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your vacuum becomes a cat toy. let's make litter less of a mess. let's start fresh. good morning. breaking overnight, suspect in court. the gunman believed to bebehind new zealand's first terror attack ever goes before a judge. appearing to flash a white nationalist si incourt. the world reeling after 49 were killed and dozenin jured, after he apparentlyd wal into two mosques and opened fire. family and friends trying to figure out if l theired ones are among the dead. >> don't know if our family members are alive or dead. if they're alive, they don't know where they are. >> the country's prime minister is vowing there will ber stric gun laws there.
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we're live in new zealand. dismissing the danger. ebrows,nt trump raises saying he doesn't see white nationalism as an increasing problem aroun the world. >> ihion't really. nk it is amall group of people. >> critics firing back, saying the president's words and policies have created a dangerous climate of shate. this a the president uses his first veto aft congress voted against his declaration of a national emergency over the border wall. democrats vowing to overturn that veto. foding disaster. states of miranda warniemergenc midwest. >> i was scared we w men't going toake it. >> floods forcing people onto roofs. efforts to get residents to safety. dylan is tracking it all. all that, plus, mob war brewing? questions swirling this morning days after a reputed mob boss was gunned down and run over outside his ho. will the gambino family now look for revenge? a former member of the crime family speaks out. widveing igation. felicity huffman heads back tog
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court aftecaught up in the cheating scandal, as several universities vow to re-examine their admissions policies. back on the air. after bei accused of sexual sconduct, celebrity astro physicist neil degrasse tyson is preparing to repoturn to his sh today, saturday, march 16th, ou2019. >> anner: from nbc news, this is "today" with sheinelle jones, peter alexander, and dylan dreyer. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> weaplcome to "today" and tha you for joining us onsa this rday morning. >> we start with the developments overnight after the attack in new zealand. the alleged gunman in court for the first time. >> he is facing a murder charge, with more expected to come. 49 people were killed in the hate-fueled terror attack on two mosques. we have reaction from around the world this morning and here at home. let's begin with nbc national
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correspondent miguel almaguer in christ church, new zealand. >> reporter: boom. t good morning. the first of the mosques attacked is behind me. investigators areieng together what happened. this as memorials are popping up across this nation. more tears than bloodshed. we're also learning more about the suspect. an alleged killer in court, charged with murder in the deadliest mass shooting in new zealand history. the main suspect blurr here under new zealand law but identified by u.s. and australian sources as 28-year-old brenton tarrant, making a hand signal associated with white nationalism. authorities believe he stormed two mosques in the southern city of christchurch friday, live streaming the rampage. this footagerom inside the attacker's car moments before gunning down men, women, and children, killing at least 49
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people. >> i saw my son and my wi back crying and shouting and bleeding. i can't do anything for everyone. >> reporter: relatives still waitin l for news ofed ones, as bodies are recovered. >> people don't know if their family members are alive or dead. they're alive, they don't know where they're based. >> reporter: an apparent anti-immigration, anti-muslim manifesto was posted ahead of the attack, as well as images of weapons and ammunition, covered in anti-immigration messages on a twitter account linked tota ant. the prime minister saying the weapons used in the attack were acquired legally, and vowing to tighten gun laws. >> i can tell you one thing right no our gun laws will change. >> reporter: australian media says tarrant grew up in w australia,ked as a personal trainer, and had traveled in europe and. as two other suspects are in custody. their role unclear, as police
