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good morning. new overnight, secretary of state john kerry talks to us about the escalating tensions in north korea as he wraps up his asian tour. gun fight, a handful of republicans signaling they will support new background checks for gun buyers, with a crucial vote now looming. and first grandchild, former president george w. bush and his wife, laura, beaming with their new granddaughter, mila, which is a roundabout way of saying we're congratulating jenna and her husband, henry. "today," monday april 15th, 2013. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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and good morning, welcome to the special split edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer in new york and savannah is in washington. always nice to start the show with happy news and nice pictures. >> exactly. so excited about little baby mila and just like her mom she's in a hurry, she came about two weeks early. >> when jenna was here on thursday on the show she was over it, ready to go. we congratulate them this morning. you're in washington, meanwhile, to interview the president. >> we'll sit down with president obama later today at the white house. we'll talk about everything from this crucial gun control vote this week to the economy, north korea, the escalating tension there is and we'll have that exclusive interview for you tomorrow on "today". >> we look forward to that, savannah. we have new information on how the obama administration is handling the latest threats from north korea. nbc's chief foreign affairs
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correspondent andrea mitchell talked to secretary of state john kerry overnight. andrea, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. john kerry wrapped up his six-nation tour with an offer for direct talks with north korea if north korea stops testing nuclear weapons and threatening its neighbors. before leaving tokyo, kerry sat down with us. >> i think there's been so much rhetoric and so much intensity to the missiles and to the confrontation that sometimes the message gets lost so i think it never hurts to reinforce that a nation is prepared under the right circumstances when conditions are met to have appropriate negotiation. >> reporter: your friend, john mccain, has said every time different administrations negotiate with north korea that they take our money, they take our fuel and then they go ahead and cheat. so why wouldn't that happen again? >> we are determined -- i am determined to try to find if
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there is a different formula. >> reporter: what does it mean if he does launch a missile or do some other provocative act on this day, the anniversary or in the coming days? >> my hope is there won't be, because that would mean perhaps we're turning a corner and there's a possibility of moving in a better direction. >> reporter: could an envoy make a difference? >> not unless they indicate that they're prepared to move in the directions that everybody has made clear they need to move in. we're not going to go through the same cycle here. >> there's no sign that north korea would accept the u.s. offer but this is a major shift in the administration's thinking about how to defuse the threat of war. matt? >> andrea mitchell this morning, thank you very much. now let's go to savannah. >> matt, thank you. this is a big week in the fight over gun control here in washington, a vote on a proposal to expand background checks is expected and this morning, there are some signs that support for it is growing, its fate not certain. nbc's capitol hill correspondent
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kelly o'donnell has the details. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. signs of getting support but i've also learned overnight some confusion among senators who aren't sure about many of the details that are in the bill so they have questions and today the top democrat and republican who crafted this compromise will try to answer those questions. today is about selling it to the undecideds. from sign-carrying protesters for and against new gun laws to heartbroken parents taking the president's place in his weekly national address. >> our younger son, ben, age 6, was murdered in his first grade classroom. >> reporter: political pressure from all sides. maine republican susan collins up for re-election and under attack from gun rights groups. >> susan collins doesn't sound like a mainer or republican. >> reporter: she revealed her decision first to nbc news. she is a rare republican yet.
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>> we have bipartisan support. >> reporter: pat toomey and joe manchin have top nra ratings and forged the deal on background checks. >> some will say you didn't go far enough and some say you went too far. >> reporter: they will need many more to make this happen because there are a number of democrats especially those from red states up for re-election who are not expected to support this. savannah? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill, thank you. let's get to chuck todd, good morning, good to see you. >> good morning. >> this is all, it's very uncertain what's going to happen when this finally gets to a vote. this really depends on these red state democrats that kelly was just talking about. >> it does and there's probably going to be around as many as a dozen republicans who could at least be lobbied to potentially
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vote for it, but i look at this and it might pass. it might not. it's on an ice edge but where does it go from thhere? >> to the house. >> no vote matters unless they get 70 or 75 votes that's when john boehner says i've got enough political cover i can do this with a mix of republicans and democrats and we're never going to get nowhere close to 70 votes in the senate. >> we've seen emotional lobbying from families of the newtown victims? has that been a game changer? a the gun control opponents are keeping quiet, so in that respect it's changed the conversation a little fbit but, they've got a lot of work to do, to get the house to do everything that's happened this
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week which will take months and months to convince the house do it, they'll have to live here in washington. >> immigration, this gang of eight compromise on immigration. we saw senator marco rubio out on every sunday show that exists yesterday. is he key to selling this to conservatives? >> it's a gang of one as far as i'm concerned. it's marco rubio and everybody else. everyone else shouldn't be totally overlooked but marco rubio, the issue of 70 votes in the senate, marco rubio's ability to sell the conservatives to get it to 70 to 75 votes that's how john bainer is able to tell his conservative members i'll do this with a mix of democrats, it's too important to the party nationally. if rubio can't do that in the senate this dies in the house. >> which has a better chance, guns or immigration. >> immigration is going to happen. guns there's no chance, i hate to say it. >> chuck todd thank you very much.
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guns and immigration are two of the issues i'll be discussing with president obama when i sit down with him later today at the white house and you can see our exclusive interview tomorrow only on "today". we're following a developing story out of iraq. natalie morales is back in new york with more on that. >> good morning to you, and we begin with a highly-coordinated string of bombings across iraq. at least 31 people are dead, just a week before the country's first elections since u.s. troops withdrew back in 2011. some 200 others were wounded. uncertainty this morning in venezuela after hugo chavez's chosen successor nicolas maduro won the presidential election. his rival is demanding a recount. nbc's mark potter is in caracas with more. >> reporter: nicolas maduro won with 50.66% of the vote.
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it's unusual because he'd been hand picked by hugo chavez when he died and after winning more than 200,000 votes he went on national tv to claim victory and some of his supporters took to the streets to celebrate although most of the streets in caracas were quiet. h henrique capriles refused to recognize the election and demanded a full recount. he said maduro was a big loser last night and argued that peace in this country depends on finding the truth about what actually happened in this dramatic election. natalie? >> mark potter in caracas, venezuela, thank you. the faa is ordering special inspections of boeing 737 to replace a possibly defective part on more than 1,000 planes that could cause pilots to lose
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control of their aircraft. while it is a pressing issue, no planes are being grounded in the roundup. today is april 15th, need i remind you it's the irs fight deadline for individual income tax returns. for more on this and the rest of today's economic news we turn to cnbc's jackie deangelis at the new york stock exchange. >> good morning, natalie. big week on wall street, 30 s&p companies reporting this week that will set the tone for the market and tax day, it's dreaded by many but some companies like mcdonald's, cinnabon, boston market are trying to ease the pain and playing the hero helps build brand loyalty with customers. >> i guess you can enjoy at least on that front. jackie deangelis, thank you.
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jenna bush hager gave birth to a baby girl, margaret laura hager, mick named mila, arrived saturday evening weighing in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and a picture of perfection, there she is with jenna, husband henry and former president george w. bush and wife laura, first-time parents. we're so happy for them. >> congratulations to everyone. 6 pound 15 ounces, just round that to 7 pounds but i think she was really ready for the pregnancy to be over >> she wasn't ready to go. when we saw her thursday i was asking her is your bag packed, car seat, carrier. she's like i don't have any of that done so she was certainly, i hope she packed on friday i hope. >> and as we congratulate savannah the bush family let's congratulate the hager family as well. >> of course.
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>> this little girl was named for her grandmothers. >> margaret and laura. they're about to dedicate the bush presidential library in a couple of weeks. she wasn't sur with that. she wasn't sure her mom was going to be able to be there in time for the birth. as you can see from the pictures, everybody was there and everybody got to meet mila. good timing, mila. >> we'll talk to her soon. >> savian, thanks. >> i predicted it would be a girl. >> did you? >> i had 50/50. >> you said boy. i said yankee fan. >> you never know. >> i said rangers. big storm system. look at some of the damage it's caused. unfortunately in washington state, snoqualmie pass, one person dead, one person missing, one person injured in two separate avalanches. bismarck, north dakota, picking
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up over 17" of snow. two major storms today, one over the dakotas, second one getting itself together over the rockies. this one is going to dump a ton of snow over the next 48 hours. anywhere from a foot to two feet of snow from northern colorado into central wyoming. as we move along this system we'll be look iing at another three to six inches, maybe nine inches of snow up through the red river valley. the next half hour, we'll explain why that's bad news for flooding. we'll get to your local forecast. first, your message.
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good morning. grab an umbrella before you head out the door. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. light rain around the metro area, northern virginia, district in maryland. we do have some rain just west of fredericksburg, heading west to east. and storm team 4 radar up close showing a few scattered sprinkles around the metro area right now. upper 60s >> and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> al, thank you. the so-called rich list is out this morning, an annual report of hedge fund managers who made the most money and once again the numbers are staggering. nbc's senior investigative correspondent lisa myers is here with more. >> good morning. we're talking about the mega rich, the biggest, most sophisticated players on wall street. each of the top four managers earned more than $1 billion last
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year, but by their standards, that's only a pretty good year. today, even for the small investor, wall street is at record levels. the man at the top of the institutional investors rich list david tepper pulled in $2.2 billion by going all in last year. >> first off before you start a couple of things. we weren't up 24, we were up 30%. >> reporter: that's almost twice as much as the stock market rose overall. >> tepper was convinced there was great opportunity in u.s. equities, he made a big bet and made a lot of money. >> he's long been known as a billionaire with middle class sensibilities. not long ago he bought in $44 million home in the hamptons, tore it down and spent untold millions building a new one. number two, raymond dalio, $1.7
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billion. number three, steve cohen, $1.4 billion. >> since he started sac he's returned 30% on average after fees. >> cohen's investors returned half that last year when a criminal investigation swirled around the man many consider the smartest trader on wall street. cohen denies wrongdoing and has never been charged with anything. the legal problems don't appear to have impacted his wallet. he paid $150 million for this picasso last year and another $60 million for this oceanfront home. the fourth man to pull in more than $1 billion, james simons $1.9 billion. he's been on this list a dozen years bringing home more than $18 billion. since it's tax day we should note these billions are taxed at a lower rate that be most americans pay on their salaries. none of the managers would comment for us but a spokesman points out all give a ton of money to charity.
