltway and new hampshire avenue. it is a parking lot. back to you. back to yo[ man ] i got this new citi thankyou card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪ there it is. [ man ] so i used mine to get a whole new perspective.
♪ [ male announcer ] the new citi thankyou premier card gives you more ways to earn points. what's your story? citi can help you write it. we're back now with more on "today" on a thursday morning, the 30th of june, 2011. let's just take a gander, shall thank them as always for eople. stopping by. out on the plaza, matt lauer along with ann curry, matt lauer, and savannah guthrie. coming up, on a serious note, a possible setback in the defense of the casey anthony trial. >> the defense calls casey anthony's father, george anthony
to the stand. he was very emotional on the stand. it turns out what he said is not going to help her case, help the defense. so we're going to find out the details of that coming up? and on a different note, if you're thinking about moving to a new home, a new neighborhood, something you might want to think about before we make that move. barbara hawkins is going to be alive. you have to check out in the neighborhood before you buy. schools, local hangouts, new cars in driveways. details coming up. >> a bit later on how do women really feel about infidelity in the wake of the schwarzenegger scandal and the weiner's sexting scandal. ivillage did a poll and it's surprising what married women were willing to forgive and what single women were willing to forgive. get to that survey. >> lots to get to. hi, natalie. good morning to you guys, once again. good morning, everyone.
as the battle of the flames near the los alamos nuclear lap toir rages on, a radiation detecting plane has been sent to the area for monitoring. it's just a precaution and all nuclear materials are safe. a breach scare today for nick lai sarkozy who was reaching well wishers when a man grabbed him. the assailant was wrestled to the ground by guards and arrested. sarkozy was not injured. president obama is holding firm that any deficit reduction plan must end selected tax break for oil companies and the neigh's wealthiest. the president said in a press conference wednesday that the millionaires and billionaires keep their tax breaks. the poor and the elderly will suffer financially. as the casey anthony trial winds down, her father delivered an emotional testimony on the stand wednesday. kerry sanders joins us from outside of orlando again, good morning. >> good morning. it should come as no surprise as
george anthony offered no support to his daughter's claim that caylee drown in the back yard swimming pool because casey's defense said george anthony helped to orchestrate an elaborate cover-up and he did this because he had unusual influence over casey after allegedly sexually abusing his daughter. >> george anthony was in tears. wednesday was his fifth time on a stand in a trial that's lasted 31 days so far. his daughter, casey held an icy stare as her father talked about a love for 2-year-old caylee. prosecutors alleged casey murdered caylee so she could live the life of a party girl. >> something happened to caylee, she's no longer with us. and casey was the last one that i saw with caylee. >> casey's lawyers alleged
george molested his daughter since she was 12 year old and because of that held unusual influence over her. the attempted suicide with alcohol and prescription drugs one month after caylee's remains were found in the woods, evidence, says the defense, he felt guilty. >> it wasn't an attempt -- i tried to take my own life. >> but the prosecution seized on that suicide attempt. >> someone opened the door. mr. ashton is trying to walk through it. >> prosecutor jeff ashton read from the three-page suicide note, words written by george. >> she was so close to home. why was she there? who placed her there? why is she gone? why? >> that note, the prosecutor claims, is proof. george, who denies any abuse of casey, held no deep family secrets and had no involvement in an accidental drowning. >> you no longer believe that your grand daughter die in the custody of someone other than your daughter?
>> that's -- >> sustained. >> a question not answered, like so many circumstances in this murder case. >> myself, my daughter, and god knows the truth. >> it's expected that the defense will wrap up its case later today and the one unanswered question is, will casey take the stand herself. natalie? >> we'll all be watching and waiting to see how that plays out there. kerry sanders in orlando, florida, thank you. a new study for the u.s. department of disease control believes that nepal brought cholera to haiti that sicked more than 360,000. the rhode island senate approved a bill wednesday allowing civil unions but not marmg for same sex couples. rhode island's governor indicated he would sign the bill. some gay rights group fought the
measure because it says it lets religious groups ignore some of the whites granted by it. a boston terrier named mackey has an up usual reaction to being tickled. there you go. well, the clip has gotten posted and reposted across the blagosphere. they're happy sounds. he looks so happy. six minutes past hour. let's go back to al for a check of the weather. that's what happens when you tickle al, right, al?ctly. you know, he went to bite the guy with the last one. thanks. look. ah. that's great. all right. thanks, natalie. can you say viral?
one more time. all right. let's show you what's going on as far as your weather today. we've got tropical storm arlene, moved on shore to tam ppico, melissa moll. we have a risk of strong storms from the plains back into the northern rockies. sunny skies up and down the east coast. showers in florida. strong rip currents along the texas gulf coast. that's what's going on in your neck of the woods. . here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. here our temperatures are beginning to climb. into the mid and upper 70s throughout the region. now, reagan national at 77. later today, should hit into the upper 80s by midafternoon, low humidity, sun. need sunblock today. tomorrow more of the same. saturday into sunday, humidity
increases and temperatures, up into the low to mid 90s each day. might have a thunder shower saturday. fourth of july, partly cloudy, high near 90. good weather for festivities. time now -- what do you need to consider when moving in to a new neighborhood. barbara corcoran said it's more than just a good price and friendly neighbors. she's got a checklist of the things she should do before the big move. good to see you. >> nice to see you, al. >> you think the researching of the neighborhood a lot of people overlook. >> people fall in love with the house. they check it in the greatest detail. but when it comes time to look at the street you're buying on and the street next door and the entire neighborhood, people are in love and don't do their research. >> don't rely on the broker, you should do this yourself. >> there are certain things that the broker can give you like hard stats about the
neighborhood, crime rates, things like that. as far as walking down the street, seeing it next door, that's something only a home buyer can do. >> you say the list. >> the local hangouts are key. it's usually one in every town. people buy their coffee and the morning newspaper. you know why it's key. the guy running the shop is the unofficial mayor knowing going on. >> not once but twice but it's the time of the day. >> it's the second and third look at the home typically for the same time in the day and the week. if you go to rush hour, you park your car with a cup of coffee, you see everybody going back on the block. if you want to uncover certain things that you might want to know beforehand. >> if you're driving around the neighborhood and you see for sale signs? >> there's for sale signs everywhere in america. if you can count more than a
three or four block radius, you know it's a market that's sinking. >> not good. >> not good at all. >> a neighborhood with problem spots? >> problem spots in every neighborhood, every town in america. you don't want to buy next to two doors down from an empty lot. you doan know what's going in. you don't want to buy a lunch group. the quickest way is to go on google maps and having a look at the streets from above. it shows you everything. >> talk to some of the neighbors. >> the neighbors -- i tell you what, they're willing to talk. a lot of people don't have the confidence to walk up to the house to the right and the left and meet the neighbor. but if you can muster up that confidence, one neighbor is going to tell you about the other neighbor. you're going to know exactly what kind of community you're buying into. >> a lot of folks make decisions especially if they have kids by the school district. you have a twist on this. >> you not only check out the school scores but check out the schools that pick up or dropoff.
