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good morning. where are they? nearly 200 bodies. the victims of malaysia airlines flight mh-17 this morning, taken by pro russian rebels to an unknown location. this as anger rises today over that unsecured crash site. we're live at the scene. on the move, israel widening its ground offensive against hamas militants today, dozens of palestinians killed, hundreds more wounded. then in the middle of a temporary cease-fire, a new round of fighting. scare in the sky. a hot air balloon ride takes a terrifying turn, when it suddenly comes crashing down on to power lines. and remembering james garner. the legendary actor from tv's
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"rockford files" and so many films has died at the age of 86. we'll look back at his story career today. and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm lester holt alongside dylan dreyer and tom llamas in for jenna again this morning. so much confusion at that crash site, in ukraine. so bizarre to see people traipsing through the wreckage and frankly a place where human remains are. >> one of the first things that normally happens is that that site is secured. so that doesn't happen. so it is -- >> the stakes are high, trying to get facts out in this. here is what is happening right now. at the site of the malaysia flight 17, bodies have been found, 196 of them have been
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taken away from the site. reports that pro russian rebels guarding the area forced the emergency workers to hand them all over. >> all this comes as the international outrage over the handling of both the bodies and the crime scene only grows. world leaders calling on russia's president putin to allow international investigators access to the site. we have two reports to begin this morning. we start with keir simmons at the site this morning. good morning. >> erica, good morning. there are mangled pieces of this plane, like the section of tail behind me, across the ukrainian country side here. and confused accounts of whether or not the black boxes have been found. this morning, we're told that the bodies that have been found here have been removed. but there are fears that many victims haven't been located. more than 100 people are still missing, somewhere in this wreckage. but the area is still largely unguarded. it is unbelievable that we can
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just walk right through the middle of all of this. stretchers used to carry away the dead have been abandoned. passengers found in the fields, alongside their possessions, a wallet without money or credit cards. and many cuddly toys, 80 children were on board. people's bodies have hit the ground and left these horrific marks. the bodies of the victims will be sent back to their families, i was told, by a gun wielding militia leader who calls himself prime minister. ♪ memorials are being held for victims from around the world. >> the downing of mh-17 was not an innocent accident. it was the outcome of a trail of human evil. >> reporter: and the international anger is building. the dutch prime minister lost 193 countrymen.
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russia's president putin has one last chance to help, he says. but there is still no sign of crash investigators here. three full days after flight mh-17 came down in flames. and we did just see european monitors arrive. they are not investigators, but they were able to tell us that they can confirm, they have seen it, that the bodies have been taken to a refrigerated train car, a little way away from here. they say they are being kept there in relatively safe and secure conditions, but what they don't know, erica, is where they will be taken to next or even when. >> which is so confusing and so frustrating for so many. keir, as you showed, you can walk through the debris field, which so many of us are not used to seeing and yet the investigators have not yet made their way there. there is a lot of talk about their safety as this first happened. is that one of the main concerns as they are trying to make their
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way to the site? >> it really is. remember, this is a war zone. at times here you can hear artillery fire in the distance. the front line moves at times, so it could come across here. right now, we feel completely safe. but that can change. and that's the problem for the investigators. can they safely come here and find out what happened in the middle of this war? >> keir simmons in ukraine for us, thank you. as you may have heard, some of the passengers on the flight were aids researchers, on their way to an important conference in australia that was to begin today. there are some of the best and the brightest in the aids research community. sara james is following that part of the story for us from melbourne. good morning. >> good morning, lester. at the opening ceremony held a short time ago, people from around the world paused to remember six remarkable colleagues who were aboard that doomed airliner.
