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♪ ♪ i got to think twice before i give my heart away and i know all the games you play ♪ >> this morning remembering a superstar. looking back at the amazing career of pop icon george michael dead at 53. it was a white chrtmas for millions of americans and this morning waking up to an ugly commute. and an update on the actress, carrie fisher. and the match making uberer driver making love connections one ride at a time. "early today" starts right now. good morning everyone and thanks for joining us today. i'm betty nguyen. music fans
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pop legend george michael. he died in his home at the age of 53 from heart failure. they have not released an official cause of death but said it was not being classified as suspicious. delivering hits with his band "wam" ♪ wake me up before you go go >> as a solo artist he developed into a more serious singer and song writer and allotted for his tremendous vocal range like in this duet he sang with elton john. ♪ the sun going down on me >> he sold well over 100 million albums globally and numerous awards. celebrities ellen degeneres calling him a brilliant talent. an
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tweeted heart broken that loss of my beloved friends. yours only george, the world of music, the world at large forever loved. and elton john saying "i am in deep shock. i have lost a beloved friend. the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. my heart goes out to his family and friends and all of his fans." back here aut home, blizzars and wind closing much of the country. and put one family in harm's way leading to a harrowing survival story. a winter weathtather punch making a mess on the roads. in eastern north dakota blowing snow
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coating the roads in a glaze of ice as holiday travellers braved bad conditions. in utah whole neighborhoods buried. calling for up to 36 inches of snow turning to hillsides into a skier's paradise. heather leeber doesn't mind doing a little digging out on a suddenly white christmas. >> it is seriously a christmas miracle. in flagstaff, arizona, car wrecks all over the roads forcing a number of closures with the heaviest snow still on the way. pennsylvania mother karen cline rescued after wandering 26 miles in the snow to get help when the family car got stuck in a forest road. >> she ended up in a very deep snow as much as 3 feet deep snow and was very
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bitten. >> reporter: christmas morning mud slides. four families evacuated when water started coming through the walls destroying this home. meanwhile, at the airport, flyers happy with holiday rates and less traffic. hoping to get 30,000 feet above any problems below. >> i'm going to guess we'll just go around them. >> reporter: parts of the country forced to deal with winter's wrath where the weatherer outside is frightful. well today russia has declared a national day of warning for the 92 victims all believed to have been killed in a plane crash christmas day. was enroute to serious. this morning they're sing technical fault or pilot error is the most likely cause. >> reporter: the news sink in at first light. a christmas day
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the russian's scrambling helicopters and ships to scour the black sea, instead recovering bodies and debris. piece oofz puzzle which may help explain why the russian military plane crashed, killing all 92 people on board. departing from sochi, it was bound for russia's base in syria but minutes after take off plunged into the sea in near perfect weather. some of russia's best performers lost their lives. the official choir of the russian armed forces were supposed to entertain troops in syria for a new year's celebration. instead there are funerals to plan. this young couple dancers in the choir, were reportedly due to marry soon. nine russian journalists among the victims. >> translator: our whole family
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came to mourn says this woman. >> reporter: a disaster that's left russia and the world stunned. nbc news, london. this morning israeli prime minister netanyahu is lashing out and accusing the president of a quote shameful ambush over west bank settlements and netanyahu is looking past the current administration saying he eagerly anticipates working with his friend, president elect, donald trump, while ratcheting up the rhetoric against obama. >> reporter: at a cabinet meeting, prime minister netanyahu made a startling allegation that the u.s. secretly led the united nations counsel. >> friends don't take friends to the security counsel. >> reporter: friday the u.s. declined to block the resolution and chose not
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netanyahu says we have no doubt that the obama administration initiated it, stood behind it and demanded it be passed. he vented to ambassadors, calling them in on christmas day and sent a very loud signal, looki looking past the obama presidency. >> he's looking forward to working with the president elect trump and to further strengthen the relationship between israel and the united states. >> reporter: they warned they would seek help from trump who lobbied for the resolution. trump's preoath of office involvement is quite unusual. >> you really haven't seen a situation where a president elect is speaking out on all sorts of issues in a way that is almost drowning out the person who is still president. >> the
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ubstaining vote has reached such a high level that top republican lindsey graham is threatening to pull funds. now to the celebrations across the country and throughout the world this christmas. while vacationing in hawaii, president obama and the first lady thanked service members and their family for the their sacrifice. nbc's bryan moore with how the holiday was celebrated around the world. >> reporter: pilgrims and tourists around the world in bethlehem. pope francis offered a prayer of peace for those scarred by war and violence. high above on the international space station a similar viewpoint from the crew of expedition 50. >> that's seeing the planet as a whole and it reinforced, i think, that
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>> reporter: on the ground in iraq, american troops did their best to enjoy a peaceful holiday away from home. >> it's kind of a struggle but i have a good support back home and it isn't too bad. we have pretty good family here. >> reporter: but some took time out to share the holiday spirit with those less fortunate at places like the shelter in indiana and rescue mission in charlotte. >> make us really feel what christmas is all about. >> reporter: 500 homeless people from the dallas area were given a gift they'll not soon forget. not just a meal but a room at the omni otell. which teamed up with the local soup kitchen. >> i never in a million years would have thought i'd experience think is like this. i've never felt so good in my whole
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>> reporter: holiday cheer on this christmas, 2016. nbc news. >> i love to see stories like that. just ahead the royals celebrate christmas but with one member noticeably absent. first though, a powerful earthquake struck chile. meanwhile, a powerful typhoon hit the philippines leaving at least four dead. leaving 10s of thousands displaced. back at home, nbc meteorologist bonny schneider. good morning. >> reporter: the day after christmas so many people are traveling and if you're in the northern plains dealing with a blizzard. a rough go of it for this morning in bismark and rapid city. parts of the interstates were shut down due to 60 mile-per-hour winds, blowing and drifting snow. light freezing rain with isis accumulating and into pennsylvania. we'll be looking out
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snow in new england. that's a look at the big weather story of the day. now a closer look at the day ahead. temperatures are very cold in the 20s across the northern plains. in the 30s in chicago. milder though as you head further east in charleston, west virginia. the cold air is pushing east. so betty, we're dealing with light freezing rain in the northeast. eventually we'll get colder temperatures in new york as well. >> feeling like winter for sure out there. thank you, bonnie. up ahead, the uber driver turned match maker. e america's start by taking care of families for 70 years. earn the trust of 32 nfl teams. be there for america's toughest and help, when help is needed america's #1 isn't a status earned overnight.
