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good morning. breaking overnight, chaos at a massachusetts mall as a man goes on a stabbing spree after crashing a car into a store. >> i didn't know what was going on. everybody started running. >> one person killed at the mall. another at a nearby home. the suspect shot dead by an off duty deputy. mr. nice guy. donald trump dishing nothing but compliments ahead of his all-important meeting with house speaker paul ryan. >> he is a very good man. >> will he be able to court an endorsement tomorrow? while marco rubio says he'll keep his promise to support the republican nominee. >> i don't want hillary clinton to win. >> will he vote for trump? we'll talk to senator rubio live. revealed. court
man, dr. michael todd, as the physician who treated prince in the days before he died. his one-time medical center saying he is no longer an employee. as police return to paisley park in search of more clues. and the rock. surrounded by shark-infested waters, alcatraz was once an island prison thought to be escape proof. one man has managed his way out, and he's on the loose today. wednesday, may 11th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in problem fellrockef. good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. al roker continues this tour of our national parks. >> exactly. he's been to white sands, now we're sending him to prison. he's in front of alcatraz this morning. hey, al. >> hey, gu.
feared prisons in the world, from 1934 to 1963. alcatraz federal penitentiary. ten years later, 1973, becomes a national park. now, it's just unbelievable to see how popular it is. we'll have a complete tour coming up a little later. guys? >> al, see you in a little bit. we want to start with our top story. the breaking news in massachusetts, where authorities are investigating a stabbing rampage at a mall and a home near boston. nbc's joe fryer has the latest on all this. joe, what happened? >> good morning, matt. police are trying to figure out what drove a man to go on this wild stabbing spree. it started at a nearby home and ended here at the mall. in all, three people are dead, including the attacker. >> reporter: inside this shopping mall, a grizzly scene. two people viciously stabbed, the attacker brought down by a bullet from an off duty sheriff deputy's gun. >> ift
his heroic actions, there could have been more loss of life this evening. >> reporter: the suspect, arthur darosa, rammed a car into a macy's department store before running into the silver city galleria mall, creating total chaos in massachusetts. after assaulting several people, he made his way to bertucci's. grabbing a knife, darosa stabbed two victims, killing a 56-year-old man. witnesses ran for their lives. >> i was shopping. i didn't know what was going on, so everybody started running, including the macy's employees. we started running. >> reporter: the attack, with no clear motive, began after darosa crashed a different car near a home a few miles from the mall. >> 270 myrick street and birch avenue for multiple stab victims. >> reporter: darosa stabbed two people inside the home. one of the victims, an 80-year-old woman, later died from her wounds.
appear to be terror related. this morning, there are new questions about the suspect's mental health. in a statement to nbc news, darosa's cousin said he was feeling suicidal and admitted to a local hospital but released tuesday morning. they stated he was fine, but obviously wasn't. i believe if he was better evaluated, the situation may not have happened. >> the surviving victims were all take tonn to a hospital. conditions haven't been released. one of the stabbing victims suffered life-threatening injuries. so far, officials haven't identified the hero officer. >> joe fryer, thank you so much. to the president race. bernie sanders says he is in it to win it after deating clinton by double digits in west virginia's primary. it did little to dent clinton's lead in the delegate count. >> presumptive republican nominee donald t
nebraska, setting the stage for a key meeting on capitol hill tomorrow. >> in a moment, we'll talk to senator marco rubio, trump's former rival. let's begin with hallie jackson. good morning to you. >> good morning. donald trump is acknowledging those wins in west virginia and nebraska, but he is already looking ahead. not just to tomorrow's key meetings here on the hill, but to who he may pick as his running mate. trump now insisting he won't announce his pick up till the convention in july. >> reporter: usually quick with an insult -- >> calling him lying ted. >> little marco. >> crooked hillary. >> reporter: trump has only praise for paul ryan. >> he's a good man, wants what's good for the party. >> reporter: the candidate is trying to smooth the path ahead of tomorrow's meetings on capitol hill. don't expect a kumbaya moment. sources close to the house speaker caution it'll be
saying, ryan wants to commit to conservative principles and to bringing republicans together. >> it was a very, very bitter, divisive primary. it'll take more than a week just to repair and unify this party. >> reporter: ryan down playing expectations, returning to capitol hill. so is ted cruz for the first time since dropping out. ruling out a third-party run, but keeping his options open. >> if circumstances change, we will always assess changed circumstances. >> reporter: and withholding an endorsement of trump. >> there will be plenty of time for voters to make the determination who they're going to support. >> reporter: despite big differences on policy, another former rival, marco rubio, says he will back trump. seemingly begrudgingly. >> i don't want hillary clinton to win. i want to be supportive of the republican nominee. i signed a pledge saying i would do so. >> reporter: rubio dismissed talk of the vp job. trump lists chris christie. >> i like chris a
or not. i would say that i have in mind five different people. i think they're excellent. >> reporter: looking to november, hillary clinton clearly ready to take trump on. >> i am looking forward to debating donald trump come the fall. >> reporter: clinton now getting her strongest show of support yet from the white house. vice president joe biden stopping short of an endorsement, but just barely. >> i feel confident that hillary will be the nominee, and i feel confident she'll be the next president. >> from the white house now to capitol hill, where we expect to see from speaker ryan later today, ahead of the meetings with trump. and trump finds himself in a new controversy. while his campaign says it tried to get a prominent white nationalist off its list of potential delegates in california, the secretary of state's office tells us, it is too late to do that. >> hallie jackson on the hill for us, thank you. as we said, senator marco rubio joins us exclusively. senator, nice to see you. good morning. >> morning.
something up. you have said you're going to uphold your pledge, the pledge you signed to support the eventual nominee of the republican party. that appears to be donald trump. but when pressed on one question, would you vote for donald trump, you didn't seem to be able to make yourself say yes, i'll vote for him. will you say that now? >> well, i mean, obviously, this is the quandary everybody finds themselves in. at least who holds my perspective. on the one hand, the party nominated someone i'll have differences with, on policy and how he conducted his campaign. on the other hand, the only other choice on the ballot is someone i have more policy di disagreements with. as a candidate, i signed a pledge. >> what does support mean? will you stand on a tv show like this and say, i'm keeping my pledge, or does it mean you'll go to the convention and speak on his behalf, or go in the booth and vote for him? >> obviously as a voter in florida, support would be the
way people support candidates in this country. to vote for them. in terms of what i intend to do throughout the campaign, i would just say i think donald trump would be best served by having people working on his behalf, that agree with him on these policies and are enthusiastic about his campaign and enthusiastic with things he has stood for. my reservations about him have been clearly stated and unchanged. >> you were explicit during your campaign about concerns. you said he was an embarrassment. you were fearful at the prospect of his hand on the nuclear codes. you said he wasn't a republican, not a conservative, that he'd lose to hillary clinton. are you exalting that pledge, piece of paper, over the fears you say you still have for the country, with donald trump as the nominee? >> sure. the only other choice then would be to vote for hillary clinton or abstain, both supportive of her. i have more policy differences with her and am more scared of
government. i think it's clear, that this is the position -- obviously, i didn't want us to be in. donald trump wasn't my first choice. i ran for president and did the best i could. it didn't work out, and republican voters chose a different direction. i have to respect the result, even if i'm not the -- even though it is not necessarily the one i wanted. i think, clearly, you're describing here the quandary, choice, that millions of republicans -- not just me -- but millions of republicans across the country are trying to grapple with. >> it seems you're being loyal, and you should be applauded for that, sticking to the pledge, but you're going to be leaving the senate. you don't want to run for governor of florida in two years. it's possible for you to put politics aside and take a principled stand and say, everything i said during the campaign, i didn't believe. i cannot support this guy. >> first of all, everything i said during the campaign, i still believe. but what you're leaving out of that is, you have to make a choice. you don't have a choice any
for voters in florida in november, the choice is going to be, if you want to legitimately vote to elect a president, it'll be between hillary clinton and donald trump. or abstaining. if i as a republican abstain or vote for hillary clinton, that's support for her. i am not going to support hillary clinton. >> to put it bluntly, senator rubio, do you want donald trump to win? do you hope in your heart of heart to wins and assume the presidency? >> look, again, all of the policy differences i have with him remain. all of the reservations i have about his campaign remain. i clearly didn't want us to be in the position we are today. i was a candidate for president who tried to be the nominee myself. it didn't work out. i don't want hillary clinton to win. donald trump is the only other choice on the ballot. i recognize that. i have a pledge to support the nominee on top of it. i intend to keep it. what i don't intend to do is spend the next six months taking shots at donald. whether we like it or not, he's earned the right to make his case to the american people. he earned it at the balt
and i'll respect that. >> senator marco rubio, nice to spend time with us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> tomorrow on "today", former vice president dan quayle speaking out about the race when he joins us in studio 1a. another round of tornadoes. this one causing significant damage in mayfield, kentucky. gabe gutierrez is following it. >> the clean-up effort in oklahoma is in full swing. this as the state's governor declared states of emergency in 15 counties. all this as millions more throughout the country are preparing for yet another round of potentially severe thunderstorms later today. >> reporter: this morning, western kentucky is cleaning up after two tornadoes touched down. one of them sending residents in mayfield running for cover. >> we heard loud