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>> let our silence represent our sadness, our anger, and our solidari solidarity. >> reporter: one poignant moment that symbolized the enormity of loss. a tribute to victims who included pioneering past president joep lange. >> he was simply a wonderful man. and bright. >> reporter: everywhere, talk of the tragedy. and tokens of esteem. >> tying a red ribbon meant a lot to me personally just to show my personal feelings towards the families, the friends, relatives. >> it is great sadness amongst the community, as there is great sadness across australia with 28 australians and across the world, over 2 90 lives lost. and really wasteful, wasteful, shocking waste of life. >> reporter: this was the worst air disaster for australia in more than half a century, with 28 australians among the dead. every smiling photo another
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heart breaking story. like albert and marie risk, who knew most everyone in their small town, the couple's children are in shock. >> i don't think they know what to think at this point in time, the fact is they have lost both their parents. a missile blew through the plane and that's how i depart this world is just incomprehensible. >> reporter: the prime minister expressed his grief. >> we indicate we are grieving with and praying for all of those who have been impacted by this dreadful, dreadful event. >> reporter: the prime minister says he has grave concerns about russia, that they will say one thing and do another and has real reservations about the integrity of the crash site. meantime, the aids conference will continue here torrow, and there will be a candlelight vigil later in the week. lester? >> sara james this morning.
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thank you. elsewhere in the world, we're following the story out of gaza where it was a horrific scene this morning. from one of the most intense days of fighting, between the israeli military and hamas militants, one of the most intense days so far, richard engel is in gaza city with more for us. good morning. >> good morning. you can say this is definitely the most intense day so far. scenes of devastation in a palestinian neighborhood just on the outskirts of gaza city, we're seeing children and bodies in the streets, women and children. what happened, we're told, is that israeli forces early this morning tried to push into the city, push in with tanks and armored vehicles. one israeli armored vehicle was attacked by a palestinian rocket. a shoulder fired rocket. that vehicle w a catastrophic loss. there were heavy israeli casualties. israel moved in with a rescue
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operation, sending in more troops, and to provide cover for that rescue operation they unleashed a ferocious bombardment on the neighborhood. residents were desperately trying to call ambulances, ambulances according to medical officials, were not able to reach the area. there was a lot of damage. dozens killed. one palestinian medical official said it was a war crime in the making. then amid pressure to try and create some sort of cease-fire, the two sides agreed to a two-hour window to allow palestinians to go in, recover some of the bodies, even that window did not hold. the fighting there continues and this is hardly over. >> all right, richard engel for us this morning, thank you. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." good morning. >> good morning. >> i know you'll be joined this morning by secretary of state john kerry. but everything that richard just laid out for us, including that two-hour cease-fire, that the red cross requested, that could not hold, realistically, what is
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it that the u.s. and secretary kerry can do at this point? >> they have influence over the israeli government. thus far, though, the obama white house has been very supportive of this military campaign. there is concern about civilian casualties, urgings for restraint. but i think you may see the administration try to exert influence over the future political of gaza. it is president abbas of the palestinian authority who exist and operates in west bank, but not in gaza. this, i think, is viewed as a potential moment for gazans themselves to turn against hamas and perhaps seek greater -- better political leadership. does that create an opening for the administration on peace efforts that have recently failed? it may be be a slim hope, but i think that's -- those are the tracks they're working on. >> they'll be looking toward every bit of hope, however slim it may be. this is not the only international crisis that is -- that the white house is facing at this point. there is also a lot of pressure
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to act in some way, pressure from here at home, when it comes to the situation over the downed flight, and whether or not or just how involved russia may be be. when it comes to that, again, what can the u.s. do realistically, but also what is the u.s. role technically in all of this? >> well, the investigation itself is more limited, but this is an international investigation. what is striking, of course, is the fact that after the president called on russia to use its influence, to get complete cooperation with the investigation, you have this outrageous conduct this morning of separatists, removing bodiyi from the crash site, strong reaction from the administration is forth coming on all of this. and at the same time, they want to give president putin some room to maneuver here. this is the moment of truth as the administration describes it for vladimir putin. what does that mean? you got ukraine government that wants more military aid.