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>> lisa myers, thank you very much. let's go back to matt in new york. >> thank you. it was a masters to remember, history was made last evening when adam scott won a thrilling playoff. nbc's kerry sanders is still in augusta this morning. kerry, good morning to you. >> reporter: it was a young 32-year-old adam scott who won the masters. he is the first australian to take a green jacket, so as they say down under, good on ya, adam. it's what happened on the 15th hole with tiger woods that is still all anyone can talk about. tiger woods hopes to be back next year with this new controversy behind him. >> you have got to be kidding me! >> reporter: when his ball hit the flagpole and bounced into the drink the rules allow him to drop a replacement ball. all was fine until someone watching on television phoned the rules committee to claim he
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dropped the ball two yards from its original spot. league officials reviewed the tapes and agreed and tiger received a two-shot penalty. >> i was surprised somebody was able to do that. where did they get the number to call in and report something like that. >> reporter: tiger woods even admitted his error on espn. >> i went back to where i was and i should have taken two yards further back and tried to hit my shot another two yards off of what i felt like i hit it. >> reporter: but before and after photos taken by the "augusta chronicle" with measurements suggest the ball drop may have been just inches from the original spot. still, it all caused a huge uproar with many calling for tiger to withdraw from the tournament. tiger woods, who divorced after admitting marital infidelity is now dating olympic skier lindsey vonn her ex-husband joked on twitter he was the viewer who called the rules committee. no problem, masters tournament,
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happy to call in and help. you always have to keep an eye on the cheaters. but tiger still has his fans. >> tiger's tiger. can he do what he wants. >> reporter: you might say this was a masters tournament for the ages with 14-year-old tianlang guan for the youngest player to compete and 32-year-old adam scott honoring his country to become the first australian to win the tournament in more than half a century. >> adam scott! >> reporter: if tiger woods had not been assessed the two-stroke penalty he still would not have won the masters. adam scott with playing with his caddie stevie williams and who did stevie williams previously caddie for, tiger woods. >> six degrees of separation, kerry. thank you. after adam scott had heartbreak at the british open last year, a lot of people were rooting for him but angel cabrera, how could you not root for him. >> the last shot was hanging on
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the edge. do you think he was in the zone or not, tiger? >> in terms of the drop? >> yes. >> i think it was close but i think his statements that he kind of stepped back on purpose are what's going to have a lot of people talking and whether there was a double standard that he got treatment that another golfer might not have. anyway, it doesn't matter now. it's all over and adam scott is the masters champion. all right, savannah. >> another twitter controversy goes to bed. coming up, why nothing may happen if you text 911 in an emergency and what's being done to change that. and michael jackson's daughter, paris, opens up about her surprising plans for the future. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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7:26 is your time now on this monday, april 15th, 2013. i'm eun yang. d.c. police need your help to solve two separate sex assaults over the weekend, 21st and 8th street, a woman was assaulted by three men. another assault on lincoln road. police say a man knocked on a woman's door and asked to use the phone. once inside, police say the man sexually assaulted the woman. if you have any information on either assault, please call the police. >> alexis davies joins us now with a look at traffic. good morning. >> penn south 511 on the mark train, 19-minute delay. single tracking routine maintenance work. elsewhere, 66 eastbound as you approach the beltway, seeing
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pretty heavy volume delays there. no incidents being reported. 270 southbound as you approach shady grove road, also seeing volume delays but no incidents reported. those delays, 95 northbound as you're heading into the beltway, still significant. eun? >> alexis the grief was staggering. one hundred days after us senate starts to act are coming together background checks the second amendment hands of dangerous criminals. ninety percent of america background checks. urge them to join comprehensive background checks. demand action. now.
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>> good morning. grab an umbrella. south and west, areas in the yellows, it's coming down harder from la ray to fredericksburg. we have this light rain with us off and on for another few hours. noontime, cloudy. cloudy in the afternoon with highs reaching upper 60s. partly sunny wednesday, thursday, friday. small chance of a shower each day. likely rain friday. sunn
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♪ wake me up before you go, go who has had a dream of waking up with al roker? well, imagine it no more, america. we are going to send al to the house of one lucky viewer. he'll do the weather there, cook you breakfast, whatever you need in the morning. it's coming up 7:30 on this monday morning, the 15th of april, 2013, i'm savannah guthrie live in washington. al is there on the plaza getting ready to snuggle with some lucky viewer. matt, you're back in studio 1a. >> i am apparently we know al goes to bed fully clothed which is amazing. savannah, also ahead a rare interview with michael jackson's daughter, paris, what her life is like now nearly four years after the death of her father and what she's thinking about doing with his famous neverland
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ranch. then what would do you if your child was being bullied? coming up one father's simple gesture that's having an impact on other parents across the country. we'll have their story. but we begin this half hour with new details on the tragic death of a california girl who took her own life after she was allegedly assaulted by a group of her peers. natalie is back with that story. >> good morning, savannah. before she died, 15-year-old audrie potts posted about her humiliation on facebook. now her parents are set for a wrongful death suit. online 15-year-old audrie potts lives on, a loving daughter but her family says eight days before committing suicide last september audrie was sexually attacked by three boys from her high school in saratoga, california. >> at least one photograph was taken that was distributed to,
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in audrie's words, the whole school, showing her in a violated, exposed way. >> her last week of life she posted her anguish on facebook. "i was asleep and people did [ expletive ] to me. the whole school knows. my life is like ruined now." her grieving parent also took to the web. ultimately she had not yet acquired the antibiotics to deal with the challenges present for teens in today's society. on friday police arrested the three boys now facing charges for sexual battery. lawyers for the boys told nbc news, "some of the statements made concerning this case have been greatly exaggerated." while the saratoga student newspaper reports only a handful of students had seen the photo experts say that is too many. >> i think the young people are desensitized to sexual images of each other so to them it's just entertainment and they don't realize what they've done is take a picture of a crime scene.
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>> reporter: it's not the first time social media has played a part in teens' sexual abuse and suicide. last month two steubenville, ohio, high school football players were found guilty of rape, a case where dozens of text messages and cell phone pictures provided the evidence. and in 2007, 18-year-old tyler clemente a student at rutgers university, took his life after a roommate used a web cam to spy on him during a date with another man. later this morning, the attorney for audrie's parents say he will file a wrongful death suit against the three teens who were arrested. >> the acts that they did were so heinous, we believe we'll clearly demonstrate that this is what went aud ri e over the edge. >> and the boys are all considered juveniles. they head to court on tuesday. the same day that audrie's parents launch a campaign for audrie's law and tell us "the
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current laws are not a deterrent for 16 years old. these are not kids. these are young adults who need to face serious consequences for their behavior or these types of sexual assaults will continue." let's head outside for a check of the weather once again. here's al. >> announcer: today's weather is brought to you by universal orlando resort. it's your vacation. just don't take it, mean it. >> we were talking about snow up through the dakotas and this is bad news for f dakotas. this means bad news for folks in the red river valley, where they've had a lot of flooding going on. over the weekend, bismarck, over 17" of snow, fargo, 6 inches. hoven, picking up 16 inches of snow. red river valley will see another three to six inches of snow. that means the flood state for the red river. flood stage is 18 feet.
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50% chance that river will exceed the flood stage, 38 feet at fargo. they've already got a million sand bags ready to go, because this could be a top five flood of all time for fargo. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> reporter: good morning. light rain around the metro area. storm team 4 radar showing somewhat heavier rain falling west of fredericksburg and areas in dark yellow passing over the metro area the next couple of hours. right now we're in the mid to low 50s. then on tuesday, wednesday, thursday, each day a slight chance of an i >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> al, thank you very much. michael jackson's now 15-year-old daughter paris is speaking out in a very revealing interview. andrea canning is here with what she's saying. good morning to you.
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>> good morning. one thing she said really surprised me so we'll see if we're on the same page about that. paris jackson opens up about growing up with dad michael the current state of neverland ranch and whether she wants to follow in her father's famous footsteps. >> daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. >> reporter: four years after the world heard paris jackson speak for the first time at her father's memorial she's revealing her desire to rebuild her famous childhood home, neverland ranch. in an interview with "the daily mail" in sunday's "event" magazine, "i think it should be restored to how it used to be so the children who couldn't have a childhood could have fun there." she says, "we all loved him to death. we that good energy where you just didn't want to leave." >> this is the man who was her father, the only father she ever knew and she's sharing her memories and hoping the world remembers the good side of michael jackson. >> reporter: she sheds light on
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the bizarre images of her and her brothers covered with masks and scarves when out in public with michael. "he was very protective. he didn't want anyone to see what we looked like, that way he could have what he didn't, which was a normal childhood." though he tried to shield paris from the spotlight he did teach her his craft. "my dad taught me how to dance, and yes he did teach me the moonwalk." on following in her father's famous footsteps she says "i want to be an actress but just throughout high school. then i want to go to med skical school and be a doctor specializing in heart surgery." for now, paris wants to be a normal teenager, cheerleading with friends, trying out new hairstyles but says it's difficult with constant security. "i'm on a tight leash and i feel if that leash was loosened a little bit i'd have a chance at a normal childhood." >> you hope she keeps on this
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path where her thoughts are clear, she knows what she wants. >> paris also spoke briefly about rekindling her relationship with her birth mother, debbie rowe, saying they had fun shopping together on her birthday. the article reports paris's grandmother, katherine, was okay a little bit. >> i wonder if the leash loosened by security or would she prefer people stop be curious and leave her alone. >> maybe a little bit of both. i was surprised by the heart surgeon part. >> actress through high school and wants to go to med school. >> how many people can say they've done that? good for her and good luck. coming up, texting 911, what's being done to give you more options in an emergency? and the unexpected reason why this mom was finally motivated to lose 125 pounds. we'll tell you her story but first, these messages. [ virginia ] i do have a healthy diet...
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text would go unanswered and it's not just here, across much of the country, if you text 911, the help probably isn't coming. >> stay on the phone here with me, okay? >> reporter: it could be any 911 call center in america. >> okay, are you with the patient now? >> reporter: but this one is different. >> okay, ma'am, are you still on the scene? >> i'm sending the paramedics to help you now. >> reporter: in frederick county, maryland, people who need help can text 911 dispatchers and they can text back. >> there could be any number of reasons why they can't speak at the moment, could be the medical event, stroke, something like that, that they can still type. >> reporter: hard to believe but in most of the country today texting 911 isn't possible. in the last three months more than 13,000 texts have been transmitted to 911, but most were never received. very few 911 centers are equipped to accept them, but frederick county is also the home of the maryland school for
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the deaf and the need seemed obvious. >> especially when it comes to an emergency, time is so important and we didn't have that access ever, so this is huge. >> i thought we were going to die. it was really, really scary. >> reporter: in chicago, 15-year-old nathan lane isn't deaf but while his mom and sister at a coffee shop a robber came threatening to kill everyone. nathan grabbed her phone and texted her dad. >> don't come back, robber in here, call 911. >> reporter: nathan had the presence of mind to delete the text. >> and right after i texted my dad he came in, threatening to kill us for calling 911, in which case we didn't. >> reporter: but nathan's dad got the message. >> because it was spelled out correctly i did not think it was a prank. >> i was afraid my dad would
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♪ it's 8:00 now on a monday morning. it's also the 15th day of april, 2013. that makes it tax day, i believe. >> yes. >> if you haven't filed your returns, you need to do so today. meanwhile, these people are probably all set with that. they've come down to rockefeller plaza to spend part of their morning with us and we're happy about that. out on the plaza i'm matt lauer along with al roker. savannah as you can see is living in a small box off to the side, that's actually washington, d.c., and savannah is going to sit down with the president later. >> that's right, matt, our exclusive interview is coming at a key time for the president, too, juggling this increasingly volatile situation in north korea and several big fights on capitol hill, gun control, immigration, his budget. we will talk to president obama about all of it and some politics, too. you can see our conversation
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starting tomorrow only on "today". guys, i'll be back in new york tomorrow and we can have that awkward group hug i've been planning. i haven't seen you in more than a week. >> it's been a long time. looking forward to the interview. >> savannah in the blue room. also ahead a mom who struggled with her weight for years until she found something that gave her the motivation to finally lose weight and you know what? she lost about 125 pounds. kristen is going to join us in a couple of minutes to talk about what exactly it was that allowed hadder to do that. >> she looks fantastic. we've got bill and juliana rancik joining us, here to update on how mommy and daddyhood is doing and talk about their brand new dating show here on nbc. >> a lot to get to. natalie has a check of the headlines. good morning again. >> good morning to you, matt and al. good morning, everyone. secretary of state john kerry is wrapping up his six-nation asian
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tour offering to hold direct talks with north korea if the country stops testing nuclear weapons and making war-like threats. in north korea today the streets of the capital were filled with celebration as the nation marked the 101st anniversary of the birth of its il-sung. key provision of new york state's new gun law take effect today. owners must register guns that had been reclassified as assault weapons and bullet magazines can now only hold seven rounds except at competitions and firing ranges. an exciting finish sunday as adam scott became the first australian golfer to win the masters tournament in augusta, georgia. the 32-year-old aussie took the green jacket sinking a birdie putt defeating angel cabrera. the popular space mountain
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and soarin rides are temporarily closed, they were shut down along with the matterhorn bobsleds after getting safety citations from california regulators. disney says the closings were voluntary. there were related to an incident in november involving a contractor. the matterhorn reopened sunday. we have exciting baby news to share with you today. contributing correspondent jenna bush hager gave birth to her first child, a girl, saturday night in new york. margaret laura hager, nicknamed mila, she is the first grandchild to former president george w. bush and wife laura. for a look at "what's trending today" justin bieber had heads shaking after touring the anne frank house in amsterdam where the jewish girl spent more than two years hiding
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in thezis. in the guest book justin bieber, truly inspiring, hopefully she would have been a belieber. "the avengers" won movie of the year and two other prizes. "silver linings playbook" took three trophies. he tried to make off with will farrell's comedic genius. >> thanks, mtv, but i -- what's happening? are you okay? >> aubrey plaza, perch. >> the stunt was not planned and plaza was given a boot from the show. an exclusive first look at
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trailer for "the hunger games" catching fire, a sequel due out this november. south korean superstar psy is out with a follow-up to gangnam style. the call is called "gentleman" features civil russ mischief and hopes to inspire another dance craze. ♪ i'm not a gentleman, i'm a, i'm not a gentleman ♪ >> "gentleman" racking up more than 32 million hits in its first weekend. let's go back outside to al, our gentleman, with a check of the weather. >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by the makers of nondrowsy claritin. experience relief throughout the allergy season, live claritin
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all right. let's see what we've got going on. big boston marathon, 9:00 am. by noon, partly sunny, by 3:00, 53 and light winds. pollen looking rough in the northeast and northern mississippi river valley, southwest really rough pollen throughout much of the country today. we have snow making its way through the rockies today. big snow storm dropping up to 18 to 24" of snow over the next 48 hours. high surf advisories, windy conditions, southern california. rain in the pacific northwest. also look for heavier showers and thunderstorms through much of florida, midatlantic states. slight risk of strong storms in the mid mississippi river valley. cute baby over there. who is that? >> her name is randi from connecticut. >> what a cutie. that's what's going on around the country.
