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i will be president for all americans. >> we have not 20, but 50 casualties. >> give michael phelps a gold medal. good morning and welcome to a very special "today" sunday. hope you're having some eggnog in those brand-new pajamas. this hour we will look back at what shook this year from the general election,
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108-year-old curse. and the great americans we lost in 2016, many of them we knew, some we didn't. we will pull-up a chair with dolly in tennessee, to talk about her christmas season and her big birthday this year. >> i work all the time. somebody said you never age. i said when have i got time? >> and a special christmas performance from james taylor, straight ahead. let's get you caught up on your christmas morning headlines. good morning, i'm morgan radford, we begin with breaking news overnight and tragedy on a holiday flight to syria where a russian military plane went down in the black sea, 92 passengers and crew were aboard. rescue teams say they have begun recovering bodies and some of these mising are the same military band
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"today" during the olympics. thousands gathered to hear pope francis's christmas wish for the world. he called for peace in syria and peace between israelis and palestinians. palestinian's queen elizabeth did not attend church with the royal family, a statement said that she is still recovering from a bad cold but she will celebrate later today. winter storms are bringing traffic to a stand still out west, more than 50 miles of interstate were brought to a complete stand still overnight because of heavy rain and snow and multiple crashes. more rough weather is in store on this christmas day, blizzard warnings are in effect in the dakotas and an ice storm is impacting minnesota.
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there could even be severe thunderstorms in kansas and oklahoma. here's what's happening near you. and those are your christmas morning headlines. we'll send it back to willie. memorable isn't-long overdue shake-up or one that tore it in half. here's a look back at the year that was.
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we're following breaking news out of orlando. police describing a mass casualty shooting overnight at a popular gay nightclub. we can now classify this as the worst mass shooting in the midwest of the united stat history of the united states. an explosion rocked new york city injuring more than two dozen people. >> everybody get off the street. zika. >> zika. >> zika has spread to mosquitoes here in the u.s. >> i got a 3-year-old, i don't want her to get sick. deadly police involved shooting in minnesota. >> deadly police shootings in minnesota. deadly police shooting down in north carolina setting off a wea wave of angry protests. tragedy in dallas, five
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officers killed, six others wounded. the 2-year-old was groabbed by an alligator. trance gender people to use the restroom of the gender on their birth certificates. powerful explosions rocking the city's subway system. >> terror in france. >> a crowd of holiday fireworks display. >> the truck was finally stopped by police bullets, the driver killed. breaking news tonight in the war in syria. >> this is what the end looks like in eastern aleppo. >> there's no place to go. >> reporter: tens of thousands fleeing an onslaught. please get us out of here. preparing for life
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death of fidel castro. i humbly -- >> accept your nomination. >> for the presidency. >> of the united states. >> let's begin this morning with the fallout from those tapes of donald trump. >> this was locker room talk. >> it represents exactly who he is. >> the fbi set to begin searching through a reported 650,000 e-mails. >> we will make america great again. >> go vote! >> state after state turning the election map into a sea of red. >> he just blew through every single vote total the democrats had and frankly even republicans. >> president-elect of the united states, donald trump. >> it's time for us to come together as one united people.