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and more sanctions. really rallying european countries now to perhaps try to cripple russia's economy to some degree. >> we'll be checking in with you in a little bit for further look at what's coming up on "meet the press." david, thank you. >> thanks. want to get you caught up on the morning's other top stories. tom llamas is in for jenna. >> we start with wild video. a hot air balloon went crashing into power lines in a residential neighborhood in massachusetts. leaving hundreds of homes without electricity in a town of clinton. this eyewitness video shows the balloon hitting the wires and causing a fiery explosion. witnesses say five people aboard the balloon were burned. the faa is trying to figure out how this happened. dry conditions and gusty winds are fanning the flames of a massive wildfire north central washington. the carlton complex fire has now scorched about 330 square miles in metal valley. officials in washington say firefighters from new mexico, utah and wyoming are heading to the state to help battle the
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flames. now to a "today" show exclusive, the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996 is awarded more than $23 billion in punitive damages against the nation's second largest cigarettemaker rj reynolds. $23 billion. she spoke only with nbc news and kristen welker has her story. >> i -- first i heard millions. i didn't know it was b, with a b, billions. i still can't believe it. >> reporter: cynthia johnson robinson is still in disbelief after a florida jury ordered tobacco giant rj reynolds to pay her more than $23 billion for the wrongful death of her husband, michael johnson. >> birthdays, christmas, father's day, i still go and put flowers out on his grave. >> reporter: johnson was a chain smoker, who died of lung cancer in 1996, when he was just 36 years old. his widow still blames the company. >> they concealed information
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that was harmful to a human for years. and still to this day have not admitted that they were wrong. >> reporter: once part of a class action lawsuit that was tossed out in 2006, robinson then sued rj reynolds on her own, and on friday, she was awarded one of the largest verdicts in u.s. history. rj reynolds is vowing to appeal, writing in a statement, the damages awarded in this case are grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law. >> read thbeat them once and wet them again because we're on the side of justice, we're on the right side. >> reporter: still, according to one legal analyst, be robinson may never see the billions she's been awarded. >> when you get an award this size, which is extremely, extremely rare, a lot of the times the award portion will get appealed and nine times out of ten they're very successful. >> reporter: cynthia johnson robinson says her husband would
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be proud. >> he would say, we did it. we did it. the time has come and someone had to start somewhere and it started with me and michael johnson. >> reporter: for "today," kristen welker, nbc news. some sad news in the entertainment world this morning, iconic tv and film actor james garner has died. garner, who passed away of natural causes, was known for his roles in the tv series "the rockford files" and "maverick". he also co-starred in the 1994 big screen version of "maverick" with mel gibson. more recently garner played the older version of ryan gosling's character in "the notebook," he was 86 years old. finally, ladies, grab your tissues, adam levine is officially a married man. the maroon 5 front man and judge on "the voice" married a victoria's secret model. they said i do in cabo san
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lucas, mexico. their yet to be born child has already won america's next top model for next season. so -- >> and has its own twitter handle. and instagram account. >> all of that. >> very happy for them. that's awesome news. >> good. tom, thanks. dylan has a check of the weather for us. >> we have interesting things in the forecast tohealthy air. anyone with asthma problems watch out in the northwest where we have had this issue of the fires. we are going to see gradual improvements and the weather will get better for these fires in the form of cooling mperatures and increasing humidity, but it's the smoke that's traveling around, that could disrupt those respiratory problems. you want to limit your outdoor activity and stay indoors in the ac when you can. we also have heat advisories, some for today and through minneapolis it's in effect for tomorrow. feels like temperature will be up around 107 degrees on monday afternoon. big turnaround from how cool it's been recently. want to point out we could see isolated tornadoes, hail and flash flooding across minnesota and extreme northwestern
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wisconsin. something we'll keep an eye out for this afternoon. that's a look at the weather across the country. here's a peek out your window. >> i'm meteorologist chuck bell. no rain in the immediate metro area just yet but sprinkles near columbia maryland and baltimore, maryland, those are moving away but we will see a redevelopment of light sprinkles and showers our way this afternoon. plenty of clouds outside early this morning. out the door weather, temperatures in the upper 60s are to low and mid 70s for now. mostly cloudy day today with a quick minutes passing shower or two. today's high near 84. tomorrow more sunshine and warmer, high near 86. >> and that's your latest forecast. erica? >> all right, dylan, thanks. still to come, prince george standing on his own two feet and talk about timing. the kid is getting ready to celebrate his first birthday. we'll take a look back at the celebrate his first birthday. we'll take a look back at the royal year that was. welcome to the corner of and "getting major kudos." just look at you. you're being healthy, even in little ways.