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search a residence using a bomb disposal robot. meanwhile, tributes pour in t fm arou world. >> our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters as well as our prayers. >> reporter: as new zealanders unite in the face of extreme hate. with the death toll at 49, we also know mple than 40 p were hospitalized. many were injured with gunshot wounds. at least two remain in critical condition. hundreds of family members are still waiting f word of their loved ones. we expect the full list of the dead to be released later today. guys, back to you. >> heartbreaking. miguel almaguer, thank you. at home urtoday, sy is being stepped up at mosques around the country after those new ze andattacks. on friday, president trump condemned the massacre, saying a the u.s.s with new zealand. but he is drawing renewed rutiny for saying he doesn't see white nationalism as a rising threat. nbc's white house correspondent
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geoff bennett has more on that. >> reporter: good morning. president trump has been clear in condemning the new zealand attacks but while expressing support for those affected by the shooting the president down played the threats of those white nationalisms, snationalisf being involved. some think president trump has a responsibility to moderate his language, given the rise of movements around the world. president trump sharing his condolences friday following the terror and tragedy in new zealand. >> these sacred places of worship were turned into scenes of evil killing. you've all been seeing what went on. it is a horrible, horrible thing. >> reporter: authorities say the gunman behind at least one of qu the m shootings left behind a 74-page hate-filled manifesto, describing himself as a white tionalist who hates immigrants. the gunman also mentioned president trump in a single reference, criticizing the president as a policymaker while
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praising him as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose. the present's critics pouncing, blaming his rhetoric for fueling rage, resentment, even violence among the far gh >> words have consequences. i think the public discourse from the president on down is a factor in some of theseac ons. >> reporter: from proposing a ban on muslims entering the u.s. >> donald j. trump isalling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: to sympathizing with white supremacists after the deadly clash inch lottesville, virginia. >> you also had peoplha twere very fine people, on both sides. >> reporter: the white house rejecting any linketween the attack and the president. >> it's outrayiogeous to make t connectionen this deranged ndividual who committed this evil crime to thesident. >> reporter: and president
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trump, when asked by reporters friday, said he does not see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world. >> i don't. real i think it is a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. >> reporter: homeland security secr ary kirstjen nielsen sai the u.s. was not aware of any domestic threat, and there was no information regarng obvious ties between the suspects in new zealand and anyone in the u.s. eiter, lle? >> geoff bennett at the white house for us today, thanks. meantime, there is a fight brewing in washington today. a day after the president made history. president trump issuing a veto for the first congress voted to reject his emergency declaration over the border wall. nbc's white house correspondent kelly o'donnell is following that story for us. >> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. the president at least appeared to brush off any medisappoi over the rejection he was dealt by republicans. not so much over the border wall but over hisse of this national emergency power to build one. he plowed ahead i a celebratory
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mood and said, in the next few days, without specifi evidence, the federal government will sign coracts to build hundreds of miles of newde b wall. >> our hats are off to you again, sir. >> reporter: the president turned a critical reprimand from congresslnto an office event to boost his leadership style. >> you're keeping your word by vetoing this legislation. >> reporter: using the power of the pen for his first ever vetot >> let's gets signed, right? >> reporter: the president blocked congress' effort to stoa the nat emergency he declared to build a southern border wall. and he played down the sizable defectionsis from own party. 25 republican lawmakers had joined democrats to reject his national emergency a an overreach of executive power. mr. trump claimed he had not twisted any arms. >> i said, want you to vote your heart. do what you want to do.