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>> games are under way. >> still invincible. >> that is an olympic gold medal winning moment. >> katie ladeki smashes her own record. >> the cavaliers are nba champions. >> lebron james bringing that title to cleveland. >> cubs win the world series? >> ending a 108-year-long drought. i am the greatest. >> we're not
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intent, we're governed by laws. ♪ there is no life i snow to compare with your imagination. ♪ here's the story of a lovely lady ♪ ♪ show me that smile again no sunday monday happy days ♪ ♪ purple rain purple
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to look back at 2016, i gathered a couple of my smartest friends who also were willing to come in on christmas. allison stewart who's the writer of "jump." good morning, ladies and merry christmas. thanks for being here, you guys get some good gifts? >> >> i don't know how in this short period of time we can condense this incredible year that changed america. let's talk talk first about politic, dwrourn there covering ted cruz then donald trump all the way through, where was the moment during this presidential campaign where it became apparent to you that donald trump was somebody to be taken seriously and could become president of the united states. >> there's a million that come to mind when you think
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some date back to 2015. but one was the night of the indiana primary when ted cruz dropped out and kind of the whole day that he dropped out. he had just come off this win in wisconsin and everybody thought he was going to make his final stand. and ted cruz dropped out and we started calling trump the presumptive republican nominee. and you looked around and said everything's changing. >> next thing we'll be seeing donald trump put his hand on the bible. >> i want to piggie back on what halle said, it was late 2015, at the very first republican presidential debate when brett baer asked, will everyone raise their hand if they will not promise to support the republican nominee. and brett asked donald trump about the question, he said i fully understand the
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megyn kelly posed that got all the of course attention about how he treated women and the immediate answer was political correctness. i'm not going to stand political correctness. >> you covered ted cruz, there's all these people who said, wait a minute, this guy's doing things we have never seen before that would be so offensive otherwise but it happens to be working for him. >> if i had a dollar for every source who said he's going away, why are you even being about him, halle. i would have willie geist money. >> you don't want willie geist money. people were saying in polls they like him, just to astonishistic man, but when it comes to the polling booth, they won't do it. >> polls, what are polls? >> that's the question, polls? what are
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lighter moments. a strange moment for the campaign. what was your favorite? >> i love this moment because when it was john kasich came forward in the new york primary started to show some life in the polls and ate his way across the state with such gusto. he went to the bronx. he said pickles. >> he was not self-conscious at all. he would hold news conferences surrounded by the national and local press just eating. >> he did it again and again and again. >> no shame about that wh whatsoev whatsoever. >> i think mine was when ted cruz with his daughter in wu wisconsin and his daughter real lu
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cheesehead thing. and he kind of kept ducking away from the cheesehead. this is my life right now, i'm in the cheese shop with a million other members of the media with tez ted cruz and a cheese hat. >> favorite headline of 2016. >> when harriett tubman was going to be on the 10 bill. oifs out there for an hour. when harriet tubman was going to be on the $20. so we can really think about what a hero, people in the underground railroad. >> this is not even a headline, but it was
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karao karaoke. it was one of those things. >> there's a lot we should catch you up on. from the last year, there's a lot of stuff going on. before i let you go, best gift you have ever received, allison? >> i am actually wearing it. these were given to me by my best pal scooter. >> i think you should wear those year round. >> best gift ever received? >> as a kid, my sister and i got the barbie dream house with the elevator and you put her in and it went up to the third floor. when you were a kid and you freak out, just the spirit of the holidays overwhelming you. >> thank you for being here, merry christmas to you both. >> merry christmas to you. and the kiddies. straight ahead, a special treat on this christmas morning, a performance from james
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moments including our most valuable player of 2016 a brave little boy whose dream came true at a big league game after a double hand transplant. plus a man who went for a ride when her mom strapped her into a virtual realty roller coaster. it is just the best. and then later, where did you do the bulk of your holiday shopping? why it was probably not at the mall. why p (man) my dad and i have the same eyes. same nose. same toughness. and since he's had moderate alzheimer's disease, the same never quit attitude. that's why i asked his doctor about once-a-day namzaric. (avo) namzaric is approved for moderate to severe alzheimer's disease in patients who are taking donepezil. it may improve cognition and overall function, and may slow the worsening of symptoms for a while. namzaric does not change the underlying disease progression. don't take if allergic to memantine, donepezil, piperidine
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halle is back with me to talk about the highs on christmas day, in no particular order. our first goes to 9-year-old zane harden just a year after hand surge are you. he had an infection that affected his hands and his legs below the knee. he also received a kidney transplant donated by his mother. he's worked for a year to regain function in his hands and boy dud he have it on the field as he threw that first pitch to royals star adam jones, dea
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definitely one of the highlights of the year. >> nbc followed his journey the whole way from the beginning. it got me every time. he talked about his mom. >> who gave him the transplant. the family is incredible. > >> our next high of 2016 was that those -- disappeared shortly after this iconic photograph was taken by thomas franklin, but police began an investigation when a man anonymously dropped off a flag at the fire station in everette, washington, nearly 3,000 miles from manhattamanhattan. brown said he was given this flag at an event two years ago. when he found out the flag was missing, he returned it to the local fire station. investigators determined it was the real thing. a group of
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officers traveled to new york to attend a memorial museum. when he said they're looking for that flag? i have it. >> it's such a symbol. >> our next high goes to the life saving team work along an interstate in south carolina. in july, a man driving a red convertible in lexington county and flipped several times. several people got out of their cars and flipped it up right. the driver still in his seat wearing his seat belt. eventually some pulled over and tried to help. there was gas leaking and that crew got him out and believe it or not he was .
