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good morning. winning hand. donald trump with a strong lead heading into today's caucus in nevada. he plays tough guy with the protester at his rally. >> i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell ya. >> as he and marco rubio take swings at ted cruz over alleged dirty tricks. >> every single day, something comes out of the cruz campaign that's untrue. >> while the other candidate s slug it out, it's trump on the way to the nomination. bill gates sides with the fbi, saying apple should unlock the phone of one of the san bernardino shooters. >> this is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information.
mounting pressure, or will it be up to a judge to decide? fighting for life. the mother of the 14-year-old girl shot by an uber driver in michigan is speaking out. >> it was a miracle. >> this morning, how that young girl proved she was alive even as the hopes of doctors were fading. erin andrews gets her day in court after a stalker records her behind closed doors. when the hotel negligent for letting it today? opening statements get underway today, tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today." tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie.
this morning. the battle between apple and the government got more interesting. >> one of the founding fathers of silicon valley, bill gates, came out on the side of the government against apple. >> we've seen titans line up on different timesides. our top story is politics. today's nevada gop caucus and, of course, next week's super tuesday contest are looming large for both parties. let's start with nbc national correspondent peter alexander. good morning. >> good morning to you from here on the vegas strip. donald trump is in the driver's seat in the race and, yet, his rivals have barely touched him. today will pit trump against the son of the city, marco rubio, who spent his childhood here and has more family here than in miami. cruz is looking to sneak in second. >> reporter: it's starting to sound like its vegas
>> we have a big lead and don't want to blow it. we have to go all the way. >> reporter: venting his anger against a protester. >> we're not allowed to punch back anymore. i love the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? they'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. i'd like to punch him in the face. >> reporter: trump is polling ahead of his rivals in 10 of the next 14 states. >> if we nominate someone that half the republican party hates, we're going to be fighting against each other all the way to november. we'll never win that way. >> reporter: with jeb bush out, marco rubio is trying to lead the establishment's large. ted cruz is cleaning up the mess within his campaign, with his top aide showing cruz blow off the
with the highest standards. >> rubio outraged. >> for them to take a video and transcribe words on it that's not what i said, it's disturbing. every day, something comes out of the cruz campaign that's not true. >> reporter: later, trump teed off on cruz. >> this guy is sick. >> reporter: despite speculation that a rubio-kasich ticket could prove formidable, kaides say, n way. kasich described how he first won public office 40 years ago. >> we got an army of people who -- and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door, and to put yard signs up for me, all the way back when, you know, things were different. >> reporter: the clinton campaign pouncing. it's 2016. a woman's place is wherever she wants i
he called an inartful comment. >> this morning, we're getting a snapshot at where things stand. a roll shows trump holding on to the lead nationally, 36%. ted cruz in second. marco rubio creeping up in the last week. what's noticeable in the numbers, rubio gained this last week with two key republican groups heavily represented in nevada. white evangelicals and voters who identify as conservative. savannah and willie? on the democratic side, bernie sanders says he has no plans to leave the race, even with hillary clinton taking the lead in democratic delegates. clinton52 to sanders 51. a survey of super delegates finds 449 backs clinton and only 19 supports sanders. sanders told supporters monday he sees a path to victory.
y-e-s. we are in the campaign till the end. we have gone much faster, much further than any or many people would have believed possible. >> they've got the resources to stay in. next up for democrats, the south carolina primary on saturday, where clinton holds a big lead in the polls. let's bring in chuck todd, "modera moderator of "meet the press." we want to run through the scenarios that establishment republicans are running through right now. how you would stop trump, who is in a commanding position. there are a couple scenarios people talk about. the first one, you mentioned, has cruz losing to trump in texas. explain. >> well, savannah, the cleanest way to stop trump is to hurry up and get this to a one on one between marco rubio and trump. what's the fastest way for that
on super tuesday, for ted cruz to lose his home state of texas. it's a neck and neck race. this gives donald trump potential advantage because he can beat his rivals in their home states. if you're marco rubio, the fastest way to get to a one on one, cruz loses texas and, suddenly, everybody coalesces and a possibility of a one on one is there. >> we hear it almost every four years. brokered convention. this is going to the convention and hadn't happened for more than 60 years. could this be the year, and what does that look like? >> it's possible. on super tuesday, of the 12 d contests, essentially, everybody wins a few contests. rubio wins tennessee and florida. cruz wins texas. donald trump wins his fair share. it's three or four didn't candidates who win regional states or their home states and nobody has a delegate lead. by the way, we will know this on march 16th.
second super tuesday in march if there is only a 100 delegate lead for trump, we're going to a brokered convention. >> there's one other scenario, and that's a late entrant to the race. >> this would be if trump is blowing through march and then the panic really sets in, and then it's all about simply denying him a majority of delegates, doing whatever it takes. there is still a filing deadline to make in the california primary. maybe a mitt romney. this is a scenario someone outlined to me a couple days ago. mitt romney would file late, you may get favorite sons and daughters to file late, simply to try to beat trump, deny him delegates and create another way for a brokered convention. i have to tell you, it's the most farfetched. >> romney said he won't get in but maybe it'll change. before we let you know, let's look at the democrats and do math. we laid out the challenges bernie sanders has. 20% of the delegates up for grabs on super tuesday. hila
>> she does. the only way this starts to be -- to get tough for her again is if, number one, bernie sanders comes within single digits on saturday in south carolina. and then from there, he's got to beat her in a big state. texas, tennessee, virginia, georgia. those are four of the biggest states on super tuesday. can he beat her in one of the four? if he does, i think maybe he has a chance to sort of reset this race. right now, it doesn't look possible. >> chuck todd, thank you so much. >> chuck, thanks a lot. there is a new wrinkle in the fight between apple and the fbi over a cell phone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. bill gates is weighing in and you might be surprised by what he's saying. pete williams has more on that. good morning. >> good morning, willie. surprising because up until now, the other tech giants, including facebook's mark zuckerberg, the founder of twitter and founder of google
bill gates says apple should do what the fbi is asking. >> i think the people want the government to act on their behalf if the safeguards are there. >> reporter: bill gates, the founder of microsoft, says technology companies should be forced to cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations. he disagrees with apple's ceo tim cook, that forcing apple to help open the iphone will set a dangerous precedent. >> historically, the government has gone to phone companies and banks and lots of companies to gather information. >> reporter: washington lawyer ted olson, representing apple, says the government never demanded this much. >> privacy and liberty is important to the citizens of this country and to the people that buy apple products. are we going to allow terrorists to take that right away from us? without fighting back and asking the court to look into these issues? >> reporter: writing in the "new york times," new york's police
apple. he asks, how is not solving a murder or not finding the message that might stop the next terrorist attack protecting anyone? a new poll shows 51% say apple should help the fbi unlock the phone. 38% side with apple. for gates, he says he welcomes the controversy. >> people feel like the government not being blind and being able to try and stop bad things before they happen, it's a good debate to be having. >> apple customers who support the company stand against the fbi plan demonstrationsoday in more than 30 cities. they'll carry banners that say, don't break our iphones. >> fascinating debate. the other side, you have a former nsa and cia chief taking up for apple. pete, thanks so much. >> complicated questions. we turn to the tragic shooting spree? kalamazoo, michigan. a vigil was held for the victims last night. we're hearing from the family of a teenager clinging to life this
out a motive in the attacks that appear to be random. ron mott has the latest on this. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. 14-year-old girl is one of two survivors of the shootings. she's being treated behind me at bronson methodist hospital, as the community is struggling what drives someone to target unsuspecting people like her. >> she is alive, and she is fighting for her life. >> reporter: late monday, tears and hope from the parents of abigail, the youngest victim in the kalamazoo shooting spree. >> abigail is strong, and she is a vibrant, beautiful young lady and didn't deserve this. >> reporter: the 14-year-old was spot? a crackerbarrel parking lot, along with four women who are killed. while doctors prepared for organ donation, she squeezed her mother's hand. >> it was a miracle on its own. >> reporter: doctors say the other survivor has a bullet dg
expected to recover. nbc news learned the girlfriend of tyler smith, killed alongside with his father in a car dealership, survivored by hiding under a blanket in a car. the suspect, uber driver, jason dalton, admitted involvement in the rampage that killed six people. >> he made a statement. >> from his responses, there's little remorse. >> reporter: no answer to the questions why. >> i prefer to remain silent. >> reporter: authorities allege dalton was picking up uber passengers between shootings. >> no red flags. prior to that day, his record looked good. >> reporter: dalton had been on the job one month, undergone a background check by the company and had a high rating before his arrest. hundreds came together at a vigil monday night to pray for the survivors and remember the victims. >> the 45
due back in court in a few weeks on mar 10th. back to you. >> ron mott, thank you. by the way, coming up in the next half hour, we'll focus on how companies like uber screen potential employees. questions a lot of people have in the wake of this. bill cosby's wife has answered questions under oath in a civil suit tied to her husband's alleged sexual assault of seven women. lawyers say she answered questions for two and a half hours at a massachusetts hotel. the seven women accuse her husband of defaming them by denying their allegations of sexual assault. the plaintiff's lawyer spoke after monday's definitia deposi. he said he beliefs the juries will restore their good names and reputations. >> at the end of the day, a jury is going to determine who has more credibility. is it the seven women that we represent, or is it bill cosby? >> camille cosby will answer questions at a second deposition next month. bill cosby has repeatedly denied al
there is a threat of severe weather in the south today and al is watching that. >> right. not just today but into the overnight hours which can be potentially very dangerous. we're watching the storms already firing up from houston to galveston, corpus christi, pushing to the east. we have a tornado threat from new orleans to houston, 21 million people at risk, large hail, tornadoes likely. overnight, tonight into tomorrow morning, we've got a severe risk, a strong risk, from mobile to crestview. tallahassee involved, as well. wind gusts of 60 miles per hour. this will push to the east early today, the storms in texas. then they go to louisiana, new orleans under the gun. we move to this evening. the storms move to mississippi. damaging winds and really significant, long-tracked tornadoes overnight. wednesday, it tracks into georgia, the carolinas. we're looking for a tornado threat in the eastern carolinas,
[000:15:59;00] anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain. guys, the real threat here, especially overnight, we can't stress this enough, the danger of the tornadoes, especially long-track ones. there's a winter side to the storm, as well. >> we'll check back in a second, al. news from overseas. the syrian government saying it accepted a halt to combat operations in line with the u.s.-russian plan for a partial truce. syria would coordinate with russia to decide which groups and areas would be included in the cease-fire. isis is not included in the deal. john kerry will appear before the senate foreign relations committee over enforcement of the truce. the ongoing battle over the u.s. supreme court and efforts to fill the seat of the vacancy left by the death of antonin scalia. biden was a senator 24 years ago.
