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needs special medical condition. we'll have a live report. mounting pressure. international leaders call on syria's president to end his deadly 11-month crackdown on opponents. this as the red cross continues its rescue mission there. we're live on the syria, turkey border. >> tornadoes rip through the south tearing down homes, trees and power lines while strong winds blow through parts of the northeast today saturday, february 25th, 2012 good morning, everyone. welcome to today on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm amy robach. nelson mandela is 93 years old. any medical condition at this time is considered a serious
one. >> we got word several hours ago he had been admitted to the hospital. the first report was he had undergone surgery. there is conflicting information. he was last between two years ago at the world cup. we'll get a live report on his condition in a moment. >> legal troubs for a member of the kennedy family. one of robert kennedy's sons faces several charges including child endangerment involving his three day old son. >> former model lauren scruggs, the first images of the 23-year-old wearing her new prosthetic eye. we'll update her progress months after that horrific accident involving an airplane's propeller when she lost an eye and arm. >> we'll take a look at the link between having a healthy relationship and limping longer. gary chapman has a recipe for a happy marriage and couples from across the country flock to his marriage seminars.
we'll take you inside his popular sessions. >> a bad romance can be bad for your health. dr. oz drops by our studio to talk about the impact relationships can have on your overall well-being and will take your questions about sex, love and health a bit later on. begin with nelson mandel, the anti-apartheid activist has been hospitalized and being treated for stomach condition. charlayne hunter gault is an nbc news special correspondent in johannesburg with the latest. what can you tell us at this hour? >> i good morning, lester. well, the one thing that we do know is that former president nelson mandela is in the military hospital in pretoria about 45 minutes from here. we don't know his condition, but contrary to the way in which this information was passed when president mandela was last hospitalized, we are being told that the only had people who will speak on then are the
president's spokespeople. at this point the president's spokesman says -- president zuma's spokesman is saying president mandela is in hospital and that under the circumstances, given his age, he's doing well. we do have conflicting information about whether or not there was, indeed, abdominal surgery. most of the information i've gotten suggests that there was surgery this morning. although recently one of the other spokesmen told one of the television stations here that there was no surgery. so we'll just have to wait and see. >> and we had also heard a report that this was a preplanned hospital admission. do we know if this was as emergency or something that was planned? >> reporter: well, based on the information that i'm getting now, and remember, this is early information, this was not planned. as -- in fact, as early as last thursday, i'm being told president, former president
mandela was in very good health, that he was eating and gaining weight. and from what i know at this moment, this was not planned. that could change because the situationing is fluid. >> i recall a year ago when he had a health scare, one of the concerns of the gompt was trying to keep downy crowd that might gather at the hospital. do we know if that is a part of their thinking as they make their announcements and updates? >> it may be a part of their thinking but the media have converged on the military hospital in pretoria. i don't know th i know that for sure. i would suspect it being a military hospital, be it might be difficult. seweto the museum in his honor exists in his home. at this moment, the media are
totally engaged in this issue, however serious or not serious it may be. as you know, mandela, 93 years old but he's a strong warrior. he's been through other issues, medical issues before. and survived. so i think the country, once they get the news will, all be on their knees or however they pray hoping that he gets past this in good health. >> strong warrior, that's a great description. charlayne hunter galt, we'll check back with you. now here's aim. >> i lester, thank you. now to the crisis in syria. the red cross has begun a second day of evacuations there as world leaders urged an end to the violence. richard engel is on the border of syria and turkey. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. efforts are continuing to try and evacuate more people from the besieged city of homs. this being carried out by the red cross and the syrian res
crescent. it is, however, a very limited operation. only in the city of homs and on a very small scale. red cross officials say yesterday, they were only able to taking about about 30 people starting with women and children. critics are calling this something of a pr move saying the syrian government is simply trying to buy time to alleviate a little bit of pressure while continuing its offensive against the opposition and just today, according to opposition, at least 20 people have been killed in on going violence. >> and richard, give us a sense of where things stand right now. what does the syrian opposition want and what are the risks? >> reporter: the opposition wants weapons. they want a lot of weapons and they want a legitimate way to the receive them. probably sending them right through this corridor where i'm standing right now. the risks that the united states sees is the united states doesn't know the opposition well and they worry that arming the
opposition would mean arming groups like the muslim brotherhood and even more radical islamic factions. >> richard, we appreciate it, thank you. once again, here's lester. >> thanks. here at home, weather is a big concern this morning specifically the saskatchewan screamer. that's the name of the fast-moving winter storm that dumped more than a half foot of snow on much of the midwest disrupting travel from illinois to maine. here's the weather channel's mike seidel. >> mother nature showed it's not over till it's over. in chicago strong winds and slushy snow made for slick roads and i ahmadening morning commute. >> there's been a lot of accidents. my area isn't plowed. >> the storm snarled air traffic krus the country. more than 200 flights canceled at o'hare, ruining weekend plans for joanna and her daughter katie. >> i wanted to see my brother and dad. >> reporter: this is only chicago's third sizable
snowstorm this season and dozens of schools were canceled. snow plows and snow blowers getting a rare winter workout. after dumping more than nine inches it of snow in colorado and the dakotas, the storm system swept across the midwest into the great lakes. that many same system causing severe weather across the south. hail in georgia, and in alabama, high winds ripped the roof off of a school with 62 children inside. luckily, no one was seriously injured. in many connecticut, temperatures thursday approached 60 degrees. friday, there was as much as five inches of snow on the ground. it fell heavy and fast, knocking out power for hundreds of customers. >> when i didn't hear any sounds of the coffee perking, when i looked, then it dawned on me, the power is off. >> but the heavy snow has ski resorts in the northeast gearing up for what could be their best weekend yet after one of the mildest winters on record. with landscapes like these, many
in the northeast tonight are taking it all in stride. >> it's not bad. it's end of february in northeast pa, people. >> for today, mike seidel, nbc news, chicago. and turning to politics, we're just three days away from michigan's big primary and romney and santorum are taking their contrasting economic messages to voters there. alex wagner is the host of "now with alex wagner." good morning. >> good morning to you. >> let's talk about mitt romney and michigan. his campaign says he could survive a loss there. what do you think? >> no, mitt romney cannot survive a loss there. one, this is a state he thought he would always win. he's a son of destroy the. his father wa the former governor. he has roots. it's a must win for him also because he took a beating santorum in the three caucuses we just had. he needs toe once again prove to the party that he is going to be the nominee, that era of inevitability and electability