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prince george is about to turn 1 and in honor of that, the royal palace just released a new photo of the little prince. duncan golestani has more on his first year. >> reporter: he's taking small steps at the end of a big royal year. this newly released photo shows prince george walking, a new party trick just in time for his first birthday on tuesday. what a year it's been since kate and william stepped out of that london hospital, proudly showing their first born to the waiting world. >> he's got her looks thankfully. >> no, no, no. >> reporter: from a small family christening to a tour down under, george has become the royal to watch. >> the fact that prince george is so photogenic, that he's very animated for the cameras, that he seems to be getting involved with the engagements he does suggested, look, this is a future star of the royal family and that's played well with the press, no doubt about it. >> reporter: it wasn't until that trip to australia and new zealand that we really got a good look at the future king. and until then, sightings were few and far between.
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at 8 months old, he had his first royal engagement, play date, it was the perfect debut. >> when kate scooped george up and he sort of nestled his head in her hair and gave her a big cuddle was apparently her favorite photograph of the whole tour. a really beautiful image of what is now a historic moment. >> reporter: and when george went to the zoo, we started to learn more about the young prince. he's curious. noisy. and has no time for stuffed toys. since then, we have seen very little of george as his parents have protected him from the glare of the cameras. a lifetime of royal duty awaits, so for now, george is taking it one step at a time. for "today," duncan golestani, nbc news, london. that's one cute kid. by the way, here come the terrible 2s before you know it. >> what's up, debbie downer. i find 3s are worse. >> 16 months, will be interesting. still to come, are super
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this is a news 4 news break. hi, good morning, everyone. it's 8:26 on this sunday, july 20th. i'm erika gonzalez. thanks for joining us. today the silver line will begin
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testing in preparation for next saturday's opening. metro will be running simulated service on the silver line this whole week and it's going to cause a real headaches on the other lines. fewer blue line trains will be rushing during rush hour tomorrow. the blue and orange lines have to share the rosslyn tunnel with the silver line. blue line riders south of rosslyn could wait 12 additional mince for their trains. a group of palestinian protesters plan to march later today. the palestine right to return coalition is just one of many groups demonstrating against israel's ground campaign in gaza. the group says hundreds of palestinians are dead and people here in the u.s. are hearing just one side of the story. we're going to get a check of your forecast coming up next. stay with us.
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good morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. your sunday afternoon will be filled with cloudy skies, a little sunshine from time to time. a sliver or two of sunshine in northwest washington right now. current temperatures as of the moment are in the upper 60s are and low 70s. by later on today, low to mid 80s will be the general rule. might have a quick passing shower or two but these little rain showers shouldn't last more than ten to 15 minutes and dry out again by later on this evening as temperatures drop back into the 70s. next four days, mid 80s today and tomorrow and then back into the 90s for tuesday and back into the low and mid 90s wednesday with a chance for
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thunderstorms coming back into the picture. erika, back to you. >> thanks, chuck. we are back on the air with more news and weather in about 30 minutes. for now back to the "today" show. hi, erica, it's our birthday too. >> i'm 65. >> hi, dylan. >> i come from texas. >> after 40 years, we made it to the "today" show. >> today is my 45th birthday. and 45 yearsyears. we're back. fantastic crowd on the plaza today, thanks for sharing their morning with us and happy birthday to erica. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> if you want to do this right, you would be out with the crowd holding up your sign. >> we're going to go meet them later.
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maybe i can borrow a sign. >> you share a birthday with the moon landing. >> my father and i always joke about that. it is starting off very well with all of you guys. >> cupcakes. >> i had cupcakes last night, surprise birthday with my kids. >> leftovers around here somewhere. >> yeah. >> i think in your office. upstairs in your office. let's get you caught up on what is making headlines today. growing outrage at the crash site of flight mh-17. 196 bodies have been removed from the area, but the pro russian rebels who ordered them to be handed over have not said exactly where they're taking those remains. five people suffered minor injuries after the hot air balloon they were riding in crashed into a power line in massachusetts. no word on why it happened. tv and film star james garner being remembered this morning for his legendary career. he passed away overnight of natural causes at his home. he was 86 years old. still to come in this half hour, the incredible stories of survival from the people on board united airlines flight
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232. it crashed in iowa, 25 years ago. the pilot saving so many lives that day against incredible odds. we'll hear from them coming up. you heard about the power of superfoods like quinoa, wheat grass and kale. what foods you already have that work just as well. forget about auto tunes or dubbing. there is still one recording studio that is making music the old-fashioned way, just like elvis presley and johnny cash did there once. lester will take us there. did they offer lester a contract? we'll find out. >> if they were smart, they did. >> showed up for work today, so there's the answer. let's begin this half hour with the public outcry here in new york city. it is over the death of a man who died in police custody. cell phone video captured what appears to be officers using a choke hold on the man, which is a violation of the nypd's approved tactics. ron mott is following the story for us. ron, good morning.