we dove into the washroom and stayed there until the noises stopped. >> reporter: homes leveled, trees toppled, lives shattered. >> you could hear it. it sounded like it was right over the building. >> reporter: today, seven states are on high alert for more potential severe weather, after this week's string of ferocious tornadoes. >> oh, god! >> reporter: oklahoma's governor declaring a state of emergency in 15 counties. two people were killed. >> please don't hit that barn. oh, my god. >> reporter: the national weather service saying this twister near wynnewood topped 136 miles per hour winds. for jamie ramirez, the search for her lost pets was frantic. now the harsh realization that her home is gone. >> devastating. >> reporter: that devastation extending this morning to kentucky, where driscoll rushed to her friend's house, only to find it in pieces. >> when i walked up,
i mean, it's heartbreaking. >> no deaths were reported in the kentucky tornado. at least ten people were injured. now today, a lot of people are bracing for the potential of severe weather. the swath of the country extends from north texas up through the midwe midwest. right now, there are reports of flooding underway in tennessee, just north of nashville. matt and savannah? >> tough times there. gabe gutierrez, thank you. >> some of the video out of that region the last couple days is horrifying, and our thoughts are with the people there. several new twists in the investigation into prince's death. authorities were back at his home last night, and a minnesota doctor who wrote prescriptions for the pop star has been identified. stephanie gosk has the latest on that. >> good morning. it had been quiet here the last couple weeks at paisley park, until late yesterday when a line of police vehicles, about a dozen or so investigators, entered the compound. it
prince's medical records was released publicly, showing that the pop star had been getting medical treatment here in minnesota from a local doctor. up until the day before he died. >> reporter: according to a search warrant, a minneapolis area doctor was at prince's home to deliver test results the morning he died. dr. michael todd shillingberg, seen in this video made for a local university, examined prince twice. once on april 7th, before prince's plane made an emergency landing in illinois. >> what's the nature of the emergency? >> unresponsive passenger. >> reporter: and again on april 20th, the day before he died. according to the warrant, the doctor told police he prescribed medications for prince, and the unspecified prescriptions were filled at a walgreen'walgreen's. investigators interviewed dr. shillie shillenberg and caught sought records related to it at a medical center. the dr
north memorial clinic. that hospital says he is no longer an employee there. the doctor's lawyer is not comme commenting. late tuesday, police were seen at prince's paisley park home. the sheriff tweeting, detectives were revisiting the scene as a component of a complete investigation. offering no further details. >> the warrant does not say what the medications were that prince was prescribed or whether he took them. the toxicology report could shed some light on that. it's still not complete, and there's still no official cause of death. >> stephanie, thank you very much. first test of futuristic technology that could revolutionize transportation is happening in nevada. the hyperloop. this was proposed by elon musk. gadi schwartz is in las vegas. this is the first public test of the technology. >> good morning, savannah. this righter
one. the idea eventually is to put people, to put cargo, in specialized pods, and then put them in airtight tubes like this and shoot them for hundreds of miles, all at the speed of sound. to put this in perspective, l.a. to san francisco takes six to seven hours. this would take 30 minutes. >> reporter: faster than a speeding bullet train. more powerful than an airplane. that's what elon musk was hoping for when he unveiled his idea for the hyperloop in 2014, sparking a competition among firms to build the first working model. the first version will be unveiled in the las vegas desert. >> hyperloop is immediate, safe, efficient and sustainable. >> reporter: it is presenting a 10-foot long sled, reaching 250 miles per hour in two seconds.
the design, build two kilometers worth of it, and accelerate a vehicle ten times heavier, to a speed twice as high. >> end of the year, we'll do the kitty hawk moment and hit the full-scale loop. it'll handle a cargo of people. >> reporter: some speck keptics it impractical. elon musk isn't associated with any specific company, but he has a contest among college students to design and build a hyperloop pod. all players in a race to zoom us into the future of travel. if this test is successful, hyperloop one might be in the lead. >> we believe we're the one company that is actually pild g i -- building this, not just talking about it. we're showing it today with the live test of our propulsion system. >> in a few
promising to unveil the technology that'll make all of this work. there is a lot of excitement. still a lot of skepticism. one big question, what to do in an earthquake. matt and savannah, back to you. >> we have so many questions, gadi, but it's exciting to see. thank you. let us head back to al in san francisco for a check of the weather before his big tour of the national parks. al? >> that's right, guys. we've got a lot of severe weather
>> that's your latest weather. coming up, we'll have our tour of one of the most popular national parks in the system, guys. alcatraz. >> al, did you get the sand out of your shorts yet, so to speak? >> just about. actually, i still have some sand in this jacket pocket. >> there you go. you're not supposed to take that out of the national park. >> oh, no! i'm going to alcatraz! it's a federal offense. >> buddy, we'll catch up with you in a second. coming up, the controversy over one town's plan to build the most expensive football stadium in the country. nearly $63 million. >> wow. and as seen on tv, do the conducts really work like they do in the commercials? what happened when jeff rossen and team tested out a few of the products. first, this is "today" on
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we're back at 7:30. it's wednesday morning, the 11th of may. starting to look like may here in midtown manhattan. it'll get to the 70s today. no ponchos in our crowd. >> let's look at today's headlines. massachusetts police investigating a stabbing rampage near boston. the 28-year-old attacked two people at a home, killing an 80-year-old woman. he then crashed a stolen car into a mall, went inside and stabbed four more people, killing one of them. the suspect was later shot and killed by an off duty sheriff's deputy. bernie sanders notched another victory in the democratic presideia
in the west virginia primary. >> let me be as clear as i can be. we are in this campaign to win the democratic nomination. >> while sanders' win gives him fresh momentum, it doesn't dent clinton's large delegate lead by much. isis is claiming responsibility for a deadly car bombing this morning at a crowded market in baghdad. at least 45 people died in the attack. more than 60 others were wounded. we begin this half hour in texas, where controversy is brewing over the sky high costs of high school football stadiums. money some say would be better spent on education. nbc's janet shamlian has the story for us. good morning. >> the cost of the new high school stadiums here in texas are staggering. here in allen, the price tag was $60 million. just down the road, there is about to be a new record holder. it's in the next district. it will be the most expensive high school stadium in the
country. this morning, not everyone is cheering. >> reporter: even at a state filled with football question gn -- fanatics, the cost of high school football stadiums are spiraling to astronomical heights. today, a new record holder. >> voters just said yes to spending $62.8 million on a 12,000-seat cathedral to high school football. >> are you okay with it? >> yeah, it's crazy, but it's texas. anything for texas football. >> i think it's ridiculous, to spend that kind of money on a high school football team. >> reporter: away from the gridiron most players play on. in texas, the state is full of football. >> let's play some football. >> reporter: this new stadium will fit in. four mile aceway
million stadium, with a jumbotron. not to be outdone, they're building a $62 million stadium outside of houston. now, mckinney is in the big leagues. >> may be nicer than the worst nfl stadium. not sure. >> reporter: school officials are unapologetic. they say no money was taken from education, and voters overwhelmingly approved the bonds to pay for it all. >> are you competing with the guys down the road? >> that's a good question. a lot of people have asked us, are you trying to keep up with the joneses? i think our approach is, we want to give the same opportunities to our students that our neighboring districts provide their students. >> reporter: now, it is an open field. but for football fans, in 16 months' time, a field of dreams. >> now to put this in perspective, these are very large high schools. in allen, 6,400 students in the high school. school officials say even with 18,000 seats here, on game day, 's
matt and savannah, gak back to >> everything is bigger in texas. thank you. let's go back to al on san francisco bay for another check of the weather. al? >> guys,? >> reporter: hey, guys, we're in the bay. there is alcatraz. and one of the reasons why it was considered escape proof, the current and the water, it's about 54 degrees. i capped one of theal ka tr alc flyer, it's a ferry. the current keeps dragging us out and he has to keep bringing us back. you can understand why this prison was so feared. let's see what's going on right now. we're fearing the cooler air coming back in. we finally have warmer temperatures in the mid-atlantic states, the northeast and new england, but that cool air is going to come right back for the weekend. boston above average, cleveland, memphis. cooler denver, nine degrees cooler. by thursday that cool air makes its way east. friday it's in the great
the southeast and the gulf coast, but it starts to cool off in the northeast, and then by saturday, even though new england, boston, you'll be above normal, norfolk as well, that cool air will get in here by the weekend. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. good morning, everybody. temperatures are in the 50s right now. all clouds across the area and very light rain now just south and west of the d.c. metro area. these are generally coming in our direction, so you'll need to have your umbrella ready once again. not expecting a lot of rain today, but it could rain just about any time. late this morning up to about 2:00 this afternoon. a lot of clouds around for tomorrow. a risk of thunderstorms coming up on friday. friday is going to be the warmest day out of the next week, and then as al was >> that's your latest weather. guys, we're going to be, in the next half hour, inside alcatraz, where i talk to a former guard and a former inmate on our tour. >> pretty awesome, al. >> is it colder there this morning or in the desert yesterday
the wind is picking up. it's a little brisk, but still, it's just so cool to be here. >> yeah, nice and warm here in the studio. just wanted you to know that. >> he's good like that. >> what a pal. what a pal. >> al, see you in a bit. new rossen report testing out new products. >> coming up, we've all seen the commercials. products making big promises on tv. like the phone they say you can dunk underwater and it'll work. what about this pan? they say nothing sticks and you can't scratch it. then this device here, promising luscious curls in seconds. do they really work? we're testing) verizon is the number one network in america. i know what you're thinking, they all claim stuff like that. yeah, but some of them stretch the truth a little bit. like this. faster, more reliable and better coverage than ever. and it shows the coverage there. uh, oh, hold on. oh! map is not a depiction of coverage!
