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good morning. disaster on mount mckinley. four climbers presumed dead after an avalanche swept them away on north america's tallest peak. high stakes election. voters in greece off to the polls today amid fears that the vote could send a world economy into a tail spin. we're live in athens with the latest. and kate in the spotlight. the duchess of cambridge stepping out at an important charity event today. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm jenna wolfe. >> i'm tamron hall in for lester this morning on father's day. >> yeah. what a coincidence, lester takes the day off. actually, a very important event that we're going to get to see some pictures of coming up a little bit later. >> we'll tell you about a tragedy on mount mckinley this morning. four climbers from japan are presumed dead after a massive avalanche ripped down the side of the mountain. amazingly one climber survived. we'll have much more in a moment. >> then, a story that has a lot of people talking about right and wrong. a father who beat to death a man who allegedly molested his little girl now could face criminal charges himself. we're going to have details. >> then we'll switch gears, it is summertime, giving us a chance to catch up on our reading list. from love stories to thrillers, we'll check out some great books for you to pick up and download before you go on vacation. >> as mentioned, it is father's day. i wanted to do something let's call it over the top for my dad. so with the assistance of the
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diy network, i actually helped him get a place where he can relax and be himself. it is called the man cave. i helped build one for him. and in the process, i set the bar so high that i not only never have to get him a father's day present again, but couple of my peers might be a little jealous. >> you helped build it? you said you helped -- >> build in air quotes. i was there to delegate and monitor. >> we'll look at what happened. that's pretty cool. first, let's get more of the morning's headlines from tom llamas at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. greeks are voting in an election today that has the whole world watching. let's get more from cnbc's michelle caruso-cabrera in athens. good morning. >> reporter: tom, good morning. there are two leading candidates here in greece and the poll numbers show they are neck and neck to be the next prime minister. now, both candidates have campaigned on the idea that they want greece to stay in the euro. however, one of them has said he wants to renegotiate or even
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cancel the huge financial bailout the country has received in order to keep the country's economy from collapsing. other european leaders who have lent the money say a vote for him is the equivalent of a vote to leave the euro. economistes say if that happens, they fear the financial ripple effect will be felt all over the world, even in the united states. tom, we're going to know the results of the vote sometime in the afternoon in the united states. back to you. >> michelle, thank you so much. staying overseas now, escalating violence in syria has forced u.n. observers to suspend operations. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle is monitoring the operation from cairo. any hope the international peace plan survives? >> reporter: the international peace plan right now is frozen. the u.n. monitors say because their access has been denied, because when they go out on missions they have been attacked by mobs, they have been shot at by syrian forces, they declared that it was too dangerous for them to go out and suspended all operations.
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the syrian opposition is accusing the united nations of cowardice. so right now, it is frozen. but it could get a major jump start depending on a meeting tomorrow between president barack obama and vladimir putin, if russia backs this peace initiative, which so far it has not been backing, it has been backing the syrian government. things could dramatically change. tom. >> richard engel live from cairo. thank you so much. one person is dead and three others hurt after a roof of an outdoor stage collapsed in toronto. police say crew members were setting up the stage last night when it came crashing down. the cause is still under investigation. back here in the states, this amazing video shows a massive fire at two under construction apartment buildings in indianapolis. no one was hurt, but the inferno was so intense, that construction materials across the street ignited. a nearby church caught fire. tim tebow, the new york jets backup quarterback, appears at
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qualcomm stadium today as a special guest for a father's day event. tebow, a deeply religious christian, will deliver a sermon encouraging men to live, love and lead. tens of thousands of people are expected to attend. and swimming in this pool might take courage, but you'll get an amazing view of the skyline. half of the pool is suspended off the 24th floor of a holiday inn in shanghai, china. the bottom is built with transparent materials so you can see to the street below. one swimmer said it feels like flying. that's the news. back to jenna, tamron. there is another place you can sport the cool swimming cap. >> i just need to learn how to swim and this and i'll be like this. >> that was amazing. i love that. >> amazing in what way? scary? >> i have to be there and swim every stroke. >> she would be there, rest of us would watch from below. >> you couldn't get me out of that -- look at that. that's amazing. a great idea. love it. >> hard looking at that. you looked awesome in that hat