is the something he needs to ride out. >> he's taken a bit of a beating for the economic speech he gave yesterday for i an couple reasons. start with the first. something he said when you talked about the automobile industry, he tried to personalize it. let's take a listen. >> and i drive a mustang and a chevy pickup truck. ann drives a couple of cadillacs actually. i used to have a done truck. i used to have all three covered. >> a couple of cadillacs. >> we know detroit has been hit hard by the economy, more so than most areas or states. that was a tough one. >> it was a tough one on the heels of many comments he has made of late and that sort of belie an incense activity perhaps to the struggles of the poor and, woulding class. the only thing that might have been worse if he had said ann is chauffeured around in a few cadillacs. i'm sure he drives the car herself. >> michael steele, the former republican national committee chairman said of michigan, it's
a blue collar state and romney is not blue collar. it's like a stranger in a strange land. how much of a statement do you think, does this resonate with michigan voters? do they feel disconnected to romn romney? >> i think there's a general sense of diz connection but i think we would be unwise to discount the strength he has in terms of the economic message. he is the one candidate in this race that has tried to stay on the sort of business and economy message. at some point to the destoriment of his own campaign. i think that resonates in a state like michigan. i think it's a very close race but the romney camp sounds confident he may win on tuesday. >> he made the other gaffe of having said too many people wanted to hear him speak and he moved to a larger location and it ended up dwarfing him. 1200 in an arena for 65,000. >> unlike the romney camp which tends to be very good on optics and messaging especially because
he unveiled the contents of the economic plan on wednesday. all there was left to focus on was his audience was sitting in the rows a 9 through b 10. >> rick santorum's favorability according to a new poll with gop women has risen. what does this say about santorum and the republican party. >> this is a head scratcher. if you see him on the campaign trail, there are a lot of women in the audience, sometimes more than men. he plays up the notion that he's a father, a family man. i think with a very conservative wing of the republican party that resonates. there's a big difference between winning the primary and a general election. if you look at the head to head match-ups between president obama and rick santorum and mitt romney, president obama still companies out in a 9 to sometimes 15% among women. >> does that speak to the likability factor of santorum and is does he have that edge over romney? >> there's an authenticity within rick santorum. we talking about omni and his
speech. detroit. there's a sense he's disconnected from the populace. you get the feeling santorum would be saying this message regardless of what if he was running for office. you can see alex wagner weekdays at noon. now let's get more of the morning's headlines from alex witt over at the news desk. it's an alex morning. >> there's a lot of alexes at msnbc. we begin in eastern afghanistan where officials say rightioting has broken out fur a fifth day against the destruction of korans. atia abawi is. >> the violence doesn't seem to be letting up. we are on the fifth consecutive day of protests as angry afghans take to the streets. we know over 1,000 protesters tried to storm a united nations compound in the east. hundreds of demonstrators tried to take over the governor's
compound there. right now we have unconfirmed reports right now that two foreign advisers may have been shot inside of the ministry of interior here in the capital of kabul. we're waiting on more details about that and still not clear if it has to do with the burnings of the koran. >> atia an been which in kabul. federal authorities have joined the investigation into the penn state sex abuse scandal requesting information involving former assistant football coach jerry sandusky and other top school officials involved in the case. he is charged with 52 counts of abuse stemming from allations that he molested ten boyce over a 15-year period. so far, all charges have been brought by state prosecutors. sandusky has maintained his innocence. a los angeles judge has refused to release michael jackson's doctor on bail while he appeals his conviction for involuntary pan slaughter. the judge rejected the bid during a hearing on friday saying he is a flight risk and he would be a danger to society
if he tried to practice medicine again. jackson died of an overdose of propofol in 2009. doctors say dutch prince joe han frieso may never come out of a coma after buried in an avalanche last week. the middle son of queen beatrix was skiing off marked courses in austria when it happened. he was trapped under the snow for more than 20 minutes and has been unconscious since rescued. lauren scruggs has been photographed for the first time with the prosthetic eye she was fitted in after accidentally walking into a plain propeller last year. she was seen leaving a gym where she is making a remarkable recovery. the 23-year-old was nearly killed december 3rd after being struck by a propel lore of a plane. ship wrecked silver and other artifacts are on their way back to spain after the explorers who found the treasure
lost their claim to it. the hull lost in the wreck of a spanish galleon began its trek home. that booty is worth an estimated $500 million. we can dream. that's the news. now back over to lester and amy and bill fa thanks so much. >> time for named not alex, right in the two in a row. >> who knows, maybe if i had been a girl i would have been. >> we did see the big storm yesterday. we showed you the pictures. now that the storm is gone, the wind machine will crank up. we're going to see high winds to coastal areas of new england, long island, new york city. widespread wind advisories. difference between a warning and advisory, if you have a warning you can expect damage. advisory mine issues. why is it so windy? think of the storm, the l there as a big hole and the high pressure over texas as a
mountain. all that stuff has to flow down in to fill the hole up in the atmosphere. that's why it's soly windy, the air rushing from the middle of the country to where the storm used to be. we've got a lot of snow last night in maine. i know you're doing shoveling there this morning. lake effect outside of cleveland and pittsburgh. the cold air is arriving. by february standards, this it is how it should be around the country. it looks like a very good saturday morning to you, around the bay area, we have 40s right now. the winds starting to pick up out of the northwest. we'll see plenty more as we head toward the afternoon today. along with a few clouds streaming in from the north, big-time pattern change. no more 70s in the forecast. instead, we're talking 60s for inland areas. 50s out towards the coast.ç and tonight, we'll see temperatures dipping into the 30s in areas that are free of clouds. look at that, a chance of showers and a real taste of winter weather as we head into tuesday and wednesday. at your weekend
forecast. amy. >> thank you. new legal troubles this morning for a son of robert f. kennedy. douglas kennedy has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. his own child. nbc's jonathan deansst is here with exclusive details. this is a strange story, jonathan. >> good morning, amy. camelot heir douglas kennedy says he wanted to take his son outside for fresh air but the nurses say they told him no baby can leave the floor of the ward. soon what should have been a time celebrating a birth instead turned ugly. >> douglas kennedy carried his 3 day old baby into a hospital elevator to try to go outside for a walk. but nurses say they tried to stop him. because they say, kennedy was not allowed to take the newborn after the maternity ward floor. the argument escalated. and kennedy is seen heading to a stairwell trying to get outside. one nurse claims he then twisted
her arm and soon another is seen being knocked to the ground. douglas kennedy raised his right foot and with tremendous force, kicked me in the left side of my pelvic area nurse cari luciano claims in sworn testimony. out of camera range, kennedy too fell down but the baby was not injured. the lawyer for the nurses says kennedy was out of control. >> they called what's called a code pink. that is it looks like there's someone trying to abscond from the hospital with the a newborn. when it escalated they hit what's called a code purple which means there's someone a danger in the hospital. >> kennedy a fox news reporter. >> three against one. >> and the son of ethyl and robert kennedy was arrested. after several weeks of investigation. this all happened back on january 7th inside northern westchester hospital. he and his wife issued a statement saying it was the nurses who attacked him.