june of 1992, biden said the te he was speaking hypothetically. the senate wasn't considering a nominee at the time. biden responded. as my record shows, i presided over the consideration of justice kennedy, reagan nominee, who was confirmed in a presidential election year. we have dramatic video out of australia. a construction crane was on fire in melbourne. that led to this. the arm of the crane crashing to the ground. thankfully, no one was injured in the accident. the fire may have started in the motor of the crane. huge waves are causing big problems in hawaii. a historic swell hit the north shore of oahu with waves jumping on to roadways and soaking cars. transportation officials were forced to close the highway. locals said the surf was the biggest they've seen in a decade. a few daring surfers jumped in for a ride. al is back with more on the weather. >> quick look at the national forecast.
we'll show you we are the south. beautiful weather along the west coast. we have snow out of the rockies. it'll make its way east later on. we'll get to your local forecast in the next 30 seconds. good morning, i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. song for the day, raindrops keep falling on my head. that will continue through the morning rush and through lunch hour. rain will taper back to
occasional showers late this afternoon. temperatures in the upper 30s to around 40 right now. we'll inch our way into the mid40s later today. it will be chilly and wet through the course of snowy side of the storm will come up in ten minutes. opening statements begin today and sports reporter erin andrews lawsuit. was the hotel where she was videotaped by a stalker negligent? the vetting process in companies like uber in wake of the deadly rampage in kalamazoo, michigan. how do you know your driver is trustworthy?
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impacts to the blue, orange and silver li. minutes. let's start with melissa mollet and check first 4 traffic. >> right now top of the beltway outer loop at connecticut avenue has slow downs because of a
pot holes. it sounds like they're going to be trying to patch this around 7:45 this morning. big look at the beltway. no major problems on the beltway. looking normal there. otherwise, inbound 395 pretty slow. thank you, we'll check on
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the metro track work starts ♪ 7:30 now. it's tuesday morning, 23rd of february, 2016. it's like we're at a rave here. it's studio 1a. we have a nice crowd outside. we'll get out there in a couple moments. >> this is the lamest rave. i love you guys but as raves go, this is not a great rave. back inside studio 1a, here's a look at the headlines. republican presidential candidates are vying for votes in the nevada caucus today. donald trump holds another commanding lead in the polls as he looks to make it three wins in a row. at a packed rally last night, even trump seemed surprised by his performance so far.
>> who knew this was going to happen? middle of the pack and edge it out at the end, like a racehorse. we win in the end. but we have a big lead and we don't want to blow it. you know, frankly, we've got to go all the way. >> no republican has ever won new hampshire and south carolina and lost the nomination. a judge denied bail to the uber driver accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage in kalamazoo, michigan. jason dalton is charged with killing six people and attempting to kill two others. so far, no motive has been determined. and the white house has just announced that later this morning, president obama will make a statement on the detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba, a facility he's vowed for years to close. also this morning, sports reporter erin andrews and her $75 million lawsuit against a peeper tom who recorded her naked and the hotel she blames
for allowing it to happen. the trial against >> it was a public personality's most private moments. this morning, sports reporter erin andrews is going after not only her stalker but the hotel that put him in the room right next to her. >> reporter: sports caster erin andrews walks into a national courtroom this morning, eight years after a man secretly recorded her naked in her hotel room, then posted it online. looking for a payback, she's asking for $75 million from the stalker. and the hotel where it happened. in 2008, a man, michael barrett, became obsessed with her and followed andrews from city to city. at this marriott hotel in nashville, according to court documents, barrett requested his room be placed next to andrews and he was granted the request. the complaint saying barrett removed and altered the peephole
of her getting dressed without her knowledge. andrews' emotions were raw still at the trial, agonizing over an embarrassing video that had been viewed more than 300 million times. >> i won't get this down in 30 years. my kids, my future husband, will have to deal with this. >> reporter: barrett pleaded guilty to stalking and shooting the nude videos and served 30 months in prison. he's free now. in a civil suit, andrews is suing barrett and marriott. the management company at the time. claiming the video caused and continued to cause her great emotional distress and embarrassment. andrews telling oprah. >> i kept screaming, i'm done. my career is over. i'm done. >> reporter: but she wasn't. she's appeared as a host and contestant on "dancing with the stars." her career as a sports reporter thrived.
>> if i run and hide, it's showing the should be ashamed of yourself. i did nothing wrong. i should be allowed to live my life, but this isn't over. >> the jury of seven women and five men will hear opening statements this morning in a trial expected to last about two weeks. andrews' stalker will testify, but not in person. he will be on video. back to you. >> thank you. now to more on the deadly shootings in michigan that killed six people and wounded two more. the uber driver now charged in the case picked up passengers during his killing spree. there were no apparent red flags and uber did run a background check on him. but some are wondering if more could have been gone to prevent the tragedy, and how companies like uber veterinary employ the. tom costello has been looking into it. >> uber doesn't plan to change any policies following the tragedy in michigan. in large part, because the
suspect had n background. in this digital age of apps and ride sharing and home sharing, how do you know if you're totally safe? >> reporter: it takes just a click and these days, you can borrow a total stranger's bedroom for a weekend get away, or summon a stranger to take you, even your kids, home. all you have to go on is the other person's customer rating. every uber driver is rated. >> you can rate them on your app. they can rate you. it's like, it's reliable. i trust them. >> reporter: uber says driver jason dalton had a close to perfect rating. 4.73 stars and he passed the uber background check. no criminal record. >> in a situation like this where a background check comes back completely clean and the motor vehicle checks are completely clean, we can't always prescreen and predict all behavior. >> reporter: to become an uber driver, an applicants must
provide name, address, social security number and insurance uber vets them through local and international databases. uber has been accused of not doing enough elsewhere. prosecutors in l.a. and san francisco last year said the background checks missed criminal records of 25 drivers. including one who spent 26 years in prison for second degree murder. and uber doesn't run fingerprint checks of potential drivers like taxi companies do. >> because uber does not use fingerprints, it can't be sure the information on the background check belongs to the applicant. >> reporter: one challenge, services like uber are growing too fast to thoroughly check everyone. >> you're not sitting next to the person who is going to hire you and looking them in the eye and convincing them to hire you. >> reporter: uber drivers themselves have been targeted. beaten by enraged or drunk passengers. some violence caught on camera. from ride sharing to home sharing, it's a brave new world.