you'll see the kids, how they interact, and the parents and how they interact with their own children. you can size up that neighborhood better at that time than any other place. >> a lot of folks are worried about crime. >> crime, of course. that's all available on-line. anybody who buys into the neighborhood and doesn't know the rates are on the next block should be ashamed. it's so easy to check on line. >> a treasure trove of information is your town -- town clerk office. >> you know why? they know what's impending. they know if it will be a zoning change. they know if they're going to put in a water tower or cell tower three blocks out. check that and foretell the future. that has a lot to do with maintaining your home value. >> this is interesting. look at the cars in the driveway, new cars in particular. >> this is not an exact science. i look to see how many inexpensive new cars are parked in the driveway. it shows you how many young people are moving in. when young people are moving in, there means there's jobs there
and a neighborhood is on the rise. >> what about transportation? >> other transportation. many people say exactly how long is the commute and the broker tells them. what you should be doing is asking the next questions, are there parking spots in the stations? because one third of the towns in america doan have enough parking spots. >> what about the foreclosure rate. >> everybody is paranoid. check the foreclosure rate. if it's on the rise, it's not the neighborhood where you want to move into. >> what about reassessing the tax bill. >> this is so you don't have a big last-minute surprise. every town assesses differently. they assess the moment you close or when you put in the new kitchen or capital improvement or every five years. you want to buy into a house with taxes you can believe. >> price per foot? >> just to ask the broker to analyze the last five sales on a price per foot. takes the emotion out of a sales price. if the prices are $200 to $225 and yours is $250 per foot, it
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welcome to both of you. >> great to be here. >> anthony weiner's sexting scandal. the arnold schwarzenegger case has a lot of people revisiting some of the questions. why did i-village decide to do this poll? >> women couldn't stop talking about the story. they were buzzing about it. they couldn't believe it. what would they do if their partner cheated on them, sectioned. had a child out of wedlock, what's forgivable and not forgivable? >> it depends on whether or not you're married. >> we're stunned to have this significant marriage gap when it comes to infidelity. single women are less forgiving than infidelity in married women. >> let's get to the numbers. single women finding it unforgivable for the partner to be in a sexual relationship to the rate of 85% as 70% of married women would find it unforgivable. >> this is not surprising at all
if you realize married women are thinking about their family, the investments, the years they've put in. building something with this person if they're thinking about the children involved. that makes it more forgivable. on balance, you want to hold on to it, you're thinking, hey, i can move on. >> we have a result from the poll that reflects that when asked what impact the marry mom's decision to leave or not, 85% said children in the home, 70% said the financial situation. 56% said too much debt which i might have put in the financial situation but it doesn't shock. >> the first thing is, the children in the home. we were asking women, we went on the streets and asked women about this. the married women would say, you know, if you're going to kick your partner out, what about the kids? i think the financial numbers indicate it takes two incomes to make it today. if you're going to have your partner go out, two house holds, two mort gamms. a bigger reality than if you're
single. >> yet, people are feeling that money can't buy them happiness. so it's not worth it if you're going to be miserable and furious all the time to stay married for the money. >> new word in our vocabulary now. sexting thanks to the anthony weiner scandal. they asked whether sexting was unforgivable. here's the numbers going down for everybody which is interesting. 66% of single women found it unbelievable. 48% of married women. >> we didn't talk about sexting ten years ago. it's a whole new form of infi l infidelity. 60% of married women, 70% of single women saying if you're sexting, you're out of here. that is significant. >> that raises the question -- a lot of people had debates around the dinner table or wherever about whether sexting constitutes cheating. >> this is the new horizon, cybercheating. lit be growing. talking more about it unfortunately. it's tempting because you sit behind a phone, behind a
computer. it allows you to deny what you're doing. you're more likely to get in to it. you're going to be saying, what does this mean? is it different from flirting? how close to a betrayal is this? and couples are going to need to talk about it and what it means. >> working on it. >> and another result flirting with it on a social networking site. here, the marriage gab as you call it is really profound. >> and this is going to -- maybe in a way, i had one woman i interviewing saying single women are fooling themselves in a way thinking it's all going to be all romantic when we're married and married women might be a little bit more realistic and understanding that cybercheating, cyberflirting -- >> marriage is complicated. >> cyberflirting isn't okay but you're going work on it and work on your relationship. >> but these numbers are all pretty high. for people out there who are thinking about crossing the line, forgiveness is not easy to come by. and really better think twice about what you're doing. because most people will have difficulty forgiving.