it's sickening to think our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment. he also faces misdemeanor counts for allegedly attacking the nurses. the kennedys point to a doctor friend who was present and he says i witnessed the incident and i can state unequivocally that the nurses were the only aggressors. >> mr. kennedy was acting very quietly, polite lit, calmly. the only reason i know anything happened here was because of the misconduct of two nurses. >> a spokesman for the westchester county district attorney declined comment except to say the criminal charges have been filed against kennedy. and kennedy was arraigned on the three criminal counts, all misdemeanors. he is vowing to fight the charges while his lawyer says he expects the nurses soon to be filing a lawsuit over what took place inside that hospital and amy, so far the hospital has not issued a comment or statement about this. >> a point to be made, the
nurses haven't been charged with anything even though the kennedy dr. friend is saying they were the aggressors. the d.a. didn't go after the nurses. were they injured? >> they say there were some if he can and hip injuries and bruising. that's why the charges are misdemeanors. the prosecutors say we interviewed all the parties and have sworn statements from witnesses. the charges we decided to file were against mr. kennedy, not the nurses. >> tnks so much. and still to come, an gyp update on a case that's haunted australia for decades. the details coming up. first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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which went so swimmingly. i'm kris sanchez along with rob mayeda. we had beautiful weather. >> last three days, 70s. today not so much. >> unbelievable. >> cooling coming our way with chillier air dropping out of the north. we're in the 40s around the bay airy. santa rosa starting to see the north winds mixing down into the north bay valleys. we'll see the northwest winds, 15 to 30 miles per hour today. showers are in the north coast. as we're seeing an air mass change. one from spring, 70s to almost 80 degree temperatures now cooler. we'd like to say canadian air conditioning spilling in late today. still, i think we'll get 60s inland out towards solano county. out towards napa, the north winds will keep the temperatures not too bad. san jose and san francisco as we go through the afternoon, 60s inland, 50s for the coast. the trend as we go through the end of the weekend will be even cooler tomorrow.
m%áááát patchy frost and eventually a chance of showers. i think the best bet will be tuesday night on into wednesday. those highs back where they should be for this time of year. we're getting so confused. thank you very much, rob. san francisco sheriff is back in court on monday. this morning we have the controversial images at the center of his domestic abuse allegations against him. "today in the bay" obtained still images of a video taken of eliana lopez after the alleged new year's eve incident. his attorneys are asking that the video be thrown out. the video shows her bruised and crying. lopez has publicly denounced the case against her husband, says no abuse took place. five teenage boys are in custody after going on a rock-throwing spree in livermore. the five admitted launching large river rocks while driving through neighborhoods last weekend. they left a trail of damage and
debris behind, breaking windows, walls and mailboxes. what they didn't count on was surveillance video. witnesses recognized the subaru seen here and tipped off police. the boys said they were sorry for their actions. police in the east bay are looking for women who may be victims of a book store groper. police arrested convicted sex offender ronald epps this week on four counts of sexual battery. he's accused of assaulting several women as they browsed book store aisles in dublin and fremont. >> this guy would approach them, come up behind them, pretending to read a book and fondle and grope them to the point where a lot of them just took off and ran. >> police say epps could have more victims. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," contamination concerns at one of the biggest and most well-known hospitals in the bay area. that story coming up at 7:00. all the day's news coming up at 7:00. more local news in 30.
their weekend with us. look at those pretty pictures. we'll go outside to say "hi" in just a bit. i'm amy robach with lester holt and coming up in this half hour a new investigation into one of australia's most notorious and bitterly controversial legal dramas. >> the case involved the 1980 death of a 9-week-old baby whose parents said she was taken by a wild dog in the australian outback. it was later made into a movie starring meryl streep. why is it back in the news 30 years later? we'll have details, coming up. plus, it is called the dunwoody daycare murder trial. a georgia man is charged with killing the husband of his alleged mistress and now the widow has been banned from the courthouse. we'll find out why, coming up in a live report. then on a lighter note dr. oz drops in for a house call to talk about the link between love and good health. he'll take your questions about sex relationships and keeping that spark alive. all right. and then hollywood honors its best during the 84th annual academy awards tomorrow night.
all the emphasis is on the nominees but do you ever wonder who the oscar voters are? we'll take a look, coming up. but we begin this half hour with the trial in new jersey of former rutgers university student facing charges for allegedly using a web cam to spy on his roommate's sexual encounter with another man. it comes after the defendant turned down a plea deal last year that would have allowed him to avoid jail time. nbc's craig melvin has details. >> reporter: the 19-year-old defendant walked into the new jersey courtroom friday, sat silently and listened as his lawyers painted two very different pictures of him. a prosecutor described a homophobic teenage cyber bully. >> the defendant's acts were not a prank, and they were not a mistake. these acts were purposeful. they were intentional. they were criminal. >> reporter: his lawyer claims his client was merely an immature college prankster. >> not a bigot.
you'll see. while he was stupid at times he is certainly not a criminal. >> reporter: he faces 15 counts of among other things invasion of privacy and hate crimes. prosecutors say in the fall of 2010 he set up his web camera to spy on his roommate, 18-year-old tyler clemente. he watched as he had an intimate encounter with an older man in their dorm room. prosecutors say he also let a group of friends briefly peek at the two and then tweeted and sent texts like this one. my roommate asked for the room until midnight. i said okay and i left. i turned on my web cam and saw him making out with some dude. days later tyler clemente jumped off the george washington bridge and killed himself. many especially gay rights activists point to this case as a tragic example of what can happen when homophobia and cyber bullying go unchecked. >> the point you want to make -- >> reporter: but a judge has ruled the suicide cannot be
mentioned during the trial. in an interview earlier this week on "today" his parents stopped short of blaming rhabi for their son's death but did not hide their anguish. >> i don't know why he did what he did. >> aching of your muscles and tightening of your face and jaw and clenching and the pain hurts so much. >> reporter: for "today" craig melvin, nbc news, new brunswick, new jersey. let's get another check of the weather from bill karins. >> not bad. last weekend in february and we're doing okay. the pacific northwest, one of those spots weyroldbabl wou like to get a little more sunshine this weekend. we have rain showers widespread from the coast line of oregon through washington. snow in the mountains and through the intermountain west now starting to pick up some snow. eventually this will be a storm for the northern plains, significant snow for north dakota and northern minnesota as we go into sunday. in the east watch out and be prepared for a very, very windy afternoon. winds could gust as high as 60 miles per hour in areas like new jersey, new york city, and coastal areas of new england. otherwise the deep south a little chillier today than the past but the only wet spot is going to be down in south te
around the bay area to start off your weekend, we'll see breezy and cooler conditions right now. the radar, i'll show you the north coast, a few scattered showers there. behind this weather system that's pulling down the north coast will be cooler, drier air. winds out of the north today. our temperatures will have a tough time warming into the 60s, at least for inland valleys we'll see some 60s today. for the coast and around the bay, 50s tomorrow and even cooler and eventually a chance of showers, tuesday into wednesday. for all your weekend weather plans hour by hour you can always get that at weather.com. >> all right, bill. thanks very much. >> coming up, lester, do you speak the language of love? gary chapman aka is love guru, explains how that could save your marriage. and dr. oz weighs in about relationships and the connection between a happy marriage and a healthy life. we'll talk to him. but first, these messages. sweet, nutty crunchy nut... can't wait 'til morning.