for millions is no substitute for safety. >> so in this new economy of sharing, the question is whether simple arithmetic would suggest bad actors will get through, as they do in every business. in education, schools, in industry. as one uber rider said to me, i believe in what ronald reagan used to preach. trust but verify. back to you. >> tom costello, thanks so much. uber saying this guy had no criminal record. we couldn't have caught him in the first place. >> 4.75 rating, so he was good to that point. >> tragic situation. let's talk about the weather. >> we're talking about the winter side of the storm. now, we have winter weather watches in effect from champagne, illinois, up to michigan. 11 million people under these watches. we're watching this storm system push up through the ohio valley. rain will change to wet snow in ohio and indiana. we expect it to continue east
into the appalachians tomorrow. parts of the northeast. snowfall is basically going to be really confined to northern michigan, where we could seee cr a foot up near saginaw. you'll see four to six inches of snow before it's all over. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. good morning, i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. a couple of wet snow flakes along the blue ridges. temperatures are in the upper 30s to near 40 and the roads are warm. plenty of rain today. take your umbrella with you. temperatures won't budge. we're in the upper 30s to near 40. we're stay in the low to mid40s today. milder tomorrow, but a chance >> that's your latest weather. >> al, thank you very much. coming up on trending, surprise stowaway. what a gorilla is doing aboard the international space station.
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already, some are complaining that william is underemployed, putting in few shifts as a helicopter pilot and taking a month off at christmas. kate was working hard just last week. >> how long does it take to change over? >> reporter: editing an online newspaper for charity. no, stop the press, it's some royal staff threatening a strike. they're among those who work at william and kate's home, kensington palace. royal employees fear they'll lose $5,000 a year. the salaries cut by a charity that manages the palaces. former staff say when you work with the royals, you don't do it for the money. >> you've worked for the royals. why does someone work for the royals? >> the reason is, there is this privilege, the idea that i'm working next to a royal. >> reporter: it can't help that kensington palace just had an upgrade, costing $23 million. >> those staff that are closest
to william and kate, the guys thut poured their tea are not involved. but the royals are famously frugal. the queen is said to walk around buckingham palace switching off the lights to save electric. true story. >> she turns the thermostat down. true story. >> a lot of places -- >> don't stand with the refrigerator door open. >> keir, thank you so much. just ahead, what is that? the massive fish the size of a car. >> what? >> it has the internet buzzing. and the change coming to starbucks not sitting well with some customers. first, these messages. binge eating disorder, or b.e.d.,... ...isn't just overeating. it's a real medical condition. and while the exact cause is unknown... ...certain chemicals in the brain may play a role. b.e.d. is also the most... ...common eating disorder in us adults. hi, i'm monica seles. when i binged,... ...i wasn't in control. i never felt satisfied... ...no matter what the quantity was.
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right now, you basically, no matter what you order, you're earning points toward a free drink. come april, the focus shifts. you're going to get points based on how much you spend instead. if you are like me and get a simple coffee every day, it'll take $40 more to reach the free beverage each time. if you spend more, you'll get there faster. starbucks said this was the number one request heard from customers. tim wrote, thanks starbucks for punishing those of us that like regular black coffee. steven wrote, now i have to spend three times as much to gain any rewards. sincerely, a tall dark roast drinker. starbucks are encouraging people to hold out for what's to come. they tweeted, we'll be introducing new ways to earn stars so the majority of members will earn stars just as fast, if not fast as before.
it remains to be seen if this will have loyalty. we'll find out in april. >> you lost me at, try to follow this. >> all the time at starbucks and not getting the rewards, i've been missing out. >> if this is our biggest problem, we're doing great as a country. thanks, carson. coming up, natalie's devil wears prada moment as cosmopolitan's newest intern.
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about new xifaxan. 7:56 is your time, good morning to you i'm eun yang. rainy weather is putting on the brakes on your commute melissa mollet is here with your first 4 traffic. watch out for the rain and pot holes. we had one patched here outer loop near connecticut avenue near the mormon temple. we are a little slow here. things are loosening up a little bit causing real delays this morning. the rain and that pot hole, lots of people pulled over top of the beltway. 95 coming into 395 is slow this morning, top of the beltway. 270 also pretty slow. >> thanks, melissa. a big rally about your privacy and your phone. demonstrators are taking their protests to fbi headquarters to say apple should not be forced to break into the san bernardino shooters' iphone. that's at 5:30 tonight. the protest is one of dozens all over the country happening today. the government says its request
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on "today." coming up, the angelina effect. a new study reveals more women than ever are opting to undergo preventative mastectomies. is it the right decision? then the pop star versus the producer. the man behind kesha's biggest hits breaks his silence after she accuses him of rape. the high court battle that has some of the biggest names rallying behind the singer. up for the job. >> "cosmopolitan," here i come. >> natalie finds out if she has what it takes to be an intern at "cosmopolitan" magazine.
>> first off, tea, little bit milk, no sugar. >> today, tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. ♪ this is how we do ♪ wanna know what it is, make the boys want more ♪ >> we're from san diego and we love "today." >> hey, mom and dad are in new york city. >> hi, we love you. >> good morning! >> happy anniversary to my wife back in virginia. i love you. >> it's 8:00 on "today." it's tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. i know i say this every day, but it's true, we have the best crowd. everyone is so excited and happen phappy to be here. it's chilly on our plaza, but good day for a selfie.
>> al and i were doing joke. >> matt is a little under the weather. he'll be back soon, we hope, but we have willie filling in. coming up, celebrity style for the rest of us. we'll show you how to tackle some of the season's hottest trends that you think you can't pull off. >> willie, you could pull that off. >> you think so? >> absolutely. first, let's head inside with natalie for a check of the top stories. donald trump boasting a big lead but playing rough heading into nevada's kcaucuses. trump said he'd like to punch a protester in the face. cruz fired a top aide on monday for tweeted an inaccurate video that falsely accused rubio of brushing off the brieible. with jeb bush out of the race, rubio is hoping to get establishment republicans,
backed by a new endorsement by iphone of one of the san bernardino terrorist attack shooters. there were protests organized by tech freedom groups. over half of americans back the fbi's effort to force apple to help investigatorinvestigators. microsoft founder bill gates has come out in support of the fbi, saying this is a specific case and not a general rekwex quest e agency. a new report finds more women are opting for preventive mastectomies than ever before. dr. natalie azar, nbc medical contributor, is here to help us make sense of the study. >> good morning. >> women between the years 2005 to 2013 are getting, by more than 1/3, more mastectomies than ever before. at the same time, the rate of cancer remained unchanged.
>> yeah. >> what does this tell the immediate interpretation is women are being more aggressive about their care and they're being more proactive. but according to experts, the biggest risk for a woman in terms of recurring cancer or cancer in general breast cancer has to do with their genetic predisposition, as well as family history. according to studies that have been done, what seems to be driving this more aggressive approach is more fear and anxiety. maybe some misperceptions about what their actual risk is. because the studies would suggest for many early stage cancers, a more conservative approach has the same outcome astha as mastectomy. >> whatever alarming is according to the same period, the women getting double mastectomies tripled. are they taking off more than they need to?
>> if you're isn't strong, you outcome would probably be similar if you do a more conservative approach. researchers are slightly alarmed at the trend. >> this study isn't taking into account the angelina effect because these were the years 2005 to 2013. >> right. >> she had her procedure in 2013. >> which is a perceptive point. i think if this trend continues, we might see a higher number in the next five to ten years, if the effect actually comes into play. >> dr. azar, thanks so much. charlie sheen's revelation here on "today" that he was hiv positive may have had a life-saving impact. more people googled hiv and related terms after sheen's appearance than ever before. researchers at san diego state university say the number of searches for hiv information jumped by 2.75 million. after years of waning interesting, news reports mentioning hiv increased by 250% on the day of sheen's exclusive
interview wit november. a fish getting revenge on a young hockey fan? it is the university of new hampshire tradition. you toss a fish on to the ice after the home team's first goal. when the tradition called, this guy flopped. he couldn't heave the heavy, slippery fish over the glass. took him three tries. disgusting. his embarrassing performance, now a viral sensation. floppy fish. not sure what to make of that. >> wow. >> how'd the fish get there? >> it's a tradition. >> they bring it into the arena. if you don't get it over twice, quit and put it back in the bag. >> bring it to dinner. >> you could do that, too. now to a heated case pitting kesha against a producer. >> she's fighting to get out of our recording contrast. this morning the man at the center of the dispute is
speaking out for the first time. ♪ don't stop, make it rock, blow my speakers up tonight ♪ >> reporter: the high profile between a pop star and hit producer is turning into a trial by twitter. kesha getting a flurry of support from fellow singers and celebrities after her defeat on friday. a judge denied the singer's bid to be released from a recording contract with dr. luke, the producer she's currently suing, alleging sexual assault. her allies used the hashtag, free kesha. ariana grande, my heart is with kesha rose. taylor swift is donating $250,000 to help with legal bills. >> kesha is going to have a difficult road ahead of her to win in the court of law. however, she seems to be winning, big time, in the court of public opinion.