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this act of heroism. travis rudolph visited a tallahassee school. as the football players walked through the cafeteria. bo's mom posted a photograph to facebook writing this is one day i didn't have to worry that my sweet boy didn't eat lunch alone. travis later surprised bo with a florida state jersey. travis scored a touchdown making bo a good luck charm. >> who hasn't sat at a lunch table alone where you feel totally alone. >> a simple gesture, go and sit with that person and
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their lives. >> a leading candidate for father of the year and his awesome son. surgery to remove a brain tumor left 8-year-old gabriel marshall he said it made him feel like a monster. so what did josh do? he got a tattoo on his head with the exact same scar. he said if they want to stare at you, they'll stare as both of us. one thing we know, he's got a great dad, at his side. >> not the leading contender for father of the year. i think he is father of the year. our final high goes to the chicago area family that found the most entertaining way imaginable to break the stress in a hospital waiting room. as their father went in for a double organ transplant, they thought they would help mom relax by strapping her into a virtual realty headset for a wild ride on
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coaster. >> oh, my god! >> do we have to do anything else on the show? or can we just watch this on the loop. >> i love the reaction. it looks like she's dying. >> they just let her go all the way through the roller coaster. >> it looks intense. next on sunday "today," the one and only dolly parton on the spirit of christmas. we'll talk to dolly about tradition then and now and her rise from those early days. plus a christmas performance from
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♪ i'll be home for christmas ♪ you can count on me >> dolly parton singing "i'll be home for christmas" from her christmas special. 2016 has been quite a year for dolly, she turned 70. celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. put out the 7th album of her career. dolly's holiday movie "christmas of many colors" aired two nights ago on nbc.
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tennessee. >> all the hard work i have done has allowed so many great things to happen. ♪ working 9:00 to 5:00 ♪ what a way to make a living. >> somebody said you never age, i said when i have got time? i'm so busy. >> over a 50-year career, she sold more than 1 million albums, won seven grammys and been nominated for a couple of oscars too. but the big star with her own theme park is never far from the little girl who grew up in the blue mountains of tennessee. >> you grew up with 12 brothers and sisters. >> mama always made sure we knew what christmas is really
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she was always big reading on the bible. so she would always tell us all those things, and we made our own toys, and in those early days, we had no electricity, so in those days, we would make our own christmas ornaments and we would put them on the tree. >> the holidays of her humble childhood is the theme of her nbc movie "christmas of many colors." >> dolly ain't going to work. >> dadly, please, i want to sing, that's all i want to do. >> is it everybody go back to watch some of these tough times of your life play out on tv? >> it's really emotional to me. it makes me miss mama and daddy more than anything. >> it seems as a little girl, you didn't miss the things you didn't have, you made it work with your family? >> all the people that were
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like us, we didn't always make a jo joke. but you don't realize it because we had mama and daddy and we felt safe and loved. >> dolly got her start singing in church and playing a home made guitar for her family. a year after graduating from high school, she moved to nashville to chase her big dreams. she was doing her laundry at a local laundromat when she met carl dean. this year carl and dolly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. dolly's album "pure and simple" was inspired in part by her relationship with carl, who ran a paving company and as avoided the spotlight for more than a century. >> "pure and simple" was all about your relationship with carl. >> i tri
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but i wanted to do, i call it my "love of many colors." the dating loves, the secure loves, the cheating loves. but love is love. >> carl, people don't know much about him. but we get little hints about it through the songs. that's just the way he likes it. >> he doesn't like being in the lime light. >> it's kind of impressive because after 50 years he has stayed out of the spotlight. >> he has not wanted to be and i have also respected that privacy and have kept him out of it. >> i have noticed listening to you on stage on this tour and reading some of the interviews you've been doing, you've really been emphasizing dream more, love more, let's care about each other. is that a reflection of what's going on in the country right now? are you pushingha