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yesterday, by the way. >> you're very kind. michelle grossman, don't be kind to the bathing cap i wore. i'm jealous she's so brave and she has the forecast. you have the power to tell us what to wear today. >> right. first we want to show you some video. this is amazing video out of arizona. we're looking at a dust storm that happened at 5:30 in phoenix. this is the kind of storm that literally takes day into nighttime and reduces visibility down to a quarter mile at the airport. and actually was responsible for four accidents in that area. of. it was actually responsible for four accidents in the area. we're looking at a chance for a severe weather. we are looking at a slight risk for severe storm. looking at damaging hail. we could see hail the size of baseballs. that's no fun. we're looking at scattered shower ins the ohio valley. this is what you need to wear. the bathing cap. in the southwest, sweating there and in the northeast you'll love
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this. very comfortable temperatures. that was a look at the weather across the nation. here's a look in your neighborhood. >> good morning sunday morning. i'm storm 4 meteorologist chuck bell. there's the view outside this morning. a few fair weather cumulus clouds. it will be a nice day to be outside today. temperatures are now in the low to mid 60s across most of the metro area. a few spots back into the 50s. plenty of sunshine for dad and father's day. great weather for baseball or anything you want to do. back to work tomor >> tamron? >> all right, michelle, thank you. four mountain climbers are presumed dead today after an avalanche swept them away on alaska's mount mckinley. v veronica de la cruz has more. >> mount mckinley is the highest peak in north america. in the area where the avalanche hit was not known to be especially dangerous. but the climbers just appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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it was in the early hours of thursday morning, on mount mckinley's most popular trail. five climbers visiting from japan tethered together by a single rope. just below 12,000 feet. when they're swept downhill by an avalanche. when the ground settled, only one climber was alive, saved when a part of the rope he was holding broke loose, swinging him into a crevasse. this photo from the national parks service shows the aftermath of the massive slide. what looks like a tiny trench is actually that 60-foot deep area where the 69-year-old man was protected. when he emerged, he couldn't find his friends and had to make a 14-hour climb down another 4,000 feet by himself to summon help. the national parks service is presuming the four others are dead, even as more than 400 rescuers battle snow and wind to try and find their bodies. the only sign of them so far, this lone red flag.
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a reminder that the lure of nature can come with a price. now the ages of the climbers ranges from 50 to 64. so far their pictures have not been released. tamron? >> veronica de la cruz, thank you. here's jenna. tamron, thanks. now to politics. mitt romney is back on the road again today, taking his bus tour to the crucial battleground state of ohio. the presenidential challenger i trying to convince americans he's more in touch with the economy than president obama is. peter alexander is in brunswick, ohio, with more. peter, good morning. >> reporter: jenna, good morning to you and happy father's day. mitt romney will be enjoying his father's day here in brunswick, ohio, at a pancake breakfast, weather permitting. it was pouring moments ago. he'll be joined by his wife ann, two of his sons and a handful of their grandkids who frankly we saw running around the hotel last night. he faces a unique challenge, though, as he tries to attack the president for the economy. here in ohio, the economy is improving and the unemployment
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rate is better than the national average. taking his case to conservative voters in rural pennsylvania, mitt romney turned a simple slip of the tongue into a sharp tongued attack on the president. >> he upon becoming elected governor -- excuse me, president last time, governor might be a better job for him to have started with. >> thank you. >> reporter: during one stop saturday on his every town counts tour, romney played a light hearted prank on the traveling press, leaving this note inside our bus, joking he had erased our hard drives. but the democrats weren't laughing. slamming romney for an incident before he left office as massachusetts governor, when romney's top aides reportedly erased his administration's e-mails from the server. day two also took a detour. the campaign bypassed a scheduled stop at a wah-wah convenience store where a crowd of democrats led by former pennsylvania governor ed rendell, also an nbc news
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political analyst, were protesting. instead, romney pulled over at another wawa. and dismissed the detour. >> i understand i have a surrogate over there already, so we decided to come to a different place. my surrogate is former governor rendell who said i could win pennsylvania. >> reporter: republicans pounced on rendell after the obama supporters recent critiques of the president's past experience. >> i think the president was hurt by being a legislator only. >> reporter: after ordering a hoagie inside, romney told supporters how impressed he was by the ingenuity of the private sector. >> a great testament. >> pressed a little touch tone keypad, touch this, touch this, touch this. go pay the cashier, there is your sandwich. it is amazing. >> reporter: and while today is father's day, ann romney is a proud mother. her horse yesterday qualified to be a member of the u.s. olympic team. she was at the trial.