>> reporter: in 2014, kesha sued dr. luke, the man who disre physically, verbally and emotionally abused her. she alleges dr. luke continuo continuously forced himself on her while she was intoxicated and drugged. monday, dr. luke also took to twitter, echoing denials he's filed in court. saying i never raped kesha and never had sex with her. we've been friends and she's like my little sister. kesha and her council are accused of ruining his career for financial gain. dr. luke is suing kesha, claiming she made up the allegation so she could get out of her recording contract with him ask so and sony music. kesha's attorneys argue her career is at a stand still because she won't work with dr. luke as the contract requires. his attorneys say kesha is free to record and release music without working with dr. luke as
a producer if she doesn't want to. he cla to say she didn't free is a myth. both sides are digging in, fighting in and out of the courtroom. for "today," joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> let's bring in our legal analyst, lisa. we haven't gone through trial. this is the beginning of the case. she's saying he abused me, i don't want to work with him. therefore, i want out of the recording contract. sony is saying, you don't have to work with him, but you do have to be bound by the contract. >> importantly, this is a preliminary injunction hearing, which is an early hearing in the case. it's not trial yet. her lawyer had to meet a high legal bar. the judge said he didn't meet it. the claims weren't specific enough and he didn't bring forth evidence in support of her allegations. >> this is just the first step and she lost the first legal battle. it doesn't prevent her from going forward with the case. >> right. >> what happens to the claims that she makes of all kinds of
ab b what happens in the court process with those? does she have to prove them? >> eventually, there will be a trial and her attorney can bring worth witnesses and evidence, and any corroboration that they have. at this point, the judge said, look, there is no irreparable injury paubecause you don't havo work with dr. luke anymore. she's claiming maybe sony wouldn't promote her in the future. the judge said that's not enough at these stages. >> dr. luke, the producer, says she gave a statement, kesha, under oath at a previous deposition, saying it didn't happen. is that a problem? >> she was an adult when we made the statement. the sexual assault survivors tend to say it didn't happen before they come forward with claims. it's tough for her to overcome. >> is it a problem for her that she apparently never went to law enforcement and reported it? >> that's less of a problem. most re erkrape victims don't g law enforcement. >> you see the celebrities and they're saying, free kesha and
sympathetic to her a claims, but she is free to record as long as she stays with sony. if these allegations were proven, if she ultimately prevailed at trial, would that be enough to get her out of the contract with sony? >> i think it's a winning point for sony, that she does not have to work with dr. luke anymore. they point out that pursuant to the contract, they've lived up to their end. they spent millions of promoting her music. they want to promote her music. sony and kesha want to make music. >> the court of public opinion is in full swing. >> girl power supporting her. >> thank you so much. coming up next, how do you handle it when you're at a restaurant and your order is messed up? the sneaky way one ceo puts job candidates to the test. >> interesting one. plus, pigs in space. how about gorillas? we'll explain this sight on the international space station. the not so fabulous side of the fashion world.
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you see yourself in five years? >> the ceo of charles schwab takes a different approach. he takes the person to breakfast. it's not scones and green tea. beforehand, he tells the restaurant to mess up the job applicant's order, to get something wrong to see how they react. do they get upset, frustrated, are they understanding, solution-oriented? he told the "new york times," we'll all make mistakes. the question is, how will we recover and will we be respectful to others when they make them? it's a way to look inside someone's heart rather than just their heads. >> great idea. >> i like it. >> it's interesting. on the other hand, if you were on a job -- >> one has to do with the other. >> if you were on a job interview. apparently, it goes on to say that some bosses think if you're not assertive and don't say, i ordered the salmon, not the chicken, it says something negative.
i think if i were on a job thing. i'd just eat it and concentrate on the interview. >> usually, you're too nervous anyway. >> not me. >> i wonder if anybody has shown up and gotten so mad and flipped the table order when the order was wrong. that's my guy right there. >> you're hired! all right, the words mo mola mola. it's this massive fish captured on video off the coast of portugal. it translates to ocean sunfish. it is the largest bony fish in the world. the species can weigh up to 5,000 pounds. the size of a small suv. this video is up to more than 4 million views. >> so cool. >> mola mola doesn't translate to terrifying fish? >> no. >> giant forehead. >> look at the shape of that thing. >> translates to a special at red lobster. >> wow. >> rare mola mola.
>> creature, at least in space. what is king kong doing aboard the international space station? of course, it's not king kong, it's astronaut kelly having fun, chasing around a fellow crew member. where did he get the gorilla suit? >> acme. >> no, a care package sent by his twin brother, mark kelly. scott kelly wraps up his year-long experiment in space next week. >> that's what happens when you spend that much time in space. >> great excuse to play benny hill music. >> they're american heros but it might be time to come home. >> it's their entertainment. now to the pop star who just outdid the king of pop. a fictional president gets a real honor. >> rihanna is first up this morning. where's the tequila? >> oh!
>> i'll try and make it here. she has a new song called "work" featuring drake.topped the billboard singled chart, giving her her 14th hit. she has one more than michael jackson. they'd been tied at 13. with the new honor, rihanna is only behind the beetlebeetles. celine dion getting back to her residency where she'll honor her husband, who died after battled cancer. the show will kick off at 10:30 eastern time. if you'd like to see it, the concert will be live streamed on her website. finally, a big honor for one of the nation's most respected and feared leaders. you respect president frank underwood, right? >> of course. >> the military vet from south
carolina who is not above mau niplati -- murder? kevin spacey played him. it's part of a publicity stunt for the series which debuts march 4th. pretty good. that's your pop start today. tequila less. >> you keep a little flat today. >> thanks a lot. al, how is the weather looking? >> we have >> we have winter weather to talk about in this area. again, want to reiterate the threat of severe weather down south for today. this afternoon we've got a risk, strong risk from new orleans to hattiesbu hattiesburg. 21 million people at risk. overnight we're concerned mobile to crestview to tallahassee. significant overnight tornados. but we're also watching wet snow developing in parts of the northeast. it will start around noontime. as it makes its way to the north, stay snow around boston,
changes to rain along the coast. winter weather advisories vermont. heavy storms on wednesday in the afternoon. we look for some places picking up two to three inches of rain in the northeast. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> we've got a lot of rain, we're looking at the rain streaming in, unfortunately, just in time for that morning commute. rain will continue, maybe even a little bit of wet snow mixed in in the shenandoah valley. headed up to i 81. just light stuff. if you're seeing it out there. not light rain we'll continue to see moderate rain throughout the morning. it will be stormy tomorrow. we're in a weather alert day. we can get sunshine back as we >> that's your latest weather. willie? >> al, thank you very much. day two of our up for the job "today" series, where we put our skills to the test by being interns. >> al tackled the san diego zoo on monday. natalie, it's your turn. >> i've always loved fashion and
had the opportunity to work at "cosmopolit "cosmopolitan," the best selling young women's magazine in the country. sounds like a dream, doesn't it? i filled in for the executive assistant to the editor in chief. what a day it was. ♪ "cosmopolitan," here i come. oh, my gosh. i feel like i'm in my dream right now. i'm living my dream. i like that one. i like that one. i like that one. little bit like "devil wears prada." hello. >> how are you? >> natalie morales. i'm your assistant for the day. >> good. my boots have got dog hairs on them. can you find a lint roller? >> sure thing. i'll be in with a lint roller. >> thank you. >> where is the lint roller? >> first off, tea, little bit of milk, no sugar. lipstick, i can't remember the color. i need endless supplies of it.
the fruit bowl behind you, the banana looks like it's going give off poisonous gases. get rid of it. these shoes, i want to meet the designer. try to get them in this afternoon. >> okay. >> that should do for now. >> is that all? >> it is for you, but i'll have more things in a couple of minutes. >> okay. tea, tea, tea. she likes earl gray. there is none. there's english breakfast. this is her cup but it doesn't fit. okay. >> natalie, natalie, when city for a cup of tea, i need it immediately. otherwise, had i been in a desert, my inner organs would have shrivelled to the size of a walnut and i would have dehydrated. >> i'll get it first next time. fancy, look at that. can i take a message for her? >> what is the chef's special in the cafe? >> grilled chicken.