>> in a few seconds left, the last result. more than 80% agree, social networking makes it easier to cheat and to get caught. duh. >> you didn't need a survey for that one. >> duh -- but people are still doing it. so, you know what, it's incredibly tempting. be aware, be mindful. think twice. >> a tick away to find the old girlfriend. >> oh, gosh. >> kelly wallace. good to see both of you. >> thank you. thank you. coming up, will and kate leaving london this morning for the first trip across the pond as a married couple. what they're doing and, of course what's he going to wear? but first, these messages. ♪ i found a new love a natural true love ♪
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♪ tonight ♪ i'm going to take you home with me tonight ♪ ♪ i'm going to make you feel so good tonight ♪ >> welcome to plant pit. he's a musician that brings a latin club flare wherever he goes. the next stop, the summer concert stage with three special guest stars, not just any, mark anthony, t-payne, and ne-yo. picking up the hol bay weekend tomorrow on today.
we have to change the name to t-pain, ne-yo, mark stephanie. i'm nat-ro and you're al-ro. >> you need work. >> sakajawea. >> i'll answer to it. keep it clean. speaking of the holiday,-si h s clean. >> jill martin here. >> oh. >> the birdie gets away. >> if your part plans include grilling up burgers for guests, try seafood with classic american fare. we'll make lobster burgers in "today's" kitchen. >> now talking. my book club for kids is back. a beloved classic, 50 years since james and the giant peach was published. and we are going to be celebrating with our book club kids and daughter of the author. >> my son just read that recently.
it's great. >> love that book. i still read it. >> it's good. >> a classic. check of the weather. >> that's right. look to the weekend, for tomorrow, we've got strong storms possibly in the northern mississippi river valley. sizzling weather through the midsection, southwest. for saturday, slight risk of strong storms in the upper mississippi river -- ohio river valley i should say. otherwise sunny and warm. sun, hit or miss showers and thunderstorms through the gulf. independence we've got showers through the southeast on into the mid-mississippi river valley. otherwise looking at nice july 4th weather across the country. that's what's going on around the u.s. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. we're into the 70s now. the low humidity in place today and tomorrow. afternoon highs into the 80s to near 90. over the weekend, yes, it's going to turn more humid and it should be hotter as well. and maybe a storm saturday night, just a small chance. and then for the fourth of july in washington and the region, looking terrific for the fireworks displays monday
evening and before that, for all of the parades and picnics, cloudy, near 90. tuesday and wednesday, near 90. a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms. and that's the latest weather. >> all right, al, thanks. stepping up, your patriotic style. she's ready to shoot you. right after this. call her. ok. [ cellphone rings ] hey. you haven't left yet. no. i'm boarding now... what's up? um...would you mind doing it again?
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about. red, white, and blue nail polish and eye liner. >> this is fine if you're having kids over and you wan to get to the spirit. the kids are doing the kits -- red, white, and blue on each nail. this is great. and it's fun to have a little fun to paint a friend's face. also in red, white, and blue. >> like red eye liner under your eye. >> not for us, a little younger than us. >> talk about back yard fun now. this is the time that you want to play little badminton or big badminton. >> this is a fun way to go old school. you can do a lot of games, badminton, horseshoes, this game we did before with the tees. >> what is this game exactly? >> you got it before. stand back and throw it and try to get it on the bar. >> this is the really fun trying to get the string on to the -- on the apparatus. >> she got it.
>> does it give me extra points. that's at target $7.99. over here, you want to decorate the back yard as well. we've got great ideas. >> entertaining, reversable place mats and napkins. lanterns you can use throughout the year. $9.99. >> a way to spruce it up. it's all weather too. >> if you're picnicking. >> great candy jars, other great things to use around to decorate. >> giant tupperware. chips and dip. young children around, this is great. $10 at target. these are a fun way. these are from the container stores. but you can get jelly beans or m&ms and put it in with red, white, and blue. >> outdoor entertainment. you have this system from ihome, you can put your ipad, ipod or anything.
>> bed, bath, and beyond. it. >>s nice to invest in the holiday and throughout the year. this is mood light. it changes to different colors. fm stereo. you can buy that from bed, bath, and beyond. this will play any of your apps. this one works on blue toout. you have a barbecue outside and inside still entertaining with music. >> okay. you have to have a little grill too. $16.9d $16.99. >> easy. go out on the beach. it's easy. >> $16.99 from target. we move on to the bed from sonoma. i love this. this is great for a seafood lover. >> the lobster. >> the clam bake, all of that. >> this is fun and again can use throughout the year. and if you want to entertain your kids and hang out with your friends. >> ice cream maker. >> 15 minutes. >> really good ice cream, right? >> really good ice cream and it will keep your kids busy a little bit. as will a great lemonade stand.
this is great, $19.95 from brook stone. they have one from under $30 from there. much better than the powdery sweet lemonade mix you buy. >> we can make it healthy. >> i'm surprised our crew didn't eat everything. this is a smors maker you put on the grill. >> they overburden of proof the marshmallows. you make them in five minutes. available at brookstone. and this, our director is going to get mad, but it shoots up to 40 feet. they come in two. toys r us, the blasters. >> okay, who's getting it? >> there we go. >> you got someone. >> so these are $25. toys r us. coming through. >> we've got to have fun. >> exactly. my kids have a lot of fights all the time. >> hey, don't mess with me. >> joe martin, thanks. >> more fun -- fun finds, check out this week's edition of "us
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children's book celebrates the 50th anniversary this year. this book sold more than 12 million copies, translated to 24 motion languages. he creates a giant peach out of a bag of magic crystals beginning a journey of his dreams. and our book club kids are richard, michael, and chamoya. and live from summer camp, zachary. hey, zac. >> hi. >> you're the first guest from a summer camp. we appreciate that. all right, thanks so much. we're going to get to you in a second. first of all, it must have been something growing up. and the process of his writing. what was that like? >> he was -- he was very diligent about his routine. he would write from 10:00 in the morning until noon and have lunch and then back on the horse around 7:00. and then he would go back from
about 3:00 to 5:00 every single day. but he used to always say that the trick was to leave while you're going well. because if you leave -- if you get -- you know in your writing that you're doing well and you think i'll finish that segment then i'll leave, then you have nothing to come back to. coming back to an empty page is terrifying. if you know where you're going next, you can't wait to get back there. >> as a writer, do you concur with that? >> i try to. it's hard to stop, though, when you get to that. >> first up is 12-year-old brigitte, how are we doing? >> good, how are you? >> what's your question? >> i was wondering, what's your favorite book that your father wrote? >> without question, it's the vsg. every night we would get a story. he would tell us a story.