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i'm not putting aes re. i'll let them know when there is pressure, okay? i told them that. called ter: yet, he republicans who voted with him courageous. >> i have to, in particular, thank the republwoans, strong, erful people, republican senators that were on our side and on the side of border security. >> reporter: speaker pelosid labehe president's actions a lawless power grab. announcing her next move. on march 26th, the house will once again act, voting to overri the veto. however, a 2/3 majority ison needed and csidered unlikely. with immigration central to his campaign -- >> finish that wall because we built a lot of it. >> reporter: -- the president seemed eager to tangle with democratic challenger beto o'rour o'rourke. >> i see a new candidate ho is in tx. he wants to take down the walls. try that sometime. you'll see what will happen. >> reporter: theormer texas
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congressman beto o'rourke said publicly he'd want to remove walls at theborder. that appears to be what the president was referencing there. chuck schumer, the leader of democrats, on this windy morning here at the white house, said democrats would persist in trying to uphold the constitution. they will again vote not only in the house but perhaps in the senate to try tooverride that veto. as it stands right now, it appears that there are not sufficient votes to erride the president's veto. >> kelly, thank you. philip rutger is white house bureau chief for the "post." >> the republican party stood by president trump through many a ontra versi, but now they've blocked his national emergency. how is this from members of his own party? >> it is significant and it is a raree by these members of
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the republican conference and the senatede against pre trump. it's so much more significant because it is on hre signa issue of immigration. clearly, these republicans have been uncomfortable with theid prt's expansive use of utive power here. they were willing to defy him. it wasn't just the republicans we're usedo defying trump, like mitt romney of utah, but there were others, as well. marco rubio of florida. roy blunt of missouri. across the spectrum, these republicans said this oks not , and they were trying to defend their constitutional powers in the congress. >> phil, want to turn your focus to what a lot of the world is watching right w, what took place, the terrible tragedy in new zealand. the president again yesterday down played the threat of white nationalism. he was asked whether it is rising, and he said, i really don't think so. the facts show something very different. the souern poverty law center says there is a 50% increase last year alone in whiteti alist groups here in the united states. i guess the simple question is, wh does the president continue
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todown plaplay or dismiss white nationalism, and is there anybody, anybo on his staff, anybody in the white house who is urging him to be more forceful in his condemnation? >> yeah, it is an important issue. again and again, we've seen from president trump an unwillingness to confront the rise in white nationalism, which is occurring all around the world and hereten the ustates. you saw it a couple of years ago with the deadly white supremacist attk in charlottesville, virginia, where the president said there were good people ones both s of that protest event. you know, people inside the white house, his spokespeople, have historically been much more forceful in condemning these attacks and condemning white nationalism and white supremacy than the president himself. he saw it again yesterday in the oval office. >> phil, thanks very yoch. >> thank we turn now to the growing threat in the midwest.
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rising floodwaters are forcing people to flee for their lives. dylan is tracking this for us. good morning. >> good morning. this is a dangerous scene out there. several midwestern governors have declared states of emergency. roads are closed, homes are flooded, and people are cut off. >> reporter: stranded on their rooftop, nebraska's air national guard comes to the rescue of these people in arlington. on the ground, a man with a military truck, rescuing neighbors in riverside wlakes. >> scared we weren't going to make it out. >> reporter: conditions so bad, the national weather service had to evacuate its omaha office, sending the last message, until the flooding threat is the entire state of wisconsin under a state of emergency. floodwaters are streaming into dozens of homes in colbiaan countyice damming is likely to make it worse. th town of coon hasn't seen
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flooding like this in decades. far, the bomb cyclone produced mountains of snow,ra rivers of , and strings of tornadoes, and winds strong enough to lift this st. louis woman right off the ground. >> i realized,okay, i can't stop this from going. i need to let it go. >> this storm has cleared out, but we are dealing with thedu re flooding in this part of the country because of the heav rain and snow melts. we have a foot of snow left to melt. also the ice jamsp are jamming the rivers. instead of things flowing, th're overflowing banks. in all, we have 300 rivers at or another fe.od st lots are at moderate or major flooding. this is going to continue to trickle down. cait is causing the signi flooding we're dealing with. wh that will remain asue, though the rain has stopped. on the back side, we're dealing
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with cooler temperatures. highs running to 15 degrees below average today. that continues to spread eastward as w go into tomorrow. a little below average for this time of year. that's a look at the weather country.he now, here's a peek out your window. > well, that sky is on fire right now. sun coming up just officially here in d.c. in two minutes. 7:18 is the official sunrise. beautiful out there. we have clo cover out there right now. that'll scour out throughout the morning. we are looking at sunny skies today. temperatures in the mid to40pper right now. we have the wind. that'll be the main story today. blustery conditions. winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour. tempatures 30s and 40s. of course, we have the wind. only topping out in the 50s for daytim highs today. >> that's your latest anforecas. >> get over that woman. looked like mary poppins. >> unbelievable. still to come, ithere a mob war brewing in new york city? fears of more bloodshed days after theurder of a man believed to be the head of the gambino crime family.