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we're back at 7:41. time for a new rossen report series called as teen on tv. >> you know the products you see on television commercials? "today" national investigative correspondent jeff rossen tested them out so you don't have to. good morning. >> sometimes i can't sleep at night and i'm up watching the infomercials. the products are making promises to solve every promiblem in my life. gadgets for my phone, even women who want curls on the go. let's be honest, you want to buy them. but do they really work? this morning, we are putting them to the test. you have to see these results.
>> reporter: it sounds so good. >> pour the champagne, and it still works. >> reporter: guaranteeing results in no time. >> every girl wants a perfect curl, and she can have it in 20 seconds. >> is it too good to be true? >> reporter: first up, the pan, commercials aired day and night. >> use metal and never make a scratch, ever. >> reporter: they say nothing stitches. >> parmesan right on the heat. >> reporter: will it hold up in our test? >> they show burning parmesan in the pan on the commercial. let's burn it up and see if it slides out. >> reporter: the cheese quickly melted on to the pan. >> hear that sizzle. >> it is supposed to slide off like the commercial. >> let's see if it works. i'm bad at this anyway. wow, it did it. look at that. put that on the plate.
now, we're going to test to see if it'll scratch. in the commercial, they show the mixer. let's try it. no scratches. it works. >> reporter: now, on to your smartphone. in these new extreme samsung commercials, the galaxy 7s edge claims to be water resistant. even if you pour champagne all over it. >> what? >> all right. let's get this party started. we have the champagne here. we went to the store and bought a brand-new samsung galaxy smartphone. my producer lindsey is on the phone. can you hear me? >> hey, jeff. what's up. >> i'm about to pour the champagne. this feels so wrong. >> reporter: once the bubbly is gone -- >> lindsey? >> i can still hear you. no way. >> the phone is drying itself. still looks perfect. >> about to put you in a fish
>> reporter: in the commercial, the phone works after taking a dip. so we went out and bought a fish tank. >> lindsey, still there? >> i'm still here. >> i'm sticking you underwater. here we go. >> i can't believe this phone is underwater right now. >> lindsey, still there? >> i can still hear you. >> it's working perfectly, and it's beaded up the water again. perfect. >> reporter: we can't forget about beauty products. check out this gadget. >> the revolutionary new styling tool that creates the perfect curl every time. >> reporter: promising luscious curls in seconds. >> never been so easy to create hair that looks so good. >> reporter: my producer catherine is going to take it for a spin. >> the instructions say to connect it to your home blow drier. >> damp hair. >> hair is damp. >> also says, 20 seconds, warm air, high speed. >> i'll put my
clo . >> reporter: her hair is spinning all over the place. >> now 20 seconds of cool air. >> 20 seconds. >> and stop. >> how is it looking? >> i don't want to say anything mean. here is a mirror. >> i'll take a look. well, this is my natural hair and this is the side the air curler worked on. they look similar to me. what do you think? >> there is a slight wave, but no ringlets like the commercial. >> more like a mess than anything else to me. >> reporter: the maker of aircurler telling nbc news, it takes time and practice to perfect your technique, to get excellent results. they stand by the product. in the end, two of the three products we tested worked as advertised. but sometimes, what you see on tv isn't always what you get. >> learned a new word, ringlets. probably in your vocabulary, not mine. the lesson, do your research before you buy. most of the products have reviews online. there are even videos of pe
you don't have to have me or catherine do it for you. >> ever try that thing? >> no, no. >> you? >> yeah, that's what happened. >> jeff, thank you. ahead, meredith vieira will share her exclusive interview with chimp attack survivor charla nash. plus, what sharon osbourne is saying about the whole day to sell to the their old cart aside and buy a new one... oops. nana's got the kids til 9... but it's only 2. guess you'll just have to see a movie... ...then get some dinner. what a pity.
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today, have no idea what i'm going to be doing with the rest of my life. i don't know where i'm going. who i'm going with. and i just need time to think. i'm 63 years of age, and i can't keep living like this. >> sharon didn't give a specific reason for the split, but our crack investigative correspondent picked up on this. she's holding a glass of lemonade during the show, perhaps a reference to beyonce's lemonade, cheating. not so subtle, we think. kelly osborne is tweeting out, guess who is turning lemons into lemonade? ozzy and sharon have split. >> your crack investigators? >> we were working hard on this one all morning. >> very good, willie. coming up, welcome to the rock. al is taking us inside
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it's 8:00 on "today". and coming up, staying strong. >> did you believe back then that you would ever reach this point? >> i never thought i'd be like this. >> meredith vieira sits down with chimp attack survivor charla nash, amid her setback following face transplant surgery. plus, al's adventure. a week-long celebration of national parks heads to san francisco, as al visits alcatraz. >> is this the infamous broadway? >> it is. >> then sleeps among the sequoias for a father-daughter camp out. >> sequoia,
kate the great. >> excuse me for arriving this way. what a delightful family. >> kate beckinsale stops by to talk about life, love and friendship. today, wednesday, may 11th, 2016. ♪ we're gonna live, we're gonna live forever ♪ ♪ this time, i want it all ♪ i want it right now >> all the way here! >> we love alabama. we love the "today" show. >> happy birthday, mom. >> good morning to nebraska. >> we're here celebrating in the big apple. we're back at 8:00 on this wednesday morning. it's the 11th day of may, 2016. stop and take a gamble at the
this morning. we thank them for coming down. we don't have to thank them because the weather is beautiful. great day. >> it is. >> coming up, by the way, al is on the road again. he left me in new mexico yesterday and headed off to san francisco. more on the national parks. al? >> that's right. we're celebrating 100 years of the national park service. one of the most popular right behind me is alcatraz. 1.4 million people come here every year. we're going to take you on a behind the scenes tour in just a little bit. guys? >> looking forward to that, al. thank you. let's head inside to tamron for a check of the top stories, in for natalie. >> investigators are trying to figure out why a man went on a stabbing spree that ended in chaos in a massachusetts mall. the 28-year-old, arthur darosa, began his rampage by crashing a car and then forcing his way into a house, stabbing two people, killing an elderly woman. next, he drove to
crashed into a store and stabbed several more people, one fatally. he was shot and killed by an off duty deputy. a cousin said darosa had been feeling suicidal and had sought medical treatment. a week after suspending his campaign for president, ted cruz returned to his job in the senate but appeared to keep his options open on tuesday, saying he'd assess the situation if circumstances changed. cruz also withheld an endorsement of donald trump as the republican nominee. trump meanwhile is preparing to meet with house speaker paul ryan, also refusing to endorse him at this time. earlier on "today", former trump rival senator marco rubio said he had differences with trump but he stands by his pledge to support the party's choice. >> what i don't intend to do is spend the next six months, by the way, taking shots at donald. whether we like it or not, he earned his opportunity to make his case to the american
i'll respect it. >> he's more afraid of clinton being in control. surveillance video shows a worker fall more than three stories in philadelphia. we want to warn you, some viewers certainly may find this very disturbing. the video is at the top of your screen. out of nowhere, this man falls violently to the ground. the engineer was inspecting lighting when the glass floor gave way, sending him plunging 38 feet to the ground. this was back in 2012. the man was just awarded $7.2 million, the settlement he received. he suffered multiple fractures and spent more than a month and a half in the hospital. unbelievable. >> tough. i almost said, let me show it again. it's interesting, there is a guy in it who runs away. i hope he eventually came back. >> it appears he didn't know if it was glass, the whole ceiling
nevertheless, incredible, this man survived this. yeah, i think the guy there was running. looked like a different person came back. you'd hear the glass first and not think -- >> think the roof is coming down. >> exactly. up next, why a british barn ne -- baroness is calling this her most embarrassing picture. why justin bieber says he will no longer take pictures with fans. chimp attack survivor charla nash speaks out to meredith vieira about her recent setback with her face tran
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trending time. >> how many friends do you have? >> real friends? >> real friends. >> like i don't know, maybe ten. >> really? >> thousands. no. >> those are twitter followers. >> right. i don't know. i feel like i have a lot of friends. >> here's something that might get a little attention. the people you think are your friends probably aren't. >> oh. >> it's a suggestion from a fascinating new study from mit in tel aviv university. half of the people