he would catch us on his ideas. he would come to the end of the story and we'd say thank you very much, good night. heed think of a better word here. but when he went to the bfg lived in a tree in the orchard near our house. after that segment of that particular story, he would then come to our bedroom window, say good night, leave a crack in the window, put the ladder up, stick a bamboo in, we'd think it was the bsg and a huge bamboo in our window and our dreams would get blown into -- and one year he fell off of the ladder. he had whiskey, i think. >> that put an end to that one. >> oh the father stories we have. >> 10-year-old michael vasquez, what's your question? >> why did your father choose a giant peach instead of a giant
apple. >> it started off the whole idea is it started off with it being a cherry. the black birds used to eat the cherries every year before they got ripe. my dad used to try everything. he put scare crows up. he tries everything. the black birds ate them and he thought what would happen if the black birds didn't get them. and then what would happen if they kept growing and growing. that was the seed of the idea. and then he thought, the cherry is not interesting and what's interesting and the peach is squishy and furry and a great big seed in the middle that you can live in. >> great question, michael. and moving on. chamiya richards. what's your question? >> hi, my question is what was it like growing up with two famous parents? your father being a famous author and your mother a famous actor? >> we live in a countryside in
england. my mother was working in america. she wasn't considered famous in england at that time. and my father hasn't really, i'd say, "made it" at that time. i would say the only thing that affected our childhood instead of going to the parties to bring a barbie as a present or something like that, we would have to bring a book. dad, do we have to bring a book? and he'd say, this is a marvelous present. and somewhere we found a first edition-signed book somewhere. >> shamoya being so literate, remind folks who they were. >> patricia neil. >> terrific actress. >> yes, terrific actress. >> and we have zachary munier joining us from camp in glen s trt sty, uy new york. what's your question, zachary?
>> i think they were mean, selfish, horrible people that only thought about themselves and hated children. and the fact that they didn't choose to have children and james literally was dumped on them, i think they were angry about that. and they were also probably -- as bad as you can make them. my dad had very good talent. you know, somebody had a wart, they had hair growing out, if they had crooked teeth, they had really crooked teeth. so i hope that answers your question. but i think the bottom line is because they really didn't like children. >> i think those are some great questions and great answers. thank you so much. brigitte, michael, shamoya, thank you very much. james and the giant peach gets five stars. >> yea. >> fantastic stuff. if you're between the ages of 5 and 12, the chance to be the next chance kid.
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this morning is today's kitchen step by step, grow lobster burgers for your barbecue. partner of gosem bar and grill in new york city. good morning. >> good morning. >> we're doing lots of fourth of july interviews. people are intimidated by lopsters. >> everybody likes burgers, lobster burgers are fantastic. >> you put lobster and crab in here. >> it's lobster meat, king crab, and pinky toe crab from maine. >> what's that? oh. >> we're putting old bay
seasoning in. >> okay. >> some scallions. it's simple. everybody loves burgers. but i like something a little different, special on the fourth of july, but really, keep it simple. >> mix it up. you're going to put it in some bread crumbs, is that right? >> mix it up, chilly at first making it easier to handle. then fresh white bread crumbs and brown the burger in a little bit of olive oil. >> how long do we chill it? >> an hour in the refrigerator. >> the bread crumbs and then -- >> this has been -- you cook it until it's brown. i've got a butter toasted roll. kind of made out of a crab cake and lobster roll. some -- >> this is aoli mayonnaise. >> garlic and lemon. >> could use the tartar sauce as well. >> what about coleslaw. >> we dress up the coleslaw as well. >> this does not look like a coleslaw. >> it's a summer vegetable slaw.
we cut it with vinaigrette instead of a sour green. >> you put it on the side. >> that would be a great idea. >> maybe i have cooking talent after all. >> we have a wonderful salad. apricots and arugula. goat cheese. >> water crest in there? >> water crest, arugula, radish, sliced beef. these are almonds. >> i'm glad that you're so confident that i can sprinkle some almonds. >> i thought we would add some summer truffle. >> all right. put some truffle on there. >> there you go. >> you have apricots but i assume other fruits can work there. >> apricots aren't created in the market, strawberries would be the first choice. and other fruits, nectarines, peaches, wonderful as well. you don't need to do the truffles. if you have it, why not?