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good morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. on radar, light rain helping to wash some of the pollen out of the air. light rain. but farther south, moderate showers, fredericksburg. going to pass main ly south of washington this morning, that heavier rain. just scattered light sprinkles right now. we'll have the atmosphere dry out a bit this afternoon. just cloudy. highs reaching near 70. sun back for a few days. near 70. rain likely friday into saturday. >> and in fact i'm going to bring sarah with me so she'll do the dance. there you go. that will be great in fargo. >> al, sarah, thank you very much. up next the touching motivation behind one mom's dramatic weight loss, how she managed to drop 125 pounds. bill and juliana rancik. and a dad who helped facebook and his young son stand up to
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we're back at 8:12 with an inspirational story about a single mother who spent years struggling to lose weight. nbc's tamron hall has details on that. good morning to you. >> hey there, matt. after years of battling the bulge this woman found the secret to success, losing, get this, 125 pounds in little over a year. how and why she did it may surprise you. >> i think look at how far i have come. oh, my goodness. because everybody struggles with weight loss. if anybody has that extra weight, this he know exactly what i'm talking about, it's a struggle. >> reporter: a struggle kristen was determined to overcome. last year as a divorced single mom from st. joseph, missouri, doing some soul searching, her weight had hit a high of 287 pounds, limiting the kind of mom she wanted to be. >> going to amusement park and trying to ride a roller coast we are my son going, i can't do
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this or not even be able to fit in the seat at all so my son has to ride the roller coaster by himself and it was heartbreaking for me. >> reporter: but like many, she couldn't stick to her diet. >> i would totally, you know, fall off the wagon. >> reporter: at the same time kristen's friend, stephanie, was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma she said hwas a wake-up call to lose weight. >> i said i think i'm going to lose weight and make money for you. >> reporter: the idea was simple, every pound she shed she asked her facebook friends to donate 50 cents to the fund or their favorite charity. >> i pushed that button, she's like okay, here we go. >> she says going public on facebook made her accountable. >> i knew every month that i had to lose weight because if i didn't lose weight i was not making any money for these
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charities. >> reporter: stephanie is in remission and xwratfgrateful fo kristen's support. >> i hadn't really thanked you in person. it was all that, so. >> you're welcome. it was my pleasure. >> reporter: kristen lost 70 pounds over seven months and she kept going, losing a total of 125 pounds. her son, gary, embraced the change. >> well, i can actually wrap my arms around her. usually it would be like this and now i can be like this. >> i can do all these wonderful things that i wanted to do as a mom. it feels absolutely amazing. i couldn't -- i couldn't have dreamed it better. >> wow. kristen never set a specific weight loss goal saying she did not want to focus on the scale but the overall goal of rewarding herself and other people. quite a feel-good story this morning. >> it is tamron, thanks very much.
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kristen is with us this morning. nice to see you. good morning. >> good morning. >> my fun was watching you watch that story, and looking at the images of yourself before and after, and i can see on the expression of your face it's almost hard for to you believe. >> it's absolutely hard. i was looking at that screen and i just couldn't believe, you know, that was my past. that was me. that was the outside of what i looked like but it didn't represent the inside of the way i feel and so when i look at some of those pictures and some of those memories of my past i think you know, that was me. >> the reason you started doing this in the first place we don't wish on anyone. you had a friend who was sick and you decided to help raise money for stephanie and we are thrilled to say that stephanie is in remission, we hope she's doing well b this other thing you decided to do as a part of this, to go on facebook and all of the sudden as you say, i pushed that button and you're out there. that's a very difficult decision. >> it was extremely hard,
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especially for somebody who is kind of hidden behind the scenes, ever since i graduated high school, the weight has slowly come on, and the more that it's come on the more i've kind of hidden away from friends, family, the people that would see me or the people that i worked with. >> but this idea of being accountable to others, not only for the money you raised for charity but the fact they're going to watch you and see if you do or don't make progress. >> yes. the people that would be seeing this page is anybody and everybody that would be accessible to facebook. it is a public page, and anybody can see it and anybody can watch and see how the progress goes for me so me putting my pictures on there was, you know, put me accountable. i was accountable for myself and for the causes. >> you talked about the fact in the piece that you had on occasion quite a few occasions over the past, fallen off the wagon. did you fall off the wagon at all during this process while
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you were on facebook and raising money for stephanie? >> during the first few months it was really hard to try to adapt to the new lifestyle that i wanted to live in order to lose weight. >> what was the hardest part? >> i think the hardest was part getting rid of all the caffeine. i was such a caffeine person. i liked to eat chocolate and i liked to drink tea and do a lot of things that most people enjoy doing and so i had to kind of wean myself off of all of that, but once i was able to change that lifestyle i knew it was for the best. >> do you ever worry now about going back? when you look at the before and after picture? you brought something with us as a little bit of a visual prop you can hold those up if you want. these are a pair -- >> you want me to stand up? >> sure. these are a pair of pants you used to wear. when you look at those, kristen, do you ever worry about falling back? >> you know what? i don't because i know this is the person i want to be. i know this is the person that i
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want to die this way. i want to be a healthy person. i want to continue to inspire others. i want to be healthy and you know, live this way. i don't want to go back to that old lazy, you know, hidden person. that's not me. that's not my personality. i'm much more out in front than that. >> i can see that and congratulations. it's nice to have you here. what a pleasure and our best to stephanie as well. let's go over to natalie. >> matt, thank you. bill and juliana rancik are adding to their busy schedule co-hosting "ready for love" and from the looks of things they certainly know how to have fun with it. >> if it makes you feel any better juliana made the first move. >> oh, you wish! he wishes! that is the biggest bunch of baloney. >> come on, honey, you can fess up. >> i didn't kiss you for three days. you kept trying to lean in. >> on our second date i tried to
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kiss her and she threw the cheek at me. >> bill and giuliana, who made the first move? >> i tried to make the first move and i was rejected. >> apparently you got the cheek. >> that was bun of my rules no, kiss for at least three dates. i didn't want to be the kiting bandit so that was my big role. >> you played hard to get and worked out. >> thank you, natalie. >> we'll talk about "ready for love" in a bill. giuliana you've been open about the battle with breast cancer, the fertility problems and now a baby son at home. how are you doing? >> i'm doing great, 16 months post double mastectomy, and did some tests the other day and everything came out looking great. it's always nerve-racking walking in the doctor's office. when i got the call everything was great -- actually bill takes the call to be that honest. >> it's hard. >> it's scary, you never know what you'll ever hear. bill took the call and everything was fine.
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>> and little duke of course your pride and joy, now 7 months. tell us about him. >> such a cutie pie, looking more and more like this guy every day. >> he loves to eat, i'll tell you. he eats like a horse. >> does he have teeth yet? >> has two teeth and they are sharp as razors. put your finger near his mouth and he'll snap it off. >> don't always put a green mustache but that was st. patrick's day. bill is a baby hog, he's in every picture, i'm in none. >> the kid comes with me everywhere, grocery store. >> i'm the same way, i take the pictures. >> there are two pictures of me in the house and they're both blurry so that's the way it is. >> tell me about doing the show "ready for love." you guys are so busy. how do you find time? >> we fell in love with the show instantly so we said we'll make time because it was a new concept and it's really revolutionizing the way these dating shows are now run and
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it's got a lot of drama. we're predicting two of the three guys get married by the end of the show. >> do you really think so? >> absolutely. >> ben, tim and ernesto. there was a surprise drama? >> the pretty brunette carrie she found out he was in the show and she came back to the show, she comes back and fights for him. so the question is you know, he has a certain familiarity with her, so does he keep her around, does he try to have something with her or does he kind of -- >> find new love. >> try to find new love and abandon that. lot of people go through that so it will be interesting. >> it did not go well with the other girls. the gloves come off tomorrow night. >> that will make it interesting. bill and giuliana, you guys are like family.
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you'll be back in our fourth hour with hoda and kathie lee. "ready for love" airs 9:00, 8:00 central time on nbc. back over to matt. what would you do if your child became a target of bullies? "i stand behind my son in the fight against bullying. fight and send a message that bullying needs to stop now." more than 900,000 people have seen it, liked and forwarded and matthew bent is here along with his son, shiloh. i have three kids under the age of 12. i always thought what would i do if i found out one of those kids was being bullied. had you worried about it? >> i had worried about it. i never knew that the day was going to come that he was going to come home to the dinner table and tell me that but very proud of him for standing up and saying something. >> was it hard to tell your dad that, shiloh, saying i'm having a problem with bullies. >> it was a really hard thing for me to tell my dad because it
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was like on one side is it really bullying or is it not and i worry about that question and i worry how is it going to end. >> and do you worry if you go out there and your dad does something about it, it's going to make you more of a target for bullying, kids are going to make fun of you. when he came to you and said dad, i know you thought back when i was a kid, meaning you, i got bullied. >> um-hum. >> the advice was turn around and walk away and ignore it. you were determined not to have that happen. >> exactly. exactly. i wanted him to remember that i was always standing behind him and that i had his back at all times and i was going to make sure if things weren't going to happen the way i thought they would with the administration and police, that we stood up and did something. >> so you posted this picture and it's symbolic. it is not only are you saying it, you are standing right behind your son, and you started to get response pretty quickly,
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didn't you? >> amazing response. the facebook page has been unbelievable. i've heard from people around the world some amazing stories on the good with people from all around the country, teachers in florida and businesspeople in massachusetts to coaches in oregon and you hear the heartbreaking stories, tens of thousands of e-mails that have poured in, of it happening to their kids, that it's going on everywhere, and as we sit here today there's kids that are in school right this minute that are dealing with this. >> shiloh what was the response at school? what did your friends say when they heard you and your dad had taken the picture? >> well the first day, what really happened was i went to school, i got into class, people said, "hey, why did your dad put that post up" and some of the people that actually saw it started to explain it and now it's all over my school.
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>> so are things better for you now? has it lessened the bullying? >> it's lessened the bullying in my school. the only two things that i really have to say is, one, it always will get better, no matter how bad it will get better for sure, and i just have to throw a big shout out to my friends and say thank you because they really helped me get through it. >> i think that's the best way to end it. shiloh, good luck to you all right. >> and parents, parents please tell your kids that it's okay to come and talk to them.