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the equestrian trial in new jersey. here is a picture she tweeted out. the tweet, ann romney said, we're proud of jan that is the rider, and team usa. now let's bring home the gold. the romneys are hoping to spend some of their summer at the olympic games in london. jenna? >> peter alexander. peter, thank you very much. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." david, good morning. >> good morning. >> so the campaign trail is in full effect. mitt romney and house speaker john boehner will be at an event today, first public event they'll be at together since romney became the republican nominee. de delicate relationship, romney wants boehner's support but wants to distance himself a little bit from congress, whose approval rating is now down to 17%. how does he walk the line between the two? >> well, jenna, the right question because you're right, he wants the support of boehner, particularly in this state where he's got to drive out conservative votes, particularly the southern part of ohio. but the president's a big effort here is to combine romney's view
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of the economy and taxes and the budget deficit with an unpopular republican congress. and really marry the two of them and say this is just, you know, old line thinking. so that's where he does have to be important. the romney campaign is concerned about ohio for the reasons that peter laid out, the economy is doing better. the auto bailout has an impact, particularly in the northeastern part of the state. all of that can help them run a pretty effective campaign in the state. >> and the economy is his core and basically his sole focus as we approach the election here. he did make interesting comments yesterday regarding president obama's foreign policy. he said whatever obama did in israel, i would have done the opposite. how significant are those comments? >> well, i think there what you're seeing romney do is trying to target jewish votes in a state like florida, where they think they can make up a little bit of room because of a deteriorating relationship between netanyahu and obama. you've seen romney talk about his old friend, prime minister netanyahu. i think a lot of these
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statements are more targeted to particular voting groups, in particular states that are going to be very important. >> meanwhile, president obama and his family, they're in chicago this weekend, for a wedding. this comes on the heels of president obama's new immigration policy. where are americans falling on this? the critic and how are they supporting him? >> i think we'll have to wait a little while to see how that continues to develop. what's clear is this is another attempted target, a key voting group, latino voters. the president wanted to break a stalemate over immigration and particularly what to do with children of illegal immigrants. this is an area where there is some bipartisan consensus and he wanted to plow through that. let's be honest, he also wanted to put mitt romney on the defensive. romney has a lot of ground to make up if he wants to compete for hispanic voters. the president wanted to jam him up a little bit, put him on the spot he has not supported a similar measure, though senator from florida, the republican marco rubio supported something very similar to what the
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president has done. >> and, david what is coming up today on "meet the press." >> we'll talk about it all with david plouffe, the top campaign adviser in the white house and arizona senator john mccain. >> david gregory. david, thank you very much. >> thanks. >> here's tamron. we're seeing a very different side of kate, the duchess of cambridge today. gone is the pageantry and high fashion. annabelle robert has more from london. good morning. >> reporter: hi, tamron. kate put on her country clothes and headed out of town this morning on a charity visit. she went to meet a group of elementary school kids who are spending the weekend at the center where they get to build shelters and experience the great outdoors. many of them coming from inner london have never been out of the city before. of course today's activities were a contrast to what she was up to just 24 hours ago. now that was the queen's official birthday celebration. it is a full military parade with marching bands, horses, and