>> why not. >> the dressing is simple. extra virgin olive oil. salt and pepper. >> might be in trouble. >> let me take a taste there. >> put your name all over it. >> get in there, al. a reminder that all of the restaurants are on our website. >> there we go. >> want to cut that in half? >> sure. >> cut it in half. >> we have all of the celebrity buzz with hoda and kathie le
9:56 is your time now. 75 degrees out there. beautiful summer day. will it stay this way? tom will have the forecast at news. i'm eun yang. thursday june 30, 2011. the wife of jack johnson is expected to plead guilty to federal corruption charges this morning. plea hearing for county council member leslie johnson scheduled for 10:00. charged with felony obstruction of justice for destroying evidence the day she and her husband were arrested in november. arson investigation in falls church in fairfax county overnight someone set fire to several car as long george c. marshall drive, three cars destroyed. meteorologist tom kiernan is in the storm center. looks nice so far. >> another beautiful day with low humidity afternoon highs climbing into the mid and upper 80s. lots of sunshine. we'll repeat this friday. over the weekend, turning more humid and hotter. highs in the low and mid 90s saturday and sunday.
saturday night might get a passing thunder shower and fourth of july, on monday, up near 90 and partly cloudy, less humid. great weather for all outdoor fun. tuesday and wednesday, partly cloudy, near 90. small chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. danella, how's the late morning commute? >> still seeing delays in maryland. a look outer loop of the beltway, delayed from new hampshire avenue, continue until georgia avenue. here 395, slow 359 north from the beltway as you head over the 14th street bridge. back to you. >> thank you. on news4 midday, fitness guru steve hayes shows us a workout guaranteed to help you slim down.
from nbc news, this is "today," with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hey, everybody, welcome, welcome, it's thirst-day, thursday, june 30th and we're glad to be back after being being preempted for a little bit by a little thing called wimbledon. >> i was disappointed to see the williams sisters -- i don't even pay attention -- >> i'm the one on medication, you have no excuse. >> i was sort of bummed they were out. because you want people to root for from the united states.
>> and apparently there are none left. >> one, mardy fish is left. >> mardy fish? >> he's the last one standing. >> good for him, is he a grunter? >> he lost. mardy fish is out. >> breaking news -- mardy fish is out. >> i knew you guys were wondering. >> what are we going to talk about today, hoda? >> we're going to talk about other topics. a little inside joke. we're not supposed to talk inside. >> in wimbledon, if you've been watching, you actually, even if you're not actually physically watching the screen, if you're walking around in your house, you can hear what's going on because they're grunting, like that. monica seles started, if you remember. let's listen to these guys. [ grunting ] >> you know that was going on in my hotel room last night, too.
yeah. oh, yeah, this is very familiar. >> here's the thing -- you're gross. they actually checked the decibel levels on these things. and one of them, i don't know if it's victoria. 95 on the decibel level. and i think a lion's roar is 110 decibels. and i think martina navratilova is saying, what are you doing? how was your weekend? >> let's talk about where we were and what we were doing. i was in l.a. with my daughter, cass, visiting cody who is also out there. she had three photo sessions, photo shoots and stuff and a lot of auditions. it was like my own career all over again. >> fun. >> no. >> what do you mean? >> when you're first starting out in this business, you have to go to every interview, after every -- and nothing is close by in los angeles. so -- i was driving a rental car for -- >> look at you.
fancy. >> but right before we left, i don't remember if i told you, hoda. but i had, i thought that i had a bad, like an old filling in my tooth, so you dentist, you go in to have your filling fixed again. well after an hour and a half of -- drilling. he put on a crown. so he said to me, the one thing you can't do, and i've never had one of those before -- you cannot floss. >> or eat licorice or gum. >> he didn't tell me that but i didn't floss. last night cass and i are at our friend drew hammer's house out in los angeles. giving her son a little birthday bash. a little thing before we get on the red-eye last night. she gave knee a toothpick. now i'm toothless in l.a. >> nobody wants to see that. >> stop it. i couldn't believe it, it's way back there, but i feel like i should be in deliverance or something. >> can you snap it back?
>> no, i can't snap it back. >> that's a -- nasty-looking item. >> so i'm on the plane last night, trying to keep my mouth shut, right? >> it's way back there? >> yes, but if you're not used to being toothless, it's upsetting. >> don't laugh. people will see it. >> i've got to go today, okay. now what were you doing in. >> i went to the beach for a couple of days in the hamptons. >> because you're so hot. >> and then saw a great, great film called "love, et cetera." a documentary, it's five little love vignettes set in new york that john tish, your great friend produced. it's one of those movies that gives you hope. a lot of times you go to documentaries and you're so depressed when its over. these are five surprising love stories, i fell in love with the characters and it opens friday in new york. >> it's real people? >> yes.
>> why aren't you in part of that? nobody's got a love story going on like you do, baby. >> can i tell you -- yesterday, earth, wind and fire -- they were at the beacon last night. look at them -- ♪ ♪ >> the place was rocking out. i took pictures of the crowd and sent them to ann and she said, is that the geriatric ward at the rest home? >> i went with a group of friends, it was fun. >> they are awesome. >> the other thing when i got on the plane last night, i want to apologize to everybody. it's the red eye. i don't like to fly east because you lose a day. i got on the plane and i really like virgin america, such a great airline. anyway, didn't sleep a wink because have you ever, has this ever happened to you, all of a sudden, not only am i toothless, but my left eye and my left nostril will not like -- running, running, running. i'm like igor with the eye and
everything and toothless, i've never felt lovelier. congratulation does javier. your guy, you picked him on "the voice." >> it was such a thriller. let's watch the moment. >> the winner of the voice is javier cologne. >> he didn't even pause, carson daly. >> the difference between javier and the next one was 2%. which shows you how close it was. anyway, it was great. watching these guys sing duets with other people. i think we have tape, let's watch that. ♪ i've been afraid of changes ♪ 'cuz i built my life around you ♪ ♪ did you you fall for a shooting star ♪ ♪ fall for a shooting star
♪ feel like i'm someone else ♪ thought that maybe i could find myself ♪ ♪ everything you is out here ♪ you got to take it oh ♪ this has got to be ♪ good night >> so the top -- top two vote-getters were dea and javier. and the other were a little bit below. what a fun and exciting first season for "the voice." >> it seems like it's over so fast already. >> and they're now picking new people for the show. >> and there's some talk that christina will not be on the next season. even though she was paid $250,000 an episode. >> she had a rough year. what would you do if you got a letter from your mother-in-law that read like this, okay? she didn't like her daughter in law's manners.