>> i need more tickets f "hamilton." >> she'd like to see, if possible, if you have four tickets available for friday's show. >> this friday? >> i need some jewels. >> she would like to see if she can borrow jewelry from sydney garber. friday, four tickets. >> lipstick, i need to reapply. >> needle in a hay stack. >> i think i found a lipstick. >> long earrings, feathered. >> natalie, try this on. >> cuffs. >> sensational color. >> too matchy? >> no. >> could you get that out? >> where do i begin? >> armani, we want the gown. >> 3:00. >> think we got "hamilton" for friday. amazing. i'm so good at my job. >> the perks of the job. look at that.
these are >> what are you doing? >> i just wanted to make sure -- these are the jewels. i wanted to model them for you. >> you did, did you? i would take them off now and put them somewhere. then will you disinfect the earring, natalie? >> sure. >> i just got in trouble. >> let's go down to a shoot later on. i want some help. >> little lower. bring it down a little bit. natalie? >> sure. >> it was super fun, ladies, thank you, but i have to get back to the office. bye. >> bye. >> you called? >> i just wanted to let you know my actual executive assistant is back, heather. you are relieved of your duties. i thought you did a good job. i thought you did a good job. i wasn't expecting a lot and, actually, you exceeded my expectations. if you need a reference, you can give me a call. >> yours now.
>> thanks. >> i'm job. obviously, a lot of that was -- >> did you get a ticket for "hamilton"? >> no. but thank you to joanna and her staff. they were sweet to let me tag along and pretend to be their assista assistant. if you want to be an intern there, you have to be in college to receive credit for it. she is tough but is a great boss. >> she didn't notice you never got her the tea. >> don't tell the secret. >> too late but you're out. >> her assistant said, i switch it on her all the time. no idea. sorry! >> you threw her under the bus. >> that's her last day today. thank you very much. seriously, how'd you get "hamilton"? >> know a guy at the front office. >> very resourceful. >> had to do something for my job, right? >> working hard. tomorrow on "up for the job," it's carson's turn. he went to the airport. >> had a great time. the men and women at delta work hard. you get on a plane and assume
it'll get you men and women and what they do in between to get the planebagg >> incredible. >> can't wait to see that. good morning, it's 8:26 on this tuesday february 23rd. in our headlines today, new charges could be announced against a former prince georges county teacher's aide accused of abusing children. the states attorney will hose a news conference this afternoon. she is accused of sexually abusing students. we want to check on the commute with melissa mollet. >> southbound georgia avenue we have a crash here. they flipped the camera so you're not seeing the actual accident. slow, 270 southbound, all of the green, that is radar. rain is falling across the area right now.
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but we have a weather alert for ♪ here we go 8:30 now. it's tuesday morning, 23rd of february, 2016. starting to see the clouds roll in in the northeast. we'll get some rain over the next few days. some storms in the south that al has been telling us about. good day, nonetheless. >> look at the biggest loser. >> he was just crowned the biggest loser, live on the finale last night. he's here and we'll talk to roberto hernandez. >> also, we're catching up with debra messing. a lot to talk to her about, from her hit show to dirty dancing. what's going on there? >> you'll find out. "the martian" was a hit at
the box office but before that, hottest reads before they hit the big screen. also, tailor made celebrity styles you can pull off yourself. don't forget to pack your bags, bring a friend and be on the plaza friday morning for a chance to win a spontaneous trip to los angeles over the long leap day weekend. make a creative poster to show us how you'd spend your extra 24 hours. the trip includes three nights at the line hotel, a bike tour on the beach, dinner and much more, courtesy of discover los angeles. you have to be over 18. don't forget, come to the plaza an friday and rsvp at today.com/plaza. now let's say hello to roberto hernandez, the 36-year-old who lost 160 pounds and crowned the biggest loser. roberto, good morning and congratulations. >> thank you. >> what a whirlwind. you were just crowned last night. were you shocked? >> you know what? i've been busting my butt since
september 9th was i surprised? yes and no. i was working to it and i was a finalist. >> your brother. >> you lost almost half your weight, 160 pounds or so, down to 188. >> yes. >> how do you feel physically? >> amazing. my body felt beat up because i was working hard. at home you wake up, go cycling and during lunch, i would run three miles. after school, i would go and do a crazy workout. you know, workout constantly every day. i took off maybe four days from the time i begun. >> how did it change your life? >> it was amazing. my little boy jacob tells my wife he misses the fat daddy
because i would play with him more i won't work out four times and he will get more of my time. >> congratulations to your brother, as well. it's awesome. >> backstage, i was like, yes, yes! hugging strangers. i didn't care who it was. it was amazing. >> you look great. congratulations, roberto. >> thank you. now let's get a check of the weather. >> way to go, roberto. let's show you what we have going on for today. going on for today. severe weather through the gulf, we're watching that for tornados possible and strong storms. icy mix here in the northeast, look for sunshine out west. 58 in seattle, for tomorrow. we're expecting that sunshine to continue in the southwest. 82 in la, 79 in phoenix. but then the eastern half of the country, if you are flying or driving, it is going to be a real nightmare. windy and snowy, could be blizzard like conditions in the up of michigan and parts of the upper great lakes.
a risk of strong storms along the midatlantic coast southeast. western third of the country looking pretty darn good. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. well, we've got a lot of rain in our area right now. we've been talking about this for quite some time. but that rain is going to continue to move through. again, pretty heavy in some spots around 695 and baltimore. again, this is all moving up from the south and west. we will continue to see some of that cold rain, only not for the morning commute but also for the evening commute. this evening, i think it will be shower activity rolling across our area. tomorrow, more storm activity for the afternoon. it will go away >> that's your latest weather. savannah? >> al, thank you so much. emmy winner debra messing is a new york city detective in the "mysteries of laura." when her sister looks to be in trouble, she pledges all she can do to help. take a look. >> if you want to avoid going to
jail for murder or being i will protect you. pinky swear. >> debra messing, good morning. >> good morning. >> are we going to have a cli cliff-hanger? we're almost to the end of the season. >> tomorrow is the first half of the two-part finale and it'll be major. don't miss it. >> your sister is in a little trouble. >> you'd think from that clip that we were close, from the pinky swear, but not so much. >> is she like the dark side? >> she's the dark side. she's the bad one, obviously. >> i know she has her red hair just like you. >> she does. >> you look like sisters. >> it was actually my 11-year-old son roman's idea. >> really? >> they were like, we want to
bring in a sister. >> he was like, deb would be great. >> he's like a casting agent now. >> we watched "jesse" for years. >> the show is doing well. i was thinking, if you could invent a show, wouldn't you have made this up? it's funny, quirk i cy, mysteryu have romantic tension with the ex-husband. it has a little something for everybody. >> it does. it has everything, for me. it really does keep me on my toes, and it keeps me creatively interested. you know, i love really difficult murder mysteries, to figure those out. i love that we keep the audience really questioning up until the last minute. you know, the characters that have been created, they're accessible, quirky and people you can care about. we have a lot of fun. >> you mentioned your little boy, he's 11. is it a good mom job, being on a regular show like that? are you able to spend the time you want to spend with him and all that?
>> well, doing an drama is pretty brutal. >> yeah. >> but the great thing is, he's literally grown up on the set. thanks to "will and grace." it's his second home. after school, he'll come over and hang out. he knows everyone's name and says "action" and "cut." >> and casts your sister, apparently. >> very well, also. >> you put a cute picture up on social media of his backpack, which is enormous. >> come on. >> look at that thing. i mean, it's insanity. you said it was like a microwave oven, from the '70s. >> what does a 6th grader need that requires that much? you're going to be crippled by the time you're 12. >> you're going to have a back back like your mama. >> i have to ask about dirty dancing. there is an abc remake and you'll be baby's mom. are you flipping out?