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8:26 is your time on this monday, april 15th, 2013. i'm eun yang. trouble on the roads and the rails. let's check in with alexis davies now. >> earlier disabled train on the green and yellow lines has been cleared off. expect residual delays in both directions on the yellow and green lanes. pedestrian struck in wheaton, middlevale lane at randolph road, all lanes are closed there. use caution. northbound georgia avenue, right lane gets by. eastbound university, left lane gets by. 95 northbound running smoothly after the earlier accident. back to you. >> alexis, thank you. rain to deal with this morning.
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good morning. storm team 4 radar showing rain across the district and maryland. should last another couple of hours. cloudy the rest of the afternoon with highs around 70. tomorrow rpgs wednesday, thursday, high 70s, just a small chance of a shower. greater chance of rain on friday. could get thunderstorms late friday night and perhaps on saturday. and cooler weather for the weekend. sun returns sunday with highs in the mid 60s. eun? >> tom, thank you
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we're back now, 8:30 on a monday morning, it's the 15th day of april, 2013, got a nice crowd on the plaza, it's a little breezy, a little cool for this time of year, but that's all right, because we have a wonderful guest in the plaza with us this morning, i'm matt lauer along with al roker, natalie morales and a familiar face, mr. bryant gumbel. >> good to see you! mwah! always great to see you. >> he's got an amazing story
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tomorrow night on hbo that combines the worlds of sports and politics in a great way. >> we have a story of how the continuing revolution is being driven by of all things rabid soccer fans. it's the new thing and they're paying the price for it. 72 of them died in incidents with the police just a year ago so it's fascinating. >> we're going to do that and talk about that and also going to get your take on the masters this weekend, and then you might want to -- >> you're going to be a part of this brain game here. >> what am i going to play with? >> there is a guy who last time he was here, you'll want to watch out of your possessions, make sure you have your wallet someplace safe. last time he took willie's watch right behind him, didn't even know. >> really? >> he's really good. >> is that why i got drafted? >> because you have a bigger wallet than we do. >> he's not picking pockets this
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time. >> i don't have a wallet, i'm a rubber band guy. that's it. >> that's good. >> i don't have a wallet. >> we'll explain about the gentleman thief in a little while. a start of the battle rounds tonight on "the voice." that's right, coming up tomorrow here on "today," my visit to the set and our chat is the coaches a dam, blake, shakira and usher. >> a lot to get to but first, mr. roker, a check of the weather? >> absolutely. you what we've got, starting with today, this week, we are look iing at below-normal temperatures throughout a good portion of the country, heavy snow in the central rockies, above-normal temperatures in the south. mid part of the week, above-normal temperatures in the east. risk of strong storms in the lower mississippi river valley. more snow in the plains, all the way down into the southwest. and then the latter part of the week, wet weather in the eastern third of the country, especially ohio and mississippi river valley. more rain in the pacific northwest.
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above-normal temperatures along the east coast. i should say the southwestern can coast. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. a lot of moving green on storm team 4 radar. that is light rain that is beginning to break up now across northern virginia, the district, maryland and should be pretty much gone by noontime. cloudy of the rest of the afternoon with a high around 70. storm team 4 four-day forecast, part partly sunny tuesday, wednesday, thursday, high 70s each day. slight chanceative passing shower. greater chance of rain on friday. maybe some showers and thunderstorms friday night into saturday. sunny sunday. >> and we got a great contest going, go to today.com, submit an essay of 250 words or less and a video if you'd like to find out how to wake up with al. i will come to your home and broadcast from your home and your neighborhood, i don't know if you think that's a good idea or not but you have it. go to today.com like these folks
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are doing right now and by the way, "wake up with al" happens to be the name of my program on the weather channel weekdays at 5:30 a.m. on the weather channel. let's go to the original weatherman himself, mr. willard scott. >> i'll tell you, we're in florida, and we love florida, but i'll tell you, nothing like arizona. what a spot! and mildred johnson, sun city west, she is 100 years old. the secret to being happy and living a long life is cats. happy birthday william monagan and he is 100 years old today. he is a great redskins fan and he watches nbc where we know how to spend your money. we have isadore, i love that name, isadore rainey from kennett, missouri, she is 104
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years old today and we wish her the happiest birthday in the world and she loves community activities and affairs. she contributes an awful lot. this is alfred pellegrino, makes a great soft drink, is 100 years old today, and he is from edison, new jersey, named after you know who, thomas edison. he was an air force serviceman, and we wish him well, great service to this country, world war ii. this is gigi gitelson, i love that name, 100 years old today, she's crazy about being around kids. she has kids with her, she's a happy lady. great name, great lady, roberta aker, she is 100 years old, brooklyn, new york, new york, and her favorite thing in life is dunkin' donuts, my kind of woman, put some peanut but thor from smucker's and you've got it
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made. that's all from sunny florida. >> willard, thanks very much. haven't had a chance to say this in a while but up next bryant gumbel. first this is "today" on nbc.
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there's a monstrous summer just waiting for your family. and a 4-day theme park ticket is just $64 per day, plus tax. walt disney world. been there. haven't done that. 8:38 with a good friend, bryant gumbel. he sat in the anchor chair here for 15 years. since 1995 he's been the host of "real sports with bryant gumbel" kicking off its 19th season just got a peabody award. >> i'm very proud of it, the first sports broadcast to ever be so honored. we have a good bunch of guys. we got a great staff and wonderful group of correspondents, very proud of it. >> you start this season with the story i think marries a lot of your real interest in sports and politics, this group of
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soccer fans we talked about it outside a second ago, the ultras, so are they soccer fans, political activists, revolutionaries, what are they in. >> a little bit of all concerned. i'll give you the brief version. for years in egyptian society egyptians were not allowed to congregate. the only place they could is soccer games. the ultras became used to working in an organized fashion and number two is combating the police, and so when events went down as you know well in tahrir square the people leading the charge were the ultraand the revolution is ongoing. >> you brought us a clip from tomorrow night's segment. does it need setup? >> i don't think so. i think we have a journalist, sharif tadus who talks about the role of the ultras and we'll talk with one of the ultras who keeps his identity hidden for obvious reasons. >> this bridge behind us leads directly into the heart of
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tahrir, and this was the site of one of the fiercest and largest battles on january 28th, 2011, against the police. the ultras and soccer fans were key to that battle because they were on the front lines, they were very organized. the police literally retreated off the streets of cairo. were taking off their uniforms, putting on civilian clothing and hiding. >> the streets around tahrir square was battlefield everywhere. the people were watching us, dealing with the police. >> so they were learning by example? >> exactly. >> you were teaching by example. >> we broke this rule that the police are the most strong thing in egypt and you cannot mess with them. we broke this rule and this is how the people saw us doing this. >> you mentioned the role in tahrir square at the end of the mubarak regime's days. what are their goals now? >> that's a tough question. they want -- the police remains the oppressive force in egypt, almost 2 million strong and despite the fact mubarak is gone
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and morsi is in, the police remain pretty much unchanged and unchecked and the police kind of got their revenge against the ultras a year ago, they went to the soccer game in port sayeed and reports came out they locked the exits and after the game, 72 of them were beaten to death, and so the ultras, it's become a blood war now the cops in egypt and revolution is ongoing. >> as an american journalist did you feel safe? i remember when you went over -- >> they all think it's fine, they think i'm egyptian until i open my mouth. boom, it's gone. >> we talked about adam scott the new masters champion, first aussie to have that title. should tiger woods have been disqualified? or withdrawn? >> absolutely not. if he had, everyone would say he gutted a good rule. number one he shouldn't have
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decued himself but you could sit at home on your couch and say i saw a violation and impact the competition? >> i'm not sure golf will get away with that. it seems to be here to stay. >> can you imagine a guy watching a basketball game hey he traveled. get on the phone? no. that's not going to happen. >> you agreed to subject yourself to something else. >> i didn't agree. you strongarmed me. >> not exactly. we have a segment come up, a brand new series on "national geographic" called "brain games." the gentleman thief who has been on our show before and he'll have fun with us in a couple of minutes and have some fun with you as well so if you're game we'll give it a shot in a couple of minutes. >> if i'm not? >> we're going to give it a shot anyway. bryant, thanks very much. coming up next, playing some tricks on your minds, but first this is "today" on nbc.
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believing, at least that is the case on national geographic channel's new series called "brain games." each week the show will trick, sharpen and boggle your mind using an intricate string of con games, optical illusions, brain teasers and hard science. take a look. >> you'll notice there are two blinking dots. question, are the dots alternating or blinking together at the same time? could you have your answer? if you said you're alternating you're like most people and like most people, you're wrong. surprise, we're actually blinking together. >> jason silva -- we're not going to do well. jason silva is the host of brain games and paul robbins is known as the gentleman thief. good to see you. >> i was on a treadmill the other day. it's like a baseball game. i was on a treadmill and started to see the protos and i got sucked in, i really did because you find yourself believing one thing when something else is
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true. >> absolutely. the show is really what you see is not always what you get. it's a pop science theory making brain science accessible. the idea is to main stream the brain science. on the one hand the brain is the most complicated object in the universe and it has its built in shortcomings and these brain scientists great the interactive experiments so people at home can play along. >> can you trick it by bypassing the obvious? >> pretty much. >> taking advantage of the obvious. >> right. in other words once you ask a question with the dots we kind of guess okay, they are in sync. >> there's a lot of experiments like that. we all think we live in a world that we experience as three-dimensional but we take in low resolution 2d images through our eyes and our brain fills it in and creates a 3d reality so we receive incomplete information and our brain fills it in and he exploits that brilliantly in the show. >> boy does he exploit it. let's give us a warmup. you have a riddle. he's one of the smartest guys i've ever met. >> oh, you haven't met many
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people. >> this shows how your brain wants to fill and complete patterns. so the question is, mary's mother had four daughters, april, may, june and -- >> july. >> wrong. because what happens is your brain is month, mary's mother had four daughters, april, may, june and -- >> don't be so fast. he thinks quickly. what do we call these tricks, illusions, what are they in. >> they trick the mind because they take advantage of shortcuts, like that one your brain took a shortcut. sometimes you can jump ahead or sometimes you want to stop you from doing the shortcut. the old shell game which is a hustle, if you're watching here, place this as a bet. this is a 100 chip.
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you can see where the shell is and the pea it. when i love it almost where the pea goes. it's not what you think it would be. >> do this one more time. one more time. we'll be a team. >> don't watch the shells, watch right here and you almost see when it comes to if you see it go across if you're watching where would you say it is. >> is that what you're saying? >> 50/50. >> bryant says this. >> you became overconfident and that motion is what drew you in, when actually it's over here. >> because you told to us look at that space. >> i didn't tell you. you watched the pea go in between and you assume it's where you saw it. >> you understand how the brain works and exploit it. you've got another one. >> sure. >> this is called follow the ace. >> yes, you can use that with cards or things like that. would you mind coming around the side so you can see closer? you had your wall net your back
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left pocket? >> i'll get you a wallet, i can afford it. i found a couple back stage. if you're watching something like the cards, card tricks traditionally when magicians do them, they take advantage of a card. push one of those out. in this case instead of it being a card trick, track that card. you put a four here and watching where that is and you can see it's about here. right now your brain starts to make an assumption, somehow that assumption is wrong and the four is over here. for this one you want to pan back so you can see your face as well. come closer, you see where the four goes. are you right-handed? is this the card on top or is it on the back of that one? >> no. >> jason was mentioned your resolution, it's amazing when you see the cameras you get the answer. >> yes, sort of like liar's poker. >> the secret is velcro. >> again, the series on national
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geographic, the idea here is you're going to wow people with these stunts and illusions but if they pay attention they're going to learn something about how their brain operates. >> absolutely. we call it lean-in programming. we designed the experiments and the star of the show is really your brain at home. if you play, lean in the show, you have that visceral appreciation of the wow and you're like how does that happen. then it becomes explained so one of the experts will come on board, i'll come on the screen, he comes on the screen and tells you this is because of intentional blindness or lateral prefrontal cortex goes crisscross. >> that's why i can't putt. >> sounds fascinating. i was hooked from the first promo so way to go. nice to see you.. >> thank you. >> watch, everything's intact. >> the premiere of "brain games" is next monday night on the national geographic channel and up next we're mapping out your work week menu, four budget friendly recipes. first this is "today" on nbc.