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up next, felicity huffman in federal court on friday as more universities vow to get to the bottom of the nationwide admissions cheating scandal. we're back after this. ♪ ♪
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now welcome back. now to a story making national headlines. lege cheating scandal. this morning, some of the universities iaught upn it all say they'll take a closerook at how they handle admissions. >> actress felicity huffman headed back to court on friday. morgan chesky has more. >> good morning. this investigation still very much songoing. impact hitting celebrities where it hurts. it is also prompting colleges to take aloser look at just who exactly is getting in. >> repter: from red carpet fame to courthouse shame. >> would you stop? >> reporter:il wam macy
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felicity huffman back in court. huffman, one of the parentsit charged fraud for cheating college admissions. ar this is just an example of thw someents get it really wrong. ey move from caring to control. >> reporter: actre lori loughlin and daughter olivia jade facing the fallout. loughlin losing "fuller house" on friday. sephora cutting ties with olivia jade, youtube star, who bragged about his father'scareer. >> he faked through it. he started a business with tuition money his parents oi thought were to college. >> reporter: that business back in the headlines. target stressing they n longer carry the brand, saying, we haven't had a working relationship with mossimo in over a decade. schools securing the admission
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process. the university of southern california launching an investigation into c and former students. yale following suit. its president saying, we must conduct our own searching review in order to learn whether others have corrupted the recruitment and admissions process. >> it is a slap in the face. >> reporter: for now, macy and huffman are quiet. huffman has taken down her website, dedicated to parenting advice. >> so far, none of the involved students have been charged. authorities saying many had no knowledge their parents were tsying to secure their spo >> people have been talking about this all week. morgan, thanks. still to come, royal rumble. george clooney coming to the defense of the duchess of sussex, meghan markle. first, these messages. so, i started with the stats regarding my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. like how humira has been prescribed to over 300,000 patients. and how many patients saw clear or almost clear skin in just 4 months - the kind of clearance that can last. humira targets and blocks a specific source of
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>> announcer: this is a "news 4 today" news break. 7:26 on this saturday, march go16th. morning to you. i'm david culver. in the headlines happening today, the dal hal-hij islamic n nter in virginia standing solidarity with those affected by the shooting in new zealand. a 6:30 vigil will be followed by sunset prayer. it is in falls church. heads up on the roads in arlington, you'l have to find alternate routes if you're traveling through. that's because today is the four courts 4 miler race, which will lead to several road closures until 11:00 this morning. on your enscthese are the main streets that are impacted. cooler temperatures today,
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especially compared with agai lauryn ricketts is back right after this with a look at your forecast.
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it is a little on the cool side out there, and it is going continue to be cool out there today. yesterday, we were at 78 tgrees. today, we're goibe stuck in the 50s. it is going to feel a little cooler. right n the 30s and 40 now. of course, we've got some winds.
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we're dry out there. little disturbance passing through pennsylvania but shouldn't disrupt travel. temperatures in the mid 50 f daytime highs today. tomorrow, st. patrick's day, l to mid 50s with a small chance of rain shower early monday. we're back on this saturdaym morning,ch 16th, 2019. a great crowd on the plaza. many of themre ded in green, likely heading around the corner to 5th avenue. the y annual nework city st. patrick's day parade set to kick off in just a few hours. >> go out and say hi in a bit. let's begin with a check of your headlines. the suspect from thoing in new zealand in court, charged with murder. his face is blurred und new zealand law. officials identify him as 28-year-old brenton tarrant. the prime minister vowed the gun laws will change, after noting the gunman had five firearms, including semiautomatic weapons.