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ticket not just in this town but in any town where this man is speaking. his name is gary chapman. >> great to see you here this morning. >> reporter: he is best known for a book he wrote two decades ago that has skyrocketed in popularity only in the past two years. "the five love languages." >> who knows what's going on in the mind of a man? >> reporter: chapman's road show is a day long discussion of love and sex, a seminar some have called nothing short of a marriage saver. >> the "new york times" calls you the country's least likely love guru. is that an insult or compliment? >> i take it as a compliment. my love language is words of affirmation so i'll turn everything i can into an affirmation. >> reporter: how about this for an affirmation? in des moines chapman's "the marriage you've always wanted" seminar was a sellout. couples like this one both in their 20s and barely off their honeymoon. they married just six weeks ago. >> everything is great but a year from now it will be
important to remember, okay. she needs to hear me express this. >> reporter: by his own admission gary chapman is an unlikely marriage counselor. 74 years old, a southern baptist minister, he says his own marriage used to be awful. >> the first years of our marriage were absolutely incredibly terrible. >> reporter: now married 50 years, this grandfather talks openly about issues often considered taboo inside a church. >> there is only one right thing to do with an affair. you break it off. oh, but i'll die if we can't be together! no you won't die. we studied that, too. >> reporter: chapman's message is that partners should express love the way the other wants to receive it all delivered with a dash of humor. >> guys, i'm not suggesting dandilions, okay? you don't have any flowers in your back yard, the neighbor's yard. >> reporter: the language of love as couples embrace the
advice of a minister on a mission. >> here with more insight into marriage relationships and our health is dr. oz, host of "the dr. oz show." great to see you here. before we talk about that brings you down here on a weekend? >> i'm getting to that. we are going to pack radio city music hall with the first annual happiness summit. how can happiness go together with intimacy and relationships? i've learned more than anything else as i've traveled through my life in medicine that is where people need the most. a lot of folks can't come to the summit. we'll do them all over the country. today you can sign up for the event, we'll give you a ton of information from the summit. there are seven steps to win the million bucks. one of them is about relationships. it's about the fact that we crave that from each other and without that we can't have health and happiness. for all the financial guys out there if you don't have wealth you can't have health but the opposite is true, too. if you aren't healthy you can't be wealthy. >> let's talk about marriage relationships. we know emotionally we feel
better in a happy marriage. but is there any evidence we are healthier people? >> there is tons of evidence. there is a marriage advantage without any question. when a man and a woman hold hands the stress hormones within a female's brain drop dramatically. there is a huge benefit. there are very different effects on men and women depending on what aspect of the relationship air talking about. for example if men and women get divorced it shortens their life expectancy by about eight years. but if they're in an unhappy relationship, unhappy marriage the man only loses four years of life. he's better off staying in a bad relationship. the woman loses 12 years of life. this is real age data, a huge paradox. >> i'm thinking stress is the main issue. what kind of -- how can stress manifest? what kind of ailments would we typically see? >> without question the biggest penalty is your cardiovascular system. when we have stress in our bodies it takes the heart and blood vessels to a whole new level. you pay a price with a three
times increase for the chance of heart surgery, dramatic changes in longevity. it's about the same as having smoking in your life. so think about that. being in an unhappy relationship or bad marriage has the same impact on your life as if you are a continuous smoker. there is a profound impact on your immune system. people get more infections and cancer. >> what about a healthy sex life? >> sex is one of those ways we experience that zen moment of calmness that we so often crave in our lives. when we don't have sex in our relationships it's usually a sign we're not in a good relationship. that is not always the case. i challenge most folks who can hear my voice right now, if there are any sexless relationships are they really in a happy relationship? when you have physical intimacy to reinforce the emotional intimacy we all crave, the biggest famine we have in the world today is we don't have the trust we need to have with each other to be in a relationship. >> what about aging? how does that play into our relationships? >> you travel the world, lester, places where people live the longest. they have different kinds of
diets, different relationships even but they all share one common characteristic, which is that they are vigorous in their daily activities, which means they're not trail. what kills more americans than anything else is where we get cancer or heart disease and can't weather the storm. oftentimes what we need is the support of our community, support of people around us. that's why being in relationships are so important. >> how important is it for your doctor to really understand what's going on in your life? it's one thing to look at you physically but do they need to know about your relationship, about your overall happiness? >> i'll share a secret with you. i still practice that every thursday. i refuse to operate on patients who don't bring a loved one with them. here's my challenge to them. are you going to tell me you don't have a single person all these years you've been on the planet who cares enough about you that i can celebrate with them after i've operated on your heart? if you challenge people with that, and it is a very emotional conversation, they'll go back and find someone. i'm talking about that kind of stuff today at the health and happiness summit because i think if we don't empower people with
a belief that they control their destiny, they can't control their body, then they can't control the world outside of them. that's why happiness and health go together. >> great to have you. can you stick around? >> i'll be here. >> great. because in our next hour we've already planned we'll have you along to answer our viewer questions on the link between a healthy sex life and better overall health. tweet your questions to today show or send them to facebook.com/today. we'll see you shortly. thanks. up next, the oscars. who makes up the academy? we'll tell you after these messages. 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time. [ female announcer ] ensure muscle health has revigor and protein to help protect, preserve, and promote muscle health. keeps you from getting soft.
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potter" and "twilight" drew turn away crowds and earned $281 million, $381 million, $352 million just in the u.s. and didn't even make the best picture nomination cut? >> i could love a movie and you could hate it. you wouldn't be right and i wouldn't be wrong. >> reporter: but the other argument is about who actually votes for the stars and studios and people on oscar night? "the l.a. times" had the most detailed answer yet reaching more than 5,000 voting academy members. >> the academy is 94% white and 77% male. and the median age is 62. >> reporter: other notable numbers? 9 98% of the academy screenwriters are white and 97% of the cinematographers are men. not a huge surprise given the origin and history of hollywood and the oscars, change is slow. so could a superb old style film have an advantage? >> not a lot of young people are
dying to go see a black and white silent movie, but for people who love the history of film "the artist" is a great, fantastic movie. >> reporter: it's not just about old white men. this actor who once starred with elvis -- >> i thought i was a nice girl. >> reporter: has long been a nun, now a mother superior, and still has her oscar votes. former best supporting actress nominee alfree woodard says this -- >> this is one of the last businesses of not reflecting what this country really is. >> reporter: woodard is trying to get the business to become more representative. >> reaching out to people we think, you know what? do you know about the academy? do you know -- i think you should apply. >> reporter: the academy is offering more and more grants and internships. >> in today's time who doesn't want to see more diversity? >> reporter: in the meantime, for all who have seen this year's nominated movies and stars, or not, the arguments have probably already begun.
for "today", mike taibbi, nbc news, hollywood. >> at the end of the day you like what you like whether it gets an award or not. we all know the movies we like and enjoy. >> i'm excited. there are some really good ones and i don't know who they'll pick. "the artist" is what they're all saying. it's one to see. not to hear right? >> it would be a talker but like this. >> i knew there was a pun somewhere. all right. coming up country singer scotty mccreary's life after winning "american idol." first this is "today" on nbc. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] no success is overnight. ♪ it's about working harder. ♪ and smarter. ♪ it's the culmination of a million decisions. it's where you see yourself going and how you choose to get there. the all-new 2013 gs.