friends don't think the feeling is mutual. >> wow. >> 50% of those people you call a friend might not say the same thing about you. researchers say the findings suggest people are bad at judging how others feel about them. >> i think i met strong friends each point of my life. best friend since age 4. i have a great friend in middle school, high school, college. then other points in your life, right? >> the question is -- yes. but the question, do you think there are people out there saying, yeah, willie, we're friends? >> yeah. >> you'd go, what? >> i need to send a blast e-mail to my friends this morning, are we really friends? >> define friends. if you socialize at all, i would consider that a friend. >> sure. >> no, that's not what i said. >> no? >> friends are real people like you call in a time of need. >> you can cry on the phone with. >> what's your number? >> five. something like that. >> wait a minute, i consider us -- >> you're on the cusp. i know i'm not
it's better we drop this. a british baroness was in vietnam addressing entrepreneurs. in the crowd, she spotted a 6-year-old boy. she picked him up for a hug, which is super sweet. problem is, this is not a 6-year-old boy. this is a 22-year-old man. luckily, both sides are being really good sport about the situation. on twitter, the baroness made fun of herself, saying this was her most embarrassing moment. the man posted his id to verify his age. >> they're both officially friends now. justin bieber and what he won't do for his fans now. ellen's war with matt. justin bieber is refusing to take any more photos with fans. in an instagram
wrote, know i'm not going to take a picture. i'm done taking pictures. people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human. i feel like a zoo animal, and i want to be able to keep my sanity. justin went on to say, i realize people will be disappointed, but i don't owe anybody a picture. echoing similar comments made recently by amy schumer. a league of their own. the movie that gave us the famous line, there is no crying in baseball. geena davis reunited with several cast members. the ladies played a game of softball in arkansas. this is for geena's film festival, showcasing women voices in media. matt responded to ellen's met gala stunt, vowing revenge. ellen does not stop at matt this time. >> i'm sorry, matt. you're right, i should not have done that.
but i don't think that was the full clip. did we show the full clip? there's more. let's see the rest. >> i have a long flight home to think about something. >> oh! come on. >> please, ellen. please stop. >> oh, boy. >> we have some serious work to do. >> we really do. >> we do. >> wow. >> al, wow. it's all we can say. >> wow. >> you can confirm you're working on something? >> i'm collateral damage. >> we're all collateral damage. >> that clip also proves it was cold in the desert yesterday morning. nevermind. >> we got it. >> willie, always good to have you. >> glad i could help out. we have a special series celebrating 100 years of the park service. al
of the most popular national parks, alcatraz island. hey, al. >> hey, guys, how you doing? right there you can see the city of san francisco. a mile and a half away is alcatraz. this prison was feared not just in this country but all around the world. people said if you broke the rules, you went to prison. if you break the rules in prison, you end up in alcatraz. it's a place as mysterious today as it was 50 years ago. alcatraz, a federal prison from 1934 to 1963, locking away some of the country's most notorious criminals. al capone was here. he played the ban jo in the prison band. ray bolger spent three years here when he was 30. just about the same time as the bird man of alcatraz, eric stroud. the rock
inescapable. >> who were the prisoners who came to alcatraz. the prisoners who came to alcatraz got in trouble in other prisons. >> he has been a prisoner in alcatraz for more than 20 years. >> what was it about this place that made it so escape-proof? >> for one thing, you have cold water surrounding this island. >> strong current. >> strong current. that's right. and you had one guard to every third convict here on the island. >> most inmates on the rock lived on what they called broadway. >> is this the infamous broadway? >> this is the infamous broadway. if you were a prisoner on the island, this is where your first home would be, in one of these cells. >> haunting images often seen in movies even today. hollywood helping build the mystique of alcatraz. >> welcome to alcatraz. escape from alcatraz" was based on the real life escape of three inmates in 1972. >> they got
there. how did they cut through? >> we believe they used spoons they got from the mess hall, and they also used a drill with a vacuum cleaner motor. >> their bodies never found. questions even today. was it the perfect escape? bill baker served time here in his 20s for cashing fraudulent checks. today he's an author and celebrity on the rock. do you think they made it to the mainland? >> i think they did. >> potentially escaping both the prison and its hardened inmates. >> everybody who came here, with the exception of a few, came here for breaking rules in other prisons. we had already been in the hole maybe a dozen times, broke a lot of rules. we were a bunch of hard-headed convicts before we got here. >> reporter: robert stroud, the bird man, kept in solitary. >> i got to know him very well. he was a sociopath, i would say. >> george
decade at the rock, watching over the bird man. >> i would put a little table maybe two or three feet high with a checkerboard on top. i would put a chair in front of it and robert and i used to play checkers one or two hours at the most. i'm not proud to admit it, but i did do that. >> reporter: ranger benny took me to the d block where robert spent a lot of time. >> he was in this cell here up to 19 days. not a place you would want to be. >> reporter: but as brutal as alcatraz was known to be, some inmates actually requested it. why? you got your own cell. bolger was reportedly a fan. he may have come back as a tourist while on the run from the fbi. this photo with his girlfriend believed to be from the 1990s. >> there is a rumor that he came back for a visit as a
do you think he would have done something like that? >> absolutely. >> if bolger did come back, it was easy to slip in. that's because since 1973, alcatraz has become one of the most popular national parks with a million visitors each year. sure, they come to hear about the legends of the rock, but also the incredible history of it as well. it was occupied by native american protestors in the 1970s before becoming a national park. now it's a bird sanctuary, too, home to more than 10,000 sea birds. the bird man of alcatraz himself just may have approved. >> we were thrilled to get behind the scenes here in alcatraz. so much so that i almost ended up spending the night. they took my mug shot and were prepared to book me. that's not a good look. by the way, guys, there is a
little "today" show connection to alcatraz. do you see that building there by the lighthouse? that's the warden's quarters. back in the '50s, the warden was interviewed live by dave garaway at the "today" show in that building. kind of a little bit of history with the "today" show and alcatraz. >> that's very, very cool. can we ask you to do double duty while you're there? how about a check of the weather? >> absolutely. i had to be here, anyway, so let's show you what we've got going on. again, we're talking about some heavy rain, thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes possible stretching from the plains all the way back into the mississippi river valley. we do have a risk sef of severe storms including abilene. we have a lot of dense fog in the mississippi river valley. chicago right now ground stop at o'hare. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. good morning. not a verytt
out there in spots right now. a little bit of light rain right now pushing into page and shenandoah counties, also faulkner counties and indianapolis. probably leaving sometime just after lunch. temperatures are in the 50s now. we'll gradually climb into the mid to upper 60s later this afternoon. to >> that's your latest weather. guys, in the next half hour, we continue our celebration of the national parks. leila, my 17-year-old and i, did a little camping trip to sequoia, not far from here. we'll show you that coming up. >> looking forward to that. thank you very much. in our next half hour, we're going to have much more of al and a look at who is here. meredith s meredith vieira. she spent time over the years with chimp attack survivor charla nash. you saw her rely
inspirational person i've ever met. after that harrowing attack seven years ago, she had numerous surgeries and a ground-breaking face transplant. recently, charla was back in the hospital when her body began to reject the transplant. >> i'm so excited to see you again. >> thank you. me, too. >> reporter: to see her progress close up is truly remarkable. >> i can't tell you sitting across from you how dramatic the difference is. >> i've come a long way. >> reporter: she sure has. if you know charla nash, you'd expect nothing less, despite a recent setback. >> doctors discovered your body seemed to be rejecting the face transplant. can you tell us what happened? >> well, this one biopsy said a slight rejection. >> reporter: it came after a participation in a military-funded study. >> the purpose was to wean you off medication because of the side effects. your dad was in the air force. why was it important for
