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civil to one another. one weekend two weeks before the murder jeff agreed to take care of theresa's dog, and he slept over at her house when theresa had to work overnight at the hotel. but on the day police believe theresa was murdered, she did tell her friends something tha this morning on "early today," big talk. lawmakers delay their recess avoiding a government shutdown while president obama turns up the heat on republicans. education nation, a week-long spirited debate about the state of our schools. andd leaps of fatal, a wingd stuntman performance a andd leaps of fatal, a wingd stuntman performance a death-defying jump in china. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning.
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i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with running out of time. disaster victims depending on government aid may be left high and dry if lawmakers don't work out their differences. today the senate will vote on a measure to fund the government through november. tracie potts joins us live from washington with the details. good morning to you. >> veronica, good morning. here is the situation from fema, whose money is tide up in this spending bill. they've got at this point less than $175 million left in emergency disaster aid and it looks like that money could run out wednesday or possibly as soon as tomorrow. $3.7 billion has been appropriated for fema for emergency funds by the house, but they cut some clean energy programs to do that and senate democrats don't want to see those programs cut. the house, the senate were both supposed to be in recess this week as this government shutdown loomed looms on friday.
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the senate postponed its recess. they're coming back later this afternoon to vote on their own version of the bill. but then they would have to reconcile it with what the house voted on last week. it's quite a crunch before this possible shutdown. when it comes to the economic situation in this country, president obama said we could be looking at a fundamental disaster here if we, in fact, go with the republicans' version of how they want things to be taken care of. bottom line, there's a vote later this afternoon to see if we can keep government running past thursday. >> that's very pots in washington, thank you. hikers shane bauer and josh fattal are back home again on american soil. with sara shroud at their side, they talked about their captivity. the men, who were convicted of spying say they would held in
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solitary confinement and they often hear screams of other prisoners. the pair believe they were detained because of their nationality, not because they passed the border of iraq. a week-long fsummit is bein held regarding education. >> the summit brings together the nation's top educators and business leaders and policymakers here to 30 rock to debate the key issues affecting education and also find way toes improve how children learn. >> teachers, educators and innovators came together. >> a great teacher in the classroom is fundamental and it's what changes the trajectory of the students. >> reporter: voicing their concerns.
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>> when i know passionate teachers have left the classroom, it's not because of lack of dollars, it's a lack of voice. >> reporter: and looking for solutions when only one-third of students are proficient in studies such as math and reading. >> it's our joe job as educators to make sure we're keeping the same standards for all students. >> from the debate over student performance and teachers evaluation and teacher pay. >> if we want to keep the best teachers in the classroom, we want to pay them commensurate with the passion they have for their students. >> we can take what we do here and the format here, the different voices and the time that they're getting, we can certainly bring that to the classroom. >> one of the biggest challenges facing communities, the economy. school budgets are facing cutbacks and many teachers are being forced to take a second job to make ends meet. >> the features aren't being
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compensated well enough to take care of their families and they have to take second jobs, they can't be at their best when they walk into that classroom. >> teachers impacted by the economy, policies and at times, frustration. but still determined to give students their best. >> and a lot of issues to tackle in the next few days. now, while there has been a lot of progress and a lot of issues still need to be dealt with, there has been some key progress in the past year. the overall education rate in public schools has risen to 72%, the highest in two decades. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in san diego friday night, some people who watch closely enough may have gotten a glimpse of debris from nasa's satellite before falling down to earth. according to nasa, the defunct six-ton upper atmosphere
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research satellite splashed down into the pacific early saturday morning. in wisconsin, folks near lake michigan had a rare sighting of their own this weekend. time lapsed video shows a waterspout spinning over the surface of the lake near milwaukee. fortunately, the only tornados spotted were the ones that form over water. finally, a sight that could put your stomach in a tailspin this weekend. the seventh annual world tamale contest was held. the champion scarfed down 67 tamales, earning him $1,500. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is meteorologist todd santos with the weather channel forecast. i can barely eat one tamale in 12 minutes. >> $1,500 is not enough.
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>> you don't think so? >> no, not for me. let's take you to something as far as texas is concerned. there may be some implications going forward this week and next week for hurricane hillary to maybe drop a little of this moisture that is dropping across portions of the pacific over maybe the southwest. some of that could get into the forecast there. there's a look at the system there. category three 120 mrm miles per hour winds. this is why i mentioned it. towards friday, the front weaknesses. at this point, you can get some of that moisture getting towards the four corners. i mentioned that with a chance of showers. looking ate today, some of the greatest rainfall will be near some of these areas. we're dealing with an upper level low here that's going to be in place through a good portion of this week, at least through wednesday if not thursday. so d.c. and the chance for showers, chances decrease as you go north. the better opportunities show up here tomorrow. there's a look at the region.
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let's check out your local forecast. new york, coming in with 81 degrees today. umbrella, not necessarily -- well, a necessary thing. charles, north carolina, better chance for showers and thunderstorms. again, lots of stuff going on around the country. we'll talk about those rain showers that leave the country alone. >> but you said two things. 80 in new york, so we can be friends. wall street licks its wounds, wall street tumbles and boeing's dreams finally come true. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, all these years later, does the lion king have the legs to make it two in a row? coming up, the steelers and colts down go to the wire, and mikat vick is hurt again. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm ver ron ka de la cruz. here are some of your top headlines this morning. gunfire erupted overnight at a hotel in the rarn capital. several afghans were wounded before one lone gunman was shot dead. saudi arabia's king has announced women will be granted the right to vote for the first time beginning in 2015. saudi women, however, are still not allowed to drive or travel without permission from a male guardian. and that is traveling abroad. after more than 40 hours in the water, diana nyad has abandon her latest attempt to make the journey from cuba to florida without a shark cage. her face and body swelled from a painful jellyfish stain and medics advised more stings could be life threatening. the end of an era in spain where the final bullfight was
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held sunday. the local parliament outlawed the sport last year after a citizen's petition. anti-demonstrators clash broke out after the event. in china, an amazing feat by jeb corlet, jumping through a helicopter, he managed to dive through a hole in a cliff at a speed of 75 miles per hour before landing safely. absolutely incredible. and now here is an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow owns at 10,731 after adding 10 points on friday. the s&p was up 6. the nasdaq rose 27. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 186 points. in hong kong, the hang seng dropped 261. wall street opens for business today after suffering its worst week since the death of the financial crisis three years ago.