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back now at 8:52 with your mapped out weekly meals and the recipes are courtesy of stephanie, the chef from chicago's famed girl and the goat restaurant. stephanie, good morning. >> good morning. >> we'll start with the basic grilled chicken, this is with blueberries and snap peas so kind of a healthy sal lat at the end of a nice long day. >> you can use any meat that you picked up at the store.
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we're used grilled chicken because everybody has grilled chicken around. this is for monday, today. >> while the chicken is grilling we'll make the salad, snap peas. >> i wanted to celebrate spring because back in chicago it's almost spring. we have snap peas, rad ishz, a little bit of pineapple. you want to think about texture and the blueberries, so a lot of people forget to put blueberries in their savory dishes, simple vinaigrette, lemon juice, shallots and spice. >> easy to make yourself. >> all we're going to do is place a little chicken breast. >> you let it rest and sit a little bit. >> exactly, get some flavor from the grill but you could bake it as well, slice it up and put a salad on top. >> how great that looks, perfect. wonderful. let's move on to tuesday's meal, now we're making burgers, although these are a little bit different. >> they are. >> they're served with a s
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chilaquiles. >> we call it our marinara with quotes because it's a play on marinara. >> fennel and onions that have been in there and browning for a while. >> you want to let them let the juices out. we add miso which is salty and different and this is garr rick that's been simmered in a little bit of oil and has that yummy sweetness from the garlic. >> your mother's sauce. >> we use it and finish it with all sorts of things at the restaurant. you make this at the beginning of the week and keep adding to it. >> you add the tomatoes when that simmers down. >> exactly. now we have a little bit of sauce finished, cooked for about an hour. we'll add in some a little bit of butter, keeping it healthy. we want to add extra flavor and then going to add in tortilla chips. back at the restaurant we make our own. >> that's what makes the
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chilaquiles. i knew i was going to splatter that on you. >> you did good. once the tortilla starts to soften we get the cheeses. >> that's the burger you cooked up the regular way. >> i thought of it getting warm out and wanted to grill everything. >> the sauce. >> a little bit of the tortilla mix and to add spice. i'm a spice whiz so we added on chilies. >> looks delicious. over here extra meals, using that same mother sauce, you're now going to make, what is this? >> this has a little bit of ocra and eggplant we mixed in with cashews, putting a little asian flair and i have you taste this before we have chicken and leek soup with fried macaroni to crisp it up. >> chicken left over from earlier. >> with two things we have four meals. >> this is really good.
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i like your take, stephanie, fantastic. >> you want to try tried macaroni? >> it's really healthy. stephanie, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> by the way you can print out all of these recipes and a complete shopping list on our website today.com. we're back with today's take three but first a look at your local news and your local weather forecasts. local news and local weather forecast. that's good. breaking news at 8:56. missing woman who skipped town with her 5-year-old son has been seen in birmingham, alabama. her ex-husband says she was supposed to drop off their son, cameron, at his house last sunday. they never showed up. there is an arrest warrant out for her. we'll bring you updates throughout the
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good morning.
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partly sunny wednesday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday. sloit chance of a shower each day. high 70s. rain likely saturday. back to you. alexis davies with the traffic. >> thanks, eun. accident in wheaton, involving a pedestrian at middlevchl ale lane at randolph road. police are on the scene. elsewhere, georgia avenue 495, accident on the outer loop at 29. back to you, eun.
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♪ welcome to "today" on this monday morning, april 15th, 2013. it is tax day, if you didn't know that yet, you are in some deep trouble. >> oh, boy. >> it's 9:00 on tax day, time to get moving. inside -- >> we're going to have carmen wong-ulrich to guide us through taxes if you're a panic. >> i'm willie geist along with al roker and natalie morales. we want to get right to today's take three, because we've got some big news in case you haven't heard in our take one, it is a girl for jenna bush hager. >> yes! >> the "today" show family, little mila, born at 8:43 saturday night to jenna and henry hager. she weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, 19 1/4 inches tall. the name comes margaret laura
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comes from both of the grandmothers and we showed a photograph there, a man in the delivery room during a big sporting event, you have henry and the former president george w. bush holding the baby but while watching the maps masters. first thing's first. >> so true. >> the former president put out a statement "laura and i are thrilled to announce the birth of our grandchild. jenna and mila are healthy and we are elated." >> fourth for the hagers. >> fantastic, looks like little mila already fits right in there. she was just here with us on thursday and we were talking to her about whether she was ready if she had her bags packed and she was like no, no, no. so i guess saturday she was delivering so i hope she got packed on friday. >> the good news is the baby's coming one way or the other. >> that was a take three on thursday. you could see the look of panic
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come over her face, what's this go bag, car seat. i have a feeling they worked it out. >> who predicted it would be a go i recall? >> okay, roker. >> it was a coin toss. i wouldn't get too excited. >> i felt good. i went out on a limb. >> what was it that made you say girl? >> her sister and all, she just seemed girl to me. >> seemed girl. >> she's going to be an awesome mom. jenna and henry we are thrilled for you guys and can't wait to meet the ba iny ourselves. showdown at the masters, adam scott the 32-year-old from australia winning the 77th masters at augusta, georgia, the first australian ever to win that tournament. it was a thrilling finish as most of these sundays at augusta are. he drained that putt right there on the second playoff hole to beat angel cabrera, great show of sportsmanship, two great competitors going at it. the big theme of the weekend a lot of talk about tiger woods. he finished in a tie for fourth place which is pretty darned
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good for most people but a lot of people expected him -- >> to do better. >> he took a two-stroke penalty, there was controversy. >> about where he placed the ball. >> so the two-stroke penalty hurt him but he didn't play as well as he would have liked to on sunday. >> had the rain to deal with it. >> fourth is pretty darned good. >> i guess for anybody but tiger woods. >> right. last time he won was 2008 i believe? >> 2005 at the masters and his last majors. it was 2008 so it's been a long drought for him but he is playing well and the 14-year-old kid, tianlang guan finished in 58th place but he made the cut, meaning after friday he was one of the top players and got to play the weekend. >> and got to trophy. >> an eighth grader. >> he doesn't even have a driver's license, couldn't drive home. >> imagine his future, perhaps the next tiger woods there, at least in golf. >> he was the youngest player ever to play in the masters and
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made the cut. incredible story. >> really great. >> our take three this justin bieber story. he visited the anne frank house in amsterdam on friday, signed the museum's guest book with the following, "truly inspiring to be able to come here. anne was a great girl. hopefully she would have been a beliebe." some are saying it was in poor taste. >> a lot of people say it was in poor taste. >> for a 19-year-old on a friday night and this was what the museum said to go to the anne frank house in amsterdam. >> and spend an hour. >> wrote something stupid, he would have loved to have had that back probably. >> he probably meant it in a different way, playing on the believer -- look. >> his argument is, you know, he believes she was a fan of pop culture and she paid attention to what was going on at the time and perhaps she would have been one of his fans in this day and age but a lot of people saying
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veryiness sensitive. >> at this point there's a lot of piling on this kid. >> he's got to grow up and unfortunately he is in the public eye and he's going to make his mistakes in public and everything he does is under the microscope. you got to give him some leeway. lot of people are quick to be critics. >> and by the way it was not the worst thing in the world. let's. you the it in perspective. >> the museum said what's special is a 19-year-old comes to the anne frank house and spends an hour vuzitying on a friday night. he could be doing other things in amsterdam. he was very interested. >> have you been, by the way? it is the most unbelievable place, so inspirational. >> it's chilling. >> it is. you leave there and you can't believe that this happened not all that long ago. >> absolutely. let's move to our bonus take. al, what's this business how you'll move in with the family for a month and cook, do i have that right? >> not quite. >> change diapers according to some of the people on the plaza. >> that's wishful thinking.
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contest we're call "wake up with al" which is also the program we do on the weather channel, the contest opens up today and closes wednesday, april 24th. you have to submit a 250 words or less essay why i should come to your neck of the woods to do a live broadcast. >> and a video would be helpful as well, creative video certainly goes a long way. >> so you're in the person's home. >> we'll be in their home, doing the weather, in their neighborhood, we'll be going through their neighbor's garages, trying to boost cars, whatever we can do. >> something tells me their wake-up theme song is going to be the a team. >> it could be one of many. >> if you want an advantage, play the "a team" theme song. >> do a whole "a team" theme. >> go to the website and check it out. ♪ thank you very much, rules and regulations are at today.com. we are really looking forward to
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this. it will be a lot of fun. >> you, too, could be part of the "a" team." go ahead, well. >> 1972, for a crime they couldn't pay, they escaped from a maximum security skok kad to the los angeles underground. if you have a problem, if no one else can help, maybe you can hire the a team. >> or al roker in your house. >> never ceases to amaze me every time he nails it. al roker in your home g to today.com. >> scary thought. let's look at the news, secretary of state john kerry is wrapping up his six-nation asian tour by offering to hold direct talks with north korea if that country stops testing nuclear weapons and making war-like threats. in north korea today the streets of the capital were filled with celebration as the nation marked the 101st anniversary of the birth of its founder kim il-sung. part of the measure gun
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control vote is too close to call. owners in new york must register guns that have been reclassified as assault weapons and bullet magazines can now only hold seven rounds except at competitions and firing ranges. uncertainty this morning in venezuela after nicolas maduro won the presidential election. his rival is now demanding a recount. stunningly narrow victory for maduro considering that he was hand picked by hugo chavez to be his successor with maduro taking 50.6% of the vote, rival candidate henriqu capriles is demanding a recount. today is april 15th, the irs filing deadline for individual income tax returns. in a blow to those of us who left the task for the last possible second, well the website for the popular software turbo tax had some intermittent outages on sunday. luckily for procrastinators the site is back up, it is
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functional today so if you plan to get it done you still have a little bit of time. baseball was a hit at the movie theater this is weekend. the "42" earned more than $27 million to take the top spot. "scary movie 5" was runner up with $15 million, the worst ever for that franchise and animated comedy "the croods" came in third. long before they became regulars on youtube, talented cats were amazing audiences at the moscow cat theater, it reopened after a year-long renovation. juri the clown performs tricks and skits with more than 100 cats thrills children and helps grownups discover the child in their souls. yeah, my cat can't do any of that. it is ten minutes after the hour. up to date now. >> i've met that group, i was once hosting a show where they appeared. it's impressive but i don't know how to say this, everyone smells a little strange and i'm not
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talking about the cats. >> i got you. >> you see what i mean? >> i have a next door neighbor murray cats he does some tricks but nothing that impressive. show you what we got as far as your weather is concerned, we is concerned. two big storms going on. first in the rockies. massive storm will dump a ton of snow. we're talking about anywhere from nine to 18 inches of snow north of denver into central wyoming and along this system a second storm system is going to bring anywhere from three to nine inches of snow along the red river valley, which is bad news for the flood threat. this could be -- 50% chance this will be one of the top five floods of all time in fargo and the red river valley. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. good morning. some lingering sprinkles, light rain around northern virginia
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and maryland. temperatures past 9:00 are generally still in the mid and upper 50s. 58 at reagan national. then later today, should hit the 60s during the afternoon. mostly cloudy. might have a few peeks of sunshi sunshine. chance of s >> and that's your latest weather. coming up next, last-minute tax tips on this tax day, right after this. ♪
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>> it is tax day as we've been saying and the irs estimates as many as 40% of americans wait until the very last minute to file, if that is you, we have some helpful advice this morning, carmen wong-ulrich is a cnbc personal finance expert. good morning. >> good morning. >> for those who haven't filed should they be in full-on pan ick? >> you got to do something today, you have to do something. if you can't file your full tax form you can file an extension, that's form 4868. i do it every year. >> online? >> you can do it online as well and it gives you some time, about six months until october 15th to file, then do it as soon as you can but be careful if you owe money you can have an extension to file but you don't have an extension to pay. >> you have to pay today anyway. >> what you can expect to pay, at least in the 90% range. if you don't file there's a failure to file penalty of 5% of what you owe every month, then if you don't pay, there's 0.5%
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every single month and 60 days late $135 so obviously it pays to pay. >> and if you do file for an extension until the october 15th extension deadline, is there any penalty for that time? >> no, you have to pay today. you have to pay something. if you can't pay the full amount get this, don't charge this on your credit card. i know there's the temptation of i'll put it on a card and pay it off eventually. you'll pay interest on that card and a processing fee of around 2%. the irs is probably the lowest cost lender around. you can call them up today and find out for a payment plan that makes sense for you and only pay around 3% in interest. >> so they will come one some sort of payment plan for but. >> yes. if you avoid them the gloves are off. you're in trouble. >> make sure you place the call to the irs if you need some help paying. how about if you file an extension, does it make it more likely that you may get audited? are you sort of setting out a red flag? >> not necessarily. >> to the irs, okay. >> that's not what's going to get you in trouble. here's a couple things that will
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make them look at you more. one is don't forget that folks report that they are paying you, so there's two parts of the equati equation. i paid her this. if you don't report that income and it doesn't match up or the numbers don't match that could trigger an audit. if you make over $200,000, your odds go up. if you make over $1 million your odds go way up and if you're a small business owner or freelancer because there is so much room to make little mistakes or to cheat a little bit with deductions and the irs knows how much someone in your position say whether it's your job, line of work, your business deducts most often so if you have something wild and crazy, spent thousands of dollars entertaining clients when you really work from home they'll know. >> be careful with those deductions and also you say be careful with if you round up too much that's a red flag. >> or if you round down. say you owe 5125 and you put 5,000 that's a big red flag because that means you're kind
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of fudging things so make sure your numbers match and add correctly. the irs says the number one mistake people make, they don't add right. >> what are the odds that somebody really gets audited, the average person? >> the average person it's like 1%. it's 1% but it goes way, way, way up and strangely enough way up if you adopt. odds are over 60% but if you have more than $1 million or business that makes more than $10 million your odds are closer to a quarter or 30%. >> keep track of your records always, have the paperwork handy. >> be neat and if you file online electronically there's less room for error. if you're a paper filer, there's a lot more room to make mistakes. >> is it too late to hire a tax professional today? i imagine they're swamped. >> they're zombies today. today is a bad day to call up someone and say can you do my taxes. you could call someone and say could you do an extension if you can't do it yourself. file the extension and take the
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time between now and october to call your friends and family, interview a couple of accountants and see who works with people like you. you want someone who is familiar and understand you and want this to be your relationship like your primary care physician someone with you all the time, makes things a lot easier. >> especially in certain trades it's important to have that person be right there with you. >> very much they got to know. >> carmen wong ulrich thank you so much. still to come some of your favorite childhood toys making a big comeback, what's old is new again, but first these messages. [ male announcer ] now we can all be at the corner of "just another prescription" and "sweet, something just for me." because walgreens balance rewards is more than a savings card. it's a rewards card that gives you 500 rewards points every time you fill a prescription. points you can redeem in store or online for, well, almost anything. rack up points with each prescription you fill, right here.