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sanchez along with meteorologist rob mayeda. looking breezy to start this morning. >> clear skies right now. we have patchy clouds going on through and right now the radar looks dry, unless if you're heading up to eureka or the coastline there, you'll see a few showers. that's on the outer fringes, cooler air that will be spilling down from the north today. it will help power up the northwesterly winds which will be increasing this afternoon. no showers today but that polar jet stream which has been off to the north, that will be dipping into northern california early next week. so no 70s out there today. we'll see temperatures, i still think we'll get mid-60s around antioch and fairfield, thanks to the northerly winds. 50s to mid-60s for inland valleys. turning cooler tomorrow as this cold, dry air starts to sweep into the bay area. wind-protected and cloud-free spots may have patchy frost by this time tomorrow morning and more clouds spill in on monday. we'll see more rain coming back in tuesday night into wednesday. to politics now and day two of the three-day california
republican convention in burlingame. newt gingrich will make an appearance today. california's primary could play a role in deciding who will be the party's nominee. the fiscal crisis in sacramento and in washington, d.c. are opportunities for the republican party to show leadership. >> voters are coming to realize that on the economy, barack obama is throwing up his hands and saying i don't know what to do. apparently it's above his pay grade. we'll have real solutions, regardless of our candidate. that's what's come out of this primary, the detailed çsolutio. >> gingrich is speaking at the convention today during the lnch time hour. former candidate herman cain will also join him. a well-known hollywood actor is taking part in a real-life bay area crime sting. ashton kutcher teamed up with a silicon valley task force in a child pornography bust. he was serving search warrants.
officers arrested five people on child p 0. rn allegations and seven homes were searched during the raids by the silicon valley internet crimes against children task force. kutcher is an advocate against the fight against child exploitation. california state's visiting wolf may not be around much longer. the gray wolf named or7 left his pack in oregon a year ago and had found his way to california. oregon wildlife officials have been tracking him for several months. the 2-year-old male wolf has a gps collar that records his location four times a day. the latest transmission has him in the northeastern part of the california border. it's been 87 years since the last gray wolf was seen in california. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," we are following developing news. two u.s. advisers shot dead inside the interior ministry in kabul. the latest developments on what that means for us. all the day's news coming up at 7:00. more local news in 30 minutes.
our thanks to them for spending part of their saturday with us. i'm lester holt with amy robach. coming up, we'll talk about big drama in a georgia courtroom. >> a man there is accused of gunning down the husband of his alleged mistress. why is she now banned from the courthouse? we'll find out in a live report. plus, a story that gripped the headlines about 30 years ago was made into a movie starring meryl streep and it was a mystery over whether a wild dog could have stolen a baby from the australian outback. now that mystery may finally be solved. we'll tell you why the so-called dingo case is getting new attention. >> all right. dr. oz is back. in fact, he's out here with us on the plaza saying hello to his friends there. but he'll be back inside to answer all of your questions about love, sex, relationships, and health. >> reporter: but first, let's get more of the morning's headlines. alex witt is at the news desk this morning. a very good morning to you. we have this breaking news, everyone. afghan security forces say now
two americans were killed today inside the heavily barricaded interior ministry in the center of the capital of kabul. their deaths come on a fifth day of violent protests across afghanistan sparked by the burning of korans at the bagram airforce base last sunday. president obama and other u.s. officials have apologized and said it was a terrible mistake, but the incident has sent thousands of angry afghans into the streets of this deeply religious country. more than 60 nations meeting in tunisia have agreed on steps to pressure syria's government to end its brutal crackdown on the opposition. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is on the border between syria and turkey. richard, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. efforts are still under way to evacuate more people from the besieged city. however, this is a very limited operation, only focusing on this city and so far only involving a few dozen people.
hours before some evacuations, signs of how desperate syria has become. the three syrian armies, the rebel brigade tries to fight back. in the village, they attack government forces. it's a brave fight, but they're losing it -- outnumbered and outgunned by a lot. at the center of this firestorm witnesses describe neighborhoods on fire, people living on onions and shrubs with bodies unreachable under debris. we managed to reach an activist there via skype. he feared for his life. >> trying to protect myself from shelling. anyone can be a target. i think i will die now. i don't know. >> reporter: then an explosion. the line cut. hours later we learned he was
okay. but pressure on syria to let up on holmes may have been too much to ignore. more than 60 nations gathered to call for an immediate cease-fire and to allow humanitarian aid to reach holmes fnchts t. >> if the assad regime refuses to allow this life-saving aid to reach people in need, it will have even more blood on its hands. and so, too, will those nations that continue to protect and arm the regime. >> reporter: among those states, russia. it boycotted the meeting, but even that country expressed concern about holmes and support for a cease-fire. but a short cease-fire limited to evacuate the worst off doesn't mean the conflict in syria is over. far from it. in a turkish village near the syrian border, a funeral for an opposition fighter. at a hillside cemetery they
prayed for the martyr to enter heaven as they bury him with shovels and bare hands. diplomacy is too late for him. while the evacuations are certainly needed and welcomed, critics say they are so limited that mostly it is a pr effort by the syrian government, a way to alleviate pressure, to buy some time while it continues its violent crackdown, a violent crackdown that is continuing even today according to activists at least 20 people have already been killed. alex? >> along the border, thank you so much. nbc's richard engle. former south african president nelson mandela was taken to a military hospital in pretoria today. the government says there is no cause for alarm. the hospitalization was planned and did not involve surgery. the 93-year-old antiapartheid icon is being treated for a stomach ailment. he has battled stomach problems for years. he is said to be in good spirits
and resting comfortably. kyle dire the morning anchor in denver is able to speak for the first time since being bit on the upper part of her lips by a dog while she was on the air. since the accident two weeks ago dire has had two surgeries and is optimistic about her recovery. >> i've just put it in god's hands. i know he's taking care of me, and my family is so grateful that everything is going as well as it is. >> dire was bitten when she got too close to max during an interview about how that dog was saved by a firefighter after falling through the ice. finally, watch this man struggle to stay awake during a speech by vice president joe biden. there he is. biden was in north carolina friday to talk about the importance of community colleges preparing american workers for the future. now ironically, the man has trouble keeping his eyes open as biden said, americans are tired of being told that we're in a long, slow drift. couldn't describe it any better.
that's the news. now back to lester outside on the plaza. >> anybody that works our hours knows what that's like. thanks very much. bill karins is outside here with me with more on the weather and to tell us about these photos. >> obviously surrounded on the plaza by all these kids. i want to bring our attention here. cincinnati's children's hospice, dr. philip, you've treated many of these kids. what are you treating? >> we work with a group of very rare blood derived disorders. unfortunately, many of them go undiagnosed for far too long. in many cases the outcome is tragic. >> all right. you're trying to bring awareness to this? >> right. >> they can get that information -- i know you have a website over here -- liam's lighthouse foundation.com. thank you very much. let's update the forecast as we go through the weekend. we are watching in the northwest as the storm system is coming onshore. this will bring a lot of problems to the areas of the northern plains through the upcoming weekend.