>> totally flipping out. it's been interesting. you know, singing, dancing, it's -- "dirty dancing," come on. choreographer from "hamilton." >> really? >> yeah! i mean, come on. >> did you love "dirty dancing"? >> i loved it. it was the thing that kept me on my path to being an actress. it was the first time i remember sitting in a movie theater and seeing a character and saying, i could see myself playing that character. like, she's quirky and not traditionally beautiful. >> no one puts her in a corner. >> no one puts her in a corner. >> debra messing, thank you so much. you'll be back later with kathie lee and hoda. "mysteries of laura," season finale tomorrow night, 8:00/7:00 central on nbc. the remarkable life story of the 106-year-old woman who danced her way through the white house and stole hearts.
first, this is "today" on nbc. we're back at 8:41. looking back, moving forward. our series in honor of black history month. >> monday on trending we introduced you to the 106-year-old who fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the white house. hoda has more of her story. >> you're welcome. this is a good one. you can't help but smile when you see the video of virginia mclaurin, dancing with the president and the first lady. the meeting was part of a black history month reception following a letter and even a phone call to the white house. for virginia, it was a moment of joy after living through some of the darkest times in our nation's history. >> hi! >> how are you? >> i'm fine! >> reporter: a meeting for the ages. >> you want to say hi to michelle? >> reporter: at 106 years old,
virginia mclaurin becoming meeting prompted her to start a dance party in the white house. >> what's the secret to dancing at 106? >> reporter: stunned by her newfound fame. >> i didn't think i'd ever be this famous. i said, why didn't they do it when i was young? >> reporter: an accomplishment she once considered unthinkable. >> i thought i would never live to get in the white house. i am so happy. >> i just started dancing. i said, i'm here to represent black history month. >> look at him! right there. >> a black wife. >> that's me. >> yes! >> reporter: virginia's visit to 1600 pennsylvania avenue marked a milestone along a difficult journey that began in a segregated south carolina. born in 1909 as the daughter of a sharecropper, she married at
age 14 and had three years later, she became widowed and moved to washington, d.c. where she worked as a nanny. she lives there today and volunteers as a foster grandparent to elementary school children. with no signs of slowing down, she not only serves as an inspiration to the students, but to all of us. including the first family. >> i want to be like you when i grow up. >> reporter: from only knowing a world of black and white, to one now allowing us to celebrate all colors. >> i didn't think it'd ever happen, but it sure did happen. and i got a chance to see it. >> are you so happy right now? mclaurin thought it was time for a career change at 55 a seamstress. in 1994 she started volunteering at schools because she loves the education aspect. she did this write-in campaign since 2014, trying to get into the white house.
head to your neighborhood enterprise car sales and let the than anyone... shift your thinking about buying your next one. we are back at 8:46. hollywood hit the jackpot in 2015 with book to big screen adaptations like mockingjay part 2, insurgent and the martian. this year, there's a new crop of literary movies heading to th r theaters. if you want to read before you see them, we have your guide. welcome to the "today" show lounge. i've never seen these chairs before. >> we should have some scotch. >> we should.
there's an idea. let's go through some of these. people need to read before they hit the theaters. we'll start with kids. first one, "the bfg." >> it tells the story of sophie as she's taken to the land of giants by a big, friendly giant. it's directed by steven spiel bu -- steven spielberg and has been in the works forever. >> how about "the jungle book"? >> everyone is in this movie. you have bill murray. so many people are involved in the story. it was all cji, except for the actor, and it'll be this visual masterpiece. >> we have this one with alice, "through the looking glass." this hasn't been a movie before? >> no. you had "lal alice in wonderlan" johnny depp is returning as the mad hatter and this time, alice is helping the red queen. it's a twist.
>> let's move to young adults. this is a huge business for hollywood. "hung er g you have the "hunger games," "twilig "twilight." so this is "the fifth wave." >> it's this story of basically one woman from ohio trying to make her way and find her brother. >> how about "allegiance"? >> so exciting. this is the third -- basically taking the third book, like with the "hunger games" and "harry potter," and dividing it in half. this is the first half of the end of the series. >> i get excited when i hear tim burton is directing something. >> so this was on the top of the y.a. best seller's list for so long. it's a creepy, awesome book. that's what teens love. they want a little goth. they want to look at the dark side. there's not a lot out on this movie yet. they're keeping it under lock and key. i'm excited to see what they do with the story. >> nobody better to do that than tim burton. >> absolutely.
>> highly adults. "girl on the train." >> it's this year's "gone girl." i'm just going to say it. incredible thriller. you have emily blunt in the starring role. she's taking this train every day and looks at this couple who seems perfect but they're not and she gets involved. >> can't go wrong with dan brown, "inferno." and my man tom hanks. going on a wonderful adventure. trying to find his way and figuring out, always trying to solve the puzzle. >> last but not least, for the whole family, j.k. rowling, "fantastic beasts and where to find them." >> this is the one everyone is excited about. returning to the wizarding world. it's here in new york city. wizarding world comes to america. it's j.k. rowling's first screenwriting credit. this is a textbook. this is one of the books that harry potter would read at h hogwartz. her screenplay is one you'll
from sky high to head to toe denim, there areot mastering it is not always easy. we have today.com style editor emily here to show us how it's done. >> good morning. >> you see things celebrities are doing and go, can i pull it off? that's what this is about today. >> exactly. i think it's 90% confidence. 10% know-how. just wear the trend or have it wear you. >> okay. >> you are wearing the first friend, a beauty trend, blue makeup. you have a little blue mascara going. >> can you see it there? >> we see it on some of the stars. >> kerry washington. but not as scary as the '70s powder blue. it's a metallic blue. mascara, maybe an eye liner, just a touch of blue. >> if you have blue eyes, do more of a purple, they say? >> just so your color really pops. it doesn't compete again it's color of your eyes. >> would you do it with your nails and match or is that too much? >> fun colors for the nails is always a good choice. >> another trend, wide leg pants. we've seen it on a lot of celebrities.
it's especially people who are petite, they often think, i don't know if i can do this. >> that's the question. even nicole richie pulls it off. the vertical lines make it look long and lean. >> this is our model corrin. >> she's rocking the look. it's about the fit. high wasted pant, hug the smallest part of the body and skim all the way to the floor. >> heels are a must. >> they are. maybe after the boot. >> exactly. >> any height ladies should wear heels with it, to keep the leg long and sleek. >> if you are petite, do you want to do the fitted top as opposed to something like a blouse? >> absolutely. she's wearing a body suit. you don't worry about the top coming out. it's completely going to stay exactly where it is. it is nice with the back of your body suit, it has a wide hole to add a fun element. >> pretty.
thank you so much. let's show celebrities because we've seen this look a lot. it can be very, very chic. >> sure. olivia wilde is wearing a big '70s bows. she can wear this to work at a law firm and go out afterwards and look trendy. what's fun is wearing it a little to the side. it's pinned a little off kilter. wearing like a trendy mini skirt keeps it modern and sleek. >> how do you make sure it's not too, i guess, like too pris sy,i guess? >> it's about keeping the shape, hugging the waist, long mini skirt and heels. keeping the hair down so it doesn't feel too pilgrim and covered up. >> no age limit on wearing bows. you can even do a bow in your hair. >> it's a trend, wearing a little ribbon, maybe a loose, low ponytail. not a "grease" ponytail.