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over 150,000 soldiers. all the royal family attended. you see her with prince william there. it was good to see prince philip. he was taken ill during the queen's diamond jubilee celebrations and spent five days in hospital. no doubt it was reassuring for the queen to have him back at her side. there he is on the balcony with him at the end. she certainly seemed to be relaxed and happy that he was back at her side, a big event. tamron. >> understandably so. also prince william has a big event this week. he turns 30 on thursday. do we know how the royals plan to celebrate another big occasion? >> that's right. a big day for him. remember, kate herself has already turned 30. well, they're saying they're qu. this couple, they're not wild, they're not like prince harry. they leave the big parties to him, he's the one that goes out to nightclubs and taken -- photos taken of him having a good time. they're going to do something quiet. last friday night, he stayed in
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to watch the soccer, england had a big match in the euro 2012 championship. william stayed home, kate went out to a theater with another group of kids with another charity she supports. don't expect pictures of them having a wild night of celebration. that's not going to happen. >> that's what happens when you turn 30. things slow down a little bit. thank you very much. a great pleasure. today, the high profile sex abuse trial of jerry sandusky. now it is time for the defense to present its case. i'll have a preview. our town had a "brilliant" idea. support team usa and show our olympic spirit right in our own backyard. so we combined our citi thankyou points to make it happen. tom chipped in 10,000 points. karen kicked in 20,000. and by pooling more thankyou points from folks all over town, we were able to watch team usa... [ cheering ] in true london fashion. [ male announcer ] now citi thankyou visa card holders can combine the thankyou points they've earned
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it's you, fully charged. as we mentioned earlier, lester is not here because he's got a very special event to attend today, his son cameron is graduating from stanford university. and lester sent us some pictures from a commencement. he's just beautiful. >> gorgeous. >> from the commencement event yesterday. here he is. the quintessential high five. if you look closely, you'll see the first bump as well. so lester. we want to wish cameron a wonderful congratulations. >> absolutely. and happy father's day to lester. congratulations to carol as well. >> yeah. speak of great fathers, coming up, i wanted to do something wonderful for my dad on this father's day. i got him a once in a lifetime gift. wait until you see his new man cave. better appreciate this, dad. i'm robert shapiro.
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good morning. it is 8:26. i'm richard jordan. here's a look at what's topping your news for today. metro is set to debut a new
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system they say will get you to work and home faster. it starts tomorrow during the weekday rush hour from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. and then 3:30 to 6:00. it adds more trains to the orange and the yellow lines. it is expected to enwhat out more than 110,000 rider during the rush hour times. for more information on how rush plus works just head on over to the website, nbcwashington.com. today, the christian church will hold money to repair the earthquake damage at the church. it's at thomas circle, at massachusetts avenue and 14th street northwest. the event is free, but there is a $20 suggested donation. the magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused $150,000 in damages to the church and its organ. meteorologist chuck bell has [ scott ] i grew up playingl has with little toy trains and now i build them.