winter storm warnings already in effect. minot, international falls, up along the canadian border. we expect the possibility of 3 to 6 inches of snow at least and it will be windy and very cold also as we head from we're starting off your morning with temperatures in the 40s outside. a little breezy in daparts of t north bay, winds out of the northwest at 16 miles per hour. turning gusty as we head through the afternoon. we do have a system tossing showers well to the north of the bay area today. but behind it, we're going to see cooler, drier air reach the bay area. 50s and 60s for highs today. so good-bye to the 70s. tomorrow even cooler, increasing chances, showers by tuesday night into wednesday. we've got a bunch of trouble makers out here. sounds like you had a good time. back inside to you, amy. thank you. now to a murder trial in georgia. a businessman is accused of
killing the husband of his alleged mistress. nbc's live in decatur with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, amy. this is a case about a man who has admitted to killing his co-worker's husband, but in this murder trial the focus seems to be shifting from the accused and more towards the widow. she's not on trial but andrea schneiderman is the widow of rusty schneiderman and has been in the spotlight not only for her contentious testimony on the stand but for her behavior. >> we are moving to have her removed from the courtroom. no, actually we're moving to have her removed from the courthouse. >> reporter: prosecutors convinced the judge to bar schneiderman from the murder trial of her boss and the man accused of shooting her husband. the surprising move came after mrs. schneiderman hugged her long-time friend shana whose earlier testimony contradicted schneiderman's statement. >> she embraced this witness. she kissed the witness. she got outside and then told
the witness, who was a former friend, that since she didn't believe her she wasn't her friend anymore. that was for show. >> reporter: schneiderman had testified she didn't know her husband was shot until she arrived at the hospital. the other witness says she was told of the shooting enroute to the emergency room. she also testified she didn't believe the affair with newman. >> did andrea admit or deny an affair with her boss at that time after the murder? >> denied it. >> when she told you no did you believe her? >> no. but my heart really wanted to believe her. >> but you didn't believe her? >> reporter: earlier in the week schneiderman was grilled on the witness stand by both the prosecution and the defense. >> i didn't know what happened to rusty until i got to the emergency room. >> okay. >> no one told me what happened to rusty. >> who else did you call? >> i tried to call him to tell him that i left the office and something had happened, which was a very normal thing for me
to have done. >> she claims newman wanted a romantic relationship, stalked her, and she rebuffed his advances. >> i think based on what we saw yesterday there was norecipro -- return of any feeling to mr. newman. >> other witnesses rebutted her testimony and said they were romantically involved. >> they did kiss. i did see him with hands on her rear, she kissing him. >> newman's attorney admit the client gunned down rusty schneiderman as he dropped off his son at daycare but claimed he is not guilty by reason of insanity. they allege newman's obsession with schneiderman made him delusional and hallucinating when the crime happened. the high profile trial will now go on without the widow in the courtroom. newman's attorneys say those hallucinations were of a demon that sounded like barry white and an angel that sounded like olivia newton john. if convicted he
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with less pain, i'm feeling better now that i've found lyrica. ask your doctor if lyrica is right for your fibromyalgia pain. we are back. at 15 past the hour your sex life and health have more to do with each other than you might think. >> and dr. oz, host of the dr. oz show, is back to answer your questions about sexual health and aging. dr. oz, great to have you back. you have to shoot across the street momentarily for your big seminar. >> they're lining up out there. i know it's hard to get into the event but you can go to dr. oz.com and sign up. we have a lot of information on there. 1.2 million people are taking their health back into control. be part of that group. today is the last day to sign up. sex is a topic we talk about a lot. >> we have a lot of viewer questions. the first is a video question from carlos in new jersey.
let's listen. >> hi, dr. oz. do men continue to want to have sex more than women as we age? >> carlos, carlos. yes, not only do men want to have sex more than women which i think women know but the gap tends to get larger as you get older. 77% of men who are older want to have sex and 36% of women and the gap is larger if couples are not married. so marriage closes the gap a little bit. >> you mentioned the libido enhancing drugs and erectile dysfunction medications give men more confidence which further widens the gap. >> abby from orlando joins us on the phone. what's your question? >> caller: hi. i'm post menopausal and sex feels like razor blades. could that be a hormone problem and is there a remedy? >> you ask a question that is so commonly asked. the answer without question is the hormones -- there are three hormones that hold us back from
sex we want to have. estrogen is important for lubrication and for the muscles to relax appropriately. it's part of the libido. testosterone was also made in the ovaries. it's why women gain weight after menopause but also lessen the libido. progesterone is valuable for the female brain so small things that didn't used to bother you begin to bother you. you don't want to be in the bedroom anymore. these are addressable issues. >> hormone replacement therapy? >> and creams and guess. there are many ways to get past this. this is worth having a conversation. intimacy is an important part of being a human being. you don't want that to be in your past. >> we have another video question. this one is from ike from new york. >> as we age are we more at risk of getting stds? >> this is going to blow your mind. but the biggest increase in stds are in older americans.
the incidence has doubled in the last decade, doubled. here's why. lower use of condoms in men and women over the age of 40 because you think you're not fertile. so why bother wearing a condom? of course the major reason is to prevent a sexually transmitted illness. big issue rearing its head true for hpv, gonorrhea, all of the stds are dramatically increased in the older population. >> we have another video question here. >> hi, dr. oz. do you think there are any risks in taking viagra once you reach say 50 or 60 years old? >> i wonder why he's asking. >> his friend wants to know. >> viagra is a very safe drug. 14% of the population that's older takes it. it's a problem if you have heart problems because it shunts the blood away. the male sex organ is a predictor of health for the male
body. if it isn't working right it means the blood vessels aren't working properly. the same vessels in your heart and kidneys may not be working so you take these enhancement drugs and you might shunt the blood from those organs and actually can be problematic. but generally speaking they're pretty safe. >> we were tweeted the next question for you. dr. oz, i just watched your segment on happiness and health in marriage. which gender recovers best from marital infidelity? >> that is a very specific topic for the person. women in relationships crave protection. guys crave respect. so obviously infidelity undermines both of those. i think women have a much more capable ability to cope with infidelity because you bond with each other and talk about these things and guys don't but i can guarantee one thing. >> our next question is from jim in putnam valley, new york. >> i was wo-- how does working
long hours as you age impact sexual relations with your spouse? >> you don't prioritize what is so important to being intimate which is sex. >> and you're tired. >> and you make excuses. it is easy to do. sex begets sex. remember if you don't feel like it you still should do it because it enhances the ability to connect emotionally and this is hard wired into who we are. we can talk about it in generic terms but if we're not involved with each other and not pushing ourselves to connect with each other because our job, our stress, our money, kids especially, don't make those excuses get in the way of showing up in your own life. the best years are not behind you. they're in front of you. >> a good one to end on. dr. oz, thanks so much for being with us. great information. all right. we'll be right back. first this is "today" on nbc. it feels totally different from regular toothpaste.