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>> good morning. storm team 4 radar showing a few scattered sprinkles this morning. sun may break out. otherwise a lot of cloudiness in the afternoon with a high around 70. partly sunny tuesday, wednesday, thursday. could get rain friday. showers and thunderstorms saturday. alexis, how is traffic? >> metro, earlier delays on yellow and green lines have been cleared and they are running on schedule. taking a look elsewhere in wheaton, accident involving a pedestrian at middlevale lane at randolph road, all lanes are still blocked there. delays at 495 at georgia avenue. eun? >> get the latest news, traffic and weather any time
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>> that's like college prank. >> last time we saw them they were throwing pitchers of water at each other. strange relationship. i'm willie geist with al roker and natalie morales. coming up, megan colarossi will debate topics like do you have to invite somebody to your party because they invited you? you can get in and twe tweet #teamwillie for yes and #teammegan for no. >> you think people should -- >> i do for the sake of the segment to make the case but i don't. >> i'm with megan. >> what's grabbing your attention online when we reveal the hottest google searches. we're getting revved up for old school toys, bringing back fun childhood memories with games popular with a new generation of kids. i like that, go-kart, too. >> and seniors get to ride them,
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too. >> oh! al has a check of the weather. >> i'm probably old >> yes. i was going to say. age check. let's show you what's going on. for today, a lot of snow in the rockies. we've got showers in the pacific northwest, risk of strong storms in the central mississippi river valley. high surf advisories. windy conditions in southern california. tomorrow, that risk of strong storms from texas into oklahoma. wet weather stretching from the northeast on into the mid mississippi river valley. sunny and cool in the pacific northwest. beautiful day down in texas tomorrow. sunny and hot. nice, mild weather through the southwest. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. still a cool morning. in the 50s. and a little sunshine trying to break out. storm team 4 radar showing a few scattered sprinkles across northern virginia, the district and parts of maryland. that area is rapidly shrinking. later today, cloudiness into the upper 60s. tomorrow, we'll have some sunshine back, highs mid 70s. into the mid and upper 70s each
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day with a slight chance of a shower. likelihood of some rain on friday and saturday might get some thunderstorms. >> and that's your latest weather. willie? >> announcer: "today's friendly advice" is brought to you by the delicious creamie taste of coffee-mate. >> time for today's friendly advice. my good friend of 20 years, megan colarossi, from working out with your mate, is that a good idea to letting your kids glue themselves to an ipad in a restaurant. >> hi, willie, good morning. >> how are you feeling? >> feeling large. >> baby is brewing. >> kicking, ready. >> how far? >> five and a half, five and a quarter. i don't count. at this point, let it brew. i don't want to know when this one's come. >> let me know when it's over. >> let me know when it's -- last time i brought drinks which were
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a hazard. this time, wasabi peas, pregnancy craving. delicious. like that? hot, spicy. >> ooh, hot. >> your team, your producers back stage loved these. get in here, it's -- >> is that plankton? >> this is like a seaweed flake. >> really? do you really like this? >> it's good for you. algae is good for you and it will get in your teeth. >> what am i a go uppy, i'm not eating that. >> that is a famous one. >> the pickles and the ice cream. we'll do that. >> you asked about my favorite snack, salt and vinegar chips. peanut butter but you added a healthy element which does not take place in my kitchen. >> you dip your finger? >> a spoon or a knife into the skippy. >> old school move i like it. first topic sweat therapy. you and your husband work out together, you go spinning and do the whole thing. >> um-hum. >> you say it's a good idea for couples to work out together. >> working out with your mate is
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better than regular therapy. >> why? look at chris, handsome devil. >> he looks great. >> because you're working out together, doing something together, start with that. you're sweating, you're getting aggression out. if you're angry before you went to the class, you will not be angry afterwards because you're tired. >> right. >> it's something do you together. my husband and i go on saturdays we have a long busy week, we can't go out during the week because we have kids, saturday morning is our day to be together. we don't talk. >> that's what i was going to say. >> we rock out together. i race against him. what about you? >> do you win? >> always. because he lets me. >> no, i'm not against it. i see your point but i think working out is the time where you get the ipod on and you're just working through your own stuff. >> all the time? >> you're thinking and feeling the music, i spend a lot of time with my wife. apparently you don't hang out outside of spin class which is a deeper question. >> we need therapy. >> it's solo time. next topic, this is a big one, this is from twitter, should you
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invite a person to your event, say a wedding or birthday just because they invited you? what is the property etiquette on birthdays and weddings? >> this is a sensitive subject. i want to be included in every party and event but a friend told me you can't be invited to everything and i think weddings and birthday parties are intimate. invite who you want to invite. this is not a dress rehearsayar. why invite the masses? your budget might be tighter, you might not have enough space so it's intimate and i'm talking about weddings, do you remember everyone that came to your wedding? was i invited? >> if you had to recast your wedding ten years later to are me it would be a different group but that's true -- >> i'd be a bridesmaid of course. >> i will say for kids' parties especially young kids, cast the wide net. you want all the kids you don't need that clique stuff happening early on. we have ours in central park, put a couple blankets down.
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>> couple pizza, the more the merrier. the class has to come for kids. >> look at our poll because we asked on today.com do you agree with megan or willie. 80/20 for team meg said no you do not have to invite someone to the party. congratulations on another overwhelming victory. >> i love winning. >> game on or war games, we're talking about electronic at the dinner table. you see it at a lot of restaurants, young kids while their parents are eating on the ipad. is that okay? >> before i had kids i would say no. i'm going to talk to my kids, we'll play at the dinner table and have an intelligent conversation but the minute hudson popped out, ipad ready. i think you use it sparingly. you go into a restaurant and use it in a pinch when you're having a meltdown or something, i think it buys you some time. i think your mom and my mom would have thrown an ipad our way but they suffered. >> i can't disagree with you. you don't use it in your home at the dinner table but out in a
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public place you need to buy yourself 10, 15 minutes if they play a little sonic dash so be it. before we let you go, i understand there's some cupping. >> kevin menard, my dear friend and ac acupuncturist. >> i'm told i need to roll up my sleeve. what is cupping? >> cupping is an old school chinese technique that uses a glass jar to pull up stagnation from the body or what meg likes to say, gook. >> willie has a lot of gook in his body. get it out. >> your forearm just like this. >> what is this? >> this is going to create a suction which is going to, see like if you're injured, muscle soreness or tightness, the more stagnation you have the we hadder or dark purpose it turns. >> you're turning purple. >> this is not too much. if you had a lot it would be
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dork purple. it's great for the shoulders, the back. i've had patients that had shoulder pain for 17 years and they've had cupping and it's gone. >> this isn't about vanity. it's therapeutic. clearly it's not about vanity. >> look at the hickey on your arm. >> you might have seen for the olympics the female chinese diving team had cupping marks down their backs and a lot of internet buzz about that. all good stuff. >> i have and i want to you be healthy. >> megan, thank you. >> i'm here for you. >> cupping and seaweed. >> we're getting you clean. >> i don't know how i feel about that. what you're searching for on google, right after this.
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over the weekend you could see it in places like pennsylvania, new york and new jersey, where you can't normally see the aurora borealis so people searching for the images to say i did see it because they want to know what it looks like. >> psy, mr. gangnam style releasing "gentleman." have you heard it? >> i have. >> so the next one people are looking forward to find it on youtube. >> most watched video on youtube with more than 1.5 billion gangnam style. "gentleman" has the same theme and humor psy is known for. in less than 48 hours 55 million, who knows, it could be up to 100 million. >> there is no horses. >> but there is another dance, i don't know that it's got a name. kickalicious, a guy from norway impressing the detroit
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lions. >> another youtube obsession. he put together amazing kicks from all over the football field, you can see him with the left foot, kicking it on to a train track, car and boat. he got the attention of nfl teams including the detroit lions who signed him recently as one of their kickers. he tried out for the jets as well. cool story of getting a viral video and a job. >> to the economy, gold and silver prices taking a dip, a lot of people searching for that. >> somewhat of a dramatic tumble. people were searching those over the weekend, figuring out where that's going to go. we saw kitco where you can buy and sell gold products. people are concerned wondering why this is happening. >> achilles tendon no surprise but add kobe bryant to the mix and that's no surprise. >> kobe bryant suffered this terrible injury.