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good sunday morning. i'm chuck bell. we have a few fair weather cumulus clouds overhead, but that strong, warm june sunshine will warm things up. 66 now here in washington. 62 in martins burg, west virginia. plenty of sunshine for dad today. enjoy it. highs will reach the 70s, low
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80s. a chance of a quick shower tomorrow. chuck, thanks. we have a full hour of we're back now on this sunday morning, june 17th, 2012. happy father's day to all of you dads through the watching this morning. it is going to be a great day here in the new york area. a little overcast, but still a lot of people out here we want to thank them for coming out, spending part of their weekend and father's day with us. outside on the plaza, i'm tamron hall with jenna wolfe. lester holt has the day off. lucky fellow. we have a lot going on, including this unusual story of crime and punishment. >> this has a lot of people talking. a texas father allegedly catches a man molesting his 4-year-old daughter and then beats him to death. so is he a hero or is he a criminal? a grand jury will decide if he
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will indeed face charges. >> and then we'll switch gears and look at the best new products on store shelves. 50,000 consumers actually voted for these items from as you see there, dog bones to hair color. we're going to tell you what they are. i want the air colohair color. i have a lot of gray. >> you've been dropping hints. i love father's day. people get so excited about it. they wish everybody a happy father's day. it is great. i love my dad so much, i got him the ultimate father's day present. i looked up the guys from the diy network, and we put together an unbelievable man cave for him that you have to see it to believe it. >> i can't wait to see. >> he got emotional, which is really sweet. >> let's get a check of the forecast. michelle grossman from nbc 10 in philadelphia is with us on the plaza. >> i think you gave him a gift
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and a card, a big gift for your dad. it looks like you're looking for a date. >> yes, i am. >> are the girls not good enough on the plaza? >> i'm looking for anybody right now. >> well, i -- i have 20 minutes left in the show. i'll help you out, okay? >> thank you. >> let's look at the maps. we're sweltering in the southwest today. we're looking at desperate. >> we are sweltering in the southwest today. triple digit heat. 1009 in phoenix. a little chilly this morning. we're going to see 70s and even cooler in new england. looking at 60s in boston. as we look throughout the rest of the country we're looking at a cold front in the ohio valley. that means scattered storms and stronger storms in the northern plains. that was a quick look at the weather across the nation. >> good sunday morning. right here in our neighborhood, i'm storm 4 meteorologist chuck bell. we have some sunshine coming through. it's almost 70 degrees here at the friendly peacock here, but still in the 60s across most of the suburbs. 66 in annapolis, 63 also in waldorf.
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here's your forecast then, what a lovely day it will be today. plenty of sunshine for your father's day. perfect for barbecuing or taking the nap in the hammock. enjoy it. it will be >> all right, everyone. say hi to one more person. do you want to say hi to your daddy? and what do you want to say? >> happy father's day. >> you're the best daughter ever. all right. for more and a look at your weather, go to weather.com, always online. jena? >> michelle, thank you very much. authorities in rural texas say a father killed a man who he allegedly caught molesting his daughter. now a grand jury must decide whether he will face charges. the story from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: at this ranch near shiner, texas, a father's fury ended in death. >> i would do the same thing. >> reporter: investigators say about a week ago, 47-year-old jesus flores tried to molest a 5-year-old girl. when her father found out, he punched her attacker several
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times in the head, killing him. the girl's grandfather says flores was a friend of a friend who came to the ranch to help the family care for horses. he says that afternoon the girl and her brother were out feeding chickens, but the brother soon came back and said a man had taken his sister. her father then went looking for her. after hearing his daughter scream, he found her half naked with flores. detectives say his pants and underwear were down when the father started hitting him. >> all indications we have is that he was in defense of a third person, which would be his daughter. >> reporter: the sheriff says the father's remorseful and has not been charged. many neighbors don't think he should be. >> people are just shocked by this, you know? but they feel that it is justified. >> reporter: a grand jury is expected to hear the case this week. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. and now once again, here's tamron. >> jenna, thanks. he's on trial for his life. former penn state assistant