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it's a chill yi start this morning. thanks for joining us, i'm kris sanchez along with meteorologist rob mayeda. >> it will be turning cooler tomorrow. 40s outside, not too bad. 4 in san francisco, 45 in san jose. we'll be watching cooler air spilling in from the pacific northwest tossing showers on the far north coast today. we'll notice around the bay area, northwest winds picking up this afternoon. for areas that are cloud-free tonight and wind protected, some of the inland valleys could see numbers into the 30s tomorrow morning. today's highs not quite as warm as the last few days. you're not going to find 70s on the map. low to mid-60s this afternoon. 50s as you get closer to san francisco. it's going to be chilly. in fact by tomorrow morning we'll see temperatures again in the 30s and 40s and then a chance of showers. i think the best bet will be tuesday into wednesday. good bit of rain there for wednesday, then we warm up and dry out for the second half of the week zl thank you very much,
rob. ross mirkarimi will return to court on monday. this morning we have controversial images at the center of the domestic abuse allegations against him. "today in the bay" obtained still images of a video taking of lopez after the alleged new year's eve incident. you can see a bruise on her right arm. mirkarimi's high-profile trial began yesterday. his attorneys are asking that the video be thrown out. the video shows his wife bruised and crying. lopez publicly denounced the case against her husband, says no abuse ever happened. five teenage boys are in custody after going on a rock-throwing spree in livermore. they admitted launching large river rocks last weekend. they left a trail of damage and debris behind breaking windows, wall, mailboxes and terrorizing neighbors. what they didn't count on was this, surveillance video. witnesses recognized the subaru that you can see in the distance and tipped off police. the boys say they're sorry for their actions.
police in the east bay are looking for women who might have been victims of a book store groper. police arrested this man, convicted sexç offender ronald epps on four counts of sexual battery. he's accused of assaulting several women as they browsed book store aisles in woodland and fremont. >> he'd free tend to read a book and fondle and grope them to the point where a lot of them just took off and ran. >> police say epps may have more victims and are encouraging women to come forward. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," contamination concerns at one of the biggest and most well-known hospitals in the bay area. all the day's news coming up for you right here in 30 minutes on "today in the bay."
we thank them for coming out. i'm amy robach with lester holt. really talking about the death of a reality show producer in africa. >> producer for "the amazing race." new clues found in a hotel room are leading investigators in a new direction from the original theory. first they thought his death was involving illegal drugs then choking. we'll tell you what authorities in uganda are focusing on now in the case. then we'll be talking about the housing market. is it starting to show signs of improvement? let's hope so. with interest rates low, many home owners have questions now about refinancing. our real estate expert will be here with answers to your questions. i recently got some time to sit down with a really charming young man. his name is scotty mccreary the "american idol" winner. his debut album went platinum this year and a new single just went gold. when he is not onstage he is just a regular down-to-earth teenager. i caught up with him. he'll tell us about his post
"idol" life. i saw him again this week. he said now i'm going back to high school and doing the whole college acceptance thing right now. >> he was amazing on that show. he was as nice as he seemed to be when he was on the show. >> great kid. >> looking forward to that. before we get to all of that though let's get a check of the weather from bill karins out on the plaza with us. good morning. i have a fantastic daughter here. who do you want to wish happy anniversary to? >> tom and debby stens in knoxville, tennessee. >> your mom and dad. 28 years ago. your mom was beautiful. >> thank you. >> does your dad still sport the mustache? >> yes, he does. >> has he always had it? >> it's a little gray now. >> that happens to the best of us. well, let's look at your weekend weather forecast. we are watching cold and windy conditions arriving through the great lakes with snow showers and still very windy up along the mid-atlantic and northeast coast line. maybe some damaging winds. be prepared for that. and the northwest we have the next storm that will track. windy and snowy conditions. high elevations. it'll turn into a full fledged snowstorm for our friends in north dakota and northern minnesota on sunday. also some rain down in the
southeast. of course the daytona 500 we want to keep the rain from that event as we go throughout sunday afternoon. oscar forecast looks very warm out there in southern california and mild so it should be nice for the a look at our temperatures around the bay area datoy, running cooler than the last few days. low 60s around san jose. low to mid-60s around pleasanton. northwest winds pick up this afternoon. that sets us up for a cooler night tonight and a chillier day tomorrow. tuesday night into wednesday, plan on some rain, cooler temperatures for the middle part of the week and clearing out on thursday. also a hello to my friends from boston who made the trip this morning. back to you, lester. >> thanks. turning now to the reality tv producer found dead in uganda this week, authorities there are still trying to figure out what killed jeff rice. as nbc's michelle kosinski
reports, new evidence is leading investigators down a new path. >> reporter: jeff rice, originally from oklahoma, has been living a life of adventure in africa. he helped produce the current season of "the amazing race" and worked on "whale wars" and "the biggest loser" but his life suddenly ended a week ago in the ugandan capital. he was there with his production assistant to prepare for a documentary. last saturday he was found on the balcony of his hotel room lifeless in a chair bleeding from his mouth and nose. fuller was on the floor next to him, unconscious, in critical condition. >> our suspicion was they could have been poisoned. but the report shows there was a problem with choking. >> reporter: poisoned or choked or accidently overdosed. that is what investigators are now leaning toward, saying there
was zero sign of struggle, that both had cocaine in their systems, and an overdose is what caused rice's death. they say a bag of white powder in their room contained heroin, but police have also said there was a large amount of cocaine in rice's stomach, leading to questions whether the two might have been forced to swallow drugs. >> it doesn't look like he would have willingly ingested that much cocaine into his stomach that it would have killed him so then he either had to have been poisoned or he had to be punished and forced to take it. >> reporter: now investigators have arrested a suspected drug dealer. they want to talk to katherine fuller but she is too weak. the death of the reality producer remains a mystery. for "today" michelle kosinski, nbc news, london. the family of that assistant katherine fuller wants her taken to her native south africa for medical care. investigators originally called her a suspect and won't make a decision on her transfer until they obtain a statement from her. up next here on "today"
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"today" real estate contributor barbara corkran. good morning. let's start with my question. the market, itself, has it hit bottom, are we seeing it trend upward? what do you think? >> i wish i had the answer on that one. you have to be a good fortune teller. what i can say is in the last, very last report we've had increasing prices for three months in a row. that has never happened before. on top of that the inventory is considerably less. a lot of people predict the bottom has already passed us. i think we have to wait a few more months to really declare that official. >> it's a good sign though. >> definitely. a happy sign. >> exactly. we deserve some happy news. the first question is from mika. she is in st. louis, missouri. it's about purchasing a larger home for her growing family. we bought our house for $252,000 in 2008, put $20,000 into it. we expect a third child and are considering moving to a larger home for $275,000 but can't get over our real estate agent's listing price suggestion of
$250,000. should we sell and buy now or wait? >> well, this is a situation a lot of people are in and for mika, i would say it's probably true that the agent is correct. in that st. louis market prices are still tumbling and still deciding which way it wants to go. the most important thing is to realize you do not want to own two houses and don't you dare buy that second one until you get rid of the first one. and so far as getting rid of the first one goes you really have to market it aggressively and price it right. so i would wait but the minute you get a buyer on that house i would suggest to mika that she run right out and get the other house because this is the only market when you make money when you trade up even if she takes 20% loss on the first house she is going to get a 20% discount on her bigger house. >> exactly. our next question is about a short sale. it's from debra in north canton, ohio. my son owns his home and is current on his payments but the mortgage owed is 30 to 40,000 more than the house could sell for. my daughter-in-law is a real estate agent and has told me