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>> good morning. one of the officers involved has had his gun and badge taken away while the investigation into exactly what happened here is well under way. it is an incident that left bystanders and a man's family outraged. >> i'm minding my business, officer. >> reporter: it happened on staten island. >> i didn't sell anything. >> reporter: cell phone video shows new york city police confronting 43-year-old eric garner, who they suspected of illegally selling cigarettes when things got physical. one of the officers appears to apply a choke hold to the father of six and after wrestling the man to the ground, the choke hold remained, with another officer pinning his head to the sidewalk. moments later. >> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> reporter: he complained he couldn't breathe at least eight times. he later went limp and died. >> all he did was break up a fight. >> reporter: ramsey recorded the incident on his phone. >> got a protocol to follow and they didn't follow none of it. >> reporter: the commissioner
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acknowledged the officer appears to choke garner. >> the choke holds are in fact prohibited by the new york city police department as they are, in fact, by most police departments in the united states because of the concerns of potential death arising from them. >> reporter: saturday, garner's widow collapsed at a rally before protesters marched to the police precinct near the incident, demanding justice. >> i can't breathe. >> reporter: amid the growing anger is sadness, a sense garner's death was avoidable. this woman saw it all. >> i was angry because he didn't deserve to go like that. they literally jumped on this man and -- the one with the 99 on his shirt, i'm pretty sure, he crushed his windpipe. that's how hard he took him down. >> reporter: bill de blasio said he's disturbed by what he saw on the video and sent conlences to the family. an official cause of death has not been announced just yet, lester. >> incredibly disturbing. ron, thank you very much. let's go outside to dylan. she's got a final check of the weather.
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>> thanks, guys. we are looking at temperatures to be on the warmer side in parts of the country today. actually very much above average, back through the plains states. taking a look at some of the temperatures, we'll see this afternoon, youwe are going to b in the 90s to well around 100 degrees from north dakota into southern texas, southwest is hot too. the northwest finally starting to cool off and we do have a couple spotty showers especially the eastern great lakes stretching down into the southeast. and again, it is going to be warm, in the middle of the country and some of that heat will help fuel some of the storms we could see in northern minnesota today. we have a slight risk of stronger storms with the chance of isolated tornadoes and also larger hail. tomorrow that slight risk expands to include the dakotas and we will see a few spotty showers in the southeast. want to point out from wichita falls, texas, 40 years of marriage. f-4 tornado you survived, survived the heat wave, 100 days of 100 plus heat, recycled affluent water, don't know what that is, but as a meteorologist i need to get on that.
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that's a look at the weather across the country. here's a peek out your window. >> good morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell outside of our window in northwest it's a mostly cloudy sky. you can see oneamm 4 radar not much in the way of rain yet. couple sprinkles will be rolling across st. mary's county within the hour. a little chance for a quick shower coming up later on today. out the door weather mid to upper 60s are to low 70s outside right now. it's going to be a reasonably good day. mostly cloudy with an occasional sprinkle or shower. plenty of dry hours to get your outdoor activities in. and that's your latest forecast. erica? >> all right, dylan, thanks. a somber anniversary this weekend that seems perhaps somewhat more poignant given the news of the downing of flight mh-17. it was 25 years ago that united airlines flight 232 crashed in sioux city, iowa, after suffering a failure that made a safe landing virtually impossible. >> despite insurmountable odds,
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two-thirds of those on board survived. this weekend, many survivors came together to honor those who perished and remembered the day that forever changed their lives. in sioux city, iowa, this weekend, hugs and tears and still vivid memories among survivors of the day fate gave them a second chance. >> thank you. >> reporter: passengers and crew members of united flight 232 reunited, 25 years after their calm routine flight from denver to chicago devolved into terror. >> i remember the -- just a huge bang. >> it was just that -- from normalcy to just okay chaos, ju like that. >> reporter: in that incident, high over iowa, everything changed for the 296 people aboard the dc-10, an explosion in the rear end gin disabled the hydraulic system, rendering the flaen virt plane virtually uncontrollable. al haynes was the pilot.