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football coach jerry sandusky. and now after hearing witness after witness talk about how he allegedly sexually abused them, the defense is expected to present its case this week. nbc's john yang has a preview. >> reporter: shuttling between his home and the courthouse, jerry sandusky has been silent. his side will soon have its say in court as his lawyers defend him against the 52 charges of child sexual abuse he's pleaded not guilty to. on friday, the judge said the defense could present expert testimony about a personality disorder they say could explain some of his actions. a mental health expert will also be able to examine sandusky for the prosecution. the defense promised the jury they'll hear sandusky testify in his own defense, after hearing four days of testimony from the alleged victims. >> you have eight different people who came here and told their stories, some of which were very gut wrenching. he doesn't present his side of the story, i think he will --
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the prosecution will win by default. >> reporter: the jury already heard sandusky's voice. the prosecution played an excerpt from his interview with bob costas on rock center, also broadcast on "today." >> are you sexually attracted to young boys, underaged boys? >> am i sexually attracted to underaged boys? >> yes. >> sexually attracted, i enjoy young people. i love to be around them. i but, no, i'm not sexually attracted to young boys. >> reporter: sandusky's wife dottie testifies, it will be the first time she's spoken publicly since the scandal erupted last year. the defense will likely call other young men who spent time with sandusky through his second mile charity for troubled kids and who say there was never any inappropriate behavior with them. the defense will also try to counter the accusers' detail and gut wrenching testimony. the young man known as victim nine said he would scream, telling him to get off me when
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sandusky sexually assaulted him in the former coach's home. victim ten said sandusky told him i would never see my family again if he told anyone what had happened. victim five broke down crying as he told how sandusky exposed himself in the sauna and touched him sexually in a penn state locker room shower. in cross examination, defense lawyers tried to raise questions about the accuser's testimony, suggesting they're trying to cash in with possible civil suits, or improperly coached by investigators. >> they all got to go back and substantiate with evidence those two claims. >> reporter: after the defense presents its case, the seven women and five men of the jury will hold sandusky's fate in their hands. for "today," john yang, nbc news, belafonte, pennsylvania. up next, from dog food to mouth watch, we'll look at the best products out this year. i've worked hard to build my family. and also to build my career. so i'm not about to always let my frequent bladder urges,
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good to see you. >> good to see you too. >> let's start off with the criteria. what was the list? >> the list is -- these are all the new and innovative products that companies are coming out with, they're always trying to come up with great new ideas for consumers. some are ingredient innovations, some are packaging innovations and some are great new ways to use an old product innovation. >> tell me about the judges. >> the judges are consumers. >> every day people. >> every day people. it is done through tnf research. 50,000 people vote on all the best new products and the best innovations and what they feel are the great new products. >> okay. you have 22 winners. we have ten of them on the set. food items really popular. this is call ed microwave popcorn, but the bag turns into a bowl. >> you remember when you popped popcorn, you had that awful bag and you -- you're burning and you get all oily. this opens up and the popcorn is
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already in the bowl. you don't have to make another dish dirty and easy to serve. >> orville redenbacher pop-up bowl. i was talking about this, the hair color. how can hair color be innovative. i thought we had pretty much settled. >> the one great thing about this, as you know, anybody who has done hair color, it drips, you waste a bunch, it gets lost. this is a foam, so you get -- there is no waste of the product, you use it all and no dripping. it goes in your hair and you have no drips all over your towel. >> nothing like that out now? >> there are some now, but this is one of the first ones that came out, so this -- >> they're the innovator in that market. very interesting. you have another food item on the list sierra mist natural. but as i understand it, the flavor stays the same. so why is this innovative? >> it is great that these products, like the natural bliss, they have taken all the bad products, bad ingredients out, so there is no high fructose corn syrup in there, all natural ingredients.
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so it kept the same flavor, but with no bad ingredients and the same with the natural bliss. it is just four ingredients. >> how competitive is it to get on this list? i imagine that's part of the business, trying to stay on top of the game to get the consumer to buy in. >> right. all of these manufacturers, like i said, are really trying to come up with new and innovative products that help consumers, you know, get some great new things or actually things easier to use or better for them, just like snickers with the little peanut butter. >> you mentioned the snickers of the items on the table, which one could you not live with without right now? >> i'd have to say the off bug spray because as we know it is supposed to be a very buggy summer. and that is the one spray that isn't all greasy and awful, you know, when you put it on, the deet ones. >> you you don't look like you're glowing after you put it on. >> it doesn't slick off. that will be a useful item this summer, i think. >> good list of things. colleen, thank you very much. and here's jenna. tamron, thank you very much.