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>> i am. these days, only because i think, my fans have been coming out in droves and i think a lot of people are just needing something kind of refreshing, something a little light hearted, something sot no judgmental or so negative. what a nice welcome, thank you. i've been wanting to see you too. ♪ like a dream we finally found ♪ ♪ pure and simple >> what's this one here. >> this was when i first came to nashville, this is a couple of years after, probably '66, '67. i just like people who get out there and are bold and do it without fear. >> dolly is the bold fearless head of a business empire and she took control of her
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at a young age. >> you have from the beginning been a very instinctively great businesswoman, started the record label, the publishing, as a very young woman. where did that come from? >> that came from my daddy, he was so smart. he could make a business deal like you wouldn't believe. i got my music and my spirituality from my mom's side of the family. but my smarts, my business sense and just my take on people, just being able to know what's real and what ain't, i get that from my daddy. >> there's instinct and then there's guts, because as a young woman in nashville, it wasn't easy for you to stand up and air i'm taking control of all my music. >> it wasn't hard for me. i wasn't intimidated by men. i was very close to my dad and my uncles
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my brothers, so i understand the nature and the personalities of men. i always said i look like a woman, but i think like a man. and i do, i think a lot like my dad and my brothers. i was always flattered when men came on to me, but i always drew that line. i said i got something to offer her, we can all make a lot of money, and if it got to where it passed a certain line, i would walk away from it thinking i would go somewhere with it. but i was fine, it feel served me well-being a girl. ♪ >> at 70 years old and going strong, dolly is counting her blessings this christmas. >> i don't think of myself as old. i look at the numbers and i know. but i feel like i'm as active now and doing better now than i ever have. ♪ you know
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♪ >> always one of my favorite people in the world to interview in case you couldn't tell. >> dolly's christmas of many colors on dvd. where dolly originally lived and where dollywood is was hit hard by the fire in gatlinburg, tennessee. dolly's christmases have changed a bit since those early days of her family making their own gift s. and next week, the very best of our sunday today profiles from leslie odom jr. to our last of dolly partons, and all the movie stars, ceos and world renowned ballerinas in between. mpbls and with the online retail world
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>> the mall is no longer the cool, interesting, fun, hip things to do. it's just not. >> reporter: the '90s mall rats culture. >> the easter bunny is at the mall. >> reporter: now it looks much like a time capsule. today many american malls have slowed to a crawl. shopped till their dropped. by people like new mom alley newsom, but now, allealley's ba it. >> do you ever miss it, going to the mall, the whole experience? >> not really. it just depends. if i have to roll up
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and get the baby in and out of the car and shopping bags, that's a lot. >> the day we showed up at the door, so did -- >> this is for you. >> we have got bed, bath and beyond. pampers. >> almost 10% of all retail sales are done online, contributing to the growing number of so-called dead malls across the country. some now overgrown, frozen in time. haunting images of these one-time american icons of consumerism, captured by photographers and shared online. in the past six years, more than two dozen shopping malls have been shuttered. 15% are expected to close their doors in the next decade. >> what's happened has been almost the survival of the fittest. >> reporter: high end malls experts say are thriving, while everyday suburban malls are
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it may be less about convenience and more about culture. so no mall? most teens today say malls just aren't cool. >> what do you think when your parents tell you they used to hang out at the mall? >> i think it's crazy. >> you kind of wanted to go to the mall, you wanted to be seen, you wanted to meet a cute boy. that doesn't exist anymore. >> no one really goes there. >> it's whack. >> it's if have a nice outfit, you can just post it. >> reporter: now malls are also getting a new shot. some as offices, hospitals and remember rolling acres in ohio not far away? uclid square mall is no longer a church.