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people wonder what does that mean to his career, when could he come back? six to nine months is the early time frame, it could be more than a year but a lot of people wondering what does this mean for the lakers as they try to get into the playoffs. lots of people concerned. >> and finally last but not least leonardo dicaprio, sorry, leonardo da vinci. >> it's his birthday. >> there's this new show called "da vinci's demons." it's a combination, is this historically accurate? he's known for the mona lisa and drawing and anatomy and science but is this based on his life? a lot of people searching for him. 16th century to 21st century. >> leonardo extremely good looking. >> and action adventure hero. >> who knew? daniel sieberg thank you so much. >> my pleasure. still ahead, toys that will
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did you have a favorite toy as a kid? you'll probably feel right at home in the toy store because some old favorites are now once again hot. larry schacht, good morning. >> good morning, it's great to be here. >> makes me feel like a kid again. >> not just kids but the parents will love these. walk down memory lane. >> through the century this is started in 1800. >> 1890s. >> the pedal cart, so for kids as young as 3 but we've already seen the adults on here enjoying them. those are a lot of fun and when we go to the early 1900s we're looking at great classics so we have lincoln log and tinker toys. >> these are my kids' favorites still. >> great building sets then and now and interesting lincoln logs were made by john lloyd wright, son of frank the famous architect and they are named
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after president lincoln. >> interesting. 1950s, talking play-doh. interesting fact it was used to clean the soot off of wallpaper. >> clean the soot off of wallpaper and because it's so moldable it ended up in kids' hands. play-doh plus makes it nice and fun to decorate, push it down, your prevent sweets. >> there we go. how many of us made the looms? >> pot holders, so another tidbit that was waste from stock production in the depression and by the '50s we saw the looms in every household. >> i can't remember how to do it but that was cool. spin-art. >> two of my favorite art toys, spirograph, all about the gears and the holes and we make cool designs and spin art, we turn this an, you can put the paint in here, you drop the paint in and make these great creations.
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>> i still love this. it's fun. as i get sucked into the spinner. the cabbage patch dolls and the '80s. >> who can forget the fan fair when they came out. they are just as loved today as they were 30 years ago. we have our celebration girl that will help us celebrate 30 years this holiday season. >> is she out just yet? >> she's not out but the rest of them are. >> soon. okay. >> smurfs. they're back. >> smurfs became popular in the '80s because of the tv show. there will be a film this summer, we'll see them on the big screen "surfs 2" and kids can recreate their favorite villages and collect their favorite characters like smurfette and papa smurf. >> pacman. >> pacman, there's going to be a tv series and if you push him down this is the gooey packed in. >> that's disgusting. i am gross. okay, and power rangers? >> mighty morpher power rangers. >> they're back. >> you want to play?
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>> i don't think they ever went away actually. >> kids love to build with the mega zorgs and we have our new morpher. >> thank you very much. >> thanks. >> we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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come up, catching one blake, adam, usher and shakira from the set of "the voice." >> first your local news and weather.
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9:57 is your time now on this monday morning. i'm eun yang. let's go straight out to meteorologist tom kierein with your forecast. >> the rain we had this morning is starting to dissipate. maybe a few scattered sprinkls s across northern virgina. sunshine breaking out. a cloudy day coming up. storm team 4 forecast sks afternoon highs in the mid 60s. tomorrow in the mid 70s, partly sunny. a bit milder wednesday, thursday. a slight chance of a shower, tuesday, wednesday. likelihood of rain friday. maybe thunderstorms friday. alexis, how is traffic?
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>> tom, thank you. disabled train on the red line bethesda, between the medical center. middlevale lane at randolph road all lanes are blocked due to an accident involving a pedestrian there. an accident in fairland, northbound fairland road columbia heights blocking both directions. eun, back to you. thank you. looking for here you go little man. [ humming ] [ babbling ] the cheerios bandit got you again? [ both laugh ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios ♪ the one and only, cheerios
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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. all right, how dare we call tax day monday fun-day. glad you're with us, hope you had a wonderful weekend. a very happy birthday to my sister mish. >> who knew? >> there's my beautiful sister mish. >> so tax-day is her birthday? >> yes. >> and i have a friend named michael redmond, it's his birthday, i'll wish him well on the northern coast of -- washington state, i forget. >> did you do your taxes? >> i think so.
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somebody did. frank said we did. yes. >> i always get panicky around this time. because i got an email -- >> because all your stuff is at the bottom of your purse, you need to give it to somebody long before now. >> you know what i do have? under the bed -- a big tupperware where i dump everything in there and slide it under the bed. >> and then i pull it out. >> with the body of jay. >> he emailed me and said urgent. on friday, he emailed me, urgent, need tax info asap, all caps. >> hoda, did you get an extension? >> that's what i'm doing today. >> oh my -- >> today's the extension day. >> i've known you five years, loved you that long. never oncevy known you to file on time. >> why don't i just do it on time? i like to know there's a few more months to go. down the road. >> you know what's the most depressing thing of all? is thinking about how long you have to work before you get to
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actually spend one penny of all the work that you have done. >> that's for the average person. for people like you who are multimillionaires, that's way, way, way -- you know where all of hoda's money is going now? to the dog walker. >> i had no idea. you better drink up, because you're about to get the first bill from the dog walker. >> this is a tax drink. >> an apple martini. why -- >> it's, from the grant grill at the u.s. grant hotel in san diego. >> that's good. each one of these drinks costs $4.15 and it's the 15th of april to celebrate tax day. >> that will help you forget it's tax day, that's for sure. >> last night there's a broadway show that premiered called "motown." >> motown, the musical. >> it's like being at a concert.
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it's like you are watching -- >> motown great songs in it unbelievable. i think 56 or so. >> we went last night. >> the supremes, the temptations. >> marvin gaye. oh, my gosh. >> it's a party. it's a party. >> and by the way -- >> a lot of people came to the party last night. we went on the red carpet, me and you -- the happy couple. >> yeah. >> holding hands, people are starting to talk. >> we're getting a little worried. there's diana ross. barry gordie, and barry gordie's son from fao. and there's smoky. and we saw diana and we said, it must be intermission. after what, it must be surreal i remember saying to her, watching -- she did come up on
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stage. we said miss ross, miss ross is what you call her. what was it like -- it must be surreal for you to watch your life being played out. she said, it is strange. >> they have quite the bit of history and a child together. everybody seems to have made peace with whatever their relationships were. >> well it's wild. >> amazing story of what barry go gordy built. >> i looked around and saw stevie wonder and gladys knight and the commodores, it was wild, i think to look around and see them all there. >> it was an idea -- >> is that clive up there, too? >> no, that's gladys at the end. >> my eyes are going. i can't wait to have my cataracts done. but anyway we want to thank especially doug morris for our terrific seats and we really want to congratulate him and his beautiful wife, monique. doug is one of the most powerful
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men, probably the most powerful men in the music industry, we've been friends of his for a long time now. and i think they said they know they have it on in the playbill, three producers, but i, he put a lot of his own money into that thing. and it's got the biggest box office from broadway right now, too, so we're really, really happy for him. >> it's a party over at jenna bush hager's house. >> she had a baby! >> way to go. >> a baby girl, her name is margaret laura, and they're calling her mila, it's henry's mom's name and her mom's name. so margaret laura. which is beautiful. >> six pounds, 15 ounces, 19 1/4 inches. >> and look at henry, he's so in love with his wife and his daughter. >> are they watching the masters? >> oh, my god! >> no, they're not. >> first-time grandparents. i wonder what the name was, if they had chosen, if it was going
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to be a boy. because they didn't know. >> we'll have to ask. >> anyway, we wish them all the best. i was thinking about her today. i think, your think your life changes with a dog? oh, my gosh how your life changes with a baby. >> i can't wait to see. she's going to be an awesome mom. let's talk about justin bieber. >> what are we going to do about the biebster. >> he went to the anne frank museum. he stayed for an hour at the end there was a guest book so he wrote something in the guest book. this is what he wrote. truly inspiring to be able to come here, anne was a great girl, hopefully she would have been a belieber. >> hopefully she would have been a belieber. >> i don't think he meant anything disrespectful by it. it's symbolic of how young he is and how i think out of touch,
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completely out of touch. he can't even imagine the suffering of this young girl, along with six million other jews during the holocaust. i don't think he -- i don't think -- he realized. i think he thinks he's being nice. but he doesn't realize how, how it comes across to other people. >> he seems to keep stepping in it. >> he's had nothing but trouble since he's gone on the road, right? >> we talked about that. ever since his mom, pattie has given over the reins because he's, making all that money and -- manager and -- manager is not there all the time and there are people around him, some people probably want the very best for him. but if he's like anybody else in this industry, there are those who just want to make the money and run and are not looking out for his best interests and i noticed a little of that, i told you when i was around him. i didn't like some of the stuff i saw and again -- i just hope somebody gets ahold of him like
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pattie is a great mom. and i hope he comes home soon. because he needs, he has no sense of reality. how can you when you're 19 years old, the biggest pop star in the world? >> i could see where that could happen. he needs to have the right kind of people. >> he's a good kid and he's been taught right from wrong. hopefully he will come back to it. >> the mtv movie awards were weird. >> i didn't see them, you didn't either. did you look online? >> i saw parts of it. there was kind of a kanye-ish moment. will ferrell was up getting an award he had the golden popcorn thing in his hand. >> that's the award? >> yes. and some girl named abby plaza from "parks and rec" was up on stage. take a look. >> thanks to mtv -- but i --
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what's happening? are you okay? aubrey plaza, everyone. >> if you look, i don't know if we can get a shot of it. if you look on her chest, there's a hash tag or something that says, to do list. something that she wanted to do, i guess to -- >> in some ways, that was dumb. >> it was awkward. it was awk-weird. some people thought it was, it was planned and it just went -- you know -- >> awry. as they say. >> or that she just -- by not saying anything -- it was very strange. i mean at least -- kanye, we knew what he was talking about. we kind of knew he was upset because beyonce didn't win. but i don't understand what she was angry about. the one thing -- she has
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accomplished that we now have heard her name. i never heard of her before. but i'm not sure what you ultimately want to be known for, you know. >> again, young and not thinking things through. >> let's talk about the cute guy who won the masters. oh, my god, adam scott. >> hodie -- i think she has left blake. >> the first australian golfer to ever win. we need an extreme close-up. close up on -- every guy we've ever met from australia is -- hot. >> oh, all right, okay, okay. >> wow. wow. what's the story on him, hodie? >> he's 30-something, 32. >> that's a little young for you, but okay. >> he's so cute, could you die? look at him. and the other guy, who was the guy, cabrera? >> angel cabrera, who is very famous and has won the masters before. he looks like a guy you would see on the golf course any day. he gets up, it looks like he
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didn't think a minute to think about it. he's so good. thank god this guy won, right? >> all right. frank is just sits there in front of that, it isn't even on for the next four hours, but he watches the golf channel. he has to discuss everybody's putt, everybody's drive. everybody's choice of clubs. and i'm going -- what, i don't get it. it's a golf thing, i will never get it. we almost got divorced before we got married over golf. we really did. i wanted to learn it. he wanted me to learn it. i, i wouldn't cut my nails so i cut the ends off for the little glove. and one day we were out here and -- i was taking my time the way the guy taught me how to do it. and frank gets upset because there's a foursome behind us. i said, that's right. they're behind us. i'm trying to do it right. i said, you know what, this is not going to work. my favorite thing.
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it's some nature valley peanut granola bar. i am so into -- a box of six sells for around $2.50, naturevalley.com. around here the only thing edible, i'm sorry, in our break room, it's all bad. >> if you're lucky enough to get any of it at the bottom of the thing. i eat too much of it. this controls it. i adore them. >> my best friend karen's husband, it was his birthday. i want to give a big birthday shout-out. >> hey, john. >> there's karen and katherine. >> from new orleans. >> i got to spend the birthday with them. >> and sarah. >> my favorite thing -- it's not just this t-shirt. do you like it, though? it says the few, the proud, the extremely attractive. >> i got it from my best friend molly. this site plays to midwestern midwesterners, it's all jokes about the fly-over states. but it's the softest t-shirt.