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the tribus for tho killed began today. many leaving flowers in front. yellow vest protesters.te protes are clashing violently with police, as you can see, throwing smoke bombs and other objects. is is a live picture. they're throwing it at officers along the champs-elysses. 20 people have been arrested. a nine-alarm fire inosn at a casket company. the fire was overchelwhelming a firefighters were ordered out of the buding. it too firefighters seven hours to contain the blaze. also this morning, police os new yo staten island are looking for the cold-blooded killer who gunned down aeputed mob boss right in front of his home. the killing this week has many pe wledering if a renewed
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mob war could be next. nbc's kathy park is here with more. good morning.g. >> good morn decades of relative peace ended wednesday night the a hail of gunfire on new york's staten island. a man suspected of being a ng high-ranember in the new york underworld murdered francisco cali may have aided thelimelight, but his profile didn't p rtect him. >>orter: detectives searching for a suspect in the shocking assassination of a reputed gambino mob boss. cali gunned down just steps from hisla staten home wednesday night. >> units responding to shots fired. >> confirm shots. >> reporter: the shooter initially rammed into cali's suv to draw him out of his home. >> he exits the residence, has a conversation with an individual, where 12 shots are fir with at least six striking the victim. >> reporter: bloody handprintsc be seen on cali's vehicle,
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believed to be where he hitul afterts went flying. the motive still a mystery. >> yeah, i mean, it is an unusual hit. if you're taking out a boss, you'll s d onebuy? >> reporter: puzzling, even for this former mobster, who served 8 1/2 years in prison for his crimes. >> it is not a personal beefom andne within the family did it, it'll slowly leak out because they got to i gett out themselv, as they start to make their grab for power. it>> reporter: police say is too early to determine if the murder was mob related. the gambinos were once among the most powerful mafia famils in the untry. when itsn to crumble top leaders went to prison in the '80s and'9 0s. including john gotti, known as d after serving 29in years b bars. >> the mob is very much alive. >> they still conduct the same bread and butter, money-making
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tivities they always have. >> reporter: cali kept a rather low profile. pled guilty to contortion expeerry more than a decade ago. to those in the neighborhood, he is a regular guy. >> didn't come and say, i'm the boss of a mafia family. >> investigators are working with more clues as well, including items from cali's home and surveillance videntil thin neighborhood, which could lead them to the suspect, described as a man between 25 and 40 years old. what a story. >> a lot of people looking over their shoulder these days. time for another cck of the weather. dylan is on thepl aza. >> good morning, guys. starting early. st. patrick's day is to frrow, butks are getting ready, in the spirit. are you italian, sir ? >> me? no way. >> when did you put the paint on? >> actually,t was 4:30 this morning. >> how long will you leave it on? >> i won't takero it offbly until around maybe 9:00/10:00
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tonight.t, >> oh, toni okay, you'll clear it off for tomorrow? >> well, then i'll put it back on again. >> perfect. i love it. awesome. big things going on this weekend in new york city and in so many cities acrosshe country. in new york city for the st. patrick's day parade, which is today, you'll see a mix of sun and clouds. breezy but 49. not too bad. that a startst 11:00. in boston, the parade is tomorrow at 1:00. mostly nny, a little cool up that. 39 degrees but no rain expected. out in chicago, today is the parade. it starts at noon. we'll see a mix of sun and clouds. again, temperatures cool with the green river flowing. 38 degrees. also in savannah, we are looking at that parade to start at 10:15 this a little cloudier. temperatures oh so nice. 64 degrees. that's a look at the weather across the crown trountryut now a peekour window. >> think of the 64 in savannah, then look at our temperature atu 47. know we're not headed into the 70s. so long, 70. we hit 78 yesterday.