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gone and the helpful charging stations are also prime targets. it's called juice jacking. when you plug your phone into a usb port, a prompt comes up asking if you trust the connection. beware. >> this is actually connected to a system where a cyber criminal is looking at your device. >> reporter: jerome phillips was hacked at the st. louis airport. >> you don't know what the bank's response is going to be and your mind races. >> reporter: so how can you protect youryourself? experts say use a plug. be weary of pop-up prompts, and uses a virtual private network. >> slow down, be more cautious. >> reporter: and dare to be disconnected. putting your phone down to keep youref
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it is a very merry christmas for 3-year-old michael brown. this boy's story continues to captivate the nation. he celebrated with his new forever family opening a bunch of presents and basking in the love. it was a photograph tweeted by his picture that introduced the world to brown and his family after 832 days in foster care he was adopted by his faiser family. his reaction created a viral sensation. look at that face. it's fantastic that he has this forever family. up next finding mr. right in an uber? the new way some folks are giving their day a jump start. you're watching "early today." more "doing chores for mom" per roll
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why d.c. police say they had to open fire. >> piecing together what investigators are now discovering a military plane that crashed into the sea. >> remembering george michael. how music legends and fans are paying tribute to the late 80s music icon. >> good morning, everybody. >> did you have a nice christmas? >> i did. how was yours? >> it was great snoochlt you've got a little one first christmas? >>
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she's almost a year. a year in just a few days. >> she enjoyed it? >> she did, i think. >> good to hear. we're at 40 degrees right now outside our studios. not a bad way to start the day after christmas. >> not cold at all today. weather will be fairly cooperative. no real heavy rain coming our way. that being said it is all cloud cover today. rain chances into the first half of the day tomorrow. so far looks like it will start out dry enough. radar shows most of the action is to our north or to our west. there could be a little pocket of drizzle or a few sprinkles around this morning. some light pockets of potentially freezing rain up near the mason dixon line. we'll talk more about all that and the impact the rain drops will have on your tomorrow coming up. >> chuck, good morning to you. hopefully everybody had a great
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on the road you're fine. our map is very, very green which we always like to see. we'll see how long that lasts but we're off to a decent start this morning without any kind of issue. we had one problem on 50going ooeb a eastbound. also hearing of a problem in virginia on 95 southbound down near the prince william parkway. more for you in just a minute. >> thank you. this morning we are hearing from a mother who is grieving after her son was shot and killed by a d.c. police officer on christmas day. darcy spencer tells us how that shooting started after a domestic call. >> reporter: i spoke to the mother of the man who was shot and killed by d.c. police. she says she has a lot of questions about how her son ended up dead. angela mccain provided this photo of her son, gerald hall. he was 29 years old. now, police say they were called for domes
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street about 11:30 christmas morning. when they got there police say hall had a knife and refused to drop it. that's when at least one officer opened fire. hall's mother said he was shot in the chest. he was taken to the hospital where he died. now, police say they did recover a knife at the scene. hall's mother questioned why police had to use deadly force. >> i feel like that they could have tased him. they could have did a lot of other things than just kill him and shoot him multiple times. >> reporter: the officers involved in the domestic call were wearing body cameras. that footage will be reviewed as part of the internal investigation. the officer who fired the deadly shots has been placed on administrative leave. in northeast, darcy spencer, news 4. terrorism is not believed to be the cause of a plane crash in eastern europe. a russian military plane crashed into the black sea minutes after
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this morning russia's transportation minister said pilot error or a technical problem likely caused the crash. 92 people were on board. rescue teams are looking for survivors, but say it's likely everyone died. there was a memorial service at sochi's airport today. russian president vladimir putin declared today a national day of mourning there. people around the world are remembering pop star george michael. he died yesterday at 53 years old. >> his pub lisist says he died of heart failure yesterday at his home. the legacy michael leaves behind. >> reporter: george michael first became a worldwide star with pop duo wham in the early 80s when the british song writer and producer went

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