>> lack of them. >> when you are a guest in another's house, you do not declare what you will or will not eat unless you are positively allergic to something. you do not start before everyone else. you do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host. you do not lie in bed until late morning in households that rise early. you fall in household norms. it is brash, celebrity style behavior. this is the quote -- i understand your parents are unable to contribute very much toward the cost of your wedding. there's nothing wrong with that. except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters' marriages. lower your sights and have a modest wedding, as befits both your incomes. i pity freddy. freddy is the supposed husband. would you die if you got that -- >> don't make me laugh, i'm toothless. >> that would be scary.
anyway -- >> oh, my gosh. >> the thing is i agree with her. it's just the tone. >> the first part. the second part -- >> this is not a wedding that should take place. because you don't just marry a person, you marry a family and this is not a way to start, baby. >> one of my pet peeves is someone who starts eating before everyone gets served. i can't stand that. i can't believe when someone cuts in and i understand who is the lazy butt still in bed. everyone is up and we're waiting for her to get up. but the other part about why didn't your parents save their money and all that? >> she was on a roll. >> she was -- >> i pity freddy. >> that letter reminds me of somebody that's just been seething and seething and finally she said, i have had it. >> i am going to tell her, i'm going to get it all out before the stinking wedding and put my cards on the table. >> that's exactly what happened. mount aetna blew. if you want to fly first class on malaysia airlines -- >> who doesn't. that's on my bucket list.
>> they've just decided that no babies are allowed. >> does that include adult babies? >> they say that you pay a lot of coin to sit up front and you don't want to be sitting next to a crying baby. >> well, we would love to know how you all feel about that. it costs quite a bit more to be up in the first-class area. >> and if you want to chill -- >> unless you're the parents who want to pay quite a bit more -- >> to be comfortable with the baby. >> and then you're not allowed to sit there. >> i guess it's a matter of perspective. is it okay, you guys, do you think, because we're going to do our "okay" magazine -- no, we're not. >> yes, we are. >> all right. >> is it okay to date your ex's look-alike. to date your ex-'s look alike. kathie lee says appearances are deceiving, it's the personality that counts. >> just don't like when men date a younger version of us. >> that was -- >> is that a typo?
>> i tweeted it. >> it was quick. i just don't like -- >> you have just got busted, hoda. >> don't like men who -- >> done did it. >> so here's a fun song, okay? this is your newly in love and you can't think about anything else, but the other person. it's a little oldie, it's a fergie song. it's called "clumsy." ♪ first time when i saw your eyes ♪ ♪ boy you looked right through me ♪ ♪ play it cool but i knew you knew ♪ ♪ that you'd be hitting me ♪ you got me dripping ♪ oh stumbling ♪ tripping ♪ fumbling ♪ clumsy because i'm falling in love ♪ ♪ you got me tripping
♪ dripping ♪ sinking, bumbling ♪ clumsy 'cuz i'm falling in love ♪ ♪ the girl can't help it ♪ the girl can't help it ♪ oh baby >> now, if you fall in love and you are -- >> careful. >> and you -- um, lose track of the time and have too much to drink perhaps and we have something for you. it's called -- the walk of shame kit. this is all you will ever need. it's got a comb, it's got dry shampoo. breath drops. >> look at the shades. >> deodorant, flip-flops -- leave behind fake diamond earrings, score card with a phone number. and leave-behind and -- i can't say the next thing. >> don't say it. you're not saying it.
>> it's too nasty. >> even for us. >> just some wipes. >> you kind of said it. >> yeah. >> it's thirst-day thursday. we've got a great drink. from new york's restaurant imperial number nine. the drink is called the number six. gin, rum, elder flower liquor. >> does it go with afrin? because not only is it alcohol and i can't have that. it's fricking freezing and it went right up and gave me brain freeze. >> where's your tooth, keep track of it. still to come, a doggone funny web-tastic. still to come, linda hogan and hollywood's most buzzable news. ♪
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wrestler hulk hogan became a cultural icon in the early '80s in 2005 his wife linda and the family joined in the hit reality show, "hogan knows best." but all good things must come to and end, that's what happened to the reality show and their marriage. now linda is opening up in a new book called "wrestling with the hulk" my life against the ropes this is quite the candid tome as they say. >> what made you write it? >> i didn't want to anger things and make things worse, like pouring fuel on the fire of the divorce at the time. it was so public. i thought there's going to come a time where i'll have a platform to talk about it. my situation is so much like what so many other women have gone through. >> in what way? >> infidelity.