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so from great products to great books, whether you're lounging by the pool or beachside, leafing through the pages of a good book is one of summer's simple pleasures. bo book critic john searle scours the shelves for the best reads for your summer escape. >> i talk to my friends, my neighbors, adrian is getting some sun and get something self-promotion at the same time. let me tell you something i've heard about it. epic, most ambitious novel, magical, enchanting. it sounds aamazing. tell me about it. >> it took me 20 years to write this book, john. >> 20 years. >> it is the story of my grandparent's star crossed love affair. >> i gave to my mom. will she read? >> she'll cry a lot and laugh too. >> this summer, two big follow-up books out, gold, this book is set in the world of professional cycling, about friendships and going for the gold. another book i'm loving is
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heading out to wonderful by robert goolrick. we're here with andy cohen, host of "watch what happens live" and author of the new memoir "most talkative," stories from the front line of pop culture. why will people be reading your books on the beaches this summer? >> it is a dream come true story about how someone who loved pop culture ended up meeting all his idols and working in the field he always loved. and now i make tv for a living and i'm on it. it is just fun. my life has been really fun. i'm really excited. i'll do the front pose for you. >> the big young adult novel that everyone should be reading this summer is called "between the lines" by an author that everybody knows and loves, jodie picoult and by her daughter, samantha van lier. over the course manufacture months, they sat down and wrote
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a story about a girl who becomes obsessed with a very handsome prince inside the pages. we're here with greg allman, rock legend, and author of "my cross to bear," a new memoir about his life. just the most fantastic and interesting life. i've read about it a long time. >> my life has been such a groove that i figured maybeom day when i'm whatever age, and sitting on the porch in my rocking chair, i might want to thumb through a few pages and just relive all the stuff. >> anyone looking for a suspenseful read this summer at the beach, pick up "into the darkest corner," a thriller about the dark side of female friendships. tony award winner, oscar nominee, franklin jealous, turns creative talents toward the book of "dropped names," a fun dishy book about the icons he's met in
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his life as an actor 50 years. we figured who better to ask than an actor who just has been nominated for a tony for her role in ghost. so let's go talk to her. he says in the introduction that actors backstage have this sort of one-upmanship where they try to outdo each other with outlandish stories and dropping the biggest names possible. is that true? does that happen backstage? >> of course it is true. >> why do you think people should read this book this summer? >> it is intimate. you feel like you're having a personal conversation -- >> with him. will you do your famous line from the show? >> absolutely. ready? molly, you in danger, girl. >> i felt that. >> you felt that. >> i felt it all the way out here on the plaza. just ahead, if you're looking for some last minute father's day ideas, i got one for you, a man cave. courtesy of my dad's favorite and only daughter. that's just ahead. ♪
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today is father's day. and after years of getting my dad ties, tools and pants, i decided this was the year to go big. by big, i mean really big. like man cave big. it is late morning at my parents' house, where my dad is taking in the chaos that is my father's day present to him. >> unbelievable. it is just totally blowing me away. i have no idea what to expect. >> reporter: i invited over the crew of diy network's popular show "man cave" to turn the family basement into a haven just for my dad. >> a man cave is a space for a guy. it is his own space. it is a place for him to relax and be himself.
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anything he wants. >> reporter: jason cameron is one of the hosts. he's in charge of the building, the designing, and the grunt work. then there's the other host. you want to see where your partner in crime is right now? >> i know where he is. >> reporter: look where he is. he is getting sun. >> doing what he does best. >> reporter: tony is 12-year nfl veteran tony siragusa. i see you're the creative mind behind this couple, right? you come in and just sort of say i want this, this, this and not that? >> i have a lot of vision. put some guy stuff over here, please. what is this thing? jason, he's a control freak. which is good, you know. the odd couple. >> reporter: hug it out. hug it out. >> he wants to do everything. me, i'm like, all right, jenna, you do nails very well, you go over here and do nails. delegating authority. >> reporter: yes. since this was in fact my gift to my dad, tony did delegate. i have to pitch in a bit. this is like a one-stop shop. will this make my hair smell,
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though? what is that smell? oh, my god. again? oh, god. oh, my gosh. >> what did i tell you? nice cut. very nice. you're a little off here, but you did good. >> reporter: i got to tell you, that was probably most empowering thing i have ever done. if i could walk into 30 rock with that thing, nobody would ever bother me. >> reporter: as smoothly has that meant, trying to build a man cave doesn't come with the occasional hang-up the. there is some drama because they can't fit the couch down here. did it ever cross your mind there wouldn't be a couch down here? yeah. >> reporter: what did you do? >> we took it part. >> reporter: and you can put it back. >> i wouldn't say that. >> reporter: is there a chance my dad is going to sit on this couch for the first time and it -- >> falls apart? absolutely. >> reporter: it was time for the moment of truth. >> ben and jenna, come on down.