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given all these changes, we decided to ask the expert. >> we have seen studies that show that american malls are dying, you're there every single year. are they? >> i can tell you the american mall is not dying. >> reporter: santa says sure, malls across america have evolved. >> it's the big, big giant enclosed. and other times it's wide open. >> reporter: but in the end, he believes american malls are a tradition, here to stay, just like him. next on sunday today, harry smith, with a christmas day reminder of why this time of year is i love you so much. that's why i bought six of you... for when you stretch out. i want you to stay this bright blue forever... that's why you will stay in this drawer... forever. i can't live without you. and that's why i will never, ever wash you. protect your clothes from the damage of the wash with downy fabric conditioner.
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the holiday season always seems like a good time to stop and take stock of where we are. >> what exactly brings us joy during the holidays, it's memories. every time we hear a song, be it "joy to the world" or christmas in hollis.
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we want to say merry christmas and happy new year. >> we relive a little bit of all of the holidays we have loved or endured in the past. it's the rituals we cherish the most. midnight mass. or lighting the minora. the whole idea of bringing light into the world. darkness needs an antidote, why not make a statement. when i was a kid, the sears catalog was known as the wish book. what other time of the year do we even pretend wishes can come true. the planning, the anxiety, the failures, it's all part of the memories. so when we here an ancient yule tide carol, we think of christmases past, and we yearn for the simpleness of a child's
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time of year, it is light after all we crave so much. so drive for that neighborhood where the lights are amazing, watch it's a wonderful life for the umpteenth time, sing along to the radio station that only plays christmas music, indeed, let your light shine. >> harry smith on the joy of the holidays. a special christmas day performance from the one and only james taylor. the holidays don't officialy begin, until it's time to make: flaky, delicious, piping hot things. golden brown and sticky things. fresh out of the oven, why can't they cool things? new things, old things. and blink and they're gone, those went fast things. make the oven one of the things they're most excited to open.
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now for a real gift this christmas morning. five-time grammy winner james taylor stopping by our studio, singing a song off his album "james taylor christmas." you can catch him on tour at four iconic ballparks. thank you for spending part of your christmas morning and sunday mornings all year with us here on "sunday today." we leave you now with the great james taylor. merry christmas, everyone. ♪ christmas future is far away ♪ christmas past is past ♪ christmas present is here today ♪ ♪ bringing joy that may last ♪ have yourself a merry
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♪ may your hearts be light ♪ in a year our troubles will be out of sight ♪ ♪ in a little while ♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ ♪ make the yule tide gay ♪ in a year our troubles will be miles away ♪ ♪ here we are as in olden days
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♪ precious friends who are dear to us ♪ ♪ gather near to us once more ♪ in about a year i we all will be together ♪ ♪ if the fates allow ♪ until then we'll just have to muddle through somehow ♪ ♪ and have ourselves a merry little christmas now ♪ ♪
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not all kids believe in santa claus, so it's really delicious. >> we relate christmas to the food, and you know it's a russian character to celebrate with friends, almost everything. >> we get together just like christmas here. [ sorry, it's muffled there ] it's christmas time again around the world. while the holiday officially marks the birth of christ, it is celebrated in villages, towns and citi

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