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>> first thing he said, i can't control the airplane. >> reporter: with the help of a second officer and off duty pilot, he improvised a way to steer the plane by manipulating thrust on the two good engines. they aim for the closest air field, sioux city. in the cabin, passengers took the crash position. >> i parade frayed for the pilo get strength to get down. >> reporter: but the plane was approaching almost 100 miles an hour faster than it should. and then just feet from the ground, this. >> smashed into the earth, it was incredible. i remember involuntarily closing my eyes and thinking, i just cannot believe that we hit this hard. and that our bones could all still be connected to our body. >> reporter: air traffic controller kevin bachman was working the control tower. >> you think everybody is going to die and then you think they're all going to make it and
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then in my mind's eye, they all died because i saw it. the plane was gone. >> reporter: 112 people died. miraculously though, 184 others lived. >> somebody in the pile of debris was moaning and i said, relax, i see help coming. >> reporter: at this weekend's reunion, they honored those who were lost. >> renee lebeau. >> denise ben-ben. >> reporter: on friday, captain al haynes and first officer records walked down the runway that they so desperately tried to safely land on that day. still burdened by the memories of those who didn't make it. >> you know, that's all everybody talks about is we were responsible for saving all these people. but technically we were also responsible for 112 dead. >> reporter: but those they did save against impossible odds remain eternally grateful to the pilots of flight 232. and here's the most interesting fact of all this, in the
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investigation, they went back in the simulator and said let's see how they might have been able to fly an airplane with that kind of damage they couldn't do it. they ruled this plane simply could not have been safely landed. >> which makes it even more miraculous that they were able to -- >> and they single out the incredible coordinated rescue effort in sioux city on the ground, they believe, saved dozens of lives as well. >> great story. >> thanks. still to come this morning, we are talking super foods. jake and i have been best friends for years. one of our favorite things to do is going to the dog park together. sometimes my copd makes it hard to breathe. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better. come on, boy! [ female announcer ] symbicort is for copd, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
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natalie: what are you doing? willie: protecting my password. natalie: that's good. can i see? willie: no, it's a secret. natalie: i was just testing you. keep your password to yourself, and protect your online information. both: the more you know. this morning on eat smart today, are super foods really that super? we keep hearing this term. they seem to be everywhere these days. >> that includes things like goji berries, quinoa, even wheat grass, kale. so are they worth putting in your grocery cart and why? bonnie todds dix is a nutritionist and author of "read it before you eat it." >> i want to start off with chia right now. the same seeds with the chia pet. >> they are. >> enough of that.
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>> thank you for clearing that up. >> super question of the day. i get one a day. tell me if they're important to eat. >> they're high in fiber, but they can lower cholesterol levels, so it is heart healthy. also good for your digestive tract. so it really -- it forms like this gel latinous texture. >> you find them in all kinds of things, muffins, smoothies. >> they're versatile and put them on oatmeal. i love them on oatmeal. it is great to eat them any time of day. this is worth it. not that expensive. it is good food for your dieet. >> that's why they're super. another thing is quinoa, not a grain, it is a seed. >> yes, which makes it perfect for a gluten free diet. but yet it is higher in protein than most grains. it is really good to eat, high in fiber, could help stabilize blood sugar levels and it really is a great swap for other grains because you're getting so much
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more from it. what i like about super foods is they kind of multitask, like we do. so it is a food that really could do a lot of things at once. >> and quinoa fills you up quickly. >> yes, which can help with weight control. that's very important. >> all right. this is the -- from the berry family. i don't think i've tried this. goji? >> you should try it. they're not that sweet. they're on the bitter side, on the tart side. it has -- there is a lot of hype behind it, where there are tonics made of these, juices made of these. >> tasty. >> high in antioxidants. but if you're buying a goji berry juice, you could be getting more sugar than goji. be sure you read it before you eat it because you have to see what else is in there. >> what about the chocolate covered ones? >> dark chocolate is good for you, but there may be other things to eat, like kale, for example. >> this exploded everywhere. >> it is in every supermarket.