anyone who turns to a short sale will ruin their credit for three years and not be able to purchase another home. how does a short sale work? >> the truth is a short sale is probably the single best solution to the situation she is in and her daughter-in-law is right in that you ruin your credit for three years. it acts just like a foreclosure. but what it does do is gets the bank to cooperate to get the house sold. and you have to bear in mind that's the objective. the key in getting it sold is not doing it yourself. you should get a broker who specializes only in short sales. they know the bankers. they know the players. they know the attorneys that deal in this. and you'll get it done. they'll also provide you the most important first step which is an appraisal. that gets the ball rolling. >> all right. next we have lindsay from minneapolis, minnesota, asking about refinancing. this is a big question. we bought our first house in 2010 with a 30-year mortgage. we're thinking of refinancing to a 15-year mortgage. we recently paid off both cars and have less than $3,000 credit card debt. if we refinance we could have our house paid off by the time
we're 40. these people are on the ball. is this a smart idea? >> of course it's a great idea. you always save money when you refinance for a shorter term. these are people who are conservative. how many people have a low credit card? how many people have the car paid off? these are the kind of people that are going to sleep a heck of a lot better at night knowing they're not owing money. for that emotional reason alone it's a good financial decision. >> samuel in knoxville, tennessee has an option for paying off his mortgage and wants your input. he says i have a 401(k) with enough money in it to pay my house off. >> lucky guy. >> this money is above my regular retirement through a government agency. if my regular retirement is sufficient for my needs would it be a good or bad idea to pay off my house with the money in my 401(k)? >> listen, the 401(k) if you've got the money stashed there is a great use of that money but have you to be careful about a couple things. one you have to be aware when you pull that money out you'll owe taxes on april 15th. it's treated as ordinary income when you pull that money out. if you happen to be under 59 years old, you'll get a 10%
penalty so it's a great idea but you have to factor in those extra costs. >> all right. and then last is about refinancing for marilyn in westminster, colorado. our home is upside down. we're current on our payments. our first mortgage is an interest only five-year adjustable rate mortgage of 6.65% with a balance of $189,000. we also have a fixed 25-year mortgage of $46,000 at 11.43%. the combined mortgage payment is $2,000 a month which is starting to be difficult to manage. she wants to know if paying down a large chunk of money to lower the loan balance, she says it's not an option but neither is letting her loan be foreclosed. >> listen, it's complicated. one thing for sure she has made a pact with the devil. that's a no win. she's got herself into a corner. it is going to be very, very hard to get refinancing because the banks will give her a run around. what she should do is go to the bank in person to her local lending officer and ask for loan modification. they're quicker, cheaper, and
about ten times more apt to happen and they will cure the problem that she has which is this ridiculous pact she has that is going nowhere. >> great advice. as always, thanks so much. we appreciate it. coming up next, reigning "american idol" champion scotty mccreary talks about his life as a music star and a regular teenager. but first this is "today" on nbc. [ female announcer ] off limits?
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but scotty is no joke. just months after winning "american idol" the 18-year-old is now the opening act for country megastar brad paisley. >> brad just kind of sent the offer to my management saying we've got an offer to go on tour with brad paisley. are you kidding me? ♪ write my number on your hand where it's easy to see ♪ >> the fans certainly have mccreary's number. >> so weird seeing that stuff. >> a year ago, no one knew who you were. ♪ the old town looks the same >> after entering "idol" on a whim scotty's deep voice and southern charm made him an instant fan favorite on the show. >> scotty mccreery! >> he beat out fellow teen croon ker lauren elena in may with a record number of viewer votes, becoming the youngest male ever to win in the show's history. and since then, he's been on a whirlwind. >> scotty has been off to a great start since he left "american idol." his debut album "clear as day"
broke all kinds of records in the first week. he became the first male country artist to debut at the top of the billboard 200 with their first album. >> reporter: scotty's debut album went platinum in just 13 weeks. >> i wanted to make sure by the time the new season came along that people remembered who i was. >> your expectations are high because you won a contest. you're a winner so they come to see you on is taken, they really want you to bring it. >> that's something we thought of. we have to go out and put a show on and really entertain these guys. we were well aware of that when we were rehearsing and getting the songs straight. >> reporter: despite his new found fame he's trying to stay grounded. born and raised in garner, north carolina, mccreery is finishing up his senior year in high school. he still sings in the school choir, and he's getting ready for a varsity baseball season. what people love about you and the reason you were so endearing to a lot of fans is because you're such a regular kid, a regular 18-year-old, high school kid. >> first time i went out to eat,
i was blown away by how it took awhile to finish that dinner. my life changed but as a person i think i'm still the same. >> reporter: like most kids his age, he's applying to college. >> i have to ask you, was your college application essay about your "idol" experience? >> there was one that really pertained, the topic was about, you know, i had no choice but to relate it to what i've been doing for the past few months. but i've tried to create it just about me as a person. >> reporter: but other kids his age aren't on tour with brad paisley. >> this is a kid who, you know, he has that drive and he's really, really talented. more than that he's likeable. >> reporter: the virtual reality tour kicked off in january and mccreery had to learn fast how to juggle life on the road and homework. scotty's hometown couldn't be prouder of their idol. but it's his family who is the proudest. >> watching him up there just having the time of his life, i mean, as a parent that's what you want your kids to do.
>> reporter: having the time of his life while still keeping true to his north carolina roots as he travels down this country road. ♪ take a little walk in the country with me ♪ >> the music has been my life for years. i'll be doing this for as long as i can. hopefully the country music world allows me to do this for my whole life. i'd love to do it. if not, you know, i'll have college to back me up. >> thank you! >> he really owns the stage. he is a natural, very comfortable up there. we did the interview several weeks ago and i ran into him this week and said how's it going with the colleges? well i got some acceptances and he is going through them trying to figure out if i want to be close to home or far away just like every other 18-year-old. >> he is getting his education, staying in school, and sounds like he'll stay grounded for a long time. >> really enjoyed spending time with him. we'll be right back but first these messages. spending time with him. we'll be right back but first these messages. ...could mean living with joint damage. help stop the damage before it stops you... ...with humira. for many adults with moderate to severe ra,...
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appear as though henry is flying or floating in mid air. don't see him in that one. she says she never stages the shots. >> what? >> how can it not be staged? she won't tell us her secret. he may give new meaning to "bouncing baby boy." >> that's it for ounce this saturday morning. want to thank bill karins, also alex witt. you can catch her on "weekends with alex witt" on nbc. >> got to go. >> on the oscar predictions. who is expected to be the big winners in hollywood. >> we'll hear about it tomorrow. i'll see you t good morning, i'm kris sanchez. coming up next on "today in the bay," two u.s. advisers shot dead in the afghan interior ministry overnight. we have the latest developments. republican presidential homeful newt gingrich is in town. we'll show you where he's going
from nbc bay area, this is "today in the bay." good morning. looking live at aquatic park this morning where folks might be getting out and getting some exercise. luckily for them, if they are doing it today, it is going to start trending cooler. thanks so much for joining us on this saturday morning, i'm kris sanchez along with meteorologist rob mayeda. we got a fill of spring. >> it was nice. i know we could use rain and snow in the sierra. 70s over the last few days, we will see a chance of showers creeping in early next week. right now we have 40s outside and the winds picking up a little bit. we'll see more of that, northwest winds from 15 to 30 miles an hour. no showers today but late tomorrow into monday will be our first of two chances of seeing some rain headed our way. temperatures today, not any 70s on this map. we may still get some mid-60s