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the s&p 500 fell 6.6%. the nasdaq item knowledged 5.3% for the week. analysts expect significantly fewer healthy earnings and outlooks moving forward, which would make data all the more important. reports to watch for this week include new home sales due for august today. the consumer price index comes out tomorrow. durable goods order is out weapons. on friday, we'll get august personal income and spending data. elsewhere, the national average for regular unleaded gas is $3.51 a gallon, down 47 cents from its high in early may. for the fist time in months, prices have fallen below $3 a gallon in places includes parts of michigan, missouri and texas. finally, boeing's long awaited dream machine finally became a commercial reality sunday, three years behind schedule, when the 787 was formally delivered to
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japan's awill i nippon heirways. the red sox try to win another game and jimmie johnson fades in the chase. plus, the mighty tom brady and the patriots get a rude reception from their host, the no-names of buffalo. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. as far as the forecast is concerned, we'll check in on the travel trouble spots and get you set for your monday. you're watching "early today." ♪
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, we may only be three weeks into the nfl season, but it's definitely not too early to say the buffalo bills are an entirely different new team. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. if we learned anything about the nfl yesterday, it's that the patriots tom brady is human and the buffalo bills are for real. they rallied from 21 down to beat the patriots. buffalo picked brady off four times. brady threw four interceptions all of last season. this pick six tied it late in the fourth. the bills were a perfect 3-0 after an impressive 34-31 win. giants, another game, another injury for michael vick.
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took a hit and broke his nonthrowing hand. eli manning had his way with the eagle defense through four touchdowns, a pair of victor cruise. giants won it, 29-16 in philly. in oakland, the raiders pulled out all the stops to beat the jets. took the reverse, 23 yards up the middle for the score, raiders won it, 34-24. no one thoughts the colts/steelers game was going to be close, but it was. it came down to the last possession. pittsburgh hit the game-winning field goal with four seconds left and the steelers escaped indy with a 23-20 win. where is noah's ark when you need it? monsoon-like weather. the fans had to bail water out of the stands just to sit in their seats. cam newton for the rain and his first nfl win. carolina won it, 16-10. nascar tony stewart won his second straight race, now leads the chase for the cup standings.
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finally, the red sox needed a win and it took them 14 innings to get it. jacoby else bury with the go ahead home run. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. the brad pitt him a homer or strike out at the box office? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, a world war ii veteran from a historic pioneering outfit steps back in time. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today." want to take a quick look at temperatures across the country. still have a cool pool of air in place around the great lakes. mild in new york city. back down through d.c. also dealing with patchy fog this morning. temperatures around 78 degrees in d.c. one of the better chance for showers and thunderstorms. same story for chicago, much of central ohio. once again, tomorrow, we start to see the chance of showers increasing from philly up towards new york city today pap slight chance tomorrow. a much better opportunity all thanks to that upper level low. if you're watching us on wzrg in buffalo, new york, they're not reptiles. see creatures that live part of their lives in water and part of their lives on land at an fibbans at the zoo. that's your "early today" event of the day. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. something old with something new was a winning theme once again
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at the box office this weekend. the lion king in 3-d clawed its way to the top taking in just over $22 million. disney now plans to leave the updated classic in theaters longer than the two-week run initially planned. brad pitt's "money ball" opened in line with expectations at just of $20 million. in third was the star-packed family film "dolphin tale." after those films, there wasn't much left for "abduction" which opened in fourth with just over $11 million. and another action thriller, "killer elite." it managed to open in fifth with $9.5 million. i wonder what happened there. >> when you have that many of a star packed -- >> when you have bob bow dinero,
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come on. >> but some of the movies he was in haven't been that believable. >> and you're probably not going to go and see it? >> i'll wait until it comes out. this comes to us from portland, maine, where an army veteran took the ride of a lifetime. retired staff sergeant james shepherd knows his way around an airplane. from 1942 to 19 had 5, he was a crew chief with the tuskegee airmen, the army's first all black core unit. he got a chance to enjoy the view from a plane that he kept flying all those years ago when we needed them most. i'm veronica de la cruz, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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4:28 is the time right now. we have 70 degrees in the nation's capital. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. breaking news. at least one american is dead after an overnight attack in afghanistan. an afghan employee of the u.s. government carried out the attack on a government building in kabul. another american was wounded in
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the attack but is expected to survive. the embassy says the attacker was killed. the building is used by the cia, which is not commented to far on the incident. six men in prison accused of planning a terrorist attack in the united kingdom. the men are charged late last night just days after their arrest in birmingham. the attack had been in the works since last christmas. two others are accused of failing to alert authorities. it's unclear where and when the men were planning to carry out the attack. today we expect to learn more about the damage to the washington monument. the monument has been closed since the earthquake last month. this afternoon the national park service will talk about the damage found and how long repairs to the 550-foot structure will take. the agency is already planning to winterize the structure to prevent further damage over the next few months. it's only the third game of the season, but the r


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