>> denim on denim. you have to get this one right. here, we see, is that kate hudson? >> gwen stefani. it's a great airport look. >> we have janelle modeling it. >> it's about two different washes. don't watch the two of them. also, treat denim as a neutral. add a pop of color with your lips or earrings or a fun pattern. she's wearing the leopard flats. it's like wearing black but better. >> basically, you don't want to have the denims watch completely. have two colors or textures. >> also, don't stick with jeans and a button down shirt. a skirt. >> let's bring the models back out for one more look. ladies, terrific. you, too, emily. more fashion tips, including how to pull off a hat, head to our
pinterest page. cas first, your local news and weather. good morning, i'm melissa mollet. with your first 4 traffic. a couple of problems probably can attribute to the lovely rain you see all over the place this morning. all of that green here, radar over the roads this morning showing where it's raining. it's raining almost everywhere. outer loop 95, crash blocking
rain, rain go away. it's not going to go away thursday afternoon. we are just in the wetness right now. the rain continues to stream in. it's moderate in some areas. i do believe once this gets in here it will be more shower activity into the afternoon. evening commute still wet, but not moderate rain we're seeing out there. what a terrible looking day. 38 is the temperature. you know it's a cold rain. we'll warm up through the 40s today with rain continuing. bring the umbrella with you, and possibly thunderstorms by
tomorrow afternoon. breezy but everything should be this morning on "today's take," oscar winner adrian brody is here talking about his new thriller "backtrack." casey affleck on playing the good cop in "triple 9." plus, the gadgets that will get you looking gorgeous. all that and more coming up now. >> announcer: from nb news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today." it's tuesday morning, february 23rd, 2016. i'm willie along with natalie and al. tamron on assignment.
my morning jam takes you back to middle school, "the marley marl and the juice crew. '89, i think it was, great video. fantastic. >> i remember that. >> great bass line. >> terrific. >> let's talk about this apple story. it keeps getting more interesting. a new twist, the fight between the fbi and apple over unlocking an iphone used by one of the attackers in the san bernardino mass shooting. microsoft founder bill gates weighed in, siding with, surprisingly some people, the f fbi. saying tech companies should be forced to cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations. >> i do think people want the government to act on their behalf if they feel like the safeguards are there. historically, the government has gone to phone companies and banks and lots of companies to gather information. people feel like the government not being blind and being able to try and stop bad things before they happen, it's a good debate to be having.
>> interesting because so many of the o executives immediately side with apple and tim cook. including facebook and twitter and google, as well, actually came in on the side of apple. he's an outlier and one of the founding the fathers of silicon valley taking this position. >> he says there is a risk even among silicon valley, as they're having the debate we are having. >> slightly more than half side with the fbi as opposed to apple. >> on the flip side of it, general michael haden, the head of the nsa and cia says apple has the right idea. you can't predict where people are going to come down on this. >> it's fascinating. i think bill gates said, it is a good conversation to be having. absolutely. we have the freedom, and it's protected by our constitution. >> like the freedom to look like an idiot when you're texting and walking. >> i'll refrain from using the word idiot because i've been known to do this.
>> into a sculpture? >> not into a happens on rock center on a daily basis. not only me but i've seen people walk into pillars. this is this giant sculpture in england, called the kiss. the problem is, it's in the walking path. that's not going to present a problem, is it? well, it sure did. this is 20 feet high. they say within hours of installati installation, they had eight people walk right into it. >> how do you miss that? >> it is giant. but it is right in the walking path. >> over the path. not in the path. >> in their defense, the people who walked into it. >> no. this hits close to home for you. >> i nearly walked into a table. >> don't move it. enough of ythis. >> put a camera on it. >> epic fails. fantastic. >> apparently, they had to remove it.
they put it to the side. >> oh, apparently were not looking, of course, while walking. there you go. the huge sculpture is part of their every day routine, like in that walking path. >> i can't believe they caved to texters. >> come on, guys! word gets around. >> stand your ground. i love this next one. if you've got more than one kid, you have them together, something is going to happen. check out this little girl who had some fun with her baby sister. with a permanent marker. >> oh, boy. uh-oh. >> what? >> i did what? [ laughter ].
>> i love it. later in life, the little sister. >> she doesn't say anything. looks at her mom like, what's your problem? >> even her face. >> that's the best part. >> when the little one turns around. front and back. >> binky in her mouth. >> with her little butt. i love it. >> zebra. >> come on, zebra. >> i love zebra. >> and the lady gaga, covering the one eye. >> is that a sharpie, a permanent marker? >> that's my question. >> permanent marker. >> it's not going to go off easily. >> the cheek, the face. >> oh, my gosh. >> clearly mom isn't that upset. coming in with the camera and asks the question. >> i can't wait ten years from now what the payback is going to be. >> all-timer. >> it's great. it'll be one of those where dad and mom embarrass the younger sister by whipping that out to a date. look what the girls did back then. >> coming out at the rehearsal dinner.
>> sibli r you had a late night. a citizens brigade? >> the upright citizens brigade, the improv group here in the city and now across the country, it's started by amy poehler, and they do night late, like a late night show, in front of a live audience. this amazing group of young actors and writers at ucb write the material, they produce the show. they did all the hard work. they're so funny and talented. they're the future. they'll be the next "snl" wri write writers. it's like a talk show. i did a monologue, had a side kick. nicolle wallace was my guest, talking about the campaign. >> this man killed it. listen to this. >> oh, no. >> 24 hour mcdonald's in south korea will try serving beer to attract customers because if
there's one thing i've thought whileti 2:00 in the morning, it's, boy, i wish everyone here was more drunk. >> i wrote some monologue jokes and they wrote some. >> you have a future, my friend, willie. i've always said, you'll go places someday. >> ucb is awesome. if you get a chance to see a show here, l.a., wherever, check them out. so much talent in that place. >> well played. we're asking, we got this shoutout going. moms, send us their wildest first concert looks. dads cannot apply. >> why? >> i don't know. it's what they said. >> not fair. >> i don't think it is either but that's what this is. for a chance to be flown to new york and win a head to toe makeover, courtesy of jcpenney. natalie shared her wildest first concert look when she was 14 and went to spandal ballet. share your throwback pictures. we'll pick a winner at the end
of the month. go to facebook.com/"today's take" and tell us why we should tell you rock your style. speaking of going to our facebook.com/"today's take" page, today is day 20 of our 25 days of give aways. what do we have, britney? >> a cook ware set. >> worth $500. we want to break 300,000 today. what are we at? 296,000. come on, people. facebook.com/"today's take." check it out. all right. also, check this out. what's going on here. somebody hit my button. there you go. now we've got heavy thunderstorms pushing through galveston, houston moving into louisiana. for today, we've got a tornado threat. stretching from new orleans up to hattiesburg. 21 million people at risk. large hail damaging winds. the big concern is later tonight into tomorrow morning we're looking for the risk of long track tornados, a significant threat overnight.
this is really dangerous. we're going to be watching this very, very closely. system would be pushing up and through behind it snow from chicago, st. louis, all the way into detroit. we are expecting to see the rain change to wet snow there. but heavier showers and thunderstorms, the rain may end to snow for interior parts of the northeast. some places picking up upwards of a foot of snow before it's all over. that's what's going on around the countries, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. well, we continue to watch some of this rain moving through our area. look, it is heavy in some points of our region right now. it's going to continue to be like that as we go throughout the morning commute. so your morning commute is messy out there today. it's messy out there right now. it's cold and wet. wednesday the morning commute will be all right. heavy rain and thunderstorms by tomorrow afternoon. with that system that al was talking about in texas, then thursday we'll clear out by the time we get to the >> facebook.com/"today's take." getting awfully close.
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take a look. ♪ [ screaming ]. >> okay, i'm out. you can let go now, willie. >> sorry. >> i was like, it's coming. something is going to happen. >> here's the thing, you know it's coming. >> i know, but it still happens. >> adrian brody, what was this like, shooting this thing? >> it was -- it's lots of fun. i mean, interesting thing about shooting anything scary is it's much less scary when you're making it. but i love the world of the super natural. i love -- it's the beauty of film. you can really get to a place that can actually be frightening and exciting. and it's safe. >> tell us about your character.
you play a right? >> yeah, i play a psychologist who is going through a traumatic time, where his -- he recently lost his daughter, and he's mourning. he realizes that all of his patients are deceased. >> oh. that's frightening. >> that's hard to bill. >> exactly, it is. >> al gets to the heart of the matter. >> never going to see any money with that. >> very true. that was the least of his concerns, by the way. >> wasn't thinking about accounts payable in those moments. so you're restoring -- or you have restored this 1800s stone barn, basically, in upstate new york. >> mm-hmm. >> you've made a documentary about it, which is a story to itself. any creepiness there, in something that old?
>> it's interesting. i actually, when i into the house, it was an enormous process, to rebuild this place. the first few nights of living there, which was after a seven-year journey, so it was only a i managed to live in the main house, and i was in bed, trying to go to bed, and i heard what sounded like snoring. it was coming from the second floor. i crept downstairs. literally, the house was snoring. i was scared. it was my own little -- >> and you still want to live there? >> i have no choice. i spent seven years working on the place. i'm living here. >> how do you get a breathe right strip for a whole house? >> open all the windows. >> wow, crazy.