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i've seen it in tiny little convenience stores. it is everywhere. i like it. it is pretty tasty. >> for good reason. kale has ten times the vitamin c of spinach. it is high in fiber. it has vitamin k, which is important for bone health. it also is -- since high in vitamin c, vitamin c helps the absorption of iron. the iron in here gets absorbed well because it has so much c in here. >> let's be honest. the foods you point out are good for us. there is a trendy quality to them. i say that because i want to walk you down here. these are things that most of us have in our refrigerators, eggs and potatoes and avocado. >> i love this table. >> good? >> as good. sometimes even better. >> even the regular potato which gets a lot of flack. >> the regular potato is loaded with potassium. a medium baked potato with skin has more potassium than two bananas. >> wow. >> and fiber in it and potassium and fiber are two nutrients we don't get enough of. >> and the egg, it is an egg and
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cholesterol. >> finally people are waking up to the benefits of the egg. the egg is excellent. >> extraordinary. >> extraordinary source of protein. it also has lutein, important for your eyes, coleen, important for your nervous system and each is 15 cents own only 70 calories. >> it took me so long to realize i love avocados. >> now make up for lost time. if you mix them with eggs, they're good in the morning. great to have you here. good to know we have so many super foods available right at home. over to tom in the orange room, who is standing by with our plaza fan of the day. >> that's right. thank you so much. this is eileen dunlevy from new bedford, massachusetts. we're going to make this more difficult. you need to say this, what's on the prompter now, while taking us to break and doing the twist. i brought in some backup. >> still to come on "today," making new music like they did back in the day.
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we are back on a sunday morning as we look back on the
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music industry. 60 years ago, today or this month? >> this month. this month. >> okay. elvis presley entered a tiny storefront recording studio called sun studio. by the time he walked out, he had recorded what he thought would become his first of many hits. >> part of the rich past that made sun studio a sacred place for generations of musicians, a revered piece of american history that withstood the test of time. ♪ ♪ just you waking up >> reporter: there was a time music artists came to a studio to actually cut a record. the only thing digital about the process were the fingers working the piano key and fret board. >> let's hear it back. >> reporter: inside a tiny storefront studio in memphis, that time is now, just as it was 60 years ago this month. ♪ that's all right mama >> reporter: a young man named
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elvis presley cut his first hit record, in this studio. >> he started playing the song "that's right mama" and sam philips ran out the door and said, that's it. play it again. he got the mikes, they cut it. two days later took it to the local deejay, played it 14 times in a row that night and after that, the world changed forever. >> reporter: sam philips founded the memphis recording service in 1950. it later became sun records. jerry philips is his son. >> listening to records of different record companies and weren't paying him. so he was forced into starting his only label. >> reporter: the wall still with the original acoustic tiles are lined with the photos of some of the famous artists who recorded here. >> that's considered to be the greatest picture in rock history, that's called the million dollar quartet. carl perkins in the middle. he had an unknown piano player jerry lee lewis playing, he got paid 15 bucks. elvis presley walked in and sam philips thought this was a great
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publicity opportunity, so he called johnny cash, his biggest star at the time. >> reporter: audio engineer matt ross spang spent the last several years restoring the studio, complete with vintage mikes, tape decks and sound mixers. >> i like the human element and the raw energy and emotion in those early recordings. >> reporter: today's recordings, guitar plays by itself, the drums by itself, here, everybody plays together. >> and no headphones, no monitoring. >> reporter: by day, sun studio is a tourist attraction. >> call it the elvis mike, elvis and all the other musicians likely used it. >> reporter: by night, working musicians come to record and discover a simpler, authentic sound of a bygone era. how would you describe the sound? >> real. it is the truest sound you can get because it is what was done, everybody at one time together. >> reporter: on one recent night, a group that included
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singer dale watson and some of the session musicians who played with the likes of johnny cash and jerry lee lewis among others came here to record and reflect. >> like home to me really. >> get a blend like you would at a rehearsal or live gig. >> want to do real rock 'n' roll, there is only one place to go. >> when you play an instrument, in this room, it sounds like the records you listen to. >> there is no faking it here. >> reporter: all these years later, sam philips' son thinks his dad would be happy to know sun studio is still hitting all the right notes. >> my dad said it was like a laboratory. get in there and just hunt and find the music that you're looking for. when you got it, you'll know it. >> yeah. >> as i pointed out, working studio. if you're in memphis, have some time, take the tour. worth seeing. >> stunning to see the microphones and just -- i love that whole era. you must have, being a musician, must have loved it.