servicemen and women. but the study is not a failure. it's a success. we've learned so much from all my testing. >> reporter: charla's face will be fine, relying on the treatment of medication she took before. it's been a long road for charla nash since the attack seven years ago. >> he's killing my friend. >> who is killing your friend? >> the chimpanzee. >> reporter: her nose, mouth, eyelids were ripped off by the chimpanz chimpanzee. it left charla nash permanently blind. we first met a month after the attacks. her face was destroyed but not her resilience. >> i just want to get better. >> reporter: following countless medical procedures, doctors performed the country's first ever double hand and face transplant. the hands failed to
her face was a success. >> can you touch your face with your thumb? do you ever do that, just to feel the -- >> i'm touching it. i can't really feel it, but i know i'm touching my skin. >> reporter: today, the results are profound. >> did you believe back then that you would ever reach this point? >> i never thought i'd be like this. >> reporter: fiercely independent, charla now lives on her own. >> i go this way. >> i know you have somebody who comes in monday through friday to help out, an aide. saturday and sunday, you're on your own. why was that important, in terms of your recovery? >> i've always been independent. as far as the help, i have just what i need. >> reporter: she even gets out and about, using a transport service for the disabled. >> what does that mean to you? because you could have just decided, i'm going to stay in my house and wait for the aide to come every day. i don't want to go
normal. you feel like you're a person again. >> reporter: a person who loves a bargain. charla took me to one of her favorite shopping destinations. they all know her and love her, too. >> want to start at jewelry? >> yes. >> come over here. >> reporter: so she can't see, but charla's sense of style is as strong as ever. so is her generosity. >> i bought this for you. >> you bought this for me? >> you're a star. >> charla, you're a star. >> thank you. >> reporter: charla struggles with expenses. >> i wish i had more care, but i'm thankful for what i do have. >> you're stubborn, you're independent, you're strong-minded, and you got a great sense of humor. am i right on all of those? >> yeah. and i'm ready, i want to ride horses again. >> do you think you w
>> reporter: despite unimaginable challenges, charla's spirit is unbreakable. she finds joy at every turn. >> what's your favorite time of day? >> the morning, i think. >> why is that? >> i hear the birds singing. i can feel the sun. i think, another good day. let's get started. >> charla is learning to use a new robotic arm which will help herrma manage every day tasks. she's considering moving back to her beloved daughter, who just got her masters degree. i know charla is watching. thank you for my star. i told you i'd wear it, and i did. >> i've known you a long time. >> yes. >> i've never seen you react to someone the way you have reacted to charla. >> well, look what happened to her. and the courage she's displayed over these seven years and the determination to just stick with it. every day is a new day f
i don't know. i've never met somebody like that. it's impressive. she has a great sense of humor. when p humor. when people say, you look great, her normal response is, i've had a little work done. >> announcer: this is a news4 today news break. good morning, it's 8:26 now on this wednesday, may 11. i'm aaron gilchrist. melissa tracking a four-mile backup there. melissa? >> a four-mile backup on ritchie road. potholes have flattened four cars' tires this morning. as we look at the beltway, you can see the slow spot here over to the right, again, in prince georges county this morning. so allow a little extra time there. top of the beltway looking pretty typical. 270
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♪ we don't wanna go home 8:30 now on this wednesday morning, the 11th of may, 2016. just doing a little meet and greet here on the plaza. say hello to the folks standing by. university of arizona sweatshirt. nice to have you along. >> coming up, we're going to talk love and friendship with kate beckinsale. you love jane sus taustin. >> brand-nmo
you. i think this was a story written early in her career. she's going to tell us all about it. >> not as well-known as some of the others, like "pride and prejudice." plus, jill martin has new steals and deals, all about accessories. that'll be ahead. let's first go out to al in san francisco with a check of the weather. >> okay, guys, thanks so much. let's look at today. we do have a risk of strong storms stretching from texas into the mississippi river valley with an enhanced risk in a closer area. 23 million people at risk for that. we're looking at beautiful weather along the west coast. we expect sunshine, warmer conditions through the southeast as well. tomorrow that sunshine continues through the southeast gulf coast. we are looking, though, at storms continuing from texas on and moving a little further east into the ohio river valley as well. the sunshine continues along the west coast as well there. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the oo
of storm team 4 radar. just a lot of clouds in the metro but there are raindrops now in parts of the shenandoah valley. that rain chance carries into the metro until about lunchtime. most of the light rain likely until about 11:00 or 12:00 on the front end or 2:00 in the back end. if you're going to the mets game, can't rule out a shower, but you should be able to get the ga >> that's your latest weather. get your weather any time you need it. go to weather channel on cable. weather.com online. matt? >> al, thank you very much. kate beckinsale stars in the new movie "love and friendshi friendship,," based on a short story by jane austin. she plays the lady susan vernon, who earned a scandalous reputation in proper 18th century society. after attracting the attention of a married man. >> lady susan
>> lady susan. >> be gone, sir. i'll have you whipped. outray jo outrageo outrageous. >> do you know him? >> i've met him. i'd never speak to a stranger like this. >> seems harsh. this was a short story early in jane austin's career. >> yeah, it wasn't until 40 or 50 years later that her nephew published it. >> we use the word proper when we think of jane austin, but the director of this movie went out of his way to say, you know what, this is a movie and story that emphasizes the humor of jane austin. >> right. i think that's what has been surprising to people. i think we have an expectation of what a jane austin period movie is like. it's been fun, being in screenings and seeing people belly laughing, and laughing all the way through. it's great. >> is it also fun
character described this way, in various publications? irresistibly devious. diabolically self-interested. uncharacteristically viperous. >> she is a nightmare. >> i'd go on vacation with her. >> you like her? >> i do like her, yeah. i wouldn't want her to be a member of my family, but it was fun playing her for a couple months. >> it brings together a team that worked very successfully on the movie, "the last days of disco," which was 1998? >> long ago. >> the director in that. was it fun to recreate it? did you get lightning in a bottle again? >> when we did the first movie, it was pre-cell phones and internet. there was this period of time we would see each other at events,
and stuff happen to them. it was a very similar vibe. everybody is a little bit of an odd ball, and it works. >> i'm glad you said that. when you look back at the first movie versus now, how have you changed as an actress and a person? >> as a person, i'm levery. >> anything but. >> as an actress, i don't know. you have an overconfidence when you're really young. i think as you get better at what you're doing, it seems weird, you get slightly less pleased with yourself. you know what i mean? >> we notice our flaws more. >> you see how much you have to go with anything. >> you have a daughter, 17, and she wants to be an actress, or is an actress. >> yeah. >> do you offer advice? do you say, sweetheart, i'll tell you about the ups and the downs and the pitfalls of the business? >> i had a good parenting moment s
a nose ring. i said, no, if you're going to be in a jane austin movie, you don't want hole in your nose. >> very good. "love and friendship" opens in theaters on friday. coming up, al and his daughter leila check out the epic landscape at sequoia national park. first on a wednesday morning, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ stand by me vo: for dominion, part of delivering affordable energy includes supporting those in our community who need help. our energyshare program does just that, assisting with bill pay and providing free,
>> announcer: 100 years of national parks today is sponsored by camping world. get one-stop shopping for everything rv at your nearby camping world rv super center. 8:38. we're all marveling at the fact that kate beckinsale has a 17-year-old daughter. >> so beautiful. >> unbelievable. anyway, 27 national parks in the state of california. some, like alcatraz and death valley, are on the