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waiting to go. waiting to go. come on. >> there he is. >> wow. >> oh, my gosh. >> unreal. >> i just can't describe -- i can't believe this is the same room. >> reporter: yeah in you ready for this, dad? >> yes, sliding door. >> okay. let's check out your shop. >> reporter: he's like a kid. you're like a kid. >> this is really, really -- oh, my god. beautiful. >> you got your couch, check out the flat panel on the wall. >> i'll ask you a question. your daughter, she called us, it is father's day, i got to do something special for my father. what does she mean to you, tell me? >> she's unbelievable. just -- what can i say? what can i say? she's just unbelievable. >> happy father's day. >> really. >> you got a great daughter. >> happy father's day. >> thank you. thank you. >> don't forget, i'm the one that got it for you. happy father's day.
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>> not only did i get it for him, i'm still paying for it and will be for a long time. >> you're not supposed to bring that up. his face was so sweet. >> most amazing man on planet. i love my dad. happy father's day. if you want to see more how this team transformed my dad's basement, check out the actual episode of this whole show, man cave 2:00 p.m. eastern on the diy network today. we want you to tell us why your dad deserves a man cave. head to our website at today.com, say a few words about why dad is so special in your life. we may just show up with jason and tony and the rest of the crew. >> pretty cool. >> yeah. >> all these great dads behind us. >> look at that one. it is father's day. we're going to take a break. we're back right after this. with ultra-filtered water from the first ever hands-free dispenser, and micro-climate controls powered by twinchill™ technology, the new ge french door refrigerator is engineered to push the limits of fresh.
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and we leave you this morning with our version of "today's life illustrated," our chance to share photos of your most cherished moments. today we all pay tribute to the dads out. >> thanks so much for sending us your special snapshots. you can submit them on our website, today.com or facebook and twitter. we can't say happy father's day enough to all the great fathers. >> we just did. have a wonderful sunday, everybody. >> enjoy your day. >> happy father's day. >> aw. can't say it enough. ♪ how sweet it is to be loved by you ♪ ♪ how sweet it is to be loved by you ♪ ♪ i needed the shelter
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of someone's arms ♪ ♪ there you were ♪ i needed someone to understand my ups and downs ♪ ♪ there you were ♪ with love and devotion deeply touching my emotions ♪ ♪ i want to stop and thank you, baby ♪ ♪ i want to stop and thank you, baby ♪ ♪ yes, i do how sweet it is to be loved by you ♪ ♪ feels so fine ♪ how sweet it is to be loved by you ♪ ♪ i close my eyes at night ♪ ♪ wondering where would i be without you in my life ♪
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♪ everything i did just the day before ♪ ♪ everywhere i went seems i've been there before ♪ ♪ you brighten up for me all of my days ♪
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hi, everyone. good morning. i'm richard jordan. >> i'm angie goff. it's sunday, father's day, june 17, 2012. happy father's day to all you dads out there. >> looks like mother nature has been great. >> no complaints at all, at least not from this end of the desk. the complaint department is closed on the weekends anyway. you tried to open it up last weekend when we had 90 degree days, but not stop. today, father's day looks as nice as cred. welcome

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