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not today, especially with the northwest winds. temperaturesoday only in the 50s. with these winds gusting up to going toan hour, it is feel cooler throughout the day. temperatures today, low to mid 50s. that is it. we do have a chance for light rain and snow showers sunday night into nday. no accumulation expected. >> that's your latest forecast. guys? >> dylan, thanks so much. coming up next right here, the horrific new zealand mosque attack liveetreamed to entire world. are tech giants doing enough to stop the hate. >> we'll get into that right after this. n begin with flakes. it's a reminder of your struggles with psoriasis. but what if your psoriasis symptoms didn't follow you around? that's why there's ilumya. with just 2 doses, a majority of people were clear or almost clear. and over time, even more people were clear or almost clear. all with dosing 4 times a year... after 2 initial doses. plus, ilumya was shown to have similar risks of infections
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be done to keep the acts of violence from bei live streamed to the entire world? >> facebook announced the measures it is n taking to help recognize these videos sooner and to take them offline. we have much more on all of it from gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: this morning, as the investigation intensifies in new ze over tech giants' ability to control content. this will show you the 17rr ying minutes streamed on facebook live. police tweeted they were aware of thetressing footage and urge the link not be shared. hours later, the video was still visible on social media platforms. >> they claim they are surprised by this. there is no surprise. they've known this is a problem. they've had the ability to stope it, and haven't deployed the technology to do it. >> reporter: facebook admits it was police that alerted them to the video and they removed the gunman's facebook and instagram accounts. overnight, the company says teams from across facebook have
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been working around the clock. they're adding each video found to an internal database, allowing us to detect and automatically remove copies of the videos. other companies have rigorous processes in place t managend remove flagged videos. >> you're looking at something like a game of whack-a-mole, where it pops up in different places. >> facebk says it was alerted to this by the new zealand police. that means human moderators o artificial intelligence didn't catch it. >> wouldn't necessarily know that it was looking for this very precise g.th >> reporter: this is not the first time a heinous crime has been promoted on social media. in 2017, a man in cleveland broadcast his cold-blooded shooting of a 74-year-old victim. in 2015, after local news reporter allison parker and photojournalist ward wer sho dead on live tv, it was posted online three years later, cyberspace haunts allison's father. >> i was astounded and angry i have not been able t get all of
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the videos of allison taken down. it's outrageous to me. >> reporter: in addition to the video, facebook says it is removing any praise or support for the new zealand gunman. critic says not fast enough. for "today,"abegutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. >> it is stunning and terrifying that instantaneously, this violence spread across the planet like a virus. >> it helps promote this hate. it is an awful thing. >> i thought it was interesting he saidog the techn exists to bring it down. if it exists, let's make it happen. >> no doubt. coming up next, famed astrophysicist neil degrasse tyacn about to come b to tv. we'll have the latest after these messages. for pine trees, but maybe not for people with rheumatoid arthritis. because there are options. like an "unjection™". xeljanz xr. a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well enough. xeljanz xr can reduce pain, swelling and further joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz xr can lower your ability to fight infections,
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no differencel. at tim weighed in tweeting clothing sizing in general are weird. i've had shirts ranging from e medium tora extra large, all more on less the same size. how does this happen? then this sums it up. this is why i wear leggings every day. the bigger question is, will this ever change? i mean, people take sizes really seriously. you don't want to be the bigger size if you can wear the lower size. th 're all the same size >> i remember doing a piece back in the day. we found that some of the desiers had sizes because the women wanted to feel smaller. if they're a 6, it would be a 2. they like to feel they can wear a 2. >> first job was at the gab. i was the den expert. little known fact. i had to fold every one of those walls. f can you stilld them? >> i fold good. >> really? >> yeah. >> challenge later. >> more than welcome to clean out my closet. how about pop start? >> first etup, talk about george clooney. he is speaking out in support of