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he took his first flight with duke the other day, solo. >> i got to tell you, he has wi-fi on the plane, i emailed him was how's the flight. all he wrote back was -- only child. he is going to be an only child. >> i wrote what are you talking about. he goes, no more kids. hope you enjoy having one son. >> it's one thing -- >> people giving me stink-eye on that flight, it was remarkable. >> don't you have more compassion now when a mother of three kids and all comes on the plane? >> no question. >> you do -- how do they do it. >> sn. >> i remember before we had a baby, i would say to myself, put a pacifier in his mouth. like that works, right? we definitely feel very differently about it. >> let's talk about you two lovebirds helping other people find love. >> it is, it's catching fire, everyone is talking about, gwynneth paltrow said it was her
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favorite new show on television. can you believe that? >> let's retweet that all over the place. >> everyone who watched the show last week loved the show. it's such a new concept. i'm predicting at the end of the season, we'll have two marriages. >> kind of real chemistry happening. >> we can't say too much. but, yeah. >> do you think chemistry can be forced on tv like this? >> we met on tv. i interviewed bill in front of the camera that's the first time we met. >> was it instant with you guys, i never asked you that. >> on our second date we were making plans for six months in advance. which i had never done in my life. >> so i do think it is possible. especially with this show. because the girls come in, remember the guys were introduced here, right? >> yes, we had them on last week. >> there's going to be other shou shows the girls show up and they're seeing the guys for the first time. whereas here they know exactly what they're getting. i got to say tomorrow night's episode sin credible.
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. welcome back to "today" on this fun-day monday. time for today's buzz, we fill you in on all things celebrity gossip you may have missed over the weekend. >> matt damon renews his wedding vows and paris jackson opens up about his famous dad. here with all the buzz is tim stat, entertainment writer for "entertainment weekly." >> the mtv awards, i know you were watching. what did you take away? >> i thought they were okay. you know, rebel wilson from "bridesmaids" hosted, i love her i think she was really funny. a lot of lady business jokes, jokes about the lady business, i don't know if i can say that on tv and lots of pubic hair jokes. but anyway, she performed. speaking of -- she performed with her pitch perfect cast.
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it's so good. and she opened it with a new song and -- it was good. the big winner was ton of awards. >> it seems like an adult -- >> exactly. i think the fact that jennifer lawrence was in it and bradley cooper and "the avengers" won a ton of awards, too. "silver linings playbook" won a lot. mtv awards are not the oscars, but they're fun. >> listening to paris jackson speak out. it's interesting to hear from her, anyway. but tell us what she had to say. >> she seems like oddly normal. surprising. but michael jackson's daughter, paris, she gave an interview to the "daily mail" kind of just talking about her life right now. and she misses her father. he was an incredible father. and her plans for the future. she has a normal childhood, she's a cheerleader and she
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wants to be a heart surgeon. she was talking about being a model or something. >> when you should sort of take the time to find out what you want to be. and there's new controversy i read in the papers over the weekend that only one of the children, blanket is michael's actual biological child. >> good lord. she also said she wants to open up, reopen neverland ranch as a home for sick children. which just sounds like a horror movie to me. the ghost of bubbles the chimp is going to be around. the poor kids with cancer are going to be like liz taylor paintings everywhere. >> but if it can be used for good. >> that's true. >> come on, tim, think it through. >> bad juju, good things did not happen at neverland. >> how do you know that? >> allegedly. allegedly. i'm sure it's a wonderful place to grow up. >> matt damon and his wife. they renewed their marriage vows. >> a lot of people renew their
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vows. >> did you and frank renew your vows? >> no need to. >> but yeah, matt damon and his wife renewed their vows, they never actually had a full ceremony. they never a full ceremony. they went down to st. louaint.a with a bunch of their friends and were frolicking on the beach like rich people do. >> i was in my house watching the mtv awards. >> let's talk about the movies "42" is huge. >> one of those stories, so inspiring and jackie robinson is such a huge, hikiconic guy and though one has tackled that before. it's a movie that families can go see. but yeah, it's got a crazy audience score, the score was
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like an a-plus, it has good legs. >> two seconds to tell us, what do you think of the bieber thing with anne frank is that going to blow over? >> i feel like he's just kind of dumb. >> you're about to make up our minds. >> we're playing some fun brain games after this. [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it.
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they say seeing is believing and we are about to find out that's not always the case from clever coin tricks to math equations, these two guys over here claim they can blow your mind. >> if you have one. part of a new show airing on the national geographic channel called "brain games" jason silva is the host and apollo robbins is the deception specialist. >> creepy, scary. >> welcome, guys. >> sounds like something we wouldn't ordinarily be interested in. >> well, for one, obama is putting all this money to reverse-engineer the brain, the brain is the most complicated object in the universe, but at the same time it's incredibly easy to fool. it has these shortcomes that can be exploited and this game we have these interactive experiments that do that to teach you about your brain. >> they say we only use a small percentage of our brain. >> we use all of our brains, we don't use it well. but we use all of our brain. >> what does mr. deception have to do with the whole game? >> i do like hacking the mind, there's a lot of false assumptions we make every day. i take advantage of that in a visual way, whether it be
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stealing something from you, or kind of showing you why critical thinking is pong important. >> what is the show? >> the star of the show is your brain we have these carefully designed interactive experiments, we call it lean-in programming. the brain experts, these cognitive experts design these games, illusions can you play at home as you watch and you're like wow, you want to understand what just happened. >> it's interesting, two of you at home watching it. a husband and wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, family. each one of you will have a different experience of the games because your brains are wired differently. my wife is really good at this, i'm not good at that. it gives awe chance to participate, interactive tv. >> what if you're one of those people who doesn't do well at all the entire time. isn't there a danger that you'll come away thinking i'm an idiot. >> the games you'll do not so well because they're designed to show your brain's own shortcomes. >> we dot show to do that. >> when you find out what you don't know it gives you an
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advantage. >> you're supposed to count the footballs, all right? this is an example. >> i, what? try to count them. >> right. >> 28. >> 30. >> you're both wrong but you're pretty close. >> the answer was actually revealed on the screen in text. >> it was? >> an example of inattention blindness. >> where was it? >> just right there. >> stop counting. there are 27 footballs. >> your eye is on the footballs, that's what you told us to do. >> by pushing your attention in one direction. >> here, come on this side, it wasn't implied. >> and i want to you keep your jewelry. so you'll be safer over here. >> i was going to ask you to put your cards down so you have your
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hands available. your attention is drawn to something like this, this becomes the priority. close your hand around it. would you be surprised if i could take it out of your hands? >> i would be totally shocked. that would be the easy way. use your hand, but squeeze my wrist, squeeze. see your attention is split between two places, but your high-resolution view of your attention is very small and you can't see where it actually is. >> where is it? >> while she's looking here, she doesn't know it's sitting on her shoulder. >> pick it up. >> try your hand. use your hand a little bit higher, you can see it almost at home how this works, it's not here because it's back on her shoulder again. >> one more time. i'll use both your hands. >> put your hand on top. if you watch it -- here you can also see the space. now right there out of your mind is making assumptions about where you go, it's here, isn't it? >> you're so sharp. the fact that it's here, it falls back in the palm of your hand.
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it is on the head like you said. it's the motion that draws your attention. >> that's what these guys have been doing in their magic tricks forever. >> you're going to try this. this is out of the box thinking, you want to connect all the brains together. with three straight lines. three straight lines. and again, the clue -- >> i don't know what you mean. >> link them all together using only three straight lines. >> how can you -- >> think out of the box. >> one was a little bit curved for the straight line. >> you were letly out of the box. notice, it's so important. most people will stay within the boundaries. outside of the boundaries, it
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>> announcer: today's kitchen is brought to you by lactaid milk. with lactaid milk, can you fully enjoy the real milk you love. >> in today's kitchen we're looking up some lactose-free recipes for all of you who have a little sensitivity to dairy. i have it mildly. >> here with some easy brunch ideas is celebrity chef melissa derabian. who is a lactose spokesperson. >> a lot of people have that, it's a spectrum. and that's what's great about something like lactaid, there's no lactose in it, you can drink it and process it without a problem. today we're making blueberry muffins. wet ingredients, dry ingredients. let's put in three-quarters of a cup of lactaid. >> it is dairy milk, you are not going to notice a difference.
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>> and it comes in whole milk, skim and everything else. >> cottage cheese, i add in a half a cup of butter. oil or butter. whisk it up and we'll put in some orange zest did you know that butter has very little lactose in it a lot of people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate the butter. wet ingredients, dry ingredients, couple cups of flour, two and a half teaspoons of baking powder and sugar. >> that makes hoda happy. and half a teaspoon of salt. and all right. that's the trick to a good muffin is whisking up your agdr ingredients first and then pour it in. make a little well. >> and then just a gentle stir. >> folding it. >> you don't want to overmix. >> and this is something you can
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make up in advance, stick the muffins in your freezer, and your whole family can eat this one recipe. >> when do the blueberries go? >> they're going in now. >> you don't want to smash them up. >> and the less mixing the better. >> it gives the texture that you like. >> and you don't want to develop the gluten. >> just a little bit. >> i didn't know about developing the gluten. >> by mixing you're developing the gluten. you can even make muffin batter the night before and put it in your fridge. >> i can't wait any longer. >> and then they turn out like this. >> just a little sugar on the top. >> here we go, we're using the lactaid chocolate milk and a little bit of almond extract and all we're going to do is add in a little bit of -- >> hot water on top of some instant coffee. mix that up. blend it up in here with the almond extract.
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>> and these are awesome. >> you know what's great? this is creamy, but no lactose in it. >> love it. >> these are great. the joy fit club member who lost 280 pounds. >> but first this is "today" on nbc. [ installer ] these days, internet has become a necessity for people, and that's why i do my best to make sure their internet is reliable. during the storm it was commonly known
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and we're back now with look at me now, the joy fit club. the newest member is 27-year-old candace williams. >> like a lot of people, she struggled with weight for much of her life and now is down a whopping 280 pounds. let's take a look at her story. >> hi, my name is candace. since i can remember, i've always had issues with my weight. growing up, i was bigger than most kids in school and i was bullied and teased every day. i felt like an outsider among my classmates and refused to even
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be pictured in my high school year book. i tried losing weight with weight watchers and would only gain it back. i wasn't mentally ready to separate hunger from my emotions. what caused my light bulb to go off? in 2009 i was required to do a health assessment for my job. i was so heavy the scale couldn't calculate my weight at 460 pounds. i was beyond embarrassed, mortified and ashamed. the pain i felt that day was worse than the teasing and bullying i had suffered throughout my life. i went home that day, i ate, i cried and i ate some more. i went back to wait watchers and lost my first 100 pounds just by eating better. i added exercise into my life and not only did my body change, but my outlook on life did, too. it is a hard road to lose weight but it's not impossible. today i'm 280 pounds lighter and i live by the motto, eat less, move more and create no excuses. >> wow. it looks like she does have a lot of supportive friends.
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before we meet her, let's talk to joy. >> as we see, this is a really, really special young lady and in the midst of being a full-time student and taking care of her mom and sister who have health issues, she has lost more than the two of you put together. so how did she do this? it was overwhelming for her to look at the big picture. so instead she made mini meals. every mini goals, every single week, she gave herself a new tangible, manageable goal. she loved frozen, fried french fries. so one week she set out to master a delicious low-calorie fish. so this is tilapia, she puts a little parmesan, italian seasonings and wrap it is in tin foil and puts it in the oven. frozen shepherd's pie, the fattening one is 650 calories. this is her slim style.
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green beans, lean ground turkey, a little bit of mashed potatoes, reduced fat cheese. let's look at her before picture. all right, candace, come join the joy fit club. >> wow! >> you're beautiful. >> thank you. >> it's a whole new you. >> you look, can you believe it. >> can i tell you something -- you hold the other side. >> no, no indeed. >> is that wild? >> i know. >> you look beautiful. >> three and a half years. >> but nice and slow and steady. >> every single day. >> and you can climb mountains right now. >> my goal right now is to climb the highest mountain in each state and i've done three already and my goal is georgia's this month. >> thank you, thank you. tomorrow, brooke shields is going to join us. >> plus a performance from the very cool band, walk off the
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