known gems, like sequoia national park. it is considered a well-kept secret. they call it the hidden park. al was lucky enough to find some good company, too. hey, al. >> that's right. in fact, what's so amazing is just really a three plus hour drive north of here is sequoia national park. located in the southern sierra nevada. it's a gem not a lot of people go to, but all need to make the trip. i took my 17-year-old daughter leila with me to check it out. it was so awe-inspiring, it knocked her socks off. >> map at the ready? >> yeah. >> here we go. look at that engine purr, bade addy. >> let's drive nice and slow. >> i'm stunned that when i asked leila if she wanted to come on the trip, she said yes. >> i'm still surprised i'm re
not good at that. there is a stop sign, so you should stop. >> i will. >> reporter: leila heads to college in a year, so i'm thankful she's riding shotgun as we attempt our first ever camping trip. >> oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: even if she is a little squeamish. >> we're about 7,000 feet. >> that's so high. >> there's no guardrails. >> dad, dad, why would you mention that? >> it's interesting. i don't know. >> there are animals and trees everywhere. i really don't like birds because i'm afraid one will poop on my head. >> one hasn't pooped on your head. >> yeah, twice. >> that's right. >> general sherman tree, is that where we're going? >> yup. this is pretty cool. one of these sequoisequoia's fed they put a walkway through it. >> reporter: this giant forest has the largest concentration of sequoia trees in the world, and the granddaddy of them all,
tons, equal to 25 army tanks. >> each year, general sherman grows enough wood around the trunk that would equal a large tree. >> it's still growing? >> it's still growing. >> reporter: yup, still growing at 2,000 years old. >> we are looking at the largest tree on earth. >> wow. >> yeah. >> reporter: struck by their greatness, everyone seems to whisper down below until -- >> oh, my gosh, it's a bird. a big one. >> it's a raven. it's not like you're going to be able to avoid them. >> we're good. oh, my gosh. >> you do know we're in the forest. >> oh, my gosh. it's right there. it's right over your head. save yourself. >> reporter: perhaps less intimidating for leila, the park also home to american black bears. just waking up from their winter naps. >> oh, my gosh. is that it? i see it. i see it. wow. >> ian
thunderstorm and sleet. >> quite the camping experience. >> it is. >> so you're right -- >> wait, say that again. >> like, you're correct. >> say that again. >> no. >> you're right. say that again. >> no, what i meant was like, bear left. bear right, your right. i don't think i ever have really roughed it before. >> we camped out once in our backyard. >> yeah. >> we didn't last the night. >> no. >> both doors facing desired direction. >> what does that mean? >> this is the top. >> do you blow it up? >> no, it doesn't inflate. >> that's not the -- that's not correct. >> yeah. >> do you have a hammer? >> no. >> where do these go? they look like numchucks. >> how is this going so far? >> terribly. >> wait right there. >> okay. >> look what i found.
>> wow. >> ding, magic. let's go catch some fish. >> thanks. fishing in the sleet. >> plan b is going to be tube steaks and burgers. >> who calls hot dogs tube steaks? have you started a fire? never, never started a fire, and had no desire to. >> no, i don't either. >> had no reason to. you get your newspaper -- >> don't do all of it. i don't think that is correct. >> you light here. >> no. that's not how you do it. >> that was drilled into us, don't start fires. you see smoky the bear. he's looking at you, pointing at you. don't do it. that is a fire. what do you say? our next vacation, you, me, your brother and your sister
>> for now, i shouldn't push it, but it's not a no. >> i'll take that as a maybe. >> so i've got to tell ya, it is one of the most awe-inspiring sights. you cannot even -- as great as the video was, and our camera guy did a great job, it doesn't do it justice on tv. guys, you have to see it in person. >> the most amazing part to me, al, was leila is going to college next year. oh, my goodness. >> i know. i know. it really is amazing. what's also amazing is i was actually able to get out of alcatraz using this. i'm now going to complete my escape. captain aaron, hit it, baby! let's blow this joint. all right, guys. i'm making my way back to solid land. so long, rock. roker on the rock, out! >> macgyver, see you later. >> well done. >>
>> tomorrow is dylan and sheinelle's turn. from hiking to lobster fishing, no shortage of adventure in maine's acadia national park. >> find out more ways to celebrate the national park service centennial and find your park at today.com. ahead, jill martin's steals and deals on accessories that can make any outfit. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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emmy-winning "this old house." he's here with ideas that will take an hour, a day and a weekend. good to see you. >> good to see you again. >> why do i get the feeling the one that's supposed to take an hour will still take me a weekend? >> we tested this. you'll be able to do it in an hour. >> first thing, we're fixing the annoying, squeeaky floor. >> if the plywood isn't properly connected to the joist, the separation moves when you step on it and causes a squeak. >> what is the fix? >> skew it back in. you have carpet down. now we've got this contraction. $20 at the home center. comes with a screw that'll automatically snap off. put the screw here. set this above the joist, which we've identified. keep screwing. can't go too far. >> it stops itself. >> that's a prob
here, you have a little attachment. you can actually go into the screw, wiggle it back and forth, left and right, and it'll snap off. >> now that's not good. >> that should have gone down, matt. you have to put a little muscle with it. >> it'll go below the sub floor. >> $20 stops the squeaking. >> you got it. >> that's an hour? >> that's an hour. >> now, if we have a day? >> this is a day. so this is a bookcase right here. this is kind of cool. we're using steel pipe as sort of an industrial look. for $100 of wood, you don't have to do fancy joints. you can build this -- >> it'll take me longer than a day. >> -- with these parts here. take the butcher block, and you need a circular saw and drill. put the holes in the four corners. you'll actually put this on to the threaded pipe. it'll slide through. put a couple of those on
pieces of pipe to raise this up, but it's going to hold this shelf in place. now, you can put the second shelf on that. it'll go right on top. the next -- >> repeat the process? you can do this -- how many shelves? >> four, five or six. not too high. $30 of wood and $30 of pipe. >> now, we're building a raised garden box. what wood are you using? >> not pressure twepressure twr. 2 by 10. we screwed it together. these are small. starters, you can do it, no problem. >> you didn't do fancy joints, you went end to end. >> screwed them to the ends like this. perfectly fine. you can control your soil. you can put in great pots soil. make them as long as you want. i wouldn't make them too wide because you have to weed them. >> this will hold up year after year wth
>> this is going to be great outside. it will not last forever, it is wood, but it'll last a long time. >> how much will that cost us as a diy project? >> about $100, most, for all of the wood and the plants. specifically, whatever you want. you can put in vegetables, your flowers. >> how do you attach the trellis? >> goes in the back. great for climbers. we have tomatoes. any vine you want. >> done in a weekend? >> great stuff. >> kevin, good to see yo. 8:56 is your time now on this wednesday, may 11, 2016. good morning to you. i'm eun yang. let's check in with melissa mollet right now. she's tracking delays on your traffic. melissa? >> we have a good shot here. you can see these two center lanes right now. they are working on the middle lanes at the outer loop on ritchie roa
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this morning on "today's take," meghan trainor says no after a photoshop faux pas. we have her rereleased music video. would you ride this? the doctor is in, or is he? grey's anatomy star jason george. all that and more coming up now. >> announcer: from nbc 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 is a beautiful wednesday morning in new york city. may 11th, 2016. i'm willie alongside tamron. as you can see, beautiful in pink today. >> thank you. >> natalie is off. al is at alcatraz in
francisco for crimes he says he didn't commit. we'll ask him about that. he's there as part of our national park series. talk to me about the jam. go ahead. >> okay. "w wham, "everything she wants" is my jam of the day. i was reflecting on my life. at a particular point in my life, i was living at home -- whether it was high school -- ready to break thrfree. my dad, you know, very, very, you know, you're going to go to college but right now, we own you. >> did you have the wham t-shirt with the exclamation point? >> yeah. remember george michael's hair? man, he was so hot. still is. amazing. i was in the lounge chilling with friends and the song came on, and i love this song. >> then he went solo and had the early '90s run,
d." >> this is when your social life was based on mtv. >> all the models in videos and stuff. remember? >> "freedom," mm-hmm. >> yeah. >> when i saw willie for the first time this morning, i said, willie is slowly morphing into leo dicaprio. >> far from the truth but -- >> look at your hair. >> same hair since '86. >> i knew you when it was lasagna. he has wavy, finger waves in his hair. the suit, the look. >> tamron, i wear a suit to work every day. >> i feel like willie is morphing into leo. >> what do you want from me? feels like you're setting me up to ask me for something. >> i don't want anything. i think we saw leo dicaprio -- name drop -- at the global citizens festival.