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the duchess of sussex. we know george and wife amal have been friends with meghan markle and prince harry for some time now. he's coming to her defense, speaking out during an interview with "good morning britain," against the way she's been portrayed in the british media. >> i've seen it when the press ca turn on y for sort of ridiculous reasons and for almost nothing. seemed to me that it was -- it seembe a little unjust, since she hadn't done anything except just happened to live her life. >> clooney also says tucss and prince harry are a really wonderful, loving couple. moving to astrophysicist neil degrasse tyson. he will be returning to tv. his show had been on hold after he was accused of inappropriate conduct by two women. allegations which he denied. both "national geographic" and fox finished their investigations. while they aren't commenting on it, they are putting the
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we're back with a look at the iditarod race in alaska. there are several newer racerso the course. >> they're sticking with it. including social media sensation blair, who gained a following online since well before she started the race. >> as nbc's harry smith tells us, the alsod ugly dogs aren't just supporting blair, key're helping schoolids along the way, too. >> reporter: when we met rookie musher blair a the start of the
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iditar iditarod, we had no idea how much we'd beerharmed by and her dogs. blair is beinged across the alaska wilderness by peppy. colbert. pixen. and seven other dogs, each as familiar as a household pet if you're one of her loyal twitter following, who call themselves ugly dogs. >> a twitter troll told me, go back to your ugly dogs, karen. my name isn't karen. i don't know where it came from. the fans of theeam started calling themselves the ugly dogs after that. i'll always come back to them. >> reporter: when braverman started the race in alaska,he stopped tweeting to her 70,000 fans. the only signal she sent out, a ping from her gps, which we all tracked online many times a day. >> she's got es287 m into the race. she's moving at about -- oh, she stopped. >> maybe she'srying to ford a
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river. >> well, there is a river right there, >>right? eporter: we were reassured when video emerged of her snuggling with colbert on the trail. >> he's the only dog in the history of the iditarod to be on a diet during the race. >> reporter: and grew increasingly alarmed when she appeared to backtrack and rest at a cabin for almost 24 hours. one ugly dog tweeted, can yid imagine tharod trail committee going to blair's cabin and being like, so you're 70,000 moms want to know if you're okay. we began to think she was ending the race ther turns out, it was a gps malfunction. phew. braverman's ugly dogs channelled their anxiety into good works. they tracked down fundraising requests for the rural schools along the itarod route and began what some called
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igiveanod. there wereh donations to get a school cla a trip to alaska. this river town got ugly dog do dough for ipads. when she finishes, she'll hear about all of thisll paid for by her pack of ugly dogs. donations totaling $60,000. for a rookier mus and her ugly dogs, that's a race well run. for "today," har smith. >> thank you to the ugly dogs. loed the little boy that tha the ugly dogs. beautiful story. we appreciate what ms. braverman before we go, we want to st. a glass on th patrick's day weekend. thank you for our friends at guinness for thed personalize pints. impressive.
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good morng. i'm david culver. a lot to get you through on this saturday morning. we're goingar to in the wake of the violence in new zealand. muslims in our area fighting to profess their fate. we'll share their tughts after another senseless tragedy. arlington county won the competitiozo for the new a headquarters, but now some are questioning how much it is going to cost. today, folks weighing in on how many incentives are going to the tech giant. lauryn?e >> and we looking at some sunshine out there, but not doing muc to warm u up today. a little blustery out there. we've got your saturday and st. patrick's day forecast. we have a little snow in the
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in the most horrific attack on innocent lives new zealand has ever experienced. how the rest of the world isng mourith the small nation. developing overnight back here at home, a d.c. police offir rushed to the hospital in a squad car after getting hit by a car. we're going to havee on the scramble to track down the driver who took off. plus, a brutal murder case that spans across maryland and virginia. a teen's family says he could not escape a violent gang. this morning, fiveed all ms-13 gang members are charged with killing him. good morning to you. welcome in to "news 4 today" on is saturday, the 1th of march, 2019. i'm david culver. we are following, as you seee, theveral developing stories this morning. ftrst, we are in for a big cooldown today we had what was a nice taste of summer, lauryn ricketts, yesterday. g folk to shed some layers. today, put them back on. it'll feel more like normal. >> feelingore like normal today, david. average temperature

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