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>> i couldn't resist. >> i wondering if you -- >> he let me record. see how crouched over the bass, i don't play that way, but no headphones and no monitors. i have to hear the instrument. it was great to be in the same room. i recorded the modern day and a lot of those you're by yourself. >> different experience. >> this must be more fun. >> very cool. >> did he offer you a contract in. >> no, they put a contract out on me. >> i think the truth of that story is somewhere in between. >> we'll be right back after these messages. so, duke, what do you think of our new bush's baked beans video game? i think i'm getting the hang of it. [ jay ] okay, now pick up the specially cured bacon! hit it with the brown sugar! now roll that beautiful bean footage! yes! [ jay ] bush's baked beans are slow-cooked according to our secret family recipe for a big flavor. high score! you get to put your name on the wall of fame! [ beeping ] whoa! game over... aww, you're no fun. [ jay ] enjoy bush's baked beans. still made from our secret family recipe.
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happy birthday to erica. since you didn't bring the cupcakes from --
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>> no. >> we decided to up the ante. >> this is such a great cake. oh. >> score. >> i love it when dylan shares her tiara with me. >> only the best. >> anyway, hope you do something fun. >> we're off to vacation, so i'll see you guys in two weeks. >> we'll cut the cak and celebrate. first to david gregory and find out what is coming up on "meet the press." >> good morning. worldwide outrage this morning, the downing of malaysia airlines flight 17, i'll speak exclusively -- not exclusively, but i'll speak with secretary of state john kerry who will be with us and some of the world's top aids experts skilled in that disaster, i'll speak exclusively dr. anthony fauci to get reaction, from the national institutes of health. all coming up on "meet the press." >> thanks very much. that's going to do it for us on a sunday morning. >> looks like chocolate. >> is it chocolate? >> let's get the chocolate. in my world, chocolate is a super food. >> yeah, yeah.
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it is a super food. we'll put chia seeds in, i promise. we'll see you on nightly news. kwoen joir bir-- enjoy jur birthday. >> thank you. the bodies of victims moved. another passenger with ties to the u.s., the new information we're learning about the malaysia airlines plane shot down. >> and moment of impact. this morning a different view of the bombs hitting homes right now in the middle east. >> really incredible images out there. good morning. i'm erika gonzalez. >> i'm adam tuss. welcome to "news 4 today" on this sunday. we start a little bit closer to home with a look at our weather. >> that's right. nice morning outside but not a lot of sun to expect. storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bells joins us with your forecast. >> hey erika and adam. good morning. it's a very cloudy start outside. the view from our tower camera
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looking westbound. tysons corner right there. mostly cloudy skies already in place. not much rain on storm team 4 radar. we're all dry in the metro as of now. couple showers in southwest virginia should be reaching us between about 2:00 and 5:00 this afternoon. there's a little bit of a rain chance today. current temperatures are in the low to mid 70s out the door weather your hometown forecast, river dale, maryland, a nice day to be outside, plenty of clouds but not much of a rain threat and no chance your day will be a washout. highs in the 80s but 90s ahead that's coming up with your seven day in a few minutes. >> we have learned of another passenger aboard the malaysia airlines plane had ties to the u.s. palmer trinity school in miami says kevin jesurun graduated from there in 1990. palmer trinity is a co-ed college prep school. jesurun was a dutch national born in aruba. jesurun along with 297 other passengers died when


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