>> uh-huh. not just once? >> right. >> chronically? >> what are you going to do? what do you do, you know? a life full of lies. you just say, wake up one day and go, can i keep going. >> we should point out, we did ask hulk hogan for any comment. he didn't give us one. but in your book there were shocking allegations. you talk about violent arguments. you say he tore my shirt, threw lamps, held me down on the bed with his hands around my dloet with arguments. i was always afraid he would kill me in one of these rages. this was a 20-year marriage that this happened infrequently, a lot? >> 24 years and, yeah, i mean every -- you know, argument escalated to physical. and it wasn't like i was walking around with a black eye like mike tyson just blocked me out. but it's a bullying type of thing when somebody has to squeeze your arm to make their point. and one time, it escalated to the point where he had me on the bed and his hands were on my throat. >> why didn't you leave, linda? >> it scare he had me. >> but you're a woman with
options, you know, you could leave. why didn't you, hon? >> you're right, kathie. and the reason that women in my situation at that point don't leave is you have a very public marriage, you've got two young children. we're in the middle of their schools, when you look at their situation and say -- if i leave, it would be such a selfish thing to do, you know. maybe i can just gut it out. you know, maybe i can handle that. maybe i can forgive him. >> he went on a radio show real quick to give his side. he claims you are delusional. he denied ever being physically abusive. he claims all of your abuse claims were a cold, blatant lie. >> yada yada. >> is this it now with the book? is that, then you can get on with your life? because you have quite an interesting little life going on now. >> i do. >> let me show a picture of mr. charlie. >> are you guys married? are you engaged? >> we are living together and we've talked about marriage. he's asked me. but it's no hurry. he's young, he's got lots of
time. >> how old is he now? >> 22, getting up there. >> pretty soon he's going to be too old for you, right? >> exactly. got to find somebody younger to keep up with me. >> you and your daughter, you were on unsatisfactory terms, have you healed it up? >> we have. it was symptomatic of the parents bringing the kids into it. it's not fair, but we're fine, i love my brooke. i've been -- great mom, i've never had nannys, i always took care of my kids. we have a very good relationship now that she's an adult and livo nick lives at home with me. >> he's doing well. yeah. he's i'm watching close over him. i'm loving my life. it's great having a younger guy. >> it's quite the read and no holds barred, linda. >> go on and get happy. up next, we'll tickle your funny bone. and the perfect gift to
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>> now didn't the judge say drinking is, it's okay, it's not part of the thing that's covered in this? what's the story? >> listen -- >> she gets drunk-tested? i thought it was drug and alcohol. >> i believe she is allowed to drink. however, the reports are that she swas supposedly drinking soda. >> and chain-smoking. >> house arrest, doesn't that mean in your house? >> she's released. >> she got released yesterday. >> the bracelet is off. >> let's just hope she gets her act together. she has a movie coming up, the john gotti movie and let's hope she doesn't pull a marilyn monroe, she misbehaves so bad she causes a heart attack. >> she's been given every chance under the sun. >> i don't think this is what casting directors are looking for. they're looking for a new lindsay, not a lindsay that the moment she's free, goes back out, clubbing again and partying. >> they've got a lot at stake in
these movies and she's hard to get the insurance. >> there's good news, denise richards is adopting a little baby girl. >> that's interesting. >> what's that about? >> it was just announced. i think it came out yesterday late in the day. what's so interesting is that they're naming the daughter, her new daughter everyone loise. which means she obviously did not have that bad of a time at the plaza hotel when she stayed at the eloise suite with her daughters when charlie sheen tore up the room across the hall. >> she loves mothering, apparently and they just adopted a cat. >> and she has about ten dogs. >> what else? >> so the royal visit -- now i was reading somewhere that kate wanted to meet with angelina jolie. and angelina said it's not working out on this time schedule. but they're going to get together eventually. >> well i'm sure she would be a fan. she probably really admire what is angelina does. and angelina is really like
princess diana. princess diana went on a lot of humanitarian missions. >> there's going to be a big $25,000 seat event in hollywood when the royals are there. so perhaps that will be a meeting with angelina jolie. >> did you guys see the "newsweek" cover where it showed diana as if she were older. it enhanced her and it caused a lot of controversy. what did you think about that? >> one thing i thought was diana would have looked a lot better at 50 than they made her look. they made her look very aged. >> that would have been her at 50 without any filler, or pardon me, body fuller. without botox and a little facelift. >> it was all speculation, would have, could have, should have, we don't know. >> we heard something very sad about jonathan ryhs myers. >> very sad reports that we cannot confirm that he allegedly may have tried to commit suicide.
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you're invited to a barbeque. >> today and "us weekly" contributor and author jill martin has a bunch of solutions to take the stress off of being a guest. >> do you always have give a gift before, or is it okay to send a gift after? >> i think everybody should come with a gift. i don't care whose house it is. you should show up with something. >> and i think everybody should keep creative gifts in their house. here we go. this of course we're starting with wine. >> of course, swanson vineyards, can you see the front? they all say something on them. merci, expensive, mazel tov. >> and the little bags, jessica curbman, $10, they describe the wine and the person's personality. this is creative. this i love, these are trivia napkins. so i'll do a quick one.
what is kramer's first name on "seinfeld"? >> jim. >> that's the other kramer. >> cosmo kramer. this is all trivia party starters.com. they have all the different versions, kids, wine. love, beer. >> we love those. >> airplane trivia. >> this, a beautiful gift, just beautiful candles and plates, they say friendship and welcome. i put my jewelry in something like this. >> yes, you do. $25. >> this is jennifer miller jewelry. if you're going to a friend's house and they have everything. what it is, you write the person's name, can you look down here. you write the person's name on the chalk candle. that's their placeholder when they sit and they get to bring it home with them. >> that's a great idea. >> if you have a lover who is vacationing you can also write a little note and put it in their suitcase. >> what's going on with this? >> a cornucopia of fun. tops malibu.com.