>> yeah. >> it went i still don't know what it was. it was the first night. i thought it was some strange thing with the pipes but it wasn't. >> somebody just let you know. >> i woke him up and he stayed awake, i guess. >> you're a braver man than me. thank you so much. "backtrack" is available on directv until it hits theaters this friday. the good guy in the new action film "triple 9." we'll catch up with casey ♪ action film "triple 9." we'll catch up with casey hey, you're going to do great. ♪ hi. ♪ choose your match
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for all the nevers in life, state farm is there. casey affleck starred in a string of hit films from block busters like the "oceans" trilogy to "gone, baby, gone." and the assassination of jesse james by robert ford, which earned him an oscar nomination. >> now, he stars in the new high-strung, "triple 9," where he plays a clean, new detective surrounded by a group of dirty cops. here's a look. >> this ain't a game, chris. the rules around here are different. this ain't buckhead, all right? you better learn fast. >> man, let me tell you something, you have a problem with me, put it on the table but don't question me like you know something i don't know. you let an [ bleep ] in front of the neighborhood, you have explaining to do. >> casey affleck, good morning. >> morning. >> you've got a hell of a cast, between anthony mackie, aaron
paul -- >> what was the >> you raced through that one. >> it's how we do it. >> i was counting on you carrying me through. >> norman. >> what was it like on the set with all that acting power? >> i was the pain in the ass. they're all so good. you know, this movie, i didn't always see them. they weren't always on the set when i was there. woody's first day, he is a nut, he showed up and he got an easy scene. driving down the street, park his car, get out and walk up the steps to see me. that's fairly simple. woody takes the first take, races down the street and hits a tree, jumps out of the car, head is bleeding and runs up the path to me. i figured everyone would descend
and stop and lay woody down for a okay, i guess that's how we play it here. >> oh milli, my gosh. >> did it make it into the final cut? >> yeah, it did. >> that's always better, the unexpected, right? >> who is your guy in this landscape of characters? who is your character? where does he fit in? >> i play sort of the only -- i'm the good guy. a bunch of bad guys. hou how's that? >> that's good. >> you play a lot of different and intense roles. what drew you to this, besides an incredible cast? >> well, you know, i've played a lot of bad guys, and i wanted to do -- this was kind of different. he was -- he has a simple, moral code, simple sense of right and wrong. that seemed appealing to me. i wanted to play a police officer. i liked the script. the director is really talented,
sweet guy. >> you got a lot in the your latest film at sun dance, "manchester by the sea," has a lot of buzz. tell us about that. >> that is written and directed by kenny and it was one of these -- it was a beautiful strict. everything he writes is exceptionally well written. i don't know what else to say. it was a small movie, and it ended uptu turning out great. took it to sundance. i've been in a lot of small movies that didn't turn out great. this one turned out better than i could have imagined. >> a lot of good talk about that. you worked with your brother ben quite a bit. you've said he's your sounding board when you're considering a role. have to ask you about that. >> he is. >> have to ask you about "batman." are you as excited as his fans are? >> haven't -- >> they're excited.
>> i am very wants to see. "batman versus superman." >> versus "deadpool," yeah. >> exactly. >> i'm excited. i want to see it, yeah. >> he sounds excited. >> thrilled. >> let me try that again. i'm so excited to see this movie. >> much better. >> barely contains himself. >> drive a car into a olay regenerist renews from within... plumping surface cells for a dramatic transformation without the need for fillers. your concert tee might show your age...your skin never will. olay regenerist. olay. ageless. and try regenerist micro-sculpting eyeswirl. it instantly hydrates to plump and lift. ifor all the wrong reasons.gical
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keep an eye on the forecast and ne taking a look at the headlines. new developments today in the fight against the zika virus. the country's first hospital-based rapid test for the zika virus is now available. the announcement comes via collaboration between two texas hospitals. it'll provide results within several hours. before developed, physicians faced the possibility of long delays of testing in local and state public health laboratories and the centers for disease control. the food and drug administration will begin testing some foods for traces of the weed killer round-up. the agency plans to check soy baen beans, corn, milk and eggs. it's the most widely used weed killer on farms. scientists have debated whether
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there is an app and a makeup company that are now doing that have the matching correct foundation. >> yeah. >> now you can actually use the app. you scan your face with the app. >> what's the app called? >> matchco. basically, in a few camera shots, you can calibrate to get your perfect skin tone. then sent to you is this bottle with your name on it. and the foundation that matches you perfectly. it's unreal. $49. >> it seems like it's a little expensive, but actually, a lot of foundations are more than that. >> absolutely. $60, $65. this gets to you in 48 hours. >> britney is wearing it on one side of your face. you have great skin to begin with so you don't need foundation. i can't tell. which side has -- >> it's seamless. you can barely tell. >> and the bottle has her name. ama amazing. >> and the date so you know when you purchased it.
what i love, i'm going through th it has a satin finish and doesn't have the cakey feel. awesome foundation. >> it'll be my new favorite thing. let's move on over here. this is a pure vaporizer? >> yes, this is going to refresh the air and moisture rise it. what's cool is you can go into whole foods or drugstore and purchase any natural essential oil. there's also an l.e.d. button. if you circle through l.e.d.s to change the mood. it permeates it, whether it's lemon, lime, petri oil, sweet orange. i have cinnamon in there now. giving the air a fresh feel and makes you feel good. >> freshen up an area, if you have a smokey area. >> cool for a nursery, yoga studio, anything you want. >> what's this? >> in the summer when you have your medication, snacks, and this is a beauty segment so
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>> want to read >> no. >> the avenue tax refund is $3,000 this year. if you're expecting one, you probably have plans for the windfall. >> first -- >> listen to "today" financial editor, she has great advice for us. in a game of this or that? good morning. >> that's right, this or that, tax refund edition. i'm going to ask you questions and you pick this or that, by putting the $100 bills into the proper piggy bank. should you use your tax refund to, this or that, pay down debt, this, or put it in your retirement account? willie is going with the debt. al is going with the retirement account. we want to pay down debt. it's because the interest rate on the debt is probably higher -- oh, my goodness. throwing away the money. >> i was celebrating my win. >> the interest on the debt is
probably higher than the return you'd get in the reti dollars in the retirement account, that's the way to go. always for the matching. >> that's what i was thinking. >> question two, getting a refund this year, like you do every year, is this, good, or that, not so good. >> how could getting a refund be bad? >> al is the winner. it's not so good. it means you're giving uncle sam an interest free loan on your money. what you should do, go to human resources or adjust your withholding. if you're not putting 100% of the max in your retirement account, bump up that contribution at the same time. >> okay. >> win all around. question three, if you're looking to add value to your home, should you use your refund to do this, get a new front door, or that, get a new garage door? both of you going with the front door. yes. a new front door will cost you about $1,200. you get 100% of the money back if you sell. paint it red.
that's my opinion. work exclusively at home are afraid of taking the home office deduction because it's an audit flag. should you take it or should you skip it? >> feels like a trick question. >> willie is going with that, skip it. al said take it. al is correct. take it. >> trick question. >> if you truly have a home office. it has to be -- pay attention, class. >> it seems obvious. i didn't think it'd be the answer. >> if you ever a home office and you don't take the deduction, you're leaving money on the table. but it has to be a dedicated home office space. interestingly, the irs is only auditing about 1% of filers, except for people who make over $1 million a year. they're auditing 7% of those. >> okay. >> this or that? if you're going to use your refund to replace an old applian appliance, should bit a ten-year-old washer, or a
ten-year-old willie is going washer. al is going refrigerator. there you go. the answer is this. washers made before the year 2003 have really been improved upon. you'll save yourself about $180 a year by energy star.com. who is our winner? >> we get one more. >> all right. this or that? according to a new survey from hello wallet.com, what are most people spending more of their refunds on this year? is it travel or clothing? >> the opposite to keep it interest. >> it is travel. people are spending 67% more. people are spending more on travel this year. goes with spending money on experiences rather than things. makes you happier and who is the winner? al is the winner. >> i'm getting a bag of money, baby! >> wow! >> whew. >> thanks for playing our game. >> thank you. congratulations, al roker.
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children's toes and spraying them in the face with hoses let's check your forecast. >> still raining out there. as we continue through the day, we're going to start to see this rain lessen a little bit. more shower as we head into thafternoon. your entire commute was a miserable one with all the rain we have. we have a little bit of rain as well. then we head into overnight and tomorrow morning. some storms by tomorrow afternoon as the storm team 4 weather alert day. we will clear out just in time for the weekend. getting some sunshine.
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