money for awareness and child poverty. big event. the only person we wanted to see, let's be honest, was leo, and now you're leo. i sit next to leo. >> thanks but i still want to know what you want out of me. we're also caught up in the moment of future and travel. we talked about this earlier. it's an airtight tube that would travel 750 miles per hour. this is basically the future of transportation. a few companies are trying to launch the first ever -- they call it the super fast tube. is that the official name? >> hyperloop. >> i was going to say, tony stark from "iron man" would call it something cooler. planning to unveil and test the first version of this in a nevada desert. they created a ten-foot long sled, they say, will reach 350 miles per hour in two seconds. it would travel from
that would usually take you six to seven hours. twice as fast as a bullet train. to put it in context, boeing 747, top speed, 600 miles per hour. the concord, remember that, it traveled at more than 1,300 miles per hour. do you want to go that fast? >> yes, i do. >> i do not. >> elon musk was working on this. >> this is not his though. >> oh, it's not? it's like it. >> this is a competitor. >> the way it was explained to me, this is the same, is you know the bank tubes? they get sucked up in the drive through? it's like that. >> but it's your body. >> you won't notice. you're reading the paper at 750 miles per hour. do you feel it in a plane? >> good point. i don't feel it. >> you're not in the air. you'reis
>> oh, man. >> you could leave new york and have lunch in l.a. you know what i'm saying? >> that would be amazing. >> leave there in the morning and get there for lunch. >> we talk about infrastructure, and we live in new york. i grew up in texas. you get a car when you're born because we don't have mass transportation of a real kind there. we do need to focus more on this. not just in the northeast corridor. we take the train a lot to d.c. take the fast track, it's 2 hours and 20 minutes. the high speed travel is almost exclusive to the northeast. i'd love to have it in texas. dallas-ft. worth to san antonio in 30 minutes. >> even by international standards, the high speed in the northeast is not high speed. the ones in japan, for instance, go twice as fast. this could take us to the next level. >> al's father used to drive a bus in new york city. that's my transition to al. he has ties to transportation and all things wonderful when it
you're hanging out. like that transition? score it. >> i did. it was did. it was amazing, really. from a hyperloop to my desk as ralph cramden driving a bus. >> didn't he drive a bus? >> he did. he drove the b-35 on flatbush avenue, so it was kind of cool. in fact, right now i am on the alcatraz flyer, which is the one of the ferries that shuttles between san francisco, which bay mi -- about a mile and a half that way and alcatraz prison, which is one of the most popular national parks in the system. 1.5 million people come here every year. it's really cool. you got to come out to see them. you guys been to alcatraz? >> not since i broke out. i'm sorry, i said that out loud? we're on tv. hey. >> yeah. it really is
i actually got a little behind the scenes. they took a mug shot so i kind of got into the feeling of it. >> what crime did you commit? what did you do? >> well, i was passing bad checks. i actually interviewed a guy who was in prison for passing bad checks, and he was 80 -- how old was bill, terrence? 83. he's 83. he just went straight five years ago. he finally decided, you know what -- >> did you see him on this trip? >> no, we actually did an interview. we set it up and did an interview, and we talked to him. and he was quite the character. he met -- he actually talked with the bird man from alcatraz. i mean, he was -- it was quite fascinating. so, anyway, and
sequoia national forest with my daughter lela. had a great time there. we had a lot of fun. it is beautiful there. >> did you discover a new thing about lela at all on this adventure? i know it's to embrace the beauty of our national parks, but it was a great bonding moment for you guys, too, right? >> yeah. i didn't realize how afraid of birds and getting pooped on she is. >> ir rationrationally afraid. >> it was like this phobia. we live in manhattan where there are pigeons everywhere, and she walks around normally, but wow. freak meg out. she was like -- relax, sweetheart, come on. >> i liked when you were putting the tent together and she asked how it inflates. >> i love it. >> which is a great idea, by the way. >> we actually have a tent at our house that you unzip it and it just kind of pops up, but it's like a small one-person tent.
structure. it was fun. >> watching you guys together. al, stick right there because we want to make sure you see something very important here. you are now the latest casualty in the ellen degeneres v. matt lauer prank war. earlier this week ellen prank the matt at the met ball. and after our reaction on our show, it looks like she's ready to take this thing to the next level. check this out. >> i find this to be a rather disturbing development. we have a well choreographed truce, and this blows it. >> the only thing that would be worse is if she does it to me. >> i'm sorry, matt, and you're right, i should not have done that. but i don't think that was the full clip. did we show the full clip? there's more, let's see the rest. >> if you're tweeting me now saying, why would you do that, i did not do that. i have a long flight home to think about some things, but i'll take any and
suggestions. >> oh, my god. >> wow. tear-away pants, al. >> ellen has too much time on her hands. she really needs to get a hobby. >> al, do you feel a draft? >> tell them about the shrinkag shrinkage,! >> i didn't know if we'd surprise you with that. do you want to see me step outside the picture? >> let's show you what's going on. strong storms from abilene on into the mid-plains. we're watching r the possibility of isolated
winds and hail. we're also looking at a gorgeous day along the east coast. temperatures will be nice and moderate. we're looking at beautiful weather out west. but then as we move into tomorrow, we'll see that stormy weather move east. cooler weather also starts to invade from the northern plains into the upper midwest, and that is all heading to the east. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. good morning, i'm meteorologist chuck bell. watching the raindrops move in all morning and they're finally start to go push into the metro area here, so umbrellas at the ready. steadier rain likely to move in here just about in time for the lunch hour. hopefully by about 3:00, a little break in the action. if you're heading to the mets game, can't rule out a rain delay, but they should be able to play baseball. clouds tomorrow. not much of a rain threat tomorrow. more rain c >> that is your latest weather. ?
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taking a look at the headlines. lawmakers are suggesting a way to reduce those long lines at airport security checkpoints this summer. two senators want airlines to drop their fees on checked bagga baggage. they say it resulted on more carry-on bags, slowing the time for passengers to get through security. while they admit it won't eliminate the lines, they say it'd be a start. the airlines say, what's really needed is more staffing for the tsa. many american adults are not aware of the common symptoms of asthma. new survey found that people generally do know about wheezing and shortness of breath, but many don't know that sleep trouble, chest pain and persistent cough can be asthma warning signs. doctors say surveys show adults with asthma may n
they need. payless is pulling light-up children shoes from the shelves. it follows a report that a texas toddler's shoes ignited and burned the family's suv seat. the parents blamed the lithium battery inside the shoes. more and more americans are ditching their land lines and relying solely on their mobile phones. could want me count me in on that. half of american homes had wireless homes only during 2015. it's an increase of 3% from 2014. only 7% of u.s. households were living with land lines only. the odds of finding life beyond earth may be better than ever. nasa revealed tuesday the kepler space telescope found more than 1,200 new planets outside our solar system. that doubles the previ
depiction of the planets. some are right for liquid water and, potentially, potentially life. let's send it to al roker in san francisco. one of the mose of the most beas in this country. the goldilocks effect pretty much always there, for a check of the weather. >> hey, guys, thanks so much. let's show you what we've got going on right now. again, for today beautiful weather in the east. we are looking, though, at severe weather in texas making its way to the mid-mississippi valley. 21 million people at risk for some kind of thunderstorms. plenty of sunshine out west. as we move in tomorrow, we have more wet weather making its way east from where it was today. we're also going to see cooler weather coming in out of the plains, making its way into the upper midwest, and that makes its way into the northeast mid-atlantic states by the weekend. that's what's going on around thco
neck of the woods. raindrops are falling on our head yet again here in washington. nothing all that heavy, but it will be enough to cause the wipers to swipe across a few times, and there's also light rain in shenandoah valley toward charlotteville. that's all lifting in our direction, so take your umbrella with you today. current temperatures in the 50s for now. we'll inch up to the mid-60s this afternoon. the odds of rain here going out are 80%. there are chances here >> i'm heading home. thanks to our friends on the alcatraz rock. we're heading back, and see you tomorrow. >> travel safely. a lot of fun there. imagine going to work every day with your spouse. now imagine she is your boss, and then she suspends you. makes for awkward dinner conversation at home. that's exactly what happened to dr. ben warren, having a rough go at the moment on
"grey's anatomy." >> ben is played by the talented jason george. in tomorrow night's episode, the marital friction is on display, when they're invited to a party. >> how about you? >> i'll be there. i'm not sure about dr. warren's schedule though. >> okay. warren? >> i'm in. i'm in. what can i bring? >> i wouldn't say no to the a artichoke dip you brought. >> that's her secret recipe. >> okay. >> oh. >> awkward. >> jason, big season finale. i got goosebumps. spill beans. what happened? >> i can't give you -- >> i mean, i have a force field. >> shonda will get you. >> i know. >> it's real. >> whenever we have somebody on from a shonda show,