all different themes and all different party-starters to bring to someone's house to bring a cornucopia to someone's house. in it, it's confetti, stuff for the kids, there's coasters for tic-tac-toe, topsmalibu.com for $45 and all different themes. >> the confetti, you got to clean it up. >> we won't open that. >> this i love, amazon.com, $49.99, all the different states cutting boards. >> what do you do with these -- i brought you your state in wood. >> here's where i'm from. >> i want to see it. >> it's a cutting board. so we won't -- >> put it up on their wall. >> this is fun. now these are -- >> we have a minute. these are grill charms, $19.99, set of six, let's say you want your steak medium. you put your shoe charm or whatever you pick in it. you'll know at the end of the barbeque which one's yours. >> clever. >> isn't that cute? >> perfect scoop, this is for a
kid you don't want them to overeat. one scoop and you eat right out of it. $12 on amazon. >> lands end, hoda and kathie lee, you show up with a bag with their names on it. lands end. everybody loves something monogrammed. >> and aprons for the whole family. flirty aprons, if much cooks in the kitchen or too many cooks in the kitchen, there's something for everybody. >> frank wouldn't wear that. >> maybe if there was a football on it. >> thanks, jill. up next, festive ways to decorate your fourth of july bash, right after this. blnks
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>> starting with wine today, i don't know why. >> tell us about it. >> we love wine. this is actually a natural organic wine. but the coolest thing about it is this wine comes in a box that is biodegradeable, which is kind of neat. >> how does it taste? >> it tastes good, it's a real yummy wine from california. is it good? >> yeah. love it. >> cal-natural. >> that's because you're off to italy. >> everything is italian. >> what's the sparklers? >> we have take one. you take a sparkler and at the end of the evening, when it gets dark, you have your sparkler. it's a quick and easy take-away gift. we sls have a really cool garland. if you look in the front, it's a very homemade beautiful garland that we've made it with tree tinsel. >> your christmas tinsel. you can recycle it. we've made cute tassles here on
the napkins and they're easy to make and a lot of this will be available all of these projects on your website. >> okay. >> i like the runner how you've -- just made -- >> the runner is just a dropcloth. i will take these vegetable brushes, you can try it if you want. and we just squish them in there and give it a little twist and it's really, really easy and cute. >> she's a perfectionist. we'll be here all day. hold on. how is that one? >> let me help you. >> you got to get the hang of it. >> there you go, it looks like a sparkler. a sparkler is our theme. >> cute. >> and then to do, some cute markers for platters that people are bringing. we have this. quick, easy idea. because i like a potluck. >> a little paperclip and cardboard. >> i like how you've chopped up the watermelon in a very festive way. >> we just used star cookie
cutters. think simple. and i like doing a really fabulous arrangement. we took this galvanized bucket and -- >> you don't want that in a big gorgeous glass vase. >> am i the only one drinking wine? >> i'm highly medicated you don't want to see that. >> to finish things off, you can take away dessert and go to the fireworks with your family this is a pie, but we have these really cool do it yourself take-away containers. i have the template on my blog and on your website as well. and then we have this fantastic ice cream that's already preput into your container with the spoon. you take it with you, when you go and of course we always love a little candy take-away for the kids. >> who doesn't like taffy. >> great terrific ideas. >> happy fourth of july. and have an awesome -- she's leaving for italy for the whole summer. >> ciao! >> something different to throw on your grill at your next
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we are back in today's kitchen where we're getting saucy and creative with grilled foods, you'll probably spend a lot of time on the barbie this summer, with the chicken and steak and we have other ideas for you. >> the folks at "cooking light" magazine have come up with up with few new foods for the grill. great to see you, allison. >> we think about throwing burgers or hotdog on the grill. but you say try something new. >> especially since we're trying to have more fruits and vegetables, why not put them on the grill? >> why wouldn't we? >> what are we going to make? >> these are jalapeno, these are stuffed jalapenos on the grill. a twist on the jalapeno poppers you would get that would be
breaded and deep-fried and massively caloric. this is cheddar cheese, cream cheese, green onions. >> it still is caloric. you've got the cheddar cheese. >> and bacon. put it in there. >> go for it. >> too late now. >> and this is garlic. >> okay. >> and actually one of these cream cheeses is a no-fat cream cheese. >> pulling back a little bit. >> now when you're buying these jalapenos -- aren't these super-hot? >> they are hot, but you can see right here we've taken out the seeds. and the veins. and also when you look for jalapenos, you can see, if they have a little scratchy brown patch on the outside, they're going to be hotter. these going to be a bit milder. >> i didn't know that. >> so you -- slice them, clean them. >> good work for today. >> slice them, clean them out and you want to get something like this. a good offset spatula and fill. >> that's it? >> that's easy to do. want to give it a try?
>> let's give it a try. i have a question, how come when you throw these on the -- forget it. i'm not good at that kind of thing. when you put these on the grill. how did you get it browned on this side? >> great question. so when you put it, if we were at an outside grill. we'll takd down the grill top and the heat will take care of it. cheddar cheese goes nice and golden. it does that. on this we did a little kitchen magic downstairs. >> how long should you cook those? >> this is eight minutes. because you want the bottom of the jalapeno to be nice and soft. so eight minutes, closed grill. and then here's a little bit of cilantro we can put on. some nice tomatoes. >> nice. >> very, very nice. so, that's a good idea. >> the apples on the grill. >> apples on the grill, unusual, huh? you wouldn't think to necessarily do that. >> a nice texture. >> we're marinating these with orange, a little bit of ginger. some honey. mint, black pepper, vanilla. >> interesting, how long should
those soak in there? >> soak for about an hour, hour and a half. >> is this the stuff we're soaking in? >> that's the marinate, yes. >> and how long do those cook? >> these cook for three minutes per side. really good, cooking light recipe, it makes a good side dish. and four apples, three apples serve four people. so you're getting a ton of fiber with that side dish, you can feel good about. >> garnish that guy. >> drizzle on a little marinade at the end. it brings out the sweetness and also helps the grill marks. >> this looks like my real house, i don't know what's going on here? >> this is a polenta cake. that you can make, nice corn meal in there, very simple. kind of like a pound cake. then you slice it, grill it. so it's the same as if you had put it on a toaster, you get great grill marks, crispy edge to your cake. and this is great and summer berries, we were talking about the dessert you just made. it's a raspberry puree, frozen
raspberries, a little sugar, tossed with fresh berries. >> that is delicious, all of the recipes are in your magazine or on our website. >> thank you very much, we wish you happy fourth of july. >> tomorrow, rapper pit bull is going to perform live on the plaza with marc anthony. and t-payne. >> and ann's here. >> and ambush makeovers. >> and gioda de laurentiis will be here. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com