>> you have a glimpse on "stand -- scandal." people can kill anybody. that's real-life shonda land security team. >> before you do press, do they sit you do and say, listen, as tempting and charming as willie geist is, do not say a word? >> it's not a sit down. we know you can't give it all away. they give us points. with this, i will say this, the finale is packed with, you know, all your favorite characters having serious stuff going on. the fun thing for me is the table read is the opportunity for us in the cast to enjoy the show the way the fans do at home. we hear the story for the first time and enjoy it. at the table read for the finale, we were done. the whole day of work, we're shooting the scenes but in between we're like, did you read this? this is crazy. that's what's coming. there's a bunch of -- >> you can give us a little status report though onen
bailey. we saw it in the clip there. she's your boss. she suspends you. >> boss' boss. >> right. >> even worse, she's the big dog. it's not good. ben had -- i think ben did what he had to do, trying to save a pregnant woman and her child. unfortunately, he did it out in the hallway and everybody died. it was a bad outcome. he got suspended for six months. she's lost faith in him as a surgeon, and he's lost faith in her as a wife because she didn't back him up. you don't come back from that easily. >> or get together and make artichoke dip. >> because i'm in. i'm in. i'm going to the party. >> but you have nothing to bring. >> yeah. >> tell us a little bit about mask. >> it's the multi-racial organization of the southern california. dedicating to people figuring out their cra
they can communicate it to the world. you can have a conversation with somebody that is not like you. the point is about creating better communication between people. i'm actually doing a raffle. you can enter a raffle to win a chance to come to los angeles and hang out on an incredible thursday. jason george's incredible thursday, jgit. >> hang out with you on a thursday? >> yeah. you might have to hang out with me at work. that may happen. >> that's cool. >> then we'll end up with a live tweeting party with me and a bunch of the folks from the show. you can live tweet with us an episode. hopefully the premiere, but it's based on who wins. it's raising money for the charity and increasing communication. melting pot project.org is -- because we're doing a documentary to talk about how we can better communicate as a culture. >> if you win the auction, he'll tell you all shonda's secrets, too. >> everything. you can see them fiha
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in her essay, meghna wrote about her personal board of directors, or go-to team, and how they have impacted her own achievements. meghna received the grand prize. earlier this month, got the chance to play in the pro-am as a wells fargo golf championship alongside another one of her idols. rory mcilroy. >> meghna mazumdar is here to share some investing secrets. we are honored the meet the combination apparently of warren buff let aet and tiger woods, i human being. incredible. investing tips. the first, you say to learn the language. you watch cnbc a lot. >> definitely one of my favorite channels, especially to learn the language. just because there are so many great shows there. like i love watching jim cramer on "mad money." also becky on "squawk box." first of all, jim cramer, he makes investing seem less in
becky has the great relationship with warren buffet, and i'd like to think i do, too. >> you do, certainly. we saw the letter. >> yeah, so those are just reasons i like watching them. my parents read "wall street journal" and "forbes," and i leaf through that, too. >> you say look around the house and find things you enjoy to invest in, which is interesting. >> yeah. i believe in investing in what you believe is. me personally, i like the stock facebook. it owns instagram, which is one of the only social medias i actually have. so that's why facebook is so great. it's not only an american company, but it has worldwide sales. other stuff i like are nike. i use nike driver and i wear nike golf shoes. then mcdonald's, obviously, is great fast food. >> it's mcdonald's. >> come on, yeah. >> you say it's never too early to start
so if you get an allowance that's $10, then you can start saving $5. >> sure. >> then i also believe in donating. >> i love that. >> that comes from the warren buffet philosophy. >> yeah. i decided every year on the day i started investing, i wanted to donate to a charity of my choice. >> wow. >> last year, i donated to the organization that got me started with golf. just to show how i appreciated them. >> speaking of golf, can you give us a putting tip? >> willie plays, a little. >> i don't but i'll watch this. >> what's your secret? you're a lefty. >> yes, i am a lefty. >> is there a safe side to be on a golfer? >> here we go. just put that home. 18th hole at the masters. get in. >> advice that rory gave
>> yeah, i mean, along the way, i just told him, be honest with me. he kind of gavee tips along the way. >> let's try again. >> she's going to drain a putt. meghna. >> it's in the hole. >> very nice. >> bravo, young lady. >> impressive young woman. thanks for being with us. up next, the stars of the ground-breaking mini series "roots" reuniting here after four decades. louis gossett, ben ♪ [female narrator] you listen when your body says: "i'm tired." or, "i'm hungry." what if your body said something else might be wrong? gynecologic cancers - cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers - have symptoms. so pay attention. if your body says something may be wrong.... please listen if it goes on for two weeks, see a doctor, it may be nothing but find out. learn the symptoms. get the inside knowledge about gynecologic cancers.
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wow. unprecedented number of viewers tuned in for eight consecutive nights in 1977 to witness "roots," a television event based on the novel by alex haley. it follows kunta kinte, who loses his freedom after capture and had brought to the united states on a slave ship. >> warner brothers home entertainment is releasing "roots" on may 12th and blu-ray june 7th. joining us now, louis gossett jr., john amos, ben vereen, chicken george, and sandy duncan, played anne reynolds. it's a breathtaking honor to have you all sitting with us. i was looking up the numbers, lou. 1 130 to 140 million people tc
at the time, 221 million people in the united states. how do you explain those staggering numbers? what was the draw? >> it's called an epiphany. something whose time had come happens. we had no idea. lightning in a bottle. >> you had no idea. i remember vividly, i was 7 years old. it was the first conversation that my mother and my father had with me about slavery. i'd read in books. >> we didn't know. >> this story never -- i remember just my mother's reaction of crying and not understanding because i'm a kid. later, really knowing that this is my life and my history. you've heard from people, john, your whole life, reacting to what we saw then. >> it was a magical moment in television. material never had been covered that expensively before. coming out of alex haley's best seller made it a winner before it even got out of the starting blocks. >> ben, chicken george, we s
why do you think that character was critical to the story in "roots"? >> because he was the one that brought the new, you know. first of all, all praise to alex haley, for his vision and allowing us to interpret his family's expression. i had the good fortunate of going and visiting the kunta kinte family recently. my want is that we remember those that went to the island called kunta kinte island with the elders. millions of black people called it the door of n return. to me, i stood in the cell where kunta kinte was in tears. my opportunity to lead the family to tennessee, after going to london, was an honor. >> sandy, you were a minority on this set. your journey was so unique. i read about you cryin
it was a character, very different from you, but this was your journey. >> my grandmother said she didn't even like me. i was definitely the bad girl. >> you were. >> is it true you couldn't bring yourself to watch it? >> i haven't yet. >> you still haven't? >> still have not? >> no. >> will you watch it on the rerelease? are you ready? >> i don't know. i know that the conversation, as ben said to me earlier, has got to go on and be kept alive. >> it will. >> for someone 7 years old, not to be aware, is criminal in this world. >> you've changed lives together and it is an honor to be in your presence. thank you so much and congratulations. >> thank you. >> thank you for having us. we'll be back in a moment. this is "today" on an amazing day on nbc. g dreamin
this is a news4 news break. >> 9:57 is your time now on this wednesday, may 11, 2016. good morning to you. i'm eun yang. this morning memorial services start for a man who died in a shooting spree in maryland. he tried to stop a man from carjacking a woman on friday. there will be two visitation sessions at st. rose lutheran church. the funeral will t
now let's check in with your forecast with meteorologist chuck bell. more rain in the forecast, chuck. >> yeah, sorry about that. more rain in the shenandoah valley is lifting in our direction. rain likely around the lunch hour about 2:00 to 3:00 this afternoon. it's already in the mid-60s in stanton and harrisburg, so i would think we'll get a bit of a warm-up today. 80% chance you'll get rained on today. lots of clouds. not much rain tomorrow but we could still get a drop or two. thunderstorms on friday.
. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hey, everybody, welcome to winesday wednesday. >> love that day. >> hoda's favorite day, may 11, and that is "wild heart" by the vamp. >> we have a great show today. >> one of them is standing in the kitchen. >> i love this show. we talk about it all the time. from "veep, anna klum ski is here to talk about the new season. she looks bored. >> no, i was reading along! >> that's the first rule of television, you don't rd